Young wild west Cowboy carnival, or, the round up at roaring ranch


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Young wild west Cowboy carnival, or, the round up at roaring ranch

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Young wild west Cowboy carnival, or, the round up at roaring ranch
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... .........-D WEST WEEKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Life'* No. 76. Issued Weekly-By Subscl'iption $2.5.0 per year. Application made fvr Secnnci Class entr11 al the New Yoik N. Y. Post OJ)l.ce. Enle1ed accordm11 to Act of Congress, in the yea1 1904, in the ojJice of the Libl'aiian of Gong1ess, Washnoton, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Squaie, New Yo1k. NEW YORK, APRIL 1, 1904. Price 5 Cents. OR, The Round Up .at Roaring Ranch. BY A.N OLD SCOU'11. CHAPTER I. SAM SPUD, FROM: ROARING RA.NOH. I the cowboy, as he filled his glass. "Well, that's what I like to sec." "We're all hustlers here in Weston, but we believe in I doin' things by ther easiest way, for all that. How does ther liquor suit yer, stranger?" e evening a.t dusk in the early spring some years ago, "That's putty good stuff. I calculate that I'll have orseman galloped into the hustling little mining town another drink of it." Weston, Dakota, and dismounted in front of the lead"Go ahead. That's what I keep it for-to sell." ng hotel of the town. The stranger swallowed another glass of the "bug-juice," It was a common occurrence ior horsemen to ride into as he termed it, and then fixing his eyes on the rua.n be-. e town, since it was a sort of center for the southern hind the bar, observed: rtion of the Black Ilills country, hul there was such "You're quite a likely sort of hotel man, I reckon." .. 1 air of recklessness and braggadocia about this par"Well, I try to treat my customerse fair arid square," ticular horseman that he was bound to attract some atwas the reply. tention. "What's your name?" That was a cowboy was plainly evident by his dress "Brown's my name." and general appearance, for he was not lacking in anything "Then you're ther proprietor, hey? I seen ther sign from the high-top boots to the sombrero and the coiled over ther door which reads, 'Brown';; Gazoo.'" lariat that hung to the pommel of his saddle. "Yes, I'm ther boss. I heard you say you was from Leaving his broncho standing right where he had halted Roarin' Ranch. How's things over there?" it, the stranger-for he was a stranger to the few who "Why, do you know anything about Roarin' Ranch?" were standing in front of the hotel-head.cu for the bar. "I've heard considerable about it. Ther young feller which he could see through the doorway. what owns it is a particular friend of mine." "I want some bug-juice, and I want it quick!" he "Young Wild West is ther feller, ain't he?" bawled, slapping his Mnd on bar with a jar that made "Yes.'' the glasses jingle. "I'm Sam Spud, from Roarin' Ranch, I ''Well, lw's jest ther feller what I've come here to see. an' I'm as dry as a fish outer water.'' They says he's a regular tornado at }'idin' a horse an' "All right, sir. Herc's your medicine," retorted the shootin' a gun, an' as I am somethin' on that myself, I'm man behind the bar, as he pushed over the bottle and jest itehin' to see whal he kin do. Old Spofford, ther glass. "Jest wet yer dryness to yer heart's content.'' manager o.f Roarin' Ranch, sent me over here with a let "You seem to have an easy way with you," remarked.I tcr to Young Wild Wc8t, but I know jest what's in it,

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2 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL though I didn't see it writ, or I hain't read it. Ther boys over at ther ranch voted unanimously ter hold what they call a carnival when they round up ther cattle next week, an' they all want Young Wild West ter come over an' manage it for 'cm. I could do that part of it all right, 'cause there ain't a man livin' what kin do as much with a horse and revolver as I kin. They all k110vcd this, but they seemed to think that the:c_ owner of ther ranch oughtcr have ther honor of bein' at ther head of iher thing. H I'd been on ther ranch longer it might have been different, too, but as I've only been workin' there a month I, of course, gave in to 'em. They drew lots to see who was ter ride over tcr Weston with thcr letter from thr man ager, an' it fell to me. Jow I want to sec iher young feller what owns Roarin' Ranch, who, thoy say, is a nip squicher at everything he tackles. I'm goin' ter hunt up Ypung Wild West right no}v before I eat my supper, 'cause it's my duty to deliver ther letter ter him right away. Where kin I find him, boss ?" "Right here, my :friend!" The cowboy had been so earnest in what he was telling the hotelkceper that he had failed to notice the entrance of a handsome young fellow, who had paused at the bar just as he took his second drink. Brown had seen him, though, but he had not said a word "Here I am, my friend! I'm Young Wild West," said the handsome boy, stepping forward. "Did' I hear you say that you had a message for me?" "That's what you did, if you're Young Wild West," and the cowboy, not the least abashed, went into a pocket and produced a rather dirty looking envelope "Here she is, boss!" Sam Spud, as he had introduced himself, was doing his best to cany out the reckless, bragging manner he had adopted on entering the hotel, but when he saw the ath letic form and handsome face that was framed by a wealth I of chestnut fl.owing hair there was just the least bit of hesitancy about him. And no wonder Young Wild West, commonly called the Prince of the Saddle and Champion Deadshot of the West, besides being a perfect type of young manhood, possessed a personal magnetism that but few could resist. The boy looked at the address on the envelope to assure himself that it was for him, and then tore it open and read the letter that was within, while the cowboy leaned against the counter watched him. "All right/' said he, looking at Sam Spud. "I suppose you are going to wait to ride over with us when we go back?" "Yes, I reckon that would be about the size of it," was the reply. "Well, I'm glad I heard you express yourself as you did. So you are a sort of champion cowboy, are you?" "I reckon there's no rubbin' that out," and Spud drew himself to his full height and nodded rather proudly: "And you think you would bo folly capable o.r managing the carnival they propose to hold over at Roaring Ranch?" "Well, boss, I don't wanl that it should ofl'end you for me sayin' that. I don't know as 1 would have said it if I had known you was he're. O.f course there's no rnb bin' it out that there ain't no man anywhere in thcr northwest what kin equal me at doin' fancy rid in' an' shooiin' an' do in' tricks with a cayuse. You'd have t er go to Texas to .find one that would come anywhere near me. I've been all over an' I know putLy much what I'm talkin' about when I say this. But I'm workin' for Spoll:ord, an' Spofford is workin' .for you, an' there's no use in sayin' things that :might make you mad. You arc a gooq one at ther game, they say, an' you might think I'm insinuatin' things when J talk like I did. I like my job at Roarin' Ranch, an' I don't want you to git mud at me 'cause I've said too much, an' make me lose it." "Oh, don't worry on that score," was the quick reply, and Young Wild West smi led. "If the only fault you've got is your mouth you need not worry in the least. I am sure you would not offend me iI you were fo beat me in a riding race to defeat me at any kind of shootin There are lots in the world who can do that, I fancy.' "There might be," spoke up the man behind the "but there ain't any of 'cm ever been found yet." The cowboy turned and looked at Brown rathe iously. "You've seen a little of everythin' in ther line, Is' he remarked. "I reckon so." He would have said more, but a look from Young West stopped him. "Did you ever see a man snuff out a candle wit bullet from his six-shooter ridin' at full speed. asked the cowboy. "I don't know as I have jest exactly seen that done." "II uh! I thought so. Well, I kin do that little tric "You're a good one, then." The few men who were in the place had been listenin attentively to what was being said, and they all bore broad grins when they heard Sam Spud make the last remark. Just then two others entered. One of them was a tall man, with long hair and a heavy mustache, and the other was a young fellow of perhaps twenty, who had quite a handsome and dashing appearance. They were attired in hunting suits, the same as Young Wild West, and looked as though they were thorough Westerners. These two were the partners of Young Wild West, Cheyenne Charlie, and Jim Dart, Young Wild West to them when they entered. "Boys," said he, "this is Sam Spud, from Roaring Ranch. He has just arrived with a message from Alex Spofford, inviting us to go over and attend the round tip and take part in the Cowboy Carnival which they have arranged to have over there next week. What do you think about going?"

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY C'ARNIV AL 3 "You kin count me in, I reckon!" retorted Cheyenne Charlie, as he took a good look at the messenger "And I am sure T would like to go," added .Jim Dart, following the example of the tall man and sizing up the messenger. "All right, then We will go over. We will take Ari etta, Anna and Eloise with us, if they can make arrange ments to go." "I reckon they can make arrangements all right," observed Cheyenne Charlie, who had served a fow as a government scout and was hardened to the ways o.f the wild West. "1'hey'11 only be too glad to go." "Goin' to take wimmen over to Roarin' Ranch, hey?" asked the cowboy. "Oh, they have been there before," retorted Wild. "They are quite used to thr sad
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4 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL "Now go and get your supper, and don't go to bragging any more. If there is anything I dislike, it is to hear a person bragging of what he can do." "An' what he can't do, too," put in Cheyenne Charlie. The scout was certainly down on Sam Spud for being a liar, and he meant that the fellow should apologize before they were through with each other. But Young Wild West had plainly let him know that he did not want the quarrel to be continued then and as Charlie had the greatest respect for the wishes of the daring boy he was bound to abide by his deci:'lion. "Come on, Charlie! We'll go home now," said Wild, ( and the scout promptly started for the door. "Good-night!'' called out Sam Spud. "Good-night!" they answered. They then went to their respective homes, only to meet a little later at the house Cheyenne Charlie occupied to talk over the trip to Roaring Ranch. Roaring Ranch was the property of Young Wild West, having been purchased by him some months before. It was quite a good paying cattle ranch, and our hero enjoy!'d making a trip there occasionally. 'l'he proposed cowboy carnival made him :feel very much interested, and he resolved that if the t'hing went through it would be the greatest of the kind ever held on a ranch in the West. When Wild and Jim Dart entered the house of the scout they found his wife and their sweethearts, Arietta ::\furdock and Eloise Gardner there. "We have heard all about it, Wild !" said Arietta, with a laugh. "Charlie has promised Anna that she can go along, so it surely follows that Eloise and I are to be in tl1e party, too." "All right, Et," was the reply. "I guess you can go with ns this time. The trip is going to be a pleasure affair, anyhow, but of course it is necessary that the owner o.f a ranch should be there when the general rmmd-up is made. How soon could you girls get ready, anyhow?" "A bout us soon as you could." "I hardly think that. Why, I am ready now, for that matter." "Well, I think we can be ready by to-morrow morning," spoke up Anna, Charlie's wife. "What do you think of that, boys?" Wild remarked, turning to bis two "I reckol). that ther sooner we get over ther better it will be," retorted the scout. "If they are goin' ter have such big goin's on over there Spofford might be mighty glad to have us there to help him, most likely." "And we certainly would be of great help to Mrs. Spof ford," spoke up Anna. "I suppose it will be what they call an 'all day feed' when the carnival takes place, and there will have to be lots of cooking done." "Well, if you. girls can really get ready to start to morrow morning, and if Charlie ancl Jim are willing to the arrangement, we will go at that time, then." Young Wild West always called them the three girls, notwithstanding that Anna was a married woman p.ast twenty-five. She acted in a sort of motherly way to Arietta aBd Eloise when they went away from home, and they had be come so used to her that they would not have thought of going away without her. Arietta was one of the prettiest and bravest of Western girh, who had been brought up on the border in the midst of all sorts of dangerR and perils. Eloi8e, on the other hand, was a delicate miss who had been reared in a city, but who was gradually falling into ihe ways of the wild West. When the three ladies declared that they would be ready for the journey to Roaril1g Ranch the next morning at seven o'clock, Young Wild West concluded that he and hjs partners would have to get a hustle on them and get the necessary articles together that they wou1d have to take i1long on a packhorse, as they would be compelled to go into camp two nights before arriving at the ranch. When Wilrl and .Jim left Charlie's house they went over to their bachelor quarters, that were looked af!er for the by a trusted Chinaman called Wing Wah. This man was not only a firstclass cook, but knew about the care of 'a simpl.e household such as suited t Sometimes they took him along when they went trip, <\o he could cook their meals, and Wild decide Wing Wah would go this time. "Wing," said he, when they went in the hous found the Chinaman taking things easy and study picture book that was intenued for small childre want you to get ready for a trip to Roaring Ranch. start to-morrow morning, and I want you to have the cooking utensils we will need for the trip. We wi put them on a packhorse along with the tent we ar going to take along for the ladies, so don't forget an thing." "Me no forgittee, Misler Wild," was the reply. go to Roaring Ranch, too, so be." "Yes, you are to go, too. We will need you. to cook and wash up things on the way." Wing Wah did not look as though he exactly liked the idea of going along. But this was probably because he k:o.ew he would have considerable work to do if he did; whereas, if he remained at home there would be nothing for him to do but to take care of the house and get his own meals. But he did not demur. ,; His wages were good, as were all that were paid out by Young Wild West and the company he was the treasurer of. The' Chinaman started right, and when they retired .that night everything was in readiness to be put on the packhorse in the morning. It was just a few minutes before seven thiit Young Wild West, Jim Dart and Wing Wah rode down to the

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YOUNrt WTLD WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL postoffice, the Chinaman leading the packhorse, which was this carnival we are going to have, and I have come to pretty well loaded. the conclusion to allow him to be." Cheyenne Charlie, Arietta, Anna and Eloise met therri "What!" gasped the old man. there, all being equipped for the trip over the mountains "I will let him go ahead and arrange the sporting part to the prairie in Wyoming. of it, anyhow, and let him give it out that he is master Word had been sent to Sam Spud that they were going of ceremonies. I will participate in the various contests, to start at seven that morning, and they no sooner ga-then, on the same footing as the rest of the boys." thered at the postoffice than the cowboy came out of the "Well, I reckon you know your own business, but it Gazoo hotel and mounted his horse. Reems to me that if Sam Spud is told that he is to have "I see you are right on time, bos8," h0 said to Wild, charge he will swell up with pride until he busts." as Jw took off his hat and made a bow for the benefit of "Oh, not so bad as that!" laughed Wild. "You can the girls. tell the cowboys that I have decided that they shall run "Oh, yes," was the retort. "I generally try to do as the carnival the way they want to, and that they shall l say I will. You are all ready, I presume?" appoint me one of their number as asort of master of eere"Me? Well, I should reckon so! All I had to clo was monies. It is quite likely that they will select Spud, and io stock up with some tobacker and a flask of good rum." then, when he gets through with his stunts, if there i s "Well, you want to go lightly on the rum. I never anything that Charlie, Jim or I can do that hasn't been allow a drunken man to stay in a pa1iy that I am at the done we'll do it. I rather think they will all like that." head of." "Yes, they'll all like i,t but Spud." "Oh, I only take a little drop now an' then for ther "Well, if he don't like it, I fancy that he is not the f'tomach's sake." man to harbor any grudge." There was a smile at this retort, and then Wild intro-"No! He ain't that kind. He's jest one of them fel-ced the man to the Indies. lers that can't help saying things that ain't so, an' tryin' Then they bade those who had gathered at the postoffice to do things that he knows he can't do. If he gets taken 'ee them off a cheery good-by, and the trip was begun. down a couple of pegs in this here carnival business it s nothing of importance occurred on the way over the won't hurt him a bit, Wild." mtains, it is hardly necessary to descril?e the journey The next morning tli.e manager of the ranch gave it out Ranch. among the cowboys that Young Wild West said they were Tiey arrived there on the afternoon of the third day to run the carnival to suit themselves, and they should ';received a warm welcome from Alex Spofford and appoint one of their number as leader, to go ahead and ivife, the couple who ran things at the ranch. I fix up the stunts that were to be done. o particular day had been set for the round-up and As soon as he heard this Sam Spud began electioneering e carnival that was to follow, so Wild thought he would 1.among the bo!s,. and soon got a majority of them in et the cowboys themselves fix the time. favor of appomtmg him as leader. The spring grass was about two inches tall, and things They had seen him perform some remarkable feats, but okea fine on the ranch property. what he had shown them was nothing to what he could do, At the earnest request of Spofford, Wild mai-Je an inhe declared. pection of everything about the buildings cattle pcna It was Sunday morning when they all got together and the day after their arrival, and that night he went over made this decision, and it was finally decideq that the the books with the honest old fellow. carnival was to take place the day following the round-up. Ile found everything about as and in as gooil. When Wild heard this he gave it out that the roundorder as it should be, and consequently commended Spoiing np of the cattle should begin the next morning. ford for it. Some cattle buyers would be over on Wednesday, Spof-"The new man you have is of a wonder, to hear him talk," our hero remarked. "You mean ther feller who took ther letter over to you, I reckon?" and then Spofford smiled. "Yes; l mean Sam Spud." "Well, he has got an awful lot ter say, an' he has made himself putty solid with some of ther men. He's a :fine worker, though, and is away up in fancy ridin' an' shootin'. H he wasn't such a brag I'd like him better, though, for be makes out he kin do a good deal more'n he kin." "Yes, I easily understood that be was of a windbag when I :first saw him and heard him talk. He seems to think that he ought to be a sort of leader in ford had told him, and1 that would. give them a chance to select what they wanted. Then the branding of those that were not big enough to sell could take place, and when this was done the Cowboy Carnival would be in order. CHAPTER III. A PAIR OF RASCALS. It so happened that there were a few men employed on the ranch who did not approve of the things that were being done in regard to the proposed carnival.

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6 YOL'NG WILD WEST'S UOWBOY CARNIVAL There were two who especially did not like Spofford or Sam Spud. They were among the few who had been hired the month before, and their names were Gil Logan and Benedict. Jus t what the given name of the latter one was no one seemed to know-or care, for that matter. He simply weni by the name of Benedict, and that was quite sufficient. Neither of these two had ever s een Young Wild West, and from what th e y had heard of him they came to a conclusion that he was' an upstart of a boy, who ought to be given a good thrashing. Tlie stories they had heard of how he cou,ld handle the biggest kind of men with the greatest ease they regarded as bits of :fiction, declaring that the rea s on he had things his own way 'Was because he had plenty of money and no one wanted to incur his dislike. When these two men-rascals would be more appropri ate, for they were nothing more or less-learned that Young Wild West had given the cowboys power to select their own manager of the carnival they felt sure that Sam Spud would work his way to the front and manage to get to be the leader of the game. And when they :finally heard that this was so they got to talking it over between the,lll, and the things that were said about Young Wild West, Aleck Spofford and Sam Spud were anything but complimentary. "I kin see through it easy enough," said Gil Logan. 'Spud has been showin' ther youngster some of his ridin' or shootin' tricks, an' has made what they calls a hero himself. Then the boy recommends him to sorter run things here." "It looks that way," retorted Benedict. "But it do seem sorter funny, too, if that's ther case. I've heard some of ther boys say as how Young Wild West is ther Prince of ther Saddle an' Champion Deadshot of the West." "That's all right. He might have given him s elf them titles. You don't suppose .for an instant that he can ride or shoot any better than either me or you, do yer ?" "Well, no! He'd ha'fe to be a good one if he could." "Well, do you know what I'm in favor of doin' ?" "What?" ''Givin' Spud a good thumpin' !" "He sartinly oughter have one. He ain't got ther sense he was born with, anyhow. Why, either of us would have made better managers for this here carnival." "Of cour se. Well, what do you say if we give Spud a good thumpin' between now an' ther time of ther carni val, an' then quittin' our job?" "I'll go it." "An' say!" Logan forced his hor s e closer to the one his companion was mounted on and looked around to make s ure no one was listening, as he said the words. "What?" asked Benedict, looking interested. "We've known each other furquite awhil e hain't we?" "Oh, yes." "An' we've 'done most everythin' together, 'cept killin' a man?" "I reckon we have. We've fleeced more'n one feller out of his money at playin' poker, we've raided ther gin mill over in Steuben an' never got found out, an' we've --" "Well, never mind just what we've done. S'pose we rob ther ranch after ther cattle buyers come over an' leave a pile of money here ?" "Would we dare?" and the villain looked as though he hardly believed they would. "Would we dare? Why wouldn't we? I'll tell you how it could be worke
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the girls, for cowboys always have eyes for females, since they see so few of them. They let their bronchos go at full speed, and soon over took Ariettil and her two companions. As the sun was almost setting Logan thought it would be proper say good-evening in saluting them, so he took of! his hat and did so. "Good-evening," replied the girls. "You're strangers aroun' here, I reckon?" ventured Benedict. "Not exactly," replied Arietta. "We have been here two or three times _before. Do you belong to Roaring Ranch?" "Yes'm; we work for Mr. Spofford." "Well, we are stopping at his house.'' "You come over with Young Wild West, I reckon?" said Logan. "Ye::;," and then Arietta urged her horse .forward a little faster, as though to get out o.f the company o:f the men. "What's your hurry, miss?" called out Benedict. "We ain't goin' ter hurt yer." "Hurt us!" echoed Wild's sweetheart, turning nrouncl arply. "I didn't suppose you were gomg to hurt us." '\\'ell, what was you riclin' oil so sudden like then, from u:;. That's all I've got to say. If you don't you won't have time to wish you had." Logan and Benedict turned off in a different direction and rnacle a short cut for the big barn on the ranch, while the girls proceeded on at an easy gait. '' '1.1hey were evil looking fellows, and I believe if you had not stopped them they would have gone further," said Eloise. "I took a dislike to them the minute they rode up," de clared Arietta. "I made up my mind what to do if they got too fast." "Are you going to tell Wild about it?" asked Anna. "Well, I suppose if I do they will get discharged. Wild always gets angry in cases of this kind." "Well, if I were you I would say nothing about it just now. It is more than likely that they have learned a lesson and that they will behave themselves in the fu ture." "I will do as you say, I guess. But if I ever set eyea on two men again I will keep a sharp watch on them, for I don't like their appearance.'" "They look like regular villains," added Eloise. "Well, they may be perfectly honest after all," said .\nna. "They probably were smitten with the good looks of you two girls, and in their admiration overstepped the 'Jan't we ricle alongside ycr ?" spoke up Logan. bounds of propriety." We arc not in need of an escort just now." "Well, if they had kept on they would have overstepped h !" the bounds of this green earth!" Arietta assured her. "If ,1en both villains laughed and looked at each other. one of them had so muQh as dared to lay a hand on me I and her companions did not like this. would have shot him dead in his tracks." ey thought the cowboys were getting too insulting. They reached the house a few minutes later and found )ut they. said nothing further just then, and attempted supper ready and waiting for them. ride away from them. Meanwhile let us follow Gil Logan and Benedict. At this Logan and Benedict became bolder and rode 'I'hey felt just a trifle ashamed over what had occurred, np until one of i.hem was on either side of Arietta. and they both expected that they would get into trouble. Then the girl resented their actions. "We was a little too hasty," said Benedict. "We should "You two men just ride on about your own business," not have stuck to 'em after they said they didn't want ...,he said. "We do not want you to escort us back to the us to ride along with 'em." house." "Well, I couldn't help myself," retorted Logan. "Why, we ain't goin' ter touch you, miss!" declared But ther gal with ther reddish hair is a regular spitfire, Logan, and then he ogled her and laughed aloud. ain't she? She's jest as pretty as a picter, too. If I "I know you arc not going to touch me. Now move on, thought I was in need of a wife she'd be ther one I'd or you will tumble from your horses so quickly that i.t want." will be hard to tell which of you strikes the ground first." "I lik e thcr other gal ther best. She was so innocent The girl had drawn her revolver as quick as a fl.ash, an' frightened like. Why, she's got ther puttiest dark and she was waving it from one to the other, her finger eyes I ever seen. She'd be ther one fur me, if I had a on the trigger, ready to discharge it. choice an' was goin' to start travelin' in double harness." That altered the situation wonderfully. "Ther oldest one ain't such a bad looker, either," mused The two villains promptly reined in their horses and Logan, half aloud. "Jove! I thought she was goin' ter allowed the three to go ahead. pull a shooter, too; an' I guess she was, fur I seen her "I hope you ain't offended," eallccl out Benedict. "We hand slide toward her bosom mighty quick." didn't mean anythin' wrong by ther way we acted. All "Well, let 'em drop. If they tell about it,_ an' anyone cowboys to see gals, you know, an' we only I says anythin' to .us about it we'll have to apologize, that's wanted to ride crlong with you so's we conld tell ther rest all. We don't wanter quit Roarin' Ranch till we gits. of ther gang that we'd seen about ther prettiest three hold of thcr money you was talkin' about, you know." wimmen that wears dresses-that's all we
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8 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL more about gittin' married than I've thought in a couple "As you have already bee n told," h e s aid "I though t of years." it wi s e to let you select a man from yourselve s to act in "Shet up about it! Here we are at ther stable!" the e;apae;ity of ma s ter of c e remonie s I h ave heard that Tl1c t,y c c::.boys dismounted, and putting their horses you have chosen Mr. Sam Spud, who cam e ove r to away -:-:ci'. c,-.-:1 to their quarters and joined some thirty ; to notify me of the carnival. From what Mr.' Spud saytl, of thc::c who were just eating their supper. he mu s t b e quite able to fill the bill, and I hop e that you The cro\7d was a jolly one, and they soon joined in the! will have no c au s e to c omplain of your selection. O f talk and became interested in what was going on. cour s e myself and partners will join in the sport. You The cowboys were very much interested in the carnival who know u s are aware that we c ould hardly r efrain from that was going to take place as soon as the roundingdoing it, s ince we are so familiar with the s addle. .I h ave up of the cattle was done, and much speculation was had decided to put up s ome cas h prizes for tho s e who e x c e l in over the good time they anticipated. feat s of hor s emanship and shooting, and at the close of Every man of them knew Young Wild West s ave Logan the carnival l am going to call for a vot e and find out who and Benedict, and after supper was over, when i s the mos t popular cowboy at Roarin g Ranch. A s s o o n some one announced that the young owner of the ranch as the question is settled the lucky man will receive a gold was corning over to their quarters to see them, the two watch and chain from m e That is about all I h ave t o villalns became suddenly uneasy. say on the subject, so go ahead and arrang e the c arnival t o They thought it miglit be that Young Wild West was suit yourselve s.'' looking for them to them apologize for insulting the Another cheer greeted the s e remark s and s om e of the ladies. more enthusiastic ones picked up the boy and ins i s ted on The next minute our hero entered the big shack that carrying him around the shack on their s houlders the men ate in, and when he did so a cheer 'Yent up from Gil Logan and Bene dict had li s tened attentively to al the cowboys. that had been said, and they a s sured each other that "Humph!" grunted Logan to Benedict. "Why, he's did not amount to a great deal. even more of a boy than I thought he was. I reckon we A little later Spofford called them over needn't be much afraid of him "Wild," said he to the young ranch own e r, "I re( CHAP'rER IV. THE STAMPEDE OF TllE CATTLE. Behind our hero came his two partners and Aleck Spof ford. "Boys," said the latter, when the cheering had subsided, "Mr. West says we had better start in to-morrow to roundup the cattle, so you will know what to do. We will get them down here in the big pen, so the buyers who are com ing here Wednesday will be able to pick out what they want. Then the young steers that haven't got their growth must be branded, and after that the Cowboy Carnival will begin. Mr. West has arranged to have plenty of good things to eat on that day, so there's no reason that you won't have a good time of it." "Three cheers for Young Wild West!" shouted one of the cowboys, and then they fairly made the rafters shake with their yells. Sam Spud was probably the happiest man in the crowd He strutted about like a prize game cock, and as he had shaved himself and tied a flaming red bow at the neck of his gray flannel shirt, he put on quite a dandified appearance Wild made a little speech to them, in which he thanked them for rendering such good services on the ranch, and he wound up by telling them that he gave bis h e arty approval to the carnival idea. you've never seen these feller s afore. They' r e two 1.her new ones I hired about a month ago. 'l'hey're p good workers, too, ancl I gue s s they like their job s." "Oh, yes!" spoke up Logan. "We never worked better plac;e than Roaring Ranch." "That's right," added B e nedict. "We are w e ll s fled." "I am glad of that," retorted Wild. "I want man who works for me to be satisfied." He looked at the pair rather k e enly lffitl when winced under hi s gaze he made up hi s mind were not exactly what they ought to b e The next morning the rounding-up b e gan. Some of the cowboys had to go out mile s on the prairie and drive the cattle in, so it wa s no eas y ta sk; nor would it be done in a day. Arietta got our hero's consent to allow h e r and Anna and Eloi s e to participate, so about nine o clock they set out with their three escorts. Each of the girls carried a lariat, like the cowboy s and they anticipated no little pleasure and excitement. Wild had been told by Spofford the direction the furthermost herd was in, so he concluded to ride off that way and assist in getting them in. It was nearly noon when they came in sight of a herd. There was easily twelve hundred cattl e in it, and a s they had been out on the open prairi e ever since the grass had begun to s prout they were a prett y wild lot. But the cowboys knew their busines s and the y w e re working them in gradually. "That is what I call a pretty sight," said Jim Dart,

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL 9 as he brought his horse to a halt and pointed to the ad vancing cattle. "Just think, Eloise, of the tons of beef that are there!" "It seems like a shame to kill the innocent creatures, doern't it!'" aRked Eloise, turning to Arietta and Anna. "Innocent creatures, eh?" laughed Jim. "You woulcl not think they were so innocent looking if you saw a stam pede. Just suppose that herd was to take a notion to come tearing toward us like the wind now Then I guess you wo11ld change your mind about their innocence." The words were scarce ly out of th e boy' s mouth when there was a sort of flurry among the cattle in the rear, and the next instant a bellowing roar came to their cars. "Great Scott!" exclaimed Young Wild We s t. "Some thing has started them II ere they cqme We must get out of the way!" The leaders of the herd s pread out like a fan almo s t instantly, and they were now rushing forward to get out of the way of those that were now pressing them from the rear. They were than two hundred yarcb away, too, and 1f friends !"oon saw that they were outdistancing the owboys who had been riding along on either side of the d. We've got to turn tail, too, I reckon," remarked Chey1e Charlie, as he cast a swift look around and saw that '}'thing was rlear ahead of them. Oh, look at them!" cried EloisC', turning pale with ht. "They seem to have all gone raving mad in an ant." ti'his wai: indeed the case. Young Wild West had witnessed the starting of more an one stampede, but he had never seen anything done <]nickly as this before. "There is only one thing for us to do, boys We must split the herd!" The words had scarcely left his mouth when his rifle flc:: w t<> his shoulder. Crack! As the weapon spoke one of the foremost Rteers in the e:entero:f the advancing line fell. Crack Crack, crack, crack Charlie and Jim joined in the firing, and the cattle dropped and caused those behind them to tumble and form a heap until the herd was split into two wings. Our friends remained grouped together as closely as they could get, and next instant the frightened steer:; went whirling past them on either side. They all passed without touching them, though they were dangerously close. Arietta had dismounted the moment Wild had begun firing, and she seized Anna's horse by the head and held it down, to keep it from getting kil led in the rush. '1.'hongh the girl had never experienced anything of the lcind before, she had heard of such things happening, and she \vas bound to do all she could to help Wild and his partners. \ The action of the brave girl had surely saved the life of the horse, and it was not until the danger was over that she got up from its head and let the animal up. Anna, who was more frightened than hurt, seized Ari etta and gave her a hug. "You knew just what to do!" she cried. "Oh, it was awful! I thought I was surely gone that time." "An' I thought so myself!" remarked her husband. "If it hadn't been for Wild I would never have thought of splittin' ther herd. But I'd have died with you, Anna; you kin bet on that." The scout's face was rather pale, and ail those present knew he meant what he said. "I will investigate this and try and find the cause," "There is al ways a way to get out of danger if you e said. "The whole lhing sta rted from the rear." can only think of it in time," remarked our hero, as he They had turned their horses around, and were now looked at the heap of dead and dying cattle. "It was the riding away with the speed of the wind. only way to save Anna, and I knew it." But as fast as they were going, the herd of frightened "But look at the risk you all took," said the woman, cattle was gaining upon them. trembling in her husband's arms. Wild had struck off at an angle, going to the right in "There was not so much risk about it. All we had to the hope of getting clear of the cattle. do was to drop some of the cattle in a bunch Those But he soon realized that he could not do it. coming behind them did the rest. It's easy when ;you come They ha
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10 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY The two men halted by the heap of cattle. Wild walked over to them. "What caused the cattle to start off like that?" he asked, looking keenly at the villains. "How do we know, boss?" retorted Logan, atrecting surprise. "I don't know how you know, but I know you do know!" "You ain't gain' to accuse us of--" "See here!" exclaimed the boy, with flashing eyes. "I guess I can read you two fellows all right. Your looks and actions give you away, if I wasn't sure that you knew what the trouble was. You were driving the herd from behind, and now you say that you don't know what started the cattle to stampede. I saw where the trouble started, and you know what made it start. Now tell me all about it, or I'll know the reason why." "Yon may be the owner of this ranch, but you can't talk to me that way!" exclaimed Logan, drawing his re volver. "I reckon I ain't ther one as will take that kind of talk." "Oh, I guess you will take any kind of talk I choose to give you," and the villain saw the muzzle of a revolver staring him right in the face. As he had not yet raised his shooter he found himself in a rather peculiar fix. Benedict, however, tried to come to his friend's as sistance. He placed his hand on the butt of his shooter. Then Young Wild West's left hand flew out on a line, and Benedict saw that he was covered with a revolver, too. "Just let go your shooters and hold up your hands, gentlemen! I aske'd you a question a few minutes ago, and I am going to have it answered, or I will riddle you two rascals witJ1 bullets!" Up went the hands of the villainous pair. Young Wild West was altogether too persuasive for them. They now fully realized that those who had told them about Young Wild West's wonderful nerve and quick ways had not exaggerated, as they thought. "How did you cause the herd to stampede?" The question was asked in a stern tone of voice. "We pricked two or three of 'em with a knife, jest ter git 'em gain'," spoke up Benedict. "You saw us coming before you did it, though, didn't you?" "No!" "What!" "We didn't see you-honest they both declared. Wild was satisfied that they had done the thing for some purpose, but he could not think what it was. After a minute of thought he turned to the men and said: "Yon ride over to the ranch and tell Spofford to pay you what is coming to you. Then you want to light out as quick as your cayuses will carry you a nd if you are ever caught around here by me again you will be riddled with bullets I Move, now!" The two cowboys rode off as meek as lambs. "I knew those two fellows were no good the instant I set eyes on them last night," our. hero said to his com panions. "They are the two who insulted us last evening," re marked Arietta. "What! Insulted you, Et? I I had known that I would have given them something to remember as long as they live I" CIIAPTER V. WIIAT TOOK PLACE AT STEUBEN. Logan and Benedict made haste to get to the hous e and get their money from Spofford. They had seen just enough of Young Wild West to realize that he was a dangerous person to fool with. "I told yer it was foolishness ter start ther cattle on a stampede," said Benedict, as they rode along. "Well, I jest done it ter give Young Wild West a ther rest a scare. I wanted to see how fast they co' 1 skcedaddle, that's all," replied Logan. "Well, you seen how it turned out now, didn't yo "Yes. I wonder what macle 'em split ther herd shootin' into it? They had chance enough to get c without doin' that." "We don't know about that. We was over half a back, an' a feller see very clos e at that dista If they could have got away you kin bet that they woul have fired into the herd, for they've lost more'n fifty catt by
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YOUNG WII1D WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL 11 "You ain't goin' ter leave until after ther cattle arc rounded up, are you?" asked 8pofforcl, in surprise. "I reckon we can't do no different," answered LogatJ. ':Young Wild West told us tcr come to you an' git our money, an' then tcr light off ther place as fast as we could." "Oh, he did, hey? Well, come on over to ther house, then. Wild knows jest what he's doin', I reckon." "Jl.faybe he did, an' then maybe he didn't,'' retorted Logan. "What did he discharge you for?" questioned the foreman. "Oh, ther big herd we was after got ther Old Boy in 'em an' started off ter rush things a bit, an' Young Wild West an' his gang come mighty near giti.in' under 'cm. Then he stops us two an' says as how that we done it." "Well, if he said so, you kin bet that he knowed jest what he was talkin' about." The two villain:; said nothing to this. They thought they had said about enough. Though they h;i
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12 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL lot, an' there's no use in sayin' he don't. He jest amounts ter ernuff to clean this here place out, if he took a notion to do it, an' don't you forgit it, either." The dancing and singing had come to an abrupt stop the instant the Mongolian broke loo:;c from the man, and they all listened to what was said by the proprietor and Benedict.' Wing Wah put his money on the counter and asked for what he wanted, and it was promptly given to him. He bought a drink and then had a bottle filled. It was not until he started to go out that any one interfei;ed with him again. Then Benedict pulled out his revolver and Rent a bullet in the floor about a foot from the Chinaman's feet. "Dance, you heathen!" he cried. "Let's see what you are made of!" "Me allee samee likee Young Wild West!" was the quick reply, and out came a big revolver which covered the man in a twinkling. "Drop pistol So be!" A loud guffaw we:nt up as Benedict obeyed. He had his finger on the trigger of his shooter, but he dared not raise it because the Chinaman had him covered. Logan would have taken a hand in it then if the pro prietor had not interfered. "Hold on, now!" he exclaimed. "Fun is fun, but I advise you to let the Chinee alone. He's je st as apt ter kill some of yer, as you're apt ter kill him. Jest let him alone." \ "That's right, boys," spoke up the man in the velvet suit "He says that he is just the same as Young Wild West, so let him be. I don't know who Young Wild West is, but from what I've heard right here be must be some thing out of the ordinary run of fellows. He must be a regular terror!" "Young Wild West come here pullee soonee; he make no foolee," remarked Wah, smiling blandly. 'l'ben he started for the door, and no one stopped him as he went out. The man in the velvet suit appeared to be much in terested in what had just transpired. "What is your name?" he asked of Bencdie:t. 'l'he cowboy quickly told him, and then introduced Logan. "You seem to be likely sort of fellows," resumed the stranger "You belong around here, I suppose?" "Well, we've been workin' on a ranch a few miles from here," answered Logan, "but we got discharged this mornin'." "Ah! Is that so? What ranch did you work on?" "Roarin' Ranch, which is owned by ther young feller they was jest talking about-Young Wild West." "Oh, is that so? What did you get discharged for, if I may ask? 1 supposed that they would be very busy over there rounding up the cattle. I should think they would be putting on men, instead of discharging them." "Well, ther boss himsel.f discharged us, 'cause he ac cused us o.f stampedin' a herd of cattle what nearly run over him an' ther other two fellers an' thcr three gals what was with him." "ls thaL so?' and the stranger looked surprised. :c Yes, an' that's thcr whole 1:>um an' substance of it," answercd Benedict. "IIe didn't make any bones about tcllin' us to git onr money, either," spoke up Logan. "Ile sorter has a way o.L makin' :i Ccller git a hustle on him when he say:; ter do it. But l jest reckon I'll git square on him ther first time I git thcr chance." "And so will I I" added hi:; friend. "I don t blame you .fellows, if you have a grievance against him," said the stranger "You say that this Young Wild West owns Roaring Ranch? I thought a man named Spofford owned it." "No; hc't:> only ther of ii. Young Wild West's ther owner. He comes over onee in awhile ter look around, an' when he does come they generally have a big time. As soon as they git ther cattle l'ounded up this week they're goin' ter have what thay call '
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YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL .. CHAPTER VI. THE M:AN IN VELVET MAKES .A. MIST.A.KE. Young Wild W.cst was not a little angered when he heard how Logan and Benedict had insisted on forcing their presence on the girls the day before. "You did right, Et!'' he said to his sweetheart. "I guess they found they had 1.ackled the wrong person when they tackled you." "Oh, I wasn't the least bit afraid of them!" the girl declared. "Neither was Anna nor Eloise. Anna was just going to draw her revolver when they concluded they would quit." "And I would have shot, too," said Eloise. "I have learned considerable from Arietta, aiii.d I am going to take e:are of mysel.f when anything like that happens." "Good you, Eloise!" exclaimed Jim. "That's the way to talk! There's no use in being scared so easy, is there? You just do as Arietta does, and you will come out all right every time." Anna had little tpsay on the subject. She had hardly recovered from her fright at being (>Wn from her horse right in the face of the rushing e. ild knew they would gradually come down to a slower and then come to a stop. t then the greatest of tact and skill would have to ed to get them together again and move them down to attle pen. out an hour later the herd had scattered over the ie and stopped its maddened rush. ,hen our rode up they found several of the oys working hard to get them together. Young West at once started in to help them. Charlie and Jim did likewise, as might be supposed. 'And then Arietta and Anna and Eloise a hand in _' exciting sport. ")t was night before the herd was into anything like hape, and then, leaving the cowboys to drive the cattle ill, our friends rode back to the house. The ladies were pretty well tired out from the sport and were quite glad to sit clown to the .fine supper that :Mrs. Spofford had prepared for them. The next day the work o. the rounding-up continued, and when night came it was pretty well done. About twenty of the men were sent out after the strag glers the third morning, and when they were brought in the work would be completed, so far as that part of it went. Wednesday at noon the round-up had been completed. It was just after they had eaten their dinner that a stranger rode up to the ranch and said that he had come to buy cattle. He was attired in a velvet suit, and was quite a good looking man. As the reader no doubt judges, it was Fred Jacklyn, the man who had made friends with the two discharged vil lains. But he had not only made friends with them. He had brought them to Jloaring Ranch with him, after first dis guising them by putting false beards on them and making them change their costumes so that they would appear like cattlemen. Logan and Benedict had come over with him, and they sat on their horses out near the cattle pen, while Jacklyn went to the house to talk business. Wild let Spofford do the whole thing, as he was used to the details of the business. But Spofford had his regular customers, and the mo ment he set eyes on the man in velvet he knew he was a stranger to the place. "I've come up from Cheyenne to do business with you," said Jacklyn, as Spofford offered him a chair. "I will buy all the steers you have for sale and pay you a fair price for them." "Well, that sounds like business,'' retorted the manager of the ranch. "You'd better come over an' look at 'em." "How many head have you for sale just now?" asked Jacklyn, as he left the house, followed by Wild and his two partners. Spofford told him the number. "Ah Now the price. That is the main thing. I have an idea that the cattle are :firstclass, but the price is the main thing after all." The price was given him, but Jacklyn smiled and shook his head. "You will have to do better than that," he said. -"I am willing to take the whole lot, but I expect to get a better price than that." ''Well, I couldn't give you a b<:ttter price than that," Spofford retorted. "I expect to get that price from the regular customers we have." "Let me see. Arc you the owner of the cattle?" "No, I ain't ther owner There he is there," and the manager pointed to Wild. "Ah! Well, I have been talking to the wrong man, then. No wonder I couldn't strike a bargain with you." "He is the man to talk to," answered our .hero. "It is :ill left to Spofford. I have nothing to do with making the deals." "And yet you are the owner of the ranch?" and Jacklyn arched brows. "Yes, I am the owner of the ranch, fast enough. But I hire a man who runs it for me. There is the man. The man in velvet now called :for his two companions to ride over. "I brought byo of my men along," he said, "to help me judge the cattle." Our friends paid no particular attention to the two men, and so they did not recognize them in their dis guises. The place whe;:e the cattle were conalled was a big one, and it was about half a mile distant from the house.

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14 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL While they were talking as they made their way to it Jim Dart happened to turn around, and as he did so he saw the girls were just in the act of mounting their horses. "They must be corning to see the sale made," he thought. "Well, I suppose it is a new thing for them to sec so many cattle sold at one time." Before !hey got to the pen Arietta and her companions rode past them. Fred Jacklyn gave a start when he saw the beauty and grace of the fair equestrians. "That i8 a deuced fine looking girl-that one-with the blond hair," he said to Wild. "Does she live here at Roar ing Ranch?" "She is stopping here just now," our hero replied. "Any relation to you?" the villain went on. "No." "Ab! I thought perhaps she was your sister." Charlie and Jim both knew well enough that Wild did not like this sort of talk, and they expected to see some thing happen when they got to the cattle pen, if the girls stopped there. And sure enough, they did stop there. When they got within a hundre.d yards of it Jacklyn touched his horse with the whip and r
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Y01'C\O WILD COWBOY CARNIVAL 15 Wild stepped over and picked up the weapon with his I The men spoke to them in the breezy lfltyle of the West left hand and tossed it to the man. and passed on their way, showing that there was nothing But he made not the least effort to catch it, and it insulting about them fell to the ground again. "'l'hey are different from the other cattle buyer," ob" You haven't as much sand in you as you would like served Eloise. "You can generally tell what a man is to make it appear," observed our hero with a laugh. "I by his looks, I think." have met just such fellows as you before. You know "So do I," retorted Anna. when you are well off." "I can, .anyway," spoke up Arietta. "I knew th-at man Jacklyn did not deign to make reply, but tightening was one or the insulting kind the instant I saw him ride the rein, he spoke to his horse and galloped off, followed up to us by the two uisguised villains. ''We might meet him when we get to Steuben," re"That's what I calls short and sweet," observed Cheymarked the scout, looking at Wild. enne Chal'lie, with a grin. "What did he say to you, "Well, if we do he had better mind his eye," was the Anna?" "Oh, he macle some flattering remarks to Arietta, and she advised him that if he had come to Roaring Ranch to buy cattle he had better go and do it,'' was the reply. "I never hinted at such a thing ns that I wanted an introduction," added Arietta. '"!'he fellow is nothing more than a smooth-tongued, insulting scoundrel." "Well, he gor all he was looking for, I guess," observed Wild, smiling grimly. "I don't believe he wanted to buy uny cattle very bad," Spo:fl'ord, as he turned to walk back to the house. I nst as they reached the stoop Anetta came gallopcalm rejoinder. They soon reached the little town and rode right up to the store and dismounted. 'rhe girls went i11side, and their escorts took a walk over to the hotel that was right close by. Not that the y wanted anything particularly, but just because it was the natural thing to do. Before they got to the door of the place they heard a shrill, discordant voice singing, and then came the clatter of a pair of wooden shoes "It's a Chinee tryin' to sing an' dance, I reckon," ob served the scout. "Yes, and it's our Chinaman, too," observed Jim. "I il
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16 YOUNG "\YILD WEST'S DOWBOY CARNIVAL Some of the present knew them, and they promptly rushed forward to shake hands with them. Bill Dill, the owner of the place, was one o:f these. "Boys, jinc ther Uhinee in givin' a cheer :for Young Wild West he said. They cl id so, making the ceiling rattle :from the vibra tion of their voices. Then Wing Wah tried to dance some more, but he made a miserable failure of it, for he had about reached the point 'Where the liquor he drank was getting the best of him, and with a lunge he pitched over and landed in a heap in the nearest corner. ''That is a fine advertisemervt for us!" said Wild to the proprietor. "II ow long bas he been here?" "About an hour," was the reply. "He was here yes terday, too." "He was, eh ? It seems the fool can't leave liquor alone. I:f he \l'am't such a good worker when he keeps sober I would not haYe him in our employ." "Oh, well, a Chinee likes to have some sport, as well as a white man." "There isn't much sport aliout that, though, i8 there?" and our hero pointed to Wing Wah, who was now asleep and snoring like a pig. "Well, no. But look at ther :fun he had in gittin' that way." "I won't argue the question with you," laughed our hero. "Every man iR en'title.d to his opinion, I Ruppose." When Wild had treated all hanclR he made arrangements with the proprietor to put the Chinaman to bed and keep him till he sobered up. "I was going to do that, anyhow," Bill Dill c1eclared. Our :friends were just going to see if the girls were ready to go back when the door opened, anrl who should come in but Fred Jacklyn and the two discharged cow boys, Logan anc1 Benedict. Wild expected the man in velvet was going to shoot, so he got ready :for him. "It is all off!" exclaimed .Jacklyn, throwing up his hands. "I came in here on purpose to apologize to you, Young Wild West. Don't shoot!" Our hero was not a little a:stonished to hear him ta}k this way, but he did, not believe him, for all that. And Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart 11ot only kept fl sharp watch on him, but on the two cowboys, as well. Logan and Benedict had thrown aside their disguises and were in their usual costumes. "I am glad that you have considered the matter and come to the conclusion that you had better not try to drop me," said Wild, looking the man in velvet squarely in the eyes. "If you hadn't come to that conclusion and had come in that door with the intention o. dropping me you would have been a dead man now I never fire un less I have my mark covered, and my mark this time would have been your heart." "I found I had made a mistakr," replied the villain, putting on an expression of sincerity. "But it was rather galling for me to give in and apologize to you over to the ranch. I have thought it over since that time, and if you bad not come over here I was going to send a let ter of apology over to the ranch. I want to tell you right here before this crowd that I am sorry I acted the way I did before the iadies, though I assure you that 1 meant nothi11g wrong by it. I am also sorry that I had any words with you and was foolish enough to draw my shooter. You showed how emiily you could have dropped me whim you shot it from my hand. From this time out I want to be your friend, if you will let me. And I want you to allow me to come over to Roaring Ranch and take part in the Carnival you arc going to have there. What do you say, Young Wild West? I have been :frank and :fair." "I Ray all right to everything you have said," was the quick reply. "I bear yon no grudge, and i. you are satis fied we will let it go at that." "Thank you. Now, I want to ask a :favor of you." "What is it?" "Let up on the two men yon di8chargec1 and give them the privilege of coming over Saturday. They have told me how they are for what they did, and have promi;; me that they will behave if you will let t} come over and take part in the carnival." "ls that right?" Wild asked, turning to the two "YeR, that's right, boss," was the reply. "All right, then. Come over Saturday. But," he ac significantly, "be mighty careful how you act whe come." The men winced at thi$, but they nodded in the affi. tivc. The man in velvet then stepped to the bar and that all hands present shou ld have something with i "What rlo you think o. them fellers?" Cheyenne Char aRked Wild, when they got outsitle. "Not a great deal," was the reply. bear a whole lot of watching." "That' jest my opinion." "I think they "f I "I am certainthey will!" declared ,Jim. "They are up to some game, if I am any judge of human .nature.'' "Well, let them come to the carnival. If they sbm that they are crooked in the least way we will attend to them in short order," remarked our hero. They went over to the store and fo'und the girls just coming out. They bad made the purchases they wanted to, and were now ready to go home. The ride back to the ranch was a pleasant one. When they got there Wild asked Mrs. Spofford where Wing Wah was. "I don't know," answered _the woman. "He has been actin' very strange since yesterday mornin'. He 'pears to be awful sleepy like." "Well, I guess he is pretty sleepy now," and the boy laughed.

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WILD WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL Then he told them how they had found the Chinaman i n the hotel at Steuben. "We will have to play 1a trick on Wing to make him turn over a new leaf. Charlie, can't you think o.f some thing?" "I'll was the reply. It was just before they were thinking of retiring for the night that the Celestial came in. He looked rather haggard; and his eyes had a far-away, dreamy look in them. Wild and his partners did not let him see them, and when Wing had refused his supper and made straight for goes through," said Jim. "A Chinaman is not liable to take a drink very soon." "He ain't, ch? Jest wait! I'm goin' ter wake him up, an' then 1.her first thing he"ll go for will be a drink from his bottle." "How are you going to wake him?" "You all come out in the hall and listen They followed him, Charlie going right in the room in the dark and placing the bottle of vinegar where he had found the one that,. contained the whish.'}'This done, he gave a growl like that of an angry dog, and grabbing Wing.Wah by the leg, pulled him out of the bed on the floor his quarters the gave a nod of satisfaction. "I'll bet he has got a bottle of whisky with said. "Now, you jest wait till he gits to sleep. you somethin'." him," he A shriek of alarm came from the Chinaman, and thcp, I'll before he realized where he had landed, the scout was out of the room and had closed the door. "All right. We'll leave it to you," replied Wild. "Wing deserves a little touching up for the way he has behaved." The room that had been set apart for the Chinaman was the ground floor, and as therewas no such a thing as a ck on the door, it would be an easy matter .for the scout get in. ou want to be a little careful, too, Charlie," remarked "Wing knows how to fire a revolver pretty good, may take it in his head that you arc a robber and ful1 of lead before you can say Jack Robinson!" run my chances," was the retort. "Just leave it an hour later Charlie walked softly to the door of aman's room and listened. not take him more Lhan a second to hear a g sound, which he knew was Wing snoring. tried the door, and it opened readily. n he stepped outside and struck a match, which, n as it gal to burning right, he held into the room ook a look around. ng lay on the bed fast asleep, just as he had come to the ranch. e had not taken time to even remove his hal. Charlie stepped up and procccdrd to feel of his cl0thing. [ t is very hard to find a Chinaman's pocket, but ihe twas not long in feeling a bottle. Then he soon found a way to get it out, and this done, stepped softly into the room where all hands were iting. "Git me some vinegar and plenty of pepper," he said to Spofford. TP,e housekeeper quickly produced a bottle that was so near like the one the whisky was in that Charlie con cluded to use that instead. "Put this one in a closet somewhere to use in case of sickness," he observed, handing the Chinaman's bottle to her. Then he mixed in a goodly quantity of the pepper and shook it thoroughly. "I gness w have to wait till morning bolo" the joke After the yell there was a short space of silence. Then they heard the victim of the joke get upon his feet. "Biggee dog gittee funny." they heard him say. "He puJJee Chinaman outee bed; then he growl and bi tee him. .Jle shootee him !" Then he struck a light and took a look around the room, while our friends felt like bursting with laughter. Not finding the dog, Wing remained silent for a mo ment. 'I'hen they heard him mutter: "Chinaman must have had bad dreamee. lilly whisk; then him go to sleep some more." Him takee Then there was the noise of a cork being removed, followed quickly by a gurgling sound. But the gurgling sound did not last longer than the fifth part of a second. Then a yell went up that could have been heard half a mile, and it seemed as though a dog fight had suddenly started in the room. One second later Wing Wah burst from the room and ran squarely into the arms of Cheyenne Charlie. "Whoa, there, you heathen!" cried the scout. "What are you wakin' up ther whole crowd by yellin' like that for? I've a notion to kick you out of the house." "Gug-gpg gpg !" sputtered Wing, unable to speak from the effects of the pepper and vinegar. "Git him some water! He wants a drink!" As he spoke he picked him up bodily and carried him into the room where they had been sitting. Mrs. Spofford got a drink of water and Charlie placed it in the Chinaman's mouth. "Now promise you won't drink any more whisky!" he said. "Gug-gug !" replied Wah. Regarding this as an equivalent to 'yes,' Charlie let him have the water. When he had emptied the dipper Wing felt a little better "Me go to sleep," he said, wearily. "Me sick, just the samee Melican man."

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18 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY C'. \.R:\LL\.L "Go on to heel, then; but don't forgit your promise, or another dog. will come along and pull you out of bed." He led the victim of his joke back to the roorn and put him to bed. "Now I reckon I m satisfied," observed the scout. '' Ther Chinaman will have enough to think about to last him for the next week to come." CHAPTER VIII. THE CARNIVAL BEGINS. Wing Wah was very late in risihg the next morning, and when he did get up he took care to keep clear of Young Wild West and the rest. He tried to explain matters to Spofford by saying that he had bought a bottle o.f medicine over to the supply store, and that it hod. made him so sick that he was not re sponsible for the way he had acted during the night. The manager of the ranch assured him that no harm had been done, and then he asked him if he remembered of having made a promise to anyone. Wing stoutly declared that he knew nothing of such a thing as a promise, but Spofford told our friends that he would be willing to bet that he knew all about it, and that he suspected that a trick had been played upon him by some one. There was to be music and dancing, and as all the cowboys and cattle punchers .for miles around had been asked to come and bring their girls, this alone would warrant a good time of it. The programme stated that entries for the various events to take place could be made at any time up to the minute before they began. This gave anyone a show who happened to be there at the last minute. It was a little before ten when the music arrived. This consisted of a violin and banjo, the latter being played by a colored man who worked on an adjoining ranch. It was not the best music in the world, but it was the kind the cowboys were used to, and that made it all right. Accoiding to the programme the carnival was to start promptly at ten. It was just about a minute after that hour that Sam Spud appeared and read off the programme to the big cr9wd that had gathered. It was something as follows : / PART I. Grand entree by cowboys and their ladies. Speech, by Sam Spud. -Fanry riding and quadrille on horseback. Five mile race for cowboys. Five mile race for anybody. Two mile race for the Dancing by everybody on the green. PART II. Grand entree by every one who has a horse. Freak riding for prize. Rifle s hooting at mark for prizes. Gla s s ball from the ground. Glass ball s hooting from horseback. La s soing contest for cowboys Lassoing contest for greenhorns. Spanish Fandango, by s elected parties. Riding race to Steuben and back; open to everybody. Prize. A vote io be taken to determin e who is the most popular cowboy pre sent. Winner will receive a handsome gold watch and chain from Young Wild West. Mor e dancing, and finale. It was a pretty good programme, they all thought. When Spud had fini s hed reading it he was given a and then he stepped bac k to mount his waiting hor lead the "grand entree," as he had it put down. The ground s elected for the carnival was the ope that was bounded on one side by the stockade wat cattle pen, and the house and barns on the othe It was a perfectly level spot, and con s equent adapted for the purpo se. Young Wild West and his party had been ride in the opening, and when the violin and banjl' up a tune Sam Spud bawled out .for the march to Out from the barn and s hed s came the riders. They had been waiting there s everal minutes, ancr only too glad to g e t out and s how them s elves. Young Wild Wes t and Arietta rode ahead of the c column. Jim Dart and Eloise came next, and the n Che Charlie and his wife came. The cowboys 'would have it no other way, s o they h to ride ahead. After them came the vis iting cowboys and their ladiP and as the latter numbered a s core or more it was qui an imposing sight. The rest o-f the procession was made up of the cowboy and employees of Roaring Ranch and those who had no ladies with them. They rode the full length of the and then, making a circle, they came baok on the other side, only to repeat the performance. As every one in the procession knew how to ride thor oughly it wai3 quite an imposing sight. The spectafors, though they were used to seeing some ne riding all the tim"!, applauded loudly. The violin scraped away, and the banjo was thumped to its loudest.

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YOUNG WILD WEST'-S COWBOY CARNIVAL 19 Twice around the circuit completed the opening of the Cowboy Carnival. Then Sam Spud made his speech from the back of his horse. He told all about how they had come to think of having the caruival, and how he had been selected to ride over to Weston and tell Young Wild West about it. Rut he did not relate how he had been spanked by Wild, though, but if he had his speech would have been received better than it was. It was a whole ld't that Spud had to say, but it was rather weari s ome to the listeners, since there was really nothing to"it. They were glad when he announced that the next would be .fancy riding and a quadrille on horseback. As might be supposed, Young Wilti West and his party It was arranged that Logan and Benedict would do the real stealing of the money. The man in velvet, by his affable manner, would keep lhe crowd interested while it was being done. The two villainous cowboys knew where the old iron safe was in the house. They had seen it only the day before when Spofford got ihe money from it to pay their wages. .T acklyn was so good looking and gentlemanly in manner that he soon got up a flirtation with one of the girls from a neighboring ranch. She had been brought over by her brother, and conse quently was quite willing to catch a "feller," as she put it to one of her girl friends. The girl was not bad looking, and she really seYeral admirers among the cowbop. One of them was Sam Spud. were in this. But, notwithstanding the cawboy's great gift of "gab,'' They had done it many times before, and were qmte he was pretty slow at making love. home in a horseback quadrille. I He had told the girl's brother to be and Some half a dozen sets quickly f'orme
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20 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL first name, and the talkative cowboy <;lt like parading on the empty air. "I'll bore him .full of holes, gal!" he answered, "if he goes to pull a gun on me." What might have happened it is harc1 to tell, but just then Young Wild West appeared on the scene. "Here '.' he cried. "There is going to be no shooting done here in this crowd unless I do it! Take your hands off your shooters, gents!" He was obeyed instantly. ''You both ought to have better sense," Wild went on. "l you have a quarrel to settle, go off somewhere and i t. But don't go to shooting right here among a crowd 0 people." "I guess there is no harm done," spoke up Jacklyn. "The ellow got a little jealous because I was talking to his girl, it seems. l I had known that I was infringing on the rights 0 another I shouldn't have talked to her." "I ain't his girl!" spoke up Daisy Martin, confusedly. "I ain't nobody's girl, 'cause nobody has CYer asked me to be their girl I "Well, I'll ask you now, then,'' said Spud. "It ain't no use'! It had to be done; and now I've gone and done it !" Thera was a general laugh.,'lt this, in which Fred Jacklyn joined, walking away from the spot in the mean while The villain had noticed that there was a dangerous gleam in the eye of Young Wild West when he interfered with the quarrel, and he folt just the least bit timid. But he meant that the ranch should be robbed just the rnme. CHAJ>T .ER IX. rnE C'1RN l v AT, CO:VTINUES. The next thing on the programme wasri.he five mile race or cowboys. Two miles out on the level prairie a. stake had been put down, and was out around this and back. that the riders "ere to go. It was nnimoui:;Jy decided thaL Young Wild West should he the judge and award the prizes. There were twenty-seven entries in this race, and they were all fine looking fellows mounted on tough and speedy horses. J Sam Spud was in this contest. Ile had broken the ice with the girl he was in love with, and now he felt like breaking a record or five miles. Wild got the eon_testants in line, and then told them to be ready when his revolver was cracked. Ile gave them all plenty 0 time to get their feet in the stirmps right and everything in proper shape. Then he raised his shooter over his head and pressed the trigger. Crack! As the report rang out the twenty-seven cowboys started off like a shot, yelling like a troop of excited schoolboys as they did so. One of the committee had gone ahead to be at the stake and make sure that they had all gone around it. Fred Jacklyn appeared to be as much interested as any one there. 1 He urged Logan and Benedict to enter the race, but they thought it wise not to do so. They knew that there was a strong feeling against them, and that it was better to remain quiet. More especially as they hoped to sneak off during the day and rob the safe in the house. The racing were soon out of sight behind a patch of trees, and then in a ew minutes they were seen coming back. The spectators lined up on either side and waited :f the finish. There was a b'unch of four in the lead, the rest strung out or folly a quarter 0 a mile behind. ... As the bunch got withih two hundred yards of the line one of the riders suddenly shot out from it an tearing along like a cyclone. It was Sam Spud "Whoopee, whoopee!" he yelled. "I'm ther bo of Roarin' Ranch, an' don't any one orgit it!" His horse leaped over the line a winner by three -., The second or third man were not considered at The races were being run for the purpose of fii winnei: only. The blustering cowboy received a mcat o 'l' the crowd, and then it was he was certain that no'. Young Wild West could hold a candle to h:rm at r a horse. ) The winning 0 the race made him more solid tha with the girl he was in love with, and the -two ca ... no little amusement when they met and kissed before i crowd. "I reckon ther Carnival will wind up in a Wild," said Cheyenne Charlie. "I think you'd beti1 send over to Steuben an' have ther dominic come o to-night." "A good idea, Char:Iic," was the reply. ''I'll try and arrange it." Our hero really thought that a wedding would be a fitting end to the Cowboy Carnival. He was great on making matches and helping along couples to get married, but he was not old enough to follow the example himself yet. He talked the matter over with Jim and the girls, and then all hands set at work to bring the wedding about. But they lost no interest in the carniv
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YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL 21 The next event to take place was the five mile race, open to everybody. Wild, Charlie and Jim decided to go in this. And when he saw them entering Fred Jacklyn came over and put down his name. "As it is just a friendly affair, I don't mind going in," he said to our hero. "I must say, though, that my black is a wonder! Ile has never quite met his match, and as I am something o.f a good rider, I fancy that I will havr quite an easy time of it." "Well," answered Wild, "there is nothing like being confident, you know. Your horse may be a good one, ar.d :;ou may be as good a rider as ever sat in a saddle, but look out you don't receive a surprise 'in this race." "Well, if J do, I suppose it will be you who will give it to me." "You can't tell." "That sor rel you have there is certainly a noble looking ,;e, but I hardly think he can beat my black." he1c were several who heard this conversation, and cd no little interest among them. majority of those present knew that Young Wild wned the swiftest horse ever seen in those parts. here was a stranger who claimed that his black d never been. beaten. e mile race for anybotly was likely to prove one t exciting events of the day. 1 became known all over the gathering or people two main rivals in the race were Wild and the e velvet suit of clo,thes. s did not deter a dozen or more fro?1 enterin15 f them thought they might be able to win by .few minutes they were ready to start the race. Spud was chosen as starter and re.feree. ready!" he called out, raising his revolver in the iVaited a couple of seconds and pulled the trigger. e sharp report of the weapon sounded the competi off like so many arrows released from bows. was in fine fettle, and Wild had no fear as to come o.f the race. ut when he saw that the man in velvet was not trying the lead he did not let him out. mply contented himscH by riding along at the head bunch with Charlie and Jim. When they reached the turning stake no one had any particular advantage, 1;lnd the ranchmen who liad entered began to think that their show to _win was as good as any one's. But the instant he got around the turn Fred Jacklyn let his black out. The horse darted ahead and took the lead with the great est of ease. "Go for him, Wild!" exclaimed Cheyenne Charlie. "Mc an' Jim will sta a. ther rest 'o.f 'em in." "That's ri
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22 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL "Yes, at riding, I think he is," and Jacklyn smiled sig nificantly. "But there are other things to be done here to-day that probably he is not so good at." "Yer mean ther safe-crackin' business?" said Benedict, in a low tone. "Well, I was not thinking of that particularly." I take it that we are going to win out in that game, as a matter of course. I was thinking of the fancy shooting that was down on the programme. I used to be a regular expert at that. I toured the east with a circus and got big money for fancy shooting." "Then you ought to a good show here." "I fancy that I will." "Well, ther ladies race is ther next one. S'pose we g-c an' see it?" suggested Benedict. "I'll bet on ther gal with the reddish hair." "Young Wild West's sweetheart, you mean?" "Yes." "Well, it would be strange if she did not win. We will go around and see the race." The man in the velvet suit ,rode around and halted among the spectators near the starting line, while his two accomplices walked there. 'rhe Wild West Orchestra was playing a sort of prelude tc. the race, and the tune was, "The Girl I LeJ't Behind 1fo." Arietta; Anna, Daisy Martin and seven other girls had etlltered for the event, and there was much speculating as to who would be the winner. When Wild got up to start them off he said: "Ladies and gentlemen, that was quite a suggestive tune that our musicians were just playing. I hope they will start it up again when the finish takes place. Between now and the finish I am going to think up a suitable prize for the lady who comes in last, so those who arc ahead can wonder, as they cross the line, what is in store for the girl they leave behind them. Now, are you ready?" An affirmative nod came from them all. Crack! As the pistol spoke they went off in great style. They all knew how to ride, and they got right down to business. Arietta thought that since her young lover had won his race, she must win this one. She started right in to do it, and when the turn that marked the mile straight out was reached she went around it two lengths ahead of her nearest rival. Back she came, her golden hair streaming in the breeze and the sun shining on it until it glistened like a &heen. "Et is going to win!" said Wild, when he saw her coming far in advance of the rest. "Well, I wanted her to, Jim." "Of course you did, Wild," was the reply. "Why shouldn't you?" "An' I wanted her to win, too," spoke up Cheyenne Charlie. "Anna don't stand no show with Arietta, 'cause ehc a little too stout to make a swift rider. H e re they come! Just look at Arietta! She's so far ahead of 'em that you can't see who is second." "That is a fact," our hero admitted. A cheer went up as ihe dashing queen of the prairie crossed the line, and then, remembering what Young Wild West had said, the crowd waited to see who would come last. CHAPTER X. THE CARNIVAL INCREASE$ IN INTEREST. The ladies came galloping over the line, some almost a breast and others single, a length or so in the rear. But there was just one girl who was far enough in the rear as to have no rival for last place. Sam Spud was the most excited person there when be saw it was Daisy Martin !. The girl would not have entered in the race if he : i1ot coaxed her to do so, and, now to see her finishin was rather galling to the cowboy, who thought n such arl important fellow. But suddenly be thought of the prize Wild said going to give to the last lady in. Then he broke into a cheer and ran to greet 1 "I knew I stood no show in the race," said blushing, when she saw that so many eyes wcrp 0n her. "I shouldn't have gone inter ther race." ''It's all right," exclaimed Spucl. "Ther was going ter think of something ter give tcr what come in last. You're entitled to it. Make i his word, Daisy." In:>tantly a hush came over the good-natured tbnr "Ladies and gentlemen," said Wilcl, taking off "it has fallen to the lot o.f :Miss Dai8y Martin t in last in the ladies' race, and I am now going io awa 1 something for it. But I am going to attack a to it, though, which I have not the least idea but will agree to. I am going to make her a prore 1 .five hundred dollars the moment she becomes th,, of Sam Spud!" At this there was much laughter and cheering, anc11 girl blushed so badly that Spud her away tq 0 eluded place. 't But she was not out of hearing of our hero's voice, r he resumed : "I have come to the conclusion that it would be a fit ting event to close the Cowboy Carnival with a wedding. Why can't Miss Daisy Martin receive the five hundred dollar gift this evening?" She kin "Bully for you, Young Wild West!" "'rhis is ther best yet "Hooray <.J ca 'l'hcse and many other s: crowd, and Wild knew he 1
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YOUNG WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL Pretty soon there was a movement in the crowd, and the girl's father stepped up. ''Ladies an' gentlemen," said he, "I'm sure I'm satis fied that Sam Spud would make my daughter a good hus band ; so, if she's willin', she has the consent of me an' her mother." "She's willin' !" yelled Sam Spud, throwing his hat in the air. "She jest told me so!" That settled it. For the next ten minutes there was nothing but jollity and confusion among the merry-making crowd. Then the dance was announced, and after that they would assemble at the house and sit down to a dinner that bad been prepared especially for the occasion. 'l'be dance was a jolly one, and lasted until about one o clock. Both Fred Jacklyn and his two rascally accomplices took part in this, and it was a noticeable fact that they tried ir lfest to get in the sets where Arietta and Anna and have entered, too. I understand that they claim to be great at freak riding." "Well, m aybe they are," said the scout. "But I reckon we know somethin' about ther game, too." There were fifteen QOntestants, all told, and when they rode out into the open some were standing with their toes hooked up under the girths, some were lying down, and some were hanging over in a11 sorts of shapes. When they had gone around a couple of times and showed off all they could in that way they came to a halt before Wild and waited for orders. "Well," observed the boy, "I suppose freak riding con sists of a little of everything out of the ordinary. Now, one of you can go ahead and do something for the rest to try. The man who accomplishes the most feats will be the winner." Benedict happened to get out first, and so the others waited for him to go ahead. He rode off a hundred yards and dropped his handker chief on the ground the girls always managed to evade them, someThen he rode back at a swift pace, and leaning over, very cleverly picked it up. s safe to say that had either of the villains laid 'rhen, one at a time, the others tried i+ all doing it. but on Arietta she would have resented the fact in a two. anner. sicians were very glad when the throng headed o use to sit down to the good things. three o'clock before all had been fed, and then announced that the best part of the Carnival a come. verything was in readiness the violin and banjo the grand entree, for the second part started in. much the same as it had been the first time, there were three extra ones in it. were Jacklyn, Benedict and Logan. man in velvet was just a little bit proud of him he did his best to create an impression among the he did make a rather fine appearance, they all tty well what be was by this time, and he did p any flirtation. ening went through without a hitch, and then e first event of the second part. s "Freak Riding.'' every cowboy can Jo more or less tricks on horseanJ he likes a chance to show what he can do. re was the chance. I It was an open event, and Sam Spud was very hopeful that he would win it. Young WilJ did not enter, but on his advice, Charlie and Jim did. "Just touch Spud U.J a little,'' he said to them. "He ha s altogether too much conceit It will do him good to c t him know that lw is not the onl y one here that can o fa ncy ridin g." "Shall we bea Again Benedict rode out. This time he had a borrowed handkerchief, as well as his own. He dropped them about fifty feet apart, and then, when he was probably a hundred yards from them, he wheeled his horse and came galloping toward them. He picked up one handkerc:l.ief from the right side of his h orse, and then, swinging himself over quickly, got the other from the. left side. This was really a difficult feat, and when he rode in before the judge he was applauded roundly. The rest all had a tr;r at it, but only three accom plished it. They were Cheyenne Charlie, Jim Dart, and Sam Spud. Benedict now tried to do the trick with three handker chiefs, alternately from side to side, but aftet three at tempts gave it up. Sam Spud then tried it, but also gave it up. Thell' Charlie and Jim both did it, greatly to the joy of the lookers on. There were a lot of other things done such as the ma jority of our readers have no doubt seen at Wild W c t shows, but when it came to the point Charlie and Jim ex celled them all, leaving Sam Spud next to them. They were very apt pupils of Young Wild West. When Wild declared that it was a tie between his two partners, and, consequently the prize would not be awarded, there was a general feeling of satisfaction. The next thing on the carpet was rifle shooting at :i mark. Fred Jacklyn was one of the first to enter for this "Certainl y ws, Logan and Benedict, event.

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24 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL "I hope you are going to try your hand at it," he said to Wild. "Well, I don't know," was the reply. "You had better. I have an idea that you are a good shot, and when I defeat any one at shooting I want him to be a good one." "Well, just to satisfy you, 1 will go in." "Good!" "But before shooting I want it to be distinctly under stood that I am not competing for 1he prize," our hero declared. "You are afraid you might win it, I suppose?" laughed the man in velvet. "Never mind about that. I am the owner of the ranch, and I don't think it would look right for me to compete for the prizes I have put up." ''Well, that is so, when you come w 1.hink of .it." "I will toss up a cent with you to see who shoots last." .A greed Out came the coin, and Wild won. "I am last and you are next to last," said Jacklyn. "I am satisfied," was the rejoinder. Jim and Charlie did not go into the contest, as they thought it would not look right for them to compete against the cowboys. A cowboy, as a rule, is not such an excellent shot with a rifle. He does about all of hi1; shooting with a revolver, and he generally knows how to handle one. But there were several there who really thought they could not be beat at shooting at a target with a rifle. And they were anxious to show what they could do, and if possible caTI'y off the prize. The target was set at three hundred yards, 'Which was a pretty good for fine shooting to be done. The bullseye was to be an egg set in a hole on a board that was painted black. Around it were a series of white rings, much the same as on any target. Every time an egg was broken a new one would be put in its place and a bul1seye declared for the shooter. Of the contestants for the prize it soon narrowed down to two of them-:--Sam Spud and a ranchman named Tom :McCormack. They each had scored three bullseyes. In the s hoot-off Spud won, greatly to his joy and the pleasure of his sweetheart. But nearly every one present felt that the real shooting was to come when Young Wild West and the man in the velvet suit stepped up. Fred Jacklyn fired and the egg was shattered. Another was placed there, and then he did the same. And so it was the third time he fired. "I guess you can't beat that, Young Wild West," he :iaid. smiling complacently. "Well, I feel pretty certain that I can tie you," was the reply. "Then we will have to shoot at a smaller bullseye to see who is the best man. "Exactly." Wild steppe d up and broke the egg at ihe first shot. He hac1 sent Cheyenne Charlir th"re to attend to the target for him, and he meant to do something that would surprise them all at the last shot. He took very quick aim and broke the second egg. Then, as the scout st('pped up to place the third egg in the renter of the target for him to he raised his rifle lo hi shoulder. The scout had barely taken hi fingers off it, after plac ing the egg in position, when-Crack! The bullseye was shattered agarn, and as he turneJ around lht>y saw Cheyenne Charlie wiping hi s face. Jacklyn did not join in the deafening applause that went up. It was plain that he now 1e1t that he was going to beaten. Bnt he was going to make a try for it, anyhow. "What are we going to use for a bullseye?" ho : "A l ightcd cigar," answered Wild. 1p "A lighted cigar!" echoed the man in the vch "Y cs. You can let one of your friend s hold cigar in hi'> mouth while you shoot at it and knq ofl'. Tlwn I will do the same, one of my the cigar for me." Fred Jacklyn thought a moment. .., He was an excellent Fhot, and he knew it. But would he dare risk taking such a shot that distance? He decided that he would. "All right!" he exclaimed. "Anything that Jue,, in the line of shooting I am sure I can. I can hit r eye every time, and that is all that there is called f this game." CHAPTER XI. YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE QJ,ASS Even those in the crowd who had witnessed nc' 0 kinds of shooting were amazed when Young made the proposition to shoot the ash off a cigar ii: mouth of a man at three hundred yards distance. "You can't see it that fur," said one. "Oh 1 We will :fix that al1 right. We will arrange the target so the hole in the will come even with the cigar it is in the man's mouth," answered Wild. "Then all we will have to do is to s hoot through the hole." "That will be quite easy enough," spoke up the man in velvet. d ca "Certainly it wi11. Go t ur man."

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL 25 Jacklyn walked over to Logan and Benedict. ''One of you has got to do this," he said in a whis per. "I! won't hit you, I'll guarantee you I would rather miss the shot than hit you, for I want the money that is in the in the house too much for that." Neither of the villains cared to take such a risk. "H it was only a little closer I wouldn't be afraid to tackle it," said Benedict. "Well, what's the odds whether ii i;; close or far? I am a dead shot, as you saw when I broke the egg three times in succession." ''That is a very handy way to do it," he said, coolly. "It saYed me the trouble." "A very hand way," retorted Jacklyn. "Well, there is only one thing for me to do, and that is to acknowledge my defeat Young Wild West, you are a better shot than I am." When he said this his hearers had a better opinion of him than they had before. And the villain was sensible to know they would have, or he would not have said it. Young Wild West was the hero of the shooting match. "All right; I'll do it!" exclaimed Benedict. He walked oYer with Jacklyn, and Wild handed him a cigar. The contestants picked him up and carried him back promptly to the line on their shoulders. Then he called Jim and gave him one. "Light them, both of you," he remarked. "And be careful to keep the ashes on them." "All right," answered Jill)-, who was not the least bit amish about it e than half the men present now made for the wanted to be right near it when the shooting ace. not take more than five minutes to get the target c in the center was on a line with the cigar eld in his mouth. get was nailed to a stake, aud as the man stood s legs and the lower part of his body could oy nei;ved himseli for the task before him away until he got the word to steady himself. look of hesitancy on his face Jacklyn took aim. as a breathless silence for the space of a second, report rang out a yell o.f pain went up, and Bene, 1 to dance about like a wild man. n appointed as judges promptly ran forward {lnd 1e blood trickling from the encl o.f the man's an in velvet had made a miss of it! ught I could do it," he said, "but I guess the .r the man's legs standing there got the best of won't try it again. But let's see ii Young Wild clo as good as I did." ght," re:plied our hero. "You go over there and Then you can see whether I do or not." The villain did so, and as soon as he got there Jim Dart took his place behind the target. "'When he was in just the right spot one of the judges gave the word and Wild raised his rifle. Again there was a breathless silence for the space of a second Then a sharp report rang out, and the ashes .-flew .from the f'D l f .Tim' done, but began The next on the programme was glass ball shooting from the ground. A trap was quickly placed at a convenient distance ahead and then the entries lined up. A majority of them had never shot at glass balls. 'l'his was why so many of them were willing to have a try at it. Sam Spud claimed he had, and as he seemed to know all about it, no one contradicted him. He led off and shot six out of ten of the balls as they were thrown into the air. This was pretty good rifle shooting, as everybody was ready to admit. Others tried it, and did not do as good. FinallY. Young Wild West was prevailed upon to try his hand. Wild bad shot in a match at Kansas City when he was a mere boy, and he knew pretty well how to hit the glass spheres. When he stepped up a deep silence reigned. "Let them go up as fast as you can!" he called out to the man at the trap. Crack! The first one was hit. Crack! The second met the same fate. And it kept right on that way until ten of them had been broken. "That seems to be awful easy to you," obsei:rved Sam Spud, looking at Wild in amazement. "You've shot at glass balls afore, I reckon." "Yes, but it was some time.ago, though." "Well, I reckon it don't matter what it is that Wild shoots at," remarked Cheyenne Charlie. "He generally hits it, anyway. Jest let me have a crack at them glass balls." He was given a chance, and broke eight out of ten. Jim Dart followed him, making exactly the same score. 1;'hen Fred Jacklyn could not resist trying his luck. He broke seven out of tbe ten, just beating Sam Spud's score. The ranchman and the cowboys delighted with the sport. They wanted to see more of it.

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26 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL The next was shooting at glass balls from horseback. The majority of those present thought lhat that was all There were but few entries in this. I there was to it, and they cheered again and again. Jacklyn said he would go if Wild did, and, as a matter But the daring young deadshot moLioned them to be of course, Spud was to be one 0 the contestants. silent. No one else cared about it. "Now, then," said be to Spud, "I am going to ride past They declared that they would much rather see the the trap hree ti:riies at full speed, and each time I get shooting than to participate in it. within twenty yards o[ you I want you to send up two So after it was settled Sam Spud mounted his horse balls Do it right now!" and began riding in a circle around the trap. "You bet I will!" was the reply. "I won't make no 'l1en balls were thrown up for him, and he missed them mistake!" all bni. one. Young Wild West now rode back to the line the raeea Then the man in velvet rode up. had been started from. He had better luck than his predecessor, for he broke Then he wheeled bis horse around, and without a word, ll-:rce of them. sent him off like a shot. "That is pretty good for the firet time I ever trj.cd it, I guess,'' he said. "Very good, indeed," declared hr: swung himself into the saddle. l can do." Young Wild West, as "Now, let me seo what When he got the sorrel going as fast as he could travel 'around the ring he gave the word to let the balls go up. Then something took place that the spectators were: not to forget in a while Wild shot at the balls as fast as they were thrown into tho air, and when the tenth one went up he had not missed one! The ovation he received was a grand one. Ile was lovocl and l'espected by nearly every one in the crowd, anyhow, but this was too much for them! They cheered him until they were hoarse, anu some of them even embraced him That he was more than ever entitled to be called the Champion Deadshot of the West was plain. "You are a wonder declared the man in velvet, and he rea ll y meant it. But he had not changed his mind about robbing the ranc h for all that. "Boys," said Wild, when they let him go, "I would like to show you something that will beat the shooting I j u st clicl. How about it? Shall I go ahead?" Cries of ''Yes, yes rang out on every hand. Our rode over to the trap. "Can you send up two balls at a time?" he asked of the cowboy in charge of it. "I dunno," was the reply. "Ask Spud-he knows all about it. Spud was called over. "Sure you kin!" he exclaimed, when be heard what was wanted. "I'll do. it for you, boss "All right. J ust try it so I can get a line on how they go." The cowboy :fixed the trap and then sent two balls in ihc air. As they went up Wild jerked out his revolvers, one in either hand, and fireil at them, breaking them both! "'T'haf;; all right!" h(' criecl. "I guess I've got a line on thrm !" Sam S}'ucl sprang the trap at the proper time, andCrack, crack Both glass balls were shattered. When Wild had rode a sufficient distance he turned a-' came back, doing the same thing. As he reached the starting line and 1.urnecl for thP dash he lifted his right foot and twisted the stirru1 around his ankle twice. The yelling and cheering at once subsided 'l1he spectators anticipated something great And they got it, too. 1 The daring boy judged the distance carefully : that Sam Spud was ready for him. "Now!" he shouted. The trap was sprung. ., Swinging himself over, Wild Jrnng from the fi hit. head a l most touching tbc Then he fired at the two glass balls with both not missing a shot. v The sorrel was running with the swiftness of d r' lope .'.dr It was surely a wonderful feat that Young W1, had performed, and with cheers ringing in his t turned and rode back. "What do you think of that?" asked Fred ca ... hr, sneaked away to the barn with his two villain L ore 1 panions. ''Wonderful!" exclaimed the in a breath. ,1 "Well, I will say that he is the best shot I eve 1 and I have seen a good many." 0 "I wouldn't have him draw a bead on me, notvild thing in the world!" declared Logan. il "Nor me, either," added Benedict. "Well, you don't want to give him a chance to But see here!" ''What?" and the two men looked at him. ''I think now would be a good chance for you fellows to go and crack that safe They shrugged thei,, s houlders and l ooke d at eac h o ther. "I s'pose now is a s good a time as any," retorte d B e nedict. Ct. "Go ahead, th will. Go f and back. We ur man."

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S ride away we will have Young Wild West's money that he received from the cattle buyers this week, and we will keep right on going We won't come back to :finish the race!" The man in velvet laughed as though it was a good joke, and his colleagues joined in. "Well, we'll go an' make a try at ther safe, if we die fur it l" said Benedict. a All right. I'll go and' get into the lassoing contest that thl'y are getting ready for. Now don't fail to get the money!" "We'll do our level best," was the retort. Then they parted company, and Jacklyn got back just in time to enter the contest. CH.APTER XII. CONCLUSION. was several minutes before the cowboys would cease g our hero's hand. r admiration for him was something great. rietta and the rest of the female spectators nearly cl with joy. retty golden-haired girl knew that she had the leaclshot in the West for a lover, and she was t, as a good girl should be. lassoing contest came up there were over forty r honors. he last to enter was Fred Jacklyn. been a cowboy," he said, "so I guess I am in pete." ::s !" answered Sam Spud. "Anyone who ever vboy can come in. It don't make any difference, rJnly that 'tain't likely a feller would want to try ess he knew his business." Wild yv est did not go into the contest, but Chey lie and Jim Dart did. e Charlie was one of the best men who ever ariat, but he was not so much on the trick busi'it came to the real business he was right there. .who had the name of the Lasso King, was an n every phase of the business. e did not care to interfere. with everything that dozen steers were brought up and turned loose, the fun started. 1 ere were many misses and lots of clever work before the six animals were caught and corralled. Cheyenne Charlie carried off the honors easily, and no one objected to the decision. In the lassoing contest for greenhorns there was more real fun than any other thing that had taken place. There ar e lots of people who have been born and brought up in the wild W :who do not know how to use a lasso. t,de a whole COWBOY CARNIVAL 27 Only two of the cattle were turned out for them to practice on, and at the end of half an hour two of the cowboys had to go after them and corral them. When this was over with the music struck up and sev ol'al of the cowboys took their partners for a dance, whi,ch was to be a Spanish Fandango, according to the pro gramme. The afternoon was pretty near to a close when the dance came to an end. There was yet to be a race to Steuben and back, and then the Carnival, according to the programme, would wind up with more dancing. But since the programme had been arranged the wedding had been decided upon. Wild had sent to Steuben for the minister, and as he had arrived, he concluded that it would be a good idea to have the marriage take place right after the :final race was over. Then all hands could eat their supper, after which they could dance until Sunday morning arrived. When the time came for the last race to start Fred Jacklyn became decidedly nervous. He had not seen anything of his two villainous com panions since they had started to rob the safe in the house. Just as Sam Spud was calling out for all those who wanted to enter to come forward, Logan and Benedict appeared. Wild had decided to give a special prize to the winner of this race, and he now gave it out that it would be a hundred dollars in gold. "That's a prize worth tryin' for," said Benedict to Jack lyn, when he had got his name down as one of the contestants, "but I guess we don't want to bother with any such small amount as that." "You got the money, then?" asked the villain, in a whisper. "Yes; but we had to wait a good while before we got a chance at the saie. Even then we couldn't have got it if we hadn't stole the keys right from Spofford's belt as he passed us in the room we was hidin' in. We got it, an' we made a good haul, too." "How much?" "We didn't take time ter count it, but it runs 'way up in ther thousands." "Good I Now, as soon as we reach Steuben we will turu off and strike out for the next town. When we get on the road a ways we will disguise ourselves and lay over at some ranch." "Jest what you say." Logan and Benedict appeared to be jubilant over their success. 'rhey had really managed to rob the saie, having stolen the keys, as they stated. But Spofford was not long in missing them, and when he found the keys gone he hastened to the safe.

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28 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY CARNIVAL .M:uch to his surprise, be found it unlocked and the keys there! This was just before the race to Steuben and back began. He hastened to the starting point, and got there just as the shot was to be fired to start the contestants. Ile managed to reach Wild's side, and exclaimed: "'I'her money has been stolen from ther l seen Logan an' Benedict sneakin' aroun' ther back of ther house." Young Wild West understood. "All right," he answered. "We'll attrnd to the rascals." 'rhe pistol cracked. and away they wPnt, like fifty of them. 'rhe girls took part in it, too, though none or them .hardly expected to win. Wild told Arietta that if he won she to be at ]1is side at the finish, so the girl was rcsol ved to do her best. Our friends got right together and kept there shprtly after the start was made. 'rhen Wild told his companions what Aleck Spofford had told him. Crack! He fired over the back of his horse, and had not Young Wild West anticipated what he was up to and dropped to hio horse's neck it would have been the last of him. But he had been watching the villain closely. Crack! It was Wild who fired this time. Scarcely had. a second elapR.c shoutrcl "We have got to Roaring Ranch or know thr reason why!" That settled it Charlie and Jim were astonished. Young Wik! West had macle up his mind to "You take it pretty easy, I should say," declared the win they did! latter. But they had not much of n, margin, for all '. "Well, if it will do the seoundrelR any O'OOd to have it As soon as Charlie and Jim came in1 with f. a little while I am going to let them hav: it. When we Benedict the were cornered and made nl' get to Steuben, and they fail to turn and start on the of what had been done. ride back, then is the time I am going to light on them Benedict turned over the stolen money, and ., with both feet." ordered them to get out of the county at once. They were heartily glaa to get off so easilJ fi, It was an exciting chase all the way to the little town. 'l'he majority of the contestants were reserving their horses' strength for the run back to the ranch. rrhe man in velvet and bis two rascally tools were keeping well with the leaders. was the last they were ever Reen around those p I After thi::: was all settkd the vote was take1 ,.. was decided that Sam Spud was the most pop, c ,, boy at Roaring Ranch. it r Some said that if Young Wild West had not hiid1 it ought to be settled that way it might not l1avr" But they were all satisfied, and everybody felt g and S.irn Spud and Daisy Martin were married. ca". .. That wound up the Cowboy Carnival, and a
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