Young Wild West at Death Divide, or, Arietta's great fight

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No. IG4' l l ESTERN NEW YOIU<, DEC. 8, 1905' Price s Cent.s AT DEATH DIVIDE. or, to. s G r a a. t Fi

WEF:IlY ne c;ontcuni11g Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Life. Weekly -By Subsc,.iptou 2 5 0 per yea.-. Applicatio n made fo,. Second Clas entry at the Neto York N. :i:., Post Office, Entered acco1"ti1117 to .

YOUNG WILD dashing young cleadshot, who knew not the meaning oft word called fear. The other Jiead couple in the quadrille consisted of Jim Dart, a boy 0 about the same age as our hero, and his sweeth1iart, Eloise Gardner, who, by the way, was a rather delicate girl of the brunette type. One of the sides were Cheyenne Charlie, the ex-govern ment r::cout and Indian fightc1, and his wife, Anna, and the other was filled by Hoss Thompson, the foreman of the ranch, and his wife, Stella. The fiddler was an eccentric sort of a fellow named J as rer Down, who did the repair \rork on the ranch and who claimed to be an imcntor, though he had never invented anything yet that "panneu out" any better tban a fizzle. The guitar player was a lazy )lexican who did chores and helped around the house when he was not smoking and playing his instrument or sleeping The man calling off the figur e s of the dance was a big raw-boned cowboy named Trusty Jerry, who was one of tlk head men on the ranch. Trusty Jerry kept on calliD g off the figures in stentoria n tones and the quadrille went through to the encl. It was a bright, sunshiny day in December, and as there was nothing on hand just then, Young \Yilrl \i' had pro posed the dance and called the cowboys in to witness it. There could not pol'sibly be four couples that coulfl beat them at the horseback quadrille, and as they had not per formed it in a long time, our hero thought it would be a good idea to keep in practice. When the applause had ;ubsided he turned to the men and said: "That is the way we uscu to do it when we had any thing going on up in West.on, boys. I guess we haven't forgotten it yet. It is the first time that we ever tried it with Hoss ancl his wife, but I think they did as well as the rest of us." "You bet!'' came the response. "Three cheers fur Young Wild West!" added Trusty Jerry, waving his hat in the air. The cheers were given with a will, everybody joining in. Our friends we:rn still eated on their horses when a greasy-looking Mexican came up from the river bank. He had just crossed in :t punt which he tied to tree, and with his peaked sombrero in his hand he came up and paus e d before the Mexican, who been accom panying the fiddler with his guitar. He said something to him in Spanish, sprang to his feet so quickly that the 101 pri sed. The two talked for perhaps two m; Yant turned to our hero and sai : "Disa my brother Pedro; he C" grand. He finda a place in moun treasure, but bac1 n thinka hr. finrla somet'ing, anc "What'i:; that?" aRked You at once. "Yes, me a-speak "Well, what about this, heasllre, then r you come here to tell your brother?" "::\te hear dat you grcata boy; youa do what yo do-no raid bad :Mexicans. life tinka youa lika go to me get da gold Wild sized him up and was forced to come to the e;on clusion that the Mexican was dreadfully in earnest. His \vhole manner now indicated that he was more thau anxious about something. "Ther galoot seems tcr net as though there's somethi11' in what he's talkin' about, Wild," spoke up Cheyenne Charlie, the scout, hvi sting his heavy black mustache and looking interested. "Fetch your brother in the house and we'll have a talk with him," said Young Wik! West, nodding to the peon. The cowboys realized that the fun was over for the present, so they retired to their quarters. Our friends went into the house, followed by the two Mexicans. Then \"\ilcl proceeded to question Pedro closely and managed to glean the following from him: Two \re eks before, while lost in the wildness of the mountaim some forty mile;; from the little to'rn of 11 nt zuma, Pedro accidentally fell rnto a cave as the dirt g way while he was descending a slope He was trying his best to get out of t!1e caYe in a when his eyes caught upon something that cause' stop. It was a big marble slab resting upon b. ca stone, and upon it was a hurnan skull and hr Pedro was much astonished, as can well l But he plucked up courage enough to e They were filled with Spanish gold coi entury. The )lexican had simply been makin mountain for the little town heJiw


YOL'"XU \rlLl> \\'EST XL' DK\TH lH VlDE. 3 him uutil he did tell wlwn a troop of .Jicxicnn regulars! "Then you would like to go, eh, Churlie ?" came along. "Ye:;, l reckon 1 would. We eoulJ ride down there in The fled in uml Pedro was saved. l wo days. An' we coulJ have plenty of fun on ther way, But PeJro wa::; sharp l'I!ough not to tell the :;oluiers any-; mmit likely." thing about his wonderful find. I "How about you, what do you think about it?'' lf he diu he knew only too well that his share of the "A trip like that woulJ jmt imit me," wus quick treasure would be but a small porlion, indeed. reply from Dart. He decided to tt>ll one but his brother, who worked ''That Bettles it, then! we'll go." It Budd10rn Hanc:h, on the side of the Hio Urande. "How about U8 ?" spoke up Arietta. ''Anna, Eloice anJ He hud mud1 abon t Young \\'ild \Yest. nnd how myi>el would like to have a look at Old :Mexico in its wilJ lw never failed to accomplish anything he :;lartl'll in to do, ness. \Ye would not interfere with your plans, I hardly and if hii:; brother could only induce "the splcm1iince you are the one, who discovered it. It all be'' Gpocl !" answered the his eyes brightening. longs to you. I should say. and all yon hare to do is to go '':\le 'feela rnre Young Wilrl \\'c13t will go. '\1e have a-told: arnl get it." tln truth. sellor.'' I "Dnt dn trouble. :;:cnor." the "l know a-not "Well. T must say that l belierr ... have." \rho to take with me to u-gct thr treasmC'. peoplE "T'nnka you. senor.'' I likl' cla 1nmw\ a-mud1 cb might lcavr nothing for Pt-When the t"o lrncl retired from their pre>:ence Ciro." C'lwwnne C'har1ie lnoked at Wilc'I anr1 I ''Oh Yon arr n fraitl to own friends, then, "I reckon we could have cxritemrnt OYer .tlwr linr, 1 eh?" rrrn if \Ye clicln't fincl no trC'a"me.'' he rrrnarkccl. I '1'hr '\foxic-nn his shoulders.


4 YOUNG WILD WEST AT DEATH DIVIDE. "My brother a-tell me 'bout you; you a-go with me; you They had met very few travelers that morning and had a-take three-fourths, me taka one; dat suit Pedro." overtaken none. "All right, then. You will just sign your name to a Our here figured that they had maJe nearly forty miles. paper to that effect, and then there will be no trouble if The road they had been following was a pretty good one there is a division to be made." and the pack-horses had been pretty well on the jump. "::\Ie sign da paper." Now the animals were stripped of their loads and turned Wild drew up a brief agreement and read it to him. out to graze with the rest. His brother, the peon, could read English much better There is plenty of game t11 be had in the forests of Mexthan he could, so he was brought in. ico, and they had shot whaf!:hey would need as they rone He nodded with sparkling eyes as he perused the docualong without having to take the trouble of diverging from ment. the path. "Data-fine!" he declared. The noonday meal was soon prepared and it was eaten Pedro signed it without any hesitation and Wild put the with a relish by all hands. paper in the safe that was in the ranch-house. Then, after a reasonable rest, they set out again. The next morning our friends set out or :Montezuma. It was along about the middle of the afternoon that they This was a quaint old town, not very large, but on the overtook a party of hor en resting beneath a bunch of scale of the old-time Mexican cities. Mexican palms. Wild had neYer been there, but he had heard about it. I There were nearly two dozen of them, as far as our It wn::; infested part of the time with innu_merable friends_ coul:1 judge as they rode up, they we:e and bandits, who managed to elude the police and soldiers all attll"ed m the picturesque costumes peculiar to their constantly on the lookout for them. race. But the lookout that a :Mexican soldirr or policeman Their brightly-colored sashes sbone in tbe sunlight in a keep;; is not as vigilant as it might be: plcmiing way to our frient1s, and as they arose to look at The richness of the country and the abundant supply the :otrangcrs the enormous spurs attached to their boot of vegetable product;: made easy living for them, so they hcelf' c:linke

YOUNG WILD WES'r AT DEATH DIVIDE. With a quick movement he jerked out one of his six shooters and had Don Aguilla covered. "Don't get excited, senor," he said, calmly. "No one is going to hurt you if you behave yourselves." Wild did not have the worcls out of his mouth before Charlie and Jim and the cowboys had drawn their revolv ers. Then Arietta coolly swung her rifle around and held it pointed at the leader of the Mexicans. "Carramba I" hissed the captain of the gang. "What does this mean?" "It means that we will stand no humbugging, senor," answered Wild. "You may have had the idea that you were going to hold us up and make us pay toll, but you made a mistake if you did. We are going on our way when we get ready without paying toll to anyone. I hope you understand what I say." "Shoot the American dogs!" cried Don Aguilla, flying into a rage and addressing his men. Wild laughed. "I'd like to them try it," he said. "Just take it ea::;y, you cur of a greaser I Calm yourself. So you are Don Aguilla, the captain of the bandits, eh? Well, you are what I call about the easiest man to handle I ever run acro::;s." The Mexican fairly turned blue in the face, but by a great effort he calmed himself. "Pass on!" he exclaimed. "We are honesl men-not bandits. But beware of me, for we may meet again." "All right. If we do meet again look out for your self We won't be trifled with, I want you to under stand." "I will remember you!" "Well, to help you, I will tell you my name. I am Young WilJ West, and I never met the man I was afraid of! 'rhat is saying a great deal, perhaps, senor, but it is the truth." "I will remember you, Young Wild West. And I will remember the pretty who is taunting me by point ing her gun at me. She will smile on the other side of her face before she is many days older! I am Don Aguilla, and I never make threats without carrying them out." "Oh, is that so? Well, T have often seen men shot for making threats. I don't consider you worth shooting just now, but I may later on. Good-day, senors !" With that our hero urged his horse forward, still keeping the 1fexican leader covered. His companions also started their horses forward, Pedro taking care to forge ahead of them in a hurry. Two or three of the band called out something to him in Spanish, but Pedro did not deign to answer them. Around a bend in the trail our friends rode, leaving the band of Mexicans under the trees. "If they attempt to follow us give t1lem a dose of hot lead boys!" said our hero, coolly. "They are a treacherous lot." But the band of villeins cid not offer to foUow them. "What did they say to you, Pedro?" asked Jim Dart, riding up to the man who was leacling them to the spot where he claimed the treasure to be. ''Da say cla know-a dat I take a-you to da place where I find-a da money two a-weeks ago," was the reply. "Oh! They did, eh?" "I thought that was what they were driving at," said Wild. "I know enough of Spanish tb catch the drift of things. Well, if they know it it won't do them any good, I guess. We will be able to take care of them." But Wild did not think the villains were not to be feared, however. He knew that they would be apt to prove dangerous cus tomers if they could only catch them unawares. He was a little surprised that some of them had not opened fire on them when Don Aguilla gave the command. But when he came to think of it he could understand that they must have appeared quite formidable to the scoundrels with their drawn revolvers ancl Arietta with her rifle leveled, ready to send out a rain or hot lead. They were lucky enough to strike a goocl place to camp for the night, and a little after six o'clock they fitoppccl and unloaded the pack-horses. It did not take long to put up the two tents they hacl with them, and then a fire was kindled and supper was cooked. With plenty of good, fresh game and coffee and hard bis cuits they macle a good meal. "Boys, we have got to keep a sharp watch to-night," said Wild, looking at his two partners and the cowboys. "The bandits may take a notion to attack us before morning, and if they do we want to know something about it before they do much damage." "Well, two of us kin each put in a couple of hours, an' that won't make anybody lose much sleep, I reckon," an swered Cheyenne Charlie. The watch started from the moment it got good and dark. But as the night passed they found that the Mexicans did not show up. Wild and Jim were the last two to go on guard, and when daylight finally came they thought they knew why it was that the bandits had let them alone. "They want to follow us up till they find where Pedro is taking us, I guess," said Wild. "Well, let them. \Ve must do something to throw them off the track just before we get there. I will have a talk with Pedro." So the second day's journey to the treasure cave began. CIIAPTER III. DEATH DIVIDE. Young Wild West and hi8 friencls harl not traveled more than ten miles on the second day of their journey


6 YOUNG WILD WEST AT DEATH DIVIDE. ------when they overtook a rather curious outfit which was at a "Glau ter make your acquaintance. Say! Can't yer halt in the road. :>top over at our rancb. an' see us afore yer go back ter It was a buckboard \vagon with two bony horses hitched 'l'exas? I don't know jest what kind of a place it is, to it. 'cause I never seen it, but Hortense says as how it's all On the seat of a wagon sat a slovenly-looking Mexican right. You'd better make up your minds ter call on us woman who must have weighed all of two hundred pounds, afore yer leave Mexico. It would be pleasin' fur meter see and fixing the harness was a tall, lanky man with a long an talk with my own kind of people, yer know. I s'pose chin-beard. 1 I'll have a deuced of a time larnin' ther Spanish lingo, but They both looked around as our friends rode up and the I'm doin' a whole lot towards larnin' it. Sic temper tyran-man straightened up and called ou_t: nus! Polly vous Fransay I Wheat-cakes all der vile! Bon "Hello, thar I'm mighty glad ter see some of my own jurin, senorina Aromy Je Cuba, Habana I La Flor "fie countrymen travelin' ther same way as I be goin'. How West Injy Islands How':; that?" do yer do, all of yer ?" Everybody laughed at this, the eccentric Yankee's wife "First class!" answered Wild, as he rode up at the heacl doing the most of it. of the line and came to a halt near the team and buck"I understand every word you say, partner, only I don't board. know what you mean," said Cheyenne Charlie, drily. The woman on the seat nodded pleasantly to the girls. "You're a feller what kin speak any language, I reckon." "It is a fine day," she said in very good English. "Well, I calculate I'll make ther lazy peons hustle "Yes," retorted Arietta; "very fine day, indeed. Has around that ranch of ourn, jest ther same. But say! 1 anything broken? If so, maybe we can help you." reckon we're both headin' ther same way jest now, so we'll "It's all right now," spoke up the man. "One of ther ride along together." traces took a notion ter go an' bust a little while ago, but "That's right," retorted Wild. "We don't want to delay I've got it fixed now. Much obleeged ter yer. Where be too much. Come on, friends." yer bound, strangers, if I ain't too inquisitive?" The party set out along the rough mountain road and "Oh, we are simply taking a little pleasure trip in the the buckboard jolted along with them, Hortense's weight mountains out this way. We just came over from our tipping it a little so it was lop-sided. ...__: ranch, which is on the other side of the Rio Grande," an-But the bony horses coulJ.easi).y keep up with the packswered our hero. horses, and so they continued until noon. ''Is that so? Well, it's funny how some folks kin git 1 Then they halted and went into temporary camp to cook pleasure, ain't it? I don't think there's much fun a-ridin' dinner and have a rest. around these here rough an' rocky roads. But, you see, Our friends had not said anything about the bandits, a,, everybody don't think alike. We're bound ter :Montezuma, they did not want to alarm the happy couple who were which is where my wife is from. I met her up in El Paso, spending the early part of their honeymoon by riding over an' we fell in love with each other. We got married ther the rugged mountains in a buckboard. day afore yisterday, an' now I'm goin' ter Montezuma ter It was a little before two in the afternoon when they run ther ranch what she owns there. We're a happy couple, were ready to start again. ain't we, Hortense?" As they rode off Pedro urged his horse to the side of our "Very happy," answered the lovely Hortense, blushing hero and said: like a rose. "Senor Young Wild West, we must turn to the left a "You see, my wife was livin' with an American family mile from here." so long in El Paso that she l'arned how ter talk our lan"All right/' was the reply. "When we get to the right guige like a book. Her old man died about a month ago, place just let us know." an' then she got word that he'd left her a well-stocked The spot where they were to part company with Zeke ranch. All she needed was a husband then, an' when I Putnam and his bride was soon reached. come along she gobbled me up like a hungry trout snapPedro knew it because he had blazed a tree to mark the pin' at a fly. Oh, I'm all right, I am! I know all about spot. runnin' a ranch an' farmin'. I spent fifteen years on a "Well, we are going to turn this way," said our hero to farm in Vermont, an' I've been ranchin' in Texas fur ten the couple. "I wish you the best of luck, both of you." more. I'm jest forty-one years old, which ain't too old ter I "Why don't you come on ter ther ranch with us?" asked lo,e a good woman, is it, Hortense?" the Yankee. "Ilortense says it ain't more'n fifteen miles "Oh, no !" and the fat woman blushed some more and from 11ere." showed an even Eet of white teeth which helped along in "We can't just now, I am sorry to say. But we'll give her good looks wonderfully. you a call in a few days." "I calculate I'd better introduce myself, since I've told "Do yer mean that, Young Wild West?" yer my wife's name," resumed the lanky man. "My name "Yes, I mean it. I wouldn't tell you so if I didn't are Zeke Putnam. What might be names?" mean it." Wild told him, enumerating everyone in the party. "All then. We'll look fur Good-by!"


YOUNG WILD WEST AT DEATH DIVIDE. "Good-by I" cried all hands. Then they parted company. Wild found that it was not much of a trail they had to follow. It was one of the wildest parts of the range, and it looked ao though very few travelers had ever been that way. "You're sure this is thcr way, Pedro?" asked the scout, riding alongside the "It must be Zeke and Hortense," said Arietta, with a smile. "That is just who it is!" exclaimed our hero, as he caught sight of the buckboard and the bony team approach ing. "I wonder what is the matter wilh that couple, any how?" The outfit soon came up, for the ground was pretty level right there, and the horses had a good chance to get up a gait. "I a-sure," was the reply. "Dis place where-a da bandits catch me; soldiers come along lcome if we come over, but I Jest said we would re an or y nu cs m pre y qu1c nne, un .ll'i.Uc H b t 't y ow a ou 1 oung 11 1ld West?" better than I thought we w1uld do when we started But ,, th t 1 l l b b d I th 1 t 't ld b \\ell, I guess you are welcome, all nght, our hero e rave mg 1as no ecn a>: a as oug l i wou e. d ,._-. th tl l' 1 t f th '" I answerc "vW en, 1ere 1s a iU e s ream o water over ere. n e will make that spot our bear1quarten;, I guc,:s. We mustn't :Yhile_ he did not relish the idea very much of their get too close to the cave wl1ere the treasure is, for the banbemg \nth them, he was not the one to say they were not dits may follow u s and be on the watch. We have got to welcome. keep them from knowing where the cave is i we possibly E, cry honest person was welcome to join Young Wil

8 YOU.NU \\'lL]) WEST A'l' D1ATll DI VIDK -----------------=====-and hi:; wife galherccl a bunch 0 clry leaves arnl macle I hi:; fa<.:e :;o b.c <'ould sec when i.hc lig11L was 8hut oul aml a their bed under ii. I t:.l.rgiun car; "make a-:;ome "Yes, the buekboaru comes in w ry hanuy," was the noi:;e and you will a-die!" reply. Zeke cli tellin' me ll'hile we was ridin' over that would probably kill him if he put up any further fight or a big battle was fought there somethin' like four hundred cried out. years ago between a lot 0 Spaniards an' Injuns. Ifs a He decided to remain perfectly still. kinder gully what's filled with big rocks an' it divide

YOUNG WILD WEST AT DEATH DIVIDE. "Well, I will tell you, senor. I will be with you. There is a treasure hidden somewhere around Death Divide, and we want to :find it. I think that you know where it is, and that is why you were captured." "A treasure !" gaspecl Zeke, in genuine surprise. "Yes, a treasure. You lmow where it is." "You're wrong, senor. 'This are ther first time I was ever as fur over ther line as this. I don't know nothin' about a treasure, an' I'll give my guarantee that I d9n't .. The leader of the bandits looked keenly at the man. "You know that Young Wild West came here to Death Divide to hunt for the treasure, don't you?" he asked, after a pause. "Nope!" declared the Yankee. "I never heard a word ter that effect ." "Well, I'll tell you that he came here for that purpose, then. The him is leading him. Ile knows where it is. We saw you und Wild West looking arountl through Death Divide, and then I said to six of my men: 'Go and capture the American with the whisker::; on his chin; he will be made to tell where the treasure il:l quicker than any of the rest.' They oLeyecl rne They caught you, but one of them got shot by the boy with the long hair as they were getting out of his sight. ow I want to tell you that, unless you tell where the treasure is, you shall die!" "I can't tell where it is, 'cause I never knowed there was any treasure around here," replied Zeke, his face turn ing pale. "That is what you say now. But you will talk di:[er ent pretty soon." "I can't talk any different if you do kill me," said Zeke, clespairingly. "How kin a feller tell something that he clon 't know?" Don Aguilla smilecl sardonically. "You are lying, like the dog of an American you are I" he exelaimecl. Zeke Putnam was never more frightened in his whole life. He had experienced all sorts of things while ranching in Texas, but never had he been captured by a band of men who were ready to take his life before. "Stand the prisoner on his feet," said the captain, speak ing to his men in 8panish. Two of them quickly seized Zeke and lifted him up. IIe wm; turned so be could look out of the opening that let in the light. The Yankee recoiled when he saw there was naught but a yawning abyss there. It was not the way the Mexicans had entered the place; he knew that, as he had seen the captain and several others come in through a passage t11at was to the le.ft of him. "I\Iove him nearer, so he may see what is below," said Don Aguilla. Two of the bandits obeyed. Cold beads of perspiration came out upon his brow and he pulled back coweringly. I "Do you see is below?" askecl the bandit leader in an icy tone of voice. "Two hundred feet down there is a running stream that loses itself underground. There iH where you will be thrown if you tlo not tell where the treasure is inside of five minutes!" The speaker took a handsome gold watch from his pocket and looked at it. For a moment the very blood seemed to freeze in the Yankee's veins. He tried to say something, but his tongue refused to act. "It would be a horrible death, would it not?" went on the captain, fientlishly. "But, then, I suppose you would be dead before you struck the stream of water. Two bun drctl feet is a Lig drop, and then there are so many rocky crags and projections on the way clown that you would be torn into tatters before the bottom was rcachetl, anyhow. Tell where the treasure is buried, or that is surely going to be your fate when the time is up!" "I-I don't know-know anything about a treasure,'' gasped the frightened captive. "I can't tell what I know, gosh, if I kin !" "You can tell, and you will tell, or you will die !'' Zeke would have dropped to the ground if the two Mexi cans had not held him up. A minute of deathly silence followed. "You had better make up your mind," said Don Aguilla, his brows contracting. "I can't tell what I don't know !" repeated Zeke, clcspairingly. / "You are lying, and you know it." "I ain't! I ain't I" shouted the captive, in terror. "Stop that shouting," commanded one of the men who had hold of him, thrusting the point of a dagger agr.inst his forehead. "Let me go!" pleaded the captive, becoming strangely calm. "If ycr do I'll git Young Wild West ter tell where tber treasure is, if he knows. I don't know ; they never said a word about it ter me. You said ther feilet' named Pedro was leadin' 'em ter where it is. Why don't yer git hold of him an' make him tell?" "You are just as obstinate as the rest of your race!" exclaimed Don Aguilla, not noticing a word of what Zeke said. "The time is up! You shall die!" "Oh! Ob!" groaned the captive, trembling from bead to foot. "But wait!" said the captain, as a smldcn thought struck him. "Men, fetch the body of Caspar, who was shot by Young Wild West. We will consign it to the mysteries of the depths below. And as it strikes the underground stream the dog of an American shall start on his descent to certain death." Zeke's teeth chattered like castanets. He turned as he heard the villains approaching with the body. It had been wrapped in a blanket ready for burial. Ifo could sec that it was the form of a hnman being. The l\Iexicans took off their hats while the captain


IO YOL":\U \\'lLlJ \\' E'3T AT DK\ TH DffJDE. citcJ a very short burial ::;ervice in Spani:;h, ano::ition to conceal the entrance. One pm;h on the leYer ----------4 --------------by a man an

YOUNG WILD WEST AT DEATH DIVIDE. 11 "Great gimlets! He didn't fall over a cliff or somethin', did he?" "He didn't fall over a cliff, but half a dozen Mexicans jumped from behind the rocks over there an' whipped him out of sight before I hardly knew what was taking place. I winged one of them just as they were getting around that pile of rock s over there." "An' where are they now?" "I don't know. I listened, but couldn't even hear their footsteps as they ran away. It's a sort of puzzle to rrie, Charlie." "Well, I'm go in' to see if they're hidin' behind them rocks." The scout moved around to the right and presently reached a point where he could take a peep in that direc tion. But there was not the least sign of a human being to be seen there. "There ain't :rio one around there,'' said Charlie, as he moved over to the spot Wild followed him and found that he told the truth. Our hero shook his head. "This is something I can't understand," he said. ''I am completely stumped. There is no place that they could have got in to hide, so where did they go?" The scout shrugged his shoulders. "I reckon tber measly coyotes belonged to ther bandit didn't they?" he asked. "Yes, I am quite sure of that." "Then they've got a hidin'-place right close around here somewheres." "You are right, I guess. It must be a secret place, and it must be very close by, too, or they could never 11ave van ished so quickly." "Well, Wild, I reckon we've found sich places afore, ain't we?" "We certainly have, Charlie." "Well, I guess we oughter find thi s here one, then." "Well, let's hurry up about it, then. It is too bad that Putnam got caught by them. He was a little ahead of me, and I suppose if I had been where he was it would have been me." The more he thought of what had happened the more sure he was on that point. The ground was so rocl

12 YOUNG WILD WEST AT DEATH DIVIDE. And when he came back he had a lariat. The very instant the last one was out of sight he droppeu He flung it up to our hero and then proceeded to work through the narrow opening and began to go down. his way up to him. Luck was with him, it seemed, for he reached the bottom Wild let him take hold of the lariat, and that helped of the cave without coming in contact with any of the Mexihim cans. Once at the crack the scout looked down. But the next instant he heard hurried footsteps apHe gave a nod preaching. "I reckon we know somcthin' now-?' he whispered. Charlie quickly dropped back in the shadow behind one "Yes. I am going down there I want you to let me of the horses. down with the lariat." Ile was none too soon, for the next instant one of the "All right, Wild." bandits appeared. "I'll take the chances that the horses are the only living 'l'hat he had been sent back to keep an eye on the openthings right below. The 1\Iexicans are in some other part ing above was evident, for he took'hold of the rope and of the cavern, most likely shook it, holding a revolver in his hand at the same time. "Y cs, I reckon so. But take a good look an' make sure Charlie could see him pretty well, as he was standing afore yer go down." right under the place where the light was admitted to the Wild did take a good look. cave. The coast was clear, as far as he could see. Again the desperado ohook the rope. Thrusting his feet through the opening, he began to Then he looked and listened. gradually let himself down. But as he heard or saw nothing, be was plainly satisfieJ Charlie let the rope down easily and noiselessly that Young Wild West had been alone. As he was holding the weight oJ: the boy he was in such Two minutes later the .Mexican walked over to the secret a position that he could not look down. eulrance of the cave, and, after listening intently for a But the instant he felt the rope slacken he knew Wild minute, lifted the lever anll allowed the big slab of stone had reaehed the floor of the cave. to drop. Then he leaned over and lookell down. It so happened 1.hat the scout wao in a direct line with To his surprise and dismay, he saw a man holding him the short passage, and he could see exactly what the man by the throat upon the ground! was doing, especially when a flood of light came in thrq11gh It was light enough for the scout to see that it was a the opening. :Mexican. Charlie gaye a nod of satisfaction. He looked around for a convenient place to make the "I reckon I know how he done that," he thought. "lfo lariat fa:>t just as a low whistltl souncled from bclmy. pushed up on that stick and down come ther big rock. He found a place to get the TOpe around and then he It's quite a contrivance. No wonder we couldn't find no quickly knotted it. openin'," But it took him some seconds to do this, and when he The '.:\Iexican let the slab all the way down and went out again took the risk of peering down into the cave he saw side half a dozen of the Mexicans therr In a couple of minutes he came in, nodding with satisThe whistle had called them there in a hurry. .faction. Charlie was sensible enough not to go clown just then. "I reckon he didn't go out far enough ter sec ther rope He knew he would stand little show if he did. where it is tied," muttered the scout under his breath. He waited. The bandit now pressed upon the lever and the slab was "There's only one way ter help Wild," he thought, "an' forced into place again. that is ter slide down ther rope as soon as they start away Charlie grinned with delight. from there "ith him. Then I might be able ter find ther "I guess I kin do that little trick," he chuckled; "jei;;t way they git in an' out 0 ther cave, an' after that I'll have wait!" ter work strategy ter git him away from 'em." The bandit now started for the eave that op.ened over the Charlie had not told anyone but Jim what had happened abyss. when he went to the camp for the lariat. Charlie knew that he was going to report, but he had no He advised Jim to stay there, ancl if he did not hear idea just what kind of a place it was where the band had anything from them in fifteen minutes to take a walk to their headquarters. the cone-shaped pile of rocks He waited till the man was out of sight and then came The scout knew if he went down that Jim would not be from behind the horse. Jong in discovering the lariat, for it was wound around a rock that was in plain view. He saw the Mexicans pick up the struggling form of our hero and bear him away. He had jm1t mane up bi,; mind to steal along in the

YOUNG WILD \YEST AT DEATH DIVIDE. 13 They listened for a moment and then let the big slab drop. Then one of them went out cautiously. He was gone about ten minutes ancl then down dropped the lariat I The scout l:lhrugged his shoulders. There would be no chance of Jim seeing the lariat now. The Mexican came back ancl then the entrance was closed, alter they made their way into the main cave again. liis quivering hands caught hold of the tough vine and he began pulling himself up. lie looked up ancl saw that the main root of the vine he was clinging to was not in sight. The vine hung over a little ledge, and that was right in his reach. Courage came to him now with full force. "I ain't goin' ter die jest yet, anyhow," he muttered. "Oh, them scoundrels! Ter throw me over ther cliff like that! But 1'11 git thcr best of 'em yet! I'm goin' ter With a determination to stealthily .followed them. C live!" do or die, heyenne Charlie CHAPTER VI. THE WONDElU'UL E8CAPE 0.1!' THE YANKEE. Strange things happen occasionally, ancl one of the very strangest happened when Zeke Putnam, the Yankee, was thrown over the cliff by the Mexican bandits. 'l'he poor fellow thought his last moment on earth had arrived, and no wonder Had he notlheard the body of the slain man strike the dark, rushing water two hundrcu feet below? But Zeke did not fall down the abyss into the rushing w.iter. He did not fall more than thirty feet, and then, as his body turned over, it struck a cedar tree that grew out from the face of the cliff. This saved the man, for it whirled him over and swung him into a net-work of vines that were .firmly Tooted be tween the rocks. How it wa::; he never knew, but one of his feet got caught and there he hung, head down A hope that was born of despair came into the heart of the Yankee. He had not dropped down into the rushing water so many feet below! That meant that there was a chance for him to live. It seemed that a kind Providence hacl been instrumental in making that cedar bush i11terfere with the descent of the helpless man. With bis hands tied behind him he bung there, swing ing like a pendulum, his back scraping agaim;t the jagged rocks that were as sharp as the cc1ge of an ax in some places. But it was a very good thing for him that the rocks were pointed and Rharp there. In some manner the rope, which was a very old and thin one, that held his wrists together came in contact with one of the sharp and the first tl1ing he knew his hands were free. "Oh, the tl1ril1 of joy that shot through Zeke Pntnam'8 frame! Ile began to slowly pull him:;elf upward, for he dicl not want to dislodge the roots of the vine. It was easy enough to disentangle his foot that hall caught in the net-work as he got up a little. llit; weight not pulling upon it gave him the chance. Up went the man who was making such a desperate battleto save hi:; life. Gradually he workccl hi1mclI upon a narrow ledge that was barely wide enough to hold him. Once there he sat down and rc;;teu. lie looked upward, but found that the mouth of the ban dits' cave i.hrm;t itself outward several feet, and thus he could not i-;cc it. "I must have swung in putty good ter hit that ccclar," he muttered. "Well, it saved my lifo, for if it bad not been fur it I'd be a s dead as a ma1,;kerel now, an' it's mighty hard ter tell where my body would be." Zeke was getting cooler all the time now. When he had rcmainctl seated on the little ledge for the :;pace of fiYc mimitcs he conduclccl that it was time for him to try and get back to the camp and ::;ee what had be come of Young Wild West. He was certain that the boy was all right, and that he was even now searching for him. Ile looked on both sides of him carefully, and when he :found that to the left of him the ledge broadened consid erable he nodded and gave an exclamation of satisfaction. He wipccl the cold beads of perspiration from hiB fore head and then proceeded to make his way to the left. In another minute he was on a space that was amply broad enough for him to stand up. Nerving himself, he got upon his feet. He took care not to attempt to look dO\rnwarcl. Ju$t then it might have been disastrous to him to do that. Physically and mentally he was not in the best of just then. Zeke walked along the ledge to a sharp turn, and then holding faRt to a projection of rock, he saw another ledge that slopec1 upward to a comparatively level spot that over looked the rocky gully that waR ca1led Death Divide. It woul(l be extremcl)' dangerous to get arolind the sharp turn, since there wai:: absolntely nothing but a smooth wail ol' roek for him to holrl fast to. But he wa" rendered desperate, nnd under the conditioru


14 YOUNG WILD WEST AT DEATH DIVIDE. he could do more than he could if he had simply been placed there to try the feat. "I'm goin' ter git around there," muttered Zeke. "Ii I kin I'll be all right." He waited a moment and then thrust his left foot around the sharp angle and got it firmly placed on the ledge. Then by a quick effort he let himself go around. Though he came within an ace of losing his balance, he landed all right. Once more Zeke Putnam sat down. The worst of it was over now, and he knew it, but still it had weakened him so that he was almost as helpless as a little child. For ten minutes he sat there, gradually pulling himself together. When he finally arose to his feet and started up the narrow slope he walked as steadily as though nothing had hap pened. Up be went for probably a hundred feet, and then he f'.uddcnly found himself looking upon the place that had hrrn named by the Mexicans as Death Divide. It was right before him, and half a dozen steps clown nml be would be in the rocky gully. The Yankee had been brought up by pious parents, and he lifted hifi eyes and breathed a silent prayer for his safe delinrance from what had seemed to be a certain death. Zeke stepped down upon the rocks and began walking from one to another. He knew the direction to take, but he was afraid to pass the spot '1'"bere he had been captured by the cans. So he simply crossed the gully and got upon a hill at the other side. Rounding this, he looked around and almost the first thing his eyes rested upon was a column of smoke that was rising from a point some fifty yards away. "Thnt's ther camp!'' exclaimed the Yankee, under his breath. "I calculate that I'd better git there as soon as possible." He started for it, and in a very cw minutes had worked his way around in sight the camp Jim Dart was walking up and down lrncasily when he caught sight of the Yankee approaching. "Hello!" called Jim. "Where have you been?" "Where's Young Wild West?" was the retort, as Zek rushed up. It so happened that Charlie had just left with the lariat, 1md though they imagined that something was wrong, none of the rest knew what the trouble was. "\fild is close by with Charlie," answered Dart. "I guess I'll go nnd tell them that you are here. They are looking for you." "Well, I'm alive, but it's a miracle!" exclaimed Zeke, as he sat down by his wife and buried 11is face in his bands. Jim did not wait to hear him tell his story. But the man gave a hurried account of what had hap pened to him, and his hearers were amazed. The cowboys immediately got up and huuied to where Jim had gone. "Da bad-a 1Iexicans catch a-you?" asked Pedro, looking very much disturbed. "Yes. They said as how I knowed where a treasure was somewhere around here, an 'cause I couldn't tell 'em where it wa they chucked me over ther cliff." But whilr the Yankee was relating his extraordinary ad Yentures let us follow Jim Dart and see what he found. When Jim got to the place Charlie had told him of he could not l'ee a sign of a human being there. Things had worked in such a way that the Mexican had come out of the cave and removed the lariat from the cone-shaped pile of rocks just as Zeke was working his way for the camp. Jim was puzzled. "Iley, Charlie l" he called out softly. There was no response. He did not want to shout for fear he might spoil some plan the scout had in Yie"I\ so he simply began to make a search of the vicinity. But neither Wild nor Charlie were to be found. "H is mighty funny," mused Jim. "According to what Charlie said, this is the place." He was looking right at top of the cone-E-haped pile, and if the lariat had been left there he would surely haYe seen it. But as he looked up he suddenly saw something ,, Ile beheld a knife lying almost at the top! It '"11as not Wild's nor Charlie's either, and that made him become interested at once. It was a :Jlexicans knifo that Jim saw, and he knew it. Ile decided to go up there and get it, for the mere sight of it suggested that something had happened to both his partners. Dart began working his way to the top of the rocks right away. Ile was careful not to make any more noise than was in doing it. Once at the top Jim picked up the knife. There no blood on 1t, so he knew it had not been used in a fight. It was quite likely that the bandit who had gone up to cut the lariat had left the knife there in his hurry to get back to the caYe. But Jim had no idea of any such a thing as this. He cra"led around over the rough and uneven surface and oon discovered the opening that both Charlie and \lild had gone through. Ile peered down and saw the horses. Then it occurred to him instantly that he was right over the headquarters of the band of Mexicans, and that Char lir anr1 Wikl were down there. He dropped fiat upon hiR stomach and took a good look clown below. But there was nothing living to be seen there except the horses.


YOUNG WILD WEST AT DEATH DIVIDE. "I suppose Wild went down and got caught and then He struggled to break loose from his captors, but, findCharlie went down to look for him," thought the boy, ing it was no use, he remained quiet and took triking the nail right on the head. calmly. "But where is the lariat Clrnrlie came and got?" he The bandits carried him into tho main cave, where they asked himself after a pause. "There is something mighty had taken Zeke Putnam. queer about this business.'' Wikl's hands were bountl behind him, while three of the For ten minutes Jim waited. villains stood befoie him 1vith leveled pistols 'rhen he sucldenly saw a shadow flit across the cave. "Well, you caught me napping, I guess," he said, as got me, lnstantl_y he was all attention. they lifted him to l1is feet. "Kow that you'rn 'l'he next moment he beheld two forms move cautiously what are you going to do with along beneath him. "The young senor acls as though he is not much afraid," His heart gave a sudden bound. answered Don Aguilla, stepping forward. "But let me tell If he was not dreaming he saw Young Wild West and you something! The man you are looking for has been Cheyenne 01'.arlie thTown over the cliff there, aml where his body now is no At first he was going to call out to them, but a second one knows, for t11ere is a s1riftly-running stream that flows convinced him that he would be nrnkiug a great mistake underground two hundred feet below First the body of by doing anything like thal. the man you shot was thrown oYer, and then came the man He saw the two disappear and then all was still. --your friend with the chin-whiskern There is where you But one miuute later the cave became suddenly lighter. are to go, Young Wild West!" Jim could not imagiue whnt caused this. "Oh, I guess you won t throw me over the cliff," said But, hearing a noise at the foot of the rocky hill, he Wild, calmly looking the villain in the eyes. "It would raised his head and looked down. not be healthy for you to do anything like that. You had There stood Wild and Charlie DS liuge as life! better make up your mind to give me my liberty and "Thunder!" eJ aculated Dart. it to me quick, too!" Then he down quickness. "Carramba !" exclaimed Don Aguilla; "you talk like a "Well, tlns beats all!'' he articula1ecl, as he saw his ]Jartfool bov.'' nersl standing before a wide opening in the ground. I "Well, you will find out that I am not a fool before you (l'U--': get through with me." At that moment he treac1 upon a flat stone which sank A h th. th y 1 wld 11 b 1 l 1 l h h' 1 t s e saw no mg or e an me, 1 rea y e ievec a htt e Jeneat is we1g 1 d 1 tl f tl b 1 J 1 that the scoum1rels had thrown him over the cuff. An as it sank tie mou 1 o le cave ecamc sue cien y The leader of the villainous band now gave the word for closed. ".Jim, you've found th er way ter shut lhcr stone door of ther cave from ther outsiJc '.'' exclaimed Cheyenne Uharlie. "'I'hat was what was puzzlin' me." Wild aeizet1 Jim's hand. "]. guess I won1d have hatl a hard time of it if Charlie bad not got to me and e:ut me 'loose," he saiu. "But poor /'.eke Putnam is deau and gone!" he isn't, Wild," was the quick reply. "He's safe io the camp." "'\Vhat Our hero looked at him in astonishment. "Why, I heard Don the bandit leader, say that he had him thrown over the precipice which is over there," and he pointed out the direction. so he wae, but he didn't get killed. Come on to the e:amp.'" THE B.\ "'.\DIT'3 .urn Ol T TWTTTED. the men to take Wild to the edge of the precipice and let him look below. 'l'hey did so, and though he was fearful lest they might push him over, the daring boy never showed it. "Nica place to a-fall down," observed one of the Mexic:ano. "Fetch him back here," said Don Aguilla "I am going to give him time to think it over. I am going to let him have just half an hour to make up his mind whether he wants to be thrown over the cliff.'' This was spoken in Spanisl1, but when he had orclereJ Wild to be bound securely about the ankles and placed in a dark corner near the passage, he proceeded to tell him in English. "All right," answered Wild, when he understood that he must either tell where the treasure was or die; "l 'l l think over it, Don Aguilla. But, in the first place, I have neyer seen tlrn treasure, so I don't know just where it is." "I think you will know h:v the time the half hour is up Senor Young Wild West," retorted the captain of the ban dits, smiling sardonically. "I am quite sure that the man we tossed down into_ the abyss clicl not h1ow where the When Young Wild West 1rns sc:i:oed nm1 cnrric(l through I treasure is located, but we lrt him go, anyhow, just to make the pasRage he> made up hi:> mind that lie in a tight. it even for the man we lost when we captured him. I am hox. ; 1ery mucl1 ohligcd to you coming here, Senor West; you


YOUNG WILD WEST AT DEATH DIVIDE. could not have clone anything that woulcl have plea:;ecl me more." Without another word the villain turnecl on his heel ancl left our hero to his own reflections. Though of 1.he men went pa::;t h!m two or three times, they neYer paiedro hatl not yet laken 11im to it. .Nor coulu he swear that there wa$ a cave with anything in it. I le onl.Y hatl the Mexicans word for it. Bnt he felt quite certain that the bandits would not hesi tnle to ,;end him to his death, though. J le was out of the United States now, and the Mexicans hatl no fear. 'l'hey were outlaws in their own land, so what did they care about any other? Hut Y oung \Yiltl \Yest was not to be left to his own re flc>ctiorn; very long. lt was not more i.han .five minutes after Don Aguilla left him Lefore two of the Mexicans passed him as they came from the part of the un

YOUNG WILD WEST AT DEATII DIVIDE. "You 8hould consider yourself a very lucky man, Zeke," I untold wealth they might unearth. "I'm willin' ter ltelp remarked Wild. yer all I kin." "I do," was the quick reply. "You kin bet your pile "All right," was Wild's rcpty. on that!" Our hero was in no particular huirry to get into the ca>e "Zeke," :;aid his wife, looking at the buckboard, "it where Pedro had discovered the ancient go-ld coins. would be better for us to go on to the ranch." He thought it best to get rid of the bandits first. "Whai !" exclaimed the Yankee. "An' let them bandits That the Mexican authorities were looking for them come along an' rob us afore we got there? I calculate that was pretty certain from what Pedro had said. we're safer here ihan anywhere else jest now." But he did not want the authorities to know what they Then he i;tepped over and wbispered in her ear: had come to that wild part of the mountains for. "Young Wild West an' his friends is here after a treas-That meant that they must get ricl of the bandits with ure that's in a cave. We might as well stay an' see what out the help of anyone belonging to that country. it is." Wild thought it over for awhile and came to the conThe face of the Mexican woman brightened. clusion that it would be a good iJea to imprison the rascals "A treasure!" she answereJ. "How do you know?" in ther cave. "Well, cliJn't I tell you how ther bandits was tryin' ter He spoke to Qharlie and Jim about it, and they agreecl make me tell where it was?') with him. "Y cs; I believe you are right. I will ask one of the So, taking a couple of the cowboys with them, they went girls alJout rt." over' to the hidden entrance ancl tried to fincl a way to Our fricncJs had a pretty good idea of what the whisseal it. perer1 conversation meant, for the next minute Hortense But it was a hard problem, since the slab opened on the looked over at WilJ and said: inside. "We will stay here with you if you will go over to our ranch with us when we are done here." "Well, we promised to call at the ranch before we left :Mexico," retorted our hero. "But if you think you are :running into danger by staying here you had better go on. I think you will get to your des tination in safety. There is going to Le a lively time of it be.fore we leave the Death Divide, as I intend to clean out this gang of bandit s." The woman looked as though she was undecided as to what to do about it. Finally she turned to Arietta and asked: "What about the treasm-c you came to find?" "I know nothing about it," was the quick reply. "None of us will know until it is found, and that may never be." "Don't think that I am anxious to get a share of it," said Hortense, apologetically; "I am simply interested, that is all. I have often heard my people say that there was supposed to be vast treasures buried in the vicinity or the place called Death Divide. The gold and silver was buried here by the Aztecs when the Spaniards conquered Mexico." Wild heard the conversation, and he thought he might as well let them know just wl1at they hacl come to Mexico for. So he told Zeke Putnam and bis Mexican wife the story of Pedro, cutting it as short as possible. "We felt pretty sure of meeting with some aclventures whether we found the treasure cave or not," he concluded. "And I gueF

18 YOUNG WILD WEST AT DEATH DIVIDE. of a lariat about the log. "}fow, Charlie, just make that faiilt to that rock over there, so the stone can't possibly go down." 'rhe scout hastened to do this. "I don't suppose that will keep them from getting out," went on Wild, "but it will certainly make them clestroy the mechanism before they are able to drop the slab, ancl when they do that they won't be able to get it up again, unless they use main strength." "An' we kin keep a wabh an' see when they come out," said Charlie. "We kin nail 'em as fast as they come "That's it!" exclaimed the cowboys in unison. It was now near sunset. As the orb of day slowly sank behind a distant peak it naught but peace and quietness. The slanting rays fell upon a jagged cliff that had a spi:inkling of quartz rock along its face, ancl tbis glittered like a display of diamonds. That sunset in the mountains of was a beautiful sight, but Young Wild West and his friends hall other things to think about. Many were the beautiful sunsets they 11ad looked upon, but very few times had they realized it. They were always too busy to get sentimental. And, besicles, too much of a thing makes it common place. In Q. few minutes the slab was fixed so it could not be lowered without removing the log, and as this was tied from the outside, it would take the bandits some little time to do it. 'I'hen Wild appointed Trusty Jerry and one of the other cowboys to remain close by and watch the "pot, and they went back to the camp. 'I'he girl::, were cooking the evening meal when they there, and it. can be :safely said that the appetites of Wilol and the rest needed no sharpening for it. Pedro had pointed out the c:ave where he had made hi:, wonderful discovery-or rather about where it W<\S locateu -but Wild hall not seen anything that lookeu like a cave, other than the one occupiecl by the bandits, us yet. He decided to pay a visit to the spot in company of the :Jlexican after it got good and dark. As soon as supper was eaten the two on watch were relieved. They reported that they had not sen or heard anything of the bamlits. "Si, senor," was the reply. "Never mind the Spanish lingo; you can talk United States goocl enough. Just stick to that, please." "All a-right, :Jlister W and the grinned. "That's better. :\ow, come on." EYerybody in the c:amp had an idea what Wild war:; up to, but us he said nothing o1 it they clicl not question him. When Pedro was ready the two started off. "I want you to lead me to the treasure cave, Pedro." "All a-right." "But I don "t want you to go direct to it. Take a course that is a little roundabout." "I understan' ., "You've got your bearings all right, haven't you?" asked \Yild. "You a-mean I know where da cave is?" "Yes, that's it." ''I a-know dat." right, then. Don't go straight to it, but we'll go around. It.may be that the bandits have some other way of getting in and out of the cave and they might be spying on us." Pe(lro declared that he understood. He led the way around a hill, crossed a gully and then ascanded a wooded slope. At the top of this Wild found that he had a good view of the place known as Death Divide. Pedro, v.-!10 was upon his hancls and knees, = touched Wild on the arm ancl whispered: Here rear of the eave, which was probably twenty He felt sure that the bandits would be expecting trouble] feet deep, was a i;tone ;;lab on a block of stone that after they found out he had escaped. carved. And they surely must have discovered it shortly after On this lay a big metal vase that was overturned, and he got away with Ohm-lie. as our 11ero forward he saw that there was a lot of Darkness had now come and the mountain gold coins lying amid a lot of dirt and refuse. wrapped in the shadows. j Ile iealizecl that the )fcxican ha(1 adhered ;;trictly to the Wild got a lantern from the supplies the_v hacl hroug-ht l trnth in the i'lory he told about the rave. with them, and, turning to Pedro, said: "Pedro. I there plenty of money here." he said. "I guess you and I will take a little walk." "Rnt (lon 't grt rxr.ited ; we take what we can finc1 an cl


YOUNG WILD WEST AT DEATH DIVIDE. go back to the camp with it. Then to-morrow we'll come fl straight line, and in a few seconds there was Vkely to be a back and make a thorough examination of the cave." lively fight in progress. "Young Wild West a-know what to a-do," was the reply, ''Whoopee! Whoopee!'' rang out close at hand. while Pedro rolled his eyes and looked delighted, much the It was the warwhoop of Cheyenne Charlie. same as a child <1oes on a Christmas morning when beholdXo more shots were fired. ing a well-filled stocking. "Where are yer, "Tilcl ?" called out the voice of the S(;oul. Wild was used to all sortti of ;;urprises, and he did not "Here!'' answered the daring young deadshot, and then get the lea5t bit worked up oYer the extraordinary find. he quickly mored from behind the boulder and got into a He examined some of the gold coinR by the light o{ the clump of bushes. lantern and found they were identical with the one Pedro He expected a shot would be fired, but none came. had shown him. The next trtinute his friends rushed up and he joind He handed the lantern to his companion and then coolly them. began stuffing the coins in his pockets. "Iri< an right. bor !" he exclaimed. "No one hurt. I "This is pretty weighty stuff, Pedro,'' he said. "Just guess." put some of it in your pocket$. I hate to see it lying All the males of the party except Zeke Putnam wet around here like this." there. Pedro obeyed, and between the two of them they man-The two cowboys who had been guarding the secret enaged to stow away all the coins that could be 'een. trance to the underground headquarters of the villainous "This will do for to-night,'' said Wild, in a whisper. bandits had left their post to join in the fight they expected ''I guess we'll go back now.'' would take place. lfild was afraid the light from the lantern might be seen But all was as still as the grave now. by their enemiei;, for the more be thought that it was posFor reasons best known to themselves the bandits were sible for the bandits to leare their caYe h,l $Oll1C other way keeping out of the way. than the hidden entrance tl1c more he \1as rominrcd that Our friends waited a minute and then went toward thr such was the case. Pedro was just as willing to lea' c the cave he was, for the :Jfexican was thinking of what happened to him 'f':nr. he was lnst at the treasure troYe. cave. Jnst then a volley was fired from a point off to the right. I In his hurry to get outside Pedro forgot that carrying a lighted lantern. One of the cowboys uttered a sharp cry of pain and I he was dropped to the ground. He stepped out with it, almost staggering under tlw weight of the gold coins he had in his pockets. "Put out the light!" exclaimed our hero, in a low tone. The words were scarcely out of his mouth the report of a rifle rang out and the globe 0 the lantern was smashed, the light going out at the same time. "Ah!" exclaimed Wild; ''so they are around, arc they? Well, Pedro, just make a beeline for the camp!" The Mexican needed no urging. He was off as fast as he could run. But Wild dicl not hasten after him. He moved rather slowly, keeping his eyes turned in the direction th\) shot had come from. He had got i1erhaps twenty-five feet from the mouth of the ca1e when--Crack! Another shot rang out and a bullet whistled so closely to the head of Pedro that he uttered a yell of alarm. Crack! Wild fired a shot with his revolver at the spot he had seen the flash come from, and then quickly stepped behincl a. boulder. A bowl of pain told him that he had not missed hitting something that was alive. He knew that Charlie and the rest would be there in no time, so he was in no hurry to get away from the spot. The camp was less than two hundred yards away in a Jim Dart sprang forward and caught hold of him. "Are you hurt much?" he asked. "A piece of my left ear's gone, I reckon," was the replr. "I thought I was a goner !" The man got upon his feet and Jim hurried him for the camp. The rest remained where they were, crouching bchi1:d the rocks. They could now hear the sounds made by receding foot steps. The 1Yere retreating. "Come on, 1rhy don't you?" cried Young Wild W ('1 l. "If you want to fight it out, come on!" A mocking laugh 1rnf' lhe reply. "That was Don Agnilla,'' said Charlie. "I reckon I'd know bis laugh anywheres." "Yes, that was him,'' retorted our hero. "But.he's afraid to fight squarely. The scoundrels must have had another to get out of the caw, I guess." "\Yell, it would be rather ;;trange that they didn't, whell you come to think of it." "Ther measly i$ afraid ter show themselves,'' declared the scout. "They finrl an' then run away like a lot of scared wolves. J 1rnit till I git a ehance ter draw a beacl on some of 'em." "That won't he to-night, I gue:;:s," said our hero. "They nrr not going to take any chances, it seems." They now stepped into the camp.


20 I YOUNG \7ILD \YEST AT DEATH DIYIDE. I ,, ....... .. .. :;:1 =======:==-=----:::.._:___-,.--_..:__ ----'ng lip the wounded ear of the cowboy and Yankee an. There is a treasure about here


YOUNG WILD WEST AT DEATH DIVIDE. somewhere, and we must have it! But we must not run the risk of losing our men. We have already lost one, and I mean to have a still further revenge for it before I am done with Young Wild West." "Yes, Captain," answered the Mexican, and then he bowed and left his superior. Don Aguilla began pacing back and forth in the cave. The villain was much disturbed over what had hap pened. Bold bandit, as he had chosen to call himself, he was afraid of the dashing young American called Young Wild Wes t. The boy had shown how superior he was to him, and that made the Mexi.can fear him. His men gradually drifted back to the main cave after making a fruitless search for our hero. Their leader had little or nothing to say to them, and, like the cowards they were, they feared and respected him to such an extent that they were very uneasy, I us a week. Wbat we 'need most is food for our horses. We go out to-night and get that." "That can easily be done,'' answered Jose, who ___ was really second in command of the band. "Yes, that can be done, and in the meantime one of you must keep a watch on the movements of the American dogs. They came to get the treasure that the man called Pedro found. I am sure of this, because he is with them. The eyes of the avaricious fellows lighted at this re mark. They thirsted for wealth, and they did not want to work for it. Don Aguilla decided to go out and have a peep at hie enemies himself. He entered the passage and went up a gentle ascent, turning this way and that, until finally he came to the top of the cliff that overhung the chasm some twenty feet above the roof of the cave occupied by the lawless gang of Mexicans. Rocky crags were on every hand and the hiding-place" for a number of men were many near the mouth of t11e "I have learned enough, Captain," he said, saluting passage. Ten minutes passed by. Then th e bandit t:alled Jose came back. Don Aguilla dropped upon his hands and knees and "What have you learned?" demanded Don Aguilla. crawled to a point from which he could look down into the "'11he American boy was rescued by his friend, who rocky gully that was known as Death Divide. came down the rope right after he was seized and brought He caught sight of the two cowboys on duty as guards here. He bid himself among the horses and watched while the very first thing. men opened and shut the stone slab." Don Aguilla gritted on his teeth. "Is that so, Jose?" cried the captain. He pulled his revolver from his belt and acted as though "Yes, that is so." he was going to try a shot at the cowboys. "How did you learn this ?" But he changed his mind and put it back again. "I heard them conversing right before the entrance." Evidently he felt that his aim would not be very good "They are there, then?" at that distance. "Yes, they are digging to make the stone slab so it canStill, it was not more than a hundred and fifty feet. not be let dow,n." Young Wild West could have picked off a man at that The bandit leader's fa.ce turned pale. distance. "'11hey think to imprison us in here and force us to sur-But Don Aguilla was not a deadshot. render, I suppose," he said, after a pause. "Well, we will That made considerable difference. fool them on that point." The leader of the band of Mexicans remained there a "Yes, Captain; they mean to post a guard outside and few minutes looking around and then went back to the watch for us to try and leave the cave." quarters in the cave below. "Well, for fear that they might take a notion to force He had been unable to see the camp of our friends owing their way in here we will fix the entrance so that the slab to the fact that it was hidden behind a hill and grove of cannot be dropped. Come !" trees. He led the way through the stable and passage to the Once back among his men be told them that nothing hidden entrance. would be done until after dark. There were several logs and posts lying there, and under Then the bandits proceeded to pass the time away as his directions they were braced against the stone in such a best they could. way that it could not be dropped. Some went to sleep, others played cards for money and The work was done with little or no noise, for now that others simply sat down and smoked and read from the wcll they were aware that they were supposed to be trapped by worn papers they had in their possession. Young Wild West they did not want to let him know the' Just before darlmess began to gather the bandits cooked difference. their supper over a fire that was kindled in a roughlyWhen the entrance was blocked to his full satisfaction mane :fireplace near the brink of the chasm. Don Aguilla went back to the main cave. They bad a couple of joints of stovepipe which let out "Men," said he, we have enough provisions here to last l the smoke.


22 YOUNG WILD WEST AT DEATH DIVIDE. As the pipe was portable, they only put it up when they needed a fire. Supper eaten, Don Aguilla selected ten men and tolJ them to get ready to go out with him as soon as it got dark. "We will spy upon the enemy and gather some grass for the horses at the same time," he said. It :finally got dark enough for their purpose, and then they left the cave by the narrow passage. Once at the top o.f the beetling cliff they paused and took a look around. "We will have to be very caxeful that we are not seen by tf1em," the leader said. "There is no need of having a fight unless we are sure we can do it without losing a man. They worked their way down into Death Divide and then moved around to the other side of the camp of our friends. It so happened that they got there just ater Wild and Pedro set out for the treasure cave. But the Mexicans did not get close enough to count all that were there, so they did not miss them. After remaining there for a few minutes they worke

YOUNG WILD WES'l' A'I' DBATII DIVIDE. 23 calm as thoug11 she was but talking to a number of friends. I would that Wild wa:;: coming to her rescue, Arietto.t "You are Don Aguilla, the leader of the villains who made up her mind that she must wait robbecl Petll'o of the gold he found. Then you made up Ii never once occurred to bcr i.hat he would not come. your mincl that you would find the place where he got it, She knew 11im too well for that. but that you will never tind You will not live long He would try to effect her rescue by strategy enough to :find it!" She sat clown on the pile of skins and blankets that had "You talk as though yon were a prophet, senorita," saicl been placed in the corner for her use. the captain, sneeringly. The night gradually drifted on and the situation was "Do Ii' Well, I have o.ften prophesied things, and they the same. have alway:; come true, too. I now prophesy that you will 'Vhen a couple of hours had passed the girl could not not live to fincl the place where there is so much gold coin help noticing that the bandits were very jubilant. hidden. Do you hear what I say? Before another sunset They no doubt felt that they were safe from being comes you will die, Don Aguiila !" found by their enemies Arietta knew that :llexicans were more or less supersti"Well, if it is so that Wild cannot find the way to get tiorn:!, so that is why she talked that way to me I will have to do the best I can toward effecting my Her words had great efted, .for an expression of uneasirelease,'' thought Arietta. "I will have to wait till the ncss crossed the face of tlic captain, while hiti men looked opportunity comes, though." at one another and shrugged i.heir shoulders. And she did wait. "Put a leather thong ..tliout her waii:;t and tie her to She waited the whole night long, sleep never once com -ing to her eves. that jutting piece of rock orer there," said Don Aguilla, .; pointing to the place. "She mu:;t not have the least chance The girl felt that it would be dangerous to go to slee p to escape. If i:;he cries out gag her." among that villainous lot of men The captured girl was forcecl to submit to being tied When the daylight came in through the opening over the about the waist with a stout leather thong and then she cliff the lantern that had been burning all night was ex was !eel over to the jutting piece of rock, which was bigtinguished by one of the men who had been on guard. ger at the end than where it projected from, and thus Four of them had been sitting close to her all the time, a fine thing to tie it to. so Arietta had no chance of trying to make her escape. As it grew lighter the rest began to stir. "llfake her as comfortable as possible for I may take a notion to wed the senorita after the trouble is all over,'' But when Don .Aguilla appearetl, as one o the bandits was in the act of lighting t11e fire to cook breakfast, he said Don Aguilla, sarcastically. This was not pleasing to the ears of Arietta, but she managed to flash a glance of contempt at the speaker. told him not to do it. "We must not give them the least chance of finding where we are,'' he said. "We must wait for our coffee. W,: haYe bread and cooked meat; we will wash it down with water.'' So they had a cold breakfast. Once tied to the rock, there was no chance of getting free from it without the aid of n knife, ancl even if Ehe had one her captors woulcl surely have prevented her from using it the moment she made the attempt. But though her knife and revoher had been taken from her belt, Arietta had a weapon in the bosom of her dress. Some food was offered to Arietta, but she refused it. She now felt that it would not be long before she got She always carriecl a small sil ver-plutecl Colt's revolver there, ancl the villains had not thought of searching her after they took the weapon:; that were visible on her person. away from 11er captors. Something seemed to tell her that. After he had finished his meal, Don Aguilla turned to Jose, his lieutenant, and s&id : "I am going to take the risk of having a look around." The brave girl had not <1rawn thi1t, because she knew it "L k t C t tl t t tl oo ou ap am, ,a you are no seen, was 1e would been no use to put up a fight in the cave against I reply. the bandits. "I surely will. But I think no one would think of lookShe meant to use it before she was through with them,. I ing for a way to get in here where the passage' starts from. however. I We are safe, Jose, and you kpow it." Don Aguilla now ordered half a dozen of his men to go "Yes, Captain to the sealecl entrance and 0tand guard. Arietta was watching hin1, and when Don Acruilla lifted "If the American dogs sueceecl in forcing the slab clown the curtain ancl left the cave she knew the out. fire on them as they attempt to get in," he said. one "I will leave by that way, ancl very soon," she sail to of them could get as far n;, here afo e." herself. was no doubt the i.ruth. I Jn about ten minutes the bandit leader came back. But it was hardly probaul" that they were going to rur.h I "I see nothing of them," he said, "though the smoke i11 headlong to their clcai.h. rising from their campfire. They will never find the pasAs the minutes flitted by and nothing was heard that snge, and if t11ey do what good will it do?"


24 YOUNG WILD WES'r AT DEATH DIVIDE. There was a mocking laugh that came from him and his followers joined in. None of the men paid any attention to Arietta. 'l'hey were not watching her as closely as the guards had during the night. Pretty soon all but one le.ft the main cave to look after their horses and probably listen at the sealed entrance. The Mexican who remained started to roll a cigarette. Ifo was standing less than ten feet from Arietta, his back to her. The brave girl felt that her chance had now come. Thrusting her hand into her bosom, she drew out her revolver. There were just six shots in it, and she made up her mind to use them if it came to the point. "Senor," said she suddenly, speaking in a low tone. The Mexican had just :finished rolling his cigarette and he was in the act of lighting it. He turned quickly and found himself staring at the muzzle of a six-shooter. "One word and you die, senor !'' exclaimed Arietta. The bandit realized instantly that the girl meant to keep her word. He knew the revolver in her hand was just as dangerous as though it had been in the hand of a man. "Step up closer, senor." He hesitated, but a look in her eye told him that he had better obey. On went the brave girl, and soon she reached the mouth of the passage. She was bewildered at the sight of the rocky gorge below, but she did not hesitate to pick out what she thought was the best way down and run for all she knew how. It was extremely dangerous for her to do this, too, for one misstep and she might .fall to her death. She was probably :fifteen yards from the mouth of the passage when Don Aguilla appeared. Behind him, one after the other, came his followers. Arietta ast a fleeting glance over her shoulder and saw them. "Wild I Wild!" she shouted. "Ilelp l Help!" She knew her lover and his companions must surely hear her, and that meant that she would be saved. An answering shout came from behind a little hillock, and then she darted into the gully. But Don Aguilla and his men kept right on coming, determined to recapture the girl. Down among the rocks she went, and then hearing the shoutl:! of her friends, she turned and stood at bay. CHAPTER XI. GETTING OUT TUE TREASURE. "Take the senorita alive!" shouted Don Aguilla, as he led the way toward Arietta; "don't shoot!" Crack! Arietta fired, and one of the Mexicans, who was leveling Then, without moving the revolver a particle,. the girl hiR pistol at her, went down. reached. out with her left band and took the k?ife from But they kept right on coming, Don Aguilla taking care He moved over and then stood still, the cigarette in one hand and the match he had been about to light it with in the other. his belt that was right there for the purpose, 1t seemed. to keep behind the rocks as much as possible. The knife once in her hands, she quickly severed the II Crack! 1 thong that was tied about her waist. It was the third shot Arietta fired since her dash :for "Now, senor, if you follow me I will surely shoot you!" liberty and another bandit was hit. she exclaimed, as she moved over to the curta.ip. of skins. Crack! The : Mexican did not offer to move. Crack Arietta then made a sudden leap for th.e place she She did not hesitate, but sent two more bullets into the wanted to reach, and, pulling the curtain aside, darted into ranks of the villains. the ]Jassage. But four of them were almost upon her now, and., rcnAt the very moment she disappeared the bandit let out dered desperate, she shot the foremost one, and then, gripa yell to alarm his companions. ping the empty revolver by the barrel, stood ready to beat Then he darted for the passage, no doubt thinking he them off. could overtake the girl in the narrow place before she could It was a great fight that Arietta made, but the Mexicans .fire on him. came on, more determined than ever. But that was where he made the mistake of his life. Not until she had .fired her last shot did she despair of Arietta knew she had to do it to save herself, so she making her escape. fired the very instant the man entered the passage. But Wild and his partners were close at hand now. Ile dropped and she sped on as fast as she could make Su

YOUKU WILD \\'EST AT DEATH DIVIDE. 25 Young Wild da;;hc1l up ant1 caught his sweetheart in hi:-; arms, while Uhcyenne Charlie and the rest made alter the fle eing bandits. A few shots were fired by Don .Aguilla's men, but none of them took effect. When they were completely routed and out of sight Wild took his sweetheart by the arm, and, facing her to the rc:;t, said : "\Yhat c1o you think of her, boys? Isn't she the bravest girl that C\'Cr lived?" "Hooray for Arietta!" yelled Cheyenne Charlie, swing ing his' sombrero in the air. "Hooray Hooray Hooray !" came from the lips of the cowboys. It mus t have been galling to Don .Aguilla to hear that cheer. It came from the hearts of those who gave it utterance. With locked arms Wild and .Arietta led the way back to the camp. The girls all wanted to hug the brave girl at once, while Horten s e fairly cried with delight at seeing her alive and unharmed. Charlie, Jim and the cowboys remained out a few min utes hunting for the bandits, but they came in and re ported that they must have succeeded in getting back to their cave "'S..-.en of em went under," the scout said, with a grim smile on l1is rugged face. "Arietta didn't empty her shooter for nothin', I reckon "But I only had five shot s ldt when I faced them," she exclaimed, turning to him. "We ll, I reckon some of us is responsible for them you didn't drop, then." "Well, I had to shoot one as I was leaving the cave. I didn t want to do it, since it was really through him that I got away. But he meant to stop me if he could." "Well, Arietta, I reckon there ain't one of them Mexi can galoots what s fit ter live, anyhow," said the scout, shaking hi s head. "If ther soldiers around these parts was any good they wouldn't be goin' around holdin' up people like they do," "Great haystacks I" exclaimed Zeke Putnam, as he finally got a chance to shake the band of the biave girl. 'You're a wonder, you are! If ever there was a fittin' mate fur Young Wild West'it's you. When ther weddin' take s plac<' I'll feel mighty slighted if I don't git a bid "Well, when Arietta anrl I get married I guess you'll be invited," answered our hero, with a laugh "I am only a boy yet and she's only a little girl. .A fellow should be at least twenty-five before he gets married, I think, and then he should be ready to settle down and make a good husband. I coulc1n't settle down yet, not by any means. Besides, neither of us desires to get married yet. We are satisfied to be jnst plain, ordinary sweethearts." It was not until Arietta had related what had taken place that breakfast waR thought of. Then, when it was ready, they sat clown to a repast 0 nice thick venison steaks broiled just right, co:ITee, baked potatoes and meal muffins, s uch as .Anna alone could make. Our friends enjoyed that meal as much as any they had ever eaten. The gold coins Wild and Pedro had taken from the cave were wrapped in a blanket in one of the tents, and after they were shown to Arietta The sight was enough to dazzle the eyes of one not used to seeing so much wealth lying around, but she simply smiled and remarked: "Well, I guess we did not come here for nothing, did we?" "No," answered Wild. "But I am of the opinion that we will go away with a great deal more gold than what you see here. That eave has plenty in it. Pedro says there is another urn full 0 the coins there which we did not see last night. And there is no telling but we will find more by doing a little digging." "I hardly believe the bandits will attack us again, any how," remarked .Arietta, as Wild wrapped up the treasure. "They cannot leave the cave with their horses unless they do it from the regular entrance, so I guess we. have got them penned in. It would be very little trouble to seal up the passage I made my escape through, as it is only large enough to admit one person at a time." "Well, I guess that will be about the fir s t thing we will do, then," said Wild. "Come, boys I want you to go with me to settle the bandit from getting out of their eave. Jim, you stay here wiil1 Putnam and Pedro to be ready to protect the girls in case there are any 0 the vil lains outside of their cave looking for trouble." Jim nodded. He would have liked to be one of the party, but it was generally his lot to look after the camp in such cases. Wild got full instructions from .Arietta as to how they were to get to the passage and then started out with Char lie and the four cowboys. They had no trouble in finding the place, though they were all willing to admit that they would not have had any idea that it s tarted from up there. "I reckon it won't take more'n a couple of minutes ter fix this place," observed Cheyenne Charlie, pointing to a boulder that must have weighed lour or five hundred pounds "Jest ro 11 that over, boys !" "That's right, Charlie," nodded our hero. "That is just the thing, and i that won't be enough there are plenty more that we can roll down on top of it." Under their united efforts the boulder was quickly rolled up and dropped into the mouth of the passage. It being very steep at the top, the boulder went down until it became wedged in about SL'{ or eight feet below. To makt:. sure another was rolled over on top of it, and then Wild knew he had the villains. "If they arc in there they will stay there until we get ready to let them out," he said. "Well, I reckon they're there all right," Charlie re -


26 YOUNG WILD WEST AT DEATH DIVIDE. tarted. "They was headin' this way ther last I seen of "I guess," said Wild, thoughtfully, "that Trusty Jerry 'em, an' they was jest leggin' it like a lot of lame coyotes and the other fellows would like to see this. It will please runnin' away from a prairie fire." them, no doubt. Charlie, you and Jim go over to the They descended into Death Divide and then made their camp and send them over to have a look. It will do their wa. y to the secret en.trance to the cave. eyes goocl." It was just the same there as they had fixed it the night "All right," was the reply, an

YOUNG WILD WEST AT DEATH DIVIDE. 27 -.. ----------------------. 'fbat they were made of silver and gold was evident, "We uon't want to come out, Senor Young Wild West." though time bad lent a tarnish to them. "Oh! You want to stay in there, eh?" But this could easily be rubbed off, and when our hero "We don't want to come out while you ancf you-.: friends stepped forward and picked up a golden cup he exare here." claimed: "Oh! Well, there is nothing in the place Peuro told us "I guess that is worth something besides being used to the treasure was in; it is bare of anything of value, so you drink from!" needn't expect to get rich all of a sudden." All hands assisted in carrying out the find. "We don't want any treasure, senor." Wild looked it over when it was in a heap in the cave "I suppose you would sell u s a couple of your horse&, and estimated ihat when melted it would pan out for sevsenor?" asked our hero. eral thousand dollars. "Yes!" was the quick reply. 'l'hen they made a search of the gallery, but there was ''Well, we will fix it so you can +ower the slab. Ther: nothing more to be found. you come out yourself and fetch two horses that you want The treasure was soon conveyed to the camp, and then io sell with you. We are going to leave Death Divide right there was nothing left to do but to get it to the American away." side of the Rio Grande as soon as possible. Wilee how lhey arc making out." of his silk waistcoat. A few minutes later WilLl, Ohadie and the four cowboys "I am sony that one of your men is dead,'' he said, made their way to the sealed cave. apologetically. "I'll go up there anu talk to them through the rift,'' "Oh, don't be sorry, Don Aguilla. The man you killed said our hero, ancl then he promptly climbed to the top of came to life again." the cone-shaped pile of stones. "Impossible!" He was a little bit careful about leaning oYcr, but he o, it isn't impossible. I'll have him come here so finally clid so and saw the horses beneath him. you can see him." ''Hello!" he called out in a loud tone of voice. A word to one of the cowboys started him to the camp Instantly there came an answering cry. to bring Zeke Putnam there. "Do you fellows want to get out of there?" Wild asked. When the Yankee appeared a couple of minutes later "Yes, senor," c&me the reply. the face of the bandit leader turned a sickly yellow. "How many are there of you?" "llow is it that you are alive?" he asked. "Thirteen," was the quick retort. "Oh, I fell ag'in a an' then I caught my foot in "Call your captain; I want to talk with him." some vines an' managed ter git my hands loose. I got on The next minute Don \ guilla came out of the main cave a ledge an' then J got away as easy as nothin'. You and stood so Wild could see him. thought you'd done me, you scamp, didn't yer?" "Are you going to surremler r" our hero asked. "I thought so, senor. But I am glad I did not. Now "Will you let us was the evasive rejoinder. :rou han' nothing again8t me or my men, so you will not "Well, we might." bother us." "We will eunenrler, then." "l don't know but what you'd oughter be lynched. If "All right. I will fix the slab of roc:k so you can opm was over in Arizony you'd git it mighty quick." it from within. Then you can come out, one at a time.'''. "Well, come on, boys; we'll leave these fellows to get


28 YOUNG WILD WEST AT DEA1'H DIVIDE. caught by the Mexican soldiers. I guess we'll strike out now." As they went a.way the e:i

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