Young Wild West and the Arizona athlete, or, A duel that lasted a week

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Young Wild West and the Arizona athlete, or, A duel that lasted a week
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, ) A MAGAZINE CONTAINING STORIES. SKETCHES Ete. Of I ssu1d Wcckly-lly Subcrip1ion $!!.60 per year. Application viadc for Seco11d-Class Entr y at N. Y. Post Officc. No. 157. N E W YORK, OC'l'OBElt 20, 1905. Price 5 C ent s At the word the two grappled. The Arizona athlete was a powerful young Cello but Wild did not fear the outcome. The dashing young deadshot had no trouble in getting the hold he wanted and gathered his muscles .... .... ___


WILD EKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches Etc., of Western Lile. I4Mt4e5 Weeklu -Bu S11bsc>'iption pe1 uear. .Jpplication made jm Second Clai e11try at the New Yo1/:. N. Y,, Pos t Office. Entered to .Lot of Conpreu, in the 11ea.-1905. ;,. the oJ/ice of the Libraria1 of Cu11gre.,, ii ashrngto11, D. C., bv Prank '.l'ouae11, Publishe1', :l4 c.:11iu11 .Square, i\"ew J:' ork. No. 157. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 20, 1905. Price 5 Cents. Young Wild W e s t a n d the Arizona A thlete OR, A Due l That Lasted a Week. B y AN OLD SC O U T ,., CHAPTER I. The man was slightly over six feet, rather slim, but as muscular as a panther, and with his long, dark hair and YOUNG WILD WEST MEETS THE ARIZONA ATHLETE. flowing mustache he showed up to great advantage. This trio was pretty well known throughout the gre&t Camped on the banks of the Colorado River, with Echo wild West. Peak looming up before them, with an almost arid desert It was composed of Young Wild West, the Prince of the intervening, were three Americans o f a rather dashing Saddle and Champion Deadshot of the West: Cheyenne a ppearance Charlie, the ex-government scout and Indian fighter, and It was a fine morning in August and the thick growth Jim Dart, a boy who had been born and reared on o f mesquite which spread out on the gentle slope near the border. bank of the stream sparkled with dewdrops as the face of For coolness and daring the equal of Young Wild West Old Sol showed above the distant peak. had never been found, and his two partners had learneJ A man of perhaps thirty and two you ng fell ows o f much from him in that particular line twenty composed the trio, and by their general appearance Added to his coolness and daring, the dashing boy with they were persons who were used to roughing it in the the long chestnut hair could shoot as quick as a fl.ash, arnl mountains. when he pulled a trigger the bullet always hit where he One of the young fellows was bound to attract the atintended it to. tention of the casual observer, since he was what might be His keen range of vision and steady nerves gave him called a boy with the form and grace of an Apollo, handthe ability to hit a bulls-eye as far as a rifle would carry some and fearless in looks and springy and active in his and against all comers he held the title of the champion movements dead shot. He was o f medium height and had a mass of chestnut But the!'le were not the only qualifications the boy had h a ir hanging over his shoulders which was combed out as If he was good at defending himself with a riile or n eatly as the tresses o f any young lady of particu l ar habits. revolver he was more so with the weapons nature had pro His supple form wal'l encased ib. a suit of wearing apvided him with. p a rel that .consisted of a blue silk shirt, buckskin breeches, .And his wonderful tact a n d judgment had carried him riding boots a n d a sombrero of a pearl-gray color. successfully through many a tight place. About waist was a belt which contained a brace of There was nothing in the way of athletics that he hatl Colt's revo lvers and a hunting-knife, in to the ever seen practiced that he could n ot hold his own at, ro w of rifle cartridges that went nearly all the way for his marvelous strength, combined with his quickness, a round. good judgment and extreme coolness at all times, no mat Hie companio n s w e r e attired an d arme d i n a l'limilar ter what the circumstances might be, had lent to him a rly l e power that few mortals were possessed of. T he boy w a s a bout hie age, but did not have long hair.. As we find Young Wild West and his two partners,


2 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE ARIZONA ATHLETE. Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart, on this bright summer morning they are getting ready to move along the trail to Kanab, a town just over the border line of Arizona in Utah. The dashing young scout and his partners frequently did work for the government, and they were now headed for the border of the Mormon state to join a force of cavalry there and help quell an uprising of the Moqui Indians, a band of about five hundred having left the reservation and stru c k out on their own hook in a northwesterly direction. Our hero and his partners were in the sou thwes t ern part of Colorado looking over some mining prop erty at the time they were called upon by the commander of the troops, and as they were always looking for excitement and ad venture, they promptly accepted the call and set out to meet the soldiers Of course they had an idea that they would meet some of the rebellious redskins before they found the bluecoats, but that was nothing to them. They were u sed to meeting Indians, and what they could not do with them either in fighting or peacemaking no other ten men could do. "Well, boys," remarked the da s hing young Prince of the Saddle, as he walked over to his handsome sorrel stal li on Spitfire and proceeded to saddle him, "I guess we' ll be off. It i s going to be another scor c her to-day, but since we are pretty well u se d to the hot weather by this time, I don't know as we will mind it much. W e have got a strip of desert to cross that i s about thirty mile s in width, and if we get to it about four o'clock the su n will be lo" enough for us to make the attempt. Going to take the haunch of the black bear you shot last night along, Charlie?" "Yes, Wild," answered the scout. "It might be that I won' t O'it another shot at a bear for awhile If anything b I do like it is a nice juic y steak from a young bear, like this ieller was "All right. But I guess we'll :find plenty of game before we get to the alkali strip, and after we cross it, too. We've got p lenty of salt and some bacon and cornmeal, so I guess we won't sta rve "We nev e r have yet, anyhow," spoke up Jim Dart, with a smile In a few minutes the three had th eir horses sadd led and bridled Charlie owned a fine bay and Jim rod e a black. They were both swift horses, with r e markable endurance, but neither could come up to the sorrel sta llion. He was the swiftest and most intelligent steed they had ever seen Young Wild West had broken and trained him some time before, after Cheyenne Charlie had declared that no man alive could ride the "critter" a l1undred yards Skill 1md determination will accomplish anything that is possible, and hence Wild had tam e d the stallion and made a dumb friend that had proven to be worth his weight in gold With their rather meagre equipments tied to their sad dle-bag s the three started off along the trail, which now let the river and proceeded through a s p arsely wooded country. Kanab was just about s ixty giiles in a straight line from the spot where they had been camped over nigh t but a.; they could not travel in anything like a straight line they did not anticipate reaching it until l ong after darkness set in. With the rolling hills of gray and yellow before them they rode along at a good pace until nearly noon Then they suddenly came upon the remains of a big campfire The bones and offal of a deer were scattered nea r by and the prints of moccasined feet were much in evidence in the sand. "Injuns !" exclaimed Cheyenne Charlie, nodding and smiling grimly. "Yes, Charlie," replied Young Wild West "It seems that we have come across some 0 the redskins They been having a feast too by the appearance of things. Then all three dismounted and began to look around the vicinity. Trained as they were to woodcraft, they were not long in arriving at the conclusion that there were as many as a dozen in the party. The trail the redskins had made came from the s outh and it continued over the one our friends were following. "They are beadin' straigh t fur Kanab, I reckon," said the scout. ''Mu st be that ther whole gang is putty close around the re." "Well, I guess we won't change our course until we ha Ye to," answered Wild. "Oome on, boys!" They had no desire to halt in the vicinity of the de serte d Indian camp Some other place would suit them better It was just noon when they h a lted and dismounted in a shady spot and turned the horses loose to feed on the sparse grass and other vegetation that grew there Fodd e r for the steeds W:'IA not nearly abundant here a s along the banks of the Colorado. Jim Dart soon had a :fire started and Charlie got some slices of the bear meat r eady to broil. A coffee-pot holding just enough for the three of them was hung over the fire and then Dart proc eeded to mohl three meal cakes, which he wrapped in some leaves _ancl placed in the coal s when the blaze had subsided. This was all they inten ded to have for their dinner bllt it was quite good enough for h ea lthy, hungry mortals lik e they were In less than half an hour from the time the fire was started they were ready to eat their noonday meal. Their wat e r bottles had been filled at the riv e r so they would not go thirsty while crossing th e arid Rtrip. The y were in hopes of finding a stream before they reached it so the hor ses could fill up.


YOUNG YHLD WES'r AND 'l'.HE ARIZONA ATHLETE. 3 Just as the meal was over our three friends were startled j Our friends rode down and halted before the stagecoach. by the tooting of a horn. j "Hello'!'" exclaimed a stccky-built young man, jumping It sounded strangely out of place in that wild region, out and looking at them keenly. "You are not highwayand they looked at each other in surprise I men, are you?" "What in thunder is that?" crieq Cheyenne Charlie. 1 "I guess not," answered Wild. "We are simply travel Sounds like a bugle what's got ther croup or somethin' ers, like yourselves." like that." "Travelers, eh? Well, we ain't no travelers, are we, Toot-toot! boys?" and the speaker turned to the cowboys with a Again the horn sounded. laugh. It was not far away, either, and with the agility of a I "Not much!" came the unanimous retort. squirrel Wild began climbing a tree. I Our friends saw that there was no one else in the ve-He had not reached the top when he caught sight of a : hicle, though it was littered with various articles of a stagecoach drawn by six horses coming up a canyon a 1 sporting nature. quarter of a mile away. Dumb-bells, Indian clubs, boxing gloves and other simiWith the outfit were about twenty cowboys, evidently lar things could be seen through the open door. for the purpose of guarding it. "I'm ther Arizona Athlete," said the young man, folding Wild took a quick look and then hurriedly descended his arms across his broad chest and looking at Wild and the tree. hi s companions with an air of importance. "What is it, Wild?" asked Jim. "A stagecoach with six horses to it is coming with a crowd of cowboys," was the reply. "Judging by the way the outfit looks, I guess the stagecoach has got a party of tourists in it." "Humph!" exclaimed the scout. "If they happen to run ag'in them Maquis which is on ther warpath they'll CHAPTER IL AN INTERRUPTED FIST FIGHT. have somethin' to talk about when they git back where "So you are the Ariz<,ma Athlete, eh?" said Youn g Wild they come from." West, quietly. "Riding up this way for your health, I "Yes, if they got among the whole gang that has left suppose?" the reservation. But they have got a good force with "No; my health is perfect. I just took a notion to make them-about twenty, I should say." a trip up this way and see how things look ed in the moun"Well, twenty cowpu?chers ain't to do n:iuch ag'in l tains. We've come all the way from Prescott, too. I a hundred or so redskrns. Ther maJonty of sich fellers found out just a month ago that I could lick anything that look out for number one every time. They're paid goo'fl ever walked on two legs with a gun, knife or :fists, so I sold to go along with the outfit, I reckon, but when it comes to my gold mine and hired a trainer. He taught me a a good stiff scrimmage ther most of 'em ain t gain' to take : whole lot, but I threw him so hard in a wrestling bout very big chances." j the other day that three of his ribs got broken and he quit "Well, just get your horses ready, boys, and we 11 nde me. I am an athlete of the natural sort, so ther doctors down and meet them. I had no idea that we were so close 1 in Prescott say. I've got plenty of money, too, and that's to the canyon." why I took a notion to make a trip in this style. Why! I In a couple of minutes they had gathered up everything i won ten thousand dollars down in Prescott just from and mounted. ( meeting and vanquishing men who thought they were good Then with our hero in the lead they made for a spot at athletics. It's something new out here in Arizona, but where they knew they would intercept the stagecoach. the boys all like my way, don't you, boys?" The horn kept on tooting, and as they neared the apAn approving shout went up. proaching party they could hear cheers. "Who are you, young fellow?" the Arizona Athlete "They are having a good time whoever they are," reI asked, changing his boasting way to one of inquisitivemarked Jim Dart. ness. One minute lat er they were descending into the canyon, "I go by the name of Young Wild West," and Wild disand the next the whole outfit came in view. mounted. Half a dozen cowboys were riding in advance, and they "Oh, you do, eh? Well, you're young enough, I guess, caught sight of our friends almost as soon as they were ( but how about your wildness?" observed themselves. "Oh, I guess I am not very wild," was the laughing re" Whoop I Whoop!" they yeJled, making the canyon i tort. echo with their shouts. j "Well, get in the coach with me and ride a mile or two. Toot! Toot! I I am not in the habit of inviting anyone to ride with me, The horn joined !n the noise and then the party slowe1' either, so you can consider yourself highly honored. I'll down and came to a ha1t. : open a bottle of imported wine, too !"


YOUNG WILD WEST 'l'HE ARIZONA ATHLETE. "Don't trouble yourself. I never drink it. And as to riding in the coach with you, I must decline the invita tion. We are on our way to Kanab, and we want to get there as early as possible to-night." "What! Won't accept my invitation to get in the coach and ride with me?" roared the young man. "Do you hear that, boys? What had I ought to do with him?" "Spank him l" suggested a beetle-bro wed fell ow, con spicuous in a yellow shirt. "Ha, ha, ha!" lau g hed the Arizona Athlete. "Jumping Joe, you are a good adviser, I must s ay I You beat me in a broad jump, and I have great respect for you since that. I will tak e your advice. I will spank this fellow who calls himself Young Wild West!" Wild saw there was trouble brewing. But it was not bis fault. "Now, then, if you don't behave yourself I'll give you a thrashing!" exclaimed the young deadshot, calmly. A low murmur of astonishment went up from the mounted men. ".An' ter see Gus Gilpin knocked down as easy as that!'' cried the beetle-browed man called Jumping Joe. "Wha.t do yer think of it?" He pla c ed bis hand on the butt of a revolver. "Jes t take your hand off that shooter, you homely loot !" cried Cheyenne Charlie. It was his cue to speak now, and he knew it. "Are yer talkin ter me?" asked the cowboy in surpri1te. "I reckon I am." "'I'ake it eaiy, Charlie," cautioned Wild. "I am going to thras h the Arizona Athlete, I guess Don't you inter '.fere unless someone else trie11 to take a chance at the He had looked the cowboys over, and the conclusion he game." came to was that the y were a reckless lot, who thought "This galoot was gain' to s hoot, I reckon," replied the more about drinking and carousing than they did of workscout. ing on the range. Oh I Well, if anyone trie s t11at just drop them, that'i; It was evident that they were hav'ing a high old time I all. We are not a quarrel, and if that ill what they with the Arizona Athlete, as the young man called himwant .let them it l" elf and that they would stick right to him in case he wus This remark 1D such a calm and easy toue of voice astongetting the worst of it in a fight i s hed the crowd more than ever. But that made not a particle of difference to Young The Arizona Athlete \\'.llil now on his feet again Wild West. "I had no idea that you would hit me, Young Wild If th h d b t f ld th d b West," he said, showing little or no sign of anger. You ere a een a regimen o so ier s e re an e d can t o It ugam knew they were all opposed to him h e w o uld not suffer j H n r ll h b h h lf t b k d n e it nng t e i at I can t, but I will try if you imse o e span e Oh C l 1 1 d t tl 1 gi v e m e cause to," was the reply, while Wild stood on the eyenne rnr ie g are u ie y oung man a:ngr1 y Ob 1 ld t b ld h t l'k W'ld ld defensive with flashmg eyes. ar ie cou no o is emper i e i con But he seldom let it get the best of him without Wild "Go ahead an' knock him down, Gus!" calied out the let him have his way. beetle-browed feller. "Then yer kin spank: him good." The boy now nodded for him to keep cool. "You are not going to hurt me, are y ou, Mr. Arizona Athlete?" he ask e d, smiling at the bragging young man. "No, I won t hurt you," was the reply "I will just show you how easy I can handle such fellows as you. Now, hel'e you go up s ide down with care I" He reached for Wild, but the boy lilidestepped quickly and bis fingers simply clutched the empty air. "Pretty s o on on your feet, ain t you?" s aid the athlete. "See here!" exclaim e d Wild looking at him with no small degree of earnestness. "I ad vise you to let me alone." "You do, eh? Well, I don t listen to advice from coyote puppies like you!" That was enough I Young Wild Wes t had been ins ulted, and he always re1tented an insult. Regardleslii of the fact that tlie fellow bad said he had whipped all comers in Prescott, he shot out his right fist and caught him full on the chin. The Arizona athlete took a sudden step backward, but bis foot against a itone and fell over backward. "Maybe you think you can do that; so after I get through with this bluffer I'll let you try," the boy re m arked, flashing a look at the cowboy. "I reckon there won' t be enough left of yer ter tackle me when Gus Gilpin done with yer !" and Jumping J o e laughed. The athlete now begun doing some cautious sparring. He danced around Wild like a jack-in-the-box, but did not come close enough to hit him. He was trying to bewilder the boy by his fancy ma neuvres, but that was something he c ould not do. The eyes of the young deadshot were watching him a11 a cat watches a mouse. It wa11 a case of fight, and no mistake, 110 Young Wild West brought all his tact and judg ment into play The young man before him claimed to be a natural-born athlete, helped along by training. If that wa1o1 the case he was up against a tough propo sition. "What are you doing?" be calmly asked. "I don't want you to show me how you can dance; go ahead and: knock me down." That wa1o1 just enough to make the athlete do something.


YOUNG WILD WES'l' AND THE ARIZONA ATHLETE. Re stepped forward', made a feint with his left and then I a little ther worst of it at ther start don't say that he 's let go a straight right for Wild s head, goin' ter be licked. Jest you wait!" Spat l Blows wern struck by both now, but with little damage It was not his blow that made the sound, being done. That only clove the empty air. The Arizona Athlete looked worried. Wild saw his chance and uppercut him on the chin. He had found his match, and he knew it. The Arizona Athlete spat blood, showing that he had Just what the outcome would have been is hard to te, bitten his tongue, and then losing all bis caution and his for the fight was suddenly 8topped. temper at the ilame time he rushed into the fray. The clatter of hoofs, followed by the scream of a female Nothing could have suited Young Wild West any betin distress, rang out with startling distinctness. ter. Then the warwhoop of a band of Indians reverberated He wait more than active enough to dodge the furious through the narrow confines of the little canyon. onslaught of bis enraged antagonist, and he did it with a The Arizona Athlete made a l eap for the stagecoach and coolness and skill that made the eyes of the cowboy baml a rifle, while Wild iltepped back and took the rifle open with wonder. Jim Dar't had been holding for him. Bili I The next instant four foaming horseii dashed around a Wild landed one on the breast of his opponent and sent him iitaggering. Following up his ad vantage, he tried for a right swing on the jaw. But the athlete neatly dodged this and countered, fetch ing our hero a good one on the shoulder that sent him back a couple of teps. It was the first blow the Arizona Athlete had landed, and his friends gave a cheer to encourage him on. "Take it easy, Wild," Jim Dart cautioned. But Wild did not need to be told what to do. He realized that he had a tough man to fight, and he was on the alert all the while. Gilpin, as the cowboys called the athlete, had calmed a little and he became more cautious again. But he evidently made up his mind to rush the boy and get it over with as soon as possible. For the next ten seconds some very pretty sparring took place. Gilpin knew how to do this to perfection. Wild simply acted on the defensive, waiting to get in a blow that would settle his man. A left jab on the chin was r e ceived by our hero, but the right swing that was aimed for his head was cleverly dodged. turn and came in view. Mounted on them were three men and a girl of probabl1 seventeen. It was the latter who had uttered the scream, beyond the shadow of a doubt. A shout of joy went up from the three men when they saw the band of cowboys an d the stagecoach. And then in hot pursuit came a score of painted In dians. ther gang what was camped above here, Wild," said Charlie. "I guess so,'' was the reply. Then leaping upon the back of the sorrel, the brave young Prince of the Saddle dashed forward to meet the redskins.: But the Indians were not going to daiih straight into that band of white men that they had come upon so unex pectedly. They brought their ponies to with a jerk and turned to :flee. Wild did not fire at them. He held his rifle in readiness fo do so, however in case they showed fight. He rode right on after them, for it struck him that they would probably get around in the bend and lie in ambll:ih for the stagecoach and party of cowboy11. He was right in this, for they no sooner got out of sight of the party than they came to a halt and drew back into It was a heavy blow, and in spite of anything he could a group of trees. do, Gilpin went to the earth. Wild swung around and rode back without being seen by Then he succeeded in landing one right between the eyes of the athlete. One of his men ran over to pick him up. the red demons. But this was not necessary. Charlie and Jim met him halfway to the stagecoach. He was up in a twinkling without any help. "Have they gone?" the scout asked. The young man was possessed of great stamina, and hh "Not far,'' was the reply. "They are hiding around thq grit could not be questioned. bend, evidently for the purpose of attacking the men when He sailed into the .ght. just as though nothing had they go past." happened. They rode back and found the four fugitives had di ... "Give him one on his Adam's apple, Wild I" cried Charmounted near the stagecoach. lie. "That will fetch ther galoot, I reckon." Gus Gilpin, the so-called Ari:.:ona was talkiD1 "There ain't no man livin' what kin lick ther Arizona to them. Athlete I" answered Jumping Joe. "Jest because be god Wild and his partners got there in time to learn that


6 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE ARIZONA ATHLETE., th e four were Josh Dimple, a hunter and trapper, and his son and daughter, Jack and Katy; and als o a young man n amed Ned Nelson, who was engaged in the same business and who evidently was the girl's lover. "You folks ought to be very glad that we happened to be here," said Gilpin puffing out.his chest in an important way. "We are," replied the elder of the men "If you folks hadn t been here and he," pointing at Wild, "hadn't started after ther red galoots, we'd have got it bad! We didn't know tl1er Moquis were on ther war path away up thi s here way. "Where are you bound?" Wild asked "We was headin' fur Kanab when ther redskins met us, an' we had ter turn an' come this way," answered Ned Nelson, who was now quite close to the young l ady, who, s ince her fright was over, was smiling complacently. She was a very pretty girl, and evidently one who had been born and brought up on the frontier. "Did yer drop any of ther measly coyotes?" Cheyenne Charli e queried. "No," replied the oJder man. "They didn't offer ter s hoot at us, so we didn't fire. They 'peared as though they wanted ter take u s prisoners, ther red scoundrels "Boys, i s Kana b the neare s t town?" asked the Arizona Athlete. "Yes!" answered several of his men at the same time. "Good I Then we'll go to Kanab. The young lady can get in the coach and ride with me." Katy Dimple looked into the vehicle and then shook her head. "I'd rather stay in the saddle," she said "But I insist that you ride in here. It will be safer." "You can insist all you want to, strange r. I ain t going to ride in that rig. My horse is good enough for me. That the girl had a mind of her own was quite certain. Char li e grinned when he saw the look of disappoint ment that crept over the athlete's face. "He wanted to git a chance to :flirt with ther ga l I reckon," he remarked to Wild and Jim. They n odded. "Well, 1 guess we' ll go on," said Gilpin. "Go ahead, dri ver! Young Wild West, I will meet you latler." "See here !" exclaimed our hero. "If you go on around th at turn you will fall into an ambush. The Maquis are hiding there waiting for you." "Non sens e The redskins got s o fright ened when they saw this crowcl that they won't stop till their horses give out Ambush, e h? Nonsense!" "All ri ght, then, go ahead and take your medicine, then." Wild was disgu ste d with the young man, anyhow, and h e was sorry the fight had been stopped so suddenly. The driver of the stagecoach cracked his long whip and the six lv>rses s tarted up the canyon. Th e mounted cowboys went ahead' at the same but the four who had escaped from the band of Indian s r e mained with our friends. With a clatter and loud tooting of the h orn by the Arizona Athlete the outfit swept on and rounded the bend Two minutes later the rattle and bang of firearms was heard! CHAPTER III. THE DUEL BEGINS. "Now I guess they know !" exclaimed Young Wikl West, a smile :flitting over his handsome face. "The Ari zona Athlete seemed to know it all, so I did not insist on their keepi ng away from the ambush But we'll go and help them out, boys It is not our way to sit idly by and let a band of savage redskins wipe out people of our own race. Come on!" The next instant our three friends ga lloped toward the scene of the fight that was taking place. As they rounded the curve they came upon an in spi rin g .scene. Three of the six horses that had been hitched to the stagecoach were dead on the ground and the vehicle was at a s tandstill, almost turned over against a big rock. The cowboys had taken to the rocks at the side of the trai l and were exchanging shots with the redskins in the little clump of trees on the other side. Crack Crack I Oraccrack crack I Orac-c-c -ck Revolvers and rifles were popping away from both sides, while the fierce yells of the Indians added to the din. Young Wild West and hi s partners quickly dismounted. Then they began firing at the redskins They got behind a convenient bunch of rocks, so as to not needlessly expose themselves, and as they could see the :flitting forms of the copper-hued fiends, they made every shot tell. This put a new phase on the fight. The cowboys had been doing very littl e damage to the Moqui warriors, but when Wild and hi s partners took a hand in the game things were different. At every crack an Indian fell. Fifty s uch deadshots as Young Wild West would have soon broken the rebellion and sent the surviving Moquis back to the reservation like whipped curs. They made every shot tell-Wild, Charlie and Jim, we mean-and that was something that s oon discouraged a foe. Bullets that merely sing about the heads of redskins and do no damage only serve to spur them on. Young Wild West and his two partners had only fired three shots apiece when the redskins concluded it was too hot for them there. They drew back in a hurry, and, mounting their horses, rode away up a ravine.


YOUNG \\ILD WEST AND THE ARlZO:NA ATHLETE. -------------------------------"I guess that settles that gang, anyhow,'' our h ero r e marked, as he mounted his horse and started for the stage coach that looked ludi cro u s in the halfcapsized position it was in. The smoke of the battle was c l earing away now, and, r ea lizing that their r e d foes had been put to flight by Young Wild West and his pards, the cowboys came from behind t h e rocks. ''I told you what you would get," s aid Wild, looking at Jumping Joe, the beetlc browed man, who was evidently the leader of the men. "Well I sor ter reckoned so myself," was the s heepish reply; "but Gus said as how we should go ahead, an we didn t wan t ter go ag'in him." "Where i s Gus, as you call him?" "In ther coach, I r eckon. I didn t see him git out. He didn t have ter git out Like as not he's dead-rid dled with them Injuns' bullets." ----"Tom, ther driver, went under, an' three of therhorses is shot," was the reply. "That i s too bad I neve r had any idea that we would be interfered with by any Indians I didn't think there were any bad ones around this part of the country, in fact." "We ll, I heerd ther other day that a l ot of Maquis had left ther re servat ion, but I didn't know where they headed fur," answered Jumping J oc. "Well, l et's see if we can't right up things Sinc e Kanab is the nearest town, we had better make for it in a hurry.' "We've got a thirty mile st rip of a lkali dust ter gi t over afore we rea ch it, too "Then the soon er we get off the b etter." The cowboys set themselves at work and soon had harness from the dead horses. the Then one of them parted with the one he was riding and four were hitched to the s togecoach. "You ride with me, Bill," the athlete said to the man who bad l ost mount. "All right, Gus," was the reply; "I'd j est as leave as He had no sooner got there than a h ead appeared. not. I kin act as your nigger waiter, I re ckon." Wild rode over to the coach. "Have they gone, boys?" asked a voice whic h belonged Gilpin was about to get into the coach when our hero, to the Arizona Athlete "Ginger But things wer e pretty who hacl di mounted. tepped up anil said: hot, I s hould say The bullets wer e playing a tune in my "Don't you want to finish the fight?" ears, and it is a miracle that I wasn't hit." "I'll fight you ::t dnel," 1rns the quick r e p l y "You a r e He crawled out and dropped to the groun d \ a deadshot, so they say?" Then hi s eyes fell upon our h ero 4o W t :-" h "I can shoot straight enough for yon I guess.'' "So you have s hown up again, Young \Yilcl es e i "Well, I have an idea tha1I can shoot st rai ght enough queried, hi s brow darkening. "Y h ld b th' f ] tl t I l ,, n as thP f for you. Let's have it over with!" ou s ou e v ery lDL< u rn ia,e, .. i "Just as you say." calm rejoinder. I "Hurry up, then! The young lady can b e the referee. "Why?" I I When 8he fires a shot with that pisto l she has in her belt "A k s your men. 'we'll comme nce." "What does he mean, boys?" and the athlete cast an I Wild turned to the ()'irl who was still seated on her inquiring look at his follow e r s horse. 0 "Well, I re ckon if him _an' h_is pal'Cl_s up an' I "You will act, won't you?" he asked "I don't want to o p ened fire th e r r:dskms with thcu thm_gs kill this man; I only want to show him that h e is not half h ave been mighty differ ent about now, Jumpmg Jacl, I as smart as he thinks h e i s.'' said shaking his head impre ssive ly. "I would rath e r not," she answered "I don't like "Is that so?" I duels.'' "'l'hat's so, young man!" exclaimed Jos h D im ple, the j "All right. I gu0ss your father will act, then." hunter, who rode up jus t then, followed by his son and "Yes! I'll fire a shot fur you fellers ter begin blazin daughter and Ned Nelson. "Why, I never seen sich I away at each other," spoke up Jos h Dimple. "Step off shootin' in my life! I reJkon if yer look in that woods! about twentv feet apart an' when I let a shot go in the I over there you'll find some dead Injuns. I watched an' I air, begin counte d ther s hots You n g Wild Wes t an' his pards let go I Gus Gilpin nodded. inter 'e m They fired j est three time" apiece, an' every 1 His face was rather pale, but no sig n s of cowa1:dice time a rifle went off a redskin dropped. That was what could be seen. made 'em light out further ravine. From where they was "Itis not the first time I hav e fought a duel," he re li.idin' your fellers. do an' they'd I marked, as be took his place at one e nd of a little open spot have kept on l eadm your fire bU he y goc a chance ter I among the rocks. clea n yer up. Yonng Wild an' his pard s sartinly "But it mi()'ht be ther l ast o n e observed Cheyen ne rnYed yer, an' no mistake!" Charlie, l aconically. "Humph!" A calm mil e played about the lip of Young Wild The Arizona Athlet e clid not appear to be very much West. pleased Never once clid he take his eyes off the Arizona Athlete, "What's the damage Joe?" he a keel. as the fellow walk e d to the position h e chose.


8 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE AIUZONA ATHLETE. All the coolness the boy possessed showed up at this minute. CHAPTER IV. THE RUNNING FIGIIT ON THE DESERT. --= "Yon mean me, I guess," he said to his foe. "But you are not going to get me I I won't hurt you much, either, for I have nothing really against you. I am ready, Mr. Dimple!" "Your horses look as though a drink wouldn't hurt 'em," observed Josh Dimple, when they had gathered the h I pack-mules togeth e r. "We'll st rike a creek about a mile 8 c below, an' then yer want ter let 'e m fill in, 'cause it'll be h mighty bot crossin' ther sand that's ahead." "So am I ready!" chimed in Gilpin. "All right, then I" exclaimed the hunter; "here goes I" He his revolver ove r his head and pressed trigger. t e "'l' hat s ri ght," Wild answered. "But it strikes me if Crack! Wild and the Arizona Athlete stood with the muzzles of their pointed to the sky, and the instant the crack of the pistol sounded down went the weapons on a level with each other's heart. Crack I Only one report sounded. Up went Gilpin's hand, his weapon flying from it as though he was trying to see how far he could toss it. Instead of sending a bull e t at the young man's heart, Wild had shot at the back knuckle of his forefinger. this creek is the only water about here we will be apt to strike the Indians somewhere along it. About five hun dred of them are supposed to be up this way, you know." "Five hundred of 'em!" echoed tbe elder Dimple, his face tmning pale. "You don t mean that, Young Wild West?" "Yes, I do mean it. That i s the report we got three days ago. We are going over to Kanab to meet a force of cavalry there, and we are going to do the scouting for them until the band is either subdued or killed off. That is our orders." "An' we didn't know nothin' of this," said the old man, The bullet just grazed it, but it was enough I turning to those with him. The athlete had been in the act of pressing the trigger, "Well, we've been down here .in ther mounting s fur nigh but he let go in s tantly. a week, so we wouldn't be s'posed ter know it," said Ned "'l'here !" exclaimed Wild; "I guess the duel is over!" Nelson. "We come mighty nigh findin' it out to our sor For the present it is," answered Gilpin, as he made row, though." for the coach. "But I'll get the best of you if it takes me "That's right, Ned," nodded Jack Dimple. "It are a week!" mighty lucky that we found somebody ter help us when "All right. I will be at your service any way you want that gang of about twenty of ther Moquis was chasin' us to settle it. I am sure I can outshoot you, and I feel cerawhile ago." tain that I can whip you in a fist fight. If there is any I "Well, I wasn't even then afraid they'd kill us," re other game you think you are good at j-ust let me know." marked the hunter. "I didn't like ther idee of Katy git-"Wait till we get to Kanab!" was the retort. tin' in their clutches, that's why I advised ter light out an' The next minute the stagecoach rattled off, while the give 'em plenty of room. I never onct thought they was band of cowboys rode along with it, all having come to the on ther warpath." that the Arizona Athlete had met a little more "I did!" declared Nelson. "I seen that they had their than hi;:; match. warpaint on. It' s a long while since ther Moquis had "I guess we'll follow along after them," Wild said to their warpaint on, \Ill' says I to myself: 'Jack, old f elle r, Josh Dimple and his companions. "The desert strip can't there's goin' ter be a heap of trouble right now I' Then be !O very far away. I figured that we would not reach it I je st got close ter Katy an' lit out with tber rest of yer." much before four o'clock, but when we came to this canyon As. they rode on for the creek the four asked. Wild and I found that they were closer than I figured on. You hi s partners enough questions to find out all about them. have been that way before, I suppose?" It was strange that neither of them had heard of Young we live there," was the reply. Wild West before, but as it was th e first time they had "Wbat were you doing so far away with the young la .dy, been right in that part of Arizona, though they had expe--then?" rienced some hot times in the Grand Canyon, which was "Ob, Katy got it in her head tha'.t she wanted ter make not so very far away, that made a difference. a week'e trip with us, so we let her go. Our pack-mules Young Wild West felt quite certain that they would with ther pelts we've got must be along here somewhere meet some of the redskine before they etarted to cross the if Injulll5 didn't shoot 'em." desert. A few minutes later they found the mules nibbling at But he did not sa. y anything just then, because he the pri c kly grass st the side of the trail. I thought hi s fears might be groundless, and he did not want There were four of them and they were well loaded with to alarm the young lady. the !!kins of the fur-bearing animals the party had killed. They were not long in reaching the creek.


YOUNG WILD WES'r AND THE AHlZONA ATHLETE. 9 ====::::;;=========== = ---::.:..:_--'rhe &tagecoach was halted there and the horses were I "As we have got our pack-mules with u s, we will delay drinking when they rode up. you if you stick to us," remarked Katy Dimple. "Do you know anything about this part of ther coun"Well, that don t matter," Wild answer:eu. "We like try?" Jumping Joe a&ked Josh Dimple. company sometimes." "I reckon I do," was the reply. "I've been here about They made pretty good time across the open stretch fifty times, I reckon This here creek runs right over ther after l ea ving the crek and soon reached the commence U tah line, which ain't more n ten miles from here. It's I ment of the sandy waste. jest about thirty-three miles from here ter ther other side I They could see the stagecoach about a mile ahead of of ther sand strip. Then four more miles, which is straight them, and all they had to do was to follow that. an' smooth travelin', fetches yer in Kanab." Anyhow, there was a plain trail through the dry sand "Good enough I It's putty hard travelin' through ther and if the re had not been they would have been able to alkali -dust, I s'pose ?" lay a course, since Josh Dimple carried a pocket com "Well, not so very hard. Yer see, there's a bed of ro c k under ther dust, which ain't more'n three or four inches deep on an average It raises thunder with yer if ther wind happens ter git up an' blow putty hard, though." "I reckon it must. I've been in sandstorms afore now, an' I've had my eyes cut out by ther dust an' sand, too." The Arizona Athlete was walking about watching the horses drink and talking to the men. But he paid no attention to Young Wild West and hi s companions. "I reckon that feller has got about enough of you, Wild," observed Charlie, with a grin. "You're too much for him, though h e's a putty good one, for all that." 'JOh, he won't give in for awhile," was the reply. "We have begun to fight a duel, and it is quite likely he will want to make many phases of it. I don't mean to kill him unless I find that he is trying to down me by some unfair means." The sun was shining fiercely upon the travelers, but, notwithstanding this, the Arizona Athlete gave t he wo1' d for his men to start, and then he got into the coach in which he had traveled from Prescott. 'l'he creek was forded and then away they w ent for the desert. Charlie declared that he could sm e ll the hot sand they were going to tackle so soon, but the others made no such a claim. It was three miles away, and before s tarting_ Wild climbed a tree and took a look in the direction the y were going to travel. He could see the shining sea of whitish sand in the dis tance, and as the s un s hon e up on it with r elentl ess force be could notice s hining dots that looked like gold and s il ver intermingled. The cowboys and the stagecoach were now a good mile ahead. pass. The cowboys were proceeding rather slowly, and they soon found out that they were gaining on them. When they had covered a mile over the desert Wild hap pened to look back. Then it was that he gave a start. A big cloud of dust showed less than half a mile away. But that was not all I A band of fully two Indians was coming! "Great Scott!" cried our hero. "What do you think of that, boys?" Charlie and Jim turned and took in the situation at a glance. "It looks like ;i case of fight," the scout said, a grim smile playing about his lips. "Well, I reckon we kin give em a good run first, though." "Jumpin' Jupiter!" exclaimed Josh Dimple. "I guess we'd better ride on an' leave ther pack-mules." "No!" said Wild. "We will just catch up to the cow boys ahead, and then we'll give the red scoundrels a fight. 1 guess they won t force matters if we begin to drop a few." The boy spoke so coolly that he allayed the fears of the four considerably. 'rhe mule s were forced into a wild canter now, and away they went over the sand to overtake the party ahead. But jus t then someone in the Arizona Athlete's p&r ty saw the Indians coming. Then they got a hustle on them The horses hitched to the stagecoach were put to a run and they got over the alkali dust at a smart gait But Wild and his companions rapidly gained upon them, for the mules, somehow, took a notion to run. The r edskins were yet a quarter of a mile behjnd them when they overtook the band of cowboys. The men seemed to be pretty badly Gus Gilpin came out of the coach and crawled up o n Wild descended the tree. top, his rifle in his hand. He had been unable to see another human being other "What do you think about it, Young Wild'' he than the party that had gone on ahead. called out. But a desert was hardly the place to look for a band of "Well, I think the redskins mean to make it pretty I n dians. warm for us," was the reply. "Everything seems to be all right, boys," he said, as h_e "Well, I am going to begin picking off some of the m joined the group. "We have a hot ride ahead of us, sol I am a pretty good shot with a rifle." we may as well get at it." I "Go ahead! That is the o nl y way t hey can b e s topped.


10 YOUNG WILD WEsrr AND TH:E ARIZONA A'l'HLETE. 'l' he athlete threw himself on hi s stomac:h, and, taking though many shots had been sent at" them by the redskins. careful aim, fired a shot at the adYancing horde. The Arizona Athlete from his po sition on top of the One of the foremost threw up hi s hands, and with the rocking stagecoach was doing wonderful work. death-y ell on his lips, fell from the back of his pony. "Young \"Vild West, you are a deadshot, and no mis"That's one!" he saicl, nodding at our friends. take!" be shouted as they passed swiftly over the desert. rrhe words were scarcely out of his mouth when a volley "It is almost a shame for me to think of downing you, but was fired by the Indi ans it has got to be done I am going to beat you if it takes They must hav e had pretty good rifles, for the bullets a week, as I told you before!" cut th e air over their heads anu play e d a regular tune. "All ri ght," was the r e joinder. "If it takes a week to But the red d emo ns were riding so }ast that their aim fight the Juel out I don t care. One thing, I don't mean w as bad. to kill you, unless you try to drop me on the s l y." No one was hit. "Don't l e t anything like that get into your head! I "We have got to check them boys!" cried Young Wild I am not built on these kind of l ines I shan't do a thing "\Vest, ancl, turning in the saclcUe, he opened fire with hi s to you unless it is right on the squa r e I did mean to Winchester shoot you dead when we faced each other a little while ago Charlie and Jim followed his examp l e. with re v olvers. I am much obliged to you for wha t you Crack, crack, crack Crack did. You spared my l ife. I won't forget that, though I The shots r ang out on the clear air with startling dis -w ill tell you right to your face that I don't lik e you." t inctness, and the advancing redskins tumbled right .and "Well, I can't say that I li ke you very well, either I left. am not the one to kill you, though, unles s it be in self c, But there were at lea s t a hunched of them and they kept defense You are what I call a bluffer! You may hav e right on coming. defeated a whole lot of awkward fellows in boxing, wrestfc,\ I )[ { Only a few of the had11 rifles, and they now beling and the like, but when it comes to a fair and squa re gan to use them. 1 go with one who is just a s quick as you are you have got A look of di s gust came over the face of Cheyenne Charto go down." lie when 11e saw that they were not doing any damage. "We'll see about that. Jus t wait till we get to Kan_ab." In U1eir eagerness to get a'ray from the Indians the "I am waiting." men were shooting more at random than anything else While this rathe r spiri ted conversation was going o n "That w on' t do!" Wild called out to them. "Make the s p e akers were keeping a watch u pon t1rn Indians. every tell. You onght to know that you can t afford The red

YOUKG WILD WEST AND THE AilIZONA ATHLETE. 11 B u t o u r friends did not nropose to leave those who had no show to get away They w o uld stay with them a:Q.d :fight it out. The redskins had been gaining s teadily upon them for the past ten minutes, and they now half surrounded them at a distance of probably three hundred feet. Wil d thought it time to begin picking them off again, s o he gave the word "Make every shot tell!" he said: As the :firing began the Indians joined in, and in less than two minutes one of the cow!JtJys was s tricken by a bullet But the red demons were dropping right and left. Our hero cast a swift glance over the desert A solitary bunch of rocks showed up a few yards off to the left. "Ther e is our onl y chance I" he cried. "Make for the r ocks!" The cowboys understood They realized the advantage that would be gained by making a stand behind the rocks The driver of the stagecoach swung the horses around and headed for it, and after him went Katy Dimple, lead ing the pack-mules The rest brought up the rear, keeping up a running fire at the redskins. The rocks were soon reached. There were enough of them to afford shelter for all hands. The st a gecoach was stopped in among them, and theD everybody got busy The saddle-horses being trained to it, they were made to lie down to escape the bullets that came whizzing over the rocks "I guess we can hold them off now," said our hero "There is only one way they can get us out of here, and that is to keep up the siege until we have to make a break for the want of water "I reckon if they only keep close enough for an hour there won't be enough of 'em left to keep us here," ob served Cheyenne Charlie. "Oh, they are not going to give us a chance to shoot them off so easy," Wild answered "See Even now they are getting cautious. They know we have got a good position and they wi).l hold a pow-wow to settle on a plan of action This was just what the red s kin s did a few minutes later the redskins will come t o meet you I am w illin g to give them five hundred dollars if they will go off and let UB alone. Now, then, who is going to volu ntee r t o go?" I will!" cried J umping Joe, stepping u p "All r ight, Joe, just tie this to the muzzle o f y our rifle and r ide out." He handed a clean white handke rchi ef over an d t h e cowboy soon rigged it into a flag of truce. "Tell them that I have just five hundred_ dollars, and I am willing to give it to them if they will go back the way they came and allow us to cross the desert i n pea c e ,'' said the athlete, as J u mping Joe mounted his mus t a n g "All right, Gus. Leave it ter me! I've made te rms with r edskins afore now. I'm a reg' l ar dip l omat, I am. There was a curious smile on the face of You ng Wild West as the cowboy rode off on his mission I doubt if he has ever made terms with redsk in s tha t were on the warpath," he said, in a low tone to his com panions. "Why! the rascally redskins will agree to any thing and then keep up the fight just the same!" "As sure as you're born they will I" chuck l ed Cheyen n e Charlie, who seemed to look into the matter as m or.e of a joke than anything else. : 1 r, "You're right!" exclaimed JosfDimp l e "I've h a d lQts ter do with Injuns in m Y liay'.Jl I ain't seen ver y many what coul d be trusted in a deal. They're scarcer tha n hen's teeth." "But five hundred dollars may be the means of i nd uci n 'em to quit," spoke up his son. "They oughter know t hat they can't git at us here without losin' ther biggest p art of their number. It' ll be much bette r f u r 'em te r take ther :five hundred dollars an' not run ther r isk of losin a n y mor e men." "Oh, they will most likely agree to it," said Wild. B ut whether they will keep their agreement or not remai n s to be seen. "Then you don't approve of try i ng to make w i t h them?" asked Jack Dimple. "No!" "You think we can win, then?" "Yes. Our horses can stand the thirs t as l ong as thei r s can, and that gives us an equal chance Y o ur pac kmules and the s tagecoach could be left behind, and w e woul d still have four extra horses to fill in for any that might giv e out We could keep right ahead and make a runn in g figh t of it all the way over the sand, if needs be. O f course, n few of us might go under in the operatio n but I h ard l y think that would be the case. The more we thi nn e d out They d rew away t o a safe distance on the burning sand the rank s of the redsh."ins the more they would b e a p t to and gathered in a bunch keep out of range, and when they keep out of range of our Leaving Young W il d West a n d h i s friend s to them bullets we w o uld be quite safe fro m thei r s." selves, the Arizona Ath l ete called the cowboys together and "Well, you kin bet that I'm willin' ter l e t ther mules said, lou d enough for our friends to hear: an' ther pelts go!" exclaimed J ash D im pl e "My dart e r "Boys, aa I a m l eader of this party, I am going to is worth more than all ther pelts i n ther world I calcu a m ake a suggestion It i s this : One o f you must ride over late!" with a flag of truce a n d try. to make terms with them H "I should say she was!" spoke up Ned Nelson, loo king you go halfway a n d com e to a halt it is very likely one of at his sweetheart fondly. "She's ter be my w ife as soon a s


12 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THB ARIZONA ATHLETE. _. ..... .. :==.:..-:.;.:::::: __ ...._._.._ .. -----..:...:...:_-:-::::-..:..-:--===----______ --::! we e:ud this huntin' trip an' git back ter Kanab, yer know. "I h-now. I was ter buy her a dress fur ther 'casio n from ther proceeds 0 ther hunt, too "We ll, I reckon ther one s he's got on is good enough ur me. 'Tain't clothes that makes a good woman, an y how." Kat y smiled and allowed her lover to take her hand. "I reekon you're ri ght, Ned she said, smiling at him. "It's ther heart what make s the woman, an' the man, too You told me the other da y that I had your heart, an' if that'd t he case, why, you've got mine. A fair 'change ain' t n o r o bbery, l'Te always heard." Thie was the firet time the couple had talked like that b:efor e the girl 's father and brother and they looked just the l east bit surprised '1'ain't much of a time ur love matters jest now I re c kon," remarked Jack. "lf you h ad a s"l'feet-faced g al like I've got mebbe you'd t11ink it was jes t ther time/' retorted Ned. S weet -faced-like you 've got, hey? Is a gal what's The Arizona Athlete at once mounted the cowboy's horse. "Yon had better keep on your guard when you get to the redskin," Young Wild West called out, warningly. "I know my business !" was the quick retort. "Well, I hq_pe you do, but I doubt i t Gilpin paid no attention, but r ode away at a canter He did not notice that the lone Indian had moved back much closer to the main body of redskins since Jumping Joe left him, but our friends did. Wild suspected treachery. When he saw two more of the Indians start out to meet the white man he got up and commanded bis horse to ri110 from the ground. "What are you going to do, Wild?" asked Jim Dart. "I am going to ride out that way because I believe the redRkins are up to something," was the reply. There was no use in questioning the young deadshot further. Dart a -nd Charli e knew that only too well. got about a million freckles on her ace sweet-l o okin' ?" a trot af-r Wild mounted Spitfire and started off at "Shot up, Jaek !" cried angTily. "You've got bt ;rnhels of freckles ;;, Gil pin. And the The athlete was riding right ahead just as though he "Well, I don't claim }f1r ( .J3Weetfaced !" you n g man burst into a hearty laugh, his own words was certain that everything would be all right. sound e d 50 ridiculous to his ears There was no doubt that he thought it would be all Tills talk was very amusing to Wild, Charlie and Jim. right. I th' 1 d t f th f t th t As G1lp1I1 r eached the 'va1bng redskm the other two t was !!Orne mg unusua an m sp1 e o e ac a a gravo danger threatened them, they enjoyed it. I came up. Tl tch d th t th fl. f t H e was see n to parle y with them for a couple of mmntes iey now w a e e messenger W1 h e ag o ruce. J J h lt d b t h lf t th b d f d and th e n som ethmg happen e d that the maJonty of those nmpmg oe a e a ou a way o e an o re -th k h d t fi d k' among e roe s a no 1gure on. s h t t' th -.. r d t The two Indians, who were on foot, suddenly seized the en m a very s or ime one o e .u'i.oqms r o e ou t t h h t h't fl. Arizona Athle te and pulled him from his horse 0 mee im, e, oo, carrymg a w i e ag. h G' a 1'h ill' ; t k t 11 t,, b d There was a e art struggl e and then ilplII was overey are w 1ll er ma e erms a ng11 o s erve J k D 1 powereci. a c imp e. N 0 one said anything to Th.e redsklII on horseback dropped his flag of truce, and } The eowboy and Indian talked for about fire minutes utter1I1g a yell of defiance,_ leaned and the capand then the Indian rode back to his band. tured athlete and pull e d him over his horse s n eck Jumping .Toe remained where he was In a very few minutes the Indian came back and t hen the cowboy turned and rode ba c k fo r the rocks. "How did you make out, Joe?" Gus Gilpin asked, eagerly as the man rode up and dismounted "Putty good, I rec kon," was the reply. "They'll take ther five hundred an' light out right away." "Good! They shal l have it. I would only spend it fool i sh l y anyhow. It is much better than being worried and s hot down, I should say." "Well, give me ther money. I'll go an' give it ter 'em, an' then we've got ter run t h e r risk 0 'em doin' as they agree." "I guess they will keep their agreement. Joe, I will the mone y to them myself. That red sk] n is there waiting for it. Perhaps I can t ell bettn whether he is sin c ere when I have a few words with him." "All right, Gus." Gilpin bad been disarmed and his wrists tied together in muc h less time than it takes to record it. And when thls all happene d Young Wild West was nearly two hundred yards away I "Just as I thought," muttered the daring boy. "Gilpin is a fool wh e n it com e s to Indian tactics. Well, I will try and save him, but it looks like an impossibility." The sorrel stallion was let out to his utmost speed now. He gained rapidly on the three Indians, who were com pell ed to move rather slowly with their prisoner, since two of them were on foot. But in a few seconds the mounted redskin had the pris oner well balanced before him, and then the others turned and ran for all they were worth. Wilil sRw that there was only one chance to save the Ari :r.ona Athlete. He mu s t ilrop the reilskin who had him on the horse. Then he might be able to dash up, get him on. the sorrel


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE ARIZONA ATHLETE. 13 with him and da sh back for the roc ks with a storm of burning sand and that the party at a halt among the rocks whistling after him. was being left behind. It was a daring feat to do. Wild lifted his head and looked around him. But our hero had performed such daring feats before, He was hanging over the back of the horse by the middle and he was not afraid to attempt the trick. and thongs were passed from his nee!.! beneath the belly of Like a meteor the sorrel stallion swooped toward the the animal to his ankles to keep him in position. Indiane and their captiTe. Redskins were close on all sides of him and he could Wild raised hie rifle to his shoulder, and, taking quick see nothing of the Arizona Athlete. tdm, pressed the trigger. But that he was among the rascally redmen he had not Crack the least doubt. As the report sounded both redskin and captive tumbled from the back of the galloping horse. But a score or more warriors were now heading for the spot. Wild realized that he was too late. But with the undaunted pluck and determination he possessed, he kept on. Whizz-whizz The ponies of the Indians needed no urging. It seemed as though they could smell the green grass and water that Jay but a few minutes from them. With the hot dust flying all around him our hero was borne along. It was his first experience with the Moqui tribe, but he had been among so many of the different tribes of the Indians that he concluded that there was little or no difBullets were flying about his head when he was yet fifty ference in the way they would be apt to treat their prisyards from the helpleM Arizona Athlete. oners. "It can't be done!" he exclaimed under his breath. "I'll The fact that they had away from the reservahave to give it up tmd try some other way to rescue him." tion and taken to the warpatlf was evidence that they hated He pulled upon the rein to turn the sorrel. the palefaces, even if it was i'.idt natural that they should. Just then, by a strange freak, a bullet hit the bit-ring That meant that thEJy Cwou"fil most likely put them to of the bridle and the stallion, instead of obeying, reared torture. r high in the air. But Young Wild West hnd been in many a bad :fix be-The action was so sudden and unexpected that Young fore. Wild west was thrown to the ground, and, yelling with He clid not fear the outcome, but rested on the thought delight, the Moqui warriors ran to the spot. that he would get away from them in some way or other. Strategy would bring it about, if force of numbers would not, and both ChP.yenne Charlie and Jim Dart were pretty well versed in strategy. CHAPTER VI. It was not many minutes before the of the sandy waste was reached and the green grass could be seen once CAPTURED BY THE REDSKINS. more. But the Indians did not stop until they reached the The yelling Indians closed in on Wild as he was in the creek. act of rising to his feet. They had diverged from the trail somewhat and halted Crack! at a wild spot something like half a mile from the place He fired once and one of them went with a bullet 1 where our friends had forded the little stream. in his thigh. The pony Wild was upon was allowed to drink while he Then the weapon was knocked from his grasp, while was still hanging over its back. the barrel of a rifle hit him on the side of the head and Though it had been but half an hour befoi:e when the rendered him temporarily unconscious. animals must have drank their fill, they were now as The daring boy was quickly and then, with exthirsty as tho ugh they had gone a day without water. ultant cries, the treacherous Maquis made for the spot The dust and heat of the sun had parched their throats where the rest of the band were running about to show on the desert. their joy at the double capture. Wild felt like taking a drink himself as he looked down Then the prisoners were thrown over the backs of ponies at the water in the creek. and the redskins turned and made for the rolling grass It >las anything but a pleasant position to be placed in, land they had so lately left to follow the party over the but he stood it without a murmur. desert. Pretty soon the horses had swallowed what they w&nted Wild came to with a. head that ached considerably just of the water and then the Indians set out across an uneven ti! the band got under way. tract for a patch of woods that could be seen in the disHe looked "-round wonderingly for 11 second or two and tance. then it all came to him. I Wild craned his neck and saw the woods. He could eee tha:t they were riding rapidly over the He also saw something else.


14 Y O UNG WILD WEST AND THE ARIZONA ATHLETE. It was a column of smoke rising above the treetops. It was the :first our hero had seen of the A rizona Athlete ''There's the camp of the whole body of the redskins," since he had failed in the attempt to save him from the he thought. "The chances are that they will make it red s kins. warm for me, for these braves mus t certainly know that Gilpin's face was a study. I did a whole lot toward thinning their ranks." It was plain that h e was badly frightened. But he did not give away to anything like fear. As the ponies bearing the two prisoners were halted in It was time enough for that when there was no chance front of the chief the old warrior gave a grunt of satisof getting out of the scrape he was in faction. The woods was only a trifle more than a quarter of a "We bring Running Elk two pal efaces who have slain mile from the creek, so it was soon reached by the red many braves to-day," said one o f the braves, s peaking in men the langu age of his people. So far they had not paid any more attention to the boy The chief frowned and looked very wicked. than if he had been a sack of grain. Then some more talk in their own lan guage pa ssed beBu t as they rode through the undergrowth and came to tween the braves and the chief, after which Running Elk, a natural clearing in the woods two of the braves picked as he was called, ordered the prisoners to be removed from u p sticks and began to beat him on the back. the ponies. "If you want me to howl s o as to let your gang know Wild was g lad to get in an upright position once more. that you are bringing paleface prisoners in, I won't do it!" It was evident that the Arizona Athlete was, too, for he cried the dashing young dead shot breathed a sigh of relief. "Ugh!" answered one of the redskins; "paleface boy "Well chief, what is the matter with you?" asked our heap much coward!" hero, looking at Runnin g Elk just as though he felt that "I guess you don't know what a coward is like, if you there was something wrong with him. say that,'' was the cool rejoinder. "Ugh!" was the reply, while a fierce scowl added to the The blows smarted, buif lnbt i 'sound that was anything ugliness of the answer. like a cry of pain came fr'om :om,,hero's lips. "Are you getting crazy, chief?" went on the boy, fear-He could be as stoical as"a:ri !ndian if he wanted to, and lessly. "Don't you know that the soldi ers from the forts he knew that if he showed that he could stand the pain will be down on you and punish you for leaving the reser they would let up on him all the sooner. vation and attacking the palefaces? You surely are crazy, Just then he hearq a yell of pain, followed by a string of Runnin g Elk." invectives. "Paleface boy talk heap much; say nothing." The voice was that of the Arizona Athlete. "You think so, eh? Well, you will find out that I am The braves struck him three or four more stinging saying jus t what is right. Your braves have attac ked the blows, and then de s isted and left him. palefaces, and you will s urely suffe r for it. The soldiers A minute later Gus Gilpin was howling in agony. will be here as thick as the leaves on the trees in a few The Maqui s were having great fun with him, since h e hour s Then Runnin g Elk will wis h he was back on the would cry out for them. reservation, hoein g his corn and smok in g t he pipe of peace. Wild lifted his head, and saw that they had arrived at What a fool you are, Running Elk!" t h e headquarters of the rebeling Indians. This cool talk from Wild s urprised Gilpin as much as it Back of the edge of the little clearing was a steep c liff did the chief and his braves. and directly at the foot of this lay the camp stretched a long. There was nothing that would indicate that Wild was for a distance of a hundred yards. doing his be s t to give the redskins a good lecture upon All along through the woods as far as our hero could see their evil an d vicious ways. from his hanging position were groups of Indian s sca t-It seemed strange that he could stand there with his tered here and there. hands bound behind him and talk that way. Two or three tepees were all that were to 1:5e seen, and It was plain that his words bad considerable effect on the these were located close together. redskins, though. It was in front of one of these that the fire which sent Runnin g Elk did not start in and tell how great he was, up the column of smoke our hero had seen a s they left the and all that, a s chiefs generally do when they get a pris creek was kindled oner before them. He simp l y stood looking at Wild with Standing near the fire was the chief. folded arms and knitted brows. He was gaudily attired in a semi -barbari c fashion, and Do you think they will l et us go?" asked Gilpin, looking a look of triumph shone from hi s piercing black eyes as the at Wild anxious l y two paleface prisoners were brought to him. "Of course they will," was the reply. "They dare not Gus Gilpin had been beaten with sticks until he was hold u s prisoner s They know what they will get if they b l ack and blue. do." Wild could feel whe r e he had received the blows, too, This was said to bluff the chief, but the athlete thought but he was not hurt much. Wild really meant it.


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE ARIZONA ATHLETE. 15 "I am willing to give the m the five hundred dollars if they will let us go." Running Elk gave a start when h e h ea rd this But the young chief who had led the chase on the desert quickly stepped up and said s omething in thlitr own lingo. The chief nodded. Then he ga ve the word, and a sea r c h was made through the pockets of the Arizona At hl e te. The young man had b ee n fooli sh eJ.lou g h to carry a ll the mon ey he had wit h h im, and with guttural exclamations of d e li ght, the r e d skins reliev ed him of it. The Moquis w e ll knew the va lu e of money, and they be gan :figuring o n what they would c1o with th ei r s hore of it when they got it. and this is the first time I was ever among Indians that were hostile." "You didn't go where they were, then. I have had several adventures with the Apaches the past year. These Moquis are not near as savage as the Apaches are, so we needn't be worried. There will come a way to get us out of this scrape. My partners will see to that." "I hope they do. I have lost every dollar I had! But I am willing to let that go if I can only get back to Pres cott." CHAPTETI VU. The eyes of Running Elk fairl y g li stened as h e took the CIIAHLIE AND JIM FOLLOW TUE :.ruqGlS TO TIIEIH CA)fP. captured roll, which must ha ve contained a couple of thousand dollars, and when h e plac ed it in the inner pocket 0 Whe n Wild's partners saw him c aptured by the r edskins the buck ski n coat he wore some of the Lravcs puto n long they were d i smayed for the time being. faces, no doubt w onderi n g if that was the la s t they wou l d "Great Gimlets!" CheyP,nn e C harlie. "That's t o o ever see of the mon ey. bad. Jim!" : .v[ The chief next ordered Wild to be searched "Yes," replied D a rt.),; "Ifj.tJJe Arizona Athlete was fool But our hero had be e n among lawless mon so much enough to l e t the Moq]l.1ic;1 gqi:hold of him, Wi l d sho uld that he had found it advisab e not to carry much money on have let him go. We c(!)i.lld hfl..v.e :fig ured out a way of get his person. tin g hi m from them afterwa rd': But now that they have 'rhe bulk of w hat h e t ook with hi m h e ah-ays kept in a got Wild, too, we are going to have a hard time o f it, and secret pocket of hi s saddle-ba gs I I know it." And just now his sadd l e-bags wern on his sorre l s tallion, "Well, there's only one thing to do." Spitfire. "'Wh at's that?" Where the inte lli gent animal \m s h e did not know, but "We 've got to git Wild away from the r r e d he was quite certa i n tha t th e r e d s k ins had not capturccl "Yes, but how?" him. "That's what I don't know jest yet." Wild was not sure wh ethe r Spitfire !10.d been hit by a "I suppose it would be a good idea to send someo n e rii;ht bullet or not but h e had an id ea that the bullet h a d mere through to Kanab and get some of the c r m1lry .to cotnc ly grazed somewhere Running 1'jl k kicked hini in disgu s t when h e found but a few dollars on him. here." '"I'hat's rig ht. But it must be someone what kin be de pended on w h a t goes "All right, chief!" our h ero ex c laimed "You will be "I guess one of the cowboys will do." sorry for kicking me before many hours, see if you are The cowboys were very much d i sturbed over the capture not!" of their friend, the Arizona Athl ete. "Ugh!" was the retort. "Tie palefaces to tree." They w ere a t a loss what to do when Jim walk ed o-vcr to There h appened to be tvio trees close together \rithin a t h em few feet of the :fire, so the captives were bound to them in "See here!" he exclaimed. "Some one h as got to rid e to upright positions Kanab a s fast as he can. There are a lot of cavalrymen "I g uess we'r e in for it now," said G il pin, unea sily. there, who a re on the lookout for these r edsk in s One o.l "They mean to kill us." you ta1rn the best horse you ha ve got a nd ride ove r and re" Oh, I do"n't think they will," was Wild 's cool r etor t. port that Young Wild West ha s been captured by the "We will live l o n g enough to finish our du e l I guess." Moquis. That will bring them here in a hurry. In the "Do you r ea ll y think that v;ay Young Wi ld West?" meantime we will wor k for the rescue of Wild and Gilpin "I certainly do. I have be en in many wor se boxes than by strategy." this, and I have always got out of them." "Hooray!" cried Jumping Joe, taking off his ha t. "Well, I have ne ve r been captured by Indians before." "Ther young feller knows what's ter be done. boys. Di:l, "Is that so?" you'v e got thcr be s t horse in the r bunch You light ci::t "Yes." fur ther cavalry." "You haven't been around murh. then?" "All right," ans w ered Bill, and he hm:te ned to m,;;i:; "Oh, yes, I Jrnvr.. J haYe l ived in Arizona. several year$,, ready for the ride over the dese r t.


16 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THEl ATHLETE. Two minutes later he was riding away on hi errand. "Now, then, what's tber next thing ter do?" asked Jumping Joe, coming over to where our friends were. "I guess we had better get out of this alkali dust," anewered Jim. "We'll burn up if we stay here all day." "If we kin git back to where tber attack was made on ther stage-coach we'd be able to hold ther Injuns off," ob served tbe scout. "J'in1, let's you an' me ride on ahead an' do a little scoutin' Ther rest kin come along slowly, an' we'll meet 'em an' let 'em know what's best to be done." It was getting toward the middle of the afternoon now, but the sun seemed to be as hot as ever. As they were ready to start Charlie looked at Josh Dim ple and said: "I guess it would be safe for you folks to go on after ther feller we sent ther message with. Ther gal won't stand no chance of being caught by ther Injuns then." Dimple thought the same way. His son and Ned Nelson wanted to remain with them and help rescue Young Wild West, though. After a little talk it was decided that' they would remain with our friends and the cowboys, while the old man and Katy struck out for the town the other side of the sandy waste. "It's right that you should do all you could to help save Young Wild West, Ned," said the young man's sweetheart. "He s aved us, you know. If it hadn't been for him and his partners the redskins would have cleaned out the other c1;owd and got us sure!" "All right, Katy; you go right on with pop, then." So the two mounted and started across the sand with the pack-horses following them. Charlie and Jim now rode after the fast disappearing In dians, who had reached the edge of the desert by this time. Jumping Joe led hi& men in the direction the scout had lold him to, leaving the stage-coach where it was. They did not want to be encumbered with the lumbering vehicle just now. Charlie and Jim did not ride very fast until the Indians were out of sight behind the vegetation that grew near the edge of the sand strip They did not want the redskins to know that they were following them. When they finally reached the edge of the sand both breathed a sigh of relief. Sparse as the vegetation was near the edge of the wide 11trip of barren waste, it looked awfully inviting. "Ther redskins has gone for ther woods over there," said Charlie, as he brought his horse to a halt and shaded his eyes. The woods in question was some little distance from where they were, since it was the other side of the little stream of water that came down from the mountains. They waited until they caught sight of the band, and then, when they saw that they were really heading for the woods, they set out for the creek. "My throat i11 as dry as a powder horn, even if I was onlY. on the desert a short time!" declared Dart, as he dismount ed to get a drink. "I reckon ther sun shinin' down on that @and would make ybody thirsty," answered the scout. "It would make a feller dry even if he had jest had a drink.'1 They allowed the horses to drink what they wanted, and then, mounting, they headed for the woods, taking a roundabout course. ":Lt might be that we kin git a chance to git Wild and that galoot of an Arizona Athlete away from ther redskins by a trir.k," Charlie remarked, as they rode along. "Sich things has been done, you know, Jim." "Yes," was the reply, "but I am afraid that the whole bunch is there, and that being the case, the chances are that we won't be able to get close enough." "Well, one thing is sartin', an' that is that Wild has got to be saved." The scout laid stress on what he said. He was willing to take any kind of a risk to save the boy. They at length reached the woods at a point about a quarter of a mile from where the Indian camp wall. They had located it easily by the smoke that arose from the solitary fire that was kept burning in front of the chief's tepee. Once there they looked around for a suitable place to leave their horses, while they went up to the edge of the camp and located things. Tney had no difficulty in finding a place, and then they struck out without further delay. As it was quite likely the red skins had sentinels posted about, they moved with extreme caution. Used to that sort of a thing as they were, they made pretty good headway through the woods. They could hear the barking of the dogs belonging to the redskins before they had gone far. It would be a queer sort of an Indian camp if there were no dogs in it. The redskins are very fond of dog meat, and whenever they held a feast in honor of some event they usually slaughtere d the fattest onero. This left the poor, scraggy mongrels to bang around and bark and howl nights. Just now the barking of the dog did a good turn for Charlie and Jim. The sounds led them in the right direction. Pretty soon they came in sight of the camp through the trees and shrubbery. They were approaching from the south end, and were right at the :face of the cliff before they knew it. A good look told them that they could proceed no fur ther in that direction without being seen by some of the redskins. "We'll switch off to ther left," whispered the scout. "That's right/' replied Jim.


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE ARIZONA ATHLETE. 17 did so, working their way along with the utmost I An improvised gag was soon made from the strap the caution. redskin wore about his waist for a belt. Around they went in a semi-circle, and then they took Then he was bound hand and foot by means of some the risk of moving in toward the center of the camp. stout cord our friends had with them. About filty yards from the edge of the camp they saw They always went supplied with it, as they never k;ew a:n Indian standing by a tree with a rifle in the hollow of his just when it might come in handy. arm. Not satisfied with having bound him in a helpless stafo,, A sudden idea popped in Charlie's head. they tied him to a tree. He touched Jim on the arm and motioned for him to reAs warm as it was, the savage had a blanket thrown over main right where he was. his shoulder and wound about his middle when Charlie Then the scout drew his bowie knife and began working struck him down. bis way toward the redskin guard. It was a red and yellow blanket, and es Charlie took it "I reckon I'll take your place an' watch ther camp a up and looked at it he gave a nod of satisfaction. while," he muttered under his breath. "Wild has got to "It's a new one I reckon," he muttered. "Well, I'll be saved, an' that's all there is to it!" have to put it oh, though it's plenty warm enough without Nearer and nearer he got to the redskin. it." Charlie did not want to kill the Indian in cold blood The Indian had been bareheaded, with a small bunch of though he knew the fellow would not hesitate to serve him eagle feathers stuc k in his hair. that way. Charlie next took the feathers and t .hrust them in his On second thought, he thrust his knie back in the own hair. iilieath and took hold of the barrel of his winchester in the Then he pulled his long black locks over so they neady form of a club. covered his face. "I'll knock ther red galoot down," he thought. "Then At a distance he would surely been taken for a Jim an' me kin bind an' gag him afore he comes to." redskin, Just then the redskin moved from the tree and came He could act like one, and as he picked up his rifle and straight for Charlie. began walking back and forth, Jim gave a nod of approval. He had not seen or heard him, but act e d that way jus t was hardly necessary for him to remain by pure chance. there, Jim did so. But the scout thought he had attracted his attention, The India n had been r ende red uncon sci ous by the blow and he got ready for business. he had received, and he s howed no signs of recovery yet. Crouching behind a bush, he waited, scarcely daring to But let us follow Charlie. breathe. He gradually worked his way nearer to the camp, and i:q When he got within six feet of him the redskin paused five minutes from the he had donned the disguise he and looked in the direction of the camp. was looking at Wild and Gilpin from a distance of only Charlie began to straighten up, preparatory to striking about ten yards. the blow that would fell the sentinel. It was the first he had got a good look at them, and when Just as he assumed an upright position a twig cracked he saw them bound to the two trees he gave a grunt of beneath his foot. satisfaction. The Moqui heard the sound, and as quick as a fl.ash he Wild and the Arizona Athlete were conversing, as the turned and saw the scout. scout could see, and as the redskins were not paying any Up went his rifle to his shoulder1 and his lips parted to particular attention to them just then, he concluded that utter a warning cry. they were not to be harmed right away, anyhow. But that was as far as he got. It would be dangerous for him to go much closer, for if Never had Cheyenne Charlie acted more quickly. he did be would surely be seen by some of the Indian1i1, There was a lightning-like move on his part and--then his disgui se would b e penetrated. Thud! Cheyenne Charlie began to do some thinking. Down went the brave, Charlie catching him as he fell, so there would be no crashing noise in the bushes. Jim had been watching every move that had been made by his partner, and he was on hand right away. "I was going to shoot him if you had not fired just as you did he whispered. "Oh, I wasn't gain' to let ther measly coyote pull a trigger, or yell, either," was the reply "Now, then, jest git sometbin' in his mouth, so he can't holler when he comes to." Just what move to make he did not know. CHAPTER VIII. WILD WINS ANOTHER POINT IN THE DUEL, A.ND TRm. ESCAPES WITH HIS OPPONENT. Wild a'ld the Arizona Athlete bad not been tied to the trees very long when Running Elk, the chi, decided that .:t'


::i.s YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE ARIZONA ATHLETE. he had better torture them a little, just to show them that beat me on some points, but I will prove to be the victor the redmen meant business. in the end, if we live long enough to finish our duel." The fact was that our hero's word s had made a deep im-"You only think that way, Gilpin," re t or ted Wild, with pression on the chief. a calm smile. He had not made up his mind whether he would kill the The two almost forgot that they were prisoners in the prisone;rs or not. hands of a band of hostile redskins. He had listened to the story of the young chief, who de-Both were anxious to fight it out with their firsts, beclared that Wild had been the one to do the most damage cause each had the opinion that he was the best man. of any of the palefaces. The Indians looked amazed when they saw haw ready "We will torture them, and then we will hold a counci l and willing the two palefaces were to fight. and settle on what i s to be done with them," the chief said They had expected they would r efuse to do anythin0 in his own language to the minor leaders of the b and, who like that for the amusement of the chief and his bravel.. gathered at his tepee. Wild rubbed the muscles of his arms to get the blood in This being decided upon, they made ready to begin their, circulation. :fiendish work. "When you get ready, say the word, Gilpin," he said, "What are they up to?" Gilpin whispered as the chief coolly and his advisers came out of the tepee and walked up be"I am ready now," was the reply. fore them. "All right. Let yourself go!" "Th t h f 'tl I ue s,, w1a They be gan sparring for an opening right away, while ey mean o ave some un w1 1 us g s the Indians crowded around and watched with interest ancwered. Biff! Our hero could tell pretty well by the way the Indians acted that they were going to do something. Gilpin land ed a blow on our hero's shoulde r which sent him back several feet. "Ugh!" exclaimed Running Elk, shaking his fist at the two helpless whites. "Me make palefaces cry; they will The Arizona Athlete was going to fight for all h e was act like old squaws who have l ost their sight; they will worth, for he had jus t the l east bit of a grudge against beg Running Elk to kill them, so they will no l onger feel the handsome young fellow he was :fighting with. He had met with such success in Prescott and the othe r pain! Palefaces heap much cowar d s!" places he had fought in that he was sore at having met his "You will find that I am not a coward," r etorted Wi1c1, match in a person much younger than him. looking the redskin in the eyes. The blow he received only made Wild the more cau"Nor I, either!" spoke up Gilp in, imitating the fearless manner displayed b y our hero. "Both heap much cowards!" grunted the chief. "I will fight Running Elk any way he chooses, and show him I am no coward!" exclaimed Wild. "So will I!" chimed in the Arizona Athlete. "Palefaces heap much fight?" queried the chief, after he had thought a moment. "Yes!" they both answered. "Running Elk and his braves will see." Much to their astonishment, they were cut loo se, while a crowd of painted warriors got around them. "Paleface braves go fight!" said the chief, hitting out with his hands and kicking his feet, indicating that they were to use the weapons Nature had provided them with. "Come on, a couple of you!" answered our hero. "We'll soon show you whether we can fight or not!" "Ugh!" grunted the chief. "Palefaces must fight each other." "Oh!" Wild understood now. Then, turning to the Arizona Athlete, he added: "I guess it will be a good chance to finish the fist fight now." "All right," was the spirited rejoinder. "But which ever way it goes, the duel will not be fini shed. You may tious. Gilpin knew his business, whether it came natural to him, or whether he had l earned it. He was just as anxious to defeat wild there in the Indian camp as he would have been on the stage of a concert saloon in Prescott But Young Wild West did not mean to be defeated. D efeat was something that he had never experienced. He now began to rely on his foot-work, and he kept out of the way of the swin gs of his adversary. Suddenly Gilpin feinted 'with hi s left and let go a straight right for the jaw that might have ended the flght if it had land ed. But it did not land. Wild dodged, and while the athlete was still coming to ward him seht a left punch to his stomach. With a gasp Gilpin doubled himself, and sat dow n upon the ground with a jar. Several of the braves applauded. An Indian likes to see a good fight, no matter whether it is fought with w1"clpons or not. The Arizona Athlete being toughened from his training, soon recovered. "You s hould be careful and not bit too low h e pantingly. "I struck you above the belt," 11as the calm rejoinder.


:YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE ARIZONA ATHLETE. 19 "Now look out for yourself, for I am going to give you "To the horses!" cried' Jim Dart, as he got up from the another in the same place!" bushes. "Come on!" The pit of Gilpin's stomach was the weakest spot that, All four were running like deers now. could be hit, and he knew it. The Arizona Athlete could keep up with them very The effects of the blow hung right to him, and weakwell, since he was well trained. ened somewhat, he put on an an x ious look. But the Indians were not long in starting in pursuit. Wild saw that he bad gained an advantage, s o he decided Some of them mounted their horses and others came on to hurry matters. foot. After some very pretty maneuvering he feinted for the As the four darted along through the trees a volley of stomach, holding his right in readiness for a swing. bullets came after them. The move was a successful one, for Gilpin lowered his But it was almost impossible for them to be hit in the guard to protect his stomach. woods. Spat! There were too many trees to intercept the bullet s Wild struck as quick as lightning, and the full force of They had start enough to reach the horses of Charl i e the blow caught his opponent on the point of the jaw. and Jim before the red sk ins gained any. Down went Gilpin in a dazed condition. Jus t as they reached the horses a neigh of delight He was done for, as far as fighting that way was consounded cerned. Young Wild We st folded his arms and looked at the red skins. "Do a:ny of you want to try me?" he asked. "Ugh!" grunted Running Elk. "Paleface boy heap much fight. "Yes, I guess I can whip you, too, chief. You had better try me." The Arizona Athlete now managed to get to a sitting po sture. "You put me out, Young Wild W est," he said, "and you did it quickly, too. Never mind! That is only one phase of the duel. There are more to follow." "All right. The more the merrier. I like the exercise, Gilpin," replied our hero. The defeated man arose to his feet, rubbing the spot where the knockout punch had landed. Just then there was a fierce yelping near by, anc1 the next moment a dog came tearing through the crowd of red skins with a small bush tied to its tail! There was nothing so very amazing a bout this, but the redskins scattered, nevertheless. They no doubt thought the cur had gone sudde nly crazy, and they got out of the way in a hurry. "This way, Wild!" a voice called out from the directi6n the dog had come from. Both Wild and Gilpin h eard iL "Run for your life!" exclaimed our hero, looking at his defeated foe. The Arizona Athlete understood. Like a shot he darted away, Wild following close at his heels. "Leg it!" said the voice of Cheyenne Charlie, and then Wild saw the scout in the act of throwing an Indian blanket from his form. Wild knew what had happened. Charlie and Jim had come to the rescue. The two prisoner!) got outside the lines of the red ski ns before they reali21ed what bad happened. Wild pricked up his ears He recognized the neigh as coming from Spitfire, his faithful stallion. Sure enough! The sorrel bounded into view and lowered his head to rub bis nose on the shoulder of his y oung master. Wild merely took time to pat the animal's neck, ancl then he vaulted into the sadd le. Jim Dart got upon the back o.f his horse without loss of time. "Here you go!" he called out to Gilpin "You can ride double with me." The Arizona Athlete clutched at the chance like a drowning man does at a sh'aw. He was on the horse with Dart in a twinkling. Charlie was the last to mount, and bringing up the rear he started out to make hi s e scape before the hail of bul lets. Out of the woods went the three hor ses, .Jim 's getting over the ground with hi s double burden with apparent ease .Jim was leading the way to1rnrc1 the point he expected to find the cowboys, while Charlie r ema ined in the rear, now engaged in firing every time he got a good chance at their putsuers Crack! Crack! Crac-c-c-ck! Shots were being fired rapidly now, and it was only a miracle that kept our friends from being hit. Up to this time the redskin s who were on foot had kept ahead in the pursuit, but now the horsemen began to forge ahead of them The neare st of these was perhaps fifty yards behind our friends. Wild and Gilpin bad nothing to shoot with, s o they had to content themselves wit h hoping to get clear of the red sk ins. Our hero c ould easily h ave outdi sta nced the m in the lon g run, but he did not even try to ge t ahead. Jim was leading the way, and he kept close behind him.


20 WILD \YEST A.N'D THE ATHLETE. On the comparative open stretch they would make good i there are there, and then we mu5t light out straight for the t argets for their pursuers. ot her side of the sand strip. I want to get hold of a shoot -Jim and the Arizona Athlete were the biggest mark er o r two, too." for them, since they conld not lean over good. "There's half a dozen of them in the stage-coach," .Bnt help was close at h and. spoke up the Ariz ona Athlete. "You can take what you Suddenly the clatter of hoofs was heard, and the n ext want, You n g Wild West. Nothing is too good for you. iushm t the crowd of cowboys came into view. But I want you to understand that our duel is not over Yelling like so many demons, they charged to meet the with yet, not by any m e an s I am going to win out." yrnuuing redskins. "Well, I will give you a week to do it in," was the .As not more than a dozen had mounted to give chase, laughing reply "But you haven't made much headway the y immediately came to a halt when they saw the cow-so far." boyt to the to get what things of coach. Our hero found that there were plenty of weapons inside the vehicle. The Arizona Athlete had come well supplied with every thing. He took a rifle and a brace of six shooters, and the:a adv i sed Gilpin to take what he wanted from the outfit and light out f or the other sid e of the desert. Some of the things they could not very well take, but they got the arti c les that were of the most value and well'J ready to leave in less than two minutes.


YOUNG WILD WEST AND 'I'HE ARIZONA ATHLETE. 21 ------==================== The Indians were pretty close to them by this time, and ae they got going again a couple of shots whistled over their heads. "I guess I will try this rifle," said Wild. It wae not a Winchester, but was one made by a concern that claimed to put out the best. The dashing young deadshot picked out the young chief who had been the leader of the party that captured him, and waited for him to make a hostile move. He did not have to wait more than haU a minute. The chief was armed with a rifle, and suddenly he placed it to his shoulder and fired. Wild took note of the fact that the bullet came pretty cloee to his head. It was evident that he was the target the Moqui intended to hit. Then our hero tried the new rifle. Crack! As the report rang out the redskin ehief reeled and dropped from the saddle. "I reckon that feller won't take any more paleface pris oners, or any other kind," observed Cheyenne Charlie, who had been watching. "Not in this world, anyhow," answered Dart, who had also been noting what was taking place. As the slain chief had been the leader of the pursuing party, it was quite natural that the redskins came to a tem porary halt as he fell. "That is the last of them for to-day," said Wild. "Come on, boys!" Away went the band of cowboyl!I after Young Wild West and his two brave partners. It was no longer a race now. The redskins were left far behind, and half an hour later they c01tld no longer be seen. But our friends kept riding along the trail over the \vaste of sand. In an hour more they came upon Josh Dimple and Katy. Ned Nelson was the first to greet them. "It's all right," he said. "Young Wild West got away from ther blamed redskins! Cheyenne Charlie an' Jim Dart saved him an' ther Arizona Athlete, an' ther rest of us come along jest in time ter help 'em drive ther redskins back. It wasn't so much of a fight, either. Not one of us got teched by a bullet." The horses were brought down to an easy gait, so as to not leave the pack-mules behind, and in this way they finally got over the desert. "Now we're over ther line in Utah once morel" exclaim ed Josh Dimple. "I'm right glad, tool In a few min utes we'll be in sight of Kanab." The words were scarcely out of the old man's month when the pounding of horses' hoofs was heard. The next minute a division of cnalry eame in sight. Riding ahead with one of the officen was Bill, the eowboy who had been eent after them. When they came up to the party the cavalrymen halt ed. Wild at once sought out the colonel and reported. When that official looked at his credentials he Wal!! nry civil to the young deadshot. "So, Young Wild West, you were captured by the red skins we are searching for, eh?" he said, twisting his long mustache and looking keenly at the young scout. "Yes, colonel," was the reply. "But how long have yon been looking for the redskins?" "Oh, about five days now." "Well, I must say that you have not looked very 'fiard, then." The officer knitted his brows. "What do you mean?" he queried. "Well, I mean that the main camp of the rebeling Maquis is located within thirty-two miles of this spot, and has been there for several days, if I am any judge of thinge in general. You should have settled the hash of the rae cals long before this." "See here, Young Wild West, I want no insinuations from you; I want you to understand that!" "I generally speak what I think, colonel. If I have hurt your feelings I am sorry. But never mind! You just ride across the desert with your men, and when it gets dark you can surprise the redskins and make them surrender in no time, I think. You have nearly as many men as they have1 and you can eat them up if it comes to a fight." "Well, I guess you had better lead us to that camp; theri we will be sure to find it." This was spoken in a 5'1rcastic tone of voice. "That is not my business, colonel. I agreed to eome here with my partners to locate the redskins for you. I have done so. Now you go ahead and attend to tkem. It is not my fault that I succeeded in locating them before I reported to you." The colonel twisted his mustache more than ever. It was quite evident that he did not like to be talked to in that way before his subordinates. But at the same time, he knew he had no jurisdiction over Young Wild West, who only acted as a scout of his own free will, and was not an enlisted man. The fact was that Wild had been so successful in helping the army out during the several outbreaks among the In dians in the past three years that his services were much sought after. Cheyenne Charlie had served three yeare before he beeame acquainted with our hero, and since that time he had refused to re-enlist. The colonel was not going to let what he called an in sult to his dignity as a commanding officer of the army to go by, however. "So you don't propose to lead us to the locality wher!' the rebeling Moquis are ettm:ped, then?" he al'lked, in a se vere tone of voiee. "No. I have told you where they are. All you will hue to do is to follow the trail over the desert, and thence to


YOUNG WILD \\'EST THE ARIZONA ATHLETE. the woods you will see right before you. The camp is lo cated about a mile and a half from the ford of the creek you will come to. If you choose to go all the way to the ford you can "t miss it by turning off to the left and follow ing the creek The chances are that you will have a column of smoke to lead you direct to it." "Well, I don't propose to do it, colonel. I have ended my obligations by reporting to you what I have learned." "How do I know that you are telling the truth?" "You have seen my credentials." "Yes, I believe you are Young Wild West all right. But it might be that you are telling an untruth." Wild bit his lips to keep back his anger He did not like to be talked to in that way. "I guess you must judge me by yourself," he said, coolly. "What!" roared the officer. "Do you mean to insinuate that I am a liar?" "Well, i you say that you don't believe I have told you the truth you are one!" At this the colonel drew his sword He had completely lost his temper. Raising the weapon, he struck at the boy's face with the flat of the blade. Wild stepped aside and avoided the blow. "Look out for yourself, colonel!" he exclaimed. "l: want you to understand that I will allow no man to strike me! I would not allow the commander-in-chief of the army to do it if I was not deserving of it. Just remember that I can report you and make trouble for you on account of the way you are acting." "You can, eh? You low hound! I'll--" That was as far as the irate officer got. Young Wild West leaped forward like a shot and plant ed a blow between his insulter's eyes that made him see stars, and which sent him staggering against his horse. "Seize the young dog!" bellowed the colonel. Instantly Wild was surrounded by half a dozen cavalry-If ever there was a mad officer of the army it was that colone l. Yet he dared not do anything. Wild was not under his jurisdiction, but had a document which gave him the privilege of going and coming at will among the various army posts, and even giving him the permission .to advise the commanding officers. The colonel had read this carefully. There was nothing for him to do but to swallow his wrath and go on. "I guess I'll have another duel to fight when I get through with you, Gilpin," said Wild, as they rode on to ward Kanab. "You are the greatest fellow I ever met, Young Wild West!" replied the Arizona Athlete. CHAPTER X. THE ARIZONA ATHLETE LOSES AGAIN, BUT FINDS A BACKER It was near nightfall when Young Wild West and his party rode into the little town called Kanab. They were pretty well tired out from the exciting events of the day and the journey over the hot sands. The Arizona Athlete was without a dollar to his name, since the Indians had taken all he had. Before leaving the tToopers, however, he had informed them of the amount the old chief had taken from him, and he had been promised the money back if they succeeded in getting the chief, alive or dead. The cowboys had cooking utensils with them, and plenty of blankets, so when they went into camp Gilpin said he would rough it along with them. Wild and his partners accepted the invitation of Josh Dimple to remain at his house while they stayed in the town. men. It was a roomy structure built of logs, for the most Ile knew it would be useless to make any resistance, so part, and was at the outskirts. he al,lowecl them to take hold of him. They did not go out to look around the town that night, Tbe soldiers waited to hear what the next words o.r the but took it easy until a little after nine, and then turned in. commanding officer would be. They were up shortly after sunrise the next morning, l\Iuch to their surprise he said : however, and ready for business. "J_iet him go! His credentials will not permit me to ar"We have got to remain here until the troopers COII)e rcst him." back said our hero. "That colonel did not sign a paper "Ah! I am glad you changed your mind so quickly, to the e:ffert that I had done duty as a scout. I forgot all colonel," said Wild, smiling at him. "Now it will be in about it until some time after we parted company with order for you to !tpOlogize." them." "I will not apologize. RE)port me if you like." "I reckon you'll have a time gittin' him to sign a paper," "Well, I won't do that. But I think you will change observed Josh Dimple, who was busy kindling a fire, so his your mind. I will wait at Kanab till you come back, and daughter could get breakfast ready. then ,we will see about it." "Oh, I gness he will be perfectly willing to sign the "Do'yo:i mean to threaten me, Young Wild West?'' paper, so we can get a voucher from the government," Wild "Oh, no; I don't threaten you. But I will thrash you replied. "He won't be in such an ugly humor when he gets when you get back to Kanab if you don't apologize." 1 back here."


YOUNG WILD WEST A.i. D THE ARIZON A ATHLETE. 23 I "I thought it was gain' ter go putty hard with yer when I eree, and at the word they shook hands and then started he ordered yer ter be placed unde r arre st." in. "Well, I didn't. I knew he was e xceeding hi s authority. I Jumping Joe was very slow and awkward, and he could I am on an equal footing with him in militar y matters, and not land a blow, though it was plain that he was trying he had no right to talk as he did, and he knew it. He to. has been neglecting his duty by s taying here, when he On the other hand, Gilpin hit him whenever and whershould have had scouts out s earching for the red s kins. It ever he pleased. is easily proved that he did not try to find them by the But he only struck him lightly. fact that they were only a trifle over thirty miles from here, "Hit me right on the end of the nose, Joe," he said, and he was not aware of it." laughingly. "Well, I reckon you made ther colonel sick, anyhow. It Joe trie d to, but only hit the empty air. done me good, 'cause he seemed to be s o important like." "Ah! You can t do it, eh? Well, I am going to tap your After breakfast our friend s concluded to ride over to the nose, so look out for me!" heart of the town, where there was a store and tavern, beThe cowboy held up his arms to guard against it, but a sides the other places that belonged to a town of it s size. quick feint for the stomach brought them down in a Cheyenne Charlie complained of his stomach being a hurry, and then he was tapped twice in rapid succession little out of order, so they headed for the tavern. on the end of his nose just hard enough to fetch the Dismounting in front of it, the y found quite a crowd colblood. lected there. Joe got a little mad then, and there was some fierce The center of attraction wae no le s s a person than the swinging on bis part. Arizona Athlete. But so easily did the Arizona Athlete ward off the blows He was s tripped to the waist, talking to the men gath-that a shout of applause went up from the lookers-on. ered about, while near him s tood Jumping Joe, the leader They liked the s tyle of the man. of the cowboys, a bag in hi s hand. They kept at it for six or seven minutes, and then "Yes, gentlemen," Gilpin was saying, "I am known as Jumping Joe gave it up. the Arizona Athlete. I c a n box, run, jump, s hoot, wTes tle H e was glad to no doubt. as anyone living. I beat all comers down at Pres cott, and "Pass the hat, Joe!" s aid Gilpin. since I was robbed by the Indians and haven't a dollar to The cowboy picked up bi s hat and went around witli it. my name, I will give a little e x hibition here and have my The m e n s tanding around were quite generous, and not man pass the hat. If you feel like helping a fellow out, all one refu s ed to put s om ething in the hat. right; if not it i s all the s ame. Joe, get out the boxing When Jumping Joe came upon Wild and his partners gloves and strip for a bout." at the outskirts of the c rowd he evinced great surprise. "All right," answered Joe, and he dumped the gloves They all tossed s ome money in the hat. from the bag he held in his band. "I am glad to see that the Arizona Athlete is trying to The gloves had been taken from the stage-coach when earn something," said our hero. "It shows that he is not they left it, and the Arizona Athlete looked with pride at ashamed to work, anyhow." them. "Ob, Gus ain t afraid ter work," retorted the cowboy. As yet he had not seen Wild and his partners and they "But I don't like ter be a punchin' bag fur him, even if did not go any nearer just then. them glove s is s oft. I je s t wis h I could handle myself like Wild did not want to disturb him in the lea s t. you kin Young Wild We s t! I I could I'd sorter s'priso L And they were anxious to see what sort of a performan c e the r Arizony Athlete, I reckon." he was going to give. "Well, don't you tell him we are here, and then perhaps Jumping Joe stripped to the waist, and put on a pair of he will invite s om e one in the c rowd to come up and put the the gloves. glove s on. I don t know mu c h about boxing gloves, but I They were the big, soft kind, s o little damage could be do know a little about handling my fists. I guess I could done with them. give him a rou g h time of it for a little while, and he woulJ Jumping Joe looked very awkward as he stepped to the not get off as easy as he did with you." center of the human ring, but Gilpin showed up to good The cowboy finished going around with the hat and advantage. dumped about thirty dollars in the hands of Gilpin as a "Now, then, gentlemen," the Arizona Athlete said, "I re s ult. am going to let this man try hi s be s t to hit me in the face, Times were pretty good in Kanab, and the men were not but he won't do it, simply becau s e I won't let him. I don't afraid to give up their money. know whether there i s any one among you who knows any-The silver mines in the near vicinity were yielding thing about the art of boxing or not, but i.f there is he plentifully, and everyone who wanted work could get it. is invited to step up and try me as soon as the exhibition is Gilpin had no sooner placed the money in bis pockets over." than he stepped out and put on a pair of the gloves again. Then he selected the keeper of th e tavern to a s ret"l>;n't there anyorie who wants to try a round or two?"


24 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE ARIZONA ATHLETE. he asked. "I assure you, gentlemen, that I will not hurt you. Why, these gloveio are as soft as feather pillows." "I'll put them on with you!" It was Young Wild West who spoke. The Arizona Athlete recognized the voice instantly. "All right, Young Wild West," he answered, shrugging hi11 shoulders. "You can have a go at me. We will call thi11 one of the phases of the duel that is to last a week." "Good!" exclaimed Wild. "I guess I can handle you with the gloves on. One thing, I won't be apt to put you to sleep, like I did with my bare fists." "I doubt if you can hit me in a spot that would put me to sleep. You see, I know your tactics pretty well by this time, and I'll be on the watch for you." This talk was puzzling to the crowd. "You had better tell them what is up," Wild said, nod ding at the men standing about. ''Boys," said the Arizona Athlete, "I may as well tell you that Young Wild West is the toughest proposition I ever struck in athletics. I--" "Hold on!" interrupted a voice. "Jest tell us that over again, will yer? What was it yer said-ther toughest what?" "The toughest proposition 1 ever struck in athletics," re peated Gilpin. "What's athletics?" "Why-er-it means anything in the line of sport that requires muscle and endurance-running, jumping, boxing, wrestling, or anything like that." "Ohl" The questioner looked relieved, as did the majority in the crowd. Athletics was a new word for them. "Yourvs Wild West and I had some trouble when we first met yesterday, and we started to fight with our fists. We did not finish the fight on account of a band of Moqui Indians appearing just then. Then we had a go with re volvers and he got the best of me. Later we had a fight and he knocked me senseless. I told him I would beat him at something if it took a week to do it. We have itarted an athletic duel that is to last a week, and I am glad that Young Wild West has offered to give me a go with the glovelii. I did not expect he would, since he bested me in a real fight." "Oh, I am only too glad to put on the boxing glovelii with you," Wild answered. "You see, I am always trying to learn something. I don't know anything about fighting with my hands covered by these soft things, but I guess I will manage to handle them." There came a cheer from several in the crowd at this. The lithe, athletic form of our hero could but attract admiration. Dart stepped up and tied on the gloves for Wild. Then the contestants shook hands and started in. It was a different exhibition from what the crowd had just witnessed. Wild was as quick as lightning, and he simply had hii man going from the start. He was brimful of confidence, and that aided him. Biff-biff-bifl'l The padded gloves landed on the face and body of the Arizona Athlete relentlessly. "These are fine things to knock a fellow around with, 1 think," said Wild, smiling at the crowd, as he sent hii opponent to the ground. "You can't hurt him much, and you can't get hurt yourself." There were no rounds to the exhibition. Gus Gilpin tried his best for five minutes, and then gave it up. "Young Wild West wins!" he called out, showing a face that was very red and puffed. "I will admit that he is too much for me, gentlemen." A cheer that was almost deafening went up. Then everyone wanted to shake hands with Wild. It happened that many present had heard of him and his partners. He took it all good-naturedly, and after it was over went inside the tavern with Charlie and Jim. The scout got his drink of tanglefoot for his stomach's sake, as he put it, after which he declared that he felt as fine as a fiddle. The Arizona Athlete offered to put on the gloves with any of the rest of the crowd, but no one felt like accept ing the invitation. The men were not boxers, and they did not claim to be. The episode was the talk of the town. But Gilpin did not challenge Wild to anything further that day. He found a resident of the town who sympathized with him. He was a wealthy mine owner named Greggs. There are some people who will take a dislike to a fellow just because he shows himself to be an expert in some par ticular line. That was the way it was with Greggs. Young Wild West was "too smart," he said. He sought out Gilpin and asked him what was his best game at athletics. "Wrestling," wa; the reply, "but I think I could beat him at running a hundred yards, or making a. high jump." "All right. You practice up them three things an' l'lf back you/' was the reply. CHAPTER XI. THE DUEL DRA. Wi TO A FINISH Young Wild West and his partners took things very easy for the next four days. Wild had heard nothing further from the Arizona


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE ARIZONA ATHLETE. Iete in regard to the duel they were fighting in such a pecuThe mine owner laughed, as though it was a good joke. liar way, nor had the cavalrymen got back from their hunt They soon reached the hotel, and then Charlie put up his for the redskins. money, which was promptly covered by Greggs. But that night the cavalry got back. The tenns of the wager were made known to the keeper It was so late that Wild did not bother to go out and see of the tavern, who was made the stakeholder, and then bnr the colonel. friends went back to the colonel's quarters. But the next morning he made for the army post, accom-He had just got up, and was outside his tent. panied by his partners and Josh Dimple. A ecowl came over his brow as he saw Young Wild ". The old hunter was very anxious to see how Wild would "What do you want?" he demanded. make out with the dignified official of the army. "I want you to sign a paper to the effect that I locat e d Our hero meant business. the rebeling Moquis and reported the same to you," There were two things that he required of the colonel. the calm reply. One was an apology for what had transpired when he The colonel signed the paper and handed it over reported a few days before, and the other was his signature, "Now," said Wild, "I don't want to have any ill-f e clin;:_,-:; to the document he car ried between us, so you can hand over the money th::it wa.:: The news had spread that the Indians had surrendered taken from me by Running Elk the oth er day. Then we after a short fight, and had been taken back to the reservawill part on good terms, as far as I am concerned." tion as prisoners. The colonel plainly did not like this sort of talk. That ended the Indian uprising, all right. "You can't have your money until you have made out a When our friends got to the quarters they found that claim and sworn to it," he answered. "And as for me the colonel had not yet shown up for his breakfast. apologizing to you, that is out of the question. A colonel It was past nine, but Wild was willing to wait. of the army does not have to lower himself to apologize to He left his name and then walked away from the spot, a mere scout." :followed by his companions. "He does not, eh? Well, you will either have to do it or It was then that Greggs, the mine owner, appeared. take a thrashing! I will put that in my report to your "I've got a challenge for you, Young Wild West," he superiors, too!" touching our hero on the shoulder. "You want to make it an affair of honor, do you?" "Oh, is that so?" was the retort. "Who is it from?" "It i11 an affair of honor now. You called me a vile "From the Arizona Athlete. As this is the last day of name, and if you are a man you will apologize, since you the week, and he promised to beat you in the deal before know you should not have acted the way you did." it was over, he wants to meet you this morning at 'leven "I am man e:nough to meet you and fight you, Young o'clock in a jumping, running, and wrestling contest." Wild West." "All right. Tell him I will be on hand." "All righl That just suits me. But remember, you "He is willing to bet five hundred dollars that he wins will have to apologize in the end. You can save yourself a two out of the three events." whole lot of humiliation by doing it now perhaps." "I'll take ther bet!" exclaimed Cheyenne Charlie, who "I'll meet you at one o'clock to-day in the woods at the was ever ready to back his dashing young partner. outskirts of the town. I will send an orderly to you to "Very well; we will go over to the tavern and put up make arrangements. You have the choice of weapons, of the money." course. My honor is at stake, and I must uphold it." They followed Greggs over to the tavern, and on the way "All right, colonel." he told them who and what he was with no little importWild walked away smilingly. ance. "Well, I reckon you've got enough on hand for one day, "Did Gilpin get the money that the redskins took from Wild," said Cheyenne Charlie, as they went back to the him?" Wild asked. Dimple house. "Not yet. But I heard that the colonel has it for him." "Yes, and I will pull out of it all a. winner, see if I he has some for me, too." don't!" was the reply. "I suppose so." Once at the house Wild began cleaning his weapons and "Where did Gilpin get the five hundred to make the getting ready to finish the queer duel with the Arizona bet?" Athlete. "Oh, he has friends here in town." The duel with the colonel would take place two hours 11You are one of them, I presume?" later, but that was an after-consideration. "Yes; I don't mind telling yon that I am." The out-door life he was leading kept our hero in good Well, I haven't anything against Gilpin. He is mad training all the time. because he could not whip me, that's all. He will be better He could run like a deer, so he feared nothing on that gatisfied when this duel of ours i11 over, I think. I don't score. mean to let him win 11. single point in it." Jumping was a thing that he seldom did for the sake of "You don't, eh? Ha. ha, ha l" seeing how far he could go.


26 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE ARIZONA ATHLETE. He b:ied a few times, and Charlie and Jim declared that if Gilpin would beat him he would have to be up and stir ring. Wild practiced both broad and high jumping, and wai, perfectly satisfied with what he did. A little before eleven all hands, including Katy Dimple, went over to the open space in front of the tavern. It was here whore the contests were to take place. Greggs had taken pains to let the whole town know what was on the carpet, and there was about half of the popula tion there when our friends arrived. Gilpin sat on the stoop of the tavern, a big robe about his athletic form. He bad got himself in what he called fine form He stepped out and shook hands with Wild. "Young Wild West," he said, "tnis is the last day I have to make good my claim. When we get with the running, jumping, and wrestling the duel will have been ended. Then I will be satisfied. I want you to thor oughly understand that there will be no animosity on my part after it is over, either." It was then talked ove1, and decided that the running contest should take' plac'e %-st. (t Promptly at eleven the two were ready. As nearly every 'iha'rr, bman, and child in the town knew the circumstances of the queer duel that was to be finished that morning, there was the greatest of interest manifest ed. The race was to be a hundred yards, and when it was measured off Wild and Gilpin toed the scratch. The Arizona Athlete had on a running suit but our hero was content to appear in his blue shirt and buckskin breeches. The tavern keeper had been appointed starter, and when he raised his revolver over his head and asked if they were ready both answered in the affirmative. Crack! The stoop was crowded with troopers, and when he got inside he found the colonel there taking a drink. They did not deign to speak to each other, Wild becarn,;e he felt that it was not his business to address the man, and the colonel because he really felt that the boy was beneath his notice. Ten minutes later the contestante were called out to jump. As he was walking over to the scratch line Jumping J oc approached our hero and whispered: "I kin beat him at this game myself, so you won't have no trouble in doin' it." "You can't tell about that," was the reply. "Well, I've jest bet ten dollars with a soldier that you'll win." "All right. I'll try to, anyhow." There were three jumps to be made by each, a running broad jump, a standing broad jump, and a standing high j mp. Wild won the first by five inches. The second he won by over six, and the high jump by two. It was very easy for him, too. The Arizona Athlete was pretty well disheartened But he still had a chance to win the wrestling bout, he thought. That would let him down a little easy, i.i;i. case he did. Greggs was a very mad man. He was disgusted with his protege, but did not object to the tavern keeper turning the bet over to Charlie. Gilpin was anxious to end the duel. He got ready in a hurry. "Come on, Young Wild West!" he exclaimed. "Let's get the thing over with." "Are you really a good wrestler?" Wild asked, as he stepped out to meet him. "Yes," was the reply. "What do you say if we.go down on the river bank? The ground is level and softer there." "All right. Anything suits me." As the report sounded they bounded away side by side. Then it was that Wild found that he had a real runner to contend with. Only those standing close to them heard what was being But as he had beaten some of the swiftest Indian runsaid, and when the two turned and walked from the spot ners he did not fear the outcome. some one gave it out that the wrestling had been called "Go it, Wild!" yelled Cheyenne Charlie. off. But the boy did not need the injunction. A fight started between a drunken cowboy and a soldier When about half the distance had been covered he put just then, and the crowd stayed there. on a mighty effort and left his opponent behind. Charlie, Jim, Jumping Joe, and Greggs were the onl'J A shout went up as he crossed the finish line a good ones who followed the principals down to the river. two yards in the lead. "Let's get at it!" exclaimed the defeated athlete. "You are beaten again, Q-ilpin," he said, as they trotted I "All right. Are you ready?" back side by side. "Yes." You beat anything I ever saw, Young Wild West!" was They were locked together in a jiffy. the reply. "You could go East and make a forhme." "Hold on!" called out Greggs, who had made another bet "No, thank you! I'd rather stay in the wilds of the with the scout. "Hadn't you better let someone give the West; that is the r>roper place for me." word?" the cheers ringing in his ears, our hero put on his The wrestlers let go of each other. coat and went inside the tavern. "You can do it if you lik(f/' said Wild.


YOUNG WILD WESrr .AND THE .ARIZONA .ATHLE'fE. 27 --===\-".All right. Go!" "Git married?'' echoed Dimple. .At the word the two grappled. "Why, Jes! A.s if you never thought I was goin' to mar ry .Ned, pop!" CH.APTER XII. CONCLUSION. "Well, I did think you was going teT marry him, but not ter-day." "Well, there's been so much goin' on to-day that we thought we might as well finish up things by gittin' married. So there!" Since the .Arizona .Athlete was so anxious to have it over "Oh, that settles it, I know," said the old man, with a with, Wild thought he might as well put him on his back grin. "Go ahead, is all I say! I reckon we made putty as quickly as possible. good out of ther pelts we got over in .Arizona. I kin No rules had been laid down, so he suddenly hooked his afford ter put up a treat further gang. Have yer sent out right heel behind his opponent's left leg and tripped him. ther invitations yet?" Down went Gilpin easily. "Ned is goin' around invitin' them we want now.n "First fall for Wild!" sang out Cheyenne Charlie. Wild and his partners were pleased to know that they By this time the crowd was hastening that way. were going to attend a wedding before they left Kanab. The river bank was lined when they got ready :for the "How are you goin' to fight ther colonel, Wild?" Charlie second trial. asked, as the hour of one gradually drew nearer. "I will let you get yolll' favorite hold this time, Gilpin," "Well, I hadn't made up :r;ny mind, but I think I'll Wild said. "I do:i;i.'t think you have any show, but I want choose the weapons that Nature has us with." to be perfectly fair with you." "Do you think he will want.ff? :fi.ght with fists?" "I don't want any favors," was the reply. "Let's run "He will have to, that's in for holds this time." "You don't want to kill spoke up Jim. "Very well!" "No. If I should choose ;revolvers I might have to." They stepped apart to a distance of about twelve feet, Well, give him a good thrashing and make him apoloand then Greggs gave the word. gize." .As they came together Wild caught his man by the "I certainly will if it lies in me to do it." thigh with his left hand, while he twined his right arm Just then an orderly came over. about his neck. It was the fust Wild had seen of anyone from the col-Then, using his knee as a fulcrum, he sent the .Arizona onel, though he had promised to send someone over to .Athlete flying over his head. make arrangements right after their meeting that mornHe landed on his hands and knees, but Wild quickly ing. pounced upon him and put his shoulders on the ground. "The colonel says if you are willing to let the matter It all happened so quickly that few saw exactly how it drop, he is," said the orderly. had been done. "I am no't willing, tell him," replied the boy. "He has But there was a ringing cheer just the same. got to apologize or fight. He challenged me, and I will That ended the duel. choose the weapons." Gilpin got up and put out his hand. "What weapons do you choose, then: The colonel cer" Shake!" he said. tainly will not apologize." Wild obliged him. "Bare fists." "We are good friends, I hope, Young Wild West?" "What!" "Oh, yes! I haven't the least thing against you, Gil"That's right. We will fight with our fists." pin." But that will not be fighting a duel." "Good! I have learned considerable since I met you." "Yes, it will. You tell him that if he fails to meet me They walked side by side back to the tavern. at the appointed time, which is in less than half an hour Greggs was the only sore one in the crowd. from now, I will thrash him within an inch of his life the Wild and his partners went back to the Jiouse of the first time I meet him. .And also that I will report the Dimples. whole affair to his superiors. I don't like to make threats, Dinner was waiting them, though it was scarcely twelve. but I can't help it in this case. It is the only way I can Katy had hurried home from the scene of the jumping deal with him, it seems." match, after a mysterious talk with Ned Nelson, her lover. The orderly hastened off, and in a few minutes came "What was your hurry about th er dinner, Katy?" her back. father asked her. "He will meet you over by that big oak," he said, point"W ell, pop, me an' Ned has decided to git married this ing out the tree. "But you muilt only have two persons afternoon after Young Wild West settles his trouble with with you." the colonel." I l ".All right. I agree to that."


28 YOUNG WILD WEST AND rrHE ARIZONA ATHLETE. Wild nodded to Charlie and Jim, and the three set out for the hee. They reached the tree and waited. It wa11 just one o'clock when the colonel appeared alone. "Where are your seconds, colonel?" Wild asked. "I 11.eed no seconds," was the reply. "Oh, you don't, eh?" "No. I have not come to fight, but to apologize." "Is that a fact? Well, I'm surprised." "I have thol.lght over the matter, and will admit that I was in the wrong." "Good." "So if you will call it all off I will say that I am very 11orry for what I have called you." "All right. In that case we will call it off.'' "I humbly beg your pardon, YoUDg Wild West! And I hope you will not mention anything that has occurred to my superiors." "I will not. Good-day, colonel." "Good-day!" The military walked away just as stiffly as J ever. But he felt rather humb1e, just the same. "I guess that en

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HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to every book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general combackgammon, croquet. etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW 0 GOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Oontaining all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND OOINS.-Conthe leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regarding tire collecting and arranging and witty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO Blll A DETECTIVEJ.-By Old King Brady, book, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Cribthe world-known detective. In which he lays down some valuable bage, Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventures .Auction Pitch, All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 66. HOW TO DO over three hunNo. 60. HOW TO BEOOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Oontaindred interesting JJUzzles and conundrums. with key to same. A ing useful information regarding the Oamera allld how to work it; complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other Transparencies. Hanisomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W. Abney. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ElTIQUElTTE.-It is a great life secret, 11nd one that every young man desires to know all about. There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BERA VE.-Oontainlng the rules and etiquette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods of ap pearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and in the drawing-1ooro. No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY CADEJT.-Oontaining full explanations how to gain admittance, course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Post Guard, Police Regnlations, Fire Department, and all a boy should know to be a Oadet. Oompiled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Be<'ome a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO !UllCOM.E A NAVAL CADElT.-Oomplete in structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval DECLAMATION. Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, description No. 27. J.'IOW TO REOITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. of grounds and buildings. historical sketch. and evervthing a boy -Containing the most popular sele0tions in usP, comprising Dutch should know to become an officer in the United States Navy. Com d;nlect, French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together piled and writtm by Ln Senarens, author of "How to Become a with many standard readings. West Point Military Cadet." PRICE 10 CENTS, EACH4 OR 3 FOR 25 CEN;TS. t\ddress FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24: Union Squa1e, New York.


Everything! .! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA I These Books Tell You Each book consists of sixty-four P.ages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, iliustrated cover. Most of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upou are explained in such a simple manner that any child. can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjects mentioned. THE.BE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROl\1 T1'J:IS OFFICE ON R.ECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY 'l'HREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE CE:X1'S. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y. MESMERISM. No. 81. HOW TO MffiSMERIZE.-Containing the most ap proved methods of mesmerism ; also how to cure all kinds of diseases by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, A. O. S., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. PALMISTRY. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-Containing the most ap proved methods of reading the Jines on the hand, together with a full explanation of their meaning. Also explaining phrenology, and the key for telling character by the bumps 011 the head. By Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S. Fully illustrated. -HYPNOTISM. No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and in structive information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also explaining the most approved methods which are employed by the leading hypnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. SP.ORTING. No. 21. HOW TO HUN'!' AND FISH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full in structions about guns, buntipg dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26. HOW ro ROW, Si\.IL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full instructions are given i this little book, together with in structions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE. A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for diseases pecaliar to the horse. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A bandy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By O. Stansfielcl Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK. Containing the great oracle of human destiny; also the true meaninr of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious <>ames of cards. A complete book. No 23. HOW 'l'O EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book eives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together wilh lucky and unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowinr what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND.Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of Jines of the band, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in struction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can become strong and healthy by following the Instructions contained in this Ji ttle book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the dirfer ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you bow to b<>x without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Contalning full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exer,cises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW ro FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fencing and the use of the broadsword; also hfstructi<>n in archery. Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best ::iositione in fencing. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CAR.:;lS.-Oontainlng explanations of t'he general principles of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleight-of-band ; of tricks involving sleight-of-band, or the use of specially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. ,Jllustrated. Nf?. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracrng all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks with il lustrations. By A. Anderson. No .. 7_7. HOW .To DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurors e.nd magicians. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illust!:ated. MAGIC. No. ? HO:W TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction on all the leading card tricks of the also most popular magical illusions as performed by oux: mag1c1ans ; every boy should obtain a. copy of this boO'k, as 1t will both amuse and instruct. No: 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's sece>nJ sight explarned b;v: bis former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues 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 TO BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing the gran?est ?f magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO .CHEMICAL THJCKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusrng and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. Ne>. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also containmg _the _;iecret of second sight. illustrated. By A. Anderson. No .. 10. HOW '.1'0 M<\KE l\fAGIC TOYS.-Containing full directions for makmg Magic Toys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrnted. No. 73., HOW. TO J?O TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Sbowing many cunous with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 75. HOW TO BECOME A CONJUROR. Containing tri.cks Domin?s, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing tb1rty-s1x illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. TO DO THE .BLACK ART.-Containing a com plete description of the mysteries of Magic and. Sleight of Hand together with many wqnderful experiments. By A. Anderson: lllstrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW '.I'<> AN boy !'now bow This book explains them all, 1n electr1c1ty, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mecbamcs, etc The most instructive book published. Ne>. 5!J. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Containing full mstruct1ons bow to proceed m order to become a locomotive en gineer; also directions for building a model locomotive together with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMEN'l'S.-Full directions how to makl! a B!injo, Violin, Zither, .2Eolian Harp, Xylo phone and othe1 musical mstruments; 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 of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO JHAl\.E A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing complete instructions for performing over sixty .Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them, giviug specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LE'l'TERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies 011 all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITlJl LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. BOW TO WRITE LE'I'TERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you bow to write to your sweethea1-t, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wish to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the land should have this book. No. 74. BOW TO WRITE LE'DTERS CORRECTLY.-ContaiI1ing full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; al:io rules for ati.d, with specimen letters.


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