Young Wild West trailing a treasure, or, A mystery of Old Mexico


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Suddenly a bright light flashed through the darkness, completely drowning that given out by the lantern. There was a clatter of' hoofs, and then. the, .Headless Horseman dashed by, holding the head with the fiery eyes at arms-length.

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WILD ST WEEKLY I Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Life l 111Ud Weekl11-B11 8-ubscript ion I UO per 11ear, Ente1 ed acc or ding t o Act of Con,gres_s J in the 11ear 1909, in the oJllce of the Lwrana n o f C ongr ess Washt ngton, D C., b11 Ji'ran k T11Use11, Pubtisher, 2i union Sq_uare, New York, No. 353. NEW Y O],lK J U L Y 23, 1909. Price 5 Cents. YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING. A TREASURE -OBA MYSTERY OF OLD MEXICO BY AN OLD SCOU'11. 1 Jim Dart, a Western boy abo u t h is own age, a l ways CHAPTER I. trave l ed with him, and for the two or thr ee years previous to the opening of this story, the "girls" had accompanieq OU FRIE, D S HF.\R OF AN AZTEC TREASURE them on most of their trips }3iy the "girls" we refer to Arietta Murdock, the golden -It was ne~t sunset on a _wa~~ day m e~rly summe~. haired sweetheart of Young Wild West; Eloise Gardner, Young Wild West and h : s friends had JUSt halted m a the ;,weetheart of Jim Dart and Anna the wife of Cheyl ittle glen in that w:ll a u d picturesque part of Arizona I enne Charlie. 'iat lies close to the b rder of Old Mexic~. I The latter was a young woman; whose age was between For two ~ays the p~r t y had :rav.eled without ~e~t.m~ 1 twenty and thirty, but she was called a girl by our hero human bemg, or seemg anythmg m the way of c1V1hzaand his partners, just the same T.h Ch D d h t f th W t d h' I Cheyenne Charlie mighfi have passed the thirty mark, e ampion ea s o o e es as our as mg b t h h dl 1 k d t d h b h f th W"ld w t 11 d b hi f d d u e ar Y oo e i an e was Just as boyish m his ,oy ~ro O e 1 es was ca e Y s nen s ,an ways as were Wild and Jim. acquamtanccs, hac1 come down from Tombstone fo r n o 0 t h e r purpose than to look up something in the line o f adHe :"~ a thorough plamsman and scout, but_ he lacke,d ni.ure. the ability to lead, because he was one who easily lost lus r ~ i t had become a second nature to him to look for perils, t;mper, ~nd when he became one of ~he partners of for he had made such a success of everything he at1' oung Wild vy est, the level-headed, dashmg ytnmg hero, t empted that he never felt just right unless there was w~o never missed what he ~hot at when ,~e. pulle~ something to keep him on the alert fo r danger I trigger, he .found that he had Just struck the nght gait, Being the owner of several mines that paid handsome i as h e put it. d i vidends he could well afford to travel about the w il ds L i ke Young Wi l d West, the scout wore his hair long. It of the W ~st, which, at the time of which we write, cou l d I being almoRt as black as the raven's win _g,_ and wearing a be found without much trouble mustache of the same hue, he made a stnkmg appearance. Railroads were not; so com~on' out that way as they I Our hero's hair was of a light chestnut, and thicke r nre at the present, and lawless bands of Mexicans, Indians! than Charlie's, and with a broad-brimmed sombrero set and Americans, too, were to be met almost everywhere in well back on his head, his boyish face was set' off to the 1 ihe parts where law and order. was ahnost unknown. best advantage Of medium height, athletic, handsome and always cool Jim Dart genernlly kept his hair cut pretty close He and resourceful, no matter what the conditions were, had started that way, and he held to it. dashing Young Wild West had earned for himself a repu-,1 But in general appearance he was just as much of a t tation that many an older Westerner would have bee n Westerner as his partner s prou~ of I They all wore fancy and durabl e hunting suits of buck His two partners, Cheyenne Char lie, the scout and skin, but i n the climate they were now i n they sel d~m

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2 YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE. wore coats, preferring to appear in their bright--colored great deal to say, though he was always ready to act silk shirts. when it became necessary Hop Wah and Wing Wah, the two Chinese servants The two Celestials worked like machinery in putting employed by our hero and his partner .. had just begun I up the tents. putting up the tents as our sto ry opens. They were so u sed to doing it that they were but a few They were typical Chinamen, as far as looks went, and minutes at it, after the pack-horses were unload ed the o_rdinary observer would have put them down as the The girls then turned their attention to fixing things very mnocent sort. so there was more of a home-like air to the scene and But it would have been a mistake, just the same, then Wing turned his attention to preparing the ev~ning esp ecia lly on Hop Wah. meal. He was an exception to his race, it might be said. Hop usually cared for ~he horses, but Wild and his The fact was that he was often called Young Wild partners helped in on this occa s ion. "\Vest's Clever Chinaman, b ecause he was a magician, and Before the su n went down everything had been at could do all sorts of sleight-of-hand tricks as welf as a tended to, and they had nothing to do but to wait for the professional performer. supper. Added to this, he was a card sharp, and he could beat 'l'he coffee was boilin g away merrily now, and the odor the best of men, who followed gamb ling for a profession, that came from it mingled with that of the broiling and who u sed cheating in order to win money. venison. That might have been a failing the Chinaman had, but At the la st. little town they had stopped at they had if it was, he had anothe r stocked up with fl.our and meal, and Anna had turned He liked whisky, which he called "tanglefoot," and to and helped the cook out by making some corn muffin s sometimes he would even steal it. I These wer e always looked upon as a treat by our But in spite of his shortcomings, Hop had been of great friends, for the scout's wife could not be matched at value to our friends since he had become a :fixture of the making them, in their way of thinking. party. When the meal was ready they went at it as only hun-On more than one occasion he had been the direct gry mortals can. means of saving th~ir lives, and all through his sleightTho outdoor life they l ed gave them an appHite that of-hand and natural cleverness. surely had a telling effect on the provisions and. game It might have been added that the Celestial could hardly As the sun went down a cooling breeze came up, and all have been induc ed to leave the employ of Young Wild was peace and quiet in the wild region. West, for he had learned to love the boy and the rest, .An Arizona s-nset fa said by many to be one 0 the and regarded himself as one who should stay with them grandest sights that Nature provides for us, but to our through thick and thin. / friends it was old, and they scarcely ever took more than The wages he received was really no big inducement, passing notice. for Hop could draw a pretty good salary with a traveling "He's gone fur another day," rema ked Cheyenm show, if he felt so dis_posed. Charlie, nodding in the direction of where the sun ha{ But he always had a couple of thousand dollar s about last been seen "I reckon we couldn't git along vcr1 him, even if it had not been saved from his wages. well without him; but he sartinly has been shinin' hot i He made money playing draw poker with the card day, an' no mistake." sharps he came in contact with. ".Allee samee velly nicee now, so be," remarlrnd Ho, Wing, who was his brother, by the way, had once been Wah, w ho overheard the remark. a "sport," but when he fo'und he could not "hold a "Yes, that's right, }lop," the scout ans;ercd. ".1.t"s candle" to Hop, he settled down an,d became just a plain so fine now that Wing can't hardly keep his eyes ope Chinee, willing to do his part of the work, and when there while h e's washin' up ther tin plates an' cups That was nothing else to do, to doze in the shade heathen beats anything I ever seen fur bein' sleepy Ile "One thing about it, boys," rE:..."'!larked our hero, nodsleeps when he rides hor seback, an' it don't make no dif ding to his two partners, "we always manage to strike a ference whether ther sun i s shinin' down on him hot or pretty good camping place. I reckon this is as good as if not. Wh e n he comes ter die I'll bet he'll have slept jest we had ordered it made for us. There is plenty of water j about half of his life away." here, and ~he grass and mesquite would feed our horses I "Me no sleepee too muchee; me allee samee velly wakee for a week, if we wanted to stay here that long. But Chinee, so be." we ar~ not the first to stop here, it seems. There was a Hop lighted a cigar as ho spoke and puff ed away in a fire kindled her e not many hours ago, and by the looks of eontepted manner. things, there must have been three or four m e n here." The sme ll of the burning tobacco reminded Charlie "Well, we've been follerin' a trail putty nigh all day, that he wanted a smoke, too, so he quickly filled his pipe Wild," Cheyenne Charlie answered. "Most' likely ther and li ghted it. ones as made ther trail stopped here." Twilight was now upon them, and it would soon be "Oh, of course There is no doubt about that. There dark. a re the hoofprints of their horses as they left. They In that climate the time between daylight and darkness probably went away this morning." is hut a few minutes. "That's right," spoke up Jim Dart, who never had a There fa no long, lingering period of twilight.

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YOUNG WILD WES'l' TRAILING A TREASURE. 3 Our friends were talking over the dullness of the two] left here this morning. That makes them just one day days' trip since they left Tombstone, when suddenly the ahead of you." unmistakable sounds of horses' hoofs came to their ears "That's right. That's just about how far they ought Wild and his partners were on their feet in a twinkling ter be ahead of us~ if they kept on goin' mighty fast," anIn tliat part of the country they were as likely to m.eet swered the spokesman of the party. foes as friends, and they always made it a point to be "Do you think we will be able to catch them, Dick?" re~~Y ,, asked a man in the party, who was plainly what might be "Someboc!y is comm.' ~-, reckon, remarked the_ scout. called a tenderfoot, by his manner and style of dress. ThaVs nght, Charlie, answered our hero, with a nod "I 1 0 '11 t h 11 ht f th f h h rec r n we ca c em a rig pro essor, was e 0 t e ead. reply. "But it's jest as ther young feller says. We can't "And we don't know whether they are good or bad," do nothin' in ther dark. When they find thi:!,t there ain't spoke up Dart. no one sho'win' up they'll go slower, an' it may take us ""Well, I don't know as it makes much difference two or three days ter catch 'em. But we'll git 'em, ,or you which," the dashing young deadshot remarked. "A little needn't pay me an' ther boys fur our trouble. We told excitement wouldn't be out of place just now." yer that in Tombstone, an' we're ther !;>Ort of galoots as Nearer came the sounds, and the girls saw to it that always keeps our word." their revolvers were got in readiness. "I believe you. But this is ii;ideed hard luck. After I If there was trouble coming they wanted to take a had everything ready to start out these villains find out hand, if there was any fighting to be done. what I intended to do) and then steal the chart. It is too But they knew quite well that unless there were more bad__:_too bad!" than six or eight of them, Wild could handle them all "Well, never mirid about that. These fellers don't right, almost without the assistance of his partners, even want ter lmow your troubles. If they don't mind we'll Nearer came the sounds, and it was easy to tell that pitch our camp right here, an' stay till daylight. Then there was more than one. we kin light out in a hurry. I'm glad we happened ter Th~ girls remained in the backgroun_d, but our hero see ther light of that lantern they've got he re when we \ and his partners stood near some trees, nght at the front was thinkin' of stopping a mile back, even if it didn't / of the camp. prove ter be ther camp of them we're lookin' fur." ( "'i'Tlirn next mmute a party of :five nders came m view. "G h d d h ,, d Wild who ""as now o a ea an camp ere, sai e quick eyes of the three could tell th1s n_ght aw~y, thoroughly satisfied that the :five men were all right. for_1t was not so dark that they could not see obJects quite "Maybe we might be able to help you catch the men you plaTmly. fi h d' d t b t 1 t t d th are after. We are in need of a little excitement just he camp re ad 1e ou u a an ern res e on e now.~' ground near the tents, and Hop sat ready to extinguish it "Say!" spoke up one of the five, sudden ly, as he got a the moment Wild gave the word. good look at the face of our hero. "Ain't you Young Straight to the camp the horsemen rode, and halting Wild West?" / within a few feet of Young Wild West and his partners, one of the riders called out: "Hello, strangers!" 1 ."Hello!" our hero answered, quickly. "Oh!" came the exclamation "I reckon you ain't ther ones we're lookin' fur." ~:=hen the leader of the five dismounted and walked ooid1y t~ the camp. "What is the trouble, my friend?" Wild asked, as he 1 stepped before him. "You've been follerin' a trail to-day, I reckon," was the reply. "Yes, that's right. But we don't know those who made it, though Maybe they are the ones you are looking I "for." f "I reckon they are, young feller. There's four galoots gone this way what's took somethin' that don't belong ter 'em \Ve want ter find 'em as soon as we kin, too, 'cause we've got a man here with us what's mighty worried about l it." I Wild had sized up the five men pretty well by this time, l and he had come to the conclusion that they were all right. "Well, you can't follow the trail in the dark," he said "I reckon you had better give it up till morning. When we came here things looked as though those you are after I "That's just who I happen ti) be," Wild retorted, look~ ing keenly at the speaker. "I thought so. I seen yer once up in Prescott. I thought it was you when I heard yer talk, but I couldn't see well enough ter make yer out. Boys, I r eckon we couldn't have fell in with anyone better than Young Wild West. He's ther Champion Deadshot of ther West, an' he kin do things what others can't. I'm mighty glad we've met him The horsemen all dismounted now. Four of them were typical cowboys, ancl the :fifth, who had been called "pro fessor," was a tenderfoot. It did not take long to learn their names. They were '.Professor Janeway, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Dick Ball, Morganl ~obley and Injun Pete, cowbq~s. Wild told Hop to light another lantern, and then he introduced the strangers to his companions. Professor Janeway seemed very much pleased at meet ing our friends, and he showed he placed great confidence in our hero, for he said : "I am going to tell you what we ~re af ter, Young Wild West. I am searching for an Aztec treasure, which is located in Old Mexico, possibly not more than fifty miles from where we now are. Though I never had the pleasure of meeting you before, I have heard much about

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I 4 Y~UNG w:rLD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE. you, and I now ask you to help me in obtaining the treasure. Will you do it?" 1. "I reckoJ:\ I will," was the quick reply. "As I just said, we are looking for excitement, and hunting for an Aztec treasure ought to make plenty of it, especially when four sconndrels are in the game. You can count on us, pro fessor." ---CHAPTER II. THE CHART IS RECOVERED. more than three days' travel from Tombstone, and was in a little valley where the ruins of an Aztec village were i buried beneath the soil, with here and there a bit of an cient architecture showing itself above the ground. The parchment chart appeared to be genuine, so the professor asked the Indian why h.e had not gone to the place to unearth the treasure. The reply he received was that no Indian dared visit the spot, for fear of dying iu a very mysterious manner. Many had gone there, hut none had ever come back. The Indian refused to give the professor the chart, or to sell it for any price, but he was induced to allow a copy to be made from it. Professor Janeway was so delighted that he seized both Professor Janeway first trace~ it, and then he drew our hero's hands and shook them warmly. I it out fully, and then he was satisfie~. "I am sure I will be pleased to have you go with me But _the very next day the old Indian was found_ dead, in search of the Aztec treasure," he exclaimed. "I hired he having no doubt been murdered by someone of h.is ~wn Dick Ball and his three. friends in Tombstone but that race, who had learned that he had given the secret away. won't interfere with them in the least. They will not This did not stop the professor from starting on the object, either, I know." search, however, though he felt that it might be that "Of course we won't object, professor," spoke up Dick someone else might either start on the same errand, or Ball. "I recko~ we know enough about Young Wild try and prevent him from going. West an' his pards ter feel as though it would be better But the fact that the t\vo pieces of gold fitted together, ter be with 'em. They does things, when they makes up and that the other part of the vessel that the pieces had their minds ter. Go with us? Well, I should reckon!" come from were supposed to hein the ruins of the Aztec Morgan, Robley and Injun Pete quickly joined in with village, spurred him on. him, and then our friends knew there was nothing in the He inquired at the hotel he was stopping at for three way of a dissent. or four good men, who would be willing to guid~,}jm To say that the girls were interested would be putting over some of the wild territory along the Mexica ~tt-er, ,_ it rather mild, for they liked adventure almost as well as representing himself to be a pro.fessor in S'Garch of o1d their daring escorts, 1 and there was always something relics, and the resu~t was that Dick Ball, the cowboy, was. about a hidden treasure that made them feel a sort of recommended to him. charm. Ball was an honest fellow, and it happened that he and Professor Janeway wanted to tell them all he1 knew three other cowboys had just quit the ranch they liad about the Aztec treasure, and what had induced him to beell'. wo, rking on, because the boss had failed to pay start in search of it. them. The story was quite a long one, l:)ut briefly summed up, I They were all ready and willing to go with the tenderwas as follows: foot professor, when he offered: them more wages than The professor had been in charge of some naturalists they had been receiving. 1 who were making a tour of New Mexico for the benefit of With thE! copy of the parchment chart in a small lea a mueeum in the East, and owing to a disagreement with ther caRe, the professor got ready to set out, leaving it to them, he had severed his connection with the society, his hired men to get the necessary supplies. s'~ f-v .., and had gone on to Tomb stone alone. Re had ample money to do all this, and .fi.E!\, p.d .,. The day after he arriveq. there he had come in contact men a week's wages in advance. t w"ith an old Indian, : ho had shown him a piece of solid But the night before th.ey were ready to start the gold that appeared to have been part of the handle of a leather case containing the chart was stolen, and it was pitcher. not until morning came that the professor discovered it. The professor was astonished when he examined it, and Then it was that he took the four cowboys in his con when he found that he had a similar piece of gold in the fidence, telling them all about it, and urging th.em to find small collection of curiosities he had with him that the thief. fitted to the piece belonging to the Indian with such Being well acquainted in the town, it did not take exactness that there could be no doubt but that the twd Dick Ban long to find out that four men of evil repute had been in one piece, he proceeded ta question the had left suddenly the night 'befQre. Indian, who was as much surprised as he was. He got a description of them, and that was sufficient The result was that he got much information from him, to make them take the trail. r,nd after he had made him several little presents, in the The result was that they came upon the camp of our course of a few days, he was shown a rough chart that friends, as has been described. was drawn on parchment, which had an arrowhead upon "It is too bad you didn't make an extra copy of the it, and which, so the old Indian declared, was the sp0t chart, professor," said Wild, when the story had been .., where an immense treasure of gold and silver lay buried. told. This was in a little valley in Old Mexfoo, but a little "Well, I can almost do that from memory," was the'

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I YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE. 5 reply. ''But I suppose I would make a mistake. There was a descriptionof the plae:e, and just how to get there, and I have that all in my mind now. So have my men, for I have told them several times about it. I would like to get the stolen paper back, so the villains could not get to the place. I want tei find this treasure-for I :firmly believe it is there-and surprise the people engaged in making, searches for ancient ruins. Of cou'rse the value of it spurs me on as much as anything else; but I am rich, and do not need money so much Since I have undertaken this task, I would like to go through to the "Well, I reckon we'll catch ther galoots all right," remarked Cheyenne Charlie. "We'll catch 'em, an' we'll git that map, or whatever it is; from 'em, too. See if we don't! It'll be afore to-morrer night, too." fur. There's one of ther nicest little valleys you ever E>een after yer git over ther desert strip I was there once, but I never thought about there being' a treasure there." "Well, there are lots of places where treasures could be found, if we only knew where to look for them. I believe that what the professor got from the redskin is true, and that there is a treasure there. If there is, you can bet that we'll find it." "I hope yer do. Ther professor says as. haw he'll divide up even with us, after takin' a third himself. He's a putty good sort of a man, he is. Smart as a steel trap, I reckon." "Oh! sure he is. He is very clever in his line, no doubt." Just as the breakfast was ready to eat Arietta came out "That's right, Charlie," Wild nodded. "You, Jim and of her sleeping quarters. I will go ahead to-mouow, and we will see if we can't "Wild," said she, "are you pretty near ready to start?" overtake them before sundown. I reckon we'll do it all right." "Yes," was the reply. "But what are you doing up so The professor was much encouraged when he heard early, Et?" "I am going with you." 1.his. "If you only can do it," he said. "I should not like to "Oh! that is it, eh? Well, I suppose you will have to have the bad men shot, for I don't believe in taking the go, if you want to." life of any man If you can recover the paper please let "I do want to I want to help you get possession of them go, with a warning to be careful how they act in the the paper that is of so much value to the professor." futme." "Well, all right. Mr. Ball will see to it that a big can"All right," said Wild. "We wi,11 do just as you say, teen is filled with water for you, and Wing will hurry and Y --'I' p,ofessor" pack up enough grub for us, I reckon ''But-1.f they happen ter put up a :fight they might git The cowboy nodded, though he se~med surprised that their medicine," spoke up the scout, who believ.ed in ridthe gitl wanted to go. ding the world of all such villains as soon as they showed It was not long that they were eating breakfast. a disposition to do any killing. The sun was not up yet when they mounted, ready to Our friends sat up rather late that night, fo.r Professor I set out on the trail. Janeway had so much to tell them that they overlooked None of the re s t of the ca~1p's occupants were awake the fact that the time was passing quickly. I yet, and our hero did not think it necessary to arouse The usual watch was kept, and as they had plenty of 1.hem. assistance now, it did not come hard upon Wild and his "That's a mighty fine horse you've got there, Wild," partners. observed Dick Ball, as he looked at the sorrel stallion our ThE! next morning Wild was up as the light began to hero had mounted, and nodded approvingly shuw in the east. "Yes was the rejoinder. "I never yet saw the match He aroused the cook and bade him hurry and get breakof Spitfire, either for speed, endurance or intelligence. '\.st ready. But we have all got the best horses that money can buy. Then Charlie and Jim were not long in getting up. I didn't have to buy mine, though. One of the. best horse-It happened that Hop and Dick Ball had been doin~ men in the West caught him from a wild herd when he the la s t two hours' watch, and as soon as he found that was not more than three years old. He could not do a his brother was up, the clever Chinaman. crept into the thing with him, and after he had killed a man, and broken tent and fell asleep the limbs of two QI' three others, in their attempts to ride "Ball," said Wild to the cowboy, "the three of us will him, I happened along. The man told me t11e sorrel was ride on as soon as we eat breakfast. We will ride hard for mine if I could ride him. I broke him in about fifteen we have got the horses to stand it. I reckon we ought to minutes, and here he is." catch up with the four galoots by nightfall, anyhow. The "An' here's ther nan what catched him," spoke up rest of you can come on as fast as you can, and be sure Cheyenne Charlie, showing that he was more proud than to bring all the water you can carry. We have quitE! a otherwise. "'l'hat was when I first got acquainted with strip of desert to cross, where nothing grows but cactus, Young Wild West, an' I was ther one what first named and the sand is hot enough at midday to cook an egg. him thcr Prince of ther Saddle. Whoopee! Wow-wow! W o ha,ve been this way before, and we know something There ain't a man or boy in ther whole world what kin about the lay of the land." manage a horse like Young Wild West." "T1at's right," answered Ball, nodding his head. "I've The shout of the scout brought the rest out of their been down here once or twice myself. I think I know jest sleep in a jiffy. about where tber place is that ther professor is lookin' But they were only in time to see the four ride away.

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6 YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE. Wild and his partners and ..irietta struck out at a they must keep right on and get as far as possible before gallop, and the ground was covered rapidly. it grew dark. They continued on until noon, only stopping long But it so happened that they had been that way once enough two or three times to give the horses a breathing before, and they knew where there was a water hole. spell. They had spent four or five years in the neighborhor When they halted to eat the noonday meal they were at of the Mexican border, and their business had been sft the edge of the desert. ing what they could get their hands on from unsuspecting Trees and other vegetation no longer sheltered them travelers and prospectors. from the sun, so they had to make the best of it by get-But since they had got possession of the document ting beneath some overhanging rocks. which told where the treasure lay, they had but one /I'he trail had been plain all the way, so there had been thought, and that, was to get to the place as soon as pos-n o delay about it. sible and find whether or not the treasure was there. After a rest of half an hour they again set out. According to the chart they must be within ten or fifArietta stood the strain as only a girl of her exteen miles of the place now. perience could, and along toward sunset she was the first Just before our 'friends surprised them one of them had one to spy four horsemen and a loaded mule a mile ahead been sure that he saw the two high peaks that were sup of them posed to partly mark the spot where the treasure was She just had time to call the attention of the rest behidden. fore they disappeared from view around a cliff. Btut what followed after their brief interview with Then it was that they rode forward at a stiff gallop, Young Wild West had caused them to forget au about and in a few minutes they came upon the villains, who this, and now as they came to a halt one of them, who was were taken completely by surprise, since the sand made it the leader, brought the subject up. possible for the horses to approach almost noiselessly. Skinny," said he, "you're quite sartin you seen them "Hold up your hands!" commanded Young Wild West, two peaks, are yer ?" and before they knew it the four villains found they were covered. "Yes," was the reply of the man, who was very rightly named Skinny, because there was little or no flesh upon "What do yer want?" asked the leader of the quartet, him, and his face looked cadaverous. "I am certain I clid as he obeyed the command. see 'em. But it's funny we can't see 'em now, unles"_~.._. I want that paper you stole from Professor Janeway tl. t b t th k T b t d I t t kl" W'ld d 1i some 1m go e ween us an er pea s. ---in om s one, an wan 1 qmc 1 answere 1n is ,, cool and easy way. "If you want to live you'll hand it .1 Well, I reckon thats happened all nght, spol.e up over." another of the four, who bore the name of Foolish Mack. The leader looked at his three companions, who -:vere "We come t~rough th.at cut mig_hty fast, I reckon, ~n: IJale with fear and then he drew from his pocket a small there was qmte some distance ter ,t. Of cour s e somethm h t th 't leather case. as go m er way, so we can see em. "There it is," he said, tossing it to Arietta, who rode "Well, I s'pose that must be it," said the leader, nodforward to receive it. "It's jest as it was when I took it. ding hi.s head. "Maybe wc won't find ther place to we've read it, of course; there ain't no use in sayin' we night; but we'll mighty quick know in ther mornin'. Of ain't course I mean if them that's followin' us don't git so far The girl looked at it, and then gave a nod of satisfac-by that time. It was a mighty cute trick of me to give tion. 'em the wrong chart, wasn't it? But I tell yer, boys, "It is all right, Wild," she said. "You may as well when a galoot gets the best of Bill Larimer he's goi_ to be let them go, since we have got what we came after." gettin' up early in ther mornin'. I felt pretty sa1"''= ... _, "All right, Et. Now we'll see how fast they can get out that somebody might come around an' want that chart of sight Light out, you sneaking coyotes." we stole from that professor galoot, and that's why I jest The four villains did not need to be told twice. Away drawed another one, which ain't no chart at all; only a they went, and soon they were out of sight behind a big make-believe place what'll make fools out of them ga pile of rocks. loots if they try ter find it. That boy thought he was mighty smart when I give 'em ther paper, an' he 'peared to sort of feel sorry fer us. That's why he let us go, CHAPTER III. THE FOUR VILLAINS BEHOLD .A. ST.A.R'.l"LllNG SIGHT, /'l'he four villains had kept right on going after their meeting with Young Wild West, and they did not stop until they reached a spot where the rocks were so plenti iul that it was impossible for them to be seen. /I'he sun was nearly down to the line of the western liorizo n now, and they knew if they expected to find water an' it was mighty easy for us to promiS'e that we would never try to bother 'em. Ohl I'm a mighty smart ga loot, if I do say so myself." Skinny and Foolish ).fack nodded to show that they were in strict accord with what he said. The fourth individual, who possessed but one eye, and was called One Eye George, grunted, and his face, which was really hideous and almost expressionless at times, now took on an aspect that might have frightened a child or a timid person. But the man. could not help how he looked, though it J

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Y OUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE. 'I ::=:=========:===================================-, must be said that he was about as bad as the appearance and the animal was not inclined to proceed a n y faster of his countenance indicated than-its usual gait "Sartinly a mighty smart galoot, Bill," he observed, On they went, covering the ground rapidly, and it w as with a chuckle. "I never thought yer was goin' ter have not long before other landmarks that were fami li a r to any use fer that make-believe map yer drawed up. But them came in sight yow I kin see." Five minutes later they reached the water h o l e and "A galoot what's only got one eye ain't expected ter see found that there was plenty of water there. as much as one what's got two," observed Skinny, as he Bo ,th men and horses were thirsty, and though t he gave Bill Larimer a nudge with his elbow. "But that's water tasted a little brackish, they drank of it greedily all right; don't go to gittin' mad 'cause I'm remarkin' By this time the sun had entirely disappeared, and it about what happened in ther whisky mill over in Yuma was growing dark. last year. You're one of ther best pards I ever traveled "There ain't no better place to stop than right here, with, an' there ain't no mistake about that." I reckon," said the leader, as he looked around at the "You're all good fellers, boys," remarked the leader queer shaped rocks that arose on all sides, some of them "There is no use talkin' about that. We know each almost looking to be the ruins of buildings, and in sot11e other, an' we've been through ther mill together. But cases, representing animals of a previous age the thing we have got ter do now is ter find where this "I reckon we can't better ourselves any,'' answered Aztec treasure is what that professor was so sure of One Eye George "Even if we have ter fight, it's better findin'. We'll keep right on goin' till we find that water ter do it where there's water ter drink. If we do have hole I know it can't be more than five miles, anyhow, ter fight we've got a regular little fort here. Look at an' right straight ahead, at that. Come on, boys. Maybe them rocks! I'd like ter see as many as twenty galoots that professor will find out the chart ain't ther right one drive us o.ut of here, let alone a man an' a couple of boys when he gits hold of it, and then there will be some fun an' a girl. I don't count ther professor as anything in among that gang They'll want ter git us mighty quick. this game He's nothin' but a tenderfoot, an' he's been But we ain't goin' ter leave no trail now, 'cause when educated so much that most likely he's afraid ter shoot ther wind comes up, which it always does when ther sun off a gun. Oh! I took a good look at that galoot in Tomb goes down, the hoofmarks of our nags will fill up with stone, and I heard him talk enough ter satisfy i'ae that he ..... ~-~sa~_ an' they won't have no.thin' ter foller couldn't fight _fast enough ter keep himself warm on a rrhe four me n started their horses at a canter and rode hot day.'' along, keeping close to. the foot of the cliff that wound "Well, all we seen was a man, two boys an' a gal. lt along in a zig-zag fashion on their right. might have been that there was more further back with The sun kept sinking lower and lower, and in a few ther professor," Bill Larimer answered, as he unbuckled minutes it was almost below the range that loomed up in the girths and removed the saddle from his horse the distance "We'll have ter take our chances on it, that's all," Bill Larimer shrugged his shoulders and showed signs Skinny said, as he followed the example of the leader of uneasiness when perhaps three miles had been covered The pther two were not long in taking the saddles from "What's ther matter, Bill?" asked Skinny, as he turned thei1 horses, too, and though there was nothing in the way his sunken eyes upon the man he called his leader. "Do of grass for them to nibble, thee tired animals seemed to yer think we've made a mistake about ther water hole?" Le much relieved "No," was the reply. "I'm sartin' we're goin' right. Probably they thought they were going to have a Yer all know that we was down this way afore about two rest, even if they had no feed that night th8 ago. Don't yer remember how we nabbed them But the horses ridden in that region were quite used to (~ ~rospectors an' took all they had, .leavin' 'em to foot going without anything to eat for hours at a time, ana it away from here ther best they could? Well, ther place as they had filled themselves with sufficient mesquite where we done that is right over there to ther left, thyr shortly before striking the desert that morning, there other ~ide of that little ridge. That I am sartin of, was really no danger of them starving for a while. an' I reckon if you fellers take a good look, you'll say ther The bags containing the provisions the villains had same thing brought with them were opened and they sat down t o a The three men looked in the direction indicated, aml quiet repast, eating heartily of what they had, and n o t the result was a simultaneous nod from them. seeming to think it might be a long while before they "Yes," exclaimed Foolish Mack, "that's right, Bill. would be able to replenish their supply. Ther water hole ain't more 'an a mile around ther diff But according to the writing on the chart they had over the~e. .I know I'n1 right now. Sometimes lan~~apes I stolen from the professor, the valley where the treasure change ID these here parts. It may be that this here was supposed to be hidden contained fruits, as well as one has changed a little; but not enough ter fool me. game and pasture for their horses; and as they mus t You're right, Bill." surely reach it in less than half a day, if there was n o All :four of them now seemed to feel certain that they mistake about it, it probably made them Careless i n this were on the right track. respect. They forced their horses ahead at a fast gait. They sat down behind a big rock and t a l ked over the Skinny wns l eading the pack-mule with a taut rope, situation, smoking their p i pes, a n d as the mi n u tes went

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i YOUNG WJLI) WEST TRAILING A TRE,ASURE. by they began to think that they were not to be bothered that night, anyhow. But they did not dare to light the lantern they had with them, for fear that it might be seen by those they had encountered a short time before sunset. About an hour after darkness set in the four men w ere startled by sudden ly seeing a sulphurous light flashing a lon g the foot of the cliff. They sprang to their feet, and just then the clatter of hoofs sounded. The next moment a horse and rider dashed past them. It disappeared from sight behind a big rock in a twinkling, but in the brief interval the four villains saw eomething that caused a feeling of horror to come over them. If their eyes had not deceived them, the rider of the horse was without a head, for the glaring torch he had held in his right hand threw its light fully v.pon his form, and there was no head to be seen. In .fact Bill Larimer would have taken an affidavit right then and there that the rider was holding a skull at arms' length, and it was this the sulphurous glare came from, instead of a torch. The apparition, or whatever it might have been called, disappeared as quickly as it came, and the four men were left to argue it out among themselves as to what they had seen. Skinny trembled slightly as this explanation was made; but nerving himseH, he ventmed to say: "Don't yer think we had better git away from here, boys? If this place is haunted, I don't want nothin' ter do, with it. Ther Aztec treasure may be all right, and I'd like ter have my share of it, but blamed if I want any dealings with any ghosts." "' "Dont git chicken-hearted," said mu Larimer, af fecting to be unconcerned. "It was not a ghost we seen. It was somebody tryin' ter play a trick on us. Maybe someone else got wind of this here treasure, an' they have got ahead of us, an' are tryin' ter scare us away. Yer know that ther old Injun what told ther professor all about this game got killed ther next day after he told him. He was murdered no doubt, an'--" Just then a :fiendish laugh sounded near them, and then the headless horseman dashed by them again, going in the direction he had :first appeared from. CHAPTER IV. OUR FRIENDS GET TO TIIE FERTILE VALLEY, There was but one thing for Young Wild West and his three cm~panions to do after they had secured the chart, and that was to turn back and meet the re s t of the party. For the space of fully half a minute neither of them spoke a word. They sat as if l'ooted to the spot. Not a sound could be hearer, but this was probably due to the fact that the horse was galloping away over the yielding sand. It was not likely that they would travel after it ,....,.,......,___..._ dark, but Wild thought they might, since they had reached the desert before this, and one place was as good The light: too, had disappeared as quickly as it came, so there was really nothing to give them any further in formation or ideas concerning the startling occurrence. One Eye George was the first to recover himself. as another to stop at. "I reckon we'll ride along a little slow until we meet them," the young deadshot remarked, when the four vil lains had disappeared into a narrow cut. "But we may as well have something to eat before we go. Jim, just get out the grub." '' All right, Wild," Dart replied, and he lost no time doing so. "What in thunder was that, Bill?" he asked, taking the lead er by the arm, and shaking it as though he thought the owner might be asleep, or that he might be dreaming himself. 'rlie tired hors~ were given what water could be spared, and then the four made a fairly good meal of the eatable s "I don't know, George," was th~ reply, in a faltering the cook had packed in a bag before they set out that tone of voice. "Did you see it?" morning. "I seen a galoot without a head, an' he rode by like a Thev all looked at the chart, of course, and they :n 1 streak of greased lightnin'. Is that right?" once thought that it was anything but the right one 110 "That's right, George. That's just what I seen The ft had been dark almost half an hour when they set galoot didn't have no head on his shoulders, but he was out over the back trail. ,holdin' a head that was all afire in his hand." There was no danger of losing their way, for the horses "I reckon it must have been a ghost," Foolish Mack would go right, sincra they had the instinct that would spoke up. "I've heard tell of such things. My grandt enable them to follow the way they had come, even if mother used to tell us how her father was ridin' along on they could not see the hoofprints. horseback one night, when all of a sudden a horseman "I reckon we'll let the horses choose their own gait," came along right aside of him. He could hear the hoofs said our hero. "If they feel like making a sprint now of ther horse as they struck the hard roaa, but when he and then we'll let them do it, and if they want to walk looked at the horse and rider they seemed sorter strange they can do that." lookin'. He could see plum through ther rider, so she "That is the best way,'' Arietta answered. "But I said, an' when he got so as he could speak he asked him thmk Spitfire will keep right on going, for he seems who he '!as; but nary a reply did he git. That must have anxious to cover the ground pretty fast." happened somewhere nigh a hundred' years ago, but my "Well, he wants to get back to some place where he grandmother always said as how it was a fact. What we can :find grass to eat. That is only natural, I suppose jest seen now is somethin' like that, and yer kin bet that But I reckon he wpn't do it, not to-night, anyhow. Hop galoot was a ghost." and Wing will bring along some mesquite and grass, most

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YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE. 9 ~======~===========================likely, and then our horses can have something to eat. The next time they get a chance to :fill in will be when we reach this valley the professor is so anxious to :find. We ought to strike it by noon to-morrow, according to what he said." ,,., "I don't understand the chart at all, Wild," and Arietta shook her golden head. "I can't understand how the professor could figure it out the way he talks." "Well, that is all right. He made a tracing from the original, and so he mu s t understand it thoroughly. We will wait till we _.et to him, and then he will explain. They kept on riding for an hour, and then, much to their satisfaction, they heard someboay coming. That the rest of the party were approaching they felt p!etty ceTtain of, though they knew that it was best to be a little cautious. Wild motioned for them to halt, and they did so. Then it was that a shrill, piping voice called out: "Hip hi Me allee samee Hop Wah; comee :lorn China!" It was Hop. "That's all right, Hop," Wild answere'd. "Come right along. We have come to meet you." "Ho0ray !" went up from more than one throat, and our friends knew the cowboys were making themselves heard. A minut-e later they met those who had been following the trail. -.. ,.,'"Oh, Arietta!" cried the scout's wife. "We were so much afraid that you might ;.un into danger. How did you make out?" "Fine," replied Arietta. "I have the paper the pro fessor was so anxious to get. We overtook the villains just before sunset, and it was not a bit of trouble we had in making the leader hand over the paper. He k.new that he ran the riR k of losing his life if he refused, so he just handed it over. Then Wild made them ride away as though their lives depended on it. There was no bloodshed, for the villains did not offer to put up a fight." "Great! Great!" exclaimed Professor Janeway, fairly shaking with the joy he felt, as he dismounted. "I hardly believed you would succeed." ~'I made no mistake in ther gang, th en ?" queried Dick r:,;, {he cowboy. "So there was four of 'em? Well, I was sartin of my me:n. I didn't make no mistake about it. I'm mighty glad of that." "Take it easy, everybody," said Wild. "Have you had supper yet?" "Yes, we halted half an hour before sunset," Anna answered. "Have you had anything to eat lately?" "Oh, yes! We were not going without that, you can bet. After we got what we wanted we about :finished up the grub Wing put up or us. II;. was a cold supper, but it tasted pretty good, just the same. We were rather hungry, you know." Then our hero called Hop and told him to light a lan tern. As he had said, it was just as good to camp in one place as another, since there was nothing but sand and rocks, anyhow, and when the lantern showed them their surroundings, he nodded and said : "Go ahead and put up the tents. I reckon this isn't quite as nice a place as wher~ we stayed last night; but it is about the best we can get, so let it go at that." The two Chinamen, heartily glad: that the day's journey was at an end, lost no time in getting at their work. Then Wild found that quite a considerable amount of fodder had been brought along for the horses, and he saw to it that the sorrel stallion and the other horses were provided for right away. Not until this was done did he tell Arietta to produce the leather case. 'rhe professor was feverish with excitement, but 11e had refrained from asking to see the paper, as he knew Wild would surely show it when he got ready. Wing brought a lantern for them, and as Arietta hand ed the case to him~ the professor gave an exclamation of joy. The next moment he had opened it and had the folded sheet of paper in hi& hand. In his eagerness to unfold it he almost tore the paper, and when he had spread it put his eyes dilated and his face turned as pale as death. "This-is-not-the paper!'( he articulated in a chok ing vo;ce. "Oh, the villains! They deceived you, Young Wild West. They gave you a chart that is not the right one." Wild was astonished when he heard this, while Arietta looked dismayed. "What do you mean, professor?" the boy asked, as he quickly recovered his composure. "Do you mean to say that this is not th-e copy you made of the chart?" "It certainly is not," and the man let the paper slip from his hands and staggered, back against a rock. Our hero picked up the paper. "Well, if that is the case, we will have to get the right one, that's all," he said, coolly. "Just take it easy. The galoots certainly fooled us. But wait! We will make it right. I promise you that I will get the right article be fore we are a day older." The professor was grieved as well as surprised at having received the wrong paper, but he brightened up a little when the young deadshot expressed him.self so strongly. "You think you will be able to catch them again?" he asked. "Certainly. The very fact that they fooled us by giv ing us the wrong paper makes it sure. They will go on looking for the treasure, ana that means that they won't go very far. If they don't happen to :find it right away they will hang around. Then we'll get them. I reckon I'll make the galoots jump for playing that trick on us!" "You kin bet your life on that, professor!" Cheyenne Charlie spoke up. When he came to look over the chart closely Wild ~ould see that it amounted to virtually nothing. Still it was rather cleverly drawn, and there was an arrowhead at a certain spot. But there were no directions written at the bottom, and this omission was noticed by the professor the moment be laid eyes upon the paper. "I reckon I'll keep that, professor," said Wild, as he took the paper and put it in his pocket. "I want to meat the galoot who passed it over to us, and then make him

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10 YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TRE, ASURE. hand over the right one in exchange for it. I'll do it, found they were to be turned out, so they might help too, as I said before. I was never more earnest about a themselves to both fodder and water. thing in my life' before. I don't like to be fooled, you "Now then," said our hero, turning to the professor, know. I am not in the habit of being caught that way, "I reckon we are in the valley the chaJ.'t showed; the 1 and it grinds me to think of it." next thing is to :find the treasure." "I think I understand your feelings pretty well, Wild," "And the villains who stole the chart, and then deanswered the learned man, :nodding. "I you can only ceived you by giving you a false. one," added the pro_, "'I get the right paper for me I am sure we will :find the fessor. treasure. That means that you will be well paid for "Oh, that will come in while we are doing the rest what you have done for me, as I mean that the treasUTe Don't think I have given up the idea of possessing the shall be divided equally between us all. I don't need right chart. I am going to getthat, even if we should money; it is notoriety I am looking for. I may as well find the treasure without it. I want to make the four say that. for it is the truth. I will gain some honor if galoots realize that they made the mistake of their lives I happen to be the one to make such a discovery, and when they played that trick on us." those I parted company with will have something to talk "Me allee samee makee lillee fire to gittee um dinner about. I could not agree with them very well, and that leady, J\1is ler Wild?" asked Wing, when the pack-horses is why I left them I was delighted when I got acquainthad been unloaded. ed with the old Indian, and when I had made a copy of ''Yes," was the reply. "I reckon we need not be afraid the parchment chart he had I had in mind to make a disof the foi;ir galoots, who must be around here somewhere. corery that would startle the world. I have not given it Go ahead and get us up a good meal. We can enjoy it, I up yet, for I have the utmost confidence in you: boy as think. While it is being made ready Charlie and I will you are." take a little scout around and see if we can :find where "Never mind about the boy part of it, professor," spoke the villains are." up the scout. "Wild kin do a great deal mo:rre than any This just suited the scout, and he promptly picked up men what I have seen. You jest leave it ter him. He'll his rifle, which he had leaned against a tree. do what he says, an' don't yer forgit it." "I know he will, Charlie." "Be careful, Wild," said Arietta, as the two left the Th f h camp. "You have pretty tricky men to deal with, you e yro essor ad been advised to call our :friends by ,, .--their :mcknames and he seemed pleased at doing so. kn~;l t'" 11 ht Et,, th 1 The night passed without anything happening to d:is-1 lla o a rf1g 1 ,"!as e rep y. "I re on we turb our friends. can tarn care o ourse ves. The only sounds to be heard were those they made They started around in a circle, keeping under cover t1iemselves, and to those not used to being camped on a of the trees and bushes as much as possible. desert waste it might have been awesome, as the d ead Knowing that the smoke from the :fire would probably silence might have been called ghostly. be seen by the four men, if they were anywhere near by, Our her9 was up when day broke, and it was not long the y hoped to catch them stealing toward it. bc./'ore he had the cook up and at work in preparing a Wil
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YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE. 11 Cheyenne Charlie's foot struck the ground when he Then they both_ walked back to the place where they had dropped probably twelve feet. _,,. had landed. The dust had pretty well settled by this He made an effort to regain his feet, but it was a vam time, and as they crouched and took a look upward they one. could see the daylight, but not very distinct, as there It seemed as though he had struck upon a slippery hill, must have been a sharp angle right near where they had and down he went, sliding as though he was upon ice. dropped. Wild was rig-ht after him, and apparently neither of Wild knew that it was har dly likely that they could them were seriously hurt as they landed upon tha slantmake themselves heard by shouting where they were, as ingi surface. the place where they bad halted at noon was fully two Down they went, and if the place had been lighted it hundred yards from the opening they bad made in falling might have looked as though they were racing to see who through the surface of the ground. would reach the bottom first. "Charlie," saicl, be, "I reckon the best thing we can do But what was at the bott~m? Th~t. was the questwn. / is to keep quiet just now. There is no telling whether or But the moment he felt himself shdmg, and no longer not we have enemies nearby, and if we should go to callfalling, our hero's spirits arose considerably. ing out they might hear instead of our friends. We will He had been in underground places before, and as he try and see if we can crawl up this slippery place, and if had always got out of them sl'\fe and sound, there was no we find we can't we will just hunt" around for another doubt in his mind that he would get out of this one. place to get out. If we fail in this the chances arc that But the slide did not last long. someone will have found the place we dropped through, While it seemed much longer, it was all over in less and then we will get out anyhow. I am quite interested than ten seconds, or then they landed in a heap of dust in this underground place, for it may be that it is here at the bottom of the descent. that the .Aztec treasure will be found.') "Great gimlets!" exclaimed the scout, as he got him"Maybe so," answered the scout. "Come onan' we'll self in a sitting posture. "What do yer think of that? see if we kin crawl up that blamed steep place." Blamed if we wasn't goin' down there putty fast-" The two stepped softly through the dust, and reaching Before Wild could answer him the scout was taken the foot of the incline, started to go up. with a fit of sneezing, for the dust seeme d to have a very pungent odor; and the first thing Wild knew, he was in We say started, for that was all they did ..,__jl1? same state. They co11ld not go a foot to save themselves, so steep But their handkerchiefs were quickly brought into use, and slippery was the chute-like place. and holcling tl1em over their nostrils, tliey crawled further "I thought so," remarked our hero, as he quickly gave bae:k from the place they had lancled in such an im-it up and_ stepped back away from the dust-heap. promptu manner-and then much to their satisfaction "There is no use in wasting our strength in trying to and relief, they felt a draught of cool air blow upon crawl up there. We will just go on through in the di.rcc them. tion the draught of air comes from and see what we can "It's all right, Charlie, I reckon," said Wild. "Where find somewhere elae." there's a draught of air it shows plainly that there is at "All right, Wild,'' retorted the scout. "But don't yer least two places where it can come in. If we can't get think it would be a good idea to have some kind of a out by the way we came in it may be that W8 can get out light?" at the other entrance. But I don't think it is so very "It certainly would, Charlie; but where are we to get far, so if Jim, or any of the rest, happen to find the hole one?" where wa broke through, they won't be long in sending -Charlie struck another match and looked around down a rope or coming themselves to look for us.'' among the dust and dirt that lay in a heap at the foot of .,_sr'~'l'hat's right, Wild," and then the scout brought out the chute, and then it was that he gave an exclamation of nis maLch-safe, and soon a light was flaring in the underdelight. ground place. Several pieces of half-rotten wood were to be seen By the aid of a lighted match the two could see that sticking through here and there. they were in what appeared to be the cellar of some buildThey were pieces from the limbs of a tree, and how ing, but which really was, beyond a doubt, one of the they got there neither of the two knew; nor did they care apartments of an ancient edifice. just then, for both felt that one of fuem might answer The walls on either Ride of them were perpendicular the purpose of a torch, if it was9dry enough to burn. and smooth, and before the match went out they could I Charlie lost no time in getting out a piece that suited see that the ceiling seemed to be as level as though it had his fancy, and then he applied the-flame from the match just been built. to the end of it. The apartment must have been fully thirty feet in Wild was surprised to see how readily the stick took length, by about fift-.:!en in width. :fire. lL was into another apm,tment that the two had fallen In less than a minute the stick was blazing away, as when they came down the slippery chute. though it was po~ essed of something of a resinous na'rhis was in ruins, but that which tl1cy had crawled I turc. and holding it before him, the scout led the way into in order to escape the stifling dust seemed perfectly !through the apartment they ad examined before coming intact. back to the mouth of the chute. Charlie lighted another match as the first one expired. The draught of air was coming right toward them,

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YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURN. which showed that the opening they had made when they it did not seem to either of them that the voice had come fell through had given a vent that formed a suction. from that direction. There was an arched doorway at the other end of the Howe-yer, they were not bent s o much on :finding out chamber, and through this they went .fearlessly, the air where the voice came from as they were upon getting out keeping th~ stick blazing away nicely. of the buried temple, as Wild called it. Instead of entering another apa.rtmenlt they found 'rhe dry branch still burned, though every minute or themselves in a narrow passage, which appeared to be two the scout was forced to wave it through the air to partly the work of man and partly the work of nature. keep the flame alive. It did not run in anything like a straight line, neither Young Wild West had drawn one of his revolvers when was it of the same slope. But it was amply large enough the mocking laugh s ounded, and still holding it in his for a man on horseback to ride through without any dis-band, ready for instant use, he led the way for the opencomfort. mg. On went the two, and when they had covered possibly Pausing a moment when he aaw that there was a two hundred feet they suddenly emerged into a broad crook in the passage that ran through the earth and rock chamber that was partly filled with blocks of stone, brokbefore him, and that it was as dark as a pocket, he touched en columns and a mass of masonry. the scout on the arm and said: At one end the remains of what had once been an altar could be seen, and the moment the eyes of our hero "We will go through, Charlie, and you can bet that we will land somewhere. Come on!" lighted upon it, he exclaimed:, "If this i~ not all that is left of an Aztec temple, my "Right yer are, "\Vild," the scout answered, for he was name is not Young Wild West! According to what the always ready to go where the dashing young deadshot professor said the treasure of gold and silver was buried went, no matter where it might be, or what the danger in the ruins of an Aztec tmple. NOW then, here is the was. temple, and the next thing to find is the treasure." 'rhe two had not gone more than a hundred feet Before Cheyenne Charlie could make a reply a hollow, throu g h the pa 8 sage when they heard the clatter of steel mocking laugh sounded somewhere within the under-shoo. hoofs not far ahead of them, and, if they were not ground place. mistaken, in the very passage they had started to go "'l'he treasure was here," said a voice, "but it was taken through. ( away this morning. Young Wild West, you are very The scout gave a nod as he looked at the dashing" you _:i;i. ______ clever at following trails, I have heard. Let us see if you deadsbot, and said in a whisper: can follow the trail 0 the treasure. Ra, ha, ha!" "I reckon there goes that galoot what laughed and told If our two friends had been out in the open air they us ther treasure was gone, eh, Wild?" could have located the direction the voice came from at "I reckon ao," was the reply. "Well, if he can go once, but down in that nderground place, where sounda through here with a horse I am pretty certain that we came to their ears suddenly, and echoes blended with can go through on foot Come on! Let's run a little. echoes, it was impossible to do it. Maybe we CHn catch a glimpse of him before he gets out." The two stood stock stiH in their tracks and waited for 'l'he two now ran lightly through the passage, the burnthe voice to sound again, hoping that they might be able ing torch lighting the way sufficiently for them to escape to locate it then. striking the jag g ed points of rock that projected from But they were disappointed. either side. Whoever it was that had laughe d and spoken to them Suddenly as they rounded a sharp turn in the passage hd either left the place, or had decided to remain silent. they saw a light ahead of them. When five minutes had elapsed our hero said, speaking That it came from a lantern they both knew quite well, in a whisper: and just as it disappeared from their view they got Charlie, have you any idea where that voice came from glimpse of a horseman riding away at a sharp trot. -in what direction, I mean?" "There be goes, sure enough! We will run a little "I couldn't tell yer, not ter save my life," the scout faster." answered, shrugging his shoulders.' "This here seems It was hardly necessary to tell the scout to come on. ter be a sorter mystery, Wild." Re was just aa anxious as our hero to see more of the "Well, there is one thing; certain, and that is that it stranger, and he let his long legs go for all they were was not one of the four villains we took the paper from worth. who spoke. I am certain of that; neither of them spoke But Wild led him easily., for he could outrun the scout in as correct a manner. You ca. n depend upon it that without putting himself to his best. others have been here in search of the treasure, and acA hundred yards further on and the light of day sudcording to what that fellow said just now, they have been denly showed before them. successful. Come right down to it, they have just as They were just in time to see the horse and rider much right to it as ,ve have, and unless they try to bother ascend an incline, and then both were lost to view. us we should let them alone." 1'he flame from the burning stick w~nt out just then, "I reckon ther professor will eel mighty sore when and when he tried to fan it so it would burn again, and he hears about \ this," Charlie answered. "But let's see ailed, th-e scout threw it to the ground with an exclamaif we kin git out of here." tion of disgust. Near the ruina of the altar there was an opening, but I "That's all right, Charlie," said Wild. "I reckon we

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) YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE 11 don't need that any more now. There's daylight right I "Keep cool, Loys," said Larimer. "That wasn't no ahead." / ghost. It was jest someone tryin' ter frighten us away Charlie had stopped running when the burning stick from here. We ain't ther only ones what's after ther became extinguiahed and Wild had done the same thing, treasure, as I said before. We'll find out more about as he did not know why the scout had stopped until he this l~ter on. I'll tell yer what we'll do. We'll ride on saw him trying to fan the burning brand back to life. till we strike some trees an' sich Then we'll lay down The two now pushed forward again, and were soon an' have a good sleep. Come on!" a3cending a long incline, the passage being very straight This suited the three, and they lost no time in going ju t there. to their horses As they neared the mouth of the passage a voice sud-In a very few minutea they were mounted and riding dcnly called out: away, Larimer leading in the direction they had been "Come on, Young Wild West! I am waiting to get a heading all day. shot at you. I never saw you before, but I am sure I The stars shone brightly overhead and the curious will know you from the description that has been given shaped elevations of rock showed up on all sides, some of me. Come on, and meet your death They say you are them looking like grim sentinels of death not afraid to face death, and I am just the one to mete Hardly a word passed between them for the full space it out to you. Show the kind of material you are made 0 twenty minutes, and the only sounds to be heard were of, Mr Dashing Young Deadshot Ha, ha, ha!" the thuds as the hoofs () their horses struck the powdery As these words rang out our hero involuntarily came white sand. to a halt, and so did the scout. On they went, the minutes flitting by, and all the while To run boldly from the passage after hearing that nearing the place whare the grass was green and the from someon a they could not see was but to enter the wild flowers bloomed in profusion very jaws of death, for the chances were that they would It happened that the water ho]e was but a few miles be shot down before they got even a glimpse of the vil fr01i the edge of the valley, though it could not be seen lain who was waiting for them. from t'hat point, owing to the high rocks and small ridges The two were certainly in a bad box. and peaks that intervened CHAPTER VI. TRE FOUR VILLA.INS MEET THE HEADLESS MAN. Bill Larimer and his three companions actually fell to the ground when they beheld the horrible-looking horse man the aecond time. They had a better view of him this time, and they all saw that he WRS without a head, and that he carried a .flaming skull in his riglit hand. In the brief interval they also saw that he was attired in a fancy suit of clothes that was only for Mexicans of the higher class. The glare from the flaming skull had been sufficient ifi s_how them all this, and the fact that the man was 'lTlt1aout a head racked upon their nerves to such an extent that at that moment they were utterly helpless. For fully five minutes they remained prone on the ground. Then it was that Larimer mustered up sufficient cour age to rise to a sitting posture. "It's gone, boys," he faltered. "Git up. There ain't no use in bein' afraid, I reckon." But he was in anything but an easy frame of mind as he spoke, though he was one of the kind who are quick to recover themselves. Not until five miles had been covered did the conversation get well underway. Heretofore only an occasional exchange 0 words had taken place, but now they were all in better spirits, and they talked freely. "Do yer know what I think?" said Larimer. "I've jest about made up my mind that it was one of them what made me give up that chart who scared us; boys. The more I've been thinkin' about it as we rode along, ther more it has struck me that way. Them what knows how could mighty easy rig up a man so he'd 'pear ter be with out a head. You kin bet that they're jest tryin' ter scare us away from here, so they won't be interfered with in gittin' ther treasure." "By ginger!" exclaimed Skin ny "That sounds jest about ther thing, I think. I never thought of anything like that. I'll bet it was ther man with ther long, black hair! We didn't see what they had with 'em, an' be might have had that Mexican rig strapped on beh in d his saddle. Right yer are, Bill Foolish Mack nodded. "Maybe that's it," he ventured. "But I believe there is sich things as ghosts, jest ther same." "So do I," declared One Eye George "W~ll, never mind if yer do," Larimer said, testily, "You fellers jest list en ter what I say. I'm sorter run nin' this business, anyhow. Wasn't it me what stole ther paper? An' wasn't it me what fixed up ther one ter fool 'em? You jest do as I saY,, an' we'll come out of this all Foolish Mack lifted his head and saw of the party was standing on his feet that the leader right." Then he slowly arose. Skinny and One Eye George heard him, and they, too, got upon their feet. All threr looked around, as though they were expecting rr to see the headless man appear again '' All right) Bill," One Eye George hastened to reply. "There ain't nothin' better ter do, so we'll have ter," .added Foolish Mack. "I always put a lot of faith in yer ever since I knowed yer, Bi11, an' I reckon I ain't goin' ag'in what yer say now." "That's ther way ter talk!" exclaimed Skinny. 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... 14. YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE. -========================== keep thinkin' that way, an' we'll stay on ther right Then a frying-pan and kettle were brought out and tnH:k." they all took a hand in preparing the breakfast: 'l'his bit of conversation seemed to straighten up the Salt pork and onions, with some hard biscuit and cof-feelings of all four of them a bit, and in a few minutes foe, was the bill-of-fare, and it just suited the four vil ./ they were acting about the same as they had been before lains. the headless horseman appeared. They cooked plenty and they ate it all. They rode on a~d at length they came to the valley. 'rhe spot where they had camped was in a little hol-It so happened that they came to a brook, and that was low tJ1at was almost entirely surrounded by tall, flourthe signal to dismount and seek the rest they needed. ishing trees such as arc to be found in Old Mexico where In spite of what had happened, all four were not long the land is fertile, near the Arizo;na border. in falling asleep, though Skinny volunteered to keep a The way they had come seemed to be a sort of ~atural watch for two hours roadway, and a turn in it hid the spot from the V1ew of But he succumbed almost as quickly as the others, and anyone who might chance to come that way. whether it was the change of air and the scent of the The smoke from the fire ascended straight upward, for wild flowers, or just because they were tired out, they there was hardly anything in the way of a breeze just s l ept soundly until sunrise. then. Foolish Mack was the first to awaken, and when he They all knew that it would take sharp eyes, i ndeed, f to discover the smoke when it got above the treetops, -ao l ooked around at the green foliage, and drew in a ew breaths of the wholesome air, he gave a nod of satis they felt easy on that score. faction and muttered : The wood being very dry, there was less smoke, any GhoSts don't show up in daylight, anyhow. It may be ho~~ soon as the breakfast was cooked the fire was exthat it wasn't a ghost, an' then, ag'in, it may be that it was; but I don't care a blame now!" tinguished, and when they had done eating Bill Larimer lighted his pipe in a matter-of-fact way, and then took He drew a plug o.f tobacco from a pocket a : nd t ook a out the real document that contained the chart and inchew, just to steady his nerves formation concerning the treasure Then e decided that it was time for his companions to He looked it over carefully, and then called the attenget up. tion of his companions to something that he could not "Hello, the r e he ca:lled out, as he leaned over One quite understand Eye George and gave him a shake. "Time ter git up! "Two sharp-pinted slabs of stone, near a big palm tr~' Change cars fur Kansas City!" he read, as h~ bent over the paper. "There will be found The villai~ with the solitary eye responded quickly, the entrance to the ruined temple. When the sun is two and the sound of Skinny's voice awakened the others. hours high the space between the shadows cast by the two Bill Larimer was quickly upon his feet sharp slabs will be the place to dig. How is that, boys?" "Jingo!" he exclaimed, as he rubbed his eyes and "That is fine, indeed!" l ooked at the pleasant scene before him "I must have 'rhe voice came from the bushes behind Larimer, ant slept putty sound, I reckon. Ain't this a sort of a the quartet jumped as though they had been shot. paradise we're in, boys?" Then from the bushes stepped the headless man, a big "I reckon it is, Bill," Skinny answered. "I ain't never revolver in either hand! seen what they calls a real paradise, but from what I've "I am glad you have brought that paper here," he heard, I take it th1t this here place must be somethin' said, though they could not tell where the words came like one. Everythiug's lovely here, after leaving ther from, as there was no head, much less a mouth. "I lost hot sand an' ther rocks behind us." the one I had-the original it was, too. You gentlemen The others nodded, and then they went to the brook were very kind to bring a copy here. Now I will be ab,=-~and treated their faces and hands to some water to get the trea s ure and start away with it in a huql'his clone, they locked after the horses and mule, and have the pack-mules ready for the purpose, and enough then turned their atten..tion to getting ready something to o.f them to carry two or three tons of gold, too." eat. The revolvers were pointing toward the four astonThe villains had a small supply of provisions wilh ished villains, so, if they had felt in the humor to do it, them, as has been stated, and when Bill Larimer sugthey :would hardly have tried to put up a fight. gested that they have some coffee there was not a disBut they were not feeling that way just then. senting voice. 'l'here was something so uncanny about the headless "I reckon we won't see no galoots ridin' around with man that they stood as if transfixed. their heads off here, boys," he obsened, with a grin. "If Mechanically Larimer opened his hand and let the we do we'll have ther chance ter git a good look at 'em, paper drop to the ground. an' that' ll be worth somethin '." "Diaz, just pick up that document, will you?" said the "That's right," and Skinny gave a chuckle. man without a head, coolly. Foolish l\fack and One Eye George nodded, but it was Then a flashily-dressed Mexican stepped from behind plain that they did not feel any way funny about the him, and advancing to the spot, coolly picked up the m~!~\vood was there in plenty, and when some of itlpai;\as then that /Bill Larimer found the use of his had been gathered Skinny kindled a :fire. tongue.

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I "; ; YOUNG WILD WJ~ST rrnAILING A TREASURE. "See here!" he said "I know you must have a head, Wing got the fire burning nicely and then he procaedor you couldn't talk. I reckon yer have got them clothes ed to make the coffee. fixed so they come to ther top o:f' your head, an' you're When this was over the fire he got out a rasher of l ookin' through a couple of bolos But what I want ter bacon, and cutting some thin s lices, soon had them sizsay is, don't yer think we ought ter have some share in zling in the fryiug-pan this here treasure? If we hadn't come here you wouldn't Anna took it on hersalf to make some corn muffins, as have had ther chance ter git it s o easy." she wanted to help along with the dinner and make a "You certainly talk with good sense, replied the headgood, square meal of it. less man. "Sinr::e you are all scoundre ls, something like 'I'here was plenty of smoked venison and bear meat ourselves, we will take you in with u s We need a little among the supplies, and this, with some baked potatoes, help to get away with the gold, if there is much of it to would-answer the purpose very well. 1 be found. We don't want the silver; it is only the gold we are after." Jim Dart declared it would be a meal fit for a king, Larimer nodded and there i s no doubt but what the reader will agree with "I sorter reckon that we're entitled ter a share, anyme, especially if he had not eaten what might be called a how/' he went on to say. square meal since the nighf before. "Well, you shall have a shara. My partner and myself The minutes flitted bv and soon dinner was ready. will do the dividing, though." Wild and Charlie had now been gone more than fif. "All right. We're satisfied to that, ain't we, boys?" teen minutes, and Arietta began to grow a trifle uneasy. "Yes," came the reply from his three companions, who Something seamed to tell her that th{) two had run were much'relieved at the way things wera turning. into some kind of danger, but she said nothing j ust then. The headless man coolly dropped his revolvers back in When the cook announced that the meal was ready all the holsters, and then he :eroceeded to unbutton th e coat hands hesitated about sitting down to it. he wore. It was evident that Arietta was not the only one who 'rhis done, he removed it, showi ng it to contain false was uneasy shoulders that fitted upon his own, so the collar would "Ain't it about time that Wild and Charlie showed come just above the top of his head, which was covered up?" Dick Ball, the cowboy, asked, as he looked at Jim with a red skull cap. / Dart. 'He looked to be a man of thirty, rather goodlooking "I should say it was," Dart answered. "From what and shrewd, as he stood smiling before the four villains. Wild said, I don't take it that they meant to go very far. I guess I don't look so frightful now," he said. "I But they will show up pretty soon, I reek.on." have named myself Mystery, just for tha purpose of "Well,," remarked Arietta, noddin g her golden head in frightening others away from this treasure. My friend a decisive manner, "if they don't show up in si de of ten Diaz and myself were in Tomb stone when the professor minutl!s I am going to look for them I don't know why got the information from the old Indian. We had heard it is, but I feel that something must ha Ye happened to that the redskin possessed the secret of the buried gold them. You know very well that when I hav;e felt that and silver, and we i1ad been doing our best to get it from way before it has almost in variably turned out to be the him. We got it, though he had to be killed before we did case. Then we set ouL, and g ot here ahead of you with our "I hope you are wrong, Arietta." the boy answered "I pack-mules. I rather like the looks of you, so you can hardly think that anything could have happened to them. consider yourselves as under the lead of Mystery, which It may be that they have got sight of the four men we will be my name for the present." are so anxious to find, and that they have started after "All right," answered Larimer. "I reckon .that' s very them." '"ttisfactor'y. Let's o-0 an' git ther treasure right away, Then there was a silence for fully five minutes, no one '~\Jhere's others \ere after it, yer know." offering ~o sit do,rn to the ,iaiting meal, which had been ,,-w_, ProfessQ.!: .. Jnneway is after it, we know [ so temptmg to th.~m all along. dl, he's got a couple of boys with him, an' a man, I Anoth~r five mmutes passed, and then Anetta picked an' a gal, that'we know of. One of ther boys, which has up her nA.e. got long, light hair, is about as nervy a chap as I ever [ "Jim,". she saicl, "l guess you had bettar go with me. seen. He--" Perhaps it would be well for Mr. Ball to come also. We "Diaz, I'll wager that he is speaking of Young Wild C/.11:1 easilv follow their footst_eps through _the }and, I West," intenupted Mystery, looking at the Mexican thu~k, and it may be that we will soo~ fin~ ~liem. "'I'he very same," was the reply "There is no doubt .Jim an~ the cowboy showed then w1Umgness to go about it. No further description of him need be given Wl;~ her nght awar me to tell me that. I have seen the boy, and I know what I reckon ther clmner km wait a while, said the latter. he is." "If there is anything wrong with Wild and Charlie it is IJHAPTER VII. ARIETTA .AND JUI TO THE RESCUE. Those left at the camp were not long in getting things in shape a:f'ter Wild and Charlie took their departure. fur us to right it as soon as we kin. I w
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16 YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE. following the direction that had been taken by our hero He turned himself completely around, and :finding and the scout. that there was no further danger of the ground caving As Arietta had said, it was easy to follow the trail, in, because there was a rock right at his back, he called for the footprints of our friends were plainly to be seen for Dick Ball to come there. .;J in the soft ground. "The ground won't cave in any more here," h e add ed. They went on ~round, a nd it was not more than a "The last bit of it gave away beneath my feet. There i s minute or so before they came to the spot where Wild a rock here which looks a s thou g h it ha s been cut and and the scout had fallen down into the underground squared by the hands of man, and ther e i s no danger of place. that giving way, as far as I can see. But you had better There was an opening, which was about as large as that keep hold of the rope, just the same." of an ordinary well. Leaving his two partners with the rope in their hands The tracks led straight to it, so there was no doubt in the cowboy stepped forward, taking car to keep his hand the mind of Jim Dart but what the two had fallen into upon the rope as he did so. the hole. When he got to the edge of the hole he saw that Jim "Don't go too dose to it," he said, waving Arietta and was right in what he said. the cowboy back. "It might cave in around the edge, 1'here was no danger of the ground caving in any and then we would fall in. I will creep up softly and further at that point. look down there and try and see if they are there." He looked over and saw what Jim had already discov"Wait, Jim," spoke up Young Wild West s sweetheart, ercd, and then he said : quickly. "Let Mr. Ball go and get a lariat. Then you "I reckon yer want ter go down there, eh, Jim?" can tie it about you, while we stand back and hold the "Yes," was the reply; "that's ius t what I do. But other end. If the ground should cave in with you you maybe this rope isn't long enough. Send one of the boys will be safe." back to get a couple more. There i s no telling jus t how 'l1he girl was very pale, showing that she feared Wild far I may have to go before I strike bottom." ,. and Charlie had really fallen into the opening, and that "Go an' git a couple more rope s Morgan," Ball called pos s ibly they lay mangled and dead down at the bottom. out. "Yer be quick about it, too." But she was very cool, and when she nodded to the As Morgan started to obey, Arietta ventured to the cowboy he understood right away, and started on a run edge of the opening. for the camp. "Oh V' she exclaimed "it mu s t be that Wild and Cha2:.=..-..._ Jim kne w Arietta had spoken wisely, so he made no lie fell down there. Do you think they have been killed, further move to go clos e to the edge of the hole that was ,Jim?" so near to the ruins that our hero and the scout had :first "No," replied the boy, shaking hi s head as though he discovered. f~lt sure they had not. "This is the ruins of some temBall was not gone more than a couple of minutes, and ple, or other building, that was erected many years ago when he came back he was followed by Morgan and Rob-hy the Aztec Indians, and you can bet that if they fell ley, two of the men who had come with him on the trail in here they simply landed into some dark chamber be of tl.i.e four villaina who had stolen the chart from the neath us." profes s or. "S'pose yer yell out ter em?" suggested Dick Ball. 'l'he cowboy passed a:a end of the rope to Jim, whp "If they are down there, an' ain't been killed, they will promptly slipped it over his head and beneath his arms. certainly hear yer." ']hen while the three cowboys held the end of the "No," and Dart shook his head, deci s ively. "That lariat at a distance of perhaps twenty feet from the open-won' t do. You forget that there may be others around ing, Jim walked boldly to it. here, and we don't want to let them know of our pres1It was well that the precaution had been taken, for ence. You go on and let me down as far as the rope without the least warning .-the earth crumbled beneath will go. If it doesn't reach the bottom, hold mv'~if the boy's feet and down he went. you tie on another. I reckon another ol}.e ought_ t {noug h But it was not far that he fell, for the three men hol~"Jest as you aay, Jim, the cowboy replied,_ an1... ing the rope quickly drew back upon it, and the boy's without any further 'delay, h-e proceeded to lower the boj head and shoulders were plainly to b seen. into the hole. "Hold me just as I am for a minute!" called out Jim, When Jim's feet struck the slipp ery descent he tried as soon as he recovered from the surprise the sudden to gain a footing, but found it impossible. drop had given him. He saw fresh dirt scattered about the sides of the "Right yer are!" answered Dick Ball. "We've got chute-likP pas sage, and then there was no doubt in hi.;; yer. Now take a good look down there and tell us what mind but that his two partners had dropped .into the hola yer see." and had gone shooting down the quick descent. Jim did take a good look downward and he soon saw "Go on and lower me," he called out to the cowboy, and that about twelve feet below the surface of the ground when he look e d up and saw Arietta bending over the there was a sharp descent of what seemed to be practihole h e r face pale with fear and anxiety, he made up his cally smooth rock. I mind that he would :find Wild and Charlie if it were pos-If it had not been that the rope held him up he knew sible to do so. that he would have surely slid downward upon striking, Dick Ball let out upon the rope and down went Jim thus into the darkness that lay beyond him. l slowly, but surely.

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YOUNG WILD WEST 'rRAILING A TREASURE. 1'7 Re got himself into a sitting posture now, and was going downward much after the fashion of one coasting down' a hill. "Whew!" he thought. "No wonder they disappeared, for they must have gone sliding down at a two-forty gait. ] hope they didn't strike anything at the bottom that would cause them injury." Down went the boy until the end 0 the rope was reached. "Are yer pretty near there?" called out Ball from the surface of the ground above. "Not yet," retorted Jim. "Tie on another rope and keep on letting me down. I will let you know when I get there." After a wait of about a minute he went quickly down ward again, and when about half of the, second rope had been let out he came to the dust pile at the foot of the incline, where Wild and Charlie had. landed in a confused heap nearly half an hour b e fore. Jim quickly got upon hi s feet and giving a tug upon the rope to indicate that he had arrived safely at the bottom, he called out: "I have struck a sort of cellar, I reckon. But it is so dark down here that I can't see anything. Wait till I light a match and have a look around. Then I will tell you what to do." "All right," came the reply from Ball, in a voice that sr::rn. ded as though very far off, though Jim knew that _... it co11ld not have been more than seventy or eighty feet, at the ml'.lst. The boy struck a match, and then he saw the chamber that our hero and the scout had passed through. But he saw more than that, or upon the dust-covered flooring of the places were the prints of their feet. Jim Dart's heart gave a throb of joy. Now he knew that his two partners had not been hurt by the fall. He walked to the chamber that opened from the un derground apartment the chute ended at, and strikipg another match held it clos-e to the ground. The dust of years had accumulated there, and that made it easy for him to see the footprints, and where they led. 'ca.\..~~he boy 8tood still for a moment, thinking hard. ,,"{ ~ 1on he decided to utter a shout, so if Wild and CharL.J ,',jre wlthin hearing they might know that someone uad come to their rescue. "Wild! Charlie!" he called out as loudly as he could. His voice echoed through the underground place, and before the echoes had died away he heard a faint answering shout. "Hurrah!" he cried turning his voice toward the chute. "They are here, Arietta!" The cry 0 joy that come from the girl's lips told him how pleased she was at hearing the welcome words. Then the voice of Dick Ball called down to him, saying: ''Jim, ther gal insists on coming down, an' I s'pose sh,:!'s got ter come." "All right," Dart answered. "I reckon she is not afraid. Let her come." The next minute a movement of the rope told him that Arietta was making the descent. Jim walked back to foe foot of the slippery chute, and as the girl came down he assisted her to her feet It was just then that a 5hout was heard from some part of the underground place, and Arietta instantly recognized it as coming from her dashing young lover "Wild! Wild!" she cried "Oh! Tm so gTad!" "Have you got light with you?" the voice of our hero called out, faintly, but so they could hear and understand the words. ,v e are lost in this place. We only had a -ow matches with us, and we have used them all up in trying to find our way back. We must have struck a wrong passage, for we have come to a place where we can go no further, and where we can hear you as though you are directly ahead of us." "Stay right where you are1 Wild," Jim shouted. "We will have a lantern in a jiffy. Are you both all right?" "Yes, we're both all right. We found another. way to get out, but it was not good policy for us to proceed, so we came back, th.inking that perhaps you ha'a found the hole w.e dropped through. We will take it easy until you get the lantern. But look out that someone don't come around and surprise you. There are others here besides the four villains we were following." "I reckon we'll have to look out for them, then," Jim answered. ,. Then he turned to Arietta and said : "Let them haul you up. Send one of the men after a lantern, and be sure to tell them what' Wild juat said." '' All right," replied the girl, joyous a~ the thought that her young lover and the scout were safe. "I'll go up in a hurry." Dart let her take the rope, and then, he shouted for the cowboys to pull her up. 'rhis was quickly done, and then it was not long before she returned, bringing a lighted lantern with her. Arietta at once led the way through the big chamber. She meant to be the first one to see Wild, i it was possible. Jim left the rope in the doorway and hurried along with her. "Where are you, Wild?" he said, loudly, as they came to the passage that led from the underground chamber, where the ruins of the altar were. "Here!" came the faint reply from the other side of a great wall of rock. "Go back, and then turn to your left, and I think you will find the way." "All right." .Arietta pushed through the passage. She was keeping her eyes open, and she had n o t gone more than twenty yards when she saw where the passage brunched off. It had been very easy for Wild and Charlie to take this, since they had about exhausted their matches when they got there. They had waited a while near the mouth of the pas sage they had come to, but thinking it best n o t to go out that way, they had at last turned and gone back. Though they heard nothing further after the man in vited them to come out and be shot, they both felt thai

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1 8 YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE. he must be waiting, and that it was quite likely that man and the girl, and then he was satisfied that they there were more with him. were Young Wild West and his partners and sweetheart, Arietta had only walked a few steps in the passage for he had Sefn them all before. when she heard footfalls. "Young Wild West is a bad one to have on your trail," Someone was corning, and she felt that it was surely ha said, as he looked at the man, who so cleverly posed Wild and Oharlie as the "headless man." I have heard s ay that he never She was right, too, for the footsteps sounded nearer, leaves a trail until he has accomplished his purpose." and the next minute the two lost ones appeared in the "Well, we will give him a chance to get on a treasura light. the lantern threw out. trail, then," was the reply. "If he does get on it we will Anetta put the lantern on the ground and threw her-fix it so he dies before he gets th:a treasure. You leave self into the arms of the young deadshot. that to me. I am Mystery, and I am going to be as long Charlie quickly picked up the lantern and said: us we remain in Old Mexico." :'I reckon there ain't much time fur huggin' an kissin'. 'I'he man spoke in such a con:fid~nt way that Larimer We must git out of here." and his friends felt more relieved than ever "'l'hat's all right, Charlie," our hero replied. "Go I "You will come with us to our camp," said Mystery, ahead." after a pause. "We found the two sharp s labs and the "I am mighty glad to see you both alive," Jim Dart tree, because we remembered what was written at the observed, as he seized th eir hands and gave them a hearty bottm;n of the chart. But I lost the chart almost as soon shake.. as we got here. It dropped from my hand and fell into "Well, it seems that we all have a way of tnrning up a crevice, and that was the last we saw of it. There was when we get lost," Wild said, with a laugh. "It was no way to get it, as the crevice was not wide enough to quite an adventure we had; but I reckon it is only the descend, so we had to let it go." forerunner of more that a.re to come. As I said, when "Well, I'm mighty glad we come across you," Larimer I shouted to you, there are others around here besides retorte'd, showing he meant what he said by a vigorous the four galoots we are after. We saw one of them, 'nod. "We couldn't hav,e got away with ther gold, even if and he knows us. Re called me by nama, and he told me we had found it; an' ther chances are that we would have that the treasur<,,was removed this morning." got in a whofo lot of trouble with that boy you call "An' he said if Wild was so good at follerin' trails he Young Wild West. We'd fight ter hold ther traasure, of could start on ther trail of ther treasure," added the course, an' if he's all that yer say he is, ,he'd most likely-scout. git ther best of us in ther end. But with you ter lead "Which is something I will do all right," declared our us, he won't stand no show at all." hero. Mystery smiled, fol' he was pleased at what the villain They now hurried ba,ck to the end of the chute, and said. then, one at a time, they were pulled up by the cowboys. They all left the spot as soon as the four men gathered Wild -.Vas the last to come up, and when he arrived together their belongings. safely he said: They led their horsea and followed Myste~y and tha "Now then, to get to the camp. I want something to Mexican, who were not long in reaching their camp. eat before I do anything further." t 'I'his was located behind a square formation of earth As cool as though there had been nothing out of the and rock, about a hundred yards from the place whera ordinary to happen, the dashing young deadshot linked 'oung Wild West and Cheyenne Charlie broke through arms with Arietta and hurriea for the camp, followed by the ground and landed into the underg round place that the rest. hud once no doubt been a templa of the lost Aztec race. To say that they received a warm welcome would The high wall of rock shut off sound s ; so our friends hardly be expressing it. were not heard by the villains when they arrived jx,; Y ou:ng Wild West now felt that there was a mystery valley ..._ :,, T>,'it:!z to be solved, and their real adventure in Old Mexico .had But this was hardly to be expect e d, an y how sincf_'/?1a3 \iardly begun. the proper imtructions to guide them, Mystery ana soon discovered the entrance to the underground place. ...._ 'l'hey found the treasure there, too After digging loose a fl.at slab that was at least twelve CHAPTER VIII. feet square, it dropped down and made a roadway right into the passage that ran downward into the very passage THE TREASURE IS TAKEN AWAY BY THE VILLAINS. Wild and Chai-lie had come through after the horseman, who, by the way, was no other than Mystery, himself. Bill Larimer and his men were not long in getting The treasure easily amounted to the value of three hun acquainted with the man, who called himself Mystery, dred thousand dollars, and after the last of it had been and Diaz, the Mexican. brought up, Mystery rode his horse back into the place, They told all about how they had stolen the paper and was just in time to hear Wild and the scout talking from Profes sor Janeway, and how they had deceived in the big cha~ber. those who had surprised them and demanded it from He could not see them, but guessing who it was, he them. \ had said what has been recorded in a previous chapter. Diaz questioned ~them closely about the two boys and '.rhen. he hastened to get out, and when he heard the

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YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE. 19 two coming through the passage, he was at the opening They were now upon the desert, but this mattered with Diaz and Larimer. little to them, since they were heading in nearly a The other three villains had loaded the pack-mules, straight line for Tombstone and were already leaving the spot. 'rhey were not taking the course that had been folBut :finding that the two were not coming out to be lowed by Larimer and his two men, but were heading shot down, the three soon left the place and followed more toward the Arizona line. those who had gone ahead with the treasure. Since the question in regard to the division of the Mystery and Diaz had certainly brought plenty of tJ-easure had been oettled but little had been said about it. mules and a good out:fit with them. Mystery and Diaz were apparently satisfied that there Provisions they had in plenty, and everything they ~ liad would be no trouble in the least in dividing it when that would hold water was already filled before their they got to Tombstone; but Larimer and the other three meeting with Larimer and his three "'companions. were thinking it over almost continually as they rode The three were not long in overtaking the others, who along, and when they reached the spot where they were were traveling slowly to remain until morning they had settled upon a plan bJ But they could not proceed very fast, if they wanted which they might kill the two men they had joined forces to, for pack-mules are not inclined to cover the ground with, and then make off with the treasure. v~ry :fast as a rule. 'l'hey had lots of chances durmg the afternoon to exTombstone was the nearest place they knew of, so, 1 d th' th lt th t h d b 111 t d 'd d t th c 1ange op1mons, a.n 1s was e resu a a een .i.t ys ery ec1 e o go ere. l d b th With the loaded mules it would take them n;arly four reac ie Y em. days to make the distance. But not by ~ord ?r l?ok did they let the two know But they were more than satisfied with the Tich haul w~at they hacl m their mmds. thry had made from the Aztec ruins, and they did not The camp was soon fixed up, and after supper was miud the distance 80 much. eaten they all sat down to smoke and talk over the prosWhen they had left the place a mile behind them Laripects they had in view. mer turned to Mystery and said: After a while Mystery got out the coat he wore when "It would be jest as well if yer was tcr tell us how impersonating the Headless Man, saying as he did so: much we're ter git out of this pile of gold, boss." "T~ere's no_ telling how soon Youn~ Wi~d ~est a~d ~'5-iVell, all right," was the reply. "I think it would his fnends might_ come along, so. I thrnk it will be m be fair ii Diaz and myself took half, and gave you fellows order to 11ave thmgs ready to frighten them away. I the other half. What do you say to that?" fancy that even Young Wild West will quail when he "Don't yer think it oughter be divided up even? We sees _a headless ho~seman_ riding past him and holding _a done as much work in gittin' it out as you did-an' flammg skull to light his way. Ha, ha, ha! How it more, too, 'cause there was four workin' ag'in you two." frightened yofellows, Larimer." "But if it had not been for us you would never have "It sartinly did," the leader of the four villains anfound it," the "headless man" insisted. awered, shaking his head. "My pards here allowed that "Oh, yes, we would have found it, too. We ain't so you was a ghost, an' I sorter thought that way myself, thick as all that." first off. But it was nQt long afore I guess~d it ;yas some"Bui Young Wild West would have come along and one tryin' to scare us away from where ther treasure was. taken it away from you. You could never have got away You're sartinly a mighty fine actor at that game, bosti." with it, and you know it. I don't want any dissatis"Yes, I rather flatter myself that I am," and the vil faction about it, but I think I have made a fair proposi; lain who impersonated the Headless Man, smiled in a tion." pleased way. "Let it go at that, Bill," spoke up Skinny, though if He then proceeded to lay out the coat, so that he might .J}' )"'Y and Diaz could have seen the peculiar gleam be able to don it at a short notice, and this done he in his sunken eyes they would have had ample cause for called Diaz aside and started a whispered convarsatiol\ suspicion. with him. But he happened to be looking in. another direction, This caused the :!'.our villains who had joined with and tr1ey failed to see. them to grow a bit suspicious "All right, then," answered Larimer. "I s'pose it is It struck them that those they had plotted against fair, when yer come ter think of it."' might be expecting something to happen. But there was trouble brewing for the clever villain, Larimer leaned over and placed his mouth to the ea1 who called himself :l\Iystery The four villains meant to of Skinny, who he seemed to regard a1;1 the proper on~ have all the gold, and before they reached Tombstone, to make known his thoughts just then, and whispered: too. The greed for riches will do a lot sometimes, and "Say, we might jest as well settle this here business they were just the sort to murder to gain their point. right now. Them two galoots is there talkin' together, CHAPTER IX. LARIMER AND HIS MEN 'l'AKE POSSESSION. The six men who had succeeded in :finding the treasure in the ruins of the Aztec temple rode on until night overtook them. an' it is most likely that they're puttin' up a job to git ther whole thing away from us. What do yer say if we catch 'em an' tie 'cm so they can't git away, an' then light out in a difl'erent direction with ther gold? We kin do it easy enough, an' there ain't no reason, if we keep gain' over ther sand, that we can't fool Young Wild West and

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20 YOUNG WILD WES'r TR.AILING A TREASURE. rest tpo, SP,~~k guick, Skinny, an' l et me hear how Wild 'West and his friends could find them, after the .Yer feel about it." saudstorm.. ,r feel all right, Bill," was the reply. "You jest say 'I'his they knew must s urely have obliterated -the trail .: / the r word, an' yer kin bet your life rn be right with they made since they had struck the glittering, white you." sand. Larimer then quickly whispered his idea to the oth-ar When morning dawned tl).e four were up and stirring. two, and, as might be supposed, they readily assented. They a:ll knew that the sun mu~t be up by this time, but' rrhe fact was that Mystery and Diaz were simply talka peculiar sort of haze hung over the desert, and it was ing over some business they had between them that had impo ssible to see it. nothing to do with the gold they had taken from the They could not see one single landmark that would underground place. They didn't want those they had indicate in which direction they had come, and puzzled taken Ill with them to hear, and so they had stepped sorely, they look ed at one another asi_de, as has heei: stated. "I reckon this is what ver might call a putty state of rhe conversation la st ed longer than either of them affairs," observed Bill Larimer, shaking his head. "Here thought 1t would, when they began to talk, and the first w t i tl h d d th d d 11 th f tb 1 k +l d b L d I e are, w1 1 uee un re ousan o ars wor omg t 1ey new iey were pounce upon y anmer an g ld d t 1 1 h t t t th t 1 t o an we on mow w uc way o s ri rn ou w1 1 118 par ners. What are ver gain' ter do about it boys?'" 'l'aken completely by surpnse, they could do nothmg, nnd in less time than it takes to write it they were ren. Skmny, who pnded himself upon bemg as clever as dered powerless. th~ ~verage man, t~ok a~other look around, and then "What-what does this mean?" gasped Mystery, as he po~ntm? toward a l11gh piec_e of rock th~t looked some found the use of his tongue. "Haven't we treated you thmg like the top of an ancient castle, said : fellows fair? What do you mean, anyh9w ?" "I reckon that's ther way ter go, Bill. I'm sartin sure "We mean that we're goin' ter have ther whole of ther I seen that there thing that looks something like a treasure, or notbin'," an;wered Larimer, as he proceeded broken-down li ghthouse j est afore ther sun set. We was to bind the man's arms to his satisfaction. "We're goin' headin' right then, so if we go that way we'll be headin' ter leave you two fellers here on ther sand, so ther sun right now." kin shine on y-er to-mouow an' broil yer. Us four kin "Are yer sure of that?"' asked the leader, who evidently handle this here treasure a good deal better than you had his doubts about it. ,..._ ---.. galoots kin. 'rhat's what we mean, boss!" "Sartin sure, Bill." Mystery struggled fiercely to free himself, put it was "All right, then. As soon as we git something ter eat no use. we will strike out." The four villains had' certainly done their work quickly Half buried in the sand, Mystery and Diaz listened to and well. the conversation. Diaz fumed and swore in Spani s h, but he was only Like those who had made them prisoners, they did not laughed at, and finally he became silent. have the least idea as to which way might be east or west, It was just about this time that a stiff breeze came up; but they thought it best to say nothing. and gradp.ally increa s ing in force, it turned into what A ha s ty breakfast was prepared and eaten, and then might be called a regular gale. the villains started in to put the loads on the mules, so The sand went flying in clouds, and the villains were that they might proceed in the direction they had chosen almost blinded. as the right one. But not untii they made sure that there was no possiIt took them some little time to dothis, but when they ble chance of Mystery and Diaz getting free did Larim er were ready they mounted their own horses, and never s o and his partners quit using the ropes they had. much as saying a word to the two lying in the sa nd, tb.P~ When the san~ got to interfering with them so :fiercely d ff the horses_ hu_ddled_in a bunch and lay down, and l~aving ro J~ ;a; then that Mystery and Diaz called loudly tothem the two villams lymg prone upon the grou nd the four to release them. they declaring that they would not ask who had conquered them got close to the horses on the for any part 0 { the treasure if they would. sheltering side, and waited until the sandstorm was over. I It did not last more than ten ~inutes, but in that But the villam~ ~aughed mockm?ly and kept o~, and time great changes were wrought upon the desert it_ was not long be o e they l9ok e d hl~e mere ~pecks m the Where there had been white, level stretches there d~stance, and finally were lost to view behmd the sand ,rere now heaps of sand; and where there had been heaps lnlls. of sand before was nothing but a stra ight s tretch of Meanwhile Larimer and his companions proceeded on, waste, with here and there the brown rocks protruding. keeping the mules in lin e and doing their best to urge But thii could not be seen in the darkness, of course. them to a good gait. None of the villains realized that there had been a The sun refused to show itself: and the hours passed change just then, but they were destined to find it out by until they knew it must be getting along toward noon. wh, en daylight came. "Do you know one thing, boys," said Larimer, as he They made themselves as comfortable as possible, and shook his head and looked disgu sted "Botli them galoots leaving their two victims lying where they had left them, had,watches, an' not one of us had sense enough er take th~y went to sleep, not thinking it possible that Young 'em away from 'em. The sun ain't shinin' ter let us know

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YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE. il I ;hen it's time ter eat, so we've got ter guess at it. If we r "What is it, Enders?" he asked. had a watch we would be all right, I reckon." "I have got my hands free, Diaz." u 11 "What '" "\v e we didn't have any watches afore we met them ..,two galoots," replied Skinny; "so I reckon we kin git "You wait a minute and I'll have you free, too." along without 'em now. Ther sun ain't gain' ter stay "Oh! Do you mean that, Harper Enders?" under all day, it ain't likely,' so I say let's keep on gain' To prove that he did mean it, Mystery, or Harper till we get good an' hungry, and then take a rest." Enders, which was his real name, suddenly arose to his "'l'hat's the idea," said One Eye George. "I reckon I feet. kin stand it fer an hour yet, an' if I kin stand it, ther He stretched his arms and shook first one foot and rest of yer ought ter be able ter." then the other, until he got his blood circulating freely, Larimer nodded at this, and then once more he turned and then he turned his attention to the Mexican. his gaze tbward the landmark that Skinny had declared It was not long before he had him free, and then, was the proper thing for them to follow. assisting him to his feet, he said: "Now then, we will see who will win out. Diaz, we This must have been miles away, and the haze which must overtake those four men, and we must kill them! shut out the sun's rays was no doubt above it, else the viL lains could not have seen it. Do you hear what I say?" "I hear," was the reply. "But how are we to do it? A mile ahead oi them they saw a high hidge of rugged We have no horses, and they took our weapons from us." rocks, fantastic in shape in many places, and the villains hoped that they might strike something better than the "My horse did not go with them, Diaz. He is somesandy waste when they got there. where about here now. I could see them plainly when they left, and I know they did not have my horse. They When the distance had been covered, and they had had yours, however." found a narrow pass to lead them to the other side of the "If we can only find him, then," and Diaz brightened ridge, they all felt in b etter spirits. up and started to rubbing his numbed wrists. Through the pass they rode, leading the tired mules "And I have a revolver, too, Diaz," resumed the Amer behind them. ican, as he went to the spot where he had laid all the When they did get through it was a welcome sight that night, half covered with sand, and by feeling ~bout, pro- met th.r.i:r eyes, for here were green trees and shrubbery, duced the weapon. ., unct the odor of sweet -sc1mted wild flowers ,came to their "There it is!" he exclaimed. "When J''was struggling nostrils. witll. the rascals I managed to get a revolver from the "I reckon we have got away from ther blamed old I holster. But they pinned me so sharp that I could not desert all_ right!" exclaimed Bill Larimer. ,"T_his is what use it, and I managed to push it under the sand. I did I calls mighty good, boys. N..if then, we 11 Jest have a not think it would ever be of any use to me when I "ood rest. 'l'here ain't no ont. livin' as could follow us found that ~e scoundrels really meant to leave us. But here, I'm sartin o-f that." here it is, and I promise you, Diaz, that I am going to "That's what's ther matter, Bill," nodded Skinny, his use it on Larimer and his men! I will keep pulling the sunken eyes, gleaming with satisfaction. "I knowed I tri(Yger until the cylinder is empty, and I mean to do it was right when I said that this was ther way ter come." at ~ery short range, too." But little did th'e four villains dream that they had "Good!" exclaimed the Mexican. "Now to find your come almost directly back to the starting point, and that horse." they were now in the valley again, with the place the gold The two promptly set out in quest of the animal, had been hidden less than a mile away. though Diaz had his doubts about the four men leaving the animal behind. CHAPTER X. MYSTERY TURNS THE TABLES. The villains called Mystery and Diaz actually gave themselves up as lost when Bill Larimer and his men disappeared behind the sand hills. They were both in a weakened condition, but this did not prevent them from making a desperate struggle to free themselves. It was really what might be termed the last effort that could possibly amount to anything Diaz raved and swore in Spanish, but Mystery kept at ~t, gritting hard upon his teeth. Suddenly a cry of joy came from his lips, and then Diaz became suddenly still. In leo:s than five minutes he uttered a glad cry, for as they rounded a big heap of sand they saw the horse stand ing with drooping head. "I told you so!" cried Mystery, as we will keep on calling him. "I knew he was here." The horse raised his head when he heard them, and then, with a whinny of pleast1re, he came trotting to meet them. It was really a splendid animal that Mystery owned, and when he had patted the glossy neck and spoken in an affectionate way to the steed, he led him back to the camp that ha"d been deserted by those who had played them false. "I know there must be some things here that they failed to get, for they went away in a hurry," the Ameri
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YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE. ,The Mexican nodded, and then they proceeded to make I following them until they reach the end of the sanci a search. strip. Then they will surely halt, and it will be quite Mystery was quite right in what he said, for it was not easy to creep upon them and give them a surprise, I long before they discovered a small water keg, which think." ~1 was nearly full. The Mexican nodded) something that he was accus-Then they came upon a big frying pan which had betomed to doing often. longed to their own outfit, and then a bag of crackers was "As you say," he answered. pulled out of the sand -They dismounted and gave tlie horse a :fifteen minutes' The next thing that the rascally American came across rest. was the remarkable coat he wore when posing as the head less man, and he carefully lifted it from the sand and shook it to free it from the tiny particles. "I rather think I will use this soon, Diaz," he said. "Anyhow, I shall take it along." "That/is right, Enders," replied his companion. "I don't blame you if you do. That is ,certainly a remark able disguise. I never saw anything half as neat." They made a further s~arch, but nothing could they find. Mystery thought for a moment or two, and then he said: "There is just about enough water in that keg to give us all we want for the present, and to fill up the horse. I say to drink it now, after we eat some biscuits, and trust to luck to find more." "I agree with you. What you say will go, as you Amer icans say." "Very wrll, then. We will eat breakfast and then be off on the trail which will be a plain one, since there is no air tirring to fill the tracks." T'hey each swallowed a little of the water, and then they made as good a meal as they could of the dry crack ers. They were rather thirsty, as might be Slij)posed, and they drank plenty of water, pouring it into the frying pan to permit them to get a good chance at it. When they could hold no more they gave the rest to the horse, and the animal was so much refreshed that he appeared anxious to get away from the spot. There was naught but a halter on the steed, but Mys tery quickly rigged this into an improvised bridle, and then the two mounted, not forgetting to take the disguise with them. "Even if my horse has got a double burden, we can cover the ground much faster than the mules can," the \.merican observed. "But we don't want to overtake them scoundrels too soon We would make out better if we could reach them when they are taking a rest." The Mexican nodded. There was no doubt but that he relied entirely upon the judgment of his friend. 'rhough he had not been fed since the day before, the horse showed that he had considerable strength left, and he was willing to go faster than Mystery would let him. In a little over an hpur from the time they started ihey came in sight of the pack-mules less than a mile ahead of them. "There they are!" exclaimed the American, as he quickly turned the horse toward a high wall of rock, so they might not be seen, in case the men were looking back. "Now we know we are all right. Diaz, we will keeE "I don't know whether that man was right or not when he said the high peak over there that bears a strong re i:,emblance to a lighthouse was a landmark to follow," said Mystery, as he gazed at the high mark that showed quite distinctly. "If the sun was shining we could te11 just about where we are heading. But it makes no difference, anyhow. We want to catch the four napping, and have our revenge upon them, as well as get back our gold It is our gold, because it would never have been taken from the buried temple if it had not been for us. What could they have dtne with the little outfit they have with them? Why, it was about all the little pack-mule could do to carry what they need to camp with." "You are right in all you say, Enders," nodded the Mexican. "Shall we go on now?" "Yes, we will go on until we sight them again, and then we will halt and give the horse another rest." This plan was carried out; the result was they halted three times after that, the third when th.e four vi.Ila' ., reached the valley and were about to go through the pass into it. Like them, neither 1':stery nor Diaz knew they hacr come back to the valley they had taken the treasure from. They thought they wei-e well on their way to Tomb stone, and that the rest of the journey would be made' with comparative ease, after they had settled accounts with Bill Larimer and his men. Giving them p Ienty of time to get through the pass, the two set out after them, the tired horse pricking up his ears as he scented what lay beyond It was just as they got ~hrough, and could see the luxuriant foliage before them, that the sun came out. It was almost directly over their heads so there was...,-.. nothing to go by just then. They dismounted and let the hors e take to the grass. Then they looked around, and it was not long before they saw a column of smoke ri s ing off to the right. The distance to it was less than half a miie, and with a nod of satisfaction, Mys tery exclaimed : aDiaz, now is the time! We will creep upon them and take them by surprise." "But we have but one revolver between us," came the hesitating reply. "You just leave it to me. I'll get something more in the way of weapons before we start in to clean them out I'll show you how clever I am at stealing from wide awake, ... people. It will be easy to do it from those fellows. They are not very bright at anything, except that they seem to know the value of gold." ,f "Well) you are more clever than I am, I know. But don't think that I w9n't do my share. H I had a revolver

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YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE. 23 I would join in with you in shooting them down before they had a chance of defending themselves." "I suppose I might do that alone-I did intend to try it that way at first. But I think it would be better i. I could creep up and steal some of their weapons from Larimer got the last bullet, and when he rolled over done for, Mystery called for Diaz to come. CHAPTER XI. them." TRA.ILTNG THE TREASURE. "It would be surer; but suppose they catch you in the Young Wild West and his friends remained at the act?" camp for at least half an hour after the rescue from the "If they happen to do that I will be the first one to underground place. shoot, you can rest easy on that. I will be ready to shoot They felt sure that someone was watching them all the at any moment." time, and they were on the alert for danger. "Well, try it, if you think you can do it." But nothing did they hear, and after a while our hero "I can, and will do it." decided to take a look around. The Mexican said no more. "Come, Charlie," he said, as he picked up his rifle. Mystery now examined his revolver. "I reckon we know about where the mouth of that passHe removed the remaining particles of sand from it, age is. We'll work our way around among the rocks and and found it was in perfect working order. ruins and see what the galoots are up to." "Now then, come on, Diaz," he said. "We will lead "Good enough!" e~claimed the scout, who was ready the horse pretty close, and then we will go forward on and willing to go. foot until we get so close to them that there is danger of All hand? thought that those who claimed that the 1Jeing discovered. I will then creep up, and we will soon treasure was taken away that morning had told an unhave the treasure all to ourselves." truth, and that it was still there. Without another word, he took the horse by the bridle Professor Janeway was very hopeful, for the confidence and started along the plain trail the villains had made. that Young Wild West showed made him think that there Diaz followed, as a matter of course. was no such thing as failing, especially after what had They were not long in getting close to the spot from happened. which, the smoke was rising. I Wild and Charlie worked their way around, using the <.,--nut Ill>~ autil they could hear the voices of men did shrubbery and rocks to conceal their movements, and at they stop. 1 length they came in sight of a spot where an excavaLeaving the horse upon a patch of luxuriant grass, they j tion had been made, for they could see a small pile of b oth stepped forward noiselessly. fresh earth. When they got to a place fD)11 which they could see But there was no sign of a human being there. those who were carrying on t11e con"Mrsation Mystery Our hero was pretty sure that they must be quite near motioned for his companion to remain there. the spot where the. underground passage opened and it Then he crept forward in a way that showed he had now struck him quite forcibly that the man who had said had some experience in woodcraft. the treasure was gone spoke the truth after all. He could see the pack-mules, with the heavy loads reThey waited for a few minutes, and then they both moved from them, and a glitter came in his eyes that crept stealthily toward the spot. ,,howed plainly that a demon was lurking there. It did not take a minute for them to see fresh hoofBill Larimer was sitting on the ground, with his back prints in plenty, and then they 1rnew that they had come against a tree; while his companions were busy getting too late to catch the villains there. the noonday meal ready. The next minute they were busy making an investiga--.,.. .... ,,...," -r-rie.iJ::. rifles were stacked against the same tree he was faon. leaning against, and there was an air of peace and c 'on-The hoofprints were so plentiful that there was no tell-tentment about him. ing how many ll(orses and mules had been there. Mystery moved stealthily and got behind him. It was not long before they found the mouth of the With his revolver ready to fire at the least notice, he passage. got his other hancl upon one of the rifles. Near it were two big urns, which wen! undoubtedly of He removed it from its position without being dissolid silver. 1 covered. As the scout pushed one of them over two golden coins The villains were not looking that way just then, so he rolled from it. took another. Wild picked them up and saw that they were Spanish, As he put his hand upon the third the man called ancl of very ancient coinage. Skinny happened to look that way. "They have got the treasure, Charlie," he said. "The ;c:,-_,ook out, Bill!" he shouted. "There's ~a--" galoot told the truth when lie said sb. Now it is for us f'crack! to start on the trail. I will show them that I can trail a Skinny dropped, for the range was so short that Mystreasure, as well as anything else. Go and tell the rest ry could hardly miss. to get ready to move. I will wait here till you come Crack! Crack! Crack! back." Three shots were :fired, so quickly that the men could "All right, Wild," answered the scout. "I reckon you're ,., not have known where they came from. right. I'll bet that ther four galoots fell in with others

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24 YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE. what was here ahead of 'em, an' that they've j'ined in an' made a good job of it." "Quite likely. But it don't make any difference how many of them there are. They have shown that they are villains, and they have threatened our lives. That means that we have the right to pursue them, and if we. catch them, take possession of the treasure. If that man had not made his threats I would have felt as though we had no right to interfere with him. But i{ow it i s different. He invited me to trail the treasure, and that is just what I am going to do." Charlie quickly started for the camp, taking as short a cut as possible. The finding of the two gold coins was quite enough evidence to convince Young Wild West that the treasure was gone. As he looked around him he saw that there was more evidence of a temple having stood there than the re was on the side he and Charlie had broken through and, slid down the chute. Right near the stone slab was part of the wall of a stone building, a square opening in it that might have once been called a window. He walked around behind thi s and found he could ascend to it easily. Then he stood looking througli until he saw Charlie and the cowboys coming. rl'hey were all mounted, and as they saw him they called out and waved their hats. "Ther rest will be here as soon as they git ther p ack horses loaded Wild," Cheyenne Charlie said, as he halted and dismounted. "Arietta will fetch Spitfire." "S'pose we go down there an' see if they took away everything?" suggested Dick Ball. '(Well, we might as well, I suppose," our hero answered. All but one of the cowboys we~t down, he remaining to take care of the horses. They were not long in finding where the treasure had been. A little vault right behind the altar was open, and it was from this the silver urns had been removed and the gold coins and other valuables taken from them. A few coins were found that the villains had neglected, and then they all went out through the passage. It was not long before Arietta came riding up, leading Wild's sorrel stallion. She soon learned the state of affairs, and then she looked at her aashing young lover and said: "Wild, we ought to overtake them very easily." "Yes, Et. They won't get away from us, you can rest assured on that." I Tp.e rest soon reached the spot, and then there was nothing to keep them there any longer. "Now to start on the trail of the treasure, professor," said Wild, as he mounted his horse. "It seems that we don't need the chart, after all. The villains were kind enough to get the gold out of the vault for us." Professor Janeway shook his head. changed my mind. You know very well that you were the' only one who gained the information from the old Indian. l 'l'hat being the case, you are entitled to whatever ha s been, found here. The fact that the four rasca l s palmed off a fictitious chart on us, and that the man who challenged me to follow the trail must be one of those who killed the old Indian, makes it quite plain that we should cap ture the treasure and hold it. It is yours by right, pro fessor." "Well, it doe s look that way," and the professor bright ened up. "Come on. We'll be off without any further delay." But, as the reader knows, the si;x: villains had a good start of them, and if they did not proceed swiftly they would not soon overtake them. Wild, thinking it would be a sure thing, did not go on ahead of the main party, but contented himself with the knowledge that they were gaining on the fugitives at every step. \ '.l'he trail was a plain one, even when the} reached the desert waste. The sandstorm came up, but it happened that they got protection from it behind a cliff. Wild and hi s partners knew quite well that the trail was now covered, but they were not discouraged. It was a tedious sort of a night they put in, and when they found that the' sun did not shine in thg,.mo~11ing.,...'') they might be able to set their course by it, the pocket-~ compa_ss that our nero always carried was brought into use. "Oh, we will get ti'1tm, :never fear," he assured the professor. "Al). we li ?'1' to do is to find where they spent the night. It will be easy after that. Don't get dis couraged, professor." "I am not discouraged," was the reply. ~'But I was in hopes that we would overtake them quickly, and settle the matter. Then I meant to go back to the ruins of the temple and make an exami nation of it, so I might make a report when I get back to civilization." "Well, we won't be long now. Just as soon as we have eaten breakfast we'll start out." The breakfast was soon prepared, and then thxL-. rather hurriedly. Mounting their horses, they rode on in the same direc tion they had been following. In less than an hour they suddenly came upon fresh hoofprints> in the sand. There were niany of them, too, but when Wild found that they were going almost directly toward the little valley he was puzzled. "Back to the ruin s of the temple we go, professor. The galoots have lost their way, and they are heading a.bout where they started from. That just suits you, I reckon." "It does, jf such is really the case," was the re~ly. CIIAPTER XII. THE TRAIL NEARS TIIE END. "It would seem that since they were the ones to find it, they should be entitled to it," he answered. Both Young Wild West and his partners were confident that the villains had lost their way and were traveling in have I the direction of the valley by mistake. "I thought that way myself at first. But I

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YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE Since the sun had failed to show it was not as"'\varm as it might be, though the air was rather oppressive. They continued on for fully two hours before they bCopped to give the hot'Ses a rest, and when this had been done went on again. 'l'he party continued on this way across the desert, following the trail through the sand with the greatest <:ase, and about an hour after noon they reached the val ley. The sun was now shining brightly, and the singing of the birds in the luxuriant foliage sounded pleasant to their ears. Instead of following the trail now, they turned to the left, so that they might halt somewhere in the woods, and then have the opportunity of finding out just where the villains were. A suitable place was soon found, and then they dis mounted. "I want everybody to keep perfectly still now," said Wild. "We have ente .red the valley from the north end, which makes us abMt a mile and a half from where we were camped before leaving yest e rday afternoon. Charlie andI will go and find where the galoots are, and when we have done this we will come back and report. Then we will decide upon just exactly what we are going to do 1tbout it. Take it easy, everybody We are not going to get caught in a trap this time, either from accident or de~ign}' "Be carefuT, Wild," said Arietta, warnhgly. "You have very clever villains to cope with, and you must not lose any of your caution." '"That's all right, Et," was the smiling reply. "Don't you worry in the least. We have trailed the treasure, and we will soon have posses s ion of it. It make s no difference if there are a dozen or the villains. We will get it, just the same." Then the dashing young deadshot and the scout rode off, taking the trail that led through the valley. They allowed their horses to walk, as they did not want to make any noise that might be heard by the men they were after, and when the y had covered about a quarter of a mile they suddenly came upon f;ur bodies that were lying upon the ground. e glance told them the dead bodies were those of Bill Larimer and his partners. "'l'hunder!" exclaimed the scout. "I wonder who done this?" "I don't know, Charlie," answered our hero, shaking his head. "But I have an idea that the men we saw riding out of the buried temple yesterday might know some thing about it." "It does sorter look that way, that's so." "They have had a falling out, I suppose. But never mind that. We won't have so many to fight now. Come on." The ground was pretty well cut up by the hoofs of the horses and mules, and mounting their horses, our two friends started on the trail. Through the woods they went, and when they found i that it swung around directly toward the place the treas ure had been removed from they were not a little sur prised. As they mounted a slight rise in the ground they sud denly came in sight of the horses and mules. They were at a halt near the ruins, and when they sa\\ that the loads had been taken from the backs of the mules, and that they were grazing peacefully, they re solved to be careful lest they all into a trap. "Charlie," said Wild, "I reckon you had better go ha ck and fetch along the rest. Then we can surround the spot and creep up. That will fix things so we won't get trapped, I reckon. There is one thing certain. They can't attend to us on all sides at one time. I don't be lieve there are very many of them." "That's right. I reckon there ain't, Wild. I'll soon have them cowboys here. Ther professor an' ther gals an' two heathens kin hang back some, I reckon." "Yes, that will be best." Charlie mounted his horse, and when he had gone about a hundred yards he started at a gallop and soon reached those waiting in the woods. He quickly told them what was in the wind, and then they all set out with hi:qi to return to Wild. When they got there our hero declared that he had seen nothing n: any men, but that he believed they were in hid ing somewhere, and meant to trap them. CHAPTER XIII. CONCLUSION. Not the least bit of pity or nervousness had the man, who chose to call himself Mystery, shown when he shot down the men; nor did he after it was done. The Mexican came in answer to his call, and he shook his hands and fairly danced with the delight when he saw his friend standing there with folded arms. "You did it, Enders! You did it welll" he exclaimed. Diaz shru_gged his shoulders and turned from the scene. '~What are we to do now?1 he asked. "Do? Why just as we meant to do before we met the our traitors." "Ah! yes, I understand. We must get the treasure to Tombstone." f "We'll do it in a couple of days, too, Diaz. I consider that we have been very lucky. It was a good thing that i.he four men came along with this copy of the original chart, else we might have been looking or the entrance to the buried temple yet." He pulled the paper from his pocket and looked it over, a smile of satisfaction creeping over his ace. "Are you going to keep that, now that we have suc ceeded in getting what we came for?" asked the Mexican. "Keep it? Certainly. Why not?" "Well, that, was stolen from Professor Janeway. It is not nice to be caught with stolen goods, you know." "Well, we might as well say that we stole the treasure from him, then. He was the first to get the information about the gold that was here." /'Well, that is so. It matters not, I suppose. Only the paper, is no good to you now." "Now then," said Mystery, after he had thought a minute. "I suppose we may as well stop right here for a couple of hours so the animals may have a good rest. I

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26 YOUNG WILD WEST TRAILING A TREASURE. don't m~an right here, for I don't exactly like our sur-1 Dick Balk to take a couple of lariats and a lantern and go, r oundings We will move ahead a little." around and get into the underground place by means of His companion nodded, and then they proceeded to the chute. 1 ., swing the bags of treasure over the backs of the mules. This they soon did, and, as the reader knows, the.> Mystery soon got ahead, and then they went all rigf t. treasure w~s there. As the man was riding along he came suddenly upon a After Wild had_ received their report he thought a motrail that caused him to give a violent start. ment, and then said: "Well, there is one thing certain) and th~t is t~at th_ e "Great Jupiter!" he exclaimed, under his breath. "We villains are around here somewhere. We will wait until have come straight back to the place we set out from with after dark; and then we'll start in to get the treas"11re out. the gold Diaz, come here!" There is no u se of carrying it through the other way, and 'rhe Mexican hur:rriedly rode up. then hauling it up the chute. ,We will keep a watch right He, too, recognized the spot. here, and maybe we will get the ga loots before that time." "What are you going to do now, Enders?" he asked, After what seemed to be a long wait, night came. bis jaw dropping. Wild and Charlie took a lantern and went to the slab "Well, there isn't anything to do but to take a rest, of rock and lifted it. and then start out again," was the reply. Arietta, followed by Hop, climbed to the wi~dow that "I supp'bse that is right." was in the part of the te1+1ple left above the surf~ce. They were soon ha] L ed near the mouth. of the pas sage The rest of our friends were scattered around, guardmg 'that led down into the apartments of the ruins. the treasure spot. They ate the noonday meal in the same place they had Charlie went down into the hole and began passmg up eaten it the day before, and yet they had covered a good the treasure. many miles ir+ the intervaf It was just then that something happened. ''Suppose Young Wild West s hould :find our trail leadSuddenly a bright light flashed through the darkness, ing this way," said Diaz, when they had eaten, and were completely drowning that given out by the lantern. resting and smoking under the shade of the trees. There was a clatter of hoofs, and the Headless Horse-J "It might be a good idea to climb up somewhere and man dashed by, holding the head with the :fiery eyes at have a look around, to see if they are in sight-I mean arms' length. ...., Young Wild We s t and his friends," Mystery answered. Orang! It was Jim Dart who :fired, and ~vith a shneK, .,, Then he arose himself, and Jelecting the highest point of agony, the mysterious :figure threw up its arms and near at hand, he started to -climb up fell from the saddle He was not long in reaching it, and then, as he looked That settled "a mystery of Old Mexico." over the back trail, he saw our friends coming something Diaz saw what happened, and he turned and galloped like two miles away. away from the scene Our friends ha~ not seen him, no: Down he came as quick as he could. did they ever, for he did not show up rn Tombstone. "We must throw the tr~asure back into the passage This about ends our story, for there is no need of going and put the big slab over it," he exdaimed. into details as to-how the treasure was taken to TombT~e two worke~ hard and got all the gola into the I stone and divided. openmg. The paper had been found on the body of Ende1 s, and Then they covered 1t with the s lab, and leavmg the the profe,,sor took possession of it. mules and extra horses they had right where they were, It was a nice little pile that our hero and his partners they took their own and went off to a :goint where they made out of the adventurous trip into Old Mexico, and might watch the scene, a~d be ready to le ave, i.f it became the professor gained all the honor of the discovery of the necessary, at the ~ame time. ancient temple. They saw our. fnend~ come there, _and. then, when ~hey But that was only one of the many thr1lhng adve~found how caut10us Wild and Charhe,were, they decided tures our hero had passed through, and the author 1s that there was but one c~ance for them to hold the glad to be able to state that he will keep right at it until treasure, and that was to frighten them from the spot 11 that are worth printing shall be told. Meanwhile we will turn our attention to Young Wild a TilE END. West and his frie~ds. Read "YOUNG WILD WEST STANDING A SIEGE; Our hero and his partners and the cowboys were not S VED HIM,, h" h b the long in surrounding the spot, and so well did they work it or, HOW ARIETTA .;d W t 'w w kt,, wi e that Mystery and Diaz were baffled from seeing those who next number (354) of Wi es ec Y came on the side they were hiding. When this was done to his satisfaction, Wild waited for nearly half an hour. Half the afternoon was gone by this time, and he de cided that it was time to do something. He soon crept up to the spot where the opening ~ad been, and finding it closed, came to the conclusion that the villains must have stored the treasure there. He meant, to find out, anyhow, so he asked Jim and SPECIAL NOTICE :-All back numbers c,f this week ly except the following are in print: 1 to 22, 2~, 25 to 28, 30, 31, 33, 36 to 40, 42, 44, 45, 50, 51: ~f you cannot obtain the ones you want from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to0 FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, New York City, and yov. will receive the copies you order, by return mail.

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WILD WEST WEEKLY. 17 w I Lo w Es T WEE KLV the clock increases in stature, w11ue a pair of gray feet protrude from beneath its base. Passing through transitional 'a stages the thumping is replaced by a spasmodic breathing Nr;_;.w Y>RK, JULY 23, 1909. and wheezing, and upon the stroke of twelve the pendulum-Terms to Subscribers. Slnitle Cople5 ............................................. One Copy Three Months ............... J ................ .. One Copy Six Months .................................... O~c Cop:, One \'car .............. ....................... Postage Free. How To SEND MONEY, .05 Cenu .65 $1.25 2.50 At our risk send P. 0. Money Order, Check, or ~stered Letter; re mittances in any other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stampe the same ae cash. When sending silver wrap the coin in a separate piece of paper to aToid cutting the envelOP!l, W,-ite uour name and address pl.ainlu. .il.d(i,ress lette,s to Frank Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Sq., New York, SOME GOOD ARTICLES. In Australia are to be found the largest, heaviest and most peculiar nests m the world. ll'hese are the nests of the jungle fowl, so-called, and are built in the form of grea,t mounds, the average mf.'asurement in height being 15 feet, and the circumference 150 feet. T:b.e nests are erected in secluded heltered spots and, as in the case of the small nests of birds, they .are skilfully interwoven with leaves, grass and twie;s ;,.ncl such other suitable material as the fowl may be ab e to procure. A similar system is followed by the bush turkey, whose home is, however, more comprehensive in design. Its shape is pyramidal. It has been asserted by Aus t lian naturalists that the nests of the bush turkeys, which live in colonies, are so large that to move them requires the services of six or seven men. The material of a single nest has been found to weigh upward of five tons. T,welve years ago, when the viilagers living off the borders of Reigate Heath, Surrey, England, had no place to worship near.er than the parish church, a service was held in a school room close by and was so well attcncled that the authorities looked around for a suitable permanent building. The erection of a church was out of the question, but there stood on the heath the remains of an old mm, a picturesque feature in a beautiful bit of landscape. Inspection showed that once the we got rid' of a comparatively small 0\1tlay would furnish and renaGr the mill fit for public worship, and soon it was opened as the Chapel of the Holy Cross. 'l'he interior of the chapel arouses interest, says the Wide World Magazine. Four buttresses, four feet thick by six feet in height, serve as rests for two massive beams which cross each other in the center and support an upright shaft cracked with age and strongly bound with iron bands. The buttresses make four natural alcoves. The entrance door stands in one, and im mediately opposite is the altar; the harmonium is placed in a third, and the bellringer sits close beside it and rings his bell; the fourth is occupied by the congregation. The rent of this novel church is only: 25 cents a year. i ,. A grandfather's clock which has long been an heirloom in an old family in the town of Bosingstoke, England, affords shelter to what appears to be a ghost. At the approach of mid ~ight each night the otherwise peaceful "grandfather" be comes eager to take a walk, evidently thinldng a little exer-cise will do him good and limber up his old bones. The ticking suddenly changes into a deep and peculiar thumping, door opens, revealing an enormous ashy gray hand with malshaped fingers. The clock face disappears, displaying a fright ful gray head, large and round, with abnormally long pale blue eyes. Beyond a quiet stroll, whichcauses weird tappings along the landings during the night, the apparition is inof fensive, and is said to prove of great service in sending every one early to bed. GRINS AND CHUCKLES. '=======-============ -"Well," said Mrs. Casey, proudly, "my Dennis was wan o' the pallbearers at the funeral o' the rich Michael Hooliga~ th'day." "Ay!" retortedMrs. Cassidy, jealously, 'tW!l,S well fitted fur 'the job yer husband was; shure, he's used to carryin' the bier that some wan else pays fur." Mrs. Flynn had just moved into the neighborhood and an old friend dropped in for a visit. "And are yez on callin' terms wid yer i.,ixt door neighbor yet?" "Indade Oi am. Oi called her a thafe an' she called me another." Gentleman (arising in street car)-Won't yo.u take my seat, madam? The Suffragette-No, sir; I will not. You are entitled to it until such time as we women have somiithing to say about the framing of laws governing public conveyances." Silas-I swan, squire, but my old mare has just chawed up my pocketbook. 'l'J.e Squire-Don't worry, Sile, that will make her go so fast she is liable to win the races at the fair. Silas -Why so, squire? The Squire-Well, you know, money makes the mare go. "I guess p~w must have passed a lot of time at the dentist's when he was in New York," said Johnny Green. "Why do you think so?" queried his ma. "Cause I heard him tell a man to-day that it cost him nea.rly $800 to get his eye-teeth cut," replied ,Tohnny. ..,. The clerk was about to wrap up two pair of gloves that an exacting customer had finally decided to buy. "Please put them in separate parcels," said the customer. "Oh, buying for someone else?" was the clerk's comment, and the customer re plied: "Yes, for a separate lady." "I understand that your wife and daughters have acquired several foreign languages." "Yes," answered Mr. Cumrox, "when they're having a good time in society, or at the opera, they talk French or Italian. But when it comes to telling their troubles they get back at plain English, so that I can take a hand. Mary, five years old, and Stella, who was about the sam~ age, were talking about their future dreams. "When I grow up," said Mary, "I'm going to be a scb!rol teacher." "Well, I'm going to be a mother with four children," said Stella. "Well, when they come to my school I'm going to whip them, whip them, whip them!" "You mean thing!" said Stella, as the, tears came into her eyes. "What have my poor children ever done to you?"

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28 WILD WES'l' WEEKLY. CAPTIVE AND PROPHET 1 I erected, and tail waving to and fro in serpentine moveme~tE'( looked a beautiful though fear-inspiring sight. By KIT CLYDE. To this very day, the central portions of Australia are as much unknown as was the source of the River Nile, ten or fifteen years ago. But a moment things remained so, for the next instant the 1 dark body came hurtling through tl\e air toward the youn~ lad, who, seeing it coming, slipped from the saddle and struc!i: Gip a smart blow on the haunches that sent him flying from the spot: Some parts of the coast are inhabited, while others are not. Your geography will tell you that the land of Australia 1,lopes, or, more properly speaking, rises gradually as you proceed inland, and it is presumed the center of the island or continent is a great series of table-lands. But what has this to do with the story, you ask? We shall see. Among the early inhabitants of Australia was John Barrow, his wife, and two sons, Edward, aged fifteen, and Charlie, twelve. It is with Edward we have to deal. Mr. Barrow was a broken-down merchant, yet he had gone to Australia with not a little money, wherewith to help himself along. I-Je entered into business ~ith the natives, and by fair dealings and upright acting got along admirably; but, as has been the case time and again, a disturbing element came in, in the shape of other traders who songht to gain what rightfully they had no claim to. This of course bred bad feeling, and finall:11o gave rise lo the world-famous bushrangers, or, as others have termed them, bushwhackers. The panther struck where but a moment before both rider< and horse had been, and apparently enraged at his, being balked, he turned his attel).tion to the lad, and quickly crouch ing, he took a flying leap toward Edward. It failed, for at the moment of the spring Edward jumped nimbly aside; then, ere the panther could turn, he raised his rifle and taking aim sped a bullet into the animal's head. Instead of killing it, it seemed to give the ferocious beast new life, for with nimble, supple bounds h e shortened the space between himself and the prey he wanted. With rifle discharged, Edward's only means of defense was a small but sharp hunting-knife. When five or six feet away the panther paused momentarily, then sprang; as he did so, Edward dropped to the ground, and a.s the panther passed above him gave an upward dig with his knife that made a long gash in his side. Quickly the wounded animal turried and turned again, rushing, jumping forward, backward, sideways, any way. It was horrible. Quiclc as a fl.ash, here and there, the panther darted. At last his claws were sunk deep into Edward's shoulders, and he was borne to the earth. The fiendisb mouth, with its terrible fangs, was wide open, and directed toward his throat~ Edward could count the seconds of life that remained for That these bushrangers proved a terrible curse to that him unless help came. country, everybody knows. With a fiendish malevolence the panther seemed desirous of As times progressed and Mr. Barrow was able to afford it, playing witil his victim, and made numerous mimic offers at he purchased for Edward, then almost sixteen, a handsome Edward's throat. and fleet-footed pony. Feeling that it was a matter of life and death, he stood "' It was Edward's delight to jump on Gip's back, and take boldly up and faced his terrible antagonist, with nothing to a scamper across the fields before breakfast, or, that over, to defend himself but his fancy knife. take his neat little gun across his saddle-bow and start out in But suddenly comes a wild yell, and from the bush dart for h quest of adventure, either in the shape of game or a trial of a number of bushrangers. skill with some of the native horsemen. It was at about this period that the bushrangers became more aggressive, and Mr. Barrow warned Edward not to go too far in his excursions into the country. For some days Edward restricted himself in the length of his rides, then a.s nothing occurred of. an alarming character he extended them. At sound of their voices, the panther's jaws came together with a fear-inspiring snap, a low, fierce growl rolled from his mouth, his body arched, hair bristled, and tail moved. He dug a paw into Edward's shoulder, and "fhe latter cried out in agony, which attracting again the animal's attention, would have resulted in his death had not one of the bush-rangers, more courageous than the rest, darted forward, and One day when a greater distance from home than usual Gip with a stunning blow from a huge club lain the animal sensebecame frightened, and clasping the bit between his teeth he Jess on the ground. ,,~ started on a sharp run, and held on his way despite his rider's It required but a minute or two to effectually dispatch him. most vigorous attEVDpts to check him. A few words from the chief, and several of the men picked On-on-over hill and through dale, the flying horse carried Edward up and carried him between them, while another Edward. On-on-unceasingly on. carried Edward's rifle and knife. As they were pursuing this wild, aimless career, the air was For three days they traveled, and during ihat time they filled with a crowd of flying javelins, hurled a.t the horse and were as careful of Edward as if he had been a baby. rider. They finally reached the end of their journey, a long valley, Several of them struck Edward, but did not unseat or mabetween two high, stupendous hills. Here the place was cov-terially hurt him, and still on Gip flew. ered by rude mud huts by the thousands, some larger, some They had gone l:)ut a short distance when Gip stopped In smaller. his wild flight so suddenly that his rider went nearly over his Edward was conveyed to one of the larger, whose doorways head. and walls were covered with straw, but whose floor was Edward recovered himself quickly and glanced around for Mother Earth. the cause of Gip's fright; the animal now having sank back Sitting in the doorway, Edward could see al! over the val1{3~ on his haunches and trembling like a leaf in an October and he was surprised to see from all quarters, at all hours of breeze. the day, coming little bands of Australian blacks. Soon he saw the cause. The concourqe momentarily grew larger. -;,- In the overhanging branches of a tree just ahead he saw a While puzzling his brain for a solution of the gathering vair of greenish, glaring eyes, and stretched along the limb numbers, the truth struck him-it was the great festival of the lithe, supple body of a panther, who, with back slightly Wishtenog, the Deily of the blacks, at which it was currently

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' WILD WEST WEEKLY. 29 r~ported they offered living sacrifices, the latter being usually I "I am your slave," said he, as a second time h e reverently a number of their enemies, or, at a pinch, the old and useless i kissed Edward's hand. members of their own tribe. 1 Time passed on; the festival still continued, protracted by Fearing and dreading the resu l ~ to himself, Eldward wanted the presence of the prophet from Wishtenog. to get his rifle into his hands. A few exhibitions in parlor magic which were calculated to Having no lmowledge of firearms, the blacks gave it to him. deceive t~e natives confirmed Edward's fame; and he felt that Overjoyed at having it in his possession, he loaded i t and for the present he was safe. kept it closely beside him. A week more passed, and the festival began to wane in vigor Night came and passed. With morning's first ligh t he was of manifestations; numbers left clay after day, and finally, awakened by a rude shaking, and opening his eyes, he saw given to understand that he was to be attached to Rullantom's bent over him the dusllY form of an Australian black, who sigtribe, and taken in charge by that individual, they left the nified by motions that he was wanted. valley. With a horrible fear surging through his heart, Edward Several days late r, to Edward's great surprise, he saw Gip' allowed the fellow and a companion to carry him out of the well-known form t o one side of the narrow path they were hut, and, by a winding course, to ~here were gathered in oDe pursuing. A whistle from Edward, well known by Gi'p, mass all of the bands who had straggl ed in the day before. caused the animal to prick up his ears; another moment t he Through the crowd to an open space in t h e centef. they bore animal came to him on a gallop, and reaching his master, him, then sat him down upon the ground near where a narrow laid his head upon his shoulder. trough was scOl)ped out in the ground, which was now filled Edward vaulted upon his back, 'o/hen Gip, aware> of wl).o with dry fagots, while stretched laterally across were a num-was astride of his back, capered round as playful as a kit-ber of larger sticks. ten. Their purpose was plain, and Edward knew what was comHis fame was not enough to bind him to the savages, for he ing. knew that it could not be lasting, and knew that some treachThey commenced a wild, weird dance, the air r in ging the erous one among them, jealous of him, might with one stroke while witlt .elfin laughter, and fiendish shoutings, of the huge axes they carried, send him to kingdom come, at This ended, they caught the lad up, and threw him upon the almoS t any moment. pile of fagots. He determined, now that h e was astride of his fleet-footed pony, to make a break for liberty. Meanwhile, he had clung to his rifle, and as if by inspiration, the thought rushed in his mind that perhaps it might prove the salvation of his life. short distance, and a bend in the narrow road concealed him The opportunity soon came; he had cantered on ahead for a .. "..--Edward had heard one word frequently repeated during the from view. "Now, Gip, on with you!" he cried, and he dug his heels into his pony's sides. previous day, and then in a wild dance He repeated it nowJ solemnly and slowly: "Wishtenog," and with his disengaged hand pointed mysteriously upward. With a wild dash and he was off, clattering with a wild fury along the narrow, hilly arid oftentimes stony path. On, on, he dashe'd. They let go of him, and raising up, he next staggered to his He met one party, and, amid a shower of flying javelins and .feet, pointed at a bird flying in the air above them, raised .huge axes, dashed through them unscathed. his rifle, aimed, fired; with a wild, circuitous flight the bird Another party he caught up to and da she d through before slowly descended until it fell at the feet of an old and grizzled they had discovere d what the flying objects were. savage, who proved to be the grand master.of ceremonies, an
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