Young Wild West booming a town, or, Arietta and the Land Sharks

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Young Wild West booming a town, or, Arietta and the Land Sharks

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Young Wild West booming a town, or, Arietta and the Land Sharks
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/' No. 3,6. NEW YORK, JUNE ,, 1909. Price 5 Cents. ;i. .... Tbe Land Sharks were making rapid progress at tearing down the shanty. Arietta saw Wild and his partners riding swiftly to the scene, and she ran from the camp and called out: "Stop that, you scoundrels! You have overstepped the line.

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WILD s1.-EKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Life No. 346. I1iucd Weekl11-B11 Subscription f2.501Jer f/ear. Entmed according to .A.ct of Oongres.!-1 in the flear 1909, in the o;f!l,ce of the Librarian of Oon.qress, Washington, D. C., b11 Ji'rank Tousey Publisher, 2' union Square, New York. NEW YORK, JUNE 4, 1909. P rice 5 C e n ts YOUNG WILD WEST BOOMING A TOWN Arietta and the Land Sharks BY A N OLD SCOU'l \ CHAPTER I. Added to his wonderful skill with a rifle or revolver, his courage, extreme coolness and ability to do the right READY TO START THE RUSH. thing at the right time, made him one who stood without a peer as the ideal boy hero. When Young Wild West and his friends struck the His two partners, Cheyenne Charlie, an ex.cGovernlittle town of Grizzly Junction, New Mexico, one after-ment scout and Indian fighter, and Jim Dart, a boy about noon in late spring, a few years ago, they found it alive the same age of Wild, as our hero was called, were typical with people and everything on tlic "bustle." Westerners-those who had experienced the bitter with It is hardly :p.ecessary for lls to tell who Young Wild the sweet in trying to help boom that part of the United West was, for so much has been printed about him that States. about everyone who may be classed as a reader of stories All three invariably wore buckskin hunting suits, of western adventure knows all about him.' trimmed rather elaborately with fringe, but when But there are those who are just beginni ng to read they were in a warm climate they seldom had on their fiction, as well as honest stories of adventure in which / coats, and then were picturesque in silk shirts of a bright brave deeds are described, and wherein the hero and his color. friends do things that are calculated to stimu late the I The girls of the party were Arietta Murdock-peerless mind of the growing youth and teach him that ,it always Arietta, the sweetheart of Young Wild West; Anna, the pays to do right, no matter what the cost To them we wife of Cheyenne Charlie, and Eloise Gardner, the sweet will say that Young Wild West, though but a boy in heart of Jim Dart. years, was, at the time of which we write, the acknowl 1 Of the three, Arietta was the real Western girl. She edged Champion Deadshot of the West, and commonly had been born and reared in Wyoming, and s he had been called the Prince of .the Saddle, because of his remark taught when but a child to use firearms and ride and able feats and achievements on horseback. manage horses. His light chestnut hair had not been cut, since he was Since she had met the young deadshot she had a child, save to be trimmed at the ends, and he having learn ed many of his ways, and one of them was to keep grown to be a man in size and strength, the long hair cool when danger threatened, and to use good judgment. hanging over his shoulders gave him a dashing, not to say Anna and Eloise could hardly be expected to equal distinguished appearance h er in this respect, since had not been in that part Handsome of face and feature and graceful ath-of the country but two or three years, and it had taken letic in' orm; there was no wonder that he s hould be them some time to get to the many dangers that loved and honored by those he call ed his friends. were to be met with while ridin g over the mountains and But if the dashing young deadshot had friends, he 1 plains, and camping out in the wilderness. surely had enemies, as well, for the evil-doer feared and Bu't they had l earned to love the free, healthful life hated him; and all because h e had a way of suppressing and as we find them at the opening 0 our story they vice and helpin g those in need 0 aid. were the picture of health and happiness

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2 YOUNG WILD WEST BOOMING A TOWN. Ther e were two. servants of the party who must not be "We ll, I guess I am. But don't think that I call myforgotten-one o f them especially. self the Champion Deadshot, for I don t. Others have They were Wing Wah, the cook, and Hop Wah, his given that name to me, and all I have to do is to defend brother, who was called the handy man. the title. But that don't matter. There are so many It was the latter that needs special mention, for he good shots in the West nowadays that it would be hard .was surely a wonderful Chinaman. to tell who is the best. But say! You've certainly got Hop, though he lcmked to be as innocent and childish a bunch of people here; and there seems to be all kinds, ns any heathen that ever crossed the broad Pacific, was a too." professional card s harp n magician, and was very fond of "Yies, Young Wild West, there's everything here, from practical joking and whisky. ther honest man, who has spent nig h onto his last dollar One Chinaman was enough to do the work for our ter git her e, to ther common pickpock e t from ther cities. friends, but Hop had drifted to them, and because of his There's some of ther best people in ther whole country numerous ways and his services in times when death here, an' there's some of ther worst. It's kinder worth threatened them he had really become a fixture to the while ter s tand off an' study 'em, I reckon." party. As the cowboy sai d this he turned and beckoned to With this rath e r brief introduction we will proceed. some of hi s friends, who had been watching him from Youn g Wild Wes t and hi s friends st ruck the place the front of the saloon a-0ross the way. called Grizzly Junction more by accident than design. Tll.ey promptly came over. The y were s imply riding about through the wildest There were five of them and were all cowboys. parts of the country, in sea-rch of excitement and adven"Boys, I want ter introduce yer to ther Champion ture when they sighted the town. Deadshot of ther West," he said, waving his hand toward The fact that so many people of both sexes, and all the dashing young hero, "'.ho was sitting calmly on the ages, were gathered there, made them wqnder what was buc k of l1is splendid sonel stal lion Spitfire. "You've all going on. heard tell of Young Wild West? Well, here he i s." 'They rode right up the san_dy st re et, however, and The men looked s urpri sed but they quickly came up manv took more than ordinary notice of them, s ince their and put out their hands. dashing and picture s que appearance was bound to attract Wild smiled at them, for a single glance told him they attention. were hone s t fellows, though rough in their ways. :. The party halted as near as they could get to the build"How are you, boys?" he said. "I reckon you might ing that had a s i g n the top, indicating that it was as well know all of us." the general f.itore and postoffice, anil then our hero Then h e introduc e d his partners and the gi rl s nodded to a good-natured looking cowboy and said: This being over witli, the young dead s hot, who had "What's going on here, stranger?" found out that the name of the cowboy he had fir s t s pok"Why, ain't yer h e ard .yotmg f e ll er?" and the cowboy en to was nam e d Clark said: look eel very much surprised. "Now then, if you can t e ll u s where there is a good "No; we happened to run acress this town, and we place to pitch our camp we'll make arrangements to stay thought we would s top. You've got a lot of people here, here over night." Tteckon." "Put up your tents anywhere yer please," was the re-"I reck?n so. There's a lot here now. But to-'rnorrer ply. "You've got jest as much ter say about it as we mornin', a few minutes after nine, there won't be enough have. But it don't m ake no difference. No one will say here ter start a poker game. Young feller, ther a word, not if yer camp in ther yard, right along side a Comanche Strip opens to-morrer mornin', an' all them house. But what you've got ter look out fur is thieves what want s t e r git home s tead plots fur nothin' must start Yer want ter make sure ter do that." from here at nine o'clock. Yer m1ght as well come in on "I reckon if any measly coy. ate tries t e r rob us he'll th.er game, 'cause a few more don't make any difference. git his medicine in a hurry," spoke up Cheyenne Charlie, You've got ter be twent y -one, though, ter .hold a plot of as he gave the ends of hi s long dark mustache a twist. land, an' I s'pose that'll put ther most of yer out of ther "We ain't in ther h abit of b ein' robbed,.an' we don t like game:-" anyone ter try any s i c h game on us, either." _, "Yes, that's right. Only two of u s have got a s far It w:as jus t then that a fight started in the thickest along'. in years a s twenty-one. But that won't make any part of the crowd, wher e a three-card monte man was about tis going alon g with the ru s h. We like operating. excjtement, and it seem s to me that there oug'ht to be In 1et:s than two minutes half a dozen shots had been ]otS' of it in a game of this kind. We don't want any fired, and then a deta c hment of cavalry came galloping Government land but we'll tak;e part in the i:u s h, ju s t the t o scene. same. And we'll help boom tlie Ii.ew town too." The cowboys ran over to find out what was going on, "Good fur you, young fell er! What might your name and noddin g to hi s companions, Youn g Wild Wes t said: be? I sorter like ther looks of you folks, an' that 's why "I reckon we'll find a place to camp. Come on." I ask." The party rode on, not paying any further attention "Well, my name happens to be Young Wilcl West." to the trouble that had started in the crowd. "What!" cried the cowboy, s howing amazement. "You A hundred yard t1p the street they found a big vacant ain t Young Wilcl West, ther Champion Dead sl1ot of ther lot, and they promptly turned in. West, are yer ?" "Get a move on you, Hop and Wing," our Iiero said, as

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YOUNG WILD WEST BOOMING A TOWN. s he dismounted, and tbe two Chinamen sliowed that there The da shing young deadshat s tood with the revolver was nothing s low about them, when they felt disposed to in his hand, while Cheyenne Charlie ran to assi s t the work. cowboy to his feet. They s lid from their broncho s and went at the work Back the two came, the one who had made the successof unloading the pack-hor s e s There was a well not far ful throw with his lariat, leading. distant, which belon ge d to the property they were on, "Did you shoot my rope in two, young feller?" he and as there was a drinkin g trou g h for hors e s and cattle I asked, showing surpri se, as well as anger. near it, they would have no trouble about gettin g water "I reckon I did," was the cool retort. for their hor s e s "What did yer do it fur?" Wild and hi s two partne r s assi s t e d t h e two C e le s tial s The man's eyes flashed now, and it was plain he was and the two tents they alway s carried with them were looking for fight. soon put up. "What did you rope that fellow for?" Wild answered, The girls took part in getting the camp in shape, and ignoring the que s tion put to him. then, leaving Jim Dart to remain with the girls and put "Jest fur fun, young feller. That's why I done it." 'the finishin g touclie s to the c amp, our liero arid Chey"Well, I cut your rope with a bullet just for fun, too, enne Charlie walked over to the central part of the town then." again. "Yer did, eh ? Well, you'll find there ain't no doubt There was a railroad s tation a couple oi hundred yards about it, I s orter reckon." to the l eft, and a train was just coming in. 'rhe speaker dismounted and his companion followed "I reckon we'll go over and see the crow'd, Charlie suit. s aid Wild. "Most likely .there will be a crowd to get off. They were both big, brawny men, and were no doubt This g iving away land b y the Government usually ata couple of bad cowpunchers, if looks went for anything. tract s big crowd s thou g h a bout half or them 'don't really Young Wild West smiled at them, for he was so used want the land after they get it." to having trouble with such fellows that he liked it rather "That's it, Wild was the reply. "It's jest fur ther than feared a conflict with them. s ake of gittin' Jt fur nothin' that makes 'em start out. "So you think there won't be any fun about it, eh?" But I s 'po s e tfiis g ame is ther same as they had up in he a s ked, in his cool and easy way. "Well, what are you W y oming once. Ther land don't become your property going to do?" till yer put up a shanty on it, an' you've got a year ter T he other cowpuncher had his rope all ready, and clo it in." without the least bit of warning, he made a throw, in" I haven t an y idea how this i s going to _be. But if we tending to catch the boy unawares. find t ha t cowboy, who gave his name as Clark, he will be But that was where he made a mi s take. a b l e to give u s all the information, no doubt." "Youn g Wild West was not to be caught in any sort of They had not gone ver y far when they met the ve ry fa s hion. m a n they were talking about. He kne w that the two men were afte r him, and he "Goin' over to tber station?" the cowboy asked. "Well, ept hi s eye s wide open. there'll be plenty more here in about two minutes. Y e r H e s imply threw up his hand and caught the rope; didn't hear wha't ther :fight wa s about a little while ago, and then, with a quick jerk, he pulled it away from the "No; wliat was it?" Wild asked. "You two galoots take my advice and go on about your ''Oh I a three-card monte man got ketched cheatin', bus iness," he said, the smile never once leaving his face. an' he got s hot, that 's aJl." :'If you don't I'll throw some bot lead your way!" It was jus t the n that two very tough-looking m e n The r e volver was still in his right hand, and though came riding toward them at a gallop, each swinging a the muzzl e pointed toward the ground, it could fly UP'" rope and yelling a s loud as they could. ward in the fraction of a second. As they were passin g one of them threw his rope and B y this time Clark Trumper had got the dust ot of lassoed the cowboy, pulling him to the ground and draghi s eyes, and grabbin g his gun, he came forward. gin g him along throu g h the dust. "I don't know who you galoots are," he said, angrily. Crack! As quick a s a flash Young Wild West pulled a "But I'll make yer wis h yer hadn't roped me, I'll bet I gun and fired the bullet severing the rope Git out in ther road! I'll make ther pair of yer dance I" CHAPTER II. WILD AND TERRIBLE RILEY, THE COWPUNCHER. Young Wild West knew what the two horsemen were up to when they came das hin g along, and he got r e ady With great quickness, both cowpunchers jumped be-hind their hor s es. A crowd beg an to gather now, for a shot is bound to draw the m, and resolved upon showing the two rascals that the y couldn't their own way, Wild leaped around behind them and called out : "Hold up your hands, you s neaking galoot! I reckon y ou've got to be made to under s tand that you don't amount to anything." for them in a hurF--y. As the rope parted bronchos. They were double-banked, s o the re was no alternative. they quickly reined m their Up went their hai;ids, while the g athering crowd shouted in an approving way.

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4 YOUNG WILD WEST BOOMING A TOWN. Somehow they understood that the two cowpunchers cowpuncher must have weighed at least a hundred and must have barked up the wrong tree, and they thorough ninety, and he was rawboned and muscular ly enjoyed it. Clark Trillnper looked at the scout, as though he felt The fact was that the two ro-ugh-looking fellows had that Young Wild Wes t was making a mistake in giving been having it all their own way s ince they arrived a the ra!'\cally fallow a chance to get hold of hin:t. little before noou But the scout only grinned. They had roped three or four men, and after qragging He knew that Young Wild West was as quick as lightthem through the dust ha\! give n tliem to understand ning, and ::is s trong as a young lion. that if they did not like it they could take hot lead He had no fear that the big man would do him any But when they inte rfered with Young Wild West they damage. had overstepped the limit, as they now knew to their "Did yer mean what yer said?" asked Terrible Riley, sorrow acting as if he. hardly thought he had h ear d aright. "Gentlemen,'' s aid our hero, addressing hi s remarks to "l certainly did," was the cool retort "Get yourself tli:e crowd, "t'hese galoots sta rted in to hav e some fun shape If you get hold of me I s uppose I'll be travel with us. Does anyone think they are going to have it?" ing arbund with a couple of broken ribs, or some thing of A roar of laughter went up at this, while cries of "Not the kind But if you don't h1;1ppen to get hold of me, much!" "I reckon not!" and other s of a s imilar char look out! I might hurt you. acter were heard. A few in the crowd laughed derisively, they no doubt Trumper, t?e cowboy, was now in a much bette r thinking that the boy was making a foolish boast. humor. "Git back a little an' give 'em a chance ter fight it "What do yer think of it, boys?" he asked. "Ther out!" called out Cheyenne Charlie, pulling hi s gun "I O' 1 t th O' een shirt lassoed me when I wasn't want it under s tood that ther first galoot what interfe res I ba ko? ill er r"'rwa s be1n' d1aO'O'ed thro110'b ther dirt. will git a chunk of lead We don't stand fur no foo.lin'. oo in an as oo o ur th t h d t d 't f Y O' 'F'ld W t 11 his O'Un an' shoots ther rope in n e l'e er s raig t goo s, ime, an on yer uroun b 1v1 es pu s b t tpi two! No one but tber Champion Deadslrnt of ther West gi 1 could have done s ich a thin as that at their first shot, 'lhe crowd sp:ead back a little Temble Riley I l n,, g steppe\]. around his horse and s topped m nbout the center rec rn f l 1 'rhere was more s houting then, and the crowd, which 0 tie rnm?n rlllg. had increased to fifty or more, closed in until t'he prin Men were corning time now, and a. few. of the cipal s were surrounded completely. -femadlesd, who were waitmg for the rus h to begm, also W t "t crow e up Many of them bad heard of Young Wild. es' 1 Many of them did not know what was going on, and all seemed, that was why they were so anxwus to of them could not even see the middle of the ring close to him Th tl h t J b tl l l h O' tl ,, cl W"ld 1 d. cl t e o rnr cowpunc er s ooc 1 y ie 10rses, rn s owm0 it easy, gen emen, sai 1 w 10 1 no no signs that would indicate hi s interferi ng. want them to get so close that the two cowpunchers But the confident look on hi s face s howed plainly that might have a chance to get away in the crowd. he expected T e rrible Riley to make s hort work of the He was not quite through with them, for he thought boy. it would be a .good _idea. to i! on their minds that "This is goin' t e r b e a wra s tl e an' no s hootin' in it," they had made a big m ?cting that way, and he said the big villain, looking unea s ily at the s9out. meant to make a last m g unpress10:n, too. 1 "That's what it's goin' ter be, you ; measly coyote!" The two wer e st ill holding up their hands, s o he quick Charlie ans wered. "It's 1 a case of a big, raw-boned galy stepped over to them. loot ag'in a boy. I'll bet a hundr ed do1lar s that ther "Do you th.ink you have had fun enough?" the boy breath will be knocked out of your body inside of two ai::ked. minutes, too!" "Oh! you've got ther drop on us, an' s o has your "I'll take that bet!" s houted a man nearby "Of pards,'' replied 'the one who bad roped Trumper. "I course yer mean that ther boy i s goin' ter do it?" reckon yer don't expect a f e ller ter put up a fight under "That's je s t what I mean Put your du st up I sich conditions, do yer?" .1 Teckon Trumper will s uit me as ther s takeholder." "I don't believe you've got sand enough to fight a fair Charlie was in earnest about it, and he quickly handed fight, anyhow." the cowboy two fifty dollar bills. '_'Yer. don't? Well, je s t give me ther chance! I'll take The man quickly covered the amount, and then Wild you by ther back of your neck an' make your heels knock stepped toward the big villain. toge so hard t\rn t yer won't be able ter walk fur a "Are you ready to take hold of me?" he asked, coolly week I'm Terrible Riley, I am, an' when I gits hold of "Yes!" shouted Terrible Riley and then he made a a gal oot once there's bound ter be some ribs cracked." rush, grabbing with both hands. "Oh! is that so? Well, suppose you get hold of me? But the agi l e young dead shot easily got out of the way, I am onl y a boy, I know; but I reckon I am not afraid and the result was that the cowpuncher's hand clutched of you,, as big as you are!" naught but the empty air. A si l ence came over the crowd right away. As his ponderous from shot past him, Wild seize d him Evident l y the majority of those present thought the about the waist and turned him over bi s hip. b o y rather foolish to issue such a challenge, for the big Thud

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YOUNG WILD WES'l' BOOMING A TOWN. 5 Terrible Riley went to the ground with such force to fairly jar it. as i i 8 all forged, ain't they? An' didn:t a ma n do th er forgin'? Crooked? Well, I reckon so?" "There yer are!" cried Cheyenne Charlie "I reckon I win ther hundred. If that galoot's breath wasn't knocked out of him I'm a lame coyote with no tail, that's all !" The big cowpuncher turned over on his side, doubled up and then groaned. "You win," sni
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6 YOUNG WILD W EST BOOMING A TOWN. "Allee light. You vell y ni cee Meli c an man; m e likee he wouldn't say nothin' about it. It wouldn t be healthy fur him if h e did, cau s e he's doin' ther real crooked The others laughed, and the man who had s poken work." frowned. "That's s o," and Thomp s on looked relieved. "Well, it He was Al Herring, and was one of the s ort who do may be that Young Wild West has jus t happened along, not think a great Cle al of a 'He ath e n C'hinee." and that he want s to see the e xcit e ment. Maybe he He was jus t about to g e t up from the table and help m e an s to h e lp boom the new town." the Chinaman ciut of the room with hi s foot, when Hop Th e n h e thre w down the short piece of cigar he had d'l'ew some cigars from hi s pocket. bee n s moking and lighted one of the four the Chinaman They were innocent-looking c igar s too, and no one had plac e d upon the table. would have thought there was anything wrong about His three companion s did likewi se. them. "A mi ghty good cig ar obs erved Herring, as he blew But there was, a s will be seen. out a mouthful of s mok e and then wafted it to his nos"Y ou havee lillee smokee, nicee Melican mans?" he tril s with hi s h a nd. "That heathen must be a sort of said, smiling blandly. "Me buy um boxee velly nicee high-ton e d one." cigars in Santa Fe, an' me likee tleat nicee Melican Th e n h e took a couple of more puffs. mans." He was certainly s moking harder than the rest, and The cigars looked to be better than the ones they had the s moke was fairly flying. purchased of the saloonkeeper, so the four ra s cally land Sudd e nly there was a s harp hiss, and then--sharks could not re s ist the temptation to talfo them. B an g Hop calmly struck a match and lighted one him s elf, Herring' s cigar exploded with a r e port almo s t a s loud and then he stepped over and placed four of them on the a s that of a s hotgun. table. Over he went chair and all while his companions Each took one, smelled it and gave a nod. spra n g to their feet in alarm. "Havanas, all right," commented Thomp s on. "I know Bang! s omething about tobacco, boys." B a n g 'rhen he looked up at Hop, who was still Bang! there, and said: As t'hou g h they h a d been timed, the other three cigars "You' re a s tranger here, ain't you, heathen?" I exploded one after the other, and in quick succe s sion 'Lat light; me comee lillee while a g o s o be," was the too r e ply. The room was so tliick with smoke that the four land "Come with som('l of the rus her s I s 'pose ?" spoke up s h a rks could not see each other. JAke Patty. They s tumbled over eacli other in an effort to get out, Hop shook bis head in the negativ@. And when the door ope n e d and the proprietor came in to "Me allee samee comee with Young Wild Wes t, s o see what had happened they were conscious of hearing. a b e," he answered. s hrill voice s ay: "Young Wild West!" echoed Bob Thomp s on, half raisg oodee cigar s s o be. Makee plenty noisee; up ing to his feet. "Is tliat boy here?" s ettee Melican man s !" "He velly muchee here," Hop answered, apparently Bob Thompson was the first to rush out into the bar -not noticing the man's agitated manner. "Me allee room. He had a gun in his hand, too; but the clever s mnee Young Wild Wes t s Olevee Chinee. Me velly Chinaman had gone. rnuchee smartee." The four land s hark s looked at each other It was evident tp.at the name of Y ouhg Wild West was not new to them CHAPTER IV. "All right, heathen," ; Tq,ompson s aid, nodding to the Chinaman; "go on out get your tanglefoot. Shut WILD PROTECTS THE CLEVER CHINAMAN: 1 the door after you, for this i s a private party." bowed ancl went on through. Young Wild West s tood with folded arms, waiting for Then 'I'hompson struck tlie table with his fist and ex-Terrible Riley to get upon his feet. claimed: It was full y half a minute before he made anything ''I guess there may be troubl19 boys What can Young like an attempt to do this, and then he remained upon Wild West be doing here, if thei"fl i s not trouble brewing? the g round in a sitting pos ture until he ha"d about gath Why, he's the boy who is always hunting down crook s and e red hi s wind and hi s wits. outlaws; and lie he lps the s oldi e r s trail down the bad ."I went down putty hard I reckon," he observed, try Iudians. He's got a big pull with the Government, I've in g to smil e but makin g a failure of it. "But that was heard I never saw him, but they say he i s only a boy; an accident. Ther boy tripped me I ain't s'p o s ed ter yet he can do more than a doz e n men. Suppo s e this be a s quick on my feet a s he i s." scheme of ours has l eaked out, and he is on our trail?" "I r e ckon yer ain't," an s wered Cheyenne Charlie, with I don't see how it could have leaked out, Bob," s poke a laugh. "If you was half as quick as he is you might up Gr o te. "There's ?nly one beside s u s four that knows s tand \little show. But you ain't quick enough ter kill a n ything about it, an yer kin bet all you're worth that a 's keeter, you ain't. You re nothin' but a big, clumsy

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Y O UNG W I LD WEST BOOMING A TO W N. 7 '========================================== ==================================== galoot, with not enou g h sand in yer t e r take the r edge off The c ro w d turned a n d hurrie d that way, and our a razor. You r e a four -flusher from Mak e -Believe Town! fri e nd s a long too. You r e no good!" 'rhe r e was s ur e ly pl e nty of excitement in G rizzly June" Jest wait till I git d o n e with t h e r boy ; the n I'll s how t i on that a ft e rnoon, and the long night was st ill t o come. yer if I ain't some g ood!" c ri e d t h e bi g vill a in flyin g in a Jus t wbat mi ght h a ppen there before m orn i n g no one rage. "I'll-" c ou]d ima gin e "Mep fir st, Mr. T e rribl e Riley, in te rrup t ed our h ero. Probabl y fift y p e opl e had arrived o n t h e t r ai n and "Com e on and break m y r ibs for me I am jus t anxious they w e r e p arad ing throu g h the street, l o o k in g for a to have it don e." pl ace to ge t some thin g to eat, afid maki n g lo ts of noi s e The n the man g ath ere d him s elf togethe r a nd mad e a a bout it. rush for the boy, doin g it s o s udd e nl y that many o f the Wh e n Wild was within a hundred feet of t h e saloon lookers-on thou ght he was sure l y g oin g to s ucceed thi s he saw Hop comin g toward him. time. The Chinaman a c t e d a s thou g h he was i n p r etty much But Wil d was wat c hin g him and do:;.,n he dropp ed. of a hurry. Hi s h e ad w ent b e twe e n the villain 's legs, and the n he "What's the mattei,:, Hop?" our hero a s ked s traighten e d up with wond e rful quickness, carrying the "Me havee lillee fun with our bad Mel ican man s heavy man with him. Misler Wild was the reply: "Me a llee samee blowee The re was but on e thin g that could happ e n, and that uppe e with um load e e cigars so be. was tha t Riley h a d to g o ov' er, un l ess the young dead shot "Oh! that is it, eh?" chose to bal anc e him there. "Yes Mis ler Wild Me wantee tellee sometlin g." But h e did not c h o o s e t o do this Hop was a ll s erio u sne s s now and Wil d knew that h e Ins t e ad h e mad e a s udd e n lur c h forward letting g o had s?m e thin g of importanc e to say. t h e man 's ankles a nd dro ppin g up o n his hand s Charlie and the cowboy were ri ght beh ind our h ero T e rribl e Ril e y turne d a c ompl e t e s omer s ault and l and and they were keepin g a watch as they d i d not know but e d heavil y on hi s back. tha t T e rribl e Riley and hi s fri e nd migh t follow Th e yell t h a t w ent up was pure applau se, and nothing But this was not the cas e else, for the c rowd was b e in g treate d to the kind of a It was evident that the bi g villain was sati sfie d, for performance that was not exa ctly common. the pre s ent, an yhow. To see a m e re boy handl e a big m a n in that way was "What's the r mat t er with the r heathen?" a s ked the entire l y n e w to the m, and tha t the y liked it ne e d hardly s cout. "We mi ght have knowed that he'd s n eak away be s aid I from ther camp as. soon as you l eft, Wil d What ; s he Thi s tim e Terribl e Riley was not hurt quite a s much. b ee n doin' ?" But he was g o a d e d to madness now and quickly get"I am jus t goin g to find out, Charlie," was the rep l y tin g upon hi s kn ees h e dr e w an u g l y -lookin g knife from "Wait here a minute u ntil I have a li ttle talk with the s h e ath at hi s b elt a nd starte d for our h e ro Hop." "I'll. kill yer fur that! be hissed. "I'll kill yer an I Charlie under s t ood ri ght away. H e k new that there don't car e what h a]2pens ter m e fur doin' it, ei ther !'t was somethin g of importance that the Chinaman had to Wild l e ap e d in t h e air and came down upon his shoul communicate with the youn g dead s hot. d e rs with both feet. So h e stood in front of a s tore with Trumper, whi l e F lat to the g round went the enrage d villain t h e knife our hero and Rop w ent .around a corner falling from hi s h a nd "Go ahead Hop,' s aid W ild. "What a bou t t h e four ,.. But the boy was not don e with him yet. He seizec1 men?" h i m b y 4i s shirt c ollar, and with remarkable q ui ckne s s "Ley go to um pla c e whe re u m new town go to be, and pulled him upon hi s feet. ley allee s ame e prnkee crook e d work, so be." Spat! "Is that s o?" Th e n a blo w fro m a cl e n c h e d fis t that see med as hard "Yes m e allee same e hear wha ttee ley say Ley got a s ir o n cau g h t T e rribl e Ril e y the e yes tee p a p e r s allee same e no goodee, and when s omebody Spat makee hou s e on um land ley comee l ong and s ay um Anoth e r o n e in the s ame place and h e roll e d over on land allee samee b e lon gee to lem. L e n makee pay money, his side, b eate n to a fini s h allee s amee pl etty quickee V e lly mu c hee bad s c heme', so "I reckon that will b e about a ll," s aid Youn g Wild be. West turning to the c rowd. "That big g aloot don t "Jing o! I s hould say s o L a nd Shark s I r eckon: know how to wrestl e a nd h e don't know: h o w to fight. W e ll how did you come to give them the loaded cigars?" But h e does know how to hold a g rud ge, I am sure But Ho p qui ckly told him all about it, a n d h e relii.ted i he tries to look for s ati s faction, and shows a gun or eve r y thin g he had heard, even to the fact that t h e rrien kni fe in doing it, I am g oin g to put a chunk of hot l ead s e e m e d une asy whe n they h e ard his name mentioned throu g h him "We ll I recka.n w e' ll have s omething to do wit h t h i s Then the boy coolly push e d hi s way throu g h the crowd, ga m e,' our h e ro s aid half to himself "Accordi n g to followed b y Chey e nne Charli e and Clark Trump e r. w h at you h ea rd th e m s a y there mu s t be one 0 the It was ju s t the n tl;iat a series of loud r e port s s ound e d e rnm ent land agents in on thi s game. Well, I r eckon from tli e saloon, a couple of hundr e d feet further up the w e' ll find out s omethin g about thi s Hop, jus t lead the stre e t. way t o the s aloon whe r e the four galoots a r e."

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i YOUNG WI LD WEST BOOMING A TOWN. "Allee li gh t, l\'Iis ler Wild." Th e C hinaman was not a bit afraid of being ha.rmecl by anyone now, for h e \ras wit h the Cha1upion D c ad s hot of th e W est, and h e knew he was s ure of being protected. "Mc allc c s ame c vclly muchee srnartec Chinee, s o b e l\I e velly s olly me mak ee Melican man s allee s amee mad." "That's all right," sa id Bob Thomp s on, stepping bac k "I'll accept the apology. But what is the boy going to do with that gun?'1 Thc.v joined the scout and the cowboy, and then Wild 1 said: "Come on, boys. Hop ha s played a joke on three or four crook s in the saloon, and I want him to point them out to m e." H e did not say ju st then what was up for he thought there was no use in letting Trumper know about it. "S'hoot th e fir s t g aloot who interferes with the China man!" an s wer e d Wild, coolly CHAPTER V That would probably be the means of letting it out, and the n the villains w o uld get wind of it. THE -UA.KD SHARKS -GET ACQUAINTED WITH YOUNG WILD Th e four were forced to pus h their way into the saloon, WEST. for a big crowd had gathere d there 1 Four reports, almost lik e a s hotgun fu s ilade, and a Young Wild West certainly meant business, as he stood cloud of smoke coming from the place, was quite enough facing Thompson, the leader of the Land Sharks to draw a crowd. If he had not heard that he was a villain the chances Whe n Youn g Wild Wes t and his companions got in s ide 1 are that he would no t have been so anxious to have it out the proprietor was try in g to explain that a rascally with him. But the fact that he was the leadincr one in Chinamai;i had given some of hi s friend s cigars that were a plot to rob s ome of the innoc ent ones who going loaded with powder. : to build shanties in the new town made the boy detest w e r e laug11ing; other s w ere lookin g amazed, and him. a f e w acted as though they would lik e to get hold of the "You h e ard what I said" he remarked, as he played Chinaman and make s hort work of him. with the trigger of his "I reckon you are not When th e latter saw Chinaman in among deaf, are you?" they read y, to g1_ve vent to thell" A stillness came over the saloon, for everyone had Young 1ld Wes t s qm c k eyes took all th1s m at a heard what was s aid and the wonderful c oolness of the sweeping glance : I )'Oung dead s hot had peculiar effect on the 'trowd Just then Bob Thomp s on, one of the victim s of Hops Bob Thompson looked at hi s three friends, who had JOke, came out of the rear room. come out of the r e ar room aft e r him and then he turned "The r e h e is!" h e c ried. "That's the heathen who hi s gaze up o n those in the place. played the trick on us! Jus t l et me get at him!" H d h f b" d h lf d th f 1 No one showed anv s i g n s of r csenbng what our h ero e ma e a nlS or im an a .a ozen o er s o 1 d sa1cl, he o-ot little satisfac tion by lookmg around. owe wild jerked a gun from hol s tE)r at hi s side and I kno\; as anybody wants to kill th e I i lantin g him s elf be.fore Hop, exclaimed: h e speak.mg as though h e had noth"Hold on! I reckon one i s enoi.wh to tackle a commg wrong. But he ought to have a good k1c km g for mon Chince Take it e asy 0 playin g s u c h a tri c k as h e did upon u s What ri ght had Thev s topped quickly ; he to give 11s c igar s that w e r e load ed with powder?" "IIyou'll ju s t wait a minut e or you will rid out rigll't h a d y ou to tak e the m?" a s k e d, s mil-that the heath e n i s all ri ght," w ent on our h ero, in l1is m g at the query. cool and ea$y wa)'. "He i s no common mortal, you can Thompson s hrugged hi s s hould e r s bet! He played a joke on somebody, and p e rhaps he "Well, that's right," h e admitted. "I s uppose w e did s hould not have clone it. But give him a chance, and he wron g in accepting them. But it was q uit e enough to will show you that he i s all ri ght." mak e us mad, I think. Why, it mig h t have been that we took the c ue, ant stepping out in front of the lost our eyesi&_ht, or like_ that. belligerent m e n, he apparently dr e w a fan c y parasol from W e ll, I reckon the next tim e a Chmaman' offe r s )'OU his mouth, and raising it, he placed it over hi s head and a c igar you will know b etter than to take it. Now then, bowed. a r c you willing to let it drop?" Wild's revolver and the parasol, the case was "Oh! there ain't nothing to drop, a s I know of, young temporarily settled. f e llow." Bu\ Hop did not lose any time about s howing what he There might be, if you k ee p it up." could do. Th e boy s poke in a way that m eant s omethin g and Suddenly he clos ed the parasol, and then he proceeded the r e was not. a man there who did not know that he reto eat it. e rred to Thompson It was a trick affair, jointed, s o it could lie got together Wild kn e w that b e had the sit u at ion well in hand. in a very small compass, and in s tead of g oing down the There was no one else who s howed any inclination to Chinaman's throat it went together in his hand tak e it up. When he made out that he had s wallowed the last of Thomp s on now walked to the furthe r ei1d of the bar it, and that it cost him a mighty effort to do it, Hop and then his three partner s in the swindling game joined bowed again and said : him.

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YOUNG .WILD WEST BOOMING A TOWN. 9 They talked a minute in low tones, and then he turned If he had been victimized 11imself Hop could not have and called out: acted it any better. "Young fellow, I would like to know you are, if 'l'he most 0 them made up their minds that the you feel disposed to inform me." Chinaman was a very comical el1ow, indeed. "Oh! I'll give you t'hat information, all right," reWild and Charlie left the cowboy and went on back plied our hero. "My name is Young Wild West.I' to the camp, Hop going with them. "Ah! Thank you. I had an idea that was who you It was pretty near suppertime, and they were hungry. were : Wild had not bought cigars because he wanted them 'l'here were several in the place who evidently had just then, so he thr.ew the one he had lighted away. heard of the dashing young deadshot, or instantly there Charlie did likewise for he w6uld :rather have a pipe were bits ot conversation bei?g carried on in than a cigar, any time. parts 0 the room, while the boy became the center 0 But neither of them smoked a great deal. Wild did it attraction again. because he did not drink anything strong, and cigars were Then it was that Clark Trumper made himself heard. / sold at most of the' places he came to. "Boys," said he, "it's Young Wild West, as sure as I They found Wing preparing a first-class meal, and this you're born i If you'd seen him lick a big cowpuncher a I made them eel more satisfied than ever. little while ago you would have noticed that he's a whole The odor 0 broiling venison is apt to sharpen one's team, harnessed fur tough work. He chucked ther gaappetite, anyhow, ancl when hot corn muffins are turned lopt, who is about Jiwice as big as he is, over his head, out ,at the same time it will not lessen the hungry feel a'n' ther jarred when he struck. You know ther ing any. cowpuncher, some of yer. He. calls himself Terrible There were plenty 0 small parties camping out in the Riley." vacant lots of the town, but it is doubtful if there was ."Here he comes now!" exclaimed one of those "'ho had any as well equipped as our friends. witnessed the encounter outside. "Maybe he's lookin' But since they made a practice of traveling on fur satisfaction." horseback, stopping anywhere they chanced to be when, Then there was a hustle in the saloon. night came on; this was fo be expected. ;r'he were anxious to out 0 danger 0 being Columns of smoke were rising here and there, and takshot by accident, and the bar was soon clear. ing it altogether, Grizzly Jimction had on a very lively Sure enough, Terrible Riley came in, followed by his aspect. partner. j Our friends ate their supper with a relish, and then They both showed surprised when they saw Wild there, there was nothina to do but to pass the time as quietly but there was nothing in the way of a move to pul.l a as possible. 0 gun, so the expectant spectators began to breathe easier. There were a few things they needed, so Jim and Wing "Let's have a cigar," said Wild, coolly turning to the went to the store after it became dark and. got them. man behind the counter. There was no '
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YOUNG WILD WEST BOOMING A TOWN. Wild reliev e d Jim Dart s hortly b efo r e three i n t he man I eve r m e t a s could do. H e h a ndl e d m e lik e a s if I morning. was not hin but a littl e kid, a n l:;ie hurt m e, too : I'm So far, nothing had happ e n e d to inte rf e r e w i tl1 the m s ore thi s minute from wh a t I g ot. The r e ain t no u s e beyond the noi se. of m y s a y in t'h a t h e didn t clo it fair e nou g h e ith e r The young dead s hot had about come to t h e con c lu s ion 'ca u s e t h e re w a s s o man y a s see n it that I'd be l a u g h e d that they were to b e l e t alon e a t i f I did But fro m w h a t I've j e s t h eard say out in But fo less than half an hour after Jim r et ir e d a,nd th e r b ar h e sorte r to o k th er sfa r c h out of y ou too. went to s leep for th e sec ond time tha t ni g h t our h ero "Yes, h e c e r t ain l y m a d e t a k e wate r. I eithe r h a d hear(l, a s t e alth y footfall close b y to do i t o r die,' I s uppo s e I don t want t o die, of c ourse; He h a ppen e d i:o b e s tandin g b e hind a tre e at the time, I w ould muc h rath e r Youn g Wild West to .do t'hat with th e t ents less tha n twenty f e e t from him. a ct." The well-train e d ear s of th e bov located: the direction W e ll you kin b e t y our life tha t h e will die, boss! th e s ound c ame from and th e n lie peered throu g h the Fm a bad m a n l am! I never l e t s a galo o t git a.way, darkness a nd was jus t in tim e t o catc h s i ght of a s hadowy I o nce m a rk h i m fur t e r b e plant ed. I mi ght git form a s it dropp e d slowly to the g round. h e ld ba c k a littl e ; but I always do t h e r job in the r e nd. Young Wild Wes t kn e w wha t th e s hadow y f o rm was. Youn g Wild W est i s m y m eat! I d o n t c ar e.if y ou g o out It was a ,.IrJ..an, _?nd h e h acl dropp e d upon his h a nd s a nd an' t e ll it t e r e v e r y bod y !" knee s in order that h e might r e ac'h the c amp unob s erv e d Terribl e Rj}ey became s o ex c ited th a t he ra ise d hi s in cas e there s hould ] J e awa ke. voic e to a hi g h pit c h. "I reckon you' ll b e a s urpri sed galoot b e for e many "Sh!" c aution e d Thomp s on. "The r e i s no u s e in letminut e s wild mutte r e d, und e r hi s breath. "I'll jus t ting e v e r yone know your fe e lin g to w ard t he boy. Sit go and meet you." down, and then we' ll have a drink and talk it over." Then he dropped s itently to the ground and started to ''What' s t h e r m atte r with me f e tchin' my c hum in?" creep toward the s pot. a s k e d the bad man. "He's je s t a s good a s g old, h e i s CHAPTER VI. A DIABOLICAL PLOT. Hi s n a ni e i s Hunk er-Tomato E;unk e r, they call s him, 'cause h e' s been known t e r pun c h a hole in a can of t omatoes a n d s u c k e b e r y drop from it without s toppin Tomato i s v e r y fond of toma toe& you b et! But h e s will] in te r do. a bout an yt hin g h e's told t e r providin' the re 's anythin g in it. O f c our s e h e' ll h e lp m e make short work of Y o un g Wild W e st; the r e a in't no doubt about that." 'rhough he had b e en forc e d to tak e wat e r from Young four v ill a in s smile d a nd look e d mu c h p l e a s ed. Wnd West, Bob Thomp s on, the l e ad e r of the Land 'l'hat they h a d s tru c k jus t the two m e n they n e ed e d Sharks, had made up his mind that h e was going to pre-they a ll felt certain of. vent the hoy from interfering with the plan s they had "Fe t c h y our fri e nd in b y all m e ans," s aid Thomp s on. laid down. "This r oom i s our privat e prop erty until the rus h starts He knew enough of the ways of the das hin g y oung in the mornin g W e c ould n o t hire an y thin g in the lin e tleadshot to make him feel certain that the y would have of b e ddin g wif h ,_it, but w e hav e g ot the room. W e ar e trouble at the Comanche Strip if the boy went there. g oin g to s leep the best w e c an to-ni ght, and we' ll be a s This was quite enough to caus e him to hate Wild and fresh a s the m a jorit y of the m wh e n the start i s made, I his partners, and th e fa c t that he had b e en called before think." a big crowd by the boy, only added fue l to. the :flame "I reckon s o,' an s w e r e d Riley. "Well I'll go an' git But there was no doubt but that th e man was afr a id of Tom a to the boy, and he thought it over after our fri e nd & l eft t he H e w ent and J a k e :Patt y s tood at the door until saloon, and came to the conclu s ion that h e and his three h e came bacK. pards would need a littl e h e lp in t'he matter. 'rhe bad man' s was waiting for him and a couple Neither of them knew Terrible Riley, but it was but of word s brou g l i t him t o the door of th e room. natural that they should hit upon him a s on e who would They were admitt e a and then P atty turne d the key in likely go into a deal them. th e lock, remarking .as 'he did so: He must surely hate the boy for what lie received at "This i s our room s o I r e c k on we ain't g oin' ter allow his hands, and it was easy to judge the character of the no one ter c ome in. Al, jest lock ther out s ide door, too. man. That was the r way the r lie athen come in, yer kno w." Thompson held s hort consultation with hi s thre e "All ri ght, was th e r e pl y and the villain addr esse d pards, and the result was that Terrible Riley was called did so. into the back room. Tomato, a s he was call e d looked a bit aba s hed in the "We don't know you, my friend," s aid the leader, "but pre senc e of the our men, w 'ho had all the appearance of it is all right, anyhow. We take it for granted that you b e in g pro s p e rou s ranchm e n, but he sat down and b ecame don't like this boy the y c all Young Wild Wes t, and that mor e e a s y whe n h e saw that hi s pard app e ared to be is why we want to talk to you." quit e at home. "I reckon you're right, if yer think I don t lik e Young "Well, Tomato,'' saia T e rribl e Riley, "he re' s four men Wild West bos s,'' answered Riley makin g a n ugl y what like s Youn g Wild West jest about a s much a s we do. grimace. "He done somethin' t e r m e that th e r e ain t n o They want ter talk a little bus iness with us."

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YOUNG WILD WEST BOOMING A TOWN. 11 "All right," was the replJ.. "I'm willin' ter do tbat. ter be let have ther chance ter do anything this time. I s 'pose they know wbat kind 0 men we are?" We mu s t do ther'bueiness on ther sly." "Yes; I've told 'em that we're mighty bad, when we "0 course! Of course!" exclaimed Thompson. "You git started." _,. will not be fooli s h enough to challenge the boy and his "Whicnis right, an' yer kin bet all you're worth on partner s to come out and fight. That would be foolit !" hardy, indeed. Tl}ey call him the Champion Deadshot Tomato nodded his head, and then proceeded to bite of the West, ana I haven't any doubt that he is eii.titled a small chunk from a tobacco plug. to the name." '.rhomp s on was well satisfied that the two men could 1 Jake Patty, Al Herring and Mark Grote nodded to be trusted, so he said: s h o w that they agreed with the. man they called their "I suwos e you intend to leave with the crowd in the leader. morning?" Thompson opened the door arid called for a bottle of nYes," came the reply. whis k y and some gla s ses. "So do we. .And s o do Young Wild .Wes t and hi s He paid the exorbitant price demanded without a murfriends, I suppo se. But see here, boys I We've got a mur and then the two bad men were treated. little game on that will make us quite a pile of mon e y A s tfiey drank they talk e d the matte:r over, and it was when we to the Strip-that is, if no one interfere s finally understood that T e rrible Riley and Tomato were 'with u s Now, you ought 'to think, as well as us," that to wait until late in the night, and then steal upon the Young Wild West i s apt to interfere with us. He i s a camp of Young Wild Wes t and blow our friends to pieces very meddle s ome fellow, as you no doubt realize. We with a stick of dynamite! don't want the boy a nd his pards to interfere with u s It was a diabolical pfot, but the four Uind Sharks sim-Do you understand?" pl y s hru gg ed their shoulders when Riley suggested it. "I reckon he won't interfere very much / s aid To-Jus t why such a thougli.t came into the villain's head mato, his eyes 'flas hing in a dangerous way. "Riley has i s hard to s a y ; but it surely showed how determined he marked him ter die, an' I'm goin' ter help him ter do was to be r e ven g ed upon the dashing boy, who had so ther job." eas il y defeated him in wre s"tling and fighting. "Yes, I know that. But suppose you should change But, as the reader is aware, there are men in this your minds, and let him live?" world who will not stop at anything when fired to a awe ain't goin tei; do that, boss," spoke up Rile y ven ge ful feel i ng or, more, a money consideration. "Well, let me tell you some thing, then," and Tho.mpIt was both tiiat stirred the s e two s coundrels on, an cl &on lowered his voice to a whisper. "I you two fellows whil e the four men who s anctioned the thing were not see to it that it will be imRos sihle for Young Wild Wes t goin g to take part in it, they were surely as bad at heart and his pardil to interfere with us after we get to the a s they. Strip, we'll give you each a hundred dollars. How does Terrible Riley knew where to get the dyfiamite, ancl that strike you?" some little after the hour of midni ght when he came and "Fine!" cried Tomato, brightening_ up. "I reckon a told the Land Shark s that he had it, and that he was hundred will come in mighty handy je s t about now." ready to carry out the plot, they did not changj:! their "That's right," chime a in Riley, showing his satisfacminds. tion by grinning broadly. "Ther two hundred will be Tliey knew something of the record of fu.e dashing our s Why, we won't let ther galoots start with ther youn g dead s hot, and they wanted him fixed, so he could rush, boss!" not interfere with tlieir scheme. "Good l Thafis the way I like to h e ar you talk. You Riley and his pal waited until they thought the proper will simply be g etting your reven ge, and helping us out time had arrived, and then they set out to creep upon at the s ame time. But you will each get a hundred the camp of Young Wild West. apiece which will come in bandy, as y ou ju s t said." One thing we will say about them, and that was that "Oh! it'll C(}me in handy, that's sure," declared Terthey were not aware that there were three innocent girls rible Riley. asleep in the camp, for they had not witnessed thearrival 'Well, when the news is circulated that Young Wild of 'the party. -..... West and his two pard s have been killed in a figh't, and --we find that there is no mistake about it, you just come and get your money. I'll guarantee that you'll find it right here, waiting or you. l you don't you can shoot me, that's all !" "Oh! we'll take your word, boss," Riley said assuringly. "We ain't afraic1 of anything crooked bein' done. Wh e n tlier sun comes up to-morrer mornin' there won't be any more Young Wild West. -... Why, that will be awful easy!" "Don't figure on it bein' too easy, Riley," advised Tomato. "Yer know what ther boy done to yer not very long ago." "Tiiat's all right," was the reply. "But he ain't goin' CHAPT:M VII. I WILD SAVES THE LIVES OF HIMSELF AND COMPANIONS. Young Wild West was just as cautious as though he had been in the act of creeping upon an Indian camp. Though he did not estimate the man he had seen as equal to a hostil e r e d s kin he knew that i he must take him by surpris e he should be as noi s eless as possible. He rounded a group of trees, and then he saw the fellow making straight for the camp, less than twenty feet from him.

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12 YOUN G vVILD WEST BOOMING A TOWN. But that was not all hi:i saw! The light shining from Charlie and Jim had gone right on, so our hero now the i:;tar s dis closed another man, who mu s t have crept up forced hi s prisoner to ge t upon his feet. ahead of the one he had spotted. "Move along, you scoundrel!" he said, in a low tone of Wild moved rapidly now, for there was something voice. "If you value your life, do as I say." about the actions of the two that he did not like. "Don't shoot me!" gasped the villa.in. "I'll do je st The one who was already within a s hort dis tance of the as yer say. I didn t mean nothin' by sneakin' around camp motioned for the other to s top where he was. your camp I je s t wanted ter find out how many was Wild k ept right on going, for it was the nearest one there I was n t doin' it 'cause T wanted ter know my-to the camp he wanted fir s t. self; it was others as told me ter come." It occurred to him that the motion made for the other The man was s o badly frightened that he was r eady to to keep back meant that s omething was likely to happen. give the whole plot away. 'rhe young dead s hot s oon ove'rtook the man Wild pushed him into the camp. 1 Just then a match was struck. He made en ough noi s e about it to arouse Arietta, who Wild pounced upon him and sent him sprawling to tb'e at once came out of the tent. ground. "Light, a lantern, Et," said Wild, coolly. "I've g ot a Hi s left hand gripped his throat tightly, and taken prisoner." completely by surprise, the prowler was at his mercy. Arietta was not much surprised at hearing this. But the other must have heard the struggle, for he She was pretty well used to such and she quickcame running hurriedly to the scene. ly li g hted a lantern. "Hello!" called out Wild, s uddenly. "Charlie! Jim!" .Then she ste pped up and held it before the pri s oner's He could easily have di s patched the pair of them, but face. he did not want to do it "It i s Terrible Riley's pard," said our hero. "Ah! I What he did want was to make them prisoners. s uppose h e was up to s omething that meant destruction The scout and Dart came out of the tent in a hurry, for u s What did you light a match for, you s neaking while the other villain turned and fled, like the coward hound?" he was. 'rhe boy turned fiercely upon him as he made the Wild heard him going, and as his two partners came query. upon the scene he said: "I wanted t er see, that's all," was the reply. "'Try and get the galoot w}:l.o is running away, boys! this might be a truthful answer, both Wild and I've got this one." Arietta knew very well that he coufd not see anything The two did not wait a second. more than a few feet from him, and as far as seeing the They had heard the receding foot ste ps, and they went camp was concerned, there was no use in lighting the in hot pursuit match. Of course the two men who came to the camp in s u c h they hacl. known that the scoundr e l had been about to a stealthy manner were T e rrible Riley and hi s pard, ligbt the fuse of a stick of dynamite for the purpo se of Tomato. them into eternity th e chances are that it might It was tnc latter who had agreed to light the stick of have go!le pretty hard with Tomato Hunker. dynaIIJite and hurl it into the tent that was neare s t him. But s uch a thing did not occtlr to them, as the man Thi s happened to be the one that was occupied by the seemed altogether too much of an ignoramus for anygirls, s o if Young Wild Wes t had not seen him comiril a \ hing like that. t e rrible murder would have been committed. "Who was with you?" Wild. Wild did not know that the man had a stick of dyna
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"'-... YOUNG WILD WEST B OOMING A TOWN. 13 Then his two partners came to the camp. "Couldn t you find him1 boys?" asked our hero. they all knew that it was not likely they would be bothered again, after what had happened. "No/' replied the scout, "ther galoot was too smart fur us in ther dfl,rk. He fooled us, an' he got away. We \ hunted around putty well, too." "Well, we know who he was, anyhow; so that is worth something Now we will know just what to do when we meet him again. He was Terrible Riley, and this fellow is his pard CHAPTER VIII. THE VILLAINS ARE READY FOR THE START. "Jest what I thought," Charlie declared. The instant he heard the voice of Young Wild West "Me, too," added Jim. "There was no one else to call out for his partners Terrible Riley felt a chill shoot think of but those two." down his spinal column. Hop had tied the hands tfie prisoner, and as Charlie He turned and fled, as has already been stated, and and Jim came forward and took a look at him, Tomato having such a start, he managed to elude the scout and began pleading again. Dart easily. Wild thouglit a moment He went on around and approached the saloon wher.e He knew if they were to get away when the rush startthe Land Sharks had their headquarters from the oppo ed they did not want to be bothered with a prisoner. If site side of the town. they turned him over to the authorities of thetown but A soft knock on the door brought Bob Thompson to it, little attention would be paid to !1im, since there was too and he prornptlv asked: much else going on just then "Who is ?" 'rhat meant tha, t the best thing they could do would was th,e reply be to let the villain go, with a warning to keep clear of 'l'he door was unlocked a:nd the villain entered, his face them in the future. showing up rather white in the glare of the oil lamp the As far as they knew, he had simply been spying on the room was lighted with. camp. J akp Patty was sound asleep on the floor, his coat act"What is your name, you sneaking coyote?" Wild ing as a pillow, but ifCerring and Grote had simply been asked him. 1 dozing, and they were up as the villainous cowpuncher "Hunker," was the reply. "My nickname is Tomato." entered a Tomato, eh? Well, that's a :fine nickname, I "Where's Tomato?" queried Thompson, looking sursay. You know what a tomato is, I suppose?" prised ''Oh, yes!" "He'-s in Young Wild West's camp," was the reply "All right, then. If we ever come across you again "What! They didn't catch him, did they?" you will be a tomato with the juice running out Do you "That's jest what they did An' they come mighty understand?" nigh ter catchiri' me, too I had ter run, that was all "I understand, Young Wild West You kin bet that there was to it. If I hadn't I would have got shot. I'll never try ter do nothin' ag'in you an' your crowd. If Young Wild West must have been on ther watch, fur jest you ketch me at it, jes t shoot me, that's all! You're ther as my pard wa;; goin' fe r light 'ther dynamite an' chuck Champion Deadshot of ther West, an' I know if yer do it at ther tents, he jumped on him aii' knocked it out oi take a shot at me it'll be ther last of me. But if you'll his hand I seerr jest what happened, 'cause Tomato had let me jine in with them what's goin' fur ther_ land on ther match lit. I was goin' there ter help him when ther ther Comanche Strip J'll be obliged to yei." boy yelled for his pa.rds ter come. Then it was no use, "Oh! you can go along with the rush, if you want to. I knowed, so I jest legged it as fast as I could I was But just see that you don't bother with us, that's all." mighty lucky in keepin' out of their sight, fur I heard "Well, I've jest said that if yer ketch me doin' any'em putty close to me a couple of times." thing ag'in yer, yer kin shoot me. enough, ain't Thompson's countenance ell as he listened to the it?" words of the man. "Yes, that's enough. Now you can go. You can tell What had appeared tobe a sure thing had amo1mted to 'l'errible lliley that be will get his medicine, if he don't an utter failure. look out how he acts. I mean business!" "T11is is too bad, boys," and he turned to his two com"l'P tell him. But no matter what he does, I won't panions, who were surely as much dif;lappointed as he was. interfere with yer yer kin bet on that! I've had enough." "It sartinly is too bad, Bob," Rerring declared. Wild told Hop to, untie him, and when this was done "That boy is altogether too smart fur us-there ain't he took the villain by the shoulder, turned him aroun d no use in tryin' ter rub it out," declared Grote, shaking and gave nim a push. his head. "Jest ter think of it! He was watchin' fur "J..;igbt out!" he exclaimed. someone ter come, eh?" Away ran t'he villain, thanking his stars that he ha d ''What do yer s'pose they'll do with my pard?" asked got off so easily. Riley, after a pause. Then Wild advised the girls to go back to their tent Thompson shrugged his shoulders. :md get what sleep they could before the sun came up. "I don't know," he replied. "But I wouldn't want to He turned in himself, but the scout and Dart decided be in his boots." to remain on guard the balance of t h e night, though "No, I reckon yer wouldn't," and the cowpunchr

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14 YOUNG WILD WEST BOOMING A. TOWN. shifteJi_ his iee l uneaflily ; "Give me a drink. I feel That boy ain t sich a bad f e ll e r aft e r all. H e l e t me g o mighty nervous-like." after I promised him if h e e ver ketched m e interferin' There was some in the bottl e s o Grot e poured him with t:Iier bus iness of him an hi s friend s ag'in I'd l e t him out a drink. s hoot me. I made that promise, boys, an' I'm goin' ter When be had swallowed the fiery s tuff Riley s ank into s ti c k to it!" -! a chair. "What!" cried Thompson; "you are going to stick to "I fee l s orry fur Tomato, blamed if I don 't!" he ex-it? What do you mean to do, anyhow?" claim ed. "Jest what I said. I'm goin' ter let Young Wild West "Well, don' t worry about it. Maybe they will l e t him alone. If the r re s t of y er ar e goin' ter try an' kill him, go," said Thompson. go ah ead. But I'm done with that game. I won t have "What! After they found him tryin' ter kill 'em all nothin' ter say if yer happen ter fix him, but I won't 'With dynamite?" take no part in it. The r boy was good enough ter let "Yes, for Young Wild West never s hoots anyone wijhme go, when he could have put me in ther lock-up, or out giving them a show, I have heard." have had me hang e d if h e 'd wanted t er. I told him that "Well, maybe he'll have him put in ther jail. That I was g oin' t er let him alone, an' I'm goin' ter, too. That would be bad enough, I reckon," spoke up Herring. don't s a y that I ain't the r s ame ter you all a s I was afore, "-Yes, an' if he was ter tell tlier whole thing it would doe s it?" come mighty hard on us all," a"dded Grote. "It shows that you are turning traitor," d e clared "Maybewe'd better light out sugges ted Terrible Thomp son, wrathfully. Riley. "It does, eh? Well, I'm ready t e r show you that I ain't "Not much!" cried Thompson. "I am not going to l e t any more of a traitor t'han you are!" anything stop me from going with the rus h, I can t e ll Tomato t a pped the butt of hi s gun in a manner that you. If Tomato does tell why he came there to destroy was significant. the camp we can declare that 1t i s not so. Our word will "Easy, Tomato,'' s aid T e rribl e Riley. "We don t want be just as good as anyone's, I think." no row with these fell e r s I reckon you' r e all right. If They kept on talking it over, and Patty slept on, uny ou've made up your mind ter let_.Young Wild West conscious of what was going on. alone, that don't say that we've got ter do ther same Once Herring tried to rouse him, but it had no effect, thin g." an!, more than to make him turn over, and then drop off "Of cour s e it don't. But that galoot seems ter think aga.m. it I reckonI'm all right." It was just about fifteen minutes after Riley came to Thomp s on swallowe d his wrath. the back of the s aloon when another knock sounded at "So you ar e g oin g to let the meddlesome boy go over the door. to the Strip, then?" he r e marked, looking at Terrible Riley pulled a revolver. Riley. "There th e y come !" he exClaimed in' a hoarse whisper. Not if I kin help it, was the quick reply. "But s'pose "They mus t have trailed me her e." I can' t help it, kin you?" The three Land Shark s turned pale. "Well, if I set out to blow him up with dynamite, a.nn Thompson promptly put out tlfo 1igbt. had a dark night like this to do the job in, I rather Then a voice from outside called out: think that I would have done the job." "Let me in! I'm romato!" "Oh! that' s how yer fe e l about it, i s it? W e ll, why They all recognized his voice, and Grote struck a don t y er g o an' try it ri ght now? It ain't likel y they'll match, the leader ran to the door. b e expectin a n yone t e r s how around t her e ag in. You're He quickly unlocked it, and then Tomato came inside. a mighty good one ter scheme, boss; I'd je s t like ter see The villain had taken care to wait a few minute s before y e r carry it out." he came to the rear of the saloon, he feeling that it was But Thomp son wanted none of it, a s hi s roann e r indi-poss ible that he would b e followed. cat ecl. It was all ri ght to h e ar him t alk, but whe n it I When h e b e came s ati sfied that s u c h was not the case he came to puttin g hi s ideas into pra ct ice h e was not t here. macle, for the bac k entrance to the room the four Land H e did n ot keep u p t h e w ran g ling, however but inShark s hacl e n gaged. vit e d both t h e men to remtain there if they had no other A s igh of relief went up when the lamp was li ghted place t o s leep. and the y had a cha:qce to look upon the man, who had They clid not h a ve, s o t11ey accepted th e inv itation. "bee n caught by Young Wild West. There was no doubt but tha t Tomato f elt th e eas ie s t of "How did Y er git way?" Riley asked, eagerly. t he lot, and h e Jay down upon the floor at full "On! they let me go, 'cau s e they thought I was je s t len gth he soon dropp e d off to s l eep. sneakin' around ter see what their c amp looked like," Thomp son was about the la s t t o do s o ; and the n it was Tomato replied, a s though it had not been of much imnot a g reat whil e b e for e b e was aroused by the noi s e m ade portance. by the oth e rs, who w e r e s ti r rin g a bout t h e room. "Young Wild West didn't find out what yer was up It was br o ad dayli ght and the s un was s hining through ter, then ?" said Riley the window, whic h h a d partly b e en c over ed by a curtain. "No. He knocked ther dynamite out of my hand The lead e r of the Land Sharks cl id not feel anything when he jumped on me, an' he didn't see it. I told him extra when he got up. I lit ther match ter giveJ me a chance ter see where I was. But he made the bes t of it, and going outside, (

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YOUNG WILD WEST BOOMING A TOWN. got some water in a pail he found and proceeded to take I Wild and Charlie took in the scene with no little ina wash. tere s t. The rest did the same, and they found lot s of others There were all sorts of people there, and all seemed either looking for the treatme nt, or inP,ulging in it. to b e very much in earnest. Many had s lept out under the s hed, while s ome had not The act that the Strip wa s a yery fertile piece of s l ept at all. ground insured those who were willing to work hard, and But it was the sa me way all over the little town. There had a little money to make a start, a comfortable living, were no accommo'dations for them, and they bad to mak e no doubt. the be s t of it. Look s a s thou g h a circus had s truck ther blamed old T e n o'clock was the hour appointed for the time to town, Wild," observed the scou't "I wis h it was a circus; start, and those el i gib l e to hold the land were already on then I could s orter enjoy myself. It's been quit e a while the hustl e s inc e I've see n one." The n ames had to be o-iven to the land agent, whos e "Oh you will enjo y thi s as well a s if it were a circus, quarters were at the cam p0 of t h e troopers. t before we are throu gh, Charlie," was the reply. "There's But the four :Land Sharks had qualified the da y belot s ahead for us, I reckon." for e so there was n ot hinofor them to do but to wait. I "Mo s t likely tliere i s But s ay! There's an awful lot 'rhe two cowpun c h e r s and qualified after they got of p e ople here, Wild." something to eat and then the six were ready. I "A thousand, I s hould judge." "Y th t' d 't t ?" "If you're goin ter kill Youn g Wild We s t an' his "Mes; anth a s a tmh f 1 e e day 1 b t ore an we are m e rn i o seemg v ry p_ar, d s t l rnr rush starts I you'd e g1. think." tm at 1t, r emarked T omato, with the vestige of a grin "I h ld S d d 't one blit i b d f s ou s ay so. ome ays weon see any on 11s ronze ace. ourselves. But that's all right, I don t believe in places "Leave t h at ter me, Tomato," T e rrible Riley answered. where there's too many people. It takes nature away "May be it won't be before t h er start; but it'll be afore too much." they g it to ther Strip." 1 'rirn scout was quite satisfied to live as he always had "If such a thing happ e n s you'll get a n extra hundred," liv ed, wh ere the people were few but plenty of exciteThomp s on declared. ment and da:Qge r, notwith s tanding. CHAPTER TX. THE STA RT. Young Wild W est and hi s friends had their breakfast shortly after sunrise that morning. They could hear the confused sound s made b y the eager boomer s as they went about the town, s houting and sing ing, a s thou g h they expec ted to get hold of gold mines, in s tead of allotments of l a nd "We ll," sa id our h e ro when they had fini s hed the morning meal, "I reckon we want to be among the fir s t to r eac h the Strip, gir l s That means t hat Hop and Wing will hav e to trail along wit h the stragg lerR, for the pack h o r ses won't be able to k eep up any kind of a gait. C har lie i s e li g ibl e to get a numb er an d qualify, s o I think he h ad better go oved to the l and agen t and do it We won't hold the piece we take of, but it will do for had better go over to the land agent and do it. We won't boom the n e w town a ll we can you know." "That's right, Wild," a n swered t h e scout's wife. "Char lie why don t you g o over and qua lify?" "I reckon I will," was the repl y "Come on, Wild; we'll go ri ght away." "All ri ght." The two at once l ef t the camp. As they got out upon the street they found that it was lined with team s and wagons. Lumber that was cut an d ready to frame cons tituted about half that the wagons were loaded with, the rest be ing furniture, beddin g an d ge n era l supp lies. Our hero loo' ked the crowd over a s well as he could, and he was certain there w e r e crooks there of all degree s He could tell them by their cut, for be had made a s tud y of faces, and he could read a man' s character pretty nearl y right eve ry tjme. "The r e will be more than one fellow robbed of all he's g ot before m a n y hours," he said. "That is what one. fourth of the m are here for. They don't want the Gov. ernment land." "Well, I reckon if I catch any galoot doin' anything in that line he'll mighty quick give it, up," and the scout smil ed gri mly and tapped the butt. of his gun; They went over to the camp, where there were about eighty cavalrymen in command of a captain. I There werE! but a few in line, and Charlie was not long in having himself qualified. Then, afte r taking in the scene for nearly an hour they return e d to the camp. Al. this tim e they had not seen anything of the four L a nd Snark s, or Terrible Riley and hi s partner. B1it there was nothing strange in this, as it was quite lik e l.v that tlie villains would keep out of their way. When they got back io the camp they were treated to a s urpri se "What do you think of that, boys?" Jim Dart s aid, as he held up a stick of dynamite. Both knew what it was the moment their eyes rested upon it. Wher e did you find that, Jim?" our hero a s ked, coolly. "Right in about the very spot where you caught the man with a lighted match la s t night," was the reply. "Hop :found it and he brou ght ii: to mE', after marking the exact spot." "'Ah! I understand now why the gnloot s truck the

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16 YOUNG WILD WE.ST BOOMING A TOWN. match. He was going to blow us up. The scoundrel! took their places in the long line that s pread from one If I had known that I reckon he would not be at large s ide of the street to the other, they saw the four Land now. Great Scott but that was what I call a narrow Shark s for the first time. escape. That little s tick of dynamit e would have cleaned They were mounted on good-l q oking hor s es, and it was out the camp, and everythin g in it, in a hurry!" evident .that they meant to be among the fir s t to get "Velly rnuchee bad mans do lat," s aid Hop, shaking there. his head. ''Me likee play urn tlick s with um fireclackers Behind them w e re Terrible Ril e y and Tomato, the latand cigars with powdee in ; but no dynamitee, so be." ter having two load e d pack-mule s in c harge. "Well," and the s cout brought the palms of his hands 'I'hey all at our fri e nds a s the y passed them, together hard, "I reckon that galoot ha s got ter drop ther and it was eas y to see That th e y were not a little afraid of minute I set eyes on him. He lied, an' that settles his them, especially Riley. doom." Wild got in conver s ation with the capt a in of the cav"N o," and the young dead shot turned to him quickly. alry, whom he knew by s i ght, and whe n he had intro"He mq s t not be s hot, unle s s he i s caught trying to induced himself he received a cor dial greeting. jure us in s,ome way. He told a lie when he said he "What is the! name of the n e w town captain?" the merely lighted the match in order to see what he was do-young deadshot a s ked. ing; but when I told him w e would not bother him, s o "That i sn't settl e d yet was the r e ply. "I b e li e v e th e long as he did not try to interfere with us, I meant what name will be tak e n from that of the fir s t p e r s on w 'ho I said, and I want to keep my word. We will let it go cros ses the line. That i s quit e an id ea, i sn't it? just as we intend e d it s hould, Charlie. I reckon we can "Firs t rate, captain. But s a y If you don't think I take care of our s elve s all right." am too presumptuou s I'll tell you what the nam e 'of the "Jest as you s ay, Wild. But a promi s e made under town will be/then." sich circumstance s ain't bindin', I don't think." "Young Wild West?" que ri e d the c apt a in, a twinkle "Never mind. I have an idea that the man will keep in his eyes, as he look e d at the cl e an-limb e d s orrel s talout of our way He talked in a very earnest why when lion the boy rode. 1 he declared he would. But the re are others who won't, "No; the name will be Arietta, for she will be the they are the ones we mu s t be on the watch for." first to cover tlie fifteen miles. I will l e t h e r ride Spit"The;m four what' s goin' ter do ther crooked work." fire, and if he don't fetch her over the line fir s t g ive said the s cout. up making predictions." "Yes; and T e rribl e Riley a s he call s him s elf, too." I "Good! A better name could not b e found for it. Go "It'll be D e ad Ril ey, in s tead of Terrible Riley, afore ahead and do it, Young Wild West." we' re d o ne with that g aloot I reckon." Arietta was delighted at the propo s ition, and the s ad"Quite likely, Cha rli e." dles were soon changed. Wild s poke that way becau s e that was, his real opinion. She could manage the swift s orrel quite well, and He had s een jus t e nough of t11e man to make him be-there was no doubt in t11e mind s of her companion s that lieve that he was one who would not s top at. any sort of a she would win the race. crime. The girl patted Nm glossy neck of the s plendid animal, The two Chinamen had everything ready save the and then mounted, Wild taking the white hor s e she alloa ding of the pack-hor s e s and this would be done about ways rode. fifteen minute s befor e th e time to start arrived. At five minutes to nine a volley was fired by the s olNine o' clocl}, s harp, was the time, and there waf\ to be diers. no delay on a c count of anyone or an y thing This meant to get ready It was now pa s t e i ght, so the y had not much longer Then, with nerve s at the highe s t tens ion the big crowd Jus t half-pa s t eight a detachment of forty eight cav-It was a peculiar sort of a race, but nevertheless a race. alrymen in char ge of Li eute n ant A s bury, rode 0:ff at top The honor of getting the re fir s t wa s the priz e, t oo, for speed the twentieth person there would have as good a ,Pick as 'rhere were already men in the employ of the land ihe first o:ne. offic e there, and the cav alr y were to assi s t them in ke e p Though Arietta was not eligible for one of the plot s of ing things straight whe n the boomers began to arrive. land, slie had been a s sured that if she got the re first the Sfoce this time they have a different way of doing it, town would be named for her. but the opening of the Comanche Strip at the titne of Cra c c-ck 'Whfoh we are writin g, was left to b e managed by the The volley meaning that the start was on sounded, and oA-lc i a l s a s they saw fit, and they were doing it the way the rus h for the. Comanche Strip began. we have des cribed. It was fair, in one s ense of the word, but in another it .was not. Tho s e who had horses that were s peedy would get there fir s t, that was certain. But there was land enough for all, so it would only be CHAPTER X. ARIETTA A WINNER. a matter of fir s t pick, that was all. There was no such a thing. a s forging ahead when the Wh e n our friends finally got ready and ro'de out and start was made.

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YOUNG WILD WEST BOOMING A TOWN. 17. There were easily three hundr ed mounted men, and "Good enough!" shouted one of the others. "Hooray probabl y a score of women and girls ahead of our friends, fur Young Wild West's gal!''. and the street not bein g over wide, there was but one They all joined in the s hout, and Wild felt pleased at thing to do, and that to wait until the line got s tretched. the good feeling shown. Wild and Arietta rode s ide by s ide, and behi:q.d them The riders all knew him now, and they seeme d to be came Cha-rlie and Anna. satisfied to see his sweetheart get to the Strip ahead o f A couple of zealou s cowboys had pu s h e d in ahead of the rest. Jim Dart and Eloise, so they had to wait until the chance There was a s li ght rise about two miles ahead, and be-afforded them to get out of the bunch. fore the y were at the top of it Arietta had di s appeared. Only half a mile had to be followed before they would When they did reach the crest s he was over half a mile reach a l evel strip of prairie l ana, and then the big bunch in the lead. would spr ead, as well as st r etch. "Boys," Wild turning to the riders, "there never 'rhe vast crowd of riders hung together well until this was a horse that could catc h that sorrel. I s ay that bepoinf was reached, and then our hero, as he saw the cause I really think so. Just see the lead he has got : chance, call ed out to hi s sweetheart: "Kin h e hold out ther pace?" a s ked the man neare st. "Now, Et, follow me to left. I re c kon we may a s to 11im. well get ahead as soon a s possible We are not going to "Yes. He could win if it was a miles to go. wait and make a spurt at the finish. I'll s tick to you as You'll see when you get there." lon g as I think it i s advisable, and whe n I say 'Go!' I Wild saw nothin g of the re st of hi s friends during the want you to go. mad race for the Strip. "All right, Wild," was the repl y "I am in this race to When t e n miles had been covered Arietta was na win, and I am goi n g to. I know that for a certainty longer to be see n e ithey. Spitfire will carry me through all right." He looked over his s houlder and found that the line "If h e don't carry you throu g h it will be t1rn firs t time s tretch e d as far back a s he could see, which told of the he has e..ver fai led. When you find yourself in the lead difference between the horses that had s tarted in the just let him have free tein and he will do the rest. Nothrush. in g short of a cyclone will overt.a k e him, you can bet!" A mile further on and some Indian s could be seen lined They s hot off to the l e ft, and in less than a minute along the s ide of the frail to watch the arrival of the they had passed a full dozen of the riders. "palefac e legion." But Wild kept on swervin g to the l ef t, and in five "Paleface maiden heap much go fast!" one of them minutes they were on a lin e with the lead e rs, and s wingsl10uted, as Our h ero passed. "You no catch !" ing toward them "We don't want to catch her red s kin," was the reply Arietta, her cheeks aglow with excitement and her "She i s to be the winner." golden hair streaming in the wind, made a pi c ture that Ten or twelve minute s later our hero rode in at the was worthy of an artist's brush. head of the bunch that had s tu c k to him. The white horse was doing nobly, but Wild knew hi s Th ere stood Ari etta at finish line with the Gov, mettle, and that it was impossible for him to k eep up the e rnm ent m e n and th e cavalrymen, the s orrel nibbling at pace for more than five miles. the grass near h er. But with the sorre l it was different. He could go the A man was just putting the :finis hing touches to a big whole fifteen miles, and not lose second. whit e flag, wl1ich he had bee n painting, a11d as they rode About a dozen men with mu stangs were holding the up h e raised the staff and the flag floated on the breeze. l ead, eac h fighting to get ahead, and wllen they saw the The l ette r s on it spell e d "Arietta," and when Wild boy and gir l gradua ll y closing the gap between them they r ead the word h e waved his hat and s houted: had someth ing e lse to think about. "Three cheers for Ari.etta !" Just about 'When a third of the di s tance had been cov-'rhe c'l1eer that went up was joined in by those at the ered Wild and Arietta swept past t hem and took the l e ad. line, and blushing l y the winner waved her handkerchief "Now Hien, Et." said the young dead s hot, "let yourand bowed. self go. Give his own way about it and he'll take "She win s by eight minutes," said the official timer. you through. I'll drop bac k with the bunch here for I ''.Wonderful horse, tha _t; and wonderful girl, too." think I can hold the pace they are going at. Go on, and "That's right," our h ero answered. "We don't get no the new town will be named Ari etta !" land, but we have tl1e namin g of the town, anyhow. The g irl waved her h and to him, and with a nod of her That 's worth con side rable I re c kon." gold en head :;he l eft him. ,'rhe qualified ones to get there w ere so much interested She had given the sorre l free rein, and he had forged in the g irl and horse that they almo s t forgot to pick their ahead of his own accord. plots. Wild allowed the mustang rider s to come up with him. It .was not until they saw others getting close to the "That sorrel is a regular demon, Youn g Wild West," goal that they did so. one of them call ed out. "How is it that you ain't ridin' Wild dis mount ed and wait e d with hi s sweethea.rt until him yourself?" the re s t came up. "Because I want the girl to wiri the race the young 'l;'hey soon came along, and then Charlie selected his d euds hot replied. "The name of the new town will be plot, and they at once took possess ion of it. Arietta Then all they had to do was to watch the rest come in.

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18 YOUNG WILD WEST BOOMING A TOWN. Pretty soon t'he four Land Sharks arrived. Then up came 'l'errible Riley. They each took a plot and then they rari about in vari ous places throughout the Strip and were seen kneeling here and there. The people kept on coming, and after what seemed to be a long while Hop and Wing came along with the pack horses Then the camp was quickly put in shape. Wild watched them with no little interest. Finally he walked over to one of the places he had seen them kneeling at. At first he could see nothing wrong, but he soon dis covered that a small stake bad been pushed down even with the surface of the ground. CHAPTER XI. ANOTHER PLOT IS FORMED. The young deadshot scraped away the dirt with his Not only did the Land Sharks know: that Young Wild fingers and pulled up the stake West and his friends had discovered the sunken stake on There was a of white muslin wrapped around it, Cheyenne Charlie's plot of land, but they had seen the and as he unwound it he read the following: j young deadshot pull up the stake on the other plot. It made them feel slightly uneasy, for it really looked "Number 63. Deede'd to Robert Thompson for ser as though he knew their game vices rendered in' the opening of the Comanche Strip." But it also made them mo:i;e determined to rid the world of the boy and his partners "I r\!ckon that's pretty good," muttered the boy, as he They had tried bard to get the oppo tunity, but sometucked the stake and muslin under his arm. "Here is thing turned up to foil them right along. \ one they won't have any fight over, anyhow Now I The fact that Tom;ito had refu s ed to have any part in know what they were kneeling here and there for. They the foul scheme made Terrible Riley a little lukewarm, wanted to make sure that they could find the different too, and after he got to the new town he became more p l ots easily." disposed than ever to take his pard's advice and let our He walked back and joined his friends. friends alone. "What do you think of that?" he said, as he showed But Thompson and his three partners were rendered them the 1;rmslin containing the inscription. desperate when they saw that their foul scheme was Iike"Well, if t1>at don't beat all!" declared Arietta. "The ly to be exposed viilain11 They want people to put up houses on the "That boy must die!" the leader said, gnashing his plots, and then they will come around and claim 1 them teeth "If he don't we'll have someone after us in a Oh! I don't know what ought to be done to them !" hurry This is a land fraud game, and t'hough we are mr.hey'll have somethin' be done ter 'em, all right," only doing it through the assistance of one in the employ answered the scout, his eyes flashing. "I wonder if o f the Government, we will get punished nearly as much there's one of them blamed things on this piece?" as he is, if we are found out." ''T here might be. Let's take a look," suggested Jim. "There is only one way to do it, as far as I kin think," They all started to look aroUJld the piece of land. observed ,Jake Patty, thoughtfully. Wild saw the corner stakes, and he walked toward one "Tell. us how, Jake," said Thompson, brightening up. of them. '"Ideas are wanted now, and wanted badly." H e noticed that the spot where be had found the little "We will have to set a trap for them stake was right near one of those that was there for the "Good! But how can we do it?" p u rpose of designating the size of the p l ot, a n d h e "If we was ter steal one of them gals it could be done thought he might find it the same way there. easy enough." He was right, too. "By jove !" exclaimed Thompson. "That's right. But '!'here it was, just showing above the ground. won't it be jest about as hard to steal one of the girls as He was n ot l ong in pulling it up. it would be to kill the three meddlesome fools?" The m u slin was wound around itt, and when be un"Oh, no!" and Patty shook his head. "If we was ter folded it he found that it was the same as the other, only up an' shoot 'em down when they wasn't lookin' we'd that the p lot was numbered 29. stand no show at all. But by watchin' out putty sharp "Here. is another one they won't lay claim to, I reek -we ought ter git hol d of one of ther gals afore ther day on," our h ero said. is out. There's goin' ter be lots goin' on here putty soon, Then he waved the little piece of muslin over ,Pis head. an' in ain't likely that they'll keep together all ther time." 'rhe. four villains were about three hundred yards dis "If we do get one of the girls, where are we goin' ter tant,. but they were looking that way, and they saw what I take her?" asked Grote. he did. "Ter some where we kin lie in ambush for Young That they knew what was up our friends felt sure, for Wild West and his partners, when they come to look fo r they got closer together and appeared to be talking earn her," answered Thompson. "I suppose that is what Jake e st l y means." "Just let them come and claim this plot," said Wild. "That's ri g nt, Bob," and Patty nodded in a pleased "I reckon t h ey'll find out something. No such galoots way. "You kin understand my t'houghts putty well. But as they are will do much swindling here, I'll bet if we kin git ther gal without it bein' known who done it, "Not whi l e we're here, anyhow," spoke up the scout. ifll be all ther better. Now, I that we pick out

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YOUNG WILD WEST BOOMING A TOWN. 19. one of 'em, an' that we keep an eye on her, an' when We bottle. I bought that, and I know what it is. It is find that ther chance has come jest grab her an' run off strychnine, and if a person gets only a little of it in his with her. Two of us could do the r job all right. If we stomach once it is good-by! But you ,jus t hold fast ro could put on wimmen's dres s it would be all right, fur that. Maybe we won't need it, and maybe we will. Come then we could fool her, an' git right close to her." on! I see a gro up of redskins over there; and I have just "Disguise is the thing," declared the leader. "Jake, been hit with an idea." you are certainly sh owing a very fertile brain to-day. I The Indians he referred to were of the vagrant type, wouldn't wonder if you have found the way out of the and they had siniply come there to pick up what they trouble we are in." could get. "I hope I 'have," Jake replied. "I don'lt want ter see 'l'here were three or four greasy-looking squaws among tner thing sp'iled now. It wouldn't do." them, and it was these that had given Thompson his idea. "You and I would make pretty good-looking women, I He thought perhaps they might get what female attire think. We are not so tall as Al and Grote." they wanted from them. "Yes, I reckon that we'll do. All's I want i s a good, But h e shou ld have known better for the squaws were clean shave, an' then I kin soon fix up. But we've got about as poor as they could be, and what they had wae ter git ther dresses an' things." barely enough for their own requirements .. "That ought to be pretty easy. The boomers have "What's your idea, Bob?" Patty aske'd, as *ey apbrought lot s of s uch things, and they are l etti ng them lie proached the group. around in any kind of fashion. Ah! Hello! There goes "'We might be able to get the disguises we waJJ.t of i.he first building up. It's on our property, too! Good! these Indians," was the reply. Cheer away, you fools! You are working for u s now." "That's very true. But we might do more than that, Sure enough, the framework for a house had just beep I reckon. I happen ter know that galoot what looks as put up and the crowd around it was cheering itself though he was a chief He is Old Man Afraid of a Cow. hoar se That's his right name, turned into our language; but no The lumber 'had been brought over behind four good one ever call s him that. Cow is his nickname. You jest hor ses, and it was the first to arrive. wait! You'll see him kinder prick up his ears an' look Many of the men there were carpenters by trade, but pleasant when I caU out his name." those who were not lent a hand and did what they could, Thompson nodded, and they went Tight up to the and the re sult was that the first house in Arietta rapidly Indians. neared completion. "Hello, Cow!" called out Jake Patty, in a very familiar Th e window frames were fitted with the sashes, while way. "What are yer doin' around h ere, with nothin' ter the doors were ready to hang, and only needed a little eat?" shaving-off in places. Sure enough, the redskin addressed pricked up his ears. Of course it was not a very large building. None of Then he must have recognized Patty, for he hurried thos e to be built in a hurry were supposed to be. to him and put out his h and in a hesitati'ng sort of way. But it would have two rooms and an attic that might But when the hand was taken by the white man he said be for a s leepin g apartment when it was done. "How?" and looked very much pleased. 'rhe four villains walked over toward the new building. "Cow heap much glad to see Jake he declared. "Jake Terrible Riley and Tomato were already there. heap much good paleface. Oth er palefaces no good! Thomp s on scowled as he looked at them. They come and take more of the reclman' s hunting "If we don't look out those fellow s will be helping us grounds. No care if pooT Injun s tarve." to get into trouble," he said, in a low tone to his com"That's ri ght, Cow," and Patty nodded as if he panions. "Tomato has backed down altogether, as you 1 it. "But my friends here is jest like me.--good palefaces. know and Riley is half inclin ed to. If they sho uld take See?" a notion to tell that we hired them to blow Young Wild "Me see, Jnke. You got little toback for poor Injun?" WeRt and hi:> fri1mcls to vieces with dynamite, I rather "Yes, of course I have. But see here, Cow. Maybe think we would have a slim show of ever leaving this new you might be able to earn a few dollars, if you'll do ther town alive." right thing." "Oh! they won't tell nothin'," Herring declared. "Injun do anything Jake say," was the quick reply, "'rhev ain't turned good, or nothin' like that; it's only w bile the look that shone from his eyes tolq that he because they're afraid of Young Wild West. They think meant it. that he can't be got, nohow, an' that he'll git them what "All right. Here's some to backer. Now we'll walk on tries ter git him. They don't seem ter think that it's a till we git ther otner s ide of them trees down there, an' mighty long lane that ain't got no turn, an' that our turn then you kin go aTOund ther other way an' meet us. is bound ter come, even if it is a long time comin'." I There might be as.much as fifty dollars fur yer, if you'll "Well, if I thought they would tell I'd soon see to it do jest what we want yer t er." that they dropped out," Patty observed. "I happen ter "Me do anything," and the red s kin felt so good over : have a bottle of pizen in my pocket, an' if was put in the pTospect of getting hold of fifty dollars that he a bottle of whisky it wouldn't be no trouble ter fix them straightened up and banged h:itnself on the breast. galoots." The four Land Sharks moved on. Thompson nodded. J But they h1a d barely got behind the group of trees "You are right, Jake," he said. "Just hold on to that when they were met by the Indian.

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I 20 YOUNG WILD WEST BOOMING A TOWN. "He's all right, Bob," Patty. "You kin hire him ones to s ettle that auestion, Wild an s w e r ed. "The Govter do anything, an he wouldn t tell, if be was catched-e rnm ent will grant a license to any mal e citizen of lawful not if they put him ter torture. Cow is a mighty fine age, who applies, a nd put s down the price. That is for redskin, I ki n te)l yer whole s ale purpose s only, however. The town its elf can "AU right, then; I'll ri s k it," answered Thomp s o n. say whether or not it may be retailed in its limit s." T he fact was that the Indian was one of the sort who "We ll, I suppo s e if the majority voted that it should would do even wors e than murder if paid for it, and he not be retailed the re would be just a s much s old. Tho s e thought there was no poss ibility of found out. who want e d it would buy it by the quart then.'' Thomp s on talked it over with him and the result was "As sure as gun s !" e xclaim e d Charlie, grinning and that Cow agreed to catch the y e llow-haired girl and take s hru gg in g hi s should e r s "But what' s ther use of try in' h er to a certain cave back alon g the wooded ridge, two ter put li q uor out of bus iness. Ther s tuff will b e drunk miles distant, and to hold h e r there until the four pale je s t a s long a s the y kee p makin' it. It ain't s o man y faces came. year s a g o tliat ther e wasn't no tax on it, an' the n anybody He gave them full direction s a s to where the cave was, could ri g up a s till if h e know e d how an' turn corn or rye a nd then, after instructing him not to harm the girl in inter s tuff that would mak e y our hair curl. It was a n y way, Thompson gave him ten dollars on accou nt, a n d mighty c h e ap, too T'he r e s onl y one way ter settle ther 'the n left with his tliree partner s liquor que s tion in my opinion, an' tha t i s fur the m what It was Arietta who had b e en picked out as t h e v i ct i m, don t want t e r drink it t e r l eave it alone, an' them that probably because her hair di s tingui shed from the does want ter drink it t e r g o ahead a:' do it. That's ot h ers ther puttiest way ter settle it, I re c kon." CHi\.PTER XII. H OP GETS A LITTLE INFORMATIO N Our friends could. see the fir s t buildin g bein g put up, but they did not bother to g o near it ju s t then. There wao lot s to look at, for eve r y thing was o n a hus t l e The land agent had marked off the plot s s o that a street ran betw e en t hem in a s traight lin e The plot s were not very wide, but the y e x t e nd e d well back, so farm ing on a small s cal e mi ght be don e on each one of them. Young Wild Wes t had s een to it that the tents were put up at the front, or end tp.at was on the p ropos ed This gave them an opportunity to see about what was goi ng on. The wagons kept comin g in, and by noon they were a ll there, and a s man y a s a dozen buildings were i n course of construction A man, who mus t have had cons iderable influence with the Governm e n t officials, came there with a license to sell liquors and it was jus t about noon when a sign ap peared across the front of a half built shanty It read as f ollows : \ "Licen s ed Saloon. Ales, Wine s Liquor s Cigar s & Temperance Drinks. John Mott, Propri e tor Thi s s han ty was locat e d o n the opposite side of the street, and p e rhap s a hundr e d yard s to the l e ft of the camp o! our fri e nds, but they c ould see it from the front : "l s houldn t think th e offic i a l s would allow them to s ell whi sky in a place that i s b e ing opened by the Gov ernment s aid Anna, shaking h e r heacI. "How much b ette r it would b e if the town was es tabli s hed without s u c h a place in it-'' "We ll, the population of the town itself are the only "Well if the had the say they would soon put a stop to it, hi s wife declared. "Ma y b e they would, g al. But it happens that they ain t g ot thcr say. I like s a little bit of tanglefoot my s elf, now an' then. But you know I don t drink enough ter hurt m e." "We ll Wild and Jim dorr't drink any at a ll and I think the y g e t along a s well as you do." \ "Yes, of c our s e they do. But the y don t drink it je s t becau s e they nev e r did drink it. I was s orter brought up on the r bottl e when old Cheyenne was mostJ,y a little villa g e of s h anties an' t ents I c an t help that, though." "Of cour s e you c an' t h e lp it, Chaiili e." His wife soft e n e d right away, and that ended the argument. It being noon, Wing was g etting the 'dinner ready. Our friend s had laid in a supply of what the y J}eeded before leaving Grizzly Gulch, and with the game they had on hand, both fre s h and smoked, the y would be all right for a day or two, anyhow. The cha:i;ices weFe that the y would not have to look far for the game they would n e ed. The n the re were butcher s ther.e who announced that the y h a d cattle on the way, and that the next day fre s h beef would b e offer e d for sale, a s w e ll a s mutton and pork. Our friends ate their dinner and the n they decid e d t o take a walk around and watch things. As we have s aid, Che yenne Charli e had no intention o f J1olding the land the y occupied They were s impl y g oin g to remain there lon g e nough to prevent the Land Shark s from swindlin g some of tho s e who were alreadYi puttin g up little hou s e s Wild cons idered it s afe to leave the two Chinamen at the c amp s o after the noonday meal was ove r with they starte d to t ake a walk around. But if they thou ght Hop was g oing to s tay there they wer e mil;;taken. The clever Chinaman simply nodded when Wild t o ld the two of the m to look out for things while the y w e re gone. That did not m e an that he was going t9 r e m a in ri g h t there all the time.

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YOUNG WILD WEST BOOMING A T OWN. He waited until hi s brother had got the r e mains of the 1 from his mouth, and putting the cigar, which had been dinner cleared away, and then after see ing to the horses, up hi s sleeve s ince its disappeara.nce, back into his mouth he light e d a rather long cigar and left the camp. Suddenly he s traightened up, and theie was the cigar As might be expected, he headed for the new saloon, in hi s mouth. which did not have a roof on it yet. But it was nearly out, and he had to puff hard upon Hop thought it time to have a little drink, and inci -it to get it going right. dentally a little fun. "Pletty near makee go outee, s o be, when we gittee He was n o t a bit afraid of the four Land Sharks, but uppee," he said. "Me velly muchee sma r tee Chinee, a llee he did not lik e to arouse TeTrible Riley too much, since s amee." he really thought he was a pretty bad sort of a man. There was no one there who doubted the truthfulness -But whe n Hop starte d out he was well prepared for of the assertion. anythin g that might happ e n. Hop had s howed that he was just what he said. If he could ]earn anything that would be of advantage "Me likee havee lille e dlink of tanglefoot now," he obto Wild and his partner s he meant to 1m1ke good use of it. served, as he pu s hed his way to the board that was upon Hop reached the saloon and found a thirsty crowd barrel s to form a bar. "Me allee samee velly muchee there. Then it was that a dozen or more offered to treat him. 'l'wo barrel s of ale and a barrel of whi sky had been The re sult was that Hop got going pretty well, and if tapp ed, and the owner of the place and two hired men he kept it up for an hour or so he would s u re l y be much had all they could do to draw the drinks. the worse for wear Th e prices were fift y cents for a glass of whisky, twen-But s omethin g happened that caused him t o make up ty-five cents for ale, the same for cigars, and also for his mind not to keep it up. s oda pop. The man called Tomato came in, an.d getting up close Countin g the first cost a nd the expense of getting it to him whi s pered in hi s ear: the re, the saloonkeeper was m a king about one hundred "Tell Young Wild West tliat Bob TP.ompson is puttin' per cent. profit. up a job t e r steal one of ther gals from your camp I But he could h ave got more if he h ad asked it, for s o don't beli
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YOUN G WILD WESIJ.' BOOMING A TOWN. out the crooks who are h e re. By d o in g t hi s s omeone I Those four m e n ought to be s eized right away and the ma.y be pr et t y hard hi t ; but I c an't tha t placed under g uard he s aid. "But I have Plomised to '.A crook i s a crook, whet h e r h e i s in t h e e mplo y of the l e t y o u g o ahead, and I will keep the promise. I suppose Gov ernment or not. I hap;pe necl t o bear of s omething you want the pl e a s ure of catching them red-handed." that was going on, you knew, and I made up my mind to "Yes, that i s a bout the size 6f it, e s pecially as I hap stop it. I don t like to see anyon e s windled out of p e n to know tha t the y want my life. It was s urely money." throu g h the m that the villain named Tomato tried to kill The official Demnsey got intere s t e d ri ght away. u s all wit h d y namite, for h e would hardly have thought "I s hould like to have a talk w ith you in private, Young of s u c h a thin g himself." Wild West," he s aid. you g o ah e ad and do the "We ll g o ah ead. I hope they try their g ame soon, for adv erti s ing. I under s tand tha t the bi g s ign can be fin-I fee l that I c al\ liardly wait. I was g oin g back 0to the i s h e d within a couple of hour s All that was need ed to Junc tion to-ni g ht. But I think I had better stay here, put on it was the name of the town; but now we will add and k eep the forty-ei ght cavalrymen here, too, until this to it that Young Wild West i s boomi ng it. Ride over to t hin g i s over." the Junction at once." "We ll you mi ght give it out that -you are going to-The oth e r official bowed and promptly went off to obey ni ght, all.d then you can g o away a mile or s o and go into the instruction s g iven him by hi s s uperior. camp. Tha t will make them start in to-morrow. morn. Wild soon found that D emps e y was the man in charge, in g pro.bnbiy." and when he walk e d over to a pil e of lumb e r and s at down '?A good id ea. I will act upon it." with him he was not lon g in c onvin c in g him s elf that he "Say, Mr. Dempsey?" was a straightforward man t rue to the service. "What i s it) Mr. West?" ( "Now then, if you wis h to t e ll m e what you have "Don't bothe r about callin g me Mr. West," Wild anlearned, you may do so, my boy;" h e sa id placin g hi s hand s w e r e d, qui c kl y "I am only a boy, and it i s not ri ght for on our hero' s s houlder. "I have h e ard much about you a man, e s pecially a hi g h offic i a l lik e you, to 'mi s ter' me." and I a s sure you that I am a grea t a dmirer of you. You-"Wh a t s hall I call vou then?" are 'American, firs t, la s t and all the time ; and y our uwild." belief in the and. your wonderful s kill _an_d coura g e ""'Ve r y w e ll, Wild. Suppose you call me Commissioner, have made you the ave ra g e p10neer s of the n? That i s my title." the Wes t. Do you thmk it advi s able to tell me what you "All right Commissioner. Now th e n I am going to h 1 d?" ave earne be bold enou g h to ask you a questio n." "Nothing would. s top from t e llin g you now, Mr. "Proceed, Wild." Dempsey for the big you h a v e at me ha s "Have you any ide a a s to who the g uilt y p a rty i s almost drowned me with the perfum e ." th e one who hasaided the four Land Shark s to w ork their. Wild lau g hed a nd s o did the official. sche m e I mean?"' "But ta be s erious," our h ero w ent on to say, I reckon "Yes, I have an idea." I'll tell you all about it, providing you.l e t me do the work "But you don't fe e l lik e tellin g me, I, s uppo s e?" of catchin g the croo ks." "Can you do it without assi s tan ce?" "Oh, yes Mr. D empsey! A ll th e assi s t a nce I want i s that which m y partn e r s and th e girls a n d t w o C h i namen we have with u s c an give me. Jus t l eave it to m e We "Well, it would no good, s ince h e i s not h e r e or e v e n at the Junction. H e i s now e a s il y a hundr ed miles fr o m here, on hi s way to look up some land fraud s in a noth e r part o f the country." Ah! I s e e." will land them all ri ght." "Very well then, I promi s e you tha t you will b e al I don t mind t e llin g you that the man I h ave und e r s uspicion i s named T r ainor. I mi ght b e mi s tak e n ; but th k { a n yhow, I s hall see to it that he i s ord e red to come h e r e." towe d to go ahead a s you see fit." "Good! Now, to begin with, what do you: m 0 "W:e ll, b y the time h e get s here I reckon the town will this?" Wild showed him the piece of mus lin that h ad been nnaer the ground, wound about the s t a k e h e had. pulled a p on the property clrnyenn e Charlie h ad laid claim to Dempsey opened wide his eyes and "gave a low whis tle of astoni s hment. "\Yhat does this mean?" h e g a s p ed. "There i s not one bit of land that has been d e eded in the whole town site." Then Wild start e d -in and told him all he knew about the s cheme the four land sharks had, and al s o that the y had said that one of tho s e in the Government employ had made it possible for them to work the s cheme. Dempsey listened, the expression of ..fils countenance changing now and then. But he was quite calm when our liero had concluded his story. b e s tr a i g htened out pretty well." "I hope s o." And if he i s the guilty party he will s imply be walk in g into the net that will hold him a pri sone r." Ex actl y." ."It being unders tood now, the two turne d and walked ba c k to ,vhere Wild' s fri e nd s w e r e awaitin g them. They found that the party had increased one. H o p W a h was the re. 'rI1e Chinaman had found tliem, and h a d been w aiting until Wild came back. Th e n h e quickly told our hero what Tomato h a d whis per ed to him at the s aloon. Tlie young 'deailshot was not mu c h s urprised at h e arin g that Ari etta was mark e d to be s tol e n,. but h e was w h e n h e heard that the informatii:m came from the villain who

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YOUNG WILD W EST BOOMING A T 10WN. 23 had come so n ear bowling the m all into ete rnity the l part in t h o u g h I've pr o mi s e d te r h e lp em do it. I hacl night before. I t cr promi se, or I s pose Thomp s on would be puttin' up a He did not doubt Hop in the l e a st, ancl that meant that job t e r kill m e A n s ay, Hop! Ril e y ain t goin' t e r th e man had s urely i mpart e d the info rm ation. sti cfr, e i t h e r. H e s been li s t en.in' t e r my argument a Such bein g the case, Toma t o mu s t h a v e c han ge d hi s whol e lot an h e's g oin' t e r turn over a new leaf, too. mind and was now a fri e nd ins t ead 0 an e n e my.. Jest t e ll Youn g Wild W e s t that, will y er. Tell him that But h e had told Wild that h e might s hoot him dead w e're awful g l a d I didn't !!it the r c hance ter set off that in hi s tracks i h e c au ght him interfering with them, stic k-of d y namit e las t ni g h t I'm tnlkin' ri ght from ther and it 1lOW looked a s th o u g h lrn had m ealt that would heart, Hop. Y e r k i n b e li eve me." a g ain go again s t the\u. "Me b e li e vee you, s o h e You b e goode e man, Misler "Hop," s aid Wild afte r h e h a d thou ght a moment, Tomato B ette r b e goodee I a n bad s o b e." "you go and find out from the man jus t what the our "I know it now; bu t I was a good while learnin' ter Yil!ains m e an to do to carr y out their sch e me. Tell him think that way." th a t I say h e mu s t t e ll you all he know s about it. Hop m a de him t e ll t'hc s c h e m e ag ain, s o h e would be "Allee light, Wild." sure not to maJrn a mi stake and the n he l eft him. H o p starte d off to find Tomato. The Chin a man was not lon g in findin g our h e ro and H e found him a t th e and with him was Terrible s oon they all kn e w 0 what was up. Rile y and H e rrin g on e 0 the crook s in the land bus in ess "Well, sai d Wild "I reck o n w e 'll fool them. We will "He llo,. you sm art heathen!" c all e d out Ril ey w ho 'Ya s w ait until to-morrow mornin g, a nd the n Ari_etta will go fas t getting und e r the influ e nc e 0 whi s k y "I r e ckon out an.cl let the r e d s kin cat c h h er." you're all ri g ht. You kin tak e a drink with m e an' w e l-"What!" ex claim e d Ari e tta. come. I don t bear you no g rud ge, an I ain t got nothin "That' s all ri ght, was the r e ply. "But 'they "\von't ag'in y our boss, e v e n i h e did g ive me a good w a llopin1 hold y ou ve r y lon g Have no ear 0 that. I am going yis terday. Come ri ght on!" to think up a s c h e m e that will make them think they Hop s mil e d and c am e up to them. hav e w o n out whe n it will b e jus t the oth e r way." He noticed that H e rrin g l o ok e d da gge r s at Riley, too, No on e s aid an y mor e for the y all kn e w tha.t he was but he did not app ear t o notice an y thin g but the 1 nvitacapabl e 0 doin g it. tion. A s the sun was getting down clos e to the di stant range He drank with the m but it was ve ry little of the liquor in the West it was announced that the c av a lrymen were that w ent down his 'throat. g oin g back to Grizzl y Junc tion, a s ever ything was now h.1 The cle ve r Chinaman felt that h e hacl 'important bu s'good s hape, and they would not b e need ed. ness on hand, and h e kn e w ver y w e ll tha t h e had tak e n This no doubt pleas e d the Land Shark s g reatly. all that wa s good fo r him already. Since the arri v al o f the boomers o ver twenty His ex p e ri e nce with th e kind 0 m e n h e was asso c iating s h a ntie s w e r e nearly c ompl e t ed. It was wonderful to see wit h ju s t the n m a d e him b e li e ve that T e rribl e Ril e y how quick a town could b e mad e meant wh at he had s aid and the fact that the Land Shark The s tor e was ope n and doin g bu s in ess and the saloon had looked at him with dis approval bor e this out. had the roof on it, and h a d tak e n in more than enough H e treate d them all, and then he s aid to Tomato: to pa y or the cos t 0 buildin g it: "You wan tee play: lill e e g am e dlaw pokee ?" It s oon leaked out that Youn g Wild West was there "You b et!" was the r!)ply to boom the town thou g h, as the r e ader know s he had "So do I," s poke up Riley. not come there or that purpo se. "I'll tak e a hand too," H erring c himed in. But s ince h e had been a s k e d to do it, he was going to "Me wan.tee talkee with Mis l e r Tomato allee s amee do all he could ill that direction. fir s t Hop told the m. Nearly all the c rook s who had followed the boomer s He the man a s ide, and the n h e put it to him good had give n it up, for they Iiad been watc hed s o closely and s trong. by the cavalr y m e n and cowboys that they had eared to "I've bee n thinkin' 0 turnm' over a new lea ever go ah e ad and do any whole s ale robbing. s in c e Youn g Wild West l e t m e go la s t night," Tomato What they got dicl not amount to a great deal, and s aid shrugg in g hi s s hould e r s "The r mor e I have other s gladly made up a purs e for those who had oeen thou ght about it the mor e I ee l like doin' it. That's reli e ved 0 what they had. wh y I told y e r what I did. I've got a piece 0 land here, On the whole, the town 0 Arietta was starting off an' it may be tha t I kin settle down on it a:q' be s omethin' nicely. bette r than what I hav e been in ther past." "Lat vell y gootlee Misler Tomato," Hop sajd, s miling, blandly. "But Youn g Wild West allee s amee knowee what um gamee i s You t e ll e e m e s o be." "We ll I will, the n. Thomp s on ha s hired an Injun ter ketch ther gal an' h e s g ain t e r take her back that way to a cave. The n wli e n Youn g Wild Wes t an' his pard s gits on her trail, an' they git putty nigh to the r cave, they're ter be s hot down from b e hind the r tre e s an' bushes. a game that I couldn t bring my s elf t e r take CHAl>TER XIV. ( PLOTTING AGAINST PLOTTERS. After supper was over Wild called Hop aside and said: "I want you to rig up three dummies to look some .thing like Charlie, Jim and I. I am going to make tae

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YOUNG WILD WEST BOOMING A TOWN. villains, w 'ho are plotting against us, believe that 'they "Now, girls, you ha, d better get ready to go out and kill us. Do you' understand?" meet that redskin,'' saiq Wild, after breakfast had been "Me undelstand \ }{Iisler Wild," answered the Chinaeaten. "When he comes up and begins to talk to you, man, who really possessed more than intelliwhich he will surely do, just let him go right ahead. If gence, as the reade:i; knows. he points a gun at you, make out that you are badly "Our old coats and hats will be enough in the line of frightened, and then watch your chance to get the best clothes, I reckon. You .fix them up, Hop. We will want of I reckon t4at's the best way to fix it. When you to use the m the firs t thing in the morning-before the do get the best bf him tie him up to SQme tree. Gag him L\nd Sharks are up, in fact." so he can't male an outcry, too. Then Arietta stay "Allee light, Misler Wild; me fixee." in hiding near him, and the two of you can come running 'rhat evening our friends were not long in spotting the to the camp and shout to us that Arietta has been carried Indian, who was to do the kidnapping ac. t when he got off by a redskin. We will start right out as though on the chance. the trail, and then the four villains will take a few shots When it had got dark Hop suggested that he go and at us-or something that looks like u s We put the dumiind Tomato and have another talk with him. mies in position just as it was beginning to grow light, "All right; go ahead," said Wild. "'You might tell you know." him that be can tell the gang he has learne d that Arietta, 'rhe girls nodded and laughed, for they :qever once Anna and Eloise are going out to shoot some game in the thought there .was going to be anything dangerous about morning, right after breakfast, and that nd one is going it. with them. He can say that qe heard them talking about Wild and Dharlie, with the assistance of Hop, had carit, you know." ried the dummies to a clump of woods half a mile from "Allee light, Misler Wild. 'Me undelstand." the camp and laid them behind trees. There were lai:iats "You can tell Tomato that if he expects to make himattached to each, and thrown over limbs above, and to self solid with us he must do s omething to help us. Maythese another was tieEl, so that a pull upon it would cause be be might be able to take the cartridges from the gun all three to rise at the one time. the Indian has. Then Arietta would soon make him the Our friends meant to be right there, and when 1the prisoner." dummies arose they were going to yell at the top of their The clever Chinaman grinned. voices for Arietta. "Lat be allee light," he said. "Me fuee. Tomato allee In case the Land Sharks iired they would let the dumsamee alle e light, and so Tellible Liley allee light. Ley mies drop to the ground. be ::velly. muchee bad, but now ley be allee samee goodee." I That would make theitl fhink that it was all over. Hop meant just what he said, too. It was a case of plotting against plotters. He was right in luck, too, for in less than ten minutes he met Tomato and Riley. CHAPTER XV. "How about that poke; game, Hop?" Riley asked. \THE VILLAINS ARE READY. "Me no play to-night; me play allee sinee plenty toT hough botli Riley and Tomato were playing deceitful mollow, so be." p arts, they did not feel that they were doing wrong. "All right. I know why yer said it Tomato has told Riley told that he had heard that the girls were going me all about it. Say Ain't there somethin' I kin do ter hunting the next morning, and it was decided that Cow, help out in this case? I want ter prove ter Young Wild the redskin, should wait until then to catch the goldenWest that I'm going' ter be straight hereafter." haired girl and make her a prisoner in the cave. "Me tellee whattee you do. You go. 'longi by our Tomato got on very 1 friendly terms'. with Cow,. and he campee, and you stay lere lillee while. Len you go to um was i+ot long in getting hold of the weapons he bad. Land Sharkees and allee samee say you hear lat um thlee They consisted of a knife with a buckhorn handle and Melican girls allee samee go outee to-mallow morning, an old cavalry six-shooter that had to be loaded with light aftee bleakfast, to s'hootee um 'deer and plenty birds. powder and ball. You say you bear mucbee talkee 'boutee, and lat ley Tomato got bold of the six-shooter and 1with slivers go allee samee alone. Len ley sendee um bad ledskin from a match he plugged every tube and put the caps to catchee um girl, and he allee samee ca:tcliee, savey?" back on them. "I don't quite understand." Late that night the who were supposed to be all But Hop soon made him understand, though be did against Young Wild West, met. not deem it advisable to let him 1 know the rest of the "Well," said Bob Thompson, looking oyer, "bow scheme. are things getting on; boys? Hop went around with them a little while, and then "Everything is all right, but one thing, I reckon," returned to the camp. answered Herring. "I don't quite like tber idea of Riley Then he went at work on the three dummies that were and Tomato bein' so thick with Yciung Wild West's Clever to represent Young Wild West and his partners. Ohinee, as they calls bim." It took 'him until nearly midnight to complete tl1em, "We jest do that 'ter learn what we kin,'' spoke up but w;hen he :finislied the job it was voted that no one Riley. "Ain't wl:i done our share of tber work?" but him could have done it so well. "Of course we have," spoke up Tomato. "Jest because The night passeu in a rather noisy fashion, for the we've said we ain't goin' ter lift a band ag'in Young Wild sounds of hammerl never once ceased. West don't say that we ain't goin' ter help fix things so

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YOUNG WILD WEST BOOMING A TOWN. 25 someone else kin do it. It's jest a matter of principle, When the girls had been gone about fifteen minutes a that's all." rifle shot sounded in the direction they set out Thompson laughed heartily. "There goes something in the line of game," said Jim ''I know what you mean, Riley. You're mpre afraid Dart, giving a nod 1 of Young Wild West than anything else. That's why "Yes, that's right," Charlie spoke up. "It's game all you've given up the idea of getting revenge for the way right, even if it was nothin' more than that dirty redskin. he walloped you yesterday." Maybe Arietta has shot him. I hope she has." "Well, maybe that's it. I won't say as it ain't." But let us see just where Arietta, Anna and Eloise "We're all riglit, anyhow, so let it go at that," Tomato were, and what they were doing. declared. "We'll stick to yer, an' no one will ever know It was a covey of partridges that had caused tl'te shot anything about it." to be fired, and, as might be supposed, Arietta was the "Maybe Injun get ill' trouble," suggested the redskin one who fired it. "No, you Thompson assured him. "As soon It was reall'y a remarJrnble shot, too, for she managed as jOU get the girl to the cave you can leave her there, to get aim at two birds in a line and brought down both and then come back here. You want to make yourself of them, with a rifle, too Took like some other Indian; not ( keep as you are now. But Anna and Eloise did not get a shot, as the brush You mustn't let the girls recognize you. Make out that 1 wood was just high enough for the partridges to escape. you are the big chief of a band of Indians who are on the They found the two that had dropped, and then' they warpath. You can do that, can't you?" decided to be more careful, for they knew very well that "Oh, yes; me do that." the shot would fetch the Indian pretty quickly. "'All right, then Now, boys, we will be watching, and They were right in this expectation, for in less than when we see Young Wild West and his two partners start three minutes they heard footsteps, and then a painted out to find the lost girl we will simply start after them .1 redskin appeared. I think that will be.the best way. We will follow them up He came toward the1n, making motions to signify that until we get the good chance we are looking for, and then he did not mean to harm them, but he was so ridiculous we'll leg it back here for all we worth." in appearance-he having overdone the disguising part"Not before you shoot 'em, I reckon,'' said Patty. that Arietta laughed outright. "No, of course not. You know well enough what I "Paleface maiden heap much laugh,'' grunted the meant Indian, who bore the high-sounding name of Old Man "All right, Bob. Then we'll come back an'--" Afraid of a Caw. "She give Injun her gun." "Open up our game right away. There a1e just eleven "What do you want the gun for?" the brave girl asked, good-sized houses built on our property now. We'll have a smile lingering on her face. everything our own way, for the Government men have "Injun want gun to go on warpath,'' was the reply. gone, and there will be no one to interfere." "Well, I guess you had better not go on the warpath. Tlrn villains had camped on one of the plots, t'hc outfit You'll only get shot if you do. There are too many pal e having been brought over by Tomato, and after they had faces around for that." made it very plain to the redskin what was be done in "Injun chief got plenty braves in the woods; they the morning, he was 'dismissedz and then the others thick the leaves on the trees,'' lied the red villain. turned in. "Is that You had better call them, then Maybe When morning came Bob Thompson was the first one you want to take the paleface girls and make them your up. squaws." c,,., He took a walk past the camp of Young Wild West Cow showed signs of uneasiness. and found them eating their breakfast. He did not like tfie way the girl talked. "I wonder if the redskin is ready?" he muttered. "If Arietta held lier rifle with the muzzle pointing toward he isn't, he should be. If the girls are going out hunting the ground, but when he took a step toward her she as soon as are through their breakfast it will be raised it so it was leveled at his breast. only a few minutes before they make the start. "Ugh!" he said, when he noticed this. He went on a little further, and then he had the satis"What is the matter, noble chief? Are you afraid you faction of seeing an Indian walking through the little will get shot?" patch of woods. The girl spoke in such a careless way that Cow began 'l'hough disguised with war paint and trimmings, to wish he was anywhere but just there. Thompson knew it was Cow. She lowered the rifle again, and then the redskin sucl"N ow I'll go back, so 'Ye can be ready for the biggest denly drew his revolv e r and pointed it at her. piece of work I ever took part in,'' thought the villain. Then Anna, who had been waiting to do something, "But it is money and success, or defeat and death. Young suddenly used her rifle for a club and struck the weapon Wild West and his pards must die, or we will!" from his hand'. Arietta quickly covered his heart, and then she said : CHAPTER XVI. "Put your hands behind you." CONCLUSION. There was no mistaking her meaning,, so he quickly The girls set out with their rifles, while Wild and his obeyed. partners remained at the camp, apparently taking things "Tie 11im, Eloise. Make a good job of it, too.n easy. Then Arietta coolly stepped to him, and when s h e ha d I

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' 26 YOUNG WILD WEST BOOMING A TOWN. strengthened the bond s that held him helpless she coolly I Arietta saw Wild and his partners riding swiftly to led him to a tree and tied him to it. the sce n e and s he ran from the camp and called out: "Go on back to the c amp and do your part, girl s, she "Stop that, you s coundrel! You have overstepped the said to Anna and Eloi se "This i s w ha t I c all a regular line!" farce, and itre all y makes me feel asham e d to do it. It Thomp s on who had a hammer in his hand, turned at i s too eas y for an y thing." the s oun d of the girl' s voice. The two g irl s s mil e d and the n ha s t e n e d for the camp. H e did not recognize her at first, and shouted for her When they got there tii e y mad e out that they wer e to ge t out of the way. very much e x cited. ButAri etta did not s care for a cent. Wild J i m a nd Charli e in s tantl y g rabb e d their rifle s "You have overstepped the lin e, I say," she repeated. and hurri e d for the s pot w here the dummie s had bee n "Up with your hands, you s coundrel s!" cried our hero, fixed. as h e halted s o clos e to Thomp s on that the sorrel nea'rly They had sca,rcely g one when the four Land Sharks kno c k e d the villain over. started a ft e r th em. Rile y and Tomato quickly ran o"\'er to where Arietta A few minutes later they heard the three s houting flt wa s s tanding. the top of their voices, and the n they made for the s pot. Then the four Land Shark s began to understand. The dummies wer e in position and b e in g clo se enough U p w ent their hand s to make a s ure thin g of it, the y ope ned fire. B y this tim e a b ig c rowd had gathe r e d about the spot. Down went the dummies, Charli e uttering somet hing "Dis arm those four scoundrel s and tie them," said that s ounded very much like a d e athy ell at the s ame J Wild. time. In a ve ry fe w minute s the Land were bound Elated, and afraid at the s am e time, the four turned and standin g in li ne and fled. The n Youn g W i ld West got upon a barrel and adThey reac hed th'e town in qui ck.I ord e r, and Thompson dresse d the c rowd, g ivin g the m the full particulars of decided to start in at once and s how hi s authority. the plotting o f th e L a nd Shark s, from start to :finis h. He led the way to the larg est of the house;; that had "Whe n I starte d for this place it was not for the pur been erected on one of the plot s tha t h e held a forged po s e o f boomin g the to wn; but since the Land Shark s deed for. / lia v e been cl eane d up, and the town h as been named for Besides his partners in the game, Riley and Tomato my s weethe art, I reck o n I'il do some boomin g The fir s t went with him. thin g you folk s should do now i s to ele c t a jus tice, so the The owner was ri ght there, and Thomp s on told four g aloot s c an b e tried. The red skin in the game is him that he had built on prop erty th at did not belon g to tied to a tre e h alf a mil e b a ck in the woods. Get your him there was a ver y heat e d ar g um ent for a coupl e of jud ge and the n g ive the m a s how. But it i s all one-sid e d, minutes. for they have b ee n c a u ght r e d-hand e d." The man wilt e d whe n h e saw the for ge d deed for it The reader can guess what happened to the Land looked to be b ette r than an y thin g h e h e ld, and the numShark s ber and location correspond e d exa c tly. The cavalr y men cam e up about an hour later, and when J But to convinc e him s till furth e r, Jake P atty went they did the four men w e re hanging to a stout limb, s ide and pulled up the s take that was in a corn e r of the plot. by s ide. 'fhen it was that the boomer be came s i c k a t h eart and Cow, the Indian, would have got the same dose, but turned away, d e clarin g tha.t the ope ning of the Comanche the cavalr y arriv e d in time to sav e him. Strip was a rank fraucl. Our frie nd s r e mained at Ari etta n e arly a week, and in But bent on winnin g out from the oth e r s they expe cted that tim e Youn g Wild West did nothing but boom the to deal with, the villain s started in to t ear down the town. building. Meanwhile, Ho p W a h 'had see n what was g oing o n, and he. got the hor ses of our h e ro and his and mounting on e of the m, led the oth e r s to find their own:ers. He met A r ietta who had l eft the Indian in char ge of our hero, and was hurry in g to the camp s o s he might be the :first to appear b e for e tlie a s toni s h e d villain s It happen e d that th e hou se tha t \Vas b e in g torn down by them was but a i:>hort distanc e from the c amp and when the g irl saw what was g oin g on s h e decid e d to give them a s urpri se. She waited until she heard the clatter of hoofs n e ar at liand, and then the brave girl told Anna and Eloise to hurry her lover and his partners to the s c ene the mpment they came up. "They ar c coming!" said the scout' s wife, pointing to the ?ight. THE END. 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' W ILD WEST WEEKLY. 2 7 WILD WEST WEEKLY NEW YORK, JUNE 4, 1909. Terms to Subscribers. .Slnstle Cople s ......... .... ......... One Copy Three nontbs ................ ... : ... One Copy Six non tbs ...... ........................ ... One CopJ' One Year ............ . ...... ...... .... Postage Free. How T o SEND M ONEY. .05 Ceat.s .65 .. $1.25 2 .50 A t our risk send P. 0 Money O r der, Che c k, or R adstered Letter ; re mittances in any othe r way a r e a t yo u r r i s k. We accep t Postage Stamps the same as cash. When sending s il ver wrap the coin in a separate p iec e o f paper to avoid cut tin g the en v e lop e W1 -ite 11our name and address plain ltt. .dddres.9 ldten t o Frank TouHy, Publisher, Union Sq., New York. SOME GOOD ARTICLES. made perfectly tight, s o as t o p r even t the escape o f a n y gas with which he fill e d it. To this b e attached a s t rong s il ke n cor d twelve h undred meters. long, or, say, four t housand f eet Attached to the balloon, in place of a basket, was a po t of earth, in which were planted Parma violets just springin g fro m the root I T he res ult has bee n wonderful. In t h e thin air which the delicate vio lets breath ed at that heightfor flowers d o breath in their own de licate way-they t h rove marve l ou s l y the blo s soms enlarging to five times the size attain ed at t h e level of the earth's surface This beautiful e xperiment, a f ter about two mon ths of j udicio u s trial rewarded the inge n i ou s and scientific horticulturis t by presenting him with viole t s as large as Benga l roses, something probably never b e fore seen on earth. The id e a naturall y sugge s t s its e l f of se nding up some of our human baby violets M'ight no t ou r c h il d r en be thus trans formed into g iants? GRINS AND CHUCKLES. A boy named Charles Raymond, living near Raleigh, North == == =============--::========-== Carolina, broke a pitcher, and his father gave him a good whipping for it. Charles ,went to bed and dre a med that a mule lost by his f athe r could b e found in a c e r tain place In the morning he t old his father about it, and afte r a walk of eleven mil es the mule was found If the boys of America rec e ived m ore lic kings the y would dream more, and thus w e should 11.nd more lost things. Every father should go to work at onc e "They seem t o liv e happily toget her." Yes; h e l ets h i s wife select his neckties and bis stenographers." Peggy-Was that policeman ever a little bab y, mother? Mot her-Why, yes, dear. Peggy (thoug btfull y ) 1 don't b'lieve I've ever seen a baby policema n \ There is a sign in zoological gardens of P aris to the effect I pay as I go," declared the p o mp ous citizen. "Not wh il e t hat n o one looking at the animals must op e n an umbrella. I'm running these apartments," declared the j anitor. You ll In fact, the attendants will not l et a pers on carry an um-pay as you move -m." "I am sorry to h ear, Capt Salter, that your wi f e left y ou so unc e r e moniously "My mi s t a ke sir. I took her for a m a t e, and she proved to be a skipper. b rella into any of the animal house s if they happen to s ee i t. Twenty years ago a bo y h a ppened to raise an umbrella in the tiger-hou se, a nd t h e tigers went almost mad ov e r it, ancl two of the m bro k e the bars of t h eir c a g es a nd go t out. The same thing al s o affect s lion s and elephants. Wh y it doe s c a n t be explain e d, bu t if you do it, look out for a row. -Perhaps the Patient_.:..DoCtor, what do you call this fever o f mi n e? Do cbeasts think that a thunder s hower is comin g tor (looking at clinical thermometer )-Well I' d call it a b a r -. I gain-103 r educed to 98. The British Con s ul at Chicago has mad e a r eport to h is gov-ernment conc erning the whaling indu s t ry c a r ri e d on b y New-Hook-They s a y that famous marine artist was on ce a pl ain foundland fis hermen The y hav e b ee n attempting to mak.e farmer's bo y I wonder where he deve l oped his tal ent. Cook whal e leather a comm e rci a l product, and are said to be meet--Probably drawing water down on the farm i n g with some succ ess. The ave rage whal e -hid e c o vers a surface of about fifteen hundre d s quare f e et. A s quar e foot of the b i d e weighs from two to five ounc es, and is priced as high a s fifty cents The l eather is very tough and i s said to h a ve gre a t wearing qualiti es anq may there for e be a dapted to the c o v ering of furni ture buggy tops and seats, and al s o automobil e u ses. It is also claimed that it can be us e d for boots and s h oes. Leather made from the intestines of the whal e resembles kid, and i s very thin and tough. It will t a k e color r ea d ily, a .nd is to b e off ered to glov e-manufacturers for making the l o ng-sle e ved glove s now worn by women I A French horticulturis t in s t ud ying the ph ys iolog y of t h e v egetable kingdo m, con c eived that the s malln ess o f c ertain plants-the v iol e t, for e xample-wa s owing t o a n a t mospheri c pressure t oo great for its d e lic a te organs. Hav in g care full y resolved this idea in t o form he d e t e rmined to t est the cor rectnes s of it by s ome satis factory exp e rim ent. After not a little calculation, h e at last hit upon t he pos s ibl e and p r ob ably only means by which he might illu strate his new theory. He prepared a small balloon of as light material as was consistent w ith the necessary quality of durability, and t his he Mother-France s don t tease You' know mother d o es not like her little girl to eat between meals. Frances ( aged three) -Mothe r, this isn' t between meals. It' s before m ea ls Your son," s aid the professor, "bas been l abori n g under a misapprehension. "What?" e xclaimed the b um b l e bu t hon es t parent, with in hi s v o ice. "Ye don t m eant it! Mean wh at?" "Tha t J osiah has been worki n "Hav e you ever s een an effort to prohibit betting? "Yes," a n s w e red the turfman. "The legi slature out in my state tried it. And what was the result?" "The bo okmakers went to b etting on whether or not the law cou l d be enfo rced The old hou s ek eeper met the master at the door o n his arrival home. "If you pl ease, sir, she said, "the cat has had chi c k e ns. Nonsense, M a ry," laughed h e; you mean kittens. Cat s don t have ch i ck ens." "Was the m c h ickens or ldttens a s you brought home l a s t night? asked the o l d woman. "Why, they were chickens, of course." "Just s o sir," repli e d Mary with a twinkl e "Well, the cat's h ad 'em

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28 W.ILD WEST WEEKLY. TIGER HEART By KIT CLYDE. \ I pugal d Dunca n's madness and d eath could be attributed to suc h a cause or not. The man w a s certainly mad beyond a doubt, and insanity bad nev e r been known in his famil y, nor had he shown any signs of it before the fata l night on which his madness showed itse lf. The following story, while it do e s not follow the lin e o f my uncle's usual experienc e s varied as they were, n e v e r t hel ess 1 The bite did not cause the ordinary hydrophobia as known .Illustrates a phase of insanity as rare as it is extraordinary. I to p,hys icians, for he did not di e in agony, but instead it made The events related did not happen to him, nor did they come him insane, and 'that is the only explanation that can be put under bis notice, except in the manner related below; but as upon it. I find the narrative among his papers, I conclude that he at-The man was part owner of an m enagerie which, tached importance to it, as bearing upon the strange, and, during tl).e winter, was stabled in1 an old stone barn tmilt s ometimes, comprehensiv e malady of insanity, or he would for that very purpose. not have preserved it. There were lions, tigers, hyenas, elephants and other anl-lt happened that my finding it was not altogether in the mal s some of them very rare a nd curious, the whole collection being worth several hundred thousand dollars. common run. I was fumbling around his ancient desk bequeathed to me There was one -particularly large specimen of the royal with all its contents, whe n somehow or" another I chanced Bengal tiger, an enormous brute, of great strength and beauty, upon a secr e t compartment, hitherto unknown to me. In here I found a numbe r of papers, t'his among the rest, all 1!hc;wing signs of age, and subscri bed as follows: "Not in my own experien c e, but interesting." With the othe r papers found in this hidden receptacle I may have to deal at some future day; for the present I will content myself with this one. It had a sep arate endorse m e nt, whi c h showed me how it c hanced to eome into my uncle s pos s ession He was sitting in his offic e one night, busily reflecting His reflection s consisted mostly in s eeing how he could keep cool. \. the fin est ever exhibited. The proprietors were justly proud of this creature, but he was almost unmanageable and had caused no end of trouble. One night he was reported to hav e escaped He had broken through his cage, and was thought to qe wandering somewhere in the cellar of the barn. It would not do to have him prowling around in that fash ion, and as soon as Dug a ld h eard the r eport he made up his mind to c apture the b e ast. He led the party himself, an' d was the first to enter the eel Jar, one of the sta ble boys, in a biouse and rough cap, carrying an old-fashioned lamp in his hand, holding it above his head i11 order that it might giv e more light. The night was intensely hot and sultry, a distressing, feverSuddenly, wi thout a s ound of w arning, the huge beast inspiring night, not a breath of air stirring, and tlie least sprang toward the boy fro m some plac e of c onc ealment in the exertion' s eeming to take all the life out of one. ll Sudden! som eone eu'ter e d 1 l ce ar. . l Y The llght showed up e v ery line and musc le m his body, and It was the old fri end of who m I have spoken more than onc e the sight of hi s blood-r e d mouth with its white fangs and loll-he who usually came to the old g entleman for a story. t th 11. mg ongue, was s ome mg appa mg. "How do you do? said my uncle /'You surely don't ex p ect me to tell 1ou a story to -night? I can scarcely breathe "No. I have come to t e: I you one." "Tell me a story?" "Certainly." "Nonsense; you never did such a thing in all your life." "Then it' s time I made a be ginning." "Very well; but wake m e Ji> if I fall asleep." "There will be no dange r of that." '"Why not?" "The story contains insanity, and a strange kind, too I saw the subject myself and I'll vou c h for the truth of everything I tell you. He' s dead now, to be sure, passed away "just before I le f t for home. H e had been in a distant part of the country and had only just returned, but before seeing anyone he had come to my unc l e in order to lay this story before him. Without further ado he began, and I will add that my unc le remained awake during the whole of the tale, which he called: A STR:A.N GE MADNESS. The boy utte red a cry of horror and retreated. The s a vag e brute was upon him, how e ver, and he was thrown to thj ground, the animal makip g his formidable t eeth meet in his quiv ering flesh. The lamp f e ll from the boy s h and and the place was in utter darkness, the remainde r of the party not having arrived as yet Dugald bOund e d forw ard and seized the monster by the throat. 1 Ho there! li ght and a rope," h e s houted, nearly strangling the beast with his strong a r ms. He had worn a heavy cloak, and this he threw off as he rushed forward and cast it over the tiger' s h e ad, tightening his hold e v ery se c ond. The struggle was short but severe the animal making frantic efforts to esc ape, and only g etting more and more entangled in the voluminous folds of the c loak. It was scarcely a minute b e fore the r est of the party arrived with the lights and a l arge quantity of stout rope. The animal was quickly secured unde r their united efforts, and put into a c a ge which there was no probability of his breaking. There have been cases where people bitten by rabid animals, The poor boy was found to b e terribly lac erated, his shoulder have not shown symptons of hydrophobia for years after the being laid bare to the bone, and his throat horribly bitten and event, and then, of a sudden, when the cause has been well torn. nigh forgotten, they have died in great agony and for no othe r He suffered intensely, for, besides being badly hurt, he had reason. been so t e rrifi e d that for hours afterward he would scream in Dogs are not the only animal s whose bite will cause this I the most agonizing manner, and beg to have the monster taken dire disease, alwaY,s fatal, for the bites of cats, foxes and other I away from him. animals have been known to produce it. It was impossible to calm him, and this greatly lessened his It was nev e r in the case which follows whether chances of getting better, a .high fever, with delirium attending

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I WILD WEST WEEKLY. 29 it, setting in before. morning, when his sleep should have been soundest. The man was insane from the bite of a tiger! That was all that could be said about it. He di'ed in great agony within twenty-four houi s, and many For weeks none but the bravest keepers dared approach expressed the opinion that the brute was mad and that the I him, and never alone, for it would have been their death to poor lad had been a victim to hydrophobia. I have attempted such a thing. It was learned, about that time, that Dugald had also been He was called Tiger-Heart and nothing else, and scarcely bitten by the tiger. Ever spoke a word, glaring upon the passers by with those ter-His wound was i n the right arm and had been given during rible eyes. the desp e r ate struggle with the beast, before the latter had He threw off his clothes, and girded his Joins with a mass of been conquered. rags torn from his coat, wore no shoes and looked more like He had not known it at the time, so great was his excitea madman than ever. ment, and he did not discover it until he was going to bed. His iong hair and beard increased in length, and being en-He dressed the wound in a rude sort of fashion, and in the tirely untrimmed and uncombed made him look like some morning it was .,.attended to by the surgeon. fabled wild man' of the woods. There seemed to b e no danger that he would die from the One day, summoning all his powers, he actually wrenched bite, but a strangeness was noticed about him late that allterone of the solid iron oars guarding his window, from its fasnoon whi c h momentarily increased. tenings. 'he man was mad! With this he contrived to pry out a second one, and the The tiger' s bite had made him insane, turned him into a opening being large enough, he forced his body through, and regular demon dropped down into the corridor. His eyes lost thei r human look and gl a red at one like the Armed with the heavy iron bar, which he carried on hi& eyes of the huge tiger himself. shoulder, he strode along toward the outer doors, shouting' in He muttered incohorently to himself, and ty;itched his fina loud voice: gers in a nervous manner, as if anxious .to clutch someone by I .am Tiger-Heart, the the throat. One of the keepers chanced to catch sight of him, and ran He would pace up and down the room in the restless manto give the alarm. ner obs e rved i n w ild beasts, and whe n spoken to would anDugald saw the man, and leaped upon him in a second, swer, not in words but with a savage growl. bringing the bar down with all his force upon the fellow's The man was mad beyond qu estion, but whether -his mad-skull. "ness was produce d .by the bite of the tige r could not be deterI Leaving the man lying dead on the stone floor, Tiger-Heart mined. The animal itself showed no signs of the malady, al-strode onward. though a s fie r c e as ev e r, and Dugald s state could not be ac-The alarm had been given, although the poor keeper was counted for. dead; and behind a hastily-erected barricade at the further The crisis was reache d that night. end of the wall were three four of the keepers armed with At a late hour he mad e his way into the room of one of his revolvers and rifles friends, creeping on all fours, and attacked the man in his bed. It was d ee m e d best to capture the man alive if possible, but He bit and tore at his throat, all the time uttering the most his conduct r endered this. impossible.,. unearthly yells and digging his long fingers into his'victim's With a roar like that of a wild best, he leaped clear over eyes the barricade, and struck right and left with the bar of iron. By the time the maniac was removed the man w a s dead. "I a m Tiger-Heart," muttered Dugald as he s tood in the center of the room, bound .and manacled, "Tiger-Heart, the fie nd! His ey e s w e r e those of a fie nd certainly, and emitted a light that bad surel y n e ver before shone from human e ye s H e r a v e d a nd storme d and call e d himse lf Tiger-Heart for more tha n an hour, but all this time bis symptoms were only There was but one thing to be done. The madman must be killed! f'he head k e eper raised b i s arm and fired, the ball striking the maniac in the forehead and him to the floor. Even as he fell in death he clutc hed one of the keepers by the throait, and clo s ed his fing ers in a grasp that was not e asily lo o sened even after the maniac was dead. In this manne r, shot down like the wild beast from which he t hose of insanity and n e v e r of hydrophobia. inherite d his madness, perished one of .the most terrible H e w a s pronounc ed insa ne, and removed to the )fearest maniacs that had ever been seen or heard of, and his case still asylum, wh e r e his strange madne s s inc reased every hour, making it n e c essary to put him in a straightjacket. Before this h a d be e n ac c ojllplisb e d be kill e d one of the keep ers. "I am TigerH eart!" he yelled, and springing upon the man nearest him, he s e ized the f ellow's head between bis powerful hands. There was no time t o spare, if they valued their lives, and the Jl e ep e r s s u;nmoned all thei r strength for the task. e xcites wond e r and defies either explanation or classification. At any rate, the man was dead, and everyone breathed fre e ly after he was gone, bis prese n c e in the asylum having been a cause of perpetual anxiety. 1 Mr Seabury and his wife were on the pointl of moving to another fiat. Both of them were anxious that the transfer At last h e was pow e rless to harm either the m or himself. should be made at the least. possible expense, and the nearlf glances could kill, ev ery man in the establishment would ness of the new home promised materially to further this aim. have been d ead a thousand times, for never in all the world "I can ca;;y loads of little things over in my M-own bag," anwas there a look of such devilish rage. nounced Mrs. Seabury. "And you can take books and so on in The fam e d b a sili s k, ev e n c ould hardly have given such your big satchel." In discussing further the matter of trans-deadly glances and the m e n k ept away from the madman as I portation Mrs. Seabury remarked that, notwithstanding much as po s sibl e heat, she could wear .her winter coat over, leave it, and reThere never had b ee n known such a desp erate case of in-j rurn for her spring coat. The idea charmed her impractical sanity within the experi e nc e of a doz e n physicians, and the [husband. "Why, I can do the same thing!" he said. "I'll hydrophobia theory was abandoned. wea r over one suit and then come back for another!" -

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These Books Tell You E verything I \ A COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA I Ea. 23. HOW 'l'O EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Ev erybody dreams, from the little child to the age d man and w q man. This little book g ives the explanation to all kinds of dream s together with lucky a n d unlucky days, and "Napoleon's Orac ulum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TiiilLL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or m isery, w ealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little b ook. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. 1 No. 76. HOW TO TELL F ORTUNES BY THE HAND.C ontaining rules for t elling fortune s by the aid of lines of the hand, o r the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events b y aid o f moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. N o 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full instruction for the use o f dumb bells Indian c lubs paralle l bars horizonta l ba r s and various other methods of developing a good, healthy muscle; containing over sixty illu s trations. Every boy can become strong and healthy by following the instructions c ontained in this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of sel f-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the ditfer ent pos itions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of thes e useful and instruct ive books, as it will teac h y o u how to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAS T Containing full i n struc tions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic ex e r c ises. Embracing thirty -five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and u s eful book. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instr nction for fen c ing and the use of the broad sword; al s o instruction in archery. D esc rib e d with twenty-one prac tical illustrations, giving the best p ositions in fencing. A complete book TRICKS WITH C A R D S No. 5i. HOW TO DO. TRICKS WITH CARDS.-C ontaining e xplanations of the gene r a l principles of sleight-of-hand appli c able to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sl e i ght-of -hand; of t r icks invo l ving sl e ight-of-hand, or the u se of tpecially p re p ared cards. B y Professor H affner. Illustrated. No. 72. BOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS W ITH ARD S.-Em bracing all of the latest and mo s t deceptive card t ricks with ill u strations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS. d ec eptive Card Tric ks as p e rform e d by leading conjurors and mag 1 c1ans. Arranged for home amusement Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. ? B O W TO D O TRICKS.-The great book o f magic and card tric ks, containing full instruc tion on all the l eading card t r icks of the a l so most popular magi cal illusions as performed by om: lea?mg magicians ; every boy should obtain a. copy o f this boak, as 1t will both amuse and in struc t. No : 22. TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explame d bl'. his former a ss istant, Fre d Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the se c r e t di a logues were carried on between the magi cian and the boy on the stag::; al s o giving all the cod e s and signals. The only authe ntic explanation of secon d s i g ht. No. 43. HOW TO BECOl\IE A MAGICIAN.-Containing the ?f m ag i ca l illu s i ons ever plac ed before the pub]J c Als o trick s with cards in c a ntatio n s etc No. 68 HOyV 'l' O DO CHEllIICAL TRICKS.-Containing o ver one hundred highly amusing and in struc tive tricks with chemicals. By A. And e rs on. Handsomel y illu strated. No. 69. 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THE STAGE. No. 41 THEl BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end meu. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No 4?. THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. Conta1!1mg a vaned asso,rtn:ient of titump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amusement and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKJJJ new a,nd very instructive. Every boy. abtam this as it con tams full instructions for orgamzmg an amateur mmstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original joke ever and it i s brimful of wit and humor. It contams a large co llection of songs, jokes, conundrums etc. of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit! humorist, and practical' qf the day. Every boy who can enJOY a good substantial joke should obtain a copy immediately. No .. 79. HQW TO BECOME AN ACTOR-Containing complete mstruct1ons bow to make up for various characters on the stage; together with the duties of the Stage Manager Prompte r Scenic Artist_and Property Man. By a promi n ent Stage Manager'. N!J. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' BOOK.-Containiug the lat est Jokes, anecdotes and funny stones of this world-renowned and ever popular comedian. Sixty-four pages ; handsome col ored cover contammg a half-tone photo of the a uthor. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing full instructions for constructing a window garden either in town o r country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books o n cooking ever publi she d. It contains r ec ipes for cooking meats, fish, game, and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of p astry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for e verybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to m ake almost anything around tbe house, such as parlor ornaments brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY,_.A de11cription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism ; t ogether with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, e tc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty illu strations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con taining fu II directions for making electrical machines, induction c oils, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. B y R A. R, Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW 'l'O DO ELECTRICAL a large collection of instructive and highly amusing electrica l tricks, together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. N o : 3 1 HQW T9 .BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing four teen 1llustrat1ons, g1vmg the different positions requ isite to beco me a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems fro m the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in t h e m osll simple and concise manne r possible. No. 49. ,HOW 'l'O DEBA'fE.-Giving rules for conducting d e bates, outlines for. qu,estions for discussion, and tha bed sources for procuring mformat10n on the questions given. S OCIETY. No. 3. TO arts and wiles of flirtatiob are fully by this htt.e book. Besides the various methods o f ha.r.dkerch1ei., fan, glove, parasol, wmdow and hat flirtation it con a .full hst of the language and sentiment of flowers, ;.,hich is m.terestrng to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy without one. 4. H.OW .'1'0 DANC E is the title of a new and handsome h.tt1e .book JU St issued by Tousey. 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HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illu s trated. By Ira Urofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hints on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bird s Also bow to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing mountin g and preserving birds, arimals aud ins ects No._ 54. HO!\" TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving co m as to the m.anner an.d method of rai sing, keeping, tammg, breedmg, and managmg all kmds of pets ; also giving full !nstructi.ons for cages, etc. Fully explained by twent.y-eigbt 11Ius!rations, makmg it the most complete book of the kind ever publ!shed. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST,_.A useful and i n structive book, giving a treatise on chemistry; also ex periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and di-E NTE RTA 1 NM E N T rections for making fireworks colored fires, and gas balloo n s ThiiJ No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry book cannot be equaled The secret given away. Every intellig ent boy reading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book for this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multimaking all kinds of candl, ice-crean;t>,. esse nces, etcw etc. t udes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. 84 HOW TO B.lliCOME A1Y AUT.1:1.0R.-Containing full art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the information regarding choice of subjects, tbe use of words and the greatest book ever publi s hed. and there's millions (of fun) in it. manner o f preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the neatne ss legibility and general com very valuable little book just published. A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable .. Hiland. 'for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A wonmoney than any book published. derful book containing useful and practical information in t he No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common t o ever y book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family Abounding in useful and effective recipes f o r gener a l combackgammon, croquet. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVID CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No 55. 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