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Young Wild West routing the "Ghost Dancers," or, Arietta and the snake charmer
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., A MAGAZINE CONTAINING STORIES.SKETCHES Ete.Of WESTERN LIFE. } S1$Utcl Jreekly-JJy Suhtrriplio,1, ,!.50 JJer rear. Uopy1i,,;ht, l!J08, l,y Frrrnk Tuu1:i:J/, Publisher, 24. Union Sff'-tare ..Yew J'r,rl:. No. 299. NEW YORK, JULY 10, 1908 Pribe 5 Cents. Yo~ng Wild West uttered an involuntary cry of horror as he saw Arietta tied to a stake, the snake charmer dancing near her and calling a score of slimy reptiles to her. The deafening din made by the Ghost Dancers added to the horror or the scene.


WILD SI WEEKLY A Magaz,~e Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Lile l,aued Weekly-By subaoription $2.50 per year. ]!}ntered according to A.ct of Congress, in the year 1908 (n the off'" of the Librarian of Con greBB, Washington, D C ., 1111 Frank Touse11, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 299. NEW YORK, JULY 10, 1908. PRICE 5 CENTS. YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING nE "GHOST DANCERS'' ..:...ORArietta and the Snake Charmer By AN OLD SCOUT. CHAPTER I. TJIE CAMP OF THE "GHOST DANCERS." As the seconds flitted by the sound s became plainer, and then it became evident that both human beings and horses were approaching in company with the yelping dogs. Gradually the sounds became plainer, and the plainer The sun was sinking in the West, gilding the jagged they became the more discordant they were peaks of the mountain range that ran parallel with the 'l'hen out from the mouth of the ravine appeared a boundary line between New Mexico and Arizona, and large band of Apache Indians, with the villainous, old brightening up what would be called a desolate scene. chief Big Cloud in the lead. _'l'o the left t~e sl~gg~sh stream kno,vn as t~e Black It was late in the fall of the year, and, in spite of the River flowed on its wmdmg c?urse, through ravmes a nd fact that the Apaches had been fairly well treated by deep cuts and across comparatively lev el spots? where_ the the officers at the Indian agency, nearly five hundred of grass was green and the cottonwoods and Willows hned them had revolted and left the reservation to live in the its banks, with the heavier_ timber _back upon the slopes. primitive fashion of their forefathers and make war on The western sky was tinged with purple a nd gold, the hated palefaces the traditional enemies of the redblending into a brightness that contrasted superbly with men. the clear blue that was above. Only a :floating white cloud could be seen here and there, and the only living thing of the animal nature to be seen was a vulture that soared high above a patch of sand that was partly covered by a growth of sickly look ing cactus. Close to the foot of a steep, rocky slope ran a trail that had the prints of hoofs, as well as wagon wheels, upon its surface. This wound its way along to the bank of the stream, following the course with the utmost precision, regard les s of the fact that the distance across the little desert might have been shortened by drawing a straight line But running water and rich, green grass is far more attractive to the traveler, be he white man or Indian, than alkali sand and thorny cactus. Just as the sun had begun to disappear behind a hi gh ridge in the distance the harking of dogs might have

2 YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOST DANCERS." 'l'he cunning redskin had also institute9what was called the "ghost dallce." This craze extended to the Sioux tribe in the north a few years later, and it.was through it that the Sioux and the Brules were incited to make an outbreak, resulting in a very few months in the death of Sitting Bull, and beyond a doubt putting an end to the great Indian wars. As we have stated, there were nearly five hundred in the band that had left the reservation, and about one third of them were braves and bucks ready and able to fight. 'rhey had accumulated a good supply o:f guns and am munition, and when they left they brought plenty of corn and other provernler. A lonely spot in the hills was their destination, and there it was planned to hold a "ghost dance" that would be the means of changing the vast territory claimed by .the Apaches as their rightful lands back into the state it had been before the venturesome white man came to rule them, and drive them to the limits of a reservation. Chief Big Cloud firmly believed this would come to pa~s, for by his arts and powers of deception Yellow Dog had won him to his side. Then it was easy to get a following from the vast num ber of Indians of the reservation, for the majority of them believed in the chief, who had fought so valiantly under Geronimo. It was evident that the Indians were heading for the river, so they mignt pitch their camp for the night, for when they came ih sight of the sun -kis sed stream shouts and cries went up, showing how pleased they were. The cavalcade, barbaro us and primitive in appearance, wound its way along, and when the bank of the river was reached a halt was called. Then the work of putting ~the camp in shape began. Tepees and lodges sprung up on every hand, and while the mongrel dogs Indians seem to be s~ f~nd of were barking and running about those of the children large enough to walk and run rushed to the sloping bank of the i:iver and began playing in the water. In the centre of the sit(l selected for the camp the lodge of the chief was erected, and near it the hideous-painted tepee of the snake charmer, or medicine man, found its way. Yellow Dog was very quiet just then, and had been since the night before, when he initiated some. of the braves into the ghost dance. By having nothing to say, and keeping aloof from_ the redskins for rather long intervals, he simply made him self more fearsome to them. These were the times when he was supposed to be communing with the Great Spirit, but really he was simply studying to gain more power over liis followers, for the most part. The clever villain had a cask of whisky among his supplies, but as he had made it appear that he thrust a live rattlesnake into the bunghole before starting from the reservation, there was no danger of any one stealing any of the stuff. A box that' was covered by a wire net was bis principal stock in trade, if such it migfil be called, and in this were a number of poisonous snakes, their fangs being extract ed, though unknown to any one but the snake charmer himself. Fires were kinaled, and while some of 'the squaws worked away for their immediate families others prepared to cook the best of the food they had for Yellow Dog and the chief. Neither of the latter named happened to have anything in the line of a family, Big Cloud having lost his wife and two papooses in a :flood the spring before, and the medicine man claimed 'that he had never married and would not be permitted to by the Great Spirit until the reformation should begin. This would take place as soon as the ghost dancers reached the spot they were heading for, and after the dance had been :finished. There were several maidens among the revolting red skins, comely, as Apache' maidens go, but there was not one of them who did not fear that she might be selected to ,grace the tepee of Y cllow Dog as his squaw. They all feared him too much for that; but if it was so willed the victim would make no complaint, but accept the fate allotted to her, and live and work for the great medicine man and bis snakes. While the preparations to get the camp in order were in progress two enemies of the Apaches were crouching in a little grove of cottonwoods, Jess than a hundred yards from the outskirts of the camp. 'rhey were spying upon the redskins-there was no question about that. One was a boy, handsome of face and with the fig of an Apollo, and the other was a tall man of rather dark complexion, straight as an arrow and with an eye that gleamed with anything but love for the Indians. When we state that the two were no other than Young Wild West, the boy-hero of the West and Champion Dead shot, and Cheyenne Oharlie, the famous scout and Indian fighter, it will be readily understood that they were there for the purpose of getting a line on the redskins as to number and what they were up to. But the fact was that Young Wild West and Cheyenne Charlie had heard about the big band of "ghost dancers" that had left the reservation, and they had accepted the invitation of the authorities at Fort Defiance to assist the cavalrymen in routing them. To those of our readers who may not have become thor oughly acquainted with ~ur dashing young hero, we will state that, though he was a boy in years, he wa a man in every other sense of the word, and that by his coolness and daring anq determination to always do right, no matter what the cost, he had made a name for himself such as no other young hero of the Wild West ever dared to aspire for. -' He was a champion in everything he undertook, which is saying a great deal, though he never aspired to do things that he knew he was not capable of. Having been born and reared in the Wild West and being fond of excitement and adventure from his earliest childhood, he had kept at it until he was about as near perfect in the arts of woodcraft, shooting and riding as it was possible for a human being to get. But his extreme coolness anq quick wits made him what ,.


YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTI NG THE "GHOST DANCERS." 3 he was, and hence he was able to accomplish many things The fact that the members of the band had started on that no one else would try. the warpath against the palefaces was quite enough to Loved, feared and hated, he went about from place to make the brave sound the alarm in a hurry. ,,. place, always looking for something stirring, and ever But the driver of the dilapidated, old vehicle did not ready to help those who needed it. seem to be much concerned over it. Cheyenne Charlie had cast his lot with the dashing However, he looked sharply at the big camp ahead of young deadshot two or three years before the openinohim and then brought his team to a halt, as though he of our story, and when he was a boy scarcely seventee~ was undecided whether to proceed or not. years of age. It would have beer.. quite enough to make the average Wild, as he was called by his intimate acquaintances, traveler turn antl go back as fast as his team could be could ride and shoot at that time as well as he could now, made to go, the sight of so many hostile Indians. and his judgment had always been marvelous, for a mere ln less than ten seconds from the time they heard the boy. yell of the sentinel fully fifty braves were running toward Owning and being interested in several good-paying the wagon. gold and silver mines, he had the time and money to perThen the old man seemed to grow a trifle uneasy. mit him pursue his hobby of hunting for adventure, and "Them Injuns seems ter be mad about sometbin'," thus he had beeome famous. he observed, as he turned his ace toward the rear of the Cheyenne Charlie was one of his partners and Jim Dart, covered wagon. "Wake up, Julius Napoleon! Injuns is a true boy of the West, who was about hia own age, was after us!" the other. "Wha' dat, boss?" came the reply, as a woolly head As we find our hero and the scout spying upon the raised up from the rear. "Injuns, yo' done say, boss? Apache camp Jim Dart is in charge of their camp, a mile Why, de Injuns won't hurt us! Dey is all good Injuns further up the river, whete he is waiting, w'ith the "girls" nowadays." of the party and the two Chinamen in their employ. "I'll be gumswizzled if these here act as though they're The girls referred to were Arietta 'Murnock, Young very good, Julius Napoleon. Jest cast a look at 'em. If Wild West's golden-haired sweetheart; Anna, the wife of I ain't mistaken they've got yaller an' blue paint on their Cheyenne Charlie, and Eloise Gardner, 'the sweetheart of faces an' arms, which means that they're on ther ram-Jim Dart. page." Of the thre~, Arietta was the only one who had been 'l'he

4 YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOST DANCERS." One of the redskins jumped up on the seat, and, with with my hands an' feet, an' I ain't a bit too old ter let a shove, sent the old man sprawling on the ground. you varmints know about it!" He was seized and tossed around roughly then, for all But the paleface prisoner's triumph was very shorthands seemed to be anxious to get hold of him, and finallived, for the next moment he was seized by a couple of ly, when he was allowed to stand on his feet, he saw the the braves and quickly bound hand and foot. Indian driving the mules straight for the camp. The darky had put up a fight when he was dragged out "Well, I'll be gumswizzled !" he exclaimed. "Did yer of the wagon, but he had no more ch,mce than a fly in a ever see sich impoliteness in all your life? They've gone spider web, and he, too, was bound and thrown upon the off with my mules, wagon, stock in trade, nigger an' all! ground. Hey, you redskin fellers l If yer don't stop your foolin' Then the c~ief came around and, after kicking the pedI'll report this to ther soldiers when I git to ther fort!" dler twice and the darky once, turned his attention to Many of the Apaches could understand every word he the wagon. said, and they laughed heartily, showing that they en-At a command from him the mules were unhitched joyed the apparent innocence of the old man. and led away, and then the contents of the wagon were One of them took a rusty revolver from his coat pocket, hauled out. and then, catching hold of his arm, started him on a When Darius Greenwood said that. he was peddling trot after the wagon. Yankee notions he certainly told the truth, for there was Tall and spare Darius Greenwood was built for runa little of everything in the stock he carried, from pins ning, and as he w~s put to it he suddenly broke away from and ne~dles to, ribbons and calic~. the redskin and made a spurt that astonished them all. But there was hardly one article that was worth as But he was keeping right after the wagon they did much as a dollar, ~he. most of the very cheap sort. not try to catch him again, but let him go, while they folJewelry was prmcipally his ware, and there was such lowed, jeering and yelling at him. an amount of it that the eyes of the tedskins fairly bulged In this way the peddler of Yankee notions reached the when they saw it tumbled in a lieap on the ground. camp of the Ghost Dancers. The squaws forgot all about their work and made a Big Cloud stood with folded arms in front of his lodge, rush for the pile. his chest thrown out and a look of importance on his F~r a wonder, the chief allowed them to scramble for scarred and painted visage. the stu~, and as fast as he thought one h~d all ~hat she "Ugh!" he exclaimed, as Darius Greenwood halted be-waE: entitled to he would send her away w1th a kick. T fore him. "Where paleface come from?" Th~ peddler raved ~nd stormed as the work. of de:_ "I come from Connecticut, ther land of ther wooden s~ruct10n went on, while the darky looked on with eyes._....._.,, nutmegs," was the quick reply. "Are you the high cockhke saucers. alorum of this crowd?" In less than. fifteen mmutes the whole stock of the l\ie Big Cloud chief of Apache Ghost Dancers,, was peddler had been divided among those who were lucky the reply, while the redskin puffed his chest out a~ inch en?ugh to get anything out of the scramble. or two further. rhere was hardly anything there that the male members of the band wanted, anyhow, though the medicine "Well, i that's ther case, I've got a complaint ter man came forward and claimed a pair of gum boots that make to yer. These here Injuns of yours is altogether the peddler had in the wagon for his own use. too rough in their play. Why, one of 'em chucked me "Well, are yer satisfied?" asked Greenwood, when the out of my own wagon, an' if I hadn't landed on my scramble and division was over. "If yer ain't, make 'em hands an' knees I might have struck on my head an' p1,1t ther stuff back in ther wagon an' then start over broke my neck. I want yer ter punish 'em fur it, do yer ag'in." hear?" "Paleface heap much fool I" declared Big Cloud, who The chief laughed as heartily as it was possible for an understood him perfectly. "He no right here," and he Apache chief to do, for it was so very humorous that tapped his forehead. he could not help it. "Maybe you think so, but I don't," was the retort. But just then the braves, who had started in to find "You've gone an' cleaned me out, an' have made a poor out what was in the wagon, pulled out Julius Napoleon, man of me, fur I ain't got more'n ten dollars to my name and the yell the frightened darky let out awoke the echoes now. I was 'dependin' on ma:lon' a couple of hundred and started the dogs of the camp to barking furiously. dollars clear from ther sale of that lot of stuff. But look The chief was evidently of the bpinion that he had a at it now! Every squaw in ther camp is foolin' with my fool pure and simple to deal with, and, raising his foot, jewelry an' notions. You mav have an idee that this is he made a kick at ihe peddler, which would have una picnic, but some one will have ter pay fur it, yer kin bet doubtedly knocked .him off his feet had it struck him. your boots I" But the foot did not reach him, and instead it was "Paleface man ~ill no want pa.y, for he will die tocaught by Darius Greenwood's right hand. morrow night at the ghost dance," said Big Cloud. "He This move was followed by a quick jerk and Chief Big will be the first sacrifice to. the Great Spirit." Cloud fell spr awling on the ground. "Big Cloud speaks with much wisdom," spoke up the "If you're goin' ter try ter be funny I'll jest show yer medicine man, as he came forward in time to catch what what I kin do in that line!" exclaimed thi! peddler. was said. "Yellow Dog put the words in his mouth. The "Folks ter home always allowed that I was putty good paleface and the black man shall be put among my rat-..


YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOST DANCERS." 5 tlesnakes, and when they have be;n bitten until they can I he told them; but he won't be in business very soon again, no longer see they shall be burned at the stage. The for the squaws cleaned him out of his stock." Great Spirit of the Ghost Dancers says so, and he must Then he related all that had taken place, not forgetting be obeyed!" to tell them how Darius Greenwood had acted. "Well, I'll be gumswizzled !" exclaimed Darius GreenThe girls sm'iled, in spite of the fact that the prisonwood, turning to the darky. "What do yer think of that, ers wer_e in a bad situation. Julius Napoleon?" But probably this was because they relied on the dash_ ing young deadshot to find a way to get them out of the scrape they were in. If it had not been that they were on their way across CHAPTER III. the wild country when they met a detachment of cavalry and learned that the band of Indians calling themselves READY TO TRY FOR ~IIE RESCUE. the Ghost Dancers had left the reservation, the girls wonlcl not have been with our hero and his partners. Young Wild West and Cheyenne Charlie watched what But, as it was, it was not the first time they had been took place when the Apaches met the traveler in the in such a s ituation, and as long as they could keep out wagon with no little interest. of sight of the Apaches they knew they would be safe. They soon realized that the old man was quite a charBesides, thev were to meet a division of cavalry the acter in his way, and they could 'not help smiling at the next day, by appointment, and then they would be com-way he took his capture. partively safe "That galoot is a regular scorcher," said the scout, in Young Wild W e,,t did not mean to remain in camp so a whisper. "He's a blamed sight more smarter 'than he clos e to the redskins that night. looks ter be. He'll fool ther redskins, I "\VOuldn't wonAfter it got good and tlark it was his intention to move der." further along the river and stop until daylight. "He is certainly not half as innocent as he look s to 'rhen they would go to the spot where they had agreed. be, Charlie," was our hero's reply. to meet the cavalry and wait for them. As the peddler talked in a rather loud and shrill voice, Our friends had eaten their supper before the Indians they could hear everything said; but the guttural tones appeared in sight, 'so there was nothing to hinder them of the chief were not quite distinct enough for them. from setting out whenever they pleased. Wild decided to get a little nearer to the camp, so ~e Wing W;h, the cook, and Hop Wah, who was his might find out just what the Apaches proposed to do brother and the "handy man" of the party, were ready with their two prisoners. I to load the pack horses at a short notice. He worked his way down the hill and soon got close The two Chinamen were very innocent-looking ,fe11ows. enough to hear all that was said. But they co1,1ld hardly be called that after one came It was just then that he heard the ch~ef sar that the to know them. especially Hop. two were to be put to death the !ollo':mg mght-that He was really a wonder in his way, for he could per they were to be offered as a sacnfice m honor of the form sleight-of-hand tricks with the greatest of ease and "Ghost Dancers," in fact. mystify those who watched him. 'rhis relieved the boy somewh~t, as he _had feare_d that 'l'hen he was a professional card sharp and liked gamt~e Indians would take the notion to kill the prisoners bling as well as he did eating and drinking. right away. Being of a humorous and good natured turn of mind, In that case he would have been puzzled as to how to he made lots of fun for the party. But Hop could be save them. serious at times, and more than once had he shown him-But now it was different, for he had t~enty-four hours self capable of doing things that others could not the in which to thin~ of a way to effect their rescue. results being that a life was saved. '. Having heard all he cared to just then, he made his b k t 1 't' and then the two But one of the greatest of differences between the Ce-wtayt dacf toh :1s wai mg compamo])., lesiial brothers was that Wing paid strict attention to his s ar e or eir own camp. 1 d'd 'rh t th b. f cl kn t own lmsmess and et other people s alone, and Hop i ey go ere e ore ar ess se m. t Jim Dart and the girls, who had been not a little anxno I t th d h 1 a b t h'n th In. di'an Both Hop and Wmg had listened to the recital of what 1ou. a 1ou em, an w o 1a een wa c 1 g e d t f tl h'll b tl ere more took place at the Apache camp, and Hop ha become encampmen rom 1e 1 a ove 1e camp, w tl t t d than glad to see them come back safely. grea Y m eres e. "Well, Wild, what was all the commotion about?" AriHe had experienced all sor~ of th!ngs with redskins, etta asked, as her dashing young lover brushed back his an~ tha~ was why he was so mter_ested. long, chestnut hair and took a seat on a log near her. Me hkee go_ lookee _at ,~m led~km ~,amp before we go "Jim says he saw them running about, as if they were away, s~ be, Misler ~Vild, ~e said. Maybe me m~kee excited over something." um Mehcan man allCt um mggee man allee samee gittee "Well there was q;ite a little excitement over there, 'way um Ghostee Dancers." Et," wa~ the reply. "The redskins captured an old man "I reckon you could come pretty near doing it, Hop," and a darky, who were following their trail with a mule replied Young Wild West. "But we don't want to let wagon. The old man is a peddler of Yankee notions, so the redskins know that we are around, so, as long as t~e


6 YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOST DANCERS." prisoners are not to be injured until to-morrow night, we had better wait till we meet the cavalry." "Allee light, Mis ler Wild." The Chinaman alwa y s abided by what the young dead shot said. But as it began to get very dark our hero began to think that if a rescue could be effected that night it woulcl be all the better for the two pri s oners. He finally came to the conclu s ion that it might be a good idea to take Cheyenne Charlie and Hop with him to the camp, and see what could b e brought about by strategy. 'rurning to the scout, he observed: / "What do you think about letting Jim and the girls go on further up the river, while we take Hop and go and see what we can do or the peddler and his darky Char lie?" "Jest what yer say, Wild;" was the reply, while Charli e showed by his actions that he would be only too glad to go. "It will be a ri s ky thing to do, since there are so many of them, Wild," spoke up Arietta. "But the red scoun drels may change their minds and put their pri s oners to death to-night." "The y are likely ter change their minds," said the scout, s haking hi s head. "Yer never kin put a bit of faith in what any of 'em says." "We ll, we will try it, then," said our hero. "Hop, help your brother to get the pack horse s ready, and the n 1 we will go. But I want you to be s ure that you ha v e g ot j your :fireworks and oth e r contrivance s with you when w e go. There i s a great medicine man there, and he can do "All right/' Dart answered. "I reckon we'll manage it all right, Wild." Our hero now mounted hi s sorrel stallion Spitfire and Charlie and Hop got upon their horses. ''The Chinaman s mount was a broncho, swift and full of endurance, though the match of our hero's splendid s teed had never been found as yet. The scout 's bay was one of the bes t that money could buy, so they wer e pretty well fixed in case the y had to flee for their live s from the Ghos t Dan c er s 'rhe Indian camp being s o close by, the three let their horses go at a walk. Whe n they g ot a s clos e a s they deemed advi s able with the hor s e s Wild dis mounted. Charlie and Hop followed suit. "Now, then," whispered our hero, "we will each do a certain part in this. Charlie, you try to get a couple of horses for the pri sone rs to ride, in cas e we manage to get them; Hop, you sneak up and do something to attract the atte ntion of the red s kins away from their prisoner s and I will try and liberate them. It is going to be a big risk, for there are so many of them that we won't stand a very good (!hance." But neither the s cout nor the Chinaman seemed to fear the risk, so they all set out to do what they could. CHAPTER IV. HOP GETS READY FOR BUSINESS. wonderful things, or any galoot that carrie s a lot of ratThough the stars were s hining, it was very dark in the tlers around with him i s n t to be s neezed at." neighborhood of the Apache camp. "Me no likee lattlesnake s s o b e," the Chinaman de On one s ide of it was a high bluff, the river, which clared, as he started to help his brother with the work was very narrow at that point, flowing on the other. they had been assigned to. "Livee lattlers allee samee Across the s tream the bluffs were still higher, and thi s no goodee. But me gotee nic e e one madee outee lubber, shut off a great deal of the light. so be, an' him ve1ly nicee lattlesnake. Me showee to mn The rocks were so numerous and the tree s that grew medicine man, and me allee samee makee him sickee !" in group s close to the edge of the river stood our hero As he followed up his gift of sleight-of-hand a great and hi s two companions in good stead just then, for they deal, the clever Chinaman had all sorts of articles to help concealed their approach. him out in the deception he practiced. Hop had learned a great deal from Wild and his partThe rubber rattlesnake was one of them, and it certainners, and he could get along without making much noi se. ly was very lifelike in appearance. The three kept together until they were within a few Wild and his partners knew jus t what Hop was capayards of the sentrie8 that had been pos ted by the oTil ble of, or they would not have been i,o willing to take him chief. to foe camp of the Ghost Dancers. As dark as it was: they had no trouble in picking out In fact, it was only on his account that our hero and two of the braves who were doing guard duty, and Wild the scout were going to make the attempt to rescue the made up his mind that they mu s t go between them in two prisoners. \ order to get into the camp. In a ~few minutes the camp was broken up and the pack Having s elected the s pot, he proceeded to work hi s way horses loaded. ahead, followed by Charli e and the Chinaman. The two Chinamen, were so used to doing it that they Slowly they neared the critical point, and when they worked on a system. .., were there an Apache was within twenty feet of them on "Now, then," said Wild, "Jim, just keep right along either side. with the river, and be ready to move at a moment's notice. But luck was with them, for jus t then one of the redIt may be that the redskins will pursue us, and if they skins had something to tell the o t her and he walked ove r do we will not head this way, hut make for the sand hills to him, pai;sing the clump of bus hes the thre e w ere to the right to throw them off. lf you hear firing you crouching behind s o close that he caused i t to move. will know it is time to look out for yourselves. You can The moment he began talking in low tone s with the easily hide from them in the dark, I reckon." other brav e our friend s started to moving.


YOUNG WILD WEST ROUT! NG THE "GIIOS'r DANCERS." '1 They had to do it quickly, for there was no telling how The dogs continued barking, but Wild soon came to the soon the Indian might come toward them. con_clusion that they had not been disturbed by their apThere was another thing they had to contend with, and proach. that was the dogs. As they reached the fifth or sixth tepee in the row they Just now they were remarkably quiet, and should any came in sight of the chief's lodge and the prisoners, who of them happen to note the approach of the intruders the wore sitting on the ground beneath a thick-leafed tree, whole pack would start to barking. and quite near it. But tho dogs of Indians have a way of barking for nothOur hero scanned their faces as best he could, and he ing at all, and if such a thing did happen it might not noticed that while the darky appeared to be much debe noticed. jected, J is boss was taking it coolly. Young Wild West was pretty sure that the Apaches "A queer fellow that," he thought. "I reckon he is had no idea that there was any one around spying on made of the right sort of stuff, all right. Well, that them, and that probably made them less vigilant, though means that he will be of some help to us." the sentries were stationed close enough together to be He then told Hop to proceed and to use his own judg pretty sure of discovering a spy, unless he was a very ment, while he himself would creep up close to the tree clever one. under which the captives were sitting, with their wrists It happened that those creeping into the camp were all and ankles tied by stout thongs. expert at that sort of bu s iness, even to the Chinaman, Hop nodded and crept away around tepee. who was not supposed to understand such business. Wild wanted to give him all the time he could, so he Nearer and nearer crept the trio, and the next minute moved rather slowly. they were right in the rear of the crooked line of tepees. He halted behind a tepee, however, for he heard the They had worked their way through .the sentry line all low, crooning voice of a squaw singing her infant to right, and that was half the battle. sleep. The next thing to do was to accomplisli their purpose The snoring of her spouse could be heard, too, which and then get out of the camp. told him that at least one of the Indians of the camp was Getting out would really be the easiest part of it, for sound asleep, early as it was. they had the darkness to cover them as they ran, and, Wild remained there for fully three minutes, and then though they would be chased, beyond a doubt, they would he started to work his way to the coveted spot. depend upon their horses to get away. Some of the larger of the cliildren were playing about, But Wild did not mean that they should be forced to and the boy knew that if one of them should happen to --iice from purs uit, if he could help it. see him it would be just as bad as though it was a warHe motioned his companions to get their ears close to I rior. him now, and when they had done so he said, speaking in 1 'lihe alarm would be! given; and that meant a hasty a very low whisper: flight and probably capture. "Now comes the time. Hop, I want you to manage it Meanwhile Hop was making rapid headway. so you are not discovered. Do something to attract the As he drew nearer he took a good look at the captives, attention of the redskins near the prisoners, but make and when he observed how disconsolate the darky looked them think that it is done by some supernatural means-he could not help grinning. work your magic on them. You know pretty well what I "Niggee man allee same feelee velly muchee bad, so mean. I don't want you to get caught by them, but you be," he muttered, under his breath. "He allee samee must get to your horse the same time as we do." dancee when him gittee loose, allee same. Me gittee :flee "Me tmdelstand, Misler Wild," was the reply. "Me velly muchee q~ickee. Um ledskins takee velly easy." :fi.xee, so be." Then his gaze suddenly fell upon the tepee of the snake If Wild had not believec1 that he did ungerstand and charmer. that he was perfectly able to carry out what he thought It was in such _gaudy colors and the objects painted was best, he would have 'instructed him further. upon it were so hideous in appearance that Hop thought He had seen too much of the clever Chinaman's ways he might have suddenly dropped back into Northern to doubt him now. China and lartded among some of the wild heathens. Charlie now started for the place where the horses But he only grinned and nodded with satisfaction. were tethered, while Wild and the Chinaman worked their Wild told him how the medicine man had promised, the way toward the pri6oners. captives that they should be bitten by rattlesnakes until They could not see them yet, but our hero knew just they could not longer see, and then they were to be burned about where they were, if they had not been changed to at the stake. some other part of the camp since he was there before. He took it for granted that the medicine man occu-'fhe two went on around the tepees and soon a dog pied this particular tepee, for he had seen similar ones began barking. many times before. But they paid little attention to this, and kept on mov-As luck would have it, Yellow Dog came out just then ing. and began strutting up and down before his tepee. As we have stated, the lodges and tepees were quite The groups of Apaches scattered about at once ceased .. numerous, and as only about half a dozen fires were burntheir conversation and watched him in a fearsome way. 4Ig, and they rat~er low, at that, 'the darkness was deep There was no doubt that the medicine man had a great enough for their purpose. hold upon their superstition.


8 YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOST DANCERS." Hop grinned more than ever this time. He was now almo s t directly behind the tepee of Y ellow Dog, and to reach it hewould have to pass another and partly expose himself. But it was worth taking the risk, he thought. Before trying it, how('\ver, he quickly cut a. slender 1:1apling that was perhaps eight feet in length Then he produced a piece of thin twine that was eas ily three yards long and, taking the rubber rattler from his pocket, he tied one end of the string to the taij. The -0ther end was quickly made fast to the smaller end of the sapling. Then the clever Chinaman took a square object from another pocket and gave a nod of plea s ure. The square object was roughly made and seemed to be nothing more than a bunch of wrapping paper, with a string tied about it. But it was something more than that, as will be seen. Getting low ,to the ground, the Celestial crept softly by the dangerous spot and got to the rear of the medicine man's tent. Notwithstanding that our hero had told him that the medicine man had several rattlesnakes, Hop made ready to go into the tepee He peeped around the side and saw the wonderful medi cine man still stalking up and down, with a. majestic tread Then Hop made a long slit in the back of the tepee with his keen-edged knife. He applied his eye to the opening and could see right through, as the flap of the tepee was open. Two more slits and the opening was large enough for him to crawl through. Without any hesitation the clever Chinaman entered the tepee that was forbidden to every one save Yellow Dog himself. Something was going to happen that ~ould not only surprise the Ghost Dancers, but the clever fiend who was l eading them on as well. CHAPTER V. CHARLIE GETS A COUPLE OF HORSES The scout was not long in hitting upon a plan. He thought it over quickly, and his conclusion was to get the two horses as close as he could to the line of the sentrie s and then wait for Wild and Hop to come. As soon as he h eard them he would throw a stone into the river, and the splash would unp.oubtedly draw the guards there to :find out what it meant. If this would not suffice some other means would have to be used. He got a couple of the best horses he could find, and then, putting bridle s on them, started to lead them away. As there were plenty of bushes and trees there, this was not a hard thing to do. But he had not gone more than a dozen feet when lie heard footsteps and saw the form of a man approaching. It was one of the sentries, and h e was coming directly toward him, for what purpose he did not know. 'rhe scout drew his keen-edged hunting knife and thought, grimly: "It's got ter be me or you, you red galoot! I don't want it ter be me, so look out fur yourself!" Crouching low behind a bush, with the bridle reins in hi s hand, the daring scout waited. But it was not fot long, for in a few seconds the Indian brave was there. He paused and showed signs o:f surprise at seeing the two horses away from the re s t. 'rhen he s tepped up to them, evidently for the purpose of catching them and leading them back. Cheyenne Charlie got r eady for business. It occurred to him that it would be better to strike the redskin down with the butt of his revolver than to kill him with the huntin g knife. Thou g h he did not value the life of a hostile Indian any more than he did that of a s nappin g coyote, the scout knew that it was not our h~ro's policy to take a human life, unless it was absolutely necessary. He quickly changed his revolver to the hand that had been holding the kni[c in readiness. The Indian stepped up and caught the two horses by their heads. Then he tried to lead them back 'to the rest. But the scout was holding the bridle reins, so they did not move. 1 The Apache gave a grunt of anger and disgust at what he thought was the stubbornness of the horses. Cheyenne Charlie seemed to have struck luck, too, for Then he gave a hard tug and the animals began to rear he managed to get right among the horses belonging to and plunge. the Jndians with but little trouble. Cheyenne Charlie thought it high time he acted, so he Since there were as many as half a dozen guards staarose as quick as a flash. tioned about the camping site, the Apaches had no reason Thud! to keep a watch on their horses, which were all grazing The bu'tt of his heavy Smith & Wesson revolver came inside the lines, near the river bank. down upon the head of the angered brave. Charlie knew that Wild would make for the spot where Down he went like a log, for the blow had stunned their own horses h,ad been left the instant he got ready him completely. to leave, so he decided that the best thing he could do Charlie quieted the horses and then turned his atten-was to get a couple of them over there, and be ready when tion to the redskin. the time came. He always carried more or less of stout cord a.bout him, But to c:reep past the sentries was one thing and to fol' he never knew just when he might need it. lead horses past them was another: 1 I It did not take him long to bind the unconscious In-The redskin guards must be got away in some fashion dinn, and then he made a sort of gag fr~m a part of l!he .: ,.


... YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING 'rHE "GHOST DANCERS." 9 clothing his victim had on and settled all possible chance of his crying out when he came to. 'rhe noise all this had caused had not been noticed by the other guard, because he had seen his companion going that way, and he no doubt took it for granted thaL he had been attracted there by some disturbance among the horses. Charlie now led the horses slowly through ,the wood and undergrowth But he soon saw that it would be impossible for him to get through the lines without being seen by the other guard "However, he had made pretty good headway, and he was more than satisfied with what he had accomplished Hcwever, he had m~dc pretty good headway, and he wanted to go further, and he was going to do it, unless something extraordinary happened. Tying the horses to a tree, he went after the other guard H he got him out of the way he would nave an easy thing of it, and, realizing that he had no time to lose, he got a hasty move on Charlie grasped the sall\e weapon he had used so suc cessfully on the other fellow, and steadily he drew near the unsuspecting redskin At length only a distance of ten feet lay between them The brave took a notion just then to go to the bank of the river. Charlie went after him as noiselessly as a ghost The Apache did not pau s e until he reached the bank, and when the scout saw that he was bent on gettting a drink he gave an inward chuckle Stealthy as' a cat, he crept forward and, leaning over, he made ready to strike the brave as he made a move to rise. But just then the edge of the bank caved in and the Indian slipped and fell partly in the water. Charlie reached for him and succeeded in getting hold of his shoulder But the Apache realized what was up right away, for there was enough starlight there for him to see that it was a white man who had attacked him He opened his lips to let out a cry of warning, but be fore he could do it the scout's hand caught him by the throat and the cry froze on his lips. Up on the bank Charlie pulled him, and then a fierce struggle began. "Srrcnder, ycr measly coyote!" exclaimed the scout, in a whisper. "If yer don't keep quiet I'll have ter put an end to yer, that's all!" But the Indian managed to get hold of his knife, and, throwing back his hand, he made a savage lunge at his opponent. By good luck Charlie dodged the blow, and then he brought his revolver down on the redskin's skull, with a thud. No human being could withstand such a blow as that, and down went the second victim to his knees He gasped and fell over, Charlie taking care to swing him around so he did not go into the water. the knife and he holding his throat, so he could not utter a cry, he certai11ly had his hands full. True he could easi l y have despatched him by dealing him a few more blows, but he did not want to do that. But the struggles of t h e Apache quickly s u bsided 'fhe blow had really been too much for him and, wit h his wind shut off by that awfu l grip on his ne~k, he soon collapsed entirely. "'l'here !" muttered Charlie, as he let go of h im I reckon you're done fur-fur a while, anyhow But he was not satisfied to l eave him thus, for he k new on l y too well that he woulcl return to consciousness in a few min utes. With the rope and piece of the redskin's clothing he soon fixed him the same as he had done with the other The scou"t now quickly returned and got the h orses It was easy for him to lead them over the sentry lin e now, for there was not an Apache within a frnn dred yards of him Then the woods and bushes made it possib l e for h im t o proceed without being discovered The daring scout soon got t he Indian pon:i:es to t h e s pot where bis and Wild's horse were tied. 'rhis done, he set out to return to the camp, so he might be of some assistance to Wild and the Chinaman He took a look at both Indians before he went on in The last one he had tackled was evidently un9onscious, but the other was wide awake, and doing his best to breajf his bonds and let out a cry of warning to his people. Charlie gave him to understand that if he did not remain perfectly still he would suffer death, and then he hastened for the tepees. It had not taken him much over ten min u tes to do all he had accomplished and, wondering what Wild was up to so long and what was hindering Hop from trying his game, he crept around to where the prisoners were. As he neared the spot he heard a voice exhorting in the language of the Apaches, and, raising his head, he saw a fantastically dressed redskin doing a. dance before the two prisoners, and talking away at the same time "That's ther medicine man what's got ther snakes," he muttered. "I feel jest like lettin' him have a bullet, 'carn,e ther cavalrymen said as how he was ther cause of ther outbreak. Well, he'll git what's comin' ter him afore this thing is over, see j he don't! Hello! What's that? Hop's gittin' in his fine work now, as sure as guns!" A sputtering mass of different colored sparks was shoot ing up from the fire that was directly in front of the medi~ine man's tepee. Cheyenne Charlie knew what had caused this The clever Chinaman must be right close to the spot, and he crept nearer, so he could be on hand when Wild cut the prisoners loose CHAPTER VI. I THE MEDICINE lliAN GETS A SURPRISE. 'Chen it was that Charlie had all he could do. Darius Greenwood made out that he was indifferent as With the Indian trying hard to deal him a stab with to what went on, and so well did he act that even the


10 YOUNG WILD \VEST ROUT I KG THE '' OHO ST DANCERS." chief and the snake charming medicine man were de ceived The darky, however, was much dejected, and he did not try to conceal it. 1 The fact was that the old man was not s o much worri e d about the loss of his stock in trade as he was about what was going to become of liim. He had not dreamed of such a thing a s meeting a big band of ho s tile Indians, and he had been quite a little time in believing that the y really were hostile. But there was n,o doubt about it now, and as he sat on the ground, trying hard to figure out a way of getting out of the scrape he was in with a whole s kin, the minute s flitted by and darkness came on. One thing about it, the redskins saw fit to give the cap tives something to eat, and though the meat was not half cooked an~ lacked enough salt to flavor it, they were hun gry, and swallowed as, much of it as they thought advis able to keep up their s trength. Julius Napoleon would not have eaten a mouthful if his boss had not advised him to, ~o when he trie d to do s o he found that his appetite overcame his fear sufficiently to ~et the supper clown. Aft'er the evening meal was over the s quaw s and childre n of the camp formed a sort of parade and march e d around to in s pect the two captives Then it was that the situation became more unple a s ant than ever, for sticks and stones were thrown at them and some of the old men of the band spat upon them and called them hard names. But the Yankee peddler bor e it all with a grim sort 01 fortitude that was to b e commended, fo-i;. few would hav e let it pas s without crying out for mercy. 'fhe clarky did thi s several times, and ea c h time he g4tit liarassed all the more. After a while the sport s ub side d, and the n the t1Vo w ere left to thems elve s But it was not for long, for when the medicine man came out of hi s tep e e and began stalking up and down in such a pompous way Dariu s Greenwood felt that s om e thing was going to happen. He was surely right, though it wa s hardly the medicine man who was going to cau s e it. But Yellow Dog was up to s omething, just. the same. When he had spent fully ten minutes in walking up down, the inmates of the camp remaining silent meanwhile, h~ suddenly darted toward his tepee again. At that very moment Hop Wah was inside! 'rhe clever Chinaman was getting ready to do something that would attract the attention of the Apaches, and thus afford Young Wild West an opportunity to re lease the prisoners. It was qnly by the greatest of good luck that Hop was enab l ed to hide himself under a blanket in time to es cape being detected by the medicine man He m,anaged to do it, however, and, remaining perfect l y quiet, he waited to find out what was going to happen. The light from the fire that had been kindled especial l y for the benefit of Yellow Dog enabled him to peer :from under the edge of the blanket and watch what the red skin did. First he put a big necklace of rattling bones and cat tle horns about his neck, and then he went to the other side of the tepee, which was an extra large one, and lifted a square box that might have contained s oap at one time from the ground. Then he went outside and placed the box on the ground before the two prieoner s Darius Greenwood looked at the box s uspiciou s ly, for he noticed that there was a netting of fine wire over the top of it in li e u of a lid. "Yellow Dog, the great m e dicine man of the Apache s will show the paleface and the black man the s nakes that will bit them until they cannot see to-morrow aft e r the sun sets and the Gho s t Dan ce r s danc e until the great change s hall take place s aid the villainou s trick s t e r. "Yer needn't mind about s howin' em to u s ; wait till ther time comes," repli e d the peddler, qui c kly. "Rattlesnakes ain't t e r lUY likin', anyhow." "Fo' de Lor'!" groaned the darky. "I's e done be gon e s ure if d e s nak es bite me!" "Keep a s tiff upper lip: Julius Napoleon," s poke l1p the Yankee. "Gittin' afraid never don e no one any good yet. If we mu s t s0e ther s nake s why, we'll se e 'em that' s all." Yellow Dog nodded. "Paleface h e ap much brave he s aid. "He die to-mor row ni ght, anL1 the Gho s t Daucers will plea s e the Great Spirit. All the paleface s will be driven back to the sea, and the rcdrnen will have the hunting g round s of their for e fa t her;..'' "That sound;; v ery nic e, Mis t e r :i\Ieclic in e 1Ian," an s w e r e d Gre e nwood, who wns making a wonderf ul bluff at being cool anu indiffer ent. "I'm mighty sure that you ll never driv e ther pal e fa c e H out of this cou:n.try, no matter how much your ghost r1ancin' an' your Great Spirit want s it Jone Ther white man ha s c ome her e tcr s tay, an the r retlman ha s got ter do a s h e s ay s too. There ain't enough of yer ter s top their progress, fur westward ther cour s e of civilization take s its way!" Y e llow Dog did not seem to take much s tock in the c aptiv e s view 01 the matter. He gave a grunt, and tli.en he tipp e d over the box, lifting the s c r een. s lightly at the s ame time. Out roll e d a rattles nake that was i'.ully three feet in length. The reptile quickly coiled itself and the whirring sound of its rattles rang out. Then Yellow Dog coolly grabbed it by the neck and let the coils wind about his arm. The eyes of all the Indians who could s e e him, includ ing those of Big Cloud, wer e instantly fixed upon him. The medicine man stepped up and placed the fangs of the snake within an inch of the darky's nose. "Don't!" gasped Julius Napoleon, who was so frightened that he could not raise his voice. Next the reptile's head went close to the nose of Green wood The man never flinched, though it was plain that it was only by a great effort that he did not. As the medicine man pulled back the snake it managed to wriggle partly from his hand, and then it turned and bit him on the arm. 'The redskin uttered a sharp cry as he felt the sting of


.. YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOST DANCERS." 11 the fangs, but he quickly recovered and made very light of it. But, as has been stated before, the poison had been drawn from the reptile's fangs, and there was no danger. The Apaches did not know this, however, and they thought that the medicine man bore a charmed life, since he never did anything to try and allay the effects of the poison when one of his snakes happened to bite him. But it was evident that he thought he had fooled enough with it for the time, for he put the snake back into the box and closed the screen. Then he began delivering an oration to the braves, and in a minute or two he started in to dancing a few steps of the ghost dance, just to show them how it was done. Hop was now ready for business. He had the sapling, with the snake hanging from the end of it, ready, and the small package he intended to use was in his right hand. The blazing fire was but a few feet from the tepee and, gauging the distance, he let the package go. It struck almost in the centre of the fire, and as the medicine man was making so much noise, and was being watched so closely, it was not noticed. In just about ten seconds there was a sharp, hissing noise, and then a column of colored sparks shot upward from the There i s no doubt that every Indian there but the medi e:ine man himself thought he was the cause of the unusual spectacle Y ollow Dog ceas' ed his gyrations instantly. .,.. :;5e stared at the flying sparks and did not open his mouth. While it was really sheer astonishment, the spectators thought he was communing with the Great Spirit. But if he was communing with anybody or anything, he was rudely disturbed, for the next moment something hit him on the shoulders, and, turning his gaze upon it, he found what he thought. to be one of his own snakes flying around him, as though it was a bird. Then it was that the great medicine man and snake charmer let out a yell that was plainly one of fear and dropped to the ground upon all fours. He began beating the ground with his fists, and, spell bound at the remarkable sight, the redskins kept their eyes fixed upon him. The snake had disappeared by this time, and as it went the bonds of the two captives were severed and a voice whispered close to their ears: "Creep back here! Hurry! Just follow me, and make no noise." It was Young Wild West who was talking to them. The clever Chinaman had surely attracted the attention of the Apaches long enough to permit him to liberate the prisoners, and now, unless something turned up, they stood a pretty good chance of getting out of the camp before their absence was discovered. The moment Hop saw them creep out of sight he went out through the back of the tepee, taking his rubber snake with him. The medicine man was still pounding 'the ground with his hands, for it was evident that he had not yet been able to make himself understand the cause of the remark able happenings of the past few minutes. CHAPTE R VII. A NEW DANGER THREATENS. Young Wild West was almost compelled to pull the darky along, but not so with Darius Greenwood. He was perfectly alive to the situation, and he showed considerable skill, too, in the art of moving along without making noise. "You come right on, and don't you make a bit of noise, if you want to get away," our hero whispered in the ear of Julius Napoleon. "I reckon you've got a. little sense in that thick skull of yours, haven't you?" "Yes, boss," answered the darky, speaking aloud. Wild quickly thrust the muzzle of his revolver under his nose. "Just make another sound like that and I'll shoot you!" he threatened. Then the colored man awoke to tho realization that he must do as he was told. Wild hurried along, forcing the darky to keep up with him, and he headed straight for the place where the lines of the camp had been crossed. The three had not proceeded more than fifty yards when they were met by Cheyenne Charlie "Come right ahead," whispered the scout. "Git up an' trot along softly. Ther way is clear, 'cause I've got two of Lher varmints fixed so they can't give ther alarm." Wild arose to his feet, lifting the darky up bodily. "You step mighty easy," he said, sternly. "You've got to act the way I want you to, or you'll be left here for the redskins to clean you out. Do you understand what I say?" This time there was a nod for a reply, and then our hero was satisfied that the worst of it was over. The four hurried through the woods and bushes, and just as they were passing through the line of the guards they heard soft footsteps following them. Though they felt pretty sure that it was Hop roming, Wild and Charlie crouched down and held their revolvers in readiness. The next moment the unmistakable form of ilhe clever Chinaman showed up, and then, well satisfied with what they had accomplished, they hastened for the horses. Luck was with them, for nothing occurred to make them oelieve that the escape of the prisoners had been discovered. "I never saw anything work as well as that before," our hero declared, as he assisted the still frightened darky to mount the Indian pony that was waiting for him. "That galoot of a medicine man is as much scared as the rest: They think it was he who performed the colored fire trick, and he is wondering what made such a curious thing happen. We have got them now, so all we must do is to ride on about our business." "I don't know who you fellers are, but I know that you':e _all right, though!" e,xclaimed Darius Greenwood, )


12 YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOST DANCERS." a he mounted the horse Charlie turned over to him. "As soon as we're safe away from ther Injuns I'm gain' ter thank yer from ther bottom of my heart, I am!" "Never mind about that," the scout answered "Jest light out, now!" The peddler said no more, but started his horse arter Hop, who was leading the way. Young Wild1 West brbught up the rear. They had got perhaps three hundred yards from tl1e camp when they heard a great commotion start. "They have found out that the prisoners have got away," said Wild. "Now we can let o,ur horses go. Strike out to the right, Hop. We don't want to lead them to our friends, you know." "Allee light, Misler Wild," came the reply, and the Chinaman promptly turned in the direction indicated. 'rhe five rode hard now, for they knew they must not tarry any, as it would not be long before a score or more of Apaches would be after them. But our hero was heading for the san .dy tract, so they might be able to throw them off the trail. He knew that it would be impossible to follow a trail through alkali dust in the darkness: And by the time daylight came the tracks would be obliterated, for the least bit of a breeze would move the light sand and fill them. A way rode the five, the darky still trembling with fear and excitement and his boss feeling mucfi -elated at the rescue. The yelling qf the redskins had not lasted long, which showed that they did not mean to let the fugitives know they were in pursuit, if they could avoid it. But Wild and the scout knew that they had obtained such a good start that it would be difficult for the redskins to get upon their trail. It would be luck, more than an:}'thing else, if they did. After ten minutes of swift riding they found them selves upon the sandy patch of desert, among the thorny cactus. "Now, then, I reckon we can take it a little easy," said our hero, as he slackened his pace. "They won't get here, hardly. It is more likely that they will go on up the river bank." "An' if they do that they might come across Jim an' ther gals," spoke up Cheyenne Charlie. "'l'hat is true enough. But if they keep on going they will be apt to elude them. They all know enough for that." "Gals, did yer say?" asked Darius Greenwood, as he urged his horse alongside the sorrel stallion. "Yes, we have three ladies with us," Wild replied. "We generally travel around with them." "Is that so? Say> I'.ll bet I know who you are!" '.'Well, who do you think I am?" "Young Wild West!" "Right you are, my friend. You have guessed it the first time." "Well, I sorter thought you might be him, 'cause you look jest like him, as fur as I heard say. But when you spoke of ther gals, then I was sure it was you. I'm awful glad you happened to be around to save me an' ther coon. We was in a mighty bad box; but I didn't let ther ~njuns know that I thought so. My name is Darius Grc euwoo

YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOST DANCERS." 13 About a mile further on and they were startled by the sounds of rapid firing not far ahead. Then the warwhoop of redskins rang out. "Boys," said Young Wild West, coolly, "I reckon Jim and the girls are in trouble. Come on!" Holding their rifles ready or instant use, Wild and Charlie led the way toward th~ spot where the disturb ance was taking place. They knew they were badly needed just then, and then meant to give an account of themselves. CHAPTER VIII. ARIETTA IS CAPTURED. Jim Dart and the girls moved along at an easy pace, the Chinese cook following closely, leading the two pack horses. 'rhey kept along close to the river bank, as Wild had advised, and not until at least two miles had been covered did they come to a halt. Then it was only to listen or the sounds that might indicate that our hero and the scout hacl been discovered by the Indians in their attempt to release the prisoners. But nothing was heard, so they set out again. When a good five miles had been placed between them and the spot they had been camped upon Arietta suggest ed that they should halt and wait. 'l'he girl was a pretty good judge of such matters, so Jim agreed with her, and they dismounted. ''Just keep the pack horses ready to start in a hurry, Wing," Jim said to the cook. "There is no telling but that we may have to light out in a hurry pretty soon." "Allee light, Misler Jim," was the reply. "Me be allee leady, so be." After waiting for about ten minutes Jim grew uneasy. "I guess I'll take a walk back a little ways and see if there is anything going on back there," he said. "There are some tall trees just below here, and I will climb one of them. I will be able to see the lights of the :fires in the Apache camp, I think." "Very well," answered Arietta, for se was the only one of the three who ever assumed any authority. 'rhe fact was that Anna and Eloise had not been in the West more than two or three years, and they always agreed to what Arietta said, anyhow. Dart started along the back trail, taking his rifle with him. The distance to the trees he had spoken of was a little further than he thought, and when lie got to them he found that he was nearly a quarter of a mile from his friends. But he was going to carry out his programme, anyhow, so, selecting one of the trees that was tall and compara tively easy to climb, he slung his rifle over his shoulder and started up. Jim was not going to leave the weapon at the foot of the tr~1 for there was no telling what might happen. He went on up without it interfering much, and was soon near the top. Then he looked back in the direction they had come. But it was too dark for him to see anything, and, con trary to his expectations, he could not see the lights fr0m the campfires of the Indians, as a high hill intervened. '!'he boy remained in the tree fully ten minutes, and then, just as he was about to descend, the sounds made by hoofbeats came to his ears. "They are coming!" he exclaimed, under his breath. "Good! I'll wait here until I am sure, and then I'll get down in time to hail them." Nearer came the sounds, and as Jim listened a feeling of uneasiness came over him. There were mpre than three horses coming-more than half a dozen, too, if he was any judge of sounds. This put a different phase on the situation entirely. "It may be that they are being closely pursued," he muttered. "But I don't see how that could be, for if W1ld got any start o_f them they could never get up close to him. Probably he is laying back with the rest on account of the other horses. Well, I reckon I'll take a hand in it when they get here. It is strange that no shots have been 1ired, though." 'l'he next thing Jim knew he saw fully a score of horse. men coming. The light from the stars was sufficient for him to see that they were Indians. There were no whites among them, e.i.ther. The boy was astonished. Just what to do, he did not know. If the Indians con tinued on the way they were going they would surely come upon the girls and the cook, un less they were very q~ick about hiding. But when he thought that they would surely think that Wild and Charlie were coming he felt almost certaill' that they would be discovered. It was only nabiral that the boy should come to the conclusion that our hero and the scout had been captured by the redskins. And most likely Hop had suffered the same fate, and now the red fiends were out to :find their companions. Realizing that he c~uld do nothing with them single handed, Jim remained -in the tree until they got past. Then he 1uickly descended and started on a run after them. But the Indian ponies were going at a sharp gallop, l!-nd he stood no show of getting to his friends in time to warn them. But he made up his mind to let them know that some thing was wrong. Pointing his rifle into the air, he :fired two ,shots in quick succession. Then he took to the woods at the right and made for the camp in a circle. The next minute several shots rang out, followed quickly by the yells of the Apaches. "The girls are giving it to them, I reckon," Dart mut tered, clenching his teeth. "Oh, I wish I was there!" Just then a. scream rang out, and then the shooting stopped. It was Arietta who had uttered the scream, Jim knew right away.


14 YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOST DANCERS." Though he was generally a pretty cool hand, he grew very much excited ju s t now. He continued making the detour however, and a s h e heard no more scream s or no shooting he g raduall y re turned to his normal state 0 mind. Hal a minute later he heard the s ound s made b y the horses hoos again and he h,1ew that the red s kin s w e r e going back. "They have caught the girl s e a s ily, I s uppo s e," h e thought, bitterly. "I made a mis tak e in leavin g Now we are about as bad off as we could possibly be, for what can I do alone? Th e only hop e i s that the c avalr y will arrive in the morning some time. Oh, this i s too bad!" Excited and worried, the qoy made his way s tealthily to the spot wher e h e had let the girls and Wing. All was as silent a s the grave there. Jim elt that hi s wors t ears were realized. He waited a couple 0 minute s and then, s ati sfied that the redskin s had all vacated the s pot, he crept ~p to the little ri s e 0 ground where he had let them while he went to make a tour of inve s tigation. There was neither human being nor hor s e to be see n Jim walked a little further and as he -emerged into a faint patch of li ght a whis per came to hi s ear s saying: "Mi~ler Jim!" It was Wing Wah I A thrill shot through the boy. "Hello, Wing!" he called out, s otly. "Oh, 1\fisler Jim!" Then the Chinaman emerged from the bu s hes, qui c kl y followed by the forms 0 two emale s Jim ran to them and found Eloi s e and Anna there. "Where is Arietta?" he asked. "O. h, it is terrible I ; exclaimed the scout' s wif e "I she had only remained here with us! W e heard the horses coming and we knew there were too many of them to be Wild and Charlie, s o we quickly led the horses down into the hollow here. But Arietta heard two shot s and she mounted her horse to ride out and help fight. The n the Indians met her. She fired hal a dozen times with her revolver, and then they got her. Oh, it is iOO bad! "Well," said Jim, trying hard to keep cool, and reason ing pretty well, "it is much better to have Arietta caught than all 0 you. That is what would have happened i she had not rode out to meet them. She i s always cool in times 0 danger, and she will take care of hersel. It is most likely that they have got Wild and Charlie, and pos sibly Hop. But there is no telling about Hop, though, for he may have gone it alone when they got to the camp 0 the Apaches. But, though the situation is a mighty bad one, it could be much worse. We must get to a good hiding place at once, for they will be looking for the one who fired the shots and, not finding me down there, they may take a notion to come back here." He hurried with them to the horses and, mounting, they rode off at a gallop. They were not afraid of being heard by the redskins just then, as none of them were close -enough. For two miles they rode, and then, coming to a shallow creek that flowed into the river, they rode up it s cour s e for about a hundred yards, and finding a sloping bank 0 rock, let it and took to the woods. They had s carcely begun to think that they were safe for the pre s ent when they heard the sounds 0 hoofs. As they were c o ming from a direction that was entirely different from that taken b y the redskin s however, Jim did not grow much al a rmed. H e call e d a h a lt, and the n they waited. In less than a minute fiv e riders were seen passing t h e m about two hundr ed eet dis tant. Jim Dart re c o g nized three of them right .away, in s pit e 0 the darkness. Wild! Wild!" h e called out, s oftly. "Hello I This way!" He w a s h e ard right away and the horse s changed their c our s e and came toward them. '' So we hav e ound you, eh?" s aid Youn g Wild Wes t, a s he brou ght the ,sorrel s tallion to a halt. "Is everything all right Jim?" "No, Wild. The red s kin s have g ot Ari etta!" "What!" The das hing young d ead~ hot was amazed. CHAPTER IX. .AfIETTA A N D TH.E S QUAW S Whether or not it was a bad move Arietta. had made, conside rin g the dang e r tha t all hand s were in at the time, c annot be s aid ; but, anyhow, it had re s ulted in causing h e r to fall i nto t h e h a nd s 0 the deta c hment of Ap~che s from the camp o f t h e Ghos t D a n c er s Aft e r discove rin g that the two pri s oner s had made t h e ir escape in some myst e riou s w a y Bi g Cloud the chie, had call ed upon Yellow Dog to find a way to re s tore them at once. The onl y th i ng the m e dicine man was capable of doing was to urgo that a pur s uit s hould be ins tituted at once, he declaring that i that did not suffice he would call upon the Great Spirit to furni s h them with another paleface to be offered a s a sacrifice. Jus t how the medi c ine man was going io do thi s he did not know, but it was pro b abl e that he tru s ted s olely to luck. And, a s lu c k would hav e it, the party of brave s came back with a b e autiful pal eace maid e n in the per son of Arietta. Yellow Dog c laime d the credi t 0 this, and he even went so far a s to make the s tatem ent that he knew it was to be a girl that would take the plac e of tho s e who had e s caped. The two guard s had bee n found lying in a condition of absolute helple ssness, and they were pre sent when the white girl was brought in. The Indians who had captured the girl had suffered the loss of two 0 their number, for Arietta had fired so rapidly that her s hots took effect before she could be seized and disarmed. The loss 0 two 0 hi s be s t fighting brave s was anything but pleasant to the old chief, but when the medici~ man a s sured him that it was simply in the natural order of things he became reconciled.


( YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOST DANCERS." 15 "Paleface maiden will suffer!" he declared, as he looked at the helpless girl in a fierce way. "She will be poison e d by the rattlesnake s and then she s hall b e tied to a tree and burned. Her s calp s hall be taken while she is yet ali,e, and it will hang from the lodgepole of Big Cloud." The medicine man nodded his approval to this, and the chief was satisfied. Poor Arietta She haci done her best, but that best had proven d is adrous to her. But she was not the sort of girl to give way to grief and des pair over what had happened. It did not take her long to find out that the pri s oners had been res cued by Wild, Charlie and Hop, and this was gratifying to her, especially as she now had her da s h ing young lover to work until he saved her from the r e d fiend s Her remarkable ~oclness was a surpri s e to the Apa c h es for they had nev e r s een a whit e girl act that way before when s h e was virtually facing a cruel death. Yell ow Do g wanted to take her to his t e p ee and keep her until morning so she could no t possibly b e rescued b y her friends; but Big Cloud asserted hi s authori ty, and the result was that the girl was pla q ed in the charge of t h e two squaw s who had become widow s a s the result of h e r s hooting at the time of her capture. 'I'hi s was not so plea s ant, either, con s id e rin g that the s quaws had been apprised of how the brav es cam e to the ir end. But the chief took pain s to caution the m that the pale foce maiden mu s t not be harmed in the lea s t, s ince s h e was to s erve a s the s acrifice at the gr eat gho s t dance 1.hat was to take place the following nig ht. Probably Big Cloud f elt s ure that the r e c ould b e no more watchful guard s put ove r h e r s ince the s quaw s w e r e longing to be revenged upon her. Ari etta's hand s had been tied b ehind h e r afte r s he had be e n captured but the chief now cut them loose, s ayin g, a s he did so: "Paleface maiden try to get away and s h e g e t hurt; s lie no try and s he will b e s af e until the gho s t dance." "All right an s wer e d the brave girl. "I promi s e you that I will not try to ge t away unle ss I see a good c hance. You can be sure that I will never be offered a s a s acrifice at the ghost dance, though. Young Wild We s t will save me." Big Cloud opened wide his eye s at this. It was evident that he knew of Young Wild West. "Where Young Wild West?" he demanded, quickly. "He is not far from here," was the reply. "He will save me.1' Big Cloud called two of his trusted braves right away. "Go and find Young Wilcl West, the paleface boy, who is the bad enemy of the Apaches," he ordered. "Bring him here before sunrise. Take ten braves with you and search wen:" Arietta smiled at this. The chief noticed it and he became a bit angry. '' Pakface maiden heap much smart," he said. "She will neYel' get away from the Ghost Dancers. Young Wild West will die. too. She knows that, but she makes a smile to fool Big Cloud." "All right, Bi g Cloud," Arietta r e torted, coolly. "Wait and s ee." A word from the chief and she was led away by the two s quaw s who scowled at her fiercely, s howing how well the y would like to make short work of h e r. But the brave girl was mor e than s ati s fied at the way s h e had been tre ated s o far. The fart that she had b e en allowed the u se of h e r hands was a bi g r e lief to her, for s h e h a d a s mall sixs hoot e r hidd e n in h e r buck s kin b odi c e t he red s kin s having fail e d to find it w hen they di s armed h e r of h e r r eg ula~ weapon s 'rhe revolver was a gift from Wild on h e r birthday two y ears prev iou s, and man y times h a d it s tood her in good s t e ad, thoug h o f a very s mall calibre. A s hot from it would not have hurt a g rizzly bear much, t o be sure, bu t a bull e t in the right place and at shprt ran g e would an Indian all right. Ari etta did not propo s e to be tormented by the two ugly squaws, for as she had the use of her han.ds she c ould d e f end her s elf from an y a t tack s they might make upon hrr. But s h e clid not mean to use the r e vol ver on them, for that would s impl y be s poilin g h e r c hances of e s cape. 'l'h e s quaw s drag g ed her rou g hl y to a n e arby tepee and pu shed her in s ide. Pal e face maid e n heap much bad! She kill Apache s !" s a i d one, h e r form quivrrin g with rage. Yes, I s hot two of the A pa c he s, the girl ans wer e d, fearlessl y "I clicl it b eca use I h ac1 the right to. If y ou h a d been at~ack c d by twenty white men, who meant to tflke you som ewhe r e and burn you to death, you would try t o kill the m too w c uld yon not?" Fo r an an s w e r i.he squaw struck at h e r. Arietta dodged the blow and then, a s s h e tried it a g ain, s h e gave h e r a pu s h tha t sent h e r reeling again s t the s id e o f the flim s y t e p ee. The result was rathe r un e xpect ecl, for the whole thfo g tumbl e d over, l e avin g the three s trugglin g in its fold s Seve ral other s quaw s, and s om e of the brav es too, ran to the s cene and quickl y righted things. So enrage d w e r e the two widow s now that they both pitch e d in to do injury to the brave girl. But Ari etta got out of the way and picking up a stout s ti c k pro c e e ded to defend hers elf. The outdoor life she led was great benefit to her in the way of giving her strength and agility, and in just about half a minute she had both squaws beaten to a standstill. Up came the old chief in time to s ee the finish of the Ahort fight. "What the matter?" he asked, looking at Arietta and pointing to the vanquished squaw s who were rubbing the bruises they had received in the short bout. "They wanted to kill me, I guess replied the girl. "I did not propose to allow them to do it, not as long as I could defend myself. If you are going to keep me a pris oner here I ask you to place some one else to guard me. They hate me so that they won't stop until they do kill me." "Ugh'!'' grunted the chief. Then he took the stick from Arietta's hand and began to belabor the squaws with it.


16 YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOST DANCERS." \ 'l'hey did not beg for mercy, but stood their ground and "I expect to live a while longer, anyhow. You needn't took it with greai stoicism. come and tell me," was the retort. There was considerable talk in the Apache lingo and "You no live after my snake s bite you! You no live the result was that the captive girl was taken to another after the fire burns You heap much fool to talk like tepee and placed in the charge of a young squaw, who that, White Squaw!" happened to be single and in no danger of becoming a Laughing Flower was plainly afraid of thovillain, for widow. h d d f s e i not deign to say a word, but sat as ar away as This squaw acted a little kindly toward the girl, and it she could get from him. took Arietta less than two minutes to realize that she had found just the least bit of a friend in her. "Yellow Dog, the great medicine man of the Apaches, 'l'he otlier two squaws were stationed outside the tepee has never had a squaw,~ went on the snake charmer, as he laid his hand on the girl's arm in a way that was meant and commanded to stay there until sunrise, under penalty to be gentle. of ieirl. put Ft~ death th f h Arietta struck him a blow on the wrist and knocked his aug ~g ower was e name o t e young squaw, hand aside ancl_as Arietta got to conversing with her she really began "You will never live to have one if you don't keep your to like her. I hands off me!" she exclaimed. The paleface maiden must not be bitten by the snakes "U h!" of the medicine man," said Laughing Flower, as she put g her close to the fair captive's ear. "The medicine "I mean what I say, you villainous, old wolf I" the man is much humbug; me no like, but me come becau s e girl declared, her eyes flashing dangerously. my father make me. Me be friend to paleface maiden." It would have tak en but little more to make her draw "Thank you, Laughing Flower," answered Arietta, her revolver and shoot the old reprobate; but he was wise warmly. "There are some good Apaches, and you are one enough to keep his hands away from her. of them. You have been to school, and you have learned He kept on talking, however, and finally he lowered that it is wrong for the Indians to catch palefaces and put his voice a nd said: them to death. You are a good girl." "Beautiful paleface squaw, you can live if you will be "Laughing Flower is pleased with th!:l paleface maiden: the squaw of Yellow Dog, the great medicine man of the What her name, please?" Apaches. You shall be made his quaw by the laws of the "Arietta is my name." tribe, and you sha11 have seven ponies, as many blankets "Arietta shall not die.,; as two braves can carry and all the money Yellow Dog has. You will not die, but live like the wife of the Gr e a t Father of W ashi-ngton. Yellow Dog is rich; he has money and he has cattle and horses." CHAPTER X. ARIETTA RECEIVES A PROPOSAL OF MARRIAGE. Arietta and Laughing Flower conversed for about half an hour. Then they were interrupted by hearing a guttural voice at the entrqnce of the tepee. "It is the snake charmer-the medicine man," whis pered the squaw.. "He comes for no good!" "Ugh I" A grunt sounded and then a head was thrust in the opening. A fire was burning about a dozen feet away and there was enough light from it for the two to see the hideous, painted face of the villainous medicine man. "Me Yellow Dog," he said. "Me come to talk to paleface maiden." "I don't feel like talking just now," Arietta answered, with all the coolness she could command. "Big Cloud said I should be left alone here. You go and mind your own business!" "Ugh!" 'rhen he came on inside and squatted on the ground so close to where the two were sitting that Ariet~a arose to her feet. 'rhe medicine man quickly arose, too. "Me come to tell paleface squaw that she can live if ihe wants to," he said. "How about the sacrifice vou want to offer to the Great Spirit to-morrow night?" ~sked Arietta, sneeringly. She was not much alarmed at the way he talked, for the revolver in her possession made her feel safe from him. "The paleface squaw will not be the sacrifice, for she must be the' squaw of Yellow Dog after the gho s t dance is over. Then there will be no more palefaces here, and she will turn The color of the redman. She will be a great princess, and she will wear all the precious stones that she wants to. Yellow Dog loves her, as the pale faces call it. He will make her a fine husband, for h e is powerful, and he can make all his people do his bidding." Arietta listened to every word he said. When he said that she would become his squaw Jtfter the ghost dance was over she decided to lead him on just a little. "Yellow Dog has spoken too quick," she observed, shaking her head. "I must have time to think. I must have until sunset to-morrow. T/l.en I will give him my answer. If all the palefaces but me are to die, and I am to turn to be an Indian, I would marry Yellow Dog. But I must think-I must have time to think!" "All right. Think, paleface squaw~ but think right. If you no think right the rattlesnakes will sting you, and your scalp will hang at the lodgepole of Big Cloud, and 1 your body will be burned to ashes I" "Good night, Great Medicine Man!" "Good night, Paleface Squaw!"


YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOST DANCERS." 17 Out he went and, with a sigh of relief, Arietta turned to the squaw and said, in a whisper. "I settled him for a while, I think. Didn't I, Laugh ing Flower?" "Arietta is very brave ; her brain is great I She knows how to talk to even a medicine man. Laughing Flower is proud to be her friend." They both peered out of the tepee and saw the old vil lain 8talking over to his tepee. It was evident that he thought he had made pretty sure of getting a paleface wife, and now was thinking of how he was going to make out for a human sacrifice to take her place at the ghost dance. But he was really depending on the braves who had been sent out to return with at least one paleface prisoner. The hours passed on. After having been assured by the young squaw that she need have no fear, Arietta lay down and tried to go to sleep. But it was a long time before she did, and then Laugh ing :Flower watched over her as a mother does a sick babe. It was a curious, not to say, wonderful, thing that the squaw should take such a liking to the girl. But prob ably it was because she had been educated a little and knew the difference between right a~d wrong. Shortly after daylight in the morning the redskins were astir. It was the chie.f's orders that they shou ld move as soon as the morning meal was over. He was anxious to get to the spot that had been selected for the ghost dance, so that the great transformation the medicine man had promised could be wrought. But it must be said that since Yellow Dog had acted so strangely when the snake had whirled about him the night before, Big Cloud was just the least bit suspicious of him. Beyond the way he could handle the snakes he had in the box, he had never seen the man do anything that was wonderful. 'rhe fact was that Big Cloud had his suspicions that the colored fire had been caused by those who had spir ited away the two prisoners, for he had recalled that the medicine man seemed much afraid of it. Added to this_, he learned that Yell ow Dog had told the captive white maiden that she should not be sacrificed if she would become his squaw. Big Cloud was a very shrewd redskin. He could "put two and two together," as the saying goes, and he began to think that perhaps the wonder.ful change over the land of the 4"paches might not take place, even if the Ghost Dancera did get in their fine work and a sacrifice was offered to the Great Spirit. Yellow Dog did not deign to hold a consultation with the chief that morning. He had his breakfast brought to his tepee and ate it without showing himself. Meanwhile Arietta was getting anxious about Wild and the rest of her friends. She knew they were being hunted for, but she felt that they would not go so very far away from the Ghost Danc ers so long as she was a prisoner in their hands. Just as the Indians were getting. ready to move away: th~ searching party returned. 'rhey brought no prisoners with them, and when .Arletta saw this she felt greatly relieved. 'l'he medicine man came out of the tent and quickly a,<;ked what had been accomplished The reply was that no traces of Young Wild West and the escaped prisoners had been found. "Ugh!" was the reply. "But they will be found be fore sunset. The Great Spirit whispered to me while I slept with my snakes wrapped aroynd me that there must be more th~ one sacrifice, and tliat it should be Young Wild West, the hated enemy of our tribe, and one or more of. his friends. It will come I The sacrifice must come when the time is at hand." Y.i1low Dog spoke ip the language of his followers, so even if Arietta had been close enough to hear she would not have understood what he said. Arietta was placed upon her own horse, and, with Laughing Flower and the two widowed squaws in charge of her, she rode off in about the centre of the long cavalcade. It was not the first time the brave girl had been in such a predicament, so she took it all very coolly. Though Laughing Flower had promised to aid her to escape, there had not been th~ least chance of it so far. But that the chance would come, sooner or later, Ari etta felt sure. A party of braves went on ahead to make a search for the trail of Young Wild West, and to capture him, if it were any way possible. But' noon came, and nothing hal been accomplished yet. There was one uneasy person in the crowd, at leas't, and that one was Yellow Dog. The villainous medicine man felt that unless the girl captive was offered as a sacrifice, in case they got no other, he would lose his power over the fanatics, who believed in him. 'rhe medicine inan's real troubles were only just begin ning, as will be seen. CHAPTER XL A NIGHT OF QUIETNESS. Young Wild West, though much surprised at :finding that his sweetheart was not with the party, did not grow excited. "How; did they get her, Jim?" he asked. "I was not here at the time," Dart answered. "I went forward to climb a tree, in the hopes I might see you re turning, and while I was up there tlie redskins came along. When I first heard them I thought you were coming, but I soon discovered that there were too many for that. It was too late to descend the tree and run back then, so I stJyed there until they got past, and then came down and fired a couple of shots to warn the girls. Anna and Eloise say that Arietta insisted on mounting her horse to come out and give a hand, for she thought you


18 YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOST DANCERS." were being pursued by redskins. '1.-iiere was some quick "Hop, just get the horses through there," he said, !hooting when she met them, and then she screamed, pointing to a narrow part of the ravine. "I have an idea showing that they got her. That is about all there is to that it widens out there, and there may be some grass it, Wild." there for them. Anyhow, we know there is plenty of "Well, that is quite enough," was the reply. "I reckon water." we've got another job on our hand s But it can't be un"Allee light, Misler Wild," replied Hop, cheerfully. dertaken to-night, for the Apaches will be waiting all "~le allee samee velly sure lere plep.ty glass, so be. Come around for such a thing to happen. It is a wonder that on, my blather; you allee samee gitee lillee movee on we are not being chased at this very minute, since they you." !mow that Arietta must have friends somewhere about." The last was said to Wing, who was already at work, "What are you going to do, then, Wild?" asked Jim, and did not need to be told. unxiously "'!'hem Chinese is funny fellers, ain't they?" remai:ked "About the very best thing we can do is to look for a Darius Greenwood, turning to Charlie. good hiding place, and then lay low until to-morrow "Well, you beard what I said about one of them, didn't morning There is one thing sure about it, Arietta won't yer ?" replied the scout. be harmed by the Ghost Dancers until to-morrow ight, "Oh, yes! Julius Napoleon heard it, too. But still anyhow Mr. Greenwood says that the great time is to he's willin' ter put up his watch in gamblin' with him." take place to-morrow night. The Ghost Dancers are going "I don't care whether he does it or not now. He's been to dance all the palefaces out of existence, and one has got warned. Why, that heathen kin beat ther man what to be offered as a sacrifice to the Great Spirit. They made cards!" would like to have more than one, I suppose-as many "See here, Boss Charlie!" said the darky, who was a s they can get, in fact. They are on the warpath, and paying strict ath, ntion to what was being said. "Don' they me~n that no white person shall escape." yo' know dat de ma-n what made de cards am dead? A "l reckon they'll find out that they've made a big mi

YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOST DANCERS." 19 It was evident that there would not be much sleeping done in the camp by the companions of the lost girl. Darius Greenwood, though very thankful to them all, ~oon got sleepy, and he was advi s ed to lie down and get what rest he could. Then Charlie and Jim followed his example. The two girls had already retired to the little tent they always occupied as a s l e eping quarter s with Arietta, and Wing was i;noring away a s though the re was never s uch a thing as danger. Hop and Julius Napoleon were s itting clos e together lmder a ledge, aud aa Wild li s tened he could hear them talking in whispers. The boy knew what they wer~ itching .for, but he was determined that no gambling was going to tak e pla c e there that night, unless it was done in th e dark. Finally Hop came over to him and s aid: "Misler Wild me likee havee lantern lit, s o be." "Well, yon can't have it,'' was the quick repl y .. "You just turn in right away. I.f you want to pla y cardt:i with the darky, wait till daylight. Let him turn in, too. I won't stand any fooling to-night." "Allee light, Mis ler Wild; me undel s tand velly muchee well. You knowee allee light, Il!is ler Wild." That ettled the gambling business, for that night anyhow. Wild remained on the ,~atch 'until about midnight, and th<:n he called Jim to take a couple of hours at it. Nothing disturbed them, and h e n Jim had put in his s hare of the time he called the scout to s tand watch until daylight. In this way the night passed and morning arrived. Charlie called Wing, and, after telling him to keep a good watch, started off to take a look around the sur rounding country. He knew that it was hardly likely that the Apaches had broken camp yet, but he thought it would do no harm to look around. He ascended to the high ground on one side of tlle ravine, and, selecting a tall and straight mountain pine, proceeded to climb it. Near the top he rested, and .then he looked around. Far back to the east he could see several columns of smoke arising, anc1 then he knew that the redskins were getting ready to have their morning meal. "I reckon I'm beginnin' ter git a little hungry 1uyself ," he muttered, as he descended the tree. "It'll be all right ter kindle a :fire down in ther ravine, I reckon. Ther smoke ought ter thin out to nothin' afore it gits high enough ter be seen away back there. I'll jest :fix it so there won't be much smoke." Wing was now wide awake, and a word from the scout started him' at work in earnest. Wild got up just then. He had slept a little toward morning, and now be was satisfied to begin the task of rescuing his sweetheart from the savages. Kp.owing that they intended to move in,that direction, he considered that they would have a better chance in the daytime than they wo11ld have hac1 the night before, when the Apaches were on the alert. "Going to start a :fire, eh, Charlie?" he said, as he watched the scout as he piled up some very light brushwood and fagots. "Yes, Wild," was the answer. "I was jest up that big tree over there, an' I could jest about see ther smoke from ther fires in the 'Pache camp. I reckon they won't be a \)le to see this smoke, though. We're too low down fur that." "All right. Go ahead; we'll take the chances." CHAPTER XII. THE GAi\IE OJ;' DRAW POKER. 1t happened that Julius Napoleon was one of the sort of darkie s who can ri s e early. He heard Young Wild Wes t and Cheyenne Charlie Lalking and he promptly got up. The firs t thing h e thought about was the Chinaman, who was such a wonderful gambler. He decided to arouse him, and he lost no time in doing so "Whatee matt e e ?" a s ked Hop, sleepily. "Yo' git up an t;how me wha' yo' know about de cards, :Massah Hop, said the darky, grinning at him, Hop became wide away right away. Ile crawled out and hastened to the little brook that flowed through the ravine. A good application of water to his face and hands made him fee l fine, ancl after that he was ready for Julius Na poleon. Hop took notice that hi s brother was getting the break fas t ready, and that Wild and Charlie were the only ones up. 'fhe sun was not up yet, but the east was 4lglow with its harbinger. "Whatee timee you gotee, Misler Blackee Man?" Hop asked, as he saw the darky take out his watch and look at it. "It am jest five o'clock, sah !" was the reply "But, see here, yo' fool Chinee Yo' don't have to call me nigger or black man. I'se colored, I is. I'se jest as good as yo' are. Understan' dat l" "Allee light," was the reply. "You havee velly longee namee, and me no undelstand it. Me callee you Misler Darky, so be." "Dat ain't right eider. My name is Julius Napoleol\ Bonaparte Johnson "Lat too muchee for me, so be." "Yo' call me Mistah Johnson; me no wantee tlouble; me wantee um watchee, so be." "Well, how much yo' put ag'in dat watch fo' to play three hands of draw poker, best two out of three to win?" "Me lookee at um watchee; len me tellee you." Hop took the watch and looked it over. It was a big, silver, open-faced watch, and might have cost eighteen or twenty dollars when it was first bought Hop found that it was in pretty good condition, and he placed a value of twenty-five dollars upon it, which was more than ,Julius Napoleon Johnson expected.


20 YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOST DANCERS." i "Yo' done put up twenty-five dollars ag'in my watch!" he gasped. "Yes, lat allee light. We play allee samee thlee hands, "O be; len we see who wear um watchee." "Well, derc is de watch; put up de money." 'l'he two had got around behind a rock, so those in the ~aL1p could not see them, and as the darky deposited his timepiece on a flat rock Hop counted out the twenty-five dollars and laid it down, taking care to put the watch on fop of it, so it could not blow away, for it was in bills. Johnson was more than pleased. It was quite evident that he considered that he was going to have an easy thing of it with the Chinaman, even if CheyE>nne Charlie had said that he could beat the man who made the card s The fact was that the darky was a sort of professional in the way of cheating, and he was putting his faith on bis abihty. But he did not know the sort of a fellow he had to deal with. Hop smiled blandly as he sat down before the flat rock and pulled a new deck of cards from his pocket. He had both old and new decks in plenty, for he always made it a point to stock up with playing ca.rcis every time he got to a place where they were sold +he eyes of the darky danced when he saw the brand new deck. "Dat am all right," he declared. "I done have a pack what am putty old an' greasy Dese cards will play nice." "Allee samee velly muchee new," answered Hop, inno cently. "You allee samee shuffle; len we cuttee for um deal, so be." Johnson took care to count the cards carefully, and, finding that they were all there, he proceeded to shuffle them in a way that showed how well he was used to han dling ihe pasteboards They qut and he won, much to his satisfaction. "Um bestee two ou. tee thlee hands win, so be," said Hop. "Yes, we only play three hands; dat plenty to tell who am de boss player," was the reply It was just then that Wild and Charlie stepped up, fol lowed by Jim and the Yankee, who had come out of the tent in tim e to find out what was going on. Hop look Jd rather annoyed when he found they had spectators, but when Wild nodded and told him to go ahead he looked cheerful again. "What are yer playin' fur, anyhow?" the scout asked. The darky qui c kly informed him as to the stakes and the terms of agreement. "Do yer think a goocl deal of your watch?" the scout queried. "I wauk1.n't want to part wid dat watch, sah," was tlie reply. "A nire white man gib dat to me 'cause I save his horse from runnin' ag'in a train of cars do)Vn in Galves ton. nat very fine watch, I tell yo'!" ''Well, you had better kiss it goodby, I reckon." "Yo' think de Chinee know all about de cards; but jes' wait," said Johnson, confidently. "I done hab two deals ou t of de t'rce." The deal was made Hop found. that he possessed only a pai_r of treys. He played the same as an ordinary player would have done and called for three cards on the draw. He did not improve hi s hand one bit, and the sm ile that lit up the dusky countenance of Julius Napoleon Johnson was so wide that the scout laughed outright. But it was a laugh of pity, as much a s anything. "What hab yo' got, Mistah Hop?" queried the darky. "Me allee samee gotee lillee pair of treys, so be," was the reply. "Ha, ha, ha Ho, ho, ho!" Johnson fairly roared with merriment. "I'se done got t'ree aces he exclaimed. "Yo' lose, Hon! Yo' don' understand de game!" He laughed some more, and even Wild was forced to ~mile when he thought how the laugh would be on the other side of his face very shortly. "You allee samee win de fir s t hand, so be," Hop said, shaking his head, as though be had his doubts a.bout beat ing him. "Lat allee light. Now ;me takee lillee deal." Johnson watched him closely as he dealt, but the Chi naman appeared to do it in such a bunglesome way that he was satisfied that there was going to be no doubt about the outcome. When he looked at his hand ~nd found that he had three kings cold his eyes bulged with satisfaction and pure delight. "How many cards you wan tee?" Hop asked, blandly. "Well, seein' dat it's yo', I done take two," was the retort The cards were given him, and when he found that one of them was a king h e acted as though h e was going to have a fit from laughing. The Chinaman looked at him innocently and observed: "Wha.tee rnattee ?" "Ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, bo !" laughed the darky. "Dis am great! Draw yo' cards, an' we'll done settle de game." Hop calmly discarded four cards, holding one. 'rhen he dealt four from the top of the pack and looked at them. "Whatee you gotee ?" he asked. "Fo' kings l" The darky roareil. out s o loud that Wild was forced to stop him. "Don't make so much noise about it," he said. "I'll stop the game if you don't keep more quiet." "I guess de game am all over, Boss West," came the r etort. "I'se a mighty fine--" He cut his words short, for just then Hop laid down his hand' and showed four aces. "Well, I'll be kicked by a mule!'' gasped the surprised

YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOST DANCERS.'' 21 gether, s o he would have them in his own hand, but the a:,tonishment at being beaten sobadly oy the Chinaman caused him to act clumsy, and the first thing he knew he dropped about half the cards to the ground. When he picked them up they were so badly mixed that he could not tell anything about them. But he finished the shuffle and Hop cut them. 'fhen the deal was made. ,T ulius N apoJeon found himself the possessor of three jacks, and this consoled him slightly. He drew two cards and got a pair of kings with them. Then his ebony countenance lighted up again. A full hand was a good one, especially tu a two-handed game. Hop drew four cards, but no one noticed that he also slipp 41; four from his sleeve and contrived to let the four he drew become mixed in the pile on the rock. "Whatee you gotee, Misler Johns on?" he asked, sm~ling sweet ly at the watch and money. "I'se done got three jacks an' pair ob kings!" was the reply. "Yo' beat dat, an' yo' beat me!" "Me allce samee gotee um four lillec aces, some morel" and Hop raked ,in .the watch and money. CHAPTER XIII. THE MEDICINE MAN AND TIIE CHIEF. It was just about four o'clock in the afternoon when the Ghost Dancers reached the spot of ground that had been sel ected by Yellow Dog and Big Cloud as the place to hold the orgies that would re sult in making the great change over the land of their forefathers. It was well up in the fastness of the mountain, on a compiil'atively level plain that was surrounded by groups of rocks and stunted trees. The main thing about it was that it was pretty well secluded, as no one could see what was there until the spot was within a couple of hundred yards of them. The chief at once established a line of pickets and then the work of getting the camp in order was begun, Arietta had been treated well during the ride nearly the day long, and, though sh'e had been constantly on the alert for some signs of her dashing young lover and his partners, she had not seen a sign that would indicate that they were anywhere about. Laughing Flower started in to erect the. tepee the two were to occupy, and Arietta gladly lent her assistance. Notwithstanding that the day had almost passed and there were no chances o.f her getting away from the Indians, Arietta was in quite a cheerful frame of mind. If it came lo the worst s he meant to accept Yellow Dog's offer of marriage, and then, when there was no longer any hope, shoot him rather than have the ceremony performed. She told this to Laughing Flower, and the Indian maiden promised to stand by her if the medicine man was killed. He was the only one in the entire band that she feared, and this was n0t because she thought he possessed any supernatural powers. She believed him to be a deceitful villain, and, with his snakes, he was able to wield a power over the Apache!:!. It was just after the tepee had been put in shape when the chief came over. He was smoking his long-stemmed pipe, and he ap peared to be slightly ill at ease. "The paleface maiden will die to-night," he said, l9ok ing keenly at Arietta, as 'though to read her thoughts. "No!" she answered, promptly, sliaking her golden head decisively. "I will not die to-night. The Apaches do not dare to take my life." Big Cloud frowned. '' The paleface maiden must die when the Ghost Danc ers begin," he declared. "Big Cloud has commanded it, and it must be so." "Who is the boss of the Ghost Dancers, Big Cloud or Yellow Dog?" the girl asked, coolly, as she me't his gaze unflinchingly. "Big Cloud is the chief of his tribe," was the reply. "Yellow Dog is the medicine man ." "Well, the medicine man and his rattlesnakes appear to be running things here, if I am any judge. You have nothing to say, Big Cloud. You are like a little child when the medicine man talks. He rules the Apaches. They all fear him, and they will do as he says." The girl knew that she was touching him in a sore spot when she talked this way, and that was why she did it. The chief frowned fiercely. "'I'he medicine man wants to marry the paleface maiden: :ae wants to make her hi s squaw!" he exclaimed. "''But this shall not be: She must die as the sun goes down!" 1 '$No, you are mistaken, Big Cloud. ,I will not become the medicine man's squaw; and I will not die when the sun goes down. I have talked with the Great Spirit of the redmen, and he has told me I would not die. He told me, too, that the Apaches have made a mistake in taking up the ghost dance. They will lose by it. Many of them will be killed befo:i:e it is over, .:md the rest will be glad to surrender and go back to the agency as pris oners of war. I am telling you the truth, Big Cloud. 'l'he ghost dance will be a failure." Somehow, the words of the girl seemed to have a big effect on the chief. He regarded her in silence for a minute, and then, turning on his heel, walked from the spot "I guess I made him do a little thinking that time, Laughing Flower," said the brave girl, turning to the young squaw. i "Yes," was the reply. "Big Cloud does not know what to do. He fears Yellow Dog; yet he hates him. The ghost dance will make troublt;, I know. There will be some of the braves who will follow the chief, while others will stand by the medicine man and give him another chance. He will fail in what he ha s promised them, of 1 course; but the most of them will be for letting him keep !! on trying. It is the way of the Indians, who have not learned the reli gi on of the palefaces.~' J "Laughing Flower, you take a very intelligent view of the situation. You are a wise Apache maiden. You


22 ;youNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOST DANCERS." !hould not be in this company. You must go with me The conversation, which was quickly translated to Ariwhen I get away from your crazy people." etta, was something as follows: ''I will go with you, Arietta," was the quick reply. "I "Big Cloud is a great warrior. He has led his brave s am sick of my people". They have gone mad over the to many victories." ghost dance. I want to live as the palefaces do. I will "Ugh l Yellow Dog is a great medicine man. He ha s go with you, Arietta." made many wonderful cures." The Apache girl certainly was s howing her true worth, "Big Cloud wants to live as his grandfather did before and Arietta felt more hopeful than ever. th e palefaces came." It was not difficult or the girl to imagine that the "Yes. Big Cloud wants to live tha:t way." medicine man would have the biggest following, in case "Yellow Dog will hold the ghost dance, and he will there came a rupture in the band. make things that way." And Yellow Dog, wanting to make her his_ squaw, would "Yellow Dog will make the rattlesnakes bite the palesee to it that she was not harmed. .face maiden and then she shall die at the stake Then After a while the squaws started to cooking supper for the Ghost Dancers will keep on dancing till the change the braves. take s place." Laughing Flower kindled a little :fire near Uie tepee The medicine man shook his head at this. and, rgnoring the two squaws, who were still doing guard "Big Cloud will drink some :firewater with Yellow duty over the white girl, proc~eded to cook something Dog," he said. or supper. "No!" She made some corn cakes and broiled the juicy steak The chief had been one of those to see the live ra'ttler from a haunch of venison for her charge, and Arietta ate pu!:>hed through the bunghole of the cask the whisky was with a relish, washing the meal down with a copious drink drawn from, and he wanted none of it. 0 p1ire spring water. Yellow Dog walked back into hi s 'tepee, and, leaving Still in possession 0 the loaded revolver, the girl kept the reptile there, came out with a bottle. on hoping, or she knew that Wild had figured on meet-"This :firewater all right," he declared. "Big Cloud ing a division of the cavalry that had be'en sent out to will drink." rout the Ghost Dancers some time during the day, and if The chief wanteJ it badly -enough, and he hesitated. things had gone the right way they must be with him "See! 'rhe great medicine man will drink. Then Big before this. r Cloud will drink.'' She had not told Laughing Flower 0 this a s yet, and He poured some of the liquor h1to a cup and swallowed she now decided to do so, for she knew the girl could be it, rubbing the region of his stomac h with satisfaction imfully trusted. mediately afterward. 'he eyes 0 the squaw"brigh.tened when she heard it. 'rhen he poured out some for the chief, who took it Then a sorrowful look came over her ace. and drank it rather gingerly. "It will be as you said to the chie," she declared. lt evidently ta ste u all right, for he gave a grunt o.f "Many of the braves will be killed, while the rest will sur -satisaction as he returned the cup. render and go back to the reservation. It is too bad-The medicine man grinned and poured out some more, this killing. I am an Apache, but I do not like it." which he drank himself. "'There is no other way out 0 it, as I can see," Ari'rhe chief was induced to try another, ater which a etta replied, shaking her head. "The Apllches will never brave was called aud told to go into the tepee and roll out be conquered by'\'kindness, that is certain. They like to the cask of whi sky. 4 see blood flow too much for that." It was a thirty-gallon cask, but was hardly full at the "That is right, .Arietta," and the squaw ~hook her head. time, so the Indian handled it quite easily. "The ways 0 the white people are the best. I hope all 'l'he fact was that the medicine man had decided that my people will come to that way in time." it was best to get those who were to take part in the "Well, ew 0 the older ones will." dance under the influence of alcohol, in order to make The sun was yet an hour high, and as .Arietta glanced anything iike a success of it, and in order to do this he in the direction 0 Big Cloud's lodge she saw him come must convince them that no snakes had been put in the out, arrayed in all his finery as chief. barrel. He went straight to the tepee of the medicine man and 'rhe barrel set in place, he ordered the brave to beat called to him to come out. on the rude drum he had in tlie tepee, and when the Yellow Dog appeared a minute or so later, and he was din started the entire population of the camp, with the attired in his hideous make-up as medicine man and carexception of the guards, began to gather about the spot. ried a squirming rattler in his hand. A word from Yell ow Dog and the squaws and children Big Cloud stepped back when he saw the snake. were promptly driven away by the chief, who seemed to A grin spread over the ugly, painted ace of the snake be more than interested in what was going on. charmer. Then the snake-charming medicine man made a rather The tepee was so close to the two tliat Arietta and her lengthy s peech 'to the braves, declaring that he had acted friend, the Apache maiden, could hear the words 0 the on the advice of the Great Spirit, and had but made them two. believ~ he put the rattlesnake in the whisky. But Arietta could not understand them very well, as As an evidence of this he was going to show them how the talk was in the language of the tribe. he had deluded them.


YOUNG WILD WEST lWU'rING THE "UHOST DANCERS." 23 "It was not me, but the Great Spirit, who made it look as though the s nake went into the barrel," he add ed. ".No Apache would drink firewater a:f'.te r a s nak e had died in it, and Yellow Dog would not, either. Now, all wat c h, aud 1 will show you, for the Great Spirit ha s advi s ed m e i o give the brave s ::t.11 the firewat e r they want before the dance begins." He returned to the tepee and brought out a snake. 'rhen, at his command, the bung was taken from the cask. He stepped up to it and forced the head of the s nak e into the hole. Appearing to b e forcing the reptile in, he Temain e d there for ten or fifteen seconds, and then he threw up hi~ hand and s howed that it was gon e A deathly silence hung over the s cene while this took place. Afte r waiting a minute or so, the medi c ine man s hook his s leeve and the snake dropped from it to the ground. Big Cloud gav e a grunt of s ati s faction, for h e und e r s tood how it had been done now. Yellow Dog went on to tell them how h e had foo l ecl them, by the express order of ihe Great Spirit, and that the firewater in the ca,:;k was a s cl e an and pure a s when it was made by the white man. There could be but one result, and that was that the y were all now willing to drink it. Fifteen minutes later the c amp was in an uproar. 'rhe whi s ky wa;; getting in its work, and Arietta began to grow alarm ed. Drunken Indians are much wor se than s ober one s, even "'l1os tile s and s h e knew that s he would have a poor chance, indeed, iI help did not arriv e soon. CHAPTER XIV. YOUNG WILD W ES T ON TIIE ~CE~E. Wild allowed Hop to keep the watch he har1 won from the clarky until after the breakfa s t was over. Julius Napoleon was gloomy all this time for there was no doubt but that he valued the timepiece highly. Yet he had bee n lmable to withstand the temptation to gamble. When our hero told Hop to give him the watch the darky's eyes opened wide with pure astonishment. He did not expect anything like this to happen, but he accepted it gladly. "You allee s amee takee my advicee, and no play dlaw pokee some more, s o be," s aid the clever Celestial. "You no knowee um garnee, so be." "I clone gue s s I don' know de game, not when I pla y with you, Mas s ah Hop," was the reply. "T'ank yo' fo' de watch. I won t never put her up no mo', I'se sure." Wild, being anxious to get away and try and join the cavalry, ordered the Chinaman to get the pack horses loaded. 'l'he darky assisted them, and it was but a few minute s before they were ready to start. An Indian scout in the employ of the Government had informed the authorities at the fort where the Ghost Dancers were heading fol', and it was probable that it would be s omewhere near that point where the cavalry would wait for them. Young Wild Wes t knew just enough of the proposed dance of the fanatic s to make him feel certain that Ari etta would be held a captive until that time, without being harmed., and he figured it that she must be rescued some ti111e during the clay. When the little party left the ravine they proceedecl parallel with the trail that ran along the river bank. An hour later, when they reached a high elevation, they were able to see the moving column of redskins h e aded that way. "Come on," said Wild. "We must find the cavalry. There are two hundred good :fighting men, and they are under command of Colonel Stark. I reckon the Ghost Dancer s will get more tha,n tliey want before they are through with this business." 'l'hey pushed on, and about noon they came to the spot where the meeting was expected to occur. Bui there were no signs of the cavalry. After a rest and something to eat they set out again. 'l'hi s time Wild took a more northerly course, which was in the direction of the fort. He thought it possible that the cavalry had been de layed in starting out, and if tnat was the case they would be apt to meet them. It was not until the middle of the afternoon that the glitterin g sabers and metal trappings were seen in the dis tance. 'fhe n the hopes of all hands arose. Anna and Eloi s e had been very quiet all the morning, for the protract e d absence of Arietta was worrying them to torture almost. But they brightened up when they saw the cavalrymen coming. a I r e ckon there i s no use in tiring out our horses for nothing," s aid \Vild a s he came to a halt. "We have only got to turn and go back, anyhow, and we can't gain anythin g by riJing any further. We' ll wait here for them." "A good idea," spoke up the scout, nodding his ap proval. It was not so very long before the cavalrymen rode up. It proved to be as our hero had thought. There had be(!n. three hours' delay in ~tarting, for some reason or other, and they had hurried as fast as they could. "I hope you will excu s e me, Wild," said the colon e l, who knew om hero very well, indeed, and had the utmo s t confidence in him. When word reached the fort that you were on the way to meet us, the general was not present. The detachment you met, having a s sured you that you would be joined by us, I did my level best, but it was no use until the general could be consulted. As soon as he was it was all right. We :find you all 0. K., too, I see." "Well, hardly, Colonel Stark," answered Wild. "The Apache Ghost Dancers have got my sweetheart a cap~ tive." "What!" 'rhe colonel was much surprised to liear this. He knew Arietta, as he tliq. the rest of our hero's com:


YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOS'r DANCERS." panions, and when he looked around and satisfied himself that the beautiful, golden-haired girl was not with them he shook his head "Well, it is too bad," he de"lared. "Have you done nothing to rescue her?" "It was not possible to do anything," Wild replied. "'l'hese two fellows here were in the clutches o f the r ed skins, and while Charlie and I and one of our Chinamen were helping to get them free Arietta was caught by a party of the redskins You -see how it was_ They knew there were others around then, and they were on the look out. It would not h:we done for the few of u s to show ourselves, or even try strategy, for the wily galoots were looking for it to happen, most likely." "I understand. Well, this is a bad state of affairs. Tell me what you have learned, and. then you may advise me." Wilc1 was not long in letting him know the sit uation, ju$t as he understood it himself. Then he advised that they make for the spot where the Ghost Dancers were supposed to be making for. It happened that the scout who had brought the in formation to the fort was with the cavalry, and he was sent out ahead to find out if the Apaches were anywhere ne11r the spot. It was about five o'clock when the scout came riding back with the information that the Indians had arrived at the chosen spot. He had seen the white gir l captive, he said, and she appeared to be all right and in very good spirits This was encouragiiig to our hero and the rest, lmd they moved on, foeling certain that Arietta could be saved before the Ghost Dancers got in their fenzy. It was only about ten miles to the spot, so the scout informed the colonel and, with him in the lead, so they could approach unobserved, they made rapid headway. At length it came time for them to halt, or proceed and be seen by the Indians. But it was Wild's idea io try and save Arietta by strat egy before the rout took place. 'l'hat there would be little fear of the Ghost Dancers getting away was sure, for there were fully two hundred fighting cavalryme,n, who had been in many Indian skir mishes, and who knew their business well. ''Now, boys," said Wild, when he was ready to leave with Charlie and Jim, "we will try and sneak up to the camp-; and if we can do that we will be all right. Colonel Stark, you will wait until fifteen minutes after our de parture, and then you can come on. It is getting toward ,mnset now, and, according to what the snake -charmin g medicine man told Mr. Greenwood, that is the time when the dance is to begin." "I'll do just as you say, Wild," was the assurance of th_ e colonel. Wild knew that they would, and he also knew that their help might be needed in a critical time. 'l'he three had barely set out on foot when Hop came running along after them. "Me wan,tee go, too, so be, Misler Wild,"1he said, plead ingly. "Come on, then. I reckon y_ou're all right, Hop," was the reply. "If you can do as well as you did last night you're a dandy." "Me allee samec velly muchee dandy, so be, Misler Wild," was the reply. "Me gottee allee same fireworks for um ledskins." "Well, I'll tell you whether to use them or not when we get there; so don't get overanxious and make a fizzle of it. Arietta mu$t be got away from the Ghost Dancers as soon as possible." Jim Dart was happy to be along with them, for he knew that his sweetheart and the scout's wife were perfectly safe. The four made their way up the long hill, keeping under tb,e cover of the rocks and shrubbery. They were not long in sighting one of the redskin pick ets, and they could hear the sounds belonging to such a camp. It was just then that 'the ':reds kins started to drink the fir0water, and when they began to hoot and yell the guard tumed his attention to them, giving our friends a chance to s lip past him and enter a thicket. At first Wild could not understand what the yelling meant, and he thought it might be that the ghost dance was about to begin. But when he got a little nearer and saw the barrel he knew what was up. "The fiend of a medicine man is going 'to get them drunk before they start in," he whispered. '"!'hat's right," answered Charlie "That'll make it all the worse, I reckon. But we'll git Arietta, all right; see i.l' we don't!" They crept up closer, for the y saw that the medicine mun was making preparations for something /' "I reckon the dance is about to begin," said Jim. "Ah! the chief and the medicine man are in a redhot argument about something." This was indeed the truth. They could see Arietta stand by the tepee, an Indian gir l at her side, and finally, when both the chief and the medicine man started for her, they knew that the critical moment was at hand. CHAPTER XV. TI-IE RESCUE OF ARIIE ,TTA. 'rhe sun was sinking in the wes t when the argument reopened between Yellow Dog and Big Cloud. 'l'h e braves were drinking the whisky from the barrel as fast as they could. get at it, and the confusion was great. By giving the chief firewater the medicine man had only made matters worse, for his superstitious fears were le.ssened when under the influence of alcohol. "The paleface maiden must be sacrificed," was the edict of the chief, and the braves took up the cry, for there' were very few of them who knew that Yellow Dog had se l ected her for his squaw. But the medicine man was obdurate, and :finally he turned to the cqief and said : "Come with me. If the paleface maiden will be my squaw then she shall live, and the snakes shall be turned


' YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTT NG THE "GHOST DANCERS.'r upon her. But the Great Spirit will not let them bite her, .for he has chosen her as the only paleface who shall live in the country of the redmen. If she re.uses to be my squaw then the snakes shall be turned upon her, and she will be bitten by them. We will try and see which it is to be." 'l'he two made their way to Arietta, who was standing in front of the tepee, Laughing Flower at her side. "Yellow Dog has come for his answer, paleface squaw," said the scheming villain. "See, the sun is down!" "All right," answered Arietta, coolly "I will become your wife, but not until after the ghost dance is over." 'l'he medicine man flashed a glance of triumph at the chief, who frowned clarklv. B~t his face quickly lighted. "The rattlesnakes!" he exclaimed. "Fetch them. If they do not bite her I will know that the Great Spirit means that she shall live." Then, with his own hands, Big Cloud seized Arietta and pinned her bands to her sides before she knew what had happened. He led her to where a sapling had been broken off two or three feet from the ground, and, calling for a rope, tieJ her wrists together tightly and made her fast to the stake. "Start the ghost dance," he cried, turning to the medi cine man. "Bring out the rattresnakes !" An order from Yellow Dog quickly brought the box containing his pets. A log lay near the stake to which Arietta was tied, ana, she uttered a cry of horror when she saw the glistening reptiles dumped out of the box behind it. "Start up the music!" yelled Yellow Dog. "The Great Spirit is hovering over our heads. The gh<1st dance must begin. Hurry, or you will all be too late!" Pom-pom I Pom-pom The drum began its doleful tune and the medicine man began dancing like mad. ln less than ten seconds fully :fifty believers in the new creed joined in, and then it was that the scene b~came hideous. Arietta uttered a shri~k as she saw the heads of the rattlesnakes showing above the log, and she vainly tried to break awav from the stake. Laughin~ I!'lower suddenly came running toward her, a :knife in her hand, to cut her loose. But she was quickly caught by one of the braves, and then, at the order of the chief, she was tied hand and foot and placed in her tepee. Meanwhile our friends close by had been cut off from a view of what was taking place, as the stake was on the other side of a row of tepees. They knew nothing about the snakes, for in the din they could not understand a word that was said. But when the drum started up Wild knew that the dance was beginning, and as the cavalrymen must be close by now he decided to run aro1:1nd and try to save his sweetheart. Just what was happening to her at that moment he did not know, but the fact that the chief had grabbed her and led her out of sight was sufficient to make him be lieve that something was wrong. He moved s lowly, for he did not \Vant to be caught by the redskins before he got a chance to lend aid to the girl. 'l'he Ghost Dancers were getting into a. frenzy now, and a moment or so later, when the young deadshot rounded a tepee, he almost doubted the accuracy of his own eyes. Young Wild West uttered an involuntary cry of horror as he saw Arietta tied to a stake, the hideous snake charmer dancing near her and calling a score of slimy reptile s to her. The deafening din made by the Ghost Dancers added to the horror of the scene. But his wonderful coolness and nerve stood our hero in great stead just then. He did not :fire a shot, nor did he call to his partners. Holding hi s revolver in his left hand, he whipped out hi s hunting knife with the right and darted for the spot. The Apache fanatics were joining in the dance a.s fast as they reached the spot now, but Wild did not stop. He ran forward, knocking them down as he did so. Bv this time the snakes were all around the frightened girl; and when he saw that none of them was paying the least attenfam to her, but were simp l y creeping toward the snake charmer, Wild's heart gave a bound. Two more leaps and he was at the log the rep~iles had crawled over. Swish! Ony hard blow from his knife and the rope was sev ered. Then, catching the fainting girl in his arms, he bound ed away like a shot. Few of the Ghost Dancers saw what had happened, so engrossed were they in their Satanic dance. 'l'he medicine man dared not leave his snakes just then, so the boy ran on until he came in s udden contact with one of the guards. "Ugh!" exqlaimed the redskin. Thud! 'rh~ boy's knife struck the fellow, and down he went. CHAPTER XVI. CONCLUSION. At the very moment Young Wild West struck down tl,e India!). who had barred his way to liberty the cavalry men came up the hill and were discovered by the guards. 'l'he yell of alarm that went up from the excited guards was not heard, for .the din was terrific now. 'l'hose who had started dancing meant to keep it up until they dropped from sheer exhaustion, for such a course had been specified by the medicine man. But when the guards began :firing at the advancing cavalrymen that changed things. Some of the dancers ceased right away, the others keep, ing on, unheedful of the danger that threatened them. Into the camp rushed the cavalrymen, on foot, for they had left their horses below the hill. "Hooray! Whoopee!" yelled Cheyenne Charlie, as he joined in the rush. "Here we come, Wild. Whoopee.!" Then some of the cavalrymen lost their heads and bul lets began to fly like hail. Wild got Arietta behind a big rock, where the bullets


26 YOUNG WILD WEST ROUTING THE "GHOS'l' DANCERS." could not reach them, and then he had the satisfaction of seeing her open her eyes. "Oh, Wild!'' she exclaimed. "You came jui,;t in time! It was too much for me to stand, and just as I iclt you grab hold of me I fainted. I couldn't help it, Wild!" "I don't blame you a bit, little one," replied the clash ing young hero of the Wild West, as he kissed her ten derly on the brow. "It was surely a terrible fix to be placed in. My! But I don't know when I was more ex cited, Et." "You could not have been too much excited, or you would never have done what you did, Wild. You must have taken great chances, and used the best of judg-ment." "Well, I reckon I did, Et. But, come on! I want to join in the rout." "Oh, Wild, the Apaohe girl! She must be saved She is a noble girl, even if she is a squaw. I promised that she should go with me." "Where is she?" "In that tepee over there. The one with the red rib bon tied to the pole. You can see it." "I see it. Here! You come over here." He led her to a seque1:1tered spot, and just as they got there who should greet them smilingly but Hop. 'Me velly glad, Missy Alietta," the Chinaman ex claimed, joyfully. "You havee velly muchee hardee time, so be." Shots could be heard on every hand now, and, leaving the girl in charge of the Chinaman, Wild darted for the tepee she had :eointed out to him. He saw that the shooting was all being done outside the camp, as the Ghost Dancers had been put to flight. Jim Dart and one of the cavalrymen saw what he was aiming for, and they at once ran toward him. "Get the squaw out of there, Jim, and take her to Ari etta," our hero said. "All right," answered Jim, not asking why. Then Wild darted into the thick of the fight, if fight it could be called, for it really was nothing more than a rout. The boy ran on through the smoke, and, emerging from it, he suddenly saw two of the Indians running toward the lodge of the chief. One was the chief himself and the other the medicine man. Wild saw them reach the lodge and dart inside, anJ then he knew they must be trying to hide until 11n oppor tunity afforded for them to eseape. But he was wrong in this conclusion, for the two lead ers of the band of Ghost Dancers had agreed to go there and fight. Each blamed the other for what had happened, and there was but one way to settle it. By the time Wild got to the lodge the shooting was done with, and the cavalrymen were rounding up those who had surrendered. He peered in through the opening at the entrance and saw the two villains facing each other. They had drawn their knives, and he knew right away what was up then. "t.7 gh !" mid the chief. "Yellow Dog is a humbug. The Great Spirit does not want the ghost dance to fake place." 'I'his was saiu in his own tongue, but our hero knew enough of it to catch the meaning. "Big Cloud's tongue is crooked," flashed baek the mediciuc man_ who was anything but a coward. 'l'h<'n the knives met in the air, with a clash. Wilfl took a quick aim and fired. Crack! As the report rang out the pair of the belligerent s dropped their weapons. '.i'hc bullet had hit the blade of one, and as it was touching ihe other at the time, they each had received a slight shock in addition to that given them by the crack of the revolver. "Hold up your hands, you sneaking curs!" exclaimed our hero, in a ringing voice. "I reckon this about winds up the Ghost Dancers. You are prisoners, the pair o:f you!" "Ugh! Young Wild West !" exclaimed the chief. "Yes, that's right, you old villain! Now, just step out side or I'll drop you in your tracks!" Big Clouds did not want to die as suddenly as all that, so he came out. Yellow Dog followed him, looking grotesque and ridic ulous in his make-up. A couple of cavalryme n came running up when they saw them come out, and the next minute they were being hound. There is not much more to add to this story. Suffice it to say that only a few Indians got away from the camp, ancl they were captured the next day, and were glad to surre nder. 'rhe snakes of. the medicine man were not all killed, out those that got away could do no harm, anyhow, as their poisonous fangs had been removed by the sharp, old villain. The nC'xt day aftC'r the rout all hands started for the fort, the Y nnkee peddler being in possession of his mules and wagon again, but without his stock in trade, which was a dead loss to him, for the squaw s had broken what they had rather than give up the booty. Our friends had s urely put in a lively time with the Ghost Dancers, but Arietta'~ experience with the snake charmer was something that w~s bound to :i;nake a lastin g impression on her mind. THE END. Read "YOUNG WILD WES'l' CROSSING THE DRAD LINE; or, "THE FEUD OF THE COWBOYS AND THE SHEEP HERDERS," which will be the next number (300) of. "Wild West Weekly." 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~~----------------------------------------------------------:WILD WEST WEEKLY. 27 WILD WEST WEEKLY NEW YORK, JULY 10, 1908. Terms to Subscriber.;;. Sln11e Coples ....... .................................... .. One Copy Three nonth.s ................................. One Copy Sb nonths ............. .................... .. One CopJ' One \'ear ..................................... Postage Free, How To SEND MONEY. ,05 Cents .6,s $1.25 2.50 At our risk send P. 0. Money Order, Check, or Registered Letter; remittances in any other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stamps the same as cash. When sending silver wrap the coin in a separate piece ot paper to avoid cutting the envelope. W1-ite vour name dnd address plainl11. .J.ddress lette, s to Frank Tousey, f!ublisher, 2,4 Union Sq., New York, SOME GOOD ARTICLES. In the Chinatown of every city the grocers sell toothpicks made of walrus whiskers. These are ex cellent toothpicks and in China fashionable dinne r is complete without a bundle of them. From every side of the mouth of the walrus whis kers, at once stiff and pliable, project. They are about four inches long, and the older the walrus the stiffer and more elastic are these hairs and the better' toothpicks they make. When the Alaskans kill a walrus they pluck out the whiskers carefully with tweezers and, bundling them up in neat pack ets, they ship them, when there are enough, to China,r Are you right or left han ded? Only about one boy in seve n is born left-handed, and in Austria, Russia, and other countries, there are laws compelling parents to keep at it until they have changed left-handed children to right-handed ones. I This can be easily done up to the age of twelve. All tools are made for right-handed persons. They are also better drivers and walkers. Only about one man in fifty can use both arms alike, but that is no great advantage, unless using a shovel or ax. In six years of war, and m fourteen battles, Napoleon had 32,456 drummer boys killed and several thousand wounded. Those who fought him always sought to kill off the drummers first, so that the soldiers should not have the beating of the drum!> to encourage them. The worid would not allow helpless boys to be slaughtered thus in this day and age. Few armies have them now, anyway, as their places have been taken by buglers. Napoleon's lost drummers were an army by them selves. German army officers have recently experimented, with satisfactory results, with a new form of rifle ball invented by an Italian, Signor Cei-Rigotti. The projectile terminates at its front end in a screw-shaped projection, the purpose of which is to impart a more continuous revolution to the projectile during its flight. The effect Is said to be to give a much longer range and a flatter tr~jectory with the same original velocity as that of projectiles of the usual form. For some reason, the invention was not accepted in Italy, but it is said that this fact is regretted by the Italian authorities since the success ful experiments in Germany. The postal authorities of the United States, as well as those of Great Britain, for a great many years experienced great difficulty with the word "only" on postal cards. The efforts to avoid clumsiness and ambiguity taxed the ingenuity of the post office people to the utmost. The Post Office Department made six attempts to find a brief, elegant and unambiguous leg. end for the card. An early postal card was inscribed: "Nothing but the address can be placed on this side," which was neither true nor elegant. "Nothing but the addres s to be on this side," was more to t}?.e point, but as it looked bad to the aut horities, they next evolved this legend: "Write only the address on this side." This was objected to on the ground that it barred the use of a typewriting machine. "Write the address only on this side, the message on the other," came next, and was promptly criticized as being both clumsy and ambiguous. Then the word "only" was dropped, but without much improvement. Finally Uncle Sam's officials gave up the struggle to be original. The card then adopted, and now in use, bears this inscription: "The space below is for the ad dress only." The latest discoveries of valuable qualities in a formerly neglected species of tree resulted after an investigation of the tupelo gum, which finds its home in the Southern swamps. Tupelo, two years agQ, was little known, and seldom used, even in the parts of ths country where it is most plentiful. In the cutting of cypress in the Gulf States, where tupelo is found in large quantities, the trees were disregarded. It was found that the prejudice then existing against the wood was caused by a lack of knowledge of its properties and lack of care in handling the material. The investigations carried on by the United States Forest Service have proved the value of the wood for a number of uses. The result of these studies largely removed the prejudices against this gum, and in a short time the demand for tupelo rapidly increased The wood Is now widely used, not only in the States where it grows, but also in distant parts of the country, in the manufacture of wooden pumps, sounding-boards for violins and organs, man tels, and interior finishing such as :Q'.lOlding, door and window frames and door jambs. It is also manufactured into all kinds of lumber, including a good grade of edge-grain flooring. Tupelo gum, in the form of flooring, :was recently found com peting successfully with Dovglas fir in the Los Angeles ma.r ket, even though bearing a freight rate of 86 cents a hundred weight from its source of production in Louisiana. GRINS AND CHUCKLES. You look like Aphrodite to-day, Miss Blank." "Then was she really as beautiful as they say?" "Madam, beware of a man with black eyes." "Huh! He ain't dangerous. That's my husband. I gave him them eyes last night." You seem blue, old man. "Yes. I'm out of work, and don't know what to do "Why not start an employment age n c y?" Molly-How are you going to r e form him? Dolly-Marry him. Molly-Goodness! noes he n e ed such heroic treatment as that?" He-It is reported around that you and I are engaged. She -Didn' t you deny it? He-No. I was afr~id to do so without fir s t seeing you. She-I like a brilliant man. He-Well, I could make bright r emarks if you d l e ad up to em, like' wives do in the newspa p e r witticisms. "Wom e n," growled the fussy old bachelor, "remind me of eggs ." Must be handled with care-is that the answer?" queri e d the young man. "No, r e joined the f. o b. "One can ne ve r t e ll their age by their looks." "You need not hesitate about smoking that cigar. It is my fav ori t e brand. "Smoke them yourself?" "All the time." The man look e d at it suspiciously lighted the torch, and took a few puffs "How do you like it?" "Well," he .replied, guard e dly, I was just wondering Wondering what?" "If you h a ve to get a permit from the health officer to smoke them."


28 WILD WEST WEEKLY. A LAWYER'S ADVENTURE By COL. RALPH FENTON; Many years ago I was practicing law. I was called on one day by a pretty woman, who told me her husband had been arrested for horse-stealing. She wished to retain me for the defense. She said ihat her husband was suspected of belonging to an e x tensive band of horse-thieves. I asked her to tell me the whole truth of the matter, and if it were true that her husband did belong to such a band. "Ah, sir," said she, "a better man at heart than my George never lived; but he liked cards and drink, and I am afraid they made him do what he never WCl'..lld have done if he had not drunk. I fear that it can be proved that he had the horse; he didn't steal it; another did, and passed it to him." I didn't like the case. She se e med to observe my intention to refuse the case, and burzt into tears I never could see a woman weep without feeling like a weak fool myself. If it hadn't been for eyes brightened by pearly tears, I'd never been caught in the lasso of matrimony. And my would-be client was Pi :~v. The handkerchief that hid her stn:;mir.g eyes didn't hide her ripe lips, and her bosom rose and fell m, e a gull in a gale of wind at sea. I took the case, and she gave me the particulars. The gang, of which he was not a member, had persuaded him to take the horse. He knew the horse was stolen, and acknowledged it when he was arrested. Worse still-he had trimmed the horse's tail and mane to alter his appearance, and the opposition could prove it, The trial came on. I worked hard to get a jury of ignorant men, who had more heart than brain-who, if they could not fathom the depths of argument, or follow the labyrinthine mazes of the law, could feel for a young fellow in a bad fix, a weeping, pretty wife, nearly broken-hearted, and quite distracted. Knowing the use of "effect," I told her to dress in deep mourning, and bring her little cherub of a boy, only three years old, into court, and to sit as near her husband as the officer would let her. The prosecution opened very bitterly; inveighed against thieves, who had made the land a terror to strangQrs and travelers, and who had robbed every farmer in the region of their finest horses. The demon of alcohol reigned in his brain, and it was his first offense. Mercy pleaded for another chance to save him from ruin. Justice did not require that his young wife should go down sorrowing to the grave, and that the shadow of disgrace and the taunt of a felon father should cross the path of that sweet child. Oh, how earnestly did I plead for them! The woman wept-the husband did the same. The judge fidgeted and rubbed his eyes; thejury looked melting. If I could have had the closing speech he would have been cleared; but the prosecution had the close, and threw ice on the fire I had kindled. But they did not quite put it out. The judge charged according to law and evidence, but evi dently leaned on the side of mercy. The jury found a verdict of guilty, but unanimously recommended the prisoner to the mercy of the court. My client was sentenced to the shortest imprisonment the court was empowered to give, and both jury and court signed a petition for an unconditional pardon, which was afterward granted, but not before the following incident occurred: Some three months after this, I received an account for col lection from a wholesale house. The parties to collect from were hard ones, but they had property, which they were about to assign before they broke, under attachment. Finding I was neck ahead and bound to win, they caved in, and parted three thousa\}d seven hundred and ninety-four dollars in good money. I received the funds just after bank opening, but other busi ness detained me till after dinner. I then started for a neighboring town. I had gone two miles, when I noticed a splendid pair ~ t horses attached to a light drag, in which were seated four men, evidently of the high-strung order. They swept by, as if to show how easily they could do it. They shortened in, and allowed me to come up with them, and hailing me, asked me to diminish the contents of a flasli! of whisky they had, but I excused myself with the plea that I had plenty., They asked me how far I was going. I told them as far as Vernon, if my horse didn't tire out. They mentioned a pleasant tavern a few miles ahead as a nice stopping-place, and then drove on. I did not like the looks of those fellows nor their actions; but I was bound to go ahead. I had a brace of revolvers and a knife; my money was in a belt around my body. I drove slowly, in hopes that they would go on, and I shoulc1 It introduceg witnesses, and proved all, and more than I see them no more. feared it would. It was nearly dusk when I saw a tavern-sign ahead. The time came for me to rise for defense. Witnesses-I had none. But I determined to make an effort -only hoping so to inqirest the judge and jury as to secure a recommendation to clemency and a light sentence. So I painted this picture. A young man entered into life wedded to an angel; beautiful in' person, pos!,essing every gentle and noble attribute. Temptation was before and all .around him. He kept a tavern. Guests there were many; it was not for him to inquire into their business. They were well dressed, made large bills, and paid promptly, At an unguarded hour, when he was insane with the liquor they urged upon him, he had deviated from the path of recti tude. At the same time I saw their drag standing before the door. I would have passed on, but my horse needed rest. I pulled up, and a woman came to the door. She turned as pale as a sheet when she saw me. She did not speak, but, with a meaning look, she put her finger on her lips and beckoned me in. She was the wife of my late client. When I entered, the party recognized me and hailed me as old traveling friend, and asked me to drink. I respectfully but firmly declined to do so. "By heaven, you shall drink or fight! s .aid the noisiest of the party. "Just as you please-drink I shall not! said I, purposely showing the butt of a revolver which kicks six times in rapid succession. The party interposed, and very e!l,sily quelled the assailant.


WILD WEST WEEKLY. 29 One offered me a cigar, which I reluctantly refused, but a ~lance from the woman induced me to accept it. She advanced and proffered me a light, and in doing so slip ped a note into my hand, which she must have written with a pencil the moment before. Never shall I forget the words. They w11re: "Beware! they are members of the gang. They mean to rob and murder y.ou! Leave soon; I will detain them." I did not feel comfortable just then, but tried to do so "Have you any room to put up my horse? I asked, turning to the woman. "What, are you not going on to-night?" asked one of the men. "We are." "No," said I. "I shall stay here to-night." "We'll all stay, then, I guess, and make a night of it," said another. "You'll have to put up your own horse; here's a lantern," said the woman. I am used to that," I said. "Gentlemen, excuse me a minute; I'll join you in a drink when I come in." "Good! More whisky, old woman I" shouted they. I went out and glanced at their drag; it was old-fashioned, and "linch-pins" secured the wheels. To take out my knife and extract one from the fore and hind wheels was but the work of an instant, and I .threw them as far off in the darkness as I could. To untie my horse and dash off was the work of a moment. The road lay down a steep hill. I had hardly got under full headway, when I heard a yell from the party I had so unceremoniously left. I put whip to my horse. The next moment, with a shout, they started. I left my horse to pick his way. --... A moment later I heard a crash-a horrible shriek. The wheels were off. Then came the rush of the horses tearing along with the wreck of the drag. Finally they seemed to fetch up in a wood. One or two shrieks I heard as I swept on, leaving them far behind. For s ome time I hurried my horse, and it was a l!tt~e after midnight when I got to Vernon The next day I heard that a pair of horses had run away, and that two men out of four had been so badly hurt that their lives were despaired of ; but I didn't cry. My clients got their. money, but I didn't travel that road any more. A BABOON'S BIOGRAPHY Many years ago, when stationed at an outpo:..t on the Great Fish river, in the eastern frontier of South Africa, I was presented by the officer I relieved with a young baboon, which, and powerful arms scattered the contents in every direction, and when the pioneer appeared, was up on his perch again with wonder f ; 1 celerity, looking in quite a different direction, with a face of the most ludicrous innocence. It was perfectly useless to provide him with any place of refuge or shelter, as his energies were at once at work to destroy it, in which he succeeded uncommonly well; so at night a sack was suspended from the top of his pole, into whicb. he nestled himself with great comfort; and it is a singular fact, that at night I could go up to his pole and touch his sack, and he never attempted to move, but would give me an affectionate grunt of glad welcome, but if any other individual approached within a yard of his pole Jacko was out of his nest in an instant, screaming and preparing for battle. On a cold, wet, rainy night I used often to take him a bowl full of hot coffee, and knowing there was sugar at the bottom of the bowl, he could not resist the temptation of plunging his hand into it to search for the sugar, although the coffee was so hot that he was obliged to cry out with the pain. Had I not witnessed what I am about to relate, I could not have believed it. I have stood within thirty yards of his pole with my bow and arrow, and taking deliberate aim, have launched an arrow at him. Jaclrn would invariably catch the arrow in his hand, holding it until I went and claimed it, when he always gave it up readily. But it is most remarkable that if any other pe~son took the bow and fired at him, Jacko, on catching the arrow, always broke it in pieces. I need not say that on these occasions I invariably gave my worst arrows to my friends. He was fond of his grog, wealc wine and water, which was given to him occasionally in a bottle, tightly corked, and it was one of the pet amusements to see him pick out th ecork, bit by bit, with his very strong nail; but to show how perfectly well he understood the use of the cork, when he had picked away as much as he could reach with his fingers, and still found himself unable to get at the contents, he would take up the bottle and crack the neck off against his pole. To give one instance of Jacko's deep cunning: My company was on the line of march to an outpost. My wife and I were riding a few hundred yards in rear of the men, Jacko, as usual, loose and following us like a dog. We observed a Fingoe sitting on an ant heap, about thirty yards from the roadside, with his wife standing within a few feet of him, holdiI}g in her hand a fine cob of Indian corn. All at once we saw Jacko walk up to the Fingoe and make friends with him, a most un usual thing, as he never took to the natives, and even sitting on the Flngoe's lo:i'ee. Then we saw him make a spring, and In the jump seize the Indian corn, and running for his life, he caught hold of my stirrup and was on the pommel of my saddle like lightning. The Fingoe was much enraged, and threw his "knobkerie" at him, so I pacified the man, much to his delight, by giving him a bit or tobacco. when captured, was so young that it had to be brought up by I have already said that. the soldiers were very fond of Jacko, hand. From the first I took a great deal of notice of it, and it and in the evening especially they would surround his pole, became very much attached to me. It made great progress, playing with him; but if he suddenly caught sight of me comand grew up a healthy, strong animal. ing into the barrack square, he would immediately go round Jacko's pole was always erected close to my quarters, and I the circle, biting every one of the men, dash up on his perch, could watch his proceedings from my window unknown to him, and scream frantically, as if trying to persuade me that he was and they were always most amusing. It was the custom in bar-the injured party appealing to my protection. racks for the pioneers to go round and sweep UlJ the barrack Although brought up by hand, his intuitive perception of square. One morning I saw a man, with a wheelbarrow full of danger and recognition of his enemies were remarkable. If I straw and other rubbish, sweepings of the square, put down his wished to keep him up on his pole, I had only to coil a dead barrow near Jacko's pole while he was sweeping in the imme-snake at the bottom of it, and no dainty would induce him to diate neighborhood. Jacko was seated upon his high porch, apcome down; and when I was absent from my post, and the parently taking no notice of what was going on. Presently I alarm cry of "Jacko is loose" sounded, my wife had only to put saw the pioneer disappear to sweep round a corner. Jacko a leopard's skin, with the head stuffed, in the doorway, and was down like lightning, capsized the barrow, and with his long I the quarters were perfectly safe from Master Jacko's intrusion,


r These Everything! ..\ COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENOYOLOPE:DIAI Books Tell You Each boe>k consists of sixty-four pagea, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illusfra~ ooftl". !,f~st of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that aDJ' child. can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjeclil mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO 'ANY :ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE CEN'rS, POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THEl 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 dis eases by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. ( ,, author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. PALMISTRY. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALl\USTRY.-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.-Oontaining valuable and in atructive information l'egarding the science of hypnotism. Also explaining the most approved methods which are employed by the leading hypnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A..C.S. SPORTING. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full in structions about gu.ns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together with descriptions of game and fish. No 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Flilly illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full instructions are given in this little book, together with in structions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE. 'A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road ; also valuable recipes for diseases J>ecaliar to the horse. No, 48. HOW 'l'O BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.--A bandy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully i.Uustrated. B1 G, Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOli.. Containing the great oracle of human destiny ; also the true mean ing of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and cuPlous aames of cards. A complete book. No. 28. HOW 'l'O EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book cives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's 0raculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowinc what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND'. Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. \, ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in atruction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and varie>us other methods of developing a good, health$ muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can become strong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained in this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the differ ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one o/ 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 uf gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW .ro FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fencing and the use of the broadsworJ; also instruction in archery. Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best P,OSitions fencing. A complete book. "'. TRICKS WITH CARDS.-No. 51. ~OW TO DO TRIOKS WITH CAR~S.-<'Jontaining explanations of t'he general pdnciples of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of C{lrd tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring 1leight-of-hand; of tricks involvi n g sleight-of-hand, or the use of ,pecialll prepared cards, By Professor Haffner. lllustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Emn bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with ii lustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 17. HOW TO DO E'ORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.Containi~~ deceptive Card 'l'ricks as performed by leading conjurora and mag1c1ans. Arranged for ho.!!1e amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The gn1at book of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction on all the leading card tricks of the day, also tfte most popular magical illusions as performed by our leading magicians ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as it will both amuse and instruct. No. 22. HOW '.rO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sight explained bJ'. his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried. on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TIUCKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Contalning over ~fty of th& latest and best tricks u sed by magicians. Also oontain mg_the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No. 70. HOW TO MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full directions for making Magic 'l'oys and devices of many kinds, By A. Anderson. Fully illusbated. No. 73. HOW TO l)O TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious tric~s with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully 1llustrated. .No. 7_5. HO\Y TO ~ECOME A CONJUROR. Containinr--' tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracinr thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. ~QW TO DO THE .BLACK ART.-Containing a com plete description of the mysteries of Magic and, Sleight of Hand. together with man7 wonderful experiments, By A. Anderson. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29_ HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every boy shoul~ ~now how inv~ntions o_ri.ginated. T~is book explains them all, g1vmg examples m electr1c1ty, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc. The most instructive book published. No. 5?, HOW TO BEOOM~ AN ENGINEER.-Oontaining full mstruct1ons how to proceed m order to become a locomotive en gi~eer; also dir1:cti.ons for a model locomotive; together with a full descr1pt1on of everythmg an engineer should, know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Fuli directions 'how to mak~ a B!lnjo, Violin, Zither, lEolian Harp, Xylo phone and other musical mstruments; together with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Oontaining a description o\ the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-COntaininr complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letten1, and when to use them, giving specimen 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 introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; anti, in fact, everybody and anybody you wish to write to. Every young man and every youn, lady in the land should have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTElRS CORRECTLl.'--.~on taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any aubject also rules for punctuation and composition. with specimen letter&


,..;.::.====~======j==============-q THE STAGE. No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Coutaiuiug fOlllo No. 41. THl!J BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S ,oKE teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to becoa BOOK.-Containing a gr.iat variety of the latest jokes used by the a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containi ng gems f~ most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without a.Ii the popular !luthors of prose and poetry, arranged i n the moA this wonderful little book. simple and concise manner possible. l No. 42, THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.-No. 49. _HOW TO DEBATE.-Givirig 1-u!es for c onducting d Containin~ a varied assortment of ,;tump speeches, Negro, Dutch bates, outlmes for. de~ates, qu_estions for discussio n and tbt Ila and Irisn. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home amusesources for procurmg mformation on the questions ri ftll. IJlent and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE SOCIETY. AND JOKI<.l BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Every No. 3. ~OW TO ~L~RT.-The arts. ancl wiles o f flirtat!on al'it boy should obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for orfully explamed by this httle book. Besides the various methods of ganizing an amateur minstrel troupe. ha_r.dkerchief,. fan glove, t>arasol, window. and hat flirtati o n, i t con No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original ~ams a _full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, w h i ch le joke books ever published, aJld it is brimful of wit and humor. It m_terestmg to everybody, both old and young You cannot b e b app,: contains a large collection of .songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of without one. Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of ... ~o. 4. H,OW _'.IO DANCE is the title of a new a n d h and s ome the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should l~ttie _book Just 1Ssued ~Y Fr~nk To~sey, It contai n a full instruc obtain a copy immediately. tions m the art of dancmg, etiquette m the ball-room and at partiea, No. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR-Containing comhow to dress, and full directions for calling off in all p o pular square J)lete instructions how to make up for various characters on the dances. atage_; tog~ther with the duties of the Stage Maniiger, Prompter, No. ~. HOW T<;) MA~~ LOV)!l.-A c~mplcte guide tC? love. Scenic Artist and Property Man. By a pronJi,nent Stage Manager courtship and marriage, g1v1Dg sensible advice, rules and etiquette No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat: to be observed, with many curious and interesting things no t ceD est jokes, anecdotes and funny stoties of this world-renowned and erally k~owD, ever popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages handsome No. 1 ~OW .ro DRESS.-Containing full instruction i n ti. c ol o red cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. art o~ dress1Dg and appea!'ing well at home and abroad, giv ing ti. HOUSEKEEPING. No 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing full instructions for constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books o n cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, fish, game, and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of J)astry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popula1 cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for ever.ybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds, .. ELECTRICAL. No. 46 HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de1cription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty illustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Containing full directions for making electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. sele c tions of colors, material, and how to have them made up No. 18; HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL. On e of tbt brightest and most valuable little books ever given to t h e world. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautifu l both mal e and female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read thia booll and be convinced how to become beautifu l BIRDS A N D ANIMALS. -. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illus h'a ted ant containing full instructions for the management and tra ini ng o f tbt canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroqll_et, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEO N S AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handso m e ly mu .. trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-I nc lud i ng hlnte on bow to catch moles, weasels; otter, rats, squirrels a n d birda. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J Har r ingtoD Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND AN IMALS.-A: valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mou ntin, and preserving birds, animals and insects. No .. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-;-:Givin g com plet~ mforma;1on as to the m,anner a~d method of ra1sm g kee pinr, tammg, breedmg, and managmg all kmds of pets ; also giv i ng full instructions fo1 making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eifbt illustrations, making it the most complete book o f t be kind et., published. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELEC'.rRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a MISCELLANEOUS. ,~ l arge collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, ~o. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A u s eful and I to gether with illustrations. By A. Anderson, strtJctive b_ook, givi!]g a compl!!te treatise O!] chemistry; a ls o eJ; ENTERTAINMENT. periments m acoustics, mechamcs, mathematics, chemistry, a n d di rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas ballo o ns Thie No. 9 HOW TO BECOiIE A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry book cannot be equaled. Ke,"nedy, The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete band-b ook for thill book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multimaking .all kinds of candy, ice-creall!._syrup;.essences, etce t c tudes every night with bis wonderful imitations), can master the No. 84. -HOW '.rO BECOME AN AUTJ:1.0R.-Containing f ull a rt, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends, It is the information regarding choice of subjects, the use of words and the greatest book t1ver published, and there's millions ( of fun) in it. manner of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containin g No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the neatness, legibility and general com very valuable little book just published. A complete compendium positio!l of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable Hiland. for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won money than any book published. derful book, containing useful and practical information in the ~o. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common t o every book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for genera l com backgammon, croquet. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36 HOW TO SOLVE OONUNDRUMS.-Containing all N@. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arranginc and witty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustratE'd. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DE'l'ECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, book, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Cribthe world-known detective. In which he lays down some valuabl e bage. Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventu r es A uction Pitch, Ali Fours, and many other popular games of cards. and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hunNo. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contain dred interesting puzzles and conundrums. with key to same, A ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it; comp l ete book, Fully illustrated. By A, Anderson. also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and o t her ETIQUETTE. ib~~~~arencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain w. Dew No 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It No. Et' 10W TO BEC"OME A WEST POINT MILITARY 111 a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know CADET.--... "ltaining full explanations how to gain admittan ce, all about There's happiness in it. course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, P olt N o 33. 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