Young Klondike's seven strikes, or, The gold hunters of High Rock


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Issued SemiM onthl y B y Subscription $1.25 per 11ea1. Entered as Second C/a .ss at t h e New York, N Y., Post O ffice, March 15, 1898, by Frank Touse y No. 8. NEW YORK, June 22, 1898. Price 5 Cents. They had to wait about ten minutes. Then the rope was shaken and immediately it began to run through the pulley above-if there was a pulley as the detective assumed-and after that the bucket flew past them loaded to the brim with golden nuggets.

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YOUNG KLONDIKE. Stories of a Gold Seeker. Jlt" Issued Semi-Monthly-By Subscription $1.25 pe,. yeai. Entered as S econd Class Matter at the New York, .N. Y., Post O.tfice, March 15, 1898. Entered according to Act of Conr1ress in th e y ear 1898, in the o.tfice of the L i braiian of Congress, Washington, D. c., by Frank Tous e y, 29 West Twenty-Sixth street, New York 8. NEW YORK, JUNE 22, 1898. Price ii Cents. Young Klondike's Seven/ Strikes; OR, T HE GOLD H U NT ERS O F H IGH ROCK. BY AUTHOR OP YOUNG KLONDIK E CHAPTER I. LOST IN THE STORM. The ring of the rifle rattled back from the towering rocks, the echo reverberating down the ravine until lost in the distance. 'Missed again!" cried Young Klondike, grounding arms "' with his Winchester. "There's no use talking, Zed, I shall never make a shot like Edith, if I keep on practising for a hundred years "Young Klondike,'' our hero, stood on a ledge of rock far up the mountain side, looking down the ravine toward Black Lake, one of the largest sheeets of water in the great Yukon Valley, where lakes and ponds are as plenti ful as wild cherries on a full bearing tree. His companion was a short, stocky man, wearing long cnvalry boots and a very tall plug hat, entirely out of style and very uncomfortable, considering that the Arctic winter was just setting in and Black Lake frozen over solid enough to hold up an ox team. This oddly-dressed man was known to Ned Goldenotherwise "Young Klondike"-as the "Unknown," some thing as odd as his dress, but accounted for by the fact that neither Ned nor any one else in the Klondike coun try knew his real name. "Don't you fret about your shooting!" he answered "You are improving daily. To hit a fox acrosss the ravine would require a good hari.d at the rifle even if Mr Fox was standing still, but when he happens to be on the dead run, as this one was, what can you expect?" "Perhaps Edith would have hit it, though,'' was the reply. "Edith is an exceptionally good shot There ain't one in a thousand who can equal her." "I know I can't, and I never expect to, but come, Zed, we'd better get down the mountain and make for camp It looks to me as if it was going to snow "Do you think so?" "Yes. Don't you?" "Now that you come to speak of it, I'll be blest if I don't. Say, a snow storm at this time means something. Hang me, if I like to contemplate another Klondike win ter. Had enough of it last year. I think I froze my ears a hundred times, and I'm not sure that it wasn't a hundred and ten "Then why in thunder will you per s ist in wearing that ridiculous phig hat? Why don't you dress same as the rest of us do?" "Why? By the Jumping Jeremiah, I don't know: Why am I a detective? Why am I in the Klondike at atl, following the fortunes of Golden & Luckey and our dear Edith, the best girl in Alaska, or Briti s h America, or any other old place? Why am I always looking for 1:1j' man and never finding him? Why am I what I am, and not somebody else? You tell me and I'll tell you." Young Klondike laughed as he hurried down the mountain side with his odd companion It was the comical way in which the Unknown put it rather than what he said which called forth the laugh, for all this was an old story with Ned Golden. Since the day of his first meeting with the detective he had been going on this way; it was his peculiarity, his whim, just as it was to suddenly pounce upon a stranger and declare that he was the mysterious criminal for whom he professed to be looking-"his man," as he called him, but the right man was never found Such was the "Unknown,'' and as for Young Klondike himself, we may mention here that Ned Golden and Dick L11ckey, his partner a.nd chum, were two New York clerks who went to the Klondike to make a fortune, and that they had done i t The firm of Golden & Luckey were rated at more than a million and were now out upon their latest purchase,

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2 YOUKG KLONDIKE'S SEYEX STRIKES. 1.J1e famous "Jennings Patent," lying at some distance bae:k of Forty Mile, prospecting and getting ready to open i. p mining in the spring on a large scale, as they had already done in a small one at the Golden I s land dig gings, where at the present time they had upward of a hnnclrecl men haxd at work, melting the frozen soil and 11anning out gold en nuggets and dust. "\Ye must try to get back to the island before the SLunn strikes in on us," r emarked Y ounk Klondike. "It just won't do to be caught over here on this side of the lake in a regular o l d -t ime blizzard ''That's what's the matter,'' replied the detective. "I don't want any of it on my plate, although there i s no telling, I might run across my man in this snow storm \rl10 kno w s?" "Bothe r your man!" replied Ned. "You've been look in g for him ever sinc e I knew you. If you ever find him it won t be in the Kl ondike What we are after now is gold, and lot s of it, but first of all we want to strike Edith and Dick." 'C sually in their prospecting trips Young Klondike's lit tle party never separated, and, in fact, they had not done so on this occasion until they reached the foot of the mountain Here it seeme d des irable to get a view of the country on the other side of the big rise, but Edith felt too tired t.o attempt to climb and Di ck Luckey remained behind to 1,cep her company, while Y oung Klondike and the Un knoirn went ahead to finish their work. It was only a thousa n d feet or so down to the place where Edith and Dick had halted, if one could go as the crow flies, but three miles iYOuld scarcely cover the dis tance as Xed and the UnknOirn were obliged to go. They "ere st ill at it, climbing down as be st they could without t h e loss of an in stant when all at once the clouds began to gat her thick aro und them and it grew dark although there still remain ed at l east an hour of the short Arctic day. he's a coming !" cried the detective. "Give it ten minutes more and the storm will be upon us, and we ain't half 'ray down yet." He was right. K ed knew the s igns only too well. "We better get our bearings before it strikes us," h e said. H e produced hi s glass and carefully surveyed the slope whi ch st r etc hed away from their feet. It was ju s t one mass of broken roc k overhanging the frozen lake. Huge fragments of stone la y scattered in every direc tion on the mountain s ide. It was just as though the hand of some mighty giant had thrown the m there, and to determine one's way over suc h a trackless waste was difficult enough in the daylight, bu t when it came to doing it in darkness, the difficulty was great indeed. While Ned was still looking, the storm came sweeping .across the lake and struck the mountain. To appreciate the full force of this simple statement one would have to have lived in this wonderful Klondike country. All in an instant our two mountain climber s were en Y cloped in a \\h.i.rl of flakes and everything was blotted out. "Come, this i s decidedly interesting exclaimed the \Vhat in thunder are we going to do now?" "Go on," replied K ed; "and the faster we go the better." "Yes, if we don't break our necks in doing it. Hadn't we better fire a shot to let Dick and Edith know where we are?" Ked flung up his rifl e and let drive. There was an ansiYering shot, but there did come another answer oi quite a different kind. Befclre the echo had died away a wild chorus of yelps ran g out through the storm. It was a barking, snappi ng, snar ling sound, to li sten to, and above it all rose a pitiful cry. "That's a carribou chased by woh-es!" cried Ned. "Are you sure?" "Yes ." "How can you tell?" I know the carribou's cry." Mebbe you are ri ght; there's no denying that those are wolve s barkin g They seem to be a long way off, though." "Not so far. From the sound I should judge they were coming our way. We may run into them yet befor e we get down the mountain." "llfuch more lik ely w e shall run into a rock and break our blame necks,'' g rowled the detective. "By the Jump in;; J eremiah, I'm expecting that happy event every in s tant. W e ll, l et it come; there'd be one pair of fool less in the world, and that's what we were for coming her e at all." The y were still hurrying on, making the best time they could through the blindin g whirl of s nowflake s The barking of the wolve s continued and when at l ength they came out upon a comparatively level stretch it seemed very near. "They are right on to us!" cr i ed Ned. "Wait a minute; sc1ious as the situation is, I want to try a shot at a carriLou if I can get it; fre s h m eat is scarce, and a good fat cm ribou would keep u s a week." "Right you are, and stop it i s ,'' replied the Un1.."llown, cheerfuHy enough, and yet it was anything but pleasant stopping the re in a storm and li ste ning to the snappy Larks of the wolYes, now unplea s antly near. "There they come!" breathed Young Klondike sud denly. I can hear their footsteps now." Ned rai sed his rifle to his and waited. Their ba c ks were against the rocks and the full stretch of the level lay b e fore Quick, pattering foot ste ps could be heard and then, all at once, out of the gloom a big carribou came into view, closely followed by a pack of wolves. It was running so rapidly that Ned could not fix his sight for a shot, and while he hesitated a shot rang out and down dropped a carribou-dead.

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/ YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. "Ye gods and little fishes! '!'hat's Edith and no one else!" cried the Unknown. Again the hidden rifle spoke and again and again, and down tumbled three wolves, one after another. N r!d, without a word, fired several shots, two bringing down a wolf and the remainder of the pack went sneaking away into the storm, their dismal howls waking the echoes in the distance. "Edith! Edith! Dick! P...re you there?" shouted the U nknowu, while the shooting was going on. "Right here!" ans1rnred a cheerful voice, seeming to come from above them. That you, Ned?" "Yes, yes!" yelled the detectfre, not giving Ned a chance to answer. "Is Dick there, too?" "So he is!" called another voice "We came out to look for you, but I'll be blest if we haven't lost ourselves in the storm." CHAPTER IL THE. STRANGE SHADOWS ON THE ROCK "Lost in the storm, are you?" shouted the detective in answer to the cry which came down from above them. "Well, by the Jumping Jeremiah, I'm not so sure that we ain't lost ourselves "Are you coming down, Dick?" call eel Ned. "That's what, if we can get down," was the answer, vnd then a scrambling was heard among the rocks at no great distance away. Young Klondike and the Unknown hurried in the direction of the sounds, coming suddenly upori. a hand some young fellow and a golden-haired girl, a decided beauty and one whose face would have been picked out among a crowd. "Thank goodness, we found you!" she exclaimed. "I began to be positively frightened when it came on to snow." "For fear we'd lose ourselves in the mountains?" laughed Young Klondike "No such good luck, Edith. Zed and I are like a couple of bad pennies-we always turn up." "Which is the same as saying that we can't lose you for a cent," put in Dick. "What's this Zed was just saying about being lost, though? I tell you what it is, we are lost, and don't you forget it. Of course, all we've got to clo is to keep on going down and we're bound to strike thElake somewhere; but we've dodged about these loose rocks so that I wouldn't guarantee to come within a mile of where we started out." Then there was more talk and a general comparison oi notes all aroun.d. "What are we going to do with the carribou?" asked Ned. "It's high time we started; night is upon us, and it's g0ing to be no joke camping out in this storm." "And that's something I'm afraid we've got to do, any hJw," replied Edith; "so we may as well make the best of it; but we can't take the carribou; we shall have all we e:an do to take ourselves "Perhaps this storm will blow over and we can come back and get him l ater," said Dick. "Yes, if the wolves will let tis," replied Ned. "String him up to that tree so the wolves can't get at bim," said the detective. "You needn't worry about \tt1sting time We're booked for a night on the mountain, anyway you haYe a mind to fix it; the carribou may come in handy before we are through." There was a cedar of unusual size growing near, and .Neel climbed up to the fork of the tree, ready to catch the rope which the detective threw up tp him. The other end of the rope was made fast round the horns of the carribou, and 1\ ed, throwing his end over a limb, pulled the carcass up so that it's hind legs were a I most on a line with the fork. In that position it would have taken a pretty spry wolf to get at it. 'l'his clone, all started on through the storm. But they made one great and fatal blunder before they were ten minutes older. As it is entirely necessary to a correct understanding 0f our story that \re should explain just how this was clo ne, we may as well stop and do it n01r, and at the same time to mention by way of explanation that Edith w eltou wa1:; a San Francisco girl "horn Ned Golden had rescued from a wrecked steamer on the voyage from Seattle. At that time Edith was on the way to Dawson City to meet her father, who was supposed to be living there; and when upon her arrival at the metropolis of the Yukon Edith f01md that he had gone off to the South African gold tl iggings, she decided to cast her fortunes with Ned and Dick, and through many stirring adventures these four firm friends-for we must include the detective-had rema_ ined together as we find them now So much for Edith-a very iri1portant personage, by the way-and now for the mountain down which our friends go scrambling through the darkness and storm There was something peculiar about this mountain. It wa& in reality an extinct volcano and blessed with a crater, a$ most volcanoes are. Now, volcanic craters are invariably open above, but tliis one happened to be open at the side as well. In some past age an earthquake had ripped the rocks, and there was a narrow raYine at the breach leading down to the bottom 0 the crater, a level plain more than a mile across, for the true bottom had been choked up with lava and an accumulation of earth long ages before. A few words wil'l explain what all this means to our story. Young Klondike and his party, in their descent of the mountain, blundered into this ravine. On they went through the storm, down, down, down, expecting at any moment to come out upon the lake, and when at last they did strike the level, supposed they had done that very thing. "Here we are at last!" cried Ned as a temporary lull in the storm showed them the vast open space before them "Now, then, if we can only strike across until we sec the lights on the island we may be able to spend the night in our own shanty, after all." I suppose," replied Edith, "that we ought to try it, liut the snow lies pretty thick here, Ned."

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4 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. "That's what it does," added Dick; "but there's only Cne alternative, to get in under the shelter of the rocks and make the best of it till morning. I don't think any oi us are hankering to do that." Certainly this would be a Yery gloomy prospect for a "tenderfoot," as a newcomer into the Klondike country called. To one not used to handling himself under such cir cumstances it would surely mean death or pneumonia, but Young Klondike's party had no such fears and could lrnve come out of such an adventure without being a bit the worse for it. Strapped on their backs, each carried a pair of heav)' mission blankets and inside the bundles were provision,; enough for two days at least. They had been there "many a time," so to speak. In other words, having braved the terrors of one Arctic winter and being dressed to suit the occasion, they were l[liite prepared for another; still they had no desire to camp under the rocks if it could be avoided; yet even that was preferable to being caught out on the lake in a blizzard. That meant death. Young Klondike and all with him firmly believed they were on the edge of the lake now, when, as a matter of fact, they were not within a Inile of it. Nothing more dangerous can be imagined than to make n mistake like this up in the Klondike country. It is ten chances to one the blunder will cause the blunderer hi:> death. "I don': any sii;11 of n lJghL," remacked peering off into the gloom. "Let me see; Golden Island ought to be about there." "A little further to the right, I should say," answered Dick. "It seems to me I see a light," said Edith. "There ain't a sign of it," answered Ned. "Are you sure?" "Dead sure." "I wish I was sure you are right. I see one. How is it with you, Zed?" "Blest if I can speak positively," replied the Unknown, "and I don't want to mislead you; but it seeems to me that I do see a light." "I shall have to try my night glass," said Ned. "Good thing we've got one. Here goes for a squint now; if there's such a thing as a light to be seen I can make it cut. It needed only one look through the night glass for Ned to be able to announce positively that there was a lie ht. "I knew I was right," said Edith. "Hello! What do you say now?" cried the Unknown. "There, now, there's no disputing it," said Dick. Suddi.'nly the light fl.ashed up so distinctly that all could ,, see it. "That's our big reflector," declared Ned. "Nat Ring is getting worried about us. He means to give us a chance to get back to camp." Nat Ring was the foreman at the Golden Island dig and there was really nothing strange in Young Klondike being thus deceived. Yet the truth of the matter was, they were not looking in the direction of the camp at all, and if they had been they could not have seen a lighthouse nor even an electric f,aEh light, for there was the mountain lying directly in the way "We start, of course," saill ed "Certainly we do," replied Dick and the detective ill one breath. So they started off over the floor of the crater, firm in tl1e belief that they were walking over the frozen lake. As they continued to advance the light grew brighter and brighter and the storm seemed, in a word, to stop. Then all in a moment the conditions changed again. A fierce gust swept through the crater, bringing with it a \\ hirl of snow so thick that everything was blotted out except the light, which shone through the white, falling muss like a huge star. "By the Jumping J erelniah, this is fine!" grow led the detective. "If I should meet my man here I wouldn't know him; lucky thing, though, we have the light." "Who says we've got the light?" cried Dick; and, sure enough, they hadn't. There was one sudden, glealning flash, and the light disappeared, leaving nothing behind to break the gloom. "Confound Ring! What does he want to'turn it off for now, just as we are in the Iniddle of the lake?" cried Ned. "He'll hear from me for doing it if we ever get back," baid Dick. "He must know i t's out, even if he has gone iato the shanty; but perhaps he'll light it again in a moment." The moments passed, however, ancl the light did not reappear. Meanwhile our travelers kept on ploughing their way through the snow It was getting serious. For any one to hope to follow a straight course under such circumstances was to hope for the impossible, and Ned knew that well enough There was another thing he noticed. In all this con en;ation about the yanished light the detective had said nothing. When the Unknown put his "thinking cap" on, Ned let him alone, for something usually came of it; but on this occasion they pushed on for fully ten minutes and the detective never spoke a word. "Corne, Zed, what are you thinking about?" Young Klondike suddenly demanded. "I don't know whether I better tell my thoughts or not, dear boy," replied the Unknown. "I'm not sure that you'd like to hear them." "I knew you were chewing on something. Out \vith it." "Well, then, I've come to the conclusion that we are dl mistaken and that ain't the light on Golden I s land at all." "I quite agree with you," said Edith, as coolly as if she

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I I, J I Y,OU:XG KLO:N"DIKE'S SEYEN STRIKES. ..:.:q 'tr-.. .. ... were peaking of the most trivial matter instead of one wl.ich might inv0lve life or death. "Nonsense!" cried Ned. "What else can it be?" "Can haYe been-remember, there's no light there now,'' n18 the detective's reply. "Can have been, then; any way at all you've a mind to }Jll t it. "That's more than I can tell you; but I'm satisfied it .. asn't our light." "\\'ill you please to account for its appearance on the i::.land, then? Since we drove the claim jumpers off the ,jennings patent we know that there's nobody else leH here "No, we don't. There may be others; but what.I say is, that light never burned on the island. I claim there isn't any island out that way at all." "Ridiculous!" said Dick. "Next thing you'll be telling us that we are not walking over the lake." "Precisely what I'm about to 1.ell you-exactly what I believe." "It don't seem possible that you can be right,'' said Ned, seriously "I mu." "Ile is,'' added Edith. "By gracious, he must be!" cried Dick, who was walking a litlle ahead Dick suddenly stopped, and it was well that he did, or lie would have run into a big boulder which lay duectly in their path. "W'hat do you say now?" exclaim eel the detective. "Ia tJ.ere any such rock as that' standing up out of the lake?" Keel knew well enough that there \Yas not, and all knew it, for in their little naphtha launch they had explored the lake from one end to the other. "We're off our course, and that's all there is about it," said the detective; "but we may as well keep right on." There was no one to dispute this. If they were not to perish in the storm it was necessary to find shelter omewbere. Fortunately it was not very cold, but the snow brought a chilliness of its own which was most trying and it had now grown so deep that it was becoming very difficult to nu;ke their way through. For perhaps a quarter of j;\11 ho1\r longer they kept on without speaking, when all at once they were brought up with a round turn by the. sudden flashing of the light again This time it came from behind, but what wail more str.rlling even than the sudden appearance of the light i was the fact that it shone directly on a vast wall of roC'k ri ing perpendicularly before 1.hem and extenCiing upward and off on each side as far as the eye could pene l n:ite the gloom Of course everybody stopped short and turned to look back at the light. 'l'here it was, shining through the snowflakes like the headlight ot a locomotive, clear and steady. There on the other side was the wall of rock, cutting oi'f further progress in that direction, and then and there, .. as they stood pondering on the mystery, a Yery remark able thing occmred. "Look! Look!" cried Edith, suddenly; but it was not necessary for her to call 'attention to what they all saw. There on the face of the rock two gigantic shadows were suddenly flashed-shadows of men with rifles at their shoulders 'l'hen all in an instant they could see a puff of smoke at the muzzle of each rifle and two sharp reports i ng out through the gloom. CIL\P'l'ER III. THAT AWFUL NIGHT IN TIIE CAVE. "Ned, they are firing at us!" cried Edith as the shot.: rang out again and those two giant shadows on the high rock were seen to repeat their manoeuvre and let fly. "Hun! Hun for your life, Edith!" exclaimed the de tccli, e. "Run to the rock!" The 1Inknown turned and fired back into the K cd and Dick dicl the same, but Edith, utterly dee] ining to sa ,.e herself at the expense of her blazed away, too. Ans11 cring shots continued to come, and they could hPar the zip of the bullets all about them until Edith f.red Of course it was only a shot in the dark, but its effect was marvelous just the same. There was a sharp cry and the light suddenly went out. \Yith the yanishing of the light the shots ceased to come ancl all grew as still as death. Then they ran for the high rock as fast as they could make their way through 1.he snow. "If we can back up against it we'll only have to watch 011t one way, anyho,T," cleclarecl the detective, "for, clon'L you forget it, whoev"r our unseen enemies are, they are going to come for us again." When they got alongside the rock they found to 'their great relief that the grouncl in front of it was bare of snow. The \\'ind was blowing from the rock, which caused the snow to drift a11ay from it. There was standin g room on dry ground, and there was something to be thankful for in that. "It is dry ground, ain't it?" inquired Dick. ":X o ice here, Ned." "That's what's the matfer It was all a mistake. We never struck the lake at all." But right here the mystery of it came in. They had gone down 1.he mountain until they came to the bottom-as they supposed Here the lake ought to ha Te been and wasn't. :Neel could not understand it, and the detecfrre, who had di Yined something of 1.he truth, was utterly unable 1.o ex plain how this could be. "It's just no use at all to aRk me about it," he declared, as stood there under the high rock discussing the situation "I sort of felt that ll'e \rcre not traveling over the lake, although I knew that by rights we ought to be If we ain't there, then where the deuce are we-that's ,r:iat I want to know." I

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' '/ 6 YO"GNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. They seem inclined to leave us alone, anyhow," said. }I eel, "and that's one good thing.'" Hadn't we better make a move while there's a chance? 'l'here's no telling what may happen next." ":Motion seconded," said the Unknown ''Edith, you are a shot-truly wonderful! Whether you fire in the dark or the light it seems to be all the same You silenced the enemy's batteries completely, while all i.hey did was to :flatten a lot of bullets against the rock." "It was all luck," said Edith '"Then it's good to liaYc a lucky one with us at a time like the present; but what's this? _\ break in this ever lasting wall, as sure as my name ain't Peter Stubbs." at it," laughed Ned. " Why don't you tell your name and be clone with it? But I suppose there's no use asking you, so we may as well explor<; this hole in the wall and see what it amounts to." ' It amounts to shelter for the night, anyhow,'' said Fdith. "See, it runs way in under i.he rock." 'If we only had a lantern no"-," said Dick, who didn't like the idea of pushing on into the blackness, and, strange m: it may seem, the wish had no more than been expressed than it was granted, for all in the same instant the light fim:hed upon them again Look out for shots!" cried the Unkno\Yn, throwing his arm around Edith and dragging her into the cave. and Dick made a dive in after them, and none too and five shots fired in quick succession rang out 'Three went rattling against the rock, the other two came into the cave, and they could hear the zip of tho bullets as they flew past 're must get out of the way of those tfings!" cried X eel. "Heavens! I hope we haven't made a mistake in coming here TJ1ey ran on further into the cave. 'l'he opening remained narrow-they could feel the walls on either side of them; the ground was smooth sand and as level as a floor All at once they came out into a larger ca1e, a .chamber ubout twenty feet "icle and perhaps t"ice as deep, all to be plainly discerned, for the place \ras fairly well lighted irl some mysterious way, although where the light came from they could not make out Xo more shots, no further alarm of any kind disturbed them for the next half hour, and they had plenty of time to study the mystery of the light. It was not very bright, just about the brightness of a moonlight night. It seemed to fill the whole of the cavern, but where it came from they could not discover EYery foot a.f the wall was explored, but there was no break except the passage by which they had entered. "It's the most mysterious thing yet," declared the Un known "There's only one explanation -the light comes down from a boYe." But this was an explanation which did not explain, for there was no roof to the rocky chamber, as as could be clisco1erecl. There was no use in speculating on the matter evidently, so they gave it up and settled themselv _es down for the night. Edith spread her blankets behind a projecting rock and Dick his on the sanely floor of the cave Young Klond i ke and the Unknown' settled clown to watch near the entrance Here they sat talking for a long time, with everything as quiet as possible about them. It looked as if there was to be no further trouble, at least before morning "You better turn in, Ned,'' said the Unknown along tnward midnight. "I don't feel a bit tired I can just as well \\'atch until along toward morning, and then l 'll wake up Dick." "I don't like to leave you alone,'' replied Neel. "Who c-tin tell what may happen?" "Don't you fret; nothing will happen till daylight." "You ain't sure you can't be, and-listen! What's that?" Suddenly a sharp whistle sounded through the cave. It was immediately answered by a shout in a thundrous voice, which echoed and re-echoed back from the rocks "Aye! Aye! We arc all ready to begin," were the \\ords "Great heavens! What is it?" gasped Neel, seizing his rifle. "Hush!" breathed the detective. "Not a sound! They may be right upon us. Still, I don't think they are." They listened "ith wildly beating hearts, expecting every moment to see their enemies come Lursting out of the gloom. But nobody appeared as the moments passed. Strange and startling sounds could be heard, though They seemed tQ proceed from far abo.ve them It was as if a great number of men were scrambling over r ocks. "What does it mean?" whispered N cw. "It means that we are not alone here, for one thing. 'l'hat's sure "Alone! I shou l d say there was a regiment up ther e "It don't follow I think it is more than half the echo." "That don't seem possible." "You'll find it is so. I don't believe there are more than half a dozen of them." "But who are they? Who can they be?" "Claim jumpers, of course. Some gang working a lead here and keeping dark on your account, Young Klondike "Shall we wake up Dick and Edith?" "Not yet. There is no need I tell you, these people are not in the cave; they are somewhere overhead, \rherever their mysterioue hiding place may be "It's all a mystery. I can't understand it. \Ve ought to be on the lake and instead of that here we are inside Uie mountain listening to we don't know what." "You can thank your stars we ain't on the lake a night iike this, then. I firmly believe if we had attempted to cross over to Golden Island we would have lost our way in the storm. and perished. We may congratulate ou r selves on our good luck being here. Hello! What's coming now?" All at once a great pounding began

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. 7 It did not need any one to tell Ned and the U nlm01rn what that meant It w as the ring of hammers upon a miner's drill. Now this sound in itself carried with it nothing startling and fully explained the character of the mysteiious people near them, but w'hen it came to the echo added to the ring of the hammers on the drill, that was quite another thing. It doubled, trebled, quadn: .. 1)led the sound. The whole cave rang with it until the ring and roar be came fairly deafening. Dick and Edith were soon wide awake and joined Ned and the Unknown "What is it, Ned?" cried Edith in the :firs. t excitement. of her awakening. "He! Ha! Don't wonder you ask!" chuckled the Un known "It sounds as though some one was trying to punch a hole through the mountain." "There's prospectors at work up there, that's all," said Ned. "They are sinking a hole, Edith, and pretty soon they'll blow it.". "Talk about your noise! What will it be then, w en the blast comes?" cried the Unknown. "If they don't bring the whole mountain down about our ears they'll do well." The detective strained his eyes to get a sight of the mys terious miners, but all in vain Nothing could be of them, but the sounds kept right on. It was certainly very strange, for quartz mining-or mining in the solid rock-is very unusual in the Klondike country There by far the larger part of the gold is taken out of the gra-rel which lies some twenty ieet down below the frozen soil. But quartz mining pays well when you strike a good "pocket," as it is termed. Let us expiain, for any one having in mind a trip to the Klondike ought to lie posted in all the different ways in which the gold is to be found. Placer mining is digging loose nuggets and dust out o:f sand and gravel in the beds of old streams which have dried up or of streams still running. In this wonderful Klondike country vast areas carry placer gold On the anks of Klondike river and the creeks which run into it, such as Bonanza, El Dorado and others, one can dig almost anywhere with a tolerable cer tainty of finding a rich return. Now, all this gold is supposed to have been washed down from the mountains, which are crossed and recrossed with quartz veins, all carrying mixed with the quartz more or less go-ld. Some of the richest mines in the world are q nartz mines, but to find a quartz vein does not necessarily mean gold The quartz may be "barren," as it is termed, and :n any case gold seldom goes with it on the surface. On the other hand, if one strikes a good "showing" on the surface it is a fair indication that better lies below, and the way to get at it is to sink a shaft over the vein and then, when the rich "pay streak" is discovered, to make a tunnel, or drift, along the line of the vein This is tb.e way to strike "pockets,'' or points on the vein where large quantities of gold are concentrated. 'l'here are a few such claims being worked in the Klon dike country ancl their number is bound to increase, for a quartz mine, if good for anything, is apt to "tie a permanent source of wealth, whereas a placer mine is soon worked out. This explanation is necessary to understand that which is to follow, and it is just as well that we should make it now, while Young Klondike ancl his friends are standing there in the cave listening to the ring of the hammers upon the big drill. For more than half an hour the sounds continued, with a few breaks, and then suddenly ceased. All listened, but they dicl not begin again. "They've got the hole in,'' said Ned. "Sounds so," replied the detec.t,ive, "but I should think we ought to hear them moving about." "We'll hear enough in a moment," replied Ned. "K ext thing they'll be blowing it. You'll want to hold your ear.s then." when the hole has been drilled to the required depth the method of blasting is to ram down into it one or more cartridges of dynamite or rend rock and touch them off means of a fuse sufficiently long to enable the miners to get out of the way. This was what Ned anticipated, ancl all listened expecting to hear sounds which would tell them that the explosion was coming. But they could not hear a breath, and after a full half hour's wait it began to look as if they might give it up when all at once came another sound which brought every one on the alert at once. It was the sharp bark of a wolf over toward the entrance to the cave "Hello!" There's one of our old friends come to pay us up for stealing the carribou!" cried the Unknown. Again the bark was heard and then again. Others joined it, the echo caught the sounds, and they were re peated from all sides. "There's going to be trouble here," said the detectiYe. "Edith, get your gun ready; there's got to be some shoot ing done here before long." "All ready!" said Edith. "If the wolves are coming, let 'em come!" "Hadn't we better go out through the passage a little way and meet them?" asked Dick. "It might be an ugly business to have a hundred or more wolves come suddenly into the cave." "There can't be that many!" said Neel. "Listen to the racket they make! It sounds as if there were a thousand." "It's the echo "Don't be too sure,'' said the Unknown "The are out there they are coming. I think Dick is right, and we'd better go and meet them, unless, by the Jumping Jeremiah, it's too late!" Suddenly a fearful yelping was set up, sounding close to the end of the passage

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8 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. As X ed peered into the darkness he could see many pairs of gleaming eyes staring at them. They were coming forward, to0, but slo\Yly, as wolves always move when doubtful about the strength of their enemy. "It ain't too late! It's just the time!" cried Ned. "Edith, let 'em have it!" "Hold on! What would you do?" exclaimed the Un ],nown, catching Neel's rifle. "Xot until we have to, Young Klondike! Our shot may bring worse enemies ihan wolYes down u Let me go forward; perhaps I can start them. Once they get the scare, a pack oi woh 'es will turn and run like a flock of sheep." "Don't think of it!" cried Edith. "They \rill tear you in pieces! We've got to shoot "Wait! Wait! Let me try it! Remember, they can see us better than we can sec them Shoo! Hurroo'. Get out, there, you snoozers Shoo! Shoo!" Thus shouting, the Unknown pulled off his plug and 1 ushed into the passage, waving it wildly Young Klondike did not expect it, the moYc ha,d it effect. Startled by the cries and the waving hat, and perhaps !y the apparition of the stumpy little man, bareheadcu :tnd in big boots, which he kicl}cd out toward them ener getically, the wolves turned tail and retreated along th\) lJassage. "What did I tell you? They are all on the run!" cried the "G nknown. He started to return when all at once the mountain was by a thunclrous explosion. The noise "'as deafening and the. shock tremendous Instantly the light vanished and great mas ses of rock rnme whirling down from above, falling all about them. '"Oh! Oh! Oh!" yelled the Unknown. "Ye gods and little fishes! The whole rock is corning down! The wol\'cs are upon us and I'm cul off! Help! Help! Help!" It was a most startling situat.ion. I Hight in front of the entrance to the cave a huge mass of rock as big as a house had fallen. The force with which it struck the 11:round threw down Xcel, Dick and Edith. Before knew it they were i"prawling on the sand, while the shouts of the "Gnknown and the wild barking of the wolves added to the general. din "Hooray! Y ou'w done the business for that fellow!"' <:ried the Unknown, and down he leaped off the rock, for he had managed to climb t.o the top on the other side "There's another!" cried Dick. "Bang!" went Edith's gun again, and another wolf went howling away, but the shot seemed to arouse all the others of the pack, and there arose a most fearful barking in the passage beyond the rock. "There's a hundred and more there!" cried the Un known. "We've got to keep them back. Anybody hurt here? Dick, Red, where arc you, boys? Edith talks with her rifle, so I know she's all right." "We are all here in good shape!" answered Ned. "You're the one we were worried about. Good heavens! what an explosion it was!" "Tremendous! I thought the whole rock was coming down, high as it is. It beats me who can be operating liere." "\Ye've got to find out. lligh Rock, as I'm going Lo name this place, belongs to me and I propose to claim it,'' replied Ned. "Hello! There's another wolf! See those eyes?" rrhey could all see the gleaming eyes in the narrow pas sage between the rock and the wall. Before Edith cou_ld fire Ned let fly, and successfully, : for1again the were awakened by the barking of thfl wounded wolf as it drew back out of the hole. This was only the beginning; for two long hours Young Klondike and his friends stood guard there, :fight.ing the wolves. As many as twenty were tlriYcn back wounded or dead, it was hard to tell which. ll'our times a wolf succeeded in getting into the cave. Of these, Edith shot two dead and Ned and Dick each did for one. At last the end came The wolves seemed to hold a council and give it up, for all at once there was a fearful howling, long drawn out, and then they could be heard retreating along the passage. .After a moment all sound died away and through the long hours of darkness which followed the prisoners in the cave were not again disturbed. CHAP'l'ER IV. Dut, fortunately, no one was hurt-mere luck, for th0 "It's coming, Neel! We're going to have daylight in a moment and vou can sec for yourself that this cave has fioor of the cave was strewn with the fallt:n fragment;; J no roof. The opening goes straight up to the top of the from the rocks aboYe. X eel was the first on his feet. Zed!" he shout.eel. "Try to climb over! We can't help you! Look out! There's a wolf! Fire. Edith, if yon can see to get a shot.!" It was impossible to see anything now, for the cave was '.rrapped in almost total darkness; yet a pair of gleaming eyes could be discerned alongside the fallen rock. "Fire!" yelled the Unknown. "I'm on top! Fire now and give me a show!" Edith blazed away and a sharp yelp was the answer, the <'yes instantly disappearing rock." "That's what it is,'' saitl X cd, looking up as Dick pointed, for daylight was creeping in over the ragged ledges far above them and never \\'US t.he sight of it more welcome than it was now to Young Klondike and ?is fellow pris oners in the cave Soon' it was light enough to see everything, and Neel had a chance to realize how wonderful had been i.heir escape from the falling rock which lay strewn round them in every direction. "\\' c want to get right out of this fearful place,'' said

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. Edith. "I wouldn't put in anothe.r night here if you'd offer me a million dollars. What's that? H.ain?" "That's what it is," said Ned, as a splash of water struck his face "It rains like everything, too. Strange we haven't felt it before." I think the wind must have changed suddeniy," said Dick. "We'd better make a move while we can, if we can only get Edith up on top of that rock; that's what's bothering me." But Dick's "bother'' proved to be entirely unnecessary. Ned climbed up on top of the rock without any great difficulty and Dick and the Unknown between them man aged Edith, Dick standing against the rock and the de tective helping Edith to climb on his shoulders; then Ned caught her hand and helped her up, and the drop down on the other side was easy enough "Gracious! Didn't our rifles do good work last night?" ci:ied Edith, as she looked down into the passage. "I thought you'd be surprised," answered Ned "There's twenty of them. See, some are half eaten I guess the wolves got enough of it before they quit." The dead wolves lay scattered about all over the passage. The sight was not a pleasant one, and as s oon as Dick and the Unknown came over they all hurried through to the open. to High Rock then and there to investigate the mystery, but no move was made until the following day. Then Young Klondike determined to know all there was to be known about his mysterious possessions on the other side of Black Lake and started off at the head of a force of twenty men, well supplied with provisions, tools, tents and everything necessary for a long stay in the "sink," as the deep hollow outside the cave was ca lled in the language of the Klondikers. It was a cold day compared with the oiie preceding and the slush on the ice had frozen solid during the night. The Unknown led the way and they had no difficulty in finding the canyon which led them into the sink. Here everything looked just the same as when they left it. There was not a trace of a human being anywhere, and it was hard to believe that there could be any larg e party on High Rock or in the sink. As soon as the tents were up and a big roaring fire built,. Dick and several men started back up the mountain to get the dead carribou, which they found all right on the tree,. while Ned, with the Unknown and Edith and several oth. ers, set out to find a way up on to High Rock For more than an hour they kept up the search and then had to give it up in the end. High Rock proved to be a mos t remarkabl e natural curiosity No sign of an enemy, either four-legged or two-legged, It rose right out of the sink, which Ned was not long here in discovering, and the level ground extended half a mile "The great was not white with snow, as or more beyond it. they had expected, but on the contrary entirely clear, for The first thing they did after making this discovery wa,; it had been raining nearly all night and was now pouring to go all around the rock, but at every point it rose perin torrents, and yet until the last moment n.ot a drop had pendicularly. struck them in the cave. The Unknown declared that even a billygoat could never But Young Klondike's party was not afraid of rain, and climb it. then and there they started off through it. Now that it There it stood in the middle of the sink like some gi-was daylight, there was not a bit of trouble in finding the gantic sent inel, fully a thousand feet high and perhaps pass through which they had come and in a short time a quarter of a mile through, so when you come to think they were out on the face of the mountain, with the frozen seriously of these dimensions you can see what a gigantic lake lying at their feet and Golden Island easily seen in affair it was 1.he distance. Next thing was to explore the cave. Now came the most tedious and trying part of their No trouble in seeing all now, for Ned's party took powjourney. The ice was coverec1 with s lush and horribly erful r eflecting lanterns in with them slippery. Three times the Unknown's legs went out from These were flashed about in every direction, but all in under him and down he went splashing into the slus h. vain. Dick got two falls .and Ned went down once himself, They could see the sky away up at the top, but the open-but Edith was fortunate enough to keep her feet, and at ing seemed to be comparatively small, which accounted last they reached the island, meeting with a rousing recepfor the rain not corning in the night before. But as t<> tioE. from Mr. Ring and the miners, for they had grown there being a way of getting up to examine into t:he mys very much alarmed over the long absence of the "boss." tery, if there was any, Ned could not discover it, and he "By thunder! I'm glad to see you back again, Mr. and the Unknown examined every inch of the rock. Golden!" said the foreman. "If we had known at all That night over t11e camp-fire there was a big lot of diswhich direction you took I should have started after you cussion about the mystery, you may be very sure. last night; as it was, we kept the flashlight burning till Some of the miners, being full of superstition, began to nearly daylight, though I did not expect to see you after it talk about ghosts and to wonder if High Rock was not began to snow." haunted, and although this brought the laugh on them This brought out Ned's story of the wond e rful light at from their companions all right enough, it was n-0t so easy High Rock and all the rest of it. ti laugh them out of their silly fancy, and there were The men, who had quit work crowded around to hear wakeful eyes in camp watching for the shadows to app ea r the story of the boss, and many were for going right over on High Rock, but the night .passed and nothing was seen

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10 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. of them; while as for the wolves, their experience of the night before probaE!y made them shy, and they also kept .away. Ned and Dick were up long before light, for at this sea son to wait for dawn before beginning work is to accomplish nothing all day. At a little after seven the boys started for High Rock .alone, Ned carrying his rifle, a spade, a pickaxe and a pan, .and Dick two powerful reflecting lanterns. Edith and the Unknown were supposed to be still sleep ing, and except the cook of the party and the sentinels there was nobody else astir. "Going off prospecting, boys?" asked Bill Bradley, one
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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN S'rRIKES. 11 "Don't you see any?" "No." "No more do I; but perhaps they lie deep. We'll try it again." Out came several shovelfuls of the gravel, which Ned carefully sorted over, but not a trace of gold could be dis covered. "It don't look very promising," said Dick dolefully, ''but I'll try it again." This time he dug the shovel deeper and tossed it up with a joyous shout, for the glint of gold had caught his eye in the lantern's light. "Color!" he cried; "color at last!" "That's what's the matter," said Ned. "It looks like a strike, sure. Give us another shovelful, Dick." Ned dropped on his :knees and began poking over the gravel, while Dick tossed up two good shovelfuls out of the hole. "Here we are !" cried Young Klondike. "We don't need to go any further; we've made a strike !" And Ned held up a big nugget, as large as a walnut, of solid, yellow gold. CHAPTER V. THE THREE BIG STRIKES IN THE SINK. "This is the talk, Dick. We couldn't ask for anything better than we've got right here." "I should say not. How many nuggets are there now?" "One hundred and sixty-three." "So! What's the value?" "It can only be guesswork." "Of course. Give your guess." "A veragj.ng them at an ounce?" "Ain't that too high?" "Well, no, I think not; some run a lot more, and I don't think there are any that go less." "All right. Fire away." "Multiply a hundred and sixty-three by seventeen and you have it." "Twenty-seven hundred and seventy-one." "Exactly. Pretty good for a morning's work." "Yes, and before breakfast. What will the Unknown say when he hears it?" "He'll say it's all right," cried a thunderous voice from the depths of the cave. "For heaven's sake! what was that?" breathed Dick, seizing his rifle. "Ha I ha I ha Ho ho ho !" Once more the diabolical laugh rang out through the gloom. "It's the Unknown! He's playing tricks on us! He's hiding somewhere, sure," cried Ned. He flashed the lantern overhead. "Come out of that !" he shouted. "Show yourself!" "There he is !" cried Dick, pointing up on the side of the rocks. Sure enough, there was the Unknown, waving his tall hat. "How the mischief did you get up there?" shouted Ned. "That's tellings, Young Klondike. Leave the old detective alone for finding out things and solving mysteries." "Have you solved the mystery of the cave?" "Partly; not altogether. You'll know more later." "Oh, tell it, tell it! We want to know now." "See you later; good-by." And that was all the satisfaction they got out of the Unknown then, for he drew back out of sight and was gone tn an instant. But as the boys stood there shouting to him a bright light :flashed all over the cave. They gave it up then and hurried out into the sink, car rying their nuggets and tools with them. When they reached the camp everybody was thrown into the greatest excitement by the :find. The men were for going into the cave and beginning operations at once, and instead of holding them back, as another might have done, Ned let them go. "Pitch in, boys, and see what you can make out of it," he said. "Every ounce you :find until we get ready to return to Golden Island belongs to you, but you must leave me two men to stand guard outside here in case anything should occur." ) "Hooray for the boss!" they shouted, and t'here was a great rush for the tools, and then a mad break for the cave. This was the way Ned maintained his popularity among his men. His treatment of them was always most liberal, and the result was that he never had the least difficulty in hiring all the miners he wanted; whereas other large claim owners could not get them for love or money, and that at a time when there were hundreds of starving prospectors wandering about without cash enough or brains enough to make a strike for themselves. Edith now came out of her tent and they all sat down to breakfast, and while they were discussing the :find the Unknown came sauntering leisurely up. "Hello, you old scamp !" cried Ned. "That was a nice trick you played us How did you get up there? Tell it right out, for we want to know now." "Oh, you do, eh? Well, you won't, then. I never tell my business till I've :finished the job, and this one ain't done yet." "Have you been up on top of High Rock?" "No, sir; not yet." "Then how did you get where we saw you?" "Tell you later, after I've got to the top of the rock." "You are just too provoking for anything, Zed," declared Edith. "You know we are all dying for some ex planation of the mystery, and here you won't tell us a thing." "That's right." "I say it's wrong." "You ain't a detective, my dear Edith. If you were, you'd put it just the other way." "Well, I ain't going to get down on my knees to you, anyhow,'' said Ned. "If you don't want to tell you don't have to." "I'll tell you one thing, though, Young Klondike." "I ain't asking."

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12 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. "No, but I'm telling." "Do as you like." "I intend to. Did you see that light after I disappeared?" "Yes." "I made it." "How?" "Ah! I thought I'd get you to asking again. I did it just with an ordinary lantern-this one I've got here in my hand." "How ? Your explanation don't explain." "Right you are. Let's change the subject. I've been having a great time up there all to myself, for I didn't strike a living soul." "That's what I wanted to ask you,'' said Dick. "Not a sail nor a trace of any one." "It's very strange,'' mused Edith. "I suppo s e you mean to take us up there sooner or later, Zed?" "All in due time, Edith. Just wait till I've :finished my job." And that was all they could get out of the Unknown that morning, and shortly after breakfast he disappeared again. The boys knew him too well either to interfere or to get angry, so they just let him go. Going into the cave themselves, they found that the miners had widened out their prospect hole and dug several others on the line of the old stream. The result was amazing. Already big panfuls of nuggets had been taken out, but ss yet there was very little dust. "That lies lower down, boss,'' l\aid Bill Bradley. "We are sure to strike it. In my opinion this is going to be one of the richest claims found yet." "Fire away; make all you can out of it,'' said Ned. "I'll give you another strike before the day is over, but I want three men, and every man who works for me to-day shall be paid in proportion to what the rest of you find here; that I guarantee." "What's your scheme now, Ned?" asked Edith when they went out of the cave. "Same as before. I've located another old creek bottom and am going to try my hand at that." "Blest if I can see it, then,'' said Dick. "No?" "No, sir." "Look around. As I told you before in the cave, it's right under your nose." "I don't doubt it. You've given more attention to this locating business than I have, Ned. You'll have to ex plain." "I ean do it easy enough. Don't you see the deep gully there in the side of the rock?" "Plain enough." "Well, you can rely upon it that at some time or other a creek started down through there. That was before the rock broke away from the mountain, as it did at some time or other. Of course the water ran off over the sink on this side; perhaps there were rocks here then, but if there were it ran under them, and that's the channel it took." Ned pointed to a depression in the frozen ground. Following this with the eye, one could see that it took a regular course, passing over toward the mountain on the other side. "It certainly seems to be the bed of a creek,'' said Edith. "That's what it is; the boss is right,'' added one of the men. "Of course I am," said Ned. "Now, boys, I tell you what you do: Start three prospect holes on the line of that old channel and I'm ready to guarantee that each one of them will pan out rich!" It needed nothing more than Young Klondike's sugges t ion to start the ball rolling. Wood was collected and big, roaring fires built to draw out the frost. This is necessary at all season s of the year on the Klon dike, and with the exception of the first foot or two on top the ground was not frozen any harder now than it would have been in July. But it was hard enough, and Ned s boast that he would have three strikes before night was not realized. By the time darkness settled down upon the sink the prospect holes had only been sunk four feet and new fires were burning in them. Bill Bradley declared that the entire twenty feet would have to be burned out, the usual depth at which strikes are made in the Klondike, and so it proved, for it was afternoon next day before the prospect holes were below the frost line. Ned and Dick worked with the others and part of the time Edith lent a hand. The Unknown was off all the morning, as he had been the afternoon before, and, :finding him just as uncommuni cative as ever, the boys did not press him as to where he had been, for they knew that it would be of no use. At precisely half-past two the first strike was made in the three prospect holes, occurring in the one Ned was working with the help of one of his men. Several pans of dark, coarse gravel had been washed out without a nugget or even a color, when Ned, who was doing the washing, getting water from a great kettle hung over the fire which was kept supplied with ice to melt down, reported dust. Dick, Edith, the Unknown and in fact all hands crowded around him. "It's here; it's certainly here,'' said Young Klondike in answer to Dick's exclamation that he could see nothing, and so it was there, sure enough. After the last of the sand was washed out there was a little collection of coarse flakes lying at the bottom of the pan among the gravel. "We've got it, hoys! Leave me alone to qo the rest. Get back to the other holes." "I'll bet l'll have a thousand dO"llars before you do," s aid Dick. "Go for it! Edith and I are going to work." "And I ain't," said the Unknown. "I'm off again, but I'll b e t I make the biggest strike ef the lot in the end."

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. 13 "Go on; we don't want you," laughed :red. lf you get on top of High Rock, sing out." make a place for me. I'm all ready to eat, but not to talk." "You'll hear from me if I do. I'm going to get there, too, and don't you forget it. So long." And off went the Unknown again, leaving Ned and Edith to work .the pan and Dick to peg away at his prospect hole. ,, Ned took the pickaxe and worked down a foot deeper. 've struck bed rock," he exclaimed suddenly. "We ought to strike it rich here if we are going to do it at all." "Give me a shovelful; I'll shake it right out now," said Edith, and then in a few moments Ned got the call to come up out of the hole and see. "By Jove! It's there!" he exclaimed. "A lot of it! There must be as much as half a pound of gold in that But this hint was only for the benefit of the miners, for as soon as the meal was over the Unknown gave the word to Ned, Dick and Edith to meet him outside the tent. "What have you struck?" asked Ned. The Unknown held up his finger mysteriously. "Not here," he whispered. "It ain't always best to let everybody know your business. Walk with me over to High Rock, where there's no chance of our being overheard. I strongly suspect I've made the biggest .strike of the lot, big as yours seems to be." CHAPTER VI. GOLD BY THE BUCKETFUL. pan." "Now, then, out with it, Zed!" said Young Klondike He had hardly spoken when a shout from Dick, who was once they were safely under the shadow of the rock. panning, too, attracted their attention. "Ned, we're not alone her'"." "We've struck it, Ned! We've struck a big pocket!" he "I'm sure of it; we've got about a dozen men with us." called. "Come here." "Oh, I don't mean that, and you know it well enough. 'Then came a fair example of the fortunes of mining, There are others besides our party here at High Rock:" for Ned's find dropped into obscurity the instant he looked "I know that, too; I've been sure of it from the start. down into Dick's prospect hole. How could we think otherwise after the night we put in Here bed-rock had been reached, and the sand all around there in that cave?" it was literally bristling with golden flakes, mixed with "Exactly. That was the way I reasoned, and I set out sizable nuggets here and there. to find who our neighbors were and what they were about." It bore every evidence of being a strike of immense "And did you?" value; but this was not the end "Not exactly." No panning being necessary to demonstrate the richness "You have seen people?" of the find, Ned and Dick, with the men who had been "Not precisely." helping them, now turned their attention to the last of the "You have been to the top of High Rock, at least?" three prospect holes, where the third man had been work"Not altogether ing alone, and they soon had this down to bed-rock also; "Come! come! What in thunder do you mean? You and to the immense satisfaction of all it turned out to be an do love to puzzle us and keep us in suspense." extension of Dick's pocket-to all appearances it was "Well, that's unfair when I've been working like a naylor richer, if anything. to solve this mystery. But let me answer your questions A few pans were washed out, yielding over six thousand in my own way, Young Klondike. I haven't found out dollars. who our neighbors are, but I have found out what they are By this time it was dark again, and as it was rapidly about." growing colder and becoming more difficult to work, "And what?" gave it up forthe day and went into the cave to see how the "Mining." miners in the first strike were getting on. "Not very surprising; we might have guessed as much." "Boss," said Bill Bradley;\"there ain't no claim like this "N aturally.' i nowhere on the Klondike. Just look at that pile of nug"Next you asked me if I had seen the people, and I said, gets, and remember that we ain't struck dust yet." 'Not precisely.' I haven't seen them, but I've seen them "We must weigh these," said Ned; and they did, for the working.'' gold scales had been brought along. "Worse than ever! Your explanation don't explain." The value of the nuggets footed. up over twenty thousand "Explanation will come later, dear boy. Next you dollars, and when Young Klondike announced the result, asked me if I had been to the top of High Rock, and I told atl.ding, "It's an yours, boys, and you get an day to-moryou I hadn't. And no more I have; but I've been so row, and perhaps next day, too, to keep at it," the shout precious near the top that there's no fun in it, and not on that rang out through the cave was deafening. the outside, either, and that's where the stick comes in. I It was "Bully for the boss !" and "Hooray for Young can't get out on the top. If I could I'm sure I'd find our Klondike!" on all sides. neighbors, but of course there must be some way out, and "What's become of the Unknown?" asked Edith when that's what we've got to find next." they all sat down to supper. And she had no sooner said "I think we've had about enough of this mystery and it than he walked into their midst. argument," said Edith. "Zed, I'm cold-too cold to stand "Oh, I'm always on hand when there's any grub going, around here fooling. If you don't come to the pGint I'm and don't you forget it!" he exclaimed. "That's right; going back.''

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14 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. "Ah, that settles it! If my lady says I've got to come to the point, I'll have to come. Follow me." Now this began to look like business, and they followed the detective along the face of High Rock. He led them away around on the other side, at last where a deep gully entered the face of the rock to a distance of some ten feet or more. Now Ned had carefully explored this gully when they first made their examination of the rock, but without :finding any means of ascent. At least he thought he had, but he was entirely mistaken; for there, plain enough to be seen by the lantern which Ned had now lighted, was a series of natural steps leading up on the face of the rock. The s e were concealed behind a big fallen fragment, around which, on their visit, they had not gcme. "Why, this is just what we want," said Dick. "It will take us right up on High Rock." "Yes, but not to the top,'' replied the detective. "I only wish it would. I felt sure that it would at first, but that's where the best of us get left sometimes-feeling too sure." "That's what's the matter,'' replied Ned. "Lead on Show us how far up we can go." The Unknown sprang up the steps in lively style, consid ering his big boots, and Ned h e lped Edith to ascend. It was pretty hard climbing and decidedly dangerous, but at last they came up with the Unknown, who was standing on a broad shelf far up on the side of the rock. "So far so good,' he said. "What do you think of that view, Edith? Isn' t it a picture for an artist, now?" It was wonderful to look off at the mountains as they lay spread out before them, peal rising above peak, many white with snow, bathed in the pale light of that wonderful Arctic star display. "It's prettier by daylight," s aid the d e t e ctive who s e arti s tic taste was rath e r limite d, "and we'v e no time to spend gazing at it now. Just you follow me." The Unknown hurried on to the end of the shelf and passed behind a projecting spur ojlrrock leading the way into a natural tunnel some twenty fee t in length, which brought them out into a small cave. "Is this where we saw you?" asked Ned. "Yes; softly, now. We want to make as little noise as possible if we are going to discover anything, for I haven't the least doubt that every move we make has been watched and every loud word we s p e ak is overheard. Look here." The Unknown led them further on and all in a moment they found themselves at the edge of a precipi c e Edith drew back with a shudder. "Heavens What a dangerous place!" she gasped. ''Where are we looking-down into the cave?" "That's exactly it. The boys saw me up here." "Yes, and heard you, too. You nearly scared the life out of me," added Dick. :'The echo of this place is wonderful," said the Unknown. "I didn't speak much above my ordinary voice. I don't believe you heard me the first time I spoke, either. Here one's words are echoed and re-echoed, each time louder and louder until it gets to be the thunderous sound we heard that night." "I'd like to try it," said Edith. "Not now! Don't think of it. What I'd like to do is to put that light out." "Don't think of it!" said Ned. "Do you want us all to break our necks?" "It is just because I don't want you to break your necks that I don't try it. No, 'tain't safe, though we shall have to do it in a minute, and even then I am afraid we shall have waited too long, and my plans will all be spoiled." "I suppose it's no use to ask you to hurry up and ex plain your plans," replied Ned. "We've just got to be patient and let you do business in your own way." "I'm going to get a move on me right now, dear boy. Follow me. It ain't much further." Thus saying, the Unknown led the way over the rocks and pass e d into another chamber of the cave. Here he paused and pointed still further on. "See that place where the rocks are all broken and jagged?" he whispered. "Well, that' s where the blast was fired. Look along and you will see another ledge over hanging the cave. It' s my opinion that's the hole we heard them finishing, and it was the last of several and that all were fired at once. Of course, I don't actually know this but I have no doubt I am right." "I believe you," said Ned. "You can see where the holes were sunk. Where do we go now?" "We don't go. We stay right here and wait for the light. That infernal mining in the cave has kept every thing back. I had to wait till it was all over before I gained my point. I lay here on the rocks nearly all day waiting and watching, but I got there in th_ e end." "Wait for the light? What do you mean?" asked Dick. "Oh, I'm going to explain in a minute; but first of all look over there." The Unknown pointed to the wall on the other side of the chamber, and they now saw that it glistened like the polished surface of a mirror. "There you are!" be exclaimed. "That's what filled the cave with light. See how our lantern reflects on it. I tell you, boys, that's one of the greatest natural curiosities on earth. When I was on the island of Borneo, in : 82, I saw--" "No you didn 't!" broke in Ned. "You just quit that! I don t believe you were ever on the island of Borneo in your life; but that needn't hinder you from telling us what all that shiny stuff is." "Mica," replied the detective, with the real laugh he always gave when Ned called him down. "It's mica, and if we had a shipload of it in the States it would be worth a fortune; but now you've seen all there is to be seen here, and out goes the light." "Must we stay here in the dark?" asked Edith, du biously. "'rhat's what we've got to do if we expect to see any thing, and even then it's doubtful." "Tell me," said Dick; "do you suppose what we are say ing now is echoing through the cave?" I j l

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. 15 "No; I don't think it. I figure it out that one hm;: got to be close to the ledge to lean over and throw the voice down When I was here that first day I tried it on half a dozen times, but you didn't pay any attention. When I leaned over the ledge and called, though, you were up in arms at once." "Out goes the light if you are ready,'' said Ned; "but what are we expected to see?" "I'm all ready. Put it out. We've got to wait for the other light to come, and we may wait half the night and see nothing, for all I can tell Ned extinguished the lantern, and all seating themselves on the rock, the long watch began. An hour passed and nothing had occurred. The detective permitted them to talk in whispers, but they did not keep it up long, and although the silence grew almost painful, it was not broken until suddenly the mysterious light fl.ashed upon the wall of mica and the chamber was lit np from one end to the other. "There!" breathed the detective. "It has come at last." All waited breathlessly. After a few moments the same sharp whistle was heard again. It was immediately answered by a similar whistle coming from far below them, and yet the sound did not seem to come from the cave. "It's going to begin now," said the detective "Of course I can't tell you if you'll see what I saw, but I expect it. Just you wait." They had to wait several moments, and then a shuffiing sound was heard overhead and a attached to a stout rope came whirling down from above, shot past them and seemed to go right into the rock. "A shaft there?" whispered Ned. "Yes, and cme so deep that I couldn't see the bottom of it," replied the detective. "I don't know whether it is natUTal or whether it has been sunk by our mysterious neighbors, but there it is." "And the bucket has gone down?" "Of course. Watch till you see it come up, then you'll open your eyes." They had to wait about ten minutes. Then the rope was shaken and immediately it began to run through the pulley above-if there was a pulley, as the detective assumed-and after that the bucket flew past them loaded t o the brim with golden nuggets. It went up out of sight in an instant, and again all was still. "There!" whispered the detective excitedly "What do you think of that?" "Amazing!" said Edith. "Beats the band!" exclaimed Dick "The place where that gold came from is on my land,'' declared Ned, "and I mean to know the whole story." "Of course we've got to find it out somehow,'' replied the Unknown; "but how the deuce we are to do it beats me "I suppose you've tried every way in the wor l d to get up there?" asked Ned "Every way I could possibly think of to get up, or down, but I can't make it go. However, we must be patient and keep working; our chance may come yet." "There comes the bucket again,'' said Edith. They watched it as it went whirling down, then in a few moments saw it come up again loaded down with gold as before. Again and again the process was repeated, and finally the light was suddenly extinguished and the bucket came no more "That ends the programme for to-night, sure,'' said the Unknown. "Come, it's getting cold here and we may as well go down." As a matter of fact the thermometer had dropp e d almost to zero, but so interested had they been in watching the bucket that no one had noticed it. Lighting lantern, the Unknown led the way down off the rock, and that ended the ad ventures of the night. CHAPTER VII. TWO MORE BIG FINDS ON THE OLD CREEK BED. Next morning the sun got up at its usual late hour ancl found our Klondikers all hard at work. Nobody waits for daylight in Alaska during the winter months; to do that means nothing done. That morning there was a shifting sound of men. Those who stood guard and worked for Young Klondike during the previous days now went into the cave and mined on their own account, others coming out to tak e their places Thus it happened that Bill Bradley was with Ned that day The Unknown disappeared as usual immediately after breakfast, s:;iying that he was going to continue his explora tions, and Edith being busy with affairs of her own in the tent, Ned and Dick went out with the miners alone. "Tell you what it is, boss,'' said Bill Bradley, "I s'pose you know a lot about mining; you'd ought to, since you've made more lucky strikes than any one on the Klondike,. but I believe I could give you a wrinkle on thi s here place if I was to try very hard." "I wish you would then,'' replied Ned. "Kinder hate to, though. Seems as though you'd orter know all there is to be knowed about the business." "Not at all. There are none of us that know it all." "Yes, but look at the big strikes you've made right here. Could they be beat? I rather think not; and yet I seem t() see a chance that you haven't taken yet." "Out with it, then Of course if you know anything I don't, I want to know it. What chance do you see?" ''Well, now, it's just like this: supposin' you're right about this here being the bed 0 an old creek. Wouldn't .jt stand to reason that the most gold is to be found in the lowest point?" "Of course "That's it. Then why haven't you worked it?" "What do you call the lowest point?" "Don't you see them rocks over there? Ain't that it?" Bill pointed over toward the south wall 0 the sink a few hundred feet away

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16 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. Here at the foot of the mountain a quantity of loose rock had fallen; it lay piled up as high as a man's head and extended back against the wall. "What makes you think that's the point?" asked Ned. "The ground don't show any slope." "Why," said Bill, "it's plain enough. This here old stream coming down off of High Rock ran across the open arnl worked its way in under the mountain, or between the ledges, to speak more truly. What was the result? Down the rocks came tumbling and filled up. the hole it made '"l'hat there's the lowest point we can reach, and it's there thebest chance of making a rich strike ought to be." "Perhaps you're right. Suppose you take your men and go for it," replied Ned. "You understand, Bill, that it ain't my intention to work any of these claims until I can hire more men, which may not be under a few months. Of course the more strikes we make the better, and I'll tell you this much, if you strike it rich here you shall be the boss of the work when we begin it, and on most liberal terms." "That suits me all right,'' replied Bill. "'Twon't take no great time to get \hem stones away. Shall I let the other holes go and begin right on this?" "I wish you would." "It's as good as done then. We'll go right at it now,'' said Bill, and calling his men together, they started in to remove the stones. ,, This left Ned and Dick out, for without help they could do nothing toward prospecting, so they determined to do a little exploration on their own account as soon as the sun rose. Where the stones had been broken away from the side of the mountain ascent was comparatively easy, and Ned de termined to go up and see what could be found. Accordingly he and Dick, arming themselves with their rifles, a pickaxe, a spade and a pan, climbed up over the Tocks, coming, after they had gone up about two hundred feet, to a broad, level stretch some hundreds of yards across and fully half a mile in length. This was a.n unexpected discovery, for there was nothing to indicate it below. "By gracious, what a place for a fort this would be!" ex claimed Dick. "Two or three men could hold out here against a regiment-why, Ned, look over there!" Dick stopped short and pointed over to the wall where the tableland ended. "Silver!" cried Ned. "A mountain of silver!" It looked it. The wall for a long distance was of daz zling whiteness, the rays of the sun reflecting back from it as from the polished surface of a mirror. -"It can't be silver!" said Dick. "No, no! It ain't that; it's mica, such as we saw on High Rock, or else it's ice." They hurried across the tableland to examine, and found that Dick's last suggestion was the true one. The whole face of the rock was one glare of ice, extending upward to a distance of several hundred feet. "I suppose there's a pond up on top there, and it's over il.owed and frozen here against the rock as it fell,'' said Ned "That's it. One thing is explained anyhow." "Which is what?" "The shadows we saw thrown on High Rock that night." "I wouldn't wonder. Put two men here with a strong light behind them, I suppose their shadows would be thrown on the rock." "Of course; and how easy they could fire down at us. The only wonder is that we escaped." It seemed to offer a very satisfactory explanation of the mystery of the shadows, and the discovery set the boys to wondering why the place should have been visited by the unknown inhabitants of the sink. "Of course they had a reason for climbing up here," de clared Ned, "for they couldn't have known we were com ing into the sink that night." "Gold is the only reason worth considering, Ned." "I quite agree with you. Probably they have made a strike here." "Could there be a better place to look for one?" "Hardly. That ice means water coming down over the rocks in the summer time, and it's ten to one gold is washed down with it." "Suppose we start a prospect hole right here?" "I'm agreeable We'll take it where those stones are; that's about the middle, and the land seems to slope that way from all sides." The point indicated was about a hundred yards from where they were then standing, and when the boys got over to it another discovery was made by Dick. "Ned, this is very strange,'' he exclaimed "What is?" "Why, what becomes of the water that flows down over the rock?" "Sure enough There's no trace of it here." "Trace-yes; you can see the channel it has worn for it self, but the deuce of it is .it ends right here at this big flat stone." "It must run under it then." "Of course it must There's no other way." They tried to raise the stone then. It did not seem too heavy for two men' to lift, and yet the boys could not stir it, although they tugged and pulled for all they were worth "It beats me,'' said Dick, all breathless. "From the size of that stone I thought I'd be able to lift it alone." "Certainly we ought to be able to do it together. It acts just as if it was fastened down on the under side." "That would seem to be impossible "I tell you nothing is impossible in this strange place, Dick. That's just what it is, and you may depend upon it. We've got work to do here Young Klondike then threw aside his coat, and taking the pickaxe, worked it in under the stone and tugged and pried at it with all his strength. No use. The stone wouldn't budge an inch. He could not even loosen it. "Down goes a prospect hole right here, Dick,'' declared Ned, and having made up his mind to do it, no time was lost in carrying the plan out. Leaving their tools where they were, Ned and Dick de-l J

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. 17 scended into the sink again and told Bill Bradley of their discovery. "I want all hands,'' he said. "I want to see a hole down there inside of a couple of hours if such a thing is possible. Mining in the cave can wait." Now, with such a force as Ned had at his command, it was do a great deal. The men in the cave were called and a great fire was built all around the stone, and as the frost came out of the ground all hands went to work with crowbars and picks to break up the frozen soil. "I'll have that there stone up for you in just about two shakes," declared Bill Bradley. "Here, boys, lend a hand. The ground is soft enough now. Drive the bars in under it. That's the talk! Now then, all together and up she comes!" 'rhen there was force enough thrown upon the bars to raise a dozen stones, but it did not even start this one. "It's fastened below, that's what's the matter!" declared old Bill. But they now abandoned this idea, for half an hour's digging showed that the stone went down to a considerable depth. Then Bill asserted that it was ledge rock, and Neel was inclined to believe him. Work on the stone was abandoned and Ned ordered his force divided into two parties. "We must get ahead," he declared. "If there's any further strikes to be made I want to make them and know the whole story. You fellows had better work on the two pros pect holes to-day and to-morrow and get down to bed rock. You shall have two days work in the cave on your own ac count to make up for it later on." This means quick work, but even that was too slow to suit Neel and Dick. A force was put on the prospect hole under the stones and another on the tableland, but it was late in the after noon the following day before bedrock was reached in either case. It happened that Ned and Dick were at work with the gang on the lower hol e when they made their strike. "Here's your gravel, boss!" exclaimed Bill Bradley, turn ing up the last clod of frozen earth at a depth of twenty-two feet. The boys bent down eagerly to inspect the showing. "I can't see anything," said Ned. "No, nor I either," declared Dick. "Nobody says there's color here,'' answered Bill; "but we may as well work out a few panfuls and try it. Bet you a quarter it will prove richer than that hole of yours up on the mountain, boss. I don't look for anything at all there." "Don't you be so sure," laughed Ned. "Give me some chance on my hole, Bill." "Oh, this is yours too, boss. They're all yours. The whole place is yours. I should never have thought of looking for gold here if you hadn't started in on it. I'm only drawing comparisons against the two prospect holes." "They say comparisons are odious, Bill." "Bet your life! You ought to know. It's odious to try \ to dig up a stone what reaches down to China, and that's what the boys are doing up there on the hill." Having thus expressed his thorough contempt for Ned's operations on the mountain, old Bill loaded down a bucket with the newly found grav:el and it was hoisted up. Anoth er and another followed it, and then all hands went up to do the washing, which might have been satisfactory enough for a beginner, but it didn't suit Ned at all. About twenty dollars in coarse dust was left behind in the pans after the washing was over. Several other pans were tried, the yield ilo be in the same ratio. Old Bill Bradley was greatly chagrined. "Well, fifth strike, Young Klondike,'" he said. "It ain't such an almighty big one, is it? I sup pose you'll blame me for wasting all this time." "Not at all,'' replied Ned. "I'm glad to know how the gold runs in all parts of the sink. Of course it wouldn't pay us to work this prospect hole, though, with the cave and No. 2 and especially No. 3 ready for us." "I should say not." "How do you feel about No. 6 now, Bill?" asked Dick. "Meaning the one up the mountain?" replied the old miner. "Yes." "Don't see no reason to change my mind. I don't be lieve there's no gold there." "Well, we'll soon know,'' said Edith, who had come up in time to be a listener to this conversation, "for here come the men now." Ned looked up and saw the gang coming down over the rocks. "Hello! What have you fellows got to report?" he called out. "Nothing!" the foreman shouted baek. "We've got down on top of bedrock, boss, but there ain't no gold there." Bill Bradley was triumphant, and Ned, it is hardly neces sary to say, greatly disappointed, for somehow he had set his mind on making a big find there on the mountain. After supper the Unknown came in. He had put in a quiet day on High Rock, there being no work in the cave, and was greatly disappointed not to be able to report some fresh discovery. "There wasn't a thing done all day, Young Klondike,'' he said as he and Neel with Dick and Edith were having a talk in the tent. "Didn't you see the bucket go down?" Ned asked. "Not once. I watched for hours; there wasn't a sound." "Don't you think I'd better tell the boys all about it and start in for a general exploration of the place to-morrow?" "No, no! Not yet. It will only result in nothing. By the Jumping Jeremiah! if I can't find our mysterious neighbors, they can't. Anyway I want another chance." "Take your time," said Edith. "You'll get there in the end, Zed." "But it's the risk he runs that's bothering me," said Dick. "I haven't forgotten those shots on our first night here." "And you don't want to lose the crazy old Unknown, do

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18 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. you? Well, well; it wouldn't matter much! I begin to think I'm no good." "Time! Don't get off on that strain," laughed Ned. "Look out for yourself, that's all. And now, to change the subject : We didn't make much out of strike No 5." "I was afraid you wouldn't How about No. 6 ?" "Worse yet," said Dick. "The men who came down from there to-night reported just nothing at all." "I wouldn't trust to their report; Young Klondike is a better judge that any man in Alaska, British America, Greenland, the north pole, or--" "Hold on! That will do now!" broke in Ned. "Of course I'm very much obliged to you for your compliments, and if it wasn't so cold I'd take my hat off to you." "S'pose instead of doing that you keep your hat on and we all go up on the mountain and take a look at that hole and your wonderful stone which won't come up I haven't seen it yet "I second that motion," added Edith. "I haven't seen it since they got the hole down to any depth." ''You never could get up there in the dark, Edith," said Dick. "Don't you fret. I'd like to bet I could." "Of course she can," said the Unknown. "Show me the place where Edith can't go and I'll show you one where nobody can go. Come on, let's try it; we ain't ready to turn in yet, and we've got to spend the time somehow between this and bedtime It was this proposition of the Unknown's which spurred Young Klondike on to make his sixth strike. Taking their rifles and each one a lantern, they started up over the rocks. It was rough climbing in the dark, but they managed it without difficulty, and certainly Edith handled herself a great deal better than the Unknown, with his big boots, who went stumbling about at great risk of breaking his neck. When they reached the stone they found that a prospect shaft six by four feet had been sunk on the right side of it, the "stone" forming one of the end walls down to the depth of nineteen feet, where the ledge came in. As there was a short ladder in the hole, all hands went down to have a look. "Ye gods and little :fishes! It's no wonder you couldn't raise that stone," chuckled the Unknown "You might as well have tried to raise the whole mountain. What was that ghost story you were giving me about Bill and the men being able to get their bars in under it?" "So they did," replied Ned. "Don't you see the dip it takes there, about two feet down?" '"vVell, there is a dip; yes, I see." "Plenty of room for the bars to go under it, but of course we were all mistaken about its being a stone." "Here's the gravel all right," said Dick, kneeling down. "I don't see a trace of color, though." ''What a sharp dip the ledge seems to take toward the wall," remarked Edith. "It's a straight break; it looks as though our stone bad been cut right down or was a separate piece standing on the ledge." As she spoke Edith took up a crowbar which had been left by the miners in the hole and struck it against the wall, with a hollow sound. "What in thunder That ain't so solid as I thought for!" cried the detective. "It certainly sounds hollow," said Dick. Perhaps the water coming down off those rocks washed 1 out a hole inside there," said Ned. "That's what the noise seems to mean to me." He took the bar out of Edith's hands and struck it against the wall with all the force he could muster. There was a cracking sound and a great square of rock flew inward, to be beard tumbling down into depths beyond with a hollow, rumbling sound. "There's your cave!" cried the detecti>e. "Just as usual, Young Klondike was right." Ned caught up the lantern and :flashed it into the hole. "Well, well!" he exclaimed. "What do you think of this ? Look A chain !" There it hung, coming from the darkness above and ex tending down into the darkness below. "And a ladder," said Dick, peering over Ned s shoulder. "I'll be hanged if there isn't a ladder !" cried the de tective. "By tlie Jumping Jeremiah, you're right again, Young Klondike "There never was such a fellow in all the world for being perpetually right as you are. There's some way of raising that stone, after all." There could be no doubt about it. There was the lad der and there was the chain Tliey had broken through the thin wall and thus by the merest accident made this remarkable discovery "Hold your lantern, Young Klondike. I'm going up that ladder!" the Unknown exclaimed "And down," said Dick. "I go up first." "No, you don't. It's my discovery and my :first go," declared Ned; and he asserted his claim by ascending the ladder until he had his head right under the mysterious stone. Here he found that it was the chain which held the stone down, just as he had supposed. It .vassed through an iron ring, which with no little labor had been driven into the stone, and extended down into the gloom below 'rhere were four other rings, two driven into the stone and the other two into the ledge on either side of it, each carrying a stout hasp, which passed through the first pair of rings, holding the stone in place Ned loosed them and easily raised the stone off its bed. J Thus the mystery was solved so far, but exploration of that strange shaft, which seemed to be entirely natural, by the way, was yet to come. "Of course we all go down the ladder but Edith," re marked the Unknown, as Ned descended to rejoin his friends. ''Well, I rather guess Edith goes, too," she exclaimed. She never thought of such a thing as staying behind and was quite indignant with the Unknown for suggest ing it. "Of course she's coming with us," said Ned "The

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l YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. 19 idea of Edith holding back! She can climb a ladder as So he went along waving his lantern in front of him, well as you or I." followed by the others, who held their rifles ready for in"Oh, it ain't that," said the detective "Edith can stant use. manage the ladder all right. It is what we may strike The passage through the gravel was only about eight when we get to the bottom that's worrying me." feet, and this was evidently artificial. "I'll take chances," said Edith, decidedly. "Don't you When they got at the other end of it they found themdare suggest my playing rear guard again. I'll shoot a selves in another cave, just as they had expected, and here hole through your old plug hat if you say another word." came traces of their mysterious neighbors again. "Indeed! Well, in the face of such a dire calamity as There was a great heap of gravel which had evidently that I'm dumb," declared the Unknown. been taken out of the passage, and, moreover, there was Ned then started down tlrn ladder, followed by all hands, every evidence that this gravel had been carefully panned Edith bringing up the rear. for whatever gold it might contain. They managed to carry their rifles and lanterns, and it That it had been worked from the end at which they was such awkward climbing that Ned was only too glad to now were was evident, so the thing to do was to continue find that the distance they had to go was short, not over their explorations and find out what lay beyond. twenty feet, in fact. Then came a long walk through the cave, which was not The ladder ended before a narrow opening which seemed more than thirty feet wide, with high, rocky walls on either to have been cut through a gravel bed lying in a deep deside. pression in the rock. It did not run on a level, but was constantly leading Here the chain was passed through another ring in the them down, until at last the Unknown declared that they shaft wall and secured by a padlock. must be down to the level of the sink. "It's their way out!" cried the Unknown "Young Klon-He had no more than made the remark when the descent dike, I believe we've struck it at last and are going to find ceased and the bottom of the cave became as level as a floor. our way up on to High They continued on thus for a while until it seemed to "I ain't prepared to say that," replied Ned, "but it's sure Ned that if they were going in the direction of High Rock enough that we've struck something else." they must certainly have reached it, when all at once a "What?" sharp whistle sounded through the cave on ahead. "Look and see." "Stop!" breathed the detective. "It's just as I thought. "Look where?" We've struck our mysterious friends under High Rock." "There, in -the gravel." They all listened attentively. "Thunder!" cried Dick. "I see. It's gold!" For a while everything was quiet, and then all at once And so the sixth strike did amount to something after all. Ned saw a strange shadow flit across the line of the lantern's light far ahead in the cave. CHAPTER VIII. It was the figure of a man, tall, bareheaded and dressed THE WILD MEN IN THE CA VE. all in rags. "There's more or less gold mixed with the gravel all up For an instant the strange figure turned and looked at and down the wall here,'' said Edith, as she flashed her them, then throwing his hands high above his head with a lantern on each side of the passage. "I don't believe it half despairing gesture, he vanished in the gloom. would compare with either of our other strikes, though, "Come, that's something," exclaimed the detective. "By except, of coul'l'!e, No. 5. It is better than that." the Jumping Jeremiah! It's a relief to know that after all "No. 5 don't amount to shucks," said Ned. "That one there are human beings in these passages, don't count at all." for I had begun to wonder if we weren't dealing with "That's what's the matter," added Dick. "Still I don't ghosts." think it would ever pay us to work this unless we were dried "Ghosts be hanged," cried Dick. "I gave you credit for up elsewhere better sense than that, Zed. Hello! There he goes again." What a wonderful country is the Klondike, to be sure! Once more the strange figure was seen to spring acniss Here was a mine which would have driven an old Calithe line of light. fornian crazy. In the days of '49 such a discovery would have caused a rush from all sides, and here was Ned Golden and his friends turning up their noses at it, for everything goes by comparison, and under existing circumstances it cer tainly would not have paid Ned to work this claim. But what lay beyond? That was the question, and exploration of the mysteries of the passage was now in order. The detective led the way-he insisted upon it. "It's the right of my profession," he declared, "and I'm not going to be forced to take a back seat for any one." "It ain't the same," said the detective. "That's a shorter man than the one who went by before." "Surely there can't be two," declared Edith. "But there are, though. I tell you it ain't the same." "I'm sure you're right," declared Ned; "but let's watch and see if your ghost appears again." "Oh, that's no ghost; don't you fret yourself. I have a strong suspicion that one of those fellows is my man, though what can be more likely than that, knowing the sleuthhound is on his track-that's me, Edith-he has gone into hiding in this cave?" "Shut up!" said Dick. "Give us a rest on your man." J i

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20 YOUNG KLONDlKE'S SEVEN S'l'RIKES. "I wish I could get a rest on him myself, my lucky boy. Here I've been following him all over the world for years until nobod y will believe that he exists, anc1.--ye gods and little fishes! We've got to hustle or be shot!" The ring of a rifle caused the detective to break off short in his complaint, startling all hands as well, for the shot was instantly followed by another and another, and nobody was able to see from where they came "That's business!" cried Ned "Evidently the cave dwell ers don't intend that we shall go any further." "That's what's the matter," said the detective. "If we could only get sight of them. Edith, keep your eye peeled; there may be another shot." But there was;n't. Of course the lights had been ex tinguished. They waited breathlessly, expecting to hear the rifles speak again, but no sound came to break the si lence. "That's only a bluff," said Dick. "Nothing else in the world," declared the detective. "They don't mean that -we shall come any further, and I don't believe they have any intention of killing us It's my opinion they could have done that long ago if they had been so disposed." "Hark!" said Edith. "It seems to me that I can hear footsteps. It's horrible to stand here in the dark expecting to have those wild men pounce upon us at any instant." "I thought I heard some one a minute ago," said Dick; "and then it seemed to me that I must be mistaken "Hush! Hush! Listen!" breathed the Unknown "I do hear some one right now." Listening there, it seemed as if all could hear stealthy footsteps approaching at one minute, and then in the next there was such utter silence that Young Klondike thought they must be mistaken. Determined to know the truth, he struck a match and lit the lantern. Edith gave a quick exclamation, clapped her rifle to her shoulder and fired, for ,tj1ere right in front of them were the two men. As the rifle rang out one uttered a wild yell and both went nmning off into the darkness at full speed, while Edith fired again, but with no intention of hitting them, as lilhe afterward admitted. "Let's get out of this," said Ned ''It aiTJ.'t safe. We'll get back to camp and bring the men down here and explore the cave from one el'd to the other." They hurried back by the way they had come, the de tective keeping a sharp lookout behind them, but no one had been seen up to the time they reached the foot of the ladder. Now all began to breathe more freely, it must be admit ted, but Dick was disposed to growl and talk about running away. "That's all right," said Young Klondike "There's no use in taking too big a risk We want to keep the firm to gether if we can." "But," said Dick, "we were just on the point of making a discovery, and here we are on the dead retreat." "He who fights and runs away may live to fight another day," said the Unknown. "I suppose you have heard that wise saying, Dick? Young Klondike is right. Taking t o o big chances ain't going to pay us; better get on up the lad der, Ned I'll guard the rear." Ned sprang for the ladder and hurried up through the shaft, never dreaming of the painful surprise which awaited him at the top As he drew near the upper rounds he caught the glimmer of starlight above him and saw that the stone had been lifted from the opening, and yet he was positive that he had put it back in its place-something very easily done, by the way, for that part of the stone which formed the trap door, so to speak, was only a small square block fitting into the larger stone which they had first tried to move "Say, Ned, some one's been at work up there since we left," called Dick. "That's what! It must be some of the men from camp. Hello, up there! Hello!" Suddenly the opening was darkened, and Ned caught sight of the face of Oliver Owens, one of the miners and a man whom he had long distrusted. "That you, boss?" Owens called down. "Yes, yes!" shouted Ned. "Who's with you, Oliver?" "Two or three of the boys. Boss, have you made another strike?" "Yes," replied Ned, hurrying on up the ladder, feeling a curious uneasiness which he would have found it .hard to explain. "Then stay there and work it!" cried Owens. "We'll take care of the rest!" Down dropped the stone over the hole. "What in thunder does he mean by that?" cried Dick. "Treachery! Treachery! By the Jumping Jeremiah, ireachery!" called out the "Look out for your self, young Klondike! Oh, if I was only on top instead ot where I am!" Ned covered the remaining rounds in a moment, but before he reached the top he knew that the Unknown was right. He could hear a big boulder rolled on top of the stone. It struck upon it with a thud which hook the ladder and then all was still. "' "We are penned!" gasped Ned. "Oh, Dick! I didn't suppose there was a man in camp who would use us so." "It was Oliver Owens, wasn't it, Ned?" asked Edith, so quietly that you never would have supposed that anything unusual had occurred. "That's who it was, Edith." "The treacherous sucker! Does he mean to murder us?" stormed the detective. "Ned," said Dick, "we've been followed. The plan is to have us disappear mysteriously and then Owens expects to persuade the men to stay here and work our big strikes for th ems elves." It was perfectly evident that Dick's explanation was only too correct All in vain Ned tried to lift tlie stone. He might just as well have attempted" to move the moun tain, for the stone was held as firmly in its place now as it had been the ledge of rock, as they first supposed.

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES 2 1 The horrible t ruth was plain. They were prisoners here underground, with no prospect of escape by the way they had come in. What other chance remained it was impossible to say, but it meant another interview with the wildmen beyond all doubt. "Humph! We may as well go down again. There's no use standing on the ladder all night,'' said the Unknown, philosophically. They descended to the level in silence. Ned set his lan tern down and leaned against the rocks. "I wouldn't have believed it,'' he exclaimed. "After all l've done for those men! To think that one of them-anJ Oliver Owens above all others-would serve me snch a trick!" "It's disgusting,'' said the detective; "but that's what hu man nature is, and the older you grow the more you'll .find it out." "Isn't Owens the man you bought the clothes for, Ned?" asked Edith. "Yes, he is. I found him starving in Dawson-literally starving, and with hardly clothes enough to keep him from freezing. I was warned against him when I first hired him, but he told such a pitiful story that I was fool enough to take him." "It's a shame!" "It's worse! It means all sorts of trouble; but we'll have to face the music." "Bill Bradley can't be a party to such dirty business," said Dick: "I hope not; in :fact, I'm sure n ot." "Don't you be too sure of anything,'' exclaimed the de tective; ''but come, there's no use crying over spilled milk; here we are and here we are likely to stay, as far as I can see. What do you say-shall we push on and see where the passage leads us, or shall we put in the night here?" "1'hunder !" cried Dick, suddenly. ''What fools we all are! What's to hinder us from getting out the way we came in?" "Sure enough !" said Young Klondike. "Do you know, I was so excited that I never even thought to look at the hole in the wall But this hope was instantly swept away. "No go, Young Klondike,'' said the Unknown "It wouldn't have done you a bit of good if you had." "What do you mean?" "That the hole is stopped up, too." "Are you sure?" "Dead sure. Would I have been up to my business if I hadn't looked? I thought you saw it, of course." "I'm going to sure, though I can't rest till I do !" cried Ned, and away he went up the ladder again, followed by Dick. Of course the Unknown had made no mistake. The hole was completely obstructed by a big stone. "It's another of those big boulders which lay around on top there," said Dick, dejectedly. "No use, Ned." ''We might dig under it." "How could we work from the ladder? It would be next to impossible, and even if we succeede9in cutting through the wall, it's ten chances to one that the boulder is big enough to fill up the entire hole." "I suppose likely it is," said Ned, gloomily, "and I don't suppose there is much chance we could crawl under or over it. Well, well; this is a great state of affairs, to be sure !" "'1'ain't'like you to despair, Ned." "And you bet I ain't going to, Dick. I have no such idea We've been in some pretty tight snaps since we left New York, you and I, and we've always worked out some old way; we'll manage to work out of this." "And don't you .forget it. Let's go down." They had just started to descend when an exclamati
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22 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. Shouldering his rifle and carrying the lantern in his disengaged hand, the Unknown started off into the gloom. This was the time that Ned began to feel nervous, not so much on his own account as upon Edith's, for he now sincerely regretted his folly in starting out upon any such expedition at night. 'rhe way seemed shorter now, and they were soon down upon the level again, and up to the time they reached the place where they bad first discovered the wild men noth ing had occurred. "Now we enter upon unknown dangers !" said the de tective. "Heavens, how my heart beats! How my limbs tremble! Is this fear or what is it? Am I about to en counter my man here in the bowels of the earth and at last have the pleasure of snapping the bracelets upon him? Ha! the prospect is too rich for my blood It is over whelming! It is --" "Shut up!" broke in Ned. rious a matter to make fun of. going to strike ?" "This is altogether too seWho can tell what we are "Sure enough! I hope we may strike gold, Young Klondike. Far be it from me to indulge in any unnatural levity. I am out for business-for the dust, for escape from this dungeon, for my man and the glory of him, for --" The sudden ending of the cave put a period to the Un known's long-winded speech, which would have seemed silly enough to any one less well acquainted with the man. To the surprise of all, they came out upon a sandy floor which stretched away a few hundred feet, surrounded by towering crags, forming a perfect amphitheatre, with no apparent outlet except through the cave. For a moment all stood gazing about in silence, for, seen under the starlight, the place was most peculiar, and Ned and Dick had never viewed like it; but the Unknown broke tlre silence with a contemptuoua sniff. "Humph! Only another sink," he exclaimed. "I sus pected this. Where do you figYre it out we are, Young Klondike, or haven't you any idea?" "If you want my opinion, we are in the middle of High Rock." "That's mine, too." "How can it be?" asked Edith. ''Who told you High Rock was a solid mass, my dear?" replied the detective. "I supposed it was." "Of course. Let me tell you that supposes don't go here in the Klondike. What we are after are facts-cold facts. And don't we get them sometimes? Oh, no; not when t}\e thermometer was fifty-five below freezo last winter my poor frozen ears were not cold facts-not at all !" "Quit it! Quit it! I want to get down to business," cried Ned. "Do you really think we are in the middle of High Rock?" "I do. Where else would we be ?" "Why not in the mountain on the other side of it?" "\\ e haven't gone far enough for that." "I don't suppose we have; it must be the rock, as you say." "And why not? We know that there'11 a thundering big cave in the rock; why not another break like the one we are in now and are likely to stay in till morning, for all I can see." "Here was reasoning altogether unanswerable, but there was some further discussion of the question) al though, of course, no conclusion was to be arrived at. As complete an explanation of this new sink as was possible at night was now made, but no way out was dis covered. "We've got to wait for daylight, that's all there is about it," said Young Klondike. "Thank goodness, it's ever so mu1 h warmer here than it is outside." "It's cold enough anyhow," said Dick. "Edith had better go into the cave and lie down, hadn't she?" "I wouldn't do it for a thousand dollars," declared Edith. "I don't care whether I get any sleep or not; but I'm certainly not going to lie down in that horrible hole and take the chances of having the wild men pounce down on me." "But you'll freeze to death out here," said Ned. "How about the rest of you?" "We shall keep more or less on the move." "We'll keep together, anyhow. I'm so warmly dressed that if I was to sit down on the sand and lean my back against the rocks I believe I could sleep without getting so vGry cold." It is hard to imagine any one sleeping under such cir cumstances, for the thermometer was far below freezing; but Edith did it, and after a while Dick sat down beside her and went sound asleep, too." But Ned and the Unknown kept wide awake and fully on the alert. ''What do you think of all this, Zed?" Young Klondike asked, as they paced up and down the sandy floor of the sink. "Want to know my opinion?" "Of course, or I should not have asked it. "Then I think that our seventh strike is going to be the biggest one yet." "What makes you think that?" "Because I'm dead sure that we are going to find the place where that bucket of gold was hauled up from. Remember, we were away up on the rock then and now we are at the bottom of it; that's where the gold came from, dear boy." "It all s
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j YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. 23 "It seems as though they might. Edith could have hit passage leading into the rock. You see it might be easily them if she had chosen." closed up with a big stone like this one here, and-thunder! "It's a game of bluff all around, that's what it is. I've found it! Here it is!" Don't you fret yourself. We'll get out of this snap." It was the merest luck! Ned never dreamed of such a "If I ever do, let Oliver Owen s look to himself," said thing when he took hold of the big, loose rock which lay Ted, bitterly. "If there's any law on the Klondike he against the wall and pulled on it. 1 shall feel its foll force." To his surprise the rock rolled over and there was an "To the dogs with Klondike law! What's the matter opening about large enough for a man to crawl through. with Judge Lynch?" They could see daylight beyond; the passage was apparently "I believe in the law." no more than ten feet in length. "So do I--in lynch law for such a scoundrel as he is. "Sure, that's it,'' breathed Dick. "Shall I call Edith and Don't you fret; the boys will avenge us when they learn the Unknown?" the truth." "No, no. Let us finish our job first. I'm going right They had now reached the opposite side of the sink and in to see what lies beyond." were just about to turn and walk back again when Ned's "Look out for yourself, Ned." attention was suddenly attracted by a faint glimmer of "Never you fear. Give me my rifle, Dick. I ain't a bit light, which seemed to shine out through a crevice in the disturbed aeout this business. Will you come after me?" rock very close to where they stood. "Well, you can just bet I will. I ai-n't letting you go in He called the attention of the Unknown to it, and so there alone." faint was the light that the detective might have gone off It would seem as if High Rock was fairly honeycombed without observing it, sharp as he was. .rith caves and sinks, for all in a moment Young Klondik e "It's either the cave or the mysterious miners,'' he at found himself in another of those strange circular openonce declared. ings. "Let's listen. Peihaps we can hear something," sug-It was a sink, of course, but a very small one; the distance gested Ned, clapping his ear to the crevice. across the was not over twenty feet. It was some moments before he caught the faintest sound, Ned crawled into it and scrambled to his feet with an and then, instead of hearing voices, as he half expected, it exclamation which might easily have been heard outside. was only a noise like the rattling of a rope. "By gracious, Dick, here's the strike, and it's a t "It's the miners, Zed," he whispered. "As true as you dandy!" he cried. live they are at work in there." Half the floor space of the sink had been dug up; there The detective listened. was a prospect hole some twenty feet Eleep right in front of "You're right,'' he replied after a moment. "There goes where Ned stood. the bucket up. Now we know one thing: we are on the side Down into this hole a rope descended from the rocky of our old cave, and if the boys work in there to morrow I wall high above them. There was a bucket attached to the believe we can make them h ea r us." rope, and various mining tools lay scattered around, but "It ain't likely." most interesting of all was a great heap of golden nuggets "I say it i s; but we won't wait for that. I tell you what lying on the bottom of the hole. the thing is, Ned. Those fellows have concluded to leave "We've struck it at last!''' breathed Dick. "We've hit the us alone and they are going on with their work; we must nail square on the head! What will the Unknown say to get in where that light is if we can." this?" Now this was something easy enough to talk about, but "If he says what's true he'll have to admit that we've got decidedly difficult to do in the dark. ahead of him and have found what he C<'>uldn't. Dick, this The search for an opening in the wall amounted to nothis just immense." ing then, but when daylight came at last-and it came "Yes, if we can hold it." 1 without the least alarm having occurred-Young Kiondilte "Hold it! What are you talking about? Ain't it all r met with better success. ours? I gufssyoo!" Matters had now become desperate, for all hands were "Of course it's ours, but we've got to get out of this snap getting horribly hungry, and unless they could find some first." way out of t he sink starvation would soon be staring them "Here's a way out. If that rope is fast above I can go in the face. up hand over hand to that chamber where we watched the This was what made Ned suggest a new examination of bucket." the wall all around the enclosure. "And have the wild men cut the hope while you are on Starting from the cave, Edith and the Unknown went it? No, sir! None in my plate if you please; besides, 1 one way and he and Dick the other, and as it happened there's Edith, and I don't believe the Unknown could ever I they came first to the place where the light had been seen get up by that rope." the night before. "What's the matter with my going around and raising i "Here's whQre the opening ought to be, Dick;'' said Ned, the stone? But, come, there's no use in discussing what l "and if it ain't found here I shall be very much surprised; will only be tried as a last resort; first thing is to get down let's be particularly careful; my idea is that there is another among those nuggets and see what they are like." I

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.:. 24 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. Thus saying, Ned caught hold of the rope and tried it, finding it firm enough so far as that went He then dropped down into the hole wile Dick kept a sharp lookout. "This is the richest hole ever I saw," called Ned. "I don't beiieve there's anything on the Klondike to touch it. "Seems to me I can see the nuggets sticking right out of the gravel." "They are there, lot s of 'em-thousands of 'em. Dick, this mine will be worth a mint of money to us." ''I don't suppose there ever was a more inconvenient one to work." "It's bad enough, but that can, be managed. All we need is a steam hoist and a little rigging and the whole business is done." "Meantime we want a few pans of those nuggets to take out and show to Edith and the Unknown." "That's what. We're right about it! Hello! It's snowing again." The storm had swept down upon them suddenly, as these Arctic storms have a way of doing, to the grea discomfort of the Klondikers. Of course the boys could see very little sh.-y, or they would have perceiyed its approach, and now down came the whirl of flakes with such earnestness that it threatened to bury everything in a very short time. "By gracious it means business, don't it!" exclaimed Dick. "It will be a b:.d job if it keeps up long; then there'll be nothing for it but to take refuge in the cave." "Can't be helped," said Ned, who was busy filling the bucket. "I'm scraping in n-aggets just now and don't care." 'l'he bucket was now full, and Dick drew it up, pouring its contents into an old pan, of which there were several lying around. Again Ned filled it and still again, but without making any perceptible difference in the bulk of the pile in the bottom of the hole. After that be caught th
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2G YOUNG KLOND IKE'S SEVEN STRIKES. some projecting rocks and there were a series of natural steps leading up upon the ledges which towered above them. "Do we go up here?" asked Ned "Yes, to our house," replied Frazer "It i s not much of a place, boss, only a cave like all the rest, but you shall see it, and then you shall know what sort of men you have been trusting; then you will find that we hain't the worst-no, we are not." It was a long pull up the rocks; some places were so rough that it was all they could do to make the climb. At length they came out upon a broad shelf overlooking the main cave Here was the edge of the shaft also, for the opening into the small sink was nothing more. Frazer now explained that there was no way of reaching the top of High Rock that they knew of and he led the boys to the edge of the shelf and pointed down. It was fearful to look into the cave from this dizzy height Lights were flashing about and they could see the miners, looking as small as ants, working in the prospect hole "Do you want to see their faces, marster ?" asked Frazer. "Do you want to know who they are?" "We want to see how you flashed that light," said the Unknown, "and I suppose that is what you mean." "That's it, rnarster; it is very simple. See here." H e took Ned's lantern, which had been broughtalong, lighted it and placed it on a ledge as high up as he could r each Immediately a dazzling white light was thrown down into the cave below. mica on the rocks overhead there,'' cried the Un known, pointing up "There's your reflector, boys. It was mica "that did it. Right above them the rocks shelved over, although there was an opening on top. The mystery of the light was now explained. As Ned gazed clown he could see the miners l ooking up, and he involuntarily drew back. "You ileed not be afraid, marster; they cannot hear you," said James Frazer, speaking almost for the first time; "but you can hear every word they say Put your ears here against the wall "What's this, what's this? Is a whispering gallery to be added to the other wonders of High Rock?" cried the Unknown Reel clapped his ear to the wall at the spot indicated by James Frazer. ro his astonishment he could hear voices talking as if from a great distance. Each voice was clear and distinct. He was able to rec ognize Bill Bradley's and Oliver Owens'. ''It's that infernal light again," Owens was saying. "If it ain't the devil's work I don't know what you call it; but it ain't going to scare away from here." "Nor any of us," growled Bill Bradley's hoarse bass "We haven't done away with Young Klondike & Co. to be scared off of such.digging as this." Neel turned pale "Dick," he whispered, "it's wonder ful I can hear every word, and say, you wouldn't believe it. Bill Bradley's in the p l ot, too." "Bill? It can't be !" cried Dick. "Bill is the most honest fellow going." But it was. What Young Klondike had heard he had heard, and when Dick Luckey came to clap his ear against the rocks he heard something more startling still, which must be reserved for the next chapter to explain. CHAPTER XL BACK TO ISLA:N'D. "What on earth ails you, Dick?" cried Edith. "You look as white .as though you had seen a ghost "Hush!"breathed Dick. "I want to listen. Great heavens, Neel, who would have supposed that Bill Bradley eoul d be such a scoundrel?" "Ah, marster, what did I tell you?" said Robert Frazer. ''Us has a-listening, brother and me, and when I hecred 'em and understood what it all meant, we went down to look for you, detarmined to try no more to scare you away, for right is right and--" "There! That's all! They've stopped talking now!" broke in Dick, pul.ling away from the wall. "Ned, w!;iat clo you suppose?" "You'd better tell it, Dick. I heard enough to show me what Bradley was!" cried Ned. "4 hypocrite, a scoun drel. But what now, Dick?" "They mean to start for the island in an hour's time, and their intention is to clean out the place and take pos sessi t n of it." "What What !" cried the Unknown "Is Nat Ring in the plot, too ?" "No, not they intend to kill him; but most of the men on the island are, ancl the few who are not will be kill eel, too." "Dastardly!" cried Edith. "It's abominable," said Ned. "We must get over there a.t once." "That's it," said the detective "The sooner we make a move the better.: but how can we get over to the isla n d without those scoundrels seeing us?" "It's easy," said Robert Frazer, "I will show you a w ay out of the main sink which will shorten your road to the island a mile "That's bu s iness," cried Ned. "Don't forget it, nir. Frazer, that we'll soon make you comfortable1 and as for reward --" "Don't talk to me about reward. I don't want any," broke in the gold hunter. "Give us clothes, give us food; that's all we want What do I want of money? Look here Close to where they stood the rope came up out of the sink, passing through a pulley overhead, and just beyond that where the rocks jutted out was a spacious cave to which the Frazers now lccl the party; Ned had no sooner passed inside the entrance than he saw what the man meant A great pile of gol den nuggets lay against the wall. It was a fortune in itself; but it did not help these freez ing, starving prospectors a bit. There were two rifles hanging against the wall and there

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YOUNG KLOr DIKE'S SEYE:N STRIKES. 27 were pots and pans and mmmg tools, a couple 0 bear never struck the gold hunters 0 High Rock, and Young skins for beds and a very small supply 0 food, which Klondike never \rould have made his seven strikes," added Robert Frazer showed them, declaring it to be all they had. the detective; "but that don't make any pian or us, and ''We'll soon fu that,'' said Neel. "Show ns the way back we've got to make one if we expect to escape, or we can't to the island and you needn't worry. All that gold is run away unless we are anxious to freeze to death yours, and all that you can get out from below until we re "Leave that to me," said Ned quietly. "All I ask is to turn goes with it. After that I shall expect you to turn get to the mill first. I'll do the rest." the mines over to us.'' There was no trouble in doing this, for it was only about "We'll do that cheerfully, marster. Will you start now?" a mile across to the island from where they were. "Right now Of course it was certain that the miners could see them, Then Frazer showed them a way down to the shelf where but Ned knew very well that they hacl no glass and would they kept guard the night they "\latched the bucket, and not be able to make out who the y were. after that it was easy work getting clown to the level of the Then, on the other hand, there was the question of being big sink. seen from the island. This was something Neel particu "Stay here, boys,'' said the Unknown. "Before we make larly wanted to avoid, and in order to clo it he made a slight another move I want to do a little detective work. I want detour ancl approached it on the side opposite the mill, 110w to find out, if I can, just when Bradley ancl his gang hidden by the hill which rose in the middle of the island. to start There was no lookout, no one to observe them, all hands "Don't leave us,'' said Dick. "For goodness sake let's being no doubt busy in the shaft. a U keep together. If you should be seen we'll have to fight Now the mill on Golden Island as it was called was ' i t out right here actually nothing more than a big frame structure built "Don't you fret. I know my business All I want is to over the main shaft sunk to reach the gold deposit. get a squint at them,'' replied the detective, and off he Here the miners lived and worked The gold was went brought up out 0 the shaft and dumped in one of the He was back in less than ten minutes with the startling runs, where it was washed and the gravel thrown ont, the news that the miners were packing up and getting ready to dust and nuggets then being transferred into another and mo-ve. smaller room, where all was weighed ancl packed in small This started up 1.he whole party, 0 course, ancl the Frazboxes, ready for shipment to Dawson City. ers led them to a canyon on the opposite side of High Rock Beyond this room was the tool room, and on the other from the entrance to the cave. side the big living room of the miners, all being thus con 1 : "There you are, marster," said Robert. "H you follow centrated under one roof. this canyon you will come out on tl}e shore of Lake a Now Young Klondike fully appreciated the danger of mile nearer the island than by going the other way, and the rough life he lecl, surrounded by men all eager or gold that ought to give you a good start To proyide against it he had caused a trap door to be built They took leave of the gold hunters here, as it seemed in the floor of the tool room, which connected with a ladder cruel to ask them to go any further, unprotected as they leading down into a cave, which in turn opened out upon were from the cold. the shore. Hurrying through the canyon, they came unexpectedly out upon the shore of Black Lake just as they were begin ning to wonder if they had been deceived or were going wrong altogether. "Leave off there!" cried the detective. "There you are, Young Klondike; the men are just starting now They could see them moving away from the sho r e trail I off upon the ice, single file. "Confounded traitors!" cried the Unknown, shaking his fist at them "Oh, don't I wish I had the power to clap the handcuffs on every mother's son of you! Wouldn't I enjoy that!" "We may get there yet," said Edith; "but we've got other "ork to do first, and that's to win over the men remaining at the mill to our side ''I'm afraid it's going to be a hard thing to clo," said Dick. "From what I heard Bradley say, they are all fixed as it is The plot was to dispose of us and seize the mill last night, but our move up to High Rock broke that all "Lucky or us," said Edith. "Decidedly. If we hadn't made the move we'd have He led the way to the entrance to the cave now, and having dodged in under the overhanging rocks, they all here halted "Come," said Dick, "I'm going it blind What are you going to do, Ned?" "Exactly," said the Unknown. "That's what we want to know. What are you going to do?" Ned laughed softly. ''I'll fix 'em," he said "Just you follow me," and he led the way into the cave CHAPTER XII. NED OPENS THE llLACK BOX. Passing through the cave to the ladder, Neel went up and opened the trap door, and all hands found themselves in the tool room The door leading into the packing room was instantly thrown open and a miner named Joe Covert looked in. "Hello, boss, that you?" he exclaimed, great l y surprised. "I didn't see you coming over the l ake, and I was l ooking out the window, too

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28 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN ST.RIK.ES. "Joe,'' said Ned quietly, "tell 1\Ir. Ring I'd like to see him." "Sartain. Where's Bill Bradley and the boys?" "They're coming." asked the man uneasily. "Yes; they are right behind us. What's the matter, Joe?" "Ask Ring. I'm mum," said the man, touching his fin ger to his lips, and he went out softly, closing the door. In a moment Nat Ring, the foreman, came hurrying in. "Great heavens, Mr. Golden, I'm glad to see you back again!" he exclaimed. "I've got terrible news to tell you! I--." "Ilold up, Ring." "No, no! Let me speak! This is of the highest im portance. I--" "You want to tell me that there's a plot on foot for the men to rise up and murder us and seize the mine." "That's it. How did you find it out?" "Leave Young Klondike alone for finding out what's for his interest to know," muttered the Unknown. "By the Jumping Jeremiah! if the world has to come to an end next week I believe he'd get noti'ce the day before." "I know," said Ned. "Ring, how many men have we here now?" "Forty-two, boss." "Where are they?" "Mostly in the shaft and working on the fires outside getting ready to sink them new prospect holes." "How many can we depend upon to stand by us in case of a fight?" "I don't believe there's more than ten." "Joe being one of them?" "Every time. He was the one who gave me warning. To tell you the honest truth, Mr. Golden, I never expected to see any of you back again, and--" "I shall have to cut you short, Ring. How many rifles are there?" "One for every man. Your crowd took them, I sup pose?" "Yes. Ring, you are a notary public and a commissioner I of deeds, aren't you?" "Why, yes." "What in thun,P.er are you dri vjng at, Young Klondike?" cried the detective. "I've left all this to you so far, but if you are going to switch off onto such tommyrot questitms I shall have to take a hand in." "Hold your horses, Zed. When we know who you are \\ e'll let you be boss. Ring, ring the bell and call up all hands!" "'Ring, ring the bell!' Ye gods and little fishes! If 1 didn't know you to well I should be inclined to you'd taken leave of your senses!" cried the Unknown. But Nel would give him no satisfaction, and Ring did ring the bell, and in the men came trooping, some out of the shaft, some from the big prospecting fires which were burning on the level land below the hill. Ned, Dick and Edith all ranged themselves in a row, with the Unknown standing a little in front of them, facing the men as they came in. 1\fr. Ring, looking rather white and scared, took up his stand alongside of Ned. Before Ned, resting on a table, was a small, black ja panned cash-box. "Boys," began Young Klondike, "I have f.!alled you up here to have a little talk. You know I've been rather lucky here in the diggings; perhaps it's because my partner is lucky; perhaps it's due to the presence of a lady which we all know always brings luck to a camp." He paused. The men eyed him curiously. There were some sullen faces among them, too. "Now, boys," co. ntinued Ned, "I went out to make a strike, and T've made seven. Are you glad? You ought to be, for I've treated you fair and square. Some of you look glad, and some of you don't, but I'm going to make you all glad-I'm going to open this black box!" Now he had thoroughly aroused their curiosity. Kot a man among them who did not feel anxious to know what the black box contained. Ned drew a key from his pocket and opened it, taking out six blank deeds. These he arranged like a hand of cards and held them up, saying: "Blank deeds, boys! Six! I can't work more than half a dozen mines, and I'm working that many now. Of these seven strikes I only want one. The others I'm going to make over to you, and they are rich ones, and don't you forget it, or if they don't prove so, we'll go out and strike six more." "Hooray for Young Klondike!" shouted Joe Covert. Severaljoined with him, others seemed to hang back. "On condition," continued Ned, "that you organize yourselves right here into six companiP
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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S SEVEN TRIKES. 29 Did he get it? Well, rather! The average Klondiker is on the look out for himself. member of the six companies was anxious to in crease the membership Probably they reached there in d 1e time, for seme were afterward seen in Dawson City; but at all events Young Klondike was never troubled by them again. "We'll stand by the boss!" cried Bill Bangs, and it was he who went out to meet the Bradley nnd Oliver crowd. ; What do you fellows want here?" he called as they approached the island. "'l'he boss is dead; there's a big accident happened!" answered Bradley. "We've come back." In a few weeks six successful mines were being operated at High Rock and Ned was just getting ready to begin on the seventh, which he ultimately put in charge of the Fra zer brothers, who proved to be very decent fellows, once they were washed, dressed and properly fed. "Who's dead? By the Jumping Jeremiah, who's dead? shouted the Unknown, rnnning out, followed by Young Klondike, Dick, Edith and every man of the mill. 'rh seven strikes turned out good ones, and the seventh was the best of all, greatly to the wealth of the firm of Golden & Luckey. "You're not wanted here !" called Ned. "Leave this island, every one of you !" Up went the rifles-forty-seven of them, including Nat Ring's. But Ned Golden did not remain on the Jennings patent ipany weeks. New discoveries claimed his attention and new and strange adventures came to him, in which Dick, Edith and the Unknown snared. And they left-left in a hurry, too, for Ned led his men down on the ice after them. The next story of the series gives a full account of these. 'rhe last seen of the Bradley-Oliver gang they were off on the dead run toward Forty Mile. Read it and you will find it highly interesting. It is en titled "Young Klondike's Journey to Juneau, or Guarding a }1illion in Gold." THE END. -Usef-u1 a:n..d.. 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Submarine Uruise. 127 Across t .he Desert of_ Fire: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'11 Mflrvelous 'L'rip to a Strange Oonntry. 128 Over Two Continent,s: or, Frnnk Reade, Jr.'s LonR Uistance Flight WitH Ilis New Air-Ship. 129 The Coral J ... abyrinth; or, Lost Witb Frank Reade, Jr., iu a Deep 8P& Oave. 130 Along tl.Je Orinoco; or, WHh }! ... rank Reade, Jr., in Venezuel&. B y '"'"NONAME." 131 Across the En.rth: or, Frank Rende, Jr.'s Latest Trip With Hi' Now Air-Ship. 132 1,000 Fathoms Deep; or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in the Sea of Gold. 133 The Island in the Air; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s 1'rip to the Tropics. 134 ln the \fild 1\.fan's J ... and: or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in tbe Heart of Australia. 135 The Sunken Jsthmus; or, With Frnnk Reade. Jr., in tbe Yuc1ata.n Uhannel Witll His .New ::iubmarine Vecht thei "Sen Diver.'' 136 The Lost Oarav110: or, Frank Reade. Jr., on the 8t11ked Plains With His Electric Racer." 137 Ship, the" Spet'tre." 138 The Weird lsl11nd: or, Frank Reade. Jr.'s Strange Submarine..Sen.rch for a Deep Sea Wonder. 139 'fhe Abandoned Country: or1 Fran:t Reade, Jr., Ex."1Horing a New Contin'lnt. 140 Over the Steppes; or, Adrift in Asia With Frank 141 Sea; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Under Water Cruiso. 142 Int.he Black Zone; or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Quest for the Mountain of lvory. 143 'l'be Lost Navigators; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Mid-A it 144 ;N Trip of Mystery. 145 the Tropics: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Adven-tures in the Gran Chaco. 146 In \Vb1te L11.titudes; or, Frank'" Reade, Jr.'s Ten 'fhousand Mile }'light Over the F'rozen North, 147 an 148 The Rlack Mo1?ul; or, 'l'hrough I11dia Witb Frnnk Rende, Jr., A bollrd His" Electric Boomer." 149 fli's 150 'fhe lilack Squadron; or, Fra1;k Reade, Jr . in the Indian Ocean With His Submarine Boat the 0 Rocket." 151 'l'be Prairie Pirat.es: or. Ji'rank Reade, Jr.'e Trip to TeJas With His Electric Vehicle. thfll "Detective." 152 Over the f)rientj or, }!"rank Reade, Jr.s 'fravels in 'l'urkey With His New Air-8bip. 163 The Black Whirlpool: or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Deep Sen. 8enrch ror a Lost Ship. 154 The Silent City; or, Frank Reade. Jr.'s Visit to a 8tr&njl:e People \Vith ltis New Electric Flyer. 156 The White OeFiert; or, li'rank Reade, Jr.'s T rip to_the Land of Tombs. 156 Under th9 Gnlf of or, F rank Rende, ,," K1:plorin11r the Sunken Reef of l.iold With His New 8ubmuiae Bont. 157 The Yellow Khan: or, Frank Reade, Jr., Among the 'l'hugs in Central Jndif\. 158 Fraak Ht>ade, Jr., in Japan With Hi:S War Cruiser of tbe Clouds. 159 Fr11nlc Rende, Jr., in Cuba: or, Helping the Patriots Witb His Ln.test Air-Ship. 160 Chasing a Pirate; or, Ji'rnnk Reade, Jr., on a Desperate Cruise. 161 In the Land of Fire; or, Fr.auk Reade, Jr., Among the Head Hunters 162 7,000 Miles Undergr::mnd; or, Frank Reade, Jr., Ex ... 163 or, Frank Reade, Jr., and tbe Ghosts of Phantom Tsland. 164 The Uloud Uity; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Most Wonderful Discovery. 165 Tbe White A toll; or, Frank Reaiie, Jr., in the South Pncitic. 166 u 167 37 Bngs ot Gold: or, !frank Reade, Jr. Hunting for & Sunken 8teamer. Search for the Reef of Pearls. 170 The Desert of Dea.th ; or, Frank Reade, Jr., Ex:plor ing an Unknown Lnnd. 171 A Trip to the Se& of the Sun i or, With Frank Reade, Jr., on.a. Perilous Uruise. 172 fhe Black LRgoon ; or, Frank Ren.de, Jr,'s Submar ine :Search for a Sunken Oity in RuMia. 173 'rhe Mysterious Brand; or, Frank Reade, Jr., Solv ing & Mei:icnn Mystery. 174 .. ing Star." 175 Under t .he Great Lnkes; o?, }'rank Reade, Jr.'s Latest Submarine Uruise. 176 The l\fa,iric Mine; or, Frnnk Reade. Jr.'s Trip Up the Yukon with His E lectric Combiua-tion Traveller. 117 Across Arn.bi&: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search for the }l,orty 'J'h ieves. 178 'fhe Silver Sen.; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Cruise in U nknown Waters. 179 In the Tundra&: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Latest Trip Through Northern ARia. 191 The Circuit or Cancer: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Novel 'l'rio Around the World With His New Air Ship the Fli2bt." 181 The Sacred Sea i or, Frank Reacle. Jr .'s Submarine Exploits Among the Dervis1eg of India. 182 1'he I.and of Dunes: or, With Frank Reade Jr., i n the Oesert of Gobi. 183 Six Days Under Ha.van" Hnrbor ; or, Frank Reade. Jr.'s :Secret Service Work .F'or Uncle Sam. For s a le by a ll n ewsdeale r s in the United States a n d Canada, or sent to your address, post .. ;-ald, on receipt of the p r i ce, 5 cents. Ad J dres s FBA'NX TOUSEY, Publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York.

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[ BOOKS THAT TELL YOU EVERYTHING. No. 39. How ,., Uogs J>oultry, Pig eons and Habbits. A useful md instructive bo ok. Handsomely illustrated. By lra Dro fraw. Price 10 cents. Address Frank 'l'ous ey, publisher, 29 \Vest 26th Street, New York. No. 40. How to l\Iake and Set Traps.-In eluding hints on how to eatch mol es, wease l s otter, rats, squirre l s and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously By J. Harri11gton Keene. Price 10 cents. Address Frank 'l'ousey, pr '.Usher, 29 \Vest 26th Street, New York. No. 41. 'l'he Uoys of New York End J\Ien's Juke a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men. No a mateur minstrels i s complete without this wonderful little book. Price 10 cents. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 42. 'l'he Hoys of New York Stump Speaker.-Containing a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end men's jokes Just the thing for home amusement and amateur shows. Price 10 cents. Address Frank 'l'ousey, publisher, 29 West 26t h Street, New York. No. 43. How to Become a tainmg Lhe grandest assortment of magical il lusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards, incantations, etc. Price 10 cents. Address Frank 'l'ou sey publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 44. How to Write in an Albnm.-Con taining se lected suitabl e for a n y time. or o ccasi on. Also acrostics and valentmes. Price 10 cents. Address Fra.r.k 'l'ousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 41l. The Boys of New 'York Minstrel Gnide and Joke llook.-Something new and very instruct ive. Every boy should obtain this book as i t contains full instructions for organ izing' an amateur n'instrel troupe, an Break, Ride, and Drive a .tiorse.-A complete treatise on the horse De scribing the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road ; also valuable recipes for diseases peculiar to the horse. Price lOcents. For sale by a ll newsdealers, or sent, post-pa.id, on receipt of price. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 48. How to Builcl and !>ail Canoes. .t'I. h andy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most pop \I.Jar manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By C. Stansfield Hicks. For sale by a ll news dealers in the United Slates and Canada, or 11ent to your address. post-paid, on receipt of the .irice. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 2 6th Street, New York. No. 49. How to J>ebate.-Giving rules for ,_,.,nducting outlines for debates, ques tions for discussion, and the best sources for procuring infoi'mation on the questions given. Price 10 cents. For sale by a.II newsdealers in United States and Canada, or sent to your address, post-paid, on recei"{lt of the price. Ad dress Frank TollSey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. N<>, 50. R n vto Stuff Birds and Animal s A valuable book, giving instructions in collectin!I' preparing, mounting, and preserving birds, ammals, ar1d insects. Piice 10 cents. For s ale .tt a.II news-stands, or sent post-p aid, on receipt of price. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. N o. 51. How to D o Tricks With Carcls. .Jontaining explanations of the general princi pies of sleight-of-hand applicable to c ard tricks; of ca.rd tricks with ordinary cards. and not re quiring sleight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleightof -hand, or the use of specially prepared cards. B7 Professer Haffner. With illustra tions. Pr1ee 10 cents. For sale by all news dealers, or sent, post-paid, to any address on re ceipt of the price, by Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New '.I'. orl<. No. 52. How t o Play Cards.-A complete and bandy littl book giving the rules and full directions for vlaying Euchre, Cribbage. Cas aino, Forty-Five, Rounce. Pedro Sanch o, Dra w Poker, Auction Pitch, All Fours. and many other po!f.lar games of c ards. Price 10 cents. For sale all newsdealers in the United States .. nd Can a.. or we will send it to your address, tree of postage, on receipt of the price. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, ll'_ice. Address Frank Tousey publishe r 29 West 2 6 t h Street, New No. 64. How to lllake Electrical .llCv chines.-Containing full directions for making electr i cal 1nachines, i nduction coils. dynan1os, and many novel toys to be worked by elec tricity. By R. A lt. Bennett. Fully illus trated. Price 10 cents. For sal e by a U news dealers in the United States and Canada, or will be sent to your address post.-paid, on re ceipt of price. Address Frank Tousey, publisiler, 2
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,YOUNG 0 0 N"" T .A. IN"" IN"" G P MRI OT IC W i \ Jil STORIES . LITHOGRAPHED COLORED. COVERS. 32 Solid Reading Pages. EVERY STORY COMPLETE. ( Price 5 Cents. -Price 5 Cents. ALREADY PUBLISHED: No.1. Young Glory, the Hero of the White Squadron, By Commodore Morgan No. 2. Young Glory on Shore; or, Fighting For the Stars and Stripes, By Author of Young Glory No. 3. Youn' Glory and the Spanish Cruiser; or, A :Qrave Fight Against Odds, By Author of Young.Glory No. 4. Young Glory in Cuba; or, Helping the Insurgents, .. By Author of Young Glory No. 5. Young Glory Under Fire; or, Fighting the Spaniards in Cuban Waters, By Author ofYpung Glory No. 6. Young Glory in Morro Castle; or, Rescuing American -Prisoners, By Author of Young Glory For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 6 Cents Per Copy,.. by FRANK TDUSEY, Publisher, 29 ""VVest 26th St., Ne-w York.

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YOUIG ILOIDllE. STORIES OF A GOLD SEEKER. Handsomely Colored Covers 32 PAGES. ISSUED TWICE A MONTH. Price 5 Cents. Price 5 Cents. ITo. 1. Young Klondike; or, Off For the Land of Gold, By An Old Miner ITo. 2. Young Klondike's Claim; or, Nine Golden Nuggets, By Author of Young Klondike ITo. 3. Young Klondike's First Million; OJ', His G:reat Strike on El.Dorado Creek, By Author of Young Klondike ITo. 4. Young Klondike and the Claim Agents; or, Fighting the Land Sharks of Dawson City, By Author of Young Klondike No. 5. Young Klondike's New Diggings; or, The Great Gold Find on Owl Creek, By Author of Young Klondike So. 6. Young Klondike's Chase; or, The Gold Pirates of the Yukon, By Author of Young Klondike Ro. 7. Young Klondike's Golden Island; or, Half a Million in Dust, By Author of Young Klondike ITo. s. Young Klondike's Seven Strikes; or, The Gold Hunters of High Bock, by Author of Young Klondike For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents Per Copy, by FRANK TDUSEY, Publisher, 29 )IV"" est 26th St.,


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