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Young Klondike's new bonanza, or, The gold diggers of French Gulch

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Young Klondike's new bonanza, or, The gold diggers of French Gulch
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Young Klondike
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Issued Semi-111onthly-By Subscription $1.25 per year. Entered as Second Class Jlfatter at the New Yo,.k Post Offic e by 1"1ank Tousey ., No 16 NEW YORK. OCTOBER 12, 1898. Price 5 Cent s. H e lies!" cried the Unknown. "Ask him again, YoungKlondike, and fire unless he tells the truth. "Hold on, I cave, boss!" cried the man. "I did s ee the Reds." "I thought so They had a girl prisoner with them ?" "Y cs."

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1 Stories of a Gold Seeker. Issued Senti Monthly-By Subscription $1.25 per year. Entered as Second Class Matte,. cit the New York. N. Y., Post Office, March 15, 1898. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1898, in tl>e o.tfice of the Librarian of Congnss, I Vashington, D. C., by Frank 1.'ousey, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 16. NEW YORK October 12, 1898. P r ice 5 Cents. KFS ,NtW II J. OR, TrHE GOLD DIGGERS OF FRENCH GULCH. BY AUTHOR OF YOUNC KLONDIKE. I I 'i' CHAPTER I. A CRY IN THE NIGHT. I I HELP, help, help!" I t was the second time the cry rang out on the still ness of the night. Ned Golden heard it in his sleep the first time it came, and dreamed that Indians had attacked the tent pitched on the rocky bluff at the upper end of El Dorado Creek, far up in the wonderful Klondike country, where you may find gold anywhere if you only dig deep enough in the frozen ground. "Help, help, help !" Now the cry came a second time, and this time Dick L uckey, who was rolled up in a big pair of blankets beside his partner, heard it also, and turned over and went to sleep again, but it woke Ned up this time, and he sprang to his feet and ran out of the tent. It was a perfect night. The stars were shining as bright as diamonds, and the wooded outlines of the big mountains which surrounded the camp on every side, stood out darkly but with startling dis tinctness. Ned looked about in every direction but could dis tinguish nothing, and be it understood Young Klon dike's eyes were as sharp as they make them, and if there was anything suspicious to be seen they were quite able to take it in at a glance. "Strange who it can be," he muttered. "I cer-tainly heard something. I'm sure I did." Then he showed that he wasn't sure by adding : I wonder if I could have dream tl it after all?" But no Young Klondike had n o t been dreamin g and he was n o w made fully aware of it, for all in the s a me moment the cry was heard still again. "Hel p Help! Help!" This time there was no mistake. The sound seemed to come from down at the foot of the bluff. Young Klondike ran to the edge of the bluff, and strained his eyes to see what there was to be seen, but once more he found himself puzzled and disap pointed, for he could see just nothing at all. "Dick! Zed! Hello! Wake up!" cried Ned, running back to the tent. This brought Dick Luckey to bis feet in an instant, and the Unknown, who lay on his back snoring, opened first one eye, and then the other, and then springing up, ran out of the tent to join Ned and Dick at the edge of the bluff. Edith Welton, who slept in a little tent adjoining the larger one, did not seem to have been disturbed by the cry at all "What's the row, boys?" demanded the Un known. "Are the I ndians after us, or is there a blizzard coming? If it ain't either, what is it? By the Jumping Jeremiah! a fellow who is suddenly wakened out of his sleep in this fashion has a right to lmow the cause. "The cause is that I heard som e one calling for help!" replied Ned, "but I'll be blest if I can make out what it means." "Help Help Help!" Still again the cry was repeated, and this time the boys and their odd companion were able to follow the direction of the sound. Looking up the creek they perceived an overturned boat, lodged against a sunken rock perhaps, with a dark figure in the water cling ing to her side "Ye gods and little fishes! A wreck! Here you are, boys!" the Unknown cried "It's a man in the water-or a boy," said Dick. "No, it ain't anything of the sort; it's a woman o r a girl, declared Ned

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2 YOUNG KLONDIKE"S NEW BONANZA. "Ned is right," said the Unknown. "It' s a girl I It was just as well that he did, if Young Klondike fast enough, and we've got to hustle or she'll be and Dick wanted to know the outcome of the affair. drowned." For they had not gone any great distance before "'.(here's a boat coming down the creek to the rescue their way was cut off by the rocky bluff projecting far now !" cried Ned. out into the water. "Two of them!" echoed Dick. They could not get round it, and consequently if "Three!" exclaimed the Unknown. "No! By the they meant to complete the rescue, there was nothJumping Jeremiah, they ain't boats at all, they are ing left for it but to swim. Indian canoes!" As soon as they had grasped the situation, they "There's going to be trouble," declared Ned. "We did not hesitate an instant. must hurry to the rescue! Follow me." Throwing aside hat, shoes, coat and vest, they "And leave Edith behind us?" saiid Dick. "I say leaped into the icy water and swam around the obno." stacle, landing on the other side. "You stay and take care of her. I'll go with Ned," But they were still some distance away from the said the Unknown, hastily. overturned boat, and the Indian canoes were coming "I'm going," said Dick, "you stay;" and go he down the creek as fast as paddles could take them. did, and the Unknown remained behind. The cry was no longer repeated. The boys thought Young Klondike and his partner waited only to get they could still see the dark form of the girl clinging their Winchester rifles out of the tent and ran down to the rock, but still they could not be sure. upon the shore leaving the Unknown on the bluff to "You can't make it!" shouted the detective. watch the tent with. one eye and their movements "They'll beat you, try as you will. You may as with the other. well give it up!" At the foot of the bluff a neat little naphtha launch What the Unknown said was true enough, and yet lay moored, especially constructed for work on the the boys were not of the sort to give up tamely in creeks which empty into the Klondike river. anything they had once undertaken to do. Many a pleasant hour Young Klondike, Dick, They ran on, hoping against hope. Edith and the Unknown had put in sailing up and It was no down the creeks and the river in this launch, for Before they had half covered the distance the fore-our party, although among the most successful most of the canoes had reached the sunken rock. gold hunters on the Klondike, and the owners of sev-They saw a big buck lean over and drag the girl eral rich mines now being worked under competent into the canoe by the hair. superintendents, had become so thoroughly wedded She seemed to struggle in his ,arms, and her face to the chances of a prospector's life that they were was turned toward the boys, and her hands stretched constantly seekmg out new diggings and finding out despairingly, though whether she saw them or them, too. not they could not tell. It was this which had taken them away up at the "Help Help! Help !" she cried, as the Indian headwaters of El Dorado Creek. threw her back into the canoe. They were bound up into French Gulch, and the Then all the canoes were abruptly turned round and plan was to penetrate further into that desolate re-paddled off up the creek. gion than any prospecting party had yet gone. This was their first night out from Young Klondike, as Golden & Luc.key's principal mine located further down El Dorado Creek was called. CHAPTER II. They had passed beyond the mine limit of the El Dorado diggings and had not yet come upon the numerous camps at the entrance to French Gulch. THE STORY OF THE DUMB AND ARMLESS MAU WHO DIED WITH THE RISING SUN. Ned hastily lit the lamp, but he had no sooner done so than he realized that it was not going to do to wait for the launch. "We must swim for it!" cried Dick, seized with the same idea. "That's what!" replied Ned. "Run for your life, or rather, for the girl's life, Dick! I don't know what I was thinking about when I stopped to light the lamp." They ran on under the bluff, cheered on by the Un known, who kept shouting to them from above. "There's six canoes full of Indians!" was his last cry. "Look out for yourselves, boys They can't get up here without my knowing it. I'm going to follow them up along the top of the bluff." "BY the Jumping Jeremiah! they've got her!" shouted the Unknow11 from the bluff. The Indians heard the shout, and turning in their canoes, several let fly with their rifles. The Unknown might have come out at the little end of the horn if he had not dodged down on the bluff. Possibly the Indians did not see the boys at all, for they did not look back again, but paddled around a bend in the creek and disappeared from view. Young Klondike and Dick felt terribly chagrined. It seemed to them both as though the thing might have been avoided. Especially did it so seem to Ned, .. '

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' YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. 3 who felt that if he had acted when he first heard the "Well, upon my word !" he explaimed, "this is cry the girl might have been saved. more than strange." "We must follow up that girl !" he said, emphatic"What?" asked Dick. ally. "Of course we don't know who she is, and we "I can't make it out at all." may never know, but we must make an effort to save "Perhaps we can if you'll tell us what it is!" said her just the same." the Unknown. Dick raised no objection. "Why, he's got no arms." Only thing was about Edith. It seemed a shame "Pshaw Nonsense His hainds are behind him." to rouse her out of her night's sleep, and yet they "No, they ain't. I tell you he's got no arms. If could not leave her behind. you don't believe it look for yourself." They hurried back to camp, swimming around the Ned passed the glass over to the Unknown who point as before. took a look. When they reached the launch they found it ready "That's right. He's an old fellow and he's got no for business, for the lamp was still burning. arms," he declared. "Y c gods aind little fishes, he All that now remained was to wake Edith, get must have a tongue though." their traps down into the launch and make the start. Then he shouted again: The Unknown had already done the former and "Hello there under the rocks! Hello!" begun on the latter. He kept his eyts on the strange figure as he called, Edith met them as they came up on the bluff and _and could see him looking steadily in their direction, was fully informed of what had occurred. but there was no answer to the hail. "Poor creature! Why it is just dreadful!" she "It beats the band," said Dick. "Of course we've exclaimed. "Of course we must try and do some-got to go over and see who he is." thing for her. Boys, there is not a moment to be "Upon my word he's hailing us with his foot!" lost." cried Edith. "Look! Look!" Edith had come down to the edge of the bluff loaded They had all seen it. The strange figure on the with hampers of provisions and other things, and the rocks suddenly raised one leg and began waving his / Unknown who had already struck the tents, was foot as any one else might wave their hand. packing them up as fast as he could. "That man is armless and in trouble," declared The boys hurried up and lent a hand, and soon I Ned. "We've got to help him. He can't get off of everything was securely packed away in the boat, there to save his soul." which was to go in tow of the launch. They were now nearly opposite the spot and they "I suppose we've wasted altogether too much turned the launch in the direction of the man. time," remarked Edith, as they started. "I'm afraid As they drew near and were able to see him more we are going to have trouble in finding the trail." distinctly both Ned and the Unknown repeatedly "There's the canoes," replied the Unknown. called to him, but with no result at all. "They can't very well get them off the creek with"I shouldn't wonder a bit if he is in the boat with out leaving some trace behind." the girl," said Dick. "I think that's just as sure as They kept steadily on, and in a few moments drew that he's dumb." near the sunken boat. "Look Look over there under the rocks!" cried the Unknown, whose eye was out for everything. "Ain't that a man?" "By gracious, it's nothing else!" exclaimed Dick, "but what's he doing there, I'd like to know?" Certainly the man cut a very curious figure. He sat there under the rock all up looking off toward the launch. One would have supposed he would wave his hand or shout, do something or say something, but, on the contrary he made no move and uttered no sound. "He's dead!" gasped Edith. "Not much," said Dick. "Didn't you see him move just then ?" "I did," said Ned. "He certainly moved." "Hello, there, neighbor! Hello!" bawled the Un known. But the man might as well have been a wooden post for all the answer they got. Ned pulled out a powerful glass which he always carried and turned it upon him. "Do you know;" saiid the Unknown, "I was just wondering if he wasn't a dummy." "That's what he is-an armless dummy," de clared Dick. "Here's more mystery for you, and it wouldn't surprise me if it was one we'd find it hard to solve." But the mystery was to be easier solved than Dick imagined, as will now be shown. When they came up to the rocks the armless man staggered to his feet and looked at them appealingly. Fancy an armless dummy! Just stop and think how helpless a creature he is He cannot talk, he cannot express himself by signs. All he can do is to look at you, unless, indeed, he is able to write with his toes. This man took it out in looking. When Young Klondike spoke to him he only replied with his eyes. These filled with tears as he nodded his head toward the overturned boat still stuck against the rock. "Was it your daughter?" asked the Unknown, still unable to realize the man could not speak.

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA.. Of course there was no answer-Ned rea\Jy did not expect any. He sprang out of the launch and helped the poor old fellow to get in. The moment he was seated the dumb man showed that he was by no means an idiot. He began nodding his head in the most violent and expressive manner, and yet with all his efforts he was quite unable to convey his meaning to the passengers in the launch, until Edith suddenly exclaimed : "Why, it's his feet he's motioning at. He wants something in connection with them." Edith had hit it. Indeed, all doubt was removed by the dummy suddenly raising his right foot and putting it in the Un known's lap. "Hello, hello! By the Jumping Jeremiah, what do you want me to do? Shake your foot ?" exclaimed the Unknown. "I believe he wants you to take off his shoe and stocking," said Edith, and she made signs to that effect. The man immediately nodded several times. "That's it," said the Unknown. "You've hit it. The old fellow is a strange one. He looks mighty sick, too. I never saw a man with that peculiar pasty look in his face, who wasn't next to death's door with heart disease, and I think that's where he is, with all due respect to the pre::,ent company in this boat." 1 "As none of the present company in this boat have the least disposition to dispute you, all you've got to do is to g9 ahead and pull off his shoe and stocking," said Ned, "and the sooner you do it the quicker we'll find out what he wants." "Which same shall be done right now,'' replied the UnI:cnown, and at it he went with results which they little imagined at the time. The moment the shoe and stocking were removed, the dumb man began to go through the motions of writing with his toes. "It can't be!" cried the Unknown. What can't be?" questioned Ned. "That he wants to write-that he can .write with his toes." "That's just what he's trying to make us under stand." "Try him,'' said Edith. "You bet I will!" replied Ned, and he produced a lead pencil. The dummy nodded violently; bending his head forward. "He wants you to put the pencil between his toes,'' said Dick. But this was a mistake. When Ned started to do it the man shook his head many times. Suddenly he leaned forward, and before Ned was aware of his intention, he had seized the pencil between his teeth. Then, with another dexterous motion, he put his foot up to his mouth-a very difficult thing to do, by the way-and adjusted the pencil between the big toe and the next one. "Yes, sir; he wants to write,'' cried the Un known. "Give him a piece of paper, Ned." Young Klondike took out his memorandum book and laid it on his knee in such a position that the dummy could write. The unfortunate stranger soon showed that he was able to do it. He handled the pencil in a way wonderful to behold, and soon showed that he was a thorough master of this strange art, for he wrote in a clear, legible hand-we mean foot-the following lines: "My name is Michael Mcintyre. I am a dying man. Help me to recover my daughter from the Indians, and I will tell you where the richest gold diggings on the Klondike lie. They shall be yours to do what you please with, if you will swear that my daughter shall have her share." "Come, that's business. The old duffer is no fool,'' cried the Unknown. The old man regarded his face attentively and then wrote "\vith extraordinary rapidity: "Don't try to talk to me; I'm deaf and dumb and it's no use. Write your answer in the book." "Right up to date!" chuckled the Unknown. "Business right down to the ground. Give him the answer Ned." Ned took the book and wrofo a.s follows: "We will do what you say. We will help you a.11 we can. We saw your daughter carried away by the Indians and are on our way to rescue her now." Then he placed the book on his knee again and the old man began to write with a rapidity that seemed fairly astounding as follows : "I came up to the Klondike a year ago with my daughter. I am a miner. I worked in the gold digging in British Columbia for years. I was one of the first in French Gulch, but of course I couldn't work myself, for I lost my arms two years ago by a boiler explosion. My daughter Jennie helped me. We hired an Indian named Kemush to work with us, and we have taken out over one hundred thousand dollars which is in bank at Dawson City. Last week a crowd of prospectors jumped in on us and took possession of my principal shaft, claiming to have bought it of the man whose claim I jumped, and that my jump title was no good. I tried to fight them on it. No use. They drove us ofl', and I believe hired Kemush to set the Indians on us. hey mean to have us killed so that they can hold on to my claim. They made a mistake though. The claim on the other side of the hill where I sunk two holes is the richest. I cavered in the holes. They are between the two big pine trees. I think that you could make a good thing there." Mr. Mcintyre stopped writing and leaned back in the boat. He looked very much fatigued, and so white and faint that the Unknown gave him a drink from his whisky flask, which seemed to do him good. Meanwhile Ned wrote:

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. 5 "We will go to your place and try to help you, but I suppose you had rather we would follow up the Indian trail and find your daughter first ?" The armless man, who had dropped the pencil on the seat, picked it up with his teeth and wrote as follows: "We were upset in our boat. I managed to kick ashore, but, of course, I couldn't help poor Jennie. It was terrible. We knew the Indians were after us. I do not fear for her life, though. Kemush will carry her back to camp. The job was put up by Joe Pat ton. He wants to marry Jennie, but he is a scoundrel, and I won't have it, and she hates him. I can't do anything; I'm a dying man. I've had heart disease for years, I'm suffering agony now, and am liable to drop dead at any moment. It was foretold when I was born that I would die at sunrise, and--" Suddenly the armless dummy gave a gasp, the pen cil dropped from between his toes, and bis face became deathly pale. "By the Jumping Jeremiah! the man is dying now!" cried the Unknown, springmg to catch him as he reeled back in the stern of the boat. "Dying! He's already dead!" cried Edith. "Look! Look!" exclaimed Dick. ''The sun is just rising! The prophecy is fuUilled !" It w:;is so. It had been growing lighter for some moments, and now the first rays of the rising sun showed themselves above the mountain tops. The night had passed and in a few moments all nature would spring into the life of another day. But there was to be no more life for the armless dummy. He lay motionless in the arms of the Unknown. Death had come with the rising sun. (,-; -. CHAPTER III. ABOUT THE MAN WHO ASKED AND ANSWERED QUES TIONS AND TRIED TO STEAL THE LAUNCH. FoR some moments none of the passengers in the rniphtha launch spoke a word. They were overawed by what had happened, and no one felt like speaking until Young Klondike asked the momentous question : Is he really dead ?" "Dead as a door nail," replied the Unknown. "Ye gods and little fishes This is interesting business! He knew what he was talking about. Hedied with the rising sun." "You are sure?" asked Edith. "Certainly I am. Didn't I study medicine two years? Ain't I more than half a doctor? Don't talk to me." "I know you always call yourself a detective, but I never heard that you were a doctor before," said Ned, "however, it don't surprise me to hear you say so, for you have claimed to be in every business under the sun." "Have I? Well, let me tell you, boys and Edith, I don't claim a bit more than belongs to me-oh, no." No use in getting up any argument," said Dick. "What are we going to do with this man? That's the question now." "Bury him," said the Unknown, briefly. "And for the rest?" "That remains for Young Klondike to decide. "Well, for my part, I feel like carrying ou,; his last wishes to the letter," said Ned. "He seemed to think we ought to go up French Gulch in order to find his daughter. We want to go up French Gulch, anyway. We are out on a prospecting tour and we might as well strike for the diggings he wrote about as any other. If it comes to a fight with those fellows who robbed him of his claim, we ought to be good for them. We've handled such people before, and I don't doubt that we can handle these." "That's what," added Dick emphatically. "Ned always hits it right. I say, let's bust ahead on these lines and take everything just as it comes." It was so agreed. Meanwhile, the launch had been moving forward. The water was growing shallow. They had almost reached the point where they would be obliged to leave the launch and proce ed on fooli. Here Young Klondike e xpected to meet four French miners, former workmen of his, who h a d been en gaged to pack their belongings up into French Gulch and assist in prospecting. As yet no sign had been seen of the Indian canoes, but this was not at all strange, as tb,ey had a good start, and the various delays would have given them plenty of time to reach the head waters of El Dorado Creek. After some further conversation, it was determined to go ashore and bury the remains of the unfortunate Mr. Mcintyre before pushing through to the entrance of French Gulch. A convenient spot was chosen, and a fire built on the shore. This was necessary if they wanted to digthe grave. Up here in the Klondike country the ground is al ways frozen. You can't dig more than a foot or so even in the middle of summer, without thawing it out. It took two full hours to dig the grave. Then Young Klondike and his friends reverently consigned the remains of the unfortunate man to their last resting place. They flattened down the grave and placed a large stone over it to mark the place. When all was finished they started the launch again, and a little before noon reached the headwaters of the creek at the entrance to French Gulch. Here they found no trace of their Frenchmen, and

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6 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. it was just the same as far as concerned the Indian he felt that the Unknown was about to try the same canoes. It was quite impossible that they could have pro ceeded further, for there was no longer water enough to float the launch let alone the heavily loaded baggage boat, and a hundred yards beyond El Dorado Creek was a mere stream issuing out of French Gulch. Just what to do Young Klondike did not know. He was prepared to leave the launch behind him, taking every chance of its being destroyed by the Indians or captured by some of the numerous bands of toughs which infest the neighborhood of the various Klondike diggings, but he did not like the idea of leaving the mining tools and provisions, which could not be replaced nearer than his own camp, far down the creek. Still there seemed to be no help for it, if they desired to proceed ; so the goods were carefully gone over, and such things as they wanted to pack them selves selected, and the rest buried in a cache, as it is called-that is, in a hole in the ground, marked so as to be easily identified later on. It took time to burn out the hole and accomplish all this. By the time the work was completed it was six o'clock. It had been a strange day, and one appar ently spent to little purpose, although there was no telling what might grow out of it yet. There were still several hours of daylight, and it was determined to improve "them by traveling up French Gulch until darkness overtook them, but be fore they could get away from supper which Edith spread upon a table cloth on the bank of the creek, all sitting around it as comfortably as if there had been a table underneath, a man was seen coming out of French Gulch walking down over 1 ; he rocks, carrying in his ha;id a cane so large that it might better be described as a club. game now "It won't do," said Dick. "You keep quiet, Zed. We want to find out who this fellow is and what he knows." "Who's going to hinder?" growled the detective. "I see now that he's not my man." Just at that moment the stranger seemed to catch sight of them. He stopped short, and shading his eyes with his hand, looked in the direction of the camp. "Hello, there Hello shouted Ned. "Come on down here, cap You needn't be a.fraid !" The stranger made no answer but seemed to be reassured, and striking his club hard against the rocks, he descended to where Young Klondike and his friends sat waiting for him. "Good-evening, neighbor," said Ned, pleasantly. "Are you traveling down the creek?" "That's what I am," replied the man, gruffly. "Say, boss, I'm hungry; have you got any grub to spare?" "Plenty," replied Edith, before Ned could answer. "Sit right down I'll help you to a good supper, my friend." "Well, now, this is a rich strike," said the man, a half smile passing over his sinister face, "and to be served to supper by a pretty gal like you ought to make victuals taste all the sweeter-yes, that's so." "You can keep your compliments to yourself," flashed Ned. "Let me tell you they ain't wanted here." Now th. is was decidedly foolish of Young Klondike, for evidently the fellow knew no better than to make the remark. He glared at Ned savagely, and there might have been trouble if the Unknown had not turned the subject with one of his chuckling laughs. "Which way are you traveling, neighbor?" he asked. "Hello! Who is that? My man?" cried I "well, now, I've just come down out of French the Unknown, sprmgmg up. Gulch," was the reply. "I'm a straight man, I am. "Hands off! Don't come the old game!" cried I don't want :rio supper if I'm to be sat on like this." Ned. "No one is going to sit on you," said Ned. "It's To explain this it must be stated that the detective all right. Just staywhere you are and we'll give you -for as far as the boys knew the Unknown was all you want to eat." really a detective-claimed to have come to the Klon"Humph!" growled the man. "Well, now, I hapdike in search of a certain mysterious criminal whom pen to be hungry, and so I accept of it. Wasn't for he always alluded to as his man. that I wouldn't do it-no !" The Unknown claimed to have followed this man Edith now laid a substantial spre d upon the table all over the world, and from the astonishing stories cloth, and the man began to eat. he told it did seem as though he must have been in "What's your name?" asked the Unknown. nearly every prominent city on the globe. "Well now, boss, my name is Dan Dunn," was the It was a great trick of the detective to suddenly reply. "What's yours?" pounce upon some luckless stranger and scare the life There was a general laugh. h a lf out of him by declaring that at last he had found "Oh," said the detective, "I'm the great Unhis man. known." On such occasions he would first threaten to clap Mr. Dan Dunn threw down his knife and fork, the handcuffs on him and then acknowledge his mis-highly offended. take and offer an humble apology. I "Are you making game of me again?" he asked, Ned was therefore on the alert in an.instant, for, in a most surly tone.

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. "No, no; nothing of the sort," replied Ned. "Look J "Got any more questions you want to ask?" said here, Mr. Dunn, strange as it may seem to you, we the Unknown. don't know this gentleman's name, and so we call "No, I don't know as I have." him the Unknown." "Ask them freely if you want to," said Ned. This was a fact, and it may see m even stranger to the reader than it did to Mr. Dan Dunn. For some mysterious reason the detective had always refused to tell his name, and although he had come out to the Klondike with Ned Golden and Dick Luckey, they were still in ignorance of his name, and never called him anything but" Zed" or the "Unknown." "Oh, that's it," said Mr. Dunn, beginning to eat again. "That's all right, then, boss; what is your name?" "Joe McKinley," replied the detective, promptly. "I'm first cousin to the President of the United States." "The deuce you are?" "That's right." "Humph And who is the other fellow, "-pointing to Ned. "Oh, my name is Ned Golden," laughed our hero. Dan Dunn looked up sharply. "Of Golden & Luckey ?" he asked. "Yes." "You're the fellow what's always called Young Klondike ?" "I am." "Well, I've heard of you. That fellow there is Dick Luckey, your partner?" "That's me," said Dick, laughing. "The whole firm is here." "Then the lady must be Miss Edith Welton?" "At your service," smiled Edith. "Well, now, you've been serving me pretty danged well. Say, Young Klondike?" "Say it." "I've heard tell that you were worth two millions.'' "Oh, people exaggerate my fortune." "Don't believe it. You're worth big money all right." "Perhaps." "I've heard tell that you two were only a couple of poor clerks in New York before you came here-is that so?" "Yes, it is." "And that you met Miss Welton on the way up from Seattle. How's that?" "That's so, also." "That you rescued her from a wrecked steamer." "You've hit it again." "I've heard tell, too, that you always carry a detective round with you to protect you." "So also, and I am the detective," chuckled the Unknown. "Well, now, it's kinder strange that I should have run against you 'uns here," said Mr. Dunn moving away from the cloth, for he had now finished eating. "Don't be a bit bashful about it." "Hain't got any, unless you've a mind to tell me 1 which way you are traveling." "We are goin g up French Gulch." "You'd better be ca.reful, there's a wild gang up there." "We ain't afraid. I'd like to ask you a few ques tions though if you don't mind." "Ask as many as you like ; if I can answer them I will." "Have you just come down French Gulch?" "Yes, I have." "Did you meet any Indians going up?" Dan Dunn half shut his eyes and said: "No." "He's lying," thought the Unknown, but he did not speak. "We have reason to believe that a band of Indians went up the gulch this morning. You are sure you didn't see them?" asked Ned. Dead sure "Did you ever meet a man up there named Mcin-tyre?" "No." A dumb man without arms?" "No." "You don't seem to know much about the diggings up French Gulch?" I know as much as most. I've been working up there for some time back." "y OU didn't see anything of four Frenchmen looking for me?" "No." "Perhaps if I was to tell you their names you might know them." "Perhaps. Don't believe I should, though." Young Klondike mentioned the name s. The answer was just the same-a decided no. Ned saw that there was no use in trying to get anything out of the fellow. He drew the Unknown asid e and said : "He knows enough, but he won't tell it." "That's what, dear boy." "Can it be possible tha t he is one of the gang who stole poor old Mcintyre's mine ?" "I wouldn't wonder a bit." "How are we goin g to find it out?" "We can't find it out. We can't do anything about it that I can see." "Then what would you advise?" "My advice would be just to go on about our business, but you can do just as you please." "I didn't ask your adv ice just to r eject it." "That means you accept it?" "Yes." Then we'll get ready to start." "I think we'd better."

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8 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA.. "And this man Dunn?" tions, and now I want answers to mine I'm going "Let him go to blazes or any other seaport-Idon't to ask them over a .gain." care!" Dunn obeyed. In fact, he couldn't very well help This conclusion was acted upon. himself. "We are going to move on now," said Young He felt that he was in danger of his life. K londike to Dan Dunn. "We wish you a pleasant then, how about the Indians?" demanded journey down the creek." Ned. "Speak right up! Did you see them at all?" The man replied gruffly, and taking his big stick, "No." walked off without even saying good-by. "He lies!" cried the Unknown. "Ask him again, Soon afterward Young Klondike's party started. Young Klondike, and fire unless he tells the truth!" They had scarcely gained the top of the rocky slope "Hold on! I cave, boss!" cried the man. "I did which marks the entrance to French Gulch when the see the reds." Unknown, who chanced to look behind him, gave a "I thought so! They had a girl prisoner with sharp cry. them?" "What's the matter?" demanded Ned. "Yes." "Ma.tter Matter enough. Look there. "Mcintyre's daughter-you know Mcintyre, of if that snoozer ain't trying to steal the launch." course? When you said yoa didn't it was a lie like "Thunder! So he is!" the rest." They could now see the place where the launch had I "Everybody knows dummy Mac," snarled Dunn, been dragged up among the bushes plainly enough. I "but Kemush says he's dead." But the launch was no longer in the bushes. "As you'll be if you don't scoot out of here right It had been dra.gged back to the creek. I lively!" cried the Unknown. "Git! Vanish! MizMoreover Mr. Dan Dunn was in it and seemed to be zle Make yourself scarce, or by the Jumping Jere-fussing with the naphtha engine, which he evidently miah, I'll blow a hole through the top of your head!" did not understand. Mr. Dan Dunn did not wait for that interesting ex Ye gods and little fishes! That don't go!" cried periment to be made. the Unknown, dropping his pack on the ground. He plunged into the bushes the moment the rifles "No, but we do!" exclaimed Ned, following his ex-were lowered and was gone like a flash. ample. "We'll block that little game." "Well, well! This is a great start!" cried Ned. They left everything behind them but their rifles, So we are on the right track after all. and hurried back down the hill. "Takes the old detective to get at the truth," Before they had gone a dozen yards they were out of chuckled the Unknown. "Didn't I tell you he was sight of the man and the launch. lying, dear boy? Didn't I work him for all he was This suited their purpose exactly, for they were worth?" able to steal up behind him, and concealed by the "Well, now, you did," said Dick, "but say, where bushes watch what he was about. do you suppose he's gone now?" It only needed one glance to know the truth. "More than I can tell you ; down the creek I Mr. Dan Dunn was about to start down the creek suppose." in the launch-just that and nothing more. He thought so then, but he had reason to change his He had lighted the lamp and steam was pretty well mind when they got to the top of the hill, after they up. I had carefully stowed the launch away in another "Now, then," whispered the Unknown, and all four place, and paused to look back down to the creek. sprang out of the bushes and covered Mr. Dan Dunn They did not see him then, but when they looked up with their rifles. the Gulch there was Mr. Dan Dunn about a hundred "Hold on, I surrender!" he cried, throwing up his yards away, running like a deer. hands. "By the Jumping Jeremiah! that don't go!" said the Unknown. "My worthy friend, I'll trouble you to get out of that launch." What's the matter?" whined Dunn. "I found this thing here, and was only trying to see how it i. ,. CHAPTER IV. works. I didn't mean to steal it none." HOW YOUNG KLONDIKE AND HIS FRIENDS GOT INTO "The deuce you didn't! Get out of that and come here!" "But you'll shoot me! Gee whi:t I don't want to FOUR PROSPECTING PITS AND SCARED EIGHT INDIANS AWAY. be shot !" "Upon my word!" exclaimed the Unknown, "that "We'll shoot you if you don't, so you'd better get fellow has got the best of us aft.er all." out." "He's dodged around us, somehow," replied Ned, Dan Dunn sulkily obeyed. "but I don't just see how you figure it out that he "Stand up against that tree now and talk," said j has got the best of us for all that." Ned, sternly. "You got answers to all your ques, "Why, he's gone back to give the Indians warn-

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.. ( YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. ing that we are coming up the gulch-that's all." "Think so ?" "I'm sure of it." "But his intention evidently was to go down the creek before." "That's what," said Dick. "I don't just believe the Indian theory, though." "Then what ?" asked Ned. "That he's one of the Patton gang, who stole the mine from old Mcintyre. He took it into his head from our questions that we were going up to the Mc Intyre diggings, as we are, and when he found that he couldn't steal the launch he made up his mind to get square with us by giving the gang the tip on what we meant to do." "Maybe so," said Young Klondike, "but for all that I ain't going to change my plans a bit." Nobody thought of doing that, nor did they waste any time trying to overtake Mr. Dan Dunn, which indeed would have been quite useless, but pushed steadily on up the gulch until darkness overtook them, and picking out a suitable spot went into camp for the night. Unnecessary to say, a sharp watch was kept up through the short hours of darkness. Ned stood guard first, and then the Unknown took his turn. When Ned woke up, a little before six, the detect ive was pacing up and down before the tent. up the gulch. They were all open and I had no trouble in examining them, but there don't seem to be the first living show of gold." This did not surprise Ned at all, for there could hardly be a more unlikely place to start a diggings than here at the mouth of French Gulch. After a comfortable breakfast they started along the rocky trail and met with an adventure right away. Young Klondike was ahead and they had gone about a qul:!irter of a mile, when iooking up he saw a number of Indians in full war paint and feathers running down the steep slope further up the gulch. 'By gracious, look there !" he cried. "We are going to get ourselves into trouble now!" "There's got to be some shooting done unless we can hide ourselves," said Edith coolly. we 'ought to be good for that." "So we ought, but loaded down as we are all the same I don't care to get into any muss unless we have to," said the detective. "Let's run on to my prospect holes." "And for why?" asked Dick. "What good can that do?" "What good? Why, we can hide-that's all, and give them a fine old scare when they come down." They hurried on, losing sight of the Indians at owing to a sharp turn in the path. "Have they gone?" asked Edith, not understanding why they had disappeared. "Hello, Young Klondike Awake at last?" he cried. "No, no! They haven't gone at all. We'll soon "Yes, and the first one up, too. Dick seems to be see them again," said the Unknown. "Don't you fret sleeping like a log" yourself, they've been set on to us by Dunn, and don't Oh, the poor fellow was up all the first vart oflast mean to give it up so." night, and didn't get much sleep the second part on account of the alarm." So they kept on till they came to the prospect holes. "None of us did that." These were four shallow pits between four a .nd five "y d th t' 1 t t B t h I' feet deep, sunk a little to the left of the path. es an a s rig i oo. u see ere, ve . . "We'll drop right m there, and as they come along been domg a little quiet prospectmg on my own a.c,11 d 1 t th h t" th u k count since daylight came. Nothing like making hay pop up an e em ave 1 e n nown while the sun shines and all the world is asleep." I sai "Well, what iuck did you have?" "Yes; and be nicely if.we don't happen to "I didn't find any big nuggets, but I did strike get the best of the fight, said Dick. something pretty near that." "Don't you fret! We are going to get the best of "And what?" the fight-you'll see." "Guess." Ned was inclined to side with the Unknown, so they "Gold dust?" dropped their packs into the holes and followed them "No." "Not nuggets and not dust. I can't guess. I don't know what you can mean." How about prospect holes?" "Hello You're there, are you?" "Ain't that next thing to nuggets-a place where somebody has been digging for them?" "Well, perhaps. It shows that some fool has tried his luck on a most unpromising spot." Tried it four times." "You mean there are four prospect holes ?" "Yes." "And where?" "Oh, about half a mile from here right on our way selves. "Crouch low!" called the Unknown. "Don't let them see us on any account; let it be a complete sur prise." They now waited in anxious silence. For a time nothing could be heard, but at last came the sound of soft, stealthy footsteps in the distance. The Indians were creeping toward them with their moccasined feet. Young Klondlke projected his head out of the hole just far enough to be able to see up the path. There were eight of the Indians. They were peering about, evidently puzzled at the sudden disappearance of the party.

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F 10 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. As each was armed with a rifle, Ned saw that it had to be sharp work to win the day. He dodged down and waited for the signal which the Unknown was to give. Suddenly it came-a peculiar low whistle. Young Klondike knew that the Indians were within range. Suddenly he popped up out of the prospect hole and raised his rifle, Dick, Edith and the Unknown doing the same, and all blazed away at the Indians, who started back, some running off up the gulch in their surprise. M ' CHAPTER V. "We want her; where is she now?" The Indian shook his head and pretended not to understand. "Oh, it won't do you any good to try to crawl out of it," said Ned sternly. "You know where she is, Big Eagle. You must tell." He made a sign to the others and t.lrny covered the Indian with their rifles. "Now tell Tell or I say fire cried N ec':. Tell Big Eagle, tell!" "Wait, boss. Dat not my business. Dat Kemush business." "Never mind Kemush. We know all about him. He took the girl and means to carry her away up the gulch and give her to Joe Patton. We won't let him. Tell where she is or you die." Big Eagle held up his hand imploringly. "Yes, yes. I tell !" he exclaimed. "White boy HOW YOUNG KLONDIKE RESCUED JENNIE McINTYRE no kill. Me show him girl-come!" FROM THE INDIANS. "FIRE! Blaze away! By the Jumping Jeremiah, let them have it!" the Unknown bawled out. "You mean that you will take me to the place where she is now?" asked Ned. Big Eagle nodded. Is it far?" It was hardly necessary for him to make so much Not far, it appeared, according to Big Eagle. He noise about it as the Indians were already in full repointed up on the rocks. treat. "Don't think of going," said the Unknown. "It The party t?Crambled out of the prospect would be as much as your life is worth." holes, sendmg shot after shot after them. Perhaps Ned might have hesitated if the Unknown What damage was done it was hard to tell at first, 1 had not said this. for the Indians promptly disappeared among the B t th t th d k h u e momen e wor s were spo en e ac-rocks further up the gulch, but after a little Young t d th h 11 d d t d t t cep e em as a c a enge, an e ermme o go a Klondike, who was ahead, came upon one who had t fallen in the path and lay there abandoned by his 1,, b d 1 d "b t I d 't t rn gomg e ec are u on wan c.ny coAmpanfiions. th th ht th b k d one to go with me. You all stay behind and mind the t rst ey oug e uc was ead, but t ,, upon examination they discovered that he was still d Ed.th b k t t t f b' t th' ic an i ro e ou m o as orm o o Jee 10n. brTea mg11 t d t 1 t 1 h -I The more they objected the more resolved Ned he bu e seeme o iave s rue.: im on the head inflicting a scalp wound, glancing off without other grew. damage than to temporarily stun him. "I'm going, and all there is about it," he The buck was just recovering consciousness as they declared; "now, then, I JUSt don't want to hear any more." came up. "N 0 kill, no kill !" he groaned. "Well, if you are going, then I'm going too," said Ned speedily disarmed him, and finding the fellow Dick. more scared than hurt ordered him to get on his "We'll all go," declared the Unknown. "l ain't feet. going to see Ned go alone." The Indian obeyed, at the same time begging for But Ned wouldn't have that either, so they comhis life. promised on Dick, and it was agreed that Edith He seemed to be a big coward, and quite different and the Unknown should stay behind and mind the in that respect from the majority of his race. goods. "You speak English?" demanded Ned. "You Big Eagle stood listening to all this in grim silence. understand me?" I As soon as they had started he turned to Ned and "Oh, yes. Me speakee English," replied the patted him on the shoulder, saymg: Indian. "Me understand all you say." "Good white boy Good Give back Big Eagle "Who are you? One of the Indians who went him rifle. White boy shall have squaw-oh, yes." down El Dorado Creek in canoes yesterday?" "Thank you, Big Eagle," said Ned quietly. a You "Ugh! Yes, boss; me Big Eagle. Me go down do for me and I'll give you back your rifle and creek yesterday-oh, yes." two more beside, any time you will call at the Young "I thought so. You and your friends took a Klondike mine down on El Dorado Creek." white squaw out of the water, Big Eagle?" Big Eagle looked wonderfully pleased. He seemed "Yes, boss; dat so." to understand the situation perfectly.

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. 11 -================================================================== "You Young Klondike?" he asked. "Dat your "Yes, boss. Dat's de place. Me go down first. name ?" Me let her out-you must be behind the lodge and do "That's who I am." the rest." "Huh Dat good. Young Klondike good to In"Will there be a fight ?" asked Dick. "Are there dians. No come down to fight if we know." many Indians in the camp?" "Who sent you down to fight us, Big Eagle?" Ned "Heap many. All asleep. No sleep many nights, asked. so all asleep now." "White man tell us you come. Say you bad man, "And if they attack us, what then?" asked Dick. dat you kill Indians, and make much trouble-oh, Big Eagle shrugged his shoulders. yes." "Me no know," he replied. "Klondike boys have "You know this white man's name, Big Ea.gle ?'' to fight den. Me set girl free, me no can do more." "Oh, yes. Him name Dunn. Dat right?" "Of course he can't do any more without running "That's the man. He lies. We are the Indians' the risk of being killed byhis friends,'' said Ned. "I friends always." sec that plain enough. Go on Big Eagle. You set "Every time we are if they use us right, and you the girl free and tell her to come out of the tent on can bet on it," put in Dick. the side nearest the rocks, and we will do the rest." This seemed to plea se Big Eagle. In fact they had It was rather a doubtful bargain certainly, but completely won him over to their side, and Ned sealed Young Klondike never faltered, and as for Dick, the compact by stopping at a little stream and 1 wherever Ned was willing to go he stood ready to go dressing the buck's wounded head. too. The Indian was very grateful and promised every They waited to give Big Eagle a chance to get assistance in helping out in the errand of mercy on down into the Indian village. which they were bound. Looking down from their elevated position they saw He led the way up the gulch for some little distance, him join the group of squaws who came running out turning off on a side path which took them in among of the lodges to meet him. the ledges. There were no bucks present that they could see. Here they were completely at the mercy of any In"This is our time," Ned whispered. "We want to dian who might be higher up on the rocks. slide down behind the last lodge while the attention Naturally Ned felt nervous and he grasped -his rifle of the Indians is engaged." firmly, keeping an eye out for everything as they, "You think it's safe?" asked Dick. advanced. "As safe now as it ever will be. Come on. Every Big Eagle saw through this and laughed in his minute we waste is so much against us. Even if gruff way. worse comes to worse, I'm sure I can hold my own." "You need not be afraid, Klondike boy,'' he said. They crept down the hill, keeping as close to the "Me swear that no harm shall come to you." ground as possible. "I trust you fully, Big Eagle,'' replied Ned. "Take I There were manybowlders scattered about on the us where you like. Have we much further to go?" side of the hill, and this helped them too. "Not far." a moment they came in behind the Indian lodge, "How far?" or wichy-up, a big tent made of poles, covered with "Only a few .steps. See those rocks?" skin. It was one of the most substantial in .the vil" Up there?" lage, and probably the safest of all to keep a prisoner Yes. Indian camp dere." in. We're getting hot on the trail," said Dick. "By Once they gained their position, the boys crouched gracious, Ned, if this fellow goes back on us he down behind the lodge and listened. needn't expect much mercy from me." All they could hear was the shouts of the children He won't,'' said Ned. We are perfectly safe. and the chatter of the squaws. 'I'here did not seem I have the strongest sort of an idea that we are going to be any one neaJ; the lodge, and they could hear no to succeed." I sound from within. Dick's reply was that he hoped so, and Big Eagle Look here, Dick, I'll be blest if I'm going to wait led the way up the rocks. for Big Eagle to act," whispered Young Klondike. When they got near the top he made the boys I'm going right in there afte r that girl now." crouch down, and showed them a number of wichy"I've nothing to say,'' answered Dick. "It seems ups down in a hollow. to be quiet enough inside." There were squaws moving about and little chil"There ain' t a sound. If the girl is actually there, dren playingaround. this is our chance. After all, Big Eagle may mean "Dat de place !" he said. "Big Eagle go down to go back on us, one can't tell." first. See dat wichy-up there against the rocks ?" "We'll make the start then. What shall I do?" He pointed to the nearest lodge of the group, which "Lie perfectly still and watch. At the first alarm backed up against the rocks at no great distance I give me the call. I'm going in the lodge." down from where they lay crouching. Ned crawled nearer aind cautiously raised the skin, "I see,'' replied Ned. "Is the girl in there?" peering into the lodge. j

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F 12 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. His heart gave a quick beat of satisfaction as he saw r "You did it! By the Jumping Jeremiah, you did that the interior was deserted save for a young girl 1 it!" cried the Unknown. "Ye gods :1lld little fishes who lay upon a handsome bearskin, bound hand and I'll be hanged if you ain't the smartest fellow that foot with raw hide thongs. ever was !" he added. "There's nothing you under-It took Ned just one second to reach her side. take to do that don't succeed; but what about the The girl started violently as he bent over her-Indians? Are they coming down upon us like a thou-evidently she had been asleep. sand of brick?" "Hush Don't say a word! Don't make a sound!" "I've just been telling Mr. Golden that I think the breathed Ned. "I've come to save you." safest thing you all can do is to stay right where you A low whistle from Dick took his attention from are," said Jennie Mcintyre. "These Indians are on the girl's grateful reply. the move up the gulch. They are going to attack "I'm your friend-I'll see you safe out of this," the gold diggers who drove poor father and me away whispered Ned. "The Indians are coming-it has from our claim. You see they've had a quarrel, and got to be done now!" Joe Patton killed the son of the chief. 'rhey captured Quick as thought he whipped out his knife and cut me because they wanted to revenge themselves on the thongs. Patton, and knew that they could do it better The girl spraing to her feet. It needed none of through me than any other way. You see he has Ned's help to get her out of the lodge. been paying attention to me for some time back, but Dick pulled the flap up high and met the m outside. I'd rather die than become his wife." "The bucks have come around Big Eagle," he "Then your idea is that we'd better hold back unwhispered. "I don t believe he can help us now even I til all this trouble blows over?" asked the Unknown. if he tries." "Decidedly. Of course you will do as you please; Suddenly a wild yell went up from among the as for me, I must try to make my way to Dawson lodges. City. Once I get there I'm all right, for father left The cause was plain enough. Young Klondike, a hundred thousand dollars in the bank last time we Dick and the girl had been discovered as they started went down." up the hill. "A mighty snug sum to fall back on, too," said A shower of rifle and arrows came flying Ned. "I don't want to urge you, Miss Mcintyre, their way, and the Indian village resounded with hor-but I think you had better not try it alone. Stay ribl.e yells as the bucks started in pursuit. with us and share what we have. We are out on a "Run for your life!" cried Ned, releasing his hold little prospecting tour and shall be returning to Daw on the girl's arm. son before a great while." Then he and Dick flung up their Winchesters and "Yes, do stay," said Edith, adding her entreaties fired six rounds each. to Ned's suggestion. "We can't very well go now, Twelve effective shots they must have been and no and I should just hate to see you start off alone." mistake, for several bucks tumbled over wounded. It was finally decid ed that the girl shou1d stay Whether Big Eagle was among them or not Young with them and that the whole party should remain Klondike could not tell, for he and Dick ran after the where they were for twenty-four hours at least. girl for all they were worth. "By that time I shall be able to learn something In a moment they joined her on the ridge, and all about the movements of the Indians," declared the then went running at full speed down on the other Unknown. "I'm going to start right off now and side. when I come back you may rest assured that I shall ,. have something to tell." Now there was no sort of use trying to stop the _! .. ,.. Unknown once he made up his mind to go off on one of these trips . CHAPTER VI. HOW YOUNG KLONDIKE STRUCK A NEW BONANZA IN THE OLD PROSPECT HOLES. "HoottAY for Young Klondike! Three cheers! Hip Hip Hooray!" This was the greeting Ned Golden got when he and Dick came escorting Miss Jennie Mcintyre into camp. It was the Unknown who did the shouting, and he and Edith ran forward to greet him. Edith received the afflicted girl with all the tenderness of a sister. Poor Jennie was much affected on her father's ac count, for Ned had told her all. You might just as well try to stop the wind from blowing, and Young Klondike did not try. Moreover, he was anxious to know what move the Indians were likely to make, and it seemed only right that the Unknown should take his turn. So the detective started off, leaving the rest to make themselves as comfortable as possible until his return. Ned had a long talk with Jennie Mcintyre, in which Dick and Edith joined. They soon discovered that the girl came from a very respectable San Francisco family, and that she and Edith had many acquaintances in common. It was almost like meeting an old friend f-or Edith to fall in with her.

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. 13 As there seemed likely to be no end to their con-1 "I think this one will be the easiest worked !" he versation, Ned and Dick pulled out and began to called up to Ned, as the latter came back loaded down look around the gulch a bit. with picks and shovels. "I wonder who it ever could have been that dug "That was the one the Unknown hid in, wasn't it?" these prospect holes,'' mused Ned, as they walked "Yes." toward the place where they had the brush with the "And why do you choose it?" Indians. Ground is softer." "He must have been a fool whoever he was," re"How's the ground in the rest?" plied Dick. "Well, it's frozen in the one I was in, but it is comY oung Klondike laughed. paratively soft in all the rest." "Now, you are quoting me," he said. "I suppose "That will do me aU right then. We can work two it's all right to throw a fellow's words back in his of them." teeth, but the fact is I've changed my mind about "Oh, we'd better work together, hadn't we?" that matter. I don't think the same about it that I "What's the use Jn both of us chasing the same did before." dog?" "Hello That so?" "None, I suppose. I hope Edith will keep a sharp "That's what's the matter." lookout for the Indians while we are working, for we "And why?" can'to see a thing down in the holes." "Well, you see I've looked into the matter a little "You bet Jennie Mcintyre will." more closely as we've been moving around here, and She takes her father's death pretty easy, Ned, I see the thing in another light." don't you think so?" "Which means that you now think this is not such "Well, she didn't at first. Don't you a bad place for prospecting after all?" how she when I told her about it?" "Exactly." "Yes, but she soon got over it." "How do you figure it?" "Oh, girls don't always show all they feel. You "Look at the gulch, Dick. Don't you see that at can never tell about them." one time this must have been the bed of an immense Ned threw down a pick and spade into the prosriver." pect hole where he had hidden, and jumped down "It does look so." after them, while Dick returned to his choice, the "This stream and El Dorado Creek are all there is Unknown's. left of it. Now, then, where I made my mistake was The earth was comparatively soft down for a foot in thinking that. the gulch was just a break in the or two, and then Young Klondike struck frost. rocks, caused by an earthquake or some other natural "How is it with you, Dick?" he shoute. d. "I've convulsion. I see my mistake now. It's nothing but run against a snag." an old river bed. There must have been washing "Frost?" bawled Dick. It was hard to hear each done here on an immense scale in some time long other down in the holes. passed. Of course, whatever gold was in the hills "Yes, frost." here on either side came down into the bed of the old "Bad job. I haven't struck it yet. Told you this river. Lots of it, no doubt, was swept down into the was the best place." valley of El Dorado Creek where the river had more Young Klondike worked on, determined not to be of a spread, but very likely a great deal of gold re-deterred by the frost as long as there was any chance mained here lodging in this old bottom. Yes, I see to dig. it in its proper light now, or at least I think so, and I He took the pick and hammered away at the frozen don't wonder the prospectors tried their hands earth, loosening a little of it, but it was hard work. here." "It will have to be burned out," he thought, and "What's the matter with us taking a hand in and how to do it I can't imagine, for there ain't a sign seeing what luck we have in the holes?" asked Dick. of wood around here." "Just exactly what I was about to propose," replied Once more he drove the pick into the earth-drove Ned. "While Edith and Jennie Mcintyre are talk-it in good and deep, and then pried up on it. ing we might as well go right at it. We''Ve got to The pick stuck-it came hard-Ned thought he put in time somehow, and prospecting is decidedly in should never be able to loosen it, when all at once up our line." 1 it came with a rush. "That's what. Shall we pitch in and get the Ned tumbled over against the upposite wall of the tools ?" pit. "A couple of picks and spades will do to start with. "By gracious, I got a good lump o -ut that time !" I have an idea that the recent rains have softened up ; he muttered. "Maybe it's softer underneath. I'll the ground in the prospect holes, and that we may I tackle it again. I-hello! Hello!" not have to burn them out after all." I Young Klondike stood staring at the break and lt was decided to go ahead and make the attempt. rubbing his eyes. Ned went for the tools, and Dick dropped down into j The whole surface of the ground underneath the one hole after the other to take a survey. clod he had raised was of a dull yellow line.

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. "Gold Gold!" he exclaimed, and then down he J "Shan't we call Edith?" dropped on his knees l;>eside the pit. "No, what's the good? She's happy, so there's no You see it was just the same 'ith Young Klondike use in disturbing her. We'll bust right ahead and see as with everyone else who catches the gold fever. He what we find." never could get used to the excitement of a new "I should say we'd found it already as far as I'm strike. I any judge. How does she dig?" "It's gold sure, and a thundering lot of it. Nug-Dick took up the pick and tackled the nuggets. gets, by Jove! A perfect nest of them. W e ll, well, Just as Ned discovered, he found they detached themwell !" he went on to say. selves from each other easily enough. Now nuggets don't hold the frost like s.a.nc} and "Why, there's no trouble at all in working it," he earth. Ned had no difficulty in scooping up a hatful. exclaimed. "The frost don't seem to have lodged They ran pretty well to s ize. Many were as big as here a bit." a robin's egg, which, be it understood, is a pretty good "Nothing for it to hold on to. We shan't need any sized nugget; others were smaller and ran down to fire as long as we have the nugget bed to dig the size of peas and even smaller still. through ?" No use talking, this is a big strike," said Ned to himse lf and then shouted: "Dick! Oh, Dick!", "Hello!" cried Dick, from his hole. "How are you making out?" "I'm done?" "How done ?" "Well done-clean done. I've run up against the frost." "And I've run up against another snag." "Hello Thought you struck frost once. I've been waiting, expecting to see you come up out of there. What snag is it now?" "A bed of nuggets so thick that I don't believe I could work through it before dark!" "And may it last forever l" cried Dick. "Here goes! We've got to clear a larger space. This was not hard work, now that the ice had once been broken, so to speak. In a little while they had the whole bottom of the shaft cleared, and found themselves standing on gold as they worked. Then came the pleasant task of scooping out the nuggets. None werevery large, but the quantity in sight was enormous, and it was entirely certain that the bed extended for a considerable distance on either side of the pit. After they had loosened quite a pile Dick went up to get a bucket so that a little hoisting might be done. At this startling announcement, Dick gave a shout that very closely resembled a war-whoop, and lost no time in scrambling out of his hole and down into Ned's. Edith and Jennie Mcintyre were still talking and "Well it beats the band what luck we have!" he J comparing notes about old times in San Francisco. exclaimed. "Young Klondike's New Bonanza! "H;ow are you and Ned making out, Dick?" Eaith Hooray! Hooray !" asked. "First rate, as far as digging goes. We are going to hoisting now "Any luck ?" "Why, we've just got the ground loosened up a bit. CHAPTER VII. It's hard to say how it will pan out." "Do you need any help ?" HOW THE GOLD DIGGERS CAME DOWN FRENCH GULCH "Not a bit. Ned and I can manage it all right. AND PLANNED AN ATTACK ON THE CAMP. You haven't seen anything of the Indians, have you ?" "No, thank Heaven, and I don't want to. If I "THAT'S the name. had my wish we'd never see anything of them N again." ed leaned back against the wall of the pit and laughed as he pronounced these words. Most devoutly did Dick hope that Edith might have "What's ,the name?" demanded Dick, still staring her wish as he returned to the shaft. at the gold "I'll be down in a few minutes and see how we are "What you just said." getting along," called Edith, but it was nearly an "Young Klondike's New Bonanza?" hour before she came. "Yes." Meanwhile Ned had been picking and Dick hoisting "And a very good name it is I'll bet the stock for all he was worth. will sell like hot cakes if you ever put it on the mar-The result was a big pile of nuggets. ket down at Dawson Dick, seeing Edith coming, threw an old tarpaulin "It will never go on the market if it turns out to over them which had been wrapped around the tools. be half as rich as I think it's going to be," said Ned. "Well, I don't see that you boys have d o ne much "But let's get at it and try our luck. I'd like to see here," remarked Edith as she approached. how the blame thing will pan out as far as we can go "That's right-we haven't, but we expect to just just now." I the same," answered Dick.

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v YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. 15 "Thought Ned didn't consider this ground good for I They all laughed. So intent had the Unknown been anything." on his own business that he had not noticed the tar" He's changed his miud." paulin yet. "Then yoi.i. have struck something after all. "What you laughing at?" demanded the detective. Dick, you are fooling me." "At you," replied Dick. "Look and .see what we've struck," replied Dick, "And why at me? What have I done to be suddenly pulling the tarpaulin off the heap of gold. laughed at, I'd like to know?" "Ah! You're there, are you?" cried Edith. "I "You've stolen something," said Edith, laughing thought so. I knew you'd never stay here so long heartier than ever. unless something worth while was going on!" "Stolen something! What?" At this moment Ned called out from the shaft for "My shot. I'd have had that bear in one second if Edith to look down, and the full story of the new you had let him alone." bonanza was made plain. "Oh, bother! Haven't I a right to pick up a shot While they were still talking about it there was when I see one? But what are you doing up here a slight sound heard on the rocks overhead. anyhow? Why ain't you down at the camp?" "Look! Look!"breathedDick. "There's a shot "We'll go now," said Ned. "Would you mind for you, Edith." carrying down that tarpaulin? Dick and I will drag It was a big brown bear looking down over the the bear." rocks. "Certainly not," said the Unknown, who was the He seemed to be very curious about the Klondikers most obliging fellow on earth. He seized the tardown in the gulch, for he kept his gaze fixed upon paulin, starting back with a great cry when he saw them and did not move. the pile of gold underneath. "I can get him," whispered Edith. "Let me have Ned and all hands shouted, and the joke on the Unyour rifle, Dick. Mine is back at the camp." known would have been a complete success if it had Dick handed her the rifle, but before Edith could not had an termination. fire a shot rang out, and they saw the bear rise on its In jumping back the detective jumped too far, haunches. stumbled and fell into the prospect hole before anyone It made a violent effort to turn and run, but failed could put out a hand to help him. in the attempt and tumbled over sideways, whirling It might have been very i;;erious, but it wasn't, and down the rocks and 11mding almost at Edith's feet. when Ned and Dick jumped to the rescue expecting It was very startling. to find him with a broken leg or arm, there was the AU stood motionless, listening, wondering what was Unknown dancing a jig on the precious nuggets, and coming next, when all at once there was a shout, and calling out about the gold. the Unknown came running to the edge of the rocks. "A new bonanza! By the Jumping Jeremiah, a "By the Jumping Jeremiah, that's my work!" he new bonanza!" he cried "Ye god.sand little fishes, cried. "I did it that time Bear steaks for dinner! it's the richest one yet !" And when he said this the If I keep on I shall be almost as good a shot as Edith Unknown only stated the truth. herself." For two full weeks Young Klondike and his friends He came running down the rocks with the smoking remained there in French Gulch working the "New rifle in his hand. Bonanza," for the name which both Ned and the UnNed climbed out of the prospect hole, and was known gave to the great discovery was the one there ready to meet him. adopted for it in the end. "What about the Indians?" he demanded. "You The second day the four Fenchmen came down the are back sooner than you thought." gulch. "All gone, dear boy There ain't a trace of them! They had been delayed by some trivial occurrence, Ye gods and little fishes, th.ey are like the Arabs; but were all ready to go to work now. they have folded their tents and silently stolen away." Young Klondike questioned them closely. "You don't meain it?" Their report was that all the regular mines in the "Yes, I do! They all gone; every mother's gulch which lay about ten miles further up were doson of them!" ing well. "Gone where, do you suppose?" They had s een nothing of the Indians and had no "Up French Gulch, to tell the gold diggers what report to make about poor old Michael Mcintyre's we are about. We may expect trouble. I hardly diggmgs, although they had heard of them and were think it's going to pay us to go a .ny further, dear aware that a large party of toughs had jumped these boy." claims and driven the old man and his daughter off. "I'm very sure of it and I ain't going," said Ned, "We shall let them go," declared Ned when they quietly. all met to talk over the situation that night. "If The tarpaulin had been thrown over the nugget they don't bother us I'm sure we won't bother them. pile again. That's t.he programme. The New Bonanza is rich, "Hello You give in mighty easy, it seems to me. and we'll stay and work it. If the gang comes we'll It ain't like you a bit to do that, Young Klondike." defend our rights to the last."

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16 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA.. Next morning work began in earnest. l prospect holes on both sides of it, Ned turned his Ned, who had made a careful survey of the ground, attention to them. determined to sink on all four of the prospect holes I That was the day the Frenchmen arrived. at once. I The first job Young Klondike gave them to do was Because," he explained, my idea of it is that to go b,ack to the cache and unearth the remainder of this deposit extends aill over the fiats here. It's a the goods, and when the balance of the tools came up great sheet of gold, so to speak. It may dip here all hands went to work on the prospect holes. and there, and probably does. One can't tell just Everythmg went swimmingly from that moment. t where we are going to strike it, but strike it we No. 2 was burned out and worked down to the level r surely shall wherever we dig inside the walls, if we of the gold deposit. only go deep enough down." It proved to be just as rich as No. 1, and in Nos. 3 N o w, by the walls, Young Klondike referred to the and 4 it was just the same. t high rocky inclosure which almost entirely sur-At the end two weeks there was a good rounded them, split in, two by the gulch through that the New Bonanza would become a permanent which the stream ran. camp. i If he was right, it meant that there was gold on A council of war was now held, and it was deter-both sides of the creek, and if that was so then they mined that Dick should go down El Dorado Creek to had ground of about two 'square miles tn extent to I the Young Klondike mine and bring up a load of prowork on. visions and a portable house which had been purOnly trouble was that it had undoubtedly been chased in Dawson some time before and not used. located by somebody before. Orders were sent for five more men to come up and This, however, did not prevent Young Klondike lend a hand, and in due time Dick was back and the and his friends from working it. hut was put in place and a force of nine men were That he had a right to do under the law since it I working in the mine. had been abandoned, but he must pay a certain tax New Bonanza camp now became a scene of busy to the rightful owner, if he should happen to put in action. a claim. Of course the news of the rich discovery sprea. d. It Then if he chose he could jump the abandoned could hardly be otherwtse, for the location was di-claim. rectly on the regular trail from El Dorado to French Under certain conditions he would be able t o hold Gulch, and prospectors and others were constantly it, if he did this; under certa:in others not. passing up and down. But Young Klondike knew the mining law as well Consequence was that the New Bonanzaites were as anyone, and was perfectly well aware of what he favored with many visitors. was aibout. The Unknown took charge of these. "We'll work out all we conveniently can, and then He himself guard in ordinary and kept ship down to Dawson City, and see what can be done paradmg up and down the gulch. about permanently locating the claim," he declared. J Every inquirer who came was civilly, but "I don't believe we are going to have any trouble no one was allowed to go down mto the prospect in holding it. Evidently it has been abandoned a long holes or to examine into the working of the mine in time." ainy way. So the work went on, a nd we must still hold back the story a bit to describe the results. Fo:r the first few 1days Ned and his friends worked -0n the original shaft, which they dubbed "Old No. 1 !" They soon made an unpleasant discovery. The gold deposit was very thin, not more than a foot in depth, aind after they passe d through it they struck sand and then gravel, paying about twenty dollairs to the pan. This was good enough for ordinary working-in fact, it would have been considered quite a bonanza by some. But Young Klondike had more to think about and did not work far below the nugget deposit, but turned his attention to cleaning up the bottom of the shaft and dcifting into the sides a little here and there. For this there was a good reason. the end of the first week a party came down the gulch and among them was Ben Challifoux, an old French pros pector, whom Young Klondike knew perfectly well. "Hello! So you've started up Joe Patton's old prospect hole," was his first greeting to Ned. Young Klondike immediately called him to one side and began questioning him. "Do you mean to tell me that Joe Patton started these holes?" be asked. "That's what he did,'' replied old Ben. "He worked here three years ago, but ma Joi, that goes for nothing, Young Klondike. He has dug prospect holes in forty places. I do not believe he has any real claim to this land." This was all that Ben Challifoux had to tell, but it was enough to make Ned feel both relieved and dis turbed. The nugget bed on all sides. Relieved because he now felt reasonably sure that .As old No. 1 was a middle shaft and there were he had a good claim to the diggings; disturbed, beI

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW HONANZA. 17 cause he saw that he might expect trouble from the "Of course Jennie mustn't think of going," said Patton gang at any time. Edith. "We don't do business that way-do we, Then after old Ben Challifoux's party passed on Ned." down the gulch, others came and told the same story. "Well, I guess not," replied Ned. "We may take Ned saw that it was Joe Patton whom he bad to to it some of these days, but we haven't done it fear; he had heard of this person before the armless yet." dummy told him of his doings up at the head of the "How much have we on hand now, dear boy?" gulch, and knew him to be a bold, bad man. asked the Unknown. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I So much for the situation at the New Bonanza on wish we'd sent it all down to the Young Klondike the night when the grea,t rain storm set in. mine yesterday. We talked of doing that, you The storm, which had been brewing all day, came know." upon them just before seven o'clock. "There is considerably over three hundred thou-It began to rain then as it' can rain only in the sand dollars, as near as I can reckon it," replied Ned. Klondike country. "By the end of the week we ought to be able to clean First, a few great drops and a rush of wind, and up half a million ; then we'll strike for Dawson City then a vast downpour which, judging from the ex-and bank it, leaving the New Bonanza under guard perience of the past, Ned knew might last for days.1 till we can get back." r At half past seven the Unknown, who had been up It kept right on raining all the evening, and really the creek exploring, came running in wet to the skin, it was surprising what an amount of water fell. and in anything but a pleasant; frame of mind. I At eleven o'clock when darkness set in the stream ''By the Jumping Jeremiah, this is beastly!" he 1 which runs down through French Gulch, emptying exclaimed. "It's set in for a regular old timer. I into El Dorado Creek, had become so swollen that it wouldn't wonder a bit if the creek rose so as to send was almost as wide as the creek itself. It would not the water into our house." take much more to send it up around the hut-that "Hope not," replied Ned, who was eating supper. Young Klondike plainly saw when just as darkness "Don't worry about it. Go change your clothes and came he stepped outside the hut to have a look. then come and sit down with us and have a bite." But what Young Klondike did not see was a man The hut was divided into two rooms down-stairs, standing in front of a great projecting ledge about with a little lean-to kitchen behind, and a loft for the half a mile furt.her up the gulch. He did not see this accommodation of Edith and Jennie Mcintyre above. man for the very excellent reason that he was entireIn this room were Ned, Dick and the two ladies ly beyond his range of ,vision, owing to the windings eating supper, in the other the workmen were enof the stream. gaged in the same agreeable occupation. Now TYoung Klondike's eyes had been ab)e to see The two apartments were entirely disconnected around several corners and could have reached this from each other, so Young Klondike and his friends spot, he would have perceived that this man was atwere able to make themselves as much at home as tentively studying the weather and evidently trying though they had been the sole occupants of the house. to form some idea about the chances of the rain con-The Unknown now retired to the kitchen, changed tinuing to fall through the night. his clothes and came in to supper. "Hello, Jack!" he called, looking back under the "I've made a discovery at last," he said. "There ledge which formed a sort of shallow cave. "Come has been someone prowling about here to-day." out here !" "How do you know?" asked Ned. "What's up now, Joe?" growled a voice from "Oh, for several reasons. First, I saw the re-under the rocks. "Do you mean to go out in all this mains of a fresh fire further up the gulch late this rain?" afternoon. That started me going, and I've been There were fully twenty men in that cave, if cave wandering round among the hills until the rain it could be called. They were lying sprawled out caught me. I struck the trail two or three times, around the remains of a fire and for the most part but I couldn't strike the man." seemed to be asleep, although one or two lay on their "Do you think there was more than one man?" backs smoking and staring up at the rocks overhead. "Shouldn't want to be sure, but if you ask me my The one addressed was a great hulking prospector opinion, I say I don't think there was." with big boots, red shirt and slouch hat. "I'm afraid it is one of Joe Patton's spies, "said He came out into the rain and joined his companion, Jennie. "I've been expecting this. If there is looking anything but pleased over the prospect of trouble coming on my account I shall wish that I had making a move. gone down the creek at the start." ''We'd better hang out here till morning, Joe," he ''Don't you say such a word," replied Ned, quicksaid. ly, "isn't all our good luck due to you?" "Which means another day," replied the man. "Yes, and what luck it is," said the Unknown, with "Of course we can't make the attack in the light." his mouth full. "Ye gods and little fishes, it's im"I don't know why not. We oug1l,t to be good for mense" Leave us! Never! We'll fig t for you to them whatever time we choose to make the attack." the bitter end. 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18 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. haven't brought my gang of gold diggers down Ned's idea just then was to open the hiding hole French Gulch for notbing. I'm out for business. and in spite of the rain carry the gold up among the Young Klondike has started up work on my old dighills and hide it there where it would be safe in case gings and strikes it rich where I failed, just as he the trouble came. does on every other feller's dead diggings. That Now, sure enough, trouble was close upon Young chap is a wonder, he is." Klondike, but it was not exactly of the kind he looked "It's because he's got a lucky man with him, for. growled Jack West. "That's what's the matter. It would have been better if he had gone back in-Ha Ha! Ha!" side the hut then and waited, for sharp eyes were "Gosh Is that meant for a joke, Jack West ?" upon him. Several men crouching among the rocks "Well, I kinder intended it that way." were watching his movements, and the principal "And did you think it was funny ?" thought of these men was to get their hands on the "Well, I sorter had that idea when I laughed." gold. "Gosh! That's a good one! Well, I'll make you They were the Joe Patton gang of gold diggers laugh when you see the result of my work. 'Let's go from up French Gulch, and it is safe to say that if and drive Young Klondike's gang out right now,' you searched the Klondike country far and wide it says you; very well, and what did 1 say? 'Yes,' I would be difficult to find a worse gang than this. like a blame fool? No I said 'let's wait; let's give But Ned did not go back to the hut. him time to do his digging and get something out As ill-luck would have it, he was at that moment that's worth having, and then we'll jump in on him, seized with another idea. capture the girl, scoop in the dust, and do up Young It struck him that the water might be running into Klondike all at the same time.' Now, then, Jack the prospect holes which were a good deal nearer the West, that's my plan, a .nd right to-night, in the rain, bank of the stream than the hut, and he determined I'm going to carry it out!" to go and see. CHAPTER VIII. He hurried along to Old No. 1. The water was not in it yet but it had come up very close, and there seemed every chance that the hole would fill up in a short time. Ned gathered up the tools and tossed them on HOW THERE w AS TROUBLE AT THE HUT, AND JENNIE higher ground for sa,fety There were a few things down in the bottom of the hole which had been carelessly left there and over looked when the rain came on, and he dropped down IT rained harder than ever toward midnight; at into it to toss them out, and was thus engaged when least oung Klondike thought so and he was the one all of a sudden he heard a slight noise overhead. AND EDITH WERE CAPTURED AND THE PATTON GANG GOT OFF WITH THE GOLD. who was on the watch at the hut. It was a footstep. Someone was coming. Young Everybody else was sound asleep, for one guard Klondike seized the rope which hung suspended from was considered all that was necessary, and it was the windlass and pulled himself out. part of the policy of the mine not to trust any of the No sooner had his feet touched the ground than workmen to do this. h e knew that the anticipated trouble had come. Ned went out about midnight to take a survey of Four men suddenly sprang up from behind the the situation and see how the storm was coming on. dump and seized him. It did not take him long to find out that the rain One caught one arm, another seized him on the was coming down hardP.r than ever. He saw also other side, the third grasped his throat and the that the stream had risen above its banks and was fourth covered him with a revolver. It was a start-now rapidly making its way toward the hut. ling situation and a serious one. "There is going to be trouble here,'' he thought. Ned was not given the least chance to defend "I'd better get Dick and the Un known up. It himself. He stood there a prisoner staring in the wouldn't surprise me a bit if the hut was washed face of the man who had seized him by the throat, away." which was pressed close to his. Naturally Ned thought about the gold at that "We want you, Young Klondike," hissed the man. time. "We've been laying for you this long time, and by It was buried in a shallow pit dug underneath gracious, we've got you! You're our prisoner now !" tbe hut., "So it seems,'' replied Ned, coolly. "What do you Of course all the workmen knew where it was. intend to do with me? Choke me to death?" This thought worried Young Klondike also. I may before I get through-that depends." In case of trouble he was afraid the Frenchmen On what ?" might make a rush for the gold and escape with all "On your own actions. What do you say about they could lay,their hands on. I following me ?" Such things had happened 9ef0f'e and wlH'e liable to "I don't say anything about it. I suppose I've happen again. got to do it if you say it's got to be done."

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--.--YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. 19 "Come on, then. Walk fast. I'm getting wet want to have any muss if it can be avoided, and I and want to get in out of the rain." think it can." It wa:s no use talking. The man with the revolver As .Joe Patton said this he drew out of his pocket a now slipped behind him. small bottle and shook it. I'm right here, Young Klondike," he said. "I've The bottle contained a whitish liquid. got you covered. Take my advice and don't you try "Oh, you old crook!" cried West, admiringly. any funny business, for it means death to you if you "You're a sly one. You'd rather chloroform than do." fight, every time." Decidedly Ned was not in the mood to try any "That's what's the matter. Is the door open, fun:r:iy business or to do anything but walk right Jack? Yes, by gracious, there they are all sound along between his captors, for the revolver pressed asleep. Well, and they'll sleep sounder still before I against the back of his head. get through with them-that's right." Meanwhile, back in the hut all were sound asleep Just then a number of men attracted by Jack and entirely unsuspicious of danger. West's low whistle came stealing up through the rain. Young Klondike had made a great mistake. He I Surround the house, boys," whispered Patton. had deserted his post and that was where the trouble "Keep your eyes skinned and your ears wide open; began; it was trouble which was likely to terminate if you hear the least sound that means trouble, just seriously in the end. jump in and help me. Jack West, you can keep watch There were other men sneaking up around the hut at the door." just then. He stole into the room, and drawing a dark lantern The notorious Joe Patton was one of them and Jack from his pocket, cautiously removed the slide and flashed the light around. West was another. A signal from the men up by t,he prospect holes told them that Young Klondike had been captured, and was being taken to the cave up the Gulch. "That's all right, Jack," whispered the leader of the gold diggers. "We've made sure of the head horner of the pack, and now all that remains is to capture the rest, get the gold, capture the girl and light out." What are you going to do with the go1.d after you get it?" asked Jack. "Of course you can't go to Dawson with it." "I don't know about that-I may." "What about Young Klondike? If he comes down to D awson things wm be made pretty hot for us, I'm thinking." "He'll never come to Dawson, sonny. Don't you fret yourself. Oh, no !" "Do you mean to do him?" asked Jack. Well, perhaps." There were two doors to the hut. One led into the room where the workmen slept and the other into Young Klondike's private apartments. Joe Patton had entered by the former. Some of the workmen lay in bunks, others were stretched out on the floor rolled up in blankets; all were sound asleep. With a fiendish smile Patton uncorked lns bottle and saturated a handkerchief with the chloroform, first taking the precaution to cover his own mouth and nostrils with another handkerchief-something decidedly necessary considering that it was evidently his intention to go into the chloroforming business on an extensive scale. The man understood his work. Joe Patton was an old hand at the bellows, so to speak. Back in the States he had been what is known as a second story thief, one who climbs up to second story win dows and enters bed-chambers stealing whatever he can lay his hands on, chloroforming the sleeper in the room if there is one. This man had done time in .. several States prisons. To say that he was as bad "And why not?" I "Don't think of it.''. as they make 'em, is to only tell half the truth. "Why not? Because we'll be caught sure and First he tackled one of the Frenchmen and had swing from the nearest tree: I say let's light out for him unconscious in no time; the others followed one the mountains with the gal and the gold, and wait by one. Joe Patton made a clean job of it here till the thing blows over." and then passed on to the other side of the "Humph!" growled Patton. "We'll get the gold entering with the greatest caution, for he realized first and then we'll see." 1 that he had shrewder ones to deal with here. "That's what I say Shall I whistle the boys His wicked little eyes flashed viciously from above down?" the handkerchief as he stood and surveyed the sleep" Yes, but I'm not going to make an attack." ers. "Hello! I thought that was settled)" Particularly was his attention attracted to the Un-" Not at all." known, who lay snoring in his bunk with his clothes "Then what are you going to do?" on, the everlasting tall hat resting on a chair nearby. "Don't you fret yourself; there's more ways of "He's the worst, and I'll take him last," thought \ killing a cat than choking her to death with cheese. Patton. "The two girls will be easy game." I've got a little persuader here which will fix those He must have known that they were in loft fellows inside. I've brought men enough to handle overhead, for he crept up the ladder without )lesitathem in case there's a muss, but all the same I don't tioo.

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2 0 YOU N G KLONDIKE'S NEW B O NANZA He was gone but a few moments, and when he came down he put his head out the door and whis pered to Jack West : "I've fixed the gals, and I'll have the job d one in a minute. Lay low now Next the sponge went under Luckey's nose. Dick yielded gracefully; the trouble came when Joe Patton tried his hand on the Unknown. The instant the handkerchief touched the detective's face he sprang out of the bunk so suddeuly, and -with such energy that he knocked Joe Patton over. The bottle was dashed from the villain's hand, the chloroform spilled, and all in an instant Patton and the detective were struggling on the floor. "You scoundrel! I've got you at last!" roared the Unknown. "Wait till I clap the bracelets on you. Dick Ned! Help here!" The poor Unknown was doing all he cc..ild, but -the odds were terribly against him. At the first noise Jack West and his companions came rushing into the hut, and in a moment the Un known was overpowered and chloroformed like the rest. Patton picked himself up pretty badly bruised. "By gracious, that one showed fight," he growled. "He gave me a terrible old rasping, he did." "You might have known it," replied Jack West. "He's the fellow what always passed as a detective down to Dawson; don't you remember him, Joe?" "Sure I do. I know him well enough. I've a good mind to put a knife into his heart ;while there's time." "Don't think of it. Murder never pays. We want the gal and we've got her. We want the gold and we've g _ot that to get, so let's go about it right now." "I'm ready. Where is the blame stuff I wonder?" "'Twould have paid us better to have kept one of these fellows awake so's to make him tell. "Gosh, don't you fret. I can find it. Of course, it's in the hut, and the place ain't so big but what we can search it in two shakes." "What about the diggings?" demanded one of the men. "This place is confoundedly rich and we want to have a hack at it. No gold was found there, of course, but when Patton got down-stairs and began on the living room he soon discovered the trap-door in the floor. "Here's the place, Jack!" he cried. "I've got it, I'll bet a hat!" He seized the ring and pulled the trap-door up, shouting: "Here it is Here it is! We've tumbled right upon it By gracious, what a slew of it there is to be sure!" Next question was to get it out, and this was something which would take time, and tire meant that the chloroformed ones would come back to their senses before the job was done. To avoid any trouble from this source, Joe Patton made free with the ropes in the hut, and soon had all the workmen tied.together. Dick, Edith and the Unknown, were then tied up also, and carried into the other room, the door of which was then securely locked. By this time the men were back with the bags, and the work of removing the gold began in earnest. There was a lot of it, but there were many hands to assist in taking it out. About half an hour later, a silent procession moved away from the hut.t .Each was loaded down with a heavy bag of golden nuggets. r These were the notorious Gold Diggers of French Gulch." They had captured Young Klondike's treas-ure. In silence they filed up the gulch, and disappeared from'. view. 'j \.; .. <., ) '111 'I I 11., II -. .... CHAPTER IX. HOW YOUNG KLONDIKE STARTED ON THE TRAIL OF THE ROBBERS AND HOW THE UNKNOWN FOUND THE GOLD. "That will come later," replied Patton. "You "THUNDER and guns!" cried Joe Patton, stopping know our title, boys; we are the Gold Diggers of short after the robber band had gone about, a mile up French Gulch, we are. We don't waste much time the gulch. "Hang me, if I haven't forgotten Young prospecting when we can get out of it. We dig after Klondike, after all !" other people have made the strikes. Ha, ha, ha Strange as this may seem it was so; and yet it was That's our style, and it's the kind of digging that not so strange, for Joe Patton cared nothing for pays best of all. Here, you fellows, carry the Mcln-Young Klondike. He had succeeded in obtaining tyre girl up to the cave. Shake up, lively, and get what he came down French Gulch after, and a mo ready for a start. You'd better bring down all the ment's thought now told him that he had better be bags, for if my information is correct there's gold satisfied. enough here to load us all down in pretty good "Let the procession move !" he cried. "To blazes shape." with Young Klondike!" Jennie Mcintyre was then carried out of the hut They started on through rain which was still fall-between two men, while Joe Patton commenced a ing, although not so heavily. In the lead was Joe systematic search for the gold. Patton, and poor Jennie Mcintyre walked beside him, First he took the loft and tvent through it so thor-1 closely guarded. oughly and so rapidly that any one could see he was So far the evil schemes of the leader of the Gold used to this sort of work. I Diggers' gang had succeeded, and it looked very

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. 21 much as if they might go successfully through to the end. Meanwhile Young Klondike, forgotten, was still lying a prisoner in the cave. Ned was terribly chagrined. He felt that the whole trouble had been the result of his own careless J ness and this m a de him feel all the worse. But Ned was not the fellow to give up in despair as another might have done. For the best part of an hour he had been here now, and during that time he had seen enough to rea.lize pretty well what was going on down at the hut. First it was the men who brought up poor Jennie Mcintyre. Then it was the carrying out of the cave of the pile of bags which Ned's sharp eyes discover e d as soon as he came into it. Enrybody was captured. The gold had been -dis covered in its hiding-place, Young Klondike thought, and we know that he hit it off just right. Ned knew it also when a little laterif'he saw the gold diggers moving up the gulch with the bags over their backs. It drove him almost wild to think of it. He twisted and turned trying in every way to set himself free, but it seemed no use. "What in thunder have they done? Killed everybody and forgotten to kill me?" he thought. "By gracious, it looks very much like it unless-hushsomebody coming!. I guess it's my turn now." He could hear stealthy footsteps creeping along the rocks in the direction of the cave, and in a moment an Indian appeared at the opening. "Big Eagle!" gasped Ned, recognizing the man, and doubtful whether his coming meant good luck or bad. "Yes, boss. Me Big Eagle l Heap trouble Huh?" "That's what it is! Help me, Big Eagle. I helped you-help me, now." "Ugh Ugh! Dat's what me came for," grunted th" savage. "Big Eagle watch! Big Eagle see uni go Big Eagle help Klondike boss get back him gold. Big Eagle get trail-tell Klondike boss. Good-by! Come quick Big Eagle never fail." All this talk was a good deal for an Indian to make, and it was made so rapidly that Ned was not able to get in a word. While he was talking Big Eagle was working, too ; he whipped out his knife and cut Young Klondike free, and lifted him to his feet with a strong hand and was out of the cave and off down the rocks like a shot. Ned called to him to stop but he only turned, waved his hand, and was gone. The last Ned saw of him he was running up French Gulch, moving so rapidly as to make it seem absolutely certain that he must overtake them very soon. Ned only lost a moment thus watching and then ran down the rocks to the hut as fast as his legs could carry him. 1 A strange sight met his g a ze as he drew near. Both the doors stood open and the lights were burn ing inside, and there before the hut was the chunky figure of the Unknown rolling over and over on the ground. "Ned! Help me! By the Jumping Jeremiah, I'm trussed up like a Christmas goose!" he called out. "Ye gods and little fishes, where have you been? There's been old Hob to p a y here!" It took Ned just about three s e conds to release the Unknown from his disagreeable position. "What's the matter?" he gasped. "Edith-Dick! Are they dead? What are they all lying there for?" Ned was so excited that he could scarcely speak, for he could see Edith and Dick with all the workme n lying about on the floor inside the hut. "Dead, no! Chloroformed!" y e ll e d the Unknown in a fearful rage. "We were all done up, everyone of us, and the last ounce of the gold was stolen. Oh, Ned, you're a fine watchman, you are. By the Jumping Jeremiah, somebody ought to be cowhided for this, and I believe you are the man." Now one might suppose that Young Klondike would take offense at this strong talk, but he didn't a bit. He felt that he more tha n half deserved it for deserting his post even for a moment, and besides that he was prepared to stand a good deal from the Unknown. They ran into the hut and in no time h a d Dick and Edith free, the miners following in their turn as a. matter of course. It was rather a dismal crowd which gathered around the open trap door in the other side of the hut, com paring notes over the startling occurrences of the night. "I take all the blame to myself," said Ned. '' I did desert my post. I was caught napping. I wish somebody would kick me. I'm all reaidy for any one who wants the job." "Rats, rubbish !"cried the detective. "That means me, but my bark is worse than my bite, and I didn't mean what I said just now. We are all in it, and to a certain extent all equally to blame. Ques .tion is what's to be done now?" "Follow up Big Eagle," said Edith, emphatically. "I can never rest quiet till I know that poor Jennie is out of the hands of that fiend." "Motion seconded!" cried Dick. "I owe him one for what he did 'to me. I say go, and go now." "And the New Bonanza ?" questioned Ned. "I say go too, and I say it most emphatically, but I want to understand how everything is to be ar ranged. "We ought to be good for that gang," said the detective. "We've done up worse ones before now." "Hut the mine?" added Dick. "That's what Ned asked. What about the New Bonanza? I say leave the men to run it in our absence and let the work go right on. That's your idea, Ned?" "My idea exactly," replied Young Klondike. "Who objects?"

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22 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW Nobody objected, and within twenty minutes from the time this conversation was held the avenging party, fully equipped with rifles and provisions, started away from the New Bonanza and marched up the gulch. "It seems like a wild goose chase," said Edith, after they had been on the move for some little time. "Here we are traveling along without the faintest idea where we are going or which way the gold diggers went." "We can't be wrong as yet," declared Ned. "They went up the gulch and we are going up the gulch; we are bound to run into their trail sooner or later, and then all we've got to do is to follow it till we come up with them. I'm sure we shall succeed." It certainly looked like footprints, but they were at some distance away. Young Klondike hurried across the intervening mud and examined them. Indians he cried "Where! Where!" exclaimed the Unknown unslinging bis rifle and standing ready for busmess. "Pshaw! No one said anything about Indians coming, only that there were Indian footprints-ain't that it, Ned?" "That's what's the matter," called Ned. "It's Big Eagle and he's left us his card." Ned leaned over against the rocks, close to which the footprints ran, and pulled an eagle's feather out of a crevice. There was a bit of birch bark attached to the feather. "Sanguine as usual, dear boy," laughed the Un known. "You are the fellow who always keeps our spirits up when things look the darkest. There's one All could see it,, but they did not understand what thing, though, those fellows ain't going to lug that it meant until Ned came back to where they were. gold very far, and don't you forget it. I think we He was examining the birch bark attentively as he can mark that down with a red mark." walked along. "It's marked down," replied Ned, "but what's "What have you struck?" asked Dick. that there in the mud-a footprint? By Jove so it "Seems to be a note from Big Eagle," replied Ned. is." "At least that's what I make of it. Look at it, Zed, M t b t d d th . and see what you think." ornmg was JUS egmnmg o awn, an e ram I Th U k t k th b' h b k 1 1 1 h 11 0 1 e n nown oo e ire ar upon w nc 1 mes ad pract1ca y ceased. ur trave ers had now come h db 1 d 'th h t . a een scraw e w1 some s arp pom out mto a place where it was rather more open. An "L 1 l'k 1 t f t k h d "I oo rn i e a o o crows rac s, e sa1 ext1mded mud flat reached from the base of the rocks 't k th' t f th' d Id 't b r to the edge of the swollen creek, and as Young Klon-can ma e any mg ou 0 is, an on e ieve there is anything in it." dike looked further over this stretch he knew that he had struck the trail. "You don't!" cried Dick. "Well, you're a great detective, I must say Look here It's a regular "That's. what it is," the Unknown. There's picture. you can see it if you look sharp. It's a one there s and another-why picture of this place." there s a whole hne of them; this is the way they It .d tl A th t t d 't t 11 ht d b ,, evi en y was. s ey came o s u y i more wen a rig ear oy. I th ld th t t t d th "A d h J f t t ,, 'd Ed'th attentive y, ey cou see a i represen e e n ere s poor enme s oo prm sa1 i 1 k' d "y 't' r ht th th t rocks and the creek, and the mud flat, and there were 00 mlgl own. 11 see 1 s ig er an e .res the footprints, too, all done in crude outline, which no as we as sma er. h h d t th' f th' t 1 "Th t' b th d'd 't 1 d 1 d 'th th one w o a no. seen some mg o is curious s ye a s ecause ey i n oa ier own w1 e . ld d th d t t' "Th t h d 11 th of writmg before, could very well understand. go sa1 e e ec ive. e res a a ey D' k h d d h d N d I th d l' 'th ic a an so a e n e1r ea mgs w1 could carry, and that s what makes the footprmts so th I d' th 1 d t a d th t l'ttl d ,, e n ians, ey 1a s u ie eir ways no a i e, eep. . and it was this which made Ned seize upon the picture For about half a mile they to follow _the writing, which otherwise he might have overlooked. mud flat, a.nd then came a surprise. The footprmts "It's a note from Big Eagle telling us which way suddenly disappeared, and yet the mud flat extended he went," he declared. "Look, here's an eagle in a deal on. . the corner-he's flying toward the rocks. Don't you Hold on. cried the Unknown, reallzmg the situsee the spread of his wings? That's what it means ation. "This beats the band. Where in thunderdid as sure as you live." they go to?" . "I'll be hanged if I don't think\)"OU are right," said It was a question anyone might be excused for ask-the detective, "although I never should have guessed ing. it. Yes, that looks like an eagle and lie is certainly On one side the rocks rose high above them, on the flying toward the rocks. other was the creek rushing down French Gulch to "Which means that we must fly over the rocks," join El Dorado further along. said Dick, "and I think we'll have to if we are going "There's only two ways out of this," said Dick. over them at all. I don't believe we'll ever get up "Either they took to the creek or they went up the any other way." rocks. Which was it?" "They ain't so steep up where Big Eagle left the "Blest if I can tell you," replied Ned, "but look, note," said Ned, "but still I don't see how the Gold there's more footprints further on, don1t you see Diggers could have gone there; if they went over the them close against the rocks?'' rocks, and I suppose they must have or Big Eagle

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_. ___ _ YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. 23 wouldn't have gone, they must have tackled them gone across the lake or-by the Jumping Jeremiah, I right here." have it! The island!" "It can be done," said Edith, studying the appear-';Well, I declare, I never thought of the !" ance of the precipice. exclaimed Edith. "That's what it means, of "Of course we can do it," replied Ned. "I'd guarcourse." antee to climb up there any day in the week." All werei satisfied that the Unknown had hit upon "We'd better tackle it," said the detective. "If the true solution of the mystery, for looking off upon it is to be done, the sooner it's done the better-here the lake they could see the island distinctly-they had goes!" seen it in the first place, indeed, but did not under-The Unknown made a run up the steep incline; he stand that it might have any significance to them. got along famously for a moment, and then all at It was a great rock rising some forty feet up from once missed his footing, and came tumbling back the water; stunted bushes and a few trees grew on again, his tall hat flew off, and the full impress of his top, and other bushes clung to the sides. noble form was left in the mud. "Bother take you!" cried the Unknown, shaking Nobody could help laughing at the comical picture, his fist at the island, "you are aU well enough, and serious as the situation was, and the Unknown had to this birch bark map business is all well enough, but laugh at himself, for he was not hurt a bit. how are we going to get over to you-that's what I want to know!" "You made a miss of it that time," said Edith, "but it won't hinder me from trying it. I can do "We'll get down to the shore of the lake first be-better than that myself.,, fore we get excited about it," said Edith. "Perhaps "Try it a little further along," suggested Dick; Big Eagle has provided a way." But this was easier said than done. "it's easier going there." The way down the rocks was even steeper than the They did so, and found safer footing. Dangerous way up, yet it soon became perfectly evidentthatthe work it was, of course, but they managed to climb up trail ran in that direction. to the top of the precipice, and here another discov-For as they advanced they struck a place where the ery was made. mud had accumulated on top of the rocks during the Big Eagle had been there before them, and left an-recent rain. other note. Their way lay right across this muddy stretch, and It was pinned to a crevic"e in the rock with an there upon it were the same old footprints again. eagle's feather, as the former one had been and was It was easy to distinguish Jennie Mcintyre's among written the same way. them, and there crossing over all were the mocca-The picture showed something of the wonderful pansined footprints of Big Eagle. The Indian was hot orama, which now opened out before them. on the trail. There was the broad mountain lake which lay al, "By the Jumping Jeremiah, we are right in it!" most at their and the hills beyond it. There cried the Unknown. "Our noble red man has not were the surroundmg rocks and even the larger trees deceived us. I'll lead on to victory, but it seems to shown all with remarkable accuracy. me that we ought to be able to see something of the There were several eagles the picture flying enemy by this time." towards the lake and out upon it. To anyone under"I think myself it would be well to take a look bestanding Indian picture writing the whole thing was fore we .make a start," said Ned, and he proceeded to plain enough. get out his glass. But as yet Young Klondike and Dick were not fully Long and earnestly he looked at the island. up to it and did not understand at first. "I can't make out that there's any one on top "Why does he put those four eagles on the piethere," he said at last, removing his eyes from the ture ?" asked Edith. glass. "Because he was joined by some of his friends I "And yet do you know it seems to me that I can reckon," said the Unknown. see someone," said Edith. Dick thought so too, but Ned wouldn't have it that "Same here," declared the Unknown. "l was way at all. watching all the time you were looking. I felt sure "Nonsense !" he declared, "I'll be willing to bet I could see something moving, but I wouldn't want it ain't anything of the sort. It's his own course-to say whether it was man or beast." just that and nothing more." "Then I must be blind," said Ned. "Then he didn't go across the lake," said Dick. "Or didn't look in the right place," added Dick, "Why certainly he went across the lake-can't "which amounts to the same thing." you see that the ea .gles are flying that way?" "Give me the glass," said Edith, and she had no "Yes, but they don't go clear across the lake-see, sooner put it to her eyes than she cried out that she the lake is represented by a circle, and the last eagle could see Jennie Mcintyre moving about on top of stops in the middle of it." the rock. "Has Big Eagle drowned himself ?" queried "I see certainly something moving," said Ned. the Unknown. "What nonsense! He must have "It's gone now."

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' 24 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. "Yes, she's gone." Before the last of the boughs came out Ned could "Watch and see if she don't appear again. It see the bags snugly reposing in the hole. was right by that tallest tree." "Those are the bags the gold diggers carried!" "I don't think anything about it-I know I saw he exclaimed. "I'll vouch for it." her near the tree," declared Edith. "It was Jennie. "I'll have it out and prove it," declared the Un I'm absolutely certain about it, but I doh't see her known. "Look out, boys Take it from me. By now." gracious, it's a heavy load to carry and no mis-This was becoming interesting. Edith watched for take." some time, but saw nothing more of the figure which It was just about all the Unknown wanted to do had attracted her attention. with his short arm, to lift the bag out of the hole. Then, like most other people she began to doubt Ned to. ok it and opened it, the fastening being only the plain evidence of her own senses, and to wonder a string. whether she had actually seen the girl or not. As he fully anticipated, it contained part of the The Unknown summed up the evidence by declaring missing nuggets. that there was probably somebody on the island. "It' s Joe Patton's cache," declared Dick. "He "It may be that they are all there, or it may be couldn't get it across the lake, and so he buried it that the girl has managed to escape and is there here." alone," he said ; at all events I think it's time we "Out with the rest, Zed," said Young Klondike. were on the move." "Look alive now, and if you want any help I'll come Dick looked at the steep descent dubiously. down." "There's going to be trouble getting down there," "Hold on," replied the detective, coming up out of he declared. "I think we'd better tie ourselves to-the hole. "I hate' awfully to contradict you, dear gether, it' s always safer so." boy, but I just ain't going to do anything of the Ned opposed this, and Edith just wouldn't have it. sort." "We've got to take our chances," she declared, "And why not.?" "and for my part, I think I can do better alone." \ "Why, what's the use? The gold is safer here It was decided that the Unknown should lead the than anywhere. I say let it be where it is, and then way and he started to do so; everything was going no suspicion is excited in case the gold diggers come on swimmingly until he had almost reached the lake back." shore, when suddenly he lost his footing again and "I think he's right," said Edith. "What could went down the rest of the way with a rush. we do witn it anyway, even supposing that we got it Edith gave a scream, as well she might, for indeed out?" all thought he would be killed. Ned had to admit the force of the argument. He He struck the ground hard and they saw his feet could see no good purpose 1 ; o be served by taking the go up and the tall hat went flying in the air, but the gold out of the hole. Unknown himself disappeared for the instant. "We'd better cover it up again I suppose," he He was picking himself up out of a mass of juniper said; "the thiI).g for us to do is to get over to the isl-boughs when they came hurrying down. and, but I'll be hanged if I see how we are going to "By the Jumping Jeremiah, the fellow who set accompiish that." this man trap ought to be hided!" he exclaimed. It certainly was a puzzler. Look at it Ye gods and little fishes, look at it The lake was several miles in length, and the island That infernal hole was covered over with these loose lay at least a mile distant from where they were. boughs, but it means something just the same." There was neither boat nor Indian canoe to be seen, The hole in question had been scooped out in the and worse still only a few stunted trees grew near the mud at the foot of the rocks, and covered over with shore, so to build a raft-something that Young the juniper boughs. Klondike at first thought of-was quite impossible. As luck would have it the Unlmown had fallen on "We can't get over from here that's certain," de-the boughs and down he went right into it, and down clared the detective, "but see, the island is nearer to in it he was now with both feet tossing the boughs the shore, if you can get down opposite to it, and out. there's quite a little grove of trees there." "There's something buried here, 'Young Klondike," "Just what I was thmking," said Dick. "Suphe declared. "There! Just as I thought I Look at pose we move down that way." it! It's the gold!" "I see no objection," said Ned. "We are helpless CHAPTERX. A STRANGE HAPPENING ON THE ISLAND. here and it might be better there-we can only try." So they started along the shore, and after putting in a good half mile in a swamp where the tundra grass was almost as high as their heads, and the bal ancll of the way scrambling over dead tree trunks HAD the Unknown actually discovered the buried and rocks, they at length came out opposite the gold ? I island, pausing all breathless in a little grove of Most decidedly he had. stunted trees.

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; YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. 25 The island now stood out plamly before them, perhaps two hundred feet away from the shore. "Well, there you are, boys," said the detective. "You see it; now then what's to be done? There's no boat here." "But we might build a raft," said Dick. Yes, if we had an ax to cut down some of these trees, which we haven't." "There are the dead trees further back. They &re somewhat burned by the fire which must have swept over this place not so very long ago, but I think they would answer the purpose just the same." "It's going to be a long job to build a raft," said the detective. "Of course we may have to do it, but on the other hand if we put off from the shore here on a raft we shall be a bang-up mark for any one who happens to be on the island watching us, and if it happens that Joe Patton's gang of gold diggers are there, I think it's rather doubtful if any of us ever live to reach the island at all." "You've got some suggestion to make," said Young Klondike eying the detective. "Out with it, Zed." "Oh, no I've got no suggestion to make. I only wish I was a good swimmer-that's all." "That means you would like to have me swim over to the island and have a look around?" It means that I would do it, if I could swim as well as you can-that's all." "I'll go," said Ned, promptly. "If that is what y ou want you shall have it, Zed." Dick opposed and so did Edith; they thought the risk entirely too great. But Ned had made up his mind to try it, and there was no such thing as stopping him. "Just make yourselves at home here till I come back," he said. "l shan't be long gone, and when you see me again you'll know more about the island than you do now." Young Klondike then retired among the bushes, stripped himself and plunged into the icy water of the lake. "There he goes!" cried the Unknown, as he swam around into view. "He'll get there all right, and he'll get back again all right-don't you fret." They continued to watch him as he swam on. Now his head was visible, now it was under the water; they watched the island, too, but nobody came in sight on top of the rock. something of the situation, so he started along the shore with the intention of going entirely around the island before giving it up. It was hard walking in one's bare feet on the shore here, for the ground was covered with loose fragments of rock, which had broken off and fallen down from above. Ned examined the rock closely. It was a great mass of disintegrated sandstone, broken and seamed in every direction. As he picked his way along, keeping as close in under it as possible, 'several pieces fell at his feet. At first he thought that some one was throwing stones at him, but he soon saw that it wa:,, only the natural disintegration of the rock. "Upon my word it wouldn't take much to throw the whole business down and tumble the rock into the lake," thought Ned. I wonder if we can be mistaken in there is anybody up there? I'm almost inclined to think we are." The thought had scarcely crossed his mind when a loud cracking noise was heard right in front of him, and with no other warning a great mass of rock tumbled outward strewing the shore with fragments, while many great pieces went splashing into the lake. "Holy gee! The whole island is going to blazes!" yelltd a voice, and Ned could hear hurried footsteps, inside the rock ili sounded to him. "It's a cave-the gang is there!" he thought, and waiting for nothing further he plunged into the lake, just in time to avoid being seen by Joe Patton, Jack West and several others of the gold diggers' gang who now came running out through the opening with their rifles in their hands. It was a close call. A second more and it would probably have been an up with Young Klondike. But a miss is as good as a mile. Ned was under the water swimming for all he was worth. When he ventured to come up again there was nobody in sight on the shore. The danger had 'passed. Ned swam over to the mainland and crawled in among the bushes, congratulating himself on his narrow escape. CHAPTER XI. PRISONERS IN THE ROCK. Reaching the island at last, Ned crawled up under "HELLO, Young Klondike Come and show your-the rock and crouched down to rest and get his self and make your report." breath. The Unknown c a me breaking through the bushes Had he made a fool of himself after all ? He half as Ned was in the act of pulling on his clothes. thought so. The great rock towered above his head, "Did you see the rock split apart?" asked Ned. presenting sides so steep that to climb it seemed "I did," said Dick, who now came up also. "Isaw simply impossible; besides if he were to go up, there the gold diggers, too." was the terrible risk of meeting some of the gold dig" You did, eh ? Did you see me jump into the gers gang on top. water?" It seemed altogether a foolhardy undertaking to "You bet! You were not a moment too soon." Young Klondike, but he was here and he determined I "Not half a moment) Do you think they sa.w not to leave without at least making an effort to learn me?"

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26 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. "Didn't look so. We were watching them care fully through the glass, too." "Come, come!" said the Unknown. "It ain't what we saw, but what you saw, Young Klondike. That's what we want to know." "Unfortunately you won't get any further information from me," replied Ned. All I discovered was just what you saw through the glass." "Then your swim was for nothing ?" "Practically so. We know now that the gold dig-gers are on the island, but that's all." "It's enough to start with. Was that a cave?" "Must have been. I got no chance to look." "What made the rock fall ?" I'll never tell you. It's nothing but coarse sandstone. It seems to be breaking all the time. A lot of small pieces fell down before the big one dropped. I heard Joe Patton say that the whole island was breaking up-that was just a's I gave the jump. I suppose I might have heard a lot more if it had only been safe to wait." "Which it wasn't most decidedly. But let's get back to Edith. She worried a lot abo1:1t you, and I tell you wh,at it is, Young Klondike, I was glad myself to see you come ashore." When they got back to Edith they found her examining a bit of birch bark with close attention. "Another letter from Big Eagle!" she exclaimed. "I found it stuck in a hole in this tree. Strange we didn't see it before." "It cel'tainly looks that way/' said the detective, "and I say let's accept it tha. t way and hold back." There's a full moon to-night about half-past eleven." "You're right." "We'll wait. De-pend upon it, we shall hear from Big Eagle then." It was a long, dreary job to wait there on the shore for so many hours, but this was the occupation Young Klondike's party found themselves engaged in from that time on until the sun went down. They kept in among the bushes out of sight, but there was never a moment that someone was not watching the island. The watch was not all in vain either, although the sum of their discoveries did not amount to much. Several times they saw Joe Patton come out on top of the rock with a glass, and look long and earnestly up the lake, but he never seemed to see what he wanted. Each time they could see him shut the glass angrily and then disappear. Toward sunset-that was between ten and eleven o'clock-he remained watching for as much as half an hour, and there were two others with him. Then darkness settled down over the island and they were seen no more. They are expecting someone," said the U nlmown. "Know what I think, boys?" "Can't imagine," replied Dick. "On the other hand I can imagine anything," said Ned, "but I would rather hear Zed speak out for himself." "Can you make anything out of it?" asked Dick. "Not a thing, but maybe Ned can." Ned tried it after he told his story to Edith. "They are in the same fix we are in; they are ex-The picture was a puzzler. pecting someone." It represented three men and one woman tied to"Of course. That goes without saying." gether with a rope. "Someone in boats I mean. The idea is this. It's Behind them was an Indian holding the end of the only part of the gang which attacked us. They've rope, and evidently pulling on it. Over in one corner got friends further up the lake, and they've sent for was the island; the water of the lake was represent-them to come down and bring boats so as to .carry off ed by wavy lines. Behind the island the moon was I the gold." seen rising. It seemed very reasonable. The detective argued It was the most puzzling of all Big Eagle's letters, the gold diggers had but one boat, and Ned scratched his head over it in vain. which had been used to take their party over to the "What in the world can it mean?" demanded the island, and that the gold had been buried simply beUnknown looking over his shoulder. cause they were unable to carry it any further. "I'll blest if I know,'' replied Ned. "Yet it We may well mention right here that the Unhas a meaning, of course. It must, let me think-let known had hit the truth. me thmk-oh, I have it By gracious, it's as plain It had now grown dark and the whole party were as print. Look here, Edith." anxiously waiting for the appearance of Big Eagle. At half past eleven the moon rose, but it was soon "I'm looking," said Edith, "but I can't make anything out of it." "Why, it's this way; here's an Indian; that's Big Eagle, and these four figures are intended for us." "Oh, I saw through that at the start." "Very good ; now, what is the Indian trying to do? Holding us back, ain't he ?" "Of course, he is !" cried Dick. "That's it. He wants to hold us back till the moon rises-there you are." "Just as sure as you live." lost in a cloud bank a little later, and the whole sky clouded over and it began to look as though another storm was close at hand. "Confound that Indian, why don't he come?" ex claimed the Unknown. "I'm getting tired of this long wait. By the Jumping Jeremiah, I want to be up and doing. 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-YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. 27 "There! What's that?" exclaimed Edith, pointI Then he took up the paddle and began to work the ing off toward the big rock. "Ain't that a boat boat over to the island, making almost as good head-coming now ?" way as if he had been using a pair of oars. "Hang me if it ain't," cried the detective. "Look, "Ain't you afraid they'll see us?" asked Dick. Ned!" "Wouldn't it be better to lie down in the boat?" "I see !" replied Ned. "He's coming! I felt sure "Young Klondike boss' friend, no fret," replied Big he would!" Eagle. "How men can see when eyes shut, huh?" A small boat had just come into view around the "They are all asleep ?" asked Ned. point of the island. "Yes, boss. You know what deydid at New Bon-There was a solitary figure in it; whether he was anza? Dey put Young Klondike boss -and him friends an Indian or white man it was hard to say, but cerall asleep. Big Eagle put dem all asleep-ugh!" tain it was, whoever the man might be he was paddling "Hello, Big Eagle I Have you taken to chlorothe boat toward shore Indian fashion, and seemed to too?" cried the Unknown. "Well, if you be heading directly for the place where Young Klon-ain't the slickest Indian ever I did see !" dike's party were. "Ugh! What big hat chief talk about?" grunted Soon they were able to make out Big Eagle, and the Indian. "Me no know. Me know every plant they now knew that they had not put confidence in and every tree dat grows. Me habe stuff to put white the Indian in vain. men to sleep too. Me wait. Me put it in coffee, den "We shall soon know all a bout it," said the detect-dey drink it-ugh ive. "Give me a hack at that boat and I'm over Big Eagle took a small bottle out of bis pocket and there whether Big Eagle says so or not." shook it. It contained a brownish liquid, which cerA low whistle was soon heard, and the Indian tainly was chloroform. Big Eagle explained that catching sight of them waved his hand. it was distilled from a certain plant which grew in Ned responded to the signal, and Big .Eagle brought the tundra swamps, and that any one drinking it the boa.t skillfully in under the bushes and leaped would sleep sound for hours. ashore. "Good, boss!" he said. "You come. Good! You trust Big Eagle. Good! You get him lettershuh ?" "We got three," Ned replied. "That's why we are here. What's tile news, Big Eagle? We have been waiting for you for hours now." "Me tell Young Klondike boss, heap news. White squaw over dere !" "We know it." "Bad men dere, too ; gold diggers White Chief Patton, boss-you know." We know," replied Ned. What's to be done, Big Eagle?" "What's to be done? Look, Klondike boss Big Eagle hide over dere. Big Eagle watch. Him s e e you come! Too soon. No, wait till dark night. Now de time. All come, and we help little white squaw, and den Big Eagle show you where Patton chief hide gold." "Good for you, Big Eagle, but we know that al ready," replied Ned, "but we go with you, just the same. If we can rescue the white squaw we'll never forget you. Big Eagle will not be sorry he helped me.'' The Indian grunted. He wanted no reward, he said. he had done and was about to do he did out of gratitude for what Young Klondike had done to him. "We'll get right over there," said the U nlmown. "There has been time enough wasted in talk. We'll go now.'' Big Eagle was ready. As they entered the boat he explained that it belonged to Joe Patton, that he had swa.m over to the island and had been hiding there watching his chance to get possession of the boat. It made the Unknown decidedly nervous to hear him tell it in his emphatic way. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I shouldn't care to live in the same house with that he whispered to Ned. "If he took a notion to do us up in the night what show would we have-just none at all." Soon after this they reached the island, going ashore on the other side where Ned did not succeed in getting on his previous trip. As soon as they had landed and the boat was se cured, Ned began to question Big Eagle about the way of getting up on rock. "Me show you," replied the Indian. "Dere two ways now. When rock break den dere come another way. All hollow in here, Klondike boss. We no don't have to go up on the rock. "If we 'no don t have to' then we do have to," thought Ned, but he told Big Eagle to lead the way and do just as he ple a sed. The Indian, pressing his finger against his mouth as a sign for silence, Jed off around the shore to the place where the rock had broken down. Hush he whispered. "No talk now Dey all in dere asleep. Follow me." They peered through the opening in the rock but could see nothing, it w a s so da.rk. "Get out your revolvers, boys,'' whispered the detective, "and I'll do the handcuffing. I've got cord enough in my pocket to tie up a regiment. You'll see me take my man." "Hush! Hush !" breathed Big Eagle again; "no can go in if heap talk.' "Go on," said the Unknown, who was not to be silenced so. "Go right on-we'll do the rest."

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28 Y O UN G K L ONDI K E' S NEW BON ANZA Big Eagle grunted in a dissatisfied way and led on l Patton and began io tie his hands together at the into the cave, if cave it could be called. wrists. After a few steps they were able to see that the "Here, give me some of that cord and I'll help you opening in the island took up almost its entire space, do it," whispered Ned. "Dick, you stand by to help that the rock was a mere shell and a very rotten one Big Eagle down with Jennie. I suppose she is at that, for the whole surface of the ground was drugged like the rest." strewn with fragments which had fallen down from They had secured Patton and West when Big Eagle the walls. came down the ladder carrying Jennie in his arms. Ned could not see anything of the gold diggers as "The poor child!" murmured Edith. "Here, give yet. her to me, Big Eagle! It's a shame !" In a moment they came into the middle of the open "No, no! Me carry white squaw, no can," said space, and to the surprise of all there stood a rude the Indian, and he pushed his way on out of the hut. log cabin which had been previously concealed by a "We'll take Patton with us, and then come back pile of rocks. for West," said the Unknown. "Lend me a band "There! There !" whispered Big Eagle. Now here, Young Klondike. We'll carry him out in just you see, white squaw in dere-everybody in dere; two shakes." you take white squaw, Klondike boss?" They picked up the leader of the gold _diggers head "Take her now and let the rest go." replied Ned. and feet and ran him out of the hut. "Not much!" said the detective. "I'm going to Meanwhile Big Eagle laid Jennie down close to the take my man or bust." opening in the rocks where Edith was bending over "We want Jennie first," said Edith. "Quick, I her. Ned! Get her and take her out on the shore." I "No be troubled, white squaw," he said; "she They crept up around the open door of the hut, and come back; she wake up all right; one hour-mebbe peered in. two ; all right, dough. You see." There were only about a dozen men there, and these "We want West," said the detective, laying Patlay sprawled about the floor in every direction, just ton down. Come on, Big Eagle! Lend me a as they had dropped after drinking the drugged cofhand." fee. They returned to the hut then, and Dick remained The rest of the men had gone up the lake in two with Ned and Edith, for in spite of what Big Eagle other boats which they kept here on the island, which said they were not a little worried about poor Jenfor a long time had been their principal hold out. The nie. idea was to bring down the remainder of the gold "It will be all right," said Ned. "See, she is sleepdiggers' gang, for Joe Patton's intention was to quit ing quietly enough. Of course, if she drank the coffee French Gulch altogether. she had to come in for the drugging with the rest. It was about time, too. The crooked operations of Big Eagle can be relied on; there is nothing to worry these men had made them notorious. Honest miners about, I'm sure." -and there were plenty of them in French Gulch-But Edith was worried; she rubbed the girl's hands hated the gold diggers with a deadly hatred. Their and called her name many times, and tried in every operatfons against the unfortunate Mr. Mcintyre way to arouse her. were well known, and even now a strong party had She was still trying it, when all at once a report been organized against them and were hunting them like thunder rang out upon the still night air. among the hills. "The rocks! There's going to be another cave-in!" Such was the situation although Young Klondike gasped Ned, springing to his feet. and his friends did not know it; their interest now He was barely in time to see what happened. Dick was to rescue Jennie Mcintyre who was not to be and Edith bending over Jennie did not see at all. seen. Again the sound made itself heard, and before any" Where's the white squaw?" whispered Ned, as one could make a move the rocks came crashing down they entered the hut. about their heads on all sides. Big Eagle pointed to the loft. The rotten shell which formed the upper part of the "Me get her," he said. No touch these men. island had collapsed from some unseen cause. N 0 wake." The shock was terrible. With a thunderous roar "Who says so?" growled the Unknown. "I the rocks fell all about them, but yet by a wondoriul want Patton, and I mean to have him. I want that coincidence not a hair of their heads was harmed. fellow West, too." When it was all over and the vast cloud of dust No\v it happened that the Unknown knew Jack raised had in a measure subsided, Young Klondike West and bore an old grudge against him. To found himself penned in on all sides. have captured these two men the detective would A cave had been formed by the falling fragments. have been willing to run any risk, and Ned knew it They were prisoners in the rock. was no use to try to hold him back. Big Eagle ran up the ladder, and the Unknown, whipping out a lot of strong cord, bent over Joe

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. 29 CHAPTER XII. THE LAST OF THE GOLD DIGGERS' GANG. "NED! Oh, Ned! What has happened?" Poor Edith could scarcely find words, her alarm was so great. Ned flung his arm about her and Dick caught her on the other side. "We can only die together!" breathed Young Klondike. "Be brave, Edith! The worst may have happened or it may be still to come." They stood there motionless listening to every sound. There were crackings and groanings ; now and again a big bit of rock would come crashing at their feet. Then a fragment would seem to collapse alto gether and come down as a shower of dust. All at once they heard a dismal cry beyond the walls of their prison. "Young Klondike Young Klondike By the Jumping Jeremiah! Are you still alive?" It was the Unknown! Remember, he was on the other side of the fallen rocks, but Joe Patton, their enemy, still lay there sleeping calmly at Young Klondike's feet. "Alive, yes! Alive and kicking!" shouted Ned. "We're all right in here; how is it with you?" "Nothing the matter with me, dear boy, except that I can't get at you." "And Big Eagle ?" "All right-all right !" they heard the buck's deep bass voice growl. Have the rocks fallen in there?" "They've fallen all around us. There are a dozen ways open to "the shore now." "Heavens I wish there was one open for us, then," groaned Ned. "We are penned in here, and upon my word, I don't see how we are ever going to get out." It was indeed so. The situation was most alarming. Four great masses of rock had fallen together, much in the way that a child might pile up cards to build a house. To move them was quite impossible; to get out from between them without moving them equally so, and yet with all the horrors of a lingering death star r?_ng them in the face, Young Klondike was perfectly cool. "Zed Oh, Zed !" he called. "Hello replied the detective ; "what can I do for you, dear boy?" "Lend a ha.nd on these rocks. We'll push and you and Big Eagle pull. We must force our way out of here." "It's sure death, dear boy. If they should fall on you-what then?" "We must take our chances. We can't stay here to die." "Do it, Zed," said Edith, calmly. "It's a terrible risk, out it must be done." It was easy enough to say it must be done, but Young Klondike had proposed a task to the detective that he could riot 'perform. They might as well have tried to move the side of a mountain as to move the rocks, and yet moved they must be or death would be the certain result. "Zed !" called Young Klondike. "Oh, Zed!" "What is it, dear boy ?" "We must have help here." "We must, Ned." How is it to be done ?" "There is only one way, and that is for Big Eagle and I to go back to the New Bonanza and bring up our men." "Go!" "And leave you here alone ?" "Hardly alone. There's company enough." "A lot of dead men now, but they may be lively enough before we get back." "Will be, I suppose, but we can't help that." "And you can't help it if they try to pull the rocks down on you." "Remember we have their leader here. Will they want to kill him? Hardly, I think." "Then we shall go !" "Go-yes. Go now! Our lives depend upon it. Go!" "I'm gone!" cried the Unknown. "Heaven grant that you may be here all right when we return." It was a lonely sound to listen to those retreating footsteps, but it was lonelier still after they died_ away. DuriI]g the hours that followed Young Klondike suf fered agonies of suspense, for poor Dick was deep in the dumps. Dick could not see how the rocks were ever to be moved no matter how many came to help. It was all that Ned and Edith could do to keep his spirits up as the day wore on. And as the evening drew near the Unknown had not returned. Meanwhile, the drugged gold diggers slept on peace fully . Twice Ned thought that Joe Patton was going to wake up, and once the fellow actually did turn over, but it was only to sleep on sounder than ever, and after all it was one of the men in the hut who woke up first. Ned could hear him stirring about, hear him more distinctly when he began to-shout to his friends a.nd try to arouse them. Then another and another woke up; then, at last, all seemed to be awake. Their surprise at the changed situation of things :was great enough, but the greatest surprise of all seemed to be to know what had made them sleep. "What in thunder can it all mean ?" they heard Jack W estsay again and again. "Has there been an earthquake? Were we all knocked silly? Where's Joe?" These were the questions. Then it was shouts for Joe, and they could hear the fellows i unning all around the island talking and call!

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, --------. 30 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S NEW BONANZA. ing; nobody even seemed to think of the big pile of fallen rock, and Young Klondike and the rest kept as still as mice, for they had no wish to have their hiding place discovered now. Suddenly there was a wild shout, and all the men seemed to run in one direction. 'Their friends have come at last," said Ned, and so it proved, for as they listened they could hear their talk on the other shore. The boats were there now, and after a little the gold diggers went away in them. In spite of the increased danger of their presence on the island, it was lonely to hear them go. Ten minutes had scarcely elapsed when a sharp firing was, heard off in the lake, followed by wild shouts. '"What's that?" cried Ned. "An attack!" echoed Dick. "It's the Unknown and our crowd." The shouts and shots continued for a few moments, and then all was still again. "What can have happened?" exclaimed Edith. "Are they never coming? Oh, Ned, what's that?" It was a fearful .sound, a slipping, sliding noise. One of the big rocks was slowly going down. "Heavens! We are lost!" gasped Ned, and even as he said it the rocks fell all around them with a resounding crash. Fell, yes, but fell outward instead of inward, as Young Klondike had fea:red. "Free! Free!" shouted Ned, throwing up his hat. "Free and safe Here comes the Unknown Look Look!" The change of fortune had all come at once. It was like being suddenly snatched from death into life, for now all was clear out to the lake and the last vestige of danger had passed. The lake was full of boats and canoes-there were as many as twenty, and in advance was the boat Big Eagle had taken with the Unknown, Big Eagle him self and three of the Frenchmen in it, coming up the lake. "Hooray for Young Klondike!" bawled the Un known, throwing up his hat. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, they are all safe!" Safe, yes-safe from all danger now. The rocks had fallen and left Young Klondike's party unharmtid. The gold diggers were all prisoners to a man; captured in their canoes by the band of sturdy miners, who had been tracking them for a week, and who had started across the lake after them in canoes, just in time to pounce on the gang. The Unknown arrived at the right time to be in the fight, and it was he who captured Jack West, but he was too late to help Young Klondike and his party. They needed no help now. All's well that ends well they say, and Young Klondike came out of these terrible trials first best. The men who had been left on the shore to come over to the island on the second trip never got there, for Young Klondike and the others soon joined them, and there was a glad reunion all around. The gold was dug up and taken back to the New Bonanza, which mine is still being worked by Young Klondike, and very profitable it has proved. The gold diggers were taken down to Dawson and run out of the country. It is said that they went back to Juneau and Joe Patton went with the rest. Death will be the penalty if they return. Jennie Mcintyre recovered from the effects of the drug while in the boat on her way to the shore of the lake. Great was her surprise on learning what had hap pen ed. For a while the girl remained with Edith, but later on she married a respectable miner, to whom she had long been engaged. With all of which comes the end of our story, but if a .ny of our readers want to know more of the doings of Young Klondike and his friends, let them buy the next issue of this series, which is full of stirring ad ventures from the first page to the last. It is entitled "YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH TRAP; OR, LOST UNDERGROUND." t I I

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