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No.388 II. MAR. t.5, Price 5 Cent s or The Desp rrAdoes of Di.amond DLve.


WILD SI WEEKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Lile Iasued We ekly-By S uo scription $ 2 .50 pe r 11ear Ente1ed accor ding t o A.ct o f Oongres,!_, i n tlte yea r z9w, i n t he offic e o f the a Lalrarian of C ongr ess, Washtnuto n, D. c., b11 Ji'ran k T ousey, P'liblis h er, 21 uni-On Square New York, No. 388 NEW YORK, MARCH 25, 1910. PRICE 5 CENTS. .-0un g Wild West's Quickest Shot OR, THE DESP)3RADOES. OF DIAMOND-DIVE By AN OltD SCOUT CHAPTER I. Just then a handsome, athletic boy, who waq attired in .. .. a hunting suit, came running up the short slope from the ON THE 'l'RAIL TO DIAMOND DIVE. trail. "What is the trouble, girls?" he asked, coolly "0)1! ; tack, erack I see. A bear, eh?" r1v0Iver shots rang out in quick succession "Yes, Wild," answered the girl who had blinded the aniTt1en :a: lcreatn sounded, :followed by a crashing in the mal by her two well,directed shot s "Eloise wounded it, 7unde1growth. and then she had to run for her life." The scene was ear the trail that led to Tombstone, The boy ca1led Wild laughed. Arizona, and the time was a warm afternoon in autumn, "Well, I don't bJ.ame you, Eloise," he said, nodding lo a few years ago, when it was really dangerous to travel the girl, who had been so badly frightened. "But what in that part ol the country made the bear show fight, do you know?" A yotmg giil, ho had been picking wild :flowers, came "Yes, Wild," was the quick reply; "there w e re two cubs up0n an u bear with her two cubs, and as the with her. I suppose she thought I meant to harm them." ',d fighl, h e fi.Tecl at it. "Oh, I see," and the boy, who was no other than Young b1illots failed to reach a vital point, and the reWild West, the well-known Boy Hero of the Wild w e st, s u it tas t h e angered bear started after the girl. gave a nod. "A she-bear is very ugly at times, I know." $traight for the rather high bank that overlooked the Three others now appeared upon the scene. r9cky trail ran the girl, the maddened bear in hot purThey were Cheyenne Charlie, the s cout; Jim Dart, a boy suit, while the two cubs follo:wec1 as fast as they co,1ld. about the same age as our hero, and Anna, the wi:fe of the "What is the matter, Eloise?" scout. The quest ion was asked by a very pretty golden-hair(cl They a'11 appeared to be eager to nc1 out what the troumiss, as '.:!he broke through the bushes and came upon the ble was. scene. But the moment he saw the wounded bear clawing and "Qh, A1ietta The bear Shoot it-quick!" answerer'! rolling upon the ground the face of Cheyenne Charlie the frightened girl. lighted up, and pulling his hunting knife, h e hastened forCrack '. crack ward The newcomer what to do right away. He waited until he got the chance and then he quickly So apcurate was her.aim that the bear :was blinded in dispatched the bear by a quick thrust below the left fore both. and the lumbering carcass went rolling upon I shoulder. th e groui<'d:'.' b "There!" he exclaimed, "I s ort e r guess that settles ther ,I ,,.-. .f';l ti .,.


2 YOUNG WILD WEST'S QUICKEST SHOT. critter. row ther:i, Wild, s'pose I call ther heathens an' trips in search of ::iclventure, and they had halted for a let 'em catch ther cubs?" short ieF.t. There was a twinkle in the scout's eyes as he spoke, for Arietta ancl had spied some very pretty flowers, he was no doubt looking for fun ancl they had gone to pick them. They had been sepa All right, Charlie; go ahead and call them, answered rated by but a short distance when the old bear and her the boy, who hacl made a name for himself all over cubs put in an: appearance. the West, from his wonderful cQolness and co;urage and But it was all over now, and a fow minutes l ater they daring exploits "I think that will be a good iclea. We mount e d and set ont a l ong the trail. topped here for a rest, but 've may as well have a little The two Chil1arnen were leading pack horses that amusement. Call Hop and Wing." were loaded with the camping outfit ancl. provisions, they The scout hastened to the edge of the bank that over bringing up the rear of the lii.tle procession. that wasriding l!:vked the trail and saw the two Chirramen emploved as along the trail. r of the party taking it easy APwe have stated, it was a very warm af.ternoon, but They 'vere reclining upon the gr.ound in the shade of all of our friends were to US<'d t.o the climate in that part a high rocky projection, and though they must certainly of t.he country .that they did not mind it 110 very F: have heard the shooting, they did not appear to be inter-As we find them thev were about sixty ested one bit of rrom bstone, and uear the border. line of old Mex Come up here, you yaller faced heathens!" Charlie ieo and that of New I\lf e:xico as well. called o u t "You're wanted." rl'hc scenery might lurve been called grand by "Allee l ight, Mislcr ChaJlie," came the reply from both, one ,rho lookecl upon it for the first time .. us though in one Yoi'Ce. But it was old to our friends, and it was-little atteutiou when they reached the spot where the dead bear lay they paid to it. : they showed no surprise. As they roundecl a bend in the trail and came 'to a ddile It w a common oecu rre nce for Young Wild West and where it branched off to the left a .rnclely painted :;ign his t o shoo t b e ar s,. an all other kinds of game, for about two feet square loomed 11p before them ., that m.a 'terYoung Wild West brought his st>nel stallion, Spitfire, to l-rt11 come along with me," said the scout. "Git a a halt instantly moYc on ycr, too It was the sign that caused him to do this, for he knew T'h ollowed h i m a short distance through the bushes Ycry well that the right branch of the trail was the one and then they came upon the two cubs. that would take them to Tombstone "Catch them two little kittens," Char lie said This was the place had for, "Me no likee," declared Wing, the cook, as he shook his no particular purpose m view. ../ head and showed signs of uneasiness They were simply riding about in .:iearcb of. "Me catchee Yelly muchee quickce," spoke up Hop, whd, that was all. as the majority of our reaP,ers know, was a <'lo'FJry clever boys!" the young dea

YOUNG WILD WEST'S QUICKEST SHOT 3 "Well, hardly," and the young deadehot shrugged his tinly somethin' nice. We ain't in ther habit of seein' sich shoulders. "The chances are that it was .put there to atputty gals in this part of ther country. Where might yer tract the attention of the curious ones, and make them be goin' ?" pay a visit to the plac e just to see what it was like. There "How far is the place called Diamond Dive from here?" are lots of people who would be bound to go there anyhow, asked Wild, coolly. after reading that sign We belong to that class. We will "What's that yer say, young feller?" ride over and see what Diamond Dive is like. The Boss It was the one who had spoken to the girls who asked Des perado sounds good to me. According to that there the ques tion, and he looked at the boy in a half-angry way. must be plenty of them there, and this man who calls him"How far is it to Diamond Dive?" Young Wild self Jack Gore is the boss of them all. Well, I just want asked the question very coolly, though there was just a to see what sort of a galoot he i s ." flas h of anger in his eyes. "I suppose the place is full of very bad men, Wild," "You ain't goin' there, are yer, young :feller?" Arietta observed, looking rather grave. "Maybe some of "Yes, I reckon we are your old enemies are there, and this sign was put up on "Well, Diamond Dive is jest about three miles an' a purpose to get you to come there. You can't ten, you half from here. All's you've got to do is to foller ther ..: trail an' you'll come to it." -? fuink that, Et," our hero answered. "But Then the man urged his horse close to the side of even if I knew it was that way, I would go, anyhow. Come Arietta and reached out his hand, no doubt int ending to on. Here goes for Diamond Dive!" chuck her under the chin The dashing young dead s hot urged his horse forward But the girl was too quick for him. 'and started to ,pde through the defile. She quickly

4 YiOUNG WILD WEST'S QUICKEST SHOT. prehended what had caused him to fall from his horse be Tom was not long mounting and following him, and as the two rode away, our hero called out: fore he received a blow full in the face. Dazed and confused he rose to a sitting posture and looked around i;n a bewildered way. "Get up!" cried the young deadshot. "I didn't give you the chance that time, but now I will. Get upon your feet. I will teach you that it is not good policy to insult ladies." "What's ther matter, T 'om ?" the desperado asked, as II he finally turned and saw his partner sitting still in the saddle, his hands up and an expression of fear and aston"We will meet you agaih at Diamond Dive. Be careful how you act." The next minute the two desperadoes were out of sight. CHAPTER IL CALLING A CROWD. ishment showing on his face. Young Wild West mounted his horse when he saw the "They've got the drop on me, Jack," was the reply. "I two desperadoes disappear from view. guess you made a mistake in actin' ther way yer did. You "They got a little surprise," he observed, and he smiled had better apologize, 'cause if yer don't that boy will clean grimly "Et, the next time they meet us I hardly think yer out He's a regular cyclone, he is." the Boss Desperado of DiamondDive will be so familialnd 'Pologize !" Jack Gore fairly yelled. "That's some-with you." thin' I never done in my life. I'll kill ther young galoot, "I guess not, Wild," the girl replied, her eyes fl.ashing that's what I will. I'll--" as she thought of how the man had acted. "If I had been Spat! alone when he tried that on me I would have shot him." Young Wild West sent a blow straight from the shoul"Oh, I know that. I know you can take care of der and caught him squarely between the eyes. self all right, Et. .well, the galoot had an awful nerve-; The villain staggered back a few paces and then dropped anyhow. But he soon got the starch taken out of him. to the ground as limp as a rag. I never gave him the least chance'. It didn't take so very row then," said the dashing young deadshot, turning much to settle him, however." to the man who had been called Tom by his companion, "Well, I don't know about that," spoke up Jim need a little of that same kind of medicine Get "I think he received quite enough to settie almOi:it anyone .do'VU off your horse! I know pretty well that you Rte one You certainly hit him bard, Wild When you knockeu of th6 desperadoes of Diamond Dive. That is why I want him from the saddle with the of your hand it was to get at you. I am Young Wild West. Maybe you have quite enough to put him out." hea.rd of me before. If you haven't, you will remember me "Yes, but if he had had any sand in him he would have as long as you live. Get down off that horse!" made a better move than that." "Young Wild West!" gasped the man, never making a "But jest see what ther other one done," said....cii' J nne move to obey the command. "Yes, I've heard of yer. Charlie, a broad grin on his face. "Whj, when he found But say! I don't want ter fight. I never said nothin'; it that I'd covered him there was not ther least bit of fight was Jack. I didn't want ter insult ther gals. I was with in him. Wild couldn't have made that fellow fight if he him, that's all, an' I can't help that." had pulled his nose and pinched both his ears. He beat "Get down off that horse anything I ever seen in ther line of a coward." This time the command was impera,tive. "But that don't say that he is not a dangerous man, The villain lost no time in obeying now. Charlie," the scout's wife remarked. "Maybe he is not But as M stepped toward him Wild did not have the one of the sort who will fight openly. But what he will do heart to strike him with his fists, since there was no sign on the sly is another thing." of a defense offered. "Yes, I suppose that is about ther size of it, gal. But But he did slap him lightly with the palm of his hand, Wild says we're goin' ter Diamond Dive, so I reckon we'll and then he said: have a chance to find out somethin' 1mo1'E(abo t. '"m .1 "You are the worst coward I ever met. There is no an' ther rest of ther gang what's there. If they git fight in you, I can see that. Now then, I give you just five best of us they'll have ter be mighty smart, I sorter minutes to get your partner on his horse and light out. reckon." Go ahead!" The party soon reached the edge of the sandy stretch, The boy calmly pulled his watch from an inner pocket and then it was not long before they were riding among of his coat and looked at the time. the rocks and found bushes and scrub trees growing on Tom quickly sprang to the side of his fallen comrade. either side of them. But the Boss Desperado had only been stunned ternThe further they advanced up the slope the more green pornrily, and as he felt himself being assisted to hia feet the vegetation became he came to entirely But the soil was different here, and it must have been "Come on, Jack! W five got five minutes ter git out of that the ground was full of springs, for here and there a sight. It's Young Wild West an' his pards. You've tiny stream of water could be seen trickling. heard of 'em. There's lots of our gang as knows all about This was not a common sight so close to the edge of a 'em. Come on!" strip of desert waste, so when they came to a good-sized Jack Gore permitted himself to be assisted to his horae. brook they halted and tasted the water. Tom helped him to mount, and then without looking It was cool and sweet, so n'Ot knowing just what they behind him, he rode away in the direction the two had apmight strike when they reached the new mining camp, peared from they filled all the vessels they had with them.


Y i OUNG WILD WES'r'S QUICKEST SHOT. 5 "It might be that the principal thing in the drink"ing line to be found at Diamond Dive will be whisky," said our hero. "As that is something that n e ither Jim nor I ever use, in any shape or form, nor do you girl s use it, we would be pretty badly off if we should happen. to want a drink when we get there." "l\fe likee tang1efoot allee light, so be," spoke up Hop Wah, who was sometimes called Young Wild West's Clever Chinaman. "Oh, yes, you could swim in it, you heathen," Cheyenne Charlie quickly retorted. ''Lat allee light, Misler Charlie. You likee lillee dlink of tanglefoot sometimes, so be." "Yes, I do like a drink when I feel as though I need it. But I don't fill myself full of it every time I git ther ;;H like you do." "You nevee mind, Misler Charlie. You no see me allee i;amee dlunk. Me velly sm!IJ'tee Chinee; me know when me gittee enough." ,..._ "'f es, yer kno>v it all right, when. yer git enough, but that s about all yer kin say. If yer was to take about one drink after yer got what yer thought was enough, you would go to sleep, an' then yer wouldn't know nothin'." "Allee lig,11t, Charlie. You havee you own way. You velly smartee man." The scout was about to say something further, when his wife advised him to let it drop. "You know very well," she added, "that Hop is bound to have the last word." "Yes, I know that," Charlie declared. "He's somethin' like a woman. Ha, ha, ha!" put an end to the argument, and :f the next mile the party -tVde dn in a happy frame of mind. Young \Yild West and his partners were keeping a sharp watch as they rode along, for they knew quite well that it would be nothing strange if the two villains should take a notion to try and get square :for what had happened to them. But it seemed that this was not the case, for when they reached the top of the ridge they did not have to ride far IX'fore they came in sight of a small collection of brand new shanties and tents. at once came to a halt, for the little mining camp showed. !.J2,.Kuiuewhat. (Efferent from the majority of those in the h1:1bit of seeing. lt lay in a hollow that was an enlargement of a ravine, and was shaped almost exactly like a diap:tond. At each end the ravine narrowed and continued both ways. "That's where the diamond part of the name. for the place comes from," said our hero, as he pointed to the camp. "It is shaped like a diamond, all right." "Well, I s'pose a man could dive from ther top of one of them cliffs all right; then ther other part of ther name could be put to it," spoke up Cheyenne Charlie, grinning. "Or there might be a saloon there that is called a dive," suggested Jim Dart. "Well, the only way to find out why the place was named Diamond Dive is to ride on down there, I suppose," and so saying Young Wild West started his horse forward to descend the winding trail that ran to the bottom of the ravine. It was only about a mile in a straight line, but in order to reach it they would to cover easily twice this dis tance. But they were used to that sort of thing, for they had spent many in the mountains. They did not ride very fast, and it took them fully ten minutes to reach the foot o.f the descent. Then as they struck the spot that was shaped like a diamond they rode directly to the center of the camp, which was not a very large one, since there were not mote than a dozen shanties and probably as many tents there. It was now past six o'clock, and the miners were through work for the day. 1 There were but few trees to be seen in the camp, and these were located directly before a rather pretentious looking shanty that had a sign across the front bearing the name "Diamond Dive." "There!" exclaimed Jim Dart. "I told you that prob ably the saloon was called a dive. It is called Diamond Dive, and that is no doubt what the mining camp takes its name from." Standing before the shanty saloon were probably twenty rough-looking men. But rough-looking men are always to be found in any mining camp, so that did not signify that they were vil lains. But since the sign at the beginning of the defile in:Ui cated that it was a very bad camp, our friends took it for granted that the majority of the men there must be of the villainous type. A few more men came out of the saloon as the party rode up, and some were seen coming from the shanties and the store that was located but a short distance from the saloon. By the time Young Wild West and his friends came to a halt in the dusty roadway before the saloon there must have been fully thirty-five gathered there. "How are you, boys?" the dashing young deadshot called out, as he nodded to them. "I reckon this is the place that is called Diamond Dive, isn't it?" "It sartinly is," replied a bareheaded man who was con spicuous in a flaming red shirt. "Can't yer read ther sign over my door? I'm ther one as give ther name to ther camp. Yer might have took notice that ther groi1nd here i a shaped very much like a diamond. Well, I was ther :firs t one as ever struck this place. I slipped from ther top of the cliff back there an' dove down head first. I hit in a tree that used to stand back there, an' that saved my life. There was more with me at ther time, an' when I proposed that we call ther spot Diamond Dive they all agreed with me. That was a little more than six months ago. You kin see how we've growed in that time. I struck it rich right away, but as I didn't feel that I was born to do hard work I started this whisky mill. I called it Diamond DiYe, after ther place. I'm Bully John an' I'm a real dandy at about anything that's goin'. Now then, Young Wild West, what do you think of Diamond Dive?" "Oh, it's all right," replied our hero, in his cool and easy way. "But how does it happen that you know me?" "Well, I met you down in Yuma once. Maybe you don't remember it, 'cause I never had anything to say to yer at ther time, but I sartinly seen yer there, an' a ll of the rest


6 Y'OUNG WILD WEST'S QUIOKEST SHOT. of them what's with yer. I know you're ther Champion Deadshot of ther West, an' that it takes about fourteen men ter scare yer, an' even then they don't scare yer much. But I sorter reckon that you made a little mistake in comin' here." "Oh, I guess not," and Wild looked at him, laughingly "I think we'll get away, all right "Ma.ybe yer will, an' maybe yer won't. Accordin' to what Jack Gore, ther Boss Desperado of Diamond Dive, says, I hardly think yer will. You sorter treated him mighty bad, from ther looks of him." "\Vell, he will get worse than that if he interferes with me again. But say, Bully John, are all the men in Dia mond Dive desperadoes?" "I reckon that's what every galoot here calls himself," was the quick reply "Well, how many of you axe there?" "Ther last time we counted up there was jest thirty eight, an' every man is proud to be called a desperado. That word desperado comes from ther Mexican, or some other confounded language, I reckon. But it sorter struck us as bein' a putty high soundin' 'v.ord, so we adapted it. When you're lookin' at these men you're lookin' at ther desperadoes of Diamond Dive. We're all here, 'cept Jack Gore an' his right bower, which is ther two what you met back on tber trail. You shouldn't have come here, Young d West." "Well, I don't know as we would have come here i:f we hadn't seen the sign at the mouth of the defile back on the Tombstone trail. But since we are here I guess we will stay until we get ready to leave. I suppose you have no objections if we pitch our camp somewhere around here?" "Not a bit! Go ahead. Stop anywhere you like." The man laughed as he said this, and then several joined in with him, as though they thought it was all a big joke. "I suppose," said Wild, after he had taken a look around him and selected what he thought would be a good spot to stop at, "that you mean to make it warm for us." "Oh, we ain't sayin' nothin' now about that," the owner of the e.aloon answered quickly. "I jest told yer that yer made a mistake in comin' here, that's all." "You say there are thirty-eight of you here?" "Yes, that's jest ther exact number of us." "Well, if you attempt to interfere with us while we are llere there will be a whole lot less than thirty-eight when we get through with you You hear what I say! Now then, open up your game just as soon as you feel like it." As the young deadshot said this he jerked both revolvers from his belt and held them out so the crowd could not fail to see them. Cheyenne Cha1lie quickly followed his example, and then the girls unslung their rifles and leveled them toward the desperadoes, as they seernecl pleased to call themselves. "Why don't yer begin?" J:4e young deadshot asked, as he smiled at them. "You might as well start right in now, for I ln1ow quite well that it is your intention to clean us out." Then there was a deathly silence. The v ill ainous gang sta n ding about looked at each other, while some of them shrugged their shoulders and moved their feet uneasily. "See here!" said Wild, raising his voice. "I'll bet a hundred dollars there is not a man in the crowd who dare8 to lay his hand on the butt of a gun Who wants to take me up?" There was no rep ly. The young cleadshot waited for a fu11 minute, and then he gave vent to a laugh. "You're the sickest lot of desperadoes I ever saw," be declared. "Why, there is not enough sand in the whole bunch of you to make a scratch on a picture frame. Des peradoes! Ha, ha, ha!" "Wow, wow!" yelled Cheyenne Charlie, who was just itching for a fight "Whoopee, whoopee! I'd jest like to see ther galoot in this crowd as dares to touch Where in thunder is ther Boss Desperado ai:r:\tlow: ther one I'd like to git a shot at." But neither Jack Gore nor the man called 'T'om chose to make their appearance just then Knowing that he had them thoroughly cowed for 1.hc time being, Young Wild West now turned his horse anc1 calmly rode over to the spot he had picked out as a suitable one to pitch their camp But Charlie and Jim took care to keep a watch behind them, for they did not know how s o on something in the line of treachery might be shown by the desperadoes CHAPTER III. IIOP WAKES UP THINGS AT THE SALOON. Young Wild West took care to halt at a where there would be an excellent chance of defending them selves in case the desperadoes went so far as to make an attack. So many times had they been attacked by villains while in camp that Wild always it a point to see to it that there would be a chance for them to offer a resistance that would prove telling upon their foes. Wild's partners always thought of 1.his, too, and as they halted and dismounted Cheyenne Charlie gave a no

YOUNG W ILD WEST'S QUICKEST SHOT. 7 desperadoes, as they call themselves, will be tamed down a judge, and it is likely that superstition runs rife with little. Anyhow, we've as much right here as anyone else." them Be ready to give them something good as soon as "That's the way to look at it, Wild," spoke up Jim you get over there." Dart. "We have a perfect right to go a4ead and stake out "Allee light, Misler Wild," and the Chinaman smiled claims here, if we .feel like it." blandly. "Well, I am not in the humor to do any prospecting He seemed to have forgotten all about his pain, too, for just now. We will just stay here and make it our business he straightened up and hurriedly got ready to leave the to tame Diamond Dive, or the people in it, I should say." camp. The two Chinamen now b egan unloading the pack -Jim was left in charge, as he usually was, and he was horses, and it was not long before the camp was beinoperfectly satisfied with the arrangement. rapidly put in shape. t:> Not that he was afraid to face any man in the mining The two tents were put up directly before the hollow camp, for Jim's bravery could not be questioned. cave the scout had spoken of, and with the big rocks that But he seemed to like the companionship of Eloise, espe ran out on either side of it, it certainly was pretty well cially as she was teaching him a great deal of what she had protected. learned at the public school she had attended in Minnethere during the night t-0 surprise them sota before she calI\e to the Wild West. either have to crawl over the rocks at either Young Wild West and Cheyenne Charlie walked leisurely sicre, or come straight to the camp, where the ground was toward the saloon. quite level all the way to the sandy street that ran through Hop followed on a little behind them, stepping along the mining camp. with the air of one who was of some importance ......,,,__'iild knew quite well that the villains would not interNo one said a word to them as they reached the front fore with them so long as it was daylight. of the saloon, but those before the door stepped aside and The way they had acted told that quite plainly. permitted them to pass in. As soon f!S the tents were put up Wing, the cook, proWild knew very well that he was taking a considerable ceeded to gather some dry brushwood that he might kindle risk, for if they were as bad as they tried to make out they a fire t0 cook the evening meal with. were they could easily have opened fire unexpectedly. There were plenty of dead limb s that had fallen from But he relied upon the impression he had made upon the top of the cliffs, so it was not a difficult matter to get tl1em, and so walked boldly into the big room that all the :firewood they would need used for a bar, as well as for lounging and gambling purHop joined him in the work as soon as he had taken poses care of the horses, and then it was not long before the :fire The boss of the place was behind the little counter himwas blazing. self. not yet dark when the supper was over with, There were but few customers inside, th01.lgh several and as our friends looked in the direction of the Diamond rough looking fellows were seated on a long bench that ran Dive saloon they saw that there was quite a crowd gathacross one end of the room and two were sitting at a table ered there throwing dice for money Some of the men had gone away soon after they left it They all looked up as the three entered, and it was with and pitched their camp, but they had returned now and no little surprise that they gazed at thein. were no doubt wondering what Young Wild West pro "Landlord," said Wild, in his cool and easy way, "I posed to do. reckon we'll have some cigars." What our hero did propose to do was to go over to the "All right," was the rep ly, and the proprietor promptly saloon, just as though nothing had occurred to set the put a box before them villains against him. Wild, Charlie and Hop each took one, and proceeded to He knew that by acting in that way he would make them l ight them. unders he was not afraid of them. The young deadshot paid the bill, and then he coo ll y _,.,_,..ome, Charlie," he said, "we'il take a walk over there surveyed the interior of the saloon and see how things are going." "You must do a pretty good business here, boss," he "All right, Wild. That's jest what I was goin' ter sugas he turned and looked at the man behind the gest," the scout retorted, as he gave a nod of satisfaction. bar. "Me wantee go, too, Misler Wild," spoke up Hop, look"Oh, yes," was the reply. "When ther <::amp was :first ing at our hero in a pleading way. "Me gottee velly started here ther boys allowed that they must have a muchee pain, so be; me wantee lillee dlop ot tangle.foot." whisky-mill here, so it fell ter me to start her up. I don't "What gave you a pain, Hop?" the boy asked, as he mind sayin' that there's about as much money in runnin' smiled at the clever Chinaman. "Did you eat too tnuch a place like this as there in diggin' an' wasl;in' for supper?" dust. So long as ther boys are putty l ucky I m bound to "Maybe so, Misler Wild; me gottee velly muc11ee pain, clo business They've been mighty lucky of late, so I'm so be." doin' mighty well. But say I'd like ter ask yer a ques"Well, you can go. Maybe you will be of some help in. tion, Young Wild West." showing the men over there that it won't be good policy "All right; go ahea.d. I'll be ready to answer it." for them to interfere with us. If you show them two or :'What made yer come here to Diamond Dive?" three of your mystifying tricks they will have considerable "Oh, is that a11 you want to know? Well, I'll tell you l'Cf:.f : t for yo11. They are a YCIJ ignorant lot, I s hould 1 W o wrrc on our way to T ombstone, and we 11appmicd to


s YOrXG WILD WEST'S QUICKEST see the sign that was posted at the encl of the defile. It us all as a little peculiar, so it was from mere that we decided to come here. B'ut I don't il1ink this is such a bad place as the one who painted that sign tried to make out." We have been in worse places than Diamond Dive." "Well, the place is all right," the proprietor admitted. "But it seems that we've got a set of men here who are all of ther same mind. They made up their minds that they was goin' ter run things ther own way, an' they've been doin' it ever since they started. There's been quite a few to come here what don't agree with 'em, an' they've either turned up their toes or quit and looked for some other place to locate in. I will say that ther boys is what might be called a putty bad lot. They call themselves ther Des peradoes of Diamond Dive, an' when they once git started you'll think they're desperadoes, all right." before him, while the proprietor examined the coin and clropped it into the drawer behind the bar. Hop swallowed his drink, and then he slowly walked 1.o the center of the room. Wild and Charlie knew very well that he was getting ready to give one of his peculiar performances. though they did not act as though they were at all interestecl. The clever Chinaman acted as though he were in deep thought for the spa .ce of a minute, and then he sud.rtenly drew from his pocket what appeared to be a half-burned candle. He gave a nod and then called out loudly: "Evelybody watchee Me velly goodee shot, so be. Me showee you nicee lillee tlick." Stepping over to a corner of the room where there was 1 an old-fashioned clock setting on a sheH, he carefu U placecl the candle on top of the clock, and then st 1g ? match, lighted it. As soon as the flame showed he stepped back about ten "Whet does a fellow have to do to start them?" asked the boy, just as though he was innocent and looking for information. The bo..."S of the saloon shrugged his shoulders. This question seemed to perplex him. feet and pulled the old-fashioned six-shooter he always carried from one of the many pockets his loose-fitting co --"--' contained. Before he could make a reply Jack Gore, who had called himself the Boss Dllsperado, came in by the back way. He was followed by the man who had been with him when he met our :friends at the edge of the desert strip. It was evic'!rnt that neither of the two villains expected to S<:e Young Wilcl We t in the place, for they halter} in' stantly and acted as though they did not know whether to come on or go back. "Good evening, l\1r. Gore," said Wild, in his cool a11d rasy way. "Don't be alarmed. We are not going to hurt you. Come right on in." Having heard his voice those outside began crowding in now. Something was going on, and they wanted to see what it was. "Evelybody watchee !'' called {'IUt Hop, ns he raised his rrrnher. "}fo allee samec shootec and puttee outtee um candle, so be. Um clock Rtoppec at um same timce. Evelybody watchec Me velly smartec Chince !" Then he raised the big revolver and pointed it toward 1.he clock. He waited fully ten seconds, and i.hen just as he, '

YOUNG WILD WEST'S QUICKEST SHOT. The proprietor saw this too, an


YOUNG wn_,D WEST'S QUICKEST SHOT. 11 "Lat watcbee allee samee worth more lan ten dollars, s o You can't do it squarely, so there is no use in winning the be," be declared. "Me tellee you wbattee me do." man's money. He has not the ghost of a show with you." "Well, what will yer do?" "Wh y how is that, Young Wild West?" the boss asked, The proprietor of the saloon evidently was willin g to looking at the boy in surprise. give a little more than what he had offered. ""\Ye ll. you just saw how he made out that he fixed the "A lillee while ago me allee samee givee you fifty doll e e watch, didn't you?" Wild answered. to pay for um clock me bleak; now len, me puttee up um "Yes, I reckon I did." watchee and you puttee up um fifty dollee. Len we "Well, you must know that it was impossible to fix that chuckee dice to see who takee. Me allee samee sport, so watch after I had put a bullet in it." be." "It sartinly looked that way; but he fixed it, though." "By ginger, I'm with yer, heathen! I reckon I'm some"You ought to know better than that. Hasn't it oc-wbat of a sport, too." curred to you that probably it was another watch that I "Allee light. Fetcbee um dice." t:hot at, and that he changed them by aid of his clever-As the man turned to get the dice Hop's hand slipped ness into one of his pockets, and when it came out, unobserved "Well, it might have been that way." there, it contained two sets of dice. "Well, if h e could do that, why couldn't he beat you was larger than the other, and they were triclt throwing dice? He's a sleigbt-of-liand performer. If you dice, since th e s pot s upon them were only fives and sixe s throw clice with him he will win all the money you have The dice b e longing to the establishment and the cup got '11hat i s why I told him not to throw any more. I containin g th e m Roon appeared on the table. hope you now?" C---H o p rolle d them out in an offhand e d way, and quickly "I r9ckon I do,'' and the saloonkeeper gave a nod. saw that the smallest set he had concealed in his hand "Much obliged toyer. I won't chuck with him. I reckon would about match them. I don't want ter s tack my money up ag'in no magician." That was all h e wanted. "Go ah e ad an' c huck with him, Bill,'' spoke up Jack ,. Th e thre e larger ones were quickly dropped back in his Gore. "We'll watch him, an' if we see him cheatin', some-pocket. one will put a hole through him." "How you chuck ee?" lrn ask ed, smiling at the bosP.. "Ile w on't get a hole put through him, then," said Wild, "One chuck an' count ther spots,'' was the r e ply. coulh aR h e n o

12 Y OUNG WILD WEST'S QUICKEST SHorr. Hop knew just "-here they were, of course, and lifting the hammer he turned the cylinder so when he fiTed it off the red fire would shoot from the muzzle of the weapon. Having done this, he arose from the table and walked over to the shelf upon which the clock had rested. Making out that he was feeling for something there, he placed a handful of gunpowder upon the shelf. Then he went back to the table again. The spectators were looking from the shelf to the man now, wondering what was going to happen next. Hop was not long in drawing a pack of cards from his pocket, and then quickly selecting the ace of clubs from it, he went back to the shelf and set it up directly behind the little heap of gunpowder. "Now len," said he, "me showee you how me hit um ace of clubs, so be. Evelybody watchee !" He was not more than teu -eet from the card as he raised his weapon. Hop was anything but a good shot,. but this time he was very careful to take a straight aim, for he wanted to give the de9):ler'adoes. another surprise Bang! As the report sounded a stream of red fire shot from the muz2lle of the weapon, straight to the shelf. Of course it ignited the powder and there was a muffled explosion that shook the shanty For the second time. that night the barroom was filled with smoke and the men were hustling to get o .ut of i.t.. 1 "Hip hi!" yelled the Chinaman. ''Nobod) be rlaid. Me hittee um ace of clubs, allee light." Cheyenne Charlie broke into a roar of laughter, for the antics of the Chinaman certainly appealed to him. But his laugh was cut short, however, for two reports rang out quickly from the doorway and he felt his hat :move on his head. "Ther galoots is af, ter us, Wild!" he exclaimed as he dropped to the floor. Our hero quickly followed his example, and then two more shots sounded. CHAPTER V. THE D ESPERADOES ARE SUBDUED. Young Wild West knew that the desperadoes had ac cepted the chance the smoke offered them to get in some of their :fine work. As he got close to the floor he could see much better than he could beforE), since the smoke was slowly rising. Crack! Another shot was fired from the doorway, and then our l 1ero saw the lower extremities of a man. The flash had shown through the smoke, and it was easy for him to guess that the man he con1d see a portion of had fired it. Crack! It was Wild who fired this time, and as tlw report rang out a yell of pain sounded and the villain in ,the doorway went rolling upon the ground. Wild knew very well that he would not bother them any more, even though he had not been able to see exactly where he was shooting But he made a pretty good guess of it, and he "as 1

YiOUNG WILD WEST'S QUICKEST SHOT. 13 "All right; ju10t as you like. I want you to understand that we are ready to fight it out. If you mean to quit, just walk into the whisky-mill again. Hurry up about it." That settled it, for the time being, anyhow. The villains lost no time in entering the barrnom, which was now quite free of smoke. Wild and Charlie did not know how Hop had fared. It might have been that one of the bullets :fired by the 1illains hacl dropped him. But since they had not heard anything from him, they felt that such was not the case. Unless he had been killed instantly they would surely have heard a cry. Someone lighted a: lamp in the bililding, and then our friends were able to sw the men as they marched in. -one entered, and they were about to follow, a IJ..lldcd behind them. "Me here, J\.'lisler Wild." It was Hop Wah who spoke. He spoke just in time, too, for Charlie had drawn his on a line with h im, and two seconds more would have meant certain death for the Chinaman. "Oh, you're all right, eh, Hop?" said Wild, in a low tone of voice. "Yes, me allee light, Misler Wild," was the reply. "Me ---;ffie e samee lun outtee um back door, so be." "iYdl_ then, we are all safe and sound. But for a min ute it seemed as though we were going to get it. But never mind. Come on. \Ye'll go in there and find out how the "' desperadoes feel after the little shooting match." To enter the place again might have seemed extremely foolhardy. :rls not so with Young Wild West and Cheyenne Charlie. They both knew that in order to hold the advantage they hacl gained they must show the rascally crowd that they were not the least bit afraid of them. As they stepped inside they took note of the fact that not a man had a weapon in his hand, though all seemed to be rather uneasy. The man Wild had shot from the floor lay close to the doorway, and there was no doubt but that he was dead. But they paid no attention to him and coolly walked to the bar. Not until thPy reached the end of it, and had backed did they stop. Hop remained standing in front of Wild and Charlie, however, he leaning upon the bar, just as though nothing had happened at all. "Well, gentlemen, how do you feel after the excitement?" -0ur hero asked, in his cool and easy way. "It seems that our clever Chinaman gave you the very chance you were looking for. He filled the place full of smoke, and then some of you undertook to drop us. But you made a little mistake. Instead of us being killed you lost two men. How does it strike you, anyhow?" There was no reply to this. Then Wild's sharp eyes caught sight of Jack Gore. He was well in the background and stood leaning against the wall of the building. "Come out here, Mr. Gore," the boy said, as a smile played about his lips. "You're the leader of this gang, so you and I may as well settle this ;thing right here. The fact is that we want to stay here until to-morrow, some time. You don't want us to stay, it seems. Now then, suppose we fight it out right here and settle the question. If you get the best of me your gang can go ahead and deffil out my friends. If I get the be&t of you we are to stay, and not to be interfered ''1th by anyone in the camp. That's a fair proposition, isn't it?" "It sounds all right," spoke np the villain called. Tom. "But since you know very well that you kin lick Jack in a fist fight, it wiH be an your own way." it need not be a fist fight, then,'' said Wild, coolly. "I'll let the big fool name any way he wants to fight. It matters not to me whether it is with bowie knives, guns or clubs-anything at all will do." Nearly every man in the room turned his gaze upon the leader of the desperadoes. His face was very pale, though the marks of the blows Wild had given him when they met at the edge of the desert strip were plainly visible. "Speak up, Jack Gore," went on the boy, as he tobk a step toward the center of the room. "I know you are all villains, but there must be the least bit of principle about some of you. I have made a: fair proposition; it is for you to accept it or decline it. What is it going to be?" "I ain't goin' ter fight no duel, not when. I don t have ter,'' came the reply. "W<'ll, then, what are you going to do? Are you going to keep up the fight? If youare we will start right in now and see how many of you we can drop. Anything at all will suit us." Such bold talk as this, especially after what had hap pened, was quite enough to increase the fear and uneasiness that was so pronounced among the crowd of vil.lains. "Well, I'll tell you what I'll do," said Gore, after a pause. "We'll call it off for to-night. To-morrow morn in' we'll settle ther difference that's come between us, Young Wild West." "All right You shall have your own way about it. What time in the morning shall we meet?" "Oh, I don't suppose it makes much difference about what time. But I'll be around here about seven o'clock, I reckon." "Very well; that suits me.I will bid you all good night." Then the boy started for the door, just as though there was no such thing as danger in the place. Hop followed him, and then Charlie, a revolver in either hand, backed after them. The scout was not going to trust them, and the least move that was made to draw a weapon by any of them would have met sure death from him. But the men remained silent, and as the three got out side they started at a quick walk for the camp. "Well, Charlie, it was pretty lively there for a little while,'' observed our hero, as he looked over his shoulder in the direction of the shanty saloon. "It sartinly was, Wild," the scout replied. "If it hadn t been for your coolness, it would have been all up with us. But you always act that way, an' that's what makes me do ther right thing, I s'pose. I sartinly couldn't have out of that place if I'd been there alone."


14 Y'OUNG WILD WEST'S QUICKEST SHOT. "Well, I don't know about that, Charlie You're pretty good at that sort of thing, you know." "Yes, I'm putty good when I've got you to lead ther way. But this thing ain't over yet, Wild. There'll be somewhat of a lively time in Diamond Dive to-morrow mornin' "Well, I hardly think so," and the young deadshot shook his head. "The majority of the Clesperadoes will come to the conclusion, after they have slept over it, that they had better let us alone, I think. Of course Jack Gore will do hia level best to, get square with me That is cer tain." "Well, ther best thing ter do with him is to put a bullet through his heart at ther very first move he makes, Wild." "Yes, I that's right, but I think it will be better to let him live. The more cowardly he shows himself the less confidence his followers will have in him. When they find their leader shows the white feather it is only natural they will b egin to think it about time to stop their high handed work. But never mind. We will talk it over after we get to the camp, and then when morning comes we will know just about what to do." The camp was only a short distance away now, and as they reached it they found Jim standing there, revolver in hand, while the girls were sitting near the tent, each with a rifle. ti Hello!" exclaimed the young deadshot, anrl then he gaYe a laugh. "Did you think they were ftc r ns ?" "Yes, Wild," Arietta answered, quickly. ", e heard the shooting over there, and we have been waiting in anxiety ever since. We thought you might have got in a tight place, and that it was necessary for you to run to the camp hare." "Well, we were in a very tight place, Et," retorted her young lover "But I reckon we got out of it all right, didn't we, Charlie?" "We sartinly did," was the reply. "We went through with bells on, an' no mistake." Wil d related all that had happened in the shanty saloon. i'here was much to laugh about, but the serious part of i t caused the girls to look very grave. "I don't blame you for the way you acted, Wild," Arietta declared "Since we were bold enough to come to this place, after reading the sign, it was necessary for you to carry it through But I fear we shall have no end of trouble before we leave Diamond Dive." "Well, l et it come," replied the boy, his eyes fl.ashing. "Every man in thi's place states himself to be a desperado. That means that there is no show for an honest man here. Such places should be wiped off the map. But we may be abl e to get them without doing that. If the desperadoes are taught a good lesson they might tame down a whole lot. Then with a little new blood in the place it ought to boom up in a different fashion. I would just like to see a few strangers strike here to-morrow. I mean good, honest men. The desperadoes would certainly start in to pick at them righ t away, and then we would have good cause to tackle them and give them what they deserve "That's right, Wild," the scout spoke up, nodding his head approving l y "If about a dozen of 'em passes in their chips it w ill be easy to make ther rest understand that they' v e got t o act a different way from what they have been doin'. It ain't likely that they're all so very bad, not when it comes right down to ther point." "I'm surprised to hear you talking that way, Charlie," his wife spoke up, quickly. "You always seem to be of the opinion that any man who goes against you is no gooa." "Well, I don't think any of 'em is much good, for that matter," Charlie answered. "But there may be some good in a few of 'em, yer lmow. What they want is a. few lessons in what they oughter do." "Well, that's right. You're getting to be quite an ob server of human nature." Charlie sa!d no more The fact that the camp was located in a spot that could not be very well approached by anyone without the knowl edge of those who were watching made them feel 1i'te at their ease. Though it was still rather early in the even,Wg. r-, cided that it would be a good idea for all hands to go to sleep, except Charlie and Hop, who were to do guard duty until midnight. He no sooner proposed this than they proceeded to dr>.r. No light was left burning at the camp, and it was not long before all was as still as the grave in that vicinity,' though an occasional shout and burst of laughter could be heard from the saloon in the distance"-.... Though a good watch was kept all night, it had no proved to be necessary, for never

YIQUNG WILD WEST'S QUICKEST SHOT. 1 5 it seems. We ain't in ther habit of dealin' with sich as nicely my old man took notion ter go further West, Y.oung Wild West." so that knocked all my schoolin' into a cocked hat. We "I guess yer ain't, boys," the proprietor retorted, as he conw un We&t, an' when we located it was in a putty wild searched about to find glasses enough to supply all bands. part of thcr Rockies, where there wasn't a &ehool within a "He'& ther coolest lad I ever set eyes on. No wonder he's hundred miles. Neither my old man nor my mother could got tber name of bein' a regular terror to evildoers. Why, reacl, so I studied what I could from an almanac an' ther he kin scare lot'3 of folks by lookin' at 'em, it seems ter piece of an old book we had in our possession, an' that's me:" how I got my eddication. I'm what yer call a self-made "Well, he ain't scared me yet, anyhow," the Boss Desmm." pe:raclo declared. "Ther reason I acted ther way I did was The majority of the men present looked at him with a 'cause I knowed he had ther best of me. It wasn't 'cause sort of admiration. I was afraid of him. When a man lmows a thing, he While there was no doubt that he knew quite as much knows it!" as any of them, this did not go for much "That's right," and Bully John nodded. Bpt they were all willing to allow that he was the best I 'ailing to :find enough glasses to supply the demand he educated one of the lot, even to the boss of the shanty, dose to the bar tci fill up and drink, so the othe rs wlio could count faster than anyone present, especially might be 8-ti.pplicd. when it came to figuring up what a round of drinks cost. This they 'dire and then it was not long before he selected four of the took it and dropped it in his pocket. men, who were probably closer to him than any o:L the "Now then, boys," said he, addressing no one in parrest, to join in the game. ticular, and looking at the floor, "I want yei; to all underThen other tables were soon occupied, and half an hour stand that Young Wild West ain't to leave this ca,mp alive. after our friends had returned to their camp things were I hope yer hear what I say." going along nice]:\ at the saloon, and the proprietor was Several of them took pains to tell him that they did, taking in gold dust and cash as well. ancl then he went on: kept up until well toward morning, and then "There's three gals with Young Wild West an' his pards, Jack Gore proved to be one of the last to leave the place -ai:i well as a couple of Chinamen. We ain't got nothin' in His shanty was not far distant. ther way of women or gals in Diamond Dive, so we'd bet. He occupied it with Tom, who was really his right Not until \ro::: three here It seems that we ain't got a bOil'er, and the closest of all the friends he had in the eilner, so we'll keep ther two heathens, too. camp. But Yo't:mg Wild West an' his pards has got to shuffi'e o:ff We might say right here that not all the men who called this mortal coil, as they say in ther almanaa, or some other themselves desperaaoes were really of that stamp. book-I don't know what it is." At least a dozen of them were willing to assume that "Shuflle off this mortal coil is good," nodded Tom, a grin they were, however, since by doing so they were permitted showing on his face. "I've heard of that myself. But yer to remain there and proceed with their work, thus accumu might jest as well say die, an' be done with it, Jack Jatiug the gold dust. "Well, there ain't nothin' like havin' a flow of ther 'l'hese men, it might be said, were getting along much American language at your command, yer know, Tom," better in the world than the others, even though they spent and the Boss Desperado of Diamond Dive smiled just conslrlerable of what they earned enough to make his swollen face look more hideous than They were saving some of what they took from the earth, ever "Yer see, got a little more eddication !lrnn you. j while the sim1)ly were to get what they I went to School rugh on ter :five months when I hved back needed to buy hquor and gamble with. ; in Kansas. If l'd gone about three months more I reckon .As soon as Bully John closed up his place he sought his I'd have k:nowed as much the teacher." room and went to sleep. "Wl.y didn't yer go?" queried one of the miners. ne knew very well that the man employed by him would "Well, thc.:r measles broke out jest about that time, an' have it open again as soon as it got daylight, so he had I was 1took clown with it. Then jest as I was gittin' over it nothJng to worry him.


16 YiOUNG 'WILD wES'J"S QUICKEST SHOT. Shortly after daylight the man was right on hand, and as l1e swung the front door open and looked out the first thing that caught his eye was a big wagon looming up at the foot o:f the slope as it struck the diamond-shaped place. Two mules were hitched to the wagon, and upon the seat were two men. The bartender, as we may as well call him, looked very much surprised. It was the first time he had eYer seen a new arrival showing up that early in the morning He rubbed his eyes and looked again There was no mistake about it. Two mules and a big wagon were certainly approaching, while two men were sitting upon the seat of the wagon. "Well, by ginger!" he ex.claimed. "I wonder where that outfit come from so early in ther mornin'? Most likel_y they've been travelin' all night. Maybe they missed seein' ther sign that Jack Gore put up over on ther Tombstone trail." There was no one else stirring in the mining camp, as far as he could see, so he stood in the doorway and waited until the outfit arrived. "Good mornin', strangers!" he called out, as the mu1es came to a. halt. "You must have started mighty early to git here." "We did," answered the man who was driYing, as he ; tbrew down the reins. "But we didn't very far t e:r come, yer know. We put up for ther night jest about half a mile from here, never knowing that we was ao close to a town. This morning I happened to get up mighty early, an' as I walked up to ther top of a cliff an' took a look around I seen ther shanties down here. Then I woke iny partner an' we started over here without waitin' to git breakfast. What place is this, anyhow?" "If yer read ther sign on this shanty you'll find out mighty quick what ther name of the place :is," retorted the bartender, as he jerked his thumb in the direction of the sign above his head. "Oh!" said the other traveler. "Diamond Dive, eh?" "Oh, .yer kin read, eh?" and the bartender looked a bit surprised. "Well, you have got it right, stranger. This is Diamond Dive. Yer didn't know it afore, eh?" "Nope!" and both men shook their heads. "Well, it's a mighty fine place, too, as you'll find out when ther gang gits around." "That's ther kind of a place we want, ain't it, pardner," observed the driver, as he smiled "You bet," was the reply. "We've got goods ter sell, we have. What ;ye want is to strike people that will buy 'em. If this is a fine place there must be fine peoyle in it, an' fine people is generally pretty liberal about buyin' ther sort of goods we've got tel," sell." "Peddlers, eh?" and the bartender looked a little curiouRly at the wagon. "Yep!" the driver answered. "We've got about everything that a man needs, an' our prices is so low that we're bound to sell the minute we show the goods." "But we'll buy somethin' afore we try to do any sellin'," spoke up the other man. "How about breakfast, boss?" "You kin be 'commodated, if yon kin wait about 'an hour," the bartender retorted. "All rig-lit, that will do. We've got grub of our own, but it sorter seems a little nice to set down to a table once in a while. We'll wait. Come on in, Doc," and he turned to his companion; "I reckon we kin git liquor with011t waitin', all right." "Oh, yes, we've got plenty of that," and the bartemler turned arnl walked into the place. Leaving the team standing before the shm t y the hrn men foll owed him, and the next minute they were leaning oYer the bar. They had no trouble in getting what they wanted, antl when had paid for it they proceeded to question th e bartender as to t11e population of the place, and what s ort of men there were living there. He gaYe them all the information he thought was n e rci'--sary, and wound up saying: "You'll find ther boys is all right, ns long a!l 11 fr<', t 'em right. Maybe they'll be a little rough wh,,ef they see yer, but that'll an pass away, if yer don't gii. mad.,, "Well, I guess we kin manage them all right," declared tlie man called Doc, "won't we, Harry?" "I sorter reckon we've been around minin' camps long enough to know how to git along with almost anybocly," was the reply. They soon went outside and unhitched the mules, and when they had led them a short distance away and turned them loose to get what they could to eat fro:m tlie Sparee .growth of grass, they came back and busied themselves :in the wagon for a while. It was not long before they had quite a display at the rear of it, since the back ha"d been lifted up and there wii.s nd'W what looked to be a regular booth, such as are to be found in many of the stores. Clothing, hats, boots and shoes, cheap jewelry; combs soap, and different articles such as might be sold in a place of that kind were displayed there. The bartender walked out after a while, and when he saw the display a broad grin came over his face. "You sartinly have got a :fine outfit, strangers," he observed with a chuckle. "When ther boys sees that they'll nigh about go wild. Jest wait." He said the last in a rather peculiar way, and two men looked at each other, as though they were that_ things might not turn out altogether to their liking when the "boys" saw their goods. The bartender quickly assured them tlint ... would do a rousing business, so they went intofoe salom1 again. It happened that Bully John had not slept Ycry well, and hearing voices in the barroom he arose and soon came out. was in a rather bad humor, but when he found that two peddlers had arrived in the early momi,ng he became interested, and when he saw the line of things they had to offer for sale to the mwers of Diamond Dive he actuall.v smiled. Probably he was thinking how the desperadoe s would clean out the wagon when they gathered tlwre a little lah'r. Finding that the two strangers wanted breakfa s t he hurried up matters a little, and it was not long befc .. :e they were escorted into the room that. served as a dining-room and kitchen combined, and they were supplied with coffee and eatab le s


YOUNG WILD WES'l"S QUIOKES'r SHO'l'. 17 Before they had finiahed tho meal two of the desperadoes came along. When they saw the wagon standing there, and the won derful display, they were astonished. Bully John quickly explained that he had two peddlers as his guests, and that they were there for. the purpose of selling their stock in trade to the miners. Then one of the villains turned to the and said: "We'd better go an' wake up Jack Gore." "That's right," said the other. "Go right ahead an' do jt. Git all ther lJoys around here. We'll haYe some fun with them peddlers." 'I'en minutes later the two peddler" frn tl1C'ir brrakfo t anc1 came outside iled when they saw that quite a crowd was col-11 b abl)ut the wagon. The was now up, and the majority of those liYing in the camp were awake and about. 'T'lwy kept on coing, one of the last being Jack Gore, the Boss Desperado. When he got there he walked upto the display of goods and proceeded to make a selection. He clid not stop until he had taken samples of about everything there was in the wagon, and then turning to the two men, he S"aid : ''How much do jOU want for that lot?" 'rhe man called Doc quickly scanned the and tc torted: "Twenty-one dollars, boss." As quick as & flash Jack Gore whipped out a reYolver it at t4e heart, exclaimed: ail it one dollar, an' you'll be allowed to hYe. Hurry up, or you'll drop in your tracks." "All right, make it a dollar, then," was the q11ick reply. "That's ther way to talk. Ettranger." Then the leader of the desperadoes looked at the crowd 1 and exclaimed: "Now, boys, step up an' help yourselves Every man gits what be wants fol' a dollar. Ther first comes will be th er first served'." 'rhe villains et up a y ell and made a rush for the wagon. Knowing that they had struck a very hard crowd, the iwo peddler' aid nothing, but with pale, anxious faces thP nt "' ht> crowd fight for their stock in trade. ,," '" 1 L' dc1amble was going on Bully John, who was in the doorway of the saloon, happened to look in the dir,.ction of the camp of our friends. Say, boys!" he called out, excitedly, "here comes Young Wild West an' his pards I" CHAPTER VIL WILD STARTS TO TUE CAMP. Young Wild West and his friends had finished eating their breakfast and were just thinking about going over to the Dirmond Dive Saloon, w11en a loud shout came from that direction. "Hello!" exclaimed the young deadshot, as he quickls clambered upon a rock, so that be might get a view of the place "I wonder what that means?" CJ arlie 1nd Jim followPJ him quickly, arnl then all three saw a crowd of men gathered about a wagon that was standing in front of Bully John's place. "I wonder when that outfit got there, Wild?" the scout asked, as he looked at the vehicle in surprise. 'I don't know," was the reply. "It must have arrived during the night, or else very early this morning. Sup pose we go oYer and see what's the matter?" "Sartin." Of course Jim Dart was willing to do this, so all three quickly came down from the rock, and after telling the girls where they were going, started off at a brisk walk. They were just about haH way to tlie s-pot when the desperadoes made an attack upon the wagon for the pm of cleaning out the stock in trade of the two peddler!'. Wild saw what was up right away. "The rascally galoots are cleaning out the wagon, boys," he said, quickly. "We had better hurry a little." Then they started on a run. Before they reached the scene, however, the miners quieted down a little. Some of them took pains to get quite a little distance from the wagon and remained silent, while others went on throw:ing the things they had taken from the wagon ab .mt, though not in a Yery sprightly way. Probably they were doing it just to make Young W1ld 1.r et understand, that they were not afraid of him, tho gh the "aot was that they were very much afraid. "WhaL's going on here?" Wild called out, in his cool and easy way "It looks as though you have started up a picnic Pretty early in the morning for anything like that, I should think." "Want ter buy somethin', Young Wild West?" asked Jack Gore, putting on a very bold manner, and acting as though he was joking. "Here's two peddlers what struck Diamond Dive this mornin', an' they've got a whole lot of stuff to sell. Maybe there's something here that will jest suit yer "If you fellows kep at it much longer it won't suit any body," was the quick retort. "Have you paid the peddlers ;;et?" ''Yes, fhat's jest what we've done. Every man pays a dollar an' takes what he wants. We've about cleaned wt everything ther two had to sell. If you do any buyin', you'll have to do it from some of us." lieedless of tl1e fact that there were so many villains there who were ready to kill him, the dashing young dead shot pushed his way forward, followed closely by his two partners. Neither of them had drawn a weapon, though they were ready to do so at an instr.nt's notice. They went on through the crowd of men to the back of the wagon, which had been lowered down. to make a display of the goods the two peddlers offered. for sale. Clothing, boots, trinkets and everything else that had been in the stock were scattered over the ground, where those who had proved to be more timid than the rest had dropped them when they our hero and his partners coming. It was easy for Wild to sec who the peddlers were. They were standing close to the wagon, and their faces "ere tlw of dismay.


/// '.18 YiOUNG WILD WEST'S QUICKEST SHOT. "So you sold out in a huny, did y-0u ?" Wild asked, as He was not surprised to see three more men step from he looked at them s harply. the ranks and join in helping the two peddlers. "We ain't sold a blessed thing, young feller," the man "Any more?" he asked. called Doc answered quickly. "The men here jest made But it seemed that there were not. a raid on us, that's what they did. They ain't paid over 'l'he rest of the gang no doubt meant tO stick! to Jack a dollar." Gore, their leader. "Well, I thaught it was about that way," was the cool "That's putty good," spoke up Cheyenne Charlie, as he reply. "Maybe you don't know that these men are callecl nodded toward those who had dared to go against their the Desperadoes of Diamond Dive? They're a very bad lot leader. "Maybe Diamond Dive ain't sich a badplace, Why, the majority of them even want to after all." kill me. What do you think of, that?" "Oh, the place is all right," Jim Darf'quickly answered. As the boy said this he turned quickly and caught Jacki "There are some mighty bad men living here, that's all. Gore in the act of drawing a reYolYer. But they will all be good by the time we leave, and don't As quick as a flash Wilcl's hancl slid to his right sicle and make any mistake on that." one of his revolvers flashed in the morning sun. The merchandise was soon gathered up, and then sorrH> Crack! of those who had helped the peddlers insisted Qn trr.; 'llie report' rang out clear anc1 distinct, anc1 with a yell ening things out. ., J of pain Jack Gore dropped his and clapped his 'l'he result was that in ten minutes after the arrhal of hand b his our hero and his partners the cli'splay at the rear nf t.l "I reckon you weren't quite quickenough, you i:meaking wa:on looked about the same as whe'.n the two men had coyote," the boy said-, coolly. "1 scraped the back of your opened up for business. hari' with the bullet, a1lright. 'I'he next time I fire at you Of course a few things had been destroyed, but th! loss I'll \'ut it through the center of your heart!" was but nominal Instead of the villain's friends making a move to take \'{hen he saw that everything was pretty well straighthis part, they became very quiet, indeed. enecl out, Wild pulled out bis watch. Though the shot bad certainly been a wonf!erful one, 1t '.acked but three minutes of S<'Yen. the boy's coolness hacl more to do with subc1ub1g foe 1 "\\ell, Jack <-fore," he said, looking at the man, who h, d peradoes than anything else. bound a handkerd1ief about his wotmdecl hand and w1s The fact was that the villainous miners could not quite leaning against the shanty near the door, "you said you understand him. would be around here about seven o?clock, so we coulcl The way he acted was certainly quite different from anyone they had ever met. Such a thing as fear did not appear to be within him. Seeing that he had them just where he wanted them, Wild dropped the revolver back into the holsler. "It might be that some of you galoots will take a chance shot at me pretty soon," he went on to say, in his cool and easy way. "Well, I'll tell you one thing. You want to look out how you try it." There was no reply to this, so Wilcl turned again to the two peddlers. He lgig:w very well that Charlie and Jim were keeping a strict i'1ltch upon those who might prove dangerous. "Strange1s," said he, "I reckon you may as well start in and gather up your bfilongings Maybe there are some here who will help you. I really believe there are a few in the crowd who are ashamed of what they have done. We will see about it." Then he shot a quick glance over the c:iowd. The result was just what he thought it would be. One of the men came meekly forward and joined in help ing Doc and Harry to gather up their merchandise. He had scarce l y started in when four others followed hi s example. three more came. "Ah!" exclaimed our hero, smiling. "I was not mistaken. There are a few here, who, if they had a good chance, might prove themselves to be decent sort of men. There are eight of them, so I see. But,n and he again flas hed a glance at the crowd, "maybe there arc some more. How about it?" settle the disagreement that came between us. I am hN" ..:.. so we may as well go ahead. Wliat do you propose t"o L1U... about it?" "I ain't got notliin' to say, Young Wild West," came the reply, as the villain shook hi;i. head in a dogged wa_v. "I'Ye found out that I can t depend Oit them what I thought was goin' ier stick to me. You have got ther bPSt of it jest now. I aint fool enough to git out an' fi.glit yer, 'cause I know yer can lick me. Yer see I ain't offerecl ter attempt that. '1.1hat don't show that I'm a coward, though, not by any means." "Well, it shows that you're a sneaking coward, and 1 you take that, you are certainly a coward. If I acted the way I feel at this minute I would take you Jl'" he throat and strangle the life out of you. But I wr """" I happen to have the way o.f holcling my tent. out j'}11 know. But you know what I told you a little while ago. The next time I take a shot at you it is going to be to kill. If I were one of the sort who believe in betting I would lay a wager of a thousand dollars right now that you would be a dead man before the sun sets to-night." The words camed a thrill to go through the followers of the villain, and some of them twisted their feet about upon the ground uneasily. There was a depth of meaning to what Young Wild West said, and there was scarcely a man there who did not be lieve that his words were coming true. Even the face of Bully J olm, proprietor of the saloon, had turned pale, and somehow he could not take his eyes from the faoo of Young WildWest. Finally he turned to Gore and said: "Jack, I ain't in ther habit of givin' advice, but J wili


YOUNG WILD WEST'S QUICKEST SHOT. 19 say that if I was you I'd offer an apology to ther boy. You have seen, an' we've all seen that he's altogether too much for yer. There ain't no question but that he's right, speaking from a general standpoint. You an' ther rest of us here in Diamond Dive kin git along jest as well as we ever did, an' not interfere with Young Wild West an' his :fricnc1R, either. Boys," and he turned his gaze upon the others, "you have heard what I've got to say. Come on in an' I'll stand treat for "Yes, he calls himself Jack Gore, the Boss Desperado of Diamo11d Dive. I'll bet he is .even thinking at this of a way to kill me, too. But he won't do 1t. You heard what I told him a minute or so ago?" A shout of approval went up from some of those who had assisted the peddlers to gather up their merchandise, but Jack Gore did not venture to say anything. However, he was the first to enter the saloon. Then the rest came in rather slowly, the last ones being those who had broken away from the leader. "YeR, we heard it, Young Wild. West." "Well, I really hope it does not come true; but I am confident that it will. .Jack Gore will certainly try to down me before the day is over, and wl1en he does try it it will he the last thing he will ever do on earth 'rhey all went inside now, and Wild and his partners accepted a cigar apiece from the landlord, who had become so generous all at once. CHAPTER VIII. HOP AMAZES THE PEDDLERS. "Come on in, strangers," said Wild, nodding to the two n7n-:;dlers. "The landlord is going to stand treat for every- ,...J>. T at includes you fellows, of course. Nobody will Young Wild West was absolutely certain that there was it}\ your goods while you are inside." not a man among the desperadoes who would have the "You're sartinly what I ca11 ther most wonderful young ncne to openly attack him. follcr I ever saw," declared Doc, as he unhesitatingly came The fact was that the nail he had driven the night be forward. "What might your name be, anyhow?" f0re was now clinchcc1, and he knew it quite well. "Well, I go by the name of Young Wild West, just be-1 Of course it would be necessary to keep a sharp watch cauS{l I have no other to go hy." on Jack Gore and some of the others, for there were no "Is that so? Well, I can't say as I ever heard of you 1 doubt those among them who would not hesitate to kill afore, but I will say that I never met a man, much less a him or his partners the moment they thought they would boy, that's anything like yer. You have got a way about I be safe in doing it. yon that's most amazin', ain't that right, Ilany ?" t Tl10 thing to do now WAS to weed 011t the very bad ones "It sartinly are," his partner spoke up quickly. "I was I from the rest. tryin' ter think of words to ioay that w.oulcl express my I It happened that it did not take long to do this, for fcelin's. But I s'pose amazin' will do it, all right." shortly after drinking at the bar at the expense of Bully Then he nodded to our hero and added: T( n, Jack Gore started for the door, saying as he did so: '--_,..-' v whole lot obliged toyer, Young Wild West. I "Come on, boys." s'pose we would have been cleaned out of everything we As he rassed out our hero counted just thirteen men as had if :rou haun't showed up jest as JOU did. But I don'& t: 1 ., followed him. thiuk "that all these men are so bad, after all. There's that was all. The rest remained in the barroom of more mischief in them than there is badness. It struck the saloon. tbem as bein' mighty funny to see us here tryin' ter sell "You are beginning to see things a little clearer than our goods, I s'pose, an' they thought they woulc1 clean us you

20 Y10UNG WILD WEST'S QUICKEST SHOT. The grip the man gave him was a hearty one, and Wild returned it with interest. "I want ter tell yer right afore thcr crmvl1 that I've re formed, Young Wild West,'' Tom Fa id, Rpcaking in a loud tone of voice, his eyes as the words rang out. "I never was sich an awful bad man, when it came right down to ther point. Rut I've liverl so long among them as al wnys done abont as they pleased that I sorter got hardenerl to it. You made an awful deep imprcFsion on me yisterrlay afternoon when you handled Jack ther way yer did. That feelin' has kept on growin', an' this mornin' it bore fruit. Hereafter I'm going ter be a square man. I'm goin' ter be a square man, if I dies for it, Young Wild West. You kin put that down as comin' straight from a man what means what he says." "I believe you," the ;young deadshot answered. "I have no doubt that nearly every man here is of the same mind as you, too." "You can bet your life,'' shouted one of them, as he came forward with his hand extended. This was the signal for all of them to make a rush to shake hands with the boy, who had by his wonderful coolness taught them that it was best to live on the square. Bully John waited until they had all shaken hands with our hero and his partners, and then he walked slowly from behind the bar. "l ain't goin' ter be left out in ther cold," he said, as he bowed his head meekly before the young deadslwt. "Ain't yer gain' to take me in on this game, Young Wild West?" "I certainly am," was the reply. "Shake! I knew when I first saw you that you were not a bad man at heart. You're engaged in business here, and it was necessary that you should fall into the ways of those who supported you.'' Then he shook hands with him, as did the scout and Dart. It was really one of the grearest triumphs of Young Wild West's life. He knew it-he felt it, and he was absolutely certain that if it came to the point there was not a man in the crowd who would not stand up for him. This virtually meant the overthrow of crime in the min ing camp. Even if those who had broken away from the Boss Desperado would not take sides against him, they certainly would not take any part at all. "Well, boys," said our hero, as he tossed a twenty-dollar gold piece on the little bar, "we'll all have a smoke now. "I don't drink anything strong myself, you know, though it is not compulsory that you shall not." But they evidently understood that it was his wish that they should smoke. so not one refused to take a cigar when ''1e box was passed around by the proprietor. The two peddlers had quite recovered their composure by this time, and the one called Doc now produced a bag containing money and said: "Now, gents, I reckon I'm gain' ter have ther chance of treatin' yer all to tanglefoot, with ther expectation of sellin' yer some of my things afterward. Step up; everybody is welcome." It was certainly a good-natured crowd that responded, and the result was that ten minutes later the two peddlers were doing what might be called a rushing business. Those who had considered it great fun to destroy the stock in trade of the two peddlers but a short time before were now willing to pay exorbitant prices for the things they thought they needed. Wild and his partners remained at the Mloon un.til !'CY eral of the men outside thought it was about time that they went to their work. Our hero had cast an occasional glance in the direction of the shanty he had seen the fourteen desperadoes enter, and he was satisfied that they were stiU there. He knew quite well that they were probably talking it over and trying to arrange a way by which they might exterminate him and his partners. Of course they must certainly bear a grudge a them for what had happened. Finally the two peddlers found that there was na ic: _,,, any use of trying to sell anything, since the m!J,fl ,. ., 01 the men had left to go to work, and as they clooed up th wagon, with the intention of starting in business again after quitting time that night, our hero ancr hiS,..two part ners started back for the camp. They found the girls and the _Chinamen wailchihg for them rather anxiously "Well, how did you make out, Wild?" Arietta: asked, her eyes glowing with anticipation, for she could easily toll py the looks oi Wild and his partners that they had been quite successful. "Fine!" was the reply. "We have started a genuine re form at Diamond Dive. Eleven of the desperadoes have broken away from Jack Gore, and 1 kllo% they mean bu ness, too." "I am so glad, Wild. I feared that it might be the la&,t of you when I saw you running straight for that crowd. We were watching you fromthe top of that rock over there, however, and we soon saw what you were doing. It is really wonderful." "It is about the greatest thing I ever saw you do, spoke up the scout's wife, as she looked at the dashing young deadshot with admiring eyes. "Well, I don't know about that, Anna,'' he replied. "You see, I never once feared that anything was going to happen to me. That had a whole lot to do with it, prob ably. The fact that the men knew that I could shoot mighty quick and straight caused them to ... w I suppose; and when they saw how I was laying i,out to ..' them, they kept getting more so. until they finally con cluded that it would be dangerous to take a shot at me. But if it had not been that Charlie and Jim were with me, I suppose I would have got it, anyhow. But what is the use of having partners if you can't use them?" He laughed as he said this, and then all hands joined in. Hop seemed to be greatly interested in the conversation, but before it was over he cautiously crept out of sight behind a rock, and then began stealing towarrl the saloon. 'l'he fact was that the clever Chinaman now considererl that he would be in no danger if he visited the place. A saloon, above all other places, was where Hop liked to spend idle time. He managed to get there almost before he was misse

Y10UNG WILD WEST'S QUICKEST SHOT. 21 it was all right, so he walked boldly forward and paused near the wagon owned by the two peddlers. Seeing him standing there, Doc and Harry promptly came out of the saloon. "Want ter buy anything, heathen?" the former asked, Showing that he was always ready for business. "Whattee you gottee to sell?" inquired Hop, putting on a very innocent way. "About everything that ycr kin think of," Harry hastened to answer. "We'll show ver." "Allee light, Mc likee The back of the wagon was soon let down, and then in a'"very short time the two peddlers were showing him their goods. 'The man called Tom and two others had decided not to go t6' work until the afternoon, so they came out, grinnin bi-0ac1ly, for they had seen enough of the Chinaman u. i ht before to understand pretty well that he was full of fun. Hop took up a pair of in a rather gingerly way. "Whatteo -;r6u callee lis ?" he asked, as he held them before Harr:f.'s face. was the i '.cply ".Ain't yer never seen sich things afore?" Hop !'hook his head. "Me no undelstandee," he deqlared. Then he carefully rolled the suspenders into as small a bunch as he could get them, and taking his big yellow silk handkerchief from under his coat proceeded to wrap them in it. _1if the peddlers said anything to this, for they imagined that the Chinaman was going to purchase the suspenders. Hop coolly laid the parcel on the tailboard of the wagon Then he proceeded to look for something else that was displayed. The two peddlers were no doubt clever fellowi::, but they had failed to notice that.while he was looking at their goods the Chinaman had taken something that did not belong to him, and this before he had picked up the pair of suspenders But that was due to his wonderiul sleight of hand, of C"ourse. o _:.loTcallee lis ?" the Celestial asked, as he '::?picked up a leather pocketbook. "Why, that's a pocketbook, or wallet," Doc answered, quickly. "Ain't yer never seen one of them things before?" Hop shook his hea<;l. in the negative. "Velly stlange," he observed, as he opened it and looked inside. "That's ter put money ii;i," spoke up Harry. "Oh," and Hop appeared to be much enlightened. "If you gottee money you puttee in um pocketbook?" "That's it; you have got it right, Mister Heathen." Hop paused, as though he were in deep thought, for a few. seconds, and then quickly took the hat from Doc's hl'a

22 YOUNG WILD WEST'S QUICKEST SHOT. "See here!" said Doc, in a stern tone, "where did you get that pocketbook from, heathen?" "Me buy lat in Denver," came the innocent reply. "Will you let me see it?" Th:>c asked, quickly. Hop passed it over to him. The peddler searched for a mark on the inside and quickly found it. "You never bought that in Denver; heathen," he declared. "That came from out of our wagon. There's our mark on it." "Lat allee light," and Hop laughed good-naturedly. "You Yelly smartee Meli can man, so be, but me allee samee velly muchee smartee, too. Me velly smartee Chinee. You keep you pocketbook. Me no wantee." The:n he quickly took it and dumped the money from it and passed it back. "Boys," said the proprietor, grinning at the two peddlers, "you had better not let that heathen have a look at ycur goods ag'in. Why, if he was of a mind ter he'd steal e,erything you had." "That's right," Doc answered. "But never mind. We'll all have a drink. That's one on us." CHAPTER IX. THE CAPTURE OF .A.HIETT.A.. It will be necessary for us to now turn our aitc11tlon to the desperadoes who left the saloon and went to the shanty. It was Jack Go11e's shanty they went to, as might be i::up posed, and as it was not a very large structure the one room it contained was quite well filled when all got inside. "Set down, boys, if you kin find anything to set on.'' said the leader of the crowd. "We've got to git down to business. I want to have a little talk with ver. I'm much obliged to you fellows for stickin' to me. lt seems that there was some as weakened, an' all 'cause they was so much afraid of Young Wild West that they jest couldn't help it. But that's all right. I'll git square with 'em afore many days, see if' I don't A murmur of approval went up from the meri at this. Gore seemed to'be pleased when he found that they were all with him. "Do yer know what I've been thinkin' about, boys?" he went on to say, as he took on a knowing look and squatted upon the rickety table that was in one corner of the room. "Afore I left Bully John's place it struck me all of a sud den that ther way to git square with Young Wild West would be to sneak around to his camp an' catch them gals what's there. It may be a pretty tough job, but we kin manage it. I don't mean ter wait till night to do it, either." "What are we gain' ter do with ther gals, if we gits 'em?" asked one of the villains. "Well, I reckon we kin easy settle that alter we git 'em," was the reply. "Never mind about that now. I ain't one as believes in countin' your chickens afore they're hatched. But by gittin' ther gals, or if we can't git all of 'em we'll git one, anyhow, we'll git Young Wild West after us hot. Then I reckon it won't be sich a hard job to put him out of ther way. That's ther main thing we want ter do, yer know. His pardners will come with him, of course, an' they've got to take ther same medicine, along with him. But afore go any further I reckon we'll have somethin' to drink. One thing about me is that I always keeps a good supply of tanglefoot in my shanty." He got down from the table and quickly took a demijohn from a little closet. Then he found a couple of tin cups, and removing the cork from the demijohn placed it upon the table and in vited them to come up and join in a drink. They were all quite willing to do this, and when all had taken a drink the Boss Desperado helped himself and then put away the demijohn. "Now then," said he, "I want two of yer to keep a watch on Bully John's saloon It are likely that Young Wild West an' his pards will come right back to ther camp, an' if they do we've got to wait until they leave it ag'iri. won't do to go foolin' around there while they're h Yer all know that." "I reckon not," said one of them, shrugging his ders and showing signs of uneasiness. "Anyone as kip make sich a quick shot as he did is sartinly a customer. If he had been of a mind ter he sartinl v woi.tlCl haYe put a bullet plumb through your heart, of ther back of your hand to make yer drop your gun, Jack." "Oh, I knows that." and the leader nodded hi heacl. "He':; ther Champion Deadshot of ther West, all right 1 don't think there's a man livin' as kin hold a canclle to him in that game." Several of them had remarks to make about the young cleadshot, .and after a while Gore thought of what he hacl said about appointing two of the men to watch saloon Then he selected two of them to do this, and they had not been at their post more than ten minutes before thev reported that Young Wild West and his partners were their way to their camp. "Well," said the Boss Desperado, shrugging his shoul ders, "I reckon .that means that we'll have to wait awhile It may be that Young Wild West is keepin' a watch on this shanty, or has got someone else at Bully John's to do it for him. Ther chances i s that some of ther boys has gone right over to his side, or they acted mighty like they was goin' ter do it, since they backed down and wouldn't ('0me with us." -"Well, what are yer goin' ter do, anyhow?" asked a man, who had a cast in his left eye, and who was certainly any thing l;)ut of a prepossessing appearance. "I'll tell yer what we'll do, Andy," was the quick reply. "Since Tom has gone back on me I'll appoint you as my right bower. I'll take you an' Gus an' Mike, an' we'll crawl out of ther window an' then around as close as we kin git to Young Wild West's camp without bein' seen. We'll wait there a while, an' maybe Young Wild West an' his pards might take a notion to go back to ther saloon, or they might want ter go to ther store. Anyhow, I reckon we kin afford to wait, 'cause we've got a whole lot ahead of us-somethin' that is of ther greatest importance to us, I might say. Them three galoots has got to be done away with, an' that's all there is ter it. Why, if they have their way about it they'll sartinly reform ther camp. Diamond


YOUNG WILD WEST'S QUICKEST SHO'l'. 2 3 Dive would be a mighty funny place with no desperadoes to run it, wouldn"t it?" The villain said this as if he actually thought it would be an awful calamity if such a thing should happen. The three men he seemed quite willing to ac company him, so after a short conversation ihey all crept out through the little window that was in the side of the shanty furthest from the saloon "Ther rest of yer stay here till we come back, unless yer hear shootin' goin' on," said Jack Gore. "I don't know but that it would be a good idea if some of yer was to go an' git three or four horses an' have 'em ready It might l be that we'll be followed by Young Wild West an' his pards afore we're quite ready for it. In that ease ther four of llil will have to light out. How many of yer has got horses, anyhow]" of them had, it seemed, and one of them was a rntherrnean Indian pony, so he was informed "Well, thafs all right. You git ther four of em an' fetch 'em here an' have 'em saddled an' priclled, too. Mino's in ther shed back here, so yer kin have him saddled too That will make five all together. Maybe it'll be jest as well if we only git one of ther gals. We kin tie her to one of nags, an' then if we have to 1 ight out we'll take he;r along wlth us I'm willin' to take this risk, 'cause I kno\1 that even if we do have tcr light-out it won't be long a.fore we'll stand a good chance of droppin' Young Wild West an' his pards as they come after us. Now then, you understand what's to be done, don't yer ?" The villains answered that they did sure yer come ont through ther window, so no one kin see yer from ther saloon. Now then, boys, we'll be off. The last was said to the three he had selected to go with him to Young Wild West's camp. Gore's shanty was built virtually on the Mexican plan The sides were of adobe blocks, and the roof was thatched with coarse grass It was right at the edge of a cactus bed, too, and one looking at it from that side would have taken it to br a r genuine greaser shanty. The four villains crossed the narrow strip of sand, where but cactus was growing, and were soon dodging .,,r 1 .rk "Cr r ..oc s A "'"' In this way they worked their way around until they found themselves approaching the spot where our friends were camped from the side opposite to where the collection of shanties st0od They managed to get within a hundred feet of it, and then they found it would be dangerous for them to attempt to get any nearer. It happened that it was just then that Cheyenne Charlie made the suggestion that they go over to the saloon and see what Hop was up to "I know putty well that ther heathen galoot will be havin' a whole lot of fun with them pedd ers," he said, as he looked at Wild and Jim and grinned. "No doubt of it, Charlie," Wild answered, with a nod of his head "I feel just in the humor to see a little fun, so we'll go over What do you say, Jim?" "Certainly," Dart answered, quickly When Jack Gore and his three companions heard t h is conversation their delight knew no qounds. Things were coming just the wa. y they wanted them t o "If they only hurry up an' git ther horses for us," said Gore, in a whisper, "we'll git away mighty quick O f course there"ll be a row raised when we grab one of thein. gals an' run away, an' we won't have more than time to gi t back to ther shanty. Young Wild West an' his pards w ill run right here, most likely, 'cause there'll be no end of screamin' from ther other two an' that heathen there: B u t we'll jest wait to give 'em a chance to git to Bully John's Then I'll show yer how we're goin' ter do this thing." His companions nodded, for they had the utmost con fidence in their leader, and they felt that he. was bound to carry out his plan They saw our hero and his two partners walk away from the cump, and then they watched them until they saw them enter the bar of Bully John's shanty. "Xow then, boys," whispered the leader of the des peradoes, as he drew a red handkerchief from his pocket, "I'm goin' ter use this here to gag ther gal with. It ain't no use to let her yell as we carry her off, 'cause that will let Young Wild West an' his pards know wl1ich way we re goin'. \Vhen I say ther word I want yer to help me grab ther gal, an' do it in a hurry. \Ve'll take ther one with ther valler hair She's Young WilO 'Ye8f>' gal. anyho'X. sartinly ther likeliest lookin" oue of ther lot, any how,'' the man called Andy declared. 'J womler if we couldn't manage to git all three of 'em?" "Xo," was the quick reply. "It wouldn"t do. We couldn't manage to do it at all We "rn only got one extra horse, yer know. Andy said no more 'l'hen after a wait of perhaps half a minute Jack Gore gave a nod and started to creep closer to the camp. Just then the girls were sitting near the two tents, and were very busy talking over what had happened. Stealthily the our villains crept closer, and it was not until they were within a dozen feet of them that Anna happened to glance up and see them She uttered a startl ed cry and attempted to draw he r revolver But Jack Gore had a l ready drawn his gun, and so had his companions. "Jest make one little yell, an' you'll die right where are!" the Boss Desperado exclaimed, :fiercelj. "I want yer to understand that we don't value your lives any more tha n we do Young Wild West's. jest as leave kill yer as not We've come here to rob your camp, thafs all." This threw the girls off their guard, somewhat Arietta remained perfectly calm She expected to see one of the villains go into the ten t and rummage about, whi le the other three held guard o ver them. But instead of this happening, Jack Gore sudden l y sprang upon her and pinned her arms to her sides. At the same time he clapped the hand that hel d the handkerchief over her mouth tightly Then Andy quickly sprang to his assistance and tied the girl's arms behind h e r back. The other two villains kept watch oYer Anna and Eloise


YiOUNG WILD WEST'S QU.LOKEST SHOT. nnd Wing, who had risen to his feet, the picture of aston ishment and alarm "Jest keep 'em right where they are, boys," said Gore. "Me an' .Andy will git about a hundred yards away, an' then you kin come. We've got ther gal, all right, an' no mistake 'I'he villain gave a low chuckle. and then throwing Aril'tia ornr his shoulder, as though she had been nothing more than an infant, he started from the camp, followed hy Andy. A minute later the other two began backing away, at thttime threatening the girl s that i:f they made an 011tcr,v, or offered to shoot, they woul hat was knocked :from his head, since the bullet struck it a'hd passed through the crown. Wild knew that the time for the Boss Desperado to out had arrived Without any hesitation he turned his revolver upon him and pulled the trigger Crack! Jack Gore gave a ga:;ping cry and fell hack. Then his body turned and he dropped to the gronrnl and remained motionless. So sm1>rised liacl his companions been that they had failed to take the little n

YOUNG WILD WEST'S QUICKEST SHOT. 25 Crack, crack! giYe you a ghost of a show, either. Now then, take your Two shots Caple from the window of the adobe shanty. choice." Wild heard the bullets as they whistled pa s t his ear, so It then sounded as though those inside were all talking he quickly ran around to the front. at one time. Crack, crack crack, crack But it was not for long. Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart were shooting now, and Out they came, one at a time, holding their hands over clown went the three villains who had accompanied Gore their heads and looking frightened and meek. to the camp of our friends. "Just take charge of them, Tom," saic;l our hero, nod -It must have been that those insid e saw what had hapding to the reformed desperado. '"Maybe you can make pened to their comrades, for they instantly began crying them understand what they are to expect. I have given for quarter. my word that they shall go free, but that don't mean that By this time several others had reached the scene, among they are to act in a treacherous way. They have got to them being the man called Tom behave themselves, or they will be shot down like clogs." "Come on, boys, an' he yelled .at the top of "?h, they'll behave, all Young \Yild West," his voice. "It ain't no use to buck ag'in Young Wild West replied, as he gave a nod. It are most likely that they ve an' his pards." had quite enough of it. They've seen what four or fiye ... n 1 of their gang has got, an' that oughter be a lesson. to 'em." "We're ter behave ourselves, Young Wild West," t' .vas fired from the shanty and Tom made a grab for his left ear. one of the ruffians spoke up, quickly. "You won't ha:ve The blood trickled from it in a stream, showing that he no cause to shoot us. I'm mighty sorry for what I've done, had come very near losing his life. an' ther rest is, too But it was Jack Gore as led us on. "I'd like ter meet ther galoot as :fired that shot on even He was a mighty good feller, in some ways, an' we felt it terms," he called out, as he stood still, hi revolver in his our duty to stick ter him." hand "If you have got ther nerve to do it come out an' "All right, then You are now at liberty to do just as yourself." you like; but take my advice and keep straight." "AU right, you traitor!" and then the door was suddenly Some of them thanked the boy outright, others gave ; ihrown open and out dashed one of the d e sp e radoes, firing nod, and the rest walked away without doing either. l But they were no doubt very glad, and forgot about it. :1s ie came. But lie was over-anxious, and his bullets went wide of Our hero knew that it was all over, so he walked over the mark. to where Arietta was standing, and taking her by the arm proceed e d toward the saloon. Crack, crack twice, and clown he went. "That settles you, Mc:N" ah, he exclaimed, his eyes flash i ug. "There always was a little bad blood b'.:!twcen u s." Tho door 11ow being open Cheyenne Charlie ran up to it, holcling a revolver in either hancl. )foanwhile Jim Dart hac1 "Y o_u hav e made a mighty big mistake mighty high-handed way, an' that's why Diamond Di Ye _yer ID1ow it. since you didn't ha.Ye no real hand in hasn t boomed up as much as it oughtcr. Why, there\; catchin' Young Wild West's gal, maybe he'll let yer off a been lots of good men drove away from here, jest little easy. There's a whole lot o.f us as has made up our Jack Gore took a notion ter do it. But Gore was a funny minds to reform, an' you kin bet w e 're goin' ter stick to it. s ort of man He had a way of makin' us all drop in lo bis You have got a chance yet." notions, it seems. It was mighty hard ter drop away from "'rhat's right," Wild s houted "Come out ancl surhim, but some of us managed to do it this morning." render, and you shall have a chance to turn over a new "Yes, and I give you credit for it," Wild answered. "I leaf." consider that the eleven who turned away from him are "Have a chance to git our necks stretched, more like it," pretty good fellows, if they are of a mind to be. These a voice answered from within. other fellows I don't know about. I suppose if they are "You can believe what I s ay, you sneaking coyote," bad at heart they will always be that way, though they Wild retorted, quickly. "When I say a thing I mean it. may behave themselves as long as they :find that it will pay I'll give you all just two minutes to get out of that shanty. better to do so." If you come out and surrender and give the pl'omise that By this time Anna and Eloise had reached the scene, and you will behave yourselves in the future you will be allowed when the reformed desperadoes saw them they all took off to go free. If you think iL is best to stay where you are 1 their hats, and then Tom proposed a cheer for the only and fight it out we will start in to clean you out. We won't who had stayed over night in Diamond Dive J


y;ou_ G WILD WEST'S QUICKEST SHOT. The cheer awoke the echoes, for everybody seemed to want to yell as loud as he cou l(l. The peddlers finally thought that there a fine chance to sell some of their goods, since so many had gath ered about :N"early every miner in the camp had heard the shoot ing, and the result was that they had left their work and were now gathered in the little square in front of Bully John's saloon. Present]>' Doc began calling out at the top of his voice : "This wfl.v, ladies and gents! Step up an' see our great line of goods. We have got everything that yer could posRibl.v want ter buv, an' ther prices is so low that you're bound to buy as soon as you see 'em This way!" The girls were curious to what they had for sale, and tlwy promptly walked around to the rear of the wagon This was the rue for everybody to crowd up1 and all save those \\'ho had come out oE Jack Gore's shanty and sur rendered were soon gathcre' and began examining some of the goods "Hold on there, Hop!" called out llarry, shaking his finger at him. "You had better keep your hands off. Yen'rc a ltogether too rJc,er for us. I don't mean that you would steal anything, but this ain't no time for jokin'. \\'c\ e got too much business on hand." "Lat allce light," replied the Chinaman "You gottee Yclly l illee stuff left, so be. You sellee outtee velly muchee quickee." This part of it was quite true. The 8tock in trade of the peddlers hacl dwindled clown so much that there was really not much of a selection there Hop knew pretty well that the peddlers had received more than double the amount for some of the goocls, so he decided to break up the bu8iness for a while. He calmly lighted a cigar, and drew one of his home made firecrackers from his pocket at the same time. '1'hen he proceeded to examine a pair of boots, in spite of II arry's advice to keep awa.y. But the clever Chinaman did not remain there long He waited until he had lighted the fuse of the fire cracker and dropped it into one of the boots. 'I'hen he stepped back and waited for the result. It was not more than five seconds that he had to wait, either Bang! kind, he could not help laughing, for the peddlers' 8ale had certainly been broken up in a hurry. They seemed to take it good-naturedly, however, and they could well afford to, in fact. They had really sold more goorl8, and received a higher price for them, than they had dreamed of doing when the.\' first struck the camp. Just as our friends were thinking about going back to their camp, the>' !'aw the desperadoes who had surrem1erc<1 at the shanty walking toward them in single file. The leader came right up to our hero, and taking oO: his hat, said : "Young Wild West, we have talked it over, an' we\ e come to ther conclusion that we'll sign a paper to be good You jeet fix up ther paper an' we'll put our names to it right away. Them as can't write will l e t F>Ornehody else do it for 'em an' put their cross in. \Ye 'rant ter shr.fieF that we mean business. We're goin' tcr try an' an' help boom up ther minin' camp. Everybody will be welcome here after this." "Well, you want to do thal, I'll soon fix up a paper," the boy answered. Ile was not long in doing this, and the namei:l of all the men were attached to it. 'l'hat wound up their adventures at Diamond Dive. The surviving desperadoes had cerLainly reformefl, and not only the mining camp, but the whole world was the better for it. Shortly after noon Young Wild West and his friends left the place and started for Tombstone. As they were going away Bully John "Boys, I want yer to give three cheers for Young Wild Quickest Shot When he cut ther rope that wa holclin' his gal's pony it sartinly was ther quickest shot that was ever made Now then, everybody j'in in. With the cheers ringing in their ears, our friends rode off in search of fresh adventures THE END. Read "YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DEATH MINE; OR, ARIET'l1.A BAFFLING THE CLAL\I JUMPERS," which will be the next number (389) of "Wild West Weekly The cracker exp l oded with a noise as loud as that of a sma ll cannon, and the goods of the peddlers flew in every direction, while a dense smoke immediately settled upon the scene. "Ha, ha, ha!" roared Bully John. "The ht'athen has done ther same thing he done ip my place last night.'' 'r11en he .fairly doubled himself with laughter. It was not long before the whole crowd joined in, witll the exception of the peddlers, who were running about in wild dismay. While \l,;il d \ro tVi T'Ot lrnve fln,.ihi11"' nf thn '-' SPECIAL NOTICE :-All back numbers of this week ly except the following are in print: 1 to 28, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36 to 40, 42, 44, 45, 47, 50 and 51. If you cannot obtain the ones you want from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 21 UNION SQUARE, New York City, and you will receive the copies you order, by r r b1!'n mail.


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28 WILD WEST WEEKLY. THE SON'S VENGEANCE By John Sherman. During the early summer of 1858 I had occasion to take a business trip on the Mississippi river. The great stream was fearfully flooded at the time, and the good mail steamb as Jack Thomas?" "When the boys left our neighborhood, Phil Jarvis settled in thek house with his wife. It was soon noticed that several strange robberies occurred in the neighborhood. "One night, when we were all away from home at a house raising, my place was robbed, anct the blood-hound was miss ing. I tracked him over to the Bolton farm, where we foun him dead in the wood I spoke about. "As I was suspicious of Phil Jarvis, I summoned some of the neighbors, and we called him, for the purpose of arrest ing him and searching the house. "It was near midnight when we got there, and one appeaJred to be asleep. However, I knocked at the u.. oor nd Mrs. Jarvis soon put her head out of the window and asked what we wanted. "I answered that we wished to see her husband about the robbery of my house. 'Do you dare to accuse him?' she asked, firing up like a fury. "'We do!' I bluntly answered. "The words were scarcely out of my mouth when they opened fire on us from inside, and three of our party fell badly wounded. "From the fire opened on us, as well as from the yells and threats, we judged there was a large party in the house. "Then they all made off to the river by s01p.e .!,3 "1'"'" "But did you not see anything of the woman ?" "She was seen in St. Louis three nights after, disguised as a young man. We have reason to believe that she joined the gang of river pirates of which her husband is one of the leaders." "What has become of the house and farm?" "Mrs. Jarvis sent an old man and his wife down from St. Louis to take care of the place. They live in the house some times for a month or two, and then go away for three months on a stretch. The neighbors say that the house is haunted even since old Bolton was murdered." After some further conversation with Paul Sidney, I made up my mind to pay a visit to the old haunted house in the American Bottom. all. Then the old man and' the young wife took sides against I was particularly anxious to interview the old man and the boys, and they were driven from the house. woman in charge of the place. "The two Bolton boys met him at the village hotel on the Before leaving Cafro I disguised myself in the rig of a raftsafternoon they left their father's house, and they had a fight. I man, and I traveled with Paul as one of his gang. "On the morning after the fight, old Mat Bolton was found On the night of my arrival at Paul's farm, I learned that musdered in his bed, the drawers and closets in the room we1e.. the old man and his wife had arrived at the Bolton home-


WILD WEST WEEKLY. 29 stead on the previous evening, and that they had secured pro visions at the village as if they meant to malce a long stay. Then I set out to interview them. As I approached the haunted house I saw a light in the kitchen, and then I went on boldly and knocked at the front 'door. "Who's there?" o. "Does Mr. Sidney live here?" I asked. "No. He lives over two miles further on the road-." "Two miles further on? Thunderation, and I am dead played out now." "Who are you?" asked a man's voice. "I'm a raftsman that worked for Paul Sidney. I came from St. Louis on foot to see him on business. If you'll give me a shake-down till morning, good people, I'll be ever so much as I am dead used up." ;-. tha amrng its line 25,000 towers ings, laisto 15,000 watch-towers. lie an oiice Lu Senar and 10,000 watch-towel'{;adetf.could, with moderate n .,25 'CE military work. uar


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Eve ry boy can But th __,..,B J sprang to the tflY follC'wir the inst ructi<>ns contained e oss Des d -ws i ... porarily and a h fpera 0 had only been self-defense made easy. 1 s e elt himself b "" bl<>ws, and the dilfer-18 came to entirely emg assistel)lbould obtain one of "Come on J k 1 iich you how to box ht ac We've got :fi It's Youn ve minutes ter r.--Contain!ng full eard of 'em Th g Wild West an' his P ,:ind athletic exercises. C ere's lots of our ar...:essor W. Macdonald. m. ome on'" gang as kno Jack G ng full instruction for f ore permitted him lf t o instruction in archery. Tom helped him t se o be assiste(ltrations, giving the best hind h h 0 mount, and th un, e rode away in t' en w\RDS ared from. ne direction CARDS.-C!fonta.lnlng sleight-of-hand applicable ry cards, and n<>t requiring ght-of-hand, or the use of ... or Haffner. Illustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest aud most deceptive card tricks, with ilq, lll8tratioll8. By A. Alltlerson. t'e No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.Containing deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading d aad magicians. Arranged for h<>me amusement. Fully illustrated.0 MAGIC. ':"k No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic iJillln card tricks, containing full instruction on all the leading card tii c of the day, also the most popular magical u. tiy our leading magicians; every boy should obtain a this book, 1 aa it will both amuse and instruct. No. 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-!lfller's seconJ sight explained by bis former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining hoiv the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and boy on the stage; also giviug all the. codes and signals. The only,,; authentic explanation of se c oud sight. No. 43. HOW '1' 0 BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing""t'i'he grandest assortw.ent of magical illusions ever placed before ti.he public. Also tricks with card s incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TlUCKS.--Containing ovl er one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with cbemica Is. By A. Anderson. Handsom ely illustrateJ. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing fifty of the latest and best tricks used by mag i cians. Also coutifin inll'._tbe secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No. 70. HOW TO MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full directions for making Magic and devices of many kinds. By A. Andeison. Fully illustrated: No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITHNUMBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figures and the magic of uumbers. By .A.. Anderson. Fully illustrated. .No. 7.5. BO\y TO A CONJUROR tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, lim.s;'efc_ thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. :n11 .. No. 78. ROW TO DO THE BLACK ART.--Containing a con. plete description of the mysteries of Magic nnd Sleight of Ha!Xl, togeth e r with many wonderful experh11ents. By A. Andersen. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every 1*>Y how inventions originated. This book explains thlm all, g1v1ng examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc. 'l'b e most instructive book No. 56. HOW 'l'O BECOME AN ENGINEER.-Containing ull instructions bow to proceed in order to become a loeomotive n gin eer; also directions for building a model locomotive; toge er with a full description of everything an enginee1 sbouldi know. No. 57. HOW 'l' O MAKE MUS"CAL INSTRUMEN'l'S.-Fu directions how to make a Banjo, VioHn, Zither, 21llolian Harp, Xjlc> ph .. ne and other musical instruments; together with a brief de s cription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated By A, e n tzgeiald, for twenty years bandmaster of t'be RoYB:fmngal No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LAN'l'ERN.. ainmg a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containlnc romplete instructions for p e rforming over sixty Mechanical Trickl. By A. Allderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A mMt com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and wh e n to u s e them, giving spe c imen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Givinr complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW '1' 0 WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving s ample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITEJ LE'l'TEJRS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father. mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wish to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the hrnd sbould have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE !,ETTERS CORRECTLY.--Con taining full instructions for writing letters on ahlll)8t any subject also rule. for punctuation compuitiao, vita QGCil!len letters


THE STAGE. No. 41. TBE BOYS OF NEW YORK ENU MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the m o1t famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No., THE OF NllJW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.el onta1!1mg a vaned asso,rto;ient of t1tump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end mens Jokes Just the thing for home amuse ment and amateur shows. o 45. THE B0'"S OF NEJW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE JOKl!J B\)OK.:--Something new a?d very instructive. Every hou l d obtam this book, as it contains full instructions for or ing an amate11r minstrel troupe. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It ins a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc. of cnce Muldoon, the great wit1 humorist, and practical of day. Every boy who can enJOY a good joke should ain a copy immediately. o 79. H<;>W TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com te rnstructions how to make up for various characters on the ge; together with the duties of the Stege ManSJer, Prompter Cl!nic Artist and Property Man. By a _prominent IStage Manager'. N!' 80. GUS WILLIAl\IS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat iest 3okes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and v r pular !Jerman comedian Sixty-four pages; handsome r c o n,taining a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. N o 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing II instructions for constructing a window garden either in town country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful ers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub-1ed. SO. HOW '1'0 COOK.-One of the most instructive books okinc ever published. It contain!! recipes for cooking meats <.'P. game, and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of ""Y, and a grand collection of recipes by o n e of our most popular ). 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSEJ.-lt contai n s information for eveoody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to k auythin g around the house, such as parlo r orname!lts cemen t s A.eolian harps, and bird lime for catching bird11.' ELECTA L. !'! o .. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND SE EJLECTRICITY.A de-0 B cr1pt1on of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro macn etism together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, BatteriJ e 1 tc. George Trebel, A l\I., M. D. Containing over fifty uatrat1 ons ELECTRICAL MACBINES.-Con... directions for making electrical machines, inducti o a coils, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. y R A. R. 13ennett. Fully illustrated No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Conteining a rge collection of instructive and highly amu1inr electrical tricks gether witb illustrations. By A. Anderson. No: 31. Bc;>W T9 BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing t9ur teen illustrat1ons, giving the different positioas requisite to bec ome a good speaker, reacler an el!lcutioaist. Also containinl:' gems from a.II the popular .f prose aad poetry, arran,ed in t h e mo llt simple and conc1c manaer poasible. No. 49 .J'IOW TO DEBA'fE.-Glving rules for cQnducUnt de bates, outlmes for debater, questions for discussion \.nd tile Dell sources for procuring info:;mation on the riven. SOCIETY. 1 No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-The a1-ts amt wiles o t flittatlun al'tl fully explained by this little book. Besides the met h o ds of handkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, window a nd hat flirtatio n i t con tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers la in.teresting to everyb ody, bot h o ld and young You cannot be happJ without one. No. 4. BOW '1'0 DANCE is the title of a new a n d hands ome little book just issued by l!'rauk 'l'ousey. It contains full instr uctions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partie1, how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all pop u lar square dances. No. 5. BOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A comp lete gui d e to love, courtship and marriage, giving sensible advice, rul es and etiqu ette to be observed, with many curious and interesti ng thi ngs no t g<'n erally known No. li. TO DRESS.-Containing f ull instruction i n the art of dressmg and appearing well at home and abroad g i v ing the selections of colors, material, and how to have them m ade up. No. 18 HOW TO :BEOOllfE BEAUTIFUL.-O ne of the brightest and most valuable little books ever given to t h e world. Everybody wishes to kngw how to become beauti ful b ot h male and female. '.rhe secret is simple, and almost costless, Read this book and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomel y Illustra t ed and containinr full instructions for the management and training o f the canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blaCkulrd, .p,aroqu e t, parl'Ot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE D O G S PO( LTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and inst ruc t i v e book. Handsomely illus-trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO l\IAKE AND SET TRA $ -Inc luding bint1 on how to catch moles, we a sel o ter, rats, squirrels and bird1. Also how' to cure skins. Co piou s l y illustrated. By J. Harrington E:eene No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A valuable book, givinl:' instructions in collecting, p reparing, mountinr and preserving birds, animals and insects No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Givin g com plete jnformation as to the manner aiui method of r aising, kee ping, tami9'6, breediug, and managing all kinds of pets; a l so giving fu ll instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained b y twen t y -eight illustrations, making it the most comp l ete bM k o f t he kind ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. l'IOW TO BECOME A. SCIENTIST,_.A useful and in 1tructive "lleok, 'ivinr a cemplete treatise oa cllemistry; also ex rieriments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and di ENTERTAINMENT. rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas "llall oons Thi No. 9. HOW 'rO BECO}IE A VENTltILOQUIST.-By Barry book ca1111ot be equaled. K ennedy The secret given away. Every intellii:ent boy reading No. 14. BOW TO MAKE CANDY.-.'complete h a n d-b ook for' t his book of instructions, by a practical professor ( delichting multimakin1 .all kinds of canfly. syrupl!i.. essences etc. t udes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. 84. HOW '1'0 BEC:C>MID AN A.U'l'ttOR.-Containing f ull a rt, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the information regarding choice of subjects, tlie use of words and the r reatest book ever publisheli. ami there's millions (flf fui:i) in it. D!lllJUler of preparillc a.nd submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW 'rO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to t1ae neatness, legibility 11.nd general co m e1y valua.ble little book just published. A coml)lete compendium po.ilition of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prin ce o f games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable Hiland. for parlor or drawin -room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. mow TO BJICOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR-A won m oney than ny uhlished. derful book, containing useful and practical information i n the No. 35. 0 '1'0 TA MES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases anti ailments common to every ."'n j ainin,; the ru es and re:ulations of billiards, ba,atelle, family. .'-bounding in useful and ell'ective recipes for general com ckgabit fJ, croquet. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36 HOW TO CONUNDRUMS.-Containinr all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STA.MPS AND COINS.-Con t\e leading conunrlrums of tlae day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable inforllj_ation re:arding tlae cellecting and arrangins e nd witty sayings. of stamps aad coins. illustrated. No. 52 HOW 1'0 PLAY GARDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO DE .A. DilTECTIVE.-B Brad, ok, giving the rules and '\rections for playing Euchre, Crib the worlli-know1:1 detective which he lay a ge, Casino. Forty-Five, .tt'ce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for begi uction Pitch, All Fours, and ntiny other popular 'ames of cards. and experiences of well No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLEJS.-Containing over three liunNo. HOW TO BJ! e d interesting puzzles ancl conundrums. with key to 1ame. A ing useful i11for111ati<1n r< m;lete book. Fully illustrated. By A.. A.1:1derson. also how to make PhotCJ ETIQUETTE. Budso N o 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOIC OF ETIQUETT.E.-It No. 62. HOW TO :BE at life secret, and one that every young man desires to know C.'-DET.-Centaining full t. There's happiness in it. course of l!lxamiaa 3. HOW TO BEHAVE.-Containini: the rules and etiquette Guard, Police RegnlatiHs, F soriety and the easiest and most approved methods of apknow to be a Cadet. Co111.pile to !ood advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, ud of "J"lew to Become a Naval C drawing-room. No. 63 llOW TO BECOlll structi&na of llow t gain a DECLAMATION. Academy. Also containing th 27. 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