Isl11Ud Semi-Momhl11-B11 Subscription fl,25. per year. Entered as Second mass Matter at the New Y o rk, N. Y.,. Post O.ffice, T March 15, 1898, by Frank T o usey. No. 10. NEW YORK, J u l y 20, 1898. Price 5 Cents. -OR-WORK1NG THE UNKNowN's CLAIM. Bv Au-rHoR o(YouNG KL0No1.KE' : "Ha! My man at last!" cried the Unknown. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I've got you now! Watch me put the bracelets on him, Young Klondike! Ye gods and little fishes Wrong again!" And the Unknown let go of Mr. T. T as suddenly as he had taken hold of him.
Stories of a Gold Seeker. Issued Semi-Jlfonthly-By Subscription $1.25 per year. Entered as Second Class Matte,. at the New Y01k. N. Y., Post Office, March 1 5, 1898. Elnte1ed acc01di11g to Act of Cong1ess in the _year 1898, in tbe office of the Librarian of Congress, H ashington, D. C., by Frank :rousey, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 10. NEW YORK, July 20, 1898. Price 5 Cents. Young Klondike's tucky Camp ; OR, .. WORKING THE UNKNOWN'S CLAIM. BY AUTHOR OF YOUNC KLONDIKE. CHAPTER I. MR. T. T." ONE beautiful evening in early spring, Young Klondike, with his friend, Dick Luckey, sat on the deck of the steamer Golden State, picking the banjo and talking over mining matters. Near them on a camp stool sat Miss Edith Welton, the pretty San Francisco girl, who since her rescue by Young Klondike from '3' wrecked steamer on the occasion of his first journey to the Alaska gold diggings, had accompanied Golden & Luckey in all their wanderings, being also a member of this wealthy and well-known firm. Edith being one of the capable kind and always busy, was now engaged in some sort of fancy work, occasionally joining in the conversation. "We ought to be in Juneau by morning, according to Captain Hagen," she remarked. "What's your plan, then, Ned. Do you intend to put it right through to Dawson City over the Chilkoot Pass trail!" "I think we had better, Edith. You know we are anxious to get home as soon as possible." "So we are. It seems strange to think that we have been gone so long." "We slTall have been three months away from Dawson by the time we get back," said Dick. "Right you are," replied Ned, "and I'm anxious to have a look into our business. It's all very well to leave one's affairs to others, but they can never be attended to as satisfactorily as one attends to them for himself." "That's what's the matter. You seem to be a phil osopher, young man. Ahem!" The speaker was a tall, cadaverous looking individ ual, dressed in a suit of rusty black with a white choaker in front of his greasy collar. He looked ministerial and he spoke the same his voice being deep and sonorous like the roll of a big bass drum. The steamer Golden State was at the time moving along in full sight of those glorious Alaskan moun below Juneau. The panorama opening before them was one of the most charming in the world, and its beauty was heightened by the sta:rlight above and the interminable stretch of green water seaward. It was, indeed, a scene for an artist or a camera fien9., but the artist would have failed utterly in his attempts to do justice to it, and the camera fiend would have been obliged to press his button many times to show it even in part. All about the deck sitting, standing, lying, placed in every conceivable position were groups of would-be gold hunters bound for the Klondike, some destined to make their million, others doomed to disappointment, and doubtless not a few to die on the terrible journey over the passes which bar the way to the land of gold. For one of these to address Young Klondike's party unintroduced was nothing strange, but the man with the fog-horn voice had been most persistent in his efforts to scrape acquaintance ever since the steamer left Seattle. Not feeling any very ardent desire to know the man, Young Klondike had fought shy. "Were you addressing me?" he asked, looking carelessly at the man. "My young friend, I was," replied the man. I remarked that you were a philosopher." "Your remark is well meant, no doubt, but I don't see where it applies." "Which is quite immaterial. The explanation of the application may be postponed until some more favor able season; meanwhile, may I ask you a question?" ...
2 Y OUNG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. "As many as you wish." "Thank you-you are very liberal." Dick could not help laughing at the man's pompous manner, and Edith bent her face lower over her fancy work with a smile. "Do you know why I am so liberal, sir?" replied Ned. I can't say I do." "It's because I see you are bound to find out all .about me and my business, so I may as well give you the chance." "And be done with it-just so. Perhaps it is a wise decision-wisdom worthy of a philosopher which brings me back to my starting point-ahem!" "Suppose you fire away and save time." "Speaking of time, there is no time like the present," drawled the stranger. "Usually you are accompanied by a lynx-eyed guardian in big boots and .a plug hat, who frowns down all attempts at acquaintance. Ahem I do not see him now." "No; he has gone below for the moment." "For the moment only. Then it behooves me to be quick. May I ask that gentleman's name?" "You may ask, but I cannot tell you." What-what ? Do you mean to say that he is only a chance acquaintance ?" "Not at all. He is an old friend." "What-what? An old friend, and you do not know his name?" "That is what said." "Impossible Such a contingency is unknown.'' So's my friend." You mean to say--" "That he is unknown-that is, I do not know his name." "May I ask your own name, young man?" "Certainly. I am Ned Golden." "Of some definite location, doubtless. May I ask where?" "New York City." "Ahem And this young gentleman?" "ls Dick Luckey, my partner." "Indeed And the young lady?" "ls Miss Edith Welton of San Francisco." "Just so. I see it all now. This is the famous firm of Golden & Luckey that I have run up against. You are the notorious-I mean celebrated-Young Klondike. Is it not so?" "You've hit it exactly." I mistrusted it. Pleased to meet you-so pleased." "And I should be better pleased about meeting you if I knew your name." "What? What? Is it possible that I have neg lected to introduce myself?" "That's what you have." "Ten thousand pardons. I am Mr. Timotheus Trotter-yes." The stranger pronounced the "yes" in a highly confidential tone, but as nobody had said "no," his for so doing was not altogether clear. "Look here, finish this conversation up as soon as you can," said Ned Golden, quietly. "We were get ting along first rate before you intruded upon us, and I--" Ned stopped short. He saw what was coming. A man wearing big boots and a battered plug hat was creeping up behind the stranger. It was the very person he had been so curious about; in short it was the famous Unknown He held up his finger warningly as he .tip-toed across the deck. "Now, don't get rusty, Young Klondike," said the stranger. "I am coming to the point. The fact is, I have an important business proposition to make to you." "Indeed Then suppose you make it?" "Certainly, I'll make it. I am--" But they did not find out what Mr. Timotheus Trotter was just then, for at the same instant the right hand of the Unknown came down heavily upon his shoulder, and around went Mr. T. T. like a top or a teetotum greatly to his surprise. "Ha! My man at last!" cried the Unknown. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I've got you now! Watch me put the bracelets on him, Young Klon dike Ye gods and little fishes! Wrong again!" And the Unknown let go of Mr. T. T. as suddenly as he had taken hold of him, and taking off his tall hat bowed profoundly. "Sir, I beg your pardon," he said. "I have made a mistake." "Huh! I should think you had!" growled Trotter. "A deuce of a mistake. Is this man a lunatic. Young Klondike, or what is he? I'm not accustomed to be treated in this style." "That's all right," replied Ned, laughing. "He's only my friend, the Unknown; he's often taken way." "Oh, he is, is he ? Well then, sir, let me tell you that it is a deuced uncomfortable way for strangers. They don't understand it-no!" Mr. T. T. was evidently very indignant. It did not make him feel any the more pleasantly that Ned, Dick and Edith were laughing heartily. The Unknown, on the contrary, was as grave as a deacon. Some explanation was evidently required. The Unknown undertook to make it then. "I trust, my dear sir, you do not feel offended ?" he remarked. "I am offendett;Slr, highly offended," replied Mr. T. T. in his most dignified way. "But I have apologized." Your apology cuts no ice with me." "I am a detective." "I don't care a continental what you are." "This is my little idiosyncrasy." "Then let me tell you it's a deuced unpleasant ideo what-d'yecall it. Don't
YOUNG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. 3 most obliging man on the Golden State. In fact, I am willing to do anything to oblige." "I suppose I shall have to come to the rescue, as usual," said Ned. "But let me tell you how it is, Mr. Trotter." wish you would, sir, I wish you would." "That's just what I'm going to do if you will give me a chance to speak." "Go on."1 I'm going to." "Do it now." "I will if you'll stop talking." "Ha! ha! ha!" laughed Dick, for it was getting too ludicrous. Highly offended, Mr. Timotheus Trotter turned on his heel and walked away. "Now see what you have done," said Edith. "You have made an enemy for us all out of that man when we might just as weU have made a friend." "Edith, I couldn't help it. Actually I thought he was my man," the detective said. Now seeing that Mr. Timotheus Trotter would not allow Young Klondike to explain this odd scene we may as well do it for him. The Unknown was really a detective-or at least his friends on the Golden State so believed. He had traveled in every part of the world, and he claimed that his mission was to hunt down a certain mysterious criminal whom he called his "man." Who this man was, or what he had done, no one knew, for the Unknown would never tell. The mystery surrounding him was as deep as that which the Unknown had thrown about himself. When Ned first met tho detective his experience with him had been similar to that of Mr. Timotheus Trotter. For over a year now the detective had been the constant companion Of our Klondikers, but just who he was they did not know, for he persistently re fused to disclose his name. "Drop it, drop it," said the detective. "Come now, I'll promise not to do it again till we get to Juneau. Could I say anything more than that?" "You won't keep that promise, I'll bet," laughed Dick. '' Bet you I will,'' replied the detect.i ve. '' By the Jumping Jeremiah, I ain't such a far gone crank that I can't hold in if I set my mind to it, but I had a reason for doing what I did." "Of course, you always have." "I don't like that smooth-tongued fellow, Young Klondike." "Not exactly; but there, I've run down now. Go on with what you've got to say." The Unknown seated himself on a camp-chair, and put his big boots up on the steamer's. rail. "Young Klondike," he said, "I want the loan of ten thousand dollars." "You shall have it as soon as we get to Dawson City." "That won't do." I'll give you my check on the bank of California." "That will do first class. I wish it was for a mill ion." "You could have had a million of your own by this time, if you had given attention to business instead of going skirting around the way you do. As it is I be lieve you are worth half a million, so I consider you perfectly good for t1ie loan.'' Thank you." "May I ask, though, why you don't use your own money?" "Sure, you may. I invested it all in 'Frisco. I'd have told you that before if you had asked." "The mischief you did What did you put it into?" "I didn't put it into the sewer, nor throw it into the bay, dear boy." "Two allegations which I'm sure I never should have th9ught of bringing against you." "I bought a big office building on Market street above Kearney." "You did, eh ? You sly wretch, and you never told!" Do I ever tell anything ?" "Never, if you can help it." "Is there anything particular you'd like to have me tell you about uow ?" Yes, several things." "For instance what?" "For instance, your name and when you mean to pay me the ten thousand dollars." "The first I never tell to anybody, the last I'll an swer right now." "As 1 didn't expect any answer to the first we'll waive that." For the last let. me say I'll pay you when I get good and ready." "Thank you, thank you." "I'll pay you interest, though, so you'll be nothing out." "Nor do I." "Thank you again, but I am not a pawnbroker." "He's a fraud." "Who the mischief said you were?" "Shoudn't wonder a bit." "Come, come, stop this repartee business. I'm "Now let's drop him." sick of it," broke in Dick. "What does our unknown "Overboard?" friend expec't to do with ten thousand dollars-that "Well, hardly ; come down to business; I've got is what I'm anxious to find out." something to say." "Exactly," added Edith. "Speak up, Zed. We "Never knew the time when you hadn't." all want to know." "Ye gods and little fishes, what's the matter.with Sometimes they called the detective Zed, for he you, dear boy, are you wound up?" I assured them that the old-fashioned appellation
t c YOU N G KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. actually belonged to him, but that was as near as they ever got to his name. Exactly. I'm the man. "Oh, I begin to see "Then hear the mighty secret," sa. id the detective, grandiloquently. I'm going to buy a gold mine." "Where?" asked Ned Sixteen miles up the Klondike, an entirely new diggings." "What do you know about it?" asked Dick. "Nothing at all "So I supposed." "I take it as a flyer." "Flyers are sometimes dangerous. Who's got it to sell? Someone here o n the steamer?" "Yes." "Who?" "Don't know." "I'm the man," said a v o ice behind them. It was Mr. "T. T "Spenger is taken seasicl) again; he'5 turned in. You were to meet him in half an hour. Seeing that he couldn't meet you and that I am the real owner of the claim, be turned the matter over to me. "That's all right then, if you can prove you r title," said the Unknown. "I can do that," replied Mr. 'l'. T. "I've got the documents right here with me I can prove it any time you wish " Can you prove that there js any gold in the mine ?" asked Ned No, I can't do that." "Of course, I don't ask anything of the sort," said the Unknown. The land adjoins the famous Rcsebud Mine. You've heard of that?" H alf a million was taken out of the Rosebud last year," said Dick. "Exactly, and then the claim petered out," added CHAPTER II. Ned. ABOUT THE MAN WHO THREW DUST IN DICK LUCKEY'S I "Which don't prove that the gold does not run EYES. over on to this claim of mine," said Mr. T. T "WHAT'S that you say?" asked the detective turn"Not a:t all," declared the detective_. "Any ho", ing on Mr. T. T. I'm willing to take my chances I know the Rose Now all were very much surprised to find the bud. I was up there last fall. I made up my mind stranger suddenly behind them again, but there he then if I could get the extension I'd buy it, and I've was and they cou l d not tell how he got there. been l ooking for the owner ever since He seemed to have entirely recovered from his huff In mining parlance, the extension of a claim is the and looked as pleasant as you please land next adjoining on the line of the gold deposit "Who says you are the man?" asked the detecThe Unknown knew what he was talking about. tive, gruffly. "I ought to know who I'm dealing The Rosebud had pro ed a very rich mine indeed. with, and I say it ain't you." Mr. T. T had now placed himself on a better foot You don't know." ing with our friends "Beg pardon, but I do." Ned suggested that they repair to the cabin and "Wait till I explain." examine his papers. "That's just what I wanted you to do for me, but. They went down to the cabin but findbg it pretty you wouldn't wait," said Ned. "Loo)< here, neighbor, well occupied and no cllance to get a priv_ate corner to why do you keep bothering us? We don't want your talk business in, all but Edith went into the statecompany-travel on room which the boys and the Unknown o ccupied to" I presume that this deck is free to everyone-gether. yes!" drawled Mr. T. T. Here Mr. T. T. spread out-bis documents. "Then take the freedom of it somewhere else, and He held a deed of the land duly recorded with the don't come bothering around here." proper authorities in Dawson City. There was a ma. p, "Now, young man, that's...surly. I don't to too, and a long report on the condition of the Rose -intrude. Mr. Spenger sent me here." bud at the time of closing, made by a prominent min Hello !" exclaimed the Unknown "Sit down I'll ing expert whom Young Klondike knew very well talk to you!" The "hole affair seemed perfectly straight ancl He explained to Ned and Dick that Mr. Spenger regular, and as the Unknown was still determined to was a gentleman he had fallen in with at the steam-make the investment, Ned drew up a check for ten er's bar, and that he was the party who had been thousand dollars on the bank of California. talking claims to him. "By the way, whose name shall I draw this in?" "From what he says about it, I thirfk it is just he asked, with a comical look in his eye. about such a claim as I'd like to invest in," he went "Timotheus Trotter," replied the Unknown. "Ha o n to add, "but I don't know where this gentleman Ha dear boy, you did not catch me there." c o mes in on the deal." "Anything you say goes "You don't, eh? Did Mr. Spenger tell you he "That's all right, of course," said Mr. Trotter. o wned the mine?" asked Mr. T. T. "I'd take your check for a million, Young Klondike, "No, he didn't." but I-er-I--" "What did he tell you?" "Well, what?" demanded the Unknown. "Why "That it belonged to a friend of his." don't you go ahead and make out the deed?"
j j J YOUNG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. 5 "Would you mind telling me in whose name I shall I Such sudden storms are very common at that sea-make it out?" son of the year. "Not at all." Edith now began to show decided signs of seasick" But I haven't been introduced to you yet, Mister ness, as indeed almost all the pa!:sengers did, so she -Mister--" retired early. "Call me Mister What's-yer-name-that's what The Unknown had disappeared-something he was you are thinking." given to doing-and Ned and Dick, after spending an "I am thinking how I shall write the deed." uncomfortable hour trying to read by the dim cabin "Write it with a pen-a lead pencil won't go." lights, decided to turn in, too. "Now, come, this is business." When they got into the state-room they found the "I know it." Unknown already ir1 his bunk. "I want to know the name." "What's the matter-seasick?" asked Ned. "So you shall. Make it in the name of Golden & "Well; not exactly, dear boy," replied the detectLuckey." ive. "I feel a little squalmish, that's all, and as I "Hold on there!" cried Ned. "We are not buy-, found I was not likely to hold my dinner standing up, ing claims." I decided to lie "Yes, you are; you are buying one for me said "Like a sensible man." the detective, emphatically. "I hope I always act like a sensibre man, Young He had his way, too, for the deed was made out ac-cordingly. After it had been handed over to the Unknown, Mr. Timotheus Trotter said a few more pleasant things about his claim, pocketed his check and withdrew. There I've made a bargain exclaimed the Unknown. "I feel it in my bones!" "You've been swindled and I'll bet on it," declared Dick. "What! What!" cried the Unknown. "Who says I've been swindled ? Where does the swindle come in!" "I don't know. There's a nigger in the fence somewhere, though." The Unknown was very indignant that Dick should thus show a want of confidence in his judgment. Ned would not take sides either. way. He could not deny that the whole transaction seemed straight enough and yet it did seem rather out of order to buy a claim that way. During the rest of the evening nothing more was seen of Mr. T. T. Indeed, Young Klondike and his friends thought very little about him. An investment of ten thousand dollars was a mere bagatelle to those lucky Klondikers. lf the claim proved a worthless one the Unknown would not have cared, and as for Golden & Luckey, who, of course, were the real purchasers, they would never have shed a tear. In fact all hands on the Golden State found some-thing else to think about that evening. A sudden change in the weather came. All at once a strong wind began to blow down from the northeast. It was a cold wmd a nd it brought snow with it. The sea grew rough, and the little steamer with its heavy load of human freight began to pitch about in a most uncomfortable fashion, while the whirl of snow on deck drove everybody into the cabin. This was one of the beauties of spring travel on the coast of Alaska. Klondike." You do as a rule. I don't know about this exten sion to the Rosebud, "Oh, t .hat's only a flier, as I told you." "It may fly away with ten thousand dollars." "I should be sorry to have it do that. Let's live in hopes." "Where have you been all the evening?" In here." "What doing?" "Why copying those papers. I always make copies of all important documents. In case the original is lost, then I have the copy-see ?" \ "I see you are a man of method." "And why not? Does any man succeed who is without method?" "Have you succeeded?" "In making a confounded jackass of my
r 6 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. steamer's whistle, again his head was brought in sudden and violent contact with the top of the bunk, with force enough to wake anybody up. The next time he was suddenly aroused by what he took to be someone fumbling at the door outside. He listened for a moment, but the sound was heard no more, and Dick dropped off to sleep again thinking as consciousness left him that he had been mistaken. But it was not so. There was a man outside the state-room door, and what is more he was trying to open it with a skeleton key, keeping a narrow watch about the cabin all the time. After a moment the man succeeded in the attempt, for the lock yielded. Very softly he drew the door open and peered in. All was perfectly quiet inside the state-room, except for the occasional snorts of the Unknown. The man pulled his hat down over his eyes, step ped in, and cautiously the door behind him. There he stood in the darkness waiting and listening. Still there was no stirring-this time Dick was really asleep. Softly the man took a small bottle out of one pocket and a clean handkerchief out of another. With the contents of the bottle he saturated the handkerchief and a strong odor of chloroform began to fill the state-room. The man bent over Young Klondike in the lower berth, and laid a handkerchief over his mouth and nostrils for a moment. Ned was sound asleep when the handkerchief went on, but his slumbers were still sounder when it came off. The rotten old steamer might have gone to the bottom then, and he would never have known. It was the detective's turn next. He got the full benefit of the handkerchief. Usually the Unknown slept with one eye open, but he was unusually sleepy that ni_ght-he was more so when the handkerchief came away. Dick was in the top bunk, and the man took him last, standing on a chair in order to accomplish his purpose more easily. But just as the handkerchief was about to be ap plied, Dick started up. He saw the face before him, and half awake thought it was the Unknown. "What's the matter?" he muttered. "What do you want?" Instead of answering the man suddenly raised his left hand, and flung a lot of fine dust mixed with Cay enne pepper in Dick's face. It blinded him-stifled him-he fell back coughing and sputtering, and then all in an instant a hand was gripped tightly about his throat and the chloroform saturated handkerchief came down about his nose. Dick knew what had happened and felt himself go ing, but oould not resist it. In a moment he was as entirely unconscious as the Unknown and Ned. CHAPTER III. THE WRECK OF THE GOLDEN STATE. YOUNG KLONDIKE was the first to go off into un consciousness under the influence of the chloroform saturated handkerchief, and he was the first to come to his senses again. He suddenly awoke with a confused feeling in his head, entirely unable to remember where he was, or to account for his very peculiar sensation. "What in the world is the matter with me?" he muttered. "I feel as though I was drunk." Just then the steamer gave an awful lurch, banging Young Klondike's head against the partition. It knocked some of the wits back, and it made him wonder if he had not been knocked before in his sleep. Ned tumbled-out of the bunk and shook himself. The state-room was dark and the steamer was roll ing terribly; the door was open and swinging back and forth. Young Klondike got it alongside the head before he knew what was coming or had time to get out of the way. "Confound it all! I can't stand this sort of thing," he muttered. "Is everything going to pieces, or what's the matter?" He slammed the door shut and turned the key, struck a match and lighted the lamp. Then he saw whl'tt had been going on in the stateroom. The steamer trunk which Ned, Dick and the Un known used in common had been forced open and its contents lay scattered all around. It was the same with their grips. Clearly a burglar had been in the state-room. "Dick! Dick! Zed! Wake up!" Young Klon dike cried. Then getting no response from his friends in the other bunks, he realized the whole of the ras cally transaction. There lay Dick and the U nlmown entirely uncon scious, but how they came to be so, Ned could only guess, for the air through the open door had blown the smell of chloroform all out of the place. It took Ned a good ten minutes to bring Dick back to his senses. Poor Dick had received a double dose and the Un known seemed to be in an equally bad fix. They came out of their bunks m a high state of ex citement. "We've been chloroformed! We've been robbed!" sputtered the Unknown. "Ye gods and little fishes! This is a pretty state of affairs! I'll complam to the captain! I'll overhaul everybody on board this blamed old tub! By the Jumpmg Jeremiah, if I have
I Y O UNG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. 7 to arrest every man on the steamer I'll do it, but I'll get my money back !" "Better wait and find out how serious it is first," said Ned. "We don't know yet that we've been rob bed at all." Dick and the detective bathed their heads and felt better; until this was done Dick, who mixed up, did not try to speak. Then he related what had happened knew it. was terribly as far as he "Who was the man?" demanded the detective. "Who was the man ?" "That's more than I can tell you," replied Dick. "I thought it was you at first. Then I got all that dust in my eyes, and the next thing I knew I didn't know anything, and--" "Bother! It wasn't dust, it was pepper." "I shouldn't wonder, my eyes smart horribly. What have we lost? That's what I want to know." "Just what I'm trying to find out," said Ned, who was rumaging around. "It's that man, Trotter," cried the Unknown. "I know who it is It's Trotter He's the thief; he has stolen those papers, and means to do me out of my claim!" Dick was working to prove this while the Unknown was talking. It will be remembered that Dick took precautions against this very thing. In one side of his grip he put the original docu ments relating to the Unknown's claim, in the other he put the copies. be up to every trick, and by the Jumping Jeremiah,. they work it on me. That fellow, Trotter, must be arrested at once." "Hold on,'' said Ned, "you can't prove anything, and anyhow we've the big end of the stick." "We've got the original documents and you can stop payment on the check, Young Klondike." "That's what," said Dick. "We won't do anything till morning," added Ned. "Trotter can't get away. To arrest him would only make a scene and delay us in Juneau, for we can't prove a thing against him. Young Klondike, it will be just as you say." They talked it over further, and then making sure that the state-room door was fastened, went back to bed again. There was no sleep for Young Klondike, however. For the remainder of the night he tossed and turned unable to close his eyes. Meanwhile the storm increased steadily. The way the Golden State was tossed about was. terrible. Ned knew that Edith must be suffering horribly from seasickness. At six o'clock he dressed himself and went out into the cabin, leaving Dick and the Unknown sleeping as soundly as though they had never been disturbed He knocked on Edith's door and found that she had suffered a good deal during the night, but was now a great deal better. "I've got over the worst of it, Ned!" she called. "You'll see me up all right when the breakfast. gong rings." Ned went on deck then. The Unknown did not know this. He immediately felt in his pockets for the papers. Not finding them, he shouted out that h e had been The sky was clear and the wind blowing a perfect robbed, but Dick began to examine the stuff which gale. had been turned out of his grip, and now lay scatthan for the laboring of the steamer, every-tered about the floor. thing seemed to be going all right. Immediately he found the original papers. The long Arctic days were beginning. It was al" Here they are!" he cried. "We are all right ready light. Ned looked off on the mountains, and now. Where's the copies?" wondered why the captain ran so near shore. "Hooray The country is safe And so's my "We must be much nearer Juneau than I sup-claim !" cried the Unknown. posed," he thought. "Wonder if we shall see any-" Copies What copies? What do you mean, thing of Trotter before we land?" Dick?" demanded Ned. The answer to this question came right then. Dick promptly explained. Lookin g round, Ned saw Mr. Trotter coming up be" Now, come, that was mighty sharp in you," said hind him. the detective. "As for me, I ought to be kicked for The mining sharp looked as smooth and slick as not being more watchful. Where are the copies, you please. Dick?" He was making great efforts to walk straight over "You'd ask the thief," replied Dick. "I the .slippery deck which was being pitched first at this can't find them. They ain't here." angle and then that, all in the most astonishing man-This brought them face to face with the true situa-ner. tfon "Ah! good -morning, Young Klondike!" he called, No money had been taken-just the copies of the with a grandiloquent flourish. "Beautiful morning deeds and papers relating to the Unknown's claim. after the storm, is it not? I trust you rested well." "Of course it's Trotter,'' said Young Klondike. "Never better,'' replied Ned, shortly. "Look out "This is an old trick. I have heard of its being there, if you try to walk in that stiff fashion first worked twice before." thing you know you'll be on your nose." "I could beat my brains out I'm so chagrined,'' "Never, sir! I'm an old sailor, and-great guns! said the Unknown. "Here am I a man supposed to Help I'm killed! I'm dead !"
8 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. Just in the middle of his speech, Mr. Timotheus I man came running down otf the deck, out Trotter got it in the neck, so to speak. that Juneau was in sight. His feet flew up and his head went down. He This started everybody up out of the stuffy little landed on his nose, rolled over, trieQ.. to rise, got half cabin. up and then went down again, rolled over twice and In a moment the deck was crowded with Klon-bumped his head hard against the rail. dikers. There he lay looking rather foolish. When he tried The steamer was just turning in between the big to get up down he went again. rocks which mark the entrance to Juneau Harbor. "Help me up, Young Klondike," he said. "Can't The wind blowing harder than ever, and the you give a fellow a helping hand?" tide was running strong, but no one thought of dan-J Not you," replied Ned, coolly. "You can roll ger now-and yet, as it happened, this was the very overboard for all I care-you thief!" time danger was at hand. It was stupid of Ned-very much so. Whether the captain missed his reckoning, whether Here he had made up his mind not to give Mr. T. the tide took the steamer off her course, or the wind T. a hint of his suspicions, and right on top of that was responsible for it is hard to say, but all at once he gave him the biggest kind of hint-in fact, he gave the Golden State went slam bang on a sunken rock, the whole snap away. staving a terrible hole in her bottom and throwing "Well, upon my word! What do you mean by nearly everyone off their feet. that, Golden?" demanded the mining sharp, scram-Ned, Dick and Edith went down with the rest; the bling up and managing to support himself by clutch-Unknown alone managed to maintain his equili -ing the rail. brium. N e d turned on his heel and walked off. "We're sinking! We're sinking!" someone Mr. T. T. did not follow him. shouted, and in a moment all was in confusion, for the In fact, Young Klondike saw no more of the man. dread announcement was true. He did not appear at the breakfast table, and during The steamer was sinking. the early morning hours he was not visible on deck. Ten feet in length of her bottom had been staved "You've made the biggest kind of mistake," sa. id in. the Unknown, when Ned came to tell about it. "Now, Right there in full sight of Juneau, the Golden he'll be right on guard, and the chances are he'll find State was wrecked early that spring morning. some way of getting the best of us." She was going to the bottom, and nothil1g could "No, sir! .I'll stop the payment of that check just save her. as so<>n as ever we get into Juneau, and--" There was a grand rush for the boat, every man "And I wouldn't, Ned." bent on saving himself. "Why not?" "Then I sha.Jl have to give up my claim or raise the money elsewhere, and I don't want to do either." CHAPTER IV. "Hello I never thought of that." "You see I am right." OFF FOR THE KLONDIKE. You are if you are determined to stick to your purchase." "CLOSE to me, Edith! Keep close to me!" cried l "Which I am. I'm satisfied that the claim is a Ned, throwing his arm about Edith, and trying to 'I' good one pull her out of the creek. "You don't know that." "Never you fear, Ned. I ain't a bit excited Let "I don't know it, but I'm willing to take my them go! We'll take our chances. You and I can chances." swim ashore." "And so you are determined to work it!" put in It was wonderful with what entire calmness Edith Dick. made this reply. "Yes, I am." Dick had been separated from them and so had the "Then that settles it," said Ned, "I give it up. Unknown. We've got the best of the old land shark, anyhow, Young Klondike and Edith found themselves in the Dick, and, as for the rest why we'll just work_the midst of the crowd of excited miners, all struggling Unknown's claim." madly for the boats. About nine o'dock Edith came out of her state-As for Ned, he knew the utter impossibility of room instead of being on hand for breakfast as she swimming ashore. had promised Ned. The water was icy cold and so rough that it was The poor girl's face showed what she had suffered more than doubtful if any boat could live even if it during the night. put out carefully load ed, which was safe to say not But she was bright and cheerful, and listened to one of them would do. Ned's account of the attempted robbery in the state-The and sailors behaved admirably. room with intense interest. The former gave hurried orders to run the steamer While they were talking about it in the cabin a on the rocks; the mate planted himself near the star-
Y O t'NG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. 9 board boats, and drawing a revolver threatened to By thi.a time the water was almost on a level with shoot the first man who dared to lay a hand on them. the rail. On the other side the crowd did get the boats and Terrible confusion still r eigned on deck. two were hastily launched. One boat had already been swamped, the others The result was just what might have been expected. were being launched. The miners were shouting and One was instantly swamped and a dozen or more struggling for p)ac e s. Ned could not feel too thankful Klondikers were drowned. to think that they were not in it then. The other managed to reach the rocks with its load He helped Dick and the Unknown tumble the raft as did the two boats guarded by the captain. over the rail. But we cannot describe all that happened during The trunk and grips were entirely submerged, but this exciting time. they held their place, and the Unknown managed to Our business lies with Young Klondike and his hold the raft in all right with hi s rope. friends. Edith went over the rail like a n old sailor and took The instant Ned succeeded in drawing Edith out of 1 her place on it, Ned and Dick followed, the Unknown the mob he looked about for Dick. insisting upon being the last. He did not have to look long. Dick was right at He threw cfown his rope, made a l eap and landed his elbow. I on the raft all right. "Here you are, Ned !" he exclaimed. "Don't think I "We're safe !" he shoute d, "and the tide is runof trying to board the boats. We are all right, thanks ning in. All we've got to do is to keep cool, and we to the Unknown." land at Juneau right side up with care." "Where is he?" gasped Ned, pretty well winded by Meanwhile, the sinking steamer was being driven his struggles with the crowd. all spe e d toward the ,, "Right this way Right this way Oh, we were If only h a d somethmg to steer with, said so afraid you'd try to get Edith on -board the boats." Dick. "l ain't such a fool as that," replied Ned, hurry"We've got it," replied the Unknown. "Look ing after Dick. here!" "Are 'Ye really sinking?" asked Edith. It was a leaf from the extension table in the cabin; "That's what we are now," said Dick. "In less the Unknown had tied it to the raft, and the boys had than ten minutes the Golden State will be at the bot-not observed it before. The Unknown cut it fre e, tom, the Unknown says. Come on, come on! There ain' t a moment to be lost." Dick led the way to the :;:;tern of the steamer on the lower deck. and a capital rudder it made "No flies on that, are there?" he crie d. "Look We are going straight into the b a y all right." "There goes the steamer!" excl aime d Edith, at the same instant. It; was a fact. The Golden State liad almost Here they found the Unknown waiting for them. He had managed to wrench off two state-room d d h t f t t t .11 h d reached the rocks, wh e n suddenly they saw her keel oors, an w a was more or una e s 1 a conI 11 t d . a over o one s1 e. trived to lay his hand on a good stout rope, by means of which he had bound them both together, making a 1 1:he and tho. s e of the crew who had re-substantial raft. roamed with her leape d mto the wate r. All th t d t 1 h th d th U They w ere just in time to s a ve themselves, for then a remame was o aunc is, an e n k t d th 1 b and there the Golden State s ank. The last they saw nown s oo ere as coo as a cucum er surveymg . h k of the m e n they were strikmg out boldly for shore is wor h" h "Do we want our baggage, Ned?" he asked. w 1c we may add right h e r e the y r e ache
10 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. "Well, well, well! Why, it's Mr. Timotheus Trot-Edith said nothing, but her face showed Mr. T. T. ter !" cried the Unknown. "By the J umping Jere-that she felt just the same as the rest. miah, it's the original T. T.!" Meanwhile, the raft was going on at a good rate of "Help! Help! Take me off, for Heaven's sake!" speed and what was better, the wind and tide were shouted Trotter. "Don't lea\('e me to perish here!" doing all that could be expected of them, in that they "The scoundrel! He ought to be left," said Dick. were taking it directly to the town. "That's what's the matter," said the detective, I For some moments Mr. 'r. T. said nothing; in fact, "but I know blamed well none of you will do it. In he acted like a man who did not know what to say. fact, I don't advocate doing it,myself." Then all at once he seemed to pull himself together, "Of course not," cried Ned. "We ain't murder-and blurted out: ers, even if he. is a thief; steer 3traight for him, "Have either of youLlost anything? Have you been .Zed." robbed? If so, when and by who? I don't like to be Mr. Trotter evidently felt great doubt about their accused without a hearing-no!" intentions, for he kept right on shouting at the to of "No, we haven't lost anything', but our trunk," re-J1is lungs. plied the detective with a chuckle. "Ob, no!" But when he saw that the raft was turning his way "Surely you do not accuse me of stealing your be quieted down and stood there shivering, waiting trunk, mister-mister-I haven't the pleasure of for them to come up to him. knowing your name." "I came out of the boat that was swamped,'' he "No, nor you never will have that pleasure. No, called. "Most of those fellows were drowned, but I again! we haven't lost anything-oh, no !" mana,ged to swim to this rock. For the love of "Then what are you all talking about? What does :Heaven, Y ouug Klondike, don't leave me here !" it all mean?" "No one means to you there," called the Un-"It ain't worth while to explain." known. a h.and and this line "I say it is I want to know. young Klondike, If he had missed it the raft would undoubtedly have \ you were the first to call me a thief. I a .ppeal to passed the rock, and it is not at all lik ely that they you." <:ould llave worked it back again. . M T T d'd t t h . H 1 k d t I And Ill answer you right here. You were m our r. . l no nuss i owe\ er. e oo e ou state-room last night." for that and caught the rope on the fly. Wh t 1 I . y, cer am y was. In a moment he had the raft. all right the "There He don't deny it !" exclaimed the Un-i'ock and came aboard, droppmg down all m a heap k as the wind and tide sent them whirling away from now. the rock. "Why I deny it? you suppose I've for-gotten that little transaction of ours about the mine?" "Thank you! Thank you," he gasped faintly. have saved my life. I shall not forget this." "Humph! I suppose not," growled the Unknown. "We are not very likely to forget you either. So you are one of those mean snoozers who crowded into that first boat?" "Wha-what's the matter with you all? You seem to be very much down on me all of a sudden,'' stammered Mr. T. T. "We don't like chloroformers," said the detective, drylJ; "No; we don't like that kind." "Cbloroforrners Great Heavens, man, what do you mean?" "Nor pepper throwers," said Dick. "Nor thieves," adcled N ea. Mr. T. T.'s face turned red and then white. He seemed too excited to speak. "You can sit here as long as the blamed old thing will hold us," said the detective, "but w e don't want nothing to do with you-understand that." ""'Why, there must be some terrible misunderstanding h ei:-e," said Mr. T. T. "I give you my word as an honest man that I haven'tthe faintest idea what you mean." I wouldn't take your word und e r oath,'' said Ned. for me, I wouldn't trust you as far as I could sling a bull by the tail,'' chuckled the detective. "Enough !" said Ned. "This is aU nonsense! A man came into our state-room last mght and chloroformed us and stole the copies we made of the papers covering that transaction. We believe you to be the man." "I!" cried Mr. T. T., throwing up his hands in well assumed astonishment. I a chloroformer and a thief! Ridiculous! Why, you must have taken leave of your senses, Young Klondike, to imagine anything of the sort!" "Indeed I haven't,'' said Ned. "Indeed he hasn't," added the Unknown, "and I'll prove it, too!" He made a sudden spring without rising, which would have been fatal, and caught Mr. T. T. by the throat. "Look out! You'll swamp the raft !" cried Edith. "Let her, swamp! I've got him. I'm going to make the thief disgorge !" "Let Let go! You're choking me-you're killing me!" gasped Mr. T. T. But the Unknown was not one of the kind to let go until he had accomplished his purpose. He squeezed Mr. T. T.'s throa. t until the man's eyes were almost starting out of his head. Then suddenly he threw him back on the raft,
YOUNG KLONDIKE S IjUCKY CAMP. ll and triumphantly held up a small bottle and a bun dle of papers. While choking the thief with one hand, the detect ive had picked his pockets with the other. "There you are, Young Klondike!" he cried. "You see that I made no mistake!" Evidently he had not, for the bottle contained chloroform, and the papers were the missing copies. Not a word did Mr. T. T. say after that. He just gathered himself up, and sat there looking seaward. The U nkuown tossed the bottle overboard, and pocketed the copies After that he gave his whole attention to the steering a .nd the raft made splendid progress, and in due time drew near enough to the wharves of Juneau to enable them to attract the attention of the people. Several tugs had put out and were steaming toward the scene of the wreck. One of these took Young Klondike's party off the raft, and they were carried ashore. Here Ned Golden was instantly recognized, and many came forward to welcome him and listen his exciting story. The crowd followed them up to Miller & McKin non's Hotel, and there the story had to be told all CHAPTER V. THE ARRIVAL AT THE UNKNOWN'S CLAIM. THE long journey from Juneau to Dawson City was accomplished by our Klondikers in two days less than the regular time. They went by the usual trail. First it was over the mountains by the Chilkoot Pass and Lakes Linderman, Bennett and Tagish were covered. Then it was Marsh Lake and the rivers to Lake Le Barge, then down Thirty Mile River and Lewis River and so on to Fort Selkirk. At last Dawson Citylayin plain sight before them, and our travelers found themselves :floating on the mighty Yukon again, reckoned by some to be the largest river in the world. All Dawson City turned out to meet Young Klon dike after his long absence. The reception given to the ever popular firm of Golden & Luckey was a regular ovation . Ned found things little changed. The town was full of reports of great gold discov eries made far up the Klondike and on the creek Among others was 1;110 rumor of a particularly rich discovery in the immediate vicinity of the Unknown' s claim. over again. "That's business!" cri ed the little detective, when But Mr. Timotheus Trotter did not keep with them. he heard this. "That's what I want. I'll bet my He embraced the first opportunity to make himself plug hat against a new on e that I'm destined to be scarce and was seen no more. come the King of the Klondike. I'm for a mill Afte r a little the tugs began to come in, bringing ion b e fore midsumm e r, sure." the ship-wreck ed Klondikers. The first thing Ned did was to visit the cl aim re-It was a day of excitement in Juneau, but Ned and cord er's office and inquire about the standing of the his party kept out of the way of the curiosity seekers Unknown's claim. as far as possible, for they had plenty of husiness to Dick :md Edith w:ent with him, but they chose a attend to in order to get ready to make a quick start time when the detective was els e where. for the diggings which they were determined to do. Just as they exp ected it w a s discovered that there But with all the energy they could put into the had been much crook etl work in connection with this business, it took our Klondikers a week to get ready cl a im. for their start to the gold diggings. For more than a yea r there had been trouble about During the week nothing was seen of Mr. Timothe us it. Trotter. The claim recorder declared that no less than ten Indeed, Young Klondike ceased to think of the persons had been to see him about it, declaring that fellow the y had bought the claim and then been robbed of The Unknown had completely downed him and that the deeds. was enough. At last the starting hour came. A great company of Klondikers went up by steamer to Dyea. From there the start over the dreaded Chilkoot Pas s was made. Tramping along over the snow, dragging their loa.ded sleds afte r them, N ed, Dick, Edith and the Un known went with the rest. lt was old times come again. The l and of gold lay before tll e m. They were on their way to the Klondike onQe more. In each instance the seller had been Mr. Timotheus Trotter, but the claim recorder admitted that he had never seen the man. "Doe s he really own the cl:\im?" asked Ned. "He does," was the r e ply. "It's the l ast of a t ract of laind he bou ght when gold w a s first discov e red. Oh, yes, he owns it a ll right enough, but un l ess you want to take trouble on your shoulders I advis e you to have nothing to do with that cl aim." "Unfortunately your a d v ice comes too late," said N ed. "Look h e r e." H e produc e d the d ee d s a nd told his story. "By Jove, you got the b est of tha t old shark." laughed the "We'll tra nsf e r the cl a im to the name of Gold e n & Luc k e y on the books, and that I will wind up Trotter for good and all."
._,,___ 12 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. Young Klondike and bis partners left the claim re-Here they found everything ready. The Unknown corder' s office well satisfied with their work. bad not spent an idle moment. Claims away up the Klondike were rapidly advancThe steamer Arctic Boy had been chartered and ing in value. Ned declared he had no doubt that the loaded down with all that was needed for starting a Unknown's claim would turn out as rich as anything new claim. they owned. Five men were engaged as helpers on board with That night our Klondikers talked over their affairs the understanding that they were to remain at tht: in the Victoria Hotel. new diggings and assist in opening up the claim. It wa,s determined that they should visit their dif-After two days' rest all hands went aboard, and ferent mining properties before starting in on the early one morning the Arctic Boy steamed away from Unknown's claim. the levee at Dawson City and started up the Klon" Dick and I will go, and Edith shall go with us," dike. declared Young Klondike. "Meanwhile, you can fix There was no demonstra1.ion, for the time of thei1 up a steamer and get the tools together, and lay in a departure had been kept secret. big stock of prov!Sions, and we'll start off on our usu a.l The fact of the matter was Young Klondike had style." grown to be such a well-known and popular character "That will suit me first rate,'' replied the Unthat he could make no move without attracting gen known. "I should like nothing better than to lie eral attention. around Dawson for a couple of weeks. I have an I "All our friends were tired of this. If it had been idea my man is in town, and I want to get the I at what hour the y were to start half Dawson bracelets on him." City would have come down on the levee to see them "Rubbish!" said Edith. I off, but thanks to Ned s shrewd management they "Rats!" cried Ned. slipped away unobserved. "All Tommyrot !" added Dick. Will you never It seemed like old times steaming up the Klondike drop on that stale old joke?" in search of new diggings. "It's no joke; I'm in dead earnest. Just you To the Unknown's claim it was about a day and a wait till you see me capture my man," replied the half's journey on that steamer, for the Arctic Boy Unknown as seriously as though he meant every word was a very slow boy, and the Unknown's claim lay a he said. long way up the river. Next day they took leave of the detective, and in They steamed past all the well-known settlements Young Klondike's own steam launch started up for and came into a country practically unexplored. the Golden & Luckey mill on El Dorado Creek. That night the,y tied up alongside the bank, and a Here they found busiuess flourishing. Mrs. Uolcareful watch was kept out for Indians and toughs, vin, Edith's friend, lived here, and was overjoyed but no alarm came, and morning found them in good to see them return. shape to renew their journey again. There had been a great output of gold during the Toward noon all hands were on the watch in the winter. wheel-house. Ned was doing his own steering, hav-Golden & Luckey found that their riches had been ing become quite an expert pilot by this time. rolling up in their absence. "We can't be far from the place now," remarked "It will give us another million if all our diggings Edith, looking off upon the long line of forest. have panned out as well as this,'' d eclared Dick. I "If the map that goes with the deed has it right Then they went up to the Owl Creek diggings, and we are almost there," said the Unknown. found matters flourishing there. "We want Bear Mountain," added Dick. "On Then it was a return to Dawson City, and a trip the map it is put down as having two p eaks with a down the Yukon to Forty Mile, and thence to Golden glacier lying in between them." Island. "That's what,'' said Young Klondike, giving his On this journey Mrs. Colvin accompanied them, as wheel a twist, "and if I know anything there's your it had been determined that she should go up to the twin peaks now." new diggings on the Unknown's claim. Ned pointed far ahead on the left side of the Klon-Things were found to be in fine shape on Golden dike where a tall mountain came agamst the sky. Island. "There ain't two peaks there,'' said Dick. Young Klondike had many troubles in starting this "Of course there are," Ned replied. "Ca n t you claim on account of the toughs who had already los ee." cated on the land purchased by the firm. "I only see one." These troubles were all over now, and the toughs "That's because we are in the wrong position. and claim jumpers had departed. There were two there a moment ago. Watch and Golden Island and the claim at High Rock nearby, you'll see them again.", had panned out in great shape and were being worked As the Arctic Boy steamed on the mountain as-night and day, producing a great output of nuggets sumed a different appearance. and dust. Now all could see that there were two peaks. Back to Dawson City again was the next move. They were covered with snow down to the. timber
YOUNG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CA.MP. 13 line, and between them lay a great glacier, fts ice all I the Unknown, "and what's more they are here for no white and glittering in the sun. good." "That's the place, sure," declared the Unknown, Young Klondike thought they had better arm consulting the map again. "Question is about the themselves, and he prepared to do so; the rifles and exact location of the claim." revolvers were got out, and then the Arctic Boy "There's a shaft on the next claim," replied Ned. turned in to the little creek which ran beside the two 'We ought to see that pretty soon." hemlocks. "Anybody working there now?" asked Edith. The place was silent afid deserted. A turn in the "I heard say not in Dawson," replied Dick. "They river hid the mill from view-but, of course, they tell me they wound up matters there last fall, and no could not help thinking of the men. one has been on the ground since." "Lay ashore there, one of you fellows, and stand "So much the better for us," said Young Kfon-ready to catch a line !" shouted Captain Ned. dike. "Look, Edith; there' s your shaft-house all j Renee, one of the young French Canadians who right!" had accompanied the expedition, jumped ashore. "Blest if it ain't," said the Unknown. "We're "Send him the line, Dick!" cried Ned. almost there. Now the map says half a mile beyond Dick threw the line to which the steamer's cable the shaft-house are two big hemlocks growing near a was attached, and Renee pulled the big hawser white rock." ashore, making fast around one of the hemlock trees. "And there they are," replied Dick. "How about "Hooray for our side! We're at my claim at the line of your claim?" last!" shouted the Unknown. "Ye gods and little "It runs between the hemlocks." fishes, I can see the gold lying all over the ground. "Then we are almost there," said Young Klondike. My claim is a dandy I wouldn't take ten million "Here goes for the last laps! In a moment we will dollars for it. Here goes for the shore!" be at the Unknown's claim." The Unknown sprang over the rail and balanced As they approached the shore they saw, as they himself for a jump. thought, a man come out of the shaft-house and look J He had no sooner done so than ten men suddenly at them. came out into view along the timber line. He immediately vanished and the Unknown was They were rough-looking fellows and all were armed not sure that they had seen any one at all. with rifles. "We did, though," sa. id Dick. "I'm sure of it." "Look out !" shouted Ned, and he and Dick flung "Let's land and find out who our neighbors are," up their Winchesters. suggested Ned. "To blazes with them!" cried the Unknown, jump" No, no, no! Let's go right on to my claim!" ing for the bank. cried the detective. "If we are going to do any ex-The men at the timber line fired, one shot taking ploring or any fighting let it be after we get located the Unknown's tall hat and sending it spinmng into on our own ground." the creek. "We are going to have the last on our hands all right," said Ned, suddenly. "Look! Look! There's your man again!" But before any one could look the man had vanCHAPTER VI. ished. Ned declared he had seen him dart out of the shaftHOW THE BIG BEAR CAME DOWN FROM THE MOUNhouse, and disappear in the woods. TAIN. While they were talking about it, all saw another j man spring out and vanish in the same way. J "FIRE!" shouted Young Klondike. "Let them He was instantly followed by another and another, have it, boys !" and so on until they had counted ten. Every rifle spoke then. By this time all hands on board the Arctic Boy had Edith, who was the, best shot of the party, brought b e come intensely interested, and were watching the down one of the men, wounded. sh:ift-house closely. But this did not seem to deter the toughs. The y had now come abreast of it, and could see the They fired again, but their aim seemed to be poor, great "dump" where the waste sand and gravel, and the shots flew harmless. taken out of the mine, had been deposited, there were "Another round!" shouted Ned. "Let 'em have tools lying scattered about also, and every evidence it We ain't going to be driven off so." that prospecting on an extended scale had been carOnce more the rifles spoke. rie d on. Edith was as true to her good record as ever. Apparently no other shaft had been opened, and as Down tumbled another man, wounded. they steamed past they could get a full view of the This brou-ght the skirmish to an abrupt finish. entire premises, but without seeing anything of the The toughs picked up their wounded companions, men. j retreated into the forest, and were seen no more. "That's Trotter's gang as sure as fate," declared "We'll go ashore now," said Young Klondike. "I
r 14 S LUCKY CAMP. expected some such reception as this, but it ain't go-J The first move was to make the steamer secure in ing to scare me away for a cent." the creek. '' was at of the line!" deI Next it was to a house where they could be clared Dick. I m of it I for the mght, for the stuffy little cabin "It looked so to me, added Edith. of the Arctic Boy was a very disagreeable place to "I shouldn't wonder a you are right; still, 1 sleep in, to sa y the least. can't be sure," said Ned. "lt doesn't make a bit of It may puzzle some of our readers to understam1 difference, though. Trotter is at the bottom of it, how our Klondikers expected to build a house b e for e anyhow, but we are going to locate right here in spite dark. of him, and I don't ptopose to be driven off for a Yet it was all very easy. cent!" Money worked in right here and Ned did not exMeanwhile, the Unknown was trying to fish his pect to spend more than four hours in building his plug hat out of the creek by means of a long stick, house. sputtering away all the while. Fact was he had brought with him one of those At last he succeeded in getting it in a sadly damaged condition. A hole had been shot clean through it and it was well water soaked besides. "Your hat looks sick, Zed," laughed Dick. "Why it has got three holes through it," said Ned. "Well, that's pretty good." "Now, come, I won't stand that," retorted the Unknown. "It's bad enough in all conscience, but ye gods and little fishes, there's only two hol e s in the hat. portable houses so much used in the mining regions. It came packed in big boxes with the parts all numbered. There was nothing to do but to choose a founda tion, set up the parts and nail them together. Many hands made easy work, and long before dark a neat three-roomed house stood on the shore of the creek as solidly put together as if it had been there for a year. There was a good sized sitting-room with a chimney made of cement pipe, and bunks for Ned, Dick and the Unknown. "Dead wrong," laughed Ned. "There are three ; what's the matter with you ? Are you going blind ?" Adjoining this was a kitchen with its stove and "I say there's only two. My eyesight is as good as eyer it was. ,, large cupboard well filled with pots, pans and everything to make our Klondikers comfortable. Bet you there's three." Overhead was a loft with spring cot beds for Edith What will you bet?" "A new hat." and Mrs. Colvin, with a ladder leading up through a trap door in the ceiling of the room below. "I'll take you up. There, look for yourself, there's For the men, Ned had brought along another hut, only two holes." a duplicate of the first, but as it was now growing "I see three, all right, don't you, Dick?" replied late no attempt was made to set it up that day. Netj, winking at his partner. Instead, all hands went to work to carry in the be" Of course, I do," said Dick, laughing heartily at j longings of the party, and by the time darkness came the Unlmown's puzzled look. everything was all in shape with Mrs. Colvin busy "Am I blind, or what's tlie matter with me? Do cooking supper on the kitchen stove. you see three holes, Edith?" demanded the detective, Meanwhile, nothing whatever had been seen of the turnmg the bat round and round. enemy. "There's one on one side, and one on the other, and It began to look very much as if Edith had giveR a big one in the middle where your head goes in," them enough of it and they were not going to return laughed Edith. again. "Sold again !" cried the Unknown, and giving his "All the same we'll keep a sharp watch," declar'"ed hat a bang against a tree which sent it still further the detective. "My friend T. T. caught me napping out of shape, the Unknown clapped it.,.pn his head and once, but I'll be ding-donged if he's going to do it joined in the general laugh. again. By the Jumping Jeremiah, that's a pleasant "Come._ come," said Ned, "we'd better hurry up sound !" our calms; first thing you know those fellows will be They were standing near the steamer when the Un .. down on us again. known made this remark, and the sound referred to There was a great hustling about then to get things was Mrs. Colvin calling "supper ready" from the in shape for the night. dpen door of the hut. There were still several hours of dayhght left, and Renee was stationed outside to keep watch and the Young Klondike was anxious to make things as com-rest gathered about the table doing ample justice to fortable as possible for Edith. Mrs. Colvin's good cooking. And no one knew l:,,J w to start a mining camp any After supper was over and the dishes washed up better than he did, besides which it must be remem-all gathered around the door of the hut, and Ned bered that he had plenty of money to do it with, and played his banjo, while Edith sang, and the Unknown for money comforts and even luxuries can be had in told more of his marvelous stories. the Klondike country just the same as anywhere else. Altogether it was a very pleasant evening, but r J I
; YOUNG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. 15 after they had turned in about nine o'clock the l isfaction to find that the roof was tight, this being weather took a notion to change. more than he expected considering how hastily the It had been day, and now the tempera-hut had been thrown together. ture rose and it began to rain. After talking they began to find it hard When it rains in the Klondike country at this work to keep awake, so Ned got out the dominoes and time of year it means business, and this proved to be they played several games, but it soon grew hard to about the worst downpour Ned Golden had ever seen. keep up the interest and at last Dick forgot to make1 Ned was on guard alone when it began, forthe men a move and his head dropped forwa,rd upon the table. were all tired and needed sleep. Ned looked up at him and found that he was sound When he first the rattle of t?e big drops on 1 asleep. the roof he went to see what it was all about, "Well, that's pretty good," he thought. "Upon and that was the first time he saw the bear. my word I feel as though I'd like to do the same ed happened to look up at the to thing, I mustn't. I'll let Dick go it fifteen way .t.he storm was and his attention J minutes and then I'll wake him up and make him let "a,s immediately attracted by a light. me take my turn." It burned brightly in among the fir trees about five J N d t t h th 'd b t t ft h hundred feet up from level, shining particularly eh. mfiean 1JUS w ta 11 e stai u as i 0 en ap. . pens is ne pan wen a as ray. strong on a big ledge which Jutted out from the f d th th t 1 d t th b To use a common expression the next Ned knew he. orest, an ere on a e ge sa e ear. . . H f 11 'th h b knew nothmg m short, his own head went down on e was an enormous e ow w1 a s aggy, rown-th t bl t d th t t . . e a e wice an came up agam; en I wen 1sh coat-looked like a grizzly, and a big one at d th' d t' d d'd 't In h t N d own a ir ime an i n come up. s or e that. was sound asleep himself. He seemed to be looking down into the valley where It was odd, but nevertheless a fact, that the very the creek ran, and although it sounds like imagina-time Ned went to sleep was the time the bear chose tion, it seemed to Ned as though he was looking di-to come. rectly at the hut. "Great Scott! Wouldn't I like to shoot that fel-In fact when Ned first dropped off the bear was low ?" muttered Young Klondike, instinctively bring-coming slowly down the mountain right behind the l 'fl t h. l ld r hut, which, in fact had been built up against it. rng us ri e o is s 1ou e . But the bear was far out of ra,nge, and it was the He his legs like a man, and merest folly to think of shooting at him with any hope I to be pickmg his way with a great deal of caution. f Every now and then he would stop and shake tile o success. . ram off his shaggy coat and then go on again. While Ned was thinking about it, the bear suddenly All th' t N d d D' k 1 dl is ime e an ic were s eepmg soun y,. vamshed, because the went out down came and their sleep grew deeper still as the bear drew the rain in torrents, drivmg Ned back mto tbe but. near the hut. The incident worried him. Not the bear, but the light. "It must be those fellows camped up there," he thought. "I don't see how it can mean anything else ; so he woke up Dick and told him about it, and they went out into the rain together to have a look, but the light did not appear again, and of course they saw nothing of the bear. "You'd better turn in again and have your sleep At last he stopped on a big ledge of rock which. overhung the roof of the hut. He looked down upon the roof, and seemed to be calculating whether or no it would be safe for him t<> make the jump. Apparently he decided that it would not be for he turned around, and cautiously dropping his hind legs over the ledge let himself down by his fore out," said Ned. "I'm sorry now that I disturbed paws. you. Whatever the light means it ain't likely there Here he hung for a moment, and then dropped dowR will be any attack while this rain lasts, and I can call upon the roof, landing there with a thud which shook you again in case there is any alarm." the entire hut. Dick refused to do it, however. He seemed to feel It awoke Ned, and he started up all in a tremble. more concerned about the appearance of the light "Dick Dick !" he shouted, seizmg his rifle. than Ned. I Before Dick could fairly get his eyes open Mrs_ "-We'll put it through together," he declared. "I Colvin was screaming, and Edith was calling out that. ain't a bit more tired than you are, and anyhow it isn't there was someone on the roof, all of which woke up safe for only one to stay on the watch." the Unknown, and he tumbled out of his bunk, want 'fhey tried it outside first, but the rain was too ing to know what the row was all about. much for them. "There's someone on the roof," cried Ned. Get Then they went aboard the Arctic Boy and tried it your rifle and we 11 go out and see who it is." ou deck, but there was no dry spot from which they He seized his own rifle and flinging open the door could see anything, so at last they determined to go rushed out into the rain, closely followed by Dick. back inside the hut. 1 "Thunder and Mars! It's the bear!" he cried. It was dry here at least and it gave Ned great sat-He raised his rifle and fired, missing the bear whicb
16 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. .gave a leap from the roof, striking I only a man in disguise and Young Klondike \.Vas agamst Dick and knockmg him over. takmg the only part of him that had resembled a The Unknown, who was just coming through the bear down into the depths below. door, saw Ned blaze away a second time. It was an awful sensation, falling so in the darkness Evidently he missed the bear, for the big monster and storm. flung one paw about Young Klondike, lifting him N cd never forgot it. He thought he was doomed, off his feet. but fate had something better in store for him, for be With a snarly growl he waddled off into a ravine, landed among the topmost branches of a tall hemlock carrying poor Ned with him, while the Unknown fired tree. Fortunately they bore him and there he lodged, two useless shots at the great risk of hitting Ned. still clutching the big bearskin and listening to the In a moment both had vanished in the darkness and shouts above him. storm. Looking up he could see an Indian bending over the CHAPTER VII. edge of the precipice looking down. He shook his fist at Ned, and calling out something unintelligible scrambled to his feet and went away, leaving our hero still clinging to the tree. Ned waited for some time, scarcely daring to stir, for his hold on the branches was so uncertain that he LOST IN THE STORM. knew the slightest movement might send him whirl-ing down upon the rocks below, from which he would IT was one of .the most peculiar experiences Young I be pretty certain to roll on down into the ravine. Klondike ever passed through. I Of course he watched and listened as he waited. At When the bear first got him, Ned thought he was last hearing nothing but the rattle of the rain on the a goner, for he had heard many stories of these big rocks, he cautiously climbed down, branch by branch, mountain bears hugging people to death. and at length reached the ground in safety, but it was The pressure about his body was so great that he only the mountain side after all. He had all he his ribs must surely give way under it. could do to hold on to the rocks. As the bear trotted along, Ned twisted a .nd turned, Picking up the bearskin which he had previously trie d in every way to free himself, but all without dropped, he flung it down into the ravine, scrambling v a il. after it. "It's all up with me unless I can do something," By the time he reached the bottom the light was he thought. "I've got to keep cool." blazing on top of the bluff again, and as Young Klon-He waited quietly for a few moments, thinking that dike looked up be could see three men, two Indians the bear might get tired and set him down. and one white, all with torches, flashing their lights Nothing of the kind occurred. The bear just kept down into the ravine. straight on up the ravine, and at last began to climb "That's the talk, is it," thought Ned. "They are the mountain. right after me. Wait, I'll give them the slip yet." Ned knew then that it was all he could do hold him, Picking up the bearskin which was a sple ndid speci-and began to think that if he could make one grand men of the kind and carefully tanned, Ned ran up the be might be able to shake himself clear of the ravine as fast as he could go over the rough stones. bear. It was no easy work. Twice he stumbled and fell, But he did not dare to do it just then while they but he kept bravely on expecting every moment to were going on up over the rocks. He thought be come out upon the creek in sight of the house. would wait until they reached a level spot, and then This was just where he missed it. The fact was, try it. By and by they came to just such a place, a .nd Ned was going in exactly the opposite direction, and Ned did try it, and was treated to the greatest sur-every step was taking him further and further up the prise he ever bad. ravine. Throwing all bis strength into the effort he man-The lights had now disappeared, and as the ravine aged to free himself in part, but missed his footing was narrow and heavily wooded, it was very dark. and tumbled down. Young Klondike soon began to realize his danger. The bear fell with him, and over they rolled danger-He knew that he ought to have come out to the cree k ously near the edge of the precipice. long ago. Ned felt himself going, and to check the motion So he stopped and began to look around, but could wound his fingers into the bear's shaggy fur. m ake nothing out of the situation. He pulle d the It was no use-he couldn't stop-he felt himself bearskin up about him to keep off the rain and hurgoing over the brink, and right then the bear gave a ried on a little further, but he soon b e c a me convinced startled cry which sounded just like a man. I that he had made a mistake and starte d to go back. The next Ned knew he was over the edge of the It was bard work retracing his steps. The way precipice, still clutching the bearskin which we 'nt 1 seemed rougher than when he had gone ove r it bewith him. I for e and what was worse there appeared to be no But no bear-there had never been any bear. It end to it.
YOUNG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. l 'T Ned kept on going and going, but could not come out of the ravine. He kept it up until he was tired; it rained harder than ever, the ravine narrowed, the rocks seemed to reach to the sky. Reluctantly Young Klondike was obliged to admit the truth. He was lost in the storm. He thought it safer in case of a sudden attack, for he took pains to examine the loft carefully before lying down. There was a scuttle in the roof which was secured simply by an iron hook. Ned felt that he could raise the scuttle any time, climb out on the roof, and drop to the ground without any trouble at all. "This is a bad job," thought Ned. "What in Having satisfied himself on all these particulars, he thunder am I going to do now? It must be that I've spread the bearskin on the floor of the loft and went got off into a cross cut somehow. Confound it all, I to sleep. don't know what to do." How long Young Klondike's slumbers lasted he He was dreadfully puzzled, and as he stood there never exactly knew, but all at once he was rudely peering about Ned caught sight of afaint light ahead awakened by the sound of a heavy fall on the floor of of him further up the ravine. the hut. "That's the hut!" he exclaimed, joyfully. "I've Ned started up and tubbed his eyes. spotted it Just a little more patience and I'm "Get up there, you drunken bum !"he heard somethere." one say. "Confound you, haven't we had trouble He pushed rapidly on, coming presently to a place enough without your getting full. Get up, I say." where the ravine widened out greatly. Here was an There was an answer of some sort in thick, muffled inclosure of several acres in extent, and standing in tones-Ned could not exactly ma. ke out the words. the middle of it was a lonely log hut. Then came a scramble and another fall. A light burned in the window, and Ned, drawing By this time Ned was peering down through a knot-the bearskin up about him so as to make his disguise hole in thefloortaking in all that was going on below. almost as complete as the Indian's had been, crept on He saw two men there, rough-looking fellows both. toward the hut with a sinking heart. One was dead drunk and the other sober enough to He knew the worst now. He realized still more lift his companion up and tumble him all in a heap fully that he was lost in the storm. into one of the bunks. "I ain't going another step if I can get shelter in This done the mari lighted a lantern and swinging there," he resolved. "I might keep on wandering it back and forth in the open doorway shouted for about till morning. I'm in the soup and I can't get someone to "come on." out; first thing to do is to see who's in that hut." After a little fom' white men and two Indians came He came up to it and peered in at the window. As into the hut. nearly as he could make.out there was no one in the Two of the white men were wounded and were being hut. It was just a one room affair with a loft above. helped along by the Indians, who laid them in the On the hearth a dying fl.re burned. bunks. One of the other whites Ned instantly recog-There was a table and a few chairs, and half a dozen nized. It was Mr. Timotheus Trotter the claim bunks built about the wall, but there was nobody in shark-the original T. T. the bunks-no one in sight anywhere. Having satis"Here at last, boys!" he exclaimed. "Oh, this fl.ed himself of this, Ned raised the latch and walked has been a deuce of a night! By thunder, I've got to in on all fours, bear style, get square with someone for this. Instead of captur-He had his revolver all ready in his belt, though. ing Young Klondike, he has knocked us out comIt would have been rather unhealthy for any one to pletely and everything in the soup." have tackled that bear. "Huh! Huh!" grunted one of the Indians. There was no one in the hut to do it. Ned had I "Young Klondike heap smart. He heap strong_ made no mistake in thinking the place deserted. Black Deer shoot him next time, no try to take him He laid aside the bearskin, threw a big armful of ahbe." wood on the fire, and soon had a cheerful blaze, which Evidently here was the owner of the bearskin. Ned gave him a chance to dry his wet clothes, and in a thought so at least, and he was quite right. little while he was feeling so comfortable that he deMr. T. T. threw some more wood on the fire, and as termined to take his chances and go to sleep. 1 one of the others began making preparations for sup" I don't believe any one will come here before morn-per he seated himself beside it and began to talk. mg," he thought. "More than hkely this hut be"It's the worst start ever I ma.de, Don," he said longs to the same crowd that attacked us, but if to one of the men who stood beside him leaning over they've got under cover anywhere they are hkely to the fl.re. "I've sold the blamed old claim seventeen 1 stay there till daylight. I know I should on a night times and never yet did I fail to get the papers back. hke tlus." The idea of any one so getting the best of me as to There was no ladder leading to the loft, just a tree come up and try to work it The thought makes trunk with pegs driven into it to chmb up to the trap me fairly sick." door by. "Well," replied the other, "all I can say is you Ned climbed up, and finding the loft dry and com1 oughtn't to have sold. You knew what Young Klon-fortable determined to sleep there. dike was, and you hadn't ought to have tried it.
18 YOUNG KLONDIKE"S LUCKY C AMP. Them's my sentiments and I don't care who knows each other to go up into the loft. They had heard the them. You know I'm the kind of man who always noise and knew that somebody must be there. says just what he thinks." But no one wanted to go, and while they were talk" Oh, to blazes with your sentiments. What do I ing about it Ned made up his mind that he woul d care about them? What I want is some good solid 1 not wait for any one to come. advice as to how I'm going to get my claims back "If I've got to get down the other way I've got again; if you can't give me that, why hold your to,'' he thought. "Here goes! I'll try the bear tongue." on them, and I'll bet anything it will work." "Seems to me we are feeling rather ugly just about He took it coolly, but it was a bold resolve nevernow," Ned heard the other say. "I don't want no theless. muss. All I'm trying to do is to keep the peace. Of Black Deer was just starting up the pole when course we've missed it to-night, but that don't say Ned, with the bearskin tied about him by means of we're going always to miss it. The storm will be two stout strings which were attached to it, gave on e over some time, and more than likely we shall see sudden spring down through the trap, knocking Black some way of driving Young Klondike and his crowd Deer down, and tumbling on top of him. off." "A bear! A bear!" yelled Trotter, making for "Huh! Huh !" grunted the Indian. ''Young the door. Klondike dead-he killed-tumble over rocks, p'raps." In fact they were all equally frightened, and made "P'raps yes, and p'raps no," said Mr. T. T. "For a rush for the bunks-all but the other Indian, who my part, I don't believe it, Black Deer. That fellow tried to strike Ned with a knife. has as many lives as a cat!' But Young Klondike was too quick for any of them. "Hanged if I don't believe you!" said Don. "Dead They saw the bear rise on its hind legs and make a he may be, but I doubt it. Didn't we look every-rush for the door, knocking Trotter down in its where for his body ? Could we find it ? No, sir, we flight. couldn't! 'l'hat's why I say he's most likely not "Kill! kill!" yelled the Indian. "Him no bear! dead." Him man!" "Your opm10n ain't worth a continental cuss, Don started to fire, but the bear got in ahead of Don,'' growled Trotter, "but there's one thing cer-him. tain something has got to be done, for I'll be ever-Wheeling about, Ned fired six shots from his rela.stingly kerwalloped if I'm going to ha.ve my claim volver into the hut, and then ran for all he was worth. business ruined by Golden & Luckey starting a min-Wild shouts followed him, shots came whizzing after ing camp in here; before I'd stand that I'd rather him. work it myself." Still the bear ran on into the darkness and storm. "Speaking of working it yourself,'' said Don, "suppose you were going to work it yourself, where would you begin, Tim?" "Where?" ".That's what I asked." "Why, the very place Young Klondike chose. He's the luckiest fellow out of jail. He hits it i;ight every CHAPTER VIII. STARTING UP LUCKY CAMP time." WITHOUT being aware what damage his revolver "Why, I thought his partner was more lucky than had done, Ned ran on at top speed. he is,'' drawled Don. I He was closely pursued by Trotter, Don and Black "Is that meant for a joke?" Deer, who fired several shots at him, but none took "Take it so, if you will. It will be Lucky Camp, effect though, whichever of them boys starts it down there Finding the bearskin impeded his movements Ned on the creek." threw it aside. How long this conversation might have contmued He managed to load up as he ran, and turning he if a sudden interruption had not come, it is hard to fired at his pursuers. say. But he could not see to take aim in the darkness, Just then Black Deer happened to look upward, nor could they, and the shots were without effect on and caught sight of Ned's eye at the knot-hole. both sides. "Hi! Hi! Someone in the loft!" he shouted, leap"Surrender Hold on there, or we'll settle your ing to his feet. hash for you, Young Klondike,'' shouted Trotter, This brought everybody up standing, and brought blazrng away agam. Ned to a realizing sense of his danger. They were rapidly gaming on poor Ned, and there "I must get out of this,'' he thought, and be threw is no telling what the result might have been, when off the scuttle, but when he looked out a .nd saw bow all at once, roundmg a proJect,mg rock, he saw sevsteep and slippery the roof was he did not dare to atpersons runmng to-ward him armed with rifles. tempt the escape. Ned thought it was more of the enemy and halted, Meanwhile, Trotter and his companions were daring I ready to defend hunself to the last, when to his in-:: l t ;
YOUNG KLONDIKE S J,UCKY 19 tense relief he caught sight of the Unknown's bat"That settles it," cried the Unknown. "By the tered plug hat and heard Dick shouting: Jumping Jeremiah, I believe the name is a mascot. "Ned! Ned! Oh, Ned!" We are going to call it Lucky Camp." What a change all in an instant! It was wonder"Which let us h
20 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. look up T. T. and his gang, and see what they are about." "I wouldn't. You'd better let sleeping dogs lie." "Shan't do it. I've got an idea I shall find my man among them. Anyhow, I'm determined to have a look." It was the same old story. Work at mining, the Unknown would not, and so they let him go. The last they saw of him he had his rifle over his shoulder and was traveling off up the ravine. As soon as the Unknown had departed the boys went right to work. Trees were felled and dragged into the creek to make a crib. A double row of trunks was stretched across from the point to the opposite bank. It took all the morning to accomplish this, and in the afternoon they filled the crib with stones. It had the desired effect ; in fact, it worked splen didly. The water was turned from its bed and thrown over upon a piece of level land. This left the bed of the creek dry, and Ned made a brief examination of the sand. A few specks of gold were found, but nothing of &ny cons-equence. It did not look at all promising that night when they sat down to supper, but then one can never tell what lies below the surface in placer diggings. The top soil may show no color whatever, and yet a. fortune ,nay lie below. On the Klondike and in all the surrounding country the gold deposit lies at a singularly even depth, varying from eighteen to twenty-five feet. The average is twenty feet, and there is not much hope of making a big strike short of that. All this Young Klondike knew perfectly well, and he was therefore not a bit discouraged at not finding a surface showing in the bed of the creek. After dark the guard was placed again, for every on e felt worried. The Unknown had not returned. There was nothing to do about it, no earthly use in going in search of him. It was the Unknown's custom to wander away in this fashion, and, of course, they had become used to it. If it had been anybody else but the detective it would have been a great deal worse, but they had to make the best of it, for the night passed and he did not return. Next morning it was a question whether they go in search of him or continue their work. The latter plan was decided on, and they began regularly to dig in the bed of the creek. Here, owing to the runningwater, the ground was not frozen so deep as on dry land, where at all seasons one has to go through a layer of frost to get at the precious dust. In the creek bed the sand was not frozen deeper than a couple of feet. Then they struck a la,yer of finer sand, black as the Unknown's hat, and mixed with coarse gravel. Ned set up the rocker, and while the Frenchman dug, he and Dick took to panning. They were not very successful; nothing more than the merest trace of color. This, however, did not discourage them a bit. The hole in the creek bed was sunk three feet further, and they went at it again. "You are going to have better luck this time," said Edith."I feel absolutely sure of it." "Let her come," said Ned, "we're ready." Dick and Renee were lugging big buckets of sand, which they dumped into the rocker. "Throw the water on for luck, Edith," said Young Klondike. The water was brought, and Edith with her own hands threw it on the sand. The result came instantly by singular coincidence. "Gold I see it!" cried Renee. There was no trouble about anybody seeing it. The gold was there. It lay among the sand in coarse flakes. Ned violently agitated the rocker and the sand was washed out. In the bottom of the rocker the pebbles remained, and among them was quite a collection of coarse dust. Two ounces at least," said Renee highly pleased. "Pooh!" exclaimed Ned, contemptuously. "That may do for you Oanucks well enough, but it won't suit us at all. We must try it again." It was encouraging, however, for it showed that the nearer they got to bed rock, the richer the gold deposit was. The next cradle panned out a hundred dollars ; the next brought a hundred and and the next nearly two hundred. Busmess was booming. Ned went down into the hole and took a good look. As near as he could see the sand was not very rich, and as yet they had not struck bed rock. "We ought to do well when we get down to hard pan, boss," remarked the old French miner, who was in charge of the work. "How much further ha Ye we got to go, do you es timate?" asked Ned. "About five feet." "You'd better put it right through,. then. We'll do no more panning until we get the_bed rock gravel. There's no use wasting time; we want to know exactly bow we stand." "All right, boss. We'll put her through," \Yas the reply. But Ned was not satisfied with this. He determined to take a hand in the game himself. Seizing a pick and shovel he went right at it. Inside of three feet and a half they struck bed rock. "Anything big there ?" called Dick, from above. "It looks about the same as far as I can make out," replied Ned.
YOUNG LUCKY CAMP. :.?l ::: Le n n r" i, g n e. We can ma.ke two hundred dollars a pan pay well enough, I fancy." "I don't believe this will run any two hundred a pan. The streak we struck up above there was only accidental. Try a pan of this Dick, and see." "Coming up to help me?" "No, I'm going to stay here and look along a little further." Ned then ordered the Frenchman to send up two buckets of sand, and then go up and help with the rocker. The fact was Young Klondike had his own ideas, and he wanted to work them out quietly in his own wa. y. Ned figured it in this style : Reasoning from the known fact that the gold de posit along the creek bottoms, river beds and low lands was origina.Jly wa .shed down from the moun tains, he concluded that the percentage of gold de posit in the bed of the creek must necessarily be less than that lying on bed rock under the solid ground, ie for the reason that the rush of water along the creek bed must have been longer continued and grea.ter than. over the ground. d, t. d. :Lt 't :Lt ld 'le ly k. He therefore determined to tunnel in out of the creek bed and under the point. This was no difficult task. The hole sunk was only about two feet away from the point. Ned took the long-handled spade and went right at it. There was not a trace of frost in the ground here on top of bed rock. The sand was soft, too, and yielded easily. Ned was able to scoop it out in full shovels. In a very few moments he was off the line of the creek bed, and he watched every shovelful of sand as he threw it out into the hole with eager interest, you may be very sure. There was gold among the sand, plenty of it. He could see that. h Still, there were some of the small nuggets, such as are usually found along the line of the Klondilrn, rd and nuggets are what pay every time. as "Only twenty dollars in this lot!" shouted Dick, who had become so expert at figuring gold dust values that he seldom went astray. "What did I tell you?" answered Ned. "That was only a streak. There's nothing big in this hole 'll as yet." are you maki'i;g out?" : x"Haven't struck a fortune yet." "What you driving at anyhow?" called Dick, as looking over into the hole. "Making a tunnel, eh ? Well, give us another bucket and I'll try again. Bet yQll I strike it richer than you." lf. The bucket was lowered and Ned filled it. Then he returned to his work and all in a moment :k. the lucky strike came. The very next time the spade came out of the tunke nel a mass of small nuggets came with it. Ned gave a shout which brought Dick and all the Frenchmen down into the hole, and Edith bent over the edge watching eagerly as shovelful after shovelful was taken out. All ran about the same. It was a deposit of coarse black sand, mixed with small nuggets and dust. Several bucketsful were hoisted up and the rocker was started again. The first clean up was over five hundred dollars. The second yielded about seven hundred dollars, the next dropped to three hundred dollars, and then it rose to over five hundred dollars again. "Hooray for Lucky Camp!" cried Dick. "We don't want anything better than this." "Our shaft has got to be inside the creek line," declared Ned. "Trotter was right. If we want to do the best we can with the Unknown's claim, this is the place to work for it." They kept on working for the rest of the day, widening the tunnel and passing clean through the nugget bed on either side, but coming to no end on the line of its strike, as the direction of a gold deposit> across country is called. It was a very rich find, and no mistake about it. By supper time they had cleaned up over six thou sand dollars, actual weight on Young Klondike's gold scales. Of course, they could not hope for a continuance of such luck every day; still it was thoroughly demonstrated that the Unknown's claim was an exceedingly rich one. But where was the Unknown? Night settled down upon Lucky Camp, and still the mystery remained unsolved. CHAPTER IX. THE SEARCH FOR THE UNKNOWN. THERE was no alarm at Lucky Camp that night. Morning dawned clear and cold and still the Un known had not shown up. Young Klondike and his friends discussed the situation at breakfast. While all tried to conceal their uneasiness there was no denying that they were seriously alarmed at the long absence of their eccentric friend. "If it was anywhere else I wouldn't say a word," remarked Ned, "bat after my own experience with the Trotter gang I think we ought to go out and look up the Unknown this morning before we do another thing." As this was precisely what Dick and Edith wanted to do, there was no objection raised, of course. They took Renee with them, and leaving the other Frenchman to guard the camp, look after Mrs. Col vin and take care of the steamer, they started up the ravine and made their way back to the hut. Of course they took every precaution in approach-
22 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. ing it, but it proved to be entirely unnecessary, for the hut was found to be entirely deserted. The fire was out on the hearth, and the door of the hut; stood open. To all appearance there had been no one in the hut in some time. '"fhis is a bad business," remarked Young Klon dike. "What are we going to do now? There is no certainty that the Unknown came up here at all." I believ e he did, Edith. He told me he was going to." "Which is remarkable. He never tells his busi ness to anybody." "That's right," said Dick, "there ain't any closer mouthed man living than the Unknown; but there's one thing, if he was here and found the hut deserted I believe he would leave something behind to tell us which direction he intended to take in case we came after him." "Don't think it. Wouldn't be a bit like him." "He was here, boss," said Renee, the Frenchman, pointing to the hearth. "How do you know?" demanded Ned. Look in the ashes-there's the print of his foot." "There's a foot-print there certainly, but how can ;}rou be sure it is his?" The Frenchman smiled. "Well, now, I've been a guide up here in the Yukon country all my life," he replied. "I was here in the days when the Hudson Bay Company controlled everything. I guess I'm capable of locating a trail.;' "But mightn't that just as well be another man's foot-print as his?" "lt might be, but it ain't. You see the very first thing I always do when I'm engaged by a pa.rty is to study their feet, so's to be able to locate their trail if I'm called upon to do it. That's the way I was brought up." "And you are sure this is the Unknown's ?" "Positive. I'll swear to it anywhere." "Perhaps you can follow the trail." "There ain't any doubt about it. That's my busi ness. How far I can follow it I don't say, for there may occur a dozen things to throw me off the track, but I'd like to try it, just the same." "You shall. Lea. d on," said Ned. "We are in your hands, Renee." The voyageur, as these old time French guides are called, went out of the hut and moved about with his eye fixed on the ground. "He went back down the ravine," he declared, after a little. "Sure?" questioned Ned, doubtfully. "Don't keep asking me that," said Renee. "If I 'wasn't sure I wouldn't say so, boss." ('Don't be offended," said Edith. "We only want to know how you do it if you wouldn t mind telling." "Can't you see any foot-prints?" asked the French-man. "Not a sign of one," said Ned. : "Nor I," added Dick. "Then what do you call that ?" said Renee, ppinting to a bed of green moss which covered a rock in their path. "Upon my word it does look like a foot-print there," said Edith, "but it is very faint." "It is a foot-print and there is another and another. See, they go right on to the sand here, and now we find them plainer," said Renee, leading them forward. It was really remarkable. The strip of sand was close up against the rocks and not in the middle of the ravine. Ned and his companions would never have noticed it if it had not been for the old guide. "That man has a foot that hurts him," said Renee. "He walked on the sand instead of on the rocks." "By gracious, you're right !" exclaimed Dick. "The Unknown bought a new pair of shoes 'just be fore we left Dawson and he told me they hurt him." "Especially the left one," said the guide. "Especially the left one," admitted Dick. "It is just as you say." "Now are you willing to leave this t'rail business to me?" asked Renee. "Entirely," replied Ned. "You just lead on." They walked through the ravine an hour after that, Renee seldom speaking, but going on ahead with his eyes fixed upon the ground. Occasionally he would point out the trail, and when he did so they were always able to see thf:l Unknown's foot-prints. Then again they would not see them for some time, and in several instances they felt sure that Renee had lost the tra.il. At last they came out upon the creek at a considerable distance above Lucky Camp. "Humph!" exclaimed the guide. "Our friend took a bath here and his lunch-you see." It was a good place for a bath. Here the creek was broad and shallow and the bottom was covered with clear, sparkling sand. The grass all around this place had been trodden down; there was an old newspaper with some scraps of bread and bones lying around. Ned picked up the paper and saw that it was from San Francisco, the date being during the time they were staying there. \ "By gracious, I believe you are right !" he ex. claimed. "I don't think there is any doubt that the I Unknown has been here, but where did he go next?" ( "That remains to be discovered,'' replied Renee, and he went right at it moving up and down the creek, here, thereany everywhere. They all watched him earnestly, and Ned soon came to the conclusion that he was all at sea. \ "Can't you find the trail?" he asked, after a little. "No, I can't, but I shall irl a moment," was the reply. "I want to make sure he didn't go away from
Y OUN G KLONDI KE"S L UCKY C AMP 2 3 here on this side before I cross to the othen. and I "Good-by!" shouted Ned, and away he went guess I've done it. I'm going over now." bounding up the rocks. Renee pulled off his shoes and stockings and waded He soon found it necessary to check his speed, how -across the creek, but he met with no better success ever, as the rocks were very rugged and steep. on the opposite bank, and was soon able to positively After Ned had climbed to a considerable height declare that the trail was not on the other side above the falls he looked around for Renee. "There's no use talking, boss he said, I guess Here the creek was divided into two parts, an d t h e I'm stumped n o w I guide stood on a big rock near the junction." "I thought the Unknown would get the best of you ''I'm going up this way, boss," called R e n ee sooner or later," laughed Edith. "Of course, he took I "You take the other run. to the creek." Seen anything of the trail yet ?" asked Ned Yes, but did he go up or down ?" questio ned "Nothing. There is no chance here o n the rock s Ned. How is it with you?" "That's the idea exactly," replied the guide. "We J .ust the same. have no possible means of telling." "He may not have c ome this way at all." There's only one way of finding out, then." Which wou l d mean that you had misse d t h e trail "By going both up and down?" as we came up the_ creek. "So I say. Do you agree with me?" "Exactly. It is quite possible "Certainly I do We'll try it up first. If he went "How far do you mean to go before y ou give i t d o wn, he probably would have returned to the camp, up?" s o it is safe to say he went up. "C:m't tell n o w. From the looks of things, though, "That's right. Shall we start ?" I should think it likely that I was going to strike e;tn" Yes. I'll keep on here in the water," replied other fall before gve gone far. Chances are I shall be the guide, and that was the way they went, con -cut off altogether then." tinuing on for more than a mile, when they came "And on my side?" to a ravine from which the creek emerged. I think your chance is better than mine. If the They had now reached the foot of the mountain Unknown went up here at all I believe it was o n y our again, and right ahead of them was a charming side little waterfall. The waters came tumbling over the "That means I've got to be extra careful to kee p i rocks down from a height of some twenty feet my eyes open," declared Ned. "He must have gone ashore here," said Renee, They parted then, Young Klondike continuing h is "but I've reached the end of my rope; there's no pos climb up over the rocks. sible chance of my recovering the trail." He had not gotie far before he came out upon a "'Vhat's the matter?" demanded Dick broad shelf on the mountain side. "Why, don't you see the rocks?" said the guide. It was several acres in extent; the ground here "The Unknown probably went up the mountain. I'll was literally one bed of moss. guarantee to find his trail again if you give me time, "If the Unknown went this way at an: I ought to but I should have to try both sides strike his trail now," thought Ned. "Which is what we shall have to do," declared He stopped and sent a sharp l ook over the moss. Ned. "I'm going right up this side now." Sure enough there was a line of foot-prints leading "If you'll do that I'll take the other," said Renee off from the very point where he stood. "vVe can keep each otherin sight probably, butyou'll I They looked just like those Ned had seen m the have to look sharp." moss down in the ravines, and felt no doubt that he "Trust rne for that," said Ned. "Edith, you stay had struck the trail. here, it's entirely too rough for you "I must let Renee know immediately," he thought. "Would you mind if I did, Ned? I'm getting aw"We mustn't be separated. I'll hurry back. fully tired." It was such easy traveling here that he determined "Certa inly not; do it, by means. Dick shall to bring Edith and Dick up, and started back to the stay with you." place where he had left Renee, hurrying down over "Come, I don't like that !"exclaimed Dick "You the rocks, hardly looking to see what lay on either stay, Ned, and let me go up the rocks." side of him. "Go on, both of you," said Edith. "I ain't a bit Of course, this was careless of Young Klondike -afraid to stay here alone very much so. "That shan't be," said Dick. "I'll stay." He paid for it in less than a moment by a good, "No. I'll stay," said Ned. hearty scare, which might have been something Meanwhile Renee had started off. Ned saw that worse. they were losing time. Suddenly a tall Indian, dressed in a heavy moose Let's draw lots for it," he said. "We both want ::;kin coat, sprang out from a clump of fir trees, thro w -to go and we both can' t I ll toss up a cent." ing himself directly in Ned's path with bis t omahawk "Heads I go, tails I stay," cried Dick, and tails raised to strike. the cent came down. It was Black Deer!
.... 24 Y OUNG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. "Ugh! Ugh! Klondike boss," grunted the Indian. "Ugh! Ugh!" He sprang at Ned, who was so taken aback that he had no time to fire or even to unsling his rifle, but the boy was ready in bis own defense nevertheless. He dodged nimbly to one side as Black Deer brought down the tomahawk. It did not strike Young Klondike's head, as was intended. Instead, Black Deer, throwing himself forward to give force to the blow, slipped on the rocks and went down on bis nose. This was right at the edge of the precipice which overhung the creek. Once more Ned's quickness of action saved him. Turning on the Indian before he had time to rise, he gave him a violent kick, which sent him whirling down over the precipice toward the stream. Black Deer gave a wild yell, and somehow managed to turn himself, and to Ned's astonishment, landed on his feet unharmed. "tJgh Ugh! Me kill Klondike boss!" be called out. "Me kill! Me kill!" Then away he dashed down the rocks and disappeared. Ned fired one shot after him-he was out of sight before he could aim again. "Hello Hello "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I'm right here!" he heard the well-remembered voice of the Unknown calling off among the fir trees. This sent Ned in among the trees flying. He had not gone ten steps before he saw the Un known standing against a tree. Hello, Zed What in thunder are you doing there?" he cried. "Come on! Come on!" "How can I come on?" answered the detective. ''Ye gods and little fishes, can't you see that I'm tied to the tree?" "Blamed if you ain't! I didn't see Who's around here ?" answered Ned, springing to his side. He whipped out his knife and cut the Unknown free. It's only Trotter and his gang and half a dozen Indians to boot," replied the detective. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, dear boy, I let them take me. I've been tied up here all night. I'm almost dead." You don't look it. Where are they?" "Don't know. Black Deer was here a moment ago. Did you kill him, Ned?" "Not much. I kicked him down into the creek, but he got away all right." "Then he'll have the gang down on us in two shakes of a ram's tail. Where's Edith and Dick?" Down below the falls. Can't you move faster than this? Try." "Can't be done, dear boy. I'm as stiff as a ram rod. Look out! I hear them coming. Leave me, Ned. Leave me and save yourself." As though Ned would have thought of such a thing Although he could very distinctly hear many footsteps approaching no such idea ever entered his head. They ran on down the slope, but before they bad gone six yards the situation grew more serious. Suddenly Trotter and Don appeared on the rocks behind them, and to make matters worse half a dozen Indians sprang out of the cover of the fir trees and planted themselves directly in theirpath. We are lost gasped the Unknown as the shots began to fly, and Trotter called out for them to surrender. "We must take to the creek!" gasped Ned. "Jump and save yourself. We can't do anything else." It was their only chance, and even then it was doubtful if they could pass the Indians unharmed. They sprang down into the creek landing on their feet all right, and ran on down over the slippery rocks with the water half way to their knees. "Fire! Fire! shoot 'em down! Jump after them!" yelled Trotter, but the jumping part was easier said than done. At the point where the Indians were, the rocks were much higher, a:nd what is more they were receding. It was in fact impossible to jump. The shots fired by the Indians were all misses and they did not try to jump, knowing that it would be useless, but just ran on down the sfope at top speed. "Keep it up! Keep it up!" said Ned, encouragingly. "We've got the start of them anyhow. We may still escape." Ned had forgotten the falls. All in a moment they came upon them. Running over the slippery rocks there was no chance to stop themselves. The Indians were close behind them. Nothing remained but to jump over the falls. Edith and Dick saw them from below and flung up their rifles as Ned and the Unknown made one wild leap over the falling water. It was a desperate cha nee that Young Klondike had taken, but good luck seemed to be with Ned that day, and both he and the Unknown landed on their feet entirely unharmed. "Blaze away, Dick! Let 'em have it, Edith!" shouted the detective. Evidently the Unknown had been rob bed of his rifle, for it was not in its usual place, slung over his shoulder, but Ned had his all right, and he lost no time putting it to use, firing sEweral shots. The Indians halted. Evidently they did not care to face so determined an enemy, and that is what they would have been obliged to do if they had jumped over the falls. Then Ned fired again and wounded one, and Edith took another in the leg which seemed to settle it, for the Indians hastily climbed the rocks on the other side of the creek and disappeared among the trees. "Scoot, now !" cried the detective. "Get down to the mouth of the ravine." "But Renee," objected Dick. I
YOUNG KLONDIKE"S LUCKY CAMP. 25 "He'll join us," replied Ned. "We must get to a place of safety. Run! Run!" point," replied Ned. "What's the use of making so much mystery about all this?" And run they did, as though the "old boy him self was at their heels. By the time they reached the level there was not an Indian in sight. Here they paused for breath and waited for the guide. But the Unknown loved a mystery always, and in spite of all his questioning Ned had not succeeded in learning his secret by the time they reached the camp. "He'll be certain to hear the shots !" declared CHAPTER X. Ned. "He'll get back to us as fast as 'he can." And sure e nough, within a few moments they saw A BIG DAY'S DIGGING. Renee sneaking down over .the rocks on the other side of the creek. CONTRARY to the expectations of the boys, the Un-H e held up his hand for silence, joining them in a known said nothing about going away next day. moment. On the contrary he reversed his usual order and "Did you see the Indians? Were you firing at declared he was going to work in the mines. them ?" he asked. As Young Klondike had determined to go right on "Well, now, we just were," replied the Unknown. with the tunnel and not attempt to sink another shaft "They are back up there! I saw them!" at present, the Unknown took a shovel and went down "So you got him, boss? By gracious, you're a into the hole working with the rest. luck y one. Success always comes your way." "We ought to be able to run the tunnel in about "We don't wantto stay here talking or we'll have twenty feet in course of a couple of weeks," r e to do it all over again," said the Unknown. "Let's marked Ned, as he and the detectiYe stood looking hurry back to Lucky Camp and I'll tell you all about at the wall of gravel with its deposit of nuggets it as I go." bristling all over it. The Unknown's story did not amount to very much. "What will you do then, dear boy?" the detective It appeared that he had followed the trail Renee asked. discovered a nd wandered far in the mountains look"Clean up and go back to Dawson." ing for Trotter and his gang-. "And then?" It was not until he started to return that he was "Bring up a lot of men, and start your claim going captured. after our usual style." Trotter seemed to have other business on hand ac"Good enough! You consider my claim a success cording to the detective, arid his plan was just to hold already, Ned?" the U nlmown a prisoner until he got ready to make a "Most decidedly." descent on Lucky Camp. "A big success?" "Which he will do sooner or later," he added. "Yes, don't you?" "We'd beter be prepared for it, but it won't come "It's going to be bigger." for a few days." / "Who says it ain't?" "You speak as though you knew all about it," said "Not I. What's more, while you are hiring men Ned. "What are you ke eping back? I can see you in Dawson City you may as well hire two gangs-know more than you have told." they'll be needed here." "Which I do, just as sure as my name ain't Mike "That means more of yaur mystery." Mulligan." Perhaps." "That's dead sure. What is it?" "Pshaw! You are as shallow as a saucer. Just "It's to the effect that this claim of mine is a big-as though I couldn't guess." ger thing than I thought for. We ain't working it "What's your guess, Young Klondike?" for all it is worth yet." "You overheard something while you were a pris" What now? Those are only hints; explain." oner up there on the mountain?" "Tra-la-la, dear boy! I'll explain later. I've got I "Perhaps." to go of! on another secret expedition first." "Of course you did." "I wish to gracious you'd stay in one place," "And what was that something?" eclaimed Dick. "It takes all our spare time and "That Trotter & Co. are working a shaft on the some that ought not to be spared io hunt you up, and land we bought. That it?" keep you from b eing scalped!" "By the Jumping Jeremiah, you've got a great "Scalped Not much. Nobody ever suggested head, Mr. Ned Golden! That's what I did overhear. such a thing. Know wh9't I think, Edith?" lt was t.alked out between Trotter and that fellow "I'm sure I don't," laughed Edith. Don. Ha Ha They did their talking in Spanish. "I'm sure those Indians imagined that my hat was They thought I didn't understand." part of my head. You ought to have seen them look "And you do understa.nd Spanish?'' at it. "Perfectly; but I ain't a Spaniard, though-don't "What did Trotter say to you-that's more to the you think it. I learned the language in Cuba."
26 YOU N G KLONDIKE'S LUCKY C AMP. "When you were chasing your man down there?" ''Exactly.'' Any other language you learned the same way?" "Why, lots of them." Such as?" "French, Italian, German, Russian, Persian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, and--" "Hold on hold on 1 think we'd better get to work." "What's the matter now ?" "I don t like to have you imperil the safety of your immortal soul by telling too many whoppers." Oh, never you mind my soul-that's all right. I was going to add that I can Hindostanee like a native, and--" "And I wouldn't if I were you. Let's give the lies a rest and go to digging gold." "Lies, lies Do you mean to insult me, Young Klondike ? Ye gods and little fishes, I ain't used to such talk as that." "No? Then for fear you might get used to it I think I'll go right to gold digging. Perhaps by the time the day is over you'll get ready to tell your se cret." Thus_saying, Ned started in on the drift, for there was just no end to this repartee business once the. Unknown got well under way. It was a most successful day's digging. All stuck right at it, and by quitting time they had cleaned up between two and three thousand dollars, which was certainly a good day's work, but there was better still to come. Neel and Dick then went for a swim in the Klondike river before supper. The water was icy cold, and the mosquitoes so thick that they were almost devoured, so they were entirely satisfied with one dip, and glad to hurry back to the hut. Edith met them at the door, looking rather an-In less than a minute he knew that all this pre caution was unnecessary, for he caught sight of the old plug hat. It was only the Unknown. Neel let him come until he was within a few feet of where he lay and then sprang up with a sharp cry: "Who goes there ?" -"Ye gods and little fishes Is it you, Young Klon dike !"gasped the detective, starting back. "Heavens, what a turn you gave me. It's a dangerous thing to do, though. It's a big wonder you didn't get shot." "Oh, I ain't afraid of you one bit," laughed Ned. "You didn't even draw on me. I honestly believe you thought of running away." "Hard on the detective, as usual. Come now, didn't I save you the trouble of hunting me up this time? Didn't have to jump over any waterfalls to get the old man ba6k "That's right. What have you learned?" "All that I want to know, Young Klondike, and I think you'll admit when you hear it, that it's a good deal." "You'd better sit down here on this log and tell me all about it." "Wouldn't ask for a better chance Is everybody asleep?" "Everybody !" "No alarm?" "No. It's all right; now out with it. Is Trotter working another claim ?" "That's what he is, and it's a rich one "You've been there?" "Yes, I've been watching them this three hours." "Hello 'Taint't so far away, then?" "It's only about three quarters of a mile from here, on that little stream which runs o.t! from the creek." Then that accounts for their holding off in their noyed. "The Unknown is off again !" she exclaimed. "I attack on Lucky Camp?" tried my best to hold him, but it was no use. He "Entirely; I don't believe they mean to attack us. gobbled down his and was gone like a shot." All they want is to be let alone." "Just like him," said Dick. "Now I suppose "I don't that. If .they see a chance to jump we shall have to spend all to-morrow night hunt-on us they are gomg to do it, you may be very sure; h' a ,, but tell me about this camp of theirs. Is it on our mg un up ag m. ?" "Don't believe it," declared Ned. "He'll be land more careful this time. I think you'll find that he "That's what it is. Look at your map and see." will turn up all right before morning." I can't see anything on the map here in the And Ned hit it off correct this time. dark." About half past twelve while he was on the "Yes, you can. I'll light my lantern." watch he caught sight of a man moving down the It was easy enough to study the map when the U9creek. known got out his lantern. The detective then point Neel was on the alert instantly. ed to the place where the claim shark was at work, He was alone on the watch and anybody else and Ned saw at a glance that it was on their claim would have been for calling up his companions but "They'll have to get out of there," he declared posiN ed never thought of such a thing. tively. "I won't stand any such nonsense as this." "I'll find out who it is before I raise any a1arm," "That's what I knew you'd say," replied the Un he determined, and he crept from the shadow of known, "and if you mean to shake them up there'll the hut down to the creek, dropped down among be no better chance than the present, for T. T. and the tall grass .and waited. Don are working there alone."
F t YOUNG K LO NDIKE' S LUCK Y CA.MP. 27 "Hello Where are the Indians?" "Can't tell you where they are. they ain't there ?" All I know is "Does T T. seem to be finding much?" "Does he ? Well, you ought to go and look. I saw a lot come out of the pans." "Then I say let's move on 'em right now." If we do it must be a move they'll feel and not laugh at." "Do you mean to kill them? I don't like that." "No, nor I don't either, and I don't want to do it, but we must give them such a scare that they'll hustle off my claim and keep off for awhile. I reckon we can do that all right." Shall we take all hands with us?" "I say no. Let it just be you and me and Edith and Dick. We are used to each other, and can manage it all right if we try." "That's what's the matter!" chuckled Ned. "Wonder what they thought?" It was bard telling, for Trotter and his partner had vanished, and what is more, neither of them came back again. Young Klondike and bis party waited for awhile, and then went down to the shelter where they found one shaft had been sunk below the frost level and another was partly dug; the remains of the fire was still burning in the hole. There were a few mining tools scattered about, but no sign of gold. Yet the Unknown declared that he heard Trotter say that a rich strike had been made on this very spot. Come, let's go back," said Ned. "We've given them a good scare, and I don't believe they mean to come back again. We'll take it up in the morning and see what we've struck." "You bet we can. We'll shake 'em right up; come on." "Anyhow this is on my claim," said the Unknown. "You bet it is, and I mean to make our claim to it Edith and Dick were aroused, and Ned explained good, if we have to kill every idle man in Dawson the situation to them. City to enforce it," declared Ned They then armed themselves with rifles, and under But matters took altogether a different turn from the guidance of the Unknown started up the creek what might have been expected. for Trotter's camp. I Ned felt sure that Trotter would be found back at They soon came to the branch creek, and following the with his Indians next if indeed that for a short distance, came to a place where there they did not hear from them sooner, but it was not were many big bowlders piled up. so at all. "This is the spot," said the detective in a whisper. The remainder of the night passed without alarm, "Hold on here now and I'll show you where they and when they all went up to the pla.ce after daylight, are." leaving the Frenchman to continue the work at Lucky He pointed further down the creek and Ned was Camp and look out for Mrs. Colvin, they found the able to see a little shelter built of boughs, beyond 1 place entirely deserted as they had left it the night which was a heap of freshly turned up earth. before. He had suspected the place, for there was a smol"Hello We've scared them off for good, I reckon!" dering fire near it. exclaimed the Unknown; "suppose we get right t o "There you are," said the Unknown. "That's the work and see how this hole pans out?" spot. They were still working when I left here, but "That's what," said Dick. "I believe there's I reckon they've knocked off now and turned in for a something rich here and that was the reason Trotter little sleep." did not want the Indians to get on to it." "Suppose we capture them and take them aboard "We'll pitch right .in," said Edith. "Zed and I the steamer," suggested Edith. can do the panning all right." "I wouldn't be bothered with them,,,. declared Ned. Not much I'm g<1ing to work in the hole," de" Let's get around the hut and begin firing. That clared the detective, stubbornly. "This is my claim will give them a chance to scoot, and I don't believe and I mean to havemy own way for once." we shall see any more of them at all." "Just as though you ever had anything else," This was agreed upon. laughed Edith, "but it shall be as you want it. All All hands now spread themselves, Neel and Dick I care for is to help the best I can." going to the right of the shelter, Edith and the UnNed started right in by dropping down into the known taking the left side. shaft which was about twenty feet deep, letting him-Here they took up their places behind the bowlclers, self down band over hand by the rope which carried and Ned waved his hat for a signal to fire. the bucket and which hung suspended from a rude Immediately the rifles began popping away on both frame work over the hole sides of the shelter, and with the desired effect. It needed but one glance to tell him that they had In a moment Mr. Timotheus Trotter and the man struck a big thing. Don came sneaking out. I The shaft had already been sunk to the leYel of the They stopped no longer than to give a hasty pay streak, and a dtift had been driven along this to glance around, and then plunging into the creek the distance of two or three feet waded to the opposite bank and ran for all they "Big luck here !" shouted Ned. "You can see the were worth, disappearing down the slope beyond. nuggets all over the wall."
, 28 Y O UNG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. The Unknown sliding down the rope, and went I the call Renee came out declared that he was not wild at what he saw. there. "Bythe JumpmgJeremiah, this knocks everything ''...Perhaps he's on the steamer,'' suggested Dick. silly,'' he exclaimed. "We shall make a million a "Go and see, Renee." month out of this hole. I feel it in my boots." But he wasn't. A moment later Renee was calling Ned laughed, and declared that he had rather see I from the deck of the steamer to say that he could it in the bottom of the pan, and then they went to find nothing of the Unknown. work, and began one of the biggest day's diggings "He's off again!" said Ned. "Confound him, J they had ever put in since they came to the Klondil5e. he'll never let well enough alone. Now he's in for a At the end of the first hour tn_ey had cleaned up ducking, and it will serve him just right." five hundred dollars. It certainly looked that way, for the rain was com-The second hour brought this up to eleven hun-ing down harder than ever. dred dollars. '.Qhe third hour carried it with one big "We'd better look to the dam,'' said Dick. "This jump to three tfiousand dollars, and the fourth car-is going to give it a great old shake-up or I'm very rie d the steadily forward to nearly five thou-much mistaken. sand dollars. Calling the Frenchman, Young Klondike and Dick So interested had they become in their work that went to the da.m and spent an 110ur throwing all the no one ever thought of dinner, and they kept stead-big stones they could find into the crib getting thorily on untii nearly six o'clock; when they finally quit oughly soaked in the operation, for the rain poured in there was a little pile of nuggets and dust amount-torrents all the while. ing to over ten thousand dollars Jying under the At last they gave it up and went back to the shelter, all of which was carried down to Lucky huts, where Ned and Dick stripped and rubbed Camp. themselves dovvn before the open fire, Edith and It was a big da.y's digging, and it had been ac-Mrs. Colvin having retired to their loft long before. complished without even an alarm from the enemy. "It's going to be a big storm, Dick," remarked Had Trotter given up the fight? Ned. "I do wish the Unknown was in." Ned was not foolish enough to think so. "Don't see any sense in his going out anyhow,'' He felt very sure that Mr. T. T. was not that se>rt repli e d Dick. "There won't be any attack a night of man. like this. "Of course not. But it's just like him. I-hark! Wasn't that a shot?" It -certainly wasn't anything else. It rang out CHAPTER XI. clear and distinct in the distance. Then came another and another and then a loud cry. THE STAND ON THE STEAMER. "Klondike! Klondike! Beware! Beware!" NEXT morning Ned and his companions started up to the n e w diggings again and put in another big day's work, returning at night with fully eight thous and dollars in gold. Nor was this all. Work on the Lucky Camp shaft h a d been kept right up by the Frenchman. Whether Renee accounted for all that was take n out or not was an open question, but the fact remained that he turne d over to Young Klondike something more than four thousand dollars in nugg ets and dust. And all this time nothing was heard of Mr. T. T., but that night the alarm came, and a very serious affair it proved to be. It b egan to ra1n just after sundown, and rain on the Klontl1ke generally means a downpour. \he n Ned "first heard the rattle of the rain on the roof h e made up his mind that it was sure to be a big storm and hurried out of the hut to have a look. "It' s started in for business, hasn't it?" asked Dick, looking out through the door. "That's what it has. Holler for Zed, he's a better judge of the weather than either of us." The detective was supposed to bl:'. up at the other hut talking to the Frenchman, but when Dick gave "It's the Unknown!" exclaimed Ned, and with out stopping to put on his clothes he ran outside the door in the rain. "There he is, Dick!" he cried. / He could see the detective dashing down alongside the creek as fast as his stumpy little legs could carry him. He caught sight of Ned and. waved his rifle, but there was no one to be seen behind him, so far as the boys could" make out. "What's the matter?" called Edith, from the loft, for she had been aroused by the shots. "Wait a moment,'' replied Ned. "It's all right." It had to be until he and Dick could pull on their clothes, and by that time the Unknown was with them to say that it was all wrong. "The creek is rising,'' he exclaimed, as he came bursting into the hut, "and so are the Indians There are as many-as fifty running down upon us with Trotter and Don in the lead '' "Hello !" called Edith, opening the trap door again, "I guess I'm needed. Can I come down now?" "The sooner the better," repliyd the Unknown. "We are going to need all the good shots we can get and there ain't any better shot around than you are. .Run and wake up the Frenchman, Dick Young
YOl"'NG KLONDIKE' S L U CK Y 29 Klondike, if you take my advice, you'll hel p me get At the same instant Dick came climhing out of the the gold on to the steamer. j'm afraid we are going window of the otber hut whicl; w:xs being swept rap to have serious trouble before we see the end of this idly toward the Arctic Boy. night's work. Heavens what's that?" "Throw me a line, Ned!" he shouted. "If we there was a loud report and a ripping, pass you we are in the soup tearing sound. Ned caught up a line and hastily made it fast to a All hands :flew to the open and saw a wall of water spare hawser. sweeping down toward them. The dam'had vanished, "Here goes!" he crie and, swinging the rope but up at some distance beyond the place where it about his head like a l asso, he let fly. bad been Ned could see a big force of Indians scramb-Dick caught it deftly, and held on for dear life ling up out of the water on to the rocks. He was standing in the side of the hut then, and Trouble had struck Lucky Camp for fair. the Frenchman came climbing out of the window and A small lake far up in the mountains, swollen by joined him. the rain had broken away its barriers, and the water "We can pull in," he shouted. "Look out for being thrown suddenly into the creek, was coming Trotter's gang, Ned !" down upon the camp with a rush. Ned had not forgotten them. H e cou l d see the This was more than even the Unknown had bar-Indians, some fifty i n 111.lmber, led by Trotter and gained for, since he had seen only the beginning of it Don, running at fu ll speed toward a point of higher all. land just beyond where the Arctic Boy lay moored. Apparently the Indians were taken equally by sur-As they were already on high ground it was not prise. I necessary for them to go through the water in order Meanwhile, Dick had reached the other hut, and to.get there, and once they were there, i t would be an was shouting to the Frenchman : easy matter to sweep the deck of the steame r with "'Get inside The hut may go !" called the rifles with which nearly all were armed. "Make for the steamer as soon as yo u can !" Meanwhile, the other hut went sweeping past them, Without waiting to see if Dick obeyed, a ll l aid hold first into the creek and then down into the of the boxes in which the gold had been packed and the steamer would have followed i f it had not been made a rush for the stearmer themselves. t ied up to a large fir tree. Of course they oould not carry all of -them-not "Confound it!" cried the Unknown "if we only i half, and they ran a great risk in thus loading them-had steam up we could cut out of here in great shape, selves down even as it was, for the wate::was upon but as it is we've got to st'and our ground, come what them before they could reach the Arctic Boy. wil l. It was up to Young Klondike's waist when he "That's what's the. matter," replied Ned "Take climbed aboard the steamer, threw down his box and it easy, Edith, you've got first shot; don't let a man lent Edith a hand to lift her on board, the detective come up there on the bluff doing t .he same for Mrs. Colvin. Just then a steamer's whistle was heard hoarsely They scarcely ha.d time to collect themselves when in the distance. 1 they saw the Frenchman's hut tip righ t over and No one paid much attention to it, all being too come floating. toward them. much excited to think what it could mean to hear #Heavens !" screamed Edith. "Dick is lost!" such a thing in this lonely spot further up the Klon" And there come the Indians! cried Mrs. Colvin dike than miners ever came. See, they arc running down through the water to Meanwhile, Dick and the Frenchman were pulling the point ahead of us where they can sweep the deck on the hawser bringing the hut nearer and nearer to with their rifles, and they've got 'em, too. the steamer every instant. I t was a serious case now, but Young K l ondike in -Edith and the Unknown kept their eyes fixed upon stead of getting rattled, took it as coolly as you the Indians and moment later Edith's rifle spoke. please. The first of the Indians had gamed the point. "Don't say a word!" he cried "We are all right He turned and aimed at the steamer but n eve r and we are gomg to stay so. We'll make a stand fired. right here on the steamer and take things as they Edith settled his business in short order. come!" CHAPTER XII. JUST IN TIME. The Indian dropped his rifle and throwing up his hands with a wild yell went tumblin g over the edge of the bluff. Then it was another and another. "Keep low!" yelled Trotter. "Keep low The Indians all dropped then and crawled up over the bluff, Trotter and Don doing the same. It was impossible to get so low and aim in the darkBEFORE Ned had fairly spoken, the hllt which they ness. had just abandoned was swept off its foundations I They arc going and turned over op its side the Unknown. down on the other side!" cried \
30 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S LUCKY CAMP. "Let 'em go," replied Ned, who was attending to been carried out had not the watchful detective seen the hawser. the party coming down the ravine and fired that "They must ha.ve boats there." warning shot "Let 'em have 'em! I can't help it! Hooray! "They are going to board us!" cried Ned. "Fire! We've got Dick!" Drive them back!" The hut was alongside the Arctic Boy now. But this was a game two could play at. Dick made the line fast, and with the Frenchman Trotter cried "Fire !" also, and a whirl of cold lead came climbing on deck. came spinning toward the Arctic Boy, while the boats "Where's Trotter and his Indians?" he demanded. came swarming about the steamer. Edith pointed to the bluff over which the Indians I But it was easier to fire down than to fire up, and were dropping. Edith's splendid marksmanship disabled more than "Huh! They've got friends there," said Renee. one rower. "Say, boss, our troubles ain't over yet." "Board her! Board her!" yelled Tr:_otter. "Oh, if we could only put out onto the river," He aimed at Ned, the shot narrowly missing, and growled the Unknown. "What fools we were not to then, before there was time to make another mo e, keep steam up." the whole scene changed. "It's too late to think of it now, unless we want to Changed because a large river steamer came in drift," said Ned. "What d o you say to doing that ?" sight around the bend. "I say y es," cried Dick. "It will bring matters to It was the old Belle of Yukon loaded down with a head. Ned, have you got the gold?" passengers. "Some of it-not all!" They were crowded along the guards, and many "The rest has gone with the hut?" seeing the situation fired at the Indians. "Tha t s what; no matter, there's plenty more This settled it. Trotter saw that the game was where it came from. There, the last of the Indians played out and gave the word to retreat. have gone now; I wouldn't wonder if they intended As the Belle of Yukon steamed toward the Arctic to off down the river, and don't mean to bother Boy, the Indians paddled up into another small creek us after all." which here emptied into the Klondike and were seen "Don't you flatter yourself," said the Unknown. no more. "The how of it is, Trotter sent for this crowd after :A little later and Young Klondike had the pleasure our first fight, and the reason he didn't bother us of welcoming the Mayor or" Dawson City and several soon e r was because he was waiting for them to prominent members of the Mining Exchange to what com e was left of Lucky Camp. "It certainly looks that way," said Edith, "but I They had come up along '.vith a big company of c an't believe they've gone to all this trouble just to newly arrived Klondikers to survey the claims far go sneaking away like that." up the river and thought they would give Golden "Of course, they haven't," cried Ned, "but we'll & Luckey a call at their new camp. soon know. "Get down into the engine-room and Of course, there was no attempt made to land be start the fire, Renee. We'll cut loose and just let fore daylight, by which time the storm was over and ourselves drift. In a couple of minutes we'll be around the water back in something like its us_al channels. the point, and then we'll know the worst." The visitors were then taken ashore, and Ned later Renee hurried to obey, and just then the hoarse showed the fine prospects in both shafts, and offered whistle was h eard again. the Klondikers claims for an exceedingly low price "What in thunder is that?" cried the Unknown. along the line of the creek. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, it can't be another Almost all accepted this offer, and within a few steame r coming up to our place?" days a busy settlement was in full blast on the Un-" Sounds like it L e t her come, if it is," called known's claim. Ned, who was in the act of casting off the line which Of course that meant the last seen of the Trotter held the boat to the tree. gang, and Golden and Lucky continued to work their Immediately they were carught in the rushing cur-shafts to great profit for awhile, after which they r ent whi c h was growing swifter every instant, and sold them and started off to look for new diggings, w ent sweeping down the stream. encountering many surprising adventures, which will In a moment they rounded the point and knew what be found fully detailed in the next story of this series, they had to contend with, and it was serious enough. entitled "YOUNG KLONDIKE'S LOST MILLION; OR, Instead of fifty Indians, there were at least a hun-THE MINE WRECKERS OF GOLD CREEK." dred lying in wait for th.em. They were in canoes, and immediately began to p a ddle out from the shore. Fact was, as Young Klondike learned later, a gen eral attack on Lucky Camp had been arranged for that night, but the coming of the flood had disar-ranged all Trotter's plans, although they might have [THE END.]
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