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Young Wild West corralling the Creeks, or, Arietta and the redskin round-up

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WILD WEST WEEKLY Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etco, o(Western Lile J1sued Weekl11-B11 Subcriplion t2.SO pei ar, Entered according to .Act of Cong1e8', in the 11eai 1911 in the OjJlce of th' Librarian of Conoreu, i-Vash 1no 1 n, D. C ., b11 Frank 1'nu.'fe11, Publisher. 24 Un ion Square, New Y01k. Entered at 11 : ew Yo1k, N. Y Post O.lfice as second-class matter. No. 479 NEW YORK, DECEMBER 22, 1911. Price 5 Cents. oung Wild West Corralling the Creeks OR, Arietta and the Redskin By AN OLD SCOUT CHAPTER I. YOU:\'G WILD WEST MAKES AN ACCUSATION. "Well, coonel, what appc<>.rs to bf' the trouble around here?" The speaker was Young Wild West, the well-known Boy Eo and Chart]pion Deadshot of the West. The qt:eztion was asked of Colonel Merry, of the Nineteenth r.avalry. The place was an army post in the upper part of Utah, not r from the IV.vornlng line, and the time a few years ago, hen Indian outbreaks were more frequent than now and all rts of bad characters infested the vast region known as the iM West. So mtich has been written of Young Wi\d West that it is not eces sary to give a long description of.him now. Suffice it to say that he had won a reputation for his strict dhcrence to the right and his abjlity t o always do the right hi:u; at the right time. At-shooting with a rifle or a revolver he stood without a e;-: and his and daring were undisputed. Probably it was his extreme coolness that made him what e was more than anything else, for no matter what happened e never grew excited or lost his wits. Co' .c:ie l Merry looked at the boy and smiled as the question a<; put 1o him. Just like you. Wild," he said. "You are as cool as ever, I fCe. well, I will soon tell you what the trouble is. About a undred cf the Creeks have bande he was called, arose to his feet and afte r saluting the colo n el, h e knocke d the ashes from his pipe and strolled leisurely over and stood before Young Wild West.

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YOUNG WILD WEST CORRALLING THE CREEKS There was a sort of sneer on his face as the boy looked at I eyes flashing with fury, as he made a move as though to clutch him, which was as muc h as to say, "Well, I s'pose it's you the boy by the throat. "You dare to say that?" what wants me, so go ahead an' let's hear what you have got! "Stop right where you are," came the command from Young to say." I Wild West, and with a quick movement he reac hed out with "Robinson," said Colon e l Merry, "this is Young Wild West. i his left hand and pushed t he man back. 1 No doubt you have heard of him, for you have b ee n this! Then turning to the officer in charge he added: part of the country longer than he has." "Colonel Merry, I advise you to place this man under ar''Well, I've heard somewhat of Young Wild West," was the rest at once." retort, and then the man stared almost insolently at our hero. "But," stammered the colonel, showing great surprise, "how "I knowed that it was him what wanted me to come over here. de we know that he is guilty of any offense?" What do es he want, colonel?" "Well, when I saw him siaing over there he was watching "Well, )le is going to help us corral the Creeks, so it would us in a furtive way, and after I had siz ed him up for a few be in orde r for yo u to give him all the information about them seconds I became convinced that he knew a great deal more that you can." about the band of redskins than he had told you. Another "Well I reckon I kin tell him all he wants ter know, then. thing is, if he has been able to watch the movements 'of the I've been right o n top of that gang of redskins a lot of times, Creeks so well, why hasn't he given you the opportunity to but it always happene d that there was no one with me, an' of catch them? You should think of that yourself, colonel. Why, course I wasn't goin' ter try an' clean up ther crowd alone. I it seems to me that this fellow has been hoodwinking you." "Of course not," our hero observed, as be arose to bis f e et. "Well, I will admit t .at every time we a c ted upon his ad" That would be a v ery foolish thing to do. But see here, vice we were too late to catch the redskins," the colonel deRed Robinrnn, if yo u don't mind answering a few questions I clared, shaking his h ead. "But I am hardly ready to place will go ahead and ask them." the man under arrest." "Go ahead, Young Wild "\Vest," and the man smiled in a "Do as you like about it, then, colonel. Let him go If you peculiar sort of way. wish. But I assure you that I will satisfy you later on that I "How many redskins are there in the band?" am quite right In thinking that Red Robinson is In l eague "Jest about a hundred, I should jedge, an' they've all got with the band of Creeks who are on the warpath, and that he their war-paint on an' are well supplied with guns an' amis actually the leader of them. munition." While the boy was tall{ing he was keeping a sharp watch "Have you any idea what caused them to break out and upon the accused man, who bad stepped back and was stand-start on the warpath?" ing In a sullen way, his eye s turned toward the ground. "No, I don't know nothin' about that." "Robinson," the colonel said, rather sternly, as he fixed "Ah! Then you really don't know much about them after his gaze upon the man, "can you prove that what Young Wild all." Vv' est says of you is not true?" ''Well, I kn ow that they've been killin' a few settlers an' "It ain't for me ter prove nothin', colonel," was the dogged robbin' some people what was travelin' along the trail." retort, while a venge ful g leam shone in his eyes as he shot a "Some on e told you about it, I suppose?" glance at the young deadshot. "It's for ,him ter prove what "We ll, I picked it up in different kinds of ways." he says, I reckon." "So you h ave no id e a what caused them to break away and "Well, that is quite true, I suppose. The party who accuses strike out of the warpath?" another should furnish the proof. As it is, I am going to al"Nope, I ain't got ther least idea." low you your freedom." "Do you know who their leader is?" I "Thank you for that, Colonel Merry. Maybe I'll show yer "Yes, he's ther Creek chief, Jumpin' Dog." afore many hours that I'm all right. As soon as I git somethin' "It seems to me I have heard of Jumping Dog, but I never ter eat I'm goin' ter strike out after ther redskins ag'in." knew he was a very bad charac ter. I had an idea that he was, Young Wild West stood with folded arms, a smile on his simply a chief who would fight a lot, but was not possessed of face, and as Red Robinson turned and walked away, his eyes any ideas that would make a successfu l campaign. In other followed him. worus, I thought Jumping Dog was merely a chief of the brute I haven't the least idea but that you are sincere in your type, with very little brains or judgment." conclusions, Young Wild West," the colonel said a moment That's where ye r make a mistake, Young Wild West. later. 'But I hardly see how I can place the man under arrest .Tnmpin' Dog i s one of ther shrewdest Injuns what ever l ed a just because you sus pected him. I believe you said you had bane! on ther warpath." never seen him before." "Maybe you are right. But be can't be the real leader. "That's right, colonel, 1 never saw or heard of.him. But The colon e l tells me that h e is pretty certain that there is a yo u will find out that I am perfectly right in what I said. white man who plans the raids and hold-ups that are taking' However, let him go about bis business. I am going to un plac e right along." dertake to help you in this matter, and if this band of ras" I s that right. colonel?" and Red Robinson turned to the cally C reek s is not corraled inside of two or three days, I miss commanlllng officer in surprise. my guess." "Yes, that is my opinion, Robinson," was the r e ply. "I never "You have my assurance that I will co-operate with yo u. m entioned it to you or any on e else before but from what I I m ea n to leave it to you no>v, and I shali act strictly on your have ;;atllerccl of what has happeneu since the Creeks have advice." been on the warpath, I have come to the conclus ion that there "All right, colonel. r will leave you now. I see my two must be a white man, who is very clever at such things, lead-partners are sitting over there as though they are anxious to ing them on." find out what the trouble is. I wil l see you later. "Oh, yer have, eh? 'Veil, accordln' to that, my servi ces in The bo y then saluted the commander in military fashion and this here m att.er ain't b ee n much good to yer. wal ked leisurely over to the two tents that had been erected ''Gil, yes, R ob in so n, you have done v ery well. You have but a short di stance from the spot where the cavalrymen had brough t in regular reports as to the whereabouts and movecamped. men t s of the band we are hunting for. That i s all right." It was n ear the close of a warm afternoon in summer, and "It sccn:s to u.:e, c olon e l, said Young Wild West, a peculiar I the sun, though well down in the west, ws.s still shining with smile showing on his handsome face, .. that the information you a warmth that made it anything but comfortable. have received from this man has not helped yo u any; since the Cb eyen n') Charlie and .Jim Dart were sitting on a l og awaitCreeks arc .still at large. I have an id e a h e could give you 1 ing the approach of their dashing leader. a let more information if he were inclined to do so." Not far from them were foe three girls who accompanied "What do yer mean by that, yo u young hound?" Red Robin1 our hero a nd ,J.lis partners on their rides through s on cried, his eyes flashing, while at the same time he laid his 1 the wildest parts of the country in rnarch of excitement and hand on the butt of a rernlver. adventure. "Just what I said, Red Robinson. I have been looking at, Jus t starting a camp-fire was Wing W ah, the co ok, while his you iong enough and listening t o what you have said to be brother, Hop Wah, who was generally known as Young Wild con Yinccd that you k now ail a bout the movements cf this band W cst'll clever Chi nee, Rat on a rock preparing a fishing-rod, for of Cr ee ks. I con s id e r tllat you arc a scheming man, and the; e was a good-sized brook a short distance away. wouldn't be a bit surprised if I learned that you were the real "Well, w:ld," said Che yenne Charlie, the well-known scout, leader of them!" as the boy paused b efore him, "how did yer malrn out with "Y)u-you ) .ylng young hot:nd!" cried Red llobinson, his ther cclonel? D : d yer t;rcmlse him ter help find this band o!

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YOUNG WILD WE S T CORRALLING THE CREEKS. redskins that's been makin' so much trouble in these here I Our friends did not appear to be paying any attention to him parts?" ; at a!l, but the moment he had disappeared from view Wild "I certainly did promise him that, Charlie," w as the reply. 1 gav e a nod and said: ""What was ther matter with. ther galoot what was called 1 "Come, Charlle, I reckon we will take a walk over that way over to yer by ther colonel?" i and kee p a watch. I have an idea that Red Robi n so n simpl y "Well, Charlie, I have strong rearnn to b e lieve that the wants to go over there to question Hop. I may be m istaken, galoot, as you call him, is in league with the redskins. I even and if I am it is all right, anyhow." accused him of it when I found he got a little too impertinent." I "You kin bet your life it's all right, Wild, t h e sc out re Jest what I told Jim," and the scout turne d and nodded torted. "Come on. I ho.Pe ther heathen is lucky e nough ter to Jim Dart, the boy who sat beside him taking in all that 1 ketch some fish, for I wouldn' t mind havin a co uple good-was said. sized ones fried for my supper." Dart was a boy about the same age as our hero, and though Jim Dart was well satisfied to remain with the gi rls. he scarcely knew what fe ar-was, and was always ready to C:o i The fact was that E l oise Gardner was the most tim id o his part in anythin g that came up, h e seldom had a great dea l 1 the three, since it was her .nature to be that way. to say. While she could handle a rifle and r i de a horse a bo u t as "We heard a little cf the c onversation that place Wild," w e ll as the average girl of the West, she did not poss es s he said, nodding to his young l eade r with a smile. "That fel-the courage or nerve, as it might be called, that the scout's l ow talked rather loud I reckon we have got down every word wife did. he said." I But even Anna was not to be compared with Arietta, who "Well, it won't be rnnch trouble to tell you the rest of It, had been horn and reared in the Wild West and had been then.," and the young dead shot quickl y related the entir e conforced to fight quite a little i n order t o protect herself against versation. the raids of savage Indians and white renegades. The g'ir1s had come up by thi s time and were listening atWild and Charlie moved s l owly around in a direction almos t tentively. opposite to that whic h had b een taken b y Hop and Red Rob-We might as well state right here that tbe "girls" were Ari i nson. etta Murdock, Young Wild West's golden-haired sweetheart; It was not long before they turned toward the strea m w h ic h Anna, the wife of Cheyenne Charlie, and Eloise Gardner, the was making considerabl e noise as it pursued its course in z i g-sweetheart of Jim Dart. zag fashion down the rocky descent. Eo long hl!d they been riding through the wildest parts of When they came I n sight of Hop he was sitting on a rock, the West with the dashing young deadshot and his partners his line in the water, and near him stood Red Robinson, m akthat they had become infatuated with the healthful outdoor ing preparations to cast his hook into the brook. life, and could hardly have been induced to remain in a city or 'Wild motioned for Charlie to be very careful and then town while their escorts continued on and followed their crept up until they were within less than t"Wenty fee t o! the hobby of looking for adveuture and a chance to help some two. one who neeued it. "So you're goin:' ter try ter ketch s o me fish, are yer, hea So Red Robinson, as he is called, is going to strike out and then?" they heard Robinso n say. l ook for the redskins again after he has eaten his supper, "Lat light," was the reply. "Me allee samee ketchee p l e nty Vlild Arietta observed, as she shot a glance .toward the flshee, so be. Me velly smartee Chlnee group o f cavalrymen where the accused man was now sitting. "Well, when I seen t hat you was goin' ter try it, it struck "I suppose that means that you will follow him." me that I might do ther same thing. I like ter eat a fish n ow "You have got that right, Et," the young deadsho.t answered, an' then. I've got a job on hand t o-night, s o I may as well g o with a laugh. "But don't speak too loud. Some one might away on a full stomach. hear what we are talking about, and then it might reach the "Whattee you do tonight?" Hop asked lookinO' at him ears of Robinson. It Etruck me right away when the colonel innocently. began that it was rather peculiar that the man he I "I'm goin' ter try find where ther redskins are, so they called his best scout had been unable to lead the cavalry to Jdn be wiped out. Young Wild West seems ter think that I'm the were located. But general playin' ther colonel false. But I'm goin' ter show him jest of him ;t at. the first shot. I am Just as 1 what I kin do when I make up ruy mind t e r do it." that Red. is a scoundrel as I am that Hop is startmg "Me no undelstand," Hop d eclared, shaking his head, though t o g o fismng he did, perfectly, for h e had heard everything that W ild had The clever Chinee was at that moment walking toward t h e told at the camp a s hort time before br_?O}t, his rod line in .hand. ,, The villain, f o r such h e undoubtedly was, now sat down a Ir you say it, I know it must be true, Wild, Anetta de-few feet from the Chinaman and proceeded to wait for a bi te. clared. "What kind of a kid is Young Wild West, anyhow?" h e The rest nodded, showing how we ll they believed in t h e asked, turning to the Chinaman. young deadshot. "Young Wild West allee samee shoote e velly much e e stlaight, so be," was the reply .. CHAPTER II. "Yes, I've heard tell of that. But there's others who kin shoot jest as straight as he kin, maybe." TRAILING HED P.OBrxsox. ":'lie no believe lat," Hop d eclared, stoutly, as he shook his "Wild,., said Cheyenne Charlie, when Hop Wah had disaphead. "Young Wild West beatee evelybody whattee comee peared around a bend in the rocks on hls way to the stream, 'long." "I reckon that galoot yer cal! Red Robinson is goin' ter do "vVell, he'll find his match yet, heathe n, an' don't yer for-some fl.shin', too He's gittin' a pole an' line ready, if I ain't git it." mislalrnn. I Just then Hop had a bite, and he landed a fish that weighed Sure enough, this was the case. probably a pound The man Wild had accused of being in league with the "Me ketchee fishee allee light!" pe exclaimed, jubi!ant11. Creeks who were on the warpath was fixing up a pole that he "Me velly smartec Chinee had cut from the underbrush close at hand. I He tossed the fish to a place where it would be safe !rom Young Wild West and his partners, as well as tlre girls, getting back into the water, and then baited his hook and cast watched him, and when they saw h im looking around the de : his line into the brcok again. caring wood that was scattered about they !:new he was I It seemed that he was in luc k for in less than a minute he searching for bait. I landed another, while Red Robinson waited patiently fo r a "Well," said the young deadshot, nodding to his compan-1 bite and failed to get one. ions "I suppose that fellow has as nmch right to fish as any I Wild and Charlie listened for a few minutes longer, but Red one.' But it see:ns to me that he wouldn't have thcught of Robinson only asked a few questicns con cerning the ability o f it if he had not see n Hop start off with his pole and line. the Chinaman's employers in regard to fighting and shooting. Ho;evcr, we will let hirn go, and when he gets out of sight Of courte, Hop answered in a way that should have con I will take a walk over there and Eee to it that he clon't inte r''inced the villain that it would be a risli:y thing t o d o to fere with our clever Chinee. tackle them. Bugs and worms were rather plentiful, so it wns not long He begc.n a f ew f!sh after a while, whil e H o p con-b efore Robinson had all he wanted, and the;:; h e set out for t.inued or. until he got suftlci ent, and when our hero and the t h e broo k. .;;coat saw that Ile was about lo return, they showed themaelv1111

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4 YOUNG WILD WEST CORR.ALLI JG THE C REEK S and walkerl l e i sure l y to the ba n k whe r e the two we r e sitting. on e mo r e chance If h e co mes back and brings a r ep ort that '"What l uck, Hop?" Wild ask ed a s thoug h he h a d just ar-the red skins are camp ed in a c e rtain place tha t can be reache d riv P d the re. by u s be fore morning, I mean to start right out. If w e find the "Me k etchee pl enty fish ee s o be, Misler Wild," was the birds h a v e flown w h e n w e g e t there I s h all be li eve that Rob r e p ly and H o p pointed t o thos e h e had l ying on the ground. ins on i s a tra itor." B y jove! y o u c 2 rtainly have go t a fin e mes s t h ere! How W e ll all right, colone l. But it m a y b e tha t the birds are are yo u making o u t R e d Robins on?" the r e whe n you arrive, and that they g i ve you a surpr i se. It I ve g ot three," was the rep l y while theman kept his strike s m e that Robinson m eans to play his trum pc a r d t oe yes fixe d on the g r o u nd nig ht. 'We ll you arc not as l uck y a s our c l e v e r Chinee, the n. But "What make s y o u think that w a y, Wild?" and the co lon e l p rob a b l y y o n r l u c k will change w h e n y ou start out afte r s uplook e d rather anx i o u s. per to hlmt dow n t h e r edski n s W e ll I can' t t e ll you jus t why but probably sinc e h o has r h ope it w ill Youn g W il d Wes t I want ter show yer that b ee n a cc used o f being croo k ed he may take a notion to wind you n:ade a mistake in what y e r said a li ttle while ago. I'm up the gam e he has be e n working." jest as strai ght as you are, a n don't yer forgit it. You may b e right. I h ope you are n ot, but s t ill I mean t o we ll w e won t a r g u e that p o i n t jus t now You go ahead b e very c areful in what I do If y ou go out to-night and do a nd lcc:ite the I n di a ns, and then I will help corra l them." a n y s coutin g I hope y ou will report to me a s so on as y o u come We ll I reck on i f I k in l ocate em a n git t he r cavalry the r e back." In ti me they k i n b e ketc h c d without a n y of yo u r h e lp." I certainly will, Colon e l Me r ry." Oh, yo u think s o e n? The two talked a little lon ge r on the same subjec t and the n "I sar tinly do Wild w ent back to the camp. "And there are a h undred or t h e m, too? Those waiting there had b ee n watching Red Robinson, and "Yes, I s'pose there's jes t about that man y. when Charlie remarked that he was getting r eady to l e a v e, "We ll, t here are only ab o u t twenty-e i ght cavalrymen h e re, Wild si mply nodded and s a id : i ncluding the c olonel. I All right, l e t him go. A s soon as he is out of sight y ou well ain't t hat e n ough t e r cle a n out a hundr e d r e d s kin s ?" can g e t your ho r s e r ea d y Ch a rlie. I am going to take you R e d Robinson asked, as he fix ed h i s eyes upon ou r hero' s face 1 wi t h m e W e are going to follow Red Robinson to-night. f o r a m om e nt. '.'Jest ab out what I thought you would do," the scout exw e ll i t m ig h t be, unless the redskin s were prepar ed for claimed, jubilantly. I was afraid yer might think of goin' them. I believe y ou tol d the c o l onel that the y are all well alone, 'cause I was itchin' ter go along, Wild." a r me d a n d h ave p l enty of ammunition. Oh, I generally take y ou on such trips as this, Charlie. It Y es that's right, too bu t i t ain't li kE!ly they' ll b e r eady see m s tha t Jim would just a s l ie f remain in camp with the wh en a n att::t:! k i s made on 'em." girls, s o that mak es it a pretty sure thing for you to go every 'Not unl ess some o n e p u t s them on t h eir gu a rd. ti m e. M aybe you think I d do that, Young Wild west?" I am always ready to do anything you say, Wild," Dart "That i s exactly what I d o think, sinc e y ou have asked the spo k e up "If you say you want me to go with you I will qu estion. only b e too glad to do it. Eut 1! you say you want me to re" W e ll, all ri g h t you k ee p on thinkin g t hat way. But j est main h ere I will be just as well satisfied." r e m embe r o n e thing Me an' y ou h a s got ter have this thing I know that, Jim. I think y ou would just as leave r emain out so m e ti me I'm goin t e r p r ove first that I'm a ll right, an' h ere on a ccount of Eloise who gets a. little nervous wh e n t h e n yo u h a v e g o t t e r git d o w n o n y o u r kne es an b e g m y par you go a wa y d on for wh a t yo u said rig h t afore ther c o l o:ie l. The bo y and girl blushed at this, and the rest smiled. A ll right. R e d R o bi n s on. If it turns o u t that way I will 'l'h e r e was no question tha t Eloise was deeply in lo v e with c ertaiul y beg your v a rdon. h e r bo y lover, and that the feeling was returned. So saying t h e y oung de a dshot turned on his h ee l and, folA s soon a s Red Robinson had saddled his horse he led It lo we d b y the sc ou t went around t h e rock s and soon r eache d o ve r to where the colonel was standing, and a short con-t h e camp. ve r sat!on pass ed between the two. H o p c a m e a l o n g a f ter the m with t h e fis h h e h a d caught, and The n the villain mounte d and, saluting the c olon e l r o d e t h e r e be in g time t o c ook so m e of it for supp e r, Wing a s si sted a w a y h i s b r otl rn r a n d soo n this wa s being d on e H e shot a glance toward the camp of our friends as h e I n d u e ti me the suppe r was r eady and a s u s ual, our friends pass e d, but none of them appeared to be taking the least bit nll ate h e al'til y for their a p p e tites n eve r seem ed to be at of notic e of him. f uult. H e had not been gone more than three or four minutes when They were in the op e n ai r s o m u c h and t oo k s u c h an amount our h ero mounted his horse and Cheyenne Charl!e quic1dy of exel'C i!':e that they w e r e bound t o be hungry w h e n m e al-brought his forward and followed suit. ti me came. They did n o t even look t o ward the colonel as they l ef t, for After the mea l w a s o v e r, Wild stroll ed o ver t o the colonel's Wild did not want to have anything more to say until he te11t a n d rno u w a s engage d in conversation w i t h him. go t b ac k .. Well. I believ e your expert scout m eans to d o something The sun had just disappeared below the line of the horizon to-ni g h t the boy said, as he s m il ed at him. in the we s t, and Wild knew It would not be a great while H e s a ys he w ill surel y fin d them to-night, w a s lhe r ep ly. b e fore darknes s would s e t in. "We ll I h ope h e do e s But don t put much stock i n w h a t I This meant tha t b e must g e t u p pretty c lose t o t h e man h e s a ys w h en h e c o me s back, fo r it see m s to me that h e might t h ey were follo wing in orde r t o k ee p on b is tra il. want to J ead you a ll into a t r ap. I m ea n t o take a l o o k around we mus t b e a little care ful Charlie, h e said t o the sc o u t myself after dark. Probabl y I m ight find t h e band of C reeks." as they rode on up the rough mountain t r ail. 'If he se e s u s "You are n o t going with Ro binson, are you ?" the colonel following him he will b e on his guard and we will not be a s k e d i n surp rise. able to g ain much by it." certainly n ot. H e ca n g o h is way, a n d I mean to g o mine. "That's right, Wild, was the reply. "But I r eck on w e kin I think I w ill tak e C h eyenne Charl i e with me, because he i foll e r him without b eln' see n W e' v e done i t t e r lots o f o thers u nderstands that sort of thi n g about a s we ll a s a n y one I I afo re, an' if we don' t do it this time it will b e mig hty strange k now. B u t co lon e l. The r e w a s only one way that the man they w e r e f o!Jow i n g ''What i s i t, W i l d ?" co u l d have t a ken, and this was through a narro w gorge that 'Don't y o u mentio n a wor d o f what I h a ve said a b o u t going gradually l e d up ward to the side of the mountain .)Ut t o-nig h t to R e d Robinson When Wild and Charlie h a d c overed a d i stance o f perhaps o f comse no t. Wh y shoul d I do that?"' t wo m il e s they came in s i ght of t h e villain fo r the firs t t ime. "Well, I thought you mi ght let it out, u n think ingl y He had brought his horse to a halt n ear the e d g2 of a c liff "We ll I won't let him know a word of i t. I t hink it b es t and was looking toward the w es t through the gathering d a r k -to l e t him go out and w ait and see what s o r t of a r eport he 1 n e s s gi ves w h e n h e comes back Whil e I have no doubt that you I The two quickly turne d their steed s to the l eft, s o t hey m i ght f eel j ustified i n your sus pici o n s I am not s ure tha t you are not b e see n by the villain, a n d the n watch e d him. right. I h ave bee n thin king it o ver since ou r c onversation b e I It was not long before the horseman at the top of the cl iff fore s u ppe r an d i t stri k e s me that R obinson s h o uld have act urned and rode away to the right. compli s h e d something !Jefor e t h is But I am go ing to gi v e him The n our two friends rode along at a gallop and w h e n they

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YOUNG WILD WEST CORRALLING THE CREEKS. 5 reac h e d the pl ace wher e they might ascend to the top of the I he was telling, Jumping Dog arose to his feet and turning to cliff t h e y we r e not lon g in doing so. the braves gathered around, said: Now the n Charlie,'" said Young Wild West, as he nodded J "Young W11d West help the soldiers to catch Jul!!'lping Dog to h is partne r, I r e c k on w e know the direction to take, so and his braves. Young Wild W est heap much shoot. To-night all we w ill have to do is to keep right on. Most lik el y R e d I we must kill Young Wild W est and shoot the soldiers. Red Robi n so n Is riding fas t now, for the country is quite l e vel Robinson, the pale face friend of the Creeks, will lead the m h e re. Y o u can b e t all you're worth that he is heading straight all to us, and when we g e t them In the narrow pass below for the camp of the redski n s." here we shoot them all v ery quick and take their scalps. Find "Right yer are, Wild, was the reply. "We'll git ther plenty money and guns and all the things to eat. The Creeks sneakin' c o yote, an' don' t yer forgot it. What you said about have plenty good time." him is j es t right, an' whe n ther c olonel finds it out most likely Then he waved his hand and gave vent to the warwhoop of h e won t put so much faith in every one that comes along the tribe. a g i n The rest joined in, and it seemed almost as though the cav-The two rode on until it was so dark that they were unable alrymen in camp might be able to hear it. to s e e far ahead of them. But when our friends considered that a ridge lay between The n a s they brought their horses to a slower pace they them and that spot, they knew that such a thing would hardly suddenly saw the f aint glimmer of a camp-fire not far ahead be probable. of the m But the y had heard enough of the few words the chief had CHAPTER III. THE TRAITOR. "We ll, Charlie, said Young Wild West, as he reined !It his horse and loo k ed toward the faint light that showed through t h e woods ahead of them, "I r eckon we didn't have to go very far, afte r all. I feel certain that the Creeks are camped over there and that Red Robinson has come here to put up a job to clean out the cavalrymen and ourselves." "It sartlnly looks that way, Wild," the scout retorted, shak ing his head, grimly. "I reck on ther b est thing ter do with that galoot is ter put a bullet through him." "No, Charlie, we don't want to do that unless he proves so dangerous that w e are compell e d to act In self-defen s e What w e want to do now is to cree p up there and try and learn w hat he ls up to But come on. We can ride up a little closer, and then we will go the rest of the way on foot." The two again starte d forward, and letting their horses walk, they drew cl os e r to the light tha t was showing rather faintly, si n c e the undergrowth was so thiek that it could not penetrate very far. They k ep t on, however, until they w ere within a hundred yards of the spot where the fire was blazing. It was in a hollow, and satisfied that they would be able to approac h without being observed, prov ided they used the utmo s t caution, Wild di smounted and his partner did likewise. Throwing the bridle-reins over their horses' heads, they at onc e star t e d cautiously forward, and soon reache d the edge of the b a!lk and we r e able to look down through the bushes into the hollow. The fir e t h a t was burning was In about the center the hollow, wh ere the tree s had been thinned out in some manner. Half a do zen t e p ee s were s cattered about, and easily a hunused to address his followers to make them thoroughly under stand what was in the wind. Wild did not see fit to remain any longer, so touching the scout on the arm he turned and crept away from the spot, Charlie followed rather reluctantly, for no doubt he felt that !_le ought to take a shot at the r en egade who had planned to have the small party of cavalryme n slain In ambus h. But he said nothing, and k ept on cautiously until the horses were reached. "I s'pose we re goin' right back, eh, Wild?" he asked, as he swung himself into the saddle. "Yes, Charlie," was the reply, "that's the only thing to do now. We want to get there ahead of Robip.sou, of course I reckon that Colonel M erry will change his opinion of the scound r el w h e n h e hears what we have to say." "He sartinly will, Wild. "We ll, I'll fix it w ith him so that R e d Robinson. will have his o w n way about it until the prope r time comes. The narrow pass the chief spoke of must be somewhere close b y but you can bet that w e are not going to ride through it to be slaug hter ed. When we come here we w ill t a ke pains to find out jus t where the r e d skins are Then we will s e e if we can't round them up." "That' s the r way we'll do it, Wild. 'rhe t w o rode on back through the darkness, and l etting their hors es walk where It was dangerous trav eling, the y at length got bac k to the camp. As they rode in every on e t here looked at them exp ec t antly. "How did y ou make out, Wild?" Arietta aske d, a s she ran forward to m ee t the young d eadshot as he dismounted from his sorre l stallion, S p itfir e "First-rate, Et, w as the reply. I was not mistak en. Red Robins on is a traitor. "Well, I was sure of that after you once said you thought so." dre d r e d skins c ould be seen In various attituds. It was easy for our two. friends to pick out the tepee that Wiid gave a nod, and then prom ptl y w a l ke d over to the was occupied by the chie f, and on c e they had located it they tent of the colon e l. c rep t around so they could s e e well what was going on near it. That individual w a s standing there w aiting for him. They were not at all surprise d to see Red Robinson sitting "Well, Young Wild West," he s aid, a s the b oy salute d him, on a blanket with a redskin whose gaudy headdress indicated you were not gone very long, I see. tha t h e w a s the chief. "That' s right, c olonel. You see, we did not have to go as "The r e they are, Charlie," Wild whispered in the scout's far as I thought we would. But we found out all that was ear, as h e gave a nod of satis faction. necessary." T hat's right," was the r ep ly. I s'pose that chief is ther Did y ou see anything of R e d Robinson?" one they call Jurnpin' Dog W e certainly d i d. Whe n we left the ca m p of the Creeks "Mos t li kely. Now, then, if we can only get near enough to he was sitting on a b lanket b e fore the t e p ee o f the chief, who h ea r what they are talking about everythlhg. will be all was standing b e fore him." right." "What!" we k.ln do that, I reckon, cause I don't s ee that they've got Colon e l Merry was dumfounde d any bra v es guardln' ther camp. Most likely they think it That s rig h t, c olon el. R e d Robinson ,is a t raitor. H e Is ain' t n e cessary." I e v e r y t hing I a ccuse d him of being, though I think h e i s about Wild g a v e a nod, and then started to creep around so he the limit when I t e o m es to a ge n uine scoundrel. H e has put might ge t clo ser to where the two were conversing. up a job wi t h the Cr ee k s to a mbus h the whol e lot o f t S toA numbe r of the b rave s h a d gathere d about them and were night. Robins o n wiil c o me b a i:k pretty s o o n and report that squatting upon the ground listening and looking on. h e has lo c ated w h e r e the r e d skins a r e. The n h e w ill a d v i s e Wild did not stop until he was within about twenty feet of that all hands g o and surprise the m. The plan i s t o h a ve the t e p ee us all go throug h a narrow pas s and then tbe waiting Cree k s The n he mo v ed slightly around and was able to look at will o pe n fir e OIJ. us and c l ea n us out A v ery ni c e s c hem e, the two who were conversing in r athe r low tones. colonel. It was R e d Robinson who was doing the most of the talk"It hardly seems poss i ble t h a t R obi n s on would do suc:1 a The chi e f nodded now and then and gave vent to a gut"Well, every word of it Is true H ere is Ch eye n n e Charlie. Ing. I thing a s this exclaimed the c olon e l, shaking hi s head. tural e xclamation. He will bear out everything I have sta ted." But finally when white renegade had completed the story You kin be t your life I will, c olon e l! the scout e xclairr;e d,

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6 YOUNG WILD WEST CORRALLING THE CREEKS. without going to the trouble of saluting the officer in charge. "Me an' Wild foll e red that sneakin' coyote straight to ther camp of the r redskins. The n we sneaked up around close enough t e r hear him talkin' with Jumpin' Dog, ther chief. W e couldn't h ear exactly what they was sayin', but putty soon old Jumpin' Dog gits up an' tells his braves what they was gain' t e r do. Now, then, if you don't believe m e an' Wild, jest wait till Robinson comes back an' uear what he says." Oh, I certainly believe what you say! the colonel answere d, still acting as though it couk hardly be possible that the man had b etrayed them. "The moment he appears I will have hlm arrested and placed under guard." 'No, you won't, co lonel," Wild spoke up, with a smile. "You just l eave that part of it to me. I want you to make out that you put trust In him and agree to anything he says. In that way I thiuk we may be able to corral the Creeks. Of course, we will see to it that he don't get away, and then the arresting part can take place. I suppos e he will be court-martialed and shot, which fate he certainly deserves. But let us get the redskins first." The colonel thought a moment, and the n nodding to the bo y, he answered: "Just as y ou say, Young Wild W es t. I am going to leave this affair in your hands. .But I think it advisable when Robinson r eturns to call you and l e t you hear his r eport." "All r ight, you can do that. I certainly won't Jet on that I know anything about what is up." should happen to lie for us in ambush. Then it would not take very man y guns to clean us up." 'Well, there won t be no ambush about this, 'cause they don't know nothin 'about any one comln' after 'em. Of course, t hey must know that ther cavalry is located h e r e somewhere, but they don't think that H's known where they are." "They don't think so, then?" "'No." "Well, that's all right, then. I was thinking that probably they knew all about it and was expecting us?" Wild could not h e lp giving this thrust, and he saw the villain wince at It, but he did not appear to notice it. Red Robinson then went on to'.J quite a story of how he had caught a glimpse of the camp-fire of the redskins, and after a rather perilous bit of scouting he had got near enough to locate them perfectly, and even hear some of the conversation that was b eing carried on b y the chief and his selected braves. Wild appeared to be greatly Interested in this, and when the villain bad been dismissed by the co lonel he waited until h e was out of hearing and then said: "Well, 1 reckon you're satisfie d now, Co lonel Merry. "Perfectly satisfied," was the reply, as the speaker shot an angry glance after the r etreating form of Robinson. "I suppose you feel like exposing him right n o w, don't you?" "Yes, I do feel that way, but I am going to act on your ad vice The colocel deemed it advisable to tell the captain of the troopers auout it, and the n it soon became spread through the camp that the man they had depended on a.s an honest scout "Good! I am glad you feel that way. Now, then., whenever had arranged to betray them and have them all slaughtered. you are ready just let us know. You can leave a couple of Wild and Charley went among them and talked with the men to guard the camp and we will leave the girls and the m e n, anti s aan they co nvinced them tha t the proper thing to two Chinamen with them. I reckon twenty-nine of us ought do was to pay no attention to R e d Robinson when he came to be able to make the round-up. !Ja c k but to act strictly under the orders of their superiors. "Do you mean by that that you hope to surprise them a n d lt \\"::ts nearly an hour later the clatter of hoofs sounded take them prisoners, Young Wild West?" and l:o d Robinson rode i nto the camp. "Yes, the majority of them. Of course, there may be a few Our hero and the scout were sitting in thQ little camp with who will have to. be That is the way it generally is the res t .oi our friends when this happened, and none of them Some of them will certam.ly put up .a fight when they find s een::ed to take any particular notice of the arrival o! the I that they have been surprised. It will be necessary to stop rene>gauc them, of course. But I think we can gathe r in the most of But at the same Wild was keeping an eye on him, and them alive." when h e rnw him dismount and stalk up to the tent of the "Well, why not go right away, then?" colon: : h e shook his h ead and said: "I am perfectly satisfied with that arrangement." '"That fellow certainly has a great ner ve H e is now about "Well, I will give orders at once r will leave the corporal t o try and impress Colonel Merr y with the effect that he is all and one of the privates h ere with the ladies and the two that h e h a s claimed to be, and that the c hance has arrived C hinamen. The rest of u s will ride on with Red Robinson to catc h the rebelling Creeks. We w111 take things easy about unt il you tel! us what to do when we near the Indian camp. i t. I supppose the colonel will soon call me, s o r will have to "That i s very satisfactory," and s o saying the young dead !J() over there and make it appear that I was mistaken when shot turned and went back to the camp. I called Hed Robinson a traitor." "Well, boys," h e said to his two partners, "I reckon we Wild had. scarcely said this when the colonel was seen to had better get our h orses ready. The colonel has decided to call his oruerly, and the next minute the latter hastened t o goat once." the camp. "Are we to g o with you, Wild?" Arletta asked, looking u p "You11g Wild West," he said, a s h e paused and saluted, just I eagerly, a s though our friends were in mllitary rank above him, "Col-."Hardly, Et," was the reply. only a sh?rt distance we o n e l Merry wishes to see you at once." will have to go, anyhow, and I thmk you will be perfectly "All right, orderly, the young deadshot said coolly, and. safe here. Besides, the colonel is going to leave two men in then smiling his companions be started over and soon charge of the camp." stool! bc:f0r e l"O lonel. "Well, I should like to take part in the redskin r ound-up," H ell R0l"' ; toed a few feet distant, and as Wild' looked the g irl dec l ared. shaking her head. a L IJi:; 1 be ;.--t .l.; d t hat there was a mocking smil e on his face. "Not to-night, Et. If it were in the daylight it would be all We ll, Yo;ing Wiid West, the colone l said, "our scout has right, but you will please remain right here with Anna and reported that he has located the Creeks. He thinks by the H?P stay too." loolrn of things that they mean to remain in camp and oppose .Allee l!ght, M1sler Wild, the Chinaman spoke up. "Me any attack that is made upon them. He says he ls willlng thlmkee maybe you l ettee me go, too, so be. But me stay to c ad us to the spot, and feels sure that we can take them by light here. Me velly goodee Chinee." surprise. Are you ready to set out with us on this mission?" "Well, see that yo u do Hop." "Why, certainly, Colonel Merry!" theyoung deadshot an-The Chinaman bowed and said no more. swe r ed, and then he looked at the renegade scout and added: Wild and Charlie saw the cavalryme n busy saddling their "This makes about s ix o r seven times that you have located horses now, so they proceeded to do the same tning. them, I believe, Robinson." I In a few minutes they were ready to l eave, -and then Red "Maybe it does," was the reply, "but J feel putty sure that Robinson rode up and saluted the colonel. they didn't see me this time, an' that they'll stay right where I "Say when you're ready," he said, with a flourish of h i s they a re." I hand, as though b e was about to perform one of the most im'"Did you have a good look at them?" portant duties of his life "A putty good loo k I "We're ready now." "You think there are about a hundre d o f them, and that they: "All right, then, I'll lead yer till we git in sight of ther camp-are all well armed, do you?" fire. 'Then you'll know what tor do, I reckon." "Yes, I think there's jest about that ruany. But 1 was misI "Young Wild West will ride with you," the c o l onel au. taken w h e n I seen 'em afore, 'cause I -don't think they've got swered, as h e turned and nodded to our hero. more than fifty or sixty men \ti th 'em." 1 The face cf the villain fell when he h e ard this, but h e m ade "Oh, that will make it all the easier, then, unless they u o objections.

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,. YOUNG WILD WEST CORR.ALLING THE CREE KS. 'I Wi d rode forward on his carrel stalli on and took his posi tion at the side of Robinson. The n at a word from t'.le colonel the party set ont. Wi i d did his best to engage Robinon in conversation as they rode along, but the villain did not see:n to want to have much to say. Ho wever. h e managed to get him to r:epeat a little of the story he had told in his report, and he appear:.id to be much interestcu. Finally he looked at the villain and said: "I suppose I ought to take back the aeeuE:i.tion I made, Rob in son. "I think yer ongllter," was the quick reply, "'cause I'm an hones t man, an' I never told a lie in my life." "Well, I'll wait until after \" have corral ed the redski ns. The n I will make a dae apology, if it is n ecess::.ry." "I'm sr-tisfled ter tlJat, Young Wild We:;t." The distance not being very great, as the reader knows, it d id not take the party long to come within s ight of the camp fire, which was burning much brighter than when Wild and Charlie had fir st.sighted it early in the evening. Wild took it on himself to call a halt, and then turning to the r enegade h e said: "Now, then, you will go with me to spy on the cam p. Come on Charlie; come on, Jim." "That will be a little too rislty, Young Wild West, Robinson d eclared, shaking his h ead. "No, it won't. You come with us, I say. "But there ain't no need of doin' that. I lmow of a way ter git around to ther other s id e of their Injun camp. All we've got ter do is ter ride d ow n ther hill to ther right, a short distance, an' then we'll strike a narrow pass. By goin' throug h that \Ve kin come up around on the r other side an' ketc h ther r e dskins in a hurry." "Well, we w111 do that after we have l ooked the camu over and sec how things are. Come on." "See here, colonel," Robinson said, as h e turned and l ed his horse o ve r to whe r e the commanding officer was sitting in the saddle i s Young Wild West runnin' this piece of bu siness?" Robinson," was the quick reply. "You must do as he says." "But he'll spoil ther w h o l e thing if h e has his way about it. "I can't h elp that. I have l eft the matter entirely in h is hands, so you will do jus t as he says." "All right, the n. If you say s o I ll do it. But jest as like as not they'll hear us comin' an' li ght out." I hardly think they w ill do that, Robinson. You say there are a hundred of them and that they are all w e ll armed. If they hear us c oming they wlll certainly put up a fight. "Well, maybe you know more about it than I do, so we'll let it go at that." Then h e turned and rode back to where Wild and his part ners were waiting. "Come on, Red, said Wild, in a very familiar way. "Just show us the r edskins, will yo u ? There's the camp-fi re, all right, but it rather strikes me that we will find the bi r d s have flown again." "It do es eh? 'Vhat makes yer thinlt that?" growled the baffl e d v ill ain. I don't know just what makes me think it, but I can't h elp thinking that way. But come on; we will s o on see." The vlllain said no more and the four then set out, their horses at a walk, until they were at about the same spo t Wild and Charlle had dismounte d at on their former visit to the place. Then they got oft' their steed s and, l eaving them there, starte d ahead on foot, Wild being careful to force Red Robinson to go with them. They w e r e not very particular h ow they trod, either, and now and then the cracking of a twig was heard as they proceeded. "They'll hear us comin' an' git away, see if they don't," declare d Robins on, who was getting more uneasy at every step he took. "It won't be your fault, then," Wild retorted. "Come on." Two or three minutes later they reached the edge of the thicket that o verlooked the hollow. Wlld took the renegade b y the arm and now led him for ward. "There you are! he said, as he peereu downward. "Thero is not a redskin there. But the fire ls burning brightly. The birds have flown, sure enough, Robinson." "I told you so!" exclaimed the villain, in a tone of triumph. "That' s 'cause yo u didn't have sense enough ter come hero without makin' no noise." "Well, it's too bad. Bu t I think they can't be very far away. We' ll just go back and r eport to the colonel. Come on.'; The renegade seemed perfectly willing to do this, so they were not long in returning to their horses and, mounting them, rode back to the waiting cavalrymen. Wild p ermitted the villainous scout to make his report, and when he had finished he rode forward and said: "Colonel Merry, you haj better place this man under arrest." As the words left the lips of the young deadshot, R e d Robi!lson gave a startled cry and then clapping the spurs to his horse, he rode away, like a flas h, in the darkness. CHAPTER IV. WILD IS UNLUCKY. Young Wild West had not expected Red Robinson to make a break for lib erty, since he was so close to t]+e cavalrymen at the time that it seemed almos t impossible for him t o su c ceed even if he did so It must have been that the villain possessed a quick wit or he never would have tried it. But as far as getting out of sight of our friends and the cavalrymen was concerned, he admirably. It was very dark w herethey had halted and long before the clatter of hoofs died out Red Robinson was lost to view in the darkness. Colonel Merry Jost his t empe r entirely. He began shouting out orders to the captain and regulars aa well. "Hold on a minute, colonel," our hero said, quietly, a13 he ran over to him and caught him by the arm. ''There is n o need of getting excited over this thing. Let the fellow go. I have promised you that we will corral the Creeks, and when the round-up takes place we will get Robinson with the bu n ch." "You don't intend to give pursuit, then, Young Wild West?" the commander of the cavalrymen asked. "No, that would be extreme foolishness. You know pretty we ll that he will ride straii;ht for the redskins, which wou ld mean that they wouli;I simply wait for us to come along and then open fire on us. What must be done to-night shall be i n a strategic way. You told me I believ e that yo u were going to leave it a ll to me "I certainly told you that, Wild, and I now repeat it." "All right, then. You stay right here and I will take Chey enne Charlie and go and find where the r edskins are. I am sure they are not very far away, so it won't takrJ long for us to come back and make a report." The colonel nodded, and then, after conferring with the captain, orders were given for the men to dismount and take up their temporary quarter s right where they were. Wild would have take n Jim with him, too, but he knew that i f anything should happen, Dart's services would be valu able. "Jim," sai d he, as he was ready to go away with the scout, "if we fail to report within an hour you can select one or two of the cavalrymen to accompany you and come and look for us. I hardly think we will be away as long as that, but there is no t e llin g what might happen." "Ali ri ght, Wild," the boy retorted. "I'll know pretty well wha, t to do, I reckon. Go ahead." Cheyen n e Charlie was eager to accompany the young deadshot, so after once more bidding the cavalrymen to remain right where they were and keep silent, our hero set out with him. The two had heard enough to convince the m about where the narrow pass was located, and without attempting to follow the direction Red Robinson had taken, they rode on through the woods until they came to a clearing, and the n, after a short halt, found a way to get down the rath e r steep slope. Robinson J::\ad suggested that they go that way, anyhow, and that was quite enough to indicate where the wai ting redskins were stationed. When they reached the foot of the desc ent they found the ground so rocky and uneven that Wild d ecided it best to dis mount and leave their there.

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8 YOUNG WlLD \\"ES T CO.RR.-'l.LLl.KG THE CREE KS. "We'll go along on foot, Charli e : h e whispered. '"I am quite f rnanC:cd. while whe n evcrytbing was he we:it r.l ong at sure that we will not have very far to g o a quick cP.:1ter "That' s jest what I think about it, Wild, was the reply. I Our he ro had no illca just how far the r edslti;is wo a ld go, but So the horses were left wher e they would not stray, am!. from what he had heard t'.1ey meant t:) co ntim:e en i;ntll tJcy then the two p i c!rnd their way cr.utiously along the ground foi;nd ;:. place 1 o li e in and in less than two minutes they came to wD:it seemed t o be : liis ey<:>s aT!d ears on the a!art. the brave YOU" 6 a regular trail. I <.ieadshpt continued 011 until the open stretch l:a:l been cov The stars we r e shining brightly overhead, and ther e was crc d. just about enough light frcm them to let thoi:n tbqir sur-ll cf caks and scrae:;gy pi?es now mot him an;i pcrroundings. rruttmg h,s 'Leed to pick tbo \Yay ne went oa at a wal.: Straight a head a black-looking c liff reared itself, and the I Up ;::.)1 ::;scent of probably a hundre 1 feet he went, and then two made i:p their minds that it w::;s through lhis that the, the country became l e vel again for a short distance. Iiarrow pass ran. I Fina_l!;; when h e found himself through But they did not intend to go through any pass Just then. seemeu to down the furtr-.er h e went, W1!d d eci ded They were not loo king for an opportunity to b e slaughtered. I that he m t.:st he near the spot where the redskins intende d t o Feeling their way cautiously along, and not making a wait in 2;11b1 1s h. sound that could be heard at a distance of t e n feet, Wild and I He ::top11ed Spiti'.irc, and after listening for a full minute, Charlie continued on thei r way ciel ect:;::l sounc:s that told him p l::.inly that h e had not lle e:i Whe n they were withi n a few yards of the cliff they paused 1 mistaken in what he thought. a nd listened. I The reGskins were not far distant, and he judgzd that they It was well that they did w, for faint sounds o f low, gut-hacl co:ne to a halt. tural voi ces came to t h ei r ea,s I Now t\1e n, old fello>v,'' h e mid, as h e patted the sorrel "Ah! exclaimed the young deadshot, a s he touched the, on the n e c k and dismounted, yo u are going to stay right scout on the arm. 'I reckon we have found them, Charlie. 1 here i:ntiJ I come back. Most likely Charlie will see you "We sartinly liave, Wild," was the reply when he co!I'eo along, :;;o he will :n ow enough to stop." "Now, then, let's get a little n eare r and see how they are Of cou r2e, the intelligent steed could not understand the locate d. Then you can go back and fetch the cavalrymen l boy 's words, out he s0emcd t o l:now that something was being here, while I wait and 'watch. j said to him to the effect that he must remain there. A s they were creeping a little closer a cry similar to that of!; H:J switched h!s tail and raised his ears a c oupl e of times, a night-hawk squnded not far and t hea remained perfectly still. This was answere:l almos t i mmediately by some one very I Rcvol in hand_. Yocng Wild West now starte d through close t o thea1. 1 the dan;ness, keepmg close to the left of the gully, wher e That it was a n Indian w h o had answer e d both Wild and 1 b unches o f bushes and rocks were plentiful. Charlie knew, s o they look it fo r grij.nted that the one who .1 He pickecl his way around a ll the obstructions h e came to, had first given the s ign a l must be Red Robinson. and when h e had gone about a hundred yards he found himA moment later they heard the sounds made b y a horse I self right close to the Creeks. walking over the rocky ground. It was s o dar k that h e cou ld net see them. c11arJ ie, said Wild, with his lips c lose t o the s cout's ear 1 At the opposite s id e of the gully big rocks and boulders "I rc;ckon Robinson must have made quite a roundabout way j were s c attere d a b o ut, and it was b ehind these that the red-of it. He is just arriving." skins and their white ally were concealed. '"That sartinl y must be him, Wild," was the retort. "Well, JI Wild too k in the surroundings carefully w e got here ahead of him. Now, then, we'll hear what they At the top of th0 gully be judge d that the ground was pretty intend ter do." le 1el :md it struck him that if be were to go back and lead The y movc: l forward agam and did not stop ll:nt11 they his partners and the cavalrymen up there they might come were cl ose enough to see the dark forms of the Indians, who along and take the redskins by surprise from above and be were grouped in an cpen space within a few yards of the 1 bind them. narrow pass. \ He bad just n:.ade u p his mind to do this and was moving It was through t h e latter that Red Robinson came, and as around a clump of bushes when, without the least warning, h e dismounted several of the redskins got around him and an Jndian bounded forward and t hrew him to the ground on talked excitedly. his "Yoi:ng Wild Wes t has spoiled our plans, Jumpin' Do g, Healiziicg c ::n::ger, the young deadshot rolle d over quickly they heard Robinson say, excitedl y I j es t got awa y from ar
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yorxo WIT. D y ;-EST COTIRALLIXG Tirn CREEKS 9 at ther stake, an' I 'm go rn ter cut h:s s calp-leek off myself afore he die:; Ugh! R e d Robinson c a n do a s he likes. "the chief answered. Of course, this did not tend to make Wild fee l any but he had la:ig si n c e recovered from the surprise he had r eceiY e l when he was l'::wcl; f d down, anu h e was just as coo l as an iceterg at that -ery n::oment. "You have got Robinrnn, he saiu, without a quiver in his voice. "But that's all right. You are n ever going to cut my scalp-loc k off and d on't you foree t it. I lrnew yo u were a scoundrel when I first set eye s on you. I accused you of being a truitor, and I told you tl::at if I fonnd you were not I wou l d apologize. You don't s u pp os e I would have said that if I had not bee n sure that my a c cu sation was -correct?" "Well, I'll admit you llgurcd it o u t putty well, Young Wi'd West," the villain answered, w ith a sneer. "But that's a ll ther goo d it's done yer. Vl'e've 5ot yer now, an' there ain't ncthin' on earth that kin interfere with u s in carryin' out my plan ter put yer to d c a t n I'd shoot :rer right now if I thought any ,one was g oin' t e r come along right away. But I'd rather see yer di e a l i ngerin' 0eath, an' I know putty well that ther Creeks "hat's banc'.ed themse!ve 3 together tcr make war on ther whites an' steal all thr:!y kin would jest like ter see a paleface burnin' at ther stake. T h ey're goin' ter have ther satisfaction of seein' it, tco, an' y ou're goin' ter te t her vic t,im." "All right, Red Robinson. go ahead. If it ha;Jrens that I must die at the stal'e I will take ;ny medicine wi thout a groan." Yer say that now, but wait tlll th0r fire commences tcr sco r c h your skin, an' you fee l your cloth e s bnrnln' an' droppin' off in chunks of ashes. H a! ha! ha!" Wild said no more, fo r h e knew he would gain n othing if h e did. The chief then caEed Robinson aside and they held a s hort consultatio n Wild could not hear exactly what they said. but eno u g h reached his ear s to make him understand that they h a d their doubts about r emaining ther e for the purpose of ambushing the cavalryme n. Robinson was inclined to think that probably some one else might have been w ith tbe young deadshot at the time of his capture, and that h e had got away to warn the rest. It was quic l l y decided that they would move again, and would find a place to hide until the following day Wild sat upon a rock under the guard of two of the redskins while pre9arations were being made to move away. The Indians had pl enty of horses, and some of them wer e used to drag along the supplies they had with them. After awhile the boy was expecting Charlie to return with the cavalry, for h e knew that just about enough time had elapsed for them to do so. But they did not come, and when h e was ti ed upon the back of a bony m u s t a n g and started off t o the s outh he began to think that the situation was a desperate o ne. But h e never once feared the outcome, for so man y times had h e been placed in similar perils and had always succeeded in escaping the m tha t he could not bring himself to even imagine now that h e would not e scape. CHAPTER V. CHARLIE .urn JIM ON THE TRAIL. Cheyenne Charlie lost no time in getting back to Jim and the waiting c avalrymen. He qufckly gave h is report to Colone l Merry, and then, without waiting a second, he turne d to Dart and said: _"Corne on, Jim, I reckon we'll go on ahead." The boy was quite willing, so they set out and got at least a h undred yards away before they heard the cavalrymen coming. The scout was so eager to get back to w here he liad l eft Wild that h e decided to try and make a short cut. Jim had not been that way before, so he left it all to his partner. But Charlie had not bee n riding more than five minutes whe n he found that he had made a mistake. The short cut had not panned out the way he thought it would, for it led along to the top of a cliff that was so steep that it would be impossible to get down with their horses. After looking around for a minute or two and finding that it was impossible to go in that direction, Charlie turned to !lis partner and said: "Well, Jim, I reckon we've got ter go bac k a little ways: I had an idea it wollld be good travelin' this way." T oo bad, Charli e, but I reckon it will be all right. The c hances are that the redskins won't leave where they are, and \ViM will wait till we come. They turned and rode bacl,>, and soon met t h e cavalrymen, who had been following the trail with no little difficulty. Charlie quickly explained matters, so then t hey rode .back unt il they came to the suot where the turn was. A delay of fully fiftee n -minutes had been caused b y Charlie's mistake. and when they finally came to the gully and found Wilcl's horse the Indians had been gone several minutes. But, of course they did not know this, so the scout and Dart dismounted and crept along through the gully, hoping to find Wild close at ha2cl. 'l'hey hunted about in a cautious manner for fully five minutes, and thrn not hearing anything, Char lie d eci d e d that the redskins must have taken their d eparture, and that Wild p1obably had followed them. He crept a round to the other side behind the rocks, and soon b2came convinced that his supposition was correct. 'Well, Jim, h e said, shaking his head, sadly, I reckon I made a fool of myself when I undertook ter make a short cut. If we had come right ahead most li ke l y we would have been here i n time ter see em gettin' ready t e r leave. But I can't un(Jerstand why they've l eft. This p lace here looks j est about ther kind that the y would want ter shoot at us from behind t h e r rocks. B u t where i s Wild? That's what's botherin' me." Well, he mus t have follow e d the m Charlie," Jim answered. "Yes, but if he done that why didn't h e go back an' git his horse?" .. I was thinking about that, too. It may be that the redskins barn go t Wild .. 'I'hal's what I'm tn:nkin', though I hate ter say It." ..,Veil, whr..t are we gcin' to do, go back and get our horses, or proe;eed on foot?" "We' l l go an' git our horses, I reckon, an' then fetch ther can,lryme n on w i t h us." That settled it, for Jim was of the same mind, and back they went to report to Colonel Merry. Well,'' said the colonel shaking his h ead, gravely, "this ceems to be a sort of wild-goose c hase we are on. But I am worried alJo v .t Young Wild West. Where could he have gone?" "We'll find him ::ill right, an' don't ye r forgit it, colonel," Charl ie retorte d "If the r Injuns has got him they won't keep him long. "Well, if they have got him I fear that h e must b e dead before this, for Red Robinson surel y would feel like taking his life, since h e must blame him for his exposure. Colonel, Injuns don't kill their prisoners in a hurry. These Creeks what have got together to shoot ct,own all ther pale fac es they kin will want ter go back to ther old ways of do!n' things. Most likel y they co nsid e r Wild is a mighty good prize -I mean if they have reall y got him. They' ll want ter make him suffer a whole Jot an' even if Red Robinson i s boss!n' t her job h e couldn't make 'em kill ther bo y right away." I hope you are right i n what you think, Cheyenne Charlie. But maybe, after all, Wild has not been caught b y them. I think he has simpl y follow e d them s o they could not get away in the darkness." "Maybe he has, but i t seems funny to me an' Jim why he didn't come bac k an' git his horse "Perhaps he thought h e didn't have time." "Yes, that might be. But come on. We may as welJ git on ther trail." The horses of the cavalrymen were comparatively fresh, since t hey had been resting nearly the entire day, and the men were all eager to catch the band of Indians that had been making so much trouble. They had bee n searching for them for a considerable length of lime now. and each time they thought they had them dead to rights something had turned up the other w a y. Of course, they all understood now that R e d Robinson, the man they had trusted to be an honest scout, was re sponslble for thls. This caused the m all to have anything but pleasant feelings for the rascally r enegade. With Charlie and Jim in the lead, they rode along through the gully, and reaching the spot where the Indians had been waiting, a halt was called. The scout was not long in finding the trail, though It was very dark in the woods. Jim led Wild's horse along, and when they again set out

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10 YOUNG WILD WEST CORRALLING THE CREEKS. he permitted the Intelligent sorre l to go ahead, for he knew I Jirn declared. that they coulj not bave travel li ke givin' him ther limit Wild West did not fret much over the strain. of anything he kin think of in t her way of torture." He was confident that his partners would not be long In The two c ontinued on until a grayish light began showing getting after them, and since be had heard enough said dur-to the east. ing the time occupied by the long march to satisfy himself Both were quite uneasy now, though they cou l d not help that no harm wou l d come to him before morning, he simply thinlrlng that the y must be very close to the redskins. h ope d and expected to be rescued

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YOUNG WILD WEST CORRAL:NG T H E C REEKS. 11 He hardly tho ught the band would b e overt a ken during the Red Robinson stood there watching him for the spac e nigh t, since f t was too dark to p ermit them b eing followed. o f ten m inutes ..._ It was growi n g daylight w h e n the Creeks halted in what But never once could he detect t h e least sign o f f e a r on the they conside red t o b e a ver y snu g hiding-place. handsome face of the dashing young aeadshot. The you n g d eadshot w a s quickl y tak e n fro m t h e hors e he Fin ally he turned and walked over to one of the fir e s, and had been tied to and the n he was secu rely bound to a small Wild saw h i m sit down and begin to eat ravenously of the tree. f ood t hat one of the Creel's offered him. He said nothin g at all, but watched them as they made "Well, it looks as though I am in fo r It, unless C harl ie and preparations f o r an early breakfast. Jim s h ow u p pretty Econ" he thought. as a grave leek showed A s i t grew light e r he could notice that the spot was a l m ost u p o n h i s face for a moment. "But I can t believe bu t that en t irely surrou nded by frowning cliffs w h ic h were not so ver y they will find the way here. They won't rest u n til they do. h i gh, but reared t hemselves almost strai ght u pward I know that well enough. I can a l w&ys depend u p o n m y It w a s t h r ough a n arrow opening that t h e Indians came partn e r s whe n t hey arrive d t h ere, and Wild was pretty certain t hat A flash came In h is eyes as h e gave vent t o the t hought, and thoug h t h e y thought themsel ves w i s e In selecting suc h a then h e turned them searchingly about the cl l !Is. p l a c e, I t would prove d isastrous t o t h e m I n case t h e cavalry Ther e w a s a faint glow of yellow l n the east, and h e knew learned t hey w e r e there and h a d time to prepare for action. i t would not be very long before the sun wou l d s how !ts el!. From the c liff s abov e the Creeks could be shot down without He looked about carefully for over a minut e but coul d see mercy, if it was s o desired. I nothing that gave him the least encouragement. But the las t part of the w a y had been very stony and no There were no signs of Charlie o r Jim, o r any one else, doubt they figure d on h i d i n g the i r trail. s o he was forced to keep o n hoping for them t o come. However, Wild knew that his partners could not be fool e d, Red Robinson finishe d eating h i s breakfast and t h e n wal ked ev e n though othe r s might. b e in that r es pe c t I le i s urely ove r t o the t e pee into which t h e c hief was n o doubt Numerous fire s were s t arte d and t h e I11dla n s procee d e d to I taking a nap. c oo k their breakfast, talking in guttural tones as they did s o. W ild heard h i m calling Jumpin g Dog t o wak e u p after he It was not until they had nearly fini s hed eat i n g this tha t enter ed, and then it was not long b efore t h e chief a p pe ared, R e d Robi n son emerged from the tepee b e h a d sought refuge r ubbing b i s eyes and yawni ng. in the. moment it h a d been e rect e d after the arrival of the I "It ain't n o time to go tor s l eep J urnpin' Dog," h e heard m secluded sp'Ot. t h e white villain say. "Didn't yer say last nigh t that th'3 r 'I h e chrnf h a d go:de the r e too but h e d i d not come o u t just minute ther sun showed itself in ther e ast Young Wild \,Yest t h e n. I was t o be burned a t ther stake?" R obinson walke d to where the helpless boy was bound "Red Robinson is right," was the reply. "The d o g of a to the and, l o o l ong at him a crue l smile on his face y oung paleface must die. H e shal! burn until the fiesh falls a t the time h e exclaimed: j fro m his bo n es The Creeks hate the paleface s, and Young W ell, I reckon you're as far as y ou'll ever git, Young Wild I Wild West has made great troubl e fo r them. W est. It was m e who got the r chief ter tie y o u to that tree. ''WeU, there b e is over there," and Robinson p oi nted I n a I d o n t intend that you s h all ever leav e it alive. You're goi n fiendish way to the hel p less boy, whos e head and sho ulders t e r be burne d alive. Jest as soon as ther sun shows itself over s h o w e d abo ve the pile of fagots. there," and h ; pointe d .to the east, a wlll pe started I Jumping D o g gave a nod, and t hen walk ed over t o the spo t, around you a n th;n as ) er begin t e r burn Im g,oin ter make followed by his renegade adviser. a dive fo r an Cl: t your .scalp-lo?k loo s e. Ill wav e i t In Good-morning, chief! .. our hero said, wit h moc k politeness. your face you r e qyin. Hows that f o r revenge, you Y did 't ha a long sleep but 1 h ope you fee l bett e r m eddlesome lnd you?" n ve ver Y "That's a ll right," in the co o l and easy :way Ugh!., grunte d the C reek chief, s avagel y "Young Wlld that had helped him famous, no doubt YQU enjo y thmkW est h eap much brave. Make believe h e n o afraid. P retty I n g of s:ic h a thmg, probab l y i t you a whol e Jot soon the fir e will burn. He will fee l the flames as they to say it. But it hasn t happe n e d yet. scorch his c lothes and set them afi re. Then the fire will "No, it ain t happened yet, but it'll happen j est as soon as touc h his flesh and he will cry fo r mer cy. B u t no mercy will t h e r sun c omes up. Ther e ain' t n o thin' on earth t hat kin c ome from the Creeks. They bate the palefaces. You n g Wil d stop it, ei ther." W es t mak e much trouble for t h e red men. He must d!e the Oh, I think a few bullets might stop It." same as the palefa ces died w hen the f o refathers of J u mping "Where are they com!n' from, Young Wild West?" aske d t h e Dog a n d his braves p u t them to death." villain, jeering l y "You don't s'pose that your pards o r an; I "Well, Jumping Dog, If 1 must d i e you will find I will d o it could ev:r find ther, way here, do yer. lik e a man even though 1 am nothing but a boy,'' the young W h). our trail was lo s t Ion ,, ago. W e v e got Injuns with deadshot retorted coolly "But lot me tell you something u s what knows _ho w t e r do tha t kind of thing They l e d the r I n case 1 don't die, you be very sorry that yo u ever w a y an they p 1?ke d out where no marks would show. 1 tened to that scoundrel s tanding by y ou. No doubt ho has Of course, I don t say we t be fo und here If we sto p two I profi t e d a who l e lot by the way h e has acted with yon. Pro b or, three but no ,,one wil come here for many h ours yet, ably you thin!;: ypu have profited a l so. But yo u wiil fincl when a n you J m b e t on It. I t h e tim e c omes that y o u will wish a t housand times that you "Well, l e t it g o at that. I am not worrying a whole lot. had stayed o n t h e reservation and beh'aved yourself. The This is not the first time I have b een in such a fix. I have t ime has long passed when the redmen o! the West coul d have an Id e a that the time will .com e ;,e t when I wlll have my hand i their -0wn way. The palefaces outnumber them, and though o n your throat, Red Robmson. the y may start on tD.0 warpath and kill oft a few, they are s n r e "You'll n e ver git your hand on my t hroat, Young Wil d West. to get the wors t o f it iu the end. I( you are a wise c hief y o u I 'll s e e ter it right away that things i s fixed u p fo r y o u r will loosen m y bonds at once and glve me back my weapons, 11nl sh." and the n turn Red Robinson o ve r to mo an a prisoner. The villa.in turned on his heel and after speaking to three "Wha t do yer think of that Jumpin' Dog?" :Robinso n exor four of the Creeks, h e came back and stood t here, with c laimed turning to the chief and "He v:ants ycr fold e d arms. ter Jet him g o an' let him take me a long as a prison e r. T hat's Wild saw the redskin s he had spoken to s tart away and what I call s omethln'. What do yer think o f It, :::irhow?" begin to gather arms full of underbrush. Boy h eap much fool!" g runted the c hief. He knew w hat they m eant to d o, but stlll he did not show "Well, I sho uld sorter reckon that he was. I ncY e r ho :i r d the least concern tell of sich nerve, blam ed I f I did!" Presently tbe braves bega n p1llng up the f a gots they gath-T h e n the villain l aughed, as thou&h he tho1 igllt it very ered about' bini, and i n t h e co u rse of ten minut e s the pile w1111 much of a j o k e u p to his armpit s Wild r e m ained perfectly co ol. He knew very well t hat if a match was applied t o the brush He kne w h e had but a short time to live, unless s ome o n e ft w o uld be but a few minutes before he would suf!'er from came to his aici, but he did not think of wavering. the fier c e flames. H e lookerl up at the cliffs again and then, much t o his There had been no rain in several days and the heap w o u l d joy, he saw a hat waved in the air once. burn like tinder. "Char l! e and Jim are here!" ha thought. "Now, thc::i I

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12 YOUNG WILD WEST CORRALLING THE CREEKS. rather think the redskins and Robinson will be surprised beI result was that several of them took their stations about the fore long." edge of the hollow, near the entrance, and remained on The hat had appeared from behind a big rock on the cliff guard. that was almost directly above the tepee the chief occupied. I Wild knew this was done to keep them from being surprised Wild did not change the expression of his face now, for he at their fiendish work. had such a good control of his feelings that he was not going But he did not think his partners would try to reach the to .Jet his enemies k now that help was at hand. spot that way, Non e of the Creeks had seen the hat when it was waved, They were at the top of the cliff. th.at was certain. "Well," said the villainous white renegade, as he paused If they had, a commotion would have started right away. close to the head of dry brushwood and look ed at the boy in He cast an occasional glance toward the spot the signal trlumph, "I reckon yo11r last hour on earth has arrived, had come from, but saw nothing more that would indicate! Young Wild West!" the near p resence of his partners. "Oh, I d 'on't know!" was the cool reply. "I think I have alMeanwhile the yellow gl eam in the eastern sky was broad-ready told you that I have been in as Uc]tllsh places as this ening. before." The sun would soon show itself. "Yes, yer did say that. But this is ther time when you've Jumping Dog and R ed Robinson walked over and sat down got ter make ther long journey. You don't stand a ghost of a b efore the chief's tepee. I chance now, an' yo u know it." Wild watched them, for h e knew when the order to light the "We will see about that, you scoundrel! I expect to live pile of fagots was given it would surely come from one of long enough to see you get your medicine, so put that down them I and remember it." Several of the ugly-looking warriors remained about the "Do yer see ther sun risin' over there, Young Wild West?" spot that was to be the boy's funeral pyre. I the v1lldin said, mockingly, as he pointed to the crest of the Their faces were smeared with war-paint, and they seemed glowing orb of day. "Well, jest take a good look at it, for this to take pride i n trying to make themselves appear fierce. is ther last time you'll ever see it." Wild looked them over, and finally he picked out a brave "Ugh!" exclaimed Jumping Dog, as though he was becoming who cot: ld not have been more than twenty-five, and said to impatient. "Let the paleface burn. The Creeks must have him: revenge for the wrongs the pa.lefaces have done them. Little "I reck on you have never had your war-paint on before, Buck w111 light the fire." redskin." Little Buck was the brave Wild had been talking to, and The paleface boy is right. This is the first time Little Buck when he saw him give a start. at what the chief told him to has ever put on the war-paint," was the reply. do he knew his words had made an impression. "So your name is Little Buck, then?" "Maybe tl_ie paleface brave like to start the fire, .Jumping "That. i s the name given me by my father, Young Wild Dog," he said, nodding toward Red Robinson. ,. West. I have another name, which was given me by the white "Oh, I'll start ther fire going!" the villain exclaimed. "I feel teacher when I went first to the school. But Little Buck is jest like doin' it. Young Wild West exposed tne to Colonel right. I don't want the name of the palefaces." Merry jest when I had things about right to clean up the You went to schoo l and yoU' were taught to read and write whole bunch of cavalrymen. I want my revenge, so I'll set like the whites, Little Buck?" ther pile of brush going." "Yes, I can read and write." He turned to go to the nearest fire to get a blazing fagot "'l'hen you must know that you did wrong when you put on but Jumping Dog stopped him. your war-paint and started out with Jumping Dog to kill and "Little Buck wm light the fire," he said, sternly. "He has take the scalps of the white people." spoken in favor of the paleface prisoner, but the council went .. T he palefaces might call it wrong, but the Creeks know against him. He wanted to let Young Wild West go free. He it is right." did not tell it in words, but Jumping Dog can read what he Wild smiled and looked at him keenly. thinks." Dut you know it is wrong," he declared, after a slight Wild could not help casting a grateful look at the Indian, pause. "You know what -the consequences are likely to be 'who had been sufficiently educated to make him know right when you are caught by the cavalrymen. You had better from wrong. change you r mind, Little Buck. If I am roasted allve by the But he knew Little Buck was placed in a bad position Cree lrn yo u will suffer for it, for you are one of them." just then, so he said: "The cavalrymen will never catch us," was the reply. "Do as your chief tells you, Little Buck. am not afraid But it was not said in a way that !thowed a great deal of to die! confidence. This ca.used more than one of the Creeks to show surprise. The young deadshot knew very well that the In.dian was even Instead of begging for his life, as ninety-nine out of a then thinking of what might happen l4ter on. hundred would surely have done, Young Wild West was urg-Presently the chief called some of the Indians to him. ing his own death. Little Buck lingered near the boy prisoner. But the young deadshot had a reason in saying this. But he was soon called to take part in the pow-wow. He felt that he had the brave on his side now, and if he This was encouraging to our hero, since he knew it would had courage enough to cut his bonds when h e was applying b e the means of gafrrtng more time. the torch to the brush he might have a chance to get away. He Jtept looking alternatively to the top of the cliff and at He looked Little Buck in the eyes and the Indian seemed the group of redskins. to read his thoughts. Those not taking part in the pow-wow remained standing The glance Wiid receive d told him that Little Buck was his and sitting about in apparent indifference. friend. But that was the Indian way of it. Well, go on a.n' start ther fire blazin'," said Red Robinson, The boy Jmew that they were really eager to see the pile impatiently, as he nodded to the Creek brave. of brush lighted, but they would not show that they felt that Little Buck nodded his head, and then strode for the fire. waY. until the moment arrived. Nearly all the fires had died down by this time, but there The buckskin thongs with which he was bound to the tree were embers 1n any of them that could be used for the purpose cut into his flesh, but Wild did not mind it. of starting the big pile of fagots into a blaze. If Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart were able to cut him He selected a stick that was burning at one end, and fanning loose he would give a good account of himself when the it into a 1iame, as he walked a.long, he hurried to the tree. prope r time arrived. "Little Buck will do as the chief sa.ye," he exclaimed, as he Presently the sun began to show above the slanting peak bowed his head to Jumping Dog. "Little Buck is a true of a distant mountain. Creek, though he was taught to read and write in the school The redskins began gathering about the boy. of the palefaces." Wild began to graw a little uneasy. "Start ther fire! roared Robinson. But he was still confident that his partners would find a The brave cast a contemptuous glance at him and waited, all way to save him. the while keeping the stick blazing. l Red Robinson walked over, pushing his way_ through the "Little Buck burn the paleface0boy, said the chief. throng. The brave promptly turned and thrust the firebrand into The Creek chief ,ave a few orders his braves, and "the the pile. -

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YOUNG WILD WE S T CORRALLING THE CREEK S. l;l. A smoke arose as the small wa s a blaze. fagots lighted and soon there. so I reckon we had better put them in use as soon a s pose Waiting until be was sure .that the ftames bad got hold of the pile, Little Buck threw down the s ticK. sible." Then.. both stepped back from the reel;: and turne d their gaze toward the opposite side. .Then he leaned o ve r toward the helple s s boy and exclaimed: "I r eckon there's ther b est pl ace ter try it, Jim, Charlie said, as h e poin.ted toward a spot where the cliff se emed to help to be the lowest. "It ain't more than twe nty-five or thirty 1 feet of. a drop over there, an' it' s putty well away fro:n ther cla im ed : "Young Wild West will die unless his friends come him. At the same instant his. knife slif)ped forward and thong that h e ld the young deadshot to the tree cut the bunc h o f redskins. S' pose we go over the r e, an' then when Two quick slashes followed this move and then Wild was fr ee! But the pile was blazing furious l y now, and it seemed as though Little Buck was in dange r of being burned, too. Crack! crack! crack! Three shots were fired in quick succes sion, and the chief and two of the redskins close to the burnil!g pile fell to the ground. "Whoopee Wow! wow! Yip! yip! yip!" It was Ch eyenne Charlie's cowboy call that rang out, and then knowing that his partners were at hand, Wild sprang fro m the brushwood and made for the exit of the hollow. Yells of anger and dismay went up from the surprised Cre e ks. and it seemed as though pandemonium bad actually brok en l oose. But W il d saw Charlie and Jim standing beside a big rock a few yard s distant and he ran for them. CHAPTER VII. THE ESCAPE. there ain't no one lookin' that way y ou kin lo w e r me down You kin make ther rope fast ter a tree, an' if e v e : thing i s all right after I git down y ou kin c o m e after m e C.' c ourse,,jt ain't like l y we kin git out that way after we g:t Wild loose. But we won'tworry about that now. W e ll wait till ther ti m e comes." Jim gave a nod, and then without a n other w ord the two started to walk around the circular cliff s It was easy for them to do thi s without b e in g observed b y the Indians below, and in t w o or three m inutes they had reac h ed the spot that seem e d best suite d for t h eir purpo s e All this time it h a d been growing lighte r in the east, and when they h a d fastened Charlie's laria t to the trun k of a stout tree the sun was showing abo v e the mount a in r a nge to the. east Both saw that the redskins were mak ing preparations to execute their fiendish plans. But they felt that t h e best time to a c t would b e just when they were ready to set fire to the pil e of brushwood. They waited a while and lis t ened to what was s aid. They saw the powwow that took plac e, but o f course cou ld not hear what was said, since the Indians s poke in low ton 1 s But when the crowd surrounde d t h e doom ed boy and the Though Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart were somewhat exchief and R ed Robins on be gan talk ing, the words c a m e to their cited when they saw the perilous position of Young Wild West, ears quite plainly. they were not dismayed It was quite a surpr i s e to the m when they notic ed that the Many times. before had they succeeded in rescuing him from Indian called Little Buck s eeme d t o hesitate when Jumping a position that was similar. Dog told him to set fire to the brus h p i l e They quickly calmed down, and then from behind l a big "Ther redskin don't seem ter want tr do it, Jim," the ::;cont rock they watched the movements of the redskins. ob se r ve d, as he made ready to slip over t h e brin k of the cliff Jim," said the scout, in a whisper, as he nodded to his and slide down t h e rope. "I rec k on it's about tim e I go t c ompanion, I reckon they must be waiting for ther sun ter down, anyhow, 'cause if. h e don t co it, s ome on e e'.se w ill. come up. You know as well as I do that redskins generally "That's right, Charlie," Dart answe red. Go ahe ad. As burn a prisoner at ther stake either at sunrise or sunset." soon as I see you land safely I will c o me down." "'Fhat's right, Charlie, .. was the reply. We have got to "I recko n it's better for m e t e r sli de dovrn t h : rn to be low-do something, and quickly at that. We have no tlme to go ered by you, so here goes." back aJ;J.d ge t the cavalry to come here. What must be done So sayi ng, Cheyenne Charlie swung himself o ver the cdc;e we two must do." of the c liff and t h en lo w ered himself g r a duall y to the ground W e ll, I reckon we had b etter git down somewhere an' try below. an' sneak into that hollbw. I s'pose if we .went over there a Rift e in hand, J im watched until he landed saf e l y little ways we might stand a chance of lo.,..1erln' ourselves down If any of the Indianc had se en Charlie and started for by a rope. It's a lucky thing I brougqt my lariate when I him he meant to o pe n fire and do his to exterminate as got otI my horse." many as possible. :well, you always do that, Charlie," and Jim smiled faintly. But nothing of the kind h appened. "I haYe mine, too." The attentfon of every Creek in the camp wa s riveted to the "Yes, that's right. Butlet's wait here a minute or twoan' boy and the pile of dry brush that surrounded hi m .. maybe we kin attract ther attention of Wild, so he'll know They w e r e all eage r to see the fir e started a n d the n witwh ere we are." ness the agonies of their prisoner as h e was burned. to death. They settled down behind the rock, Jim at one end and Charlie look ed up and beckcue d for Jitn to come on when he Charlie at the other, on the watch. r ealize d that h e was safe for the time b eing Whe n they saw the chief talk to his braves and send them The bo y then IoM no time in swingint; hims elf ov:ir the out to guard the entrance of the h ollow they knew that it c liff, and t h e n down h e came, rapidly as it was advisable. would be a difficult matter to get in by that way. It was at that very moment that Little Buck s tepped forward Af ter aw hil e Jim saw Wild lo oking toward the very spot and a pplie d the fla ming brand to the inflammable pile that was where t h ey were hiding, and the n he tool' the risk of waving a bout Young Wild W e s t his hat. As it kindle d into blaze, Charlie raised his revolv e : and He knew the signal had b ee n seen, and he felt better right took a ste p forwar d away. "Come on, Jim .. h e said in a hoarse whis per, "I'm gain' t e r "Now, then, Charlie," h e said, "he knows we are here, so shoo t an' you k i n bet your life that ther chie f w!ll be ther h e will be prepared fo r anything that may happen. I be fir s t ter go cown." Jrnve as you say, that the redskins mean to burn him alive Then it was that so :: 1ething happened that surpris ed them as so on as the sun comes up. It is for us to prevent It. The not a little. question is, how are we going to do it?" They sudd en l y saw that Wild was fre e. "Well, I reckon we. h ave got ter git down there, Jim," was Who h ad done it tbey did not know, but they gu csse 1 that the r etort, ancl the scout shook his h ead and looked puzzled. the In_dian who bad a pp lied the torch to the brush w a s re-' 'That's right, but we certainly wlll stand no show of g et-sponsible for i t. ting in that way," and Dart pointed downward toward the Cheyerine Charli e forward with the s pe e d cf a d e e r, narrow e n trance between the rocky walls that almost com-a n d h is r e volve;-cra 2 k e d thre e times in succ essl o n plete l y surrounde d the spot where the had taken As has bee11 stated, thre e of the Creeks f ell, and one of r ef u ge. th e m was Jumping Do;:;-, -the c!lief. ... We might rnn i n an' git ter him so we could cut him I The smut gave utteranc e to his ye ll as h e ti.:. !ne:J and r a n loo se, but as for gittin' out ag'in, I wouldn't say about that," toward t h e e xit Gf the holl o w, and. Charlie shook his head. H e knew Wild was free, and he wanted to let bim l'riow "Well, we won't try it that way. You spoke of our lariats, in which way_ to run. .. .. -

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14 YOUNG WILD WEST CORRALLING 'I 'H E CREEKS. But befo r e the y oung dead shot saw they they h a d got be-! "Come this way," he said, as he pointed to the right. "They hind a big rock and we r e standing with t h eir rifles, ready to will not catch us." shoot dow n the first who offered to touch our hero. l Up a sort of natural stairway among the rocks he darted "Come on, Wild," Jim shouted. "We' ll shoo t the first and, unhesitatingly, Wild and his parents went after him. redskin who tries to stop you." Overhanging vin'es were met by them, but they were p ushed But Wild was already running t oward them, and almost aside, and on they went -until they were at the top of the high before the Cr eeks were aware of it he succeeded in get-ground. ting behind the rock. I Meanwhile,. Jumping Dog's warriors were rushing on down There was a distance of probabl y a hundred feet t o the place the gully, for they evidently thought the fugitives had gone where they must get out of the dangerous spot. that way. Dut there were other rocks to shield them from the bullets' Little Buck smiled when he saw this, and with a nod of of the redskins, so the moment Wild got with them he called satisfaction he said to '"hi s companions: out: I "We must go and find the soldiers very quick. Pretty soon This w a y, b o ys! I reckon they are not going to bur n me they will come with the horses and then maybe they catch alive thls morning. Maybe there are some redskins who will us. do It some time in the future, but you can bet all you're 1 "Well, I reckon we've got horses putty close by," the scout worth that lt is not going to happen now. I retor t ed, with a grim smile, and turning to Wild, he added: Meanw h ile, the Creeks were yelling fierce l y and Red Rob"Spitfire is here, t oo." in s o n was doing his best to make them run after the pris"Good! the young deadshot exclaimed. "I am g l a d you oner a n d his partners. I were thoughtful enough to fetch him along." He took care himself to keep in the background, and it "Well. he seemed to want to c o me, so we couldn't leave was well he did so, for Cheyenne Charlie was waiting for the him behind," Jim spoke up. chance to draw a bead on him. I "Let us get to them as soon as possible, then. L ike a swarm of bees, the redskins finally started for the Charlie and Jim had not forgotten where they had left their. rock behind which the three had taken thek position. horEes, so they hurried along, and while the Indians were yell" Give It to them, boys!" said Wild, as he seized a revoiver ing close at hand, they cam e upon them. from Jim's belt. "You get on with me, Little Buck," Wild said, as he po inted Crang! crang! crang! crang! to the sorrel stallion who was tied to the tree where his partCharlie and Jim each fired two shots with their rifles, and ners had l eft him. then Wild emptied the chambers of the revol ve r i nto the Then he quickly cut the rope that held the horse fast and ranks o f the advancing Creeks mounted, Little Buck getting on behind. Thls put a check to them, as might be supposed and taking Charlie and Jim were Jn the saddle in a jiffy, and then away advantage o f it, the three darted from behind the rock and they went ov e r the back trail. succeeded in reaching another that was within twenty feet o f "They will nevei catch us now," said Wild, as a s mile the o utlet. sho wed on his handsome face, when he looked o ve r his shou l They paus ed there, and were just in t! ni e t o escap e a v oll ey that w a s fired at them. But a dozen or more of the redskins c a me pushing toward them, regardless of the fact that they k n ew t h ey were llter ally rushing to their death. The rifles craclrnd again, and two or three fe ll. Then one wave d his hands excitedly and came b-0undl n g toward them. Wild was just in time to check Charlie from shooti n g him down, for he recognized the mdian as Little Buck. "Not him, Charlie!" he said, sharply. "He cut m e l o ose after setting fire to the brushwood." "Jest as you say, Wild," was the repl y, "but y e r spoke jest in time." A v olley was fired at them, and the bullets must have c om e p retty close to the fleeing Indian. But none of them hit him, and on h e came u n til h e w a s safe behind the rock. "Little Buck will go with you, Young Wild West," he said, hoarsely der. "Let them come. We w!ll lead them straight t o the cava lrymen, and then I reckon the round-up w ill take p lace." On went the three horses, Spitfire carryin g his d ou bl e bur d e n with comparative ease. As they were ascendin g a rather ,long rise they l o oked back and saw a numbe r of the redskins in hot pursuit. Some of them had mounted their ponies, and seemed b e n t on overtaking the fugitives. They were fully a quarter of a mile away, but that made no difference to the scout, and placing his rifle to his sho ulder, he took a steady aim and pulled the trigger. Crang! As the report rang out one of the Creeks thr ew up his a rms and fell from h is hoi:_se. "There goes another, wild," h e sai d grimly. "0! r eckon if I on l y had time I'd pick off every o n e o f 'em." An expression o f sadness c r osse d the face of the Cree k who had befriended our hero "Too much shoot," he said, shaking his head. "The Creeks make a very bad m.istake They want to fight the palefaces, but they no can whip them. "Well, they can have their way once i n awhile when t h ey strike out on the warpath," Wild answered, "but in the long run they always get the worst of it. I am sorry that you got o f into such bad company, Little Buck." "I am sorry, too," was the reply. I will never do it again." "All right," was the reply. "You are welcome, for you have shown th'at there is some gnod in you, after all, and I will see t o !t that you will escape punishment for having joined l n the rebellion with your people." "Young Wild West is a great brave. Little Buck i s gl a d what he did." "Don't say any more about it, Little Buck. We haven't time now to talk it o ver. But le L's get out of here." More of the redsltins now came rushing that way firing 'rapidly with their rifles and revolvers. But the bullets merely flattened against the rock o r went tJver it. .' Charlie and Jim once more began pumping hot lead at them and again their progress was stayed. Taking advantage of this repulse, Wild called out for them to follow him, and then as be fired a shot with his revolver into the midst of the demoralize d crowd, he bounded for the outlet of the hollow. The others were close at his heels, and though more than a dozen shots were fired at them, they all escaped being hit. On ce out of range of the bullets of the Indians they felt comparative l y safe. But they knew that they would be pursued, so hey ran on as fast as they could make their way over the rough and un-even ground. It was then that Little Buck showed up to great advantage. "Well, never mind .. I rec1rnn we'll see to it that you come out in this all r ight. I promised the colonel in charge of the cavalrymen to help round up the Creeks who were making s o much trouble. I k n ow quite well that the rascally white man, called Red Robmson, is largel y responsibl e fo r it all, and when we have corraled them you can bet that he will have to take his medicine. "'Red R obinson very bad man," declared the Creek, shrug ging his shoulders. "He got plE!nty brains, and he made Jumping Dog think that h e could kill au the palefaces, the soldiers and all." "'Well, I reckon they won't k111 many more palefaces. N o do ub t they have done con siderable of it since they left the reservation, but before sunset to-night they will be corrale d and then the big time they have b een having will come to an end." They kept on ridi ng, and mile after mile was covered. The sounds of the pursuit had long since died out, which to l d that the Indians had either given it up, or else that their horses had failed them. After what seemed 'l be a long while they came i n sight o

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YOUNG WILD WEST CORR.ALLING THE CREEKS. 15 the ca valrymen as they were rounding the side of a cliff on a l edge. Chey enne Charlie wave d his hat, and then a faint cheer went up, whicn was heard quite IJlain ly. Two minute s l ater Young Wild W est and his companions halted on a lev e l stretch and waited for Colonel Merry and his men to come up. When they did so the colon e l took off h is hat and led his men in a chee r. So the y found you, eh, Young Wild west? he called out, as he r o de forward and gripped the hand of the young dead shot. "Yes and they got me just in the nick of time, too, colonel," was the reply. "The redskins had me tied to a tree and were about t o burn me alive. But I was sure they would neve r do it, for I knew my partners would not fail me. This Indian largely responsible for my being here, for It was he who severed the b ends that held me to a tree." "Ah! I was wondering what he was doing with you," and the co l onel turned his gaze upon Little Buck, who was sitting with fo l ded arms, his eyes turned toward the ground. He waited until Wild dismounted, and the n did likewise. Then he started t o tell of the big mistake he had made, and ho w sorry he was for It. The colonel turned to the captain and said : "Well I suppose we will have to take him a prisoner." "That Is for you to s.ay, colonel," was the reply. "You are in command." "Well, I reckon yo u need not bother about doing anything like that, Colonel Merry," our hero spoke up. "I will stand re spo nsible for Little Buck. He is my prisoner, if he is a prisoner at all." The colone l gave a nod, and all the cavalrymen seemed to be satisfied with the arrangement. CHAPTER VIII. THE PERIL OJI' THE GIBLS. When the long night had passe d and Arietta found that Young Wild W es t had not returned she began to grow very uneasy. The two men who had been left to guard the camp seemed to think nothing strange of it, but the girl told them that un l ess the Cr eeks had succeeded in making their escape they surely ought to be back b y this time. Finally she went to them and said: "Don't yb u think it would be advi!iable to break camp and foll ow the trail?" "No, miss," one of them answered. "Our orders from the colon e l are to stay right here until he comes back." "Well, you can obey the colonel's orders, then, but we are going to take the trail just as soon as we have ea.ten our breakfast." The cavalrymen loo k ed at her in admiration, as well as sur prise, for they could tell by the way the girl spoke that she meant what she said. Arletta said no more, but went back to the camp and told Wing Wah to hurry along with the breakfast. The Chinaman had already kindled a fire and the coftee was beginning to boil. "You seem to be in a hurry to eat this morning, Arietta," Eloise said, looking at the girl in surprise. l am," was the reply. "It is not because I am hungry, though, for we a r e going to leave here just as soon as the breakfast ls finh;hed." "Leave here!" and Eloise and the scout's wife spoke as if in one v oice showing their astonishment at what the girl said. "Yes, I can't help thinking that something is wro!lg, and that makes me feel as though we must follow the trail. Hop, you can begin taking down the tents and loading the packhorses." Anna and Eloise protested mildly, but it was of no use. They knew pretty we ll that when Wild and his partners were away Arietta was the leader, so they gave in to her gracefully The coo!r hurried the breakfast along, and the girls were no t long in eating it. Then they a ssisted the two Chinamen to finish the loading of the pack-horses, and in due time were ready to set out. The two cavalrymen had said nothing up to this time, bllt they now came forward and told Arietta they thought she was making a mistake. "The colonel a.nd the boys will be back before one I o! them declared. "You might jus t as well stay )lere. Another thing, suppose the redskins have got scattered around, and you should run across a party of them?" "Well, we will take our chances on that," Young Wild West's sweetheart answered, with a smile. "If we do run across a few bad Indians lt will not be the first time we h ave done s o." "You are a wonderful girl," one of them declared, shaking his head as h e wal ked away. Mounting he r cream-white broncbo, Arletta waited until she saw that the Chinamen were ready to l eave, an d then she s;;et out in the direction Wild and the rest had taken the night before In the daylight it was quite easy to follow the trail, and they kept on until they finally came to the spot where the halt bad bee n made while Wild and Charlie went ahead to spy upon the redskins. Arletta saw at a glance that the Creeks had been there, but had fled. Then she l ooked the ground over and struck the trail of the cavalrymen again. After that it grew rather monotonous. :l'or they saw nothing of those they were searching for, nor did any Indians show up. They kept on until noon and the n a halt was called, and aftei: an hour's rest the girls again set out. Hop and Wing seemed to be perfectly satisfied with the idea of following the trail, and Anna and E loi se had become con vinced that Arletta was perfectly right in acting the way she had done. "It must b e that the Creeks :f!.ed and that they are following them," Anna s aid, shaking her h .ead. ''That's right. Anna," Arietta nodded. "Nothing else would keep them away so long. But perhaps we will meet them coming up, for I know very well that .if they have got close enough to the r edskins they have corraled the whole lot of them before this." "If they have got away it Is due to the cleverness of tha.t villain calle d Red Robinson,". Eloise remarked. "No do ub t of it," Arletta answered. "Me likec ketchee Led Loblnson, so be. Me alle e samee blowee uppee with um big fire clacke r," Hop observ ed, a bland smile s howing on his yellow fac e "Well, perhaps you will have a chance to b low him or some of the Indians up before we g e t through, Hop," Arietta retorted, with a smile They ro de along, keeping up a good pace, until about the middle of the afternoon, when they came to the point where Wild and his partners had met the cavalrymen after our hero's escape from t h e r edskins Arietta dismounted and look ed the ground over carefully. She was clever enough to know just about what h a d happened, so turning to her companions, she observed: "It s eems that two or three horses went on ahead, and then they returned after a while and met the colonel and his men. That means that Wild and probably both Charlie and Jim were the ones who rode on to scout for the redskins. I can see the tracks quite plainly, and I am satisfied that they took the cavalrymen back with them. Now, then, all we have to do is to follow the trail, and I think before sunset we w111 come upon them." They rode on again, and a little later they came to the hol low w here the Indians had been camped over night. The place was deserted now, but the evidences of them hav ing been there were convincing enough to let the girls know that they bad escaped once more, and that they were being pursued by Wild. "It seems to me th.at they should have rounded them up by this time," Arietta said, shaking her head. "But maybe they have pretty good horses and they may have got a good start again. But we will find out very soon, I think." Riding out of t he hollow, the girls took tho trail on the higher ground above, and then along the mountains id e they went, keeping their eyes and ears open, for they all felt that they were getting nearer to those they were searching for every minute. It was about an hour before su nset when, as the little party rounded an angle of a h igh cliff, they came upon a party of painted Creeks. It was.evident that the redskins had seen them coming, for before the girls could put up much of a fight they sprang upon them and made them prisoners. Hop was the only lucky one of the lot, for he happene d to be well In the r ear at the time, and leaping from the back of his horse he darted among some rocks and hid himself from view.

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YOUNG WILD WEST CORRALLING THE CREEKS. Anna and Eloise screamed for h e lp, but Arietta s ucceeded in I "Whattee you do now, my blother?" Wing asked for he firing a coupl e o f shots, one of them dropping an Indian d e ad, was one of the sort who never could form an idea of what and the othe r wounding one s lightly before s h e was r endered was the best thing to do in case of a serious difficulty pre-h e lp!ess. senting itself. lt happened that the small party of Creeks who had captured "Me go savee um girls," Hop answered, as he threw out his the girls in such an unexpected manner had left t h e main chest and acted very much as though there was no doubt of party of the redskins when the h ollow was abandoned. his b eing able to do s o "Me lid e and you walkee. You um Whether 0this was be cause they had been l eft too far in 1 foo! Chinee. You no fightee but m e fightee allee samee likee the rear, or that they had d ec id ed to go it alone, cannot be I Young Wild West. Me v e lly smartee Chinee." said. "Me no wantee walkee, my blath e r," protested Wing, as he But, anyhow, after makin g a wide circuit they had come I saw Hop about to mount his broncho. back to the trail of the cavalrvmen. "Allee light, maybe you lide, too, !en. You gittee uppee The redskins were elated at what they considered a very I behind me and lookee outtee you no fallee off, so be, you fool fortunate occurrence. Chinee." But they did not grow 'Very demonstrative about it, and The broncho was quite capable of carrying the two so long kept their voice s at a low pitch. as he was not exerted too much, and soon they were riding Arietta who had r ec o ve r ed quickl y from the surprise, along, following the trail of the r edskins, which diverged noticed this and it occurred to h e r that the Indians must the one the cavalrymen had made and ran off to the nght! have thought that their enemies were somewhere near at hand. I Both Chinamen were armed, but it was very seldom that There were reaily only five of them to hand l e the prisoners. tney. ever did any shoot!i:g. except that Hop used old since the wounded one had a bullet in his right arm and could fash10ned revolve r he earned for the purpose of scaring peo do little'or nothing. pl e sometimes, and al s o when h e was in a funny mood and He was very angry, and glared a t Arietta savagely a s the girl was led to her horse, h e r hands tied behind her. wanted to amuse som e one. H e hardly ever had the weapon loaded with anything more than colored fire. "You don't like it because I shot you, I suppos e, she said, loo king at him d efiantly. 1 only wish the bullet had found Bnt now a 3 h e rod.e along he force d bullets into the six your heart instead of hitting you on the a rm. But you wait chambers, and imbedded them there firmly by means of the a little while longer and you will get a bullet where it will lever that was attache d to the w e apon. do the most good.,, Wing drew an ordinary revolver and held i t in his hand, "Ugh!" exclaimed the Creek, who seemed to be a sort cf while the expression that came over his fa ce showed that h e leader. "Paleface maiden will be Lone Panther's squaw. She was desperate, and would do the best he could to save the very smart, but.she soon find out." girls. The others nodded their approval at this, while Anna and They both knew that the redskins could not be very far Eloise grew very nervous and screamed. a h ead of them, so they put the b r on c ho to a faster pace and Wing had been bound hand and foot, and h e was left lying after riding along for nearly two miles they reached the end upon the ground, for it seemed that the redskins did not care of the timber patch and came to a broken country. where anything about him. the rocks and patches of vegetation were strewn about in It must have been that they had not noticed Hop at all, wild disorder. for they did not off e r to make a search for him. It was not until they reached the top of a hill that they It h appened that W in g was leading both pack-horses at the caught sight of those they were followirrg. time. 'l'he redskins were about two miles ahead, and were still Hop was in the rear, as has b een stated, a nd he had dropped heading off to the right, toward a rather wide stream of back in order to arrange the saddle-girths. water that glimmered in the light of the sinking sun. Whe n be crept away and co n cea l ed himse lf among the rocks Thinking that they might be observed by the r edskins, they the broncho he bad been riding took the opportunity to walk remained in a secluded place until they saw the little party over t o a spot where the grass show ed up in profusion. disappear ove r a ridge. It was a lucky thing for the clever Chinee that the animal Then they mounted again and s e t out along the trail. did this, for the broncho became conceal e d from the view of By the time they got within a mile of the river the sun was the r edskins and whe n they go t ready to set out with their pretty close to the line of the western horizon. prisoner s they simply took the pack-horses and Wing's steed Hop thought for a moment as he lool,ed at it, and then de-with them, leaving Wing lying upon the ground, bound hand I cided to go ahead and act while it was yet daylight. and foot with buckskin thongs. He felt that the Creeks would halt on the bank of the Hop lay very still until he heard them taking their depar-1 stream with their prisoners, and if they did h e was going ture, and then he crept around s o he could peer from behind to give them a scare that would enable him to release the the rock. I girls before they would b e aware o.f it. He was just in time t o see the redskins riding away with On they rode, the broncho keeping up nobly unde r the thefr prisoners, the dead one hanging over the back of a double burden, and swinging off a little to the south they horse and tied securely. I reached a strip of cottonwoods, Hop .feeling satisfied that "Lat velly muchee bad," he declared, shaking his h e ad. thev had not been observed. "Um ledskin s allee samee gittee um girls. Maybe ley killee: "Now, !en," be said, as he dismounted, "we go save urn m y blather, for me no see hin;i, so be. But me velly smartee girls. Me makee velly biggee fireclacker go bang, and l e n we Chi n ee. M e ketc h e e pletty soonee.,. shootee velly muchee qulckee." He waited until the party was out of sight, and then he Wing seemed to be resigned to it, so he gave a nod, and le ft the group of rock and went in search o f his horse. then the two at once started ahead on foot, picking their way The animal was nibbling away at the luxuriant grass in a as carefully as they could through the undergrowth and keepcontented manner, and Hop had no difficulty whatever in ing close to the bank of the river. catching it. It was not very far that they went before they heard gut'l'hen h e started forward, leading his horse, and soon came tural voices, and the next minute they were peering thrnugh upon hi s brother, who was lying prostrate upon the ground, the bushes at the six redskins and their prisoners. and almost frighte n ed out of hi s wits. Hop turned to Wing more earnestly than he had ever done "Whattee mattee, W ing'!" he asked, a gri n coming on his in his life before. face, for it seemed that h e always enjoye d seeing his brother in No doubt he realize d that the supreme moment had arrived, misery and that it all depended upon them to save the girls. "Cuttee me lo cse, m y blather," Wing a.nswered, faintly, while "Wing," he whispered, "you be velly sure lat you shootee his face lighted up with joy. "Um bad ledskins go away and stlaight, but no um girls. Gittee velly muchee close, takee um girls, so be." and len pullee um tligger. Shootee allee timee, but be sure "Lat light. Me lmowee lat. Me thlinkee maybe ley k-illee you hittee um ledskins." you, so be, but you allee light, Wing. Pletty soonee me cut-Wing nodded and gripped the butt of his revolver tightly. tee you loose." 'l'he girls had been removed from their horses, and were sit-"Hully uppee," pleaded the cook as he made a desperate ting on the ground, their hands still tied behind them. struggle to free himself, but only succeeded in turning over Anna and Eloise looked much d ejected, but Hop could see upon his face. that there was a hopeful gleam in the eyes of Young Wild Hop grinned again, but quickly drew his hunting-knife and West's sweetheart. liberated his brother. He nodded approvingly, but made no comment.

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' YOUNG WILD WEST COR RALLING T HE CREEKS 1'1i F r o m o n e of the many p ockets h i s loose-fitting blouse con-when t hey have b ee n gathered in they wlll be corraled all tai n e d h e drew f orth a large craclrnr t hat had b e e n manuright." f acture d b y his own hands "Or rounde d up, just as you w ant to call it," our hero an-The s pot whe r e he w a s crouching with his brother was s w e r e d, w ith a smile p robably t w e n t y feet d istant from where the Indians had I The y o u n g deadshot had los t his weapons but he was q u ickly halte d a n d after he h a d move d sllghtly so he wou l d have a furnis hed w i t h a g ood r ifle, and the n he f elt that h e was again go o d cha nce to t h r o w the cracker, h e s truck a sulphur mat c h I ready to co p e w i t h his redski n fo e s. a n d lighted the fu s e. The marc h was resume d b y t h e cavalry and in a reasonable Then he shot a ""lanc e at h i s broth e r w h ic h m eant f o r him 1 length of t ime they reac h e d the hollow w here our hero' s to be r eady t:i him. and taking a g ood aim h e hur l e d I thrilling esca pe h a d occurre d t h e exp losive right into the midst of the Creeks, who hap-1 But the Creeks had gon e! pen e d t o be standing clos e toge t h e r at the time. The hollow was d e s erted The missile h i t one o f them o n the arm, but befor e it struc k Wild had expected t h is, s o h e was not the l east d iscom the ground i t exploded with a loud report. I flted. T errified yells w ent up a s t h e red fiends ran in every di-The trail l e d on up t h e mountain fo r fiv e or six mile s, and rection. then i t turned off to the right toward a l o n g stretch of forest "Hip hi! Hoolay!" shoute d Hop, and then h e dashed fo r-land. ward, rev o lver in hand. On they rode having no difficulty to follow it, though they Bang! sometimes saw evidences of it bei n g covered. He was s o cl ose t o one of the r e d s k ins that the bullet t ook At noo n t hey halted, but onl y long enough t o eat something effect and d own h e w e n t and give thei r horses a r est. Crack! crack crac k crack! The n they c ontinue d on, and i n l es s than two hours they Wing was tiring away blindly, but it seemed that one of h i s c ame to a ravi n e where the tracks of the redskins' hors es b u llets too k effec t too a n d in sp1te of t h e smoke Hop saw I l ooke d to b e v e r y fresh. tha t fo u r of the Creek s were l ying upon the ground. "Boys, we must look out for an ambush," the y o ung dead As h e t u r n e d toward the spot where h e had s ee n the girl s a shot said, a s h e brought his s orrel stallion to a h a l t and t u rned scre a m sounded and h e instantly recognized it as coming to his partners. I reckon i t woul d be a go o d idea t o halt f : om A r i etta. i righ t h e r e and then do a little scouting befo r e we do anyThere was a s p l a s h in the water and then h e kne w t hat a thing further." horse was crossing t h e stream. "Righ t yer are Wild," Cheyenne C h arlie answer e d nodding "Hip hi! Whatte e i;natt ee?" he shoute d his h e a d Then a redEkin suddenl y confronted him, a rifle in his han d, Jim' was willing, a s might b e supposed, and s o was the col-ready to fire. o ne!, fo r h e did not want t o l ead his brave band o f figh ters Bang! into a r e d s kin ambush Hop dis c h arged his revolver withot;t takin g aim, and b y g ood 'i T hey al! dismounted, and then Wild calle d for the scout to luck the bullet found its way to the Indian' s h eart. foll o w him. It happened that thi s C reek was the one Arietta h a d I The two' c limbed to t h e highe r ground, and t h e n our hero wounde d, rnd i f it had not bee n that h i s right a r m was use-l ost no time in a s c ending a tree. less h e might have killed the Chi:aaman. I As the bo y l ooked down h e gav e a nod o f satisfaction, for, B u t as it was h e perished, as h e no d oubt deserved. less tha.n hal f a mile from him h e saw the r e d s k ins. Wing, who b a d plucke d up s u ffici ent co urage, had already i T hey h a d dismounted and standing and sittin g along r each e d t h e spot w h ere the girls w e r e I eith e r side of the ravine b e h ind rocks and bushes. But h e found that Arie tta was missing. H e r e m ained in the t ree long e nough to locate w ell the spot, Anna and Eloise were t e rrified, for when the crac ker ex-and then h e descende d and told C h a rlie. p loded it had g i ve n them as much a surprise as t h e Indians. 'Good!., t h e latte r e xclaime d. I r eckon i t's about t ime we h a d r eceived. : got 'em. W e v e been a long while g ittin' u p with em." Th'3 c ook quickl y cut t h e m loose with h i s knife, and as Hop Back the two went, and the y soon j o i ned Jim and the cam e dashing up, Ann a was trying to t ell how one o f t h e cavalry braves had Eeiz e l Arietta and placed h e r llPOn the back of a I Wild explained jus t what h e wanted done and the colonel i mmediate l y after. the e xp l osion occurre d i a g r e3d, t horoug h l y with him By this time the smoke had c l e ared suffici ently for them to '!'he r esult was that Jim D art assu med c h;:tr ge of t e n men see a c r oss the river, wh\c h was quite narrow and shallow accompaniel b y t h e captain, and w e n t to the t o p or the c liff at tha t p oint I on foot. Ridi11g away, alm o s t a h .rnd red yards d i stant, was t h e Creek' The r est a n d w ilh Wild r e a d y t o l ead the m, they b rave holding Arietta on h i s po n y b efore him. waite d unt i l the fir in g b e g a n. Hop quickl y picked up a rifl e that l a y upon the g round and It s e e m e d mu c h l onger tha n it r e ally was b efore a v oll e y handing i t to Ann a said: ound e d from the t o p of the h i g h g round o n the right o f the ''Shootee l'..ID hors'!,. I ravine. "No, no! she protested. I afra i d to fire, fo r I m i g h t But t h e momen t h e heard t h e s hots Young Wil d W est c alle.d kill Arle t t a. o ut: ''You shootce!" and the Chinaman t endered the w eapon t o .. Forwar d boyr;! W e w a n t t o take as man y alive' a s w e can. Elois e I R ed R obi nson must no t b e s hot, anyh ow. We m u s t l e t him But she, too. d e cl ared s h e was afraid to. I bP. t a k e n t o the post and get h i s r:1eui ci n e after a court-Hop shook h i s h ead, sadly. martial i s h e l d ... no s h o o tee st!aight, s o be, h e said. "Me havee k etchee Awa y they r o d e t hrough the ravine. a n d two minutes later u m l e d k s ins. they broke upon the J?:ldians w h o were running about in wild Then h e pi c k e d out the first hors e he '
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18 YOUNG WILD WEST CORRALLING THE CREEKS. Before he hardly knew it, Young Wild West's lariat whirled As the redskin reached the top of the ridge he turned and through the air and down came the noose over his head and waved h i s h and mockingly at the young d eadshot, who was shoulders. then not more than thre e hundred fee t b ehind him. A qulclc jerk, as the sorrel stoppe d short in his tracks, and Wild did not know what this meant, but when he reached R ed Robinson was rolling upon the grou nd. the top of the hill his fa c e turned pale. "I reckon I've got you, you sneaking scoundrel!" the boy Not far distant was the brink of a chasm, and straight toexclaimed, as he dismounted and ran to him, still keeping the ward it the redskin was goi n g, as though he meant to r i de lariat taut. I knew it could not last a great deal lo nger. over it and be daslled to de ath him s elf, in order to thwart Red Robinson made no reply. the daring young paleface. The sudden jerk he had received took the breath from his 'rhe boy's rifle was still slung over his shoulder, and his bod y and gasping and kicltin g he lay upon the ground. lar.iat was in his hand. Wild pounced upon him in a jiffy an,d took the revolver that He thought quickly. If he could succeed in throwing the hung from the left side of his belt. noose over Arietta and the r edskin, she would be saved. Then he took p osse ssion of the hunting knife, and gave But there was really r.o other thing to do just then, and n p u ll upon the rope and exclaimed: he began swinging the rope. "Get up, Red Robinson! You're all right now, so don't try The redskin yell e d defiantly and rcde for the brink of the to play po ssum." I chas m. Without a word, the villain obeyed The n Wild let go his lariat. Colon e l M erry now came galloping to the spot. The noose dropped over the h eads of Arietta and her captor "Herc he i s colonel!" the yo ung deaclshot call e d out. "I in the nic k of time. r eckon the round-up is complete. No w then, to get them into It was a fortunate thing for the girl that the Indian was the corral. Here is the real l eader of the rascally band of under her when she f e ll. Cre eks. A fit subject for hanging, I think." As it was. the l,)reath was nearl y jarred from her body, and "He certainly ls," was the r e pl y "But he shall be tried in helples s as she was she had no chance to make an effort to strict accordance wi1h the law. lighten her fall. It did not take Wild long t o bind the villain secure ly. The horse the two had been riding had been unable to By the time Jim and the r es t of the cavalrymen had got check itself, and over it went to the sharp rocks a hundred down into the ravine the dead had been counted up, the num-f ee t below, uttering a scream that was almost human as it ber beinr; twenty-seve n. disapp eared from vi e w. Though the redski n s were sulle n, they seemed to be glad "Oh, Wild!" the g irl e xclaimed, as her dashing young lover that they had not put up a s tronger fight when they saw the lifted her from the ground and quickly cut the rope that held cavalrymen riding about b efore the m her hands tied behind her. "I am so glad!" It took quite a little time t o ge t tho arrangements made to "You are not any more gl a d than I am, Et," was the fer-take the priso n ers away, and when t!Jey were finally ready v ent reply. I thought for a moment it was all up with they set out throug h the ravine. you. I had my rope ready, and my rifle was slung over my ','Now, the n Charlie," our hero s aid a s they got to the top shoulG.c r There was only one thing to do. I had to rope you." o a hill, "haYe you any idea which is the right direction to Wild saw the Indian about to get upon his feet, so he g o back to the camp?" i gently allowed his sweetheart to drop to the ground and "I think I have Wild," wa s the reply. "As near as. I kn pounce d upon him. jedge, it's right to the r northe as t of here." I A blow from the butt of his revolver rendered the Creek "Well. w e may a s well make a short cut, then." 1 unconsc io'.ls, and the n it was as easy matter t o bind him and "That's j est wha t I was thinkin' of, Wild." wait for Charlie and Jim to come up. The march then was t a k e n up and they proceeded on in the When they finally arrive d they were astounded when they direction ou r h e ro and his partners thought would tak e them saw the danger that Arietta must have been in. b a .ck to the c a mp b y a shorter cut. But it was quickly talked over and the girl was not long Just before sunset, as they w ere riding along the bank of a in r ecovering, and then with the prisoner on Charlie's horse stream, Wild suddenly caught sight of a galloping horse over and Arietta riding with Wild, they started back to the rive; a mile away to join the cavalry, Straight across an almos t l e vel s t retch the 'animal was goi n g, and a s the boy took a good look he gave vent to a It was just then that Hop Wah carrie riding into view, cry of surprise yelling like a wild man. 'l'he horse was b earing a double burden. I Whe n h e reached them he quickly told the part ho and his The ftu tte; of a dress attracted his attention, too, and turn-brother had played after the girls had been captured by the tng to h i s part n ers, h e excl a i m ed: few reds kil:.s. "Boys, there i s som ething wro ng! That looks like a r ed-This was somewhat surprising to our hero and his partners, skin carrying off a gi r l. I reckon we h a d bette r s ee about it." for the y had never known of the two Chinamen doing such T he Indian. for such he was was riding almost parallel a thing before. with the river bank, and he ditl not see the cavalrymen until They all w ent to the spot, and found the dead Creeks and they halted at the bank. t h e two girls, and then they were compelled to believe Hop's As the reader no doubt supposes, it was Arietta he had on story. the broncbo with him. But even then they must have bel!eved it, anywa y, for Wild had n o t gon e more than half a mile before he recog-Anna and Eloise bore it out strictly. niz ed her, and the n his eye s fla s h e d and he fingered the trig-The y remained in camp there until the next morning, and ger of his rifle then with the prisone r s they set out and in due time arrived But it o ccurre d to him that he had bett e r not take any such at the camp. chance, so h e slung the weapon over his shoulder and t hen Young Wild West and his friends decided to accompany the galloped on. cavalrymen to the post, and when they finally arrived there Lookin g over his shoulder, h e s a w that Charl!e and Jim were the y had the satisfaction of seeing the redskins placed where more than a hundr ed yards behind him. they could not get away until they had been duly tried for !3ut he did n o t mind this. He felt quite equal to rescuing his the crimes they had committed since they had started on the sweetheart al on e warpath. Meanwhile, the redskin was trying to urge his tired steed Right here we may as well state that Red Robinson was t o a faste r gait, but with the double burden the poor beast court-martialed and sentenced to be s hot and was dul y exewas working hard. cuted. Toward a low ridge he was making, where a few trees Little Buck, the redskin who had befriended our hero, rewere scattered. ceivecl a full pardon, and our believed him when h e Wild turned s o he would b e able to cut him off, and gained promised that he would never again violate the laws that were rapidly. set down by the white men. I n l ess than five minutes he was so close to him that he I could easily have shot the redskin without running the risk of I harming his sweetheart. But he refrained from doing so Next week's issue w ill contain "YOUNG W ILD WEST'S H i s la.riat was ready, and he meant to cat ch t h e horse, if p o s WARNING O R THE SECRET BAND O F T H E GULCH. s!bl e, without t h r owing a.

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W ILD WES T WEEKLY. CURRENT .NEWS The smallczt wm eYer recorded In the Surrogate's omce Is ea!d to be that of James L. Doyle of No. 1017 InteryaJe av enue. tne Bronx, whose will lrns just been filed. Tho value of the estate ls $5.10 and It Is left to his two daughters. Whlle Consul. the trained monkey, was doing his blcyle act at the Templ e Grand Rapids, Mich., recently, Prince, the prize winning bulldog of t h e playhouse spied him and before the dog could be stopped he had nearly torn the simian' s arm of!'. The animal ls In a hospital. Bllly Sunday, the eYangellst who used to be a baseball player, has just published a pamphlet showing the cost o! saying soul s In various cities, and says It takes $545 t o save a sinner In New York City. Th!s ls more than Chicago, but not so much as in Indianapolis, where the ayerago is $620. Other figures are: At lanta, $75; New Orleans, $75; Chicago, $395; Boston, $450. Major Armando Andre, editor of "El Dia, and D r Manuel Mencia, director of customs, fought a duel with sabre s at Havana, Cuba, recently, Dr. Mencia being severely wounded. Mencia challenged Andre on account of attacks In "El Dia" charging him with the commission of gross frauds Jn the management of the custom house. At Dublin, Ireland recmtly, a large crowd witnessed a ten-mile race on a grass track between Michael H ora.n's trotting mare, Kathl<' e n, and P Fagan, the pedestrian. Fagan recelyed '1.8 minutes allowance and coyered three m!les one furlong i n that time. He was caught 700 yards fro m the tape and beaten by 300 yards in 63 minutes 58 seconds. The battleship Oregon, which has been at the Puget Sound Nayy Y ard six months undergoing reconstructing, has Just le!t to join the Pacific fieet at Los Angeles for Inspectio n Whil e at Los Angeles the famous old battleship will undergo exhaustive tests to ascertain her effectiveness for war duty, especially her new fire contr ol system, wireless apparatus, and oth e r modern equi p ment. On a wet and muddy field, making the handling or the ball almost Impossible, the Army defeate d UnlYerslty of Vermont at West Point recently by a score ot 12 to 0. The soldiers p layea an open game, ancl the dodging of Milburn and Hobbs through broken fields was a feature of the game, and giYe.s promise of some spectacular work by these men on dry fields later i n the s eason. Geo rge A. Burn s. the oldest t rack walker In point o! ser Y!ce on the Pennsylvania Railroad. has Just put h i s 177.900th mile behind him. In keeping vigil over the t rack In his care he has walked the equivalent of seYen and one-third times a round the world in the last thirty-five years. Journeying four times a day between Greensburg, Pa., aud Youngwood yard, a distance of 3.53 m lles, he has Inspected 5,725,800 splice plates on half that many ra!I joints. The Gulf Refining Company has just purchased a large parcel of land abutting the New Haven road, and Is to erect a plant for the distribution of its product. A general oll trade ls to be bullt up in competition with the Standard Oil Company In Connecticut, and eventually In Massachusetts. The company recently began to equip a large plant at Naugatuck Junction. The ells are t o be shippe d there from Bayonne, N. J Harold Hight, a guide, mistak e n for a deer In the woods near the base of Mosquito Mountain, Ma!ne, was shot and killed by Dr. Brooks a physician of New York, recently. The two started from a sporting camp near Lake In search of deer, wi t h the unilerstanding that If either saw an animal he was to whistle to t'tlc other Dr. Brooks thought he saw a deer, and whistled. When h e got no answering whistl e, h e fired, h e says. The bulle t struck the guide in the back of the neck. Dr. Brooks notified the camp, three miles distant of the A party immediatel y set out .. but the ;:ihysician was unable to guide them to the place, and a l though fifty men beat about in the woods tor four hours, they could not discoYer the guide's body No action has been taken against Dr. Brooks. Policeman Mulhollancl saw william Young, 11 years old, wearily rctlalling a bicycle through ).25th street, New Yor}:, the other night. In front of him on the ha;1dle bars shivered seYen -year-ol d Henry Krone. The boys so thoroughly unhappy and cold that t!le cop after a talk with them took the m to the 125th street staticn. There the youn.e; boy, who said his father was Henry B. Young or Grand aYem1e, Hacke;;sac!<, told the police that h e anrl Henry were playing in fror.t of their home after school closed and that Henry suggested a ride on the wheel to city delights. They came across on t h e Fort Lee ferry and spent their mone y for candy. Then they go t tired and wanted to go home, but their funds were gone and a l t ogether tbeY had not bad a nice time. M t Young at the request of the police, came over !!'om New J e rsey at midnight and took his son home I n an a u t omoblle. Italy's third super-Dreadnought, the Leonardo da Vinci, has just bel3n launehed. The Leonardo da Vinci, which ls a sister ship o r the Conte da Cavour and the Glullo Cesare, has a displacement of 21,500 tons. Her length over all Is 575.. !eet, beam 91 %, feet and mean draft 27* feet. The vessel w111 carry thirteen 12-lnch guns, tripl e mounted, and five barbettes. Her second battery, to stand of!' torpedo attack. w111 be made up <>! elgllteen 4.7-lnch pieces. The engines o! the L eonard<> da Vinci are o! 24,000 horsepower and are expected t<> attain a trial speed ot 22.5 knots. A nugget o! pure go l d as large as an extr a early sifted June pea has caused all the millionaires who haYe country estates in the San Mateo foothllls to slt up and take notice. The gold nugget was found by Mrs. John Tlbbet of Redwood City, Cal., In the gullet of a duck that had sharpened !ts appetite on sand carted to a poultry yard from the dried bed of San Carlos Creek in the recent drought. The gravel taken !rom where the creek passes through the country estate of Col. N J. Brittan, a San Francisco capitalist. During the summer months the stream ls bare and many loads o! gravel are extracted, but the presence of gold was never before suspected. Everybody ls now looking for gold bearing ducks. The Rev. Horace D. Ferris, n o w pastor o! a church in North Salem, N. Y., and twenty years ago In charge of a congregatlon at Quogue, L. I., has just received a tee of $20 tor a wedding that he performed at Quogue twenty years ago. The couple whom he married are now Jiving I n Manhattan. At the time ot t h e marriage the bridegroom said he was short of funds and asked the minister t o wait !or his f ee, promising to Rend It as soon as he coul d. llfr. F e rris forgot all a.bout the wedding long ago. Ho was astonished a !ew days ag-0 to receive a check tor $20 accompanied by a letter expressing the writer's regret at haying kept him waiting so long. It was only by consulting his old records that the clergyman was abl e t o recall the ceremony. Postmaster Edmund A. Voorhees of N e w York City has notified the public that the new Postal Savings Banks In this borough are open from 9. A. III. to 9 P. M Saturdays. "These banks supply what folk long have needed," he said recently. "The average bank closes at 12 o'clock Saturdays, so the working man has no opportunity to place his money In the banks, for as a rule he I s not paid until the banks are c losed. Otte n, with his pay in his pocket, he will go out Saturday or Sunday night, meet 'the boys,' and before h e realizes it h e has spent most or all of his money, thereby causing hardship tor h i s family. It Is tor this purpose that the Postal Savings Banks in this borough are kept open Saturday nights, a n d I am sure that this opportunity wlll be seized by work ing fo lk." A strenuous overland journey has recently been completed by Mrs. Sarah Conner and h e r four small children, who after a trip in a dilapidated buggy of 900 miles have arrived at Wheeler, S. D., their d estination. Mrs. Conner and her chlldren commenced their journey at Moose Jaw, Canada, !ollow!ng the death of her husband, who left them in a destitute condition. Their nearest r elative r e sided at wheeler, In South Dakota. A span o! ,Ponies were hitc h ed to a single-seated top buggy which contained the mother and hPr four children, one a girl of 11, a boy of 9, a girl o! 7 and a baby of 18 months. In the old buggy were piled the worldly possessions or the famlly. The journey required six weeks' time Some days they were 11nable to travel more t han fifteen miles. The tv:o older chil d r e n n.nrl uart o! the time three ot them wallrnd while the mother drove. The ponies had only such grazing as they coul d find a long the road and we r e without grain the entire trip. They we r e nearly exhausted at the end of the journey. The Jamaica N. Y. Troop o f the Boy Scouts o! America just held its first meeting o f the fall and It has outlined a very busy season. This troop is one of the most progressive of several out on Long Island, and the boys are doing good work. There are no first class Rcouts as yet, but there are about ten cl3ss scouts and forty tenderfoots, with a total enrollment of fifty. In the general o rganization the troop has six patrols and now another one is forming. The scouts are eagerly awaiting their e.ctiv ltles and are showing great enthusiasm In scout work. They have organized a wireless telegraph corps and ha.Ye secured permission to establlsh a station at the headquarters on Flushing avenue, and expect to have It ready in ?. short time. A bicycle corps of twenty members and a signal corps have also been formed. There Is a l so an ambulance corps, under the direction ot D r R. S. R !ley. The boys a r e building a shop, In which t h e y will build a number of boats tor their next summer's cnc.o

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IO WILD WEST WEEKLY. THE BOY TEAMSTER OR, THE YOUNG HERO OF THE GREAT FLOOD By PAUL BRADDON \ (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER Xll. (continued) 'But leaving them we return to Paul. The lad knew that the corutable would discover him in a moment or so if he remained where he was. He thougb,t of a hiding-place. The miser's hou s e wa s just out of sight down the bank. Lifting the bag contain ing the treasure on his shoulder Paul stole down to the water-side and entered the house which had been cast up there. The flood had began to subside and Pardleys house now stood high and dry, grounded in the sand wh ere the wave s had cast it. Paul had no trouble in. effecting an entrance The lad had entered the house, closed the door, and crossed into an interior room with the bag of money on his back, when all at once he g ave a violent start. He heard footsteps in the house He knew the s ound s could not be made by the constable for he had not entered. The lad was convinced that there must havf! been some one in the house before him. He turned to retrace his steps when into the doorway he had just passed spra.ng a terrible looking man with an ugly wound on his templ e and Paul recognized J{ickaby the robber. CHAPTER XIII. The result o.1 mental r e tro spec t t o whi c h she had r e c ourse w as n o t satisfact or y The vi s ion of other day s s he grasi;:ied at not secured Thus elud e d Mrs Vantai n turned to the young girl her self for e lucidation. M r s Vantain w as a l ady o f r e finement and fin e s cn s i bilitics, and h er manner was pleasing and winning: Ray was e asily led into a friendly con v er s a t ion, and she soon f elt a t ease with Mrs. Vantain. The circumstanc e s of their m eeting and the similarity of their situations was a bond that dre w them to gether and l e d them on to friendship. Ray c o nfided in her new friend very trustfully relating without re s erve the simple yet to some deg ree remarkable story of her adventures. : Mrs Vantain li s t en e d t o Ra y 's narrat iv e with interest and increasin g s ympathy. The young girl' s ingenuous manner, and her t ouc hing, though unconscious pathos, when s he allulled to her dead mother, was s.uch as to stir the emotion of the li stener deeply A s Ray went on to spe a k of h e r mo t h er further, and finally men t ioned her maiden name, Mrs. Vantain' s face quickly brightened with the light of discovery "Ah, my dear child" said she, "now I understand my conviction that your face was like that of a dear girl friend of mine. It is indeed so. Your mother and I were girls RAY A N D MRS. VANT.A.IN. toge t her, and always during thos e happy da y s stanch Whil e P aul Manv ille, our young hero went to bring friend s and inseparable compa n ion s.". Pardley's stolen treasu re from its under the "Is that indeed rn ?" great tree little anticip ating that such a course was des "Yes and I am very glad that I have made the discov-tined to l e a d him into further troubles and dangers, Ray er y Now Hay, oincc y ou are almost friendless and alone, Wor r ell ancl Mrs Vantai n the e s caped "patient," late of I w i ll be to you a fos l er-mother. I know Kirk Sanford is "Dr A mhe rst' s Privat e Asylum w e r e becomin g acquaint-a Yilla in u t t e rl y unfit t o b e come the a r bi te r of th e destin y e d a t ,Jake Sneid e r 's w h e re t h e course of destiny had of a girl lik e yonrself, and I am ready to h e lp you br o u ght them to g e t h er re s i s t hi s power." Fro m t he mo me n t whe n s h e .firs t beh eld the young g irl, "Oh, how can I thank you, Mrs. Vantain." w h o like her;::clf. a fngiti v e beca use o f injustice ancl Sil ent g1;atit ml e s uch as shines in your beautiful eyes, 1nong, :Mr s Vanta i n was imp resse d with the con v iction is all pie thanks I wi sh." i hat in t he s w e e t, pal e and anx i ous counte nance of Hay s he "But, :faul-yon know Paul is my dear, true friend, di scerned s o me thin g that was familiar. and I depend on him." 'l'h is i dea gre w ap:::ce a s the lad y continu e d to contem"He is a b r ave and no,ble boy." p la t e "But h i s step-father, Silas Snedeker, wishes to get rid Jt 1rns a perception that i n the p a s t she had h.-nown and of him Indee d ; Paul believes, and with reas o n, to,o, that l o v e d s o m e o ne who re sem ble d H ay, or v ice -versa. his life i s in clang er through the machinations of Snede And yet, tho u g h thi s I bou ght g rew into a n a lmo s t po s i-1 k cr." tiv c -GOnvict i o n, Mrs Van lai n vnm l y put forth m en tal cf-" Wh a l is Paul's last name?" fi.:irts to identify t h e of her impression. !"

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WILD WEST WEEKLY. It Mrs Vantain gave a vio l ent start. "Manville!" she rep eate d and the n add ed: Was his mother's name M e rc y M a nville?" Yes I s upposed as much." And why so?" I will tell y ou B y c h a nce, some time previou s to the t ime when I was spir i ted awa y illegally to the asy lum by my villainous husband, Ralph Vantain, amo n g liis p a pers I found s ome d o cum ents which gave me the knowldge t hat t h ere was a fortune going begg in g in Boston for want of a claimant whi c h was l eft b y the will of a r e lative to :Mrs. Merc y Manville, o r h e r legal h eirs." "Ah, then, s ince Paul's moth e r is dead he is the heir to that fortune "Yes, my dea r O f course, sin c e Merc y Manville had been the dea r est friend o f m y girlhood, I was i ntere s t e d in all tha t concern e d h e r and so I r ea d the p aper s r e latin g to t he fortune carefully and the facts perman e ntly impres s ed my m i nd." I su pp o s e no w t hat Snedeker thinks t hat with P aul o u t of the w a y he c o u l d c o me forwa r d a s the h usba nd of the Miress and thus claim the inheritance for himself." "No And now it seems t o m e tha t it ma y be pos sible that my villainous husband, Ralph Vantain and P aul s step father, Silas Snedeker, may b e in collus ion e lse why the d.oc u ments i n V antai n's hands?" I must tell Paul. This will b e g reat ne w s for him Ins tead of a poor boy it s e ems tha t h e i s the h eir to a for t une / "Yes. "I am sure P au l will be plea s ed "Naturall y Bu t in ord e r to outwit bis villainou s s t e p father and his confederate, P a u l must be war y." "And h e needs some one to help and ad v ise him. "True, for, aft er all, Paul 1.s a m e r e boy." I wish some goo d ma n who had means to aid Paul in a cquiring h i s inheri ta nce woul d befriend h i m." "And I." Mrs Vantain th o u gh t a m ome nt, and then she added: I think I know one who will, for my sak e stand Paul' s fr iend." "Who m do you mean?" "Mr. P ardle y who was a g o m y b est friend re plied Mr s Vantain w i th a s i g h "Oh, if he onl y w oulfl ? n I will speak to him about Paul anu try to inte re s t him in the lad." Yo u a r e very good. The noble lad bravel y defe n ded t h e h o use ag a i n s t my e nemies C erta inly I owe him a d e b t o.f g ratitude and I s hall be g l ad to pay it." R ay a n d t h e lad y conversed furth e r, a n d fin a lly the young g irl under stood from what Mrs. Vantai n told her t h a t at o ne time Mr. P a rdley was a suitor fo r her hand bu t that she r e fused him for R a lph Vantain who h a d wrecked h e r life and fin all y imprirnned h e r in a m adh ouse. I n seclusio n the l ad y s aid w i th a bur E t of femi nine con fid e n ce: "Bu t n o w I know I m ade an unwise choice, and I wish that I had become the w ife o f M r. P a rdle y." P erha p s y ou may y et som e da y ? sugge s ted Ray smil ing. 'Dhe lad y smiled i n return, but she shook her head doubt full y But we must n ot dwell u pon t his scen e l o n ger. The in cidents of our n arrativ e ar e rapid a n d e xciti n g and we m u s t follow them clo sely We return t o M r Pa.r d ley and his s e arc hin g p arty o! four men fr o m t h e nearest h a ml et who w ere in q uest of the house that had been carr ied a way by the flood. Without see ing the hou s e which had been cast up u nder the steep bank because of dense bushes above an d below the s e arching party passed i t. Then the y proceeded o n to the hou s e of ho nest J ak e Sneid e r, the German farmer. At about this tim e t h e m e n fro m th e asy lum who ha d b e e n dri v en away b y Jake wer e hol d ing a consultation with Dr. Amherst about their next mov e CHAPTER X I Y. NEW PERIL THREATENS. In t h e m ea ntime Kirk S a n f ord and Silas S n edek er afte r some diteu ss ion r e l a ting to the r e p ort of the esc ape of Mr s Van t ain fro m the keepers of the asyl um, d e termine d t o go to l earn t he facts of the affa ir from Dr. Amherst p e rsona ll y The flood having begun to s ubside now the pas s ag e o! t he river c o uld be m ade fur t h e r north witho u t great d iffi-cult y \ Si d Blak s ley, being acq u ainte d with the plans of hi s g u a r d i a n and Paul 's step fathe r in s o far as their p urpose was to visit Dr. A mherst t hou g h he waa not intrusted with th e s e cret of Snedek er's interest in the esc aped w oman a ske d to acc ompany them Of c ourse, Sa n ford assented. S nedek e r would have liked to obje c t as his manne r i ndi c ated but he s ai d n othing, and a close obser ver w ould have c oncluded that Sanford h e ld a secret power over him. I t h ink said Sa nford w h e n, hav ing crossed t h e Ohio, h e a m 1 hi s two c o m panions, S ne deker and Sid Blak s ley w e r e app roac h i ng t h e haml e t w here Dr. Amhe r st h ad secured his patient s in the t own-hall-"I think i t would be w e ll t o offe r a reward for the woman." "Perhaps you a r e ri ght, ass ented Snedek er. "But I dar e n ot offer the reward myself; my name must n ot appear in the affair Certainly not ) "Then what do you sugges t ?" "That y ou authorize the doct o r t o o ffer a reward in hie own name "Good "Yon approve of my plan then?" "Yes, an d I will pi entio n t h e s ubj e ct to D r. A mherst aa soon as we arrive a t bis place."

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22 WIL D W E S T WEEKLY, "I think we shall find him in the village. The wa.ter must as yet be too high to permit him to return his pa tients to the asylum." 'I'hus conversing, Snedeker and hi s companions in due time arrived at the hamlet, which was their destination Inquiry at the village hotel, to which hostelry they pro ceeded immediately, gaYe them the information that Dr. Amherst was yet in town T hey were also told that the enterpii sin g 11sylum keeper had taken his quarters at the Town Hall, where he had locked up his patients To that building the trio proceeded. There they found the docto r and he granted them a private interview at once It was eviient that he was on confidential terms with both of the villains. Sid Blaksiey, a trifle to his disappointment, was excl u ded fr9m the conference of the three rascals which ensued. "There's a colored person in the woodpile, dead sure," said Sid, mentally. "Snedeker has got some dangerous se cret to conceal, I'll wager." Evident l y young Blaksley had hit upon the actual truth of the affa ir. When Snedeker and Sanford arrived, Dr. Am h erst was in c o nsu ltation with the keepers who had returned from J al\e Sneider's. 'Phe feil o w had ca ught a glimpse of the lady at the win dow of the farmh ouse it appeared, and they bad also seen, and o n e o f them recognized Paul. A ll this they had reported. The doctor was pleased to find out where his escaped prisoner was, and he expressed hims elf as determined to take her back to the asy l um by force. A s soo n as he found himself alone with Snedeker and S a nford, Dr. Amherst. acquainted them with all relating to t he esca pe o f Mrs. Vantain that he knew himself. The n he added : "And I want t o ask you, Mr. Snedeker, if you r step son Paul i s visiting at the farm-house of Jake Sneider?" N o!" e xclaimed Snedeker Wh y do you ask that?" cried Sanford "Beca use my keepers saw Paul Manville at Sneider's h ouse and the boy defied them!" Snedeker sprang to his feet in excitement as he heard t hi9. Sanford also arose. "It must be Ray is with l'he boy!" he exclaimed. "No doubt, no doubt," assented Snedeker You do not seem overjoyed at the prosp ect of getting the boy in your power again,'' said the lawyer "I had hoped that he had met his death-that i s to say, that he had been drowned in the flood," replied Snedeker. "Well, we ge t the missing patient ana the young run a way c ouple back again all at one haul. Come, doctor get y our keepers together, and we'll made a raid on the Dutchman 's house. I guess the law is pretty well in our favor, an d we have got the p01ver to carry it out Thus said Sanford. "I was just thinking of to recov-er my pa t ien t a s you suggest," assent e d the docto r He was the n acquainted w ith t h e fa cU! of the :flight of Ray and Paul. I n a short time several o f the keepe rs of the asylum were assembled, and these, with 'the doct o r, S aniord and Sid Blaksley, set out for Jake Sneider's farmhouse. For reasons best known ro himself, Sned eke r decline d to accompany the party. But Sne deker duly authorized Sanford to act for him and compel Paul's re t urn. Sid Blaksley was informed that the whereabouts o f Paul and Ray had been discovered Sanfo r d hastened to tell his ward o f the ne ws, and o f course, the "bo y was delighted Sid Blaksley believed rhat now his j e al ous h atred w o u l d be satisfied. He hoped to see P aul degraded and punished while he stood by to exult over him and taunt him. Then, too, he was re j oiced at the pros pect o f Ray's cap ture "We shall take them by surprise. That's my p l an, and I've already made it known to the doctor," sa i d s anford Some preparations w ere quickly made thereafter, and then the party which was on the road to Sneider's house separated and approached the house from front and rear The asylum doctor and his brutal hirelings were confi dent that the escape of the poor, pe r secute d w o m an whom they meant to drag back to a hopeless captivity was a s sured Sanford was equa ll y confident that h e sh o uld soon have Ray Worrell and the brave boy who had chiva l r o us l y cham pioned her cause against him at his me r cy Alr eady Sanford was planning liis future cou r se r egard ing his girlish ward and her boy lover, the boy teamster But while the enemies of our young her o and h eroin e were up to surround the farm-house, a scene of deep interest was in progress within the building, and a climax of thrilling interest was working u p to b e enacte d there. The destiny of Paul and Ray was overshadowed, but fate had not utterly deserted them CHAPTER XV. PAUL BRANDED A THIEF. As E oon as P ardley and the four v ill age r s arrived at Sneider's house the Dutchma n was ready to tell the f o rmer the goocl news that P aul Manv ill e had s a v ed his hidden treasur e In a few \l'Ords h onest Jake acquainted Pardley wit h t he fact s-telli11g Paul s story of his adventure as t h e boy h ad related them / In Jak e s ai d : Dot poy Pau ls vos a j ewel mi toud :flaws. He vas a. plly poy, und a good vellers. Yaw, I sa y me dot, und I pet me your life dot I told the truth." "The boy is certainly a worthy young person," a dmitted Pardley, in a conse rv ative w a y ('l' o be contin u ed)

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WILD WEST WEEKLY. THE C1\MPING=OUT CLUB OR, NEW YORI< BOY 5 IN THE WILD WOODS By COL. RALPH FENTON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER XIV. They proceeded for seme distance in silence. Then the boy of the woads paused abruptly. He dropped upon his IN CA:IIP AGAIN. knees, and bent his ear to the earth. T hen he sprang up. 'l'here was a crafty look in his dark eyes as he raised "Ha! The bad ones have run away, and Hector's bullet the foliage ef a great, trailing bu s h. hurt the Indian. The wood's voices called Hector upon "Creep in here and wait. There's semeene neu, their trail, when he found it hours age while he was on Hector will see whe it is, and then came back," said he. his way to his kingdom He followed the marks the bad Jack crept under the They fell behind ones left behind them; many another could not have seen him, and he was so well concea l ed that he felt from them, but they were plain to him, and so he came to you," 1 discovery by unfriendly eyes said the demented youth, and as he spoke Jack beard his Hector darted away, and when he was gene, Jack began enemies retreating, hut they slill kept under cover of the to fear he might forget to return. But he waited patient trees and bushes, g o that harl they wished to do so, neither ly for a little time Then he heard footsteps. Peering he nor the strange lad of the wilderness could have obtained from his leafy cover, he was delighted to see Hector com a shot at them. ing And his satisfaction became complete when he sa w "Help me get the bear trap off my l eg It's crushing that Old Rumbolt accompanied the lad. it. I stepped into it when it was covered by the fallen They came up as Jack emerged frem his hiding place, leaves,') sa id Jack, with a groan. and Old Rumbolt exclaimed heartily: Hector promptly r e ndered the entrapped youth the de"By powder, b1:iy, I'm glad tfl :find you all safe and sired assistance, and their united efforts sufficed to resound! I've been lookin' for you. But I didn't go the l ease Jack from the iron jaws that held him fast, and he right way. The sound o' rifle shots :finally made me turn experienced immediate relief, of course. in this direction Heeter says yeu've had a brush with the "Your l eg is badly bruised, but your high hunting shoes enemy protected it a good deal. No bones are broken, I think," "Yes," an s wered Jack. said Hector, ns he examined Jack's leg. And, in a few words, he related his last exciting and "}fo; the. bone s are all right, I'm thankful to say," the perilous experience. other repli e d, as h e placed his weight upon the injured le g "The rascal Barbole must have changed his plan about and found he could walk around without pain. fleeing to the Canadian wilderness. I wonder why? I've "I was out hunting with Old Rumbolt. I got separated an idea there's some deviltry on foot and that he's at the from him before I walked into the bear trap. We are bottom of it. Yes, some motive h as made Barbole change camp ed on a lake near here, but I'm lost Tu you think J his plans, an' it's something we don't e:ven suspect as yet, you can find the lake? If we could reach it I could go to I'll wager," answered Rumbolt. our camp all right," he went on. And his honest countenance was clouded by a troubled "Hector knows the lake well. Ah, no one 1.11ows it as look. well as he. Come! Hector will lead you to it," answered "Hector saw a trail in the woods, to the west, that "\\as the boy of the woods not made by white men Six Indians pas s ed that way!" He started forward in an easter ly course directly, and Hector suddenly exclaimed. Jack walked at his side "They're the outl:uved Injuns of Red Fox's band, l 'll "Do you often venture so far into the North Woods wager, and that they'll join their chief and his white alone?" asked Jack, as they proceeded. friends before long are certain. But come along. Let's "Oh, yes! Hector has been much further north than make for camp," responded the old hunter. this. He ha.s seen the villages of the Canadian Indians, "Good-by! Hector's way lays southeast. He goes to his and the camps of the white trappers who wor k for the kingdom, J:>ut he will not stay there all the time. You may great fur compaJJ.y of the North. He often comes this see him again If the wood's voices tell him anything way, for it's the way to his kingdom. You didn't know you s hould know he will come to you. As your camp is on Hector was a king? No one h.'"ll.ows it, but he is. Yes, the lake he c an find it," said Hector, when they had walk he's king of a land that's all his own." ed for some distance in silence. Jack thought the demented youth was talking at ran-He moved swiftly away, and he was soon l ost to the dom-that he was giving voice to the hallucination of a sight of the boy from the city and the veteran woodsman. disordered mind, and he made no reply "A queer l ad, and all wrong in his upper s tor y I reek-

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WILD WE S T WEEKLY. on he's dreamin' when h e talks of hi s 'king dom.' Cracked-I yom basket, an' it bab come to. o l e .J-cff r{nt rnayhc jis" a brained though he is, he's a great hunte r and a d ea d sho t. swallc r or two ob dat good olc s tuff in r1at same flask He's mi ghty cunnin' in woodcraft too, sai d Old Rumbo lt, might be d e medicine fe r to ke e p di s c o on rum goin' over a s Hector di s appeared. to dat golden s hor'," s u g g e sted Jeff, with chattering tee th. "Poor lad, I pity him, and I wonder if he i s be y ond the "Help yonr s elf, J eff," repli e d Jack, l a ug hing power of medical sk ill, that i s to say ; I wonder i f prop e r The d::irky did so, and p r e s ently h e anno u nced gravely : treatment could not cure the mental malady with which "Dat good olc stuff done took hold ob d e symptoms he is afflicted." amazin', an' I'se a heap better already I guess I'll wait "I'm afraid not. He's been just as he is now for some 1 fo' I s tart fer de settlement, nn' sec if I doan' gi t cure d years-ever since he appeaxed as a lone hunter in the ll]J right yere." North Woods. Where he came from, what his real name is besides Hector no one knows. The first time I saw him he was in Injun dress, but after h e got to comin' to the 1 CHAPTER. XV. settleme nts he took to wearing white man 's togs,'' answered Rumbolt. THE LAKE J.N A. STORM:. Not long after that, he and Jack came in sight of the camp of the city boys, and they soon rea c h ed it. There was a g e neral l augh at J eff's expense, and George Jack told his young comrades the stor y of his acl,venture s Washingto n r eared the loudest of any one J cff took the of the day, and the two darkies, Jeff Davi s and Georg e mirth of alf but the namesake of the immortal Geo rge Wa s hin g ton listened to his narrative very good naturedly. Bu t he frowned at the latter, and "Fo' de Lawd, Mistah Jack, I done got de wuss s i ckness protuded his hu ge lip s lik e "a bad ni gger,'' as he said : in my corporosity dat ebber took hold on di s col ored gern -1 "Look yere, lVIistah Wa s hin gton Down in Ole Vir man since he got I'se got to see a docto r or I'se g inny, whar I ri z when one gemmen done 'sl).lted an bound to climb dem golden stairs. Y es, I r eckon I'sc got : nuthcr, da allcrs don e settl ed it 'corcUn' t o de code Doan' to go right back to the settlement," said Jeff, cla s ping "his'. s'pose you lowdown yeller coon knows what de code am. hands upon his alderm anic s t omach and doubling u p while i It am duelin'-fightin' a ducl-dat's what! So youse want he began to groan, as ff he was in great pain II t o took care." "Shol Go long bla ck tras h, you can't fool dis coon. "We won't have an) fighting h ere. Shut up, both of You'se Injun sick, dat's all what's de matter; y on' s c > '011 and go and get the woo d for the ni ght camp fire,'' skeered of dem red ni ggers, what Mista h Jack done tole 1 s a id Jack, imperativel y about. Yah! Yah! Youse ain't got sand, you're j The two clarkic s went off in opposite directions to gather chicken-hearted, you is, an' you all ers was. Why doan' y c r : dry fael, and i.he boys and Old Rumbolt fe ll to consider have soine sand like me. I ain't askeered ob all de Injuns I ing their situation seriou s l y in de woods," said George Washington, taun ting ly. 1 Presen tly the veternn hunter rema rked: "All things "Huh! You coffee-colored nig ger, youse are skecred considered, boys, I don t know but it's my duty to guide 1 yerself, but I'se right dow n sic_k; I'se gwi,ne to die I you ba ck to :M:r. B ayard's lu mbe r camp w:thout _delay, for 'less I get to a doctor. I'se might y sorry dat I se got to I'll not try to concea l from you t hat there i s danger. go to de settlement, f er I done wish dat I could stay an' 1 Gardea u and his companion, reinforced by Red Fox's band lick about fo' dozen ob d em Injuns outen dar boots,'' an" of 1 renegade Winneba gocs may attack u s yet." swe red J eff. "I, for one, do not m enn tr) be frightened out of the And the boys all s aw that both darkies were a lmo st roods. Let's p11t the que stio n t o a vote of the club. Of frighte ned to death at the new s that there was a band of i course, the majorit y must rule If the most of us are in Indians in the woods. 'Jack had mention ed what Hector I favor of giving up, and going back, without hav ing a sing l e had s aid abou t finding the trail of the band of red s kins. moose hunt or one at big game, that settles it, and Jack winked at hi s comrades significant ly, and then h e ba ck we go,'' s aid J ack went up to Jeff and s hook hands with him as he s aid in "Yes l et's vote on th e question!" cri e d Tom Watson, sorrowfu l tones : and seve ral oth e r m embe r s o f the outing c lub s aid about "Good-by Ji;ff, if you must go. When we get back to the same New York I'll tell your wife how brave you were, and how So a vote was taken. you wanted to stay with us, but you were so si ck you And the re was not a single vote in favor of reheating couldn't, and that you didn't know the Indians would wayto the lumb er camp. lay and kill and scalp you as you were alone going to the "Oh, oh!" groaned Jeff, a s he came within hearing. "I set tl ement Let all say good-by to poor old Jeff, for we'll d one wis h I had a vote in dat e yere club." ne ver see him again." "You see, friend Rumbolt, we are none of u s for goin g Jack put his handkerchief t o his eyes and ste-pped back. ba ck. You won't go and l eave us, I'm sure," said Jack, The other lads took their cue from him, and they began when the vote had been taken. to crowd around the darky and press his hand, and express "Certainly n ot," answered Old Humbolt. "And it their s orrow that he was going to part with them forever. would be too bad for you to leave the North Woods withJe:ff's eyes rolled. His knees knocked together, and h e out having a moose hunt, or getting some of the big game was in a state of terror. you came for, because in two days now, the regular fall "Fo' de Ian's sake, I didn't think 'bout dat goin' a.lone hunting season will open, and then, accordin' to the law, frongh de woods. :Mista.h Ja.ck, dar am a black bottle in we'll be free to hunt the moose and the deer, and I prom-

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WILD WEST WEEKLY. i s c r o u som e rare unless our en e mie s interfere to waves broke over it. The little craf t was half-filled with s poil it." water, and it be gan to settle alarm in gly. But the paddles "Hurrah for a m porn hunt! Onl y lwo t! The s torm is in creasing. The c a noe can n o t live lon g in it/' Jack cried, as the current das hed the frn il cr;:t along. De s peration s e emed to inspire the two lads to make ef forts whi c h they woulcl s cafoe l y h i!Yc bee n c apable of urn1cr less pcrilom c ir c nrnstr:nccs. l.for a moment the c anoe seem e d to s tand s till and the CHAPTER XVI. H EC TOR'S STRATAGEM. "What is it, Jack?" cried Tom Watson as his compan ion recoiled from the door of the lone cabin on the island. "See for y ourself. There's b e en bad work here. There 's been fight i ng and bloodshed !" exclaim e d Jack, pointing through the open portal, while the tame deer stood at some dis t;;ince, looking as if it wished to approach the cab in but feared to do so on account of the presence of the two lads. (To be continued) ..

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WILD WEST WEEKLY. 2 7 'I'HE COLLECTOR'S STORY By Paul Braddon Yes, sir I'Ye been traveling on the road selling aoods :::. for well-mgh twenty -five years, and when I'm off the road and business is s low in town, the firm just starts me off the road hunting up bills. I'm down here now on such a trip. Hope I'll have better luck than I hacl last year in this country. The won't be due for some little while yet, and as tbe story is not a very long one, I'll just give it to you To carry my money I was compelled to use a valise to hold the dollars that I collected. Every man woman and child in the country looked with envious eyes 'at my valise, as though they coveted its contents. This naturally causecl me much anxiety, particularly as the country was infested with tramps, and many bold acts of robbery had been perpetrated. I took the precaution not only to be well armed, but took the trouble also to let that foct be extensively known by occasionally displayin g the shining barrel of a r evolver whenever I saw perrnns loitering around whose presence did not inspire me with confidence. Of course, while my duties <;onfined me to the large towns, and my traveling was done exclusively by rail, I was comparatively safe, but there were places where we sold goods which the railroads did not r eac h, and to gain which I was compelled to hire a wagon When I reached these sections it was my practice to en gage a wagon to be usccl through the entire circuit, and to be left at the end of my journey in the care of a hotel keeper until the owner sent for it. Of course, on these occaeions I traveled alone and the long miles I was compelled to traYel through d1eme and dreary woods, over country roads but little frequented, and affording safe lurking places for persons bent on, deeds of violence and crime, naturally filled my mind with appre hension of bodily harm, and made me eagerly scan the face of every honest person I met, in the expectation that he might prove a robber in disguise. However, in makin g these trips, I endeavored to regulate my hours rn that I trav c lPd over the e sectio ns of during the anytime, and for nothing o ccurreu. This prolon)!cd period of sn.fety from attack not only in gpired me with renewed confioencc hut, I am free to con fess, induced me to r elax tho se rules for traveling which for so many years had provcu my safeglrnrd One day in June I was engagec1 'in what I call my wagon circuit. I had collected comiclerable money, and as usual the per centage of dollars in my rnlise was uncommonly large. I had finished my business in the little village of Elk about the middle qf the afternoon, and was about starting for the next village in tLe circuit. when the rumbling oi distant thunder surprised and startled me. A heavy storm was approaching, I kne'Y from the dense black clouds that rolled towarcls the village that it would prove more than one of ordinary fierceness Reluctantly I led my horse back to the barn, for although I was anxious t o r each the next village before nightfall I knew that to attempt it in such a storm might be attended with disastrous results. The rain s oon beg an to fall, first in large drops and soon m sheets that were borne on the arms of a furious gale 'rhe lightning darted hither and thither, aud hissed like venomous snakes as it fairly flashed in our faces, while the thunder shook the very earth with the power of its rever berations. 'l'h e storm was long continued, and the day wore away and n ight had enveloped the earth before the clouds b e gan to scatter. When the moon peeped through the parted clouds nnd the little stars began to twinkle overhead, the atmosphere became so refreshing from the effects of the storm, that in violat ion of my long-establi shed practice, I determined to travel that night. J\fy horse, still somewhat nervous from the effects of the storm, started off at a lively gait, and when I struck the road that l ed through the woods he was traveling at such a pace that I deemed it prudent out of regard for my neck to check his speeJ. It turn ed out to be a charming night, and as the silvery light of the moon penetrated through the trees, it gave t he countq snch a magnificent appear ance that I mentally resolved thereafter during the summer months, when the moon was high in the heavens, to travel only in the cool hours of the night. Whateve r ro m'antic feelings possessed me, they were doomed soon to be dispelled. I was pursuing my way through the woods, utterly oblivi ous of everything except the b e auty of Nature, when my hor s e !!'ave a shrill cry and shied so suddenly, that but for a rapid: movement of my arms that checked him, my story and my life wou lcl have end eel the n and there. Scarcely had the :mimal regained the centre of the road when a m:m das hed from the dense thickets that skirted the road and seized him by the head. I instantly realized my position, and quicker tha: lightning I gripperl the "hip and plied it heavily on the ani mal's hide with one hand, while I firmly helcl him to the road with tl1e other. He tore forward, dragging the desperate robber, for fear duri11g a temporary lull in tl1c speed of the horse the. fellow might use his pistol upon illC which by the light of the moon I saw g li s tening in lrnnd I f I qnly had an opportunity of drawing my own pistol, I could have put daylight through him in an in sta nt. 'iVhile strugg le between my horse and the fellow was proccecli ng, a new peril developed itself elsewhere, which in the surprise of the attack had escaped my notice. Two of the compani ons of the fellow who had attempted to stop rny horse were following rapidly and gainecl so markedly that I was not surprised when they began to climb i n t o the rear of my wagon Seizing my whip by the lash I jumped to my feet t o m:ike a determined struggJe for my life and property. Turning suddenly I dealt the nearest one a blow upon his head that made the very woods echo, and compelled him to drop ofi behind with oaths that. even in that desperat e moment made my blood fairly curdle So far from intimidating his companion, it seemed t o enrage him and drawing his p ist ol, he made a determined

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28 WILD WEST WEEKLY. effort to enter the wagon, my brave little horse the while, as if understanding the nature of the attack, dashing along as fl!.'lt 11.'l the efforts of the robber to check him would permit, and making violent efforts to trample him under his feet. Again I turned and dealt the second fellow a stunning THE PEDDLER'S RUSE By D. w. Stevens blow that compelled him to release his grip on the wagon, About three companies of my regiment were stationed a 1 and when I had done so I began to realize the fact that a few miles from the boundary that divides Canada from the :final e:fi'ort must be made to shake off the fellow in front, United States, and we had been sent there at the request or my doom Wl!.'l. inevitably sealed. of a number of settlers, who had suffered great damage from To him, then, I de v oted my whole energies. a gang of horse and cattle thieves. Grasping the reins of my brave little horse firmly with Our expected anirnl had been kept quite secret, and the my left hand, I plied the whip upon his back with all the very night we arrived there we had the satisfaction of trappower until it seemed to me that the blood actually followed ping seven or eight of these thieves; but four of the gang, each blow. among whom was the leader, showed fight, and managed to Suffering intensely from the pain thUB occasioned, he escape us, and were supposed to have concealed themselves jumped frantically forward like a wild horse on the in the intricacies of a large wood. prairie. We searched it, as we thought, thoroughly, but could discover no traces of them, and the chief of the police offered The ruffian saw my purpose, an.d in turn made almost one hundred dollars' reward for such information as would superhuman efforts to check my. horse. lead to their apprehen s ion. The struggle was a terrible one. The fellow woul d be This brought into our camp, two days after, an old torn from his feet and dragged along. Anon be would Yankee peddler, grizzled and white-haired with age, who regain his position and almost throw the little animal upon said that he was coming through the wood, taking his its haunches. courO'e hy the compass for the sake of shortening the jourThe two desperadoes in the rear followed on as rapidly ney, he had ente red a part that was so overgrown with ti;ees as their daz ed condition would permit, and occasionally that he had found great difficulty in forcing his way firing a shot at me by way of a gentle reminder that they through, but having at last succeeded, he found himself on were in the rear. the banks of a small lake, so shallow that it could be easily The struggle was a long and desperate one. waded, and that on an i slet in it he had seen three or four I continued to la s h my horse, and the fellow continued men emerge from a clilapidatecl shanty, and from the deto hang on and struggle to check him: I scription he had since seen he had not the slightest doubt It was a question of endurance, and in such a case the that they were the parties for whom the reward was animal must prove the victor. I saw that each effort the offered. fellow made appear ed to have less effect upon the horse Of course, this intellige nce produced great excitement, than the preceding one and thus encouraged, I called upon and the old man was feasted to hi s heart's content, and at my l!Oble little animal for one more gallant effort. the s ight of twenty dollars as earnest money he volunteered And nobly he responded. He seemed fairly to jump to guide us. through the air. Well we set out, and in about three hours rea che d the The ruffian's strength was exhau ste d and he cou ld do spot, and found, as far as description went, that the old n o more. peddler was right. W e saw the islet, and also the half Instead of longer being the oppressor, he was really at brokendown shanty upon it, but could see no trace of any my mercy. It was now in vain that he attempted to re gain his feet, and h e was being actnally dragged along, clinging the while to the bridle in his efforts to save himself from death. His grasp weakened, hi s st r engt h was gone he let go, and in a moment he w as under the horse's hoofs, his skull was cleft, and his bruised body passed under the wheels and was men. However, as the water seemed shallow enough, we plun ged in, and for the first fifty yards were not more than half-way llp to _the knee in wat er, but then it began to deepen sudden ly, and we were first up to our hips, and a second after the wate r reached our shoulders; and, to make matters worse, when we did reach the islet, we had such a difficulty clambering up the bank s and made so much i splashing and npise in doing it, that the thieves, if any I now drew my revolver and rehirned the fire w1th w,1ich hatl been there mus t have taken the lo st in the darkness. the two fellows in the lrnc'. entertained. me. At last we the islet, and then, to onr a ston ish-If e1 cr they ha.d any mte11t10n. of pursumg me f.urther, 1 rncnt. our gnjde was gone. after they saw tlje mangl ed and lifeless body of their com-At the moment we onJv thou"ht he had landed some panion, those pistol shot s sett led it. I saw nothing further place further on, and so pushed"' on and surrounded the of them. shanty We found the dead body of the rnffian but no trace of Onr captain peep ccl in and said: his companions was ever after found. "We are in l uck s wav boys; the rascal s are asleep. My adventure had one e:fYect, however, to make me Keep s ilen ce, and we have them without trouble." return once a gain and forever to my practice never to travel He put his foot to the door of the shanty, and it gave at night when I am out on my collecting trips. w ay directly-naturally enough, fo r the fastening had been

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J WILD WEST WEEKLY. gone l o n g a g o and in we a ll pa sse d, and s a w four m e n lyin g o n b eds of l e aves on the flo or S eiz e t he m crie d t h e captai n, hi mself catching on e o f the s leepers b y the thr o a t. "Ra ll o a he the m a n h e had grabbed "What's this? H a ng m e i f w e ain t be e n sold!" And sold we mo s t c e rtainly were by that c onfoun ded ped d l e r, who had stuffed his ungodl y b e ll y a s muc h a s he wished, poc keted tw enty doll a rs, and h e l pe d u s to a cquire four old sui t s of clothes stuff e d with l e aves. However, w e h a d o u r r e 1 e n g e about a mon t h a f ter for the fellow was c au g h t by t he police, an d a f t e r s ome fu r ther in v e s t igation was d i E core r e d t o b e the c hi ef o f the gang him s elf. THE WITCH IN THE WELL "Come N.anny, d o tell u s the Witch in the Well.'" e xclaimed Flo s ettling in a great rock e r b e fore the fire, and drawing out her c r o ch e t "Yes, you promi s ed it, and now's a sp l endi d time," s ai d Bob. O h y o u childr e n don't never think I've anythin g more important on hand than to fiddl e out stories fo r you," g r unted. old N rumy, as she sank into a corne r o f the huge c hi mney, knitting in han d "But i t is n't m uch to refuse, I suppose ; so h ere goe s -The Witc h in the Well. "Forty yea r s a go, c hi l dren, I lived o n the Bla nkfort estate, away a c ro ss the Blue Ridge N e ver was out o f o l d Virginia, honeys. "There was a great r eel stone hous e c hildre n with g ables and portic oes, c o vered with mo s s and vines "Ah, thos e w ere h appy da y s I was fiftee n years old the n. "Th e Blankford fa_mily had been scatter ed for a y ear, the master and mis su s travelin g in Europe, and ]\fa s ter Dick and Lida at s chool. "It was s ummer when my s to ry o c curr e d and the B lan k f ords had a ll c o me h ome. '"l'h e n I was m a de Miss Lida's maid. "Every one call e d me a beau ty ; and I was right sma'rt, brighter than I am now a n d had lon g straight black hai r M i ss Lida was fond of me, and she would have me with her alw ay s N ow, you see, sin c e the family returned, str an ge things h a d happ e n e d in an old drie d-up well u.u t h e place. "The fie ld serrnn ts tol d h o w a s t hey hnd seen th i n smo k e ri s i n g from it nft c r dar k, and wh e n t hey p ucke red u p c ourage enough to peep in they saw pale li ghts flickerin g on the mo ss-covere"d s tones below. "Old Wool swore that he heard a hissin g a n d b oiling from the place, as he passed at midni g ht. "One night, whil e th e s e rvant s w e r e u p wat ching, n t t welve precisely the old buc k e t b ega n to s lowl y ri s e "At first they all s cre ame d and ran P.way; but a s nothing appeared to t h em from a distance, they mad e bold to c r eep back and peep oYer the sidei::. "There hung the bu c k e t not si x feet below them and in it stood a terrible old witch, who spa rkl e d all over with li g ht. "Wh e n she saw them her snaky eyes snappe d and she pulle d herself up l ike lightning. ".Then t h ey all ran away scr eaming, an d while some fell fa i nting on t h e grass o t h e r s r a n to tell the f a m ily. "When the ma ster and miss u s and Mi s s Lida wit h a. crowd of s ervants after the m, re ac h e d the well all w a s still again; the bucket hung empty at the top t h e l ight and smoke wer e g one and ever y thing lqoked as usual "That night Miss Lida talked to m e a b out it, and s he s aid she was determin e d t o unravel t he myst ery. "After I blowed o u t the lig h t and w as lying very still, thinking of the transacti on, suddenly I s a w a pale light sh ining through the pane ls of the wall. 'Mi s s Lida,' whispe r ed I 'lo ok at the wall, qui c k.' "Without a word she touched the flo or like a feather, a.nd was over to the panels before I c ould speak a gain "Before she rea c hed it the light h ad vani shed and I was hanging on to he r begging of her t o g o t o bed a.nd not meddle with the witchcraft of the EVil One. "Ins t ead of t a k i n g m y advice s he told me to light her lamp qui c kly, and when I h ad done i t sh e examine d the pan e l s and trie d to shove t hem ever y way. "At last one slid aside, and w o saw a narro w pass age within. "Miss Lida looked s cared for a m inute, then s he h e ld the light abo v e her h e ad and gaz ed in. Nanny,' s he whi spere d, 'dress y ourself as q uick a a you can, but lea v e off your sho e s.' "We did s o tog e ther, and w h en Miss Lida motione d m e to foll o w softl y we s te p pe d in.to the passag e my l ady marc hing ahead wit h the lamp "rhe pas s age was hung w ith cobwe bs a n d the floor waa stre wn with b roken pla s tering. "On w e went without s o u nd, an d almo s t with out ligh t the w al k grow ing narrower unti l s u dd enly we reache d a fligh t of very n a rrow ste e p steps Dow n wen t Miss L ida, h e r gol de n hair shinin g faintly i n the light w hich sh e helu above it. A damp earth l y sm ell c am e up the stai r s whi c h so s care d me that I c augh t my lady 's ar m and in a whi s p e r begg e d her to turn b a ck. "\V e r each e d the b o t tom, fou n d a damp ston e passage which t urned t o t h e l e ft followe d it, desc e nded a noth er flight o f stairs-these last b e in g o f s ton e-and w hen about h alf-way down, h e a r d v oices in the d i sta11ce ":Thiiss L i da gave me a l o o k whi c h s ai d 'Be bra v e N a nny.' "Whe n w e r eac hed the bottom, we were in another st o n e p:is sagc, w h ich w ound r o und to the r i ght. "It a s faintl y li t, the voices grew louder a s w e ap pro ached and n o w w e c ould h ear th e cl i ck, clic k click, like a s i E m ac hin e ry was wor k in g i n the distance 1 "All of a s u d d e n we turned a c orner, and c ame in view of a doo r whi c h was unlatched, t hrou g h whic h poured a. l igh t ".\ f iss Lida s e t h er la m p on the floor, round the b end o f ihr. passage and then c re p t up to the c rack. "Just then w e fel t a curr ent o f ai r blowing on u s an d turning ab o u t, w e disco rered a ho l e in t h e pas s ag e -w a ll. W e cre p t t o it a nd l o o ked o ut, or rath e r loo ked up; ior o nly bl ack ness m e t us unt il we gaz e d a b ove, and then we saw a s mall ro u nd spo t of li g ht, L"1rough whi c h the moon li g h t shon e 'It i s t h e well Don't y ou see the bucket hanging up there?' e x claimed my mist resa in a n exc ited whi sper.

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80 WILD WES T WEEKLY. '"rhe n she crept ba ck t o t h e d o o r and l iste n ed. Well, to b e short c h ildre n, there she disc over ed a g ang of v illain s who were c oun te r feitin g money. "By their conver s ation s h e learned the whole thing; how on e h a d dressed up like an old and daubed hi mself w'ith pbosphonu, so as be would shine at nigh t and scare the servan t s who were becomi n g curious about the w e ll. "She learned how they had occ upi e d the h o use whe n i t was empty, before the Blankfords ca.me home an d h o w they were driven to look for new quarter s an d had discovered t he sec r e t pa s sage, and there taken up their abode. "Three minutes sufficed to show Miss Lida the who l e t h i ng and motioning me to follow, she too k up her lam p and hurried baak. "In three minutes she had woke up Mr Blankford, h er m am my, a.nd her brother Dick, and told the whole thing in sho r t order; a.nd in less than fifteen minutes Master Dick was galloping into town for a sheriff and men to captur e the g ang." ".And did they get them ? inquired two of the childre n at once. "Every mother's son of them answered old Nanny "The constables had b e en alter the m for months and the y never wou ld have caught them. if it hadn't been for the Witch in the Well" THE SN.AIL INDUSTRY salad like repast, i s served at about sun s et. A s nail's favorite dish is overripe melon, but this is rare ly g iven them. Qare m u st be taken that n o s nail s eat rose laurel, belladonna or other poi s onou s pl ants a.s such indi scre tions will result in serious illne s s for the people who eat the snails Late i n the autumn the snail s grow n 1 e r y fat, r e tire '1 withi n their s hells and c ork the msel v e s up b y the p roce s s of placing a thin partitio n over t h e open i n g It i s the n that the snai l raiser remoYes them from his park and places on t rays o r s creens, which, in turn, are pil e d in great s torehouses. H e r e the snails remain for sev eral months without foo d, o r until the wint e r market ca.uses the m to be b ro ugh t forth. S n ails in t h e trays a re examine d o ne by one D ead ani mal s a re, o f cour se, rejected a n d the "corks" o r barriers at t he en t r ance t o the shells of t hose alive ar e removed. Any e arth clinging to the s h e ll s i s b rus h e d off an d the sn ail s are treat e d t o a showe r bath. The next ste p in t h e p rocess of preparing sna il s for ma r k et is the cooki n g, whl c h t akes p la c e in a grea t pot c a pable of h o lding t hous ands of t he l ittle c r eatures. A s sna i l s must b e cooked and shi ppe d t h e same day, it follows that the snail peo p le a r e very b u sy at this time. After the c ooking t h e s n a il is removed from t he sh e ll and thoroughl y dried. .A.fter anot he r process o f cleaning the snail meat, reduced to a pruste, is p lac e d b etwee n l aye r s of unsalted butter with a seasoning of pa r sl e y Fin a ll y, the snails are packed in boxes containin g from fifty to three hundred each. Snails subsist principally upon a vegetable diet, e sp e c iall y The French were not the first to undertak e the rai sing leaves, and at the leading French snail nurseries, the most of s nail s for p rofit. Snail culture r eceiv ed the attentio n extensive in the world, the creatures are fed exclusi v ely o f the Roman s at the t ime of the ci v il war between Omsar upon lettuce, cabba g e and grass. and Pompey. Even at that time the s n a il s w e r e impri soned \ That snl!il raising is a profitable business may b e gathered in pens and fatte ned with a paste c o mposed of flour, boile d from the fa.ct that the average snail lays about sixty egg s w ine and o t her ingredien ts In the M i dd l e Ages snai l ea.ch year. Moreover, they grow with sch rapidit y that culture was underta k en on a large s c al e in Switzerland and they are ready for the market in six weeks a.fter hatching. the Austrian convent s where, during the Lent e n fa s t The site selected for a "snailery" is invariably locat e d alone, many thou.sands of the creatures were eaten eac h upon damp soil. There is an enclosure fenced with smoothyear. ly planed boards coated with tar a.nd supported as rigidly as possible to withstand the force of the wind. Inas much as it is the ha.bit of the snail when it encounters an obstacle in its path to settle down and l ay eggs, it is ne c e s sar y t hat the wood e n f e n c e surro unding the snailery shall extend t o a d epth of at l east e ight in ches below the surfac e o f the earth and that it s h all b e provi ded at the level of the ground with a eort of s helf or s houldel;' to further di s courage the burrowing propensities of the snails Sometimes more than ten thou san d sna i ls will oo found in a single snailery and t hat of mode rate s ize The months o f Augus t and April c onstitu t e the best pe r i od wherein t o stock a snail nurs e ry The ground i s d eep l y plou ghed and t he s n ails a.re cov ered with from t w o t o f our i n ches o f s traw and m oss, kept m oist by sprinkling. Heat and m o i sture induce the snai l s t o b;ury them selves i n t he ground or t o hide in bus hes till t he b reed ing seas on i s at hand. Feed ing o f the snail s in thes e nurseries is, of course, an im porta n t prop o siti on. Their p r oven der m u s t oo supplied dail y a t stated i n terval s but, as snails are deci dedl y noc turnal in their habi ts, their chief m eal, lU1 appet izing Subterra ne an an i mal lif e pre s ents m an y curious features. The life of the ani m al s o f the caves i s u nique. The s ub terran e an for m s of life develo p, rep r oduce and die en tirely w ithou t s unl ig h t .Among such forms of life there i s n on e of the mamma l form, e x cept a s pe c ies of rat; and there is no cave-bird. T h e n, to o none of the subterranean aninrnls requ i re m u c h n ou r ishment. The gre ater abun dan c e and varie ty o f this l ife i s me t i n grottoes with u nde r ground riv e rs Usuall y t he su b terranean li fe resemb l e s the g ene r al t ype s o f t he country. It has en t e r ed the caves and ther e become a cclim a ted unde;."going curious a d ap tive modificat ions. So it h appens that we g e nerally find, in mod ifie d forms, the life of our own time In some cav er ns however t here seem to b e disclosed the remains of an an c i en t anima l life tha t ha s ever y where else disappeare d fro m t e r r estr ia l r i v ers, li vi n g only in the ca verns The c r eature s o f m o dern s p ecies that h ave adapted themselves to under ground condit i ons are sharply differen t iated from the dwelle r s in the light. Their skin is of a whitish h ue, or els e t r a nsparent.

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MYSTERIOUS !'LATE LIFTER. Made of fine rubber, with bulb on one end and lnflator at other. Place It under a table 1 underneath, object rises mysteriously; 40 ins. long. Price, 25c. postpaid. Chas. Unger, 316 Union St., Jersey City, N. J. THE GERMAN OCARINO. A handsome metal instrn ... sweet music can be produced. Its odd shape, which resam bles a torpedo boat, will attract much attention. We send instructions with each tnstrun1ent, by the aid of which anyone can in a. Price, lOc. by mall, postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 2Cth St., N. Y. LOOK BACKWARD. Tho gre:itest novelty out. Enjoy yourself! Own one! When placed to the eye, you can see what is tak ing place in back and front of you at the same time. No need to wish for eyes in the back of your head, as with this o.rticle you can observe all that occurs in that direction without even turning your head. How often are you anxious to see faces in back of you or observe who ts following without attracting attention by turning around. This instrument does the trick for you. Lots of fun Jn owning a Seeback Scope. Price, 15c. each, in money or postage stamps. ()has Unger, 816 Union St., Jersey City, N. J, TIIE GREAT FIRE EATER. A great Sensational Trlclt ot t; the Day! With the Fire Eater tn his possession any pe1son can become a perfect salamander, aP, from his mouth, to t h e horror and of all behold ers. Harn1les s fun for all times, season& and places. If you wish to produce a decided scnsaUo-n in your neigh bor'hood don't fail to procure one. We send the Fire Eater with all the materials, In a handsome box, the cover of which is highly ornamented with illustrations in various colors. Price of all complete only 15c., or 4 boxes for 50c., malled postpaid; one dozen by expreos $1.20. N. B.-Full printed Instructions for performing the trick accompany each box, which also contains sufficient material for giving everal exhibitions. H. F. LA.i."10, 215 Walworth St., B'klyn, N. Y. SN AKES IN THE GRASS Something entirely new, consisting of six 1arge cones, each one nearly one inch in height. Upon light ing one of these cones w1th a match, you see somthing sim1lar to a. 4th of July exl1lbi-tlo n of ft.reworks. Sparks fly tn every direc tion, and a s the cone burns down it throws out and' ts surrounded with what appears to be grass; at the same time a large sn,ake uncoils himself from the burning cone and lazily stretches out in the grass, which at lo.st burns to a.shes but the snake remains as a curiosity unharmed. rrhey are not at all dangerous and can be set on: in the parlor tr placed on so1nc metal surface that wtll not burn. An ordfaai-y dust pan ans'.Yers the purpose nicely. Price o f the six cones, pn.clted Jn sawdust, in 1:1. strong wooden box, only lOc., 8 boxes for 25c., l dozen boxes 7Sc., sent by mail postpaid. M. O'NEILL, 425 W. 5Gth St .. N. Y. conncAJ, ItOBB.ER S'l'A1'1PS A complete sot ot five grotesque little people 1nade of indestructible rubber mounted on black walnut blocks. The ns urcs consist of Policeman, Chinaman, and other laughabl e tlgures ns shown in pictures. Aa each fiJ:;ure ts mounted on a sep:::.rate block, nny bey can set up a regular parade or circus by print ing the figures in different po<lons. With en.ch se.t of figures we send a bottle or colored ink. an ink pad and full instructions. Chlld.ren can stamp these pictures on their toys, plcturo books, novelty gott 1 up tn years. Price of the com p?ete set ot Stamps, with ink and I Jnk pad, only .!Oc., 3 sets for 25c., one dozen ooe .. l)y mail postpa!d. L Senaren.s, 3t7 Winthrop St., Brooldyn, N. Y. I Sc tr tlnllh; duhhi.t red cir gTeeD. .,... Lookl art ,...uand p l ... a.1 Drawl! ttati. tio n n1rywh1re. Prloe 01117 more. Wbotal11n tor tl.00....._B!I lllllustpaid witl' full lnstrnc tlons of pl01y. 1 CUAY This offer is for right now Enpe Slllea Co., Nashvllio, Tenn. Do You Want a Rifle as accurate nnd r eliab le !8 the world-renowned ./?J!!!!JJJglrJll-!/JE big game rifle that the fumous hunters use P The No. 6 single shot has tapered barrel, case-hardened frame, genuine walnut stock and fore-end, rifle butt plate, rear and tang peep sight. Shoots .22 short, .22 long and Jl2 lon g rifle cartridges: Also made to shoot .82 short rim-fire cartridges You '11 actually be surprised at its moderate price. Ask your dealer. FREE-Se t of targe(3, Write to-day l@mlngton;l/MC -the perfect shooting combination REMINGTON ARMS-UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE CO. !!99 BROADWAY New York City The new.22 "LESMOK" Caririd HUMAN ATONE. The Improved Hu mana.tone. This flute will be found to be the most enjoyable article ever ottered; nickel plated, finely polished; each put up In o. box with full instruction how to use them. Price, 18c., postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St. N. Y. THE CIGAR.---A new nnd startling trick. You ask a friend if he wtll have a ci;;ar; tr he says yes (which Is usually the case), you take from your poc1tct or cl gar case, an ordinary cigar, and hand 1 t to him. As he reache s out for it, the cigar instantly cHsappears right before his eyes, niuch to his astonishment. You can apolo gize, saying, you are very sorry, but that it was the Jast cigar you had, and the ch:'lnces e.re that h e will Invite you to smoke with him it' you will let him into the secret. It is not diJ.-ie hy sleight-of-hand, but the c1gn.r nctu ally disappears so suddenly thnt it is irnpossi-[ ble for the eye to follow it, and where it has gone, no one can tell. A wonderful il lusion. Price, lOc.; 3 fo r 2r.c. by mail, postpaid. Chas. SlG Union St., Jersey City, N, .J.

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IMITATION GOLD TEETH. e -iioraPTated tooth. shape made so that it will fit any tooth. I'rice. 5c. postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. I MICROSCOPE. Ily use of this wonderful little mi croscope you ca.n n1ar.-nlfy a drop ot stagnant water until you tsee dozens ot crawling ?nsects; is also use(ul for inspecting gra.Ln, pork, linen, and numerous other nrtJclcs. This little instrument do"s equally as cood wo1k :->s the best microscopes and is invaluable tC'I the household. Is made of be!>t flnishcd braes; oize when closed lx21f.: inches. Price, 3Vc 'L. Senarw, 3 47 Winthrop St., Brooklyn, N. Y. GET A LOCUST. Cllcl t!on oe,cn useful tools embra.. You can show the kntre and l' Ring, Pencil Sharpener, );a instantly draw it across your and Cleaaer, V./atc h Open finger, cuttingdeep \,1' Cllpper, Letter Opener a into the tlesh. The red blood Driver. Jt is not a toy. bu appears on the blade of the article, n1ade of cutlery st j knirc, giving a startling effect p ered and n1cke1ed. to the spectators. The J.cnif e will carry an edge the sam is rE'mo\c\l. and the anger is piece of cutlery. As a useful toot found in good condHiotJ.. Quite an el'fective I has ever bee n offered to the public t illusion. Prfce lOc. ench by mail. Price, lGc., 1nniled, postpn.id WOLFF NOVELTY CO., W. St., N. Y. WOLFF -ROUGH AND READY TQMBL WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. I DELUS10N TRICK. lively ---------------------A magic little box in three are. handsome: that is very mystify-rated with tJ' fng to those not tn tho t rick ting and with A coin placed on a piece of sll,er stars an paper disappears by dropping l:pon placing a nickel ring around il fron1 on any fiat su:-!ace and lilting It the the magic box. Made of ha!"ll begin a most wonderful p1.1rforn1anc<', wood two inches in dia1neter. Price, 12c. and tumbl!ng over each other r "'ld lll. G'NEI! .. L, ll' 56th St. N. Y. llIA...\rAG This interestingtoy is one of the Jo.test no,cltles out. It is In great de mand. To operate it, tho stem ls placed in your nlouth. You c1n blow into It. and at the s=tme lime pull or jerk llghtly ter from the spectntors. They ctr pear hnbued with life. Whs.t cnt-..>es cut up such antics is 2. secret tLat be known even to the owner of t subjects. If you wnnt some gerlu for a set of our tumblers. Price per set, lOc. mal A. A WAIU"ORD, 16 Ilnl"t St D THE on the string. The mouth opens, and It then cries just exactly in the tones of a Pft-.DLOCK. real liYe baby The sound is so human that A hanGGome padloclc. stamped it wot:.ld deceive anybody. Is out of pol1shecl steC'l. I t locks itPrice 1:.!c. each by tnail. self wnen the hasp is pressed I WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 '" .?Gth St., N. '\:, down into {be lock, but the puzzle is to unlock it. You can 1:1stantly I unlock it with the key, but no one not Jn the secret can unlock it. Yott can slip the h::'.RP through The 1nost re1narkable tri<' k -cif ;ir w o rld. It an1okes without tcbacco, gets smo.ll cr. Anyo11c can ha te o. fun with it, ir .vou presence of a person \\'"ho clls!ll-rn:!I of tobacco. 1 t looks exactly like o. fecto, and the s1noke is so 1eal bound lo closei:;t cbsen a. friend"s buttonho'.<.! :ind forc e him to wear It u nti! y o u relense VA:-'"ISHING PACK 01'' CARDS. You exhibit a neat black card case. you request from tho a11c11ence a rlnr<, a watch, or other jewelry ar ticlee. You propoS') to rlll the C3Se wtth a. pack of cn.rds. After B0l:().t;,Jj. It, although he may have the key to the l ock: or a boy an cl girl can be lock eel tnr;etl1 r.r by @lipping the hasp through a liu U on hole of their clothing Many other innnce:1t and amusing jokes can be perpetrate d with it uoon your friends and acquain I :inr e.c;. It is nOt only a strong', useful pad!ocl<:. hut ono of the best puzzles ever Full printed instructions sent with ea.ch loci<. ']'hey a r c a H. F. LANG. bonanza for agents, as the y C"nn he readily Price, 35'c. by mall, postpaid. 215 l\'a.lworth St.., N. Y. The best practic the season. Th i s buttonhole bouqt.et ,of artificial flowers whkh so closely natural flowers tha p erso n 1n a thous detect the differen nold for 25 cents each. Our pric'P, 15<-.: 2 for 25c.; one dozen, sent by rr.all, postpa!d. WOLFF NOVELTY W. 2Gth St., N Y u. FALSE NOSES. C'hani;e ycur ft:l,('(" JI a vi'! a ba!"rel of They lifelike reproductions of funny n o5'e s, nu1de of C"loth, w'txcd, and colore: u, N Y SURPI'.ISE KINE;}IATOGRA>?H. pla<'ing; the bouq,ue buttonhole you call the a.ttentlon o The hit of the t o beauty and fragrance. He season! It consists nf a naturalJy step forward and of smn.11 meto.l. nickele d t11be to his utter astonishment a. fine with n. lens eye v!ew, water will be thrown into his ra.c which shows a pretty 1 .1al-1 the wate r comes from is a mystery, Jet girl in tights. Hand have your hands at your side pr P H to a friend. who will be ancl not touch the bouquet in an deHghterl with the first pie-You cnn gl\'e one dozen or r ore ture.; tell h i m to turn the ghowcr bath without removi.. th screw fn center of lnstntfrom your buttonhole, and afte. th m ent to change the views. when a stream o f exhausted it can be in1medlatoly refl; water squirts into his face, much to his ells -out tt from yoQr coat. C gust. Anyone who has not seen thts k.in ema-be used in place of water when de tog:-aph in operation Is sure to be caug-ht have 1nany funny things In our every time. The instrument can be refilled nothing that excels this. Price, c with water in an instant, ready for the next a beautiful box, with full printed In customer. Price 20e. by mail. post111id. 2=.ic., or 3 for 60c. by mail, postpil WOLFF NOVELTY CO., r o W. 26th St., N. Y. Chas. Un;-er, 316 Union St., ;Jere:Y

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No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACUI,Ulll AND No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR. Ing a model locomotive: togethe r wi t h a fulldescrlpDBEAl\I BOOK.-Containtng t h e g reat oracle -Every boy should know how inventions origi-tion o f e v e rything an 0DJZ"ineer t;h Ould know. o t h u m a n destiny; als o the true mean i n g o f nate d T h i s book explains them all, g i ving N o 6 0 H O W T O BECOME A PHOTOGRA almost a.n y kind of dreams, together with in electricity, hydraulics, magnetis m PHE R -Containing useful information regard! charms, c e remoni es, a n d curl o u s games ot optics, pneumatics mechanics, etc. ing the Camera and how to work it; als o h o w c ards. N o 3 0 HOW T O COOK.-One of the most t o make Photographic Magi c Lantern No. 2. HOW TO DO TRIC K S. -The great i n structive books on cooking ever published. It and other Transparencies. Handsomely Illus book o f magi c a n d card tricks, containin g f ull contains recipes for cooking meats, fish, game, trated. I nstruction on all the leading card tricks ot and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all No. 6 2. now T O B ECOME A WEST POINT the d a y also the mos t popular magical lllukinds of pastry, and a grand collection of l\flLlTARY CADET.-Explalns how t o gain sions as p e rformed by o u r leading magician ; recipes. admittance, course of Study, Examinations, every b o y should obtain a copy of this book. No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A S:t;'EAKER.Duties, Staff of omcers, Post Guard, Polic e No. 3. HO\V TO FLIRT. -'l'he arts and Containi n g fourteen Illustrations, giving the Regulation, Fire Department, and all a b o y wile s of flirtatio n are f ully explained by t hJa different positions requisite to become a good shoul d know to be a cadet. By Lu s e n a r ens. little book. Besides the various methods of speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also contain-No. 6 3 HOW TO BECOllIE A NAVAi. handke rchi e f, fan gloYe, p a rasol window and ing gems from all t h e popula r authors Of prose CADET.-Complet e instructi o n s of how to gain ') .. ,., hat flirtation, it contains a full lis t of the and poetry. admission t o t h e Annapolis Naval A c a de1ny. language a n d sentiment of flowers. No. 33. HOW TO B EHAVE.-Contalnlng the Also containing the course of I nstruction, de-No. 4. HO\V TO DANCE l s the title of rules and e tiquette of good society and the scrlption of grounds a n d building s histo rical this little book. It c o ntains full instruction e3.siest and most approved ntethods of appear-sketch, and everything a boy should k now to in the art of d a ncin g etiquette i n the b all-ing t o good advantage a t parties, balls, the become a n office r in t h e Unite d States Navy. roo m a n d at parties, how t o dress, and full theatre, church, and i n the drawing-roo1n. By L u S e narens. directions for calling o ff In all p opular square No. 35. HOW TO l'LAl{ tiAl\l.E:S.-A com-No. 6 4. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAi, l\IAdances. plet e a n d useful little book, containing the CHL' No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art ot selfcomple t e without this wonderful little book. -Containing over fifty of the l a test and b est d e f e nse made e asy. Contain ing over thirty No. 4 2 THE BOYS OF N E W YORK STt:l\IP tricks used by magicians. Also conta i ning the Illustrations o f guards, blows, and the dlt!'er-SPEAKER.-Containing a varied a ssortm ent o t secret ot second s i g h t. F u ll y !llustrated. ent positions o t a good b o x er. Every boy stum p speeches, Negro, Dutch and I r i sh. Also No. 71. HOW TO DO l\IECHANICAL should obtain one o f these useful and instruc-end men's jokes. Just t h e thing for home TR.ICKS.-Containing complete inst ructions f0-r tiv e books, as it will teach y o u how to b o x amusement and amateur shows performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. Fully LOVE-LETTERS. No. 43. HOW 'l.'O BECOllIE A MAGICIAN. Il lustrated. -Containing the gran dest assortment of mag-N o. 7 2 HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH -A m ost comple t e little book containing tull lea! Illusions ever placed before the public. CARDS. -Embraclng all ot the latest and most directions for writing loveletters, and whe n A lso tricks with cards, i n cantations, etc. deceptivft card tricks with il l ustrati ons LAUIES.-Givtng complet e instructions for for any time and occasion ; embraciogLi11es o f Love, By A. writing l etters t o ladl e s o n all subjects; a lo No. 74. HOW TO WRITE J ,ETTERS COR-letters of Introduction, notes and requests. dings. 1 RECTI,Y.-Contalnlng full Instructions for No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It Is a g reat life secr et. a n d No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW 'l'.ORK !\UNwriting l etters o n almost any subject; also one tha t e v ery young man d esire s to kno w all S'l'UEL GUIDE AND JOKE BOOJi.-Somea n d c ompo sition. with about. The r e's happiness in It. thing new a n d v e r y I n s t ructive. Every boy No. 75. HOW TO BECOllIE A CONJURER. No. 14. HOW TO l\IAKE CANDY,-A com-should obtain thi s book. a s I t contains full -Containing tricks with Dominoes Dice, Cups plete h and-boo k for making all kinds of candy, Instructions for organizin g an ama t eur m in-and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracin g thirty-six ice-cream, syrups, essences, etc., etc. strel troupe. tllnstratfons. By A. Anderson No. 18. HOW '.CO BECOlllE BEAUTJFUJ,. N-0 46. HOW TO MAKE AND "USE No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY One ot the brightest a n d most valuabl e little .ELECTRICI'l.'Y.-A description o f tbe wondenul THE HAN D -Contalnlng r u l e s for t elling b ooks e v e r given to the wor l d Ever y body uses of electricity and electro ma.gnetlsm; together fortunes by t h e aid of lines o f the h and, o r wt she s to kno w h o w t o becom e b e a u tiful, both wi t h full instructions for nmking Electric Toys, B atthe secr e t of p a lmistr y A lso the secret or male and female The secret is s imple, and teries, etc. By GeorgeTrebel, A M M. D. Co ntain-tellfng future events by a i d o f moles, m arlt s TO ENTERTAIN AN EVEN-log O"Oer fifty lllnsirati o n s scars, etc. Illustrated. 8 "' ING PARTY.-A c o m p lete compendium ot No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIJ, game s sports, card diversion s, comic reelCANOES.-A handy book for boys containing Tricks as performed by leadin g conjurers and tatton s, e tc., suitabl e for par lo r or drawin g !uJI d i rections for constructin g canoes and the magicians. Arranged for home amusement. r o o m entertainment. It contai n s m ore tor the m ost popula r m anner of salhng them. Fully Full y Illustrated. m o n e y t han any book published. Illustrated. No. 7 8. HOW TO DO THE BJ,ACK ART.-No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-Glvln g rule s Containing a complete description ot the mys-most c omple t e hunting and fishing guide ever for c o n d ucting debates outlin e s for debates, terles of Magi c and Sleight-of-Hand, togethe r published. It contains full instructions about Questions for d iscussion and the best source!! with many wonderful experime nts. 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