Young Wild West's silver scoop, or, Cleaning up a hundred thousand


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No. 18:l. ,, t' I I, 'I /. I ,,,, I I' ,.l,, 11111 ", ,.,,, / 'la~, ~EW YOUK. .\.Pltll, 20, moo. Price 5 Cents. was in the act of crackin~ the lump of ore tho sound of footsteps came to The next instant Dan Gll<'k and two of his men appeared, ready for fight. ''Here's where you die!'' he exclaimed.

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WILD' WEST WEEKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Life. Im,ed Weekly -By Subscription $2.50 per year. A .pplicatio,, 11tade for Second Class entry at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, Entered according to Act of Co1111res. ;,. I he year 1906. in the o1]1ce of the Librarian oJ Congress, IVttshiltgton, J), C., bu Frank 1'ousey, P1tblishe1-, 24 Union Square, New Yo,k. No. 183. NEW YORK, APRIL 20, 1906. Price 5 Ce n t s Young Wild West's SilverScoop OR, Cleaning Up a Hundred Thousand BY .A.N OLD SCOU' l1. CHAPTER I. WILD BUYS .A. SILVER MINE. "I want ter see thcr galoot what calls himself Young Wild West! I heard he'd jest arrove in ther camp arr' was stoppin' here at thcr Silver Bullel Tavern. If any one kin p'int bim out, jest do it quick, or 1'11 gi.t mad an' begi:n ter let lead fly I'm on a regular spree, an' my money s gittin mighty low. I : must have more! Where's i.his he1je Young Wild West? Speak quick, now!" 1'.,11~ -~'\1eaker was a tall man, who, by his looks, was a '1:nf (er. lli::; face was bearded and his small black eyes had a g}itteT in them that told quite plainly that he had a way of doing thing,; the way he wanted to and took ad vice from no man. A::; he utlerecl lhe word jus t recordct1 hr strode up -to the Jittle bar o.f the tavern that was locatrd in ,about the e:cnter of the mining camp called Silver Bullet, in Larimer county, Colorado. At the time o.f which we write that part o: the country, though not a gre11t many mile s from the city of Denver, waR in a pretty lawless state. Silver Rnllrt wa,: one of tl1<' livelieFt. mining camps in the nnrthrrn part o.f the Centennial State. tl1ougb its population-nearly entirely male-numberecl less than two lrnnr1rea. To emphasize what 110 said, tl1e minrr wno hail entrrea so abruptly brought tho handle o-f a big howie knife down on the liar with suc1i iorce :is to dent tl1e soft pine wooa it was constrnc'tei:1 o'f. I There were not le&Js than a dozen occupants of the big square room at the Lime, and every eye was turned upon t him in a twinkling. 1 "I I guess am the follow you want to see," promptly retorted a handsortie, athletic boy, who was attired in a fancy hunti.ng-suit of buckskin and wore a wealth of long chestnut hair hanging over his broacl, shapely shoulders. He stepped .for\\'artl as he spoke ancl faced the rough spoken man in a way that was nothing if not cool ancl deliberate. "You!" roared the ininer, giving the bar another bang with the handle o.f his knife; "why, you're only a young ster dressed in fancy style ier go out an' hunt bears, an' 1 never hit a thing yer shoot at'! You 're altogether too young an' innercent kr be ther galoot I'm lookin' :fur. My name is Dan Glick, an' I want ter sec Young Wlld West, ther man what was askin' i::omeone less than an hour ago if there was any minin' property ter be sold cheap in thi:,; rip-roarin' old camp." "Well, :,;ir, ,l am ;ju8i the fellow you want, then. I am Yonng Wild \\:~st." The boy i::milcd a~ he ::;poke ancl t'Cemcc1 to regarcl the man as one \\"ho wa~ trying to have a little joke more than anything rll:'c. "You-arr-Young Wild West, he_v~,~-Dan mirk ,~poke the words slowl)' ancl with great 'm pha,;is. "Tl1al is ju,:t who I am, i;ir. What clo you want with me?" 'J.1ho miner'fl facr lirokc into a grin. and, stepping hack a pacr. l1e ~riuirterl a mout11ful o f tobacco juice at the feet of the dat'hing-looking boy.

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2 YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. B u t the boy got his feet out of the way and escaped it, boy was possesse d of wonderful s trength, as well as quick and then, as quick as a flash, he s truck Bill Glick a sting ncss and skill. ing blow across the mouth with the back of his hand. He lean ed against the bar to collect his scattered senses. "Wow!" Young Wild West turned to a tall, straight man, with A simultaneous cry of surprise went up from the half long black hair and mustache, and a boy about his own a dozen cowboys who were drinking at the bar. age, who were standing near the door that opened into the "Anyone who spits tobacco juice at me generally gets rear room of the tavern and had been interested s pectahit right where it comes from, Mr. G1ick," s aid Young tors of the scene. Wild West. "If you don't like it, just say the word, and They were attired in similar style to the cool young fell will try to knock the sting of the blow from your low who had so easily conquered the big miner, and by 4 mouth!" their lnanner when he approached them it was plain that If those in the room had been surprised before, they they were his friends. were amazed now. And so they were-not only his true friends, but part-The dashing-looking boy with the flowing hair had uers in business and travel. proved that he knew how to handle himself, and the cool-The tall man was Cheyenne Charlie, the famous scou) ness and courage di s played by him beat anything they and Indian fighter, who had put in several years' sedi~e had ever seen. with the government, and Jim Dart, a boy who had been Dan Glick s taggered back when he ree:ived the blow in born and reared on the border. the mouth. Young wild West, the intrepid fighter for t~e right, It was evident that he was so astounded that he could protector of th,0se who could not h e lp themselves, young not find the u se of his tongue or of any of the muscles o.f scout, Prince of the Saddle and Champion Deadshot of his body for a second or two, for he stood like a .statue, the West, had two friends who were just the right sort to l\is small black eyes glittering like those of a snake. follow his lead anywhere. / When he did recover an oath came from his lip s, and, Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart never questionelr"" like a catamount, he bounded for the boy, the gleaming thing that the boy said or did. bowie he had been pounding the bar with raised to cut He was a born l eader, it seemed, and his judgment him down. always right But Young Wild West was expecting something like Though but a boy in years, he was a man in every other that. sense of the word. He stepped quickly to the right and out shot his left The three had come down into Colorado from the Black fist. Hills, bringing their Chinese servant with them, and harl Spat! struck the mining camp of Silver Bullet ab6ut an hour beDan Glick caught it squarely between the eyes. fore Dan Glick had come into the tavern in uch a hoister-As he was rushing to meet the blow when it hit him ous fashion. he got it with all the more force. It was true that our heTO had asked a miner if there 'l'be boy's arm seemed to be made of iron, for when were any s il ver mines for sale at a cheap price, for he had the blow landed it never bent a particle heard that there were in Silver Bullet, and it occuP'ecl to 1 Down went the miner in a heap. him that he might be able to make a good specul(iQ.n. He still clutched his knife, however, but with a wellDan Glick had offered his mine for sale for a song, fir' directed kick Young Wild West sent it flying across the it had given out in the production of,ql"e that was worth room. digging for, and he went on a spree, declaring that he "Dan Glick," said he, coolly folding his arms as he would sell to the first one who came long. stood over: the fallen man, "I want you to understand It seemed, from the reccptioj;_ e got .from the person that, though I am only a boy, as you said a little while he was looking for, that there would be little prospect of a ago, I can whip a stagecoach load of such fellows as you sale. are! Now, you take my advice and don't look any further That is what he now thought as he leaned against the for satisfaction, for if yqu do I may hurt, and perhaps kill bar, and it was the opinion of everyone e l se in the room you. I mean what I say!" l except Young Wild West and his partner,;. "I'm through, young feller," said Glick, for the blow Our hero was ready to make a deal with the man as had made him see stars and his brain was still whirling. soon as he was ready, for the thrashing he had adrninis" All right. I'll take you at your word. Come; get tercel to him c1ic1 not make him feel the least bit different, up! You are not hurt much, I guess. H I had hit you as far a s doing business with him was concerned. with my right fist I might have disjointed your neck, but He had formed the opinion tl1e instant the miner came it was only the left Up with you, now!" in that he was a rascal, but that made no difference. He had seized the man by the shoulders, and with the If he could buy a silver mine of him cheap it was all great0st of ease he Rwung. him upward and on his feet. the same. "'!'he miner was awed by this, for it struck l1irn that the It was about tl1e miclclle of the afternoon of a day in \

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. .. s I March that our three friends rode into Silver Bullet, and in the place, the miner now looked at them with an air ci the moment they struck the camp they were satisfied. that triumph, and, with a nod of his head, started for the door. there was plenty of silver to be dug out there. Evidently he thought he was getting revenge upon the A big smelter was in operation and over a dozen shafts, boy for thrashing him by selling a piece of property that with their derricks rising i,n the air, could be seen scat-was no good. tered around it. Some of them thought that way, too, but it was not for But these mines belonged to the company that had built them to say anything. the smelting plant, so it was hardly likely that any of Young Wild West was a stranger to them, and Dan them could be bought. Glick was one whom they feared and respecte
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--------------------------YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. "I'm putty anxious ter sell. jest as everything stands?" What will yer give fur it f. Crack! he fired another shot and came so near the Chi "I'll take the risk of giving you just three thousand dollars." "GooJ enough! I'll take it!" Glick would have taken two thousand, so he considered that he was just a thousand ahead oi the game. "All right. We'll close the deal right away; where is there a man to draw the paper s ?" "Come on! I'll take yer ter one in a jiffy." Half an hour later the Straight Tip mine had changed bands, and Young Wild West was now the owner. CHAPTER II. HOP WAH FRIGHTENS DAN GLICK. naman's foot that some in the r.oom thought he must have hit H. Ilop let out a yell that could be hcarc1 all through the house. Another shot was fired by the drunken rascal, and then in came Young Wild West. He had been in the dining-room of the tavern, and, hearing the voice o:f his servant, had come out to find out what the trouble was. He took in the situation instantly. "Hold on, Dan Glick!" he cried, in a ringing voiee. ".Tust let that Chinaman alone!" The big miner colored slightly and began reloading his six-shooter. "I don't know as it is fur you ter interfere,'1 he said, doggedly. "Well, I know it is for me to interfere. That China man happens to be working Car me. You just let him When Dan Glick got his money :for the mine he sold to alone, do you hear?" Young Wild West he :,tarted in to have a genuine good Glick had imbibed :just enough liquor by this time to time, as he called it. make him feel ugly and give him .false courage. He gate it out to his :friends that he had received five "A Chinec ain't got no right ter live, anyhow," he said. thousand dollars :!'or the property, in order to make it "Oh, ye,;, he has. You just let him alone. You can appear that he had fleeced our hero out oi more money have your :fun without shooting hi s toe s off, or coming than he really {bought he had pretty close to
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YOUNG WILD WES'r'S SILVER SCOOP. he said, as he turned to Wild and changed his expression to one that was "child-like and bland.'' "All right, Hop; go ahead and show him a trick. I think he needs i:;omething to amuse him, besides riddling the floor with bullets and trying to Rcare you io death Show him a trick that will make his eyes open." "What's that he's goin' ter clo ?" askecl Glick, who, though afraid to do anything that would arouse the dash ing young deac1shot, was just a bit impertinent in his way "You just wait a little while and he will show yon," iYild answered. "You took our Chinaman for a fool, but he will soon prove that he know,i more than you could learn if you lived a thousand years. He is a magician, and he could snap his :fingers and turn you into a bag of meal, if he took a notion to do it. H I had not come in just as I did the chances are that he might have done it, and then your spree would have been cut 'Short, and, as i.he taYern-keeper most likely would have feel the meal to the hogs, thaL would have been tl1C last of you." ''Humph!" .-norted the miner. "You talk as though I was a little child, Young Wild West. You don't think I would believe anything like that, do yer ?" "Well, you just wait and llee what he does; then you can express your opinion afterward as to what he might be able to do." Hop Wah now stepped up to Glick, smiling like a basket of chips, so to speak. He took from one of his many mysterious pockets a big silk handkerchief of a yellow color and shook it out care fully to show that there was nothing in it. Then, looking the miner straight in the eye, he said : "You givee me um glassee you gottee in um hand." Glick had just swallowed his last drink of tanglefoot and had the empty glass in his hand. He handed it over, looking around at his friends as much as to say, "I'll do what. ther Chinee says, but I know he ain't able ter do anything that's surprisin' The Celestial then began telling a story about his uncle1 who was a great mandarin in China, and wrapping the glass in the handkerchief as he spoke. When he had it nicely wrapped and twisted so there was no danger of the glass from tumbling out, he handed the handkerchief to Glick and told hin1 to unfold it and see what was in the glass. The rascally fellow d i d so. He soon exposed the glass to view, and the moment he did so he uttered a yell and hurriedly placed it on the ba r No wonder he was surprised, for coiled in the glass was a small snake, coiled and with the head sticking above it. The head was wiggling, too, and the forked tongue seemed to be directed straight at the miner "Wow!" yelled Glick, as he got it out of his hand; "what's that, you heathen galoot?" "Me no know how snakee git.tee in glassee, said Hop, shaking his head inno cently; you mustee been d1inkee snakes Velly stlange." The inmates o:f t h e room c l ustere d a roun d as close as I they dared to get to the wiggling snake i n t h e glass, f o r they, like ihe majority of human beings, abhorred a ,make. I.C they had stopped to think about it they would have 11oticed that the slimy-looking reptile was over a brown ish color, and that it only movecl when they caused t h e bar to shake. "LaL what me callee velly fonny ell ink," said Hop, step ping up antl lifting the glass over his head. "Misler Bar tender, givee me some W[ltee; snakee wantee swim in glaissee.'' "Give him what he asks for," spoke up Wild, who no ticed that Jack Sedgwick, the proprietor, hesitated. The glass was a tumbler holding nearly half a pint, and the ruiners easily guessed that the snake would meas me a foot i.l'. it were stretched out on the bar. But Hop clicl not mean io stretch it out on the bar. He Rhook the glass and the head moved and the coils 1,cemed to try to unwincl. As the water wa;; handed to him he placed the glass on the bar again and then poured it full to the brim, leaving the hcacl sticking out. Then he quickly placed the handkerchief over it in the form of an fovertecl cornucopia and started in to tell some more about his uncle in China. But the eyc1, of those in the room kept upon the handkerchief, .for they wanted to see what would happen next. HoJJ was in no particular hurry to show them, however, and it was .fully :fiv(\ min u tes before he took hold of the handkerch icf. ")fe guessce snakee havee goodee lillee swim now," he observed, and then he quickly lifted it and exposed the glass to view. A hoarse murmur of astonishment went u p. The snake had utterly disappeared and the glass n o w appeared to be filled with whisky "Lat um tanglefoot you dlink," said the Chinama n blandly. "You dlink lat, and um havee nfoee lillee snakee in um inside. Hully uppee and dlink, 1riisler Badee Man!" "Not fur a million dollars I won't !" shouted Glick stepping for the door, while the rest of those present d rew back further from the bar. Wild looked at Sedgwick and shook his head "If that is the kind of liquor you sell I am gla d t h a t I am a teetotaler," he remarked "Thunder!" was all the landlord sai d Hop picked up the g l ass and lifted it to his li p s But he changed his mind. "No me no dlink; me 'flaid snakee comee back to life and eatee um stomach off," he said Then he walked to the door and threw t he b rowni s h flui d outside and returned the glass to the bitr. It was quite a mystifying trick, but as tli e s nake wa s made of gelatine, there was reall y nothing stran ge that it shou l d melt and col o r t h e wa t e r in the g l ass. The most of the m ine r s w ere superstitious, a n y how and

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6 YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. they immediately began to look upon the Chinaman with Nearly all night long, however, there were shouts to be the greatest of respect. heard from the vicinity of the tavern and other drinkingWild and his partners could not help laughing at the places of the camp, and occasionally pistol-shots could be way the crowd acted. heard. "Are you satisfied that he could snap his fingers at you But these sounds did not disturb our friends, though and make you turn into a bag of meal, Dan Glick?" he they took turns at keeping watch. asked, looking at the big miner, who was standing near This was a precaution they always put into practice, as the door, his face very pale. they had found by experience that a person could never Before he could make a reply Hop s tarted t-0ward him tell when he was safe among such people as made up a and raised his hand as though he was going to snap his mining camp. fingers at him. As soon as it was daylight they were up and getting With a yell of terror, Glick swung the door open and Teady to make a test 0 the silver mine. ran out as though he was pursued by fiends. Hop Wah hummed a little tune 0 his ownwhile he That settled it! got the breakfast ready, and Wild and his partner tool: "See here," said Sedgwick, when things had quieted a look around and examined things in general near the down a little, "Young Wild Wes t, kin yer tell me how ther mouth of the shaft Chinaman done that trick?" Our friends always carried provisions with them when "No," was the reply. "I couldn't tell you i I tried. I they made trips through the wild s 0 the West, and as am not a sleight-of-hand performer myself, so don't know they had enough on hand to get up a good breakfast, they how such trjcks are done. I only know that Hop is pretty did not bother with the supply yet. good at the game, that's all." They had just finished their breakfast when they saw a "Well, I s hould jest reckon that he was I" exclaimed a quaint-looking covered wagon approaching along the trail miner standing near. that wound itself up at the little street that ran through "Me likee havee lillee rllink tanglefoot, Misler Wild," the camp. spoke up Hop, meekly. The Straight Tip mine was located at the very edge of J "Well, I don t object to you having a drink. But make the camp, and near what was called the Denver Trail, or it just one, for I am not going to have you getting tipsy that was the way a start must be made to reach that city. on this trip like you do sometimes." It was up this trail that the wagon was coming, ancl "Me behavee allee samee likee Sy.nday schoolee boy in I there was something so strange and peculiar about it tha 'Flisco," was the Chinaman's reply, as he stepped up and our friends could not help being interested in it. gave his order to Sedgwick. The wagon was painted in all the colors 0 the rainbow, "You want ter look out that yer don't swaller a snake," it seemed to them, and as it approached the morning sun said the landlord, with a grin shone upon it and made it glisten and sparkle. "Me no 'fl.aid of lat," was the retort. "What in thunder kin that outfit be?" Cheyenne Charlie Our friends had decided to take possession of the claim observed. Wild had bought that very night, so a little later they "I haven't the least idea," Wild answered. "But I paid their bill at the tavern and took possession of the suppose we will soon find out, for it is coming right past shanty that had been lately occupied by Dan Glick. our claim Young Wild West was confident that they would make "That's right," nodded Jim Dart. "Charlie, just have a silver strike in the mine, though just why he thought a little patience and you'll find out all about the rig.' that way he could not tell. "Oh, it wouldn't make an awful lot of difference i.f I "We are going to trust to luck, boys," he said. "Tonever found out," answered the scout "But I do think morrow we will strike in to find out what the mine is it is mighty funny that a covered wagon painted up so it worth, and as soon as we make a strike we will put the glistens like that ain't exactly in place in a minin' camp. Straight Tip mine up for sale. That is the way to make What difference does it make whether iher outfit was money quick. We haven't the time to superintend the painted or not?" working 0 a mine, you know. There would be too much The others remained silent, or the wagon, which was sameness %out that." being drawn by a team 0 good-looking horses, was rap idly nearing them. Hop Wah ceased his work of washing up the dishes used in getting breakfast and became an interested specta CHAPTER III. tor. Two minutes later the team came up opposite the A SILVER VEIN IS STRUCK. claim, and then they all could see what sort 0 a looking Y 01mg Wild West passed a pretty quiet night, for no c.nr cnme to disturb them. wagon it was. "Great gimlets!" exclaimed Cheyenne Charlie; "a pat ent medicine peddle11 !"

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. 1 That was just tfie size of it. The brightly-painted and varnished wagon contained a picture of a railroad train on one side and a steamboat on the other, while over each of them were the words: TAKE DR. DUCK'S HEALTH PRESERVER and live to be a hundred years old. Only $5.00 a bottle. "Whoa l" called out the driver of the fancy looking vehicle, noticing that Young Wild West and his friends were apparently much interested. "Good-morning, gen tlemen! This town is called Silver Bullet, is it not?" "Yes, this is Silver Bullet," answered our hero "Quite an outfit you've got there." "That's right, young man," spoke up the man who was sitting at the driver's side "No one but the owner and manufacturer oi the best medicine in the world could affo~d a fine outfit like this. I want to sell each or you a bottle of Dr. Duck's Health Preserver. A guarantee goes with every bottle." "We don't want any just now, Doctor." "You had better buy now, for when it gets known what a wonclcrfol invigorator my medicine is it won't last long. You had better take half a dozen bottles to be on the safe Our three friends descended into the mine a few min utes later. The shaft was not a deep one, for Dan Glick had not worked the claim as much as he might have done. Charlie took a lighted lantern down with them and tl1ey promptly began to explore the interior. Though there were plenty 0 evidences of silver de posits to be seen in the rock and dirt at the sides of the two gallaries, a pick or two at the spots brought out nothing that would pay. For an hour they went about trying it here and there, and then pausing for a moment and looking at his part nern, Young Wild West said : "Boys, my idea is to start and dig out another gallery and keep right on digging until we strike somethfog." "Good enough!" exclaimed the scout and Dart at the same time. "And we may a::1 well start right here and swing off to the right, so as to intersect with the other tunnel." He pointed out the spot and then his partners started in with their picks. None oi the three were afraid of a little hard work, and as they all felt that they must keep up the reputation Young Wild West had for doing things, they went at it with a will. side. Six for twenty-five dollars." 'l'hud-thud Thud-thud! "No, thanks. We positively don't want any medicine. 'fl l d d l J h ~---....n h h cl tl t .11 1 th 1e pie ,s soun e m regu ar time now, anCL wit a e ave a s1 ver nune ere, an 1a wi give us a 1 e 1 1 \V'ld ti b k 1 1 t d cl f h'l Pl t f a S 1ove l 1rew ac t 1e CH me 1cme we nee or aw i e. en y o exercise is me i-t 'I'h k t t t 1 d t"ll cl th t th k ey ep a i 1ar I nooJl, an en, JUS as ey cme, you now." I "\V k h d cl a 1,, a th d h were about to quit to go up, and get something to eat, or ar an 1e young sai e nver, as e t h d tl h ti th 1 cl cl ff there was a sudden cave-m, and then they saw that their ouc e 1e orses w1 1 e w 11p an rove o 1 b h d t b a ors a no een m vain. "I reckon that's what I call putty good," observed the scout, with a grin. "Jest wait till they git ar?und ther tavern an' when ther gang is there! I reckon they'll sell lots or that medicine, fur a miner gincrally thinks he ought ter have a sort of tonic now an' then, it seems. Spring medicine used ter be a big seller in Leadville, I ~now." The practiced eyes of the three told them plainly that they had ~truck a vein of rich silver ore! "I thought so," commented Young Wild West, as he wiped the perspiration from his brow; "I felt sure that I had made no mistake in buying the mine. I'll bet all I am worth that the vein there runs far enough to pan out more than enough money to equal the price I paid Dan Glick!" Wild soon dropped Dr. Duck and his wonderful Health Preserver from his mind and got to work. Ile did not think it worth while to hire any men to dig "As sure as yer live it does!" cried the scout, taking off in the galleries below, since there was really nothing to his hat and nodding with delight. be done but to search for a vein that would pay. "Wow! Wow-wow! Whoopee!" he yelled. It is uoubtful if he could have hired anyone, anyhow, His voice echoed through the mine and was heard by for the men who wanted to work all had good-paying jobs. Hop, who had just come to the mouth of the shaft to call They now got ready to go clown in the mine. them to dinner. "Hop, you can stay here in the shanty and get things Wild clic1 not get the lca~t bit excited. to rights," said Wild, addressing the Chinaman. "There He knew they had made a good strike, and he simply is no telling how Jong we will stay here, for I don't intend took it cool, as he did everything else. to leave until I have made something on my investment. "It seems Rurprising that Glick failed to dig in this Dan Glick anc1 his friends think we are badly stuck, but particular spot," he o,JserYed, as he broke off a piece of I am going to show them that we are not." the ore with Jim's pick. "It must have been that this "Lat li ght, Misler Wilc1; anybody findee plenty silver in mine was left for us to develop. Come on, boys! we'll um mine it be allee same you," answered Hop, nodding go up and have something to eat." just as though he felt certain that he was saying wl1at 'J'akinp: the piece of ore with him, he ascended in the was right. j bucket, Charlie and Jim hoisting it by means of a, dou?l:

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l 8 YOUNG WILD WEST'S SIL VER SCOOP. b lock and fall which was the rigging attached to it, instead of a winch at the top. .As soon as he stepped out the bucket went down, and then it was an eas.l: matter for his partners to get up. "Whattee mattce, Misler Charlie?" asked ihe Chinaman, as the scout stepped from the bucket. "N othin' much," was the retort. "Me hear you holler allee samec likec sixty." "Well, we struck a vein, an' I felt like hollerin', you measly coyote! Ain't I got a right ter holler if I want ter ?'' "Hoolay !" yelled Hop; "me holler, too! Hoo lay Hip .hi!" The three soon washed up and then sat d o wn to the meal Hop had prepared for them. From the haunch of a deer they had brought to th1 camp with them he had made a savory venison stew, and this with corncakes, butter and good coffee, was all that they cou l d ask for just then. Not until they had finished eating did Wild make an examination oi the piece 01' ore he had brought up with him. 'J'hen he broke it into pieces and carefully examined it. "About six hundred dollars lo the ton, boys," he said, calmly. "That is what I call a silver scoop for fair. There ought to be a few hundred ton~ of this in that mine, I think. "I reckon that'll go l1igher than six," observed the scout, as he made an examination of some of the pieces. "I'd be w1llin' ter bet it would!" "Well, I think so myself Some parts oi it seems to be the pure stuff But we'll find out pretty soon. We'll go oYer to the smelter and have this tested They did go over about half an hour later, and when the expert l ooked at it he opened wide his eyes. "Where did this eome from?" he asked. "From the Straight 'rip mine," answered our hero "What!" The man looked incredulous. "'l'hat -is right," our hero assured him, with a smile. "Dan Glick couldn't get anything more out of the mine and so sold it to me. I made a strike this morning. That's all there is to it." "'IVhy, that is the richest ore that has ever been found in this region!" declared the expert "H there is much in the lead you have struck I guess you have beat out any one in Silver Bullet. "Well, I feel confident that there arc a thou;;and tons of the ore there waiting to be dug out. It may not all run as rich as this, though; but, for a11 that, this is a piece I b r oke off at random." "Let me know how you make out in a couple 0 Jays from no w and if I think it worth while I will come aro und and make you an offer for the mine. The syncli C'ak w ill buy up a ll mining property where there is a ~nee t o make money." '"'All right. I will be ready to sell if-i get my price/' "What do you ask J'or the Straight Tip now?" "A hundred thousand dollars," answered our hero, say ing the amount that first came in his head. The mining expert laughed. "I guess you arc joking. Why, l heard that Glick sold you the mine yesterday or five thousand dollars." "T dicln't pay as much as that. He was glad to let it go for three thousand, and he thinks he stuck me at that. But I rather think he will feel like kicking himself when he finch, I ha\'C sold the mine fo1,. a hundred thousand in a couple of days from now." The mau ;;milcd at thi,;, but maJe no couunent. :From the smelter Wild ancl l1is partners .valked over to the tavern. There was something going on there, as tl1ey could tell by the screams oi laughter that came from within. Our hero opened the door and found the room pretty full of miners, who had refrained from going to work on account o. the extreme liberality of Dan Glick. Glick was there with them. He stood in the center of the room holding a bottle which bore a fancy label in hic1 hand, and near him war; Dr. Duck. "So ther price of thi:; stuff is five dollars a bottle, hey?" be was Haying as our friends entered. "Well, I reckon I'll take this bottle for a sam1)le, as I was jest sayin'. 1 I lih ther medicine I'll recommend it ter my friends, an' 1T ~ I do that you'll sell all you've got in less lhan half a day, 'cause my word goes a whole big distance in Silver Bullet. I'm ther boss miner of this camp, an' when I speak everybody listens." "All right," the patent medicine man answered, wl10 evidently thought it better to lose a bottle than to get into trouble. "You giYc the medicine a trial, and if I don't make you live a hundred. years I will cheerfully furnish you with another bottle free o.f all charge!" Just then Dan Glick turned and saw our friends. "llerc comes Young Wild West!" he exclaimed. "He'll buy a bottle." CHAPTHH IV. DAN GLICK's RESOLVE. "I guess I don't want to buy any medicine, Glick," said our 11ero, calmly. "It may be all right J'or you to take ::;ome of it, though, for you will be pretty i;ick in a llay or two, I have an idea." "What's that you sa.Y., Young Wil c1 W eHt ?" and the miner looked at him slrnrp1y, for he could tell by the ring of the boy's voice that he was in earnest. "Never mincl," was the reply. "J don't intend to re peat what I saicl. YC\ll hearcl. well enough." "Yer don't think I'm dririkin' so hard that I'll git sick, do yer ?"

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., YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. 9 "Well, that may make you sick." "You either meant that, or else I'd be sick 'cause I sold ther Straight 'rip mine ter you." "Well, it might be that way. You can't always tell." "I reckon it'll never be that way. Ha, ha, ha Why, I got every ounce o. silver that was in ther blamed old mine. You've got ther mine, so it'll be you what git:; sick, I reckon." Again he laughed boisterously. He quickly dropped the subject, and, walking over to the corner o. the room to his left, put the bottle 01 medi cine on the floor. "Now, boys," he said, pulling a revolver from his belt and waving it over his head, "I'm gain' ter see how good this medicine is. It is called Health Preserver, so look out!" Crack I He fired ancl broke the bottle at the first shot The contents ran over the floor in a Teclc1ish brown stream. "Yer floor is putty sick-lookin', Sedgwick, so we'll jest let it have a close of ther wondcdul preserver, as theT doctor says it is!" roared Glick, and then a yell 01 laugh ter went up from his friern1s, who really thought it one 01 the best jokes they hacl ever heard. J The doctor s110ok bis head saclly ancl turned to the man who hacl been driving the team when om friends saw them. "It is too bacl to waste that," he said "I gave the bottle as a Hample, but I did .not think it would be wasted like that." "H's all right, Doctor," Rpoke up Glick. "I say tl1cr me
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YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. "Just as true as you're standi11g there," replied our hero "I mean to sell the Straight Tip mine for a hun dred thousand dollars in less than a week. I guess you didn't stick me much, after all." "Sizzlin' catamounts !" roarecl the miner. "I reckon I'll call ther deal off an' give you back your money." "And I reckon you won't!" retorted our hero. "You couldn't buy the mine back if you laid down ninety thou sand dollars. You never worked the property enough to find out what it was really worth." Glick was a much crest-fallen man. But in a few minutes he Lurst into a laugh. "Pshaw!" he exclaimed; "I reckon you ain't made no rich strike. You might have found a little bit what I left in ther mine, an' you're tryin' ter make it appear that yer didn't git stuck. I'm satisfied, if you are." "Well, I am perfectly satisfied, I can tell you," was Wild's retort. Now that the rascally fellow had heard the news of their strike, our hero and his partners left the tavern and went back to the mine. When they had gone Glick questionecl the expert and learned that what he l1ad said in regard to the sample of ore brought to him for examination was true. The miner turned all colors. "If you are sick take another dose of ther Health Pre server," suggested Sedgwick. '1'11en Glick got as mad as a hornet. He l et out a string of oaths and wound up by emptying the contents of his revolver into the floor. "I wish it was Young \Vilcl West what had got them bullets instead of them planks," he observed, as he re loaded the weapon. Cortright and Carpenter nodded approvingly, but the rest shrugged their shoulders, as much as to Ray it wa~ pretty plain talk he was u s ing. Glick fell into a meditative mood ater that. He leaned against the bar with his eyes fixed on the floor for the space of several seconds. 'I'hen suddenly he looked ~t bis two chums and observed: "I reckon I'll go over ter ther shanty an' take a little sleep. Are you fellers goin' along?" "Yes," was the reply. The miner who had sold his mine to Young Wild West was stopping at the shanty of his two friends. Cortright and Carpenter could tell by the glance he shot at them that he did not mean to go to sleep They took it that he wanted to tell them something. 'I'he three walked out of the place ancl made their way to the shanty on the claim of the pair, which was only about a hundred yards from the Straight Tip mine. Once inside the roughly-constructed building, Glick threw himelf upon the most comfortable seat to be seen and stretched his lanky form out to its full length. "Boys," said he, "I reckon I was a fool ter sell ther Straight Tip." "If there's anything true in what we jest heard yer was, Dan," Carpenter answered, as he moved up a stool. ":Maybe it ain't true, though,"' spoke up Cortright. "Young Wild West might be doin' this jest ter make yer think he ain't st uck." "That's what I was thinkin', Abe," nodded the villain ous miner. "But it seems funny that he would give it out that he's goin' ter sell thcr mine fur a hundred thou sand dollars, though." "He's bluffin', most likely," Cortright insisted. Glick shook his head. "Young Wild West ain't ther galoot tcr do m1:1ch blufl' in'." Dan sl1rugged his shoulders as he said it, s howing that he had not forgotten his first meeting with the clashing young deadshot. "I reckon we kin easy find out if he has struck a rich lead," said Cortright, after a pause. "How?" "Why, jest pay a visit to ther mine. Them galoots wouldn't object, 'tain't likely." "If I pay a visit to ther mine an' find ou( that there's :my truth in what Young Wild West s ays, you kin ]Jct that he won't live ten seconds after I set eyes on him!" "Yer mean ter finish him, then, Dan?" asked Carpen~ter. "Yes, an' hi s pards, too. If there's anything more \V10rth diggin' out in ther mine it belong s ter me. I wouldn't have sold it if I thought it was worth keepin "You kin gamble on it that I'll s tick ter you in anything you do, Dan!" Cortright declared. "An' I wouldn t go back on yer, nohow," added Car penter. "S'pose we take a walk over there an' try an' find out jest how things is?" "Good!" exclaimed both hiR friernls. "But ther.e's three of 'em, an' they're putty dangerou;;; customers, I reckon. I guess we'd better find a couple more men ter help out in this business. Tom, you gp...ap.' git a couple of ther boys what kin be depended on." ... __ "All right," answered Carpenter, and he promptly arOR(l and left the s hanty. He was not gone more than ten minute s when he came back, accompanied by two of the toughest-looking fellows to be found in the mining camp .. Glick knew them and he nodded approvingly when they came in. "Did yer hear anything about Young Wild West strik in' it rich at ther Straight 'rip, boys?" he asked. "Yes," replied one of thcT)'l. "It's a straight story, too. I jest heard it from one of ther foremen over at ther Hmelter. It's ther finest ore that's ever been taken out of Colorac1er soil, they say Too bad yer sold out, Dan. lf I was you I'd jest go back on ther sale an' make them ga loots vamoose ther ranch." "That's je s t what I'm thinkin' of <'loin'. But I want ter find out fur a fact first. If you two fellers gocR with

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. 11 us an' helps us out in case there's a fight, there'll be some-lie, who bad whipped out his revolver the instant he heard thin' worth while comin' ter yer from me. How about them coming. "Hold up your hands, yer measly coyotes!" it?" Crack! "I guess you oughter know that we'd stick by a feller One of the men fired a shot and the bullet clipped a like you," retorted the man who had just spoken. lock of hair from the scout s head. "Sartin!" chimed in the other. "You're always ready Crack! ter a s k a galoot ter have a drink whether he's got th~r Charlie did' not hesitate to answer the shot, and, with money ter r eturn it or not. You kin count on me every a gasping cry, the man who had come so near hitting him time What do I care about this Young Wild West? Of dropped to rise n:o more in life. course I don t want ter git in no argument with him, Crack! cau s e the y say he kin shoot quickcr'n lightnin', an' that Dan Glick fired this time, and out went the lantern. he never misses whe n Jie pulls a trigger." The villain had nerved himself for something desperate, "We ll, it's und e r stood. that if they 've struck it rich at it seemed, and he had been marksman enough to smash the r min e the y' v e got t e r go under, then, is that it?" the lantern with a bullet. asked Glick, a s h e arose to his feet. By this time our friends had leaped behind an angle of "Yes!" came from the four unanimously. the gallery and were ready to fight the villains to a finish. "Come on, then, boys! You'll never lose nothin' by "Come on, you scoundrels!" exclaimed Young Wild s tickin' ter Dan Glick, an' yer kin bet all you're worth on West. "A fight in the dark is as fair for one as it is for that!" the other." The fiv e villain s headed for the mine that had been One of the intruders fired, and as he saw the fl.ash Wild bought by Young Wild Wes t the clay before, and every fired also. man of them was ready to do murder. A howl of pain told him that the bullet had founcl its ,, ,l mark. ..J ') ( 1,CHAPTER V. THE FIGHT IN THE MINE. Wild, Charlie and Jim promptly went down into the mine when they came over from the tavern. They were all anxious to try and learn just what the breadth of the vein was. All three began digging earnestly and with a deter mination to find out all that was necessary to satisfy them that it was not a blind lead they hacl struck. They dug around the spot that contained the ore, and :finally measured it and found it to be about fifteen feet ~.ricl.e and fully a s high. That meant that the vein need not extend a great dis tance to pan out a fortune, providing it was all like the sample th e y had tak e n to the expert. In half an hour they had s atisfied themselves that there was no mi s take about it. Some lump s were chipped out with the picks, and then with the lantern on the ground to give them light they proceeded to examine them. "There's a good chunk, and I'll bet it is half pure sil ver!" observed our hero, as he weighed a lump in his hand. "I'll just break it up and find out what it looks like." As Wild was in the act of cracking the lump of ore the sound of footsteps came to their ears. The next instant Dan Glick and two of his men ap peared ready for :fight. "Herc's where you die!" he exclaimed. "I reckon not, you slab-sided galoot!" answered CharBut more footsteps were heard now, and then our friends realized that more than three of the scoundrels were down in the mine. 'I'he situation was not a very pleasant one. In order to explain the presence of the villainous gang we will go back to the time that Glick and his four men started for the mine. When they got there they found Hop Wah standing in the door of tl!e shanty. The Chinaman was surprised when he saw the men approaching, for he recognized Glick right away. He knew that the man was no friend of Wild's, and that made him feel that something was wrong. He started to go inside to get his big six-shooter, which he had left lying on a stool while he did his work. "Hold on there!" said Glick, quickly covering him with his revolver. Hop did not want to get a bullet in him, so he stood still. The rascally miner walked up to him and then placed the muzzle of his weapon against his head. "Melican man no shootee l Me good Chinee !" cried the frightened Celestial. "Ha!" said Glick, with a chuckle. "I reckon yer fur got ter snap your fingers at me an' turn me inter a bag of meal, didn't yer? I knowed yer was nothin' more than a yaller galoot what had learned ter be smarter than ther general run of your race in some things. I was told that ther snake yer got in ther glass wasn't alive, an' that it was only made of some kind of candy paste that would melt when water touched it. There wasn't nothin' so funny about your trick, after all; it was your way of doin' it what s'prised us all. But yer can't do nothin' that's wonderful, not when you've got ther muzzle of a big forty-

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12 YOU.NG WILD WEST' S SILVER SCOOP. :five pressin' ag'in your yaller forehead. Boy s jes t tie him up and put somethin' in his mouth so h e can't do any squealin' an' l e t anyone know that the r e's somethin' wrong." 'fhe two men who had been sent for to join th e gang at once proceeded to obey the command. "Come on down ther shaft a s soon a s yer git him dead ter rights," added Glick, a s he started for the opening of the mine, followed by Abe Cortright and Tom Carpen\ "All right," was the reply; "go ahead! We' ll be down putty soon." Glick reached the rope that manipulated the bucket and quickly hauled it up. Th e n he and Cortright got in and went down in a hurry. They sent the bucket up and brought Carpenter down The other two men appeared at the mouth of the shaft jus t then, they having :fixed Hop Wah s o he could not get out of the shanty or utter a cry for help. I Carpenter motioned for them to come on down, and then he followed Glick and Cortright, who had already started through a gallery, from whi c h they could hear voices. Glick had a miner s lamp on hi s hat, s o he quickly lighted it, as it was very dark in the gallery. The three moved s oftly along and presently got to a bend from which they could hear what Young Wild Wes t and his partners were talking about. 'l'hey listen e d for a couple of minutes and then became convinced that there was no doubt but that they had struck it rich. "Them galoots has got ter die !" exclaimed Glick, and then the three made toward our friends, as has been re corded. It was Cortright who fell from Cheyenne Charlie' s bullet after he had :fired at tl1e scout, instead of obeying the command to hold up his hands. Glick's lamp went out when the first s hot was :fired, and then it occurred to him that it would be better if they all were in darkness, s o be sent a well-direct e d s hot at the lantern, and the result was accompli s hed. "Cortright's s hot," said Glick, in low tone of voice, as the other two villain s came nmning through the gal lery. "We must never ]et Young Wild Wes t an his pard,; git out of here alive!" "You bet we won't!" r e pli e d on e of them. "They'll ]iave ter die fur killin' Cortright." 'l'hen the leader of the gang struck a match and lighted the lamp on his hat. It was the worst thing he could do i he really expected to put an end to our three friends. Wild and his partners saw the gleam from the lamp the moment it was lighted ancl they got ready :for busi11ess. "They mean us, I gue1,s boy~,'' Haid Wilcl. "But they are making a mighty big mistake if they think they are g oing to g e t u::;. Jus t take it ea s y now. It i s a cas e of s hooting to kill, ancl w e don't want to was te a s hot, unles s it i s done for a purpo se. I d o n t lik e to s hoot a man, no matter how per s ist ent he i s in trying t o t a k e my life, but it has got to be don e s ometimes. S e lf-pre s ervation i s the first law of nature!" Cheyenne Charlie c hu c kl e d g rimly. ''We mu stn't consider the m g aloot s a s bein' human bein' s," h e an s wered. "They' r e nothin' mor e'n a lot of hungry wolves tryin' ter kill u s an' cat u s up. If they don't quit their gam e w e 'v e got tcr drop 'em, that's all." The three could s ec the glimmc> o f li ght a s it flas h e d around the bend, ancl, with thei r r evolvers in their hand s, they wait ed. Pres ently they saw the light appro a c hing. The villain s were coming! Wild and his two companion s c rouch e d b ehind the pile of dirt that had b ee n mad e wl1ilc the y were digging to :finu th e s ilver vein. They all knew that they had a pre tty good chance, no matte r if th e re w e re a doze n of the min e r s It would hav e take n a big p arty 01 d e termined men to get to ffiefo. Suddenly the voice of Dan Gli ~ k call e d out: "You f e llers has g-0t one chance ter live. Do yer want ter h'DOW what it is?" "No!" retorted Wild. "Don' t waste your breath to tell us. We'll tak e the chance s 0 living, all right." "Well, I ll tell yer, anyhow. If you're willin' ter giv'.) ther mine back ter me an the n strike out fur some other place a s soon as we let yer out, ye r kin liv e You 've got ter put down your s hoot e r s an surrende r fir s t, though." Young Wild West laughed s cornfully. "You had better get out of the mine and light out yourselves," he answered. "I give it to you s traight when I say that you all will either s wing before to-morrow morning or die with bullet s in you Don't think 11 moment that we are afraid of you. If there were twen. of you it would be the s ame. Now, then, which of you want s to clie fir st? Step up and get y our m e dicine. It won't be a s good a s the H ealth Preserv e r you w e r e drinking over in the tavern, either; it will be jus t the contrary in fact." Crack! One of the villain s :fired, but a s he did not come around the brncl far enou g h to s hoot toward them the bullet went ~even or eight fe e t out of the way. "Wow!" yelled Charlie making out that he had been hit. An exclamation of delight came irom the gallery where the men were. "I reckon that fooled ther measl y coy?te s," said the s cout, in a whiRper. "They 'll try it ag'in now. 'I'he words were sca,rcc]y out 01 hi s mouth when another s hot rang out.

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. 13 Again Charlie uttered a cry that sounded like one caused by pain, ending it with a gasp and striking the ground with his foot as though he had fallen. Crack! A third shot rang out. Charlie tried the ruse again, but it was hardly likely that it worked this time, for there was a deep silence or a couple of minutes and no more shots were fired. "Come on and get me!" Wild called out. "I am alive and able to fight yet." "I reckon yer are, Young Wild West," retorted Glick from around the bend "We'll be there putty soon now. You've got that chance I told yer about yet, though." "I don't want any chance. Just show yourself and we will soon settle this business." But the villains were not going to show themselves. They were suspicious that they had been fooled. Glick did not offer to lead the way, so the others did not mean to go it without him. Wild picked up a lump of the silver ore which weighed abo~t a quarter of a pound. CHAPTER VI. WILD TELLS THE VILLAINS WHAT THEY :MUST DO. Wild was pretty certain that the villains were getting out of the mine as fast as they could, but he did not want to run into the least danger o_f being ambushed by them. The sounds of their receding footsteps told his prac ticed ears plainly that three or four men were hurrying through the gallery, and as he did not believe that there were any more than that number left, he concluded that they had all gone. At any rate, ii was safe to move toward the shaft in the dark, so he passed the word to Charlie and :nm, and then they started softly from the spot. Quickly but noiselei:;sly they made their way along, rap idly nearing the foot of the mine shaft. The light from the lamp Dan Glick had carried on his hat could no longer be seen, so it was easy for them to go ahead. In a very fow seconds they were able to see where the He could see the gallery back where the light ~rom the daylight came down the shaft. miner's lamp showed, so, taking aim, he threw it so it Then they heard the creaking of a block. would strike the side and then bound toward them. "The scoundrels are going up !" exelaim~d Wild, in a 'rhud low voice. "Come on, boys The lump hit the rock that was there and bounded Out he stepped into the light just in time to see the where he thought it would. bucket going up with three men in it. It struck one of the men, too, for a sharp cry that was .A fourth, being unable to get in, was hanging fast to not. put on, like Charlie's had been, was the result. the rope, while the three in it were hauling it up. "There's a sample of the silver we found here, Glick," Wild knew that they would be apt to cut the rope and the boy called out in a tantalizing way. "You had better send the bucket crashing down when they once got out of take a good look at it, for you are not long for,this world!" the shaft, so he thought he had better do something. There was no reply, but the throwing of the chunk of Acting on an impulse, he darted forward and seized ore at them must have put an idea in the head of Glick, the edge or the bucket just as it got about six feet from or a couple of minutes later something st ruck the uneven the ground. wall a dozen feet to the left of our friends and then fell Holding fast with his left hand, he made a grab with to the ground. his right and caught one of the men by the belt. -~Bang! One quick jerk and he was pulled out of the bucket. An explosion rang out almost immediately. Thud 'l'he villains had thrown a powder-horn there, after first He landed at the bottom of the shaft on his head and putting a fuse in it and lighting it. shoulders, while the daring boy dropped safely on his But it did 'no damage to our friends other than to feet. choke them with the smoke The bucket went up faster than ever after this took Charlie began to utter a series of. groans as though in place, showing that the three villains were not going to the greatest or agony. take the chances of i:;aving their companion. Then footst eps were heard coming. There had been five of them to come down, but only The light slowly approached, too, and Wild and his three were going up partners held themselves in readiness to act. Charlie and Jim pounced upon the miner with amazing The very ins'tant the ~rm of a man eame in sight Charquickness. lie fired. As soon as he saw that they had him, Wild called to 'I'hc vmain fell back with a cry of mortal agony. 'l'hcn the villainous gang could be hcarc1 beating a re treat through the gallery. "I guess we have won out, boys," said Young Wild West. calmly. the villains above him : "If you want to see your friend alive again you will lower the bucket down and i;ee i.o it that the Chinaman comes to the mouth o:f the shaft." 'l'here was no reply.

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14 YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. But a minute later the villains had landed, and then down came the bucket. Our friends took good care to keep clear of the bottom of the opening, as they did not know what the villains might take a notion to do. However, Wild felt pretty sure that they would do just as he had told them to. "Who is the rascal I caught, boys? Do you know him?" he asked. "It's one of ther galoots what bought a bottle of medi cine from that doctor feller," Charlie answered It was 'l'om Carpenter. Wild could not have caught a better one. or Glick thought a great deal 0 Carpenter. And so he had 0 Cortright, but Cortright had met a deserved fate and hi s stiffening form lay back in the gal lery. The other man had only been slightly wounded. Five minutes from the time the bucket came down the, voice of Hop was heard corni ng clown the shaft "Hello, Mister Wild!" ho called out. "Hello, Hop !" oui. hero replied. "Are you there?" "Yes, badee Melican man tellee me pullee you allee same uppee." "Where are the three villains, Hop?" "Lun away allee samee likee velly rnchee fl.aid." "All right. We will come up, then." Wild assisted to get the villainous miner, who was un conscious, into the bucket, and then he stepped in and told Jim to follow s uit. "You stay here and we will send down for you, Char lie,'' he said. "All right," answered the scou t. They soon got to the surface of the ground, and as he stepped from the bucket our hero look ed around and caught sight of the villains just as they went into the tavern. "Ah!" he exclaimed; "Jim, I guess they don't mean to quit the camp. Well, that means that we have got a fight on our hands. The chances are that Glick ha s got lots 0 friend s here who are of the class that he belongs to, and he probably depends upon them to stick by him. It makes no difference how many he has got behind him, he has got to quit Silver Bull e t before we do! I'll see that he does it, as sure as my name is Young Wild West!" "That's right, Wild," answered Dart. Hop was busy lowering the bucket or Cha1..J.ie, and in a couple of minutes the scout was brought to the surface. "Where arc ther mea sly coyotes?" he asked, holding his revolver ready to s hoot at an inst.ant's notice. Wild told him where they liad gone, and the n Charlie nodded significantly. Just then Carpenter came to and his hands were tied behind him. "Somethin' will happen afore long, I reckon," he re marked. "Me velly muchee surplised when badee mans lette me loose," observed Ilop, who had been waiting for a chance to tell what had happened to him. "How did they get down without you knowing anything about it, anyhow?" Wild asked. "Ley catchee poor Chinaman putty quickee; len tie uppce and go down." Hop then told all that had happened in his own pe culia r way ancl ou1 friends made up their minds that the villains must have been pretty determined. "Well," observed our hero, "I guess we had better settle this business as soon as possible. Corne on! We'll go over to the tavern and see what the galoots are going to do about it." "Mc go, too, 1iiisler Wild?" queried Hop. "No," was the retort; "you will stay here and see to it that no one goes c1own into the mine again until we come back." "An' have your ~hooter ready, so yer don't git catched like yer did afore," added the scout M e no gittee catchee some more." "I hardly think you will," said Jim, : for it is not likely that the same fel~ows will come back again." Young Wilcl West and his two partners started for the tavern prepared for a lively time of it. On the way they were topped by a couple of miners who were working on their c laim. "What's ther matter with Dan Glick?" one of them asked. "ls he sorry that he sold his mine ler yer, Young Wild W eat?" "I guess he is," answered Wild; "and he'll be sorry that he ever saw a mine before I get through with him. Ile brought his gang down the shaft to clean us up while we were at w~rk, after first binding and gagging our Chi naman in the shanty." "Is that so? Ther rascal! I never did have any u se fur Glick, though I neyer thought it would be wise ter tell him so. He tried ter finish yer, then?" "Yes, and one of his gang got his medicine before he gave it up as a bad job." "Here's a galoot what kin tell yer all about it if he wants ter," spoke up QJ.1arlie, swinging Carpenter around so he faced the two men. The villain had only been stunned, and, beyond a bump on the back of his head, was all right now. "I ain't got nothin' ter say," he promptly exclaimed "Maybe you'll feel like sayin' somethin' when ther rope gits around your neck," remarked the other miner, imitating the motions of a man getting hanged. Carpenter turned pale. "Dan Glick is a mighty good friend of mine," he ven tured, "an' if h e wanted his mine back an' asked me ter help him out it was my business ter do it." "Out the rascal loose, Charlie," said Wild, sudden ly. The scout looked s urpri sed, but be did not hesitate to obey. "Are yer goin' ter let him go?" asked one of the min ers. I

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. 15 I "Yes, I want him to go to his friends and tell them kin shoot jest as quick as Young Wild West kin, an' I something." know I've got more friends in Silver Bullet than he has." '' But he may skip ther camp." "You're all right, Dan," spoke up the saloonkeep er. "I
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16 YOU~G WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. It was you what opened up ther game, an' yer shot poor drink rum than bother with yer wife an' child. I'll bet Abe Cortright." they ain't got a thing ter eat in ~her shanty this very minA dangerous glitter came in the eyes of Young Wild ute !" west. "11Iaybe they ain't, Dan. It makes me feel all ther more He stepped up to Glick, and, placing his finger on the what a fool I've been. I 'preciate what Young Wild West end of his nose, exclaimed: jest said, an' you kin gamble on it that, from this time "You know you lie when you say that, you cowardly out, I'm gain' tcr be a different man!" hound! You came down in the mine for the expr~ss pur-With that Carpenter went out. pose of getting us in a tight place. When you appeared 'l'he man's words made a deep impression. on everybody before us you told us that we were to die. Then you fired in the saloon. half a dozen shots without hitting a thing. You know Those who hacl been ready to take the part of Glick why your friend fell; he dropped because, instead of hold -hung their heads. ing up his hands, as he was told to do, he let a bullet go Ii had come very forcibly to them that Carpenter. had at Cheyenne Charlie. Charlie sent one back and then been doing anything but right in the way he treated his your friend dropped. The whole thing is that you want family. to :finish us so you can get the silver mine back. But there We will follow the man who had suddenly made up his are not enough of your friends in Silver Bullet to put the mind to lead a different life. finish to us, and there are only three o.f us Do you hear The shanty he occupied was not more than five minutes' what I say, you sneaking coward? Take that for lying!" walk from the saloon. Wild lost his t e mper completely for the moment and Near it' was the mine he had worked with Cortright. struck the villain with the back of his hand, sending him There was a look in the miner's eyes s uch as had never reeling halfway across the room. been there before probably as he opened the door and At this the aloonkeepcr spo ke up : walked in. ':I reclrnn this is my place, an' that I kin have who I A rather young woman, clothed in anything but decent please in it. Young Wild West, you an' your parcls kin apparel, was seated on a rickety chair holding a year-old light out. You ain' t wanted in here!" child on her lap. "What's that, you all-eyed galoot!" roared Cheyenne "Goin' ter git supper putty soon, Mary?" asked the Charlie, turning upon the man with flasl1ing eyes. "This man, as lie came in ancl stood Lefore her. are a public place, an' it nre located in Silver Bu11et "There ain't a thing in the hou se to cook, Tom," was Camp, Larimer County, Coloracly, an' that bein' ther case the reply, a~ the woman looked at him wonderingly. we'll go out whe n we git good an' ready." "There ain't, eh? Well, you bet there s oon will be! "'rliat's right, my friend," said Wild, nodding to bear Here, Mary!" and he put his hand in hi pocket and drew cut what the scout said. "You just take my aclrice and out all the money he had. "I reckon there's goin' ter be keep still. If you don't you might gi,e it away that you a change in ther way this shanty has been run. You jes t are in the game to kill me and get the benefits of tl1e take this an' go to ther store an' git what's wanted fur Straight Tip mine." ther house. There's eighteen dollar s there, s o don't stint The man s aid no m ore. on ther grub. I'll have some more a s s oon as I've worked \Vild took his watch from hit, pocket. another clay. I'm goin' ter work every day now, an' I'm "I guess the -four galoots who tried s o liarcl to wipe us gain' tcr give you all ther money I git hold of 'cept what out in the mine a little while ago have got just about I want .fur tobacker. I ain't goin' ter drink another droptwenty minutes left in which to get out of the camp," he of rum as long as I live, Mary You kin bet your lasi said, coolly. cent on that!" "It'Jl come putty hard on me, '<'aufle I've got a wife an The woman looked at him in a dumb sort of way. baby here in Silver 'Bullet," s poke up Carpenter. She tried to ri s e from the clrni'r but was uuable to "fs that right?" our hero a s ked, as he flashed a glance do so. at the men in the place. But a look of joy ,mddenly came over her face, for she "Yes, Tom's married an' got a leetle baby,'' answered could see that her husband was in deadly earnest. one of the miners, while severnl other s nodded to bear "Oh, 'rom !" she cried. "Can this be true, or am T him 01;1.t. dreaming one of the pleasant dreams T have s o often "Well, Carpenter, you go home to your wife and child, done?" and if I catch you loafing your time away around a bar"It's true, Mary," was the choking reply, for, Carpenter room again I'll shoot the buttons off your coat!" wa, crying like a child now, he not being able to .help it. "Are yer gain' back on l1S, Tom?" Dan Glick asked, ".Test give me ther baby an' you run over ter ther store a~ the man moved for the door. like a good girl. Furget that there was ever anything "}fy wife an' child comes first, Dan," was the reply. wrong, won't yer ?" "Humph! That's ther first I ever knowecl yer took To prove to her conclusively that he meant it, he kissed much interest in 'em. Yer would rather hang around an' her on the forehead and gently strokec1 her hair. I ,I

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., YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. 17 Anyone with a heart in him would have declared it an affecting scene. Tears ell from the eyes of both husband and wife, and it i s s afe to say that Tom Carpenter had never felt so mean before. But h e had re solved to change his ways, and that gave him a hope s uch a s had never come into his breast before. A few minute s later the wife put on her hat and shawl and went to the store. She came back in due time with th~ ariicies that went to make up a good, wholesome meal. Carpenter had the .fire burning briskly and the child W &o crawling on a bit of ragged carpet before it. The woman had dried her tears, and the way she set about to get the supper ready told that a new life had suddenly been born in her. It was getting dark when the meal was ready, so the oil lamp was lighted, and then they sat down and ate their supper. "I can't eat ver y much now, Mary," said the miner. "There's too much rum in me fur that. But I'll do better l a t e r on. It is all on account 0 what Young Wild West s aid to m e that I've changed, an' I hope I'll die if L don't R tick to it." "Who i s Young Wild Wes t, Tom?" asked the wife, opening wide her e y e s "He's the r white s t young feller what ever was born," was the r eply "I was h e lpin' Dan Glick, along with Abe Cortrig l1t an' -two other s ter kill an' rob ~im an' his two partne r s Young Wild Wes t got th e r bes t of u s jest as we thought we had him dead ter right s an' Cortright w ent unde r. Young Wild Wes t didn't s hoot thcr rest of 11s-an' h e c ould have done it eas y enough-but he jest told u s that we had half an hour ter git out 0 Silver Bullet. Then I thought of you an' ther baby, Mary. It was th e r fir s t time T thought so much of fer since ther wee k aft e r we wa married down in Denver I told him that I had a wife an' child, an' that I didn t like ter leave ther camp on that account. Then lie te)Js me ter come 110 an take care of yer, as I ought ter, an' that he wouldn't make me git out. Well, I made up my mind jest at that minute that I was never gain' ter drink an other dTop, an' that I was goin' ter work steady an' do ther right thin g b y y er a s long a s I Hve !" "I would like to see Young Wild Wes t and thank him, Tom." "You s hall, tlien. I'll go over an' fetch him an' his pard s here. He's only a boy, Mary, but he' s a deadshot, an' he kin control a gang better than ten like me could. There' s somethin' about him when he looks at yer an' talks that makes yer feel as though you've got ter do what he says. Young Wild Wes t has made a man out of me, Mary." Then the woman bur s t into tear s again. It was aU so goocl that she was afraid it could not be true. But a look into the eyes oi her lrnsband told her that I there was no mistake about it, and a few minutes later, when he got up and put on his coat and hat to go out and get Young Wild West to come to the shanty so she might have the opportunity to thank him personally for the good_ he had wrought in their little home, she noi ded approvingly and had not the least ear that he would start to drinking again and fail to come back. Carpenter did not stop at the saloon, for he met a miner who told him that our friends had gone back to the Straight Tip mine "Where's Dan Glick?" he asked. "Oh, hE! left jest afore ther half hour was up. Ther other two galoots went with him, an' ther boys all think it's ther best thing what could happen. I don't think that Dan means ter go very far away, though. In my opinion, he means ter try an' lay Young Wild West an' his men low. Glick's a very bad man when he gits started once, yer know." "Yes, but he'd better leave Young Wild West alone. He knows he oughter, too." "Well, if he don't it ain't no fault of ourn. I'm glad that he didn't make you leave, too, Tom. You've got a wife an' baby, an' they must be took care of." "An' yer kin bet your boot s that they will be took care of!" exclaimed Tom, his eyes flashing. "I've been a fool, I have! But I'm done now. Never ag'in will yer see me hangin' around drunk, s pendin ther money what oughter go ter my wife. Not much, my boy! Ther gang kin laugh at me if they wanter, but that won't make no differ ence." "I ain't seen one of 'em what laughed, g;om," was tl1e reply. Carpenter headed straight for the Straight Tip mine now. It was dark, but he soon saw the light in the shanty that was occupied by Wild and his partners. A s he rapidly neared it the figure of a man suddenly steppeJ from some bu s he s and barred his way. It was Dan Glick! The miner gave a start. "You ain't gone, then, Dan?" he asked in s1.1rprise. "Not yet, Tom," was the reply. "I only made out that I was goin'. You oughter know that I wouldn't leave Silver Bullet '.fur Young Wild Wes t, or no other galoot livin'. I ain t quite a fool yet, Tom Carpenter!" "Well, you know your own bus iness best, Dan," retorted the miner, shrugging his RhoulJers uneasily. "I know your business, too, Tom." "What do yer mean, Dan?" "I'll tell yer It's your business ter help me an' ther boys out. It's your business ter go an' kill Young Wild West an' hi s pards in that ,;hanty over there!" "Yer couldn't git me ter lrnrt a lrnir in ther heads of t'hem fellers, Dan Glick! I'm a different man now. I've reformed. It ain't too late fur you ter reform, either. You kin go ter some other place an' begin life all over

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18 YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. ag'in You done wrong, an' yer know it. Take my advice as a friend, Dan, an' make up your mind ter do different "You fool, you I" hissed Glick, and then he whipped a kcen-o'dged knife from his belt "If that's ther way you think you kin die, Tom Carpenter I" He raised the knife and darted for the miner who had turned over a new leaf in the book o.r life. 'l'he attack was so unexpected that Carpenter must cer tainly have fallen before the villain had not soiething intervened in his behalf. Crack! The sharp report of a revolver sounded a :few feet away and the murderous knife fell with a ring to the rocky ground. Dan Glick uttered an oath and darted into the bushes 'l'hat he had a horse close at hand was evident, for the next moment the clatter of receding hoofs was heard. "What's the trouble here?" said a voice, and then who should appear before Carpenter but Young Wild West! CHAP'rER VIII. GLICK PUTS UP A NOTIOE. he he~rd Carpenter declare that he was going to do right and advi,-e Glick to do the same, a nod of satisfaction was given by the dashing young cleadshot. Ile was leHs than ten feel from the two, and he made up his mind to capture Glid( and tum him over to the miners and let them Jnete out the punishment he de served. Just then the scoundrel leupc
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YOU~G WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. 19 them just what he had said ancl .clone when he went home to his wife and baby. "An' yer kin bet I'm goin' ter be a man hereafter !" he added. "You brought me ter my full senses, Young Wild West." "Well, I am very glad of it, I am sure," was the reply. They went out and headed or the shanty occupied by the reformed miner. Wild was keeping a sharp watch as they walked along, for he thought it might be that Glick was still around waiting or a chance to get in i:;omc of his dirty work. But no one interfered with them, and they soon got to the shanty. Carpenter's wife burs t into tears the moment Young Wild West was introduced to h e r. "You shouldn't cry, Mrs Caypeni.cr," h e s aid; "you should .feel more like laughing, now that your hu~ band is going to do the right thingancl treat you ancl the baby a s they should be treated." "It i s from joy that I am crying, Mr. WeKt," ;;he an swered. "Oh I don't believe there is a. happier woman this side of the :Missis sippi than I am!" She was smiling through her tears now and in a little ,vhile she was talking away jus t as though nothing had ever disturbed her. Wild held the baby a cw minutes and made it a 1irese'i1t of a five-dollar goldpiece. He wns sati s fied that Carpenter had really re.forrneJ if ever a man had, and wl1en the man told him to shoot him dead if he evero caught him drinking whisky again he knew he meant it. He bade the couple good-night after a short stay and then wended his way back to the claim. H Glick and bis two friends were around anywhere they did not show up, so be went in and joined Charlie and Jim in a game of dominoes. When it was time to go to bed our hero looked at his partners and said : ~s, it strikes me that Dan Glick will show up before 1JJ
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20 YOUNG WlLD WES'1''8 :::llLV.J.rn SCOOP. NOTISS TO M:Y FRIENDS. All them what i s goin' tcr s tick tcr me let 'em meet me at ther Straight Tip Mine nine o'clock this morning. I am going to clean out Yolillg Wild Wes t and Get my mine back. There i s munny in it fur all my friends. DAN GLICK. "'l'hat is quite an invitation, I mu s t s ay," Wild remark e d to the man standing neare s t him. "I wond e r how many friends Glick has got left, anyway?" "I reckon he's got a few," was the retort, and then our hero knew he was talking to on e of them "\,Yell, just let them come over to the Straight Tip mine, as that notice call s them to. I'll show them that the mine belong s to me, and that Dan Glick or no one cLe will get it until I g e t good and ready to s ell it." "S'posin' about twenty or thirty was tcr come over an' s ide in with Dan?" que s tioned the man. "That won't make any differenc e Fifty can come if they eel like doing so. I s uppo s e you will be one to come, s o before you do I advise you to make arrangements with the undertak e r, and if you want to leave your be longings to anyone in particular you had better make your will." The man h a ppened to be one who had not met Young W.ild West before, though he had heard all about hn. But hearing is not a s good as seeing, so he did not give the boy the credit of being what other s said he was. He had it in his head that he was not afraid of him, and he thought it a good chance to sho,v that he was not right before the crowd around th e s tore. "! reckon you re quite a bragger, fur a boy," he ven tured. "Do you think so?" Wild a s ked, looking at him and smiling good naturedly. "What i s your name?" "My name i s Dave Skinner," replied the miner, draw ing himself to his :full height and trying to look fierce "Well, Mr. Skinner, if you are a fri e nd of Dan Glick and approv~ of what he ha s clone, you arc no goorl How rloei$ that strike you?" "It strikes me that I'm goin ter grab ycr hy i.hcr nape of ther neck an' hit yer heel ag'in ther 8 idc of Lher buildin' here!" retorted the man. "Yer kin git ready; an' jest remember that this ain't no s hootin' or knife game. I ain t a galoot what would u s e n wccpon on a boy like you!" "Oh all right, Mr. Skinner. Jus t let yourseH go I nm all ready." "You said I was no good, an' I'm goin' ter make yer say that I'm ther best yer ever seen." "All right, my friend; just let yourself go!" "TTnc I come!" roared Skinner and with that he made a lt>ap for the daring _young dcad s hot. 'l'lwu ~ omethi11g lwppcneJ to him that he never !orgot a~ lun g a s he livet1. CHAPTER IX. GLICK FAILS TO KE E P IIIS PROMISE. Wild l1ad no intention of hurting the man, but he did mean to show him that he did not know much about wre stling or rough-and-tumble fighting. As Skinner rushccl for him he s tepp e d a s ide detly a.nu then s prang forward and cau ght him over his hip. The miner' s boot s cut a c ircle throug h the air and h e landed on his head and neck on the ground with a thuu. "Did you feel anything, Skinner?" Wild as ked a s h e laughed in the surpris ed man's face. Quite a jar, was n t it?" "Thunder!" gasped Skinner, a s he got into a :,;itting po1:,ture and felt of the back of hi1:o head to see if it was all there. '' No, it wa s n t thunder that did it. I s imply turned you over, that's all. Get up and I'll do it again." "You never done that alone!" retorte d Skinner, ai:; he got up and shook hims elf. "Somebody else had a hand in it." He looked at the grinning crowd and then got very mad. "Look out ur me!" he yelled; "I'm goin' ter chuck yer over ther top of ther s tore !" t Wild met his rus h s quarely this time for he depended upon his quickness and strength to fix the fellow before he had a chance to do anything. He caught him by the belt and gave him a pu s h in the stomach, that took the wind from him, at the s ame time. Then he dropped low and caught his ankle with his left hand. Wild then straightened up with wonderful quickness and had the big miner above hi s head. There was a hor s e trough in front of the s tore and it was nearly :full of water. It was just about big enough to admit the form ofJ~s.i.!t=-, ner. 'I'he da~hing youn g rlead shot was there in a twinkling. Splash! Skinner cnme clown into the trough and the water flew in every direction. "Now you behave your se lf, or 1'11 be compellecl to shoot you full or hole s," Wild s aid n s h e fold e d his arm s anr1 watched the man trying to g e t out of the trough. Skinner managed to roll out nnrl then he sat on the ground. The bystanders were roaring with lau ghte r now. Some 0 them knew 0 the prow ess of Young Wild W est and others did not. But they were an ,mtisfiea that lie was a rcgtilar wondr.r from Wonc1crvillc, a s one of tl1em put it. Skinner arose to hiK feet in a minute or two. 'l'he cxpre s8io11 ou hh, countenauce was one of surprise, anrl 11ot the lea s t bit of auger s hone in his eye s

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. 21 "Stumped, by jingo I" he said "I'm sorry I tackled that Glick might have half a dozen sympathizers among yer, Young Wile\ West." them. "You talk like a man, and I guess you are a pretty good "If that fellow shows up," said Wild, "he has got more one, after all," Wild answered. "I don't belie e you have nerve than I give him credit for having." any sympathy with Dan Glick in his determination to kill "I reckon he's got quite some nerve, Wild," answered me and take the mine I bought away from me." the scout. "He thinks that he'll have as many as half "No, I ain't got ther least sympathY._ fur him, an' if I the miners on his side, and that we won't dare ter do any-had I reckon you've knocked it all out of me." thing ter him." Ile put out his hand and Wild shook hands with him. "That's the way I think," spoke up Jim. "Hooray fur Young Wild West!" yelled the man who "Well, if he comes he'll wish he hadn't," Wild said. kept the store By nine o'clock there were at least :fifty men gathered The cheers were given with a will. at the Straight Tip mine. "Thank you, boys,"' said our hero, when they became Dr. Duck drove up with his wagon and started in to silent. "I guess you bad better know all about what Dan sell his patent medicine. Glick has been up to sincetI came to Silver Bullet with He struck the crowd just right, for after he had deliv-my two partners." ered a neat little speech extolling the virtues of his Health He then told them in a few words what Glick had done Pre server he began to do a rushing business. and tried to do, not forgettingthe villain's attempt of the But Dan Glick failed to put in appearance. life of Tom Carpenter the night before. The doctor kept on saying funny things and selling his "Dan don't stand no show here any more," said Dave medicine, and :finally when there came a little lull Hop Sh.inner, shaking his head in a solemn manner. "I used Wah stepped up to the wagon and asked to look at a bottle ter think a whole lot of him, but he's gone an' done things of the stuff. that he hadn't oughter do, an' if he knows when he's well off he'll git as far away from Silver Bullet as he kin, an' that in a hurry, too." The man was dripping with water from his sudden bath in the horse trough, and he made a rather comical picture as he stood there. But no one laughed at him just then. They all felt that he spoke words of wisdo:qi. "Well," said Wild, after he had made his purchase in the store, "I guess you fellows had better come over to the Straight Tip ~ine at nine o'clock and see what hap pens. Glick may come around ready to :finish me, and if he does you will see something that will interest you, per haps." "Oh, we'll be there, but not ter help Glick," Skinner assured him. "Velly nicee medicine?" he said, questioningly. "The very best in the world, my Chinee friend," was the reply. "I will guarantee that if you take three bot tles according to directions you will live to be a. hundred years old." Hop~ad heard that the medicine was composed large!J of cheap whisky, and he felt that he ought to try a bottle. But he did not propose to pay :five dollars for it. Dan Glick or one of the villains who had attacked Wild and his partners the day before in the mine had dropped an empty bottle near the mouth of the shaft and Hop had found it. It contained the label of the medicine, and at a distance it might pass off for a full bottle. But Hop was not going to pass it off at a distance for a full bottle. e boy went back to the shanty, and when he told \.,~ta..rlie and Jim what had happened over at the sto re He was going to get a full bottle for it, and he meant they both laughed heartily. that the doctor would give it to him. "I never saw a fellow take a ducking as good-naturedly When he thought over it he decided that he ought to as Skinner did," Wild said. "I am certain that he don't manage i.o get two bottles for it. bear the least bit of grudge against me. And I gave it to "Me likee havee bottle," he said, and it was promptly handed to him. him good and strong, too. He was greatly surprised." "Well, it is a good thing that he took it that way," l'eWithout bothering to look at it, he slipped it under his marked Jim. loo3e-fitting gown into one of his pockets. "It shows that ther galoot bas got a little sense," added "My uncle gleat mandarin in China," he said, smiling the scout. at the doctor and his assistant. "Me sendee him bottle Wild felt pretty sure that Glick would show up around putty soonee." nine o'clock, so be put off going down in the mine until "You bad better pay me for the bottle you just bought after that time. before Y
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22 YOUNG WILD WES'T'S SILVER SCOOP. 'Then he pulled a bottle from under his gown and began to look it over carefully. "Velly funny," he said, looking at Dr. Duck, with af fected amazement "Medicine allee outte bottle." ~ut he decided to let it go, as it was a big advertise ment and more of the men were begin~ng to buy Hop walked into the shanty, followed by Cheyenne Charlie. He held it up and, sure e nou gh, everyone saw that he With a grin on his yellow face, he pulled out two of the spoke the truth. full bottles and sat them on the table "That i s curious," remarked the doctor, l ooking sternly "How in thunder did yer git two of 'em, Hop?" Charat his assistant. "Could there have been an empty bottle lie asked. l in the lot?" "Velly easy," was the rejoinder; "me findee empty bot-"There wasn't nothin' but full ones in them what I tie and me puttee in um pocket. Doctor velly muchee took out," was the reply. "You might have got hold of an easy; he no know." empty one yourself." The scout thought it was so good that he went out and "I must have; then. But I don't understand how an told it to Tom Carpenter, who was in the crowd, he have'mpty bottle came to be there." mg been one of the first to come over. "Me no undelstand, either," spoke up the Chinaman Carpenter told it to those near him, and it soon spread "Well, give me that bottle; I'll give you another for it." that the Chinaman had beaten the doctor out of two bot Hop took the full bottle and looked it over carefully tles of his medicine. and then placed it in his pocket. As Glick had failed to put in appearance, the miners "Now hand over five dollars, please," said the doctor, had had something to amuse them, anyhow. who was wondering how it was that he came to have an They remained there for over an hour, and when they empty bottle in his wagon. finally decided to go to their work Dr. Duck had sold quite "Whatte for?" asked Hop, looking at him in innocent a number of the bottles, in spite of the fact that Hop had surprise. beaten him out of two. "Why, for the bottle of Health Preserver I just sold "That is a ve,;y smart Chinaman you have got, Young you. You surely ought to know that you did not pay for Wild West," said the doctor, as he was getting in his it yet." wagon to ride back to the tavern. ":Me givee empty bottle for dlis," said the Chinaman, "He certainly is a smart fellow," was the reply. pulling out the medicine and holding it up. "Well, I hope the medicine he got for nothing will be "I know you did. But you never paid me for the empty a great benefit to him." bottle, did you?" "It may be ther worst thing he could tackle, fur it "Whattee me pay for um empty bottle for? Lat no might start him off ter git drunk," replied the scout. goodee." The doctor laughed good-naturedly. Wild could not help laughing at the way the Celestial "I can't seem to make you people believe that my medi-was fooling the doctor. cine is any good:" he said. The majority of the miners thought that Hop was "Well, I guess we don't need to take any of it," spoke right. up Wild. Dr. Duck really thought that Hop was in earnest in "Perhaps not. But it would make you feel younger what he said. than you are if you were to take a couple of bottles ac-He tried to explain that he had received no money cording to directions." whatever, and that he had given him a bottle of the As the wagon started off for the tavern our frieira/" Health Preserver. were left alone again. "You didn't pay for the bottle I gave you at first," he "Jim and I will go clown and work until noon, Charlie," said observed our hero. "Someone is needed to stay here and "Whattee me pay for um empty bottle for?" Hop re-keep out a watch." torted, looking around to find those who thought he was "All right," nodded the scout; "I'll be on ther lookout right. fur Glick. If he happens ter come you'll hear my shooter "But you didn't pay for the empty bottle, nor }_lave you crack. Then you will know enough to come up." paid for the full one," insisted the doctor. Wild and Jim weht down into the mine and started in "You givee me empty bottle; me no pay. Whattee me to try and learn how far the vein of silver ran. pay for? Empty bottle no goodee. Len me givee you They had not been there more than fifteen minutes empty bottlo for fullee bottle. Lat allee light; evelything when they heard a revolver go off near the entrance to the squa re now. You givee me bottle no goodee; ie givee mine. you no goodee bottle and you givee me goodee bottle. You CHAPTER X. makee allee li ght. vely muchee nicee doctor." GLICK KEEPS ON LOOKING FOR REVENGE. '.l!."'verybody was lau g hing by this time, and the doctor beCharlie stood in the doorway of the shanty smoking gan to realize that he was going to lose the price of a his pipe, while the Chinaman was clearing away the rebottle of the medicine. j mains of their breakfast.

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. 13 The scout was looking around pretty well as he smoked, and present1y his eyes lighted upon three horsemen away back on the trail a mile away. They were heading for Silver Bullet, as he could see, but they were so far off that he could not tell what they were. "Comee up putty quick, Misler Wild!" shouted the Chi naman. "Allee samee velly funny t'ings here." When he saw the rope working through the block he lent a hand and the bucket soon reached the surface. Wild and Jim sprang out in a hurry. "What is the trouble, Hop? Where's Charlie?" Wild asked, hurriedly. B-11t it was only a glimpse he got of them, anyhow, for they were quickly shut out of his view by a high projection of land. "Dan Glick comee here; tly gittee in um shanty; me shootee putty quick and he runnee 'way. Misler Charlie The scout watched for severa l minutes, but the horseover lare; shootee two timee." men did not come riding into the camp, as he expected 'Ihat i s the way the Celestial answered, but it was suffi-they would. cient to let Wild and Jim know what was going on Then he grew a trifle suspicious He pointed out the way Dan Glick had run, and just "They didn't git as far as l1ere, eh?" he muttered. then Charlie appeared. "Well, where did they stop, an' what are they up ter, "1'hey was around ag'in, Wild I" the scout exclaimed. then? Jest like as not ther three galoots is Dan Glick an' "I jest winged one of 'em, but it wasn't Glick, though." his men. I'll jest s neak over there an' have a look." Wild and Jim ran to the sJianty and got their rifles. Turning to the Chinaman, he told him to keep his eyes Charlie shook his head. open for a few minutes and if anything happened to :fire "There ain't much use, unless yer mean ter ride after his revolver. 'em till yer catch 'em," he said. "I think it would be "Allee light, Misler Charlie. Where you go?" Hop jest as good ter wait till they come back ag'in, fur yer kin queried. bet that Dan Glick will never leave Silver Bullet. I "I'm jest goin' over ter ther other side o.f them bushes," reckon he's mad e up his mind ter die right here." was the reply. "I won't be gone more'n five minutes." "And that is just what h e will do if he stays," spoke Hop made up his mind that he was not going to be up / Jim. cauO'ht napping this time. 0 "I O'Uess your Judgment i s good, Charlie," said Wild, H: got his revo~ver out, and then coming outside began I after : moment's thought. "We won't bother to chase walkmg back and forth from the cToor of the shanty to tl ,, 1em. the mme shaft Wild He kept looking in every direction, too, and as Charlie disappeared in the bushes, he gave a nod and exclaimed: "Me velly muchee watchee; no badee Melican man foolee Hop Wah." For five minutes he strutted back and forth after the fashion of a Chinese soldier, and there were no signs o.f Cha1;lie coming back yet. Hop walkecl down to the top of tl1e shaft again and prrused.. As he looked around he saw the form of a man crawling d the shanty. 'it was not Cheyenne Charlie, as he could tell at a glance. He recognized the fellow. It was Dan Glick I Hop turned his revolver at the sneaking villain and pulled the trigger. Crack! As the report rang out Glick got upon his feet and ran with the speed of a deer. He disappe ared in the bushes before Hop thought about firing another shot. Crack! Crack! 1'wo shots rang out in quick succession from the direc tion Cheyenne Charlie had taken when he left the shanty. "Hello, up there!" came from the bottom of the shaft. It was Young Wild We~t's voice. and Charlie had been getting the body of Abe Cortright ready to be hauled up so the undertaker of the camp >l'ould not be cheated out of a chance to make something. If Cortright had no friends to foot j:he bill for burial the undertaker would be entitled to what money and valuable s were found on the body. If the friends paid the bill they wo11ld be entitled tQ, what was on the dead man. Seeing that there was to be no pursuit after the villains, Dart offered to go down with Hop and get the body up, while Wild and Charlie remained there to watch. "Go ahead," said our hero. They lost no time in getting down into the mine. "You winged one of the galoots, eh, Charlie?" Wild asked, as they stood near the shanty waiting. "Yes, I seen three galoots ridin' this way on ther trail over there. I watched fur 'e m to show up along here, but they didn't. Then I told Hop ter shoot off his revolver if anything happened, an' went ter find out where they'd gone ter. It was quite a few minutes afore I come across ther two galoots what was with Glick, but Glick wasn't there. Jest then Hop fired, an' they turned an' seen me One of 'em let a shot come at me an' ther bullet whistled so close ter my ear that I thought it had me. But I fired right a.way an' dropped him. Ther other feller jumped behind a. rock an' got out of sight. Then I heard Glick's voice, an' then they went ridin' away, as I could tell by

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24 YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. ther sound of ther horses' hoojs. There's only two of 'em Young Wild West is plugged ther gang will come back to now, Wild." our side, see if they don't! An' then jest see what I'll do "What fools those fellows are," said our hero, shaking to that traitor Tom Carpenter! He'll wish he'd never his head. "Why couldn't they go away and let us alone seen me!" after they were given the chance? Well, if they force us The two rode away a little over a mile from the heart of to it we'll have to finish them, that's all." the mining camp and then came to a halt on a little The body of Cortright was hauled up from the mine a plateau that was thickly wooded by firs and other trees. few minutes later and then Wild told Hop to go and get From here they could see the whole camp and not be the man who did the undertaking for the camp. seen themselves. He came back a few minutes later with about a dozen Though they could not get a very good view of the who had been friends of the man following. Straight Tip m~ne, they saw the miners come there and In half an hour both the body of Cortright and that of imagined that they had come for the purpose of burying the man the scout had shot were put underground, and as the two men who had gone under in the fight against no one offered to pay the bill, ti,e undertaker took what Young Wild West and his partners. he found in the clothes, which was enough to satisfy him "We'll be all right here, Mike," said Dan, "'cause if for his trouble. they start out after us we kin see 'em in time ter git a But iet us follow Dan Glick, the villain who was so per-good start, an' then they'll never catch us." sistent in his efforts to kill Joung Wild West and get "That's right," his companion retorted. "I reckon we back the mine he had sold. could git away all right ii wc wanted ter." Glick was not the sort to take too much of a risk. They remained on the little plateau until nearly noon. So when the Chinaman :fired at him he lost no time in Then Glick got it in his head to do something fiendi1:,h running into the bushes and turning to the spot where he in the way of revenge. had ieft his two companions and their horses. ":Uike," i::aicl he, suddenly, "we could rLclc around putty He heard two shots as he neared the place, and then he close ter ther shanty of Tom Carpent e r without bein' suddenly saw Cheyenne Charlie moving back towarcl the seen, I reckon." mine. "Yes, Dan," was the reply, "we could do that easy Dan raised his revolver and pulled the trigger to send enough, as we'd have woods all ther way ter hide us from a bullet into the, back of the scout. ther miners." The hammer fell, but the cartridge refuse.cl to explode. "Well, we'll go over there right away, then." By that time Charlie was the other side of a point of "Wlrnt .fur, Dan?" rock. "We've got jest time ter set ther s hanty on fire, so Glick saw two of the horses standing close at hand, and when Carpenter comes home ter git his dinner he ll find as he ran for them he discovered the quivering form 0 it too lat.c ter Rave it." one of his men. "But s'pose we was ter et ther shanty on fire an' Tom's The other was gone. wife an' baby got burned up?" With a muttered oath, he leaped upon the back of his "I they didn't git out in time it would serve Tom horse and darted away. right, :fur he's nothin' lmt a traitor, anyhmY." He cdtlld hear the other man riding ahead of him, and "I don't like ther iclea of doin anything that'll bring he soon caught up to him. harm ter a woman an' a baby, Dan." "So you was gain' ter leave me in ther lurch, hey, Mike shook his bead to show that he meant whl?-~~Mike ?" he asked. said. "I thought ye was dead, Dan," was the reply. "I made "Pshaw! Are you gittin' tender-heartecl, too? Ther up me mind that I had b'etter slope, 'cause I thought I first thing yer know you'll be fer reformin ame as Car-was ther only one left." pentcr did "Well, it was the Chinee what fired at me, an' that's "No, T won't, Dan. I'm goin' tcr s tick trr you a~ long ther reason I didn't git plugged, I reckon, rm Young aH I know what I'm doin'. Come on! I'll go over there Wild West an' his pards don't miss ery often, it seems.~' with yer, an' if. we don't git square on Tom Cill'penter "'rhat's right. Say, Dan, don't yer think ye'd better it'll be mighty funny!'' give it up?" :Mike was going to do ::;omething that he knew was not "No!" was the quick reply. "I won't give it up until right, just because he did not want Glick to think that be Young Wild West goes under!" was getting tender-hearted. "All right, then. I said I'd stick to yer, an' yer kin Human nature is a curious stucly. bet I will, too! We're gittin' ther worst of it by incheE>, The two men knew that they had less than twenty minthough, Dan. Two men i,hot an' one turnetl ag'in tu, utes to do the job if they wanted to get the shanty going' besides ther gang in the camp gain' back on us. We stand before the miners started to come from their work. a mighty poor show, I reckon." They mounted their horses and rode around through "Our turn will come, Mike You can bet on it. Once (coNTTNuEo ON PAOE 26.)

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Z6 YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. the woods until they were right behind Carpenter's shanty. The nearest other building was probably two hundreu feet away. When they dismounted Dan Glick said he would do the firing, so Mike breathed a sigh of relief. He crouched in the bushes and saw Glick creep up be hind the shanty with a bunch of dried grass in his hand. The little building stood on posts, so it would e easy to set it afire from beneath. Glick gathered some more grass and leaves on the way, and when he got where he wanted to he shoved them under the shanty and struck a match. Just tlien Mike saw Carpenter's wife come out of the shanty and start hurriedly toward the store "She's goin' after somethin' fur Tom's dinner, an' she's left ther baby in ther house," he thought. "Mike, if there ever was any good in yer, yer oughter think of it now. Why, ther innercent baby is liable ter git burned ter a crisp afore ther woman gits back! Kin I stand fur that? No I If Dan Glick calls this reformin', let him do it I But that fire ain't goin' ter be started The good in the man had triumphed. As quick as a flash he sprang to his feet and ran to the back of the. shanty. He got there just in time. As Glick was about to apply the match to the dried grass and leaves he caught his arm and pulled him from the spot. ''Yer mustn't do it, Dan!" he exclaimed. "Anything but that!" "What-in-thunder is-is ther matter with yer, Mike?" cried Glick, looking at him in amazement, "Well, this here shanty ain't goin' ter be sot on fire, that's all!" was the reply. CHAPTER XI. MIKE'S PRESENTIMENT COMES TRUE. It so happened that Tom Carpenter had come home a little early that morning. He had made a good strike, ancl he was anxious to tell his wife about it. He had come to the shanty about ten minutes before Dan Glick crept up to it for the purpose of setting it on fire. After telling his wife of his great luck that morning he asked her to go to the store while he took care of the baby. The woman had barely gone when Tom heard voices from the rear of the shanty He was surprised, and, putting the baby on the floor before the fire, he grabbed his hat and went out. He was at the corner of the shanty just in tini.e to hear Mike say, "Well, this here shanty ain't goin' ter be sot off" fire, that's all!" Then it dawned upon him that l!J:lick had been seekjng revenge. Carpenter had a revolver in his pocket, and, quickly drawing it, he sprang around the corner of the building. "Good fur you, Mike I" he cried; "I reckon you're g?in' ter reform, too. Dan Glick, I'll forgive yer if you'll promise ter go away ter some other place an' start life over ag'in I" "I'll blow your brains out, yer sneakin' traitor!" Glick retorted, and he whipped out his shooter. He would have fired straight at the man if it hacl not been for Mike. He knocked the weapon from his hancl before the trig ger could be pulled. "Dan, I'm compelled ter ta~e yer a prisoner!" sai
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YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. 27 in such a hurry, but when they saw our hero they both Both knew that all the miners would now be on the knew. lookout for the villain, and that it would not be healthy "She's gain' tcr fetch Young Wild West here," said for him to s how up. Tom. "Now yer kin mak e up your mind that everything The claim Ca, rpenter worked adjoined the property will be all right. Jest wait till he hear s ther whole sto ry." owned by the smelting company, and a good price had Sure enough, the woman came back a few minutes later been offered for it a monthor so before with Wild. Carpei1ter and Cortright were joint owners of it then, She had told him the s ub s tance of it all as she walked but they had papers made out to the effect that if one at his siclc, so he was not at all surprised when he came sho nld die the property would become that of the sur face to face with the man who had stuck to Dan Glick to vivor. the last man in an effort to take hi s li:f'e and tho se of his. partners. Our hero looked the man over and came to the con'clu sion that he had been utlrrly crushed. "So you have found the error of your ways, have you?" he rernarkccl. "Well, I rather like the way you acted when you stopped Glick from setting the shanty on fire. That showed that the gooclncss was not all dead in you. I'll see the boys and get them to agree to give you a chance to show what an honest fellow you can be. How does that strike you ?'J "You're too good!" was the reply. "It don't seem right that you should give me a chance. Look at what I was tryin' s o hard ter do to yer !" "Well, if I am satisfied you ought to be." "I'm more'n sa ti sfied But it won't do much good in you're givin' me a chance, fur Dan Glick will git me. He' ll never let up till he gits square on me fur leavin' him!" That made Carpenter tbe sole owner now. He knew that h e could get a much larger price for the claim now, for he had struck a rich lead that morning. "I reckon I'll sell out an' go ter Californy, Mike," he said, as they waTked over to the claim. "I kin git enough out of it ter live comfortable out there by jest raisin' some grapes an' other fruits. It will jes t suit Mary ter go there, an' it'll be nicer ter bring up ther baby where there ain't someone dyin' with his boots on every day or so." When Mike got to helping Tom on the claim he cheered up some what, for there were claims on every side, and that meant that Dan Glick could not sneak up and sur prise him. But in spite of this, Mike's presentiment was going to come true. Back in the bushes on a little hillside crouched Dan Glick at that very moment. "I'll try and see to it that he don't get you," answered Th e scoundrel's eyes gleamed like those of a fiend, and our hero. "Now you stay here until I fix things with the anyone to look at him just then would have proclaimed miners. It is a good time to do it now, for they will all him to be stark, staring mad be around the tavern and saloon before they go to work." And so he was-crazed on the one subje~t of getting reWild went out and the first place he stopped in was the venge upon those who had gone back on him. saloon. When he rode away from the Carpenter shanty the vil-lle told those he found in there that the man known as I lain got it in his head that h e must have a rifle, so he l\Iike had stopped Glick from setting fire to Carpenter's coulcl use it from a _distance and mak~ himself s~fe. shanty, and then quit him. :le knew _of a mme_r who had a rifle'. for Glick could "We'll give him a chance to show that he means to be thmk, even if_ he was msanc on _the subJect of murder. honest boys he added. I He determmecl to get that nfl.e. No ~ne objected to it so he went out and then headed He rode to a point where he could watch the shanty of for the tavern. I the miner, and then crouched and waited till be saw him At the tavern Wild gave the whole s tory as he had go ?ack to l:is wo~k. heard it in the Carpenter shanty, and when he said Mike 'Ihen leavmg his horse m the woods, Glick crept to ought to have another chance a cheer went up. ward the s hanty. Before be went back to the mine Wild stopped at the He got there without being seen by anyone and got the Carpenter shanty and told them that it was all right, and I coveted rifle. that Mike would be welcome to stay in Silver Bullet, so Then he went back to his horse and moved around to a long as he acted square and showed that he meant to keep point where he could watch for Mike to come out of Car straight. penter's shqnty. Our hero went away and then Tom Carpenter invited "It's Mike first, an' then Torn," he muttered, as he him to go and help him at hi s claim. clutched the weapon, which was an old fashioned muzzlc"I'll take ther olcl rifle along," he said, as he took the loader. weapon down from where it had hung on the wa1l. "If But Glick forgot one thing. Glick tries ter shoot us we'll have ter 'Shoot back, that's He could only fire one shot, for he had no powder an d all, Mike." bullets to reload it. "All right," was the reply. However, that never once entered his mind

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28 YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP.' The time soon came for him to get in his murderous work. R e rai s ed the rifl e and took careful aim and then pressed the trig ger. A s the r e port s ound e d Mike threw up his arm s and dropped dead before Carpenter. Glick utter e d a :fiendis h lau g h and tried to fire at Car penter. But a cli c k was th e only result. With an oath he flung the rifle from him, and then mounlting hi s hor s e s tarted s traight for the claim of Young Wild Wes t. CHAPTER XII. C ON C LU SION. Young Wild West had come over to the stor e that noon fo1 the purpo s e of seein g th e minin g expert, a s he was satisfie d that the y had d e v e lop e d things in the mine suffic i ently to prove it to him that it was worth a hundred thou s and dollar s He had learned that the man lived at the s tore with hundred thousand dollars. The chances are that you have only struck the tail end of a drift. Som e times the tail end of a drift that has been overlooked by the miners turns out the riche s t ore. I fan c y that s uch is the cas e her.c." "We11, just go down and look at the lead. My partners are uown there. I'll call them." He did call them and told them that the man from the ~melter was coming down to see what the Straight 'I'ip mine was worth to hi s concern. Down went the man, Wild preparing to remain up, for he felt that it was jus t pos sible that Dan Glick might be around somewhere. The mining expert, whos e name was Clifford, was not down in the mine more than ten or fifteen minutes. Then he came up in the bucket and Charlie and Jim were with him. Wild did not show that he was anxiou s though he could i-ee by the looks of Jim and the scout that they were pleased mightily over s omething. "You have s truck a nic e little v ein of s ilver, Young Wild West," said Clifford, looking at the young deaclshot s eriou s ly. "You s aid you expect to get a hundred thou sand dollar s for the mine?" his broth e r, who was the owne r of it. "Yes," was the rep0ly, "and not a dollar less." Wild had found him and invited him to come ove r and "A 11 right. Here' s a thou s and dollar s deposit. Write look at the min e befor e he was c all e d by Mr s Carpenter. out a receipt for i t with a two hour s option. I'll see that The mining e x pert ha
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YOUNG WILD WEST'S SILVER SCOOP. 29 Bump urait for ninety-nin e thousand dollar s and showt!d it to He struck the bucket and then slid straight <}own into Wild. the shaft! "There's your money," i:;aid he. "Now, H you'll just Our :friends heard the dull thml as he struck below and sign the papers everything wil. l be all right." then walked away from the spot. "I'll do that," replied our h ero "Charlie alway s signs "I feel easier now," said ,Tim Dart, as he went ancl got with me, for I am not of age, you know. He is my guard a drink of water. "Glick was one of the mm;t persistent ian in transactions of this kind." of the bad men that I ever. came across. He went to his The papen; transferring the mine to the smelting comown cleath, i\hough not intentionally. He would have pany were soon sigl)Cd and then Young Wild West got his killed us all if he could.'! check. "I reckon he would," replied Cheyenne Charlie, "but 'l'he company was to take possession at once, so an hour he's done fur now. ITe's thcr last or ther gang, I reckon." later our friends were quartered at the Silver Bullet "Well, we'll go over and make it known what happened Tavern. to Glick,'' Raid Wild, ancl they Rtartccl at once, leaving They were going to leave the next day for Denver, Hop at the shanty. where they wanted to transact a little business before .Ju;:t a R they got over to the Rtore they met Tom Cargoing back home. penter. The next morning things were running very smoothly "l\Iike's dead!" he saiu. "Dan Olick picked him off in Silver Bull et. with a bullet a. little while ago." The boc.ly oI Dan Glick had been removed from the "'!'hat' s too bad," answered Wild. "The follow had it mine and buried near the graves of those who had been in l1is head that Glick waR going to finish him. But, Car-his assistants in the effort to kill Young Wild West and penter, Dan Glick will never shoot another man!" his two partners a11Cl get possession of the Straight Tip "Why, is he deRc.l ?" the miner miked. mine. "Yes." Just before they leit the camp Tom Carpenter came "Did yon drop him?" and told them that he had sold his mine for a good price, "No, he went headfirst from the back of his horse down and that he was going with his wife and baby to Calithe Rhaft of the Straight Tip mine." fornia. "It's too bad lie dilln't go under before he got u chnnce "I'm always goin' ter stic k ter my won1, Young Wild ter shoot :Mike." West," he said. "I'm goin' ter do right by my family an' Carpenter shook his head sadly. never touch a drop of licker as _on~ as I live." In the tavern Wild gave it out that Glick had rr.et his Dr. Duck had sold out pretty well by this time, so he death by being thrown from the back of his horse into set out .for the nearest railroad depot to get another stock the shaft of the mine. o f his wonderful medicine. He told how the villain had refused to s top with their But Hop went away with two bottles of it without havrevolvers staring him in the face, and that the horse had ing had to pay for it. obeyed instead of him. Just what the Chinaman meant to do with the stuff no "He meant us to the la st, but his bullets did not reach one knew. us," said Wild, in conclusion "Now, then, everybody But it was quite likely that he would use it in the place ,__..,......_up Jtnd have something on the s trength of my Silver of whisky when he was not able to get any of the latter. Scoop, for I have jw;t c lean ed up a hundred thousand Our friends reached Denver and the draft was honored dollars since we struck Silver Bullet!" and the money placed in the bank to the credit of Young A deep si lence followed the words. Wild West. There were only half a dozen men in the room, but It had been a Silver Scoop, all right, and a hundred they had been doing lots or talking when our friends thousand had been cleaned up in a short time. came in. They could hardly believe their own ears. They all had somethi ng, l10wever, and wished Young Wild West the best of luck. Pretty soon Clifford came in with two strangers. The strangers had just arrived in the stagecoach that came in a little after one o'clock. "Here you are, Young Wild West!" he called out. "Here are two of the owners of the smelter. I have told them about the Straight Tip mine." The expert then introduced the two men formally and i.here was a general shaking of hands. After they had talked awhile Clifford produced a bank THE END. Read "YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE OREGON OUTLAWS; or, ARIETrrA AS A 'JUDGE,'" which will be the next number (184) of "Wild West Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers or this weekly are always in print. I you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, se!ld the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mai,l. 9

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Everything! .! COMPLETE SET IS A REGUtAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! These Books Ten You Each book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, _in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated covet. M~st of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all ?f the subJE;Cts treated u~on are explained in such a simple manner that any child. can thoroughly understand them. Look over the 11st as classified and see 1f you want to know anything about the subje~ mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WI-LL FE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY 'l'HREE BOOKS FOR 'fWENTY-FIVE CENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN TilE 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 Hugo Koch, A. Q, 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. By Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S. Fully illustrated. HYPNOTISM. No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Contain ing valuable and in 11tructive information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also explaining the most approved methods which are employed by the leading hypnotista 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 guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishix g, together with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT,-Fully fllustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full instructions are given in this little book, together with in atnctions 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 peculiar to the horse. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fu.Hy illustrated. By C. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORA.CULUM 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 "'ames of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW 'l'O EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book gives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowi~ what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or misery, wealth or poverty. J;ou can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE HA.ND.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 mole,, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in struction for the uae of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bare and various other methods of developing a good, healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can become strong and healthy by following tlle instructions contained in this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-Tb.e art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the dilfer 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 1.ro FENCE.-Containing full instruction for f.,ncing 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 the general principles of sleight-of-band 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 epecially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. Illustrated N?. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracrng all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks with ii lustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.Containi~~ deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurors and magJCJans. 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 d~y, also most popular magical illusions as performed by om: lea~1ng magicians ; eve1y boy should obtain a copy of this book as 1t will both amuse and instruct. No .. 22. HO~ TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight exp lamed b:i,: bis former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were. c_arried on between the magician and the boy on _the stage; _also g1vrng all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanat10n of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO B.EJCO~IE A l\IAGICIAN.-Containing the gran!lest assortment of magical illusions ever placed before the pubhc. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HO~V TO DO _CIIEi\IICAL Tl-tICKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusmg and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. HOW 'l'O DO SLEIGHT OF IIAND.-Containing over ~fty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also contain mg the Jecret of second sight Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No .. 10. HOW '.{'O 1\1,\KE l\fAGIC TOYS.-Containing full d1rect10ns for makmg i\Iag1c Toys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrnted. No. 73 .. HOW. 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HOW 'l'O 111AKE MUSICAL INSTRUi\fENTS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, }Eolian Harp Xylo phone and other musical instruments; together with a bui11rr-.-.... scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely lllustrated. By Algernon S. l!'itzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of tbe Hoyal Bengal Marines. No. ~9 .. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a descr1pt10n of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for It s use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks By A. Anderson. l!~ully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters and when to use them, giving specimPn letters for young and old'. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects also letters of introdu ction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW 'l'O WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects also giving samp le lett e1s for instruction No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart your father mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any! body you wish to write to. FJvery young man and every young lady in the land should hnvP this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS C(JRRECTLY.-CJon tnining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject also rules for punctuation and composition, with specimen Jetter&

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THE STAGE. I No. 31. HOW 'l'O BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing fourNo. o1:l. THEl BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S J01lE ~een illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to become BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by.lthe a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from IDf?St famous en~ men. No amateur minstrels is complete without a.U the popular !1uthors of pros~ and poetry, arranged in the most this wonderful httle book. simple and concise manner possible. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER-No. 49. HOW TO DElBA'.rE.-Giving rules for conducting de-Contai!ling a varied assortl'.!1ent of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch bates, outlines for. de~ates, qu_estions for disc~ssion, and the best and Irish. Also end men's Jokes. Just the thing for home amusesource11 for procurmg mformat1on on the questions given. ment and amateur shows. No. 45. 'l'HE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE SOCIETY AND JOKl!.J B(?OK.:--Sometbing new and very instructive. Every No. 3. ~OW TO rL~R'l'.-The arts. and wiles <;>f flirtation are boy should obtam this book, as it contains full instructions for or-fully explurnecl by this httle book. Besides the various methods of ganizing an amateur minstrel troupe. ha_r.dkerchief,. fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it conNo. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original ~ams a _full hst of the language and sentiment of flowers, which is joke ~ooks ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It m_terestmg to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy contams a large collection of .songs, fo),ces, conundrums, etc., of without one. Terrence Muldoon, the great wit1 humorist, and practical joker of ~o. 4. H_QW _TO DANCE 1s the title of II. ne~ and handsome the ~ay. Ever;v boy _who can enJoy a good substantial joke should h_tt1e _book Just issued ~Y Fr~nk To~sey. It contams full instruc-btam a copy 1mmed1ately. hons m the art of dancrng, etiquette Ill the ball-room and at parties No .. 79. H<;)W TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing comhow to drE'~s, and full directions for calling olf in all popular squal"~ plete mstructions how to make up for various characters on the dances. stage_; tog~ther with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, No. ~HOW T<;> MA~~ LOVl!J.-A C!Jmplete guide to Jove Scemc .Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager courtship and marriage, g1vrug sensible advice, rules and etiquette N!J. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the Jat: to be observed, with many curious and interesting things-not gen Jokes, anecdot e I and funny stories of this world-renowned and (:;rally k!!own. popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages handsome No. 1,. f!:OW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in the ed cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. art 0~ dressmg and appearing well at home and abroad, giving the selections of colors, material. and how to have them made up. HOUSEKEEPING No. 18. IIOW 'I'O BECOME BEJ.A.UTIFUL.-One of the 16 HOW TO KEEP DO DE brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the world. ~. : WIN W GAR N.-Containing Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male and mstruct1ons for constructmg a wmdow garden either in town female. '.fhe secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this book ountry, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful and be convinced how to become beautiful. rs at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub d. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books ooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats game, and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of try, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular oks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for erybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you bow to e almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments kets, cements, .A.eolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de on of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism er with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries' etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty n'. lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con taining full uirections for making electrical machines, ind1,1ction coils, dynamos, and m~y novel toys to be worked by elect11icity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. 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HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book for this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi-making all kinds of cand;,:, ice-creall!1,,syrup i,.essences, eteu etc. tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. /::H. HOW TO B.IJjCOME A1y AU'l'ttOR.-Containing full art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the information regarding choice of subjects, the use of words and the ,reatest book rver published, and there's millions ( of fun) in it. manner of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the neatness, legibility and general com uab\e little book just published. A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince es, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable Ililand. for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BEC01\1E YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won money than any book published. derful book, containing useful and practical information in the No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to every book, containing 1;)1e rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general combackgammon, croqu t. d minoPs, etc. plaints. No. 86. HOW 0 '.'OLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. IlOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regard ng the collecting and arranging d witty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrat.d. No. 52. HOW '1'0 PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Ohl King Brady, book, giving the rules and fuli directions for playing Euchre, Crib-the world-known detective. In which he lays down some valuable bage, Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and seusible rules for beginners, and also relates some ad'!1entures Auction Pitch, All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZL~S.-Containing over three hunNo. 60. HOW TO BECOME .A. PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contain-dred interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A ing usj!ful information reg'arding the Camera and how to work it; complete book. ,Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other ETIQUETTE. iti~~i.arencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. Dew. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY t. a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain admittance, all about. 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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MAD E MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome C olored Covers A New One Issued Every Friday This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage '\ passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents i n the lives of our mos t s uccessful self -ma( men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. Eve r y one of this ser contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame and Fortune Weekly" a magazine for the home, alt hough each num Is replete with exciting adventures. The stories are the very best obtainable, the illustrations are by expert artists. a ,every effort is constantly being made to make it the best weekly on the news stands. Tell your friends about it. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal ; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Stree t 2 Born to Good Luck; or, The Boy Who Succeeded 3 A Corner in Corn ; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick 4 A Game of Chance: or, The Boy Who Won Out. 5 Hard to Beat; or, The Clevere st Boy in Wall Street. 6 Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of Lake view. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green River. 8 'fhe Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a Self-Made Boy. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 10 A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys WhoWorked a Deserted Mine. 11 A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 12 A Diamond in the Rough ; or, A Brave Boys Start in Life. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy in Wo.11 Street. 17 King of the Market; or, The Youngest Trader in Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thousand. 19 A Rise in Life ; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 20 A Barrel of Money; or, A Bright Boy in Wall Street. B l All to the Good; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 22 How He Got There; or, The Pluckiest Boy of Them 23 Bound to Win; or, The Boy Who Got Ri c h 24 Pushing It Through; or, The Fate of a Lucky Boy. 25 A Born Speculator; or, the Young Sphinx of Wall Strt. 26 The Way to Success ; or, The Boy Who Got There. 27 Struck Oil; or, The Boy Who Made a Million. 28 A Golden Risk; o,, The Young Miners of Della Cruz. H A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downed. 15 A Streak of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest 29 A Sure Winner; or, The Boy Who Went Out With a Circus. 30 Golden Fleece; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who Made a Fortune. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stam liili"IIIP"! FBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union S !!ua.re, New York: IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers they can be obtained from this office direct Cut out and tlll ln the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the b ooks you want and we will send them to you by r-. turn mail. POS'.rAGE STAMPS TAK1'JN TDE SAME AS MONEY It FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York ........................ 190 DEAR SIR-Enclosed find ...... cents for which ple(lse send me: ... copies of WORK AND WIN Nos ............ ........................................... ..... WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ...... ............... ; ......... ...................... THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos .................................................... PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos ........ .......................... .' ........................ SECRET SER VICE, Nos ................................... ....................... FRANK MANLEY'S WEEKLY Nos ................................................. FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, No9 ............................................... "THE YOUNG ATHLETE'S WEEKLY, Nos ......... ........................... Ten-Cent Hand Books, N o s ........... ,.,, .. ,,,,,,, ... .".,,,.,,, ...... ,,, .. Name .......................... S tree t an d No ... .......... Town ........ State ...........


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