Young Klondike's big black bear, or, Working the "Man in the Moon"

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Young Klondike's big black bear, or, Working the "Man in the Moon"
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-----.-------------""""""-------Stories of a Gold Seeker. Issued Semi-Monthly-By Subscription $1.25 p e r y ear. E11te1ed as Second Class Motte,-cit the N e w York. N. Y., Post OffiC ', Jllarch 15, 1898. Entered according to Act of Congress in the 11em 1899, ii th e o.(Tlce of the Lib1m-ian of Cong1e s s, 11 'ashinyton, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 29 Wes t 26th St..e e t N e w York. No. 2 4 NEW YORK, February 1, 1899 Price 5 Cen ts. Young Klondike's Big Black Bear; OR, Wor ki_ng the ''Man lll the Moon.'' BY AUTHO. R OF YOUNC KLONDIKE. CHAPTER I. sometimes. Tm not going to drop off my perch just because Dick happens to beat me a couple of games." THE MAN WHO CAME DOWN THE CREEK IN THE STORM. "Drop off your p erch!" cried Edith. "What an expression. I do wish you wouldn't talk slang, Ned. rainy evening, late in the fall, Young Klon-Drop your perch, indeed; you might as well dike and bis friend and partner, Dick L l,lckey, were I say-. playing chess by the comfortable wood fir e in the big Right then s were .by the sitting room of their home on the El Dorado creek. Unknown droppm.g off his chair and str1.kmg his Edith Welton and her friend, Mrs. Colvin, were upo n the floor with a loud thump, which woke him sewing on the other side of the fire, and the Un-up ma hurry. known, that mysterious little detective who ever ac"What in thunder is the matter with you now?" companied Young Klondike in his wanderings, was cried Ned, exploding with laughter. "ls that the sound asleep in the big easy chair, with a three way you always wake up, old man?" months' old newspaper thrown o _ver his head to keep "Well, no, not as a rule," r e plied the Unknown, the :firelight off his eyes. sitting up on the floor rubbing his head and looking "Check!" cried Dick, making a jump with his rather foolish, "thought I would tha t time just for a. knight. "Now I've got you, Ned Golden! Get out. change of that hole if you can!" "Get up out of that, Z ed," l aughe d Edith. "You "Is it a mate, Dick?" asked Edith. look just too foolish for anything. If you can't k ee p "Don't know yet. That's what it's intended to be, awa ke y ou had bette r go to bed." though." "Thank you, I'm not r eady for b e d y et," repli e d "Hold on!" said Ned. "I don't give up. There's the Unknown, getting up off the floor. "I have to al ways a way out, you make the rounds of the c a mp b e for e I turn in." "No way out here !" laughed Dick. I defy "Nonse nse It isn't n ecessary," said Young you!" Klondik e Ned leaned back in his chair, thrusting his hands "Ye s it is You know I s ent the guard to b e d into his trouser pockets. and told him I d do the p atrol act till midnight. I t s "Well, I guess you are right," he said. I am Bill McManus, he's sufi e rin g from a t errible cold obliged to admit that it's a m ate." Now it was the rule of the Young Klondike a s t h i s, "Ned, I should think you'd be ashamed of your-the most profitable of the many mines b elonging to self," said Edith, with one of her rippling lau ghs. the firm of Golden & Luckey was c a lled, tha t e a c h "That makes three games running you've let Dick night a guard was s et. Two m e n gene r a lly did duty, beat you, and you used to lay claim to being some one patroling until midnight, and the other from thing of a chess player, too." midnight until morning. "And do still, Edith. One must strike bad luck Not that there was any danger of an attack on the "HANDSOME HARRY."


2 YOUNG KLO N DIKE'S B IG BLA C K BE A R camp either by Indians or toughs. The Young Klonj & Luckey were as ignorant as they were of the Un dike was altogether too strong for that, but fire was known's proper cognomen. liable to break out, and Ned thought it wiser to keep a watch. "It's about time to make the rounds now," he re marked, looking at h i s watch. "Half-past nine I'll go with you, Zed, and then if you feel sleepy and want to turn in I'll be my own watchman until midnight; it don't bother me a bit to keep awake." No," replied the Unknown; "if I undertake to do anything I usually do it, and I don't need your help "How about arresting your man?" laughed Edith. "You've been undertaking to do that ever since I've known you, and I don't see that you are any nearer to it than when you began." Now upon this remark hangs a tale and said tale involves a few words of introduction concerning the characters who are to play 1lhe parts in our story. Whiie Young Klondike is getting on his overcoat and big boots perhaps it would be just as well to go into this and have it over with after which our story will run right along. Golden & Luckey was the style of this mining firm and as its reputation has become national we need scarcely state that its operations were confined to the Klondike region. No firm has met with more success in working the gold claims of that desolate country. Golden & Luckey are worth their millions to-day and yet only a short time since Ned Golden and Dick Luckey were poor clerks inNewYork City, who were seized with the idea of going to the Klondike, and never relaxed their efforts in the matter until they became the prosperous mine owners that we find them to-day. Edith Welton was a young lady whose life Ned Golden saved from a sinking steamer on the voyage to Juneau. Edith was then on her way to Dawson City to find her father, whom she had reason to believe was located there. Not succeeding in this she cast her fortunes with those of her fellow travelers and became a member of the firm of Golden & Luckey. Edith was a thorough little business woman with no nonsense about her, and had proved a great help to her partners. She invariably accompanied them on their prospecting tours, and had become quite ex pert in locating mines. As for the Unknown he was a mystery. A lthough he was a fast friend w ith his partners they knew him by no other name than Zed, which he declared was the short for Zedekiah, and that such was actually his Christian name. Whether this was true or not neither Ned, Dick nor Edith knew, for the Unknown would never divulge his last name. He claimed to be a detective visiting the Klondike in search of a mysterious criminal whom be called bis man. As to who this man was or what crime he had com mitted, the remaining members of the firm of Golden As the Unknown they had begun business together, and unknown the detective's seemed li kely to remain to the last. So m uch for introductions. By this time Young Klondike has his boots on, his overcoat and mackintosh, too, and is ready for any sort of rough weather he may happen to strike outside. "Ready, Zed?" he asked the Unknown, who was fussing away with a lantern which for s o me mysteri ous reason wouldn't light. "Would be if it wasn't for this infernal lantern. Something seems to be the matter with the wick "Let me try it; perhaps I can make it go." "No, sir! By the Jumping Jeremiah, if I'm so far gone that I can't light a lantern I may as well go out and drown myself in El Dorado creek at once "It wouldn't be necessary to go to the creek for that.," laughed Ned. "All you would have to do would be to stand still in one place outside. Heav ens, I never saw it rain so in all my life, and since I came to the Klondike I've seen some pretty tall rains, too. Certainly, Young Klondike had not overstated the case. When he opened the outer door, the wind blew the rain inside in a perfect sleet. Ned shut the door as quick as possible, and shield ing the lantern as well as he could, pressed after the Unknown who had gone out ahead. "Tough night !" bawled the detective, scarcely able to make his voice heard aboye the blast. "That's what," replied Ned. "We want to make short work of this. I'd a good sight rather be back playing chess with Dick." They went from one shaft house to another flashing the lantern inside. "Mighty little danger fire to-night," yelled the detective. "This is like holding an umbrella over a duck in a thunderstorm, but we may as well make a finish of it before we go back." Next it was the storehouse, and then the big boarding house where the men lodged Quite a number were still out of bed and gathered in the big sitting room. They greeted Young Klondike with the greatest respect when he looked in upon them. Ned Golde n was ever popular with his men. The last place they looked at was the little wharf down at the creek. No fear of fire here, of course, but Ned was most anxious lest the wharf should be washed away, for El Dorado creek can turn out a good deal of water when it is so inclined, and it was running like a mill race now. Ned the Unknown stood on the wharf and flashed the lantern up the rushing stream. "Good job we got the boats up this afternoon," remarked the detective. "There wouldn't have been a ghost qf a show for them now " HANDSOME HARBY."


r \ YOUNG K L O NDI K E'S BIG BLACK BEAR. 3 r I r I l "That's what's the matter," said Ned. "It's a terrible storm." For a moment they stood there with the rain beat ing about them, but neither spoke. "Strange, isn't it?" remarked the detective at last. "What is strange?" "What curious sounds one hears in a storm." The very thing I was thinking of." "Seemed to me just now as if I could hear some one calling away up the creek, but of course it can't be so." t "Hello! Did you think that? By gracious, I heard the same identical thing." "You don't mean it I thought it was mere imagination." "Oh, I heard it all right, a11d-hark There! What do you call that?" In the distance a faint cry was heard. Then it came again louder, seemingly swept down toward them by the wind. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, it is some one calling.!" cried the Unknown. "Ye gods and little fishes! I wouldn't wonder one bit if it was my man." "Come, now, none of that nonsense! This is serious business!" exclaimed Ned. "If there is anyone on the creek to-night he must be a madman or worse. Run for the rope, Zed We'll try our best to save him. If he gets into the rapids it will be all day with his craft whatever it may be." \ The Unknown needed no second bidding. Running into a little shed back of the wharf where Young Klondike had just tied up his handsoine naphtha launch for the winter, he presently returned with a coil of rope long enough to reach across the creek. "Help, help, help !" There was no mistaking the cry this time. It was perfectly clear and distinct. 'l'he boat "'as evidently coming nearer, and a very serious matter it was likely to prove for its occupant, if Young Klondike and the Unknown did not succeed in lending him a helping hand. But the chances \vere all in favor of their being able to do it, for Ned was quite expert with the lasso, and could throw a rope as well as any cowboy. "Hold the lantern so that the light will shine up stream, Zed," he said. "Now then, keep her steady. No use for us to call back, I suppose." "Not the slightest. I've got a pretty powerful voice, but I wouldn't undertake to throw it against the wind." "Help! Help! Help!" came the cry again. "Young Klondike Hello Hello "He sees us cried Ned. "Not a bit of it. Looking up stream they cou l d now see a man seated in a canoe coming down the creek like mad. If he was possessed of a paddle he was making no effort to use it, and indeed, it would have done him no good if he had, for the creek was rising every mo ment and the force of the current was so greatthat it would have been just impossible to paddle ashore. And yet it was very necessary for this unknown navigato r td get ashore if he expected to save his life, for just below the mine were the rapids. Here E l Dorado creek ran between many big bowlders and over dozens of sunken rocks. The sunken rocks were, of course, all deeply covered now, but to keep the canoe off the bowlders would:be next to impossible. It was, in fact, a foregone con clusion when Young Klondike threw the rope that if the man did not catch it he was lost. But the man in the canoe, whoever he might be, was fully alive to his danger. Long before this he had spied Ned and the Unknown upon the wharf, and he understood that an attempt was about to be made to save him, and that whether it was to prove successful or not depended upon him self. He stood up in the canoe just before it came op posite to the wha .rf and motioEed to Young Klondike to throw the rope. Whirling it around his head, Ned let it fly. It dropped across the canoe, and the man caught it. "Pull in !" he yelled. "Pull in Thank Heaven, and thank you, whoever you may be! I'm sa.-ed I'm saved !" CHAPTER II. A TALK WITH THE MAN IN THE MOON." HE was a tall, slabsided individual, with a strag gling beard, towcolored, and heavier on the right side than the left. His clothes were thin and shabby, and clung to his long, lank body in the most uncomfortable fashion. Young Klondike, who was well acquainted with all the old hands along El Dorado creek and up in French Gulch, remarked to the Unknown that this was a stranger. Certainly they had never seen the man be fore. He hung on to the rope like grim death, and let Ned and the detective pull the canoe to the wharf. He "neJped to pull it up on shore, and stepped out b r iskly enough, and then all at once he threw up his hands and sank down unconscious at their feet. "What's the matter now?" cried Ned. "Is this "But he's calling me. man dead on our hands?" "No, he isn't. It's the mine he's hailing. The "Nonsense !" exclaimed the Unknown. "He has man knows his danger and wants help." only fainted. Here Ned, take hold of him and help "There he is!" cried Ned, suddenly. "See him I me carry him up to the house." Heavens! The boat is going like a rocket! Shall we They got hold of the stranger's head and feet, and be able to help him? I doubt it very much, indeed!" shouting to Dick started up the bank. "HANDSOME BARRY." ..........


4 Y O UNG K L ONDIKE'S BIG BLACK BEAR But the wind swept their voices away, and before "I'm sure I'm always willing to help out my they reached the door the man revived. neighbors," replied Ned. "But what's the trouble? "What's the matter now?" he asked. "Put me What's the matter with the Man in the Moon?" down. I can walk. There isn't anything wrong "Why it's just like this, boss," replied Trueman; with me "you see I started in there with a hundred dollars, And walk he did the rest of the way, but it was which was blame soon sunk getting the shaft open, only with the support of Young Klondike on one side, of course." and the Unknown on the other. "Of course. A hundred dollars don't go far on Dick and Edith were taken completely by surprise the Klondike." when Ned flung open the door and entered with the "You bet your sweet life it don't, but I made it dripping stranger. do me till I got the shaft pretty well down to the "Who in the world have you got there?" exclaimed bedrock, and I finished the job on tick and then struck the former springing to his feet. gold and paid up." "Don't ask me," said Ned. "Quick, Dick! Get "I heard that you had made a strike," said Ned. the whisky! Edith, make a bed ready for this man! "Along about last June, was it not?" Mrs. Colvin, I'll trouble you to retire! Now, then, "That was the time," replied Mr. Trueman, "but neighbor, we'll get off your wet clothes !" that there sLrike, gentlemen, did me blamed little It was high time if the man was to be saved from good." an attack of pneumonia, but Young Klondike could "What was the trouble?" not have treated his own brother better than he did "Trouble enough. I took out about four thousand bis unknown visitor on that stormy night. dollars' worth of dust, all in one lump, and then the With the help of Dick and the Unknown the ma. n blame thing petered out, and I had to start a new was soon stripped and rubbed down with dry towels, shaft which cost pretty nigh all I had before I got and a good dose of whisky administered. through with it, and then I struck it rich again." He refused to go to bed, however, and when Edith "I heard something of that. You were taken sick and Mrs. Colvin were recalled, they found him in dry then?" garments, seated comfortably in a big chair before the fire, looking the very picture of content. "I'm sure I'm most awfully thankful for what you have done for me this night, boss," he said. "I s'pose I should be dead now if it wasn't for you two." "You certainly were in a fair way toward it," replied Ned, "but now that you are feeling a little more comfortable, perhaps you will tell us who you are." "A little more comfortable," cried the stranger. "Why, I'm just as comfortable as a bug in a rug. You want to know who I am, do you? Wall, mebbe you've heard tell of me, Young Klondike. They call me the 'Man in the Moon.'" Now, if this statement had been made elsewhere and under other circumstances, Young Klondike and his friends might have been excused for thinking their guest a lunatic, but as it happened, Ned had often beard of this Man in the Moon. "Oh, I know you!" he exclaimed. "Your name is Nat Trueman; you started a mine away up French Gulch last spring.'' "Yes, and I was mighty bad for a long time, and then I was robbed of everything I had, and then just as 1 began to get to work a .gain the blame thing petered out a second time, and I had to go to work and try still another shaft." And struck it again?" "Struck it again, you bet your sweet life, and richer than ever, and that was last week, and blamed if Dutch Heinrich's gang didn't swoop down on me and jump the claim!" "Jump nothing-!" cried Ned. "How can they jump a claim when a man is working on it?" "Well, they jumped on me, at all events, boss, and locked me up in my own hut, and there they've been at work for the last few days scooping out gold by the bucketful. I watched my chance, and this morning I managed to make my escape. 'I'll go to Young Klondike and ask him to help me,' I says to myself. but I didn't get the chance to steal my own canoe till after dark; t.hen I started down the creek in au the storm. I'm sick and tired of the Klondike. I "Yes, I did," replied the stranger. "And because I took a notion to call that mine the Man in the Moon, want to go home." the name has kinder got fastened to its owner, and "Hello! What do you mean by that?" asked Ned. that's me." "I thought you wanted us to help you?" "Well, we are glad to see you, Mr. Trueman," said "So I do. Buy the Man in the Moon, boss, and Ned. "How have you been making out with your you'll get a good one. You can easy run them fellers mine?" off. You've done the same thing before." "Well, now, I've had Satan's own luck with it first "Oh, I don't want to buy. We've got enough and last," replied Trueman, "and that's what mines," replied Ned. "I'm ready to help you in any brought me down here. Says I to myself, I'll go way I can, though." to Young Klondike and ask him to help me out, and Mr. Trueman seemed to be immensely disappointed. here I am and I want you to help me, boss; now don't He was only a poor, ignorant fellow, who had been say no, for I haven't got anybody else to appeal to, struggling along at his claim on French Gulch single and if you don't help me the mine is lost.'' I handed and alone. "HANDSOME HARRY."


' YOUNG KLO:\TDIKE"S BIG BLACK HEAR. 5 Ned had considerable more talk with him, and I ll sell the first hundred feet for ten thousand. All found that he was thoroughly dislieartene d. I want to do is to pull up stakes and go home." After several vain attempts to sell his mine to "I won't buy that w ay, but I tell you what I will Golden & Luckey, he suddenly turned and said : I do, I ll take the second hundred feet for ten thousand, "All right, gents, if you won't buy I can't make providing we strike gold." you, and between ourselves I think you are wise. "I'll do it, or rather I would in a minute if I had This last shaft will only peter out same as the others Q-Oy guarantee that I wouldn't be kill e d by Dutch have done. It's only a question of time. There's no Heinrich's gang. I suppose, of course, you wouldn't big money in the Man in the Moon." think of going to work before spring." "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I like that," said the "On the contrary, we'll go to work now." Unknown. "And yet you would have sold us the 1 "Well, then, I'll sell you the whole claim for ten cla .im." thousand dollars, and never go back there a t all." "Well, that's business, isn't it? I'm through. I "No," said Ned, decidedly. "Iwon'tdothat. In want to get it off my hands." buying the way I propose to buy I run no risk and I "It isn't the way I do business," replied Ned, guarantee that you shall run none, for we will protect "not by a good deal. Still I suppose it's yourstyle, you. My opinion is that in the Man in the Moon you Mr. Trueman, and I am not going to be too critical. have a rich cl aim and one well worth working. If I I'm willing to help you all I can. Let me ask you a do give you ten thousand dollars for the second hun-question or two." dred feet it will be because the first hundred feet is "You can ask me a hundred if you wish." worth half a million-don't you forget that." "You say you have sunk three shafts on the Man "I see! I see!" cried Trueman. "You think the in the Moon and each time struck gold and each time gold sheet dips." worked through the deposit; in other words the mine "Exactly. Do you accept my offer?" petered out." "Yes. I'll accept any offer Young Klondike can "Two of 'em did. The other I've just struck. It make to me." hasn't petered out yet, but, of course it will." "Let's see your papers then. If your claim to the "You take a gloomy view of it." Man in the Moon is all right we'll draw the thing "Perhaps. You would if you had been through right up in black and white and make a start for with what I have." French Gulch as soon as morning dawns." "Were these three shafts on a line with each The next half hour was spent in studying True-other ?" man's papers and making preparations for a journey "Yes." up the creek, for the documents were found to be quite "Was the gold deposit' in the second at a lower correct. There was no doubt about the claim of Nat level than in the first ?" Trueman to the mine known as the Man in the Moon. "Yes." "How far apart were the shafts?" "About twenty feet." "At what depth did you strike gold in the first?" "Fifteen feet." "Very close to the surface for this region, ar.d in the second ?" "Don't you think you are acting rather h astily, dear boy?" asked the Unknown, after Trueman had been persuaded to go to bed, and he and Dick and Ned sat by the fire listening to the pelting of the rain against the window panes. "Not at all," r e plied Ned. "I'm all right on this matter, I guess." "T\''entv-two feet." "Y 11 "d D' l "I' t ., ou usua y are, sa1 IC c m w1 mg o "Exactly, and in the third." follow your lead wherever you may go." "Why, the third ran deep; it was on the twenty"Of course I am," said the Unknown. "That cuts nine foot level that I got the gold." no ice one way or the other, but why do yo'.l w ant to "I thought so; distance between the second and muss with a matter like this? Here we are all snug third shafts being ;:tbout the same as between the first a.nd comfortable and everything booming at the and second?" Young Klondike, and now you want to go piking off "Just about." up French Gulch to tackle a mine you don't know Ned turned to Dick, who had been listenmg atten-anything about, and what is worse, one already in tively, and remarked: the hands of claim jumpers. I say that's buying "Dick, I think we understand this matter perfectly trouble ready made." well?" "And I say it's buying into a sure thing without "Of course," replied Dick. putting up one cent of cash," laughed Ned. "Look "Look here, Mr. Trueman," said Ned," how much here, do you admit that I know something about minof a claim is this Man in the Moon?" ing as it is done here on the Klondike?" "You mean how long?" "Of course you do, dear boy. None better." "Yes." "Very well; ithen I tell you that where the gold Two hundred feet on French Gulch creek." sheet dips like that there is always good pickings to "What will you take for the second hundred feet?" be had; you'll find it so with the Man in the Moon." "Why, it isn't worth much the way things stand. Now, in order to make Young Klondike's reasoning HANDSOME HABRY." j


..... 6 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S BIG BLACK BEAR clear we must pause to explain something of the con ditions under which gold is found in the Klondike CHAPTER Ill. region. HOW YOUNG KLONDIKE KILLED THE BEAR. Free gold occurs in two wa.ys. By free gold we mean gold which is not chemically A TRIP up to the head waters of El Dorado creek united with any other metal, as is very often the case. and on into French Gulch is nothing wonderful in First it occurs loose in sand in the form of flakes, pleasant weather, but with the coming of the winter or fine dust or nuggets. in the Klondike country all travel is difficult and danSecond it occurs imbedded in white quartz rock, and gerous. 'the rock has to be crushed in order to separate it This little trip, however, would not have, caused 1from the gold. Young Klondike a thought if it had not been for Gold is found in pretty much every form in the the swollen condition of El Dorado creek. Klondike country, but by far the greater part of it "What do you think, Dick?" he said next morn-occurs loose in the sand. ing when he and Dick walked down on the wharf Sometimes it is taken from the beds of creeks or together. "Will it be safe to take the launch up out of old water courses where the sand lies exposed, the creek in the present condition of affairs?" but in the majority of cases it is necessar'' to dig to "There's no other way of getting up t .hcre unless get it, for vegetable mold and clay and other de-we go overland," replied Dick, "and that would be posits have accumulated over the golden sands in the a long, hard pull." course of ages. "And wouldn't do at all. What we want to do It is not often that one can pick up gold on the sur-is to drop in on Dutch Heinrich's gang, suddenly. face of the ground. Trueman says there are only about a dozen of them, Now, by all miners it is said of the Klondike that and I think we fiye ought to be able to drive them off in no part of the world, unless possibly it is South the ground." Africa, is gold found so widely and evenly dis"I know what you think," said Dick, "they are tributed. ] only a lot of drunken cowards, who know very well It seems to underlie the top soil in one that we can bring down every honest man El sheet, extending through all the valleys which open Dorado creek and French Gulch upon them if we off from the Yukon, the Klondike and other smaller choose; you are figuring on that. You think they streams. will turn and run at the mere sight of us, and I The average depth at which this great gold sheet agree with you; still I think it would be safer to take can be struck is twenty feet, but in some instances it some of the men along." seems to run like the waves of the sea, and is found "But we can't, Dick. The launch won't bold any higher or lower, as the case may be. more than our party if we mean to take a supply of Young Klondike knew this perfectly well, and figprovisions with us, which, of course, we must do, and ured on it in bis talk with the Man in the Moon. I'm sure we never could succeed in gettlng the boats He saw that Mr. Trueman had begun work on one up the creek water falls." side of one of these great gold waves, if it may be so "Settled," said Dick. "I am with you under those termed. circumstances; of course we must take the launch." For this reason in each shaft that he started the "We may have to leave it up there all winter." gold was found lower down. Possibly. If anything happens to it we must This would continue until the lowest point of the build another, that's all." wave or dip was reached, and there, if Young Klon"Then we go?" dike's theory was correct, the depth at which gold "Yes." might be looked for would steadily decrease until the "Here comes Edith; I'll just talk it over with her, top of the next wave wa.s reached. you know She went to bed last night before we deW e hope we have made this plain. To Young cided on this step." Klondike and Dick it was entirely so, and they felt "She'll want to go, too, of course." certain that in starting in on the "extension" of the "Of course I shall !" exclaimed Edith, .. who was Man in the Moon, they would be pretty certain to near enough to overhear the remark. "Good-morn strike gold at a moderate depth, and very likely find ing, boys What's in the wind now? I think I a much deeper deposit than Nat Trueman had struck. can guess. You mean to work the Man in the Moon, To the Unknown it was not so plain; be would and don't you think of leaving me behind. I won't never study mining, and very often would scarcely stand it. If I don't go in the launch I shall walk." listen to the explanations of Young Klondike, who This was ever Edith's way. She was always ready was studying all the time; but on the other hand he for any new venture, and the more dangerous and was perfectly willing to go into anything that Ned venturesome it was the better she liked it, so it would approved of, and accordingly, next. morning, found seem. all hands making ready for a trip to the Man in the Hearing the story of Ned's deal with Mr. Trueman Moon. Edith highly approved of it and immediate prepara tions were made for the start. "HANDSOME HARBY."


YOUNG KLONDIKE' S BIG BLACK BEAR. 7 The handsome naphtha launch, which was the pride o f young Klondike's heart, was ta.ken out of its win house, and such provis'ons and firearms as were ne.eded loaded in. Mr. Trueman was immensely pleased with the prospect. "This gives me fresh courage," he said, as they started up the creek. "I begin to think that after all I shall make something out of the Man in the Moon.'' The storm was all over now, and the sun shone brightly, while the temperature was as warm as a day in spring. It was expected to reach the headwaters of El Dorado creek by nightfall, or rather, the point where it emerges from French Gulch. Here it was intended to tie up for the night at a hut which Young Klondike had built some time be fore in connection with some prospecting which he had done. I t was five miles further up the creek to the Man in the Moon, and the run could have been made in the dark well enough, but Ned thought it would 'be inju dicious to come upon Dutch Heinrich's gang that way. "We want to give them a scare," he said. "We want to fix it so that we can strike one hard blow a n d do the business. Then they will let us alone, and we can take our time working the Man in the Moon." feet between them. This hiding hole had been built by Young Klondike at the time the hut was erected for the purpose of concealing gold. "What's your plan?" asked Trueman. "I don't want to stay here alone." "Our plan is to drive off your enemies We have our own way of working these things, and it suits us to do this job in the dark; but if you are afraid t;o stay here alone, of course, we must take you along." But Mr. Trueman was a perfectly reasonable sort of fellow and no coward. He saw that he was not wanted on this night expedition and he immediately consented to stay behind. At half past eight Young Klondike, Dick, Edith and the Unknown started up along the bank of the creek. "Good-by, Trueman!" called out Ned. "We'll clear the way for you! By this time to-morrow we shall all be working the Man in the Moon." "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I suppose that fellow thinks we are crazy!" chuckled the Unknown, as. they walked on. "Perhaps we are," replied Ned, "but I think my scheme will work. It's lucky I've seen this hut up at the Man in the Moon or I-I mean you-would never have thought of the plan. "You'd better correct yourself and give me credit for what rightfully be longs to me!" cried the detective ; "the idea is all mine and you know it perfectly well." It grew dark about four o'clock at that season, and "I own it's yours. Didn't I say so?" a little before that time they reached the hut. "Yes, but you began to say something else A busy half hour followed. "Quit quarreling, boys, quit quarreling," exclaiml Ned had concluded not to attempt to run the launch ed Edith. "What if the scheme don't work? Whose up the Gulch at all, as here the water, he knew from idea will it be then !" past experience, would fall rapidly and there was al"Still mine!" cried the Unknown. "I'm honest most a certainty of its being grounded, so everything enough to admit failure when it comes, but it had to be unpacked and stored in the hut, to be car-coming this trip, for as sure as my name is--" ried up to the Man in the Moon later on. "What? Why do you stop?" exclaimed Dick, as "Now, Mr. Trueman," said Young Klondike, after the Unknown suddenly paused. all this was done and they had eaten dinner, "we I "Yes, go on Don't stop there !" cried Edith. want you to stay here and guard these goods. Per"Finish out your sentence, Zed haps you may see us back before morning and per"He's stuck," said Ned. "Fact of the matter is it haps not, but we shall certainly be back soon after is eo long since he has mentioned his name that he daylight, If Dutch Heinrich comes he must see noth-has forgotten what it is." ing suspicious. If he should show signs of hanging "--not McGinty," said the Unknown, gravely. around here, you will slip away and come up the gulch "There, my sentence is finished. Sold again You to meet us; never mind the goods in that case. It's don't catch me this time, but I'll own up, boys and not likely he will find them, and if he does it can't be girls, I almost told my name." helped. "Finish the job," said Edith. "Come, now, be Now, this announcement on Ned's part took Mr. good and tell it. Who can say but what there may Trueman entirely by surprise, for he had made cerbe a fight and I might be killed. You would feel tain that Young Klondike's party intended to remain sorry then that you had not granted my simple re-in the hut a.11 night. quest." The launch had been drawn up out of the creek and "Stop it, stop it, Edith!" cried Ned. "I won't was concealed in a small cave, which opened into the have even the suggestion of such a thing. There's left hand wall of the gulch. going to be no failure, though. I know Dutch Hein-As for the provisions and other goods they were all rich well; he's a perfect if there evt:r was one. placed in so secure a hiding place, that it was hardly He'll run first fire-you'll see!" possible that anyone could find them, for the fact was I As we have already mentioned, it was about five there were two floors to this hut, with a space of two miles up to the Man in the Moon, and our travelers "HANDSOME BAB.BY."


--------------------'""'Ill8 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S BIG BLACK BEAR. had covered three of these when an adventure ocI "And his brother!" laughed Edith. "Upon my curred which we must stop to relate. word, I must congratulate you upon your shooting, The creek here although narrow was running very Ned. I didn't see the first one, and before I could get fast. It was perhaps four or five feet deep, and on a shot at the second he was gone." the other side were broken cliffs. not very high just "Look out! He's coming!" cried Dick. "We here, although they rose again further back and kept want him if we can get him, but I don't believe we on rising by a series of terraces until they joined the can." mountain range. The bear had evidently been shot dead, and the car-The Unknown was ahead and had just turned a cass, slowly sinking, was now coming down the bend in the gulch, when all at once Ned heard him creek. give a startled cry. How to intercept it was a problem, and one which "What's the matter?" he called, springing for-the Unknown solved in rather a unique way. ward, and he almost ran into the arms of the UnOver on the other side of the creek, which here known, who came darting back. l was not more than five feet wide, lay a big fragment "Some one on the rocks, dear boy," he whispered. of rock which had fallen down from the cliffs above "Lay low." The Unknown sprang across the creek and exert" I thought I heard a noise just before you holI ing all his strength succeeded in tumbling this rock lered," said Dick. "Why didn't you keep your into the water. mouth shut? Then we would have had a chance at It just did the business, for although the bear sank, them, but now they know we are here." the carcass lodged against it and there remained. "By the Jumping Jeremiah. how could I keep my "A good shot," said Edith, "he's dead, sure mouth shut when one of them threw a big stone enough. I'm going up the creek after his brother. down at me; liidn't you hear it drop?" You can join me when you get him out." "No one tirew that stone." said Ned, decisively. "Just the chance we want, and get him out we "I know by the way it struck the water that it will l" cried Ned, as soon as Edith had disappeared dropped of itself." around the turn in the gulch. By this time they were all around the bend and Then in spite of the water to say nothing of the at-stood staring over at the cliffs on the other side of mosphere Ned proceeded to take off his clothes. the creek. "Phew It makes my' teeth chatter to look at It was very dark and they could see nothing, but you!" exclaimed the Unknown. "Ye gods and little they could distinctly hear stra.nge scuffling sounds, fishes! I wouldn't do that for a farm." and all at once a lot of loose rock came flying down "I'd do it for a bear," laughed Dick, proceeding to into the creek. follow Ned's example. "We'd better get out of this!" breathed Dick. "It "And I forbear," chuckled the Unknown. isn't safe here." "Bad pun," said Ned, who was now undressed. "Hold on," said Ned. "We won't be in a hurry. "You ought to be punished for that." I want to understand what this means." "I'll take my punishment out of the shivers it gives "It don't sound to me like a man," said Edith. "If me to see you fellows go into that water," laughed it was he surely must see us. What little light there the detective. "Careful now Don't get yourselves is strikes full upon us here in the gulch." into any snarl. I don't believe you can lift the "Hist, hist !"whispered the Unknown. "There's bear." something moving up there on that ledge." "Of course, we can't. we might just as well try "Can you see anything?" asked Edith, raising her to lift the side of a house," replied Ned, "but we can rifle. drag him out all right, I guess; here, Dick, take hold "Not a thing now. I thought I saw something a of the other hind paw! Phew! isn't it cold? I'd second ago." rather be head under than to stand around this Bang! Bang! Suddenly Young Klondike flung up his rifle and fired two shots. There was a curious, cry, a snapping, snarling sound, and down off the rocks tumbled a big black bear, land ing directly in the creek, while another fully as large _went shuffling off along the ledge and disappeared around a turn in the rocks. CHAPTER IV. THE BOLD ATTACK ON THE Hl'"T. "A BIG black bear!" cried the Unknown. the Jumping Jeremiah, a big black bear!" "By way.'' And duck head under Young Klondike actually did, although the temperature of the water was but a lit tle above freezing, and with Dick's help managed to pull the bear ashore. He was a tremendously big fellow, as black as black could be; Ned had shot him through the heart. By the time the boys got their clothes on Edith came back rather disco"uraged. "I was determined to get a shot at the bear's brother," she said, "but I guess we shall never see anything more of him." "Never mind the brother ; what are we going to do with the bear?" asked the Unknown. "Take him along with us as a present to Dutch "HANDSOME HARRY."


, KLONDIKE'S BIG BLACK BEAR 9 Heinrich," laughed Ned. "What else would we do When he came back he reported that a game of with him?" poker was in progress inside. "Well, you'll do the carrying-I'm out." "How many fellows did you see in there?" asked "Seriously,'' said Edith, "we ought to hide him; Ned. there's lots of good eating there, and we may want "I could only make out six." it before we are through." "Dutch Heinrich with them ?'1 "We'll bury him," said Ned. "Make a cache so "Yes; he's in the game with three others. There the wolves can't get at him; indeed I don't kno\ but were two fellows sitting by the fire smoking. There the bear's brother might like to tackle him. Are may be others, but if there are, I couldn't see them, as 'bears cannibals, do you know, Zed?" I said." "Really I don't, and I can't bear to think of it," "We'd better tackle them through the window, replied the detective, and after such a wicked pun as hadn't we ?" this, Ned could only give him up as incorrigible, and "Decidedly. We want them to retreat up the they proceeded to cache the bear. gulch and not down." 'Choosing a spot where the shelving rocks would "Very good. I'm ready any time. Now, then, the protect the carcass in a measure, they heaped stones cue is surrender, Dutcli ?" over it until it was entirely covered. "0. K. Come, Edith, we'll get ready to do our "There!" exclaimed Ned. "Wolves may get the act." scent, but I don't believe they can turn over those It was decidedly a bold scheme which the Unknown stones." had conceived; in fact, it was its very boldness which They started forward then and soon covered the made Young Klondike feel certain of its success. remaining miles which lay b

10 YOU N G KLONDIKE'S BIG BLACK BEAR. CHAPTER V. HOW YOUNG KLONDIKE CAPTURED THE BEAR. I cover no trace of the enemy, so at last they started back down the Gulch, and in due time reached the cached bear. "FIRE! Let them have all the cartridges in our It was undisturbed under the stones and they could rifles, Dick!" see nothing to indicate that the wolves had been at It 'ms a wise move. it. The boys blazed away from the ground, and Edith Ned and Dick got out their big knives and went and the Unknown did the same thing from the rocks right to work on the skin, which they removed with above. the greatest care. There was no intention of hitting anybody and no I "There, Edith! That's yours for a rug!" ex .effort made to do so; the idealwas to make Dutch claimed Ned, when it was off at last; "now, for our Heinrich think that a big force was at his heels, and breakfast. Where's the Unknown?" it worked to a charm. "Gone back to the hut." In less time than it takes to tell it the enemy had "Confound him! I knew he would do that." vanished, and Young Klondike's party had the J He thought it wou:d be safer to have one of us on Man m the Moon to themselves. the watch; you and Dick were so busy with the bear" By the Jumping Jeremiah, that was done pretty skin that he didn't want to disturb you; he promised slick!" exclaimed the Unknown, as he came down off to be most careful, and upon no account to attack the the rocks. "Have they all gone, dear boy ? And enemy, even if they come." how many of them did you make? Was I right in "We must follow him at once," declared Ned, "or saying six?" he'll be certain to get into some snarl or another. "I counted seven," said Ned. "My, how they did 1 Dick, we won't wait to cut up the bear." run!" "We might wait just for the leg," said Dick. "We "Anybody hit by the stone?" asked Edith. "I must have our breakfast out of it anyhow. We can felt awfully afraid there would be put the rest of the meat back in the cache and come "Nobody," replied Ned. "They were half out befor it later on." fore it fell, and when. they heard crash ought So the right hind leg was cut off and Ned shoul-to have seen them stampede. High and yn-Q(red it, and they all started back for the hut. I must congratulate you on your perspicacity. Before they had gone half way they saw the UnN otlung could have worked out better than your known coming toward them. plan." "On my which ?" "I never sell my cabbages twice. Big words are scarce up here in the Klondike, and they come high." "It's all right anyhow," said Dick. "We've got rid of them mighty easy if they don't come back .again." "That we must take our chances on," replied Ned, "and if they should come down upon us suddenly the -consequences might be unpleasant, which being the case I have a plan to propose." "Which is what?" asked the detective. "Out with it, dear boy." "Hello!" he cried "Is the butcher coming? By the Jumping Jeremiah, I'm as hungry as a bear!" "Then I bear on my shoulders that which should satisfy your hunger," said Ned. "Don't drop dead. You've been punishing me with bad puns all night, and you must bear with mine. What did you run away and leave us for? Don't you know it's against the rules?" "Oh, I felt that I must be doing something," re plied the detective. "I went up to the hut to see if there was any sign of the enemy, but there wasn't. I think we may safely say we've won the battle, and as the laborer is worthy of his hire, I propose that we have breakfast before we do that five mile walk "That we quietly abandon this place and go back and skin the bear." back." "That would be a kind of skin game, w ouldn't This suggestion was received with general favor, it?" and they hurried on to the hut. "Now, now! At it again?" Ned and Dick hustled around, got wood and built a "But what's the idea ?" roaring fire on the hearth, while Edith prepared the "To give 'em a chance to come back if they want bear meat for roasting and the-tJ\nknown stopped up to; then we'll pop in on them suddenly and give them the holes in the window panes with some old rags, drew another dose, and if we find they are not back when water from the creek and attended to the chores gen we return, we may feel pretty well assured that they erally, including the setting of the table with such do not mean to come now." articles of crockery as he could find. After a moment's reflection the Unknown pro"Can't fix that hole in the roof very well," he said. nounced in favor of this plan. "No matter, it will let the smoke out. Now, then, "I like it;" he said. "It will keep them in the there's no use in all hands sitting up to watch this dark as to our actual strength, but we'll just hold on roast. It only needs one to turn the spit and one to a moment and see if they are anywhere around." watch, so what's the matter with the other two hav They waited, watched and listened, but could dis ing a sleep?" "HANDSOME BARRY."


Y O U N G KLONDIKE'S BIG BLACK BEAR. 11 "Which means that you want to be one of the two," replied Ned. "I'm agreeable-fire away !" "It does. I feel unusually tired, but of course you will wake me at the slightest alarm." Edith positively refused to leave her cooking, and as neither Ned nor Dick were much inclined to sleep, it was only the Unknown who took to the bunk. Bear meat roasts slowly and this seemed to be particularly slow, and the sun rose just as it was done. Ned hastened to wake up the Unknown, and after all hands had enjoyed a wash-up in the creek, they sat down to breakfast. "Who'll do the carving ?" asked Edith. "I've done the cooking, and one of you boys must cut the meat." The delay was fatal, for an instant later the bear turned a corner of the rocks and disappeared. "Why in the world didn t you shoot him, Ned?" cried Edith. "What's the matter with you any how?" "Why didn't you shoot yourself?" demanded Ned, somewhat abashed. "You had your rifle ready as well a"S I." "Upon my word I don't know why I didn't," said Edith. "He gave me one look and to save me I couldn't fire after that." "Same with me." "Know what I think?" put in the Unknown. "I'm always glad to know what you think, so let's have it," said Ned. "That bear has been tamed. "That's Young Klondike's business," said the UnN I' ,, I "No!" known "He's at the head of this expediti9n, and ;: I ow ? '0 U1 Kl d k ,, t d th f act mposs1b e here m tie on i e. mus o e am1 y I . , "No more impossible here than anywhere else. "Indeed I shan't, 'replied Ned. '' 1hat be longs to Some fellow has cauo-ht him when he wa.s a cub and the oldest o f the party every time." tamed him and on he got awav and took to the "Wh' h ?" ' J ic means me woods again." "Is t here any doubt abou t that?" "Hello'" cried Dick "Evidently y o u are ac" I suppose I must ackno wledge it, t hough I feel as quainted our friend, the bear." you n g as any of you. H ere, give me the knife and "To blazes with the bear-that's where the other fork. Phew What am I expected to do with this one went, the h ind leg at least. What about breakthing? Call that a knife ? I might just as well try fast? Are we to let it spoil?" to carve with a stick; but no matter. I'll do my As no one wanted to do that they all returned to best." the hut and went to work with good appetites, soon "Stand up to it like a man, Zed!" cried Dick. demolishing the best part of the bear meat. "You can't carve sitting down." Breakfast over, the programme for the daywasthe "It's tough that a fellow can't even do the family next thing in order. "I'll go back and fetch up Trueact without interference," said the Unknown, goodman," said the Unknown, "and we'll both bring a naturedly. "No matter; anything to oblige." load of goods v; ith us, that is if you are not afraid to He stood up and went at it again, the roast slipping stay here without my valuable protection." around the dish and the gravy spattering right and Ned laughed at the idea, and approving of the Unleft. known's plan the detective started back down the "Hold on there Hold on Y ou'll r u in my gulch. dress !" said Edith, drawing back. "Ye gods and little fishes, but this bear is a tough one!" cried the Unknown, wrestling with the carving knife and fork. Just then a low growl was heard above, and to the astonishment of all, there was a big black head look ing down a,t them through the hole in the roof. "Look Look !" cried Young Klondike. It's the other bear H e has come to avenge his brother's death." A low growl was the answer, and there was a great scrambling on the roof. Young Klondike and Edith ma. de a rush for their rifles, but before they could get them the bear was gone. Abandoning the breakfast all ran outside and could see the bear shuffling over the ledges. It had been an easy matter for him to step across on the roof from the rocks Ned threw up his rifle and was just about to fire when the bear suddenly stopped and looked back at him with an-expression so human that somehow he could not make up his mind to shoot. Young Klondike now went to work to make a thorough inspection of the property known as the Man in the Moon. First of all, they made a careful examination of the hut to see if the gold taken out by Dutch Heinrich could be discovered. No trllce of it was found, and Ned came to the con clusion that some of the party had carried it; off to the usual haunts of the galJg immediatel y after the clearing up of t h e big storm. "That would account for our finding only six of them here," said Dick "I'm afraid they will come back full force latt-r on "No borrowing trouble," replied Edith. "Come now, boys. I'm anxious to kno'v what this wonder ful diggings amounts to. Suppose we get right down to business and examine the shafts?" "Just what I wa3 going to propos e," said Ned. "We'll take them in order and b egin with No. l." The windlass and tub had been removed from shaft No 1, and it was the same with No. 2, but by the aid of a rope which they found in the hut, Dick and Edith "HANDSOME HARRY."


12 YOUNG KLONDIKE S BIG BLACK BEAR. were able to lower Young Klondike down into both l Young Klondike raised his rifle and slowly advanced shafts, and a careful examination was made in each toward the cedars. case. "Well, well! Look here !" they heard him shout "I'm sure I'm right," remarked Ned, after he came a moment later. up out of No. 2. "Those two shafts have been sunk Down went the rifle and Ned plunged in among the in the side of a big dip in the gold sheet; there is no cedars, Dick and Edith following. There with his chance of finding any big deposit there unless one foot caught in a trap was the big black bear which drifts on the line of the dip which would be trouble had looked in atthem through the hole in the roof, or some and expensive. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if at least one enough like him to be his twin brother. I found that Dutch Heinrich's gang had already "It's the bear They've been setting a trap for worked through the deposit which Nat Trueman him!" cried Ned. "Look at the poor brute! Upon struck in No. 3." my word he seems to be appealing to me to set him And this proved to be exactly the state of the case. free." When Ned got down into No. 3, he found that the "Better shoot him and put him out of his misery," depth of the gold deposit was about four feet. It was said Dick. easy to distinguish the line of the golden sands where "Do you know I can't do it-I just can't. Hear they entered the shaft, and where they pas&ed out of him whine It almost seems as if he was trying to it on the other side at a little lower level. talk." \"Ve hope we have made this plain to the reader; it "I wouldn't shoot him, either," said Edith. "Go was very plain to Young Klondike. up to him, N ecl. I'll keep him covered. We'll see He felt perfectly certain, that a deep shaft, say forty how he acts. I declare I'm almost a-mind to believe to fifty feet sunk in a certain hollow a short distance that the Unknown is right and that the bear has been beyond No. 3 would produce rich results. tamed." He based his conclusion on the ideathat the forma "I'll try it," said Ned, courageously. "Keep him tion of the top soil to a certain extent resembled the Edith. If he shows the _least dispositicn to dip of the golden sands below, all of which he care-attack me fire, only look out you don't shoot me." fully explained to Dick and Edith when he came up As Ned approached the bear the imprisoned animal out of shaft No. 3. began whining like a dog. "Does our two hundred feet take in that hollow, or Ned held out his hand and walked boldly up to him, don't it?" asked Dick. the bear began licking his hand, whining appealingly, "If it does I shall move our line forward," replied as much as to say: Ned. "That hollow is going to prove Nat Trueman's "I'll be good if you'll set me free." salvation, and, I want him to have it. I wouldn't "I declare he is tame !" exclaimed Ned. "I don't wrong the man for the world. We will go on further believe we run any risk in setting him free." and try to catch the gold sheet on its next rise. If "Try it," said Dick, coming up. "He's only a I can make my calculations right, we ought to hit young bear anyhow, big as he is; I'm sure I'm right it vithin fifteen feet of the surface. This will be a about that. good test of how much there is in my theory." "Here goes!" cried Ned. "Shoot him if he makes "Tell us how many feet from the hollow you would a rush at us, Edith, but if he starts away let him sink our shaft," said Edith. go." Ned took out his memorandum book and did some Now the last was precisely what Young Klondike :figuring. expected the bear to do, but he was entirely mistaken. "I should say a hundred and twenty-six feet," be Be:ding down he opened the jaws of the trap and answered at last. set the imprisoned anmal free, but he did not jump "What do you base your calculations on?" asked back or pull away, but just stood there watching to Edith. see what the bear would do. "On the angle of the dip, as seen in the three The first thing bruin did was to lie down and roll shafts." like a dog. "That's all Greek to me." Then it licked its wounded hind paw, which was a "Suppose we measure off our hundred and twenty-good deal lacerated; then all at once it rose on its six feet?" said Dick. It will take us among that hind legs and stood like a man extending its fore paw clump of scrub cedars, if I don't mistake." to Ned. Ned produced the small tape line which they usually "Upon my word Why, lie wants to thank you!" carried with them, and began his measuring, with cried Edith. "He wants to shake hands." Dick's help. Ned seized the proffered paw and gave it a hearty As they came up out of the hollow and neared the shake. "It's plain enough to see that this bear has clump of cedars all were startled by a deep growl. been tamed," he said. "How are you, old fellow! "The bear!" exclaimed Edith. Come up to the hut with us and we'll give you some" 'l'here's something among the cedars there, that thing to eat and I'll doctor your sore foot." is sure," whispered Ned. "Quiet now. If it's the Did the bear comprehend? bear we must bag him." It certainly seemed so. When Ned started off to" HANDSOME HABBY."


Y O UNG K LONDIKE' S BIG BL A CK HEAR. 1 3 ward the hut the bear dropped on all fours and came limping after him like a big dog. CHAPTER VI. GOLD WASHING IN THE GULCH. "UPON my word, Ned, he seems to know all you say to him!" exclaimed Dick, when a little later they found themselves at the door of the hut with Young Klondike's big black bea .r. "He's been very carefully trained," replied Ned. "Here's a mascot, Dick. Why, I wouldn't take five hundred dollars for my bear." The bear sat on the ground wagging his big head and staring at Young Klondike. W i t h o u t showing the least sign of fear or the slightest disp osition to be ugly, he had just followed them back t o the hut. "He's asking you w11y you don't redeem your promise a.nd give him something to eat," said Edith. "Yes, and dress his sore foot," added Dick. It was certainly very strange, but, of course, it was nothing but a 'Coi9cidence; at that very the bear began licking his wounded paw and to look appealingly at Ned. "Let me see your paw, Jack," cried Ned, holding out his hand. The beat:' tilted himself over on one side, and thrust 1)ut his wounded paw. "Wonderful!" cried Edith. "It's just amazing," said Dick. "This bear has been some miner's pet and has escaped." "Bring some water from the creek," said Ned. "There's sand in this wound. I'd just like to see if he'll let me wash it out." Dick brought the water, and the bear submitted to the operation witli out the least objection; indeed, as Ned bent over him he licked his hair an neck. "Stop that, you rascal! You tickle me!" cried Ned. "This foot is n o t very badly cut. I wonder if be would let me put a rag around it. Would you, Jack?" But that was just what Jack would not do, for when Ned tried it he promptly tore the rag off with his teeth. He was as tame as a kitten and ate bread out of Edith's hand and any number of crackers. Thinking that he might likemeat they tried him on piece of roast bear, but Jack would have none of it. He sniffed it and turned his head away. "What shall we do with him?" exclaimed Edith at last. "Master Jack is taking u p all our time. There is none too much daylight left." .. We might tie him up in the h ut," suggested D ick. I t wouldn't be the slightest use," replied Ned. "He'd break any rope we've g o t here; I tell you I'm just g oing to leave Jack free t o d o what he likes. If he wants to stay here he can stay, and if he d on't he can go, it all depends on his own sweet will." "And we go back to our measuring ?" asked Dick. "Exactly. I'd like to know whether it was Dutch Heinrich who set that trap or whether it was Trueman. I have an idea that Jack may belong to our friend, the Man in the Moon." They now returned to the cedars. Jack did not attempt to follow, but just sat there at the door of the hnt looking after them. The last they saw of him he was still licking his wounded paw. Ned and Dick took the tape line and went at it again, and to their surprise found that the bear trap was exactly one hundred and twenty-six feet from the point where they started to measure. "There! what do you say to that?" cried Ned. "Who'll dare to tell me that Jack is not a mascot now?" He had scarcely spoken when there a crashing behind them among the cedars, and in rushed a big black bear. I t was Jack! Edith involuntarily clutched her rifle, but Young Klondike motioned to her to put it down He wanted to see what the bear would do, for it was perfectly evident that Jack had no idea of attacking them. The bear seized the trap in his teeth and shook it, and then threw it from him sava. gely. Then he began scratching up the ground where it had been lying. Probably his only i dea was to destroy the scent of the thing, but Ned cried out: "There! There's a lucky omen for you! J ack says dig the shaft right there, and I tell you I wouldn't change that position for a thousand dollars !" There was not much chance for Jack to dig, h o w ever, as the ground was frozen pretty hard. Af1;er scratching away for a few moments he gave it up, and sat down on the spot and held out his paw for Ned to shake, and there they left him when they returned to the hut. "Jack is our mascot," declared Ned, "and I wouldn't tie him up for anything. He can follow us, or he can go away just as he likes, but m that place our shaft shall certainly be sunk." N ovv, sinking a shaft on the Klondike country is no easy matter at any time of the year, for there the ground is always frozen dovvn to a cert::i,in point. This has its disadvantages, of course, but Young Klondike was well used to this sort of thing. It was his intention then to begin cutting down the cedars next morning. and to start his fire about n o on He figured it in his own mind that it would take between three and four days to sink the shaft d o wn t o the twenty foot level where he felt perfectly certain that he would find gold. Of course he could have begun work then and there, but he had other plans for the afternoon. It was now dinner time and the Unknown had not "HANDSOME BA BY."


l4 Y OUNG KLONDIKE"S BIG BLACK BEAR. =======================-===================================================!:"= returned Trueman, as they had expected he I Rigging rope a so that Edith cold would by this tune. pull up easily, Ned and Dick climbed down the slip Still it was a ten mile tramp for the detective and pery sides of the gully and began work, scooping ut the way was rough, so there was nothing to be several pans full of the black sand over which th e alarmed at. water ran. Not caring to wait dinner, Edith fixed up a sub"There's gold here!" cried Ned, shaking his pan. stantial meal, using the remains of the bear meat and "I can see it, but the nuggets are very small." the bread and canned goods, which they found in the "Not in my pan," said Dick. "Look here!" hut. He picked one weighing at least an ounce out with Whether these belonged to Nat Trueman or to his fingers and held it up. Dutch Heinrich, they did not know, but they helped "Gold?" called Edith. themselves freely to them, and when dinner was over "You bet!" shouted Dick. "Let down the bucket. the boys each took a pan, a pick and a shovel and We'll give you a sample. It's hard washing here in went down to the creek. the water. I'd rather do my washing up above." It was some time since Young Klondike h[.d panned They had brought down a "rocker" from the hut in the creek which ran through French Gulch, and to use in this very emergency, and it was their inhe had never tried it at this particular point. I tention to send up su:fficient sand to give it, a fair trial. After a big rain there is apt to be more or less gold This Edith drew up in the bucket, Dick doing the in the shape of small nuggets washed down most of loading, while Ned turned his attention to the sides the creeks in the Klondike country, so the boys felt of the gully, which were so plastered over with fresh almost certain of making a good day's wages, and if mud that little else could be seen. fortune should happen to favor them, they might Ned now took his spade and scraped away at the make a good deal more. mud but without finding anything for a few moments. "Wonder what's bec.omeof Jack?" remarked Dick, Edith had drawn up her third bucketful of sand, as they walked toward the cedars, for they had seen when all at once Ned gave a loud shout. nothing of the bear since they left him sitting on the "Look here!" he cried. "What do you say to place where the trap had been. that? Ha Ha! What did I tell you? The Man "He's not there now," said Edith, looking ahead. in the Moon is all right!" "He'll turn up again, you certain, 19 said Close down at the water's edge, say a foot or a foot Ned. "The Unknown was entirely nght. That and a half up from the bottom of the gully, young is tame, and he'll never forget that I attended to his I Klondike had uncovered a streak of black sand in wounded paw." which the tiny nuggets lay packed as close as peas in They passed through the clump of cedars but saw a pod. / nothing of Jack, and then coming down to the bank "We've struck it! We've struck it!" cried Dick. of the creek stopped to make a survey. Conditions had changed very much since the day before. Just as Young Klondike antici:Qated, the water had fallen rapidly. Right ahead of them was a place where the creek had worn a deep channel for itself between the banks, and on the left-that is, the side where they stooda rush of water down from the cliffs had opened a deep gully in the frozen soil This gully had a depth of just about twenty feeteighteen and three quarters by actual measurement in the deepest place-and Young Klondike saw at a, glance that he had made a great discovery, for the gully was not a dozen yards away from the place where it was proposed to sink the shaft, and here was a chance to test the soil at the required depth. There What do you say to that?" he cried. "Here's a shaft ready made for us! Isn't Jack a mascot? I tell you this is all owing to my big black bear." "If there is any gold down at the level we talked "We are in luck again!" It was a pay streak, sure enough, and to 'an appearance a good one. The lme of sand ran up the gully as far as Ned had scraped away the mud. Its dip was toward the hollow which proved Young Klondike's theory correct,, They had found the gold sheet at a high level, and it was still on the rise. Ned immediately crossed over to the other side of the gully,and began scraping away the mud there. ln a moment he had made another strike. The golden sands were found in their proper place, and a little higher than on the other side. This was very satisfactory. Young Klondi)rn saw that even if he did nothing else he had accomplished a splendid afternoon's work. The pickax was now brought into requisition, and several bucketsful of this nugget bearing sand were dug out and hoisted up by Edith, who took care to keep it separate from that which had been drawn up before about it ought to show here," said Dick. "This is When they had sent up enough for a fair trial, Ned down right luck and no mistake." went up himself,Jeaving Dick behind to pass up the There was still some water running through the water needed to work the rocker. gully, but as the boys were both provided with strong a rocker, such as is used in P.lacer mining? is waterproof boots they cared very little for that. an oblong box from one to two feet wide, and varymg HANDSOME BARBY." I ....


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S BIG BLACK BEAR. 15 in length, according to the ideas of the man who "Oh, we have had such a time, Ned!" he e xclaimed. makes it. While Trueman was down at the creek getting One end is open, as is the top, and in the other end water somebody broke into the hut and waltzed otf a sieve made of wire is placed. In the middle of the with all our provisions. By the Jumping Jeremiah, rocker there is sometimes a sunken groove; at other they made a clean sweep and there was nothing for times the sieve is of finer mesh; it all depends upon I it but to go on their trail." the kind of sand to be washed out. I "Come, that's interesting!" cried Ned. "Did you Young Klondike's rocker had the groove, the use catch the thieves ? Did you get the stuff back?" of which will be presently shown. "That's just what we didn't. We followed the "You think you've it, Ned?" asked Edith. trail three or four miles up into the mountains and "I'm sure of it. Did you examine the sand at there lost it. I would have gone further, but I knew all?" that we couldn't make the Man in the Moon by dark "Yes; a little." if I did and I thought you might be worried, so we "And saw that it was full of gold, of course?" gave it up and here we are with the tools." "I saw that there was some gold there. I would "Wdl, that's a great start," said Dick. "Now not like to say just how much, but the nuggets are we've nothing to eat but b ear meat; after all our very small." careful preparations that s e ems too bad." "We shall soon know," said Ned, and he placed "Oh, it isn't so bad as that," said Mr. Trueman; the rocker, throwing in first a few shovels of the sand "I have some canned goods hidden in the hut here, which had come from the bottom of the creek. and I don't believe Dutch H e inrich got on to them. 1 "Why don't you try the other?" asked Edith. suppos e you will blame me for this; I m very sorry, "Oh, I'm getting to be too old a hand at this busi-I'm sure, for I can't tell you how grateful I feel to ness to be easily excited at every new discovery. I you all for driving Dutch Heinrich's gang off the Man dug out that sand first and 1 shall run it through the in the Moon." rocker first. We'll try the other later on." This was 'an very well, but it did not mend matters Having got the right quantity of s and in the rock-at all. er, Ned called to Dick to send up a bucket of water, which Edith poured into the rocker little by little, Ned shaking the box all the while. Ned was about to say more, and inquire how it all came about, but the Unknown gave him the wink and he held his tongue. The water washed off the loose sand ; the coarser gravel Ned picked out with his fingers, the sand and That evening, after a supper of cold bear m eat, earth passing out through the meshes of the sieve, when Ned had told him about the big black bear and but the flakes of gold, the dust and I).uggets, owing the wonderful luck they had in the gully, the Un- to their greater specific gravity, sank into the groove known got him outside with Dick. which was below the level of the sieve. "I'm gfad you took my hint and didn't do much Then when the rocking was finished, quite a little talking to Trueman," he said. "Ned, I don't trust that man." deposit was found mixed with some sand and such stone as would not pass through the sieve. "Why, what's the matter? He seems to tell a. "That's a good showing," said Edith, "we can't straight enough story," replied Ned. l b I ft "Do you think so?" expect anyt ung etter at t le rst try. Certainly not," replied Ned. "Now we'll try a "Yes." rocker full of the side showing sand. If that turns "Well, so did I at first. I believed him, but I don't out as I think it will, there will be no cause to comnow." plain." Hello You know something you have not The sand was then heaped into the rocker, and the told." washing began. "Well, I do." That the result was bound to be something start"What?" ling was soon apparent, the nuggets could be seen "Call me stupid, if you like, but I followed that settling down into the bottom of the rocker. trail when I ought never to have done it. I don't be" We've hit it!" cried Young Klondike, as the last lieve it was the trail of the thief at all." of the water ran off and showed the groove with flake gold and nuggets all along its line. "Look there, Edith Anything the matter with that? I tell you, it's going to pay to work the Man in the Moon CHAPTER VII. HOW YOUNG KLONDIKE'S BIG BLACK BEAR SAVED THE CAMP. It was just at dusk when the Unknown came in with Nat Trueman. I You say thief, could one man take all our stuff ?" "That's just it. Trueman's theory was that he hid some of it but a short distance from the hut and packed the rest off, and I was willing to test it. My opinion is now that the trail I followed through the mud and over the rocks was an Indian's trail, and that Trueman knows the Indian well." "ln other words that Trueman is a fraud, and stole the provisions himself." "Yes." \ "But what possible motive could he have for BA.NDSOlVIE BABBY."


16 YOUN G KLONDIKE'S BIG B LACK BEAR. doing so? us?" Wouldn't it pay him better to stick to "Don't know. Time will show. We want to keep a sharp lookout, though. I claim to be a pretty good reader of character, and by the Jumping Jeremiah I don't trust that man." "Very well," said Ned; "now I'll tell you just what we'll do, and that will be to go right on exactly as though nothing had happened. We can support ourselves here for a couple of weeks anyhow, and by that time we shall knowwhere we are at; if worse comes to worse we'll go back to the Young Klondike and return again with men enough to hold the Man in the Moon against all odds." Having made this announcement Young Klondike returned to the hut, and the evening passed pleasantly enough. Certainly no one gave Mr. Trueman the least cause to believe they suspected that all was not right. At nine o'clock all hands turned in but Ned, who announced .that he would go on the watch. Trueman offered to do this himself, but Ned would not hear to it, so after Edith had retired to the loft overhead, the owner of the Man in the Moon lay down in one of the bunks, Dick and the Unknown fol lowing his example, while Ned seated himself before the fire to keep watch until midnight, when it was arranged that the detective should be called. Did we mention tha. t Trueman produced quite a quantity of canned goods from a secret closet in geniously constructed in the loft? If not, we call attention to it now, and will also state that nothing had been seen of Young Klondike's big black bear after they returned from the gully. Dick felt quite certain that the animal had run .away and would appear no more in camp. How entirely mistaken Dick was in this will soon be shown. It was dull work sitting there by the fire listening to the Unknown snore. Ned tried to read, but it made him sleepy. Then he got up and for an hour paced up and down in front of the hut, but toward midnight it began to grow cold and he returned inside. When he entered he glanced casually at the bunks, and saw that his three companions were apparently sleeping peacefully. Trueman had just pulled the blankets over him and covered his head with his big felt hat, saying that this was the way he always slept. The hat was there on the pillow when Ned looked and he never once thought of making a closer exam ination. In fact, after a few moments, he did not think about much of anything, for he dozed off in his chair. when he awoke it was with a start. Tb.ere was a curious scratching sound at the door. He sprang up and listened "That's Jack," he thought. "I'll bet o n it! Strange that he shoul d come back here again when Truema. n declares that he knows nothing about the beast, and never saw him around the camp before For a moment he stood listening, the scratching having ceased. Then it began again and Ned opened the door There, sure enough, was the big black bear. He gave Ned a look of peculiar intelligence, and be gan wagging his head from side to side "Hello, Jack! What brought you back here?" exclaimed Young Klondi'ke, holding out his hand. Jack immediately sto od up and presented his paw in the m ost appro ved style. Hungry?" asked Ned. Jack wagged his head. Among the canned goods which Trueman had pro duced were several boxes of honey. Ned remembered that bears were fond of honey, and he went to fetch one of these. When he came back, Jack was at the bunk smelling around the Unknown, attracted there, perhaps, by the detective's loud snores. Ned called him, and he came right over to where he stood, just like a dog. Ned put the box of honey down on the hearth, and Jack soon demolished it; but he had not come for this, and as soon as he finished the honey he shuffled over to where Dick lay, and looked into the bunk, and then went on to where Trueman was supposed t o be lying, "supposed to be," we say, for all at once Ned saw Jack seize the hat in his teeth and begin shaking it, and then to his utter amazement he perceived that there was no head beneath. Trueman was not in the bunk, but a biglog of wood was there under the blankets, and all this time Young Klondike had been deceived into thinking that it was a man. "Heavens This has come about while I was asleep!" murmured Ned, throwing aside the blankets. "He's _sneaked out and put this thing into the bunk to deceive me! Good for you, Jack You shall have another box of honey for this !" Jack got his honey, and Young K l ondike awakened the Unknown and frankly confessed that he had gon e to sleep on his post, telling him just what had oc curred. "The ungrateful scoundrel I" cried the detective. "Wha't did I tell you ? There's something cro oked here. He means to sneak back again andlook at the bear, Ned! Look at the bear!" Jack was over by the door, and now he suddenly rose on his hind legs and began fumbling with the latch. Before they could get to him the door swung open and Mr. Jack ran out. Now of course this was very bad in Young Klondike-altogether out of order. He would have been vexed enough with the Unknown if he had caught Ned and the Unknown h urried after him, but Jack ran up on the rocks behind the hut. When he had twenty minutes, and ascended about fifty feet he turned and looked back; him at it. Probably Ned did not sleep "HANDSOME HARBY." 1 1


YOUNG K LONDI K E'S BIG BLACK B E A R. -17 then he came back a little way; then he went forwa .rd down upon the table, "you are making a big mistake. again, and then back once more. To capture either Young Klondikt. himself and hold "He wants us to follow him, that's what he's up him for ransom, or to capture the girl and expect to," declared the Unknown. "I tell you, Ned, that Young Klondike to pay through the nose to get her bear is no fool." back again won't work at all. These schemes have Be that as it might, it did almost seem as if Jack been tried by others apd they've always failed. understood what was being said, for he immediately What you want to do is to wait till he has developed ran off along the ledge and disappeared around the the Man in the Moon, and taken out a lot of gold. bend in the rocks, acting altogether just as an intel-Then we'll pounce down upon them and scoop in the ligent dog might have doni:i. pot. They all have the utmost confidence in me and I/,' "We want to go after him," said the Unknown. I shall remain with them. You may depend upon "There's something in this, sure." my reporting promptly when the time comes to make "And leave the hut unguarded?" a move." "I'll wake up Dick.'-' "The scoundrel!" thought Ned. "This is the sort "No; Dick is tired out. I want him to sleep. You of trap we have walked into. Good for you, Jack! stay here-I'll go. You have saved the camp!" To this the Unknown agreed rather grumblingly, Eagerly he listened for Dutch Heinrich's answer. and Ned hurriedly climbed the rocks to the place where It was slow in coming. he had last seen the bear. The big claim jumper, for that was Heinrich's true When he reached it he found there was a narrow I character, proceeded to fill his pipe, and then deliber break in the ledge just around the bend where Jack ately pouring out a glass of whisky took a drink. had disappeared. "It don't vos schust de vay I see it," he replied. It was certain that the bea r must have gone "From what you tell me, Young Klondike has located through this break, for there was no other way in a good lead on the Man in the Moon already yet. which he could have gone, and it was quite impossible Vell, den we vork dat ourselves some day, but now for him to ascend any higher. we schust go do,Yn and capture dis poy himself, and Ned unslung his rifle and crept on, coming in a mo-run him up into the mountains. Vat, vill dey not pay ment into the open and this much to his surprise, for big money to get him free? Oh, yah I tink yes." he had thought that the hills were solid here, but in"Dutch, you're a fool!" cried Trueman, angrily. stead he saw that he was at the entrance to an old "You can't see beyond the length of your nose." volcanic crater. An extensive hollow surrounded by "Who says dat ?" steep cliffs on all sides lay before him, and away off "I say it." in the distance he saw a light. "Hein! I Yas a fool, va. s I? Den very vell. I go Jack was no longer visible; he had taken himself anyhow, ,und I go now! Ve vill capture Young Klonoff somewhere, but he had done his work. dike dis very night. Here, vake up dere You vas Ned's eyes becoming accustomed to the gloom, he wanted. Come boys! Come boys! Business right could now distmguish a small hut in the distance. It I now." stood alone in the middle of hollow about a hun"You'll be sorry for this, Dutch !" cried Trueman, dred yards away. pounding the table. "I say it shan't be! Let me go "By all wonderful! My black bear has back and carry out my plan!" done something for me!" muttered Ned. "I didn't "I say it shall be!" retorted Heinrich, with equal know I had neighbors, but I want to find out who emphasis, as the men aroused tumbled out of the they are right away." bunks. He stole across the intervening space and apNed waited to hear no more. proached the hut. Of course, anyone could see that it was time to be The door was shut, but there was a window along-going, and he ran across the open space as fast as j4 side of it, and in that window was a broken pane, so his legs could carry him. Young Klondike not only had the chance to see all I When he reachP.d the break in the ledge, he turned that was going on inside, but to hear as well, and and looked back to the hut. l very useful it proved, for when he looked in he saw Dutch Heinrich and the others were just coming Dutch Heinrich sitting on one side of a table and the out. Each man carried his rifle, and altogether it Man in the Moon on the other. There was a whisky looked hke business, and very serious business it unbottle and two glasses between them; they had been questionably would have been, but for Young Klon clrinking and were now talking. Ornr on the other dike's big black bear . side of the hut was a tier of bunks, four altogether, \ and three of them were occupied. c HA p TE R VI I I. This was Young Klondike's discovery and it was all due to Jack. We need scarcely add that Ned lis-THE BIG STRIKE. tened with all attention to what Trueman was saying "HELLO, Young Klondike! By the Jumping Jerea.t that moment. niiah, you are running as though Satan himself was "I tell you, Dutch," he remarked, bringing his fist close at your heels !" "HANDSOME HARRY."


18 Y O U N G KLONDI K E'S BIG B L A C K BEAR It was the Unknown who spoke. to the whole business. You better have let me go Ned had run into him just as he was turning out of back as I proposed." the narrow passage upon the ledges. "Now," whispered Dick, for the fhe men had just The detective carried his rifle ready for business, come into view. and Dick and Edith were with him. All hands lowered their rifles and blazed away down Ned stopped short, panting for breath. into the break. "What in the world brouglit you all up here ?" he The men stopped, Trueman uttering a sharp cry. gasped. "Oh, I'm shot, I'm shot !" he shouted. "I told "Came to look after you," said Dick. "Zed woke you so They've done for me !" me up and I just wouldn't hear to hanging back. \ But evidently it was not as bad as this, for True-Where's the bear?" man turned and made off at full speed. "I don't know where the bear is, but I've located Dutch Heinrich and the others followed him, and Trueman all right." seeing that their work was finished for the present, "Hello! And he's a fraud just as I said he was,'' Young Klondike led the way down on to the ledges cxelaimed the Unknown. and they started back for the hut. "That's what! You made no mistake. He's com "I wonder who's shot did that?" asked Edith. "I ing down upon us now with Dutch Heinrich and three know it wasn't mine." men-they mean to attack the hut." "Nor mine," added Ned. "I'm half sorry it hap" By the Jumping Jeremiah! We must hea. d them pen eel, too. I'm didn't want bloodshed. Dick, arc off on that, then, and I think I see a way." you responsible for this?" "What! How?" askeclEdith. "Don'tletushave "I'm positivesureit wasn't me," said Dick. "I any fighting if there is any possible way to avoid it." can swear to it." "See that big bowlder up there on the ledge?" "That boils it down to me,'' said the Unknown, "Yes." "and by the Jumping Jeremiah, I'm bound to admit "Well, then, all we've got to do is to tumble it that I'm the guilty man. I fired at the scoundrel's down into this break and the job is accomplished. H legs and I believe I fetched his shins, too, but, ye gods will block the way completely. Get out of that hol-and little fishes, I couldn't have hurt him much. low they may, and very likely will, but they'll not do Didn't you see the wa. y he ran?" it before daylight, of that I am sure." "I think it can be done," said Ned. "Anyhow, OC course there was no more sleep that night, but all hands could have turned in and rested in peace with let's try it." perfect safety, for there was no further alarm. They scrambled up upon the ledge to the projecting Morning dawned clear and rather cold. Edith and shelf upon which the bowlder rested. Dick broiled bear steaks and warmed up some canned It was a tremendous big rock, but it hung half over tomatoes, so they made out a fairly good breakfast. the edge of the shelf, and the Unknown was quite After it was eatenNed announced that he proposed right in thinking that their united strength would be to go right to work on the claim just as though nothsufficient to tumble it down. ing had occurred. They all th:r:__ew their weight against it, and down went the big bowlder, crashing into the break, w11iich it blocked up completely. "I don't believe there will be any further trouble," he said, "and if thereiswecan fight them off. We've let Dutch Heinrich kow pretty plainly that we are up and dressed, and it is my opinion that he will let us alone after this. To get up to the sheH from the other side Ned saw would be quite impossible, for the rocks rose perpendicularly. He could not see into the hollow, though, and, of course, it was impossible to see Dutch Hein"What's the programme?" asked Dick. "More rich and his gang. digging in the gully?" "Could we do better? We've taken out at least a "Let's wait here and give them one dose," sug-gested Dick "Not that we want to do any killing, thousand dollars' worth of gold so far. I call thM of course, but we can easy give them a big scare." good enough." Young Klondike made no objection, so they all "It's all right, but I thought you were going to crouched down on the rock and waited. sink a shaft where your bear scraped up the It was on l y a few moments before they could hear ground?" the voices in the hollow below-. J "So I am. We'll start our first fire going there, "What the blazes was it?" Trueman was saying. too, but don't you see, Dick, it's only about twenty "An earthquake? Hang me, if I don't think so. It fee t in from the gully to that point; we can be driftwould be a bad job if the passage was blocked up ing in while the fire is burning. If th':l lead holds "Come on Come on!" Dutch Heinrich was growl-we can begin sinking as soon as we get the frost ing. burned out, and anyway, I should think you and I Evidently Trueman liked to hear himself talk, for could dig in twenty feet in two days, not to make a he kept right on. regular tunnel big enough to stand up in work "They'll be waked up by this, sure,'' he continued. to advantage of course, but just scoop out a1 hole so "They'll find the log of wood in the bunk and tumble I as to show what we may expect." "HANDSOME BARRY."


YOUNG KLONDIKE' S BIG BLACK BEAR. 1 9 "It will be hard working unless we can stand up to l Young Klondike was immensely elated. it, Ned." It was now almost certain that the Man in the "So hard that I don't propose to have anything to I Moon was going to prove a very rich mine. do with it," broke in the Unknown, who was listenBefore Edith had quite got the dinner ready the ing to this conversation. "I reckon I'll go on a Unknown came down into the gully. prospecting tour on my own account." He came sauntering along whistling a tune, with "Which means that you intend to climb up on the his tall hat tipped back on his head as unconcerned hills and see what's become of Dutch ,Heinrich's as if he had simply been taking a stroll instead of gang." laughed Ned. "Oh, I know your game." hunting up one of the worst toughs in French Gulch. "Well, andwhat'sthematteywiththat? What's "What luck?" he called. "What luck, Young the use of having a detective along with you if he Klondike? Ye gods and li ttlc fishes, don't keep me don't attend to his business? The enemy is hovering in suspense, but just tell it right out." around us, and by the Jumping Jeremiah, we want "Immense!" answered Ned; "what luck did you to know where he is at!" have? See anything of the enemy?" Ned laughed. "You might just as well go," he "Indeed I did not, but I saw your big black bear." said, "for you won't do any work anyhow. Look out "Hello! Where?" for yourself, though." "Away up on top of the cliffs where I couldn't get "Yes, and for you, too, and don't you forget it, at him. He sent his love to you and told me to say Young Klondike. It's well that you have a protect-that he would call around again some of these da.ys." or. Under the circumstances anyone else would "By gracious, I shall be g'lad to see old Jack skip down French Gulch in a hurry instead of staying J whenever he takes it into his head to give me a here mussing with the Man in the Moon." call," replied Ned. "But are you sure it was the At half past nine work began at t be gully. same bear?" Edith came down to help, as by this time the Unlike him I wouldn't want to swear to it, known had taken his departure and the boys did not though." care to have her remain alone at the hut. "I thought not. But about the enemy-how far The first thing done was to gather all the dry wood did you get ?" they could find, and fortunately there happened to be "Why, I got clear to tliJ.e hut, dear boy. I found a plenty of in the cedar grove. way of getting down into the hollow, and I reckon This was piled up over the ground where the bear Dutch Heinrich and your friend Trueman must have had scratched and the fire started, and a number of found a way of getting out of it, for they were cer green cedars were cut down and thrown on the blaze tainly not there." These made a good hot fire which burned slowly, "I hope they have taken themselves off together," and before they had finished their work the water said Edith. "I don't want any trouble, but what are was running away from the pile. you going to do about paying this man, Ned, in case I don't believe the frost lies very deep here," dewe make. a big strike? You will hardly know how clared Ned. "The gully must have been filled more to trade with him after what has occured than onceduringthe spring rains, and all this ground "Hold on!" cried the Unknown, "before Young overflowed." Klondike answers that question let me say a word. "My idea exactly," said Dick, "for there wasn't a How do you know that we ever laid eyes on Mr. Nat trace of it in the sides of the gully, but we shall soon Trueman, the owner of the Man in the Moon ?" know when we begin our drift. "The very thing I was thinking about!" exclaimed I t was eleven o'clock before they were ready to Dick.' start in on that part of the work. Ned marked out a "Of course, I don't know," said Ned. "To be sure space about four feet high and went at it with his pick-this man came to us calling himself Trueman, but, ax. after what I overheard at the hut I am quite willing Dick shoveled the dislodged earth back into the to believe that the real owner of the Man in the Moon gully, and Edith, who could do nothing to help at and I are strangers and that I have never met Nat that stage of the game, amused herself by washing Trueman at all." out a few pans to see what it was like. "Exactly," said the Unknown. "I believe you "Why, this sand is just full of nuggets," she have said it. That fellow, in my humble judgment, soon reported. "I never saw anything so rich is simply one of Dutch Heinrich's gang." "Keep at it," cried Ned "You may make your While they ate dinner this matter was discussed fortune before we get in under the place where the further, and all were willing to admit that the Unshaft is going to be." known was probably right. This was putting it too strong, of course, but be -Immediately after dinner work was resumed on the fore one o'clock when they knocked off for dinner it tunnel and kept up until dark. was a fact that Edith had nuggets which weighed The Unknown now took a hand in, for a third per-up to five hundred dollars value to show, and this son was greatly needed to help Dick till the earth. just with an ordinary pan and scarcely any exerDick shoveled it on as far as he conveniently could, tion. and the Unknown then took it and tossed it into the "HANDSOME HABBY."


20 YOUNG KLONDIKE 'S BIG BLACK BEAR. gully, where Edith kept on with her profitable panI Ned was working while he talked, and at this moment ning, realizing upward of three hundred dollars for having sti uck his pick into the sand he pried it out, her afternoon's work. and with it came a great mass of earth, more than When darkness came at last, Ned had driven his he had intended, almost burying him with Dick to the drift in for a good eight feet. knees. That ended the work for the day, and a quiet even"Look! Look!" cried Dick. "What's that? A ing followed. as true as I live! Oh, Ned, you have made Nothing occurred during the night either; there a big strike again!" was no sign of Dutch Heinrich or of Young Klon-It was even so Once more Young Klondike's dike's big black bear. wonderful luck stood \Jy him. Next morning all hands went to work on the tunnel It was no baby nugget which had been unearthed. again, and when night overtook them they had passed This one must have weighed fifty pounds at least. in eighteen feet. Nor was this all. Hastily striking a match, Ned This left only two feet to go to reach the place flashed it over the sand. where the bear had scratched. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, we've struck it rich!" "It's all right; that bear was a mascot for fair," shouted the Unknown. "N Nuggets every declared the Unknown, leaning on his shovel just where!" about the time it began to grow dark. "He's done And so there were. Big and little, the sand was a big thing for you, Young Klondike, no one can deny full of them. that." 1Young Klondike had madea big strike in the Man "It isn't proved yet," said Ned. "Confound it in the Moon. all! We shall have to quit work before we have cov-ered the whole distance. That's too bad." "What's the matter with working by lantern light for once ?" asked Dick. "We might, I suppose. Where's Edith? Gone up to the hut?" "To look after the 'supper," said the Unknown. "Have you decided the question of the lanterns?" "Yes, we'll try it." "All right. I'll get them ; are you all through talking now?" "I suppose so. What's the matter? What are you driving at?" "I want recognition-that's all." "Hello What's the matter with you now, Zed?" "A good deal. By the Jumping Jeremiah, I tried to get off a joke and nobody paid the least attention to me-it was nipped in the bud, so to speak." "Time! Stop all work and listen to the Un known's joke!" cried Ned, good-humoredly. "You don't have to," chuckled the detective. "My joke is about work. Keep right on." "Out with it. The wheels of commerce-I mean of mining-are blocked. Let's have that celebrated joke." / "It isn't celebrated yet. It may be after it is cracked, though." "Go on! Give it to us!" said Dick. "We are wasting precious time." "Well, then, here goes. I said that the big, black bear had been a mascot to Young Klondike." "What in the name of sense!" cried Ned. ''Where's the joke in that?" "Just what I wanted you to ask me before, but you wouldn't. The joke is that he has made me work two full days at mining. Ha, ha, ha!" "Bother Get on and bring the lanterns," said Ned. 'Tis a joke, though, to see you work at mining. It will be a bigger one if--" But Young Klondike's joke never materialized. CHAPTER IX. JACK CALLS AGAIN AND MR. TRUEMAN TAKES A TUMBLE WHICH LEADS TO UNPLEASANT RESULTS. "THERE'S a fortune here, Ned." "That's what there is, Dick." "Ye gods and little fishes! Why, there's two for tunes!" cried the Unknown. "How much do you suppose that big nugget will pan out?" "Impossible to say," replied Ned. "It is so mixed with dirt and disintegrated quartz that I wouldn't attempt to calculate, but for a guess I should say twenty-five thousand dollars would be a low esti mate." "Yes, and thirty thousand would be low. When I was hunting for my man among the gold diggings near Tomsk in Siberia, in '77, I saw a nugget--" "Oh, bother the gold diggings of Tomsk !" cried Ned. "Will you get the lanterns or shall I go for them myself ?" "You can go if you want to,) chuckled the Un known, "but I'm gone already," and hurrying out of the drift, the detective went up to the hut to carry the good news to Edith, and soon returned with the lanterns for the boys. Edith followed him down, and all thought of supper was abandoned until later. Young Klondike kept right at work until six o'clock demonstrating that his theory was entirely correct. This was not the lowest point of the gold sheet, but here lay a deposit which proved the great richness of the Man in the Moon. The two feet were covered, and the sand grew rather richer than otherwise. By the vigorous use of his pick Ned drove a small hole ,down about four feet below the bottom line of his drift. '' HANDSOME HARRY."


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S BIG BLACK BEAR. 21 The rich deposit held its own. The sand was I'm going. Get me my rifle-all get your rifles! crammed full of nuggets. Wherever this bear wants to lead me to-night I go." To all appearances there would be very little It really did seem as if Jack understood, for he trouble in cleaning up two or three hundred thou-immediately let go of Ned's coat and began scratch sand dollars in the Man in the Moon in a few weeks' ing at the door. time. No time was lost in getting the rifles, for all were "I'm ready to buy here," declared Young Klon-very curious to see where this adventure would end. dike, when they all sat down to supper about seven As soon as be got outside Jack started off with a o'clock. "Now let Trueman show up and prove shuffling gait, but covering the ground rapidly, just his ownership, and I'm ready with my ten thou-the same. sand dollars. I wish he would come right now." Indeed it was impossible to keep up with him, and As though in answer to Young Klondike's wish at if it had not been a bright moonlight night it is that very moment tbere was a curious sound at the doubtful if they could have kept the bear in view. door. He did not run up on the rocks as before, but kept It was not exacUy a knock, more of a loud scratch along up the gulch for fully a quarter of a mile. Then ing. suddenly turning he began to scramble up the cliffs, "It's Jack!" exdaimed Ned, recognizing the sound I following a steep ascent where the rocks_ we:e very mstantly. "My big b

22 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S BIG BLACK BEAR. Then Ned walked back over .the rocks toward the edge of the crater and disappeared from view. The Unknown pressed on, Edith and Dick keeping close behind him, when all at once they were startled by hearing a loud shout, followed by two shots in quick succession. "I've got him! I've got him !" cried a voice. "Lend me a hand here Quick! Quick!" Then following close upon these cries came a re sounding crash, and the cliffs seemed to tremble. A successiun of startling sounds follo\ved. Great rocks seemed to be tumbling down the cliffs on the other side of the ridge. Wild shouts mingled with the sounds for an instant, and then all was still. Something tremendous had happened, and the Un known pushed on to the top with all speed, fully prepared for the worst. When he scrambled up upon the level at last, there was no one to be seen, and the first object which met his gaze was Young Klondike's big black bear. There was Jack shuffling up and down along the edge of the cliffs which overhung the crater, whining and growling. He seemed afraid to go down, and paid no attention when the Unknown called to him: "What is it? Oh, what is it, Zed?" called Dick and Edith from below. "The boy has gone There's nobody here but the bear!" cried the detective. Then suddenly he added : "By the Jumping Jeremiah, there goes the bear, t oo!" Jack had suddenly made up his mind to try it. Lowering himself head first over the edge of the cliffs he disappeared. Of course something very seriou<> had happened to Young Klondike. Ned never would have deserted his friends. Leaving the Unknown and the others to speculate upon the strange occurrence i let us return to the moment when Ned walked oYer to the cliffs on the other side of the ridge which had a width of perhaps twenty five feet There were many loose bowlders scattered about o n the ridge, and some of them were of pretty good size. Plenty of chance for Jack to hide himself here," he muttered. "I'll take a look among those rocks." Ned's shot took the outlaw in the arm, and it is a wonder that Dutch Heinrich was able to return it. The instant he had done so he jumped back among the rocks and disappeared. But Ned had no notion of letting him go so easy. He saw the blood on the rocks and knew that the shot must have told His aim had been for Dutch Hein rich's left arm, and as a matter of fact he hit it. The villain got himself out of the way as quick as possible; jumping back among the bowlders he dis appeared. "He's alone," thought Ned. I've winged him just as I intended to do. I can capture him too if I try." He sprang in among the b o wlders drawing his re volver in case of close work, when allat once the man he had known as Nat Trueman rose up before him, and making a rush got Young Klondike by the throat, at the same time giving those cries for his friends to help which reached the ears of Dick, Edith and the Unknown. Ned fought like a tiger. He felt that his was a gone case unless he could succeed in shaking off that terrible grip. Evidentl y Mr. Trueman had not been very badly injured by the Unknown, for he held on grimly, fighting for all he was worth and at the same time trying to keep back from the edge of the cliffs. I What the result might have been under ordinary circumstances it is hard to say, for it was the extraordinary that occurred. With a mighty effort Young Klondike disengaged those terrible fingers from about his neck and threw the man from him No use! Trueman caught him again, this time around the waist. Once mo r e Ned pushed him away, and this time Trueman, in his effort to stop himself, made a misstep and went t u mbling over the edge of the cliffs with a startled yell. In his effort to save himself he clutched at the rocks, but they were disintegrated and broken and gave way beneath his grasp, and then all at once a sharp, cracking sound was heard-a noise like thunder-and down went a large section of rock at the edge of the cliffs taking s o me of t h e big b o wlders with it, and Yo ung Klondike went with the rocks H e never reached them. What caused the break is more than we can say. When almost up to where they lay, a man suddenly Probably the rocks had been broken before, and it stepped out from behind the biggest and leveled a rifle only needed the jar which was given to them by the at Ned, exclaiming: "surrender, Young Klondike! struggle to complete the work. I've got you now!" Down went, carrying poor Ned with them. It was Dutch Heinrich. Why he was not killed outright is almost unexplain -He spoke in a comparatively low voice, and his able, but good luck was with the boy and be fell clear words did not carry to Young Klondike's friends on of the rocks, and before he had time to fully realize the side of the cliff. what had happened found himself lodged in the But they heard Ned's startled exclamation and the I branches of a stunted cedar tree which grew on the shots which followed, for Ned instantly fired, and so 1 side of the cliffs. did Dutch Heinrich in return. I The instant the crash came Dutch Heinrich ap"HANDSOME BARRY."


YOUNG KLONDIKE"S BIG BLACK BEAR. 23 from among the bowlders further along the I rich's gang, and they've h e ld me a prisone r here ridge. ever since, why, I'm sure I c a n t imag ine. The Man He seemed terribly frightened. With one fearful I in the Moon is ,worthles s, and I've nothing tha t glance over the edge of the precipice he took to his these scoundrels could want to steal." heels, and running at full speed along the ridge dis"I know why well enough!" cried Ned. "It was appeared among the bowlders further on. to get you out of the way so the y could work their And there was Young Klondike in the tree, nothurt game on m e If you know any way out of this cave, a bit, but terribly shaken up as may well be imagined. Mr. Trueman, show it to me. I can protect you and He held on for dear life, half expecting that the tree I will. I have friends up on the ridge and they will itself would give way and let him down, for it swayed I help us. We m a y need them, for Dutch Heinrich terribly; its roots had been partly dislodged by a big is there, too." bowlder which struck it on the way down. And in a few brief sente nc e s N ed went on to tell Yes, the tree was falling. Ned realized it and made what. had occurred. a jump for a narrow shelf on the side of the cliffs, J "Tha t man who personate d m e is one of the which he had no more than gained when the tree went gang!" excl a imed Mr. True m a n. "He's as big a down with a crash. J scoundrel as Dutch Heinrich hims e lf. Of course there Here he just crouched down and held on to himself is a way out of this cave. It h a s tvvo op e nings, one fpr dear life. Everything was swimming about him. above near the top of the ridge and one lower down His head was all in a whirl and the only wonder was into the outer cave, the way you came. Follow me, he did not topple over and go down into the crater Young Klondike, we shall be on the ridge in a mofrom sheer n e rvousness, but calmness came at last, m ent. I wish you were armed, though. These m e n and looking up he perceived that he was at the mouth are a desperately bad set and a .re almost sure to atof a cave which opened off in under the cliffs. tack us. But come this way, we'll d

24 YOUNG KLONDIKE S B I G BLA C K HEAR has been a landslip here; I'm afraid Ned has gone down with it. By the Jumping Jeremiah, I hate to say it, but it looks very much that way." "Don't say it, then !" exclaimed Dick. "For Heaven's sake don't even suggest such a thing. Something has happened, of course, but until the last gasp I'm going to believe that Ned has been able to take care of himself the same as he has always done." Edith shuddered and said nothing, but she feared the worst. "The bear!" exclaimed the Unknown, after a mo ment. "What became of the bear?" "Confound the bear!" cried Dick. "I wish we'd never seen him For some mysterious reason he seems to know just enough to lead us into trouble and-hello! I hear him now !" "So do I!" cried the Unknown. "Where can he be? He went over the cliff, but I can't see him. I shall break my neck if I lean over any further than this." Indeed the Unknown was leaning over quite as far as was safe already, but he could see nothing of bruin, although they could all distinctly hear him growling and whining down there under the cliffs. "The beast has managed to crawl down on to some shelf on the rocks there," declared the detective, ly ing down fiat and leaning over in a most horribly dan gerous fashion "Yes, I can see him. He's there! I can just see his tail." "Call to him !" said Edith. Before the words ha.a left her lips a voice was heard under the cliffs, calling : "Jack! Jack! Hello, Jack!" "Ned!" shouted Dick. "Hooray, what did I tell you? He's alive!" "Perfectly well!" came the a11swer. "Who is there with you, Dick? All hands ?" "Yes, yes! Where are you ?" "In a cave. Where's Jack?" He's just come up here It was through him we got on to you. Can't you come out and show yourself?" Can't do it. The way is blocked by a big rock. One of you will have to get down here and put it out of the way." Dick was in despair. "How are we going to do it?" he shouted. "It's a good twenty feet down to where we first saw the bear, and as steep as the side of a house." ''Yes, and the chances are you couldn't move the rock if you were down here," Ned's voice answered. "We shall have to do it ourselves." "Is there anyone wit.h you, then?" "Yes; Mr. Trueman. Here goes! We are going to make a big try for it. Wait!" "That man again!" exclaimed the Unknown. "There is trouble wherever be is. I don't like this for--Ye gods and little fishes, what now ?" Suddenly there was a fearful crash, and all saw a big bowlder go tumbling down into the valley. It had fallen with the landslip, and lodging on the rocky shelf off from which the upper entrance to the cave opened, had completely blocked the way. But now that it was gone poor Ned and Mr. True man were but little better off. Ned came out on the shelf, and by holding on to his companion was just able to show himself to them, but that was all. The face of the cliff had been completely changed by the landslip. Where before the ascent would have been easy enough it was now quite impossible for any thing but a bear. It was Young Klondike's voice fast enough, for in deed, the Unknown bad not had time to say a word. "Hello, there, Ned! Hello! Hello!" he shouted "We can never get up there," declared Ned, after now. "Where are you? Speak Ye gods and little he had explained what had happened. "There's just fishes! If you are alive say so and relieve our one thing to do, and that is to get a rope." minds!" "I'll go!" cried the detective. "Confound that "H 11 z d H 11 ,,, th N d' bear! He'll tear the coa t off my back, but I don't e o, e e o came e answer. e s . . want to kick him or he might take the not10n to tear voice had a muffied sound, and seemed to come from I th h d ff h ld h 1 1 b ,, under round. e ea o my s ou ers, w 1c 1 wou a e worse. g ''Is Jack there?'' shouted Ned. ''Is the Unknown Before could reply he saw the bear's talking about Jack?" head come mto under rocks. "Yes, yes !" cried Dick. "Don't worry; we are Jack was commg up_ In some mysterious going to do something to help you right away." way he managed to twist himself so that he could get "Then what Jack wants is to have some one of rou his forepaws against the cliffs, and up he came, pulling 1 follow him. Do it. Ten to one he knows himself from one projection to another, until he gained into the cave !" y the top of, the ridge, where he began whining at the "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I wouldn't wonder if Unknowns feet. he was right!" exclaimed the Unknown. "Lead on, "Was there ever such a wonderful bear!" cried Jack; I'm with you, my boy. Ye gods and little Dick. "He knows it all, and would tell if be only fishes, you shall have a barrel of honey if you'll only could He wants you to go down there, that's what. get us out of ths isnap." Hark Ned is calling Something must be done!" "Don't promise my mascot impossibilities !" cried Dick ran to the edge of the cliffs and leaned over as Ned. "Just follow him. He knows what hp is far as he dared. about every time." "Ned! Ned!" he shouted. "Hello, down there! And indeed it looked very much that way. Jack Can you hear what I say?" went down o n the shelf because he had been there HANDSOME BARRY."


YOUNG BIG B a c:l BEi R . 25 before, and believed that he could get into the cave that way. When he found that he couldn't, ,he went upon the ridge again and now he went shuffling off among the bowlders looking back from time to time at the Un known, who kept close behind him. Decidedly there never was so intelligent a bear as Jack. Edith remained to talk to Ned and tell him what going on, but Dick and the Unknown kept close behind the bear. All at once Jack disappeared between two big bowlders, and when they came up to the place there was a narrow opening leading down into the ledge; a mere hole, but into it the bear had undoubtedly gone. "There you are!" cried Dick. "This is what comes of following Jack." "He's the most remarkable bear ever I heard of!" exclaimed the Unknown. "Does that hole lead down into the cave?" "More than likely." "Then who is to follow him?" You can never get through there in the wide world." "I'm afraid I can't," said the detective, dismally, ''but you might manage to do it, Dick." Dick was ready to make the attempt. Dangerous as it seemed to follow a big black bear into what might pro e to be his den, he did it without the least h esitation. So narrow was the hole that he had to crawl in oJ his hands and knees; it went downward into the ledge on a gradual descent, twisting and turning. Pitch dark it was, of course, and Dick, who was almost smothered, could see nothing of Jack, but he could hear him dragging himself along ahead, until all at once the passage ended and Dick found himself in the cave. He sprang up and shouted to Ned, rece iving an answer instantly. "Where are you?" demanded Dick. "I can't see a thing." "Right here, and so is Jack! Good Jack! We're coming, Dick! We are coming!" shouted Ned. "We've bee n saved by my big black bear!" Another instant and Young Klondike was at Dick's side shaking hands heartily, and Mr. Trueman was in troduced; but when they came to look for Jack he was nowhere to be found. He had shuffled off into the recesses of the cave and disappeared. CHAPTER XI. THE START DOWN THE GULCH WITH THE GOLD. IT was a happy pa.rty which gathered on the ridge a little later. It took time to work up out through the hole, and when this was accomplished and the real Mr. Truem a n introduced and everything explained, all started down the cliffs for the hut. That night Mr. Trueman told his story, bow he had worked on the Man in the Moon single handed and alone for many months, suffering all sorts of persecu-tion from Dutch Heinrich's gang. The man who had personated him he declared was one Phil Avery, a notorious scoundrel who had been run out of Dawson City for crooked work. But the most interesting part of Mr. Trueman's narrative was about Jack. Young Klondike's big black bear it seemed belonged to him. He had taken the animal as a cub and trained him like a dog. "He is perfectly tame and very intelligent," said Mr. Trueman. The only thing is you cannot1 keep him tied up. He will go away and be gone for days and then suddenly put in an appearance again. There isri't the least doubt that all Jack's maneuvers were intended to show you where I was hidden. Twice he came to me while I was in the and I tried my b est to make him gnaw the ropes with which I was tie d. I think I should have succeeded the second time, but that fellow Avery put in an appearance and Jack was scared off." "The question now is what to do," said Young Klondike, after Mr. Trueman had finished his story. Here we've been digging gold on your land and without your permission I'd like to do the fair thing, but to tell the truth I'm' stuck on the Ma n in the Moon, as they say, and don't w ant to give it up." "You don't have to," said Mr. Trueman, wearily. "I've had quite enough of it and am willing to sell." "Suppose we buy half just as I proposed to A very ?" "No; buy all or none. I'll sell out cheap." What Chea p knowing of the big strike we have made?" ''Yes; I've had enough of it," said Mr. Trueman. "You had a perfect right to dig under the circumstances, and as you did not work my shafts I do not feel that I have any right to one ounce of the gold, especially as you have saved my life." "Oh, we could never entertain any such proposition as that !" exclaimed Dick. "Never in the world !" declared Young Klondike. "How do you know that I saved your life? You cannot tell." "Yes, I'm sure of it. Dutch Heinrich hates me, and he would have killed me in the end," replied Mr. Trueman. "Make me an offer, gentlemen. Make me an offer and we can soon settle this deal." Ned then held a conversation with Dick, Edith a n d the Unknown, and they agreed upon a plan. "Mr. Trueman," said Young Klondike, calling up the old miner, "we will give you a hundred thousand do llars for the Man in the Moon outright-the whole business-a.nd in addition half of the value of the g ol d we have already dug." "I'll take that o ffer !" exc laimed Trueman. HARBY." ..


.r .. 26 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S BIG BL.A.tK BEAR. =================================================================="But are you satisfied? I want you to be!" said "We don't want to run right into the arms of the Ned, "and so do my partners here." enemy," he declared. "More than satisfied. This will make me indeSo the halt w a s made and the detective with his re-pendent for life, and I shall go right back to the States. vol ver all ready for instant use stole into the hut. You can't close the contract too quick to suit me." Morning was just at hand and Young Klondike's "Consider it settled, then," said Ned. "Now the party stood watching him, concealed in the shadow of only thing tha. t remains for us to do is to get out of the cliffs. this as quick as possible and take what gold we have As the Unknown drew near the hut they suddenly dug with us. When we come up to the Man in the saw him make a bolt mside, and out he came again Moon next time it will be with men enough to hold it dragging a man. against all odds." "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I've got my man at The night passed away while this conversation was last!" he. shouted. "This way! This way! No going on, and at six o'clock Edith had breakfast mistake this time! I got the provisions, too!" all ready. "It's Trueman! I mean Avery!" cried Ned, and There were still several hours of darkness, and these they ran on to the hut to find the fellow in the detectwere spent in making preparations for the start ive's clutches. down the gulch. Now, the Unknown always carried a pair of hand-The gold which had been washed out was now pre-cuffs in readiness for "his man," as he called the pared for packing the five miles down to the other mysterious criminal of whom he was supposed to be hut, where the steam launch had been left. in search, and he had lost no time in snapping the m The big nugget was carefully buried in the gully, about Avery's wrists. of course, itwas impossible to transport that on \ Here he is!" he shouted, jumping about his pris anyone's back unless it was divided, and to this oner. "Ye gods and little fishes, I've got him! I've Young Klondike would not listen. got him You can't kill bis kind Shoot them, Mr. Trueman produced a lot of gunny bags, and blow them up, tumble them off of precivices, do any into these the gold was packed. There was still time of thing you like 'vith them, but they always turn before daylight, and Dick proposed that they shoJld up all right in the end." wash out more gold, but as they had about all they To all this Avery never said a word. He had his could easily carry Young Klondike would not hear to head tied up in rags-it looked as though he bad torn it, and it was decided to start ahead lantern up bis shirt to get them-and there he stood scowling light. first at Young Klondike and then at the Unknown. "Wonder if your double is dead, Mr. Trueman?" "Well, what are you going to do about it?" he remarked the Unknown as they left the hut. growled at last. "You know me now in my true "Well, I am sure 1 don't know, and I'm still more colors; but what are you going to do about it, say?" certain that I don't care,'' replied the old miner. "I don't know as we are obliged to show you our "I've bad enough of the scoundrel and I should hand, neighbor," replied Ned, quietly. "So you es-think that all of you might say the same." caped, did you? I thought you were dead!" "I hardly think it can be possible that he "Dead be blowed My kind is hard to kill. I fell unless he fell into a snowdrift," said Ned.

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