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Young Wild West's prize claim, or, The gold of Good-by Gulch

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FLOYD C 0111 A MAGAZINE CONTAINING STORIES. SKETCHES Ete. Of Jssued .Weekly-By S"bscription .50 per Year. CopyngM, 1909, by Frank 1'09/.lty, P.,./;lisher, ?.4 U11ion Squa1'e, N"o York. No. NEW YORK, MAY 28, 1909. Price 5 Cents. Cheyenne Charlie and Wild were busy filling the leather sacks with the rich ore when four masked men suddenly popped into view from behind a big rock near them. At the same moment Arietta appeared at the top of the cliff, followed by Jim and the Chinamen.

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WILD SI A Magazine Containing Stories ; Sketches, Etc., of Western Lile I11sucd Weekly-Bu Subscription 12.50per11ea r Entered according to Act of Congres_lf.J in the 11ear 1909, in the oJ!lce of the 1l Librarian of Congress, Washingto n D C ., b11 F'rank Tousey, P'llhlisher, 2 1union Square, New York. No. 345. NEW YORK, MAY 28, 1909 Price 5 Cents YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM --OR-\ L .s6b 0 The Gold of Good=by Gulch urJ.t o1-r GOOD-BY GULCH, ARlZON.A.. BY AN OLD SCOUr l :ininers working on th'e claims that surrounded the little village of shanties and tents threw down their s hovels and pans and starte d for the s aloon to "wet up" before going to dinner, a long covered wagon, drawn by It wa s high noon. The hot Arizona sun was shining four mules, rounded the b end in the trail that ended at with r e l entless force on the powd e r y sand and alkali du s t \ the commencement of the singl e street in Good-by Gulch. tha t la y in the on e and only stre e t that ran through the Some of the rough looking men saw it right away, and little minin g c amp c all e d Good-b y Gul c,h. then it qui c kly among the workers that the re was The gul c h itself w as not a v e ry wide one, but it wound s omething new in town. its wa y torturous ly to the lowe r g round fifty mile s away The four mule s were driven by a niiddle-aged man, who In the c ente r was about the wid es t part, and it was sat on a seat with his feet on the swivel-tree, a very here whe r e the carqp had be e n formed, after half a dozen bald head showed. pros p ectors had struc k it rich there. Beside him sat a young woman whose gaudy costume In l ess than a month Good-by Gulch, s o named because I and face that wa s well cover e d with fre s h paint and one of tho s e who h a d fir s t s taked out a claim there, left powder, ould give the impression to the ordinary ob with hi s pil e three wee k s later, to go and marry a Mexican server that s he was an "actress." girl, who wa s waiting for him in Phoenix; and as he rode It wa s certainly a rather s triking sight for the miners away h e took off hi s hat and yelled at the top of his I of Good-by Gulch, when the y got near enough to s e e voice: "Good-b y, Gulch!" f the girl for s uch a thing a s a s how had never y e t ap1 There had b ee n no name for the camp b e fore this and p eare d the re .. as tho s e h e left b ehind waved him a farewell, and wished But when they read the lette ring on the side of the bi g him good luck it struck them that Good-by Gulch was a wagon a cheer went up for if lettered words meant anygood nam e for the place thing there was going to be a real s how in town So Good-b y Gul c h it was when we open our story on the v e ry hot d a y a f e w year s ago, when Arizona was in a 1 "Profess or Swell 's Variety Show." muc h wild e r s t a te 'than at present. The population could not h ave b1een more than s ixty That 1vas what the y read all told and of these le s s tha n a dozen were of the gen1 The fir s t of the min e r s to l eave their work got to the tle r s e x s aloon jus t a s the mul es h alte d in front of it. Dandy Bill the proprietor of the R e d Eye saloon had 1 Oth e r s cam e running up, so they mi g h t see all tha t a wif e and s o did J a ck Waters, the boss of the Big 5 was to b e s e e n and a s the driv e r thre w down the r e ins min e Som e of the miner s w e re married, too, and more I and bowed to the m anoth e r shout w ent up. of the m would have b e en, if the y could have found The g audily attire d y oun g wom a n hopp e d lig htl y to mates the g round and s tood b e for e the m jus t as they h a d see n t\.s w e hav e already state d it was high noon, aind as thel the f e mal e s ing e r s and dan ce r s at the s hows in Phoenix

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I 2 YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM. and when she began tripping about, holding up some of the scattered mesquite bushes that grew on the bank her :finery, which was rather dingy-looking to say the of the small strea m that flowed through the gulch. least, the excitement aro s e to fever h eat Professor Swell then walked into the sa loon and found The driver now put on a broad Panama hat and stepped Dandy Bill, resplendent in a pink shirt, yellow necker to the ground as gracefully as hi s rather stout form would c hief an,d corduroy trousers, waiting for him, while his permit him to, and holding up his hand for silence, hired man dealt out the "tanglefoot" to the thirsty mincalled out : e rs. "Thank you, gen tlemen! I am more than pleased at 1 "I reckon I know what yer want, boss," said Dandy :the welcome you accord us. I--" Bill, as he stroked his blonde Il\ ustache in a way that "Hooray! Hooray!" shouted the miners, waving their ::;bowed he considered it to. be a sor t of pet. "You want hats, while the young woman put on a few more fancy 'c ommodations/' _steps, as though to accompany them. "That is right, Mr. Dand y Biill; and the moment I read 'Then it was that the stout driver made a sign to the sign over your door I -felt sure that we could get somebody yet in the wagon, and out came a man, blacked C_an yo_u us while we in town?" up, attired in a comical cos tume and a in his hand. I sartmly km, .1f ther men folks is willm ter sleep on He was quickly followed by two y:oung men in tights ther floor," the reply. ':Yer see, :ve ain't quite up and a O'aunt-looking young woman who :flourished a skip-ter s nuff yet, m ther way of commodations; but when it comes ter grub an' whisky, we are all here. Aitr.t that ping-rope. right, boys?" Then from the back of the long covered wagon some-thing that looked like a big bundle done in a crazy "You bet, Bill!" an s wered somebo dy, and then a sho t of assent went up. quilt tumbled. This proved to be alive, and as it arose to an upright that's the main part, I the professor position the spectators saw it was a clown. smiled and 1:11-ore_ than pleased. A man ca n sleep out of doors Ill this climate But we won't have to do The now removed hi s hat, ;viped h1s bald head that; we have got the wagon for the purpose. One of the big and called ladi es happens to be my wife, and the other is our clown's Lme _up. better h alf. If you can furni s h us with our meals while six of the show company obeyed like we stay h ere we will be well satisfied." tramed s?ldiers. "All right, Professor Swell. I'll grub ther whole seve n mmers their shoutmg and_ ?ther noise. of yer fur twenty-five dollar s a day, three meals; an' I'll Gqntlemen, said the stout man, smilmg az:d take chances on makin' up what I lose by ther cheap price you stand Professon Swell and the artists of hi s on what yer buy at ther bar. Oh! I'm a reasonable ga vanety show, late of New York and New loot, I am." a most successful engagement for a m "Well, that is quite a r easo nable price, I must say," we on the roa1 to m all the mmmg and the professor nodded his satisfactio n. "But,''.and towns m Anwna. Good-by Gu:ch is the :first his face clouded a little, "if it h appe ns that we don't have we all hope that_ the show "'.1 ll be well asvery large attendances at our performances I will have to surmg you that no better artists can be obtamed, no raise the pr"ce of admission" matter what t!1e We give our :first perform"Oh! thati will be all right.' Ther boys is all putty here to-mght, I can a enough, and flush, an' they won't mind giving up a five fur front sea ts. if we well rec_eived we will remam ? e re a or Jest make it reserYed sea ts in front five dollars. There m.ore, if the occasi on den_iands. pnce of adimssw n ain't no one here as will kick. The r gold du st is too pl enty will be two dollars. Agam thankmg you for your most f th t ,, reception, I will close my r_emarks and_ attend to by the shouts of approval, Dandy Bill was right the important matters connected w1t_h a show." in what h e said If the crowd had shouted b efo r e it now fairly roared. "It won't take more'n half an hour t e r :fix up you seve n To say t?at the rough men of! the can_ip ":ere pleased people," went on the proprietor. "I wasn't expectin' yer, at the -commg of show would puttmg it mildly. yer see But that's all right. I happ en ter have plenty of Nearly every man there was n_iakmg plenty of money, grub on hand an' there's more comin' in a day or two. I and two dollars was but a flea bite so to speak Would hav e all my i>tuff sent out from Phoenix, 'cept my meat they patronize the professor's show? Well, rather! an' that's brought here by a couple of galoots what A sign from the professor and hi s artists leaped back a business of huntin'. By ther time you're all ready I into the wagon with amazing quickness, the clown turn-I reckon my wife an' ther hired sq uaw she's got ter help ing a flip-tlap as h e disappeared into the r ea r e nd. her will have your grub ready. I've got twoextra dinners Then the professor mounted to the seat and drove ordered fur to-day, but them as ordered 'em ain't showed to the shady side of the shanty saloon, which, np yet If they don't come I won't lose nothin', any by the way, was the largest in the camp, and had a onehow, 'ca use you folks is here ter make up fur. it. My story attachment to it, which had a sign over the door derules is dinner from twelve ter one, supper from six ter claring it to be a dance hall. seve n., an' breakfast from s i x ter seve n. Anyone as wants In :five minutes' time a couple of the performers ap-ter eat anything between meals has go t ter pay extra." pear ed in ordinary cos tume to assist the stout man, and "Which is all satisfactory to me," the professor sail, then the mules V{!lre unhitched and turned loose to get at assuringly. "I'll pay you a day in advance, Mr. Bill."

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/ YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM. 3 "Don't put no 'mister' ter my handle, professor. I'm jest plain Bill-Dandy Bill, they calls me, 'cause I takes a little pride in my dress. I'm all right, you kin bet, an' I run my shanty on a bu s iness basis. What are yer goin' ter have ter drink?" "A little of yer best," replied the professor, as he handed over the required twenty-five dollars. "Put out ther stuff, Ed," said Dandy Bill, nodding to his helper. "Treat all hands! That's ther kind of a hair pin I am!" But Ed, as he called him, knew pretty well that the boss was simply doing this for a bait. A few thousand dollars -was coming over by the stagecoach that afternoon, so the miners might exchange their gold dust for it, and that meant that business would be bri sk that night. The professor drank with the crowd, and then he shook bis head and said: "I don't know whether I can afford to treat or not. I don't know just how business i s going to be, you see. I have to watch out, so I will have enough money to pay my company their salaries, you know." "Run ther chances," spoke up a big miner, conspicuous in a bright red shirt. "N othin' ventured, nothin' gained, they say. I'll have so much m oney this afternoon -that I won't know what ter do with it. Then I'll show yer what kind of a galoqt I am." The professor hesitated a moment, and then he the round. That made him solid. Every man there was bound to go to the show that night, and as there must have been thirty present, it was bound to pay, especially if five dollars was charged for the reserved seats. It was just about this time that a party of riders rode up before the saloon. T-hough they did not appear to be show people, all li'and s rushed out to look them over, and they were much intere sted, too. The consisted of two boys, a tall man, with long black hair and a heavy mustache; two young girls, a young woman and two typical Chinamen. All save the latter two were attired in fancy hunting suits of buckskin, and there was s uch a dashing way about them that it was not surprising that the miners should be intere s ted. To be brief about it, Young Wild Wes t, the Champion Deadshot and dashing young Prince of the S addle, had arrived at Good-by Gulch with hi s friends CHAPTER IL YOUNG WILD WEST PITCHES HIS OAMP. r' The Red Eye s aloon being the most important looking place in Good-by Gulch, it was nothing strange that corners should choose it to stop before. Then, again, the iyrowd that rushed out at s1ght of the picturesque party that had just come in was quite enough to convince them that it was the all-important place there. .; The general store, a low structure that covered a good deal of ground, but had a rather narrow front to display the goods sold there, was almost directly opposite; but all the life seemed to be at the saloon, and there it was that Young Wild Wes t stopped. So much had been written about the dashing young deadshot that it is hardly necessary to state much in the way of description here. Suffice it to say that though only a boy in years, he had madea name for himself by his coolness and daring, and willingness to always do right, no matter what the cost. He was handsome as he was brave and dashing, and it was his wonderful shooting that had given him the title of the Champion Deadshot. Bieing the owner of gold mines, the boy had an income that permitted him to pursue his favorite hobby, which was to ride about the wildest parts of the West in search of fortune and adventure. His two partners, Cheyenne Charlie, who was the tall man referred to, and Jim Dart, the other boy mentioned, were like brothers to him, and they always stuck to him through thick and t,hin. The two young girls, who might have been called mere children by some, were Arietta Murdock and Eloise Gard ner, the pretty sweethearts of Young Wild West and Jim Dart; and the young woman was Anna, the wife of Cheyenne Charlie, the ex-government i;;cout and Indian fighter. The two Chinamen-for we must not forget themwere brothers bearing the names of Hop Wah and Wing Wah. Young Wild West and his two partners had, of course, been born and reared in the West. So had Arietta, the golden-haired sweetheart of our hero. The other two girls-they always spoke of them as girls, though Anna was a married woman-had been in tliat part of the country quite ,long enough to learn to love the natural wildness and the perils and excitement they encountered. Loved by all honest, law-abiding people and feared by evil-doers; ever ready to defend the weak and help the deserving, and having won the title of the Champion Deadshot of the West, Young Wild West was surely the ideal boy hero of the Wild West. As he sat on the back of his splendid sorrel stallion, Spitfire, his long chestnut hair hanging over his shoulders, the boy certainly made a picture that an artist would have been glad to paint; and if it were done in colors his athletic form would have showed up in a blue silk shirt and bright buckskin trousers trimmed with scarlet frin ge. His Winchester rifle hung at his back by the strap, and his coat was strappedto tlie back of his s addle. In hi s belt were a pair of heavy Swith & Wesson revolvers of the la.test type of the time, while the accoutrements of his horse were bright and shining. "Well, boys,'' said the dashing young deadshot, speaking in the cool and easy way for which he had become famous, "I reckon this is Good-by Gulch, isn't it?" "That's what we call it, young feller," answered Jack W sters, the foreman of the Big 5 mine, as he nodded his head, and pulled out a plug of tobacco. "Seems ter

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM. me I know you, though I can't say as I ever seen yer on the spot the miner had 1 pointed out as a good place for afore. Say! ain't you Young Wild them to camp. "You've guessed just right, pard," answered the boy, ''I nckon we'll get out of the sun,'' said the boy, turn. smi ling at hi)ll. "I reckon you must have heard some ing to his companions. "Come on." thing abo1tt me. Now suppose you tell me whether it was He led his horse to the s pot, and the rest rode over, good or bad?" while Jack Waters swung his hat over his head and "It was all good what I heard, Young Wild West. I'm yelled: right glad ter meet yer, blamed if I ain't! I'll shake "Three cheers fur Young Wild West, ther Champion with yer, if you don't mind." Deadshot!" The 'young deadshot slipped from his sadd le and put out The majority of the miners joined in giving the cheers, his hand. and the boy waved his hand in acknowledgement "i reckon you're one of the sort of men I like to meet," "I reckon this is what yer might call a putty lively he said, coolly. "But I know you were the moment you sort of a camp," said Cheyenne Charlie, as they came to a spoke. I am a pretty good judge of a person, when I halt at the spot they had selected. "Looks mighty pros once look at their faces, and hear them express themperous around here, an' no mis take! Did yer see that big selves, you know." wagon? A show is goin' ter be here." The miner gripped his hand and gave it a hearty They all agreed with him that it was a likely-looking shake. sort of a place, and that it was very evident that there "You're all there, my boy i" he exclaimed. "I'm a was going to be a show there. little bit deceived in seein' that you're so young. Some"Me likee see um show, so be," remarked the Chinathey ca ll s a man a boy, yer know; an' I had an idea man called Hop Wah. that yer could as much as vote, anyhow." "I reckon you kin give 'em enough of a show ter wake "Well, I can't yet," and the boy laugh ed "But when I 'em up, Hop," said the scout, grinning. "Any galoot clo it will be over in Texas I happen to own a ranch what kin do what you kin i s able ter get 'most any kind down en the Rio Grande, and I like the place well enough of a crowd s urprised." to call it my home." "Me allee samee velly muchee smartee Chinee, so be, Tl1e two men belonging to the show now came around Misler Charlie," was the grinning r e ply. "Me blather, he from the wagon, and they looked at the girls of the party was velly smartee, too; but he velly rnuchee goodee now; with rriore than ordinary interest. he lettee me be um clevee .Ohinee." As they were attired in ordinary female apparel now, What the Chinaman meant by "clevee Chinee" was they did not seem out of place to the girls in Young Wild that he was often called Young Wild West's Clever West's party; though if they had seen them a few minChinaman, and this was because he was a s l e ight-of-hand utes before they might have opened wide their eyes. performer of no mean ability, and a professional card The paint and powder was still on their faces, and as well. Besides these qualifications, if s uch they they no doubt thought they looked "stunning.'' could be called, he was very fond of whisky and liked But the red cheeks of the gir l s was Nature's own handipractical joking. work, and the beauty they possessed was real. But he had often been the me a n s of savi ng the lives of -X:oung Wild West allil bi's two partners quickly sized different members of the party by hi s cleverness and quick up the saloon, and they soon came to the conclusion that wit, and that made him s olid with all hands, so ta speak. it would be better for them to go into camp and let their When the scout said he cou ld give a performance he cook fix up the noonday meal for them. 1 spoke the truth, for Hop always made i t a point to buy "How about putting up on one of the vacant spots various e.rticles and compound s he would have use for around here?" the young deadshot asked, nodding io in performing his tricks andljokes when eve r they stopped Jack Waters. at a city or town where such things w e re for sale. "Sartin sure," was the reply. "Go ahead. I reckon So much for Hop Wah, the clever Chinaman, for the there's a good place right along ther creek there. There present. ain't no one here as will bother yer, as I know of. But All hands joined in the work of getting the camp in Big Check an' his pal might have somethin' ter say shape, and it was not long before the two tents they about it when they show up. Howsumever, from what had with them were erected under the trees, and a fire I've heard of you, Young Wild West, you'll be able ter started match him all right.'' Young Wild West and his companions had shot plenty "Well, we are not looking for trouble, pard,'' was the of game the day before, so there was nothing la cking in r\!ply. you say it is all right for us to camrover that line to cook for dinner. there, we'll do it.'' Their stores were not exhausted, either, and they were "Go on an' do it. I'm a sort of leader here, an' what able to get up a fine meal without ma:king a call at the I says is putty s ure ter go, though sometimes there's a supp ly store. httle trouble with Big Chock an' his pal. I'm all right, Before one o'clock they had satisfied their hunger and though, an' they don't scare me any. I kin hold my own were preparing to take it easy for a while, when two with ther galoots.'' horsemen were seen approaching the saloon. The truth was that our friends were pretty well tired One was a big, powerful lookin g fellow, and the other from the long ride they had had in the bU"rning sun, and was one of the s l ender sort, with a sneaky aspect they were r eally anxious to get under the trees that grew Our hero cou ld generally pick out a man for what he

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YOUNG WILtl WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM. 5 was a s s oon a s he had a look at him, and turning to hi s c ompanion s he s aid : "I m a y be wron g but I'll bet a five doll a r gold piece to a s ilver quarter tha t the two galoo ts a r e Big Choc k an d hi s pal! We had b etter get r e ady for trouble I suppose, f,or the le a der of the c a mp sa id e nough to make me think th a t the s e two galoot s will try to run u s out of here. CHAPTER III. BIG CHOCK .AND HIS P.AL juic e first. We've had a long ride of it. Been in the r saddl e ever s ince six o'clock thi s :rhornin Our bottl e of s tuff run out about ten, an' we ain't wet our lip s since." They were quickly served, and then it was not long be for e the y were eating their dinner. D a ndy Bill joined them, s ince he had been too busy helping to s erve tho s e who had already eaten to din e himse lf, and as he ate he an s wered the que s tions of Big Choc k in regard to the big wagon and the show p e opl e Jug Porter asked no que s tions, what e v er His friend did a ll that, and he li s tened, rememb e ring every t hing t h a t was s aid, s o he might be able to enlighten the big ruffian at any time he rl3quired it. "I s'pos e you've heard tell of ther boy they call Young You n g Wild Wes t guessed jus t ri ght when he thou ght Wild West, Chock ?l' obs erved the proprietor, after a t h e .two horse m e n were the bad pair known a s Big Chock pause. a nd hi s pal. "No," was the reply, "I can't say as I have. But what Th e pal 's name was Jug Porter, or that is all the name a bout him, Bill?" -anyon e in the camp kn e w him b y "Well," and Dandy Bill wiped his mustache in th e The fac t was tha t t h e tw o w e re almo s t in s eparable, car e ful way h e hall about him "they say that he' s a regb ot h bein g viUa1n s of th e lowest ord er. ul a r humscor c h er. G<>t mo.re nerve than ten ordin a r y B ig C hock was of t h e bru ta l ty pe, while hi s pal was men a n ho.Ids claim to ther title of ther Champion Dead o n e o f t h e c unnin g scoundr e l s s o often met with, who, s hot of the r West." t h o u g h h e thou ght nothing of killing a man, much pre"I see,' and B'ig Chock nodded. "He's one of th e r erred to do it in a s n e aky way. fresh y oun g galoots we s ometime s run across. rries t e r Hi s very looks implied this much, a s did the general s car e people, an all th a t." a p pea r a nce of the big ruffian indicat e tha t he was a brute. Jug P o r te r g rinn e d at thi s for it probabl y s tru c k him Over s i x fee t and broad and w e ight y in proportion, that hi s big pal was really giving a description of him-Big Choc k sure l y loo ked to be a dangerou s cus tomer. sf!lf, and unthinkingly, at that. H e u s uall y h a d hi s own way in Good-by G ul ch-not be"Well I don't know much about him; but I heard Jack cause all the men there fea red him s o mu c h but becau se. Water s say he had beard a lot about tb e r bo1f a n his two t hey th o u ght it ju s t as w e ll to l e t him g o a h e ad, so long I pa rd s 1 will s a y that I never did see a likelier lookin' as h e did n o t tre ad too h eavi l y o n their c orn s young c hap than he is, th o u gh." The two dinn e r s eng a ged at the s al oon, and of which "You've s een him, then?" the pro p r ie tor h a d spoken w e re for t h ese t w o.m e n, a s Big Chock looked surpri sed. t hey halt ed and looked at the b ig w a gon th a t was s t a ndin g "Yes, h e s right here in Goodb y Gulch thi s very mina t the s id e o f the s h anty structure, Big C hock c alled out: ute. I h e ard him a s kin' Jack W a t e r s i f the re was a place "What's thi s I s ee? A caravan ha s struc k ther Gulch, whe re they could pitOO their camp, an Jack s howed him blamed if it ain t Jug. Jest read what it says on ther a place oot b ack here a longside the r c reek. Jack told him s ide. I can't m a ke out letters very good, an' I never that it wasn't likely that an yone would bothe r 'em, with could whe n I went ter s chool." out it might be you. Now, what I was goin' ter say is "Pro f ess or Swell's Vari e ty Show i s what s he reads, tha t I w ouldn't interfere with 'em. There s three gals C hock,''.quickl y an s wer ed hi s p a l "I re c kon th e re' s goin' with 'em; an' they s eem ter be like fine gals, too. Then t e r be a show in town. It i s good we didn t s tay away till there' s a couple of heathens with 'em, too, an' they--" to-morrer. We couldn't hardly afford t e r miss it." "HeathenS' with 'em!" echoed the big ruffian. "Don't "Show e h? Well, that s ound s mi ghty good, for a oney e r know that we've put a ban on Chine s e labor in this horse camp lik e thi s Well we' ll s o o n find out some thin' h e r e c a mp? You've heard me say that I'd s hoot ther first a bout it. It's free tick e t s fur me an' you, of cour s e." heathe n what s howed up here, an' wanted work, ain't yer, Both men di s mount ed and l e t their hor s e s go loose, Bill?'" without even unloosening a s addle girth. "Yes, that's right. That's why I've been :feelin' sorter But it was not more than a minut e befor e a darky un e asy s ince you got here. Now ther two Chinamen empoyed by D a nd y Bill c a m e and g ot the m and took the m what 's with Young Wild Wes t an' hi s fri e nds ain't look t o the s hed that was in the rear of the s h a nty saloon and in' fur work ; they'r e je s t with ther party, y e r know. If I hall. was you I'd let 'em alone, 'cause we want git our Big Chock swaggered into the bar of the pla c e in his population increa sed, an' ther chances i s that they've u s u a l s tyle, acting very much a s thou g h h e was Just in come here t e r try their luck in ther Gulch. There's th e humor to fight s omeone, and did not car e ju s t who it room fur a whole lot mor e h e re, an' y ou kn o w it. Ther m i ght be. more gold the re i s tak e n out the r b ette r will be my H e llo, Chock!" called out Dand y Bill s milin g at them. bu s ine s s an' y ourn too I m a k e min e b y sellin' bug "You'r e on time, I reckon. The r dinn e r i s all r e ady. juice an' runnin' a faro game, an' you mak e y our s playin' j\ll 's you've got ter do i s ter was h up an set right down." draw pok e r "Goo d e nou g h, Bill. But giv e u s a littl e of your bugBig Chock laugh ed, and it was a hoarse laugh, at that.

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.. 6 YOUNG wn_,D WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM "All right,''. said he. "But you je s t wait till I git steamed up a littl e I'll pay attention to ther two Chinese an' don't yer furgit it. An' then, if this here boy yer say is ther Champion Deadshot interferes, I'll show him that I'm somethin' in that line myself. Bill, a show has come to ther camp, an' that means a lively time fur everybody. But when I git a few more swallers of bug-juice in me l 'm goin' ter run a littl e side-show all by myself "I was afraid yer wou ld, Chock, an' that's why I spoke about it." But proprietor did not seem to realize that he had helped it a l ong The meal over, Big Chock and his pardner went to the barroom T h ere were few there now, save Professor Swell and the mnle members of his troupe. The miners had either returned to their work, or were at their shanties or tents, eating a delayed meal, on ac count of the arrivals at the camp Jack Waters, the boss of Big 5 mine, was there however He seemed to have a purpose in remainini", too, and when Big saw him he promptly said: "Well, Jack, I hear that we've got a champion deadshot in town." "Yes, I s'pose yotl've heard of Young Wild West," was the rep ly. "No; I never heard of him till Bill was tellin' me at ther dinner table. What about him, anyhow?" "Well, they say he has got ther reputation of handlin' himsel:l' in great sty le He's a sort of young feller what up fur what's right. He kin shoot straightel' an' faster than most folks would believe, too." "Huh! You talk as though no one else can shoot quick an' s traight. Jack, I reckon yer know what I kin do, when I make up my mind ter do it." "Y cs, I know. I ain't slow myself. You know that, too." The big ruffian frowned. "Yes, I kl\ ow you're full of grit, Jack," he admitted. "B.ut say! A.re you goin' ter allow Chinese labor here?" "Not at t her Big 5 mine, Chock "That's what I thought Come an' have .a drink." The foreman miner accepted the invitation, probably because hl:l did not care about getting i-nto an argument with him. The show people were invited, too, and then Dandy Bill introduced them. "I'm about ther worst man what ever liv e d, when I git mad," Big Chock explained, as he smiled at the actor s and threw out his chest "I'll leave it ter my pal if I ain't. How about it, Jug?" "You sartinly are, Chock," was the quick reply. "But of course I wouldn't hurt you fellers," went on Chock "I like show people too well ter do anything ter hurt 'em. Here's luck! Everybody drink!" Everybody did, and when he had wiped hi s mouth with the sleeve of his shirt, the big man continued: "I s'pose you fellers would like ter see a little fun. Jest come with me. I'm goin' ter kill a couple of China men .'? The professor and his men were astonished to hear 1.his, while the faces of Dandy Bill and the miner s turned s lightly pale. Jack Waters showed signs of great unea s ine ss "Better let 'em alone, Chock," he advised. "Maybe Young Wild West wouldn't sta nd fur anything like llirt" "Weil, if he don't stand for it he kin lay down ter it, then," wa s the retort. "All ri g ht. I ain't goin' ter interfere." Probably the boss of the Big 5 mine thought there would be no n eed of it. He had h ear d a lot about the dashing young dead shot and hi s partn ers he had already dec1ared and that prob ably meant that he thought they would be able to take care of themselves "Well, give u s a nother drink, anyhow," he added, nod ding to Dandy Bill, who h a d relieved his man, and was in c:ha rge o:f' the little b a r him s elf. Just then Hop Wah, one of the the big ruffian had d ecided to kill, walked into the place, bowing and smi ling. He was not alone, for right behind him were Young Wild West and Cheye_nne Charlie. CHAPTER IV. WHAT HAPPENED 'IO BW CHOCK AND HIS PAL. 1 A. hu sh .fell over those in the barroom of the R e d Eye sal oon when the Chi naman entered, followed by Young Wild West and C h eyenne Charlie Every man there felt that something was going to happen, for had not Big Chock said he was going out to kill a couple of Chinamen? H e re was one of them now, and Professor Swell and the members of his troupe edged back to a corner, s o they might escape being shot accidentally. Those who knew the big ruffian well s tepped out of the way, too for they knew for a certainty that there was going to be trouble. But J ack Waters was going to prevent it if he could, and he quickly ca lled out: "Hello Young Wild West! I see that yer got located a ll right. I reckon no one will bother with yer h ere You'll find Good-by Gulch a good, healthy camp, I think." ''1hope so," was the boy's reply. "We thought we'd better drop in and see you, as our Chinaman h e re wanted to get her e badly. We thought h e might get into trouble if he came alone, you know. Some people don't lik e heathens, it seems, and we didn't know whether there were any of that sort h ere or not." "Yer didn't know, eh?" It was Big Chock who asked the question, as he ste p ped fb the center of the room, fairly bri stl in g with im portance. "Well, I'll tell yer right now that there is! I'm one that savs that there ain't no heathen Chinese goin' ter stay h;r, an' liv e How does that, strike yer?" He reached for his gun, but before he got it from the hol ster the boy cried out, s harpl y : "Take your hand away from that, you big galoot!"

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM. 7 Then his own revolver :flashed in his hand and Big His remarkable coolness and quickness, add:d to his Chock was covered. skill and strengt h, had always brought him out a winner, It happened so quickly that the miners blinked their too. eyes, while the members of the troupe crowded closer to But the ruffian certainly felt easier when the boy put the corner. away his revolver. There was something about the dashing young deadshot His courage arose, too, and forcing a smile, he an-that told them that he was one not to be trifled with. swered: His remarkable coolness, added to the quickness he "When I git ready ter do it I'll go right ahead, an' no displayed when be pulled his gun, was quite enough to one will stop me, either." convince them that Big Chock was treading on dangerous "All right. When you get ready, go ahead. But I ground wouldn't wait too long, if I were you. The crowd i s no wantee die; me allee samee wantee lillee dlink anxious to see the two Chinamen killed." of tanglefoot/' piped the Chinaman, smiling blandly and Big Chock was but waiting for the chance to get his stepping to the bar. gun out. Then, just as though it was nothing more than play But he meant to shoot the boy first. that was going on, he laid a silver dollar on the bar. He looked around at hi s pal, and the two exchanged Big Chock let go hi s gun, and it dropped back into glances the holster. Cheyenne Char li e was watching the sneaky man hard, Jug Porter tried to smile, but made a miserable failure however, and there would surely be a call for the under of it, for he knew better than most of them that the taker if he made the l east move to perform a sneaky boy was very, very dangerous. act. He did not need to be told that, for h e was somet hing The scout had him down :fine, so to spe ak. more than an ordinary observer. Hop knew he was perfectly safe, and he had no sooner "Chock;" said he, to the big ruffian, "you didn't swallowed the drink he had ordered than he was 'ready mean yer was goin' to kill any Chinaman unless he went to surprise the big man. ter work here, did yer?" He never once doubted that our h ero could handle the '+'hat was a cue to let Big Chock out of it, but he did man, and that made him all the more daring. not seem to want to get out of it that way. He had :m d b d b th' b h 1 d th th f lt th t Whatee you wantee killee poor Chmee for. he aske h ragge t ak ou 1 .1s emdg sue a )a man a e e a "Me allee samee velly goodee Chinee, so be. Me go to e mus eep 11s wor S d h 1 Fr "I said jest now that I was goin' out ter kill two ChinaI 'laly sc 00 mh isco. l ht I k ,, h d t t 1 b t f 1 t ou go somew eres e se m1g y soon, rec on, men, e sai rymg o appear coo u a1 mg a mos th 1 utterly. "But I won't have ter go out ter shoot but one rhep y. k ,, "d h t t D d 0 f h k h" d' h e s ave a smo e sa1 our ero, urnmg o an y now. ne o em as come m ter ta 'e is me icme ere B"ll Now, young feller, jest put away that gun of yours. I 1 reckon yer don't know that ye're likely ter make one of It was a chance Big Chock had been looking for, and ther worst men what ever lived very mad, if yer keep on his hand grabbed for his gun. p'intin' that at me." He managed to get it from the hol ster, and then-Cheyenne Charlie broke into a laugh. Crack! That sounded about as funny to him as anything h e had Young Wild Wes t had trapped him for he had turned heard in a lon g time. to the boss of the saloon on purpose to make the villain do A smile crept over the face of the dashing boy hero, something, and he drew his revolver and fired. too, and lookin g steadily at the big man, he said : Big Chock uttered a cry and dropped his gun to the "I happened to hear what you said just before we came floor. in, you sneakin' coyote! I never saw you before, and I Th e blood was trickling from the back of hi s hand,, don't know you But I assue you that you are not going where the bullet had grazed it. to kill any Chinamen while I am around. If you try it "You shou ld have been quicker, if you wanted to get I'll throw you out of this place so quick that you won't me," the boy said, as he coolly walked up to him. "Now know what you!" then, I am going to throw you outside, and I am not going "An' if any galoot makes a move ter pull a g un he'll to be partis:ular how you land, either. But Tll give you a git a lead pill right where it'll do ther most good added chance. Get ready!" the scout; and then accepting the nod Hop gave him as But the big scoundrel was too much surprised to g.et an invitation to drink with him, he stepped up to the ready for anything. bar. '-Bifi! Young Wild West coolly dropped hi s revolver back into The young deadshot's right fist shot out like a piston the holster. rod and it caught him squarely on the short rib s "Now then," said he, "go ahead and kill the ChinaA gasp came from him, and a s he was iri the act of man." dropping, Wild darted behind hin1 and swung his right It seeme d like inviting a s laughter right in the saloon, arm around his neck but not so to our hero. Then up went the boy in an erect position, and Big He had met and conquered men fully as big, and as bad Chock was hanging over his back J.ilrn a qua1ter of beef. as Big Chock was. The ao,1r was open, and on a run, Wild went out,

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, YOUNG WILD W ES T 'S P RIZE CLAIM. s toppin g s hort a s he the tlfre s hold, and dropping his h ead. The re could b e but' o ne result, and that was that Big Choc k went over hi s head a nd landed with a dull t.\l.ud W e ll if h e a in t h e's somc t h in m i gh t y near it,'' t he scout. r e pli ed.. W e ll, I m g l a d t o h ea r t h a t. I am Joe D umps, the comical acrobat in our s how. I'm c all e d t h e clown, you on the ground. know." Cheyenn e Charlie, always imp e tuou s but now s tirred to "I see. I s 'po s e y ou kin do tri c k s too, then?" a hig h pit c h mad e a leap for Jug Porter. "Well I don t pose a s a s le ig ht-of-hand performer but Th e s n e aky look of th e man angered him, anyhow, I can do s omething in that lin e." a nd i f he had .riot h e ard the bos s of the Big 5 min e say "Me velly g lad to mee t y ou s o b e,'' s pok e up Hop, and he was a bad man, he would have thought so, anyhow. he put out hi s hand, which the clown took and shook He caught the bad man' s pal befo re he was hardly h e artily Then the professor came up and whe n the clown had { tware of what was coming. introduced him he mad e our friend s acqu ainte d with the Being but a lightweight, the scout handled him as though he was but a child oth e rs of the troupe. t "Look out, Wild!" he called out, and then, before he The ladie s are inside helpin g the mi stress of the was within six feet of the door he h11rled the sneak out. house,'' he assured them. "I will take pleasure in makJ ug had b etter luck in landing than his pal had. ing you acquainted with the m later on. I know they will be pleased to get acquainted with the ladies of your He struck on his hand s and feet, cat-like, and he rolled party." over without being hurt. "All right,'' Charlie an s wered. "I reckon the y will. Big Chock had been j arre d s o badly that h e lay like one What kind of a s how are yer goin' ter put up? Is it goin' dead_ ter be to-night?" "I re c kon that'll be abo u t all for the pres ent,'' s aid "Yes we will open up to ni ght for an unlimited our hero, a s h e c oolly walked in. "Dandy Bill, we'll have gag e m e nt. We have got a good s how, of cour se. The that s moke I s poke about a minute or s o ago." bes t tal ent in the world i s right h e re in Good-by Gulch But I?andy Bill was s o ;'lgit a t e d that the cigar box s hook at thi s v e ry minute in hi s hand a s he. passed it to the boy. "Good enough! If Big Chock abd his pal let s us, we'U "I nev e r s e e n anythin g lik e that in my whole life!" he come around an see yer to-night." cried "It don t see m possibl e tha t a boy could chuck I "Oh! they'll l e t I reckon spokeup Jack Water s a man a s bi g as Choc k i s out like that. You re ther "But I want t e r t e ll y e r some thin g You mu s t look out stronge s t f e ll e r I ever s een,. Youn g Wild West!" fur them two. Big Chock said h e was a bad man "Oh, it w asn' t m y stre n gth s o mu ch," was the reply. he didn t tell no lie By that I mean that h e won t s top "It i s kno w in g how to do it, m ore than anythin?. Step at nothin' t e r git s quar e The n the r e's hi s pal, Jug up gentl e m en, a n d hav e a smoke I nev e r drmk anyPorter. That f e ll e r i s the r wor s t of the r two 'cause h e's thin g st rong myself, and I fe e l like s moking. I hope you s n e aky and does hi s work on the r s ly. D o n t think that all feel the same.". they re done with you, Youn g Wild West." Wheth e r they not, they all_ took even "I am not thinkin g that way, boss," our h e ro r e torted. to Hop, who was grmmng as though it was a httle "But I will s a y this much: If they d o n t l ook out they formance that had been gotten up for hi s espe cial benewill be done with u s a,r;d e v e rything e l s e too. The r e s a fit limit, you know and if the galoot s go too fan it m e an s Meanwhile Jug Porter was a ssis ting Big Chock to his tha t the r e i s goin g to b e work for the grave di gger." feet, and a s s oon a s he got him up they walked away from "Well, I don t know but, what we coulc1 git along je s t the front of the saloon. about a s well if the y wasn t h e re," s aid Dand y Bill. "Of course Big Chock i s a mi g h t y good s pepd e r ; but h e win s hi s money from the r m e n in ther camp, an' if h e didn t CHAPTER V I HOP SHOWS WHAT HE C A N DO. "Lat to o bad, s o b e,' observ e d Hop Wah, as he saw the two vill a in s l e aving the s c e ne. "Me wantee s howee um bad mans velly nice e lillee tlick, s o be." "I reckon they was s howed a tric k all right, Hop," an s wered Cheyenne Charlie, with a grin "That's the r s icke s t lookin' pair of dangerou s bad men I eve r s een. Why, that big galoot i s a four-fl.u s her from Wind y ville, an' no mistake! None of your magic s leight-of-hand work wasn't needed -ter shake 'em up." "What's that?" queried one of the men belonging to the traveling show "I beg pardon; but did you sa.y the Chinaman was a magician?" git it, an' then s pend it, they d do it the m s elves. No! I re c kon ther camp would be better off if it didn t have Chock here He drive s trade away from my pl a ce when he 's got hi s tantrums on." "Yes, an' he' s drove m e n away what ha s come her e t e r go t e r work," s p oke up Ii miner. "Some f e ll e r s i s a little more timid than others, an' them kind s care s ea sy. Mayb e Big C hock is all right, in a way, but it's a mighty poor way." "Well," and Wild looked around at hi s hearer s "I didn t want t e r have a n y trouble with ther bi g galoot; but frorri what the boss sa id before we w ent into -camp, I suppos ed we would have s ome when h e c a m e h e re We saw the two men rid e up, and afte r waiting a while we came over to the s aloon h e re. Hop want e d a drink pretty badly, and I thought he mi ght ge t into trouble if h e ca me alone I don't drink myself; but I know Hop does

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' YOUNG WILD WE.ST S PRIZE CLA I M 9 ==================================:=-=-=-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-=== = =======================================:=:-. That's hi s bu s in ess, the s am e as it i s with anybody e l se. I don t preach temp e r a nce, even if I fee l s ur e that a p e r s on is a great d ea l b ette r off, in eve r y way> i f h e l e ts liquor alon e Hop i s a g o o d fe llow, even i f h e i s a h eathen C hine()'; a nd i f it i s hr s failin g to want t o drink, I let him drink, s o lon g a s h e don't ge t drunk. If h e does that he ge ne:>:all y h ea r s from me good a nd ha rd. But what I was g oin g to s ay i s that as w e w e r e comin g in I heard Choc k s a y h e was goi ng out to kill a c oupl e of C h i n a m e n. I m a d e u p my m ind that t h e c h ances w e re that h e would go out bu t tha t h e wouldn t kill anything. I reckon he w ent out a ll ri ght." "Thre e cheer s fur Youn g Wild West th e r whitest boy wha t e ver struc k Good-by G ul ch!" s hout ed' Jack Water s s win gin g hi s hat. The cheeTS w e re give n in a s pirit tha t s h oweg that the m e n w e r e not putting on a n y thin g and our hero res p o nd e d b y doffing his somb r e r o M e lik ee ha vee um b a d man s a ll ee sam e comee ba.ck, s o b e," remark e d H o p afte r a s h ort sile nce whe n the cheer in g was over. Come on out an' w e'll f e t c h 'e m back s aid the s cou t quickl y "I r e ckon you want t e r show em a little of your magic e h Hop?" "Lat light, Mis ler Wild. You all e e s amee goodee gu ess ee." "Loo k out for them, Cha rli e," advi sed Wild. "Es pecially the s n e aky ga loot. I reck o n h e s about the wor s t of the t w o wh e n y ou ge t right dow n to h ar d pan." "Oh! I'll b e on the r w a t ch. Don t m a k e no mi s take on that. The two went out jus t as th o u g h it was an y thing but a dan ge rou s errand they w e re on. 'rhey found the two vill a in s at the s hed in the r ear of t h e bi g s h anty They rubbin g down th eir hor ses, some thin g that they would not have thou ght of doing if the y had not been thrown. out of the s aloon. It w a s not n e cessary for the m to do it, anyhow, s ince t h e s t a bl e m a n h a d atte nded to it. Wh e n they saw C h eye nn e C h a rli e a nd the Chinaman app r o a c hing the y showe d unmi s takabl e s i g n s of un e a s i ness. .; S ay, y ou two s n e akin g coy ote s," s aid Charlie, "you're want e d in the r whi sky mill ri ght away." Who w ants u s?"' qu e ri e d Jug Porter, su s piciou s ly. "We ll, I do, fur on e." "Me w antee, for two, s o he," chimed in Hop, s miling in hi s bland way "What do y ou want u s fur?" s poke up Big Chock "W e11, I'll tell yer thi s mu c h ; w e ain t goin ter hurt yer. Thi s here C hina m an whos e nam e i s Hop Wah i s g oin' t e r show a littl e o f what h e kin do in m a gic, an we want you two g aloot s ter s ee it, je s t ter show yer what a mi s tak e you'd have made if y ou had gone an' shot him, a s yer wanted ter. Do yer under stand. now?" "Yes; what you s ay i s plain e nou g h,'' whisper e d Jug Porter. "But how do we know but that yer mean ter plug us with lead, or somethin' like that." Char li e gave a contemptuous sniff. "I reckon if we wanted ter do that w e' d come right out h e re an' do it. Don't think anythin g lik e that. Young Wild West ain't that kind of a boy. If he waster put up a job t e r kill somebody he wouldn't be on ther l evel; an' th.e re ain t no one a,c; kin tell ter truth an' say that he e v e r don e a thing that wasn't fair. But I'll tell yer one thin g you s neakin' coyotes! If I'd had my way about it y ou d b o th be s tretched out abtut now, with blankets over y e r. I know that you re no good an' any galoot s as is no good ain > t fit ter live. Biiit, a s I je s t said afor e you're w ante d in th e r whi s ky rriill jest t e r see Hop do some s l e ight-of-hand work Now come on in, an' don t say yer won't, either." "All right; we'll come;" said Jug. It was evid ent that the s n e ak thought it would be quit e as s afe from them in s ide a s it was where they were ... One might think that th.e two scoundr e l s would h a v e been apt to open fire on Charlie and the Chinaman whe n the y approached them; but s u c h was not the :case. C e rtainly the y would hav e lik e d to do so, but they kn e w wha t would happ e n to the m if the y did The y left their hor ses and h eo.ded for th e s aloon right away the scout and Hop walkin g alon g with them. "I r e ckon you feller s ain t s o bad a s they say yer are," obs erved C h a rlie, with a grin. "Yer seem like very pe aCable feller s ter m e The back of Big Chock' s hand was s till bleedin g and he wipe d it with his handker c hief, l without saying any thing. "Y e1 ain't hurt much,'' went on the s cout "That was jest a little s ample that Young Wild Wes t give yer Oh he' s ther Champion Dead s hot of ther Wes t, all right." "He kin s hoot might y quick an y how," Jug admitted. "Yes an' he alway s puts th e r bullet jest where he want s it ter go, too." When the two m e n walk e d into the barroom of the s aloon the y loo k e d rathe r s h e epi s h 'rhe same little crowd was the re, waiting_ for them and the clown showe d his eagerness for Hop to proc e ed the moment the Chinaman came in. "I re c kon we h a d bett e r have' s omethin' afore anything furth e r i s done-, s aid J ai;k W a t e r s "Bill jest give th e r boys wha t they want." Tund y Bill lost no tim e in doing s o and then Hop s elec t e d b oth Big Choc k a nd Joe Dump s the clown, a 3 his victim s H e w ent to the m separa,t ely and told them how hi s uncl e in C hina had been o n e o f th e gre ate s t magicians the world e v e r knew, and that he to o k after him in that reI Whil e he was talking to the m h e was doing something els e but no one saw wli.at it was But if they both had tho u ght t o sea rch the ir pock e t s immediatel y afte r he l eft th e m C hock would have a pipe he prized greatly, and the clown would have found him s elf minus of his wat c h. But that was ail in t he s l e i g ht-of-hand bu s iness, s o there was reall y noth i n g v e ry s trange about it. Hop now brou ght out his big yellow silk handkerchief that he u s ed solely to aid him in performing some of his tricks. He shook it out, so tha t all hands might see tha.t there was nothing in it, or attached to it.

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10 YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM ================:===============Then he pull e d out an egg that was about the size of those found in a s parrow' s n est. "Evelybody wat c h ee,'' h e said, smi lin g at the assem b l age rrhey all did, the professor being one of the keenest ob servers of the lot Being a s howman he no doubt knew about everything in the lin e of s leight-of-hand tricks, even if he could not perform them himself He want e d to see if the Chinaman could show anything that was new. "Lis um lattle s nake egg," Hop r ema rk ed, as he handled the little egg very coolly. "Me likee havee um hat to mak ee lillee nest, so be." Then he reached over and took Big Chock's hat. The man did not make any protest, so the egg was care fully placed in it and the hat set upon the b a r. was anxious to get free and show what it could do with its fangs However, if anyone had paid strict atte ntion to t h e mouth they would sure ly h ave no ticed that it did not move a particle. There was nothing surpri s ing in this, s ince it was merely a piece of rubber fashioned into the shape of a snake and painted by the in ge niou s Chinaman But no one but Wild and Char lie knew this, and the rernlt was that Hop had them all in a terrible fright for a few minutes CHAPTER VI. THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF TI-IE S(IOOTING MATCH. Hop invited all hand s to step up and look into the hat, Young Wild West thought it best to tell t he men what s o they would be s u re it was there. kind of a snake it was that Hop had hatched from the 'l'his they did, and whil e they were lookin g he got clo se egg, so h e quickly took the rubber imitation from him, to both his victims again. and holding it by the tai l, said : If they had looked in their poc k ets just then they "Gentlemen, I reckon the bite of thi s thing would not would have been much s urpri sed, probably. be fatal. It is onl y rubber, you see. It is merely one of But that would come later on, for the clever Celesti al our clever Chi naman 's articles that h e u ses in performing was s imply p l aying hi s \ea] trick while h e was keeping his so-ca ll ed magic. But you w ill all admit that it was their attention upon the hat and egg, which he had d e cleverly done, for the egg has disappeared." clared was a rattle s nake's." Hop tossed the hat to Big C ho ck, who look e d in s id e He had everything the way he wanted it now, so he very care full y before h e put it on hi s h ead went right ahead I think I'll h ave ter treat on ther strengt h of that "My uncle in China showee me how to makee um egg trick," observed. D andy Bill. "I ain't ashamed ter say hatchee velly muchee quickee," he r ema rk ed. "Me puttee that I ain't got no love fur a rattler, an' I thought that um egg in um hat, s o be," and h e took the hat from was one of ther r ea l t hin gs. Of course if I see n one any the bar and s howed them all that it was st ill there. "Len where on ther ground I wouldn't scare I'd soon kill it. me covee nppee with um magi c handkelchief, so be, a llee But ter have one in a hat, an' right o n my bar! That samee velly goodee. Len me steppee backee and say sorter puts it to ther li mit sometling in Chinee, and len me pi ckee uppee um hand-He took the rubber snake in his hand a nd looked it kelcl.iief, and you allee samee see um egg have hatchee over, and then out came a bottle and the g l asses watchee." Hop was right on hand when the drinks were in order, Hop now looked at the ceiling a mom e nt, and the n though h e was careful not to take too much. he began muttering s omething which no one could und e r-He knew that Wild was wai.ching him, and that if h e stand and shut hi s eyes got too muc h aboard he would be ca ll ed for it. 'fhi s over with, he s tepped up to the h at, opening hi s When he put down hi s gla ss, after first putting down eyes a s he did so. the contents, be turned to the clown of the show sudWithout a WQ.rd, he lifted the handkerchief and then denly and said : motioned for them to look into t he hat. "Whattee timee you gottee ?" A cry of amazement went up from th8se who got a It was nothing more than natural that the man should look. und ertake to pull out hi s watc h to answer the query Coiled in the hat was a rattl esnake that mu s t hav e beenl But' when he put his hand in hi s pocket he found that eas ily a foot in length the timepiece was not there. The clown, who was one of the fir s t to get s ight of it, H e l ooked dismayed, and felt in all his pocket s jus t jump e d back out of tqe way with r ema rkabl e agility. as a person will do under lik e circumstances Big Chock turned pa l e and he, too got out of the way. Th e result was that he pulled out a fancy looking pipe Dand y Bill' s handsome mustache s tood out straight "Great Scott!" he exclaimed "Where did that come for a second, and he motion e d for the Chinaman to. get from? I've l o s t my watch, and I've got a pipe in the the snake out of the p l ace. place of it. What does t hi s mean?" "Whattee matte e?" asked H op, innocently, while "Me no undelstandee," Hop retorted, shak ing his head, Cheyenne Charlie ginned broadl y "Um nicee lille e lattle-as though he had no idea what the fe llo w was dri ving at. s nakee no hurtee some body, so be." "Say!" cried Big Chock, stepping up. "That look s lik e Then h e coolly picked i t out clutching it ri ght b e hind j my pipe. I happen ter know it when I see it, 'ca use I the head, and walked around the room. never see n another on e like it. How did you git it, The s l imy serp ent w rigg led an d twisted, as though it Btranger?"

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM. 11 "You tell me and I'll tell you," was the reply. "But lookedmuch interested. "We mean to go there when we are you sure it is your pipe?" leave here, though. We have to stop at a big place once The big man felt in his pockets. in a while, you know." uddenly a look of amazement came over his face. "Well, then, it ain't likely you've heard what's goin' on. He pulled out a watch, something he did not own just When ther stagecoach comes over this afternoon there'll then, and held it up. be quite a few passengers, most likely, for ther owners of "That's my watch!" exclaimed the clown, his face ther land here has been advertisin' it in Phoenix that a lighting up. shootin' match will take place here to-morrer mornin' "An' tha.t's my pipe,!" an' ther prize will be a claim that lays at the east end of 'l'he two stood looking at each other in great surprise, our property. It's right under a hill, where there's s'posed while the rest, with the exception of Wild and Charlie, ter be a vein runnin' through, ] don't mind yer. showed how astounded they were. But the owners don't care fur that. What they want ter "Velly etlange," remarked Hop, as he shook hj,a.-head. do is ter git business on ther hustle. We've got plenty Cheyenne Charlie broke into a laugh, and the maof good ptty-dirt ter work, an' it will save ther trouble jority present joined in. of hirin' men ter find ther stuff, if they kin git somebody "Very clever indeed," said Profe s sor Swell. "I will else ter take hold of ther claims around here. Now, I'm confess that I did not t:ee just how it was done; but, of goin' ter be in charge of this here shootin' match, an' course, I know the Chinaman must have made the change. ther ter go in is goin' ter be five dollars. Ther Shake hands, Hop. I am always glad to make the acquaintchances is that there'll be a dozen or more crack shots ance of a good artist of the profession. You are certainly down Phoenix way ter come 1 here. Here's a chance fur a good one." you." Hop shook with him, and then he smiled and bowed to "Well, I reckon you can count on me to take a chance, the small audience. though I won't say that I'll stay here and work the claim, Our hero wanted tQ look over the camp, for he had if I should win it," Wild answered. been struck with the idea that there was plenty of gold "Well, that's all right. You'll sell it, won't yer?" in the Gulch "Oh, yes." When he saw Big Chock and his pal take seats at a table "All right, th_en. I'll let yer know more about it afore in a corner of the room he decided to let them go at that, night." though he knew very well that they had a very strong Then, tipping his hat to the girls, who had been listenfeeling against him. ing to the conversatiion with not a little interest, he took "Gentlemen," he said, as h e got ready to leave, "I hope leave. no one will interfere with our clever Chinaman or his "I reckon that's prety good, eh, Wild?" Jim Dart rebrother, our cook. Neither of them came here for the marked, when the mine boss had gone. "Even if you purpose of taking the place of Americans, as far as workdon't work the claim, you may as well show them that you ing is concerned. I know that Big Chock don'i: like the can win it." way things have gone this morning, but if he is wise he "That's right, Jim. But it may be that I won't be able will llit it drop. The next time I take a shot at him the to win it. The country is full of c:rack shots, you know. chances are that he won't know what hit him." It all depends on wha.t kind of a shootit is. A plajn "An' his sneaky pal had better be mighty careful, too," target' would not sett le it. Well, I'll go in for it, anyhow. spoke up the scout, looking at Jug Porter in a way that If we get the claim we may strike it rich. We are pretty boded no good to him. lucky that way, it seems." There was no reply to either of the remarks. "If there is much gold in Good-by Gulch we will surely Wild and Charlie went on out, leaving the Chinaman find some of it,". Arietta remarked. "You win the prize there, for they were pretty certain that no harm would clajm, Wild, and I'll find the gold, if there is any to be befall him, and there was nothing for him to do at the found." camp. "All right, Et. That is a bargain. I'll hold you to it." "I reckon I'll git ter work now," remarked Jack Waters, Things went along smoothly for the next two hours. as he followed ou:r The miners, who were able to work in the shade, kept He went along with them to the little camp on the busy, and the shallow stream flowed on its course down bank of the creek. the gu lch. "Say, Young Wild West," he said, when they got there, Presently a shout went up from the neighborhood of "I reckon there's a chance fur you ter strike a good the saloon and store, and then the rumbling of wheels thing here." came to the ears of our friends. "How is that?" our hero asked. "Ther stage coach is comin', I reckon," said the scout, "Well, I represent a good deal of property around here as he arose from beneath the tree he had been taking it which is owned by five rich men down in Phoenix. They easy under. "We may as well go and see what's goin' are mighty anxious ter boom things up this way. They on, I reckon." want ter put up a smeltin' plant, but there ain't enough They were all on their feet, save Wing Wah, who was ore bein' took out ter make it pay, hardly. They want ter dozing peacefully in the shade, in a jiffy, and then le-ving make peopfe come here an' git things on a hustle. Was the Chinaman alone at the camp, they went over to the yer in Phoenix afore yer struck here?" store. "No," answered our hero, while the rest of our friends Wild thought that was the best place to take the girls,

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12 YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM. -========================================================================== as he did not want them to mingle with the rough crowd at the front of the saloon. Not only the stagecoach had arrived "he n they got there, but as many as a dozen horsemen had come along with it, bc8ides the advance guard of a sma ll wagon train. A boom had certainly struck Good-by Gulch, and it was probably due to the advertising the owners of the Big 5 mine had "done in Phoeni x There was plenty of excitement, and two of the most pleased in the crowd were Dandy Bill and Professor Swell. They had visions of money rolling in faster than they could count it, probably. The keeper of the store was pleased, too, and as he talked with our friends hA showed his satisfaction by mak ing frequent remarks as to what a fine town the place would be in a very few months. Jack Waters had come over from the mine, a:d our friends saw him take a big poster that one of the passengers of the stagecoac h gave him and go and ta ck it on the s ide of the s hanty saloon, they waited to get the chance to read it. It was the announcement of the s hooting match for the prize claim that was to take place on the morrow, so that made it settled that there was to be a chance for the Champion Deadshot of the West to distinguish him self. his pal were busy talking to these two men, and letting them know the sort of a boy Young Wild West was. "He don't look as though he could chuck a galoot as heavy as you are out of a -place, Chock," remarked Happy Harry, shrugging his shou ld ers, as though he half doubted the possibility of suc h a thing. "Why, h e ain't nothin' mo;e than a boy." "That's all right," was the reply. "But he's about ther strongest an' quickest galoot I ever met, man or boy, He done it, anyhow, as anyone here will tell yer." "There ain't no mistake about it," spoke up Jug Porter. "But ther boy ain't ther only one what kin chuck a man out of a saloon. Ther big galoot called Cheye nne Charlie picked me up an' threw me out, jest as though I wasn't nothin' more'n a baby." "Well, that's a little different. You're about eighty pounds lighter than Chock, an' it was a big, strong man what done it. Why, that ga loot is six feet tall, an' I'll bet hi s muscles is lik e iron." "So is Young Wild West's," declared Big Chock "They must be." "Well, it was done by s l eight, more'n anything, I reckon," spoke up Sawdust. "I know a little, under sized galoot down in Tombstone, who works in a grocery He kin pile barrels of flour three high, an' put up th r top tier jest as easy as w a lkin' along a sidewa lk. I've seen bi g cowpunc h ers try ter do it, an' they couldn't, ter save <'em. Yet they are about twice as st r o n g as h e was. It's a way Waters soon came over to the f:ont _of th_e store, of doin' things that makes 'cm easy ter do. This here brmgn:1g some ?f the men from Phoemx with him.. Young Wild west, what's walkin' along there with that An mtrodu?tion took pla ce, then the sole topic of, red-headed gal, must have kriowed jest how he was goin' the conversat10n was the s hootmg match ter handle you afore he got hold 0 yer, Chock The n it was easy. But that don't say so much. He might be CHAPTER VII. TWO MORE VlLLArNS ABE ADDED TO THE LIST. t:1nart, an' all thnt; but is he bullet proof?" "No one seems ter know about that, I reckon," an s w ered the big ruffian. "Of all ther talk I've h eard about ther boy, I a in't heard that he's ever been shot I reckon he 's too quick t e r be shot, that's what' s ther matter." It soon got noised through the camp that Young Wild "Well,'' and Happy Harry grinn ed in a decidedly villa.inW est, the Champion Dead s hot, was there. ous way, "I re ckon h e' ll h ave ter do some tall s hootin' if Many of the newcomer s had of him; a few had he wants ter win that prize claim they've took so much see n him, and others were even i g norant of his existence. trouble ter print big bills about. I'm somewhat of a s hot But the latter soon became convinced that the boy must myself, an' i.f I don't hit any bullseye they put up I'll be a wonder in the shooting line, and those of them who j est swall er my rifle, that's all." had come there for the purpose of participating in the ":Maybe we kin'get up a bet on it," said Jug. "I'd like m atc h felt that they would have no easy thing of it. ter win a hundred or so. The fact was that the greater part of the contestants "You jest bet all you're worth that Young Wild Wes t were there more for the purpose 9f showing their skill won't win ther prize," Happy Harry retorted. "I know than anything else. he can't beat me, though he might do as good There' s They did not care for the claim so mu ch, as they fig-others ter be r eck oned with, too. I won't be s urprised if ured that it would be a holding that might prove worth there's over a dozen in on ther game. There's Greaser less. Ike, which kin hold me down fur a tie every time. I've As they went back to the camp Wild and his friends always managed t e r beat him out in ther shoot-off, but were eyed keenly, as might be supposed there's no telling what h e'll do this time." It happened that among those who had arrived with "No, that's right, Happy," Sawd st observed. "I'm the intention of entering the shoot there were two men, goin' ter go in for thcr match, but I know I don't stand wJ10 were acquaintances of Big Chock, and who were of a much of a chance with you. If I happen ter win it will be decidedly villainous type. nothin' but luck, though. One thing about it, it'll be a They bore the name s of Happy Harry and Sawdu s t. safe bet that Young Wild W est don't win." As our friend s walk e d lei sure ly away from the sto re, "We ll, whether h e docs or not, he 's g 'ot ter go under," after first making some purchases there, Big Chock and declared Big Chock, his brow s lowering and his teeth I

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE OLA.IM. 13 showing under his bristling mustache "His doom is set1led. It's all because he chucked me out of this here joint, too. I couldn't never rest if ther young galoqt got off. Why, he's lowered my reputation here, he has! Ther men around here ain't half as much afraid of me as they was afore that thing happened." "We'll wait till after ther shootin' match, Chock,'' ob served Jug Porter, smiling in a way that told how con fident he was of doing the murderous task. "Jest leave that part of it ter me. lf Young Wild W!)st is ter go under it must be done on ther sly." "An' if there's any galoot livin' what kin do it, it's you," nodded Sawdust. "That's a compliment, Jug; but it's dead right, jest ther same." "Well, I yer mean it, Sawdust," was the reply, and the snaky eyes of the villain showed a great satis faction. They talked on in this way, and Happy Harry and Saw dust readily agreed to do all in their power to assist Chock and his pal in getting their revenge. "Them's putty nice lookin' gals, too," Sawdust re "Too nice ter be runnin' around loose, I reckon. I like ther looks of 'em a good deal better than I do of iher sho1v wimmen. They're out there now. Don't they think they're stunnin'?" They niight have been called that, especially by the rough men of the mining camp, for they had on .their best apparel, and though it was somewhat seedy, they certainly tnade a show. But it was easy for even such men to see the difference between tli.em and the girls belonging to Young Wild West's party, as they were of a different type, altogether. The four villains kept together the rest of the after noon, and when night came they were the first to buy tickets for the show. It was decided to make no move against our hero until after the shooting match for the prize claim, which was to take place the next morning at ten o'clock. CHAPTER VIII. HOP TAKES PART IN THE SHOW. "Well, how about ther show to-night, Wild?" said Cheyenne Charlie, after they had eaten their supper, and it began to grow dark. "I don't exactly know, Charlie," was the reply. "I reckon the girls don't care much about going, from wha.t I have heard them say How about it, girls?" "It is just as you say, Wild," Arietta answered:. "Why don't you ask the boss of the Big 5 mine if he is going to take his wife to it? If he is, I don't see why it wouldn't be all right for us to go "A good idea, Et. I'll go and ask him right away. His name is Jack Waters, so I heard this afternoon. I reckon we can stand for six reserved seats, if anyone in the Gulch can. But don't any of you imagine that you are going to have a treat, for it is hardly lik ely that the s how will amount to a great deal." "Well, that don't make any difference, so long as it is a clean show," the scout's wife spoke up. "At first we thought it would be a little too rough, but since there are a few women here, if their husbands take them, I suppoi:1e it will be all right for us." "If it ain't a clean s,how yer kin bet your life it won't finish!" the scout exclaimed "One thing about miners is that they have respect fur their wimmen folks, genera.1ly speakin', an' this here professor knows that, maybe. We'll go, if there's any other shemales goin'." 'rhe scout set out to :find Jack Waters without any further loss of time. By inquiring he soon found the shanty where l;ie re sided, and when he was informed that the mine boss was going, and that his wife was to accompany him, he lost no time in going to the hall and buying six seats in the second row of benches. Professor Swell sold the tickets himself, and by the way he was beaming, the scout well imagined that he was doing a good business Five dollars was the price charged, but in such a place as Good-by Gulch this did not seem exorbitant Charlie was not long in getting back to the camp. "Everything's all right," he said "I've got ther tick ets!" "Is Jack Waters going to take his wife, Charlie?" Anna asked. "Yes," was the reply; "he's got ther tickets, too." This was satisfactory., and the girls started to get ready. It was not much trouble to do this, 'but girls have a way of doing a little extra fixing when there is anything extra going on, it seems. The show was supposed to commence at eight o'clock, and it was about that time when our friends walked up and passed their tickets to the man at the door, who was no other than the clown, with his cm1tume and make-up complete. 1 The hall was large enough to hold a hundred people comfortably, and as there was not more than that number in town, there was plenty of room. About everybody there turned out, it seemed, and the result was that more than half of them had to stand up, as there were not enough benches and chairs But the hall, as it was called, had been built for dancing purposes, and not to hold a show in. There was no stage there, so one had to be made by the company. But it happened that there was quite a supply of plank ing in the camp, and with the aid of soine empty whisky barrels the stage was constructed. Had it not been that this took up sq much of the room the hall would have seated fifty more. But, as we have already said, there was not as many as a hundred in the whole Gulch, so it was all right. Wild sig,hted Big Chock and his pal the moment he en tered, and when he saw that they were seated with two strangers it was easy for him to guess that they had found a couple of their own kind. But the boy was not afraid that anything would happen to them while at the show. The four men were seated in the front row, on the while the seats Char li e had bought called for the second row, slightly to the left.

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( 14 YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM. There were half a dozen women there, and they .bowed it? I h a d a n i dea h e w a s g oin t e r pla y s ome kind of pleasantly to the girl s though they did not know the m tric k on t h e m s n e a kin' coyo tes over the r e." only from what they had he a rd from their hu s b a nd s I r ecko n w e' ll let h i m go a head C h a rlie s aid our Dut that was th e West e rn way of it. It w as not nece s -h e r o H e cer ta inly ca n am u s e t h e a u d i e nce all right. s ary for an introduction to make a p e r s on spe a k t o you. Hop was not l o n g in climbin g up o n th e s tage. When Profe s sor Swell was s ati sfie d that h e had about Th e n h e pull e d a r ath e r sma ll bundl e from under hi s all the audience he could possibly g e t he ordered the cur-loose-fittin g coat, an d o p e n i n g it, s h o o k out a lon g purpl e tain up and then he came out with a violin. rob e H e was not only the owner and manag e r of the s how, It was of s ilk gauze, however and no one had the lea s t but the orchestra as well. '..J id ea w h e r e h e h a d got it from. H e took hi s place in front of the s tage and struck up It was new to our fri e nd s e v e n. playing. "Me gottee un c l e in C hin a what tee velly niuche e There was no doubt but that he h a d taken lessons and s martee, s o be, Hop observed, as h e p r o cse d e d t o put on had ma s tered the instrument pretty and the mu s i c the r o b e "Me a llee s amee l i kee m y uncl e s o b e rendered by him was all that the audi e n c e could wis h for He tie d a c ord a bout hi s w a i s t w h e n h e h a d the ga ud y ju s t the:q, g arm ent on, and the n hi s h a nd w e n t b e n e ath it and he The overture was applauded roundly, and the curtain, pull e d out some thin g a nd clasp e d it to the b a ck of his which had' des cended after the professor came out, went head. up again. Then he turne d a round a nd it looke d ex a c tly a s though Out came a man blacked up, banjo in h a nd. he was still faci n g t h e a udi e n ce, for it was a mask he had He was ju s t the s ort that the min e r s lik edi for h e c ould a pplied to t h e bac k o f h i s h ead and it look e d about as sing in darky styl e pretty well, and hi s joke s w e r e good. m u c h like the face of a h eat h e n C h i nee a s could be for a one of the young women cam e out and r e nder e d mask. two or three of the latest song s and s h e re ceived a r eg-Then he proce e d e d to do a l i t t l e d a nce, and the proular ovation. fessor c au g h t the time and pl aye d the v iolin. The tumblers came then, and th e clown joined them. All this very amu s ing to the miner s as might be For twenty minutes they held the 1ludience and then s uppo;;ed. retired, while the little hall shook from flo or to roof. But our friend s rather e njo y ed it, too, for they knew A twenty-minute sketch came next, and thi s was well wha t the clever Chinaman could do, if he tried very l'eceived, too. hard. It was ju s t about this time when Hop showed up It i s hardl y necessary to sa y that Hop had come there the rear of the hall. prepared to s how them some thing good. The moment our friends saw him they could tell that He had caught a li v e r a t b e for e ente ring the s aloon, he had been indulging in more tangl e foot than was which he, of cour se, visite d b ef or e com i n g to the show, good for him. and that was in a cigar box h e ha d und e r his c oat. But when they saw him take a seat ri g h t b e hind the That coat of hi s was s uch a w onde rful on e that there four men they had been keeping an eye on it s truck them was no telling what might b e brou ght fror under it. all that the clever Chinaman had s omething up his had noticed that the mon e y for t he tick e t s had i;leeve.. been placed in a cig ar box e x actl y lik e the one h e had. It was rather strange that Hop should come up without The chances w e r e that the money h a d been ta.ken fro:rp being interfered witb, for it was not likely that he had it by this time, and that it was b e hind t he stage. paid five dollars for the seat. A n y how he was going to call for a cigar box to aid But, anyhow, no one s aid a nything t o him The prohim in playin g a m a g i c trick. fessor was s atisfi e d with wha t he had taken in and knowA f ter pro c uring a para s ol from hi s mouth and then ing the Chinaman to be a v ery clever fellow w a s prob-swallo w ing it a g ain, after w a lkin g a round for a minute or ably why he did not exact the additional amount from two with it rai s ed over his head, he looked at the prohim. fessor and s aid : \ Big Chock looked rather when he saw Hon so "Me likee havee um cigar box ; me wantee show someclos e to them. tling allee s amee wonderful, so b e." No doubt he was thinking of the s nake trick. "A c igar box!n called out the professor, rising and lookThe next act went on, and Hop applituded a s much as in g toward the back of the s tage. / anyone. The clown quickly app ea r e d with one, bowing and 'rhen, before the professor could announc e what was s mirking to the purpl e -robed Chinaman. coming next, he s tood upon the bench and c a lled out: "You vell y ni cee man s o be," sa id Hop smiling at him "Me Ukee makee lillee magic tlick, s o be. in a p a tronizin g way. "You s tay her e and allee s amee A yell went up from tho s e wl:}o kn e w hi s ability in that helpee me." lin e, and then Professor Swell, who was wond e rin g how Nothin g s uit e d the clown b ette r for h e knew that the he was going to prolong the pro g ramme, s mil e d and an-Celestial was an e xpert sl e i g hto f-h a nd p e rformer and he swered: want e d to l e arn s omethin g a bout it. "Very glad to have you, Hop Wah. Step right up." Hop took the box, and facin g the audience with "Ther heathen galoot!" exclaimed C heyenn e Charlie his r e al face, call e d out shrilly: in a low voice. "So that's what h e come UP. front fur, i s Ev e lybod y watchee."

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM. 15 -Then he showed them that the box was emptJ" I friends were not disturbed, and shortly ai'ter the sun The next thing he did was to produce his big silK: hand-came up they were stirring. kerchief and drop to a sitting posture on the stage. Hop had indulged in a spree after the show, and he was The clown added to the act by imitating his motions the only one who slept on. in a burlesque way, and the result was that there was Wing prepared the breakfast, but his brother did not plenty of laughter. show up to look after the horses, as was his usual custom. Hop again held up the box, which was one that Wild and his partners did this themselves, and then holds fifty cigars, and when he had satisfied everyone they were just in time to sit down to breakfast. that there was still nothing in iChe closed the lid, and It was not until after the meal was over with that then carelessly put the handkerchief over it. Charlie made up his mind to rouse Hop. But he took considerable pains about arranging the "If I could only git hold of one of them home-made handkerchief, however, and this is where he was getting firecrackers he generally has with him I'd soon rout in his fine work. him," he said, with a chuckle. What he was doing was nothing more or less than "Me gittee, so be," spoke up the cook, a smile coming changing the box for the oe he had with the live rat in it. over his yellow countenance. Finally he went through a few mysterious motions, and I "All right; go ahead." then, turning to the clown, said: It was seldom that Wing took a notion to play a joke; "You allee samee uppee um \ but _his brother often made him a victim of som_e kind ?f The funny fellow did as he was directed, actmg m a a trick, and it happened that when Hop came m Jate m very humorous way as he did so. the night he had rolled Wing from his blanket and taken It was apparently the same cigar box that lay on the his place. stage. No one dreamed anything to the contrary. Being so sound asleep, the Chinaman had not known Hop arose to his feet, and pointing to the box, called it until morning. out: Now he felt like having revenge on bis brother. "Who wantee? Me allee samee puttee nicee lillee He went to the tent, and finding that Hop was surely plesent in um box." sound asleep yet, he crept in and went through that won" Git out!" a skeptic bawled, from the rear of the hall. derful coat of his. "There ain't nothin' in it.'' It was not long before he found what the scout wanted, "Me allee samee bettee fivee dollee lere is sometling and then out he came. in um box! Me makee go in by magic, so be.'' Hop claimed to have worked in a factory where fireThe villain called Sawdust happened to be a "sport," works were made before he left China, and whether he and never having seen much in the line of sleight-of-hand, had or not, he certainly knew how to make crackers that he arose and answered : would make a noise, as well as other kinds of fireworks. "I'll take that bet, heathen." The one Wing handed Charlie would hardly have been Hop quickly slipped five dollars to the clown, who recognized as a firecracker, since it was not round in stepped to the edge of the stage-there was nothing in shape, but oblong, like a small box. the way of footlighti! there-and took a like amount from The fuse was there, just the same, and when Cheythe man. enne Charlie took it the grin oo his bronzed face broadThen Hop tossed the box to Sawdust.
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16 YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM. Then he slipped away. As 'might be expected, there were four men there who Bang! disliked the clever Chinaman very much. The cracker exploded with a noise like the report of a They were the four who had planned to kill Young !!mall 1cannon. Wild Wer:>t after the s hooting match was over. Almo s t immediately Hop came darting out of the They were at the saloon, of" course, and when they sa.w smoke the miners making such a lot of the "common heathen," "Hip hi!" he yelled. "Whattee' mattee ?" as they called him, they decfded that Hop had to be a 'rhe scout was laughing heartily and the rest were victim, too. surely smiling when he looked at them, and that made But that would be easy, after Young Wild West and him understand it all. his partners got their medicine. "I reckon you'll be careful not ter lay so late ther next Sawdust felt sore at losing the five dollars he had time, you heathen galoot," said Charlie. "Yer ought ter wagered the night before, and be made up bis mind to be ashamed of yourself. Here we've bad breakfast, an' get it back, if there was a way to do it. gone an' done your work yer." He waited until Hop came over near them, and then "Lat allee light, Mis ler Charlie," was the reply. "Me he nodded and observed: gittee square, so be; you waitee!" "Have yer spent all that five yet, heathen?" "If yer make any threats ter me I'll do somethin' worse "Me spendee velly quickee last night, so be," was t)le ter yer than s hootin' off one of your own :firecrackers!" reply. cried the scout, acting a s though he1 was very much in "Well, I ll give yer a chance ter make another one, earnest then. I'll chuck dice with yer fur a dollar a chuck." Two miners came running over to the camp to find out "Allee light." 1 J what the trouble was, while several more came around to This was jus t Hop' s hobby. t the rear of the saloon, and were lookin g that way. Gambling of any sort he. liked, but more especially "Only je s t been wakin' our clever heathen, that's all,'' poker playing ancl' dice. Charlie told them. "He over s lept himself this mornin,' It happened that he did not get in a game after the an' we thought we "d better wake him up kinder s uddenshow, for the miners had treated him s o well that he h a d lik e He woke all right. no time for it. Wing had rushe d to the tent to see that nothing caught They g ot room at the little bar and Dandy Bill gave fire, and he now came back, grinning like a monkey. th e m the dice. "Whattee my blother laughee at?" demanded Hop, who 1 Hop looked' at the three little cubes and gave a nod of felt that he ought to have satisfaction somehow. I s atisfaction. "Me laughee when my blother allee samee gittee blowee This was not because he thought they were all right, uppee. He allee samee like blowee evelybody upp ee, and but that he knew he had trick dice in hi s pocket that w hen he gittee blowee uppee himself me laughee so be." were about the same size Hop made a dive for him, but the scout pulled a gun His trick dice contained nothing but s ixe s and fives and cried out sharply: In u s ing them one could not throw less than fifteen. "Let him alone, or off goes a couple of inches of your The game s tarted, and every time tbe Chinaman' s turn pig-tail, Hop!" to throw came he managed to change the dice. 'rhat stopped the. slaughter, or whatever might have This was easy for him to do, s ince hi s s leight-of-hand Leen going to happen. work was quite eno ugh for that. 'I'he miner s grinned and went away, no doubt thinking 'rhe re s ult was that he won five time s in s uccession. that there was more fun to be 'had with a Chinaman than No one even thought of there being anything crooked they had imagined. about it, and those watching thought the China.man very Hop went back to th:-e tent and put on hi s regular ap lucky. 1 parel, and soon he was eating hi s breakfast. But Sawdust was game, and he had quite a pile q,f But he did not have very much appetite, and he soon money. got through. "Since you're sich a lucky galoot, I'll tell yer what I'll To punish him for going on a s pree the night before, do," he said "I'll chuck yer fur ten dollar s this time." Wild set him at work polishing the metal that was on the "Allee light," was the bland retort. "Me Ghuckee for trappings of their horses. um thousand dollee, if you wantee." He kept him at it for two hours steady, and then Hop They all thought Hop was bluffing when he said this begged so hard to be let off that he told him to go. but not so. Straight to the Red Eye saloon went the Celestial. He had more than a thousafd dollars on him at that He had made so many friends the :i;ight before that he minute, and he always did have, too. l j got invitations to have a drink from all sides. His wages did not amGun'"'o very much; it was bis J But very few had gbne to work that morning, since the gambling that kept him with money, for he al shooting match was to come off at ten, and they all wanted ways won when he played. to be present. He won the ten dollars and then Sawdu s t doubled it. But Hop was not going to get too much tanglefoot Hop won again, and then Sawdust quit. aboard that day. "I reckon you're too lucky with ther dice," he declared. He went at it very mildly, and 1'efused the many "invi-"But I tell yro: what I'll do. I'll bet yer a hundred that tations he received. Young Wild West don't win ther shootin' match."

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-----:---. ---------YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM. i7 \ "Me havee takee lat so be," answered Hop, with a smile that was "child-like and bland" hovering about his lips. The money was put in the hand s of Dandy Bill, and then Jac k Waters came in and announced that those there, who were going to take part in the match had better come out, a s the distance and ot'her arrangements were to be made. CHAPTER X. THE SHOOTING :MATCH BEGINS. Young Wild West and his partners were on hand half an hour before the sho otin g match was advertised to star t. As yet, none of them had e ntered, but that made no difference, as the e ntrie s could be made up to the time the fir st man was ready to s hoot. Our hero wanted to know what the target and distance were to be, and whether or not it was to be with rifle or reyolver. The big posters that had been put up clid not give any thing definite on thi s They s imply state d that it was to be a shooting match for the prize claim Of course the gir l s want e d to see it all, so it was left to Wing to guard tl1e camp. 1 "I reckon we are not in a camp where crooks are so plentiful that they will run away with anything," Wild said "This see m s to be a pretty good sort of a camp, anyhow. About the wors t ones in it are Big Chock and hi s pal, though I don't know anything about the men who cmne over from Phoenix." "We'll take cur chances on them, all right," the scout answered Wing was willing to remain there alone. But the y all knew that a s far as keeping a watch was concerned he would not amount to a great deal. :S:e would drop off to s leep as soon as he found himself alone. So the girls got ready short l y after Wild and his part ners left, and when they got to the place w:qere the shoot ing match was. to fake place they found quite a discussion going on a s to the rules that should govern the contest When Arietta saw that Wild was taking part in this she shook her head and smiled. "He don't care what the rules am," she said. "Oh! if I could only s hoot like he can And if I could only keep as cool! Surely there never was a boy like Wild." "Of course not," Eloise declared; "nor a man, either." "We all ought to know that," tlie scout's wife hastened to add. "There. i s Charlie, who is easily ten years older than Wild, and who has been roughing it in the wilde s t parts of the W es. t since a little boy. He can't begin to do what Wild can. But it i s all on account of his hasty temper. He can't keep cool. Why, if it wasn't for Wild I believe he would s urely get shot some time." Arietta was very proud to hear Anna and Eloise talk this way. She certainly felt that she had the greatest boy for a lover that any girl ever had. The wrangling continued until after hour appointed for the match to open. Then, when if was finally settled, Wild came over to where the girls were sta11ding and said : "Well, they have decided that the shooti ng i s to be done with rifles__:_any make at all-and that the distance is to be two hundred yards. The target is to be set on the prize claim, with the cliff behind it to stop the bullets. It is to be but a foot in diameter, painted with a black round spot in the center but an inch 1n diameter, with a pin in the center of this. The one who hits the pin with a bullet will win the claim, unless an9ther does the same thing with a second pin and a second bulls-eye, which would have to be fixed, in case the dead shot was made. I reckon it's pretty easy, though. But one shot to each contestant. You don't get much for tl:ie fiyc dollars you pay." "That's right, Wild," Arietta retorted, with a smile. "There is only one who will get his money's worth, tlrnfs s ure." "And that will be Wild," the scout's wife !Woke up. "How many are in the match?" asked Arietta. "Seventeen is all they can get to go in it," our hero answered. "Charlie and Jim went in just to help the t hing along. By listening to what i s said I find that there are only two men among the outsiders who are considered deaclshots One i s named Happy Harry, who is one of the friends of Big Chock and hi s pal, and the is called Greaser Ike. They both hail from Phoenix, and they came here for the purpose of winning the money than the prize claim." "Yes," s aid Cheyenne Charlie, as he came up just then, "an' I've je s t bet a hundred that you'll win, Wild. There's half a dozen galoots over there who won't pick no man ter bet on; but they're a ll bettin' that you won' t win." "That probably means t'hat there i s a job put up to s top me, Charlie. I reckon you and Jim will have to be on the watch." "Oh! we'll be right there, with our eyes wide open. You kin bet all you're worth on that You don't shoot till after we do, so we won't have nothin' ter do but ter watch them galoots. I'll guarantee that there ain't none of 'em a s will be soon enough ter drop yer, Wild. That weazen-facetl sneak will be ther most dangerous one, an' it' s him I'm goin' ter keep an ey_e on." "Good enough, Charlie. I know I can depend on you and Jim, so I s han't bother my head about it. I am going to win the prize claim, just to sliow these deadshots, who have come over from Phoenix, that I can hold the title that has been given me.'' "Whoopee! Wow! wow!" yelled scout, swinging his hat. "That's ther way ter talk! There ain't no ga l oot livin' what kin hold a candle ter Young Wild West!" Thi s attracted the attention of the crowd, of course, and then some of t;je miners, who were loyal to our hero, and believed that he would win, joined in giving a cheer. Th e target was quickly made by one of the owners of the Big 5 mine. There was not so much to do about it, since they had the white and black paint at hand. W oo'den pails were used, and three or four of them were made, which s howed that a tie was expected.

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/ YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM. The bottoms of the pails just made the target about the 'The target was brought to so he might hold it, right size, and all hands were satisfied. and unless there was a tie all he would have to do would "Boys," said Wild to Charlie and Jim, "I want you be to present it and have the claim turned over to him. both to try and make a bull s -eye. Do the very best you Cheyenne Charlie was called when another target was can. If there is a tie, and I 'happen to be iu it, I want placed in positipn, and bound to do his level lfest, he took you to t \.y and win out, that's all. I don t want anyone a careful aim and pull e d the trigger. else to beat me. But I would be perfectly satisfied to Crang have either of you do it." His Winche ster s poke s harp and clear, and then after ''.If we tied yer we couldn't hold out on ther s hoot-off," a short wait the re s ult was announced. the scoutanswered. "You know that, Wild. We might "A bulls-eye!" came the s hout. "Happy Harry i s tied." keep on tiein' yer fur a few times; but you'd wiii out in "I reckon t)rnt ain't so bad," remarked the scout, a s ther end. You kin stay cool, an' that would make yer he walked over to where the g irl s were standing, at the win out, anyhow." same time keepin g an eye on the our villains, w110 kept "Well, never mind about that. This 1ain't no fancy pretty close together. shooting mat c h, anyhow. It's just a plain, every-day I "You did just what Wild told you to hi s wife an match. A bulls-eye i s a bull s-eye, whether theTe's a pinswered. "I am glad of that, Charlie." nead in the center of it or not. Hit the bull s-eye any"So am I glad. But I couldn t win it, not if I wanted where near the center and tlie pin is gone. There is tor. But I don't want ter, that's ther best part it." nothing m:uch in that. But I didn't have a word t;;say He meant jus t what he said, too for Charlie felt that about the arrangements. I let the re st make them. I it was right that Wild sh ould win all the contests he went was satisfied to anything, a nd so were you, boys." into. i / "Of course we. were," Jim ha stene d to reply. "What He was the Champion Deadshot of the West, and why suited you, suited u s." should it be any other way? The prize claim was only about three minutes' walk Three others followed, butno one came within an inch from where they were s tanding, and as the crowd was all of tying the score. going tha\ way now, they started after them. Then Jim Dart was called. About everyone in the mining camp had turned out, Dart had already made up hi s mind that he mu s t tie and when the target was finally put un near the face of Charlie and Happy Harry though, like the scent, he had the almost perpendicular cliff they up on no idea of winning in the s hoot-off. close to the cliff, but at a safe di s tance from the target. He s tuck to his determination and made the bulls-eye. 'rhe girls went where the women were o'f. course, and That was the third target. they found the two arti s ts of the show there. But one more had been made, so the man who had The latter were painted and powdered to perfection, done the painting sent for more pails. and some of the wives of the miners looked at them in a: It was easy for him to convert the bottoms into t,arway that was almost awesome. get s or he was very hand y with a brush. Such things as paint and powder they did not have''Maybe we will ne e d h a lf a dozen or more," he said. nor did they want to have them. "Well, I reckon yer mig'ht need one more, anyhow, fur But to the great match that was to decide who the here comes Greaser Ike, ther Champion Shot of Phoenix, winner of tlie prize claim was to be. Arizony !" called out an admirer of the man. 'rhe first man to s hoot over the two-hundred-yard range It was his tu>:n, sure enough, &nd in a very s louchy way stepped up when everything was decla1ed in readiness by he approached ho1ding his rifle in the hollow of his arm the starter. and expectorating tobacco juice in a way that was meant He was a miner working under Jack Waters, and .it was to show how unconcerned he felt about it. said that he was a very goo a rifle s hot He got in position and after a quick aim, pressed the He firea and just grazed the e.dge of the bulls-eye. trigger. When the result was announced, and the m,an had had Crang the chance to go and see for him self tl1e second man "Another bull s -eye!" came the shout, when the judges stepped up. 1 had made an examination. He proved to be a poor s hot ind eed, for he barely hit Greaser Ike went and got his target, a very pleased the target, at all. man. T 'he third did a little better, but i t was nothing to brag 'l'wo others shot, both making good scores, but fai_ling about. to reach the high mark, and then the name of Young Then Happy Harry was called. Wild West was called. The villain stepped up in a confideni way. He had a The friend s of each of the contestants had made more Springfield breech-Joader which considered a very or less noise when they s tepped up but the shout that good rifle, both for distarn ; e and accuracy. went up when the dashing young deadshot toed the mark He fired, and when the result was annoul).ced it was far exceeded anything previous to it. found that he had made a bulls-eye and caused the Cheyenne Charlie quickly sati sfied himself that the head to disappear. villains did not mean to interfere with the boy ju st then, A cheer went up from several, for he was known to be for they were not close enough. a good shot by those acquainted with him, and it seemed Even Jug Porter seemed interested in the contest that he had made about the best that could be made. alone. /

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YOUNG WILD WES T 'S PRIZE C LAIM. 19 'rhe new target was placed in pos ition, and then our h ero raised hi s Win c hester and fired. He s hot qui c ker than any of the re s t had, but when he presse d the tri g ger h e kn e w he wa s g oing to make the bull s-ey e, jus t a s much as the judge s knew he had when they note d the re s ult. "A bull s-eye, plumb throu g h ther center of it!" came the announcem ent. "Piv e tie d fur fir s t place," said Jack Waters, s haking hi s h e ad. / "And only four more to s hoot added _the man who managed the s hootin g m a t c h. The four s oon had t h eir c hance s at it, and though they came ver y close, they did not r e a c h. 'f'h a t l eft i t a tie b e tween five of them. It now, look e d a s thou g h t h e r e was g oin g to be an ex citing time in s hootin g it off f o r the r e was no que s tion but that they were all sure s hot s But the .mos t cool one of the five was Y o ung Wild West, and that meant a whole lot. CH APTER XI. Jim Dart cam e next, and no on e was r e ally s urpri s ed w h e n it was announc e d that he had held hi s own with them. H e g ot a good s hare of the applau s e, too, and hEl, smiled and s t e pped a s ide for the n ex t on the list. Gr e aser Ike was the man. Whe n the t ar get was read y he took aim and scored a bull s eye v e r y e a s ily it s eemed. The m e n from Pho e ni x l e t out a howl of delight for now they kne w their favorit e s tood a s much show a s an y of the rest and they wanted to see him win, jus t for the honor of it. "Young Wild West next and la st!" called out the man ager. A s the da s hin g y oung dead s liot s tepped up somebody proposed thre e c heer s for him, and the way the crowd y e ll e d put ever ything tha t had prec e ded it in the s hade. W p d co9ll y waite d until the noi s e stopped, and then. he lift e d hi s rifle to his s houlder. Crang! The r e port s ound e d s o quick this time that tho s e look ing at him could hardl y believe that he had time to take aim. But it was a d e ad bulls-e ye, jus t the same. The yellin g was intense t hi s time. Some of the miners YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM, s e e med to be try in g to mak e them s elves hoarse. ,-"A ti e ag' i n, sai d Jack W a t e r s "That doe s beat all." Th e man w ho h a d pa inted the targe ts, was now v e r y "We ll r e mark e d our h ero, wit h a s mile, "I r e ckon it busy with hi s bru s h to u c11ing the m up and plu gging the mi ght ke e p on b e in g a ti e if w e shoo t this way This i s hole s that h a d g one t hrou g h the bull s-ey e s not w ond e r fu l s hooting. 'fhere are thou s and s of men in Each of the five was t o have h is o w n target to s hoot at, this country who c ould do t h e s ame a s we have done. The and he had the chance to se e i t fixed over by the one in bes t way to settle this tie i s to try s omething more dfffi-char ge. cult." "I reckon piece of cork w ould b e about the ri ght "That's jest what I think, spoke up Grea s er Ike. thing to plug the bull s eye with Wild remarked a s he "I'm ther same pinion a s Youn g Wild Wes t. A bull s saw the f e llow whittling out plugs of w ood. A pin w ould e y e i s a bull s eye, no matte r how l i ttle it is; an' lot s kin go in easy, the n t h o u g h I c an t s e e a s the pin amount s to m a k e 'e m a b out ever y time they s hoot. I'll bet a hun an y thing. When a bull s e ye is made there i s no more dred I kin d o it e i ght times out of ten." pin No one offe red to tak e him up. They all a gr eed to this, but hi s advice was taken, and "See here, boys," s poke up one of the owners of the cork s were brought in pla y to s top the leak s in the waterBig 5 mine. "I am a n x i o u s to see who i s going to get pail s the claim. I wis h the five of you would settle it a s to the The fiye were to s hoot in the s ame turn a s they had way the s hoot-off is to fini sh." tie d s o Happ y Harry cam e fir st. "i'm sati sfie d t e r l e t Youn g Wild Wes t settle it," said He fired and mad e the bull s-ey e again. Grea s er Ike. "He s c a ll e d ther Ch a mpeen Dead s hot of A cheer went up from his friend s and tho s e who liked ther West an' he mu s t know a s much about s ich thin gs his style of s hooting. a s that a s anyone. I'm onl y the r Phoenix champion, a n \ "I re c kon the r e s a cliance ye t s aid Sawdu s t. "I've so I don t come in as f a r a5 h e does." got jes t fift y dollar s left, an' I'll bet it that Young Wild "I am call e d the c h a m p ion a s you s a y," Wild s pok e u h West don't win the r prize I nodding t Q the man and s miling, for he knew h e had hi s 'Me take e lat bet s o be." doubts about t h e title bein g h e ld after the s hooting waa Hop was ri ght on hand and he s oon had the money over. "But that don't s ay that I am the champi011 dead Dand y Bill's h ands s hot. Jn ord e r to be a r e al c hampion a i e lltiw mu s t d e feat N ea rl y e v e r y wager that had been made was that way. all comer s A s it s tand s now in this match there a 're four The bettin g was all on Wild. who have tied with m e But I am willing to anythin g There were mor e wh o w e r e r e ad y to take this end of it I w ill take aJilile rang e and s hoot at the smallest target than there were a g ain s t him and s ome of them were jus t that can b e s een at that di s tance, if you say so." taking hill\ a s the y saw him s hoot. "You g o ah e ad an' settle as ter ther way it's ter be It was Youn g Wild Wes t again s t the :field, and that done," s u gges t e d Jim Dart. was all there was to it. "Yes, Wild; g o a he ad," Charlie added. Cheyenne Cha r lie s turn ca.me now, and he also got a "I'll b e s ati s fied ter anything yer say," declared bulls-eye. Greaser Ike.

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20 YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM. "So will I," said Happy Harry, for he saw that he was "I reckon you're too lucky, Bill,'' said one, shaking his the only one l eft, and it would make little difference head. "'I wouldn't bet ag'in yer." whether he was in favor of the s ug gest ion or not. No one else wanted a ny of it, so Wild proceeded to have "Wen; since it i s unanimous, s uppose we shoot at a the watch hung up the way he wanted it. swinging target?" It was s oon hangin g at the end of twelve feet of string. Greaser Ike nodded, and then look ed at Happy Harry, One of the judges agreed to start it swinging as the who did not seem to be half as pleased as h e was. word was given by Waters, and then Hop nodded and Charlie and Jim were satisfied, so Wild called Hop smi l ed in his childish way. and said: "M.e allee samee losee um nicee gold watch, so be,'' he "I want one of the oid watches you have got. Pull it said. out, because it will soon be noon, and we don't want to But there was no one there who believed the watch was hang around here in the hot sun any longer than that gold. time." 1 was a lau gh, in stead of anythin$ like sympat h y The Chinaman nodded and quickly handed over a shiny I shown. brass watch Happy Harry took the first shot, the same as before, "We'll make it two hundred feet, instead of two hun-1 because he had been the first to make a bulls-eye. dred yards," said the y.oung He made a miss of i.t' a.nd with an exclamation of disbang the watch from the chff with a strmg and start it gust, he threw dJ)wn ln s nfle. swinging as each man i s ready to s hoot. In case there is Then Cheyenne Charlie came up, and when h e hit the a tie the string will have to be cut by a bullet to make the watch a s hout went up that could have easily beenheard winner. How does that strike you?" over a mile. Happy Harry's jaw dropped. Dand y Bill played with the ends of the mustache he That was a little too much for him, and he knew it. ok so much pride in and smi l ed But Greaser Ike was one of the kind who was ready to Jim Dart came next, and when he liit the watch the try to do anything that anyone else could, and he desho uting was repeated. clared he was satisfied. "'!'here's one :live hundr ed I win," said Dandy Bill, and Charlie and Jim were satisfied, of course., he went to Jack Waters and got the money he had won But they knew they would not be in it, if it came to on Jim. 1 the string with a bullet, while it was moving. Greaser Ike came up now, but it could be see n by his That Wild could do it, however < they were confident. fri ends that he lacked the confidence he had shown preThose who had bet again s t the dashing young dead s hot viously. now began to feel as though their money was anything He was a little longer than the re st had been in firing, but sure. but when he did fire he missed the watch. But they hoped that either Greaser Ike or Happy Unlike Happy Harry, he smi led good-naturedly. Harry would beat him out. "We ain't t er be put in the r same class with Young 'rhey were certain that his two partners would nqt. Wild West and hi s pards," he said. "It's all right, boys. 'l'hey knew that much money was on the result, and it I done my best, an' I've lost." was only natural that they shou ld want him to win. The man got a c he e r for this. But no one thought that they could s hoot as well as He was not a hard loser, and the crowd appreciated their das hing young lead er, anyhow so that left Wild what he said, and the way he acted. still the choice again s t the fielcl Tpe watch was examined by those interested. Dandy Bill, who was holdin g severa l hundred dollars One bullet had hit the case near-the edge, but had not in s take money, had not made a wager himself yet; but knocked it out of shape any, and the other had passeCi' h e now stepped out in an open spot, and holding up his through near the center. hand, sa id, loud enough for everyone to hear: It was Jim who had made that s hot, and he felt rather "I'll b e t a thou san d dollar s that Young Wild West wins proud when Eloise congratulated him for it. ther prize claim." When it came our 'hero's turn to try he received an There was a deel? silence. ovation that la s ted three or four minutes. No one made a reply. : But he waited calmly, never once lo s ing a bit of his "What's ther matter with yer, boys?" and the saiooni 'e markable coolness. keeper laughed. "Ain't gitt in' scar ed, are yer? Well, Finally h e stepped up; th, e judge gave the watch 'the I'll make another proposition, then. I'll bet :Q.ve hundred same kind of a swing as he had done for the. rest, and the that Cheyenne Charlie beats Greaser Ike; an' I'll bet anboy's Winchester flew to his shoulder. ofher five hundred that Jim Dart beats Happy Harry! Orang! Hqw does that s trike yer?" As the report rang out the watch was seen tO jump back The two contestants he had named against Wild's part.and hit the face of the cliff. ner s j)fOrnptly step p e d up. "Hold on!" cried Wild, holdin g up hi s hand before the Each was r eady to baek himself on that proposition, result could be announced. "I hit the watch about an and the b ets was quickly made, Jack Water s holding the inch below the ring. Jus t see if that is not right." stakes. "Correct!" came the shout a moment later from the "If anybody wants some of ther s ame kind of money two judges. don't be afraid ter speak out." 'l'hen there was a rush to see the watch

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM. 2 1 I reckon that. r e ally settles it, one of the judges s aid. Youn g Wild Wes t was the only one who called out his s hot." "No, and Wild shook hi s head. "'My partners hit the wat c h and I want them to s hoot it off with me. We will now try to cut the st rin g clos e to the ring of the watch." When ever y thing was Teady Charlie s tepped up and He failed, thou g h he w a s s ur e h e 0had not missed it by more than a quart e r of an inch. But he mi ght a s well have missed it by a dozen feet, for all the good it did him. Jim tried and he, too, mis'sed. "I kn e w I c ouldn t do it he d e clar ed. "But I am sure Wild c an." "If he c ut s tha t littl e s trin g with a bullet 1ie's ther Champion D eads hot all ri ght," c all ed out Grea s er Ike. Wild was ju s t a s c onfid ent of doin g it a s he was that he could pull the tri gge r. His Win c he s t e r was tt_ ue, and he had fired it s o many time s tha t he und e r s tood it perfectly. H e call ed out tha t h e was r e ady and the watch was slarted swing ing, the same a s b e for e U p w ent the rifle, and t he boy s cheek no sooner re s ted upon the s tock than-Orang! A s the report rang out the watch dropped to the ground. Th a t settled it. Youn g Wild Wes t had won the s hootin g match and the p rize c l a im was hi s 'rhe offic ial announc e m ent was give n and then for the next ten minutes our hero was bu s y receiving congratu lation s Whil e this was going on Charlie and .Jim were watch in g the our villain s ke e nl y But none of them s howed a dispos ition to c1o anythin g a g ain s t the victor. "Now then," s aid Wild "I reckon w e' ll try and dig out some of the gold of Good-by Gul c h.' t CHAPTER XII. Away he went no doubt f e eling that h e ought to oe lively and cheerful to make up for hi s action s of the night before. 'l'here were half a dozen trees growing on the claifu, and a s the y happened to be near the cliff, it was an adplace for a camp. 1 The g round :was of a very unevill formation ju s t the re and the big rock s and bank s of earth were numerou s The n e arest s hant y to the claim was probabl y three hundred yard s di s tant, bltt that made no difference to our friend s even thou g h it might s uit their enemies. Wild had quit e a talk with tho s e who were booming the camp, and h e found the m to b e men who, though lookin g for the chance to mak e fortunes, w e re honest and anxious I to give those a c hanc e who came there to work. In half an hour the c amp 'had been s hifted, and then t.here was littl e to do but to s ettle down and 'take thing s easy. But aft e r they had eaten a rather late dinner it occurred to our hero that it would not be a bad idea to do a littl e pro s p e cting about the claim. Arietta was e ager to take part in this, for she firmly believed that i f the re was any g old there, worth the while, s he was g oin g to be the one to di s cover it. "I reckon we'll hav e ter s trike some thin' in ther way of m eat afor e to-morrer Charlie obs erved, as he picked his teeth with a match after :filling in with a good, square m eal. "The r veni son i s about gone, an' we ain't had no bear meat in three or four Quail an' partridges is a11 right; but too mu c h of it ain't no good. I'm a little tired of that' sort of feed." "Well there ought to be plenty to shoot up there," and our hero pointed to the mountain s ide above them. "I reckon you and Jim can go out and try your luck'. be for e night, if ever y thin g seem s to be all right. I am going to let Hop watch our en e mie s." "And the re s t of u s will look for the gold," up Arietta. "I r eckon you'll hav e t e r loo]{ putty liard," an s wered the s cout, with a l a u gh. "If the r owner s of ther land h e re thou ght ther e was mu c h that was worth while the y wouldn t hav e put up ther claim fur ther prize in a shootin' mat ch. I f eel mi g hty s artin of 'that." THE GOLD OF GOOD-BY GULCH. "Ma y b e they don' t know much about it, Charlie," s aid Wild. "Jac k Wat e rs says there's plenty of the yellow The priz e claim was onl y about a quarter of a mile from s tuff in the g round around her e The most of it i s found the heart of the little settlement, and the creek ran in streak s a foot or s o b elow tlie s urface, while placer s throu g h the eastern edge of it. that pa y well ar e plentiful. Anyliow,-everybody seems Nearly a .mile to the west the property owned by the to be doing well here, and 1that speaks pretty well for the Big 5 mine syndicate e xtended and the s ite for the proplace." posed s melter was almo s t adjoinin g it. Arietta was so eager to go ahead witli the prospecting When the crowd had di s persed Wild called Hop and 1 : t'hat about two in the afternoon they set out to mak e s.aid: a s earch of the surface of the claim area. "I reckon we may a s w e ll move up here. We'll stay Cheyenne Charlie called Jim, and taking 'their rifles, here a day or two, anyhow H th e re i s anything here th e two s et out to do a little hunting. we ought to find it in tha t time. Jus t wake up that It was evid ent that neither of them had mucli faith in s leepy brother of your s and br eak camp. Load the packs trikin g it ri c h on the prize claim. 'horse s and move up h e re I want the tents put up ri ght Wild had seen much of mining 1ife, and he had proswher e the target s w e r e l ocated. Do you und e r s tand, pected when he was only fourteen. Hop?" I He knew pretty well what kind of soil there was where "Me all e e samee und e l s tand Mis l e r Wild," was the g old was to b e found and he soon became convinced that quick r e pl y "Me hully uppee, s o be." there ought to be gold there.

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22 YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM. With the girls following him, one of them carry1ng a I and Jim came he had gathered quite a pile of nug pan to collect what might be found, and the others with gets that ranged in weight from two ounces to half a a pick and shovel, he struck out to make a search. pound. Down along the foot of the cliff he led the way, and The ore was so rich that he felt that he had underpresently he stopped in a little hollow that was almost estimated the value of the find. entirely surrounded by the rocks and the face of the cliff. But he did not get the least bit excited over it. "I reckon this looks ai). right," he said, pointing to the Young Wild West was quite used to that sort of thing. ground. "Go ahead, girls. You want to work, .so now is 'rhe scout and Dart.had shot a few birds and one mounyour chance. I'll get up hJre and watch out for our tain sheep, so they had succeeded in what they set out to enemies." do, too. The girls were almost as muscular as they were pretty, 'l'hey were much surprised, as well as delighted at the and they did not mind a little hard work. dh;covery of the gold on the prize claim, but they, lik e Soon the clanging of the pick as it struck the hard Wild, took it without any degree of excitement. ground was heard, and then the scraping of the shovel Probably if they had not been well fixed in the way of sounded mining interests it might have been different. 'rhe scout's wife insisted on wielding the pick, and she 'rhey had simply added more 'to their wealth, that was did it in the proper way, too. all. 1 Wild could see down into the mining camp pla.inly. Hop came around when it. was time for supper. Some of the miners at the saloon having a good He had kept himself straight during the day, and time, for they had been paid their wages, and there was when he that the four men he had been watchno doubt but that Dandy Bill was now reaping a harvest. ing had not left the saloon Wild could not imagine just Occasionally he could see some of them outside in the what they were up to. street, but never once did he see anything of Big Chock But he made up his mind that they mu t be watched or his friends. that night, however. "I reckon the galoots are afraid to do anything in the After supper Wild and Charlie went down to the saloon. daylight," he muttered. "To-night will be the time when They met Jack Waters, and our hero told him that they we'll liave to be on the watch for them. Jug Porter, a!' had struck it rich on the prize claim. they call him may try to sneak right into the camp and "I want you to send up a wagon and fetch down a ton do some damage. Well, he'll have to be mighty sly about of the ore to-morrow morning," he told him, and the it if he does it." mine boss opened his eyes. For half an hour the girls worked away, and then sud"I had an idea that there was somethin' there," he denly a shout went up from Arietta. said. "But I didn't think it could be found without "Here we are, Wild!" she called out. "I have found sinking a shaft. I'm glad yer struck it, fur ther more it. A pocket is here, and if I am any judge the nuggets gold that's found here in ther Gulch the quicker it will are worth a hundred dollars apiece." build up, an' that's what we're aiter." The boy quickly went down to them. It seemed that Waters could not keep the information About a foot below the surface what seemed to be a to himself, and in less than an hour it was generally virgin vein had been found by the girls known throughout the camp that Young Wild West had None of them were so much excited that they lost construck it rich on the prize claim. trol of themselves. Some refused to believe it, but thoile who did thought They waited until the boy had examined some of the it was great luck, indeed. little lumps that had been chipped out by the sharp pick. Many were the questions asked Wild and Charlie, but "It's all right, girls," he said, rising to his feet, with a they did not give out any information that-amounted to couple of pound s of the stuff in his hand. "You have anything. struck the gold of Good-by Gulch, all right. This will "The claim is for sale," was about all our hero said. assay over five thousand to the ton, and I'll bet on it!" He had been given the papers making him the owner of Arietta swung her hat and led in a rousing cheer. it as soon as they could be filled out and signed, after he They all knew it was through her that the gold had had been declared the winner in the shooting match; but been found, and they not slow to give her the credit. being under age, he could not le gally sell theclaim, un"H that streak extends more then twenty feet, which less it was transferred to the purchaser by those who. had I think it does," said our hero, "I reckon it was worth deeded it to him. while to win the shooting match. That is enough how, But this could be done all right; there was no doubting girls There is no use in working until you get tired out. that. It is too warm a day for that. To-morrow we'll put some of this in bags and get Jack Waters to send up a team for it. Then we'll know what to do." CHAPTER XIII. "I am satisfied," Arietta answered. "But I was certain that there was something here, Wild. I got it in my head, and I could not think any other way, if I tried." "Well, your luck sticks right to you, little girl," was the reply. Wild. did a little work himself, and by the time Charlie THE FOUR VILLAINS FORM A PLOT. Big Chock no sooner saw Young Wild West and Chey enne Charlie down at the saloon than he began to think of a way to fix the boy and his partners.

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' YoUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM. 23 H e called upon hi s pal to think up a scheme that would 1 of the m gals," said Sa,.wdus t. "They' ll s orter need some-work, and he promi s ed to do so. 1 one t e r protect 'em, I reckon." But in the m e antim e they h e ard about the strike that There was a laugh at this a s might be supposed. h a d been mad e on the priz e cla im, and that made them All four wer e h e artless villain s and what would have have a desire to profit by it. s eemed a hoi-rible outra g e to many was but a joke to them. It was no t difficult for Jug Porte r to get all the in-The plot was talked over and over until finally they formation that was known, a nd whil e our h e ro and Charthought they had it down s o fine that nothing would stop lie wer e talkin g to a gat h e rin g of m e n out s ide Choc k got them c arr y in g it out. hi s thre e friend s to gethe r and they talk e d it ove r. 'It was eve n decid e d that Big Chock was to go to Youn g "I'll tell yer wh a t my advice i s Chock," h e s aid putWild Wes t and assur e him that he held no grudge a g ain s t ting on a very wise look. "If we don t bother 'em tohim. night they ll sorter think tha t w e ain t g oin t e r do noth-Pretty soon our hero and the scout came into the s a in'. Then to-morr e r morn in' w e 'll s neak up there afor e loon with Jac k Wat e r s and two of the owner s of the Big it git s dayli ght an' lay fur a ch a nc e The y say t'hat Jac k 5 mine. W aters i s g oin' t e r send up a bi g w ag on t e r git it full of Almo s t a t the s ame time Hop c a me in by the bap k way gold, which Youn g Wild W est an' hi s pard s i s goi.n' ter It would soon b e time for the show to go on, and ab'out bag up. Thi s won't b e don e until they' v e h a d a c hance all the r e m eant to tak e it in again that night, s inc e the ter git it ready, which won't be mu c h afor e noon I recprofessor had given it out that there was to be a chang e kon. Now if we kin mak e it app e ar that w e' v e gone t e r in the pro g ramm e Pho e nix, b y s trikin out with our hor ses jest afore d ay-Wild s hot a g lanc e about the room and saw the four li g ht, w e kin l eave ther hor ses somewhe r e an s neak ... villain s to g eth e r. around an' find a plac e t e r w ait in till the r prop e r time H e h a d an id e a tha t they were up to s omething, so he comes. We kin put on mask s s o if ther g al s s ees us, was not s urpri s e d whe n Big Chock came up in a meek which they sur e ly will they won' t know who we are. Mrt of a way and s aid: Then we kin kill the r boy an' hi s pard s an' git awa y with "Young Wild West, I've s orter g ot an idea that yer what gold we kin ;;,irry If w e work it right we'll git think I'm down on yer. But I wan t y e r ter know that I ther whole bu s iness that's been tak e n out." ain't. I ain t g ot no g rud g e a g 'in y e r 'cau s e I know "That s ound s putty good, observ e d Chock. "What do you re t o o mu c h fur me. From what I have heard since yer think about it, boys ?" y i s terday I r e ckoI\ it ain't no disgrace ter be knocked The boys referretl to w e r e Happy Harry and Sawdu s t down an' chu c k e d out of a s aloon by you. I'm goin' ter of course. c all it quit s s o you kin bet t'ha t I won t n e ver bother ""Jest s uit s me," a n s w e r e d the form e r quickly. "I with yer a g 'in." re c kon I want te r fix tha t gan g if fur nothin mor e than A ll ri g ht, Chock,' ; a n s w e r e d the boy, in hi s cool and becau s e they beat m e in the r s hootin mat c h. I ain't g ot eas y way. "I reckon y ou ll be all ri ght, if you stick to no reputation fur b e in' a crac k s hot no mor e They m a d e tha t. But I want to l e t you know tha t I don't care me look mig h t y s mall in that line, I r e ckon." wheth e r y ou mean what you say or not. If you fe e l like "The y s artinl y did, n odde d Sawdu st; "an' the y made ta c klin g me any tim e you afe wel come to g o ah e ad." my pile putty s m a ll, too. I lost e v e r y b e t I made, besides "Well, I wouldn t do it, not if I f elt lik e it, so that lettin' that heath e n g aloot win money from me with ther s ettleR that." dice. Oh! I'm in on ther g ame. But I don't think we "All right, then. I reckon: that will be a.bout all.'>kin git away with mu c h of ther gold. It's 'ther reven g e The big ruffian walked away not very well s ati sfied we want, more'n a.nythin g." with the way his word s had been rec e ived, but thinking "That's it!" exc laim e d Big Cliocli, a nendisli liglit that they had done some good, anyhow. glinting in his eyes; "it's revenge wliat we want." He was seen to t alk to hi s companions, and then Jug "Let me see," went on the sneaky one, a happy s mile Porter a.rose and came over. en his face at having hi s idea taken up so readily. "We "What Chock jest s aid i s my sentiments exactl y," he all want ter look alike, i:f we kin. We'll ma s k our s elves, declare'd, b e fore the g ath e ring in the place. "You chucked which is mighty easy, fur handkerchief s will do that, je s t m e out too e a s y fur an y thin g Chey e nne Charlie. But by cuttin' a couple of hole s in 'em fur ter s ee throu g h. d on't think I'm down on y e r fur it. I've got a great re Then we ought ter have h a t s alike. That's ther way I s p e.ct fur yer if I didn't have afore yer done it." would do it. The re mu stn't b e an y thing about u s that "Yo u s neaRin' coy ot e I don't want yer ter tell m e would give 'em ther lea s t chanc e ter think it was u s." an yt hin g lik e that, r e torted the scout, hotly. "Jes t "We kin git hats alik e b y je s t s tealin' em from them ba c k th e r e with your gang, or I'll pick yer :up and :1 that's got 'em alike s aid Big Chock. "The r e s enou g h y e r over." alike what' s wore by the m galoot s of t h e r Big 5 min e If Jug g o t out of the wa.yin a hurry. we can't git hold of four afor e mornin I'll b e mi g htily Probably h e was sat i sfie d that might b ette r h a v e n o t surpri s ed." said a n y thin g ''Tliat's riglit," nodd e d Jug :I'll git the r hats W e ll M e anwhil e Professor Swe ll h a d j o in e d Hop at a. table, is it under s tood that w e re t e r do it that way, then?" a nd t h e two w e r e t a l k in g v e r y earn est ly. "Yes," answered H appy Harry. Wild h e ard Hop s a y "no" t w o o r thre e times, and the n "Sartin sure," Bi g Choc k ha s ten e d to add : he s tepped ove r we kin come back a little late r on an' take charge "What's the troubl e h e re ? he asked.

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24 YOUNG WILD W ES T 'S PRIZ E C L A IM. "Um pl ofessee wan tee me to h e lpee t o -ni gh4 Mis l e r Hop arose and sta r ted to go o u t B u t W ild k new h e Wild. "Me say me n o c an doi t." must have the bott le, so he ordered him to produce it. "We ll t h at's r ig ht. You c an' t. Not that I care H e di d so quickl y e nou g h and t h e n t h e in c iden t blew about his h e lpin g you Professor Swell MJ.d he turned ove r. ---1 CH APTE R XIV. to the show m a n. "But h e i s pr e t ty s ur e t o get in troubl e if he is allowed to g o a head a nd s h o w w h a t h e can do. He will b e bett e r off by keepin g out of it, and s o will' you. I k THE GAME OF DRAW POKER. rec on I wha t I am tal k in g a bout." "Well if you think that way Mr. Wes t I shan't urg e W ild and C h ar li e d i d not attend th e show t h a t mght him an; more-." b u t wen t back to t h e camp, l eaving } [op there to watc h I do think that way. You can get jus t as big a house th e movements of t h e four m e n. with out him, that's sure." 'l'he Chi n a m a n h a d pi'O mised that he woul d kee_ p sober "Oh, yes I Tlie people here a re u s in g m e ni c el y I a n d he mean t t o keep hi s word i:is h e knew m uch depe n d have no fault to find." ed on how h e car ried him s elf. Th e professor looked at hi s wat c h. W h en h e saw the qu arte t g o into th e show h e went, It lacked a quarter of a n hour before the perf!lrm a nce too, and w h e n i t was over an d t hey r et u rn e d t o t h e sa-w a s t o begin. loon h e w a s r ight on h a nd But a s the seat s had been s old b e fore this and he h a d H e w a s a n x i o u s to get into a game of poker, but h e did th e money in hi s pocke t, t h e r e was no hurr y not want it to int.erfe r e with h i s watching He invit e d Wild a nd those in hi s company to sit down Finally h e got nea r t h e v ill a i n s and w h en he saw the m a r ound the table a n d hav e s ometliin g getti n g r eady for a game among t h emse lves h e could no t They all accept e d the in v itat ion. he l p a s k in g i f the y w oul d allow h im to come in The p rofessor call e d for w hi s k y and bein g in a n acco m Sawdus t was simp l y deli ghted, for he tho u ght they modat in g mood, Dandy Bill brou ght o v er a f ull bott l e m ig h t fleece t he C hi nama n n o mat t e r how sh ar p and th e g lasse s h e m i ght be. Hop decid e d to have some fun with the professor so H e p layed with H a pp y H arry a s h is partne r any h o w unseen b y anyone he dropped a pinch of whiti sh powde r and bet w e e n t h e two of them they generally m a n aged in the g lass that was set b e fore him. to win mos t of the pot s Wild took a cigar, a s was hi s c u s tom g enerally, thou g h O ne would dea l the cards s o the ot h e r got the bes t ha nd h e seldom s m o ked a ll he g ot. : out a n d t h e n it was b o un d to work Th e clever Chinaman pu s h e d the bottle to tJie profes J u g P o r te r was a ver y c un n in g p layer too. H e h a d s or after fir s t helpin g hims e lf. t h e reputation o f bein g abl e t a..ea l what he li ked, a n d But the s howman in s i s t e d on the rest being s uppl ied w h e never he took the n ot i o n. fir s t and thi s was done. So c lever was h e t h a t h e h a d never been cau g h t c h e at-The n h e tipped the bottle and poured some of the coning s inceh e h a d c ome to G ood-by G ul c h t hou g h almost t ents in hi s g lass. \ everyon e knew that h e did c heat. The re was a s udden his s in g n o ise and a cloud of s team H o p k new h e had four p l ayers to dea l w i t h who w ould aro s e that shut him from th e view of the rest for the s ur e l y r e lieve him of hi s cash b y fair mean s or foul promoment. v idin g they had the ir way a bout it. "Wh atte e c ri e d Hop, in a larm, and the n be-But h e did not mean to a llow the m t o h ave the ir way for e his act c ould b e observed lrn g r a bbed the b pttl e an d about i t h i d i t und e r hi s coa t. I s 'pose you' re a humm e r at t h e r game, h eat h e n ?" All b u t Wild and the s cout wer e g reatly s urprised a t q u eried B ig Chock. wha t h a d happen ed. "Me play p l etty nicee," was t h e reply. "Me w i nnee H o p h a d s i m pl y put a chemical of some kind in the p l enty mone y play dl a w pokee, s o be." glass, and the whi s ky had cau s ed it to create the dis turb"I e x pect s o the big v ill a in a nswer e d and h e w ink e d ance. a t his c ompanion s "Yer know how t e r put up t h e r card s Our two friends knew that as well as if they h a d been I s'pos e." told. "Me no G heat ee, declared Hop s haking his h.:iad. 'rhe majority of tho s e present laid it all to the C hin a Y o u catc hee m e c heatee you allee s amee cuttee off my man of c ourse for the y bad s e e n a b out e nou g h o f hi m to pig tai l s o be. kn0w tha t h e was lik e l y to do a n y thin g "All ri g ht. Th a t 's a fair offe r. Now, look out for y our D a nd y Bill hurri e d to th e t able p i g-ta il." H e looked around for the b ottle "Me lookee outee." It was not to be s een. A n e w deck of card s was brou ght to the m but a s the "What's ther matte r pro f esoor?" h e a s ked, a g rin h o use h a d no c hips, money was used in a ll the g ame s creepin g ove11 hi s face. playe d th e re. "The-the Chinaman played a joke on me, I g uess Hop lik e d thi s way the best a n yhow, a s someti mes h e was the reply. h a d to get out in a hurry, and did not have tim e to cash "Yes that's right, I s 'po se. But what did y er do w ith hi s c hips. ther bottl e ?" The card s w e r e shuffl e d b y Jug P o rter and then the "I--I don't know." cut for deal was m ade.

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Y O UNG W I L D WEST'S PRIZ E CLA IM. 25 =-======================= == ================================== Jbg won, since he knew just where to cut an ace, and But when about three thou s and dollars was on the table none of the rest happened to strike one. the villains began to lose heart. Hop sat next to him, and when he was called upon to What if the Chinaman should hold four aces? put up an ante he slipped up two silver dollars. That was the question that was going thro u gh their The cards were dealt around, and then the four men minds. exchanged glances. 'rhen, again, how was it possible that he could draw Hop did not appear to notice this, but he knew almost thein when he had discarded two cards, and they had to a certainty that Big Chock was going to hold the win fooled him on the draw? ning hand "Me allee samee make8" bundled more, so be," said But he was willing to let it go that way. Hop calmly, and he coolly lighted a cigar. He found that he had three kings cold, so when it came ''I'll. call yer !" answered Big Chock. "If you've got a his say he raised it over the lift Big Chock gave. hand that'll beat mine yer must have cheated ter git it." The others dropped out ) and it went along until there "Me g. ottee four lillee aces!" was as much as :fifty dollars on the board before they drew 'I'he ruffian jumped to his feet and whipped out his cards gun l:Iop called for :five cards, instead of only three, and Ba ng! Jug Porte r looked surprised It was not the weapon that spoke, but the cigar that "I want four cards," spoke up Big Chock who was Hop had dropped on the table exploded holding an ace, with the expectation of getting in the A cloud of smoke went up and the clever Chinaman other three grabbed tJie money and stuffed it in his pocket. He tried to tak e the cards that were dealt out :first, but Hop felt sure that he dared not go back, so there was Hop was too quick for him only one thing for him to do, and that was to stay outside He got the r ema ining ace, of course, but there was not and watch. a pair to go with it. It was about half an hour before daylight whe n h e saw Both he and the dealer that Hop must have the four men he wanted go to the stable drawn two aces, so that would make it even up, save that Hop was right on their trail. a single king next to the pair would win. He l istened to what they were talki n g about, and soon There was no u se, so when Hop bet ten dollars Big found out that they were going to make a pretext of Chock thre w down hi s hand. l e avin g the mining camp to ride over to the city "Lat velly nicec lillee pot, s o be," remarked the clever "Me watchee velly muchee goodee, so be," he muttered. Cele st ial, as he raked it in I "Me no lettee Misler Wild giJiee shootee in u m dark. Me Satisfied with having beaten Big Chock and his pal at allee samee velly smartee Chinee !" their own game, he now made up his mind to show them something about dealing good hand s CHAPTER XV. Happy Harr.v cut the deck, but Hop put it back just a& CONCLUSION. it was without b e ing discovered. Wild and Charlie turned in as soon as they got back to 'l'hen he dealt aroun'd the five cards each. the the prize claim, leaving Jim to stand guard Big Chock got four kings, Happy Harry four q u eens, duty until twelve Sawdu s t four jacks and Jug Porter four tens. When twelve came Charlie relieved Jim, a nd at ha lfHop, of course, kept the four aces for himself. past two Wild took Jim's place The ante was a dollar, but this was raised until there But there was no need of a watch, since the villai n s was a cool hundred on the table, and then they drew had planned to do their work after daylight, as the reader cards. knows Happy Harry stood pat Jug drew one card, Big Chock Breakfa s t was eaten shortly after the sun came up, declared he didn't want any and Sawdust took one. I with no s igns of Hop. Hop acted as though h e was dis mayed at this, but 'rhey were all a little anxious about him, so when Jim made out that he bad overcome it, and then, after hesi declared that he was going to look for him Wil d assented tating a moment, he s aid : I Jack Waters had supplied our hero with half a dozen "Me takee two cards." I leather sacks to put the ore in, and when Charlie struck Hop took two card8, but he picked up the two he had in affor breakfast to get out the nuggets Wi l d proceeded discarded, however. to fill the sacks. It was done s o n ea tly that no one was tl;.c wiser. Arietta came over to the hollow just then, r ifle in hand. As each of the four thought he must hold the winning "Wild," said she, "I am going to the top of the cliff to hand, there was no backing down from any of them. I have a look around. If I see anything to shoot I'll try They managed to exchange glances and make it under -my lu c k." stood that they were to divide the pot, no matter which "Well, take Wing with you, then. He can carry the one of them won it. i game, if you get any. But I wouldn t go out of sight of Then the betting got going at a lively rate. 1 the camp, if I were yqu. You kno,w we have enemies, and Miners crowded &round, because it was about as swift that something is likely to happen." a game as they had seen in some time. This being settle a, she set out at once, the cook followHop raieed it every time it came his turn) and the ing. others went right along .Arietta went around and was soon ascending the cliff.

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26 YOUNG WILD WEST'S PRIZE CLAIM. ==============================================;=================== She had jus t r e a c hed the top whe n who s hould confront h e r but Jim and Hop. "So you found h i m e h J im?" the girl asked. "What has he bee n doin g all ni ght?" Wat c hin g our four e n e mies, Ari e tta r ep1ie d the boy "Hop has don e r e markably w e ll. Ev e n now Big Chock and his fri e nd s a r e c reepin g to the camp t o s hoot down all who ar e t h e r e As w e know jus t wh e r e they a r e w e a r e g oin g to stop the ir w o rk from the top of the cliff. You will come in hand y for you are a sure s hot." The four now approa c h e d th e edg e of the cliff Jim taking care that they k ept w e ll out of s i ght b y aid of the ro(;k s and stunte d bus hes. But it will be in order to s ee what was g oin g on down below. Th e four ma s k e d villain s had c r ept up until they w e r e within a f e w fee t of Charli e and our hero; and with bu 't a big rock separatin g them. 'l'hey all look e d a like s ince the ir hat s and ma s k s made them that way. Ea c h held a r evolv er in 11is hand, a nd it was evi d ent that they meant to make short work of the two they had mana ge d to r e ach. The conver s ati .on that was bein g carri e d on b y the two ple a sed the m g r e atl y Cheyenne Charli e a nd Wild w e r e busy fillin g the leather sacks with the rich or e whe n four mas k e d m e n s uddenly popp e d into vie w from b e hind a big ro c k near them. At the same moment Ari e t ta a pp ea r e d a t t h e top of the cliff, follow e d b y Jim and th e Chin a m e n. ''Hands up, you villain s !" cam e the shout from the cliff above the m and the v illain s forgot the ir purpo se, for 1th e time and turne d and look ed. Wild and the scout w e re as much s urprised a s t hey were, but they roll e d quickly under the s h elter of the rock. Orang Oran g 'fwo rifle ran g out in qui c k success ion. A y e ll of fear and ra ge sounded a nd the n hurry ing footsteps told the youn g dead s hot and hi s partner that the enemy was departin g Wild jump e d fr o m b e hind the rock and h e was jus t in time to see two of the mas ked men cau ght in a cul de sac but a f e w yard s away. They had run th e wron g way, and now the y were in a trap. Happy Harry and Jug Porter had been s hot by Jim and Arietta, as they were r e a c hin g over the rock to s hoot at our hero and the scout, s o that left Big Chock and Sawdu s t to fight it out now. Th e latte r, findin g that he had not time to climb up the slippery rock to get where he might run away, turned hi s revolver at Wild and .red. But the boy dropped b e for e the bullet got there, and then his own w e apon s poke. Sawdu s t w ent down. Then it was that Big Chock threw up hi s hand s and cried out for m e rcy. Cheyenne Charlie ran ove r to him in a hurry. He quickly disarmed him and tore off the ma sk. "I thought it was you, you big galoot!" he exclaimed. "Don' t kill m e !" plead e d the s coundrel, hi s eyes shii;, in g with fear. "I' ll r e form if y ou ll l e t me go!" "You'll n e_ve r r e form if you wait for that, you s neak in g c o y ot e !" s poke up our h e ro, a s he joined them. F e t c h him along, Charli e He i s all that i11 left of the four but h e may a s w ell hav e a g ood look at the gold of Good-by Gulch." Ari e t t a and Jim were not lon g in getting down from the c liff, and with Anna and Eloise, they came upon the s c e ne. Th e latte r two had been much fri ghte n e d by the firing and not knowin g what to do they h a d hid them s elve s b e hind the rock s until those from the cliff came to them. In a f e w minutes all but the cook w ent down with the pri s oner. The min e r s w e r e jus t thinkin g of g oin g to th'eir work and whe n they saw Bi g C hock b e in g l e d by Ch e yenne Charlie they kn e w that some thin g had h appe ned. Wild did not del a y in t e llin g what the s hooting on the prize claim m e ant. He l e t the m know all about it in a few WO_!'ds A crowd hurried to the s pot whe re the three dead one s lay, and when the )1las k s were torn from their faces a howl went up. Bi g Choc k turne d bandit 'did lie -?" sai(] \T.ack Water s H e want e d to kill Youn g Wild West ana liis pards, did h e ? W e ll I reckon yer know what tliat mean s boys?" The boys kn ew. 'fhe r e ad e r does, too, s o there i s no use iri describing wha t to ok p lace. Thi s about fini s hes our s tor y Youn g Wild West sold 'tlrn prize claim to tho s e who had put it up f 9 r a prize, the pric e b e in g a nice little sum, which h e divid e d e quall y with hi s c ompanion s the Chinam e n in c lud ed. Some of the g old of Good-by Gulch they took with them whe n they l eft at Mie end of t h e wee k ju s t to have s omething to r e mind the m o f the priz e claim tha t h a d been won b y the wond er ful s hootin g of Youn g Wild West. Whe;n they l eft in sear c h of n e w and fresh adventure s Professor Swell's show was s till doin g bus iness, and with a pro s p ect of remainin g tli e r e for a while. "So, a s Wild i s in the habit of s aying, "I reckon that will he about all." THE END. R ead "YOU NG WILD W EST BOOMING A TOWN ; or ARIETTA A ND 'fHE LAND SHARKS whi c h wiH be the n ext number (346) of "Wild West Wee kly." SPECIAL NOTICE:-All back numbers of this week ly exc ept the followin g are in print: 1 to 22, 24, 2 5 to 2 8, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36 to 40, 42, 44, 45, 50, 51. If you cannot obtain the ones you want from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE New York City, and you will receive the copies you order, by return mail.

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WILD WEST WEEKLY. 2'1' WILD WEST WEEKLY NEW YORK, MAY 21, 1909. Terms to Subscribers. .Slnsrle Coples., .......................................... .. One Copy Three nonths ................................. One Copy Six nonths ............... .................... One CopJ' One Year ............. ................. ....... Postage Free. How T o SEND MONEY. .05 Cents .65 .. $1.25 2.50 .At our risk send P.O. M oney Ord e r Check, or Rllgistered Letter; re mittances in any other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stamps the same as tash. "Vhen sending silver wrap the coin in a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envelope. W1'ite vour name and address plainlv. .tl.ddress lette1"s to / Frank Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Sq., New York. SOME GOOD ARTICLES. In Oakland County, Michigan, a girl was skating on a frozen lake when a bulldog belonging to the driver of a team passing on the hlghway started out to pull her down. She saw him coming, but didn't scream or faint. She simply started off on a stPaight line for an air hol e, and when near it she swerved aside. The ice was so slippery that the dog couldn't dodge, but kept right on and .went into the hole and was drowned. Even $50 dogs make mistakes now and then. castle only the tower above A legend asserts that after McCarthy had built this castle h e chanced one day to save an old woman from drown ing, who, to show her grati tude, offered him a golden tongue which should have the power of fluent persuasiveness-a tongue that could influence men and women, friends and foes as he willed. To get this power, however, Cormac must1 climb to the of the castle, let himself down from the parapet in some difficult way, and kiss a certain stone in the wall -situated about five feet below the parapet running round the top. It is said that he fo llo wed the old woman's directions, kissed the stone, and at once was endowed with all the persuasive eloquence which had been promised him. The original blarney stone can only be kissed by a person bending over the parapet, and b ei nlj safe l y held there by an assistant clutching his heels. GRINS AND CHUCKLESLittle Evelyn not yet three years old had learned to spell "c-a-t, cat." In the first flush of triumph, she exclaimed, "Won't the cats be surprised!" I Customer-"How does it happen that these things have sud denly gone up fifty per cent?" New Boy (amused at custo mer's ignorance)--1'Why, haven't you heard? The tariff duty of these things have gone up five per cent." A story in which Webster is said to have figured: The states man was onc e asked by a woman at a dinner given In his One 'Of the most wonderful clocks in existence is. now in honor, how he varied in his eating, and what he generally the possession of Lours Desoutter, who has had the honor of ate. "Madam," the answer ran, "I vary m eatmg in this taking it to Buckingham Palace for inspection by the Queen. respect; som eti mes r eat more, but never less." Her majesty showed great interest in its mechanism. The clock is fix e d on a Louis Seize stand and has four "You and that little Wattles boy seem to play very nicely faces. Besides marking the hours, it shows the tides at six together," said Johnny's mother. "I am glad there is one boy different parts of the world, the mean time and the solar in the neighborhood that you can get along with." "Ye;;," re time, the age of the moon, the movements of the planets, all plied Johnny, "I lick him every morning and t hen he's nice to eclipses, and is a perpetual calendar. It was made by Janvier me all day." of Paris in 178 9 for the Academy, and took eleven years to manufacture; the workmanship is magnificent. There are many remarkable towns in Mexico, but none more interestin g than Guanajuato, "The Hill of the Frog. It might more properly be call ed the "gold brick town," for the houses have been found to' contai n much gold This is a curious situation, but it came about naturally. Guanajuato-pro nounced Wah-nah-wahto-is one of the o ldest mining t o wns in Mexico; but the value of the place as a town was disc<;>vered when a railroad company decided to build a station the re. It was found nece ssa ry to tear. down about 300 adobe buildings, which were made of the refuse of various mines after the ore was extracted. When it became known that the old adobe buildings would be torn down pieces taken at random were assayed. It was found that because of the old process, which had much gold and silver, they assayed from $3 to $24 a ton The mean value was estimated to run about $8 gold a ton. The old buildings have brou ght about $30,000 Mexican in gold, and persons who have built since the n e w machinery has been installed in the mines are bemoaning the fact that the n ew houses do not contain as much gold as the old. The famous blarney stone is firmly embedded in a massive : ower of Ble,rney Castle, located in the village of Blarney, about four miles northwest of Cork, Ireland The castle was built by Cormac McCarthy in 1449 There remains of the Daughter-"Pa, you remember you told me to save all the pieces of string from store packages and wind them into a ball." Economica l Pa-" Yes, my dear Did you?" Daughter -"Every bit, and it makes the cutest little ball you ever saw. Now I'm go in g to knit a handy little bag to put it in. Give me a dollar and a fifty cents for zephyr, please." An English naturalist was showing his fine collection of spiders to some American friends. All at once were alarmed to see that a giant specimen had escaped from hi s case and was approaching them. One of those present, a Phila delphia physician, had the presence of mind to jump up and kill the animal. "What a pity," excla imed the English natur alist. "Do you know that was a very rare species of spider?" "Never mind," returned the culprit, "I've made it rarer." Albert Chevalier the famous coster singer, while recently performing in a provincial English tow n was muc h gratifi e d at what he considered the very cordia l reception he had re ceived from the audience. I 'm delighted they liked the per formance," he remarked to the manager afterward. "I n ever heard such a banging of sticks and umbrellas on the floor in my life." The manager leaned back and laugh e d "That wasn't applause, old chap," he told h im; "the local postoffi ce is on the floor above u s, and that was stamping letters for the mail." J

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28 .. W!LD WEST WEEKLY. A SILENT A VENOER I all the assislance that lay in my power towards punishing the malcontents. By ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG Dunning, the m an who gave Davenport the most trouble, I had seen s everal times, and was not struclt at all favorably by The author of this sketch once had an experience during the his appearance. troubles in this country which is well worth making He was thick-set, had a bull coarse features, gruff a note of. voice, rude manners, and an entire lack of refinement, was a The early settlers or" the state o f New York, that [ perfect boor, in fact, and a man that one would naturally dis region in the neighborhood of Albany, had in many instances trus t upon first sight. given leases of farms running ninety-nine years, and renew-He had a son that was very much the same sort of person able if desired. in a minor degree as his .father, and the two were the most At the end of 'that time the descendants of the original bitter anti-rertters in the whole nelghborhood. lessees, claiming that their long tenure had entitled them to ownership, refused in many instances to give up the property or to take a new. lease. Of course their claims were not just, for there had been abundant opportunity for them. to have bought their farms over and, over again, and at that time, having vastly increased in value, it was not likely that the heirs of the original owners were going tp yield to their .demands, and give up the farms to the lessees. One day Davenport asked me to go up into the woods with him and have some sport, there being some fine shooting, an'd the season having just begun. There were three of us, all told, Davenport, his son, and myself, and we started out in the best of spirits, never antici any trouble. We spent the afternoon in sport, and enjoyed ourselves immensely, bagging considerable game, and thinking of returning until it began to grow dark. Hence arose the a-nti-rent troubles, and the formation of At last we started, Davenport ahead, and Charlie and myself large parties, who arg.ued their claims at the muzzle of the following behind. musket, and went about in. disguise, shooting the landlords, Davenport was several paces ahead of us, anct had entered and holding meetings where the most incendiary speeches a n open place in woods, where the path widooed, when were made. we suddenly heard him utter a cry of alarm. Gottlieb Vanderdqnk was one of the original Dutch seltlers, and, having con s iderably more land than he knew what to do with, had it survey ed, staked out in lots or farms of fifty acres each, built a road through his tract, established a, settle ment, and his small farms. He had come opposite to a large stump, when a man's head and shoulders suddenly appeared above "t, and a guzi was pointed at his heart. He started baclc in surprise, and seemed utterly overcome, and at that moment young Davenport and myself came in They were let out at a trifling rent on ninety-nine year leases, and even before the old man's death had greatly in-s ight. creased in value. There were two men, the one with the gun being roughly some of the tenants bought their farms, but. others thought clad in a coarse, checkered coat, a heavy slouched hat on his it was more shrewd to pay a trifling rent, and make more head, and his face entirely conc ea.Ied by a maslt of calico. money, than to buy the farms outright. The other was roughly dressed, carried a stout cudgel, and Ninety-nine years passed by, and Edward Davenport e>wned wore a wig the hair falling thick aroundhis face, which was a number of valuable farms, for which he received an annual rental vastly incommen surate fith their actual worth. Notwithstand this, many of his tenants claimed that the farms belonged to them, and would neither give them up nor take out a new lease Mr. Davenport ma.intained a firm stand, and the consequence was that the hot-heads threatened his life. He did not care very much for that, for he knew he was right, and that his heirs would fight the matter as strongly as he. There was one brutal sort of fellow living on one of the richest farms owned by Davenport, which had come down from his ancestors, and for which he had paid no rent for twenty years. When Davenport claimed his rent, this man swore that he would never pay it, that the farm. was his, and that would like to see anyone take it away from him. He had grown rich upon it, and might easily have bought it without feeling it, but he stuck up for his principles, as he called them, and tJ.1reatened that he would shoot Davenport on sight if he persisted in his demands. He was one of the loudest blusterers of the lot, and made the most vindictive speeches at the anti-rent meetings, having a large following of just such fellows as himself. Public opinion w a s not entirely in accord with these rioters, although there were a great .many of them, and the better disposed portion of the community half resolved to put a stop to their I was in the neighborhood at that time Davenport being a warm p ers onal friend of mine, and I determined to give him painte d a fie rce red in order to prevent recognition. The truth flashed upon me at once--the men were antirenters, and intended to murder the daring landlord. Such occurrences were by no means rare1 unfortunately, and in mo s t cases detection was impossible. I shouted out a warning, and we both dashed forward, our w e apons in our hands The re was a flas h and a report, a stifled cry, and Davenport felJ upon his face in the path, shot down by the assassin. Charlie fired a shot at the two men, who trned and fled upon our approach. The bullet struck the larger man in the arm and tore away a fragment of his coat sleeve, which Charlie picked up and carefully preserved. We dared not follow the villains while our companion Jay wounded, perhaps dying, in the path, andconsequently we had to let them escape, and turned our attention to Davenport. He had received a bad hurt andwas even then in a dying state, having barely five minutes to live. We raised him up and stanched the blood as well as we could, giving him water and brandy from our flasks. He seemed desirous of saying s om e thing, but it was only with a great effort that he m a naged to speak. "I've been done for, Charli e," h e said to his son, "and by that scoundrel--" Here his voi c e broke down. "Follow him up and bring him to puni shment." "Who was the man?" I asked, for neither of us had recognized him in his disguise. "I knew him at once," said the dying man. 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WILD WEST WEEKLY. 29' death shall not go unavenged. Promise me that he shall be After one or two more fiery speeches Dunning himseli: punished." mounted platform, and made the most rabid speech I had "Yes, yes, he shall be," I said; "but his name-who is he?" ever listened to. "A tenant of mine. You know him well enough, man; he's I He argued assassination right and left, and said that nothone of the--" A severe coughing fit here interrupted him. ing was necessary but to show the despoi., that they could not "Why, why, he's that miserable old--" trample men under feet, and the troubles would cease. His mouth filled with blood, his head fell backwards, his "What business have they to claim our farms, upon which eyes became glassy and stared fixedly at me 'for a moment, we have poured the sweat of our hands and our hearts' blood?" then the lids c!Osed slowly, there were one or two convulsive he roared. "Drive the invaders out, that's what we want to movements, and he was dead. do. Follow my lead, kill your .tyrants, and put an end to the His secret had perished with him, and the task before me business. Who killed Davenport? I did, and I am glad of it. was rendered ten times as difficult as it might have been had Do likewise, and you will all be free." he lived another minute. There was a tremendous shouting and cheering, the men The work of detecting the murderer would be extremelf difseeming to be in entire sympathy with the murderer. fl.cult, but I resolved for my old friend's sake, to say nothins I own that I was positively astounded, and could hardly beef the cause of justice, to ferret the villain out and give him lieve my ears. punishment he deserved. A man confess murder to a multitude, and receive their Young Davenport and I took the body home and prepared plaudits, instead of being shot down by a dozen hands or it for burial, the neighbors being very indignant over the seized and hurried off to cold-blooded murder of a man universally beloved. I saw at once the folly of trying to punish him here, bt!l The funeral was largely attended, and many were the meant to follow him up and take him unawares. threats uttered against the unknown assassins; and I believe My intentions were most suddenly and peremptorily thwart-if it had been known then who they were that their lives ed ; and in a most unexpected manner. would have been forfeited in very short order. While the man was gesticulating and talking boisterously I I suspected that 1 Dunning and his son had committed the heard a sharp report, saw a slight puff of smoke, and then crime, as they were the most vindictive enemies that Davencame the whizzing of a bullet. port had, and had threatened his life more than once; but in Dunning suddenly stopped, clapped his hand to his head, tore a community as peculiarly situated as this one was, I knew the away the mask, and fell forward like a log. task of bringing the villains to justice would be a hard one, When those nearest him picked him1 up they found a small even had I discovered beyond a doubt who the men were. round hole, the outlines of a bluii>h color, in the middle of the man's forehead. He had been met with his own argument, the musket, ancl After the first excitement there came a revulsiop. of feeling, and the people did not seem to care anything about the murder, or whether the assassins were captured any more than to was as dead as any man ever was, having been killed instantly. look out for themselves, perhaps. Some silent ave.nger had marked the man for his victim, and I had made up my mind, however, to bring Dunning to the J his work had been done too surely. gallows, if he was the real criminal, and set about the task. There was a scene of confus10n, and many of the anti-renters at once. I were so startled by this sudden act of vengeance that they A meeting of anti-renters was to take place in the woods the made haste away from the spot, fearing no that they next day, and thither 1 went in disguise, thinking that 1 might would share the same fate as the hot-headed Dunnmg. find some clew to the villains. I did not care myself to remain there any longer, and I made myself scarce in short order. The place of rendezvous was crowded, and a more villainous lot of men I never beheld at one time in all my life, the maI could imagine only one person that was capable of doing jority of them being disguised, many as Indians, and some in this summary act of justice, and that was Charlie Davenport. nondescript costumes unlike anything in heaven or on ear, th. He was the silent avenger beyond a doubt. I pushed my way into the crowd, while a big, red-faced man was making an incendiary speech, and presently met with a decided surprise. Standing in front of me was a man with a large, checkered coat, one sleeve of which was torn, and a big slouched hat and calico mask It was the man who had killed Davenport in the woods two days before, and evidently had no fear of the law in his mind, as he had taken no pains to change his disguise. Beside him was the other figure, the man with the cudgel and painted his companion upon that occasion. In pushing through the crowd, I trod on the first man's foot, and he turned upon me with an angry remark, flashing his serpent-like eyes upon me, and clenching his fist. The man was Dunning! I recognized his baleful glance, despite the mask, and was satisfied from what Davenport had said before he died that here was the murderer. The man with him was his son, beyond a doubt, as they always went together, and were equally dangerous in character. I was perfectly satisfied in my own mind that Dunning was the man, but I was not prepared for the startling confirmation of my suspicions which was soon afterwards presented to me An immediate search was made for the person, but n<> one had seen him, and no one knew anything about it, so sudden had it all taken place. The meeting was soon afterward broken up, and the subsequent ones were not so public, the malcontents not relishing the idea of having their own weapons turned against them. I found Charlie at home, much to my surprise, and told him what had happened. "Serves him right," was all he said, and I could get nothing el'se out of him. The land question was subsequently settled, as every sen sible man knew it would be, in the only way p ossible, and the existing events of the time were after a little forgotten, but I am satisled to this day that it was Charlie Davenpo1't who thus summarily avenged his father's murder, though he never either denied or confessed it. The June bride frowned. "These toma,toes," she said, "'are jnst twice as dear as those across the street. Why is it? "Ah, ma'am, these"-and the grocer smiled-"these are hand picked." She1 blushed. "Of course," she said, hastily; "I. might have known. Give me a bus hel, please." J

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HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Eve ryone is desirous of pneumatics, m e chanics, etc. The mo s t instruc tive book published kn owing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or No. 5(; i. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Containing fu ll misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little mstructio:ns h<>W to proce e d m order to become a locomotive en b ook. Buy one and be ce>nvinced. Tell your own fortu ne Tell gin eer; al so directions for building a model locomotive togethe r t he fortune e>f your friends. with a full description of e very thing an e ngin eer s hould know. No. 76. HOW TO '.rELL F ORTUNES BY THE HAND.No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lin es of the hand, dire c tions how to m a ki; a B!J-njo, Violin, Zi t h e r 1Eoli .an Harp, Xylo o r the s ecret of palmistry. 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Go ld. 297 Young Wild West'.s Race for Gold; or, Arietta and the Bank 325 Young Wild West's Cowboy Cavalry; or, Saving the Besieged Sol Robbers. diers. 298 Young Wild West and the Tenderfoot Tourist; or A Grizzly Hunt 326 Young Wild West and the -Overland Express; or, Arietta and the in the Rockies. "Gun Fighter." 299 Young Wild West Il.outing the "Ghost Dancers"; or, Arietta and 1 327 Young Wild West Playing It Alone; or, A Game for Life or the Snake Charmer. Death 300 Young Wild West Crossing. tbe Dead Line; or, The Cowboys and 328 Young Wild West and the Dynamite Gang; or, Arletta and the 1 the Sheep Herders. Robbel'S or Golden Strip. 301 Young Wild West and the Boy Hunters; 01, Arietta and the 329 Young Wild West' s Grub Stake, and How it Made a Fortune. 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