Young Wild West and the railroad robbers, or, Lively work in Utah

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WILD WEST WEEKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of West ern Life. Issued Week/11 -B11 Subsc1iption $2.50 pe1 year. ,!pplication maae Joi Secon.a Clas ent1y at the New York, N. Y., POit OJ]ice, E1itel'Od accorcifog to ,let of Congress. in the year 1906. i11 the oJ}lce of the Lib1aria11 of Cong1e1B, Washil>gton D C by Fiank 1'ousey, Publislte1', 24 Union .Squaie New Yo1k. No. 169. NEW Y ORK J ANUAR Y 1 2, 1 9 06.< P rice 5 Cents. Young Wild West and the Railroad Robbers .. OR, LIVELY WORK IN UTAH By AN OLD SCOUT CHAPTER I THE OO:MF ORTABLE OA VE. It was Young Wild West, the Prince of the Saddle and Champion Deadshot of the West, who spoke, and as he ltt.vugl:t the sorrel stallion to a halt his two partners, Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart, followed suit. Cheyenne Charlie was '1D. ex-government scout and In dian fighter, who haq been born and in the wild I guess w e ll t o g o i n t o camp, boys. It is be West, and who had se'en and experienced many an adven ginning to get dark, and as there are no signs of a sett l eture while in the company of tha dashing young fellow ment anywhere about there i s no need of getting soaked who bore the name of Young Wild West. to the skin in this rai n. We'll just hunt up a cave, for And 80 it was with Jim Dart. He had knowi:f Wild, as there o ught to be lots of them around here, by the looks he was calleii by his friends, for nearly three years, and o f things since that time they had been chums. T he speaker was a handsome, well formed athletic boy While all three were interested in many mining veno f twenty. tures throughout the 'west, they had a hobby of traveling He was atti red i n a huntingsuit of buckskin ansl armed about looking for excitement aod adventure. with a rifle, brace of r evolvers and a hunting-knife. Sometimes they were accompanied by the scout's wife His long, chestnut hair hung over his shoulders, and, and the sweethearts of the two boys, but they had come m ounted on a clean limbed sorre l stallion, he made a dewithout them on this trip, because they had figured that cidedly dashing appearance. it was going to be a dangerous one before they left Wes H is remarks were addressed to a tall man with long, ton, in the Black Hills, which was the main headquarters bl ack hair and drooping mustache and a boy of about his of Young Wilcl West and his two partners. own age. The two were mounted on thoroughbred horses, and About a week before we find them in the lonely r;pot in wer e dressed and armed about the same as the speaker. northern Utah, one of the officials of the rnion Pacific It was near night in the mountains of northern Utah, Railroad had mysteriously ilisappcared frorn his l1ome in and a drizzly rain had just begun to fall. Ogden, and as no trace could be found of him, a reward As it was in the month of November, it was naturally of five thousand dollars was offrred by the company to any .person would locate him. quite chilly in that part of the country B u t the three riders were gloved and warmly clad, 80 The man's name was Jo

2 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE RAILROAD ROBBERS. But since they had started out the reward'had been inmake a fire with to take oJI the chill," acldctl Jim Dart .. creased from five thousand to ten thou:::and dollars. as he in to gather some of it up. This was worth working for, not to speak of the excitThe three horses were at once led into the cave and f ing t'imes that were likely to be had while the search was relieveJ of their saddles. going on. Onr friends had bought enough oats to last them a As the reader now knows who the three were and what couple of clays at the last place they had stopped at, so brought them to Utah, we will continue with the thread of they had just enough left to make two meals for tlie our story. horses. "I reckon it's tlrnr best thing we kin do, Wild," saill Sometimes the animals went without oats for a long Cheyenne Charlie, in reply to the i'emark Young Wild while. West made. But they were usecT to this, and made out very well on "Yes," spoke up Jim Dart, "it is going to be a bad the succulent grasses that grew in the va1leys. night, I lrnve an idea. If we can find a cave around here A real wcstem horse will come pretty near to keeping the best thing for us to Jo is to put up in it." fat if allowed to forage for himself, and the steeds ridden "Well, boys, if there isn't a cave around here I am a by Young Wild WesL and his partners had been througE poor judge of the nature of the land. Why, there arc all stages of the game. nothing but rocks, crags and cliffs, and where they arc While Jim was busy kindling a fire at the mouth of the caves are sure to be found. But come on; this rain isn't cave, some dry leaves that had blown inside to start just t

YOUNG WILD WEST 'l'HE F.ULlWAD HOBBERS 3 A)ur three friends turned in surprise. Lake several times ir connection with some uar ing A tall man wearing a rubber coat and hat stepped before II cse:apades .. them. "\\'ell, l hope the papers did not print anything about "Quite comfortable you've got it here, I should say," us that was bad, or that \rG c1ic1n 't do. he remarkec1. ''All you need is the cigars, and I have got "You are called the Champion Deadshot of the \"\' e::t, I them." 8ce," went on the man, not noticing what Wild said. "Is "Come in, stranger," saic1 Young Wild West, though it a fact that you holc1 that title?" he did not take any particular liking to the man from '\Yell, yes. I have managed to win out over all I-eYer his looks. "Where is your horse?" shot against in a match But I don t care for the title l "Right out here," was the reply. don't go around looking for glory in that line "Well, I guess there's room for one more. Fetch him "But it seems that you get glory enough, according fo in." the papers." "I am glad to meet with such a good 1-eception. I "Well, maybe I do." thought probably you might object to my sharing the cave Just then the sharp clatter of hoofs rang out and all for the night. I thank you, gentlemen hands sprang to their feet antl turned to the mouth of the He stepped back in the darkness and soon came forward cave. again, leading his horse. Young Wild West and his friends made room for him and then invited the stranger to remove his rubber coat CHAPTER IL and hat and make himself at home. "Been ter supper?" Charlie asked him. WILD RUNS INTO DANGER. "Well, no," was the reply. "But I have got something to eat in my saddle-bags." "It looks as though we're going to have more visitors, "Well, there's a cup of coffee left in ther pot, I reckon, boys," saic1 Young Wild \\'est, looking at his partners an' if you're willin' ter wait I'll soon brile a piece of bear "Well, I reckon we've got about all we kin accommosteak fur ycr." elate," retorted Cheyenne Charlie, as he placed his hantl "I'll accept the coffee, but never minc1 the bear meat,'' nu liis revolver. retorted the stranger. "Bear meat is something, I an1 Lon Leather noticed his action. sorry to say, that I don't fancy." I "You don't think those who are coming might be eneThen he went to his sadJle-bags and out a couple mie c1o you ?" he askcd. of sandwiches. "Yer can't never tell, boss," was the reply. "Ifs best Jim passed the coffee to him and he sat c1own and ate in ter al ways be on ther lookout fur bad galoots in these silence parts, yer know." Not until he had :finish"d the last morsel did he speak. "A good idea, but I hardly think there is any dange1 Then he rubbed his bands anc1 looked up, exclaiming: that those who arc coming are batl fellows." "Oh! I forgot about the cigars!" Charlie looked at him sharply, but mac1e no reply Out came a cigar-case from an inner pocket, which our Just then smen horsemen galloped up to the mouth of friends did not fail to notice was golcl-platcc1 and expenthe cave antl came to a h .lt. sive in appearance .......__ There were six cigars in it, and he held it to each of the three. Charlie allowed that he was smoking a pipe and did not need a cigar, but the stranger insisted, and he took one. Then he calmly lightecl one himself, and, looking at the three, said: "I guess it is about time I told you who I was. You must excuse me for not doing so before. My name is Alonzo Leather, and I live in Ogden when I'm home. My friends usually call me Lon, or short." "All right, Mr. Leather," retorted our hero. "My name is Young Wilc1 West, an

YOUNG WILD WEST AKD THE IlAILilOAD ROBBERS. ... ,-'' ----' __ ....,, ____ .__ -------cave is Lig enough fur us all, I jest said; an' -;-;eckon f back of his horse and then lead him out i to we've got as much right to it as anyone else. We're go in' the rain they lost no time in mounting. ter stop here, an' if anyone there don't like it they kin "YOU Will give me time to buckle my saddle-girths, do ther other thing." won't you?" called out Leather, his face, which was as "What is the other thing?" asked Wild, coolly. pale as a sheet, turned toward our friends. "Git out!'' was the reply. "In just one minute from the time I spoke I am going "Well, I guess we won't do that. It will take a bigger to shoot!" replied the Prince of the Saddle. lot of scoundrels than you are to make us get out. Now Lon Leather hurriedly led his horse away from the you take my advice and get away from here as quick as light of the fire. possible. If you don't something might happen that you He had not ev.en had time to put on his rubber coat won't like. Mr. Lon Leather, you go with them, please!" and hat, but carried them with him as he went along with "What!" gasped Leather. the horse. "I mean just what I say! I just saw you exchanging glances with that ugly-looking galoot there, and I also heard you say something a little while ago that makes me think that you knew this gang was coming 'here. Just take what belongs to you and be sure that you don't pick up anything else and light out!" "But this is an outrage!" persisted the man. Young Wild West and his partners now had revolvers in their hands. Wild was covering the spokesman o.f the party aI!.d Charlie and Jim were ready to shoot the first man who made a move to draw his gun. Lon Leather looked at them and saw that they meant business. "Tltis is mhat I call rough,'' he said, addressing the men outside. "Are you fellows going to stand this sort of treatment?" "If the whole gang of you are not out of my sight in just two minutes I will show you 'how straight I can shoot!" exclaimed Wild. He stood there as cool as though he was simply talking over some trifling matter. Young Wild West had made no mistake when he put down Lon Leather as being a scoundrel. He had thought so from the start, but he was not the one to refuse him shelter when it might be that he had made a mistake in his opinion of him. Suddenly Leather made a grab for his revolver. He succeeded in getting it from the holster and As the villains disappeared from view our hero quickly picked up his rifle and dropped upon his knee at the mouth of the cave. Jim and Charlie quickly did the same. Then the report of a rifle rang out and a bullet flat tened against the face of the cliff near where Wild's head was. His Winchester went to his shoulder. Cra-ang The vibrating report of the weapon sounded in the cave and a yell of pain came from out of the darkness. "I took chances on that shot,'' said the boy, calmly. 'r lnlew just about where the fellow must be who fired. Well, let them keep it up. There is nothing like having a lively time of it. I thought we were going to have a dull evening of it, but I was mistaken." Though they crouched 19w and waited patiently for some little time, nothing further was heard from the men they had dTiven from the cave. 1 "I reckon they got enough,') observed the scout, as he moved over and took a seat where he could not be seen from the outside, though he was in full glow of the fire. "I guess you are right, Charlie," answered Wild. "Well, if they are satisfied we ought to be, I suppose." "Providing they mean to let' us alone," spoke up Dart. More wood was placed upon the fire, and then Wild and Charlie lay down on their blankets, leaving 11im to stand the first watch. then--They meant to keep a watch, anyhow, so the fact that Crack t they had been disturbed by a gang of ruffians did not make Wild fired as quick as a wink. them any more cautious. The man dropped the weapon as though he had received The long night passed, the drizzling rain continuing to an electric shock. come down until daylight. The bullet had hit the barrel and knocked it from Then it gradually ceased, and as our friends were eat-hand. ing their breakfast the sun showed itself. "I could have sent that bullet through your heart," said '"fhis is better," remarked our hero. "Now to get to the dashing young deadshot, "but I took pity on you. some place where we can get some information concerning X ow, get that horse out of the cave in a hurry. If I see the disappearance of Joseph W. Liddle. We want that the least part of any of you scoundrels before me in one reward, boys." minute from now 1 am going to shoot again I" "It ma.y be that the mystery of his disappearance has The seven men 'standing outside in the rain were com-1 been solved by this time," spoke up Jim. pletely awed by the quick, sure shot that the boy had "That's true; but I hardly think so. If he is dead it fired. will never be known what became of him; and if he was When they saw Lon Leather throw the saddls on the simply spiriteCl away by a gang of villains the chances are


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE RAILROAD ROBBERS. 5 that they will keep him long ern; mgh to make some money Wild crept to the edge of the rocky wall and peered out of it." down the track. "I reckon that's about ther size of it," nodded the scout. He was just in time to see three men step down from a The horses had been given their feed the first thing bank and approach the carcass of the bear. after our friends arose, and as soon as they had done eat-There was nothing strange in this, but when he recog-ing they were ready to start out. nized one of them as Lon Leather he gave a low whistle "'Which way, Wild?" asked the scout. of astonishment. "For the railroad track," was the reply. "I guess that He stepped back and looked around him. will be the nearest way to get to civilization." "Diel you see anyone, "' ild ?" Jim asked. "I reckon so." "Yes Lon Leather and two other men are down the They mounted their horses and rode out of the gully. track. The.r arc going to tikin the bear, I guess. I think They bad not gone far when they came upon a trail that I will go around thei;e on foot and find out what sort of a led in the very direction they wanted to go. gang they are, anyhow. It might be that I can learn "Now, then," observed our hero, "we must be on the ::iomethi ng auout the mysterious disappearance of the rail lookout for those fellows we had the trouble with last road official by doing so. It would be just s u c h a gang as night. It may be that they are not s o far away. they are that 'rould be apt to do a thing of that kind." That they will be looking for satisfaction goes without "'l'hat's right!" exclaimed Cheyenne Charlie. saying. I winged one of them when I fired last night, "Well, you s tay here with the hor;;e s I can get up the and if he did not get it very bad it will be enough to make hill there and get clo8c enough to hear what they are talkhim and bis companions seek satisfaction. They are a bad ing about, I am pretty certain." lot, I guess-the first gang of their kind we have come The next minute our hero was ascending the hill he across since we left Weston." hacl spoken of. "There are eight of them, counting the man who called The distance to the spot where the thre e m e n and the iimself Lon Leather," said Jim. "But I guess the three deacl bear were was not more than two hundred yards, and of us are enough for them to-day if we were la s t night." I he moved along cautiousls the bu s hes an d dwarf_"] "We try and 11p reputation, Jim,'' retorted I oaks _grew on t ,11C mountau:s 1Je. Young Wild West, with a smile. He "as soon close enou g h 1.o th e s pot to h ea r vo1cel!. As the trail was a pretty smooth one, they let the horses I Then he founcl that just above the railro ad. in a go at a canter. I hollow that was back of the high embankm e n t t h ere w ere In this way the ground was soon covered, ancl in a few others the three he had minutes they reached a slight elevation and could see thE> But this was to be expected, s mce: h e had on id e a thio;t glistening rails of the Union Pacific in the distance. i whole gang that had sought admission to th e c av e 1.he But it was merely a branch of the great road that ran mght before there. north from Ogden into Idaho. I He a httle nea_rcr and saw thre e s tanding on tlie It was but a single track, too, for at the time of which grouml rn charge. of eight we write t11e railroads throughout the great West were not "T,hat makes six of the eight," he muttered under so fully equipped as they are now. I breatn. "The other two must hav e gone c101rn by tl.e Our three friends rode on and soon reached the track. I saw first. Hello! one of has a bandag e arounr1 Then they brought their horses to a halt and looked up his head. I niust ha\:e grazed with the shot I flr._tl _and down it. 1 m the darkness last mght. Ile is the fellow who had the clos e call, eh? X o wonder he let out a vell !'' Suddenly they saw a big black bear com e out o-f the I ,V. 1 t t 1 l t tl b d h d cl t t t th t k is ung o gc a oo { a 1ose es1 e t e track below woo s an s ar o cross e rac the bank, he crept softly forward < The ammal was about two hundre d yarcJs away and did H J d t h cl h 1 t th 1 e rn JUS reac e a pomt w 1ere e eou d see below no see em. i l t tl b" w 1en a s ar mg t mg happened. Just as the bear got over the rails the report of a rifle : A man pounced upon him from behind and threw him sounded and the huge beast staggered forward and fell. flat on his stomach. here, !" exclaimed Young Wild :vest, j Then another leaped and pressed a cocked re backmg his horse behmd a mass of rock that reared itself voh-er against his forehead. upward near the railroad track. "There is no use in let-1 "l\Iakc ther least noise an' you'll die, Young Wild ting the fellow who fired and sl10t the bear see us." \Yest!" a voice hissed in bis ear. They got out of sight in less than a s econd. Then the daring young dead shot dismountecl and told his partners to do likewise. "Stay right here, boy s I am going to see who it was 1 that brought the bear down so 'neatly." I Charlie and .Jim nodded. CHAPTER III. YOUNG WIJ,D WEST'S NARROW ESCAPE. Wild l1ad been caught foul There was no question about that.


6 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE RAILROAD ROBBERS. He had not been possessed of the least idea that anyone was watching him when he made his way to the spot where the villains were gathered. When he heard what was said and felt the muzzle of a revolver pressed against his head, Wild realized that there was only one thing to do, and that was to remain silent. He was pinned to the ground so he could not use his hand s by tl1e man who had forced him down, and there he was at the mercy of the two villains. The fellow who held the revolver at his head quickly relieved him of his weapons. "Hello, Captain Lon!" called one of them, in a low voice. But it was loud enough to reach the ears o:f those below at the side of the railroad track. "What is it?" came the quick reply from the man who had been the temporary guest of our friends the night before. "We've got someone here that you said you'd give a good deal to have." ('What!" "That's right We've got Young Wild West." "The dickens you say!" Leather ran up the bank with the greatest ease, for he was an athletic fellow, anJ. he reached the scene just aa the three men came up from the hollow. "Great Scott !" he exclaimed; "how in thunder did you make the capture, boys?" "Oh, we was lookin' around ter see if there wasn't an other bear close by, when all of a sudden we seen this young galoot crawlin' this way," answered the man who was holding Wild down. "When we seen it was ther fel low what you said was named Young W i;td West, ther Obampeen Dead sbot of ther West, we allowe

YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE IVi.ILROAD ROBBERS. 7 "Lean that log qgainst the boulder and then tie the them, corning ::o close to them that they could fairly feel prisoner securely to it," he said, coldly. the wind of it "All right, Cap." Cra-ang Two of them dragged Wild down to the track, while Another shot sounded fr;om a point nearly straight a third kept a pistol to his head "If he utters a yell ahead of them, and then u yell rang out from the other shoot him!" was the order "We are not going to be side of the track. cheated out of him now. His partners are around some-In less than two sccondo later WilJ anJ Jim were ill where, and they might appear in time to rlo some damage the cover of the trees right near the spot where our hero to us. Young Wild West has got to die, and there is no had been captured power on earth that will save him now. Hurry up, boys! Then Cheyenne Charlie came to meet them. If the train is on time she will be here in another minute The scout teized the young deaJ::;hot and gave him a I made a mistake when I looked at my watch before." hug. Just then the whistle of a locomotive sounded in the "I thought you was a goner, Wilcl," he said. distance. "Well, I'll admit that I thought the same way, Oharlie," The train was coming. was the reply. ''But Jim was in time." Wild was now as white as a sheet. "Well, we only had about five minutes ter make up our But he diJ not plead with the scoundrels, knowing that minds what ter do. You see, we took a notion ter strike it would be useless out an' look fur yer a little whil e afte r y ou was gone. We In a remarkably quick time he was tied to the log. got in sight of ther sneakin' galoot s jest a s the y was tyin' Directly him, and four feet of him, was I ther dynamite ter ther rail. We didn t know what it was the dynamite tied to the rail. at first, but when we hearJ that fell e r Lon Leather say .And the rumble of the approaching train could be 1 that you'd be blowed tcr piec e s an' tb e r train wrecked at _.,,.,,. lieay. I ther same time, we knowecl it mu s t be dynamite, or nitro-'' Scatter, boys!" exclaimed Captain Leather. "Half glycerine, or somcthin' like that." on this side and half on the other, so we can be _ready to\ And then we decided that I was to cre e p down as close make a rush for the express car after the explosion takes as I could get and cut the explosiv e EtufI from the rail place. Now! Light out .for your lives!" and let the train go by," added Jim. "The train was The train shot into view around the curve anc1 the robcominrr when I started to get down behind the rock but bers ran for their lives, leaving Young Wild West to his the villains were so intent on their fie ndish work that fate. they did not look my way at all. If they had it would Wild knew that the engine would strike the dynamite have been all up with you." in another moment unless almost a miracle oceurred. j "What clicl you do with the dynamite, Jim i''' asked But just as the last of the railroad robbers disappeared Wild. from his view an agile form darted from behind the very I "I laid it on top of the boulder. There it is! You can boulder the log leaned against. see it from here.'' It was Jim Dart! "Ah! I see it." Our hero saw the flash of a knife and then the train Our hero could see the oblong stick with some of the whizzed by. cords still clinging to it ...--.. He was saved! "I guess we 11acl better get that dangerous explosive "'1 knew I could do it, Wild," said the voice of Jim, as I out of the way," he observed, dropping on his knee behind our hero's bonds were cut. "I dared not act before, for I a tree and raisin g his rifle to his shoulder. fear I would not have got a chance to get the dynamite off Charlie and Jim knew what he was going to do. the track. If we had opened fire on the villains it would I They also were aware of the fact that some of the rail have been the means of saving you We figured it out road robbern were not very far from the boulder. quickly, and decided that I was to wait until the men left 1 Wild took quick aim and pressed the trigger. and then dart out and cut the dynamite from the rail. Boom-m-m But come! The villains will be upon us in a hurry if we The report of the rifle was drowned in a crashing roar stay here !" A lurid flame spread out around the boulder and a Wild did not think of asking any questions. shower of dirt and stones leaped high into the air His own weapons were q11ickl.v placed in his hands, and I As the noise of the explosion died out yells of fear then a tug at the sleeve of his coat made him follow his could be heard, and then our friends caught sight of three rescuer. men running up the hill 0Il the other side of the track. Up the bank they dashed just as a yell of rage sounded "I guess that gave them a scare that they won't forget on the air. I very soon," observed our hero. l Then, only pausing long enough to make sure that tb.e The report of a rifle sounded and a bul1ct whistled by 1 track had not been obstructed by any pieces of rock frorg.


8 YOUNG WILD WEST THE RAILROAD ROBBERS. the explosion, he led the way .for the spot where they had jest in time! We're goin' ter put it to a vote, an' I reckon left tlieir horses. 1 you kin have a say in this thing They reached them without hearing anything of the "What is the name the p lace has always went by?" villainous band, and, mounting them, rode away from the "Jig Water," was the prompt reply. "That's ther name spot. of ther town, an' that's a good enough name, I reckon X ot until then did Wild tell his partners bow he came 1 'Ther company has sent them three galoots up here with to be caught by the men. that sign over there ter put up on ther station. What do "It was a mighty good thing that we decided to follow yer think of it?" you;' said Jim. "You told us to stay there with the j Wild and his partners stepped a little nearer and saw a horses, but we both got it in our heads that we had better neatly-painted sign lying on the platform. sneak up after you and see what going on. I am glad "Roseville" was the name it bore. we did." Cheyenne Charlie looked around at the little settle"So am I, boys," answered the boy, fervently. "That ment and grinned was a nqrrow escape, if I ever did have one in my life "Where in thunder does ther roses come in?" he asked. "So ther galoots calls themse lves ther railroad robbers, "That's jest it," said the man. "This is a healthy old do th'ey ?" remarked the scout, after a pause. town ter be stung with a name like that, ain't it? I tell "Yes," answered our hero. "Lon Leather took pains yer Jig Water is a good enough name fur it." to impress it on my mind, too. Do you know what I "I think so, too, pard." think?" "Hooray!" yelled the citizen, wavin g his hat. ''Come "What?" here, Lige Becker Here's three strangers what's jest "That this gang of eight know something about the arrove, an' I reckon they think ther name ther town's got dieappearance of Joseph W. Liddle, the railroad official." now is good enough fur it. "I wouldn't be surprised," nodded the scout "Goocl enough!" and the next minute the tall, I, either, Wild," Jim hastened to say. man came over to them "It would take just such !l gang as that to do a thing of He promptly shook hands with them. that kind." Then he turned and pointed at the sign His partners admitted this. "What do yer think of that?" he asked. we will ride on until we come to some, sort of a "Well, I don't know as we have got any right to express town, and then we will try and learn something about this 1 our opinion," answered our hero. mysterious disappearance.'' "Yes, yer have. My name is Lige Becker, an' ther "We're bound ter strike some kind of a place if we folfolks has voted fur me ter be ther galoot ter lead ther low ther blamecl old railroad track,'' said the scout. movement ag'in changin' ther name of oul' place I says He was right, for within ten miles of the spot where you've got u right ter express your opinions, so go ahead Wild met with such a narrow escape they came upon a an' do it." little settlement. "Well, if that is the case I'll tell you what I think CHAP'l'ER IV. "JIG WATER" OR "ROSEVILLE." about it. I think the original name of the place is good enough." "Hooray!" yelled those who heard this. "But why don't you put it to a vote and decide it that ?" went on our hero. "The mere fact of the railroarl company putting up that f:lign won't change it, anyhow. It was not much of a town that our friends had arrived Get the sentiment of the crowd, and then maybe the men at. won't put it up until they have consulted their superiors There were not more than twenty or thirty buildings in it, and most of them wete of the shanty type. Really the best-looking building o.f the lot was the little railroad station As the three rode up to this structure they found quite a crowd of rough-looking men and a few women and chil dren gathered on the platform and around the station. Three men wearing overalls and supplied with carpen ters' tools were busy arguing with a tall, lanky man, who Feemecl to be a leafler of the crowd that hacl gathered Our friends "What is the tronblc ?" Wild askecl of one 0 the men. "Why, thcr hlamecl old railroad company wanh; ter change ther name of this town," was the reply. "You're "That's it! That's it!" came from the men in the crowd, while the shrill voices of the women joinecl in ap provingly. Wild did not know how many were in favor of it, but he was amused at the situation, and was anxious to see it settled. The three workmen now put down their too l s and leaned against the rail of the platform. They appeared just a little uneasy. Lige Becker got upon a box and held up his hancl for silence. "Laflies an' gents," he said, in a voice that was loud enough to be heard by everyone in sight, "I've been app'inted as ther one ter make th er protest ag'in changin' I


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE HAILlWAD ROBBERS. 9 ther name of our village. l've asked these three railroad Wild was now more of the opinion than ever that Lon men not tcr put up that sign, au they say they will have Leather and his gang were responsible for the disappearter do as they was told or lose their jobs. Now there's ance of the. railroad official. "Boys, I guess we will stay some of yer who like ther high-soundin' name of Rose-right here in this town for the rest of the day, and prob ville, e;;pecially thcr wimmen folk:;. But thcr real old ably till to-morrow morning," he said, as they mounted i;eti.lers think Jig Water ii:; a goou enough name. Some their and rode over toward a ramshackle building of us have lived here fur years, an' i ther name has bee11 that purportecl to be a tavern by the sign it bore. goou enough that long it's good enough now. But, on l "I reckon it won't hurt ter stay here awhile," Charlie ther advice of this young feller here," pointing to Wild, retorte

10 YOUNG WILD WEST AND 'l'IIE RAILROAD ROBBE.RS ----.. ------.-------_,, ------------------ness. I evillc sign we'll 1 Jim. "I think he is worth je,;t shoot it so full of hole:; that no one will be able ter I "All right; we'p watch tber pair of 'cm," answered the read it!" scout. "We won't go ter bed jest yet. It ain' t quite ten ".\.n' then ycr want tcr have another ign ready ter put o'clock, anyhow up," suggested the scout. I 'fhe two strangers seemed to have plenty of money, and 'By jingo! That's right. Iloyi>, go an' git a sign made. they spent it regardless. right away. There's JJave Coop, what's a putty good car-I Lige Becker and his friends had been drinking pretty pent er, an' he ain't doin' nothin' now. An' there's Jim freely all day, and they began to get "fillecl up with tan Diggcr what's jest been pai:ntin' his wagon with reel paint r glefoot," as one of them put it. He have some of thcr paint over. We kin buy a little I After awhile one of the st l\n gers got a little ugly, and white paint clown at ther store, an' we'll make a red an' I the result was that a fight started. white sign that everybocly kin read with pleasure. Hooray Then the fellow Wild was suspicious of pulled off his fnr Jig Water!" coat and exclaimed: The cheering was loud a:r:;cl long. "I can lick any man in the house, and I am ready to Charlie very much interestlOd in the fight between do it!" the railroatl ancl the settlement. He offered to help them fix up the sign, ancl it finally foll to him to do the painting. Wild did not raise the least objcctiolls. "Go ahead," he said, when the scout looked at him. "All right. But I'cl like you tcr draw out ther letters on paper, so I kin cut 'em out an' use 'cm fur a pattern on tlier sign. I kin stick thcr paper letters on with pins an' then tr.1ce along ther edges with a pencil. Then it'll be cu:;y enough ter fill 'em in with thcr paint. A red sign with white letters! That'll be ther thing!" Ile \rent off with the men, arn1 by noon they came back to the tavern with quite a decent-looking sign that the vil lat;e c:arpeHtcr hac1 macle. It was a trifle larger than the one that lay on the sta tion platform, but that all the better, so the man de clared Wild made patterns of the letters for the scout, and then, with the assistail.ce of a man handy with a brush, he started in. By night the sign was complctetl. It was pronouncecl a clantly by everyone intere:;tecl. Ant1 the :fclet was, it t, the center of the room aml raising his hancl. "1 1.hese two fellows came here looking for trouble Just keep your shooters in your belts, I will accept the tall fellow's challenge, and if the other one interferes my part-ners will take care 0 him. Just take it easy a few min-utes, arnl I will show you how easy it is to knock spots out of a big bluffer. He says he can whip any man in the house. I am only a boy, but I honestly believe that he isn't able to w11ip one side of me The men took heed to what the daring young deaclshot said. They relinquished their hold of their six-shooters and the mussy stranger did same The latter looked exceedingly annoyed and cast a g l ance at the door. "Don't yer try ter sneak out, you miserable slab-sided


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE RAILROAD ROBBERS. 11 =========-::================================================================galoot!" cried Cheyenne Charlie, divining the fellow's along, boys! They oughter be lynched, that's what they thoughts. "You come in here an' started a row; now had!" you're goin' ter git all that's comin' ter yer !" "That's right," nodded Wild. "I'll make the charge The man addressed walked over and leaned against the against them, and I'll prov e it, too. They had quite a bar. nerve to disguise themselves and come here, after what "The man I hit called me a liar," he said. "I couldn't they did this morning. They were after me, but they stand that." didn't get me. I'll see to it that the re s t of the gang is "But what did you call me first?" cried the fellow who run down, and I'll find out where the missing railroad had got the worst of the argument. "I'm goin' ter let a man is at the same time." streak of daylight through yer fur hittin' me when I "Three cheers fur Young Wild West!" shouted Lige wasn't lookin' !" Becker, as the prisoners wHe dragged away. "Hold on!" said Wild, sternly. Leather and his right-hand man whom he had callea At this a couple of the man's friends caught hold of Dudley at the place where the d y namite had been placed on him and succeeded in leading him away. the track, were much crestfall e n, but showed little signs of "Now, then," said our hero, looking the challenger in being badly frightened. the eyes, "you and I will have it out. I guess I am the They were taken to a abanty near the outskirts of the one you are after." town and close to the railroad track and roughly thrown "If you think so, all right, young fellow." in. He spoke in a ilifl'erent tone of voice than he hid been Then the door was locked and a man selected to stand using, and Cheyenne Charlie gave a start and exclaimed: guard till morning. "Wild, it talks like ther galoot what--" The shanty had been built purposely for a lock-up and Our hero cut him short. was constructed of huge logs lapped and s piked at the "I have an idea who it is, Charlie," he answered. "I ends .._ .. : -"""' '1-T had seen him before." There were no windows in it and the floor was of broken With that he darted at the man and succeeded in landstones cemented over, so that it was so hard that an ax ing a blow in the pit of his stomach. would have made no impression on it. It was done so sudden that the stranger could not ward It was a pretty strong pla c e for a j a il, and without of!' the blow, and a s he fell back our hero seized bis whisassistance from the outside no prisoner could possibly kers with his left hand and gave a jerk on them. escape from it. To the astonishment of all hands the beard came off! And then the face of Lon Leather was disclosed. Probably the reason the villains did not show signs of Bifl' fright was because there were two more ?f their gang in the town at the time they were captured. Wild hit him again and knocked him to the floor. They were outside the tavern ready to join in a fight The very moment they recognized him Charlie and Jim should one occur. leaped forward and caught the other fellow. Jim tore a false beard from his face and found him to But it had happened so suddenly that Lon Leather and be the villain who had tied the dynamite to the railroad Dudley were made prisoners before they hardly knew what rack. had happened, and when they heard that they were to be "They're two of ther railroad robbers!" the scout cried. taken to the lock-up they bid e d their time, feeling that Tie 'em up, boys!" they would be able to release them. In spite of the fact that they had been treated so lavIt so happened that the man left to keep a watch o.n the ishly by the two strangers, they were a willing crowd. jail had been drinking altogether too much. In less than a minute the two were struggling in the He walked around for a few minutes after he was left grasp of the excited inmates of the room. alone, and then becoming drowsy, went into the little "Gentlemen," said Wild, when they had been subdued lobby in front of the jail entrance and sat down and went and bound, "my partner is right. That man there is to sleep. Captain Lon Leather, the leader of the train robbers, and The two members of the gang of railroad robbers had the other is one of his men. They tried hard to blow up a been keeping watch on him. train with dynamite this morning about ten miles from While the men of Jig Water were at th tavern talking here, and they had me tied close to where they intended about the capture and listening to Young Wild West's the explosion to take place, so I would be blown to pieces. story of the attempt on his life., these .two villains set to But my partners arrived in time and prevented an explowork to release the two 111'ifoners. sion that would have killed many and destroyed the engine They lost no time about it, for they did not know how and part of the train. I advise you to place them in the soon someone might come around to spoil their scheme. lock-up, if you have one in Jig Water." They sneaked into the lobby and bound and gagged thry "We've got a lock-up, all right," spoke up Lige Becker, Rleepy guard almost before he knew what had happened "an' on your word we'll lock 'em up. Fetch ther galoofa to him.


... I -YOUXG iYILD WEST AXD THE HAILHOAD ROBBERS. A quick search brought to light a key that would fit fhe rniuutcs the hoJ:SeR wPrc haltctl and relicY1!11 of tliLir the padlock, and then the tloor was opened. douhle Here we are, Captain Lon!" said one of the OJl(C on the ground Captain Lon Leather utti;red a cry he stepped into the log jail. "I reckon you knowed you that sounded much like the bark of a wolf. wouldn't have ter slay here very long." I In less than second it was answered. right, Bilkins," answered the captain. Then he gave a low whistlr ancl proceeded straight B1lkms was rather hunchbacked, and he chuckled with ahead through a growth of stunted oaks, the men leading delight al what he and his companion had succeeded in: t.hc horses behind him. j A few feet from the spot where they had halted they I am t as tall as some men," he remarked, "but I came t.o the black mouth of a cave. reckon I kin generally do my share when it comes ter cute "It is all right," said Leather, in a low tone of voice. work.'' j "Good!" came the reply from the cave. "Come right "I reckon so," answered Dudley, as he felt his bonds on in, Cap." severed by 1.he stroke 0 J knife. J Then the four men and the two horses passed inside the The next minutP 1.he two captives w11lkcd out of the dark opening. loek-up, leaving the guarJ gagged and helpless m the The next minute the dim light of a bull's-eye lantern little lobby. showed up and a man appeared. "Dudley,'' said the captain, ''we made a big mi s take. He was the fellow who had narrowly missed being slain You ahrnys look for a fight when you get a few clrinlrn of hy the bullet our hero had sent through the rain and dark liqu o r in you, ancl I guess I am lrnilt on something of the ne;;s the night before, for tbe bandage was still about hio c;ame plan. But I felt so 1'ore again::;t that young fellow head. who calls himself Young Wild West that I coulcln't help 11 "Where's tber other two horses?'' he asked, in surprise. i::;sui11g that challenge in the tavern. Ile is as sliarp as a "Over at the stable of the Jig \Yater tavern, I guess," st.<.!el tra p, and my! how quick!'' i answerecl Lon Leather. r "Quick ain't no name for it, Cap. Why, he had :you I The man said no more, but allowed the men to pass. knockc(l inte r a cocked hat in less than a eeeowl," an1 Around an angle of the irregular former opening in :,.wcr ctl Duclley, with a shrug o.f his shoulders. the ground the men went, and then a light showed up r e ll, neYcr mind. He acts like a fortune teller, too; about fifty feet ahead. but it will do him no good. Ile will never find the missl They reach e d a place that was used as a stable for thei1 ing Liddle, if he did make the lJOast that be wot !cl. b e fore they turned into the lighted part of the on, lJoys We will have to ride double with you, as theJ C"avc, and while two of them were tying the steeds the Jmve no

YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE RAILROAD ROBBERS. 13 "That isn't enough. I'll liave a talk with him in the morning and see how much better he will do than that. It might be a good idea to settle U}) this matter in a hurry and change our quarters. That is what we' ll have to d) if Young Wild West and his partners remain alive. But I am sleef'.)\ so we will talk it ove1 in the morning. Good night, boys!" and found the man who had been left to guard the prison ers there. So saying, the captain made his way to a curtained cor "0r of the cave and disappeared. By his looks he bad put in a pretty tough night of it. Wild saw there was no need of questioning him. Anyhow, it was none of his business. Several of the citizens of the settlement had something to say about what had happened, but our friends simply told them that the next time they got the villains they would take measures to hol c1 them. When the train came along from Ogden there were several armed men aboard. They were going to hunt for the train robbers, or rather OH.APTER VI. they were ready to defend the train against an attack. Wild knew it was hardly likely that tlie villains would IT rs STILL JIG WATER. make another attempt to wreck the train that day. While a captive he had heard the leader say that they Young Wild West and i:lis partners c1id not remain long were after a certain amount of money that was supposed out of bed after the two railroad robbers were placed in to be on that particular train. the lock-up. l 'l'he same three men who had been stopped from putThey took it for granted that the jail was a strong one ting up the sign on the station the day before got off, anJ and that the villains would be safely held, and, after tellwith them was the head man of the construction departing the crowd in the tavern all about the attempt to wreck ment. the train, they turned in. Several passengers got off also, among them being a When they went to sleep at a seasonable hour they alMormon and his t"'.o wives. ways made it a point to tise early. There were few, if Mormons m Jig Water which It was a little after six the next morning when they sa :vas rather remarkable, the settlement was so close down to breakfast in the roughly-furnished tavern dining-, w the bot-bed of that faith. room. I A crowd was at the to see what people Th h d t b t fi h d th 1 h L' meant to do about puttmg up the Roseville sign on the ey a JUS a ou me e e mea w en J00'e. b iJ u1 nmg. Becker, the lanky leader of the adherents to name of L' B k th f d th "J' W t ,, hi 1ge ec er was ere, o course, an ere was an air ig a er, came rus ng in. f t t b h' o grea impor ance a out im. Th;r two galoots we put m ther last got He was not in an ugly mood, though many of his folout, an ther guard was found bound an gagged an chilled lowers were. ter ther bone a little while ago!" he exclaimed. Wild and his partners were interested in the affair and "Is that so?" asked Wild, rising from the fable. "That anxious to see how it would 'terminate. news, I say." When they heard that the boss of the construction de, Yes. We amt no further ahead m ther game than we partment o,f the branch was there they readily imagined afore we catched 'em," and the lanky man shrugged I that he had come down to enforce the putting up of the shoulders. s ign. "Oh, yes, we are. It is too bad that the scoundrels have They were right in this, for, after Lige Becker had been but we are further ahead than we were before we pointed out to him b5' one of the carpenters, he went over caught them, because we know that they are located someto him and said: where in this vicinity." "What seems to be the objection putting up this "I'm glad you look at it that way," and Becker showed sign on the station?" signs of being relieved somewhat. "It ain't no fault of "Well, ther objection is that ther town's name is Jig mine, though we hadn't oughter left a man what was full Water, an' not Roseville," was the reply from the chair of bugjuice ter watch ther jail. He admits be was asleep man of the committee. when two men come an' catched him. They tied him up "Don't you know that this station was built by the an' gagged him an' then got ther key out of his pocket. railroad company?" That's where another mistake was made! We hadn't "Yes, I know that. But we don't mean that ther station oughter left ther key with him." shall be called anything but Jig Water, jest ther same. "So two men came and got tbe prisoners out, eh?" spoke Ther railroad kin build ther station all right, but we'll call up Jim Dart. "That shows that they must have been it what we wanter, 'cause we was here afore ther railroad arouncl somewhere at the time they were put in there." was." "Y'}"toI reckon they must have been." "Well, I don't want any of you people to get into tr0u--Om :ends went out in the store part of the tavern ble, but the sign is going to be put up. This station is


YOUNG WILD WEST AXD THE RAILROAD ROBBERS. going to be called Hoseville, so you might as well make Crack! the best of it." Lige Becker fired a shot at the sign and the bullet hit "Well, if you put up ther sign we'll fill }t so full of lead the letter R. that yer won't be able ter tell what it reads in less than That was the signal for a fusillade, and for the next ten ten minutes!" minutes it sounded as though a battle royal was raging. "! you do that you will be liable to arrest for destroyAs many as thirty men emptied their revolvers at the ing the property of the railroad company." objectionable sign. ".\11 right. Let her go Then they refilled the chambers and did the thing over Hoarse mutterings could be heard on every hand now. again. Young Wild West wanted to avert trouble if he could, Instead of a sign it resembled a sieve in short order. so he calleJ the superintendent aside. The superintendent was in a rage, but he was sensib!e ":My friend,'' said he, "I have only been in town enough not to try and stop the shooting. since last night, but I find the people 1wre are very set It is quite likely lie had an idea that he might get a in their ways. H they don't want the name of their town bullet or so himseH if he did. changed why don't you let them have their way about it? Ile turned to the three workmen and said something to No doubt the railroad company is powerful and can make them, after which they all headed for the tavern. trouble for them if they destroy the sign, but you should The men of Jig Water jeered them derisively. take a square look at the matter, and ii you do that you ''Let them alone, boys! called out Young Wild West. will finJ that the citizens have their rights, as well as the "Don't try to start any row with them. It won't pay." company." ... "That's right!" yelled Lige Becker. "Now, some of "Young man, I want no aclvicc from you," saicl the yer run an' git our sign an' weu put her up. Yer might man, brusquely. ask them fellers if we kin use their hammer an' screw" All right. Go ahead and put up the sign. I dont bedriver." long in this town, ancl so won't take any stand in the mat, Th d 1 t f h. th h c wor s were scarce y ou o is mou w en one o tcr. But If you should look at the matter m the proper tli ct c ft ti t d t d l f.. c i iz ns ran a er ie superm en en an us men. light and go and mform yeur supcnorn Just 110w the s1t.. ,1 1 th t 1 tl h d b 1 t "th 1cy were earrymg c oo s 1cy a roug 1 w1 nation stands I think the diflicultv coultl be s ettled with the cl l tl l l ti l t" t th m, an w 1en Jey iearc ic man s 1ou mg o em out any trouble." they turned aml waited for him to come up. \Vhat you think don't amount to shucks," retorted the ccrn-11 1 t 1 h d ?" th n i yer e us laYC a ammcr an screw-nver. e supermtendent, snappmg his fingers. ct e k d 11 1 f i ]Z n as e gnnmng a oYer us ace. All nglit. Go ahead with the show. I like to see ex"C t .' 1 ,, cl tl "L t h" h b t ,, er am y, answerc ie super. e 1m ave w a citement. h t b Th f th "th e wan s, oys. ere is no use m gomg any ur er w1 Our hero stepped back. ti b I h cl t t f J d I ns usmess. ave one my par ; i is or some >o y Several of the men had heard what passed between them 1 h tl I t t ,, 11g er rnn am o ac now. and they nodded significantly at Wild. ,, The necc!'!'ary tools were handed over, much to the sur-Go ahead and put the sign up, said the supcrmtend. f L. B k d 1 f ll pnse o igc cc er an 11s o owcrs. ent to the workmen. "I have got to hire a horse and meet Tl 1 1 ti 1 t th ld b I th iey rnr 10ug 1 ere wou c a row w 1en ey the division superintendent up at the place where they 1 1 f as me or. say the outlaws tried to blow up the train yesterday morn. I ,d l"k t tl 1 t cl t th 1 "That fellow is coming to his senses, I guess," said/ mg. wolU i 'e o see 1e man w io was re o e og .,--'l t t d b t ,, Wild, meaning the construction bO$S. L ie rain crew repor e a ou ,, "Y t t lk. t l h 1 t 1 t ,,, He surely is, answered Jim. Well, if I was m hrn ou was JCS a m er nm, you cac s rong ga oo I L B I "Y =d 'n t th f place I think I would do the same thing." spo rn up 1ge ec rnr. oung 11 i ,v es is er e l t tl d bb l d t 1 t tl 1 b th If you had been m his place the sign would not be nd-w 1a ier ra1 roa ro ers ia ice er 1er og y er side of ther track. But you said he didn't amount ter dled with bullets, because you would .not have ordered it anything, so there's no need of yer havin' a talk with him. to be put up." G h 1 11 !" "That's ri0crht." o a eac an put up your o c sign 'l'he ofllc:ial looked at Wild keenly. "This is more fun than I've hacl in six months!" CheyBut he said nothing to him just then. ennc Charlie declared. Ile noclcled for his tluee subordinates to go ahead, and From the very moment they had hea 'rd about the dispute they proceer1cc1 to put the s'.gn in place. over the name of the town he had been interested. As they 11ac1 the iron braces ancl screws there reacly for And he coukl not help lrncling a 1rnnc1 to get the riddled business, it did not take more than fifteen minutes to sign clown and put up the one. be had painted. do it. Wilcl knew there might he trouble from what was going J "There!" exclaimed the superintendent; "when the on, b11t he dicl not attempt to stop the scout. tirnetablr comes out now this station will be put down ac; He had never seen him so interested in anyf Roseville." clicl not concern them before. I


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE RAILROAD ROBBERS. 15 Willing ones ran to the tavern and lirought' over the I new sign and then the old one was taken down. II It was a sorry sight. Up went the other, and though it was not finished the way Roseville l1ad been, it made a fine show on the over hanging roo 0 the little station. The crowd got down on the rnilroacl track ancl stood admiring it. "Now I Teckon we know what's what!" exclaimecl Lige Becker. "It's Jig Water yet, an' yeT kin bet your sweet life it's goin' ter stay Jig !" A cheer went up. The riddled sigu was thrown under the platform, after it had been broken in hal a dozen pieces. Young Wild West and his partners d e cided to go back to the tavern, DOW that the :fun WaS OVCr. As they were leaving the platform Wild happened to take a look at the notice of reward, which was still tacked on the side of the building. Then he noticed that a sheet 0 paper containing some writing was pinned to the poster. "Hello! What's this?" he said, as he walked up to it. Charlie and Jim followed him. Then they read the following: "To My Relatives and Friends: "I have agreed to pay f\fteen thousand dollars for my release with the condition that I am to let the matter drop and n;t look to prosecute anyone connected with the affair. I am being treated well but my captors swear will starve me to death if the money is not forthcommg in forty-eight hours. It will be best to throw the money from the train i:o. a bag to-morrow morning at a point five miles' above this station. Tl1is is dictated by my captors, but I heartily agree with them and mean to keep my word. (Signed) "JOS. W. LIDDLE. "P. S.-1 anybody comes to interfere with my captors w'hen they appear to get the bag of money it will mean death for me. J. W. L." CHAPTER VIL WHAT THE RAlLllOAD ROBBERS WERE UP TO. Captain Lon Leather was one of the class who believed in rising early. At 1 the first signs of daylight, which was admitted to the big cave he had made his headquarters through a rift that opened in the face of a beetling precipice, he arose. The rest of the robbers, save the man on guard, were still sleeping soundly. The captain walked over to a corner of the cave and washed his face and hands in a trickling stream that lost itse1 through a split in the solic1 rock and went dashing down the ace of the Cliff to a deep gorge below. Then he combed his rather long hair by aid of a pocket mirror and walked out to the entrance 0 the cave. "Good-mornong, Cap," said the guard. "Good-morning, Gus," was the reply.: "How do you feel this morning?" "Putty good, Cap. But T'd eel better i we had stopped ther train yisterday mornin' an' got hold of ther money what. was in ther express car." "Well, never mind; there is another day coming. I have an idea that we will stop the trainthat goes through to-night and get what we can. That is )Why I am up so early, or rather that is one reason." "Good enough, Cap You're a dandy leader, an' no The sun was not yet up, but it was light enough to see objects quite plainly. The yellow and red streaks in the east told Leather that it was going to be a fine day, in all probability. "I guess it can be done all right," he muttered. "I'll send Dudley up on the moming train and let him come back on the train that is due to pass Jig Water at mid night. He can uncouple the express car at the commence ment 0 the upgrade below l1ere, and we will be on hand to uo the rest. We haven't any more dynamite on hand, so "What do you think of that, boys?" hero when he had read it. we will have to roll a boulder down on the track just as exclaimed om: the locomotive comes along. It can be done all right, I "I wonder when that could have been put here?" said Jim. "I am certain it was not here when we came over this morning, :for I wa looking at the reward poster." "Well that means that someone put it up during the excitem:nt," answered Wild. "Well, we will take this over to the tavern and ask that superintendent if it is Liddle's handwriting. He ought to know." He placed the paper in his pocket, anc1 without a word to any of the rest, started for the tavern. The superintendent was standing at the bar when they entered. "Would you know the hand.writing of Joseph W. Lid dle, the missing man?" Wild asked him, coming right down to business. feel sure. There will be a gang looking out for somethini; to ha,ppen, but it will happen in a different way, and just when they are not expecting it to. If it were not for this fellow Youn()' Wild West it would be an easy thing. Well, 0 I'll wake Dudley and get him off, for I have an idea that old Liddle will come to terms this morning, and we want to make a good haul before we let him go. Then we can light out of Utah and rest awhile." He walked back into the cave, wl1ere the men were 11slcep. It did not take him long to waken Dudley. Then he told him what was required of him, and tlie villain hastened to get ready. Dudley was a man who could be trusted to do anything his leader said.


16 YOUXG WILD WEST AND THE RAILROAD ROBBERS. ---------..... --He was fairly intelligent and one who would take "Good! When you have done it and have a goocl wash pcrate chances. and a cup of hot coffee you will feel like a new "You have got an hour to get your breakfast and reach man, I'll 'wager! What is the sum of fifteen thousand Jig W uter before the train comes," said Leather. You dollars to a man like you? It ought to be fifty thouumlerstancl j m;t, where to uncouple the cars, now?" sand." ;: I I "I have gone the limit when I say fifteen." All nght. II e will be on the watch, and when we see "Well, I don't believe ihat. But never mind! I'll that the engine express car has left the train agree to what I said. Here is paper and pencil. Wait tili on the gracle we will stand ready to send the boulder clown I fetch a lantern, so you can see good, and then write what on the track. It may be that the engineer and fireman I tell you to." will become aware that they are not pulling the train up / T t 1 t th h tl a .. cl I .11 1 1 1 wo rnmu es a er e prisoner was writmg t e note 1e ,,ra e, so w1 see to it t iat a coup e of men al'e th t y W'ld nr t f d d h d a oung i Hes oun pmne to t e rewar poster stationed below. with horses, to nde away m a hurry. If th t t' t J' W t on e s a 10n a ig a er. the engmc :,top;; and starts to back they will let a boulder / roll down there, and that will stop them. You do your With a smile of satisfaction Captam Leather took the part, Dudley, and you can bet we will do ours!" I note .. -'1..11 right, Cap." just his hurried Dudley proceeded to get a bite to eat and while he was !ake this and pm it fast to the poster thats on the stat10n" said the captain handing 't t h' "Y u thus enaaaed the captain walked over to a curtain of skins 1 0 im. ou not .fa/' ;om hiis sleeping quarters. 1 a to do it, because there will be a time there He lifteu it and in the dim liaht of the oarly morning this mornmg when the train comes in. You heard what a rnan wa::; seated on a box. 1 the men were talking about in the tavern last night, and lle was fastened to a big rock with a chain that was you all about the war over the changing of the b l t l 1 1 J cl 1 h d depot s name." a out u::; wais arn as ie oo 'e up tie r.rnn s owe signs or being in anything but good spirits. I "Yes, I reckon I kin manage it, Cap," was the reply. __ "Goou-morning, Li

YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE RAILROAD ROBBERS. 17 around here, for we will move as soon we get rid of "Out with what money you have ji()t !" he exclaimed. Liddle." "No humbug now!" "Are yer goin' ter git rid of him soon, Cap?" askeJ With trembling hands the old man produced a wellBilkins, the hunchback. worn wallet from his pocket. "To-morrow morning, I guess," was the retort. rcwe "There's all we've got-every cent!" he said, the tears will get fifteen thousand dollars out of the deal, too." rolling down. his cheeks. "It's mighty rough, mister; we The villains nodded and looked pleased. wanted that money ter give us a little start when we 11et-" And then to-night we will make a pretty good haul tled down in Jig Water." from the train," went on the captain, who had not told "I guess we need it more i11an you do," was the sarthem of his plans yet. "But come on! I want to stop donic reply. "We are going traveling pretty soon, and the wagon I saw. Bilkins, you won't do, because you are we want all tbe money we can get. How much is there too easy to identify. That hump of yours would give you hete, anyhow?" away in case we got where someone was looking for us." He opened the wallet and found there was nearly eight He picked out two of the men and then ordered them hundred dollars in it. to put on masks. "Whew!" he exclaimed; "this is pretty fair, I should A few miputes later they left the cave on foot, and, say. I am very glad I happened to catch sight of you. I clinlbing over a ridge, made their way along in the direcguess this will do without making any further search. tion of the trail. Get in the wagon!" It took them nearly ten minutes to get there, and they The mother and daughter had paused with their feet were not a moment too soon, for wagon was close by on the crossbar of the shafts, and when they heard the now. order to get back in t11e wagon they lost no time in doing From the bushes they had concealed themselves behind, so. the villains could see that there were three people in the The chances are that if he had found not much of value wagon, which was loaded with household goods. in the wallet Captain Leather would have acted in an inA man of forty, a comely woman of two or three years 1 sulting way to the woman and girl. his junior and a girl of probably eighteen were the occu-But he was so pleased at having got hold of nearly eight pants. hundred dollars that he was satisfied. to let them go. The girl was red-cheeked and pretty, and as the captam "Go on!" he said. "AnJ jog up the horses a little, too I got a good look at her he nodded in a manner of satisWh e n you get to Jig Water ask for a fellow called Young faction. 1 Wild West and tell him you met the railroad robbers. "She would make a good wife for me if she would only Tell him that we mean to finish him before we leave this agree to marry me," he whispered to his companions. part of the country." They grinned but said nothing. "I will," answered the man, as he started off, hardly Then Captain Leather suddenly arose and stepped out knowing what he was saying. before the team, a revolver in each hand. But he remembered just what the masked captain said, "Halt! Throw up your hands!" he cried, sternly. though. The three travelers were not expecting anything like The three villains went back to their cave and the ) .th;q, evidently, for the man dropped. the reins and fell wagon rolled on and Jig Water / not long after back, 'vhile the two women uttered cries of alarm. the trouble about the sign '\\as over. / "Stop that!" commanded Leather; "not another word. If you go to making a you'll die I" Out came his two companions, and one of them took the horses by the heads. Then the leader adjusted his mask and stepped up to Hie front of the wago:a on one side, the other villain going around to the other. "Just step out, please," he said to the three terrified travelers. "What do yer want?" asked the man, as he tremblingly obeyed. "What money you have," was the retort. "We've got mighty little, mister," was the reply. "Won't yer let us go on? We're headin' fur a place called Jig Water, where we're goin' ter locate an' try ter earn an honest livin'." Leather laughed harshly. OH.APTER VIII. WILD DECIDES TO W .A.IT A WHILE. The construction superintendent looked at Wild m amazement. "What do you mean, young fellow?" gasped. "Just what I said. Would you know the handwriting of Joseph W. Liddle if a specimen of it was shown you?:"I certainly would." "Well, read that anJ tell me if it is his writing, then.' The man took the paper Wild handed to him and reac it with distended eyes. "Why, this beats all!" he declared. "Yes, that is cer


18 YOUNG WILD WEST AXD TIIE RAILROAD ROBBERS. ========-----I tainly Mr. Liddle's writing. note?" Whe1ic did you get this j Half a mile down the trail they met a covered wagon Jrawn by two rather bony horses. "It was pinned to the poster on the side of the railroad station. I read it over and then removed it." "Well, this is pretty good proof that Liddle is alive, isn't it?" "Yes, if that is his writing it is." "Well, it is his writing. We have all been studying his handwriting since he has been missing, just because we thought it would be possible that a letter would be sent. None of us had an idea but that he was alive all along." "I will tell you something, Mr.--" 1 "Johnson is my name." "Well, Mr. Johnson, I will tell you something, then. It is simply this: I am going to find Joseph W. Liddle and claim the reward of ten thousand dollars. I e:ame all the way from the Black Hills to do it, and when I undertake a thing I generally succeed." "Good! You are Young Wild West, so I hear?" "Yes, that is my name." "And you are the boy who was tied to the log when the engine dashed by yesterday morning a second after a big stick of dynamite was taken from the rail?" "Yes, and here is the boy who cut dynamite from the rail and saved the train from being wrecked." Our hero nodded toward Jim as he spoke. Johnson, the superintendent, put out both hands, his face beaming. "I owe you an apology, gentlemen !" be exclaimed. "Shake with me !" "Certainly!" and both Wild and Jim did so. "I am sorry I cut you so short on the station a little while ago. I have thought the matter over arnl have come to the conclusion that you took the right stand in the mat ter. I shall do my best to smooth the affair over with the company." "An' let ther Jig Water sign be up?" added the scout. "Yes, I will advise that, too." "Good enough! Then I will shake with yer, Johnson." They shook hands. ":Now," observed the superintendent, "I am going to ask to ride o-rnr to the p1ace where the train came Rg near being wrecked. I am to meet some of the officials and a couple of detectives there. The train was to stop there to let them off." "All right. We will go over with you." "Can I hire a horse, landlord?" Johnson. reckon so," was the reply. "Right away, too." "Very well, then; please have him brought around front as soon as possible." Wild and his partners went out to the tavern stable aud saddled their horses. A man employed at the tavern was not long in getting a roan ready or the superintendent. Then all four rode o.ff in the direction of the place they wanted to go. It was the outfit that had been helcl up by Captain Lon Leather and his two men. It so happened that our friends were the first persons the travelerl:l hatl met. since the robbery occurred. The man brought his team to a halt and called out to them. "Goocl-mornong, strangers," Wild said, as he rode up close to the front 0 the wagon. "Good-mornin'," was the reply. "But it ain't been a very good mornin' for us." "Why, how is that?" "\Ye've been robbed." "What!" "A little more than a hal:f hour ago three men with masks on their faces held us up an' took all ther money we had in i.her world." ''Well, that is too bad." Then the driver of the wagon, who gave his name as Little, told jm;t what had taken place. "You say the three scoundrels did not have horses?"' Wild asked, when he had concluded. "No ; they was on foot, wasn't they, Aggie?" "Yes, father," answeretl the girl. "I watched too, and I saw them climb a bill near the trail and disap pear among the rocks." "Boys," observed our hero, turning to bis two partners, "I guess those fellows belong to the gang we are looking for." "I reckon so," nodded the scout. J obnson was amazed at the story the traveler told. "They are pretty bold to do a thing like that," he said. "Well, I don't know. If they would kidnap a rich rail roatl official and hold him for a ransom I guess they would do almost anything." "That is so. But are you sure that this is the same gang?" "There is nothing sure about it, but it' looks to me." Our hero then got a good description 0 the spot where the hold-up had taken place and assured Little and his family that they ;vould do their best to get their money from the robbers and return it to them. "We will Pee you in Jig Water when we come back and let you know how we made out," he added. The travelers were cheered somewhat at this, and when the wagon drove off they felt that they had met persons who were frienclly to them, if nothing more. "We'll go down that way," said Wild to Johnson. "It won't be much out of the way. If I can find the trail of those three men I have an idea that I won't be long in finding the missing railroad official." "Very well," was the reply. They let their liorses go at a rapid pace until they came to nhout where they thought the spot was. Both Little and Lis daughter had given a pretty good \


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE RAILROAD ROBBERS. l'..l description of the place, and it was not more than a min ute after they brought their horses down to a walk that Wild was satisfied that they had come to it. There had been little traveling that way since the rain, and it was quite easy for the practiced eyes of 'Yilc.l ancl his partners to find a spot where the team of Little had _,-been at a halt. "Here we are!" our hero exclaimed. Then lie looked up the hill to the rig11t o.f the trail ancl added: "There is probably where the three villains went after making the hold-up." He dismounted a'.nd started up the hill. But he soon found that the ground was so stony that no such things as footprints could be made in it. After a fruitless search of ten minutes he came back and mounted the sorrel stallion again. "I can't find anything," he said. "We will go on over to the railroad track now." The four now headed for the track and soon came to it. Then they turned and followed it until they came lo the place the superintendent was anxious to get to. Something like a score of men were gathered there. --/'-The majority of them had hori:;es and there 1YaR a hand car on the track to convey those who had none i.o Jig Water. The men, horses and handcar bad come up on the train that morning. Johnson re.ceived a hearty welcome. He introduced \\Tild and his partners, and the mrn crowded around them. After they had talked matters over for about twenty minutes our hero asked them what they had done since arriving there. "Nothing," answered the section superintendent. "Our men here have tried to find the trail of the robbers. but they have been baffled at every turn. We have the sheriff n rl ight of his deputies here, and three detectives besides. We are united in believing that the same gang of men who meant to wreck the train yei>tcnlay is the one that is responsible for the disappearance of Joseph W. Liddle." "Well, that is my opinion, too," Wild answered. Then he showed him the note that had been pinned to the poster containing the offer o.f a reward for the return of the missing man. The superintendent anc1 the officials with him were fully as much surprised as Johnson had And they felt relieved as well, for they now felt almost certain that Lic1d1e was alive. Wild looked over the men that had come to search for the rai1roacl robbers ancl could not help 8miling. As far as he could see, there was not one among them who seemed to posi:;ess the tact to solve anything like a l. "Yes! c1oubt the sheriff and his men were brave enough, if om:ame to a fight. But that was not the thing needed just now. The question of locating the robbers was the thing. Our hero was pretty certain that Captain Leather anl hi8 gang coulcl hardly be trailed to their hiding-place from there. Ile really placed more dependence in finding them by starting the search from the place on the trail where th\! hold-up had taken place that morning. Though he had failed to find any trace of the three masked men when he Jooked around on the side of lhe rocky hill, he had not given up the idea of dropping th".l search there. Ile meant to renew it at his leisure. nut he thought it would be just as well to have the thousand dollars reward divided between him and his part, ncrs, and not between a dozen or more. Ile answered all the questions put to him by the detectiYes in a ready and willing way. Charlie and Jim acted in the same manner. Ancl when it was over they bac1e good-by to the officials and those with them and rode off. "Well, boys, I guess we'll drop the hunt until these fel lows get through," said Wild. "I can tell by the actions o.f the detectives and sheriff that they depend on us to land the game for them. They are making a mistake if they o, I can tell you !" "We may as well go right back ter Jig Water, then," answere

20 YOUNG IYILD WEST THE RAILROAD ROBBERS. ''Well, they can call the onehorse place what they like, I Then the super pulled a roll of bills from his pocket, but this station on our road is going to be called Rose-ancl, selecting a fifty from it, held it up and exclaimed: ville. Why, how would the name .Jig Water look on a 'This is to the man who will take down that sign!" timetable? It is preposterous!" "An' this ter ther galoot what tries it!" added Lige The other railroad men looked wise and s hook their Becker, drawing his revolver and flourishing it. heads approvingly. "Arrest that man! W11ere is the sheriff?" bellowed the Where is the sign we had painted and sent up here?" angry official. -. demanded the head superintendent. But the sheriff was not there, and it was a good thing "The men here shot it full of holes," answered Johnthat he was not, for he would probably have tried to force Hon. "If I had anything to say about it I would suggest his authority, and then there would have been a fight. that we leave the one they have put up and let it go at A hoarse laugh went up from the crowd, which had that. I suppose the owne 1 of the property around here gather e d in a hurry, and, realizing that he stood no show, should be considered a little in the matter." discomfited super spoke something in a low tone to "Oh, you rlo, eh, Johmon? Well, I don't! That sign his companion s and then they all started for the tavern. irn. !:Ot (o come down." The citizens jeered and hooted them as they went, for .Jut then Lige Becker elbowed his way to the spot. they were jubilant over another victory in the "name "II ycr take that sign down we'll take your blamed old war." down!" he exclaimed, with flashing eyes. That ended it for the time, for when the train came CHAPTER IX. along bound for Ogden the railroad men went back, leav ing the of Jig Water on the little depot in its glare of red and white. The excitement gradually died down again, and soon things were running along smoothly again. READY FOR BUSINESS. Of course, a number of the men had to celebrate ftfo I third victory over the railroad people, and in order to Wild West realized that the trouble o:er steer clear of them our friends walked down to the black changmg of the name of the settlement had only JUst hesmith shop and remained there till noon. gun. Charlie took a drink occasionally, and, as .nearly evecy-The offic ial who declared that the s ign bearing the one that came along urged him to take something, our of Jig Water must be taken clown was a hot-headed, hero thought it was best to take him away from the temp pompous sort of a man, anyhow, and that there would be tation. trouble our hero did not doubt. ,.. At the blacksmith shop they learned that the Little ,Johnson came over and asked Wild to try and talk 1t f .1 t t 'th th d tLat am1 y were s oppmg emporari y WI e nen s mto hnn to let thmgs rest as they were. had induced them to make the journey there. "I guess_ I had better not," the reply. ''Ther house is right across ther street," the blacksmith the angered offimal walked over to where .d t t t "It B"ll J k' 1 T'm ed. 1 a sai porn mg i ou is i or ms p ace. i the ladder that, hacl by ay, an an' his whole family has gone an' turned Mormons lately.'' pickinr1 it up, placed it agamst the littl e slopmg roof that wu h ?" .1 h "I th t _._,.,.. c mormons, e saic our ero. suppose a ruc11IJd oYcrhung the platform. d that the newcomers will turn to that faith, too." Then he mounted the ladder and seize the sign pre"Oh 1 k' b t th t 1,, dd d th bl k 'th paratory to wrenching it from its fastenings. you m e on a no e e ac smi "They was urged ter come here jest ter add more ter the Rut just then something happened. cl lt Mormon faith. I reckon. Well, it ain't none of my busi Lige Becker caught hold of the ladder and jerke ness. A Mormon's jest as good as anything else, long as down with a bang, leaving the irate official hanging to he behaves himself. Some of 'em have got altogether too the edge of the roof. "Great gimlets!" cried Cheyenne Charlie, and then he many wives, though. I reckon one's enough fur any man, R an' sometimes that one's too many." into a hearty laugh. "What is it goin' ter be, ose-ville or Jig Water?" Wild saw that the hardy blacksmith was quite a philos"Jia Water first last an' all ther time!" yelled Becker. pher in his way. e llis followers took up the cry and a yell went up that When he asked him his opinion about the attempt to could be heard all through the settlement. change the name of the settlement he answered that it The head super dropped down upon the platform and made no difference to him whether they called it Jig looked around him savagely. Water or some other kind of water. "I think you had better refer the matter to the directors That afternoon Little sought out our hero and of the road,;' remarked Wild, who did not want to see t1w callec1 him around to the rear of the tavern. man roughly handled. "Young feller," said he, "I'm in more trouble." X 0 attention was paid to the remar "How is that?" Wild asked.


\ ,.: YOUNG \\"ILD WEST .\XD nm IL\ILHOAD ROBBERS. 21 "\Yell, ther friend of mine what got me ter move ou:; the ransom money to be paid for the release of Liddle. T here has deceived me." feel it in my bones that I am going to get him before the "Deceived you?" train comes in to-morrow morning." "Yes, he's one of them Mormons, an' so is his fami1y. The detective again laughed-rather derisively this He says he will get me enough money ter put up a house time. if I'll only jine in ther faith. Wants ter marry my

22 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE RAILROAD ROBBERS. Those three ma;;ked fellows were on foot and they went up this way, so Little and his daughter stated. If that is the case they can't be located Yery far away." His companions nodded. '1 hen they crept cautiously along, and the first thing they knew they were right in the mouth of the cave. But they would not have thought so much of this if the measured tread of a man had not come to their ears at that instant. Then they slid to the ground and began looking around for a place to leave the horses. "Be ready for business, boys !" whispered Young Wild West. On the other side of the trail they found a suitable E=pot. Dropping the bridle-reins over their head $ they patted them on the necks and then crossed over and ascended the hill. CHAPTER X "Don't make any more noise than you can help, boys," Wild whispered. "It might be that we arc closer to them than we think." THE ROBBERS A.RE FOILED. Wild and his partners listened for fully a minute with out exchanging a word or moving from the spot. "If they're around here anywhere they're about :five miles from ther place where they tried ter blow up ther train an' kill you," answered Charlie. Then our hero leaned over and whispered: "You stay right here till I go in and find out what that fellow is walking up and down for." "Well, they chose that spot because there was a sharp curve there." They nodded and then the daring young deadshot crept softly in the direction of the place where the footsteps came from. "I reckon that was it." ".And they had their horses with them, so that shows their hang-out is not close to that spot," spoke up Jim. The three were compelled to use the utmost caution in working their way along the rugged slope. He kept close to the rocky wall of the cave as he went forward, for he was not going to take the chance of moving Thc:e was danger of them tumbling into some l1ole that could not be seen in the darkness. But they worked their way on up until they came to the con{ para ti velyiftevcl above. We say comparatively level, for it was an unbroken suc cession of rock;;, trees, bushes antl jagged spurs. Once up there they had the advantage of the light of the moon. I But tl1at was not needed for our hero to make a discov ery just then. He caught the glimmer of a lantern for just an instant in the hollow below them. He alone saw it. "Boys," said he, "I guess we arc on the right track." "Why?" asked Jim, in a low whisper. "I just saw a lighted lantern down there," and he pointed toward the spot. "Arc yer sure it was a lantern, Wild?" queried the fcont. .\s sure as I am that we arc here together." "Let's git clown that way, then." "Yes, but we have got to be mighty careful." But they knew how to go about it. The moon aided them now, but it made it possible for them to be discovered by anyone who might be watch ing from below. They moved on down and soon stood before the entrance to the cave that was occupied by the eight railroad robbers, though they

YOUNG WILD 'YEST .AXD THE RAILROAD ROBBERS. 23 -----------------------hardly think they will do ltlUch robbing. I guess we can "Good!" exclaimed the scout. fix that part of it all right." j They ieking their way along through the woods, they rode j It was not very long before a locomotive whistle sounded on until they thought they mm;t be getting close to the in the distance, though it did seem to be a good while to spot where the rol>bers intended to operate. Dart. Then the)'. halted and

YOUNG 'WILD WE8T AND THE RAILROAD ROBBERS. opposite where Wild and Charlie were be.fore stopping.' Jim's head ached him &omcwhat_. but he declared that 'l'hen, as he wa,; Jropped upon the ground, a volley of he was fit for a dozen more of the railroad robbers if there rifle-shot::; rang out. I were many about. The fight had started. "I saw you," said the engineer. "I was looking The two men who had caught Jim were those sent by ahead when you ran out upon the track with your arms Captain Lon Leather to hurl a boukler down upon the 1 foll of something. Then I saw the two men dart at you track in the rear of the express ear, in ease it was neces; ancl knock you down. That was enough to make me shut her off, you ean bet! Ancl I didn't know that we'd left Tlwy had been ready to do the task when they saw Jim the rest of the train behind till I did shut her off. It c01Lc out nrnl lay the faggots on the track. was queer, but that's the way it was." 'fhrn it was quite easy ior them to steal up and capture Wild and his partners waited until the locomotive hi,11. backed down the grade and hooked fast to the passenger '1 IH'J" had noi tiec1 him, probably thinking he was still cars, and then, after telling the conductor as much about 1 ucu1Bciuus the boy had not put up the least struggle. it as he cared to, he told him to go ahead with the train. When they dropped him on the ground one of them re-"But how about the bodies or those who got shot?" the 'J<;tfa'd : conductor asked. "\\'hut nrc' we gain' ter do with this galoot? It ain't j "Well, you can take them aboard if you want to." 1 ount: Wild We:;;t, a s you thought it was." I "It might be that the rest of them could be identified ''Give him anoth e r clip on thcr head an' let him be by something on the dead men,'' the conductor said. wh e re he is," was the gruff reply. "There's a fight gain' "All right. Go ahead and get them. Jim will show on an' we're neeclecl over there." you the two who tried so hard to fix him. The other three "All right." are lying right along the track. They shot the 'l'he villain who had first raisecl his revolver to out of the cab when came running down the bank, deal Jim a errnihing blow with the butt. hut that is all they did do. They would have done a O'Ood But he never did. deal worse if we hadn't opened fire on them just thell; Uraek though." A line of fire shot up from the prostate body of the boy "I guess they would!" exclaimed the engineer. mid the robber reeled ancl fell to tlic ground. Jim quickly showed the tra-inhands where the two vilCrack lains had dropped up on the bank, and then he joined our Down went the other fellow just as he was going to hero and the scout and made for their horses. shoot at the boy. The express messenger had learned the names of our "l guess I wa,s just in time to save my life," muttered friends as soon as the brief fight was over. Dart, as he arose to his feet and rubbed the spot on his He now took off his cap and. cried out in stentorian head where he had been struck. "It was tough to shoot tones: them that way, but it had to be done." "Hurrah for Young Wild West and his pards !" He held his six-shooter in his hand darted down A cher went up from everybody on the train. upon the railroad track. "Now, boys," said Wild, "we must get back to the cave The shooting had died out all of a sudden. of the railroad robbers. There are only three of them "Whoopee! Whoopee!" he heard the voice of Cheyenne left, and if it so happens that they have got Charlie yell out. Liddle in that cave we must get him out and try "That means victory," mutte:red Dart. them alive." Then he yelled an answering cry. "That's right," replied Jim. "This way, Jim!" called out Wild. "Where have you They now started on a gallop and were nearly at the been?" point where they had to cross the track when the train "I was caught by two of the railroad robbers," was the went past. reply. "What!" "That's right. I had to shoot them to save my own life." "Great Scott!" ejaculated the express messenger, as he leaped down from the car; "is that right, young feller?" Besides the two Jim dropped, three others belonging to the robber band went down This left but three of them alive. And two of them were the captain and the man Dudley, who had jumped from the express car as soon as he saw they stood no show CHAPTER XI. ONLY TWO OF THE RAILROAD ROBBERS LEFT. There was a feeling of terror upon Captain Lon Leather as he mounted his horses and fled from the scene of the short fight on the railroad track. He did not look around for the rest of his gang, but, seeing one of them riding ahead of him, put spurs to his steed and hastened to overta.Ke him.


YOUNG \YILD WEST AND THE RAILROAD ROBBERS. 25 As he neared the man he saw it was Bilkins, the hunch back. "ls that you, Cap?" asked the man, looking around just then. "Yes, it's me," was the reply. :. Wasn't that fierce work, Cap?" "Yes," and then Leather got up alongside him. "I seen two of ther boys go down when them shots come from ther other side of ther track. Young Wild West an' bis pards must have been there, I reckon." "They were. I recognized the voices of them as I got to cover. They kept on until they came to the shallow creek t11at had to be waded through before they could get to the cave. Just then they heard a splashing in the water ahead of them. A horse was already making its way up the creek, and it was going faster than a walk. "We are not the only ones, after all,'' said the captain, acting as though he felt relieved. "No, an' whoever it is, he's in a hurry." "Well, we may as well hurry, too. It will pay, I think." So they let their horses trot up the creek, and when they lert 1t and emerged into a patch of moonlight, a voice greeted them with: "Hello! I'm glad I aint ther only one!" It was Dudley, the villain who had been on the train and uncoupled it. The captain and Bilkins were more than glad to meet him. "I feel worried, I may a::; well admit." "It was a blamed bad piece of business, wasn't it?" "Yes." "I wonder how it was that Young Wild West an' his pards was right there in time ter pour hot lead inter us?" "That is a mystery. In fact, that is. what worries me.'' "You don't think that one of ther men could have it away, do yer ?" "No, I don't think that. I don't know what to think." "S'pose we're ther only three what's left, Cap?" "Well, it looks as though that's the case, Dudley." "If we are it don't say that we mustn't give up ther idea of gittin' that fifteen thousand to-morrer mornin'." "Oh, no. We want that more than ever now. We will take the chances on the letter Liddle wrote to have the effect we want it to. But there's Bilkins." "I know,'' answered Dudley, in a whisper. "It are too bad he wasn't the one what went under instead of Gus. He's a humpback, an' if we're chased he'll be ther means of givin' us away, no matter what kind of disguises we have on." '"rhat's right. I am sorry to say it, but we've got to leave Bilkins in the lurch." At that instant there came an angry snarl from the dark cave outside. The next instant the hunchback leaped in by them, a knife in his hand and his eyes blazing with fury. "What's that you said?" he shrieked. "It's a good thing that I made up my mind that it would be a good idea fur me ter hear what yer proposed ter do. So yer "Is this all there's left of us?" asked Dudley. think 'cause I'm a hunchback I'll be ther means of givin' "We don't h.'""llow yet,'' replied the captain. yer away, hey? You're goin' ter leave me in ther lurch, "Well, I seen poor Gus go down right alongside of me. are yer? Well, I guess not! Where you two fellers go I know he's a goner, anyhow." Bilkins will go! Do yer hear what I say? I may be a "That makes three, then," spoke up the hunchback. "I humpback, but I'm goin' ter have my rights." know that two went down myself. They was shootin lead By the time he had finished speaking the two villains a streak when they dropped, too." had recovered from the astonishment that his abrupt en"We hope that some more of them will show up t h d d ranee a cause SiM:!, maL. t d t b d t h 1 b ld d th "Hold on, now, Bilkins, said Dudley. Take it easy, sen ow i o e rea y o ur a ou er own m case e t d t b k Th h th t th h t will yer? Jest because. we said we was gom ter shake yer engme ne o ac e c ances are a ey ave go f Th b t th h t tl ,, I don't mean that we amt gom ter give you your share o away. ey may e a e cave w en we ge iere. B t h th h d th f t 1 t d everythmg. You ought ter know that you d stand a betu w en ey reac e e cave a ew mmu es a er an th l ter chance if yer went it alone, anyhow." gave e s1gna no answer came. The three villains led their horses into the cave. Bilkins put his knife back in his belt. A lantern had been left burning in the main cave, and it was there yet. "No one has been here," observed the captain. "Now, Bilkins, you stand guard while Dudley and I have a little talk. We have got to decide upon a plan of action." 'f All right, Cap." The hunchback went out into the dark part o.f the cave. Leather turned up the lantern and threw himself on a box. "Sit down, Duclley," he gaid. Tiis right-hand man obeyeC:. "You look worried, Cap,' he observed. f "See here," he said, in a tone of voice that was more calm. "I want you fellers ter understand one thing, an' that is that I don't give a continental fur either one of yer I ain't afraid that I'll git catched, on account of bein' deformed a little. There ain't none of them galoots what's lookin' fur us that knows how I look, 'cause they ain't never seen me. Now I'll tell yer what I'll do." "What is it?" asked Captain Leather, coldly. "You give me fiye thousaml dollars an' I'll quit right now an' shift for myself." "I hardly think I'll do that," was. the reply. "Why won't yer? You've got a gooil deal more than


26 YOUNG WILD WEST AXD 'l'HE HAILROAD ROBBERS. I that in your clothes, an' some of it Lelongs tcr me, too I "I wish it was all over aml I was out of here," he said, How much will ycr give me, then?" wearily. "X ot one dollar l" "So do I, Loss," Dudley "You know what The captain had his lumLl on the butt of his revolver show you've got, I reckon." now. "Suppose the money is not thrown off the train to-mor"Y cr won't give me a dollar!" shrieked the hunchback row?" asked the prisoner, anxiously. ''Then yer wont live tcr keep what you've got yourself!" "Then we will light out an' leave yer ter starve here The knife was in his hand again, and with the quickne:>s in ther cave." of a panther he leaped toward the captain. "You would not wait another day until I could send a Crack message :for the money?" Leather firec1 jnst in th0 nick of time, for in another "Not another rlay. Our gang is broke up, an' we've got the sliarp blade would hare btcn plunged into hiE> ter leave. Yer might stand a show of bcin' found here by Young 'Wild West or some of thcr rest, but I've got The hunchback gaYe a ga-p and staggered back. my doubts about anyone findin' thcr cave They won't Dudley c

YOUNG VHLD WEST AXD THE RAILROAD ROBBERS. 27 1;1ey .felt that the climax was approaching. I Fearlessly clartecl behind i.he rock ancl saw DUL1h .} in Knowmg the way so well, they rap1clly went up the i the act of cuttmg the halter of a horse to get the annnal rocky bill, and, reaching the top, proceecleJ more cauout. tiously down into the gully. I Jim bad taken his revolver from him just as he made It so happened that they got there JUSt as Leather arm the attempt to get away. Dudley were cl,rinking the whisky. Consequently he only haJ the knife to use. Finding no guard there, Wilcl anu his companions crept Seeing that he was about to be caught, he rushed at into the cave. Wilcl. t They were ready in case they came upon the villain s "Fight me like a man and give me a chance for my ior they knew there were but three of them, at the mo;;t. life!" he cried. They could handle them with little trouble. "All right!" Wild answered; "anything .,to please you. But no one interfered with them, and when they got a Come on!" little further they heard voices. Ile drew his bunting-knife as he spoke, while be stepped Wild gave a nod of sathfaction. arounJ lightly in the semi-darkness. "I guess we have got them, boys," he whispered; "come Enough light came from the main cave for them to see on." each other. Into the part of the cavern where the horses of the robDudley meant to make a fight for his life. bers were kept, and they coulcl see into the main '' lf I git ther best of yer I kin go free, Young Wild cave. West!'' he exclaimecl, as he made ready to spring toward When they heard a voice propose that they have a talk the dai:;hing young deadsbot. with Liddle they were, of course, elate

YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE RAILROAD "X ot very well. But I could almost ride a rail just now; I feel so joyous. Don't let these two villains get away. .They must get the full limit of the law." A few minutes later they were at the mouth of the cave. There were enough horses there for our friends, and more; so they picked out three of the best after the pris oners and Liddle had been mounted and then led the others. "Captain Leather, you will show the way to the trail," said Wild. ""re came on foot, and we could not get back mounted over the hill." There was no reply to this, but Wild knew they were going right. As they struck the creek he a nod. When th<.:y finally came to the trail it was easier to understand it. "A very good hiding-place you had, Captain Leather," our hero sai

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HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountinc and birds, animals and insects. Ko. 5-1. HOW TO KEJEP l\IANAGE PETS.-Giving com as to the m_anner an.d method of raising, keeping, tam mg, breed mg, and managmg all kmds of pets; also giving full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. 8. HOW TO IlIWOi\IE A SCIENTIST.-A useful and in stn.1ctive givi!1g a compl!'te treatise o!1 chemistry; also ex penments m acoustics, mechamcs, mathematics, chemistry, and di rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. Thia book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO l\IAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book for making all kinds of candy, etc. 1'o. 8. HOW 'l'O A1'1 AUTttOR.-Containing full information regarding choice of subjects, the use of words and the manner of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also contrininr; valuable information as to the neatness, legibility and generdl com position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince Hiland. No. 38. HOW TO BECO;\IE YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won derful book, containing useful and practical information in the treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to every family. .Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com plaints. N9. 55. TIOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Containing valuable information regardmg the collecting and arranging of staibps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. Ko. 58. HOW 'fO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, the world-known detecthe. In which he lays down some valuable and sensihle rules for beginners, and also relates some adventures and experiences of well-known deteetives. No. GO. HOW TO BECO:.\IFJ A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contain ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it; also bow lo make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W. Ahney No. ({ -...OW TO BECOi\IE A WEST POINT MILITARY CA DE1'.----... 'taining full explanations how to gain admittance, of Sturlv, F,xaminations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Post Onard, Police Regnlations. Fire Department, and all a boy should know to be a Carlet. Compilerl ancl written by Lu Senarens, author of "Ilow to Berome a Naval f'arlet." No. Ci3. HOW TO RECO:.IE A NAVAL OADET.-Complete instructions of bow to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval Academy. Also containing the conrse of instruction, description of grounds and buildings, bistoriral sket('h, and everything a boy shonld know to become an llfficer in the United States Navy. Com piled and writt0n hy Tin Senarens, author of "How to Become a West Point 1\lilitary Cadet." NTS EACH. OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. Y, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New Yo1k.


Everything! !. COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA I These Books Tell You Each book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive illustrated co\'et! M?st of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a manner that any child. can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRES FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CEN'l'S EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE CENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y. MESMERISM. No. 81. HOW TO MESMERIZE.-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 Huio Koch, A. C. S., author of "llow to Hypnotize," etc. PALMISTRY. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-Containing the most ap proved methods of reading the lines on the hand, together with a full explanation of their meaning. Also explaining phrenology, and the key for telling character by the bumps on the head. B;r Leo Hugo Koch, A. O. S. Fully illustrated. HYPNOTISM. No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and instructive 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. SPORTING. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full in structions about gtins, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full insh'uctions are given in this little book, together with instructions 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 'l'O BUILD AND SAIL OA:NOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By 0. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK.Containing the great oracle of human destiny; also the true mean ing of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW 'l'O EXPLAIN DilEAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. 'l'his little book gives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky days, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing 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 '.rELL FORTUNES BY TIIE HAND.Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, 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 instruction 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 little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the ditfer ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fencing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best positions in foncing. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explanations of t11e general principles of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks: of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of 1Pecially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. Illustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il luiltrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.vontaini;i!l deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurors and mag1c1ans. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. ? HOW 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 oui: magicians ; every boy should obtain a copy of this hook, as it will both amuse and instruct. No: 22. TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explamed bJ'. his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving nil the codes and signals. The only -authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOi\IE A l\IAGICIAN.-Containing the gran?est ?f illusions eve!.' placed before the public. Also tricks with cards. mcantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CIIE:'IIICAL 'l'lUCKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also mg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No. 70. HOW TO l\IAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full directions for making l\Iagic 'l'oys and dvices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. 1''ully illustiated. No. 73._ HOW_ TO J?O TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figuces and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. _No. 7_5. HO\y TO A CONJUROR. Containinr tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracini: thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. 'l'O DO 'rHE _BLACK ART.-Containing a com plete description of the mysteries of l\Iagic and Sleight of Hand together with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson'. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BEC01\1E AN INVENTOR-Every boy how inventions originated. This book explains them all, examples. in hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneuma\1cs, meC'hamcs, etc. 'l he most instructhe book published. No. 5\). HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Containing full mstructions how to proceed 1n order to become a locomotive en also fol' a model locomotive; together with a full description of everythmg an engineer should know No. 57. HOW 'l'O l\IAKE l\IUSICAL INSTRUMENTS .....:..Full d1l'ections how to a B:injo, Violin, Zither, .1'Eolian Harp, Xyl<> phone and other musical mstruments; togethel' with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in _pr modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. 1''itzge'l-a for twenty years bandmaster .; f the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 50. HOW '.rO l\lAKE A l\IAGIC LAN'rERN.-Contai a description of the lantern, together with its history and invent Also full directions for Its use and for painting slid00 illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO l\IECHANICAL complete instructions for performing over siJ" By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER, No. 11. HOW TO WRITE plete Ii ttle book, containing full and when to use them, givhg S{ No. 12. HOW TO wnI ... 'FJ I complete instructions for writin also letters of introduction, No. 24. now TO WRITE L Oontaining full directions for wri. also giving sample letters for ; No. 53. HOW TO WR book, telling you how t(l mother, sister, brother, e body you wish to writ lady in the land should No. 74. HOW TO tnining full instructi also rules for punct1


FRANK MANLEY'S WEEKLY STORIES OF YOUNG (Formerly "THE YOUNG ATHLETE'S WEEKLY"r BY "PHYSICAL DIRECTOR" Issued every Friday. A 32-PAGE BOOK FOR a CENTS. Handsome Colored Covers. These intensely interesting stories describe the adventures or Frank Manley, a plucky young athlete, who tries to ex cel in all kinds of games and pastimes. Each number contains a story of manly sports, replete with lively incidents, dramatic situations and a sparkle of humor. Every popular game will be featured in the succeeding stories, such as base ball, skating, wrestling, etc. .,c ..IC ..IC ..IC ..IC JC ..IC$ JC ..IC ..IC ..IC JC ..,.-c JC ..IC ..IC ..IC ..IC .,c JC_,. JC .J& JC JC ..IC ..IC .,c ..IC .J& ..IC ..IC ..IC ..IC ... -c .,c ..IC .Jl ..IC ALREADY PUBLISHED: 1 Frank Manley's Real Fight; or, What the Push-Ball Game Brought About. 2 Frank Manl ey's Lightning Track; or, Speed's Part In a Great Crisis. 3 Frank lianley s Amazing Vault; or, Pole and Brains In Deadly Earnest. 4 Frank Manley s Gridiron Grill; or, The Try.out for Football Grit. 5 Frank Manley's Great Line-Up; or, 'be Woodstock Eleven on the Jump. 6 Frank Manley's Prize Tackle ; or, The Football Tactics that Win. 7 Frank Mad Scrimmage; or, The Trick that Dazed Brad ford. 8 Frank l!nnley's Lion-Hearted Rus h ; or, Staking Life on the Out come 9 Frank Manley's Mad Break Through; or, Playing Halfback for All It Is Worth. 10 Frank ::\lanley e Football Strategy ; or, Beating Tod Owen's Fake Kick. 11 Frank llanley's Jnp Ally; or, How Sat o Played the Gridiron Game. 12 Frank Manley's Tandem Trick; or, Bow :Sal Spofford Fooled the Enemy. 13 Fmnk Manley's Whlrllng Ten-Miler ; or, Making Wind and Fortune Twins. 14 Frank Manley's Sweetheart ; or, Winning Out for Kitty Dunstan's Sake. 15 Frank Manley's Prize Skating Squad ; or, Keen Real Life on the Ice. 16 Frank Manley's Christmas Gift; or, The Luck that Ice Hockey Brought. 17 Frank Manley's Ice Carnival; or, The Grandest Winter Week on Record. 18 Frank Manley's Stole.!_l G _oaj; or,_ The Ball. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. THE YOUNG ATHLETE'S .. WEEKLY BE STRONG! By "PHYSICAL DIRECTOR" BE HEALTHY! LATEST ISSUES: 24 Frank .Manley s Match with Giants ; or, The Great Game With the Alton "Grown-Ups." 14 Frank in the Box; or, The Curve That Rattled Bradford. 25 Frank .. 9 Training Camp; or, Getting In Trim !or the Great-15 Frank Scratch Hit; or, 'be Luck of "The Up-andat_.em est Ball Game. Boys." 26 Fra nk :\lanl e y s Substitute Nine ; or, A Game of Pure Grit. 16 Frank .'.Ianley s Double Play; or, The Game That Brought Fortune. 27 Frank Manley s Longest Swim ; or, Battling with Bradford In the 17 Frank Manley s All-around Game; or, Playing All the Nine PoslWater. tlons. 28 Frank Manley's Bunch of Hits; or, Breaking the Season's Batting 18 Frank Manley's Eight-Oared Crew; or, Tod Owen's Decoration Day Re c ord. Regatta. 29 Frank lllanley's Double Game; or, The Wonderful Four-Team 19 Frank )!anley's Earned Run; or, The Sprint That Won a Cup. Match. 20 Frank Manley s Triple Play; or, 'J' h e Only Hope ot the Nine. 0 d d 21 I<'rank Manley's Tmlnlng Table; or, Whipping tbe Nine Into Shape. 30 Frank Manley's Summer Meet; or, "Trylug ut" the Bra for s. 22 Frn11k .Manley's Conching; or, 'he Great Game that "Jackets,. 31 Frank Manley at His End; or, Against a Bribed Um-Pitcbed. plre. 23 Frank Manley'& First League Game; or, The Fourth of July Battle 32 Frank Manley's Last Ball Game; or, Tbe Season' s Exciting Good-With Bradford. Bye to the Diamond. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, bv K i"fOUSEY, Publisher ">- ">24 Union Square. New York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it ; e of the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POST' AGE ST AMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY . . . . . . . . . . .. Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. 190 d find ...... cents for which please send me: WIN, Nos ............................................. FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos ..... ............................. Nl;EY'S WEEKLY, NOS ........................................... 'l' WEEKLY, Nos ........................................... BOYS OF '76, Nos ............................... K, Nos ........................................................ NOS ...... WEEKI.JY, Nos ..................................... ,., .... OKS, Nos .............................................. No ................... Town .... ; .. ... Stat:e ............ ..


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