Young Wild West after the Death Band, or, Saving Arietta from the Secret Caves

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J.siied Weekly-By S1tbscri .JJlion $2.50 per Year. Copyri_glit, 1900, 'by, Fran/,; Tousey, PttbUs/w, 24 U11ion Sq1tme, New York. No. 334:. NEW YORK, MARCH 12, 1009. Price 5 Cents. As the man started down the flight of stone steps with Arietta, Wiid stepped from behind the Iiiohe. "I reckon you' ve gone far enough, he said, in a whisper, as he placed his hand on the leader's collar. "If the girl is not released instantly, you will die!"


,, WILD EKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, of Western Lile Iuued. SUbscription. 12.50 pe.r 11ear. Ente1ea. accord.in6 t o Act of. Congress in the vear 1909, in the ofJlce of the II Librarian of Congress, Washingto,., D. C., by F'ra11k Tousev, Ptibliijher, 2 Union. Square, ,vew York. No. 334. NEW YORK, MARCH 12, 1909. PRICE 5 CENTS. YOUNG WILD WEST AFTER THE DEATH BAND OB, Saving Arietta from the Secret Caves \ By AN OLD SCOUT. CHAPTER I. but sixteen years of age, he had since that time, which was about two or three years, been enjoying life by riding THE PECDL!i\.R SMOKE .AND THE PL.AC.ARD. about the wildest parts of the West, searching for ad venture, and fortune, too, for he was always looking out In one of the wildest parts of the mountains of New for gold in mining regions he passed through. Mexico a thin column of sulphurous smoke was rising But. adventure was his hobby, and the more thrilling it irom a crevice that ran zig-zag across a big mass o! rock was, and the more dangers he came upon, the better it that was almost cone-shaped suited him. It was in the spring of the year and the melting snow As we find him at a halt on this delightful spring on the sunny side of the steep peaks ran down in tiny morning, watching the queer-looking smoke, he is ac rivulets only to make the common purpose of meeting and companied by his two partners, Cheyenne Charlie and forming a turbulent mountain stream that went dashing, Jim Dart, and the three girls, who had been traveling seething downward to feed some creek or else to be with him for the past two years. sucked up in the dry sands of some desert waste. Cheyenne Charlie, like the boy himself, had been born 'rhe column of smoke alluded to seemed strangely 1 out and reared in Wyoming; hence he was what might be of place to the party of riders, who saw it when they termed a real Westerner. He had let his dark hair grow were yet a mile away :from the spot. until it came below his shoulders, and with a heavy mus -The party alluded to consisted of Young Wild West, tache to set off his bronzed face, he was decidedly handtbe dashing boy hero, who was known by many as the some Prince of the Saddle, because of his skill and 'daring at He had put in several years as a scout for the Army, breaking and riding wild horses, and who was the which made him a man of experience in Indian fighting. acknowledged Champion Deadshot of the West. But he lacked the qualifications to be a leader, and when Much has been written about Young Wi l d West. so it he found Young Wild West he came upon one whom he fa hardly necessary to give a detailed description of him. could follow, no matter where the path might lead. Suffice it to say that though but a boy in years, he was Jim Dart was a boy chum of the dashing .Young dead a man in every other sense of the wo;rd. He had about shot, and though he never had a great deal to say, he was attained his growth, was handsome and possessed the always on hand when wanted figure of a well-trained athlete, wore a wealth of light He, too, was a true boy of the Wild West. But it chestnut hair hanging below his shoulders, and invariably seemed that our hero had been born to be a leader, and rode a splendid sorrel stallion which he called Spitfire. his aggressiveness, and his determination to do the right His attire, which was a fancy hunting s uit of buckskin, thing, and put down the lawless bands that infested many was always neat, for he had more than one, and took I parts of the West at the time of which we are writing, pleasure in keeping himself in shape Often he went had given him a reputation that many a 11,1an old enough without the coat, and then he looked at ease in a costly to be his grnndfather would have been proud to own. blue sllk shirt, which sh9wed' off his shapely shoulders and If the skill the boy possessed was unsurpassed-which athletic form to the very best advantage. was surely the case-his coolness daring and excellent Having struck it rich in the Black Hills when he was judgment could not be matched the world over.


2 YOUNG WILD WEST AFTER THE DEATH BAND. No wonder t1ien that Wild West was one whom paid s mall wages by the Overland Company, and who the boys of America might well strive to emulate! made money by hunting and selling pelts. 'rhe girls we have mentioned were Arietta Murdock, Young Wild West had sto pped there at noon that day, the charming, golden -h aired Western miss, who was the and after covering fifteen miles since two o'clock they sweetheart of our hero; Anna the wife of Cheyenne had sud denly came in s ight of the smoke. Charlie, and Eloi se Gardner the gir l sweetheart of Jim Though we have said the spot was in one of the wildest Dart. parts of the mountains, the trail was one that was much The latter two had not been rear e d in the West, but traveled, for Firefly was a growing camp, and people were they had lived there a sufficient length of time to make going to and from it n ear ly every day ihem become used to its ways, and they had come to love But more came to the camp than those who left it, the life they were living, with its varying sce nes, pleas1 might be said with truth, for things were on the boom ures, hard s hips, excitement and dangers. at Firefly just then, and gold was being s truck in quanti Our friend s were very well equipped for the life they I ties to suit the prospect ors who came there. were le ading Besides havin g an exce llent cam ping outWhile not all were getting rich, some were making an fit, and a l ways making it a point to be welt-su pplied with average of two hundred dollars a day, whiie new placers the provi s ion s tliey needed, they had two Chinamen in and were being discovered every week o_r so. their employ, one as a cook and the other as a "handy Our friends heard of the place while they were in man." Santa Fe for a day or two and they decided to ride over These were brothers, named Wing Wah and Hop Wah and see what Firefly look ed like. The former was the cook, and the latte r the "handy 'l'h ey had al s o heard t hat there was a gang of desrnan." peradoes, calling them s elves the Death Band, located While they look ed much alike, and we're typical China somewhe re along the trail. N 0 one had been able to men s uch as are to be found at the minin g camps of to-locate them as yet, and as many robberies had been com day there was 1\S much difference between their temperamitted by them, frequent hold -up s of the stagecoach ocments and knowledge of things, as the re is between a wnlcurring, with bad results for the passengers every time, nut and an oyster a reward had been offered for the l e ader of the band, Wing was just a plain, every-day Chinaman, who was dead or alive. willing to do bis share-of the work, and then As Young Wild West and his friends rode on a few sit and doze when he bad notl1ing to do. Hop, on t h e yard s from the spot where they had halted they suddenly, other hand was t h e liveliest sort of a heathen" rounded a bend in the trail, and before them, nailed that one would be apt to come across in a month's travel. to a big tree, was -a placard which bore the following: He was an expert s l e ight-of-hand performcr1 a profes' roion a l card sharp, a l over of practical joking and rather $1,000 REW ARD! fond of whisky, which he always called tang l efoo t. The above s um will be paid for the capture of But in spite of any bad habits he may hav e had, he had Bill Dare, l eader of the ga n g known as the a warm siJot in the hearts of Young Wild West and hi s Deatn Bancl, dead or a live. All information will friends. be thankfully Teceived, with tge guarantee that 'l'hi s was becauee he had very often proved to be of the the pers on giving it will not have his name most valuable assistance to them. / divulged He had in fact, been the means-directly, too-of (Signed) J HART, Sheriff savi ng their li ves, and all through hi s cleverness, for Hop Santa Fe, M. :fighter. But of this latm' on. "That's pretty good, boys," said the young deadshot Young Wes t sat in the s addle, the I A thousand dollars isn't picked up eve ry clay. There i s thm column of sulphurous smoke that was nsrng. from a c hance for someone." the top of the cone-shaped rock,1 a puzzled expression I "You are thinking of yo1uself, I'll bet!" spoke up cnme over hi s hand s ome face. Arietta, looking at him, with a smile on her face. "What do you make out of that, Charlie?" he asked, I "Well, suc h do genera ll y interest me, Et," was t u rning to the scout, who was fully as puzzled as he \vas the reply "There i s no telling but that we may run. him se lf. across the Death Band, and if we do we'll try for that "It' s what I ca ll blamed curious, Wild,'> was the reply. reward. I haven't any u se for such ga loot s as Bill Dare. "'l'hat smoke don't come from wood burnin', that's sar W.e' ll see how much he will dare, if I happen to meet him tin. I reckon we'd better try ter find out." on even terms "Just what I think. Come on." "He won't dare to do a thing, if that ha ppens, Wild,'1 The trail they had been following was the route of the Jim Dart sai d s hakin g his h ead "I know that much." Over l and stagecoach, which plied between Santa Fe and a "Yer kin bet your life he won't!" the scout put in. hustling little mining camp fifty miles to the east, which "Wild ain't in ther habit of lettin' sich galoots do any bore the nam e of Firefly. thing. When he tells 'em t e r drop a gun, or ter hold up Half way between the two points there was a good-their hands, that's about ther only thing they do. They sized with stables attached, and here it was that don't dare ter do anything else. Great gimlets! But I hor ses were changed would like ter see yer run across him, Wild 'l'his halfway pla?e was in charge of two men, who were "If I do happen to I suppose I won't know who he is,


YOUNG WILD WEST AFTER THE DEATH BAND. I unless he happens to hold us up. Then we would be in I various parts of the territory of New Mexico have a rather tight place, since they say he has over twenty been found, which are really but the remains of the men in his band." I homes and temples of some former race, probably the "Well, we've got ter be on ther watch fur that. But Aztecs. how about that yaller-lookin' smoke we seen?" These caves, as we will call them, are still being found The scout turned and looked in the direction the smoke occasionally, and in many of them valuable relics have bad been seen as he spoke. been discovered, as well a s golden urns and the like. But a high c liff shu t off all view of the place now, as It was _in one of caves that the fire that made the they had proceeded just far enough to be excluded from a smoke anse was burmng. '7iew. The fire was smoldering in a corner, where there was a However, it must be close to the trail, so they rode on, big, wide firepl.ace that had been built of even-cut stones. after taking another look at the placard. The chimney might have been formed by natural A coliple of minutes later they came in sight of the causes, or it might have been improved upori by t\ie hand conical-shaped rock, but there was no smoke there now.1 of man. It was slightly to the left of the trail and when they Anyhow, there was a good draught to it, and a fire once got almost opposite to it our hero called 'a halt. started would bur.p. without throwing any smoke wto the "I am going to try and get up there and see where cave. the smoke came from," he said, resolutely. Just at the very time that Young Wild West was ap"Be careful Wild" cautioned Arietta. "You may be proaching there were as many as a dozen men in the cave. running into trap.:' 'rhey were and lying about on boxes and skins, "That's all right, Et," was the reply. "If I do run into and one was bendmg over the fire. a trap I reckon I'll get out again. If I don't it will be A tall, rather handsome man sat on the only thmg that the first time." could be called a chair, and he was watching the man at They all. dismounted and watched the dashing young the fire "" deadshot until he was lost sight of among the bushes and "The smoke is all done now, eh, Jake?" he remarked rocks I "Yes, Cap; it has done with fur a couple of min-''I can't help thinkin' that ther yaller smoke we seen utes now. I've put on some charcoal now. Ther yaller has got somet hin ter do with ther Death Band, as they smoke is gone, an' nothin' kin be seen comin' from ther call it," observed the scout, shaking his head. "I reckon crack now. I reckon ther boys has seen ther signal, if I better go after Wild, an' see that he don't git inter a they're anywhere nigh." trap Arietta." "Well, I hope they have. The Overland stage is com"Do so, Charlie,'' replied the girl. "I think that just I ing through about five o'clock, vind we want to stop it. about the proper thing to do." There's as much as eight thousand dollars aboard, and Cheyenne Charlie set out in the same directi o n taken I there will be plenty of passengers, too. But since there by the dashing young deadshot. lare to be six horsemen with it, to gua rd it, we will need CHAPTER. IL THE DEATH BAND AND THE SECRET CAVES. It will be in order now to find just what caused the sulphurous smoke to rise from the conical rock that loomed above the rough, jagged ones on all sides of it. The spot was just about four feet from trail, but there was a wedge-shaped wall of earth and rock that ran straight out from th' e mountainside, and this shut off all view of it until one got direCtly opposite it. But even then nothing could be seen that would indi cat e that there was anything out of the usual order of things there. But there was, jus t the same. The rounded surface, with its .crack through which the yello)Visb. smoke had been pouring, simply covered a l?ig cave. Perhaps it could hardly have been called a cave, for a cave is supposed to be an opening inothe ground formed by the hand of Nature, and this one certainly bad been the work of man. all hands, I guess That's why I ordered the signal to be sent up. We must make a clean job of it, and we don't want to have a man shot, you know. That is not our way of doing business. The Death Band is one that must live. Ha, ha, ha !" Some of the men scattered about the cave j o ined in the laugh. It was evident that the leader of the Death Band, as it was called, was a popular one "It might be that someone passing along the trai l has seen the smoke, boys,'' he went on to say, with a shrug of the s houlders. "But even so, I rather think it would be of no account. The re is no one but us who know bow to get into the Secret Caves. I was the one who made the discovery, and I am sure that I was the first to find them. I really think I was the first to set foot in them in over two hundred years. That is a good while, boys; but what we found here shows plainly that there were pretty smart men in those days. They were smarter in doing mas on work than they are to day, that's sure Why just look at that fireplace, for instance That was no doubt made for the burning of corpses. You can tell by the s hape of it that it was intended for that purpose. That flat s l ab, which we to drop to the ground, was no doubt where the bodies were stretched out when the burning took place. It might have been that they But there was nothing so strange in this, since in burned live ones, too. There is no telling about that."


YOUNG wn.D WES'r AF'rER THE DEA'l'H BAND. s hrugged his s houlder s and s miled, s howing a fine se t of teeth that wer e as white and even a s though they had been made by a "I never let it bother me about what was here, an' who they was, or what they don e, Cap," s aid one of the men, s haking hi s head "Them things i s a little too deep fur me, I reckon We're livin' now, an' we want t e r do it in good shape Let them what's gone afore us drop. We can't gain a s ingle thing by thinkin' about 'em." "That's so, Hoger s But s ometimes I think there must be gold hidden somewhete in thes e caves. They had g old, and plenty of it, in those days you know." "Well, I reckon we'd be interested if we could find s ome of it, Cap Gold i s good any time, yer know, an' that's what everyone is after these here day s." "As you seem to have learned that much, Roger s, may be you'll want to take a look around with me 'some time "Sure a s yer live, I will, Cap'n Bill Dare!" was the reply. "Good But don't forget that we have s omething im portant on ha11.d just now. The hunt for hidden gold in the Secret Caves can wait a while. What we want to-day is the gold that is in the box the s tage i s bringing over for us. They are fefching it along the trail just for u s, boys 'Maybe they don't think they are, but they are, just the same. The Death Band ne e d s it, anci they will have it, boys. Ha, ha ha But the life we lead can't be beat. We are robbers bold and our hiding place is in the Secret Cave s We ar e as s af e here a s we would b e in any pa.rt of the big earth. All we need do i s be care ful not to get' caught when we are out s ide. One thing is certain! No one can ever get in h ere after u s for we have the wa y guarded too well for that. But if that were notthe case, even, no one could find the way in. The Secret Cave s are se cret The se cret belongs to the Death Band, too Bill Dare was in an exultant frame of mind now. He got up from the old chair, whi c h looked as though i t might have been taken from som e tavern, and began walking slowly about the cave Suddenly he turned and to a doorway, which was arched at the top, and passing through, ente red a straight passage that led to a flight of s tone s tep s Down he went for at least twenty s teps and then he came to another arched cloorway. Into a wide chamber h e walked, which was easily fifteen feet below the cave where the men were gathered. Orr either s ide was a s helving of rock, so uniform that it see med that it must have been made for some important purpose. But the dust was an inch thick there now and a musty odor wa's prevalent through the underground place. Bill Dare pa ssed through the chamber without noticing anything particular He had been there many times before, so it was not new to him. 'l'he full length o.f the cave wa s easily a .feet, anrl when he had reached the end of it he turned to the left and went through another doorway. were plenty of these, for it s eemed that the Secret Caves were connected. Light came through the rocky ceiling fifty feet afiove him. It was a crooked crack that admitted it, and it 'va s possible that the break had not occurred until after the caves had been fashioned by tho se who had found the1n centuries before. But the natural light was all ri ght. If it had not been that they were light e d in that way Bill Dare, the cap tain of the D eath Band would n eve r hav e found them. In the third cave a numb e r of hor ses were stab led, and as the captain s aw that they were all right, nibbling away at their hay, he gave a nod of sat i sfactio n. "A score o.f as good as ca n b e found anywhere in this part of the country," he mutte r ed "Oh, we ar e nicely fixed h e r e What care I for the notice s the sheriff ha s posted about? Ha, ha ha! It i s to lau gh!" A wide opening a little further on, which look e d to be one that had come by accident, was now hi s objective point, and once the r e h e was look i n g out into a narrow defile whi c h ran throu g h the mountain itself, it see m ecl. The captain went out side, and then h e stood lookin g up the defile, as though he expected to see som e one com ing. If he did he was s oon gratified, for around a s li ght bend, a quarter of a mile a.way, a small band of hor s emen suddenly appeared. The villainous l eader of the Death Band gave a nod of s ati s faction. "It -is a s I thought," he muttered. "They wer e on the wa y here, and they saw the s moke sig nal. W eU, I am glad, for it will take all hands t do the j o b we hav e ah ea d of u s The Overland people are aroused, and they have given: a bond to deliver the money box s af e ly to the s melter people in Firefly. They have gone to the ex pen se of hiring a. lot of cowboy s -the m'ost daring and reckless they could find, so they say. But will see what they a.mount to when the Dea'th Band appear s be fore them." He chuckled softly, and then waved his hat to the approaching horsemen, eight in numb e r Counting himself, this made the band number exactly twenty, so it would seem that the Overland stagecoach passenge1's, driver and escort were to have a. time of it before they reached, their destination that day. The men were dressed much the same a s ordinary cow boys, and would have been taken for them, no doubt, even by the sheriff himself, if he had met them. But they were really hardened criminal s, the s ame a s those in s ide the Secret Caves, and nearly all of them were wanting in some State or Territory for the crimes they had c

YOUNG WILD WEST AFTER THE DEATH BAND. He :figured on climbing to the top of the elevation, and "That's jus t what it is. If there i s n't charcoal burnas he 'pushed his way along he 'yas on the watch for some ing somewhere close by I'll mis s my guess, that's all!" way to get up. "We'll :find where it i s then, Wild." Connected with the hill was a ridge of rocky formation, "Yes, that's ri g ht. Come on." which gradually widened as it proceeded toward the Straight for the fissure they c rept, the bu s he s and steep side of the mountain. I. rocks giving them a chance to go around without b ei ng As the boy c lambered upward he could not h elp thinksee n. ing that the top of the ridge bore a s trong semblance to They did not care if Jim and the girls saw them, but the top s of a row of buildings. they did not want anyone conn ected with the cause of While it was no exact representati o n the general outthe s moke to know the y were there. lines came close to it. The odor of charcoal gas gtew s tronger as they crept ]from the trail below no s uch a view could be taken of along close to the openin g in the Tocky surface, and in it, so that would make it unnoticed. a few seconds they were ri ght where it was emerging. The fact that they bad see n smoke coming from the Holding his breath, Wild peered over and looked down f h a s far as lrn was able to. top o t e Tocky hill was quite enough to convince our friend s that there was a cave somewh e r e under it; and He saw what appeared to be a Teg ular c himney built of when he likened the top of the ridge to housetops Wild s tones. thought that they might have been s uch once upon a It was o nly a brief glance he got at it, but that was time. 8ufficient. He had traveled considerably in New Mexico, and be "Charlie, I reckon there 's a regular dwelling place below. They t1se charcoal, so no smoke w1'll be seen whe n knew -that for caves it was a place that could h a rdly be beat. they cook. But the yellow smoke we saw came from this Wild had also heard some talk about,;the s unken towns same place, 1 am sure. JI'hat must have been sent up of the Aztecs that we1:e supposed to b e there. purposely. A signal, probably." ''.Maybe so, Wild 1 He had come across undergro und chambers that unHaving found that there was a chimney there, our doubtedly had been formed by man on two or thre e difhero was ea'ger to find out more. ferent occasions; but Arizona was the place where this He led the way t o the r ear side of the rocky hill and generally happened. then found himself looking down into a narrow defile that He was thinking of all these things as 1he slowly, but ran back to the steep sicle of the mountain. surely, worked his way to the top of the uneven hill of A turn shut off the view of it, 80 be could n ot tell just rock. where it went, though 1rn was quite s ure that it. went on There were clumps of bushes and st unted trees growing through, either in the form of a cut or und erg round. from the fissures that were filled with earth, and it was Charlie nodded as he saw what the boy was looking at. quite easy to work his way -among them.-'IIf that ain't a trail that's used putty often I'll miss One thing about it, Wild did not want to be seen from my reckonin', that' s all!" he exclaimed, in an undertone. the trail even. "It looks jest like a place where a band of bad galoots His own friends could see him; others could; too. could git in an' out of ther cave under us; an' it goes The boy was on a sec ret mission, and he felt that he around an' comes out on ther regular trail somewhere, was going to make a discovery. yer kin bet!" He did not know that Charlie was: following him until "Just what I was thinking, Charlie.n he was nearly at the top of the ascent. "S'pose we git down there an' see what it looks like?" 'l'hen the scout overtook him, for since he had s omeone "A good idea, Charlie. You have got your thinkin'-to follow, he had proceeded faster cap on to-day, it seems." "Arietta thought I'd better foller yer, an' I thought so, "Well, that wasn't much ter think about," replied the too," Charlie sai d, a s he reached hi s side. "Maybe it'll scout; but he was pleased to find that th. e young dead be better fur ther two of us ter be here. Yer can't tell shot took to his suggestions so readily. what might happen. Where there's smoke there must be Without any loss of time they began working their way fire, an' where there 's fire there must be someone ter down the hill keep it goin'." While they were up there nothing in the form of a "That's right Charlie," Wild answered, nodding his cone could be noticed by them ; but from a distance that head and smiling at him. was just the shape of t[te elevation. They both spoke in whispers, or they knew it was They soon got dow'..n, and then almost the first thing hardly safe to let their presence be known, if there was they noticed was the wide opening that led into the anyone close by. Secret Caves. The two now made their way to the top, and then the Wild was not surprised. opening in the rock through which the smoke had come 'rhe fact that there was a sort of chimney that was discovered. have been consti'ucted by the hand of man at som e time Charlie gave a nod of satisfaction and looked at Wild. or other, was enough to convince him that there was some The boy s miled at him, and then he whispereil: sort of an entrance, either open or concealed. "Do you smell anything, C)larlie ?" .-.'.Both were elated at the discovery, however. "Yes/' was the reply. "Smells like gas ter me}' There was on l y one thing to do, s ince they had found f


/ 6 YOUNG WILD WEST AFTER THE DEATH BAND. a way to get inside the underground place the smoke had come from, and that was to go in and inCHAPTER IV. vestigate. Young Wild West was not the sort to let it go at what THE UNEXPECTED VISIT OF THE CHINAllU.N. tl}ey had seen He wanted to know all about it, and his venturesome spirit was bound to lead him on. Bill Dare was very glad at the return of the rest of his "I reckon we'll go in there, Ohnrlie," sa id Wild nodmen, as has been s tated. cling his head. "Just be ready for something to happen. "Boys," he said, as they un s addled their horses, "I am It may be that we'll get into a ne s t of hornets or someglad to have you here, for I need you all. I suppose you thing worse." I saw the smoke signa l ?" "All right, Wild. Yer kin bet that my gun will bark "Yes, but we was bound fur here, anyhow, Oap'n Bill," if anything turns' up wrong. You know how much use answered one of them. "ls there anything particular on I've got fur s neakin' coyotes what hides in caves. I'm hand?" mighty sure that thi s gang is ther one ther 1 reward is say there was, Chris. The s tagecoach is offered fur. We'll sirike Bill Dare an' his Death Band commg thi s afternoon with a box of money. We waJ?.t the all right. They're right here, all readv fur us ter land." money-we need it badly, you know. There will be pas"I believe you, Charlie. But we've got to go mighty sengers, too, they most won't be broke. carefu l about this We mu stn't get caught if we can But there six cowboys commg along with the possibly help :it. Now just tread easy and have your un to protect it from the Death Band, you know. s readv g what I wanted you for There may be more than six of The scout gave a nod and then they boldly entered the them; I don't know exact;r Probably there might be wide opening. as many as twenty of them "Well, I reckon we'll soon put 'em on ther run," said Onc e ms1de they soon found the stabled horses, and Oh 'th t d f fid w h the h h ns, w1 a grea egree o con ence. en m t en t ey knew they had struck the retreat of the Death fellers once gits a look at us, with our masks on, an' ther Band big sku ll s shinin' on our breasts, they'll furgit about firin', Young Wil d West was more than pleased, as might be maybe. Oh, we'll fix 'em all right, Cap!" Stlpposed. "We .. must fix them, qne way or the other. If they It that he was to run mto an advendon't scare they will have to be shot, that's all. I want ture every tune he got through with one. I all hands to take part in the game, so there will be no Few were the days that passed in quietness with him. mistake about it. I think we had bet.ter let them have a The two walk ed through the wide chamber, treading volley from behind the rocks the first thing. Then benoisel essly. fore they know what to do we'll jump out on them and The horses looked around at them in the semi-darkness cover them. We must have that box of money. I want of the place, and one of them whinniea every man to keep that in his mind This caused them to hug close to the wall on the l eft. They all went to what might be called the main cave 'rhey soon came to the long gallery, with the dusty now, and soo.n there was animated discussion going on shelv in g of rock on either side and keeping right on The captam looked at his watch. they came to the long flight of that led upward. "It is close to .four o'clock," said he. "Ab?ut Pa here t i e l' t J cl th d f five the outfit will be commg along Put on your workmg usmg 1 y is enen, an as e soun s o 1 t b ,, voices came to their ears, rather faintly, they knew they s hs, kl d t th b 1 d tl tt 1 t th b d f 11 e v1 ams qmc y repmre o eir un rn, an 1en were pre y c o se o e an o v1 ams th b a fl' 1 h' t th t h d ey egan onnmg anne s ir s a a grmnmg "A thousand dollars reward, eh?" our hero thought, skulls painted on the fronts. as he started softly up the stone steps "I reckon that The grewsome pictures were pail.fled upon canvas, and can be made quite easy. We are in luck, I should say!" they were so natural in appearance that a master hand Charlie was thinking about the same thing, but they must have done the painting. d i d not speak to each other just then. 'rhe captain nodded when every man had donned one The two had barely reached the top of the flight when of the shirts they heard footsteps approaching. Then he coolly removed his coat and the shirt he wore, Wild 19oked around, and seeing a convenient place to and a fine s teel-linked vest WJlS buttoned about him. hide, he took the scout by the arm and pulled him in after It came high to the neck all around him, so that a him. bullet aimed at his body could but flatten without doing Twenty seconds later a man passed them and went on any damage. clown the stone steps The vest was nothing more or less than a portion of a It wa's Bill Dare, the captain of the Death Band, as suit of mail, a:qd in spite of its apparent lightness, it the reader can easi ly guess would stop a rifle bullet Waiting until he had reached the bottom, Wild stepped Over this Bill Dare put a shirt that contai ned one of out and moved around, so he might see where the man the s kull pictures. had come from It was a more expensive shirt than the rest, too; but 'l'hen it was that he got a sight of the headquarters of that was no doubt because he was the captain. the Death Band and saw the villains present. "I'll face them, boys," he said, when he had buttoned


YOUNG WILD WEST AFTER THE DEATH BAND. the s hirt. "They say I b e ar a c harm e d life and I guess Const e rn a tion seize d the twenty men composing the I do, when I hav e my coat of mail on an yhow. Four Death Band. time s I have had a bullet to land ri ght ove r my h e art, Thi s was the mos t surpri s ing thing the y had ever been and that i s why I hav e the l eft br e a s t doubly prote c ted. s ubj e ct e d to. No bull e t can e v e r r e a c h m y h eart, boys! Tha t i s wh e re But the captain quicld y r ecove r e d him s elf, and spring-the mos t of t hem a i m for too. Of c ourse I have to t a k e in g for w ard, he cau ght the ir vis itor by the arm. the chan c e s of havin g the m s h o ot at m y head But they H e saw that it was nothin g more or le s s than a China don't do that, bec ause the y always s h o ot quick ,-and it i s m a n who had tumbled down amon g them. the bod y the y aim for. I am s orr y w e h aven't mor e of the Bill Dar e was a m a n who could think and act quickly. ste e l I pa i d a n old Mexican two h un d re d d olla rs It flas h e d upon hi s mind Tight awa y that the Chinaman :his on;, a s y ou know_. H e c an t a n othe r one:. he had .fall e n dow n the chimne y accidentally, for no one s aid, s o w e 11 have to, l e t :t--go. But I 11 t a k e all the n s k 1 would hav e been fooli s h enough to try. to descend where thou ? h : s o you ne.edn t rnmd: I g ot pl ent_Y o f the c h arc oal gas was ri s ing. ancl it 1 s that which c ount s m thi s sort of bu s mess. I But whether the f ellow had been spying upon them or A faint che er went up which told how much the vilnot h e did not know. thought of the ir darin g l e ad er. "What a r e you doing here?" he demanded, a s he Captain Bill Dar e s mil ed. qui c kl y s lipp e d a m ask ove r his face before the ChinaHe was pl e ased a t the d e mon s trat ion. man had a c hance to see what he looked like. "All good m en., tri e d an d true," h e said "Well boys, Th e rest imme di ate l y turne d their face s and whe n _you a ll kno w that I h ave never yet sent on e of you whe re they loo k e d again they, too were mas ked. I would not g o m yse lf. I ne v e r will, either. L e t u s drink Th e C e lesti a l m u s t h a ve mad e the e x clamation w e have to the s u ccess o f our next hold-up f orth the r e corded w i thout knowin g what h e was doin g-or it may foamin g flagon !" b e tha t h e w a s but playin g off, for h e was now. looking One of the vbl a in s m a d e a ru s h for a sort of a closet about th e cave in a way tha t tolc;l that he was one of the tha( in th e corne r o f the cave, o ppo site the bi g fire -mos t fri ghte n e d mortal s tha t .ever drew the br e ath of place. life. H e came back qui c kl y wit h a big d e mijohn a nd a bun c h H e loo k e d a round at the mas k e d faces, shoo k hi s head of tin, c up s t h a t wer e tie d together b y the handles. sadl y and the n looked at the :fire pl a c e. On e a c h cup was p ainte d a numb e r, and on the b elt of Som e of the men grinn ed, showin g it b elow the blac k ea c h man of t h e tw e n ty w a s a numb er. mask s the y wor e A s the stri n g h o ldin g t h e c up s was untie d the c up s matte e ?" he :finally a s ked. wer e dis tribut e d accordin g t o the numb e rs, and t h e n th e ; 'You don t know what i s the matter, eh?" queried villain with the de mijohn r emove d the c ork and s tood C apt a in Bill Dar e read y to give e a c h what h e "Me f a ll ee dow n, so b e." The captain was the firs t t o b e served, and then in s in-"Yes, that's right." gle file they s tepp e d up ''Me climbee upp e e hill to lookee where my fliend s ; me Wh e n a ll w e r e r eady a motion from the cap tain and w a lkee b y um clack in um g lound; l e n me sme llee some-the cup s w e r e raised to th e ir lips. tli n g l a t makee s i c k ee, s o b e B a n g bang-clic ket y "He r e's s u c cess to a li o ur und erta kings, boys," h e s aid b ang M e come e down allee s amee before me say Jack e e "and death to o u r e n emies!" Lob in son!" A c r y o f ap prov al follo w e -cl and th e n the cups wer e 'l'h e way in whi c h h e s p o k e was innocent and truthful, emptied. a s w e ll as humorou s Durin g all this tim e no one was on g u a rd which showe d The c aptain lau g h e d now. how s afe the vill a in s tho u ght they wer e H e thou ght it was the truth he was hearing. 11The t i n c up s clink e d a ncl jing l ed, the m e n lau g hed and "So you c limb e d the hill ta" look for your friend s eh?" then came a startling inte rruption. he sai d And you w e r e o v ercome by s omething that The r e was a r a ttl e a nd a clatt e r in the c himney and s mell e d s t r an ge l y, a n d then you came down here mighty down came sev e r a l s t o n es a nd a pil e of dirt landin g in s udd en-is that it?" the big pot that was h a n gin g ove r t h e c har c o a l fir e "Lat allee li g ht. Oh, don : t hurtee um poor Chinee .The cook for the band h a d been makin g a veni s on M e a llee samee vell y muchee Me go to um Sunstew, and i t .was nearl y don _e. day S c hool in Flisco !" But wh e n h e saw the mess of s tone s and dirt come "Ha, ha, ha!" down and the pot became overturned, he uttered a cry Bill Dar e lau g h e d he a rtily. of di s ma y "Me lik ee gittee outee !" a nd acting a s though he was But that was not all g etting mor e fri gh t e ned all the time the Celestial ran Scarc e ly a sec ond e l a psed b e fore a human body ci>me bac k to the fir e plac e down, landin g alm ost s qu a r e l y in the fire and boundin g But the moment h e g ot a whiff of the fumes of the from it like a rubb e r ball! burnin g c har coal h e utte r e d a frightened shriek and "Hip hi!" c ame fromit in a s hrill fal s etto voic e "Me dropp e d to the floor of the cave. allee samee dlop down um c himney! Me um Chinee ''One of you g o out s id e and look around, boys," said Santa Clau s so be! Hip hi! Hoolay !" the captain. "Maybe hi s friend s are in s ight."


I YOUNG WILD \YEST AFTER THE DEATH BAND. 'I' he man called Chris quickly left the main cave, head ing for the lower ones. Meanwhi l e the Chinaman began begging for his life to b e spared. ''Me aHee samee velly g oodee Chinee !" he declared. "Me no likee lookee at um men with um faces covered, and u;n dead man's faces on um bleasts Me wan tee go bae;kee to China, so be!" CHAP'I'ER V Hop move

YOUNG WILD WEST AFTER THE DEATH BAND 9 "If he proves himself worthy, and cooks well or us, in time he may become a full-fledged member of the band. But, on the other band, if we find that he is a spy he will b_r dropped into the hole that has no bottom." Hop s hook his head and groaned. "Me no spy ; me velly gooclee Chinee," he declared. "Me 1.ikee lillee job to cookee or you, s o be. Me velly goodee cookee." "Well, s'pose yer try your ha11d at gittin' s upper ready, then?" s poke up the man, who u s ually did the cooking for the band. "You upset ther pot of venison s tew I was makin'. It was jest about done, too, which is a shame." "We will have to wait until after our job is clone be fore we eat s upper, boys," said the captain. "I wanted that stew real bad, and I mean to have it yet. Let the Chinaman try his luck with you, Pete. If he don't know how to make it you can help. We will leave you here with him. When we come back we won't feel to wait very long for our s upper, you know." "All right, Gap," l?ete answered. "We've got plenty of st uff ter make another tew with." "Me helpee," spo ke up Hop. "Me no care if 11(1e gittee goodee job here. Me likee makee plenty money, so be." "Well, how much did you get a month from the people you were with?" .the captai n asked. "Me no workee month," lied the Celestial; f'me no havee um payday." "ls that so? Well, what did they agree to pay you?" "No makee um allangements. When we gittee to um place where ley gold len ley tellee whattee gittee um month." "Oh, I see! You had a rather uncertain job of it. Didn't know what kind of a job it was, in fact. Well, you just behave yourself and do the right thing here, and maybe you'll come out a big winner." "Allee light. Whattee me callee you?." Hop brightened pP as if by magic. "Captain Bill Dare is my name." "Allee light." "I am leader of the Death Band." Hop shook hi s head. \ "Lat allee light," he declared. "Me hear 'boutee um Death Band. Velly bad Melican mans, so be. But me no care. Me cornee China. Me do allee samee whattee me told, so be. Me wantee nfakee lillee money. Allee samee pletty muchee dead bloke now, so be." 1 To prove this, the clever Chinaman pulled out a well worn pocketbook and opened it. 1 Only a few pieces of silver could be see n in it and a five-dollar bill, which looked as tliough it had been folded so long that it was about ready to break into pieces. "You ain't exactly broke," observed Pete, the cook. "But you're leanin' toward that way, I reckon." '"Me wanteE: gittee fifty dollee, and len me feel velly muchee happy, so be." 1 If the villains had known that he had more than a thousand dollars on his. person at that very moment they would not have acted theway they did. But Hop was certainly carrying out his part, and he was in a fair way. to win out, and without help, too. As yet he had not been asked who his employers were, ::incl in case he was asked he was not going to tell them. He knew it was quite.. likely that the fame of Young Wild West and his partners had reached that part of the country, and if that was the case it would be rather sur prising if the members of the Death Band had not hearl. of him Hop put his pocketbook back in his pocket, smiling sadly as he did so. Then. he started in to help Pete clean up the muss he had caused. This move seemed to please the captain greatly. "I think the heathen is all right, s o long as we keep him in here, boys," he said to three or four of them in an undertone, so Hop could not hear it. "Some gang picked him up, and were taking him to Firefly with them, waiting to find out how were befor e agreeing to pay him anything. If he had gone on with them they would probably put him work with a pick .between cooking times. A Chinaman don't sta nd much of a chance around thi s part of the country." "Tha 's right, Cap," the man named Rogers replied. "I don t s'pose it makes any difference who h e works fur, as long as he gits a little pay fur it." "Well, I'll see to it that he gets paid if he deserves it." CHAPTER VI. CHARLIE'S FIGHT Vl'ITH THE OUTLAW. Young Wild West an? Cheyenne Charlie were hiding where they could hear a11 that took place in the main cave of the Death Band; and they could see some of it, too. It was very intere st ing to them, and not a little a.mus ing Hop's sudden descent into the cave s urprised them about a s much as it did the vi1lains, and they were ready to start in shooting, providing the men decided to put an end to the Chinaman. But the way Hop worked it made them realize more and more what a genius he was. Our hero and the cout now kn e w all about the pro posed hold-up, and they meant to prevent it. To spoil the game of the Death Band would be the thing to do; and to capture Bill Dare, the leader, the next. But since Hop had dropped clown the chimney Wild's plans had to be altered. 'l'he clever Chinaman must be take n away from there. There was only one way to do this with any certainty, and tliat w'as to wait until the villains went out to get ready for the hold-up of the stagecoach The place the two had found to hide themselve s in was a niche in the rocky wall that had broken away in the course of time, and it was so situated that they could crouch behind part of the wall and be unobserved even if anyone chanced to halt right before it. .But neither Wild nor the scout feared being caught by the villa.ins in the Secret Caves.


10 YOUNG WILD WESTVAFTER THE DEATH BAND They f elt certain tha t they c ould get outs id e q ui c kl y Ne i t h e r the m h e ard the two u n til they w e r e within e nough if the y w e r e cau g h t, and most l i k e l y th e D eath a few fee t of th e m Band would b e l es\l in numb e r s b e f ore they d id too. The n C h a rli e coug h e d on purpose to attract th e i r atEver y now and the n they t ook a p eep, and they coul d t e ntion. 0 see that Hop was getting alon g swimmin g l y H e llo, M i s l e r Wild! H e llo Mis l e r C harl i e !" c alled He was a ssis ting the man named Pete wit h the m a kin g out t h e cleve r C hin a ma n, a s h e saw t hem. Whatt ee of another veni s on s tew. you a llee sa mec d o h e r e ?" T he out laws s eem e d to h ave p l enty of provision s there, The o th er occu pant of th e c ave g ave a gas p of astoni s hso there was n ot h ing to the m going ri ght ah ead. m c n t A s tream of water trickled down thro u g h t h e cav e o n H a nd s up y ou s n e akin g coyo te !" excl a im e d Wild no t o ne side, so they d i d not hav e to go f a r for that, either n o ti c in g what Hop s aid It seemed to be a rathe r l ong wait but the y oun g d e ad. The muz z l e of .a r evolver w as l e v e l e d squar e l y at him, s hot a n d h i s partner did not mind it s o v e r y mu c h s o t h e r e was n o t lung for P e t e to do but to obey the com-'rhey felt it their duty to ge t Hop out of the cave, and mand t h e y w e re g oing to do it. His face turned dead l y p a le, howev er, and hi s kn ees s hook. The n they woulcl turn their attentio n t o the hol d-up bu s iness. It was not l ong after th e s t e w was han g in g over the fire again t h at Captain Bill Dar e call e d a ll hand s to the ir f eet. He had looke d a t hi s w a t c h and h e now s aid: "Come, b oys! W e mu s t g o and b e r eady to get the m o ney box Onc e the D e ath Band get s it s af e l y into the Se c r e t C a ves we c an d e f y all the s h e riff s in the c ountr y Come The re ar e nin e teen o f us, a nd I think w e w ill win w itho u t getting a scratch P ete will s ta y h e r e :with the Ch inama n so there will be a g ood s upp e r awaitin g u s w h e n we r eturn T hen the villains mas ked to a m a n a nd wearin g their h ideo u s lookin g s hirts, :file d pas t Wilcl find C harli e and w ent on down to where the hor ses were. Of course the two kn e w pr etty mu c h a ll ab<{ut the caves now, for they had see n the rest o f the b and come in and h a d h e ard a ll the c onver s ation that follo w ed. Wild knew that they mu s t hurry, i f t hey w oul d get t o wher e J im and the gir l s wer e waitin g a h e ad of the out laws 'l'hey both knew that the d efile mu s t come out a t least half a mi l e above the spot w h e r e their c o m p a ni o n s h a d been l eft, but from what they had h e ar d the vill a in s ini ght ri d e along the trail in tha t direction a nd if the y h appe n e d to do this the y mi ght tak e a n o tion t o capture th e g irl s and s hoot Jim Dart a nd W 1 n g "We' v e g ot to get a move on us C h a rlie," w hi s p e r e d the cla s hin g youn g d eads hot "The r e i s no u s e in g oing a t it in a roundabout way, eith er." "That's ri g ht, Wil d," was the re pl y W e' ll j est s n e ak in an make that g aloot in the r e with Hop under s tand that if he want s t e r l ive h e s g ot ter keep hi s mouth s het till w e git him fixe d Li s t e n i n g they heard the clatt e r of h oofs on the s to ne floor of the cave b e low. Then the y knew th e D e ath Band was l e a v ing But not s ur e that the y c ould not hear a s hout for help, pro v iding the man c all e d P ete might g ive one, Wild wait e d until the s o u nd s cea sed Then h e s tepp e d out of th e nich e a nd boldl y walked into the ID[pin c ave. The s cout was ri ght at bis s ide whe n h e g o t the r e Hop a n d t h e v ill ain s at n ear th e c h a rcoa l :fire, t a lkin g a w a y a t a gr eat rate. S o unexpect e d w e r e t h e tranger s that h e coul d not b egin to thi nk how it was possibl e for the m to get th e r e Don't s h o ot y oun g fe ll e r h e said. I ain t don e nothin Me an' th e r C hinee i s j es t takin it e asy h e re, that's a ll." "Lat li ght," nodd e d Hop ; "we allec samee takee v e ll y ea sy, s o b e "I s hould Tec kon so," observed the scout as h e took a look around the c ave. "'rhis i s a m i ghty fine place fur a r o bber g ang, ain't it? Bill D a r e ha s sartin l y g ot it :fixe d up in s hape, a ll ri ght. Wild s t e pp e d up to di s arm the m a n H e took t h e revolver from hi s b elt and b a nd e d it to H o p The n he r e a c h e d for the l o ng-bl a d e d hunt i ng kn ife. But ju s t the n P e t e dr e w bac k q ui c kly and r a n lik e a d e er But a s qui c k a s h e was, h e did not get many s tep s b e fore C h a rli e g rabbed him. But h e had hi s knif e yet ancl drawin g it h e mad e a s lash at t h e scout. Ah!" ex claim e d Charli e "Do yer. w ant t e r :fight? All ri ght." H e h a d dodged the thrust easily a nd in less tim e than it ta kes t o writ e it h e hacl his own bowi e in hi s hand. Clash-clas h Th e two blades c am e togethe r for P ete was cer tain l y wi)lin g to fight. Youn g Wil d Wes t did 'IlOt offe r to inte rfer e H e kn e w that the villain h a d brou ght it all on h i mself, and if h e died now it would b e hi s o wn fault and a w e ll m e rit e d fate Cheyenne Char l ie kne w somethi n g about 1rnndl in g a bowie k n ife. P e t e mi ght h a v e thought he did too, but he was mi s tak e n, c ompared to his adver s ar y Around t h e cave they w ent, Char l ie try in g to ke e p hi s foe where the li ght was the s tron ges t s o h e cou l d watch hi s e v e r y move Pete was desperate. H e see m e d to hav e for g ott e n t hat if he s hou l d maste r t h e man h e was :fighting with h e s till had the boy, who hacl mad e him ho l d u p his hand s at the s tart, to contend with. H e struc k right and l e ft w ith hi s J (nife and trie d h i s level best to e the b l ade into Char l ie's b r east


YOUNG WILD WEST AFTER THE DEATH BAND 11 -====== ==============================;===================================== But each attempt was clever l y parried. Charlie kept pricking him with the point of his knife He did this to show him that he was hut at his mercy. But the villain would not give up There could be but one result to such a fight! As Pete made a desperate effort, and tried to force an open i ng, so he might put in a blow that would finish the fight, Charlie side s tepped and gave out a quick thrust that settled the business The outlaw dropped to the floor of the cave with scarcely a groan. "Come on," said Wild, "we must get out of here. Hop, we won't go the way you came in. There is another way." "Allee light, Misler Wild Me likee gittee outee, so be. But urn skull mans no hurtee me, so be. Me allee samee foolee lem ''I know you did We were right here when you came down the chimney. We understand the whole thing. This way." L'eaving the man where he dropped, Charlie went along 'with Wild and the Chinaman Down the stairs, through the long chamber, and then inlo the cave where th e hor ses were kept they went But they did not linger here. The opening was right the re, and out they went. Then they clambered up the rocky hill and were soon working around it to the side next the trail. As the y came down they found that Jim and the girls were now here to be seen. But the sharp whistle in imitation of the call of a quail quickly sounded, and then they knew where they were A minute later they joined their waiting companion's "We allee samee gittee back allee light, Missy Alietta," said Hop bowing to the girl. But she paid no attention to him just then. Arietta was eager to hear what had happened, and she wanted to h ear it from Wild. The story was quickly told Then Wild informed them what the Death Band was going to do. I reckon we'll nip their game in the bud," he said. CHAPTER VII. THE HOLD -UP I S PREVENTED. "Do you know just where they are going to make the hold-up, Wild?" Jim Dart asked. "No; but not very far from here I reckon. The stage coach is t1ue at the spot at about five o'clock. It is not very far from that time now. He looked at his watch as h e s poke a n d found that it was tweniv minute s to five. After tlunking for a minute he came to the conclusion that they had better wait right where they w:ere. Somethi n g told him that the stagecoach would be at tacked right in the neighborhood of the Secret Caves .. '--. __...,.-,._. -"We'll wait he r e until five, anyh o w," he s ai d "The n if the outfit do:q't show up we' ll go back u ntil we fin d it." While they were waiting Hop gave a g r aphic account of how h e had tumbled down the chimney into the cave. When he had done Arietta looked at hiiu and said : "I told you not to leav e us, Hop. But I'll forgive you this time. You are a very lucky Qhinama.n, anyhow s uppose Wil d and Charlie had not been then?" "Oh, me velly soonee makee um Melican man callee P e te allee samee lettee me gittee o u tee Me givee him um lille e dlink whattee allee samee makee go s l eepee pl etty quickee, s o be. gitee 'way allee lig ht." "That's ri g ht, Hop; I reckon you woul d have got away. One man couldn't hav e s topped you." It was Wild who said this, and he spoke as though h e meant it. The Chinaman grinned If there was anything he liked it was praise from Young Wild West. The girls were very much interested in the story they h ad heard about the Secret Caves. It occurred to all three of them right away that there must be gold hidden somewhere in them "Oh, Wik!!" said Arietta "I s hould like to go through the caves after the Death Band has been routed. We might find s omething quite worth our whi le, you know." "All right, Et; I reckon we'll have a chance to go through all right. But we'll have to clean up this gang first. There are nineteen live one s left, you know; and they are des perate fellows. They won't give in very easy, you can bet on that! "But they'll give i n or die, though," s poke u p the s cout "When they tack l e ther job they've got on hand in a few minutes from now I reckon they' ll be surprised When they start ter shoot from ambush it means that we're goin' ter shoot ter kill Ain't that right, Wil d?" "Yes, Charlie But we m ustn't give t h em a cha nce to shoot down the guards, w h o are coming wit h the stage coach. Their scheme m ust be n i pped in the b u d "Well, yer kin count on meter do my art, anyhow "We all know that, Charlie. We all-hark There comes the s tagecoach now! She mu s t be a little ahe ad of time Come on, boys! Girls, you and the Chinamen will s ta y ri ght here." Then the dashing young dead shot s prang upon tbe back of his s orr e l s tallion, Spitre, and rode from behind the ro c k s and bushe s to the trail. Charlie and Jim followed suit s o q u ick l y that the girls hatl no chance to make a rep l y The clatter of the wheel s kept right on, the sounds drawing near er all the time. Around a bend the three galloped, and just t h en a shot rang out. At the same moment the four hor ses p u lling t h e stage coach came into view But Wild sca rcely sa w them. He was looking in the direction the shot came from and as he saw a man placing a rifle to his shou lder a s though to fire a second s hot hi s own Winchester was leveled. Crang


12 YOUNG WILD WE. T 'l'HE DEATH BAND. As the sharp report rang out the man thrc\r up his But Wild wanted to find out what damage had been arms, dropped the rifle and fell forward from the rock done, and when he learned that the driver was the only he had been crouching upon. one who had been wouncJcd he a nod of satisfaction Another man sprang into view, and then the scout's While the wound was being bound up he told them all rifle s poke he knew about the Death Band, and the informa tion h e Down he went, following almost the exact com 'te 0 the had obtained by listening to some 0 their conversation. other. But he did not tell that he had been ri ght inside their Galloping horses then came around the bend, each with secret q1iarters. a cowboy on its back. Wild tho u ght that unnecessary, as he wanted to have Crack-crack-crack! the honor of captu rin g the leader of the band. 'l'he s hooting became fast and furious, for the ma sked Anyhow, it would have been ext r emely risky for anyone gang had become s uddenly demoralized, and they showed to enter the Secret Caves just then, for the villains would themselves unconsciously. s urely be on the watch. "Give it to them, boys !" s houted Young Wild West. 'l'he place where the hold-up had been attempted was "Don't let one of them get away. Follow them up! ri ght close to where the placard was posted, and 't>ointing Watch where they go!" that way, our h ero said: Bill Dare the leader, in s pite of hi s s uit of mail, did "I sec that the sheriff offers a reward of a thousand not show himself ju s t then. dollars for Bill Dare, dead or alive Well, we are going His men, however, realiz e d that help had come to the to try for that. r e ,rnrd. We don't exactly need the thou stagecoac h from an unexpect e d source and they were sand dollars, but it will come in handy when we get it, of doing their best to get away. cour se However, honor of nabbing the scoundrel is It so happened that they had e nscon ced themselves in r ea ll y worth more than the money. We rnther like to a place where it was possi ble to gallop away under cover hunt down outlaws and bad Indiani:;; it has become a oI the rocks, and they were now making for the defile as sort of second nature to u;;, you know." as their horses could carry them. I know," spoke up the passenger, who had recognized But Bill Dare found himself cut short of the chance them. "I see n you fellers before. I 've heard lots about to follow them without s howing himself as a target. r yer, too. I don't s'pose yer know me, but I know you. I He mounted hi s horse and rode around among the seen yer down in Silver City about three months ago rocks until he managed to get betwe e n our friend s and "Well, I am glad there is somebody here who knows the girls. u s," the boys answered. "But I reckon we'd better go The re was another way to get around to the defile, and and find out how the boys who went after the masked in order to get there he mu s t go directly past the s pot galoots made out. I ha ven't heard any shooting going they were waiting at. on, Ro it's dollars to doughnut:,; that they haven't found The villain quickly pulled off his mas k and buttoned them." the velvet riding coat he had 'donned before leaving the "It ain't likely they've found 'em, that's so,'' the driver Secret Caves over his brea s t thus concealing the hideou s observed. "You_ kin bet they've got a place ter hide, al l sk ull that was on hi s shirt front from view. right. But it gives me good satisfaction ter know that Meanwhile the stagecoach had come to a halt. ther galQOt what winged me got hi s medicine putty The mounted cowboys, who had been hired to come quick! I see n him go, I did !" with it, so it might be prote c ted from the Death Band, "Well, I shot him, I reckon He was getting ready to were gathered around it, and much excitement prevailed. take another shot, and I let go at him. I can't say that 'l'he first shot fired by the masked villains had brought I lik e to i.akc the li fe of a human being, but there arc the driver, with a bullet in his l eft forearm. I times w,hen it must .be done Such fellows as they arc That was the only casualty the outfit had suffe red, and s houldn t be allowc-ct lo run at large, anyhow. The.v as .it was nothing like a seriou s wound, all hand s were meant to into your ranks, and they didn't care how jubil a nt. many they killed. 'They wanted the money box, and they Young Wild Wes t and his two partners rode up feelino-w e re going to get it, no matter how many had to die bcsure that tlie Death Band had beat a retreat 'for fore they get it. But they won't try mall:y more hold Secret Ca,.ves. up s around h ere, I'll g uarantee that. We are goin g to get One of the passengers, who had jumped out of the them. We'll try to take the alive, too." vehicle, revolver in hand, no sooner saw them than he Just then a shout was heard clown the trail, and turnu ttered a s hout. ing their gaze that way, they beheld a Chinaman running "It's Young Wild West an' hi s two pards !" he cried around t h e bend. "They came jest in time boys! Hooray fur Young Wild It was Hop, and it was easy for our h ero to tell that Wes t, ther Champion Deadshot !" somethin g was wrong. The cheering awoke the echoes. The horses pricked up "Misler Wild! Misler Wild!" h e shouted, waving his their ears more than they did when the was in arms. "Um boss of um Death Band allee samee gittee progress. Missy Alietta I Hully uppee !" There was something that was so dashing about the Young Wild West turned pale. boy, as he sat there upon the sorrel stallion, that those But he did not let hi s wonderful coolness leave h1m. who had neither seen nor heard of him could not help "Come on, boys!" he exclaimed; and away he rode joining in the cheering. l ike the wind.


YOUNG WILD WEST AFTER THE DEATH BAND. 1 3 11 CHAPTER VIII. ARlET'.rA IS TAKEN TO THE SECRET CAVES. Arietta could hardly keep following Wild a n d his partners when they set out to meet the stagecoach But -since her dashing young lover had told them to remain there, she felt that she must do so. But after the shooting was over her curiosity and de sire got the best of her, and turning to Anna and Eloise, she said: "It is all over-as far as any shooting is concerned, so I'll go up there and find out what happened "Better stay here," the scout's wife replied "You can't tell what might happen." "Oh, there is no danger of anything happening now. The villains have been put to rout, that's sure I'll come right back as soon as I find out how they made out." As she knew it was but a short distance to where the stagecoach halted, she started off on foot. Rifle in hand, she went around the rocks and reached the trail. my Stars, for Firefly is about the worst camp I ever struck. You are sure your friends drove off the road agents, Miss?" "No; not sure. But if I was going to bet I would bet that way," Arietta an s wered, completely deceived by the man's manner. Anna and Eloise, as well as the two. Chinamen, were listening to the conversation, and only one of the four had any 'Suspicion that the man was not what he was representing himself to be. 'This was Hop. He felt certain that he had beard that voice before, and he could not help linking the horseman with the leader of the Death Band. But he had not seen the face of Bill Dare, and thinking that it was impossible for that villain to be in that spot just then, he simply waited to see what would follow. Hop did not have very Jong to wait, either. T he horseman halted right close to the girl, and a slight presflure of his heel caused the animal to swing around suddenly toward her. Then as Arietta made a move to step back 9ut of the way, the villain suddenly leaned over and caugh t her about the waist. It was at that very minute that a horseman came riding Bill Dare was a powerful man, and it ivas no great task along from a direction opposite to that where the shoot for him to draw her up across the horse's ueck. ing had been going on. The ground being s oft, and as hfs horse was at a walk, 'l'he scream that came from t)1e girl's lips happened the horseman had made little noise in his approach, and just at the very time that the cowboys and others were he was right upon the' girl before she was hardly aware of cheering for Young Wild West, so it was not heard by his presence. the young deadshot and his partners. Arietta never hacl the least that he was one of the Away he dashed across the trajl and amon the rocks Death Band, much le1ss the captain. and trees that were plentiful on the other side. But such was the case, nevertheless. The horseman That the horse knew way was evident, for was no other tha.n Bill Dare. Dare had all he could do to hold the on the animal He had worked his way around among the rocks, and with him. had come out upon the trail on a : little hill, nearly a quar-But he soon had her aims pressed to her sides, and ter of a mile away then he swung a loop of a short piece of rope he had with Almost the first objects he saw when he looked towa ; rd him over her head anrl slipp13d it down. the scene of the rout were the three .girls and the ChinaGetting it where he wanted it, he drew it taut, and men. then she was fast. All Chinamen looked alike to him, so he did not think "Now then, Miss Golden Hair," he said, a s he pressed that one of them was the identical fellow; who had tumthe muzzle of a big revolver, under her nose, "you just bled down the chimney into the cave. scream again and it will be your last! I am Bill Dare, But he had seen the three, who had gone to the rescue captain of the Death Band, and a more desperate man of the stagecoach party, and he thought it safe to :venture never lived than I am! If you want to live just keep back to where the little party gathered. quiet." 1 The sight of the girls was qui.te enough to make him Arietta had experienced so many thrilling situations feel like ta king the risk, anyhow, for Bill Dare was one that were similar to this one that she knew just what who always had an eye \ for a beautiful girl. to do. He did not know whether they were pretty or not, but She rei;nained perfectly silent, and. her coolness re when he came upon Arietta he found that he w as l ooking turned to her right away. I at one of the prettiest girls he had ever seen 1'he moment it flashed upon her mind that her dash"Oh, I am not alone!" was the cool reply. "I have ing young lover knew just how to get in and out of friends close by They are right behind the there Secret Caves it made her feel that he would find a way to I was just going over to see how Young Wild West and save her. his partners made out They started off to prevent a "Ah!" said the captain, as he saw tha.t she was calm hold-up of the stagecoacli, and by the way the rifles and and collectecl, and did not offer to scream again. "You revolvers cracked for about a minute, '[ rather think the are what I call a very sensible girl. You are one among road agents got what was coming to them.'., a thousand, I might r say. That's right. Just take it ('Hold-up! Road agents!" gasped the villain with af easy, Miss Golden Hair. You'll be all the better fo:i; it, fected sm}>rise. "What have I run into? I am on my I am sure," way to Santa Fe, and if I ever get there l will. th.ank The wa_s simply a_ littfo jog while he


.. 1 4 YOUNG WILD WE S T AFTER THE DEATH BAND. was talking, for the way was too rou g h for an y s peed to and even the n it l ooke d a bout much like an opening be made that did n o t ext en d fa r into the earth a s an y thin g e l se. But Bill Dar e was n ea rin g the d efile now,' and in three But whe n th e y got to it, a nd the hor se w ent on in s ide minutes more h e woul d b e the re he kn ew, unless some I th e cav e Arietta kn e w t h a t s h e h a d r eac h e d h e r destina thing extraordinar y hap pe n ed. tion I Somethin g extrao rdin a r y h a d alr e ad y happen ed. The "We ll h e r e w e are," s aid C apt ain B ill D a re, a s he d i s s udden app e aran ce of the dashin g y oun g deadshot and mount ed. / "You a r e no w in the S ecre t Caves, w hi c h hi s partner s had been e nou g h to d e m o ralize the gang of s ome f ooli s h p e r sons will no doubt cons id e r g reat wh e n villains, and to mak e the l e ad e r for ge t that he wore a the y are discove red l o n g aft.e r w e get throu g h with them. c oat of mail und er lii s shirt. The y are t he r e main s of big buildings tha t exi s t e d a couWhen at l e n gth the y r e a c hed the mouth of the defi l e, ple of centuries a go, Miss Golden Hair. Quit e w o nderful whic h was about three hundred y ard s from the entrance to you, I s uppo se to the Secre t Caves, Ari etta turned her e y e s upon the "Oh, I am used to see in g things that are c all e d wons coundrel's face and s aid : derful," was the cool r e joinder. "So you ar e Bill Dare the l e ad e r of the D e ath Band, are you ?" "Yes, Miss Golden H a ir," was th e r eply, with a s mi le. "What do you .think of m e ? "Oh, I think you a r e a ll r i ght-for on e of your kind! But l e t me t e ll y ou some thin g Only thi s afternoonCHAPTER less than two hour s a g o I w ill say-I was r e adin g the p l acard that i s tack e d to a tree alongside the trail. A HOW THE C OWBOY C Ai\I E T O BELIEVE H O P'S S TOR Y tho u sand doll ar s r e ward i s offe r e d for you, dead or a live Young W il d West and p artne r s are g oin g to get that Hop kn e w who it was whe n h e :::aw the m a n pn11 rewa r d Ari e tta o n the hor s e with him an d ri de off. Who i s Youn g Wild Wm:t J\Iiss G old e n H air? I b e -The n h e e a s il y under s tood wh y h e thou ght h e reco g lieve you menti one d that na m e b efo re, didn't you?" nized th e voice. "!OU have never heard of hi m then ? Ariett a Th e Chinaman l o s t not a inom eht, but w ent running fe e l m g s ure tha t h e h ad, b y th e e xpression o n hi s face. for the s pot whe r e the s ta g e coac h wa s at a halt on the "'We ll, it see m s t o me I h ave I think I read som e I t 1 about him a Santa Fe pap e r lon g ago. H e called out what haJ h a ppened, a s ha s been re c ord-1s called a champion d eads h o t, or sornethmg of t h e kmd, e d and when he saw the das hing y oun g d eadshot mount is n't he?" "W 1 1 d h t h 1 1 d H 1 111s hor s e he beckoned for him to com e that way e n e ver mm w a e i s ca e e i s on y a boy, but h e -will sure l y s how you that he can do thi ngs. Wild, followed b y Charli e .and Jim a _nd a ll the Noth ing suits him b etter than to get after s uch m e n a s c o wboys, rode down the trail, the Chm a m a n l e adm g the you a r e way. "Ha, ha, ha!" Hop k new jus t where the villain went when h e crossed 'rh e captain l a u ghed, as t hough what s h e s aid amused the trai l t hou g h lrn had disa pp e ared so quickly with hi s h fair captiv e that n e ithe r Ann a n o r E loise ha d t im e to :fire im. "You don't s eem to rea lize that I am s omething more a s hot, eve n if they had f.d t cap able of b r in g in g the hor s e than an ordinary individua l," he went on to s a y "Why, down, witho u t running a bi g ri s k of bitting the g irl. what do you s uppo s e I care for tqis Youn g Wild West? "He go lat way, Mis l e r Wild!" H o p s hout e d pointin g I am not afraid of the sheriff or the gove rnor and all t h e to the exact s pot where the man had di s app e ar e d with troop s in the territory I am Bill Dare Da r -e, Dare Arietta Do you catc h the m e anin g of the word?" Anna Eloi s e and Win g w e r e out from behind the rock s "Oh yes But a p e r s on can dar e o nce too ofte n, you now, and they, too, pointed out the direction and s houted know. for them to hurry. "That's ri ght. Young Wilcl Wes t will find that out if But the one bad t h ing abou t it all was that the g round h e g e t s a f ter me, Miss Gol d e n Hair. Ha., ha, ha The was rn hard and s to n y t hat the p rints of horse s h oof s i dea of a boy tak i n g m e c1eac1 or aliv e It i s to l a u g h. would not s how Ari etta s mil e d s cornfully 'rha t caused more or less d e l ay of cour se. But s h e s aid no mor e ju s t the n, for they h ad e ntered But our h e ro and C harlie lm e w ex actly where the enth e n a rrow defile and s h e was l ookin g for t h e hiding trance to the S e cret Caves was l o c ated s o they felt t hat place of the outlaw s they were bound to find it, an y how The girl was remarkably cool now. She hardly fear e d "I reckon h e h as h a d tim e to ge t there boys," our liero h e r captor, for as y e t h e had not offe r e d an in sult to h e r. s aid k e epin g cool as thou g h nothin g of a se riou s nature So long a s he act e d in t h is way she would not care had h a ppened "We won't try to follow him on hors e m u ch, s ince she was confident of being s aved by her das h -bac k We'll go there on foot. Ari etta ha s got to b e ing young 1over s av ed." The wide e n tra nce to the Secret Cave s coul d not b e "The re ain't :i;io mi s tak e in what he s ays, boy s," Cha r lie 1teen unt il a bend was r ou n ded a h u n d r e d ya rds from it, h a s tened to say, a s he turned and nodd e d to t h e cowboys


YOUNG WILD W.EST .iFTER THE DEATH BAND. 1 5 "There's gain' ter be a fight, I reckon. Them galoots Hop came up the hill, followed by two of the passengers won't let us git in ther Secret Caves any kiud of fashion." of the stagecoach "Secret Caves, yer say?" one of the cowboys saiu look -The Chinaman was smiling in ms "child-like and ing surprised. "Is thht where ther galoots hang out?" bland" and the cowboys grinned when they saw him. "Yes," Wild answered, quickfy. "We know just where A yet they knew nothing of his cleverness, but they they are, too, for we were in there. Corne on back to the were to learn something about it very soon trail, and then we'll go on foot. I suppose the whole gang "Jl.fe allee samee go down in um cave, so be," Hop said, is there before this." putting on an important way. "Me allee samee go down "Two of 'em ain't, I know," another of the cowboys um chimney, s o be declared. "I seen that many drop, an y how." "Yer did, eh?" queried one. "What do yer call ther "l reckon I winged one of ther masked galoots mychimney?" self," spoke up another. "You'll find that more'n two of "Me showee you, so be Corne lookee 'em went under." Hop led the way to the place he had tumbled into, goOur hero turned and rode back to the trail. in g a little more careful this .time. He had come to the conclu s ion that the:i;e was little use The majority of the men followed him. in riding on the trail of the villa in any how, for it was 'Vhen they saw the chimney that was built in such a pretty certain that he had started for the Secret Caves neat way with blorks of stone they were more than sur -with Arietta. d pnse They soon reached the trail, and when Anna and Eloise "No mak ee noi see," cautioned the Chinaman "Urn saw them comiug they ran toward .t h em, thinking that Death Band allee sa mee down Jere and ley maybe hear, Arietta had been found so be." But they soon found that they were mistaken. His li steners b ega n to think that he was of more im" It's all right, girl ," said Wild. "We'll get h er, never portance than they had supposed at fear. The galoot must have her in the hiding place of They had not heard of the happening s in the uncler the Death Band by this time. I reckon we'll try a little ground place, s ince Wild had not deemed it worth while strategy. That will be better than rushing in, for they to tell them. would have a chance to shoot u s clown if we did But if he .had known that Arietta was going to be cap "'rhat's right, Wild," Charlie said, for he always hued by Bill Dare it might have been different agree .cl with what the boy said. Hop proceeded to tell them how h e had slipped a n d But the cowboys were eager to get at the villains, and tumbled clown the chimney, ancl what had fol l owed they would have made an effort to rush right into the Few of them believ e d hi s story caves, if the r had known the way. "Lat allee light," h e sai d when one of the men de.Wild talked to them a minute o r two, and he convinced clared that h e didn't believe it. "You no tlinkee omethem that it would be better to r emain outside and guard body allee sarnee can fallee clown? You lookee down. the place, while he worked his way inside, unknown to and l e n you see, so b e.' the outlaws The doubting cowboy clicl move up close1 and look Not being sme that there was not another way to get clown. in and out of the caves, Wild. thought it be s t to station Then s omethin g happened that even Hop did not l ook some of the men on the side of the cone shap e d hill of for. rock. The stonework crumbled away under hi s knees a s he He explained to them that they were to s tay there, was in the act of takin g a peep downward, and grasping and that all they were to do wa'? to watch and li sten. wildly about him for someth ing to hold fast to, he went "I am going to try and get inside t he place, and I shootin g downward feet foremost! want my partners to get there with me," he sa id. "If Evervthing he caught hold of gave way, it seemed, and that happen s I reckon we'll come pretty near saving my with a long-clrawn ) 'ell, he \\"ent on clown. sweetheart from the Secret Caves If 1\-e do get in there, I Hop collected him se lf :first of all. and happen to get into trouble, yon will hear us shoot H e Reir.ecl the lariat one of the men had coiled and In that case you can come clown the hill the way we are thrown over hi s s houlder when he ascended the hill, and going now, and see what you can do. Now, if you will, quickly uncoiling it, he let the end drop downward do as I say and will stay right up here and listen at the 1 Crack! crack that runs through the top of the hill, you will help The report of a revolver sounded under them, though us cany through t1rn thing. We don't care so much for I it wa s muffled and not very distinct. the reward that i s offered, as we clo to save the girl. Of "Rip hi!" shouted Hop clown the chimney "Catchee course we want to capture Bill Dare alive, if possible. If um lope!" we can't we will send him to the sheriff dead that's all." The charcoal fire had burned out, or h ad bee n ex "We' ll do jest as yer say, Young Wild West the man t i n g uished in some way, so there was no gas coming up to who seemed to be a sort of leader of the cowboys de -interfere wit h them. clar ea. "You go right ahead "Pull me up-quick P' came from below, a l most as soon Satisecl that they would, Wild called his partners to as the end of the rope reached the bottom of the opening follow him, and then made his way softly clown the hill. Others heard it beside s the Chinaman,' and in a twin -They had barely disappeared among the rocks when lding they were hau ling upon the lariat.


16 YOUNG WILD AFTER THE DEATH BAND. 'l'here was the weight of a man at the end of it, too, understood that the way must be clear and they hurried and they knew they were bringing up their pard. to the mouth of the opening As the distance was but twenty feet, he soon came in Wild gave a nod when he found there was no one there sight, and half a dozen hand s grabbed him arid dr e w him to oppose them. out, though mor e of the s ton ework crumb led away and "Come on in," he whi'spered, and then Jim permitted tumbled down the chimney. him to l ead the way But no one went with it, for they were too much on Revolver in hand, the clashing youn g deadshot pushed the lookout for that. on into the cave. Hop danced about with d elight when h e found the/ 'l'h e first thing h e took 1iote of was that the hor ses of cowhov had been rescued. the outlaws were there. he had seized the rope and dropped it clown he 'I'hen he knew that those who had not been s hot clown never once felt as though it wou lcl be any use; but h e when the stagecoac h wa::: s toppell had reac h eel their hacl acted as the thought struck him. haunt. "You gittee outce a llee light," l1e 'saicl, noddin g to the Motioning t o his partners to follo\\ him h e w ent to the man. left keeping cloi,;e to the w:1l1 of ro ck. "Yes, but I hacl a mighty narrer escape, I reckon," was In this way the foot of the s tone stairway was reached. the reply. But just then footsteps were h eard aboYe. "You landee on you :feet, so be?" There was a dark corner there and the three los t no "Yes, an' I only got a good jar, 'cau s e my fall was broke time in crouc hin g in it. by me spreaclin' out my feet an' sorter s liclin down. Then cl01rn the steps came two men. \'Vhen I landed I upset a pot of hot stew, an' then I seen 'I'ltey each h e ld revolvers in their han ds, ancl in the a man runnin' toward me as though he was ni gh scared chm li ght of the underground place they could see that to death. But he soon pulled a gun, he did." they were much disturbed over somet hin g "Did he s hoot at you, Ben?" one of hi s companions "This is what I calls bad work, parcl," said one of them, asked. a s he reached the foot of the stai r s and came to a halt "No," was the reply, "I was too fur _him, I reek within a dozen feet of our fri e nd s "A galoot comes down on. I hacl, clo so. I out ther chimney an' shoots Alonzo, an' he' s haul ed up g un an fire s n hghtnm. I hit him all ught, an. ag in by a rope. Poor Alonzo jest ha cl time ter tell about he _went down hke a busted balloo? The n I heard ther I it afore he died. There's been mighty queer doin's here Chmee hol!er about ther rope, an, I runs. fur th er to-day. There's that heathen Chinee, too! Look how he place. I gits hold. of ther rope, an here I is. I wasn t a j come down ther chimney!" second too soon, either, fur I could hear a lot of galoots. "You're right Sa-m was his companion's repl v as he th t fl b I ......,, n runm;n over er s one oor somew eres, s hook his head "But ther worst thing of it all is that "Well, if you ain't ther luckie s t galoot I ever seen!" Young Wild West is after us. We've heard about that exclaimed one of the passenge rs. boy, yer know. He never lets up when he gits started. "He allee samee be1ievee me now, so be," Hop added, Somethin' seems ter tell me that we're goin' ter git wiped 1rith a grin on his yellow face. out-I can't help thinkin' so. But come on! We've got "Yer kin bet I do!" was the reply. ter watch fur ther galoots. They may come through ther defile, yer know. It might be that they don't know that way, an' that ther Ohinee got up ther chimney, after knifin' Pete, ther s ame as ther other feller I hope they don't know ther regular way ter git in here, 'cause CHAPTER X. WILP AND HIS PARTNE'RS MAKE A CAPTURE. vYilcl and Charlie had just worked their way clown into the defile, near the entrance of the Secret Caves, when a pistol shot sounded faintly somew h ere within "What's up, Wild?" queried th e scout, and just then Jim s lid down and joined them. "That's hard to say," was the reply. "But something is wrong." They spoke in low whispers, and Jim, the last to get clown there, hurried toward the opening, taking the risk of being seen and s hot by someo ne be1ongin& to the band. if they do there'll be more of us ter turn up our toes, I reckon." "Yes, that's right. I think ther cap'n has made it worse by catchin' ther gal an' fetchin' her here. But one thing about it is that they ll never see her alive ag'in, if they do come in. He's goin' ter take her down in ther death cave if he finds they re gittin' ther best of u s." Young Wild West felt like springing out upon the two men then, and forcing them to tell where Arietta was confined But he reasoned that it was best not to let know of their presence yet. He meant to save the girl by strategy, if it was possible The footsteps of the two men s oon died out, s howing that they hacl reached the outlet of the cave, a nd had taken up their station to watch for the approach of the enemy. 1 He was in time to hear hurrying footsteps, ancl it clid not take hiIJl longer than a sec ond or two to realize that Wild knew it would be dangerous to go up the s tone stairs, but he felt that he must do it in order to save his partners, who at once Arietta. they were receding ones. He 'turned ancl beckoned to


YOUNG WILD \VE S T AFTER THE DEATH BAND. 17 "Boy s," he whis p ered I reckon I ll go u p t he r e I mu s t fin d w h e r e Arie t ta i s "Hadn' t we bette r go wit h you, \Yild ?" Jim a s ked, s hru gg i ng hi s shonl d e r s Th ree will be mu c h b ette r l han o n e if it come s t o a figh t "That i s true e n ough. But one won't b e s o apt to b e cau g h t, I reck on." "But we can go to the e n t rance o f the caves a n d catch the tw o ga loot s who j u s t wen t out th e r e They could be forc e d to t e ll w h ere s h e i s." W ild sel d o m c h anged hi s p l a n s b u t in t hi s cas e h e thou ght D a rt's s uggesti o n was a good one. "All ri g ht," h e s aid, noddin g his head a p provin g l y "I i eck on we' ll go a n d ma k e the two g aloo t s t e ll ju s t wheie s h e i s T h e n w e w ill k now jus t what to d o I didn't want a nyon e to kno w that w e w e re in h e re, but I s upp ose on e of u s cou ld e scort t h e m out after we have g ot the in fo rmati o n w e want Come on." The t h ree steppe d s oftly alon g over the stone floor wh ic h wait-very jus t the re,, and graduall y they app roach ec1 t h e o pening throu g h which the 'daylight was s t re amin g It face d dir ec tl y wes t and the rays of the 'dec lining sul!. w e re s hinin g i n m aki n g a gold e n t ra c k throu g h the c e ntre of t h e cave .Bu t W il d a n d hi s p a r t n e r s took ca r e t o kee p out of thi s r he two m e n wer e s t a ndin g ju s t outside, and it struc k our friends how eas y .it, woul d b e for th e cowboys t o s hoot them, i f they on l y to o k a n o tion t q come t h e hill. S t ealt hil y t h ey ma d e t heir way, and wh e n they finall y r e ac h ed t h e edge of the ope n i n g they paused for a few seco n d s befo r e procee din g with the t as k they had a head of The on l y b a d thin g abou t i t was tha t orie, or both of them, might y e ll l o u d l y t o t h eir c ompanions; and then th e r e w o uld b e a r u s h for the s pot. But Youn g Wild Wes t seldom failed in an undertaking o f t hi s k ind. W h il e h e was not ff little worried a.bout his s weetheart, hi s c ooln ess n eve r o nce.left him ; and it was throu g h that w on derf ul coolness of hi s th\ t the boy had made such a s uc cess in li fe Lookin g a.r o und t h e flo or Wild saw a pi ece of s tone about the size o f h alf a bri ck. It la y n e ar at h a nd a n d h e qui c kl y s tepp e d ve r and pic ked i t up. 1 But h e h a d n o intentio n o f hitting eithe r of th e vil lain s wit h the s t o n e H e wante d it f o r a n othe r purp o s e C harli e and Jim dicl no t know just wha t h e meant to do, s o t h ey watc h e d hi m in bre athl ess s il e nc e Wild step p e d up c lo s e to the mouth of t:p.e cave a nd the n po i s in g the pi e c e o f brick in his hand, h e thre w it back into the cave. Thud 1 The s t o n e cam e down m akin g a noi se t hat. a t t ract e d t h e attention o f bot h t h e m e n. In th e y c ame, an d t h e n t hey fo und the m se lves lookin g s trai g h t a t t h e muzzles of t h ree revolve r s i "One littl e s ound fro m eithe r of you and you both will die saicl Young W ilcl Wes t in a tone of voice that wa11 low, but full of 1fieaning. The tw? s topp e d s t i ll 1n their tra c k s "I reckon you f ellows und e r s tand the s ituation," went on our hero in hi s cool and easy way. "You i}on' t want to die, I know. But i f you do w ant to jus t mak e on e little s ound." N eithe r of the m made a o otmd but both trj ed to g ulp clown an ima g inary lump that had come up in th eir thro at s Hold up y our hand s !" They obeye d the command both at t h e same tim e "Jim, just reli e v e t h e m of their g un s." Dart los t no tim e in doin g this "Now the n boys," s aid Wild c ooll y "I reckon you can e l s cort th e two g aloot s to the top o f the hill turn them over to the cowboys for s af e k e eping. You can come bac k 11e re, and if you see nothing of me, come on in. If you don't find m e whe n you get to :the foot of the stairs, come on up. You c an b e t the coas t will be cle ar. But hGlld on a minute I almo s t forgot what we want e d these g aloot s for." The scout g ave a noel t d this s howing that 9e had t h o u gll.t about it. "I want you to t e ll mE! wher e the g irl i s," saicl our h e r o lookin g the two captives s quarel y i n the eye.s. "Ther captain put her in one of the Secret Cave s," an s wered one of them quickly. "We don t know whi c h one; we wasn't the r e whe n he clone it." 'I h e re was s uch an air of truthfulness a b ou t the man that Wild was forc e d to b e li eve him. "Are there mor e caves than t h e three that are c on nected?" he a s ked. the re' s a lot of th. e m. W e've n e v e r been in all of em yet. '"l'he n you couldn't g u ess whi c h on e it i s? "No/ "Suppos e your live s depended upon t e lling the truth, what then? "I am te11in' ther truth, Youn g Wild West." "That' s ri ght, in the other. "How does it happ e n that y ou know me?" "I onl y gue sse d it," s aid the one who had answered the que s tion s "Vj e heard ther cap'n s ayin s omethin'. about yer." "Oh, that i s it, eh?" "Yes, that's right." "Well g o on now. The bett e r you act the better it will b e for you." "I. hope yer won t turn u s ove r to ther sheriff." "'l'hat is som ething to b e c on s idered later on. Perhap s we won't have to." 'rhe villains winc e d at thi s for they under s tood. They mi ght b e l y nched b y tho se outside in waitin g That they w e re des ervin g of s u c h a fate they well knew. But they did not d e ign to s a y anythin g more and C harli e and Jim led them out of the cave. Wild turned and mad e hi s way bac k into the cave. 'rI1is time he did not hesitate to mount the s tone steps. Up he went treading a s noi seless ly as though he was


. I tl8 WILD WEST AFTER THE DEATH BAND. working h1!l way past the guards of a camp of hostile In-] They both seemed resigned to their fate, and not a dians. 1 word did they say as they were upward. Reachin g the long cave above, with its stone shelving Tlie cowboys were gathered near the crack in the rocky on either side, he could hear the low hum of voices. top of the hill, Hop being with them. It was easy for him to tell tha.t the speakers were not Below on the trail were Anna and E l oise, with Wing only excited, but muc h worried. "-and the stage coach pas s enger s "You will be stirred up still more than you have been 'l'he outfit had pulled up there, and the driver, whose before I get through with you," he muttered, under his wound had been fixed up, declareu that they would wait breath. "In capturing Arietta the captain has done t h e and see how Young Wild Wes t made out about getting worst thing he could possibly do, I reckon. I wouldn't the girl away from the Death Band : give up now if there were a thousand of yqu in thei:e, inCharlie and Jim could not see them, of course, since stead of a dozen and a half." the re was a narrow stretch of rock between them, which 'rhe boy was determined to carry out his point now, 1 reared itself so high as to shut off all sight of the trail. lvhich was not only to rescue his sweetheart but to take When Hop and the cowboys saw them coming with the leader of the Death Band, dead or a li v e I the two prisoners there was much excitement. 'l'hrough the. long gallery he went, and a few But Jim Dart held his hand warningly s o there later he reached the verv mche that he and Charlie had would be no demonstration. waited and watched in It was well that he did this, for the cowboys were reatly From this position he could see the band of men inside. to give vent 'to their feelings in the form of a shout They were still masked, and the hideous skull s on their The villains still had their masks on, and with the shirt -fr onts showed up with gTewsome effect. death emb l em on their shirt fronts they looked odd, inN ear one of the tables in the cave lay two objects that deed were covered with blankets. Hop steppe d forward and greeted them with a smile. That they were the two men who had been shot in the "You velly nicee man, so be," he said to ')Ile. Then he cave Wild could easily g uess. turned to the other and added : He counted the villains and found that there were ju st "You velly nicee man, too, so be. Me. likee you Me thirteen of them. velly muchee g lad fo see yo u tied up allee samee. Pletty "There must h ave been three of them to fall outside," soonee um lope go 'lound your neckee; uppee you go!" he thought. "Two in here, and the two Charlie and Jim I Hip hi! Um D eat h Band hool ay!" just took away, would make twenty Well, I reckon "That's what ther matter!" spoke up the man who had there'll be st ill less of them before this business i s over." dropped d-t>wn the c himney. "Let's hang 'em right away, The only thing for him to do now was to listen and boy s!" hear what might be' said. Cheyenne Charlie s hook hi s head. But he soon found, that they were not talkinis about "There ain't nothin' gain' ter be done with till the girl the captain had brought there, at all. Young Wild West comes back," he said, decisively "He The topic of conversation was the dying words of the bossed ther job of takin' 'em prisoners, an' he's goin' ter man the cowboy had s hot before he was pulled up the say what's ter be done with 'e m." chimney by the rope. That settle d it. ., The pot which had been up set twice, lay just where But the cowboy insisted on havin g a. look at their faces, it land ed, and the venison stew was over the anyhow, and he stepped up and remove

Y O UNG W I LD WEST AFTER THE DEATH BAND. The clever Chinaman simply bowed and smiled, and then he slipped in through if e mouth of the cave. The s cout and Jim followed him. 'rhey both knew that he would proce e d all right, as he had learned the tricks of the trade, so to speak: Hop had been too long with Young Wild West and his friends to not under stand how to go with caution. He was keeping in advance of C harlie and Jim as he went on his way, and when he found that he could not overtake him without hurrying, Charlie got a little an gered. "Ther heathen fool!" he said in a whi s per to Jim. "I'd jest like ter have him by ther pig-tail now! If I wouldn't hu st l e him out of here it would be a caution!" But Hop kept right on going, li s tening and s lipping a l ong with noiseless tread. He passed through the caves and went up the stone steps, with the scout and Jim a dozen feet behind him. Finally he paused right at the place where our hero was still in hiding. As crawled in and took a place behind him Wild nodded, but said nothing. The next minute Charlie and Jim there, too. The boy merely nodded to them, fo1 he had been lis tening to the conversation that was being carried on by the villains in the main cave, and he had l earned some thing of his sweetheart's whereabouts. All the time hi s partners were gone the outlaws had been talking in low tones. Bill Dare had drifted into a gloomy frame of mind. .'He paced back and forth, leaving it to his lieutenant tp talk with the men. But as many times as he heard mention of the fair captive, not once did Wild get an i nkling as to where she was confined. The waiting boy had been getting desperate w h e n ,Hop and bis partners arrived. He felt lik

. %0 YOUNG WILD WEST AF'.l'ER T ,HE DEATH BAND. CHAPTER. xfr. THE DEATH OF BILL DARE. This was something he could not understand, too, and he made up his mind to make sure the next time. Seeing that the villain was going to fire again, he jumped to the right and dropped at the. same time. Crack! Wild and his partners were waiting patiently for Hop Bill Dare fired, but the bullet went wide of the mark. to let the cracker come down the chimney. Then Wild fired from the floor, striking him squarely They were it every second, yet when it came Jn the breast with the bullet. they were startled. This time the leader of the Death Band made an in-The effect was all that could be imagined. voluntary grab at the spot where the bullet hit him, and The villains in the cave fell ovei; each other in an ef-then Wild knew he hacl not missed the mark. fort to get out of the way, while the cave was filled with But when he saw the villain suddenly make a rush smoke. toward him it fl.ashed upon his :tnind that there was But as he made them for the purpose of aiding an essome device under the shirt to prevent a bullet from encape,' this was a good thing. tering bis body. In this case, however, the smoke only served to upset Then he fired at the hand that held the revolver the outlaws more than ever. As the report rang out Bill Dare uttered a sharp cry Only one of them managed to find the way to the and down upon the stone floor of the cave went the gun. arched doorway that connected with the cave next to it. Wild caught a glimpse of him as he went through the "Ah!" exclaimed the young deadshot, as he bounded smoke and whispering for his partners to stay right toward him. "I reckon I understand now, you sneaking where they were, he darted out of the niche and went galoot! You are wearing something besides clothing, I after him. reckon. But I am going to have you, just the same!" N 8t until he got to the head of the flight of stone steps

. YOUNG WILD WES T AFTER THE DEATH BAN:O. 11 Charlie and Joe were surprised when he told them that he had shot the leader of the Death Band. .But whether Arietta would come forth alive and un harmed or not was the question. The noise the villains made with their work had drowned the shots. They could only hope that she would. "What are you going to do, Wild?" Jim asked, for he was at a loss to think of anything himself. "Do?" was the reply "Why, stick at it until we get .Arietta free, of course." "But how are we going to do it? It would be suicide to rush in there and give battle with those men." "It would be something like that, I guess. But just CHAPTER XIII. ARIETTA IN CAPTIVITY. 1 take it easy. I'll find a way." "Y k. b t l'f h 11 J" 1,, 1 d th Rogers, the lieutenant of the Death Band, had a beter in e your I e e w1 im _.exe am1e e h 1 t f d th d'd Bil n t h "h d th t t f th th b cer eac rn imes o anger an i 1 are. w 0 la k e mtos h ai tt e oy. ld With the latter it was all right so long as he had been we on y new JUS w ere ne a is we wou soon I f 1 b h h fi fi d t t l ,, w ld d h' d. rnecess u ut w en he met wit the rst reverse of his n a way o ge ie1, i sa1 w ispermg m a me i-11.f h b b dl ", ttl d" t t l e e ecame a y ra e a ive way. "Suppose I go and fetch the cowboys here?" suggested Rogers recovered very qmckly after the explos10n took Jim. place "All right; do it. We may be able to make terms with One of the :first things he ordereq the men to do. was. them by doing that." to put the big slab of stone that lay in the fireplace up Jim started off at once. in the chimney, and block it up with the square pieces He had no fears of meeting anyone to stop him, so he of stone, of which there were plenty piled up at one side hurried, not trying to show much caution. of the main cave. He went on through the cave, down the steps and out While some were working at this job he called upon through the other cave, passing the body of the outlaw others to build a barricade. captain on the way "Captain Bill went out, an' it's likely he got ketched," The sun had set now, and in a few minutes it would be he sajd. "But that don't say that we've got ter git dark. 1 ketched. We've got plenty of grub in here, an' ther e's When he got to the top of the hill he found that the comin' down_ fr?m ther t?p of _th;ir cave all ther stagecoach had gone on with the driver and pas, time. !f we go at it :1ght we might git ei:i all. Yer all sen"'ers. know right well that if we don't do somethm' ter save us But the cowboys, who had beeljl. hired to guard it, were we'll be sh?t or hanged. Now then, which is ther still there with the girls; best, ter die fightm' or to be strung up by ther neck?" Jim quickly told the situation. They all agreed that it was best to take the chances of "How many did y .er say there was of 'em?" asked the fighting it out. cowboy called Ben. "All right," said the new leader. "Jest stick ter me, "There is but twelve of them, now that the leader is then. I'll show yer that I won't lose my head an' run dead,'' was the I'eply. out an' kit ketched by Young Wild West. If ther young "Well, I reckon we kin soon fix them, then." galoot gits me it will be when I don't know it, yer kin "But they are so fixed now that they can shoot at us bet on that." without being hit themselves." The blocks of stone were plentiful, and as one man "We'll find a way to git at 'em." just handle them, the work of bupd-"l hope we do." mg the barncade went on rdfndly. "So Young Wild West has earned ther thousand dol When he saw that it was going all right Rogers conlars reward, then?" spoke up one of the others. ceived the iaea of having a talk with the girl captive. "Yes, he shot Bill Dare He was one of the few who knew just where she had "An' ther galoot had a stee l vest under his shirt, eh?" been placed by Bill Dare. said another. "Keep a good watch, Jake," he said to the man he had "Yes." selected as his best man. "I'm gbin' ter have a little "That's what I call putty smart in him." talk with ther gal. If we can't saye ourselves no other "Well, it didn't save his life, after all. Wild fired way, we kin through her, maybe three times to kill before he got him "Good!" was the reply. "I was thinkin' about that Jim soon arranged it that the cowboys were to go in the myself." caves with him. "Well, .we needn't expect any more from bombs Anna, Eloise and the two Chinamen were to remain comin' down ther chimney, That big slab has at the top of the hill shut off that. sort of thing All's you've 'got ter do is ter Five minutes later they were on their way down to the watch ther doorway there They've got ter come that entrance of the Secret Caves. way, if they come at all." Something was going to happen very soon-they were "You kin bet that I'll watch, a ll of that opinion. "I know yer will, 'cause it's fur your own good'."


22 YOUNG WILD WEST AFTER THE DEATH BAND Rogers now turned and walked to the left of the big "You could. write a note, au' then we might b e able ter :fireplace. git it ter Young Wild West," suggested the villain. He removed a squ are piece of stone, and then thrust"Yes, I might do that." ing his hand in the opening, pushed open a narrow door Arietta .saw a chance to escape, and she was quite that was but a s l ab of stone its elf. willing to humor the man H e pa ssed through, closing the door behind him. "I've got a not ebook an' a pencil h ere," Rogers went In a sma ll cave-like apartment sat Arietta, a lantern on, pulling the articles from hi s pock e t. "S'pose yer lighting it up. write thc r n ote? The girl was sitting tipon a box that had a buiialo "I \Yill do it." s kin thrown over it. tThe l eader of the outlaws was jubilant now. She had been placed there when Bill Dare broaghl h er He did not care about the gi rl, so lon g as h e and the to the caves, but so excited were the majority of the men re s t of the band could make their escape t o freedom. that but few of them knew just where she was "Untie my h a nd s ancl I'll write the note," sa id ArietFrom bein g there so lon g the girl had got herself in a ta. "Yon surely ought not to keep me tied in thi s way, state of worriment that was akin to fear. anyhow. 1 am but a c hild, and how could I possibly get But whe n the door opened she brightened up some-o ut of h e r e?" what. "'I'hat's so, gal. B"ll t l b t k i mus iave een crazy er eep When s h e saw it was not the c.aptai n of the Death your h ands tie d lik e lhat." Band who came m s h e s howed s urprise "Hello, gal!" said R ogers, bowing to her. I thought a kmfe from his belt, h e steppe d over and I'd come in an' hav e a littl e talk with yer." 1l cut the gul s bonds.. "Where is the ca tain?" Arietta a s ked. "I don't .know It was a ? r eat to her, for the cruel rope h ad cut as I want to ta lk you. mto h er wnsts until they w ere swollen i:ind r e d "Well, I r eckon I'm ther captain jest abo ut now. Bill "Thank you !" said Arietta. "You a r e much more o. a Dare run out when that big exp losi o n happened. None gentleman than the other l eade r was, though that i s not of u s know s where he went ter, but we s' pose that Young saying much." Wild West got him. "I know it ain't sayin' much, gal. I ain't no gentle" Well he will get you too, fiefore lon g,'' sai d the girl, man; _I'm nothin' mor e' n a low-clown outlaw. But I've with much s piri t in her voice. got some respect fur wimmen / an' gals, though. I al -o!" was the reply. "Th ere's only one way t er git ways did have. I remember nJ..y mother-she was a in here, gal. The y can't come that way, either. w woman yer know, an' a mighty good one s he was too. shoot 'em down j est as fast as they show themselves. But s h e died lon g afore I went to ther bad. If she had We've got it all blocked up with sto ne s that no bullets lived I might have been a di:ffe1ent man. But, yer see, could move. We've got of grub, an' we k i n stay I married a young woman what didn t do ther right right here fur a week, if we want ter. But we won't thing by me. She thought more of dressin' up an' run have ter. Young Wild West an' ther whole bun ch will be nin' arou nd to ther neighbors' houses than she did of s hot afore that. They ll git desperate putty soon, an' cookin' a square mea:l fur me Then I got ter drinkin' then they' ll try t er git in. As fast as they come they'll sorter hard an' s he left me. I ain't neyer see n her since, drop, 'cause my men kin shoot without bein' hit. There an' I can't say as I ever want ter. But I've always ain't no u se, gal. Don't think that Young Wild West got r espect fur wimmen, jest ther s ame. I know the r is ever goin' ter git yer out by fightin' fur yer. He' ll most of 'em i s deservin' of it. Now then, jest write that only die i h e tries it, an' then what'll become of you?" not e." The tears came in Arietta's eyes before she could keep Arietta was not a lit tle intere s ted in the way he talked. them back But she macle no comment. The question s truck h er forcibly. Taking the paper and pencil, s h e wrote the following: "Well, Yotm g Wild West is not in the habit of getting :-;ho't by s uch villains as you are,'' she managed to say, as her courage r et urned. "Don't think that anything like that is going to happen "Well there i s only one thin g ter keep it from happenin'," and Rogers s hook hi s head. "Only one way?" "Dear vVild.-The l e ader of the Death Band says h e will give me my liberty if you will guarantee that h e and the rest of the m e n can have two hour s to get away in. I feel that h e will do hi s part. I am all right, so far. Yours, ARIE'rT A." "Yes, gal, only one way." Rogers r ea d the note ancl nodded hi s approval. "Tell me what that way is." ((Now I'll go an' see tha.t it i s cleliyered to Young Wild "Can't yer think?" J West," he said. "Take it quiet, gal. Yer may git out all "No. l right, after all. Rut it all depends on what this note ((Well, if we git a guarantee that we'll be allowed two I does. If Young Wild West don't agree to it ther boys hours ter git away, without no one follerin' us, we'll let will be fur killin' yer, an' I won't be able ter stop 'ei! you go." from cloin' it." Arietta thought a mom ent Arietta's .face pal e d again. "I think that might be a rranged. But I can t do it She did not like the way he talked, and she knew that while I am here." he was in earnest


YOUNG WILD WEST AFTER. THE DEATH BAND. 23 Rogers went on out, feeling that h his point. had about g ain e d reckon the galoot s must be getting a little scared, or they "If ther first note won't do it, I'll git her ter write another,'' he thought. The cave was now lighted with a swinging lantei;_n, for it was getting dark out s ide, and the light no longer came in from above. "Anything turned up, Jake?" he asked as he care fully closed the secret door "There's a lot of 'em in ther cave, Rogers," was the reply, in a low tone of voice. _Is that so? Good! That's just what I want." Therr he raised his voice and called out: wo1ild not have got her to do this." "That's right, Wild," s poke up the scout. "But what are yer goin' ter do about it?" "I don't know, Charlie,,... I'll have to think a little." "We ll, I think we kin win out without agreein' ter anything like that. Arietta wrote it because ther galoot wanted her to, I s'pose. But I reckon if we kjn shoot out that light they've got in there we kin rush in an' clean 'em out." 1 "If Arietta isn't somewhere near them, Charlie. IE \ she was she would be apt to get shot in the dark." Charlie said no more. "Hello, Young Wild West!" "Hello!" came the answer. render?" I "'11hat's so. I never thought of that. "Are you ready to sur_But though Wi. ld did not know it at the time, his s u g gestion was all right "Not much!" was the retort. "But I hav e a note from Such a move would have been successful, beyond a the girl we've got here that might be the mean s of sett doubt. tling the trouble." But' some live s would probably have been lost. Wild did not want anything like thi s to happen. CHAPTER XIV. SUSPENSE While they were talking it in whis per s a deafening report rang ot from the chimney again. "Great gimlets!" cried the scout. "Hop ha s chucked another cracker down, I reckon "Yes," answered our hero. "That may help a littl e." Bang! _It had been a difficult thing for our hero to keep the Just then another report rang out. But very little smoke was to be seen, so our friends cowboys from making a rush into the cave after they th u J' knew that the outlaws must have blocked the chimney cmBne t here wi 1 dimt. d d h th 1 d "Let 'em come!" yelled one of them just then ".Yer u e manage o o so, an w en e new ea er' 't h h I ,, f th 1 d 11 d t t l h f lt ti t 1 h d 1 t can reac us t at way, reckon o e Jan ca e ou o nm e e rn 1e a os nothing by waiting.-Then there was a sil ence of about three minutes, ancl "You have a note from your prisoner, you say?" he then-asked, coolly. "Is it for me?" "Yes, it is fur you. It was jest wrote a couple of This _time the rep?rt was nght m the cave, and mminutes ago, too." stantly 1t was filled with smoke. "Well, why don't you deliver it, then?" Hop had found a way to get one of his famous crackers "I will, if you give me your word of honor that you there ..__ will allow me to come back without being touched." He had thrown it through the crack in the robk that \\ "I'll do that. Fetch the note here." formed the roof of the cave. "Kin i trust you?" 'rhe smoke poured out into the other cave and set our "I've given my word for it. hero and the rest coughing. "All right. I'm comin' with ther note." Crack-cra-c-ck! Rogers had faith enough the boy to come out from The outlaws fired a volley from their revolvers straight behind the barricade, and he walked boldly through the for the doorway, no doubt thinking that our hero and arched doorway. 'his men were coming in. The cowboys were sitting on the stone floor, out of A bullet took a lock of hair from Jim's head, for he sight of anyone in the cave, but Wil d and his partners had been leaning a little too far out were where they cou l d get a g l impse of the vlllains now ''.l reckon .you had better go and fetch Hop down and then here, Jim,'' said Wild, after Jim had told about it. "Maybe But if they had fired one shot that wou l d have ende d he can do more here than he can up there." that part of it, for the outlaws would lay low then. "All right, was the reply. Rogers held the note in his hand. Dart was eager to do anything that would be the means lt was dark therei and he could see no one of saving Arietta. "Here you are, Young Wild West," he said. "I guess I had beher get a lantern, too," thought the "All right. I'll take it,". was the reply. boy, as he picked his way through the darkness. "We The boy cou l d see him ;Well enough, so he reached out will need it, that's sure." and took the note from his hand. When he reached the top of the hill about three min Then Rogers lost no time in getting back utes later he found Anna and Eloise more anxious than Jim struck a match and Wild read the note. ever. ';It is Arietta's writing," he said in a whisper. "I But he as&ured them that it would not tak-e much


' 24 YOUNG WJLTI WEST AFTER THE DEATH BAND. 1 longer to save Arietta, as mitted a proposition. the villains had already subwhere they headed for they found that it was about a When told about the note, Anna said, eagerly: "Oh, Jim. Tell Wild to let them go. He has shot the leader, and that will be the means of breaking up the band." "Yes, but they have a new leader now, and he seems to be more clever than the other. I reckon it is a pretty to:itgh, proposition we are up again st." "Me gottee one more nicee fireclacker, MislerJim," -re marked Hop, stepping up to him. "Well, don't throw any more down there. Wild wants yoPI. to come down with me. But go and get a larltcrn first, and make sure that the horse s and outfit are kept out of sighJ of the trail. Someone might come along and take possession while we are here. You had better fetch two lanterns, while you're at it. Then we'll all go down in the caves. I think the girls will be safer there than here, though J am dead sure that there are none of the D()ath Band around." Anna and Eloise were glad to go down. The truth was that they had become rather frightened from remaining up there so long. Hop w:as not long in getting the lanterns. He reported that the horse s were all right, and that made Jim feel a little better. Then they an went down the d,escent, Jim assisting the girls. Once in the defile the lanterns were both lighted, and then they boldly entered the first of the caves, taki'ng the two prisoners with them. Anna and Eloise were awe-stricken at the appearmfce of the interior. They could see evidences that the caves had once been the chambers of some temple, or prison, perhaps, for the walls seemed to be of solid rock. quarter of a mile. Mounting their horses, they led the others and soon reached the entrance to the Secret Caves. They at once proceeded to put the camp in shape. While they were at it Wild came out, followed by Anna and Eloise. "Anything new?" asked Dart. "Yes, I have made a proposition to the leader of the band, and he says he will let me know inside of fifteen minutes what he will do about it,'' our hero replied. "What was the proposition?" "I told them if they would send Arietta out to us they could have ten minutes' start to get away, and that no one but the guards who accompanied the stagecoach would go afte1 J them." "Would you take that up, eh?" "No; but he might, after he thinks it over." "I hope he does." With the a ss istance of the scout's wife and Eloise, Wing started in to prepare s upper for the cowboys. When it was about ready Jim went in and told them to come He remained there with Wild and Charlie, as did Hop A s he had heard nothing from the leader yet, our hero called out: "Hello!" "Hello!" came the reply. "Have you made up your mind yet?" "No! You have got to agree to what ther gal wrote. If yer don't, she's got ter die!" CHAPTER XV. READY FOR THE RESCUE. When they went up the stairway, which was so even that it seemed that no such people as Indians of the olden times could buitd them, they were more surprised than ever. 1 When Rogers said that Arietta would die if Young Wild came to meet them. Wild West did not agree to what the girl had written "I reckon you did the right thing in bringing all hands in the note he did not mean it. here,'' he said. '*Only I think it would be better if the During the rather long wait he lrnc1 made an importhorses and our camping outfit were brought, too. We ant discovery. -.-.. could camp out here in the defile and have supper cooked. He had found the secrtl't door to another cave, which While I am n9t hungry myself, the powboys must be. was far more rough in appearance than any of the others. Jim, suppose ybu and Wing go through the defile and get But that was not all! them?" There was a flight of steps leading downward, and he "Just as you say, Wild,'' was the reply. "Anything felt certain that they could get out that way to the defile. to help matters along. Has the new leader asked for your The villain thought, of course, that our hero and ail answer yet?" those with him were in the adjacent cave, and if such was "Yes; just after you left he called out and asked if I I the case they might be able to steal out and down, and get had made up my mind yet. I answered that I would let their horses. him know a little later." That was why he defied our hero. "I see. Well, if you can't do any better you will have Though still willing to accept the terms the note to agree to liis terms, I suppose." stated, he would not come clown one bit. "Yes, that's right. But if the galoot will only come He went in the smaller place, where the captive girl out to talk it over with me, without exacting a promise 1 was, and told her that nothing could be upon. from me that he will not be harmed, I'll soon fix them." i Arietta became frightened right away. Jim and Wing now started through the defile. I "Oh! if I could only talk to Wild," she said. "I know They did not know how far they would have to go he would ,.agree with them. to get out upon the but when they finally did get "But yer can't talk ter him, gal,'' was the reply. "I'm /


YOUNG WILD WEST AFTER THE.DEATH BAND. goin' ter take yer out of qere putty soon, an' I want them, a nd then before they could get back into the pass ycr ter know you're goin' ter a safer place, too We're age half a dozen men s prang upon them and madf,l them all goin' ter git away from h ere without losin' a hair, an' pri soners. don't make no mistake about that!" It so happened that the passage came out around a "Well, why don't you, go and leave me here, then? bend but a few yards from where our friends h a d e&taby ou surely don't want to be bothered with me." li dhed theii' camp Arietta spoke in a hopefu l voice, for s he thought s he Wing, the cook, happen ed to be walking .that way \1 h,2n might gain a point. he saw the three men come out. The leader of the band shook hi s head. He utte red the cry of warning, and the cowboys re-"That can't be,'' he said. "Ther boys won't agree ter I sponded instantly, even though they were eat ing their that. They want ter chuck dice ter see who's goin' ter s upper a t the time. have yer fur a bride, after we get away. I had t e r give The prisoner $ were conducted into the light of the in ter 'em, yer know. I don't want 'em ter go back on campfi r e and when they saw the other two they look e d me. I want 'em all ter git away, too If we was ter decidedly crestfa ll en. surrender or git kctched it would mean that we'd eit her "Hello, Jake, said one of the two, who were being be s hot or hang ed No! we ain't goin' ter hav e none of feel b y a cowboy. "So you've landed with us, eh?" that. An' I'm goin' ter l et ther boys have their own way "It seems so," was the reply "I recko n it's a ll up about you, too." i1ow. ".After what you told me of your-mother,'' faltered' "An' Cap'n Bill got s hot through ther head by Yo ung Arietta. Wild West, too! There ain't many left in there now, I "Well, that's all right. I can't help it, gal. Maybe reckon." yer won't be harm ed. One thing about it i s that they've "Only nine, pard," and Jake shook his h ead. all agreed that a real parson has got tor tie ther knot Ben, the cowboy, no sooner heard this conversation You ll be s"afe till we find a parson, I'll gamble oii. that!" than he started to tell Wild. The gir l once more felt relieved. But he thought he had bette r find out a little more Rog ers went out and shut and fastened the door. first, so he came back Hi s men were guarding the doorway to the other cave Jake gave in, and he soon told the whole plans that carefully. Rogers had in view. "I reckon I'll go in a n have a look at ther new cave," "I reckon that's all right," sa id Ben. "Now I'll go an' he said, noddin g to J ake. "Come with ine." tell Young Wild West. He'll do ther rest." "All right," was the reply, and Jake, glad of the l "Yes h e' ll do ther re st, I reckon,'' sa id one of the first chance, followed him through the secr et e ntrance. captives. "He'll soon fix: up ther new l eader." The stainrny came up through an oblong opening 'fhe cowboy was not long in gett ing to t h e cave where which was about in the cent re of the cave Wild was. Th e walls on eit h er side seemed to have been the work When he told what he had l earne d the young dead s hot of nature, which made the cave appear different from was e l ated. the re st "B'oys, I reckon we mu s t get around through that pasRoger s went around, lant ern in hand and soon they sage Then I'll show you how we'll s urpri se t!ie nine gabad looked it over. loots that are left of the twenty,'' h e sa id to his part. "S'pose I take a lantern an' go down a:n' find out where ners ther sta ir s go ter?" Jake said. "All right," was the "I'll git another lan tern an' h ang it up there. We've got plenty of 'e m yer know." He went out and got the lante rn, and taking the first one, Jake went on down the stai rs. CHAP TER XVI. CONCLUSION. "Wait a minuLc," sai d the leader. "I'll let two 0 ther Wild led the way down to the camp. boy s go with yer Maybe yer kin git ther horses out, He quickly ta lked it over with all hand s and wheb an' have 'em all ready. If yer don't come back inside of I he had formed a plan of action he said: fift een minutes I 'll know yer have, an' then ther re s tl "Boys, I want a couple of you to go back and watch of us will come, ga l an' a ll. when the villains get ready to leave. You Ciin tell by" "Good!" listenil!g. When they go into the next cave, one of you Jake seemed to be glad,_ to have company. earl let a yell and fire a shot-or both can do it, for Five minute s lat er he was going down the s tairs, two that matter. That will let u s know what to be r eady men clos y at his heels. for. We'll be right there, you can bet." 'rhey went on and come to a le.vel about the same dis"I'll be one ter go," Ben declared. tance down as the other. "Me, too another spo ke up. Then they w ent along a narrow passage for about a' "All right._ Go right away, then You might call out couple of hundred feet and came to the mouth of it, to the galoots that I s ay if they don't give up the girl which was so narrow that they had to a l most squeeze inside of ten minutes we will rush in on them. That themselve s through to get out. might hurry them a long a bit." They all got out, and then they wis hed they had not. "We'll do that." A s harp cry from a Chinaman was heard right near I Wild and his partner s and the cowboys re:rmining, save


26 YOUNG WILD WEST AFTER THE DEATH BAND. one to guard the prisoners, quickly squ eezed their way When the girl was being hugged by both Anna and into the passage and started for the new cave Rogers Eloise her joy was complete. had discovered. Two or three times she had been on the verge of givThev had lanterns, of course, so it was easy for them ing in, but her spirit predominated each time, to reach the narrow stairway. and she came out of the terrible ordeal little the worse Up they went in noiseles s fashion, extinguishing the for it. lanterns, for they saw that one was hanging from the ir-It was a few minutes later when the prisoners were regular, rocky ceiling. brought out. There were plenty of hiding places on both sides of "I reckon I'll have my supper now," said Wild Then the cave. we'll light out for Firefly, which is but half an hour's Wild saw to it that all hands were hidden, and then ride from here, so I understand." he waited to hear the signal. "It'll take you a little longer than that with your pack -In about five minutes, after all was in readiness for hor ses," Ben answered. the surprise and rescue of Arietta, a yell sounded from "Well, what if it takes an hour or two? I reckon the the other side of the rocky wall. mining camp is nearer than Santa Fe The sheriff can Then two revolvers cracked. come to us, instead of us going to him. We'll have the In less than a minute footsteps were heard from a body of Bill Dare for him, too, and don't forget it!" short pa ssage, and in dashed a man, carrying Arietta Then another cheer went up, and to get even, 'the cowbodily boys let out their yell. The girl g aye a scream she saw the opening. Half an hour later they were ready to leave. "Shut up!" commanded Rogers. "Shut the secret The body of Bill Dare was tied to the back of the door-quick!" very ho rse he used to ride, and then the procession set 'l'he door was shut, and then Rogers ran over in out front of the niche in s ingle file. It was nearly an hour before they arrived at the "Go on down with her," he said, waving his hand. mining camp, an cl just as they did they found a mounted "The r re s t will follow in singl e file." party ready to head for the Secret Caves. A s the man s tarted down' the flight of s tone steps with Why they had been so l o ng about getting off our Arietta Wiid s t epped from the niche. friends did not know. "I -reckon you've gone far enough," he said, as he There is not mu c h more to add to this story. placed hi s hand on the leader' s collar. "If the girl is Suffice it to say that the s heriff came over two days not released in s tantly you will die!" later, our friends remaining att Firefly meanwhile, and the "Hold on, boy s !" shouted Rogers, who was badly reward was duly paid over to Wild '-.. frightened at the sudden interruption. "Let ther gal But" the boy was of a too generous nature to keep the go!" money himself. "What fur?" demanded one of the men. He divided it equally among those who had assisted in "Because you'll die if you don't!" Young Wild West sav ing Arietta from the Secret Caves, including the two ('Xclaimed, stepping into full view. "At them, boys!" Chinamen, for they had both been strong factors in it. 'rhe words were hardly out of his mouth when all The prisoners were all tried and sent up for long hand s came out, their revolver s leveled at the villains. term s They threw up their hand s to a man, and being reThe s heriff was glad that Bill Dare was dead when he leased, Arietta ran and threw herself into the arms of got him, he dec l ared, s ince it would save the county the her lover expense of hanging him The few hours she had spent in the Secret Caves had Later on our friends heard that the Secret Caves be made her pale and wan, but the joy at being saved 1 quickcame extinct from a big landslide, which 1 caused the ceil 1y brought the crim s on glow to her cheeks again ings to fall in "Oh, Wild!" she sobbed, a s her head lay upon his But they had certainly had enough of them, and it sno ulder. "I knew you would come-I was s ure of it. I was little they cared. But it did seem an awfu l while." THE END. "Three cheers fur Young Wild West!" s houted Cheyenne Charlie, wavina his hat over his head. j Read "YOUNG VlILD WEST SAVING HIS PART" Hip hip! I NEHS; or, A HARD WITH REDSKINS," Hooray!" which will be the next numbel. (335) of "Wild West The cowboys yelled in uni s on. weekly." When this was clone with, Ben came running in, fol lowed by hi s mate, and then he cane .cl out: "Now, all together for a good old fa s hioned yell! Whoopee! Whoopee!" "-Wow-wow-wow! Yip, yip!" l The cave ff!irly rang with the shouts. Wild sa w that the villains were disarmed, so he led his s weetheart through the paEsage, Ben carrying the lantern for them SPECIAL NOTICE :-All back numbers of this weekly except the following are in print: 1 to 19, 21, 22, 24, 25 to 28, 30, 31, 33, 34,. 36 to 39, 40, 42, 44, 50, 5 1. 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I t threatens to do away with the human wrapper. It can t do up a violin though. Abroad, bags and s tring, being expensive, are rarely u sed and the young groceryman must be able to wrap pota toes, flour, and a ll sorts of things, in s h eets of paper alone. H e gets a kind of knack. He lays his flour or beans in a square of paper, doubles the paper over, and with an end in each hand swings the parce l around and around. Like magic then it is done up, and you can carry it safely qmte a hundred yards or so, provided you are careful.' Virginia City is indeed a strange town--,-a living skeleton. In the height of its opulence it boasted a population of 30,000. To-day there are less than one-tenth that many. Dilapidation and ruin are seen on every hand. The chief streets terrace along a great hillside. Further up the slope are waste s of sagebrush growing in stUllted clumps that half hide the earth with their gray twigs and foliage. Down below is a valle y where the mines have du mped vast heaps of waste The entire region is a wild upheaval of hills, and around the horizon are seen ranges of snowy-topped mountains. The only tree s are an occasional gnarled scrub pine or dwarf cedar a few feet high The town streets are rough and dirty, and as one walks abo u t he is con stantly enco untering old tin cans and getting hi s feet tangled up in wires from the baled hay. Build ings in good repair are rarities. There are tottering fences and ragged walls and broken roofs and smashed g l ass, and many windows and doo rs are boarde.d up. The search for gold has resulted in tearing the country all to pieces. Everywhere the hills are dotted with prospector's holes. From any height you can see aozens, perhaps hundreds. They suggest the burrowing of woodchucks or prairie dogs. The region along the Comstock lof!e too, in deserted shafts. "We ll I think I'll heat me c offee for dinnel." said a big laborer on one of the many buildings now being constructed in Chelsea, Mass., a few minutes before noon the other day. And he proceeded to do so without the aid of fire or even a piece of lime about as large as .his two fists. H e pushed the lump of lime down into the yielding sand, put his bottle standing upright on the lime, banked up the bottle with sand to hold it in and was ready for the important part of the job. Dipping about a pint of water from a cask near by, the laborer poured it on the mounded sand easily, allow i n g it to percolate through the coarse grains. Putting on a little more sand to hold the bottle in its pright position, h e w ent back to hi s work In ten minutes the noon whistle bl e w, and this l aborer w ent his fireless heater, took from it his coffee boiling_ hot in a bottle that had at no time been in danger of breaking from the heat, and proceeded to enjoy his homely but hearty meal, all unconscious that he had performed a very interesting experiment in nature's chemistry. GRINS AND CHUCKLES. "Shorry I'm sho late, m' dear," began Tippels, apologetically, "but shome fresh jokers stopped me an' wouldn't lemme go--" "Indeed?" interrupted his wife. "Why didn't you ta1rn the brick out of your hat and hit them with it?" "Every bit of food on this table," said the serving lady to Lamson, as he sat down to eat at the church supper, "was cooked by your wife! Oh, I don't mind," rejoined Lamson faintly; .. I m not a bit hungry, anyway!" "Did you know, Willie, that your big sister had invited me to take dinner with your family next Sunday? asked Mr. New b e au. "Sure! replied her li ttle brother. Ma and pa told her they wanted to see what kind of table manners you've got." Employer-Did you tell Mr Boreham, who ca ll ed, that I had gone to England? New Office Boy-Yes, sir; I told him y ou had started this morning. Good. What did1he say?" "He wished to know when you'd return, sir, and I told him I did not think you would be back until after luncheon." o "The only news I have to tell you," wrote the Billville citi zen "is that the river has riz an' drownded all yer cattle, an' yer uncle has broke jail; likewise the wiqder woman you wuz a-goin' ter marry has runned off with a book agent. Outside of these here things, we air all a-doin' well." "So you expect to be called on for a speech during the campaign?" "Yes," answered Mr. Dustin Stax. "And it's. one that is going to require a great deal of c on si deration. "It will be a lengthy effort, then?" "No Exceedingly brief. When the collector of campaign funds comes around I've got to say 'yes or 'no.'" Yes," said Miss Passy, "he's an awfully inquisitive bore. He was trying to find out my age the other day, so I just up and told him I was fifty. That settled him." "Well," replied Miss Peppery, "I guess it is best to be perfectly candid with a fellow of that sort. the use of a match. He fook his bottle from his handbag, "You shall bite the dust!" hissed the villain, as.he strutted and with it went over to the wooden contrivance in which down the stage. The heroine trembled a few trembles. Just mortar was mixed. He put about half a shovelful of sand then the hero, disguised as a sprinkling cart chauffeur, dash ed in a corner of t h e mortar bed, having previously scraped down the pike with his machine. That settled it. There was that part of the bed dry a nd c l ean. Then this laborer took no dust left to bite. S -aved!" cried the heroine I


28 wn_,D WEST WEEKLY. The Midnight Specter By HORACE APPLETON. I am a young clergyman. I shall call myself Howard, Dane. What I am, about to relate actually happe ned t o me; at least, my senses tell me that it did. I wa s not asleep and dreaming. 10f course, it ls possible that I was mad; but that I should have been mad for just two hours and with nobody's knowl edge I cannot believe. I am, however,_ so suspicious of myself whenever I think upon the facts that I have never told them to my nearest friends. l narrate them now under an assumed name, and feeling po sitive that they will come to the ears of no one who can possibly connect me with hoping in this way to be rid of a sort of nightmare that has haunted me for more than two years. At that time, having a summer vacation, I resolved to spend it in visiting certain picturesque places of which I had heard much, and of which I had never yet looked upon And, first of all, to go to a place which I shall call Paradise Springs, though I must not allow you to think that I have given it its proper designation. It was a sort of quiet watering-place, and there was a large hotel near the springs, but I did not purpose stopping there. I intended to seek some more secluded lodging-place where I could dress as I chose, and really recruit my health. I entered post-office and inqutred of the po stmaste r whether he lmew of some quiet family who might be willing to take a boarder. doe s not appear to be unhealthy I will brave whatever haunts it for a while." Then, having been told to go straight on until I reached the church, and then turn to the l e ft past the church-yard, and walk until I came to a red house on a hill, I thanked the postmaster and started on my way It was late in the day; the shadows already lay long beneath the trees that were set upon either side of the road. At last I reached the house and opened the gate. A woman instantly appeared on the threshold. She was a tall, lean, worried-looking person of middle age, but she had a lcind face, and, when I had ejcplained my busi ness she smiled pleasantly, and answered : "Well; now, it was kind of the postm!ster to send you, and, since you know the ghost story, why there's no need of my talking about it. I've always had a fancy that if I had inore education I could find out all about it. Ghosts I never believed in, and this ain't a damp house built over a marsh. Its cellar is as dry as a chip, and the foundations are all right. A builder came up here one day to examine 'e m, and he said so; but I think-I think--" said Mrs. Ridge, rubbing her hands, "that it's something-scientific-very likely, that causes all these things; and when I hear a groan or so, and se e something white I can't account for going upstairs, I say that to myself, and it quiets me down." I bowed.. Oddly as she expressed herself, I knew very well what poor Mrs. Ridge meant. Natural and not supernatural causes had frightened away her boarders, and proper investigation might reveal the secret. Perhaps such investigation might be amusing. Meanwhile Mrs. Ridge lived rent free, and the ghost might be regarded as benefactor. I took possession of my room at once, choosing the one that At the same time I informed him of my name and my vocawas pre-eminently the haunted chamber. tlon. Then, while my hostess wa s preparing tea, I wandered out, The postmaster, a good-natured sort of man, rubbing his and without premeditation tu.rued my steps toward the church chin for awhile, said, slowly : -an old, moss-grown edifice-and leaning over the railing "Well, sir, I don't know many that haven't their hou se s full looked at the quiet giaves that now lay in heavy shadow I at this season of the year. There's one woman, to be sure, a did not care to go in, or to read the epitaphs that doubtless decent widow, who has pl enty of room, and would be willing gave, as they usually do, unmerited meed of praise to those enough to do for you; but the question is whether you'd like who, while living, never had their due ; but, turning awRy I it? Perhaps, though being a clergyman, you'll laugh a t me glanced down at my feet and saw that I had nearly trodden on when I tell you why; but, t o be fair with you, the place is said a little exiled grave without the paling. to be haunted. Old Ganley, who owns it, hasn' t been able ti It was strange that it should have been made there. let it for ten years; and when Mrs. Ridge, poor soul, had a Never in ipy experience had I seen a grave in such a posi-mortgage foreclo se d on her farm and wa s turned out of the old tion. 1 homestead, neck and crop, as one might say, why, old Ganle y The gras s irew thick upon it, wild roses nearly covered it, just goes to her and says: Now Mrs. Ridge, if y ou choo se to and s tooping low, I read upon the rough, gray stone at its head try my house rent fre e, yo u can. You can hav e it a year for this one word-Jane. nothing, if you can liv e there Lhat long. And after that we'll Nothing else Lalk it over.' .And Mrs. Ridge, poor thing, says she: 'Why, Mr. Nci age no date, no praise. No scrap of verses. Ganley, I will, and thank you too; and I tell you more, I'll Jane--and no more. scour the ghost out of the hou s e 'for you. Ghosts, in my opinAnd who was Jane? I asked myself. / ion, Mr. Ganley, are mo stly dirty._' Someone too humble to lie amidst he\ betters in the grave" So the widow went ove:v to the house, and s he has kept it yard there. c l ean, and she says that though she hears que e r things enough, Somehow I breathed a sigh for Jane as turned away from and sees quer things, too; she's not afraid of 'em; but this her resting place. summer she's tried to take boarders, and she's had half a dozen The sun was quite gone now. come and go. They stay one night; never any more. One of Twilight lay gray upon the scene; only a silver line kissed 'em had a tit and one a fever from what they s aw, or thought the purple tops of the distant hills. they saw; and so, though the widow would like boarders, and A s I wallrnd on I remember now that several times I fanciea is as tidy a housekeeper and as good a cool,{ as any woman I h eard a light step following me, but turning I s aw no one. living, her rooms are empty. It would be a charity if you could We had our tea in the kitchen, at a tiny table covered with try 'em-and if Satan is in that house, as some folks say, per-a snowy cloth. haps you could send him fiying, being a clergyman. It was a good and comfortable meal. l I will take Mrs Ridge's address, if you will give it to me," Soon after; weary with my journey, I aslred for a ca.ndle and r.;aid I. "At least I am not afraid ghosts. If the hous e bade my hostess good-night.


WILD WES'r WEEKLY. 29 In ten minutes I was sound asleep. I And then came an answer, a st range, faint., far-away whls-It was midnight when I awakened, wilh a strange sensation per. creeping through my veins-a thrill rather than a chill. It was this: I did not feel ill, but I confess l did feel frightened. "I want you to bury me!" The room was almost perfectly dark, but through the dark-''To bury you?" I repeated. "Who are you?" n ess I saw a white shape pass and repass the foot of my Fainter and fainte r still came the voice, I am Jane!" and bed. the figure van i s h ed. It was s light and low, but after a little I saw it more plaln l;t. And now there arose before me a memory of the lonel y grave without the church-yard paling-the grave on who se It bore the likeness of a human form, and it carried some -headstone litUe name was written thing in its arms. Led by an impu l se I co uld not tesist, I still keeping t h e "Am I dreaming?" I asked myself. prayer-book open in my hand, left my room, and, going downNo, l was certainly wide awake. stairs, unbarred the hall-door and found myself in t he open My impulse was an ignob le one, I will confelils it. air; bare-headed I walked through the starlight to the grave-It was to cover my head with the quilts. yard 1 'You shall not do it," I said to myself "You shall lool( and I heard gentle footsteps behind me all the way, but I did not know what it is that you have l ooked upon if such knowledge turn to see who followed. may be had. It may be that it i,s vo uchsafed yo u to see what At last I stoo d beside the exiled grave-and, still obeying n1ortals call a ghost. It will not happen again. Make the most the impulse that moved me against my judgment, read a l oud of so fine an oportunity." the burial service. R esolutely I sat up in bed. At its close I heard a faint sigh, but I saw not hing. A thought came to me. A gain I kept my own counsel, and thenceforward my rest The Widow Ridge might well desire to live rent free for the was untroubled. remainder of her life. When some weeks, had passed thus peacefully I asked my It might be worth her while Lo perform the role. of appariho;ftess a few questions. tlon. "Who was the ghost who haunted this house?" I asked, "and But now I saw the figure plainly. why was h e said to haunt it? I s there a tradition concerning It was that of a woman-or, rather, of a young and delicate him?" girl. "It was said to be a young wor11an's ghost," said Mrs. Ridge It was clothed in a shroud-lik e garment, and held in its arms a faint blush rising to her cheek. "The old laws were very the semblance of a babe stri ct. ( Her husband, that s he'd married secretly, ran off, and B y what light I saw it I cannot tell; but its very features she co uldn't prove her marriage, poor thing! and they would were growing plain to me. not let her li e within the church-yard ground. Her old grand-Its eyes-large, sad eyes, wfth dark iris-turned upon me. father buried her and her babe just outsi d e t h e paling. You It mutely extended its hand .and offered me something. l can head-stone there with name-'Jane'-upon it. I extended mine to receive it. The mm1ster who would not bury her hved here ,when t he story As I touched it I knew that it was my own prayer-book, open first got. about. It used to be the parsonage." at a certain place. I returned home at the end of my vacation, and heard no At that moment, despite all my resolves, a deathly terror I more of Mrs Ridg e until the next year. overcame me. Then I found that s h e had prospered greatly. Something in the close approach of the figure seeme d more Her house was fu.Jl of boarders, whom t he ghost Jlever trou-than my soul could bear, and I fainted away. bled, and s h e woul9. probably s oon be in condition to purWhen I came to myself dawn breaking, and I lay with chas e it. -i. the prayer-book still under my hand. .. You bu : ried that ghost, sir," sa id the good-natured postmas-I lifted it to my eyes and glanced at it. ter, as he fini s hed hi s budget of news. I said you would." It was open at the burial service. 'Yes," I replied, I buried the ghost. I read the service over her." "You are not well this morning, sir," said my landlady at : the breakfast-table. He 1nay have thought it a most unclerical one, but you, to I had resolved to keep my whom I have told the story, know it was only a true state" Quite well now," I answered. own counsel. Tbat night, after long rambles in the woods and pleasant idleness under the orchard trees, I retired to the haunted chamber once again. Was my last night's experience a dream or vision? I felt it likely that it might be renewed, and I did not go t o bed. I threw myself outside of the .counterpane, fu lly dressed, but slumber overcame me. Again I lost myself in unconsciousness. Again I awoke, this 'time to see a figure, fu ll y revea l ed a s by c lear moonlight, very close to me-a girl in her shl'Ond, with a babe in her arms. She had taken my prayer-book from the table and held it toward me. Again it was open at the burial service. This time I took it from her bo ldly. "What do you 'want? Wh y do you come herer Why do you show me this'!" I asked. ment. An Italian went to the civil service commissioner's rooms to be examined for a laborer's position. He answered most of the question!; c orrectly Finally they asked him if he had ever been naturalized. He seemed a bit pu:i:zled, but at last his face lighted up. Ah, I know whata you mean. Scratcha Cle arm. Yes, lasta week." 'A Western judge, sitting in chambers, seeing from the piles of papers in the lawyers' hands that the first case was likely to be hotly contested, asked: "What is the amount in question?" "Two dollars," said the plaintiff's counsel. "I'll pay it," said the judge, handing over the money; "call the next case." He had not the patience of Sir William Grant, who, after listening for two days to the arguments of counsel as to the construction of a certain a c t quietly observed when they had done, "That act has been repealed."


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WILD WEST WEEKLY 32 A magazine Containing Stories; Sketebes, ete., of Western llife. .A.1'1" C>I...:O SCC>"UT. PAGES HANDSOME COLORED COVERS PRICE 5 CENTS A ll o f these e x citing stories a r e founded on facts. Young Wild West is a hero with whom the was acquainted. His daring deeds and thrilling adventures have never been surp assed. They form the base of the most dashing stories ever published. Read the following numbers of this most interesting magazine and be convinced: LATEST ISSUES: I 309 Young Wild West Working His Lasso; or, The Laril!-t Gang of the Cattl e Uange. 282 Young "'.lid West's Cavalry Charge; or, The Shot that Saved 310 Young Wild West's Hunt in the Hills; or, Arletta and the Aztec Arletta's Life. Jewels 283 Yol!ug. Wild West's Three Days' Hunt; or, The RaldE>rs of Red 311 Young Wild West Trimming the Trailers; or, Lost In the Land hnvme. of the Dead. 284 Young Wild West and "Silver Stream"; or, The White Girl 312 Young Wild West at the Cowboy "Kick-Up"; or, Arietta Beating Captive of the Sioux. tbe Rroncho Busters. 285 Young Wild West and the Disputed Claim; or, Arietta' s Golden 313 Young Wild West Roping the Rauch Raiders; or, Helpiug the Shower. Texas Rangers. 286 Young Wild West and the Greaser Gulde; or, The Trap that 1314 Young Wild West and the "Terrible Ten" ; or, Arletta's Two Last Failed to Work. Shots. 287 Young Wild West's Ripping Round-Up ; or, Arietta's Prairie 315 Young Wild West's Apache Token; or, The Trail that Led to the Peril. Valley or Gold 288 Young Wild West's Toughest Trail; or, Baffled by Bandits. 316 You L g Wild West "Salting" the Salters;. or, Arietta and the 289 West at "Forbidden Pass." and How Arietta Paid 317 Trip to Mexico; or, Routing the River Raid Young .. Wll<;l, and the Indian Traitor; or, The Charge of 318 Wild West's Fight on the Plains; o r How Arietta Saved the Red B1 igade. Settlement 291 Young Wild West and the Masked Cowboy; or, Arlettas Ready 319 Young Wild 'west at "Two Spot" Camp; or, The Bandits and the Rope. Powder Traiu. 292 'Ylld West and the Ranchero's Datlghter; or, A Hot Old 320 Young Wild West's Triple Round-Up or Arietta and 'the Cattle rr1me Ill Mexico. l{I a 293 Young Wild West and the Sand Hill "Terrors" or The Road 00 Agents of the Santa I'e Trail. 321 Young ,Wild West Catching the Claim Crooks; or, The "Bad" Men 2!H Young Wild West After "White Horse Jack"; or, Arietta and of Beauty Spot. the Wild Mu star7g. 322 Young Wild \\'est Put to Torture; or, Arletta and the Apache 295 Young Wild West and the Cattle Branders; or, Crooked Work Avengers. on the Big G Ranch. 323 Young Wild "est and the Death Sign; or, The Secret of the For2()<1 Young Wild West's Four Foes; o r The Secret Band of Co ld gotten Ranch. Cump. 324 Young Wild West's Nevada Vengeance; o r Arletta and the Burled 297 Young Wild West' s Race for Gold; or, Arletta and the Bank Gold. Itobbers. 325 Young Wild West' s Cowboy Cavalry; or, Saving the Besieged Sol 298 Young Wild West and the Tenderfoot Tourist; or, A Grizzly Hunt diers. in the Hockies. 326 Young Wild W est ar:d the Overland Express; or, Arietta and the 299 Young Wild West Routing the "Ghost Dancers" ; or, Arletta and "Gun Fighter." the Snake Charme r 32T Young Wild \Yest Playing it Alone; or, A Game for Life or 300 Young Wild West Crnssing the Dead Line; or, The Cowboys and 320 y Deatl\1 .. ld ". t d th D t G A tt d th the Sheep Herders. "' ou11g i .es an e ynami e ang; or, rie a an e 301 Young Wild West and the Boy Hunters; or Arietta and the H obbers o f yol d e n Strip. Gam e Stealers. I 32!) YouGg Wiid "est s Grub Stake. and How It Made a l'ortune. 302 Young Wild West on the Desert of Death; or, Hemmed in by I 330 Young Wild West's D eath Defiance; or, Arietta and the Danltes. Bandits. 331 Young Wild West in Crooked Canyon; or, The Underground Tra!I 303 Yonng Wild West and the Pioneers; or, Fighting Their \Vay to to No Man's Land Grizzly Gulch. 332 Young Wild West and "Maveri ck Mike"; or, Arietta and the 304 Young Wild Wcet and "Rawhide Ralph"; or. The Worst Cowboy Round-Up. in Texas. 333 Young Wild West Chasing the Mexicans; or, The "Hurrah" at 305 Wild West Shooting for Glory; or, The Cowboy Jubilee at Ho1. Head Hill. Rea Dog. 334 Young Wild West after the Death Band; or, Saving Arietta from 306 Young Wild West's Bowie Battle; or, Arletta and the Mine Queen. the Secret Caves. 307 Young Wild West Commanding the Cavalry; o r, The Last li'ight of the Apaches. 308 Young Wild West and "Digger Dan" ; or, Arletta's Danger Signal. 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