Young Wild West and the detective, or, The red riders of the range

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Young Wild West and the detective, or, The red riders of the range
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Wild West Weekly
An Old Scout
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Frank Tousey
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31 p. ; 29 cm.


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Reprinted in 1927

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Bold Blackburn, 'ihe leader of the Red Riders of the Range, had played his suddenly heard some one calling to him, and turning he beheld Wild West and the detective beckoning to him.


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WILD WEST A Magazine Containing Stories, Ske.tches, Etc., of Western Life, 188ued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Application made for Second Class entry at tne New York, N. Y., Post OfJ!ce. Ente1 ed according to Act of Congren, in the year 1902, in the ojftce of the Librarian of Congre88, Washington, D. C., by Frank 7'o'U8ey, U Union Square, New York. No. 9. NEW YORK, DECEMBER 19, 1902. Price o Cents. Yoitng Wild West and the Detective; OR, THE R ED RIDERS OF THE RANGE. By .AN OLD SCOUT. CHAPTER I. HARRY HARPER. "Do you know anything about the young fellow they call Young Wild West?" This question was a s ked of the driver -0f the stage coach that ran between Spondulicks and Weston, two red-hot min ing towns situated in the s outhern part of what was then call e d Dakota Territory. The man who asked the question had climbed upon a seat beside the driver just as the outfit was to leave Spondulicks on its.regular trip to Weston. The driver siz e d his questioner up, and then, with a smile that was half pitying, said: "Do I know anything about the fellow they call Young Wild West? Well, I reckon I do He's jest about ther gamest piece of stuff that ever lived in these diggin's Why, stranger, he is only a boy yet, but he holds the name of being the r champion dead-shot of ther Wes t an' he's so cool an' daring that ther old boy him s elf wouldn't make him flinch. Then, ag'in, some people call him ther Prince of ther Saddle when they s peak of him. They call him that jest because that's jest what he is-he has neve r found his match at ridin' a horse Young Wild Wes t are a gentle man, too, stranger, but he would be a bad man to stack up ag'in, if you was in ther wrong." "Oh, I don't expect to stack up against him friend," replied the stranger. "I am much obliged to you for your information. I have heard considerable about Young Wild West, and I am going over to Weston on purpose to see him and have a talk with him." "You look as though you might be from ther East, stranger," and the driver cracked his long-lashed whip at the leaders, and the journey over the mountain began. "Yes, I am from the East. That is whf:lrC I was born and bred, but I have just come in from Denver, where I have been stopping a few weeks." "Then yer knows something about .ther cou ntry out here?" "Yes, a little." "Well, stranger, as we've got a good fifteen mile jaunt ahead of us, an' you seem to act as though you're gain' to sit up here with me, we ought to know each other, I'm thinkin'. My name is Shep Morey; what might yours be?" 0 h answered the stranger with a smile. "My name is Harry Harper." "Wall, Harry Harper, I 've taken a sorter notion to yer. Put here there!" and the driver changed the reins to his left hand and gave the passenger on the box a hearty shake. "Thank you. How far is Deadwood from here?" "About ninety miles, I reckon. Ever been there?" "No." "Well, it ain't much of a place Weston kin beat it all holler." "So I have heard. Say Young Wild West has started quite a business in Weston, I hear?" "Yes, he an' his friends staked out claims that adjoined one another an' then formed what they call ther Wild West Mining and Improvement Company. They built a nice


2 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DE'l'ECTIVE. shanty for an office an' put up shanties to live in. It are said that they formed thcr company to boom ther town, an' it did boom it, too!" "How many are in lhr company?" "I don't know. Lemme see. There's old Dove-Eye, who's one of ther firt;l men what located at what is now called Weston. He's a regular ring-tailed roarer an' honest ai:: ther day is long. He'::; thcr prefildent of ther company. 'l'hen there's Jim Dart, a young feller about thcr same age as Young Wild West, he's ther scckertary. Young Wild West is ther treasurer an' chairman of ther board of trus tees, which is rnatlc up of him an' a dandy scout named l'hcyenne Charlie, an another scout who came over from .Fort Bridger named Jack Robedee They arc all dead shoh;, an' it is said that ther five of 'em could lick a hundred Sioux Injuns or stand off a troop of cavalry. Young Wild We:-;L is thcr boss of 'em, an' what he says is never disputed by any of the company, or any one else what knows him, for that matter." "These people have cleaned out some pretty tough gangs, haven't they?" "I guess they have!" exclaimed the driver. "If it hadn't been for Young Wild West an' his crowd I reckon we wouldn't be ridin' along here without a guard of half a dozen good men. They've jest made it hard livin' for road agents an' renegades, they have. When Young Wild West starts in to hunt out a bad gang they might jest as well give in, for they always go. 'l'hey generally dance out of ther world with their feet touchin' nothin' to ther tune that's made by hol lead pills whistlin' through tber air!" "I see," and Harry Harper nodded as though he was glad lo hear such talk about Young Wild Wesl. Harper was a rather lightly built, athletic looking man of thirty. His keen, gray eyes and smooth face gave him the appear ance of an actor more than anything else, though it would be hard for the average man to judge what he was. His light hair was cropped close to a head which was top ped off with a straw hat, such as are worn by men who hail from the East, or where more polished society than could be found in that region holds sway. 'I'he baggy blue flannel suit he wore did not set off his form to any great advantage. It was about two sizes too large for him, and the pockets it contained seemed to be filled with bulky articles, which served to make it set upon him worse than it would otherwise have done. 'rhere was nothing to indicate that he c arried a weapon of any sort, though Shep Morey, the driver of the stage coach, would have been willing to lay a twenty-dollar gold piece that he had a shooter about him, and that he knew how to use it, too. Shep had sized him up with the conclusion that he was no tenderfoot, even if he was dressed like one. 'rhe stage coach did not have a great many passengers that morning. There were only four men and a woman inside and Harry Harper outside, in the company of the driver. 'I'he woman was journeying to Weston to meet her hus band anLl make her home with 11im there. She was about fifty, slout and rather crabbed, it seemed, as she wanted nearly the wl1ole side of the vehicle to herself, strewing that portion which she could not otherwise use with buTIC1les. The four men, who become acquainted in some way, smiled at her fussiness, and when the stage gave a sudden jolt and &ent some of J1er bundles on lhe floor one of them laughed outright. He was a dark, sinister looking man of forty, wearing a big slouch hat, and his upper lip and chin were adorned with a heavy bla<;k mustache and beard. "You needn't laugh, you black muzzled brute!" snapped the woman. "I didn't expect lo gel insulted when I got in this rig. I thought I was in the company of gentlemen." Only one of the men flu heel at this sharp remark. His appearance would indicate that he was one of the many who had come a long distance to seek his fortune in the Black Hills. 'I'hc other U1rec laughed heartily al the woman, and when tlw fcl1ow who had been abashed by her remark started to help her pick up the buncJles, they told him to slop. ''.Let lhe okl cal do that l1ersclf," said the man with the big slonch hat. "She has tried i.o make it unpleasant for us from the very start." 'l'he \\"Oman looked daggers at him, but said no more. She soon back into as comfortable a position a>< she could find and fell asleep. 'rhcn the four men got into a game of oards, which had to be played with no little difficulty, owing to the jolting of i be hard-riding vehicle. And so the time passed till the fork of the roads was reached. This spot was little more than half way to and was where a person coming from Weston could take hi" choice of going to the right to the prairie beyond, or the left to Spondulicks. Suddenly the man with the black mustache and beard reached over and seized the sleeping woman by the shoulder. A revolver appeared in his other hand at the same time. "Hand over what money and valuables you have got!" he l1issed. "Hurry up, you she-cat, or I'll let daylight through you!" Half asleep and nearly frightened out of her wits, the old lady gazed at him with distended jaws. The quiet man, who had been playing a losing game of cards with the other three, started to rise to his feet and in stinctively slid his hand toward his coat pocket. "None of that!" said the fellow next to him in a loud whisper. "Hold up your hands! You are in ther same boat with ther old woman !" There were three revolvers exposed to view now, instead of one, and it struck the man very forcibly that be and the woman were destined to be the victims of clever highway men. "Shell out-the pair of you!'' cried the villain with the "black muzzle," to use the old lady's words. "There isn't J


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DE'rECTIVE. 3 any fun about this, I want you to understand. If you don't shell out at once without making an outcry lhc three of. us will begin to shoot! You know what that means. You'll both die right where you are!" "Oh--oh--oh !" groaned the fat woman, and then she produced about thirty dollars in :m,oney and an old silver watch from sotnc hidden part of her clothing. "Is that all?" asked the leader of the robbers, as he bowed politely and took it. "Yes, an' I'm sorry it is so much," was the reply. "Here I've been starving myself an' travclin' as cheap as I could, so l would have a little left of what my husband sent me to get out here; an' now it is all gone! If I'd known this I'd have spent it all an' lived high on the way. Why don't you kill me, an' have done with it?" "Do you want me tb ?" and the robber made a move mi though he was going to shoot. "I dare you to, you black muzzled scoundrel!" was the retort in a defiant tone "Ha, ha, ha!" laughed the man. Meanwhile the other two men had gone through the other victim, and without further words they opened the door of the stage coach. The instant they did this the old lady began to scream at the top of her voice. 'rhis was what the robbers wanted her to do, for the driver pulled up the horses to see what was the matter, and that gave them a chance to leap to the ground with safety. Scarcely more than a second elapsed when they were out upon the ground and making for a clump of rocks at the side of the road. "Murder! Robbers!" screamed the woman; now becoming hysterical. Crack Crack Shep Morey, the driver, and Harry Harper, the passenger on the box beside him, sent a couple of shots after the fleeing villains. But they were not quick enough, and the bullets merely flattened against the rocks. "By the living jingo!" cried Harper. "I must say that I have been dompletely deceived by those three men. J I had known that they were robbets you can bet they would never have got away like that." "A very n eat trick they have played on us," replied the driver. "I wonder why they did not try to take the mail bags?'' '"rhey-Lookout Here they come again Start the horses, for we won't stand any show with that gang!" Out upon the road a score of riders suddenly dashed. They all wore red shirts and plumes of. the same color in their hats. Shep Morey no sooner saw them coming when he plied the whip and away went the om: horses hitched to the stage coach on a mad gallop. A volley was fired by the hor semen in red, but it did no damage, luckily for those in the vehicle. For some strange reason the band did not pursue the stage coach over a hunclrrcl yards, and it thundered over the rough mountain road. "I am just a little bit surpriRed at what has happened," said Rarpcr, as the horses wete brought down to a slower gait "Not much, either.'' ''We ll, l'm a whole lot surpr i sed," gasped Morey. "Them 'fellow s in red is somcthin' entirely new around these parts." ''Yes?" "Never seen or heard of 'em before." "Well, the chances are that ym.t will sec more of them if you keep on at the job you have now got." "Oh! I'll stick to my job, don't think I'm scared. But I'll have some good men to go with, you kin bet, especia lly when they mail has got much value to it, or there is a moneyed lot of passengers aboard." "That's the way to talk!" exclaimed Harper. are made out of the right sort of stuff, Morey. I like men of your sort." "Say, what kind of a man are you, anyway, Harry Harper?" "Oh! I'm all right, I gue s ." "! guess so, too. Why, you got your gun out an' fired afore I could." "That's because you had the reins in your hands, I guess." 'Well, mebbe it was, but you got ahead of me, anyway." At this juncture the woman inside 0 the coach began yelling like mad. She Jrnd dropped into a slight faint as the robbers fled, and now she had come out of it and was bound to make h er self heard. "Keep quiet, lady!" called out the ilriver. "I don't want to stop jest yet. There's a whole gang of robbers after us, an' they are liable to pounce on u s any minute! "She's one of them wimmin what's got no reason in her, or anything else," he added to his neighbor on the seat. "I E:ized her up ther moment I seen her comin' to git in ther rig. I wouldn't want to be her husband, hanged if T would!" Harper shook his head. "1 think it will be safe enough now to stop and quiet her," he observed. "All right, then. Jest' as you say," and Morey soon brought the horses to a halt. Harry Harper got down off the seat and told the woman that it was useles s ior her to set up such a howl. She had been robbed, but it could not be helped, and so on. "That's wI1at I've been tryin' to tell her," spoke up the other victim of the robbery. "They took everything I had, even to my tobacco. I feel bad over it, but what's the use of cryin' about it. She's got a husband in Weston to look out for her, an' I'll strike there without a cent." This remark, for a wonder, had some effect on the woman. "I shan't say any more," she exclaimed. "Go on with the horses! Them men might come back." The stage coach rumbled off again, and there was no further mishap on the way.


4 Y9UNG WILD WEST AND THE DETECTIVE. When Weston came in sight the outfit was on time, and a few minutes later it drew up in front of the post office. "Quite a town, I must say," observed Harry Harper, as he got ready to get down from the box. "You bet it is!" was the reply. "See that fine looking young feller talkin' to that old man over there?" "Yes. Who is he?" "That's Young Wild West." "Good! I will have a talk to him at once." Harper dropped lightly to the ground and walked over to where the boy and man were talking at the corner of the post office building. CHAPTER IL YOUNG WILD WEST HEARS ABOUT THE RED RIDERS. "Excuse me," said Harry Harper, as he stepped up. "Is this Mr. West?" "Yes," answered Young Wild West, turning and looking at the new arrival sharply. "Did you want to see me, sir?" "As soon as you are not engaged I should like to talk to you in private for a few minutes." "Very well. I am at your service now. What can I do for you?" Harper pulled an envelope from his inner pocket and handed it to Young Wild West. The young scout took notice that the envelope bore the mark of-the government and that it was addressed to Harry Harper, General Delivery, Denver, Col. "That is my name," Harper. "But read the con tents." Wild pulled a docur:ient out and read the following: c1H. HARPER, EsQ., DENVER, CoL. "DEAR Srn: From advices received from the various commandments of the forts in the West, I feel safe to recom mend a young man who lives in a town called w eston, and is known as Young Wild West. You will need the assist ance of a very shrewd scout and border man to assist you in breaking up the dangerous gang who have been operating in portions of Colorado and Nebraska, and it, therefore, will be to your interest to see this Young Wild West and engage his services. The gentleman in charge of the Government Secret Service Bureau has been authorized to honor all drafts you may make upon him, so that means that you are to spare no expense in e:ff orts to rid the country of the dangerous gang of law-breakers you have nickni).med the Red Riders. Weston is located somewhere in the neigh borhood of the mining camp called Deadwood in southern Dakota, and I anticipate that you will have very little trouble in finding it. "Hoping that you will make a success of your great undertaking, I remain, Yours, etc., "POSTMASTER GENERAL." rhe name of the official was signed to the document, too, and it bore the seal of the United State Government. When Young Wild West had read it over carefully he handed it back to Harry Harper, and said: "Mr. Harper, I guess I understand exactly. what you want of me; and I assure you that I will only be too glad to help you out all I can." "Thank you, Mr. West." "See here," remarked Wild in his free and easy manner, "don't call me Mr. West; Wild is good enough ,I don't care to be mistered, unless it is by some big coward, who is trying to put on airs, and goes a little too far. Then I generally want to be called Mister." "I understand you perfectly," replied Harper, with a smile. "I am only too glad to have the privilege to call you by your first name, but when I do so I shall expect you to call me Harry." "Oh, certainly. Harry Harper, Government Detective, I am real glad to meet you. I am satisfied that you are made of the right kind of stuff for the calling you have chosen. Shake !" "Thank you for the opinion you have of me. It does me good to be complimented by such a well known and young man as you are!" and the two shook hands in a waythat showed both meant exactly what they said. The driver of the stage coach was telling the bystanders of what had occurred on the way to Weston; the fat woman was crying hysterically in the arms of her husband, and 1he quiet man, who had been relieved of a,11 he had by the three robbers, stood by, waiting for Harry Harper to get through talking to Young Wild West. "What is this I hear?" asked Wild. "The outfit held up on the way over from Spondulicks ?" "Yes," replied Harry. "I forgot to tell you about that. We had three passengers to leave Spondulicks with us whom I never dreamed of being anything but plain, ordinary pas sengers. They proved to be real robbers, though, and I have reason to believe that they belong to the very gang I am after." "Yes? What makes you think that?" "Why, right after they made their escape from the stage coach about twenty horsemen charged down upon us. Each man wore a flaming red shirt and had a plume of the same color in his hat. That is the way the Red Riders showed up in Denver, where we drove them from. I learned that they were headed this way, and that is why I wrote to head quarters at Washington for advice. The three men were probably the last to arrive, and they traveled under the guise of honest men." "I see," said Wild. "I thought it was about time we had some more trouble around these diggings. Things have been going on altogether too smooth the past few weeks. Where did these Red Riders show up on the way over from Spondulicks ?" "Right at the fork of the roads. There is a place there that leads down from the top of the range right there, and I think they came right down from it." "I know where the place is perfectly well," replied Young Wild West. "That range runs back for miles and it is a very wild place-almost unexplored, I will say, for I have


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DETECTIVE. never been all ove1 it myself. It is full of dangerous I "Come on in!" cried out Wild in a friendly tone. crevices and precipices are on every hand. l the Red "Come in l W c want you to give us an idea of how the Riders have iaken the top of the range for their hangout three robbers looked." lhey will have to be mighty careful or they will fall a mile "I kin do that easy enough, since I was playin' cards with or so downward and save us the trouble of using powder and 'em," was the answer, as the man came in and sat down on lead on them." a bench. "Probably some of them are acquainted with the lay of "Well, just tell us, then." the land up there." "Well, the leader of 'em was about his size," and he "Tha. t might be. There have been a ew outlaws to es-pointed to Cheyenne Charlie. "He had a black mustache cape death when the several bands that existed in these an' chin whiskers, an' looked as though he might be a pretty parts were broken up. There might be some of thel'!e tough man. He was mighty quick at drawin' a gun. The among the Red Riders." other two were about my size, only both of 'em were a little Wild now turned to the old man he had been talking to, stouter. They had smooth faces an' were also mighty quick who was no other than old Murdock, the grandfather of his about gittin' their shooters out." sweetheart, pretty Arietta Murdock, the postmistress of "But they wouldn't stay and face the music," observed Weston. Harper. "It took three of them to rob an old woman and "Pop," said he, "this is Mr. Ilarper. He is going to stop one man. When they had done this they jumped out and with me over at the house for a while. Mr. Harper, Mr. ran for the cover of the rocks." Murdock, one of the old pioneers and Indian fighters of Fort "That's it, exactly. Say I I f0llowed you over here, be Bridger." l cause I thought maybe you'd see you couldn't get me a "Glad to make your acquaintance, Mr. Mur

' YOUNG WILD WES'J' AND THE DE'l1EOTIVE. it in your fingers this way and walk over by that big rock." foreman of the company, came along he was introduced to "You are goin' to shoot it out of my hand?" "Yes, and if you find it after I shoot it's yours." ".All right, mi1 went to dinner. CHA P'rER III. THE OUTLAWS AND THEIR HEADQUARTERS. revolver, Wild took a quick aim lltld fired. We will follow the three men who julnpcd out of the As the shot rang out the ten-dollar gold piece flew from stage after robbing the man and woman inside it. the man's :fingers and struck the top of the rock with a i'ing. When they darted behind the clump of rocks and nar" Thank you!" exclaimed the man, as he picked up the rowly missed being hit by the bullets fired at them by Harry money and placed it in his pocket. Harper and the driver they seemed to be much elated. "I guess you have got nerve enough to be a bartender "This is the place!" exclaimed the fellow with the black Go over to the Gazoo and tell Brown I you there to get mustache and chin beard. "I know it is, because I have got a job." it laid out in a regular map on paper. Now, I wonder "Who will I say sent me?" where my men are?" "Young Wild West." "If they arc around anywhere the shootin' ought to bring "All right, sir. I'm ever so much obliged. If t get the 'em out,'' said one of the others. "Ah! here comes a lot of job I'll do my level best at it." horses now!" "And } ou kin stake out a claim an' work on between Sure enough, all at once there was a clattering of hoofs times," added Jack Robedee. "You had better buy a and the next moment the red-shirted band appeared. They shooter at ther supply store with that ten dollars. You came right down a steep, bui rather short incline, and were might need it, you know, in your course of duty.') about to halt when they saw the three men standing there. "All right. I'll take your advice. Thank you all, gen"Go on out, boys, and give that stage coach a dose of lead, Hemen You have used me right, an' I won't forget you just to let them know that the Red Riders of the Range have for it. Maybe I will have the chance to do omething for showed up for business!" you some day." The valley was fired with the result already known to the "I guess he will make out all right," remarked Rarry reader, and a little later the band came back. Harper, as Sedgwick walked away. "lie was little dis"Welcome to Bold Blackburn, our gallant captain, boys!" couraged at losing all he had, I suppose. But now that he eried the horseman in chatge of the band. "Three cheers has got a little start, and knows that he has friends here, he for Bold Blackburn, the captain of the Red Riders of the will get along all right." "If a man can't get along in Weston he can't nowhere else on ther face of ther earth!" exclaimed Cheyenne Charlie. "A hustler is bound to git rich here if he only sticks at it awhile." Hange !" The dark villain took off his broad-brimmed hat and bowed smilingly to the right and left. "Thank you, boys I Now to the snug retreat you have prepared for me in our new hunting grounds. I have two "I guess that is true enough," replied Harper, as he new recruits, who must join our band in the regular way, looked over the town from where he stood. "I haven't seen though I vouch for them until they have passed the ordeal a town of its size that can equal this one since I have been in and taken the oath." the West." The Red Riders dismounted at a word from the man in Wild sent Jack over to the hou e to tell his Chinese cook charge, and then, leading their they walked up the that he must prepare rood for one more until J'nrther notice, narrow pass to a more level spot. and then sat down and held a private conversation with Harper for about an hour. Here a magnificent gray horRc was found tied to a ling, and without a wor.d, Bolcl Blackburn ran to him anr1 By that time it was noon, and when Walter ,Jenkins, the began to caress the animal


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DETECTIVE. '1 It was his well trained horse, and the villain was glad to leader emerged into a big cave which was lighted by meanR set eyes on him again, for at one time it had looked of a crooked split in the top through which the sun shone. though he would never be able to join his band, so hot upon his track were the minions of the law. The horse knew him, too, and welcomed him as only an intelligent horse can. "The other two will ride double with some of you," said the captain, as he vaulted into the saddle. "I guess we can make out all right. 'rhis was soon settled by the two climbing up behind on two of the larger horses who had light men upon them "Here we arc, cap!" he exclaimed. "What think you o.f this place." "Excellent! It could not be beat!" was the reply, as he looked around and noticed several hollows on the side which answered for sleeping places .for the men. One end was used for a stable, and at the other a stream flowed across it and went dashing down the rocks through a split in the rock. "It couldn't be better ii it was made to order," said the Then, with his trusted lieutenant by his side to show him captain of the Red Riders. "I congratulate you fellows on the way, Bold Blackburn rode at the head of his men for a having such good choice in selecting a hiding place for our hidden retreat on the ridge. band." "How far is it, Weissert?" asked the captain of the man "Glad to hear you talk that way, cap,'1 retorted the lieubeside him, who was a scoundrel of German extraction with tenant. "A compliment from the boss always makes the more scars upon his body than he had fingers and toes. gang feel good, you know." "Just two miles from the trail, captain," was the reply "I suppose so. Well, you know me well enough to focl "'The way is dangerous to those who have never gone that quite sure that when I say a thing I mean it." way, but to those who have it is easy enough. You will When Bold Blackburn had made a thorough examination see how easy it is." of the place he came over to where the two new recruits The captain kept his eyes open, taking in his surroundwere standing, and said: ings with a great degree of exactness as he pa ssed through "Well, I suppose you fellows are anxious to become iull-the wild country. :fl.edged members of the gang?" Now and then lhey were forced to pass around narrow "That's it, cap," replied one of them. "We would like to turns at the edges of dangerous cliffs, and then, again, the git ther thing over with as soon as possible, an' then have a way would be p,erfectly level and unobstructed. bite to eat." After many turns the two miles were covered and the "Ah, that reminds me that I am hungry, too. Hey, band of men were at the entrance to the cave that had been there, Weissert. How about something to eat?" selected for a rendezvous. "A fine place, Weissert," said Bold Blackburn, as he looked about him with a critical eye. "Right away, cap," was the answer. "We've got venison an' grouse for dinner, an' plenty of ther grub, too. It won't take a great while to you up a meal fit for a king. "Yes, cap, that's what I thought when we selected it the There's plenty of good fresh corn bread an' coffee to go wilh other day. It was a good thing that one of our men had it, been all around this part o.f the country before, or we would "'l'hat will just suit me. I don't care how soon you get never have got here." it ready, either." "There are just enough oaks, pines and rock crags to The outlaws hustled about and a fire was soon started. make it picturesque. How do we get into the cave? I They had stocked up pretty well with .wood, so th'is was must admit that I don't sec anything that looks like one quite an easy thing to do. yet." "That is the best part of it, cap. It could never be dis covered, unless by accident. You see that big stump over there?" ''Yes." "Well, now come on. We must go single file now." Weissert rode ahead straight to the stu!llp and rounded it, coming squarely before a narrow cleft into the rocks. Right into this he rode and the next minute they were It was not very long before the fragrant aroma 0 boilinP cofl'ee and the appetizing odor of venison and other game that was being broiled pervaded the atmosphere throughout the cave. When the meal was at length ready the captain and the new recruits were the first to be served. Bold Blackburn lighted his pipe after he had finished eating, and took a walk around the cave. Pretty soon Weissert, his lieutenant, came up to him. entirely out of the sunlight. "The men are anxious to sec the new ones talie the test :U'or perhaps fi.rty feet they rode along, and then the 1 and the oath," he said.


8 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DETECTIVE. "All right," was the reply. "We will attend to it at Before being blindfolded the candidates had been obliged once, and have it over with. The two men are all right; I to give up all their weapons, .and the lieutenant now stepped 1am positive of that, because I have them, and one of forward and handed them each a revolvor. them I knew years ago." They took them, wondering what was coming next, since "Oh, none of the men doubt that. You see, the initiathe weapons were not their own. tion being a new thing, they are anxious to see how it looks "Gentlemen," said Bold Blackburn, "

YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DETECTIVE. I The fellow howled piteously when he was seized and sure that there is always a man on guard who can keep hi s braced against the wall, but not one of the villains paid the eyes open. This applies to now and all the time least attention to his cries. "You kin depend on me to see to that, cap." was the "Bob Burgess and Stitch Sprague, you have my word for reply. it that this man is a traitor. Step forward and do your This much having been to l d of the R ed Rid e r s of the duty !" Range and their hidden headquarters, it will b e see n that A deathly silence followed the words, but only for the Young Wild West and the detective had no t as k ahead space of a second. of them. Then the twoo new members stepped forward a few feet There was bound to be lots of hot and dange r ous w ork beand began firing at the helpless fore the outlaws would be driven from t h a t sectio n and At the first two shots the man rolled over upon the floor there would be plenty of fight i ng and strate gy needed to with a groan, but they

10 YOUNG WILD WES'l' AND THE DETECTIVE. I know. Besides, some 0 them might think you are a ten"I should like to try my luck at faro for about fifteen dcrfoot, and then, if the ones who think so Jrnppen to be minutes, if you don't mind," remarked Harper, as he no drunk they will probably try to make you dance for th eir ticcd the sign over the door as they entered the plMe. amusement, or something like that." Harper smiled at this. "I have been taken for a tenderfoot several times," he said. "Over in DeI_Jver I got into the worst muss I was ever in, just because I objected to having a big ellow pour a glasR of whiskey down the back of my neck." "Had to .hoot him full of holes to learn him manners, I suppose?" "Yes, after I knocked him down with my fist he shot at me a couple o.f times, and or :fear that he might accident ally hit me, I gave him one that sett led him." I "That is the only way to do it, but I suppose your people. in the East would be horrified at anything like that?" "Yes, the majority of them would never get used to the ways of the Wild West." "Ever have any luck at the game?" Wild asked. "No, but I can't say that I have ever lost anything." "Well, I don't recommend it as a game for any one to play, but seeing that you are interested in it, I will go in with you and take a turn with you, if you will agree to stop when I say the word." "I will do that," replied the

YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DE'rECTIVE. lJ "l'm glad you come in, Mr. Harper," said Shep. "So am I," was the reply. "Won't you try your luck, Mr. West?" asked the dealer with a bland smile. "I rcclwn that you are considerable "What's the matter, Shep?" asked he. "Ain't you going to stop? I thought when I saw you coming that you was ater 'the money we bet last night." "No, I ain't ater ther money," was the retort. "It's ahead 0 the game." yours, or I went broke in less than fitcen minutes ater you "HI am, I want to slay that way," answered Wild; "but let last night." since you would like to see me play, why, I will take a hand. "Then you haven't got enough to take us over to the It strikes me that the ace of diamonds is due to turn up Gazoo and treat us this morning?" again, and I will place just five hundred dollars on it." "No. I ain't got a cent. I'll manage to make out somcThe dealer got just the least bit uneasy as Wild counted how, though, till I git over to Spondulicks this afternoon out the money. Re had seen him play before, and he had never seen him lose. The young scout made the bet not because he really elt it was a sure thing that the card was going to turn up, bul just to get the dealer rattled. ai:i' see ther boss." "Come here, Shep. I am going to give you your JUOney back. I was only fooling with you last night when I bet with yon. I wat.> quite sure that you would lose all yotJ. had i you stuck to the gau1e, and l could see that you meant lo do that. 1 bet you just so you would have some money this 'rhen he depended on the luck that usually followed him morning. Here's your two hundred dollars. Now, then. to win. be care-Ul how you bet, and also don't bother the aro bank 1'he cards were dealt, ancl sure enough, the ace cf cliamoucls came up f!gain. Both Harper ancl Shep had put money on the same card, and they raked in their full of glee "Now," said Wild, "I am going to try it just once more. Toss out lhe pasteboards." The cards were dealt and then he placed five hundred on the jack 0 hearts. Harry and Shep also bet on that card. But it ailed to turn up. "I am just even on the two deals," observed Young Wild too much. lots of money in faro banks, but you can rest assured that there's none Urnre or you." The man did not want to take it, but Wild on it, ancl he finally dicl. "Now I'll take you over an' stand lrcat for unything .mu want,'' he said. "Much obliged, but I don't drink anything ctrong mysolf, 1md I guess Mr, Harper don't care or anything so early in the morning." "That's right," chimed in the detective. "Oh! Well, some other timo maybe you will take a West, loucl enough for every one in the room to hear him. smoke or something with me," and Shep walked away, ap "Now, as I haven't the time to play any more just now, I parently more than pleased at getting his money back. am going to quit. Come on, Harry." "I bet that will be a lesson to him," observed the dctec" All right,'' answered the detective, who was a few doltive. lars ahead. "I am through." "I meant it to be," replied' Wild. "A great many people "I ain't, not by a jugful!" cried Shep Morey. "I am become so infatuated gambling that it ruins them en goin' to break ther bank, or let it break me." tircly. For my part, I never allowed mysel to become car" See here, Morey," said Wild, taking him by the arm; ried away with it, though I have done considerable of it, "I'll just lay you two hundred dollars that the bank breaks and know about every gambling game that is going." you inside 0 hal an hour." "I must say that what you have just saic1 has done me a "I'll take that bet, Young Wild We t," was the quick whole lot of good. Though, as I said before, I have never reply. "Here's the m

YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DETECTIVE. Two men came in mounted on fine horses, which, by the looks of them, bad not been ridden very far. This alone was enough to make our hero feel a trifl,.e sus picious, but when he noticed the jaunty, independent air of the riders he was sure they were of the kincl who make trnuble. They might have been taken for wealthy cattle owners or gamblers, for there was a certain sporty appearance about them that could not be denied. Both men wore their hair long and had smooth faces. Young Wild West was standing in front of the post office talking to Arietta Murdock, ancl Harry Harper was at the Gazoo when the strangers rode in. for nearly every man present was acquainted with Young Wild West, and they knew he would take no fooling from the stranger, who seemed to possess such a loucl mouth. "No, I never touch whiskey," repeated Wild quietly. Harry Harper shifted his position uneasily. He had not been acquainted with Young Wild West but a few hours, but he had known him long enough to feel quite certain that there was going to be trouble right away. The cool, easy way the boy had, when others would have begun to show their anger, showed just how dangerous he was. Brown must h( realized, too, what was coming, for he began taking his bottles from the shelves and placing them When Wild saw them dismount and hitch their horse s to under the bar. the tree at the corner of the Gazoo Hotel, he made some ex-Doc Dempsey looked at Wild for a moment and mistook cuse to the pretty postmistress and walked leisurely over. He was just in time to hear a voice exclaim: "Step up, everybody, and have a drink! I am Doc Dempsey, the cattle raiser of Nebraska, and I am making a tour of the country with my right bower, Stitch Sprague, the champion lariat slinger of the West! Everybody drink now, and be sociable." Old Brown and hi s new bartender, John Sedgwick, were hustling to get the drinks on the bar when Wild stepped in. Brown was a shre.wd man. It made no difference to him whether the strangers were what they represented them selves to be or not; he had reason to believe that they had lots of money, and that was what he was after. "Hello, Young Wild West!" cried the new bartender in a tone that showed how glad he was to see the young fellow who had got the job for him. At this the stranger who had been doing the talking turned and gave Wild an insolent stare. CHAPTER V. WILD AND TI-IE DETECTIVE RIDE UP TIJE l\IOUNTAIN. the calm expression on his face .for one of fear. "By ginger!" he exclaimed. "A dandy looking chap like you are ought to drink whiskey. Why,.i.f you had the nerve you would make a regular fighter." '"I'hat is only your opinion of me," was the calm reply. "Most men like to drink whiskey, but I don't. As I said before, I never touch it, and I never mean to, so long as I have my right senses. I have seen more than one good man go to his death all on account of whiskey." "No doubt you have, my boy. It may be that you will kick the bucket yourself some day on account of whiskey. Just suppose that I should hand you a glass of whiskey and tell you that unless you drank it I would put streak o.f lead through you; what would you do?" "I wouldn't drink it," and with these words Wild walked away, as though he did not want to talk any further about it. "Give us another drink-all around, landlord!" cried Dempsey. "A small one for the boy. I guess I will be able to induce him to drink it." Wild now walked out of the door and stood against one of the posts that held up the shed in front of the shanty hotel. Brown breathed a sigh o.f relief, for he knew now that the shooting would take place outside, for he was sure that the bullets would begin to fly shortly. 'I'he detective was about to follow his young friend out "Come, boy, you are just in time,'' said the man who when Dempsey pushed his way to the door ahead of him. called himself Doc Dempsey, the cattle king. "Have a The so-called cattle king, who so Cull nf braggadocio, drink of benzine with us!" had a glass of whiskey in one hand and a revolver in the "I am much obliged to you, but I never touch it," replied other when he went out of the door. the boy very civilly. Probably he only meant to have a little fun with the boy, "What! Don't touch whiskey, eh? What in thunder but that sort of fun did not go with Young Wild West. are you rigged up in imitation of a sporting ranch owner "See here, What's-your-name," he said. "I've been good for then?" enough to bring your whiskey out to you; now I want you to A hush came over the crowd as this question was asked, drink it."


YOUNG WILD WEST AND 1'HE DETECTIVE. He held the glass above his head, evidently to show how ing excitable at the start, he was now as cool as a cucumber, tempting it looked, and, quick as a flash, Wild whipped out apparently. his revolver and shot it from his h\lnd. "Whenever you are ready I am," remarked Young Wila The whiskey and some of the broken glass flew into the man's face, temporarily blinding him and taking him com pletely by surprise. "Furies!" he cried, dancing about like a wild man and wiping his eyes with the sleeve of his coat. In about a second he was able to see, and with a leap that have done credit to a panther, he darted for Wild. But his gaze met the muzzle of a revolver, and a calm, smiling face behind it, and he stopped still in his tracks. "Who in blazes are you?" he asked, nervously fingering ,.,. the revolver he had in his hand. West, still keeping his man covered. "All right," was the reply. "Landlord, just fetch me another glass of whiskey." Brown did not wait to be told twice. He went in after the drink just as though it was an order from a customer who wanted to drink it, instead of holding it up to be shot at. The glass, which was one of the thick, clumsy sort in use in that part of the country, was soon brought out. Dempsey took it and was just in the act of raising it above his head when Young Wild West's revolver cracked twice in "I am Young Wild West, at your service,'' was the reply. rapid succession. "I heard some one call you that when you went into the The first shot shattered the glass into a hundred pieces bar; but who in blazes is Young Wild West?" and the second hit the revolver Dempsey had and knocked "I am! Is there anything further that I can do for you, it from his hand! Cattle King?" The man was as much astounded as he had been the first "Yes,'' was the quick retort. "I would like to see you s hoot another glass of whiskey out of my hand." "Go and get one and I will oblige you." "Do you mean that, Young Wild West?" "I do. I never offer to do a thing that I am not ready to do. You get the glass o.f whiskey, and I will shoot it out of your hand. You talk as though you did not see me when I did it before." "Well, I might a s well admit that I didn't see how it was done. But, young man, if you try it again, look out for one of your ears! I might shoot one of them off for you." "Don't worry about me. Just be on the lookout yourself. I'll guarantee that if one of my gets shot off by you it will be the last time you will ever press the trigger of a shooter. You opened up this game, and I want you to dis tinctly understand that I am ready to see it through to the finish." "I like to hear you talk that way," and there was a con fident smile on the face of Doc Dempsey as he said it. There was not the least doubt that he possessed plenty of grit. The man Dempsey had introduced as his right bower, had come out with the rest of the men. The expression on his face showed plainly that he would like to send a bullet through the heart of Young Wild West, but he knew that if he so much as pulled his revolver he would drop in short order. He could tell by the looks of the men that the sympatliy time. Neither of his hands had been touched by the bullets, but both glass and pistol had been shot from them. "Are you satisfied"?" questioned Wild. "Don't eye that shooter on the ground. It belongs to you, I know, but if you make a move to pick it up till I tell you to, I'll drop you dead in your tracks i Now, then, I ask you again, are you satisfied?" "Yes,'' was the rather meek reply. "Then. pick up your and come in and have a smoke with me. I am going to smoke myself, but you can take whiskey if you want to." Doc Dempsey picked up the revolver and placed it in the holster without another word. Then he went inside with the crowd and took his whiskey straight. Wild paid for the drinks and the cigars, and then said to the detective, who had been taking in the scene with a great deal of admiration : "Shall we go now, Harry?" "Yes," was the answer. "I guess the excitement is all over." As soon as they 'were outside, he added in a whisper to Wild: "That fellow has a wig on. That long hair is not his own." "I am of the same OP.inion." "You are? I did not think you noticed such things." was with the boy. "Oh! I notice most everything that's going on. I have Though the so-called cattle king had shown signs of beto, you know. Suppose I had not noticed that Doc Demp-


YOUNG WILD WES'I' AND THE DETECTIVE. 3ey had his revolver ready to bore me the moment I fired at you are hired to do in the day time, You must always rethe glass?" member one thing, though, and th[lt is that I allow my "Well, that is a little different. But throwing all jokes watchman no whiskey during the night. Ike, if I was to aside, don't you think that those two men might belong to catch you briuging any here I would discharge yoti on the the Red Riders ?" spot." "I wouldn't be the least surprised if they did. If they "I know dat, Marsa Wild. I done bring no whi:;key here are, Dempsey, as he calls himself, must be the leader. He but dat what I had for to drink ober at de Gazoo after has come in town just to hunt up some information. A supper." fellow can stand around and learn a whole lot, you know.'' "So you did bring some home with you, after all, then?" "Yes, an idea could be got of how much the mail that "Yes, sah, but it done be inside ob me." goes out to-morrow is worth. Some of the miners have a "Well, you musn't bring too much o. it around here inway of telling everything they know. Just before you came side of you, either. Just remember that." in the Gazoo a fellow was telling how he was sending two "Oh! Ise neber drink any more den a quart in one day, hundred dollars to his wife, so she could come on from Ohio. sah be knows enough for dat." Now, suppose the Red Riders shoukl get hold of that? This caused both Wild and Harry lo laugh. They might think it worth holding up the stage coach." Then they set at it and soou had the two hori;c:; saclclled "As sure as you live. That much, with what they could and bridled, ready lo start. get out of the passengers, would make it pay them handInstead of being fractious and inclined 1o kick, W:ild'a somely." hori'e was as gentle a:; a kitten when he buckled the girths "Well, Wild, I am ready lo take a little ride on the about him. mountain to-night. What do you ?" He knew the very Rlep of hil" master, anrl il is safe to say 'It will just suit me," was the reply. "My little oxperilhal be would not bavc acted so gentle if it had been any Pnc:c with Doc Dempsey just now has got me iu tl10 humor one else who had .come lo take him out. for something livelier. Only just you and I will go." Two minutes later Young Wild Wesl and the detective ''Yes, that will be enough for to-night. We may be were riding up the trail that ran around the side of the to find out pretty near where the band is located before we mount'ain. get back. I suppose I can borrow a horse from one of your "We will ride along till we come to the junction of the ..... partners?" "Certainly. You can take Jim's. Ho is so busy court ing his girl that I am sure he won't want to. use him tonight; and if he does can borrow some one else's." This part of it being sett led, the two walked over to the roads, then go it a little cautious," remarked Harry. "That's it. Now, remember, I am out with you, and I expect to act under your instructions.'' "That is not what I got you to help me in this business for; I expect to bo advisefl by you. You know more about stable in the rear of the office and found a man who was hunting down outlaws than I ever dreamed of." employed to keep a watch there every night playing cardR "Well, I shan't give you any advice unless I think it with a friend. He was a man who could always ho trusted, and Wild knew it. Otherwise he would not have got the job. Wild's handsome sorrel stallion, Spitfire, was too valu able a beast to be left in any stab le without a guard. necessary. I promise you that." "All right. Say! it is clouding up, isn't it? I guess i.t is going to rain."-< dark as a pocket. "That's all right," said Ms boss. "T don't mind if you Just as they reached the close vicinity of the forkK of lhc iit np all night and play cards, so long as you do the work road u light rain began to fall.


YOUNG WlLD WES'r <\ND 'l'UE DETECTIVE. 15 'l'hty allowed lhe to walk on till the fork was the men making the attack wore reel shirts and had plumes rC'achcd, ancl ihcn wild. called a halt. of the same color in their hats. "I think it would. be a good idea to stop under the shelv"The Red Riders!" gasped llarper. ing cliff over there for a few minutef:," he said. "If those "Yes," nodded Wild, grimly, as he qu1ckly unslung his two men are really members of the Red I think it rifle and began firing into the band of villains. moHt likely that they have startc'(] fo11 their hangout before 'l'hough taken completely by surprise, the men belonging We might wail here awhile, and if we do not gain to the wagon train quickly recovered thC'mselvcs and openC'cl 1mything else by it, we will keep from gC'lting soaked to the fire on the in!ruders. skin." But the Reel Riders did not intend to stay there and fight "You arc right. We will do as you : mggeRt," replied the it out; they rode on by with the speed of the wind aud got detective, acting as though he wa;; going lo allow Young out of range around a bend in the trail. Wild West to run the that night. Two riderless horses ll"ent with them, leaving one dead The rain began lo increase as soon aH they got under the and one wounded man behind them. :-helter, and, diRmoLmting, they prepared to wait awhile. 'I'h e y had not been there more than five minuteR when they heard the rumble of wheels and the clatter of hoofs. CHAPTER VI. TJIB DE'fECTlVE DISAPPEARS. Wild knew he was responsible for one of the men, but he did not say so just then. 'I'he wagon train had eome to a udden halt now, and calling to the men, so they would not be mistaken .for outlaws, Young Wild West and Harper stepped into view. "Get ready for them!" he shouted. "They will be back again." "That's jest what I'm thinkin'," replied one of the men, who was evidently the leader. "Ho\\' many are there of ye?" "Only i wo, but I rather think that gang of red shirts will "What's that coming?'' askrd the detective in surprise. think there are half a dozen of us before we get through Young Wild \VC'Rt Rhook his head. with them," answered Wild. "Line your wagons up within "I C'an'l ;.:.ay," replied he. "It sound s like the rumbling about ten feet of the bluff here, and then come behirn1 them. of u stage coach, but there ii:< none due this way now, and I We gave it to them a little better than they expected, I don't know what it it<." "Sounds like a whole lot of stage coaches coming together." Yes. It must be a wagon train bound for Wes ton We will know in a minute. WhoevC'r they are, they are hurryguess, but they will be back for more." "I'll be hanged if it ain't Young Wild West who is talkin' !" exclaimed a voice, and then an old scout whom our hero had met over in Spondulicks, ran up to him and shook his hand. ing for shelter." Vi'ilcl was exactly right on !h iR. "Yes. it is me, Jake," was the reply. "''Hurry up, now, Th\ next minute a flashand get the women and children protected. I see you haYe ing la11tcrn came in view, and by its light our two friends with you. rould sec that there wer e more than one old-fashioned "About twenty of 'em, I reckon," was the rejoinder prairie schooner coming down the trail aR fast as the oxen '' Xow, boys, git a move on yer! We've got Young Wild hitched to them could be made to travel. 'l'hcrc were alf;o West to help us out, an' we'll simply make things hum if . rlark as it wm: Wild aml llw drteeti \ e could Ree that paRsed ancl the villaim; did not renew the attack.


16 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DETECTIVE. "Two dead an' four wounded," replied the boss of the listening for perhaps a full minute, they started slowly to train. "This are what I call a shame! Here we have the right. traveled all the way from Nebrasky without losin' a man, They proceeded in this direction for about fifty feet, but though we was tackled by Injuns three times. We ain't found nothing to indicate that there was an opening or any more than seven or eight miles from Weston, an' here we have to go an' be attacked by a gang of white outla ,ws an' lose two of our men." "What has been clone can't be helped," said Wild. "But way to ascend. Then Wild touched his companion on the arm and made a motion that they would go back and try the other way. Harper understood him readily, so back they went. we will see to it that you don't lose any more." The detective was in the lead this time, and when they The men had formed a pretty good barricade with the had reached the point he crept around to th<" left, Wild not v;agons by this time, but it was a needless precaution, as the outlaws had got more than they bargained for, and did not propose to bother them any more that night. After waiting a little while Wild turned to Harry, and said: "You and I will go on a little scout and see if we can learn what the scoundrels are up to." "Agreed!" was the reply. being more than four Ieet1behind him. Two seconds later Young Wild West heard a noise made by falling pebbles and bits of loosened earth, and then as looked around the angle he found that his companion had disappeared! Puzzled and very much surprised, Wild crouched down flat upon his stomach. What could it mean? Telling the wagon train people to take care of their horses I But only once did he ask himself this question. He till they got back, our two friends crept out and stole softly quickly rea:ized that their enemies were pursuing very away in the darkness. shrewd tactics. Wild was much pleased at the caution Harper used in That they could capture the detective without him makmoving along. "You would make a pretty good scout," he whispered. "My profession has taught me to be cautious in every move I make when I am on a trail," was the reply. "I am glad you are that way, for we don't want to make the least noise when we get up here a little When the Red Riders had charged upon the emigrant ing the l!'ast outcry showed that they were well up in their business. The brave young scout was sure that they had capturefl him. If they had used a knife on him there would surely have been as much as a gurgling groan to reach his eara. And then, again, if that had happened where was th<> body? Wild was doing some rapid thinking just then. "It might be that he has tumbled into a hole," he mut when they appeared the second time they merely rounded tcred under his breath. "But I should have heard him the point to the onQ that led to the prairie beyond. when he strnck the bottom, unlcs -unless the bottom is too train they came from the Spondulicks fork of the road, and It was to\vard this point of towering, jagged rocks that far clown." our two friends were slowly making their way. Wild was sure that they had a hangout, the outlet 0 which was somewhere around that spot. Now, the thing to do was to find it! Wild his shoulders unea ily at this thought. There was only one thing for him to do and that was to remain perfectly still and listen. This he did, ancl the nrxt in, tant he heard the sounds Revolvers in their hands and ready for a surprise, the made by receding footsteps. two crept on. The boy breathed a sigh of relief. The rain was still falling, but not very fast. Somehow he now felt confident that Harper was alive. It was one of those drizzling storms that had set in-the With his left hand feeling in advance of him, Wild started kind that sometimes last for two or three days with no more to crawl around the point of rock. water to fall than would come down in a heavy shower of an hour or two. The night just suited their purpose, however, and with a feeling of confidence, Wild led the way. In less than two minutes after leaving the wagons they had reached the point that divided the road. There was nothing there but a steep Rlab of rock, so after He was going right upon the very spot that his com panion had disappeared from. But if there was any sort of pitfall there he would know it in time to prevent himself from falling into it. He was half way around when he suddenly heard low voices quite near him. Young Wild WeP.t had a keen Rense of hearing.


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DETECTIVE. 1'1 That had been demonstrated on more than one occasion. He crouched low and listened. "Us two will stay here and wait till the captain and the Whoever it was they were coming from the direction of Weston. "The outlaw captain and the 'other fellow!'" he ex-other man comes back," he heard a man say. you can go on up. "'rhe rest of claimed under his breath. "Now is my chance!" I As quick as a flash he darted for the wagon train. "It won't do to bother that wagon train a.gin; they are The horsemen would have to pass the men gathered there, ready for us, and there are too many of 'em. We couldn't and Wild wanted to get there ahead of them. beat 'em without losin' some more men, anyhow, and that wouldn't pay us." "That's right," was the reply. "Butdidn't we catch this feller in a neat way! Why, he crawled right to our wery feet, an' he didn't see us till we had grabbed him an' lifted him up, with one of my hands over his mouth an' the other holdin' tight to his throat." "It was done pretty nice, but we needn't have been so mild about it. He was too far away from the wagon train to hear what was goin' on; and if he had yelled out we could have mowed 'em down in no time if they had come in here after us." "He must be a nervy chap, or he wouldn't have come He got there just as two horsemen, noticing the lighted lanterns, slowed down. "Aha a wagon train! What's the trouble, men?" he heard the voice of Doc Dempsey say. Then Young Wild West cried out through the darkness: "Halt! Hold up your hands, or you are dead men!" Taken completely by surprise and not knowing what sort of a trap they had run into, the two men obeyed. A dozen men sprang from the cover of the wagons and surrounded them in short order. "What means this? I took you to be honest men!" cried Dempsey with an affected air of surprise. "That is just what we are," retorted Young Wild West.. sneakin' along to find out where we was." "You are not mistaken the l east bit. Now, then, dismount, "Yes, and he looks like a regular tenderfoot, too. If I and be quick about it, or my revolver will begin to talk. I had my way about it he would have a knife stuck through will not be knocking whiskey from your hand, either." his heart before this, but it is the captain's orders never to "So it is Young Wild West who is speaking, is it?" said kill a prisoner we take while he is away till he sees him and Dempsey, with remarkable coolness. "Of course we will has a talk with him." obey his command, then." "I know that. Well, we will go on up to ther cave, an' Wild laughed tantalizingly. you an' Bill can stay here an' wait.for ther captain." Wild caught every wo:r:d of this, for the voices of the men arose slightly as they continued their talk. The daring young dead-shot of the West was now per fectly at his ease. "You are extremely polite, captain," he remarked, as the two riders dismounted. "Friends, just take their weapons from them and tie their hands so they will not be apt to get them loose in a hurry." The words were no sooner out of the boy's mouth when It did not worry him greatly about the detective being a the men proceeded to obey the command. prisoner in the hands of the outlaws. "I protest against this treatment, gentlemen," exclaimed One thing was certain, Harper would not be put to death Doc Dempsey in a tone of voice that showed he was a little till the captain arrived. alarmed. And suppose he never did arrive! "Protest and be hanged!" answered the scout who had The shadow of a smile crossed the countenance of Wild recognized Wild when he rode up and helped fight off the as he thought outlaws. "If you are honest men you will be given a chance "Well, I know pretty well who the captain and the 'other to prove it. If Young Wild West says tic you up, tie you fellow' is," he murmured to himself. "They are the pair up it is." of strangers we met at the Gazoo. Now, then, I must do Wild saw to it himself that the two prisoners were se something, but I will wait till the gang who are bound for curely bound, and then, turning to the man in command of i.he cave get out of hearing, for there is no telling what the train, said: might happen." "Travel right on for Weston now. It is not so far as you A minute or two later he heard a number of horses makthought. Take the prisoners to the lock-up as soon as you ing their way over the stony ground. get into town, and tell them that it is my orders that they He waited until they had entirely died out in the distance should be guarded closely till I return. I must go and look and then silently arose to his feet. for my friend, Harper, and I may not get back to Weston At that instant he heard the sound of approaching hoofs. before daylight."


18 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DETRCTIVK "All right, Mr. West; we'll do exactly as you say," was the response "Git ready to mo\'c, boys." 'l'hey were ready, since the oxen were still hitched to the wagons, so in less than two minutes' time they were moving. Wild took his own horse and the one Ha;per had ridden there anJ led them to a point down the trail and left them in a little grass-covered nook. He knew that they would be found when wanted, as both liad been trained pretty well to know what their masters re quired of them. "Now, I am going to try and find where the hangout o.C the Red Riders is," he muttered. "I suppose the two men 1rho were waiting for the return of the captain and the other man are all at sea as to what has happened, but I'll en lighten them a bit before very long. I'll just ;;neak around OlL\P'f'ER VII. WILD FINDS THE OUTLAWS' CAVE. "Ifs funny," he heard one of tlicm s1iy. "Do you 'pose it could been 1.her captain and the other man that out there talkin' just before the wagon train went on?" "No, I don't think it was them. H it was they would have come on, after they had sympathized with the men. Bold Blackburn can fool any one and make anybody belicv" that he is an honest cattle owner. He beats the clce;k at mch busi neB.,. If it was him you can bet that he has volun teered to go bae;k wiih them to W cs ton. 'l'hat is what lw wants to do-make himself solid in the town. He want:-: and sec what they are doing." to be able to go down thrr< in rlisg11isr whcnl'ver he 'l'he young scout knew of a 1Yinding path along the bluff like it. That';; thr way he did in tlw Ja:;t town we hung out on the side of the road opposite to where the two men were around." in waiting, and mounting the slanting rocks, he soon reached it. There was a feeling of "do or diP" in the boy',; breai::t as Le made his way along. He had taken a strong liking to the detecti\'e who had come to cnli, t his services in hunting down the Red Riders of the Range, and he meant lo rescue him before day broke, .if there was a possible way to do it. He oon got well pai::t the point where the road divided, and he then began to look for a place to get down. He found one a little farther on ancl,cautiously descended. The rain was still falling, bllt so lightly that it was not much more than a mist. He was pretty well wet through by this time, but he waa to that and clicl not think anything about it. So long as his cartridges kept dry he did not care. rsing all his caution he began to work his way to the place where Harper had been captured. Tn a little while he got there. 'l'houglt he hacY an idea that the two men he had heard talkincr were not ;::o smart as he had at first taken them <> to be>, he did not abate his cautious movements in the least. He "'as approaching the narrow up-hill path from the opposite direction now, and that would give him a better chance to see the outlaws if they made a move to throw themselves upon h im. he worked hi;:: way to the spot, and then pausing to listt'n, he was gratifiecl to hear low, anxious voices. ']'h e same hrn men were talking that he had heard a Rhort time before: "\\'l'll, I hOJlt' you an' right, but it runs in my cranium th;1J linpp\'TIL'ci 0111 therP that wasn't good for us. '\\"e ought to IHt\"l' out when we heard the talkin' an' seen wlial waR goiu' on." '"I'hat wouldn't hare clone. We might have been seen. and then I guess we'd h:\'C been ;;orry for goin' out. No, there ain't anything happened. l f it was thcr captain ancl one of lhe new m en, which he took with him, out there talk ing lo the fellows belonging to the wagon train, you ean bet that they have offered to go with the wagon!' to sho\\' them the way to \V es ton. l '11 bet just what happened, come to think of it." "Well, I suppoRc we have got to wait here till he come;;. then?" "That is ju,t what we have got to clo, may as well make the best of it. It may be a cou plc of hour before thrv come back, an cl it may be sooner.'' At this the two villainR lapsed into s ilence and Yom1g \rild West shook his head 1rith an air of sali1;faction ... "Things arP working pretty nieely he thought.1 if I f'Hn only get past tllOf:e men, r may be abh> tn find the \\"ay to the headqunrters of the gang, without bting shown the way, as the captain ha. to lw. It mu>'t Ix' l rather clangcrou!' road, though, or they w011lc1 not be o par ticular about waiting for him." 1'o get past the two men up the narrow ascent wou lc1 lw a hm:arclons undertaking. But Young Wild WeAt quickly conceived an ide11 of how it might be done. Feeling ar01111d, lw soon cliscovcrrd a stone about the f'ize of an egg.


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE D E T E C T IVE. 19 Drawing himself back a few feet, he raised his a.rm and tossed the stone out in the center of the road. It struck the rocky ground and rolled off, making considerable noise. The two outlaws in tantly ))ricketl up their ears. "What was that?" asked one. "Some one coming, I guess," the other. Then they both walked softly out,' Wild by less than two feet. But he was crouching close to the rock, ancl as the noise had not come from his direction, they dicl nol once look that way. 'l'hey had not stepped more than ix feet pa t his crouch ing form when lhe boy glided ::;wiftly, but silently into the narrow place. He knew that he mus t not lag a secoI1d if he e.4po cted to get there without 1.heir knowlcclgr. If he had chosen to do o he could easily have surprised the two arnl rfoposecl of them in short order. But he they proceeded, making many sharp turns; down across miniature ravines and llp again to a level stretch. In this way the horses kept on until fin ally t h ey halted before a solid wall of rock. Wild dismounted. He had no ooner donr so when a muffied voice exclai1ncd: ''Who comes?" Not a word of response did the bay make; he simply glided off ini.o the darh.'!lcss and droppcrl behind a fallen tree. "Who comes?" The question was asked in a louder and clearer tone this time. But again there was no answer Wild was not more than fifteen paces from where he had dismounted and he could see the outlines of the horses well, considering how dark it was. Suddenly he saw them turn slightly, and then they dis iippeared Young Wild West rubbed his eyes. As used lo seeing trange thingi; as he was, this p uzzl ed him not a little. -n'here had the horses gone to? That was the question he asked himself. But he simply remained quiet and awaited developments The next inR nt two men appeared to from out of tho solid rock Thr' e must be the horses belonging to the two men! In the darkness he could not tell 'rhere they did come And if the n1eli knew the way to the retreat why shouldn't Crom. their horses? "Good enough!" exclaimcrl the boy under his breath. "Now, I guess I'll go on llp to the top of the ridge." Tt was but the work or a moment for him to untie the ''Funny, ain't it?" one of them said. "Yes/' was the reply. "Their horses must have got looor an' come on an' left 'em down there." ".'rhat's about ther size of it. Won't there be some ja\\'horses, and then leading them som:v from the spot for a in' when they find it out!" few yards he mounted one and let the other go. "I we ought. to send 'em. back. It's quite a little It was lucky for him that they were not fiery steeds, or the distance to walk, you know." noise they would certainly havr made might have been hrarcl by the red-shirted outlaws. l t might have been il1at thr horRrs were hnng1y, but anyhow they both headed toward lhc lop of lhe ridge. "Yes, we'll send 'em back. Thcr captain will be in a hurry to git back, an' 'tain't likel:v he'll want to ride doub l e "Well, we'll go an' report to an' sec what he says


-20 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DETECTIVE. The two men disappeared as quickly as they had come. they have not found Wild. If they get him, too, there is no The instant they did so Young Wild West was on his feet telling what will become of us." making for the spot he had last seen them standing upon. Pretty soon he heard them say that they were not going He never once thought of .. It was his idea to find the entrance to the retreat. And within sixty ticks of a watch he had done so. to harm him, but leave it to the captain to decide what should be done with him when he returned from a trip some where. He found the secret opening of the cave. And when he was :finally lifted on a horse before one of Probably he would not have done so in the darkness if it the Red Riders and -carried off up the mountain he resigned had not been that there was a faint light coming from it. himself to his fate. In their surprise the outlaws had failed to take the lan tern they had examined the horse with back into the iriterior of the big cave. Jife had no thoughts of dying; he simply was uneasy about his being a captive in the hands of the villainous band. He had heard considerable of Young Wild West and Without the least hesitatipn Wild glided through and placed confidence enough in him to feel that he would be found himself in a passage. Dropping upon his hands and knees, he crept forward to the end of the passage and turned abruptly to the left, where in the dim light from the lantern he could see an exaellent hiding place. "I am making pretty good headway," he muttered. CHAPTER VIII. rescued. It was a tedious journey up the mountain path, and it seemed much longer than it really was before the robber band finally came to a halt. They did not take the trouble to blindfold him before tak ing him into the cave, but it was so dark and the fact of his being carried bodily made it impossible to see or imagine what way he was being taken, or how it looked. When he got inside the cave and the rays of a smoking oil lamp struck his eyes he blinked like an owl, and then, just as he began to disti:r;iguish objects he was carried to a HOW THE DETECTIVE MADE OUT IN THE CA VE. rather large niche and dropped rather roughly on the hard stone floor. "Star there, you sneakin' hound till ther capen comes Of all the surprises he had ever been treated to in his back!" exclaimed one of the men. whole life, Harry Harper got the worst when he felt himself just think over what's goin' to happen to you when s uddenly lifted from the ground as he was around the point of the rock a few feet ahead of Young Wild West. He had time to cry out, but he did not think of doing so until a heavy hand was placed over his mouth. he does added another. "You're goin' to be killed, you sneakin' coyote! That's what is goin' to happen to yer !" "If I am killed it will be the first time I ever have been, Then he tried to do so, but it was too late, for his throat and that is one consolation," :i:eplied Harper, coolly. was clutched so tightly that it was impossible for him to "Any one to hear you talk would think that you are of the utter a sound. opinion that we are simply having a little joke with you,'' He was promptly .carried among a whole and of men, and spoke up Weissert, the lieutenant. he realized that he had fallen into the clutches of the Red "No, I don't think yoii are joking with me, but I Riders. the captain will say it is all right when I tell him my story." It was not the first time that the young man had been "You guess he will. 'you can tell him all the stories you captured by enemies, but he felt that he was in a desperate position, and he fully expected that Young Wild West would like, but you will either be plugged with lead, or have your heart cut out, just the same." suffer the same fate as he. He had not made the least sound to give him warning of "Are you fellows real robb ers?" asked Harry in a tone what had happened, and he listened to hear the souflds of a that implied that he was a little doubtful. struggle. A number of the gang had gathered around, listening, But when he heard the men talking about him to and when they. heard this they laughed boisterously. their retreat he gradually came to the conclusion that they "I don't believe you arc," went on the detective in an easy had .not looked to see if there had been any one with him. tone of voice. "I don't believe any of you ever killed a "Well," he thought, "I am in liard luck, but I am glad woman to get the diamonds she wore in her ears."


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DETECTIVE. This remark sounded rather novel to the outlaws and they "I feel confident that he will find the way to this place did not know what to say to it. somehow, even if he has to wait until the captain comes Finally Weissert spoke up and said: back and follows him," he thought. "I have made pretty "You talk as U1ough you had done something like that." fair progress with the men since I have been :8.ere, but I ''I have." don't know how I am going to make out with the captain. "You have?" ''Yes, I have done uch a thing twice in my life." "What are you trf veling with honest people for, then?" "Because I wanted to get to Weston, where I thought 1 If he is as easy to deceive as his men it will be all right." Pretty soon the detective noticed signs of considerable excitement among the outlaws in another part of the big cave. might have a chance to do some business in my line." It soon died out, however, and then he managed to learn, "And you came sneaking around to spy on us after we by listening to the talk around him, that the horses of the quit firing on the wagon t rain !" ''Yes, as soon as I saw you red fellows I made up my mind I was going to join your band." The detective was now certain that l,ie was making a good impression on the lawless men, and he meant to keep right at it. "What did you come crawling to us in that way for, if two men which had been left near the road to guide Bold Blackburn and his companion back to the cave, had. back without their owners. A thrill shot through Harry Harper when he heard this. Somehow it struck him instantly that Young Wild West was the cause of the horses returning without their riders. Though the outlaws did not seem to think anything you wanted to become a member of our band,?" asked Weisstrange of it, the detective did. sert. If one horse had broken loose and come back to his stable Harry put on an air of astonishment that was so real that in search of something to eat it would have seemed all right; his listeners were deceived. but for both of them to break loose and return at the same "How do you suppose I would come-walk right out from time, that looked rather queer. the people I was with and yell out for you fellows to take It was now getting pretty late and some of the outlaws me on your side?" began to turn in. "Well, no," was the reply, "but you acted just as though Two of them who had been wounded in the skirmish on you was trying to spy on us." the mountain road were pretty close to Harry. "Well, that is just what I was doing. I wanted to find Their wounds had been dressed in a very crude way by out where you had gone before I made myself known to you. their companions, and as fever was now setting in, they I wasn't going to run right out and jump into your arms were beginning to suffer. an<'l say, 'Here I am; take me !' One of the men kept crying for water every :five minutes, "Well, all right," said Weiss ert. "You may be all right, and seeing that the villainous men did not pay much at and you may not. We'll wait and see what the captain says tention to his cries, the detective said: about it." "The man is wounded worse than you think. Bring The detective kept right on talking, though, and there some water here in a pail and I will give him a drink when were plenty to listen to him. he wants it." If it had come to a vote the men would have decided to "All right," growled one of them. "You kin 'tend to release him and permit him to become a member of the him if you want to. I'll get ther water for yer." band. He suited the action to the words and the water was soon Th e time flew' by and there were no signs of the captain's return. Harper induced his captors to take the cords from his wrists and ankles, and then he felt better. at Harry's disposal. The young man really had a little pity for the wounded outlaw, as he could see that the fellow had not long to live. A bullet had lodged in his abdomen, and though it had He knew only i.oo well that there was small chance for not pained him much at first, it was now getting in its work him to escape, even il his hands and feet were free. in earnest. From his position he could not see the place where he had The detective gave him all the water he wanted and bathed been brought in, and had not the least idea of where the enhis throbbing brow. trance was. "Who are you?" asked the outlaw, who was in full pos-He thought of Young Wild West and wondered where he session of his ;faculties. "I never seen you before." was. "I am a prisoner here," was the reply.


' YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DETECTIVE. "What for?" "Oh they caught me as I was creeping away from the wagon train after the fight down on the road to Weston," said Harper, not wishing to go into details. But when the guide who had come over from Spondulicks told them of what had taken place at the forks on the moun tain they saw to it that instructions were carried out to the very letter. "Well, no matter what you might be, you have got a big Then Charlie :otarted to get his horse, and Jim hastened heart in you. I heard youwhen you said you would look to the house. after me if they would bring ther water to you. Say! I He found Jack Robedee in the kitchen lrying lo learn the feel better, but I know I am a goner. I know where I am game of fan-tan of the Chinese cook. hit, an' no one ever got over it after gettin' plugged there. If I die you kin have what's in my pockets. I hate ther rest of ther gang now, 'cause there wasn't one of 'em that would give me a drink of water." The detective gave him another drink and went to bath ing his head again. The othei wounded man had fallen in a feverish leep, and so needed little attention. Then the fellow who had taken such a liking to Harry began to grow worse. He began to rave and cry out in agony, and many were the threats lhat came from the men who wanted 1.o sleep. Robedee got up when Jim entered. "Where's Wild?" he asked. "I don't know,'' was the reply. "That is what I am go-ing to try to find out as soon as possible." "Why, didn't you an' him go out together?" "No, I have been over to Dove-Eye Dave's." "Well, I heard Ike, ther coon, say thi:it your hor es were gone, so I thought you went somewhere together." "No, I didn't go with him. It must have been Harry Harper. Wild and he seem to have some private busine s, you know." "Ymi, they arc tryin' to locate ther hangout of tho Hed Harry did the beet he could to ease him, but about midRiders who have just mado their appearance around thi night he died in great agony. part of Lher country. Say! if you aro going to look for A few minutes later it occurred to the captive to go Wild an' Harper, I s'pose I can go along?" through lhe dead man's clothes and take w]fat had been be"Certainly. Charlie is going, too. But how is this? I queathed to him. thought YJJU started for Spondulicks to sec the widow?" It was not a pleasant thing to do, to be sure, but he felt Robedec turned red in the face and looked sheepish. that he might be greatly benefited by so doing. "What is the trouble?" and Jim laughed when he proAnd so it proved, for he found a brace of revolvers, a good pounded the question. supply of cartridges, a hunting knife, a wig and false beard, "Hang ther widow!'' was tho rather savage reply. a black mask and a few ounces of gold d11st in the various "When I got over there I found she got married to a Mexipockets. can yester day." As all he had of value had been taken from him when he Then Jim did laugh for fair. was captured, together with his weapons, the detective had It was Jack's first love affair, according to his own state-no scruples in changing these things to his own pockets. mont, and the fact of it having turned out so disastrously He had just made the change when a hand touched hi01 to him was quite enough to make one laugh. on the leg, and, looking down, he saw the face of Young ''So, broken-hearted, you struck right back for Weston," Wild West said Jim. CHAPTER IX JIM, CHARLIE AND JACK TAKE A HAND IN THE GAME. Jim Dart and Cheyenne Charlie were not a little surprised "Broken heart be hanged l I found that our old friend, Lively Rick, was just startin' for here, so I come along with him. Don't say any more to me about lovely woman! This is my first, an' it will be my last. I've had enough of 'em." "That's all right,'' retorted Dart. "I have heard people talk like that before. Where is Lively Rick?" when the wagon train came into town with two prisoners. "Over at ther Gazoo. He seemed bent on getting full of But they were still further surprised when they heard whiskey, so I left him there an' come on home about my that it was the orders of Young Wild West that they shou ld business." be placed in the lock-up and a strong guard kept over them "I see. Well, as your horse must be played out, and till his return to Weston. l Harper has taken mine, I wish you would run over and get They did not know he had gone out of town. Dove-Eye's and old man Murdock's."


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DETECTIVE. 23 "All right!" and Jack was off without any further loss of time. In about ten minutes he returned accompanied by Chey enne Charlie. Jim was ready, so they mounted and rode off. A drizzling ran was falling, but they were used to rough ing it in all sorts of weather, and so paid little attention to it. The two villains nearly dropped to the ground from as tonishment and consternation. But they were covered by three revolvers and there was nothing for them to do but to obey. Up went their hands, and then Jack Robedee quickly dis mounted and walked up to them. Jack knew what to do without being told, and in very short order he took their weapons from the surprised outThey knew the exact spot where the wagon train had been laws. held up, so they concluded that it must be in that vicinity where the outlaw band was located. The road was not a new one to them, so they rode on at a good speed, but keeping a good lookout for the Red Riders, as they thought it might be that they had followed the wagons close into town. But there was not a soul to be seen. The three kept on their way, slackening their pace occa sionally lo listen. But the only thing to be heard wa.s the sighing of the wind through the mountain pines and the occasional wail like cry of some night bird. At length the fork was reached, and our friends brought their steeds to a halt. The next moment a low whistle came to their ears. At first Jim thought it was from Wild, but when it quickly repeated he knew better. But it might be the det.ective, so he thought it a good idea lo answer it in the same way. He had scarcely done so when the figure of a man sud denly showed up at the side of the road. "Is that you, cap?" said a voice in a very low to:rie. "Yes," answered Jim, realizing that it was one of the outlaws he was talking to, and bent on deceiving him if he possibly could. "We've been waiting a good while for you. Ride right up here an' let's git to ther cave. We've got a prisoner there for you to pass judgment on." m A prisoner!" echoed Jim in a low, mulled voice. / "Yep. A feller sneaked away from a wagon train that we had a fight with an' tried to spy on us. We caught him too nice for anything." At this juncture the other man came out and showed him elf. "What's thcr matter, cap? You don't seem to be in "Just tic their hands behind them," said Jim, "and then we will see what is to be done with them." Charlie dismounted and assisted Jack in doing this. "You are a fine pair, I must say," remarked Jim when the two men were fixed so they could not get away. "Took me for the oaptain, did you? Weil, I'm real glad of that. Now, if you want to save your lives just show us where your hangout is. I don't think the captain will be here to-night, for it runs in my head that he is a prisoner in Weston." The prisoners showed signs of great uneasiness when they hearll this. "Is the captain any relation to Doc Dempsey, the cattle king?" Jim went on to say. There was no answer, and the boy then thrust his revolver a little closer to them. "You had better answer the questions put to you," he exclaimed; "and in answering them be sure that you tell the truth. Now, then, is Doc Dempsey the captain? Speak quick, now, or off goes the top o.f your head!" "Yes," answered one of the outlaws, "he's ther captain." "That is just what I thought. Well, I am glad to in form you that he and his friend were caught by Young Wild West and sent to Weston, where the:v are now safely in the lock-up. It don't IOok as though he will be back to-night, does it?" "It don't, that's a fact," admitted the other man. "Well, then, suppose you show us where the headquarters of your gang is. You might better do that than bite the dust right here where you are standing, you know." Jim Dart's manner must have been very persuasive, for the outlaws signified their willingness to take them to the cave. "Our horses are up here a little wayR," said one of them. "Just take us up there an' we will show you the way." Charlie and Jack walked ahead with the captives and Jim much of a hurry. F s two fellers have been waitin' here a rode after them, leading the hor, es. good while for y<'r to come. Ain't you goin' right np to 'I'hey were soon at the spot where the outlaws had tied ther cave?" their horses. "Yes!" exclaimed Jim in his natural voice. "Just hold But th<' animals were not there now! up yom hanclR, thr pair of you, or off goes the top of your "That's mighty funny!" exclairnrd one of th<' r<'d shirts. 1" "Here's where we left 'em."


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DETECTIVE. Our :friends thought the villains were trying to deceive rn!ln vou cnptured, and you can just bet that he will them in some manner. Jim dismounted. "There is no use in trying to do anything with them,'' he said. "They are bound to lie to us, anyhow. Just tie them get him away from your gang, too." "If he does he a good one." "He is a good one,'' Olwyrnne Charlie put in. "He is ther boss of this pal't o.t the country, and all honest folks are to that tree, and perhaps when they have thought matters proud to be called his friends." over they will give us the information we want." Just then they heard the sounds made by horses' hoofs "We hain't lied to you," protested one of them. "What coming down the hill. we've said is ther truth, every word of it. Some one has Leveling his revolver in the direction of the prisoner, been here an' took our horses! I hope I may die if I ain't Jim exclaimed in a whisper: "If that is any of your !?anbrr comin!? I want you to anright !" swer them just the same as though you were here alone. Do "That's as sure as two an' two are four," added the other man. "Well, show us thcr way to ther cave on foot, then," spoke up Jack Robedee. "It is too much of a walk in ther dark," was the reply. "Go ahead and tie them to the tree," said Jim. "It is a sheltered spot here, and the rain can't strike us. We will stay right here till daylight." "But how about the prisoner the Red Riders have 'got?" asked Charlie. "They are goin' to keep him till ther captain gits back," spoke up one of the captives. "If that is the case he will be all right. How old a man i!; he, anyway?" "About thirty, I should reckon." "Hair long or short?" "Short-cut right close to his head." "It must be Harry Harper, if they are telling the truth," observed Jim, turning to his companions. "You kin shoot us ther minute you .find that we ain't you understand?" The wretches nodded to show that they did, and then our three friends got ready to do some quick shooting, for they certainly thought the approach of the outlaws would terminate in a scrimmage. But it did not, for there proved to be only one of them. He was the man had been sent back with the horses, and when he got a little closer he called out: "Hello, there!" Jim now stood with his revolver close to the head of the man he had selected to do the talking, and a nod made him return the "hello." "Has ther captain showed up yet?" "Yes," came from the prisoner's lips. "Good I've brought back your horses." That was all the outlaw said just then, for Cheyenne Charlie stepped up and thrust his shooter under his nose. "Please git off that ,horse!" commanded the scout in his easy way. The man did so, promptly enough. tellin' thcr truth," said one of the men, earnestly. "We He knew he bad fallen into the hands of enemies and he want to git out of this scrape with whole skins, if we kin, knew also that he stood no show to make a fight for it. an' we are going to do it, even if we have to make our gang suffer for it." "Your gang ;will suffer for it, that you may depend upon. We have your captain in jail, as I have already told you, so "You ain't alone, Buck," said one of the other captives, a L he was led up to the tree. The man made no reply to this, but he was evidently do-ing a whole lot of thinking. it will only be the question of a very short time before the Probably it occurred to him that things were taking a headquarters will be found. You can easily imagine what rather bad start since the arrival o.f the Reel Riders in that will happen then." part of the country. The men admitted that. they could, and then Jim con"That makes three of yon here, an' two in ther lock-up tinued: in Weston brings the count up to fiv<'"," remarked Charlie, "Yot1 have heard of Young Wild West, I suppose?'' as he tied the man to the tree. "How many are there left "Yes, they say he is a regular terror." of you?" "There is no mistake about that. He has made up his "Seventeen, countin' them wounded," was the remind that the Red Riders of the Range won't last many ply. days, and when he makes up his mind to a thing the ones It now began to rain real hard, so our friends ticcl their he is after might j nst as we11 give up. Young Wild West is horsrs and drew well back under the shelving rock. eomewhere around these diggings now. He was with the 1 Jack Robedee came across a pilr of dry woocl which had


YOUNG WIJ.JD WEST AND THE DETECTIVE. 25 heen placed there by the two outlaws, who had intended to The nearer they got to Weston the more uneasy he be-start a fire to make their wait more cheerful. came .t\o blaze could be seen from tlw road, nor could it be obYoung Wild West had ordered them to be placed in jail, i;erved from the path that came down the ridge until one and that meant that they would probably be hanged the got within a few yards of it. next day, if it was proved that they were two of the Red Jim told Jack he could start a fire if he liked, and Robe-Riders. dee lost no time in getting one going. When the two villains were placed in the lock-up some.They were just getting around the fire when Cheyenne thing like a groan came from the lips of Sprague. Charlie's horse gave a whinny. This was quickly answered by another horse, and the next minute the horses that belonged to Young Wild West and Jim Dart came trotting up from the road. "Here are the horses I Now where arc Wild and Harry Harper?" Jim exclaimed. CHAPTER X. THE VILLAINS ESCAPE. When Doc Dempsey and his man left Weston that night they were in an excellent humor. They had learned considerable, and they meant to hold ltp the stage coach when it went out the next day. True, he was smarting a little from the effects of Young Wild West's treatment, and he was resolved to get even with the handsome young dead-shot. "What do you think of Young Wild West, Stitch?" he asked his companion. "I think he is a regular wonder," was the reply. "Do you think he suspected anything wrong about us?" "No. You played your part too well for that." "I make a good cattle king, don't I?" "What is the matter with you?" asked the captain with a low laugh. "I guess we will soon be done for now," was the answer in a dismal tone of voice. "Maybe we will and maybe we won't.'' "What do you mean by that, Bold Blackburn?" "Well, since you are so much worried, I will tell you. You know how Jong they kept us waiting outside here before the fellow they sent for come?" "Yes, I remember that." "There was quite a crowd around us just then, was there not?" "Yes, I remember that, ioo." "Well, I fixed it so we .could get out of here then." ''You did!" exclaimed the man. "Yes, but don't talk so loud. Walls have ears sometimes, you know." The two were in a small square room that was built of logs and the door was a heavy oaken one. That made it impossible for them to force their way out. And their hands had been tied when "they were thrust into the place. A streak of light came through one of the cracks between "Yes, you do, cap. No one would ever think you was the logs from a smoky oil lamp that was hanging in the ball Bold Blackburn, ther captain of ther Red Riders." and the villain called Stitch could see his companion quite "Well, that is the way to do it. I rather guess we are plainly. 1, going to have plenty of good luck around these diggings. Suddenly he saw him put his hand in his poel\,et. That fellow, Young Wild West, bothers me considerable, ..iough. Well, it can't be any worse than it was where we come from. If we get drove out we will go somewhere else." "That's it, cap. I'm mighty glad that I joined your crowd." The two had waited till the rain had slackened before starting up the mountain road, and they were riding along at a r;tiff pace. When they got halted by Young Wild West they were two surprised men, as has been stated. But Bold Blackburn never gave up. when he found one plan would not work he was already -tuclying out another. Sprague was rather dejected, though. "How did you git your hands loose, cap?" "Oh! a fellow untied them for me when we was waitin' outside," was the retort. "How did you come to git him to do it?" "I whispered to him to thrust his hand in my pocket and take out what money there was there There was some thing like a thousand there, you know, since Young Wild West and his gang did not take anything from me but my weapons "I see Who was ther fellow?" "He happened to be the man what goes on ther watch at day light." "What! on watch here?" "Yes." "Well, do you think he will let us out?"


26 YOUNG WILD WEST AND 'HE DETECTIVE. "Oh! yes, as soon as he comes on he will let us out. We will tie him up, then, and steal a couple of horses and light out." "Good enough!" and the spirits of Stitch Sprague went up to the top notch. The conversation had been carried on in very low tones, so the jailer could not hear them. Bold Blackburn untied the cords that held his compan ion's arms behind him, after wfoch he lay down and went to 8lcep as calmly as if he was in his retreat up on the range. 8titch tried to sleep, too, but he could not succeed very well. 'l'he hours wore on and at length the jailer was relieved by the one who had agreed to set the prisoners free. Five minutes later he unlocked the door of the cell. "Hist he exclaimed. Instantly Bold Blackburn awoke and was on his feet. Luck seemed to be on i.he side of the scoundrels, for they soon got hold of a couple of horses. Then with the speed of the wind, they rode for the range to join the band. CHAPTER XI. CONCLUSION. Our three friends looked aL each other significantly when they saw the horses. The fact that the beautiful stallion belonging to Young Wild West was riderless made it look as though the brave young scout was dead. Th.ey knew what had become of the detective, but what bad happened to Wild they knew not. Jim very easily caught his horse and patted him on the nose. "Is it gettin' daylight?" he asked. "Yes," was the reply. "Hurry up. 'l'his is dangerous He tied him to a tree, but the sorrel rcfu ed to be caught business, an' I don't know how it is gain' to turn out." "Oh, it will turn out all right. You have a big day's work, if you only know it." The man who had been acting the part of a cattle king There was only one person who could catch him without a lasso, in fact, and that was his owner. The animal scampered away and ran up the ascent lead ing to the top of the ridge. walked out of the cell, followed by his companion. Jim Dart was more worried than the others. "Are you here alone?" he asked the jailer. After a while he calmed down a trifle, and then he began "Yes,2' was the retort. "Now hurry an' tie me, so it will questioning the three prisoners sharply. look as though you got out yourselves an' caught me nap-But though they answered him readily enough, he could pin'." glean nothing from them that would imply that Wild had "We will attend to that right away. I suppose you took been killed or captured. the money you got from my pocket and bid it somewhere, A couple of hours passed by. didn't you?" Our friends knew it would be extremely dangerous .for "Not much! I've got it right in my pocket." them to make their way to the top of the ridge in the dark"'l'hat's the best way. Now give us the revolvers and ness, 80 sat by the fire and wailed for daylight to come. knives you promised to." Finally the first gray streaks of dawn began to show in the The instant Bold Blackburn got the knife in his hand he east. made a quick lunge with it. The blade went deep into the left breast of the man It was a diabolical deed, but the scoundrel did not seem to mind it in the least. "There is no usa in letting him have that money," he said coolly. "And what is the use of letting such a man live? A traitor should not be allowed to live, anyway!" Stitch Sprague shrugged his shoulders. He had not expected anything like that to take place. But he was much eiated at getting free. One minute later the two Red Riders were outside the jail, leaving the traitorous jailer lying on the floor, breath-ing his ]ast. As soon as it was light enough to sec Jim proposed that they start on a search for Wild. The three captives p1cadeq not lo be left tree, but it was out of the question to think of taking them all with them. At the suggestion of Cheyenne Charlie they decided to take one of the villains with them, so he could how them the way. The one who had been so earnest in asserting that he was speaking the truth was the man selected. One of the outlaws' horses was easily caught, and the man with his hands still tied behind him, was lifted "to the saddle. And when they went out every cent the jailer had in his The other two prisoners were left lied to tree and our k ts t 'th t1 ; friends rode up the hill in search o.f Young Wild West. poc e we:n W1 iern


, YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DETECTIVE. 27 'l'hcy had not been gone more tqan ten minutes when the town, he got one of Brown's horses and started in pursuit two helpless outlaws pricked up their ears. o:l: the escaping villains. They clistinctly heard the clatter of horses' hoofs coming along the road. He managed to keep within hearing distance of the clat tering hoofs, resolving that as soon as it became light enough They Jid not know whether it was a friend or foe who was to ride up and open fire upon them. upproaching, but they hoped that it might he Bold Black-But when the dull gray light of' the morning arrived his burn returning, after all. courage wavered a little, and so he kept putting the attack 'l'he clntter suddenly ceased and the next instant they off. realized that at least two hori:;es had entered the narrow When the two men turned into the narrow mountain path path leading to where they were tied to the tree. Sedgwick was close enough to see them, but instead of dashA ery o:f joy left the lips of the helpless outlaws as two ing right iri after them he allowed his horse to walk slowly l orsemen suddenly appeared before them. up tb the spot, and he remained there listening to what was \Their fondest hopes had been realized, for the men were taking place on the other side of the wall of rock. no others than Bold Blackburn and Stitch Sprague! 'l'he fact of there being four now, instead of two, made 'l'he villains had been riding hard and their horses were him less anxious to tackle them. covered with foam. But he wanted revenge on the robbers for taking all he "Hello, cap!" called out the two men in unison "You Lad, ancl resolved to follow them and trust to luck that couldn't have come along at a better time. Three fellers something would turn up in bis favor. from to,vrt have just gone up tber hill, an' they've got one J ohn had heard them say that three men from Weston of our men with 'em, art' they are going to make him show had just gone up the hill with one of the band a prisoU:er, 'etn where our hangout is. Hurry up Get us loose, so's and that made him feel that there was a chance of the outwe kin take a band in ther fightin' when we come up with law s not having everything all their own way. ther hounds what are tryin' to hunt us out o:f our hole." If the :four should get into a scrimmage with the three The man called Stitch promptly jutnped off his horse llnd from Weston he would jump in and take a hand. evered the bonds that held the prisoners. Quiet John gritted hard upon his teeth when he made this Then Bold Blackburn briefly questioned them and resolve. learned as much of the situation as they knew. tJp the path he rode, revolver in hand and an expressio n "There are your horses there," snid the villain, and 0: grim determination on his face. be pointed to the steeds the third man had brought down The outlaws were not so far ahead of him but that he front the retreat. could hear the hoof-beats, and he even urged his horse forThe men sooh caught them, and then mounting, they led ward at a faster gait. the way to the top of the ridge. Five minutes later the heart of the pursuing man gave a Bold Blackburn was the only man in the patty who posjmnp. sessed a pistol. Shots were being exchanged at a point not two h u ndred He had taken this from the jailer when be made his yards distant! escape. Half a dozen shots rang out in rapid succession, and then The quartettc of outlaws had just got well around the John saw a single horseman dashing toward him at a break bend when another horse and rider came up the trail and neck pace. turned into the narrow path. But that was not all! The horseman was Bold Black-It was the man who had given his name as John Sedg-burn! wick, and who had been given a position as bartender at the Quiet John's nerve did not desert him. Gazoo. Up went his revolver, and taking a quick aim, he pressed He had risen very early that morning and bad overheard the trigger twice in rapid succession. the two outlaws talking as they were looking for a chance to Crack! Crack! steal a conpll:l of horses to ride off with. As the second report rang out the outlaw captain threw And he heard just enough to recognize them as two of the up his bands and tumbled from the saddle. men who had robbed him in the stage coach. The riclerle. s horse went on past the bartender with the That made Quiet John mad, and without saying a word 1 speed of the wind, and reining in his own steed, h e disto any one, or making any noise to arouse the still s leeping mounted to sec if he had really killed the vi1lain


28 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DETECTIVE. The outlaw lay face upward, and a 'tiny stream of bloocl oozing from a hole in his left breast told the tale. Bold Blackburn, the leader of the Red Riders of the Range, had played his last card! The first one of these managed to let out a cry of alarm and the others a'woke and sprang to their feet. But that was all the good it did them, for when they felt for their revolvers they found they had none! Sedgwick suddenly heard some one calling to him, and, "Surrender, or we will be compelled to shoot you down turning, he beheld Young Wild West and the detective like dogs!" cried Wild. beckoning to him. They were both mounted, Wild on his own handsome sor rel, and Harper on one of the outlaws' steeds. Behind them were Jim Dart, Cheyenne Charlie and Jack Robedee. In order to explain how Wild and Harper had escaped from the cave we must go back to the time when our hero succeeded in gaining an entrance to the cave. He found a snug hiding place and waited until nearly all I the outlaws had gone to sleep. But the men were desperate, and they started in to fight. One of them got hold of a knife somehow, and he pitched right in with it. The result was that a bullet from the detective's revolver laid him low. That caused the other four to give in, and they were soot 1 bound securely, as their companions had been. It was pretty well toward daylight by the time the great haul was made, but Wild and Harper did not cease work ing. They meant to take their prisoners to Weston with them. From his hiding place he could see Harper, and when he saw him ministering to the wants of the dying outlaw he They marched out a prisoner and a horse alternately until nodded approvingly. they had sixteen men .tied each upon a horse's back! Then the horses were placed double file and a lariat was After awhile he crawled over to his friend and made himrun between them, each bridle rein being fastened securely self known. to it. Then while the guard was pacing back and forth hear the entrance Young Wild West and the detective helped them-and then with Young Wild West ahead and the detective in selves to a red shirt and p_lumed hat apiece and st. arted in to the rear, the unique cavalcade started. It was broad daylight by the time this was accomplished, do a daring act. For their own safety the outlaws were compelled to show They decided to make prisoners of every man in the cave the way to get over the dangerous parts of the trail, and so Five minutes later the guard suddenly found a pistol to his head! "Make the least outcry and you will be a dearl man!" whispered the voice of Young Wild West. The fellow was then bound and gagged and placed in a corner. they, made pretty fair headway akmg the ridge. In due time they came upon Jim, Charlie and Jack, and then John Sedgwick and the three outlaws appeared on the scene, resulting in the killing of the three, the captain fall ing a victim to the quiet man. That is about all there is to the story of Young Wild There was how only one man awake in the place besides West and the Detective. 'our two friends and the helpless guard, and that was the wounded fellow. The detective told him if he gave the lea st alarm he would surely die, and that was enough to keeP. him quiet. The prisoners were taken to without mishap anc1 they were disposed of in accordance with the custom of that place. The Red Riders of the Range had not lasted long in that Then the most !fangerous .part of the programme was be-vicinity. gun. I THE END. Harper started around among the sleeping outlaws and took their weapons from them, one by one. So silently and skillfully did he c1o his work that at the expiration of ten minutes 11e had accomplished the task. While he was doing this Wild was preparing ropes and cords to bind the prisoners. The first s leeper was tackled and bound and gagged be fore he knew what had happened. And so it went on till there were only five who were not bound. Read "YOUNG WILD WEST AT THE STAKE; OR, THE JEALOUSY OF ARIETTA," which will be the next number (10) of "Wild West Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK. 'USEY, PUBI"'ISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


THE LIBEBTY BOYS OF '76. A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories ba.sed on a.ctua.l fa.cts and give a, faithful account of the exciting a.dventures of a. ba.nd of American youths who were a.lwa.ys rea.dy a.nd willing to imperil their lives for the of helping a.long the ga.lla.nt ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a bea.utiful colored cover. 65 The Li berty Boys' Ma sc o t ; or, The Idol o f t h e Company. 66 The Liberty Boys Wrath; o r Goin g for the R e dcoats R oughshod. 24 T h e J,lberty Boys' Double Victory; Downing the Redcoats and 67 The Liberty Boys' Battle tor Life; or, T h e H a r d e s t S truggl e of LATEST ISSUES : Tories. All 25 Th e Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 68 T h e Liberty Bo1s' Lost; or, The Trap That Di d Not Work .. 26 T h e Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching the Redcoats a 69 The Liberty Boys "Jonah"; or, The Youth Who Q uee red" Everyt binV Tblng or Two. 70 The L iberty Boys' Dec oy; or, Baiting the B ritish. 27 Th e Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoats In 71 The Liberty Boys Lured; or, T h e Snare t h e E n e my Se t Philadelphia. 72 The Liberty Boys' Ransom; O!'.l_ I n the Hand s of t h e Tory O u tlaws. 2 8 Tbe Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brand y 73 The Liberty Boys as Sleuth-1:1ounds; or, Tra iling Be n e d ic t Ar wine. nold. 29 T he Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to save a Fort. 74 The Liberty Boys "Swoop"; o r, Scatterin g t h e R e d coat s Ltke 30 T he Liberty Boys In a Fix; or, Threatened by Reds and Whites Cbaft'. 31 Tb" Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, J:loldlng Arnold In Check 75 The Liberty Bovs' "llot Time"; or, Lively Work i n O ld Virgi n i a. 32 T b e Liberty Boys Shadowed; or, After Dick Slater for Re v enge 76 The Boys' Da1lng Sc heme; or, Their P lot to Capture the 33 Tb e Liberty Boys Duped; or, The Friend Who Was an Enemy. King's on M The Liberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse .rhat succeeded 77 The Liberty Boys Bo l d Move; or, Into the Enemy's Count r y. T lte Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell." 7!'1 The Liberty Roys' Beacon Light; or, The Signal on the Mounta i n S6 T h e Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Liberty 70 The J,lberty Roys Honor; or, The Promise That Was Ke pt. ca11ae 80 The Liberty Boys' "Ten Strike" ; or, Bowling t h e British Over. 37 T he Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 81 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude, and How they Showed It. 3!l T h e Liberty Boys' Plot, or, The Plan That Won. 82 The Liberty Boys and the Georgia Giant; or, A H a r d Ma n to Handle. 3!l T b e Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, Taking Everything In Sight. g 3 The Liberty Bo ys' Dead Line; or, "Cross It if You Dare!" T h e Llbo!rty Boys' Flush '.l'lmes ; or, Reveling In British Gold. 84 The Liberty Boys "Hoo-Dooe d or, Trouble at Evert T u r n 41 T he Liberty Boys In a Snare : or, Almost '.!'rapped. 42 T b e Liberty Boys' Brave Rescue; or In the Nick of Time. 815 The Liberty Boys' Leap for Life; or, The Light that e d T h e m 43 T h e Liberty Boys' Big Day; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 86 The Liberty Boys' Indian Friend; or, The Redskin w h o Fough t fo r 41 Th e Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catchln'bthe Redcoats and Tories. Independence. 45 T h e Liberty Boys Worried; or, The isappearanc e of Dick Slater 87 The Liberty :Soys "Going it Blind"; or, Taking Big Ch a nces. 4G The r,nierty Boys' Iron Grip; or, Sque e zing the Redcoats. 88 The Uberty Boys' Black Band; or, Bumping the British Hard 47 The Liberty Boys' Success; or, Doing What 'rhey Set Out to Do. 89 The r,lberty Boys' "Hurry Call" ; or, A Wild Dash to S a ve a 48 T11e T,iberty Boys' Setback; or, D efeated, But Not Disgraced. Friend. 4 9 The Liberty In Toryvllle; or, Di c k Slater's Fearful Risk. 00 The erty Boys' Guardian A ngel; or, The Beautiful Mai d o f the 5 0 The Lib erty Boys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows for Libert;'. Mountain. lil The Liberty Bon' Triumph; or, Beating the Redcoats at Their

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THE STAGE. Se>. H. TllE HOYS 01!' NEW YORK ME.N'S JOKE 1\00K.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the JO.Ost <'nd men. amateur minstrels is complete without bi::< wonclt'rfnl lit lie bock. :So. -!:.!. TUE BOYS 01!' :'mW YOHK STU:\IP SPEAKEil. Jontaining a Yariecl assortment of ':!tnmp speeches. i\"egro. Dutl'h Irish. .\h;o ('nd men's jokes. Just the thing for home amuse enr and ama tem shows. '.':o. 45. TUE BOYS 01!' YORK J\II:\STllJ<}L Gt'IDE s.:-:I> JOKI for arious character,; on the togMher with the duties of the Htagc 1\Iannger. Prompter Artist aud Property Man. R_,. a prominent Stage Manager'. No. 80. Gn3'. WILLIAMS' .JOKE BOOK-Containing the lattt jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ;ver popular Ut-1man comeirds.' ELECTRICAL. "' !ti. HOW TO MAKE AXD USE ELECTRICITY.-A deription of the wonderful ust's of pledrieit.y and elec:tro magnetism ogf"t her w1 th full instructions for making mectrir 'l'oys. Batteries'. tr. 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Also containing gems fron: all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arrar.ged in the mos sunple and concise manne: No. 49. TO DEBA'l'E.-:-Giving r1;1les f?r conducting d bates, outlines for. dehnteR, questions for d1scuss1on, and the sources for prorunng information on the questions given. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIHT.-The arts and wiles of .flirtation a;, fully explained by this little book. Besides the vatious methods c !Ja_ulkerchief,_ fan, glove. parasol, window and hat flirtation, it con !ams a _full J1gt of the language and sentiment of flowers, which j, m.te rcst1ng to everybocly, both old and young. You cannot be bapp: without one No. 4. HOW 1'0 DANCE is the title of a new and handsom' little book issnPd by Prauk Tousey. It contains full instru( tions in the art of dan<'ing, eliC]uette in the ball-room and at partie: how to d1'rs, and full directions for calling off in all popular squar: dances. No. 5. lIOW TO :IIAKE LO\'E.-A complete guide to Ion eourtship and ma1Tiage. giving sensible advice, rules and etiquett: to be ohsereu, 1\itb many curious and interesting things nol gei; known. No. li. HOW ro DRESS.-Contaiuing full instruction In tb' art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad giving tic: selections of colors, mntcrial. and how to have them made up. 18. HOW TO RECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of tl!. hngbtest and most valuable little books E'ver given to the worlcl F!Y<'rybouy wishes to know how to bPcome beautiful. both male an( f Pma IP. The serret is simple, and almost costless. Read this boo' anti be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. IIOW 'l'O KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated containing full for the and training of ih canary. mokingbird, bol>olink, blackbird. paroquet. parrot, etc No. :l!l. HOW 1'0 RAISE DOGS, POULTRY. PIGEONS A:-il HABBITS.-.\ useful and instructive book. Handsomely illu lratcrl. Ira I>rofraw. Ko. JO. 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