Young Klondike's Death Creek deal, or, Downing the gold king of Dawson

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Young Klondike's Death Creek deal, or, Downing the gold king of Dawson
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No. r21. t NEW YORK, DECKMBER 21, 1898. -.... :-. ;. -, JI l { Price 5 Cents.


Stories o f a Gold Seeker. Issued Semi-Monthly-B:y"S1tbscription Sl.25 p e r year. E11tered as Second Cla .ss ]','fatter at the New York. N. Y., Post Offic e March 15, 1898. Entered acco1ding to Act of Congress fa the year 1898, i" t/Je office of the IAbrarian of Conmess, 11 askinuton, D. C., by Frank 'l'ousey, 29 West 26th St?-eet, New York. No. 21. NEW YORK, December 21, 1898. Price 5 Cents. DOWNING THE GOLD KING OF DAWSON. BY AUTHOR OF YOU NC KLONDIKE. CHAPTER I. THE MYSTERY OF THE MIRAGE. "THERE it is! Shoot now, Edith! Shoot now!" Young Klondike pointed ahead over the ice toward a clump of cedars near the bank of the frozen river. Edith Welton sprang up in the sleigh, and throwing off the bearskin which bad been wrapped about her, brought the handsome Winchester rifle into position and let fly. A caribou sprang out of the bushes, gave one leap into the air, and then staggering forward a few steps, fell dead on the ice. "Done!" cried Dick Luckey. "You have downed 1 him, Edith! That's a prize It will give us our dinner at all events." As Young Klondike applied the lash to the dogs and the sleigh went whizzing over the ice, a shot rang out b!:1hind them. "That' s the Unknown," said Young Klondike. "He wants to know, what all the firing is about." "Shall I give him the signal?" a .skcd Dick. "I wish you would," replied Ned. "My hands are full with the dogs." Dick fired his revolver twice. I the Klondike, who were worth their millions, an_ they had no reason to deny themselves any comfort which money could buy. I Ned Golden and Dick Luckey were originally poor clerks in New York City, and were among the first to go out to the Klondike. Fortune had been very good to them, and they had opened mines in many places and usua.lly with the greatest success. Their companion, Edith vVelton, was a young girl whose life Ned had saved from a wrecked steamer on the voyage up from Seattle to Juneau. Edith was then on her way to Dawson City to find her father, and failing in this, decided to cast her fortunes with Ned Golden's party-in fact, Edith was amember of the firm. One more member of that famous firm remains to be introduced, but it is not in our power to introduce him by name. The Unknown. Everyone who knows Golden & Luckey also knows the Unknown-rather a contradiction of terms, but we can't do any better, for the excellent reason that this siugular charact,l'lr who had followed Young Klondike's fortunes ever since he first came to the gold country, pP-rsistently refused to disclose his A ho arse shout was heard in the distance. name. "That's Zed! What a voice he has," said Edith. Why he did this was a mystery which no one could "He must be at least half a mile away." solve. The strange little man professed to be a de-But to hear one's voice that distance on a winter's tective; indeed he had pa .pers proving such to be the aft.ernoon in the Klondike country is nothing strange case. His claim was that he bad come to the Klon--wbere the atmosphere is so wonderfully clear. dike in search of a certain mysterious criminal. Cold it was-forty below zero, at least-but our Who this individual was or what crime he had com-party made nothing of that. ..... mitted no one 'vas ever able to learn. Like the de-They were well used to this sort of thing and well tective's name it remained unknown. prep\red for it, for be it understood this was the famI Ned now urged the dogs forward, and the sled was ous fi!m of Golden & Luckey, the mine magnates of soon halted beside the caribou.


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEA'l'H CREEK. DEAL. The animal was quite dead, shot through the heart. "Another example of your fine shooting, Edith," remarked Young Klondike. "Here's all the fresh meat we want for some days to come. Now to load this thing on to the sled in some way, if it can be done." "We might leave it for the Unknown," suggested Dick. "He could easily tie it on top of his load." "Leave it for the wolves which would be sure to get it before he comes along," replied Young Klon dike. "No; I guess we can manage to tie it on bPhind here some way." But they did not succeed. With three persons on bo ard there was but little room left on the sleigh or sled-it was more of the former than the latter, being a comfortable two-seated affair which Young Klondike had had built expressly for themselves. anza creek and camp in the woods somewhere. We want to get to the Young Klondike Mine as early tomorrow as possible, and it willbe predous late be fore we get there, if we put in the night at Barney's as we at first proposed." They started soon after this, and before they had gone any great distance it became evident that one of those changes of temperature so com mon in the Klondike country had come now. From forty degrees below zero the thermometer ran up to many degrees above, and the sudden change brought a thick mist over the valley of the Klondike. Darkness had now come upon our travelers, and this in addition to the mist made it both difficult and dangerous to advance. It was therefore decided to go into camp immediately, and not even wait to reach Barney McGraw's, an old mining camp near the mouth of Bonanza creek, which was in operation even before Young Klondike began his successful career. The mouth of a small creek-frozen, of course, was As soon as they saw the battered plug hat, which discovered at the time this decision was reached, and the little detective persisted in wearing winter and In the end they gave it up and decided to wait for the Unknown to come along, which he did after a little. . . inw it Young Klondike turned the dog sled, running summer come mto view around a bend m the river, t th d h' 1 1 t d th b 1 b th b t h t up m o e woo s w 1c l s nr e e an {S on o the oys. s e up a s ou d t th d' t f f h d d d H I H 11 tl 1 B th J J s1 es o e 1s ance o a ew un re yar s. h h t h 1 -11 d ?"ll d tl U Here they halted and preparat10ns :f,9r the mght ooray e o, iere y e umpmg ere-1 m1a w a ave you n e now. ye e ie n. d t 1 b known, in his fog-horn voice. were imme Ia e Y egun. "Looks like a caribou !" cried Ned. "Come on Now to the strange r the bed of the frozen creek and we want you to put it on your sled!" the dark trees seem to o.ffer but indifferent "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I'm a-coming!" cried quarters for the mght, for certamly the place was t l d t ective crackincr his whip and touchino up the I desolate to the last degree. s left. 0 "' All this, however, did not disturb Young Klondike g and his friends one bit. On h e fle w over the ice, and was soon up '\vith the .oth e r sle d. They were well used to everything of the sort, -and knew exactly what to do. "A good, fat one!" he exclaimed. "Who's shoot-ing-Edith' s ?" Edith and the Unknown got out two wooden J "Yes," -re plied Ned. shovels from the load on the second sled, and began "Ye gods and little fishes, I might have known to clear the snow away at a favorable spot where they it Who but our Edith could take a caribou like that were sheltered from the wind which came sweeping clear and cl ean through the heart? There's no one down the creek. in this benighted Klondike country, and that's a solMeanwhile, Ned and Dick got ou1, axes and cut emn fact!" down four spruce trees, lopping off the large lower branches of half a dozen more. You c a n tie it on top of your load ?" asked Dick. "Certainly I can, and will, my lord." When they had as many of these as they thought "Do it, then," said Ned, "for it will soon be dark, were needed they returned to the place cleared, and the four stakes were driven down into the snow two and if we don't put ahead we shall never reach Bar-ney McGraw's in time to tie up for the night." and two at some little distance apart. "Time enough, time enough," said the detective, Then several long, thin poles were cut by felling carelessly. the neighboring cedars. "Mebbe there is, but I don' t care to do any more Two of these were laid across the uprights and nail-night traveling than I have to," replied Ned. "It ed into position. will be dark inside of half an hour now." The others were placed slanting from tfie ridge They tied the caribou on top of the Unknown's pole to the snow, and the spr1:1ce boughs piled up load, and while they were about it, Edith remarked against them. how much warmer it was getting. The work advanced with great rapidity, for it was "Why, yes; it must have risen as much as twenty being executed by master hands which had done it degrees in the last half hour," said Dick. many times before. "Yes, and it's rising still," added Ned. "If I In a surprisingly short time two brush huts had thought it was going to continue I wouldn't stop at been constructed, one large and one small one. Barney's, but would put it right through into Bon[ The larger one was now divided into t"t partsj


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEA'l'R CREEK'. DEAL. 3 by suspending spruce boughs from the ridge pole r Suddenly strange forms began to come into view down w ard in the middle. above the mist. One side w a s for the accommodation of the dogs, It wa,s as though they were looking at a distant the other for Y "ung Klondike, Dick and the Uncity. They could see towers, steeples and battleknown, while the small hut was for Edith. ments. There were by hundreds, stretching In such a shelter as this our friends had passed the over a long distance, dimly seen above the line of night comfortably many times. mist. And the night now closing in upon them was no ex "The mirage!" cried Young Klondike. c eption to the rule. They were perfectly comfortable what it is!" echoed the Unknown. "The the:re. mysterious city of Death Creek We are looking at wrapped in their blankets and furs with great the most wonderful mirage in the world!" fires blazing before the shelters the night passed without event. It grew warmer if anything, and when Young Klondike awoke and went out of the hut at about six o'clock in the morning the fog was still very thick. It was of little use to think of continuing their jou).n e y whil e this state of affairs lasted. Young Klondike threw fresh wood on the fire, and CHAPTER II. THE MAN WHO CAME OUT OF THE MIST. t a kin g his gun went out among the cedars to watch "WoNDERFUL !" exclaimed Edith. "What does it for rabbits. all mean?" Shooting rabbits in the dark is not easy business, I Edith was the first to break silence. but it h appene d to be an occupation which Ned was The mysterious city of the mist was rapidly fading quite w e ll accustome d to. away. H e strolle d around for an hour or more, never al"You've asked a hard question," replied Ned. "l lowing himse lf to g e t out of sight of the fire, and don't think that has ever been explained; but one when at last he re1;urned to camp he had eight fat thing is certain; we are in Death Creek, a place I rabbits; so there was no lack of provisions that day, have always meant to come to, but never did." for there w a s the caribou, too. "I've often heard about the mirage of Death Creek," Dick w a s awake by this time and so was the Unsaid Dick; "but like Edith I want to know more k nown, but Edith still slept. about it. Is there anybody here who can explain?" While the d etective hung the iron pot and built a "WeJl, I reckon I know as much about it a s anyfh-e unde r it, and cut a hole in the creek and drew body," replied Ned, "and that is just nothing at all." water and attende d to a number of other household du1iies, the boys skinned the caribou and cut it up, "But the city ?" ask d Edith, looking puzzled. and prepare d the rabbits for a stew. "Is all an optical delusion. It has been seen by Then the dogs were fed and the stew started, coffee many people. Off the coast of Alaska it is a common w a13 m a d e and when everything was ready Edith was phenomenon, but here in the interior it is less seldom cal led to breakfast. seen, and I believe each time it has been observed it wr.s at thi$ very spot-Death Creek." , t ill the fog hung over them, but the Unknown "I' h d 11 ti b f k d th d t t . . ve ear a us e ore, remar e e e ec predicte d tha t it would be d1ss1pated by sunnse, and "b t b t d y Kl d'k t . ive, u e ween you an me, oung on i e, i his pred1ct10n proved quite true. 1 t' l h d 't 1 I 1s an exp ana ion w uc on exp am. Along toward ten o clock when the sun was booked "Tl h ld 1 t ?" l d D' k rnn ow wou you exp am 1 as rn 1c to show itself, all hands went down to the edge of the "If you have some ne;v theory for this mirage of woods at the mouth of the creek to see it come. Death Creek let's have it by all means." "She' ll be up in a moment now," remarked Ned "Haven't any; dear boy, but I know what the "You can see the glow there in th!l east." mirage is all right. Haven't I seen mirages on the "And tha t ought to mean that the fog is ithin," desert of Sahara hundreds of times." said Dick. "l should say that we ought to be able to "Don't know about that. I don't feel sure you start right away after day breaks." ever were on the desert of Sahara." "We'll be able to judge in a minute," replied Ned, "for here she comes now." As Young Klondike spoke the sun rose in all its glory, and the mist immediately cleared away overhe ad, although it still held its own down on the river "Come now, do you doubt my veracity? Then the!'e's the mirage of the Mediterranean. I've seen that, and the mirage of--" "That will do. Let's have your theory about the mirage of Death Creek." b e d. "Tell you again I have no theory. Only thing is, "It will soon be clear," said the detective; "we as I understand the mirage, it don't make something haen't got long to wait now." out of nothing. It can and does show us distant 1Nhile they waited, Young Klondike and his friends points, usually reversed, and at other times raised were treated to a rare sight. I aboYe the horizon, as in this case; but when you


.. .... 4 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH CREEK DEAL. come to talk of making a city appear where there is I Ned and Dick ran to the spot. no city, why, then--" "What's the row now?" called Young Klondike. "Why, then, you believe that the mysterious mir"What have you caught-a fish?" age city of Death Creek is a real city?" broke in "A fish! You bet it's a fish! .a_ gold fish!" cried Young Klondike, with a laugh. the Unknown. "I do; you may laugh as much as you like, but I "Hello I never heard of any gold being found in do." Death Creek," said Ned, "and I know two or three "And where is it, may I ask?" fellows who have done a lot of prospecting here." "Give it up. That's something no fellow can find "Huh! Prospecting! More likely they did a lot out." of whisky drinking! Look at this!" "Pshaw! Nonsense! As though there could be any I The Unknown put his hand down into the pan, and great city hidden in this wilderness." took out a ten ounce nugget. "Remember, dear boy, that it is a wilderness, and I "What do you call that?" he cried, holding it up. no man yet has ever penetrated the country back of "Any flies on that? Oh, I guess not! No, no!" the headwaters of the Yukon." "It's a beauty, and no mistake!" said Dick. "Did "Stuff and nonsense!" cried Young Klondike, cut-you scoop that up out of the creek?" ting t .he Unknown short. "Yes, I dif, and don't you forget it! As pretty But after all the little detective was only giving but a nugget as you ever laid your eyes on! Say, Young an idea which has been much discussed among some Klondike, I don't feel quite as anxious to move out very sensible men. But let the explanation be 'what of here as I was." it may, the mirage city of Alaska is a well-known .'Well, upon my word, neither do I," said Ned. fact, and Young Klondike and his friends had been "I'd like to try a few pans here. lt must be mighty treated to a sight of it far inland, something as unshallow for you to get hold of the nugget so." usual as it is strange. "It is shallow. There ain't over a foot of water The mysterious city had entirely disappeared now, under the ice." but the mist still hung in the valley and showed no "Suppose you try it again." sign of breaking, although it was quite clear over"Just what I intend to do. Here goes, Young head. Klondike Watch me do this thing some more." "We may as well make a start," said Ned. "l The Unknown put his pan through the hole in the think it woul be perfectly safe, and more than likely ice again and scraped up a lot of sand with the by the time we get to Bonanza creek we should find water. no fog at all." Ned and Dick bent eagerly over to see what the re" Look here," said the Unknown, "I don't want to sult had been. hold you back, Young Klondike, but you know just as "Why, that sand is just full of flake gold!" cried well as I do that such weather as this always means Young Klondike, as the Unknown shook the water a storm.'' off. "Pretty apt to," said Ned, "but what has that to "That's what it is. Did you ever see anything do with our present situation?" rkher ?" "It has just this to do with it; we won't get to the "Can't say I did." mine before dark in any, and we may get caught "Strange others should have looked here and not in a blizzard before we can make it-is that so?" found it," mused Dick. "It's a chance alwa.ys to happen this time of year." I don't care a rap what others have done !" de" Exactly; now I say let's hold on here a couple of clared Ned. "There's. gold in the pan-dead loads hours and cook up the remainder of that meat; by I of it. What more do you want?" that time we shall be better able to judge what the "All there is in the creek." weather is going to be, and if we should get nipped in J "Ditto Has this claim been located by anyone a blizzard we shall have plenty to eat." I yet?" Nobody had any objection to offer to this plan, so "Not to my knowledge. I know there was a lot of they all returned to camp. I talk about this section a while back, but I never heard It was determined to roast part of the caribou \ of anyone actually locating here." meat and boil part, as this would save time; the re"Then it's free game for us?" mainder was to be packed away in snow to be used in 1 "I suppose it is. I can't say." feeding the dogs. "We don't. stay up at the Young Klondike long," "I shall want a kettle of water here," remarked remarked Dick. "It looks to me very much as though Edith; "who'll get it for me?" we had work to do here." "I'm your huckleberry," said the Unknown, catch-They kept on panning for about half an hour. Edith ing up the pail and starting for the stream. got tired of waiting for the water, and soon came While he was gone Ned and Dick began cutting the down to see what it was all about. meat still further, when all at once a loud shout was The boys were able to surprise her with fully fifteen heard from the hole in the ice where the Unknown J hundred dollars in flake gold and nuggets, taken out was S<''"Oping up the water in an old tin pan. during those few moments.


I YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEA.TH CH.EEK DEAL. 5 Quick t o come to a decison, Edith at once declared t hat they ought to remain where they were until they c ould learn more of this wonderful claim and not think of going on to the mine which bore Young K l ondike's n ame that day. Of course there was no dissenting voice to this de cis ion, and a larger hole in the ice was cut and more diggin g done. The r esult was truly amazing. Nearly 'four thousand dollars were taken out before d ark. Still the fog hung heavy in the valley of the Klon dik e It would hardly have been safe to travel even if t hey w ere so disposed. Work c losed with the going down of the sun. Not that it is usually so in the Klondike country, quite the contrary. There is a deal of work done there in the dark part of the short winter days. But Golde n & Luckey were not prepared for such a n emergency now, and it was therefore necessary to quit whe n the sun went down. Then c a m e the long evening in camp enlivened by N e d s banjo playing and Edith' s singing, in addition t o which the U11known told some of his wonderful yarns, and altogethe r they a jolly time. The night passe d quietly and when mornir.g dawned t h e fog was thicker than ever. "Another day of panning," cried Young Klondike, a s h e and the Unknown met outside camp. "Stra n g e this w eathe r holds so long, but there's a storr brewing somewhere and we are certain to catch it b efore long." They hurried down to the creek where Dick was already at work with a lantern doing the panning act as best he could. "Any luck?" aske d Ned. "Great!'; cried Dick. "Why, it's wonderful! I've got as much as three hundred dollars already, and I've only been at work a little while." Ned took a hand 1n and met with the same astonishin g luck. Meanwhile, the Unknown cut away more ice so as to enlarge the chance at the bottom of the creek. N e d trie d it in a different place as soon as there w a s a cha nce, but here luck deserted him. Pan after p a n w a s worked out with just no result at all. "Reckon we'd better stick to the old spot," said the Utt.known. "There don't seem to be much to be m a d e here." So Ned gave it up and went back to help Dick again. Whil, e they were working that morning they found a four pound nugget, which fixed the character of the c in Young Klondike's eyes. "The r e is no doubt of its richness, Dick," he re m arked. "We want to loaate this place and start a Death Cree k diggings going right away." .l!. s Ned spoke h e looked up and it seemed to him that on the other side of the creek, standing there in the mist, he could see the shadow of a man. For an instant he watched it and the shadow moved forward. In a moment more a man came out of the mist and stood staring at them. He was an old gray-bearded fellow, shabby and half starved looking. "Say, gents," he called out solemnly, "I donJt want to have no muss with nobody, that hain't me, but I've come to warn you off this yer claim!'' CHAPTER III. THE G OLD KING SAYS HE MEANS FIGHT. 'l'HE sudde n appearance of the old man, who came out of the mist, was more startling to Dick Luckey tha. n to Ned, for the latter had seen the shadow and was prepared. "Hello, n eighbor Who the mischief are you?" demanded the Unknown, who had seen him come also. "We a.ire respectable fellows, and no thieves-I want you to understand that." "So you may be, so you may be," replied the old man. "I don't; d eny that none. It wouldn't become me to deny it, because why, I don't know you; but say, this yere is m y cl aim. "It is?" asked Ned. Yes, it is." "Then come over here and tell us about it. I ask you again what is your n ame?" "My name's Silas Rigby," drawled the queer old fellow. "I'm from Oshkosh, I am." "Oshkosh, Wisconsin?" "Yaas !" "How long have you been here?" "Oh, waal nigh on to a year. Say, I've seen you down to Dawson, hain't I? Seems to me I have, now I come to look." "l think it very likely," replied Ned. "Weare at Dawson a good deal." "You're Young Klondike, hain't you? I hain't making no mistake when I say that?" "That's what they call me, squire." "Jes' so. Then this here t'other young feller must be Dick Luckey, a .nd that little old cuss with the plug hat is the detective what you always carry round with you to keep you from being murdered for your wealth. Am I right or am I wrong?" "I guess you are right in all but the detective part," laughed Ned. "No danger of my being mur dered for my wealth." "Well, I don't know about that. They do s a y as how you've dug out an all-fired lot of dust." "Ye s, but I don't carry it around in a bag with me." "No? Waal, I s'pose not; but I'll come across the creek and see yer. I know you are a square man and won't swindle me out of my claim." "You may be very sure we won't !" said Ned, em phatically. "If this claim is yours, Mr. Rigby, we


6 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEA'rH CREEK DEAL. ===========-----======================= are going to respect your rights to the letter, but it fully, and he trotted off toward the camp, Ned shout-bears no evidence of having been worked at all." ing to Edith to let him have the promised supplies. The old man came across the creek and looked at As soon as he was out of hearing a council of war the nugget and the little pile of flake gold which Dick was called. had washed out. "Look here," said Ned, "this is a pretty state of "You seem to be in luck," he said. "If the snow affairs. What's to be done?" was off the ground you would see where I did a little "Done! By the Jumping Jeremiah, the Gold King panning myself, but not much, not much! I'm an of Dawson must be downed!" cried the Unknown. old man, and this gold digging is hard work. Still, "That's what's to be done, and we are the boys to this here place is rich-thundering rich! It's as do it-ahem!" good a claim as t ,here is on the Klondike, this little "Bet your life !" said Dick. diggings of mine h ere on Death Creek." "I've been thinking of this for some time," mused "We've found it rich," rep1ied Ned. "In fact, Ned. "That man is doing positive injury to the good we took out over four thousand dollars yesterday name of the Klondike." afternoon." This was entirely true. "Sho Did yer now! Waal, I want to know." Ralph Royston, otherwise known as the Gold King, "Have you located this claim yet, neighbor?" de-was an Englishman who had appeared in Dawson mantled the Unknown, suddenly. I about a year before. "Yes, l have located it," replied Rigby. "You'll He was supposed to be enorm_ ously but there find it on the Recorder's books down to Dawso\l all were many who the ofh1s vast wealth. right but I'm just about selling out to. the Gold King He worked no mmes himself; his scheme was to trade know him?" one claim for another, f?rm stock companies, "You refer to Ralph Royston," said Ned. out and leave ev:eryone m the lurch. of. yes, that's him. you know they call him the stock was pl.aced m Engla.nd the Canadian cities Gold King on account of his wonderful luck." by agents with whom he was n ... constant correspond" His luck lies principally in jumping other people's ence. claims," said the detective. "Look out for yourself, He was too shrewd to swindle his neighbors in old man, he'll jump yours, first thing you know." Dawson, but almost every mail brought letters from "I'd like to see him try it." various parties inquiring as to the value of these "Well, don't you fret; he will try it if he gets the stocks and the richness of the Gold King's various chance." claims, all of which were either down-right swindles "We want to know more of this," said Ned. or bad been sold out by the Gold King to others, who "Where c'o you hang out, Mr. Rigby? Have you a bought them purely for speculation. camp about here?" Very frequently these claims, which had been lie i r "Yes, I have; it's over on the next creek, where my principal digging was done before winter set in," repli1:;' the old prospector. "It isn't much of a place, boss, but such as it is it's my home, and you are welcome there any time." "Do you live alone ?" "All alone." "Dear me !" exclaimed Edith. "What a dreadful place to live in! Where do you get your supplies?" "Well, Barney McGraw let's me have what I want, which isn't much. I was here a part of last winter and made out to live." "You spoke of being on the point of making a deal with the Gold King. What do you mean by that?" alded abroad with a great flourish of trumpets, never had a spade touched to them. Yet the Gold King was always trading for fresh ones. It made little difference to bim whether they were rich or not. Another pleasant custom of this man was to jump claims worked by poor and ignorant miners. He would suddenly drop down upon a claim ac companied by a force of men-good fighters-whom he kept always in his employ, and take possession on the strength of some trumped-up excuse that the real owner had made a deal with him and traded the claim. Appeal to the law was quite useless. The Golod King had plenty of money to defend the suit with, while he always took good care to pick out a victim who was without means to fight. "Why, I mean just what I say. I'm expecting him here to-day or to-morrow. He's going to trade with me for a piece of property he owns up on El Dorado creek. He claims there's a thundering good chance there." The only legitimate business he engaged in was the buying of gold dust for shipment to Canada and the States. Ned looked at Dick and the Unknown looked at them both. All felt sorry for the old man. Go over to our camp and we'll give you some bacon and potatoes," said Ned, kindly. "I suppose they would't come amiss." "Amiss! I guess not! I'd be ever and ever so much obliged if you would," replied the old man joy-In this, what capital he actually had was invested, and as he very often managed to control tbe best part of the dust brought into Dawson City by small miners, he came to be known as the Gold King. It is hardly necessary to say that Young Klondike despised the fellow, and never would sell him an ounce of dust. Consequently Ralph Royston hated Young Klondike, and they were enemies, although Royston



8 YOUNG KLONDIKE'b DEATH CREEK DEAL. The shouts continued ; they could hear the crack-shouted. "I mean fight! The Death Creek diggings ing of whips, dog teams were coming beyond a doubt. shall be mine !" "It's the Gold King!" cried old Rigby. "He's Ned stepped around in front of the hut and planted making for my place." himself in the open doorway, exclaiming: They hurried down to the river and saw three dog You are wrong, Ralph Royston I've just sleds carrying some eight or ten men coming up over I made a deal for the Death Creek diggings-they are the frozen Klondike. mine !" The man who drove the foremost sled was a wellknown French dog driver, who had often worked for Young Klondike. Seated behind wrapped in furs was a larger man weaFing a big cowboy hat, his head tied up in a muffler and his bulky form concealed by a heavy b(3arskin coat. "That's the Gold King," cried the Unknown, promptly. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, boys, we did not make our Death Creek deal one moment too soon." "That's what's the matter," replied Ned. "Mr. Rigby, you'd better get back to your hut. Where is it?" "Just over the hill on the other creek." CHAPTER IV. DRIVEN AWAY. "WHA'r'S this! What's this You, Young Klon dike You here to interfere with my deal?" Ralph Royston turned upon Ned and began to bluster, but he had to meet an antagonist who was perfectly cool. "Now, then, none of that blow and brag, Ralph Royston!" cried the Unknown. "You know Golden "Good enough. We'll be there as soon as you." & Luckey we are the firm Death Creek is ours "I wish you would. I'm afraid of that man." -and we don't want to sell-see?" "Pshaw!" the "he's a big "Hold your noise, you absurd little runt !" snapped bluffer . him to me. I 11 down lum, never; Royston. "I'll deal with Young Klondike, not with you fear. . I you." Rigby hurriedly crossed the creek and disappeaPed "Who are you calling a little runt?" roared the over the hill, Young Klondike and his party following Unknown. "Look out for yourself! I'll have my more slowly. revenge! I can lick two of you, big as you are! You They kept in among the trees as much as possible, would swindle this poor man, would you? I-I--" as it was the Unknown's idea that they could best "Stop! Stop!" exclaimed Ned, as he and Dick handle the Gold King by coming upon him suddenly. seized the irate detective and pulled him away. "We But they were able to watch the progress of the don't want any fighting. Mr. Royston, I have just dog team, and they saw them turn into the mouth of 1 purchased this property. I shall be happy to sell for the next creek, on the bank of which stood a rude hut. cash if you want to buy." Most of the men remained with the dogs, unhar-The Gold King saw that it was a good time to cool nessing them and feeding them. The Gold King and down. The first thing lie had to do was to learn how two others walked up the bank and entered the hut. matters actually stood. "Now is our chance, boys," said the detective. "I wasn't aware that I had to deal with the highly "We'll sneak around the other way." respectable firm of Golden & Luckey," he said, sar-lt was easy to do this by keeping in the woods, and castically. "I labored under the impression that inside of a few moments they were behind the hut, Death Creek belonged to me by right of purchase, and having gained that position without being seen by I think still that I have made no mistake." any of the new-comers. "Now come, Royston," replied Ned, "you know as Loud voices could be heard inside the hut. Ralph well as I do that this deal of yours is in direct viola Royston's voice was particularly loud-Young Klontion of the rules of the Mining Exchange." dike knew it of old. "I'd like to have you explain yourself, sir. Am I "This don't stand !" he shouted. "I won't take accused of fraud ?" the money. When I make a deal I make it. There's "You decidedly are. The claim you talk of giving no back out to me." Mr. Rigby in excnange for Death Creek is absolutely "But the deal has not been completed, Mr. Roys-worthless, as you 'know very well." ton," old Rigby said, mildly. "I don't want to make "It's nothing of the sort, sir! I'll have you under-it now. I've changed my mind." stand that there are others besides Young Klondike "It makes no difference. l'he deal is made and it who are able to judge of the value of a mine." has got to go through." "We don't mine gold in a tundra swamp." "I can't make it. Here's your money." "Who says it's a tundra swamp ?" Ned was peering through a crevice betv.een the "I say it boldly a .nd you know it." logs, and he saw Ralph Royston strike the old man's "Then I say you lie!" bawled the Gold King, and outstretched hand, and send the bills flying all over he drew off and struck at Ned. the floor. This was enough! "That for your money, you old scoundrel!" he A free fight was on in an instant.


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEA'l'II CREEK DEAL. 9 Ned gave the Gold King a good one between the "Look out for them when we pass the mouth of the eyes, which sent him sprawling on his back. other creek," Edith; "they'll be sure to attack His compainions instantly made a rush to his assist-us there if they mean to do it at all." ance, but only to run against Dick and the Unknown I "I'm awake!" cried the Unknown, from the other Dick downed one like a shot, and the little detective sled. "Get your rifle ready, Edith." pick e d up the other bodily and threw him out on the "No killing!" said Ned, emphatically. "Don't snow. fire unless you have to-do you hear, Zed?". It was all done as quick as lightning, and poor old "I hear, my lord, and to hear is to obey!" called Silas Rigby stood staring with his mouth wide open, the Unknown, "but all the same if they get too hardly knowing wha,t to make of such a state of af-funny let them look out for squalls." fairs in his quie t hut. In a moment they were opposite the mouth of the "Quick!" exclaiimed the Unknown. "We've got other creek, and the sharp cracks of several rifles to light out, or the whole gang will be on top of ,us were heard. before we know where we are at!" But the shots flew wide, and the Gold King's party "Get up!" said Ned, sternly. "Get up, Ralph I took good care to keep themselves concealed among Royston, and leave this house!" the trees. The Gold King staggered to his feet, and made for 1 Edith and Dick fired a few high shots just to let the door without speaking a word. I them see t .hat they were reaidy for them in case they But he did not get out, for Ned blocked the way. "got too fresh," as the deteative expre ssed it. "Wait a minute!" he exclaimed, whipping out his The shots had the desired effect, for the enemy revolver. "No, don't draw on me! It won't pay ceased at once, and not showing themselves you The r e That's better You see I've got the there was no necessity of wasting a moment. drop on you, but I'm not the m a n to shoot unless I "Good-by! We're off for Dawson!" shouted have to. Rig b y pick up that money and give it to, Young Klondike. "If you want to see me, Ralph Royston, to whom it belongs." I Royston, I'll meet you on the Mining Exchange." "I won t take it!" said the Gold King, hoarsely. Whether the Gold King accepted the challenge or "No, I won't l" not it was impossible to say, for he did not show him-" You'd better!" self nor did any of his men. "I say I won't! I'll haive the law on you, Ned So Young Klondike cracked his whip and the dogs Golden! This is criminal business, this is." went swinging around upon the river, and the sleds "De cid edly it is. If you won't take the money, went whirling awaiy. then go." He stood aside and motioned Royston out through the door, am invita.tion which the Gold King lost no time in availing himse lf of. "Look out, Young Klondike!" he hissed. "The end is not yet. You shall hear from me again!" j He walke d loftily toward the bank, but before he CHAPTER V. EXPELLED FROM THE EXCHANGE. had covere d h a lf the distance the men came running "GOOD-MORNING, Mr. Golden-good-morning, sir. up. Hope I see you well!" They were arme d with rifles and looked fierce. Half a dozen of the most prominenL mining men in "Ta1k e those p ersons prisoners!" shouted Royston. Dawson City crowded around Ned Golden and Dick "Shoot them if they resist! They are trespassers on Luckey when in company with the Unknown they this land!" came upon the floor of the Mining Exchange the sec But Young Klondike had no disposition to want to ond morning following the affair at Death Creek. be shot. Already h e h a d ordered the retreat. Ned answered those greetings heartily, as he al" Come with us, Rigby," he said. "We'll get back ways did, and' there was a general hand-shaking all to the othe r c a mp, harness up and :start for Dawson around. City. They'll r dare to shoot us on the move." "Has Mr. McCullagh arrived yet?" he asked of The y r-an through the woods, crossed the creek, the doorkee p er, as soon as he got a chance to speak. and w ere at their camp in a few moments. '"Not y et, sir," replied the man, "but I am expect-The y w ere not followed. ing him every moment." R alph Roystou had entirely too much at stake to "Was Mr. Royston on the floor yesterday?" go to the l ength of deliberate murder. "No, sir, he was not. I don't think Mr. Royston No time w a s lost in harnessing the dogs. is in town." "Dawson City is the place to settle this business," "Why, yes, he is," said a prominent broker, a dechred N e d. "Our trip to El Dorado creek is off great friend of Ned's. "I saw R:i.lph Royston on the the prog r a mme now." stree t late last night. He said he bad just come down They hurrie dl y boarded the sleds and Ned led from up the river." off with a crac k of his whip, which sent the dogs fly1 "Exactly," said Ned. "And did be say anything ing down the frozen creek. about me?"


... /' ----.. --.... .... -., 10 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH CREEK DEAL. "Well, now he did.". "'What was it, Brooks? Speak it right out." "He's terribly down on you, Ned. He said you tried to kill him up on Death Creek." "Do you think that is likely, Brooks?" "Not at all. It would take a lot to make me be lieve it." "Just so. The case is exactly the other way. Ralph Royston is a scoundrel." "I don't need to be told that." He tried to swindle a poor old prospector named Rigby out of a valuable claim, and I stepped in be tween them. Royston called me a liar and I prompt ly knocked him down." "And quite right. I'd have done the same myself." "I'm sure you'll say so, Brooks, when you hear the facts." And Young Klondike went over the whole story. He had almost finished when Mr. McCullagh, the J>resident of the Exchange, came in. "Hello! You back, Golden!" he exclaimed. "I thought you were off for creek." "I thought I was myself," replied Ned, "but I -changed my mind. McCullagh, I've got a complaint to make against one of the members of our honorable body, and I shall ask that he be expelled under the rules." "Hello Who's this?" "Ralph Royston, the Gold King!" "I'm not surprised. He ought to have been ex 'Pelled long ago. I was about to propose it myself, but he has some few friends on the floor, so I hung back." "Well, there must be no hanging back now," spoke up Dick. "Ralph Royston is not a fit man to be a member of the Exchange." "We'll settle him," said McOullagh, and he mount the platform and called the members to order, a n nouncing as soon as the usual opening ceremonies were over, that Young Klondike had something to say. Ned went up on the platform, and in a quiet manly wav told his sto.ry of the Death Creek affair. He was still at it when Ralph Royston came swag gering in. Black looks greeted him on all sides. The man's general character was well known. He had but few friends on the Dawson City Exchange before Young Klondike started in to tell his story, and he had fewer still now. He did not attempt to interrupt Ned, for he well knew that to do so would lead to his immediately be ing put off the floor, but when Young Klondike put the motion to expel him he sprang to his feet and m ade a long rambling speech, defending himself from the charges in a way which certainly did not help matters much. The vote was then put by Mr. McCullagh. There were only three dissentng voices. The Gold King had been expelled from the Ex change. "You will leave the floor, Mr. Royston," said Pres ident McCullagh. "Never!" cried the Gold King, losing all control of himself as he sprang to his feet. "This is an outrage It's illegal! I can prove my entire innocence of these charges. I bought the Death Creek diggings fair and square! I demand a re-hearing, I--" He got no further. Any member has a right to put a non-member off the floor of the Dawson City Exchange. The Unknown could not resist the temptation to assert this right. He sprang to his feet, at the same time motioning to Dick to join him, and each seized the Gold King by an arm. "Let go of me! Let go! I demand justice!" roared Royston. "You've had it," said Ned, wh, o had come down off the platform. "Out with him! He has no longer any rights here." Dick and the Unknown hustled him then, but he held back and struggled for all he was worth. "You have no right to interfere with me !" shout ed the Gold King, shaking his fist at Young Klondik e as Dick and the Unknown sta.rted to drag him off the floor. "Off with .him! He has broken the rules!" said Young Klondike. "He is no longer a member of the Dawson City Mining Exchange." For a moment it looked as if there might be some shooting done, for a few who were still friendly to the fellow now rushed forward and tried to interfere; But President McCullagh rapped for order and got it, and Dick and the Unknown hustled the Gold King out without further ceremony. He did not at.tempt to return, but went away breathing threats of vengeance against Golden & Luckey and all their friends. "That fellow means a muss," said the Unknown, when our three friends left the Exchange together a little later on. "Let him try it," replied Ned, quietly. "I'm ready for him any time." "What's the" programme?" asked Dick. "We've got the Death Creek diggings, now what are we going to do with them?" "What do you propose?" "Why, I wa, s thinking that perhaps the best thing would b e to sell them out. We've got mines enough, dear knows, and to try to work this in .winter might "It won't do, Dick," interrupted Ned. "My mind is made up to work it. If you object and don't care to have it made a firm matter, I'll buy out your share -all your shares, if necessary-and work it alone." "You don't buy mine if you mean to work it," said Dick, emphatically; "that's" "Same here," said the Unknown. ,"By the Jump-


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH CREEK DEAL. 11 ing Jer1:nniah, I think I see myself letting you go up there alone with a lot of men who may or may not be in the pay of the Gold King." "I thought you' d say so," replied Ned, "and I am glad you have. I wouldn't desert you and I know very well you :wouldn't desert me, but the Death Creek diggings are going to be worked all the same; it is my intention to go up there at once." "To-night?" laughed the detective. "No; not to-night nor to-morrow night, but I do hope to get things in shape to start by the enc of the week." "That will give us time to arm ourselves," said Dick. "I hope you mean to take men enough up there to make it safe." "I wa.s thinking of twenty-five. How would that strike you ?" "We can do a good deal of tall fighting with twenty-five men if they amount to anything." "We must see to it that they do. I think I'll go down the street and engage them now." It must be understood that engaging workmen to do winter mining was by no means an easy matter at the time we write of Dawson City, whatever it may be now. Men then did not caire to work for wages however large when they could dig gold on their own account. Ten dollars a day was au ordinary price of labor, but as it happened there was none to be had that day eYen at the high price named. Not that there was nobody in Dawson City out of work, there were plenty in that situation, but Young Klondike was unable with all his wealth-and he of fered as high as twenty-five dollars a day-to find more than three men who cared to engage to accom pany him to Death Creek. "I believe it's the name that scares them, Dick," be said. "I actually, believe it's the name." They had been to every prominent saloon and gam bling house then, and had been turned away disap pointed from them all. "It can't be that," replied Dick. "There are some superstitious on e s among them, of course, but I don't believe they are all such fools." "It's the Gold King, that's what it is," declared the Unknown. "He has been the rounds before you a nd don't you forget it. I believe he has bribed half these f e llows to refuse to work for us." Young Klondike thought so, too, and he felt sure of it later, for his friend Brooks came to him with the story that Royston was openly boasting that he had hired all the labor in Dawson City, and intended to ope n up an old claim a short distance up the Klondike, for the express purpose of preventing Ned from gett ing men to work his claim in Death Creek. "Never mind," said Ned that night at the hotel. "We'll get the best of him somehow-you'll see." Next day Young Klondike went straight ahead just as though he had all the men he wanted, which was safe enough, for if worse came to worse he could bring men down from the great El Dorado creek dig-gings, where he had a large number constantly employed. Two portable houses were purchased, comfortable three room affairs, which could be put up right on top of the snow when spring came and rebuilt on proper 1 foundations. Then mining tools of all kinds were purchased, and a large stock of provisions laid in, and the whole sent up to Death Creek with the three men engaged, under the chai;:ge of old Silas Rigby, who had concluded not to attempt to visit his El Dorado creek purchase until spring opened, but to put in the win working for Golden & Luckey on Death Creek. "You're a good bluffer, Ned," said the Unknown, one morning toward the end of the week. "Anyone would suppose you had all the men you needed, from the way you are going on." "Just what I want them to suppose, and I expect to have them before to-morrow night." How ? Where will you get them ?" "Never you mind. I'm going to surprise you. I've heard of a chance, and if it don't work I know of another. I can bluff as well as Ralph Royston-he'll see." "Better tell," said the detective. "There's no use in keeping secrets from an old friend like me." But Ned only laughed and left him. On his way down the street he met the Gold King driving his dog team, which was headed for the river. He shook his fist at Ned as he flew past, shouting : "Hello there, Young Klondike Do you see that fist? Look at it! It's going to down you! I'll get square with the man who had me expelled from the Exchange." -..: ... CHAPTER VI. CAUGHT IN A TRAP. Now as the Gold King was heading for the riYer, anyone wou ld have been quite justified in supposing that he was bound for the new diggings he had just started up the Klondike. Perhaps he was, but just the same he stopped at a well-known saloon down by the levee, and driving his dogs in under a shed went in through the door himself. An hour passed and he had not come out, but any number of people had gone in. Among others was the Unknown, and it happened this way. Shortly after Ned left him the Unknown strolled down the street as far as the levee, and there he spied the Gold King's dog team under the shed. He looked hard at it for a moment, and then mut tered: "That's Royston's," but he made sure by ask-J ing the man who had charge of the shed, and learned that he was right.


12 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DE.A.TH CREEK DEAL. The Unknown pulled off his plug hat and put it on saloon, and the Gold King turned his attention to the again-something he always did when he was trying bottle and his friends. to think. The Unknown waited a little longer, but Young Shall I do it, or shall I mind my own business?" Klondike's name did not come up again, and he conhe muttered. "Ned has taken a very independent Gluded that the best thing he could do was to look stand in this Death Creek deal. Perhaps he'd rather after Billy, besides which he felt that Ned should imI wouldn't interfere." mediately be informed of what had occurred. He pondered a moment, and then walked off down Two surprises were in store for the Unknown when the lev e e, entering a small clothing store, kept by one he left the saloon. Simon Simson, a gentleman whom the Unknown very The dog team was gone from under the shed. well kne w. Inquiry developed the interesting fact that Billy "He llo, Simon; how are you feeling this morning?" had taken it and driven off up the Klondike. asked the detective, as he closed the door and walked This made the Unknown decidedly nervous, and he up to the counter. "Cold, is it not? By the Jump-hurried back to the hotel, only to find that Ned and ing Jeremiah, my ears are almost frozen !" Dick had taken their dog team and driven up the "It's schust so cold as nefer vas," replied Simon. Klondike, too. I should tink your ears would be frozen stiff to your head arlready mit dat high hat. Vy not led me sell you a nice varm cap. I've got dem very scheep ?" "Just what you can do for me, Simon," replied the Unknown. "I want a cap and an overcoat, and a false beard and a wig-you know." '' Ha You vas on de detective racket again?'' "A little." "Den I make poor pee:mees with you. De vig and de beard you own already, and it's to borrow de hat and de overcoat you vant, I suppose." "Well. I won't be quite so hard on you as that, Simon," la.ughed the detective. "I know I've bor rowe costumes from you before, but I've paid you well for them, you old rascal. This time I'll be liberal and buy, them outright, but I shall probably want to leave them here when I get through with the busi-ness I'm working on now." The Unknown immediately went up to Edith's room and was immensely disappointed to find her out. The clerk told him when he came down into the office that Edith had gone out calling on friends, but the Unknown met her on the street a few moments later. "Where are Ned and Dick?" he demanded ht;tr riedly. "Why, they've gone up to Wilson's Creek to look for men," replied Edith. "Didn't you know?'-' "Gone into trouble!" exclaimed the detective. "That's where they've gone. Edith, I greatly fear that Ned and Dick have walked deliberately inte a trap." Now whatever the Unknown may have thought about the matter, certain it is that Ned and Dick never suspected anything wrong. How did you get this tip about the men up on WilSimon Simson agreed to all this readily enough, d h th U l 1 ft th h h th son's Creek, Ned?" Dick inquired, as they went flying an w en e n mown e e s op is own mo er th might have been doubtful of his identity, the little over e ice. man's appearance was so completely changed. "Why 'R:an vis told on the last night "Now to see what friend Royston is about," mut-1 that s mme was gorng to shut tered the detective. "If you want to down a man down, repl:ed Ned. Of .course I knew there would there is nothing like learning his habits, and I have be a lot of idle men on their way to Dawson soon sworn to down the Gold King." as that took place, so I the best thmg we He found friend Royston about to take a drink. could do would be to run right .up there and head The Gold King was standing before the bar sur-them off." rounded by a little crowd of admiring satellites; they "Wonder why they close?" mused Dick. were all half seas over and were talking noisily as the "Give it up. Wilson's Creek belonged to the Gold Unknown elbowed his way to the bar, taking his King once, but I heard he'd traded it otr for a lot of stand as near to them as possible. claims away up the river. It is the only really good The Gold King was boasting of his rich claims, and mine he ever owned." of the money he had made. The Unknown listened "Don't you think it more than likely it has come patiently for ten or fifteen minutes, hoping to hear back into his hands again, and that he's trying the Young Klondike's name mentioned. same old game to close up the mine and run the stock At last he was rewarded, for Royston turned to a down so that he can buy it in for a low figure ?" roughly-dressed fellow who had been close at "Well, I wouldn't wonder. It might be so, but his elbow, and whispered: even if it is what's to hinder us from freezing on to "Say, Billy, I'm going to be det;ained here; you'd these men?" better get along and attend tothatmatter. We want "Nothing in the world. Of course we want the to spring the trap on Young Klondike to-day, sure." men, and having started' in to down this scoundrel, This was somewhat startling. The Unknown liswe wa .nt to strike him wherever and whenever we get tened eagerly, hoping that more would be said. a chance." But there was not. Billy immediately left Lhe It was only about six miles to Wilson's Creek.


YOUNG DEATH CREEK DEAL. 13 When Ned left the hotel he fully expected to be back I It. was strange that Dick should say it in the light of before dairk. what happened later, but Ned laughed heartily at Indeed, his plan was to send two or three dog teams what he called his partner's absurd suspicion then. right up to take the men on to Death Creek, in case "Pshaw if there's another shaft house further up he was fortunate enough to engage them. the creek I'm going there," he declared. "We'll As to any trouble coming out of this hurried run to I leave the dogs right here and push ahead on foot." the Wilson's Creek mine, such an idea never once enDick offered no objection. tered Young Klondike's head. He had said his say, and had not the least intention Soon they turned off from the frozen river and enof hanging back if Ned was determined to push on. tered a dark, narrow gorge. So they unharnessed the dogs and shut them up in Through this gorge a creek went tumbling in the the shaft house, after which they pushed on up the summer time, but now, of course, all was frozen and gorge, which soon became so rough that it would have silent. The ice was so slippery that the dogs could been quite impossible to have gone on with the. sled. scarcely keep their footing, as Young Klondike urged After many windings they came in sight of a lonely them on toward a small frame building which could hut built on a rock which overhung the gorge. be indistinctly seen on the heights above them. This There had been digging done here, a:, good deal of it. was the shatt house of the famous Wilson's Creek There were great piles of earth half buried in snow mine. lying close to the bank of the creek. "Hello! Hello, up there! Hello!" shouted Ned, The boys climbed up over the rocks and ap-as they neared the shaft house. proached the hut. There was no answer. The place seemed to be completely deserted. When Ned rounded up before the shaft house a few moments later he began to wonder if some trick had not been played on him, for it certainly seemed that there was no one at the mine. The shaft house was closed, and the snow had drifted against the outbuildings. Still there were footprints in front of the door, which showed conclusively thart someone had been there since the last snow storm, which was more than a week before. "There's nobody here, Dick," said Ned. "'Ran Davis has been playing it on me. I've been fooled as sure as fate." "I declare it looks so," replied Dick. "All the same, we don't want to give it up without a try." As they drew near a man came out and called to them, but. Ned could not understand what he said. "There! What did I tell you?" he said to Dic:k, triumphantly. "Your imagination has led you astray, my .dear boy." "Don't you fret about that," laughed Dick. "I'm only too glad to find it so. Hello there, neighbor! Hello!" "Hello !" answered the man on the rocks. "What do you want up here?" "Is this the Wilson's Creek mine?" called Ned. "It's the upper mine; yes." "Are you the superintendent ?" "No. He's inside. We are about closing up here and worked late last night. Mr. Rowan is asleep." "You see I was right," said Ned, as they climbed "Certainly not," said Ned, throwing aside the big bearskin robe and springing off the sled. on. The man met them at the door. He tried the door and found it open. "It's all ight, Dick !" he shouted, as he pushed He was decidedly a hard-looking customer, but a his way inside. man may look rough and still be honest. Young "What's up?" called Dick. Klondike had no suspicion yet. "Look here!" He told his name and explained his business. Ned came to the door, holding in his hand a piece "Why, it's all right,'' said the man. "We shall only be too glad to go to work for you, boss." of paper. "This was pinned to the table,'' he explained. "How many men are there here?" inquired Ned. "There's twelve of us," was the reply. "All hands "The men are all at the upper mine." "Does it sa so?" are off huntmg except Mr. Rowan, and he s asleep, "y s 'Al{ hands at the upper mine '-that's the as I told you. You see, we've run out of provisions, 'te d ,, and so the boys thought they'd go up the mountains way I rea s. J 't Th 'll "Good enough. But where is the upper mine? I and see if t shoot a few rabbi s. ey never heard of it." be back before ong. "Nor I." "Didn't know there was two, and can't hardly believe it now." "Can I see Mr. Rowan?" asked Ned. "Certainly you can. I'll go in and wake him up." The man opened a door and passed through to an "I don't see why you should hesitate to believe it. inner room. You know no more about the Wilson's Creek diggings "You see now bow absurd your suspicions are, than I do, and that is just nothing at all." Dick," said Ned. "Everything is as straight as a Ned, I don't know why I can't believe it, but some string here." thing tells me that this is a trap set for us by the Gold "Drop it," said Dick. "I declare I'll never suspect King." j again as long as I live, all the same I--"


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH CREEK DEAL. "Come right in, gents!" called the man, opening the door part way. "Mr. Rowan will see you soon." Ned and Dick passed through the door, which was instantly closed. Then suddenly a sharp cry was heard and a moment later the man popped out through the door and ran offi down the gorge. The moments passed-they lengthened into hours; it began to grow dark. The silence of death hung over that lonely mountain but. But Young Klondike and Dick Luckey did not come out through the door. :CHAPTER VII. THE MIDNIGHT ESCAPE. Meanwhile, Ned and Dick, who were not hurt a bit, for the fall was less than ten feet, were wandering about in the cave which opened off the cellar. It was entirely dark, but the boys were well supplied with matches, and they had been able to explore their narrow quarters thoroughly enough to make it plain to them that there was no chance of escape. Ned was terribly chagrined. Dick, I ought to be kicked," he declared, "and upon my word I wish you'd undtrtake the job. It really is all my fault that this thing'has come upon us. In spite of your warning, deliberately and with my eyes wide open, I walked into this trap." "Set by Ralph Royston for our special benefit. I suppose you are willing to admit that now, Ned?" "I don't see how I can deny it. I've been a fool." "What is to be done? We've called aind called and can't get any answer. I begin to think that there is nobody in the hut now." "Looks so. We shall hear from some of them soon WHAT had happened to Ned and Dick? enough, though, you may depend upon that." Something very serious, of course. "The worst of it is neither Edith or the Unknown It was so serious that they now lay prisoners in a know where we are, and I don't see how there is any dark cave under the mountain hut. chance of their finding out." The cave wa. s a small affair, and the mouth of it "And 'Ran Davis? What about him?" opened off from a slight depression in the rocks over "'Ran is a traitor and in the pay of the Gold King, which the hut had been built. of course. If I ever get back to Dawson alive he' ll That Dick was entirely right in his suspicions, Ned hear from me. Oh, how I wish I had told the Unknew only too well. known my plans!" When they passed through the door they found the It would have been fortunate if he had, and it was interior room quite dark, a bearskin having been hung equally fortunate that the Unknown was the sort of over the window to make it so. man who knew how to act on his own account. "Right ahead!" growled the man, at the door. The detective's suspicion had been more than con" This way, gents!" called a voice from the other firmed, and as soon as ,he found out that Ned and end of the room. Dick had gone up the river, he told Edith all he That was the time it happened. knew. Unsuspectingly Ned and Dick walked on. "We must follow them of course," declared Edith, All in an instant the floor dropped from utnder "and we must not lose a moment in doing it. It's them; down they went into the cellar, and the trap-surely a plot of the Gold King's, Zed." door closed above their heads. "I am absolutely certain of it," replied the detect"Quick, Skit Get down the mountain, and wait I ive. for the boss!" said a man, coming out of a dark cor"What would you advise ?" ner of the room. That you get a dog team ready and wait for me If the Unknown had been there then he would have at Brown's Hotel, near the levee. You know Mrs. recognized him as the man to whom the Gold King Brown; she will you, I'm sure. You had spoken in the saloon. can tell her just what has occurred." "Don't you want help?" asked Skit. "They may "And you?" show fight, you know." "I'll go back to the saloon, resume my disguise, "Not a bit of it. I can manage them. They and watch the Gold King. If, as we suspect, Ned can't get out, that's one thing sure, so I shall just and Dick have been led into a trap, he will be sure to take my time about going down." go to them before night. We follow him-that's Skit waited for nothing more, but ran out of the all." house and hurried down the gorge, as we have said. This plan was carried out. The man then removed the bearskin from the win-Edith waited at Brown's until after one o'clock, dow, lit his pipe and sat down to smoke. when the Unknown suddenly put in an appearance. He seemed to be in no hurry to go down into the "He has started!" he exclaimed, as soon as be cellar. In fact he had no intention of going there at came into the room where Edith. was sitting. "He all for the present, for as he said to Skit there was no has gone up the Klondike with his dog team alone possible way of his prisoners getting out until he with one man." chose to open the trap door, at least so far as he "Do you know the man?" knew. "It's 'Ran Davis."


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S D EATH CREE K DEAL. 15 "One of Ned's particula r friends [ Ned heard nothing, but Dick had his ear to the "Don't y ou believe it, my dear! 'Ran Davis is a wall of the cave. friend to nobody but himself. I see it all now. He "I heard somebody laugh," he declared "Yes, has betrayed the boys into the hands of the Gold and there are people talking beh iQ.d here. Listen King. Ned You can hear them for yourself." And indeed it look e d v ery much as if the Unknown I Ned clapped his ear to the wall and declared that he was right, for at tha t moment R alph Royston and could. this m a n were skimming over the ice in the dog sled, "There are certaiuly people talking there," he said. heading for Wilson's Creek. "Oh, I wish I could hear what they are saying. You When they had covered abo u t a mile Davis, cha nc-were quite right, Dick; there must be another cave ing to look b a ck, s a w another s led coming on behind behind this." them at a r a pid rate. "I w a s sure of it," said Dick "What's to be done?' It was now growing dark and he was not able to They are much more likely to be our enemies than our see it very distinctly; even if he had it is doubtful if fri e nds at that distance he could have made out its occu -There was nothing to be done then, for at that very pants. moment a sound from the cell a r drew the attention o f They w ere Edith and the Unknown. both boys that w a y Thus fri ends and ene mi e s w ere both on their way to "The y are op ening the trap-door!" breathe d Di ck. Young Klondike's prison, but, of course the boys It w a s 0So. A light fl.ashed into the cave a nd a s the could not know that. boys ran o u t into the cellar, the y saw that a ladder Since the moment of their fall into the c ellar they had been let down from above, and two m e n were d e -had seen no one, nor had they heard a sound. scending. "It must be dark outside now as well as in here," "'Ran Davis and the Gold King!" gasped Ned Dick remarke d, as the y sat together on a stone just whipping out his revolver. insid e the cave. He was too late. expect it is r e plied Ned. "Oh, Dick, this is I The Gold King and Young Klondike's treacherous disgusting! If we could only do something It's friend had already drawn their weapons, and in a this sitting here idl e waiting for the worst to happen twinkling Ned and Dick were covered. that drives me mad. "Hands up, boys!" cried Royston. I don't w a n t "l t e ll you on e thing we might do tha t we haven't to shoot. you, but I will unless you drop thatshooting done s a id Dick, "and that is to sound the walls of iron now!" the cave all around." There was no help for it. "A big contract, and not a very profitable under-Ned flung the rcvolverinto acornerandreluctantly taking." 1 raised his hands. "l'rn not so sure of that. These caves a .re "So we have you to thank for this, Ralph Royston,'' so small as this; the one we are in may connect with he said. "I thought as much from the first, and i t another; don't you think there is a chance?" s eems I wasn't wrong. "Why, there'.s certa inly a chance ; still, I don't "On the contrary, you were dead right, Young think i.t is very likel y ; from what we have seen with Klondike So thi s i s the way you down the Gol d the m atches all there is to the c ave is right h e r e." K ing, is it? S eems to me your fine schemes don "Shall we try it or shan't we? I don't care if you pan out very well. Disarm them, 'Ran. Now is the think it is no use." time to do it, and remember this, young gents, the "Oh, I suppose we may as well It will serve to first fellow who makes a move against my friend pass the time away anyhow. Where shall we Davis, is going to get sho t dead." begin?" "If 'Ran Davis is as good a fri end to you as he "Right here o n this side has b een to me, you'll find h i m a dandy," replied "Suppose you take one side and I'll try the other; Ned, bitterly. there is no use in both of us chasing the same dog." "That's all right, Golden, give up your guns i" It was so agreed and the boys, arming themselves growled the fellow. "I'm working for D avis, and with stones, set out to sound the walls of the cave. d on t y o u forget it. Money talks ev Qry time!' N e d had not advanced far b e fore he heard Dick give "In other words yo u have sold me out," said Ned. a sudden exclamation. Then he called : "Come "That' s about the s i ze o f it, and for a b lame good here, N ed! Come here!" price, too, and don't you forget that, either, my "Hello!" cried Ned. "What have you found?" boy. "It's hollow here." Was anything more than this necessary to show "That' s what we want. Where are you, anyhow? Young Klondike how thoroughly mistaken he had I can't see a thing. been in this false friend? "Light a match" N ed was si lent as he gave u p his arms, b u t Dick "I'm doing it. Ah! There yo u are. Now about could not restrain himself this hollow place; I think-. H e broke out and abused Ran Davis in good r ound "Hush !" breathed Dick. "What was that?" terms.


1 6 YOUNG KLO NDIKE' S D EA T H CREEK DEA L "Shut your mouth or I ll break it!" snarled Davis. "Never!" "Boss, have I got to submit to such abuse as this?" "Very good; then that means war between us, and "Take him up the ladder, said the Gold King. I shall take the next step." "You know our plan; we don't him here I've "Which will b e what? Bette r tell it all out. at come to deal with Young Klondike, and I propose to once." dea l with him alone." "Which will be to give you an hour to think the Ned k ept quiet, but reso l ved that if any attempt m atter over in. At the end of tha t time I shall call was made to sep arate qim from Dick, he would fight again and once more ask you to sign. If you refuse even against the greates t odds. it m eans death to Dick Luckey. You will never see The time came instantly, for Davis ordered Dick to him again." ascend the ladder, presenting a cocked revolver at his "I care nothing for your threats. You would never head. dare to injure Dick said Young Klondike, proudly "No. you don't, 'Ran Davis!" shouted Ned, making "Idare you to lay a hand on him!" a rush for the revolver and trying to seize it. . "What You are goin g to try bluffing, are you?" He got the weapon over the head mstead of m his I sneered the Gold King. "Very good! We'll see! hand and fell, stunned and bleeding to the floor I'll give you the hour, and then call again." When:lrncame to himself;'Ran Davis and Dick were He retreated up the ladder, keeping Ned covered gone, and the Gold King stoo d with fol ded arms until he pa. ssed through the tra p-door, for in spite of watching him having disarmed him, he had a lingering suspicion that "Well, so you are n o t dead after all, Young Klon he might still be armed. dike," he sneered "That was ahard b l ow and I had Once alone, Ned pace d the cave like a ca. g e d lion half an idea that it had fixed you. I should have He was half wild at the thought oi wha t might been sorry if it had been so." happen to Dick, and yet to sign a .ny such documents as Ned staggered to his feet and passed his band over those which had been presente d to him would bring bis bleeding head. disgrace upon him and make it impossibl e for him to "You can k e ep your s orrow to yourself, Ra.lph remain longer in the Klondike country. Royston," he said. "Where's my friend? What All this Ned realized fully, a .nd he saw tha t the Gold have you done w ith him?" King had everything to gain by carrying out bis "He is safe, don't you fret. But let me tell you threat, while on the other hand he ran but little risk Qne thing, young man; whether he remains safe or even if he killed them both. not depends upon yourself. Nobody knew where the y were, and it w a s not likely "What do you mean?" tha t anyone would ever think of lookin g for them in -" l mean just this, I am tired of yo u r interference this out of the way spot, for onc e the Wilson Creek with my business, and propose to put a stop to it diggings were abandoned years might pas s before any-Qnce and for all." one visited the place. "In what way:" "For Dick s s a k e I shall h a ve to y i eld," thought "By driving you away from the Klondike if that Ned. "But wha t will happe n to m e afte r wards? If is possible, but of that later; just now I want you I tell the story on 'Change there will be those who to sign this little document. When you have done will refuse to believe me. I-he llo! What's that ? that I shall set you free.". Those m ysterious sounds again?" The Gold King drew from the inside pocket of his It was a pounding on the w a ll of the c a ve. It was coat a fold e d paper of legal appearance and hJ.Lnded not very loud, but it was v e r y distinct. it to Ned, at the same time pushing the la .ntern Again and again it w a s repeat e d. nearer to him, in order that he might see to read. "Someone is trying to si gnal m e," thought Ned. "What is this?" d emanded Young Klondike. "I "Shall I reply or not?" don't si g n any pa. pers of your drawing up, Ralph He listened. Royston, I tell you that flat." Twice the wall was struck; the n there w a s a break, "Read it and see b e fore :you attempt to decide." then it was twice more. Ned ran his eye over the paper and threw it back 1 Ned s e ized a stone and)truck one good, hard blo at the Gold King. 1 on the w a ll. It was a statement purporting to come from him-Immediately there w a s one blow struc k in rcturr:. self, to the e ffect that the charges made by him on N e d struck two blows and the answer was t \\ the Exchange against Ralph Royston were false, and blows prompted by malice. Once more he tried it, this time striking three blows Pinned to this interesting document was another and three were given in return. which was still more impertinent. It was simply a Then Ned put his ear a gainst the w a ll a nd listened. quit claim deed of the Death Creek property, in favor He could hear the indistinct murmur of voic e s. Qf the Go\d King. He would ha. ve shouted and tried to m a k e himself D o you really expect me to sign those papers?" heard, but he hesitated to attract the attention o f he demanded. "Are you guch a fool as a ll that ?" his e n em i es in the hut above. I do expect it, and you will sign them!" While he was pondering on the matter a bl o w


t YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH CREEK DEAL. 17 was struck, and then another and another, each one could not remove; it seemed to run in under the wall, further along on the line of the wall. and was firmly wedged in its position. "Hello !" thought Ned. "That means something. Now the voice was silent. Ned called and called, I won't answer for a moment. I'll see what comes but no answer came. next." It was terribly disappointing, and Ned was just He waited and in a moment the same thing was beginning to despair, when all at once a sharp blow repeated. was struck on the stone, and the welcome sound "They want me to come further up in the cave; was heard again. that's what they are driving at, I'll bet," thought "Here, I am back !" cried the voice. "I've been Ned, and he stepped to the point where the last sig-up to the hut to see how things are going on with nal had been given and struck the wall ther\3. your partner. Have you got out all the stones?" Several blows in quick succession were struck in "Yes, they are all out," replied Ned-" that is, answer, which seemed to indicate satisfaction, and all but one. I can't move that." then the same thing was repeated, the blows leading "I'll soon fix that one. Where are you-standing Ned still further into the cave. in the hole?" The last one was struck almost at the end and it was louder than any heard yet. Ned struck in answer and then a blow came lower down on the wall, another lower still and then another almost down to the level of the rocky floor. Ned dropped down and was about to give the answer when all at once he heard a voice call : "Hello Hello Hello !" CHAPTER VIII. 1 r i' THE ATTACK ON THE HUT. "Yes." "Well, get out." "All right! How about my partner? Did you see him?" "No, he's a prisoner in the loft over the hut. Ralph Royston says he means to kill him. He's quite cap able of it. Are you out of the hole yet?" .Yes." "Very well; then here goes !" There was a crunching sound, and Ned knew that the stone had been pushed out into the hole from the other side. Immediately a light shone into the hole, and the voice called : Come on, Young Klondike The way is clear now." "HELLO !" called Ned, putting his mouth close to Ned dropped into the hole and saw an opening lead-the rocks. ing out of the cave. "Do you want to escape?" called the voice. "I'll I In an instant he had crawled through it, and found help you if you do." himself in another cave which seemed to be smaller "Of course I want to escape!" called Ned. "Who I than the one he had left. A man stood there holding are you?" a lantern. He was a rough-looking fellow, but he "Nobody you know. Have you a light in there?" had an honest face. "No Ned could not remember that he had ever seen him "Matches Got matches?" before. "Yes." "Good enough Strike a light and you will see where the hole has been filled up with loose stones. Take them out and you can get through into here. I don't stop to make terms with you, but I know who you are. I m a poor man. I expect a reward." "You shall have one if you help me out of this fix," cried Ned. "Don't you forget it. I shall be liberal with you whoever you are." "Go to work!" called the voice. "Don't lose any time or you may be too late to save your friend." Ned struckthematchand instantlysaw just beyond where he was a place, close to the wall, where there were a great many loose stones. To remove these in the dark was no very easy task, but he went right at it, throwing out the stones right and left. As he worked he was encouraged by the voice : "Keep it up! Keep it up!" it called. "There is a hole through the wall here. It won't take long." They were all out but one big one at last. This Ned "How can I ever thank you, my friend?" he said, as he scrambled to his feet. "Tell me your name and--" "Never mind my name," interrupted the man. "If you don't know it, you won't have to tell it in case you are asked. Now about that reward." "You shall have it." "How much?" "How much do you want?" "I think a hundred dollars ought not to be too much." "A hundred dollars is very little. I'll make it two and give it to you now." "Well, come, that's liberal, boss. You ain't out of the woods yet, either." "No, but you'll finish your work, I suppose?" "I will if I'm spared, you bet. I'd just like to see you get the best of that scoundrel." "You refer to the Gold King ?" "Yes, of course." "You are one of his workmen, I take it ?" J


18 Y OUNG KLO NDIKE'S D EA'l'H CREEK DEAL. "Yes; worse luck." r he wast. ed no time in speculating on the matter. It "Drop him and be one of mine. I want good men was something to be free, but his heart sank as he to help me on a claim I am about opening on Death thought of Dick. What was to be done to save Creek." him ? "I'd like to, boss, but I'm so tied up with him that 1 It was a thought which drove Young Klondike half I don't see my way clear to shake him just yet. Still I wild. you may see me some day." Climbing up through the gorge, he was just about ; "I'll do what's right by you any time you come to mount to the platform where the hut stood, when, to me. Meanwhile, here is your money, and I'm ever chancing to look behind him, he saw a light away so much obliged. Now, can't you complete the oblidown in the dark gorge which seemed to be moving gation by helping me to get my friend free ?" his way.. "Just what I can't do, boss. I wouldn't dare, but What's this? Someone coming?" thought Ned. if you wait a bit I think they will all be so drunk that "It won't do for me to be seen." you can do the job yourself." He drew in behind a big rock and waited, watching they are drinking, are they?" the light as it moved slowly 1.lp the gorge. "Yes and heavily, but come, you want to get out After a little he was able to discern two figures-of here. Some of them may take a notion to come one was a man, the other a woman. down." Ned's heart beat fast as he strained his eyes for a "What is this cave?" better look. It beat faster still when he saw that the. "Oh, it's one of a series of four o r five which open man wore a plug hat. into the gorge. They are all connected, but Royston Edith and the Unknown !"he murmured. "Heav don't know there is any opening into the one you have ens! what would have been their fate if I had not been just left. I kept that to myself." here to warn them? But how in the world did they "And why ?" guess we were here ?" "Because he had a nasty habit of doing up fellows Then suddenly it came to his recollection that he in that cave, and I didn't know but my. turn might had told Edith their destination, and the mystery was come." explained. "Is he as bad as that ?" Ned started down the gorge to meet them, but im" You bet he is Haven't you heard of the mys-mediately turned back. terious disappearances on the Klondike? Remember "If the Unknown gets sight of me he will be sure the Ruge r case?" to call out in that fog-horn voice of his," he thought, "Indeed I do!" "and that won't do at all. I'll just wait here and "And the Brown case last summer?" give them a surprise." "Certainly. Do you mean to say--" So when they came opposite the rock, Ned suddenly "Yes, I do; they were both done up in there. Oh, stepped out in front of them. yes "Silence he whispered. Not one loud word." Young Klondike shuddered. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, is it you, Young Klon-Ruger and Brown were two prospectors who came dike?" gasped the Unknown, flashing the lantern in to Dawson with plenty of money. Both had gone up Ned's face. the Klondike to look for claims, and neither of them "Not so loud! Thank Heaven, you have come, Zed. were ever heard of again. You are just in time." "Well, well!" exclaimed Ned. "I had no idea that "Where's Dick?" asked Edith. "Oh, Ned, we have the Gold King was as bad as that !" been so worried about you Is anything wrong?" "Don't you forget it, he is--just that bad. I tell "Anything wrong! Why, everything is wrong. you that any man makes a big mistake who tries to Dick is a prisoner in the hands of the Gold King, who buck against him, but you're a good man, and every-turns out to be as great a scoundrel as ever went un-body knows it. I'm not going to see you served as hung." I've seen many another one served here." "Just what I said!" exclaimed the detective. While the y were talking, the miner was leading "I knew that man was as bad as they make 'em. the way through the. cave. They soon came to the Where is Dick? How does it happen that he is a end, and pa.ssing through a narrow passage found prisoner and you are free?" themselves in the gorge. "Not because I've deserted him, don't you think "Good-by, Young Klondike," said the man. "I'm that for one moment," said Ned; "but put out your much obliged to you. I'm going to leave you here, lantern, it won't do for the light to be seen. I've and you'll have to work the rest of this business your-got a strange story to tell you and you may as well self. I've got that hole stop up, and if I don't do hear it now." it before Royston gets down there my name is Mud The excitement of the Unknown when he heard all with a big M." Ned had to tell can well be imagined. Thus saying, the man turned back into the cave "Something has to be done right away," he said. and disappeared. How he expected to close the hole "And I don't think there is any question what that .and make his own escape Ned could not imagine, but j something has got to be." -


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH CREEK DEAL. 19 "A bold attack on the hut?" asked Edith. "I see no other plan." "There is no other plan," said Ned. "You took the words right. out of my mouth." "It must be," declared the detective. "Where is the hut, dear boy?" "Right on top. of the rocks, here." "What's the enemy's force? How many are there insid e ?" Well, there's 'Ran Davis and Ralph Royston t o begin with, and then here are the two men who captured us; b e sides these there may be others for all I can tell." And this fri end of yours-no use trying for his help, you ? " Do, said Edith. "If we could get Dick out with out trouble,_it would be a great thing." "All right! Here goes?" said the detective, plantin g himself aga.inst the side of the hut directly under the windows of the loft. It was a difficult matter for Ned to climb on his shoulders without making a noise, but he managed it. He could now reach the window well enough, but the sash seemed to be nailed down ; at all events Ned could. not move it and he wasn't high enough to peer in. "Can't work it," he whispered "It has just got to be a cold attack." He jumped to the ground and took the revolver which the detective offered. As for the Unknown, himself and Edith, they and "I'm sure the r e is not. He seems to be in deadly fear of the Gold King." their rifles. All three planted themselves in fro.nt of the door upon which the Unknown knocked with a "Then w e've got to work the rifle ourselves, and the h h d t 1 b ,, ea vy an soo'nlefr we go aldt 1 t1i e1 etter. R I At once there was a scuffling of feet and a voice we cou on y mow when oyston and 'Ran 11 d t. D d h ca e ou a vis go own mto t e cave to look for me that "Who's there ? Who's there?" would b e the time to strike," said N ed. "Anyhow "Open that door! Give up your prisoner!" w e 'll go up and h a ve a look. If w e can' t do any bet-shouted the Unknown. "Come on, boys! We've ter w e 'll go right for them and take our chances got them penned ? Hello in there Give up your When it com e s to shooting in the dark I should say prisoner or we'll blow you all to blazes and burn the we ought to be as much in it as they are, every hut over your heads!" time." They now hurried up on top of the rocks, and stole on toward the hut. A light burned in the lower room, but it was but faintl y s e en, for the bearskin had been hung up against the window again. In the loft above where there was only one window, there w a s a,pp a r ently no light. Other tha n this the place seemed to be deserted. Not a sound reached their ears from the inside. "Looks to me as if they were all asleep in there," said the Unknown. "Perhaps they ran the bottle around so liv ely that they are all dead drunk." "We must know," said Ned. "I guess there's nothing for it but to make the attack. How shall we proc eed?" "By bluff-cold bluff," said the detective. "We are t aking big chances, of course, but it is the only way." "Your explanation explains nothing. Say what you mean." "I mean to knock at the door and ask for Dick." Hello That is taking the bull by the horns with a vengeance." Do y ou agree?" "It means shooting." "We c a n shoot." "But it won t pay us to kill the Gold King. A lot of trouble would come out of that." "Suggest some other plan, and I'm with you." "How abont my standing on your shoulders and trying to climb in at window of the loft?" "I suppose you could reach it that way." "I'm sure I could. Shall we try it?" CHAPTER IX. THE RACE TO DAWSON. "BLUFF! Pure bluff! breathed Ned. "I don't feel sure that it will work." "We can only try it," said the detective. "Don't hesitate to fire when the door opens. We can wing them even if we don't kill." But the di;>or did not open. The Unknown's bluff had been a little too strong. Neither was there any answer. Profound silence reigned within the hut. "What can it mean?" whispered Ned. "I'd rather fight than stand so." "We mustn't stand so. We must fo"ce our way in," declared the detective. "I'll undertake that con-tract-here goes!'. But before the Unknown could make a move the door was suddenly flung open, and a shot fired by the man Rowan came whizzing out, narrowly miss ing the detective's head. Bang Bang Bang All three instantly fired, and each aimed for the fellow's legs. The result was highly satisfactory, for with a yell, tumbled over on the floor, not seriously injured, but lamed for many a day to come As there seemed to be nobody behind him, Young Klondike and his party rushed boldly into the hut. "Don't kill me!. Don't kill me!" whined Rowan.


20 Y O UNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH CREEK DEAL. "I give right up I told the boss it come to l Looking back, they could see the Gold King stand-tlus !" ing on the rocks with the others. It was only necessary to take one glance around to He seemed to be very drunk. In fact, as well as see tha, t they had everything their own way. they could see by the light of the lantern held by one There lay Skit dead drunk on the floor, and in one of the men, it was all he could do to stand. of the bunks 'Ran Davis was sprawling. Waiting for nothing further, they hurried on around "Where is Ralph Royston ?" demanded Ned, for a bend in the gorge, and made the best of their way the Gold King was nowhere to be seen. to the lower hut, where the dog team had been left. 1 He's gone down into the cave to see you," Apparently no one followed them, and at this groaned Rowan. "Gee whiz! How did you manage Young Klondike wondered. to get out?" "I don't understand it," he said. "Can there be "None of your business. How can I fasten him some other way of getting down?" down? Speak quick, unless you want us to finish "I think there is," said Dick. "After they tied you!" me up there in the loft, they did a lot of talking "Pull that cord against the wall there-that will I among themselves, and I heard Royston ask twice shoot the bolt." what had become of our team, and once he said that Ned found the cord and lost no time in pulling it. someone must go down to the other hut and look Instantly a sharp click was heard and the voice of after it. That would seem to show that they came Royston shouted: up another way." "And did anyone go?" asked Ned. "No, not that I'm aware of." "Here! Here! What are you fastening me in for? Open the door The boy is gone What the blazes ails you, Rowan? Have you gone mad?" "Ah, there Stay there!" cried the detective, making a bolt up the loft ladder after Ned. Royston roared and yelled, pounding on the trap door all the while. It was no use, however; move the door he could not, as the bolt was between the double boarding of which it was built, but Editb, who did not know this, stood ready for him with her rifle, in case he succeeded in getting through. Then in a moment down the ladder came Ned, with Dick after him, and the Unknown bringing up the rear. "Hooray! We've got him!" cried the detective. "Now what's to be done with the Gold King, boys?" "Leave him where he is," said Ned, promptly. "All I care for now is to get back to Dawson, and let all the world know what sort of fellow Ralph Royston is." "Isn' t someone going to attend to me?" groaned Rowan. "I shall bleed to death if I am left here. I'm getting weaker every moment." ""\Vatch that tcap-door," said Ned. "I'll look at this fellow's wounds." "Don't you do it," said the Unknown, promptly. "Let him take .his chances. Remember the miners. They may be do wn on us any moment. We want to light right out." It seemed good ad vice, and most fortunate was it tha. t they heeded it, for before they had fairly reached tbe mouth of the gorge, lights were seen fl.ashing on the rocks behind the hut, and several men came run-ning down. .Slope!" whispered the Unknown. "The quicker we get down out of this the better." They were none too soon. Before they had time to get a hundred yards down the gorge, three shots came flying_ after them. "They were in the hut when we came up all right enough," said the detective, "for we saw them, and I don't believe anyone has been down there since." Their anxiety was soon set at rest, for when they reached the hut there was the sled standing outside the door just where they had left it, and the dogs could be heard barking inside. No time waf'! lost in harnessing up. Edith and the U nlmown had left their team lower down at the mouth of the gorge, and that was) found undisturbed too. all looked as though there was going to be noth ing to interfere with their run right back to Dawson City. Ned and the Unknown, who were doing the driving, cracked their whips, and off they went flying down the river to meet a surprise when they turned around the point of the big bluff which projected far out into the Klondike just below the mouth of the gorge. The moon had now risen and there was light enough to enable them to see everything pretty clearly. "Another team ahead of us!" cried Edith, as they went swinging around the bluff. "By the' Jumping Jeremiah, I'll be hanged if it isn't!" exclaimed the detective. "Ye gods and little fishes Who do you suppose it can be?" "There are two men in the sled," said Dick, "but they are so wrapped up in furs that I can't make out who they are." "It's the Gold King," said Young Klondike, quietly. "You can make up your mind to that." "Wonder if it can be," mused the Unknown. "I'm sure it is. Positive of it." "But how can you tell?" "By his build and general appearance." "Well, well! Perhaps you are right, but how in the world did he get in there ahead of us? There's something for you to explain." "Can't explain it. Probably there is some way


Y O UNG KLONDIKE'S DEA. TH CREEK DEAL. 21 \ down from the Wilson's Creek mine that we know noth-over to tlie left so that we may be able to pass ing about. Anyway they are there." them at a safe distance, but keep the dogs going as This was the correct explanation, although nothing tight as you can force them ahead." more than a shrewd guess. "What I know," replied the Unknown, era. eking "Wish I had my glass," said the Unknown. "It's whip, "I learned while I was knocking about so bright that I believe I could easily make them out Dawson in disguise last night on the track of the Gold if I had." King. It's simply this; there's a company goi;ng out "I've got mine," replied Ned. "I was pretty to Juneau next week, and it is proposed to send down thoroughly searched by 'i\.an Davis, but he only took all the gold they can carry-Colonel Tompkins' party, my revolvers; the glass and all my money were left you know." behind." "Hello !" said Ned. "I suppose the Gold King "I suppose they thought they could get those any means to work his usual racket, buy up all the loose time," said the detective, "but say, would you be dust he can lay his hands on and send it out by the good enough to get out said glass and let's have colonel." a look?" "That's just -what he's up to. The colonel has the "Just exactly what I'm trying to do, if you'll only cash. It is he who furnishes the bills, not Ralph be patient. It ain't easy to get at my hip pocket the way I am sitting here." "Glass! Glass !" cried Dick. "I begin to think it's the Gold King, too; he'll be out of sight if we fool around much longer." "Here's the glass," said Ned, handing it over. The detective, who was noted for his clear sight at all times, the glass and had a look. "Can't make them out," he was muttering, when all at once the larger of the two men turned.. and looked back. "The Gold King sure!" cried the Unknown. "No doubt at all about it. That's who it is." "Does he see us-think?" asked Ned. "Of course He is calling the attention of the other fellow to us. There Now he looks around 'Ran Davis I thought as much!" "Bad job, this," said Ned, as the Unknown handed back the glass. Royston by any means." "Do you believe it ?" "I'm sure of it. Royston bas made some money, of course, but he spends it as fast as he makes it. I know from what I overheard him say last night that he is pretty near the end of his rope. Besides that I heard so from other sources. There can't be any mistake." "It don't surprise me a bit," said Ned. "Oh, if there was only some way of turning down that fellow once and for all !" "Just what I am coming at," said the Unknown. "I've only been waiting for a good chance to speak about it, and this seems to be the time. From wha.t I overheard the Gold King say I believe he is depending upon his commission on this deal to meet a big note, which falls due the last of the week. If we could only head him off in this and let that note go to protest, we would give Ralph Royston a black eye from which he would never recover, and this he richly deserves." "I'm sorry he's going to get to Dawson ahead of us. We want to be the first to tell our story on the Exchange," Dick remarked. Of course we do," said Ned, "and we've got to "It shall b e done," said Ned, setting his teeth. do it, too Of course he can't go on the floor now, "It would be a great day for Dawson City if we could but he'll get around among the members before the run Ralph Royston out forever. Faster! Faster! board meets to-morrow, and tell some cock and bull We must get to town before him, come what will." I story, which will make it hard for us to convince This was the beginning of an exciting race them of the truth." Never were dogs sent over the ice as fast as Young Surely we can get around too, even if we do get Klondike's dogs went then. in a little behind them," said Edith. "We've got It soon became evident that the Gold King did not our friends, and I rather think that the word of desire a fight, for when Ned and the Unknown pulled young Klondike is as good as Ralph Royston's any over toward the other shore of the Klondike he made : day in the week." no attempt to follow them, but just drove ahead at "Hold on! Hold on !" said the Unknown. "You all possible speed. are all wrong together. Ralph Royston has a double Soon it became a question of whose dogs were the motive for wanting to be in Dawson early to-mor-fastest, and after a little this began to be settled in row morning. In my opinion he would have gone favor of Ned's two t .eams, for they steadily gained there anyhow. I have good reason for what I say." and were soon opposite Royston's team with the It was hard talking from sled to sled and Ned, at river between them. the risk of getting the two teams entangled, now But now the tug of war wasclose at hand. drove nearer to the Unknown. Right ahead of them was a point where the river "What do you know ?" he called out. "What do passes between two mountains, a narrow gorge, not you know ? Let's hear all about it, but don't slacken over forty feet in width. speed on your life. Those two fellows are drunk, To meet here meant a fight, a .nd that was just rd we ought to be able to outdrive them. Work I what Ned wanted to avoid, and it began to look as


22 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH CREEK DEAL. though meet they must, unless one of the opposing It was all settled now racers slowed down. Young Klondike was in the gorge flying forward at "We've got to get in ahead there! We must!" furious speed, but the Gold King's sled had stopped called Ned, to the Unknown. and time must elapse before it could move again. There'll be murder done if we meet in the Two dogs were down as the result of Edith's skill-gorge !" said Dick. "Ned, you had better give up ful marksmanship, but Nature had taken a hand in, For sake let's acknowledge ourselves beate too, for between the two sleds a wide ice crack had and haul in." opened which extended almost across the river. "No, no!" said Edith. "Don't do it. Please don't If Young Klondike had passed the place a second do it. I'm ready to take every chance you are, boys, later his dogs would have been in it, but as it was they for I know very well that you wouldn't do it if it I went flying through the gorge, leaving the Gold wasn't for me." King far behind. "We'll chance it,'.' said Ned. "Edith, what do you say to shooting their dogs if it comes to a fight?" I say let's do it, anyway-do it before the fight comes on." CHAPTER X. "It might be looked upon as taking rather an un-fair advantage by our friends in Dawson, when this DOWNED AT EVERY TURN. thing comes to be talked about. I shouldn't want to put it in anybody's power to think that." WHEN Young Klondike and his party reached Daw" We've got 'to look out for ourselves, that's son they went straight to the hotel. what!" called the Unknown. "If Edith thinks she It had been determined to say nothing of their ad can get a dead shot in the dark let her do it by all venture to anybody but Mr. McCullagh, the presimeans." dent of the Mining Exchange. Ned proposed to call "Settled!" cried Ned. "Get ready, Edith.' All) upon this gentleman the first thing in the morning depends upon you now." and explain just what had happened, which he accord-There was no better shot in all the Klondike couningly. did. try than Edith. What she could not do with a Of course, President McCullagh was highly inrifle could not be done. censed at the part the Gold King had played. So' the brave girl watched her chance, and as they "Ralph Royston ought to be run out of Dawson neared the gorge kept her eyes fixed on the other City as well as put off the Exchange, and I'd like to' sled. see it done," he said. As they neared each other the Gold King half rose, "You may have that pleasure before long," replied and shaking his fist at them shouted out some defiNed. "Meantime, say nothing about all this until I ant remarks, but the distance was still too great to give you permission, then publish it everywhere and distinguish words. it will help to complete the work that I am now about Nearer and nearer to each ot.her they drew; it was to begin." evident that they must meet in the gorge. "I'll do anything you say, Golden. You can count "Now, Edith! Now!" cried the Unknown. "If on me every time." it is to be done now is the time "I do count on you," replied Ned. I know that Edith put her rifle up, but found it impossible to you are willing to help me all you can." get an aim at the moving dogs. "By the way, I shouldn't wonder if I could help you "Fire! The Gold King is going to shoot!" cried right now," Mr. McCullagh. Dick, as Ralph Royston clapped his rifle to his shoulI "How?" der. I "You still want men to work that mine you got "I can't get an aim," said Edith. under the Death Creek deal?" The words were scarcely spoken, when Royston I fired. "Well, there was a party of thirty who came up 1 Evidently he had the same trouble as Edith, for the II from Forty Mile last night. They haven't found shot ftew wild. things to suit them down there, so they came here "We are in for it! You must fire!" cried the de-to see what they could do." tective, "if you don't I shall drop the lines and do it "Where are they stopping?" myself." "At Baker's Hotel." Again Royston fired and still again. "Good I'll engage every man of them, and start Where the shots went to they could not tell, but them up to Death Creek at once." they certainly did not come their way. President McCullagh smiled. Suddenly Edith's rifle spoke, and at the same in"I like your enterprise, Young Klondike," he said. stant a tremendous report was heard right behind "You are just the kind of man I like to deal with, them. and by your leave I'll make a."deal with you." "The ice! The ice!" shouted Ned. } "I'm always open for a good deal," said Ned, "The dogs! The dogs !" cried Dick. laughing. "What's your scheme now?" J


y T YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH CREEK DEAL. 23 Why, l'm going to have some forty men on my h ands by the l ast of the week." "Which me ans that you are going to close the mine on Mastodon creek. It can't mean anything else." "You' ve hit it right. It's too thundering sive to run it. I'm going to let it lie until spring." "Just as well, perhaps; now then, what's your plan?" I'll trade the extension of Mastodon creek for the extension of Death Creek." "I don t know anything about the extension of M a stodon creek." "And I know nothing about the extension of Death Cree k, so we are even there." "Well, we are eYen if you put it the other way. I know nothing about the extension of Death Creek. I don t want to rob you." A fair exchange is no robbery. I know nothing about the exte nsion of Mastodon creek." "It will be an even deal, but I shall have the best of it." "How?" ''Te ll y ou when the deal is made." "I'll trade." So will I." "Settled. It's a go?" "Yes." They shook hands on it. The trade was now as secure as if the papers "had been signed, sealed and d e livered, for not for a million would either have gone back on his word. "Now then, Young Klondike, tell me how you expect to get the best of the bargain ?" asked the president. corn e r and in the same instant the Gold King c aught sight of Ned. "You young scoundrel You will kill my dogs, will you?" bawled Royston. He whipped out his revolver and fired. The bullet flew close past Ned's head and it might have been close enough to have finished him if 'Ran Davis in his drunken anxiety to help matters along had not suddenly pulled in the dogs. It did help matters along with a vengeance. The sled flew on down the hill with its own momentum, and even as Royston fired he pitched forward and went head first in among the dogs with Davis on top of him. Such a snapping, snarling and shouting for help was never he ard. It was hard to tell which was man and which was dog. Young Klondike laughed until his sides shook-he could not h e lp it. Get yourse lf out of your scrape the best way you can, Ralph Royston," he call e d. "I've downed you t emporarily at all events. Give me a little show and I'll down you for all time, as far as Dawson is con cerned. Wait and you'll see." With these remarks Ned hurried away, leaving Royston and Davis to pick themselves up as best they could-rather a difficult matter, seeing that both were too drunk to stand, and the last Ned saw of them as he looked back, they were both tumbling about with the dogs. Ned's next call was at Baker's Hotel, where be engaged the Forty Mile men at the rate of twenty dollars a day, which he felt would secure him against any move the Gold King might make in that quarter. "Simply this: I want to get the Death Creek dig-In order that this liberal treatment might not lead gings started. I want to see force enough on the to a general rise in wages-something which would ground to protect us against any attack by the Gold have brought him the enmity of every mine owner on Kin g." the Klondike, N ed bargained that the twenty dollar "Is tha t all? I don't consider that you've got the rate should only hold until Mr. McCullagh began b es t of the bargain at all. I m under contract to work on the extension, and in any event not longer pay t ho se forty m e n ten dollars a day, and up at Mas-than six we e ks, afte r which the rate was to be ret odon c r ee k, althoug h there' s plenty of gold coming duced to t e n doll ars, to a ll of which the men agreed, out, I m r unnin g b e hind on a ccount of the big ex-and Young Klondike h a d the s a tisfaction of s eeing pense s. It w ill b e cheap e r for me to open up a new them start for De ath Creek befor e he went back to cla im on a lead a s promising as I believe Death Creek the hotel for breakfast. t o b e, for i n the end I shall ha\'e something to show." "I've down ed the Gold King!" he announced, It was a p l easure to deal with a man lik e Mr. whe n Dick, Edith and the Unknown came to the McCu l lagh, a n d Young Klondike left the president 1 t a ble, which w a s just b e fore he bad finished his we ll sati sfie d with his trade. m e al. I t w a s a s yet only seven o'clock and quite dark. He told his story and set all hands to laughing. Both D ic k and the Unknown had promised to be up "It must have taken the m a thundering long on t i m e to g o with him to Mr. McCullagh's, but as while to g e t around the break," said the Unknown. bot h had ov erslept Ned found himself alone. "Probably it extended cle a r across the river," A s he w a lked down Ottawa street on the way to said Dick. "I wouldn't wonder a bit if they had Baker's Hotel, a dog team c a me sweeping in from to g o over the rocks on the side of the mountain." the r iver, and on it were 'Ran Davis and the Gold This indeed was the case. Such breaks are not King, both so drunk that they could scarcely keep common in the frozen rivers of Alaska, but they their places. sometimes occur and remain open for a considerable The sled made a big sweep as the dogs turned the 1 time.


r 24 YOUNG KLONDIKE'!:) DEATH CREEK DEAL. The Gold King bad found it immensely difficult to get around this one, and what made it all the more provoking the break <,:losed again just as they got on the other side of it. If Young Klondike could have known this, he would not have felt the worry about his men getting across that he did. "We want to follow them right up," he declared. "They may be stalled at the break and think that they must come back." "How about the gold?" asked Dick. "You don't propose to drop on that, I hope?" "Indeed I don't; not after Ralph Royston trying to murder me in the open street. Just as soon as I'm through breakfast I'm going to attend to that." And Ned was as good as his word. He looked up Colonel Tompkins and found him en tirely indifferent whose gold he bought, as long as he got the amount he wanted. "But I suppose Mr. Royston will expect me to take his as usual," he said. "The last I saw of Ralph Royston he was lying drunk on Ottawa street/' said Ned, and he went on to tell Colonel Tompkins something of what had oc curred. "He's a great scoundrel, that same Gold King. I know him of old," said the colonel. "All right, Young Klondike, I don't care whose gold I buy. Bring me a million between now and noon, and that is all I ask for. I propose to start by one o'clock Now this would require tall hustling. Ned knew that perfectly well. The banks did not recognize Colonel Tompkins; they had thefr own systems of getting gold out of Dawson, and they would not; only have refused to deal with the speculators themselves, but it would They had not long to wait. By half past eleven Ralph Royston appeared in the street, washed, clean shaved and faultlessly dressed after the custom of the Klondike. Sober he certainly was not, but be was quite sober to attend to business. He knew at what hour Colonel Tompkins proposed to start, and he knew that he would have to hustle to raise the required gold. He soon discovered that it was a case where hustling did no good. Young Klondike had anticipated him at every turn, and he finally learned the whole truth from Colonel Tompkins who cut him pretty short when he came to him at the hotel. "I don't deal with murderers and blackmailers," said the colonel. "Young Klondike is good enough for me." Ned heard afterward that Royston drew on him then, and a fight was only averted by the interference of the bystanders who failed to realize how serious a matter it was for the Gold King. Nor did Young Klondilru know until the next morn ing, when it was given out on the Exchange that Ralph Royston's note had gone to protest. A little later came the news that the Gold King had disappeared from Daws0n City, leaving thou sands of dollars debts behind him. Where he had taken himself off to, no one knew. CHAPTER XI. THE GREAT STRIKE ON DEATH CREEK. ha, e caused bad feeling if Young Klondike bad withYOUNG KLONDIKE had won, the Gold King was drawn any of his own gold to sell to the colonel. It most effectually downed, and everybody was glad of ha. d to be bought direct of the brokers and miners or it. any tradesmen who happened to have gold to sell. Now that it was all over, Ned told his story freely Ned hurried back to Dick and the Unknown, and and it came to be generally accepted that the mys.all three went at it. terious disappearances of the previous summer were Ned picked up three hundred thousand dollars on to be credited 1 ; o the gang controlled by the Gold the Exchange inside of half an hour, and Dick worked King, pretending to be honest miners at work on the miners at their own hotel for as much more, while Wilson's Creek. the Unknown ran around among the saloons buying Strange stories of the doings of the missing. man up all the small holdings he could lay his hands on. came to be reported on all sides. By eleven o'clock it began to look as though they Dawson City would have made it very hot for the were not going to be able to raise the balance, when Gold King if he had returned about that time. a party of miners down from Bonanza creek drove up Young Klondike remained in town several days as to the hotel. there seemed to be no necessity for haste, and then Ned knew the leader perfectly well, and had no' with a number of additional men whom he was able trouble whatever in buying the entire holdings of the to engage, started company with Dick, Edith and party which was more than enough to make up Colthe Unknown for Death Creek, at which place they onel Tompkins' million. arrived safe and Besides this he learned that the break in the river It was with great pleasure that Ned found how had closed, and that his Forty Mile men had been faithfully old Silas Rig y had attended to the duties out well on their way to Death Creek. assigned to him. All of which was exceedingly satisfactory, and it The portable houses were up and finished, and all was decided to remain over until the next day and the arrangements for good work in this winter camp watch the effect of their move on the Gold King. : were complete.


I I YOUNG K L O NDIKE'S DEATH CREEK DEAL. 25 I Preparations for sinking a shaft alongside the frozen creek at the point where Young Klondike had made his rich strike, were already well under way. The air was thick with the smoke of the great frost fires, and the diggers were ready to follow up the work. Two other shafts besides the main one were to be started at the same time by Ned's orders, for Golden & Luckey never did anything on a small scale in these days, and as even in these preliminary preparations, not a little gold had been taken out, everyone felt highly encouraged. All signs seemed to point to a big success on Death Creek. Young Klondike's party immediately took posses sion of their new quarters, and Ned put himself in charge of the work which unfortunately was now de layed for several days by a big snow storm, a mishap to be expected at this time or year. As soon as the stor:m was over the boys went right to work again, and as there were many willing hands to help them, the digging progressed in fine shape. Ned took charge of Shaft No. 1 ; Dick of No. 2; and the Unknown in a general way looked after No. 3, although he was actually there but very little of his time. It was lhe same old story with the detective. It seemed just impossible for him to stay any length of time, and now he was always wandering away in the woods up the mountain out of which Death Creek ran, and occasionally on the river, where he would sometimes remain for hours at a time. Once in a while he would come back with a rabbit or two, but Young Klondike knew very well that the detective was out neither for hunting or fishing. He was simply doing guard duty. The Unknown was on the lookout for the Gold King. "For he'll come down on us some time or other, dear boy," he remarked to Ned one evening. "You may rest assured of it. I think I may say that I know Ralph Royston thoroughly; he is a man who never gives up, and he don't love you, Young Klon dike. You may be very sure of that." But Ned only laughed at the Unknown's fears. They had plenty of men about them now, and forty more were daily expected-Mr. McCullagh's men down from Mastodon creek to work on the extension to Young Klondike's new claim. Now the extension to a claim, in mining parlance means the land held by the claim owner on the line of the strike. Thus if gold were to be discovered on a certain creek and the claim staked out by the discoverer was a hundred feet long by twenty-five wide, the land ly ing immediately beyond on the line of the creek, which is supposed to be the gold carrier, would be termed the extension. The extension to any good mine is valuable, but it by no means follows that it will produce gold equal to the original claim, if indeed any at all. As the work on Shaft No 1 progressed it soon be came pretty plain that Mr. McCullagh had acted wisely in making a deal for the extension to the Death Creek diggings. As soon as they got below the frost line gold began to appear in increasing quantities. Remember they were not working in the creek-bed where Ned had made his find, but alongside of it. To have sunk the shaft directly in the creek would have been to make sure of a very wet shaft when spring opened, and a very expensive one to work, and at the same time nothing would have been gained by it, for by sinking alongside the creek it would be an easy matter to drift under its bed, and so get any gold which might be there. The shaft was now down to the great black sand deposit which underlies most of the claims on the Klondike. Gold was to be expected here, and it was found according to expectation, but the great deposit was supposed to be lower still. One afternoon just before dark, Dick joined Ned at No. 1. Lanterns had just been sent down into the shaft,. by the light of which the work was to be continued until quitting time, at six o'clock. "Well, Ned, we've made a small strike in No. 2 at last," he said. "Quite a little lot of nuggets came up in the last bucket. How is it with you?" "Same as ever," replied Ned. "The gold keeps on coming up, but in no great quantity as yet. I'm look ing for a big strike every moment, though. "It would be rather provoking if it didn't come, after all the trouble we've been at in this Death Creek deal." "Wouldn't it now? It would just make me feel sick, but I don't look for that." "Nor do I; haven't the least doubt we'll make a good strike sooner or later. We don't o'rten find it as rich in a creek bed as we found it here, witho u t something to back it up lower down." "That's right. It will come Give us time. "Suppose we go down and have a look "I'm agreeable. Rather crowded, though. W e better call up two of the men." "How many are there down there ?" "Four altogether. Jones, Heinz, Rafferty a n d Smith." "Call up Heinz and Rafferty. Jones and Smith are good common names, and it's the common folks who succeed in these days. Ned laughed at Dick's odd fancy, and called down the shaft for Heinz and Rafferty to come up. Then they descended into the shaft which was n o w twenty-four feet deep It would have seemed to an outsider a strange p l a c e to look for gold. All around the top of the shaft the snow lay deep and the earth on the sides was fro

26 YOUNG KLO:NDIKE'S DEATH CREEK DEAL. This was slightly frozen wherever exposed to the CHAPTER XII. air, but the frost was not imbedded in it as was the case the earth above, and one smart blow with THE END OF THE GOLD KING. the pick-ax was sufficient to open up unfrozen soil. IT was one of the biggest strikes on record. "Well, boys, how are you making out?" asked In a week's time Golden & Luckey had taken out Ned of the two miners, who stood there wrapped up over a hundred thousand dollars in dust and nuggets, t o the eyes, big fur caps dra\rn down over tP,eir and the supply was scarcely touched. ears, and heavy gloves on their hands. News of the big find soon spread all over the region, 1 "I don't see any great show yet, boss," replied the and Dawson City went wild. man Smith. "There' s gold everywhere we strike in, During the second week it was one constant succes-but in no great quantity." s10n of dog teams coming up the river to Death "The n you consider the indications all good?" Creek. "First class." Every body on the Exchange wanted to take a "Did you ever work in a mine where they were hand in the Death Creek deal now. better, Smith ?-for upon my word I never did!" If Golden & Luckey had chosen to make a stock HNo, boss, I can say the same as you-I never did. company of the claim the shares would have brought It does though something ought to come out a fabulous price, but they had no such intention. of here in the end." On the contrary they were determined to keep it to "I think,'' said Ned, looking around, "that we'll themselves. begin our drift under the bed of the creek to-morrow. Among other callers was Mr. McCullagli1., who came .We may as well. The gold surely lies there, and we up i.n a driving snow storm the last of the week. arc deep enough to prevent the water coming through "Well, well! So you have come at last !" exclaimed it in the spring." Ned, as tlie president presented himself in camp. "I don't know about that," said Smith, who was an "I've been looking for you every day these two old hand at the business. "The ground her0 is of a weeks. Where a .re those forty men?" very soft and porous nature, and it is my opinion that "Coming, coming," declared Mr. McOullagh, in his you would be obllged to timber or you would have the cheerful way. "Fact is, boys, I found it rather more water down into the hole in the early spring." difficult to close up at Mastodon creek than I ha. d ex" It won't cost much to timber," replied Ned, "and pected, but I hope to have the gang over here inside long before the time comes when we shall to do I of a few days." it we willeither have proved the shaft worth timber-"What do you say to your Death Creek deal now? ing or be ready to give it up altogether." Are you satisfied with it?" asked Ned. "There's something in that, too, boss. '' "Well, now, I ought to be. I told you I should get "There' s everything in it, Smith. I'm anxious to the best of you, but come, are all these stories true know what the dirt under the bed of the creek has to that I hear about this wonderful flll;rike ?" show for itself." "I doubt if it could be exaggerated, but you shall "How deep down did old man Rigby go?" asked see the shaft for yourself." Dick. "Not to-da.y; wait till it has done snowing. I'm "Never more than ten feet, he says." quite willing to take your word for it, Young Klon" Then he never touched 1Jhe true pay dirt at any dike. I only hope you make out as well on the extenpoint." sion to Mastodon creek, but I tell you frankly I don't "Never! His experience really goes for nothing." think you will." "Suppose we take a hack at it on this side now," "Don't expect it," said Ned. "I shall be. satisfied remarked Dick, seizing the pick-ax. "You l{now I'm with what ever comes out of my Death Creek deal." always lucky whether we find anything or not. Here They mining matters for awhile and then goes for a lucky try now." Ned inquired about the Gold King. Itwasonlymeantforajoke,butlookattheresult! "Nothing has been heard of him," said Mr. As Diel>: started to pull out the pick after striking it McCullagh, but I tell you what it is, it would be de into the dirt underlying the creek as far as he could cidedly unhealthy for Ralph Royston to show himself drive it, a great mass of1 black sand became dislodged in Dawson City again." and tumbled out, almost swamping them. "Why ?" asked Ned. "Has anything new been "Whew! what a lift !" cried Smith, trying to work discovered?" himself out of the sand. "Lots One of the Wilson's Creek gang has con -Then all four gave loud exclamations of surprise. fessed. A fellow named Longmore. "There has been "A big strike! A big strike at last !" cried Ned. at least half a dozen murders of prospectors in that "Dick, luck is with you! Always was! Always will cave where the Gold King put you:'' be! Hooray, hooray!" 1 "It don't surprise me. I'd like to bet that this For the sand was literally full of small nuggets, and man Longmore is the same person who set me free the wall exposed showed thousand(upon thousands "Wouldn't wonder. What sort of looking man more. was he?" I Ned described him as accurately as he could, and


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH CREEK DEAL. 27 Mr. McCullagh declaired that it was certainly the man. was necessary was for one of us to work down to this here mine and we'd be saved." "I'll ask him when I go back," he said. "I sup pose you'd like to have us go as light as possible on him if he admits he is the man ?" Of course Ned spoke a good word for Longmore, and the conversation then ran into other channels. Next day proved an unusually successful one as far "What's the trouble? Tell the whole story. You can get all you want to eat here. We've plenty of provisions and don't want to see any man g;o hungry while we have enough and to spare." This was Young Klondike all over. There was no more liberal mine owner in the entire district-that as digging was concerned. everybody knew. There was a.s much as eight thousand dollars taken Instead of going down to the shaft N e d took the out of Shaft No. l, and gold wa.s struck in paying man right into the house, and Edith set a good 'break fast before him which he d evoure d ravenous1y. quantities in Shaft No 2, with every indication that While this was going on he told his story, which the pay streak in No. 1 extended down that way. cl 11 N cl' th th 1 l t d "Well, Di ck, I think we may call the experimental awakene a e s sympa ies m e ug ies e-chapter of our Death Creek deal closed," remarked gree: . N h f 11 t ft M M C 11 h His name, he clanned, was John Butcher; with four ed t e o owmg m.ornmg, JUS a er r. c u ag 1 f h t t D "Th th 1 I other prospectors he had been at work on the mount-e t t em to re urn o awson. e mg is a rnge . ,, am across the Klondike from Death Creek when success. t Tl t "th b t d"ff t wmter se m. 1ey me wi u m i eren success, "My old luck," r e pli e d Dick. "Really it would be but were still takin"" out enough to make them feel kind of a relief to strike a failure once." like holding on. Three weeks before they had been "We won't stt'ilrn for failure unless we have to ; snowed in and at a most unfortunate time for their but who is that fellow coming the creek?" I provisions were almost exhausted and the/were just A tall man, well wrapped up m very shabby clothes th oint of sendin"" to Barney McGraw's camp th a on e p 0 was toiling wearily through the snow m e irect10n tor a fresh supply. of the ,, . Being unable to do this, they, had been reduced al" H e .s a to me, said Dick. "I don't most to starvation, and scurvy had seized all hands know him at all. but Butcher himself, who at last managed to work "Some poor wretch looking for work probably. through the drifts and reach Death Creek, leaving I Wonder whose camp he could have come from? A his partners so sick that he expressed great doubt rman could hardly do much walking in such weather about finding them alive on his return. as we've had the last few days." All this in his way, with many repetitions, "I'll give him a job if he wants to go to work," the man told. said Ned. "Where's the Unknovvn this morning? I "I don't know what to do," he said. "You can't l lhaven't s;en him since I ,got up." 1 get them fellers out until they are better; there isn't I ( "Oh, I m sure I know. Off on one of his no sort of use trying, for no dogs could never get usual tramps I suppose. I through them drifts. If some of you fellows could go "Then he's There is nothing to be feared up there and take good grub we'd soon have them on 1 from the Gold Kmg now, and some day or another their feet again." I he'll get caught a big snow. storm, then there'll be "Let's you and I go, Ned !" exclaimed Dick. "we the deuc e to pay really can't spare any of the men the way things are But there was no use in thinking that they could tie down the Unknown. That was something not to "I'm willing," replied Ned, promptly. be thought of. Danger or no danger, the detective "If you and Dick go, I'm going, too," said Edith would come and go as he pleased. "I'm just longing for a tramp." The boys now started to walk to shaft No. 1, and Ned looked doubtful, and asked the man how far it on the way met the stranger, who saluted Ned with was to the camp. a wave of the hand. "About six miles there and back," he replied. "It's "Is this Young Klondike what I'm speaking to?" tough walking for the lady, though." he drawled out, at the same time looking at Dick. "I could goon snow shoes," declared Edith. "You "I'm supposed to be Young Klondike," said Ned. don't know me." "What can I do for you, my friend?" "I don't suppose I do, but I know that snow shoe s "W aal, yer can't <;lo nothing better for me than to would do you no good," replied Butcher. "The crust I give me something to eat," drawled the man, "for is as hard as iron; there really isn't any difficulty I'm abeout starved, and that's what's the matter, about walking, now that I've bro Ken tile through but it hain't f e r myself that I'm here at all." the drift." I "What's the trouble, asked Ned, kindly. "We could get back before dark, think?" asked "Tell your story. You shall have all the provisions Ned. you want." Butcher thought they would be sure to if they "\Vaal, neow, that's good of yer, boss, and I started soon, and after a little more talk it was de nowed it would be so. I told my pards that all that cided to go and that Edith should accompany them; J


28 Y OUN G KLONDIKE'S DEA'l'H CREEK DEAL. indeed an errand of mercy like this was right in her could see the workmen moving about between the hne. shafts. It was nine o'clock and still dark vvhen they started, "It was here that I first spotted your shop, boss,'' but they expected to see the sun up before they Butcher explained to Ned. "I lrnowed well enough reached the base of the mountain where the man that nobody but Yotmg Klondike could start up a claimed the camp lay. place like that since I'd been out last, for then there I Edith prepared four baskets filled with provisions, wasn't nobody but one old man living over and besides these Ned took several pairs of warm but come, we must be on the move." ,. blainkets, for Butcher claimed that his partners were "How much further is it ?" asked Dick. but poorly provided in that regard. "Not over a mile and a half," replied the man. : Leaving word for the Unknown where they had "It lies right up this way between them big gone, they crossed the Klondike and passed down on over there and-'-" the opposite side of the river a little over a mile, "Stop!" cried Ned, suddenly. "What does this where Butcher turned into a narrow gorge leading I 1nean ?" b ack among the mountains. It was a place Young It meant enough to scare Mr. Butcher, for he sud had often noticed, altho,ugh he had never denly sprang away and ran like a deer, disappearing entered the gorge before. I between the two big bowlders which marked the en" Hold on'!" exclaimed Dick. "This isn't the J trance to the continuation of the gorge. place where you told us we were to turn in." Ned flung up his rifle and sent a shot flying after "\Vhat's the reason it isn't?" asked Butcher, in a him. Ile aimed low purposely, intending to hit the l'lalf surly way. "I think I described it plain enough." fellow's legs, but he missed him altogether, and thus "You certainly said that it was the fourth gorge in a few seconds they found themselves alone. down the river striking a line directly across from "What in thunder is the row, Ned?" cried Dick, Death Creek," said Ned, "and this is only the third." afnazed at this sudden change. "I s a id the third, or I meant to say it," grovvled the "Treachery said Ned. "We a;-e betrayed We ma,n. must get Edith out of here just as quick as we "Of course it don't make any difference," said can." Edith; "why don't we go on?" "Don't mind me," said Edith. "I see nothing "It only makes this difference, we left word for wrong. You'll have to explain the Unknown that we were going up the fourth gorge," "Look at that trail there between the rocks!" I persistep.1Ned. "It's all right if it is all right, but if cried Ned. "Don't you see there are half a doze n anything should happen to go wrong he won't know different footsteps in tbe snow." where to look "Blest if there isn't!" said Dick, "and, of course, "If you suspect me, gentlemen, you'd l:Jetter not go they must all have been made since the last storm."] on," said Butcher, in aggrieved tones. "I'm as "Of course! Butcher has lied to us. That alone straight as a string, I am. I never wronged a man is enough to make me distrust him, and when he in my life that I lmow of, but at the same time I don't comes to run away like that we may consider the wa.nt to urge none of you to go into the mountains matter settled. I haven't the least doubt that this along with me against your will." is a plot of the Gold King." "Oh, we are going," said Ned, promptly. "I don't "We must get down to the river at once," said mean to that I suspect you, friend Edith. "Why do you wait. Ned?" "Well, it looks that way when you talk like you "Just a moment to see if anything happens. We do." don't want to run into a trap. "Oh, you don't understand," said Dick. "We "That's right," said Dick. "We want to becare-have an enemy, and he happens to be a bad one Per ful. They expect us to start down. I wish ther h aps you may have heard of him-he is known as the was some other way of getting back to the river be -Gold King. sides going down the gorge." No; Mr. Butcher had never heard of the Gold King, They peered over the precipice, but it offered only he declared, but then he explained that by saying a straight descent over ragged rocks. that he was a comparative stranger in the Klondike J All was silent, and as there seemed no possible. country, having only come to Dawson City the pre-reason why they not. go back down the gorge I vious fall. and every reason for not gomg ahead they now start' By this time they had started up the gorge where ed to descend. the snow certainly did lie deep. All went well until they came to the first turning l I t was a trail of many turnings and dark frowning when all at once six men armed with rifles stepped prec ipices overhung it on either side. from behind the turn, and planted themselves directly Morning dawned when they reached the first level in their path. about a hundred feet up from the river bank. I "Trapped!" gasped Ned, for there was the Gold Here an extended view of the whole region could be I King in the lead. had. Rifles covered them; they did not dare to move. The De::i,th Creek mine was plainly visib le; they "Up hands, Young Klondike!" cried Roysto


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DE.A.TH CREEK DEAL. 29 I've got you now Surrender, or I'll blow you sky high!" The words were scarcely uttered, when the sharp crack of several rifles was heard from the rocks above them. Three men fell; the other three with one frightened glance upward, turned and fled down the gorge as fast as their legs could carry them. Here was a turning of the tables with a vengeance. Two of the fallen men were evidently dea.d, but the third, who was the Gold King himself, managed to cramble to 'his feet. "Save me, Young Klondike Save Ille!" he gasped. "Oh, Heavens! It's all up with me unless you lend me a helping hand!" "Who are they? What does this mean ?" cried Ned, springing forward and catching Ralph Royston who would have fallen but for his friendly aid. "They were my men !" groaned the Gold King. "They are my deadly enemies now that my money is gone. Run me out of this! Help me! They are coming! Ah! Again!" Once more the rifles :cracked, and the shots came flying about their heads. But it was all a miss this time, and a moment later they were around the turn, Ned supporting the Gold King who could scarcely walk. Now to the mouth of the gorge was no great dis tance, and if they could have made it the danger which came upon them a few moments later might have been saved. But it not to be that way. In their walk up the gorge they had simply followed the man Butcher without paying any particular attention to where they were going, for which reason it was not surprising that they now took the wrong turning and were in another gorge before they knew it, a blind lead which soon brought them into a sink, or circular open space among the rocks where the gorge came to a sudden end. I Here stood ru hut built up against the rocks; the door was open and they could see a bright fire burning inside on the heat-th. "What place is this?" asked Ned, but Royston did not answer. Even as Young Klondike addressed him his head sank upon his shoulder and he began to slip down to the snow. "He has fainted!" cried Edith. "We shall have to carry him into the hut." "He is dying," said Dick. "It will soon be all up with the Gold King, I am afraid." "You are mistaken,'' said Ned. "It's all up with him now. The man is dead!" It was so. When they carried him into the hut they knew that they had a dead man on their hands before they could lay him down. Shot in the region of the heart by one of his own companions, the exertion had been too much for Ralph Royston, and he died there at the door of the ut. "What's to be done?" gasped Dick. "If we stay here those fellows will be down upon us in a moment. This was all a plot to trap us and hold us for ran som." "I believe you,'' replied Ned. "No doubt the plot was of Ralph Royston's getting up, and these fellows, tired of his treachery, meant to do him up and have the game to themselves. We shall have to abandon him where he is, and get back into the gorge without an instant's delay." "You are sure he is dead?" asked Edith. "Bad as he has been, I should not like to go off and leave a dying man." "He's dead ; his heart has ceased to beat," said Ned. "We must leave him, and--Ah, too late!" Several men came running into the sink. Ned's sharp eye counted eight of them even as he spoke They were rough-looking fellows and heavily armed. There could scarcely be a doubt that these were the men who had murdered the Gold King. "Shut the door !" cried Dick. "We've got to de fend ourselves! Shut the door, quick!" Ned slammed the door, and shot the heavy bolt, Edith at the same time pulling in the window shutter and making the big hook intended to secure it fast on the inside. They were not an instant too soon, for in another moment the gang were hammering at the door. "Open up here, Young Klondike! Open up!" shouted one. "We know you are here "Who is it I have the pleasure of speaking to ?" answered Ned, as calmly as possible. "I don't open this door to strangers-no!" "I'm Jim Murphy, if you want to know,'' came the reply. The name was that of a notorious outlaw, who had long been a terror in the Klondike country. Ned shuddered at the thought of Edith's fate if they should be unfortunate enough to fall into this fellow's hands. "I don't know you, and I don't want to know you," he replied ; "my ad vice to you is to go about your business and leave us alone." "My good friend, this is my business. I want the Gold King. He went back on me. I've sworn to kill him and I mean to keep my word." "Then you have kept it, for he's dead already," replied Ned. "The Gold King will never go back on you again." "What! What! Dead!" "Yes, dead!" "Good enough That suits me right down to the ground. Open up, Young Klondike, we "' ;on't harm you!" But Ned still refused, and in a moment there was a terrible racket. 'l'he outlaws were throwing themselves against the door and hammering at the window shutters, but after ten minutes' hard work they had not succeeded in breaking in.


30 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH CREEK DEAL. "Young Klondike, Young Klondike Hello '' cried I Happened to meet these gents coming up to our plac Murphy. "Do you hear what I say?" Knew they'd bring you here, so I thought I'd treat "Probably I shall when you say it," replied Ned. I you to a surprise. By tbe Jumping Jeremiah! So "I can hear your voice plain enough." R a lph Royston dead, is he? Serves him just right. "We want a hundred thousand dollars out of you. Don't you worry about the dynamite, Edith, for there This is the first and last call. Will you pay it or isn't any. That's right, Ned Throw open the door will you not?" After 'em, boys! A hundred dollars to every one of D e cidedly not," answered Ned. "Your request I you who catches his man!" is a modest one, I must say." It was just like the Unknown to turn up as he did, "Very well, then; here goes. this and also just like 11im to burst out with this torrent of hut is a box of dynamite, and the fuse is sticking out words, giving no one else a chance to speak; in short, from unde r the boarding. We are in no mood to the sudden invasion of the detective and his men was fool away time here; it's either come with us and exactly what might have b een expected of him, for give up the sum I name, or I touch a match to that the Unknown always possessed the happy faculty of the r e fuse and blow you all sky high!" turning up just at the right time. "Phew!" crie d Dick. "This is interesting, but we His fortunate appea c d d 11 t th t give 1up, ed. . part of Young Klondike and his friends, and it also N ,, I ran e en e a anxie y on e Never. I will never consent to place Edith m the d t f M 1 d h' d th f h t en s ours ory, or urp 1y a n is men ma e eir :power o t ose m e n Y t M I escape to the mountams, and have never been seen our answer called urphy. s it yes or no? since. My boys will take care of your friends till we come b ack with the money or dust, whichever you have a mind to make it. I want your answer now." "You have it," replied Ned, quietly. "I don't surr ender. I don't believe in your dynamite-this is only a 'bluff." "The n by Heavens I'll make you belleve in it! I'll li ght the fus e anyhow. There, it is lighted now! Hea r it sizzle? I t e ll you there is just two minutes to d e cide in. No use for you to call unless you mean business, and if you call after the two minutes are up w e shan't hear you-we shall be away off up the gorge." The voice cease d to speak then and footsteps could be heard moving away over the It w a s a terrible situation, but whether it was bluff or not, N e d could only gue ss. "Surrender!" cried Edith. "Never mind me! W e can take no such cha nces as this." "Never surrender There's no need !" spoke a voi ce b ehind them. And to their utter amazement whe n the y leake d around there stood the Unknown. A door was wide open in the back of the hut, and m e n were trooping through it. Oh, y e s it's me!" chuckled the little detective. "I l earne d the secret of this place a week ago. Only anothe r cave leading out under the rocks to the river, d ear boy; there are Mr. McCullagh's men. When I got back to Death Creek and found you had gone off with that fellow, I knew it was all a plot to trap you. But there need not have been any,such great alarm, for the dynamite threat proved to be pure bluff. Not only was there no dynamite under the hut, but no place for any, for the floor timbers were laid directly on the ground. They buried the Gold King in the snow, and when spring came Young Klondike saw him decently interred, although this was a consideration which Ralph Royston scarcely deserved. The extension to the Death Creek mine proved almost as rich as the claim started by Golden Luckey. Both are still being worked to great profit to their owners. There has been no interference since the death of the Gold King. Of course the success of these mines brought a lot of people into the desolate region around Death Creek, and quite a town has sprung up at the foot of the mountains. By far the larger part of the buildings are owned by Golden & Luckey, but they are selling them out as fast as they can, for they have no desire to be land monopolizers, and want to see th new town succeed. \ Shortly after this Young Klondike and his friends went into a new deal which resulted in certain adven1 tures of unusual interest. These will be found de-scribed in the next number of the series entitled, "YOUNG KLONDIKE'S MASTODON MINE; OR, BIGGEST STRIKE OF ALL." J


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