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I hsued &miMonthl11-B11 SuWcrlptitm tl.25 f/Car. Enkntl tu Second Clalla Matter at tM New York, N. Y., Polit 0.6ke, March Ul. 181l8, l>tl Frank TOUBefi, NEW YbRK, May 11, 1898. In front of the burning tents Big Fox and his band came rushing. The .giant of the slews grap pled with Young Klond ike while Jake Studley seized Edith. Dick and the Unknown came rushing to the with their picks upraised and ready for business. I


Stories of a Gold Seeker. Issued Semi Monthly-By Subscription $1.25 per year Entered as Second Class Mattel' at the New York, N. Y., Post Ojfice, March 15, 1898. Entered according to Act of Congress in the 11ear 1898, in t h e office of the Librarian of Congress, ivashinoton, D. C., by Frank 1'ousey 29 West 'lf>th Street, New York. No. 5. NEW YORK, May 11, 1898. Price 5 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS; OR, The Great Gold Find on Owl Creek. BY AUTHOR OF VOUNC KLONDIKE. C H A P TER I. LOST IN THE TUNDRA. A RIFLE shot rang out on tl\e other side of the bill, and woke up the boy who was sleeping by the camp fire wrapped up l ike a mummy in two pairs o f mission blankets. He unwound himself as fast as he could and rubbing his eyes sleepily, stood on his feet. That must be Ned or Edith!" he muttered, look ing around. "Both are.gone-I've overslept myself. Wonder what time it is, anyhow!" He consulted his watch and found that it was seven o'clock, but it was still dark, for this particular camp fire burned among the foothills of the Indian River Mountains in the wonderful Klondike gold country. The summer was passing away and the long da .ys had gone w ith it, and the time when it would be nearly all night, and very little day was close at hand. Another shot rang out. Dick Luckey seized his rifle and started over the hill It was bright moonlight and he could see his way well enough. Below him was a little creek, and beyond the creek the mountains were far in the distance, the intervening space being covered with rank grass, higher than the head of a, tall man. This was a tundra. Now, a tundra is something peculiarto Alaska, and must be explained. As soon as the winter snows melt, vegetation springs into life in Alaska with wonderful rapidity. One who has never been in the far North can form no conception of it. Everywhere on the level land where there is any moisture-and there is moisture everywhere, for it rains almost all the time in the summer-tall, rank grass springs up, growing t o the height of eight, ten or twelve feet according to conditions. This is the far-famed tundra grass, and a plain so overgrown is a tundra. I t may be all a swamp, with water courses running through it, or there may be more or less solid ground in the tundra. Some of these tundras extend for miles and miles'.. and to get lost in one is a very dangerous thing. They are the resort for myriads of ducks and water fowl. Deer is often found on the tundra and other smaller game. Probably there is no better shooting of its kind in the known world than on these tundras, and it was this which sent Ned Go l den, otherwise known as Young Klondike, and his partner, Dick Luckey, up into this unexplored region, lying at the headwaters. of Bonanza Creek. With these two boys were two others. Edith W elton, a pretty young San Francisco girl, whose life Ned Golden had saved on the voyage 'from Seattle to J uneau when he and his partner first came to the Klondike from New York. Edith had been rescued from a sinking steamer, and with her friend, Mrs. Colvin, was now living at Young Klondike's claim on El Dorado Creek, where the firm of Golden & Luckey were operating a very success ful gold mine and many men were employed. The firm of Golden & Luckey was already a power in the Klondike country. Rumor claimed that they were worth a million, and there is no doubt that in this instance rumor ha. d it right. Few gold seekers of the many thousands who had flocked into Alaska had met with the success of these two boys Besides Edith Welton, a singular genius who passed


2 YOUN G KLON DIKE'S NEW DIGGI NG S. under the name of Zed, or as he was oftener called, the Unknown, had accompanied the boys on their ing trip. Who the Unknown was, and why he was unknown, will be told later. Just now we can't stop to talk any longer, for our young friend, Dick Luckey, has reached the foot of the hill, and to pass on to the tundra it will be neces sary for him to cross the little creek. "Ned! Ned!" shouted Dick. "Hey, Ned! Edith! Hello!" A shrill whistle wa. s heard through the high grass on the other side of the creek. Then Dick shouted again : How am I to get over there ? I can't get across the creek "Hello! Hello, Dick! Hello!" came the answer. "That's Ned fast enough, but I don't s e e how I'm to get to him," murmured Dick, when all at once he saw a pretty little naphtha launch come shooting out of one of the countless little waterways of the tundra into the creek. Young Klondike himself was running the boat, Edith sat in the stern with her rifle across her lap. In the boat was the carcass of a fine black-tailed elk. Later they went far up the creek and shot a boat load. The sport was so fascinating that they did not ob serve the passing of time. It was in and out among the water courses, turning here and twisting there until at last they had all they could carry, and the descending sun warned them that it was time to get back to camp. "Where's the creek?" asked Edith. "I'm all turned round, but I suppose you know, boys." "Oh, it's right over there," answered Ned, point ing west. Dick, who was running the naphtha engine, just then looked up at Young Klondike sharply. There was something in Ned's way of speaking that worried Dick. "Good Heavens! If he hasn't paid any attention to where we went, what in thunder is to be done?" he thought to himself. Dick had been entirely absorbed in the sport. The tundra looked all alike to him, and Dick's bump of locality was small. "Which way shall I head, Ned?" he asked. "Don't head at all; back out and turn to the l eft," was Young Klondike's confident reply. Dick backed down to the next slew, as these water ways are called . Catching sight of Dick, Edith waved her rifle and This turned off to the sure enough, and the pointed to the elk. launch went spinning down the slew to its end. "Great luck, Dick!" she shouted. "Has Zed Here another turned off to the right. come back yet?" Young Klondike had expected a left hand turning "Didn't he go with you?" called Dick. again, but he said nothing. "No, he didn't," shouted Ned in answer. "He "Shall we take this?" asked Dick. disappeared during the night, Dick, and I feel awfully "Why, we've got to," said Edith. worried about him. The small boat has gone, too. We "Certainly," added Ned . called and we fired; we've given him signal after The question was perhaps a stupid one, for the slew signal, but we don't get any answer." they had been following ran int.o a swamp, where it "Pshaw! That's Zed's way. He'll turn up all was quite impossible to send the launch. right fast enough," said Dick, carelessly. "Where Practically, this right hand turning was its you get the deer ?" uation, and they followed it. "It's an elk," replied Edith, "and I shot it." Suddenly it widened out into a small pond. "Of course you shot it I'll bet you did There Several slews left the pond .ain't a better shot on the Klondike than you, Edith." "This is all right," cried Ned. "We were here "Thank you! Oh, thank you!" said Edith, with before." mock politeness. "Sure it's the same pond?" asked Edith. "And thank you for nothing," cried Ned. "I "Why, of course. Here's where we got those want you to understand that I'm improving, but I black duck." can't hope to come up to Edith for a long while yet, "Now, Ned, I don't want to say a word, but it of course." seemed to me that we ought to have turned to the By this time the boat had reached Dick and he right that first time when we turned to th'e left." helped get the elk ashore. "Did it, Edith?" The next thing was to skin it and carefully pack the "It did." head, for the horns were enormous. "I think you are mistaken." "This goes up in our hall dowIL at the mine," de"Are you sure it isn't you who are mistaken?" clared Ned. Ned laughed, but the laugh was only to hide his Daylight next. own anxiety. The ducks began to fly. He was not sure. Such a quacking and screeching was never heard. He was not even sure of the p ond, but then Edith Ned and Dick brought down as many as a dozen, I was not sure, either. and went into the tundra after them, while Edith pre-Night was approaching. pared breakfast. It is a terrible thing to be lost in tundra in this J J


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS. 3 wild region, where one might go a thousand miles feed the engine, the launch bid fair to remain forever and never meet a human being or see a house. in the slew. "We may as well take our chances right here as anywhere else," declared Ned. "I say we want to leave the pond by that slew over there on the right, CHAPTER II. and if it proves to be wrong back we come and fol-THE GIANT OF THE SLEWS. low your plan, Edith." "WELL," exclaimed Edith, we are in for it now l So they went down the right hand slew, but it Instead of the Unknown being the lost one here, we proved to be the wrong one, and worse than all, when are lost ourselves." they started to go back to the pond they missed it "I wouldn't wonder a bit if Zed was lost, too," re again and got into still another slew-they had passed plied Young Klondike ; "but we can't stay here. several-and from that into another, until at last Something or other has got to be done." they became hopelessly entangled. "That's it!" cried Edith. "I feel safe now you be-Darkness was now ciose upon them. gin to talk that way, Ned, for when you really make The fearful stared them in the face. I up your mind to put your shoulder to the wheel, They were lost m the tundra. something always is done." Many a poor miner and trapper has met his death Ned laughed, for it was hard to permanently down under similar circumstances. him. It is entirely possible for one to wander through the "Ain't those trees over there ?" he asked. "Seems Alaskan tundra forever, or as long as strength en-to me they are, or are they only shadows?" dures, and never find his way out. He pointed off over the tundra to the "Ned," said Dick at last, "there's no use talking; "Trees," said Edith. you've got to give up." "Sure," added Dick. "Trees every time!" "I've given it up a long time ago," said Ned, in de" Then trees mean higher land, and high land spairing tones. means a place for a camp and a fire and all that sort "I knew it," said Edith. "We are lost." of thing, and where the trees are is where we want "That's what we are," said Ned; "but no matter. to go." We can camp somewhere, and morning will come Bang Bang again. We can't starve with all these ducks Suddenly all three were startled by the ring of a a board." rifle sounding twice. Nothing like being cheerful under adverse circum"-Thunder! We't alone here!" cried Dick. stances. "No, it ain't thunder either. It's only a couple of But Young Klondike knew, as well as he knew any-rifle shots," laughed Ned. "We ain't so deep in the thing, that he was putting a bright side to the situa-soup as we thought we were. I'll bet you what you tion which had no existence, in fact. like that's the Unknown-but we'll soon know." There was no solid ground anywhere around them. Young Klondike seized his rifle and fired. Then It was all marsh under the tundra grass. waiting a moment he fired again twice. There was no chance to make a camp; or build a This was a signal. fire. It had long since been agreed upon between our Their blankets had been left behind them, and if it friends, the Klondilrnrs, and this mysterious Unknown, turned off cold as it was very likely to do, they stood be it understood, was one of the principal members of a fair chance of passing a very uncomfortable night. their little band. "Drive her ahead, Dick!" cried Ned. "We've "If that is Zed we'll get the answer right quick!" got to strike a few feet of solid ground somewhere, cried Edith. and we must make the most of what little light Bang! went the distant rifle over the tundra.. there is left." Then, after a pause : Dick said nothing. Bang! Bang! He was even more concerned than Ned. "It's Zed!" exclaimed Dick, joyfully. There was more trouble at hand of which he alone "Zed! Zed!" shouted Ned, using his closed hands knew. as a speaking trumpet. The naphtha can was empty. "H-e-1-1-o H-e-1-1-o !" came the response, far in "I think we might as well stop right here," he the distance over the high grass. said, dolefully, "the fact is-there, I thought so!" "That you, Zed?" roared Dick. As Dick spoke the launch stopped of its own ac-There was another hello. If any words were spoken cord. they could not make them out. "What in thunder is the matter ?" cried Ned. "It's Zed sure," said Dick. "The matter is this engine won't work without "Wish to gracious we could make him hear us!" naphtha, and we haven't got a drop," said Dick. said Ned. "He's got the boat no doubt, and we "Then I give up!" could take the launch in tow." It was about time. "There be goes again!" cried Dick, as the voice They were lost in the tundra, and without fuel to I rang out over the tundra.


4 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS. "Ned! Dick! Edith! Are either of you there?" "We're all here !" roared Dick. "Good Good !" came the cry . "I'm lost I've been lost since morning! I haven't the faintest idea where I am." "So are we lost I" shouted Ned. "Have you got the boat?" First, last and all the time the Unknown, be his name Black, Brown or Green, 'had always proved himself "true blue." It was no wonder then that our friends rejoiced ati the prospect of falling in with the Unknown. After the last call there was silence for a little while, and all listened anxiously for the sound of "Yes." oars. Come and help us I The launch has given out." Nothing of the sort could be heard. "Where are you? I can't find you I can't find But then the thickness of the tundra might in part anything! I haven't any idea where I am." account for that. "We'll fire again and perhaps you can locate us," "Zed Zed !" shouted Ned at last. "Where are answered Ned. "You are coming nearer to us every you, Zed ? Call again." moment. We couldn't hear you at all at first, but we "I'm right here, young Klondike came the an-hear you first rate now.:.' swer from no great distance away. Then a chuck" By the Jumping Jeremiah, then I am glad some-ling laugh and "call again. That's what a friend of body me !" returned the mysterious "I've mine who owed me a hundred dollars always said to been yellmg all day and never an answer. I m a-comme. Call again and I kept on calling until-hello d b ,,, I ear oys Who in thunder are you? What! What!" "That's the Unknown," "Ob, it I Bang I Bang! does seem real good to hear his v6ice agam. All this they heard two quick shots being the wind From which remark it would seem that this same up. ' Unknown was very popular among these young Klondikers. Then came a wild yell in the voice of the Unknown. After that all was as still as death. Such was indeed the case; and yet, strange to say, Again and again Ned shouted tb know what the neither of them knew the name of the owner of this matter was, but no reply came. I mysterious voice. They were greatly disturbed, and very naturally, for The Unknown had been their traveling companion they did not know what to think. from Se3,.ttle, but Ned and Dick met him on one occa"What can it mean?" gasped Edith, at last. sion in N e w York. "Something dreadful has happened to Zed. I know At that time he started in to arrest Ned. it must be so. Ob, if we could only1 do something! Arresting people, and then immediately letting If we could only go on and see, but here we are tied them go again, was the U nknown's weakness. hand and foot, and drifting further and further every He claimed to be a detective; to have been in all moment." parts of the world; to be then in the Klondike looking It was not like Edith to give way in this fashion; for a certain mysterious criminal, who was wanted for but she was not alone in her feelings. The boys felt an equally mysterious crime. quite as much disturbed Every time a stranger came in the Unknown's way, "I'm afraid that's the last of poor Zed sighed he would promptly pounce upon him and declare that D" k th. IC at last he had go is man. 1 1,, Then before the astonished individual had time to I Don t say it I wont give up hope cried Ned. understand what it was all about, the Unknown would "He's somebody, and ther_e's been begin apologizing. trouble,_ thats sure. Such scenes were very ludicrous, and young Klon! W may have to fight for our own hves dike and his friends had witnessed them many times. next, echoed Edith. So it will be seen that they knew the Unknown "It must mean Indians, if it means anything," said pretty well, but they did not know his name, for he Ned. "There ain't any wild animal here on the tun-would never tell it. dra that could get the best of Zed." 1 All their persuasion and coaxing could not get it out "Unless it's a moose," replied Edith. of him. I "A moose won't fight unless he's cornered. This To one man he would introduce himself as Green, thing came on Zed suddenly, whatever it may be." to another, Brown, to another Black. "Hold up!" exclaimed Dick. "There's something Then he would switch off and call himself Robinson coming down the slew!" or Jones, or Smith, or Ferguson, or "any other old "Where? I don't see anything," answered Ned. thing," as the saying goes, just according to his fancy. "There-look down low on the water." Altogether the Unknown was a great mystery, but "Don't see a. thing. Yes I do, too. It's a boat!" the boys and Edith bad grown very fond of him, for "That's what it is," said Edith. "Dear me, Ned! tlley had been through many adventures together, I'm afraid it's our boat !" both strange and startling, and often found them"Then Zed's a goner! This is terrible." selves in situations which called for a display of true I "We won't give up till we have to. It may not be courage. our boat a.fter all."


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS. But this was hoping against hope the worst kind of Unknown's cry, she let fly for the second time at the way. __,, giant of the slews. What other boat could it be away up there in the Again Edith went back on her record. tundra but theirs ? A wild unearthly laugh rang out through the tun'This they realized only too well. dra and the big man vanished. Matters began to look pretty black for the UnDid we mention that he was an Indian, dressed in k nown. the heavy fur robes which the Coppermine tribe usu-Lighter than th'e -launch, the boat drifted faster. ally wear? It was slowly but surely overtaking them. If not, we state it now, and may add that a fiercer Ned and Dick caught hold of the tough tundra grass, or more forbidding looking savage was never seen. stopped the launch and allowed it to come up. "Lay low Lay low !" breathed Ned. "He's got The boat was empty. a rifle! It'll be his turn next. I know all about that The oars lay along the seats. man." The Unknown was gone, and so was his rifle, but They dropped low in the boat fully expecting a shot, there was proof of his having been there. but it did not corqe. A plug hp,t, old, battered and rusty. 'l'he Coppermine Indians are the worst in Alaska, Everyone who knew the Unknown, knew his plug where as a rule the redmen are decidedly friendly to hat. the whites. He never .wore anything else. See anything more of him, Edith?" called Ned, In season and out, winter and summer, the Unafter a little. known stuck to his plug. They were all peering over the edge of the launch Edith and the boys were terribly overcome. and boat, trying to get a sight at the red giant, but "He's dead!" cried the girl, tears coming into her he declined to appear. eyes. "Poor Zed !" At last t.hcy got tired of waiting and straightened "Don't be sure,'' said Dick, consolingly. "Zed is up. hard to kiil." I can't stand it so," declared Edith. "I believe "But the hat!" he's gone for good." "I don't give up hope," put in Ned; "but we must It looked so. at once. Hold on here, Dick, while I make the They waited, watched and listened, but saw nothing launch fast astern. We'll get into the boat, you and of the big Indian. I, and give Edith a tow up the slew. If the Unknown "He's done for poor Zed,'' said Edith, bitterly. is still in the land of the living we'll find him out." "Don't say anything more about my shooting, boys, There was nothing more said. when I missed a mark like that and two good shots No one felt like talking. to try it in, too." Meanwhile, night had settled down upon them. The 1 "Let's pull ahead," said Dick. "It must have Arctic stars were out in all their autumnal glory, but been pretty close in here that Zed was when he first the moon was yet to rise; called." Deep shadows were thrown by the tall tundra grass The slew made the usual windings in through the as they pulled along the slew. tundra. Ned and Dick kept to their oars leaving Edith to Ned, who had been paying particular attention to look out ahead, for her were sharp and her aim this, felt sure that they must be somewhere near the the truest of the true. place from which the detective's voice came. Anything Edith aimed at was pretty sure to get Not that he expected to find him. hit, but this time she missed it-her rifle flew to her Ned had given up all hope of seeing the Unknown shoulder and was fired before they had gone three again when all at once they heard a faint cry proceed-hundred yards. ing from the tundra on the left. "Stop I Stop!" she called. "I didn't hit him "Boys Boys! Don't pass me by I'm here !" Oh, look out for yourselves, boys! There! There he It was not possible to keep back the shout. is again!" Indian or no Indian out it came. Needless to say that Ned and Dick had their eyes "Where are you, Zed?" called Dick. behind them by this time. "Rere--here in the swamp holding on for dear life. What they saw was an immense man, fully seven Can't you see me! Right here!" feet tall, peering out from the tundra. They saw him then! "Great heavens!" gasped Ned, "it's the giant of Up to his neck in mud, too. the slews!" Thue was Unknown just inside the grass line, holding on to the tough roots of the tundra with both CHAPTER III. hands. A CA.NOE LOAD OF GOLD. BANG! Edith fired again. Satisfied .that she had solved the mystery of the "I'm most gone," he said, with his chGckling laugh. "Wouldn't have been necessary to have my name for the coffin plate to bury me in this grave, Edith. Mighty near being the last of poor old Zed."


6 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS. But it was not the last of the jolly little detective J mouth_ of this slew, so that one not aware of its exist-by a good deal. ence might easily have passed it unobserved. With no little difficulty the boys helped him to "There's where your Indian stood!" cried Ned, climb into the boat. "and see, the path runs down toward the place where He was plastered with mud from head to foot, and we saw him." presented altogether a most despairing appearance, I "That's what it does," said Dick. "He must have but he was alive and not seriously wounded. retreated this way when Edith scared him off." "Blame that big buck l" he cried. "Just as I was They determined to land and examine the path furholding that interesting conversation with you over ther. the tundra telephone, out he springs and knocks me .At all events, a fire could be built here and the Un over the head with a club. Next I knew he was drag-known get a chance to dry himself, and all hands be ging me out of the boat and then I went down in the made comfortable for the night. mud. He got my rifle and made off. Ye gods and .As they were making the landing, Edith suddenly little fishes, Edith! I hope you shot him. I heard remembered a remark made by Ned, which had puz-your pop-gun go twice." zled her not a little. "I fired at him, but he got off!" said Edith. "Ned, you called that Indian the giant of the slews; "Did you shoot to kill?" do you know anything about him?" was what she "I aimed to hit him." asked. "Don't believe it. If you had you'd have done it. "Yes, indeed, I do." Oh, I'm so glad to be with you all again. I've had "What?" an awful time." "Heard of him in Dawson, last time I was down." Then the Unknown told it all over again, and ex"I'm just dying to know what you know of him," plained how he came to lose himself in the tundra. put in Dick. "That giant was the first human being I've seen "I'll tell it around the camp fire," declared Ned ; since I left the camp," he wound up by saying. "Just "Giant or no giant, we've got to go into camp right let me get sight of him again once, only once! That's here. If we don't, Zed may have to tell us his name all I ask!" to put on his coffin plate, for if he was to take pneu" Oh, you wouldn't hurt him, Zed," laughed Dick. monia and die, of course we couldn't bury him in the "You'd get out of the way like chain lightning. slew." I'm sure I hope none of us will ever lay eyes upon him "Don't you fret about me," laughed the Unknown. again." "I ain't booked for Kingdom Come yet aw b.ile, not "Wouldn't! Just give me the chance, that's all. by a long chalk, and this ain't the night when you Look at me .Ain't I a. sight to behold But I don't are going to find out my name." care so long as I'm with you again." "When is the night?" asked Dick. "What in the world was the Indian standing on all "I'll give you a week's notice when it's to be, Dick, the time he was working over you?" asked Ned, who so you may be on hand." had been looking curiously around. ".All right I'll be there, too," laughed Ned; "Blest if I know! I've been thinking about that." "meantime, what do you say about going into camp "Of oourse he didn't stand in the mud." here, Zed? We want your opinion before we decide." "Hummocks," suggested Edith. "I'd be awfully glad of the chance to dry myself, "It's pretty dark in there, but I can't see any hum-dear boy." mocks," said Ned. ".And the risk of an attack by Indians?" "He's like the turtle which held up the elephant "Is no greater here than anywhere else. n: we which was supposed in ancient times to hold up the push on up this hidden slew there's no telling what world," laughed Dick. I we may strike. We might run right into them." "That turtle stood in the mud if I remember right," "Settled," declared Ned. "We stay right here." chuckled the detective, "and I tell you again my Preparations for the camp were then begun. giant didn't stand in the mud. I'm sure of it, but I'll The dead tundra grass was gathered and a fire be blamed if I know where he did stand." built. "Where was the place?" Ned asked. "Do you It was not the kind of fire that anything could be know that?" cooked by. It would b,e necessary to go supperless "Right here. I didn't move ten feet after I tum-with plenty of f?.ne <;lucks in the launch, which made it bled in." seem all the more aggravating. "Drive the boat in among the grass a bit, Dick. The Unknown built a little fire of his own furthe r I'm going to solve this mystery or bust," said Ned. along the path, and removed his clothes, wrung the It was solved quicker than either thought for. water of them and dried them the best he could. The first pull on the boat drove it right through No alarm came. the clump of grass. Later, all gathered around the big fire and prepared Behind it was another slew and alongside on the to make themselves comfortable for the night. right ran a firm bank with a beaten path. "Now is the time to tell us about the giant, Young The bunch of tundra completely choked up the I Klondike," suggested the Unknown.


I YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS. 7 "That's what we want to hear," chimed in D1ck. Everything was perfectly quiet, and there seemed "Tell us all you know, Ned." no prospect of danger, so Ned ventured to go on to "Why, it' s this way," said Ned. "When I was the canoe and have a look. down in Dawson City last time I saw that Indian As he drew near, he saw that it was piled high with walking along the street. There was a big crowd fol-tundra grass and he began to fear an ambush, for it lowing him, and, of course, I was curious to know is quite a common trick of the Coppermine Indians who he was. As soon as I began asking people I j to hide the mselves under the grass this way and then found that what I didn't know everybody else did. It suddenly spring out upon the unwary white man, seems that this Indian is called 'the giant of the whos e curiosity l eads him into the trap. slews,' on account of his immense size. He belongs He therefore approached the canoe very cautiously to a branch of the Coppermine tribe which lives away and h eld his rifle ready. up h ere at the head of the tundra, and ev ery once in The grass was not suddenly fumg up, as he half a while he appears in Dawson bringing big nuggets feared it might be. with him, which he sells or swaps off for provisions. It completely filled the canoe, and if there was an I was told that a year ago he would sell the nuggets Indian under it, he must be either .dead or asleep, Ned for almost any price, from a drink of fire-water up, thought. but he s sharper now, and will only let them go to the For several moments he stood watching the grass r egular Exchange offices, though they swindle him to give his hidden enemy a chance to show if horribly, of course." he was there. "You may be very sure they do," said the UnThere was no movement under the grass. Not a known. "Where does he get the nuggets, do you sound was to be heard save the chirping of the au-know ?" tumn insects among the tundra. "That's the point. It's something nobody knows "I guess it's all right," thought Ned. "That canoe for he won't tell. will come handy, anyhow. Wonder what the Indians I've heard something myself of this mysterious loaded the grass into it for? I may as well see." Indian/ who brings big nuggets down from the tun-He laid down his rifle and began pulling out the drai," said the Unknown; "but as I did not hear it grass and throwing it into the slew. said that he was a giant, I never thought of connectAll at once he sprang up with a loud shout. ing him with this man." lt took a good deal to surprise Young Klondike, but "I believe it's the same fellow," said Ned. "It's he was surprised now. my opinion that he was more afraid of us than we The bottom of the canoe was covered with golden were of him. What he don't want is for us to find out nuggets as big as hens' eggs. where he gets his nuggets." "Great Scott!" cried Ned. "I'm right in it with "Which is just what we do want to find out," said both feet; I've stumbled on the giant's gold!" Dick. "It would be a great thing if we could. We've done splendidly with our claims on El Dorado Creek, and our old claims up the Klondike having been sold out for a good price, we are in just the shape to tackle new diggings wherever we can find them. If we could jump in on a tract of unclaimed land up here in the Indian country, we'd have everything our own way." They talked it over for a long time and then began to think of sleep. No alarm had come yet, nor did any come during the night. Ned, Dick and the Unknown took turns watching, and Edith was allowed to sleep the night through undisturbed, makipg her bed in the launch, while the boys and the Unknown took what comfort they could in the boat, the one whose watch it was pacing the path. Dick took it first and the Unknown second and Ned came last. Consequently it was Ned who saw the sun rise over the tundra, and a glorious sight it was. He was still watchingthe big fiery ball piercing its way through the clouds, when all at once his attention was attracted by an Indian canoe lying against the path at a considerable distance further along the slew. CHAPTER IV. THE FIGHT FOR THE GIANT'S GOLD. THERE was a small fortune right there in the canoe. With gold at seventeen dollars per ounce, the ruling price at Dawson City, Ned saw that there must be several thousand dollars lying there at his feet. "It's ours if we don't find any other owner for it," he said. "I suppose it belongs to the giant, though." Before going back to awaken his companions and tell the news, Ned took a good look around. He saw that they were at no great distance from the end of the tundra. The clump of trees which they had seen at dusk the night before was no wooded island in the tundra, but on solid ground at the foot of the mountain, which arppeared to be not more than two or three miles away. Remember, one can see for great distances over the tundra. Two miles is as nothing. A light seen thirty or forty miles looks but a comparatively short distance away. "That's the other end of the tundra," thqught Ned, "and I don't know but what we might as well go for it. We might wander among the slews a month and never find our way out, but once we strike


8 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S .NEW DIGGINGS. the tree line we can easily follow it down to Bonanza l "As quick as a wink." Creek. It may take a little time to get there, but "Still, we are doing pretty well where we are, and we are sure to get back to our camp in the end." it might mean a lot of trouble to start new diggings He felt immensely relieved at this discovery, and so away up here." did everyone else when he woke them up. "There's hard work in anything, Dick." \ "Hello, Young Klondike! What are ybu routing "Of course. I ain't kicking at the prospect of hard a fellow out so early for?" growled the Unknown work, but this place is nine miles from nowhere. Sup whe n Ned shook him up. "I was just getting in my pose we were to strike a rich claim, how in the world fine licks and here you come shaking me up. Ye gods are we to get the gold down to Dawson? That" s .and little fishes! What do you mean by it? Say?" what's bothering me." "What do I mean by it? Why I mean business"You needn t fret on that score, either. Gooddig-big business !" laughed Ned. gings so far have been discovered only on the line of "You've struck something rich, Ned!" exclaimed the creeks, and all the creeks on this side of the Edith, stepping out of the launch. "You can't de, mountains run into Bonanza. I figure it out that ceive me by saying you haven't. I know it by the these nuggets came from some which comes out way you speak." J of the mountains, and when we find it I'll bet you "That's right," said Dick. "Out with it, Ned. what you like you'll find that it empties into Bonanza Have y ou st.ruck new diggings right here in the Creek." slews?" "There's the end of your Indian trail, boys !"called 'J.-That's what I have !" said Ned, "and don't you Edith, who was as usual, keeping a good lookout forget it." ahead. "At least, so far as this slew is concerned." Come now! Come now!" cried the The break lay right ahead of them. "'Gold nuggets don't grow in swamps, dear boy." There the little ridge of solid ground seemed to "Don't they ?" replied Ned triumphantly. "Just turn into the tundra. you come and see." Beyond lay a cross slew and beyond that the tundra He led the way on along the path to the canoe. began again, but there was no path; nothing but "Nuggets! Nuggets! By the Jumping Jere-swamp, which seemed to extend in one unbroken miah, nuggets in the swamp!" the Unknown shouted stretch over to the tree line. out. "We'll keep right on along this slew," shouted Dick and Edith were equally excited. Ned. "We want to get to the foot of the mountains Of course, there was a lot of discussion as to how as soon as .ever we can." the canoe came to be there. They passed the break and kept on up the slew. "It's the giant's gold, that's what it is," declared All at once there came a wild shout from behind. Ned. "Hola Hola Hola !" "Then, with all due respect to his nibs, the giant, I "Look! Look! The giant!" exclaimed Dick. move we keep it," declared the Unknown. "Heavens! And half a dozen Indians with him!" Ned then called attention to his tree line discovery. gasped Ned. All agreed with him that their way lay in that di"Trouble's beginning again?" echoed the Unrection. known. "The fellow what steals what isn't his'n, is "We've got to go, for we want breakfast, and we pretty sure to get to prison. Go back into the can't get breakfast until we can find something beside hole where you came from, you red snoozers We this infernal tundra grass to build a fire with," the inting to the canoe. Ned and Dick took to the boat, and each pulling an The Unknown shook his fist at them in return, and Qar, the y were soon up with the canoe, which was the boat shot round a bend in the slew. made fast behind the launch, and then the real start I "Look out for shots, Edith cried Ned. began. "Tip 'em one, Edith!" shouted the Unknown. It was good, hard pulling, for the canoe was decid"No," said Edith. "They ain't armed, and I don't edly a heavy load to drag. mean to fire at them. After all, it's a shame to steal Roughing it on the Klondike had toughened the their canoe." boys through, and made their muscles as strong as "Didn't s'pose you would-that's why I asked," iron; they could have managed a good deal heavier said0 the Unknown. "All's fair in war, though, and load, if that load had been solid gold. we take what we want where we can find it. I only "If we can only find out where the giant got these wish I could tip 'em a shot with any chance of the bul-nuggets, that's all I ask for," remarked Ned. let reaching its destination." "Would you locate a new claim there, Ned?" re: "Ho la! Hola Hola !" came the cry again, and plied Dick. I then all at once a rifle cracked.


Y O UN G KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS. 9 The bullet came whizzing through the tundra, passing within an inch or so of the Unknown's head. "By the Jumping Jeremiah that bullet came near reaching its destination then!" cried the Unknown. "Yes, and it didn't come from the giant and his crowd either !" exclaimed Edith. "That shot came from on ahead!" "Look out for yourselves, boys!" shouted the Unknown. Another shot came from the unseen enemy as he spoke. It was getting dangerous. Young Klondike and his friends were perfectly will ing to fight for the giant's gold, if they could find out who there was to fight with. Now a third shot. Still no damage done. Nevertheless it was very alarming. If there had been any chance to get "in out of the rain," so to speak, they would have been only too glad to do it, but there seemed to be nothing for it but to keep straight on and take chances so. The shots evidently came from the tundra on the left. Probably they were approaching another of those hidden slews, Ned thought. "By gracious, Dick, there's someone hiding in there, and it ain't Indians, either Thunder There it goes again Another crack-another shot flew past time it passed between Ned and Dick. All this time they could hear the Indians yelling in the distance ; it appeared to be perfectly evident that the shots did not come from them. "Edith !" called Ned, "can you do nothing to help us ? Your eyes are usually sharp enough to see through a stone wall." "A stone wall is one thing and a grass wall is another," replied Edith, who held her eyes fixed upon the tundra, and her rifle ready for instant use, "but I'm on the watch all the same. "Shall we keep on?" asked Ned. "Yes, do Pull for all you are worth." "We may run right into an ambush." "Down Ned Down cried Dick and the Unknown in a single breath. Ned ducked down. It is horrible to have someone aiming at you whom you cannot see. Instantly a shot went singing past Dick's ear. lt would have been the last of Young Klondik e then if his head had been there. At the same moment Edith's rifle spoke again. A yell of despair rose from the tundra. "I put a hole through their bottom that time!'" cried Edith. "Ye gods and little fishes, I can't see a .ny boat at all," the Unknown called out. Again the cry came from the tundra. "Jam your handkerchief in the hole, Jake W e'v6 got to look sharp, or we'll go under. Pitch the boy overboard. That's the talk! Now, then, scoot!" A wild yell in a boyish voice was htard mingling with this shout. Then there was a splash-then the sound of a dle working rapidly in the water. The battle for the giant's gold had been fought and won, and thus far no one had been able to locate the enemy but Edith herself. CHAPTER V LITTLE BIG FOX. "EDITH What in thunder have you done? Where are they? What are they? Speak, or by the Jumping Jeremiah, I'll bust !" The Unknown was evidently getting excited, or he would not have burst out like that. "Pull, boys Pull !" cried Edith. "Pull into the grass. There's someone drowning there, and he's got to be saved!" Loud cries in a boyish voice were ringing out from among the grass. Ned and Dick had already turned their 'boat, and were pulling in among the tundra as best they could. Although no one but Edith had as yet been able to see anything, all knew well enough that these could not be any part of the Indian crowd who had gathered Do as you like then, Ned. I know we are danger, but-ah !" I at the end of the path. all in They had been seen distinctly enough, and there Suddenly Edith stopped speaking and leveled her rifle at the tundra. Had the fight for the giant's gold begun? Evidently it had. Edith saw something in the tundra. Breathlessly the boys waited. The Unknown scarcely dared to speak for fear of disturbing her sight. Suddenly Edith fired twice straight into the tundra. A sharp cry rang out. "Thunder and guns The canoe is sinking !" they heard someone yell. Shoot again. Bring down Young Klondike if you can," shouted another voice was no white man among them. "Help me! Help me! Sabe me!" the boy's voice cried again. Then suddenly the boat shot out into another of those hidden water courses. It. was a wonderful thing, this tundra. Whichever way you turned there were the slews. Down this slew a small Indian canoe was being pad dled by two white men with all possible speed, and right alongsid.e of where the boat came, Ned and Dick saw a little Indian of not more than twelve years of age clinging to the tundra and screaming for help. Ned caught him by the hair just as he was sinking, and pulled him into the boat. The boy was gasping like a fish out of water. He sank down in the bottom of the boat and kissed


10 Y OUNG NEW DIGGINGS. Ned's feet, muttering something which the boys I It took all the strength Ned and theUnknown .couldn't understand. could muster to get the latter up on the bank. "What's he say?" asked the Unknown. 'l'he Indian boy stood watching them curiously. "'You tell me and I'll tell you," answered Ned. His little black eyes glittered as they rested on the "Edith, you're a bigger wonder than ever How in gold. the world did you manage to catch sight of that "Breakfast! Breakfast!" cried the Unknown. "I 1 canoe through the grass?" could eat stones, I'm so hungry." "Oh, I saw it," said Edith, triumphantly. .If you "If you'll build me a fire I'll give you ducks to eat had done as much duck shooting on the tule lands of in very short order," laughed Edith; "by the time California as 1 have done, Ned, your eyes would be as you get the wood blazing I'll have a brace picked and :sharp as mine are. I saw it and I shot for it, and I ready for roasting. I don't think you can ask for any reckon I put more than one hole through the bottom, better breakfast than roast duck." too." To be sure they couldn't. Nobody wanted anything "I'll bet you did!" chuckled the U nlmown; "but better, and preparations for the fire instantly began. who are those people? That's what I can't make "Don't let that boy get away. If you do we'll have out?" the whole tribe of Coppermines down upon us," de" Prospectors," said Dick. clared the Unknown. "A couple of Dawson. City land sharks-that's Ned made signs to the boy to stand near the boat. what I think," said Ned, very decidedly. "I'd like to "Me no go," said the little Indian, developing a bet big money they are just that and nothing else." better knowledge of English than they had expected. "Shouldn't wonder a bit," said the Unknown. "You good to me, boss. You sabe Little Big Fox! Me stay!" know you all right, Young Klondike, and don't _you forget it." "Good enough! See that you do," answered Ned. "Is your name Little Big Fox, bub?" "That's what makes me think it. Evidently they "Dat my name." were watching us." "You speak good English?" "And could see us through the grass better than "Me work in camp. Me know English. Good we could see them," added Dfok. man Little Big Fox lub you." "Easily accounted for," replied Ned ; "they were He dropped down and was going to kiss Ned's feet looking toward the sun, but we were looking into the shadows. No shadows too deep for Edith's eyes, though. It's a mercy some of us weren't killed." "Shall we pull back into our other slew now?" a,sked Edith. "They are pretty well out of sight, and it wouldn't pay us at all to chase them, even if we wanted to, which, of course, we don't." "I sa y yes," replied Ned. "We want to make for the timl>er, and as I'm as hungry as a wolf, we can't get there any too soon." The pull to the timber consumed about three-quarters of an hour and was performed without incident. Meanwhile, the little Indian boy lay perfectly still in the bottom of the boat, looking like some animal in his fox-skin coat and breeches. Whenever Ned spoke to him he would mutter something unintelligible and kiss his feet again. Sometimes he varied the monotony by kissing Dick'.s feet. Thus matters stood when they came to the end of the tundra, and to their intense relief saw a broad stretch of sparsely wooded land before them, extending back to the foot hills of the Indian river range of mountams which rose from the plains a few miles away. The spot was entirely wild. A sparkling stream ran down into the slew and near it were several big bowlders in the midst of a grove of fir trees. It was just the place for a camp, and it was with a sigh of relief that they pulled boat, launch and canoe up on the shore. again. "Come, come !" laughed Young Klondike drawing away. "You mustn't do that. Stay with us, Little Big Fox, and we'll give you some roast duck." "Me like duck!" said the boy gravely. "Me stay.'' They let him alone after that, and preparations for breakfast went on. The boy hovered about lending a hand. When Ned tried to start the fire a .nd it wouldn't burn he pushed him gently aside, and laying the wood differently asked for a match and had the fire going in no time. Then he went to Edith who was picking a duck, and took it right out of her hands and began picking off the feathers himself. In short, Little Big Fox installed himself as cook without. being asked, and as he seemed to understa.nd his business they let him go right ahead. As soon as the ducks were prepared, Little Big Fox cut two forked sticks and drove them into the ground -on either side of the fire. Then he cut a long, sharp stick, and drove it through the ducks, and laying it over the forked sticks began twirling the ducks round :md round. The Unknown watched him gravely. "Come, Edith, you ain't in it as a duck cook with him," he laughed ; "you may as well give up." "Oh, I'm willing,'' said Edith. "I only wish we had some coffee and bread. It makes me sick to think of all the good things there are waittng for us back at the camp.


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS. 11 But these thoughts were all useless, and the good 1 "It's just what we want," said Ned. "Now, Little things were soon forgotten, for the ducks proved e x-Big Fox, do you know me ?" cellent eating, and the clear, sparkling water of the "Yes; me know you You Young Klondike. You stream. a .nswered the place of coffee fairly well. heap good man." Little Big Fox came in for his share, and while they I "You ever go to my place on El Dorado Creek?" ate, the Unknown turned to and tried tq question "Oh, yes. Me go your place. Me see you; you him. no see me." He met with no success whatever. The Indian boy would only answer with a grunt. "Confound him Won't he talk to me ?" cried the Unknown. "What are detectives for if not to find out things? Neel, you'll have to tackle him, my boy.'' "I guess I can manage him all right," replied Ned. "Look here, Little Big Fox-whfire do you live when you are at home?" The Indian boy immediately pointed off toward the mountains. He seemed to understand Ned well enough. "Me lib up dere," he answered-" high up." "Your father live there?" You take me to the place where the yellow stones grow and you shall come and live with me at my place on El Dorado Creek, Little Big Fox. How would you like that?" It was only necessary to look in the. boy's eyes to see how pleased he was. "Oh, me like it! Me like it much!" he exclaimed. Me take Young Klondiketo place where heap yel low stones grow." How far ?" asked Ned. "No much far. No heap mile. Ten mile-twenty mile-no more." "Would you risk it ?" asked Ned, looking round at his friends. "Me fader dead." "You the ?" "I'm in favor of it," said Dick. "What we want r mo r. d. Th' "Me mudder dead." is _11shprdom1sestht? be plaEce-'.' "Hell 1 A. I h ,, h kl d th U say yes, i we on y a our mgs, said d1th. o. n nJun orp an c uc e e n. k I "Those we must have before we can t .hmk of going . into the mountains." Little Big Fox gave him a contemptuous look and "A d z d ?" d N d "W t h never said a word. n you, e sa1 e e wan to ear from you'' How did you come to be with those men?" asked Ned. "Why, it's a risk," said the Unknown, "and it "Dey bring me up from camp. French Gulch," means a fight with the Coppermine Indians sure." answered th b "I guess we are good for that." Hello eThoey a F h G 1 h th ? A. "You bet we arc cried Dick. "I ain't going to y re renc u c ers, are ey . hard cro d Wha. t d'd th t h ?" 1 let the fear of a fight turn us off if theres a good w i ey wan up ere. t .k h d,, "Dey come find yellow stones like dose," said Little s ri e a ea Big Fox, pointing at the canoe. "Let's go," said the detective. "We're in and we "Find any?" may as well be hung for an old sheep as a lamb." "No." Little Big Fox stood listening. You know where there are yellow stones like Whether he understood or not it was hard to tell. those, Little Big Fox?" "Wait,'' said Ned. "We do want our things, and "Oh, yes! Me know where dey plenty," replied do you know I believe we can get them." the Indian boy. "We are miles away from the camp," said the UnHere was important information. known. "If we go back there we can never find this Dick, Edith and the Unknown drew near. place again." "Where is that?" asked Ned, motioning to them "We've got to find the camp first," replied Ned, to keep quiet. "and I believe we can do it. Little Big Fox will help "Up dere in mountain." us. You see." "You can t a ke me to the place?" Ned patted the little Indian on the shoulder. The Yes, boss. Dose yellow stones come from dere." boy smiled and showed his glittering teeth, but said "Who brought them from there?" nothing, keeping his eyes fixed on Ned. Big Fox." "How in thunder are you going to make him un" Your father?" derstand ?" demanded the Unknown. "I've dealt "No, no! Me fader dead. Me uncle, Big Fox. with Frenchmen, Dutchmen, Irishmen, Italians, Span-He bring dose yellow stones." iards and every other kind in my time, and never had "Big Indian! So big?" cried Ned, holding his any trouble in getting along with any of them, but hand high above his head. Injuns ain't in my line." "Yes, dat him. Heap big man, Big Fox," replied "Leave him to me," said Ned, and he took a sharp the boy, nodding violently. stick and drew a plan of the slews in the sand. "It's the giant,'' said Dick. He marked out the line of Creek and show" That's who he is ; as sure as fate we've struck ed where they entered the tundra and where the camp the giant's nephew!" cried the Unlmown. was, and then indicated about where he supposed they


12 YOUNG NEW DIGGINGS. and in a few well words he made Little I "Confound the little Fox!" growled the Unknown. B1g Fox understand what 1t all meant. "He's done me all right If I make a big find I'm "You take us back there, Little Big Fox?" he not in it, but you are." asked, pointing to the location of the camp. "Next time don't you be so positive," laughed Ned. "Yes, yes !" nodded the boy. "No far-right over "What's your loss is my gain." dere !" Tl my lost no time loading their belongings into the He pointed in exactly the opposite direction from boat and the canoe. where Ned supposed the camp to be. Then they started back to the timber. "Nonsense!" said the Unknown. Ned had taken particular note of the way, and It can't be so," said Dick. I would have been abl.e to have returned without the But I believe him," said Ned. "We are com-assistance of the little Indian guide. pletely turned around. Don't you remember we could I n less than an hour from the time they started see hills from the camp, and a stretch of timber ? I from the timber they were back again. believe this is the very place. How far, Little Big "Dere Vat I tell you? Me do it!" said Little Fox?" Big Fox, triumphantly. "Me know every place in "Two mile," replied the boy promptly. "We go slews, in mountains, in tundra. Now me take Young quick in boat." Klondike boss place, where he find heap yellow "Suppose I try it and leave the rest of you here?" stones.,, proposed Ned. There was a general outcry of opposition against "That's just what we want," said Ned. "Good that. boy, Little Big Fox How do we go?" "We'll all go together," said the Unknown, but "Go in boat to Owl Creek," was the answer. we'll bury the gold first and leave the launch behind Litt.le Big Fox seemed to be able to talk good Eng-us. If we can ever get back here I sha.11 be surprised." lish when he had a mind to. Ned was satisfied that "What will you bet?" asked Ned. he understood almost everything that was said. "Dollars to doughnuts against it," chuckled the Apparently no one had been in the timber grove Unknown. during their absense. "I'll bet you the first nugget I find at the new dig-Fears of the Indians seemed to be fading away. gings against the first one you find that Little Big It was determined to abandon the launch for the Fox takes us straight to the camp." present and leave the gold undisturbed. "Done," said the Unknown, and he lost his bet. Ned and Dick went in the canoe with Little Big The gold was carefully buried in an out of the way Fox, Edith and the Unknown followed in the boat place back among the trees. with the supplies. Then Little Big Fox took the canoe and our KlonThe little Indian was full of enthusiasm. dikers followed in the boat. He seemed to feel under immense obligations to The Indian boy paddled his canoe in and out among Ned, and to be determined to make those obligations the slews, turning here and twisting there, until Neel good. felt sure it was all a mistake ever having trusted him; ''Indians no find,'' he kept saying. ''Big Fox heap then all at once Little Big Fox gave a shout and bad man, but he no know where yellow stones grow. took his last turn. Me know. Me show Young Klondike, boss. He get "Dere camp !" he cried. heap yellow stones." "Hooray for Little Big Fox!" shouted Ned, for "That's what we want, Little Big Fox," Ned there, sure enough, was the camp right ::thead of them. would answer, and he promised the boy a rifle, a new In less than half an hour the Indian boy had taken suit of clothes "all same white man" if the yellow them back to the point from which they had started stones were found. out. j So they kept on along the slew for miles until they came to a point where it joined with a broad, deep CHAPTER VI. creek, which came directly out of a deep gorge in the THE UNKNOWN MAKES A BIG FIND AND WISHES HE hills. HADN'T. EVERYTHING was just as Young Klondike and his I party had left it at the camp. "Dis Ow 1 Creek," declared Little Big Fox. "We go dis way." "Just the place for a big find," remarked Ned, looking at the creek. "That's what it is," answered Dick. "If there ain't gold up that creek there's none anywhere in the Klondike country." All their provisions and their mining tools and the three tents, which they inteu. to make use of in case they struck new diggings and had to remain any length of time away from the camp on El Dorado Creek, were there undisturbed. This was proof positive that neither the Indians nor the prospectors had been there in their absence. "We'll go right straight back," said Ned. bet on Little Big Fox every time now." "We don't need anybody to tell us about Klondike gold," laughed Ned; "but up here it is different, and we've got to find out for ourselves What's Zed hol I'll lering about? There he goes again." l "Hey Hello Hello, there, Young Klondike 1"


Y O UNG K L O NDIKE'S NEW DIGGl,NGS. 13 the Unknown was calling-his boat had dropped a Their range of vision was extremely limited on acconsiderable distance behind. count of the rocky walls of the canyon. "Hello!" cried Ned. These came right down to thewater's edge. "Is this your creek?" To have scaled them would have been impossible. "That's what Little Big Fox says." There was no shore. A cat could not have walked at "Know where that runs to? Where it empties the edge of the cliffs without stepping in the water. into Bonanza, I mean?" If the descent had been more abrupt than it was "Does it empty into Bonanza at all ?" this canyon would have been a most dangerous place, "Of course, it does You can see by the way it's but the fall was very gra.dual, and they had no diffi heading. That's the same old Owl! It's our Owl culty in making their way up the creek. Creek." "How much further through these rocks ?" Ned asked Little Big Fox. "What, not the one that enters Bonanza as you "No much," replied bO.)' "No talk Look turn into the Klondike by Barney McGraw's place?" up on rock. Mebbe Indian! Hark! Look dere !" "Yes, sir." '' Wh f d th ld t th He suddenly pointed up to the top of the cliffs at a ere we oun e nme go en nugge s m e ca Ye," called Edith. "You must remember that, point a little distance ahead on the left. Ned." "By the Jumping Jeremiah! My man!" the Unknown suddenly cried. Now, Young Klondike remembered the incident There on the rocks stood an Indian holding a rifle. perfectly well, and he recalled that the creek in ques-He wore a skin coat and two eagle's feathers were tion bore the same name as this. in his hair. He was looking down at our Klondikers, Could it really be the same? but he made no move. It was possible. "Is your man an Indian, Zed?" asked Edith quietly. The Owl Creek which the Unknown referred to Ned took out his glass and leveled it at the top of the came down out of the mountains, passing through a rock. tract of country but little explored. "My Indian man is an Indian sure," chuckled the Ned had heard many stories of the richness of this Unknown. "This is a bad job, Edith. I'm under region. the impression that it would be a very good thing to Indeed, it was rumored that most of the golden shoot that man." nuggets which the Coppermine Indians were for "N 0 no, no N 0 shoot !" cried Little Big Fox. years in the habit of bringing down from the interior "He go away, mebbe. You shoot, heap more come." to Fort Cudahy, Fort Selkirk and other settlements "He's right," said Ned. "Don't think of shooting came from this very region. him, Edith, unless he attacks." This was very encouraging. "I ain't thinking of it," said Edith. "You know It looked as though they might be on the eve of a that, Ned." big find. "There he goes," said Dick, as the Indian suddenly "How far up Owl Creek is the place where the yelvanished. low stones grow, Little Big Fox?" asked Ned. "Quick! Now we get by!" exclaimed Little Big The Indian boy counted off his fingers. Fox, and he began paddling all he knew. "One-two-tree-.four mile," he said. They were soon past the point where the Indian had "We can make it before dark," exclaimed Edith. stood. "Of course we can," said the Unknown, "and I Of course, Young Klondike kept his eyes fixed on say we'd better try for it. Then WC can go into camp the top of the rocks. and make a fresh start in the morning." Most devoutly he hoped that there was to be no "Whoever thought of stopping?" cried Ned. "Not more Indians, but he was doomed to disappointment. I, you bet, nor Dick, either. Paddle on, Little Big All at once six braves came into view. Fox. We are going up Owl Creek." "Hola Hola !" they shouted, and began waving They were soon beyond the level stretch of timber their hands violently. land, and the canoe and boat entered a deep gorge. "You know them, Little Big Fox?" demanded On either side the rocks towered far above their Ned. heads. "No, no!" grunted the boy, paddling for all he was The stream itself :was full of big bowlders and loose worth. stones. Suddenly one of the Indians fired down upon the They were passing among da .ngerous shallows, canoe. where great care was needed to keep the boats from The ball fell short of the canoe, but it struck the grounding. water pretty close to the boat. L 1 B' F 't 1 t tl '"'Let 'em have it, Ed1't11 let 'em hae i't '" cr1'ed itt e ig ox was qm e equa o ie occasion. He steered around the rocks, and in and out among the Unknown. the shallows. "No! No! No!" exclaimed Little Big Fox most "We must be right in the mountains now," said earnestly. "We safe now! No follow! Big ho1e. All Dick. right."


14 Y OUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DI G GINGS. They saw what he meant in a moment, for then they came suddenly to the end of the cliffs. The mountains were still far in the distance. They had passed through the foothills, though. A long stretch of broken land lay between the cliffs and the beginning of the range. This land formed a great natural basin. It was just the spot to hope for gold Washed down from the mountain veins it was sure to settle in this hollow Young Klondike gave a shout of triumph. "This must be the place !" he cried "If there ain't gold here there's none anywhere How is this, Little Big Fox? How much further do we have to go?" "No much furder," was the answer. "Indian no go furder. No can come down widout go many mile." This was easily understood. The cliffs ended abruptly. Here the descent was a good five hundred feet, and the rocks were as steep as the side of a house The Indians seeing that they were out of range did not attempt to fire again. They ran to the edge of the cliffs and stood there watching the gold hunters. The one who had fired called out something in his own language. Little Big Fox put his hand alongside his mouth and shouted back an answer. Then he threw back his head and laughed long and loud They were not to know until the sun rose next day, for it was now almost dark, and was no time to be lost in getting their tents up and making the camp comfortable for the night. As before Little Big Fox went right to work. The boy was really a wonder He seemed to b e handy at anything he undertook to do. He would not allow either Neel or Dick to raise a finger, but he seemed to be perfectly willing to have the Unknown work, and between them they soon had the tents in place Then Little Big Fox built a fire, and more ducks were roasted and coffee was made. A quiet evening followed It was agreed that one should remain on guard at the mouth of the pass constantly. There was no other safe way, knowing what they knew about the Indians. Little Big Fox was very earnest about it and wanted to go on guard himself, but Ned saw that the poor boy was greatly fatigued, and he made him lie down and take first sleep. Then they built a fire down near the pass, and as the Unknown paced up and down with his rifle, Ned got out his banjo and began playing, and Edith sang, and the Unknown, as he walked, would bre::i, k in with his marvelous stories of ad venture. Altogether they spent a very jolly evening, and at Edith retired to her tent, and Ned and Dick to theirs, the Unknown keeping guard till midnight, when he woke up Ned and took his turn in the tent. Ned stood guard till four o'clock, and then Dick "What does he say?" asked Ned. took his place and was still doing duty when morning "He say him come and drive out Young Klondike dawned, and all hands turned out refreshed and ready boss, but he no can for the work of the day. "Sure ?" asked Dick. S b ? "Now, then, Little Big Fox, for the yellow stones 1 " ure oss see . .' . cried Ned, soon after breakfast. He pomted off at a little rocky mound JUSt ahead. "All 1 t 1 y Kl d.l b ,,, r1cr l me s iow ouncr on i rn oss r e" What's he mean?" demanded the Unknown. b '. b "L th. 1 'll k ,, .d N d d phed the Indian boy, and he led the way up the e im a one, we soon now, sa1 e an I t sure enough they did, for when they came to the s rEeam. d th h ld t very now an en e wou s op and point down mound they saw that a branch creek forced its way t tl t mo ie wa er. between the rocks. Evidently, Little Big Fox understood what was r e -There was a. narrow path just wide enough for the quired of him. boats to enter, and when they were through that, In each instance Ned was able to see small nuggets they came another and smaller basin. in the stream, but they were not of sufficient impol'tOn each side the rocks rose abruptly to the height ance to be worth getting, and, moreover, Little Big of about a hundred feet Fox kept hurrying them on The only entrance to this basin was by the way J At last he came to. a place where a hole seemed to they had come. have been recently dug alongside the stream, and For in the distance they could see the stream issu-hastily filled up again with earthand loose stones. ing from a cave in the mountain side That the work was quite recent was plainly shown, "Anaturalfortress!" cried the Unknown. "Young I for the earth in the hole was not frozen as it i s Klondike, you and Edith could hold this place against everywhere else in the region if you go down any fifty men." depth. "Dis de place! Dis where yellow stones grow!" "Dat de place," said the boy. "Dat where yellow said Little Big Fox, bringing the canoe up against stones grow." the bank. "Bully for you, Little Big Fox!" cried lihe UnThey had reached their journey's end at last. I known. What fortune awaited them-good or bad? "Get in and do some digging," said Edith. "I'm


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS. 15 just dying to know whether there is gold down there But there were still hundreds of others in sight .. or not." The y seemed to have made no impression whatever "Ready!" exclaimed the Unknown, jumping down on the supply in the hole. into the hole. "This is a regular bonanza!" cried Young Klon"What have you struck, Ned?" shouted Dick, who dike. now was watching them from the pass. "It's the richest pock e t on record, that's what it "Nothing yet!" called Ned, "but it looks all right. is," said the Unknown. "I knew we might expec t We're going to make a try for it now." something of this sort here. I felt dead sure of i t "Ple:Q.ty yellow stones dere," persisted the boy. The formation of the land is just right." "Young Klondike boss he dig, he find." And the Unknown w a s just right, too. Ned followed the Unknown down into the hole. Such pockets are very unusual. No pick was needed, so both took spades and went In fact, we may say that nothing equal to the one to work. discover e d by Young Klondike and his friends away The stones and earth were thrown out in a hurry. up there on Owl Creek had e,er been known There seemed to be a good lot of this rubbish, and j and it is very doubtful if anything to match it will be after ten minutes' hard work there was no trace of discovered again in a hurry. gold. I Still, similar finds, although less valuable have 'l'hen all at once the Unknown made a dive down been made in California and in other parts of the and lifted up an enormous nugget with both hands. world, particularly in the famous Transvaal diggings It was so heavy he could scarcely lift it. in South Africa. Although covered with earth the gold could be seen In the Klondike country the gold does not, as a rule, shining out on all sides. occur in pockets, but lies in the gravel deposit some "Hooray! I'm right in it! I'm rich!" roared the twenty feet below the surface, in the form of small Unknown. nuggets and coarse flakes. "Not on your life!" laughed Ned, seizing hold of All this young Klondike knew periectly w e ll, for the nugget, "that's mine. Remember your bet, his experience had, by this time, been quite extensive. Zed." He was, therefore, able to realize what a great "Oh, ye gods and little fishes What a fool a man stroke of good luck had befallen them. is to ever bet!" cried the Unknown. "I've found the _It was, in fact, the luck of a lifetime, but they were biggest nugget on record and I wish I hadn't. If far from other mining camps, and dangers and diffiyou'd only found it, Young Klondike, it would be culties were likely ,to beset them. mine." The difficulty in being able to successfully work the new diggings was sure to be great. CHAPTER VII. But trouble did not come as soon as Ned anticipated HARD AT WORK ON THE NEW DIGGINGS. might be the case. "No quarreling over the find! cried Edith, laugh-No Indians appeared that day nor the next. ingly. "We want to see if there's any more yellow Caution was relaxed. stones like that down there." Although they were on the alert there was no con" Heap more Heap more Me tell true !" cried stant guard kept at the pass as there should have Little Big Fox, and down he went into the hole and been. began pulling over the earth with his hands. There was too much work to be done at the pros" I vote that we present Edith with the nugget," pect hole. said Ned. The first day saw the end of the pocket, for many "Agreed to!" cried the Unknown, "and that set-hands make easy work, and when one is scooping out tles it! Edith, there's nugget. It's worth gold by the hatful one don't think much about stop-eight thousand dollars, if it's worth a cent!" ping to rest. He tossed it up out of the hole at Edith's feet. According to Ned's estimate something like eighty "That's the sort of present I like to get," laughed thousand dollars was taken out of the pocket that Edith. "Oh, don't I wish I had this in San Fran-first day. cisco I know just the house I'd like to buy!" This brought them to the end of the nuggets in "You'll be able to buy a whole block of houses be-sight, and the question was what to do next. fore we get through here, I'm thinking," said Ned. There was flake gold in the creek-plenty of it-bu "It's just as Little Big Fox says-this hole is chuck when one has been dealing with nuggets flakes are at full of nuggets, large and small." a discount-at least, Young Klondike and his friend It was really wonderful. felt that way. Every turn of the spade now brought to light more we'd better go down a little way in the hole and nuggets. find out what we've got to deal with," declared Ned shouted for Dick to oome up and see, taking next morning, and that was the programme for the the chances of a sudden attack. da y. Before he could get there they had thrown out quite I They had now struck the frozen ground and a fire a lit.+le heap of nuggets. had to be built to thaw it out.


16 Y OUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGG I NGS. I ====:===================i This was allowed to burn several hours. Little Big Fox continued to work in the same satisfactory manner. It was he who brought the wood and kept the fire going. Meanwhile, Ned and Dick went to work on a trench designed to connect the prospect hole with the creek. This was intended to serve a double purpose. First, it would drain the shaft, and again, if the pocket extended that way they were pretty sure to :strike more nuggets. Fortune favored them again. They ran right into a .nother nest of nuggets in the trench. It was Dick Luckey's luck to make the rich find this time. It proved to be a continuation of the deposit in the hole and it extended clear to the edge of the creek. This led Ned to suspect that there might be more on the other side of the hole as well, and after he and .Dick had satisfied themselves that there was a small fortune in sight they marked out a trench leading away from the creek to the distance of some twenty feet. Over this they built their fire and left it to do its work thawing out the ground. By this time the first fire had burned itself out. The ashes and rubbish were quickly removed, and Dick and Ned started in to explore the bottom. "Where's the Unknown?" asked Dick. "Ain't he going to help us? Haven't seen him in an hour now. Lt seems to me it's about time he did a little work." Ned laughed. "You can't keep him working at pick and shovel," he said; "it's no use trying, figure it how you like. He just won't do it, that's all!" "I'd like to know where he is, just the same. Some body ought to keep an eye on the pass. Edith and Little Big Fox have gone down Owl Creek hunting, and we might be surprised here in the hole easy enough." "Go and see if you can find him," said Ned. "I'll keep on working till you get back." Dick was gone twenty minutes. Can't find hide nor hair of him," he reported on l1is return. "He's gone off on one of his mysterious absences, I suppose," said Ned. "That's what!" "He oughtn't to have done it without letting us "know." "Of course he oughtn't. But that's Zed all over, :and what are you going to do about it?" "Can't do anything about it, and take it as it eomes." "Well, let's hope there won't be any need of a ,guard. Any _luck?" "Not a bit so far. I'm working in a lot of black ;111uck now." When we get the trench down to the level of the :shaft it will drain it off for us, and make it easier -working. Perhaps we'd better leave it as it is until "that is done." "Now, I'm determined 'to find out what lies below here," said Ned, giving his spade another dig. "If we don't find some color pretty sudden, though, I'll be willing to give it up and strike in somewhere else. Hello What's this ?" "Gold!" cried Dick, jumping down into the hole, for he had caught the yellow sheen of a nugget through the muck. "That's what it is," said Ned, turning it over. "It's another pocket, Dick, just as sure as fate!" And so it was. In a few moments the boys had shoveled out the black dirt and exposed another nest of nuggets below it. How deep the deposit ran it was impossible to say, but the amount of gold in sight was enough to turn the heads of any two young men on earth. Dick threw up his hat and caught it as it came down "Hooray for our side!" he shouted. "We are in for another million as sure as fate !" "It looks so It certainly looks so," replied Ned; "but we'll turn these nuggets over first, and make sure how deep the deposit runs. The pick-axes were now brought into play, and the next ten minutes decided the momentous question. The result was something of a disappointment. This deposit proved to be exceedingly shallow. "Not much here," said Ned. "Well, no matter. We've got enough of it, anyhow. If the other trench proves to be in the line of the pocket, too, our fortune is made without this." "How much do you suppose there is in sight here, shallow as the deposit is?" asked Dick. "Oh, I should say twenty thousand dollars, for a guess." "Yes, and more." "I don't think you'll find it so." "I do, then. I'll bet on it." "Don't; remember Zed's fate. Come on, now; the fire over our new trench must be pretty well burned down. Let's see what we have got there." An hour's hard work followed. The trench had to be dug down to the level of the bottom of the prospect hole, before they could hope to make any discovery. This was about ten feet. The usual depth at which gold is discovered in the Klondike country is from eighteen to twenty feet. In rare instances the gravel that carries the gold, which is supposed to underlie the top soil in one vast sheet, is raised higher than this. It runs in waves, so to speak, like drifting snow. Should a prospector be fortunate enough to sink a shaft over the top of one of these waves, he would strike the pay dirt deposit comparatively near the surface. On the other hand, should he sink over the lowest point of the wave he would have to go down the full depth of twenty odd feet, or perhaps even more.


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS. 1 7 Striking the pay dirt does not by any means assure a find of gold. "If the nuggets are here, they have taken a dip," said Ned. Th e pay dirt m a y prove barren, or only give a By this he meant that the gold deposit had sunk to "color," that is, show a few flakes of gold. the lower level of the gravel. Hundreds of abandoned prospect holes are scattered In a case like this it might be necessary to go to all ov e r the Klondike country. b e d rock. Certainly it would be foolish to abandon These as a rule h a ve be e n sunk to the pay dirt and work until bed rock was reached. nothing worth washing discover e d. The day was now advancing. Young Klondike had sunk several such on his El The Unknown was still missing. Edith and Little Dorado Greek claim, but as a rule fortune had treated Big Fox had not returned. him more g e nerously. "We ought to go and look for them," declared In this instance it had been most generous, for not Dick. "I should think Zed might have stayed around o 1 had he cau ht tbe top of the wave but had struck this one day, but there' s no use talking. He's like ny g th d H d t h 1 a d eposit of fabulous richness beside. ;, wm e an comes JUS as e P eases. ,. Knowing all this from experience, Ned and Dick I Oh, let sbotherourheadsabout.themnow,. worked a ,va ith ick and shovel tossing the dirt said Ned. It always comes out all right, and it y w p th' t I' w '11 t th h out of the trench without making even a pretense of Wl is m sure. e. pu m. ano er examining it. and then quit, whether we strike anythmg or not. Dick agreed and they went to work again. But as they drew near the of the bottom of the It was a lucky move--perhaps the luckiest thing shaft they became more particular, and each shovel the bo shad done since they came to the Klondike. full was carefully scanned. Y S dd 1 tl t k tl 1 t 1 tl 1 In less than ten mmutes they struck the pay u en y iey s rue ie grave a a it e ower t k s rea l e vel than the bottom of the shaft hole. N ccessar to sh th h t th o pa.mnng was n y ow em w a ey "Here we are," cried Ned. "Look, Dick, we are had in the trench. on the slope; it runs this way; that's why we struck Dick's pick-ax turned up a whole nest of nuggets. it higher on the side of the creek." "We've hit it again! By gracious, we've hit it "I se e," replied Dick. "The creek has cut right again!" cried Ned, in wild enthusiasm. through the gravel ; the top of the wave must have And so they had. been somewhere about the middle of the creek line, The nugget deposit of the shaft hole extended over I should say" into the trench, dipping slightly. "That's what," replied Ned, "and that means a It passed on out of the trench line both right and bi g lot of gold washed down the creek ages ago." left. "It's well to know that. We' ll have to do some exploring along the creek later." "The best chance is on the line we are working, s:t y fifty or a hundred feet away from here. If we can find the bottom of this cradle that will be where we shall strike it rich." The space s between the gravel waves are sometimes termed cradles. Such diggings were eagerly sought for h) California in the days of '49, but there the conditions were dif f erent again, the gold being exceedingly fine and nugg ets rare. Perhaps it was for this reason that it was usually found in the greatest quantities on top of the under lying clay deposit or "hard pan," as it is called, or, in cases where no "hard pan" existed, on top of the "bed rock," which underlies the soil all over the globe. Hence the terms working down to hard pan, or bed rock, which have come into common use, signifying to have reached the bottom of things. Having now reached "pay dirt" the next thing to ascertain was whether or no it would really pay, for as yet there was no sign of gold in the bottom of the trench. The dirt which now came out of the hole was piled in a place by itself, and a digging of three feet more made. Hundreds of small nuggets were thrown up on the heap. The deposit was unquestionably one of amazing richness. The boys worked down into it for a little while, and then Ned tossed his spade out of the hole. "That's enough, Dick!" he exclaimed. "We've got all we can possibly carry away and more, too. The new diggings are a huge success." CHAPTER VIII. MR. JAKE STUDLEY WALKS IN. "WHAT are we going to do about it ?" asked Dick, as he followed Young Klondike up out of the trench. "We are going to work it," replied Ned. "We'll run it for a few months, more or less, according as it pans out, shine off the cream, and then cut it up into claims and sell out, keeping the best for ourselves, of course." "You don't suppose it is possible that it can have been already located, Ned?" "I'm very sure it hasn't. There has been no locat ing of any consequence done up in this region." "But suppose we find that it has?" "Why, then, we've got to do the square thing. We'll look up the owner, make our report, account for all the gold we've taken out, and buy the claim if we can, or jump it under the law if there's a chance."


18 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS. Now there is nothing dishonest in "jumpin"' a claim in the way which Ned mtended. 0 The mining laws of both Canada and the United States allow this. Any man may locate a claim on unowned land. He stakes out the amount of land h e propos es to take possession of, draws a diagram of it, and files it with the claim recorder. If the land has not been previously located, it then becomes his under certain conditions. "I don't believe you missed !" called Ned. "Maybe your shot didn't kill, but I'll b e t that deer has som e thing to remember you by.' Edith made no reply to this flattering remark upon her shooting, but called out to know what luck the boys had met with in the prospect hole. "Elegant answered Ned. "We struck the richest kind of digging." "Nuggets?" asked Edith. "Nuggets till you can't rest and flake gold too. Oh, it's all there, Edith. You just want to come and see." He is obliged to begin work on it within a certain time; to do just so much work in a given period, etc. This is called the "assessment work.' If it is done the locator is protected in his cla im. By this time Edith had brought the canoe up to the If it is not done any man may jump the claim that landing She threw the ducks ashore, and handing is, do the work and notify the recorder. Dick her rifle jumped out. The original locator may still redeem his claim "Yes, Little Big Fox has gone," she declared. under certain conditions, which must make the jump"We went up the creek about four miles to a little er whole in any expense he has been at. pond. It was there 1 saw the de er, and just as I fired If no notice is taken of the jumper within a certain at him Little Big Fox started away on the run. H e of time, then becomes his property, went like lightning. I shouted after him and call e d providmg he contmues to comply with the require-to him to come back, but he didn't pay the slightest ments of the law. attention to me, just ran on in among the hills and I It is well to know these things, hence, we dwell saw no more of him.'' upon them. "Strange !" mused Ned. "I can't believe yet that Young Klondike was well postecy in all these mat-1 he meant to run away.'' ters. "'!'hat's what I thought," said Edith, "and I He perfectly understood the mere finding of gold in waited around ever so long for him, but he didn't these new diggings did not make them his own. show up,. and I had to give it up and start The boys now started down the basin and went back. .If I had waited any longer I'd have bee n through the pass to Owl Creek to look for Edith and caught m the dark. But how is this you are alon e the Unknown. boys! Where's Zed?" They had come just in time. "I'll be blest if I know,'' answered Ned. "We At some little distance up the creek they could see 1 left him clown at the camp, and next thing we knew the canoe coming down toward them. he wasn't there." Edith was in it. "Is the boat gone, too?" S "N he waved her hand, and guiding the boat with the 0 paddle, allowed it to drift down the stream "His rifle ?" "Thunder! Where's Little Big Fox?" Ned. :: look for it. no doubt it is." "I don't see anything of him." He s off on one of his tours. I reckon he'll b e I "By Jove! I don't like that," said Dick. "It back soon. We'd better get supper, anyhow.'' 1 looks bad. Something has gone wrong sure.'' They retur. ned to the ?amp. He leveled his glass at Edith's face. Ned and Dick now bmlt a fire and he1ped prepare If the girl felt disturbed she did not show it ; but, the ducks. then, Edith was always calm, even under the most By the time they were ready for roasting it was trying circumstances, and it was not easy to judge almost dark, and still the Unknown had not returne d how she felt by merely looking at her face Now, if the boys had as cautious as they should "Where's the boy, Edith?" called Ned, when she have been, they would have known that this was just came in hearing. the time when the pass should have been guarded. "Gone!" answered Edith. "Ned, he's deserted. But the security they had been enjoying made them At least, I'm afraid so." careless, and neither gave the matter a thought until "Thunder! That means trouble ahead cried all at once Edith gave a low exclamation and pointed Dick. toward the pass . "I don't believe he's deserted," replied N cd, posi tively. I won't believe it till I hear what Edith has got to say." "Any luck ?" he called out. "A few ducks, that's all,'' answered Edith. H There was a flock of them making for the slews and I took them on the wing. I saw a deer and fired at it, hut I missed." "Look the:::-e !" she whispered. "Look there!" A rough looking m:m, dressed in a red shirt and wearing a heavy beard, was just coming through the pass. He carried a rifle in his hand a::'.:ld advanced slowly, keeping his eyes fixed on the party around the fire. Ned and Dick were on their feet in an instant, and ran for their rifles. 1


YOUNG KLONDIKE"S NEW DIGGINGS. "Hello !" shouted the man. "Say, pards, you clon't want to do no shootin'. I'm a friend, I am." ''Who are you?" called Neel, as they hurried to meet him. "What do you want here?" "'Vaal, I kinder reckon I wanter see a feller what passes by the name of Young Klondike. Do you know any such a man ?" "I'm Young Klondike-that's what they call me." "\Vaal, then, pard, you 're the very feller I wanter see. My name is Jake Studley. I belong up French Gulch way." "The man I shot at in the slews !" called Edith, warnil1gly. "His name was Jake !" Ned heard her, although the stranger could not possibly have done so, and the words threw him on the alert at once. "You don't advance any further, unless you lay down that rifle, Mr. Studley!" he called out. "Come now Come now What's the matter with me?" replied the stranger, sn e eringly. "I reckon I'm as straight as they make 'em. Don't think there's any flies on me. If there is I don't know nothing about 'em." "Drop the rifle!" cried Ned, sternly. His own went up to his shoulder then, Dick and Edith following his example. Jake Studley halted and stood looking at them in silence for a few moments. "You seem to mean busi:qess, you three," he sai.:l. I reckon it would be more healthy for me to lay this yere rifle down." 1 reckon it would," replied Ned, grimly, "and what's more, you want to be quick about it or this may go off." Jake Studley threw his rifle on the ground . "You might as well put yourn down too," he said. "That would be doing about the square thing." "We'll keep 'em," said Ned. "You can come on now, Mr. Studley, and say what you've got to say, but I want you to understand we are not stuck on strangers here." "Just so," growled the man; "waal, there hain't no harm in me. I just want to notify you to get off this claim. It belongs to me and my partners. I seen you digging here a while ago, so I just thought as heow I'd let yer know that you was working on another man's ground." "That's all very easy to say," Neel, "but '9f course, you haven't come here without your proofs?" "I located this claim a year ago, young feller. That's my proof." So you say." So I mean." "It's easy to say it. We want to know more." "Yer do, hey? Then just inquire down to Dawson; it's all '\\-Tit down thar in the big books." "When did you locate it ?" "More'n a year ago." "Very well; if the claim is yours, we'll settle with you all right. What have you done on it already ? How about the assessment work?" "Waal, I ain't done nothing but sfiik two or three prospect holes. I reckon that covers the assessment work all rig:ht." "When did you do it ?" "I tell yer about a year ago." "We haven't seen any such hole." "What-what Weren't you working in it?" The hole we were working in was sunk less than a year ago." "I say it wasn't!" Mr. Jake Studley's tone was growing very offen sive. Edith whispered to Ned to be on his guard. "That's all right, neighbor," called Young Klon dike. "We don't want to hear any more. To-mor row we start for Dawson. If yJJu are the owner of this claim we shan't interfere with you." "Is it all right?" growled Studley. "How about the gold you've dug? Where do I come in on that?" "You'll get all that belongs to you." "That gold belongs to me, Young Klondike." "If it does you shall have evel\Y ounce of it. "I want to be guaranteed that." "You'll get no other guarantee than my word. That ought to be good enough for you." ;c It ain't, all the same." "Then make the most of it. I'm done talking now." "Yes, but I ain't. I don't want nothing but what's right. You fell ers attacked me on the slews. I don't like to be shot at." So it was you we fired at, was it ?" "Well, it was!" "Who tried to drown that little Indian boy Who "Stop !" cried Edith, suddenly, flinging up her rifle. "Draw that revolver, Jake Studley, and you are a dead man!" Studley 's hand had wandered toward his side pocket. It was a lucky thing that Edith's sharp eyes saw the movement, or there might have been trouble. "Who's a drawing?" growled the tough-three rifles were covering him now. "Skip Travel on Get out of this !" cried N eq. Studley glared and then moved backwards. "You'll hear from me again, Young Klondike!" he snarled. Suddenly seizing his rifle he took to his heels, and ran off through the pass. "After him!" cried Dick. "We want to see where he goes to-we want to know if he is alone !" But by the time they reached the end of the pass Studley had vanished. They could see no boat on the creek besides the canoe, and were at a loss to know where the man could have gone. 1 "Look out for yourselves You '11 get a shot next said a voice from behind the rocks. Up went the rifles again.


20 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS. They thought it was Studley, but instead of that I boats! out stepped the Unknown. gone?" Where's Little Big Fox, Edith? Has he "By gracious, Zed, at last Dick exclaimed. Yes, he has," said Edith. "That's what's the matter!" chuckled the Un-"1 suppose! I knew he would turn traitor. known. ."By. the Jumping Jeremiah! I'Ye just He's the spy who has giYen us away.'' missed my man again." "I don't believe it!" persisted Ned. "You would, then, if you had seen him with his big foxy uncle as I did up the creek." "Up the creek! I thought you said down the CHAPTER IX. THE ATTACK ON THE CAMP. creek?" exclaimed Edith. IF ever Young Klondike and his friends were glad "My dear, there's one band up the creek and there's to see any one, it was the Unkno,vn then. another band down the creek. When I got through "Did you see him ?" cried Ned. "Which way did spying out the land down the creek I went up the he go ?" creek; so there you are!" "My man?" "I was up the creek myself," said Edith, and she "Bother your man! I mean Jake Studley !" told the story of Little Big Fox's disappearance. "I'm not acquainted with Mr. Jake :Studley. I was "Just as I thought," said the Unknown. "The out looking for my man, but didn't get him. Just as boy is a spy. He led us into this hole for the purpose I was turning into the pass here, I saw a man turning of betraying us. Of course, your friend, Jake Stud out. As he happened to have a gun that was probley, had no objection to you doing a little work on the ably loaded I dodged in behind the rocks, for my rifle claim and developing that a bit. After you had done happened to be empty, and I didn't care to run the it, then he was ready to make a move. He came here risk of picking up a stray shot." and tried to bulldoze you. Bulldozing wouldn't work, "That was Jake Studley. Which way did he go?" so he skipped out. Next thing will be an attack." asked Ned. 'l'hey'll find that we can do some fighting as well "He went right up over the rocks like a billy as themselves, then," said Ned, "hut you say you goat," drawled the Unknown. "Of course, now, I'd fired at these Indians. How was that?" have liked to have shot him, but I'd let off my Last "Why, the how of it was that they saw nie and cartridge firing at Indians, and so there you are." fired at me," replied the Unknown. "The fact is, "Indians!" they had me in a corner and I had to defend myself, "Yes, Young Klondike, Indians. They are all so I just let fly every blame shot in my rifle and that around us. We'll talk it over, but first of all let's sent them flying, and then I flew out of my corner get back inside the pass and take our boats with us, and here I am." for as sure as my name ain't Jay Gould, we're going "Was this down the creek?" to have trouble before morning dawns." "No, up." This was serious. Kill any of them?" Odd and sometimes obscure in his way of speaking "I reckon not. I didn't see any of them go down, the Unknown certainly was, and yet Ned knew him though, but I went down-down the creek! I ran well enough to understand that his queer speeches like blazes. In fact, I may say that I never ran so always had a meaning. fast before." "You've found out something, Zed. What is it?" By this time they had reached the boats. he demanded. "Tell it now." The Unknown picked up the birch bark canoe, and "No, sir! I don't tell anything till those boats are walked off with it without any help. safe inside the pass, unless you want to pull out of here Ned and Dick, with Edith's help, had all they could at once under cover of darkness, but I don't say that's do to drag the boat up to the pass. a safe thing to do, for there's a band of toughs and They left it on the ground just inside the rocks, Coppermine Indians waiting for us at the mouth of and there waited for the detective to come back, he the canyon. It's my honest belief that we could never having gone further along with the canoe. pass through there alive." "It's stand guard now!" cried the Unknown, as Here was startling news. he approached. "Bring me my supper when you get "If that's straight then we've got to stay where it ready, Edith. I'm good for two hours here, after we are," cried Dick. that I want to go to sleep." "You may gamble on its being straight," replied But the two hours passed and no alarm came. the Unknown. "You can just bet your sweet life I After supper all hands remained at the pass for a ain't the sort of fellow to give it to you any other long time. The danger seemed to have been averted. way, boys." Gradually they became used to the situation, and "We'll stand our ground !" cried Ned. "Get the although the Unknown went over lus story with more boats up first of all, as Zed says; t.hen he can tell us detail, and was very positive about his statements, all he knows." Ned began to hope that it was a false alarm, and there "Right you are Nothing like having soldiers who 1 was going to be no attack after all. obey promptly," chuckled the Unknown. "To the I At the end of two hours he went on guard hirnself,


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DIG GINGS. 2l the others turning in under the tents. :Midnight came and still no alarm. Dick was to have been called then, but Ned gave him another hour. When hPfinally woke him at one o'clock he was able to report all quiet still. It certainly looked very much as though there was to be no attack that night, and it had still more of that appearance when Dick called Ned at six o'clock. "Any news, Dick?" Neel asked, as he sprang to his feet and stepped outside the tent. "Not a thing-," replied Dick. "It has been as quiet as the grave. I don't believe the Indians mean to bother us after all." "I hope to gracious they don 't. We'll light out of here to-day. When we come back we'll bring force enough with us to hold the fort against the whole Cop permine tribe." "vVe'd better get breakfast right away, boys," called Edith from her tent. "I'll soon have it ready and will stand guard while you eat i.t; then we'll load right up, and make a start." You won't make a start till I've been down the creek to see how the land lies at the foot of the can yon. That's settled right here," called the Unknown, as he came crawling out from under his tent. Half the success of Young Klondike'!;! party was due to the fact that each one tried to help the other, and each one was more than willing to do his part. As a preliminary precaution Neel and Dick both went down to the bank of the creek, but nothing was to be seen of the enemy. The Unknown them after a moment. Breakfast was a small matter to the detective when there was work to do. Are you off ?" demanded Ned. "Yes, right now "Don't be gone long, Zed." "Not a minute longer than I can help, Young Klondike. I never am." It was an hour before the Unknown returned. His report was most cheering. The Indians had vanished from the mouth of the canyon. He had seen nothing of them, either going down or coming back. "Think it is safe to start?" asked Ned. "Well, I still think there'll be an attack." "But you don't think it will come from below ?" "No; my idea now is that the Indians and Stud-ley's crowd went up the creek last night and joined the other band." And that we are in danger of an attack from that side?" "Yes." "Perhaps you are right, but I have my ideas, too." "What?" That Little Big Fox has been working for us, and has turned them off." "Don't you believe it." "You'll see in the end that the boy was not a traitor." "He was, and don't you forget it." "No time to waste talking," cried Dick. "Ques tion is, what are we going to do?" We are going to load down with all ,the gold we can carry and light out," declared Ned. "Why don't you go now and leave the gold ? We can dig up what we buried, and that will be all we want to carry," said the Unknown. "Nothing of the sort," replied Ned stubbornly. "We've got the launch We can load the buried gold into that and take it in tow." "You're the boss, Young Kondike," said the Un lmown. "Fire away, but it's against my judgment, all the same." "We'll be quick," said Ned. "Oome on, now It won't take us half an hour to pack down a boatload of gold." "Do you n;i.ean all hands of us?" asked the de tective "One at least ought to stay on guard." "It ain't necessary. If we don't have your help it will take just so much longer." "I'll stand guard," said Edith. I can call you in case of an alarm. You go on." It was so agreed. Before starting away from their camp on El Dorado Creek the boys had provided themselves with a number of stout bags fit to carry gold in case they found any. These they now took with them up to the prospect hole and soon had filled as many as they could caFry. It made almost no impression on the supply of nuggets. "Don't it seem a shame to leave all these behind," said Ned. "Don't be greedy, Young Klondike," replied the Unknown. "Greedy or not, I'm going to dump these and return for another load if there has been no alarm. Dick, who was getting nervous, protested against this also. But Ned was determined. When they got back to the pass, Edith reported everything quiet. "We'll take the boat and canoe down to the shore and thus decide," said Ned All was quiet down at the shore too There really seemed no good reason why they should not venture back for another load. So the bags were dumped, and leaving Edith on guard at the shore they returned to the prospect hole again. "The pitcher that goes too often to the well gets broken at last," said the Unkn. own, in his oracular fashion. "Stop your croaking !" cried Dick. Let's get right down to it. It's the last time we come back here, I promise you that." There was somethi n g strange about the Unknown.


22 Y O UNG KLO NDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS. It did seem as though he always bit it right in his J The third canoe contained Indians and so did th, predictions. fourth. Before they could even get the bags open, 1t wild cry The was empty and was being towed along from the direction of the camp attracted the atten-behind the others. tion of all. This was the canoe which had been the cause of all "By the Jumping Jeremiah! Too late They're I the trouble, for it carried Young Klondike's gold. here and they've captured Edith!" the detective The fight was over. cried. Dick and the Unknown had come on the scene just "And our rifles down at the tents!" gasped Ned. too late to be of any assistance to Edith or Ned. "How could we be such fools as to leave them be-Big Fox captured Ned, and Jake Studley picked bind?" Edith up and carried her off through the pass as "These will help!" shouted Dick, seizing a pick-ax. easily as though she had been a baby. Ned got another and they started after the UnSeveral Indians pounced on the Unknown and ran who was already on the dead run for the tent. him off through the pass, but Dick by a freak of for-But it was all too late. tune was left behind Suddenly, a wild shout rang out in the pass, and to It was because he was behind Young Klondike's horror, he saw flames coming out As he passed the nearest of the burning tents, one of the tents. of Studley's men fired at him. There were the Indians swarming in between the At the same instant the tent collapsed and fell in rocks. front of him. There was Jake Studley and his gang of toughs, Dick went down first, though. too. The ball struck him on the collar bone, glanced off Edith was running before them. and did little harm, but Dick stumbled and fell, strikStudley and others were after her. ing his head with such force that it stunned him. Of course it was plain to be seen that someone had Probably Studley and his Indians thought him sneaked in ahead of the others and applied the torch dead, for they went off and left him lying as he was. to the tents. When Dick Luckey-} ucky by this fortunate accident On they ran. as well as by name-came to himself he was alone. Dick fell a little behind, and it was well that he did Dick scrambled to his feet and ran out of the pass. so as will be seen. He could see the canoes moving off up Owl Creek He looked for the Unknown, but the detective had far in the distance. sneaked around behind the tents. This was despairing, but before he had time to He shouted to Ned to be careful, but it was not our think about it Dick heard his own name called. hero's style to hold back. The cry came from the gully, and the voice was the Any one looking down from the rocky heights a Unknown's. moment later would have been treated to a startling "Zed Oh, Zed! Are you there?" shouted Dick, scene. staggering over to the edge of the gully. In front of the burning tents Big Fox and his band came rushing. The giant of the slews grappled with Young Klondike, while Jake Studley seized Edith. Dick and the Unknown came rushing to the rescue with their picks upraised and ready for business It looked very much as if these new diggings might cost Young Klondike and his friends their lives. CHAPTER X. AFTER THE FIGHT. "Right down here, dear boy!" came the answer. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I'd like to get out, too! Look, Dick! Look right down under your feet." Now, it was a good forty feet to the bottom of the gully, where there were broken rocks in plenty-an ugly place. If the Unknown had gone down to the bottom it is doubtful if Dick would have had the pleasure of hearing his voice then. But there had been no such ill luck for the detective. There he was clinging to a bush with his legs dang" ZED! Oh, Zed! Are you there?" ling over the precipice. It was Dick Luckey who gave the shout. It was rather a trying situation even as it was. Dick stood on the bank of Owl Creek looking down "I see you !" cried Dick. "Hold on, Zed Hold into a deep gully on the other side of the rocks above on! I'll get you out of that !" the pass. "Ye gods and little fishes, ain't I holding on!" He was alone. cried the detective. "Have I been doing anything Up the creek several canoes could be seen moving but the hold on act ever since that infernal giant toward the mountains. threw me down here ? 'Little paleface with big hat The foremost was filled with Indians; in the next no good. Me no want him;' that's what he said, was Jake Studley's gang, and Young Klondike and Dick, and then he just chucked me over into this in Edith both prisoners could have been seen among fernal hole, and here I've been bolding on ever since." them by the aid of a glass. I "Oh, Zed, what shall we do?" groaned Dick. ,,


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS. 23 carried off Ned and Edith, and all the gold we had in the canoe--" "Oh, hang the gold!" broke in the Unknown. "If it hadn't been for the infernal stuff we wouldn't have been in this snarl! Get the rope in the boat for Heaven's sake, or is that gone, too?" Dick looked down toward the shore, and to his great joy caught sight of the boat. Not caring to be troubled with it, Jake Studley had left it behind. "That's all right Be with you in a moment Hold on!" he shouted, and then r .an off to the boat, got the rope and was back again before the Unknown thought he had time to reach the bank of the creek. "Here you are, Zed!" he shouted. "Can you work it yourself, or shall I try to get down and help you?" "Oh, I can work it all right. Don't you fret," said the detective, coolly. "Just drop down the rope, Dick, and leave the rest to me." Dick wound the end of the rope around the trunk of a stunted cedar which grew near the edge of the gully, and tossed the other end down to the u; known. The detective managed it all with wonderful cool ness. Letting go his bush with one hand and seizing the rope, he managed to make a noose at the end. "You might have done this for me, Richard, if 1 you hadn't been rattled," he said; "but no matter. \ I'm thankful to say that I'm quite able to do it for myself. Why, this is nothing to the time I fell off the top of Mont Blanc in Switzerland in '82. Then it took t.hree men and five ropes to pull me up, and -here you go! See the crazy old Unknown bob up serenely. By the Jumping Jeremiah, he's hard to kill!" He broke off short in bis story as soon as he had the noose ready. Throwing it over his head at the risk of its tightening round his neck, the detective managed to get first one arm through it, then the other, then letting it tighten as it would. "Hooray All right now!" he cried. "Hoist away there, Dicky, my boy Where's the other end Round a tree, eh? What's that you say? You don't think you can do it ? If you can't I'll have to come up hand over hand, but I think you can." As usual the U nlmown was right, for Dick did do it. Exerting all his strength he pulled the rope around the tree, and the Unknown came swinging up out of the hole. It took him just about half a minute to throw off the rope after he got his feet on solid ground. "Hooray for our side!" he shouted. "Now, then, Dick, what's the matter with you? Blood on your shoulder, eh? A big bump on your forehead, eh ? Shucks The bump's nothing, but how about the wound?" Dick could not tell him, for he did not know himself. He was so weak and nervous that he was all in a. tremble. It was a lucky thing for him that he had a man like the detective to deal with. If the Unknown had been one of the kind, Dick might have .given up altogether; but encouragement goes a great way, and there is no situation so bad that it cannot be made better if one only keeps cheerful and puts his shoulder to the wheel and tries. The detective was just that sort. He made Dick strip off his clothes and examined the boy's wound, talking all the time and telling how Big Fox had thrown him down into the gully. "I'm ashamed of myself-thoroughly ashamed of myself," he kept saying. "To be knocked out by a dirty redskin. Why, Dick, that giant made no more of picking me up than if I had been a bag of meal. Consarn his picture! Just wait till I get my hands on him! Never mind about this wound, boy. It's only a scratch, and if you hadn't gone down the way you did there's no sort of doubt that the Indians would have scalped you. Lucky! Always lucky. That's your name and that's your nature, too." And all this light talk brought Dick back to him self again. "I'm going to be as cool as you are now, Zed," he said. "We've got to act. If Ned Golden dies 1 don't want to live, and Edith--" Poor Dick's voice failed him here, and the detect ive had to interfere again. "There, there! Don't you talk!" he exclaimed. "It's all right. Jake Studley is bossing this job and he ain't going to kill Young Klondike, you mark my words. No, sir Ned is altogether too valuable a piece of property, and as for Edith, who'd ever think of killing the dear girl ? Oh, no; they'll try to make Ned pay a big lot of money, or sign away his claims, or something of that kind, but they won't kill him, you can bet your sweet life on that. Come, Dick, my boy, you brace up and we'll see what can be done to make the best of this very bad.job." The tirst thing the Unknown did was to go back to the camp to search for the rifles, which might have spared them all this distress if they had not been carelessly thrown aside. A scene of perfect desolation awaited them. The tents had been entirely consumed. Everything of any value was gone, and as was to be expected the rifles were gone, too. Dick could only feel too thankful that Jake Studley had left them the boat. "All we.can do is to follow on and trust to luck," declared the Unknown. So they got into the boat and pulled away up Owl Creek. And that is how it fared with Dick and the Un known after the fight. Meanwhile, what of Edith and Ned? Just about that time Young Klondike and Edith were feeling devoutly thankful that they were alive.


-24 YOUNG KLONUIKE"S NEW They were in the boat with their hands tied behind them, moving up the creek toward the mountains, and not a word being said by their captors. Jake Studley sat in the bow pulling away at an old clay pipe. His toughs-there were four of them-kept a sharp eye on the prisoners. Two paddles were working, the men taking turns, and so far no one had spoken a word. This was hard for Ned, for he was one of the talking kind, but each time he had attempted to start a conversation Studley cut him short, roughly ordering him to hold his tongue, until at last they reached the foot of the mountains and the canoes shot into a deep canyon, from which Owl Creek came tumbling over j l the rocks. Then the prospector knocked the ashes out of his pipe and began to talk himself. Now, then, Young Klondike, I've had my smoke out and I'm ready to do the jawing act," he said. "How do you like this sort of thing as far as you've got? Don't be backward about coming forward now. I'm ready to listen to all you've got to say." "l think you can imagine all I've got to say," re plied Ned quietly. "This is a very shabby way to treat a brother miner, Mr. Studley. I must say that." "Not a bit shabbier than you treated me. I don't like to be shot at and robbed, and treated like a dog when I come to protest against it. You'v:e been running things with a mighty high hand around these yere diggings of late, Young Klondike, and I hain't the only one it has occurred to that the time has come when you ought to be called down." "Well, I'm pretty well down now, and I'd like to get up again," said Ned. Perhaps you can tell me how it is to be done!'' "Oh, you want to know, do you? So you've come down to that." "Yes; I want to know. Suppose you tell me." "Waal, that's business. It brings me right where I want to get. Young Klondike, I want you to waive all right to your new diggin's, and to give me that same in writing. That's proposition No. l." "Proposition No. 1 noted," replied Ned, in his quiet way. "Now, let's have No. 2." "No. 2 is even easier," said the prospector. "They tell me that the firm of Golden & Luckey is worth a million. Is it so ?" So you say." "But what do you say ?" "Ob, I ain't saying." We'll pass on that. Whatever you said I wouldn't believe, so there's no sense in pressing the question. Is your check good for a hundred thousand dollars ? Come, what do you say to that?" "Who'd cash a check for you for a hundred thousand dollars?" "Oh Come, I like that! I'm too tough a specimen to get a big check cashed, am I? Come, come, sonny, don't you fret, I can use a big check all right. Just try me and see." '' You mean blackmail.'' "I mean business. I'm out for the stuff. The fact is, I've been laying for you for a long time. What in thunder Are a couple of little counter jumpers like you and your partner to come to the Klondike and i make a million, when a hard working man like me can't strike it at all? No, sir! Not much! That's the sort of thing that just don't go." "If you worked for your dust the same as we have, probably you'd have the same luck. It's a poor way to expect to get money, to kill my friends and carry me off a prisoner. Now, then, Mr. Jake Studley, you listen to me. I reject both propositions clear and clean. I'll sign no papers and I'll give you no check. Mark that down with a red mark." Is that final, Young Klondike?" "It is." "But what does the lady say ?" "The lady can speak for herself, but I'll tell you right here and now that whatever she says, goes." Of course Edith was as cool as possible. It wouldn't have been Edith if she had been any other way. "If you want my say on it, Jake Studley," she re plied, "I tell you that you'll wait till the day after never, before I advise Ned Golden to listen to any such terms as you propose." "Done !" said Studley. "I don't sell my cabbages twice. Both propositions rejected. Consequently, both are off and won't be made again. Now, then, Young Klondike, my price has gone up. Nothing short of your big claim on El Dorado Creek will sat-isfy me." "You're crazy," said Ned. "You'ye killed my partner and you've killed my friend, and you may kill me, perhaps, but you'll never get me to yield." "That settles it !" growled Studley. "We know what to do with this sort of cattle. Paddle on, boys! We'll try the Injuns on them! If they don't yield then-why, burn 'em, let 'em roast, and that'll give us Young Klondike's new diggings, anyhow, for when he's dead, who knows of them besides ourselves?" And the toughs paddled on up the creek. CHAPTER XI. THE TORTURE DANCE IN THE CAVE. THE Unknown and Dick Luckey went up the creek to its very source, but saw nothing of Ned and Edith. Big F-0x and Jake Studley were equally invisible. They made the discovery that Owl Creek issued from a cave in the side of the mountain about a mile be yond the point where it emerged from the canyon, but here their discoveries ended, forit seemed scarcely likely that they could have gone into the cave. To make sure on this point the Unknown pulled the boat on into the darkness as far as they could go. Dick made a torch out of a tough pine knot and held it in front of them as they advanced. But they could not go far.


r r YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS. 25 Progress was checked by a huge mass of rock ma'am?" sneered Studley. "Blame me, if I didn't which seemed to have dropped down from the roof of begin to think you'd been struck dumb." the cave. "Not quite," said Edith. "I can talk when I want Round this the water came with a rush from both to, and while I am about it let me ask you what you sides, but it did not seem possible to get the canoe mean to do with us here?" around it on either side-at least Dick could see no Jake Studley broke out into a diabolical laugh. way. "Oh, you'll find out soon enough," he said. "I So they gave it up and returned to the mouth of the tell you, though, all the same, Young Klondike is cave and there drew the canoe up on the shore, won-going to be made to sign every paper I give him to dering what was to be done next. sign. If you ask me how we are going to make him, Now here was a case where the Unknown's shrewdwhy, then, I say wait and see." ness seemed to have deserted him. They landed on the island a few minutes after There was a way around the bowlder. that. When Ned first saw it by the light of a flaming The Indians received them after their usual surly torch, held in the hand of Jake Studley, he thought fashion. the same as Dick thought, that there was no possible Not one moved away from the fire, and there were way out of the dilemma, and that they had gone up many more than had come up the creek in the Owl Creek as far as they could go. canoes. Nothing of the sort! Indeed they scarcely looked toward the new-comers. Edith knew better, for she observed that Big Fox "No chance of escape from this place, Young and his band had vanished, something which also ocKlondike," sneered Studley, "so I may as well set d N You free." curre to ed when he stopped to think. The mystery was explained in a moment. He drew out his knife and cut the cords with which Swiftly as the water ran here the creek was very Ned's and Edith's hands were tied. shallow. "Now make yourselves to hum," he added, "and Jake Studley jumped out and all hands followed, don't bother me till I'm ready to bother with you. the water not coming up much above their knees. Of course, if you should take it into your heads to "Get out of there, Young Klondike, and you, too, muss with the boats you'll be instantly shot." Miss What's-your-name,'' the prospector called out. Whereupon Jake Studley walked over to the fire It was easier said than done. and began talking with Big Fox. Ned and Edith were so cramped on account of their Edith and Ned sat down on a rock near the shore. strained position that they could scarcely move, much For some moments neither spoke. less get out of the canoe. Their hearts were filled with sorrow. "Lift them out," ordered Studley. Both believed that Dick was dead, and as they had They came out of the ca noe then and without much seen the Unknown thrown down into the gully they ceremony either. had no hope that he could have escaped with his life. Then Studi.ey's men picked up the canoe, and tossI "Ned," Edith, at last, "this is a dread-ing it on their shoulders walked behind the rock. I ful of affairs. you know I can scarcely In this way the canoe went through the narrow contam myself thmkmg ?f poor J?ICk, and of Zed, Passage without difficulty for it was considerably too Oh, how we shall miss them, if we ever do es, 'th l' ,,, wider above than below. cape w1 our ives. Th 11 t Y Kl dik f d h f. Ned sat silently looking off at the water. en a a once oung on e oun imsel m a 0 t 'f t b t d f .t utwardly he seemed cool enough, but m reality he vas cavern, I I can e so erme or I was open at d 1 h th t d th 1 t {)f th d d' was so eep y moved t at he could not trust himself d e atn t be rays e escen mg sun struck to speak. own m o i a mg one side of the rocks in light. "H k 1 ?" t E H .., . ow can you eep so coo con mued d1th. ere Owl Creek was a lake, and m the midst of the "Of b f th t d 1 St dl I lake was an island. course, e ore a scoun re.' u ey, wasn't gomg to show how bad I but it does seem to me All entered the canoe again, and Studley's men,ad-as if I should never get over this." dled for the island. "Well, I know I never shall,'' said Ned, hollowly. Ned saw that the Indians had already landed there, "Never, never! Dick Luckey was my dearest friend, and had built a big fire on the rocks. and as for the Unknown--" "Is that the end of our journey?" he asked of StudHere Ned's voice choked. He could say no more, ley, as the canoe rapidly approached the shore. but1Edith saw now that he felt the situation as keen" That's as far as you are going to-day,'' replied ly as she did herself. Studley. "What you may do to-morrow is more "It's all my fault, too," Ned went on to say, after than I can say." a moment. "I would persist in going back for the "Sufficient unto the day is the island therof," said second load of that confounded gold; if I had only Edith. "I shall be so glad to see the last of this been satisfied with what we already had, Jake Stud canoe that I don't care where we land." ley would not have caught us unawares, and this thing "Oh, you've found your tongue again, have you, would never have occurred."


26 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS. "Don't say that," answered Edith, brokenly. "I'm sure it's as much my fault as yours, Ned. I was on guard, and instead of keeping the sharp watch I should have done, I had to get interested in a flock of ducks which had settled on the creek. Next thing I knew Studley and the Indians were all around me. I broke away from them and ran through the pass, but, oh, what did it all amount to? Nothing-worse than nothing Oh, Dick! Dick, shall I never see you again?" Edith's calmness was all gone now-she was sobbing like a child. "There, there," said Ned, soothingly. "Don't take it so much too heart, Edith. It don't do any good and will only attract Studley's attention to us. Look over there around the fire. Ain't that Little Big Fox next to that Indian with the feathers in his hair?" "It certainly looks like him, Ned." "It is the boy. Ah, poor Zed was right. He's the traitor! Still, I don't understand why he went to all the trouble to show us the gold as he did." "He's looking at us," whispered Edith. "I see. Yes, it's Little Big Fox. Hush! He's coming this way !" The lndian boy had left the crowd about the fire and was moving toward the rocks. But he did not come up to where Ned and Edith were at first. Instead of that he sat down on the shore and began whittling out an arrow from a piece of wood, never even looking their way. "Why don't you go over and speak to him, Ned ?" asked Edith. "No, no I believe he's got something to say to us and is watching his chance. For me to go to him wouldn't help matters; it would only draw Studley's attention to us. You just wait and see what the little fellow does next." Ned's confidence in Little Big Fox was beginning to return. After. a few moments the boy got up and carelessly walked their way. "We are going to hear something now," whispered Ned. "Just you wait and see, Edith; I believe Little Big Fox is true blue after all." Whatever the little Indian boy may have intended to do he got no chance to do it, for when he had almost reached the plate where Ned and Edith were sit.ting the whole situation suddenly changed. All at once Big Fox gave a wild shout in which every Indian joined. Jake Studley and his men, grasping their rifles drew back, shouting, too. "No, no! I won't have it," cried the prospector. These prisoners are mine We've got to ha. ndle them the way we want. If you interfere we'll wipe you out, Big Fox-you and all your band." The answer was a yell, and Big Fox and his Indians made a rush for Studley's crowd, who in turn beat a retreat toward their canoes, firing as they went. Of course a scene of terrible confusion followed. The instant the excitement began the little Indian boy, making a hurried gesture to Ned, ran off and joined his people. "Don't move, 1dith That means stay where we are, sure," breathed Ned. By this time the battle between the Indians and Jake Studley's toughs was in full progress. Rifles cracked on both sides. The Indians flung their tomahawks at the toughs, and two of them went down. Then it was the turn of an Indian to fall wounded-then another and another. Following this was a rush on Studley's crowd. This settled it. Jake himself mp,de a break for the canoes. The others followed. Hastily launching the biggest canoe, they tumbled into it and pulled away from the island. The Indians fired a round or two without effect and then gave it up and let them go. Studley made directly for the cave, and a moment later they were out of sight under the overhanging r ocks Ned flung his arm around Edith then, for with horrible yells the redskins made a rush for them. "We can but die together, Edith," he whispered "Be brave There is still hope I believe that Little Big Fox will save us yet." But was there still hope ? Certainly it looked very doubtful. In a moment the Indians were upon them, and Edith and Ned were separated. But the worst came a little later .. The band around the fire produced a stout stake, which was driven into a crevice between the rocks. To this stake Young Klondike and Edith were tied. Dry wood was heaped up around, them. With sinking heart Ned watched these ,prepara tions, realizing only too surely what that meant. The torture dance of the Indians was about to begin. They cared nothing for Jake Studley's plans. The white prisoners were to be tortured with fire, and burned at the stake in the end. CHAPTER XII. THE RESCUE. DICK and the Unknown were having a hard time of it outside the cave. Perhaps it w,as easier for Ned and Edith to think of their friends dead, than for Dick and the detective to know that their friends were alive and at the mercy of the terrible Coppermine Indians, so noted for their cruelty, to say nothing of Jake Studley and his l gang. "Dick, I'm all at sea," said the Unknown. "It seems just impossible that Ned and Edith could have been landed anywhere, and yet how in the world did Studley and his Indians get them any further up the strea. m ?"


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS. 2?' I "Don't you think there can be some way around Immediately it was past the bowlder they dropped: that bowlder ?" replied Dick. "That would explain the canoe into the water again, and all sprang in and it all." went shooting down Owl Creek. "Well, dear boy, it didn t seem so to me. I looked "Well, thank goodness, it's the last of Young-once. I can look again." Klondike, anyhow," they heard Studley say, as the And they qid try to find the entrance to the cave, canoe flew past. "Big Fox's band will do the torture b u t somehow they missed it. dance around them, and burn them to the stake in the The water ran so rapidly through the narrow openend." ing between the bowlder and the rocks that they In a moment the canoe had been swept away down found it hard to get the canoe up to it. I the stream. As they could see no chance of getting through, "Zed, did you hear?" breathed Dick. they again gave it up and returned to the bank, "Yes, I heard," replied the Unknown, grimly. where for some time they remained in a state of uncer"Our boat goes up the creek now, Dick Luckey, if we tainty, disliking to leave the place, feeling sure that have to drag it over the bowlder, and God grant we Ned and Edith had been taken that way, and, in may not be too late." short, not knowing what to do. Such was the situation when all at once a shot wa s heard in among the rocks. It was followed by many others. Wild yells mingled with the sounds, and then there were other shots. At last all sounds ceased and a death-like stillness pervaded the cave. "Well!" cried Dick. "What in the world does all that mean, Zed?" "It means that we area pair of chumps!" exclaim ed the Unknown, excitedly; "it means that there is a way behind those rocks, and thatNed and Edith went further on up the creek. Dick, l'm stumped. I've tried my best to find the hole and I can't-I'll be blest if I know what to do." "Hark !" cried Dick. "What do you hear?" "The sound of a paddle-surely you must bear it yourself." "I do now." "The canoes are coming down again." "Then we've got to look out for ourselves in order that we may keep in shape to look out for Young Klondike and Edith," said the Unknown, grimly. "Remember, we ain't.armed. If we were it would be But could Dick and the Unknow: be of any assistance to Ned and Edith, even if they succeeded in getting the boat into the cave? It certainly would have appeared more than doubt .. ful if they could have seen Young Klondike and the brave girl who shared his peril, as they were just. then. Tied to the torture stake, back to back, facing the terrible Coppermine Indians who danced madly about. them, fl.ashing burning brands in their faces as they went whirling around the stake, the rocky walls of the vast cavern echoing back their wild shouts, the situation seemed serious enough, and yet Ned and Edith never fl.inched. Death in its most horrible form stared them in the face, and yet there they stood calm and silent waiting for the inevitable, hope abandoned, everything looking as black as black can be. And even the elements seemed to share their feel ings, for now suddenly the sky grew dark. Night was close upon them, but a storm was com ing too. Now, in Alaska when it rains it rains, and the storms come up suddenly and are of the greatest viol e nce. altogether different. Up she comes! We lay low till we know what all this means." A storm was coming now. Big Fox saw it, and. with one quick look upward he seized a burning brand from the fire and started to apply it to the dry wood heaped up around Edith and Ned. The Unknown was acting as he spoke. He seized the boat and dragged it up out of the water. Dick lent a hand and they deposited it behind a big bowlder on the shore. "Now, then, we lay for them," breathed the Un known. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, that's Jake Studley's voice or I'm a ghost Here they coni.e and Y ou'ng Klondike is not with them Dear me Dear me!" Peering out from behind the rock, they saw Stud ley and his men suddenly appear in that seemingly impassable pass. They were walking in the water, holding the canoe high above their heads. It was easy to lift it over the itJowlder, where it I would have been quite possible to take it through the t pass. All at once there came a flash of lightning of terrible intensity. It seemed to dart right down into the cavern and play about the head of the giant of the slews, being instantly followed by a deafening thunderclap which appeared to shake the very mountain itself. The burning brand fell from the Indian's grasp, and Big Fox dropped like a stone, while from all the In dians cries of terror went up. As they crowded about Big Fox the rain came all at once. It was a deluge! In an instant the fire was extinguished, and pitch darkness came upon the cavern, through which the wild cries of the Indians sounded in a weird way. It was at this trying moment that Ned saw the little Indian boy suddenly appear at his side.


28 KLONDIKE'S NEW DIGGINGS. "Me save Young Klondilrn boss !" he whispered. "Me save Missy Edith!" With his knife he cut them free, and whispering to Ned to follow shot off into the darkness, running toward the shore. How Ned managed to get down to the shore he hardly knew, but there he was and there was Edith with him, and there was Little Big Fox, too. "Quick, Young Klondike boss! Take boat and go!" breathed Little Big Fox, pointing to the canoe. Ned lifted Edith in and then sprang in himself. "And you, Little Big Fox ?" he asked. "Oh, me go too," said the Indian boy. He stepped into the canoe and seized the paddle. At the same instant a horrible yell rang out through the darkness of the cavern, and the Indians came running down toward the shore. CHAPTER XIII. IN HOT PURSUIT. It came from the direction of the pass. "Ned! Ned! Be quick! We'll help you through with your boat!" "Dick's voice !" gasped Ned. "Oh, Edith !" "There on the bowlder !" cried Edith, "and there's dear old Zed, too !" It was another flash of lightning which showed them their friends. There were Dick and the Unknown perched on the bowlder. They had been unable to Fet the heavy boat through the pass, and hearing shots climbed up on the bowlder to find out what was going on behind it. "Come on! Come on!" roared the Unknown. .. "Ye gods and little fishes, we can down them yet!" Just then an Indian aimed a rifle at Ned. The Unknown must have seen the action, dark as it was, for he flung a ]feavy stone, picked up on the bowlder, at the canoe. I It struck the Indian and knocked the rifle out of his "ON, Little Big Fox! On! Don't let them over-hand, just as he was in the act of firing. take us, or we are lost !" The Indian, with a roar of pain, fell back on his It was no use for Ned to try to" do anything. friends, who fell over against the side of the canoe. If Little Big Fox could not paddle the canoe to This did the business. safety then surely he could not. The canoe was overturned in a twinkling, and the But there were other canoes coming and these were Indians went floundering into the lake. filled with Coppermine Indians. The case looked very At the same instant Young Klondike's canoe serious indeed. reached the shallows. "Keep cool, Ned," said Edith. "Something tells All sprang out and undertook the difficult task of me we are going to come out of this all right." lifting the canoe over the bowlder. "Yes, yes! All right! All right!" cried the InDick and the Unknown were there to help them. dian boy. Me no bad boy. Me see my people dat time, There was no chance to say a word. Missy Edith. Me no leave you, den dey come catch It was a time for action, not for talk. you. Me go to dem. Me turn dem awaY.. All right Edith slid through the pass and the boys and the only Jake Studley he come, too. Den me stay and detective managed to get the canoe over the bowlder. watch-watch-a.11 time watch. Now me stay with But the Indians were pressing close behind them. Young Klondike boss always-yes, alw_ays. Me neb-Several shots were fired. ber go way" Once past the bowlder there would be little doubt 'There was something pathetic in the way Little Big about the Indians ove -rtaking them. Fox put it. Still the situation was serious and once more Little Ned no longer doubted that the boy had been true I Big Fox came to their aid. to him. "Big stone heap shaky!" he cried. "All push But would this save them now? him, he go over. Indians no get out den." It looked doubtful. Hello You on deck again cried the Unknown. Already the Indians had caught sight of them; it "By the Jumping Jeremiah, there is something in began to grow a little lighter in the cave. what this boy says. Young Klondike, this stone is They crowded into their canoes and with wild shouts on the move." made for the fugitives. "Try it and try it quick!" gasped Ned. "Oh, Several shots were fired, but owing to the darkness Dick, if we can only put this stone between us and none of these did apy harm. the Indians we may get a chance to breathe." In hurried words Little Big Fox explained that they "Work, boys! Work! I'll hold the boats!" cried must leave the canoe at the narrow pass, lifting it Edith, and then all threw their weight against the out of the water and carrying it over the bowlder. stone. "We can do it if dey no cut us off," he said. "Oh, It moved slightly. yes, we can do it, Young Klondike boss !" "Once more !" cried Ned. "Now, then Alto-"But that's just what they are going to do-cut gether !" us off!" groaned Edith, as two canoes shot off from Suddenly the stone slipped forward and tumbled, the rest, one on either side of them. against the ledge. It was perfectly evident that the Indians meant to The entrance to the cavern was closed. head them off at the pass. I A journey of many miles would be necessary before All at once a loud shout was heard. Big Fox's band could get out of the cavern.


NEW DIGGINGS. Nor could they climb upon the bowlder as Dick and I "Do it then, you little snoozer," snapped the Un the Unknown had done, for it was as smooth as glass I known, "and if your Injun trick fails I'll jam my big on the other side. I hat over your eyes." It wa.s all right now. I Little Big Fox paddled up to the shore where many For the time being they were perfectly safe. small cedar trees grew. "Bully for you, Little Big Fox! You're a brick!" Here they landed and the Indian boy cut several cried the Unknown. "Oh, Ned, Ned! Ain't I glad dozen boughs from the trees. to see you again !" "Young Klondike boss lie down in canoe, every-It was a moment of rejoicing. body lie down and Little Big Fox put trees over dem. What Ned said to Dick and Dick to Ned, and the Den we go by camp and Studley boss no see." Unknown to Edith, and a.11 the rest of it, there is no But Studley boss did see. time to tell. They had almost passed in safety, when he suddenly They got into the boat and the canoe, and lost not a caught sight of the boats. moment in putting distance between them and the He thought they were filled with Indians, for the pass. I trick was an old one which Jake Studley knew perThe wild shouts of the Indians on the other side did I well. . not disturb them, for Little Big Fox assured them it 1 With a loud shout he announced his discovery. would be simply impossible to get through now. I It was no use to fire, and Studley did not attempt Through the big canyon Owl Creek runs swiftly, and it. as they had their paddles and oars to help them along He and his men jumped into thei:r:_ own canoes, and the best of time was made. in a moment were off in hot pursuit. Soon they were in the open country again flying on and rapidly leaving the mountains behind them. CHAPTER XIV. At last they felt safe and could discuss the situation 1 HOW. YOUNG KLONDIKE ENDED THE CHASE. without expecting every instant to hear a rifle crack. Well," declared Ned, "upon my word this is the "STOP! Hold on there or we'll clean you out, lockr happiest moment of my life. Dick, if you had turned stock and barrel Surrender and we'll spare your out dead that would have been the last of the Klonlives !" dike for me. I should have immediately quit the Thus Jake Studley shouted as he guided his ca noe country and never returned, and as for Edith, her down Owl Creek. heart was broken when she thought you were gone." It is doubtful if even then he certainly knew that "Not quite broken," laughed Edith. "l've got he had Young Klondike to deal with, for Ned's party enough of it left to be a bit worried still. Zed, what had a good start. about Jake Studley and his men? Do you think they But they were rapidly losing it. could have stopped anywhere? Don't you think we It was awkward working the boat down the creek ought to be on the lookout for them?" among the stones, and Ned would not allow Little "Why there ain't any doubt about it," replied the J Big Fox to drive the canoe ahead, as he might easily Unknown, "and I am on the lookout, and don't you havedone. forget it." The moments passed, each one bringing Studley's "I don't fear them a bit," said Ned. "We haven't canoes closer. made our escape from the Indians for nothing. It It was lighter now. The storm had passed away, isn't written in the book of fate that Jake Studley's and the moou rising made it almost as bright as day. gang shall down us now." I "They are gaining on us," said the Unknown. "There are their canoes !" cried Dick. "They've "They are steadily gainmg on us. I really don't see gone ashore!" what we are to do." Suddenly rounding a turn in the creek they caught "Unless we land and try to hide," said Dick. sight of a fire built between two big rocks a little way "I'm afraid 1t wouldn't succeed," replied Ned. back from the shqre. "Jake Studley knows the country and we don't; Moving around the fire were several dark figures. trouble would be sure to come." Jake Studley was easily recognizable among the "Oh, if we only had our rifles!" sighed the Un: others. known, "how quick Edith could do her old act and The prospector seemed to be toasting a piece of shoot the canoe full of holes. Ye gods a .nd little meat at the end of a fork. fishes, that w?uld blame soon put an end to the Down at the shore the two canoes were secured. chase !" It was evident that the toughs had gone into camp A shout from Jake Studley interrupted the converfor the night. sation just then. "Come, this is a bad job," said the Unknown. "I see you now, Young Klondike!" he roared. "We'llneverbeabletoget by them without being "You'd better stop. You'll regret it if you don't! seen, never in the world." This chase will never end till we've captured you, and "Yes, yes," broke in Little Big Fox. "Me do Inwhen we capture you we shall surely kill you, but ian trick, me show boss with the big hat." we'll let you h ve if you stop now!" -


'30 YOU.NG KLONDlKE"S NEW DIGGING "He knows us all right," said the Unknown. "Something has got to be done to end this chase." "I can end it right now," said Ned, who had been talking in whispers to Little Big Fox. "What do you mean ?" demanded Edith. "Yes, Young Klondike, what do you mean?" asked the Unknown. "Exactly what I say," answered Ned. "If the rest of you will obey me in every particular I can end this chase off hand." "'l'hen I wish to Heaven you would," said the Un known, for I'm sick of all this business. Oh, I'll obey you all right, dear boy." "See those three bowlders there in the middle of the creek?" demanded Ned, pointing ahead. Of course." "Pull in around behind them and stop; leave the rest to me." Stop Tha. t would be to commit suicide. I be lieve they mean to shoot down every mother's son of us, and that would give them just the chance they want." "Kicking at the very start?" cried Ned, who had thrown off his coat and was untying his shoes. "I told you to leave the rest to me." "We agree cried Dick. "Don't interfere with him, Zed." "Not I!" said the detective; "far be it from me to interfere with the honorable Young Klondike ; I think I mistrust what the boy means to do." Whether his suspicions were correct or not the Un known did not state, when Ned dove into the creek the instant boat and canoe were behind the bowlders. Ned was in light swimming order, and carried his knife between his teeth. Young Klondike till I make him sign those papers; the rest of them can be killed off hand." "A very pretty programme!" thought Ned. "Well, we'll see if I can't put a stop to this chase !" He turned over on his back and held the knife ready. Little Big Fox did the same. Now, birch bark fuakes a very good canoe, but birch ba,rk won't stand against a sharp knife. As Jake Studley's canoe came up, Ned drove his knife into the bottom in three places, twisting it each time, Little Big Fox doing the same for the other canoe. "Gee whiz! We've struck a rock!" he heard Studley roar, and there was other shouting from his men. But Ned did not wait to see the result. With bold strokes under water he swam back between the bowlders. "I've done it !" he gasped, coming to the surface. "Where's Little Big Fox ? Take us into the boat, quick !" Up came the Indian boy and Dick helped him in. "Great snakes! We're sinking Get out on the rocks, boys, or we'll all be drowned!" they heard Jake Studley roar. And for once in his life Jake Studley told the truth. Both canoes went to the bottom. The last Young Klondike saw of the toughs they were standing on top of the big bowlder shaking their fists at the retreating boats, for before they realized .the situation Ned and Dick had paddled out of range. "Ah, there! Stay there!" cried the Unknown. "We'll call around for you some time next year, neighbors. So long, Jakey By-by!" * * * Young Klondike had ended the chase and after this adventure all was plain sailing. Without stopping at t4e new diggings, Ned and his The Indian boy also had his knife between his party went leisurely down Owl Creek to the beginning teeth. Here the creek was decidedly deep. I of the slews. Little Big Fox instantly dropped over the side of the boat after him. In an instant the disappeared beneath the Here they found the launch undisturbed, and start-water, and swam around m front the bowlders. ed in to dig up the buried gold. Here they came up, but only Just far enough to' Not an ounce of it had been disturbed, and they breathe. soon had it loaded back into the launch again and Now, there was no better swimmer in Alaska than started down the slews. Ned Golden. With Little Big Fox to guide them they were able He could dive and float and swim under water with to make Bonanza Creek in a few hours, and next mornan ease which was scarcely paralleled, and Little Big ing found them safe home at the camp on El Dorado Fox was quite as skillful as himself. Creek. Neither spoke a word now, but just tred water and remained watching for Jake Studley's canoes to come down. It was cold, bitterly cold, but Ned did not fear cramp, for he had accustomed himself to -this sort of thing by regular bathing in the El Dorado Creek. As the canoes drew near, Young Klondike gave the Indian boy the signal, and both dropped under the water out of sight. "We're bound to overhaul them sooner or later," Ned beard Jake Studley say, as he went down. "I think I'll keep the girl and marry her, and keep Everything had been progressing finely during pheir absence. Mr. Bowers, the foreman, reported a steady yield of gold with several big finds. Within a week Young Klondike organized a party to go up Owl Creek and work his new diggings. But fir t he paid a visit to Dawson City and located the new claim. This he was able to do without the slightest dif ficulty. Jake Studley's story proved entirely false. The land had never located before. I I


( YOUNG KLONDIKE S NEW DIGGINGS. 31 With fifty men to back them, Golden & Luckey had no difficulty at the new diggings. The Indians retreated before them and Studley's gang never showed themselves. A good deal of the gold was missing when they got there. 1 Golden & Luckey sold off many outlying claims and made money rapidly. Doubtless Studley's gang carried it off, but it made It began to be rumored that theirs was the richest little difference, for Young K londike's new diggings partnership in the whole Klondike region and we are proved to be marvelously rith. bound to say that this was the truth. Before the first snow flew Golden & Luckey had But before winter set in, Ned, Dick and Edith along taken out nearly half a million from this wonderful with the Unknown met with another series of startnew claim. ling adventures, which for lively interest can't be More t h a n ever now did Young Klondike's name beaten. bec o m e fam,0 u s To find out what they were read the next story of Crowds flocked up the slews to the headwaters of I this series entitled, "YOUNG KLONDIKE'S CHASE; OR, Owl Creek. THE GoLD PIRATES OF THE YUKON." . [THE END.] 3 PLUCK 1' LUCK. 3 Contai.ns All Sorts of Tales. 32 PAGES. PRICE 5 CENTS. Iss"U.ed a No. 1. Dick Decker, the Young Firema.n, by Ex Fire Chief Wa.rden ,No. 2. The Two Boy Brokers; or, From Messenger Boys to lVlilliona.ires, by A Retired Ba.nker No. 3. Little Lou, the Pride of the Continenta.l Army. A Story of the America.n Revolution, by. Genera.I Ja.s. A. Gordon No. 4. Ba.ilroa.d Ba.lph, the Boy Engineer, by Jas. C. lVIerritt No. 5. The Boy Pilot of Michiga.n, by Capt. Thos. H. Wilson No. 6. Joe Wiley, the Young Tempera.nee Lecturer, by Jno. B. Dowd No. 7. The Little Swamp Fox. A Tale of Gen'l Marion a.nd His Men, by General Jas. A. Gordon No. 8. Young Grizzly, the Wild Ta.mer. A True Story of Circus Ltfe, by Ha.I Standish No. 9. North Pole Na.t; or, The Secret of the Frozen Deep, by Capt. Thos. B. Wilson No.10. Little Dea.dshot, the Pride of the Trappers, by An Old Scout For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents Per Copy, by FRANK TDUSEY, Publisher, 29 )?\Test 26th St., Ne-w-York.


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