Young Wild West's race for gold, or, Arietta and the bank robbers

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A MAGAZINE CONTAINING STORIES. SKETCH: E No. 297. NEW YORK, JUNE 26, 1908 Price 5 Cents. ----..:. '':::=:!' .. .. "There they go, Wild! C !'ied Arietta, pointing to the fieeing bank robbers. "The watchman says they got the money, too. Don't !et them get away." "All right, Et," was the reply, and putting the sorrel on a gallop, he started in pursuit.


WILD WEST WEEKLY \ A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Life Iaa ued Weekl11-B11 subscription $ 2.5 0 p e r 11ear. Entere d accor ding t o Act of Congress, in t h e 11ear 1908, i1i the-off: r.., of t he Librari an of C o n g ress, Washington,' D 0., b11 Frank To-use11, Pub lisher, 24 Union Squ are, New York. No 297 NEW YOR K, J UNE 26, 1908. PRICE 5 CENTS. YOUNG WILD WEST'S 'RACE FOR COLD .., -ORArietta and the Bank Robbers BY AN O L D SCO Url1. The next moment the unfortunate Cel estia l was being CHAPTER I. dragged through the du st, while the cowboys were ye ll i n g themselves hoarse wi,th delight. THE "SPANKING" THAT WAS NOT ADMINISTERED. Orang! The sharp report of a Winchester rifle sounded and the "Yip, yip, yip! Wow! Wow! Whoopee!" rope parted before the Chinaman had been dragged ten As the cowboy yell rang out the clatter of hoofs was feet. / heard and up the single street of the prosperous mining Then a handsome, athletic boy, who was attired in a camp called Silver Crown, which was situated at the time, fancy buck s kin hunting suit, came bounding acrbss the of which we write in the wester:n part of Colorado, near street from the general store. the Utah line, came half a dozen horsemen He reached the Chinaman just as he was getting up. A cloud of dust followed them, for there had been no S e izing him by the arm, he h e lp ed him to his feet rain in the pas t few days and the soil was very 'dry. "They had you that time, didn't they, 1 Hop?" he said, The few stores and saloons the little town contained as he hustled him out of the street on the sidewalk "Are \ were lined on either side of the street, in the central part you hurt any?" of it, and those on the sidewalks turned to look at the "Me velly muchee shakee uppee, Misler Wild," was the approaching cowboys reply, while a faint smile spread over the yellow counte-Not thatit was new to see a lot of cowboys nance of the cowboy's victim. "But me no hurtee, so be come galloping into the town, for that was a common ocThere were probably twenty men gathered about the currence spot, for it was just1 aft e r quitting time for the miners. But .most every time it happened there was some exand those who worked at the smelting plant citement attached tq it, for cowboys, when they stad on a The faces of nearly all of them wore smiles, for to see spree, are generally reckless and they always want a Chinaman lassoed by a cowboy was amusing to to make themselves heard, as well as seen. them to say the l east "Whoopee! Whoopee! Wow! Wow! But there were a few among them who had seen the .Again a yell sounded, and then half a dozen shots were dashing boy in the fancy suit of buckskin throw his rifle fir ed in quick succession,, the bullets going in the ai r. to his shoulder and sever the rope with a bullet, and they Among those to rush out of a saloon to see what was were not a little surprised at the wonderful shot going on was a typical Chinaman, who looked as though The boy and the Chinaman w e re the centre of attrache was about as innocent as a "heathen Ohinee" could be. tion just then, and as the cowboys made a turn and came He got to the edge of the street just as the half a dozen galloping back to the very saloon the Celestial had reckless riders reached the pJace. eII\erged from before he was lassoed, he brushed back the Another yell sounded, and then a flexible horsehair wealth of chestnut that hung below his shoulders l ariat suddenly shot out from one of the cowboys, and beand turned his eyes upon them fore the Chinaman coul d duck to escape it t h e noose had Right here we may as well state that the boy was no settled about h is bod y oth e r t h a n das hing Young Wild West, the Champi on


2 YOUNG WI LD WEST'S RACE FOR GOLD. Deadshot and Prince of the Saddle-the greatest of all to stick by him to the death, if necessary, though he sel-the heroes of the Wild West. dom had much to say. Hop Wah, the victim of the cowboy's accurate rope, was "What's tlier t rouble here, Wild?" Chev e nne Charlie in his employ as a general utility man and, seeing him ask ed, as he elbowed his way through crowd. "Is ca ught by the lasso, as he came"out of the store a c ros s that measly coyote talkin about lick i n yer?" the way, the young deadshot had quickly thrown his rifle "Yes, Charlie; but you just keep still," was the quick to his shoulder, and when he found there was nothing reply. "I recl\on he won't hurt me any." l ; rnman in the way of the bullet, pulled the trigger. By this time the rest of the cowboys had dismounted, Young Wild West never missed when he drew bead on and they all pushed forward, so they might obtain a good a rope at that short distance, and the result was that it view at what took place. was cut as clean as a whistle. Stinger Sam, as he had introduced himself, shot a He was not .at all angered at the action of the cow:boy, glance at the scout, which meant he would like to give but rather blamed the Chinaman for making a / target of him a thrashing, too, but he did not attempt it Just then, himself. since he wanted to settle accounts with the boy first. Young Wild West knew about the habits of the cow-boys as much as any one living, and he considered "Gentle'rnen," said Wild, calmly, as he motioned the it was but natural that the man had roped Hop Wah. crowd back, "just give us a little room, will you? Stinger Howeyer, if the cowboy did not like it because his horseSam is going to spank me and thyn he is going to make hair lariat had been cut with the bullet, he was ready fo me pay for the rope I shot in two. ile will neec:Fplenty take the consequences. of room to do this, for I am going to give him the tussle Cool and daring at any stage of the game, the boy was of his I am only a bol, I know; but I ha. ve learned one who was feared by his foes and loved by those who a few tricks in my day, and if Stinger Sam spanks me, believed in a :-quare deal. J and then makes me pay for his rope, I'll make every man He soon found that the cowboy did not like what had here a present of a new six-dollar hat> and give a free pic happcned, for he. was the first to 'dismount as the party nic to the inhabitants of Silver Crown! Come on you came back anf} brought their mustangs to a halt, and, big galoot! I am anxious to get tlie spanking!" holding the severed lariat in his hand, he called out: "Wow!" yelled the bad cowboy, and, giving his bear" I kin lick ther galoot what shot my rope in two! skin trousers a hitch, he sprang at the boy. Where is he?" He had both hands,. outstretched, evidently with the in" Here I am!" was the quick reply, and Young Wild tention of seizing him by the shoulders. West stepped before him, a calm smiling/playing about But Stinger Sam certainly reckoned without his host, his mouth. as the saying goes. "Did you do it, young feller?" the cowboy. asked, an Young Wild West stepped nimbly aside, and the cow-expression of doubt showing from his eyes. boy's hands simply clutched the empty air. "Yes, I did it. I thought you, were going a little too Then as quick as li g htning, the boy gave him a push far 'vith my Chinaman, so I just set him free, that's all." and he went headforemost into the crowd. "Yer did, eh? Don't yer know r that a rope like mine "Hooray!" Cheyenne Qharlie, waving his hat. costs nioney ?" "I reckon ther foolish galOot is takin' divin' lessons. Did "Oh, yes. But a Chinaman's life is worth something. yer see him go, boys?" 'too." 'I'here was a bure;t of laughter from the crowd, for the '(Yer think a heathen's life is worth more than a horsemost of them could see no\v that the boy was simply play hair rope, do yer? Well, you're only a boy, but I'm ing with the bad cowboy from the Two Star Ranch. ter give yer a good spankin', an' then make yer pay me They knew that if he had chosen to hit him on the back fur ther rope! Do yer hear what I say? I'm Stinger of his neck instead cf merely pushing him, he would Sam, from the Two Star Ranch, an' I'm mighty bad when have fallen flat with considerable of the vim knocked out I'm r'iled !" of him. "1s that so? You are not roiled now, are you?" Stinger Sam got out of the crowd and leaped toward The reply was in such a cool tone of voice that the the boy again. cowboys looked at the boy in astonishment. This time h e had hi s fists doubled, and it looked as lt was just then that our hero's two partners, Cheythough he had changed hi s mind about the s panking and enne Charlie and Jim Dart, came across the st re et meant to do some punching. They had been over at the general sto re when the shot He s hot out his right fist hard enou g h to :fell a big was fired, but they had taken t heir time about coming r.ian, much less a boy weighing a hundred and thirty-five over, s ince they wel'e in charge of the purchases that had pounds,. but it missed by over a foot. just bee.n made there. Then there was a quick movement on 'the part of Wild, Cheyenne Charlie, though an ex-Government scout and and-;--:a thorough Westerner, chose to follow the l ead of dashSpat! ing Wilcl West on hi s trips through the wilds of His fist caught the cowboy squarely on the no se, and, the West in search o:i' fortune a nd adventure, and he .fas with the blood spurting from his nostrils, down he went proud to be called the "pard" of the boy. on his back. 'Jim Dart wns a boy about the same age as ourj "I reckon it's pretty near time you started in to give hero ancl be loved lum as a brother, and was ev;er ready me that spanking you promised," was the cool remark.


' YOUNG WILD WES'I''S RACE FOR GOLD. 8 "What do you want me to do, thrash you before you do it?" "Git up an' knock his head off, Sam!" ca ll ed out one of the man's friends "You shet up!" exclaimed Cheyenne Charlie. "Ther first thing you know you ll git some of ther same kind of medicine your pard is gittin' !" "Not from you, I won't!" was the angry retort. Then before the spectators hardly realized it, Charlie and t h e cowboy were at it hammer and tongs The scout knew how to handle himself })retty well, for h e h a d bee n taught a w h o l e l ot by athletic and clever Y oung Wil d Wes t H e l a nd e d a good, stra i ght one o n t h e cowboy's c hin and se n t h im heavily to the ground 'l'hi s was t h e signal for the rest of t hem to take a hand, and they c ame for W il d and the scou t l ike a nest of hor n ets Jim Dart t h en got into i t, and in l ess than thirty sec onds a ll six of them were sprawling on the ground. Some of t h e bystanders wanted to interfere as the cow boys were getting upon the i r fee t but Young Wild West ca ll ed o nt, s h a r ply : "Just l eave the ga l oots to ua three! If we can t give the m more than they are l o o ki n g for we deserve to be thras h ed, that's a ll Spat-spat! Biff! The blow s fr o m the active trio l anded in quick s u cces sion, and t he r,awboys went in every direction. doing the best thing for themack n owledging their de feat. The m an w h o baa pull e d hi s gun, howe v er, was not altogether satisfied. But he did not say anythi n g for a while Then, as our three friends to cross the street with the Chi *1 man, w h o had all the row, he call e d out: "Say, are you Yo ung Wild West, young fe ller?" "That i:> who I happen to be," Wil d retorted, a s h e tnrned and came to a stop. ':.A feller here j est said so, b u t I could n't h a r d l y be lieve it You 've got ther n ame of bei n ther c h am pion t1eadshot_. too, a in't yer?" "Well, some say that a bout me; but I don't go a r ound bragging much abou t it. I am a lways w ill i n g to s h oot against any one w h o t h inks he can shoot good, tho u gh." "That's jest what I want ter hear yer say, the n. Now, i:;ince yer knocked my gZin out of my hand in sich a q u ick way, an' then swatted me on ther jaw with your fist, I think yer ought ter let me have a chance ter shoo t a g 'in yer fur ther championship.'' "Why, are you a champion, my friend?" Wil d asked a s he came on back to the front of tiie followe d b y his partners. "Yes, I'm ther best s hot on ther Two Star Ranc h an' Stinger Sam is ther boss with ther rape We're a coupl e of onions what's never been peeled, we are!" "Oh, I understand. What is your name, please?" But s u c h a t hing cou l d not l ast very l ong S udd enly on e of the d e;feated me n w h ipped "Deadshot Pete is what they call me on ther Two S tar. out his Ranch." gun. W i ld was r ig h t near him and, kick ing it o u t of his hand, h e exclaime d : "Oh, I see. Well, Mr. Deadshot Pete; I can't ve r y well refuse to accommodate you, since you make the reques t. If I am to hold a claim to the championship I must m e e t all comers until I am defeated. How do you want to shoot, the way you tried to a little while ago?"' "Th e first gal oot w h o t r ies to shoot will with h o les If you can't fight it o u t the way you started in, q uit!" T o s how that he meant w hat he said h e drew one o f the revolver s that hung in hols ter and waved the muz z l e before the eyes of the defeated gang. "Ther way I tried ter ?" the man looking s urprieed "Yes ; you pulled your gun when the little fist figh t was going on, and you were going to. let me have a lead pill, I know. I lud just knocked you down before that, and y ou meant to bore me for doing it. But it is all right. Just get out in the road here and you can try your luck on me. I'll have a try at you at the same time, and the one who drops will lose the shooting match." .A shout of applause went up from the miners, for the crowd h ad increased to fully two-score by this time, and t hey a ll seemed to be in sympathy with Young Wild West and his partners, though very few knew who they were 'I'hat settled it! T he cowboys knew they had no show w ith the three, __, and they quick l y gave in. '_'It's all over, gents," sa i d Stinger Sam, as he held his band to a badly swollen eye. "I'll take back what I said about t h er spanki u '. I ca n't do it, that's a ll." CHAPTER II. THE DEFEAT OF DEADSHOT PETE. Deadshot Pete was s tagger e d at this proposition 'I'he coolness of the boy, alone, was amazing, no t to of what he said. "II don't want ter shoot that way, Yo ung West," the cowboy answered. "I meant that we would do somethin' fancy in ther way of shootin at a target." "Oh. All right then. .Any way you say. I am alw a ys ready for anything; I have to be you knew." "Well, yer imay beat roe, but I'm a putty good o n e if I do say it myself,') resumed Pete. "I'll s how yer a little trick that I don't t hink y er 1n do with a gun.'' There was not one of the cowboys who didn't have some "That is just what I want to see-something I can' t do. kind of mark to make them remember the brief encoun -1f I find that I can't do a thing that somebody e l se can tcr with Young Wild West and his partners, for a few c1o, I always make it a point to learn to do it as soon as d ays at l east pos sible. Jus t s how me your little stunt, an d I'll s o o n tell 'I'hey lrnd been badly surprised, and they were now J you whether I can do it or not."


YOUNG WILD WEST S RACE FOR GOLD. "All right; I'll show y e r somet hin "Go ahead. If it happ e n s that I can t do it I'll pre sent Sam with a new hor s ehair l a riat and I'll turn the cham pion s h i p over to you Confid e nc e i s a great. thin g t o have, and Young Wild W est certainly had ruwhare of it. But hi s varied experience was res pon s ible for this A dd e d to this he was a lways tryin g to do difficult thin gs in the line of s hooting, an d b y keepin g in c on s t ant practice h e was abl e t o p erfo r m wond e rful feat s with both th e rifle and revolver Dead s hot P e t e now moun te d hi s mu s tang A s it ha s been told that the citizen s o f Silver Crown w e r y in the habit of seein g cowboys com e in a nd amu s e th e mselves by yelling and s h oot ing as they rod e up anc1 down the street, no on e se. emec1 a b i t s urpri s ed "He r e yer a re Sam," h e said, a s h e tosse d hi s red ban dana handk e r c hi e f to the man whG. claimed to b e bad when h e g ot r il ec1. "You know w h a t I m m t yer t e r do." "Rig h t yer are, P ete," was t h e reply. 'The n S am Sti nge r sel ected a s t o n e a bout the size of an egg from the g r o und a n d w r appe d it into t h e handk e r chi ef. The crowd, inclu d in g our h ero a rnl hi s partn e rs, look e d on wit h in terest. The cowboy galloped off up the street for about a hun dred yards, anc1 t h e n turning, h e cam e back as fast as' t h e swift mu s t ang c ould leg it over the du s t y g round. A s h e near e d the s p o t Stinger S am thre w the h a ndker c h ie f h i g h i n the ail.:, the sto n e i t up. A s i t r eached t h e turning point t h e s t o ne drop pe d from it an d t h e h a ndk e r c hi e f spread out anc1 came :fl.utterin g clown Crack! Dead shot P e t e fir ed a s h o t from hi s revol ver, and every body could see tha t the h a ndk e r c hi ef was hit by the bul let. Yomi g Wil d West s mil ed. He r a n ou t a n d pi c k e d up the handk e rchief and, holding it up s o all hand s could see that the re was a hol e throu g h it,' e x cla im ed: "That was a m ighty good s h ot, by jingo!" But Charli e a nu Jim kne w t h a t h e was only joking, for eith e r o f t h e m c ould have d o n e it. D ea d s h o t Pete c am e bac k hi s h o rse at a walk. 'l'he re yer are, You ng W i l d W est h e s aid t rium phantl y ; "do yer think yer kin .do that?" "Well, I'll try pretty hard, an y how," was the reply. "Let m e hav e your h o rse, will you ? Min e ha s just been put away in the hot e l tabl e up the street." "Sartin y e r kin h ave m y na g Did ye r e ver make s ich a s hot a s that afo r e?" "We ll, I never did m a k e just s u c h a s hot a s that. "If y e r kin do it you r e a good one, fur t h e r handk e r chief i s lik e l y t e r fool yer whe n you' re ridin good an hard like I was je s t then." He dis mounted and Wild q ui c kl y took his plac e in the sadqle. "If Mr. Stinger Sam will kindl y throw up the hand kerchief I'll try and put another hole throu g h it," he said, calmly. The cowboy referred to nodded his willingne .ss, and the n he went out and pick e d up t h e 'sa m e s t o n e h e ha6. u sed before Wild rode away with the mu st an g an d presently c am e b ack a t full speed. Unlike hi s predece ss or, he did not h a v e a revolver in his hand. Sting e r Sam looked a bit s urprised when h e noticed th is, but h e was r e ady to let it g o in the air, and h e sent u p the handkerchief in about the s am e way as h e h a d done b efore Not until the s ton e 'left the h a ndk e r c hief did Wild s hand tou c h hi s revolve r The n it c a J n e fro m the hol s t e r as qui c k as a h 1rhe descendin g handk e rchief was d irectl y over hi s head whe n h e fir e d and it was s e e n to jump But that was not all! Bending back, s o that his head almo s t touched the back I of the g allopmg mu s tang, our hero fired two more shots in qui c k s uccession. At eac h r e port the h a ndker c hi ef jump ed in the air, and a cheer went up that echo e d throu g h the minin g camp. S ti nger Sam ran out and picked up t h e h andke rchief, b u t Det:1d s hot P ete s hook hi s h ead s adl y a n d exclai m e d : "Come on boys The r drink s is on m e I t h o u ght I w a s mig hty smart with a gun, but I ain t Come, Sam!" S t inger S a m haud e d the h andke r c hi e f to Cheyenne Cha rli e and follow e d the d efe a te d man into the s aloon, alo n g wit h the rest of the cowboys. "The r e's four holes throu g h the r bu g le wiper, Wild!" c ri e d the scout a s he :flaunte d it in t h e b r eeze "I know e d yer hit all thre times, but ter s how them what m ight n ot have t h o u ght th a t way tha t yer did h e r e s h e i s !" It was onl y na t ural that the m e n in the c r owd s hould w ant to see t h e riddl e d hand ke r c hi e f. Nearl y e v e r y one of the m h ac1 it in hi s h ands, and the expre&si o n s of admirati o n and s urprise that went up w e r e many. Our three fri e nd s did not go into the s aloon, but head e d a cross the stre et where the article s they had purchased w e r e waiting for them Hop Wal{ hacl ai s appear e d b y this time, but wh e n the y got t o the hotel the y w e r e s toppin g a t they found him in the barr oom ent e rtainin g the clerk wit h a s tor y a bout his wond e rful uncle in China. He h a d al s o 111a.nage d to confi scat e a bottl e of liquor, unknown to the clerk. Hop b y the way, was one of the mos t clever C hinam e n that ever s ail e d acros s the Y e llow Sea intp the blu e water s of the Pacific. He was a s leight-of-hand perform e r of no mean ability, a professional card sharp-on the Am erica n plan-and liked whi s k y s o w e ll that h e was n o t averse to stea lin g it. He was quit e a pra ct i c al jok e r too and h e was s o inno cent, w.itha l that h e certainly was a gr eat charact e r But he had proved of great as s i s tance 'to Young Wild Wes t and hi s fri e nds in try ing times, and he had really becom e a fixture to the party. Butmor e about him later on. Our hero and his partner s went into the sitting room of the hotel and .found the "girl1!," as the y always called them, awaiting for them. 'rhe "girls" cons i sted of Anna the wife of the scout,


YOUNG WILD WEST'S RACE FOR GOLD. and Arietta Murdock and Eloise Gardner, the giTl sweetI Supp e r was a little late, but they enjoyed it all the of Young Wild West and Jim Dart. more when they sat down to it. After the meal was over Wild and his partners chatted with the girls a while, and then, seeing that the landlord's wife took kindly to them, they left them in her ch.arge ., CHAPTER III. and went out to look around the hustling, little town It was not yet dark, but already the lights ill the gam -WILD MAKES AN IMPORTANT DISCOVERY. bling and drinking saloons began to show, for the owners of such places were always trying to draw trade "What was going on down the street, Wild?" asked Though Silver Crown only had a population of a bare Arietta, as she tossed her golden head and looked at her two hundred, there were nearly a dozen saloons and hotels dashing young love,r inquiringly. in it. "Oh, we had a littie fist fight, and then I had to shoot Of course, there were lots of customers from the suragainst a cowboy champion," was the reply "Some cow rounding country, for there were' ranches scattered about boys started in to drag Hop around the street with a within a radius of fi:lty miles, and the most of them got rope, and I thought they were going too far, so I inter-their supplies at Silver Crown fercd. That started a row, but it came out all right, and There was a postoffice and a bank thete, and these two po one was seriously hurt. places gave a business like aspect to the town "But there's a few black eyes in town, though," spoke 'rhe bank did quite a business, too, since the smelting up Cheyenne Charlie, with a chuckle. "Them six galoots works hac1, the majority of the male population employed, must have thought they could fight, I reckon But they and wages were high. soon found out that they didn't know very much about Farmers and ranchmen used it, too, and so did the busi. !.t." 11ess men of the place. 'rhe girls wanted to hear all about it, so Jim Dart Wild and his partners came to the bank, which wae struck up and related jpst what had happened. only a short distance from the Boss Hotel, they paused and looked at it. "Well, I am glud that the cowboys took it easy as they ,.,. lt was but a shanty structure, to be sure, but it did, vVild," Arietta said. "It seems that you make enemies t t t ,, been built in a more stable way than the rest of the shanm every camp or wo we s op a t' 1 ie;;. "Well, I reckon there's nothing real bad about those I fellows," the boy answered. "Of com se, they eel a little! door W

' 6 YOUNG WILD WEST'S RACE FOR GOLD. once behind it Wild loo ked s h a rply along at the foundation, which was of stone The first thing be noticed was that one of the stones appeared to be loose. Any one would have notic e d this if they had been look ing sharply. But the fact that the man had act ed in such a sneaky way had1arous e d the boy's suspicions, as has been statea, and he was really lookin g to find somethi n g wrong He felt sure that h e had found it, for why s hould a stone be loosened in the foundation '.)f a bank?" Wild stepped up to the foundation and, dropping upon his knees, tried to move the stone, which was about a foot square. It moved readily, and, catching his finger s upon the edges of it, he worked it out slowly until it dropped to the ground. Pieces of mortar were lying on the ground, too, and this showed that some one had been working the stone loose, no doubt for the purpo se of breaking i nto the bank and relievin g it of the funds. Wild lowe red hi s he ad and looked into the opening. 'rhe first thing he saw was the handle of a crowbar Then a hammer and chisels were brought to light as he reached in the opening. "Ah!" he muttered. "A plot to rob the bank i s on foot, I reckon. Well, this thing ha s got to sto p right where it i s I'll fix that galoot we saw go across the street, for he is on e of them, no doub t." The boy took out all the tools that were ins ide the I opening, and then he put the sto ne back into position. A look around showed our h e ro that he could get arountl the rear of the shanties adjacent and reach the hot e l. The tool s were about all he could carry, but he picked them up and walked off with them It was getting dark fa st, and no one noticed him a s he went along. In less thar;_ a minute he was at the rear of the hotel an1, dropping the tools behind a bush, he walked into the barroom. Calling the proprietor aside, he said, in a whisper; "Whe re can I find the marshal of the town, Mr B oss?" "What's that? Why, he is right here now M:r. West 1)0 you want to aee him?" answered the surprised hotel keeper. "Yes, I would like to be introduced to him." "All right. I'll. call him. Hey, there, Jack! Come here a minute, will you?" "Sartin, Jack. What's up?" and the marshal hastened to where the two were sta nding. "I want introduce you to Young Wild West. Mar shal Jack R yan, shake hand s with Young Wild West, ther Champion Dead s hot." "I'm mighty glad ter shake with yer, Young Wild West!'' the marnhal declared, as he gripped our hero's hand "I've heard considerable about yer afore yer ever struck Silver Crown; an' jest a minute or two ago I was listenin' ter a friend tell what yer. done over at ther Sil ver Bug Saloon-or in front of it, rather. By jove l but I'm sartinly glad ter know yer !" "And I am glad to know you, Marshal," answered Wild. I "If you don't mind, we'll go outside a minute. I've got something very important to t e ll you." "Is that so? Well, you kin bet your life I'll go out with yer Come right ahead, my boy." Wild conducted him outside to the bu s h where he h1J, d put the tool s h e h ad found und_er the bank building. Much to hi s surprise, they were not there! "Great Scott!" he exclaimed. "Marshal, some one mu s t have been watching me. I can't show you what I wanted to." "What do ye r mean Youn g Wild West?" Marshal Jack Ryan looked at the young dead shot in a puzzl e d way. Wild took him b y the arm and conducted him back into the hot e l. 'rhere was no doubt but that the man was beginning to think that he was crazy, but Wild did not mean to do any mor e talking outside just the n a s he felt certain that there were waiting ears fo catc h what was s aid. 'I'o a corner of the back room that adjoined the bar they _,,. went, and then in a low, calm voice our hero rel a ted what he had found at the rear of the bank, after first seeing a villainous looking man s neak acros s the street. CHAPTER IV. THE POKER GAME. When Char li e and Jim en t e r ed the saloon, which was called the "Silver Bug" they found the man they had see n s n eak out from the s id e of the baBk sta nding at the bar, talking with another, who was about a s rascally lookin g as,he was himself. The y were conversing in low tones, and they did no t appear to notice the entrance of the two. A bottl e and two glasses sa t on the bar before them, and both were s mokiu g fresh cigars Charlie and Jim did not hardly think that Wild would find anything wrong, and they expected him to soon come in. As they looked around at the big gathering in the saloon they saw Hop sitting at a table with two miners. They were jus t sta rting to play cards, and seemed to be waiting for somebody to join them. t?The fact was that Hop l iked to pl ay five-handed when he sat down to a poker game, since h e could manipulate the cards better that way, especially at draw poker Jim bought a couple of c igars, as h e was a strange r in the place and did not care to stand around without s pend ing something, and then both he and Charlie prepared to take easy until Wild came. Presentl y they saw the two men 'at the bar swallow the r.ontents of their glasses and then walk over to the table at which Hop and the two miners were sitting "What did you say a l ittle while ago, Bill?" asked the one who had come across the street from the bank, ad dressing one O f the men at the table. "Yer wanted me t e r play with yer, eh? Is ther heathen goin' ter be in ther game?" "Yes; he inwited u s ter play," was the reply. "He's a


YOUNG w r LD WEST'S RACE FOR G OLD. littl e like me, too, fu r he thinks a fivehanded game is ther best.I' "Well, I ain't in ther habit of playin' poker wit h h eath ens, but if he's got any money worth v.hi l e I don't mind "Me a llee samee gottee p l enty money, so be," spoke up H op, smi l ing b l a n d l y and p ulli ng a big wad o f g r eenbacks from his pocket. T he two men who had j ust left the bar exc h a n ged g l ances, something that Charlie and J im did not fai l to n otice The money show n by the Chinama n amo u nted to as much as a thousand dollars, beyond a doubt, for some of the bills turned over and there were those of the hundred denomination to be seen among them. Hop appeared to be so innocent that the two miners he ha d induced to sit down ;vith h im grinned and acted as t h ough it would be a shame to win his money Bu t i f they had known as much about the clever Celes tia l as did the scout and Dart they woul d not have been so anxious to p lay with him But they were ready to take their first l esson from one who was a master of the art, if it could be called an art. The other two, whom Charlie and Jim could not help c assiug as villains, sat down, and then the banker in charge of the card games came around with his box of chips. The first man to buy took a hundred dollars' worth, and, taki n g the cue, the others did the same, Hop in cluded. Of course, some of the chips went to the house, to pay for the use of the table and cards That was the rule in the Silver Bug Saloon While Charlie and Jim knew that Hop woul d surely fleece the men he was playing with, providing they kept at it long enough, they did not offer to s top him There was n.o qu e stion in their minds but that at least two of them were raEcals and, that being the case, they would not interfere, bnt would wait till Wild came in They up closer to the table and watched the game The cards were cut and one of the miners won the deal. It did not take our two friends more -than half a minute to see that the man dealing was a cheat. He slipped cards from the bottom of the pack to the other miner each time it came his turn to receive one T h e scout grinned and nudged Dart. What the players them!lelves did not seem to notice they could see plainly. "They're all in ther game ter cheat," was the t h ought that ran through the mind of Char lie. "Let ther heathen galoot beat 'em > that bein ther case. He kin skin ther eyes out of ther best of 'em, no matter how sha r p they watch him T he ante was only a dollar, so the game started in rather mildly for a mining camp game of draw poker. All came in and the cards were called for in the draw "Me takee al l ee samee thlee cards, so be," said H op, w h en it came his t u rn. He h ad a pair of jaaks to draw to, an d when h e got an pther one he h ad what was considered a pretty fair hand B u t t h e Chi naman had no idea of winning t h e pot that 'ti me. I ------------------However h e raised t h e betting when it came around to him, and soon all but the man who had received the cards from the bottom of the pack dropped out and he was the only one against him. This p l ayer had drawn but one card, so, from an o r di nary standpoint, i t woul d seem that he held a fu ll hand, or a flush, providi n g he had drawn the caTd he was look ing for vVhen there was near l y a hund red dollars on the board, represented in the chips that had been p u t in the pot, Hop called him "Four aces came the reply, as the cards were s hown. "Lat vell y muchee biggee hand, so be," the Chinama n answered, shaking bis head, sadly. "Me ha .ve thlee jac ks, and me thlinkee me havee pl etty goodee hand, so be The miner grinned and took in the chips The next to deal was the man our frie nds had seen come from behind the bank building. Charlie and Jim soon found out that he was called Glim. He was a pretty slick one, and the way he handled t h e cards was quite enough to fool one who was not much a cq1. rninted with the game as it was played in those pa r ts He dealt to get the best hand himself, and to give two or threa others jus t enough to bait them on Hop was one of the others, he catching a full han d t his time. He bet all the chips he had, and was forced to b u y a hundred dollars' worth more. And then Glim, as he was called, drew in the pot o n four queens. It was Hop:'-s turn next, and so awkwardly did he han dle the cards that the four he was playing with gri nn e d and exchanged glances. There was no doubt about i t that they a ll fe l t t ha.t t hey 1 were going t o get hold of some of the money h e h a d shown. But that was where they were mistake n as t h e sequel will prove Hop had fond out sufficient to make him u nders t and that the four men were all playing hard against him, so it mattered not to him just which one of them suffe r e d th'e most. While appearing to be very awkward about it, h e had fixed the cards so each of them would draw fou r o f a kind, if they drew as he expected they would. Glim found himself the possessor of three kings cold. Each of the others had t h ree of a k ind, from q ueen s down to tens Hop had placed the fou r aces w h ere he cou ld draw them all in a heap, no matter how many cards t hey took. That was a way he had, his abil ity to perlo 1:m s l e i ght of hand tricks helping him out. The ante had been raised to two dollars t hi s t i me, and when all came in Hop smiled blandly and commence d to deal 6ut the numbe r of cards they asked for i n the dra w They all took tw o a n d they looked at each o t h e r as they did so. One was try i ng to guess w hat t h e ot h e r s h e ld. Hop shook h is head sad ly, a nd the n sai d h e woul d have to take fou r cards The card he he l d was n oth in g m o r e t h a n a trey s pot


, I Y OUNG, W ILD WEST'S RACE FOR G OL D. -1 but he was not a fraid but tha t he would gef the winning 'topls I lugged around fro m the bank, and he is the on e hand. w e w ant t o ge t Just now. W e' ll g o ove r in the s aloon I He dr e w the four aces of th e pack ve ry cle v e rly, thoug h sa w t h e g aloot go in a n d the n w e' ll soon find ont who the he did not let on by word, look or s ign that he had any -othe r one i s M y par t n e r s went in. the s aloon afte r the thing that was 'worth while man, and you c an b e t that the y have been k ee ping a wat c h The betting began to rai se a s fa s t a s it came to tho se on him I want to find the' f e llow who sa w m e put t he around the table, and wh e n it came to Hop it cos t him tool s down b e hind the bu s h. H e i s the one I w ant \ to forty dollar s to meet it. ge t hold of." But he called upon the bank e r for mor e chip s and then W e ll Yoi:n g \Yild West I'm g ain t e r l eave it t e r you. lifted it dollar s I've h e ard je s t a b out e nou g h about yer t e r mak e m e think The next man rai sed it a s imilar amount and, to k e e p that you know your bu siness putty w e ll in gam e s lik e it going nicely, the s e cond on e did likewise. .thi s." Not to be th e third followe c l s uit, and the n "All ri g ht. But say M a r s hal --" Glim, who h e ld four king s bought some mor e c hip s a nd "Wha t i s it?" jumped it up a hundred. ,r Don t tak e the t roubl e to c all m e by m y full name ; Hop s hook his head and for a moment he seeme d un-jus t call me W i ld, the s ame a s my friend s do. That will decided what he s hould do. suit ineb ette r. You ,jus t stic k to m e in this thing, and The n he look e d at Glim and s aid : w e' ll round up the b ank robb e r s in great s h a p e I mean "Ma y b e alle e s ame e makee bluffe e ; me make e fift y 1 what I s ay, for it i s n o t the fir s t time I h a ve h a d dea lin gs dollee mor e s o be." with b u ch f e llow s." Glim 's friend a nd th e two miner s wer e not g oin g to b e "Oh, y ou kin b e t that I'll stick to y ou Wild! I know driven out an y kind of fa s hion, and the y c am e in a nd'put you r e a ll w o ol a n a yard wid e J est l ook how yer m a de it up fifty more. t hem cowboys d a nce on their neckties! That mu s t hav e The bank e r was in great d e mand the n, a nd when it been g reat I wis h I h a d been the re te r see it." c ame ar o und to Hop he c all e d for five hundr e d d o ll a r s' W e ll t h e cowboys a r e a h a rml ess lo t o f f e llows, but worth of chips th e gan g w e h a v e got t o deal with now i s diff e r e nt. It "Me play dlaw pokee all e e s am e e M e lic a n m a n," h e is quit e li ke l y that they are the kind who will n o t sto p s aid ; "me v e lly mu c he e sportee at a n y thin g The l ooks o f the g al oot \Ve saw was e n oug h The extra five hundre d did the bu s in ess t o m ake m e s u spicio u s ri g h t a w ay C o m e on! W e' ll go H e w as called, and the r e was c o n s id e r a bl e over a tho uover to the saloo n s and doll a r s in t h e pot. They l eft the h o t e l a nd walk e d t o the S ilver B u g "Me gotte e four lillee aces," he s aid, S;Jlilin g in h is S a loon and pro mptly ente r ed. c hildi s h way "'V e ll y goodee han .d',. s o be. 1 Wild 's qu ick eye took in all tha t w a s to seen in a If some on e h a d hit the table with an a x the four m e n jiffy, a nd whe n h e n oticed that Ho p w a s playin g cards could not h ave been mor e s urp r ised \ with t h e v ei7 man h e want e d and tha t Cha rl ie and Jim B e fore they recover e d the cle ve r Chin aman h ad r aked wer e sitt in g c lose b y look in g on h e felt satisfie d in the c hip s The m a r s h a l w a s quit e p o pul a r with t h e me:p of S ilver lt was jus t the n that Youn g Wild W est cam e in folC r o wn, and h e w as g reet e d b y m a n y o f the m in a fam ili a r lowed by the mar s hal. way. Charlie and Jim h a d been the re ove r fift e en m i nu tes, Ne i t h er of t h e four me n .at the tabl e with Hop see m e d an d they \v' er e reliev e d wh e n the y saw our h e ro c ome in. to b e th e l east bit concerne d w h e n the tw o ente r e d s o that .... 1 gave ouT h e r o the opinion that the m a n had n o id e a that h e was unde r s u s pi c i o n in an y way H e c all ed hi s p a r t n e r s to the b a r an d call e d for some CHAPTE R V c i gars T his is Jack Ryan the Town M a r s h a l boys, h e said; I WILD OVERHEA RS A N INTERESTING CONVER SATION a n d t h e n h e introd uced C harli e and J i m t o him. "Glad t e r meet yer bo ys, s ai d R y an "Mine i s a l it The m ars hal o p e n e d wid e hi s eyes whe n h e h e ard the tl e whisk y Wild i f yer d on t mind." s t o ry Youn g Wild W est told in a very few w ords "'1 ake what you like, Mar s h a l answered our h e ro. I "Thunder!" h e e jaculated. N o w onder I was mi ghty r 1 o n t drink liqu o r s m yself, but I a m n o t the on e to te ll puzzled b v the r way you a cte d wh e n you got me out t h e r e othe r s wh at t hey s h a ll d rink I s m oke a c i ga r now a nd I c ou l dn ; t ima g in e what y ou w as dri v in a t ; blame d if I t h e n, a n d that i s a b out a ll the n e rve I t a k e could!" excepting a c up o f coffee e very m orning Jim i s the same "We ll th e question i s : I s the r e mu c h m o n e y in t h e way; but Cha rli e likes a little ta n g l efo ot o ccas ionall y." bank ? Wild ask e d The scout grin n e d a t t his, a:rrd sa id h e g u esse d h e would "I rec k o n the r e' s quite a pil e o f it the r e, Y o un g W i l d try a li t tl e ri ght t h e n West. It's payday Saturda y whi c h i s the r day af t er to -The n our h e ro g ot d o wn t o b us in ess and questio n e d the, m o rrer I b e li eve e ve ry word you s ay, an t h ei; q ui c k e r we scou t an d Jim a b o u t the man they h ad foll o w e d into the git hold of ther galo o t you see n the r b ette r it will b e." s aloon "I r e ckon we had b ette r not interfe re with him j us t I But t h e r e was no t h in g that the y c ould t e ll him that now," s aid Wi ld, s hakin g hi s head. "Som e on e too k the w ould l e ad up to an ything


I YOUNG WILD WEST' S RACE FOR GOLD 9 "Did any one ebe come in and j oin him after h e came her e?" he asked them "No," an swered Jim. "He was at the bar with the man next to him, on his right, when we entered." ''We ll some one w ill come in before long, and you can bet on that." The wor ds were sca rc e l y out of our h ero's mouth when a man with a scraggy, black beard came in by the rear door. He a swift look around the room, allowed hi s gaze to rest upon wild, for the fraction of a second, and then Jojked s harpl y at the card table. "That's the ga loot who took the crow b a r and the other tool s I" our h ero exclaimed, under hi s br eath "I knew it would not be hard to find him H e knows me, too, which s how s that he must have followed me when I came away from the bank It mi ght be, thou g h that he jus t ha ppe n ed alon g in time to me place the things hind the bush, and, recognizing them, he took them But never once did the young deadshot let the man know h e took an y interest in him Hop had. see n our hero enter, of cou r se, and he was expecti n g that h e would be told to quit and give hi s winnings back. But Wild questioned Charlie and Jim about the game and l earned that a ll four of the men were c h ea ting for all they knew, so h e said nothing. H owever, the game was soon broken up for the man who had just entered made a sig n to Glim and hi s part n er, and they threw down their cards and cashed in what chips they had left. The two miners seemed to be well satisfied to quit, too, for it had dawne'd upon the m that the Chinaman was a sharper Hop got up and cashed in his c hips, too, and the r est did li kewise. All told, t h e Chinaman was about s ix hundred dollars ahead, so he was well sat i s fied. The three men whom our hero and hi s partne r were now certain were rascal s, soon left the saloon. They went out by the back way, and, t e lling his part n ers and the marshal to stay inside, our hero went out the front way auLl sto l e softly around the building. H e got to the rear in time to see the trio walking .slowly toward a s hed 'rhe one who had come in last talking very earn est l y to the other two, but in s u c h a low tone 01' voice that our h ero could not hear what he said Waiting until they reach ed the shed, Wild made hi s way to it

10 YOUNG WILD WEST'S R ACE FOR GOLD. Bug Saloon they came to a shan'ty that stood at the edge "He sartinly io, Cap." of a grove of pines. "What brought him here, I wonder?" Other s hantiel:l were scattered about, but none were "I don) know, Cap He l anded here with his pards very close to this particular one an' some gals an' a couple of heathen Chinese, late yes -'rhis was the shanty that Glim owned or he occupied terday afternoon. Didn't hear about ther hot time i t when in Silver Crown, anyhow, and no one disp u ted up in front of ther Silver Bug?" his claim to it. "No; I just got home about an hour ago. I was over to "Go ri ght in;boyr;;, an' light a lamp," Glim sa id, as -he I the Canyon, you know." 1mlocked the door. "You'll find one on ther table. I'll "Yes, I know. Well, this Young Wild West, as they run an' git ther captain." call him, made it lively fur some cowboys, I kin tell yer. The two men did as directed, and then Glim hastened Him an' his two pards licked s i x of 'em in great shape, I away in the darkness. an' then ther boy Jone some fancy shootin' ag'in one He soon reached a shanty that was not more t h an a of ther cowboys who claimed ter be a champion. If he hunJred yards di stant. 1 di

YOUNG WILD WEST'S RACE FOR G OLD 11 I per. "Jennie has heard something. L e ave it to her Glim; she can do a great deal more than a good many m en." Glim shrugged his s houlders and looked uneaey. "Do yer think there's any one arnund ther shanty?" h e asked, hoar s ely "Well, I don't know," was the reply. "But you saw how my wife w ent out all of a s udden. There must have b een some c au s e for it, or she wouldn't have done that." "Well, what 's g o in' ter be done about it?" Glim was getting decidedl y nervous Sure enough, it was our hero. He had been partially stunned by the from t he fall, too, and hefore he could recover himself the v illains had seized him a n d taken his weapons from him. C HAPTER VII. THE VILLA INS GET A STRONG LEA D IN THE GAME. "Sit down and play che c ker s,'' was the reply. "If Wild followed the three villains until they came to the t h ere i s any one around spying on u s they can't have any shanty of Glim 's. r eason to think that there is a n y thing wrong here H e got up as close as pos sible, and he was just i n time But just then the woman came back. to s e e one of them go on and l eave two of them there. "What was the matter, Jennie dear?" the captain He quickly deciqed to remain there and here what he a s k e d could, for there was no doubt in his minQ. t h at the other "Well, I happened to think that Glim might have been would be back, and most likely be accompanied by anfollowed here, so I went olit to find out,'' was the reply. other man 1"Neither of you thought about anything like that, it They were going tb consult the captain, they ha d said, seems and our hero wanted to hear what was said "Did yer see any one?" Glim asked, anxiously. A s the door of the shanty was closed the boy ste pp e d "No," was the reply. "But there could have been very up close to it. easily." He soon found that there were two wind ows t o t he "Well, since there ain't no o ne, we kin iee l easy, shanty, but both were covered from the inside i n s uch a s ai d the villain. way tP,at he could not see through them, thoug h a fain t "See here!" said the woman turning to him and allight shone through. most piercing him with her dark eyes. "Glim, are you "They have got canvas or blankets over the w indow s," sm:e that no one knows anything about this busine s s but he mused. "I like to see people when I .am liste n i ng to the four you have named?" the m talk. I wonder if I can t find a way to look in up o n "Well, it look s th'at way, don't it?" them?" "Yes; but jus t tell me all you know about it-just He w ent around the little building, treadi n g .softl y so what has happen ed, I mean. I am going to have a ::;ay in there would b e no danger of his being disc o vered this busine s s." But there was no opening through which he could peep "That's right, Glim," spoke up the captain "She and though h e could hear the low voices of the two scounknows a thing or two, you bet!" drels., he had no means of seeing them. "All right, Mrs Mord; I'll tell yer all I know about it, 'rhe more the daring young deadshot tho u g h t about it 'vhich is about as much as n.ny one kn0ws, outside of th e more desirou s he became of looking at them. Young Wild West an' his pards an' Jack Ryan." He went back a few yards from the shanty i n t h e r e ar, The villain the n relat e d eve ry point of it, an s wering and th e n he s uddenly saw a l ight shining through a s mall the question s s h e put to him readily. opening in the roof. She seem e d to be satisfied. Thi s s u gges t e d s omething right away. "Go and lure the four to y our shanty, and then make There was a goods ized tre e gro w ing clos e to one e n d of them pri s oner s and keep them there until the bank i s the s han ty and on e of the s tout e r of the limbs h u n g clean e d out,'' s he s aid. While they are being looked d i r ect l y ove r the roof, at a di s tance of only a coupl e of J or you will have a good chance to ge t the money out of feet from it. the bank The re is a hundred thousand dollars -mostly in "I re c kon I'll climh the tre e and get upo n t h e roo f," gol d, in that safe in the bank and you know it, too. mutte red Wild "If I can get to the ho l e the li g h t s hines 'l' hat must belong to us before daylight comes to-mor row through I ought to be able to look right dow n upon morning!" t h em." The two nv:m nodded. No s ooner d e cided upon than he proceeded to c ar ry the 'rhere was something that was very impres s ive in the plan into action way the woman s poke and they were much encouraged. Up the tree h e went, the s tealth that h e was so She g ather e d up the c he c ker s and the board, and then capable of, and o nce upon the limb that branched over t he motiolied her husband and their vi s itor to leave. thatch e d roof o f the s hant y he started to creep out upon i t Two minute s later they wer e on their way to the shanty It bent and sway ed under hi s w e ight, but not sufficien t where the o t11er t w o bank robber s had been l e ft. ly to touch the roof an..d make a nois e that would attract 'Fhey had just e ntered when here was a tearing sound the attention of those below in the rotten roof of the s hanty and the n down came a U sed tO s pyin g,.upon bad Indians as he w a s it was h uman for m in their midst l quite easy for th e boy to accomplish his purpose; for thos e "Young Wild West by jingo !'1 exclaimed Glim as he h e had to d eal with jst then could not be compa r e d t o recovered from his surprise and drew a revolver. shrewd red s kins.


12 YOUNG WILD WEST'S RACE FOR GOLD. He kept on going out upon the limb, and just as the ter bother with, it will be easy enough, an' we kin git end of it fairly touched the roof he found himself almost mvay afore a nv one sees us." directly over the break through which came the light. The of the roof did not alarm our hero any Wild could now see the interior of the cabin, and the more than it might let his presence become known. conversation of the two men below came to his ears quite It was natural that hi s weight should cause the roof plainly to give, and he neve11 once thought that there was any Almost the first objects that his eyes rested upon were danger of his going through it. the tools he had taken from under the bank building He moved a foot further along and then he could see all He could easily guess that they were the same ones, that was going on inside the shanty. for they lay in a heap on the floor, and were exactly the 'fhe two men were sitting ,beside a ricketty table, on same, both in look s and quantity. which was a bottle and some glasses and a box containing "How do yer think it kin be managed, Tom?" Wild tobacco. heard one of the villains say. He knew the box contained tobacco, for he saw one of "I don't j est know," was the reply. "But what Mart them in the act of loading his pipe from it. Mord don't know about sich things ain't worth knowin'. And it was pretty sa'fe to say that the bottle contained He's ther captain of our gang, which he likes so much whisky. ter call his 'bank robber band'; an' he's ther one ter The two villains talked on in the same strain fully make arrangements fur sich things. Glim won't be lbng ten minutes. in gittin' him here. His wife might not want him ter T.hen the boy on the roof heard foot ste p s approaching. come out, since he's been away all day an' she seems ter "Ah!" he exclaimed, breathing a s ight of relief. "I like ter have him in ther house at night. But he'll come, reckon Glim as they call him, is coming. There are two jest ther same, as soon as he hears what's in ther wind." 6f them, so the captain must be with him." "Oh, ther captain will come, all right,'' the first speaker Those inside did not hear the footsteps as quickly ai:said, confidently. "She' ll be mighty g lad ter let him he did. come when she hears what's up. She's as much interThey pricked up their ears when they did hear th.em, esfed in robbin' ther bank as any of us. She expects ter and the one called Dick Jones got up and went to the get a good share of ther hundred thousand, ye know. door. Then ther. captain's goin' ter take her back ter Denver In (.!ame Glim and the captain, and Wild moved his po"W ell, it'll be allout ther best strike we've made, I s ition slightly, so he might get a good view of the latter's reckon. A hundred thou and dollars ter be divided up face. among ther four of us ain't so bad, even if ther captain The next instant he felt the roof sinking beneath his does take a third fur managin' ther business. Twothirds hands; then came a tearing sound, and down he went! of a hundred thouaand dollars will make over twenty thou-In vain did he try to clutch something to stay his fall, sand dollars apiece fur ther three of us I reckon we'll and with a thud, he landed on the floor below. all light out fur some other place as soon as we git it. Dazed and confused by the suddenness of it all, he fell Ther money is mostly in gold, too, so it will be harder to an easy victim to the three men as has been stated. carry than greenbacks Glim had certainly acted quickly. "Well, we'll git it, as sure as my name are Tom Ravel!" "What do yer think of this?" he exclaimed, in triumph. "An' we'll spend it, too, as sure as mine is Dick Jones!" "Cap run outside an' see if there's any more of 'em Wild was not a little interested when he heard all this. around." But what be wanted to learn the most was how the Mord heard and under s tood. villajns expected to trap him and his partners and the Out be went, revolver in hand marshal. But there was no one to be seen or heard. He w ent around the shanty, looked on the roof, and That he would learn when the captain came then went around again As J1e could not see the two men very well, Wild took Satisfied that the boy had been the only one spying the risk of leaving the branch of the tree and resting hi s upon them, he came back. weight upon the roof. 1 "Now you see how mi s taken you were when you thought 'l'here was a slight cracking as he did this, and he saw that Young Wild West did not know who it was that had the men look np. taken the tools," he said, s haking hi s head. "'Must be startin' ter blow a little outside," said one of "Well, it's all ther b efte r fur us, I reckon,'' answered tbem thought it would breeze up a little afore ther Glim, who was s tanding close to our hero, a revolver night is over. It will be a mighty good thing if it does, pressed against his temple "We've got tber worst one of too, 'cause if we do happen ter git ther money from the ther lot, ain't we?" bank safe and light out with it, ther wind will blow ther "Yes, that's ri ght. How do you young feller? sa'.nd so it will cover our horses' tracks after we git out of Pretty s mart trick you were playing, wasn't it?" ther camp The last remark was addre sse d to our hero, who bad "That's right," answered the other. "I jest hope we been quickly bound with a rope, so he could not use his kin do ther joh to-night. But it all depends upon whether hand s or feet. or pot we. filn git Young Wild West an' ther others in "Well, I had a littl e bad luck," was the cool r etort. "If our power first. 'rhat's g ot ter be done, or we can t go I had known the roof was as weak as that I shouldn't near ther bank, that's all. With only -a sleepy watchman have put my weight upon it. But it's all right, I reckon."


Y OUNG W I LD WEST'S RACE FOR GOLD 1a I "You think it is all right, eh? Ha, ha, ha! Well, I I'll have to take a hand in this game myself. But I'll guess it is all rigb t; but not in the way you mean, though. give you a chane;e fiTst. Tell Wild I don't want him to Th e money in the bunk safe is going to be ours, and if stay out very long to-night, for something tells me thlllt you are not very careful you will be a dead boy!" he will get into danger if he does "Oh, I reckon I won't die just yet." "All right," Jim replied, and then he went out and hasW ild was now quite himself, and as cool as he always tened back to the saloon was. Charlie anu Jack Rvan were almost in the exact spot He had been s lightly stunned by the fall, but it was where he bad left and there were no signs of Wild only momentary. or the men he had gone out to follow. He was satisfieu that the v ill ains did not mean to kill The marshal was talking with the proprietor of the him, but meant to keep him from interfe r ing with them p lace and another man, but he never once mentioned a in their work of robbing the bank thing about the proposed robbery of the bank "Now, then, Cap, how are we goi n ter gi t the r rest of He had decided to let Young Wild West work the thing 'em?" asked Glim out to a climax, and then he would b e read y to act "That will be pretty easy, I think. You and Tom just Hop Wah was playing roul e tte just then, and he was go back to the saloon. If they are in there, buy a drink, l ucky enough to win just after Jim came in. and then out again right away. T hey w ill follow As he had been out about two hundred doll ars on the you, as a matter of course. Dick and I w ill be waiting game, and had won a clean five hundred, he decided to with a couple of lariats, and if we can't rope them as they stop come up here I'll give up tlie business of robbing banks The banker wanted him to go on, but the clever Chinathat's all Go on right away. T he n come back straight man shook his head and said: to the shanty here." "Me allee samee velly muchee s martee; me know when CHAPTER VIII. HOW THE TRICK WAS PLAYED Wild had not been gon e very l ong w h e n J i m happe ned to think that he was to get some n eedles for Eloise at the store He had promised her t o b r ing t h em back in a few min utes, and it just occurred to him at t hat moment "Charlie," he said, "I am going to the store for some thing, and then I'll run over to the hotel a minute I'll be right back If Wilcl needs me for anyt hing te ll him to wait a minute or two "All right, Jim," answered the scout "Go a h ead." Dart hasti l y left the saloon He went to the store and got what h e wanted and then he ha s tened to the hotel. Eloise was waiting for him, for she had some sewing to do, and she had no need l e of the k i nd s h e wa nted. As Jim gave them to her and t u rned t o go Ar i etta look e d at him s harply and said : "Whe' re is Wild?" '"He's on the track of something, Arietta," was the reply "I expect to meet him over at the Silve r Bug Saloon." "What i s he on the t.rack of?" "Would-be bank robbers.'1 "What!" o All three of the girls were great l y surprised, since they had heard nothing of what was going on. As they were alone just then, Jim de l ayed returning long enough to tell them. "Well, I thou ght it would b e s trange if we did not run into some kind of an adventure here," said Arietta shaking her h ead "The fight with the cowboys was only a tame affair, and I knew something rea ll y startling would have to follow 'rhat is the way it usua ll y is you know. Bank robbers, eh? Well, t hat is pretty good I think me allee samee gottee 'nough, so be. V elly muchee 'b l igee." There was a l augh from those who had been watching him, but there was no one there who did not consid e r that he was a pretty wise sort of a heathen. Both Charlie and Jim knew that Hop was pretty sure to take care of himself, so they did not interfere with him. Just then the cowboys, who had been ma.king the rounds of the town, came in. When they saw Hop they let out a yell "\ But it was not because they meant him any harm. The lesson they had received at the hands of You n g Wild West and his partners had taught them .to be a lit tle different toward that particular Chinaman They nearly all had black eyes.and swollen faces as the result of the fist fight in front of the daloon, but they did not seem to mind this in the least The fact was that they had imbibed so much "bugjuice/' as they termed it, that they felt no pain from the blows they had received, and, as far as their looks went, they did not care. "Wow!" yelled Stinger Sam, s lamming his fist down upon the bar. "Come here, Heath en! I'm goin' ter treat yer to ther best there is in the r s hebang I do"n't bear you no g rudge, if your boss did li ck me like thunder. I'm glacl I got li cked I'm a bad cowboy from ther Two Star Ranch, but I know when I hit my head ag'in a tree; I a in't a hog, nor nothin' like one, 'cause I always knows when I've got enough. Landlord, put out medicine fur seYen M:y money is putty nigh gone, but that don't make no difference; there's plenty more money T her printin' pr esses of ther Government i s' it out every da y Mone y was made ter spe nd, not only ter work fur! Hooray! Whoopee! Wow!" Bang! Down came hi s h eavy fist on the bar again, and a glass that a miner was just pouring some liquor in was upset. Then the cowboy s wept it from the bar and slammed a five-dollar bill on lhe counter. /


14 YOUNG WILD WEST'S RACE FOR GOLD. "I'm ther bad cowboy from ther Two Star Ranch!" he "But where's Wild? That's ther question," spoke up repeated. "I know that Young Wild West licked me, but Jack Ryan. you can't, you sour-faced galoot!" The two villains appeared to be a little uneasy when The miner was a Little bit angered at what had hapthey went past the trio, and Charlie took pains to watch pened, bnt a word from the boss of the saloon quieted them as they 'vent to the bar. him almost before he showed it. They got soxpething to drink as soon as it could be The cowboys frt:Jm the surrounding ranches spent lots served to them, and then, looking axound, as though of money with him, and the proprietor of the Silver Bug afraid of being followed, they made for the rear door of was always looking out to hold his trade. the saloon. Besides, he did not care to have his place "shot up" jus t "Come on, boys!" whispered the scout "I reckon we then, for business was altogether too good for anything had better see where they go." like that, even if it was so near payday. He led the way around the building and they were just Hop accepted the invitation of Stinger Sam to .drink. in time to see the two men striking out across a vacant He seldom refused such an invitation, if he had his piece of ground. own way about it. All unconscious of the danger that threatened them, "You velly nicee man, so be," he said, as he lined up they set out to follow the villains. alongside the cowboy. "You catchee me with um lope, The two bank robbers certainly played their part well. but me no care." As ignorant as they were, they showed great tact, and "Yes, I roped yer all right," was the reply; "an' Young though they s urely knew that they were being followed, Wild West shot my hors e hair rope in two. I didn't like they never once seemed to act so. that very much. But thunder! What was I gain' ter do? Straight for the shanty where Young Wild West was a I said I would spank him, but sayin' things an' doin' 'em prisoner they made their way, and after them came Char is two different conglomerations, as I've found out. Drink, lie, Jim and Ryan. you slant-eyed galoot-drink! You're all wool on both When th.ey reached the door they paused and looked sides, 'ca use you're Young Wild West's Chinee If yer around through the gloom of the night, and the three wasn't hi s Chinee you'd be runnin' around ther sand hills crouched behind some bushes and waited. with about a yard less pigtail at this very minute. WhooThen they went inside, and our hero's partn,!lrs and the pee!' < marshal got up and tiptoed their way toward the sh9nty. Stinger Sam was certainly right in "trim," and though It was just then that something happened he said his money was pretty nearly gone, he pulled out A wire noose encircled Charlie, pinning his arms to his a couple of five-dollar bills and threw them on the floor. sides, and then around Jim and Ryan went the rope. Out came his gun ancI he began shooting at them till I Zip! the chambers were empty. It tightened quickly and down went all three in a heap! "There yer are!" he cried, as he picked up the bills, which were pretty well riudled,, and placed them on the bar; "treat ther house, landlord, an' we'll call it square!" The saloon keeper agreed to this, for he knew he could redeem the bills ; an.d, besides, treating the house did not inclnde those sitting at the card tables. 'rbe mmlt was that Stinger Sam paid for really more than was put on the bar. But he gid not stop to consider this. He wlls on a spree, and the qu,icker his money was gone the better he would feel. Though he must have seen Charlie and Jim, he did not address them personally. They accepted his invitation, however, there was no chance for him to say anything on that score. The cowboys got very noisy. Some of wanted to sing and the rest tried to show how loud they could yell. Our two friends and the marshal stepped outside. 'rhey were all wondering what was keeping Wild so long. They soon had cause to think that something was wrong, for who should show up but two of the men the young deadshot had followed. Charlie gave Jim a nudge and whispered: "Them galoots is up ter somethin'; yer kin bet on it t" "I wonder where the other fellow is?" Dart answered, looking a little puzzled. /' CHAPTER IX. HOP FORGETS. As soon as they saw that Young Wild WesPs two part ners had left the place the cowboys began to get a little more free with Hop. The Chinaman noticed this right away, and he decided that be had bi:itter leave. It sci happene;d that he took the chance just after Glim and 'l'om Ravel went out by the back way. 'rhe clever Chinaman left by the rear door, too, and he was just in time to see three forms disappearing in the darknes s among the trees and bru s hes that were scattered about. But though he had not caught much Of. a look at them, Hop easily recognized one of them as Cheyenne Charlie. "Whattee rnattee ?" he asked himself. "Me have go findee out, so be. Misler Wild and Misler Jim go lookee for somebody, so be; takee man 'long, too. Where :triisler Wild?" Then he thought for a moment and came to the con. clusion that there was something that needed his immediate attention. As the reader is aware, H'op was a krery shrewd fellow. He could figur e out things and draw conclusions as


. r j YOUNG WILD WEST-'S RACE FOR GOLD. 15 quick abl y as the average person and a little quicker, prob-It struck him right away that Charlie, Jim and the m arshal were after the two men who had left the saloon but a minute before him. He at once starte

16 YOUNG WILD WEST S RACE FOR GOL D. But it is safe to say that neither of them got mrrch surprise and consternation, and just as they might have sleep, for they were almost continually listening for the i:;een fit to shout for help revolver s w ere pres s ed against return of the "boys," as they called them. their heads, while they were commanded to remain silent. The night pass ed on. It surely was not good policy to disobey the colIJJiiand, It wa jus t before daylight when Arietta arose and for, with their hands bound and dead l y weapons covering made preRarations to leave the them, only fools would have done it. Sh e could stand it no longer Once into the shanty they we're quickly made secure, N e ither Anna nor Elois e tried to dissuade her now, for and then Charlie and Jim looked a.round and saw Wild they knew it would be usele ss. sitting in a corner, utterly helpless. ''I will find them she s aid, shaking her bead, deciThen, after remarking how easy it had all been accom 6xvely. "I will not stop until I do." plished, the captain observed : They admonished her to be careful, and then the brave "Now, boys, don't talk loud I hardly think we can girl set out on her mission. look for anybody else to come, b u t i is better to be as But where was she to go to look for them? That was silent about this as possible 1 the question "We have got all those who are supposed to know anySh e thought of Hop thing about o u r business, and that means that we can go ff e might know somet h i n g abou t them. ahead w ithout any interference. T he watchman will fall 'l'he hotel, like the saloons of the mining towns, was an easy victim, I know, for he is not dreaming of such kept open all night. a thing as the bank being robbed." Arietta did not hesitate to go to the door of the barroom "When are we goin' ter do it, Cap?" asked Glim, who ond ask for Hop. was delighted at the success of the scheme and was ta.king It so happened that there was a man there, who had core to make Cheyen n e Charlie so secure that he could lately come from the Silver Bug Saloon. hardly m ove. He quickly informed her that the Chinaman was asleep "Just when the day begins to break will be the pr'OJY.:lr in the back room of the saloon. time," was the captain's reply. "Most everybody will be Having decided upon questioning Hop before she went asleep then. Of course, the gambling element will be any further, Arietta hurried to the saloon, after thanking awake, but they will be so interested in their games _that h er informant for the t nformation he had giver). her t hey won't be abl e to do anything As soon as the safe is She went around to the rear door and, opening blown open we will get the money and ride away. Our picked out the sleeping Celestial right away. horses must be ready, of course "Hop!" she called out, loudly. "How about your wife, Cap?" asked one of the villains. The Chinaman awoke with a start. "That is the odJ.y thing that is bothering me,'r replied He rubbed his eyes and, looking at the gir l i n Mord, shaking his head. "I suppose, though, that she will exclaimed : have to go, too, as these fellows will get loose sooner or "Whattee mattee, Missy Alietta?" later, and they have heard enough from us to able to here; I want you!" stop her from leaving 'But' I know what I'll do! I'll "Allee light!" im

YOUNG WILD WEST S RACE FO R G O LD 17 1 h a t may be. But s om e thin g teUs me that you won' t clean. o u t man y more I don t k now j u st w h y, but I thin k that way. i Mord l a ughed .,It amuses me to hear you talk, Youn g Wil d W est," he sai d. "As i f you were not in my power! Why, if I say the word you will never leave t hi s s hant y alive!" I hope you won't say the word the n Wild a s coolly as thou g h he was simply talking with a m11,tn who was friendly di spos ed to him, and he was entir e l y at his liberty. "Well murder is somethi n g I h ave never had a ha nd i:(l yet, and I think I am too old to begi n now. So don't worry on that score I am simply going to leave you in thi s s h anty along w ith you r frieru:ls an d "'.hen w e get r eady to cle an out the bank we w ill d o it. It won' t take man y minutes to do it, either, so you w ill have to be mighty sharp if you g e t away i n time to take o u r trail. Of cour s e if you do happen to o'lfertake u s we will fight, and if an y of y ou goes down i t w ill be your own fa ul t A bank r obber is not fooli s h e n o u g h t o give u p w h en h e has a chance to get away, s impl y by a cting in sel f de fence "I reckon we'll take o u r ch a nc es with you an your ga n g if it come s ter fightin'," Cheyenne C h ar l ie spoke u p "Fig h tin' sich galoots as you are i s j e s t in our l ine o f bu s iness." "Oh, I know that. D o n't t r y t o tell me an yt hin g about it. 1'he c apt ai n now turned and after a few whispere d word s w ith h is m e n l eft the shant y Jac k R y an was very m u ch p u t o u t by w h a t ha d hap p ened H e f elt sure tha t the villains would accompli s h t!i.e ir pu rpose and if it h a d not been for the cooln ess of our h ero he w ou ld have trie d t o make some kind of terms with them Bu t h e stuc k it out brave ly, for h e did not want his comp.ani ons in t roubl e to think that he was a coward. W hen the l eade r h ad g on e Tom Rave l sat down bdore the p ris on e r s and fix in g hi s eyes on Wi l d, said : "I'd je s t lik e te r ha v e yer an s wer m e one question Y o un g West." "We ll, what i s it?" our h e ro an s wered I'll answer i t an d m aybe I won't." How did y e r find out that w e was goin' t e r rob ther b l a me d old bank, an y how?" "We ll, I don t mind tellin g you that m u c h That fe l low the re," noddin g toward Glim, "acted sort of s u s p i cio u s to me;' and I w ent around to the r e ar of the b an k afte r he went into the Silv e r B u g at d u s k l a s t n igh t. I too k a good look around, and I was n t two m in utes in findin g that one of the s tones of the foundation was ldose. I g ot at work ri g h t away, a n d I soon removed the st on e Then I found the too l s you 've got h e re under t h e b uild in g I t Qok the m around to t h e r e ar of the Boss Hotel and l e a v in g them the r e, w ent in to inquire about the town mar s hal : You see, I imagined that there wa8 a p l a n on foot :!,o rob the bank and I wanted to get at work to 9;;.ev ent it. I haven't any more u s e for ban k robbei:s'than I have for horse thieves, a n d is a1 p leas ure to me every tim e I can nail them Well to l et you know all abou t it, I found Mr. Jack Rya n who i s here with u s and we went out s ide, I might show h i m what I had found. But the too l s were gone, s o I could n t show hi m B u t J.'11 show him now. T h e r e they are, Mar s hal." 'rhe young dead s hot n odded t oward the bunc h of tiJols lyin g on the floor a s calmly a s tho u g h everything w a s all right, and he was g l a d t o be abl e to con vince the i;,.a.n that what he had to l d h im was the t r uth. I see 'em," R ya n answered. "But I reck o n i t won't do me no goo d now." "Well you a re s ati s fied that what I told you was r ig h t, are you not?" O h, sarti n I am. I believe what yer s aid, an yhow You know tha.t, Wild 1 A ll right N ow, t o fini s h my s tory," and, turni n g t o Tom Ravel, he went on: "\Y e kne w that s ome o ne had tak en the tools, of course, s o we lit out for t h e Si lver Bug, w h e re you h a d gon e in foll o w e d b y my two partne r s It was a pretty s ure thing that the g aloot took the tools would come and let you kn o w it, wasn't it? l'yfoybe it was p u tty the v ill a in admitted "O f course. And t hat is jus t w hat h a ppened. Then wh11t 1 vas mor e probab l e tha n t h a t s ome o ne s hould follow you when you l eft_ t h e saloon?" I und e r s tand it al l now. Y e r was putty s mart, but 11ot quite as smart as yer though t yer was." "I a m compe ll ed to admit that,'' s aid Wild. "Bu{ if the roof h::tcl not br o ken in wit h me I reckon i t would have been all right "That o ld roof is all t ight, s poke up Glim. "I'm mighty g l ad t hat it was s o rotte n. But affe r w e got you i t was a good sch eme of ,t-h e r cap ta in' s ter t hink about t r app in' th er re s t the r way he did, wasn't it?" "I'll ha,ve to m y tha t it was, o r I w ill b e l y in g a bout it." "We ll layin jok in' a s i de, don't yer t h i nk w e' r e in a fu.i g hty f air way ter git ther money out of t h er bank?" a sked Dick J ones, the third man of the party "I'll h ave t o say 'ye s to that question, for it cer tainly does look as thou g h you are g oin g to succeed This ad mi ssion from Young Wild West seemed to please t h e me n immensel y -One of t hem wen t o utf;ide a nd to o k a t hor o u g h l o _ok ar o un d the premises. Find i n g no t hin g i:!.1 the way o f a human b e in g t h e re, he c ame ba,ck. The n all three began smoki n g a n d dr i nJd n g occasion a ll y from t h e bott l e that was on t h e tab l e Bu t af t e r a w h i l e they began to grow d rowsy "Gli m," said Jone s "one of u s has g o t ter stay awake, t h at's s u re But there ain't no use i n a ll three, of u s d oin' i t at o n e time. S'po s e we draw l ots ter see who it i s t e r do i t fur t h e r fir s t hour or so?" Glim was satisfie d a nd s o was Tom Rave l so t hey settle d it in s hort order b y drawing m a tches. It fe ll to t h e lot of th"one r s were s ecure, t he other s lay on some blank e t s a nd were soon s norin g


/ 18 YOUNG WILD WEST'S RACE FOR GOLD. --=:::.-========--========== ======== -------------CH,A.PTER XI. THE CRITICAL :MO:MENT DRAWS NEAR. "We ll, what hav e you done about the Mart?" asked the wife of the l eader of the bank robbers, as he came bac k to the s hanty. "Jjjverythin g is all arranged my dear," was the reply. "In orde r to make it a success, from the start, you have got to leav e town as soon as possible." ('Good!" It m i ght seem strange that the woman should in t hi s way, but t he fact was that she wa.s longing to get back to a gay life in D enver, and the time to leave the littl e mining town she detested so could not come too qui ck. As h e r hu s band had remarked to his followers, she was n ot afraid to ride awav alone in the darkness. Sh e knew the way they meant to go with the plunder whe n they g ot it, and she was willing to go. Tha t part of it was settled quickly, much to the cap tain 's s ati sfactio n. "Jennie, !ou h aven't got much to take with you, that's ohe good thmg," he said, with a laugh. "No," slie answered, tossing her head. "If I had known that we were going to stay here as long as this we might hav e had more, though." "Well, it you to bring about such thigs. This is the time there has been so much mone y in gold in the bank safe. It will be a pretty heavy load to carry, I know; but I think we will be able to man-he thought he was going to haYe everything his own way. He sat down in the deserted shanty after she had gone, and as he got to thinking he fell into a doze. From the doze he dropp e d off into a sound sleep. How long he slept with his head lying on the table hll did not exactl y know, but he was sudden l y awakened by hearing some one in the room. Looking up, he saw Glim standing over him. "What's ther matter, Cap?" asked the villain "Have yer been asleep? Come We've got ter be doin' some thin'. It'll soon be daylight." "What!" cried Mord, as he sprang to his feet. "Was I fool enough to drop off asleep? Thunder! That is some thing unusual of me. But I s uppo s e it was all-because I felt a little lonely after my wife left, Glim. Anyhow, it is all right. I am glacl you came though." "Oh, yer kin bet that we wasn't gain' ter let yer sleep all night, Cap. We're itchin' ter git ther money an' git away with it." "That's right. How are the pri s oners getting on?" "They're all asleep, I reckon, Cap. They seem ter take i t mighty easy, though." "Well, they may as well, I suppose But they'll be mighty uneasy when they hear the dynamite explosion. Ha, ha, ha! That will hurt Young Wild West as, much as though some one shot him." Glim laughed. "Maybe it would be a good thing if he did git shot, Cap," he answered. "Ko. We won' t have anything like that against us. If we get half an pour's start of them they ll never catch us. 'rhe wind is blowing pretty good, and the sand will drift." The two hurried from the shanty now, and around it to age it, otherwise we would have to get a wagon. a shed. "And then we never would get away," said the woman. Mord quickly saddled h'is horse, and then he went to a "It is all right, Mart; I am not :naking a word of P0.i;n-1 barrel that stood outside and got two of dynamite. plain t. One-third of the boodle is to be yom :s, and that "Take these, Glim," he said. "You k ow enogh to be mean s that I will come in for my share. We wiil have a cal'eful how you handle them." swell time up in Denver while the money lasts, and then "I reckon I do Cap was the reply '11 I t t k t h else to I you iave o s n e ou somew ere Mord mounted and rode at a walk to the other shanty, another haul." his companion walking along with the '"l'hat's right, Jennie. Bank robbmg is my profession, Reaching it, the captain dismounted and entered. and there are so many of them that I am bound to keep The prisoners were there in charge of Jones, Tom busy whenever I want to." Ravel having gone to saddle the horses, so they would be The woman now proceeded to gather together what ready to start. she to take with her on the trip the wild ThP. lamp was dimly burning inside the shanty, but the country to the Canyon: which was a small mmmg camp cRptoin could see that the prisoners were awake. about ten miles distant. From .there she take the "Well Young Wild West," said he, smiling confidently, trail that led over the mountams to a good-sized town, "it will Boon be over. I hope you will enjoy yourself here where there was a railroad station. until some one comes along to liberate you." 'rhe 'trail to the Canyon was very sandy, for the most "I will try and make out," was the rep ly. and the bank robbers hoped to elude pursuit by their ''Well, it is a good that you've got a way of taking tracks being obliterated by the wind, things cool. If you was one of the excitab l e kind you Mord had three horses, and one of them was to be used might have a fit over thi s." as a pack iinimal. 'rhe captain laughed as he spoke He assisted pis wife to get ready, and in les s than an "Come on, Cap; I reckon we'd better hurry a litHe," hour she mo1mted and, taking the pack horse by the spoke up 'l'om Ravel 'just then. "It'll be gittin' day:light bridie, bade her husband goodby and set out. in a few minutes now." "Be sure and come," she added, as s he rode away. "All r i ght, Tom," was the reply, "Now, just if the "Oh,' I'll join never fear!" was the reply. prisoners are good and fast, and then we'll go. Look out Tlie leader of the bank robbers was very confrdent for J for the dynamite) Glim." /


YOUNG WILD WEST'S RACE FOR GOLD. 19 "I've got her all right, Cap," was Glim's reply. "I'm gain ter lead my nag." "Let Dick do that; you go ahead with the dynamite and get a.round behind the bank. Tom will carry the tools and I will attend to the watchman." It was certainly galling to our hero and, his partners to hear all this planning, which was done in such a cool and confident manner. 'l'he men examined the knots in the ropes that bound them, and, after tightening them where they thought t hey needed it they all went out, putting out the l ight and closing the door of the shanty after them. T hey had taken pains to gather up what they could carry away on horseback in the way of blankets and the t h ings they would need to cook with while in the moun tains. As soon as they were gone Wild made a desperate effort to free himself. T aking the cue, the rest tried the same thing. But they found it was n o use, for the men w h o had bound them knew their business perfect l y "This is what I call mighty tough medicine> te r swalier," said the scout, with something l ike a groa n of de I s p air. 1 "Don't give up yet, Char l ie," answered Wil d T here may be a way out of this yet "I can't see where it's comi n ', Wild," was t h e retort. "In about ten mi n utes from now we'll hear an explosion an' then we'll know that ther bank safe is blowed up The r sneakin' galoots won't be long in gitti n away then." "There is one chance, Charlie." "What is that?" "Jim told the girls about the proposed robbe r y "Yes; that's right. "Well, Arietta will be o n hand. See if she don't." "She might be lookin' fur us, but will she find us? Not till after ther thing is done, most likely f have been expecting to hear from her before this," s p oke up Jim. "She said she might take a hand in the game, or something to that effect, when I left." "Well, if she had known where we were she would have had us out of this before now, I reckon," Charlie ob served. "It isn't like l y she would start out until she found out we did not show up until morning," Jim said, shak ing his head, though his partners cou l d not see him, as it was too dark in the shanty for that. "Sh e may start out to look for us after daylight." Wild was forced to come to the con cl u sion t h at Jim was abou t right. "Say," said the marsha l dismally, "th is is awfu l bad b u siness. Dan Hull, ther bank president, will be ruined. I'll bet he'd make ther feller rich almost what coul d stop this business." "Well, the galoots w..on't get so very far with their booty, if they do manage to blow up the safe," replied our hero. "We'll get a.fter them, and we'll see if we can't fol )ow the trail. I reckon we have followed just as bad nes before, eh, boys ?" "You bet we have!" exclaimed Dart. "I ain't afraid about that part of it," the scout l'etorted. "But it seems ter be a shame ter let 'em git ,. _,eT m o ney in their clutches." Just then there came a gentle tap on t1.., door The four prisoners pricked up their "Hello!" called out Wild, soft ly. Then the door opened and a match was li g hted By the :flickering flame cast out by the match the pris. oners saw Arietta and Hop standing befor e them. "Just in time exclaimed our hero Bo ys, I reckon we'll be on hand, after all." CHAPTER XII. THE VIJ,LAINS ROB THE BAN K Hop had lost na time in leading Arietta to t h e s Though she was angered at him for t h e way h e h ad acted, she freely forgave h im whe n s h e beheld the pris oners alive and well. It was but the work o f a moment for Arietta to cut Wild loose. Then, as h e got upon his feet a nd str et ched his cr a mped : l imbs, she turned her attention to t h e r est "You have got to hurry," she said. Don t let them get away with the money, Wild." "Not if I can help it, Et," was t he reply. "Come on, then." Our friends gathered up what h ad bee n left of their weapons by the villains and went outside They were a little stiff at first, but soon the y t hem selves in shape, and then they started on a run. It was only a short distance to the bank, but b e fore they were half way there came a l oud explos ion. "They've blowed up th\lr safe!" exclaimed C heyenn8 Chair lie. "That's just what they have d@e," Wild an s w e red. "Hop, you run ahead and sadd l e Spitfire. I m ay want him." "Allee light, Mi::;ler Wild." The Chinaman was only too g l ad t o be ask ed to do something. He felt deeply ashamed of himself for having failed to tell Arietta of his discovery of the nig h t before right away. Straight for the bank our hero and his companions ran. It was less than a minute after the explosion w h en they reached it. The gray dawn was breaki n g and objects wer e d i sti n guishable. One of the windows of the bank b uil d in g was badly smashed and the door was open. Wild leaped forward to the door, revol ver in h and. A mocking laugh sounded from withi n and then he stumbled over a prostrate form. By the time he could get upon his feet the clatter of hoofs sounded from the rear of the building. The villains had got away. Wild rushed in, not paying any attention to the bodf he had stumbled over. He quickly saw how it was t h t the bank robbers h a d made their e.scape so quickly. The safe had stood in a corner a nd whe n t h e d yn amit e I


YOUNG WILD WEST'S RACE FOR GOLD was used on it a portion of the buildi:g was blown away, Tli e president of the bank and the watchman quickly making a of egress larger than the regular door let them know what had happ ened to the girl. way. "It was Mart Mord who had her!" the latter exclaimed. "They have got away, boys!" shouted our hero. "See "He is the one who knocked me down when they came in to the fellow l yi n g on the floor there. He must be the the bank, too. You must hurry, if you want to save the watchman, and maybe he isn't dead." girl and the money Mord ha s got one of the fastest horses Wild l eaped through the opening and made a bee-line in these parts." for the stable of the hotel. But neither Charlie nor Jim heard what he said He got the1.'e just as Hop was l eading his horse out. Already they were on the trail, and riding close behind Only pausing long enough to examine the sadd l egirths, therri were the six cowboys Young Wild West s\vun g himself in 1the saddle Meanwhile Arietta was being borne along with the As h e came around to the front of the bank he saw Jim speed of the wind tying a about a man's head. As the watchman had s aid, Mord had a very fast horse. It was the watchman: he could easily tell that much The gir l had not anything like that to happen. As the boy reined in his steed the cl atter of hoof s soundConsequently she fell an easy victim to the quick-think-ed on the street ahead. ing leader of the bank robbers. "There they go, Wild!" cried Arietta, pointing to the fleeing bank robbers. "The watc hman says they got the money too. Don't let them get away.I' "All right, Et," was the reply, and, putting the sorrel on a gallop, he started in pursuit. ,.,. It was just then that a man, hatless and half dressed, appeared from around the corl).er of a shanty It was the presid ent of the bank and the heaviest stock hold e r in it. "Catch them, Young Wild West," he s hout ed, "and twenty-five per cent. of the money is yours!" 'The dashing young d e adshot heard thi s and he s hout7 eel back: "I'll get them, if they can be got.'' Jim now l eft the wounded watchman, who had been drag ged out of the building by him, in the charge of A ri etta a nd the president, and after Charlie he went to get the hor ses Then it was that something happened. A hor sema n came tearing around the corner of the bank straight for Arietta Be f or e she could get out of the way the horse made a swerve, and then an arm encircled her waist and she was drawn upon the back of the steed! It was sure l y a daring performance, but when we say that it was Mart Mord who did it the reader will not be much surprised. 'l'he l eade r of the bank roboers realized that they would surely get caught unless somet hing could be done quick l y As he was ridin g away, and heard the hoofbeats of YoUll g Wild W est's horse in hot pursuit, he thought of a plan which he thought would save them "Keep right on, boys!" he called out "I am going back and get that girl. With her in our po ssessio n they won't dare to chase us up too close I will threaten to tak e her lif e unl ess they stop, and you can bet that we will come pretty close to winning out, too!" Back went, and in le ss than a minute he had accom. plishecl his purpose Arietta uttered a scream, whi c h was heard by Chey enne Charlie and Jim Dart. But by this time the whole town was astir The cowbo)'s, who h ad been aro u sed by the explosion, now came out with their horses Then the scout and Dart came along. ( \, As 4e swung her across tlie horse in front of him he let the reins drop and swung the end of a rope around her body. Anot her quick turn and her arms were pinned to her sides "Easy, y oun g lady!" he said, persuasively. "You will not be harmed, providing you do as you are told. W have got the money and we mean -to get away with it. You must be the means to allow us to do it. I am a des perate man, remember!" "You. are a scoundrel!" cried the girl, as she made an effort to free her self and drop to the ground. But he quickly swung the rope around h er for another turn, and then she was hard and fast. 'rhen Arietta l et out a scream for help, for the second time. "That's ri g ht," said Mord. "I want them to know that I have got you Young Wild West will turn to look for you, and then my pards will get away. They have got the money; I haven't a dollar of it. Ha, ha, ha! My scheme is working to perfection, as quick as I was in mak ing it up." The villain now guiqed the horse off to the right. He had only been at Silver Crown a few days, but in that time he hatl made a s tudy of the s urrounding cou n try. He knew just which way to go in order to elude his suers. If he followed the trail hi s took he might come upon Young Wild West, too, and that was why he swung off to the right. It was growing lighter every minute now and the yel low streaks that ran athwart the eastern sky denoted the approach of a clear, bright day. A gentl e wind was blowin g from the Southwest, and as i t grew lighter it increased. But it.was nothing like a gale, so if the villains had de pended U'pon it to drift the sand and con ceal the of their horses' hoofs they would have been disappointed. On rode the bank robber, holding his fair prisoner firm ly upon the horse. Mord was now c;ertain that. Young Wild West must hav e heard the of the gir l and h e was hoping that he had turned back to find out what the trouble was. It was a desperate game he was playing, for there ,;as a hundred thousand dollars at stake.


......,' ,. YOUNG WILD RACE FOR GOLD. 21 "If they only knew eno u gh to take to the ravine," he thought. "Then the boy might make a mistake .ap.d fol low the trail of Jennie. It is about the only chance we've got." He covered half a mile, and then he reached the ravine he had in mind. Then it was that an exclamation of satisfaction escaped his lips. 'rhe fresh prints of hor ses' hoofs showed plainly in the damp soil Arietta, seeing how elated he was screamed at the top of her voice: '"Wild! Wild! Save me!" "Shut up!" exclaimed the villain, fiercely. "We &re going to get away with the money, or you will die!" I CHAPTER XIII. THE GREAT LUCK OF THE CHINAMAN. Hop Wah felt so badly over what his negligence had caused that he tried hard to think of someth:i ng he could do to make amends for it. He got the horses of Charlie and Jim ready and turned them over to them. Then, when h e heard the s hriek of Arietta, he hastened to saddle his own horse. "Me havee workee velly muchee hard now, so be," he muttered. "Me veUy muchee foolee. Whattee mattee with Missy Alietta? Me havee findee ouitee pletty quickee, so be." he came riding clown the street to the front of the bank he found a crowd g3;thered there. All those who owned horses, however, were joining in the pursuit of the robbers. 1 But it happ e n ed that there were not many horses in the town,, so ther e were not so many employed in the pursuit_, after all. But there were more than enough, for half a dozen could settl e the villains, if they could only overtake them. Anna and Eloise came running to the spo t jus t then. "What has happened, Hop?" cried the scout's wife "Where is Arietta?" Hop shook his head. "Me no knowee, Missy Anna,'' he a nswered "The girl was seized and carried away by one of the bank robbers, after we thought they had all gone," said the bank pre s ident, who was so excited over what had hap-pened that he had failed to go to his home and finish making his toilet. He was barefooted and in his shirt sleeves, and without a hat. His eyes were wild-looking, for the loss of the money the bank safe ha d held meant ruin to him. "Lat velly stlange,'' mused Hop, when he heard what the man said. "Me havee lide along and see whattee me can do, so be." "G9 and help find her, Hop!" exclaimed Eloise. "Allee light," was the reply. "If Misler Wild and um pa1tners no findee, me allee samee." He galloped away, taking the trail the rest had fol lowed Hop had learned many things from Young Wild West and his partners s ince he had been with them, He knew that he not overtake the rest of the pursuers if he kept going the same way they did'i so he decided to make a short cut of it. Just which way to turn he did not know; but it was a matter of luck. He to go to the right, hoping that the villains might have turned that way after they got further along. Luckily for him, he in the right direction. But he did not know that he had, and he kept right on, riding fast when the nature of the land would permit it and slowing down when he found his way barred by obstacles 'I'he sun came up and started on ify journey to the zenith, and the Chinaman, bent on doing something to offset the mi stake he had made the night before, rode on. As yet he had not struck anything that looked like a trail, but, ever hopeful, he continued on. The fact was that the Chinaman h ad selected a route that would take him to the trail that led from the Can yon-the one the captain's wife was to take, after s he got to that place-andhe was cutting off something l}ke eight miles. As much as he had studied the c;ountry about the mining town, Mord had not thought of doing this. For two full hours Hop kept on, and then h.e began to think that he had made a bad mistake, and was no where the fugitive s and the captive girl. But he did not grow disheartened, however That was not his way. When another hour passed he came to a halt, and while his horse was re sting he climbed a tree to take a look around. Before he reached the top his eyes caught sight of s omething that made him much excited. Not more than two hundred ya rds further on was a beaten trail, a.nd near a horse that was down was a I woman! ) The Chinaman's eyes dilated and he dre w a long breath. "Whattee mattee anyhow?" he asked him self. "Me no undel stan d, sp be'. Me ha vee findee out." Down th_ e tree he came and, mo1mting hi s hor se, he rode slowly to the trail. 'rbe woman arose to her feet a,s he came in view. There was an ex pre ssio n of alarm on her face, but when she saw that it was nothing more than a common China man s h e looked relieved. The woman wa s no other than the wife of Mord. She had met with hard lu ck, si nce the horse had stum and broken a foreleg, while the one that carried her belongings had tak e n fright and galloped along the trail. After vainly endeavoring to catch the animal, s he came back to the wounded steed and sat down to wait for her She had been there for some hour s now, but there had been nothing else for her to do, s he thought. "Hello, Mi ssy Melicim Lady!" calle d out Hop, cheerily. "Whattee mattee ?"


YOUNG WILD WEST'S RACE FOR GOLD, "Where do you come from?" .asked the bank robber's wife, ignoring his question. "Me come China," was the innocent reply. "Where did you come from just now, I mean?" "Me comee Silver Clown justee now, so be." "Ah!" "Me lookee for um bank lobbe:i;s, allee samee," went on Hop g libly, for he did not know that the woman was any way connected with the villaills. "Oh, you are looking for the bank robbers, are you? D id they get the money from the bank?" rhe n it was that Hop 's suspicions were aroused. But he was quite equal to the occasion, however "Yes, Missy Melican Lady um bank lobbers allee samee stea lee um hundled thousand dollee um bank. Len um boss of um bank lobbers. he catchee um Melican girl -and he takee her with him." "What's that you say? cried the woman, her eyes blaz ing with anger. "Lat allee samee velly tlue," declared Hop, as h e slid from the back of his horse. "Do you mean to tell me that my husband carried off a girl when he left Silver Crown?" demanded the woman, forgetting herself in her excitement. "Lat light, allee samee. Your hu sband wantee Young Wild West 's sweetheart, so he could takee her away and allee samee mally her." The clever Chinaman had thought quickly, and he was going to make trouble between man and wife, if they ever volver at her. "Me s hootee you if you no allee samee be havee !" "Don't shoot!" she exclaimed, in alarm. "But tell me about the bank robbers, and-and the girl my husband carried away with him." "Allee light len." Then Hop lower ed his revolver and r elated to her a story that was partly true and partly exaggerated. He took pa.ins to impress it upon her that Mord wanted the girl, so he might take h e r to a preacher and be married, however. "Me takee velly muchee shortee cut, so be," h e added. "Young Wild West lide close after um thlee lo'bbers, and the captain, he comee backee and gittee um girl. He lide along after Young Wild West, and Young Wild West's partners and um cowboys lide after him. Me lide after lem; but me takee short cut and gittee here allee samee first. Me velly smartee Chinee." "Well, they are bound to come this way, unless-unless Mart really means to take the girl to Denver, in stead of me!" exclaimed the woman. "Anyhow, I will wait here, and if he comes with the girl I will shoot both oJ' them!" CHAPTER XIV. HOP AND ARIETTA ARE LEFT WITHOUT HORSES. happ ened to get together again. "You no s hootee Missy Alietta," s aid Hop, cal m ly; But, at the s ame time, he was confident that he had "she no helpee if um bank lobber cally her off; she n o struck it just right, for was it not pro,bable that. the wantee comee, so be." woman was waiting for her husband and his gang?" "'l'hat may be, too," answered the jealous woman. aBut "You vell y nicee lady,'' ventured Hop, after a rather I'H kill her, too, just the same!" len gt h y pau se. "Whattee mattee with you horse, so be?" "You killee Missy Alietta and me allee samee killee "Oa n't you see what is the matter with him?" cried you!" the woma n almo s t savagely. "He's got a ltroken leg The big revolver was put on a line with her breast in "Lat too bad, allee samee a twinkling, and the bank robber's wife wilted. "See here!" exclaimed the bank robber's wife, ste rnly. Hop was thinking hard when he was not talking. "I want you to tell me all about husband-I mean He felt that he had performed a master s troke in tak Mart Mord, the l eader of the gang that robbed the bank. ing the short cut, for he was certain that the robbers Now, go on and tell me If you don't I will shoot you!" would be along,,pretty sOOJ:!.. She tapped the butt of a revolver that was disclosed Just how to manage things when they came, he did not from a p ocket of h e r skirt. know. As quick as a flas h the Chinaman di;,ew hi s big six He soon came to the conclusion, however that the best shooter from und er his flapping coat. thing to do was to relieve the woman of the weapons she He seldom had the weapon loaded with bullets, for he' had. rdid not claim to be much on the shoot; but he had a way Stepping up close to her and keeping his revoJver of putting in colored fire, so that when he fired those pointed at her, he said: who had never seen him in action would be surprised. "Me havee takee you gun, Missy Melican Lady." Just now the old-fashioned pistol was loaded with gunShe did not try to resist, so he took the weapon from powder and three other powders that would each make a her pocket. trail of fire of a different color when it was discharged. "You gottee some more?" he asked. The six chambers contained a load, and, if emptied in She made no reply, so he took it for granted that she quic.:k succession, the streams of fire that would come from had. the muzzle would alternate with red, blue and gre,en. "You tal\:ee um knife and allee samee puttee on um But this the woman did not know. glound !" Hop commanded. She thought she had struck a Chinaman who was not This she did, promptly, too. half as innocent as he looked to be. "Now um other pistol, so be. She was perfectly right on this, as the reader knows, The woman hesi'tated and then drew another revolver but not in the way she took it just then from beneath the folks of her skirt and tossed it to the "You no s hootee me," 8aid Hop, as he leveled the regro und beside the Chinaman.


YOUNG WILD WEST'S RACE FOR GO LD. 23 "There !" she exclaimed. "Now let me be, will you?" "Lat allee light," answered Hop, as he picked the weap ons up and put them in his pocket. "You velly nicee Meli can lady." But he forgot that h e had a shrewd w9man to deal with, and, while he stood there toying with his own revolver, she stepped over close to his horse. It just happened that the wounded horse made an effort fo get up at that mvment, and the Chinaman's attention was called to it. 1'aking advan4tge of this, the woman sprang for Hop's horse and, with a desperate effort, threw herself upon its back. 1 t was all in her favor just then', for the horse hap pened to be standing in a hollow that was a foot or more be low where she had been standing A sharp command from her and away went the Chi naman's steed, she holding the bridle rein and urging it to .the top of its speed She took the back trail, too, s howing that she meant to meet her .deceiving husband, if she possibly could. Bang! Hop was so surprised that he turned hi s revolver and fired in the air. A streak of red fire shot from the muzzle and, seeing the glare, the desperate woman rode all the faster. Bang! This time the pistol was turned toward her, but the flame did not anywhere n ea r reach her. Hop looked very much di sgusted "Me allee samee fool he exc l aimed, for the second time that morning But there was no help for it now There was no use in trying to catch the horse He knew that well enough, so be sat down and tried to gather him self together. 'Meanwhile the jealou s woman continued on her way. But she had not gone far when she beard the clatter of hoofs up the trail. "They are coming!" she exclaiFJ.ed "Now I will soon see whether the Chin::iman told the truth or not." T e n seconds later three hor seme n came in view They were the bank robber s The captain's wife came to a halt. Wh en the villains saw her they were not much s ur though they had expected to overtake h er further along the trail. "Where is Mart?" she demanded, as they slackened t.heir pace "He's comin'," was the reply. "He ain't far behind We seen him about ten minutes ago, an' then he was only half a mile away. He's got a gal with him, an' that makes him a little slowe r even though his horse i s faster than ours It was Glim who gave her this information "Stop!" she commanded, as they were riding by "I want to know what my husband is doing with a girl." "He went back an' got her, so we could have her ter keep our p u rsuers back," was Glim's rep l y "They're after u s hot, only we managed ter throw 'em off ther hail. But they'll be along in l ess than half an hour_, mos t likely. If we keep ther gal we kin dictate terms with 'em so ther captain said "He didn' t catch her just for t hat alone." T11e three v ill ains look ed s urp r i sed when the woman said this. "What in thunder do yer think h e got her fur, the n ?" demanded Tom Ravel, impatiently. "Well, a Chinaman told me a few minutes ago that he wanted to marry her;" "A Chinee told yer that?" All three were more surprised than eve r. "Yes, a Chinaman, who i s looking fur the bank robbers. He took my weapons from me, but I munaged to fool him and take hi s horse and ride away: He is back thftl.'e about half a mile with my whi c h i s with a broken Leg." "How could he h ave got this far?" Glim asked, looking at his two companions and shaking hi s head, doubtingly. "It must be ther galoot we was playing poker "'.it h last night, Tom." 1 "Yes," was the r eply. "No other heathen could do a thing lik e that. They had brought their s t ee d s to a walk now, and were rilling along with the captain's wife, who appeare d to be a little relieved at the explanation s h e had received from them. "So you think Mart is not in love with the girl he has got, then?" she asked. "In love with her!". echoed Glim "Why, you oughter know that be thinks ther whole world of you. I've heard. him say that more'n once, too. He got ther gal 'ca use we was catched j est as we got ther money, an' be thought it would be tber only sure way of gittin' away They won't dare ter shoot at u s, so lon g as we've got the r gal; yer ought ter know that, Mrs. Mord." "That is true," she answered, becoming pacified. "But is the girl very pretty?" "We don't know. We hardly seen her. But I reckon it must be Young Wild West' s gal. She must have found 'em an' l et 'em loo se from t116r shanty about ther time we was ready t er blow up ther s afe It was eit her her or ther Chinee what done it, 'cause they n ever could have got away themselves "Well, the Chinaman told me it was he and the gi rl who let them loo se I know all about that." "Oh, that explai n s that much, then. But we've got ther money, an' that's one thing. If Young Wild West follers us he'll have a hot old time afore he gits u s, I r eckon." They rode on, and as they neared the spot where the Chinaman had been left with the wounded horse they siowed down to a walk. "We must be careful now," said the woman "That Chin!lman is a dangerous fellow He shot twice at me, and each time a streak of fire came fro!ll hi s revolver "Oh, we'll soon catch ther galoot," Glim retorted, con fidently. The ,next minute they came in sight of the spot the. woman had made her de s perate escape from I The horse was there, but Hop was nowhere to be seen : "He must be hiding around somew liere," the woman ; whispered. "Look out for h im."


24 YOUNG WILD' WEST'S RACE FOR GOLD "We'll look out fur him, all right," said Glim, signifi back to Silver Crown. If they keep at it they ought to cantly "I reckon there 's goin' ter be a dead heathen, if get there by sunset I set eyes on him. Ther captain don't believe in killin', She flas hed a glance at the h e lpless girl as she said this, but I can't help that. W e ain't goin' ter let no heathen and Arietta could easily tell that she not like h er Chinee stop us from gittin' away with this boodle." But the girl did not care anything for this. 'l'hey rode up and dismounted, and then, after finding The fact that s he was to be l eft there was enough to that the horse would be of no further use, Glim shot it make her fee l delighted, even thou g h she was without a and put it out of mi se ry. horse It was just then that Mord came in sight; "Come on!" exclaimed the captain, as he swung him He had caught up with the rest at last. I s elf in Lhe saddle. "Let the Chinaman find h er and cut Holding Arietta, the same as he had been doing all the her loose." way from Silver Crown, he galloped his horse to the spot. 'rhe other three villains laugh ed and mounted their "What You here, Jennie?" he exclaimed, as he behorses. held his wife with the men The wife of the captain had not taken the trouble to "Yes, I am h ere, was the reply. "What are you doing dismount, so she smiled sardonicall y at the gir l who was with that girl, Mart Mord?" standing on the ground, with the rope about her body, so ';I caught her and brought her along, so we might be that it held her arms to her sides, and rode on. e nabled to get away, dear what! You are not jealous, The clatter of the hoof s gradually died away in the dis I hope?" tance, Arietta keeping her gaze fixed in the direction they "No, Mart; I ain't jealous," and the eyes of the woman had gone. lighted up. Then, all of a s udden, s he heard a noise in a tree almost Arietta was allowed to drop to the ground over her head. The fact was that the horses were about p l ayed out, for "Hello, Missy Arlietta !" said a voice "Me comee they had been continually on the go, and many miles had down and allee samee cut you loose, so be." been covered "Oh, Hop!" s h e exclaimed "I am glad you are here." This was more so with the captain's, s ince it had car "Me velly muchee g lad too, so be, Missy Alietta ried a double burden Then the ciever Chinaman dropped from the tree and Tom Rav ,el and Dick Jones had gone in search of the stood ..smiling and bowing before her. Chinaman, for they kn e w he must be somewhere in hid Out came hi s ready knife and she was soon at lib erty. ing. "Now, Hop, if Wild would only come!" she said, am:But, hearing the captain talking they soon gave up iously "If h e don't come pretty soon the villains will get t h e search and came back. away with the money." It did not take long for Mord to hear what had hap "He comee velly soon now," answered Hop. "Hello! pened to hi s wife Hip hi! Me hear um horsee comee now Lat Spitfire, me "Pretty clever out of the heathen I must say," he reallee samee bet!" marked. "But you get the best of him all right, J e nnie. Sure enoug h the clatter of hoof s could be heard, and That shows how brave and clever you are." the next minute a hor se and rider appeared "Yes, but had we not better be going, Mart?" s he an -It was Young Wild West! swered "Suppose Young Wild West comes along?" "Oh, there ain't no danger of hi s comin', fur he has fol lowed your trail to the gulch If h e had not done so he would have been here before this." CHAPTER XV. ''Or he would bave had us, e l se \ve'd have got him," added Cilim, shrugging hi s s hould ers. Arietta was taking it coolly, for one in such a pos ition as s he was After tbe :first fright of it s he had become calm, and she was now waiting for her yo1mg lo ver to appear. The fact that Hop was somew here in the vicinity gave her much hope, too, for she knew that he was capable of1 accomplishing great things. The villains re sted their horses for fully ten minutes l'h e n the captain looked at his men and r emarked : "It look s to me as though Young Wild West's race for gold if' going to prove n failure. I hardly think it neces sary to take the girl any -further, boys. If he ha s gone all the way to the Canyon h e won't get along here in an hour yet; and hy that time we will have thrown him off the track completely. I think the hundre d thousand is safe now. "Leave the girl right here,'' sai d bi s wife. "Let her find the and then the two of them can walk "'.l'I-IE FINISH IS NEAR." Young Wild Wes t had passed the ravine, as the leaa...7" of th e bank robb ers thought he might. In the gloom of the early morning he had only noticed the tracks that l e d straight ahead, and he had followed the trail made by the woman with her two horses. But as it g rew li ghte r, arid tl1e boy had covered about three mile s out of hi s way, he suddenly came to the con c lu sion that only two horses h ad passed that way, and that they had not been going very fast, either If it had not been that the prints of the hoofs con vinced him of the latter he might have gone much furtl1er before discovering his mistake. '\Yild qui ck ly dismounted. "I have been fooled, I reckon," he said "The horses that passed this way lately were hardly off a walk. I reckon I'll ride back and look for the trail of the rob This is too bad!"


YOUNG WILD WEST'S RACE FOR GOLD. 25 He turned back, and in l ess than five minutes h e met the s1x cowboys, who were following his trail, depending upon it to take them right. -"Hello, boys!" he called out. "I reckon we are on the wron g trai l. We must get back and find which way the I galoots went." "fo that right?" asked Stinge r Sam, who was leading the cowboys "Well that's a blamed shame, then. They'll git mnch of a start on u s that they' ll git ,away, if we don't lo ok out. But it is mighty sure that ther captain went some other way, anyhow, for he had ther @1. '"The girl, you say? queried our hero. "I heard a scream, bnt I wa>' not f:lure that it was one of di s tress. Do you mean to say that the l ea der of the bank robbers car ried. off the girl who was in front of the bank?" "That's w hat be done, 'cordin' ter what ther bank man an' ther watchman 8aid," answered Stinger Sam. "We thought ye r must" have heard it, sure, when s h e yelled. 'l'hat was what hurrie d u s ter git our horses, i t, boys?" "That's ri ght!" came the r ep ly from the r es t of the cowboys Wild was amazed. But he did not lose his head, not one bit. "Come on, boys!" h e excla im ed "The bank president told me I could h ave one-fourth of the stolen mon ey, if I got it back, and I mean to get it. This is not only a race for gold, but it is a race to saye my sweetheart. Just then CJ:+eyenne Charlie Jim Dart appeared on the scene Jim had t ake n it for granted that Hop had buckled the saddlegirths properly, and t h e r esult had been th8;t the sadd l e came off and he was thrown. 'l'he scout had remained behind to h e lp him, while the cowboys rode on and met our hero as h,e was corning back. Jim wa s a ll right now how eve r so they all rode back at high speed When they at length came to the ravin e they s aw how they had been foo l ed. "Never mind,'' said our h e ro, cooll y "Here goes for my rnce for go l d F' The sorrel stallio n r esponded to a tou c h from his heel s and then darted away lik e the w ind. There was no use in either the boy's partners or the cowboys trying to keep up with Spitfire wh e n he once ot at his be s t. were outdistanced in no time, and soon Young Wild W e s t was going it a l one Never in his life had he ridd en faste r when no one was pursuin g him, but our' hero felt that his sweetheart was in clanger, and that spurred him on. Through the ravine and out upo n the trail h e went, and once upon the latter he saw that t h e fre s h hoofprints showed pl ajnly The sorrel seemed to be almost tire l ess, for he need e d no urging. lt was possible that the intelligent animal r ea liz e d how important the race was. Virtually it was a race against time now, for, by being thrown off the track, Wild was almost half -un hour behind the m. But some of this h a d b ee n made up by the swift riding he h a d done, and h e hop e d to over take the scou ndrels by noon. He was much clo se r to them than h,e had .any. idea of, however, as the reader knows / After what seemed a long time Wild sudde nly saw something ahead of him that made his h eart jump. It was the fl.utter of a femal e garment. 'l'h.e next instant he b eheld his sweet heart and ffop standing as though waiting for him. When this occurred his pa .rtners and the cowboys were easily a quarter of a mile b ehind him. Wild could npt h elp stopping. "Oh!" he exclaimefl, "are' you aJ.l right, Et?" "Yes, Wild,'' the b ra ve girl answered, as s h e ran to him and caught him b y the hand. "I had a long ride of it, with my hands tie d to m y sides But the leader of the bank robber s thought h e h a d bette r drop me, so he did, and but a few minutes ago, at that. "A few minutes ago!" echoed the boy. "Am I as close to them as that?" "You ca n afford to give Spitfire a blow, and then catch them in fifteen minutes, Wild Ari etta s poke as though s h e knew what s h e talking about, and Wild n eve r once dou.bted her judgment as being correct "Hop, how in the world did you get here?" h e asked, as h e turned to the Chinaman, who was s miling like a basket of chips, as the saying goes "Me takee velly muchee short cut, s o be," was the reply But Arietta intevuptecl him, and in a few words she r elate d the s ubstance of what had taken place, finishing just as Wild' s p artners and the cowboys came in sight. Our h ero did not wait very long H e was b ent upon capturing the bank robbers, and the quicker he got to them the sooner it would be over He had di smounted whil e he was giv in g the s orrel a chance to r ecove r his wind, hut h e quickly threw himself in the saddle again and started off. "Come on, boys!" h e ca ll e d out, "W e.'11 soon have them now. Ari etta s ay s they ha ve just gone on. The race for g old i s drawing to a fini s h, I r eckon." A cheer was the answer, and the n t h ey da shed after the daring young d ea d o hot. CHAPTER X:VI. CON CLUSION. The trail l e d through a woods now, but it was not a dense one, so the speed could be kept up pretty well Spitfire was steaming but he n eve r showed any s ign s of la gging. On, on h e went, and at l e ngth, a s the end of the timber patch was r eac hed, Wild caught sight o f the fugitive bank robb e r s and the w o man. They were ascending a hill l ess than a quarter of a mile away. Wild r e in ed in hi s horse and cas t a swift glance around at the country He saw a way to get ahead of the robbers and cut them off, so he determined to do it. Keeping within the woods, he rode along at a slower


I t I 26 YOUNG WILD W EST'S R ACE FOR GOL D pace an d grad u a ll y hi s partners and the g ained along the chances are that we would have got away wit h upon him. the money. But everything has to come to an e n d som e "I r ecko n we've got them, boys," said Wild. T h e y time or othe r. A human b e ing is the S arne way. I h ave jus t went u p the hill b elow the r e Come on; w e ll c u t r e ached my end, a s a bank robber, t e mporarily, a n y ho w them off, a n d then g ive the m a s urpri s e Your end will c ome, too, s o o ner o r later. That's a sure T hey were al l willing, as can r e adily be s upposed. thin g, Young Wi l d We s t K eep ing but a s hort distance ah e ad o f the m Wild l e d "I know that," Wild replied "But I rec kon no s u ch the way u p t h e hill, and the n turne d s harpl y to the l eft. g aloot a s you will hast e n it. I was n t born to be p u t o u t Two mi n utes Jater he brou ght hi s hor se t o a halt. of t1'e way, by bank robb e rs; I feel s ure of that. He could hea r the villains coming C harli e and Jim w e re bu s y tyin g the h ands of the pris -The r est came to a h a l t too. o n e r s now 1 Near e r came the sound s and presently they cou l d see The y did n ot make t h em di smount, but l eft i n the the four me n a n d t h e woma n r iding alon g throu g h the saddl e and when their hands had been t ied behind them wood s in a s ecur e :mann e r they pa s s e d ropes u nd e r thei r hor s es In l ess t h a n a minute the climax woul d b e r e ached \ and .tie d their ankle s s o that they w e re comp e lled to si t "Boys," said Wild, in a wh isper "I re c kon the rac e there no matte r how much they wanted to get away for gol d i s over anyhOw. It i s for us to c apture ihe Wild thought it best to tie the hand s o f the woman too, ga loot s now. e s peci a ll y as Mord h a d seen fit to b ind A ri etta wh e n h e "It's a ll over but ther shoutin'," s poke u p one of the captured h er. c o w boys. "An' yer kin bet we'll d o that, good an ; hard Th e n the y started back to joi n Arietta and the China wh e n t h e r t i me s comes. I'm je s t itchin' ter let out a yell." man A ll ri g h t You fellow s get yoc u mouths r e ady, and Half way to the s pot the y r a n across t he hor s e that wh e n I say the word yell your l oude s t I re c kon that will h a d the captain's wife whe n s he was thrown from the sort of surpri se the g aloot s Keep ba c k here, s o they o n e s h e was r i din g and Jim eas i l y c::iptur e d it. can't see you till the y get right h e r e." The y s o o n r e a c h ed the s p c t and Ari etta gave an excla The cowboys got ready m a tion of d e li ght whe n s he s a w the pri s oner s Alo n g came the uns u s pecti n g villain s "Did y ou find the m o n e y on the m Wild?" she a s k e d Just as the y w e re abrea s t of t h e m and only about "No ; w e never sea r c h e d t h e m was the reply. tw enty fee t from whe r e his horse was s tanding, Wild gave "Don't you think it w o uld b e a good id ea to take it from the word them b e for e we go a n y fmt h e r ? A yell split t h e air and echoed over the hillside. Wild did think so, and the re sult was that the & tolen C a ptai n Mord and hi s party c ame to an abrupt halt. m oney wa s t ake n from the three m e n who had been carry"Ha nd s up yon s n e akin g coyotes corh manded Y o un g in g i t W il d Wes t a s h e rod e o u t b e for e the m a revolver in e a c h 'rhe n t h e ride back t o the mining t o wn was started. hand. "The jig i s up and the ra.ce i s ove r I win! In du e time they got the re, and wh e n it was l earne d by B efore t hey could hard l y u nder s t a nd what the y ell s i g th e inh a bit ants that the stole n money had been r e cov e red nifi e d t h e b ank robbe r s w e re almo s t surrounded the r e was a &en e ral r e joi cing Up went their hands, a11 but the woman The pris on e r s w e r e put in the loc kup, and then the "Shoot 'em Mart!" s h e s cr e amed "Don' t give in to bank pres id ent, in s i s t e d o n keeping his w o rd. em. Think of what will become of u s if you do! We' ll "Yo un g Wild W est, said he, "it was a r ace or gold all g o to pri s on!'' t h at you starte d on am1 you won. H e r e i s the twentyBut Mart was wis e enou g h to refr ain from takin g he r five p e r cen t of the money I pro mi se d y ou." ad v i ce. Wild did not want to take it, but the ma n was s o i nH e saw the det e rrnin e d expression of Youn g Wild s i s t ent t 4a t h e did s o W est's face, and h e kne w h e s to o d no c hance. The c o wboys who had assi s t e d in the capture were given "'1'h e easie s t way i s bes t J e nnie," h e s aid in a nsome o f it, and the re s t was divided among our friend s s w e r to hi s wife "Our li ves are worth inor e t han all It i s n eedless t o say that Hop came in for a pre tty go&G. ; t he money the bank s of the Sta te h a v e g ot. Y o ung Wilcl s h are in spite o f his mi s t a k e of tpe night b e fore W est has b eat u s out, and I am g oin g to give in. That's Thus end s t he story o f "Young Wild Wes t's Race for a ll t h e r e is to i t." G old; or Ari etta and the B a nk R o bb ers." > I reckon this is a little diff erent from la s t nig h t, i s n t THE END it?'.' Wil d observed, a s h e rod e up and r e lieved the capta in R e a d YOUNG WILD WEST A ND .THE TENDER o f his weapo n s "Then it was your turn, but n o w i t i s FOOT T O URIS T ; e r A GRIZZLY HUNT I N THE min e Yo u can never te ll what will h a p pe n you kno w ROC KIES," which will be the next numbe r (298) o:f "We ll ,i it hadn't been for the Chinam a n and the Wild West Wee k l y g irl I gue s s we hav e won out/' was the r e pl y "I am n o s q u ealer, so I 'll take what i s comin g t o me witho u t wincin g, Y oung Wild Wes t One thing, y ou can't say tha t we harmed you f e llow s a n y W e d id not c a p ture you or the purpo s e of hurting you; we jus t w ante d t o keep you o u t of the way till we g ot our job don e I planned t h e ro b b ery of the bank, and if you had not c o me / S PECIA L NOTICE: All b ack numb e r s of_ this weekly a r e always in print. 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Dr. Marage, of the Paris Academy of Medicine, read an interesting paper recently on the problem of making a voice carry in a large hall. His researches will prove useful to public speakers. He thinks that by exercise it is possible to train a voice so as to carry In a large assembly. He finds that the tenor voice is heard the oest. Bass requires eight times the effort to produce the same carrying effect. Probably the oddest in this or any other country is a line in Maryland, twenty miles in length, which extends from Brandywine to Mechanicsville. The single train that runs each way daily is made up of the engine, one freight car, and one combination baggage and pa1:1senger car. The con ductor of the train, who also acts as baggagemaster, is general manager of this odd little system. This Pooh Bah of an offi cia l issues his orders as general manager, and obeys them as conductor. When, in the latter capacity, iie thinks the sched ule should be changed-a not infrequent case-he notifies the general manager (himself), who, if he deems It advisable, makes up a new schedule, and issues running orders to the conductor (also himself), and the latter promptly obeys. There are no ticket agents along the route of this opera l;>ouffe line. The conductor collects fares as on a street railway car, punch ing a hole in a slip of cardboard for each fare. This done, he w ill go Into the baggage car to see that the trunks, if there are any, are properly delivered. His duties a lso include the care of mail and express packages. It follpws, of course, that. o'1 this system nothing is lost or overlooked, for the general manager, conductor, bagga-gemaster, and express and mail agent has his eagle eye on everything. GRINS AND CHUCKLES. 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There it occurs in the lower oligocene, and appears to have d epos ited originally in glauconitic beds of clay, which was after ward eroded by wave acti,on and the amber distributed, though much of it is taken from b eds in which it was originally de posited. Amber is fossilized resin, derived apparently from certain coniferous trees. The conditions under which it occurs in Santo Domingo do not appear to differ substan tially from the Baltic coast. It is found near Santiago City, associated with lignite, sandstones, and conglomerates. These beds probably belong to the oligocene formation, and are found containing amber at a number of places on the north coast, as well as on both flanks of the Monte Cristi range. It also frequently occurs in the streams flowing through these beds. She is my enemy and I shall never speak'\ to her again as long as I live. Well, if I were to meet her in the doorway of a department store on a very busy day, with thousands press ing to enter-Of course there are times when one simplYj has to stop and talk. Not to do so would be to violate old custom and make one's self odd. "'Rastus," said the neighbor, "I'd like to borrow that mule of yours." "Goodness sakes, boss," was the rejoinder, "I'd like to 'commodate "you; but I's had some 'sp erience wif de law. If a man is 'sponsible foh de acts of his agent an' I was to lend dat mule out it wouldn' be no time befo' I was arrested for assassination!" "How did you come to elect him to Congress?" "Well," an swered Farmer Corntossel, "he was about the only man around here who didn't have any reg'lar business to tend to, an' we thought we'd send him along where he couldn't take up so much of our time tellin' stories." I am proud of this country's prosperity,'' said Mr. Dustin Stax. "Of course, as a patriot, you must be." "Not only as a patPi.ot, but as a business man. It takes prosperity to enable the public to pay the increased prices tpat we financial leaders are demanding." A couple of girls, after the manner of girls since the world was young, were recently discussing the affairs of their vari.'." ous friends. "I don't see why in the world Clara lets that little snob Charlie Blank come to see her so often!" the dark-1 haired one said. "They are together almost constantly." "Hum, the blonde commented, with a worldly wise little smile. "Well, I don t. I wouldn't!" her friend asserted. "He is not good looking and has such ugly ways." "Well perhaps he has ugly ways; but such handsome means!" the other said, and something near a sigh got past the piece of fudge she has tened to put into her mouth. .-


-28 WILD WEST WEEKLY. A STRANCE CASE. "Don't ask me. I plead guilty; I can say no more.' With those words ringing in my ears I left the jail and By HORACE APPLETON. sought the _open air. Surely there was no chance for a case here. I had best re-l was on a mission at Chillington, '!tn d my headquarters were turn home at once and let the law take its course. When I at Melcham Court during the time. I was not sure of being a uttered these words mentally, the pale, tear-wet face of Mol welcome guest, but for this I did not care, since it was the lie Mayne came suddenly to haunt me, and to shake my faith public I sought to serve and not a single individual. in things visible both to the eye and ear. Joab Melcham was reputed wealthy. He was master of. Mel-After pacing up and down for a time I concluded that I cham Court, and liveu in a style becoming the blue-blooded would .look into the matter a little further, and if I could find aristocracy from which he sprang. He was also president of the least excuse for remaining on the case; I would do so. Chillington Bank, and a stockholder in various other enterCourt would not convene for four weeks, and this would give prises of importance. Among the common people he was not me ample time to investigate. liked. He chilled and repulsed them with his frown, and peo-My next move was to interview the president of the bank, pie will not overlook such things. Joab Melcham. Since Mr. Melcham was one of those most At the time of which I am writing Andrew Mayne was interested in the defalcation, and, as I was, as a detective, no cashier of the bank -at Chillington, and he was in difficulty. respecter of persons, I did not make the visit in the shape It was a difficulty that promised to land the cashier in state of an officer of justice. I wished to make the acquaintance of prison for a term of years. It was his wife's tears and earnest the wealthy owner of Melcham Court without reserve. As( a protestations of her husband's innocence that induced me to detective I would be received graciously as a matter of course. look into the matter at all. Perhaps the reader will wonder I learned that Melcham Court was minus a butler, the man why, since I am a detective, and at home in cases of crime in who had filled the position for many years having departed this its every phase. life very suddenly but a few weeks before the opening of this The reason was simply this: Andrew Mayne was in jail, narrative. It was for the vacant place I applied. 1 had reccharged with appropriating moneys not his own to the amount ommendations without number. I was always careful to supof forty thousand dollars, and he admitted his guilt with the 1 ply myself with such necessities when needed, and they come coolest indifference, seemingly as to his fate. in good stead just. now. And yet his wife positively assured me that Andrew was in)Vhile the banker read my credentials, I mentally reviewed nocent. him. I of course received her assurances with a large degree of He was rather a handsome man, with silky beard and bright ahowance. blue eyes, and not far from forty. His every movement was "Your husband, madam, must be a queer man to confess quick and energetic, showing great nervous force guilt if he is really innocent. I have read of cases of this I was made up for the occasion, with mutton-chops and the kind, but have always considered fhem myths. In my own exdress of one who had seen better days. In fact, I represented I never met with such a case. I CaJl/not see how 1 myself as a broken-down English gentleman, who had sought Andrew Mayne can remain long o utside of prison. If he is America for opportunity of regaining a portion of my lo s t forthe man he himself to lie, the state prison is the place tune, etc I will not tire the reader with repeating my story for him! here. I fixed a cold glance on the wife's face while I talked. Il was Joab Melcham cast a keen glance into my face, over my perpossible, I thought, that she knew her husband guilty, but hop son, and then said: ed in some way to save him from merited doom. There was that in the pale face and pleading eyes, how ever, ,that assured me that whatever Andrew Mayne was, his wife was an honest, earnest woman and devoted wife, and really a believer in the innocence of her unfortunate husband. "How do you explain your husband's confession?" said I at length. "I cannot reconcile it with a theory of innocence." "I know, sir, how strange it seems; but Andrew took the money. There's a conspiracy somewhere to ruin Andrew." "And he lends himself to it-for his own destruction?" I remarked, with an incredulous look. "It does seem strange. You will not attempt -to ferret out the robber, sir?" There were tears in the comely little woman's eyes as she put the question. "I will see your husband, and if there is any chance for work, you may depend upon it I will not shrink from the task. With this assurance I left the :Mayne cottage and repaired to the city jail. I found Andrew Mayne 'in anything but a pleasant mood. His haggard face and sunken eyes did not serve to prepossess me in favor of his innocence. H i s whole demeanor was that of a man laboring under some great mental trouble. "I am guilty. The sooner the farce is over the better.." This was his answer to my inquiries. "Why did you take the money? You had a living salary, with none but a wife to support beside youi;self "You will do." That was sufficient, and I was installed as butler at Melcham Court. It was an English house, and its master was English. I learned the weal;: $ide of the banker's nature-love for all things English-and at once ingratiated myself. Soon gentleman and butler were on an extremely friendly footing. Mel cham had no family, save a family of servants. He was a wid ower, and I did n,ot wonder that I often found him a fit of blues. What was I to gain by all this? Was I not fooling away my time? I did not know my's'lftf. But one person was in my secret-Mollie Mayne. She encouraged me to look outside of Chillington jail for the embezzler, and so I continued to remain at Melcham Court. OnJ morning something occurred that set l:ne to thinking deeply. I always delivered the banker's mail, morning and evening, usually to him in the library. On the morning in question, however, Melcham was late ... in rising, and I, having received several letters from the postman, went to the banker's chamber. The hour was late. The chamber door was slightly ajar, and as I had on cloth slippers, my feet made little noise. I came to a halt at the door, held for a moment by a strange sound from within-a deep groan, that seemed to 1 come from the heart of one in terrible mental agony. I stood rooted to the spot. "My God! if this is true, and Andrew Mayne hears of it I am ruined. He must never know it-neer!"


WILD WEST WEEKLY. 29 In husky accents came the words to my ears, and I knew they fell from the lips of Joab Melcham. This was his answer lo my que s tion He was deeply ex cited, and trembled not a little. I tried to get the fellow t o I waited a moment at the door, when, hearing a servant in confide in me what he wished to say to the banker, his late the hall approaching it, I at once pushed open the chamber employer, but he persistently refused. At length I consented door and advanced into the room. to be the bearer of a sealed letter to Joab Melcham. Paper and "Ha!" e:pvelope were obtained of the jaller, ,and Andrew was perA white face peered out from the curtains of the bed at me. I fancied I cquld see the large frame tremble, and the knuckles of the clinched hands were actually blue, so terrible was the grip of both in coverlid and curtain. mitted to write a note to the banker. Sealing and directing it he placed it in my hand. Joab Melcham came in late that night. I pla:ced Andrew Maynes letter in hi s hand and stood back respectfully while he "Ah, it is you, John? Mail? Oh, yes, I am glad you brought perused it. I watched him narrowly, and saw that his face it. I will be down soon." paled, and that he looked deeply ar1110yed. He toolr the ietter from the salver and I noticed that his He did not ask how I came by the letter, but at once ordered hand trembled as he did so I was fully convinced that Joab Melcham was laboring under some terrible excitement. He possessed great powers of self -control, however, and rapidly became calm. his carriage. I am going to Boston," he' said, addressing me. "I shall drive out a few miles to see a man, and take the train there. You will explain to all who may call. I went from the room and began to cudgel my brain for the Soon after Mr. Melcham vanished, and his' carriage wheels cause of my worthy master's extreme excitement. I knew the rattled away. morning paper had been delivered to him earlier in the morn-It was not Boston, but Canada, that the brave banker sought. ing. Was it from this he had gained the intelligence that If nothing occurred to interfere, he would leave danger and brought such agitation? I had not seen the paper when I en-the so il of the States behind, by the time the sun rose op. antered the bankE>r's bed-chamber, which led me to believe that other day. he had concealed it on the sound of my approach. I was determined on a bold move, and made it. It was after twelve when the banker came down. Partaking When ,Joab Melcham stepped upon the platform of the little of a hasty lunch, he left the house and walked briskly toward way station, I was not far behind him. He did not buy a ticket the bank. Nothing but a slight paleness indicated the recent -he was too cunning for that. In ten minutes the train excitement that had possessed him. would be due. After he was gone I again visited his room. I found nothing "Mr. Melcham." of the Morning Chronicle, yet I lmew the paper had been taken The fleeing banker turned and faced me q,uick ly. He looked to his room that morning. Evidently the banker had taken into the muzzle of a revolver. the paper with him; in.this there was nothing strange, how''Not Canada, but a prison, my friend," I said coolly. At the ever. It was an easy matter to secure another from a pass-same time I produced a pair of steel bracelets. ing newsboy, and I was soon examining its contents with lynx "The young fiend has peached!" eyes. But he submitted, nevertheless. I knew then I had made I could discover nothing that could in any possible way cause no mistake. My man was near by with a light wagon, and the banker such excitement. I was on the point of laying Melcham went back to Chillington, instead of proceeding down the paper, when my eye caught a familiar name. It was across the border. under the head of "Obituary." "Charles J Mayne, a highly-He protested his innocence on the road; swore that Mayne respected citizen, died very suddenly at his home in --had lied to save himself. He did not know that Mayne street, Montreal. Heart disease is supposed to be1 the cause. Mr. Mayne was nearly seventy, and a citizen of worth. He has relatives in the States." This was all. The only thing to attract my attention was the fact that the name of the deceased was the same as that oi the man who lay in Chillington jail a self-confessed thief. That very day I sought an interview with Mrs. Mayne, the prisoner's young wife. I showed her the obituary notice and questioned her regarding it. "Charles J. Mayne was my husband's father," she said. iley have not met for some years. I think Andrew will fee l e ven worse than he does now when he learns the truth. Would it not be best to keep it frol,jl him for the present?" "I will see." Ne vertlieless I repaired at once to the jail and sought an l interview with the prisoner. Of course, I had discarded the role of a butler at this time. I knew the banker would not return fo Melcham Court until so did not worry about hi s discovering my absence. yet said nothing. On the following day Chillington was astounded at the intelligence that the banker, Melcham, was under arrest for em bezzlement. The case was plain enough after that. Andrew Mayne had made no statement, but I knew that he had warned the banker of what he might expect, and it was not the young cashier's fault that Mincharo had not escaped. On learning of the bank president's arrest, Mayne did make a statement, which was afterward proved in court. r When I showed the obituary notice to ,Andrew Mayne he cam e near falling under the blow. "It has come at last," he said, in a voice husky with emo tion. "Does Mr. Melcham know of this?" "I am not able to state," was my evasive reply. "Would it affect him in any way if he did?" The cashier had taken upon himself the crime of which he knew Melcham was guilty, in order to shield his old father, who, some years before, would have gone to prison for the misappropriation of a few thousands, had not Melcham, then a young man, fled from the place in order not to testify against one who had befriended him. When Andrew Mayne Melcham in the act of robbing the bank of which he was him self president, Melcham pleaded for mercy, and reminded him of the elder Mayne's case, which the banker said was not too old to be resurrected. To save his father, Andrew Mayne con sented to shou lder his emp loyer's villainy. In the letter written in jail, Mayne had simply mentioned the death of his father, and announced that he should now speak the truth. This was enough to alarm the embezzler, ,and set him on the road to Canada. Andrew Mayne was set free. Melcham confessed his guilt aftd threw himself on the mercy of the court. He got ten years in the penitentiary, nevertheless. L "I wish to send a written word to the banker. Can I trust you to take it, Mr. Sharp?" I I


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