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"o No. 332. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 26, 1909. Price 5 Cents. \::. As cattle thieves were brougpt to the front of the tavern, Maverick Mike came out what was going on. Wild quickly dismounted, and, with a. rawhide whip in his hand, ran to meet him. Swish! Down went the villain rolling in the dirt. .. 6


WILD A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Lile Iaue4 Weekly -By Subscription $ 2.50 pe r yea r Ente1ed according to Act of in the yea r 1909, in the ojJ!ce of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D C by Frank Tous e y, Publisher, 2 union Square, New York, No. 332. NE, W YORK, FEBRUARY 26, 1909. PRICE 5 CENTS. Young Wild West' and "Maverick Mike'' OB, ARIETTA AND THE ROUND UP By AN OLD SCOUT CHAPTER I. MAVERICK MIKE MARKS OUT A DEAD "There s he is, boys! 'fhere's ther dead line. I ain't goin' ter allow any one ter rid() over that mark till after I leave here Yer hear what I say? It's Maverick Mike what's talkin', an' when he opens his mouth an' says things he always means what he says Lame Jack has got a barrel of new rum here, which he's had sent on from ther East. He calls it applejack, an' I allow that it tastes putty good I 've made up my mind ter git blazin drunk on i t, an' that' s ther reason I've marked out ther dead line. I'll want ter shoot somebody afore I gi t through, of course, an' it's a Putty sure bet that some galoot will try tor ride over that mark." 'l'he speak(i)r was a tall, raw-bon ed, muscular man of forty. A close st udent of the characters of the West would have decided that h e had Mexican blood in hi s veins, for bis swa rthy comp l exion an d shifty bla ck eyes almost war ranted that. He was attired after the fashion of the average cowboy, nnd a long barreled s ixs hooter hung at each s ide of his belt. Taking him all in a ll Maverick Mike, as he called him self, was certainly a dan gerous -l ooking custome r. The scen e was the s in g l e street of the little town in south eastern Colorado called Turner. Across th e street, directl y from the door of Lame Jack's Roost, which was a typical saloon of the grazing district of the West a.t time of whi ch we write Maverick Mike had just fini s hed making a mark with the heel of his boot across the dusty street, and that was what he called the "dead l ine Known to b e a "bad man," the majority of the residents of the little town always gave him a wide berth, especially when he took a no tio n to "stir up things." Just why he was allowed to go around free might have seemed a mystery to a great many, since he had shot as many as seven men in les s than a year, two of therp dying from their wounds. But it might have been because it was always done in what is t ermed an open fight. Maver i ck Mike would start the row, and then, being the quicker to :fire, got his man e rery time There were perhap s twenty other cowboys in and out of the saloo n their bron chos s tanding to the long hitching pole, or near it, for some of them' were not tied at all. These were th e horses that had bee n trained to stanfl whe never the hridle rein was thrown over their heads. Almost directly 9pposite to Lame Jack 's Roost was, the s tore, where everything coul d be bought from a yard of calico to a mowing machine, including provisions, guns, and ammunition. On this side 0 the street there were a few of the residents of the town who were taking in the scene with a s il ent intere s t. They a ll knew the sort of a man Maverick Mike was, and they did not feel like crossing him. When a crowd of cowboys came in from the outlying ranches they usually stirred up things, anyhow, but t hey spent their money freely, so it looked over, even if a f ew" pane s of glass got s hot out before they went away


2 YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MAVERICK MIKE."' Maverick Mike had received his nickname because he had been very lucky in catching calves that were not branded, thus becoming the owner of them, for no claim can be made of a calf that has never ben branded, and found alone on the range Such a calf is called a maverick, and hence it will be easy to understand why the "bad" cowboy had come by the nickname. Maverick Mike had done many queer things while he was in Turner, but this striking a dead line across the street was about the worst yet. Those who had heard what he said of course might profit by it, but suppose a stranger should ride into the town and cross the mark! Then l ead would fly. The villain, for such h e was beyon d t h e shadow of a doubt, turned and went into Lame Jack's to "liquo r up," but the maj ority of those who had be.en outside when the dead line was marked out chose to remain there a while. They all knew that something was going to happen, and they were anxious to see it. Thev' did not have to wait more than five minutes. '111e; a cloud of dust was seen out on the straight trail that ran directly into the street of the little town, a mile awav. "Somebody is comin', I reckon," observed on' e of the old settlers as he shifted the quid of tobacco in his mouth, "I don't know who it is, but there'll be trouble if they don't stop afore they git ter that mark Maverick made I can't say as I want ter see any one git hurt this mornin'; but that's what'll happen unless some one goes an' lets them what's comin' know about it." "Why don't you run around ther back of ther store an' git up there a ways, an' meet 'em, Jake?" asked the st9re keeper. "They might be good customers fur me. Run on an' do it, an' I'll treat yer ter a bran' -new plug of tobacker when come back." "All right," and casting an uneasy glance across at the saloon the man off until he got behind the store. Then he took out on a run, for he knew he had to hurry if he was going to be able to give the warning without being seen by any of Maverick Mike's friends l\feanwhile, those watching saw that the riders approach ing were both male and female. This was a little surprising, since there were very few women to come there on horseback But as they drew nearer and they saw that they were very young girls-two of them, at least-and were attired in fancy riding costumes, they wondered what it all meant. There were three females and :five males, two of the latter being common, everyday Chinamen Of the other three, two were boys, though full-grown. They wore fancy hunting suits of buckskin and blue shirts, and one of them had a wealth of light chestnut hair banging over his shoulders, and with the broad sombrero tipped back upon his head, his face showed up perfect in l ines and handsome. The other boy was goodlooking, too, and h e had much the appearance of the average boy of the West, accus tomed to a life in the open air The man of the crowd was tall and straight w i t h a bronzed face, long dark hair a:i;id mustache, ai:id altired in a style similar to the boys. On the whole, the members of the little party were about as goodlooking and dashing as any the old sett l ers had ever seen, and they waited patiently for them to halt be fore crossing the dead line. The messenger had stopped the strangers, and as they had remained at a halt for a full minute, the watching men knew that they must have been duly warned. On they came, the handsome boy with the Ion? hair leading the way, with one of the young girls at his side. Next came the tall man and the elder of the females, and close behind him were the other boy and girl. The two Chinamen brought up the rear with two l oaded pack horses trotting along behind them. It was a pict u resque party, to say the l east The storekeeper looked across at the saloon as neared it for he knew that the hoofbeats must have been heard there by this time. And they had, too. Out came Maverick Mike, and after him came a few toadying friends. The villainous cowboy stepped out near the center of the street and waved his gun over his head. "There't no one as is goin' ter cross this mark while I'm in town!" he shouted "Look out, strangers I'm Maverick Mike an' I'm bad I makes my own laws .,' an' I punish them what don't live up ter 'em. out,} say l This here line ain't ter be crossed while I'm m towl}.-t" The approaching strangers must have word he said, but they did not stop one bit. Instead of doing this the dashing boy, who was moupted on a spirited sorrel stallion, said something to the golden haired girl at his side, and then both increased their speed to a gallop. Over the dead line they went, almost before M aver i ck Mike was aware of it. The. gir l went on for about a h u ndred yards, the rest of the party following her; but the young leader of the brought the sorrel stallion to a sudden halt, and then swmg ing around started straight for the bad cowboy. "Wow!" yelled Maverick Mike. "Did yer that, boys? They didn't recognize me, I reckon Now blood has got ter be spilled! Wow! Watch me!" He swung his revolver around, and the re is no doubt b)lt that he meant to shoot the boy without any further delay. But something happened that changed the programme. Before any of the spectators realized what was going on there was a flash and a report and Maverick Mike dropped bis gun as though it had been a hot potato. The boy on the sorrel stallion had pulled his gun and deliberately shot the weapon from the man's hand But the bullet had not touched the hand; it had hit the revolver squarely on the cylinder, and the force of the impact had sent an electric thrill through the villain's arm, causing him to release his grasp upon it. A cry O'f amazement went up from several of the cowboys and citizens when they realized what had happened. Maverick Mike had been turned upon by a mere boy! But worst of all-or best of all, rather-the boy had double discounted him at h i s own game If be ha d shot him dead they could not have been


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MAVERICK MIKE." \ 3 sur pr ised as wha t h e h ad d o n e showed how easy he could might need it, you know. I won' t knock it out of your hav e sent t h e bull e t throu gh hi s h eart had h e s o desired. hand thi s tim e "I -reckon PU go wher e I pl e ase, you big galoot," said t he.. M averic k Mike slowly made his way to where the weapon boy c ooll y l o oking at th e astounded ruffian. "You can lay. s trike all th e lines you want to, but that don t say that we V e r y ging e rly he picked it up ancl tlU'ust it into the are going to s top from crossing them hols t er. A s th e s peaker s lipp e d down fr o m the back of his horse Th e n, whil e the cowboys and citiz e n s looked on with no his mal e companion s cam e ridin g up littl e amusement he scraped out th e m a rk h e had made "Want an y h e lp Wild?" a s k e d th e tall man with the across the s treet covering it with the dus t that was s o dark h air and mu stache. pl e ntiful. "No Charlie," was th e reply. "I reckon I c an take car e Thi s d one, he back and paused b e for e t h e das hing of the galoot all ri g ht. He is onl y a bi g bluff e r. I'll ju st young d eads hot show him th a t h e bas barked u p th e wron g tree, anc1 the n I r e ckon that will b e about a ll," c a m e from th e boy we' ll go over to.the s tore and mak e our pur c hases." "Now, t ake my advice and don' t try a n yt hing lik e that Th e boy s poke in such a;eool and e a s y wa y that th e by a g ain Maverick Mike You mi ght not get off s o e a s ily stand e r s became convinced that b e was out of th e ordin a r y next time run of boys. said the villain, who had now fully recovered Anyhow, they had never s een such a cool one old or him s elf, though there .was no doubt that h e f e ar e d the boy young, b e fore in their whole liv es. gre atly and did not m e an to do a thing to cro s s him, "I'd "Pic k up y our gun you big bluff er!" je s t like ter know who you ar e y oung f e ller The command came from th e hand some y oung f ellow in "Well, if it will make you fee l better I'll tell you,. then. a voice that showe d he meant bu s iness. I go by the handle of Young Wild Wes t. It's the only name Maverick Mike cas t an un e asy g l a n c e around him. I've got, and I intend to stick to it. How does that strike He knew that there w e re mi ghty f e w men th e re who had y ou?" an y parti c ular lov e for him so it was no u s e for him to look "Young Wild Wes t, eh? Well, you must be ther cham for an y sympathy. pion deadshot of th e r Wes t, then?" He w a lk e d over to where the revolver had dropped and "That is what some call me, though I never speak of my stooped to pick it up self as being the champion deadshot of the West. I can't Crack! help it if they want to call me that, you know." The boy in the fancy buc k s kin hunting suit fired again "An' you re putt y well known a s ther Prince of ther jus t as th e b a d man lifted th e weap o n fr o m th e ground. Saddle, too, I reckon I' went on Maveric k Mike with a nod The re sult was that he dropp e d it again. of bis head. CHAPTER II. YOUNG WILD WES T AND HIS FRIENDS. "Yes that' s a s ort of ni c kname I received one time. But that don't mak e me th e prince of th e s addle, though "Down in Texas they call yer ther La sso King, too, don' t they?" "Well, I re c kon there were a few cowboys down there who gave me that name once," the b o y smili n g at his q u estioner. With tmerrin g aim the hand some boy had hit the weapon Maverick Mike was now quite cool. The s u rprise he had a g ain sending it from Maverick Mike s hand r e c eive d had been th e means of sobe ring him a great deal, Pick it up! h e exclaim e d s harpl y and h e now appear e d to b e quite a t his ease. Y e r-yer won' t l e t me, came the reply. "If yer don' t "Your two pards, Cheyenn e Charli e an' Jim Dart, i s shoot a g' in I'll do it." her e too? h e w ent on ques tioningl y a s h e looked at the Cra c k man and the boy who s at on their hor ses clos e by. Thi s tim e th e fire d at the weapon a s it lay on the "That's right Young Wild West answer e d "I re ckon gr o und turnin g it o a s th e liull e t s truck it. you know all about u s It seems that way, anyhow." The bad cowboy was not wha t might be t e rm e d a coward ; "Well, I've h e ard a whole lot about yer, anyhow But I he kn e w whe n h e had th e wors t of it, and h e was simpl y try never seen yer afor e If I'd knowed it was you when yer ing to get out of th e troubl e h e had g ot himself in came ridin' up ther s treet I'll bet you would never have got H e hacl a n o th e r r evolve r but h e had mad e no move to over the r dead lin e I w o uld have winged yer afore yer draw it. got to it. That' s ther kind of a hairpin I am! I am Mav Probabl y thi s was b e cause h e knew that the boy was erick Mike an' I :tiever furgits a wrong what's done me, qui c k e r than h e w as Young Wild Wes t. You v e got all ther best of it now; but "Now the n s aid th e dashin g y oung f e llow, "I r eckon m y day will come, see if it don't! You've made me look you c:JJ.n wipe out that mark you mad e a cross th e ro a d.'' lik e a monk e y right afor e th e r whole crowd here, an "that He pointed to th e s o call e d d e ad lin e and th e bad man don't set very good on my stomach. You had me in ju s t under s tood about ther same fix a s ther teacher had me in school once. He mad e a mov e t o do a s h a d been told and then the She ketched me with a chew of tobacco in my mouth, an' boy c all e d out: s he pinned me so hard that I swall ered ther chew. I had ter "Hold on! You had b e tter pick up y our gun. You s waller tber chew j e s t now, fur when yer shot my gun f rom


4! YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MAVERICK MIKE." out of my hanQ. I knowed there was no use. I jest made Both he and Cheyenne Charlie loved the dashing young ther best of it." deadshot as though he were a broth e r, and finding in him There was an amused smile on the hand some face of the a born l eader, they were proud to follow him and be called boy. his partners. "You are quite a philosopher, I see," he observed. "But All three were well supplied in the way of money, since if you take my advice you'll kee p that chew of tobacco they had been very successful in their mining ventures, and down. If you try to raise it and spit it out you might have they had drifted into th e way of traveling about the wildest to swallow a dose of hot lead. I mean what I say!" parts of the West just for the purpose of looking for fortune "All right, Young Wild West. I've got ter take my and adventure. chances on that, of course." It was the same way with the girls, since they had been "I jus t said 'tha t would be about a.11,' but I will add in the habit of going with them. Cheyenne Charlie's wife, something. It is this: Don t make too many threats. You Anna, was never better satisfied than she was when she ought to know very well that I don't care any more for you was with her husband, and Arietta Murdock and Eloise than I do for a lame coyote I have never been scared yet Gardner, th e sweethearts of Young Wild West and Jim by a bluffing bad man, and I am sure tha t I am not going to Dart, were just about the same in this respect. begin now. If I find you are looking for my life I will Of the three, Arietta was the only one who was a real shoot you down like a cur! Now just r emembe r that! Western girl. Maverick Mike muttered something that was unintelShe had been brought up to handl e a gun and ride a ligible, and turning, went into Lame Jack' s Roost. horse, and s h e could do both as well as the average man of Th e n the clas hing young d e adshot took hi s horse by the the border bridle and le'd him across to the store She had the n e rve, too and what she had learned from It was a pleasant morning in early &pring. The buds her clas hing young love r made her an exception to the av w ere beginning to show on the trees and s hrub s that were erage of her sex. pl e ntiful in the little town, and the birds were s inging But the others could s hoot straight and ride well, too, so swee tly. they s uff e red no inconveni ence in going about from place The air was balmy and warm, for after a rather severe to place ancl li ving in camp th e greater part of the time. winter th e w ea ther had sett led down to make a model It bad become a sort of. second nature to all of them, in spring, so it seemed. fact, and they would much rather put up in camp than The time of which we are writing was a few years ago, take quarters in the taverns ihey came across in their whe n things were in a much wilder state in that portion of travels. Colorado than now, and law and order in some spots were As we find them they were on their way to a mining disalmost entirely unknown trict in New Mexico, but had met a cowboy who told them Th e re are places out that way even now where such a there was a littl e town close, and h ad come there for the state of affairs exists, and when a skeptica l person makes the purpose of stock ing up with some provisions they needed; statement that there is no lon ger a "Wild W'est" it simply When the man the storekeeper had sent to warn them goes to show that he has never been there, and does not about the dead lin e that Mave rick Mike had drawn across know what he i s talking about. the street halt ed them, Wild, as our hero was called, had But to our story thanked him laughingly and then assured him that they What Maverick Mike had said df Young Wild Wes t was would ride right over it. exact l y ri g ht. And they had, too, with the result that has just been The boy had been a sure shot with rifle and revolver ever told. since he was ten years of age, and constan t practice had No wond e r, then, that they were given a hearty reception made him a wonder at the game by the proprietor of the store and those gathered there FearleEs and remarkably cool under any circ umstances, when they crossed the street. and with a determination to always do right, he had made "Great mowin'-machines!" ex: claimed th e storekeeper as a name for himself during the few short years of his exhe seized the hand of the champion dea.dshot of the West istence that many a man old eno ugh to be his grandfather and shook it in hearty fashion, "that was ther greatest thing would have been proud to own. I ever seen, my boy! So you're Young Wild West, eh?" But it is only now and then that we come across suc h a "Yes, that' s right, boss," Wild r eplied "I r eckon that cl.aracter as the boy was, and having found in him the true galoot had you fellows pretty well scared of him He's a ideal American boy, with a record of daring that could bad man, no doubt but there's always a way to tame such h ardly be equaled, and the hero of a string of thrilling ad fellows. All you hav e io do is to go about it in the right ventures that could hardl y be surp r assed, we have to simply way, you know. write about him. "Yes, but th ere ain't any one as. I've ever seen who Cheyenne Charlie, the tall man with long dark ha .ir and knowed how ter go about it ther right way, though. Mav m u stache, was an exgovernment scout, who had been born erick Mike has always bee n a mighty soon sort of a chap." and reared in Wyoming, taking hi s name from what was "Maybe he i s yet. But that don t say that he is going then but a town composed principally of shanties and tents, lo get the b est of a n argument every time. But, say, boss, but which now is a city well known throughout the country I reckon we want to make a few purchases If you don't Jim Dart, the boy, was a thorough Westerner, too, and object we'll attend to it right away. W e don't intend to though he never had a great deal to say h e was a-lways ready, stay here very long, you know." whether it was "fun" or "fight" that was on hand. "All right, Young Wild West. Come right in. I'll see


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MAVERICK MIKE." 5 that y e r git what yer want. I keep most everything needful here." Wild had alread y r e ached the door, so h e went on in, followed by the propri e tor. Th e girls dis mount e d and came in, too, jus t to give their horses a chanc e to res t up a little. '1.'here was nothing to keep them in Turner, so Wild had remark e d whe n ihey came in s ight of it thai; they had bett e r go right on to the south a s soon a s they got what they want ed. The trouble with Maverick Mike was r e gard e d merely as a pa s sing incid ent by them, for they w e r e w e ll u s ed to s uch thing s Bad m e n w e r e a s thick as :fleas o n a dog, s o to s p e ak, and they wer e never s urprised at meeting one A s soon a s they had s to c k e d up wit h what they needed our fri ends mount e d to ride a .way. "Good-by!" s aid the storekeeper. "I h ope t e r s e e yer around a g'irr afore lon g." "Oh we may come around thi s way again, our hero ans w e r ed. "Good-b y !" "Three c h eers fur Young Wild West!" s hout e d th e man who h a d run ahead to w arn the m of th e d e ad lin e The whole crowd join e d him, and th e air rang with their cheerin g 'fhis brought out tho s e who were in Lame Jack' s .Roos t. Mave ri c k Mike only came as far as the door, howe ver. He waite d until our friends had got about a hundred feet pa s t the s aloon, and then he called out: "We 'll meet ag in, Young Wild West! Look out when we do I'm a mighty bad man, an' I never furgits a wrong!" "All right," shout e d the boy in answer. "I reckon you'll find me r e ady for you. at you had better make all ar rangements with th e undertaker before you come after r me. It might be a good idea to make your will, too, if you've got anything bes ide s a bad name to leave." Then our friend s rod e on, and the little prairie townwas soon left behind "We'll keep right ahead until noon, and then we'll go into camp,' said Wild. "It might be tha.t we will strike a ranch before that, howe ver, as there must be some lying out around the town. If we do we will have dinner there, providing we are welcome. We will pay for what we get, and that will save the grub we've got for the wild, unin habited stretch we have got to travel later on." "That's right, Wild,'' Arietta an s w e red. u r like eating at a ranch. It beats a tavern all to pi eces as a rule." Two hours later they came in sight of a well equipped ranch, and they promptly head e d for it.' CHAPTER III. AT THE "STRAIGHT DEAL" RANCH. "I reckon that's a pretty good sort of a ranch," Young Wild West remark e d as they rapidly neared the house and other buildings. "They haven't made the spring round-up yet, either; that's easy to see by the looks of the corral" "That's right, Wild/' Cheyenne Charlie answered. "There's a big bunch of cows an calve s over there ter ther left, too. An' look at ther yearlin's back there!" He pointed out as he spoke and they all saw that he was right. But f e w old cattle could be seen, which showed that the owne r of the ranch had dohe con s iderable shipping during the winter The big corral ha. d but a few s cattering ones in it, and that was why Wild had call e d atte ntion to. it. The buildings w e r e in fir s irclass ord e r, as far a s they could see, and th e r e was a s ort of neatness about every thing that was bound to give the impression that th e was well managed. No cowbuys c ould be s een anywh e re, so it was eas y to guess tha.t th e y w ere at th e littl e town, probabl y for the purpose of having a littl e spree befor e the stre nu o u s w o rk of rounding up the stoc k and branding the calves began. In a fe w minut e s our friends w ere very close to th e ranch house, and then it was not long b e for e a woman app eare d on the porch. She waved a welcome to the m with he1: apron, and the girls promptly responded by waving their hand s "We re welcome, all right,'' said Arietta. Ninet y -nine times out of a hundred strangers will find a welcome at a cattle ranch. That is one reason why I am proud of th e West. We have as good people living in it as can be found the world o"er." "Yes, an' some of ther worst, too, the scout spoke up. "If it wasn't fur th er bad ones there wouldn't be much use in livin' out here, though Then all ther excitement we could git would be from huntin' bears an' s hootin' at cata mounts an' wildcats. We'd soongit tired of that, I reckon." "Well, you would, that's sure, though I know you like to get on the trail of a grizzly pretty well." "Yes, I like ter git after any kind of a bear. But too much of it would be no good." ; Too much of one thing is no good, anyhow, Charlie," spqke up our hero. "But, come on! We'll see whose ranch this is, and whether the woman cares to furnish us with something to eat or not. By the way she acts I reckon she'll be only too glad to." ,. "I know she will, Wild,'' Arietta hastened to say. They were soon to find out all about it, for a couple of minutes later they were at a halt be':fore the porch. "()ood-mornin', strangers!" called out the woman, who must have been somewhere around the age of forty, her face lighted with a smile. "Want somethin to eat, I reckon. Well, you've come to the right place. I'm always glad to see strangers, 'specially them of my own sex. Jump off, young ladies, an' let the boys put the horoos away. They'll find plenty of empty stalls over in the stable, 'cause 'most everybody is away from home just now." The girls promptly dismountd, and when she had kis sed all three of them the woman seemed happier than ever. "This is the Straight Deal Ranch," she went on to say, turning to Wild and his partners. "That's ther name my husband give it four years ago; when we located here. He's great on givin' names, he is. But he believes in a straight deal, every time, an' that's why he named it that." "A mighty good name too, I reckon,'' answered Wild. "Well, since you seem satisfied to get dinner for us, I reckon we'll put the horses away for an hour or two."


' YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MA VER.ICK MIKE.'; =======================;====================== "Oh, you ain't goin' to away as quick as that. There's goin' to be some doin's here to-night, ap.' you've got to stay. My daughter Maggie is comin' home to-day. She:S been up in Denver for four months, gittin' up a little educationin music an' sich. Her dad bought her a new piano, which only got here yisterday, an' there's goin' to be a >Surprise party here for her to-night. I expect none of us will hardly know her when she comes, for she wrote an' said she had got to be a regula r city gal now It's cost her dad a pile ter put her through; but he don't mind that. He's been mighty lucky in ther last two years, 'cept that he's kept losin' a l ot of calves all ther time. But he's made considerable money, anyhow, an' he don't mind spendin' some of it ter give his daughter an education." The ranchman's wife certainly was not wanting for words, and the way she rattled it off showed how well she l iked to talk She quickly in formed them that her husband's name was Morris Oaks, and that her own name was Lavinia. She had not been to anything that might be called a city in nearly nine years; and she was satisfied to live on the ranch so long as she had everything she wanted, which was the case now. Maggie, her eighteen year old daughter, had a desire to learn music and the "lingo" of city folks, so they had sent her to Denver to study at a "cemetery" for girls, she said. The girls smiled, but did not let her know why. But of course they would stay to the surprise party, since she gave them such a pressing invitation. Arietta assured her of this without asking Wild what he thought about it. The young deadshot smiled, and then he led the way to the barn, he leading his own and his sweetheart's horse. Charlie and Jim came after him, each with two horses, and Rop and Wing followed, as a matter of course They found a convenient place to put their camping out fit and supplies, as well as good stalls for the horses, and in ten minutes they were ready to return to the house. As they walked back they saw a buckboard corning down the trail that led past the house, and 'irhen they took a look and saw there were a middle-aged man and a young lady in it they could easily guess that it was the ranchman fetching his daughter, who had been sent to Denver to become "citi fied," home. "I reckon we'll have some fun out of this, Wild," re marked the scout, shrugging his shoulders. "It's a good thing we come this way." "Lat light, Misler Charlie," said Hop with a grin on his yellow face. "We havee lillee fun, allee light." "Oh, you kin always manage ter have fun anywhere yer go, you heathen galoot," was the reply. "But yer had better be careful around here Don't try ter work none of your ski n gamblin' games. Maybe they won't go, yer know "Allee light, Misler Charlie; me no workee, so be. Me be velly goodee Chinee, so be." Wild said nothing. He knew that the clever Chinaman would lose no chance to get into a game of draw poker with the first one he could get to play with him. But he did not mean that he should keep the money if he won any. Hop had a bad failing. His sleight-of -h and abilities enabled him to do about as he liked with a pack of cards, and it was so easy for him to cheat in a game of poker that he could not resist the temp tation. When he won money from those who played honestly our hero always made it a point to make him return it. But when he got in, a game with card who. simply playing unfair for the purpose of fl.eecmg lum, it was different. _, The card sharps usually got what wasf coming to them, and a little more, too. T'hey all returned to the house and found Mrs. Oaks still talking like a steamboat. She was certainly wound up, and as it was the first time in a week or two that she had got chance to converse with any one of her own sex, she was making up for lost time. The girls could only get in a word now and then, and Anna was a pretty good conversationalist, too. By the time Wild and his partners entered the house they knew pretty much everything about the family But they all wanted to see Maggie. Wild stopped the conversation when he called out to the woman that he guessed she was coming with her father. Mrs. Oaks gave a cry of delight and ran out to have a look. When she saw the buckboard coming the two horses hitched to it on a run, she fairly danced with joy. "It's her!" she cried, clapping her hand s "It's my own Maggie. Jest look at that hat she's got on! My, but ain't she some punkins now I'll bet she's citified now Not a word about the piano, now! We don't want her to see it until she gets all her things off!" "We won't say a word, Mrs. Oaks,'' Arietta declared. There was a waving of hands before the buckboard finally pulled up before the door, and then came the meeting of mother and daughter. This over with, Mrs. Oaks quickly introduced the guests s he had, then there was pl e nty 0 handshaking and kis s ing among the girls. The ranclunan was delighted to meet Young Wild West and his friends, and he declared that they must stay over night, anyhow. "You're welcome ter stay lon ger," he added. "But I wouldn't think of lettin' yer go away afore Then he got a chance to whisper in Wild's ear that there was going to be a surprise party at the ranch that night in honor of his daughter's arriva1 from Denver; and advised them not to say anything about it. But he was quickly assured that they knew all about that, and that the girl would not hear of it from them Maggie proved to be a very nice girl, though she evidently felt that her stay in Denver at the "cemetery" had eJevated her considerably. She used what Cheyenne Charlie called rr.ther "high falutin' language," too, but the girls were not puzzled any by it, since all of them had had a fair schooling


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MA VElUCK MIKE." =======================:===================---_-_-_-_-_:.: __ CHAPTER IV. HOP _P:LAYS A JOKE. The dinner our friends had at the ranch was certainly one that spoke well for the hostess. Probabl y they would not have got such a variety of it had she not been expecting her daughter to arrive. The two Chinamen were taken to the kitchen to eat with the old half-breed Mexican woman who assisted the mistress of the house with the work that had to be done, and her hus band, who was a negro, as black as the ace of spades, so he declared himself whenever the subject came up. "Mr. and Mrs. Sambo White," said Mrs. Oaks, when she conducted Hop and Wing to the kitchen to partake of the feast. "I hope you two will get along well with the serv ants of Young Wild \Vest and his friends. They are nothin' but heathen Chinese, I know; but they seem to be nice quiet people." Hop and Wing bowed low to the oddly-mated old couple, and this was sufficient to make a good impression upon them right at the start. "Me likee nicee blackee man, so be," said Hop, and he again bowed, this time lower than before. "Me like e pletty woman too. She lookee allee samec likee um plinccss in China The double compliment seemed to be meant, so they both took it that way. The two Celestials sat down at the table in the kitchen and the mistress retired. The servants had the same to eat as the guests did, and made the best of it, as might be imagined. Hop and Wing both had good appetites, there was no mis take about that. 'l'hey sat down at the table just as though they belonged to the family, too, for Wing followed the example of his brother and took things very easy "Help yourselves," said the woman. "Plenty good to eat." "Allee light," answered Hop, and he proceeded to do so. Roast chicken was the leading thing on the bill of fare, and when Hop took a whole one on his plate the darky and his wife look ed dismayed. There were but tivo of them there, and that was probably the reason. But when he jabbed a fork in the remaining one and placed it on the plate of Wing they felt lik e dropping to the floor. But before they could recover themselves he picked up the big dish of mashed potatoes and emptied it on his own plate and that of bi s brother. / The gravy bowl was treated the same way, and then Hop began eating his chicken as though he had not a moment to spare "W1rnttee mattee ?"he asked between mouthfuls, looking at the old couple in surprise. "Yo' done take aU de chicken, an' de gravy, an' de taters," the darky answered. "Wha' fo' yo' do dat?" "Me likee chicken velly muchee," was the reply. "My blother allee samee likee chicken, too, so be." But Wing quickly put back the chicken and potatoes, and looking at the couple said : "My blother allee samee clazy. You no min dee. Hully uppee and eatee, so be." Then the half breed woman got her knife and fork at work and began carving the chicken, while Hop on eating his, smiling in his cheerful way He cut off all the white meat and pulled off the legs, an d then he opened the chicken and pulled out some of the dressing. This done, he pulled a firecracker from his p,pcket, and, unobserved, thrust it inside the chicken. Hop made his o'1n firecrackers, as well as other fire works, for whenever he got to a city where such things were sold he always made it a point to stock up with gunpowder and other explos ives, to be used as he saw fit. The cracker in the chicken, he turned his attention to what he had cut from the carcass and filled himself. 'I here was. pudding, too, on th e table, and alter drinking two cups of coffee he polished off the pudding. Then he swallowed another cup of coffee to was h it down, and lighted a cigar. The others were not half done yet, but that made no dif ference to the clever Chinaman. He meant to end the meal rather abruptly, and as well as Wing knew his way, he had no suspicion of anything just then. He gnawed away at the chicken wing he had been al lotted, along with the re s t, by the old woman, and was thor oughly e njoying the meal. Hop smiled at them, and th en he coolly leaned over and touched the lighted end of his cigar to the fuse which was protruding from the opening where the dressing had been stowed "Me gittee 'nothe r cuppee coffee, so be," he said as he took his cup and arose, going toward the stDve where the pot sat boiling. Just then there was a s hal'p hissing sound. Wing gave a start, for he knew that something was wrong Bang! The cracker exploded, bursting open the chicken and sending the dressing and parts o f it all around the room The darky and his wife fell over backward, nearly up setting the table, both letting out yells that could haYe been heard half a mile. Wing got up and ran out of the house, for he expected that something worse would happen, and he did not care to be present. As he realized the terrible muss he had made Hop started after his brother, and he succeeded in getting out of the kitchen just as Wild and the ranchman came rushing in to find out what the trouble was. The frightened old couple tried to explain, but it was hardly necessary, for the bespattered walls and general con dition of the room told the tale "I reckon Hop has been playing a joke, Mr. Oaks," sa i d our hero "I'll find him and make it warm for him He has gone altogether too far." "Playin' a joke, yer say?" gasped the ranchman. "One of them foolish-lookin' Chinamen play a joke! Why, if I


8 YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MAVERICK MIKE." th o u ght thafs what done all t hi s I d g i v e him a fiv e-dollar bill, blamed if I wouldn 't!" "He s gon e an blowed up one of th c r roa s t e d c hick e ns that's what he's done," spoke up C heyenne Charlie a s he pushed his way inio the room and look e d it over. "The r galoot put a fir e cracker in s id e of one an the n set it off. It' s ju s t lik e him. Look a t th e r stu ffin' of the r bird It's pla s tered all ove r ther wall!" "An' s ome done hit m e in d e e y e too s poke up th e darky. "Da t a m sur e l y a dr c fful C hince. H e done eat lik e a pig, an' d e n h e done mak e one of d e chick e n s bu s t an' fly all over d e room!" The ranchman brok e into a laugh. "Say," he exclaimed as he turne d to Wild, "I'd have ter laugh if ther whole hou s e was in rnins But who would ever think that a C hinee would know enough ter play a joke lik e that? Where is h e ? I want tei make him a present of five dollar s." "And I want to make him a present of a good kicking," add e d our h e ro. "He has gone altogether too far." "I'll git ther heathen galoot," said the scout, and outside h.e went on a run. H e fo und Hop a s hort di s tance from the house. H e was calmly s moking hi s c igar just a s though nothing had happened "Come here, yer yaller galoot I" roared Charlie "I reckon you re gain' ter git it now! Wild wants yer "My blath e r allee samee puttee fireclacker in um chick e e," e x plain e d Wing as he came around an outbuilding and s how e d him s elf just then. "He v e lly muchee bad Chinee, Mi s ler Charlie "Me velly muche e sally, Misler Charlie," s aid Hop humbly. "Me no tlinkime makee so much ee dirt; me all e e samee cleanee up pee ; me goo dee Chinee, s o be." Charlie caught h1m jus t the n and h e began kicking him toward the kitchen. But the ranchman ran out and sfopped him. He pushed the scout a s ide and took Hop by the arm. "You come with me an t e ll me all about it. By gracious but I wish I had been there to see that! Ha! ha! ha!" Our friend s were not a little surprised at the way Oaks acted. Nin e ty nine m e n out of a hundred would have been a.bout angry e nough to half kill the Chinaman for pla y ing s uch a trick. Whe n the c rack e r had exploded it scatter e d a muss about the room that would take some time to clean up. wild saw that th e ran c hman was eamest in what h e said so be let him hav e his way Hop was conduct e d to a littl e r oom that a djoin e d th e dining-room, and the n h e was tre ated to a g lass of liquor from :!Jie ranchman s private s tock. Then he was a s ked to tell about it, and h e did s o in hi s own peculiar way O'aks laughed h e artil y all the way through th e recital. "Henls five dollar s fur y er," h e s aid when the Chinaman had fin_iShed. "I reckon it's worth it. Ther darky a n his wife a little shakin up once in while, an I reckon this haS-'f:jine 'em good. But, great ginger! I wish I had b een th Hop d .nol know exactly what to make of this kind of treatment; but he knew th e ran c hm a n was pl e a se d s o th a t mad e him feel e asy. He got on the best o f t e rm s with him aml they b oth drank from the bottle fre quently durin g th e comc rsation that en s ued. Hop told a great de a l about himself, a nd Oaks was pleased to know that he h a d s u c h a s m art C h inee unde r his roof, s o he declared. When they finally came out of the room they found that the muss in the kitchen was about cl e aned up. Then Hop felt easier still. CHAPTER V GETTING READY FOR TUE BLOW OUT. We will now go back to Lam e Jack' s Roost, a t Tumer, and find out how Mav e ri c k Mik e was gettin g on. The rascally cowboy kept himself pretty qui e t until a fter Young Wild West and his friend s had bee n gone about half an hour The n h e took two or thre e drink s o f liquor in quick suc -cessi o n and w ent out to s hoot up th e t own. It was e vid ent that h e mu s t hav e satisfac tion some way and s inc e he had been afraid to try and get it out of the clas hing young d e adshot, some one els e would have to suffer. Th ere were not more than four men there whom he could c all his fri e nds Ev e n they feared more than they lik e d him. But it was good polic y to k e ep on the right side of Mav e rick as the y call e d him, and the y spent their money to do it. "Ye r see, it's this way," e xplaine d Di c k Mooney, the fore ma n of th e Strai ght D e al R a n c h who was one of the bunch of cowboys at the Roos t when Youn g Wild Wes t called Mav e rick Mike and took the s ta r c h out o f him : "Mav e rick has got bad ways, but he s a mighty good man on the r range. We hav e t e r s ort e r look ove r hi s s h ortc ornin 's, yer know. Ther boss wants ter start th e r round-up th e r day a ft e r to morrer, an' as the r e' s ter be a big b lowout a t the r r a n c h to-night, an' w e' re all t e r b e th e r e, it ain t hardl y right that w e s h oulcl. git in troubl e with Maverick. H e ll get b ilin drunk t o -d ay, of cour se; an' mo s t lik e l y h e' ll do cl'm F idcr able d a mage. But w e w a n t t e r try a n keep him fr o m killin any o n e 'ca use w e d o n t w ant th c r blow out sp' il cd. Irs ga i n t e r ht! a big aff a ir. Boss Oak s n e v e r does things b y halves, ycr know." Oh, I !mo w that," L:.ime Jack r e plied "I know Morri s Oaks a b out a s w e ll a s an y o n e in 'l'urn e r I reckon. Wasn't lie the r man what lo a ned m e th c r m o ney t e r open this place? W11y s h o uldn t I know him putty w ell? W11y, I've go t an imitation t e r th e r blow out whi c h i s tcr b e give in honor of hi.s dart e r Maggi e s arrival from Denv er. I'm goin', too. S ix o 'cloc k I'm g ain t e r shut up the r pla c e a n m e an' m y wife i s g ain o v e r in th e r buc kboard. W e 'll git th e re in a little ove r two hour s 1 wouldn t miss it fur a good deal. Morri s Oak s lrnow e d I was lame, an' couldn't do much in the r way of makin a livin', outsid e of kcepin' a sto:i:e, so he offered ter lend me th e r money ter s t art up a first-class whisky mill. Yer know how it was afore I opened. Yer natl ter buy your whi sky at ther store across ther street.


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MAVERICK MIKE.'1 9 But it wasn't whisky. It was benzine an water flavored with molasses an' t eched up with a little laudanum or somethin'. I'Ye been sellin' goods, I have. An' I've done quite a business. I paid Morris Oaks back his money, of course, but I've got a warm spot in my heart fur him, an' always will have. I wouldn't miss goin' ter ther blow out to-night, not fur anything." "None of us is goin' ter miss it, Jack. I s'pose Maverick be there, an' he'll b e togged in his fancy Mexican rig. Yer know he was sorter s w eet on Maggie Oaks afore she went away ter Denver ter git an eddication, an' it ain t likel y that h e's lo s t ther feelin'. I don't know as ther boss would be willin' ter l et Maggie have him if she wanted him. But it ain't likely that she does want him, though. If s h e s gone an' got citified, as h e r mother wanted her ter, it ain't likely she's goin' ter take up with no cowboy, espe cially sich a wild feller as Mav e rick i s "No, that's right. I hope Maverick won't raise no ruc tion here afore we sta rt. He ll take a sleep an' will be putty well sobered up by ther time he gits back to ther ranch. It ain't likely h e' ll do any cuttin' up there, 'cause he seems ter have a good deal of respect further boss." "Yes, I reckon so. But he don't have much respect for you, not when he's away from work, Dick." "T,rnt's right. But what am I goin' ter do? and the foreman shrugged hi s shoulders "Maverick i s a mighty good hand, but he's a bad man when he gits a little drink in him, an' then he don't care fur nobody." "Well, he more'n met hi s match thi s mornin', I reckon. Young Wild West sartinly made him drop down a couple of peg s My! There he comes now! He 's sartinly lettin' himself out Yells and shots coulO. be heard out on the street, and the clatter of hoof s told that the bad man was le.tting himself out. He rode right into the sa loon this time, for the doorway was amply large enough to permit it, providing h e s tooped a little \ "Set 'em up, Jack!" h e cried, flourishing his revolver. "It's on you this time. I'm a bad man, I am! I don't care fur nothin' !" "All right, Maverick," Lame Jac k answered "It's my turn, I know Come on, boys; we're goin' ter drink ter my health." -"Ye're ga in t e r drink ter my health, yer mean," cor rected Maverick Mike. "Don't make no mistak e about that, boys. I want ter git in trim fur to-night, yer know: Ther ga l what I thinks a whole lot of is comin' back to day, an' I expect ter meet h e r to-night. I want ter see if she's turned me down fur some one s he's seen up in Denver. Ha! ha! ha!" They all knew whom he referred to The most of the cowboys th ere belonged on the Straight Deal Ranch, and they all knew of the big time that was due to be had that night They even knew that the boss had bought a piano for hi s daughter, and that he was going to try and fix it so she. would not see it before the guests arrived Maverick Mike swallowed his drink and then he forced his liiorse to trot around the room, upsetting the chairs that were in the way. But no one tried to stop him Though the cowboys were all brave fellows, they did not want to go against the man who when sober was a good fellow. And so he had his own way, and when he got tired 0 staying in the saloon he went outside and did some more s hooting and yelling. But when noon came he was about done for, and with his horse standing outside Maverick Mike sought a chair in the corner and went to sleep. Much r e liev ed, the other cowboys amused themselves in their own fashion, and when night came and Lame Jack announced that he was going to close his place they went out orderly. Maverick awoke and quietly went out, too. He was quite sober now, and with an approving nod he remarked that he was going home to tog himself out for the blow out CHAPTER VI. WILD SHOWS MAGGIE ROW HE CAN SHOOT Ranchman Oaks ha .cl seen to it that the piano had bought for his daughter was placed in the store room, where she would not be apt to go, and the dinner was eaten with out the girl knowing about it. Both her parents were anxious to keep her from knowing of it until the guests arrived that night, but if she should find it out they would not care so much The practical joke had played in the kitchen, mak ing his brother and the old darky and his wife the victims of it, put every one in a good humor except the victims. But Wild gave the clever Chinaman a sharp lecture, just the same, for knew that it was altogether too much of a joke. But when the kitchen had been cleaned and after his victims had been given an extra supply of eatables, there was nothing but smiling faces when it was brought up, which was frequently the case during the afternoon. Meanwhile the girls had got pretty well acquainted with Maggie. They found her to be a girl with "ideas," so to s peak. She had a notion that she was away ahead of the ordinary ranch girls, and was inclined to the belief that she was Y e ry handsome and accomplished But when s h e had heard of some of the adventures the girls had passed through, especially Arietta, she showed the greatest respect for them. "I am going to tell you a secret," she said to them along toward the close of the afternoon "There is going to be a guest here to night, who is not expected by either mother or father. He is my affianced husband, and he is a rising young lawyer of Denver His name is Frank Belter, andoh he is just \ splendid. I knew there would be a party gotten up to ceiebrate my arrival though they don't think I know anything about it-and I thought I would give them a little surprise of my own. It is a rranged so that Frank will arrive here some time between eight a n d nine. He will be here, unless something happens, that is sure Now, don't say a word about it." "Certainly we won't say anything abou t it," Ar i etta a n-


10 YOUNG WILD WE S T AND "MAVERIC'K MIKE." swer ed. "I am sure w e are not the kind to do t hat. Y ou have told u s a sec r et, a nd w e w ill keep it. "I did exp ect t o see a pi ano here w h en I came; but I s u p pose dad never t h o u ght abou t it. Jl e was a n x i ous for me to s tudy mus i c a n d n o w that l have } )llt in four months a L it, and can pla y 'Home Swee t H o m e,' YanJcee Doodle,' antl a few other p ieces, 1 haven t an y thin g t o play u pon. Bu t I haven't give n up hopes yet : Mayb e the pia no w ill come "It might,'' said Anna, s milin g a t the remarks of t h e girl, for s h e could p l a y q uite w e ll h e rself hav ing p.ut in three or four year s at it b e fore s h e came Wes t. What she .was smi.1 i ng at was becau s e Maggie said s he had put in four month s a t it. She well k new th a t vety little about music could be learned in tha t time But she was not goin g to tell the girl that the piano s h e was longing for was i n the s tor e -room of the ran c h house. However, the g i rl s now k new was little in the w a y of a surprise that Mag g i e would receive. After a while the r a nch girl proposed that they go out for a ride. "I haven't forgot how to saddle and mount a broncho if I have been at a young ladie s s eminary s o long," s he said smilingly. "I don t intend to give up my horse, e v e n aft e r I am married to Frank. Come on. I suppose you a r e all' with hor s e s You ha v e s p ent s o much o'f your time riding about the country." Th e propo s ition jus t suited the girl s s o they w ent out with her. 'l'hey found Wild and his partners n ear the corral looking at some of the stock with the r a n c hman. They were at once invited to take a ride and they all a c cepted. In a few minutes they wer e mount e d and spee ding over the prairie. Maggie took pain s to show her s kill and s h e prov e d to be an excellent rider. But s he scarcely had the grace of Arietta, who had l earne d to ride in the s addle when she was s carcel y e i ght yea r s of ag e and since that time had become able to ma ster th e mo s t vic iou s bronchos. As they were coming back, after making a circle about the grazing grounds, Maggi e rode up along s ide of our h e ro and said: "'You are the champion d e ad s hot of the West, Mr. Wes t. Mother told me that soon after you were introdu ced to me. Suppose you show me how to shoot?" "I reckon you know how to shoot, all right, Mi s s Oaks," Wild answered with a smile. "It would hardly be necessary :for me to attempt to show a girl who has been reared on a ranch." "Oh, of course I know how to fire a gun," was the reply "But I am not an accurate shot You are, I under s tand. By accurate I mean to say that you seldom or n e ver miss what you shoot at." "Well, that is the way to be. When you fire at anything you must always be sure that you hav e the object cover e d before pulling the trigger. If one always does that the shot will be bound to be made. Some take too long a time in getting aim, and that means a mis s oftener than a hit. I'll take a shot at something if you will tell what." Well, there are three crow s fly in g or e r th e re Can you hi t one o:f them?" "I'll try." 'l' h e girl s e e m e d surprised whe n s h e received the r e ady a nswer, for the c row s s h e s pok e o f wer e s u c h a distance away that th e y look e d s mall. Bu t t h ey w e r e no m o r e tha n a quarte r of a mil e for all th a t anc1 Wild had been known to brin g clown a hawk at ha l f a mile. H e h a d brought his rifle with him a s he u s uall y did when he w ent out, for the re was never t e lling jus t whe n h e might run a c ro s s an enemy. Uns ling i n g the rifle he took a quick s ure aim at one of ihe crow s which were flying s teadily, and press ed the trigger. Orang! As the sharp report rang out one of the carrion birds t umbl e d ove r and th e n w ent s h o otin g tow ard the ground. I reckon I hit him, all right, s ajd th. e y oung dead shot c oolly. "'I'hat i s a pretty goo d di s tan ce to wing a crow, too. But if y our rifle i s true, antl your hands s t e ady, it can be done eve r y time. An ything e lse y ou would like to Se(( done, Miss Oak s ?" "Yes I would Tike to see you hit some thing with a re volver. L e t m e see. What will you s hoot at?" Wild qui c kly d re w a s ilv e r dollar fro m bi s po c k e t. "Here," he s aid quickly a s h e hande d th e coin to her. "Ride ahead of me, and wh e n you g e t r e ady jus t throw it as high as you can I'll try and hit it for y ou." "Oh, my Can you do it?" s h e cried more surprised than e v e r. "Well, I'll try, any how." "I almo s t b elieve y ou can do it." "Go ahead and try me." Maggie looked th e dollar over a s thou g h s h e want e d to mak e sure that there w e r e no bull et marks on it, and then s h e starte d h e r horse at a g a llop ac ross the r a nge. Wild rod e b ehind h e r at a di s t a n ce o f about tw enty fee t the re s t following closel y The girl ktl e w how to thro w and s h e l e t th e silver coin go high in the air. It fl.ashed .and sparkle d in the s unlight, and all could see it. Our hero's partners and the girl s w e re unc oncern e d, but Maggie and h e r father look e d e a g er and expectant. Suddenly Wild whipp e d out one of hi s r e volvers. Crack! As the r e p-art rang out the c oin to o k a jump and w ent s pinning off in a diff e r ent direction. Every one knew it had bee n hit, and a cry went up from the ra.nchman. "Jest look at that!" h e s aid e x c itedly. "There ain't a man on ther ranch what could do that. Even Maverick Mike couldn't!" "What's that?" asked Wild as h e s wung his hor s e around and rode back. "Did you mention the name of Mav eric k Mike?" "Why, yes," replied the ranchman. "Do you know him?" "I reckon I do; and he !mows m e too. D o e s h e work for y ou, Mr. Oaks?" "Why, yes. Maverick i s a pretty good man too. H e 's got a bad failin', they s ay, though. Whe n he get s whisky


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MAVERICK MIKE." 11 / i n him he's putty rough in his ways. But, take him sober, he's a good one. Dick Mooney, my foreman, says that him self "Well, !,had a little trouble with Maverick Mike, as you call him, over in Turner. I suppose he has it in for me good and strong He told me so, in fact." "He did, eh? Did he shoot at yer ?" "No, not as bad as that. I didn't let him, you sec." "Well, by gracious! I hope you an' Maverick don't come together to night. He might shoot yer. As I said afore, he's mighty bad when he's been drinkin'." "Well, he hadbetter be careful, dad," spoke up Maggie. "I don't like Maverick, anyhow, though I always treated l1im right. But if he starts to make trouble here to -night I hope he gets his medicine, that's all!" The girl seemed to have forgotten her "citified" ways, and she was talking as a ranch girl again "Don't worry," said Wide coolly. "I reckon he won't make much of a disturbance I'll be on the watch for him, and since he belongs on the ranch I won't kill him, either I'll just make him behave himself; you can bet on that!" Charlie went and got the silver dollar, and a.fter they all had a look at the bullet mark on it they rode back to the r anch. CHAPTER VII. THE PIANO. Hop Wah remained very quiet the rest of the afternoon The truth was that he felt rather ashamed of himself for what he had done at the dinner table. It made him feel it more keenly because the ranchman and his family had taken it contrary to the way almost any one else would have done. Instead of being cast out by them he had been given a present of five dollars! This was indeed remarkable But the more Hop thought over it the more he felt that he had struck a very fine place. He couldn't help thinking of how Sambo and his wife ha.d acted when the cracker exploded, too, and that made him smi le. When it came time for supper only very light food was served, since there was to be a regular "feed" ser-ved about ten o'clock. That is the way Ranchman Oa.ks put it. Mrs. O aks came to the kitchen as the two old servants and the Chinamen were sitting down, and looking at Hop she said: "While it was very funny what you did at noontime, I hope you will let things go a they are now. We don't want to get the kitchen dirty, because we expect a lot of company here to-night. You are an awful sma .rt heathen, I know; b1Jt jest be good this time, will you?" "Me be velly muchee goodee," Hop an&wered, bowing politely to her. "Me no makee any tlouble, so be." "All right. I'll take your word for it. I feel pretty sure that you wouldn't lie to me. Now, don't eat so much that y ou won't have any appetite to-night." Hop bowed as she went out, and when the door closed h e turned to Samba and said: "You hear what um lady say; now you ve ll y m u chee b e goodee, so be." "She done mean yo'," retorted the darky in s u rprise. "Wl.iat fo' yo' talk dat way?" "Allee light. Me undelstand; me makee yo' be goodee, so be." "When yo' done git t'rough yo' supper yo' come outside, an' I'll make yo' understan' dat I aint no :fiool Mister Chinee. De boss done gib yo' five dollars, 'cause he t'ink you very smart I'll knock dat money out of yo' !" Hop was really surprised when he heard this. 'l'he darky had learned 0about the gift he had received, a n d it did not seem to set good with him Wing grinned "'.hen he saw that his brother felt uneasy over the threat. Nothing would have suited him better than to see Hop get a thrashing at the hands of the darky He felt that it would do him good The supper was soon over with, and then, putting on a bluff, Hop pulled the big, old fashioned pistol he always carried from under his coat and walked out of the house. But Samba did not appear to mind this He had issued the challenge, and he meant to t o i t. He walked over to the wall and took down a rusty old musket. Holding it ready for use he marched out of the kitchen after the Chinaman. The moment Hop saw him his face turned a sickly hue He did not want to get shot, or even shot at, {or that matter. But he felt that he had to do something. Fortunately the old weapon he had was not loaded with bullets. There were six chambers to it and each had a load of powder in it. On top of the powder was more powder, but not gun powder. It was that which makes colored fire when lighted. There were three color&-red, blue, and green -in the chambers, two of them loaded alike, of course Hop had not thought the old darky would come out, and he had only pulled the old-fashioned six shooter for a bluff. But when he saw him with the musket he realized that he would have to do something. Cocking the pistol he pointed it at him a n d pulle d the trigger. Bang! A stream of red fire came from the muzz l e and a l m o s t reached Samba. He uttered a sharp cry and dodge d around the corne r o f the house. Bang! Hop let go again This time it was green fire. Out through the kitchen came our hero and his part ne r s followed by the ranchman and his wife a n:d daughter. Bang! Hop let a streak of blue fire go in t h e air, just to s how them what he was doing. /, /I I


12 YOUNG WILD WES'l.1 AND "MAVERICK MIKE ==================================================================-' The wife was going on at a great rate, for she Hop poured out a drink in the tin cup that was 6ffered thought he had been killed by the him, anq bowing low to the ranchman swallowed it. Wild quickly explained to Mrs. Oaks that Hop was s imply Oaks had already taken about enough to make him talkhaving a little fun, and she, in turn, explained to the old ative, and he got another one in him he was ready to woman. tell the Chinaman all he knew. But not until Sambo was found, without a scratch on He would have lik ed it if Wild and his partners had him, was she satisfied. visited the little room with him, but he had learned that the "Ivle see heathen shoot straight at my man," she declared. scout seldom drank, an cl that the two boys never took any"l\IIuch red fire come." thing strong, so he fell back upon the clever Chinaman, who "But that was a.11 there was-reel fire, Betty," the ranch was always ready to indulge in a little tanglefoot, a.s he man's wife answered. "There wasn't any lead in the gun." called it. "Very bad heathen!" "Misler Wild. allee samee takee care of Mavelick Mikee, "No, he isn't bad; he is funny, Betty. Don t think he is 11Iisler Oaks," said Hop as he wiped his mouth. "You no bad." wally boutce lat. Now whatee you wantee showee me?" The old woman shook her head. "I want ye r ter see Maggie's new pianner. It's a beauty, But she was going to try to think the way h er mistress wr kin bet It's a wonder w e've been able ter keep her told her to, for she was great on obeying orders. from seein' it; but we have, an' that makes it all ther better. The excitement was soon over, and when Sambo finally It'll come as a surprise to her to-night." bTOught the old musket into the house Wild took it from "Where um piano?" Hop asked. him and made an examination of it. "Come with me; I'll soon show yer." A smile came over his face. As he turned to l ead the way Hop slyly slipped the bottle "Why, the thing isn't loaded," he said. "It would they bad been drinking from under his coat and then fol require a. day's work on it to make it so it would go off if a lowed him. load was put in it. Then you would have to hit the cap with Opening the door of the store-room the ranchma.n a hammer, for the lock is broken. That's a fine thing to went in. get frightened about, Hop." Hop stepped in after him. "Me no gittee scare; makee outee me gittee scare, lat There was nothing like a piano to be seen allee," declared Hop just as though he meant it. The Chinaman knew one when he saw it, of course, and But Wild and his friends knew better. not seeing it he turned to the man. questioningly They were pretty certain that he had fired his first shot "Can't see it, eh, Hop?" observed Oaks with a in desperation, for he was very much afraid when any one "Putty well hid; I reckon." got after him with a gun. "Velly muchee hidee," Hop admitted. l3ut the way it had turned out made Hop get the best of "Well, I'll show yer we put th er wooderr box ther thing it, anyhowi for the colored fire had done that. come in out in ther barn But ther pianner is right in this The Chinaman was called by the ranchman, who prompt room She's right hehind them barrels wliich is piled up ly took him to the little room where the whisky was kept. one on top of another, an' ther clothes horse, with that big "I reckon you're entitled ter somethiri' ter drink fur blanket hangin' on it, hides ther of it. Jest step over that," Oaks said. "Now, don't say a word about it, but I'm here. It's sartinly a beauty, as I said afore gain' ter show yer somethin'." Hop followed him, and soori the piano was disclosed to "Allee light, Misler Oaks. You velly nicee man. Me view likee you velly muchee." "But we'll have ther drink first. Gosh! but you're ther He was i nquisitive enough to raise the covering of the greatest Chinaman I ever seen. Hop, do yer know I'd be keyboard, and then, before the ranchman could stop him, he be about as happy as I could be to -night if it wasn't fur one struck the keys with his left hand and ran his r.i,ght thumb thing." nearly the entire length of the keyboard. The sounds that came from the instrument startled Hop "What.tee lat?" Hop asked "Well, I'm afraid there ll be trouble here to-night All_ himself, and he knew that it must have bee:t;t heaTcl in other ther cowboys will be here, a.n' Maverick Mike is bound ter parts of the house. be with 'em I'm afraid he'll git in a row with Young This was indeed a fact. Wild West." There was a sudden shout and then Maggie came rushing "You likee him allee samee better l an you likee Misler into the store-room. Wild?" The ranchman pulled Hop oU:t of the way in time and "No, I don't like him so much. He does his work well, that's all. Ter tell ther truth, I'm a little afra id of him. If I waster discharge him I'd be afra id he'd l e t me have a bullet ther first time he got a chance Why, once I was dead sure that be sto l e a lot of m y calves, but I didn't dare ter say anything about it. Maybe he didn't do it, though, so it is a good thip.g I didn't say nothin'." "Lat man allee samee steallee anytling; me knowee um bad man when me see um. Mavelick Mikee no goodee You allee samee gamble on la.t, Misler Oaks." the piano was hidden from view. But the girl had heard it, and she knew it must be in that room. "I have found you out, dad," she sa id. "I knew you would have one for me Where is it?" "I don't know what you're talkin' about, Maggie," the ranchman declared, shaking his head. "Yes, you do, dad. Tell me where it i&-quick !" Just then her mother came in, followed by the girls. "Yer might as well let her see it now, Morris," said the


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MAVERICK MIKE." 13 former. "You couldn't keep away from it, it seems. What an' I want tcr git st arted with my old buckboard an' team did yer want ter play on it fur?" in about five minutes. My' wife i s waitin' fur me now. "It wasn't me; it was Hop," was the reply "He done it She's got ther horses bitched up, an' she'll be around here afore I could lift a hand ter s top him." after me afore I know it. It ain't often that I close up this 'I'he girl grabbed Hop by the arm almost fiercely. time in ther day, but this is an occasion that sartinly de"Show me where it is, you almond-eyed rascal!" she mands it. A mighty good friend of mine is givin' ther cried. blowout, an' 1 wouldn t miss it fur a good deal." Without an.)' hesitation h e did so. "Ah, I see. llfoy b e it i s the same 'blow out,' a s you call 'l'hen she fairly went into ecstasies. it, that I am going to I want to get over to the Straight "Oh, dad!" she cried "What a surprise this is!" Deal Ranch." "Yes, Maggie, I know," he answered. "But if yer hadn't "That's je s t where we're goin', st ranger. You wasn't found one of Lhcm things h ere afore to-morrer mornin' many minute;; too soon, I re ckon 'l''her whole crowd is you 'd have felt mighty sore, I reckon. 0 course it's a sur goin'. 'l'her most of th er boys yer see h ere works fur Morri s prise, if ycr w ant ter call it that." Oaks, yer know. 'l'hey 're all goin' ter be there; an' them "Well, it is, dad. You know it is 1what's got gals will have them there too What 's it goin' "Yes, of course. But now, since yer know all about ther ter be, young man?" pianner, we may as well git it in thcr front room an' let "My name is Frank Belter, and I am a lawyer from ycr try it." Denver I was brought up on a ranch, but I had a longing "Yes, ilo !" and the girl c lapped h e r hand s with delight. to study law, and my father happ e ned to be able to afford "Call ther boys, Arietta," said the raJ1chman. "I reckon to let me have my way, so I succeeded. Please don't take we'll soon shift ther blamed thing out of here. She's mi ghty me for a tenderfoot, f'or if you do you will make a mistake, heavy, I know, but she's got littl e wheels under her, so she boys. kin be slid along putty easy." He turned to the crowd that had gathered inside the sa Arietta hastened to get Wild and his partners, and in a loon as he spoke, and there was such a careless way about few minutes the piano was locat ed in the big front room. him that they all took to him Th en Maggie sat down with the music she had brought Then told what he wanted to drink,1 and asked the from Denver, and for the next half hour there was music in rest to take what they liked the house-if it could be called music. It was just then that Maverick Mike came in. After a while Anna was induced to play a little, and she He was prett y well sobered up, and he was going to tak e made them all open their eyes. 'just one drink b e fore he set out for home to tog up for the blowout CHAPTER VIII. OF.I!' FOR THE "BLOWOUT Lame Jack was just a bout to close up his saloon when the stagecoach rolled into town. It was only twice a week that this occurred, for the travel to and from the nearest railroad station, which was forty miles awa;y, was nothing to brag of, as one of the older settlers put it. But the route paid the owners pretty well for all that, for there was considerable in the way of express goods to be carried back and forth. It happened that the stage had but one passenger on this trip He was a good-looking young man of twenty three, and the suit of clothes he wore made the cowboys and settlers open their eyes. There was something about his looks that told that '.:e was not exactly a tenderfoot, for there was a belt about his waist and an inch or two below bjs tailor made coat the muzzle of a big six shooter could be seen. "Yer want ter hurry up, stranger, if yer want anything out of this shanty," called out Lame Jack who felt it his duty to take in a little more change if he could do it with out spoiling his plans "I won't trouble you any long e r than to buy a drink for myself and the crowd, and ask a question," was the reply "Come right in, then. I'm goin' ter a blowout to-night, "Hello!" said he, looking sharply at the stranger. "Where did you drop from, young man?" "Denver," was the reply. "What are you going to have to drink?" "I'll take jest about two fingers of redeye, jest ter steady my nerves, I reckon," was the reply. Maverick Mike was certainly in a l:Jetter humor after his ljttle s pree. He even grinned when he saw that the fiddler was there 'l'hey all drank, and then Lame Jack turned to the young lawyer from Denver and said: ''I reckon you kin ride along with me an' my wife, if yer ain't got no other way ter git over t e r ther ranch "Thank you. I'll be glad to go with you. I was won dering how I was going to get the r e ." "You're goin ter ther ,blowout, eh?" inquired MaveriCk, looking at him sharply. "Yes; but there is only one p e rson there who knows I am coming." "An' you hail from Denver, yer say?" "Yes, that 's right." "Maybe yCYU're acquainted with ther gal what's jest come from there to day?" "I am. I am going to be at the blowout on her invita tion." "Oh, yer are, eh?" "That's right," and the young lawyer looked at him fear lessly, though it was easy to tell that he felt he was "treading on the man's corns," so to speak. "Did yer ever ta l k much ter Maggie up in Denver?" asked Maverick a'fter a pause.


YOUNG WILD WEST AND MAVERICK MIKE." "Yes I talked t o her as often as three nights in a week." Did y ei; ever hear her say anything about Maverick Mike?" "Yes, I heard h e r say once that th e re was a cowboy on her fathe r 's r anch w h o bore that name Sh e s aid he ha d annoy e d her with h i s attention s and that he was a very bad man when be got full of whis ky." "Oh, s he did, eh? Well, I'm Mave rick Mike "Is th a t s o ? Well, I'm glad to meet you. I was a cow-boy once myself, you know. How are you, Maverick?" Frank B e lt e r actuall y put out hi s hand to the villain. "Oh, I m putty good. Then Mave rick shook with him, and Dick Mooney and the rest o f the cowboys looked r e li eved, for th e y thought t here was going to be trouble Maveri c k excu sed him s elf and went outside. He mounted hi s horse and rode off, being the first to leave. Then the buckboard came around to the front of the place and Lame Jack's wife, who was dri v ing, called out for him to hurry up and close th e s hanty "I'v e got a pa s senger,'' he s aid a s he led Frank B elter out and th e n introduced him. His wife was quite sat i sfied, so the young man threw bis gr i p and suitcase in behind and got on th e seat wit h them L ame Jack's wife did t h e d ri v i ng, and off they wen t for the Stra i ght Deal Ra n c h. The cowboys soon came galloping along aft e r them, and befor e they got to the ra n ch they were pa{lsed by them and l eft in the rear. Belt e r told them all about himself b e fore they got there, and b e even admitted that he expe cted to marry Maggie O aks. "We ll," s aid Lame Jack, "I reckon y ou'v e got a riva .J, fur ;Maverick Mike ha s been sweet on tb e r g a l fur this good whil e He'll try mighty bard ter cut yer out, see if he d on't. "Oh, h e can't come anywhere nea r doing that, for it is all fixe d," was the reply. CHAPTER IX. THE "BLOW-OUT" BEGINS. It was ju s t about eight o 'c lock when the buckboard con taining Lam e Jack and his wif e and the y oung lawyer fr o m D enve r drove up to the door. o f th e ran c h hou s e Alr e ady some of the gue s t s bad arrived in th e p e r sons of ranchm e n and their wives and daught e r s from the sur rounding ranches The piano was g o ing li ke mad ju s t then and Frank B e lter smiled when he heard it, :for h e kn e w v e ry well that his s weetheart was a very crud e musi c ian. But that made him love her non e th e less. He wanted her :for ju s t what she was-a. plain ordinary ranch gir l and he felt that she would soon g e t ove r her notion to b ecome a rea l "city lady "I recko n Joe, tber fidd l er, won't b e need e d muc h," ob served Lame Jack as b e got out of the buckboard "That's mus i c good an' pl enty 'Yankee D o odl e' i s th e r tune if I a in't for g ot it. "Of course it i s spoke u p his wife. "Ev e r y one o u ght ter know that tune Th a t tu n e will live forever in t h e r heart s of all Ame ricans. h ought t e r too. I wond e r if that's Maggie playin' ? "Yes, i t i s Maggie," ans w e r e d th e youn g lawyer "I would know h e r pla y in g am o n g a t h o usand." W e ll I ne v er thou ght s h e' d ever be abl e t e r p lay as goo d as that. She mu s t hav e took to it a wful quick-lik e." Belt e r said nothing to t his, bu t h e ma d e u p hi s m ind that she would pla y a g reat d e al b e tter than t h a t befor e a year rolled around, or els e s h e woul d quit it entire l y Th e n o i s e in the h o use drowned that m ade by the horses and buckboa rd whe n they cam e up, s o they a il went to th e door, which was ope n and starte d to w a lk in It happen e d that th e r a n c hm a n had selected H o p as t h e att e ndan t a t th e door a nd w h e n h e saw Lame J ack h e r ec ogniz e d him ri ght away. "Come light in," h e sai d "Eve lybody welcome." Then h e cau g h t th e saloonkeeper by t h e arm and whis per e d in hi s ear: "You f etc hee plent y t a n g l efoot, so b e?" "I didn't f e t c h a n y;" w a s the repl y "Ther boss g o t te n gallons y i s t e rday. I r e ckon t he're's e nou g h h e r e fur all purposes." "Allee light. Comee light in." The three w e r e u s her e d in s id e and whe n Maggi e saw h e r ir.tend e d sl;le forgot all about h e r pi ano al}.d thre w h e rsel into hi s arms, ri ght b e for e th e w h o l e compa n y B elte r was mu c h embarrasse d for h e c o uld h ear th e tit te ring. H o wever, he did th e ri g h t t h i n gi :for h e i mprinted a rou s in g kiss on the girl' s lips, and t h at set tl e d it. Mr. a nd Mr s Oaks did not kno w w ha t to make of this, a nd they loo k e d at eac h other in dis m ay. "I got citifi e d all ri g ht, mother," s aid the girl a s she caught the old lady about th e..neck. "Look at the nice m a n I'm going to have for a hu s band. He's a law y er m o th er, and a s mart one, too. You didn t ever think y our Maggie would m arry a l a wyer did you ? You th o u g h t I w o u l d rick up with s ome common cowboy, lik e Maver i c k or some one else; but I wasn t b uilt t h a t way-not muc h "That's ther .way t e r t a lk M agg i e !" s p o k e u p her f athe r, who seemed to t ake kindl y to th e youn g l a wyer ri g h t a w a y "You r e e i ghteen year s old, an I a lways said a s how yer ought te r p i c k out th e r ma n yer wanted. If yer like thi s f e ll e r an' he likes you, I don't see no re a on why yer s houldn t git married. But yer ne e dn t b e in no hurr y about it, 'cause we want this piann e r h e r e a while yet. It cos t me six hundred dollar s an more, an' I like t e r hear yer play on it. "But if I could only play lik e A nn a i t would be some thin' worth while, dad Sh e can do thin gs with it and no mi s take! Why, she kin play th e r 'Blue Danube an' Annie Laurie' without half try in '." While the conver s ati o n was takin g pla{!e F rank B elte r s tood in the c e nter of the room, v ery ill at eas e Young Wild Wes t was e qu a l to th e eme rgency, however. He bad b e ard th e nam e o:f th e young man, s o h e soon stepped :forward and said: "Ladies and gentlemen, p e rmit m e to mak e you ac quaint e d with Mr Frank Belt e r, of D enve r."


--'-YOUNG WILD WEST' AND "MAVERICK MIKE." 15 The lawyer nodded to him and looked relieved. Then he bowed right and left, and the next minute he was shaking hands with the company. It was jus t then that th e cowboys cam e riding up to the house-thos e who did not b e long at the ranch. Some of them had their girls with them, and there was much loud talk and laughter as th e y cam e swarming in. But the ranchman had taken the cue from Wild, and he promptl y took it upon him s elf to introduc e the strang e r, which was proper. Some of the men had s een Belter over at Turner, but they s hook hands with him heartily and gave him a hearty greet ing. The girls, rosy-cheeked and bright-eyed, shook hands with him, too, and soon Belter was perf e ctly at ease in the bree;:y company. "Let' s have a dance," suggested a buxom maiden, who dressed in about all the color s of the rainbow. "Here's Joe ther fiddler." "Joe's got ter have some.thin' ter wake him up first," spoke up the ranchman. "Maggi e will play 'Yank e e Doodl e' fur yer while he's gittin' r e ady. She kin sartinly make ther pianner talk." So Maggie sat down, h e r lover clos e to her to turn ove r the mu sic for h e r, and th e n ext minute the air was being split by some v e ry un e arthly chord s But the majority of the company liked it, and they con gratulated h e r warmly after sh e had gone through the pi ece seve n times and decided to quit. Then the fiddler tun e d up his instrument and called out for them to take their partne r s for a Virginia reel. A s the couples w e re taking th e ir places on the floor in came the for e man of the ran c h follow e d b y the cowboys who w o rk e d und e r him. Mayerick Mik e was among them. He was attired in a s emi-M e xican c o s tume and look e d rath e r natty, indeed. H e ran ri ght up and seize d Mag gi e by the hand. "Welcome home, Maggi e !" h e exclaim ed. "I reckon me an you will lead this danc e We're old fri e nds, an' we'll do ther honor s Y e r ain t got so c itifi e d that you'll go bac k on poor old Maverick, I know. Come right on; don t you care!" The girl was s urpris ed, for it had come so suddenly that it almost took away her breath. But, recovering herself quickly, she pulled away from him and exclaimed: "Take your hands off me, Maverick Mike. I want you to understand that I am a city girl now, and my fiance is here. I ')Von't dance with you!" "What! Goin' back on me, Maggie?" and the villain started back, just as though he felt badly over it. "Yer ain't goin' ter with me, eh? Where s ther galoot what's cut me out? I'll soon make quick work of him, you kin bet!" The villain's face was livid as he uttered the last words, and as he slowly looked around his eyes rested upon the face of Frank Belter. Belter was not much frightened, however. He pulled a gun as quick as a fl.ash. "I didn't come here with the expectation of getting into trouble," he said rathe! coolly, "but I am always prepared to meet it. You take back what ypb. just said or I'll drop your carcass to the floor!" Maverick Mike uttered a snarl lik e that of an angry b e ast, and with a sudden leap forward he s truck! the weapon from the lawyer's hand. Back again s t the wall he pu s hed him, and th e n a knife gleamed in his hand. Young Wild West was so clos e by that not a singl e move had e s caped him. Like a panther he sprang forward, and with a. well directed blow felled the villainou s cowboy to the floor. "You came here looking for trouble, you sneaking ga loot!" he exclaimed. "You were afraid to start a row with me, so you picked out some one you thought would stand for it. Now, then, you light out of her e Get up and run, or I'll put three shots in you before you drop!" The greatest excitement now prevailed in the big livingroom of the ranch house. Some of the cowboys had drawn their guns, while others stood ready to. They all took the side of our hero and the lawyer, it seemed. But they did not know that Maverick had arranged with s ix of the worst cowpunchers to be found in that part of the country to help him clean out the ranch that night, and that they were at that moment outside waiting for his call Such was the fact, however. The villain had been of the opinion that Maggie would go back on 1him a s he called it, tho11gh he had never got that far with her that he could call h e r his sweetheart. Not that he cared so much for the girl, for he was not the s ort of a man to love. It was in hi s head that if he could marry th,e boss's daughter he would fall in as foreman i u plac e 0 Dick Mooney, and then he might work himself up to part owner. Ancl earing that this would not come about h e had made r e ad y to raid the ranch while th e blow-out was at its height, and if poss ible carry off Maggie. The v illain got upon his feet and w ithout a word sneaked for the door. He did not call for hi s men to come in, or he fear e d Young Wild West would shoot him if he did. When he had gone ViT ild turned to the fiddler and exclaimed: "Strike up the music I reckon the dance will go on now." The next minute Joe, the fiddler, was scraping away, and the couples quickly sta rted the dance. But our hero quickly left the house, going out by the back way. He wanted to know what became o'f Maverick Mike. CHAPTER X. THE "COWBOY BUFFER" ARRANGES FOR A FIGHT. There were times when Maverick Mike could be cool and crafty As enraged as he was when Young Wild West ordered him to leave the house he managed to get his mind into a pretty fair state for thinking rapidly.


](j YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MAVERICK MIKE." He knew quite w e ll that he stood no show with the boy; more'n I di'1. But I'd like t e r see ther boy as could knock he hacl been taught that much only that morning me clown, believe me when I say it! I'm as goocl now as I Consequently he must depend upon his wits to help him ever was with my fists out. "I know you're a good one, Holt; but you take my advice _\.s we have stated, he cared little for the ranchman's an' don't run up agin' Young Wild West. He's a regular daughter, other than by winning her h e might get ahead world beat e r, he i s !Don't think that because he's a boy in the world. he ain't as smart as a man He's a goocl deal smarter than When he went out of the house he clroppecl her entirely any man I ever met, you included." But when h e did this he pioked up another girl. The Cowboy Buff e r laughed d erisive ly. It was Arietta. "Blame d if I don t go to ther house an' challenge any She was Young Wild West' s sweetheart. He had heard galoot there ter fight me with bare knuckles, an nothin' and seen quite enough to make him know that much. else!" he exclaimed. "You've got me interested, Maverick. "She's ther one I want," he muttered as he headed for By thundei: I 've got ter clo it, that's all there is ter it. the place where h e had told hi s s ix villainous friends to .be. I ll go there an make ont that I'm a man lookin' fur a job. "I'll kidnap her j est ter spite Young Wild West, an' I'll do it won't take Ii1e lonoter show what 1 am. If this it afore morn in'. Then let ther boy come ter look fur her! boy is anything like what y;u say h e is he won't give no one That's what I want! Ther spring round up is ter start else a chance after I put out ther challenge to morrer, but I reckon a they won't have me ter help I've "Yer kin do it if yer want to, Holt. But if I was' you I quit workin' as a cowboy forever. I'm a bad man, as I've wouldn t do it. alway s said, an' I am bad in every sense of ther word Of course I'd like ter pop over that young lawyer what's cap hued ther heart of ther foolish girl; but I don't want ter gi t him half as bad as I do Young Wild West I'll je s t have a littl e talk with my boys. I know I kin trust 'em, 'cause I felt of 'e m.good an' strong afore I took 'em in with m e." I,es s than a hundred yards from the house, under a clump of trees, were the men. They had all been cowboys, but had either given it up or b een discharged for bad behavior Now they were putlaws, rea.dy to do almost any sort of villainy for the sake of getting hold of a few dollars. MaYc rick had spent nearly all his month's wages in get ting them what he called "right," and now he was satis fled he h ad the m that way. "What's th e r matter, Maverick?" asked one of them as he strode up and made him self known. "Yer didn t stay l ong, did yer r" ".No, Barley," was the reply. "I got in trouble as soon as I got there, an' I had ter leave mighty quick or git shot." "Had ter leave mighty quick? Why that's funny! Who was there that could make you lea Ye afore ye r got ready? Who was goin ; t er shoot yer ?" "Young Wild West "What Th er boy yer was tellin' us about?" ''Yes. He's there. I didn't expect ter find him there, but he's there all right. I got in a row with ther feller what's took my ga l away from rne, an' j est when I ha .cl him right ther boy ups an' knocks me down. I hadn't no show, so I had ter take my medicin e There ain't no man as would haYe a show with Young Wild West, boys, especial l y after he'd kno cked him down with his fist H e's only a boy, but he kin hit je st about as hard as a mule kin kick. I know what I'm talkin' about, fur I've been knocked down, boys. "Huh!" said one of them. "I'd like ter meet ther boy as could knock me down with his fist. I was ther boss boxer at Reno three years ago The y called me ther Cowboy Buffer, an' I won three straight ba. ttles, an' I got somethin' like 'leven hundred dollars out of it. Of course I got whipped later on, but it was by a big galoot they brought froni Chicago, who weighed nigh on ter twenty pounds Maverick spoke in a solemn tone of voice, show ing that he mean_t. just what he said. But the Cowboy B uffer was determined. "I'm goin', boys,'' he declared. '"Maverick, if I kin do anything fur you while I'm there, jest say ther words." "Well, if yer kin git hold of ther best lookin' gal there, which is ther one with ther golden hafr an' blue eyes, jest whisk her away I've made up my mind ter kidnap he.r. She's Young Wild West's sweetheart, an' I want ter scoop her so he'll foller an' try ter find her. Then I'll git a chance ter shoot him, which I'm bound ter do minute I git ther chance ter draw a bead on him. I've got ter down Young Wild Wes t, boys The re ain't no use talkin'. T'her world ain't big enough fur ther two of us." "Oh, we'll help yer down him, Maverick," Barley spoke up. "But we want ter git some money out of this -thing, too We want ter git Rll that Oak s ha s got in ther hous e That's what woe agreed on, yer know. W e waster have all ther money that was took an' you was ter git ther darter "That's right. I ll stick ter what I said, only I'm after a diff e rent gal now I want Young Wild Wes t 's sweet heart." "Well, if I kin git in that hou se an' whip Young Wild West I reckon I'll l'la,e a cha nc e ter go around a little," the Qowboy Buffer "I'll find out where ther money is, you kin bet. I'll bet all I've got that I'll li ck ther boy, an' I'll win, too. If h e's sich a great fighter ma.ybe I'll git odds. I've only got nine dollars, but that's a putty good star t er. Maybe some of yer wants ter chip in an' make a bigger bet of it. No one seemed d i sposed to do this, for the others acted as though they agreed with Mav e rick when be s aid that no one stood a show with Young Wild West. "Where did yer git nine from, Holt?" Maverick asked "Oh, we he l d up a ranchman who was comin' over for ther blow out. He was all alone, an' he was easy. He had jest fifty-four dollars with him, an' we divided it up. We chucked his carcass in ther creek after we got through with h im. I reckon it's al l right. We're outlaws, anyhow, so what do we care?" Mave r ick s h rugge d his shoulde. rs ..


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MA VERIOK MIKE." 17 Such a admission as this staggered him, even though he knew h e had scoundrels to deal with But it made him more sure that he could depend upon the men. doing almost anything he wanted them to, so long as there was money in sight. That there was he felt certain, for he now meant to until the "blow -out" was about over, and then the most of those in the house wo17ld be asleep. In spite of the ail.vice all his friends gave him, Holt was determined to go to the house and announce himself as a man looking for a job. Then he would offer to fight any man in the place for the amount he possessed. Seeing that nothing could persuade him to change his mind, Maverick gave him a d ollar so he would have ten to bet, and then the Cowboy Buffer set out, first mounting his horse so it would appear that he just ridden in from the prairie. "We'll all sneak up as close as we kin, an' if we can't see, we kin hear what goes on," said Barley. "That's right," one of the others answerea. Barley went on up to the house, his horse on a sharp trot. The rest left their horses under the trees and sneaked up through the darkness.. They had not been gone long when a lit11e stepped up to the horses and took charge of them. It was Young Wild West! The dashing young deadshot had fbllowed Maverick Mike and he had heard every word that had been said. Wild was never much surprised at anything he saw or heard, but when he learned the plans of the scoundrels he was almost tempted to open fire on them right then and there. But his usual coolness prevailed, and he up his mind to have a. round-up of scoundrels before the spring round-up began. As might be supposed, the boy was eager to fight the Cowboy Buffer with fists. Though the man was bigge! and heavier than he, as he had been able to discern, that no difference. He h51d learned th e art of selfdefen se, and learned it well. Wild feared no man, wh et her it was a fight with fists or with any sort of weapon Re was aS quick as lightning and active as a panther, and being cool and self -po ssessed at all times, he depended on his skill .and strength to carry him through. His face wore a smile as he hurried to get around to the rear of the house, so he would be inside when the villain came in. He just managed to do this, and aiter hastily letting Charlie and Jim know what was up, he walked to the door, where Oaks was talking to the stranger. "Here's a man lookin fur a job, Wild," said the ranch man. "I reckon I'll hire him, 'cause ther spring round-up starts to morrer, an' I'll need all ther men I kin git. "That's right, Mr. Oaks Hire him, by all means. He looks like a husky fellow. Built on the lines of a prize :fighte:r, I should say Nothing could have been said that would have suited Holt any better. I As he came in at the ranchrnan's inYitation he clenched his fist and felt of his muscle "Young feller, you must be a putty good jedge of folks. I used ter be a prize fighter They called me ther Cowboy Buffer out in Reno, an' I whipped all what come afore me till they brought a real profe ssional from Chicago, an' he was so much heavier than me that he got ther best of me. But I fought without trainin', an' I had too much bug -juice in me at ther time." '11here was no doubt that Holt thought he could whip the boy in a fight. He was so confident that h e put himself in a sparr ing attitude before him. 'l'he fiddler was playing his loud est in big living-room of the ranch and tlie laughter of the dancer s out in peals. No one knew of the villain's presence save Wild and his two partners and the ranchman. "You wouldn t think about :fighting me-a boy, would you?" asked our hero, making out that he was afraid of the man. "Of course not," was the reply. "But I'll jest bet ten dollars, which is all ther money I've got, that I kin lick any man on ther ranch!" "And any boy, either, I suppose?" Wild spoke in the cool and easy way that was so natural to him, and Oaks looked at him in surprise. Charlie and Jim remained in the background, both feel ing as though they would like to take a chance at the s coun drel. "Well, it ain't likely that a boy would want ter fac e me in a fist-fight," answered Holt. "You wouldn t woul d yer ?" "Oh, I don't know. To tell the truJh, I don't think y ou could whip me I learned how to box when was about fourteen years of age. I went to a schoo l in St. Louis, and I whipped the bully the second day I was there. Then I took l essons from a good in str.uc tor, and it was not long be fore I was able to put up a good fight. I reckon you couldn't whip me, boy as I am "Well, I'll try yer, if yer feel lik e it. It'll be jest a friendly bout, yer know. But ter make it interestin', I'll bet yer ten dollars I'll make yer holler enough." "All right. I'll go you. Corne right in here The dance is over. We'll let everybody see the fun." The fiddler had stopped playing and some of the dancers were coming out into the hall. \ "Ladies and" ge ntlemen," called out Wild in a voice loud enough to be heard b y a.11, "the next thing will be a boxing bout between the Cowboy Buffer and myself This wasn't clown on the programme, but I reckon it will be worth see ing, just the same. Those of the ladies who don't like to see bloo

18 YOUNG WILD WEST "MA VERJCK MIKE." CHAPTER XI. THE FIS'r FIGHT. To say that the guest s were s urprised would be expressing it mildly .r one of them knew who the stranger was, much less ex pecting that he was going to :fight with Young Wild West. But the cool and easy way of our h er o so0n reassured them, and they gathered around expectan some of the girls retiring to another part of the house. There was no carpet on the :floor, so if the as any blood spilled it could be easily cleaned up Holt put on a very bold front. ''We'll let th er boss hold ther stake mo ," he said L adies an' gents, this is goin' ter be jest a iendly bout, though there s money up. I'm a stranger here, an' I've jest been hired ter help with ther round-up which starts to morrer. I'm ther Cowboy Buffer, an' this boy seems ter think he kin whip me." I reckon yer don't know who you're up agin', do yer ?" asked Lame Jack as he limped over the room. "Oh, that don t make no difference. I ain't afraid of no man, much less a boy. Maybe he's mighty quick, an' all t ha t. But he ain't goin' ter hit me. If he does manage ter land. a blow or two it won't hurt me. any. I'm as tough as a n old bull, an' nothin' short of an ax would knock me down." ".All right. But I'll jest tell yer that" it's Young Wild W est, ther champion deadshot, what you're goin' ter :fight," said Lame Jack, putting emphasis on the words. "Well, this ain t goin' ter be no shootin' game; it's ter be a fight with jest fists. I'll let some one hold my gun an' knife, an' he'll do ther same." "That's -right said Wild, and he quickly passed his weapons to Jim Dart. L ame Jack took those of the Buffer, and then the two s t epped to the center of the room. The majority of the men present rather liked the proceed ing, for it was something more than they had expected to see at the "blow-out," and they were always interested in contests of any kind ".Are we going to ::fight by rounds?" Wild asked, smiling at the villain "No, there ain't no use in that. We'll jest :fight ti-11 it's over with, no hittin' when a man's down. If you happen ter knock me down, an' I don't git up by ther time ther boss counts ten, slow, then I'm done fur. same way if you git knocked down." "All r i ght. I understand, so say when you're ready 'l'he Buffer took off his hat. "I'm ready," he said, squaring off after the fashio n of a prizefighte r Biff OUT hero shot out his left straight from the shoulder and cau ght hi m on the short ribs. The man staggered back, quivering like a leaf and acting on the a d van tage he had gained by the ::first blow, Wild leaped aft e r him a n d l anded a right on his cheek. Down went H olt a s t h o u gh he had been hit by an ax. A shout of applause went up, some of the females in the room joining in. But when he said he was able to stand punishment the Cowboy Buffer had told no lie. He was one of the tough kind, stockily built and with a thick skin and flesh a s hard as iron. He got upon his feet with amazing quickness. Like a mad bull he rushed at the agile boy. Out shot his right, and then his left, but they both hit but the empty air Spat! Wild struck him a hard one on the ear and sent him stag gering 'l' hen he went right at him, and another right sent him to the floor again. "I reckon you'll have to take a few more lessons before you issue any more challenges," he said, smiling coolly at the fallen man. "You have forgotten about all you ever knew about :fighting, I reckon Wild had left the horses belonging to the villains at the rear of the house, though he had not taken time to tie them iU: his haste to get insid.e. It was bis intention to lead his partners and some of the cowboys out and rope them as soon as the fight was over. But it sci happened that the horses had not stayed where he left them. 'l' hey had come on around to the front of the house, and seeing them, Maverick Mike and the resthad quickly oaught them, and were waiting for their chum. to appear, either as a victor or defeated man. Owing to the fact that those in the room shut off the view that might have been had through the windows, they could not see what was going on. But the cheering they heard told them plainly that the Cowboy Buffer was getting the wors t of it. This time the villain rolled over once or twice in an effort to rise, and then lay perfectly still. The la s t blow Wild delivered had land ed s quarely on the point of his jaw and it was too much for even the tough cowboy. Ranchman Oaks counted ten slowly, and then handed Wild the money. "That's about all, I reckon," said the boy coolly. "Now, then, we have something else on hand. There are SL"'r scoun drels outside who must be rounded up in a hurry. Come on, boys Followed by Charlie and Jim, the brave boy .made a dash for the front door. Those of the cowboys who had their lariats with them dashed after them, not knowing just what was on hand. Holt recovered his senses ju s t then, and leaping to his feet he made for an open window Lame Jack and the :fi!fdler were sent sprawling to the floor, and with a yell of de:fince the villain leaped out into the darkness He saw his friends near at hand with the horses, and he ran to them with wonderful quickness. 'l'he next moment they all were mounted and riding from the ranch house. "Too l ate, boys!" called Yo u ng Wild West. "They have got their horses


YOUNG WILD WESrr AND "MAVERICK MIKE." 19 CHAPTER XII. HOP SEES A "CLAZY NIGGEE MAN." three minutes the sets were made up a:nd the dancing was going on in full blast. Lawyer Belter was not at all out of his element, fo1 he had often been present at such dances, and he did so well th at he was applauded roundly by the cowboys. Meanwhile there were those at the gathering who had With their horses all at the barn, which was a good huna great fondness for the whisky the ranchman had in rnch dred yards from the house, there was small chance of our a bundance. friends catching the villains. Oaks himself had been celebrating a little too drong, nnc1 A couple o the excited cowboys fired shots at the fleeing in spite of what his wife said he continued to take the scoundrels, but derisive yells from them told that they had guests to the littl e room where the whisky was k epl. failed to hit anything. Hop had been doing a little too much drinking, too, !.nt "Take iLeasy, boys," said Wild after he had hastily he was generally on hand every time he saw the ran chnrnn thought it over. "The round-up starts to-morrow morning, heading that way. and the first to be rounded up will be the seven villains. While our hero was enjoying the quadrille ca l lctl We'll find them, all right, for they won't go far. Maverick two other ranchmen, who were neigh bors, and llie ll1rcc Mike wants my life, and he will try and hang around to went to the little room together. get a shot at me." Hop followed them but did not go in. "Maverick Mike!" gasped the ranchman. "Was he with Ins tead of doing that he took the key the boss had uu'em ?f' locked the door with and away with it. "Yes, he's the leader, Mr. Oaks. I followed him when he He knew Oaks was jns t about enough under the influence left the house, you see, and I saw him go to where the six to make him forget about trying to lock the door, for once men were waiting out there undeT the trees. Then I hea .rd before he had done it. quite an interesting conversation." Hop did not want to s teal the whisky for his own benefit "Yer did?'" altogether. The ranchman was greatly s urpri sed at this. Sambo, the darky, had been complaining that the boss "Come on back in the house. We'll get the galoots lohad not given him a fair share of it. morrow, for, as I just said, I am sure they w.on't go very The fact was that the darky was one of the sort who got far away. I'll tell you all just what the game was." tipsy on a small quantity 0. f liquor, and, knowing this, the Into the house they all went, and then the boy related the boss did not want him to get that way. whole story When he did get a little tipsy Sambo was apt to "cut up" "Well, ter think that Maverick would do sich a thing as in a way that was not pleasing to see. that!" exclaimed the rancbman He had a mania for running about with a big carv ing" I always knowed he wasn't too good ter do 'most anyknife, declaring that he was a general of the army, and that thing when he was full of tanglefoot," declared Dick he was going to free all the slaves in creation Mooney, the foreman, "but I didn't think he was bad He had seen a great deal of the war in the South, and enough ter put up a job lik e that, blamed if I did!" it always worked on his mind when he got under the inThe rest of the cowboys belonging to the ranch were of fiuence of liquor. the same opinion, and they hastened to say so. d k d Hop did not know this, but s ince the darky ha as e But there was all the evidence, cold and convincing, and him to get him some whisky be was going to do it. there was no getting over it. H Waiting till the three men came out of the room op "If you'd only told us ter go out an' ketch ther sneakin' watched to see what the ranchman would do when he found coyotes, Wild," said Cheyenne Charlie, shaking his head, "we'd have got 'em while ther fight was goin' on." the key of the door missing. But be simply pu s hed the do9r i.o and went on. "And then you would have missed seeing the fight, The Chinaman laugh e d softly to himself. Charlie," was the laughing reply. "But never mind. We'll Then he w ent inside and filled two empty bottles he had round up the galoots to-morrow." with him. "Yes, and I'll take a ha .nd in it, too!" spoke up Arietta. "Since Maverick Mike wants me I'll show him that I want That was all he needed, so he put the key back in the him, and I'll get him, too, see if I don't." l o(k and l eft it. "That's right, Et. You shall join in the iound-up," H" found the darkv and his wife in the kitchen. V.ild hastened to say. With them were t;,o more servants who had come over A cheer went up for the plucky girl, for nearly every one with one of the ranchmen. present had about her daring and skill. They were both daxkies, too, and were of the male perArietta looked at them and nodded. s uasion. "You will find out that I mean just what I say," she The three were pla y ing a game with dice, while Sambo'i'l declared. wife sat nodding in a chair, a hot cup of coffee before her. "Well," said Wild a.fter a pause, "I reckon the dancing So interested were the gamblers that they did not look can go on now. Forget about. what just happened, ladies up when the Chinaman entered. and gentlemen. Fiddler, just strike up something for a Wing had crept away somewhere and was sound asleep:, quadrille. Come on, Et." depending upon bis being able to awaken when it came There was magic in the words of the boy, and in less than time for the supper.


20 YOUNG WILD WEST Ar D ":ThIAVERIOK MIKE." J iop stcppcu 80flly over and took the cup or coffee from the table 'l'hen he poured about haH 0 it out and filled it up with the whisky. Not satisfied this, he picked up a pepper-box, and umcrcwing the top clumped the contents in the cup. "'l'oo badee me no tlink of um peppec before," he thought "Len me no havee wastee um goodee tanglefoot." He stirred the pepper in with the spoon that was in the cup and then placed it before the dozing old woman. 'l'hen he suddenly let out a yell and brought one of the bottles down upon the table with a bang. 'l'he dice game stopped at once, while the players looked at him in surprise. "Me fetchee lillee tanglefoot, Sambo," he said, smiling at tlie old fellow. "You allee samee helpee youself You ftiends takee lillee dlink, too, so be. "T''ank yo', Marser Hop," replied the darky "Youse am a fine Chinee, sure." Sambo did not wait for a glass or cup, but placing the bottle to his lips he swallowed nearly half of it without stopping. His wife cried out in protest, but she was too late. "La.t allee light," said Hop, waving his hand at her. "You allee samee dlink um coffee, so be. "I no drink rum1 she declared. "Coffee is better. Rum is no good for Sambo. It makes him crazy." "Allee light. Me likee see um clazy niggee man so be. Me wantee see how um lookee." The other two darkies quickly finished the balance of the whisky that was in the bottle, and then the old woman took a good sip of her coffee. Between the pepper and whisky her throat was burned so bad l y that l e t out a yell a.nd began dancing around the kitchen. Then Sambo let out a whopp like a savage Indian, and running for a closet, grabbed a big carving knife "Look out, dar !"he cried, bis eyes rolling and his mouth begi n ning to froth "Me de general, come to free de slaves Look out, white man!" He made a slash at one of the other darkies, who quickly ran out of the room. After him went Sarnbo, who already felt the effects of the big quantity of liquor he had swallowed, and the fright ened darky headed for the room where the dancing was going on. Hop followed to see the fun, for he was in just a state of mind that made him forget that a tragedy might be the result. Of course the dance was broken up right away. The girls screamed and got behind their pa:rtners and there was a great commotion. But the ranchman was equal to the occasion, however. Before Sambo had hurt any one with the knife he tripped h i m up and took it from him. Then he gave him a pretty good beating and called for h elp to get him to bed. "Lat velly funny, Charlie," said Hop as the scout pa ssed by him "Lat um first timee me see um clazy niggee man, so be "I'll b et you was tlier cause of ther 111mpus, you ya1ler h eat h en!" was the repl y CHAP'l'lim Xlll. THE END OF THE "BLOW-OUT. The second interruption or the evening, while it was ia th er startling to some of the g uests, did not create any thing like the excitement the first had Sambo was duly put to bed by U10se who carried him from the room, and the whisky he had drunk soon put him to sleep That wound him up for th e night, anyhow. Mrs Oaks caught h e r husband after it was over, and taking him by the sleeve, she led him aside, where they might have a nice little talk. "Morris," said s he, "you have got altogether too much liquor in the house." "I know it, my dear," was the admission. "That's ther reason I am trying to get rid of it." "Oh, is that so? Well, I reckon I'll help you get rid of it. If things go on this way there will be no round-up started to morrow. An' everything's all ready, too. But I'll help you get rid of the whisky Hand me ther key of that room, Morris." The ranchman fumbl ed in his pockets, but could not find it. There was nothing strange about this since it was in the lock of the door, just as Hop had plac e d it. "I can't find it," Oaks declared after he had searched every pocket. "I reckon I furgot ter lock ther door ther last time I was in there "Forgot to lock ther door? Why, you must be gettin' as crazy as Sambo was! Don't you know that any one is likely to go in there an' drink enough of ther stuff to kill 'em ? Morris Oaks, you ought to be ashamed of yourself, that's what you had! I ll just see about this!" The ranchman meekly nodded f or her to go ahead and do it, and then she swept away, her bombazine dress rustling as she went She did not s top until she reached the room, either, ancl finding the key in the door she went inside Then Mrs Oaks did something that really was to her credit. She knew that the whisky would make more or less trouble before morning, so she calmly poured all she could find out of the window. Not a drop remained in the room when she had done, and as she turned to walk away she exclaimed : "There! I reckon some of them will sober up n o w I was always opposed ter any one drinkin'; but this was an occa sio n when we all wanted ter make meny, an' I didn't object when Morris said he was going to get some tanglefoot fo r ther boys. But this ends it! There ain't goin' ter be no more tanglefoot in this house, not while I'm it's mistress, anyhow Why, I reckon that Young Wild West an' Jim Dart is about ther only two in ther crowd, except ther gals, that haven t touched any of the stuff. whisky I je t throwed away might have cost good money, but I don't care But if the good woman had only known what became of the whisky she threw out of the window she would have more angry still.


YOUNG WILD W:E)ST AND "MAVERICK MIKE.'7 21 'J'be fact was that Hop Wah had heard her lecturing her husband, and whe n she asked for the key he divined what she was up to right away. Having paid frequent visits to the room Hop knew some-thing about it. He started for it ahead of the woman, and reaching it, carefully closed the door. He looked around and found a pail there that held the water the glasses had been washed in. There was only one window to th. e room, and Hop emptied the pail and then jumped out himself. He was none too soon in doing this, for he had s carcely started to listen when Mrs. Oaks floated into the room, ready for the business she had on hand. Hop was quick to think and quick to act. As the woman started to empty the first of the jugs he cleverly held the pail and caught the whisky. He did this all through, and scarcely a drop of the liquor went to the ground, as she supposed it did. Hop had a pail half full of tanglefoot now and he did not know what to do with it. But he thought he had better find bottles to put it in, so after the ranchman's wife left the room he vaulted through the window and secured what he wanted. Then he went out and around to the kitchen. There was no one there now but the two visiting serva nts, and they were wund asleep in their chairs. They, too, had imbibed too much whisky. The blow-out that night at the Straight Deal Ranch made a fine subject for a temperance l ecturer. Hop sat down and quietly filled his bottles. Then li.e hid them for future use. This done, he came back and looked at the two sleeping colored men. The Chinaman grinned. The temptation was too great for him, so. he r esolved to play a trick upon them. There was only one way to make a comp l ete job of it, and that was to re.sort to his :firecracker game. It was an old, old way of practical joking, but Hop did not care for that. He knew that a sharp report would do more towards rousing a sleeper than almost anything e lse. True, a pail of cold water would do it, but that would not be a joke. That would be downright cruelty. Hop had a few more of the crackers made up, and after he had pondered over it for a minute or two he produced one. The two darkies were resting their heads on the table and snoring away as though trying to outdo each other. Hop calmly struck a match, lighted a cigar, and then ap plied the match to the fuse of the cracker. He put it under the table, and then hastily w@t out of the back door. Bang! He had hardly got there when it e:iploded with a loud report. Hop watched through the window, and when. he saw the two darkies fall over backward, M though they were trying to be exactly alike in what they did, he laughed to his heart' s content. But he knew a crowd would rush into the kitchen right away to try and ascertain the cause of the trouble, so he ran around to the front of the hopse and sat down on tb.e porch. Puffing calmly upon his cigar he waited until he heard some one come out of the front door. He knew who it was, for he could tell the steps. It was Cheyenne Charlie. "What did yer do to ther da1kies, Hop?" the scout asked as he came and sat down close to him. "Me allee samee catcbee sleepee, so me blowee uppee with um :fireclacker," was the reply. Hop thought there was no use in trying to lie out of it, as he would sure ly ,get the blame anyhow. Charlie chuckled. / He liked a joke himself, and when he thought of how it must have been he could no,t help laughing. But he wanted to tell the Chinaman something which be thought would be rather surpris ing to him. "Hop," said he; "I reckon yer won't git no more tanglefoot to-night." "Whattee mattee ?" The clever Chinaman affected great surprise. "Well, Oaks's wife poured1tber whole business out of ther window. Ther ground had a good drink, I reckon." "Lat too bad," said Hop, shaking his head. "But me no care, so be. Me gottee allee me wantee." "I reckon yer have. That ain't no lie you've told, any how." "Wantee smokee um cigar, Misler Charlie?" give me one for Wild, too. He said a little while ago he would like to have one of your cigars. He wants something a little strong." / "Allee light." Hop handed over the cigars, not thinking that Charlie had merely used our hero's name so they would be genuine cigars, free from any po wder or other exp losive. He lighted one and sat there s moking. By this time the night was pretty well advanced. It was nearly tima for sup_per, and as they heard dishes rattling in the room back of them they both began to grow hungry. Dancing struck up just then so Charlie got up and went inside. Hop grew very drowsy then, and his cigar dropped from his mouth, and half a minute la ter he was dozing. But he did not doze for long. Suddenly two dark forms appeared, and creeping up to him soft ly they seized him and ran around the house with him. They were the darkies he had aroused with the cracker. It is hardly necessary to say that Cheyenne Charlie had put up the job. He thought it would do the fun-loving Chinaman good if his two victims got hold of him and gave him a good mauling. This they did, too, and every one was satisfied save the Chinaman But he soon forgot it when he was called to supper, for he was rather hungry. Nothing worth recording took place after that, and when morning dawned Cheyenne Charlie was the only one awake in the house.


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MAVERICK MIKE." CHAPTER XIV. THE START FOR THE ROUND-UP. Young Wild West had not taken a great deal of sleep during the night, but he was as fre s h as ever when he arose \lhortly after daylight began. He was anxious to get after the seven villains and 'round them up, and he wanted to take three or four o.f the cow boys in addition to his two partners. It was Charlie who aroused him as per agreement. He had stood the la st two hours' watch, and he had indulged in ev en less s leep than our hero. But one night nev e r interfered much with our h ero and his partner s They were hardened to all so rts of things, and they were made of the sort of material that can well stand it. Jim was soon up, and then the three walked outside and took a look around. The broad yellow streaks in the east told pretty well that there was a fine day ahead. As they looked around in every direction the only living things they could see was a herd of cattle grazing off to the south The cattle were not scattered, so it occurred to them that there would b e little trouble in taking care of them and getting them to the corral. Where the trouble would come in was the scattered year lings and the strayed cows with calves. "Boys," said Wild, "I reckon we'll help Boss Oaks with his round-up. He is what I call a pretty good sort of a man, though, like a good many, h e has one bad failing." "What's that, Wild?" asked the scout, yawning and rub1 bing his eyes. "He is too fond of strong drink." "Oh, that don't a,ount ter nothin'. It ain't likely he keeps it up right along. Yer couldn't expect much else in a case like this. His citified dart er come home an' he had ter celebrate, didn't he?" "He celebrated, all right," spoke up Dart with a laugh; "but his wife rather cut his fun short when she emptied the whisky out of the window." "That was a putty clever thing, wasn't it?" and the scout grinned. "I wonder how much of the whisky Hop got hold of befor e she threw it away?" said Wild, shaking hi s head. "That Chinaman never gets l eft, you know. He'll have bottles of whisky hidden around for the next wee k to come, and I'll bet on it!" "Oh, that's sartin," Charlie nodded. "J seen him go to ther rooljll where ther stuff was at lea st half a dozen times with ther boss. It's funny how Oaks come ter take ter Hop, after he'd made his kitchen look lik e a hog-pen turned upside down." "Well, he likes a little fun, and th e trick Hop play e d on Wing and the servants struck him just right. He would not have cared if the whole kitchen had been blown up." "I don't believe he would," said Jim. "Well, boys, a littl e coffee won't go bad pretty soon, and with a good chunk of broiled tenderlo in and some bread I reckon I can m11ke a meal that will keep me in trim till we round up Maverick Mike and his gang "Tha.t same dose will do me, too," spoke up Dart, shaking his head approvingly. "Me, too," added the scout, smacking his lips in antici pation. "It don't make no difference how late I eat a sup per; I'm jest as hungry when breakfast time comes." "Well, let's go into the kitchen and see what we can do." They went around to the back, since the entire house was taken up by the sleepers. The men had bunked in all over the house, with the ex ception of the big room where the dancing had been held, for this had bee n left to the females In the kitchen were Hop and Wing and the two darkies who had come along with their boss jus t to spend the eve ning with Sambo. They all lay upon the floor and were sleeping as soundly as though morning was a long way off. rrhe scout grinned when he saw them. "How would a :firecracker do about now, Wild?" he asked. "No, Charlie," was the reply. "There is no use in arou,ing the rest. You might arouse Wing though We want him to get us something to eat." The scout nodded, and ste pping over to the sleeping Chinaman he caught hold of his queue and lifted him to his feet. "Whattee mattee?" cried Wing, rubbing his eyes and star ing about him sleepily. "Get some coffee on the stove," Wild answered. "Hurry up! Then see to broiling some of the beef that is hanging up out in the outhouse. W e've got important business on hand, and we want our br eak fa st before we get at it. "Allee light, Misler Wild," and the cook brightened up right away. He to the well outside, ancl drawing water, treated his face and hand s to a good wash. The n he hastened to kindle a fire in the kitchen stove. "I reckon we don't want them galoots la yin around here in ther way, do we?" asked Charlie, nodding toward Hop and the two darkies. "No, I can't say that we do,'' our hero answered. "All right, then. Jim, lend us a hand." The boy understood, and in less than two minutes all three of the s leepers were seized and dragged outside. They were awakened, of course, and it was not long be:fore they understood what was going on, and that it was day light. The sun was just rising when Wing had the breakfast prepared. Then, just as they were sitting down to it, Ar i etta ap peared on the scene. "I guess I am in time," she said with a smile. "I want to take part in the round up of the villains, you know, Wild." "All right, Et," was the reply. "Sit down and eat your breakfast She was not long in making ready for it, and then they all ate together. The rest were still sleeping when they made for the barn to get their horses. They found two of the cowboys there loading up the --


YOUNG WILD WEST AND MIKE." 23 grub wagon s prepara tory to s t a rtin g out on th e r ange for the round-up, a nd 1rhc n they t o l d lhe m that they want e d three or four good men to go w i lh th e m on the trail of l\laveri ck .Mike Di ck .Jfooney was qui c kl y aroused. He awoke three oth e r s, who h e d e clar e d w e r e ju s t t h e ones for the purpose, and they w e r e n ot l o n g in g etting ready. Th e y had ration s a 11 p r e pa r e d s o th e y a t e a s they rod e away with our fri e nd s They w e re a littl e s urpri s e d at seeing a girl with the party, but whe n they r e memb ere d Urnt Ari etta had declared that s he was going to h e lp catc h the scoundrel who had planned to kidnap her th e nigh t before they gave h e r credit for st icking to it. Wild was not long in :finding the trail. The villains had ridd e n straight away from the ranch, and when he made th e discovery that th e hor ses' tracks led to the trail that w ent toward Turne r h e hardly kn e w what to make of it. "The galoot s w e r e pretty bold if t hey went over to the town," he observed, s haking his h e ad a s though he could hardly believe that s u c h was the case. "But it points that way, and so we' ll follow th e trac k s that' s all." It was no difficult m atte r to follow th e m sinc e the y had been made afte r the guest s had come to th e ranch, and they were the only fre s h trac ks that led in that direction The little party rod e on, and a s th e y gradually neared the townit became plain. to th e m that the villains had gone there. <-Owing to the fact that they wer e f o llowing a trail our friends had not ridd e n v e r y hard and when' ther e were y e t three or four miles b etween th e m and th e town a horseman showed up b e hind th e m. It did not t a ke a n y o f th e m l o n g t o see who it was. Hop Wah was comin g ."That h e ath e n i s bound t e r b e in th e r gam e it seems," said the scout, s haking hi s h e ad. I wond e r what s truck him?" "What g e n e rally s trikes him in a case of this kind?" asked om h e ro "Don' t you know that Hop always want s to be in at the fini sh?" "And he comes in ve1; y handy some times, if I know anything about it," Arietta added. "There's no mi s take about that, Et," Wild s poke up. "Well, he s artin-ly is a great Chinee anyhow said the cowboy foreman. "That joke of hi s with ther chicken was about the r best thing I ever heard of. An look how h e started ther nigger a goin la s t n ight! That was a regular ci r cus with all ther trimmin's throwed in. Ha! ha! ha!" The three men with him joined in the laugh, for they were of the sort who enjo y ed a joke, even if it happened to be on them They all s lowed down, and th e n it was not long before Hop came riding up Mounted on his pi e bald mustang he mad e a rather com ical picture. He was smoking a big black looking .Me xican cigar, and when he got along s id e th e m h e appear e d to be perfectly at his ease. "Me comee, too, Mis ler Wil d he said, s miling bla ndly. "Maybe me all e e s a mee h e lpe e with um lound-up." "All ri ght, H o p," was th e r e ply. Hav e you got your gun load e d ?" Yes, Mis l e r Allee s amee loadee with um led fire a nd um lillee blood so. b e "Reel fire and a littl e blood!" echoed ol).e of the cowboys "What does h e m e an b y a littl e blood?" "Oh, he some time s put s cap s ule s containing a red liquid in th e chamb ers in th e plac e of bullet s," our hero explain e d "May b e you ll h ave a c hance to see him s hoot one of the m b e for e we are through." "Well, by ginger! What he won't do next I don' t k now!" CHAPTER XV. ARIETTA AND THE ROUND-UP. Thanking their s tars at escaping s o e a s ily Mave ri c k Mike and his six colle agues rod e on until they rea c h e d t he trail that l e d to Turne r "Whicp. way n ow, boys? a s ked Barl e y a s he s lackened p ace and look e d at his companion s in an undecided way "Right on to th e r town," s aid M a v e rick promptly "That wouldn t do, would it, Maverick?" queried Holt, who sported a black eye and a big lump on the side of his face a s a re sult of his fight with Youn g Wild Wes t "Why won't it do?" was the r e pl y "We'll go right ter L ame Jack's Roos t an' open up ther pl a c e Whi sky is a ll w e need now-we need it bad, too. You g al o ots ain t never been th e r e but I have, an' I know jest wh a t t e r do. There ain t a galoot in th e r town what'll dar e t e r s a y anything ter m e I know that all right. I've got 'em all s cared ter death boys. I'm ther t erro r aroun d th e s e diggin's an' no m i s tak e You come on with m e A ll ri g ht, M a v e ri ck. W e' ll do a s you s ay," replied Bar l ey who seemed to s p e ak for the six m e n The villains rode on, and when they finally reached the t o wn they found that mos t of th e hou ses w e re in darlmess. Th e s to re was closed, so they r o d e ri ght around to the r e ar of the s aloon, unob s erved b y an y b o dy. It was no hard ta s k to force an entrance to th e place. Maveri c k did it hims elf. '11ie n th e horses were tied among some trees in th e r e a r a nd they all went inside. The lamp in th e back room was light e d and then whi s ky and cig ar s w e re brought forth. '11 1h e s ix m e n h a d never vis it e d the place, as th e y h a d been lyin g low after r e aching the vicinity of the town, takin g up th eir quarters in a camp they h a d in a neighbor ing woods. It was th e r e that Mave rick had met and become ac quaint e d with the m, and he had k ept them in whisky, to bac c o and grub for s everal days T'he v illain s soon got at their ease, for a ll that was need e d was a couple of horns o f liquor to make the m that wa y They smoked and drank and :finally g ot to playing c a r d s Lame Jack had forgotten to take the money out of th e tm, and Holt helped himself to it. He did this without the knowledg e of the rest, and it was not until he showed some of it that they caught on.


24 YOUNG WILD WEST AND wlllAVERICK MIKE." "I thought yer only had nine dollars when we was over at ther ra nch," said Maverick, looking a t him s harply. "'l'hat's a.11 I did have. You gave me a dollar ter make ten, an then I bet it an' lost it," was the reply. I kIJ,owed yer would lose it, too. That's wh,ere yer made a big mistake." "Well, there ain't nothin' like bein' satisfied, is there? Now I'm sati sfied that Young Wild W est kin whip me. He done it so easy that I wasn't in ther fight at all." "An' he made a nice lookin sight of yer," s poke up Barley. "My, but you've got an awful face on yer, Holt!" "Well, there ain't non e of you galoots as could make it that way, anyhow," was the reply. "Not even Maverick could do it, though he might git ther best of me with a gun." "We don't want ter think about quarrellin' or fightin' now, Holt, Maverick answered. "Now is ther time when we've got ter stick lik e leeche s We've gone an' done it. B y breakin' inter this saloon an' helpin ourselve s we've viol ated ther law. But, come! I reckon you'd better divide up ther money yer took from ther till. Then we'll play poker till it gits daylight, an' then go ter look fur Young Wild West." Holt laughed and pulled out the money he had sto len There was a little over a hundred dollars, and when he had divided it int o six equal parts they were all satisfied. I didn't think that Lame Jack was fool enough ter leav e that much money in ther draweT," said Maverick. "But it's all ther better fur u s Now we'll have a game of draw pok er, boys." They all agreed to this, and soon an interesting game was in progress. The villains smoked and drank as they 'played, and it was n ot long before the liquor began to tell upon them. One by one they dropp e d off to sleep, and with the ca. rds lying on the table and upon the floor where they had fallen they slept on until daylight arrived Even then they did not awaken, and th e s un arose and shed its golden rays through tlie windows. The oil had burned out of the lamp long since, so there was nothing to attract the attention of m1y one passing th e front o'f the building. 'l' hey were in that pos ition when Young Wild West and his friends rode into the town. The fresh hoof-print s led right to th e saloon, and when our hero found that the y had gone around to the rear of the building he dismounted and found the horses tied to the tree s He motioned for his companions to remain s il ent, and th e n he peered through one of the windows. There wer.e the seven villains; some asleep in chairs and others lying at full l ength on the floor. The youn g deadshot smiled grimly "I :r;eckon this is one of the easiest round-ups that ever took place," he muttered. Arietta up and looked through the window at his side. She saw and understood at a glance. The rear door was open, so Wild told Charlie and Jim to go to the front and watch, while the cowboyswere to 'Nlmain at the rear door. Then he called .Arietta to follow him, and the two stepprd softly inside. The villains slept on, for their brains wer e deadened by the strong drink they had indulg ed in. The two walked right through the room into the ba. rroom. 'l'hen Wild unbarred the front door and threw it opeu. Hop entered and promptly took his place b ehind the little bar. "Allee leacfy for b\lsiness he exclaimed, smi lin g in his bland and chi ldish way. "Me no takee sometling, Misler Wild." 1See that you don't," was the reply. Leaving him there, Wild went outside where the cowboys were in waiting Each stood with his rope ready. "Boys," said he, "I want to di sa rm the gaLoots, and then take them out one at a time. Make them keep per fectly quiet while you are doing it, too I want Maverick Mike last." "I'll take care of him!" Arietta spoke up, her eyes flashing. -"That's right, Et. I am going to let you fetch out, providing things work the way I want them to." When Charlie and Jim saw the cowboys inside taking the weapons from the sleeping men they came in by the rear door It was easier than Wild expected it would be. Some of the men were c::trried outside without being aroused, and the oth e rs kept still when they found the muzzles of revolvers pressing against t11eir heads. In a shor t time all were out but Maverick Mike The villain lay stretched on the fl.oorat full l ength, dead to the world .Arietta was l eft to guard him, and she stood near him, a revolver in her hand Wild thought a moment and then he decided to tie the villains upon'. the backs of their own horses. To make it easier he had two of them tied together on a horse. Then were fastened to them and given to the cowboys to hold. This done, the three horses with their double burdens were led around to the front of the saloon A small crowd at once gathered. There was nothing going on in the town that morning, so there were not very many around. 'l'he day before had been a strenuous one, for Maverick Mike had been on his "high horse." But now it was different An air of peaceful quiet pervaded the littl e town. The citizens wanted to know all about it, of course, and Wild quickly explained to them. When h e told them that the six men had murder e d robbed a man on his way to the Straight Deal Ranch the njght before they were for lynching them right away But he had a way about him that quickly made the men under stan d that they should let him have his say. They gave in to him and waited to see what would hap pen The dashing young deadshot now walk e d into the saloon. Hop was selling drinks and ciga r s and putting the money in the empt y drawer.


\ YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MAVERICK MIKE." As yet our friends did not know that the villains had robbed the place of anything save what they had smoke.d and drunk. "Come, Et," said the boy cooll y "I reckon you ha d ; better wake up your man now. Jus t fetch him out the front way. There are a few spectators out there who would lik e to see Maverick Mike come forth a prison er." "'l1hey'll see it, then, Wild," was the reply. "I'll fetch him out, never fear." '11h e boy knew very well that she would, so he went on out and joined the waiting crowd. Not knowing of a better way to rouse the villain, Arietta out sharpl y to him and then fired a shot close to his ear. The flash fa irly burned his skin, and with a cry of s ur prise and fear he arose to a sitti ng posture: "Get up and come with me," commanded the girl, her eyes :flashing, though she was very cool, consider in g the cir cumstances. "What!" exclaimed the villain, looking around the room in a dazed way. Nhat's thcr matter, anyhow? Boys, where are yer ?" "Your friends are outside waiting for you," answered the girl. I heard you wanted to kidnap me, so I came over to give yo:u the chance. Get upon your feet, I say! If you on't I'll begin to shoot Maverick felt for his gun It was gone! Then h e realized that it was all up with him. "Let me go, gal," he said in a hu s ky voice. "I ain't don e nothin'. "You will do something pretty quick if you don't ma rch out to the front of the building You'll die, Maverick Mike! I mean ju st what I say!" "All right, gal. But, say, are you doin' this a ll alone?" Wild beard the words and he in. "Let him sit down, Et," he said. "Come on out with me." The boy had jus t got a confess ion from the prisoners, which was to the effect that they were ca.ttle thieves, declar ing that they had not done murder, as the Cowboy Buffer had said the night before. "So you are nothing worse than cattle thieves, then?" he said as be came out with A ri e tta. "That's all, Young Wild West," declared Barley, speak ing very earnestly. "We're willin' ter b e tried fur that an' take our medicine. But we ain't done no murder." "All right. Boys; fetch them up close to the door." As the captured cattle thieves were brought to the front of the tavern Maverick Mike came out to see what was going on. Wild quickly dismounted, find with a rawhide whip in his hand ran to meet him. Swish! Down w ent the vill ai n rolling in the dirt. The young deadshot bad mounted h is horse jus t to make the scene more imposing to the man, and now he laid it on good and bard. CRAPT'ER XVI. CONCLUSION. Arietta stood before the grovelling v illain until he had re ceive d enough, all the while keeping her revolver pointed at him. When Wild ceased she commanded him to rise to his fe e t. Maverick Mike arose, looking like anything but Jterrible bad man. "You don t see any one else here, do you?" Arietta an "Now you under stand what is up, I guess," s h e sa id sweTed coolly. coolly "You planned to kidnap me, and we planned to The villain shook hi s head. round you up. You see whose. plans s ucceeded." "Too mu ch whisky," he sa id sad ly. "Well, it's all right, "Mercy!" gasped the scoundrel. I s'pose. I ought er have behaved myself." "You'll git mercy, I reckon," spoke up the scout who Then he walk ed out into the barroom, followed by the Jrnd been itching to take a hand in the "Here comes brave girl, who kept her revolver pointed at his head. ther judge, so they say." "Hello, Mavelick Mike!" called out Hop sweetly. "Velly Sure eno ugh the of the little town was coming nicee morning so be!" Word had reached lum of what had happened, and he "So ther heathen is ten din' bar, i s he?" sa id the scoun-was hastening to take charge o f the prisoners. drel, half to himself. "Well r reckon things ha s took a Wild was very g l ad of this, for he did not want to be mighty queer turn." bothered with them any furt1ier. He felt in his pocket as though h e was going to buy a He soon told the judg e all h e knew about them, and what drink, but Arietta called out sharply : they had done. "Keep right on moving!" The result was that the seven villains were taken to the "All right, gal. You've got me dead ter rights. I'm lock-u p and a s trong guard put over them. goin' ter d o j est as you say But maybe I'll git out of this, Thi s had just about happ e ned when Lame Jack and his an' then you look out!" wife rode up in the buckbo'.:l.rd, followed by severa l cowboys.


26 YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MAVERICK MIKE. When they heard about the round-up of the scoundrels they all broke into a h earty cheer. "So ther little gal took care of Ma, verick, did she?" sai d Lame Jack. "And me all takee care of um saloon," chipped in Hop, who was in the act of pouring out a drink for himself. "Well, by ginger! I've got a bart e nder, I see. Set 'em up f'ur all hands, Hop!" "Allee light," replied th() Chinaman, and he did so. It was not long after that that the proprietor discovered that the till had been robbed. Then the judge ordered the prisoners to be searched. 'l'h e money was found and Lame Jack was happy when he received it. "I'll never leave money in ther till when I go away ag 'in," he declared. "I don't care about ther rum an' ther cigars. Tliat ll be my part toward ther roundin' up of their sneakin' skunks." After he had been assured that there was no danger of the villains getting away, and that they would be taken to the county seat for a speedy trial, Wild and hi s friends set out for the ranch The spring round-up had not s t ar ted because there was too much excitement over w).1at had happened. But Ranchman Oaks and his wife and daughter were highly pleased at what had happened, and they insisted on speaking of the incident of the morning as "Arietta and the round-up." The girl bore her honors modestly. "I should not have taken any part in it, for they could have got along very well without me, if ii: had not been that the villains had planned to kidnap me," she eaid "But 1 am glad I did, however, for it did me good to see Maverick Mike get his medicine." "He ain't got what he deserves yet; but h e will when a jedge an' jury hears ther case," declared the ranchman. "Well, since it has turned out all right, I r eckon we oughter all be mighty happy. Now, if ther old woman hadn't chucked all that good whisky away la s t night we might do a little celebratin'." "She no chuckee 'way," spoke up Hop smilingly. "Me allee samee catchee in um pail. Me gittee pletty quickee." "What!" cried Mrs. Oaks, her eyes widening. "You ketched ther whi s ky?" "Lat light," was the reply; "me allee samee holdee um pail und e r um windee, and you allee samee chuckee um whisk y light in um pail. Me allee samee velly muchee smartee Chi.nee. "We ll, I never!" declared th e woman, surprised beyond wife flounced away, no doubt satisfied that there was no use in trying to make a temperance man o.E her spouse But no one got tipsy, and the next day the round up began-the round-up of the stock. Wild and his partners assisted with it, and in three days it was accomplished. '!.'hey remained a couple of days at the ranch, and as they were ab. out to leave the parson from Turner drove over, accompanied by his wife. "I thought you would like to see us married," Frank Bel ier explained blushingly, "so I arranged to have the knot tied this morning. We are going to Denver o: a wedding trip, and Maggie's mother is going with us. Her father says h e thinks he can get along for about three week s "An' I promised ter not bring a drop of liquor in ther house in that time," added the ranchman. "I'm goin' ter keep ther promise, too." There was nothing to do but to wait and see the wedding, s o our friends did so. It was a quiet affair, and few knew about it until after it had hapNened. Later on, when they were down in Texas, Young Wild Wes t and his friends learned that Maverick Mike and the six m e n he had cast his lot with were all hanged for the murder of the ranchman while Maverick had not taken part in it, he was adjudged guilty because of the company he kept. There is a lesson in this. Keep out of bad company, and you are not likely to get into trouble. THE END. Read "YOUNG WILD WEST CHASING THE MEXICANS; OR, THE 'HURRAH' AT HOT-HEAD HILL," which will be the next number ( 333) of ''Wild West Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdeal er, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION measure. SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies Hop soon produced the whisky, and then the ranGhman) you order by return mail.


WILD WEST WEEKLY. 27 WILD WEST WEEKLY NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 26, 1909. Ter's to Subscribers. Sing l e Cople s ............................ .......... One Co p y T hree non t b s ................................ One Co p y S i x nontbs .................................... One Cop.J' One Year ..................................... Postage F r ee. How 'l'o S&ND MONEY. .05 C e nts .65 $1 .25 2.5 0 At our risk send P. 0 Mo ney Order, Check, o r Registered Letter; re mittances in any other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stampe the same as cash. When sending silver wrap the coin in a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envelope. W.-ite itour name and address plainlit. .Address lette1"S to Frank Tousey, Publisher 24 U n io n Sq. New York. SOME GOOD ARTICLES It is estimated by the Department of Agriculture that last year's crop was produced and garnered at a saving of $685,000,000 over what would have been the cost of raising an equal c r op fifty years ago. This saving was accomplished by t:pe u se of modern agricultural implements. When in 1842 the United States troops finally came off victorious in their bloody seven yea1:s' war with the Seminoles, a portion of the tribe .eluded capture and fled to the fastnesses o f the Florida everglades, where they remained until the t r o uble had been partly forgotten by the whites. It is this v remnant of the Seminole nation whose members now act as vende1's of souvenirs at Palm Beach. or pile, to a uniform height, the idea came to Dr. Bigelow that a high or strong relief of design on a coin might be obtained by depressing the design below the field or face of the piece, instead of raising it above, as is done in all coinage operations. By this means the flat and uniform field would insure "stacking" coins to a height that would be uniform. In the present, coinage the wear comes on the highest points of relief. In these the fiat surface would take the wear and protect the relief. This system of countersinking a relief is claimed to be one of the oldest forms of Egyptian stone sculpture, but has been little used in modern times outside Japan, in which country it is restricted solely to wood-carving. It was never applied to coins until Dr. Bigelow undertook the experiment. The model, when presented to the President, and the practicability of this new idea in coinage, appealed so strongly to him it was at once decided that the experiment of making a coin on this principle should be tried. The de sign of a real Indian head with war-bonnet of feathers was adopted for the obverse side, and the President selected the design of an eagle, standing, for the reverse side. The new coins will bear the motto "In God We Trust," and will be made in such quantities as to afford everybody a coin who has the equivalent to exchange. I I ... GRINS AND CHUCKLES. Mrs. Gushington-Do you remember, colonel, the time y o u proposed to me, and I refused you? Colonel Courtly-Madam, it is the one moment of my life that I remember with the greatest pleasure. Sunday-school Teacher-Did you ever forgive an enemy? Tommy Tuffnut-Onst. Sunday-school Teacher-And what In Abyssinia, where all game is considered the property of noble sentiment prompted you to do it? Tommy Tuffnut-He the Emperor, Menelik, zebra hunts are conducted on an enor mous scale. One of Hagenbeck's travelers, hearing that one of these grand hunts was soon to come off, asked permission of the Emperor to take part in it and requested, furthermore, that he be allowed to take all the zebras captured to Hagen beck in Hamburg. Both requests having been granted, the traveler joined the imperial hunting party, which included no less than 2,000 Abyssinian soldiers and a great number of vil lagers, pressed into service for the occasion. A vast piece of was surrounded and the encircling lines of soldiers drawn gradually more and more closely together until finally a herd of zebras, caught between these lines, was driven to seek refuge in the bed of a river. Panic-stricken, the beasts threw themselves into the water from the high, rocky banks. At once these were occupied by some of the troops, while at a sign from the leaders over 1,000 men, with ropes in their hands, hurled themselves from the banks and swam into the very midst of the maddened zebra herd. After a few hours of terrific struggling in the water the herd was finally over powered and captured-at a cost, however, of thirty-three human lives. Preparations are now being made at the mints in Denver, wuz bigger'n me. "Jane," began Mrs. Newliwed timidly, "I don't suppose--er -that you would-er-object to my getting an alarm clock?" "Not at all, ma'am," replied the sleepy maid. "Them things never disturb me at all." Perkuson-I don't think animals have as much intelligence as many people give them credit for. Weigle-Neither do I. There was a time when I thought the gray mare that Histler drove was peculiarly intelligent because she stopped with him at every saloon; but the other day I changed my mind when I saw that the same. amount of intelligence was displayed by Histler's new auto. During a snowstorm in the Highlands the express was held up for an hour or two. The guard, a cheery Scot, with a pawky humor, passed along the carriages trying to cheer up the passengers. An old gentleman angrily complained that if the train didn't go on he would "die of cold." "Tak' my advice, and na' dae that," replied the guard. "Mind you, we chairge a shillin' a mile for corpses." \ San Francisco, and Philadelphia for the coinage of new five "Pa," said little Bobby, who had been allowed to sit up a and two-and-a-half dollar gold piec\S. These pieces will be little while after supper with the understanding that he was quite novel in their appearance, as {hey are to be struck on to ask no foolish questions, "can God do everything?" "Yes." an entirely different plan from any coin heretofore minted in "Can he make a two-foot rule with only one end to it?" "One this country. Last year while President Roosevelt was ex-more question like that," said his father, "and you will be p laining to Dr. William Sturgis. Bigelow, of Boston, the n;iepacked off to bed." Bobby was silent for a few moments, and chanlcal difficulties met with in the efforts to bring to success then asked: "Pa, can a camel go ten days without water?" t he gold coins of the St. Gaudens design, especially that refer"Yes, my son." "Well, how many days could he go if he ring to the commercia l desire that the c oins sllould "stack," had water?" 'l'he next thing Bobby knew he was in bed.


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