Young Klondike's winter camp, or, Mining under the snow


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Young Klondike's winter camp, or, Mining under the snow
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Issue d Semi-Mo11tl1ly-By Subsc1iptio11 Sl.25 per yect1', Entered as Seccmd Class Matter at the New Yo r k Post Office, by Frank Tousey. No. 120. NEW YORI{, DECEMBER 7, 1898. 5 Cents. "Jump!" snarled Bill Boggs. "Jump, or we 'll blow holes throug h your heads!" But Young Klondike and the Unknown still hesitated, for to jump and miss their footing on the other side meant certain death.

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Stories of a Gold Seeker. Issued Senii-.Monthly-By Subscription $1.25 p e r y ear. E11te1ed as Second Class 11Intte1' at the New York, N. Y., Post Offic e March 15, 1898. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1898, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, IVashinoton, D. C., by Frank 1'o1tsey, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 20. NEW YORK, December 7, 1898. Price 5 OR, MINING UNDER THE SNOW. BY AUTHOR OF YOUNC KLONDIKE. CHAPTER I. THE RUSH TO NINE MILE CREEK. WINTER had set in and Dawson City was prepared for its five months' isolation from the civilized world, when the whole town was thrown into a fever of excitement by the announcement of the great gold dis coveries on Nine Mile creek. Young Klondike happened to be in Dawson City at the time and so were his partners, Dick Luckey, Edith Welton and that mysterious little man who accompanied him in all his wanderings. We refer to the detective who passed under the name of the Unknown, for the excellent reason that he preferred to keep his identity secret. To no onenot even to Young Klondike himself-had the Un known revealed his name. So this certainly could not be his errand when he burst into the room in the hotel where Ned Golden and Dick Luckey were still in bed, shouting at the top of his lungs: Get up, boys Get up No time for snoozing now! I've got something I want to tell." "Is it your name?" asked Dick, with one eye open, putting his head out from under the clothes. "Not much!" echoed Young Klondike, from the other side of the bed. When the Unknown tells his name he's going to take a day off to do it, and he won't choose so cold a day as this, you bet." "Why, it is cold," replied the detective, seating himself beside the bed. The mercury has got down to fifty below this morning. By the Jumping Jere miah, I think the end of my nose was nipped in the night." "Tell us your news," said Young Klondike. "But B.rst of all, what time is it?" "It's half-past four," replied the detective, with a chuckling laugh. "Half-past four! What in thunder do you mean by waking us up at such an unearthly hour?" "Business !" "What business?" "Ned, there's been a big strike up at Nine Mile creek." "No!" "Yes, sir!" "How do you know ?" "Heard it just in Paddy Grogan's gambling house about eleven o'clock last night. Saw the crowd around the place and went in to see what the row was about." "That hits us hard," sa:id Dick. "You bet it does! We've got a hundred acres along Nine Mile creek." This was the true state of the case. A big gold discovery on Nine Mile creek might mean a great deal for Young Klondike, or rather for the firm of Golden & Luckey, as their partnership was styled. Ned knew at once that the Unknown must have ma de some highly important discovery or he never would have come in and wakened them at this early hour. He sprang out of bed and began pulling on his clothes, while the detective stirred the fire, which had been kept up all night in the sheet iron wood stove. "Tell it, Zed-tell it!" he exclaimed. "If there is anything that concerns our Nine Mile creek purchase we want to know it, that's all." ''It concerns us just this much-there's going to be a rush to Nine Mile creek." "When?'' "Right now !" To-day ?" You bet There's half a dozen parties getting

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.. ... us .... 2 YOUNG KLONDI KE'S W I N'l'Elt CAMP ready for an early start this very morning. If they squat on our land and jump claims you know what the result will be." Phew I should say so We've got to go to Nine Mile creek, Dick. Get up! Don't waste a minute We must dress and call Edith. There's no t ime to be lost." "Edith is already called," said t.he Unknown, in his abrupt way. "I attended to that." "Then we've got to get a dog sled, and--" "The dog sled is already got. It's at the door now." "Hello! You are prompt, old man." "Well, now, we've got to be prompt if we expect to accomplish anything in the way of heading those fellows off, and don t you forget it." "It's like you to see to all this. I suppose the pro visions are all la id in and the mining tools, and instead of one dog sled there are three or four ; in fact, you've got everything in shape to start a winter camp." "That's what I have, dear boy. When I set out to do anything I don't let grass grow under my feet. "Even if you sit up all night to do it," said Dick, Hand I make no doubt that's what you have been doing now." Dick had hit the situation exactly. The minute the Unknown saw that big display of golden nuggets brought into Paddy Grogan's by two prospectors down from Nine Mile creek, he knew that there was bound to be a rush to the new diggings. It was characteristic of the man to go right to work and prepare for the journey without disturbing his friends. He went on to describe what had been said by the prospectors as the boys finished dressing. A little later they all went down into the parlor where Edith was found waiting for them. "So we are off on another journey it seems," was her greeting; as Ned and Dick came hurrying into the room. "So it seems," replied Ned, "but it's only to Nine Mile creek.' That's fifty miles; quite enough of a trip with the thermometer at fifty below "Perhaps you'd better not go, Edith." "As though I would consent to be left behind I guess not! If you boys are going, I'm going, too!" This was Edith all over. The brave girl was always ready for any new enterprise which might come up. "There's at least six parties going to start this morning," said the Unknown, coming in just then, "and among others is one led by Bill Boggs." "Bill Boggs! He's the fellow we drove off our claim up on El Dorado creek?" demanded Ned. "That's who he is!" "Exactly. Well, then, there's going to be trouble sure. Bill Boggs swore that he wo uld be revenged o n me. He knows well enough that the Nine Mile creek belongs to us." "That's what he does. The only thing for us to do is to be first on the ground, and start work going. Once we've done that all of those fellows will have to come to us if they want to do any gold digging on tbe creek." "Is everything ready for a start ?" asked Edith. "Everything," replied the Unknown. "Then the sooner we are off, the better," said Ned, and he led the way down -stairs. Early as was the hour many people were stirring i n Dawson City that morning. Men muffled up to the eyes were darting out of one building and into another. Lights twinkled in the store windows, dog teams were flying here and there, for the miners had pro visions to purchase and many preparations to make before it would be safe to start on the long journey up the frozen Klondike to Nine Mile creek. There were three big sleds, with six dogs each, in waiting in front of the hotel. These were the best teams in tmyn, and belonged to one Francois Le Bault, a profeesional dog raiser, who made a business of supplying teams to anyone who wanted them. In being first on the ground to engage the Le Bault teams and Le Bault himself as driver, the Un known had done a very shrewd thing. Moreover the detective had been most thorough in his preparations. Of course the fact that he had unlimited capital to work with helped him along. On one sled was a full supply of mining tools picks, shovels, pans, etcetera. On the next provis ions enough for a month were loaded, and on top of the load were two tents strapped down. The third sled was reserved for Young Klondike and Edith. This was big enough for four, but it was only pro posed to take three. Le Bault was to drive and Ned and Edith to be passengers. Dick was to drive the second sled, changing off with Ned from time to time, and the U nlmown was to drive the third. In spite of the early hour, quite a number of men came out of the hotel to see the party start. "B'gosh, them boys don't let grass grow under their feet none," said a grizzled miner who stood near the bar-room door. "Here's this strike only given out last night, and now they are on their way to the Nine Mile creek. Wish to goodness it wasn't so cold and I'd go. with them. Hello Here comes Bill Boggs! B'gosh he's off for the creek, too!" Around a corner, at some distance down the street, a dog-team came flying, driven by a roughlooking fellow, wrapped up to the eyes in a blanket coat. Young Klondike caught sight of him almost as soon as the old miner did In Dawson City, when the thermometer is away down below zero, it is difficult to recognize one's b est .,

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r I I 1 YOU"KG KLONDIKE' S WINTER CA.MP. 3 fri e nd, but N e d r e cogniz e d Bill Boggs, and sllouted "That fellow m eans to crowd vs," said Francois. t o Fra ncois to start the team. "Wait; I'll give him a dose." "Don't l e t him get in ahead of us !" he cried. "If It was a great trick of these dog drivers to cut one w e can get the lead we ought to be able to keep it." another off in this way. All w a s ready and Francois, with a twirl of his Once the dogs get entangled in their harness, it is whip, brought down the lash upon the forward dogs. very difficult to straighten them out again, and this Away flew the sle d toward the levee, where it was I is very apt to occur when another sled comes flying to pass out upon the frozen river. across their path. "Hoora y, hooray for Young Klondike!" shouted Young Klondike watched Francois in silence. the old miner. He knew the man perfectly well. Francois had M any took up the cry. driven for him before, and he felt that he could trust N e d Golden was a very popular character in Daw-him to hold his own. son City. "He means to drive right into us!" cried Edith, The dogs trotte d down the levee and out upon the after a moment. "He'll get the dogs all snarled up ice, follow e d by the sleds driven by Dick and the Unsure. Can't something be done?" known. "Trust Francois. Leave it all to him," said Ned. The rush to Nine.Mile creek was on, for Bill Boggs But Francois just kept on his way, and apparently w a s right behind them, and there would be a dozen had no intention of going out of it, until Boggs, who, othe r sleds out of Dawson City during the day. by the way, was also an expert driver, was right But as usual, Golden & Luckey were ahead of all upon him, then all at once Francois pulled his team competitors. abruptly around, and rushed head on for the other Young Klondike was off for his winter camp. sled. CHAPTER II. LOST IN THE STORM. IT i s dangerous work traveling by dog sled up the Klondike with. the thermometer at fifty below. No part of the body can be exposed for an instant without freezing. The only wonder is that the dogs c a n hold their own. And yet; Young Klondike and Edith f elt comfortable enough. They were now well use d to this sort of thing and knew just how to prep a r e for it. N e d wore a bearskin coat which reached from his head to his heels with a hood coming up around the head. Fur glove s and a thick woolen mask for the face completed the outside protection. There were thick moccasins, of course, and the eyes were protected by snow gog gles, which fit closely. Edit. h w a s simil arly attired and Dick was Ned's duplicat e but the Unknown would wear his t a ll hatanothe r p eculiarity of his-which he pulled down over a thick '\v oolen cap, covering his entire face, with eye holes and place, giving it a chance to also do duty as a mask. "There come s Boggs !" cried Edith, looking back as the y ran off on the ice. "He's going to cut in ah ead of us, y ou see." The prospector was driving a long sled loaded with goods which c arried three men in addition to himself. Instead of coming down upon the levee immediately b e hind Young Klondike's teams, as he properly should have done, Boggs had driven his dogs further on, and now suddenly turning, was heading out upon the ice directly across Ned's path. It was dangerous business. Edith held her breath. Francois knew what he was about, and in a moment Boggs saw that he was caugl;it. He either had to turn or have his dogs hopelessly entangled with those of the other sled. "Look out of the way there, you blame chump Where are you driving ?'' he roared. "Driving t.o Nine Mile creek! Hoop-la Look out yourself !" cried Francois, lashing his dogs ahead. Somebody had to turn now. Boggs knew that Francois was a most skillful driver and he wisely came to the conclusion that his little game was :r;>layed out. He turned his dogs and would have sheered off to the right, but Francois was ready to he a d him off and turned also, and in such a way as to clear his dogs, and at the same time swing his sled around against the other. It. struck it with fearful force, and it was a trifle topheavy owing to the poor arrangement of its load; over it went and all in an instant Boggs and his com panions were sprawling in the snow. It was a bad job for Boggs. He held on desperately and was dragged along some distance before he could stop the dogs. "Ah, there! Stay there!" cried the Unknown, as he and Dick went flying past. Young Klondike was already far in advance, and they left Boggs breathing vengeance, and went fly ing on up the frozen river. This was the first brush with the enemy, but the end was not yet, as Young Klondike was destined to learn. A run of twenty miles was made before daylight, and that meant after nine o'clock. As soon as it was light enough to see, Ned rose up on the sled and took a look behind them. "You won't see him, said Francois, "for he ain't there.''

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YOUNG KLON DIKE'S W IN'l'ER CAMP. "We've him e ntirely!" shouted the Un known from the rear shed. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, Francois, that was the slickest thing ever I s:iw !" Francois gave a grunt and drove on. He was a man of few words, and did not care to talk about what he had done. "Do you think it would be safe to stop for break fast?" asked Ned. "I'm getting rather hungry, and I'm sure we'd all feel the hetter for a cup of hot cof fee and something to eat." Perfectly safe," replied Francois. I'm ready to bet that Bill Boggs had his harness broken. It will take time to patch it up, and anyhow my team can knock his out any day in the week. He's miles be hind." "Then it's a halt," said Ned, and they selected a place where there was an overhanging ledge of rocks, and the halt was made. It had grown suddenly warmer. Ned's pocket thermometer registered only two degrees above zero. Face masks were removed, and preparations for breakfast began. While Francois attended to the dogs, Dick and the Unknown gathered wood and built a roaring fire on the snow Ned unpacked the provisions and assisted Edith to make the coffee. In a little while breakfast was all ready and they ate it in peace, for nothing was seen of the enemy, if Boggs could still be considered such. Be that as it might there was another and more dangerous enemy approaching, and Francois was the first to become aware of that fact. It was not clouding over, but the wind was sighing dismally among the spruces. Francois looking about uneasily, declared there was going to be a storm. "Do you feel sure of it?" asked Ned. "I've been watching the wind. It's in the right qua-rter for snow, to be sure, but don't you see there's not a cloud in the sky." "Can't help that," said Francois. "There's a storm coming sure. You'll see the clouds rise after a bit." "What makes you feel so certain?" "Now don't ask me to tell you I only know it, that's all. If you'd been up here in these parts as long as I have, you'd understand that it is impossible for me to make a mistake." "You're an old habitant, aren't you, Francois?" asked Ned, using the term applied to the French Can adian fur hunters, whose lives have been spent in the frozen North. "A regular old timer," replied Francois. I was born at Fort Black, up on Mackenzie's river. My father was a Hudson's Bay Company man before me I ought to know something about this country. "Did you know that there was g o ld here when you were a boy ?" asked Dick. "Why, we always k n ew t here was g old here," replied Francois. I can re.member as far back as when I was a boy the Indians bringing great quantities of nuggets into the fort. We weren't allowed to touch 'em in them days. They all went to the company, but once in a while some of our peop le wou l d make a strike on his own account. Many a man has made his fortune and left the company's employ to go South and enjoy it, but the thing was not talked about, for we were all sworn to secrecy The H ud son's Bay Company did not want any rush up this way, and consequently they took mighty good care that nobody should know about the gol d. It was interesting to listen to the old habitant's talk, for he was full of reminiscences of the days when the Hudson's Bay Company ruled this wild land. Before they could load up the sleds again the sky had all clouded over,. and the wind was blowing good and strong. But asyet there was no snow, although it was now quite evident that it was coming. Still Young Klon dike had strong hopes that it would hold off until they could reach the Nine Mile creek Splendid time was made as long as the light lasted. Snow did not come with the going down of the sun as was expected, and ;:i,fter some talk it was decided to push on for two hours more to the camp of the Wellsted Mining Company. This was quite a large camp. I t had once been the property of Golden & L uckey, but not proving profitable they sold it out to a man named Wellsted who struck it rich within a week. Since then the W ellsted Mine had become one of the institutions of the Klondike. Ned Golden knew that he would be welcome there if they could succeed in making the mine before the storm began. On they flew, the dogs never seeming to tire until at last the snowflakes begap to come into Ned's face "The snow is coming !" exclaimed Edith, getting it at the same time. "How far a .re we from W ellsted's now ?" shouted Dick, who had felt the snow too "About nine miles," Ned called back. s We shall be able to make it if we don't get the snow too thick." They were to get it thicker than Young Klondike had ever seen it before, or was likely to see it again. Wit.B.in twenty minutes they were in the midst of a perfect whirl of snow, with the wind blowing a good ninety miles an hour. It was all that the dogs could do to pull the heavy sleds, for a blizzard-the blizzard of the season had come upon them now. No talking after that. It was impossible to make oneself heard above the howling of the wind No one knew bet\er than Young Klondike how ser ious it was. If they did not succeed in reaching the Wellsted mine soon, it would be necessary to go into camp somewhere on the shore of the froze n river. This meant danger to the dogs and perhaps death. P e rhaps it meant death to themsel ves the r e was

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YOUNG K LONDIKE'S WINTER C AMP. 5 no telling. Many a party of prospectors had started out with prospects just as bright as theirs had been, and in the end had perished in the storm. "As long as Francois can stand it I can," thought Ned, and he shouted to Edith to know if she was cold. "No; I'm all right," replied Edith. "I'm bundled up so warm that it is impossible to feel the cold. I can stand it as long as the dogs can, that's sure." The trouble was not with the forward sled, and Ned was quite prepared for the worst when a shout from Dick brought them to a halt. He looked back and saw that Dick had halted his dogs, and so he had Francois pull in. "Where's the Unknown?" cried Edith. "I can't see hirh at all." "Back there somewhere, no doubt," said Francois, brushing the snow off his face with one sweep of the hand. "We must go back and see what's the matter with Mr. Luckey. I've no doubt the dogs ate stuck. I have been expecting to hear from him for the last ten minutes. I don't believe we shall be ahle to keep on." Here was interesting intelligence! Ned's heart sank as they hurried back to Dick. "It's the dogs," shouted Dick. "One of them will lie down. I don't believe I can make them go any further. They are played out." "Where's the Unknown?" bawled Ned, for the wind was blowing so that it was all he could do to make Dick hear. It was as though they were lost in an ocean of fall ing snow flakes. All was one grand whirl. "Blow the horn, Ned roared Dick, hardly making himself heard. Each sled had been provided with a horn, in anticipation of just such a necessity as this. Ned now blew a shrill blast, and waited for the answer which did not come. This was most alarming, but still the wind was against them, and there was a possibility that the Unknown did not hear. "Try it again !" shouted Dick. "Heavens! If any thing has happened to poor old Zed, I shall be ready to give up in despair!" Again and again the horn was blown, but the howl ing wind brought no answer back. Already the tracks of the sleds were rapidly disappearing. Ned saw that the situation was very ser ious. It was doubtful if they could reach the Un known. How long is it since you last saw him?" lie asked Dick. Must be as much as fifteen minutes ; it might be more." "You ought not to have let it run so long." "Don't blame me, Ned. I had all I could do t o look after the dogs about that time." "Well, now, I suppose you had, Dick, and I won't say a word. What's to be done, though? We can't abandon the U nlmown, and for Edith's sake we ought to go back!'' "I suppose he's behind. I haven't seen him for "Blow the horn again. We may be lucky enough some minutes," answered Dick. to make him hear this time." Ned raised his voice and shouted: "Zed! Zed" as Ned put the horn to his lips and blew a fearful loud as possible. blast. No reply came back. . Th h 1 f tl d th .ith I This time it was answered, but the sound seemed to e ow mg o ie wm among e .,rees on e . h th 1 d come from the rig ht, and not directly m front of them s ore was e on Y soun as it ou00ht to have done. "The dogs can go no further," was Franc01s' de"' spairin.,. announcement now. "We've crot to give it "We've got turned around!" declared Ned. up N 0 help for it. We'll have try to make I "That's what's the matter with us. We thought we a could hold our own in all this whirl, but the fact is we "While you are picking out a place I'll go back are no better able to do it than anyone else.'.' and see if I can see anything of the Unknown. I'm They now pressed boldly forwa:d, expectmg every beginning to get a good deal worried about him." mstant to make. out the Unknowns sled. "You don't go alone said Dick. I won't have They had not gone far before they heard the horn that." again, and saw a man coming toward them through I'll put on the snow-shoes; it's all right," de-the snow. clared Ned, "but I feel worried about the Un"There he is! There's Zed!" cried Dick. "The known." The snow-shoes had been so placed that they could put their hands on them at any moment. Dick still insisting put on a pair also, and leaving Edith in the care of Francois, the two boys started back through the storm. To understand the danger of their situation it is quite necessary that one should have been in the far North, or at least have seen a blizzard on our Western plains. Before they had taken twenty steps, they could no longer see the sleds. dogs must have given out, just as I supposed." "Hello Hello, boss!" shouted the man. Fancy Young Klondike's feelings It was the voice of Francois and not the Unknown. The habitant came staggering up all out of breath. "Have you found him?" he demanded. "No, no!" gasped Ned. "We haven't found him at all." Then it's too late to do anything now. Unless he can save himself he is lost. There is no help that we can give him. We've got all we can do to help our sehes

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6 YOUNG KLONDIKE'!S WIN'l'ER CAMP. "But we can't abandon him," said Dick. "I am to blame for this! I will never do it !" "You must There isn't a moment to be lost in getting back to Miss Edith." "But our provisions-what is to be done? We may starve before we get through." "Back Back!" bawled Francois, above the howling of the wind. "Back as you value your lives!" The boys turned and followed him, for they saw that there was no time to be lost. Every moment they expected to see the sleds loom up out of the darkness, but they did not appear. Nothing was to be seen but that eternal whirl of whitened flakes. All tracks were now obliterated, even those made by Francois and themselves-something which ought not to have been. "This won't do !"shouted Young Klondike. "Blow the horn, Francois!" "No use!" groaned the dog-driver. "I've made a botch of it. Miss Edith ha;s no horn; she cannot reply to the signal, even if she hears." Young Klondike's heart almost ceased to beat. He knew only too well what all this meant. Francois had forgotten which way he came; they were off on another track altogether. For a few moments they on and then the awful truth was apparent to all. The worst thing that can happen to any man in the Klondike country had happened to them. The-y had been overtaken by the blizzard and were lost in the storm. CHAPTER III. THE LONE HUT UNDER THE OLIFF. "Stop !" shouted Ned. "This won't do! Francois, do you know where we are?" "No!" bawled the dog driver. "I.give it up, boss. I don't know anything about it!" "Dick, how do you feel? How are you standing it?" asked Ned. "I'm tired,'' panted Dick. "lf I could only lie down a few minutes I'd be all right. Just long enough for me to get my breath." "No, no!" shouted Francois. "You mustn't do it! To lie down now means sure death." "He won't do it,'.' said Ned, throwing his arm about his partner. "Listen, Francois, we are going round and round in a circle. You don't deny that ?" Can't deny it That's just what we are doing, boss." "It must be stopped or we shall all perish. You go one way and we'll go the other. Keep on blowing as you go, and we'll ar.swer. It will give us two chances to one, and may help us to find the shore." It was so agreed, and now they separated, Ned supporting Dick and encouraging him all be could. Every moment or two the horns tooted. For a little while the sounds grew further and further apart, and then seemed to come together again. Young Klondike thought that they were describing the same old circle ; something that everyone seems bound to do under such circumstances as these. "We'll be together again ma moment,'' said Ned. "Dick, how do you feel now ?" Sleepy, Ned." "Cold?" "No." "Great Heavens! don't say it! That means you are freezing. Try to rouse yourself, Dick. Try it for my sake!" "I have tried, Ned. I am trying-it's no use." Ned blew the horn again. When the answer came it sounded very near. All at once a bright light shown out through the To describe the happenings of the next half hour so darkness, and at the same instant a voice shouting far as Ned Golden, Dick Luckey and Francois the something unintelligible, made itself heard. dog driver were concerned would be tedious, ior all "There's Francois, now! He's struck the sled! they did was to wander on through the snow, hope-It's Edith's lantern!" cried Ned. "Brace up, Dick! lessly blowing the horn. Once we get you under the bearskins you will be all The signal was never answered. It grew darker right! Brace up, old man! You are saved!" and darker. They staggered on, and in a moment saw trees and Every instant increased their danger. rocks ahead of them. Silence had now come upon all. It was no use to The horn was still blowing, and the light grew talk and very hard to make each other hear. brighter and brig):lter until at last the boys, to their What they were now aiming at was to strike the unbounded astonishment, saw a small log hut built bank of the Klondike if possible. Here they might in under a precipice. The door stood open invitingly, find shelter and save their own lives, while to remain ana there was a bright fire burning within. A man out upon the river meant death. stood in the doorway waving a lantern and blowing a And terrible as it seemed, all thought of Edith and horn. the Unknown had to be abandoned. They had their "Look, Dick! Look!" cried Ned. "It's the Unown lives to look to and as matters now stood it was known !" doubtful if they could be saved. Here was a genuine surprise. At last Ned saw that Dick's strength was begin-1 "Ye gods and little fishes! Is it you, boys!" shoutning to fail him. He had expected this, for Dick was. ed the detectivb. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I gave by no means as strong as himself. I you up forever Thought you were clean lost.

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Y O UNG KLONDIKE'S W1N TER CAMP 7 Where's Edith ? Where's Francois-where are the sleds aind the dogs?" "Lost. I'm a fraid, replied Ned, dismally. "Oh, Z e d, we a r e in trouble. Dick is clean gone. I'm afra id he's fro ze n. Help me to get his clothes off and rub him down." It was a time for work and not for talk, but still E dith could not b e 'forgotten and the detective gently r eminde d N e d of this. "You are r i ght," repli e d Ned. "I'll attend to Dick. You k ee p the horn a-going. I suppose it is all w e c a n do." So N e d got Dick down by the fire on a big bearskin, strippe d off his clothes, and rubbed him with whisky, something h e was most fortunately able to do for their stores w ere all at hand. Outside the hut was. a shed, and in the shed was the team all right, with all the stores and m any of t h eir other b elongings aboard. This s a v e d Dick's life undoubtedly, for he was half unconsc ious whe n Ned put him down by the fire. Fiftee n minute s l ater Dick was stowed away in a bunk, wraippe d in the bearskin and fast asleep. And still the Unknown stood outside the door blow in g the horn. Just a s N e d finished with Dick, he opened the door and came in. "H's no use dear boy ; we've got to give it up." "Can nothing be done?" asked Ned, dismally. "Nothing. How is it with Dick ?" "It's a ll right. How came you here? What place 1 is this? R e m ember, I know nothing. I thought I knew every c amp on the banks of the Klondike, but I don't remembe r ever seeing this before." "Don't ask m e dear boy. I know nothing of this pla ce, not even how I got here. When I lost Dick I made ev ery effort to ov ertake him, but I drove and drove and holl ered and yelled and blew the horn till I was ho arse All no use. I couldn't make it and the n ext I kne w I was here at this hut. What was there for m e t o do the n but to put up the dogs and build a fire? Nothing; and by the Jumping Jeremiah, I did it, and had no more than finished than I heard your horn blow." The r e w a s plenty of time for Ned to tell his story, for the night wore on and brought no change. Of course there w a s no thought of sleep. At intervals the horn was blown, but the wind blew out upon the river, and the sounds were whirled away. If Edith and Francois still lived it was quite possible that the y might hear the horn, but the answering signa l must in evitably b e blown away. As morning approache d the storm began to abate, and whe n Dick woke up just before daylight, it was gone. Where in the world am I, Ned ?" exclaimed Dick, raising himse lf in the bunk. Expla n ations followed. From the time Francois left them Dick remembered nothing and yet he had walked a long distance through the snow. "It's terrible about Edith. Terrible !" he said. "We never should have left her. We might have known that the Unknown would land on his feet-he al ways does." He had scarcely spoken, when a horn sounded outside. All ran out of the hut, Ned seizing the horn and blowing a tremendous blast. It wa. s immediately answered, but that was all the good it did. They could see nothing, for drifts mount ain high; were all about them. The answering signal came from beyond the drifts, and it gave them hope, but with that they had to be contented, for their shouts remained unanswered except for the occasional blowing of the horn. someone over there," said the Unknown, "and we've got to dig out. Take it easy. Don't doubt that those people, whoeYer the y may be, a .re all right. If they had not found shelte r they must h ,ave perished in the storm." Morning now began to davvn. As the sun rose Ned looked around him and gave a great shout. "Well, well, well!" he cried; "This is great busi ness. Know what place this is, Dick?" "No," said Dick. "Of course I don't." "And you, Zed ? You can guess who owns this house?" "I can guess all day, but shall I ever hit it? I think not." "We do." "No!" "You bet !" "You must be crazy!" "Not much. This is our camp on Wild Cat creek. We built it last spring." "I'll be hanged if it isn't," s a id Dick. "And I'll bet you what you like Edith and Francois have got inside the other house." "Prove it!" cried the Unknown. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, prove it! There's nothing strange in my not recogmzing the camp on Wild Cat creek, seeing that I was never here before." This was true enough. The history of the Wild Cat creek camp was simply this. The previous spring some prospectors brought down rich samples of gold to Dawson City, and them on Young Klondike's new Mining Exchange. They announced that they had been discover e d up Wild Cat creek, a small stream that ran into the Klondike just above its union with Bonanza creek. The two prospect.ors declared that they were sick of mining in frozen ground and wanted to sell, and Young Klondike bought out the claim for a comparatively small sum. Shortly after this Ned and Dick went up the river to examine their new purchase. Edith and the Unknown did not accompany them having other business on hand. They were so pleased with the prospect that they went again later and built two huts, one on the bank of the creek, and anothe r in a deep gorge about a

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8 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S WINTER CAMP. hundred yards away, where the outlook was equally fortunate, for otherwise it would have been banked up promising. against the door. Ned's idea being then to divide the claim and sell He and Ned now hurried into the shed where the half, but other matters calling for immediate atten-dogs were comfortable enough, and brought out a tion about that time, the whole scheme was aban-ladder which was placed against the hut, reaching to snow here taken up again, and it was safe to suppose that everything remained at the huts just as it had been left in the spring. -he saw that there was an opening in the rocks through which the sky could be seen. The sides were much broken and offered a series of natural steps up to the top of the cliff, and there was really no difficulty in making the ascent. In a moment Ned and the Unknown stood on a "But it can't be the Wild Cat after all !" exclaimed Dick. "How could we ever have got here? Those huts are a quarter of a mile up from the Klondike:'' broad shelf, where they could overlook the drifts and It is quite possible that we wandered off the river see just what sort of a place they had struck during and got up the creek." the night. "Do you think so?" "Oh, yes, this is the Wild Cat creek camp all "Why not?" right," declared Ned. "I might have known it. See, "Prove it!" cried the Unknown. "Prove it!" there's the Klondike! Heavens, how much snow has "Easily done," said Ned. There should be a fallen; but there is not so much up here." closet out there in the shed. I built it for tools and This was true; owing to its exposed position the other odds and ends. 'You'll find the tools in it now, ledge had been swept clean by the wind, and it was and an old hat of mine. I ought to have the key on possible to walk quite a distance along its length my bunch-yes, here it is." without meeting any snow to speak of. Proof was ready at hand, for when they went into "The other hut should lie right over here," the shed, there was the closet and Ned's key clared Ned. "Uome on, I'll it to you in a moopened it. The tools were there, and so was the old ment." hat. There could be no doubt that this was the camp The detective hurried after him and they were on Wild Cat creek. h b k th 1 tf t . . rapidly approac mg a rea. m e p a orm, a na -Well, well, tlus 1s strange that we should drift m ural rift which ran back through a wider gorge above here_," said Ned. I buil t this for a summer c:1mp, the platform line, when all at once a sl'ight sound bebut 1t turns out to be a wmter one. Lucky thmg I hind them caused Young Klondike to look around. did it . This camp has been theimeans 1 Three men, armed with rifles, were after of savmg our lives. them over the rocks. Toot toot went the horn again. Whoever their I It was Bill Boggs and two of his friends. neighbors were they were still signaling. "Hands up! We've got you now, Young Klon All they could do was to blow in answer, for shout dike!" shouted Boggs, seeing that they were discovas they would there was no reply. ered. "If we could only get up there on the rocks we He leveled his rifle at Ned and fired, shouting might g e t a view of the other hut," said Ned, sud-again: denly. "I remember a place where one can look right "We mean business. We don't propose to be run down into the valley." down without being paid for it somehow." "We might do it if we could fly," said the detect-And as he called out, Bill Boggs took a shot at the ive; "otherwise I don't see how it's going to be man-Unknown. aged." "What's the matter with climbing up from the roof?" suggested Ned. "I've done it before, and I think I can do it again." "Don't see how. The rocks 0verhang the roof." "I'll show you. Remember, you don't know this place, and I do." "Shall I go, too ?" asked Dick. "No; you stay here and keep the horn a-going. CHAPTER IV. BESIEGED BY BILL BOGGS. We won't be gone but a few minutes. You know how DICK heard the shots and took them for signals. it's to be done." He never dreamed of trouble up there on the rocks. "Yes; I r emember all about it," replied Dick. "Go But serious trouble had overtaken Young Klondike on, Zed, there'll be no trouble at all." and the Unknown, for although neither of the shots The Unknown had kept the snow brushed back took effect, Boggs and his toughs had the drop on from the., front of the during the night, which was them, and they were powerless to defend themselves.

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S WIN'l'ER CAMP. 9 To refuse to obey the orders that came now simply he demanded. "What does it amount to more than meant death. a thousand others ? Why should you. desire to take them guns! Chuck down them revolv-my life to get possession of it, especially in the dead ers !" of winter when you can't work it to any advantage? These were tlle first orders they got. Bill Boggs, I always knew you were a rascal, but I It went very hard with the Unknown, and he didn't think you were a fool." obeyed with many words of protests, while Ned wisely "Enough !" cried Boggs. '' I want no more chin held his tongue. music. Dick Luckey is to be settled with yet. Toddle While the two men held them covered Boggs drew on, you two Get a move on you-go now! Quick, a ball of strong cord out of his pocket, and proceeded or I fire!" to tie Ned and the Unknown hand and foot. "Better kill us outright than drivll us ahead here!" Protest was useless. cried the Unknown. Ned tried to reason with them, and the Unknown "You fool! Don't you see that I'm giving you a was loud in his demands to know what it all meant, chance for your life?" sneered Boggs. "I'm superbut Boggs would not say a word until the tying was stitious perhaps, but in spite of what I said just now through. about killing you I believe in giving every man a "Now, then, ye can talk all ye like, consarn ye," I chance. If you can jump that there rift and clear it, he growled. "I thought that horn blowing would why then you shall live, for all me. If not-well, you fetch you up here, and so it did." know what. You're goners, and your bodies will be t "Then it was you that blew the horn ?" demamded j found in the snow ?" the Unknown. "But stop and think!" protested the detective. "Yes, it was. We came in here last night. Our "How much easier--" sleds are down to t'other camp, and we don't wa.nt "Jump!" snarled Boggs. "Jump! or we'll blow no neighbors here-no." holes through your heads!" "Wait a minute, Boggs, explain what you are driv-But Young Klondike and the Unknown still hesi-ing at," said Ned. "You know that after playing tated, for to jump and miss their footing on the other this trick on me you can never return to Dawson side meant certain death. City-you know that well enough?" "We can't do it!" gasped Ned, "but we've got to "Do I?" growled Boggs; "well, now, I don't know go!" nothing of the sort." "One-two-three!" shouted Boggs. "You'll find out then blame soon," put in the UnBefore the last word was spoken, Young Klondike known. "If you know which side your bread is but-and the Unknown jumped. They could not help it, tered, Bill Boggs, you'll untie us and go about your for they knew it would be the death shots next. business at once." They missed, of course-it could not have been "Now looker here," said Boggs, "I don't want no ot.herwise. chin music, gents, and specially none with you, old Down into the rift they went whirling and were man. I've got a word to say to Young Klondike, and gone. I want to say it without interruption; are you listenBill Boggs looked over the edge, but could see noth-ing to me, young feller? "'Cause, if you hain't I'd ing of them. thank you to tell me when you are." "I guess their goose is cooked all right enough, "Speak," said Ned, "I'm as ready to listen now as boys," he declared. '' Young Klondike never guessed I ever shall be. Say your say, and then I'll say what a rich claim he had here, and he never will now. mine." Come; Dick Luckey is next. We've got his hash to "Well, boss, my say 1s that you've got to die, and settle-then we'll take possession of our house and you've got to die right now. I shall give it out that make ourselves to home." you was lost in the storm, and I'll prove it, because Thus saying Bill Boggs, followed by his two com-your bodies will be found in the snow drift. Then I panions, walked back along the ledge by the way Ned shall be rid of a feller what I always hated, and at and the Unknown had come. the same time I shall be left free to jump this here It seemed rather strange that a man who had claim. That's the talk. That's what I'm driving it. shown so much shrewdness as this villainous outlaw Ha, h;:i, ha You thol,lght I was heading for Nine -for Boggs was nothing less-should be so foolish as Mile creek, but that was only a bluff. This here is the to take the death of Young Klondike for granted, but spot I've fixed my heart on and I'm going to have it, this is exacpy what he did. and as a matter of course I can't get no good title to Never was anyone more mistaken. it till after you're dead." Young Klondike and the detective were not dead-N ed listened in utter amazement. they were not even injured. All this sounded very much like the raving of a Away down at the bottom of the rift some sixty crazy man. feet below, Ned and the detective were now lying half He thought fast, and above all he thought of Dick, buried in a snow drift. for from Dick alone could help come now. Boggs had not counted on there being snow enough "What in the world do you want of this claim ?" dow11 there to do this good work.

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10 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S WINTER CAMP. But the situation was still very serious Beingtied The Unknown was standing in the doorway, trying as they were, Ned and the detective were entirely his best to shake off the snow. unable to help themselves. Every move they made I "By the Jumping Jeremiah, we did it!" he exdrove them further down into the drift, and as it was I claimed. "I knew we could! What a queer place they were almos t up to their necks. 1 this is See the drifts are all around us. Look a t "Be careful, dear boy!" exclaimed the detective. that pass into the mountain! Never saw an:ything "Try and work your way forward, but don't let yours o strange. It's a regular iron gate, that's what it self get head under-you're gone if you do." is! If those big overhanging rocks should take a "How can I help it?" demanded Ned. "I seem to I notion to fall, the pass would be completely block be sinking de eper and deeI>er every moment. Oh, aded. It's a regular fortress, that's what it is!" Zed, this is a bad job!" "Let's see," said Ned; "right under those rocks "Don't despair, boy. Try to think where you is where I hid the rendrock cartridges which I intend-are-do you know anything about it at all?" ed to use to break up the frozen ground. I could block "I ought to know, but the snow changes the ap-up that pass easy enough if I was to touch off the pearance of everything so." whole box, but that's neither here nor there, Zed; "It blinds my eyes, too. I can't see a thing. Wait what we want to do is to get free." a minute! Wait a minute! I don't give up yet!" 1 "We might burn off our bonds by the fire." "'It should be the gorge where we built the second I "And burn ourselves into the bargain; no, I thank camp," said Ned after a moment, as he began .to colyou. The risk is too great." lect his wits. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I've done it. I was a "Think so?" prisoner among the Apache Indians in Arizona in '68, "I'm reasonably sure of it." and I did that very thing." "Then we are not out of the woods yet. If l un"Do you propose to try it now?" derstood Bill Boggs he has located himself in the "I do. Something has to be done. You can see other camp. Where does this gorge lead to, dear for yourself that this place is where Boggs came in, boy?" although how he got here bea .ts me." "Away into the mountains. It turns about five "The snow has covered his tracks, I suppose." miles up and ma. kes its way back to the Klondike "He'll make tracks back here in a minute after he .again." has done poor Dick." "It is not wide here?" The mere mention of Dick's danger drove Ned half "Not more than twenty-five feet." wild. "And there's a stream running through it?" "Come, I'm ready to burn off these cords!" he Yes." cried. "Dickmustbesaved." H That's enough. Stay where you are, Ned. It's "No, no I'll do it I'll roll myself on the floor, if life or death. I'm going to put it through the my clothes take fire, and--" drift." "Hello! Hello!" shouted a voice outside at the "Put it through to where, for Heaven's sake? J same instant. You'll only get buried deeper and deeper." They looked out through the door a .nd saw Dick "Don't say it! I claim that along the stream in coming over the drifts on snow-shoes, rifle in hand. the middle of the gorge where the wind has a sweep, Help had come when they least expected it. no such drift as this is possible. I'm going to make Dick came down over the drift, and was amazed a rush and see." enough to find Ned and the Unknown in such a "And if you get stuck?" plight, but it took but an instant for him to whip out "'Then good-by I'm a goner. It will be but a his knife and set them free. small loss." "Haven't seen anything of Boggs," he declared, And the Unknown boldly pushed his way through as Ned hurriedly told what had happened. "Fact the drift. is, I thought I'd come around to this camp over the He was head under in an instant. Ned trembled drifts, so I started almost as soon as you did, and a for his safety, the man was so helpless with his hands deuce of a time I've had getting here, too." tied. "Wonder how they got out?" said the Unknown . But in a moment he heard him calling: "Of course they didn't go over the drifts. You've "All right It's all right Come on, Young seen no trail, Dick?" Klondike, come on!" "None." So much for a little enterprise. "Blame lucky thing you came." A moment later and Young Klondike and the Un-"It's my business to be lucky. I'm lucky by nature known were standing on the frozen stream, as well as by name. We ought to get back again if there was no snow. A log cabin, similar to the one we are to save the dogs and the grub, but upon my they had left, stood before them. The door was open, word I don't see how it is going to be done, unless there was a fire burning inside, and a dog team under we go single file." the shed, all just the same as they had left the other "On the snow-shoes?" cabin. "Yes; there's no other way."

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S WINTER CAMP. 11 "They are there by this time probably," mused I The fire had now died down and it grew piercing Ned. "It would mea n fight for us to do that." cold in the hut, for all the wood there was inside had "Not a bit of it! There they are!" cried the Unbeen burned up, and it was impossible to r each the known, sudd enly pointing up the gorge. sled where there was plenty more stored away withSure e nou gh, ther were Bill Boggs and his two out opening the door. companions coming down the gorge on the run. "Wonde r if this thing is going to keep up all Evidently they had b e en to the hut and found it denight?" growled the Unknown. "By the Jumping serte d. Jeremiah, I don't like the idea of it much. We shall The y had come down over the rocks at a place freeze to death before morning, that's one thing where they were bare b etween the hut and the nar1 sure." row pass which the d etective had called the "iron j "And so will they," said Dick. "Unless they sleep gate." in the shed." There time to shut the d?or, and shoot the j "Or go over to the other hut," said the detective. heavy bolt ms1de when Boggs and his men came rush"They would be safe enough in doing it if they knew ing up. a way over the rocks, as they evidently do." They banged on the door, shouted, threatened and "I know the way well enough," said Ned. "It' s m a de a lot of loud talk, but get in they could not, for pretty dark now. I move we make a sally. Perhaps the hut was well built and design e d to resist the at-we can get to the trail." tacks of Indians. "We can't go the other way the drifts?" "Come out of there! Come out of there and sur"No, no," said Dick. "It is useless to think of it. r ender, or we ll burn the roof over your head!" was The one who has the snow-shoes would get along all Boggs' la.st threat, when he had tried every way right, but Heaven help the others. They'd be down possible to effect an entrance. in the snow head under in just no time at all." But Young Klondike felt sure they would do noth"I'm going out to reconnoiter," said Ned. "Give ing of the sort. The hut was too valuable to Boggs me the rifle. You keep the door open. Show no if he meant to make his winter camp her. e. light, though. I'll trust to the stars to guide me So the prisoners just remained quiet, and let Boggs back." and his crew bang away. It went on for an hour a .nd more, and at the end of The Unknown pleaded hard to be allowed to go in his stead, but Ned wouldn't listen. that time the situation was just the same. Young Klondike, with the Unknown and Dick, was When Young Klondike undertook to do a thing he still besi eged in the hut, and there was no prospect of did it, if there was any possibility of its being done. any relief. CHAPTER V. CLOSING THE IRON GATE. His first move was to stand several minutes in the open doorway and wait. No shot came, and he heard no sound. Ned began to think t .hat the enemy had retreated to the other hut, and he walked slowly up the gorge, following the bed of the stream, with the intention of finding out whether the way was clear to the trail which led up out of the gorge over the rocks. . He soon discovered tha t this was the case, and was IT was a_ provokmg sttuation for Klon-just about to return to the hut to announce his disd1ke and his frtends, and what was worse it kept up all he a l 'ght f th th tt t d . covery, w n 1 ur er up e gorge a, rac e day.' or at least as long as daylight lasted, which was his attention. until shortly after two o clock I ,,, When darkness s ettled down over the gorge there "There they are thought Ned. "They couldn't they were, still prisoners in the hut. I stand it. Too cold, I suppose. They've gone into To attempt to leave the place now until daylight camp under the rocks." came would be highly dangerous. It would be al. He was to kn?,w, a _nd he on passmost certain to result in all hands being lost in the mg through the iron gate, takmg particular care to drifts. keep in under the shadow of the rocks. Three times the Unknown had ventured to open the He was thus able to draw near the camp of the outlaws unobserved. door and peer out, when, for a little while, all was still. A roaring fire had been built in a sheltered spot, Each attempt brought failure, and a whizzing shot Boggs and the others were sitting around it eat-and a rush for the door. ing supper. In each instance the detective was successful in bolt-Young Nlondike saw that they had helped them-ing the door again, but nothing was gained by the selves to his stores left in hut No. 1, and they seemed risk he ran, beyond the assurance that the enemy to be making themselves very much at home. meant to keep on the watch. "We are perfectly safe to stop here till morning," It was rather a gloomy situation when night set in l he heard Boggs remark. "They can't possibly get at last. out over the and if they (i\Ome this way to look

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------------12 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S WINTER CAMP. for the trail by the rocks, we shall certainly see them ] had overheard-but not all of it by any means-and in time to make a move." fully disclosed his plan. '11here was more said; a lot of it. Young Klon-The Unknown highly approved, but Dick was dike was a,ma,zed at the bitterness with which Boggs doubtful. alluded to him. The reason for his spite seemed to "We'll make sure that they are still by the fire be lie solely in the fact that Ned had been successful and fore we do the job," said Ned, and when the.cartridges he hadn't. were fully thawed out all three crept back to the iron So success brings enemies as well as friends, it gate. would seem. These men were dangerous enemies, but )There sat Bill Boggs and his gang around the fire in spite of all this Bill Boggs served Young Klondike just as they had left them. a good turn, as he stood there listening in the shadow They were passing the bottle now, and seemed to be of the rocks quite under the influence. Apparently they had for At last Ned moved away, shot across the gorge, and crept up under the great overhanging rocks, which formed the left hand wall of the iron gate. "I can do it," he thought, "and it won't kill them either if they remain where they are now, as they no doubt will." He pondered a moment, and then reached in under the rocks. gotten all about the prisoners in the hut. This is our tiJUe," said Ned. "We'll go right at it now. Give me six minutes more and I'll close the iron gate." He then put the cartridges back in the box, mixing them up with the frozen ones, and attached a cap and long fuse to one which was well bedded down among the rest. "Will it do the business, dear boy?" questioned No sn1...w of a,ny consequence had drifted in here, the Unknown. and Young Klondike had no difficulty in finding what he wanted. This was a square wooden box hidden away in a sort of pocl,rnt under the ledge. The box contained rendrock cartridges. There was enough in it to blow the whole side of the mountain down ais Ned very well knew, for he had put the box there with his own hands. Taking out his big jack-knife, he softly pried the lid open, and taking an armful of cartridges, hurried back to the hut. Great Heavens I'm glad to see you back aga,in !" cried Dick; "but what in the world have you got there!" Rendrock cartridges," answered Ned. "What to do with them? By the Jumping Jere miah, don't bring them in here!" exclaimed the Un known. Ned laughed. "Don't you fret about the cartridges," he said. "I ain't going to blow us up, but I am going to get rid of our enemies, if I can." "Blow them to blazes. It's a desperate situation, but I don't believe in wholesale murder, dear boy." "No more do I. Don't intend to murder anyone. Scrape up those coals, Dick, and get a little heat there. We've got to thaw these cartridges out. Now it must be explained that rend rock freezes at a high temperature, and a frozen cartridge cannot be eas ily used. Ned place d the cartridges against a box so that tlrnir sides were exposed to the fire and kept turning them from time to time. It was a dangerous occupation, for to let the car tridges get too hot meant the end of the hut and death to all hands, but Young Klondike had often thawed rendrock before, and he kept a sharp lookout not to let them get too hot . While they were heating he told a part of what he "Yes, and more than do it." You think the frozen ones will go, too ?" Sure of it. The force of the explosion will start them, although it would be impossible to work a frozen one simply with a cap and fuse." "It's goop.-by Bill Bog-gs, if he happens t.o move." "That's what it is. For his own sake let us hope he won't. Get back now. I'm going to touch it off." They stole back to the length of the fusewhichNed lighiled. Then they returned to the hut and awaited results. It seemed a long time-so long that Dick was sure the fuse must have gone out. But it hadn't. All at once there was a tremendous explosion, followed by a crashing of rocks which shook the earth. Wild shouts rang out the same instant, and then all was still. "They're alive all right!" cried Dick. "But the iron gate?" They ran forward, up the gorge, to see the result of their work. It was most satisfactory. The mouth of the gorge was entirely blockaded by the great masses of rock which had fallen from the surrounding walls. Young Klondike's scheme had been a complete suecess. The iron gate was closed. CHAPTER VI. GETTING DOWN TO WORK. THE question now was whether Bill Boggs and his men would be able to climb over the fallen rocks. They could be heard running about on the other side of the closed iron gate calling to each other, and

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YOUNG KLONDIKE S WINTER CAMP. 13 it was perfectly evident that they were looking for with frost, proving that there was a roaring fire inthis very thing. side. Young Klondike watched and listened for some time, when it became evident that they had given it up as a bad job, for the sounds were heard no more. "This settles it," said Ned. "We may as well make ourselves comfortable now; there's a good ten mile tramp ahead of them before they can get around to us, and it's my opinion they won't try it. When they get out of the gorge they will be near the Wellsted mine, and by that time they'll be so near played out that they will probably stop there awhile." "Then we'll get back to the other hut, a.nd put in a quiet night," said Dick. "Is that the idea?" "No, sir," replied Ned. "We'll stay right where we are. I ain't going to risk breaking my neck going over the rocks." So they returned to the hut, and building up a roaring fire sat by it until daylight, takmg turns at sleeping, but two remaining up and rea.dy at all times. This proved to be quite unnecessary, however, for there was no alarm. Daylight came at last. A hard crust had now formed on the snow, for the temperature had taken anothe.c tumble and the tops of the drifts .during the night became as smooth and easy to travel as a road. "We may as well drive the dog team around," said the Unknown, "don't you think so, dear boy?" "No," replied Ned. "What I'm proposing to do is to drive our dogs around here." "And why? The other hut is by far the best place." "Who says so ?" "Why, it is, of course. There's plenty of wood there, and it's more sheltered. Besides, we shall be able to see Bill Boggs if he comes down the river, to say nothing of Edith and Francois." Ned held up his hand and turned away a good deal effected. It was understood between them that no mention of Edith's name should be made. Of course it was their intention to immediately go in search of the missing girl, btit they had no hope of finding her allve. "I give up," said Ned. "We'll go to the other hut, dogs and all." "Any good reason why we shouldn't?" asked Dick. "It strikes me, Ned, that you are keeping something back." But Ned gave him no satisfaction, and a few moments later they started back with the dogs. A short ride down the canyon brought them to the turn where Wild Cat creek emptied into the Klon dike, and the hut was in sight. The Unknown, who was driving, instantly reined the dogs in. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, do you see that?" he exclaimed. "I'm afraid we are going to drop into the soup after all." There was smoke coming out of the chimney of the hut, and the glass in the little window was white Someone ahead of u5," said Dick. "I suppose it must be Boggs." He had scarcely spoken when the door of the hut opened and out stepped Edith. Oh, what a rejoicing there was then Words can scarcely describe the scene which fol lowed. Be very sure it did not take the Unknown long to get the dog sled up opposite the hut. There was Edith safe.and sound, and Francois had just stepped out for wood. They had reached the hut late the afternoon previous, after passing the night and a portion of the following day out on the river exposed to the full fury of the storm. It was a lucky thing for Edith that Francois suc ceeded in reaching the sled, for he had been able to rig up a rude shelter out of blankets and furs which kept them from freezing. Thus the night passed and Edith's life was saved, but every dog perished in the storm, and it was on foot that Francois conducted the brave girl to the hut after it cleared away. They had no idea what camp it was, but the discovery of the Unknown's dog team in the shed gave them hope. Now all was explained, and Young Klondike's party found itself on something like its old footing again. A roaring fire was built, and Edith prepared a good breakfast. Bill Boggs' gang had evidently been in the hut and had helped themselves to some of the provisions; but no great quantity had been taken, probably for the reason that they had not been able to carry them over the rocks. "I suppose we start on for Nine Mile creek as soon as we have finished breakfast?" remarked Dick, after the meal was well advanced. "No," said Ned, quietly, I've given up the Nine Mile creek scheme." "Given it up!" exclaimed Edith. "In all my acquaintance with you, Ned Golden, I never knew you to do a thing like that." "Without good reason," said the Un known. "Ned has his reasons, you may depend." I'll bet you," said Dick. "I was just waiting for him to say that. I felt it in my bones that we were not going to get out of here so quick." "Your bones told you the truth, then," laughed Ned, "for it is my intention to stop right here and make this our winter camp, send Francois to Wellsted's for help if there is any to be hired, and to warn them against Boggs and those other fellows. If he can head 'em off there and have them taken, we'll run them down to Dawson and turn them over to the police." "Just so," said the Unknown, dryly, "but what's the meaning of all this?"

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Y OUNG KLO:N"DIKE' S W INTER CAMP. "You heard what Boggs said when he had us foul l many big ones-but the average is as stated, and such that time?" a claim as this with a good deposit to draw from pays "Of course I did." well. The only trouble is to reach it through the "Well, r 'heard while I listened to their talk frozen ground. at the iron gate." Here the ground is always frozen to a depth of from And enough to tell you that this was as good a ten to twelve feet. Thus frost fires are necessary at winter camp as any other, I suppose." all times, and it does not make so very much differ" Exactly." ence with the digging whether the work is begun in "Where does it lie, dear boy?" winter or summer, although for many other reasons "Around in the creek ne&r the other hut." -principally because of the supply of water-the "Just so! Now I see why you wanted to stay warm season is preferable, of course. there. Hooray for our There's a fortune await-There was no sign of the enemy when they bolted ing us under the snow." the door for the night, and worse, of Francois return-This was exactly the state of the case, for accord-ing, although for this they had hoped. ing to Bill Boggs this winter camp of Young KlonOutside the frost fire was blazin g fiercely, shedding dike's was likely to prove an e xceedingly rich one and a weird light over the rocks and snow. Inside a.ll was Boggs, tough though he was, knew enough about warm and comfortable; Edith put a really excellent mining in the Klondike country to make it certain supper on the table, and an enjoyable evening and a that he would not be very likely to make a mistake. quiet night was pa,ssed. Ned told all he had oYerheard, and his friends Ned and Dick took turns in watching and feeding fully agreed with him that it woultl be better to I the frost fire, Edith and the Unknown slept the night transfer their quarters to the hut in the gorge. I through. Francois was accordingly dispatched. to Wellsted's, By six o'clock all were up and immediately after and the rest of the party moved around to the other breakfast work began in earnest. hut and spent the day gathering wood. and making The embers were cleared away and there was the such arrangements for their comfort as were neces-bare ground beneath, for the fire had settled down sary. into the melting snow. Goods were unpacked and everything fixed for a Ned's first care was to mark out the line of the permanent stay. shaft six feet by four. Toward sundown Ned and Dick surveyea the creek Its location was close to the creek, and ran parallel and fixed upon the spot where Bill Boggs claimed to to it. have made a rich haul of nuggets three weeks before. The Unknown went to work to cut a hol e in the ice, It was not easy to locate it; they could not be cerwhile Ned and Dick began the digging. Water tain that they were right. would be necessary for working in case they saw in-Boggs' story was that he had taken the nuggets dications of gold before the usual depth of twenty directly out of the creek bottom. feet was reached. But no such indications were Unless this was true he certainly lied altogether, found. for in no place was the ground turned up that could For four days work on the shaft continued, and be discovered. Still, it was hard to be certain of nothing came of it. anything, for whateve r traces of previous mining The ground was frozen very hard, and constant re there might have been in the gorge before the storm newal of the fire in the shaft was necessary. At came. they were now buried UJ:?-der the snow. length they passed below the frost line a nd struck The last thing attended to that night was the frost black sand. fire. To mine under the snow it is necessary to melt From the morning of the second day, Young Klon-the snow before one can begin. dike had outside help on the work, for Fra ncois ar-An immense heap of wood had been gathered by rived from Wellsted's, accompanied by two stout Young Klondike's orders the previous spring, the miners, well used to this sort of busin ess. trees being felled on the mountainside, and tumbled He reported that nothing had been seen of Bill over the cliffs into the c anyon. Boggs and his gang. If they turned up at the Well-This wood lay in a great heap a hundred yards sted Company's camp, they would be promptly ar or so from the spot where they decided to dig, and all rested, the superintendent promised Fra ncois. that was necessary now was to drag the logs up. This was very satisfactory. Young Klondike's All winter work in the Klondike country is begun party could now rest secure, and the work went right in this way, and in spite of the terrors of the cold sea-on until the frost level was passed, as we have said. son there is a good deal of mining done. Now the gold washing began. The gold here lies about twenty feet below the sur-This was done inside the shed where a roaring fire face in the form of dust and coarse grains, with nug-was kept up to melt the ice for water. The sand gets from the size of a pin head to that of a pea, was brought in and dumped into the rocker which mingled in. was so arranged tha. t the watlolr poured into it passed Of course there are larger nuggets often found-outside by moons of a trough run through the weather Young Klondike in previous workings had unearthed boards.

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S WIN'l'Elt CAMP. 'rn no other way could the washing have been car-temperature rose rapidly during the early morning, rie d on, for it was still very cold. and by t e n o'clock it was above freezing with every Indee d, Young Klondike's party had not 'seen a day appearance of a storm. wit,11 the thermometer above zero since they came to At noon it began to rain and it poured all the rest their winL e r c amp, and every morning it stood all of the day and all night, and was still raining next the way from twenty to forty degrees below morning. The fir:ilt day's washing did not show a .nything Of course everything was under water in the more than a color, and for the two days following it gorge. The ice in the stream was not melted, but a was just as bad. new stream formed on top of it, and came rushing Sunda y c a m e and. no work was done; on Monday down through the valley sweeping everything before morning Ned ordered the shaft sunk five feet deeper it. The hut was surrounded by water and in the hop e of striking a richer deposit. the snow was melting everywhere. It was a strange This w a s don e and it took two full days to. do it, for state of affairs altogether, and when it cleared off the cold! w a s so great that the ground would keep that night it still remained warm. freezing, ev e n in the shaft, and frost fires had to be "This ought to show up something," said Edith, k ept constantly going which hindered the digging as they sat down to supper. "We must m ake a very much. thorough examination of the whole ground to-morOn Wednesday morning washing began again, and row. If I am right and Bill Boggs did actually start there w a s a little gold left in the rocker each time. a shaft here, we ought to be able to find it out." All this was very discouraging. Certainly nothing It was well enough to be hopeful, bl.lt when he turn-had bee n found so far to account for Bill Boggs' great ed in that night Young Klondike had no idea that anxiety to hold this camp. Edith's plan would prove a success. "We haven't struck the right place yet, that's Ned was soon asleep, and under ordinary circum-what's the matter," declared the Unknown, that stances would have remained so till morning, but night as they all gathere d around the fire in the hut. shortly after midnight he was suddenly awakened by "There must be something for us here under the the loud barking of the dogs in the sheds. snow, or Brother Boggs never would have gone on "What's the matter out there, Ned?" called the the way he did. Question is where is it? I'll be blest Unknown, who had also been aroused. if I wouldn't like to know." "I'm sure I don't know, butl'mgoingtofindout," "I ain't going to stay here much longer if we don't replied N ea, out of the bunk. strike it soon," re-plied Ned. "No fun mining under "I'm with you. Where's the lantern?" the snow and if we can't make anything out of it "I put it on the table here. It's gone now." where's the use. "Strike a match!" "Wish we could have captured Boggs and made "I'm looking for one Gracious Listen to that him tell," said Dick. "It seems a pity to have all The whole house will come down!" our work for nothing." Some heavy body had come in violent contact with "My idea is that Boggs actually opened a shaft I the hut, shaking it tremendously. The dogs barked somewhe r e here during the summer," said Edith. I louder than ever. Ned found the lantern and hastily "That's the only explanation. Probably it is fill e d lighted it. Seizing his rifle he ran out of the hut, up with snow now, and lies hidden under one of the I followed by the Unknown. big drifts." I "Look out!" shouted the detective. "A bear! A This w a s discouraging enough, for there was no pear!" chance of getting at the secret before spring. It was nothing else! Edith had hung a leg of A few days' earnest work 'followed, but the yield was pickled pork up against the side of the shed thenight so small and the prospect so discouraging, that when before, and there was a big black bear trying his best Ned knocked off the men on Saturday night, he made to get at it. up his mind not to waste any further effort on the The appearamce of the lantern startled him. He shaft which it had cost him so much labor to dig. stood on his hind legs for an instant, and then made "We must wait for Francois to come in," he dea rush for Ned and the Unknown. clared, "and if nothing turns up by the time he gets Ned dropped the lantern and clapped the rifle to here I think w e may as well quit and go on to Nine his shoulder. Mil e creek and look after our interests there." Before he could pull the trigger the Unknown Fra ncois had gone to Dawson City for provisions, banged awa,y q,nd nipped the bear somewhere, but and was not expected back until the following did not kill him. W e dnesd ay, which would give several days' leeway; This was enough to start bruin off on the run over but the outlook was very discouraging, and Young the snow, and to make matters worse the Unknown Klondik e fully expected to abandon the winter camp managed to kick over the lantern which left them in whe n he went to bed that night. comparative darkness. Next day there was a most remarkable change in "Confound it all, I might have killed him if you the weather-something almost unheard of in the I hadn't been so previous!" cried Ned. "No w I can't Klondike country during the winter months. The see to get a shot."

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16 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S WINTER CAMP. He ran after the bea_r, btlt it was very and the j Out rushed Dick and the two miners. brute was in sight one and out of it the next, Edith put her head out of the window in the loft as he trotted away among the drifts, and somehow where she slept and called to know what the matter Ned could not manage to get a shot until he came was, while the dogs barked and yelped, making con almost to the iron gate. fusion worse confounded much to perplexity, There was a big drift here-to<' big for the bear to I\ for he could not tell at first what the matter really go around-it nearly choked up the path: was. There was consequently nothing for bruin to do but "Ned Where are you? Speak !" he cried. to go over it, and as he started up, wallowing "Here! Here! Get a rope and help us out!" through the softened snow, Ned blazed away again. came Ned's voice from somewhere, but just where "You hit him cried the Unknown, dashing in Dick could not seem to understand. ahead. "You hit him, but you didn't kill him. By "Get up on the drift !" cried Edith. "Ned's the Jumping Jeremiah, you are no better shot than I tumbled into the snow-can't you see the trail?" am! Wait till you see me finish the job." Dick caught up the lantern and ran up on the drift. He ran on and started over the drift. Ned heard "Look out for yourself!" called Ned. "Weare in his rifle crack a moment later and then a great cry a hole here, and you'll be on top of us if you don't take rang out. care." "Help! Help! I'm down! I'm a goner!" roared "Hello! What can I do for you?" yelled Dick. the Unknown. "Get boards and lay them down on the snow. Get Running up the drift as fast as the soft snow would a rope and drag us out." permit, Ned saw that the bear had dropped over on "I'll do it. Be with you in two shakes Anybody the other side. hurt down there ?" But the Unknown seemed to have vanished. "No, no! We're all right. Tell Edith not to He kept on shouting and calling for help, but Ned worry. We've tumbled into Bill Boggs' old shaft, could not see him at all. that's all." Where are you ?" he cried. "Where are you ? Here was great news, and if anything was needed Speak up, Zed!" to hurry Dick it would have been this. "Here; here in the drift!" He ran to the shed and threw open the door. With enough, there was the detective's tall hat the help of the two miners boards were laid down over right on a level with the snow but a few feet away. the snow, and after some difficulty Ned and the Un-" Ha, ha, ha!" laughed Ned, picking it up and find-known were hauled up not a bit the worse for their ing the Unknown's head underneath it. "You're adventure, and very enthusiastic about the discovery there, are you?" they had made. "Don't make 'fun of a feller when he's down. If you "It's Boggs' shaft, sure!" declared Dick. "That were a true Christian you'd try to pull me out." hole runs at least six feet below ground as it is, aind "I'll do it Give me your hand!" we didn't strike the bottom of it. We must start "Give me yours!" right in to-morrow to dig it out." "The bear is all right, and I won't give you my Then they dragged the carcass of the bear into the hand, for l want it myself," laughed Ned. "Here, hut, and the remainder of the night was passed in I'll pull you out of the hole if you'll grab my gun. peace. That's the better way." The coming of such a supply of fresh meat into Fact was Ned began sinking himself, the drift was camp was a perfect godsend, for provisions were get-so soft. ting decidedly scarce. He bent down and held his gun so that the detect-Ned and the Unknown were up early, and the bear ive could get hold of it with both hands. was skinned and cut up before Dick awoke. But the plan didn't work at all as they thought it He was very fat, and there was enough meat to was going to, for all at once the bottom seemed to last for many days. drop out of the drift altogether, and the Unknown "Now, for the hole!" exclaimed the Unknown, went down out of sight pulling Ned into the hole right after breakfast. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, after him. something has got to pay up for what I went through "Help! Help!" yelled the Unknown, loud enough with last night!" to wake the dead. "What wa.s it you went through, Zed? The crust ?" 1 -laughed Dick. I I.' CHAPTER VII. BILL BOGGS' DIGGINGS FOUND. THERE was no dead to wake in Young Klondike's winter camp unless it was the dead bear, but every body alive woke up when the Unknown gave that fear ful cry. "Guess it was When I first tumbled through the snow, I thought I was down on to the ground, don't you see, but when I tried to catch hold of Ned's gun, down I went about ten feet further, and down came Ned on top of me; it's the greatest in the world that one of us wa.sn't killed." "Would have been if you hadn't caught me," said Ned. "I tell you, Dick, it was r:eally a very serious t 1 l { :

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S WINTER CAMP. 17 business, for I went down all in a heap; but what l "You bet! The sand is full of it!" does Zed do but put up his hands and catch me as I "Send us up a sample, for gracious sake This is quick as lightning. I'll be hanged if he didn't. my find! I'm wild to know if it is what we think." Caught me as I came down." "It's Edith's find by right," replied Ned, shoveling "Well, what else was I to do?" asked the detect-the sand into the bucket. "She said from the start f l ive modestly. "See you break your neck?" that we'd strike Bill Boggs' diggings under the drift, t "It isn't everyone who would have been quick and there ain't the least doubt but that is just what I enough. You were, though." we've done. Haul away, Dick!" "Thank you. I'm usua ,lly up and dressed." The Unknown gave a yell of delight as the bucket .)' "You were pretty well down just about that time." came up, for the black sand which filled the bottom "Ye gods and little fishes, so I was! I was in a was fairly bristling with small nuggets and flake l ; hole for fair that time; but come, don't let's waste gold. any more time talking. We want to get right to "By the Jumping Jeremiah, we don't want anywork." thing better than this!" he cried. "Is it all the same It was shoveling snow with a vengeance then. All down there, dear boy ?" hands went at it but Edith, and she would have taken "Seems to be," replied Ned, who was busy turning her turn if Ned would have allowed it. over the sand. "Everywhere I touch it there's gold, By noon the big drift was entirely cleared away, and I believe it's a deep deposit, too." for the snow still remained soft, and there was the "Let's have another bucket to make sure." mouth of a small shaft and the pile of dirt which The second bucket proved to be richer than the had been taken out lying alongside of it, all of which first, and the third was still better. had been covered by the snow. "The deeper you go the richer it is," Ned declared. "This is undoubtedly Boggs' diggings," said Dick. And so it proved. "Of course we didn't dig this hole last spring, Ned, Before the next day was H.nished Young Klondike and from what we know it is safe to assume that and bis friends had washed out over four tliousand Boggs is responsible for it." dollars in nuggets and dust. "It don't make a rap's difference who dug it," said Francois came in that night with a sled load of the Unknown; "what we want to do is to find out provisions. what's fo the pay dirt. We',e got to start our fire No more talk now of giving up. ,. down there right off quick." Young Klondike's winter camp was a complete suc-This meant more slow work. cess, and when a vote was taken it was decided to re-The shaft was six feet deep to the snow as it stood, main steadily at work for some weeks at least. but it was quite plain that this was old snow banked Luck continued. in and that the hole ran a great deal deeper. By the end of the first week over twenty thousand And this proved to be the case. dollars had been taken out of the shrft. All the rest of the day was spent digging snow and Drifts in two directions were now started, and these hauling it up in a basket. proved equally rich. They did not get to the fire by six o'clock, and Ned On account of the narrowness of the shaft, it was decided to knock off then, for it was hard working by almost impossible to work more than one man in it, lantern light. so the first days of the next week were spent in enThey went right at it a .gain next morning, and by larging it, leaving one of the miners to work on the ten o'clock the shaft measured twenty-two feet in drifts. deptli, and they struck into the black sand. Of course this was slow business, but it panned out To their great satisfaction it was scarcely frozen at some seven thousand dollars more by the of the all; the snow had protected it. After burning the week. ground for an hour, it was found to be so soft that By the middle of the week following the widening it could be easily dug. of the shaft was finished, and it was now possible to "Now, for business !" cried Ned, as the last of the work to better advantage. embers were lifted out of the hole. "Send down a Net results. of the work of the next week, thirty pick and shovel, Dick. I'm going right at it, and I two thousand dollars. shall be mightily disappointed if I don't make a rich Here was another rich mine for Young Klondike. strike right at the start." Everything was going on in fine shape at the wir.ter And Young Klondike was as good as his word. camp. He had no sooner turned up the first shovelful of But the winter was now wearing away and nothing sand, than Dick heard his joyful shout. had been heard of Bill Boggs. "I've struck it, I've struck it!" He had not appeared at the Wellsted mine nor any" Hello!" cried the unknown, looking down the where else. shaft. "Shaill I come down?" Ned began to wonder if death could have overtaken "No; there ain't room enough for two to work j the toughs in the gorge, and he talked a good deal well here. I'm right in it with both feet." a .bout it until one day he declared that he meant to "Gold?" I go up the gorge and ascertain.

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l 13 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S WINTER CAMP. Everybody opposed the plan, but Ned's mind, once made up, there was no such thing as turning him. V cry well," said Dick. If you will go, then I'll go with you, but how are we going to get over the rocks?" "Easy enough with a ladder. You better remain here. I shan't be gone more than a few hours. Anyhow, I want to prospect the gorge. It isn't at all lik e 1y that all the gold brought down by the stream has been concentrated at that one spot. I believe there's good diggings to be struck further up." "Yes, no doubt," said Edith, "but how do you ex pect to strike them under the snow?" "Oh, we've got pretty well used to mining under the snow by this time. I'm looking for the source of this stream. My idea is that it comes out of some cave. I'm looking to find gold that way." It was finally determined that Dick should go with Ned and a ladder was built to reach to a break in the rocks at the iron gate from which Ned felt sure he would be able to climb to the top of the fallen mass. This was easily accomplished, and once he was on top Ned saw that by letting the ladder down to a ledge they could easily reach the bottom of the gorge. Th,ey tried it tha t afternoon, and the descent was ac complished without much difficulty. Next morning he went down again with Dick, and with their rifles over their shoulders the two boys started off up the. gorge. It had been one continuous cold spell for many days now and this morning the thermometer stood at fifteen degrees below zero. This would be considered cold enough for all practi cal purposes in tlrn States, but up here in the Klon dike it was nothing. Wrapped up as they were in great bearskin coats, 'with warm boots, hats and gloves, the boys never gave the weather a thought. Hello cried Ned, before they had gone far. I think we've struck it about right, Dick. What do you caU this but a trail?" "It has been one, that's sure," said Dick, looking at the half obliterated footsteps in the snow, "but, Great Scott, Ned, it can't be Boggs' trail! It has snow e d three or four times since then.'" "Nobody s a id it was the trail they made that night. It's a trail all right enough, though.'' "Admitting that it is theirs, then they must have made it since." "You're right." "Time of the last storm, which was a week ago?" "Shouldn't wonder." "It isn't very pleasant to think of them still hanging around here. Why in the world didn't they go out of the gorge at the other end?" "Now you are asking me too much. It's perfectly plain that they didn't go out of the gorge, and if they didn't they must have had some mighty good reason for staying in." "A strike ?" "What else can it be?" "Is all this land ours, Ned?" "Every inch of it, Dick. We run clean through to the Wellsted line. This is just what I supposed. Boggs has struck a good thing on our land and he's working it. Now, I don't propose to let him do anything of the sort.'' "Why, Ned, we've got enough down there at the camp. Why not let them alone until spring? Then we can bring up a big fore; and hunt them off our land for good and all." "Perhaps I shall do that, but I want to know where they are at just the same.'" Seeing that Ned was still persistent Dick said no more, and the boys continued to follow the trail up to the gorge. It led them on for about a mile, and then to their great perplexity suddenly stopped. "What's this mean ?" exclaimed Dick. "It's a puzzler," replied Ned, "hanged if it isn't. Plenty of snow further on and no footprints-what can it mean ?" It was easy enough to put the question, but there was rio one to answer it ; indeed, there seemed to be no answer possible; there was just as much snow be yond and the width of the gorge was entirely too great to permit anyone to spring oYer to the rocks where a footing might indeed be had, yet the trail stopped short without rhyme or reason. It was certainly very strange. The boys wandered on for a considerable distance, but saw no more of the footprints. The gorge grew narrower and the walls so high that they almost appeared to meet above. There seemed no use in going further, as the morning was advancing and 'they knew that Edith would be worried if they did not return in time for dinner. "We'd better start back," said Ned. "All we can record is a failure and a mystery. By Jove, I wonder what there is about those disappearing footprints. I'd give a hundred dollars to know." He was to find out sooner than he thought for, and in a way anything but agreeable to himself. The boys were hurrying back along the gorge when Dick suddenly. caught sight of a gray fox darting along over the snow. He fired, and was quick enough to hit the fox which ran limping around a point of rocks just beyond end of the trail. "By gracious, I've lamed that fellow !" cried Dick. I must get him. Come on, Ned." He did not wait for Ned to come on, however, but went dashing off at full speed while Ned, feeling rather tired, walked on as before. Dick did not see the fox when he got around the point of rocks, but just as he was about to give him up, he caught sight of the sly beast crouching under the ledge. Another shot fixed him, and Dick, tying a string to his legs, slung him around his neck.

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YOUNG KLO NDIKE'S WINTER CAMP. 19 Twice he called to Ned while doing this, but got no oner, Luckey and the detective will pay big money to answer either time. get him free again. Let Luckey go back and tell his "What in thunder is the matter? Why don't Ned friends how mysteriously Young Klondike disapcome along?" he thought, as soon as his mind was peared." off the fox. By this time they had drawn poor Ned up to the Again he shouted, and st.ill receiving no answe level of the platform. hurried back around the point of rocks. J _It required some little maneuvering to get him on Ned was not there. top, but at length they managed it, and Ned was He had vamished, and the strange part of it was laid out unconscious at their feet. t11at his footprints ceased to show themselves right "Is he dead?" asked Charley. at the end of the old trail. "I don't know. He lies awful quiet." CHAPTER VIII. "I don't believe he is. It was an ugly knock, though; you can see his head is all cut." "Well, dead or alive, we've got him, and I'm glad of it. Let's pack him up to the mine." They picked Ned up between them, and carried YOUNG KLONDIKE RISES IN THE WORLD, SEES A BIG him back upon the platform, up some rocks and then NUGGE'r AND FINDS HIMSELF FACE TO FACE WITH into a cave, where they threw him down beside a DEATH. smoldering fire. WHAT had happened to Young Klondike ? Like most mysterious happenings the explanation of this is very simple, when it comes to be told. When Ned reached the end of the trail he heard Dick's second shot at the fox, and his shout that he had killed him. This shout Ned answered, although Dick did not hear him, and then he stopped to examine the trail again, pondering on the mystery. All at once s .omething dropped down from above. It was nothing less than a rope twisted into a big slip noose. It fell right over Yonng Klondike's head, and in a twinkling was pulled up tight under his arms. Ned struggled to shake it off but it was no use, and before he could utter a sound a stone struck him on the head knocking him senseless. If Dick had seen Young Klondike then jerked up into the air at the end of that rope, with his head hanging down and arms and legs all limp and lifeless, he would have been sure that he was dead. Up on a projecting platform which jutted out from the wall of the gorge stood two men pulling at the rope.. One was Mr. Bill Boggs and the other one of his companions on the night of the storm, a fellow who went by the name of Long Charley in Dawson City. A noted gambler, claim jumper and all-around tough. "Well done, Charley !" said Boggs; "by time, we got the little snoozer without having the botheration of going after hiin. I knew well enough he'd come our way in course of ime." "Pull steady and quit your talk," replied Charley. "We've. got his body, anyhow, but it wouldn't surprise me one bit if he was dead." "I'm afraid he is. You made a mistake in throw ing that stone." "Afraid. I thought you wanted him dead?" "No. I've changed my mind. So long as. couldn't work our prospect hole down there, I say let's work Y ot.ing Klondike. If we hold him a pris-By this time he had begun to revive. The knockout blow from the stone had stunned him-that was all. "Look out !" cried Charley, "he's coming to his senses. He'll show fight the first thing you know !" And in truth Boggs jumped on Ned just in time to prevent him from drawing his revolver. "None of that !" he cried, tearing the weapon from Ned's hand before there was time to cock it. "Don't try any game like that, or I'll do you right here and now!" "Tie him! Tie him!" cried Charley. "Don't muss with him no more." Ned made a hard fight for it. No use. The two toughs got the best of him, and he fell back upon the blankets panting. "What do you mean by it, Bill Boggs ?" be demanded. "Where is Dick Luckey? Where have you brought me to? I'll make someone pay for this !" "Hello You are getting steam up, aren't you ?" sneered Boggs. "I like to see a fellow have a little life into him, blame me if I don't. Here, hold him, Charley. I'll get the hands tied, then we can go through him. Gee whiz, I like to hear a man talk who would try to blow his fellowman sky high with dynamite, and that's what you did to me, Young Klondike, and you know it, too." Ned saw that he was in a bad box, and that all talk was useless He laughed and tried a bluff game then. "Well, boys, so you've got me?" he said, while they tied him up and went through his pockets. "I suppose I might have expected it. I had no business to come into the gorge." "That's what," growled Boggs. "Where did you suppose we were all this time-dead ?" "I didn't know. That's what I came in here forto see." "Well, you've found out. How are you making out mining under the snow, Young Klondike ?" "Pretty fair."

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20 YOUNG K.LOND1K'E'S WINTER O.AMP. "I'd have been over to see you if I could have got thought Ned, and he made a hasty survey of the there, but you headed me off so I couldn't Never cave. mind ; I'll call first time I get the chance." It was fitted up as a sort of camp. There was a "We shall a ll be glad to see you, and will be sure table and three chairs, and dishes and cooking uten-to give you a warm reception." sils. There were two rifles hanging up against the "You take it easy, considering." rocks, and old clothes and boots and blankets, and "What's the use in taking it any other way? Look two bearskins. here, Boggs, we must make a deal." Evidently Bill Boggs knew a great deal more about ''That's the talk," said Long Charley. "Now, Young Klondike's winter diggings than Ned did himwe are coming down to business. Let's make a deal. self; it was easy to see that the place had been fitted How much will you give to be s .ent back to your 1 up long before. friends?" Ned hastily possessed himself of one of the rifles, "Wait a minute," said Ned; "don't go so fast. and hid the other. Then he hurried out of the cave, Where's Mr. Luckey? I want to know all about him for the entrance was not far away. first." I As soon as he came into the light he saw at a glance "I expect he's looking for you," growled Boggs. that he bad come into another one of those strange "That's where he was last time I heard of him. Ha, depressions so common in these mountains, which hai, ha! He'll look, but he won't find you-oh, no!" passes under the name of" sink." Both men lighted their pipes, and stood with their It was like a big bowl, for on all sides the cliffs backs to the fire, looking at Ned, waiting for him to sloped down to a level plain about a mile across. say something more. Away out on the plain somewhere near the middle, But Young Klondike was silent. He was ponderwa.s a rude hut, but although Ned looked attentively ing upon t .he situation. The fact was he thought he he could not see anyone moving around it. bad the "biggest end of the stick,'' even as it was, If it h:;td not been for Dick he would have gone for a poor job had been made of the hand tying, and right on to investigate, but as it was he returned to Ned knew that with one big effort he could get free .. the cave. All at once he threw out his hands and grabbed Bill Boggs ha4 just come to his senses, and was Bill Boggs by the legs, pulling them from under him looking pretty sick. and sending the fellow down on his back with such "Huh. So you got the best of me, did you, Young force as to completely stun him. Klondike," he growled. "That fall was a crusher! "Hey! What in time!" roared Charley, trying to Where's Long Charley? Have you killed him?" grab him. "I've settled his hash ; never you mind how," re-But he drew back in a hurry, for Ned's hand closed plied Ned, coolly. "It rather looks as if I'd turned on his one revolver, which had been thrown carelessly the tables on you, my friend." aside, and turning half over he covered Long Charley, "Well, now, you have!" crying: "Are you as ready to try a deal as. you were a "Throw up your hands or you're a dead man, few moments ago?" Charley! Quick!" "Don't know but what I am. I want to get free," Charley's hands went up in a hurry, but he did not retorted Boggs. stop with. thait. A painic seemed to seize him and he "Very good ; then you'll answer a few q turned and ran out of the cave as fast as his :egs and look out that you answer them correctly. could carry him. Where's Dick Luckey, first of all?" Ned sent two shots flying after the fellow, but they "I don't know nothing about him. I lassoed you had no other effect than to make him run faster than down there in the gorge all right, but I didn't even ever, aind in a moment he had disappeared. To have attempted to follow him would have been a great mistake, and Ned did nothing of the kind, but instantly turned his attention to Boggs. "Well, I seem to have turned the tables here," he murmured, as he took the cord which he had thrown off his own hainds, and proceeded to secure the tough who lay entirely unconscious. Ned might have supposed that he was dead, but he brea,thed heavily. It was easy to see that when he fell he struck on the back of his head and the blow stunned him, all of which gave Klondike this chance which he lost no time in making the most of. Every insta,nt be expected Charley back with the other tough, who as yet had not been seen. "I must act quick if I want to hold my own here," see him." "Humph That's it, is it?" "That's the how of it." You're sure you aire getting it straight?" "Hope I may die if I ain't Say, Young Klondike--" "Wait. I'll do the questioning. What place is this ?" "Why, this is my diggings." "Yours? You are on my land, I fancy !" "Well, perhaps I am, but I worked this claim be fore you ever came here." "You worked another claim on my land; down there by the mouth of the gorge, I mean." "Well, so I did. Have you found it?" Of course." "I knew you would. Blamed rich, ain't it?"

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I YOUNG KLONDIKE'S WINTER C.A.MP. 21 "It will do." "Not so rich as this one, though. Pshaw You can't own it all! I stairted this claim last spring. Here's where I was heading for when you thought I was getting ready to go to Nine Mile creek. Why should I have done anything like that when -I'd laid in provisions enough to last six months right here in this ? You see Young Klondike, you don't know. ev erything, although I've no doubt you think you I don't want to be tied down by the nose. I don't care to have to pay a hundred thousand dollars for the claim." "We'll knock off the hundred and call it a thou sand. How does that strike you now?" Boggs seemed really moved. "Boss, you're white," he said ; "hang me, if you ain't. If there was irore of your kind on the Klon dike there'd be fewer of mine, and that's right." do." "Is it a go?" "Thank you for your information, Boggs," replied "It is. Where's Charley?" Ned in the same quiet way. "I bought this land "Never you mind about Charley. I'm going to over a yeair ago, so if you located on it last spring, help you up now, and you are going to lead me back you are a claim jumper of the worst kind; but never to the hut." mind about that now. I'm going to turn you over to "But I can't get to the hut. You've headed me the Northwestern police; I think I've got pull enough off. We've never been able to pass them rocks what to have you run out of the Klondike altogether, so it 'j you threw down." won't make much difference about the claim." "You can pilot me to the rocks, and I'll do the Now Boggs thought so, too, and the thought made rest." him decidedly nervous. He had been holding back, "I can do it and I will. Help me up and we'll start hoping to see something of Long Charley, but as the right now." moments passed, and the fellow did not appear he Young Klondike's plan seemed to have worked like grew more than ever anxious to make terms. a charm. Look here, Young Klondike," he began, "what He lifted Boggs to his feet. you want is to get back to the hut-ain't that it?" "Can't you untie my hands ?" pleaded the tough. "Sure." "I could walk a blame sight better if you would only "Then you'll never do it without my help." do that." "Perhaps you'll help me?" "You'll haive to walk the best you can without "I was just going to offer to do it. Promise to Jet it," replied Ned, "for untie you I won't, until we are me go free. and I'll guide you back." j dowrt in the gorge again; after that we'll see." Now this was all very well, but Young Klondike "All right; me," gr_ owled Boggs, and he led had anotner plan. the way back through the cave with unsteady step, The country was filled with such fellows as Boggs; for the blow on the back of his head had been a teras fast a s one was driven out another cropped up. rible one, and the man was really a 'good deal shaken Ned's idea was to civilize this man and make a com-up. fortable neighbor of him, and he thought he saw his They had not far to go before they came to the chaince to do it. platform which overhung the gorge. At the risk of having to fight Charley and the "We pull each other up here sometimes," said other main, he sat down on a rock and laid the rifle Boggs. "We find it a blame sight easier than climb-across his knees. ing over the rocks. Still there is another way." "Bill Boggs," he said, "I am going to make you "It's the other way I want," replied Ned. "What a pToposition; you can accept it or reject it just are you listening for?" as you please, but I make it in all good faith, and "Listening to hear if Dick Luckey or that blamed I want you to live up to it if it meets your views." little runt of a detective are moving about down Boggs stared. He was not used to such mild talk there." as this. He wondered what was coming next. "Don't you make remarks about my friends. They "I don't want to be hoggish," continued Ned, and are going to be yours now." at the same time I don't want to be imposed upon. "Are they? Well, I don't know whether I want Now, then, you guide me back to the hut and let up that detective for my friend or not; howsoever, there'll on this w 'ar between us, and I'll give you a deed of be no quarreling as long as you live up to your barwhatever claim you may have started up here, and gain. Come on." you c?n pay me the price in installments as your Boggs walked along over the platform in the work goes on. Come, what do you say ?" direction of the hut for a considerable distance, until "Well, that's fair, shake, pard," said Boggs, all at once turning a point of rocks they ca.me to a brightening up at once. narrow rift, leading abruptly down in.to the gorge. A blackmailer by instinct himself he had expected It was terribly steep and filled with loose stones, nothing but to have to turn over his hidden dust. but it walil a way down, and Ned could see that it "I mean to be fair and I want to be neighborly. would lead him to the place where he wanted to I see no use in fighting; let's meet on sensible ground. go. How does that strike you? Do you agree ?" I "Go on," he said. "What are you stopping here "Well, yes, I do, providing the price is right, but for ?" -.I

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22 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S WINTER CAMP. "Young Klondike, have some mercy on a feller. He shouted once or twice but got no answer, for as much as my life is worth to go down there Bill Boggs had already hurried Ned into the cave, with my hands tied." and Dick's shout never rea ched his ears. "What would you have me do? I don't feel like Dick tried his best to solve the mystery, and find-taking any chances until I'm safe with my friends." ing that it was out of his power, started back after "Leave me here. I'll take care of myself. Later the detective at all possible speed. on I'll come see you and we'll talk business, but It was tough work getting over the fallen rocks. now--" Dick thought at one time that ho never would be able "Stand away from that hole! What are you try-to handle the ladder alone, but at last he managed ing to cover up?" cried Ned. it, and coming down owthe other si<;le, burst into the He noticed that Boggs was backing around against hut wir.h the sad news about Ned. the rocks in a peculiar fashion as though he was try-Imagine the exatement which this an-ing to conceal the entrance to an opening which led nouncement under the ledge. The Unknown seized his rifle and ran right out of Very likely he never would have thought anything the hut. about the hole if his attention had not been called to "1 knew it!" he cried. "I told Young Klondike it so. how it would be! Come on, Dick! We'll rescue him "What do you mean?" demanded Boggs, trying to if it takes a leg!" put on an' appearance of innocence which anyone "You don't go without me," said Edith, taking could see was assumed. her rifie down from over the fire-place. "After this we "Hello' So you hide your gold in there, do you?" all keep together. I won't hear to any more of these chuckled Ned. "I should think it would be safer to separate expeditions; trouble comes out of them keep it in the cave." every time." Boggs began to bluster. It was all nonsense; there So for Young Klondike when he lay a prisoner in was no gold there, and so on. the cave there was some hope, for the Unknown led "We'll see about that," said Ned, and stoopmg the rescue, and when the little detective started to down he pulled out two large heavy with dust. carry his tall hat to any given' point it generally got "Well, well !" he exclaimed, "so we've struck a there, no matter how difficult the place might be to bonanza, have we? And what's this?" reach. It was only a big nugget which lay behind the bags. But whatever he may have thought about it, Young Ned saw that at the least calculation it must weigh Klondike, of course, did not know that there was any seventy-five pounds. rescue in the wind, and, when he found himself again He was just about to drag it out of the cave for a captured the case looked prt.tty black. better look, when all at once someone grabbed him "Don't shoot!" he cried, holding up both hands. by the feet and pulled him down on his face. "Don't shoot, boys! Bill and I have come to an un" Ha, ha! Now we've got you, Young Klondike: derstanding. It ain't war between us any more." Come out of that! Come out of that! This time "Ha, ha, ha! Who says it isn't Shoot, boys! there will be no monkey business-you are going to We've got him again He won't turn the tables on die!" us this time!" shouted Boggs, who stood a free man And four strong hanas seized the boy and dragged now, and had his revolver aimed at Nedliketheother him out of the hole. two. It was Long Charley and the other tough. Young Klondike, lying on his back, determined to They stood over Ned covering him with their resell his life dearly at all events. volvers. Dropping his hands he whipped out his revolver and Serious business it certainly was with Young Klonfired. dike. He felt that they meant to kill him, that he was face to face with death. CHAPTER IX. .1,. ,; I, f 1 't 11 EVERYTHING GONE. DrnK was about the worst puzzled fellow on the Klondike when he found that Ned was missing. Now, the mystery of the abruptly ending trail had to be solved. Dick instantly jumped at the correct conclusion, that Ned had been caught by a lasso and pulled up on the rocks. The shot took Long Charley in the arm, and his re volver fell upon the snow. "Gosh! I'm a goner!" yelled Charley. Boggs and the other fired at Ned then, and no doubt would have killed him if their aims had been steadier, but at this very instant three shots rang out from the rift, and up came Dick, Edith and the Unknown. "Down 'em 1 Down 'em!" cried the detective. "Don't let them escape! There's no safety for us till they are captured!" Again and again the rifles spoke, but for some rea .. son the ball::. all flew wide of the mark, and the three toughs, taking to their heels, managed to gain the cave unharmed. Ned was on his feet in an instant.

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---.__ _,.,._w -":"""'Ill YOUNG KLONDIKE'S WINTER CAMP. 23 "Don't fire amy more!" he cried. "It's only a gold has been washed down from these rocks when waste of powder. Besides, you know I don't like kill-the sink was formed?" ing. Let's take it easy; we'll capture them yet! "That's it." We'll do it in some other way." "What's the soil down there?" "They'd have killed you, all right enough, if Dick "How could I tell when it's all under snow, but I've h ad n't been just as prompt as he was," said the Unno doubt it' s sand and gravel; it's just the right for known. "Oh, Ned, Ned, you are always getting into mation all around here for gold." scra. p es and le aving us to get you out again. How While all this mining talk was going on, the boys came you up here, anyhow? What does it all were looking sharp for some sign of the enemy in the mean ?" sink. "I'm not a bit worse than you are, as far as that "Strange we can't see anything of them," remarkgoes," l a ughed Ned. "Haven't we helped you out of ed Dick. m any a scrape? But come, there's no use talking. "Yes, for they must be there," replied Ned. "They We've got to act'. Until we can run these fellows off 1 ran straight for the cave and, of course, they must our land, life ain't saJe." have gone into it." But in spite of Ned's remark there was a good deal "Unless there's some other way of getting down of talking done, and no more was made until the into the gorge," added the detective ; "but after all situation h a d been fully explained. the most plausible explanation is that they are around "Now, then, said the Unknown, "are we going to the fire in the cave." hunt those fellows down, or what are we going to do? "There's just one thing for us to do, and that's to I vote we lug this gold back to the hut and await re-sneak down and see. I believe it ca.n be done over suits. That big nugget is a corker and ought to go there where you see that break." to Dawson. You reckon it ours, don't you, Ned?" "A good mile away," said Dick. "Why, we certainly have a good claim to it," re"That's what it is, but we've got to make a move plied Ned, "but 1 think we better leave the gold alone of some kind." and try to capture Bill Boggs." "We'll try it! Come on!" cried the detective, "Same here," said Dick, "but I wish Edith was starting off over the snow. "By t.he J um.ping Jere-safe back in the hut." miah, we'll get there somehow, but we'll never make "I'm just as safe here as anywhere else, and I won't anything by all this talk." hear to going back without you," replied Edith. It proved to be more than a mile around to the Suppose we make a move for the cave now? I be-other side oL the sink, but when they reached the lieve we are sharp enough to get the best of a fellow spot. Y m ;mg Klondike's party found themselves amply like Boggs every time." repaid for their trouble. "I was. thinking if we could only get down into There was no difficulty in descending here. that sink, without going back to the cave, it would be In a few moments they were down in the sink, but the best way," s a id Ned. "Then we could surprise up to this time they had seen nothing of the three them for fair, and like enough capture them before men. they knew where they were at." "It's mighty strange that they don't show them" Think there's any chance?" asked Dick. "From selves here," said the Unknown. "What are we to the way you describe the place, Ned, it don't look to do now, boys?" me as though there was." "It will be a fight to the death if we meet them in "We might make a try for it. There don't seem the open here," said Dick. "I don't know but what to be any reason why we should not climb right on after all we'd better go back." up over the rocks here, and if we go far enough we "No," said Edith, "we've started in to do it. are sure to come to the edge of the sink." Let's do it. I see no use in going back." "That's the talk. Let's try it," said the Unknown. "Nor I," added Ned. "The risk is just as great "I believe in surprises, and I'd like to give those felin one place as another. I,,et's push ahead." lows one if we can." "We'll tackle that hut first," said the detective. So they started on through the rift, which followed "Remember, now, if they come out on us we've got the ris e of the rocks above them. to do some tall firing, and if we make a miss of it we It was a hard pull, but at last they reached the top are goners-that's all."' and there lay the big sink right at their' feet. "Trust me," said Edith. "I don't like killing any "What a wonderful hole!" cried Dick. "By more than Ned, but we arefour against three and I gracious, if there's any place we've seen since we think we ought to be able to hold our own." came to the Klondike where there ought to be good But the unexpected happened then as is very often gold digg ing, it's right down there!" the case. "That's my theory," replied Ned. "I believe that They walked straight up to the hut and saw no sign is as rich a pocket as there is in the region. I do, inof the enemy. deed." The door stood partly open and the Unknown, peer" It's certaiinly worth investigating if we get the ing inside, saw that the place was deserted. chance," said Edith. "Your theory is, Ned, that the "It's a shaft-house!" he exclaimed. "Here's your

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24 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S WINTER CAMP. diggings, Young Klondike; do you suppose they can j are having the pleasure of using to see all this by, be down below ?" dear boy?" The mouth of the shaft occupied almost the entire "Found it right here with the rest of the things," space inside the hut, but the strangest part of the replied Ned. "Oh, there's no doubt that we've struck business was that they could discover no dump nor their diggings. Here's a winter camp for you. How any evidence that earth had been taken out, and yet comfortable we could live here; but it don't tell us th.,ere was the sbaft extending down to a depth of what has become of those fellows right now, and some twenty-five feet. that's what I want to know." "How in the world did they dispose of tile stuff "Sure they ain't watching us at the present time?" they took out?" queried Ned, as he peered down into "I reckon not. I've looked and listened. There the hole. don't seem to be any sign of them." "Probably they dug it last spring as Boggs told "Let us follow this cave along a bit. No doubt it you, and the dirt was scattered about over the runs right into the other." ground, 11 said the Unknown. "I reckon you'd find it "I'd like to see how this sand pans out before we if you could look under the snow." leave here." "That don't account for it: they've been digging "No objection, only it will take time." here ever since we came to our winter camp. There "Keep your eye peeled, Zed, while Dick and I work ought to be some traces of their work." out a few pans." "Then if you won't accept my explanation, the "Edith and I will push a;head and explore," said only tning is to go down and see," said the Unknown. the Unknown, and they moved on through the cave, "The ladder is all ready for us, we may as well ex-leaving Young Klondike and Dick to tackle the gravel, plore." which proved to be enormously rich. Now, in the prospecting shafts on the Klondike, as The first pan yielded nearly twenty dollars, the elsewhere, it is not customary to deal much with second ran up as high as fifty-four, the next ladders. A rude windlass with its rope and gen-was thirty-eight and the next twenty-three, after erally answers the purpose, and when one wants to go I which there was one of sixty dollars. That was the down into the shaft he just steps into the tub and the best and the last, for then Edith and the Unknown rope is unwound. returned with word that they had been through the There was such an arrangement here, but there other cave and found it deserted. was also a ladder, and Young Klondike was the first The detective described everything so accurately to descend into the shaft. that there could be no doubt they had hit the right He had no sooner reached the bottom than he gave I place. a shout, and suddenly disappeared. "We were all over it, and out pn the platform," he "Ned has discovered something !" cried Dick, ar.d 1 added. "We went back to the place where you were down he stat'ted on the ladder calling t.o Edith and captured, Ned, and never saw a soul. The gold is the detective to remain behind and stand guard. gone, those three scoundrels" are gone, the big nugget "This way, Dick! This wa.y !" Ned's voice was is gone-everything is gone but We, Us & Co. Now, heard calling. "The mystery is explained. There's then, what's to be done?" another cave here. The shaft is only a natural open"What odds?" laughed Young Klondike; "we are ing. Their working was all done below." all together again and have struck it rich, same as we And Ned appeared at the mouth of a narrow pas-always do. Let's stop right here and work this claim, sage which led off from the shaft. for we own the mine." "Hello, down there!" cried the Unknown. "What A claim from which one could pan out one hundred have you struck ?" and ninety-five dollars in less than an hour was worth "A cav' e !"shouted Dick. working indeed. "Yes, and there's a stream running through it which is not frozen," called Ned. "You and Edith had better come down and have a look. There's nobody in sight here and you are just as safe as you are up there." When Edith reached the bottom of the shaft Ned was waiting for her, and he le.d the way through a narrow passage into an extensive cavern which seem ed to extend a long way under ground. A stream ran through it, and scattered along its bamk were piles of washed-out gravel, several pans and various mining tools, showing that it was here that Bill Boggs and his companions had done their work. "Well, well, well !. This is great !" cried the Un known, "but where did you get the lantern that we CHAPTER X. ATTACKED BY THE ENEMY AGAIN. PROBABLY it was an unwjse decision which Young Klondike so hastily formed-he thought so later on. But the temptation to work further on a strike so rich as this in the cave was too strong to be resistea, and the boys kept steadily at it until dark. The result was most satisfactory. Over two thou sand dollars was there to show for the work they had done. "Well," declared Ned, "I'm mighty glad Bill

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r Y OUNG KLONDI K E S WINTER CAM P 25 Boggs went back on his agreement. Why, just "The Unknown's advice is always good." think of it, Dick! I offered him this claim for a thou"Then we'll follow it. We'll start down by lantern sand dollars! A hundred thousand wouldn't buy it light, but how in the world are we going to get Edith from me now." over the rocks at the iron gate in the dark ?P "Well," said Dick, "it only goes to show bow fool" l've fixed another ladder on this side," said the ish people are to quit mining just because it's winter. Unknown, "and I think it can be managed all right. l Look at what we have made this winter mining under Only thing I felt afraid of was that Bill Boggs and the snow his partners had gone over. To tell the truth, boys, Now all this work had been done by lantern light, that's why I went down." and Ned's watch told him that darkness had come "Ah! And you found they had!" exclaimed Ned upon them at least an hour before. I can read it in your face For that length of time they had seen nothing of "That's right. Either they or someone else went either the Unknown or Edith, who were supposed to over since we passed the iron gate, for the ladders be in the main cave getting ready for the night. were differently placed." The boys now gathered up their gold and pushed on Here was startling intelligence. It might mean to the other cave. Dick had gone through before any kind of trouble at the winter camp. with the Unknown to guide him, and so knew the Work had progressed there steadily, and quite a way. large amount of gold had been accumu lated. Youn g When they reached it they found that Edith had a Klondike did not care to run the risk of losing this, big fire going, and supper partly cooked. and there were the men to be considered also. I n case "Plenty of provisions here, boys," she exclaimed, of an attack, they might be induced to surrender and "but it does seem like stealing to come right in here join the enemy. and take possession of another party's camp. Taking everything into consideratio n it was cer" Stea.ling nothing," cried Dick. "Why, the whole tainly time to go back to the winter camp. place belongs to us; as for the provisions they helped They hurriedly returned to the cave and explained themselves to ours all right. Where's Zed?" the situation t o Edith. The gold was packed up i n "Gone out on the platform.about half an hour ago," such shape as to be most easily carried, and with no replied Edith. "He has been in and out right along. other light to guide than a flickering lantern He got the wood a .nd built the fire I guess he'll be they were soon making the best their way down back in a few minutes now." through the rift, a most dangerou s descent where one But the detective did not return until midnight, and false step meant death. most auxious were the boys about him in the mean-But the greatest care was observed and they time. reached the gorge in safety, and then it began to They went out on the platform, and back on the snow. sink, searching everywhere, but all to no "I told you so," said the Unknown. "There's a when they suddenly saw him coming up the rift. regular blizzard upon us. The sooner we get into "Who goes there?" challenged Ned, for at first he camp the better. I feel afraid of trouble at the iron did not know who he had to deal with. gate. "Young Klondike forever!" shouted the UnThey pressed on as rapidly as possible, and soo n lmown's voice "Can't you see my plug hat ? By drew near the wall of fallen rock which cut off their the Jumping Jeremiah, I've been back to camp." retreat from the gorge. "No !" exclaimed Ned "What in the world did By this time the storm was upon them full force you want to do anything like that for without letting It was really wonderful the rapidity with which i t Edith know?" came. "To improve the shining moment, dear boy! We All in an instant they found themselves enveloped i n are not safe here. I felt that I must know h o w things the whirling flakes. The wind s wept up the gorge, stood at the camp. howling dismally and blowing the snow into their "And how did you find everything?" faces as they advanced. "It's all right so far." Just about that time they would have given a ny" See anything of the enemy?" thing to have been at the iron gate. "Not a thing. I think we'd better get right back All at once a shot rang out-then there was anoth e r there, however. and another. "Not to-night ?" T he sound seemed to come from a distance "Yes, to-night." "By the Jumping J eremiah, I'm afraid there i s "And why?" trouble over there!" gasped the Unknown, stopping "Because it's going to snow. As sure as shooting short; "those shots are from t h e other side of the there's going to be a big storm, and 've ought to get iron gate. home before it comes on." This meant the winter camp, of course, and it sen t Ned looked up at the sky and was forced to admit I them on all the faster. that the appearances were all that way. I Getting over the rocks was difficult and dangerous, "What do you say, Dick?" he asked. i 'but the detective, who had done it several times in I -

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26 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S WINTER CA:\-IP. the dark, now led the way and they were soon safely l swelled. It looks me as if they had both been down on the other side. knocked out with a big club.''. "Ther.e' s the hut!" cri ed Dick. "See the lights?" "Hark?" exclaimed Edith, suduenly. "What was "Everything looks all right there," said Edith. that?" after all there is no trouble. The shots "Nothing but the howling of the wind," replied the may have come from somewhere else." Unknown; "bring us some of the hot water, Edith. "It means trouble wherever they came from," said I want to wash out this wound before I tackle the Ned, "but no matter now. Let' s push on and get ball." unde r cover as soon as possible. I'm tired of being Edith hastened to obey, but in a moment the out h e r e in the snow.'' strange cry which attracted her attention was heard The light burned steadily in the window of the hut, again. and as no sound reached their ears, Young Klondike Ned fiung the door open and peered out into the c a m e to the conclusion that the shots had no m e an-storm. ing for them, and that everything was going to turn out all right. Imagine then the feeling which came over them all when, arriving at the camp they flung open the door, and saw Nat Trested and Francois lying upon the floor bathed in blood. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, there's been an at tack!" crie d the Unknown. "Bill Boggs has butchere d everybody Ob, why did. we ever leave this place?" .But it was not quite so bad as that. N eithe r Francois nor poor Trested were dead although both were unconscious when detective rushed in. Everything was topsy-turvy. The hut had been rifl ed, and everything of value taken. The r est of the miners had disappeared. "So much for leaving one's business!" groaned Ned. "Oh, why didn't I sta y right here!" "No use crying about it now Fly round and see what you can do for these poor fellows I don't be lieve either one of them are dead. No; here's Francois with his heart still beating. How is it with N at?" Dick, who was bending over poor Trested, declared that he still lived. "We can s a ve them and we must," cried the Un"Hot water, Edith Old rag-scissorsfl.y around e verybody. Bolt the door, Ned! Bar it! Hold on, though; what about the dogs?" Now this wa,s the way the Unknown always went on at time s of excitement, but although he talked he always worked to the best advantage as he was doing now. While Edith raked up the fire and put the kettle on the Unknown stripped off the upper garments from poor Francois, revealing an ugly bullet wound near the he art. 'rhe dogs are gone, and so are the sleds," reported N e d, coming in from the shed. "Lock the door-bolt it-bar it! We may look for an attack any moment!" the Unknown replied. "How is it with Nat, Dick? Francois is all right. I can snake out this ball in no time. He'll live, and don't y ou fear." "Nat's got it in the shoulder," reported Dick. "It's only a scratch, though. I think he must have had a blow on the head, too, for his forehead is all "Shut that door!" roared the Unknown. "Do you want to kill Francois, letting the cold air in on him ? Shut that door." "I'll shut it now," said Ned, quietly. "I've seen all I want to see. We are attacked by Bill Boggs and a band of Uoppermine Indians. We've got all we can do to save our lives." CHAPTER XI. THAT TERRIBLE NIGHT IN THE HUT. "FRANCOIS! Francois! Ob, Francois! Speak! Tell us what happened!" Again and again the Unknown called the name of the faithful habitant. He was trying to call him back to life. Many times in his long and varied experience had the little detective seen this seeming miracle per formed. "When a wounded man's vitality runs low he may die if left alone, but on the other hand if his attention can only be attracted he may revive, and there is no way of doing it so effectual as shouting the patient's name aloud. "Francois, Francois, Francois!" cried the Un known, again and again. It seemed to have no effect, although the wounded dog driver continued to breathe. Ned stirred the fire and joined Dick at the door, where the latter stood in a listening attitude. "How is it now, Dick?" he asked "I haven't heard anything of them for some little time, Ned." "Have they gone, think?" "No, sir. I believe they are hiding in the shafthouse. It's cold out there in the storm, and they can't keep i he attack going all the time-at least that's my idea." "More than likely you are right. Oh, this is a tough situation I wish to goodness I had only let well enough alone and never bothered these men !" "It would have come sooner or later, Ned. Really, you can't blame yourself. Who can foresee these things?" Ned sighed. He was thinking of Edith who sat

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) YOUNG KI.;ONDIKE'S WINTER CAMP. 27 calmly beside the unconscious habitant assfsting the "What does he say?" asked Ned. "You know Unknown in his efforts to restore him to life. how anxious we are to knovv." Tlie situation was most certainly a terrible one. "Oh, I couldn't question him much, but I got All knew now thait Ned was quite right when he out of him enough to know that you were right. Both spoke of the Indians. he and Nat were knocked down by an Indian's club: Three time s duTing the hour which had elapsed since That was after Boggs shot them. They were the only the discovery wais made, had Boggs and the redskins two who made a fight." m a de a v i olent attack on the hut. It is as I supposed then. The others deserted to Each time the attack had been successfully resisted. the enemy ?" There w ere loopholes in the log walls built for this "Promptly. They are with them now. By the very purpose. To be inside on the defensive gave Jumping Jeremiah, I hope they freeze to death out Young Klondike's party a decided advantage over there; it will serve them blame well right." the euemy. The y had come in at the nick of time "Hark! They are coming again!" breathed Dick. while Boggs and his gang were absent at the other "It's a matter of life or death with them anyhow. hut rUling the store s in the search for gold which the They've got to get in by the fire or freeze, for there's tough believed had been concealed there. no chance to warm up in the shaft-house, and it's get-If Young Klondike had arrived twenty minutes ting colder and colder every minute. I don't think it e a rli e r he would have had ain open fight in the can snow very long." snow on ha. nd "Are you sure you heard them?" asked the UnHad h e arrived ten minutes later it would have known, moving toward the window against which a b e en just the same. big box had been nailed. The glass ha.d been broken As it was, here he was besieged in the storm, at the first attack, and nothing but a shower of bul 'vi t h one dead man up-stairs in the loft, and an-lets from within prevented the enemy from taking othe r appare n tly dying. advantage of the window to force an entrance to the Surely the situation could not well pe very much hut. wors e for, with the exception of the hut, Bill Boggs ] "Don't touch the box, for goodness sake!" cried and his toughs and Indians had full possession of Ned. "That's just what they want. Dick, can you the winter camp. see anything where you are?" W than all, there was no cha. nee to get away "Yes," said ?ick, who was at one of the either for the b e si eged or the enemy. There they They are around the hut busy at somethmg. . I can't make out JUSt what were, and there the y were likely to stay until the 1 "L ,, . t et me see, said the detective. s orm was over. . . . . . "Wait!" breathed Dick, m sudden haste, and put-It not all pla m sa1lmg, this gold mmmg on the ting his rifle to the loop-hole he blazed away. Klondike. No, not by any means. There was a horrible yell outside in the storm after "I'd like to know where they are," said Ned, which all was still after a little. "If we could only sneak out on them "What have done now, Dick?" asked Edith, and capture Boggs, we might send the whole gang with a shudder. "Killed one of them? Oh, dear, flying. t'd talrn my chances on it if I was sure dear, this is a terrible night." the" were at the mine." .; "We've got to kill them or they'll kill us," said "No, no Don't think of it !" cried Dick. the detective, grimly. "It was an Indian who went "Hush!" cried Edith. "Francois is coming to down into the snow that time I fancy. I only wish his senses alt last." it had been Bill Boggs." It was so. After the long period of unconscious-But it wasn't Boggs, for at the same moment the n ess life was returning to the wounded man. voice of the arch villain was heard shouting : Had the detective really succeeded in calling him "Hello there! Hello inside the hut! Hello! Hello!" bac.k from tbe door of death? "Hello!" roared the Unknown, whose voice was He thought so as he bent over him listening to the like a fog horn. feeble voice of the poor dog driver. Yes, the Un-"That you, Young Klondike?" known too){ all the credit to himself. "Yes!" "What is he saiying ?" asked Ned. "I can't hear "well, hear the last proposition I shall make. a word." Either you surrender or we'll slaughter you to a man. The Unknown motioned for silence. We'll stand no more of this sharp shooting business Then, after a little, he came over to where Ned and -do you understand?" Dick were standing, and whispered: "And if we surrender, what then?" roared the "Let him sleep now. It is the only hope for him. Unknown. Nothing else will save him from poor Nat Trested's "We'll malte terms after you have done it. fate." Open the door a .nd let us in. We'll talk it out "Strange that Nat should die and he live, seeing then, and not before." that he issomuchtheworse wounded of the two," "Never!" bawled the Unknown. "If you want said Dick. j the door open, open it yourseif !"

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28 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S WIN'l'ER CAMP. Bang! Bang! Once more Dick's rifle spoke. thinks he can pick off Boggs and Long Charley and Again there was a dismal cry, after which silence drive them back, but I don't see what good that's goca me. mg to do." "'Jlhere goes another," said Dick, quietly. "But "They are mad to leave the hut!" said Dick. it won't do any good, I'm afraid. They are keeping "Where are they going to get shelter for them-l'ight ait it." selves ?" 'Right ait what?" asked the Unknown. "Can't He hurried up the ladder after Ned, who had alsee anything out of my loop-hole here." ready followed the "Come here and try it, then," said Dick. "You "Go slow!" he called. "Go slow They may be may not see anything just now, but if you wait a on the roof themselves. My idea is that the burning minute you will." 1 brands don't touch the hut. I believe it's all a bluff The Unknown pressed his eye to the loop-hole and to smoke us out. Beware." all waited breathlessly for him to speak. "I'm fly!" called the Unknown. "I quite agree At last he drew away with his face as white as with you, but they haven't got on the roof yet, and the snow outside. we must be the first there." "Ye gods and little fishes! We are in for it now !" There was a scuttle in the roof, but how to gain a be exclaimed "They've pulled down the shaft-house footing after it was opened, seemed a problem. The and are piling the boards against the hut. That can roof was steep, and of course buried in snow. Yet, only mean one thing-they are going to burn us for all that, Bill Boggs was there, lying in wait for alive!" -1 CHAPTER XII. SAVED BY AN AVALANCHE. this very thing. The Unknown cautiously removed the scuttle, and was about to look out, when suddenly a shot was fired down. It was the grea.test wonder in the world that the detective was not killed, but the bullet did not touch him. A DEAD silence came upon all as the mad this startling announcement. He jumped back and banged away at the opening, Unknown for Boggs' head was there, and there was an Indian's, "That's what they are doing," said Dick, after a fe\."\I moments, "and to save my life I don't see what \ve are going to do to prevent it." "There's nothing we can do but to open the door," s a id Ned. "And surrender?" "Or fight it out." "Either way would result in capture, and more than Jikely in death," said the Unknown. "Think of Edith's fate if she should fall into the hands of the Indiains and be carried back among the mountains. Of course, she would never escape." "But you mustn't think of me at all," said Edith, bravely. "Act as you think best without any refer ence to me-that's the only way." "Surrender is not to b e thought of," said Ned, emphatically, "and as for a rush I don't see how we are going to do it in the. snow. It would only be to stand and fight till we are all dead, for you must remember they can't get away." "Too late now to make any move," cried the detective. "Hark!" A curious crackling noise was l{eard. All listened attentively. It was only too evident that it was the crackling of flames. They've fired the boards," said Young Klondike, quietly. "This is the last stage of the game." "Who says it is ?" demanded the detective. Wait, dear boy I'm not going to stay here to be burned like a rat in a trap. Watch me." The Unknown ran up ladder into the loft. "He's going to try for the roof," cried Ned. "He too, and the latter fired a shot at Ned. "We've got you now? Surrender, or we'll do you !" roared Boggs. "The hut will be all in a blaze in a minute." Bang! Bang! Both the boys blazed away-that was their only answer. "Kick them boards in closer! Let her go this time!" roared Boggs. "We'll burn them up, anyhow, and make the best of our way to the other hut." After that the burning boards were heard coming against the hut. No mistake about it this time In a moment smoke began to pour into the hut from all sides. "Ned! Ned! Come down!" cried Edith. "The fire is working its way through. We've got to open the door." "Ha, ha, ha !" laughed Boggs, on the roof. "We are going to box you up again, Young Klondike. is the end of it! This--" Suddenly there was a rushing sound which increased wit,h the seconds to a fearful roar. "Look out Jump, Bill Jump !" yelled somebody on the ground. And this was the last voice which spoke outside Young Klondike's winter camp that night. All in an instant there was a fearful shock which shook the hut to its very foundation, and a great mass of snow came tumbling in through the open scuttle. After that the stillness of death came.

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/ YOUNG KLONDIKE'S WIN'l'EH. CAMP. 20 Just how Young Klondike, Dick and the Unknown managed to get down that ladder ,they hardly knew. "What has happened?" gasped Edith. "Oh, what is it?" their troubles they might have perished with the rest. But of course they were not that sort at all, and equally of course they went right to work to dig out. "An avalanche," spoke a feeble voice from bunk. the With nothing but boards for shovels-they pulled It was Francois. The shock had aroused him. l one of the bunks to pieces to get them-Young Klondike, Dick and the Unknown dug their way out of that fatal drift. Ve ell used to the sights and sounds of that desolate rigion he at once divined what, had happened to Young Klondike's winter camp. And Francois was quite right. Th.e hut, it will be recalled backed up against the towering cliffs whic.h formed the mouth of the gorge. This was the sunny side and the vast mass of snow collected during previous storms had gradually loosened and was unable to bear the weight of the fresh snow put upon it by the storm. Suddenly it had given way, and rushing down the cliffs buried thei hut twenty feet deep. The fire was instantly extinguished and the lives of Boggs' gang, both whites and Indians, were wiped out at one fell stroke. In a most dramatic fashion had poor Nat Trested been avenged, and with this startling incident our story to all intents and purposes ends, for let it be understood there was no possibility of escape for the Boggs' gang and the Indians; they were killed to a m an, and it was not until the following spring that their bodies were recovered. And Young Klondike, Dick, Edith and the Un known? What of them? Were they lost too? By no means Luck was with them-no pun intended on Dick-and the hut defended them from death. For three days our friends remained close prisoners, and if they had been the kind who lie down before It took three days to do it. At first Dick felt sure that the snow had entirely choked up the mouth of the gorge, and that there would be no such thing as digging out, but in the end they would just come up against the wall of rock on the other side. No such bad fortune awaited them, however, and at last they saw the sun once more. The drift was sixty feet wide and over thirty feet high, and under that the hut and the Boggs' gang lay buried. It was July before it all melted away. Once out the boys made their way to the other hut where they found their gold, and the Boggs' gold from the mount.ains, and, better still, the dogs. By this time Francois was able to walk, and the whole party went by dog-sled up to the Wellsted \ mines, and later to Dawson City. This ended work at Young Klondike's winter camp. 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YOUIG KLOIDIKE. STORIES OF A GOLD SEEKER. Handsomely Colored Covers. 32 Pages. Issued Twice a Month. Price 5 Cents. Price 5 Cents. 1 Young K londike; or, Oil' for the Land o f Go ld. 11 Young Klondike's Lost Million; or, The Mine Wreckers of Gold 2 Young Klondike's Claim; or, N in e Go lden Nuggets. Creek. S Young Klondike's Firs t Mill ion; o r, His Great Strike on E l 12 Young Klondike's Gold Syndicate; or, Breaking the Brokers of D orado C r ee k. 4 Young Kloudike and the Claim Agents ; or, Fighting the Land Sharks o f D a w son City Ii Young Klondike s N e1v Diggings; or, The Great Gold Find on 0"'1 C r ee k 8 Y o un g Klondike s Chase; or, t h e Go l d Pirates of the Yukon. 7 Y o un g Klondike s G o ld e n I s l and; or, H a lf a Mill ion in Dust. 8 Y o un g Klondike s S e v e n S trikes ; or, The Gold Hunters of High Rock. 9 Young Klondike's Journey to Juneau; or, Guarding a Million in Go l d 10 Y oung Klondike's Lucky Camp; or, Working the Unknown' s C l a im. Dawson City. 13 Young Klondike's Golden Eagle; or, \Vorking a Hidden Mine. 14 Yeung Klondike' s Trump Card; or, The Rush to Rocky River. 15 Young Klondike's Arctic Trail; or, Lost in a Sea cf Ice. 16 Youug Klondike's New Bonanza; or, The Gold Diggers of French Guieb. 17 Young Klondike's Death Trap; or, Los t Underground. 1 8 Young K londike's Fight for a Claim; or, Ti1e Boomers of Raccoon Creek. 19 Young Klondike's D eep Sea Diggings; or, Working at the Mouth of the Yukon. 2 0 Y oung Klondike's \Viuter Camp; or, Mining Under the S11ow. For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price 5 Cents Per C opy, by -FRANK TOUSEY, Publishe;r, 29 -W-est 26th St., New York.


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