Young Wild West and Senor Santo, or, The brigands of the border


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WILD WEST WEEKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Lil e Issued WeekZJJ-B'I! Subscription $2.50 pe,r year. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1911, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D C., b11 Frank Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 444. NEW YORK, APRIL 21, 1911. PRICE 5 C E N TS Young Wild West and Senor Santo .OR, THE BRIGANDS OF THE BORDER By AN OLD SCOUT CHAPTER I. SENOR S A NTO I S BAFFLED. In the e xtrem e southwe s t e rn part of New Mexico, where a half-square i s form e d as it join s old Mexico, is to be found the range of mountain s known a s the Sierra Hacheta. At the time of which we write t:tiis particular spot was one of the wildest and mos t unfrequented along the entire border. But one day some lucky prospe c tors struck it rich on the ea s t s lope o f the ran g e and none of them knew whether the y were upon American or Mex ican soil. But it matt e red little to them, s ince the gold dust was panning out wonderfully In less than two month s after the find others came to the s pot and th e result was that a regular trail, leading the way from Tomb s tone was soon made t This trail ran for the mos t part all the way along the Mex ican bord e r and it was n o t long before the gold-seeker s who went that way, found dan g er s and difficultie s ;resent ing them s elve s in the s hap e of Mexi c an bandits who seemed to be content to prey upon the lucky miners who were returning with their wealth, rather than dig for the precious metal them selves It was a warm afternoon in mid-winter that we find a rather handsome youn g man riding slowly alo'ng the trail in a lonel y part o f the picture sque range. He was a M e xican and one of the sort wlio take great prid e in the ir w e arin g apparel ; and who are quite common in that part o f the c ountry. His fanc y a ttire was c ompl e te from the wide-brimmed s ombr e r o clown t o t b e s ilver-pl ate d s pur s that wer e atta c hed to the high heel s of hi s riding-boot s The Mexi c an was well armed for he carried a carbine of American manufacture, a brace of revolvers and a hunting knife. Strapped to the high pack s addl e was a blanket and a water bottle, which showed that th e l one rid e r was p re pared to go into camp anywhere and e njoy what c omfort s were to be had from his blanket and the water he c a rried until he reached a town or mining c amp where he mi ght find better accommodations. The black mustache that adorned the hor s eman 's upp e r lip was waxed at the end s while hi s face was cleans haven This went to prove that he mu s t have taken con s id era bl e pride in his appearance, s in c e there was nothing in the way of a barber shop within miles of him The hor s e he rode was a fine-looking bay, and the saddl e and other trappings were of the fines t. The Mexican appeared to be in no hurry, for hi s hor s e was going at a walk. But h e a c t e d a s th o ugh he was on the watch for some one for he kept g lancing ahead almos t continually As the trail brought him to the mouth of a narrow r a vine he brought his hor s e to a h a lt, and s hadin g hi s e y e s with hi s hand p e ered s trai ght ahead for t h e s pace of a second or two, whil e at the same time h e li s t e n e d a s tho u g h he e x pec ted to hear sound s Suddenly hi s face lighted up and then he stai:ted hi s hor s e forward at a canter. The horseman had dete c ted the faint s ound s made by approaching horses, and it was evidently his intention to hurry forward to meet them. On through the ravine he rode and when be had covered a di s tance of perhaps two hundr e d y ard s he had the s at i s faction of s e e ing four horsem e n riding s wiftl y toward him. They were all Mexican s and .for th e r.nos t w ere attired s imilarl y to him s elf. "They ha v e come at l a st," h e muttered in Spani s h, a s he smil e d and shot a glan c e the way he had come. "I feared they might be too late. But it's a ll right now.

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2 YOUNG WILD WEST AND SENOR SANTO. We will be in time to intercept the small party 0 Amer icans who are on their way to dig or Mexican gold. I it were not for the fact that there are three ladies with them I would let them go on and get the gold. Then when they came back I would take it from them. But as one of the senoritas is very beautiful, and has completely won my heart, though I had not long to gaze upon her, I have changed my minc1. She must be the wife of Senor Santo, the king of the Brigands oi' the Border. Ha ha ha !" Ther e was a musical ring to the villain's laugh, though to have heard it one would 11ave been apt to think that there was something cruel about it, after all Senor Santo, as he called himself, brought his horse to a halt as the four Mexicans rode up, and when they had saluted him in military style, he nodded and said: "Well, you have got here, have you? I am very glad, for we have some business on hand." "Whicl1 way are they coming, senor?" one of the men asked. "From the west," was the reply. "Have they plenty of money?" "That I don't know. But there is a very beautiful girl with them. There are two, in fact, and a young woman who is the wife of one 0 the party I presume. I spied upon them while they were resting at noon, and from what I could hear them say t am satisfied of this This young woman's husband is a very tall American, typical of his race. He' has long, dark hair and a mustache, and he shows signs of having spent much of his time in the mountains. He is really the only man belonging to the party, for there are but two boys besides the ladies I have mentioned and two of the Chinese race, who, no doubt, are servants. They are well equipped, and from their general appearance I would take it that they must have plenty o:f money. I had scarcely looked upon one of the American girls than it occurred to me that she would make a splendid bride for me. You all know how many chances I have had to take a beautiful wife. But never once have 1 I felt inclined that way until I set eyes ori the fair senorita, whose hair is of a beautiful golden color, and whose eyes are as blue as the azure skies. Don't think it strange to hear your leader talk this way, for there are times in the lives of all men when they are captivated by a pair of eyes of the opposite sex." The four smiled at this, but the King of the Brigand s of the Border, as he had called himself, did not seem to be offended in the least. "How long before they will get here, Senor Santo?" one of them asked, after a pause "Very soon, I think, though they could not travel nearly as fast as I did, since their pack-horses !lre pretty well loaded. I think we had ride on to the end of the Tavine and wait there for them. There are five of us, and that will be quite enough to attend to thi s affair I suppose the rest of our band have had good luck, since they were instructed by me just what to do when the party of returning miners came along. They must have settled accounts with them long before this, so after we have fini shed the work I lmve planned we will ride to the cave, taking my in tended bride with us, and meet them there." The four nodded, just as though they had not the l east doubt thi\t it wguld turn out ex(l.Ctly as their leaqii11 planned. Senor Santo g&ve the and they all rqde through the.ravine at an easy pace. It was nearly three miles that they had to go before they reached the end of it, an(l theIJ they oame to & halt among the rocks, where a mountain stream tumbled from the cliffs above and went on its wa.y, snake -like fashion, until it was swallowed in the sands of the level stretch below. It was certainly a fine place for an ambuscade, since the Mexicans could li e behind the rock s and spring out upon the unimspecting travelers as they reached the nar row mouth of the huge that ran tl}rq11gh ll portion of the mquntain. The brigands dismounted, and permitting one of them to take charge of his horse, Senor Santo sat upon a rock and coolly rolled a cigarette. When he had lighted this and puffed away for a minute or two in silence, he nodded to one of his men and said : "Pedro, you had better ascend to the top of the cliff and watch for them. They surely must come soon now." "Si, senor," retorted the man addressed, speak ing in Spanish, and meaning that he agreed with him, and then he quickly left'the. spot and proceeded to climb the cliff He had barely reached the top, from which he could see quite a long distance back into the ravine, than he waved hi s hat in triumph and then came hurry in g down to those waiting below. "They are coming, Senor Santo!" he exclaimed. "Get ready for them." "Well, we haven't much to do in the way of getting ready/' was the cool reply, as the brigand leader threw !!-way his cigarette. "We must simply wait until they get within a few yards of us and then we will rush from behind the rocks and surprise them There will be no need of shooting them, I think, for they will have no chance to offer resistance. But if it should happen that they do fire iit us we will kill all but the females of the party." 1 The villains nodded and gripped their carbines to s how that they would not hesitate to obey the instructions of their leader. Crouching behind the rocks, their horses tied in a little hollow behind them, the brigands waited for the approach ing pa:i;ty. It was not long before they could hear the hoofbeats of the horses, and a few seconds lat er Senor Santo re moved his hat and peered from behind a rock. He saw them, and an exultant smil e l et up his h a ndsome face. Riding at the head of the little colu:qm were a boy and girl, and as he looked at them, Senor Santo coul d not help thinking that they were a very handsome couple indeed. The boy was attired in a fancy hunting-suit of buckski n and with a wealth of light chestnut hair hanging over his shoulders, and a broad somb rero tipped back gTacefull y upon his head, he certainly made a handsome, not to say dashing appearance. He was mounted upon a clean-limbed sorrel stal1foi1,

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YOUNG WILD WEST AND SENOR SANTO. 3 and the ease and grace with which he rode that he was a master of the art of riding. The girl at his side wore a combination riding and hunting suit of buckskin and som,e bright-colored material that blended superbly. Her golden hair was just enough in contrast with that of her companion's to add to the picture. Her horse was a cream-white mustang of the pony type, and she, too, showed how well used to the saddle she must be. Behind these two came the tall man Senor Santo had spoken of to his men, while at his side wa,<> a rather pretty young man of perhaps twenty-five. 1 Following them closely was another boy and girl, all being attired in a fashion similar to the couple in the lead. Bringing up the rear were two typical Chinamen, who were leading a pair of well-loaded pack-horses. Senor Santo took all this in in the short space of half a minute. Then he raised his hand for his companions to be ready. Just as the boy and girl in the lead were about to emerge from the end of the defile the brigand leader spmng to his feet and, leveling a rE!Volver at the couple, called out: "Halt!" .At the same instant his companions sprang over the rocks and pointed their carbines at the party. The boy and girl reined in their steeds instantly, though neither to be half as much surprised as Senor Santo thought they would be. "Hold up your hands !" called out the brigand leader, in a commanding voice, speaking in good English. "What is the trouble my friends?" the boy on the sorrel stallion asked, as coolly as though it was nothing out of the ordinary that was happening. "I reckon you must have made a mistake." "Ha, h a ha!" Senor Santo laughed. "Are you a fool, boy? Don't you know that by pressing the trigger of this pi s tol I can send you to instant death?" "Well, you might do that all right, but I think you are only trying to frighten us. Just put your gun down and we'll talk it over. We are not to be so easily scared as all this, you know." "You are a very cool hand, as youAmericans say," the retorted, the smile still showing on his face. "But I think you will find out, presently, that your life is in dano-er. You heard me order you to hold up your hands! No: do as I told you, or I will shoot you dead!" "All right, senor. If you mean it, I suppose we will have to obey." As he said this the boy's left hand went up, his right following it. But the right only went up a short distance, and sud denly a sharp report sounded. Senor Santo uttered a startled cry and dropped his revolver. The blood was streami ng from his wrist, too, and sur prised as he was, he knew the bullet had grazed him. His four companions were so startled that instead of opening fire on the travelers they turned and ran for the shelter of the rocks. Crack crack Two of them failed to reach the rocks in time and fell to. the ground. The boy on the sorrel stallion had shown how quick he could shoot, and how to find the mark, too. "Get back there!" he called out, and then wheeling his horse around he rode back into the ravine, followed by his girl companion. Senor Santo had not moved a foot from the spot, He stood there as though he had been dazed, and not until the party he had held up had disappeared from view did he come to his full senses. He looked at his wri s t and found it was only a s light flesh wound, and then picking up the revolver that had dropped from his hand, he ran behind the rocks, wl1ere the two Mexicans who had escaped were huddled in fear. Then it was that a string of Spanish oaths c ame from the lips of the baffled brigand c hief. His two companions listened but did not venture to say a word. "Caramba !" cried Santo, when he found they refrained from speaking. "Why don't you say something? What does this mean, anyhow?" I "The American boy was too quick for you, Senor the nian called Pedro answered. "He shot as qmck a s lightning." "Did you see him shoot?'" "I saw him shoot your pistol from your band." "But did he drop our two companions?" "Yes, Senor Santo." "Well, why didn't you s hoot him?" Pedro hung his head He was unable to give a sat is factory answer, he knew, so he said nothing. The brigand leader flew into a terribl e rage and it looked for a minute or two as though he was gomg to wreak hi s s pite upon bis two men by killing them But he soon quieted down, however, and then nodding to Pedro, said : "Mount and ride to the cave and bring as man y men as there .axe there here. I will stay with Gonzales and watch the mouth of the defile. Thj)y can never come out and pass us alive, for we will shoott'them down from behind the rocks here. Go, and come back as quickly as you can._ I have s worn to make the beautiful American girl my bnde, and when Senor Santo swears to a thing he never goes back on it. Away with you, Pedro." Pedro acted as though he did not half like the idea .0 leaving ; but no doubt he knew what would happen to lnm if he dared to disobey, so he crept over to where the horses were and selecting his mount, led the animal alone: for a short distance, and then swung himself into the sadclle. 'As he galloped away and disappeare'd behind a big pile of rocks, a hundred yards Senor Sant? gave a nod of satisfaction, and turnmg to Gonzales, his sole compan ion now, he exclaimed : "If y0u fail to shoot the American s when they attempt to come through, I will shoot you! You lmow me, Gonzales." "I will do as you say, Senor Santo/' came the reply.

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\II '============================================== =============== YOUNG WILD WES T A ND SE NOR SANTO Five min u tes passed a nd then a sto n e came rattling down the side of the cliff behind t hem. Instinctively, the eyes of the two villa in s turned that way. A sharp cry came from the l ips of Gonza les, while Senor Santo turn,ed as white as a sheet. Standing on a narrow ledge that was not more than twenty feet above them was the dashingl ooking boy who had baffled the bandits but a short time bef ore CHAPTER II. They acted as cook and handy man for the party. As we find them down near the Mexican border, our hero and hi s companions were on one of their horseback trips in search of excitement, adventure and fortune The fact that Young Wild Wes t and his partners drew big incomes from their mining intere sts in different parts of the Wild West made it possible for them to go and come when they pleased; and as they never felt quite at ease un less something in the way of danger threatened, and they were in the open air, they chose to spend the greater part of their t ime in riding from one place to another, where civilizati o n was in its infancy. YOUNG WILD WEST SHOWS UP IN TRUE FORM. Young Wild west had heard of the great s trikes that The reader has, of cou rse, guessed who it was who h ad were being made in the Sierra Hac\leta Range, and he succeeded in getting the best of Senor Santo. decided to come d o wn that way and make an investiga-It was no other than Young Wild West, the wellkn o w n tion. Boy Hero who was generally known as the Champion Dead -It was not so much for the purpose of striking a rich s hot of the West; and it is doubtful if any one living cou l d gol d mine as it was for the adventures that might be found have succeeded in baffling the Mexicans as he had done. there. His aim in life was to do all the good he could The boy seemed to hove been born with a determination But it was all due to his wonderful coolness and p resto rout out all the 1ess characters he came across, and ence of mind his adventures wb/ engaged in that pastime, as it might It was not the first time the boy had been placed in such be called, had been many a eo it was not strange that he disp l ayed s uch The thrilling escapes he had made ran up well into the coolness when surprised by the five scoundrels. hundreds, but his coolness, good judgment and good luck He was the sworn enemy of crooks and bad men ha d bro ught h i m safely through them all, and he was The girl who had been riding at his side was h i s sweetcontinua ll y looking for more. heart, charming, gol den haired Arietta Murdock, a true It was about the same with his two partners, and the _..,..,-'-Western girl; and, like her dashing young lover, she had gir ls, who had become so used fo that sort of life, did not been quick to think and to act The result was that she turned her horse alm o st as mind the dangers they so often came in cont!).ct with O f course, there were times when they wished they were quickly as the boy did, and they got back into the rav i ne anywhere but in the wilderness. in a hurry But it was really not necessary for tliem to s o But as they had always come safely out of the diffi,. quickly, since Young Wild West had dropped two of the culties they fell into they soon forgot about them. brigands, and the others showed no disposition to put u p While our friends had heard of the band of brigands a figh't just then that operated along the trail near the Mexican border, As soon as they found themselves safe l y out of sight they had not been even thinking of them when the hold up occurred. of the three survivors of the attack i ng party, the boy exclaimed : Thus it will be seen how cool and cou rageous Young Wild "Well, that was quite a surprise, but I reckon it wasn' t West rea ll y was. all a one-si
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YOUNG WILD WEST AND SENOR SANTO. 5 I of the defile, though none of them had the least idea that "Well, my name is Young Wild West. Are you glad to the villains would come through to attack them. meet me?" "It seems rather strange that they should hold us up Senor Santo gave a violent start. It was plain that h e on our way to the gold diggin's," Jim Dart observed, with had heard the name before. a shrug of his shoulders "According to the reports we've have got me dead to rights, as you Americans received, they usually attack those who are going back say," be observed; after a pause, at the same time shrug well laden with gold dust." ging his shoulders and l ooking about him, helplessly. "'7 ell, I' suppose they saw us coming, and thought they "What do you propose to do?" might as well see what they could get from us," Young "Well, if I did the right thing I would shoot you dead Wild West answered, in his cool a nd easy way. "They and then drop your companion, but I don't like to do a have found out, all right, and the chances are they wish thing like that, so I ai1t going to give you a chance I will they hadn't interfered with us. But if we are going on come down there and fight you." through, I reckon it will be a good idea for me to climb "I don't want to fight you," Santo answered, quickly. up to the cliff and see what they are doing. The rest of "I stopped you for the purpose of robbing you and I you r emain right where you are and keep a sharp watch." failed. .If you want to take me a prisoner, come and do The boy quickly dismounted and selecting a place where so. But I tell you plainly that I will not be taken alive." it would be quite easy for him to climb upward, he went "Well, I don't know as it will make much difference at it without delay. whether you are taken alive or dead. But just now I am Stron!S and athletic as he was'. it was .easy for to not in the humor to take you. I am going to let you go, make his way upward, and he did so without makrng a with the expectation of meeting you later bn. Of course, sound, either. you will feel like having revenge upon me, and that is A: he neared top ?f the cliff he could see two of the J just what I l ike. I am never happier than I know Mexicans crouclung behmd the rocki;;. I have got an enemy looking for me. But I will tell you q. It happened that Pedro had already take n his departure. right now that no matter how you go about it, I will get you 1 \ Wild, as our hero was called by his friends for short, in the end. Now, then, the best thing you can do i s to was a little surprised when he saw there were but two of mount your horse. Your companion can do likewise, and them. we will ride along with you until you find your friends. Bu t when he happened to look over the level stretch 'I'hen if you feel disposed to do so, you can call them to and saw one of them riding swiftly away, he understood. C:ome out and rob us. How does that strike you, Senor .. -......._ "Ah!" he exclaimed, under his breath. "I reckon Senor Santo?" Santo has sent for help. They mean to get us. if they I "Caramba !" can Well, I will soon show them how foolish they are for 1 The face of the villain was black with rage now, showthinking of s uch a thing." inO' that the bantering way of the boy irritated him greatly. He craw led along until he rea ched' a ledge, and then Wild now looked for a way to get down from the ledge, 1 stepped li g htl.v until he was almost directly over the hro and finding that he could do so by going a few yards further along, !!tarted that way, but never once put down hi s gun. Seemg that they were not likely to look up very s oon, Reaching the ground below, he walked up to the two he rolled a stone down toward them. Mexicans and motioned them to mount their horses at the "How are you, Senor Santo?" he asked, coolly, while same time saying : a s mil e played abo;1t lips, as he noticed how startled "You heard wbat I u st tola ou, Senor Santo. Q-o the l eader 0 the v1llarns was. "You have aent for help, h d d d I ,, J y I see.'' a ea an o as say. Gonzales quickly made a move to go toward the horses. Senor Ranto, who saw the deadly revolver in the hand "Hold on!" said our hero, stern ly. "I reckon you will of the boy, and knew that a s li ght pressure upon the both go together. I am not going to give you a chance trigger would send a bullet through his heart at fir s t made fo take a s l y shot at me, Mr. Greaser. I am not in th e no reply. habit of doing things like that. I have met too many of But he was a pretty cool s ort of man and slowly drawb "tl your kind before, you see." ing himself to his full height he gazed at the oy wi 1 "d G6nzales stopped instantly and awaited further orders. something like defiance, and sa1 : "Are you ready to surrender?" "Come on through, all of you!" Wild called out to hi s "Hardly l" and Young Wild West laughed. "I might companions. "I have got the two rascals dead to rights." ask you that question, though." "Whoopee! whoopee! Wow! wow! Yip, yip, yip!" "A word from me and you will be shot dead, for I hQ,ve shouted Cheyenne Charlie, and then he came riding out plenty of men lying behind the rock s over there," said the of the defile at a canter. brigand leader, bluffingly. Jim Dart wa s right behind him, and then the girls came "All right, tell them to go ahead and shoot, Senor alqng, with the two Chinamen in th rear. Santo." "Where's ther other ga loot Wild?" the scout asked, "Caramba !" exclaimed the villain finding that his ruse when he saw that there were but two there. would not work. "Who are you, boy?" "Oh, Senor Santo sent him for h elp, I s uppose was "Would you like to know?" the cool reply. "Just relieve thei;;e twq fellows of their "Yes, you are a regular fiend. Who are you ?" weapons. It will be safe, I think."

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'6i YOUNG WILD WEST '.AND SENOR SANTO. "Right yer are, Wild," and the scout was off his horse I for revenge, and that means that we will meet him again. 'in a twinkling. I also told him that no matter what he did he would get He quickly took the weapons from the two men, and as the worst of it. I feel satisfied that he will, too." Gonzales growled something in his own language as it "If he don't he'll be ther first one, Wild," and the scout was done, he turned him around and seizing his collar, smiled grimly as he spoke quickly, administered a sound kick to him. Anna and Eloise did not seem to be exactly at their ease, "There, you dog of a greaser! How do yel' like that?" though Arietta did not seem to mind the situation in the Gonzales hissed something that was untintelligible, so least. Charlie gave him another kick that sent him sprawling. She laughingly told them that it was only another little "How about you?" he asked, turning to Senor Santo. adventure that had been added to the long list. "Shall I muss you up a little, too?" "If we came all the way down here without meeting the "You have me in your power, senor, so you can do as Brigands of the Border, as they are called, we would not you like,'' was the retort. feel satisfied, girls," Young Wild West's sweetheart de"Let him alone, Charlie," spoke up our hero "He clared, laughingly. "Of course, we met them a little hates us enough as i t is, so there is no use in ruffling sooner than we expected to. But it's all the saml!." his :{eelings any further. Senor Santo bas found those "Isn't there a reward offered for the capture of Senor who are more than his match to-day, so that is quite enough Santo?" the scout's wife ventured to ask. to make him feel down-h earted, I think." "Yes, I suppose there is, but we are not looking for a The boy now turned to the two silent forms that lay reward, you know." where they had dropped when he fired so quickly. "Well, I think it would be just as well if Wild were to He saw that they were both stunned, and after looking tum them over to the authorities." them over he turned to the brigand leader and said: "Yes, but where are the authorities? That is the ques"I suppose you will want to give these carcasses some tion." care, so you had better tie them upon the two extra horses well, there must be Mexican soldiers located along the you have here. Go ahead and do it right away, for we border-line somewhere." are in a hurry to get somewhere to camp for the night." "No doubt, and if we-should happen to come across them Senor Santo evidently qid not like to be ordered about just now, Wild would surely turn the prisoners over to in that way. But there was no help for it, so he called his them. But I hardly think we will meet any Rurales, or companion, and the two did as they were directed. any one else very soon. You must remember that, acN either Wild nor his partners offered to help them the cording to what we were told, we have nearly another day least bit, but waited patiently until the two were tied upon to travel before we will r e ach the gold dig g ings." the horse s the men had ridden. "You have got that just right, Et," Young Wild West Then Wild nodded to the leader and said : spoke up, smiling at his golden-haired sweetheart "It "Now, then, get on your own horse is not likely that we will mee t any one we could turn the Gonzales did not have to be told to do this, and he was prisoners over to. We will just take them along until we in the saddle before the leader. get close to where their headquarters are I am satisfied "Ride on ahead came the command from the boy. that we are going in the right direction, for the other "Remember what I told you. When you get within call grease r went this way, and I can see the fresh hoof-prints of your friends; you can shout for them to come out and of his horse." tackle us, if you have a mind to. But the moment you do They rode along for about half an hour, and then Senor thi s you will die, Senor Santo. That is something that Santo, who had been silent up to that time, turned his you mu s t not forget." head and fixing his gaze upon the handsome face of Young There was no reply to this, and though he must have Wild Wes t, he said: been greatly crestfallen and humiliated, Senor Santo rode "Senor West, can't we come to an agreement?" along ahead of the party, leading one of the horses that "Well, what have you to offer?" the boy answered. carried a brigand. "You let me go free now and I promise you not to in"Well, boys," said Young Wild West, nodding to his terfere with you or your friends again." partners, "I reckon we have got our hands full just now. "Do you mean that, Senor Santo?" I s uppose there will be some trouble in getting rid of these "I am a gentleman and a man of my word." two fellows." "I doubt it very much, senor But since you have made "There wouldn't be much trouble about it if I had my the proposition I will agree to it. Go on. You are free way,. Wild," Cheyenne Charlie answered, and he touched to go where you please." his neck with his forefinger, significantly. "We've gC1t "You have no use for the weapons you gathered from plenty of rope, ain't we?" us," and the brigand leader nodded at the two / "Yes, that's right, but it won't do to l ynch them. That who bad taken possession of the carbines, revolvers and is not in our line of business, Charlie." knives that had belonged to the injured Mexicans, as "I know it ain't, but there's been lots of times when I well as the two they had made prisoners think it oughter be in our line, jest ther same." "Well, no; we are pretty well fixed in that lin e Ent I "Well, we won't do anything like that just now. While reckon we had better keep them, just th e s ame." I was standing upon the ledge I made up my mind to let "Just as you say, Senor West." Senor S:mto go. I told him I felt sure that he would look thought a moment. He was nqt one Lit afraid o f

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YOUNG WILD WEST AND SENOR SANTO. anything the brigand chief might do. He really had no They were not so sure that the brigands, as the lawless use for the weapons, so he decided to give them to him. band of villains called themselves, might not ride up and "I suppose you would be satisfied if 1 gave you what attack them at any moment. belonged to you and your greaser companion?" the boy But nothing of the sort happened, and in a few minutes asked. they had reached the little valley and were riding toward "I will be satisfied with anything that suits you," came the group of shanties and tents that were located along the reply. the bank of a shallow stream, which was fed by the melting "Well, I don't know just how :far we are from your snow on the mountain tops. haunt, so I reckon you can take your weapons. Ride Everything seemed to be brand-new, even to the tents, back there and our Chinamen will give them to you." which were remarkably white for miners' tents. Senor Santo took off his hat and made a poHte bow,. But the shanties had been nailed together in a hurry, just as though a great :favor had b een bestowed upon him. and some of them looked grotesque enough, since no such He turned the horse he had been leading over to Gon-tools as a level or square had been used in their con zales and rode back to the two Chinamen, who at once struction. allowed him to take what he wanted. But the camp itself was about like the general nm o:f "Tliank you very mucli, "Senor West,'' he said, as he them, and Young Wild West and his :friends had been rode back, his carbine slung over his shoulder and his to so many that it was not at all new to them. revolvers hanging :from his belt. Now I feel better. This has been quite an adventure this afternoon. It is one Along the bank of the creek for over a mile men couid such as I never took part in before, and I never will forget be seen working, though it was near quitting-time for tM it as long as I live. But you Will find that I am a man day when the young deadshot and his companions arrived. of homir. I have given you my word that I will never "Wild," said Arietta, as they rode along the bank of interfere -With you again." the creek toward a little bridge, so they might cross and "Nor my companions, either?" added Wild, a twinkle in get into the camp proper, "some one in Tombstone told his eyes. you the name of this place I believe." "Nor your companions, either." "Yes, Et,)t is Greaser Creek, unless we liave st:i:uck another one that was not known to o'ur informant." "All right, Senor Santo. I believe you are telling a liare-faced lie, but we will let it go at that. Now, then, "Oh, this must be the one, then. There was only one light out." mining camp down this way, so we heard." The brigand leader again doffed his hat and bowed. "Well, we will soon find out. There's the shanty hotel, Then he turned sharply to the right and entered a pass just the other side of the bridge. Like all of them we find isn't it?" that ran through among the rocks on the mountainside. "Ab!" exclaimed Cheyenne Charlie, suddenly, "that's "Yes, Wild, all such places look alike in small camps ther way ther other galoot went. I kin see ther tracks like this. They build the shanties one story, and then of his horse. No wonder he stopped here, Wild." put up a false front to make them appear as though there "Well, that's all right, Charlie. We will keep right on was an upstairs part to them. I can't und erstand why going, and we won't forget to keep a watch behind us, tbo. they do that." Gome on." "Well, it is just to make a show, I sup,pose. But that Tliey all set out at a gallop now, and the spot where the shanty hotel is quite a big one. It" must be fifty feet two brigands had disappeared was soon left behind them. in and over a hundred itl depth. But I suppose It must have been that they had been informed wrongly the proprietor does lots of business, for gold-seekers have as to the distance to the gold diggings, for in less than half been coming this way for the past month or two." an hour after leaving the brigands they came in sight of a They rode across f!1e bridge, which was a rather rickety mining camp that nestled in a litle valley a mile below affair, though quite strong enough to carry the horses, one them. at a time. "I reckon we've got here a day ahead of time, Wild," said If there had been no bridge there it would have been Cheyenne Charlie, as he nodded tow:ard the group of shaneasy for them to crosB the creek, since, as far as they could ties and tents. galoot in Tombstone, who made out see, the water was not deeper in any part of it than a foot that he all about this part of ther country, was a or two. little off in his judgment as to ther time it took ter git here Hal a dozen loungers were sitting and standing in front "He certainly was, Charlie," the young deadshot re-of the hotel, if such it could be called, while in the door plied. "But it is all the better, for we'll stop at this stood a portly, smooth-faced man, conspicuous in a blue mining camp for a while and do a little brigand hunting. flannel shirt, the sleeves of which were rolled to bis el We will be quite handy to Senor Santo's hang-out, and bows. that will make it all the better." As our fi:iends rode up and came to a halt before the CHAPTER III. AT GREASER CREEK. Young Wild West and his partners did not forget to keep a watch behind them as they rode down the crooked trail that led to the mining camp in the valley below. hotel, according to their usual custom on entering min ing camps, the individual stepped from the doorway, and taking his pipe from his mouth, nodded pleasantly and called out: "Hello, stra ngers! Jest come down from Tombstone, I s'pose ?"

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' v 8 YOUNG WILD WEST AND SENOR SANTO. "That's right,'' Wild answered, as he dismounted and room or yer; though I'm putty well filled up an' don't s tarted toward him. "Is this pla c e called Greaser Creek? know what I kin do with ther women folks,'' the pro "Sure as you're born it is, young feller. What do you prietor went on, s haking his head and looking as though he think of it?" was somewhat puzzled. "Oh, it looks all right. How is the dust panning out "Well, I reckon we won't stop with you," Wild an s w e red. here ?" "We are so to camping out that we won't mind it "Fine,'' and the man nodded as though he was very ,now. We'll put up our tents along the bank of the creek glad of it, too. "Everything is workin' lovely here. As somewhere, so we won't interfere with ally one, and stop many as a dozen has got rich an' left for home. If we here for a few days, perhaps. You see, we have made up ain't interfered with by ther Mexicans, we'll dig out many our minds to clean up this gang of brigands. A s I just millions of dust inside of a year, an' don't yer forgit it." two of them went .under this afternoon." "Why, is this land on Mexican territory?" Wild asked. "Was Senor Santo with them?" "Well, no one seems te r know about that Somebody "Yes, he was with them, and -we took him a pr i soner, did ,say there was a monument right along here some place, but let him go when we got near his hiding-place." tha t had been put up to show wher e ther line was. But "Let go!" it wasn't here when I got here, so I don't know nothin' The hotelkeeper was astounded. about it." "What did yer do that for YounO' Wild West?" "I see. Probabl y the monument was des troyed, then." "Well you see we had an' idea that Greaser Creek was "I don't know nothin' about that. It ain t none of my a great deal further away than it was. If w e had known bu siness, I s'p o se." it was so clos e by we would have certainly brought "No, o f course not. You're h e re to make money in the Santo and the other greaser right here." hot e l business, and it is natural that you s hould want to "Young feller, I don't believe you met Senor Santo any be allowed to remain here more than I did." "That's it. I've got a United State s Government li cense, too, 'cause I think if it comes to a s bow-down, my place will be found t
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YOUNG WILD WEST AND SENOR SANTO. '. 9 "My friend, I don't like to be called a liar, so you had you drop dead. You started inter fight Young Wild West better take that back." with your fists Now, go ahead an' do it." "I never took nothin' back I ever said yet." "Never mind, Charlie. I reckon I can take care 0 "Well, you are going to take it back, just the same, this Big Dan," Wild interrupted. "You ju s t keep quiet. So time. There is always a beginning, you know. Now, then, long as no one else interfere s there will be nothing for if you don't apologize for calling me a liar I am going to you to do." thrash you." "All right, Wild, came the reply ."Jes t as you say." "You thrash me! Ha, Jm, ha!" and the'bad man roared Big Dan thought better of pulling his gun, but he did with laughter. not offer to get upon his feet True to his prinqiples, Wild started right in to make him Wild waited till what he thought was a reasonable apologize. length of time, and then he leaped forward quickly and His left fist shot out suddenly and caught the unsuscaught him by the collat of his shirt. pecting rascal between the eyes. He gave a quick kick and lifted him at the same time, Big Dan's laughter turned to a cry of di smay, and he and the result was that the villain g ot upon his feet with staggered back, almost falling to the ground. amazing quickness. The rest of the loungers got out of the way in a hurry, "Now, then," said the young deadshot, as he gave him and looked astounded a push and let go his collar, "are you ready to apologize Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart
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10 YOUNG WILD WEST SENOR S.A:NTO. in me, Young Wild West, so you needn t be afraid that Big Dan will git a gang together an' wipe you out." "Oh, we are not the least afraid of anythin"' like that happ e ning," and the boy laughed lightly. 0 A f ter a few more words l}ad been exchanged our friends started down the c reek, and finding a place that would ju s t suit them, the y came to a halt, and the two Chinamen began unloading th e pack-horses. CHAPTER IV. READY FOR A GAE OF DRAW POKE R. B y th e time the camp was put in s hap e th e s un was s et ting. The miners could be seen returning from their work, but Young Wild Wes t and his friend s remain e d righ t where they were. What they wanted now was their supper, for they all had good appetite s as might be supposed. Wing Wah, the cook, ltad started a fire as soon as the tents were erected, while Hop Wah had seen to it that the h?rses were taken care of and placed where they could nibble at the short grass and drink from the brook when they :felt disposed. The scout's :Wife assisted the cook in the evemng meal, as it was getting rather late, and it was nece& sary to hurry matters a little. The result was that it was not long before they were all s i tting down to a supper of broiled partridges v e ni s on and baked potatoes, with hot muffins and coffee to help along. Young Wild West and his friends always lived pretty well they saw to it that they carried a good s upply of pro v1s10ns, and as game was generally plentiful where they traveled, they got their share of it, though they never shot any more th.Im they needed. It was aark by the. time supper was fini s hed, and the iight from the campfire lit up the surrounding s sufficiently to enable them to see tlie approach of any one. "Well, boys,"' said the young deadshot, nodding to his two partners, "I 1:feel just in the humor to smoke a cigar. Suppose we take a walk over to the hotel and buy some?" "I was jest goin' ter light my pipe, but :r reckon a cigar will go all right now," Cheyenne Charlie answered. "Well, I don't smoke a great deal, but I think I'd enJOY one just now," Jim Dart spoke up. "I reckon the girls will be all right here :for awhile." "Oh, yes,'; Arietta spoke up. "We are so clo3e to the shanties that I hardly we need fear any danger: It isn't likely Big Dan will come here to bother us. If he does I think we'll be able to take care of him." Our hero smiled, for he knew quite well that Arietta was quite capable of taking care of any ruffian who might try to make trouble. She could shoot as well as the average cowboy, and she was not lacking in courage. / Our hero and his partners had no taken their departure from the camp than Hop Wah sneaked quietly off through the darkness. Hop was often called Young Wild West's Clever Chi nee, and this was because he was an exception to the general run of his race. He was, in :fact, a very clever magician, and fond of practical joking. But he had failings, of course, and one of them was that lle was a little too fond of whiskey, which he call e d tangle foot. Anoth e r was that he was a gambler, and he was better sat i sfie d than when he was sitting in a game of poker, pla ying against card sharps, who won their money thro u g h ch e atin g Hop always had a s much as a thousand dollars on hi s person a t one time, a nd o f t e n three times that amount. It was. his intention to go to the hotel, too, for he kne w a ll a bout the ways of the inhabitants of the mining camps, a nd if a game of d ra w poker could not be found there he would be S l1rprised, i n d eed. He did not follow the three, but went on around to the r ear of the Jiot e l building, and as he entered and made his way to the barroom he .;was jus t in time to see Wild and hi s,,..___ partners come 'in by the front door. There was perhaps a score of Tough-looking men gath ered there, for they had eaten their supper and had come to the barroom to spend the evening, as they were in the habit of doing. But there was really no other place for them to go, so it was not strange. ) They worked hard during the day, and mu s t have some sort of recreation in the evening. "There's that heathen galoot, Wild," Cheyenne Charlie said, as he caught sight of Hop as he made his way to the little bar that was situated in one corner of the big room. "Well, I am -not surpri s ed to see him here, Charlie," was the reply. "You know what Hop is, so what i s the use of trying to prevent him :from having his tangl e foot ?" "There ain't no use, Wild. But jest see how he done it. He waited till we started, an' then he sneaked around in a hurry an' come in by ther back way. Why didn't he come right along with us an' have done with it?" "Well, if he had done that you have !?ad anything to talk about. He knows that, Charlie." "Yes, I know he does, ther heathen galoot. He thi,nks himself mighty smart. He's all ther time tryin' ter do somethin' ter make me mad." "Well, that's all rig lit. You know very well that you think a whole lot of him." "You kin bet your life I do. But why wouldn t I? Ain't he more than once saved my life? That's what "'iv e s him his hold with all of us. He kin do putty near :s he pleases, an' we don't feel as though we oughter say any thing ag'in him.", "You havee lillee dlink, Misler Charlie?" the Chinaman called qut just then, as if he knew he was the subject of the conversation. "No, you yaller galoot. I don't want ter drink with yer," was the retort. light, Misler Charlie. Me no care. Me velly smartee Chinee." By this time nearly every man in the room was looking at the newcomers. But when they heard the Chinaman talking so glibly in his pigeon-English, more than one smile could be seen on the faces of the miners.

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YOUNG WILD WEST AND SENO R SANT O 11 It happened that Hop and Wing were the first China an' any one is welcome ter join in, even if it's ther smart men to strike Greaser Creek, though the race was comChinee," one of them said, by wa;y of a challenge. mon enough to every man there. Wild said nothing to this, for he knew it would be use "That Chinee of yours is a mighty good talker, Young less to do so. .. Wild West,'' Bill Riley called out, as he fini shed waiting Hop looked at him, questioningly, but the boy turned on flOme customers. "He don't seem ter be much like ther his head, so taking it for granted that he would be permit ordinary heathens I've seen." ted to take a hand in the game, the clever Chinee walked "Well, he isn't, either, Mr. Riley," Wild answered slowly to the table, and, pulling up a chair, sat down. "Since you have spoken about it, I may as well tell you "Me likee play um :fiveehandee gamee, so be," he said. right now that Hop w ah is a very clever card sharp At this juncture a man crawled through a window near Those who hear me will understand by what I say that it at hand and stepped rather timidly toward the table. isn't safe to play poker with him, because he can cheat It was Big Dan. without being detected, and that means that he is gen"If nobody ain't got any objections, I'd like ter take ff" erally a sure winner every time be plays." _hand in this game,'' he said, looking at Young Wild West "Whattee mattee, Misler Wild?" Hop asked; in an inand partners as be expected they might have jured tone of voice as he stepped over closer to our hero. somethmg to say agamst him. "Well never mind :Hop It seems to me that there "Hello, Big Dan!" our hero called out, as he stepped t db' "Wh t' th t t 'd ?" are a lot of honest, good-natured men here, and I wanted im.. a s a 7ou JUS sai ip warn them not t pla poker with you that's all H I Its all nght, Young Wild West. You licked me all' hear tell of you one unless it' is some who an' s quare, an' I ain't got nothin' ag'in yer. I jest said is trying to cheat you I will make you give back the money that if no.one objected I would lik e ter play in this here you win. Just bear that in mind." game of poker "Allee light, Misler Wild. Me no cheatee. Me velly "Well, if you can't play poker any. be.tt;; than you can goodee Chinee fight you had better not take a hand m it. "That's all right. I never learned how to fight with So saymg, the swa11owed of my fists, but I reckon I've learned how ter play poker the glass he was holdmg m his hand at the tune, and then "All ht th G ah d I 't 'nt f e th d bl dl t th d ng en. o ea won i er er w1 ,... sm1 e an y a e crow 1 t k t' t "h t th Ch' W ld h d t k t' th th t d h B' you un ess you a e a no ion o o oo c maman or i a a en no ice e momen e en ere t at ig d th' h ,, D o some mg ras an was conspicuous by his absence. I "I 't t t k t' t h t b d I "L t' h M R l ,, h 'd t th am gom er a e a no ion er s oo no o y. e s ave some cigar s r. i ey, e sa1 o e pro't th t t f I 't" t "Th b d am ; a sor o a man, am pne or. e est y,ou have m the house is none too goo Some of the b standers laughed at this which told for us" Y plainly what they thought of the bad man who had been Well, I've got ther best I kin git for good money, Young bullying every one about previous to thi s time. Wild West. I hope they ll suit yer. I've got mighty good But Big Dan swallowed his wrath, if he had any ju s t whiskey, too then, and took it good-naturedly. "Well, I never use anything like that, so it makes no He seemed very anxious to play cards, so he pulled up difference to me wheth e r it is good or bad.'1 his chair and made the fifth one at the table. \ "Yer don't drink nothin' stro ng, then?" Our hero and his partners had watched Hop so many "No, and neither does Jim. Charlie take s a drop once times when he sat in a poker game that"it was hardly of in awhile, for his s tomach' s sake,. so he says, though I any interest to them now. reckon he would be just as well off without it." But since they knew be could deceive about any one he "We11, since you s peak about it, I reckon I'll take a met in that kind of a game, they watched to see what would little drop now, Wild,'' and the scout grinned broadly, as happen now. though he thought it a good joke. Of course it would be the same old thing. They all had what they wanted, and Wild paid the bill, Hop would get all the money if the game went far not :forgetting to ask the proprietor to take something enough himself. Bill Riley produced a n _ew pack of cards and brought Hop came in for the round, too, far h e had a way of forth a big pile of chips that were red, white and blue in never getting left, when the least chance afforded to drop color. m. "I'm ther banker," he said, "an' every time a pot is won What Wild had said about the Chinaman playing poker a blue chip goes into ther kitty I ain't furnishin' cards had created no little interest among the miners present. an' tables an' chairs for my hea.Jth, yer know. Ther blue As was usually the case, nearly all of them had a fond chips is a dollar apiece Ther red ones is five dollars, an' ... ness for gambling. .., ther white ones is twenty-five cents. That's ther only In spite of the warning they had received, three of them 1way we play here; an' ther rules of ther ba s got to got together at one side of the room, and after no little be abided by. whispering, they went to a table and sat down, at the same "Allee light, Misler Liley," Hop answered, blandly, for time calling out to the landlord to fetch them a new pack be remembered the man's name quite well, since he had of cards heard him tell it to Wild. "Me ta kee fivee bundled doll e e "We're goin' to have a little game for an hour or tw o worth of u m chips, so b e."

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I t 11 YOUNG WILD WEST AND SENOR SANTO. "Whew!" exclaimed one of the miners, half ris ing and formed, since it was located in a cav J that would be diffi looking at the Chinaman in amazement. "What do yer cult to discover by any one, no matt r how persistent they think this game is goin' ter be? We jest set down here might be in searching for it. ter pas s ther time :;iway. We don t expect ter git ?way The entrance to the cave was from a narrow pass, where up in ther hundred s Ther way we generally play i s that th e rocks ran up perpendicular on either side. each man buys about fifty dollars' worth of chips, an d The mouth of this was not more than s i x feet in width, then make a freeze-out o.f it. As soon as a man loses hi s and but one horseman could ride through at a time. chips he drops out of ther game, an' s o on until there's Here it was that a fl.at piece of rock had been arranged only two left Of cour se. one i s apt ter gi t all ther money s o it could be dropped down from the in s ide by simply by playin' that way, hut it make s ther game la st a long moving a long s tout stic k which acted as a lever in pW.cing time, an' gives them what drops out a c hance ter s tart the st on e door in pos ition again. anoth er game at anoth e r table." Sometimes this was left open all day long, and the two "Allee light. Me buy um hundled dollee worth of um brigand s found it so when they reacJ;ied it now. chips, len." Senor Santo rode through firs t and a s soon a s Gon"Well, I'll go a hundred, but it's goin ter be a game zales h ad followed h e di s mounted and ran to the lever to of freeze-out, understand." raise the rock so that the mouth of the narrow pass could "Allee li ght. Anyth l ing s uitee me. Me allee samee be effectua lly bidden. like e um Melican s portee. Hip hi hoolay Me um bully Th e r e was no wa y to track them there since for a dis boy with u s gla ssee eye. tance of two or three hundred yards there was The rest were s atisfied to purchase a h undred dollar s' but rock to rid e or walk upon. worth of chip s so they all did eo. "That is right, Gonzales," said the leader speaking in Bill Riley was s atisfi ed, too, for he knew ho would his own tongue as he nodded his approval to what hi s make ten or fifteen per cent. in the game, if not a great man Clid. "We mu s t not give them a chance to trace us deal more. here. Not that I think we hav e been followed, but ju st The cards were shu:ffl.ed, and ju s t a s the cut for deal was as a precaution, that is all." half made a rather roughly attired man, co!).s picuous in a Gonzales nodded, and after leaving the horses with the slouc h hat and bl11ck beard, entered the place. bodies of the two men who had been shot, inside he hasH e looked s harply around the room and then app roa c hed tened to close the en t rance of the cave." the card-tal)le. Then he took his own horse by the bridle and walked "Can't we make a-dis a six hande d game, he l along through the pass until the mouth of the cave was asked. I reached. Young Wild West gave a sta:t. He had heard that voice rt was a rather wide mouth, and the natural ceiling was before, s o he s tepyed u p a little closer and looked the 1 amply high enough to permit Senor Santo to ride on inside. s tr.anger squarely m th e face. Once there, he dismounted, and then two or three ras"You want to play too senor?" came the query. cally looki:qg greasers came from an inner cave and greeted "No," was the reply. "I don't care about it just now. him with cries of welc ome, while they bowed as though he But I reckon the y will take you t h e game." were a member of a royal family. "He's weli;ome, of cour se," Big Dan spoke up l ooking "Well, my brave men, did you su:ceed ?" the villain at our hero as though he felt un easy about someth in g asked. Hop was, of course, agreeable, so the a s sent, "Yes," came the repl y "We have gathered in some bags the promptly flat clown. o f gold-dust to the value of several thousands of dollars. Boys, said our hero, as he stepped bac k to his part"Good! I am glad you had such luck. Was there any "if r am mi s taken i s Senor Santo. :fighting done?' ? Now you Just wait. Somethmg w ill happen before he "No Senor Santo. We took them by surprise." leave s here, and you can btt on it." "I glad to bear that. You had much better luck than CHAPTER V. SENOR SANTO SHO WS HIS BOLDNESS. we had. We are two less in number now." This declaration surprised those who had come out to meet the leader, and there was a rush from the inner cave, and more came, making the number all told about fifteen. Senor Santo and hi s man Gonza.Ies felt much when the y were permitted to go on their way. relieved Turning his horse over to the Mexi ca n who had been The brigand lead er would no doubt have liked very much to have s hot the dashing young fellow who h a d baffled him when be got t o a safe place behind the rocks But he was altogeth er too thou ghtful t o do a thing like that for he ,kne w it would s urel y m ean his own death before he could make his escape. So h e c o ntented himsel with riding along straigh t for his rendezvous, which, as our friends had s upposed, was bnt a shor t distance from the trail. lucky enough to escape with him, he walked back into the living quarter s of the band. Once here he threw off his fancy coat and hat and took a seat upon the best c hair the p ace afforded. No questions were asked, but !].,11 save Gonzales, who was attending to the two horses, stood around him, expectantly. "Boys,'' said the leader, as he calmly proceeded to roll a c igar e tte, "when comes in be will tell you all about it. I would rather he would do it, for it would pain me to r e late the humiliation and defeat I met with but a It was quite a secure headquarters the briga nd s had short time ago. ,. t ______________

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I I YOUNG WILD WEST AND SENOR SANTO. 13 Then a rush was made outside, and while the brigands Two of the men flew to do his bidding, which told plainly pli e d Gonzale s with questions, Senor Santo calmly puffed how well he had them di s ciplined. away at his cigarette The wine was brought, and while Senor Santo was tast-In a few minutes they all returned to the cave, foling it a noise in the outer ,cave told them that some one lowed by Gonzales. had arrived. It was not until then that the leader looked the men over The man who usually attended to the entrance when carefully. it was closed, ran out and, quickly returning again, reported "Where is Pedro?" he asked suddenly. "Did be not that Pedro had arrived, and that bis horse was so lame come to tell you that you were needed?" that he had been c ompelled to lead it a long way. "He has not been here since he left this afternoon with "Ah! that explains it,'' Senor Santo said "Now I Gonzales and the other s,'' one of them replied know why he failed to get here and tell you bow much "That i s stra ng e," and the brigand lea der s hrugged his you were needed." s houlders and looked s lightly uneasy. "Something must Pedro soon came in and he looked much s urprised at see-have happened to him. I was in hopes that we would meet ing hi s leader there. you all corning along th e trail. If we bad there wou.ld have "You didn't wait, Senor Santo?" he said, bowing to been a fight for those who captured u s are skilled in the art. the brigand chief. They are v e r y c rafty, too, or they never would have got "No, I was not allowed to wait." the bes t of u s the way they did "Not allowed? "Gonzales has told u s all. It was the doing s of a young "No Much as I hate to say it, l 'was captured, and American so he says. humiliated greatly. But ask Gonzales. He Will tell you "Yes he was respon s ible for it all. He ha s told you that all about it." boy i s called Young Wild West?" Gonzales was there ready to give the inform a tion and "Yes, and it i s not the first time we have heard of him, when h e had learned how it was that the two had arrived a s you know, Senor .Santo." at the headquarters ahead of him, Pedro shook. his head "Oh? no. The fame of the American boy has spread and exclaimed: all over this part of the country He is counted as being "This is the first time you were ever defeated, Senor the champion dead s hot of his country He certainly can Santo! It pains me sorely to hea.r this. We have lost two shoot, as my wounded wrist will tell." men, too, which is bad for us." He held up his bandaged wrist for lie had bound it "Well, we are not going to cry over it, Pedro. Don't with his handkerchief long before this, and then he fear but that we will have our revenge. But what delayed scowled. you ?" "The wound i s nothing he went on, shaking bis head. "Oh, I ha .ve not told you yet. When I less than "But it hurt me to think that I could have a revolver shot half a mile from where I left you, m y horse s tumbled and from my hand in that way. And just at the very time when fell. It took me a long time to get him on hi s f e et again, I thought I was going to have everything as I wanted it. and at first I thought hi s IJi.ght leg was broken. When I But Gonzales told you that I gave my promise not to -indid get him up I found he was s o lame that I could not terefere with Young Wild West or his friends again, did ride him, s o I have been forced to walk all the way, and he not?" lead him along at a very slow pace. I was off the trail "Yes, Senor 1 Santo." at the time, for I started to make a shor t cut here. It "Well, you know how much that promise amounts to, seems that y:ou got here ahead of me." -0f course." "Yes, that is indeed true. Well, you did the best you The villain laughed lightly. could, so I am not holding you to blame. If you had re"We understand, senor." mained, I suppose you would have been made a prisoner, "It amounts to not!iing more than the blowing of the too, and we would all be here now just the same, for Young wind," the leader resumed. "Sometimes it is necessary to Wild West did not seem to care about keeping us pri s oners. make promises you don't intend to keep. It surely was This was, no doubt, due to the fact that he was not aware necessary when I did it a little while ago. I suppose Young that he was so close to the mining c amp. But even if he Wild West bas gone on to Greaser Creek as the Amerigan had taken us there I would have found a way to escape." dogs have named the mining camp. If ihe bas I expect to "It is much better the way it has tu' rned out, though," see him there to-night, for I intend to go to the camp." Pedro declared, shaking his head. "Will it not be a great risk Senor Santo?" one oi his "Probably it is." men asked, gravely. "You say this American boy is far The first portion of supper that was being prepared more clever than the most of his race. Would he not be for him was now brought to the table that was near where apt to recognize you, even though you may disguise yourthe brigand chief was s itting. self well?" He threw away his ciga 1 ette and was soon busily occu"I will take the ahances on that. Leave it to me." pied in devouring the meal. The man who seemed to have his doubts about it said Senor Santo had a good cook, and the larder afforded ll!) more. the best to be had in the line of eatables. "I would like to hr ve something to eat presently. Give It took hyn fully half an. hour to di spose of the different me the best our lari. er affords. A little wine right now, courses that were brought to him, and when he had fin too." ished e swallowed a cup of wine and declared that he now

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HI YOUNG WILD WEST AND SENOR SANTO. felt :fit to meet Young Wild West or any one else living, "Now, then, my brave men," said Senor Santo, nodding either in battl e or at a game where wits played a part. to his companions, "you will get as close as you think it "Will any one accompany you, Senor Sant<:>?" Gonzales advisable to the hotel. I want you to do thi s because asked. there may be a chance of my getting into trouble, and in "You and Pedro can go, if you lik e," was the reply. that case I would si:rely want your assistance. But I "But you must remain in hiding and not show yourself to hardly believe anything of the kind will happen, for my any of the Americans there. I am going to the hotel disguise i s too good for that." and act as a total strange r. I will take the poorest horse I "They will never know you, senor," declared Pedro. we have here and make it appear that I am a pro spector :Certain l y not," Gonzales added who has TOughed it. I can do that easily, for the dis"I believe you are both right in that. Well, I will ride guises I have are many." on p to the hotel." He retired to a corner of the cave, across which was The horse he rode limped slightly and acted very much spread a curtain of skins, and after lighting an old lamp as though it was tired out. he went ahead with his preparations for disguising himself. There was no one outside the shanty hotel at the time, First of all he donned a well worn suit of clothes that since there was too much going on inside to attract their did not fit him over well. attention. Then he brought forth a false beard that was almost jet The villainous brigand di s mounted and paused before a black. window. The hair was sewed tightly to a skin that just fit When he saw that a of cards was about to begin his face nicely. and that one of the players was a Chinaman, he decided to But not satisfied with tying it on at the top of his hea4 get into the game, for he was a lover of gambling. before placing the wig there that matched the beard, Of course, he guessed that the Chinaman belonged to Senor Santo opened a bottle of g lu e or some oth er adhe sive Young Wild Wes t's party, and thi s made him all tHe more Slilbstance and plastered it over the s kin. eager to join the players. This done, he fitted the beard .and it dried almost inThen, as has already been described, he walked in and stantly. asked if he could become a party to the game of draw "This is the fir st time J have ever taken such a precau poker tion," he muttered, "but in case any one suspects that Senor Santo was prepared to be scrutinized, but when be ,,.--' the beard is false, they will be unabl e to tear it from my saw Young Wild West step forward and eye him sharply face It will be easy for me to remove it by applying some he felt rather uneasy warm water to it when I get back. Young Wild West ls However, he acted his part well, and when he sat down not going ta penetrate my disguise, I am certain." at the tab l e he was satisfied that the boy, even though he When be finally threw aside the curtain and stepped might Jiave his suspicions, had ot recognized him. forth, a murmur of admiration went up from his waiting "Some chips, landlord the brigand ca1led out. "Me / men. verra hungry, but me rather take my chance in a game of They all declared that they would never know who he poker than eat." was, ifthey h a d met him by chance anywhere. He had adopted the broken way of speaking that Mexi The cave was lighte d by lanterns now, for it had grown cans who have learned English pretty well use so m u c h s o dark that it was no longer possible for them to see well. but had failed to change his voice. During the day the light was admitted through a rather Bi g Dan took it on himself to explain what kind of a wide opening at the rear of the cave, which was very close game it was, and the senor was satisfied, so he purchased to the high Wf!:ll of a cliff a hill}.dred dollars' worth of chips, and then joined in the Light still came in, but it was growing darker all the cut for deal. time, and hence the lanterns had been brought into use As l uck would have it, he won. The senor surveyed himself several times in a big mirThen the six handed game of draw .. poker began. ror, and then satisfied that his disgu!se was perfect, he It was a "hundred dollar freeze-out," and if the p laying told the two who were to accompany him to get the horses continued long enough one man would have all the money, ready, and to be sure and sel ect the poorest one they had less that w h ich wen t to the land l or d for his own use. "See to it that part of a prospector's outfit is fastened ,, C H A PTER VI.. to the sadd l e," he ad vised. \ It took quite some little time get this done to his HOP "FREEZ ES OUT" THE GAMBLERS satisfaction, and by that time it was totally dark, and the Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart had been watching the stars were shining brightly overhead when the three sallied stranger closely si nce Wild to l d them of his suspicions forth from the cave. The chances are that they woul d never have thought it There was more than one way of getting to the regular was Senor Santo in disguise, if the young deadshot had riot trail, and taking the shortest one, the disguised brigand spoken of it. chief rode on, followed by his two men. Then the more they watched him the more they becam e The dist311ce to the mining camp not being great, they convinced that Wild was right. were not long in descending into the valley and Though the man spoke in a slightly broken way, and his its outskirts. I beard looked to be quite r ea l the scou t and Dart felt t h a t

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YOUNG WILD WEST AND SEN'OR SANTO. Wild never made a mistake, and they decided that it must and he played just as though he had long been acquainted be the 11\ader of the briganas who had been bold enough to with those about the table. come to the hotel and join in the game or poker. "Three cards for me," he said, as the dealer looked at The game started oft with Big Dan winning the firnt pot, him, questioningly, when it came his turn. which amounted to about ten dollars. He held a pair 0 deuces, but as the draw did not benefit No one seemed to have much o:I' a hand, and there was him any he threw down his hand. little betting. let me see," said Big Dan, as though he had not 'rhe bad man sat oh the left of the disguised villain, and yet decided how many cards to draw. "I reckon I'll keep as he picked up the cards to s'l).uffle them there was a conthis one an' take four." :6.dent smile on his face. He threw our of the cards upon the table and Big Dan prided himself on being very slick with & pack picked up the pack and slipped four from it close to the of catds, and he had made up his m1nd that he would show top. Young Wild West that no matter how clever the Chinaman By constantly moving his thumb back and forward he was, he would get the best of hhn. managed to make it appear that they were dealt from the Meanwhile, Hop had been silent. He had watched everytop, ,. thing that took place and had tnitde a llitiall bet, but had But Hop saw it, whether any of the rest did or not. not ventured to say anything. Anyhow! nothing was said, and Big Dan had stolen his Re knew quite Well that the stranger had done h1s best four aces all right. to stack the cards, hut had failE!d thtotigh a mistake It was Hop's first bet, a:ri.d when he pushed a red chip he made. to the center of the table the dealer was greatly pleased, Big Dan was having better luck, fbr Hopcould see him for it represented five dollars, and it would not take many getting certain cards together, and fixing thE\:tn in the pack such bets to lessen the Chinaman's pile. so their edges protruded just enough for him to kttow where The next man, who also held four of a kind, raised it they were. five, and the third did the same thing. This is a common trick among gamblers, and explains Th
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;J.6 YOUNG WILD WEST AND SEN:OR SANTO k ept on s huffl i n g until h e g ot them the way he want e d I >',hen Hop w o n the money with fom : aces, Senor them. h und re d doll ara' w orth of chi ps h ad dwind led down to less T h e n he p ermitted l3ig D i m t o c u t the m af t e r whi c h t h an te n w hil e Bi g D an's p ile ha d d i mini s hed greatly. he procee ded tQ deal. The b r i g and chie f h a d los t on a fu ll hand but as h e Two of the m i ner s were out of t h e game, s o it had s etpi c k e d the c ard s u t o deal h e t hought h e had the four tl e d d own t o but fotu player s now. a c e s Hop had h e ld ri g h t wl1e r e h e want e d th em. I It really looked as thou g h the g am e of "freeze-out" was But he was mu c h mi s t a k e n for Ho p h ad m a n aged t o s lip n o t going to l a s t a s lon g a s some of th e m h a d thought a t t hem up hi s s leeve, an d the deck of cards was m inus four. the s tart. Santo l e t some of the cards fall upon the floor, as Tli.e two min e r s sat th e re, however ,' for they were mu c h though .it was an accid en t and p i cking t h e m up he l o oked i n t e re s ted, a nd no doubt want e d to see who was going to for the aces. be th e boss. But not c oinin g across a n y of t h e m h e c ont ente d hi mself Ho p d ealt each o f the player s three of a kind, taking with g ather in g th e kin g s toget h er aga in and a s he stra i g h t c ar e to get t h e three aces for him s elf. en e d up the deck h e had t h e m fixed s o h w o uld b e s u re to A doll a r c hip was the ante, and when they all came in deal them to himself. he pr o ceeded to giv e out the number of cards as fast as I they w ere call e d for. E ach of them drew two, and succeeded in getting the forth car d t hey wanted. But Hop h a d t h e c ard s fixed s o the y were right on the top now, and when he threw away two card s and said he would tak e t w o he lifted them from the top of the pack as it lay u pon the tabl e so there was no room for the lea s t d o u b t th a t he w a s hone s t about it Big Dan grinned while a ll this was oing on, for he !mew pretty well what the man was up t o Hop did not get a pair thi s tim e but he changed four of the card s for the aces he h e ld i n hi s s l e eve, d eterm ine d to win with four aces for the third t ime. Big Dan got a full hand this time whi c h was enough for him to b e t on until he had gone to the e x t ent of thirty dollar s It w a s Senor S anto who possessed the four king s while Hop kept on rai s ing it, for he now had pl e n t y of c h ips B ig Dan hel d four queens at his command. The other two had ja c k s and tens, re s pectively. Santo looked at hill. curiously, but he mu s t hav e thought 'l'hough they had all been told, with the exception of there was a chance for hini, for he put up his la s t c hip .-" the bri gad c hi ef, that Hop was a c ard s harp, the gambler s and call e d for a show-down. did not heed the warning. "Whattee you gottee ?"t Hop a s ked. The b e t ting and kept goin g higher. "Four kings," was the reply. Ev e r y tim e Hop made a rai s e he would study his hand "Lat velly stlange. You havee four king s lill e e whil e c ar e fully for a moment and then act as though he was ago, and me havee four aces lillee while ago. You gottee tak ing a r i sk. four king s now, and me gottee four lillee aces now." Whe n B ig D n found that Hop 's c hip s were nearly e x "This i s about ther ranke s t cheatin game I ever s et h a u s ted, h'e decided t o make it a show-down a s far a s the into declared Big Dan, angrily. "You fell e r s does nothin' C hin aman was concern ed. but s teal th e r cards every time you git hold of 'em. Why Thi s was done, a nd then Hop threw down hi s hand and can't y e r pla y honest?" said: "Lat allee li g ht, m y fl.iend, Hop an swere d blandly. "Me gottee four liUee aces, s o be. M e tak e e um pot. "You plett y goode e chea tee, s o be. M e n o c heat e e Me Me velly smartee Qhinee." velly hone s t when me play dlaw poke e "Verra s m art Chinee," d e clared Santo, nodding and "Yes I reckon yer are. But it's m y d e al now. It's up smilin g i n a peculiar way. ter me an yo, u to fini s h ther game. We'll see who' s ther "We ll I'm Big Dan declared whil e the other bes t man player s h rugged h i s s houlder s and said n ot hin g Hop let hi m have all the cards, and it was well th'a t he The n ext man t o deal did his level : bes t to cheat, but did so, :for Big Dan took the trouble to count them. made a mi serab l e fai lure of it, and the res ult was that he "Ther pack s all right," he declared. "Now, then lost all th e chip s h e had on three queens. watch me, heathen, an' if you ketch me cheatin', don' t be The gam e n o w s ettl e d down to Hop, Senor Santo and afraid ter tell me. I'm g oin' ter play a square game with Bi g Dan. y er." W i ld who h a d been wat c hing the game clos ely, now took ",Alle e li ght," was the reply. a walk out side But th e bad man did not play a s quare game, and Hop He found the s tranger's horse standing there, and when could eas ily see it. he stepped up 11nd made an examination of the animal he He dealt the Chinaman three tens and a pair of a ces, decided that it had not been ridden very ar. cold, and took care to get three kings a nd the other two The y oung dead s hot had planned to give the stranger a aces for himself. s urprise, but he wanted to wait until h e incensed The result was that after be had ra ise d i t te n doll ars on at th e Chinaman for winnin g his money. the second bet Hop call e d him and lost Hewalked in s ide and joined hi s partners again, and be"Now len," said the clever Chinee, wit h a c hil d -like c ame int e rest e d in the game. smile, as he picked up th e c ard s "me liavee lillee d e al ee. There was quit e a little betting done in this hand but You watchee me, my fliend

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l YOUNG WlLD WEST AN.D SEN10R SANTO. 1'2' "You don't have ter tell me ter do that, heathen. Go ahead." Hop gave the card s a s li ght sh uffle, and then after the cut had been made, he dealt them quickly until each had the required five. / Big Dan picked up his cards, satisfied that they had been dealt squarely thi s time. When he found he held three aces h e took it foT granted that it was mere luck. "Give me two cards, heathen,'' he said, as he made the discard. "Allee light," and Hop quickly did so. Dan was a little di sappointed when he found he had not drawn the other ace, but a s a pair of sevens came in s tead he felt that he might Irnve the winning hand. But Hop was not figuring that way. H e knew exactly what cards his opponent helq, so he fixed himself with four deuces. It was now that the acting part in the game of poker came into play. Hop could not be beaten at this, and every time he raised it he acted very much as thbgh he was taking a big chance. He kept on in this way until he managed to force his opponent to put up all his chips. Then came the show-down. "Whattee you got, so be?" Hop asked, as though he was afraid he was going to lose. "Three aces and a pair of sevens, heathen. If you beat that, I'm done." "Me beatee lat, allee light!" exclaimed the Chinaman jubilantly. "Me gottee four biggee deuces "Blamed if yer ain't!" exclaimed the bad man, dis gustedly "Well, you're ther winner." Then it was that Santo arose from the table and looking at Big Dan as though he was surprised, he said: "You let da Chinee take all your money that way?" "Well I don't know what I'm goin' tffi.' do about it, stranger," the bad man answered':' "He a cheat. He steal da cards." 1 "You allee samee lie if you say me cheatee !" exclaimed Hop, boldly, as he and quickly pulled a big, old fashioned six-shooter from under his blouse. "You allee samee cheatee, and me see you plenty timj!e. Now, len you takee lat back or me puttee hole thlough ypu allee samee likee Young Wild West." What had happened just suited Wild, and before anything further could be said or done, he stepped over and seized the stranger by the beard. He gave a sharp pull upon it, but it would not come off, and then it struck him very forcibly that he had made a mistake in his man. "Stop a-dat !" cried Santo, angrily, and playing his pai't to perfection. "What you a-pull my whiskers for, boy?" "That's all right,'' Wild answered, in his cool and easy way. "When a cheat accuses another of being dishonest in a game of cards he ought to have his whiskers pulled. Now you jus'" take it easy, do you hear ?" "Me los.: a hundred dollar/' Santo answered, affecting a n injured air. "That's all right if you d:'.d. You did your best to win, and you u s ed all the thieving methods you knew. But you failed, and our c l ever Chinee ha s won out. I am goi ng to make him give back the money he took from three of the players. But as far as you and Bi g Dan are concern ed, you have got to lose your money. You areooth che.ats, and you are not half as clever about it as you think you are. I have been watching you, and 1 know pretty well what I am talking about." "You talk too much, boy. You t'ink because plenty Americans here y ou can make me 'fraicl. But me no fraid. '' Wild was not a little puzzled. The voice of the man sounded so much like that of Sen.or Santo's that he conld not make 'him self believe that he had made a mistake. But the fact that the beard seemed real, and Senor Santo had been without a beard when he met him that afternoon, him to feel that he must be wrong in his conclusions. He did not want to have trouble with the Mexican, s o he back and said n0 more just then. Satisfied that he had escaped detection, the b{igand chie f was bent upon getting his revenge upon the boy who had ba:f'fl.ed him so completely that afternoon. "Me fight da American boy if me have a fair show," he declared, stepp ing to the center of the floor. "Do you vyant to fight me?" Wild asked, an angry :flush s howing in his eyes for a moment. "Yes, me no 'fraid of you." "Well, how do you want to fight?" Santo, who was an expert with a dagger knife, quickly drew a keen-edged blade from hi s belt and held it before our hero's eyes. "You would like to st ick that thing between my ribs, I suppose." 1 Wild was now as cool as ever, and there was a smile upon hi s handsome face as he spoke. "Me fight if me have a fair s'how," was the declaration. "All right, I reckon you'll have a fair show, all right, Mr. Greaser. But before we start in I want to tell you that I am not going to hurt you. I am jus t going to show you that you don't know how to handle that sticker you have in your hand." Then the boy coolly drew his hunting-knife and mo tioned for the crowd to get back out of the way. A table was moved so they would have plenty of room, and then the two faced other, ready for the fray. CHAPTER VII. A DUEL WITH KNIVES. Somehow, Young Wild West could not get it out of hi;:; head that it was really Senor Santo, the leader of the Bri gands of the Border, who was standing before him. The eyes were the same and fue face was exactly like the one he remembered so well. But the short black beard was the puzzling thing about it all. He had given it a smart jerk when he caught hold of the beard, and he had felt the skin and flesh give with it. H e was bound to satisfy himself, however, so as he stood facing the man, knife in hand, our hero sai d : "See here, Mr. Greaser, I just told you that I didn't -

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18 YOUNG WILD WEST AND SENvithout it. You me very lrtuch of a man l once m e t, but his was a face, and I wnnt to sl3e how mu c h tes emble hi m Now, then, do ytlu agt ee ttl the tetms I offer?" cla boy beat me I will get S anto a e c iar e d nodding to the ctowd. "Me want to get anyhow, but m e see da game of poker, and m e like to play. Me want to gtJt my supper, too, but me lih to gambl e bett e r. If da Amel'ican boy b eat me, fetch da barber right away fthd I get shaved. Maybe tlat please him verra much." He laughed again and wag s u c h a cohfident way about him that our hero felt that he had no ml3an foe to a knife thrust, his face pa1ed slightly and a murmur of admiration went up from the crowd. It was plain that nearly every nrn.n there favored the young deadshot, and wanted to see him win. Having got the advantage, Wild kept him 011 the de fensive, and around the room they went. Once Santo dropped suddenly and :rt1lit1e 6 ihtUst that came near reaching our hero's body. But a miss is as good a s a mile, as the old sfly1ng goes, and Wild made up for it by making an upward isttoke, whi c h sent the knife flying from the Mexican' s hand. It fell to the floor with li ting, abd Wild stood u vet him with uplifted knife. "I've got yo, greaser," he said, coolly. "Now, then, are you satisfie d you don t know htlw to fight ?'l "You got a-me, boy," came the reply, in a voic e that tre mbled slightly. "Kill me.'' "Oh: no, I am not going to do that. I want to see your beard shaved from your fnce." "All a-right. You get da barber. But me want to eat first." "Ther. best you kin git now, greaser, is a cup of coffee an' a s andwich," spoke up Bill Riley, the proprietor 0 the hotel. "Say when you are ready, gre a ser," he called out. "All a-right." "Me ready now." Then, with remarkable coolness, the disguised brigand "All right, then, come on.'l chief went to a table and sat down. The lithe form of the young d e adshot sprang forward, "Three cheer s for Young Wild West!'' shouted one of and the blade s met the s p arks fly m g from t hem a s the y the miner s and then a cheer went up that made the shanty clashed over their heads. hot e l fairly tremble .Wi1d had no intention whatever of doin g the l e a s t harm! "That's all right, gentlemen," said the young deadshot, to the man, for he felt tha t h e might be mi s taken, arte r all. a s he stepped over and picked up the Mexican 's knife But he was going to dis arm him, and that a s quic kly "I was certain that I could g e t the b est of him and that's lls possible. why I tackled him. One of you jus t go and find barber Again the blade s cla s]\.e d and the two sprang about, of the camp." dodging and feinting. "We ain t got no regular barber here," "3. miner an-It was a very pretty fio-ht, if one liked to see s uch things, swe red. "But there's two or three as does -ther shavin' for the two appeared to 0be about evenl y matc hed. for ther boys. Here's Joe Budd, right here. I don t know Seuor Santo posses sed s urprising agility, but h e was a whether he's got his razor with him or not, but it won't young man and no doubt pretty weli trained. take him long ter git it." Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart stood looking on with "I ain' t got my razor here, but I'll run an' git it right confidence. i away, Young Wi1d West," a man spoke up, as he ste pped I t t So many times had they seen their da s hing young 1 ou m 0 view. leader fight such duels that they never once doubted that he "All do s?. I ;easons for wanting to see the would be the winner now. beard o:fl' this mans face._ Senor Santo was now m anything but ll:b. easy frame of His coolness, coupled with his skill would surely brmg d him through the victor. he made out that he was perfectly indifferent, and .Ba.ck and the duelists swayed, while they kept leaned his head upon his hand as he waited for the sandfemtmg and stnkmg. h d f -:ff d wic an cup o co ee. But no blood was drawn, and when two mmutes ha Ril e had iven the order for it, and in a few minutes elap s ed the crowd was all but spellbound. t Yb hgt i was roug Big Dan had taken his place near the door, and he But at th e s ame moment Joe Budd came back with his watched the conflict razor and shaving-mug and brush. No doubt he was anx10us to see Young Wild West g:o Santo t ook a sip of the coffee, and then, as q11ick as 1ightdown. ning, he thre w the cup at our hero, who was standing Utit Wild kept playing with him acting on the defensive the a short di s tanc e from the table. biggest part of the time, until at last he found out the 1 Wild was qui c k enough to dodge it, blJ-t befote he could Mexican's weak points. reco v er himself the villain had turned and leaped through Then he started in on the aggressive and when Senor the open window, which was almost directly behind him. Santo found himself doing his best to keep from receiving I His horse was right there, and leaping into the saddle,

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Y O UNG WILD WEST AND SENtOR SANT O 19 he went galloping away, at the same time utterin g a defiant he must turn from the trail in order to reach the cave of shout. the brigands, he went right ahead. Cheyenne Charlie was the first to get outside, and as Big Dan had never been in s ide the cave. everyone seemed bent on getting there, the doorway was Several times he had come there for the purpose of givblocked for a moment. ing Senor Santo information, but he must stop at a cer Wild leaped through the window, but found himself too tain point and give a s ignal. fate to catch the villain. Then it would not be long before the brigand leader He heard the sounds of receding hoofs, and shaking his would appear, though from just where, Big Dan did not head, he faced the excited miners and called out: know. "Gentlemen, that fellow was Senor Santo, the lea-der of As dark as it was he had no trouble in finding the spot, the Brigands of the Border." and once there he came to a halt and dismounted. "What!" cried Bill Riley. "Do yer mean that, Young Then he gave a low whistle and waited. Wild West?" By thi s time Wild had dismounted and had crept up to "I certainly do. I never make a mi s take when I meet within a few yards of ';vhere the villain was standing by a man in disguise whom I have met before. That beard his horse. he wore not his own, but it was fastened to hi s face Well satisfie d that he was to again meet Seno r .Santo so securely that it would not. move when I pulled upon it. face to face, Wild waited for developments Now you know why I wanted to have him shaved." There was no answer to Big Dan's whistle, and after Probably there was only one man there, outside of our waiting for fully two minutes he gave the s i g n a l again, 1 friends, who was not surprised at the young deadshot's dee-this time a little louder. laration. Then a thud sounded, as thougH two stones lia d c ome Thi s was Big Dan, who had known right along that it together forcibly, and_footsteps were heard was the brigand chief "Hello!" said the bad man, softly. T\,\e fact was that Big Dan was in league with the brig"J;Iello !" came the reply, in a low tone of voice "Is i t ands and that he made considerable money from the alli-you, Senor Dan?" ance. "That's right, Senor Santo. I'm here. It was he who kept Senor Santo posted as to what time "What brings you here so soon after what liappene d i n I the successful miners would leave the camp with their gold the mining cltrnp ?" du s t Then Wild saw the brigand leader step forth into the B h -. f h' t t starlight. ut t ere was n o o ccasi o n or im o act a part JUS now. Th bl k b d t ll h' f b t th All h h d d 1 h t 'd d h 1 e ac ear was s r on rs ace, u e you ng e a to o was to isten to w a was sa1 an e Id a h t t d t th h h d h dl h d d 'th l'ttl t t ea s o was no surpnse a rs, smce e a ar y a ra so wi no 1 e m eres time to remove it. But he felt his duty to go report to Sant o "I thought I'd better come over an' let yer know that as soon. as possible, so after waitm? a few mmutes, untrl Young Wild West knowed who yer was all ther time." the had he. left the hotel "Senor Dan," retorted the brigand chief, impatiently, 11nd got hi s horse, was tied m a little shed back "it was not necess ary for you to come and te ll me tha t of the shanty he occupied. I knew that before we started to fight in the But Young Wild West had been suspicious of Big D a n "Yer did!" and Big Dan seemed greatly surprised. ng'ht along. "Certainly The moment he demanded that if he spared He had noticed that the bad man had been the first t@ my lii'e I was to permit my beard to be s haved from my prppose to take the stranger into the game. face, I knew it. But I suspected all along that he wa.: Seeing that he left the place so soon after the brigand's watching me, and had his suspicions as to who I was." flight, he thought it would be a good idea to follow him "Thunder! I didn't know that. But, any how, when "Boys," said he to his partners, "I am going to see what he found you had got away, Y o ung Wi l d West told all Big Dan i s up to. I am satisfied that he is going away hands that you was Senor Santo." from the camp. You stay here fQJ a while. I will go and "Well, that's all right He to l d t he crowd about it, get my horse and follow him but he didn't catch .me. Ha! ha! ha! The boy acted quickly, and he was upon the back of his "Well, I hope I didn't make yer mad by comin' here," sorrel stallion just as Big Dan started to ride out of the and Dan shrugged his shoulders uneasily valley. "Oh, no, Senor Dan. Since you have taken the t rouble Wild heard the hoofbeats, so he kept right after him, to come here, thinking you were doing me a favor, 1 will L faking care not to get too close. take you inside and make you a member of our band. You He kept his ears open, and whenever he found the man have asked me to do this several times, but I never thought ahead of him was going slowly, he did the same. well of it until now. I am satisfied that you are a. man who In this way the valley was left behind, and they were can be trusted, even though you are an American, and all riding over the trail. the members of my band are Mexicans What say you? H the bad man had thought there was any danger of his Do you wish to join the Brigands of the Border?" being followed he might have kept a watch behind, but he "I sartinly do, Senor Santo. I'd give almost anylhing d id not. ter belong to you r band." He 'Ode ,igh t o n and w hen he came to the place whe'" "Well, the n tie your h o rse.''

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20 YOUNG WILD WEST AND SENOR SANTO. Big Dan lost no time in doing this, and then he stepped before the villain, prepared for anything that might happen. "I will have to blindfold you, Senor Dan said Santo as be took a handkerchief from his pocket. 1 "All right, I don' t care what yer do. You'll find I'm true blue. I'll take any oath yer put me to, an' I'll stick ter it till I die too." "That i s the way I like to hear a man talk. I am well satisfied that you will make a good member of our band W e lost two men to-day, s o you shall take the place of one of them." Very glad that he had followed the bad :ian, Wild wat ched and listened. He made up. his mind that he going to see the inter ior of the brigand retreat too. When Senor Santo had blindfolded the candidate for admission into hi s band he led him s traight to the mouth of th e narrow pass and pu s hed him in ahead of him Wild stepped forward as softly as a cat, and when he was within but ten feet of the opening, the stone door came back into place with a dull thud. "That's all right/' the boy muttered, tmder his breath, "I reckcm I'll find a way to get in." CHAPTER VIII. HOW BIG DAN W,48 INITIATED. Young Wild West.had not even seen the entrance to the narrow pass that led to the cave of the brigands, but he had heard the sounds the sto ne made when it closed, and he made no mistake in where the spot was. He reached it with amazing quickness, and as he lis tened he c ould hear voices coming froin the other side, and also footsteps. "Ah !" the brave boy muttered under his breath. "A secret entrance, eh? Well, this i s not the first time I have struck a situation like this. Now to find a way to get inside." He waited until he could no longer hear the voices or footsteps and then he threw his shoulder against the big flat stone. It moved slightly, and satisfied that he would be able to force it open, he felt on either side, and was not long in locating the exact width of the pass. Then he tried again, this time bringing more strength to bear. The result was that the fl.at slab of rock swung around and dropped g01;itly to the ground. It made a noise in doing it, and fearing that it might have been heard by some one inside, Wild waited and listened. 1 He could hear voices coming from somewhere, but the sound was so faint that he knew it must be little dis tance to the s pot where the brigand s were loc ated. Finding that no one came out, he was satisfied that it was safe to enter, so he lost no time in doing so. It was dark as a pocket, for it happened that a portion of the way was covered by a sheltering rock. But when he had gone a few feet he looked upward and saw the stars shining. But even then he could not see the wide mouth of the cave, which was right befo:re him, almost. Wild decided to take the risk of lighting a match, which he did without delay. Then it was that he saw the cave, and listening again he became that the voices came from it. When the match had gone out he started forward and boldly stepped into the cave. Then it was that he saw a faint light not far distant, and as his eyes became accustomed to it he was able to dis cern a number of horses, which were tied in a line at one side of the outer cave, and munching away at some hay. "I certainly am in luck," he thought. "Well while I am here I may as well take a good look around and see just how many of the brigands, as they choose to call themselves, there are. Then I will go bacl{' to Greaser Creek and prepare a surprise for them. I reckon Senor Santo's time is running short. I'll try and see to it that he does not make another hold-up, for .I am well satisfied that we can corral the gang by noon to-morrow if we work the game right." He stepped softly along, and soon came to the opening that divided the two caves. Then it was that he was able to see all that was to be seen in the hiding-place of the villainous Mexicans. He counted the men and found there were just seventeen, including Big Dan who was standing at one si!e of the cave with two of the brigands. All the members of the band were there, since the two who had accompanioned Santo to the mining camp had been waiting for him when he made his escape, and had come back to the cave with him in a hurry. A handkerchief was tied over Big Dan's eyes, and Wild knew that Senor Santo was getting ready to initiate him as a member of the band. Santo was very busy at the other end of the cave with a couple of his men, who were assisting him, no doubt, in making preparations for what was to come. The rest of the rascals were talking in low tones, and the subject of the conversation was the initiation of the new member. Wild stepped a little nea;er, and then crouched down liehind a jutting piece of rock. He was bound to see it all, so he made up his mind to wait until it was over with, and then he would go out and try and close the improvised door of rock when he left. Meanwhile, Senor Santo had his assistants place a barrel in about the center of the inner cave. Over this was thrown a piece of black cloth, and upon it was laid two cross-bones and a human skull. A candle was thrust into the skull, and striking a match, the leader of the brigands lighted it. As the flame flared up and grew stea'ay, he motioned for the other lights of .:the cave to be extinguished. When this had been 'done the scene looked weird and___, ghostly enough. A command from Santo brought the men in a semi-circle about the improvised alta r, and then he called out, sharply: "Bring the citndidate to the altar." The blindfolded bad man was' led slowly forward, and when he was standing directly before the covered barrel, with its gtewsome emblems, the senor exclaimed : "Raise your right hands, men!"

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YOUNG WILD WEST AND SENOR SA2'TTO. 21 Up went the right hands of all pTes ent, including the "We ll, there i s plenty of it here, s o you shall have two who had c harge of the ca ndida te more, Senor Dan." Thus far the l eader bad spoken in Spani s h but he now One by one the member s of the brigand band came forre s ort e d to English, since Big Dan no doubt would und erward and s hook the new member by the band stand i t much bette r. When this was done be took a seat and more wine was "Senor, he s a id, "you hav e applied for admi s s ion into poured out. our band. Do you still feel a desir e W become one of the The lant erns were lighted and the skull ana cross-bones Bri g and s of the Border?" were removed, the barrel being put back in a corner. "I do,'' an swere d th e bad man qui c kly. "This is a mighty fine p lace you have got here,'' ob"The n y o u will knee l upon both knees and repeat after s erved the bad man, as he si pped hi s wine. "I've been me an obligation, which every man here ba s taken i}\wantin' ter git in here a long time, an' I'm mighty glad clud,i.ng my s elf. Are you willing to do this?" I'm a member of your band now, Senor Santo "Yes. "You may well feel proud of it, Senor Dan,'' was the "Kneel, then." retort. "Now, s ince you have taken the obligation and Down upon his knees the villain dropped, and then, in a are a ful l-fl edged member, I am going to appoint you to slow, measured voice, paus ing at every few words, Senor an important duty. I want you to lay out Young Wild Santo said: West." "I, B ig Dan do sol emn l y declare that I will never reveal "I'll do th at, willing l y enough," was the quick retort. the secret hiding-place of the Brigands of the Border. I "I've got it in for that young galoot I kin take pleasure furthermore swear that I will obey a ll orders of Senor in doing him up, a11 right." Santo I pledge myself to risk my life in a broth e r "I thought so. That is why I have appointed you t o of the band, and that if I s hould be captured by an ene m y that important duty I will give you twenty-four hours in I will suffer death be-Jl>re I -_will reve a l any thin g about which to d o this so perhaps you had better go back to the the doing s or whereabouts of the Brigand s of the Border. mining camp soon, so you will have time to think over a I furthermore swear that I will turn over a ll money I may plan." take, either honestl y or dishonestly, from any one not be"All right, Senor Santo. You kin bet I'll manage it lon ging to the band, to Senor S:mto, so l ong a s he may be all right. I'll do it so no one won't know how it was done, our lead er. In token of my sincerity in this obli ga tion I too .. I ain't goin' ter P.ick no row with him, an' have a now kiss the sku ll of an enemy who was slain while trying fight 'cau s e I wouldn t tand much of a show. He ki n to force hi s way into the secrets .if uur band." shoot too quick for anythin g like that, so they say As be said the l a s t one of the attendants li fted the sku ll "Yes. I know quite well how he can s hoot,'' and Senor from the altar and placed it to bi s lips. Santo s hook h i s head. Big Dan gave a hearty smack as his lip s touched the object ana then the sku ll waf', placed bac k again. Senor Santo g a v e a s i gnal and th e memb e r s of th e ba n d stepp e d forward, each drawing a knif e from bis belt and holding it over the kneeling man s bead. Th.en the hoodwink was removed from Big Dan's eyes He blinked lik e an owl for a second or two, but did not seem to be much frightened. "Ris e broth er," Senor Santo said, stepping forward and putting o ut his hand. Th e bad man took it and received a hearty gr i p as he arose to bis feet. "You have done well, my brother said Santo s miling at him, patronizing l y "If you had falter e d in taking the obl igation, you see what would have b een in store for you,'' and be nodded to the upl ifted knive s which w e re s till pointed toward the new member. "But it' s all right. I have every confidence in you and though you are the only American belonging to our' band I feel that you will d o your duty. You will no'"'. join u s in drinking a glas s of wine." One of the men h astened to another part of the cave, and soon r eturned with a jug and several glasseS'. The glasses were filled and then s till stand ing before the l eader, in the dim light the sputtering candle gave out, Bi g Dan drank to them, not forg e tting to drain bis gla s s "'l'hat's : 1ighty good wine, senor/' he d e clared, smack ing hi s lips. "I a\n't in ther habit of drinkin' s uch stuff, I kin tell you." .... Wild was not a little amu sed at a ll be saw and heard, and thinking he had been there about long enough, since Big D a n was lik e l y t o l e ave at any time, he s tole s oftly back int o the pass an d walk e d along to where the s lab o f stone lay upon the ground. H e took th e ri s k of lightin g a match to see bow th e se cret door worked, and wben he found out be was not long in lifting it so be was able to step out s ide and p ull i t into place. Thi s done, he went to where he bad l eft bis horse, and mountin g rode s l owly ba c k to the trail. Once there, he s tarted into a gallop and soon came to the s lop e that l e d down into the valley Wild did not s top at hot e l, but went right on to the camp He found the girls and Wing there, but Charlie, Jim and Hop had not yet returned "Well I hav e been in great luck to-night, Et," he sa:
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. 29 Y O UNG WILD WEST AND SEN. OR SANT O before this I attempted to pull it from his ace, but found it would not come off. He had it stuck on in some way, and before we started the duel I told him that I was going to beat him and that I would spare his life under one condition, which was that he should permit his ace to be shaved by the barber 0 the mining camp. He agreed to this, but when the time came to do it he threw a cup 0 coffee at me, and in the excitement that followed he leaped through a window and made hi s e scape. Shortly after that the bad man, who is called 'Big Dan left the hotel. That was when I came over and got Spitfire, as I told in a hurry. I followed Big Dan and managed to get into the cave. I had the pleasure 0 seeing the bad man initiated as a member 0 the brigands, and then I came back." The girls wanted to know all about it, so he told every thing in detail, and when he had concluded he left them abd walked over to the hotel. He found Charlie and Jim there laughing with the rest 0 the crowd at the antics 0 Hop, who had started in to amuse them with some 0 hi s sleight-of-hand tricks Wild was not long in calling his partners aside, and telling them 0 his adventure. "Now then, boys," he said "I reckon we'll make prepa rations to strike out in the 1 morning and capture the brig ands. I think we can work it s o we can get them all alive, for I don't want to have to shoot any 0 them if I can help it." "You fix it up, Wild," said the scout, with a nod 0 approval. "Me an' Jim will stick ter yer, an' don't yer forgit it."' Hop continued to amuse the crowd, and his antics kept every one in a roar 0 laughter almos t continually. In about half an hour Big Dan came in, just a s though he had merely been over to his shanty for a while. The bad man seemed very meek, and when he finally got into a game 0 cards with some miners our friends left the hotel and back to camp. CHAPTER IX. BIG DAN GETS HIS MEDICINE. Big Dan did not attempt to c arry out his commission that night, so Young Wild Wes t and hi s friends were not disturbed. They were up shortly after daylight the next morning, and Wing, the cook; was ordered to hurry up with the breakfast. Hop, who had come in very late, ailed to be aroused when the others began moving about, so Cheyenne Charlie thought it advisable to wake him in a rather sudden man ner. Charlie looked around, and when he found there was a tree almost directly before the front 0 the tent he gave a nod 0 satisfaction and quickly got a lariat. This he threw over a limb, and then crept softly into the tent, where the sleeping Chinaman lay upon a blanket. Hop was snoring away peacefully, and it was easy for the scout to fasten the rope about his ankles. Having done this, he gave a chuckle, and crept out of the tent. "Now, then," lie said, nodding to the rest, who were looking on with no little interest, "ther first thing Hop knows li'e'U be hangin' head down from their limb of that tree Everybody watch." Seizing the other end 0 the rope, Charlie walked back from the tree until it. was drawn taut. Then he drew his gun and fired a shot in the air, at the same time leaping forward and pulling for all he was worth. "Hip hi! Whattee mattee? Help, help!" came the startled cries, a;nd then Hop was whisked from the tent, his feet shooting upward. Not until they brought up against the limb did he stop, ahd there he hung, almost frightened out 0 his wits. Wing paused in his work and looked on with undisguise.d pleasure, for nothing suited him better than to see his brother the victim 0 some joke. This was because Hop was forever picking at him, and making him the butt 0 his practical joking. The startled Chinaman was swinging hi s hand s Wlldly, and doing his best to get into an upright position But this only caused him to sway back and for,th hke the pendulum 0 a clock, and all hands laughed heartily at his piedicament. \ But Charlie soon let him down, and as soon as he got upon the ground Hop lost no time in removing the r ope from his ankles "Misler Charlie velly muchee smartee," he declared; shaking his fist at the grinning scout. "Me gittee square, allee light. Me no fool Chinee likee my blather." "Can't yer ii\ a joke, yer heathen galoot?" asked, making ouc he was angry. "What was yer gom ter do, sleep all day, when you know there's work for yer ter do this mornin'? Now you tak e my ad vice an' git a hustle on yer, an' .look after ther horses. We want ter use 'em putty soon, so they ought ter have a fresh place ter graze on an' a good drink afore we start.') "Lat allee light, Misler Charlie; me no forgittee." It hurt Hop to see them all laughing at hiin, but he l ost no time in attending to his work, just the same. When Hop had seen to the horses and taken a good wash in the brook he ca.me back, appearing to be very cheerful "Me wakee uppee velly muchee quickee, Misler Charlie," he said, with a smile. "I reckon yer did, Hop. I s'pose you'll be wakin' me up like that some time, i yer happen ter ketch me asleep But I've never yet seen ther time when you could ketch me asleep." The breakfast was soon ready, and then they an sat doWn to it and ate heartily. Finally Charlie passed his tih cup to Wing to be filled with coffee again. Hop was right near the cook and, unobserved by any one, he dropped somethinginto the cup as it was being passed back to the scout. When he had dumped a lump 0 in it Charlie proceeded to stir the coffee, and presently he placed the cup to his mouth. He took a good swallow, and then an exclamation 0 dis gust came from him, while he leaped to his feet in a h u rry.

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YOUNG, WILD WEST AND SENOR SANTO. =======<=============;=====-==-=-=--=--=-=--::======:...=. "What in thunder is ther matter with ther coffee, Wing? It's as bitt e r a s gall." "Me no und e lstand, Misler Charlie," the cook answered, in surpri s e "Coffee allee samee velly muchee goodee." "Wow!" and Charlie ran to get a drink of water to take the tas t e from his mouth. "That's about ther bitterest dose I 've h a d in a long time. What in thunder could have got in it? At thi s Hop moved a short distance away, and the broad g rin o n hi s face was quite enough to convince Wild and the rest that he was responsible for the bad taste of the coffee. It took the scout fully five minutes to get the bitter tas t e from hi s mouth, and then he began to make an in-vestiga tion so to speak. H e caught s ight of the grinning Chinaman, and then it flash e d upon him in a twinkling that he was responsible for it. "What did you put in that coffee, Hop?" he cried, an g ril y as he mad e a leap for him. "Hip hi hoolay !" Hop and tlien he jmnped acro s s the creek and quickly disappeared in the bushes. Charlie kept on after him, but Hop was so clever about dodg ing that he finally got up a tree without being observed. The scout look around ih vain, and then started to come back. A s he was passing under the tree the clever Chinee let som e thing drop to the ground, right behind him. It was a li ghte d firecracker, and the next instant a loud re port sounded, which caused Charlie to jump with as toui s hment and make a grab fcir his gun. But even then he did not know where the cracker bad come from, and he a g ain started to find the joker. "I r e c kon you had better give it up, Charlie," Wild callecl out after he had been at it for five minut.es, with no r e sults. "He told you he would get square with you, aml I suppo s e be has. Come on and finish your breakfast, and ti "n we'll strike out and see about corraling the brig and E "All right Wild was the reply. "But jest wait till I k e tch that heathen galoot. I'll twist his pig-tail so that he'll wish he had never bothered with me, blamed if I don't." But Hop was wise enough to remain up the tree, and not until Wild and his partners had saddled tl!eir horses and mounted did he venture to come down. It had been decided to leave the girls in camp, though Arietta had hinted that she would like to accompany them. She said no more, however, but when Hop descended the tree and came to the camp after they liad.' gone, slie nodded to him and said: "Well, Hop, suppose you ang I go out in search of tlie brigands, too. I am ju.st in the humor for a lfttle excite ment this morning. Not that I want to take part in any fig hting, but I feel that I may l;>e able to help them. I don't kp.ow just what Wild's plans are, but from what I heard him say he is going to try to get int9 the brigands' cave and take them all prisoners. He has done such things before, I suppose he will be able to do it this time. Do you want to go with me, Hop P" "Me likee go velly muchee, Missee Alietta, was the quick repl y "All right, th en. See t o i t that you have a :firecta c ker or two with you. There i s noth i n g l i k e the explos ion of a cracker to startle a band of vill a in s s ometime s ." She was not long in saddlin g h e r hor se, and Hop qui c kly got his piebald cayu s e in readin ess. Then the two mounted and started off in the dire c ti o n Wild and his partner s had taken. The three had not gone dir e ctly through the minin g camp, but h a d taken a course to the left, so they would n o t be observed by any one Arietta remembered the s pot where Sari.to and his men had left them on the t ra il a lon g the mountainside, so she decided to ride up there a nd than take a look around on her own hook. Though she looked behind her occasionally as she r J ae on with the clever Chinee the girl had no idea that she was being followed. But she was, just the same. It happened that Big Dan had taken a notion to spy upon the camp of our friends, just after Wild 8.1).d his partners left. He had failed to see them ride away, but he caught sight of Arietta and Hop. It occurred to the villain ri ght away that it would be a good idea to capture the g irl and take her to the brigands' cave, thollgh he bad not heard Senor Santo say anythiug about her. He was not long in getting his liorse, and then he left the camp by a roundabout way, and soon reached the trail that ran along the high ridge above the valley. :A:s he turned a bend lie cau ght a g limpse of the girl and tlie Chinaman as they were riding slQ.wly along, less than a hundred yards ahead of him He now started his horse a t a gallop, and a minute later lie bore do-WU upon the unsuspectin g girl and the China man: as they had come to a halt at the ver y spot where Senor Santo and his men had disappear e d the aft e rnoon before. Arietta saw the bad man comiug, a n d s h e c ould have easily rode away and l eft h im b e h i nd But she was not afraid of him, s o sh e w a ited uutil he came up. / "Good montln', miss!" said Big Dan bowing and tip ping his hat in mock polit e ness. "What do you want?" the girl a s lted coolly "Oh, nothin'. I jest happened ter come along an' see yer llere, that's all." 'X.s tlie villain spoke he quickly pulled a gun and fired at Hop, wlio uttered a sharp cry and tumbl e d from the back of his horse. Astounded at what had happ e n ed, Arietta utte red a C'TY of dismay and looked at the fallen Chinaman. Before she could do an yt hin g to prevent it, the bad man rode up and caught her abput the wais t with hi s left arm and then rode away t o w a rd the secr e t cave of the brigands. But the girl now r e alized th a t she was in peril and she made a desperate s trug g l e to free h e rs e lf As he was riding along the bank of a shallow pool, which helped feed the brook that ran down to the rtining camp,

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YOUNG WILD WEST AND SEN OR SANTO Ariet t a managed to tea r hers elf fro m h im, and down she w e n t upon the ground A t the s ame inst ant th e s harp repor t of a rifl e ra,n g out, a n d B i g Dan thre w up his h a nd s and fell from the sa d d l e CHAPTER X THE BRIGA N D S ARE CAP T URED. Y o u ng Wil d West and his pa r tn e r s r o d e s wiftly and w e r e not l ong in reaching the hi g h e r g round above the minin g camp It was ou r hero' s intention t o ge t a s c lose a s possi b l e to the entrance of the brigand s' c ave, a n d t h e n : wat c h to see i f any of t hem came out. H e told h i s partne r s of hi s pl a n s a s t hey rod e a lon g and t hey both agreed wit h wha t h e sugges t ed. "Now then boys,'' s a id the youn g dead s hot, a s they turned from the trai l and h e aded in th e direction o f th e hid d e n cave. "We' ll g o a little slow, and whe n w e get close e n o u gh we' ll di s mount a nd li e in w a i t Com e on. T he boy k new the why quit e w e ll, and it w a s not long b e f ore h e t h o u ght i t advi s able to di s mount T he horses were l eft b e hind a c lump o f ro c k s n e ar a c liff they would not b e apt to b e o b serve d in cas e an y of the briga nds appeared. Then the t hree crept forward a n d too k positi o n s where they w o uld be abl e to watch th e entra nce t o t h e pass. The spot wher e they had decid e d t o wait was a little high e r t h a n the otlier ground in th e near v i cinity and the y c ould comm and a 'view over quit e a d i s tance behin d them. They waite d f o r p erhap s ten min u tes, and th e n they were s udd e nly s tartl ed by a revolver s hot, w bi c h a pp e ared t o come from the trail they h a d l e ft a s hort t im e before "What's that, Wild?" the s cout a sked, iookin g at the y oung d e ad s hot q uestio ni ng ly. "Some on e fired a shot, Charlie," was th e cool r e tort. The ne x t in s t ant a scream sound e d and' t 1rnn it was t hat our hero 's face turned s li ghtl y pa le. H e reco gnized t h e voice a s that of hi s s w e etheart. But Charlie a nd Jim d i d al s o ,' and the latte r qui c kl y s a id: "What ca n A ri e tta h e doin g here Wild?" "I don t know J i m," was the r e pl y "Yo u two wait right here a nd I will g o a n d see about it. If the bri ga pd s h ap p e n to come ou t, you go into the cave and w ai t there Yo will kno w what to do if they happen to come back befor e I d o I r eckon the two of you will be abl e to ma n age it, s ince they w ill have to g o in one at a tim e as i t i s no t wid e enou g h for a n y more than that to rid e through t he pass to the cave: T h en jus t as cooll y as thou g h bis sweetheart Wf!S not in danger, Yo un g Wil d W est ran down to the left and h u r ried l y made hi s way i n t he d i rection the scream and s h ot had come from. He had n ot gon e more t han a h u nd red feet when he heard the c latter of ho of s Th e boy qu ickl y ran around an angl e of ro c k, and then h e saw B ig Dan riding at a furio11s pace, and ho l din g Arie t ta, who was struggling to escape from him, upon h i s horse. The y o un g d e ad s hot raised his r e l iab l e Remington to his s h oulde r and took a i m But b e fore he got a b e ad upon h i m Arietta freed herself and fell to th e g round. W i ld pull e d the trigg er, ju s t the s ame, and h e knew th a t Bi g Dan would ne v er harm any on e a g ain Th e boy ran a l o n g th e bank o f the poo l and saw hi s s weeth eart trying to get up thou g h s h e w as unable to do s o "Are you hurt, Et? he a s k e d a s he w ent1 to h e r "Yes, Wild I have spra in e d m y ankle, I fear," s h e an s w e r e d "I land e d heavily whe n I fell from the hors e I a m s o gla d you w e r e h e r e for i coul dn t have g ot away a ft e r hurtin g m y a nkle, I s uppos.e. Tl1e boy tho u ght a mom ent, for h e did not know j u s t what to do with hi s s w e eth eart in h e r almo s t he l pless con dition H e look e d around, and th e mos t a v a ilabl e s pot b e 1ld see was a littl e g ro v e that was furthe r along the ban\.. of the pool. Th e young d e ad s hot '
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YOUNG WILD WEST AND SEN OR SANTO. 25 to come up this way I am s ure, but I am ver y glad they did 'l'h e bri g ands now hurried a long and soon l)ame to th e s lab of s tone that hid the mouth of the narrow pass from view. One of the Mexicans pushed upon it a nd it f e ll in s ide with a thud. The senor stepped on through, s Wl carry in g Arietta, Pedro came next, with Wild clos e b e hind hi in who was bein g urged along by another Mex i c an. Wild had not gone more than ten feet when he felt a revolver placed in his hand He knew then, that Charlie and Jim w e r e th e r e and satisfied that the time had arriv ed to act h e call e d out sharply: "Line -up--:-you scoundr e ls, and h o ld up your hand s You are trapped. I h ave twent y m e n conceal e d h er e i n the cave." S e nor Santo uttered a cr y of amazement, and l et Arietta fall to the ground At the same instant the entrance was closed, with a thud, and Cheyenne Charlie' s voice e,xclaimed : "Whoopee! whoope e Wow! Up with y our The fact was that Jim wa s at one end of the pas s age and the scout had remained at the other. It was Jim who had handed Wild the revolver. He now stepepd forward and grabbed Senor Santo by the c ollar at the s ame time pushing the muzzle of a gun und e r his no se. "Get your men to s urrende r in stantly or I'll s hoot you dead, y ou scoundrel!" the boy exclaim ed. Dismayed and almo s t t e rrorstric k e n S e nor Santo c alled out, wildly: "Surrender, men! Don t l e t m e b e s hot in tbis way." Up went the hand s of all of the m and the n the scout marched through and di sarme d th e m, a g rim s mile on his face as he did so. "Boys said Wild n o ddin g hi s head toward th e cave "don' t come out ju s t yet. We want sati s faction of tying the hand s of this g ang. Then you can take c harge of them and march them down to the minin g camp .'' It is doubtful if there was one of the bri g and s who did not think that there was a crowd of men in the cave waiting to take part in the capture. The result was tha t Charlie a11d Ariett a, who found she could walk by limping .sli ghtly w ent from one to the other of the brigand s and tied their hand s b e hind th e m This done, the scout brought forth a lariat and hitch e d them all together. Then he s tepped ba c k and removed the obstruction from the mouth of the pass. ...._ "That's right, Charlie," called out our hero in triumph "'-._-"Now, then, we will march them down to Greaser Cr eek. The miners can bring up the rear. Ha, ha ha!" They had been caught dead to r i g hts and the r e was no c hance to e s cape now so when the c ommand was g iven the brigand s marched! in sing le file out o f the pass a ge S e nor Santo brought up the rear, followed by Jim Dart, whjl e Wild hast e n e d to ge t the horses. L asoi st ed Arietta t o the back of Spitfoe, and then told her to lead the oth e r two a l ong a s the y would walk down the mountain s ide wit h th e pri s oner s What was the s urp r ise of the miners when half an hour l a t e r they saw Y oung Wild Wes t leading a gang of pris on e r s into the c a mn. N o t until they the r e did Arietta think of Hop Then s h e q uickl y told Wild that he had been s hot. But whil e t h e y w e r e t a lking about it the Chinaman s d d e nl y appeared, s miling blandly. "Me allee s amee gittee s hootee, Misler Wild," he saicl, pointing to the s ide of his head, where there was a reel ma:r:_k, "but um bull e t only makee me feelee lillee fooli s h so be. Me g ittee allee light pletty quickee, and len comee back hei:e to gitte e help." It was not long b e fore the pris oners were secured in a s h a nty, and guard e d b y half a dozen determined men. The n the man who had been elected as judge of the camp s ummoned a jury and a s hort trial was held. Of c our s e there could onl y be one verdict in a case of the kind. The re -\vas n'o s u c h thin g a s law and order on the border jus t the n and it was decided that the whole cro .wd s hould be hanged. But it s e e m e d th at this was not to be put in effect, for as th e min ers w e r e getting r e ady to proceed, in spite of the protest s o f .Wild, who w ant e d them to turn them over to the authori t ies a t the nearest town, a troop of Mexican c alvary rod e into the minin g c amp "It hap pened t hat they had been lon g s earching for the brigands, a nd when t hey l e arned that the entire band had been c a pture d they wer e overjo y ed. A s the re was a di s p u t e about what country they were in at the time, the min e r s were force d to submit, s o the prisone r s w e r e turne d ove r to the cava lrymen, who bore them away in triumph a littl e l atte r. "We ll, I reckon that piece of bu s ine s s was qu!c kly set. tled up whe n we g ot s t arte d at it; boys," Young \Vild West r e mark e d t o hi s p a rtner s after they had managed to get awa y from th e admiring cro\vd and were sitting at the c amp. "I don t know as there is mu c h here to keep us, s o w e' ll s trike out to-morrow morning for some other parts." "Jest as you say, Wild the scout answered. Arietta declared that her ankle would be well enough to s et out the next day so after putting in a day there, dur ing which congratulation s were con s tantly poured upon them by the plea s ed miner s of Grea s er Creek, they s ettled down for a good night 's re s t and the next morning they all set out from the s pot, taking tlie trail that led to the northea s t Next week 's issu e will contain "YOUNG WILD WEST CALLING THE CAVALRY; OR, ARIETT'A'S THRILLING RIDE.'> SPECIAL NOTICE :-All back number s of this week l y exc ept the fo llowin g a r e in print: 1 to 40, 42, 44 45, 47, 50 to 52, 6 3 69, 78, 88, 9 0 102, 105. If vou cannot obtain the ones you want from y our send the pri c e in money o r p o s t age s tamp s b y mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHE R 2 4 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY, and you will r e ceive th e copies you ordn, by return mail.

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/ I IWILD lWES'TI WEEKLY: Wild West Weekly NEW. YORK, APRIL 21, 1911. II .. ... .. One Copy Three Month1.,,,.,,, .. .65 Cents One Copy Six Month1 ..................... ,. .. .. ... .... $1.25 One Copy One Year ...... .,................................... $2.50 Postage Free. HOW TO SBNO MONBY-Atourrisksend P.O.MoneyOrder,Check. or Registered Letter; remittances in any other way are at your risk. \Ve accept Postage Stamps the same as cash. When sending silver wra p the Coin in a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envel ope. Write 11ou1 name and address plainl11. Address letters to StNOLA.1'8 TOUHY, Preetdtni t N. HABTING8t Treaeurer CHAI, E. NYLAlfDaJ Secrt\arf Frank Tousey, Publisher :14 Union .sq., New York SOME. GOOD ARTICLES. A story is told of a well-known actor-manager when on tour last year. On the firiit night of his stay in a certain border town there were cries for a speech, and at last the genial actor stepped before the curtain. He thanked the audience for its gratifying demonstration, and let fall in conclusion some pleasing remarks about the beauties of the town,. but the speech was re<;eived in frozen silence. When he got behind the curtain he remarked to the local manager that the good people of --seemed singularly unresponsive. "Yes," replied the manager, "you see, your speech was all right except in one particular. You mentioning the name of the town where you were playing last week." Unusual visibility of lights has been reported to the Hydro graphic Office by Capt. Thomas E. Clinch of the Heald Bank Lightship, Gulf of Mexico : He states that on the night of January 16 the fog cleared after bei'ng almost continuous for a week. At 8 A :M. on January 17 an object was sighted w\J.ich appeared to be a channel buoy or small boat. He low ered tl:\e motor boat and :Qroceeded toward it. After going in its direction for ten miles he made it out to be a schooner, hull down, probably six miles further away. At 7 P.M. the lights of the city of Galveston were plainly visible. Between 7 and 9 P.M. Bolivar light, thirty-three miles distant, was easily seen regularly flashing every ten seconds. The observations were taken from a height above sea level of ten feet. The winter is witnessing the passing of natural gas in some Ohio towns. For the first time in many years residents are compelled to use coal and wood for fuel. The Madison Gas & Oil C'b. that has furnished the fuel at Gibsonburg issued a statement notifying its patrons that the gas supply had gradually dwindled until it was no longer possible to supply the public. Every effort has been mad e by officials of' the Madison company to connect its mains with those of some of the many companies operating in the central Ohio fields, but without result. Once the .gas c enter of Ohio, the final failure of the gas is a sad blow to Gibssmburg. That it was a luxury was never realized until the pres ent. During years past the gas was so plentiful that it was wasted with recklessness, as if the supply would never be exhausted. Residents of nearby villages are still enjoying the privileges of gas, although the pressure is weak at times. body o f fresh water remote from the ocean cont'ains organisms apparently marine. Both lakes, again, contain a very large number of s11ecies not found elsewhere. Lake Baikal contains numerous salmon and seals, as well as three species of herring. It also contains a few mollusca of apparently marine forms. One of the most remarkable features of the lake, perhaps, is that although it is frozen over for about five months in the year the animal life is extremely abundant and' varied. This may be partly accounted for, perhaps, by the existence of hot llprings. One of the latest attempts to answer the riddle of Lake Baikal is that of the Russian investi'gator, M. Berg. Of the thirty-three species of fish found in the lake he finds that fourteen are peculiar to it, while nineteen have a wide distribution in Siberia. and Europe. Many of these peculiar species are without near relations anywhere. Of the mollusca 90 per cent. are peculiar. M. Berg does not think the facts demand the hypothesis that the lake was once marine. He believes that it has always been fresh and that fauna peculiar to it has had a twofold origin. A part has originated in the lake itself during the long ages of its existence, and the first is a portion of the prehistoric fresh water fauna of Siberia which it has preserved. GRINS AND CHUCKLES. The Preacher-'And does your husband vote as he prays? The Wi'fe-01!, yes; about once a year! Mother-in-law-I have been with you two weeks now, my children! Son-in-law (without hesitation)..,...-Two weeks, nine hours, and twenty minutes! Uncle James read. He went into a restaurant one day, and when the waiter handed him a bill of fare he said: "Thankee, son, but Ah never reads meals." A woman went. into a New York hotel the other day and said: "I would Jike to have a room and bath." The clerk said: "We will be glad to let you have the room, madam, but you will have to give yourself the bath." Lew Dockstader once advised me never to do a long act. "You must never tire your audience," he said, "but leave them while they still want you." That's the way I once left an audience in St. Louis. I saw they wanted me and I left them. At one time it looked a bit as though they were going to get me. The other morning, after a night with the boys, I felt a bit indisposed and went to the drug store to get a little something that would brace me up and settle my nerves. Behind the soda counter was a fly clerk who asked me what I'd have. Being in a kind of stupor and undecided what to take, I said: "I don't know. What would you take if you were me?" He looked at me a minute and said, "Poison." Uncle Toby was expected to die any minute. His faithful wife was sobbing at his bedside. "Oh, Toby! Yoh is goin' to leave me!" "Lemme go in peace, den;" said the old darkie With a groan. "Your hands an' feet is cold already!" sobbed Aunt Sallie. "But, Tobey, oh, what is to become of me when you is gone?" "I isn't worryin' over dat!" gr'unted Uncle The riddle of Lake Raikal, in central Asia, is similar to that Toby. "What's botherin' me is what's goin' ter become ob of Lake Tanganyika, in central Africa. In both cases a large me when I is gone!" l

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28 WILD WEST WEEKLY. THE BAD BOY I N LOVE By Paul Bradclon. ""Well ho w's your eye?" said t h e grocery man to the bad 0oy 'Had any m ore fig hts protecting girl s from dudes? N o eve rything i s quie t so far. But I have had the hardest wee k I ever e:Xperie n ce d jerk i n g soda for the Young Men's Ch risti a n .Ass o c i ation," saii'I. t h e boy as he peeled a banana. "You kno w t here has b ee n a Nation a l Convention of f rom all the Young M en's Christian .Associations of the coun try-about thre e hundred-here, a n d ou r store is right on the street w here the y passe d f o u r times a day, and I never saw su c h appetites for soda. But t h e C hristian A ss ociation Con vention has caused a coldn ess b etween pa and ma." Ho;w' s that? Your par isn't jeal ous is he?" and the grocery man came around from b ehind t h e counter to get the latest gossip to retail to the hired g i r l s who traded with him Jealou s n othin'," sai d t h e boy, as he took a few raisins out of a box., "You see, the d e l eg a tes were shuffied out to all the churc h m e mb e r s to take care of, and they dealt two to ma, and s h e t o ld pa anything about it. They came to supper the first night, and p a di d n't get hom e so when they went to the c on ve n tion in the evening ma gave them a night-key, and pa ca me hom e fro m t h e boxing-matc h about e l eve n o clock, a n d ma was asl eep Just as pa got most of his c lothes off he heard some bod y fumbling at the front door, and he thought it was burglars. was m a d at pa first, but w h e n s h e s a w the broken s l o p-bowl on t h e front steps, and t h e potted p lants in the hall s h e wante d to kill pa, and I guess she would on l y for the society o f the de l egates. She cou ldn't hel p telling pa he was a bal d headed o l d fool but pa d idn't retaliate. He is too ;nuch of a gentle man to tal k back in company. A ll he said was that a woma n who is old enough to h ave de l egate s sawe d off on to h e r ough t to have sense enough to te ll her husband, and then_ they all drifted off into conversati on about the convention and the boxing match, and everything was all right on the surface; bu t after breakfast, whe n t h e de l egates went to t h e conve n tio n I noticed pa w ent righ t d o wntown and bought a s l opjar and some more plants. Pa a n d ma didn't speak a ll the forenoo n and I guess they wouldn't up to thi s time onl y ma's b o nnet come home from the' m illiner's and she had to have some money to pay for it. T hen she call ed pa 'pet,' and that settled it. "But, say, those C hristian yo ung men d o a heap of good don t they? Their p reE?en ce seems to make peop l e better. So me boys down by the store were going to tie a can on a dog's t a il yesterday, and som ebody Sjlid 'Here comes the Christian Association, a n d those bad boys let the dog go. They tried to find the dog after the crowd had got by, but the d o g knew his business Well, I must go dow n and charge the soda fountain for a picnic that is expected from the country. Hold on a m inute," sai d the grocery man, as he wound a pi ece of brown paper around a
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WILD WEST WEEKLY. 29 ( A SERIAL STORY )" THE EMPTY SADDLE OR, THE WILD HOR.SE O F R E D RIVER. BY KIT CLYDE. PRO L O GUE. dajkness esc ap e them, urge their tired horses to renew:oo speP.d. "On, on, my gallant fellow; my life depends on your speed. Bu t a las! The f ugitiv e's hope is gone. As the sun sinks But hold out a few hours longer and we will be safe b e neath the hori z on, there suddenly starts up from one of the It is a thrilling scene 4 d e ep and une xpe ct e d ravines which on the plains are called The sun hangs l o w in the western sky and a vast and gulli e s, a m a n mounted on a swift-footed h o rse. He has a dreary waste of plain and prairie stretches out in on e endle s s lasso in hi s hand, and dashing wildly at the fugitive flings ,....-... expanse, almost as far as t_he eye can reach. the noos e over his head, and in a moment jerks him from I n the dim distance, where the blue sky s e ems to dip down the gallant horse which was straining every nerve to save his and touch the earth, there is what app ears to be a grov e of maste r. trees, but the plainsman would know at onc':) Twilight on the plains is of very short duratian. No sooner that it might only be a deception. A mere cloud, or more has the sun set than it is dark, and by the time the man who pr o bably a mirage, caused by the refle c tion of the sun on the had b ee n roped a nd jerked from his stee d cea s ed to struggle sand. on the ground it was quit e dark. It has been a long, hot day in Texas. Old plain s m e n have Hold! thunde r e d the newc om e r, who h a d lassoed the fugisaid it was one of the most trying days the y had p as s e d for tive as the purs uer s c am e up. "Hold, f ools, would you ride years. ov e r him?" The scene spread bef ore the reader is not of barren waste s, Oho! have you got him?" cri-.1 on e who had led the pur-short buffalo grass, hot sav.ds, and quivering h eat alone It sue rs. is a n animated scene. A wild-a terrible scene. "Yes; but he is nothing. Don't let the horse g o A man covered with dust and sand mounted on a horse the "No, no, )Vh ere is he"!" color of which owi n g to dust, dirt and perspiration, it is "I do not know. Aft e r him." im possib l e to determine, is flying for his lif e b e fore a dozf'Il Then the b and of pursuers s c a t te red in e v ery direction in the painted demons, who are pressing close after him. The vain pursuit o f the horse. shouts rend the air, and the brandishing of we a pons The sce ne change s. Two hours later we find ourselves on indicate that the chase and flight are for life. the banks of a s tream, by the s id e o f w hi c h th> band of purWith wild, distorted eyes the hors eman pre sses his spurs s u ers and h e with the broad brimme d hat and las so are gath-into the flanks of his gallant s teed. e r ed. A fir e is burning, and by the light of it we can see the O h, I must not die-I must live-the whole tbing s hall be p a l e-face d, wild-e ye d prisoner-he who had made such a k no wn t o the world," he gain:>ed, as he lashed his horse and gallant flight for his life. pressed o n "Fly, fly, fly, my gallant steed, and save your He sits in the midst of his captors and stares them with u n f ortunate master." eyes whi c h, in thei'r wild agony, show but too plainly that The horse, urged thus by the master' s voic e and the stinging reason totters. s pur, seemed to rouse his flagging e nergie s and thundere d The man with the white hat, who beyond a doubt is lead e r, on over the plain at a renewed speed. The dust and sand ro se br eaks a long s il e nce by saying: i n a cloud, enveloping the horseman, and for a mom ent sc r ee ning him from view of his pursuers. But that pillar of dust told them where their victim was, and with wild yells they thundere d on afte r him. One mom ent hope seemed to fill the breast of the fugitiv e with joy, to be succeeded at the next 1* despai'r "Oh to die now-now, just at the dawn of triumph!" "You mu s t tell us the secret. l can't," say s the prisoner, "You mus t." I c an not. Y o u will. The pal e -faced, wild eyed prisoner inade n o answer, but s hook hi s h ead sadly and fixed his great eyes on the blazing groaned the man who fled for his life. Though his pursuers were painted and bedeck e d a s Indians, fir e the experienced plainsman would know at a glan c e that the y The captors sat glaring at him as so many ravenous wolves, were white men in disguise They carrie d rifl es and though or c onv e r se d in as to the means of making him they wer e a dozen times in range of the fu g itiv e and c 0uld r e vea l t he secret or my s t ery which was safely locked in hi s have shot him down with ease, they did not do so. S trange l br e a s t, but h e was silent a s the grav e ysterlous was the flight and pursuit. r The tall, dark-whiskere d man, at last exasperated by the ugitive realized that his life wa s only s pared that he c ontinu e d s il e n c e of the prisoner ro se, and going over to him be subjected to the most horrible tortures. But J eath c ri e d: torture seemed to concern him l e ss than s ome great ich he was guarding with his life. Hi s fate was en the vultures which soared abov e him seemed to a dainty feast. I nks lower and lower until it is on a level with nd the pursuers, fearing that he might in the "We inte n d to kill you, do you h ear that; we are going to kill you. The prisoner slowly raised his head and glared at him in silence. "Do you want t o die?" There was no answer to this. The chief looked about a t ,.

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I 30 WILJj WEST WEEKLY. hi s horribly painted and plumed band and received an assuring the north fork of the Canadian, and as Old Buck made the n o d. r emark, he stooped over, deliberately picked up a living coal "The so on e r w e g e t i t o ver with the b etter," growl e d one. of fir e with his fingeri; and plac e d it on his refilled pipe. B u t h e s hall tell. } "What was it, Buck?" "Yo u may l e ad a pony to water, but all the powers on earth The man asking the question, like all the others, was a wild can' t make him drink," r e plied the other speaker. horse hunter, perhaps ten years younger than Old Buck, I w ill find m eans to wring it from him. with short, sandy beard, and eyes incUned to squint, which, on T h e n s tooping over the bound and helpless man, h e seized the plains,' gave him the soubriquet Squint-Eyed Bob. him by t h e s houlders and shook him until his teeth seemed The other two men were Bill Snow and Sam Patchen, great, t o rattle .in his h e ad, and c r i e d: bronze-faced plainsmen, inured to hardships and dangers of I will b reak your stubborn silen c e or I will be your death. O n l y a sull e n stare was the answ e r. "Oh, yo u c a n glare at me in d e fianc e that way, but I will find t he means t o unlo c k your tongue b e fore I have ):ou. L i s t en: You shall di e a most horrible death. A linger i n g death that always hovers n ear but never comes. B e fore your dissolution, you shall with your own eyes see the vul t u r e s and c ayotes come to feast on your body. Oh, I have n o t s e t O\lt in vain for the s e cret. I will have it or you will disp l a y a fortitude s u c h a s no man ever showed before in all the world' s hi s tory. Sp eak now, will you? One word, only one s p a r es y ou. Sil e n ce c ond emns you. Onl y the wild, v a cant stare was the prisoner's reply. "It i s settl e d You a r e doomed?" cried the chi e f. A gain the sc e n e change d. A w ild de s ola te region. A dreary waste of plain and desert stre t c hin g away to the east until the eye grows weary gazing upon i t and to the west a long w ending chain of mountains looking more dre ary a nd desolat e in the approachi'ng night. Like a horn of silver the moon hangs i:o. the ethereal vault of h e a ve n, whil e the lamb ent glow of an evening star shoots a t h wart the path o f d eparting day. High in the air, at one mom ent, soari'ng above the world below, and ne x t swooping down a s if to kiss the earth is a great bla c k-winged vulture Again and again doe s it swoop down upon the earth as if to s e ize upon s om e object of prey, when a wild shrie k frightens it, and se nds it on c e more soaring aloft in the sky. The dainty meal, which the vulture has all day watched with a hungry eye, is a man ti' e d down to strong stakes, driven in the earth so that he cannot move. Twice has the sun rese pursued its course and s et, since the strange wild-eyed prisoner has b een tied down fiat upon his back upon the plain. A wonderful change has come upon him. His fac e is parc hed, his tong u e so swoll e n as to protrude from his mouth, and his blood shot ey es have almo s t grown glas sy. A strange light pla y s ov e r his countenance, and he writhes and t ears at his b onds, heedless of bleeding wrists and ankles, while he shrieks: "Revenge-revenge--revenge Ag ony and terror have at last unseated his reason, and the boun d and helpless prisoner is a raving maniac, with a soaring vulture above him, and half a score of coyotes watching and waiting for the moment of his dissolution to commence their feas t And the night grows darker. CHAPTER I. THE WILD HORSE HUN TER S "Talking o odd things, boys, minds me o what I saw last w ee k o n t h e Cimaron. T he s p e a k e r was a tall, bronzedc h e eked man of torty-five, whose b u ckskin suit, bro ad brim hat and huge spurs indicated hi m t o be either a h erde r, c owboy or wild horse hunte r. The was h i s calling, and all over the plains this individual w a s known a s Old Buck. B:e and three other men were sitting about a camp fire on every kind. "WafCnow, pilgri'm, ye mought think I warn't tuk in wi' that air leetle diskivery o' mine upon the Cimaron," said Old Buck puffing away at his pipe until he got it started. "Tell us about it, Buck," safd Bob. Wall, it' s considerable o' a Ye see, last week I was just a-comin' into Fort Snell, and knowed nothin' o' this wild goose chase we're on, and was makin' good, easy time, for I didn't want ter push my horse too hard. O' nights I always slept under a tree or on the prai'rie, my annermil picketed near by. I hadn't hit the prairie yit, and war expectin' I'd have ter pass the night in the woods. "The sun was low, and gettin' lower fast. Soon I knowed I'd be in the dark, and I was figgerin' on how I was agoin' ter pass the night, when blame if I didn't see-. Wall, guess what I did see, boys "lnjuns," said Bob. "A grizzly bear," put in Bill. "Neither." "What war it, Buck?" "A smoke." "A smoke o' gammon, what of that?" said Squint-Eyecl Bob. "A good deal, Bob, when ye com e ter think that nobody lives i'n five hundred miles o' that air spot. "Wall, it was a boomers' camp "Not by a jug full. "What did it come from?" "A house." "A house, Buck? Why no one lives thar." Yer wrong, Bob. "Thar don 't; I tell yer I've been all over that country, traveled it from end to end a dozen or more times, an' ef anybody had ever lived on the head waters of the Olmaron I gu e ss I'd a-seen somethi'n' o' 'em." Old Buck puffed away at his pipe for a few moments in s ilence, and then said: Wall, Bob, I once thought I knew suthin' o' them woods1 myself. I've been over and through 'em until I was quite ,...-sartin that thar warn't a particle o' 'em that I couldn't travel blindfold, but don t neither o' us know nuthin' o' 'em at all. Neither me nor you. "As I was tellln', I was just beginnin' ter look out a place fur the night, when all to onct, I see the smoke and like you suppose d it Injuns, or boomers. Now knowin' it mought be soine o' the Apaches or Cheyennes on the warpath, I was a leetle bit skittish, and so I creeped up clusser and clusser, a leadin' old Yaller-tail, my hoss, arter me, until I came in sight o' a house, and thar a settin' in a cheer in front o' the house, was a quare kind uv a feller." 1 "A white man?" "Yes "Who wuz he?" "I dun know. Fust thought an' some o' Big Perry's band o' road agents, who so go up toward No Man's Land ter hide; but he didn't either. So I ventured down ter whar he sat in the he didn't raise his head until I spoke to him. (Continued in next week's issue.)

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I :t.A 'I'EST ISS"C'ICS 286 287 288 289 290 "FJ.HE AND FORTUNE" Out to Win; or, The Mystery of Safe Deposit Box No. 666. (A Wall Street Story.) Cast Away In Iceland; or, lrhe ll'reas ure of the Crater. A Wall Street Hero; or, A Winning Tip on the Market. Winning a Fortune ; or, The Boy Hero of the Mill. Stock Broker Dick ; or, The Boy Who Broke the Wall Street Market. "PLUCK AN:& LUCK" 669-Young Cadmus; or, The Adventures of Lafayette' s Champio)l. By Allyn Draper. 670 The Boy Sheriff; or, The House that Stood on the Line. By Berton Ber trew. 671 The Little Red Fox; or, 'lbe Midnight Riders of Wexford. By Jas. C. Mer ritt. 672 Dick, the Half-Breed; or, The Trail of the Indian Chief. By An Old Scout. 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WORK AND WIN" 642 Fred Fearnot and the Indian Queen; or, The Bad Men of the Trading Post. 643 Fred Fearnot's Cross Country Run; or, Winning the Great Paper Chase. 644 Fred Fearnot's Training Trip ; or, In the South with a Baseball Nine. 645 Fred Fearnot and "Little Dick" ; or, The Trials of a Poor Working Boy. Fred Fearnot's Baseball Giants; or, Winning the ,Opening Games. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, In money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Pub., 24 Union Sq., N. Y. JAPANESE TRICK KNIFE. enttlq otr your finger Ol' nose. !You show the knife add Instantly draw it ss your finger or nose, apparently cutting p Into the flesh. The red blood appears blade of knife, giving a startling effect to spectators, when, presto, change! the Js removed, 11nd your finger or nose ds nd In good condition. A:. cheap, but quite ectlve Illusion. Price, 10 cents : S fol'\ 25 cents, lby mall, prepaid. 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WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. A beautiful charm, t<> be worn on the watch C'haln. It conslst9 of a true and p e r fect compass, to which Is attached, by a pivot, a powerful magnifying glass. When not In use the magnifying glas s fits closely inside the compass and Is not seen. The compass Is protected by a glass crystal, and Is handsomely silver-nickel plate d and bur nished,_ presenting a very attractive appearance. Here you have a reliable compass, a powerful magnifying glass, and a handsome charm, all In one. It Is e.. P rlslan novelty, entirely new. l"rlce, 25 cents, by mall, postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. MAGIC ROSE AND CARD. An excellent trick. You show an ordinary playing card,t holding it at arm' s length, with your sleeves 'turned back to show that you have nothing hidden In your sle e ves ; allow the audi ence to watch the card for a moment, when you quietly pass It In to the other hand, without moving your posi tion, and with this the card disappears entirely, and In your hand ls a beautiful full-blown. rose. Afte r a mo ment' s pause you return the rose to the other hand and once more the cara Is seen. You can perform the trick, If desired, without removing the qard from tl\e hand, simply by dropping a handkerchief over your hand for an Instant. This excellent trick can be performed any number of times without fear of detection. Full printed instructions with each trick. Price, 20 cents; 3 for 50 cents, sent OJI mall, postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. THE DISAPPEARING CIBARe & .it new and startling tr!o(f. Yon ask 11 fric&d If he will have a cigari if he says yeei_(whicll is n s unlly the case), yon ta,ke rrom yoqr pociHANTOM FINGER fJ.s these fingers a r e east in moulds lu .which a person's fin gers have been encased, the_y are a life like model of the ilame. The finger can be made to pass throug;b a persou 's hat or coat without Injury to the hat or' garment. It appear9 to be your own finger. A perfect Illusion. Price, 15 cents. 2 for :.ill> cenb, postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTl'. CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. l'.. -'eGGS OP PHARO.A.H'S SERPENTS. .4 Wonderful and Start. iing Novelt11 "Pharoah's Serpents" are produced from a nnall egg, no larger than a pea. l'lace one ot them on plate, touch fire to it with a: common J!latch, and tn stanttv a liJrgs serpent, a yard or more In fength, slowly uncoil!! Itself fr-0m the burning egg. Eacl serpentruiaumesadi11'1ltenl iioeition. One will appear to be gllding over thq ground, with head erect, as though danger; another will ccil itself up, as If preparing for the ta-tal spring npon its victim, while another will stret ch. out lazily, apparently en !toying Its usual noonday nap ImDledlately after the eg g stops burning, the ser pent IKudene, and may afterward be kept 1111 w;i curiority. They 0JUe pui up in wooden boi:ee, twelve eg(!B ,;;. a boi:. Price 8 cents, 3 boi:ee for 20 cen ts: l tlazen i>oxes 60 oenta, sent b.J' mail, poetpa!nt ll11'Ilt at his victim s Til e tubuln r end o f the coffin whi c h every one (In trying to open). inwa;d contain II ne e dle whi c h s tab s the v1ctm1 '" his thJnib or fing er eve ry time This is the lvt c t RI\d a "i!I\prce sive" tri ck. It can be op0nd easily by anyone in the secret, as a n eat c ch j ok e to eave yourself from e. bore is un surpa;-> f;_!i. Price 10 cents 3 for 25 cents, pnstpa' ; J dozen by express 7 5 cents. WOLFF NOVEi.Tl'. CO., 20 W. 26th St., l'' \

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a "WV'EST _:_Latest Issues421 Young Wild West and the D eath Stream; or, Arietta' s Awful Al-ternative. 397 Young Wild West's Cowboy Challenge; or, Arletta's Good Guess. 422 Young Wild West and "Spotted Sam"; or, Trailing a Half-Breed .\198 Young Wild West's Mysteriotls Enemies; or, The Sign of the 423 Young Wild West's Scrimmage In Mexico; or, Arietta and the Silver Seven. Vaguero Dandy. 399 Young Wild Wm1t Saving the Stage Coach; or, How Arietta 424 Young Wild West Balking the Bad Men; or, Saved by the Clever Trapped the Road A1rents. Chinee. 400 Young Wild West and 'Mesquite Monte"; or, The Worst Greaser i25 Young Wild West Leading the Cowboys; or, Arietta's Fight with in Arizona. the Rustlers. 401 Young Wild West Defending the Camp; or, Arletta and tbe 426 Young Wild West Outwitting the Outlaws; or, Dandy Dick's Masked Raiders. Defiance. 402 Young Wild West and the Cherokee Chief; or, The Redskins' Last 427 Young Wild West Pursuing the Pawnees; or, Arietta and the Red-Fight. skin Princess. ,io 3 Young Wild West's Shower of Gold; or, Arietta"s r,ucky Slip. 428 Young Wild West and "Cunning Chip"; or, The Gold Gang of the 404 Young Wild West as a Scout; or, Saving the Emigrant Train. Gulch. 405 Young Wild West Running the Ranch; or, Arietta's Game Fight. 429 Young Wild West and the Border Crooks; or, Arietta and the 406 Young Wild West and "Chapparal Chick" ; o r The Bandits of Smuggler Queen. the Foothills. 430 Young Wild West Fighting the Fire Fiends; or, 407 Young Wild West and the Mad Mexican; or, Arietta s Warning cattle. Shot. 431 Young Wild West's Death Draw; or, Arietta Duping the Des408 Young Wild West and the Cowboy Millionaire; or, Hemmed In by peradoes. Enemies. 432 Young Wild West and the Silent Scout; or, The Sign that saved 409 Young Wild West in the "Land of Dead l'hings"'; or, Arietta and the Settlement. the Vultures. 3 3 ''''Id w t St k" T d foot or, Arietta and the Gr'l7 410 Young Wild West's Lightning Leap; or, A Desperate Duel on 'oung 1 es a mg a en er Horseback. Bear. 411 Young Wild West in the Golden Valley; or, Arietta's Indian 434 Young Wild West Roping the "Ghost Dancers"; or, Spoiling an Indian Outbreak. 412 Young Wild West"s Marked Mustang; or, Trapping the Horse 4 3 5 Young wud West Capturing a Claim; or, Arietta and the Gold Thieves. Pocket. 413 Young Wild West and "Puncher Pete; or, Arietta and the Dyna436 Young Wild West and the Deadwood Deadshot;oP, The Man Who Wae mite. Hard to Beat. 414 Young Wild West Almost Beaten; or, The Secret of the Blaated 3 7 Young Wild West Rescuing a Ranchman; or; Arietta and the Ren Pinc. gade Cowboys. 415 Young Wild West's Buffal o Hunt: or, Arietta's Awful Ride. 438 Young Wild West J:letrayed by a Greaser; or, Sealed in an Az 416 Young Wild West at Bolivar Butte; or, The Camp that was Run Tomb. by "Bad" Men. 4, 3 9 Young Wild West's Fight at the Forks; or, Arietta and the 417 Young Wild West and The Trapped Troopers; or, Arietta and the Emigrant Train. Apache Ambush. 4 l O Young Wild West and the Desperado; or, 'l.'he Masked Men of the 418 Young Wild West and the Cow Girl Queen; or, The Clean-Up at Mountain. Ranch Forty. 441 Young Wild West's Weuton Welcome; or, Arletta's Birthday Gift. 410 Young Wild West and the Indian Agent; or, A rietta's Daring Sx-442 Young Wild West's Rapid !!'ire Fight; o r Holding a Cave of Gold. pose. 'l43 Young Wild W est at a Cowboy "Shindig"; or, Arletta Calling a 420 Young Wild West and the Rich Ranchero; or, The Shot that Made Blu!f. a Friend. 444 Young Wild West and Senor Santo; or, The Brigands of the Border. For sale by' all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 UNION SQUARE, N. Y. IF YOU WA]VT _,iNY 'BACK NUM'BERS of our Weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they ca n be obtained from this office direct. Write out and fill in your Order and send it to us with the price of the weeklies you want and we will send them to y ou by return mail. POSTAGE STA'MPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, No. 57. HOW TO 1\IAKE MUSICAL INSTRUSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, .iEol!an Harp, Xylophone and other musical instruments; together with a brief description of nearly every musical in strument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely Illustrated. Xo. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, the well-known detective. In which he lays down some valuable rules for beginners, and also relates adYentures of well-known detectiYes. No. 59. HOW TO l\IAKE A l\IAGIC LAN TERN.-Containlng a description ot the lantern, together with Its history and Invention. Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomely Illustrated. No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOG RAPHER.-Contalnlng useful Information regard ing the Camera and how to work it; also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WES:r POINT l\111.lTARl' CADET.-Explalns how to gain admiltance, course of Study, Examinations, Dutie s. Staff of officers, Post Guard, Police R egulations, Fire Department, and all a boy shot.

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