Young Wild West's Apache token, or, The trail that led to the Valley of Gold


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Young Wild West's Apache token, or, The trail that led to the Valley of Gold

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A MAGAZINE CONTAINING STORIES.SKETCHES Ere.OF lsrned Tfeekly-JJy l)ubscription i2. 50 per Year. Gop11rig/tl, lDOS, by Frank. J'(Jusey Publslte1', 24 U11i11' Sqw1n, _Yew J'ol'k :N'(). 315. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 30, 1908. Price 5 Cents. -Tlie dying Apache tore loose his-belt and.held up something in his left hand: "The Token of-the Apaches!" he said, feebly, "It will take the brave palefac,es safely over the trail to the Valley of Gold! My tongue is not crooked, Young Wild West."

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WILD WEST WEEKLY I A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Lile l88uecl Weekl11-B11 subscription. i2.50 p e r y ear. Bnfe recl a ccording to Ac t of O on.gress in t h 6 y ear 1 9 08, 'n. t he offla of the Librarian of Oon.gress WasMngton., D 0 ., 1111 Fran k T ous e11, Publish er, 24 Unio n S q uare, New Y ork. No. 315. NEW YO RK, O CTO B E R 30, 1 908. PlUCE 5 C ENTS. YOUNG WILD WEST'S APACHE TOKEN :OR, The Trail that Led to the Valley of Gold BY A N OLD SCOUrl1. CHAPTER I. THE FOUR OLD SOLDIERS, AND WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM. In a lone cabin in the Tucson Mountains four men were gathered one night, a few years ago, when it was dangerous to travel through parts of Arizona, on account of lawle s s bands of Indians, whites and Mexicans, who were wont to demand toll, and in case it was refused, were known to kill. Though the cabin mentioned was slightly 11lss than fifty miles from Tucson, it was in one or the wildest spots that could be found in the whole territory. Built on the rugged mountain s lop e and almost hidden from view by the trees that grew in rich profusion, the cabin was suggestive of civilization, yet the dismal aspect caused by the rotten-thatched roof and dislocated l ogs at one end would have caused the ordinary observer to think that it was a relic of the days gone by. It was in the 'rainy season, and when the four men we have mentioned came upon the, lone cabin at the close of a drizzly day they welcomed it with delight It was not quite dark when it appeared before them through the dripping foliage, and they prompt l y slid from the backs of the lazy burros t h ey had been r i ding and hurried to the door. But when they found it half open and han ging by one hinge they knew right away that there was a small chance of getting a hot suppe r there unless they did the cooking themselves. The cabin was deserted, and as they made a further in vestigation they concluded that it had been deserted for a rather long time. The rain dripped through the holes in the thatched roof and the damp weather for the past two o r three weeks had wrought a musty odor there. But it was better than nothing, and the four travelers accepted it gladly While one of them busied himself kin'dling a fire i n the rude fireplace, so they might boil their coffee a n d broil some of the venison they had with them, the rest went out and cut cedars to repair the damaged roof. By the time it began to grow dark they had made it quite comfortable and were ready to enjoy their supper Having left Tucson but the day before, they were pretty well supplied with provisions. As we find them they had just finished their supper, and they were sitting about the fire on the hearth, en joying their pipes. They had all passed the age of fifty, but were quite hal e and hearty and looked as though they were used to hard s hips. On the floor of the cabin were piled picks, s hovels and pans, s uch as are used by gold prospectors, so it was easy to guess that the quartette had started out in quest of g9ld, the magnet that attracts the population of the earth, but which so few ever reach. The fact was that the :four men were veterans of the Civil War, who had made a pact to come to Arizona and seek their :fortunes. '}'hey were poor men, and be ing of an adve;n.turous na ture, they did not fear the dangers and hardships they were like l y to run acro?s. When they left T ucson to start :for the gold fields they had spent about all the money they had raked and scraped to come West with, but they were happy in their expectations They were armed with revolvers and hunting knives and a rifle and shotgun had been brought along, so they might be able to shoot what game they needed "Well, Dave," sa id one of them, as he knocked the from hi s pipe, "this i s the second night out, so I guess you had better call the roll, to find out if we are all

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2 YOUNG WILD WEST'S AP ACHE TOKEN. here. It has been a tough day, and it may be that some Dave Romer had seventeen of them, while the rest had of us have got lost." sixteen apiece. Though this was said in the way of a joke, the man "Each button represents a twenty-dollar lump of called Dave solemnly took a note book from his pocket, gold," said McGowan a grin on his tanned face. "One and fishing out a pencil, opened the book and called out: button ther ante an' one button thei: liip.it. Cut for deal, "Billy Owens." boys." "Here!" came the promptly reply from the man reThe cards were cut and it fell to the lot of Owens to clining almost at full length on the floor. deal first. "Mike Kelly." The game went on and the players were as much in"Here, bedad !" tere s ted as though it had been for real money." "Martin McGowan." "I'll bet you twenty dollars!" "And I'll call you!" "I'm here, Dave sounded just the same as it might have had the game "Dave Romer I'm here, of course, or I wouldn't be been for "blood." cailin' ther roll. Well, Billy, we're ali here, so that's one So absorbed were the four that they did not notice the consolatibn, ain't it?" dripping form of an Indian appear in the doorway of the "Yes, Dave, that's right. We've been pretty gooq cabin. friends since we left the army, and even though we The intruder must have approached cautiously on seewasn't all in ther same regiment, we all done our duty." ing the light from the fire, but when he got there, and "'Faith! I thought we was to forget that we were ever saw what was going on, he straightened up and looked at bein' sogers, Billy," spoke up Mike Kelly. "Don't yer the scene, a fiendish smile playing about his painted know that we was after agreein' that we was ter be young features. men jest out of college, who were dead broke, an' search-As he listened. to the bets that were being made, and in' for fortune his eyes caught the glint of the bra s s buttons as they "That's right, Mike. I forgot about it. We are ju s t were put in the pot, th'e redskin surely thought there was young men, and we are in Arizona looking for gold, which plenty of gold there. we are going to find, too; and then we'll go back home He looked and listened for a full minute and then he and live in comfort the rest of our lives." stepped back and was lost in the darkness and rain. There was a solemn nod of approval from all hands at Ten minutes passed and then half a dozen stealthy this. forms crept up to the cabin and looked through the door "We're here in Arizona, an' there ain't no one to worry I way and the old soldiers as they played their game so much about us if we nevet get back," said McGowan, earnestly -shaking his head. "None of us has got wives to worry And still none of them thought theTe was anything like after us, though we've all had 'em, an' good women they danger lurking at the door of the cabin. were, too." f'Well, here's my last twenty, boys said Owens just "That's right, Martin. But don't talk about what's then. "It's got ter be a show down What have yer passed," Owens observed. "We are startin' life over got?" ag'in, what's done must be forgotten The cards were laid down, and as Owens found that "I stand corrected, Billy. Now then, since it .is kind of his hand of three jacks won he uttered a whoop of de gloomy outside, an' mighty comfortable here, s'pose we light. have a .little game of draw poker, just to pass away the "Ugh!" time?" It was one of the Indians who uttered the grunt. "Poker?" queried Romer, with a grin "What are we Then the four poker players looked up and found that goin' to play poker with? I ain't got no money." they had visitors "Neither have I," was the reply, while McGowan "Hello!" exclaimed Romer, springing to his feet looked at him pityingly. "But we've all got our soldier "What's this? Injuns, as I live!" buttons, haven't we? We'll make out that each button is "Ugh!" grunted the redskin, who was evidently the a l ump of gol d, an' we' ll play poker till one man gits all leader of the half a dozen. "Palefaces ilave nice fire; ther buttons Then the winner can give them back Injuns want to get dry." ag'in." "Well, I ain't got no objections, as far as I'm con T o some this proposition might appear ridicu l ous, but cerned. But are you honest Injuns, that's ther ques the way McGowan's hearers took to it showed that they tion ?" did not think tfiat way. "We good Apaches declared the leader, who had so They were just as much delighte"d as though each had many feathers in his h e ad-dress that it was easy to guess been staked with a pile of money, and were going to have that he was a chief a quiet little game. But in spite of the fact that he declared that they were Kelly threw some more pine boughs on the fire and good Indians, the .four old soldiers did not seem to be t hey took positions where they would be able to see the quite at their ease cards They had been rudely disturb e d in their game, and McGowan had the cards, and though the pack was with half a dozen redskins all of whom h a ving daubs and r ather greasy, tlrey were all there. streaks of yellow and black paint on their faces, to stay The buttons they had saved from their old army uni with them over night, the pro s pect was not a pleasant forms were brought out, too one.

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S APACHE TOKEN. 3 The' Apaches moved up to the fire and crowded them I But I reckon we'll make them uti.derstand they've made away from it. a mighty big mistake in bothering these men." "Palefaces got something to eat?" asked 'the chie, I '"l'hank yer, gentlemen Thank yer spoke up Dave looking :i-t Romer, proba bly because he had been the one I Romer just then. "I've been all through ther War of to do the talking when they entered. ther Rebellion, but I can't say as I was ever more sur "No; not much," and Romer shook his head, because I prised than I was jest now, when them six Injuns sneaked he knew they had nothing to spare i:J?. that line. ih here. We w _as pl a yin' poker, with soldier-buttons in :1 "Palefaces got plehty of'" gold?" ther place 0 money, and the Injuns thought we had gold. "No We ain't got no gold, at all. About a dollar an' They meant to clean us out; there ain't no doubt about sixtv-five cents is ther amount of our wealth." that." "Ugh!" "0 course there is no doubt about tliat/' the boy anThe rest 0 the redskins grunted, too, and then they swered. "I heard and saw enough J;o convince me of that. all grinned in a peculiar way. The chances are that the red galoots would have killed !'Paleface heap lie!" said the chief, suddenly, you or spite, i they found that you did not have enough and a long-barreled revolver was pulled from under the money to satisfy them. There are about a hundred 'dripping blanket he Ji.ad wrapped about him. Apaches around these diggings, somewhere. They have Each 0 the others drew some kind 0 a weapon, and gathered together and quit the reservation, thinking they then it was that the four gold seekers turned pale, no will have a chance in :fighting the palefaces they meet, doubt wishing that they had never come all the way to and thus bring back the old times they love to talk about Arizona to hunt for wealth. so well. I suppose these fellows here belong to the Romer was at a loss to make a reply, so Owens up. bunch." "I you don't believe that we ain't got no gold you kin "A hundred of 'em!" gasped Billy Owens, loo:k!ng at search us, Injuns. But what Dave said was just right." his three companions, with a very pale ace. "An' we've "You play poker for gold; you got plenty. Apaches come out here ter prospect ur gold!"' want gold, or they kill palefaces." "Oh! don't worry about that," spoke up the tall ma.n,' "We was only foolin'. It was soger buttons we was who had allowed the boy into the shanty. "A hundred playin' with. We ain't got no gold." Injuns ain't so very much when it comes ter fightin' at. "Ugh! Apaches kill palefaces, because they lie!" long range. I reckon our party could clean up that many A threatening move was made by the villainous redin a couple 0 days, all right." skins, and then a shout for help went up from the frightThe four old soldiers looked at the speaker with adened men. miration 'l'he next moment the lithe orm of a boy attired in a I He was as straight as an arrow, with not an ounce of ancy hunting suit 0 buckskin crossed the threshold and superfluous :flesh on him, and his long dark hair and appeared before them. 1 mustache, together with his tanned face, showed plainly "Hold up your hands, you red galoots!" he called out that he was 'a genuine Westener, who spent the greater in a ringing voice. "I reckon you've made a little misportion 0 hi s time in the open air 0 the mountains and take. You can t these men!" plains. But i they thought there was anything striking about the man, what must they have thought 0 the boy? 0 medium height, with the form 0 a perfect athlete, CHAPTER II. handsome in face, as well as figure, and with a wealth 0 light chestnut hair hanging below his shoulders, he was HOW THE INDIANS wER.E KICKED OUT. surely the ideal boy hero of the Wild West. The coolness he had displayed in stopping the redskins 'rhe thieving Apach{ls. were thunderstruck when they from their foul work had taken the breath away from say the boy, and heard bis ringing words. their intended almost, and though they had There was a revolver in either of his bands, and he hardly taken time to size him up, they knew that they certainly looked as though he meant business. bad a real champion before the tall man appeared. Up went the hands 0 the redskins, as though they As the latter ceased speaking they turned their gaze were governed by clockwork. upon the dashing-looking boy, who was standing in exThen a tall man, who was attired similarly to the 'dashactly the same spot he had halted in, the two revolvers ing-looking boy, stepped into the cabin. still pointed at the Apache Indians. "I reckon you've got "em, Wild," he observed, a grim "Charlie," said the boy, as coolly as though he was smile showing on his tanned and weather-beaten face. bossing a friendly game at a picnic, "just relieve the red "It's a mighty good thing that we happened ter hear skins of the weapons they have with them. They have ther signal, ain't it? Here's four galoots here what's in on their war paint, and that means that they have de putty bad shape-or would have been i we had_n't clared war on all whites. The less weapons old Running catched on ther Injun signal. Ain't they a measly lot, fl Wol and his braves have, the less they will do." now! I reckon we'd better kick ther stuffin' out of ther "Right yer are, Wild," w .as the reply, and be coolly lot of 'em .. an' then turn 'em out in the rain, with no started in to do as he was told. clothes ter wear!" "Ugh! No take gun; we no shoot deer and rabbit to "No, Charlie, we won't be as hard on them as that. l eat," protested the chief, shaking his head.

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YOUNG WILD WJJST'S APACHE TOKEN. "You shet up, or I'll undertake ter put an -extra eye place. There is no better part of the country to hunt up in you head witloi. a bullet," retorted the tall man, as he excitement ai;id adventure, you know, and that is what pushed the muzzle of his revolver against the redskin's we are after, the most of the time." forehead. Owens was not long in introducing himself and his Then lie coolly took the weapons he had and passed companions. them to Romer, who stood ready to receive' them Then Young Wild Wes t introduced hi s partner as Not until the last one of them had been relieved o f the Cheyenne Charlie, the well-known scout and Indian weapons he had did the boy move from wherj3 he had fighter. been standing There was more hand-shaking, and the four old soldiers Then he lowered one of his revolvers and dropped the showed their delight by giving three cheers again. other into the hol ster at his side. "This is the greatest thing yet," Romer declared, as "Gentlemen," said he, addressing the four men, who he took a chew of0 tobacco and wiped his mouth with the had come so near to being cleaned out by the villainous sleeve of his coat. "W:ho would have thought that we Apaches, "you all look as though you are strong enough was goin' to meet such great characters as Young Wild to do some kicking. Now then, I want you to kick these West? Where's your other pard, Mr. West?" red galoots out of tlie shanty, one at a time!" "Jim Dart is over' in the camp with the girls and our "Good enough!" exclaimed Kelly. "I kin kick 'em l .Chinamen," was the reply, as the das hing young dead good an' hard, bedad An' ther kick will come straight shot nodded off to the woods at the right. "I reckon from ther heart, too!" they are all right, if there arE' no more redskins around. Without waiting a second, he seized the nearest redI don't think there are any more very close by, but the skin by the shoulders and headed him for the door. chances are that they will be around thick enough before he used his foot on him in a way that told how morning. We. heard that Chief Running Wolf was some well he und e r stood the business. where over this way, with about a hundred warriors, but Out went the Apache, landing on his hands and knee s 'we did not think that they were so close to Tucson as all Kelly's move was the signal for the re s t to take part, this But there is no telling what redskins will do, when and the way the four old soldiers went at the redskin s they make up their minds that they are going to clean was quite enough to make the most melancholy person in out all the palefaces in creation. They will take all kinds the world crack a smile. oi chances, it seems." The tall man fairly roared with delight. No doubt it "Doyer think it will be safe fur us ter stay here in this tickled hiln greatly to see the "noble red men" get such old shanty?" asked Romer, showing how uneasy he felt. treatment "No, I do not You had better gather up your belongBut when the last one was out he rushed after him, as ings and go with u s We have got g_uite a snug campdid the dashing young fellow, who had been the master fully as good as this shanty, I think. Just get a move of ceremonies. on you, and we'll get away from here. It has stopped "Light out, you galoots!" the latter cried, lo:udly. raining for a while, so you won't get wet." "The next time I set eyes on you I am going to shoot. "That's right. Well, we'll be right with you, an' Go and tell old Running Wolf that Young Wild West thank you fur ther invitation sends his compliments to him, and advises him to lay It did not take the four men long to get their burros down his arms and go bac]{ to the reservation. You hear and load them up with the outfit they had purchased in what I say!" Tucson. Crack 'rhen they led the animals along, following Young Just to keep them going, the tall man fired a shot in Wild West and Cheyenne Charlie through the dripping the darkness, just high enough to make it possible for th\! woods. fleeing Indian s to hear the hum o:f the bullet. When they had covered about a quarter of a mile The four old soldiers, as they chose to call themselves, Young Wild West called a halt. raised their voices in a cheer, and then they crowded 1rhen he gave a good imitation of the hoot of an owl around ther two s trangers and gripped their hands twice in succession "I'd like ter know' who yer are, fur one said Romer. The signal was answered immediately, and without any "I've been around this world quite considerable, but I further hesitation, he started ah-ead, bidding his com-want ter tell yer, right 'to your face, that I never met a panions to follow. feller, young or old, what's half as cool as you are!" The next minute the camp was reached. "That's all right, iny friend," was the smiling reply "I'll tell you my name. I am known as Young Wild West, and as that is the only name I ever had, as far as I know, I reckon it's right." "Young Wild West, ther Champion Deadshot of ther West, an' Prince of ther Saddle," spoke up Owens, nod ding his head with great satisfaction. "I guess we'v e all read something about you, Young Wild West. But we certainly never thought we would meet you out here in Arizona." '"Well, I am in Arizozna about as much as I am in any CHAPTER III. AT THE CAMP OF YOUNG WILD WEST. "Did you find the redskins, Wild?" asked a girlish voice, as Young Wild West came down a rather steep bank to the camp that was located under a projecting cliff, followed by Cheyenne Charlie and the four men.

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S TOKEN. "Yes, Et," was the reply "We found them all right. We were just in time, too, for they were in the act of committing a robbery Here are four men, who will re main with us a while, I reckon ,.. It was Arietta Murdock, th1e charming, golden -haired sweetheart of Young Wild West. She stood in the light of the fire that was burning in the hollow, under the cliff, and the exsoldiers could see her plainly. They all took note of the fact that she was very tiful, though hardly more than a child Arietta had been born and reared in Wyoming during the times when the lives of the settlers there were in almost constant _jeopardy from the Indians and lawless white men. She could shoot as well as the average man of the West, and at managing a broncho she had no equal for one of her sex. Added to this, she was cool in times of danger, a qual ity that she had learned from her dashing young lover, and could always be depended upon to take her own part, and to help in a fight. rhe other two girls of the party were Anna, the wife of Cheyenne Charlie, and Eloise Gardner, the sweetheart of Jim Dart. Arietta and Eloise were the only real "girls" of the party, of course, but Anna was but a young woman, and Wild and his partners invariably spoke of them as the "girls." It will be necessary to mention the two Chinamen our hero and his friends lrnpt in their employ, since one of them was really a great character. This one was Hap Wah, a very clever sleight of hand performer, card sharp and lover of practical joking. The other was his brother, who was the cook, and a Chinaman who had once fl.own pretty high as a sport, but had settled down to sleepy quietness. Young Wild West lost no time in introducing the four men he and the scout had saved from the rascally Apaches, and it is not necessary to say that they got a warm welcome from Jim Dart and the girls. They were ever ready to assist those in need, and it was a pleasure to them to be able to take the gold hunters in. Cheyenne Charlie relieved Jim Dart from guard duty while Wild related just what had happened after he and the scout had located the lone cabin. It happened that the redskin who had first made the discovery that the cabin was occupied, had given a signal to his companions, and it had been heard at the camp of our friends, who knew right away that it was a redskin call. Wild and Charlie had started out right away, and after a while they had located the cabin, and then what has been recorded was enacted When Jim and the gir l s had heard all about it they showed how glad they were that the men had been saved from being robbe.d, and perhaps murdered by the Indian s But, at the same time, they felt that they were in danger, since the fact that there were hostile Apaches about meant that they would surely find them. But. they knew that they were located in a pretty snug quarters, and if an attack was made upon them during the night they would stand a good show of withstanding it, providing the redskins were not in too large numbers. Wild now proceeded to arrange things so they would b e better able to meet an attack. He had not believed that Running Wolf and his braves were so close by, but now he felt that they could not so very far away, and that the half a dozen that had visited the lone cabin had been sent out to scout along the trail. The chances were that they had horses close when they went into the cabin, anB if they did not it s howed that the campof the Apaches must be a ll the nearer. It had begun raining again, though not very hard. However, it was quite enough to wet one to the skin if they remained out for any length of time The' weather was warm, but the rain caused a dampness that made it decidedly di sagreeab le. Besides the campfire there was a lantern burning, so there was ample light for them in the camp It was situated in a deep hollow that extended on to a ravine below the spot, so the water could run off as fast as it came down &cks projected from the cliff on eithe r side, and with the ledge overhanging it, they were safe from all points save that directly in front of the cliff. But even then, they were lower down than the lay of the land near by, and there were rocks and boulders scat tered about to afford them protection. Dave Romer, as soon as they got settled down, related how they had amused themselves playing poker in the lone cabm, ancl they had one li stener in particular, who was very much interested. This was Hop Wah, the card sharp "You mustee havee nicee lillee time," he said to Billy Owens, as he edged up and sat down close to him. "Well, it amused us, an' that's what we wanted, yer know," the old soldier replied. "You callee um blass buttons allee samee tlenty dollee, so be?" "Yes, an' ther Injuns was listenin', an' thought we had real money." "Lat pletty goodee. But me no likee play pokee for blass buttons; me wantee play for um money, so be." "Do you know how ter play poker?" Owens asked, looking at him in surprise. "Me play allee samee lillee bit, so be." "Ohl I didn't kno.w heathens played ther game It's only natural that men like us would play it. We've been. through all kinds of things in our lives, an' we've had ter do somethin' ter pass away ther time." "Me likee showee you nicee lille tlick with um cards, so be." "Yer would, eh? W. ell, go ahead. I know ther boys would like ter see it. It'll sorte r make us furgit our troubles." Young Wild West overheard what was being said, and he did not try to stop the clever Chinaman from going ahead He knew that they were all in more or less danger, but that did not prevent them from having a little amuse ment, he believing that it would serve to lift the de pressed spirits of a ll hands, if anything in that line existed.

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6 YOUNG WILD WEST''S APACHE TOKEN. Seeing that he had full permission to go ahead, Hop "Great scott !" exclaimed Owens "That's ther same produced a nck of cards. card I burned up, boys!" He sat down near the hanginz lantern and motioned "Mine, too!" came from the rest, as if in one voice. for the four guests to gather about him. Just then a volley of shots rang out, followed bya This they did, the rest remaining a little in the backsavage yell. .. ground, for they were so used to the tricks and doings of the Chinaman that he could hardly show them anything new. Still, they had seen him perform many tricks that they could not account for, so they watched both Hop and the four men:. CHAPTER IV. 1'HE REPULSE OF THE APACHES. It was interesting to note the surprise of those not acquainted with the Chinaman's ways, anyhow. The camp had been attacked by the Apaches! Hop shuffled the deck of cards carefully and then inThe wonderful trick Hop had just performed was forvited them to each draw a card. gotten in stantly. The old soldiers looked at each otherand winked, for .A s hower of bullets had passed over the heads of our they had all seen card tricks performed, and they no friends, and they knew that they a fight on hand. doubt that this was going to be one of the kind But they were so sit uated that the bullets they had seen lots of times before, and were capable of had .gone high, and no damage had been done. doing themselves. Jim Dart, w)lo had been on the watch, heard a sound But they did not know the sort of fellow they were among the trees before .the voll:y was fired .. dealing with when they had Hop Wah. He had not had ti;ne to give warnmg, but he did man"You lookee at um cards. Len you puttee in um fire ageto drop out of sig ht, and allee samee burnee. Me takee outee um fire and He was the first to answer the volley, for he saw the makee allee light," the Chinaman said, blandly. Indians as they came rushirrg from the cover the trees This surprised them afforded, and while they were yelling like so many demons They could not of having seen anything like he :fire them, with his Winchester. that done before Orang. crang. crang. But they each drew a card, looked at it and then held it He s h?ts in rapid succession, and then Wild so no one could see what it was. a nd Charlie JOmed m. "You alle lem ember whattee card you gottee?" They had scarce ly begun.when the a hand in They declared that they did. the game, th.e old soldiers, .not .knowmg JUSt what to "Allee light. You no tellee each other whattee card do, the rocks dismay. you got. lat no fair." Fightmg Indians was somet hm g they were not used to, "UT 't t 11,, 0 d h' and as it had been a good while Since they had done any n e won e wens assure im. h 1 fig ting at al they were hardly prepared for it. Then Hop reacheu over and took a burnmg stick from 'l'h n d k f 11 b k th 11" fl d tli e fire. e y: mg re s ms e ac as e ga mg re poure mto their ranks. He lai d it on the ground before them and told them to A d k t th th ld th b l d s ar as I was, ose in e camp cou see en: urn up t J e car s, one at a time, and to leave the a s hes f d h t t h d tt t k th there. orms, an ence I was no a ar ma er o ma e e shots tell. The fou,r men were more than inter ested now, and Owens l ed off by setting fire to his card. When it was nearly burned to ashes he let it drop to the ground, and it was quickly consumed by the flames. Kelly, McGowan and Romer quickly followed suit, and no one knew what the cards were but themselves. Hop remoyed the blazing stick and then carefully scraped the ashes in a heap. 'l' hen he gave a nod of sat isfaction and took from his pocket the big yellow handkerchief he always had with him. "Evelbod y watchee/' h e said. They did watch him, and when he had covered the a s hes with the handkerchief they wondered what was coming next. After making a few mysterious motions over the hand kerchief Hop removed it. Four cards lay upon the ground, face down! An exclamation of surprise went up simultaneously from the four. Hop smiled serenely and handed each of them a card. it easy, everybody!" called out Young Wild West. "They can't get to us, no matter if there is a hun dred of them! We'll pile up the ground with their bodies, if they keep on coming. Make every shot tell. Girls, you are doing good." When they h eard this the four men, who had been give n the shelter of the camp, got into action. They began u sing their revolvers, though they could not tell whether they were hitting anything or not. However, they were enough experienced to know how to shoot at an enemy in the dark, so it is more than likely that more than one of their bullet s found its billet. After the first rush the Apaches scattered and began coming again. Many of them came up along the cliff, but the project ing rocks on either s ide of the camp protected its in mates, and when they got to them they were either forced to quit or come around. None of thetp. came all the way around, though a few of them tried it. 'rhey went down like grass before the sickle

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S AP ACHE TOKEN. 7 For :five minutes the s h ooting kept up, and then the attack was over for the time The redskins had met with dire defeat. Cheyenne Cliarlie l ed in a cheer and the s houts e c hoed against the cliffs. Youn g Wild Wes t was well satisfie d with the result, for no on e in the c amp had been hit. A heavy smoke hung over the scene, for the moisture in the air kept it down. Wild cautioned his partners to be on the watch, :for it mi ght be that some of the redskins would try and creep to the camp under cover of it. If they did they would stand little show in a hand-to h and :fight, for not enough of them could possibly get there to put up an effect ive fight But they did not try to do it, for they h ad met with eno11g h loss to sat i sfy them in that direction, just then, anyhow. When an hour had pa sse d and they had heard nothing more of the Apaches, our hero concluded that they had gone back to the headquarters of Running Wolf to get a larger force, or that they had give n it up for the night. It had ceased raining aga in and as the boy thought it over he decided that the best thin g for him to do was to go out and endeavo r to find out what the red sk in s were up to Waiting ih s u s pen s e i s not pleasant, and he wanted to get the mind s of those in the camp at re st, if it could possibly be done. "Charlie,'l' s aid he to the s cout, "I reckon we had bet t e r go and locate the p l ace where the redskins are camped I am s ati s fied that it can't be far away, for those who attacked us just now had no horses. "That's ri ght, Wild They was on foot, J'm mighty sure," was the repl y "Let's go, by all means I'nt jes t itchin' ter do somethin'." Charlie was always ready to go on a dangerous erran'd with the young deadshot., Thou g h a man of vast experience in that line, he did not re gard himself as theequal of Wild, and he was proud to be called a par tner of hi s The two quickly made known to the rest what they in tended to do and there were no objections raised But the gir l s cautioned them to be very careful, as they always did on such occas ions "That's all right," Wild answered. "I reckon we can fool all the Indians in creatio n on a dark ni ght like this. "Jim will take care of you while we are gone." lt u sua lly fell to the lot of Dart to r emain with the g irl s when it was n ecessa r y f or two of them to l eave, and he n eve r grumbled about it, though his courage and will ing nes s to go on any dang eI'ous errand was unquestioned. 'rhe two were not long in making their preparation s to leav e the camp When they l eft it was with the und e r standing that the usual sig nal would be given on their return, s o no mistake could be made. In woodcraft Young Wild Wes t and Cheyenne Charlie wer e quite the equ a l of any Indian brave. They mov e d off in the darkness, and fr0m the very mom en t they went up the s hort' ascent those at the camp heard not a s ound from them By this time they had all recovered their composure, and as Hop came and sat down by the four gold hunters the wonderful trick he had performed for t hem came in their minds. "How did yer do it, anyhow?" asked Dave Romer, as Hop made mention of it. "Me do allee sa mee very muchee easy, s o be,'' was the reply. "It might have been easy _ter you, but ter u s it didn t look s o." When Hop sai d it was very easy he s poke the truth. The pack of cards h e had used was one that was made up entirely of tens of hearts. Thus the cards that the four men had drawn from it were all the s ame, though they did not 1."Uow it. It was nothing for the clever Chinaman to slip of the cards under the handkerchief as he covered the ashes w i t h it, s o when h e gave them eac h a card, and t hey saw it was the same a s the one they had drawn they thought it really was "I'd like ter see yer do it ag'in," said Owen s "A trick lik e that one i s worth lookil!' at." "Me 'fl.aid to do um samee tlick,'' Hop declared "Maybe um led s kins s hootee s ome more if me do. Me showee a nothee lillee tlick "That'll do ju st a s well," s poke up Rom e r, who evi dently tlwught there might be' s uch a thing as another attack from the Indian s if Hop tried 'the same trick since it had occurr e d ju s t as the climax was rea c hed. Hop brought out a pack of cards, but it was not the same one he had used. Thi s one was a regu lar poker deck. He a s ked them to look it over and see if it was all right, and when they had obliged him, declaring that it was, he took the cards, s huffled them and then c u t the ace of hearts, laying it on a rock before them, face up The card he cut did not belong to the pack, but there was no one wh o dreamed that it did not. "Eve lybody watchee um card, so be,'' said the clever Celestial. But only four men did, a s Jim and t.he girls were keeping a watch, so they could not be su rprised by the redskins, sh ould they happen to creep up to make another attack Placing his thumb upon one end of the card, Hop held it firmly against the pack, which lay upon the flat surface of the rock, and then with hi s other hand he brushed it off, a s though trying to wipe away a s peck of dirt. He rai sed both hands b e fore the men to s how them th&t he had nothing in them, and as they looked at the card they saw that it had changed to the ace of clubs Exclamations of surprise came to their lips, and they looked at the Chinaman in s il e nce. "Lat velly funny,'' said Hop, a s he look e d at the card, and then handed it to Owen s for his ins pection. "Me wantee blu s h um lillee dirt off lat me see on um card. Um ace of h earts allee sa mee turnee into um ace of clubs, s o be." "That's right, s aid Owens "I'd like ter know how yer done it! It's ther greatest thing I ever seen." Hop did not tell them that there had been a thin' oov ering of tissue paper on the card, with the ace of hearts

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S AP ACHE TOKEN. printed on it, and that he had cleverly removed it when he brushed it. If he had done that they would have it not such a wonderful trick, after all. He showed them some more tricks, and then, just as he consented to repeat the first one, a startling thing happened. A sharp cry soundea above them and then down came an Indian from the overhanging cliff, landing with a thud upon the ground within six of them! CHAPTER V. THE NIGHT PASSES QUIETLY. any chances, for it might be that there were spying redskins in the woods. Charlie was eager to get to the spot where the Apaches were, so they proceeded on their way without further delay. Used to walking through the forest in the darkness, the two did not lose their way and go in the wrong direc tion. In a little while they came to an open s pot, then they moved with more caution than ever. Up a s light ascent went for perhaps three hun dred yards, and then they came to more woods and scat tered bushes. Suddenly they came in sight of the camp. It lay right below them, and it was remarkably quiet there. But the Apaches had no squaws, or dogs with Young Wild West and Cheyenne Charlie came in conthem, and this was what made it quiet. tact with more than one warm body as they moved away The two moved a little closer up, and then crouching from the camp. in the bushes, they took in the scene. But they were well used to such business as that, and Though they could not count the Indians accurately, they had no feelings of regret for any of the redskins that they estimated that there was close to a hundred of them. had been killed. They had plenty of horses and seemed to be well supThe treacherous Apaches had brought it upon themplied with tepees. selves, and it was purely a case of self defense. "Ther galoots must have planned ahead of time, or The two made their way through the woods, going in they couldn't have brought sich an outfit with 'em," a direction that they guessed might be the right one. whispered the scout, his mouth close to our hero's ear. But they knew where the Indians had been when they "That's right," ."'Yild answered. "They have plenty_ of heard the signal, before going to the lone cabin, and that ammumtion, too.. They say that old Runmng was a small clue, anyhow. I \\i olf i s a very reds'km. 1:f e has known pretty well Cheyenne Charl .ie had also taken note of the way they what he was domg before startmg on the warpath, you can bet!" headed after the six were kicked out of the cabinl so it was only natural that they should head that' way as near It did not take them long to notice that there were a as they could in the darkness. few Indians in the camp, and then t hey knew that the The rainy weather made it very dark, indeed, and they party that attacked their camp had returned, without could not make anything like fast headway. sLopping to gather up the dead. "Well, Charlie," whispered Wild, when he had satis: At length they found themselves ascending a hill, and fied liimsel that there was :r; wthing to keep them there when the fop of it was reached Wild decided to climb a any longer, "I reckon we may as .well go back. It doesn't tree and look around for the campfire of the Apaches. look as though the redskjns mean to bother us again It' might be within range of his vision and it might not, right away. Probably they mean to wait till daylight, but there was a possibility that he might see it. and then give it to us good and hard. The chances are Wild selected a tree that was easy to climb and went that some of them are near our camp, keeping a watch, up it swiftly and without any noise. right now. But that is only to find out whether we move He reached the top and then took a careful survey of away under the cover of the darkness or not." the surrounding GOuntry. "That's right," nodded the scout. "We may as well He was gratified to see half a "dozen fires throwing out go back. There don't seem ter be nothin' in particular their light in what seemed to be a wide gully: gain' on here. I jest w)sh I could git a chance ter pick off 'rhat it was the camp of the hostile redskins he had no ther old chief, th<;mgh. That would sorter put the ky-doubt. bosh on ther red galoots, I reckon. He must be in his 'rhe young deadshot carefully measured the distance tepee, 'cause I don't see nothin' of him." with his eye, and satisfying himsel that it was not more "That is probably where he is. But I don't think it than half a mile away, he descended the tree and joined right to shoot at hijll, even if vou had the chance, Charlie. the waiting scout. That is not a square way, you know." "Did yer see anything, Wild?" was the question put "They fight that way, though, Wild.'' to him as he dropped lightly to the ground. "Yes, I know But we are a little more human than "Yes, I found the camp, Charlie," was the reply. they are." "Good! Is it very far?" "What's sauce -fur ther goose is sauce fur ther gander, "Not more than half a mile, at the most. It lies right they say." over that way," and the boy pointed out the direction. The scout had experienced so much of Indian warfare This conversation was carried on in whispers, as might that he always believed in giving it to them the same way be supposed. Our hero and the scout were not taking they dei;ilt it out.

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S APACHE TOKEN. 9 He always took the advice of the dashing young dead, body founn gold what goes prospectin' fur it ther world shot, however, so he did not insist of trying to get a shot would soon be so full of it that it wouldn't be worth no at the chief. more than lead Howsumever, you may be lucky enough They waited a minute or two longer, and then they to strike a lode. I hope yer are. But jest no'f it will left the spot, making their way back for the camp in as pay yer better ter think about Injuns, instead of gold straight a line as it 1 was possible to do i'n the darkness o;f Jim Dart was at the top of the cliff taking a look the night. around for signs of the Indians, and the scout was keepThough they had been nearly dry when they set out, ing an eye in that direction, so he would be able to see they were wet to the skin from coming in contact with the least sign the b9y gave. the moistened bushes and boughs. Of course Jim was not exposing himself very much, But they did not mind this, fOT a fire would dry their for an Apache sharpshooter might pick him off if he did. clothing, and they had plenty with them to wear while But the camp was so, arranged that those in it could not the process was under way. be hit unless a volley was fired at very close quarters, and 'rhey got to the camp without mishap, and when they before that could be done the redskins must :first expose arrived they were astonished to hear that an Indian had themselves to the fire of our friends. dropped from the cliff above without warning. Wing, the cook, worked rapidly, all the while acting as "He fell on his head and broke his neck, Wild," Jim though he expected a storm of bullets to interfere with Dart explained "He must have been Ufl there spying on him, while Hop was looking after the horses and acting us, the ledge hangs out so far Most likely he tried to as though there was no such a thing as danger lean out and the dirt gave way and let him down. He It was not until the breakfast had been eaten that they dropped in a hurry, just as Hop was going to show the saw anything of the Indians. wonderful card trick again. Hop has given up the idea Then one of them suddenly came up on horseback, of trying that trick again, since both times he has been bearing a flag o f truce. interrupted by Indians "They want ter git ther bodies of ther braves what Though the dropping of the redskin in their midst had went under last night," said the scout, speaking to the urprised the inmates of the camp greatly, they soon got four gold over it when they heard nothing that would indicate that there were any more of them about. Wild took a look at the victim of his own rashness and soon came to the conclusion that Jim was right when he said the neck had been broken by the fall. "Well, it makesone less," he said, as he turned away. "We didn't do it, anyhow, so his blood is not on us." Then he told them what he and the scout had seen at the main camp of the Apaches, ahd when he gave his opinion that they would not be bothered again that night the girls and the four gold seekers were much relieved A double watch was kept during the night, but Wild's opinion about the matter proved to be correct. Nothing occurred to disturb them, though two or three times the imitation of the call of a night-bird sounded, without being answered. Wild knew it was an Indian signalling, probably to the one who had tumbled from the cliff after the two ol""three vain attempts to get a rep l y the calling Apache hadgiv:en it up, and thus the night passed and daylight came. It was not rain'i.r;1g, but the sky was cloudy and threat ening. "This ain't very nice weather, I must say," remarked Dave Romer, as lie watched the preparations for break fast. "It's been bad weather ever since we've been out in this part of ther country." "Well, "t's what they call ther rainy season now," Cheyenne Charlie answered "Though an awful lot of water don't fall in these liere parts, at that. If yer go about fifty miles to ther southwest of here you'll :find it dry as a bone at any time of ther year." "There's where ther gold is s'posed to be, ain't it?" asked Owens, looking interested. "Gold is liable ter be found anywhere in Arizona But it's more likely that yer don't find it, I reckon. If every CHAPTER VI. ARIETTA'S DISCOVERY The approaching Apache evidently put great faith in the palefaces he was showing the flag of truce to, for he rode up boldly and did not halt until he was as close as fifty feet to the edge of the camp "Me want to talk to Young Wild West," he said. "How did you know Young Wild West was here?" Wild asked, as he climbed up to the level and faced him. "Running Wolf know when he heard his braves tell about the boy who came to the log cabin and made the six Apaches go away," was the reply. "Running Wolf know Young Wild West; he say Young Wild West heap much brave." "Well, I am glad he thinks that. I am Young Wild West, so go ahead with your game, redskin "Injuns want to get their dead." "All right; I reckon you can go ahead and get them. We won't bother you unless you bother us. l you hap pen to take a notion to play a trick on us you will have a few more dead to gather up, that's all." "Young Wild West heap much shoot straight." The Apache, who was a younl brave, and appeared' to be very active, strong and muscular, looked at t11e young hero with a glance that was akin to admiration. "Yes, I can shoot pretty redskin." "Young Wild West shoot very quick, too." "Yes, I can shoot quick; I won't deny that." "Young Wild West no 'fraid; he does not fear any thing." "Well, you've got that about right, I reckon."

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JO YOUNG WILD WEST'S AP ACHE TOKEN. 'I'he Indian remained silent or a moment, and then their heads started to all toward them, and as the pick he said: came out they all jumped out of the way. "The Apaches will get the bodies 0 their dead." Crash! Thud! "Go ahead." A rock weigl;ing at least a ton came out into tfie hol"Wild stepped back into the hollow an! the redskin low, showing that it had been nearly ready to all 0 its rode back to the woods. own accord, and all that was required was a little start-In a few minutes half a dozen 0 the braves came in ing. view carrying litters. Young Wild West turned as the noise sounded They had left their arms behind them, which showed He saw what had happened right away. that they wanted to let those in the camp know that they "Great scott !" he exclaimed. "What are you girls meant to hold to the temporary peace treaty until they trying to do under there, make a cave?" had accomplished what they had came to do, at least "That's what I started in to do, Wild," his sweetheart It did not take them lo' ng to complete the work, and answered, coolly "I think I have succeeded, too:" then they retired from sight in the woods. She was pointing into an opening in the cliff that ex-Wil d was well satisfied that the whole band were there, tended as far as the darkness inside permitted them to and that meant that something was likely to happen besee, and her face lighted up with triumph. fore l ong. The dashing ?Oung deadshot was amazed. But he was confident that even though there were a "My!" he ex
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Y O UNG WIL D WEST'S AP ACHE T OKEN. as they came to a turn in they suddenly saw daylight I angered enough to do something rash, s o h e gave 'th e ahead. word to get the horses into the P assage. "There! exclaimed Arietta, triumphantly; "what do The two Chinamen lost no time in starting i n t o d o you think of that, Wild?" this, while the rest kept a watch on the woods. "An outlet, as sure as I live!" came the reply. One by one the horses were led into the passage, and "Let us go and see where it will bring us to, Wild." then Wild gave the orders to take down the tents and "Certainly, Et. I reckon we can fool the redskins now, pack up in a hurry for we can go on through and leave them watching the Charlie and Jim assisted in this, w h i l e the o l d sol die r s camp. The horses can be led in one at a time, you know. took care of their burros, which had bea n taken through "That's right. Hurrah, Wild! I am so glad I took the with the ho:ses, o,f notion to use a pick on the face of the cliff." In ten mmutes time a. big cha nge had been wrought "You are always performing some sort of wonder, Et. m the holl?w th: chff You are the luckiest girl alive, anyhow Everythmg m the hne of a campmg o utfit had d 1sapArietta laughed. peared. She really felt proud of herself, for she knew that the Wild kn:w ve'Y'f well that the Apaches would not be s o d iscovery they had made was all through her. very long Ill :findmg out that they had l eft the p lace, an d The two walked on and soon came to the mouth of the he wanted to fix things so they could get a good start o n n atural passage. them. It opened at the top of a slope that extended over a was only one way to do this and that .was to sen d mile, and which was covered by patches of vegetatio n and the. gir l s and .the gold h1;1nters on ahead with the tw o rocky formations of all sorts of shapes while he and his partners remamed, and fire d "C ,, an occas10nal shot. ome on back, Et, said he taken a They could easily overtake the party even if they h ad g ood look. "I is no use m staymg where as much as two hours ..start we are and fightmg Indians. We can go on about our business and get such a start on them that they won't be Wild .consulted with Charlie and and i t was sett led able to overtake us very soon." that this was the way they would do it. "That's right, Wild." was not much of a ;risk to .it, since they all fii-:nThey went back and quickly acquainted their com-ly believed that all the hostile Indians were on that side f th d' 'th h d b d of the cliff pamons o e lSCOvery at a een ma: e. "Et ,, '.d W'ld ft h h d b ld h t h sa1 i a er t ey a een to w a t ey But before any questions could be asked by the dewere to do, "I reckon you had better take charge of the lighted hearers a yell sounded from the woods, and then t Wh t th h th t t f th par y. en you ge roug e passage s ar or e as manv as :fifty Apaches calme runnmg toward the camp. th t Th tl h h t dl b CHAPTER VII. WILD OBTAINS SOME VALU.AJ3LE INFORMATION. "Now then," s aid Young Wild Wes t, coolly turning to his companions, "we'll s]Jow them how easy we can drive them back. 'rake good aim, everybody and shoot to kill." brang! His own Winchester spoke, and then the rifles of his partners and the girls began cracking away in rapid sue cession. Crouching behind the rocks they could shoot up the slope with ease, and at the s ame time keep from being made targets of by the redskins. Volley after volley was fired by the Apaches, but after the first volley from our friends they did not dash straight up to the camp, but turned to the left and swung around toward the woods again. At l e ast eight of them went to the ground to rise no more, so they surely had made out badly. Not the least bit of a wound had been received by any of our friends, so it was no wonder that they were in a very cheerful frame of mind. Yelling and firing an occasional shot, the redskins fin ally in the woods. But Young Wild West knew that they were just about sou wes e gen emen, w o ave unexpec e y e come our guests, want to :find gold, and as we came out partly for that purpose, we'll head for a spot where it might be found." "All right, Wild," answered Arietta. "I'll take charge, and I'll manage things pretty nearly right, too, I think There was no doubt but that the girl could do it, though the four men, who were to be under her_, com mand, probably thought that one of them should have been left in command, instead of a mere slip of a girl. But whatever they thought about it, they made no ob jections to the arrangements, and when Arietta gave the word for them to come on through the passage they went as willingly as did the Chinamen. "Keep right on as fast as you can," Wild said, as he gave his sweetheart final ,instructions. "We will come along and overtake you in the early afternoon, I reckon." "All right," was the reply. "We will move along as fast as the pack-horses and burros can go." 'rhe party had scarcely gone through the passage when Wild decided to try and draw the fire of the redskins. He was anxious fo;:a little more excitement, and by holding their attention clot;e to the camp there miht be no danger of the escaping party being discovered There were enough articl ,es of discarded clothing ther e to make up a dummy, and Jim Dart undertook the job as soon as he found what the young deadshot wanted to do. It was but a short time before it was r igged, and t h e n

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12 YOUNG WILD WEST'S APACHE TOKEN. they consulted as to the best way to put it in view of the Indians. Charlie cut a sapling and the dummy was tied to it. Th en, while Wild and Jim kept a watch on the woods, h e began pushing it slowly upward along a slanting ascent among the rocks. :B'rom the distance it no doubt looked like a man who was trying to work his way toward the top of the cliff. Not until the scout had pushed the :figure almost as far as he could reach with the pole did anything happen. Then half a dozen shots sounded and the dummy was hit. Charlie laughed and pulled it down quickly. Crang Jim Dart fired just then, for he had caught sight of one of the braves at the edge of the woods. His bullet went straight to the mark, for he saw the red skin drop. "They think they got one of us, and I know I got one of them," was Dart's collll)J.ent. They waited a while an d then the scout tried the dummy on the other side Again the :fire of the Apaches was drawn, and again the dummy dropped. But the villains were over-anxious and two or three of them unconsciously exposed themselves. Wild and Jim each :fired, and neith er of them missed, either. Charlie again tried to work the dummy on them, but this time no shots were :fired. "I reckon th' ey've tumbled to ther trick, boys," he said, shaking his head. "Well, jest ter show 'em what fools they are, I'll shake ther blamed old dummy at 'em." 'rhen he pushed up the pole with the figure at the end of it and waved it back and forth, tantalizingly. In spite of the fact that they must have known that they could do no harm to a stuffed :figure, the redskins fired as many as a dozen shots at it, while it was being waved back and forth by the grinning scout. It was fun for Charlie, for if there was anything he liked it was to get the best of Indians. They certainly had the best of them now, and there was no mistaking it. For the next two hours nothing was seen or heard of theni. "Chariie," said our hero, "I reckon I'll try and get over there and :find out what they mean to do. The chances are that they will stay here and try to sta rve us out, of course. But it would be a good thing for iis kl know." "Well, yer might be able ter git over there without bein' seen, Wild," was the reply. "Yer 'kin move down ther brook to ther pool below, an' then yer ought ter be able ter git around to ther woods. I reckon I could do it myself." "That's right. There isn't the lea st bit of doubt that either 0of us ?ould do it, Charlie. Well, I am going to try it. You stay right here with the horses. I won't be gone more than fifteen minutes, at the most." "Go right ahead. I everything will be all right." Wild lost no time about it. He knew that in the two hours they had had the rest of the party must be miles away, and out of all danger of the band of Indians. The boy went just as Charlie said, and in a few min utes he had worked his way around among the trees, al most opposite to the camp under the cliff. He moved ahead cautiously, and when he had coveied a hundred yards he heard sounds that indicated that he was approaching the temporary camp of the Apaches. He could hear the guttura l voices of the braves, though could not understand what they were talking about. 'rhere were too many of them talking for that, and their tones were rather low. Wild took the risk of creeping up close to where the voices came from, and soon he was within :fifty feet of the redskins. He noticed that as many as half a dozen sentrie s were stationed about at the edge of the woods, but the main body of them was in a group. Their horses were tied to trees near at hand, showing that they were ready to leave at any time. No tepees had been set there, at all. As thi s did not look as though they meant to stay there, Wild wondered what they were up to. The young dead s hot knew the language of the Sioux Indians very well, but he was not posted on the Apaches much. However, he could und erstand considerable of it. He li ste ned and soon came to the conclusion that the band had left the reservation for another purpose than the killing of the palefaces they came across. They were searching for a spot that was called the Val ley of Gold, and which an Apache chief named Big Broncho knew about. Finally two or three of the younger braves began talk ing together in English, and then it was that Wild got a pretty good idea of what they were i.1p to. It appeared that Big Broncho, the Apache who knew the way to the Valley of Gold, had refused to give the in formation to Running Wolf, and that h,e was being searched for by the band. While looking for him they had come across the pale faces, and not being able to resist the temptation they had attacked them. But they were now ready to le!lve them and pursue the search for the Indian, who held the secret of the Valley of Gold. When our hero had learned all this he was ready to go back to the scout, and then ride on through the passage and overtake the rest of the party as soon as possible. CHAPTER VIII. THE APA CHES ARE LEFT BEHIND. Wild lost no time in getting back to Charlie. "How did yer make out?" came the query, when the scout saw him come up the hill under the cliff. "Fine!" was the r eply "I found out that the redskins are not going to bother us any more for the present." "What!" ..

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S AP ACHE TOKEN. 13 Charlie was amazed to hear this, he knowing the dis position of r edskins s o well. "They are hunting for a place called the Valley of Gold, and they simp ly tackled>us as a side issue. There is some Apache chief ar ound the s e diggings, who knows the way to the Valley o f Gold, and has r efused to l et them have the information. His name i s Bi g Broncho, and they want to find him b ad ly. Now then, it is for us to find him before they do, Charlie." "Valley o Gold, eh? Well, that s ound s putty good. Must be some place where ther Aztecs used ter live, most lik e l y "Probably But it seems iunny that all Apache could hold the secret, and not go and look for the g old that i s supp o sed to be there." "Maybe there ain't no g old 'there, Wild. It might be j est a place what ther Injun thinks is sacred ground. There i s sich place s here in Arizona, yer know." "Yes, I know that. But the fact that it i s called the Valley of Gold makes it sound a s thoug h there was gold there. Now we'll li ght out right away, I guess. But be fore we go we'll kindle a fire, and make the red galoots think we are cooking dinner. Lend a hand Charlie, and we' ll s oon be ready to l eave." There was enough wood right the re which had been gathered the night b efo r e by the Chinamen, to make a :fire t hat would last all day long. Charl ie soon h a d a blaze going, and waiting until it had gainBd sufficient headway, he put on some thick pieces, so it w ould l ast for at lea s t an hour. Then they were ready to go. Their horses were in the cave, waiting for them, and after g ivin g them a drink they l ed thBm through the passage and mounted. "Now, I reckon we'll find out something about this Valley of Gold the Apaches are s o anxious to find," said Young Wild West "An' if there's any gold there yer kin bet we'll git it, Wild," was Charlie's retort. "It may be that we will be able to put the four gold hunters in a wa y to get rich quick," our h er o observed, a smile playing about hi s lip s "They came to Ariwna for the purpose of getting ricli, s o they say; t hough just about now I reckon they would rather be home in the East Fighting Indian s does not appeal to them, even thoug h they are veterans of the Civil War." "No; they've had their day at ther fightin' game. Most lik e ly, though, they all give good accounts 0 them selves when they was in ther army. Fightin' in ther army, with smoke so thick t:P.a t yer can't see what you're shoot in' at, ain't exactly like fightin' treacherous redsh.'ins, Wild "No; that's right, Charlie." Having no trouble to follow the trail of those who had preceded them, the two rode at a g allop and gradually their old camping place was left behind. Wild doubted that the Apaches would make the dis covery that they ha.d left the hollow under the cliff, but whether thay did or not made little difl'erenec to him. an d t h e rest had l eft just about two hour s and a half ahead of them, and Wild figured that they ought to ride twice as fast as they could go with the pack-horses and burros, which meant that they should overtake them by noon, or.shortly after, anyhow. Our hero's sorre l stalli on, Spitfire, could c<>ver the ground at a spee d that was marvellous, and hB was one of the untiring kind of horses. Charlie's broncho was as good as could be bought in the West, too, and though h e was not equ a l to the s orrel, he was.a horse a n y one might b e proud to own. Thus equipped, they were in a air way of getting up with the oth ers in due time. It had not rained any all the morning, but the sky was st ill cloudy and threate nin g "We ll soon b e outside the rain belt, Charlie," said our hero, as h e looked off to the southwest and noted some streaks of blue in the sky. "We are getting closer to the desert all the time. I suppose the Valley of Gold must be located somewhere in the desert, where there i s noth ing growing but the prickly cactus bushes." "Mo s t likely, Wild," was the scout' s reply "Well, it's a.good thing that they stocked up with water afore they started. Ther time will come, most likely, that water w ill he at what yer call a premium." "It will, if we keep on to the southwest, that's cer ta.in. I know what kind of country it is off there "So do I." They rode seeing no signs of any Indians, and jus t about twelve o'clock they reached an open str etch that lay off to the left for miles. Vegetation had been growing scarcer all the time, a nd as they halted and looked over the stretc h ahead they s uddenly saw those they were lookin g for. The party was about three miles ahead, and they came to a h alt while Wild and Charlie were looking at them. "I reckon it's all ri g h t, Wild,'' observed the scout, as he took a bit e from a plug of tobacco to stay the gnaw ings of hun ger. "There the y are, an' it won't be l ong now afore we have our dinner." Wild nodded, and then they set out at a s harp gallop. They had to take a hollow a minute or two later, and then their fri e nd s were shut from view. Not until they were within half a mile 0 them did they again come in sight of thein, and then, at the $ame time, they were seen by those waiting Hats were waved to them, and they a nswered in the sam e way. rwo minute s later they rode up and received a royal welcome. "I don't see no Injuns after yer, so yer must have t fooled 'em,'' remarked Billy O wens, as he gra s ped the hand of our hero and s hook it warmly. "Yes, we fooled them a ll right," was the reply. "But I wouldn't be surprised if they come this way, though." Then the young dead s hot went to hi s sweetheart and cong ratul ated her for getting so far away from the d an gerous point in such a short time. "Well, we covered a good thirty miles; I think," she said, with a s mile. "I kept them going pretty good, I think." "You mu s t have Et. Yes, you covered thirty miles all right. Well that means that we are that far aheau of the Apaches, I think. But they have given up the idea of trying to get us, y ou know."

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;youNG WILD WEST'S AP ACHE TOKEN. "What!" Not only Arietta, but all the rest, were surprised to hear him say this. Wild then related what he had heard while lying close to the band of Indians. It was interesting news to them, especially the / gold seekers. "Valley of Gold, eh?'' remarked Dave Romer. "S'pose we s hould :find it, what then?" "We'd be in wonderful good luck, bedad !" exclaimed Mike Kelly, his eyes snapping with the anticipation he felt. "We'd strike it rich in a hurry,'' added Owens. "An' that would give us ther chance of gittin' back home all ther quicker,'' said Martin McGowan. "Yer don't seem ter like Arizona a whole lot,'' remarked Cheyenne Charlie, with a grin "We don't like hostile Injuns, anyhow," Owens re plied, while his partners nodded to bear him out in the declaration. "Well, how about the dinner?" Wild asked, as he turned to the :fire that had been starte d to prepare the. meal. "Allee leady velly muchee soonee," answered Wing, the cook. "Me workee velly muChee fastee, Misler Wild." "That's right. Charlie is as hungry as a bear." "You allee samee hungly, too Misler Wild/' and the cook s miled, as though he knew just what he was talking about. "Well, I am hungry. The ride we had made me feel like eating something good, and I reckon you've got it for us." "Bakee potatee, corn muffin, bloiled partlidge, venison and velly, goodee coffee, Misler Wild "That is good enough for the president, I reckon. Hurry it along, you almond-eyed heathen!" Wing did not object to being called names He was s o used to it, in fact, that he rather liked it. It was the same way with Hop, as it is with almost any Chinaman. The meal was soon ready for them, and then they lost no ti me in paying good attention to it. But all the while they were keeping a lookout for some signs of the Apaches. But none showed up, and when the meal was over Wild called a consultation with all hands, so they might decide upon which way to go. They knew nothing, whatever, about the Valley of Gold the redskins were looking for, so they might take a course that would lead them away from it, instead of to it, providing, of course, that such a place really existed. Finally it was decided that Wild and Jim would take a ride to a high eminence off to the left and take a look around at the surrounding country "Let me go with you, Wild," said Arietta, running to get her horse. "All right,',_ was the reply. "The rest will st ay here 'till we come back." The three were soon ascending a rocky grade that was entir ely devoid of vegetat ion. 1 As they neared the top they heard a hissing noise, and instantly they came to a halt. CHAPTER IX. THE APACHE TOKEN. "What's that noise, Wild?" asked Arietta, lookin g sur prjsed when she heard the hissing sound. "Sounds like a geyser, Et,'' was the reply. "There may be one close by. I've often struck them down here, though there are not as many of them as there are up north." "Well, let's find out what it is,'' suggested Jim Dart. "I reckon it ain't no locomotive, 'cause there ain't no railroad track in sixty or eighty miles of here." They Pode on up, and as they rounded a turn they saw not only one geyser, but three or four of them in a little hollow below. But that was not all! Lying on the ground, probably a hundred feet from the nearest geyser, was a human being I It was an Indian, as they could readily see, and as they looked -at him they saw that he was alive. Wild led the way down the little slope 'rhe redskin, who was evidently badly wou nded, or s ick, heard them coming, and he rais ed his head and turned his gaze toward them. "What's the matter, Redskin?" Wild asked, as he brought his horse to a halt and dismounted. "Big Bron c ho is going to the Happy Hunting Grounds, paleface boy,'' was the feeble reply. "He has been s hot in the back by one of his own people, and he was left to die hE!re." "Ah! I see. Et, j ust give me your canteen. The poor fellow wants a drink; I can see that." The Indian's face was haggard and worn, and as the young deadshot spoke hi s eyes kindled with a light of pleasure "The palefaces are good to Big Broncho,'' he said. "Big Broi;icho, eh?". Then it fl.ashed upon our hero that Big Broncho was the name of the Apache Running Wolf and his braves were looking for. "My name is Big Broncho, paleface boy,'' said the Indian, as he. let Arietta place the canteen to his lips. He swallowed a little of the water, and then he dropped his head back. Our three friends could see that he was not long for this world. Death was p l ainly stamped upon his face The ground on either side of him was soaked with his life blood "Who sho t you, Big Broncho ?" Wild asked, casting a glance at hi s companions, which meant that they were to say nothing about the Valley of Gold. "Crooked Snake, the brother of Running Wolf,'' was the feeble reply. "He followed me many miles, because he knew I was on the trail to the Valley of Gold, where the forefathers of the Apache buried their treasures many years ago. Running Wolf sent his brother to follow me, so he could :find where the treasures were, and then take them. But I would not te ll him, an'd then he shot me again and left me for dead. But Big Broncho cannot

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S APACHE TOKEN. 15 live now; he will die soon The Apaches must not find just about the same, the colored beads being sewed on the tr. e a s ure. 'l'h e palefaces who have given me water to both sides, and the figures showing out in bold relief. cool my burning throat shall know the trail to the Valley Wild took the belt from the dead Indian and found of Gold. Li s ten, palefaces." that there was a pocket on the inside of it. His voice was growing hu s ky, so Wild again placed the It was from this that Big Broncbo had taken the token, canteen to his lips. I as he called it. The few drops of water revived hiin, and after looking "Well, I am glad we came out to take a look around from one to another of the three, he continued: the country," Wild said, after a pause. "We have found "Go s traight to the setting sun, for the trail lead s out a whole let, I think. A dying redskin won't tell a straight; it i s not crooked It is eight hours from here, lie, especially when he is talking to someone who has as the horse runs. You will find a big cavern, where all done him a kindness. Do you remember what he said, is dark. Look to the right and you will find torches. Et?" Light the torches and go through into the darkness of the "Yes, Wild," was the quick reply. "He said we should cave. The trail runs through into the Valley of Gold. go s ti:aight to the settin? sun, which means due west; and The Apaches mu s t not touch the treas ure s of their fore-that it would take us eight houys to get there on horse father s s o the palefaces can take _!;hem. The palefaces back. Th:n. we would find a big that was very would only come and get ti1em s ome day, so the three dark. Im1d e the cavern: on the right, we would find palefaces who have given the dyip.g red man water may torches, and we light one of them and proceed get them now. There is gotd and silver there! There is through the cave m the darknes .s, and then we would jewels there. 'l'he two boys and the crirl have them!" reach the Valley of Gold." His eyes rolled in his head and h: breathed short and "That i s just about what he said," spoke up Dart. "I q uick. li stened to every word, and that is the complete direct" Young Wild West knew that the end was near. ions. H h ld th t t th I d 1 b t h "That's right," our hero nodded. "In this Valley of e e e can een o e n ian s ips agam, u e G ld fi d 1a d l h. b d h k h h d d t d t o we w1 n go s1 ver an Jewe s, w ic accor s oo is ea an mo 10ne I away. "Thank you, for telling us of the trail to the Valley of mg. to what he said, must have been buried there by G la B B l I y wd West n.:r I am Indians many years ago. And the Apache Token he gave o ig ronc 10. am oung I a u ill k f 1 1 W 11 I d h t th t 't l' d 'th ,, us w ta e us sa e y over the tra1 e won er w a sorry a you can ive an go wi us. ?" the old soldiers will say when they bear about this?" You Young Wild West, the great paleface brave. "They will be surprised, no doubt," Arietta answered. the que!'Y. "But they will not be entitled to the treasure, or any Yes, :Vho. I am. This is Arietta, my sweetpart of it, if we find it," Jim said. "Of course we will heart; and this is Jim Dart, one of my .partners. We all share with them but they niust be made to understand thank you for what you have told us, Big Broncho." that it is the generosity of us three that they 'I'he dyi:1g tore loose his belt and held up get any of it." somethmg m his hand "Yes that is right Big Broncho gave us the treasure "The Token of the Apaches!" he said, fe:bly. "It will of the Valley of Gold, and I suppose he had the right to take the brave palefaces over the trail to the V give it to us. It is hardly likely that anyone else livin er ley of Gold I My toncrue is not crooked Youn()' Wild :"' ,, 0 0 knows the trail to the place. So Runnmg Wolf sent his West. brother, Crooked Snake, ahead to find Big Broncho, did It .was the effort, for s uddenly his arm dropped to he? well, he found him; and he fixed him, too. The his side and his head fell back. scoundrel could not known of the existence of the The token, as he called it, fell Arietta's feet, and Apache Token, or he would have made a search of the when she saw that the Indian was dead she stooped and body after he thought he had killed him picked it up. "He has done it while in anger/' spoke up Arietta. It was nothing more than a small oblong piece of "And when he reports to the chief-if he tells ju s t what buckskin with an Indian maiden's head and the setting he has done-he will no doubt be lectured for it." sun worked upon it in wampum beads. "He may get shot for it," Jim added, with a shr ug of The work was cleverly executed) but as Indians are his shoulder "I don't know but that I would take a experts in that line there was nothing surprising in this. shot at hiin myself, if I happened to get the chance. The "Well, the poor fellow has left this world, and if he is .;fellow who just died was n9 doubt a pretty good sort of right in his belief, his soul is now in the Happy Hunting a redskin, and to be shot from behind by a treacherous Grounds, where all Indians go when they die," said Wild. galoot is enough to make one feel lik e taking revenge." "What is the Apache Token, Et?" "Well, the chances are that the murderer is making 'rhe girl handed it to him. tracks for the band of redskins as fast as he can go, s o it "Rather a curious thing to be a token," Jim observed, is not likely that you will get a shot at him very soon, as he leaned over om hero's shoulder and looked at the Jim,'' our hero observed. "Now we'll go up there and piece of buckskin. "A setting sun and the head of an take a look around, and then we'll go back to the camp, Indian princess, I suppose the figures are meant for." and send Hop and one of the old soldier s here to bury "Yes; that's just what they are meant for," Wild anthe body of Big Broncho. I mean if we see nothing of swered. the redskins coming." He turned it over and found that the other side was 'fhey l ed their horses to the highest point above the

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16 YOUNG WILD WEST'S APACHE TOKEN. geysers, and when they had looked over the desert waste, and nothing was to be seen of any Indians, or anything else living, they mounted and rode back to the camp. t The story was soon told and the Apache Token shown. "Great gimlets!" exclaimed Cheyenne Charlie. "I reckon we're on ther ;vay to ther Valley of (l-old, fur fair, now!" "That's right, Charlie," Wild answered, while the four old soldiers nodded their heads to show the pleasure they felt. Wild selected Dave Romer to go with Hop to bury the dead Apache, and they promptly set out, each with a shovel. They had not been gone more than ten minutes when a shot s ounded, followed by a yell for help from the Chinaman. ---. CHAPTER X. THE :M:UHD.Ell OF BIG BRONCHO IS AVENGED. Hop and Romer reached the spot where the body lay in less than five minutes. They paused long enough to take in their surround ings and look at the spouting hot water near at hand, and then started it to dig a hole in the sand. "A mighty queer proceed,in', I must say," observed Dave Romer, as he made the sand fly. "I never thought we was goin' ter run ag'in sich a queer adventure as this when I sot out ter come ter Arizona. It sounds more like a story book than anything else." "Velly muchee likee um stoly bookee," Hop answered, though he had never read one in his life. "V elly stlange, Misler Lomer." "Do yer s'pose we'll find a lot of gold, Hop?"queried the gold hunter, as he paused in his work. "More lan um million dollee, so be," was the reply. "Gee whizz do yer think so?" "Me tlinkee so, Misle r Lomer. Plenty gold in Alizona, SO be." \ 'l'hey nea rly had the shallow grave dug when Hop hap pened to look toward the geysers. A sharp cry of warning left his lips and he dropped his shovel. An Indian was striding rapidly toward them, less than fifty feet from the spot they were digging at! Dave Romer quickly dr):lw his revolver, though the Indian made out that he was friendly. "Whattee wantee ?" demanded Hop, putting on a bold front and feeling in his pocket for a cigar to give the redskin. "Ugh!" was the reply. "What palefaces do here?" "We're going' ter bury this body," answered Romer, keeping his revolver pointed at the redskin as he ke.pt on approaching them. "Say it wasn't you what killed ther feller, was it?" There was a quick shake of the head in the negative. Then the Indian stepped 'up and surveyed the silent form on the ground. "Where belt go?" he asked, pointing to the body. "Me no knowee," Hop answered, before Romer could I speak. "W.e findee um dead Injun, and we allee samee buly, so be." "Chinee has a crooked tongue; he has taken the belt of Big Broncho." The redskin's eyes flashed as he spoke. Then from be. hind him he suddenly brought a noosed rope, and with a quick move he flung it over the heads of the two :' Crack! Romer pulled the trigger of his revolver, but the bullet went over the head of the Apache, and the next moment he was :rolling on the ground, strangling from the rope, which had suddenly tightened about his neck. But it had caught Hop a little lower, and as he went to the ground he let out a shrill 1Cry for help. The Indian kicked the weapon from the old, soldier's hand, and then pn1ling a six-shooter from his belt, point ed it at them and exclaimed: "Shut up! Me shoot palefaces if they make more noise. Come with Crooked Snake Having nothing to defend himself with, and being much frightened, Romer gave in. Hop made out that he was much frightened, too, but that was only his way. He was simply studying a way to get the best of the redskin, and, he was going to come pretty near doing it, too. Already he had worked his arms clear of rope. Rainer was holding on the rope to ease it from his neck as he was held close to Hop's breast. But the Indian had the revolver pointed full at his breast, and knowing this, Hop did not cut the rope, which he could have done easily. He was satisfied that the villainous redskin would shoot if he did But Hop was q-qite sure that his friends had heard the shot, for it was but a short distance to the spot where they were resting. Crooked Snake, as he called himself, now proceeded to pull the two toward the nearest geyser. Romer thought sure that they were to be thrown into the scalding water. The steam that came from it toid how hot it must be. But Crooked Snake turned and dragged them behind a little hillock, and then they saw a narrow passage be fore them. "Come on," said the redskin, threateningly. Into the passage they went, and a few yards and they were into an open space, where two horses were standing. The horses were Crooked Snake's and the one that had belonged to Big Broncho. Right here we may as well explain that after shooting the Apache, who knew the way to the Valley of Gold, and leaving him for dead, his murderer had set out to join the band of Apaches to which he belonged. But after riding a few miles it occurred to him that he had not made a search of the body, so he turned and rode back. This took him the best part bf an hour, and when he dismounted and walked through the 'Short passage he saw a white man and a Chi.naman digging a grave to bury victim

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I \ YOUNG WILD WEST'S APACHE TOKEN. Then it was that he )lad approached them, as has been said. Crooked Snake was a keen enough observer to know that he need fear little from the two he saw, and he eas ily caught them. He had simply taken them through the' pa ssage so he might search them, and be out of view of their com panions, shou ld they have any, that might be attracted to the s:eot by the shot that had been fired. He now removed the rope from them, and as he did so Hop looked at him and said : "You allee samee velly nicee Injun, s" be. You no hurtee poor Ohinee." "Ugh!" grunted Crooked Snake. "Where Injun's belt?" "Me no knowee." "Where Injun's belt?" This time the question was put to Romer. "Young Wild West took it to ther camp," an s wered the frighfened man, thinking it be st to tell the truth about it. Crooked Snake gave a start. It was evident that he had heard the name of Young Wild West before. "Where Young Wild West?" h e demanded, fingering the trigger of hi s revolv e r. "Here l am, you sneaki ng coyote!" As the words rang out Wild appeared on the scene, followed b y Charlie and Jim. Th e three had not been long in getting to the sp.ot after hearing the report of the revolver and Hop' s shout for help. "Hold up your hand s P' the das hing young deadshot added, as he covered the s urprised redskin. "I feel just like putting a hole through your carcass!" But instead of obeying the command, Crooked Snake made a leap for one of the horses, which were within a few feet of him at the time. Dave Romer then tried to show how brave he was, and he ran afte r him, thus really giving him a chance to get the horse. The Indian swung himself on the animal's back, re maining close down on the oppo site side, and away he went around a turn in the rocky.. cliff that happened to be there. Wild could have eas il y sh ot the hor se, or possibly the rider; but he did not fire, thinking that the redskin would not be able to get out of range of his rifle. He ran around the s harp turn, and 'though he could hear the clatter of the horse's hoofs, he could not see the escaping Indian. Cheyenne Charlie quickly made his way to the top of the cliff. He bad his rifle with him, and there was a grim smile .playing about hi s lip s "I'll git ther measly coyote!" he called out. "That's right!" Dave Romer s houted. "He's ther one what killed ther other Injun. He said he was Crooked Snake." .That settles his ha sh, then." Charlie got to the top of a flat rock and then he placed hi s l eft foot on an elevation and waited. Like Wild, he could hear the clatter of the hoofs of the redskin's horse. It was not more than ten seconds after he got to the rock when the murderer of Big Broncho appeared before him. He was riding hard over the back trail, and was bend ing low over his horse's neck. Cheyenne Charlie c6olly brought hi s rifle to his shoul der. To hi s mind what he was going to do was :nothing more than if he had raised his rifle to shoot a wolf that was pursuing a frightened lamb. He took a quick aim and pulled the trigger. Orang! 'The s harp report rang out and the threw up his arm s and fell from the back of the gallopmg horse. "That galoot won't never shoot anyone else in ther back, blame him!" muttered the scout, as he turned and started down the rocks. "Did yer git him?" Romer asked. "I reckon I did," was the reply. "Good! I'm rn.ighty glad. I thought I was a goner when he was draggin' me along with the rope around my neck." "Well, he won't do nothin' more like that." Wild was s atisfied with the way it had turned out. The Indian was certainly deserving of such a fate, though as far as he was concerned, he would not have shot him while he was riding away. He might have dropped the horse in ord e r to get him, but that was a s far as he would have cared to go in that line. Feeling sure that there were no more redskins about, he led the way through the passage to the unfinished grave that Hop Romer had been digging. It was soon finished, and the body of Big Broncho buried, and then they returned to the camp. \ CHAPTER XI. ON THE TRAIL TO THE VALLEY OF GO LD. Once back at the spot where the rest were anxiously waiting for them, Wild gave the word to take the trail for the Valley of Gold. There really was no trail to be seen just there, but the sun was trying to break through the clouds almost above them, and there was a good compass in the party. He laid a course due west, and as they rode away, Hop remarked: "Me no wantee go diggee hole for um ledskin whattee Misler Charlie shoo tee." "Let ther carrion birds pick his bone," the scout re torted. "I ain't one of ther ter leave a 1 body un buried, but sich a galoot as he is deserves it." "Well, the chances are that Running Wolf and his crowd will be. along before many hours, and they will at tend to the job/' Wild answered. The horse had belonged to Big Broncho was wijh

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Y O UNG WILD WEST'S APACHE TOKEN. ================================;:============================:=:=: f them, for Hop ]iad caught it when they started to come /cave that night, anyhow, unless they continued on after b ack to the camp. dark. ; Wi l d knew that an extra horse often came in handy, "Here is a grotto that will afford us good protection in and hence he had allowed the Chinaman to do it. case of an attack," he said, pointing out the spot. "I They rode along for about three miles and then, all reckon we'll stop here and rest up till morning. We can o f a s u dden, they came upon what seemed to be the fad-be up and off at daylight, yqu know." i ng evidences of a roadway. "That's what's ther matter!" exclaimed the scout, who It ran almost in a straight line in exactly the direction was always ready to agree with anything Wild said. "I they wanted to go, and as thgy looked ahead they sa. w reckon ther most of us is a litj;le tired, anyhow." that cut tp.rough a high ridge, just as though the route ")'.es, it's been a putty tough old ride,'' Dave Romer h ad been laid out by an ngineer. spoke up. "I.don't likeridin' much, anyhow. But it's a "'I. his is ther trail to ther Valley of Gold, all right," l ot better walkin', of comse." Cheyenne Charlie observed, giving a satisfied nod of his "I reckon you'd find that out if yer was ter try it," head the scout retorted "A burro is better than n oth in', all "I reckon it is," answered our hero. "It looks as right though it is a regular trail, though it has not been used All hands were soon busy putting the camp in s hape a great dea l not lately, anyhow." It had been a warm afternoon and they were glad to "Well,that don't make no difference," the scout re -be able to settle down f6r a re s t. tarted. "Maybe it was a trai l a hundred years ago. Ther "Now, if the don't come along before Aztecs might have used it in them days. I heard a ga l oot and get a hustle on us we ought to put in a good night what was s'posed ter be mighty smart on them things, say of it," our hero observed, .as he saw that the horses were t hat there was real cities around these parts over two provided for to the best of their ability "One thing h u n dred years ago. I've seen sich things myself, an' so about it, we can hold them off here as well as we could h ave you, Wild an' Jim. in the place we left this mornin g This is even a better "Oh, yf?s !'' Jim said, nodding his approval to what the place, in fact. It is something after the fa s hion of a big sGout said "Buried cities are common in Arizona and block house that has partly gone to decay .'' New Mexico We needn't be surprised if we strike one, "That's right, Wild," spoke up Arietta. "There are and t hat t h e streets are paved with gold lots of places in these parts that look as though they had D art said this mor e for a joke than anything else, but peen b u ildings, but they are really nothing natural t h e four g o ld hunters took it seriously. formations, after a ll. T hey wer e getting so they would not be surprised at "Which goes to show that Nature was the first to an ything. fa s hion out such things, after all." J est let u s git in this Valley of Gold once!" Owens T he cook soon got supper ready and then they ate it e xclaimed "We'll soon find out how much gold there and prepared to take a good rest i s t h ere." The s u n went down and the stars soon came out. "If it's ca lled ther Valley of Gold there sartin l y mu s t There was not much in the way of a breeze blowing, be p l e n ty of gold there," Dave Rom e r remarked but the air was far more cool than it had been during the B edad I belave we'll find bushe l s of it," declared day, and consequently they could enjoy s uch an evening. Mik e K e ll y With no insects to bother them, such as they found in T o n s of it, maybe," added 'Martin McGowan, who was the wooded districts, the desert like place was an agree -bound t o have his say, too. able change T hey kept on the st;aight trail. But Wild did not believe that the valley they were It was easy to do this, for though there were no hoof trying to find was a desert p rints or wheel ruts, there was something about it that He had an idea that it would prove to be a very fertile su ggested a roadway. spot, since he took it for granted that it must have been 1'hat there had been a roadway there once our hero inhabited at one time was well satisfied. He gave his opinion about it as they sat talking afte r B u t that might have been many generations before the evening meal and all hands agreed with him. Anyhow, he felt that they were on the trail that led to The o l d sol cliers were the most interested of any of the Valley of Gold, for he firm l y believed that the dying them Apache had told the truth. They had n ever been in searcli of treasures before, What woul d be found after they got there was another much less found any, whi l e our fri ends were u sed to that thing sort of thing. T he sun was brightly now, for they were out "Me likee see you allee samee findee money in um of t h e limits of the rain-bearing clouds, and as it grad place we go," Hop said, s peaking 'to Romer uall y worked around to the west all hands could see that "Money, e h ? Well I'll be satisfied git plain gold,'' t hey wer e heading for the point it would be at when it was the reply. set. "Me likee you havee plenty money, Misl er Larner." But before the sun did set Wild called a halt. "How is that, Hop?" H e conside red that they had about enough dis"Len me p l y d law pokee with you, so be. tance for one day, knowing that they could not reach the "Oh! I see If I had plenty of money you would p l ay \

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S APACHE TOKEN: 19 draw poker with me an' win it from me. That's what yer mean, don't yer ?" "Yes, lat light, Misler Lomer." "Well, I reckon yer could do it without much trouble, fur anyone as kin handle cards like you kin sartinly ought ter play poker." "Me no play for um blass buttons," and the clever Chinaman s hook hi s head and smiled. Hop was certain l y feeling like doing something, and he could not think of what it should be.. If he played a joke on the old soldi(lrs Wild would probably take him to task for it, and if he tried to have some fun with Charlie he ;would probably get the worst of it in the end. But he decided to take hi s chances on Charlie, anyhow. He looked over at him and found hil,Il cleaning his re volvers. His pipe, which had gone out, lay on a rock within his r each. Hop smiled when he saw the pipe. Several times had he played the same trick that he was going to try now Motioning those who saw him to keep quiet, he began crawling up behind Charlie. So nice did he do it that the worker went right on with the job he had started upon, never once looking around. Hop reached out and got the pipe. Then, sitting on the ground, right behind the scout, he quietly removed Eiome of the tobacco from the pipe and then dropped in some powder. 'rhis done the tobacco h e had removed was placed on top, and then Hop stole away. A few minutes later the scout reached over and got his pipe. He struck a match and began puffing at it, while the rest in the camp waited to see what would happen. Charlie had taken just about half a dozen puffs when the powder exploded. Hewas so astonished that he fell over backward, and Hop Wah fairly shrieked with delight. Of course eve ryon e laughed. They could not help it. Even Anna joined in. Angered at having been made the victim of the same old trick so many times, Charlie got up and made for the Chinaman, resolved upon giving him something he would be apt to rem embe r. But Wild interfered jus t then, saying: "Wait till you get a chance to play one on him. That will be the best way, I think. There is no need of losing your temper and kicking him, Charlie." "That's right, Wild." He gave in right away. But there is no doubt but that he meant to get even, just the same. CHAPTER XII. HOW CHARLIE GOT EVEN WITH HOP. The night passed in stillness. If the Indians were on the trail they had not come up with our friends yet and all hands felt not a little en couraged. It was scarcely daylight when the cook began to get t h e breakfast ready. There was no fuel to be had, so they wade the best of a cold meal, washing it down with rather warm water from the water kegs. "Never mind," said Young Wild West, as he noticed that the girls swallowed the food rather slowly. "I reckon we' ll find a ll we wanhvhen we get to th'at valley. There ll be plenty of game to be shot, and wood to kindle a fire to cook it, too. There may be lots of gold there, but that won't burn; neither can it be used for food. I am going to be on the lookout :for food, water and fuel." "That's right, Wild," spoke up Dave Romer. "Wealth ain t much good if yer can't find nothin' ter buy. Let's make sure that we don't sta rve ter death, afore we think too much about ther treasures that's s'posed ter be in the Valley of Gold." "That's quite a sensible thing fur you ter say, Dave," said Billy Owens "I always thought you cared more fur riches than anything else." "When I've got a full st omach, an' know where ther next meal is comin' from, I do," was the reply. "But things look s sorte r doubtful jest now. S'pose there ain't no change in this country after we git so fur inter it that we can't git back in a hurry? Then be in a mighty bad box, I reckon. Our water ain't goin' ter last so very long, yer know." "Well, I hope it'll last till we git where there's more." "Arizona ain't much of a place fur water, 'cordin' ter what they told us in Tucson. Yer ain't apt ter find wate r everywhere No one interfered with their conversation, and aite r DI while they dropped it. But it was evident that all four of the men were uneasy about what was before them. Still, they would not have offered a suggestion to Young Wild West. He ha
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20 YOUNG WILD WEST'S APACHE TOKEN. cerned, they could stand it all right, since they were well cracker from Hop while he slept, and he had been w ait used to the climate of the Southwest ing ever since for a chance to give him a taste of hi s own The four g old hnnters, however, had lived where it medicine. was much cooler all their lives, and they were per s piring He thought it over, and then lighted his pipe, s o h e and puffing from the extreme heat. would have a quick means o f touching the fu s e of the But the desire to get to the Valley of Gold spurred :firecracker. them on, and they wer e willing to stand the hardships for Thi s done he go't out the cracker, and then, whil e in a little while longer. the act of bru s hing his hair ba c k he purposely knocked The horses and burr o s were pretty well played out, to0, off his s ombrero. though they were not new to the elimate or the land 'th e y He quickly swung around and called ou't for no on e to were traveling over. ride over it, as it was a brand new one, and had cos t e ight Ten miles through the scorching sun and burning al dollars kali sand would have sufficed an ordinary per s on for one They all steered clear of the hat, a s might be supposed. day, but that was about the dis tanc e that had to b e cov-Th e n Charlie rode back a coup le of hundred feet s o h e ered yet before the high natural wall would b e r e ac h ed might get a good start and pi c k 'the hat up from the Hop and Wing were ordered to bring up the r e ar by s addle Wild. It was an old stunt of his, and i s very common with "Just hustle a l ong the burro s," h e t o l d cowboys, but the four old s oldi e r s look ed on wit h grea t The y knew wha t to do, and with whips in t h e ir h ands interest. they made the longe ar e d a nimal s kee p up the pace. C harli e swoope d dow n and cleverl y picked up the hat. Hop was bound to hav e some fun out o f it, s o a ft e r a H e r e in e d in hi s horse, placed .the h a t upon his h ead, while he made a crack with hi s whip and s tun g Dave a nd t h e n h e trotte d s lowly pas t the t w o China me n keep-. Romer on the back of hi s neck. in g pr etty close to H o p as he did so. "Gittee movee o:r.i you!" he c a ll e d out "You velly Th e r e w e r e a cou p l e of pa il s h a n ging to the b ac k of muchee lazy, s o be!" the big s addl e t h e C hinaman had and into one of t h ese "What are yer doin' ?" the old soldi e r d e manded the scout dropp ed the cracker, after firs t li g h t in g t h e "What did yer hit me with ther whip fu r, you bia s -eyed fuse. heathen?" He rode on and joined hi s wife, with whom lie had "Excusee me, Mis ler Lomer. Me m e an um hullo, s o b e en riding be." Jus t a s he got there the cracker exploded "Oh! yer did,_ eh? Well, b e a more caTeful ther Ban g next time, then." Hop' s hor s e gav e a leap in the air and with a yell of "Alle e light." alarm on hi s lip s the rider went flyin g ove r its head. Then Hop made a crack at ih e burro Owe n s was rid Then it was that the s cout roared wit h lau ghte r. ing and hit the rid e r on the s h o uld e r s martly. "I re cl,rnn that's whe r e I git squa r e o n yer !" h e s hout"Movee lillee fa s t e r you lazy bullo h e e xclaim ed, e d "What do yer think a.bout it, yer s lanj; -eye d galoot ? jus t as though no mi s tak e h ad been m a d e It's nice ter be blowed up ain't it?" "Here!" cried Owe n s "Qu it t hat! L ook out how Wing, s howin g his brotherly love, di s mounted and a yer strike out with that whip, w ill y e r ?" sis ted the s c out's victim to rise 'to hi s feet "Me velly s olly, Misler Owe n s," H o p d ecla r ed; ancl Hop was meek; h e had not a word to say, and when h e then he swung the whip bac k and caught his broth e r had bru s h ed the sancl from his clothing he mount ed and acros s the cheek with the la sh. rode alon g hi s head down. "Hip hi!" yelled Wing. "My blath e r all e e samee too "That' s whe re I got s quare with him, an' with on e of muc hee smartee. Stoppee lat!" his own blamed old fir e crackers, too," said the s cout, Kelly and McGowan laugh ed heartil y for -..they eas ily grinning from ear to ear. "I reckon he'll learn ter let understood that Hop was having fun with those he had me be, maybe 'hit with the whip; and that there was no s uch a thing "Maybe," an s wered Anna, a s thou g h s he much doubt e d a s an accident about it. it, for s h e kn e w that her husband was not to be comp a r ed Things soon got righted, however, and Hop was conto the clever Chini;iman, when it came to pra c tical jokin g tent to let it go as it was. The instance was talked about during the rest of the No doubt he was afraid of gett ing a mauling if he jo urney, and it was not until the high, irre gular wall of continuep. his joking with the whip. white and gray rocks was within half a mil e of them did But this sort of business served to make the journey the s ubject change. eas ier, and every now and then Hop would start up a "Now, we want to be on the lookout for the cave," said little row with Wing, s o that the other s might have a Young Wild West. "We will see who will spy it :firs t. laugh. It may be right at hand when we get there, or it m a y be Cheyenn e Charlie had been taking it all in, and though two or three miles to the ri ght or left." it was hardly a good time to getl square with the China-"I'll find it for you, Wild," replied Arietta. "I am ntan for the tric k h e had played upon him the night begoing on ahead.' fore, he decid e d that it would help along, and keep the The g irl did not wait a moment, but urging her hor s e travelers, in a good hum or, if he did for ward at a gallop sped over the burning sands lik e the The scout had m a nag ed to s teal a big home-made wind,

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S AP ACHE TOKEN Wild started after her, but the rest l remained back to keep those, who were forced to proceed slowly, company. CHAPTER XIII. THE VALLEY IS FOUND. Arietta saw Wild coming behind her and she urged her horse to a faster gait. He laughed when he saw this move, and thinking it best to let her get there ahead, and find the cave, if she could, he held the sorrel stallion back and allowed her to outdistance him. The girl was not long .in covering the intervening space, and as she rode up she noticed a jagged opening in the face of the cliff, a little to her left. She turned and rode straight to it, halting before the mouth of a cave that was as dark as a pocket inside. "Eureka!" exclaimed the girl, quickly dismounting; "I have found it!" Leaving her horse standing, she darted into the cave and turned to the right. She was looking, for the torches the dying Apache had spoken of. So eager was she to find them before Wild got there that she ran headlong through the darkness. The next thing she knew she stepped upon naught but empty air, and then down she went like a catapult A shriek left the lips of Arietta when she felt herself going down and then her feet struck a slanting stretch of rock and her fall was checked. "Wild! Wild!" she called out, as she tried to get hold of something to stay her progress. But she slipped on down for many feet and finally brought UJl with a jar that nearly took the breath from her body. For the full space of a minute she remained perfectly still, slowly gathering her wits. Not being like the average girl, Arietta was not -much frightened. She knew very well that Wild was close enough to he11r her cries, and that meant that it would not be very long before she was rescued from her position. "Wild!" she cried, loudly. "Look out! Don't fall down here. I am in a deep crevice, or something. No bones broken. Be careful." "All right, Et," came the answer from above. "By jove So you are down in a hole, are you?" "Yes, Wild," was the joyful reply. "Be careful that you don't fall down." "Are you sure you are not hurt, Et?" As the question was asked from above she looked up and saw the glimmer of a light. "No, I am not hurt, Wild; only shaken up a bit, and perhaps a scratch or two., I am all right "Well, here comes a rope. I reckon it will reach you. There was a rattling of dirt and pebbles and then a rope came down the chute-like place. The bra .ve girl quickly seized it, and placing tlie noose over her head and under her arms, called: out: "All right! Pull me up, Wild!" rhen the rope tightened and she was pulled slowly up ward. A cry of joy came from her lips as she finally reached the top and felt the hands of her dashing young l o ver grasp her by the arms. Wild carried her bodily to the mouth of tlie cave, where it was light. "Well, little one," he said, smiling at h1er, "I reckon y o u was a little too anxious that time. You found the cave all right. But you did not prove to be very cautious about entering it, did you?" "I wanted to find the torches the dying Indian spoke of, Wild, so I would be ready for you when you got here," she answered. "Well, never mind. So long as you are not hurt it .is all right. This is the cave, no doubt; and now we will soon find out whether the Valley of Gold lies on the other side or not." He led her outside and waited for the rest to come up. There was but a short distance for them to come now, and in a couple of minutes Cheyenne Charlie and Anna. halted at the mouth of the cave. As they were dismounting the rest came up. "Found it, eh?" said the scout, nodding his head, as he looked around him. "Yes, and Arie'tta came mighty near going to her death," our hero answered. "What!" This was srprising to them all, for they had not been close enough to the cave to observe that there was any thing wrong. Arietta, who had regained her composure by this time, quickly related what had happened to her Anna and Eloise listened in amazement. "You should not have rushed into the darkness like that," said the :former. "I know it," was the reply. "But I wanted to find the torches Where are they, anyhow? Did you find them, Wild?" "Not yet," h e answered. "I haven't had time to look for torches, Et. It was you I wanted to find, after hear ing your call for help. I thought at first that there were redskins here, and that they had got you." All hands crowded into the cave now. 'rhe wall was so thick that when they got inside they did not have to go many steps to get into total darkness "Oh!" exclaimed Dave Romer, clapping his hands with delight. "Now, if ther blamed Injuns don't bother us we'll be all right." "But they'll be after us, no doubt," Jim Dart replied, quickly. "You must remember that they are looking for the Valley of Gold, too." "That's so. I s'pose it:ll jest be our luck not ter git out of ther place alive, after we find it." "Don't look on ther dark side of it, Dave," spoke up Billy Owens. "If we've got ther best of ther .redskins so far, I reckon we might do it right along." "That's ther way ter talk !" the scout exclaimed. "Don't cry over trouble afore it comes. It's bad enough when yer git mixed right up in it an' don't know which way ter turn ter git out."

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22 YOUNG WILD WEST'S AP ACHE TOKEN. 'rhe girls assisted Arietta in straightening out her ruffled garments and then Wild suggested that a lantern be lighted. This was done, and then he called his sweetheart and said: "Now we'll look for the torches Big Broncho said we.re h ere. Not that we ne ed them, because a lantern will do just as well; but just to see if he knew what he was talk ing about." He led the way to the right, holding the lantern ahead, so they would not step into the hole that had come so near being Arietta's tomb, and they proceeded along." But they kept close to the rocky wall, and the opening was passed. If was a sort of well-like opening that the girl had walked into, and if she had gone a yard to either the right or left she would have escaped it. Wild held the lantern up as a ledge was disclosed ahead of them, and then some long and s hort sticks were to be seen. The young deadshot took one of them in his hand and found that it was a dry pine covered with a thick coat of resin. "Here are 'the torches," he said, calmly. "Fetch a couple of them back here, boys. We'll take a look around to find out whether or not the Apaches are coming, and if they are not in sight we will follow the trail to the Valley of Gold." The boy was no more excited than if they were simply on their way to a mining camp, and knew that a warm welcome awaited their coming Though the whole thing savored of mystery, Young Wild West was used to it, and very fond of it, too. In a very few minutes they were ready to proceed, there being no s igns of a pursuit from the hostile Apaches. At the command of our hero the horses were led into the big cave. Leading the way with a lan'tern, and Charlie carrying one of the blazing torches right behind him, the procession s tarted. About a hundred yards was covered and then they came to a passage that was not more than wide enough to admit two horses abreast. As they reached this Wild noticed a smooth fl.at s urface of rock on which some characters had been cut. He paused and held the lantern close to it. Then he easily deciphered the characters that were on the Apache Token the dying Indian had given him. There was the head of the Indian princess and the setting sun, just about in the same form as those on the piece of buckskin. "I reckon there's no doubt about it now," he said, pointing to the slab. "Everybody take a look. It is the mark of the Apache Tok e n, I reckon." "It sartinly is," Cheyenne Charlie answered. "We're in luck, !lll right." Elated at the success they had met with, so far, and forgetting the danger that Arietta had escaped from, they pus hed on through 'the pa ssage When they found that it led downward they all knew 'that they were nearing the valley. Anyhow, the Indian had said that it was bt a short distance from the dark cave to the valley. For two hundred yards they continued to go on down ward and t h e n daylight s howed ahead. In less than a minute later they stepped out upon the edge of a beautiful and fertile little that was prob ably a hundred acres in extent. Tropical trees, fruits and :flowers showed on every hand, while the feathered songsters made the air ring with their cries "rt don't look much like a valley of gold, but I reckon it's worth coming over the desert to find,'' said Young Wild West, as he removed hi s hat and wiped the per spiratio n from hi s brow. Just then a dozen more Indians, who were clad in the finery of the ancient Aztecs, appeared before them, marching soldier -fa shion and in absolute silence! CHAPTER XI\;. SURPRISE UPON SURPRISE. "Great gimlets!" exclaimed Cheyenne Charlie. "What in thunder does this mean?" "It means that the valley is inhabited, I reckon," an swered Young Wild West, coolly. "Just leave it to me. I'll try and fix things with these fellows." A sudden thought had popped into the boy's head, and quickly producing the Apache Token, he step ped boldly toward the advancing Indians. They looked at him with no little surp rise, and when their leader brnqght them to a sudde n halt our hero ex claimed: "Good morning, gentlemen! I reckon we don't want to disturb you, but we :found our way here, and hope it will be all right." The leader, or chief, probably, answered in the lan g uage of the Apaches, declaring that he could not speak the tongue of the palefaces, and did not want to learn it. Wild under stood him all right, but without saying any thing further, he held up the token. Excllj.mations of s urprise came from the Indians, and then their leader shook his head solemnly and stepped close to the boy. He looked the token over in silence and then stepped back. Then he said something to his followers and the re sult was that they quickly broke into a double line, standing about a dozen feet apart and forming a lane for our hero 1and his companions to go on through. "Mount," sai d Wild, nodding to the rest. "I reckon ii's all right Don't get frightened, anybody. They won't harm u s The Apache Token is going to take u s through, just as the dying Indian said it would." The chief nowmotioned them to pass on into the val ley. "All right," Wild answered. "We'll go on through until we find a nice place to camp, ap.d then we'll halt. A good drink of cool water wouldn't go bad now."

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YOUNG WILD WES'r}s APACHE TOKEN. 2 3 With Arietta riding at his side, the dashing young 'rheyf walked up to the strangers, and without a word deadshot led the party between the lines of the Indians deposited the meat on the grass. When the last of them had passed the redskins fell in "A whole loin of juicy beef," said Wild, nodding his apbehind them and marched along like drilled soldiers proval. "I reckon some steaks won't be bad for dinner. was watching ahead, and when he came to a Thank you, gents!" bubbling brook that trickled from a cracked rock on the He bowed to the two Indians, but they only stared at side of a little hill, he called a halt. him, and turning, soon disappeared in the bushes. "We'll take a rest right here for a while," he said. "I "Start a fire going, Wing, and get busy with this reckon they won't object to it." meat," said our hero, coolly. "I reckon we've struck a The Indians halted when they did, and when they mighty fine place. It beats anything I have ever seen saw them unloading the pack horses they looked at them in this part of the country, I am sure." c uriously. The cook needed no second bidding. "Act just as though you don't fear them in the least," He was always ready to do what Young Wild West said, said our h ero in an undertone. "This is a mighty strange and though he no doubt felt that it was a rather strange adventure we are having, and the more cool we keep the situation to be in, he took it for granted that it was all better it will be, I think." right, and went about it just as though there was nothing They all drank the water from the brook, and when mysterious about it. they had relieved the horses and tied them where they It was not long before the odor of broiling meat and could make the best of the luxuriant grass that grew in boiling coffee mingled with that .of the sweet-smelling abundance in the little valley, they turned their atten-flowers and fruits of the valley. tion to the fruit. There was such an air of peaceful content abou t the The Apaches, Aztecs, or whatever they could be called, scene that it hardly seemed possible that they had crossed watched them in siience for ::i. while, and then at a coma desert, after fighting hostile Apaches, and reached s u ch mand from the leader, they marched away. a place. The four old soldters looked after them as though they The girls were delighted, and as the strangeness of the were not satisfied that they were not dreaming, and when situation gradually wore away they chatted gaily and they had disappeared behind a clump of trees and bushes picked the flowers that were so plentiful. Dave Romer exclaimed: The noonday meal was cooked and eaten, and nothing "By ginger!" they put me in mind of' ther pictures of more was seen of the Indians of the valley. ther Indians what was in Mexico 'If hen ther Spanish come But Wild was not the one to remain there and wait t o over." see what the natives were going to do. "They are dressed in the same kind of costumes, Mr. He made up his mind to take a look around the valley Romer," Wild answered. "It may be that they are a It occurred to him that since the Indians appeared to r emnant of the race, or it may be that they are just plain be so friendly, it would be a good idea for just him and Apaches living here because they don't want to mix up Arietta to go out on a tour of investigation. with the whites. I reckon we'll find out something about When he told his thoughts to the rest no one raised it before we leave here, though the least objections, other than to state that they feared "Maybe they won' t allow us ter leave," Owens said, something might happen to the two. shaking his head, to show how puzzled he was. "Come on, Et," said the boy. "We must find out what "We ll have to take the chances on that. kind of a place this is. I can't wait any longer." "Well, we're here, an I reckon we may as well "And I am just as eager as you are, Wild," was the a good time/' spoke up the scout, as he munched some reply. lur,cious grapes "We' ain t goin' ter starve here, an' "Well, we'll go on hor s eback, then. That might please that' s one thing sartin." the redskins, for we don't make a bad appearance riding "Unless they catch u s an' stop us from eatin' anytogether, I'v(:l heard say thing," Owens added. He laughed as he said this, showing that he did not "Shet up your croakin' !" exclaimed McGowan. "Leave mean to insinuate that he was proud of his face and fig-it ter Young Wild Wes t an his pards ter settle, Billy ure "All right. I won' t !Jay nothin' more." "I reckon: you -two would make a good impression any After eating all the fruit they wanted Young Wild where you went," the scout declared. "Of course, In West and his friends rested under the shade of the 'trees juns ain't got much eyes fur good looks in palefaces, but Wild had not given orders to put up the tents, for he these what's here 'pears ter be different from ther gen did not know whether they would stay there or not eral run." An hour passed and nothing was seen or heard of the Laughingly the young deadshot and 'his sweetheart Indians mounted their horses. It was close to noon now, and notwithstanding the Then assuring their companions that they would not fact that they had all tiaten liberally of the :fruit, they be gone very long, they took the course the Indians had felt the pangs of hunger. taken when they disappeared from view and rode away, As Charlie put it, the fruit had sharpened their appetheir horses at a trot. tites for s omething solid. They had not gone far when they came in sight of the Just as they were thinking of kindling a fire two In-ruins of an ancient temple, which could just be discerned dians appeared carrying a big chunk of beef in the growing vegetation. ..

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24 YOUNG WILD WEST'S APACHE TOKEN. 'As they rode up to it they could not help a Token. The token was not for palefaces to have. It was big stone slab that bore the same characters as were on never meant that they should come to the Valley of the token. Gold." This was the second time they had seen the inscription, "Well, he was so grateful to us for giving him water, and they-'wondered what it referred to, a.nyhow. when he was dying, that he wanted to reward us, I supBut there was no use in trying to figure it out just pose," said Arietta. then "That is right,n said the Princess Pearl Face. "But Wild and Arietta rode on a little further, and coming he should have told you that though white people have to a field that was covered with growing vegetables such come here to the Valley of Gold, they have never left as were common to that climate, they saw several Indians it!" at work. "I reckon they f the Apaches here, and the Cliff Dwellers, too, that that, Et?" when a paleface comes here he must stay until such time "I am not surprised at anything, Wild," was the reply as comes for him to be offered as a sac11ifice to the sun." "There is no telling what we may come across yet, and I "We'll take our chances on that, won't we, Et?" asked am not going to be surprised Wild, turning lightly to his sweetheart. As they neared the cliff heads could be seen popping "I guess so," was the reply. "The princess is no barout of the openings on every band barian, as we can readily s e." The population of the valley was certainly getting a She had not dismounted as yet, and as she finished surprise. speaking Arietta did so. Not until they reached the foot of the cliff did Wil d A troubled look came over the face of the princess. and his sweetheart come to a halt. "I have not all to say here in the Valley of Gold," she Then they coolly surveyed the\curious scene. said, slowly. my word is law in many things, Suddenly an Ip.diau maiden, who, by her fancy attire, there are some things that I cannot control. But the was evidently a princess, came from a clump of bushes token may be of great help to you, if you should want to behind them. ever leave here." "What came you here for?" she called out, in good "We don't want to leave just yet, Princess Pearl Face," English said Wild. "But let me introduce ourselves to you. I am Young Wild West, and this young lady is Arietta I\fur dock, my sweetheart." CHAPTER XV. THE PRINCESS OF THE VALLEY OF GOLD. "That sounqs something like it, Et!" said Wild to his sweetheart, and then bowing to the Indian maid, he an swered: "We came here because the Apache Token was given to us, and the way to get here told to us. Who are you, if I may be so bold as to ask?" "Let me see the Apache Token," the girl said, ignoring his question, and walking boldly to them. Wild quickly dismounted and showed it to her "It is well," she said. "The token is the work of my own hands. I, the Princess Pearl Face, made the token and gave it to my uncle, who chose to live among the whites, instead of here, the same as our ancient an cestors did. how did you come in possession of the token, paleface boy and maiden?" The girl bowed. "There are more of you," she ventured, looking in the direction of the camp. 1 "Yes, quite a lot of us. We'll take good care to behave ourselves, and not violate your ancient laws; while we are here You can rest assured on that. You may need us, too, for if Chief Running Wolf and his big band of warriors should find their way here there would be some fighting to do, most likely "What is that?" The girl asked the question as though it frightened her. "Well, I didn't tell you that a chief named Running Wolf was on his way here, and that it was he who sent the man to find Big Broncho and make him tell the way to get here. But that is the case, princess. A hundred Apaches are on their way to the Valley of Gold. We got here ahead of them, and if they happen to find the way they will get here, too At this the girl clapped her hands sharply. Wild soon related the whole story. The girl listened in silence, and Men came running froin all directions and down the when he had done ladders from the holes in the cliff. so she said : "I believe you. Your face tells me that every word you say is true. But my who was called Big Broncho, must surely have been out of his mind, or he would never have told you what he did'. and given you the Apache At first and Arietta thought they were going to be seized by them, but they soon found that the princess had called them for another purpose. She spoke to them earnestly for a few minutes, and then they departed in a hurry.

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\ YOUNG WILD WESTiS APACHE TOKEN. 25 "Yes," was the reply. But it was not long before they showed up again, armed with bows and arrows, clubs and spears. Th en they all started for the passage that led to the cave, about seventy of them, all told. "We care nothing for them," said the princess, noticing how interested they were. "They go to meet the Apaches," said the princess, in answer to Arietta's look of. inquiry. "They will fix it so "Well, when you go away from here be sure that you take plenty of the treasures you have got with you," Arietta remarked. they cannot get into the cave." "And that will fix it so we can't get out," Wild thought. The Indian girl soon calmed down, and then she re"When I go away?" "Yes." "When will that be?" lated a long story as to why it was that the Valley of Gold "When we go." was inhabited by two sets of people, both of which were 'The girl shook her head. living llp to the traditions of their ancestors. "I would like to see the world," she said. "But I am The few who had founded the colony in the valley a the Princes s of the Valley of Gold." :few years before had simply gone back to the ways of "What makes you call it the Valley of Gold?" Wild their :forefathers, and as some of them claimed to be the queried, lcioking at her keenly. descendants of the Cliff Dwellers, they chose that way of "Because the Apaches who came here to se'ttle in it living. gave that name for it. There is a gold mine here. All The oth ers lived as nearly like the ancient Aztecs as the gold there is to be found here is right in this build they knew how, though all were Apaches, and chose to ing." call themselves such. "Well, I can see quite a little." But they were Apaches, who, feeling that it was better "Yes, but you have not seen one-tenth of it. And to be at peace with the whole world, chose to seclude the jewels! The Jewels of the Aztecs! They are fine." themselves from it as much as possible. "Show them to me." 1 Big Broncho was supposed to be the only Apach(l outArietta the question eagerly. side the valley who knew about the colony there, and now "Yes, I will show t4em to you, Arietta." there were a hundred of them knowing about it, and Pearl Face left the room for a minute or two, and trying to find their way there, so they might get the gold when she returned she carried a smt;tll wooden box with and jewels that was buried there. Wild and Arietta listened to the story with no little her. intere st Wild had taken a seat, and when the box was opened he arose again. When the princess paused aftet a while Arietta said: The princess opened it and the sight that lay "How is it that you speak such good English?" our hero and his sweetheart was a dazzling one, indeed. "My father, who is now dead, got a white man, who was here a prisoner, to teach it to me when I was but a As well as they could guess, there must have been a child. I have never forgotten it, Arietta." fortune right in the box, for the diamonds, rubies and "Well, you don't mean t9 remain here as long as yon other stones there certainly were very valuable. live, do you?" While they were looking at them the voice of Hop was "I don't know how I should able to get away. They heafd outside. tell me there is a desert of death outside, and I could "Misler Wild! Comee allee samee quickee Um bignever hope to crqss it." gee fight in um cave, s o be! Ledskins comee likee blazee !" "You could cross it easy enough if you went when we "Running Wolf has got to the cave and is fighting with go." your warriors, Princess Pearl Face," said Wild, turning A strange light showed in the dar]{ eyes of the Apache to the startled girl. "I reckon you wori't stand the least princess. show, because bows and arrows are no good against guns. "You have made me think as I have never thought beThe Apaches have got guns and pistols, and they: know fore," she said how to shoot." "Well maybe I have done you good, Pearl Face." "What shall I do?" she cried; holding up her hands "Maybe you ha 'le, Arietta." as though in agony. The princess then invited our two friends to go to her "Come with us," said Arietta. home, and they accepted the invitation. The home was an adobe building situated among a lot of trees. Near it was a big cavity in the earth, with caves run. ning around the sides that were large enough to form liv?-ng apartments f or the families who preferred that way of living on account of their ancestors. The adolj,e house was fitted up like a palace inside. Gold and silver ornaments were as' plentiful a,s furniture and cooking utensils : "I reckon there is a fortune right here, Et,'' said Wild, smiling at his sweetheart and nodding to some of the treasures that were lying abotlt so loosely. CHAPTER XVI. CONCLUSION. Wild ran outside and found Hop there "How did you find out where we were, Hop?" he asked. "Me takee lillee walkee 'lound, and me soon see you talkee with um plincess,'' the reply. Just then our hero heard a volley of shots. J Pearl Face heard the shots, too.

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2G YOUNG WILD WEST'S AP ACHE TOKEN. "'1'he Apaches from the outside world have come to ruin 'the Valley of Gold!" she exclaimed. "Save me, Arietta!" had been doing some quick thinking. He knew that if Running Wolf once got in th'e valley with his braves it would be no place for them. l'Ie decided to get out as soon as possible, and to take all the gold and jewels they could with them. "Hop," said he, "run back to the camp and tell them all to come here. Get the pack-horses loaded, for the chances are that we will have to leave in a hurry." 'l'hen our hero had a short talk with Arietta and the princess. The latter seemed to understand, and when she said she had no relatives living in the valley, and that she really would like to get out of it, it was easy to coax her into going. It so happened that when Hop got to where he had left the rest the horses were already loaded, since Charlie and Jim knew very well they would have to get away from where they were. Hop quickly told them all what was wanted 0 them and it was not long before the y rode up to the adobe house. 1 "G.et the out of the house, boys," said Wild. Then ensued a wild scramble and the our gold hunters nearly fell over each other in an effort to get more than their share, as they called it. The house had just about been stripped when a blood curdling yell came from the other side of the valley. "Running Wolf has won," said Wild. "I reckon we must get out of here." "This way!" exclaimed the princess, running to the left. "They will not come this way." Arietta called her and made her get on her horse with her. 'fhen the Indian maiden burst into a fit of weeping. Our friends were on the move now, and they had 1 scarcely got behind a grove when they heard the clatter of hoofs. The Apaches were riding through the valley. "Let them go I" said Wild. "It is too bad we can't stop them from raiding the place, but they are too many for us." Not until they reached the entrance to the passage to the other side of the high wall did our friends halt. Double file they went through, Cheyenne Charlie l eading the way with a blazing torch, which he had lighted the moment they got there. It was with a sigh 0 relief that they all got through the passage and out of the cave. As they emerged from it the sun suddenly went under and a low rumble sounded. Then the reath rocked and a sound l ike thunder fol lowed. "An earthquake!" shouted Wild. "Get away from here i" 'fhey rode like the wind, and those who turned and looked behind noticed a mighty upheavarl right where the cave had been. I Then the surface of the :flattened out, and up rose a few jagged peaks to mark the spot where the wall that had secluded the Valley of Gold had been! It was a remarkable transformation-such a one as Young Wild West and his friends had never seen before. After a while the sun came out, and then Wild sug gested that they go back and take a look. As Arietta turned to go with her lover Pearl Face fell back in her arms, limp and lifeless. The poor girl had perished from sheer fright, and that e nded the career of the Indian princess. They were all sorry, 0 course, but there was so much to think about just then that the event was simply one 0 a vast string. They all rode back, and when they climbed one of the patches 0 the cliffs left standing and looked on the other side there was naught but a bed of sand and stones where the Valley 0 Gold had been. "This beats anything yet P' declared Young Wild West. "Come! let us get away from here. I doubt if we will be believed when we tell the story 0 the Valley 0 Gold." "Well, we don't have ter tell it, anyhow," retorted Cheyenne Charlie, as he hugged a golden vase to keep it from slipping from his grasp. There is not, much more to add to this story, which might seem a bit queer to some of our readers. But when t}:ley read 0 the ancient temples that are still being found in Arizona, and which were once inhabited by Aztec Indians, they will better understand it. Earthquakes happen out that way once in a while, too, and sometimes they change the geographical aspect of the country. rne Indian princess was given proper burial and then the journey back to Tucson was begun. It is not necessary to state what happened on the way, for it was nothing worth mentioning, anyhow. They all reached the town, and with the golden articles hidden in bags it was easy or them to escape being questioned. The our old soldiers agreed to say nothing of 'their adventures until they got out 0 Arizona, and the day following their arrival in Tucson they set out or the East, taking with them their share 0 the gold. It was one 0 the most strange adventures that Young Wild West and his friends had ever passed through, and it all came from the Apache Token and the trail that led to the Valley 0 Gold. THE END. Read "YOUNG WILD WEST 'SALTING' THE SALTERS; or, ARIETTA AND 'THE DEATH CHUTE," which will be the next number (316) of "Wild West Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE-All back numbers of this wee")r ly, except the following, are in print: 1 to 16, 18, 19, 21, 24, 27, 28, 30, 33, 34, 37, 38, 40, 42 ; 44, 51. I tfOU cannot obtain the ones you want from any newsdealer, send the price in mony or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE. New York City, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.

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' WILD WEST WEEKLY. WILD WEST WEEKLY NEW YORK, OCTOBER 30, 1908. Terms to Subscribers. Single Coples ....... .......................... ........ One Copy Three Months ................................ .. One Copy Six Months ................................... .. One Copy One Year .................................... .. Postage Free. How To SEND MONEY. ,05 Cents .65 .. $1.25 2.50 At our risk send P. 0. Money Order, Check, or Registered Letter; re mittances in e.ny other we.y are at your risk. We accept Postage Ste.mps the same e.s cash. "Vhen sending silver wrap the coin in a separate piece ot paper to a.void cutting the envelope Write your nanie and address plainly. Address lette,.s to Frank Tousey, Publisher, :a4 Union Sq., New York. SOME GOOD ARTICLES. mates. Mr. Guenther adds: "The great progress in science and industries had created a vast mass of new terms and mat ter largely in excess of what had been estimated at the be ginning. The stoppage is to be greatly regretted, as the want of a new technical dictionary and encyclopredia is ac utely felt by thousands of persons engaged in sc i entific research, in all lines of commerce and produ ction, in literature, journalism, and in the administration of state and municipal government. It is, howe ve r, satisfactory to note that the exec utive board of the Association of German Engineers has made strenuous ef forts to take up and complete the valuab l e work, and has suc ceeded in obtaining therefor the aid of the federal govern ment of Germany and of the Ministry of Education of the Prussian kingdom. .... GRINS AND CHUCKLES. "I understand he has entered the state of matrimony." "Why, yes. He is traveling in Utah." "Pop." "Y es, m y son." "Did mamma ever punish you?" An immense tray of solid silver, weighing more than ten "Well, she married me my boy." thousand ounces, has just been made by a firm in London for an Oriental potentate. The tray is seven feet in diameter and is said to be the largest ever executed. It has been in the hands of the silversmiths for over a year. The tray will stand upon a solid silver table of the same size. The weight of the table complete will amount to about a ton. Milena Sgambelli, a Dalmatian fisher girl, was bathing near Zara with other girls when two sharks rushed into the midst of them. Milena ran to the b each, on which she found an iron rod. Seizing this, she rushed boldly into the water again, striking at the sharks. She ov erbalanced herself and fell at Uncle Eben-Willie, can you tell me what an entertainment is? Willie-Yes, sir. u:s something good to e at. Letter to a Schoolmaster.-"My s on will be unable to attend schoo l today for he has just shave d himself for the first time." ''She thinks her husban d is a deep-dyed villain." "Why?" "Well, she's never been able to catch him doing anything wrong ." full length in the water, when one of the shark,s seized her The Millionaire-Yes, I never give more than threepence for leg in its mouth and bit it off above the knee. Her compana cigar. Young Stonybroke-Ah, yes. You rich chaps can ions dragged Milena out, but she died from loss of blood. afford to smoke cheap cigars F rom Germany comes news of a locomotive worked by steam ;md yet independent of fire of its own. The engine has just been completed at the Hohenzollern works at Dusseldorf, and it is of a type designed for shunting in explosive factories. Instead of carrying fire in its own boiler it is filled with steam from stationary boilers, and when so charged is capable of several hours' work. The first warming up occupies half an hour, and recharging can be done in a quarter of an hour. The apparatus is so simple that an unskilled workman is able to look after it. The absence of fire in a place where dynamite or gunpowder is being handled is the reason for the invention of this type of engine. As there are no labor-saving machines in Corea, women's work is done by the crudest and hardest methods possible, from hulling rice with a heavy wood or stone pestle to wash. ing clothes by beating them in the streams and ironing them with sticks. In order to iron, the c lo thes must a l ways be ripped apart and wrapped around a wooden roller while damp; they are then beaten by either one or two women. It is sur prising to see the gloss on the white calico and the sheen upon the line n produced by this method of ironing; it sur passes the dressing one sees in this country on newly bought linen. S ince the people dress exclusively in white, the woman's day-and often much of the night, too-is spent in washing, ironing and sewing. Tramp-Can you assist me along the road, mum? Lady of the House-PersoniillY, I cannot; but I will unchain my dog, and I know he will be most pleased to do so." A doctor was attending a dangerous case, where a Scotch butler was engaged. On calling in the forenoon, he said to Donald: "I hope your master's temperature is much lower to-day than it was last night." "I'm no sae very sure aboot that;' replied the butler, "for he deed this morning.'' "This village enjoys the reputation of b eing the birthplace of two members of the Legislature and one Congressman, does it not?" politely inquired the sojourner within its gates. "Nope," replied the landlord of the Pettyville tavern, who was a pessimistic old grouch, anyhow. "It just has it, all.'' "Mother," said a little girl, looking up from her book, "what does 'transatlantic' mean?" "Oh, across the Atlantic, of course. Don't bother me!" "Does 'trans' always mean acro ss?" "I suppose it does. If you don't stop bothering me with your questions you' ll go to b ed "Then does 'transparent' mean a cross parent?" Ten minutes later that little girl was rest ing on her tiny c ou ch. The talkative man in the smoking-room was boring the com pany with his reminiscences of the great people he had met. Consul-G eneral Richard Guenther, of Frankfort, notes that "Last week," he said, "I spent a most delightful day with my at the annual meeting of the Association of German Engineers, friend, Lord Broadacres." "Indeed," said a gentl.eman in a latel y held at Dresden, announcement was made that the cor n er, who h a d not hitherto spoken. "A nd s o you don't recog great work of compiling and publishing the new technical 1 nize me as Lord Broadacres?" The boastful one instantly col di ctionary, which was conducted under the auspices of the lapsed and muttering some apology, left the room. "And association, h a d to be stopped because it was f ound that the\ I'm not Lord Broadacres at all," chuck l ed the gentleman as expenses would amo.unt to more than four times the esti-the door c losed upon the discomfited one. I

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28 WILD WEST WEEKLY. I THE HIDDEN WEALTH 'By COL. RALPH FENTON. and it was evident, from their traps and baggage, they were going upon a voyage, and instantly my mind was made up.,.1 would go on the ship, too. "To get my lug gage together, write my resignation and send it in to the owners, and then go on board the ship was the "Do you see yonder green isle in the distance?" work of an hour. The one who asked the question was my fellow traveler, "I secured a good stateroom and remained in it until the on lJoard a fine steamer plying between 'New York and the vessel was dashing down the channel. \Vest Indies and just b efo r e sunset a small green island "It was just twilight when I went on deck, and with a came in view, looking most inviting in the haze of the disbeating heart I r ec ognized Alfrid a pacing the deck .and leaning tance. upon her father's arm, and I kept a loof until the following "Yes, it is a pretty spot, and doubtless in olden times was day, when I again saw her, and alone, for it had come to the r esor t of the Gulf buccaneers." blow, and the old banker was down in his berth, cursing him" It has a story since that time, and if you like, I will tell self for having be e n fooled into going on a pleasure voyage it replied Fred Fenton, for such was his name, and he\ to}he Indies and Ameri?a. c0ut mued to gaze upon the island with a look of interest as I can tell you, my friend, it was a surprise mdeed, and a though memori es of a strange character were crowding joyous one, when Alfrida recogn ized me. him. For a long time we talked together, and she told me that it Seeing that I was waiting for his story, he said, having was her father' s intention to remain away from England a.bout thrown away his cigar: a year; and upon their return home she was to marry my "Fifteen years ago I was on that island helpless and brother Wilber. in despair, and the causes that l ed to it 1 will tell you of. "And she added that it would drive my father wild to find "When sixteen years of age I be ca me a middy in the royal that I was on board, for he had taken to hating me eve r navy. and about the same time fell desperately in love with since I had told him I would one day marry his daughter, a pretty girl, some four years my junior, and whose old and match his fortune with one eq ual to his own. father was as proud as he was rich, and was willing to let "I confess it did not look as though I was going to keep daughter and money go for title and name, no matter who my word, at the rate I had b egun, but both Alfrida and myself might possess the latter qualities in his estimation. had hope, and we again pledged our love and she promised "But the young girl-Alfrida Doan e was her name-returned to wait for me for half a century. my youthful regard, and when I went to sea we agreed that "At length Doane came on deck, pale, i}l, and impatient, death alone could part us in the future, and, strange to say, but the sight of me on board cured his seasickness and he when I returned from China seas three years after, we had both swore like a sailor, and wanted the captain to put back and remained true to each other, but her father was already look-land me, or himself and daughter, but the clipper's coming for a titled individual upon whom to bestow her hand, mander had an inkling of how matters stood and simply enand his eyes fell upon my brother, who had just inherited the joyed it. title and estates through my father's death. "Well, all went well until we got into these waters, and "At fifteen Alfrida was a beautiful maiden, and promised then one night a hurricane struck us we were hurled about to be a still more lovely woman, and as our family was poor, like a straw, the captain was washed overboard, the first my brother, Sir Wilber, was willing to be sacrificed for a mate had his arm broken, and the next officer losing handsome heiress, and it was agreed between the father and f mind, the crew and p assengers called upon me to take the himself that, wh e n the young girl became eigJ:iteen, the excommand, which I did, but it was of a sinking ship, and I change of money for rank would take place. felt that we must take to the lifeboats. "But to this both Alfrlda and myself objected, and a most "I had them got ready and equipped with stores and water, stormy scene followed between old Banker Doane and myself, and as they were filled with passengers and crew, I ordered he telling me very plainly that I was a mere pauper, with them off, and thus all went well until I attempted to get on nothing but my pay and a few hundred pounds a year to live board the last boat, and in which was Alfrida and her father' on-a very comfortable sum, I assure you, though not a for-the old man having asked to go with me, when a wav: tune. snapped the ropes, and I was left alone upon the sinking craft. 'Make a fortune and you can marry any woman,' he very "It was a fearful night, and as dark as chaos, and the crew coldly told me. refused to risk their boat coming back to the ship after me, "I replied that I would take his advice and marry Alfrida, and unheeded the entreaties of Alfrida, and also her father, at which he raved like a maniac. whose selfish fear for himself alone wanted to have me on "In the navy I felt that I could not make a fortune, and as board. there was no war going on, promotion was slow, so I re"The vessel was sinking fast, there was no other boat for me signed my commission, invested what money I had saved to take, and I gave myself up for lost, while the old wreck up, and could sell out my little inheritance for, in a mercantile drove through the waters with terrible speed, and then sudhouse in London, and in one year lost every penny I had in denly was hurled upon the shore with a shock that threw me the world. to the deck. "This was a bad beginning, and too proud to ask aid I went as a sailor before the mast. and in a very shor.t while wo ,rked my way up to boatswain, and then third mate. "I would, I think, have soon been in command of a brig, for the company whose vessel I was on seemed to like me; but one day as I sat on the deck, watching the passengers go on board a large clipper ship, a packet between Liverpool and Havana, I started suddenly at recognizing Banker Doane and his daughter. "They were accompanied by his valet and Alfrida's maid, "Yonder island Y.OU see is the place where she went ashore, and the waves carried me to the beach, where I was thrown more dead than alive, but I struggled hard for life, and reaching a place of safety sank down to rest. "'When I or revived, for I believe I was uncon scious, it was broad daylight, the beach was strewn with wrecks, the sea was still rough, and not a sail was in sight upon the boundless waters. "I gathered the water-soaked food, built me a hut and sat down to wait, having discovered that I was on a comfortable

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WILD WEST WEEKLY. 29 islan d, where I at least wou ld not starve, it to be uninhabited. although I knew I the moon, and its' glittering we alth seemed to craze the man "It is said a 'fellow feeling m a kes u s wondrous kind,' and 1 I found myself making daily pilgrimages t o a lone ly spot where was a grave, a rude board at its h ead, and I felt that the only one who slept beneath had, like me been a victim of the sea. "Upon the headboard was c ut, with a knife, and skillfully executed too--"'BOB BULWARK, A seaman of the British brig, Bird. Wrecked on this island Sept. 10th, 18-. Stranger, let hisashes rest in p eace .' "With my back against the tree that sheltered his grave, I was wont to spend long days wondering if I ever would be rescued and learn the fate of Alfrida, and cursing m(V ill-for tune, for the maiden had promised to secretly marry me upon our arrival. in Havana. "One night, as I sat gazing out over the moonlit waters, m y eyes caught sight of a small sail and, watching it close ly, I saw that it was standing directly in-shore, towards a cove above which hung the high cliff upon which was the grave. "Nearer and nearer it came ; and my heart bounded with joy, for at last had freedom come to me, and not too soon, I c11n assure you, for the ship's provisions I had gathered were giving out rapidly. "But it seemed strange to me that so small a craft, a little sloop of five tons, should be coming t o that out-of-the-way place, and I set down the crew as having been wre cked on some other island, and were m aking their way back to the nearest port. "Dropping anchor c lo se ashore, and running in as though they knew the waters well, the crew of two men came on shore, carrying something upon their shoulders, and began to ascend the cliff, heading in my direction "I at once sought a place of conc ealment in some bushes n ear the grave and soon the men drew near and halted 'You're the boss pilot, Dick, for h e re she is as natural as life," said one of the men, glancing at the h ead-board, and throwing at his feet a shovel. 'I told you I lmew a secret, for I was here when poor Bob Bulwark was planted, and' .there were five of us as did it; one of them was washed off the schooner in a storm, another was killed in a fight with a cruiser; the captain and lieutenant were garroted in Havana for piracy and I had just es caped from prison after fifteen years, but here' s the spot, lad, and I'm rich at last .' 'And you buri ed it here fifteen years ago?' 'We did, and ther e's eno ugh to make a hundred men rich, if it's. there, a nd I think it1 is, for the grave hasn't been touched, it seems.' 'And my share is to be one-fifth. Dick?' 'Yes, that' s what I promised you for lending me your &loop and coming w ith me. Now, iet us go to work.' "Eagerly I watched the two men throw the earth from .the s uppo sed grave, now well knowing that a treasure, and not a human form, lay beneath, for that one of the men was the last of a pirate crew that had buried it there, I felt confident after hearing his words. /. "At length the shove l of one struck a. hard substance, and a who had come for the treasure, as springing from the open grave, he turned and brought his shovel down upon the head of his comrade with terrible force, crying out: Fool, die; for did you think I would let any man live and share this fortune with me?' 'Oh, Dick!' burst from the man's lips, and he sank forward and fell into the open pit. "With the frenzy of a madman the murderer shoveled in the dirt upon him, and then began to dance in wild glee. Then was my time to act, and I came from my Place of conceal ment. "With a wild cry he started back, and then seizing the spade, rushed upon me. "I warned him off, retreating rapidly, but it did no good, and knowing that he would murder me if I permitted it, I dodged his blow and grappled with him. "Like a madman he fought, biting and scratching like a tiger; but I am a power ful man, and finding he was d etermined to kill me, wre n c hed his knife from his hand and drov e it into his breast, jus t as he thrust his left hand into his bosom for a pistol. Info the grttve I placed his body ; and the n, almost mad dened myself by t h e gold b e fore me, seized a couple of the kegs, and rus h e d down to the sloop with them. I found it, as I h a d expected, unoccupied and a staunc h little c r aft, and, h aving gotte n my treasure on board set sail from the island, anrl withi n a week's time ran into Pensac ola. "Jealous of the sec ret I had I was most care ful, and in s mall 'quantities carried it to my hotel, where I deposited it in a stout trunk, and, selling the s loop, started for New York in a packet ship. "Once there, to my joy, I l ea rned that Alfrida and her father, with another of the boats had arrived in safety, and, turning my treasure into bank notes, I purchased a handsome house, invested my fortune in the s hipping business, and set sail for England, where I arrived just i n time; for believing me dead, Alfrida had promised to become the wife of my brother Wilber. "My coming changed the tide of affairs, for she became my bride, and returned with, me to the United States, and a hap pier family than ours I know you never saw. and will say; s o when you visit us, 'as you have promised, upon your re turn. Now, do you wonder that I look at yonder island with interes t, having passed one long year upon it alone suffering, and in sorrow, and in the end found there my fortune?" "It is very wrong to tell a falsehood said his mother t o little Jimmie, whom she had caught in one. "Then we're both offul sinners, ain't we, maw?" queried Jimmie. "Both! What do you mean?" "Why, you told Missus Smith yesterday that you hoped she d call again, an' after she wuz gone you said you wished she'd never c ome again. "Dey's so many chillun in my family we get tired lookin' roun' fer names for em, so we done name de twin gals Poverty en Riches." "You done wrong," said Brother Dickey. "You ll never git 'em off you' han's-kase all men'll quote de Bible on you, en say 'Gimme neither Poverty nor Riches!'" moment after the man addresse d as Dick handed up a small Major Dix-Do you think it's gain' to rain to-m-0rrow, Uncle keg, and then another and another, and all of them were I sham? Uncle Isham-I dunno honey. It's mighty hard ter filled with &'Old progno sticate. When de L a wd had charge ob de weathah I "A large box fill ed with gold and silver trinkets and precicould t ell sumfin' erbout it, but se'nce dis here weathah bureau out stones followed, until a fortune indeed lay in the light of dun bin runnin' it Uncle !sham's had ter gib it up.

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These Books Tell You Everything! .! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA I Ea:Cti book oonsists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated coftl. of the hooks are a lso profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that aJO' ch ild. can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anythini aoout tlhe subjedil mentio ned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE CENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SA.ME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y. MESMERISM. No. 81. HOW TO MESMERIZEl.-Containing the most approved methods of mesmer i sm ; also how to cure all kinds of di seases by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, A C. 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Full instructions are given in this little book, t<>gether with in etructiom1 on swimming and riding, compani<>n sports to boa.ting. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.:A. complete treatise on the horse Describing the most use ful h<>rses for bus ines s, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for dise ases pectJliar to the horse. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD A.ND SAIL CA.NOES.-A bandy book for boys, containing full directi<>n11 for constructing canoes and the m<>st p(pular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. lit' C. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. ORACULUM A.ND DREAM :HOOK. Containing the great oracle of human destiny; also the true meaning of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, cerem<>n ies, and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW 'TO EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book gives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or m isery, wealth or poverty. l'. ou can tell by a glance at this little bo ok. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW '1'0 TELL FORTUNES BY THE HA.ND.Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A.. Anderson. ATHLETIC No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLElTE.-Giving full in truction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizon tal bars and various other methods of developing a good, healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustr3tions. Every boy can become strong an.I healthy by followin,g the instructions contained in this little book. No. 10. HOW TO art of self-defense made easy. Containin g over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the dilfer ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNA.ST.-Containing full Instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illu t rations. By PrOifess<>r W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for ftmcing and the use of the broadsword; a!So instruction in archery. Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best positions in fon ting. A. complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW,TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Conta.ining explanations of t'he general principl es of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of pcially prepared cards. By Professor Ha.ffner. Illustrated, No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CA.RDS.-Em bracing .all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with lustrations, By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.Containing deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurora and magician,s. .Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and cara tricks, containing full instruction on all the leading card tricka of the day, also the most popular magical illusi<>ns as performed by our l eading magicians ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as it will both amuse and instruc t. No 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explained by his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Ex-plaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the hoy on the stage; also. giving all the codes and signals. ll'he only .auth entic explanation of se con d sight. No. 43. HOW Tq BECOME A MAGICIA.N.-Containing the ass<>rtment of magi cal illusions ever placed before the pubhc. Also tricks with cards, incantations, etc. No. 68 HOW TO DO CHEMICAL THICKS.-Conta.ining oVEr ona hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson Handsomely illustrate.I. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over of the latest and best tricks us ed by magicians. Also oontai nmg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderso n. No .. 70. HOW '.J-'O MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full d1rectl(}ns for makmg j\1agic 'l' oys and devices of many kinds. Bi A.. Anderson. Fully illu sfrated. No. 73. HOW TO DO 'l'RICKS WITH; many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 7.5. HO\Y TO A. CONJURQR. Containinc tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups an.I Balls Hats etc. Emb,racinc thirty-s ix illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. TO DO THE BLACK A.RT.-Containing a com plete description of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand, together with many wonderful experiments. .By A.. A.ndersou : Ill ust1;ated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW '.J'O AN INVENTOR.-illvery boy )!:now h<>w This book explains them. all, examples. 1n electr1c1ty, hydraulics, magnetism, optics. pneumatics, mechamcs, etc. The most instructive book published N<>. HOW TO BECOM!Jl A.N ENGINEER.-Containing full mstruct1ons how to proceed m orde r to become a l ocomotive en gi?e e r ; also for buildi.n g a model locomotive; togethe r wi t h a full d escr1pt1on of everything an engineer shouldi know. No .. 57. 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HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES,-Givinc complete instructi<>ns for writing letters to ladies on all subjects also letters introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directi<>ns for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample l etters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father'. mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any! hod you wish to wri+..e to. Every young man and eVEry youn1 lady in the land should have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject a1IO rules for punctuation and '!Qmposition, with specimen letter.'.

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THE STAGE. No. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the mos t famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No .. THE .Of NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. a varied asso.rtf"!lent of titump speeches, Negro, Dutch an d Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse ment and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE JOKFJ BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Every boy should obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for or gan izing an amateur minstrel troupe. No 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original joke books ever published, aud it is brimful of wit and humor It conta ins a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc:, of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obtain a copy immediately. No .. 79. HQW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com plete mstructions how to make up for various characters on the stage; together with the duties of the Stage l\Ianager Prompter Scenic Artist and Property Man. By a JJrominent Stage Manager'. No 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the latest jokes, anecdot e 1 and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome colored cever containing a halftone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No.16. HOW TO KEEP. '. WINDOW GARDEJN.-Containing full instructions for constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever published. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most books on co-oking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats fish, game and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for everybod y, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around tbe house, such as parlo r ornaments brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE EL1DCTRICITY.-A: de scrip tion of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries' etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty n: lustra tions. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Conta!ning full directions for making electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW Tp DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of mstructive and highly tricks, together with illustrations. By A. Anderson No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to become a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from a.II the popular of prose and poetr.v e.rran&ed hi the mon simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. _HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving roles for conducunr de bates, outhnes for. 9u_estions for discussi on, and th11 betl source11> for procurJDg JDformation on the questions .l{iven. SOCIETY., No. 3. TO arts and wiles of filrtatli:in n fully by this httle book. Besides the various methods of ba_x;dkerch1ef,. fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it con tams a .full hst of the language and sentiment of flowers, which i1 m_terestmg to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy, without one. 1 No. 4. H.OW .TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsome little book Just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instl'uc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partie1 how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular dances. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to love and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquette to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gen erally known. No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Confaining full instruction In the art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving the selections of colors, material, and how to have the m made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of the brightest and most valuable little books eve r given to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to b ecome beautiful, both male and female. .rbe secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this book and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely lllustrated fil'.lCl containing full in structio ns for the management and training of the canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird,_ paroquet, parrot, etc. No 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illus trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SEJT TRAPS.-Including hlnt1 on how to catch moles, weasels, otte r rats, squirrels and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND valuable book, giving instructions In collecting, preparing, mountinJ and preserving birda, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE P!'JTS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keeping, taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets also giving full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind ever published. -MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-'.A: Uie"ful Ril Iii structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also e:r periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and di ENTERTAINMENT. rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. ':l'hl1 No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VEJNT):ULOQUIST.-By Harey book cannot be equaled. Kenn edy. The secret given away. Every boy reading No. 14. Hl;)W TO MAKID CANDY.-A complete band-book for this book of instructions, by a practical profeseo r (delighting multimaking all ki .)ls of candy. ice-creail.!.,_syrupJ,,.essences. etc. tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. 84. HOW TO BECOME AN' AUTHOR.-Oontaining full art, and create any amount of fun for himself and It is the information regarding choice of subjects, the use of words and the greatest book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. manner of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable informati on as to the neatness, legibility and genera l com very valuable little book just published. A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable Hiland for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BEC0l\IE YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won money than any book published d erfu l book, containing usehl and practical information In the No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAl\ ... ES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to every book, containing the rl'les and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. .Abounding in us e ful and effectiv e recipes for general com backgammon croqu t, d minoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW 0 CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con' the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddl es, curious catches t!lining valuable information regard ng collecting and arranging and witty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustraLd. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58 HOW TO BE A DETEC'rIVEl.-By King Brady, book, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Cribthe world -know n dete ctive In which he lays down some valuable bage Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and st:usible rules for beginners, and also relates some ad"l!'entures .Aucti on Pitch. All Fours. and many other popular games of cards. and experiences of nell -known d etectives. No. 6g, HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing ov-er three hunNo 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contaln dred interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A ing useful infotm ation r ega rding the Camera and how to work it; complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It is a great life secret, and on e that every yonng man desires to know all about. Thel'l!!'s happiness in it. No. 33. HOW 'l'O BEHA VE.-Containing the rules and etiquette of good society and the easies t and most approved methods of ap pearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and \n the drawing-room. Transp!j.renci u s. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W. Abney. )lo. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY Ck!;>ET.-Containing full explanations how to gain admittance, course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Post Guard, Police Regnlations, Fire Department, and all a boy should )mow to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW 'l'O BECOME A NAVAL OADET.-Complete ilf structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis NaTal DECLAMATION. Academy. 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Young Wild W est and the Cowboy R e v enge Trailer; or, The Ranchman's 2 9 9 Young Wild \Yest Routing the '"Ghost Dancers'' : or, Arietta and the Snake Charmer. Y oung Wild Madman. \Yest and the Missing S cout; or, Arietta and the 300 Young \Yild W est Crossing the Dead Line; or, The Cowboys and the Shee p H erders. Y oung Wild Queen. W est Doome d to D eath; or, Arietta and the Rifle 3 01 Young Wild \\"est and the Boy Hunters; or, Arietta and the Game Steaiers. Young Wild Pass. W est on a Gold e n Trail ; or, The Mystery of Magic 302 Young Wil d W est on the D esert of Death; or, Hemmed in by Bandits. Young Wild Ute s West Fighting the Indians; or, The Uprising of the 3 0 3 Yo ung Wild W est and the Pioneers; or, Fighting Taeir Way to Grizzly Gul c h. Young Wild C owboy. W est on a Cattle Range; or, Arietta and the ... Bad" 304 Yo.uni; \\'ild \\"es t and "Rawhide Ralph"; or. The Worst 1n T exas. Young Wild West's Gallop for Glory; or, The Death L eague ot A c e High. 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