Young Klondike's golden island, or, Half a million in dust


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STORIES OFA GOLD SEEKE R Iss ued &mi-Monthly-By Subscription $1.25 pe,. yea1'. Entered a s S e cond Clas s J Yiatter at the New York, N. Y ., Post Office, March 15, 1898, by F?ank Tous ey No. 7. NEW YORK, June 8 1898. Price 5 C e nts. -OR- I m AurH-OR or"YouNG -' -Six men were around the raft in less time than it takes to tell it, men who were powerful swim mers and had no fear of cramp. "We've got you now, Young Klondike!" one called out. "You might as well for we are coming aboard your raft!"

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Stories of a Gold Seeker. Issued &mi-Montltly-By Sllb scriplion $1.25 .ee r y m-. E11te1ed as &cmd Class Mattei at the New York. N Y., Post Office, March 15, 1898. Entfl'ed according to Act of 1 ,ongress in the year 1898, i tl>e o.f!ice of the TAbrarian of Congre s s 11 ashinoton, D. C., by Frank 2'ollsey, 29 West 26th Street, N e w York. No. 7. NEW YORK, June 8,,. 1898Price 5 Young Klondike' s Golden Island; OR, HALF A MILLION IN DUST. BY AUTHOR OF YO UN C KLONDIKE. CHAPTER I. ness ;" but he might better have alluded to another FIRE FIRE peculiarity of the Unknown. "HEAD her a little more out toward the middle, These boys called their friend the Unknown because, Dick; she'll take the current better and we'll make although their acquantance CQvered a period of many g_uicker time." months, they did nQ_t yet know his name. The boy who was steering the trim little steamer This seems .strange, but it is nevertheless a fact. Edith down the Klondike river gave his wheel a twist The detective had a different name for each day in the and sent the boat out into the channel. week. He was just as liable to call himself Brown as Steering steamers was a new business to Dick Smith, or Jones as Robinson, but what his name Luckey, but he was so bright and quick to learn every-actually was no one knew. thing he undertook, that he was already an expert at So much for the mysterious Unknown. It takes a the wheel. long time to introduce him, and while the introduc"We are making pretty good time as it is, Ned," tion is going on the steamer Edith is going on,'too, he said to his companion in the wheel-house. "If we and making excellent headway down the Klondike. keep it up this way we ought to be in Dawson City As the boys rounded Moose Point, they sighted the before dark." old Belle of Yukon, the regular boat on the Klondike, "That's right, Dick, and mighty glad I shall be to coming up. get there." The captain of the Belle blew his whistle, and Dick "And to see Edith and our old chum the Unknown responded. again." "He's coming over our way," said Ned. "Why, yes, we've been away from them two "That's what Look! He's signaling us to stop." weeks now and it seems an age." l "I suppose he wants to hear the latest news from "Wonder what the Unknown has been about all up El Dorado Creek and French Gulch. We inay as this time? He positively refused to go up to the El well humor him. I shan't mind hearing what they Dorado Creek mine with us." are doing down in Dawson, either, for we haven't "Looking for his man, I suppose You know his had a word from there in the whole two weeks we've weakness." been away." "Well, I think I ought to by this time." Soon the Edith was alongside the lumbering old The boys both broke into a hearty laugh. Belle. -The person they were discussing had been their con"Hello, Young Klondike! How's things up El Do-stant companion ever since they left Seattle on their rado way ?" called the captain, looking out of the long journey to the Klondike gold region. pilot-house window. He detecitive by profession, and claimed to "Booming, same as usual," replied Ned Golden, be in search of some mysterious criminal. So far, he who answered to the name of Young Klondike-a had never caught sight of him, but he was always name which represented over a million, by the way, just on the point of "getting his man." and one of the best known in Alaska and the CanThis was what Ned meant by their friend's" weak-adian gold country; for Ned Golden and Dick Luckey

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2 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. although only two poor New York boys, had been I the captain's mysterious hints worried Young Klon, most fortunate in their work in the Klondike country dike not a lit1tle. and were now millionaires. The firm of Golden & Luckey which consisted of "Made any big strike lately ?" asked the captain of ed, Dick and Edith Welton, a young San Francisco the Belle. girl whom Ned had rescued from a wrecked steamer "We took out a nugget worth ten thousand dollars on the voyage from. Seattle, had recently purchased last week," Ned called back. a large tract of land on Forty Mile Creek, just over "You did, eh! Well, that's luck. The mine is the American boundary line. paying right along, I suppose?" They had done this for the:. reason that Il)any felt "That's what it is. One output don't fall much that ultimately Americans might be either forced to below five thousand dollars a week." become British subjects or be ruled out of the Klon" I'll bet you it don't. If you put it at ten thoudike country, which, let it be understood, is in Canada, sand dollars a week you'd be a blame sight nearer a fact some don't seem to realize at all. the truth." In case of such an event, Golden & Luckey wished "Thank you. I try to keep pretty near the truth to be prepared. in my statements." Neither of them had ever seen this new purchase, "No offense meant. How's the new diggings?" but those who had been on the ground reported the "Do you mean the new diggings up Owl Creek?" prospect very rich, and it was the intention of the firm "Yes." to run the Edith down the Yukon to Forty Mile City, "We are getting ready to work them this win-and go up the creek in a naphtha launch. ter." For a short time the boys continued to discuss the "So I heard. They say you mean to run a big subject, but as they could come to no conclusion they lot of men up there." at length gave it up, and no further allusion was "We do." made to it. "They tell me you have bought a big tract of Dick kept the Edith steadily on her way, and in less land up Forty Creek." than an hour they were drawing near to Dawson. Ned laughed. Night was now upon them and Joe Rhymer, the "Come now, cap, everybody seems to be talking young German who acted as dock hand and general about our business," he exclaimed. helper on the steamer, hung out the lights. "That's wha.t they are, and you can't blame them "What's that smoke, Joe P" asked Ned, coming up for it. You've made a big name for yourself, Young out of the cabi just then. Klondike, but you're going to have trouble up on "Looks as dough it vas a fire in Dawson, sir," the Forty Mile-mark what I say." boy replied. "It's easy to say a thing like that, but what do you And indeed the smoke did hav_e an alarming appear-mean ?"asked Ned, somewhat anxiously. ance. "No matter. I ain't telling all I know. How does It rose in a heavy black cloud above the wooded the Edith run?" hill which concealed the metropolis of the Klondike "First rate. You ought not to say these things from their view. unless you mean to explain yourself, cap." As Ned stood watching it, the smoke assumed a The captain of the Belle laughed and started his ruddy glare, and all at once there was a burst of steamer. flame. "Then you won't give me the hint ?" called Ned. "Fire Fire !" cried Young Klondike, running to "'Tain't that I won't-I can't. I promised not. I the wheel-house. "By gracious, Dick, it looks as if only say look out for squalls." Dawson was all ablaze." "How are things in Dawson?" be hanged if it don't !" said D\ck. "I've been "Lively. Too lively sometimes. See you later, watching it these ten minutes. Sure enough, there Young Klondike, and then mebbe my tongue will be must be a big fire down there, Ned." untied." "There ain't the least doubt of it. Look at it now. Whereupon the Belle lumbered on up the river and See the flames shoot up. It would be a bad job for Dick started down with the Edith. Edith if it happened to be the hotel." "What in the world do you suppose the captain "It's impossible to say just what part of Dawson meant?" asked Ned, once they were well under way. it's in," replied Dick, "but we'll drive ahead as fast "I'm sure I'll never tell you, but he must have had as we can;. it won't be many minutes before we'll some crotchet in his head," replied Dick. know the best or the worst." "Something to do with our purchase on Black It was decidedly the worst when they came to know Lake?" it. Evidently." As the steamer went around the big bend and all "I don't see how any one can dispute that we Dawson lay in full view before them, the boys saw bought the claim direct from Colonel Jennings, the that a terrible fire was indeed raging. original locator." "Fire! Fire!" cried Ned. "The whole town is a But in spite of the confidence with which he spoke, goner, sure."

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I i: YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. a Now, Dawson City is rather a primitive place, and being entirely built of wood a fire there is a very serious thing. Several times the devouring element had made sad havoc among the wooden shanties. It was at it again now. At least a dozen houses could be seen blazing, sending up great tongues of flame, while the wind blew showers of sparks over upon the Yukon. "Fire! Fire!" cried Young Klondike, whose excitement was increasing every moment. And the Edith steamed oward the levee at full speed. CHAPTER II. JUST IN TIME. WHEN Young Klondike and Dick Luckey landed at the levee in Dawson City, they found the whole town in an uproar. The fire was raging at a considerable distance back from the water, and that brought it right in the heart of the city, in the immediate vicinity of the Mining Exchange and the hotels. "Of course Edith and Mrs. Colvin must have gone to some safe place by this time," remarked Ned as they ran up the street at top speed. "I can't believe anything else," replied Dick. If the hotel ain't gone now, it soon will be. I wonder how it started ? Half the town will go if they don't do something to stop it soon." As they came in sight of the square they saw that the Dawsonians were doing all in their power to check the conflagration. But it was hard work to accomplish much without a fire engine or a foot of hose. A bucket brigade had been hastily organized, a .nd water was being bucketed up from the river, to be thrown on the roofs and sides of the buildings which had not yet caught. For those already on fire, little or nothing could be done, and the square was filled with tables, chairs, beds, and other household belongings. Of course, the greatest excitement prevailed, and Young Klondike and his companion were scarcely noticed as they mingled with the crowd. 'Fhe hotel at which Edith and her friend and com Jlanion, Mrs. vin, were staying was located on the opposite side of the square. The boys worked their way toward it through the crowd as rapidly as they could. As they came in sight of the hotel, which was a two story frame building, a little more pretentious than its neighbors, they saw that the roof had already begun to blaze. The building seemed to be on fire around on the other side also. No attempt was being made to save it, the attention of the landlord and those who helping him being devoted to getting out the furniture, at which they were working as fast as they could. The boys looked for Edith, but could see nothing of her in the crowd. "Upon my word I'd like to know whether Edith is out or not ?" said Ned, greatly troubled. "She must be by this time," answered Dick. "Of course she had warning enough." "I don't think you can be any too sure. At a time like this one don't want any guess work-one wants to know." "There's Sam Ramsay, the clerk, he ought to be able to tell something about her," exclaimed Dick, pointing to a young man who was helping to roll out a barrel of whisky through the bar-room door. Ned and Dick ran over and lent a hand and the whisky was soon safe. "Hello, Sam! What in thunder are you all about down here?" demanded Ned. "About to burn up the whole blame town, I guess," replied the clerk. "Say, Young Klondike, have you got any things in our house?" "There's a couple of trunks and a lot of my clothes up in our room," answered Ned, for during the last few months he and Dick kept a room constantly engaged at the hotel. "I was afraid so," said the clerk. "Well, it's too late to save them now; there ain't no sort of chance for this old roost ; she's a goner sure." "Is everybody out ?" "As far as I know everybody is-ought to be. The fire has been burning half an hour around town." "Where is Miss Welton and her friend, Mrs. Colvin?" "Oh, they went out among the first. I heard Miss Welton say she was going around to friends of hers on Princess street. There ain't much danger of the fire spreading that way as long as the wind holds as it is." "We'd better get right round there, hadn't we, Dick?" remarked Ned. ''Yes, indeed.'' "Excuse me, boys There's more whisky inside there, and I've got to hustle," said Sam, hurrying into the bar-room again. Ned and Dick ran a .round the corner, that being the nearest way to Princess street, which lay at some little distance from the hotel. As they passed the side door a cloud of smoke came pouring out, and they could see the .llames bursting out of the rooms above. "It's a bad business A miserable business," groaned Ned. "All this valuable property destroyed, and for what? Some carelessness, I make no doubt." "Help! Help! Ned! Dick! Save me!" The' cry came from one of the windows overhead in the upper story of the hotel. Nothing could have been more startling. Instantly the boys recognized the voice of Edith. Looking up there was the brave girl leaning far out of the window. "Oh, Ned! Do something for me!" she cried.

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4 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. "Everything is all on fire at the head of the stairs And sothey were, for underneath the was I shall be burned to death if I try to get down !" a shed, and from tLe shed to the ground it was a com-But it was one thing to appeal for help, and another paratively easy to render it. But Edith would probably never have thought of There was no such thing as a ladder to be had this. and to go off and look for one would have been mad-Confused and the brave girl for once lost ness indeed. her head. To be sure, the distance down from the window was Undoubtedly Young Klondike and Dick came to the not more than thirty feet. rescue just in time. Either Ned or Dick could easily have jumped it, but Dick sprang through the window and lowered himfor Edith it was quite a different thing. 1 self down upon the shed. Acting on the impulse of the moment, Young Klon-Then Ned lifted Edith out, and holding on to her dike plunged into the burning building and rushed upj hands, lowered her cautiously until Dick could come stairs in spite of smoke and flames. to her aid. Dick followed him closely. Ned then followed himself, and they had even less For the moment it seemed impossible to pass difficulty in getting from the shed to the ground. through the blazing corridor; flames were pouring "Safe at last !" gasped Edith. "Oh, boys, how out of several of the rooms. fortunat e it was that you came.''-Covering their mouths with their hands the boys ran on to Edith's door, and burst into the room. The poor girl was almost overcome. "Oh, Ned! You'll lose your life trying to save mine!" she cried. "Oh, I'm sorry you came-so sorry What a fool I was I was out all right and then had to come back again to get some of my things." CHAPTER III. HEARD IN BUCK BUDD'S BACK ROOM. "Don't stop to talk l Don't say a word!" gasped "WHERE are we now?" asked Edith, as soon as Ned. they had time to take breath. He tore the quilt off the bed and wrapped it around "In somebody's back yard," replied Dick. Edith. "Yes, and the best thing we can do is to get out of "Follow close behind me !" he cried. "When the it in a hurry," added Ned; "the fire is coming this quilt gets burning so that you can't stand it, pitch it way sooner or later, wind or no wind." off!" It would have been dark but for the ruddy glare "And you and Dick?" which the flames threw over everything, the sky being "We must take our chances. Stick close to the overcast and not a star out. wall, Edith, and we shall all get out safe." Looking around Ned saw a grated window in front But Ned was looking too far ahead. of them, and a door alongside of it. Already their escape was cut off if they expected to He stopped a moment to remember what building go by the corridor. it was that stood immediately behind the. hotel, and Flames were pouring out of several of the rooms; then was able to speak positively and say: the floor had already caught, and the whole corridor "That's Buck Budd's back room." was filled with a dense, suffocating smoke. Now Buck Budd was a gambler, and kept wbat "We can't do it!" cried Dick. "There's no use, even in Dawson was known as a bad place, and very we've got to go 'ba.ck." bad indeed it must have been, form Dawson may be "Then Edith will have to jump to the ground." found some of the toughest of iniquity imagin" I'm afraid I can't !" gasped Edith. "You jump, able. boys-jump and save yourselves. Don't think about "Can we get through to the street?" asked Edith. me." "Well, rather," replied Ned. "I'd like to see any" That's nonsense,'' said Ned. "Corne this way. one try to stop us." Of course we shan't desert you, Edith, and we don't "It wpuld be just as well if you weren't see11 have to,. The other end of the corridor is all right, though, Edith,'' said Dick. "Buck Budd's is a tough and the wind being the other way it is likely to stay hole, and no place for ladies. Ned, we'll slip through so for a few moments at least. Come on! If we the hallway. It ain't likely the door is locked." can't find some way of getting down by the el}d win-The door right before them proved to be ajar, but dow we'll try the next best thing." before they had gone ten steps they came against an-They hurried to the end of the corridor. Ned flung other door which waa locked. up the. window and the wind sweeping through drove 1 Ned was just about to knock on the door when the back the smoke, at the same time fanning the flames sound of voices reached their ears. at the other end. I They came from behind another door on their right. "It's easy getting down here,'' said Dick, looking This opened into Buck Budd's back room where the out. "Keep cool, Edith; we are all ,right now." J gambling tables ran day and night. r '.l t .1 l l v a I I

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. 5 "Young Klondike!" I wind is the other way. I'd rather a blame sight stay Ned did not hear all that was said, but he heard I in here and talk to you, Nick, than risk catching my that sound, and holding up his hand for silence they I death of cold standinground out there." paused to listen. "I think surely we are safe," replied the Scotch" If Young Klondike goes up Forty Mile there's goI man. "Anyhow, we can see out the window how ing to be trouble," they distinctly heard someone say things are a-going, and it's time enough to go out in Buck Budd's back room. when we have to, I say." "They are talking about you, Ned," whispered "Exactly; now to get back to what we were talk-Edith. ing about; it's really a fact, is it, that Young Klon Hush I hear," breathed Ned, "and I want to dike has bought the Jennings claim up, on Forty Mile hear more if I can. Creek?" The reply came in a mumbled way. "That's what everybody says, and you know they "Kill Young Klondike-too big for a boy-if he do say that what everyone says must be true." tries to stick-thundering rich claim-never hold it. "That young man is getting altogether too big for shall be mine his boots," growled Budd. "As I said before, he It was like an interrupted conversation over the wants taking down several pegs. I think, Nick, that telephone. you and I may as well undertake the job." It came to Ned's ears in scraps. "Aweel mon, I dinna ken about that," said the "We must know more of this," he whispered. Scotchman, "but what I do know is that the claim is "Dick, I'm going to open that door." a rich one, and it seems a muchle pity that its rich I wouldn't," said Dick "We want to get Edith ness should be wasted on a mere boy." out of here first. "Exactly so; well, there's only one thing to do and "Don't you stop to think of me," said .Edith. "I've that is to let Young Klondike get his start, and when heard enough already, Ned, to tell me that you ought things are running all right, we'll dust up there, and to hear more." I -gee whiz! the hotel is coming down!" "Have you your revolver, Edith?" whispered Ned. There was a terrific crash which brought Buck "No, I haven't. I left it in my trunk; it's burning Budd and the man Nick to their feet. in the hotel by this time, I suppose Fo!'tunately for Budd, the burning building fell the "Take mine, then. That's only in case we get cor-other way, and the flimsy structure in which his n ered. Dick, you have yours all right, I suppose?" gambling saloon was located, escaped harm. "You bet!" But Buck and Nick started for the yard, and in "Probably we won't have to use it. I don't believe order to reach it, they had to pass the closet door. there's more than just those two men in there now Ned saw them coming, and tried to pull the door Ned crept up to the door and softly turned the shut. knob It would not close-there was something in the The door was not locked. Pulling it gently aside crack by the lower hinge Ned peered into the gambling room. j Buck Budd heard the noise, and made one bound for Faro table and roulette table were both deserted. the door. Over in one corner sat two men in close conversaSeizing the knob he pulled it open, and Y oung Klontion near the stove. dike and his friends stood revealed. Only a feeble oil lamp gave light m the room. "Spies, spies r' cried the Scotchman There seemed but little danger in Ned's undertak"It's Young Klondike himself!" gasped Buck Budd. ing. Dick and Edith tried to draw their revolvers, but He stole inside, Dick and Edith following him. they were not quick enough. There was a large closet near, and the door of that Before they could accomplish it Budd had them covstood open ered, and the man Nick whipped out his revolver, too. They all slipped into closet pulling the door You young Yankee snoozer How came you shut after therrr. here?" cried the gambler. "Give an account of your-Here they could both see and hear without much self, or I 'll let daylight into you! Speak quick!" danger of discovery, Ned thought. "He'll speak when he gets ready. By the JumpNed looked at the t wo men closely. ing Jeremiah, Buck Budd, if you don't get out of this, One was a tall, redfaced Scotchman, who seemed I'll let daylight, or lamp light, or some other old light,
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6 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. For a little man wearing a battered plug hat and a pair of big, cavalry boots, which came up al most to bis knees, had suddenly risen from behind the faro table. In each hand he carried a cocked revolver. One covered the Scotchman and the other the gam bler. Decidedly the little man had "the drop on that precious pair of scoundrels, and decidedly they real ized it, for both made a bolt through the outer door and ran into the back yard. "The Unknown!" cried Ned, springing out of the closet. "By gracious you've turned up just in time to save us trouble; but how in the world did you hap pen to jump in here?" "Don't I always jump in wherever and whenever I'm wanted ?" chuckled the little detective. "Come along Let's get out of this while we have a chance. I ain't spoiling for a fight, but I am going to stand by my friends He hurried them through the deserted saloon in front of the gambling room, and unlocking the door, led the way out into the street. "Let's all go down to Judd's hotel on the levee," he said. The fire is pretty well under control now and I fancy there'll be no more trouble. We've got to talk matters over somewhere, and it may as well be there as anywhere else." "Well, if you ain't the greatest fellow in the wide world for turning up unexpectedly, I wouldn't say it !" remarked Ned, as they hurried on. "Nothing strange or startling about it !" declared the detective. "All easily explainable. I was in the gambling room watching Buck Budd's game, when the fire grew so lively that he decided to close his place, and ordered everybody out." "And you didn't go?" put in Ned. "That's it, Young Klondike. If you'd written five octavo volumes and a supplement on it, you couldn't have made it plainer. I didn't go, and-well, by the Jumping Jeremiah, because I didn't frO I stayed!" "Lucky for us that you did," said Dick. "Then your being there was only an accident?" asked Edith. The fire was under control before they reached the hotel. After seeing Edith safe in her room, the boys went after Mrs, Colvin and escorted her to the hotel. CHAfTER IV. THE STRANGE CRY IN THE STORM. NEXT morning witnessed a scene of desolation in Dawson City. Many were without shelter; many had lost their all. Winter .was close at hand-the terrible Arctic win ter, with its mountains of snow and its temperature of fifty degrees below zero. Something had to be done, and that at once, or great distress was sure to follow. A meeting was called at noon in the Mining Ex change, and Young Klondike and Dick Luckey were there among other prominent mining men. The mayor of Dawson City made a speech, in which he called for contributions of money and provisionshelp for the unfortunates. A few responded, but the matter seemed to hang fire, until Ned jumped up and began a stirring ap peal. was great enthusiasm in the crowd the mo ment the boy stepped upon the platform. "Young Klondike I It's Young Klondike!" they called out. "Friends, I am not a citizen of Dawson," spoke Ned, in his clear, ringing tones, "but as you all know, my interests are closely associated with your own. I sympathize with you all deeply in the loss of which has come to your city, but believe me, it will be only a temporary setback. Dawson is destined to rise like a Phoonix above all such setbacks. Dawson is destined to become, not only the metropolis of the Yukon, but a large and flourishing city-a second Chicago, p erhaps-who knows? That's my prophecy, friends, if I am not to be allowed to call you fellow citizens, and we must all put our shoulders to the "The merest accident-a chance in a thousand. I wheel to overcome the conditions which have thrown went in to watch the faro game, and being a detectiYe us down. What we want is a fire department, a was ready for business, when I happened to overhear fire engine, a proper supply of fire hose right now those two fellows plotting against Young Klondike; to begin with, and a pump to throw river water that's the whole story in a clam shell, and having told enough to supply it. These things should be brought it I've got no more to say." in immediately, before winter is upon us. Let us The Unknown was always running on in this wa y, start a regular subscription for that purpose, and to but light and almost silly as his conversation often aid those who have been burned out to replace their-' sounded, there was always some meaning in it. houses in better shape than they were before the As Young Klondike and Dick had long since found fire came. This subscription I'll head with five out the Unknown was a very shrewd man. / thousand dollars, and I'll head another to buy winter There was plenty of time to compare notes now, and provisions for the destitute Dawsonians with five they did it as they walked along. thousand dollars more." "Never mind," said Ned, "there's a plot against Then Ned sat down amid deafening cheers. us, but we'll down the plotters. It won't be the first : "Hooray for Young Klondike Three cheers for time." i the boy gold king!" they cried.

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YOUNG KLOND KE' S GOL DEN ISLAND. 7 "I'll go five thousand dollars on each paper!" In tow of the launch they had one of the Edith's called out Dick, who had promised Neel to do this be-best boats, in which were prospecting tools, two good fore he began to speak. army tents, plenty of ammunition and provisions for This brought out more cheers. two weeks at least, even if no game was to be lia.d-Other contributions followed very unlikely, for there was always moose In a surprisingly short time fifty thousand dollars I and caribou, even if they were too late for ducks. was pledged toward the fire department and rebuild "How much further do we go before dinner?" ing fund, and thirty thousand dollars toward aiding asked the Unknown, when Ned, looking at his watch, the destitute. announced that it was twelve o'clock I t was arranged to place a copy of the subscription "I think we might as well stop right here any-papers in every store, in which way additional names how," said Dick. "It's a likely lool\'ing place and would no doubt be obtained. there ought to be some good fishing in the creek." The big guns of Dawson crowded about Ned :md "See that mountain ahead?" Ned answered. Dick, and heartily thanked them for their generosity. "I see; what of it?" "I'll do more than that, gentlemen," said Young "We'll run up there and then stop." Klondike. "Right here let me say that I'll give work "Not as good a place as this." to twenty men on our El Dorado Creek diggingsright "Perhaps not, but it possesses one merit which 1 n o w ; fifty men up at our new diggings on Owl Creek, this don't. and probably I shall be able to employ at least a hun"Which is what?" asked the Unknown. "It posdred on a new claim I am about to open up." sesses the merit of being infernally steep and rocky, "By gracious, you're a blessing to the community, but I don't see anything else about it to Jure us on." young man," said the mayor, seizing Ned by the "Why, unless I'm greatly mistaken it's ours," hand. "The city is supporting three hundred unem-laughed Ned ; "and it's something to eat dinner on ployed men at the present moment, to say nothing of one's own land." those thrown out by the fire-it will be a big lpad off "vVho says it's ours?" our hands." I "This map says so "Well, I'll do it. Y QU can send the seventy right Ned tapped his breast pocket. It contained a map up the river any time," answered Ned; "as for the of the region through which they were passing, and others I shall be able to let you know after I return had the Jennings claim marked off. from a trip down the Yukon, which I expect will oc" Oh, if that's the case let's go up there by all cupy about two weeks." means," said the Unknown. Word of what the firm of Golden &Lucky had done spread through the city like wildfire "Is that the mountain we've got to cross m order That night a public dinner was tendered to Younoi to reach Black Lake?" asked Edith. Klondike and his friends at which all the big buO's of "That's supposed to be the one," replied Ned. Dawson were present a very enjoyable aff:ir it we've made better time than I thought we proved had. Next morning before daylight the Edith started done about thirty. five miles You must down the Yukon with our party and an escort of six have that we are commg to no more men in case of trouble. and you will recollect that I told you our claim lay The run to Forty Mile was made without ad venture. just beyond the last of them." ,, Here the Edith was left in charge of the guard, and .Are there no more camps on Forty Mile? asked Ned, Dick and Edith started up the creek in the launch. Dick. It first intended that M;_rs. Colvin should ac"There are a few a good deal further up, but this company them, but the good woman did not feel equal region has all been held under the Jennings patent to the journey, so it was finally decided that she which we have bought," Ned replied; "of course you should remain at Forty Mile until their return. know there are several locators on our land and we've Now, it may seem a big risk that Young Klondike got to get them off somehow; meanwhile we want to had undertaken, to penetrate into an almost unknown keep shady this trip and not let it be generally known country so late in the season, with no other compan who we are in case we run into any of these people, ions than Dick, Edith and the Unknown. for I'm sure I don't want any more trouble than is Ned, however, was quite well used to such risks, necessary, and we are bound to have some anyhow, and neither he nor the others gave the danger a secI suppose." ond thought. "Hold on, you are thinking of Buck Budd and his To have taken the guard with them would have Scotch friend," exclaimed the detective. "I meant been to put their secrets into the keeping of the whole to have told you I found out something about that Klondike community, somethmg which they were business, while you fellows were up on the Exchange. fully determined not to do. "What did you find out?" asked Ned. The Unknown started the launch at precisely nine "That Scotchman is already located on the Jen-o'clock, and by twelve our Klondikers were far up nings patent; it was because he heard that you had Forty Mile Creek. bought it that he came down to Dawson. I wouldn't

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8 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. wonder a bit if he got in ahead of us and was up here ious little etceteras brought along in the boat, there on Forty Mile now." was no trouble in preparing a meal fit for a prince. "How could he do that?" asked Edith. The boys had the bear skinned and. cut up before "Easy enough. There was a steamer down the Edith got down off the mountain, and the dinnel'.' river y esterday, and as it happened he was one of the which followed was certainly prime. passengers on board." After it was over they started the launch again "Come," said Ned, "this is serious if you actually and ran about five miles further up Forty Mile Creek. know it." And all this time they were on the great Jennings "Whic h I doJ dear boy, or I wouldn't have said so, patent, the land to which Young Klondike, or rathe r you bet." the firm of Golden & Luckey now la id claim. lt worried Ned some, but he wouldn't show it. It was a great purchase and likely to prove a most Instead of continuing the conversation he took up profitable one if they could only hold it. his banjo, w hich he always carrie d with him on these As Ned explained to Edith while they worked on up trips and began to play a liv ely air, Edith singing to the creek, there was every probability of untold gold his accompaniment. lying hidden in the deep canyons and the beds of the Now, this was always Ned's way when he was mountain streams. bothered. But Young Klondike's greatest hope lay in the His motto was that it was never any use to borrow other slope where the mountains went down abruptly trouble, and all knew that he did not care to discuss to a large body of water known as Black Lake. the subject any further, so the matter was allowed to How they were to get the launch over the moun-drop. tain might have presented an insurmountable prob-Mea nwhile, the Unknown ran the launch on, and lem to one less posted than Ned. they w ere soon under the shadow of the mountain. He, however, knew just how to do it. Here a landing was effected, and a camp-fire built. A little further on a narrow but deep stream had N ed and Dick got outtheir fishing lines, and Edith forced its way through the mountain. took her rifle and started into the woods, on the moun-It was the outlet of the lake, and ran through a tain side, after game, while the Unknown busied himdeep canyon, whose walls in some places rose to a self in m aking some slight repairs which were neces-height of fully three hundred feet. sary on the boat. Many cross canyons broke the run, and each had its It was good fishing there on Forty Mile Creek. The stream to add to the outlet of Black Lake, so by the boys had a fine mess by the time Edith fired her first time it reached Forty Mile, it was quite a considerable shot. creek in itself. Another and another instantly followed. Before sunset the launch came up to the mouth of "By the Jumping Jeremiah, Edith has run up this creek, which was carefully laid down on Ned's agains t something, boys!" the detective exclaimed. map. "That's what!" cried Ned. "Look! There she is Edith looked up at the frowning rocks which now! Edith! Hello, Edith!" towered above them with something of awe. Suddenly Edith had appeared on a rocky ledge far "Do we have to go through that dreadful ?" up the mountain side. she asked. From this led.ge the rock came dow n to the 'Yater "That's what we do, providing we want to get over almost perpendicularly, consequently, it was an easy on the other side of the mountain repli ed Ned. matter to see the girl as she stood there, rifle in hand. "What do you say, Dick? Shall we it to-night "I've got dinner enough for all hands !" she shout-or not?" ed down. I "I ld 't 'd th d t t' "I'd t "Want an hel ?" called Ned. "Shall we come ':ou n ' e e ec ive. go m 0 ?" y p camp right here if it was me." up"N I d 't d h l Look out b S 1 "If it was only me I'd put it right through to the o, on nee any e p. O;) ,, N E W t h d t d 1,, lake or bust, said ed, but there s d1th to be a c me sen I own ,, Then Edith vanished among the trees. thought of. In a moment she was back again, dragging after "Oh, don't think of me at all," said Edith, lightly. her. a small brown bear. "I'm good for anything the r est of you are; let's put "Hooray!" shouted the detective, tossing up his it right through." tall hat and catching it on bis head as it came down. "How far do you call it to the lake?" asked Dick. "Bear steaks are bully! I don't want anything bet"Why, it's 01ily three mil es," replied Ned, "but ter than that." the trouble is the cross canyons. There's so many of Edith tumbled the carcass of the bear down over them; you know we were warned against them. the rocks. They say if a man gets lost in among them he's liable It struck the tree tops with a terrible crash and to have a lot of trouble getting out." the boys ran and picked it up, dragg'ing it to the "That's exactly it," said the detective. "Now, camp. look here, it's cold enough for snow, and it wouldn't Now, with bear steaks and fresh fish with the varsurprise me a bit if we struck the first snow storm of

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YOUNG KLONDI K E'S G O LDEN ISLAND. 9 the season before morning. I think we'd better stay here." "On the other hand, if we can put it through there's an elegant place to camp on the shore of Black Lake," mused Ned. How long would it take us to make the run-just nO' time at all "So I say; let's go, Ned," said Edith. "I say so, too," chimed in Dick. "Where's the fun livil;lg if one don't take some risk once in a while "Three against one," said the Unknown, lightly. "I'm bowled out and am willing to take my chances. Come, now, Young Klondike, if we are going, the sooner we start the better. I'm all ready for that supper by the shore of Black Lake." Let her go cried Ned, and the Unknown turned the launch.into the canyon. The instant they were those rocky walls darkness seemed to settle down upon them. The launch flew on against the current which grew more and more rapid, for the stream descended quite a considerable slope. Silence seemed to have come upon the party all at once. There was something awe-inspiring in being hemmed in between these rocky walls. "How very dark it is, to be sure," remarked Edith. "I expected we'd lose some of our light, but I did not think it would be as bad as this." But before ma.ny moments bad passed Ned began to wonder if be had not been mistaken in saying this. The snow grew so thick and the darkness became so dense that they could not see a boat's length ahead. Edith grew seriously alarmed and Ned himself felt very much the same way. But the Unknown did not say "I told you so," as he might very well have done. On the contrary, when Ned spoke of going back, he opposed it, declarmg that altogether the safest way would be to drive right through to the lake By this time they had passed the entrances to three cross canyons, two on the right and one on the left. What the Unknown feared was that, in attempting to return, they might by accident run into one of these. In such a case, there was no telling here it might lead them. To become entangled among these canyons \\ould certainly be a very dangerous thing. As the moments passed the st@rm grew worse and worse, and Ned became seriously alarmed . "We oughtn't to go another foot!" he declared. Dear me, I wish I hadn't even suggested coming in here, Zed. Don't you think after all we'd better go back?" "Night is coming on," replied Dick, "but I think our light will hold out till we get away from these "No, sir !" cried the detective. "If we ain't lost rocks." now we soon would be. Our only hope is to keep "It ain't that; you needn't flatter yourselves," said the Unknown. "What do you mean?" asked Ned. right on." And they kept, on, but to no purpose. The canyon seemed to grow narrower and narrower,. more and more winding "That it's going to snow right away quick." "Pshaw! I don't believe it. "There's something wrong," said Dick, dismally, "You'll know it in a minute," said the Unknown, after a long silence. grimly, and he had hardly said the words before an "I'm afraid there is," said Ned. "I was told that icy blast srept down the canyon. the canyon ran straight through the mountain, but It was the first touch of winter and it set all hands this one we are in is anything but straight." shivering. "Don't tell me you think we've got into one of the "There's snow behind that, I'm afraid," remarked cross canyons, Ned," said Edith; "if you do I shall Ned. give up, for it's all my fault." "Sure there is," said the detective. "You may "No more yours than mine, Edith, but I'm afraid bet on it every time, dear boy. Ah! Here she we are in the cross canyon, fast enough." comes!" Edith gave an exclamation of despair. They had struck one of the cross canyons now. "What do you say, Zed?" she asked. As they flew past the opening a whirl of snow "Oh, I came to that conclusion long ago," replied greeted them. the detective, coolly. Through the falling flakes they could look up the "Then why in thunder didn't you say so?" ex-narrow opening, and see mountain towering above claimed Ned. "At least, it would have given us a mountain as far as the eye could reach. chance to go back." "There!" cried the detective. "That's wha,t you "But I don't want to go back, dear boy." were wa.rned against, Young Klondike. Fancy one "I do, then. We must turn around right now." being lost in maze. "Not with my consent. I'm looking for a place to "It would be no fun," replied Ned, "and this storm land. We've got to go in camp here, to turn back is no fun, either." would be mere madness, and-ah! I thought sol "It's coming down as though it meant to last," Here's the end !" sa.id Dick I It was not the end of all things as one might have "That's what it won't," said Ned. "You may de imagined from the dismal tone in which the Unknown pend upon it this is only a squall." spoke, but only the end of the canyon.

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10 YOUNG KLONDIKES GOLDEN ISLAND. Suddenly the launch had come up against a solid "Hey! Hey! Hello there! Speak up and let's wall of rock, hundreds of feet high. know who you are!" shouted Dick. The stream ended right there up against the wall. Now, Dick had a peculiarly shrill voice, and it Of course it must have found its way through some might easily have been heard on top of the rocks, mysterious underground passage, but as far as the but no answer came back then. launch was concerned, they had come to the end. "Pipe up and let's hear from you, Mr. Man!" Now, there seemed nothing for it but to turn back. roared the Unknown, whose voica was like a fogAs near as Ned could make out in the darkness and horn. "Speak it out right now, or forever after storm, th,e rocks came right down to the water's edge hold your peace !" all around, affording absolutely no landing place. It was enough to make the boys almost imagine Worse still, the stream had now become so narrow that they had never heard the cry. that it would be almost, if not quite impossible, to It beats the band," said the detective. "But turn the launch. hold on boys, I think we a .re going to have some light "Stuck, by the Jumping Jeremiah!" cried the de-shed on this mystery in a moment." tective, after making several attempts to work It certainly was getting lighter in the canyon, if around. "Here we are, and ye gods and little fishes that was what the Unknown meant. here we arc likely to stay!" The fact was the snow storm was only a squall and "Hey, hello: Hey, hello! Hey, hello!" it had now passed away. Suddenly the cry rang out through the darkness. I Although the sun had set there was still daylight It seemed to come right out of the rocky wall itself, I left, for the sun gets behind the Alaskan mountains but whether on the right or the left, before them or in a hurry at this season, but that don't mean that behind them, Young Klondike could not tell. darkness is right at hand. "Hey, hello Hey, hello Hey, hello!" Now that the storm had gone, Young Klondike and Again and again the strange cry was repeated. his friends had a good half hour of twilight left. Dick shouted in answer, but that made no differThis, of course, did not go for much down there in ence. the bottom of the canyon, but it was something, and For a few moments the cry continued, then it died as the clouds blew away with the last of the snow squall 1 away until there was only the echo, and then all was the light which came showed the boys a narrow rift still. in the rocks right abreast of where they were. CHAPTERV. The mystery of the strange cry was now in part ex plained. It at least showed how it might have been possible for a man to be close to them and still not be seen. "There's where he was,'' said the detective, pointOVER THE BLUFFS. ing up to the rift. "He's gone back up on top of the cliffs. Anybody could go up there easy enough. See, "WHAT in the world does all that mean?" ex-it's not so very steep." claimed Young Klondike when at last the strange cry "That's what's the matter,'' said Ned. "It ex-ceased to be heard. plains all but who the man was, and we want to have "You tell me and I'll tell you," said the Unknowh. that explained, too. We want to know just where "I don't see how any one can be near us unless he is I we are and the way out, and I'm going up there to on top .of the rocks." get that desirable information if I can." "Nor I," said Dick. "No, you ain't. You shan't go I won't let you,'' And if there was someone on top of the rocks we cried Edith. could never hear him as plain as that,'' added Edith. "Oh, but I am-I must," said Ned, very decidedly. "There is certainly something very mysterious about "You musn't think of stopping me, Edith; who'll that cry." go with me, you Zed, or you Dick?" "Ghosts !" suggested the detective. "I'm ready,'' said Dick. "Ghosts !-nonsense said Ned. "That was a So am I," said the Unknown. man, and he wasn't twenty feet away from us; look I "Let it be Dick,'' said Ned; "yo u and Edith will here, it's going to stop snowing, it may be lighter in spend your time trying to turn the launch, Zed. I a moment. Let's hold on and see what happens think it can be done if you'll get out into the rift here next." and her partly up out of the water with a rope "Ye gods and little fishes! I think we are very I believe you can manage it. I'm sure I could." likely to hold on a good many minutes,'' chuckled "I know I can," replied the Unknown. "Don't the detective. "Mebbe you'd tell me how we are you worry, dear boy." going to do anything else, Young Klondike? I'm "Why must you go, Ned ?"asked Edith, anxiously. sure I'd be very much obliged to you if you would." "I say, let's all stick together, and make the best of "Pwould if I could, fast enough, but as I don't our way back to Forty Mile Creek as fast as we can." see any way, I guess I'd better hold my tongue on I "Yes, but how? We've lostourselvesinthecross that subject. Dick, give that fellow another call." canyons and don't know where we are. From the top

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. 11 of the bluff here I can see everything, and then I can "I'm for it.,} decide just which way to go. It would take us five "So am I, unless-hello! There's a hut!" minutes to get up there and less to get down, and Ned pointed down the cliffs where at some distance then the job is done." from them were two immense bowlders standing side "Go on," said the Unknown, and after that Edith by side a little back from the edge of the bluff. raised no further objections and NedandDickclimbed Between these bowlders was a small hut roughly out of the launch into the rift. thrown together, built of the trunks of cedar trees, They now found themselves hemmed in between the roof being covered with sods from which the grass two rocky walls. grew as green and luxuriantly as though summer The ground was very steep and sloped abruptly. was not almost gone. It was all the boys wanted to do to climb up, and "That's a queer house,'' said Dick; "we want to it promised to be just a slide coming down. know more about that, Ned." When they came out on top of the bluff, both were "Indeed we do-we must!" replied Ned, grasping too badly winded to speak. his rifle. A view so vast as to be almost overwhelming open-It was a more startling discovery than one can un-ed before them. derstand who does not fully apprecia .te the position of They could look for miles and miles over an im, the boys. mense stretch of country, with mountains so high, The wild region which they were now entering was that the one they were on seemed a mere pigmy, rising infested with claim jumpers and toughs of all kinds. on all sides, but considerably in the distance long I The big Jennings patent bad been located several stretches of broken la .nd lying between. years before the discovery of gold on the Klondike "Well, upon my word, this is great!" exclaimed set everybody wild. Ned, when at last he was able to spe::tk; "and only to Jennings, the locator, had long since left the counthink of it, Dick, the biggest part of it all on this side try and abandoned his land to the claim jumpers who all belongs to us." had entered the place, locating at various points with" It's enough to take a fellow's breath away," said out possessing the shadow of a claim to the land. Dick," and mine is pretty well gone already. I sup-Perhaps this hut belonged to one of them; Young pose that is Black Lake there at our feet." Klondike was determined to ascertain. "It must be. Quite a big sheet of water, too, ain't As Ned and Dick approached the hut they could see it ? See that island there in the middle?" no one, but when they were close to the door, a man "Yes, indeed! What a bully place for a camp!" suddenly sprang out rifle in hand. "That's where our camp shall be then, and its name He was a wild-looking specimen, dressed entirely in is Camp Luckey." skins, and wearing his hair hanging down long over "I hope it's Camp Golden." his shoulders below his fur cap. "The namesgo well together." "Who the blazes are you, and what do you want "You bet they have so far, and always will, I hope. here?" he called out. "Stand back or I'll put a ball Now, then, it don't look far down to the lake, but all I through you! Yes, I will!" the same, I can't see our way out of those infernal He raised his rifle and cov<:Jred the boys. canyons !" I "Hold on, neighbor," said Ned. "Don't fire It "Let's take a careful look and try to locate their won't pay you at all." course, if we can, while this light lasts." Who says it won't ?" growled the man. "I know This, however, was something easier said than you now You are Young Klondike You are the done. I little Yorker who has come up here to drive us off our The windings of the canyons seemed endless. claims." There was the lake lying directly at their feet, so "I admit that I am the fellow they call Young to speak, and yet they could see no way in through Klondike," replied Ned, "but as to driving anybody the hills. off their claims, it'111 time enough to talk about that "Know what I think?" asked Dick. when I begin. Might I ask your name?" "That we'd better stay here all night?" "You can ask all you blame please, but I won't tell "Yes; all hands of us. We can make the boats it. Was them your boats down on the crik ?;' fast and Edith and the Unknown will be able to get "Perha.ps." up here somehow and we'll go right into camp." "Was they or wasn't they? Answer up, boy, or "It might be best if we were sure we are alone." I'll blaze away." "You are thinking of that cry, Ned?" "You'd better not try it. Two can work that busi" Yes." ness; but I don't want to conceal anything from you "It meant something, sure." -yes, they were my boats." "It meant that there was at least one man around "I thought so Come in here. I want to talk to here, and where there is one there are sure to be you both." others." "Don't you go, Ned," whispered Dick. "I suppose we may as well get back. Shall we de"I guess not answered Ned. "He's too fierce cide to camp here or not?" altogether, but how shall we get away?"

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12 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. Come in, come in Why the blazes don't you come J the worst end of it here, and I'm that man. You go in?" roared the man, still holding them covered. right on now!" "Ain't got time," said Ned, beginning to back "You're first, Dick." "No'" away. Of course the boys were both pretty well frightened. I "I yes Go! Go! Every moment is preWhy should they not have been ? It was worse a moc10us h ht "But the rifles?" ment later, when the man whistled and a uge w 1 e bull dog came bounding out of the hut. "Go for 'em, Li .on!" roared the man. "Chaw 'em up!" The dog made a spring for Ned, who instantly fired. With a wild yelp, the bull dog sprang into the air and fell over dead, while the boys started and ran for all they were worth. It was an exciting moment. The man fired two shots after them, swearing horribly ail the while. Ned stopped, turned and fired back. He aimed at the fellow's right arm, and hit the mark. As his rifle fell to the ground the man gave a yell of pain, and turning, ran into the hut calling for some one whose name the boys could not catch. "N ow's our time, Dick?" breathed Ned. "Run Run, for your life !" They made for the edge of the bluff at the place where they supposed the rift to be, but when they got there no light was to be seen. They had missed the spot; it was growing darker every minute; looking back they could see three men armed with Tifles running toward them from the hut. "By gracious, Ned, this is a close call!" gasped Dick. "What in the world are we going to do?" "We've got to stand and defend ourselves, that's all." "They'll do us up, sure. We can't stand against them!" "Wait What's this?" "We'll have to throw 'em down." "And lose them ?" "We've got others in the boat you know, but we'd better lose our rifles than our lives. Dick, will you go?" Dick, deliberately tossing his rifle over the bluff, caught the rope. Neel caught it, too, and held back on it, allowing it to slip slowly through his hands. It was an awful moment. If the rope ran fast now-and it did-what would it be when he went down and there was nobody to hold it? Ned held bis breath and watched the approaching men. "You want to surrender there, Young Klondike !" called one. "Your partner is as good as dead, and you ll be if you try that scheme!" At the same instant Dick's weight came off the rope. Where was Dick? Dead or alive? Young Klondike did not know, but he did know that his own life hung by a thread, as he tossed his rifle over the bluff, caught the rope, and went whirling down into the darkness, the sharp crack of three rifles waking the echoes as he went. CHAPTER VI. SURROUNDED BY ENEMIES. Ned was leaning over the edge of the bluff trying to WHEN Young Klondike took the leap over the bluff look along and see the canyon, in the hope of catching he entered upon the most thrilling experience of his a view of the rift, when he suddenly spied a heavy life. rope hanging down over the rocks at a little distance The speed with which be descended was awful. ahead. He could only clutch the rope and hold his breath The boys ran to the spot and found the rope made as the rope went whirling down-down-down fast to a tree where it passed through a pulley block. Down to land with fearful force upon a narrow It was a double line, and very strong. There was ledge of rock at the foot of the bluff, where Dick a boat lying under the tree ; evidently this line was stood ready to catch him and keep him from falling used for hoisting it up and down. over into the water, some ten or fifteen feet below. "Here's our chance, Dick !" cried Ned, hurriedly. "By gracious, Ned, are you alive?" cried Dick. He began to pull on the rope, which seemed to "Oh, Dick, hold me Hold me tight My breath work enough through the pulley. is all gone!" was all Ned could say. "Heavens l Do you expect me to go down there?" Young Klondike's head was spi.nning. If it had not gasped Dick. been for Dick's protecting arm, he would havA lost his "We've got to or be balance and gone tumbling into the creek. "But where will it land us ?" "Cut the rope Cut the rope !" he gasped. "In the soup-I mean the water. The boat can't Dick whipped out his knife and cut the rope in an be far away." instant. Dick looked back at the three men. They were un-It came whirling down, and struck both on their comfortably near and were running at full speed. heads, and again they came within one of gorng into "Go on, Ned!" he cried.. "The last man has got I the creek.

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Y O UNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. 13 "That settles them!" said Dick. down to us now!" They can't get j to do is to get out of these infernal canyons and on to the lake." "Yes, and we are all right for the moment," replied Ned; "but there is still the rift, and they'll be sure to come down there." "Are we above or below it?" "I'll be blest if I know. Wish I did. Give the Unknown the hail, Dick.'' Dick put his fingers in his mouth and whistled. Now there was nothing that could equal Dick's whistle. Of course it must have been heard on top of the bluff. It might easily have been heard a mile away. It was instantly answered by a hoarse shout in the Unknown's fog-horn voice. The sound came from below and not very far away. "Zed! Zed!" yelled Dick. "Coming! Coming!" answered the detective. "Where are you, boys?" ":S:ere Here Keep right along as you are go-ing. You'll come to us in a minute." "Are you all right, boys!" called Edith. "Yes, yes answered Ned. "What was the firing?" "Toughs on the bluff." "Keep cool! We'll be with you in a minute." They could bear the puffing of the launch and knew that they had not long to wait. "Where are the rifles, Dick?" asked Ned. "I guess both went into the water. I don't see them here." "No matter. We've got two more apiece in the boat. Here they come We are all right, Dick. Don't you fre't." Dick was not fretting; on the contrary he was cooler than Ned, but then his experience on the rope had not been so severe. The launch was up alongside a moment later, and both climbed in, Ned briefly explaining what bad occurred. "There you are,'' said the detectiye. "I mistrusted something of this sort. The quicker we get down the creek the better. They'll be pretty sure to meet us at the rift." "Well, if they do, I guess I'm good for them," said Edith. "It's too ba,d about your rifles, boys." "I ain't worrying a bit about the rifles,'' replied Ned, "but we may find that rope handy, and I'm going to have it. I see you managed to turn the launch all right, Zed." "Yes, and I've turned it twice, and here it goes again," said the detective. There was no trouble in turning here, and they were soon spinning down toward the rift. It :was now entirely dark, and the sharpest kind of a lookout was necessary in order to see anything. As they flew past the opening, two shots rang out. Where the bullets landed it was impossible to say. It was enough for Young Klondike that they flew wide of the boats. "Safe!" cried the Unknown. "Now all we want "The lake is within half a mile of us if we can only strike the right passage," said Ned. "We may wander around here all night before we do that." "I don't think it. the lake now." I know the general direction of "How do you make it?" "Right over these bluffs. We are going parallel with it as we are running now." "Then we want to turn almighty quick, and by the Jumping Jeremiah, here's a turn now!" They had come to another cross canyon, and the Unknown turned the launch in the direction indicated by Ned. The canyon seemed to run straight toward the la ke, and they soon found that such was the case. Inside of ten minutes they were out of it. Before them an immense sheet of water lay spread out, broken here and there by wooded islands and surrounded by mountains on all sides. "Hooray!" shouted Dick. "We are out of our troubles at last. Now, which way is it? I'm tired of all this . and want to get into "We'd better make for one of the islands, hadn't we ?" asked Edith. "That's what I say,'' replied Ned. From the island we can see the toughs if they try to attack us, and I make no doubt they will." "It's to be expected,'' said the Unknown. "If they have started to run us out of here, we have a right to look for good solid trouble, but let those fellows beware If they bother us, as sure as my name ain't Jay Gould I'll make them sup sorrow with a big spoon." "Say, Zed, wouldn't this be a good time to tell us what your name is?" aked Young Klondike. "You are always telling us what it isn't; suppose you vary the monotony by telling us what it is?" "Well, ahem I would like to .rou, dear boy, but--" "But what?" "I can't." "And why?" For reasons." "What reasons?" "Of my own." "It can't do you any harm to tell your reason?" "Well, perhaps not, but--" "But what?" "I'll explain some day." "Oh, explain now,'' said Edith. "We have never pressed you to tell your secrets before, Zed, but now we are all equally in danger, and really we have been so long together that we have a right to know your name.'' "That's true.'' "I'll tell you what it is, Zed,'' said Young Klon dike, "we have never beenable to make you a full partner in the firm of Golden & Luckey, for the very

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. reason that we did not know your name, :md of course you can't expect a man to have a partner who goes incog." "No; I don't expect it." How would you like to be a partner?" ''First class, you bet '' "You shall be one. Tell us your name, and I'll give you an equal interest in these new diggings with our selves, and a general interest in our whole business; just bow much of a one to be decided later on." "It sounds well, dear boy. It sounds first rate. Come. I like that !" I mean it-every word of it. You agree, Dick ?" Of course I do," said Dick. And you, Edith ?" "Heartily," said Edith. "I'd like nothing better. Zed ought to have been our full partner long ago." The Unknown took off bis tall hat and mopped bis forehead with a big red handkerchief. "I declare it's enough to make any fellow tell bis name,'' he said. "This expression of friendship, of confidence, of liberality is overpowering, I may say overwhelming, I-eh-that is to say I-well, I don't just know what to say--" "Say your name," laughed Edith. "That will end the whole business. Just say your name." "Easier said than done, Edith. If I was to tell you my name was John Smith or Bill Brown or Peter Furguson or any other old thing you might believe me, but if was to tell you what it really is you would never believe me in the world." "And why?" "I can only explain why by telling you my name." "Try it on!" cried Ned. "Do it and be done with it,'' said Dick. Well, I will,'' answered the Unknown. I yield to the general desire, but let me und erstand the case fully. Is it the unanimous wish of the company here assembled that I tell my name?" "It is !" they all cried in a breath. "Very good; it certainly would be unkind to hold out any longer under the circumstances; my name is -ye gods and little fishes, Edith! Look there!" It was no trick of the Unknown's to avoid making the disclosure that be seemed to dread so much, but circumstances certainly did combine to help him to keep his secret, for at that moment an enormous moose suddenly came out into full view on the shore of the island toward which the launch was heading, now not more than a hundred yards away. "Hush! Hush!" breathed Edith, seizing her rifle. I can take that fellow easy enough." "Shall I stop the boat,'' asked the Unknown. "Yes, yes Quiet now Hold it as steady as you can." The wind was in their favor, and the moose did not seem to see them. Perhaps he had come down to the lake to drink, or perhaps it was his intention to swim over to the mainland. some movement to the launch, and like all good marksmen Edith did not want to make a miss. Suddenly her rifle spoke. "Hit, and hit hard, by the Jumping Jeremiah!'' the Unknown cried, as the moose gave a great bound into the air. The poor animal tried to run, and did manage to get ahead a few steps, then all at once it went down on its knees, struggled to rise, and fell over-dead! "That's the talk!" cried the detective. "We've got fresh meat enough to last us a week now." "Yes, but it don't tell us your name, Zed,'' crie d Ned. "You were just going to give it out, don't for get." "Business is business, dear boy. Our business now is to get that moose before the wolves do it for us." "But your name-the moose can wait-we want to know it." "Oh, I haven't got any name ; never had. I was born without one. Here goes for the moose!" And the Unknown started the launch for the shore, pressing on at full speed. It was no use to press him any further, and so Ned let the matter drop. They soon made a landing on the island, where they found the moose waiting for them, which was not at all strange, since there were no wolves to be feared and the animal was stone dead. It was a splendid specimen, but as the labor of skinning it and cutting it up was great, they deter mined to let it go until morning. The first thing was to pitch the tents and make themselves as comfortable as possible for the night. They put up the tents a little way back from the shore, on the bank of a small stream, which ran down from the hill into the lake, and then after a light supper, prepared without building a fire, for fear of letting their enemies know their whereabouts, all turned in except the Unknown, who agreed to stand first watch. Ned was just dropping off to sleep when the detective came into the tent and shook him lightly. "Come out here, Ned, I want to speak to you,'' he whispered. "Is Dick asleep?" "Sound,'' replied Ned, springing up. "What's the matter?" "Oh, nothing much." "Are you going to tell your name ?" "My name is Mud and so is yours if we don't keep a sharp lookout here to-night," replied the detective, leading the way out of the tent; "look there over on the hills, dear boy." It certa.inly was somewhat startling. Ned turned in the direction which the detective pointed, and saw a bright fire blazing on top of the hills through which they had just passed. "The camp of the toughs!" be exclaimed. As Edith sighted him all held their breath. The suspense seemed endless, but there was "Their signal, Young Klondike. That's what it is! Now look over tere !" still j On the opposite side of the lake was another fire

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. 15 blazing on the mountain side, and as Ned watched it / "Did I ever forget you, young man? What a another suddenly shot up a little further to the east. question to ask !" "We are surrounded by enemies," said the Un"No, you never did-not once in all my experience known, quietly. "They are signaling each other to with you as cook." let all hands of the gang know that Young Klondike "To be sure! There's your breakfast over the has come out on the lake. Ha! There goes another. fire." I thought so! There's music in the air, and we are Edith went to the iron pot, which hung suspended going to hear some of it before morning, or my name between t .hree forked stakes, gypsy fashion, and raisain't--" ing the lid, took out a steak, tender and juicy. "Don't tell me what it ain't, tell me what it is," "Moose!" cried Ned. "The best steak in the said Ned, quickly. world! So you've cut up your prize already! Who But the Unknown only laughed. did the work?" CHAPTER VII. THE FIRST STRIKE ON GOLDEN ISLAND. "The Unknown," said Dick. "He wouldn't even let me help him. He did it before daylight." "Didn't he sleep at all?" j "Only about half an hour; after that he was up and on the watch again." "What a curious mortal he is. He never seems to "WAKE up, Ned Wake up It's morning rest." Change cars for Dawson Wake up !" "Never; and mighty lucky it has been for us. How young Klondike, roused from his slumber, turned many times has his watchfulness saved us from serious himself on the bearskin on which he was sleeping and scrapes?" started up. "He is always doing it," replied Ned, bolting a Hello That you, Dick ? What time is it, any-mouthful of moose. "Looked about any yet, Dick?" how?" he asked. "Prospecting?" "Half-past nine," replied Dick; "and breakfast is "Yes." all eaten up." "Well, I went up the creek a little way." "Half-past nine Why in the world didn't you "How did things look?" wake me before?" "Not very promising, but there's one hole that I "Oh, you were sleeping so soundly that I couldn't think might go." bear to wake you, especially after you lost all your "We'll take a look at it as soon as I've finished sleep the first part of the night," said Dick. breakfast. Get the tools ready. Edith, will you go, Ned hurried out of the tent to find Edith clearing too?" off the breakfast table, if the cloth spread on the "Don't you think I'd better stay here on the shore ground could be called a table, but the Unknown was and keep watch?" asked Edith. nowhere to be seen. "Well, I suppose you had; it would be safer." Where's Zed?" he asked. "You and Dick go, then. If you hear a shot you'll "Gone back into the interior of the island," replied know what it means." Edith. Ned hurried through his breakfast and then loading-"And for what?" themselves down with picks, shovels and pans, he and "He says he wants to know just what sort of a Dick started up the stream. place we have landed on. He declared that he could It was only a small affair-one could step right not rest quiet until he had explored every foot of the across it easily enough. ground." Ned kept a sharp eye on the bottom, but was un" Just like him. Did he tell you about the fires last able to detect even the slightest trace of gold among night?" the sand. "Yes; he said you watched them till midnight. "It certainly don't look promising and that's a Do you really think they '\overe signals, Ned ?" fact," he remarked, "but to tell the truth, Dick, I "I don't see what else they could have been, Edith; didn't expect it. This place has all been prospected but we watched till they had burned themselves out, by the claim jumpers. If there had been any big surand as nothing came of it, went back to bed. Dick, face showing here, they would have gone to work on did a .nything turn up between midnight and morning?" their island long ago." "Well, nothing of any consequences," replied Dick. "Do you think that?" "About four o'clock I thought I saw a boat cutting "Of course I do." across from one of the islands to the shore, but it got "Then I'll prove that there must have been a sur-behind that little island over there, and I couldn't face showing here at some time or other." feel certain whether it was a boat or not." "Hello! You've found something more than you "Oh, I suppose we've got to look out for squalls, said?" so there's not a bit of use worrying about it," said "No. I said I'd found a hole and so I have, but Ned, carelessly. "Edith, have you saved any break-, it's a deep one, Ned." fast for me?" "A prospect hole?"

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--------16 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. "You bet." l He was used to better things and consequently was "And abandoned. That don't speak well for our not likely to be attracted by any such showing as island, Dick." this. "Pshaw it's only one. This is a good sized "Any luck?" called Dick. island; there's no telling what we rnay strike before "About an ounce." we are through." "That's something. It shows that there is gold "Yes, and all the other islands are on our claim here." too, Dick. We have got our hands full if we are go"It will have to pan out better than this to hold ing to prospect all of them before snow flies." me to the island. I wouldn't go much further, Dick. "That's right, and something tells me we won't We'll try a pan or two from what you have got out. have to do it. I believe we are going to strike it right Dick had been digging away in the side of the shaft here. There's your hole, Ned." and had just st::i,rted to loosen a large mass of earth They had corne suddenly upon a place where. the and gravel. stream turn bled down over rocks about ten feet high. "I'll 1 fi h f th ,, 1 11 d d 1 . rna rn a ms o is, ie ca e rivmg us This was a likely spot to look for gold, and sure 1 1 b h d tl 1 d C t h f 1 pie c-ax e m rn oosene mass. ome ou ere, enough someone had been there be ore them ookmg 1 0 1 Ol N d 1 Wl t th d . you nee more 1, e 1a m un er is for it, for a hole four feet wide by ten feet long had tl ?" been sunk about twenty feet right at the foot of the us falls. Dick's pick-ax suddenly flew out of his hand. By means of a little dam the water had been turned awa. y from it, and there the hole was dry enough with plenty of gravel in the bottom, but no sign of gold that Ned could see." I didn't go down," said Dick, "because I had no way of getting up again, but I'll go if you tie the rope under my arm." "Oh, I'll go!" "No, no let me go, Ned You want a lucky man to begin work on the island here, that's sure." Then there was a tremendous crash, and a great mass of loosened earth and gravel, hard frozen, as the soil always is beneath the surface in the Klondike country, suddenly fell. It did not fall outward as they expected, but instead went the other way and vanished, leaving a great, gaping hole in the side of the shaft. "I've lost my pick, Ned!" Dick shouted. "Yes, and we've found a cave!" cried Ned, greatly excited. And well he might be. "All right. Lucky it is, and I hope may be. It's your first try this time, Dick." In such caves, under the beds of mountain streams, and great deposits of gold are very often discovered Ned then adjusted the rope under Dick's arm, now carefully lowered hirn into the hole. Then he sent a pick-ax and a pan down after him, and Dick went to work. The pan when full was hoisted up by Ned, who lowered another. While Dick wa.s filling the second pan, Ned washed out the first. There was not a trace of gold to be found in it when the last of the water was run out. "Any show ?" called Dick. "Not a bit." "That don't sound well. Try this." You try it in the wall," said Ned. I like the look of the gravel there toward the falls better than I do that in the bottom of the hole." "Ob, I guess it's all alike." I am't so sure. My idea is that this island is rather a recent affair, cut out by some great flood. We ought to look for the gold nearer the ledge rock; it would naturally lodge there." "All right! I don't suppose it makes much dif ference. If there'd been anything here, the claim jumpers would never have abandoned the hole." Ned then worked out the second pan. This time he was more fortunate. There were two nuggets and quite a little flake Golden & Luckey had already had one or two such experiences. Ned never dreamed of meeting with another here on this island, but it had come. Can you see anything in there ?" he shouted, for Dick was peering into the hole. "Not a thing. It's as black as night." "Hold up I'll be with you in a second!" Ned hastily secured the rope around the trunk of a tree, and lowered himself down into the shaft. He brought with him the lantern which the7 usually carried on these prospecting expeditions, and lighting it waved it in at the opening. "'Tain't deep," said Dick. "No; a regular cave; but it runs awa.y in under the hill.'' "There ought to be gold there, Ned." "So there ought. If there is we'll have it out, you bet!" "Better explore it right now, hadn't we?" "That's what I say. Come on !" Ned climbed through the hole and dropped into the bottom of the cave, a distance of about four feet. A great mass of gravel went down with him. Ned was buried up to the knees, but the distance down was reduced for Dick to about two feet. gold left behind. But in the eyes amount to much. The cave was some ten feet in width, and extended of Young Klondike this did not in under the hill further than they could see. There was a stream running through it which lost \

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YOUNG G O LDEN ISLAND. 17 itself under the bed of the stream and seemed to have j "How in thunder can we see then?" no connection with it. "Vv e don't want to be seen ; there's daylight "It's just the place for a big find," declared Ned. enough through the hole to guide us a'fter we get "If we don't strike it rich here I shall be very greatly used to it. Put out the light and I'll go back after surprised." the rifles." He put the lantern down beside the stream and When Ned returned with the rifles, Dick reported dropping to his knees began to peer down into the all quiet. water. "The pounding stopped right after you went away," "See anything?" asked Dick, "for my part I he said. "I haven't heard a thing since." don't." "We'll soon know who it is. Keep still now, Dick. "There seems to be some yellow specks there." Don't make a sound as you go along. Hadn't we Ned rolled up his sleeve and thrust his hand down better take off our stockings and shoes?" into the water. "lf we do, these stones will cut our feet so that we The "yellow specks" eluded his grasp. Just as he shall go stumbling about and make more noise than thought he had them, he found he hadn't. we would with them on." These repeated efforts stirred up the water so, that "Like enough. We'll go on as we are, then. Hello! after a few moments they could not see anything. There they are at it again." "We can't work it this way," declared Ned. The pounding was suddenly resumed. "Let the lucky man try," said Dick. "Come along," said Ned, "we'll find out what it Try it, then-it will be going it blind, though; means or bust. you can't see anything at all down there now." They moved on into the depths of the cave Dick bared his arm to the elbow, and began furnThe light coming from behind, showed them their bling about in the turbid water. way for a few moments, but after a little the cave "I've got hold of something or other that has the took a turn, and they found themselves plunged into feel of gold," he exclaimed. "Here, what do you complete darkness. make out of this?" All this time the pounding was going on. One glance was enough to send Ned's shout ringing Suddenly there was a crash, followed by a loud through the cave. shout, and all sound ceased. "A nugget! A big nugget!" he cried. "By "Who can it be?" breathed Dick. gracious, Dick, you've struck it rich, for fair. "There's some fellow working on ahead there, What Dick had pulled out of the stream was an that's certain," replied Ned. "All we can do is to irregular mass of broken quartz, about as big as a sneak up and find out who it is man's head. "Going to try to drive them off?" It's color was a dirty brown, broken here and there "That depends upon how many there are. There's by dashes of yellow and white. the light We are almost to the other end of the The yellow was gold, and the white quartz rock cave fairly bristling with the precious metal. Another turn had brought them in sight of the The weight of the mass was tremendous. It was mouth of the cave. It was a broad opening, through all that Dick could do to lift it out of the bed of the which the daylight came streaming in. stream. But no one was to be seen there, and except for "Well, what do you say to that?" Dick asked, tri-their own footfalls all was quiet in the cave. umphantly. "I believe we've been heard," said Dick "Three cheers for the lucky man Dick, there's "Shouldn't wonder." thousands of dollars in that lump." "Then whoever is there is laying low for us." '"'That's what there is. Like enough there's more "That wouldn't surprise me, either." down there." "We've got to look sharp if we mean to go on." "We'll build a fire in the cave and soon find out." "Which I do, and don't you forget it. There'll "Hold on! Did you hear that?" have to be something to scare me before I allow my" You bet I heard it," was Ned's whispered answer, self to be scared. and the boys remained motionless, listening. j They crept on. Near the mouth of the cave were A tremendous pounding had suddenly begun in the great masses of broken rock, which appeared to have darkness away up at the other end of the cave. fallen down from the roof. "What's it mean, Ned?" A dozen men could easily have hidden behind these "That we are not alone here, that's certain, Dick." rocks, but look in whichever direction they would the I should smile It must be the toughs." boys could not see any one. "Like enough this cave has another entrance." They stood still for a long time watching and listen" Has an entrance you mean. This ain't one. We ing, but t!.iere was no sound. made it. Don't forget that." "Whoever was here has gone, that's what's the "Somebody is working up there at the other end matter," said Ned. "I'm going forward, Dick sure, and we've got to find out who that somebody is They moved on until they were very closa to the Hadn't we better put the light out?" I mouth of the cave

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38 YOUNG KLONDJKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. "Well, I'll be blest !" Dick suddenly burst out, stopping short. All fear of a hidden enemy was forgotten in the discovery Dick had made. There, strewn over the ground, lay half a dozen or more big nuggets, the smallest being as large as the one Dick had taken out of the underground stream. Someone had been breaking the nuggets by throwing a heavy stone on them. Two were shattered all to pieces, and the gold lay. strewn about. "A find A big find !" cried Ned. Hooray This is Golden Island! I na.me it right now, for as sure as shooting, we've got another bonanza on our hands!" Now, of course, this was very impudent of Ned, but then he was greatly excited. He had reason to regret his enthusiasm, when a deep voice suddenly called out behind them : "Drop that g-eld, young feller! It belongs to me! I tell you to drop that gold!" CHAPTER VIII. WHERE IS EDITH? NATURALLY Ned was startled. He grasped his rifle and looked around. "Stand firm, Dick," he whispered. "It is only one so far, and it will take a good deal more than one to drive us out of this cave!" "Don't brag, Young Klondike I can lick you two fellows with one hand!" the voice called again. "Come out of that and show yourself!" shouted Dick. "You old fraud I know you well enough, this stream is just one mass of gold, but I want you to understand I named this island for myself before you came here, so you needn't have been in such a big hurry to give it a name." "What name did you give it?" asked Ned, quickly. "Unknown Island Ha Ha! You didn't catch me napping that time, dear boy." "Unknown Island don't go. It's Golden Island, and not named for me, either. I declare, I never thought of myself when I named it, and you may be lieve it or not just as you please." "How did you get in here, Zed ?" asked Dick, breaking in upon this bantering. "I can show you that best by going out with you. The hole is big enough, ain't it?" "Oh, I didn't mean that. I mean whereabouts on the island are we?" "Right over the hill; directly at the other end from the camp." "That so? Let's go out and see." "You bet it's so; say, how did you get in?" "Broke our way through the wall of an old aband-oned shaft," replied Ned. "Somebody has been working on the island. It is strange they never found this cave." They :probably never took the trou blc to explore," replied the detective, "for the opening is as big as all out doors, and you see how the gold lies scattered round." It was very plain that no prospector ever could have been in the cave, for the nuggets would hardly have been allowed to remain if any one had seen them. The boys now began overhauling their find. The nuggets numbered twenty, big and little. "By gracious, there's a fortune right here !" ex claimed Dick. now !" "How much should you say there was?" asked the And sure enough it was only the Unknown Unknown. who jumped up from behind one of the big stones. "Oh, there must be at least thirty thousand dol" Zed, I've a good mind to make you acquainted lars' worth of gold in these nuggets," declared Ned. with my rifle for giving us such a scare!" cried Ned, "All of that. Look at the bed of the creek." but the tone in which he spoke showed how immenseOne glance was all that was necessary. ly relieved he was. The bed of the creek was yellow with little nuggets "Ha! Ha Ha!" laughed the Unknown, scram-from the size of a pea up to that of a pigeon's egg. bling over the rocks. "So I did scare you, eh! Ned saw that they had made a find of surpising Well, yo u deserve it. Why, didn't you keep a sharper richness. lookout and see me before I dodged down behind that "Edith wants to know about this," he declared. stone?" "Let's get right back to camp, and bring the boats "That will do! You didn't see us till we got close around to this side of the island." on to you." "And make our camp here?" asked the detective. "Yes, I did, too I saw you five minutes ago !" "Certainly; do you see any reason why we "We were here five minutes ago; never mind. Is shouldn't?" there anyone else here? That'.s what I want to know "Nothing, except that we have reason to expect an about now." attack which our friends from the canyons may make "Nobody that I know of. At least I haven't seen on us, to come from the other side." anybody; we are monarchs of all we survey." "I don't believe there's a bit more danger from one "And the survey seems to be first-class." side than the other," declared Ned, and then they all "You bet it is What's the matter with the old went out of the cave. Unknown making a good strike as well as the next They now found themselves but a little way back one? It's a big thing, Young Klondike; the bed of I from the lake shore at the foot of the hill.

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Y O UN G KLO NDI K E'S GOLD EN ISLAND. 19 Ned off on the lake. I "Look here, is there any deal worth being in that "I don't see the first sign of a living soul," he re-you haven't been in?" asked Ned. marked. "Well, no; you've been very liberal considering "Nor did I when I was on the hill," declan-1 the how little actual work I've done." Unknown, "and I took a good long look, too. It may "You've helped us in other ways, Zed. Don't you be that they have decided not to bother us, but I fear, you'll come in on this all right." don't believe it, though." "But I mean as a full partner." "I'd like to believe it," said Ned. "I stand ready to do that, too, any time that "No more than I would I ain't spoiling for a you--" fight by any means, but I'm all ready for it i:i case it "That I tell my name, Young Klondike ?" comes "Exactly so.?' "I'd like to see the time when you weren't ready "Well, then, I suppose I shall have to give in and for a fight, Zed." tell it. My name is--" "And I'd like to see the other end of this hole, dear It did seem as if the fates had willed that Neel's boy. I want to know all there is to be known about I curiosity should not be gratified. Golden Island. What's the matter with our going Perhaps the Unknown actually might have told his back through the cave?" name then if Dick had not suddenly appeared, shout" The matter with me is 1 want to see what lies on ing out at the top of his lungs : top of the cave," said Dick. "I'd rather go over the "Ned! Ned! Here, quick! Edith! Oh, come hill." here "Go on that way, then, and Young Klondike and I "Something is the matter with Edith, as sure as will return through the cave and meet you on the shooting!" cried the Unknown, and off they ran over golden shore." the edge of the hill toward the camp. "It's six of one and half a dozen of the other," de Dick, gasping for breath, came running toward clared Ned. "Come on, Zed; I'll show you the way them, meeting them half way. through the'cave." "What is the matter?" demanded Ned. "And I'll go over the hill," said Dick, and off he Edith She's gone Gone There's blood on went, whileNedand the detective re-entered the cave the sand!" Dick blurted out. There was plenty of time to look about now, and It seemed to Ned as if his heart suddenly stopped Ned made a careful examination of the stream as they beating. advanced, the detective holding down the lantern so "Oh, Dick! Don't tell me that Edith is dead!" he that he could see the bottom. cried. t The great display of nuggets continued for a few "No, no, no She's gone Gone And the launch yards and then suddenly disappeared. is gone, and the boat is gone, too!" "That's the end of them, Zed," remarked Ned. It was enough for Ned to know that Edith was not "They may strike down deeper; you can't tell, lying dead on the shore to relieve his mind of the ter-Young Klondike rible fear which had come upon him. "No; you can tell nothing about it. Anyhow, we've As for the Unknown, he dashed on ahead and was seen enough to show us that this place will pay to the first to come into the camp. ,work." One glance showed them that during their absence "Yes, and richly pay us. What we want to do is an attack had been made. get a force of men on the island before snow flies; Both boats had disappeared. ,then we can defy the toughs an'6 claim jumpers, but 'I'he tents were there, but almost everything in the J advise you not to try to hunt them off the land al-way of tools and provisions had vanished. ,together. It will only make you unpopular, and you Down on the shore close to the water's edge the don't want that." sand was stained with blood "Did I ever do anything of that kind?" Edith was nowhere to be seen. "Never to my knowledge." It took time to get used to it. For a moment no "And I ain't going to begin now. We can't work one spoke. the whole Jennings' Patent all at once. I shall let Ned and the Unknown were staring out on the lake, these men stay and try to sell them the claims they when Dick broke the silence by exclaiming: are working. If I fail in that, we'll see what can be "It's no use They ain't in sight. Of course I'd done next." have seen them if they had been." They kept on through the cave and climbed out of "But how could it have happened when we haven't the shaft. heard a shot fired," groaned Ned. "It's a big find," said the detective. "We can work "It must have been while we were in the cave. it from both ends, and I predict that the amount of There might have been a dozen shots fired and we not gold we take out of that cave will be enormous. You heard them then." ought to let me in on that deal, Young Klondike-you "I don't believe it. We would have heard them really ought." even in the cave." ....

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20 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S G OLDE N ISLAND. The Unknown ran up to the top of the hill, and look "Well, now, I guess not!" echoed the Unknown. ing off on the lake, shouted that he could see the boats. "I see those scoundrels have left us that rope. By "There they arc! There th0y are!" he cried. the Jumping Jeremiah, I feel very much under obli There's a dozen men, and Edith is a prisoner among gations to them. It will do to lash the raft together them. Oh, this is a bad job! A bad job." with." When the boys joined the detective on the hill they "And there's trees enough up there on the hill to could see the boats distinctly enough, and Dick won-make a dozen rafts," said Dick, catching Ned's en dered that he had not observed them when he crossed thusiasm. over from the cave. j It was the only way, of course, but it was a slow They were at least a mile away. way, and our Klondikers had plenty of time to reN ed counted three boats beside the launch, which cover from the first shock of their surprise, before meant that the attacking party had come in two. they were ready t.o begin the raft. Edith could be seen sitting in the stern of the launch I The trees on the hill were all stunted cedars, and by the aid of the glass. their trunks so small that it was necessary to cut The poor girl had her hands tied behind her. Ned down a dozen in order to make the raft strong enough could not make out her face very distinctly, but as to hold them all. near as he could see, Edith was perfectly calm, as one Ned and Dick did the work, the Unknown watching might naturally expect. the lake from the top of the hill and dragging the "I'll bet she made some of them sick!" cried the trees down to the shore as they were felled. detective. "Whoever was shot, it wasn't her; you He saw nothing of Edith, or the men, or the boa ts. can tell that by the way she sits. There! They are It began to seem certain that they had landed on gone now! Question if we shall see them again." the island, but still it was impossible to feel sure. The boats were passing in behind one of the many With only one ax progress seemed dreadfully slow islands which lay scattered all over the lake. After the trees were all down the branches had to In a moment the last one had vanished, and when be lopped off, and then came the long and tedious job after an anxious watch they did not reappear, the d,eof lashing them together. tective declared that they must have la nded on the The end of the short day was almost upon them, island. when Ned was at last able to announce the raft fin-It was a gloomy party which descended the hill to ished. the deserted camp, you may be sure. "There!" he exclaimed "She's done! Now Ned was so overcome that he could scarcely speak, then, how are we going to make the old thing go?" and Dick and the detective were in much the same "Better put a tree in the center for a mast and condition sail combined," said Dick There they stood looking at each other. "That's what we shall have to do;'' added the de-They were prisoners on the island. tective, "and we've got to make oars, too. It will be But where was Edith? dark before we are done." Young Klondike would have cheerfully sacrificed "Can we do anything in the dark?" asked Dick. the last ounce of his gold to have had the brave girl "Can we do anything!" cried Ned ; "we've got to who had been the companion of all their wanderings do something. I could no more rest here to-night with back in their midst. Edith in the hands of those wretches than I could fly." "Oh, I'm sure I don't want to hold back," said Dick. "I'm only trying to find out what you two CHAPTER IX. think." "I think that the darkness will be our best hold," THE ATTACK ON THE CLAIM JUMPERS' CAMP. said the detective. "I know if it was me I should wait till dark anyhow; it will give us a chance t-0 drop "THIS won't do! We've got to make some move! on them suddenly, and that is just what we want. I sliall die if we stand idly here !" "I suppose they'll be apt to show a light wherever Ned thus exclaiming made a dash for the tent. they make their camp," said Ned, "and that will give At last Young Klondike had been aroused to action, us a clew to follow." and his sudden display of enflrgy started up the de"That's what's the matter," replied the detective. tective and Dick. "We want to go right to work on the oars now. "We want to build a raft and start after Edith!" Show me the ax, Ned, I'll take my turn." shouted the Unknown. "No, no! I'll do it. You keep an eye out. You "Just what I propose to do," replied Ned, appear-may see something that I would miss." ing at the door of the tent with his ax, which for -But the detective saw nothing, for the excellent tunately had been left behind by the invaders. "As reason there was nothing to see, and at last the oars it is all we can do, that's what we are going to do. were done and night settled down upon Golden Island. There'll be no gold hunting done on this island till All was now ready for a start. we have Edith safe back again. i Rifles, the ax and such provisions as they thought

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. 21 they might need, in case the trip proved a long one, J "No, sir. See if I ain't right. We've heen watch-were placed upon the raft, and Ned pushed off. ing a corpse!" The wind caught the bush and blew them along in fine shape, Ned steering with his oar. "Why, this is all right," said the Unknown. "Works first rate, don't it?" added Dick. If the wind only holds as it is, we shall be over among those islands in no time," said Ned. Zed, you'll keep an eye out, of course. Hadn' t you better take the glass?" "If Dick wants to give it up, perhaps I had," re plied the detective. "Here, take it," said Dick, promptly. "Your eyes are sharper than mine. I never could do anything with a glass at night." The Unknown showed that he could, for he had no sooner clapped the glass to his eye than he was able to report a discovery. "Here you are he cried. "A light over on one of the islands, boys !" Dick couldn't see a thing, nor could Ned, but the detective persisted it was there, and after a moment, the raft having come into a different position in ref erence to the island, there, sure enough, it was, just a faint glimmer of light among the trees. "That's where we are heading for!" cried Ned. "It's on one of the islands. I haven't the least doubt that Edith is there." "Don't be too sure," said the Unknown. Remember all the lights we saw last night; there's more than one camp of the claim jumpers. Of course, the thing is to keep them from seeing us." "I suppose the bush is something of a give away," said Dick. "It is, and we may have to lower it. Leave it all to me. I shall keep my eyes wide open, you bet." After that there was no talking for some little time. The wind held and the raft made rapid progress toward the group of islands. The detect.ive, who had scarcely taken the glass from his eye, suddenly called out to Dick to unship the bush. "Do we try rowing now ?" asked Ned. "That's what. There's a man on the island looking our way." "Think he saw us?" "No-yes He sees us now Up with the bush again, Dick No go We've got to check it out." Dick planted the bush in the middle of the raft once more, and on they flew. In a few moments they were close on to the island. The man could now be distinctly seen standing rigid and motionless with his back against a tree. There was something very peculiar about that motionless figure it seemed to Ned. "It gives me the shivers to look at him," he sud denly said. The detective dropped the glass with a sharp ex alamation. "And well it ma.y That's no m:n !" "No man!" cried Dick. Here was a startling announcement, but Ned was not half surprised. "I felt 1t. I knew there was something wrong. No man would ever stand there like that," he said. "What can it mean?" "We'll soon know," said the Unknown. "Just turn the raft in a little toward the isl a nd. The re, so! Now we are going right. You'll find that fellow has been murdered and is tied to the tree." In a few moments the raft was close to the shore of the island. The man was within a stone's throw of them now; his head was bent down so that the face could not be seen; by his side was a rift e The figure wore an old army cape coat and there were no arms visible. They appeared to be concealed und e r the cape. Back among the trees the fir e bl a zed up brightly, but they could not distinguish any on e ne a r it. Of cours e there was no talking now ; the raft was run up against the beach and the detective sprang ashore. Drawing his revolver, h e hurried toward that silent sentinel, stopping all at once and throwing back his head with a loud, chuckling laugh. "What now?" called N e d, jumping ashore Hush Not a loud word There may b e thosf:i around the camp-fire who can hear us even if this fel low can't. Come and see, N ed. Dick, you hold the raft where it is." Dick heard Neel laughing, too, as soon as he came up to the figure. "I'll pull the raft up on the beach, and Dick shall come and be introduced," chuckled the running back. "Thunder!" cried Dick, as he came up. "Nothing to 'fear from that fellow Confound you You gave me quite a scare. I didn't like the id e a of inte rviewing a corpse!" And Dick gave the figure a good kick. Over it tumbled and went all to pieces, for it was only an army overcoat hung on the lopped off trunk of a stunted cedar tree; with a big cowboy hat on top of it. "A dummy," said the detective, coming back. "One of those fellows left his things here Blest if it didn't look like a man, though, in the dark. I was completely fooled." "Hush! There he is!" breathed Ned, pointing to a big rock a little further up the beach. A man's head could be seen projecting out from be yond the rock. It did not move, and N e d, wondering if this could be another delusion, hurried on ahead of the Unknown to find a strapping big fellow lying stretched out on the ground sound asleep, with an empty whisky bottle beside him, which told the tale. "That's what's the matter," said the detective, with a low laugh. He's drunk, and I suppose he imagined that he was undressing himself, when he

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22 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. hung up his coat and hat. Ye and little fishes, I He pointed to his rifle and then to Ned, and then to it's a piece of luck, though. It will serve our purpose the fire. first rate." "Confound his dumb show, what does he mean?" "Just about your size, Zed," said Dick, divining thought Ned, when all at once he saw the detective the detective's meaning. walk boldly up to the fire and stop. "That's what Guess we can get into the camp "Hello there, Ike What brings you back before all right now. Dick, work the raft off and hold it your turn?" the smoker in Ned's hut sung out. ready. Ned, I reckon I can depend upon you to fol-The Unknown, instead of answering, beckonedmys-low me?" teriously. "Oh, let me go," said Dick.-"What in thunder ails ye?" called the man in the Obey orders if you break owners," replied the de-hut; "got a jag on again ?" tective, putting on the army coat which fitted him "Come here Come here, quick! I want to tell perfectly. "Here, take my hat, Dick. I'll use his." you something!" called the detective, in his deep bass "Without your plug your disguise is perfect," dewhisper. clared Ned, as the detective pulled the big flapping The man sprang up, and seizing a rifle hurried out sombrero down over his eyes. j of the hut. "Who d'yer say?" chuckled the Unknown, takmg Ned stole after him, keeping him covered. up the rifle which was a fine Winchester and begin-As the man drew near enough to catch a glimpse ning to swagger about. "Don't let anybody run up of the detective's face, he suddenly stopped short and against me ; I'm a bad ma:n, I am. Young Klondike, threw up his gun. are you ready to follow? I'm all ready to lead." "Gosh all snakes What's this!" he gasped out. A pair of panthers could not have gone more noise"You ain't Ike at all!" lessly through the bushes than Ned and the Un"Drop it! Look behind you !" hissed the detective. known did then. "Yes, look behind and see me!" breathed Ned. In a moment they came out upon the top of the rise, "Here I am, Buck Budd !" and were able to look down into the camp of the claim It was the rascally gambling house keeper from jumpers, for that was what the fire meant. Dawson City sure enough. It blazed before a small hut, and there were six or "Young Klondike! By time, you've got me foul!" seven other huts nearby. he growled, casting a frightened glance over his There was no one around the fire. The night had shoulder. turned off decidedly chilly, and it was hardly to be "Shoot him, Ned Put a bullet right into his back expected that any one would be outside the hut exif he moves an inch!" said the Unknown. "Now, cept the sentinel, and they knew just where he was. then, Buck Budd where's that lady you took away "By the Jumping Jeremiah, they are all asleep from our camp? Where's our boats? Where-oh here, trusting to that drunken fellow to stand guard," you would, would you Take that !" whispered the detective. "Ned, I'm going right Suddenly Buck Budd made a rush for the Undown there bold as brass." known. "Perhaps that's the thing to do, but I sa. y let's try It was brave certainly with Ned there behind him, to find out who we have to deal with first." but the gambler was a man accustomed to taking big "And how ?" chances. "Any trouble about getting a look inside those huts? "Up boys! Up!" he yelled, as he made the leap. I think not." Whack came the Unknown's rifle down upon th "Amendment accepted, dear boy; there's plenty gambler's head. of chinks between the logs and the fire blazing in Buck Budd went down like a lump of lead. front of every door. It can be done." Out of the huts the men came dashing. "Then here goes to do it. You take one side and I They came from both sides, and Ned and the Unthe other." known found themselves caught between them. It was a ticklish job this prowling about the ene"Fire! Let 'em have it!" shouted the detective, my's camp, and Young Klondike stole down the hill in his fog-horn voice. "Come on, boys Down with with noiseless tread. the blasted claim jumpers! Blaze away!" Coming up behind the nearest hut, he peered in And blaze away they did, and the claim jumpers through the chinks between the logs. blazed away, too. There were three men inside all lying off in bunks, It was the hottest little scrimmage Young Klondike and sound asleep. had ever found himself in. In the next hut there were two also asleep, and in Nine against two are big odds, but Ned let his Win-the next four men were sleeping, and one sat by the chester talk as coolly as though he was just firing at door smoking an old clay pipe. a mark. This was the last hut on Ned's side, and he peered out to catch a glimpse of the detective and did it. There was the Unknown peeping out from behind a 1 hut on the other side, motioning to him.

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAKD. 23 CHAPTERX. there may be one around on the other side of the island." THE RESCUE OF EDITH. ONE-two-three-four Down they dropped wounded, four men, one after another, and still Ned and the Unknown stood their ground. But then the break came. The detective saw his way out, and shouting to Ned to follow, he made a dash between two of the huts into the darkness, and away they flew, with the claim jumpers yelling like a parcel of mad dogs at their heels. "I don't believe they'll follow us now," said Dick. "They'll probably wait till daylight." "Yes, and there are the wounded to be looked after," said Ned. "I don't believe myself they'll _make a move until they've done that." They saw nothing of the boat as they pulled away from the island, but the claim jumpers had two good ones, nevertheless. Ned's explanation was the correct one. Although none of the men were killed or even seri ously wounded, each of those who fell had something to remember Young Klondike by, and the whole affair had been so sudden that they could scarcely real" They'll drop us sure !" panted Ned, as the bullets ize what it all meant. came whizzing around them. "Oh, if we could only I "They ain't the ones who carried Edith off, that's get in among the trees!" sure," said the Unknown. "Stop there, ye murtherin' villyuns !" they heard "She wasn't in any of the huts on my side," said the well remembered voice of the Scotchman shout. I Ned. "Shoot 'em, shoot 'em! Ain't there one among "Nor mine, either. There wasn't a soul in any one you all who can shoot 'em?" Buck Budd called from of them. It's just this. Buck Budd and the Scotchthe camp. man had no more idea what we were driving at than They were all trying their best, that was certain, that drunken fellow whose clothes I stole. By the but they did not seem to do as well aiming in the way, this coat is mighty comfortable. Just the thing darkness as Young Klondike and the Unknown. for a cold night." "We'll have to turn and face 'em, and that'll be a While they talked the raft kept flying on, for the fight to the death!" panted the detective, when all wind had risen and the bush did better business than at once there came Dick oun on top of the hill and a sail. began blazing away. "Keep her well in among the islands, Dick," said It was just wonderful what an effect even this small the detective. "I believe we shall run across another reinforcement had. camp of these fellows before we know it. You must The claim jumpers stopped short and fell back. remember that island, Young Klondike. More than In a moment Ned and the Unknown joined Dick, likely there's a big lot of gold there." and away they went dashing over the hill and down to For the next hour the strange cruise continued. the raft. Island after island was skirted by the raft, but no "They are coming panted Ned. "They are right sign of camp or fire discovered. after us! Dick, you saved our lives that time!" It seemed very unlikely that any discovery would "I heard the firing and came right over," said Dick. be made before day light, but Ned would not hear to "Do we get on the raft? Is Edith there? What did giving it up, although it was by this time entirely you find crut ?" plain that they would have to do it. "No, no! Edith ain't there at all. We've struck Before morning the matter was decided for them, the wrong camp!" gasped the detective. "Get the I for the wind suddenly gave out and the progress of bush up as quick as lightning! That's right, Ned; the raft was checked. push off There they come !" "Ye gods and little fishes, this a.in't pleasant! How The claim jumpers, plucking up courage to follow, long have we got to stay here so?" growled the Uncame in sight at the top of the hlll at that moment. known. The wind seems to have gone to stay." Perhaps they thought when Dick appeared that "That's what it has," replied Ned. "I guess we there were more with him-at all events, they now ain't going to be fn it any more to-night." hesitated for a moment, and that gave the boys just They waited a long while, but there was no change. the chance they wanted. Thoroughly tired out with all his exertions, Ned beN 00. and the Unknown sent several shots flying up gan to feel sleepy, and it came so strong on him that at them, while Dick, with the oar, pushed the raft he just flung himself down and dropped off before you off. could count three. The wind caught the bush, and away they flew over "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I'd like to take forty the lake. winks myself," said the Unknown. In a moment they rounded the point of the island "Try it," said Dick. "I'll keep watch." and were safe. The Unknown needed no second invitation. "Wonder if they mean to follow us ?" said Ned, He curled himself up on the logs and was soon as after they had in a measure quieted down. sound asleep as Ned. "I didn't see any boat," said the detective, "but An hour passed and still they slept soundly.

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2 4 YOUN G KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. Dick began to catch the disease himself. man in the right arm. Down went the gun rattling In fact, he could scarcely keep his eyes open to the ground, and Ned, bounding to Edith's side There was not a breath of wind; and the raft was flung his arm around her. resting idly on the water. "Run! Run!" he cried. "Dick and the Unknown Dick sat down and rested his head on his knees are right here! I'll keep these fellows back!" without the slightest intent. ion of going to sleep, of Poor Edith was terribly excited Ned had never course, and yet that was exactly what he did seen her tremble so It was rather odd that it should happen so, but at But for all that she was the same brave girl as that very moment the wind began to rise. ever, and1 with a coolness which it must have been It came in short puffs at first, which steadily in-hard fo.r her to assume, she stopped short. creased, and then all at once it wais blowing a good "Give me the rifle, Ned Give me the rifle I'll stiff gale. teach them a lesson they won t forget!" The raft began to move faster and faster until it She tore the rifle out of Ned's hands, and turning was scudding along at a speed such as it had not aton the men, fired so straight a shot that the hat of tained at any time that night. the nearest was pierced by the bullet and went tum-Several islands lay1 in its course, but the raft manbling off his head. aged to dodge them all, until at last it ran hard This settled it. against one and stopped with such a bump that all The men turned back and disappeared over the hi.11, hands ought to have been awakened. while Ned and Edith ran down to the raft. But Ned was the only one who felt the shock Dick and the Unknown were still sound asleep. He opened his eyes and stared around. .Even the shots had not disturbed them. "Thunder we've run ashore !" he exclaimed, "There !" cried Ned "There's a pretty pair of springing up. "All hands asleep? I ve had my watchers for you, and do you know, Edith, I was turn at it, too. This is the way to get into trouble, nearly as bad. I don't know where we are or how sure. What in the world is that?" we got here, and I don't care. as long as I've got Right in the midst of Young Klondike's conversa-1 you!" tion with himself he heard a sharp cry off on the isl. "And let me tell you that you came pretty near not and. getting me, then," said Edith, who was now entirely Then there was a shout, and a noise like the throwcool again. "Oh, Ned, I've had an awful time of ing of a heavy stone on the ground. it." "Keep away-keep away! Come near me and I'll "Don't say a word. I'll just shove off the raft, if I dash your brains out!" a girl's voice cried. can get it off, and then you shall tell me all." "Edith !" gasped Ned. "Oh, there ain't much to tell," said Edith. "I was He seized his rifle and leaped ashore, never waiting 1 sewing in the tent, Ned, when all at once I heard a to wakeup Dick and the Unknown. footstep outside. I ran out and found myself in the A little hill with a thick growth of trees lay right midst of a dozen men who had come ashore on the islbefore him, up which Ned bounded like a fl.ash. and without my having heard a sound They asked Daylight was just breaking, and before he had gone for you, but I wouldn't give them any satisfaction, for half way up the hill, Ned saw Edith running toward I was terribly frightened, and I had good reason to him with her hair streaming down her back. be, for they hurried me down to the boat and tied my "Ned! Ned! Save me!" she shouted, catching hands me and stuffed a handkerchief in my sight of Young Klondike. mouth. It wasn't necessary for her to have said a word. "'We'll run you where Young Klondike won't find Never in all his life did Ned Golden run up hill you in a hurry, young lady!' one of them said. faster, for right behind Edith was a roughly dressed 'If he wants you back he'll have to buy you, and man, br.eaking through the woods in a staggering the price will be a quit claim deed of this whole fashion, which showed ;that he was more than half Jennings' patent.'" drunk. "Cool, by thunder!" cried Ned. "They only Edith had a big stone in her hand, and she let it fly wanted the earth! Did they harm you in any way, at the man, narrowly missing his head. Edith? Just say they did and I'll never leave here He shouted out a torrent of abuse, but kept on, and till--" three others came after him. "No, no They didn't do me a bit of harm, Ned. Ned raise
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J YOUNG KLON DIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. 25 Dick and the Unknown be surprised when they see you, though! Confound it! We all ought to have our heads knocked together for going to sleep at a time like this." "Don't say a word! You've done your part," re plied Edith. "It's a shame for us to go away and leave the launch and the boat behind us, Ned. They are both around on the other side of the island." "We ought to have them," replied Ned, "but--" "Ought to have what?" spoke up the Unknown, suddenly opening his eyes. It was as good as a play to s e e him then. "Edith! Ye gods and little fishes It ain't Edith!" he cried, springing up. "Yes it is, too, and Young Klondike has done the busin ess while I've been snoozing. Wake up there! Wake up there, Dick! By the Jumping Jeremiah, there's a pair of us here! -Edith, my dear, is it all right with you? Say it ain't and I'll tell my name just as a punishment I de clare I will So the Unknown rattled on while Dick woke up to be just as greatly surprised in his turn. Stories to tell? Well, there was too much to tell entirely to attempt it thoo, for Ned wouldn't have it, and cut short Dick's eager question by saying: "We want the launch and the boat if we ca.n get them. Out with your oar, Dick, and give us a steer. We'll cruise round the island, anyhow, and see what our chance is. Wouldn't you, Zed ?" "Don't ask my advice!" cried the detective. "Don't you do it, Young Klondike I ain't fit to be the captain of a mud scow much less of a respectable raft like this. I wish someone would kick me. I'd do it myself only my legs are so short that I can't get the purchase to kick hard enough to have the proper effect." "Postpone your kicking till some other time," said Ned. "Are we going to be able to work round the island with this wind, or had we better put out the oars and pull back for our island?" "Leaving the claim jumpers the launch to use against us; I say no!" replied Dick. "I feel so ashamed of myself for sleeping on my post that I don't like to advise, but we ought to have the launch if we can get it." "Try it," said Edith. "Now that I've got you all back again, I feel full of fight. I quite agree with Dick that we don"t want to leave the launch in their hands." "Here goes, then !" cried Ned. "Steer around the island, Dick. We can go partway anyhow. I'm sure of that !" As they rounded the point of the island, Ned kept a sharp lookout ahead. "There's the launch!" he cried, suddenly. "I see it, and I don't see a soul near it, either. Edith, where is the camp ?" Back quite a way from the shore," said Edith. "Ned, I believe we can get the launch. "Work in a bit? Dick," said Ned. "We'll see what we can do; anyhow it's time enough to get scared off when we see somebody, and if it comes to shooting, why our chance is just exactly as good as theirs." The wind still favored them, and Dick with a twist of his oar brought the raft closer in toward the isl and. I could swim over there, and get the launch all right," Ned suddenly exclaimed, "Yes, and get cramps and be drowned," said the Unknown. "That won't do at all, Young Klondike. Good men are scarce, and we can't spare you." "I've a great mind to try it just the same. Can you s e e anybody at all there on the shore?" I don t see a soul," said the Unknown. "How many men are there altogether, Edith?" "There were twelve," replied Edith, "but they were most all pretty drunk and all sound asleep when I came away." "Some of them woke up all right and the others may take a notion to do it, too," said Ned, "still for all that I've a great mind to risk it. Work in under the shadow of that point, Dick." Now this was a mistake, for the moment they pass ed around the point the wind failed them, and at the same instant something happened which brought ever;Ybody to their feet. Sudilenly a number of heads came up out of water, heads with big hats, and hands grasping pistols. Six men were around the raft in less time than it takes to tell it, men who were powerful swimmers and had no fear of cramp. "We've got you now, Young Klondike!" one call ed out. "You might as well surrender, for we are com ing aboard your raft!" CHAPTER XI. THE THREE IRON CHESTS. "KEEP back there, men! Look out for yourselves! The first fellow who sets foot on this raft dies!" Young Klondike shouted out these earnest words with the air of a man who meant cold business and nothing less. Ned, Dick, Edith and the Unknown had their rifles up and ready in less time than it takes to tell it. Every rifle covered its man, and the situation took such a sharp, decisive turn, that the men in the water were completely cowed. "We don't want no trouble with you, Young Klon dike; "we just want you to get off this land, and leave us alone," said the one who had threatened Ned. "Don't shoot Come ashore and well argue the mat ter out!" "Back!" shouted Ned. "Back! We shoot no man from behind, but look out for yourself if you touch the raft !" "Yes, but by the Jumping Jeremiah, we'll shoot

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26 Y OUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. you in front if you don't turn tail before I count I can get hold of, come back and clean out the claim three!" the Unknown cried. jumpers and then go right to work,'' replied Ned. And these threats had their full effect. i "That's it; we can't fight those fellows alone, and Two of the men instantly turned and swam for the I the sooner we get them off the Jennings' patent, the shore. better it will be for us." i The others followed. "Breakfast !" called Edith, and that put an end to \ "We'll lay for you. We'll do you up yet, Young the discussion, for all were hungry enough to do full Klondike!" they called back as they swam. away. justice to Edith's breakfast, which proved to be firstJ ust then the wind caught the bush and a way went class as it usually was. the raft spinning along the shore. "Now for business,'' cried Ned, springing up after Good luck sent it toward the launch. he had eaten all he wanted. "Are there any claim Ned leaned forward, caught the launch by the bow, jumpers in sight? Not one that I can see. Let's and held on when they struck. load up with gold and get right out." "Jump in, everybody!" he cried. "Luck has turn"That means good hard work in the cave for an ed We are all right now!" hour or more," said the Unknown; "by the Jumping There was a great scramble then, you may be sure. Jeremiah, we can't jackass gold all the way through Everything wa.s all right in the launch, and Ned that tunnel and hoist it up out of the hole." struck a match and instantly started the naphtha en"We don't have to," replied Ned. "What's the -gine going. matter with running the boat round to the other end of the tunnel?" "Hooray for us!" yelled the Unknown, shaking. his fist defiantly at the claim jumpers, who stood "Exactly what I was going to propose." watching these operations up the shore. exactly wl;at we are. to Get, the Apparently there wasn't a gun among them, and oars, Dick, and let, s start right m. I feel as no shot was fired. though there wasn t a moment to be lost. In a moment the launch with the boat in tow They got the boat out and pulled around the island. swung round the island and they were lost sight to It is hardly necessary to say that this time Edith view. went with them. No one even once thought of such "Ye gods and little fishes, that was done slick!" chuckled the Unknown. "Young Klondike, you're an artist. As for me, I'm a back number from wayback. I'm going out of the detective business for good, and high time, too, if I can't lfoep awake at my post." The remainder of the sail back to the island was a thing as leaving her behind. Around on the other side of the island, where they had a full view up the lake, was the place to see the claim jumpers, if any were coming down upon them, but they could see no one. The lake was calm and placid, its many islands standing out boldly in the sunlight, but there was no sign of either boat nor raft. like a picnic, for no sign of the claim jumpers was "We are safe so far,'' said the Unknown. "Give seen.. . J me an hour and we ought to be ready for a start." told the story of her mall its de Dick, who was doing the rowmg, gave the boat a tall, and Ned told of the wonderful strike they had twist and sent her head in toward the little cove made in the cave. "Don't you fret,'' said the Unknown, as they neared the shore of Golden Island. "There's good fortune in store .for us yet. I feel it away down in the bottom of my boots." "Then it's too deep for us to ever see anything of it," laughed Dick. "Fancy fishing anything up from the bottom of Zed's boots!" Everybody was in high good humor and most awfully hungry when at last they got back to camp. Here they found everything exactly as they had left it/and Edith's first care was to start a good breakfast going, while Ned and Dick fixed up the tents and took account of stock to sec how much the claim jumpers had stolen, for many of their most valuable belongings had been carried off. "No matter. We can soon repair damages,'' said Dick I vote that we get right out of here to-day. We've seen enough to know that Golden Island is rich enough to pay us to start digging on a large scale "You'd go back to Dawson, hire all the men we 1 where the mouth of the cave lay. "What a splendid place to build a wharf and a mill!" exclaimed Edith. "Could one ask for any thing better than this?" "I think not," replied Ned; "and you'll see this island humming with business if we are all spared till next spring-I promise you that." "It will be a great diggings. I'm. betting on it,'' said the Unknown. "I think I'll decide to come in on this. You say, YoungKlondike, that all I've got to do is to tell my name, and-thunder and man, Dick Luckey What are you about now?" Suddenly the bow of the boat struck against some thing with such violence a s to send the Unknown sprawling over Ned, and down both went into the bot tom of the boat. "Why, what in the world is this?" cried Edith, looking down into the cl.ear water over the side of the boat from her seat in the bow. What do you see ?' asked Ned. "It looks llke a big iron ring!" "Well, I'll be hanged if it isn't This is strange !" I

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. 27 "It seems to be set in the sand," cried the Unposts established all through Alaska and up and down known. "Can't understand it at all. A few years the Yukon." ago this place was a howling wilderness, and it ain't "But this country never belonged to them," said to be supposed that the claim jumpers can have put Dick. that ring there." "Certainly not,'' answered the detective. "It was It was certainly a very mysterious discovery., and always English territory since the date of its first dis all hands having their curiosity fully aroused, they set covery, but you see the lines were not even as well out to investigate at once. decided then as now, and the Russian fur traders The ril)g was within a few feet of the shore in shal-went wherever they pleased. I believe you'll find low water, under the high bank which skirted the that ring is Russian before we get through. I'll bet beach on this side. my hat on it, if any feller wants to take me up!" It was easy to-imagine that it had originally been "Shoot your hat!" laughed Ned. "Winter is coml buried on the shore, and that the action of the water ing on and I want something to cover my ears. If had in time washed the bank away. there's anything in the whole Klondike country that "We'll know what that means or bust,'' declared I've got no earthly use for, it's your hat." Ned. "Right you are, my boy! Get out you banjo and He and Dick pulled off their shoes and stockings give us a for us be to and went out to the ring but pull all they would they gether agam. Edith, you 11 give us a song-, could not budge it. I "Whatever the great Klondike detective says The ring seemed to be firmly attached to something [ always goes,'' laughed Ned, and he tuned up his solid beneath the sand. banjo and they had one of their old time jolly even" We've got to digfor it," said Dick. I ings, turning in early as everyone was pretty well "How are you ever going to dig in the water ?" tired out. asked Edith. The Unknown insisted upon standing first watch. Easy enough. All it wants is a little time," said N ed "We'll build a dam right round it. I'll go back for the shovels and we'll get right to work." Ned's plan seemed easy enough to hear him tell it, but it took a lot more time to carry it out than one would have supposed. Stones had to be thro:vn down around the ring, and a big lot of earth shoveled in upon them, and rods banked upon the earth, and all that sort of thing. "If you catch me asleep at my post again, Young Klondike, I want you to shoot me,'' he said. "Now I mean it This is a time of war, and military disci pline must be maintained." But there was no sleeping on post that night. The Unknown woke Ned at twelve and Dick took his turn at five. By eight o'clock it was daylight, and up to that time nothing had been seen of the claim jumpers or any one else. "Now for the ring!" said Young Klondike, after breakfast. "Watch me take it up! If I fail then At last, just as night was falling, it was accom plished, and the ring lay-inside of a semi-circular dam, reaching to the shore on each side. All that now remained was to bail the water out, shall have to around it, but I don't believe it h h d d b t.l t t d t will come to that. w ic was one, an y rn ime i was one, i was , ?" dark, and there was no use thinking of further--V.ork Whats scheme, Ned Dick, until the next day, unless the ring could now be pull-as y Klondike seized the ax and_ hurried off up ed up without any more digging. I hill the cedar trees grew thick. But they tried it, and found it was just as firm as .Roll a stone down there pretty close to ever, so that ended it. ung, and I 11 soon show you what a lever can do, was Ned's reply. "He's right, and I believe he can do it," said the detective. Stick one of them cedar poles into that ring with a stone for a fulcrum, and something's got to give." '.'No chance of getting away to-day," said the Un known. "Young Klondike, I say let's move the camp round on this side of the island, where we'll have a Q,etter chance to see the claim jumpers if they come down." Ned selected a stout little cedar and cut it down, Settled," replied Ned, and they brought the tents lopping off the branches and top. and all their belongings around in the launch. With this pole in the ring, and the weight of four Supper was served on the beach, and as they ate thrown on the other end, there was a movement at they discussed the mystery of the iron ring. once. "It may have been put there by the Russian fur They could see the sand moving around the ring, traders years and years ago," suggested the Unfor the dam had worked in first-class shape, and durknq_wn. ing the night scarcely any water had come in. "Did the Russians come up as far a:s here when "She's a-coming! She's a-coming!" cried the Unthey owned this country?" asked Edith. known. "Bear away, boys! Lay on to her heavy! "Yes, and further," replied the Unknown. "You That's the talk Now, then, once more for the beer!" see they are used to a cold climate, and really they I Of course the Unknown had to say something, but are a; very enterprising people. They had trading he had no time allowed him to say any more just then,

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I 28 YOUNG G O LD EN ISL AN D for all at once up came the ring with a rush, and down went Young Klondike & Co all in a heap, but no dam age done, and up they scrambled again to have a good laugh over their misfortune, and to make a rush for the ring and find out what they had struck. There lay the ring still attached to the cedar pole on one end and to a big wooden cover on the other, which looked enough like a ship's hatch to be sure, which it undoubtedly was. Below, deep in the sand were steps ; leading down into the darkness was more mysters ; a, secret vault, a pirates' lair, a hidden treasure-anything you have a mind to imagine was suggested by these steps. plug hat and catching it on his head as it came down, and then, with his hands in his pockets, he went strutting about the cave. Less noisy, but not a bit the excited, were Ned, Dick and Edith, for the iron chest was filled to the brim with gold dust, and there were two more just like it, with their contents still unexplored. CHAPTER XII. THE CLAIM JUMPERS' LAST STRIKE. Ned sprang into the hole with his shovel and began "Go for the others, Young Klondike-go for the to clear away the sand, which, having been dislodged others!" cried the Unknown, wild with delight over by pulling up the hatch, had half blockaded the steps. this unexpected discovery "I'll tell my name now! "What do you see down there?" cried Dick. I must come in on this! I was christened Andrew "A lot of nothing," laughed Ned. "There's half Jackson, George Washington Maguiness, and that's a dozen of these steps at least; bring me the lantern. as true as there's half a million in dust in these three More than likely they lead into another cave." chests." And this was precisely the case. In the excitement of the moment nobody paid the Dick brought the lantern and lighted it, and Ned, slightest attention to the Unknown's startling dis leading the way, they started on their exploring tour closure down the steps, which proved to be twelve in number, Ned went to work on the other chests, and soon had ending at a rude door which was secured by a rusty the lids up, for the fastenings were all rusted away. padlock and chain big enough for a jail, but so far It was just as they had expected gone that it fell to pieces as soon as Ned laid his hand There was gold in both the other chests. on it, and he was able to kick the door in One was quite full and the other banked up with A damp, foul smelling hole lay before them. the precious dust within two-thirds of the top, and on Ned, flashing the lantern in, saw that it was a top of the dust lay a folded paper almost as yellow as natural cave in the rocky bed of the island extending the gold itself and evidently oj great age. in under the hill. "There's the story!" cried the detective, seizing tlte Scattered about were rusty tools, picks, spades and paper and unfolding it. bars, the remains of baskets and other things such as J Edith bent forward with the lantern, and it is safe a miner might leave behind him. There was a table, to say that all were tolerably sure of ha.ving their several rude chairs and bunks built against the side curiosity satisfied then, but it was not to be. of the cave also, but what attracted first attention Water had found its way into the chest, and the with all hands, were three great iron chests studded writing on the ancient document was so discolored with big-headed nails, all red with rust, standing in that nothing could have been made of it, even if the a row over in one corner of the cave. writing had not been in the queer Russian characters, "Blackbeard, the pirate-his treasure!" shouted which it was. the Unknown. Ned was tremendously disappointed. "An old Russian miner's gold, and I'm betting on "It probably tells the story, but we shall never it!" cried Ned. "Here's more of Dick Luckey's read it," he said. "Look! Here's a date! It's 1"81 luc_!.) Who but Dick would ever have run the boat -more than a hundred years ago. on to that ring?" And that was all they could make out of the paper, "What's inside the chests! What's inside the but the fact remained that they had made a great dischests !" said Dick "Don't let's count our chickens covery, and one which, even allowing they had noth before they are hatched." ing else to fall back on and never struck another He seized hold of the big iron handle and tried to ounce of gold on the Jennings' claim, would make them lift the nearest chest-just as well might he have all rich. tried to move the side of a house. They were still discussing it, when a shot suddenly "Gold!" cried Edith. "Is it locked, Dick?" rang out overhead. "Sure," replied Dick, trying to raise the lid. "Ye gods and little fishes!" cried the Unknown; The others were in the same shape, but Ned made "we've forgotten to keep watch, and here are them short work of the business. blasted claim jumpers down on top of us again!" Seizing one of the iron bars he knocked open the Whether the Unknown's explanation was true or lid of one chest. false, the shot was suflicently startling to send them "By the Jumping Jeremiah, we've struck it-we've all up the steps in the biggest kind of hurry. struck it!" fairly yelled the Unknown, tossing up his Nothing was to be seen of either boats or raft. /

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YOUNG KLONDIKE"S GOLDEN ISLAND. 21) The lake was apparently deserted, and yet the shot had been distinctly heard. "What can it mean?" exclaimed Ned. "Is there someone coming up the lake on the other side .?" "By the Jumping Jeremiah, no l Ou this side!" eried the Unknown. "Look l Look over there by that other island! We are in for it now l It's going to be a dead open and shut fight for our lives !" Away over near the island in question, which was more than a mile away, four boatloads of roughly dressed men could be seen. They were headmg for Golden Island and.they had Young Klondike's raft in tow with six more men on it. "They are after us!" cried Dick. "It's probably Buck Budd and the Scotchman and the whole gang of them. We've waited too long. Now, what in the world are we going to do?" "We can't run away and we can't hope to fight them and come out ahead, so the only thing for us to do is to dodge," declared Ned. "The cave, dear boy," said the Unknown, dryly. "Exactly so; the cave." "It's our only chance. I believe we can make it hot for them in the cave; at least, it will give us some sort of a show." "We could show them our heels in the launch," said Dick. "Why not ?" "And abandon these chests of gold ? Half a mill ion in dust, maybe? Dick, I don't like to do that." "But our lives are worth more than all the gold on the Klondike." "I see a chance for both lives and gold by retreating to the cave." "So do I," said the detective. "I believe we can hold out for a week in the cave." "Edith, what do you say1" asked Ned. "Nothing," replied Edith, quietly. "I leave it all to you and Zed." "It's the cave, then. We'll destroy the dam and let down the trap-door, run all our stuff into the cave and be ready to stand siege." They went right at it, and before the boats were half way across the passage, between the two islands, it was done. Of course, they had been discovered long before this. The claim jumpers were making the best time pos sible andseemed to be watching the movements of the party on thE} island curiously. "What will they think when we suddenly vanish," said the detective. "I don't believe they know a thing about the cave." "Don't be too sure," said Ned. "Somebody sunk that old shaft at the other end." "It may not have been their party at all," added Dick. "Of course not; but if they undertake to explore the island they are going to strike it." "Then we'll have to guard both ends of the tll.n !lel, that's all." So they discussed the situation until at last t h e time came for disappearing, a .nd the claim jumpers in the boats and on the raft were mightily puzzled to s e e them suddenly vanish, for as it happened, Dick was right, and these were not the men who sunk the shaft and they knew nothing whatever about it;, thus finding themselves utterly at a loss to account for t he disappearance of Young Klondike and his party from the shore. Meanwhile, Ned and the rest were watching ftom behind the rocks at the entrance to the cave to see them land. "Do you feel nervous at all, Edith ?" asked the Unknown. "Well, I'd like to see the end of it, I confess," re plied Edith, "but I'm ready for what comes." "We'll drive them off the island, that s what we are going to do," said Ned. "We could hold this entrance against a hundred men, and it is even better at the other end." "As for ;.ne," laughed Dick, "I fee l as cool as a. cucumber. Fact is, I'm ready now for anything rather than to run the risk of losing that half mill ion in dust." "There l They are right on us!" exclaimed Edith. They are going to land." By this time the boats were close to the shore and they watched the claim jumpers as they sprang out and drew them up on the beach. Buck Budd was the first to come ashore, and the Scotchman followed. "Hoot, mon but where are they?" he called out. "I dinna see hide nor hair of them, yet it was h ere they were a few minutes agane." "Oh, they're here now, fast enough," growled Budd. "Hiding somewhere, I suppose. As long as we see their boats we know they can't get away from the island." "And they must never get away, mon Never, never l The gel s life may be spared with safety, but Young Klondike and his party have lived too long for our good entirely; and as for that stump-legged d e tective, I want his boots for winter wear, a nd by St. Andrew, I mean to hev them, too." "You Scotch snoozer l I've a mind to blow the whole top of your head off right now," muttered the detective, for they could hear every word spoken. "You want my boots, do you ? Let's see you get 'em. By the Jumping Jeremiah, the time for that hasn't come yet!" "We'll divide," said Buck Budd. "Sandy, y ou lead half the men up to the top of the hill where you can look down on the other side of the island and s ee if they are anywhere along the shore; the rest of us will just march right around close to the water and keep an eye out; I reckon we'll find 'em out befor e many minutes are gone." Off started the Scotchman and half a dozen m e n with him, while Budd and the others began prowling round the shore.

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30 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLDEN ISLAND. "We are as good as discovered," whispered Ned. I Edith fired three shots more and each did its work, "They'll see our footprints on the sand sure." but none were fatal, for the brave girl did not intend "And trace us here I suppose they will," said they should be, and seldom missed her mark. the detective. "I declare I never thought of that!" "They'll let us alone for awhile now, I reckon," "You may be sure of it; that's just exactly what chuckled the detective, when all at once a shot rang they'll do," said Ned. "Let's be ready for 'em! All out behind them in the cave. our rifles are loaded full charge. There'll be some tall "By the Jumping Jeremiah, Dick's in trouble l" talking done before they get rnto the cave." cried the Unknown. A few anxious moments followed, just about time Again a rifle cracked; and again and again, but enough for the Scotchman and his party to reach the these shots were above ground, and did not seem to top of the hill, and then a shout from Buck Budd come from the claim jumpers, either. told the listeners behind the rocks, that the dreaded Above the sound of the cracking rifles wild shouts 1 discovery had been made. rang out, and there was also the sound of many "Here's their trail!" Buck Budd called. "I footsteps running through the cave. thought I'd find it near the boats!" "The Scotchman has downed Dick and they are in All crowded eagerly about him, and then they the cave!" gasped Ned. turned and made for the mouth of the cave. "I must help him! Edith, you and Zed hold the "It's coming !" whispered Ned. "Now for it! fort here!" We must make this the claim jumpers' last strike. Away dashed Ned and a few anxious seconds fol Dick, you hang back through the tunnel and close 11owed, but it was all explained in a moment, for back the hole. There are lots of big stones there ; jam J he came with Dick and a big crowd of men at their one into the opening and take your plaee behind it, I heels. If you hear them about the shaft, fire a shot, and "Hooray! We're right in it !" he shouted. "Out I'll be with you. Zed and Edith can hold this end and at 'em! We've got force enough now to run the alone." claim jumpers off the island or off the earth Here Dick off and the others waited. are our friends who found their way down the shaft." "Do we open the battle, dear boy ?" asked the Un! And so they had, for with Ned and Dick were some known. of the most prominent citizens of Dawson City with "What do you say?" replied Ned. the mayor at their head, and up on top of the hill were "I say yes, if they find the mouth of the cave, not as many more chasing the Scotchman and his crowd otherwise." over the ridge. They'll be sure to find it." Headed by Ned all now made a bold dash out of the "Not certain. They may think this big rock is the cave, and the claim jumpers soon found that they had end, but if they try to go around it, then we'll start made their last strike. the ball a-rolling." Buck Budd, the Scotchman and several others were "That's it!" said Edith. "Quiet now. Of course captured, but the majority reached their boats and they can't hear us, but we can watch better if we made good their escape. don't talk." The sudden appearance of this strong reinforc&-"Sure they went this way," they heard Buck Budd ment is fully explained in the remark '.;he mayor of call out, "but blame me if I can see how they got Dawson City made to Ned when the battle was over: over them rocks and they just couldn't have gone "You've done so much for Dawson, Young Klon-any further along the shore." dike, that we thought we'd come up here and have a There's some hole or other here," replied one of look at your new claim and see if we couldn't help you the men. "Just you hold on, Buck, you'll see." start it up before snow flies." They pressed on and in a moment came in sight of But it was really the desire to know what sort of the watchers. diggings the Jennings tract was likely to afford that "Don't seem to be any opening here," remarked had sent the Dawsonians up to see Ned, for they Buck Budd, "but we'll go up to that rock and see." realized that if successful, Young Klondike was pretty "Now, Edith!" breathed the Unknown. certain to start several new companies and they "Must I kill him?" faltered Edith. "I suppose I wanted to get in on the ground floor. ought to, but I just can't!" But Ned showed them that there was a sub-cellar Nip him in the arm," said Ned, "and I'll take below the ground floor on Golden Island, and you the man next to him." may be very sure the Dawsonians opened their eyes Their rifles cracked together. wide when they saw the three iron chests. Buck Budd dropped his rifle with a howl, and the Half a million in dust? Well, it was so near it that man next to him did the same. it may be called so, for what the chests lacked the Then the detective fired and took another in the leg. nuggets in the cave made up, and all was safely "Holy snakes! I'm done for!" yelled the gambler, landed in Dawson City before the end of the week, and all turned and ran for dear life, for but very few leaving Young Klondike free to begin operations on of the party were armed with rifles, and knives were his Golden Island, with force enough to make it not in it now. healthy for the claim jumpers to jump somewhere else.

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