Young Klondike's deep sea diggings, or, Working at the mouth of the Yukon

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Young Klondike's deep sea diggings, or, Working at the mouth of the Yukon

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Young Klondike's deep sea diggings, or, Working at the mouth of the Yukon
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issue d Semi-1lfonthly-By Subscription Sl.2.5 p e r year. Entered as Second Class Mattei at the N e w Yoik Pos t U.Uice, by Frank Tousey. No. 19. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 23, 1898. Price 5 Cents. 'Have you struck it?" cried Dick, leanin g over to hav':l a look. "Eureka!" cried Young Klondike, holding up a nugget as big as a cocoanut. "Struck it, yes'. I've located the deep sea diggings; there's barrels of nuggets where I found this."


Stories of a Gold Seeker. Issued Semi-Monthly-By $1.25 p e r year. E11tered as Second Class .Mntter at the New York. N. Y., Po .. t Of!ic e March 15, 1898. Entered acco1di1117 to Act of Congress in the 11ear 1898, i 1 t J'e o.t!ice of the Lib1arian of Congress, I I 'ashington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 19. NEW YORK, November 23, 1898. OR, BY AUTHOR OF YOUNC KLONDIKE. CHAPTER I. HUGO, THE DIVER. THE little town of St. Michaels, Alaska, situated near the mouth of the Yukon river, is a place which previous to the great gold discoveries in the Klondike country was known only to a few whalers and fur traders. It is a small collect.ion of houses located on an islaud of the same name some few miles east of the mouth of the river. At the present time it has become a place of much activity, as all steamers bound to and from Dawson City, make it point, although it lies considerably out of their course. In the early fall business t.ook the now famous Young Klondike to St. Michaels. With him was Dick Luckey his partner, and Miss Edith Welton, the young lady whose life he had saved from a wrecked steamer on his first voyage out to the gold diggings. That mysterious individual who always accom panied Golden and Luckey in all their travels was there, too, an_ d in making this allusion it will be of course understood that we refer t o the little detect-ive who passed under the name of the Unknown, for the wa.nt of a better; for, strange as it may seem, although Young Klondike had been associated with this man now for a long time he did. not know his name, the same being a secret which no amount of coaxing was sufficient to prevail upon the Unknown to reveal. courtesy, but not having come to St. Michaels to do the social act, took means to cut "the visits short. Bright and early next morning-and that was somewhat before daylight, for at this season the sun is a late riser at St. Michaels, Young Klondike and his partner left the hotel and went down to the waterside. They carried a lantern to light their way along the muddy street-there had been a heavy rainfall the day previous-and as they walked among the rude log huts which lie along the water front, they flashed its light up upon the signs. ''It ought to be here somewhere, Dick," remarked Ned, "but I'll be hange d if I can see it." "Same with me," replied Dick, "and yet this is the direction we had." "Shall we go in somewhere and inquire?" "I wouldn't, if I was you. The less attention we attract the better." "I suppose that's so. Everybody is watching us, of course, and I don't care to have anyone get on to my business, if I can help it." It looked by this very much as though Young Klondike was bound on some secret mission that morning. In a certain sense this was the case. Not that this very successful young main was of the secretive sort, for he was nothing of the kind, but simply that he did not want all the worJd to know what he was doing, and the attention of the entire mining world in Alaska was attracted to him just then. The boys walked on a little further, and taking a turn came to a log house built close down to the water's edge with a wharf running out beyond. The arrival of the famous firm of Golden & Luckey at St. Michaels created quite a furor, and all the big guns of the town promptly waited upon the travelers at the long log house, which in St. Michaels is called the hotel. Over the door was the sign "Hugo Sargentisch." There was no explanation of Mr. Sargentisch' s business. The name indicated that he was a Russi a n, but then one cannot tell in Alaska, where therP a re received all with his customary I often bright young Americans bearing Russian na mts, Young Klondike I


2 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEEP SE.A. DIGGINGS. the descendants of the old Russian families in Sitka : for the great Arctic Whaling Fleet. Ev-ery year some and other coast towns. of the whalers are pretty sure to get nipped in the "This is the place !" exclaimed Dick. ice in the fall, and very often the ships are sunk up in "You're right," said Ned. "There's no one around the Kotzebue Sound, or wherever they may happen watching us either. Shall we go in?" I to be, their sides being stove in by the ice." "By all means. That's what we have come for." "Then you come in." Ned knocked on the door, which was soon opened "Then I come in, as you say. I go up there, and by a stalwart young fellow in his shirt sleeves, wear-raise the oil, and recover whatever may be of value ing a sealskin vest and smoking a clay pipe. on board." There was something so bright and energetic in "Is there business enough of this sort of thing to his whole appearance, that Young Klondike and his keep you going?" partner were attracted to him at once. "In the sprmg I always have plenty to dv. The "Are you Mr Sargentisch ?" asked the former. rest of the year I am in other lines; fitting up whale" That's my name, sir. I think I have the pleasure ships with whatever they may need, coopering up of addressing Mr. Ned Golden. I saw you last night their casks, and doing a general business. In fact, at the hotel." you may safely call me a Jack-of-all-trades, for that's "Probably you did. I wa.s there. Mr. Sargentisch, what I am." this is Dick Luckey, my partner." "Then I take it you are not busy now?" Partner Dick and Mr. Sargentisch shake hands; "Not at all. 1It ain't time for the whalers to come then they walk into as singular a looking room as down-won't be1 these three weeks." Ned had ever seen. "Could I engage your services as a diver ?" It was a regular divers' den, so to speak. "Certainly." There were divers' helmets on shelves, and divers' "And the pay?" suits of all kinds hanging from wooden pegs. Hugo named a remarkable price. Against the wall was a cabinet of curiosities. "I'll double that on one condition," said Ned, There were whales' teeth beautifully carved by the I promptly. Haida. and Tshim-Sohian Indians, with painted masks "Which is what?" and great wooden idols of hideous appearance, the "That you keep the whole affair a profound work of the same strange people. Altogether the secret." room looked like a museum, and Young Klondike "I do that with all my engagements. I don't want could not help so remarking as they went in. to rob you, Mr. Golden. I am satisfied to receive Mr. Sargentisch smiled. what I asked." "Well, yes; I have done something in the collect"And I am sa. tisfied to give the higher and ing line," he said. "I've been gathering these things 1 propose to do it," said Ned. "The undertaking is a for many years." dangerous one; moreover, I shall want to go down He then motioned his visitors to be seated, and myself, and that will involve you in extra trouble and added: risk." "Now, then, what can I do for you, gentlemen? I'm at your service. I see you have come on ness and not merely to make a call." "Well, that's right," replied Ned. "We are here for business. You do deep sea diving, I am told?" "That's in my line." "We want to employ a diver. I have been recom mended to you." "I think I can safely say that I'm the best diver in St. Michaels, without blowing my own horn," said Mr. Sargentisch, "for the very excellent reason that I'm the onl r one." "Is that a fact?" "It is ; if you want work done under the sea, it's Robson's choice. You'll have to take Hugo, the diver, or the job alone." "Is that what they call you?" "Yes; everybody knows Hugo, the diver." "I shouldn't think the business would pay here?" "Well, it wouldn't, right here in St. Michaels. Where I make my money is further north." "I don't think I understand." "That's because you are not acquainted with our St. Michaels business. You see this is the station "The risk will be yours. Remember, the tempera-ture of this water runs very low." Do you think you will be able to stand it?" "I'm going to try." "That suits me." "Then I will not refuse your liberal offer. I will do my best. I suppose you will not object to explaining the nature of the work?" "Not by any means. I presume you are aware that I am in the mining business up in the Klondike country?" "Everybody knows Young Klondike," replied Hugo, with a smile. "We have been fairly successful, and I have madea study of placer mines and the conditions under which they occur. I have figured it out that--" Slam! Bang! All at once there was a frightful clatter at the door, which flew open, admitting a man who was too drunk to stand, apparently. He gave a whoop and went sprawling on the floor. Hugo, the diver, sprang up in a rage. "What do you mean by this, Judd?" he exclaimed. "Get up out of that, you drunken brute Don't you


.. YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. 3 know better than to come tumbling in on me like mouth of the Yukon, what do you mean? How did this when I am talking to these gentlemen?" you get them ? What's theirhistory? Naturally He seized the fellow by the collar and jerked him I'm curious to know." to his feet. "Easily explained," replied Ned. "They were "One of my men," he explained. "A gooa enough given me by a man who used to work for you?" fellow when he's sober and a splendid diver, but un"For me ? What was his name?" fortunately given to going on drunks." "Jack Ricketts." "He seems to be on a pretty big one now," re"I ber him well. He was a diver from San marked Dick. Francisco; a worthless fellow. We couldn't get "He certainly does. Shall I fire him out, or would along at all." you mind if I tumbled him into the bunk and let him 1 "I should think it very likely. He is dead." go to sleep?" "So?" "Why, put him in the bunk by all means," said "Yes." Ned. He's too far to be any hindrance to us. What happened him ?" Inside of two minutes he'll be off asleep. "He was killed in a drunken row." So Hugo, the diver, picked up the drunkard, and "I always said it would be his end." threw him into one of the bunks built up against the "I was able to do him a favor once, and after he wall of the hut. was shot I took him into my house at El Dorado creek The man, with a sleepy grunt, lay motionless. and took care of him until he died." Apparently he was off asleep already. "And out of gratitude he gave you those nuggets, "Now, then," said Ned, "sit down here and I'll and told you he got them at the mouth of the explain what this business is." Yukon?" They seated themselves at the table, and Young "Yes-claimed to have taken them out of the sand Klondike drew from his pocket a small paper parcel. in a hundred feet of water when he went down to help This he opened and spread upon the table three 1 you bring up the strong box out of the cabin of the golden nuggets a s big as potatoes. J. J. Dunlap two years ago." What Where did you get I "He was the liar on the of the earth, them?" cried Hugo, the diver. that's what Jack Ricketts was!" said Hugo, bring" They came from the mouth of the Yukon," re-ing down his fist upon the table with great emphasis. plied Young Klondike, "and what I want of you is to "Then there is no truth in the story ?" help us get more of the same sort." "I know nothing about that. I only tell you what "If they are there I can do no mistake." the man's character was." "Then you're the man for my money," cried Young "Was there such a ship as the Dunlap?" Klondike, "and don't you make the mistake of think"Oh, yes She w a s wrecked at the mouth of the ing we won't be liberal with you in case we succeed." Yukon, near Duck Island. I had the contract to bring It woul

...... 4 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. the small creeks and rivers gold is invariably found l Minnie and run down to Duck Island any time you up in the Klondike, a correspondingly greater deposit say." lies in the bed of the Yukon and is constantly being "Well, I say as soon as possible. How long will swept out to sea." it take us to reach Duck Island?" "That sounds to be a very reasonable theory." "If we start this afternoon at sundown, we ought "It is a reasonable theory; and in my judgment to be there by sunrise to-morrow." it is a correct one." "That's the talk. It will be bette r than putting And you think then that the place to the in the ni ght on the island. Consider it settled. If greatest deposit is-at the mouth of the Yukon?" any money is needed, you can draw on me for what" yes." 1 ever you want." "But the Yukon has many mouths ; there are I !he ?eing now concluded, the conversation dozens of islands there." drifted mto divmg talk generally "I know that, and the water surges around these \ Hugo explained what would h a ve to be done and islands, shakil1g up everything it carrie s with it; how to do it. . therefore just beyond the islands is the place to look Perhaps h alf an hour w a s m this .. for gold, for there the tendency must be to settle So mterested .were Young Klond1ke and Dick, and, d et b r tt sure to get mdee d, Hugo himself, that none of them ever looked agam, an any nugg s wi e p e y down to the bottom as quick as they can, owing to tow.ard the bunk or gave the drunken a thought, tl ht until all at onc e Hugo sprang up, exclaimmg: ieir weig "Where's Judd?" "It certainly sounds reasonable, but then I'm no Wh e ou gli' . ., e r e sure n diver. . The bunk was empty! don t have to be a m order to W atching his opportunity, the man had slipped stand it; you can sec yourself it must be true. out and mana O'ed to leave the house unob serve d. "I suppose it is, but wouldn't the undertow carry If he h a d b:en cauo-ht a t it Judd would have b een th ld ',l" l b ego on drunker than ever, but in asmuch as h e was 11ot "Very likely, but some would be pretty sure to caught, he turne d up p erfectly sober outside. find its level, especially if there should happen to be As soon a s h e w a s s a fe l y out of the hut, be ma de a depression in the bottom, and that's what Ricketts his w a y to on e of the low est s a loons in St. Michaels, declared is the condition of things where the Dunlap which happened to b e right around the corner. As went down." h e turned the corner he r a n into a little m a n, wear" Very likely he's right about the gold; I know he ing a plug hat and big military boots; they came to-is about the ship." gether with such that the little man nearly went Oh, there is such a depression then ?" down. "There certainly is." "Gee whiz! Young Klondike's friend!" gasped "Then that stamps his story as true. I want to Judd, bene ath his breath. prove it, and am willing to pay all the bills." If the little man heard him say this he did not show Hugo looked at Young Klondike admiringly. it; he seemed tremendously angry. "Well, you're the kind of fellow I like to see," he "Who in thunder are you trying to run down?" he exclaimed. "There ain't one man in ten thousand sputtered. "Can't you look where you are going, who would have the courage to go down at the mouth you clumsy fool?" of the Yukon this time of year." "I couldn't that time-no!" growled Judd. Or any other time, I reckon," laughed Dick. "I "well, you'd better next time, or I'll let you in for doubt if there is one man in ten thousand who would I something you won't like?" be willing to go down in a diver's suit at all." "Such as what!" snarled Judd, stopping and sid" You're right there," said Hugo, "but of \ ling up to the little man in a ruffianly way. my remark referred to those who would be willmg "Such as this!" cried the little man, suddenly to go down under suitable conditions. You are deter-twisting his leg between Judd's two legs, and trip-mined to do it, boss ?" ping him up. "I certainly am if I can get your help," replied "There you are Learn to be civil, or by the Jump-Ned. ing Jeremiah, I'll give you another lesson," said the "You can count that as settled." l little man, and he turned the corner and hurried "Very good. Now about the apparatus; can you away. furnish it?" Judd swore terribly and then entered the saloon. "I can furnish everything." He recognized the little man as the Unknown, the "In the way of diving-suits, air pump a.nd all that detective who always went about with Young Klon-sort of thing ?" I dike. "Yes." A man less shrewd than the Unknown might not "How about a boat?" I have heard his ren:iark, or hearing it might "I've got as pretty a little schooner yacht of my I not have thought it worth his while to pay any atten-own as ever you laid your eyes on. We can take the tion to it.


.. \ YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. [j But the Unknown was as sharp as they make 'em. [ He both heard and heeded, and said to himself as he turned the corner : If he is so blame sure of my being Young Klondike's friend and so surprised to meet me, why, then, 1 he must be Young Klondike's enemy-that's plain." The idea seized him the instant he heard the remark. His dodging around the corner was only a ruse. Giving the man Judd just time enough to move on, the Unknown had his eye around the corner of the log house. He saw Judd go into the saloon, and immediately determined to follow him. This wa.s easier said than done, for the Unknown was a person of striking appearance. But he was also a man equal to any emergency. Nearby, on the same street, was a Jew clothing store, quite a shop in its way. The Unknown was inside in a twinkling. I want so and so, and so and so," he said, "and I want to leave my hat and boots here till I call for them. Can I do that?" "Certainly you can," replied the Jew, and he pro duced the articles in question. The Unknown had completely changed his appearance in a few moments, and he finished the transformation by putting on a false beard of his own. "Think anyone would recognize me as the same man now?" he asked of the Jew. "Never." was the reply. "You are a detective, perhaps?" "Perhaps." "I saw you talking with a man on the corner just now." "Yes. Tell me who he is and what you know about him, and there'll be five dollars storage on the things rm going to leave." Whep the Unknown went out of the clothing store, he knew all about Judd. He had the man down as an expert diver, but also as a drunken loafer who could not keep straight so long as he had a cent in his pocket. "That fellow means no good," thought the Unknown, as he entered the saloon. He remained inside a long time-long enough for Ned and Dick to entirely complete their business and return to the hotel. When he came out at last, Judd was a few moments ahead of him, and now actually drunk. With him were two hard looking characters. "That's all right," Judd said at parting with them. "I'll lay down to the island and watch my chance. If we can capture the girl and run her into hiding somewhere, we can easy make Young Klon dike pay a hundred thousand dollars to get her free." Had Young Klondike's plans been betrayed to an enemy? It certainly looked very much that way. CHAPTER III. OFF ON THE MINNIE. "SHE looks to be a good boat," said Edith. "I don't know really that I ever saw a prettier yacht." "She's a daisy," replied Ned, who with Edibh and Dick had come down to Hugo's wharf to look at the Minnie. "See what a complete little cabin she has, everything neat and trim, and every chance for a good night's sleep, and to cook a decent megJ. I say there's no doubt that we can be almost as comfortable on board the Minnie as in our own house at Young Klondike.'' Now this was saying a good deal, for the house at "Young Klondike," as Ned's camp on El Dorado creek was called, was quite a model in its way. "When do we start ?" asked Edith. "About four o'clock." "But it will be getting dark then." "Of course. Hugo is perfectly familiar with the way. He says he is just as able to navigate the Min nie to Duck Island in the dark, as in broad daylight." "Do you suppose he is?" "Personally I haven't a doubt of it." "Then by all means let's go. I'm thoroughly tired of that horrid hotel, and shall be only too glad to get into the cabin of this neat little yacht." "If our expedition proves a success, Miss Welton, the name of my yacht is to be changed,'' said Hugo, coming up behind them at this instant. "And what shall you call it?" asked Edith, blush-ing. "The Edith." "The Minnie sounds better." "I don't think t>O. The name wasn't of my choosing; it belonged to the yacht when I bought her in Juneau last year, and I should prefer to have the name changed as a remembrance of an expedition which I feel sure is going to prove a most agreeable one if not the huge success that our friend Young Klbndike hopes." "It will be a success, and I'm sure of it," said Ned. "I'm going to run the provisions right down now, Hugo. We shall be on board by lialf-past three and we can start promptly at four, providing my friend shows up." The allusion was to the U nlmown, of course. He had been missing all the afternoon. Shortly before four, however, he put in an appear ance. He came sauntering down on the wharf just as though he had known all about the sailing of the Min nie, when as a matter of fact he knew nothing of the arrangements Ned had made. "Hello Where in thunder have you been all this time ?" exclaimed Young Klondike. "Oh, just knocking about town," replied the detective, coolly. "What about this boat? Are we to go off on a cruise ?"


.... ----a-;r -,_ 6 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. "That's what, but you haven't been knocking about Not that he had any special reason to be, yet so it town for a cent ?" was. "Who says I haven't?" Martin Toner had been a claim broker in Dawsen "I say so. Dick and I have .looked for you everyCity, and a more worthless swindler never disgraced where. St. Michaels ain't so large a place that we the metropolis of the Klondike. could miss you very well." Through Young Klondike's exertions he had been The detective gave one of his chuckling laughs. run out of town, and warned neve r to return. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, you may find out This was a year before the op ening of our story. sooner or later that I've been attending to your busi-When Toner left Dawson he swore vengeance on ness a.swell as mine, dear boy," he said. Young Klondike, and it began to look now very much "Anything up?" as though he intended to keep his oath. We'll see." We'll keep a sharp eye out for him," said Ned, "Better explain. I see you've got something on after a few moments' thought.-"Let him get the your mind." l l best of us if he can. How do you know they mean to But the detective was not in an explaining mood. follow us in another boat?" Ned and Dick saw this at a glance, for they knew "Because I heard them say so when I was shadowhis peculiarities well, so they did not press him for ing them in the saloon." further information then. "That's good evidence. You don't see anything of Shortly after a large quantity of provisions were them, though?" brought down to the Minnie, and Young Klondike "Not a thing. I've been watching sharp, too." :md his party busied themselves stowing them away "There's a sail now!" cried Dick. on board. From behind one of the many islands among which Meanwhile, Hugo. had loaded on \.he diving-suits, they were passing, a sail h a d suddenly come in sight. air-pumps, grappling irons and everything which Looking back, our friends saw a small but sub-seemed likely to be needed for the expedition. I stantial yacht standing toward them. It was half-past four when the sail was run up, and "There's no doubt that it's Judd," said the dEtect-the Minnie catching a favorable breeze glided off ive. "We must see what Hugo will say to this." into the North Sound. Hugo called their attention to the yacht at the same The Unknown sat in the stern looking shoreward instant. as they moved away, and remained in the same posi"I see it," replied Ned. "What do you make of tion for fully fifteen minutes. it?" "What are you looking for?" demanded Ned at "It's the Twihght." last. One would think you were leaving your best "And what's the Twilight?" girl behind you, old man ?" "The only other yacht in St. Michaels besides mine "I'm w atching for the other boat," replied the de-that amounts to anything. I c an't imagine who has tective, quietly, "that's what I'm about, dear boy." her out." "The other boat-what other boat?" "Ever use her yourself?" asked the Unknown. "Come closer, boys; I've got a story to tell, and I ? "Lots of times before I bought the Minnie. It don't want Edith to hear." bothers me to think who can be on board." The Unknown, in a low voice, then related what They w atched the yacht for a short time longer, had occurred. and then it grew so thick that she was lost in the Ned was greatly disturbed. mists. "Why, it must be that scoundrel who played drunk "It's going to be a nasty night," said Hugo. in Hugo's house," he said. I ll "Th t' h t d bt dl ,, d t L d t t "You d better get down mto the cabm, boss. a s w o i was, un ou e y, sa1 ,he e ec T . I l k h ft N d 1 t d th d t "D 't t keep a lookout for the w1hght. don t i et e ive, a er e re a e e mc1 en on men 10n ,, th. t H idea of her being at our heels for a cent. d U/:!'ho., I t t h' f 11 ,, Ned said no more then, and they all went into the n w y can rus im u y. "Perhaps." cabm. "I'm sure of it." He felt inclined to leave the whole matter in the "And I'm sure of nothing but death and taxes. I hands of the Unknown, who had it, and seemed say don't mention it to Hugo. We'll keep our eyes to be the proper person to carry it through to the open and paddle our own end. "Very well; I don't insist. Who are these men, Not a word was said to Edith, for they did not want though ?" to worry her unnecessarily. "The man who hired Judd is the notorious Martin Never guessing of the plot against her, Edith was Toner, of Dawson City, Young Klondike. I don't busy. preparing supper, which was soon ready, and think I need go any further than that." they all sat down to eat. Ned gave a prolonged whistle. I Half an hour later Hugo was called down for his The detective had named a man who was his bitter supper, and Ned took his turn at the wheel. enei:'ny. j "Seen anything more of the Twilight ?" he asked,


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. 7 as the master of the Mmnie was about to leave his [ able to make himself heard. "Why didn't you call post. I me ?" "Caught a glimpse of her once. She's keeping to "One is enough," replied Hugo. "I did call, and the westward of the islands, it would seem." Mr. Luckey responded. He's doing the lookout act "What does that mean?" all right." "That whoever is running her don't want us to see Ned made his way to the bows and took his station him." beside Dick, who exclaimed: "Oh, that's tt, is it. Then we are being fol"Hello, Ned I thought you were sound asleep." lowed?" "So I was a minu1 ; e ago, but I am wide enough Hugo rubbed his chin and looked puzzled. awake now. By Jove, this is a highly interesting "It certainly looks so, but I can't imagine who 11 state of affairs !" would do it," he replied. "It's tough, but Hugo says it won't last long." "How about thatfellow, Judd? Mighthenothave "It's to be hoped it won't; what time is it?" been playing 'possum, and overheard our plans?" "Near five o'clock." "There's certainly that chance." "Thunder! Then I must have slept all night. "Is he up to it? Could he have any idea of makDidn't think I'd been in bed an hour." ing us trouble?" J "That's what's the matter. We ought to be at Ned watched Hugo's face attentively as he an-Duck Island inside of an hour, Hugo says." swered. "Hope he knows his way through all this whirl. "He ain't smart enough to do it himself; but he's I'll be blest if I see how he can tell where he's going." mean enough to sell out the information to others, if "He says he can. He seems to be as cool as a cu-there's anyone to buy." cumber. I've been expecting we'd run into some Certainly the diver spoke with every appearance of island every minute, though!" honesty. Disregarding the Unknown's caution Ned "Are we right among the islands?" went a step further. "Yes. We're at the mouth of the Yukon now. "Do you know Martin Toner?" he asked. You know what a mass of islands it is?" No; Hugo did not know Martin Toner. He had "Certainly I do. I don't see how be ever expected never heard of any such person. to avoid being run a .shore-by thunder, there's one So the conversation dropped, and Hugo went below. now! We're running right into it !" During the time he held the wheel Ned saw nothing "Land on the weather bow !" roared Dick, as a of the Twilight. dark mass of rocks suddenly made itself visible It grew darker and darker. There was every ap-1 through the ahead. . pearance of a storm. Hugo worked his wheel and the Mmme went skim-Yet there was nt> great wind. What there was ming along close to the ledge, against which the sea blew from the northeast, and was carrying them to-was breaking with thunderous noise. ward their destination. "Light ahead!" cried Young Klondike, all in the When Ned turned in Hugo prophesied a quiet same instant. night. He thought a storm might be at hand, but It was most sta.rtling. he was sure that it couldn't come before morning. In a moment a bright light shot across their path "By that time we ought to be safe at Duck Isl-and they beheld a yacht charging head on for another and," he declared, and he added that in his judgment ledg-e of rocks, which until now, had not been seen. there was no cause for alarm. "Great Heavens! It's the Twilight, and she's a All hands turned in at the same time that night, goner !" shouted Hugo, springing up in great excitefor Hugo declared that he needed no one to help him ment. on the watch. At the same instant the yacht struck the ledge and Along toward morning Ned was rudely awakened keeled over. by having his head banged against the partition. There were three men visible on the deck at the The Minnie was laboring in a heavy sea. time, and one, losing his balance, went over the side He sprang up and looked over at the sofa where as the Twilight ground against the rocks, righted, Dick had lain down and saw that it wa,s vacant. and then glided off into the darkness, and was lost The littlti state-room door, behind which Edith was from view. sleeping, remained closed, and the Unknown was snoring in his bunk. Hurrying on his thick overcoat and a hat, Ned went on deck. CHAPTER IV. Hugo was at the wheel and Dick was on the watch forward. DIVING FOR NUGGETS. The weather had changed co:inpletely, and the Min nie was running through a violent snow squall under "HELP, help Save me !" close reef. It was a dismal cry which made itself heard through "What's all this, Hugo ?" shouted Ned, barely I the storm.


8 YOUNG KLONDIKE"S DEEP DIGGINGS. Ned could see the poor wretch struggling in the I He refused to make a move for himself until Judd's water distinctly enough, for Dick seized the bow Ian-case was attended to. tern and threw its light down upon the water. Between them he and Dick carried the now uncon" Look out for me, Hugo I'm going to save that scious man down into the ca,bin man!" shouted Young Klondike, and waiting only to They stripped off his clothes, rubbed him down with throw aside his coat and hat, Ned plunged into the whisky and put him in Ned's own bunk, and it was water, calling to Dick to keep the light upon him as all done so quietly that neither Edith nor the Unhe went. known were aroused. It was as brave as it was foolhardy-just that, and nothing more. Not one man in a thousand would have done it to save the life of his best friend, and here was Young Klondike doing it to save one whom he had every reason to believe was his enemy. Judd seemed very grateful. He recovered con sciousness almost at the start, and thanked Young Klonaike again and again for what he had done. "I shall never forget it-never!" he said. "You won't be sorry for this, boss-no, you won't-that's me." But this was just the sort of fellow Young Klondike 1 "Go to sleep. I'll talk to you later on," was Ned's was. reply, and he proceeded to attend to his own wants, That dive into the icy water sent a chill through which were becoming pressing, for by this time he him which would have brought death to many a was chilled to the bone. stronger man. A good rub down with a coarse towel and dry But Ned could swim like a duck, and was perfectly clothes soon put him all right again. at home in the water. Hugo wanted him to take a drink of whisky, and When he came to the surface he saw the man close sent down his own fl.ask by Dick, but Ned only laughto him. He was swimming feebly and still calling for help, but the yacht from which he had fallen was nowhere to be seen. Not so the Minnie, however. Hugo and Dick had no idea of letting Young Klondike drown. Hugo handled the yacht with great skill, and b ought her around so that she was but a few feet away from Ned when he seized the drowning nrnn by the coat collar, and with his powerful grip, forced him away. "Keep off! Keep off! Don't grab me, or I'll let you go!" he shouted, and then, in the same breath, he called to Dick to throw him a rope, which was ed at the idea. "No healthy man needs whisky," he said, "and I thank God I've got my health. I shall be all right just as soon as I get into dry clothes." By the time the Unknown woke up Judd was soon asleep and snoring. It was now half-past six. The storm had cleared away, proving to be only a squa ll, as Hugo had said. Ned and Dick were on deck, watching the ever changing scene with intense interest. The Minnie was still running between the islands at the mouth of the Yukon, where no one but an expert pilot could have guided her, but Hugo was all of that. "We shall be at Duck Island inside of twenty min utes," he was just saying, when suddenly there came done. a shout from the cabin below. The man seemed to be half stupefied. He did "By the Jumping Jeremiah, who's this?" called the just as Ned ordered him to do. The rope was Unknown, tumbling up on deck. passed under his arms, and Dick and Hugo had "Rattle him a bit, Ned," whispered Dick. little difficulty in pulling him aboard, where he fell "Who's who?" he asked aloud down on the deck, puffing like a grampus, while "That fellow in Ned's bunk Where the mischief Ned, without any other help than his own hands, did he come from?" came climbing over the side. "You must be off," laughed Ned. "Who should be "By thunder, you're a brick, Young klondike !" in my bunk but myself, and you see I ain't Lhere." cried Hugo. "There ain't another man in St. "Come now, come now! You ain't there, but that Michaels who could have done what you did. Don't fellow Judd is." believe I could have done it myself, and all for the "Have you got 'em again, Zed?" chuckled Dick. sake of this drunken scoundrel, too." "How in thunder could Judd get into ;Ned's bunk?" "Who is he?" asked Ned, shaking himself. The Unknown pulled off his plug hat and struck it "Judd?" against the rail of the yacht. "That's who he is." If Judd ain't sound asleep in Ned's bunk then I'll "I thought so, as near as I could make out down eat my head !" he exclaimed. "No use talking to there. Better get his clothes off or he'll peg out. me or trying to fool with me. Something has hap-He seems pretty well used up as it is." 1 pened, and I've slept through it all." "And how about you?" cried Dick. "We don't "You are right," said Dick; "something has hap-wa,nt to see you pegging out. Hustle your clothes off pened, and he went on to tell of the strange occur-just as quick as you can." rences of the night. But Ned only laughed at this caution. "It's just like Young Klondike," declared the Un-


YOUNG KLONDKIKE'S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. known; "but you'll find it's a case of snake warm-! Klondike," he said. "I should be a dead man now ing. What does Hugo say?" only for you." "Nothing about the plot, for he don't know." "You've nothing to thank me for," replied Ned, "Don't tell him. It will do no good. We'll keep quietly. "What I did for you I would have done for our own counsel. What does Judd say himself?" anybody, but we would like to know a little more "Haven't asked him. He was in no shape to talk about this affair." last night." "You can't ask me to tell anything that I won t "Leave it to me, then. I'll attend to that part of tell you, boss. What is it that you want to know ?" the business. We are going to see more of the Twi"There's the man who will ask the questions," re-light, boys, and don't you forget it. I must keep a plied Ned, pointing to the Unknown. sharp lookout. Trust me." "Yes, sir; tha.t's what I'm here for," said the de-Half an hour after that Edith came on deck, and tective. He wondered if Judd recognized him, but if the story had to be gone over with again. he did, he showed it by no sign. While they were still telling it, Hugo ran the Min"It was the Twilight," said the man. "We were nie into a little bay and dropped anchor. running down to Russian Island. It was a S<:urvy "Duck Island," he cried. "Here we are at last!" trick they played on me to desert me the way they They could not have had a better morning for their did." landing if it had been made to order. "Who's going to Russl'an Island, and what in The atmosphere was as clear as a bell, and the ternthunder are they going for?" demanded Hugo. perature singularly mild and balmy. "Some gents what hired me. I don t know what The isla_nd which was about two mil es in_ circun_ife:-I their names are," growled Judd. "Let this here enc e was JUSt a great rock covered with light soil'. rn I gent question me all he wants to, Hugo! It ain't which grew a few stunted trees among the dried any business of yours that I know of." grass. "This settles it b etween you and me, Judd," said Choosing a favorable spot near a running stream, Hugo, angrily. "You'll never work for me again." Young Klondike's party proceeded to put up the "Well, what's the matter? Can't a man do a tents, four in number, good, strong affairs, capable little business on his own book, say?" of resisting a good deal of weather. "I'm wlfl.ting to get a chance to speak," said If it proved necessary to stay any length of time, the Unknown. "Perhaps you ll tell me what you it was Ned's intention to put up a portable house and expected t o do at Russia n Island, Judd?" make everything comfortable, but there was no ne"I was going down." cessity for it while the weather remained as it was, "By which you mean diving?" and a run back to St. Michaels would be needed be"Yes." fore it could be done. "What were you going to dive for? Was it pearls, As soon as the tents were up and such goods as or sunken treasure, or your friend's false teeth that were needed had been brought ashore, Edith began he lost overboard, or a diamond{ing, or--" to prepare breakfast over a good built by Dick, "Come, now, you are m:tking game of me, boss?" for there was plenty of dry wood lying around. "Who says so? I'm in dead earnest." They were just sitting down to breakfast, when "No nonsense," saidNed,seeingthattheUnknown Judd appeared on deck. was not likely to make the least headway. "What "Hello, there !" be called. "Come and take ine was it, Judd ?" off! I don't want to stay here!" "Well, I don't know. They wouldn't tell me." "Swim over if you want to come," retorted Hugo. "A likely story," sneered Hugo. "We're busy now." "It's true, though. They hired me to go down, and "Ain't I in it? Ain't I going to have something to I was to know what for when I got there, that's eat?" growled Judd. a .ll." "Oh,.we'd better take him off. What's the use of And it proved to be all so far as Judd was con-leaving him there?" said. Ned. "Treat the man cerned, for he positively wouldn't tell any more in civilly." spite of all the questioning of the Unknown,_Hugo "Do as you like," replied Hugo, "but he's got to and Ned. give an account of himself. I want to know more "What did I tell you?" said the Unknown, dra wabout this business of the Twilight, and I mean to do ing Ned to one side. "We've got a tough subject to it, too!" deal with-you can see that." It was the first remark Hugo had made about the "Better let him alone. He can't do us any harm, matter since 1;ihe night before, and he left his break-now. We are a blessed sight safer with him in the fast, pulled the small boat out to the yacht, and camp than we were when he was on the yacht." brought Judd into camp. "I suppose we are, but all the same it don't seem The diver seemed very grateful for what had been just right to have him know all our business." done for him. "He knows it now, don t he?" He went right up to Ned and held out his hand. "Well, he does." "I want to thank you for saving my life, Young "Then I say go right ahead. It can't be any


I 10 Y OUN G KLONDIKE' S D E E P S EA DIG GINGS. worse. Of course we shall keep a sharp watch, and 1 he said. "She struck right here in a fog, and stove we'll be ready for the Twilight if she comes." a fearful hole in her bow. It was as ugly a wreck Hugo joined them just then ::i.nd had his say. as I ever saw." "Boss, I don't like this," he began. "There's I "Anyone lost?" asked Edith. something wrong about Judd. He's a crook, anyway, "All hands," replied Hugo. and ought to be made to tell what he knows." "Is the water deep here?" asked the Unknown, "How are you going to make him?" asked Ned. looking over the side "Give it up. Have you any enemies in St. "About one hundred and twenty-five feet," re Michaels?" plied Hugo. "It's deeper off there, and whe n I saw "I suppose every successful man has his enemies." the wreck she had worked out that way." "You know something't telling." "ls it all sand?" asked Ned. Perhaps I do, but you needn't worry about it. If "That's what it is; and the sand is always shift worse comes to worse, and we find ourselves with a ing. Upon my word, I can't credit the idea that it's fight on our hands, 1 suppose you can fight, too?" going to pay anybody to work it for gold, even if "I'll fight for you to the death, just as I would for I there happens to be any there." any man who means to use me square, as I be-1 "I don't expect it to pay. That ain't my idea at lieve you do," sa'id Hugo, emphatically. "That's the all." kind of man I am." I "What is your idea then?" "Then we'll g-o right ahea,d. Are you prepared to "Why, I'm doing this for the benefit of science go down to-day ?" I want to be able to prove that there are big wash-" It would be a mistake if we didn't go down to-day. ings 6f gold down the river. It will be a satisfac-l'm sure we couldn't have a better one." tion to know this, if nothing else." "That's what I was thinking. Where do you "Question is whether the game is worth the suppose Ricketts made his dive?" candle." "Why, I know the exact place where we went "I think it is. I have plenty of money to spend, down to the Dunlap, of course." and I'm willing to spend it this way." "Is the wreck there now?'' "Which being the case, I'm sure I've no objection "Undoubtedlv, if she hasn't broken up." to offer," sa. id Hugo, laughing, and he began m aking "But; do you" suppose she has broken his preparations to go down. what I mean." The air pump was put in place and Hugo sbowe<.l "Impossible to say. It's soon settled though. Ned how to work it. Then the diver proceed e d to "By going down?" don his rubber suit and helmet. "Yes. Edith was immensely interested, but no more so "You are ready to try it ?" than the boys, for this was the first time they had "Any time." seen a n1an "go down And this conversation was the forerunner of the As soon as all was ready, Hugo dropped over the start at the work. / side and disappeared in a twinkling. Inside of half an hour Hugo had made a ll his All waited breathlessly. preparations, and everybody except Judd went Not a word was spoken, for Ned had to give his full aboard the Minnie attention to the pump. "You can stay and look after the camp. We are For a moment or two there was no movement of going out to the ledges,'-' Hugo remarked to his the signal line. former employee. Then it was vio lently agitated, and Ned knew tha,t "Are yo u going down?" asked Judd. I Hugo was about to come up. "That's our business, not yours. A moment of suspense followed. Then Hugo's hel Now, looker here, Hugo, you needn't be so grouty met appeared above the wa.ter, and he signaled to be about it. If you are going down, I should think you'd helped on board the Minnie, in response to which Dick want me to work the air pump. I understand the and the Unknown at once lent a hand. business a n d these fellows don't. " Well, you won't much out of this deal "Oh, don't you fret yourself. We can manage it 1 Young Klondike," remarked Hugo, as soon as he got well enough. I'm done with you, Judd, till you can h i s helmet off. explain how you came to be on board the Twilight-"What's the matter?" demanded Ned that's flat. "Oh, it's just a hopeless thing. There's no trace Judd turned on his heel and walked away. of nuggets in the sand down there. I only wish you He seemed very :1llgry, and Ned was not .itt all sat-could see it for yourself." isfied with Hugo's way of handling the man, but he "Perhaps I shall before I get through. Did you did not care to interfere. see the wreck?" Hugo now ran up the sail and worked the yacht "No, I didn't; the wreck seems to have shifted its over to a group of ugly ledges a fe w h u nd r ed yards position. This i s where one went down before, but I away from island, dropping anchor there. 1 can't get a sight of it now "This is the place where the Dunlap went down," ''How far can you see down there?"


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. 11 "Oh, lt ain't easy to see for any great distance "That's interesting," said Hugo; "then it seems under water." I'm fooled." 'Then the wreck might be within a stone's throw "That's 0what's,the matter." of you and you not be a ble to discover it?" "I'll go down again now. I ain't going to give it "Decidedly!" up so." "I don't see anything to be discouraged about. Hugo was gone longer this time than before. All you have to do is to try it again." j Edith began to feel de9idedly alarmed for his safety, "Oh, I'm not discouraged at all; it ain't that. I and even Young Klondike, who had the greatest conexpect to go down as many times as you want me to. fidence in Hugo's ability to take care of himself under I'm only giving you fair warning not to build too water, heartily wished he would come up. muich on hopes of success." / AU at once they got the signal, and next it was "I got that warning from you before we started in Hugo himself. on this deal." "I'm dished!" he exclaimed, when they got his "I know it. I'm not sure that you appreciate it, though." I fully understand it, don't you worry. When are you going down again?" "Right away. we'll move a little further to the wi!stward. I have an idea thq,t the wreck has shifted that way." Of course you can't do much walkiug on the bottom from the yacht," said Edith. "I should think you'd go down from the boat and let us row slowly along while you explore." "That's to-morrow's work," replied Hugo. "We'll do that when we come to make a regular hunt for these deep sea nuggets, but I can find the wreck readily enough from the yacht, and it makes it all the more comfortable for you." After a little further talk, Hugo went down again. He hardly had time to touch the bottom, when Ned got the signal to pull up. Hugo had something \n his rubber glove when he c a me to the surface, and as he waved his hand they it glitter. "Gold!" cried Dick. "He's struckit at last." He handed it to the Unknown as they helped him aboard. Quartz rock bristling with gold," cried the detective. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, we're getting there at last." He passed it over to Ned who burst out laughing, and he was still at it when Hugo's helmet came off. "How's that?" demanded the diver. "There's a big ledge of that stuff down there. I managed to bteak off a piece. It's all alike." All alike worthless then," replied Ned. It's only fool's gold." "Iron pyrites?" "Exactly." "Ye gods and little fishes, no That's surely gold!" exclaimed the Unknown, seizing the specimen from Ned's hand, and examining it again. "It surely isn't," declared Ned, positively. "It's yellow pyrites and looks enough like gold to be the genuine article, but it's nothing of the sort." "What then ?" "Only sulphur "And worth nothing?" "Nothing at all." helmet off. If there are any nuggets in these deep sea diggings I can't find them." Here was a discouraging a nnounceT.ent. It began to look very much as though Young Klondike's great expedition in search of deep sea diggings had failed. CHAPTER V. YOUNG KLONDIKE'S RICH STRIKE UNDER THE SEA. "BY the Jumping Jeremiah, anybody but you would be ready to drop on this, Young Klondike," was the Unlmown's remark, when they all returned to Duck Island for dinner; "but I suppose you 'have no idea of doing anything of the kind." "Not the faintest," laughed Ned. "We've only just begun, as you know very well. Why, I haven't been down myself yet." "Are you really going down, Mr. Golden?" asked Hugo. "I certainly am. You haven't seen my divingsuit nor any of my traps." "That sounds like business." I mean business." "Ever been do\vn ?" "Never." "Humph!" "Don't sneer at a heginner. I had never dug for gold until I came to the Klondike. I think I may say I've made a fair success out of that." 1 "It's a very different thing from diving. That's a \ taught you, Hugo?" \ "Oh, I taught myself." "I thought so. You can teach me." "Better not begin your studies this time of year, boss." Hugo gave this advice earnestly enough, and was quite sincere in it. But Young Klondike wouldn't listen. He determined to begin his diving lessons that very afternoon. They ate dinner and prepared to return to the ledges. The man, Judd, meanwhile made himself quite


-l2 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. agreeable. He seemed a quiet sort of fellow, natur-Dick bad his boat alongside when the helmet came ally, and without being asked he took right bold and off and everybody bad a great deal to ay, congratu relieved Edith of the cooking and constituted himself lating Ned on the coolness he had shown and the com-servant to the party. plete success of bis first dive. I may as well be useful as well as ornamental, "Never saw anyone take so naturally to it in my Hugo,''" he said. "Seeing as I'm here I prefer to life,'' declared Hugo. "By gracious, Mr. Golden, I work." believe you'd make an expert diver in a month's After dinner they returned to the ledges, leaving time, but if I was you I wouldn't try it again to-day." Judd behind on the island. "Indeed I shall," replied Ned. "I'm game for an-This time they did not go out on the yacht, but took I other try as soon as I get my breath." the two small boats which had been brought along Ned stuck to his purpose and went down four times for this very purpose. before he gave it up. In one the air pump was placed; Hugo, Ned and The fourth time the anchor was drawn up and Ned the Unknown went in that. walked quite a distance on the bottom, the boat folDick and Edith pulled out in the other more to see lowing his movements. what was going on than anything else. He had now grown pretty well used to it, and ex" We'd better get further along the line of the perienced no disagreeable sensations. ledge," declared Young Klondike. "My idea is that His object was to turn the corner of the ledge and the constant rush of water from the Yukon ha.s get round on the other side, in the hope of finding the worked the wreck out seaward; perhaps it may have wreck. buried it in the sand." The move was a complete success. Ned walked "It's very likely, still we m?. y strike it. I think boldly forward, descending a slope as be turned the your idea is a very good one, boss." rocks. "You pick out a good place, Hugo." Instantly he beheld the dark outline of a ship be" Well, if you want my idea of it, I say right off fore him. It was the wreck of the Dunlap. He could that big rock where the sea is breaking." read the name on the stern. "Isn't it rather rough there?" The ship lay over against the ledge, and seemed to "That's only on the surface. It ain't a bit rougher be in very perfect condition. than any other place underneath." Ned made no effort to board her, but contented him" All right; we'll try it right there, then." self with taking a careful view of the situation. "You're bound to go, Ned?" asked the Unknown, He saw that he was standing on the edge of a deep anxiously. depression in the bottom. If the wreck had not. lodged "Yes, I am! Don't say another word about it. where it had, it mustbave dropped to a depth of fully We've discussed that point to a finish, you know." fifty feet more, for it seemed at least that distance to This was true enough; the matter had been fully the bottom of the depression. talked over. J As to the circumference of this big hole, for it was When Young Klondike made up his mind to do a nothing more, Ned could only guess at it. He did n-0t thing, he did it; there was no turning him. attempt to descend then, for he was beginning to feel was made ready; the boat was anmuch oppressed, but a deep sense of triumph filled his chored and the depth of water ascertained. mind. It was just such holes that he was looking It proved to be a little over a hundred feet. for. Ned got into the diving-suit as coolly as if diving Ned had been reading up mining matters attentively had been something he was long accustomed to, and for some time past. He felt certain that if he was to when Hugo put on his helmet and given his last infind his deep sea diggings anywhere this was just the structions he boldly went over the side. place. The first rush down brought tremendous sensa-He gave the signal and returned to the boat, but tions; ringing in the ears, curious tingling feelings in said nothing of his latest discovery. the hands and feet, and terrible oppression when the There was great enthusiasm when he told about the I I bottom was reached. wreck. Seconds seemed like minutes, but little by little "By gracious, you're a wonder, Young Klondike," I Young Klondike grew used to it, and was able to look declared Hugo. "Still, I expected this. I said around him through the window in the helmet. you'd find the old Dunlap. Luck seems to run your He could see rocks and sand, and then all at once a way." big fish flew past and another came and seemed to Hugo went down then and boarded the wreck. stare in at the window of the helmet, as though won"I don't believe she's shifted much,'' he declared, dering what sort of strange creature was inside. when he came back into the boat. "My opinion is But it seemed a perfectly hopeless case to look for that I've made a mistake in my position. I don't be gold here among these sands, and after moving about lieve the ship has moved twenty feet." a bit along the base of the ledge Young Klondike This was still more satisfactory to Young Klon ga ve it up, and attending to the weights gave the dike. If Hugo was correct in his idea, then Jack signal to be drawn up. Ricketts must have gone down at this very point.


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEEP SE.A. DIGGINGS. 13 That night Ned dreamed of deep sea nuggets, which I and experienced no more difficulty in breathing or was not at all strange. handling himself than he had done when above at The night passed quietly and another pleasant I the wreck. morning dawned. When he came to the bottom he peered about curi. Judd was up busy at the fire preparing breakfast. ously. He was standing on a broad, level stretch as Ned bade him good-morning pleasantly and went smooth as a floor, and over the surface was strewn to call Hugo. He was much concerned when he found oddly-shaped objects of a dull, dirty yellow. Eagerly the feeling decidedly sick. Young Klondike seized one. "I must have caught cold," said Hugo. "My head It was gold aces terribly, and I'm as stiff as an old man." 1 The paying out of the air tube had ceased now, and Ned at once decided that there must be no diving there was still twenty-five feet to spare. on Hugo's part that day, and he said so, but he was "Is he all right? Do you think he's all right, determined that the work should not be delayed. Zed?" cried Edith, who was growing more and more Accordingly, right after breakfast, the boats went J nervous every moment. out to the ledges. "To be sure he's all right," replied the detective. "I can go down just as well without Hugo's help j "Why shouldn't he be? Ned knows well enough as w!th it," declared Ned. "I'm up to the business how to handle himself, although I tell you what's a now. The Unknown can help me with my helmet and fact. I wouldn't stand in his shoes not for a thousand work the air pump all right." dollar bill." "It's a great shame that I can't do something to "Then you don't propose to go down?" asked help," said Dick. Dick. "That's right," added Edith. "Dick and I seem "You bet I don't." to be doing all the heavy looking on." "l do, though. If this dive turns out all right I'm "Why, there's nothing else for you to do," replied going to try my luck next time." Ned. "For that matter, you needn't come at all un"It will turn out all right, and don't you forget it. :ess you have a mind to." I feel it in the bottom of my boots that this trip down But neither Dick nor Edith would hear to anything into the deep, deep sea is going to be a success. If of the sort. They were both determined to be on the you don't believe me why-thunder! There comes the spot when Ned went down. signal! The boy is on the rise." 'l'he same point was chosen, and Ned soon found The Unknown began to haul in on his air tube. himself dropping into the deep sea again. Breathless ly Dick and Edith watched, and after a By this time he had become pretty well used to the moment Ned appeared above the surface, clutching sensation, and knew exactly how to handle himself. something in his rubber glove. He was soon standing alongside the wreck. He caught hold of the boat and motioned to the Now came the difficult part of it. Unknown to remove his helmet, which tb.e detective He must descend the slope and make the bottom of immediately proceeded to do. the hole. "Have you struck it?" cried Dick, leaning over to But Ned had prepared for all this. The air tube had been lengthened by fully seventy-five feet, and the Unknown had his instructions. Dick, who knew nothing of Ned's intentions, was greatly disturbed when he saw the tube suddenly begin to pay out. "What's the matter?" he cried, bringing his boat alongside the other. "Is there anything wrong?" "Nothing at all," replied the Unknown, quietly. "But look at the air tube." "That's all right. Ned is simply going down deeper-that's all." "You are sure it's all right?" asked Edith. "Perfectly sure. That's what we lengthened out the tube for-Ned expected this." Edith h eld her breath as the tube continued to run out. It seemed an awful situation to her. Most heartily did she wish that Ned was safe back in the boat again. But Ned was not wishing for anything of the sort just then. He was full of enthusiasm. It seemed to him that the fulfillment of his hopes was at hand. The descent into the hole was gradual, and easily made. In a few moments Ned was at the bottom, have a look. "Eureka!" shouted Young Klondike, holding up ::\ nugget as big as a cocoanut. "Struck it-yes I've located the deep sea diggings; there's barrels of nuggets where I found this!" CHAPTER VI. JUDD PLAYS A TREACHEROUS TRICK. IT would be difficult to determine which was the most excited at Ned Golden's startling announcement, Dick or the Unknown: "Is it really so? Is the game really worth the can dle?" cried the detective, as he handled the nugget. "Do you know I can scarcely believe it yet?" "Straight goods, though," laughed Ned. "Let me see it I haven't had a fair look myself." The nugget was broken and mixed with quartz, as most big nuggets are, .but it was not rough on its edges like those worked out of the ground. On the contrary, its edges were smooth and pol-


, 14 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEBP SEA DIGGINGS. ished, and showed plainly its contact with the sea. It was decided that Ned and Hugo should go down The. gold had a reddish shade, and did not altogether together. resemble the gold of the Klondike. A basket was attached to a long rope and Hugo un-As Ned studied it, he made up his mind that it dertook to take it down with him. It was to be filled must originally have come from some other place. with nuggets if they were successful in finding the "And are there really plenty of them down there, place. Ned?" asked Dick. Ned was first down. He struck in by the wreck "Thousands upon thousands. They are scattered and walked down into the hole as before. all over the bottom of the hole." There were the nuggets lying scattered all about Ned gave a full explanation of what he bad discov-him just as he had seen them the day before. ered. There were many thousand m sight, and as far as "It's a big thing," said the detective. "We ought the eye could reach in that obscured light they were to form a company to work our deep sea diggings, still visible. right away." Ned looked around for Hugo, but he was not to be Which I never shall do," replied Ned. Of course seen as yet. there would be money in it, but think of the capital Suddenly a shadow was thrown across his pa th, necessary to work this find on a large scale, and the and looking up he saw Hugo and the basket coming trouble and botheration it would involve. No, sir, down directly into the hole. none of: that business in my plate. We can hang on Ned wondered what he thought of it all, but,. of here till the weather changes and get up what we course, there was no such thing as seeing his face. can. Then I go back up the river to Dawson City. For a moment Hugo stood motionless, turning 1.his Anyhow we want to catch the steamer due at St. way and that, studying the situation. Michaels this d a y week. If we don't we are liable to Then he pointed to the basket a,nd signaled to the be left over until next spring, and that wouldn't suit Unknown, who was working the other end of the line me at all." to pull it up a little. "Let me go down and have a look," said Dick. The detective responded to the signal all right, and "I'm dying to try my hand at this thing." they soon had the basket breast high and both ivent "Not now," replied Ned. "You'll have to begin to work to load it up. small, same as I did. I don't believe you could ever Ned wondered if the Unknown was going to bn n ble stand it, to go down into that deep hole." to pull it up, they filled it up so full. He would ll:i.vt But Dick was determined to try it, and they were stopped, but Hugo was determined to go ahead. obliged to let him have his way. When the signal was given, up went the basket. as He failed to get further than the wreck, however, easy as possible. It is hard to realize that weights and soon gave the signal to be hauled up again. are less in the water than the air. "That will do for a starter," he said, when Ned Young Klondike and Hugo did not follow the took off the helmet. "To-morrow I'll t .ake another ket immediately. It had been arranged to sig11al look at it. I shan't rest till I get down to the deep each other if either desired to ascend, but Ned felt sea diggings, that' s sur perfectly comfortable, and saw no reason for going They now returned to the island, and surprised up. Hugo by a sight of the nugget. Presently the basket came flying down again, bal" Upon my word, I never would have believed it," lasted with stones which bad been brought out from declared the diver. "There's no use talking, Young the island for that purpose. Klondike, you are a wonder! Everything you touch These were speedily tumbled out and the work of turns to gold." refilling began. "I don't talk through my hat, anyhow," replied Four times the basket went up before Ned began to Ned, triumphantly. "There's plenty of gold down feel even the slightest oppression. there, Hugo, and my theory has been proved c.orrect. After the fourth load he gave Hugo the signal, and We must get up at least enough to pay expenses, they ascended to the boat. but I believe we can do a great deal more tilan that. Dick was fairly wild over the success of the work. It's my opinion that this little expedition of ours is "This is the easiest mining yet !" he cried. "No going to pay handsomely. After we leave the deep trost fires, no digging. Nothmg to do but to pick up sea diggings belong to you, and you have my full the nuggets. Why, there must be ten or fiftnen permission to work them for all they are worth. I thousand dollars' worth here already. This is simpl.' shall never bother Duck Island again." immense !" Judd saw the nugget and lis uened to all the talk as It was about all the two boats could safely carry, he sat smoking his pipe on a rock near the tent, but and they pulled over to the island at once. he never said a word. Judd met them on the shore in a high state of ex-There was no more diving done that day as Hugo citement. continued to feel poorly, but next morning the dh'er I "You don't mean to say that you got all them was all right and they were early at the ledges and of the sea .?" he cried. work on the deep sea diggings began in earnest. j "That's just what we did!" replied Hugo. "You


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. 15 never did any such profitable diving as this, Judd, and you never will:" "Who says I won't!" growl ed Judd. "Ain't you going to let me in on this deal?" "Well, hardly," said the Unknown. "Consider ing what I know about you, Mr. Man, you ought to be mighty well satisfied that we've treated you as well as we have." "What do you know about me? What have I done?" "I'll take a day off and tell you," laughed the detective. "Meantime look out that you keep your fingers off this gold. Judd made no reply, but fillmg his pipe walked sulkily away. There was mischief in his eye, and the detective ought to have seen it, but the Unknown w::,s too much interested in nuggets just then to pay very much at tention to Judd. After dinner they went out to the ledge aga'in, and managed to secure another boat load of nuggets be fore nightfall. It was now apparent that they were going to be able to load down the } ;acht with all the g old it was safe to carry in her, before the end of another day. Nothing could have been more successful than this venture M the deep sea diggings. "We'll carry a hundred thousand dollars back to St. Michaels with us," declared Ned. "Hugo, you shall not only have your pay, but come in equally with us on the deal." I "And where do I come in?" asked Judd, who sat "'Cause I was cold and wanted to warm myself." ''That isn't the reason." "Who says it isn't?" I say so." "And I say it is." "That fire is a signal?" "Who would I be signaling, boss? who tried to drown me? I guess I fool." ,,, Them fellers ain't such a Judd seemed to sleep peacefully enough all that night, but the Unknown remained constantly on the watch. It was a waste of time. He might just as well have gone to sleep, for noth-ing unusual occurred. / Next morning Judd went about his work as usual. Hugo a.nd the Unknown both questioned him about his conduct the night before, but could not get much out of the man. His replies were surly and unsatisfactory, and they had to give it up. "Dick and I will stay and watch," said Edith; "the rest of you can go out to the ledges same as usual. We are not.any actual use there, anyhow, so it won't make a bit of difference. We'll be on hand if Judd tries an)r tricks." \ This arrangement wa.s accordingly carried out, and Young Klon<'ike, with Hugo and the Unknown, went out to the deep sea diggings again. Both went down and the Unknown undertook to run the air pump and basket. Nuggets were as plenty as ever in the hole, and the basket was almost full when all at once Ned felt the signal line violently jerked. Something had happened. The Ur.known was call "You don't come in at aJl, but you come o\it at the ing him up. in front of the tent smoking at the time, and overheard this remark. little end of the horn," laughed the Unknown. Ned's heart ceased to beat, for he thought That night when it came time to turn in, Judd was . that the trouble must be with the air pump. . He immediately motioned to Hugo that he was goDick discovered it_ first, and they got and ing to rise, and attending to the weights went shoot to the island over for the as it was I ing up through\the water, and was soon in the boat. quite that he could have left it unless he He could hardly wait for the Unknown to get off drowned himself, and nobody cared to go to sleep with the helmet in his anxiety. the mystery unsolved. "What'-s the matter?" he asked but he knew be-They did not succeed in finding Judd, but they did fore the Unknown could answer. fin? the of a built on the furthermost The yacht was moving away from Duck lsland. pomt of the island. under full sail. They had seen the light of this fire when they started out, and of course, went directly for it believing the man to be there. "That's a signal," declared tbP. detective. "He be lieves his friends to be cruising about here somewhere and he wants to let them know where he is. When they got back to the camp, there was Judd sitting in front of the tent smoking his pipe as usual. "Where in thunder have you been?" demanded the Unknown. "Taking a walk," growled Judd. "Did you light that fire over on the point?. "Yes, I did." "What for?" "Treachery!" cried the Unknown. "That's Judd's. work Heaven help Edith-she's aboard!" CHAPTER VII. CHASING THE MINNIE. "GET up Hugo instantly We must follow the Minnie without losing a moment !" ''Work's begun and half done," said the as Young Klondike gave this hurried order. "Ned,. we never ought to have done it-'twasn't tight!"


16 Y O UNG KLONDIKE'S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. "Done what?" going to cut up one of the tents and use tp.e pieces for "Left Edith and Dick exposed to that treacherous sails. If one blows away on us 1ve'll have others to fellow alone. I knew what he was. I shall never immediately put into its place. Zed, you look to the cease to blame myself if anything serious occurs!" tent and make the sail while I rig up the ropes." Something very serious had occurred and there was "A splendid idea!" declared the detective. "We're clearly no time to talk about it. going to get there, and when we do, let Judd look Indeed the Unknown was not wasting time. He out." worked as he talked., "Don't count your chickens before they are hatch-Already he had given the signal to Hugo and a ed. We'll make a big try for it, though. Don't you moment later the diver joined them in the boat. forget that." He was wild with rage when he what Judd They were on the island a few moments later. had done. Not an instant was lost. From that moment the Unknown dropped his sus-Hugo seized the ax and went to work to make a picions of Hugo, and as they hastily pulled away from mast; the Unknown tackled the tent, and Ned prothe ledges he told him the story of his ad venture in ceeded to get his ropes in shape. the St. Michaels saloon. So rapidly did they work, that inside of fifteen min" You ought to have told me all this before," de-1 utes they were on the water again with a very re clared Hugo.' "That fellow ought to have been spectable mast and sail in full chase of the Minnie, shot." \ which had now disappeared. "Never mind what has been," said Ned. '"'\Ve've I No had be en made in the camp to indigot to deal with what is. Martin Toner is at, the cate how Dick and Edith came to. be captured. bottom of this. Judd has been able to communicate I As a matter of fact there was nothing to discover, with him. That signal fire last night did the work." for Judd made a very neat job. Even so; and we weren't sharp enough to tumble For a little while after Young Klondike's party left to it," groaned the Unknown. "Ye gods and little for the ledges, Dick and Edith sat talking over their fishes I ain't fit to be a detective. Somebody ought great find near the tent. to kick me out of the boat!" When Dick looked around for Judd he found that "Stop it!" cried Ned sternly. "What's the use I the fellow had vanished, and as he had teen him talking? Think of some way of getting around this standing near the.spare boat he immediately assumed thing if you can." that he had gone aboard the yacht. "We need a sail," said Hugo. "This won't do!" he exclaimed. "I won't have "Alas for a sail! Where can we get one?" groaned him prowling about there." the Unknown. "Hello! Hello on board the Minnie!" shouted "Pull to the island," said Ned. "Don't lose an inDick. stant Pull for all you are worth!" Judd appeared on deck in answer to the summons . Never did a small boat get over the waters at the "What's the matter?" he asked sulkily. mouth of the Yukon faster than Young Klondike's "Come back ashore at once. Where's the boat?" boat went then. "Around on the other side here-anything the No more was said, for Ned had shown pretty plainly matter with me going aboard the yacht?" that he was in no mood for talk. "I don't want you to-that's all. Come back." Besides, all were watching the which was I "All right, boss. Anything to suit," growled shooting off among the islands. In a few moments it Judd, and he pulled ashore in the boat. would be out of sight, and besides the diffi.cul1; y of 1:>ick stood carelessly watching him. Edith at the chasing the swift sc.iling craft would come the diffi.-. time was in the tent attending to some domestic af-culty of knowing where she had gone. fairs. But Ned did not despair by any means. It would have been a bad day for Judd if the brave He thought fast and reasoned it out that Judd girl had seen him suddenly throw a lasso about Dick's would not be likely to go very far away. neck-she wouJd have. shot him as sure as fate. If the Unknown's report was true, the scheme of That is the way Dick was caught. It came upon Martin Toner was pure and simple. him suddenly as he turned to walk back to the tent. This made Ned feel more secure about Dick and The rope dropped about his neck, and thy noose was Edith. pulled tight before the boy could get up his hands to "He'll not kill them," he thought, with Judd in stop it. his mind. "His idea is just to turn them over to The next Dick knew he was struggling on the Toner's tender mercies and make me pay through ground, choking under the noose. the nose. That's the how of it, sure. I won't get There was not even time to call to Edith. Dick excited. If I keep cool I can head them off' yet." was black in tlie face when Judd got to him, and be-As they neared the island Young Klondike gave came unconscious a moment later. his orders. The next he knew be was lying in bis bunk in the "Hugo, you cut down one of those little spruce cabin of the Minnie. The yacht was flying off among trees an d lop off the branches," he said. We are the islands at full speed.


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEEP SE.A. DIGGINGS. 17 Dick felt terribly chagrined. He was bound hand and foot and could not make a move to help himself, and as he looked about he could see Edith in the same disagreeable situation lying in the Unknown's bunk on the opposite side of the cabin. "Edith!" he called. "Oh, Edith!" "Dick! Thank Heaven! He said you were dead!" came the reply from the other bunk. Edith tried to rise, but was not able to do it; she was altogether too securely bound. "I'm very far from dead," replied Dick. "Judd captured me and nearly cho'ked me, Editb. You're not bound, are you? Don't tell me that or I shall go mad. Oh, what will Ned say to all this?" ''Keep cool, Dick. We were taken off our guard, both us. Judd lassoed me. I suppose he served you the same way." "He did. I'm thoroughly ashamed of myself. I wouldn't have believed I could be so careless. Tell me, arc you hJ!rt ?" Not a bit He just tied me up and brought me abo ard the Minnie. Oh, Dick, if I could only work my hands out of these cords "I'm trying the same game, Edith, but I don't seem to succ c d." We must succeed You and I ought to be good for Judd if we could get a fair show at him." and stay there, if you can. What's the meaning of all this ?" "What's the meaning of it?" growled Judd, help ing himself up by the aid of the table leg. "That's what's the meaning of it. Cold business. I came down here to the mouth of the Yukon to capture Miss Edith and I've captured her, only thing I regret is that I had to take you, too." "What do you propose to do with us? Are we to be turned orer to Martin Toner ?" "That's what Who was telling you ?" "Never mind that. What's the price, Judd?" "What's the price! What pri e? What do you mean?" The price of your treachery-oh, you understand me well enough!" "Well, now, Mr. Luckey, look here, are you on the bid?" "Yes, I am." "Well, now, I thought of that, too. Toner's over on Walrus Island a-waiting for me. I got the signal from him last night." "Stick to the subject, Judd. What's the price?" "Why, you see I don't want to go back on my bar gain, bu.t; on the other hand Toner deserted me, and I don't feel none too pleasaat about it, that's right." "Will you tell me his bid? I suppose you are out for the stuff?" You bet I'll try if I get any show How long "You bet I am. His bid was a hundred dollars. b d Notmuch,isit? Ha,ha,ha!" have I been lying here?'.' "It's about ten minutes since I came a oar 1 "So little that I'll give you a thousand if you'll set us free." Dick." Then we've just started ?" Yes ; Judd said you were dead and it drove me almost wild. Oh, I feel so sorry for Ned. He'll be just about crazy when he sees the Minnie sailing away." He'll follow us, of course." "How can he when he's only got the row-boat?" "Don't you fret. He or the Unknown will dt!vise some way. Is Judd alone on the yacht, or did some one come to h e lp him do this dirty work?" "He's alone as far as I know. Hark! He's com"Ha, ha, ha!'; laughed Judd. "That's a goon joke. You don't seem to be able to see a hole through a brick. Ho, ho, ho!" "What do you mean? Explain yourself. Vve got dollars where Martin Toner has got cents." "Yes, but how about the gold on board? Ain't that in my possession? What's your paltry thou sand dollars? No more to me, boss, than Toner's beggarly hundred. Ha, ha, ha! Toner is on Wal rus Island waiting for me. Let him wait. I ain't going there. I've got all I want in these deep sea ing-now!" nuggets. I'm going into the business for myself." "Yes, and he's drunk, assure as you live!" "Then what do you intend to do!" asked Dick, "He's got at Hugo's whisky, I guess." striving to keep cool. "Explain yourself. If I can "That's what K ee p still; let me do the talking." meet your proposition I'm l'eady to do it." "Hello, down there. Are you all alive?" callee:: "Meet nothing!" growled Judd. "I'm going to Judd hoarse ly, comingdown the cabip stairs with undeal with Young Klondike. I can make better certain step. terms with him than I can with you." "Hello, Judd! Come down and see," replied Dick, So thought this drunken scoundrel as he stag-assuming a calmness which he certainly did not gered up out of the cabin, but never was a man feel. more mistaken. "Well, ain't I a-coming?" growled Judd, thickly. Judd was not to deal with Young Klondike that Can't stay long, though; I've lashed the wheel and day in the way he thought. the sail's as full of wind as an egg is of meat. Gee Taking his place a t the wheel, he proceeded to whiz If a flaw was to happen to strike the Minnie unlash it and hold his course between the two small now over we'd go-then we'd all be in the soup." islands. With a drunken laugh Judd reeled into the cabin, I As he did so he looked behind him, getting a good lost his balance and fell on his nose. view of the islands which lie at the mouth of the "Come, brace up," said Dick. Get on your feet Yukon.


18 Y OrNG DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. Just then a shot rang out in the distance. I "A leg for a heart would be a good exchange in Looking off toward a large island, Judd could see I this case," chuckled Hugo. "But it is as you say; the smoke of a rifle, and at the same time caught I we are certainly gaining on the Minnie. There's no sight of a man waving something white from the I doubt at all about that." top of a high rock. "Do you see anything of Dick or Edith, dear boy ?" "That's Toner!" he chuckled. "He, he, he. He the detective called out. thinks I'm coming in! He never'll get left any Ned was at the bow, takingin everything through worse than he's going to get left now." his glass. He gave his wheel a twist, and shot off in the "No, I can't," he replied. other direction. This gave him a view of the course I "That can't be," said the the Minnie had been covering, and he caught sight Judd must be there." "I can't see a soul." detective. "Of course of a small boat carrying a monstrous sail flying "He may be there, but as I said before I can't see toward him at a remendous rate of speed. him. The deck seems to be deserted." "B'gosh, they're follow ,ing me!" gasped Judd. ''Let me come forward and have a look!" ex" It's Young Klondike, sure's guns!" I claimed the Unknown. He watched the boat for a few moments, and-then ''Not on your life! Stay where you are !" said turned to watch the man on the island again. 1 Hugo hastily. "Do you want to upset the boat?" This because two other shots were fired. j "Well, I ain't particularly anxious about that-The man stood on the rock, shaking his fist at the no!" Minnie and waving his gun. "That's what you are going to c;l.o, then, if you This threw Judd into convulsions of laughter, but don't mind your eye." be checked himself when he took another look at the "Do sit quiet, Zed," called Young Klondike. "If approaching boat. I ca .n't see anybody through the glass, how do you It had drawn very much nearer. If Judd bad been expect to? Are your eyes any better than mine?" possessed of a glass he might have been able to dis-I "Perhaps not; still one may see what another tinguish Young Klondike in the bows. I can't." "B' gosh, they're gaining," he growled. "If they "I'm doing all right. I tell you there's nobody on happen to come near enough to give me a shot it the deck." might be unpleasant.. Guess I'll give her a little "Perhaps Judd has gone below." more sail; but before I do it I'll just take another "That's hardly likely; he leave the Minnie drin"'.\:." to take care of herself?" He pulled a bottle out of his pocket and turned it "It is what he has done, though," said Hugo, look up, taking a long nip. ing out. "I'm so familiar with the Minnie that I can As he was about to put the cork in, the bottle slipsee more on her deck with the naked eye than_ another ped from his unsteady grasp and fell on the deck. might with a glass. I tell you Judd isn't there." "Great snakes There's good whisky going to I "But we are gaining on her all the' same," said waste!" gasped the drnnken j Ned. "If we can hold out as we are going, we'll He let go the wheel and made a dive for the bottle. overhaul her in just no time." Just then the yachtgave a lunge and it slipped under "I wonder what it can mean?" mused the detectthe guard rail. ive : "Yes, I wonder a bit if it was that." "B'gosh, I'll get it!" growled Judd, and he leaned "'What?" asked Ned. "What are you driving at over the rail. now?" All in an instant his head went down and his heels "That Judd had deserted the yacht." went up. "Turned her adrift?" Then there was no Judd, but the Minnie, caught "Yes." now in the full rush of that strong ebl;1 tide at the "Nonsense!" mouth of the Yukon, went ,flymg seaward with "Hello! There he is now!" cried Hugo, suddenly. I Young Klondike's frail craft in full pursuit. Judd had just come staggering on deck and Hugo 1 CHAPTER VIII. WRE.CKED ON THE BULL'S HEAD. GREAT was the excitement on board Young Klon dike's boat, when they first caught sight of the Minnie. "We are gaining on him! By the Jumping Jere miah, we are gaining on him!" cried the Unknown. "Let him look out I'll have his heart if it takes a leg !" saw him witho{}ct the glass. f "Yes, he's there,"' said Young Klondike, after a moment, "and from the way he carries himself I should say he was pretty well boozed." "That wouldn't be strange," said Hugo. "Doe!! he see us?" "I think he does "Thunder! What's that?" cried the detective, as a shot rang out. This was the beginning of the happenings already described. They were highly interesting to Young Klondike and his friends, a-s rnay well be supposed.


YOUNG KLONDIKE 'S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. 19 I They saw Ma .rtiu Toner on the island signaling I for help, and it from the water just ahead of tht: Minnie, and through his glass Ned was able to I them. recognize him. "I must be Judd!" exclaimed the Unknown. There wa.s another man with him, although Judd "Look alive, Ned!" had not discovered this. "Thought y9u were going to let him drown?" said All this time they were gaining steadily on the Ned, seizing a rope and peering through the fog. yacht. "Oh, of course I didn't mean that. 1 don't want Hugo proved himself a perfect expert at sailing to see anyone drown, and besides, if we get him we the boat, and it certainly looked as if they were may find out something about Dick and Edith. Keep going to overhaul the Minnie in a very short time, your eye peeled." when all at once Ned shouted: "Well, that's what I'm doing. Don't talk to me "Look Look There he goes He's overboard now ; it distracts my attention." as sure as fate!" Ned leaned as far over the bow as he dared. Hugo and the Unknown leaned forward to have a "Hello! hello!" he shouted. look. "Hello! Help me for Heaven's sake!" came the. "I can't see him? Are you sure?" demanded answer from the water. the detective. They were close to the drowning Judd now, for, "Sure! Of course I'm sure! I would say so if I of course, it was he who gave the cry for help. wasn't. r saw him go." The water had sobered the wretch, and when "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I hope he drowns, Ned's shout came, hope came with it. Judd was all then." ready to be saved. "Think about Dick and Edith!" cried Ned. "If He was a good swimmer, of course, for diving tl tl b" 1 t' t b f was his business, and. as a consequence was a hard 1ey are prisoners m rn ca m w 1a, s o ecome o t d them with no one left to guide the yacht." man rown. "A t 1 th t' tl t t' ,, "d As soon as he got the bearmgs of the boat he s r.ue as you 1ve a s rn s1 ua 10n, sa1 . . H "J dd 't th d k d th M' . J began workmg his way mto its course, shoutrng ugo. u a1n on e ec an e mme 1s d heading straight for those ledges. She's bound t.o be an h h .1 d k t h 1 1 t wrecked on the Bull's Head unless she changes her 1 f tel eac ai an ep a s arp 00 mu ,, or rn rownmg man. course. S u uddenly the nknown saw the rope fly, and knew "That's what's the matter, if you call those rocks that the critical moment tlad come the Bull's Head," Young Klondike replied. "What I When he saw Judd he was clutchmg the other end d ?" can we 0 of the rope, and holding on for dear life. "N tl b t "t > "d H "Tl o ung u wa1, rnre s gom?' "BytheJumpingJeremiah,it'sJuddsureenough !" to be trouble all around, Im thmkmg. See, the fog is he cried. "Haul him in, Ned. Here, I'll lend you a rolling in." hand!" "It's all up with Judd and serves him right," said It was hardly necessary, for Judd was entirely able the detective; "by the Jumping Jeremiah, this is a to help himself. pretty state of affairs." The next they knew he was coming over the side of Silence now came upon them all-it was eyes right the boat, and he managed it so skillfully that it was on the yacht. scarcely tipped at all. In a moment the situation changed again-changed He sank down in the boat all breathless, and for a as suddenly as the weather cha .nges there at the few moments no one said a word. mouth of the Yukon, where once the fog gets started "Well, you're a nice one,'' growled Hugo, at last. it takes a wonderfully short time for it to obscure "By gracious, I'd like to knock your brains out! everything. Are Mr. Luckey and Miss Edith on board the yacht?" Just such was the case now. "That's what they are,'' growled Judd. "I only The fog came sweeping in with a rush. wish I was. Oh, gee! I'm about used up with all In a moment the Minnie had disappeared from view. I've been through.'' Whether she had escaped the Bull's Head or not, it "It's a blessed pity then that you didn't make a was quite impossible to determine. clean job of it,'' said the Unknown. ''What do you Hugo grimly declared that it would be a good job want to live for anyhow, such a feller as you? Ye if they escaped it themselves. gods and little fishes, you couldn't even drown re" Look sharp!" said Ned. "It won't do Dick and spectably like anyone else-no!" Edith a .ny good if we go under. I'm thinking more "Don't be so danged hard on a fellow,'' replied about them than I am of ourselves." Judd, dismally. "I don't know as I owe you any" I'll do my best," replied Hugo. Hark thing-come now, do I?" W asn' t that a cry for help?" "If you don't owe me anything then I owe you "Sounde d most deucedly like one," said the detect-more'n a month's licking would pay-come now-ive. "There it goes again!" don't I?" There was no mistaking it this time. It was a call I "What's the matter? I ain't done nothing. Say,


20 YOUNG KLONDIKE"S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. have you got any whisky about you, any of you gents bunks on board the yacht-quiet because they could -it don't matter which? I'm jtfst dying for a not very well be otherwise, for they were tied up so drink." tight that it was next to impossible to move an inch. "Look to your sail, Hugo!" said Ned; "the wind "Strange we don't hear any sound on deck, has all died away. We shall be on the ledges first Edith," Dick remarked. "It's a long time since thing you know." we've heard Judd make a move." But Hugo was fully alive to the situation. "That's what it is. I was just wondering about The wind which had blown the fog up the mouth of it." the had now died away entirely, and there was 1 "He was noisy enough awhile back. I can't im-every evidence that the fog had come to stay. agine what it means." Perhaps this was what made Ned so patient with I "Perhaps he's gone to sleep." the Unknown's roundabout way of questioning. He "Shouldn't wonder. He was drunk enough. A bad knew that there was nothing to be done but to keep a job for us if he has." sharp lookout ahead, and that he was doing all the "I'm afraid so; there are islands all around us time. here." the Unknown continued to question "If we ruu into one, that may be the end of us; Judd m own way: . ? still, we'll hope for the best; how dark it is getting . Were Edith prisoners on the Mmme. was It must be there's a storm coming up." his next mqm:.r I think it's fog. The wind seems to have pretty Judd repudiated the suggest10n most indignantly. well gone down too.'' "Prisoners no indeed What put that idea into h d ?" h' h" d "It feels like fog; it's awfully damp and uncomfort-your ea e w me bl 01 D k f Id I t f It' t "D t t 11 d"d 't th ff a e. i, ic i we cou on y ge ree. s ero you mean o e me you i n carry em o . h th ,, ?" rible to be lymg ere at e mercy of that man. on the yacht demanded the detective. "Do you "I' t d th ld ,, 1 d D" k h k I' ?" ve rie every way m e wor rep ie ic t m m crazy, man. 1 "b t I 't t t h d h If I I h ld l b f 1 t th. k f h g oomi y, u can ge a my an s no ow. s ou iave een a oo o m o sue a h ,,, h" d J dd "C t 1 I d d 't M could only get my teeth on to the cords Id soon dist mg w me u er am y 1 n r. f tl b t I 't h d L k k d t b th B 11, H d "th pose o iem, u can even raise my ea uc ey as e me o run up .Y e u s ea wi 1,, . him and of course I did it-that's all.'' Dick. cried Edith, suddenly, I believe I can f ,,, 'Rats, rubbish As though you could play that get ree game on us! What would he want to go away from "Hooray for our side!" as the Unknown says. Duck Island for?" How are you going to manage it?" "Said he had an idea that there might be gold on "Why, there's a nail in the side of the bunk here. the Bnll's Head-he wanted to have a look.'' I can rub the cord against it!" "''That won't go down! Where were they when "Good enough A nail is equal to a knife any day you fell overboard?" in the week. Let her go, Edith. If it takes an hour, "In the cabin talking over business.'' don't give up.'' "You're a wretched liar, that's what you are!" For some moments Edith worked in silence. Dick sa,id Ned. could tell by the sounds that she was rubbing the "Why, of course he is," added Hugo-" a liar of cord against the nail. the worst kind ; but I didn't think he was such a "How are you making out?" he called. fool!" "First rate! I believe I shaffbe free in a moment Hugo had scarcely made this remark when Ned now.'' sprang up in the bow with a wild shout. "Keep it up! Let the good work go on.'' "Look out! Look out!" he yelled; "we are It went on until it succeeded. In a few moments right on the rocks !" Ed.ith made the cheering announcement that she had But the warning came too late. ground the cord through . Before they had time to think the frail craft went "That's the talk," said Dick in a whisper. "Let's X\rashing on the ledges, staving her bow to splinters. be very quiet about it. Whatever else we do we don't The mischief was done now. wantto stir Judd up. Can you untie your feet with-In less time than it takes to tell it all hands were out help, think?" floundering in the water. "I'm sure I can. Just give me another. moment," "Now I've done it!" gasped Hugo, scrambling replied Edith, who was already working at the knots. up upon the rocks. "I've run you straight onto the It was not ove r two minutes before Edith was free, Bull's Head." .and it took just about one more for her to get Dick's CHAPTER IX. :EDITH WORKS A LITTLE DIGGINGS ON HER OWN ACCOUNT. WHILE misfortune was coming to Young Klondike's Dick and Edith were lying quietly in their knife out of his pocket and cut him free also. The first thing Dick did was to hold the cabin door, the next to feel for his revolver which had v anished, of course. "Don't you fret. I've got a revolver hidden about me which I don't believe he found," said Edith. She


YOUNG KLONDIKES DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. 21 retired to her state-room and in a moment came back I '1 Never mind the gold That don't count We with the weapon in her hand. want to save you first, Edith." Then Dick softly opened the cabin door and lis-And something had to be done quickly-that was e,itened. dent, for the Minnie was rapidly sinking; the rushing Not a sound was to be heard on deck. tide was banging her nose against the rocks, tearing He's asleep if he's there," said Dick, "but we'll her timbers to pieces, and giving plenty of chance soon know." He stole up on deck, Edith following. for the water to rush in. It was fog, fog everywhere. The Minnie was en velDick leaped ashore and held out his arms for Edith, oped in an impenetrable mist so thick that Dick could catching her when she jumped. not feel sure that Judd was not on deck as appeared "Save the gold, Dick!" cried Edith. "Don't let to be the case. it go by the board." "He seems to be gone," whispered Edith. '.'I .i. f we the yacht up on the "yes and he is gone said Dick after looking a httle. cried Dick. Do you know I belle' e we ' ld carefully around. "Gone sure as fate; but where?" . Here was a mystery, but Dick did not sptrn( much J We ,r;11ght try it, every minute increases the risk time in thinking about it, for he saw that the situath?,ugh. . tion was a very grave one. The yacht with her sail a. tree-if we could a lme around that up was drifting among the reefs and rocks, at the I the JOb could be mercy of the fog which might bring death to them aboard and tossed one of at any moment. yacht s Imes ashore, havmg first made fast to a rmg Dick seized the wheel and called to Edith to lower in the bow. the sheet, which she promptly did. "Hark !" she exclaimed. "Don't you hear cries ? It seems to me I do, or can it be only imagination?" "No imagination about it; I hear them all right enough." "What can it mean?" "Give it up. Listen!" The y listened attentively, but could make nothing of the sounds. Certainly there were voices calling in the distance, but what was bemg said they could not hear, and after a moment the sounds ceased. f' It's Ned and the Unknown !"declared Dick. "I'm absolutely cert.ain of it. They've undertaken to fol low us. They are lost in the fog !" Then he called and called, but there was no an swer. There was nothing strange in this, for the wind was all against them, and their voices could not possibly carry as far as the Bull's Head, which was where the sound they had heard came from. "No use trying to make them hear," declared Dick. "Edith, that do you say to going back?" "Through the fog with all the islands, how can we?" "Ain't it as safe as to drift the way we are?" "I don't think so. There is a strong tide run ning, and it naturally takes us around the rocks, while if we were to run up the sail and begin tack ing the result might be just the reverse. "I think there's just as much danger one way as the other, I do, indeed." Dick was right and it was proved a moment later, for the yacht ran crashing on the rocks. "Here's a bad job !" cried Edith. "What's to be done now?" "Good Heavens I The first thing to be done is to off of this! We're sinking !" exclaimed Dick. "And the gold What will Ned say if all our work goes for nothing?" Edith ran the line around the tree, and Dick was at her side to help pull a moment later. It was hard pulling and slow work, but they did manage to move the Minnie, and after a little had the satisfaction of seeing her high upon the rocks. The sea broke over her stern a little, but that was alL ' the rope tied she was practically safe. "So far so good," said Dick. "I'm satisfied with that move; now, the next thing is to explore this island, and see where we've landed." This was easily dor1e. The island was but a small affair, being less than a quarter of a mile round. In the middle was a rocky elevation; a little back from the shore a few stunted trees grew. Altogether it was a dreary, desolate spot, and the situation was most gloomy, for at the mouth of the Yukon the fog often lasts for days together, and until it lifted there was no chance to make a move. But Dick did not allow himself to be discouraged. "We've got to go right to work," he declared. "That's the way to keep our spirits 1up. Now, the first thing is to make ourselves comfortable for the night." "We'd better stay on the Minnie, hadn't we?" asked Edith. "Certainly. It's entirely the best way, but we've got to brace her up first. We can't be comfortable with the yacht lying all listed over to one side as she is." This was a matter easily remedied, although it took time. There were many loose stones scattered along the beach, and these were wedged in under the hull of the Minnie in such a manner as to bring to the perpendicular. This done, Edith declared that she was going to cook dinner, for no matter what the situation was they must eat. I'll get you some dry wood for the galley fire," said Dick. "No, no, I'll attend to that myself," replied Edith,


j Y OUN G KLONDIKE'S DE E P SEA DIGGINGS. and I want some fresh water too, if it's to be had. J what it's coming to if something don't happen, and You go right to work to get the gold ashore, Dick. for my part I don't s e e what can." If you're right and Ned and the Unknown are out For two hours and over the situation remained un-after us, sooner or later they are going to get here, changed. and w e want to have the gold secured." To attempt to describe Young Klondike's gloomy Dick wondered if he was right or wrong as he I reflections, would be as tedious as to go into a descripw orke d lugging the heavy bags ashore. tion of the way the Unknown fussed and fumed about H e little guessed that if the fog were to clear away the rock. At last the tide bega n to rise, and they the y would be able to see Ned and the U nlmown .on a had something else to think about as the water began rocky islet not a quarter of a mile distant from them. creeping up the rock inch by inch. The island upon which the Minnie had stranded was It was just about this time that the Unknown sud-a continent compared to the Bull's Head, and Young denly sprang up and made a rush for Judd. Klondike and the Unknown decidedly had the worst "You scoundrel! You villain! You miserable of the situa tion, for the boat was a hopeless wreck. monkey!" he shouted. "Tell us what to do." Edith gathered the wood and started the galley He Judd by the collar and shook him till his fir e going.. Then she took the tea kettle and a dip-teeth cnattered. p er, and wandered along the shore looking for a "Let me go!" cried Judd, terribly frightened. spring. "Don't kill me, boss How can I tell you what to She did not find the spring, but she did discover a do? I don't know no more than the dead!" little stream which worked its way between some "Have you taken leave of your senses, Zed?" de rocks out into the sea, and as she stooped down to fill manded Young Klondike. "Of course he don't know. her kettle she suddenly saw a golden nugget as big How should he ? It may be all his fault that we are as a h en's egg lying in the sand. in it, but it's the same boat for all of us and you can't Edith pick e d it up and examined it. She had often alter that." h eard Ned and other old Yukoners dedare that 1 "No now, Young Klondike!" cried the where there is one nugget there are sure to be.more, I detective. "I won't have it! Ye gods and little fishes! and she looked around for the others, scrapmg up I tell you I won t have it Where's those fellows we the s and with a sharp stick. / saw on the other isl and? Who were they? J udd, All at once she gave a great shout, which brought you know, and you've got to tell." Dick running along the beach. "Well, who said I wouldn't tell?" growled Judd. I t was a strike "I don't want to be shook to death to make me tell. Edit h had hit it Take your hands off of me, and I'll tell all I know." "Gold!" she cried. "Gold! Who says I can't "Let up on him!" cried Ned. "What do we care make a strike as well as anyone else? Look there, 1 now about his tricks and plots? Of course we know Dick !" he meant to sell me out to Toner-ain't that It was a perfect nest of nuggets lying in the bed of the stream. enough?" "No, it ain't enough Toner can turn the tide in our favor. I want to know where he is!" shouted the CHAPTER X. detective, and when he thought he had scared Judd TURNING THE TABLES ON TONER. sufficiently, he let go of his throat and threw him "BY the JumpiingJeremiah, it l ooks pretty much back against the rocks. as though we were stuck," remarked the Unknown, "Keep him away fr9m me or he'll kill as he finished his twentieth wal k aroun d the Bull's groaned J udd. "I don't want nothing to do H ead. with him. Toner is over on Walrus Island, I s'pose. "We are run ashore, high, but not dry," replied He was just before I fell overboard. More than that N e d. "Wait till the tide is up, and it's my opinion I can"t say." we ll find the Bull's Head under water. Hugo, you "Is that really a fact?" demanded the detective. ought to know Am I right or am I wrong?" "Yes, it is." "You are wrong'!" growled Judd. I never saw #'Then you did start in to sell Young Klondike o u t the Bull's Head under water, and I've been here to Toner? Tell the truth now, or I'll tumble you into many a time." the water, out of which you never ought to have "Speak when you are spoken to! .., snapped the come." Unknown. "Nobody .asked your opinion, and no' This capped the climax. Judd, pressed by the Un body w ants it. It would be a good job if the water known, went to work and told all. did come' up and drown you!" "I see you know all about it, boss," he said, "so I "There's room enough for us to stand, and that's might as well acknow ledge the corn, I suppose. Now about all," said Hugo. "I've no doubt that the what's next?" island is covered over at a very high t i de, but I never "Next is to get Toner and his friends over here i n saw it so." their yacht," declared the Unknown. "Anyhow; we mightas:well be drown ed as starve to "Are you crazy?" demanded Ned. "Do you want death," said the detecti ve, d e j ec t,edl y "and that's to have him do u s a ll up?"


YOUNG KL O NDIKE'S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. 23 "Well, scarcely; I'll take my chances on that. I "It's certainly worth trying," said Ned. "I like He's got a boat, at all events, a nd I'd like to have J the idea and can trust the Unknown to carry out his you tell me what we are going to do without one." end of the plan." "It's certainly an idea," said Hugo. "You bet you can," said the detective, very posi-The Unknown chuckled and drew Ned and Hugo to tively . one side. "Stay where you are," he said, threaten"That's all right, too," said Hugo, "but where ingly to Judd. "If you try to follow us I'll break does the lying come in?" your nose." "Oh, you don't know me nor Judd. I was lost J \ \Vhat' s the good of being so savage, Zed?" when the boat swamped, and udd was never here at asirnd Ned. Of course, the fellow is a scoundrel, all." and all that, but--" "I can fix that part of it all right." "Wait," interrupted the detective. "What am I "Good enough. the signal. How about here for, if not to help you two and myself into the that?" bargain out of this scrape?" "I've got a whistle about me. Suppose we begin "That's right." by blowing it?" "Well, I've got an idea." . J This suited the U nkno.wn's ideas, and they returned "Out with it," said Hugo, "any idea is a blame I to the other side of the island. sight better than no idea, and that's the fix we are in A few moments later a shrill whistle sounded now." through the fog. "Hight you are. Listen-look-ponder! Is that 'lt was blown again and again. a cave?" To Dick and Edith, who heard it on their island, it The Unknown had led them over to the other side C!ame like a revelation and they tried their best to of the islet where Judd could not see them, and he answer it, feeling sure that it was a signal from their now J?Ointed to a hole under a shelving rock. friends. "Well, you could hardly call it a cave," said Ned, But the wind was still against them, and Dick's "but I suppose a man could hide in there. shouts were not heard. "Could two men hide in there?" It was quite different with Martin Toner on Walrus "I g-uess they could . It seems so to me. Get to Island. the point." He heard the whistle, and thought it came from "Coming right there. Now I say we're going to Judd. hit it if we can make our signals heard on Walrus j There were two .men with Toner, Dawson City Island, and it's for Hugo to say whether that is feasI toughs, both of them, and about as hard a pair as ibl e or not." one could ask to see. "Oh, I should think we might," said Hugo. Since parting with Judd, they had been in a good "From here to Walrus Island as the crow flies is deal of trouble, for neither of them knew anything about half a mile, certainly no more." about navigating a yacht. The fact was, they did "That's all right then. How's the wind?" not know enough to lie to when Judd went over" In our favor." board in the storm. "Then we're going to be right in it. How much As soon as they heard the whistle they assumed of a liar\are you, Hugo, for Young Klondike is none that Judd had got into trouble in the fog, and was at all." calling them to come to his relief. "What a queer way you have of getting at things!" They were not able to whistle back, but Toner "How much of a liar am I? What do you mean?" had a voice like a fog-horn, and his shouts were "I mea. n that I'm going to hide in this cave, and soon heard on the Bull's Head. take Judd in along with me, and you shall pile these "We've caught them," said the Un known. "Oh, stones up around the entrance, so as no one would how I wish I could hear what they say." ever guess we were there." "Can't make it out," replied Ned. '"'Can you, "Well?" Hugo ?" "Then you and Young Klondike can begin your "No, I can't," replied Hugo. "How is it with signaling, and try to draw Toner over to the island." you, Judd?" "Yes. What then ? We shall be captured, of Well, I think they mean to come over here," Judd course." grow led. "Of course. That's what I'm proposing to bring "Do you think it's Toner?" him over for; as soon a,s you are captured he'll start "Either him or his partners; probably Toner him-to take you over to Walrus Island, I suppose. How self; he's got a terrible voice." much of a place is it, Hugo?" "That's all right, then," said Ned. "Give him "Oh, it's quite an island. A mile around at least." another blow." "A mile around is all right. Over to Walrus will The whistle sounded a,gain, and once more the an-be the move, and just as you get started, I-well, swering cry was heard. never mind what I'll do. Leave the rest to your "What do you mean to do when they get here, may ( uncle, that's all." I ask?" said Judd. "There'll be a fight, sure."


24 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. "None of your business," snapped the Unknown. j "Holy Moses! It's Young Klondike himself!" "Didn't that last shout sound nearer, dear boy?" cried Toner. "Now I've got you! Throw up your "1 think it did," replied Ned. "Still, I shouldn't hands, my buck! This is a chance I've been waiting like to be sure." for this long while!" The next time the answering cry came, however, Ned threw up his hands promptly. So did Hugo. it was certainly nearer. The Unknown now handed I Both acted as though they were very much fright-. the whistle over to Ned. ened, as indeed they might well have been, for rifles "It's time to make a move," he said. "Judd, now covered them both. you come along with me. Hugo, you come, too-What if the Unknown should fail? you know what for." Ned could not help thinking about it, of course. "And what for do I come?" asked Judd, turning I But he had the satisfaction of knowing that the pale. "You ain't going to ill me, are you, boss?" Unknown very seldom failed in any scheme of this "I'll kill you if you don't come. Trot along, sort. now! No nonsense and no hanging back. Be as Toner and his men now sprang ashore and made lively as you can." them prisoners, questioning them closely as to how After they had gone, Ned kept on blowing the they came there. whistle. "Why, we were out making soundings and got The answering shouts came promptly now, and caught in the fog," said Hugo. "Who are you, any-were eYidently drawing nearer and nearer. how? What do you want to treat us this way for? Presently Hugo returned with word that Judd and Is there any good Christian business in that?" the detective were safely stored up in the cave. "Shut your head?" growled Toner. "There's a "What's his scheme, do you know?" asked Ned. man who knows me well enough. I'm out for the "No, he didn't tell me, but his last words were: dust and you are trying some crazy scheme to get 'Make 'em think that you've struck a bead on the gold up from the deep sea. Of course you failed.'' island and bring them over my way!'" "Why, of course. I told Mr. Golden it would be a "Oh, I see An ambush !" I failure from the start; but you haven't answered my "It's that, of course. We are to surrender question yet?" promptly ; he told me that." "What question?" "He'll work it, I'll 'bet!" declared Ned. I see "What do you mean by treating us this way: his scheme now. We are to help him, of course." "Now, looker htre. I'll answer that when I gl' Ned blew his whistle again, aud this time the an-good and ready. Hold your jaw, Mr. Man, and let swer came in words. me talk to Young Klondike. Where's your part" Hello Is that you, Judd?" called a deep voice ners-my lucky friend, where's he?" out of the fog. "If you mean Mr. Luckey, I don't know where "Wonder what I'm to say?" said Ned. he is," replied Ned. "You're to tell the truth and I'm to do the l.)1ing, He was watching his chance now to work these I believe," laughed Hugo. scoundrels over into the way of the Unknown. "That's the programme, I suppose. Hello, there, "That's a lie Didn't he and that gal come hello!" down here with you? I have reason to 'know they "Hello!" the answer. And then again: "Is did." that you, Judd?" "Well, I suppose they did, but we left them on "No, it ain't Judd! I don't know Judd I'm left board our yacht.'' on a rock; help me if you can!" Ned shouted back. "The Minnie?" "Hello, you're lying-that won't do," chuckled "Yes, the Minnie.'' Hugo. "The Minnie went past here a while ago in charge "So I am. I'll be more careful, or better still, you of a low-down named Judd. Do you mean to do the talking.'' tell me you don't know anything about that?" "Come on! Come on, and rescue us!" yelled Hugo, "Of course we don't," said Hugo . "We left the and he kept calling at intervals until the sound of Minnie at Duck Island where I've no doubt she is oars was heard, and a little later a boat pulled by two now." men with a third seated in the stern, loomed up out "If you ain't a liar, I never saw one," snarled of the fog. Toner. "Hold your jaw, will you! Young Klondike, "Is that your Martin Toner?" Hugd whispered to we'll carry on this conversation to a finish later. Ned. Meanwhile you're my prisoner, and somebody has "That's the man," replied Young Klondike. "If got to put up a right smart lot of dust before you get we aren't to show fight, hadn't we better hide our free." arms?" I '.'It's just as I supposed," said Ned. Look out, "It's a good idea. Drop your revolver in among Martin Toner. You are playing a high handed the rocks behind you-here goes mine." game, and one that won't succeed in the long run. They had just time to dispose of their weapons "Won't, eh? Wha. t would you have me do? when the boat came up a .gainst the rocks. Leave you here on this rock?" l


YOUN G KLONDIKE'S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS 25 "No, no! Don't do that. Take us back to Duck Island to our friends." I tell you again your friends ain't on Duck Island, and you know it blamed well. We'll run you to a place of safety, you bet your sweet life; and-hello I came near forgetting. Where's that blamed little runt of a detective-him with the tall hat?" "Couldn't say." "Isn't he here with you?" Can't you see he ain't? You seem to be singu larly blind to-day, Toner. I don't believe you would know a bed of nuggets if there was one put right be fore your eyes." Here was the bait which Ned had been watching his chance to throw out all along. "What's that? What's that?" demanded Toner. "Why didn't you keep your mouth shut?" snap ped Hugo. "What did you want to say that for?" "What harm can it do?" replied Ned. "He couldn't find the place if he was to try." "He can't, eh?" chuckled Toner. "What's the reason he can't? If there's any nest of nuggets on this here island, gentlemen, you are going to show me where it is." -"There!" exclaimed Hugo. "You see, you've spoiled it all !" "He can have it all if he'll only take us back to our yacht at Duck Island," said Ned, half smiling in spite of himself a t the eagerness with which Toner was watching them both. Fact was the bait had been swallowed hook and all. "Now, come," said Toner, "you're going to take us over to the place where you've left those nuggets, that's what you're going to do," and handing his rifle to the man behind him, he whipped out a revol ver and covered Ned. This looked threatening, and was intended to be just what it looked. "I suppose we've got to do it, Hugo," said Ned. "I suppose we have," grunted Hugo. "I don't see any help for it now." "Come this way, then," said Ned. "It ain't farthere ain't anything very far on this island, can't be, you know." "Go on, and don't talk," growled Toner; "One of your fellows can stay here and mind the boat in case of any gum games being at the bottom of this yere." Ned led on toward the place where the Unknown lay hidden. It looked rather doubtful how the mat ter was going to turn out just about that time, but Hugo, who walked beside him, managed to whisper, unheard: "Leave all to me-I have got my instructions. I lied to you when I said I hadn't. This thing is going to come out all right." Ned made no reply. He had already formed his own idea of how to proceed, and as it turned out his plan was exactly the same as the Unknown's. "Here we are," said Hugo, as they came opposite the place. "That's where we find them, I believe, boss." Hugo pointed down on the shore where Toner and his companion could only see a lot of water washed stones. "That's the place," replied Young Klondike "Mr. Toner could see the nuggets better if he was to stand with his back up against these rocks." "Just what I was going to suggest myself," said Hugo. "The nuggets are there if you only look right." "What's the matter with going down on the shore and finding them all right?" growled Toner, deter mined to be contrary. "Just as you like," said Hugo, shrugging his shoulders. "They make a pretty good display as they lie, though. Thought mebbe you'd like to have a look first." He seemed so careless about it that Toner at once dropped his suspicions and backed up against the rocks, his companion doing the same. Now the rocks blocked up the cave, and as Hugo had put them there he had pretty good reason to know what lay behind. So had Toner and friend an instant later. Slam bang the rocks against them. Down went Toner and friend on their noses, and out jumped the Unknown with a revolver in each hand. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I've got my man at last !" he shouted. "Surrender, you scoundrels or you die!" CHAPTER XI. DOWN IN THE DEEP SEA ONCE MORE, OF course, Ned and Hugo lost not an instant in coming to the Unknown's assistance, and they soon had the two scoundrels disarmed. Ned hearing the third man running toward them, over the rocks, alarmed by the racket, no doubt, stole forward to meet him, and did the job so well that he had this fellow a prisoner also before he knew where he was. It was a moment of triumph. They led their pris oners back to the boat, Judd going with them. The treacherous diver seemed greaGly elated at the capture of Martin Toner. So you will go back on a fellow, will you ?" he chuckled. "This is my revenge-this is the way we fix such murderous hounds as you are. This pays up for your desertion of me that night." Toner glared. "Don't you believe a word that cuss tells you, Young K10.1dike," he growled. "He's as deep in the mud as we are in the mire. What are you going to do with us-say?" Ned didn't answer, for tqe Unknown had given him the tip to be silent. The detective now began to examine the boat. It


.... 26 Y OUNG K LONDIK.E" S DEEP l::sEA DIG G INGS .. was a small affair, but q uite big e nough to carry three as it had done before. "Think you can find the way to Walrus Island in the fog, Hugo?" the detective asked him in a whis per. "I'm sure I don't know; I can try. Anyhow, we don't want to stay here." "Get in, then-you, too, N ed.l" "You ain't going to leave us here to starve to death, are you? Don't say that you mean to do that!" cried Martin Toner, greatly alarmed. "Of course we do. That's just what our intention is," chuckled Judd, who had fully made up his minJ that he was goir.ig, too. But the Unknown sprang into the boat and pushed off. "Hold on Hold on Give me a chance to get aboard!" bawled Judd. N o w they all relapsed into silence, and Ned, under Hugo's direction, pulled steadily on. Hugo was doing his best. He thought he was heading for Walrus Island, but the fact was he was simply describing an immense circle, which if con tinued would bring them back to Bull's Head again. Young Klondike began to suspect this and was be coming very anxious, when all at once they heard voices talking right ahead of them. "Stop!" cried Ned. "We'll be on the rocks Blest if I don't believe we are back at the place where we started out!" "Impossible !" exclaimed Hugo, as he shipped his oars. "Hello! Anybody ah1.1y !" shouted the detective. "Who's there?" "Hello, Zed !" came the answer out of the mist. "Dick!" shouted Ned. "Not to-day; some other day!" laughed the de"Hello, Ned!" came the answer again, in a wom-tective. "We'll call around for you fellows later an's voice this time. on." I "Edith!" echoed the Unknown. "Hooray! By Ned seized the oars and pulled away. the Jumping Jeremiah, we are right in it with both Judd rushed into the water waist deep, and tried feet." to board the boat. "Are you all there?" yelled Dick. "Get back there !" cried the detective, drawing "All here, right side up with care Is that the his revolver. "You're a dead man if you come any Minnie?" bawled the Unknown. nearer! Good-by, Judd! Good-by, all! We've "No!We'reonanisland!Lookoutfortherocks!" turned the tables upside down! Ha, ha, ha!" It seemed almost too good to be true, but it wasn't, And so they pulled away into the fog, and were and in a moment the boat made the island in safety, soon out of sight of the Bull's Head. and there was great rejoicing all around. "Come; that was worked pretty slick," said Hugo. The next few moments were taken up in explana" I congratulate you on the success of your scheme, tions, for on both sides there was a lot to say. boss." The time of trouble was passing away, for while "Don't say a word. I always get there if I can. they were talking the wind shifted, and in a few mo Ye gods and little fishes, them fellers will have plenty men ts more the fog went rolling seaward, and as of time to think over their sins now." beautiful a sunset followed as ever was seen at the mouth of the Yukon. "I don't like leaving them there to perish," said Ned. "It goes very much against the grain. The coIGing of the light brought several discover" Soft-hearted as usual," replied the Unknown. ies. "Isn't it better for them to be there, than for us? I First, all were amazed to discover that the Bull's By the Jumping Jeremiah, leaving us there to perish Head was so near. would have been the mildest medicine we'd have got. There were Ma .rtin Toner and Judd and the others But we don't have to do it to them. After we get moving about the lonely rock. They quickly spied through our business down here at the mouth of the Young Klondike's party, and shouted something Yukon, we can call for them or send down from St. which could not be heard. Michaels, or fix it somehow. Don't forget Edith and Judd shook his fist at them, and seemed to be in a Dick, dear boy, they are our first care now terrible rage, all of which was deeidedly amusing a nd As though Ned could do such a thing, or needed to did no harm. be reminded of it. His anxiety for his missing friends I Next discovery was that Walrus Island was only was as great as it possibly could be, and what was a short.distance away, and what was more agreeable more be hacl every reason to be anxious on bis own there lay the yacht Twilight at anchor in a little account. cove. The fog was terribly dense, and here they were "We are all right now," declared Ned. "Hugo cruising about right in the track of any vessel or and I will run over and get the yacht, and we'll re steamer which might be coming from or going to St. turn to Duck Island at once." Michaels. Going down again after we get back?" asked To be sure there were very few craft;s going in Dick, "or do we give the deep sea diggings up?" either direction, but still there was the chance of "We don't give it up without one more try at it, being run down at any moment. I that's certain," replied Ned, "but I don't propose to It was an uncomfortable situation, to say the least. stay here more than twentyfour hours. This work


YOUNG KLONDIKE 'S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. 2'1 is too dangerous. We'd better get back to St. Michaels as soon as we can." "As far as getting gold is concerned, you don't have to go down," said Edith. "I've made a strike right here." You, Edith ?" "Oh, yes! Even I. Once in a while I can do itcome and see." Edith exhibited her nest of nuggets. She and Dick had taken out quite a number of them, but the major ity remained undisturbed. "That's a pocket sure," declared Ned. "How ever, there's probably several thousand dollars in it, and we want all there is going." "That's what's the matter," laughed the detect ive. "We'll scoop it out while you and Hugo go over to Walrus Island for the yacht, and then we'll scoop it in." It was dark by the time Ned returned with the Twilight. As they passed the Bull's Head Toner begged pit eously for rescue, and so did Judd, who seemed to have completly changed his tune. "We'll take caire of you fellows later on," was all the encouragement they got from Young Klondike; and Ned was quite in earnest about this. He had no intention of leaving them on the island to starve. The Twilight was not as substantial a boat as the Minnie, but still she was a good seaworthy little yacht. Hugo examine d the Minnie and declared that a few hours' work would put her in condition to make it safe to steam to St. Michaels in her, if they were not overtaken by a storm. "I tell you what we'll do," said Ned. "Let's go back to Duck Island now in the Twilight, and first thing in the morning you and the Unknown can return h ere, put. the Minnie in shape, and then take our prisoners off the Bull's Head." "You are determined to do it, I see," said Hugo. "No use of arguing with you, I suppose. My idea was to leave them there till I could get you all safe back in St. Michaels, and then I meant to come down with the sheriff, and scoop them all in." But Ned was humane, and was determined that it should be the other way. Hugo offered no further objections, for there was the Minnie to be considered. He was sure he could safely tow her back to St Michaels and if she were to be left at the island she was liable to break up with the first storm. The next few hours were busy ones. There was the gold to be loaded on to the Twilight, and the diving apparatus and stores to be transferred from the Minnie. When all this had been accomplished Ned, with Dick and Edith, went to the stream to examine Edith's strike. It proved to be a pocket just as Ned had predicted. .A.bout six thousand dollars' worth of nuggets were taken out, and that exhausted it. By midnight they were ready for a start. Toner and the others watched them gloomily as they flew past the Bull's Head. Judd made one more appea l for rescue, but nobody paid the least attention to him, and the rocky islet was soon out of sight. In less than an hour they were safe back on Duck Island again, and all hands turned in for the night, some on board the yacht and some in the tent. Morning dawned clear and cool. Edith and the Unknown had breakfast ready before Ned awoke. "Now for the deep sea diggings again !" exclaimed Young Klondike. "Of course I'm booked to go down. Who'll go with Hugo after the prisoners and the yacht. ? "It's a dangerous business," said Hugo. "I don't like the id\)a of taking those scoundrels aboard." "I don't see where the danger comes in," replied Ned. "We disarmed them and they can do nothing. You can make them come aboard one at a time, and tie them up as they come. I couldn't rest in peaoe, thinking of them there on the island, exposed to the storm which may come any time now. I'll go myself if nobody else will." "Ned is right," said Edith. "I think you must all see it so." "Let him have his way," added the Unknown. "I'll go with Hugo. Maybe those fellows will get the best of me but I don't think they will." It was so arranged. The Twilight's boat was fitted out with the diving apparatus, and Ned pulled out to the ledges, fol lowed by Dick and Edith in the Min;nie's spare boat. As soon as they had started, Hugo and the.Un known boarded the Twilight and started back among the islands. Everything pointed to success, and the Unknown paced the deck, talking in his peculiar way, telling stories and making comical remarks, until all at once he made a rush for the bows and looked ahead. "Hello What is it?" asked Hugo. "A sail Don't you see ?" I do now, yes Some fishing boat down from St. Michaels, most likely." "There, she's gone!" the Unknown, as the sail disappeared among the larger islands to the leeward. They thought no more of the matter then, but it was brought to their minds in the most forcible man ner a little later, for when they came in sight of the Bull's Head they could see nothing of the prisoners left on those lonely rocks. "Gone!" cried the Unknown. "By the Jumping Jeremiah-gone!" And gone they were. When the Unknown went ashore on the island there was nothing to be seen of the Toner gang. They had departed, leaving no trace behind them "They must have been taken off by the fishing


, 28 YOUNG KLONDIKE 'S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. boat," said Hugo. "Now we can work our deep sea I "I'll stay here on the rocks and clear up the diggings in peace." things," said Edith. "I'll join you later on." As a matter of fact, Hugo wa'3 greatly relieved, for Who could have thought of trouble then The sun he did not care to risk another encounter with those was shining brightly, and the atmosphere as clear as desperate men. a bell. No sail had been seen; there was nothing to Before this discovery was made Young Klondike had lead Young Klondike to suppose that danger was been down twice, and each visit to the deep sea dig-lurking near, and yet so it was. At that very mogings resulted in several basket loads of gold. ment evil eyes were peering out at him from among the thick bushes on the island. CHAPTER XII. While they ate and rested a boat had pulled up to this same island by another way. They might have seen it if they had been looking, but they were not. "This is in the line of the nugget bed, I sup-THE BATTLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. I pose?" remarked Dick. "It don't seem so at all to me, but I suppose you know." "GOING to try it ao-ain after dinner Ned?" asked j "I'm sure of it," replied Ned. "Of course I can't Dick, as our Klondikers sat down before Edith's j tell if the run out this far, but I think it's bountiful spread on the ledges, now laid bare by the worth the try. outflowing tide. When they got in around behind the island, the Edith never forgot to look after the housekeeping boat was anchored close to shore and Ned took a end of the business. Of course she couldn't do much sounding. to help on the work in a case like this, but she could The lead reported ninety feet of water. and did see that Ned and Dick were provided with "Your deep hole can't be here then," Dick re-the yery best of food. marked. "I see no reason why I shouldn't go down two or "It don't look so. St.ill the rise may be gradual, three times more," replied Ned. "Everything has and there's nothing to hinder the nuggets being here worke d like a charm this morning, and unless Dick just the same." f l I "Going down?" e e s that he wants to try it m ready for business again just as soon as I'm through here." "Yes; right away now." "I don't want any more of it," replied Dick. "The I "Shall I let the basket down right. you as we diving I did day before yesterday is quite enough." did at the other place, or shall I wait till I get the "There ain't much fun in it, that's a fact; but signal?" when it pays as well as it did these last few times, a "Better wait for the signal. I may want to come fellow kind of hates to give it up." right up." "That's right," said Dick. "How do things look Ned now proceeded to get into his diving-suit and down there now, Ned? Any falling off in the Dick put on the helmet. Dick understood working the supply?" air pump all right by this time, and there seemed no "Falling off! Not a bit. There are nuggets do'rn i possibility of any miss. there till you can't rest. You never saw anything Ned dropped over the side and vanished with a like it in all your life." cheerful wave of the hand. "And yet I suppose we'd find it hard work to make Dick sat watching the place where he had disap-anyone believe we ever took this gold out of the deep peared with his hand on the air pump, so intent on sea." his own reflections that he failed to hear the slight "Do you think it will be worth our while to try it noise behind him, which otherwise he might easily again?" asked Edith. have heard. "Not this fall. As I said before the risk is too It was a man swimming toward the boat, and that great. Next summer we might make another move man was Judd. a t it. I believe three months' steady work here_ would With as little noise as possible he came alongside, yield a couple of millions." and catching the gunwale moved the boat a .nd made Dick was for doing it and began to lay out plans his presence known. for the next summer. Many divers were to be em. Dick was terribly startled. ployed, and the work to be carried out on a large He struck at him he sprang aboard, but Judd scale. It just suited Dick to build castles in the a .ir, dodged. but after all there was no nonsense about this busi-Realizing his danger, Dick drew his revolver, and ne s s for there was the gold. would have fired, but before he could cock it Judd was After dinner Ned prepared to make another descent upon him, and dealt the boy a stunning blow between and with Dick returned to the boat. the eyes, which sent him back unconscious in the "I think we'll tackle the nugget bed in a new boat. place," he said. "My idea is that it runs out behind "H'gosh, I've done it!" shouted Judd. "Come that island over there, and I'm willing to put in one I on, Martin! Young Klondike is at my mE:)rcy now." trip to find out." There was Martin Toner, too. He was swimming l A


YOUNG DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. 2 9 over from the island, and in a moment joined Judd in gan to get excited. He could not understand why the boat. Dick failed to respond. "Keep quiet;'' he said. We don't want to have He was just about to go up to find out what the to tackle the girl till we've finished with these two. matter was for himself, when he suddenly perceived a. Wait, I'll tie Luckey up. Look to your air pump, man wearing a diving-suit coming toward him. Judd. We don't want our game to die on our hands." "It's Dick!" he thought. "He's taken it into his Judd was already at the pump and he made no head to come down. Edith is at the pump. Well, reply to this remark. well!" Martin Toner was for blackmail still, in spite of what He was half angry to think that Dick should have had occurred, but Judd was for murder. It looked I deserted his post, and half pleased to see his friend very bad for Ned just then, for this man was of a there in the deep sea, and he hurried forward to meet sullen and revengeful disposition, and he had fully made him, at the same time pointing to the nuggets which up his mind that Young Klondike should not be lay strewn all over the sand. spared. The man moved steadily forward, making no sign "Ha, ha !" chuckled Toner; "we are right in it. of recognition until he was close to Young Klondike Lucky thing for us that the fishing boat took us off who, to his surprise, now saw that the mysterious the rocks just when it did. Well, Judd, what do you diver was a larger man than Dick. think now oI my scheme of buying a boat from them Who could it be ? Hugo? and hanging around here a while? Will it pay? I Ned saw at a glance that this was impossible, for guess yes! .All I ask is to capture Young Klondike Hugo was a perfect giant. and hold him for ransom. That's better than wastClose to him now the diver stopped and peered at ing one's time gold digging. Half a million is my him through the window of his helmet, andNedpeer price and I'm going to stick to it, for just as sure as ing back saw to his horror that he was looking upon you and me are sitting in this boat I'll get it in the the evil countenance of Judd. end." Here was a treacherous business, but where was "Just so," said Judd, looking at the diving-suit in Dick? the boat. Ned's heart sank as he gave the signal line one last "What's that?" asked Toner as the signal rope despairing pull, and started to dispose of his weights. Too late! In an instant Judd darted forward, and made for Ned's air tube, to cut which meant instant was shaken. "Don't know. He's signaling for something. death! Guess I'll go down and see." "Oh no I wouldn't do that. Yes, I'm going to do it. I'm going to settle with Young Klondike in the deep sea. " Perhaps you could get onto this gold business at the same time. If there really is anything down here we w::\.nt to know it, I suppose." "I tell you there is. Didn't I see the gold they brougltt up with my own eyes? I'm going down and I'm going to locate the diggings. After that we can handle him just the same." "But suppose the girl comes?" "Shoot her, then. Come now, Martin, don't raise any more objections. You know you promised to give me this chance." "So I did, aind you shall have it," growled Toner. "Anyhow, I'd like to have your opinion about this deep sea gold." Judd now proceeded to get into the spare divingsuit which was in the boat. He had made up his differences with Martin Toner, and felt no fear, for the man had been a diver him self and knew just what to do. While these preparations were going on, the sig nal rope was shaken again and again. It was not the signal that Ned wanted to come up; what he was after was the basket, for be had found the nuggets just as plenty here as on the other side of the island. After pulling the signal line many times, Ned be L_ * * * the surface Martin Toner was sitting in the boat half wishing that he could go down himself, when Edith, through with her work on the ledges now, came around the point of the island in her boat. It will not be difficult to judge of her horror when she caught sight of a stranger in Dick's place, but what must have been Dick's feelings, back to con sciousness now, and lying there in the bottom of the boat, helpless to make a move. "Toner!" he groaned out. "Oh, Toner Is it you-where's Judd?" "Ho You've come back to life again, have you ?" chuckled Toner. "So, so! Now's a good time for me to settle this business! Where's Judd, do you say? Why, J1:1dd is at the bottom of the sea. He's gone down there to kill Young Klondike, and he'll do it, too, the moment I give him the signal which I I'm going to give him, mark you, unless I succeed in brmging you to terms." Dick's heart almost ceased to beat. For himself he cared nothing-It was Ned. "What terms do you want ?" he asked. "Speak up I'll do anything you say !" Ha Ha Ha Will you ? Will you ? So my time has come at last, has Tell me, Luckey, have you the power to sign for the firm?" "Yes." Got your check book with you ?" Yes, yes F'


.. 30 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEEP SEA DIGGINGS. "Will you object to signing a little check, say for half a million, drawn to my order?" "I'll sign it," said Dick, promptly, "the moment Ned Golden is back in this boat alive." "That won't do, you must sign it now. If you don't I give Judd the signal, and at the same time chop Young Klondike's air tube with this little hatchet." And the wretch took up a hatchet which lay in the bottom of the boat and held it over the air tube. Poor Dick's breath was almost gone as he gasped out: , I'll sign! I'll sign!" Yes, and more than that-you must write on the back of the check that it can't be stopped; that--" Crack! Suddenly a shot was fired, and Toner, with a wild cry, flung up his hands and fell over backward in the boat. Poor Dick! He was more startled than ever now. Perhaps it was E;dith who had fired, but even so it might mean death to Ned, for was not Judd down there with him in the deep sea? He could not raise himself to look, for he was tied fast ; but if it had been possible to have done so, he would have seen Edith coming around the island on one side, while the Twilight, with the Minnie in tow, was rounding it on the other. Suddenly there came a dark shadow, and a diver dropped between tht:!m. He was a man of giant proportions, and he carried a hatchet in his gloved hand. "Hugo!" thought Ned, and then a f.eeling of unspeaka ble relief. Well might it be so! The battle was over. Judd recognized his master, and dropping his weights went flying to the surface. He came up only to be captured/too, for Edith was already ill the boat and Dick was free. Ned was up a moment later to find Judd a prisoner. Then Hugo came up and boarded the Minnie. "Hooray !" shouted the dancing a jig on the deck. "Hold him, bo.Y s Don't let him slip you this time! By the Jumping Jeremiah, I'll never rest until I've clapped the handcuffs on that man!" And the detective had the satisfaction of doing that very thing a motnent later when the Twilight came alongside the boat. With the snap of those handcuffs our story ends, for it was all smooth sailing after that. Judd was imprisoned on the Minnie, and Martin Toner, who was not badly hurt by any means, kept him company. Later, the party returned to St. Michaels, and the two scoundrels were lodged in jail. But Young Klondike was not the sort to allow a little scare like this to interfere with business. They The Unknown stood at the bow with a smoking rifle in his hand. remained two days longer at the deep sea diggings, "Don't be frightened, Edith r" he shouted. "We'll both Ned and Hugo going down many times. When save him! Hugo is ready to go down !" the!. finally up stakes and back, the Blessings on Hugo for bringing duplicate apparatus carried more t .han a hundred thousaLd dolon that trip! lars m gold. With the intention of going down directly he Of course t .heir arrival at St. Michaels created the reached the ledges, the diver had made everything greatest excitement, for Ned made no effort to con ready before they rounded the island and discovered ceal their good fortune. how necessary was his presence in the deep sea. The result was a grand rush for the mouth-of the Even as the Unknown spoke he dropped over the Yukon, after Young Klondike's party started on the side and sank out of sight. up-river stream for Dawson City, and for a week Would he be m time? Hugo's services were in great demand, and Judd was It was doubtful. let out of jail and put to work, too. The battle between the divers was already in prog'I Then came a great storm and for days nothing was ress, and Young Klondike was holding his own. done, and when Hugo went down after it was all No spoken word, no blow struck-that was not the j over, he found that the sand ha. d worked into the de-way they fought, oh, no pression, and not a nugget was to be seen. Each was struggling to get at the other's air tube, Perhaps some other storm may in time wash them each was dodging this way and that. One nip on that clear again, but for the present Young Klondike's thin line of rubber which came trailing down from Deep Sea Diggings will have to be abapdoned, and we above, and the battle was lost for one and won for the shall hear no more of them, but follow our hero other. through another train of startling adventures in the To Young Klondike it was the most terrible experi-next number of this series, the title of wbjch is ence of his life, as he went jumping about on those I "YouNG KLONDIKE'S WINTER CAMP; OR, MINING golden sands. UNDER THE SNOW." (THE END.]


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