Young Wild West and "Missouri Mike," or, The worst man in Wyoming

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Young Wild West and "Missouri Mike," or, The worst man in Wyoming
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An Old Scout
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llflJacd lVcc"kly-By S1ibscript1: ,. $2.50 per year. i(pplicati o n nuulr; for S e cond -Clas& E_nlry a.I N Y. Pot-Oflicei No. 102. NEW YORK, SEP'l'EMBER 30, 1904. Price 5 Cents. Young Wild West saw that the man really meant to send the young fellow down the rapids to an almost certain death. "Hold on, there!" he cried, stepping toward the stream; "I guess yo u had better not do that. -


ST WEEKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches Etc., of Western Lile, Iasuecl 'Wee/;ly -By SubscripUon $2.50 peiyea,-. Application tnacle for Second Cll!iS entl"JI at the New l'ork, N Y. Post Offl,ce. E"tereigton, D C b71 F1a11k 7'01'8e71, 24 Union Squa1e New York. No. 102. NEW YORK, SEP';I'EMBER 30, 1904. Price 5 Cents. OR, THE WORST rtAN IN WYOrIING. B Y AN O L D scour11 CHAPTER I. THE WORST MAN IN WYOMING MEETS WITH A SETBACK. It was a rafuer warm day in the fall of the year when three horsemen came to a halt on the east bank of the Platte River where it wound its crooked way through the southeastern part of Wyoming and looked about for some place to get to the other side The river was swollen and turbulent, showing quite plainly that there had been a heavy rain, and at that point it would have been quite an undertaking to cro:;;s it without he horses being swept off their feet and the riders from eing thoroughly drenched. A glance at the three horsemen would have impressed the casual observer with the belief that neither of them was afraid to make the attempt, as they were about as sturdy and athletic-looking a trio as one would be apt to come across in a month's journey. Two of them could hardly be called anything more than ys, since n either of them had reached his twenty-first i r thday, and the other was a tall, handsome man of prob bly ten years their senior They were all attired in buckskin hunting-suits and were rmed with rifles, revolvers and bowie-knives The most striking one of the trio was one of the boys. He was mounted on a magnificent sonel stallion, and he sat i? the saddle with such ease and grace that he looked ike a veritable Centaur Perfect in figure, handsome in face, dark-eyed and a wealth of chestnut hair st r eaming over his shoulder:=;, he certainly looked to be the real type of a hero of the Wild West. And that is just what he was, for the boy was no other than Young Wild West, commonly known as the Prince 0 the Saddle and Champion Deadslwt of the West. The other boy was Jim Dart, a chum of his, who had stuck to him through thick and thin-a fearless and coolheaded young fellow-who had been born and reared in the wildest part of Wyoming. The tall man was the famous scout and Indian fighter who bore the name of Cheyenne Charlie, and with his rather dark complexion, eagle eyes and long black hair and flowing mustache, he certainly looked to be what he was. Young Wild West and his two partners! That was what the three were called by those who knew them And as they were known pretty well throughout the West, they possessed many friends and foes alike They were out on a hunting trip and looking for any thing that might turn up in the line of adventure. Young Wild West was a terror to evil-doers, and when he once got upon the trai l of a bad white man or a r e d ski n who was on the warpath he never let up until the game was quarried. "Well, boys," he said to his partners, "there don't appea r to be much chance of getting over-not right here, anyway It rained so hard all day yesterday and last night that the river is more than three times its usual size. Even if there was a ford around here it would hardly be safe to cross." "Well, suppose we ride up the bank a ways?" suggested Jim Dart. "We are pretty certain to strike a place where we can cross if we go far e n o ugh.


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE." "That's right,'' chuckled Cheyenne Charlie "If we foller ther stream on up we might strike a place where we kin jump over it. But that wouldn't be to-day, hardly." "Oh, I guess we won't have to go as far as that, Charlie." "No," spoke up Wild. "If we can't clo any better we will make our horses swim the river at the first wide place where the current does not run so swift." They now acted on the advice of Dart and rode up along the bank of the stream. It was near noon and our friends were getting hungry. It had been their idea to get across the river and reach a mining town called Four Flush, which they had reason to believe was not more than five or six miles away, before they satisfied their appetitics, but since they had found the stream so swollen it struck them that their dinner would be apt to be a late one if they waited. Cheyenne Charlie, who was always possessed of a good appetite, was thinking about this very thing now. "I reckon we'd better go into camp an' fry some of this bear meat, if we don't git across by noon,'' he said, as he placed his hanrl on a ham that had been cut from a young grizzly which was hitched to the back of his saddle. "I guess Charlie has got it about right, Wild,'' spoke up Jim. "I don't know what sort of a place Four Flush is, but the chances are that we won't be able to get a meal there before supper-time. From what we have heard, the popu lation is only about a hundred, ancl that means that there are not many first-class hotels there." "We ll je st about find a tavern, sixteen shanties, a couple of dozen tents, a supply store, a whisky mill, a blacksmith shop, an' another whisky mill in thcr town of Four Flush," observed the scout, with a grin. "I've seen places jest like it, though I ain't never seen this one. But as it ain't over three months old, a feller ain't had much of a chance to see it." "That's right, Charlie,'' laughed Young Wild West. "You've got the place down fine. I can see it in my mind now. I am glad the blacksmith shop is there, for Spitfire's shoes are getting a little loose ancl I want them reset." His partners joined him in laughing, and then they lapsed into a silence. This was suddenly broken by a cry that rang out above the roaring of the angry stream. They reined in their steeds to li sten, and then the cry was repeated. "Help-help!" came to their ears from somewhere up the stream. "I we had better see what the trouble is," said Young Wilcl West, starting his horse forward at a sharp trot. His companions followed him closely, and when they hacl covered about a hundred yards they came upon a stream that flowed into the river, which was a regu lar rapids. The boiling water dashed high in the air as it went surging over the rocky bed and several logs were whirling, tossing about as they went toward the river. Young Wild West sudden ly caught sight 0 a moving figure ahead, and, bringing his horse to a halt, he quickly dismounted. "Wait a minute, boys," he said "I'll go and see what the trouble is." Rifle in hand, he hastened up a little hill, and by peer ing through the bushes he beheld a scene that was some what startling A big man in the garb 0 a miner, whose face was re pulsive and savage-looking, was in the act "0 tying a young man to a couple of logs that were in the shallow water near the bank 0 the stream Seated on a rock upon the bank not far away was an other young man with his hands tied behind him. Our hero took in the whole scene very quickly. Just what the big villain was up to he hardly knew, but he soon learned. "I'm gain' to send you down thcr rapids on these here logs!" he exclaimed, looking at the young fellow he was tying to the logs. "I'll show yer how I fix people what come prowlin' around my camp I'm ther worst man in Wyoming; I am, an' I never shoot a feller if I've got time to rig a way that'll make him be a few minutes in dyin' You tender.foot hunters thought you'd git hold o.f ther gold dust I've got, but you didn't. I fooled you both, didn't I? An' caught you, too You needn't think I'm foolin' Y9u're gain'

YOUNG wn,D WEST .\ND "MISSOURI MIKE." 3 The manner of the worst man in ,Wyoming changed in stantly. He could see that the dashing-looking boy meant business. He did not hesitate longer than five seconds; then he whipped a knife from his belt and cut the ropes that held his victim to the logs. The young man was upon his feet in a twinkling and wading to the bank. "Are you all right, my. friend?" asked our hero "Yes, thank you," was the reply. "I am very glad you happened along in time to save me.'' "Don't mention it. Just release your friend I am satisfied that you two fellows are not thieves; and if you are I am not going to allow you to be disposed of in that manner." "We are not thieves, sir," spoke up the one who sat upon the rock in a helpless condition. "We will very soon prove to you that we are honest We came upon that man acci dentally and he knocked me down with a club and then made my friend bincl me by holding a revolver at his 11ead. We are out on a hunting trip, and the man we had for a They had been caught napping by the big brute of a man,, and what had taken p lace was nothing more than woul d have happened if any of our average young men had been there. A revolver in the hands of a big, ugly looking man is bound to act in a persuasive way. "If I had known he meant to send us over the rapids tied to logs I believe I would have let him shot me before I tied Joe," said the one Wild h9. d saved "But it was a ll so sudden-like, and the muzzle of the revolver was pointed right at my right eye! I had to tie him up, it seemed Our friends learned that the two young men were B illy Egbert and Joe Beck, from Minneapolis, and that they had come out to rough it in the wilds of Wyoming for a month or so. CHAPTER IL MISSOURI MIKE IS TAKEN TO FOUR Fl.7USH. guide was shot by someone in hiding about an hour ago. After they were thoroughly acquainted with each other We came to the river, thinking we might meet someone who ancl Billy Egbert and Joe Beck had expressed their thanks would advise us what to do. When we came upon the vilto him several times, Young Wild West turned to the pris lain you have covered there he acted in a friendly way oner and said : until he got a good chance to knock me down. I honestly "Where is your camp?" believe that he js the man who shot our guide "On ther other side of ther river," he answered m a "You lie! You lie!" shouted the villain, making a move I surly tone. to step out of the water. "You-you--" "Good! I want you to take us to it .. "Shut up!" commanded Young Wild West. "Just hold "All right. I'll do that. But I want to tell you one your hands over your head, or I'll shoot you! I mean what thing, an' that is, that you've made a big mistake by both. I say!" erin' me. I was only tryin' to scare ther two tenderfeet; I Reluctantly the fellow put up his hands. never had no more idea of sendin' 'em down ther rapids "Now step out of the water than you did. rtm an honest man, even if they do call me He did so. ther worst man in Wyoming down at Fou r Flu sh." At this Junoture there was a rustling in the bushes and "It b tl t f l' b t I d bt t" cl may e 1a you were oo mg, u o u i re Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart steppe m Vlew. torted Wild "Anyhow, I am going to take you to Fou r They had seen all that took place from the bushes, but Fl 1 'tl y kn th 'f th f us l w1 1 us. ou say you are own ere, so i e had not offered to show themselves be ore. men there say you are all right you will be set free." However, in case Wild had not been able to brmg the "I'm satisfied to let it go at that!" villain to terms, they would have asserted themselves. The rescued young fellow had released his companion by this time, and when the two saw that there were two more on the scene they were delighted. "Charlie," said Wild, in his cool and easy way, "just take the shooter and knife from the worst man in Wyom ing, as he calls himself, and then tie his hands behind him. I rather think he is altogether too bad to run loose." "I'll fix ther measly coyote in short order," retorted Charlie, and he promptly proceeded to do as he was di rected. The two young men who had been saved just in the nick of time were likely-looking fellows of perhaps twenty-one o r two. That they were "tenderfeet" was quite evident, but they did not appear to be cowards. The man seemed to be pleased, for he smiled as much as to say, "I'll git square with you for this when I do git free!" "Our camp is on the other side of the river, too," said Billy Egbert "The ford is up here a-ways. We saw this man over on this side, and that is why we crossed. You can jump this creek about a hundred yards back here, and the n we'll strike the ford in less than five minutes and get on the other side of the river." "All right Boys, just fetch along the horses." The last remark was addressed to Char lie and Jim, who promptly turned and went back. In a couple of minutes they came back, riding their own steeds and leading the sorrel stallion owned by Young W ild West. Then the prisoner was placed between the two y oung


4 YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE." men and our hero told them to lead the way to the other side of the river. have to let you go. But if you go to bothering with me, just look out I I am Young Wild West, and I have got the name of being the Champion Deadshot of the West. If I ever draw beacl on you it will be up with you, just as sure as you are standing there!" They walked up the creek a ways and found a spot where the stream was quite narrow. Egbert jumped over and then called upon the worst man in Wyoming to)ollow his example. "I can't do it with my hands tied," he said. There was nothing of the brag in the way the boy said this. "Yes, you can!'' exclaimed Wild, who was riding his He spoke in a voice that was full of meaning, and it was horse right behind him. "It is either a case of you jumpquite plain that he impressed the man. ing over or falling into the water and drowning. Suit MisRouri Mike then walked along in silence between yourself, but jump, anyhow." Egbert and Beck and the river bank was soon reached. That was enough! The river broadened considerably at this point, and there The villain stepped back and took a short run, malting were numerous big stones in it, so a man could step and the leap quite easiliy. leap from one to the other and get over without hardly As it was not quite six feet across, this was quite an easy wetting his feet. thing to do. But there was only one way for the horses to get acros'.3, Then Joe Beck followed. and that was ior them to plunge into the water and walk "I suppose your horses can leap over?" said the young across, for it was not over their heads. mun, questioningly, as he turned around. Egbert and Beck managed to get Missouri Mike over, "Oh, I guess they can do as well as that, can't they, though the big villain slipped once and got wet up to his boys?" answered Young 'Vilcl West, with a laugh. "Now, hips, and then Young Wild West dismounted and walked I'll just show you how easy Spitfire can go over." over, leaving his horse on the bank. He tightened the bridle-rein and spoke to the stallion Once on the opposite shore he uttered a sharp whistle and then Spitfire darted forward, leaping the creek as The sorrel pricked up his ears and quickly plunged into lightly as a feather. the water. Ji;m ancl the scout followed in quick succession. He managed to get over without wetting the top of the "You have fine horses, all three of you," said Beck, looksaddle, and the two tenderfeet clapped their hands to ap ing at their mounts admiringly. "They are much better plaud the intelligent animal. than the ones we bought at Cheyenne." I Charlie and Jim had dismounted by this time, and they "Well, we do lots of riding about the country, and it promptly led their horses to the bank and sent them across stands us in hand to have fii;ie horses," said Wild. "You after Spitfire. say you only came out here to spend a few weeks, so almost They came over on the stones then and then they were any kind of horses will do, unless you are chased by Indians ready to. proceed. outlaws some time. "The horses understand just what you want them to do," "Why, are there any Indians or outlaws out here-I Beck. mean Indians that would interfere with a white man?" "Oh, they knowed enough to come over after Wild asked Egbert. whistled to Spitfire," replied Charlie. "They're together "You are liable to strike them sometimes. Outlaws are a great deal, an' if one goes to a place ther others are apt quite plentiful, though," and our hero nodded at the pris-to foller, you know." oner. "How does he look for an outlaw?" "I see." "Well, I am satisfied that he is a pretty bad man." Wild now told the two young men to lead the way to The eyes of the man flashed and he bit his lip to keep their camp, and then he mounted his horse. from making some sort of a reply. "It isn't far," said Egbert. "We'll be there in less than "By the way," resumed Wild, turning to him, "you say five minutes." you are the worst man in Wyoming, what's your name?" It was a pretty thickly wooded country that they were in "Michael Heth is ther name I was christened with," was and that prevented them from seeing the camp until they the reply. "I was born in Missouri an' lived there till I got right to it. struck here about a month ago. They call me Missouri The young men had a tent that seemed to be brand-new Mike." erected and everything was ship-shape around it. "Missouri Mike, the worst man in Wyoming, eh? Well, If it had not been for the object that lay stiff and silent the name sounds good for a bad man, but I don't believe under a piece of canvas close by the surroundings would you are quite as dangerous as you would make us believe. have been perfect for a camping-out place. I am sure I had no trouble in bringing you to terms." "There lie s the body of our guide," sa id Egbert. "He "Never you mind!" was the quick reply. "There'll come was shot in the back by someone unknown to us, and when some other time for me to be on top." we went out to look for help a little later this is the only "You think so, eh? Well, Missouri Mike, i the miners man we found," and he indicated Missouri Mike. over at Four Flush Sl\)' you are all right, I suppose we will "Yes, but I didn't shoot no one," spoke up the man. "It


YOUNG WII1b WEST AND "AISSOURI MIKE." don't say that because you run across me that I shot ther feller, does it?" "Oh, no!" retorted Young Wild West. "Ile has not said that you fired the shot that put an end to the guide. It strikes me that it is quite likely, though." The worst man in Wyoming frowned darkly at our hero when he said this. "It's your turn now," was all he said. "Which means that you are going to have tevenge upon me, I suppo .se ?" "I ain"t ther one to furgit things, I jest said." "I know you did. But there are some things you might forget. Just mind your eye when you attempt to bother with me or my partners." "I know my business putty well. I ain't called the worst man in Wyoming,fur nothin', you kin bet." Our friends took a look around the camp. "Well," said he, after a pause, "I don't know what you two fellows propose to do, but I should think it would be advisable for you to take the body o.r the guide to the nearest town, which is probably Four Flush, and report what hap pened to him." "All right, Young Wild West. We'll do just as you say," answered Joe Beck. "Four Flush is the nearest place." "How far is it from here?" "Only about four or five miles." "Well, we'll put the body of the guide on his horse and strike out, then." "If you're bound to take me to Four Flush, let me have my horse to ride on, won't you?" spoke up Missouri Mike. '\Oh, certainly! I forget about paying a visit to your camp. We were going there first, I believe." "I know you said that," put in Egbert. "But I didn't think it would make any difference, so when you said come here we came on. The man's camp, such as it is, isn't far from here. It is just behind that hill over there." "Well, one of you come over there with me, then, while the r.est are getting ready to leave for the mining camp. You had better take everything with you, and when you strike out again you can pick out some other place to camp in." "That's !" exclaimed Beck. "We have had quite enough of this spot. The guide was a good fellow, and I feel sorry for him. He told us that he was not married, though, and that makes it a little better." Wild and Egbert now started for the place Missouri )fike had made his headquarters. They soon reached it and found it to be a small, level spot in a clump of pines. His camping outfit consisted of a couple of blankets, which were branded with the "U. S. A." and a frying-pan and coffee-pot. That was about all he had. "Now, then, :jus t put your foot in the stirrup," said Wild to the prisoner. He did so. "Up you go!" and Missouri Mike got such a sudden lift that he nearly rolled over the horse completely. He looked at the handeome young athlete as he got righted up in the saddle. "Did you do that alone?" he asked. "Yes. Why?" "You are pretty strong, I guess." "Well, I can generally lift my share when it comes to the test." "You are only a boy, too." "Oh, that don't make any difference. I am about as strong and active as any man you ever tackled, I guess." "You are, or else you are an awful bluffer." "Well, you ought to know something about it by this time." The worst man in Wyoming smiled a sickly smile. But he no more just then, and Egbert led his horse oack to where the others were waiting. A few minutes later the party set out for Four Flush. As was his custom, Young Wild West rode at the head of his friends when they entered the camp. It was not one o'clock yet, and several miners were standing in front of a shanty saloon. When they saw the party coming with a dead man bang ing over one of the horses they were somewhat surprised. But when they saw Missouri Mike a prisoner they were more so. They all seemed to know the bad man. Wild sized them up as he brought his horse to a stop in the middle of the sandy street. For the most part they were a very bad-looking lot. He could see that at a glance. "What's ther matter, Mike?" bawled out a big fellow with a faded red shirt and rope suspenders. "What's up?" "Oh, this here young feller what calls himself Young Wild West caught me nappin' an' made me his prisoner. He done it jest 'cause I was havin' a little fun with ther two tenderfeet what hired Wes Mundy to take 'em out on a huntin' trip. There's Wes! He's dead as a doornail, an' no one seems to know who finished him." The last was said significantly, and our friends knew what it meant. The worst man in Wyoming was trying to lead the men to believe that he was of the opinion that either the two young men or their new-found friends knew something about the murder. Wild thought it about time to put in a few words. CHAPTER III. The horse he had was a raw-boned gray, and was above YOUNG WILD WEST SURPRISES THE NATIVES. the average size, like its owner. "Gentlemen," said Wild, casting a sweeping glance at quickly saddled the steed and put the trappings 1 the crowd, "I caught this man in the act of sending one of on bebmd the saddle. I these young men to his death, while he had the other tied


G YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE." and waiting for his turn. I stopped him, gentlemen I stopped him very quickly, and here he is In my opinion he is a very bad character and very much in need of a rope. But I promised to let him go if you people \vould vouch for him." A roar went up as if from one throat. The scowls and black looks that our hero received were many. At length one of the men blurted out: "Your opinion of Missouri Mike is wrong, stranger. He's as white as snow, an' he's ther worst man in Wyoming, so "Gracious, stranger! do you know who you're talkin' to?" "Oh, I rather think I do. You are not dangerous, are you?'; "His name is Young Wild West," spoke up Missouri Mike. "He's a sorter wonder, boys." He handed the revolver back as he spoke. "Now, Charlie, you give this very bad man his knife and shooters," and our hero turned to the scout. "Sartin !" wa& the quick response. "Here you are.i. you measly coyote!'' you'd better look out when he gits free." Missouri Mike took the weapons without a word, and "I will look out a.JI right, my friend. I am not afraid then he turned and walked into the saloon. of Missouri Mike, or a dozen like him. Since it seems to be the opinion of the miners here that he should go free, I am going to liberate him. But I want him to understand one thing, and that is that he must not bother the two young fellows he was going to send down the rapids tied to logs. And, another thing, if you want to learn how the guide was shot you had better ask him, for I can see it wri tten in his eyes that he was the coward who fired the shot." The crowd looked surprised at the boy when he talked in He was quite satisfied for the time being, but it was plain that the crowd was not. The man with the rope sur. penders acted as though he did not want to let it go at that. He stepped back and held a whispered consultation with two or three. Then they stepped over and took charge of the body of the slain guide. "I reekon we'll hury ther poor feller, an' then we'll settle accounts with them that had to do with his death," said this way. It did not seem possible that he dared accuse the worst onHe. 1 k d t B'll E b t d J B k l k d . e oo e a i y aer an oe ec as 1e spo e an man rn Wyommg of the crime of shootrng a man from Jd d 'fi tl 0 b h noci e sigm can y. am . j G.'he two young ruen were not slow to notice this, and Missouri Mike had made a great reputation smce he had 1 ti 1 k d ]' 1 t y W'ld W t d h' t been at Four Flush. ley oo e appea mg y o oung i es an is par -He had scared every man who had dared to resent his overbearing ways, and had proved himself to be a very qnick shot with the revolver. But here was a boy talking just as though the worst man iu Wyoming simply amounted to nothing. And when Wild dismounted and cut the thongs that bound the villain's wrists together the crowd was more astoni.ihed. "Get down, you ugly looking brute!" commanded Wild. He was ben: on showing the tough gang that he was ready for any sort of business, and he knew there was noth ing like a show of nerve that would excite the admiration and respect of such a crowd. The instant Missouri Mike was on the ground the man with the rope suspenders stepped over to him and handed him a revolver. He probably thought the big villain would use it on Young Wild West, but he was mistaken. He simply held it in his hand "What did you do that for?" Wild asked, looking c:it the mine r who had taken so much on himself. I don't know as that is any of your business!" was the retort \ Well, I think it is. You just take that shooter back, c1o you hear? My partner there has the weapons that belong to the man just set free. He will get them in a min ute o r two. You just take that shooter from him, and be caref ul how you handle it, too !" ners. But Wild c1id not appear to take them very seriously. "Gentlemen," said he, turning to the cluster of rougb looking men, "is there a place in town where we can get a good, square meal?" "I reckon you kin git it over at ther High Top Tavern," answered one, pointing to a shanty hotel a little farther up the crooked street of the camp. "All right Thank you Come on, boys !" Our hero made a move as though he was going to vault upon the back of his horse, but he did not do it. It was probably well that he clid not. The report of a pistol sounded from the door of the sa loon and a bullet whizzed through the air in about the place he would have been if he had gone on up, instead of dropping to the ground again. "The worst man in Wyoming did that, I'll bet!" said our hero, calmly "Well, if he wants to take his medicine it is no fault of mine. Here goes!" Revolver in hand, he leaped toward the half-open door, firing a shot as he went, just to let the villain know he was coming. He pushed open the door, only to hear a crashing of glass from a rear room. There was no one in the place, not even the man who was in charge of it. He had stayed outside to see what was going on. Missouri Mike must have been pretty honest, in his way


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE." of thinking, otherwise he would have followed him in the place. Wild did not stop, but went on through to the back room. There was a window opening into the back yard and the sash had been knocked clean out of it. "He got away in a hurry, I guess," thought the dashing boy, smiling. "I guess the shot I fired started him going, if he had not started before. Well, I shan't follow him just now. Missouri Mike might be the worst man in Wyoming, but he is a coward, notwithstanding it." As our hero walked back into the bar-room several men came in, among the foremost being Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart. "He jumped out of the back window, boys. I couldn't get a shot at him/' said Wild. The rough-looking miners looked at each other in amaze ment. This was not the way they expected Missourj Mike would act. Wild drd not want to let the men know that he thought anything about them so he did not ask them to have something at the bar as he usually did when he landed at a strange place. He simply walked out of the saloon as though nothing had happened, and Charlie and Jim followed. But all three were keeping an eye on the gang. Not one of them offered to interfere, however, so they took their horses and led them over to the shanty hotel. The two young men from Minneapolis went with them, as a matter of course. It so happened that the hotel was kept by an honest man. The better element of the miners who were addicted to the use of spirituous liquors hung out there, too, but there were only a couple of them there now, as they were at work on their claims. "Landlord, we would like to have something to cat, how about it?" asked Wild, as he entered the place. "I reckon you kin git it, stranger," was the reply. "Ah! so here's ther two young hunters got back a'ready, hey?" He looked at Egbert and Beck andthen grinned, as much as to say he thought they would soon tire of roughing it in the mountains. The young men had stopped there, and it was from the hotel they had hired the services of the guide. "We came back because our guide got shot,'' said Egbert. "What I" cried the landlord, wpose name was Glover. They quickly told him what had happened. 1 "Missouri Mike is a sort of terror in Four, I guess," observed Wild, with a smile. "Well, I reckon he is. He's ther worst man in Wyoming, fur a fact be is. He's got ther biggest part of ther gang at his back, too, an' that makes us what's tryin' to be honest an' git a livin' be mighty careful what we say or do. 'Tain't very pleasant to die with your boots on, an' jest 'cause you pass an opinion, you know. I've heard say that there's some foreign countries in Europe an' Asia where a man don't dare to say what he thinks, but you don't have to go there to find that. Jest come to Four Flush an' you'll find lots that's in ther same boat."' "Well, if that is the case I am more than glad that we struck this camp,'' retorted Wild. "Missouri Mike has got it in for us, and we are going to stay here just long enough to see him either one of the best men in Wyoming or his body hanging to a tree!" "Young feller, I like your spirit, but I'm afraid that you've bit off more than you kin chew!" "Oh, no I Don't think that way. Just you wait. But i you will hustle up that grub you will make it more pleasant for us. I am about famished. I haven't eaten anything since five o'clock this morning." "Sartinly. Excuse me," and away went the landlord, leaving our friends in the bar-room with two miners, who hacl been listening to the conve:satio;n in a very interested way. Both the miners looked admiringly at our hero. "Say,'' said one of them, "you're nothin' more than a boy, but I kin see that you're a good one. Anyone what kin make a prisoner of Missouri Mike has got to be a good one." "An' he jumped through ther winder of ther back room of ther ginmill to git away from you, did he?" asked the other. "Well, that is rather surprisin', I do declare." "Not so very surprisin', either," remarked Cheyenne Charlie. "If he'd staid in ther place he'd have got shot, an' he knowed it." At this juncture the landlord came out and informed them that their dinner would be ready for them in fifteoo minutes. Then he turned to Wild and said: "What's your naine, i I ain't too inquisitive?" "Young Wild West," was the retort. "Oh!" The two miners looked at each other and nodded. "We've heard 0 you,'' one 0 them hastened to say. "No wonder Missouri Mike took water," added the land "Well," and Glover shrugged his shoulders, "I don't lord. "Why, your name is known all through ther West, I want to say anything, 'cause it don't do to say much in reckon." thfa minin' camp, but I've got an idea who it was that gave "Well, I don't know about that," said our hero, modestly. thcr feller his medicine." "But it is, though. I never expected Four Flush was (c Oh, we have all got an ide11 about it," spoke up Jim goin' to be honored by a visit from you, I kin tell you. But Dart. "Missouri Mike was the man who did it." I'm mighty glad, all ther same. An' i these two gents is "Most likely." your pards, I reckon?" As he said this the landlord spoke in a whisper and 1 "Yes, Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart." looked around to make sure that nobody was listening. 1 "Well, if I ain't glad to meet you no man was ever glad


8 YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE. of meetin' anyone! You are goin' to stay right here at my shanty jest as long as you like; an' it ain't goin' to cost you a cent, either !" "Well, we won't stay very long, then," answered Wild. "I always believe in paying for everything I get. I have lots of money, and don't want to be entertained for noth ing." "But you've got to make an exception in this case. You said a littl e while ago that you was goin' to stay here long enough to ::iee ther finish of ther worst man in Wyoming. That means that you're goin' to be my guests-unless, of course, yo. u find a place you like better." "Well, we won't quarrel about it," retorted Wild, with a laugh. "I guess your hotel is about as good as any." "It is the best place in this town," spoke up Egbert. "We stayed here over night when we first landed here in the stagecoach and we were more than satisfied with the way we were treated." The meal was soon ready ancl our .friends clid ample jus tice to it. Their horses were given the best of care, and that was something they liked. Both Young Wild West and his partners always wanted their horse s to have all that was corning to them. After dinner, finding that there was a blacksmith in the town, Wild took his horse over to the shop. Charlie and Jim thought they had better have their steeds looked after, too, so they went along. The blacksmith clid not .show signs of being very busy and was glad to receive some new customers. "I don't have a whole lot of work yet," he said. "But in a few weeks things will begin to look up. Strangers are comin' here every day, almost, that means more trade fur me. I hear that some feller who's got lots of money is goin' to buy up a lot of land here. He's due to-day on ther etagecoach." "When does the stagecoach get here?" queried our hero. "She oughter be here inside of half an hour." It was just about that time when the rumbling of wheels was heard and the next minute the outfit came in sight Wild and his partners watched it as it drove up and stopped in front of the High Top Tavern, and they were not a little surprised when they found there were three ladies among the eight or ten passengers to alight. CHAPTER IV. THE ROCKERT FAMILY. "This seems to be a pretty queer sort of a place for ladies to come to," observed Jim Dart, as the stagecoaeh passen gers stood in front of the hotel, and looked around them as though undecided just what to do. ain't much of a place-not jest yet, but we hope to make a real town out of F'mr Flush before many moons," answered the Just as i the rather portly man, who was with the ladies, was about to conduct them inside the shanty hotel Missouri Mike and some of his followers appeared on the scene. The men were more or less under the influence of liquor, and realizing that they were up to some mischief, Wild turned to his partners and said : "I guess we'll walk back there, boys. The worst man in Wyoming has showed himself again." The tluee walked rapidly to the spot. But before they got there they saw the villains had addressed the passengers. The portly man stood before them, and the ladies were waiting for him. "Yes, you're weilcome to Four Flush," Missouri Mike was saying. "I'm ther boss 0 the camp, an' I am ther one as says you're welcome. It don't make any difference what anybody else says, you're welcome. Do you hear what I say?" .. "We hear you," answered the man. "Any man that has ther sand in him to bring ladies here oughter stand treat fur ther boys," the rascal went on. "Mine's real old-fashioned liquor. What yer goin' to have, boys?" At this juncture Young Wild West stepped before the man, and he jumped back as though he had been touched by a reel-hot iron. "Don't mind what that fellow says, said Wild in his easy-going way. "I guess he has been drinking a little too much, and he is hardly responsible for what he says or does. Hey, there, landlord! Come out here and show these people to comfortable quarters. They must be tired from the long ride over the mountain." The worst man in Wyoming turned all colors, while the ladies looked at our hero gratefully. But Missouri Mike was not going to be downed so easily this time. "Minc's real old-fashioned liquor, I said!" he bawled out. "Come o.n, boys I" He led the way in the bar-room with a rush just as the landlord came out of door and called for the pas sengers of the stagecoach to follow him. Nearly all those who had alighted irom the vehicle went in. They were all strangers, and consequently stopped at the place the outfit had halted at, to seek information, if nothing more. Only two of natives of the Wild West. The rest were dressed in clothing that signified that they came from the thickly populated cities. The man with the three ladies seemed very glad when they got inside the big room that was used for dining room, sitting-room and parlor combined. "Make yourselves as comfortable as possible,'' he said to his companions. "I was misled in regard to this town.


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE." 9 I understood that it was quite a civilized place, or I would what tamed. "I'm Missouri Mike, an' I'm ther worst man never have brought you here." in Wyoming! I run things my own way in this town" Oh I Never mind, father," replied the youngest of the when I take a notion. So look out for me if I happen to three, who was not more than seventeen. "I rather like get one 0 my spells on me." excitement. Did you notice how that dashing young man The man was drunk, and in spite of the fact that Young 1v-ith the long hair made that big, rough looking man Wild West was standing near, be could not belp bragging. quail? At rst I was frightened, but when the young man Wild did not say anything just then. steppe d up and said what he did I felt entirely different. He could hardly see the necessity of his interfering, since From what I have seen of Four Flush, father, I rather like Missouri Mike was simply acting like an ordinary man it." who claimed to be bad." l "Wen, Florence, I am glad to bear you say that. I hope The capitalist smiled good-naturedly and placed the :rou will like it well enough to be contented for a month. gold piece on the counter I will havE: to stay here that long if I carry out my plans." "Let them have what they want," he said. "That will "Oh, I think we can manage to put up with it that long," pay for it, I guess." spoke up another girl, who was perhaps two years the ''Yes, an' there'll be some change left," the senior of the first who had spoken. "H Florence likes it clerk. I don't see why I shouldn't. I saw some very respectable "Well, never mind the change." looking young men outside, as well as the roughs. We "That's what I like to hear!" shouted Missouri Mike. must not to find things here like they are in Omaha." "Ther. fat tenderfoot seems to be all right, boys." "Well, Maud, I am glad you and Florence are satisfied. Once Rockert smiled But how is it with your mother?" and the portly man I It was not the first mining camp he had been to, but he turned to the elder of the three ladies. did take notice that he had never seen so many tough "I sha ll be contented here so long as the rest of you are," j looking characters in a place of the size of Four Flush. l1 a& the reply. "I did not expect to find Four Flush much I However, he was going to make the best of it, and as he of a place, so I am but little disappointed." had received advices that the land was very rich in gold Richard J;lockert, tbe wealthy speculator from Omaha, I deposits around that i;,ection, he meant to buy up some of shook his head. I it and start a smelter going. "I am more than glad that you seem so satisfied with I He had not been favorably impressed with the idea of the town," he said. "But I can't say that I am. It I bringing his wife and daughters there, but they had coaxed strikes me that it is a very lawless place. I shall have a him t.o let them come, declaring that it would be a pleasant talk with the dashing looking young fellow who inter-vacat10n for them. fered when the rough man accosted me. He looks as Wild nncl his partners walked out to the front of the though he might know a thing or two." shanty with Egbert and Beck. "Do have a talk with him, father," spoke up the youngThen Rockert started to follow, but Missouri Mike est of the girls. "Ask him all about the place, and, father, caught him by t'he collar. find out who he is." "Hold on, my fat feller!" he exclaimed. "I reckon "Well, here is the landlord. As soon as I have made it's my turn to treat. I knows a good man when I sees arrangements with him about stopping here, I will go out one, an' I always wants to use him right." and have a talk with the young man." This wa8 rather a queer sort of way for the worst man It so happened that the landlord had rooms enough to in Wyoming to act, and his followers wondered what he accommodate the family, so arrangements were quickly was up to. made and the ladies ascended the rough box stairs to the They soon found out. best apartments the shanty hotel afforded. The capitalist took the rough play good-naturedly and Then Rockert followed the landlord to the rear room. stepped up to the bar with him. He was going to treat the crowd, for he thought it would As he did so the rascal's left hand, which was around the be better to show a feeling of friendliness toward them. waist of Rockert, came in contact with the heavy gold "Ahl Here comes the fat tenderfoot!" cried one of watch that was in the pocket of his waistcoat. the miners. "Now, boys, I reckon we kin name our Missouri Mike slipped it out and unhooked it from the drinks!" chain with his finger and thumb. "That's what y6u can, boys!" answered Rockert, taking Then he held it up behind him so his friends could see a gold piece from his pocket. "I expect to stay in town it, while he patted his victim on the shoulder with the a couple of weeks or so, and it may be that I wi31 buy up 1Jther hand. some of the property that is offered for sale here. That "Boys, I reckon I kin afoord to treat, can't I?" he ex-makes it necessary for me to get acquainted with those claimed. who live here." "I reckon so!" came from the iellow with the rope sus"Well, I'll let you know who I am right away, then," penders, who was right at his elbow. spoke up the big villain who Young Wild West had some' Neither the proprietor nor the clerk had fleen whnt took


10 YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE." place, but the two who had been there when our friends arrived witnessed the theft. Though it was not pleasant to him to be hugged by the ruffian, Rockert stood it bravely and drank with 'him. Then he went out on the stoop of the hotel, his chain hanging down and his watch gone. "How are you, young man?" he said, walking up to Wild. "You are just the one I want to talk to. You seem to have considerable prestige around here, and pro bably you can tell me all about this mining camp." "Well, I don't know as I can tell you much about it, sir," was the reply. "I only arrived a little over an hour ago." "What! You are a stranger in Four Flush?" "Yes, sir, this is the first time I was ever in the place." "By the way you spoke to that rough fellow when we got out of the stagecoach, I thought you were one of the real residents of the place." "Oh, no I hail from Weston, Dakota." "Ah! From the Black Hills, eh? May I inquire your name? I have heard considerable about the Black Hills, and Weston, also. I was negotiating for some property there with the Wild West Mining & Improvement Com pany about six months ago. The deal fell through, though, as I thought they wanted too much money for the plot of land. Perhaps you know something of the company." "Well, I suppose I ought to know considerable about the Wild West Mining & Improvement company, since I am the treasurer of it." "Well, well! That beats all! Then you are Young Wild West?" "Yes, sir, that's who I happen to be." "I am more than glad to meet you, I assure you. 'My name is Richard Rockcrt, and I am from. Omaha." "Ah! I think I have heard something about the deal you were trying to make with the company. Well, I will tell you that you missed it by not buying the property. We sold it for considerably more than you wanted to give, and the parties who bought it would not sell it for three times the amount now. They have put up a regular smelting plant, and have all the modern mining appliances there now. The mine is one of the largest and best paying ones in that section, and all in a few months." "ls that so? Well, that is wonderful. It is nothing strange that I miss a good bargain now and then. But I have made more good ones than bad, so I can't com plain." "Well, I must say that I have never yet made what I consider a bad bargain," said Wild. "And there are very few I have dealt with who will say that they ever got stuck." "I am glad to hear that. But introduce me to your friends, won't you? I like the appearance of you all very much, and it does me good when I look at you. J'ust sup pose I had arrived here with my wife and daughters and found none but such fellows as are inside Introduce me. The quicker I' get acquainted with some good people, the better I will feel." "Well, the tall gentleman is Cheyenne Charlie and the other is Jim Dart. They are my partners, and we stick together through thick and thin. I may as well introduce you to the other two gentlemen from Minneapolis we met this morning. Mr. Egbert and Mr. Beck, Mr. Rockert." Wild had such an easy way of doing it that they all shook hands and felt that they had known each other much longer. Then Rockert asked several questions about them all, winding up by declaring that he liked them very much. The capitalist was out-and-out in expressing himself, and it was easy to bclicYc that he meant what he said. While they had been talking Wild noticed the chain hanging from the button-bole of his waistcoat. He thought it proper to call the man's attention to it. "By jove !" exclaimed Rockert, placing his hand on his pocket and finding his watch was not there. "I have had my pocket picked!" "What!" said Wild. "It is a fact. I only looked at my watch as I came through into the bar-room from the other part of the house. That was not more than ten or fifteen minutes ago." "Then your watch must have been taken from you while you was in ther bar," spoke up Cheyenne Charlie. At this juncture the two miners who had witnessed the stealing of the watch came out. One of them whispered something in our hero's ear. "I know who has got your watch, Mr. Rockert," Wild said. "I'll get it for you in less than two minutes I" \. CIIAPTER V. MR. EDWIN GLOUCESTER. Young Wild West did not wait a second. He walked right inside and up to the worst man in Wyoming. "What time is it?" he said, 'just ,the vestige of a smile on his face. The big ruffian gave a start ... He did llOt know what the question meant first. But it dawned upon him as quick as a flash. "It's ten minutes to three," he answered. "All right. Now, then, if that watch is not in the hand of its owner by eight minutes of three something will hap pen to you It may be that you will be one of the best men in Wyoming then, for all dead men are good men, because they can't be bad," Missouri Mike l et his hand slide toward the butt of his revolver. But as quick as a flash Wild seized him by the wrist. He gave him such a sharp twist that a

YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE." 11 the boy, his eyes flashing dangerously. "Do as I say, or I'll break your arm The capitalist was just coming in at lhc door, and he stepped up to get his timepiece. Missouri Mike made an effort to break away, but Wild gave him another turn, and down he dropped upon his knees. "Here it is!" he cried. "Let up, won't yer? You caught me foul." As Rockert took his watch, Wild gave the man's wrist one more twist and then let go of him. A scream of pai:q. left his lips and he foll to the floor. At first our hero thought he had broken his arm, but he soon found out different. Missouri Mike sprang to his feet with remarkable quick ness and shook himself like a dog coming out of water. "I ain't goin' to shoot at yer, Young Wild West he bawled out in an angry tone. "But I'm goin' ter show you that I kin handle yer-an' a dozen like yer, ii I wanted to." "All right. Jump in!" was the calm retort. The ruffian did not wait for a second invitation. He leaped forward with amazing quickness and tried to catch the boy about the waist. But quick as he was, he was not quick enough to get his clutch upon Young Wild West. Wild jumped nimbly aside and threw out his left foot. At the same instant he let his band come down upon I the man's neck with full force. The result was all he expected. The worst man in Wyoming fell flat upon the floor. "What is the matter with you?" asked Wild, tantalizingly. "Why don't you keep on your feet? You can't hurt anyone that way." "I know you're a sundowner, but I ain't done yet," was the reply. "I'll jest lam it into you good when I do get hold of you." "Well, don't waste your time, is my advice. I am not going to let you get hold of me." The boy was as calm as a summer morning, and those who had never seen him in action before, looked at him in amazement. There were three or four in the place who looked as though they would like to take a hand in the game, but the big villain doubled up in the act of sitting down, he let him have a left hook on the jaw bone. "Oh!" With a gasp Missouri Mike went in a heap to the floor. Ile was knocked out completely, and no one knew it bet ter than Wild clid himself. "Now, then," said he, turning to the other rascals in the place, "if any of you want a taste of the medicine I gave your friend, just say so. I'm just itching to give the whole lot of you a thrashing!" The man with the rope suspenders was just enough un der the influence of liquor to be reckless. He grabbed for his revolver and sueceded in getting it from his belt. But that was as far as he got. Crack! Not one in the room !mew exactly how it was done so quickly, but Wild West got his revolver on a line with the villain's .hand and fired. As the report rang out the weapon dropped from his grasp and the scoundrel danced wildly about the floor, the blood spurting from the end of his forefinger. Crack! Wild fired again and one of the improvised suspenders that held the man s trousers let go. Crack! The other side went. "There!" exclaimed our hero. "Now, go on out and get a new pair of suspenders Hurry, or I'll shoot the shirt right off your back !" It was really wonderful to see how quickly the man got out of the room. And when he reached the sandy street he ran with the speed of a deer. Wild walked out after him and joined in the laugh that went up. "Young Wild Wes t, you are the most wonderful man I ever saw exclaimed Rockert. "Don't say that. I am not a man yet," was the reply. "I am only a boy." "If that is ther case, I don't lmow what you'll be when you git to be a man, then," spoke up one of the miners Wild laughed. Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart were watching them like a "I must have a great way about me, I suppose," he rc cat watches a mouse, ancl they knew it. marked. "Still, I don't think it is anything wonderful. The cowardly rascals were afraid to interfere. It is no trouble for me to do what I accomplished. Anyone As soon as Missouri Mike got on his feet he changed his could do the same ." tactics somewhat ''Not much!" exclaimed the proprietor of the house. He danced back in rude imitation of a boxer, and be"Oh, yes! All you want is a little coolness. That is gan feinting with his hands. the main thing, though one must be quick and have a very "Oh! You want to make a fist fight of it, do you?" watchful eye. I may be quicker than a great many, but r emarked Wild. "Well, here goes!" anyone could be as cool, if they tried to." Then he sailed into him and hit him two stunning "No, they couldn't. It is impossible for some people blows in the face before he knew what was taking place. to be cool under trying circumstances," said the capitalist. Biff Ah! Here comes Mr. Missouri Mike. He has recovered." He gave him another in the pit of the stomach, and as "What time is it?" asked Cheyenne Charlie, as the vil-


12 YOUNG WILD WEST .A,ND "MISSOURI MIKE. lain came out, rubbing his eyes as though he had just awakened from a sound slumber Everyone laugheLl except the close friends 0 the man. "Never you mind he retorted with a hiss. "You kin jest bet that I'm ther boss of this camp yet. One or two lickin's won't affect me in ther least." "All right," answered Wild. "But just mind your eye. You know what I told you up near the rapids." / The whole band of bad men proceeded over to the saloon they made their headquarters in, and then the capitalist invited our friends in the house. They all accepted the invitation, and then an intro duction to the ladies took place. Wild was very modest in explaining how be had de feated the two rascals in the bar-room, and when Egbert and Beck began lauding him to the skies and telling how much he had done for them that day, he advised them to go it a little easier. The two girls seemed to take very much to the young men from Minneapolis. They declared that they hacl no idea that they would meet any young men who were tenderfeet in the mining town. And it was the same with the young men. Neither of them had sweethearts, and they were more than favorably impressed with the girls The conversation drifted from one thing to another, and finally :Maud Rockert spoke about a good looking young man with a rather dark skin, who 11ad been one of the passengers to come over in the stagecoach with them. She stated that he had tried his best to get into con versation with her on the way, and that when she repulsed him. he declared that she might be glad to make friends with him before she left Four Flush. After that he had ignored her entirely, and she dismissed him from her mind. Her parents and sister were much surprised when she related this. '"Why did you not tell me of this at the time, Maud?" her father asked. "Ob I did not want to create a scene in the stage coach," she replied. "I was not d all afraid of him." while they were talking over the matter, who should come into the room but the man himself. He was not more than twenty-five, and was dressed after the style of a gentlemanly sport of the West. "Beg pardon, ladies and gentlemen," he observed. :'The landlord tells me that this is the only public parlor he has, so I came in." 'l'he capitalist frowned, but a warning glance from Wild made him change his manner. "I am sure we have no objections to any guest of the house corning in here," he said "Thank you I am used to being in good company, and that is hardly to be found in the bar-room." Before he sat down he handed each 0 the occupants 0 the room a card. Wild read the one he handed him and found that it bore the name of Edwin Gloucester. There was nothing left to do but or Rockert to intro duce the party, so he did so, though it was not with very good grace "So you are Young Wild West, then?" said the young man, looking at our hero rather curiously. "Yes, that happens to be my name," was the rejoinder. "I have read considerable about you in the Denver new s papers." "Yes?" "You are a wonder in your way, so I believe. You have broken up more bands of road agents and hunted down more bad Indians than one could count on his fingers and toer,:, according to reports." "Well, I have never bothered about keeping an account of them," laughed Wild. "It is possible that you may have read a whole lot about me that is not true." "Possib ly. But there must be some truth in the state ments. Newpapers are not in the habit of giving folks such puffs, unless--" He paused and looked at the rest of the company with a curious smile. "Unless what?" asked wild. "Unless they are pretty well paicl for. I hear that you are worth over a million clollars." "Yes, I am worth that much, I guess," our hero answered, keeping as cool as possible. ''But I never paid any of it to a newspaper for giving me a puff. I am not in that line of businesE, sir." "Oh, I suppose not. I read an account of how you broke a faro bank iri Denver once. It that true?" "No, that is not true. Where did you read it?" "In a Denn. r paper." "Well, I never broke a faro bank there, but I came mighty near breaking a man's head there, though." "Is that so?" and arched his eye-brows in surprise "Yes.'' ''How was it? Won't you tell us about it, Young Wild W rst ?" "Yei>, I'll tell you bow it was. A young man, some after your pattern got to saying things that I did not like, and I got a little mad and picked him up and threw him out of the room on his head. H he had struck just a little harcler than he did his head would have been broken sure." ''Oh! You don't tell us that'!" 1 "Yes, I do tell you that. Do you want me to show you how I cl id it?" 'We1L yes:" Gloucester braced himself, knowing exactly what .was Re Rmiled and showed an even set of teeth, set between eomin!;. a pair of thin lips that gave him a sinister look. Ile was a pretty cool hand; there was no mistaking it. I


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE." 13 That he was doing his best to pick a row with the daring a man through the window when they saw the broken young deadshot every one present knew. sash. 'l'here was a window right behind the fellow, but it was "I will pay the damage done to the window, landlord," closed. said Wild. "I am sorry it happened, but it could not be One glance from Wild and Cheyenne Charlie stepped helped." over and rai::,d it. Before the landlord could make a reply Gloucester ut-Then with a smile Young Wild West put out his left tered a growl like that of a wo.unded panther. hand. He shook his finger at Wild and exclaimed: CHAP'TER VI. TWO BETS ARE MADE. As Wild put out his hand he simply did it for a bluff. He tried to make Gloucester think that he meant to grab hold of him. The movement was a successful one, for the sporty young man dodged with great quickness and followed by making a feint at Wild. 'rhen the two grappled. Young Wild West got the hold he always liked to get in a case of that kind. He had done it s o often that he n e ver missed when he "I will get even with you, Young Wild West, before you are forty-eight hours older! I will have your life!" "See here," said Wild, coolly. "When a man talks to me that way, he has either got to fight it out or take a thrashing. Which do you want to do?" "Neither, just now," was the reply. "I am simply tell ing you what is going to happen to you." "Well, since you have threatened my life, I may as well yours Out came our hero's revolver. But he had no intention of killing the man. He simply meant to show him that he knew how to shoot. Crack! As the report rang out, a corner of the stand-up collar on Gloucester's neck disappeared. Crack! tried for it. The other corner went. It was a left hold about the neck and a right about the Glouce s ter was very pale, but he did not move an inch. legs. H e knew very w e ll that the dashing boy had not tried With the two hands in such a position an ordinary strong! to ?" man can throw a person much heavier than he over his Are }OU gorng to have my life. asked Wild. head. providing he uses his hip for a fulcrum. "I am!" was the reply. "Before you are forty-eight wild just knew to do it. hour s older, too. You .threw me out of that window when you had no couse it. Unless you shoot me dead now I will surely have your lif e I am a man of my word." "You think you are. W e ll, I will tell you what I will do ; I'll wager a thousand dollars that I am alive forty The very instant he let go he went flying through space. eight hours from now." Gloucester had caught him abou.t the waist but when he felt his heel s going into the air, he involuntarily let go his hold to cat c h himself. Crash! His heels hit the upper sas h in the window and c arried it away. Then he landed on his head and s houlder s upon the stoop. "Please excuse me, ladie s," said Wild speaking as calm ly as though he was 's imply going out for a moment. "I am quite a student of human nature, and I am c ertain Mr. Gloucester came in here for the purpo s e of picking :=i. row with me. At any rate, he said enough to "\\arr ant my re senting it. I will go out and see if lie i s s ati sfird." J\Irs. Rockert and her daughter were very pale but there was a look of delight in their eyes, for all that. Admiration was bound to crop up. Young Wild West got out on the stoop just as the young man was picking himself up in a dazed manner. Thos e in the bar-room came rushing out at the same time. They did not know what it meant. Bttt they urt

. YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE." "That's it exactly!" exclaimed Gloucester, smiling I dow. I bet him a thousand dollars even that he would be b land l y dead inside of forty-eight hours 1'1 "All right," said Glover "I reckon I understand. But don't you think this is a queer sort of a bet, gents?" "It is a queer sort of a bet," answered Wild "I would be justified in filling the sneaking scoundrel with holes for threatening to kill me inside of forty-eight hours, but I am not the sort to do that. I will wait until he undertakes to carry out his threat. Then I will show him something." "But what you show him, Wild, won't do a bit of good, for he'll never live to make use of it," spoke up Cheyenne Char l ie "Well, that might be, too. But he will have a chance to see me get the drop on him, just the same." "Well, let it go at that," retorted Gloucester, coolly, as he walked away. "I don't see how you can keep from shooting that fellow, Wil d," observed Jim Dart. "We ll never mind This is something new that I have had happen to me. Just wait l It will come out all right Gloucest er went direct to the saloon where the bad gang had gone. His fancy clothing were dusty and musty from the fall he had at the hands of our hero, and when he entered the place he created just th!'J small part of a sensation. "Gentlemen, I am Edwin Gloucester, of Cheyenne, and I make my living at gambling. Step up and wet your whistles he cried There was a short silence, and then Missouri Mike blurted out : "How did you get mussed up, ?" "Oh! I don't mind telling you. A boy over at the hotel threw me out of the window, that's all," was the calm reply "I never deny anything, you know." "I'll bet I know who ther boy was!" exclaimed the man who had the rope suspenders. "Quite likely It was the same fellow who shot your suspenders loose, my friend." "Young Wild West!" gasped Missouri Mike. "Yes, it wa(l Young Wild West, gentlemen. But come! Let's have solll.e of the best tanglefoot you have in the house, landlord. I am not a regular drinking man, but after what happened a few minutes ago, I think I need a little stimulant. I thought I could handle Young Wild West, but I couldn't, and I am not ashamed to own up to it. The liquor was placed on the bar, and the whole crowd drank the health of Edwin Gloucester, of Cheyenne. The fact of his being roughly handled by Young Wild West made the men have a little sympathy for him. Every man of them was opposed to the daring young deadshot, just because he had taken the Worst Man in Wyoming down a few pegs. "Now, gentlemen, I want to tell you of a bet I made with Young Wild West after he threw me through the win"You done what?" cried Missouri Mike "I bet him a thousand dollars that he would not be alive forty-eight hours from now." ''Did you put up ther money?" "I did. It is in the hands of the landlord of the hotel." "An' did Young Wild West put up his money?" "Oh, yes!" "That's funny, ain't it, boys?" "You bet!" came the response from half a dozen of them "Why is it funny?" asked Gloucester. "It's funny that he let you live," answered Missouri Mike. "Ther bet means that you're goin' to drop him afore ther time is up." "Exactly. Either I will drop him or somebody else will. It makes no particular difference who doea it. But he has got to be dead by that time in order for me to win my bet." "I like your nerve, young man. But I'm just goin' to offer to' make a little bet with you, if you don't mind I'm Missouri Mike, ther worst man in Wyoming, an' when I says a thing I means it." "Good I Now what is the bet you want to make?" "Hold on a minute I I want you to understand that I like you putty well, from what I've seen of yer. I want you to know, too, that I hate Young Wild West worse nor a rattlesnake. I'm goin' to drop him ther minute I gits ther chance. Rut I've got an idea that ther chance ain't goin' ter come inside of forty-eight hours. I bet ther way I think, alwayi:;, FO I'll jest bet you a thousand tbnt if you try to down Young Wild West, so's you kin win ther bet, you'll be dead inside of orty-P.ight hours, instead of him." "I certainly have got to take that bet!" retorted Glou ce$ter, smiling as though he was simply staking his money on a horRe race, instcarl of his life. "I have just one more one thousand dollar bill in this roll. Here it is.'' "Put it np in ther hands of ther boss of ther place." "All right. Get your own money out." "Oli, I've got a thousand, but not much more, either There's ther dust. Jest hold it fur us, Bill. Ther day day after to-morrer at four o'clock, or a little after, one of us will come to claim it." "That's rigM," nodded Gloucester. "You sairl you made a livin' by gamblin'," said one of the men a minute or so later. "What's your favorite game?" "Oh, I've got a French game tlrnt I play the most. It is one of the most simple you ever saw, and it is as square as a die." "S'pose you sl1ow us it," snggcsted the proprietor. "Certainly. Come over to the table As calmly as though he hacl never made such a thing as a bet on his life, Glourester took a scat. The owner or the saloon produced a new pack of cards and handed them to him.


YOUNG WILD WES T A N D MISSOURI M IKE." 15 "Now then, gentlemen, I will deal hands to six of us, They had concluded to 'follow Gloucester and l et him and then I will show you the game After that, if anyone know that they were in nowise worried over his threat. wants to take a hand in it we will play. Now, I will deal Another thing, Wild thought it was a good idea to l e t you each five cards, one at a time, the same as draw poker." 1 Mike and his gang know that he meant busi-He did so, and all picked up their cards ness "This game," resumed the gambler, "is played something "Ah!'' exclaimed Gloucester with a bland smile, when like euchre, but you make your bets before a card is led. he saw our hero enter the place "You are just in time Now, 1 will turn up a trump, which I failed to do when I to take a hand in the game that I have introduced." placed the cards on the table. Ah! the deuce of hearts. "What is the game?" asked Wild, coolly stepping up t o Hearts are trumps, gentlemen Now the game is for each the table man to figure out how many sure tricks he has in his hand. "It is a French game, but I have forgotten the name of Then he makes his bets and places the amount on the it. Watch us play a hand or two and I think you will board. The next thing he does is to call out the number thoroughly understand it. of tricks he feels sure of taking. When all have made their "All right. Go ahead and p l ay." bets and called out their tricks or dropped out, which they Wild could hardly understand the way of the gambler have the privilege of doing by placing a dollar on the board Ile certainly was as cool a personage as he had ever met to enlarge the pot, the game begins We will play a hand He had not the least doubt that the villain was a quick just for the fun of it now, and then you will get a better shot with the revolver, and he was watching him all the idea gf it." time. They were all very well acquainted with cards, and they He would have to be a good one to get ahead o f Y o ung caught on 'to the game right away. Wild West. It so happened that Missouri Mike took in three tricks, Our hero knew that as well as anyone. which was the number he named, and he won the hand. There were at least a dozen men in the saloon who were "That's what I call a putty good game," he said ready and willing to make short work of Wild and his two "S'pose we have a few hands if it iur fair?" partners, but they dared not start a fighj; and attempt to "All right," replied Gloucester, as he took off his hat do it. and smoothed his hair. "I would j ust as leave play as not They all valued their lives too highly for that. from now until supper time." Yet they were simply waiting for a chance when they There were only two beside Missouri Mike who w:re 'Yould run the risk. willing to come in the game. llis wonderful display of nerve was what got the best They declared that they wanted to see a few hands playof them. ed first, so they could get a better idea of it. He was the last person they expected to see come into The four started in. the saloon just then. The cards were cut and one of the men got the deal and And when he stepped up and began watching the game turned up the ace of clubs of cards they were still more by his eoolness and Gloucester had the first say daring. "I will bet ten dollars," he said, and he put the money Wilcl watched them play three or four hands and saw on the table. "I am going to take three tricks into the game quite readily ''.An' I'll meet the bet I'm goin' ter take three tricks." It was a very simple one, anyhow. The other two put in a dollar apiece and dropped out. It struck him to take a band in it and try the nerve of the As there could only be five tricks taken, either one of the smooth-tongued gambler, who had wagered a thousand other of the players would not be able to take three tricks. dollars that he would be dead of forty eight hours. But they both figured it out that they could, and that "I'll take a hand, if you don't object,'' said, looking i s what makes the game at Gloucester. T he result was that Missouri Mike got the three first "I am sure no one will object,'' was the quick reply. "It tricks and he won the money. isn't every man who can sit down in the game with a man Gloucester picked up the cards to deal again, when who they know has got to die inside of forty eight hours .. should come in but Young Wild West "That is right,'' nodded Wild, smilingly Ile knew Charlie and Jim were keeping a sharp watch be hind his back, and that made him apparent l y ver y car e less. CHAPTER VII. But Wild knew just what he was doing The first hand waSI p l ayed and he won. GLOUCESTER IS BEATEN AT HIS OWN GAME. But the stakes were not so very l arge, so it di d not amount to a great deal. Charlie and Jim Dart were with Young Wild It was Gloucester's deal now, and w h en h e turn eel the West when he entered the saloon 'trump it p roved to be t he tray of h earts


18 YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MIS.SOUR! MIKE." As in euchre, the dealer had the option of picking up the "Young Wild West, you are a fiend!" trump and discarding a card or turning it down. "Oh, no! Don't call me any such names as that. You If he turned it down the man next to him could make are a tricky scoundrel, and about as cool a one as I have it to suit his hand or pass, as he saw fit. ever met. But I am going to beat you out on the bet we Wild looked at his hand and saw that he had the ace, made, and don t make any mistake about it!" king, queen and jack of diamonds and the (.lCe of clubs. "You never will do that." It was a fine hand in case the dealer gave him a chance "Why don't you shoot me now?" to make the trump. "I'll take my time about that." Gloucester had dealt the hand to Wild purposely. "I dare you to touch your hand to the butt of your He had given him four diamonds and a club, but he had s hooter I" taken five diamonds himself. Wild was getting a little mad now. That would give Wild four tricks and him one. He knew it was either going to be his life or Gloucester'& The gambler made out that he was studying his hand before the forty-eight hours were up,. and he thought it for a moment and then turned it down. might just as well be settled now as any other time. "Are you going to make the trump?" he asked, looking It was a good time to do it, since Missouri Mike and at our hero. his gang were right at hand to learn a lesson from the re" Yes," was the quick reply. sult. "How many tricks are you going to take?" But the gambler would not touch his revolver. "The whole five." "If you shoot me, Young Wild West, you have got to Gloucester drew his roll irom hi s pocket. do it when I am not trying to defend myself," he said, all "I'll just wager a thousand that you don't!" he exclaimed calmness having returned to him_ in a matter-of-fact way. "And when you shoot me it will be when I am not lookYoung Wild West hesitated a moment and looked at ing, I s uppose?" his hand. "Possibly." "I'll bet you!" he said. This was exasperating The money was put up and the other players threw down Here was a cool villain declaring that he was going to their hands. 1 take the life of the boy at the first opportunity, and yet "What is the trump?" asked Glouceste r, smiling and I he would not so much as say he would fight him on even showing his teeth like a cat about to pounce on a rat. terms. "Clubs!" "I have never yet shot a man unless I had to," said our Wild realized that the man had put up a job on him, hero, keeping his temper well under control. "I am not so he chose the solitary club for a trump instead of the four going to shoot you unless I have to. But I tell you what diamonds. I will do." A look of amazement came over the face of the gam"What will you do?" bler. "I will go out in the middle of the street and place my ''Vi'hat did you say?" he queried; "diamonds?" back again s t yours, and when someone gives the word, walk "No! Clubs are trumps." five paces ancl th e n turn around and shoot at you-pro-Gloucester turned all colors viding, of course, that you will shoot at me." It was the first time he had lost his composure since he "I will agree to that proposition." came to Four Flush. Missouri Mike and his followers looked at each other. Even when he bad been thrown throu g h the winclow he They knew in their heart s that Gloucester would fire at had not to be as much dist urbed as he was now. his opponent before he had Rtepped five paces "There is the trump!" went on our hero, as he threw Tl1ey had seen enough of him to believe that he woul

YOUNG WILD WEST AND ".MISSOURI MIKE." 17 "I'll re ther shot to start ther thing goin'," spoke up the man nearest our hero. "Afore you begin," spoke up Cheyenne Charlie, drawing both his revolvers ancl folding hi hands across his breast, "I want to say somcthin'. It' jest this: Gloucester, if you go to rin' afore made five steps, I'll drop you dead in your tracks A hush' came over the gang. 'l'he gambler turned pale and shrugged his shoulders. "Git ready! I'm goin' to give ther signal!" cried the miner, pulling his revolver from bis belt. Jim Dart saw that instead of holding the muzzle of the weapon in the air, he had it leveled right at Wild. Just as the viilain was going to pull the trigger he knocked the revolver from his hand. Then one of the gang fired a shot and the bullet cut a lock of hair from Jim's head. Crack! It was Cheyenne Charlie's revolver that spoke this time. Down went the man who had red the coward l y shot. Crack: Another, who was in the act of shooting at Charlie, dropped Jim had returned the favor the scout did .for him. "Hold on, boys!" bawled the worst man in Wyoming. "Don't shoot any more. There's no use in cleanin' out ther camp in such a hurry." "That's what I say," spoke up Gloucester, and then he deliberately turned and started for the saloon. Wild was so much put out by this action that he let two shots go at the gambler. One of the bu11ets grazed his ear and the other hit the heel of his shoe. "There is no fight in you, yo11 treacherous cur!" he cried. "If you are not out of my sight inside of a second T'll send a bullet through your heart!" Gloucester made a leap and got into the saloon in a jiffy. Young Wild west lookccl around al the crowd that had gathered and smiled. "Gentlemen, are you all satisfied?" he asked. There was no reply. "Silence gives consent, they say, so I guess you are. If any of you want to see me you will find me over at the hotel. Four Flush is what I call a red-hot mining camp, but I don't suppose T have seen things in full blast yet. To night things wi1l begin to hum arou,nd here, I have no doubt." He started off. but paused and turnecl he had taken a few steps "l\fis801ni !'' he called out. "All right. We'll hang you to the limb of a tree, then, just as soon as we find out for certain that you shot the guide Then the bad gang began making all sorts of remarks, usin profane language and calling our friends all sorts of names. They thought they could tlle risk of

18 YOUXG WILD "\YEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE." hdd chances this afternoon to shoot him in the back, but why didn't we do it?" "I don't know," and Missouri Mike shrugged his shoul ders and acted as though the question was a puzzler. "Well, now I will tell you a game that I am going to work. It will help along the other, too." "What other?" "The disposing of Young Wild West." "Well, jest tell me about it." "There are two :fine looking young ladies over at the hotel." 1 "Yes, so I heard' some of the gang say." "I am deeply in love with one of them, and I want her for my wife." "Ho, ho, ho!" laughed the worst man in Wyoming. 'l'he remark sounded very comical to him. "It is no laughing matter," went on the gambler. "Pro bably you are past getting in love with a woman, but I am not." "I likes all I does. I ain't never I1ad any love fur any particular one, 'thout it was my mother." "Don't mention mother now. We arc talking on a dif ferent subject." "But a feller is bound to think of his mother once in a while. H I'd stuck to what I told her 1 was goin' to do when I left home, I'd be a better man than I am now." "Stop!" cried Gloucester, fiercely. "Don't talk that way again." J'.llissouri Mike looked at him in amazement. They had the back room of the saloo n all to themselves, and the gambler had risen from his chair, his eyes blazing. "What's ther matter with yer ?" "Don't mention the word mother again-do you hear?" "Well, I'll be blowed !" "Never mind now. I'll say this much, it makes me Ieel bad when such talk is going on in my presence. I want tc forget that I ever had a home or anything else." "All right, then. Jest tell me what you was goin' to. l1

YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE." 19 "Of course. But we are getLing away off the subject. I'll be back after supper." "All right." "You're a queer galoot, you are," muttered Missouri Mike, as Gloucester walked over to the hotel with an air of extreme carelessness. "You think you're putty smart, but } ou'll :find out that you ain't. I'm goin' to let you go jest far, an' then you'll disappear all of a sudden like. Ther Llack hole with thcr bottom is ther place where you'll fetch up Lemme see! I 've got to git rid of Young Wild West, his 1wo partners, ther two fellers I was goin' to give a free ride down ther rapids and Gloucester. r\liat makes six that's got to go, 'cause they'll ruin ther camp if they stay here very long, an' then I wouldn't be ther boss any more." The more the villain tl:ought over it the more he became convinced that the six he had enumerated should die. He wanted the two tenderfeet out of the way just for spite. Young Wild West and his two partners and Gloucester were the only ones he feared out of the six, and he considered that he had more than sufficient cause to dispose of them. He we9it out in the bar and had a few drinks with some of his special cronies. One of these was the fellow who hacl worn the rope sus penders. His name was Juggs, ancl he really was willlng to almost die for the worst man in Wyoming. And Missouri Mike could make him do just as he liked. That was why he took so much stock in Juggs. But Juggs was not a fool by any mean&. He had received a pretty .fair education and his }?rain was pretty well balanced. Whiskey had brought him down to the level of the worst class that infested the mines of the Wild West. I was gom' to drop Young Wild West afore to-morrer mornin'." "No wonder he didn't say anything about ther bet, then. You would simply make him win ther bet if you killed ther boy afore ther time was up." J "Oh! I don't know about that." "Why don't you?" "Well, Gloucester could die, too, couldn't he?" "Oh, yes! But I think it would be best to let Young Wild West down him, an' then we kin down Young Wild West." "That's your advice, hey?" "Yes. One or the other of them will have to go under before forty-eight hours is up, that's putty certain," "I think so myself." "Well, we'll help Gloucester git them two gals, any how." "Yes, an' we'll take them to ther cave two miles up ther mountain near where Young Wild West caught me after I'd shot ther guide an' was goin' to finish ther tenderfeet in an original way." Missouri Mike laughea as he said this. "Yes, an' ther black hole with no bottom will be ther place where them what comes to look :fur ther gals will go!" exclaimed Juggs. "Right you are, pard." The miners went to their various shanties and tents :for supper a few minutes later. But Missouri Mike and J uggs picked out the ones they wanted to help them that night, and they were. told to be at the saloon early. It was near eight o'clock when Edwin Gloucester saunter ed from the hotel and came to the saloon Ile had on a different suit of clothes, and was i;moking a big black cigar "Juggs," said Missouri Mike, "I want to tell you some-He found Missouri Mike waiting for him. thin'." "Where can we go to have a quiet talk?" he asked. "I "All right," was the reply. see the back room is occupied." "Let's go where we kin have a talk in private." "We kin go over to ther shanty," was the reply. "Very well." "Very well." They went into the back room just vacated by Gloucester, "Wait! I'll pass ther woTd fur them what's goin' to and then Mike told J uggs all that had been talked oveT. take part in ther kidnappin' game to be there as soon as He even told him what his thoughts were after the gam-it is dark." bler left. "Yes, we want them by that time, for I have arranged "I kin see what it would turn out to if Gloucester was things so the two girls must be taken shortly after dark." to be let live," said Juggs. "He's a putty cool hand, an' "Is that so?" it wouldn't be long afore he'd rule ther roost." "Yes. I'll tell you all about it as soon as we get to the "Yes, an' then you must remember that I bet him a thoushanty dollars that he'd be thcr one to die afore ther fortyA few minutes later they were seated around a rickety eight hours were up, insteac1 of Young Wild West." table in the shanty occupied by Missouri Mike. "Didn't he Ray nothin' about that when he was talkin' There were six of them-villains all! about this kidnappin' business?" "I have arranged to have the hotel take fire at eight "Not a word." o'clock to-night," said Gloucester, coolly. "In the ex"That's funny." citemcnt that follows you men are to take the girls ancl "He was talkin' about killin' Young Wild West, too. j makr off with them. Herc is a vial of clfioroform and a I forgot about it myself, I rcdrnn, 'cause I was telling him) sponge. fo five minutes the fire will s tart, so get ready!"


20 YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE." CHAPTER IX. TWO GIRLS .A.RE MISSING. Young Wild West and his two partners left the hotel to take a walk through the miniing. camp at precisely the same time that Missouri Mike and his men went out of the back of the saloon to get to the rear of the hotel without being seen. It was dark, so the villains did not see our friends as they came clown the single street Wilcl wanted to see the first of the inhabitants of the town ancl learn whether there were any more of the stamp of Missouri Mike's followers or not. There was another saloon, which was not quite as large as the other, but was well patronized, for all that. Our friends had not yet visited this place, so they headed for it when they l eft the hotel. 'fhey had just reached it and found about fifteen miners inside and in front of the saloon, when i:ioroe one called out that one of the shanties was on fire. Of course our :friends were interested when they heard this. None of the shanties were large ones, with the exception of the hotel they were stopping at, and they knew the blaze could not possibly be a very large one. But no matter how small the building was, the fire was bound to make an excitement. The men ran wildly about ahd asked where the fire was. But they were not long in :finding out, for presently a bright reel glare bur t in view and a thick column o.f black ::imoke went skyward. "It's ther High Top 'l'aYcrn, boy::i !" shouted a brawny miner. Young Wild West gave a start of surprise. "That's just what it is!" he said to Charlie and Jim. "Come on, boys! \Ye must get ther.e an. d give them a hand. It may be the stable and shed in the rear, and if it is our horses will be in clanger. Get a move on you!" He lecl the way at a swift run ancl they rapidly neared the burning buiJ.ding. !" exclaimed Jim Dart. "That must be a regu lar tinder box to get going like that. There's small chances Of saving the tavern." ""jlight small chance, too," echoed Cheyenne Charlie. Probably thirty or forty men got there ahead of Wild and his partners and they were running about with buckets trying their best to put out the flames. "Is eYerybody out of the house?" our hero asked of the excited lancllorcl. "Yes!" was the reply. '''l'l1ey all come out at ther first c1y of :fire. I was putty e-xcitecl, but I seen to it that ther ladies we'Ye got here was one of ther first to git out." "Wlrnt rausC'\1 the fire, do you know?" o .\ in't got th er !east )de a. It broke out an' downstairs botli at ther same time. I reckon I'll be put out of business fur a while." "Well, it looks that way. You have no ladders to with, and the whole roof is alillaze, anyhow. The best thing you can do is to let it go." "I s'pose that's so," and the man shook his head sadly. "I got all ther liquor I had out, anyhow." "That's one consolation,' spoke up Charlie with a grin. The shanty was burning furiously now. It bad been so lightly built that once the flames got hold of it there was nothing to save it. The water the men were using had to be carried from a brook a yards distant, and what they brought did not have any perceptible effect on the :fire. Wild and his partners helped all they could for the next ten minutes. They were keeping a sharp watch on the shed where the horses were, at the same time. But the shed did not catch, as the wind was blowing the other way. While our three friends were standing near the stable Billy Egbert and Joe Beck came running up to them. "Have you seen anything of the ladies?" the former asked, excitedly "Why, no!" answered Wild. "What is the trouble?" "Their mother can't find them," was the reply. "She has not seen them since they came out of the with her and went under the trees over tl1ere. They brought their clothing out-everything, I believe, and Mrs. Rockert left them there to keep her husband from going into the flames to help the landlord, as she was afraid he would get hurt. When she came back to look for them she could not :find them. She thought they were with us, so she says. But we never saw them after we knew they were safely out of the building; we got in and helped try put out the fire." "Well, they must be around somewhere," spoke up Jim. "They surely can't be very far away." "Their mother can't find them anywhere," declared Beck. "We will take a look around for them," said Wild. Then they made a circle of the burning tavern, looking into every conceivable place where the girls might be. But when they came to the parents of the girls they were forced to admit that they had not seen a trace of them. "It's mighty queer," observed Cheyenne Charlie. "It looks to me as though somebody has caught 'em an' run off with 'em. That shanty was set afire, anyhow, an' it might have been done je t to git a chance to run off with ther gali:i." "I was thinking something likr that myself, but I did not say retorted Wild. "According to what the landlord says, tl10 tavern was certainly set on fire by someone. Whether it was done to spite him, or for some other it iR harcl to tell. But I am inclined to beHcve that hatlie has struck the tight ideii.n


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI llfIKE." 21 ================-:__-=-=--= --------l\frs. Rockert was ready to aint, but her husband caught Several of the miners were leaving the scene of the fire her in his arms and managed to pacify her. now, as it was all but out. "Don't get frightened," Wild said to her. "I will The thin boards had burned very quickly, and. the frame guarantee that we will find your daughter for you. One work was about all that was afire now, and this lay in the thing is certain, they cannot be very far away. Just keep ashes. as cool as possible, ancl we will strike right out to look for When Wild entered the little saloon he saw that it was them." not much of a place. "Thank you, Young Wilcl. West!" exclaimed Rockert. It could not possibly have accommodated more than twen"I ,am satisfied that you will do as you say." ty men at one time. "You stay right here with your wife,'' our hero whispered The man in charge was about the same sort of a man as to im. "Find a shanty that you can hire, if possible. I were the followers of Missouri Mike, so our hero promptly think you will be able to do that. Almost any of the men set him down as one of the gang. will vacate and camp out to accommodate a lady. Wait I "Who has seen anything of Missouri Mike?" Wild Here is a man I think will accommodate you." asked, as he looked around the little bar-room. It was the miner who had told Wild about the picking "He ain't been in here to-night,'' answered the man be-of Rockei:t 's pocket who was approaching. hind the rickety counter: Wild called to him and asked if he owned a sha.nty. "Perhaps he has left town, then," our hero observed with He said he did. a smile "Couldn't you be induced to turn it over to Mr. Rockert "No, I don't think he has done that. Missouri Mike his family?" ain't a man who kin be made to leave a town any kinder "I reckob they kin have it jest as soon as I kin git it fashion." in shape fur 'em, which won't take more'n fifteen minutes," "You think so, eh? Well, he will leave Four Flush b ,ethe quick reply. fore long, and it may be that he will leave the earth at the "Good! Now, we are off, Mr. Rockert." same time." Our three friends were armed, the same as they were "You're Young Wild West, aint yer?" queried the sa-when they struck the town. loon man. They were ready to use the weapons, .too. "Yes, that's wl10 I am," Wild answered, coolly. The more Willi thought it rossible that some of the mis"We heard all about yer here. You sorter got ther best creants of the camp had stolen the hrn girls, the more he of l\Gssouri Mike, so they say. But I'll tell yer one thing! became convinced that it was so. You'd better look out! He'll git ther best oi yer in ther "The first place we will go to is the ;;aloon where the encl, see if he don't!" bad gangs bang out," he said. "Well, you can think that way, ii you hae a mind to. They hastened along, leaYing the burning shanty be-But you will be a very mistaken man when the end comes. hind tqem. Missouri Uike is going to hang to the limb of one of the \"\'hen they came to the saloon they found no one there trees in the camp before many hours! You just make but the man in charge. up :your mind to that, and then it won't be so hard for you "Where is Missouri Mike?" our hero asked. to believe it when it happens." 'Over at ther fire, I reckon," was the. reply. 'The man looked at him in i:;urprise. Our hero knew that he was not there. "Wlrnt's be goin' to i1ang fur?" spoke up one or the He had been on the lookout for both the worst man in bystanders. Wyoming and Gloucester, the gambler. "For shooting the guide who :vent out with the two young He was positive that neither of them were at the fire. tenderfeet." .\.nd so were Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart. "Do you know he clone that?" That meant that they were up to something, quite ''He will tell you that he dicl himself when finds that likely. there will be no let up on him. See here! I would like "Boy s," said Wild in a low tone, as they lelt the saloon, to ask you a question. Was on good terms with the ''we must find those two men, for I feel that they know guide before this thing happened?" mething about the disappearance of the two girls. To "I don't know whether be was or not,'' was the reply. ake sure, Charlie, you go back to the fire and fincl out "Well, do any of the rest of you know anything about "f either of them have been seen there. Jim, you take a it?" alk around the shanties and tents, and I will go to the "I do!" exclaimed a little man, who had been listening loon we were just going in when the fire was annonncecl to what was being said "I kno>\ that Mike an' ther fe1ler e will all meet at that place." what got killed was bacl friends. : Missonri llfike told him His partn ers understood what was required of them withthree agothat he was goin' to drop him ther first tilne t any further words. he got a chance." They went off on their respective erranc1s, while Young The re st of the men in the place turned upon the little 1 d West walked leisurely to the other saloon. man angrily.


22 YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKEY "What are you puttin' your oar in fur, Delicate Dan?" the saloon keeper bawled out. "Ain't you been told lots of times to keep your mouth shut?" "I don't care. This young feller here is made of th er sort of stuff that I likes to see. I ain t got no love fur Missouri Mike, anyhow, an' if I hadn't been like ther rest of you-afraid of him, I'd have finish e d him with a bullet long ago. It strikes me that Young Wild West is goin' of you, afraid of him so I'm going to take sides with him. boys." There was a deep silence for the space of half a minute. The saloon man and the rest looked at each other and acted as though they did not know what to say. "You talk like a pretty sensible man, Delicate Dan," l'ai

YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE." One of the gang ran ahead to get -the horses and notify Gloucester of the success of foe plot. Missouri Mike went with the fair captives. When they reached a snug hiding-place about half a mile outside the mining camp he called a halt. This was the place he had told the man to bring the horses to. They had not been there long when the horses came. When they arrived Missouri Mike saw that Gloucester w with the man he had sent after them. Are you goin' ?" he asked. "Certainly," replied the gambler. "You don't think I am going to let you take my intended wife off to some place where I might never be able to find her. I am going, as a matter of course." "Oh! I ain't got no objections. But I thought you was goin' to stay in town till we got ther gals safe in ther cave an' let you know about it." "Most certainly not. Where the girls go so do L" "Well, come on, then. Let's make ther most of our time an' git there." The gambler insisted on carrying Maud Rockert on the horse with him, and with the unconscious girl in his arms, he rode along with the worst man in Wyoming and his three followers Missouri Mike had decided that three were enough to take with him But, counting himself, the party was now increased to five. J uggs was the villain who had done the drugging of the girls, and he now had Florence Rockert on the horse with him. As has b een stated, Juggs would do anything Missouri Mike told him. He hew very well that the company of the gambler not appreciated just then. That made him on the lookout for some kind of order from his boss. J uggs could easily see that Missouri Mike was anxious to say something, but the wily gtimbler seemed to know it, too. He would not give him a chance. The party rode on out upon the mountain over the exact trail our friends had followed when they came to Four Flush after capturing Missouri and saving the two tenderfeet. They kept on until they reached the identical spot where the villain had been camped. Then the worst man in Wyoming gave the word and swung off to the right, following the river. At the end of perhaus five minutes he came to a halt. "Here we are!" he said to Gloucester. "There's ther cave right ahead." It was a wild and rocky part of the mountain. The ground was uneven and there were so many rocks and boulders in the way that they could hardly have preceeded further in that direction with the horses. As dark as it was, 'Missouri Mike seemed to know the way. Dismounting, he turned an angle of rock and came to a narrow fissure that was barely wide enough for a horse to pass through. Then he struck a match and held it up so he could see. The next minute he placed his hand on a piece of pitch pine that had evidently been placed there for future use. "Here's a torch," he said "Now, I reckon we kin have some light." "Good!" exclaimed Gloucester. "That is what we need pretty badly, I think." The torch was soon burning, and then all hands came through the fissure. Right before them was a eave, and into this they went, taking the captives and the horses with them. The two girls were unconscious from the effects of the chloroform, and had not moved of their own accord since the drug was held over their mouths and nostrils. But when they were deposited upon a heap of leaves in the cave one of them showed signs of coming to. It was Maud, the eldest. "Get some water and we will bring them to," said Gloucester. "I guess they have had enough of the drug." "I reckon they must have had," observed Missouri Mike. "I thought they might be dead, they stayed so still." "Oh, no I They will come out all right. They will be a little sick for a few hours, but by morning they will be as well as ever." The head of the rapids was not far distant, and one of the men went and brought a pail of water. That Missouri Mike eviaently intended to make the cave a headquarters some time was evident, for it was fitted up with several useful things in the way of cooking unten sils, blankets, etc. When the water was brought the gambler set about to reviving the girls In less than half an hour they were fully restored to consciousness, but were too sick from the effects of the drug to hardly hold up their heads. They were kept in the back part of the cave, near a place where the air came in through a crack, and placing one of the men on guard near them, Gloucester and Missouri Mike proceeded to put up some blankets in the form of curtains to shut them from the front of the cave. When this was done to their full satisfaction the two villains faced each other, both in a questioning way. "I think we had better start a fire in front of the cave so we cau see what we are doing," said the gambler. "The torch is about burned out." "All right. I reckon ther blaze couldn't be. seen, unless someone was to git right up close here," replied the worst man in Wyoming. So wood was gathered and a fire was started. "Now, then," said the gambler, as he calmly took a seat before the fire, "I have got an idea."


24 YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE. "What is it?" a8.ked the villain, speaking r.ather sul lenly. "Git him on th er river bank an' knock him on ther head an' send him down ther rapids." "I want you to go back to Four Flush ap.d take my watch and chain with you. Go to the saloon and show it. Someone will ask how you came by it, and when they do, you can say that you and I had a slight misunderstanding and that two shots were fired and I went under. You thought it was a pity to leave my watch and money for somebody else to get, so you took charge of them. You ate not afraid to do that, are you ?" "Good enough!" exclaimed Missouri Mike. "But we'll go clown to ther camp first." "Yes an' git ther two thousand dollars." "That's it." They rode on at a pretty sharp clip and soon came in sight of the mining camp. Then they turned and rode in toward their headquarters at the saloon from the rear. "Oh! I reckon I ain't afraid to do nothin'. But if I do that won't Young Wild West claim ther bet you made with him an' take ther money?" "I had forgotten about that bet. Let me see, I made a bet with yo'}, too, didn't I?" "Yes." "Well, suppose we call it off?" "Yes, I reckon we'd better." There was a peculiar gleam in the eyes of Missouri Mike as he answered the question. The fire was out long before this, though there was some smoke rising from the ruins. When the two villains saw this they laughed. CHAPTER XL THE SEARCH NARROWS DOWN. ill ""We are friends and in the same line of business now," As soon as they saw Young Wild West s two partners resumed the gambler, not noticing the look. 1 come into 'the saloon the men broke into another cheer. "Yes, we'll call ther bet off. when I go clown to ther They hacl been won over completely. camp I'll draw my money from the stake-holder." It was done partly through fear of Wild and partly from "Draw mine, too. I don't think I will go back there the persua s ive way he talked. very soon." "Gentlemen," said Wild, "there are two men missing "All right." from the camp, and I am looking for them." "Will you go there and give it out that you dropped "Who are they?" asked one of the miners. me?" "One is Missouri Mike, as you ought to know, and the "Yes, give me your watch an' chain." other is the stranger who calls himself Edwin Gloucester. Gloucester handed it over. Two young ladies disappeared right after the fire in the "I would like Young West to hear it," he said. tavern started, and I lay their di s appearance to these two "Oh! He'll bear it quick enough." men." "If you can get a chance at him, you'd better put an end "An' I jest reckon that y()u lay it to ther right ones," to him." .spoke up Delicate Dan. "I don't know jest how bad ther "You kin bet I will." gambler feller is, but I do know that Missouri Mike The worst man in Wyomhig meant that when he said do anything that's bad." it. "Well, we are going to hunt them up. You fellows have He had sworn to kill Young Wild West, and though he the privilege of joining in the hunt, if you like." meant to play Gloucester false, he did not alter in the deSume of the miners declared that they would, and they termination. pie mptly left the saloon. "S'pose J uggs goes with me to ther camp?" he suggested "Boss," said Wild, turning to the man who kept the a moment later. "Three of yer kin manage ter keep ther saloon, "if you know wJrnn you're well off, you'll run a gals here, I reckon." straight place hereafter. Thing s are going to take a change "Certainly. The two of you can go. Come back very 1iere in Four Flu s h, and I know it I The place is not going early in the morning, and bring something good in the to be run by a lot oi ruffians any longer. Missouri Mike line of grub with you." killed the guide, and now he ha s kidnapped the iwo young "All right." ladies. It was either he or Gloucester who fired the tavern, A few minutes later Missouri Mike and Juggs mounted too, I have no doubt. If this can be proved they must be their horses and set out for Four Flush. clealt with according to the rules and regulations of this When they were well away from the cave Mike turned part of the country." to his companion and said: ''I know jest what you mean, Young Wild West," was "We've got to git rid of Gloucester." the reply. I ain't a bad man-not half as bad as you think, "That's what I was thinkin'," was the retort. I reckon. I remember of hearin' a sayin' which went some-"He ain't no good, anyhow." thin' like this: 'When you're in Rome do as ther Roman "No!" clo.' That's ther pTinciple I've been workin' under s ine "How will we do it?" I came to Four Flush."


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE." "Then you can be good, bad or indifferent, as the case may be?" "That's ther only way ter be, when you' re in ther kinder business I'm in." Young Wild West smiled. "You' re quite a philo sopher," he remarked, as he turned to the door. "But just remember what I have said." "Oh! You kin bet I'll rem e mber." ild, Charlie and Jim l eft the place and walked back t d the other saloon. Charlie declared that Mis souri Mike had not been seen at the fire and Jim said he had made a thorou g h search of the camp without finding him or th e gambler. "They have l eft with the girl s then s aid our hero. "Now it i s our busine s s to find them "Where are we goin' to look?" a s k e d the scout. "Well, s uppose we look around a g ain? W e will get the little miner to go with us. Wait! I'll go back and gBt him." He went back and found Delicate Dan in front of the saloon. "Come and go with us," he said to him. "You bet I will I" was the reply. "I was only waitin' to git the r invitation." The little man proved to be of great help to them. He knew every one of the men who belonged to the bad gang, and he also knew their horses pretty well. A search of a littl e less than an hour revealed the fact that four of the gan g and five horses were missing from the mining camp. "I can understand what that means," said Jim Dart. "The fifth horse was used by Glouces ter." "Exactly!" Wild answered. "Now, the question is, which way did the y go?" They talked it over for a while and then concluded to go to the saloon where Missouri Mike and the gambler had been that afternoon. They got there just as Mike and Juggs came in by the back door. The big villain gave a start when he saw our hero, He had just been telling Juggs that he meant to shoot Young Wild West on s igh t but the moment his eyes rested upon him all his courag e left him "How are you, Missouri Mike?" our h e ro called out. "I didn't see you helping to put out the fire." Wild thought it best not to let him know that he sus pected him as being connected with the kidnapping of the girls. He decided to adopt different tatics. ''No," was the reply. "I was over in my shanty takin' a snooze. I drank a little too much liquor this afterp.oon, I reckon." "Ah! Well, I suppose you feel well enough now to step o utside and settle the trouble that is between you and I?" "See here, Young Wild West," said the villain, nerving himself for all lie was worth "Why don't you let me be? I'm ther boss of Four Flush, an' no one is goin' to dispute what I say. Jest because you got ther drop on me don't say that you're goin' to git ther best of me in a square fight. You can't do it Jest let me alone an' mind your own business. If you wasn t so young I'd have dropped you long ago. It's your youth what has saved you, Young Wild West!" There were a few people in the place who really thought this was true. But the majority did not. Wild laughed. "All right," he answered. "But your age is not going to save you. You going to hang from the limb of a tree before many hours, if you don't get shot before that time." J uggs acted as though he was going to pull his shooter. "Remember your rope suspenders," cautioned our hero, as he cast a sharp look at him That settled the villain. Neither of them offered to pay any further attention to our friends, but bought a drink, and then went and sat down in the back room. But Wild was not done with them yet. He followed them, and s o did his two partners. "See h e re!" said Missouri Mike. "I may as well tell yer that you won ther money you bet with Gloucester." "How is that?" queried our hero. "Well, him an me had a little trouble an' we. both shot about ther time. My bullet reached, but his didn't "Ah! I s e e ." "It was done square, too." "You always do things on the s quare, I suppose?" "I sartinly do." "You were acting that way when you were going to 8end the tenderfoot over the rapids." "I was only foolin', an' I told you so." "I suppose you were acting on the square when you shot th guide, too." "I didn t shoot him." "You lie when you say that!" The scolmdrel turned all colors, but did not attempt to put up a fight. Seeing that it was impos s ible to get him to make an at tempt to carry out the threats be had made, Wild walked out of the room. "Come on, boys!" he said to his companions. "This thing can't last mch longer." When they got outside he turned to the little miner and observed: "I would like to have you keep a watch on those two men. We can't do anything now until daylight. Just watch every move they make, and if they start to leave the camp, let me know right away. "All right," replied Delicate Dan. "I'll watch 'em, if I have to set up all night." Then our friends went over to the stable of the burned hotel where their horses were.


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE." Though Four Flush was about as tough a town as they had ever been in, they found that their horses had not been disturbed. Wild gave the :m_an who was watching the stable a silver coin and thanked him. Then they pitched a sort of cam:p and turned in to get some rest. But all not going to sleep at the same time. They were not going to take any ch.ances as that. Wild did not believe that Gloucester was dead. He was satisfied that Missouri Mike lied when he said that. He knew that the villain could hardly have told it if he l;iad shot the gambler "It is too bad, boys," he said. "But we can't do any thing more till daylight, unless Missouri Mike and that other scoundrel leave town." "An' if they do leave we're goin' to foller 'em," spoke up Cheyenne Charlie. "Yes." "Do you think that the little miner will keep a sharp watch on them?" queried Jim. "Oh yes I have the greatest of confidence in that fel lo.w. He is anxious to show how much he thinks of us. Just leave it to him to do as he says he will. I seldom get mistaken in a man." "You're right you don't!" declared the scout. It was Charlie's first watch, so Wild and Jim turned in. They slept soundly. Jim took the second trick, and happened until the time up, so he awoke Wild. It was now three o'clock in the morning, and our hero felt as fresh as though he had put in a full night's sleep. He stuck it out until shortly after daylight, and then he could not resist the temptation to take a walk toward the saloon. But he could not go and leave his companions sound asleep. That was not his way of doing business. Something might happen. So he awoke them and told them what he was up to. Then he. set out :for the rear of the shanty. It was light enough for him to locate the right one, and he soon got up close to it. T1Jen it was that a thrill of satisfaction shot through his frame. Two men came out of the rear door, each with a good sized package. They went straight to the shed that answered as a stable in the rear of the place. They had scarcely made this move when our hero caught sight of a man hastening in the dir ection of the burned tavern. It was Delicate Dan. "The little man has watched long and well," Wild thought. "Well, if I had kn.own as much as this, he wouldn't have had to stay up all night." Wild concluded to stay there and take the chances of Charlie and Jim coming with the horses. If Delicate Dan told them the two villains were making for the shed with packages in their possession they surely would take it for granted that they were going to mount their horses and leave town. And that is just what the villains were going to do. In less than five minutes from the time our hero saw them from the back door of the shanty they had saddled ir horses. Then they mounted and started away, taking to the woods that was in the rear of the saloon. The two villains were on their way back to the cave, and they had provisions with them. But the provisions were not for Gloucester. They did not intend that he should have the benefit of therp.. They going to put him out of the way, and thus have the field all to themselves. The two men must have been pretty thick-headed, otherwise they would have had the idea that Young Wild West was keeping a watch on their movements. But no such thought entered their brains. They rode fast as soon as they got clear of the woods, but they never thought of turning to look around them. When pretty close to their destination among the rocks near the head of the rapids, they might have heard hoof beats behind them if they had paused to listen. But they did not. Reaching the cave, they dism

I YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE." The villains had scarcely got away from the rear of the town, an' me along with it. But you was mistaken I I saloon when Cheyenn e Charlie and Jim Dart came in sight. gues s I'm ther worst scoundrel that ever breathed, an' They were mount e d and leading Wild s hor se. I ain't, it ain't my fault. I've jest made up my mind to Just as they found him and had mounted, Delicate Dan tie you to a couple of logs an' send you down ther rapids, came in sight. ther same as I was goin' to do with ther two tenderfeet He, too, was mounted. when Wild West s topped me. It'll be his turn next, an' "Somethin t e ll s me that ther finish is clos e at hand," don t you forget it!" he said, a s he came u p "I want to see it." As the two villain s started with their victims toward "All right," an s w e r e d Wild. "You did well to watch the river, Wild turned to his companions and whispered: t oundrel s all night, and you may as well go with us. "Go in and get the girls. You know just what to do T won't g e t v e ry far before I'll have them, you can if the men show fight." b et!" "We know," retorted Cheyennne Charlie significantly. When the y had c o v ered a mile our friends realized that Wild then followed Mike and his willing tool. they were.heading in the direction they had come from when They reached the river bank right at the head 0 the whirlthey brought Mis souri Mike a pri s oner into town. ing torrent of water. They k ept on at a good clip, and a couple 0 minutes They did not attempt to cross, as the man had done in later they came upon a straight piece 0 road ancl saw the order to catch the two tenclerfeet. villain s not far ahead of them. There were logs there in plenty, the place being an aban Wild s lackened s peed. doned lumb e r camp. "Easy, now, roys !"' he said. "We may as w e ll follow The roaring torrent had not lessened in size perceptibly, them ri ght to where they are bound. I hardly think it is and it would be nothing short 0 death for the villain if any further than the river, where we came upon them yes-he was sent down the stream on the logs. terda y ." Wild did not intend to let it go that far. Whe n they finally rea chedthe place where the two One 0 the men was bound and helpless, and he felt sure young fellow s from Minneapolis had been camping when that he could s urely take care 0 the other two. the guide was s hot, they were jus t in time to see the two He waited till they got two logs ready, and were in the going through the woods.' act 0 picking up their victim before he made his presence Their hor s e s were almo s t down to a walk, so our friends known. slowed down. "That will do, Missouri Mike!" When Miss ouri Mike and Juggs dismounted, our friends 'l'he words rm1g out with surprising distinctness. did likewise. The two villains leaped to their feet in amazement, while Wild was the firs t to touch the ground with his feet and an exultant laugh came from the helpless gambler. he at once s tol e forward to see what the two men were "Hold up your hands!" commanded our hero. going to do ne x t.,, He had scarcely spoken when three or four shots rang He was ju s t in time to hear them talking to thE! man out from the direction 0 the cave. who was guarding the entrance to the cave. But that did not disturb him in thE! least. He heard all that was said. He never once took his eyes from the two men. His companion s drew near in time to h e ar the biggest Miss ouri Mike promptly obeyed the command, but Juggs part 0 it. did not. He made a grab for his revolver and succeeded in "Now, you see how theings are," said Wild, a smile of trigetting it from the holster.' umph on his face. "Delicate Dan, I guess you were right But that was all. when you thought the end was pretty close at hand." Crack! The little miner nodded. Wild shot to kill that time and the scoundrel leaped in Wild did not propose to rush in upoh the men. the air and ell back into the river. He felt that they would soon come out. "There goes your partner, Missouri Mike!" the boy said. And he was right, for scarcely three minutes elapsed "Do you want to follow him, or do you want to go to Four when Missouri Mike and Juggs came into view, carrying Flush and be hanged?" the bound form of a man. "Don't shoot!" was the trembling reply. "I'll do jest The man was Edwin Gloucester! what you say." "You have played me fal se, you scoundrels!" he said "Ha, ha, ha!" laughed Gloucester uy0 u are a brave with a hiss. "I always thought there was honor among man, Mike! Why don't you take your medicine? Lead thieves, but now I know I was mistaken is better than a rope any time." "You're right you was, you fool I" answered Missouri There was no r eply to this. Mike with a coarse laugh. "Didn't I tell yer I was ther Young Wild West quickly disarmed the big ruffian and worst man in Wyoming? You oughter knowed better than then tied his hand s behind him. to link with me. You've got a pile of money about yer, It was ju s t th e n that voices came to Wild's ears and footan' you had an idea that you was goin' to run ther whole 1 steps crashed through the bushes.


28 YOUNG WILD WEST AND "MISSOURI MIKE." "Hooray!" cried Cheyenne Charlie, a8 he burst into view. "We have got ther gals, Wild!" "Good! I have got Missouri Mike and Gloucester. The other fellow is past being got:" Jim, Delicate Dan and the two youn,.,. ladies now came in view. "Oh! I am so glad I" cried Maud. "It was awful!" added her sister. .T ust then they heard someone shouting not ar away. Jim answered the hail. Then horses were heard approaching. "Some more of ther gang, I reckon," said Delicate Dan, drawing his revolver. "No!" retorted Wild, shaking his head. "That was the voice of Egbert, or I am very much mistaken." And ro it proved. 'l'he horses suddenly stopped and then hurried footst(lps were heard. Egbert and Beck came running toward them. When they saw the girls they uttered a hurrah that could have been heard a long distance. "Boys, everything is all right!" he exclaimed, when the noise had subsided. "Missouri Mike and Gloucester were the ones who kidnapped the young ladies. e caught them very incely. 'l'he three with them went under. Now ii,; the time to make the reform of the camp complete." The la st was taken as a hint, and it not long before a petition was going around for signers. The petition declared that the undersigned were in favor of making Four Flush a straight town and invitin all those who were not in favor of it to leave at once. The queer part of it was that every man in the willingly put his name to it. The two prisoners were not a sked, of course. All were agreed upon what should be done to them. To help matters along, the sneak who had fired the tavern told who had got him to do it. That ealed the fate of Gfoucester, anyhow. Then Missouri Mike, feeling that there was no help for him, made a clean breast of it and told that he had mur dered the guide to satisfy a grudge, and that he meant to murder the two tenderfeet. As he talked some of the old fire came into his eyes and he wound up by exclaiming: "I'm ther worst man in Wyoming, an' I'm glad of it!" "And I have got more nerve than all the worst men in Wyoming put together!" added Gloucester. "I can go to my death with a smile on my face, which is more than you "Here's ther two main ones we are after," remarked the can do you cowardly hound!" scout. "Ther rest of 'em have turned up their toes." It is' needless to sa y that Rockert and his wife were over"We followed your trail. What do you think of that for a couple of tenderfeet ?" cried Beck. "You did nobly," answered Wild. '1Well, you are just in time to be too late." "How is that?" "You shot ther other two, then?" queried Delicate Dan., joyed at the return of their daughters. "Yes, we had They a an' they would There was a double hanging in town b e fore noon, but have dropped us if we hadn t fixed em. our friends took no part in it. The little miner shook his head solemnly The two villains were tried by a quickly formed jury "Well, we may as well get these fine fellows on their and they no doubt received their ju s t de,c;erts, though it horses and get them back to the camp," said Wild. "I not in accordance with law and order. feel j\ISt a little bit hungry. I want my breakfast, I guess." But in those days there was no such thing as law and A few minutes later they were mounted and riding back order in a Wyoming mining camp to Four Flush. There is little more to be told .. It was not mi;ch more than an hour from the time they Rockert succeeded in buying up a lot of property in and left the camp when they got back. around Four Flush and started in to develop it. The sun was up and the miners were going to their Young Wild West collected his bet and his partners 'went work when the little cavalcade rode into the town. back to Weston satisfied that Egbert and Beck would marry Instantly everybody became more or less excited. the Rockert girls some day, and that they really met the The first place they halted at was "the saloon where the worst man in Wyoming. bad gang made their headquarters. THE END. There were several 0 them standing in front of it, among them being the proprietor. "Gentlemen the jig is up! said Wild. "We caught iliissouri Mike reel-handed, and he has got to pay the pen alty." Then they went on to the little saloon. Read "YOU "G WILD WEST AT THE GOLDEN GATE; or, A BUSINESS TRIP TO 'FRISCO," which will be the next number (103) of "Wild West Weekly." Here there was quite a crowd and a cheer for Young SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly Wild West went up. are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any It seemed as though all hands joined in, but our hero newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by hardly noticed it. I mail to FRANK TOUSEY PUBLISHER, 24 UNION He did not make it appear as though he was looking for SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies honors. you order by return mail.


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HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explamed b.l'. his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialorues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW '1'0 BECOME A MAGICIAN.--Oontaining the grandest assortment of magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TRIOKS.--Oontaining one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicalli. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over !itlY of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also contain mg _the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No._ 70. HOW '.f'O M.t\KE MAGIC TOYS.--COntaining full directions for makmg Magic 'l'oys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. ll'ully illustlated. No. 73. trow TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showinc many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 7.5. HOW TO A CONJUROR. -Containinr tricks with Domlnos, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracinr thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. TO DO THE _BLACK ART.-Containing a com plete descr1pt1on of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand together with many wonderful experiment&. By A. Anderson'. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every b !rnow bow This book explains the all, g1v11!g examples m electr1c1ty, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc. 'the most instructive book published. No. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Containing full mstrucbons how to proceed m order to become a locomotive en gi!leer; also for a model locom<>tive; together with a full descript10n of everythmg an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions bow to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, ..Eolian Harp, Xylc> phone and other musical instruments; together with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containinc a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for Its and for painting slides. Handsomel7 illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containinr complete instructions for P.erforming over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A .Anderson. Fully illustrated. LtTTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A m06t com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letter11, and when to use them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Givinr complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on. all subject.a; also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen. on all subject.; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wish to write to. Every young man and every YOIUll lady in the land should bav<> this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LET.rERS CORRECTLY.---Oon taining full instructions for writing letters on almO!Jt any enbjeot; also rules punctuation and composition, with 1pecimen letters.


THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE :BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER Containing a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro Dutch and Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home' amuse ment and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOK]j] BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Every boy should obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for or ganizing an amateur min s trel troup e No. 65. MULDOON S JOKES.-This is one of the most original joke books ever published and it is brimful of wit and humor. It co s a large coll e c t ion of son g s, jokes, conundrums, etc., of T ce Muldoon the gr eat wit, humorist, and practical joker of t E v ery boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should o a copy imm e diat e ly. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR-Containing com plete in s tructions bow t o make up for various characters on the stage; tog e th e r wi t h the duties of the Stage Manag e r, Prompter, Scenic Artist and Property Man. By a J>romin ent Stage Manager. No 80. G U S WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat est jokes, anecdot e s and funny stories of this world-r e nown e d and ever popular !Jerman come dian. Sixty four pages; handsome colored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO K EEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing full instructions for constructing a wind o w gard e n either in town Or' country, and t he m ost approved meth o ds for raising b eautiful flowers at h ome. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking e ver publish e d. It con t ains r e cip e s for cooking m e ats, fish, game and oysters ; also pi e s pudd i ngs, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand colle c tion of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for everybody, boys, g irls, m e n and wom en; it will t e ach you how to make almost anything around the hous e su c h as parlor ornaments, brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de scription of the wond e rful us e s of e lectricity and electro magnetism; together with full instructions for making Electric Toys Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRIOAL MACHINES.-Con taining full dire c tions for' making electrical machines, induction coils d y namos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. B e nnett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRIOKS.-Contalning a large collection of instructive nnd highly amusing electrical tricks, ether with illuatrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. o. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry Kennedy. The secret given away. Every boy reading this book of instruction;, by a practical professor (delighting multi tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the greatest book ever publish ed, and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO IDNTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A very valuable little book just publish ed. A complete compendium of games sports, card diversions comic re c itations, etc., suitable for parlor or drawing-room e n te rtainment. It contains more for the money than any book published. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little book, containing the rul e s and of billiards, bagatelle, backgammon, croqu e t. domino es, etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all the lead i ng conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches and witty sayings. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and bandy little book, giving the rule a and full directions for _playing Euchre, Crib bage, Casino Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, Auction Pitch, All Fours, and other popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.Containing over three hun dred interesting _puzzles and conundrums with key to same. A complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It 18 a great life Recret, and one that every young man desires to know all about. The re's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BEHA VE.-Containing the rules and etiquette tf good society and the ea s iest and most approved methods of ap pearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and in the drawing-room. No. St. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Oontaining four teen illustrations, giving the different positions to become a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from a.II th.i popular !1uthors of prose and poetry, arranged in the most simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conducting d& bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the beat sources for procuring information on the questions given. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR1'.-'.rhe arts and wiles of flirtation an fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods of har.dkerchlef, fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation it con tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, i1 in teresting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy without one. No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsome little book just issued by Tousey. It contains full instruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and llt partiea, how to drE'ss, and full directions for calling off in all popular square dances. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to love, courtship and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquette to be obsen-ed, with many curious and interesting things not gen erally knowu. No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in the art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving the selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of the brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to b e come beautiful, both male and female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this book and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated and containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, moc kingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, E:tc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illu trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including binta on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bird1. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. HarringtoD Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountin1 and preserving birds, animals aud insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keepinsl taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving fnli instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the moat complete book of the kind evu puhlished. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful llnd In structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also e:ii: periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and dl rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. Thl1 book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete band-book for making all kinds of candy, ice-cream, syrups, essences, etc., etc. No. 19.-FRANK 'l'OUSEY'S UNITED STATES DISTANCE TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Giving the official distances on all the railroads of the United States and Canada. Also table of distanc e s by water to foreign ports, hacll: fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc., etc., makint it one of the most complete and handy books No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won derful book, containing useful and practical information in the treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to everJ family. A&ounding in useful and effective recipes for general com plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con talning valuable information regarding the collecting and arrangiq of stamps and ceins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, the world-known detective. In which he lays down some valuable and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventure and experiences of W!,!ll-known detectives. No. 60. HOW TO :BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER-Contain inc useful Information regarding the Camera and how to work it; also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W. Abney. No. 62. HOW TO BEOOME A WEST POINT MILITARY CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain admittance, course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Post Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Departmeut, and all a boy should know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." No. 63. 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