Young Klondike's Indian raid, or, The six days' flight on Copper River


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Young Klondike's Indian raid, or, The six days' flight on Copper River
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T ssue d We ekly-By Sabsc r iption $2.50 p e r y e ar. Ente r e d as S e cond C l ass a t th e New Yo.-k P ost Offic e by Frank T ouse y No. 27. NEW YORI{, FEBRUARY 22, 1899. Price 5 Cents: "Help I Help!" shouted tJie unknown. "Shoot him, Young Kldndike l Sho-ot him, or rm a goner!" '"Ugh I Ugh!" grunted the Indian. No shoot, white boy I See, Black Rabbit no g_ot gun; paleface show Indian which is.de best man."

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Stories of a Gold Seeker. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 p e r 11ear. Entered as Second Class Matte,. at the New Yo1k. N. Y., Post Office, March 15, 1898. Entered according to Act of Congress in the yea1 1899, in tlie o:Dice of the Lib,.arian of Cong,.ess, 11 ashinoton, D C., by Frank Tousey, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 27. NEW YORK, February 22, 1899. Price 5 Cents YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID; OR, THE SIX DAYS' FIGHT ON COPPER RIVER. BY AUTHOR OF YOUNC KLONDIKE. CHAPTER I. A MESSAGE FROM A DYING MAN. "THAT'S Ned." With this cry, Dick Luckey, Ned Golden's partner, jumped from his seat and opened the door towards which he had for some time been gazing anxiously. "No one there," said Dick, looking down the pas sage. "Yet I thought I heard a step." "Must have been your fancy, .Vick," remarked Edith Welton. "Ned ought to have taken my advice," said the Unknown. "I told him not to go, but he wouldn't listen. He's been gone several hours now, and I don't like the look of things." "You think that letter he received was a decoy, Zed?" inquired Dick. "Likely enough. Maybe some tough gang has got hold of him, and if he escapes with his life it may cost a pile of money." "Let us go and look for him, Zed," said Edith. "Every moment may be important. I'm just as w orried as I can "!:le." "We don't know where to look Hello!" cried the Unknown, springing up. "That's a voice I seem to know. By the Jumping Jeremiah, Ned at last." The door opened and a handsome young man en tered. This was Ned Golden, otherwise known as Young Klondike, whose fame as a successful miner was spread far and wide. The three who had been anxiously waiting for him greeted him warmly, and having closed the door Ned sat down. The four friends were in a room belonging to a hotel at Tanana, a town on the upper part of Caribou creek, near the Gulf of Alaska, to which place they I h_ad come to get stores before starting for Copper river. Almost as soon as they had arrived at Tanana, Ned received a letter asking him to call at a certain house in the town, and he had just been there in an swer to the message. As we have stated Dick Luckey wasNed'spartner. the firm being known as Golden & Luckey. Edith Welton was also a partner. She had made the acquaintance of Ned and Dick under eventful cir cumstances. She had started for Juneau, expecting to meet her father on the Klondike, but the steamer in which she took passage was wrecked on thewayup the coast. Ned and Dick were New York boys on their way from Seattle to the Klondike -at the time. They saved Edith from the wreck, and she accompanied them to Dawson City, findmg on her arrival there that her father hadgoQe to South Africa. Friendless and alone Edith had joined her fortune to Ned and Dick, and the three young people and the Unknown had been together ever since. The Unknown called himself a detective. H e had certain peculiar characteristics which will develop themselves in the course of this story. It is sufficien t here to briefly describe his appearance, for this was entirely out of the usual line. He was short, wore a shabby plug hat, and a pair of big cavalry boots. "Have you got it?" cried Dick, breaking the silence. "I have heard something," answered Ned. "What you expected to hear ?" inquired Dick. "How could I expect to hea r anything, seeing that the letter I received gave me no clew to what was wanted of me. Still, I'm very glad I went."

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r L 2 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. "What did you hear, anyhow?" asked Edith .. "Where'vc you been?" asked the Unknown. "Don't all speak at once,'' said Ned, laughing. "If I us,'' remarked the Unknown; "this gets worse and worse." "And for why?" asked Dick. "Because, dear boy, yours truly and party are going to pass the night where they are. We'll be lucky if we strike Valdes Bay at all." "I think theUnknown's right," said Ned. "It's you'll keep silent I'll tell you what's happened. The message I received was from a woman, and her mes senger took me to her. She had a letter for me, which had been brought to her with the request that she should put it into the hapds of Young Klondike.'' "Who is this woman?" asked the Unknown. "That's a matter of no consequence. She doesn't .come into the story, Zed. With the handing over the letter her part in it is finished." mad-ness to continue any further; besides, we have a "And you have the letter?" asked Dick. "Here it is," replied Ned, holding it up. "Read it! Read it!" cried the Unknown. "That's what I am going to do. Here goes : chance of making a shelter now, for I see a lot of hemlocks growing on the bluff. If we pass them we may not strike any more." "'Then let's get to work at once," cried Dick. "I'm half frozen already." A halt was made and they cut down a large quantity of hemlock branches, and putting some up rights in the snow and laying the branches across "' MisTER :-I'll be mighty glad to see you, for I've them, they soon formed a tolerable sb.elter. It was something to tell you that's worth hearing. You'd not warm, but at least it protected them from the better put everything else aside and come to me at snow and wind, and that was something, and they -0nce. Don't delay, for I'm a very sick man and won't had their mission blankets to do the rest. be alive many days.' It was quite dark now, but this does not mean thal "Th 1 tt ,, dd d y Kl d'k ". d it was night, for it was only the early part of the e e er, a e oung on i e, is signe afternoon. 'Chris Peters.' "The name dQesn't convey much. Never heard of, There is light him before," exclaimed Dick. 1 They sat m their shelter their lanterns ht try-" That shows your memory isn't crood Dick an-mg to keep warm, and watchmg the weather very swered Ned. "Chris Peters us the closely. six o'clock the storm began to Young Klondike mine on El Dorado creek." and a later the dogs were harnessed "A square man!" cried the Unknown. "I recoland the Journey was . lect him well." Im glad to be on the move agam, cried Dick. "Wonder what he has to sa.y ?" mused Edith ,, It's warmer work than sitting still." "Maybe to put you on your of some to "Can't say I agree with you," said the Unknown. kill you," said Dick. wind strikes pretty cool my "Or to get your money suggested the Unknown Your own fault, Zed, for wearmg that ridiculous. "The quickest way to out is. to go and see th; hat," Ned. "You have to pay for your man," said Ned. eccentr1c1t1es. "You intend to go ?" asked the unknown. dear boy, have you any idea where our friend "Sure, and at once, too. The man's evidently Chris lives?" dying. He has a secret he wishes to confide to me, "On Valdes Bay," answered Ned, "near Caribou creek." and I should be very foolish to neglect him. We start at once." "Strikes me as rather vague, that direction," re" We shall be buried in the snow if we have to go plied the Unknown; "Valdes Bay is somewhat ex-far," cried Dick. "Where does be ?" tensive and it's not easy to find a house in the dark." "Down on Valdes Bay, p,t the mouth of the creek. "Probably it's the only hut there,: said Ned. I know a storm's pretty well due, but if we hustle, "Keep your eyes open, for we may see a light at any we may get to the man's hut before it breaks." moment." No time was lost now. As it was an imperative your ears open!" cried the Unknown. duty to see Chris Peters, the sooner the journey was "That's mQre to the point. I declare I heard voices, made the better. and Indians at that, unless I greatly mistake." lt was the beginning of winter. Snow covered the "Pshaw! The wind bm:zing in your ears;-Zed." ground, but the rivers were not yet frozen. The "There'snotasound," cried Dick. "The Unknown wind, however, was piercing, and before many miles must have been dreaming." from Tanana had been traveled, Ned and his three "Very well; I was dreaming," said the UnkJown, companions were almost frozen, and the dogs which in an offended tone. "I heard nothing. I'm no good. drew their sled began to show that they also felt the I'm a back number." cold. "Oh, stop that," cried Ned. "Don't work that The snow began to fall now, aind very soon a blizold racket again. Try something new.'' zard was experienced, so that it was almost impos-After walking about a quarter of a mile, the Unsible to make any headway. known broke the silence. "If Chris Peters is dying, he'll go without seeing "It is just possible,'' he said, "that I may have J l

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. 3 been mistaken, for I haven't heard a sound since I l "I can hear every word you say, distinctly," an-spoke. Not a word." swered Ned. "Go on." "There's a light!" cried Dick, suddenly. "Now, boss, to get right down to bed rock at once. "It's a lamp burning in a hut !" exclaimed Edith. I have a secret, and a mighty big one, too." "That must be Chris Peters' hut," said Ned. "Does your partner know it?" "Anyway, we'll stop there and if it's not the place, "He knows nothing, Young Klondike. He's all we'll get some information that will help us to find right in a way, but he's not quite the cuss to tell a the place we're after." thing of this sort to. I dunno bu. t what I might have The hut they were approaching was on a bluff spoken to him if you hadn't come, though. This secret which rose abruptly from the somewhat level ground of mine is worth money, boss, maybe millions, there's that bordered Caribou creek. It was quite impossino telling. Lift me up a bit, I'll breathe better." ble to reach the shanty on any side of it without driv-Edith and Dick raised the sick man, and the Uning the dogs up a steep ascent. known gave him a few more drops from the flask. As N ed urged the dogs on they heard some one "Now, I'm off. Up in the Copper river district I No doubt the lantern they carried had at-was prospecting a month ago, and I made a find near tracted attention. Cedar Gulch. Do you know it, boss?" "That you, Young Klondike?" cried a voice. "I've never been there," said Ned, "but it's about "Yes, who are you?" thirty miles beyond Copper Centre, isn't it?" "Chris Peters." "That's the spot. You keep to. the river," con" We shall be with you in a minute," answered tinued Peters, "and you can't miss the place, for Ned. you'll see a great belt of cedars there, and it's the "I'm glad he's not so sick as we thought," he I first you'll strike after leaving Copper Centre. Say, added, in a low tone. "He can't be, or he wouldn't there was gold at El Dorado creek, wasn't there, be standing at the open door." boss ?" When they reached the hut Chris Peters was lying It was my richest strike." on his bed again. Apparently, the exertion of going The man lo ked earnestly at Ned. to the door had exhausted him, for he lay motionless, "Young Klondike," he said, slowly, "you'll find a breathing with difficulty, and having a face as pale as bag under my head. That's it. Now empty it on that of a corpse. that chest." Too weak to speak, he motioned the party to close the door and to come near him. They drew around the bed, finding seats on boxes. The Unknown produced a flask and poured a few drops from it down the sick man's throat, and the liquid seemed to revive him, for he began to talk. "Glad to see you, boss," he said, addressing him self to Ned. "Guess you don't know me. I'm altered some, they tell me." "You've changed, certainly," said Ned, "but I knew you in a minute." "You'll soon get well, Peters," Edith remarked, "with the care we shall give you." "It's too late, miss. I'm going to pass in my checks this time, for sure," was the reply. I got this com ing across Valdes glacier. Two nights on the ice with nothing to eat and no warm clothes. So the fever struck me, and boys, I'm pretty well gone." "But you ought not to be alone, Peters/' said Ned. "My pard's been looking after me, but he had to go to Tanana with that letter for you, Young Klon dike, and speaking of that letter, brings me to' busi ness. It's not much time I've got left, and so the sooner I begin to talk the better." "Don't hurry. Rest yourself, Peters. You'll find yourself stronger soon," Ned replied, kindly. "No, no, boss, I know how I am. See here, I'll fire right away, and I want you to listen to every word, for it's worth your while, I can tell you. My voice is just a bit shaky, Young Klondike, but that can't be helped." Ned did as he was told, and he was astonished at what he saw, for nothing but nuggets of gold of vari ous sizes rolled out of the bag, at least a thousand dollars' worth. do you think of it, Young Klondike?" asked Peters. "My strike at Cedar Gulch, boys, and just one panful at that." "I can hardly believe it !" cried Ned. "It's as true as gospel, mister. I swear it," said Peters, impressively. "By the Jumping Jeremiah!" exclaimed the Un known. "Think of that gold, Peters, and get better, so as to start with us for Cedar Gulch." CHAPTER II. 'rHE INDIANS ATTACK PETERS' HUT. THE Unknown's effort to rally Peters was not suc cessful. Tli,e man shook his head. "No, no !" he said; "I'll never dig another pick into the ground. My mining days are pretty well over. Now, Young Klondike, I make you a present of this gold on one condition, and I know 'fore I speak that you'll keep it, for you're the whitest man I ever struck." "Tell me what it is, Peters, and rely upon me," an swered Ned. I've a wife, poor woman, and three little ones," said the man, in a broken voice. "They live down in Kansas City, and it's a hard time they'll have when I'm gone. Mister, you won't let them starve, will

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. you? You'll give them some of the gold at Cedar bluff nearer the hut. They were now probabiy about Gulch?" thirty or forty yards away, shouting wildly, and ap" Peters, I give you my word," said Ned, solemnly, parently indulging in a kind of war dance. "that your wife and children shall have your share I "Is it any good trying t_o make terms with them?'" of the gold, whatever it may be. There's my hand said the Unknown. on it." only one thing you can do, mister," an" Thank you, boss, thank you! I'm easy now, for swered Peters. "Give me up and they'll go." I know you never go back on your word, and by gosh As this was out of the question the subject dropped. my wife and children are all right, for the gold's there "It's about time to carry out my plan," said Ned. and you'll get it." "Oli, you have a plan, have you ?" asked Edith. "I will do my best to find the place," said Ned. "I should think so. Hide that light, Dick," Ned "You'll have no trouble. It's between the trees went on, "so that it can't be seen from outside. I and the river." don't wa'nt them to be able to locate the hut." At this moment there was a wild yell outside the "What are you going to do ?" asked Dick. hut. I "Don't be impatient; wait." The Unknown sprang up as if he had been shot. Dick put the lamp behind a box, which completely' "By the Jumping Jeremiah!" he shouted; "there's 1 shaded it. no mistaking that sound. Ye gods and little fl.shes! I "Now, I think all is ready," said Ned. "All your Indians, as I live !" 1 rifles loaded?" Peters clutched Young Klondike's arm. "You bet they are," cried Dick. "I know them!" he gasped. "Indians from the "Good enough! Wait a minute now." Copper river, boss, it's all up with me this time. Ned went to the door, which he opened so quietly, Those men have struck my trail right enough." that not a sound could be heard. The lamp being "Your trail?" hidden, the hut and those inside it were completely "Yes, Young Klondike, it's me they're after and protected by the darkness from observation. they've run me down." "Chris! Chris! Chris Peters!" cried Copper Bill. Here the Indians gave another wild yell. "We want you, Chris Come out !" "I'll sell my share of the Cedar Gulch gold cheap," "Let them have it I" shouted Ned. said the Unknown. "We're in a tight corner, Ned, Instantly a volley rang out from four rifles, for and 1 don't know what's going to happen." Ned, Dick, Edith and the Unknown, standing at the "It's Copper Bill's doing,', said Peters. open doorway, fired together. "Who's he?" "Give them another !" cried Dick, and once more "A half-breed, boss. He's the leader of the gang, four bullets went amongst the astonished Indians. and a pretty bad lot, too. Me and him haq a row, Cries of agony and rage were instantly heard, and and he was after my scalp, that's why I left the gold just as the door of the hut was closed violently, Cop at Cedar Gulch and came down here. Meant to go to J per Bill's men returned the fl.re. The bullets rattled Tanana and get some men to go back with me. Well, 1 against the log hut, but none of them did any damage. Copper Bill's after me, Young Klondike. He won't "Guess your friend Copper Bill's shaken up a bit,'' lay a finger on you or any of your friends." said Ned, laughing. "Not the kind of reception he "I don't intend to give him the chance." expected, Peters, is it?" "I'm a dying man, mister. A few hours more or "He's not gone yet,'' said Peters, gloomily. "He's less don't much matter. You skip, Young Klondike, hard to beat, and you have your work cut out, boss; and let me do the best I can. There ain't no good now he's against you." your running into trouble on my account." "A little thing like that doesn't trouble us,'' said "That kind of talk won't do," answered Ned. the Unknown. "Certainly it don't scare me for a "We'll stand by you to the last, Peters." cent. Say, Ned, it reminds me of that night when I "You bet we will !" cried Dick. was attacked by twenty brigands on the Balkan "Hello someone's talking,'' said the Unknown. Mountains in Turkey, twenty men, boys, all at me at "Peters! Chris Peters!" called a jeering voice once, and I--" outside, "we want you, Chris! We're going to' skin "We know,'' laughed Dick. "You just looked at you aliYe !" them and hypnotized the lot. Try it now, Zed." "That's Copper Bill," groaned Peters, with a shud"You mistake me, dear boy," said the Unknown. der. "That was not how I acted." A wild yell from the Indians followed their leader's "Shut up!" cried Ned. "You're making such a words. row that I can't hear what's happening outside, and "Shall we answer them, Ned?" asked Dick. it's important to know. Those men may crawl up to "Not in words,'' said Young Klondike. the hut and rush the door before we know it." "What do you intend to do?" "Right you are, Ned," answered the Unknown. "Wait, Dick. You'll very soon "I'll tell you the rest of the story some other day." As no reply was made, Copper Bill and his follow"Hello! Hello!" ers became very impatient, and they advanced up the "Copper Bill's voice!" cried Peters.

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I I I YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. 5 "He's speaking to us, Peters," said Ned. "Don't open the door, Young Klondike," exclaimed Peters. "He's crooked and you can't trust him." "I'll shout through the door," said Ned. "Guess he'll hear me. Hello! Who is it speaking out there?" "Copper Bill." "What do you want; say on?" "Mister, you've riled my men pretty much," said the half-breed. "Them bullets of yours has wounded two of and there's not much breath left in three more." "Hurrah!" cried Dick. "Keep quiet!" exclaimed Ned. "Let's hear what the man has to say." "Still," continued Copper Bill, "it's not against y ou, whoever you are, we're fighting. Take your traps and go. I promise you my men won't raise a finger against you." The half-breed spoke to the Indians in their own language, evidently explaining to them what he had been telling Young Klondike. "Huh! Huh!" they cried. "You hear them?" asked the half-breed. "They're willing to let you go. It's Peters they want. You can come out and walk right through the whole crowd of us, and no one will draw his gun." "I shan't give them the chance," cried Young Klondike. "We're not going to leave this hut." "This is the l ast off e r I make. Refuse it," shouted the half-bree d, savagely, "and I won't protect you any longer. I hand you over to my men to do with "Wb.at's that, Zed?" "Blow the whole place to blazes. It wouldn't take much stuff to do that." "So that we may all be senn flying up in the sky without warning?" s ,aid Dick, who made a face at the prospect. "Yes, dear boy, that's what we may expect." "And what we shall receive, too," cried Dick, excitedly, "if we don't stop it." "Stop it! How?" Do as we did before, Zed." "You mean open the door of the hut?" inquired Ned. "That's what I mean. If we stand with the door open, those Indians can't come up the bluff without our seeing them. Anyway, if we can't see them we shall hear them, and we shall have a chance to beat them back." "Your plan is a good one. Don't you think so, Zed ?" asked Young Klondike. "It's the only thing we can do. Look out, everybody! I'm going to open the door!" and the Un known, saying this, suited the action to the word. But a terrible surprise was in store for the besieged party. No sooner was the door open than a rush was made at it from without, evidently by some Indians who had been waiting there. They must have climbed the bluff silently whilst those in the hut were planning their lllOde of defense. y ou as they ple ase." "I want none of your protection !i' cried Ned. "I "Steady! Steady!" cried the Unknown, taken can t ake c are of m y self, and my friends c a n do the aback at the sudden onslaught, but retaining the sam e You're a gang of murdering scoundrels. If cooiness that rarely left him. "Stand your ground, you want Peters you will only get him by killing us, friends! This is a fight to the d eath!" for we ll fight for him to the end." It was a hand to hand struggle now. The Indians, "Hurra h !" shoute d Dick. "That's the way to trying to force a passage into the hut, were fighting t alk, Ned." mainly with clubs, which they swung with terrible There was a wild yell from the Indians when they energy. The Unknown was using his si.X-shooter, understood what was said, and thell everything was and so was Edith. Ned and Dick, grasping their still. N 0 doubt Copper Bill was taking couns e l with rifles by the barrels, were bringing the butts down bis follow ers as to what his next move should be. with great eff ect on the heads of the enemy. Ned and his fri ends were on the alert, resolved to "Kill Kill cried the Indians, this being about resist to the l ast. as much English as they knew. "Could you see anything of the enemy when the "Kill everybody but Peters!" shouted a voice. "I door was open ?" N e d asked the Unknown. want him taken alive." "I did. I should think there were at least twenty The half-breed's words encouraged his men, who of them, so if w e've settled five as that fellow says, for a moment had fallen back before the fierce defense we have about fifteen against us now." that was offered to them, and they renewed the at Fifteen demons!" said Peters. ''As well have tack with fresh vigor. fifteen tigers against you." In the struggle no one had noticed Peters. "But we h a ve the hut!" crie d Dick. "We can hold The dying miner had left his bed whilst the fight it easily. The door seems strong." was going on, and having secured his six-shooter he "That's right enough, Dick," said the Unknown. crawled towards the door of the hut, and whenever a "Unfortuna t e l y w e have only this door to fire chance offered he sent a bullet into the enemy. throug h. On the three othe r side s there's no outlook Several of the Indians were on the ground now. of any kind, so that the enemy can get as near as Copper Bill came forward, hoping that his personal they please without our seeing them." example might give heart to his men. Peters saw "But what can they do even then?" inquired Dick. him and gave a cry of triumph. "For one thing, they might set fire to the hut, or This cry sealed his fate, for it drew the half-breed's there's an even quicker way to fix us." attention to him, and before Peters could raise him-

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6 Y OUNG KL O NDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. self sufficiently to take aim, Copper Bill fired at his old foe. "I'm a dead man !" gasped Peters, rolling over on the floor. "Don't forget Cedar Gulch, Yoimg Klon--" The man could not finish the sentence for death cut him short. Ned, furious at what had happened, sprang at the half-breed to take vengeance on him for Peters' death, but the uplifted rifle was torn from his grasp by an Indian, and if the Unknown had not shot down Ned's assailant, Young Klondike would have been in great peril. "Back! Back!" shouted Copper Bill, loudly. "The man's dead. We have nothing to stay for. Bring the wounded along and let us go Instantly the attack ceased. The enemy carrying their wounded tore down the bluff as hard as they could, eager to get away from the rifles of those in the hut. ''A few hours will see him nearly well," said the detective, at length, "for there is no concussion of the brain in my opmion." "Can [ do anything more than I am doing, Zed?" asked Edith. "No. Keep his head cool and wait for results. Now, let us take a look at Peters. Perhaps he may be alive, too, Ned," said the Unknown. "Impossible! Look!" and Ned pointed to a bullet hole just over the heart. "Poor fellow," said the Unknown. "He's dead, sure enough. The only consolation_is, that he hadn't very long to live in any case. What shall we do with him, Ned ?" "The first thing is to examine his clothes to see if there are any papers upon him." "You think they may give us useful information about the gold deposits at Cedar Gulch?" "No, Zed, but I shall certainly see that his poor wife gets anything he may have upon him." "Right, Ned, right. You think of everything," CHAPTER III. cried the Unknown. "He hasn't a scrap of paper in THE FOG IN VALDES GLACIER. his pockets. I've looked carefully." DURING the confusion the lamp in the hut had been "Very well. Now we must bury him." extinguished, so that everything was in total dark"The ground is too hard for us to dig a grave," ness there. said the Unknown. "Let us wait till the morning "Light the lamp, Zed," cried Ned. and then we may find some place where we can lay "When I can find it, dear boy," answered the Unhim." known. "Ha! what's that,'' and as the detective "I didn't want to waste time." uttered this exclamation, he went sprawling on the "But that wouldn't be wasting a minute. We can't floor, his foot having tripped in something which was possibly move with Dick in this state. By the morn-lying there. ing be may be better." Up again in an instant, the Unknown struck a light, "That's true. Yes, we'll pass the night here. hurrying to the lamp with it. How is Dick now, Edith?" "Edith," exclaimed Ned, whilst this was being "I think he's better," answered Edith. "He's done, "I hope you are not hurt." I perfectly quiet and hasn't moaned for a long time." "I'm all right, Ned. But bow quiet Dick is. "Let me try the infallible," said the Unknown, Dick! Dick!" cried the girl, but there was no response. with a smile, producing the flask which was only Then, when the lamp waslit, they saw Dick used in case of emergency. "Raise his head, Edith, stretched at full length on the floor, lying near the 1 while I pour a few drops down his throat. open door of the hut. He was quite motionless, and The liquid made Dick cough and open his eyes. He his face was perfectly white. uttered a few words incoherently and then closed "He's dead !" cried Edith. "Oh! Dick Dick! them again and his head sinking back, he seemed to why don't you answer me?" fall into a tranquil sleep. The Unknown and Ned, aghast at what they saw, "He'll do," said the Unknown, in a decisive tone. and completely surprised, too, hurried towards the "Lie down, Edith, and have some sleep. Ned and I boy, and the detective bending over him, placed his will sit up to-night and watch him." hand on Dick's heart. Edith looked at the Unknown indignantly. "He lives !" cried the Unknown, joyfully. "Do you imagine that I am going to rest with Dick "You are sure?" asked Ned, most anxiously. in this state?" she asked, with flashing eyes. "I "There is no doubt of it," answered the Unknown. don't leave him until he's better." "Bring the light here and we will make an examina-Ned and the Unknown knew that it was useless to tion. Let us find out what is the nature of his in-argue with Edith when she spoke like this, so they jury, then we shall know what to do." said nothing more upon the subject . A few minutes' scrutinywas sufficient to show what "Do you hear the dogs?" asked Ned, suddenly. had happened. Dick had received a blow on the head "What a noise they're making." from an Indian club, which had knocked him sense"We had better see if we can't find some shelter less, and he was still quite unconscious. for them for the night," said the Unknown, "and They bathed the wound, and Edith attended t o him they must be fearfully hungry. Corne along, Ned. very carefully, the Unknown looking on all the while Bring the lantern and let us attend to it at once." with a critical eye "Bar the door, Edith," said Ned "I imagine the

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Y O UNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. 7 Indians have gone right away, but there's no tellmg. Unknowu, severely. "No, I want nothing, exceptte> We shall be back to your assistance at the slighttst remind you that we have to cross the Valdes glacier,, noise." and I prefer to do it in the Ned and the Unknown made a careful inspection "Right you are, Zed. We'll start at once." of the hut and its surroundings by the aid of the The dogs were now harnessed in the old sled, and lantern, and they were glad to find a kind of shed when the foot of the bluff was reached rapid progress. on one side of it, which would make an excellent was made. At times the path was so rugged that resting place for the dogs till morning. the dogs could not drag the heavy-laden sled up the 'l'he sl e d had been left at the foot of the steep incline, and then Ned, Edith and the Unknown fastened to a tree to prevent the dogs from going walked. off with it, and so it was found in the same place, Ned insisted that Dick should rest, and this he had. the Indians not having interfered with it. The to do, though he protested that he was as well able famished animals were soon in the shed, eating a to walk as the others ""ere. hearty meal, at the conclusion of which they lay down They were beginning now to recover from the and. slept, huddling together for the sake of the effects of the previous night's scene, and as the warmth. weather was fine their spirits rose as they mounted When Ned and the Unknown returned to the hut towards the glacier. they found Dick sitting up. When they reached it there was every prospect. "Why, this is great !'_' cried Ned. "I never expect-1 their journey across it would be rapid and pleas-ed to see you about agam so soon." ant. The ice was covered with snow, and this made "I'm all right, Ned," Dick replied. a good foothold for the dogs. The animals seemed "I think you will be in the morning anyway, and delighted at the change from the terrible ascent they we don't start till then." had just made to the comparatively level road across "How is Peters?" asked Dick, his recollection of the Valdes glacier. the events of the night returning to him. "Dead, poor fellow. Copper Bill put a bullet through his heart. But don't talk, Dick, you're not in a state to do that yet. Sleep, that is the best medicine you can take." Dick tried to join in the'.talk with the others, but he was too weak, and in a very few minutes he was sleeping peacefully again. When they had gone five or 1 six miles all was changed, and this, too, in a moment. A thick fog, that seemed to fall out of the sky, settled down over the glacier, and their view was completely obscured . "By the Jumping Jeremiah!" cried the Unknown .. "do you know what's going to happen next, Ned ?" "I'm not a prophet, Zed. Are you in that busi ness?" As soon as daylight came the Unknown and Ned "Just enough to enlighten you now, dear boy. In searched about for a burial place for poor Chris a very few minutes, perhaps this moment, you, the Peters, and as digging a grave was out of the quessled and all of us will disappear down a crevasse." tion, they deoided to lay the remains of the dead "It' n 1 h ,, d D' k "We've had such miner beneath a large heap of stones which was near s 1 rn sai ic the hut. Reverently this was done and then the two experiencP-s e ore went back to the hut where Edith had prepared an I only way to prevent that," .remarked excellent breakfast. Ned. And that is to stay where we are till the fog Dick showed by his appetite that his recovery was nearly complete, and he entered with interest into the talk that took place about their future movements. "There really isn't much to talk abont," said Ned, "because our course is quite clear. Whatever pro jects we may have formed have to be abandoned for the present, because we must push right on to Cedar Gulch." "How about the Indians?" asked Dick. "They won't interfere with us now Peters is dead, I'm thinking. Besides if they do I don't care. I'll go rigQ.t on anyway, for it's a duty I owe to Peters. He confided this valuable secret to me and it seems to me it is a sacred duty we have to perform. We must get the gold so that his poor wife and children ma. y have their share." "You talk like a book, Ned!" cried the Unknown. "Your heart's as sound as your head." "Do you want anything?" asked Ned, laughingly. "You don't give me all that taffy for nothing." "How the best of us are misjudged," replied the lifts.' I don't want to do that, for it may mean passing the night on the glacier." "I see our finish!" groaned the Unknown. "Thunder! Just in time!" cried the as he grasped the reins and held the dogs back. "Ye gods and little fishes Right on the edge of a. crevasse, that time, Ned, was I right or no?" The wind had swept the fog away at the very moment when the dogs stood on the verge of a crevasse in which they were about to leap. To have gone into it would have been certain death, for the chasm was of great depth, flooded by roaring waters at the bottom, whose awful sounds now reached the ears of Ned and bis friends. "By gracious!" cried Dick, "that was a close call and no mistake." "We must have come right out of our way in the fog," Edith remarked. "No doubt we did, and that's not to be wondered at, considering we had to travel by the compass;' answered Ned. However, the fog's lifting every I

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r . 8 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. minute and we shall reach Copper Centre easily Unknown. "In case you don't I would like to tell enough." you that at every stride the dogs are getting further As everything was now clear for about two hundred from Copper Centre." on either side of them there was no danger of "I know it and it can't be helped," answered running into another crevasse, and consequently they Ned, "and I know something more, and that is that sent the dogs along at their utmost speed, noting the dogs are leaving the Indians behind at every with joy that each minute the fog was lifting. stride." As it did so the full extent of the glacier began to "You're wrong, Ned," cried Edith. "The dogs be visible, and they saw that it was se\'eral miles are weakening fast. Listen to their breathing. wide, and extended so far ahead that they could not They've become exhausted." see where it ended. Ned turned pale as he realized .the truth of what Lofty peaks, perpetually snow-capped, rose on each Edith h'ad said. side of the glacier to a great height, and it seemed as "Have your rifles ready?" he asked. "This means if at any moment the snow might descend in an a fight to the death now, and we must shoot them avalanche and bury them, for they were traveling I down before they can close in on us." dose to the rocks on one side. But though Ned spoke so bravely, his inward "This is what I call life,'' shouted Dick, joyfu!ly. I thoughts were gloomy, and he could not conceal "'My head's quite well now. What do you think of from himself the feeling that the chances of himself it, Edith?" and his friends in this fight in the open against fif It's great, Dick. I almost wish the glacier were teen fierce enemies were not promising. twice as long." But just then another of those startling changes, "So would I," cried Ned, "if I wasn't in a hurry which are so common on the glacier, came to the to g e t to Cedar Gulch." rescue of Ned and his companions. Once more the "Huh! Huh !" fog came down upon them like a pall, biding everyA fierce shout br-0ke on their ears at this moment, thing from view and thus shielding them from the and looking a cross the ice they saw a band of men enemy's attack. running towards them, waving clubs, and uttering Get out some of that meat, Zed!" cried Ned in savage cries. There was no mistaking who they were, a whisper. "Quick! we must keep the dogs qui et, for N e d and his friends recognized the m instantly as If they bark the Indians will track us easily." the s ame band of Indians which had made the raid on I This expedient sufficed to keep the dogs quiet, and Chris Peters' hut under the leadership of Copper when the fog lifted an hour later, not a living soul Bill. coulq be seen on the glacier. Once more the sled The half-breed was with them still. He kept, in started and the rest of the journey to Copper Centre accordance with his custom, in the background, urg-was made without a sight of the Indians being obing his followers on to the attack, and running after tained. them as they came towards the sled. "I could bring that man down," said :R\dith, raisCHAPTER IV. ing her rifle to her shoulder, "if those poo1 creatures THE JOURNEY TO CEDAR GULCH. with him were not in the way. I don't want to shoot THERE was a hotel at Copper Centre kept by one them, but he's a murderer and deserves to be shot." Jim Casey, and when they came to it they halted. "He's firing at us anyway," cried the Unknown, A man was standing outside the house whose ap" and a bullet went very close to me then. We must pearance had attracted their attention from a dis-gi ve them a volley." tance. He was a rather lank person, dressed in a suit "No! no!" shouted Ned, "I don't want that." of rusty black, with a dirty white choaker, a broad" By the Jumping Jeremiah!" cried the Unknown. brimmed, low-crowned hat of a clerical shape; he had "'Are we to act as living targets? I guess not! I'm a large, white face, flabby looking and unhealthy. going to let them hear from me in return. It's only "My friends," said this individual, raising his polite to do so." hands as if he was bestowing a blessing upon the "Don't shoot, Zed," cried Ned. "l think we can party, "welcome to Copper Centre." escape without bloodshed, and you know, although "That's very kind of you, sir," answered Dick. I'm not afraid of much, I don't care for fighting when "Why, it's Young Klondike!" cried Jim Casey, it can be a voided. 'Round with the dogs, Zed, use running out of his house. "Glad to see you here the whip on them and we'll get away." again, boss!" The Unknown reluctantly did as Ned suggested, Before Ned could speak, the clerical-looking person and now the dogs were racing away from the Indians, ran at him and grasped his hand, which he shook vig-the latter meanwhile making desperate efforts to keep orously. up with the m. "And is this the famous Young Klondike I see be-As yet no shot was fired, for most of the Indians fore me ?" he cried. "Oh, what joy to meet with were armed only with clubs which were useless weapone whose name is a household word in this land of ons, except at close quarters. snow and ice. My you are dolJ.bly welcome to "I hope you understand one thing, Ned,'' said the I Copper Centre."

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------..,.-- YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. 9 The stranger began to feel in his pockets, but in a ances. When he did so search for him was always in moment he gave up the search. vain, and in his own good time the detective always "I was laboring under the impression," he said, returned to his friends. "that I had my card with me, but in this wild coun-The next morning Ned, Edith and Dick were standtry we forget social observances. Permit me to in-ing outside Casey's talking with the clerical person troduce myself. My name is Job Perkins. I should they had met on the previous day. As a matter of be glad to know your friends." fact, Mr. Perkins .was doing the talking, the others These are my partners," said Ned. "Dick were merely listening. Luckey and Edith Welton." All at once a man sprang from the doorway, bring" And who is this gentleman?" inquired Mr. ing his hand down heavily on the shoulder of Mr. Job Perkins, looking curiously at the Unknown. Perkins, throwing him on to some mining implements The Unknown had neve r moved from where he which made anything but a soft bed for him on which stood when Job Perkins first began to speak, and he to lie. had kept his eyes upon the strangef. with a persist"Ha! my man at last!" cried the Unknown. "By ency that worrie d the man in the white choaker. the Jumping Jeremiah! you're in my clutches now! Before N e d could introduce the Unknown the latter Watch me put the bracelets on his wrists, Young darted into Casey's. Klondike! Ye gods and little fishes! Wrong "You sh a ll know our friend later," said Ned. again!" "He's a very good fellow, but has a strange manner And the Unknown, taking Mr. Perkins by the col-with him sometimes, as you ma.y have noticed." lar, lifted him on to his feet "My dear young friends, can it be," said Perkins, "Sir," said the Unknown, lifting his hat and bow tha t he objects to me? Shall I go after him and ing down to the ground, "accept my sincere apologi e s try to soothe him?" for the mistake that has been made." ''Guess you'd better not, mister," cried Ned, "You're mad!" shouted Mr. Perkins, furiously, en-laughingly. "You mightn't like your reception." tirely losing his clerical manner. "Stark, staring "In a good cause I will risk anything," the lank mad, to treat an inoffensive stranger like this. You man replie d. "But come, my y.oung friends, unfold ought to be in an insane asylum." your plans to me. I am an elderly man, able and Mr. Perkins' flabby white face had turned red now. willing to give you advice. Do not hesitate to ask for and he breathed hard, whilst he brushed the dirt off it and profit by it." I his soiled clothes. "Tha,nks !" said Ned. "If we want any of it we'll "My dear sir," said the Unknown, laying his hand on let you know." Job's arm, "your anger is only natural, but it grieves "Where may you be going now?" asked Perkins, me to see you in this state. Allow me to put matters as Ned was turning away. straight. I can explain everything to your entire "Mister," answered Ned, "I'm going to inquire if satisfaction." Casey can give us some dinner, for I'm hungry, I "I don't wish to hear you!" cried the angry Per-can tell you, and so are my friends." kins, turning his back on the Unknown. "Shall I join you?" cried Job. "Shall I entertain "I suppose I must give him an explanation as you whilst you eat with improving talk?" usual," muttered Ned. "The Unknown gets into "Not to-day," said Ned, laughingly. "Thank you these scrapes and leaves me to pull him out of them. very much for the offer, though. That's a queer fel-1 Sir," said Ned, addressing the stranger, "I should low, Dick," he added, when they had left Job Perkins. like--" "What did you think of him, Edith?" Before Ned could say another word Mr. Job Per" I don't like his looks at all, Ned. I advise you to kins stalked majestically away, withering, or at least be on your guard. trying to wither, the party with a scornful glance as "Oh, he's all right, Edith," said Dick, laughingly; he passed. "he amuses me and I shan't be sorry to see a little We may as well forth the explanation which more of him. Say, where's the Unknown, Ned? We Ned was unable to give. don't want to eat without him." The Unknown claimed to be a detective and his "You bet we don't. I'll have a look for him, friends really believed that he was one He had though. He has slipped away." traveled, or said he had, over the greater part of the Ned went away, returning in a few minutes saying globe in search of a mysterious individual, supposed he had been told that the Unknown bad left Casey's to be a criminal, whom he invariably called his man. by a door at the rear and no one knew where he had What this man had done no one knew, nor who he gone. was, for this was a mystery the Unknown refused to "Wherever he is, he's safe enough," said Ned, "so explain. let us eat. If the U nlmown was hungry he'd be here The detective had fallen in with Young Klondike fast enough." on the way to Alaska, and he had traveled around That night they anxiously awaited the Uuknown's with Ned for more than a yen.r. During the whole o f return, but as he did not come back it was conc l uded this peri od he had carefully concea led h i s identity, that he had made one o f his mysteriou s disappear-and so he was ahva.ys call ed t h e Unkno w n.

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' 10 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. You make me tired :" cried Ned, as soon as Job j "One conclusion I've drawn ver.v quickly," cried back was turned. "Tired I tell you this Ned. sort of behavior is perfectly childish. I wonder _you I "And what's that, dear boy," asked the Un-don"t grow out of it." known. "It's ridiculous l" said Dick. "Just see what you "Why, that we'll leave Copper Centre at once, so have done now. You've lost us the services of a man as to be first on the ground. If Perkins comes along who might have been very useful to us, for he seems after it won't matter much." to know this country thoroughly. Worse than that, "I hope he will," said the Unknown, laughingly. in all likelihood you've turned him into an enemy." "That dismal face of his will be worth looking at "And before I riled him," said the Unknown, "he when he sees us at work. Ha, ha, here he comes. was a friend, I suppose?" Don't tell him anything, Ned." "''He appeared to be." "No, no; leave me alone. I know what I'm do" I hope you didn't tell him all your plans." ing," answered Ned. "Did you speak, sir?" he asked, "'l told him nothing." addressing JobJ:>erkins. H That's a good thing. See here, you don't suppose' "Yes, my dear young friend," answered Mr. Per I've been wasting my time since last night, do you ?" I kins. "I was about to invite you all to partake with 'Can't say what you've been doing, and don't I me of a bountiful repast." ca.re," Ned answered sharply, for he was still angry. "\\-e have no time," replied Ned. "We are leav" Anyway you'd better lmow," the Unknown went ing here immediately." -0n. "When we arrived at Casey's yesterday, direct"Going? Oh, let us not part in anger," Perkins ly 1 set eyes on that clerical gent 1 knew what we exclaimed, rushing over to the Unknown and grasp were up against. He's not 'my man' I admit, but, ing his hand. "I forgive you, my friend, I forgive by g osh, he's bad enough to be. I went right you freely." away and 1 questioned Casey about him, and I found "We'd better go," said the Unknown to Ned. that Casey had no better opinion of him than I "There's nothing to wait for in there?" had." "Nothing." -''Mere suspicion, I suppose," sa. id Ned. "Where are you "'Did yo u find anything definite about him, Zed?" Perkins, anxiously. asked Dick. again." going, my friends?" asked Mr. Let us hope we shall meet "Yes. I discovered that he intends to start on a "If we do, look out," muttered the Unknown. trip up the Copper river very s'oon, and where do you I "We are going up the Copper river," answered think he's going?" Ned. "Up to the head waters, likely enough, and "How should I know ?" said Ned. "Copper river's we may get across the mountains and try and strike something of a stream." the White river, and so on to Dawson. Whip up, "Well, Ned," said the Unknown, "he's going to Dick. Good-by, Casey!" cried Ned. .Hope to see Cedar Gulch." you again some day." "Cedar Gulch!" exclaimed Ned, with a start. The last they saw of Mr. Job Perkins as their sled strange l Wonder what he's going there dashed down towards Copper river, disclosed him in for ?" a characteristic attitude. He had his hands uplifted, "''He might be going up to convert the heathen," a.s when they saw him first, as if in the act of bless said the Unknown, "seeing he looks something of a ing them, and the Un known would have shaken his parson, or he might be traveling there for his health, fist at him if Ned had not restrained him. but as he's been buying mining tools, rendrocks, a .nd "I believe you're right after a ll, Zed," said Young stores, it looks as if he was off on a prospecting exKlondike. "He's a precious old scoundrel in all probpedition." ability, but as we are not likely to again, we "You think he's going to seek the very gold we're might just as well be civil to him." .after, Zed?" The dogs were going well, for they had 1had a "That's precisely what I do think. In fact, I haven't night's rest and plenty of food, and in addition the a doubt about it." traveling was easy. Of course it could not be expect" But how should he know of this gold?" inquired ed that it would continue so the whole way, and nobody Edith. was surprised when it became necessary t.o unharness "That's an easy question," said the Unknown. the dogs, unload the sled, and carry both the sled and "Before Peters crossed the Valdes glacier he stopped other stores across some great bowlders that effectu here for a few days with his partner, Perkins being at ally barred the path. the hotel at the same time. It's likely enough that This occupation was so labo'rious and took so long -0ur clerical friend overheard the talk that took place _that when darkness came they found, according to between the two men, and this must have given him their calculations, that they had not traveled more the clew on which he's working. Anyway, I know than half the distance they intended to go. positively, that he's told several people round here be"I suppose we'd better stay here," sa. id Ned. "I'm fore we came that he's off for Cedar Gulch, so you dead tired, and I guess everybody else is. I don't can draw your own conclusions." think there's any fear of Perkins being before us."

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. 11 "Not the slightest," answered the Unknown. "He/ the tw.o lay flat on the earth .. Edith was has neither dogs nor sled, as I found out, so, of well ludden from sight, for she was behmd a large course, he'll have to tramp it." rock. "We can get all the shelter we need under those "Say," cried Dick, from the bottom of the shaft, bowlde::-s," said Edith, ".even if a storm sho.uld I "what's the matter? Guess there's something come on. If one of you will make a fire I'll see if I wrong, isn't there ?" can't provide a good supper." "Keep still and don't say a word," answered Ned, There was plenty of wood lying about, and in a and Dick, who knew there was a good reason for this very few minutes they had a roaring fire blazing bedid as he was told. hind one of the bowlders, and Edith very shortly had For some time no one ventured to move, but finally hot coffee ready for them. Ned turned towards the place where the Indians had Whilst they were eating the talk fell on the Indians. been seen, and found they had disappeared. It was "I made special inquiries about them at Copper necessary, however, to act with caution, so he waited Cent.re," said Ned, "and my opinion is that they've for some time yet before he ventured to rise. gone a long way up the river, very much further than "They seem to have gone," he said at length, after we intend to go. looking around in every direction. "It was a lucky "Guess not," said the Unknown. "They were thing you saw them, Edith, or we should have had traveling across the glacier when we last saw them another fight on our hands." walking round, so they can't have gone very far yet. "Do you think they were the same men who at-We must keep a watch to-night." tacked Peters' hut?" asked Dick, who had come out "Certainly," said Ned. "There's nothing like of the shaft to see what wa s ,going on. being on the safe side." "I had a poor chance to see, Dick, but I imagine Wrapped in their mission blankets under the bowl-they are." ders, a comfortable night was passed. Edith slept sound the whole night through, but Ned, Dick and "Let us make sure they have gone right away," the Unknown each took a watch in turn. said the Unknown. In the morning after breakfast they were off a .gain, "How can we do that?" Ned inquired. and before noon they saw ahead of them, near the "One might follow them by keeping under cover of river, a large grove of trees which they immediately these trees. There's no danger of them seeing us." saw were cedars. The Unknown and Ned accordingly followed this "Hooray!" cried Dick, jumping off the sled and plan, and when they came to the extreme limit of the running alongside it as it went up a hill. "That's cedar trees they halted. There, in the river below, Cedar Gulch for sure." were several filled with Indians who were pad-A nearer acquaintance with it satisfied them that dling away up stream. Ned and the Unknown stood t.iis was indeed the place to which they had been watching them until they passed out of sight. directed by Chris Peters, and what confirmed them "That's satisfactory," said Ned. "No doubt those fo. this view .was that they saw around signs of proswe1e the same gang we fought with on Caribou creek. Anywl1y they've gone, so we can work in peace." "This is where Peters has been digging," said Dick and Edith were delighted at the satisfactory Ned. "There can't be a doubt of it." report which was brought back, and without any de" Maybe it's where he got that wonderful pan of lay Dick returned to his 'll'ork at the bottom of the gold he showed us," said the Unknown. shaft. "We'll very soon find out," cried Ned, excited at He sent up several buckets of dirt, and whilst Ned the prospect of finding the treasure of which Peters was hauling them up to the surface, the Unknown was had spoken. "Here's a shaft already sunk; let us carrying water from the river for washing. work it." The dirt ,was thrown into the rocker and washed Dick had gone down to begin the work, being low-without delay, and they all stood by waiting anxiousered into the hole by Ned and the Unknown, when ly for signs of gold, but not a trace of color appeared. Edith gave a startled cry. "Shall we try any more?" asked Dick. "Look Look !" she exclaimed. "What. does this "Yes, we'll dig about a foot dteper, and see what mean?" that produces," answered Ned. "By the Jumping Jeremiah !" cried the Unknown, This was done, but the result was precisely the turning round suddenly, "as I live, the Indians same. again!" "I'm beginning to think we made a mistake when we started on this shaft," said Ned. "It doesn't CHAPTER V. seem as if Peters got his gold from here. Suppose THE UNKNOWN PLANS A SWRPRISE FOR THE INDIANS. we try a new place entirely ? Let us have a look "DowN Down !" cried Ned, instantly throwing round and fix on a likely spot." himself on the ground. "They've not seen us, and Ned was quite an expert miner and when any pros-perhaps they won't." pecting was to be done, his friends were generally At once the Unknown followed Ned's example, and I ready to rely on his judgment. He had studied very

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r 12 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. closely the way in which gold was deposited, and usu"Well?" ally knew where it was likely to be found. "We've struck it this time and no mistake. By In a very short time Ned had arrived at a conclu-gracious, the dirt's full of gold !" sion. Ned and Edith washed t ,he dirt that had caused "We'll try right here," he said, selecting a spot Dick to become so excited, and they gave a great nearer the river than the shaft in which they had shout when they saw the heap of small nuggets left been working. in the rocker. Mining in the Klondike is very different from the "Five hundred dollars' worth at least!" cried Ned. same kind of operation elsewhere. "We've struck it, we've struck it!" Winter and summer the ground is frozen, and it is Just then Ned heard a footstep behind him, and therefore absolutely necessary to thaw it. This is turning saw that it was the Unknown who had just done by lighting huge fires, which are kept burning returned from a stroll. for a great while, fresh fuel being constantly heaped To Ned's intense surprisethe detective immediate!) upon the flames, until eventually the earth is rendered extinguished the lantern by which they had been soft and the pickax and shovel can get to work. I working. Ned and his friends were located amid a great for"What does this mean?" cried Ned, angrily. est of cedars, they had abundance of wo?d close "You'll know in time, dear boy," replied the Unat hand, and m a few mmutes the frost fire was known, coolly. "Dick," he continued, speaking down started. 1 the shaft, "come up at once." This fire was kept burning all night, and in the "But I've struck it rich,, Zed. I'm crazy to keeo morning they set to work with a will. at it."' The ground was now thawed, but still working was "There's a time for everything, Dick, and this time heavy, and it was a couple of days before they reached you'd better do as I tell you. Put out your light and the sand, about twenty feet below the surface where come up." they expected the gold to be. . Tl fi t h f d t f h ft 1 Dick came up .very reluctantly, and when he did so 10 rs was mg o us rom a new s a is a N d d d d 1 t e eman e an exp ana ion. ways watched very closely, and they looked keenly "D b ,, 1 d th U 1 "'t' b tt t . ear-oy, rep ie e n 'nown, 1 s e er o mto the rocker for signs of color. Agam they were 1 th t t ld d t d . T ive an o ge go an we rem grea anger now. d1sa .ppomted. here was no sign of gold, and even Th I d 1 . ,, e n ians are c osmg m on our camp. when they had dug deeper the same result followed. "Tl I d. ,,, 1 d th t b "Th b ll t k I d 't tl k ,, d ie n ians exc a1me e wo oys. is is a u y s ri e, on un crie I 1 tl Th t' h I l d b k D 1 d. t d t th lt f th 1 b I' iave seen iem. a s w y iurr1e ac lC{, lSgus e a e resu o eir a or. m d t t th 1(71 t" b t 1 f p I an pu ou e i6 i egmnrng o iave my suspicions o eters. t s "H t tl 'rl" d N d . ow s .rong are iey. mqmre e likely enough that Cedar Gulch isn t the place where "A d t 1 t N 1 t t 1 N d h h ld ft 11 ,, ozen, a eas ow is en o my p an, e e giot go a ,, r d N d W I think it's the best under the circumstances. I think don t agree wit yon, rep 10 e hat we ought to abandon our camp at once." possible object could he have in deceiving us? rHe "Run awav from those fellows!" cried Ned, indfg. sent for me, I didn't run after him, and he' knew J nantly. "Not much. I prefer to make a fight he was dying when he revealed his secret. What of it." is your opinion, Zed ?" "I'd as soon work here as anywhere else," answered "My plan includes fighting," said the Unknown, the unknown. laughingly, "and plenty of it, too, or I'm very _much "Yes, we know that," cried Dick, laughingly. "You're so fond of it, Zed." mistaken. But we'll manage so that we get the best end of it. See here, Ned, if we retreat among the cedars, the Indians will be in a fix. will on our camp and find it deserted." "Well?" "Then while they're standing bewildered we open fire on them. It's my opinion the sudden surprise will make them run." "There is gold here," said Ned, after a few mo ments' silence, and speaking in a very determined tone. "I am sure of it, and you'll admit that I've not often been wrong. This is what we will do: we will start a drift and see what that brings. We II?-ay strike into a deposit and can then sink a new shaft on thelead." "It's worth trying, certainly," answered Ned. No one had any objection to this plan, and it was "Everybody get his rifle at once, for I guess we've adopted. The first bucket sent up and washed showed no time to lose." signs of color, and encouraged them to proceed, and Ned and his friends halted about one hundred yards each succeeding bucket gave better resulti.:;. In half from the diggings. They found a spot which was an hour they had obtained nearly five hundred dol-adapted for defense if it was necessary to adopt such lars' worth of gold. a proceeding. Several large cedars grew close to" Nothing like what Peters led us to expect," said gether, and between them rising from the ground Ned, "but still we've found gold, and perhaps we'll were a number of great bowlders, so the place was strike a bonanza yet." a fort on a small scale. "Ned, Ned !" cried Dick; from the drift. It was absolutely dark beneath the trees, and so J

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KLONDIKE'S INDIAN H.AID. 13 neither the Indians nor the other party could watch At this moment great flames commenced to shoot each other's movements. up in the air, and in a few minutes more a huge fire "Be ready, boys!" said the Unknown in a whisper. was blazing near the diggings. Not an Indian could "You can't see anything," answered Dick. be seen, however, and this was surprising. For a "No, but I hear them. I know what they'regoing long way around everything was as brightas day, to do," the Unknown observed, "they're creeping up and yet not one of the enemy was visible. to the camp, and when they get near enough they'll "Don't quite get onto their game," said the Unmake a rush. Ha! was I right?" known, uneasily. "We know they're not gone because As h e spoke a fierce yell came from the vicinity of some one must have lighted the fire. Where are the camp, and instantly the noise of men rushing to they and why did they light that fire, anyhow? an attack was plainly heard. That's what I want to know. "Surrender!" cried a voice that was familiar to "Give it up!" cried Ned. "It beats me!" them. "Shall I tell you what I think?" said Edith. Copper Bill himself." muttered Ned. "The scoun"Do, Edith. You very often put us on the right drel How I should like to get a shot at him! Just track when we're in a fix." one!" .Well, Ned, my idea is that the fire is lighted so "Keep quiet, Ned," said the Unknown. "The that the whole neighborhood may be lit up, and our time for shooting hasn't come yet." hiding place shown." "Kill them if they don't yield!" shouted the half"That sounds reasonable enough," said Ned. breed, angrily. "And," continued Edith, "the Indians are hiding "No white man here, chief. He gone," replied an behind those stones near our diggings." Indian. "That can soon be found out," cried Ned. "We "What is that you are saying, Black Rabbit? No can crawl right round and take them in the rear." white man here? Bosh! I saw them working in "We shall be seen," said Dick. these camps an hour ago, and they can't have heard "Not if we glide along the ground," replied Ned. us come up." "These rocks protect us, and we're almost beyond "Me no see white man,'' replied Black Rabbit. the range of the fire as it is. It's worth trying, for "See! Guess not," answered Copper Bill, angrily. if it's successful, I don't think the Indians will trouble "Who in thunder could see in the dark? Ha! here's us much more to-night." a lantern. Light it." Undoubtedly it was worth the risk to achieve such "Just what I expected,'' chuckled the Unknown, a desirable result, and when they had gone a few rubbing his hands. "As soon as the lantern is lit yards they found that their task was simple enough, give them a volley. It's very kind indeed of them to because they discovered that the darkness absolutely show where they are. Now is our time!" concealed them from view. Fcur rifles were waiting now to pour shot into Down they crawled, making a very wide circuit the Indian ranks, and as soon as the light showed towards the river, and when they reached the stream, the guns were fired. The shots were followed by they crept along the bank under shelter, in the direcfierce cries and howls of pain and rage. tion of the diggings. The blazing fire guided them to "Another !" exclaimed N E:d. J the spot. Immediately four more shots were fired, and as The Unknown cautiously raised his head, and at two cries of pain were immediately uttered, Ned first he could not see the slight1:1st sign of an Indian. judged that some da.mage had been done. But, looking intently in the direction of the fire, at "Now skip,'' he said, quietly. length, against the bright flames, he saw an Indian "But why?" asked Dick. spear which had very unwisely been lifted too high by ''Because, Dick, they'll never find us if we change its owner. our position. If we don't they'll get onto us for "Edith was right, Ned," said the Unknown. "The sure. Move gent.ly, for the least sound will give us enemy is right between us and the fire, and not more away." than one hundred yards away. Those blame cusses'll After Ned and his friends had moved they could be mighty sorry they paid us a visit after we're hear the Indians talking over matters, but in so through with them. Don't waste time. Let them low a tone that nothing that was said could be dis-have it !" tinguished. The Unknown explained to the others where he had The Unknown was delighted at the success of his located the Indians, and two sharp volleys were sent plan, and so far it had been complete, for Young in at once. Klondike and bis friends bad not been fired at, and With furious cries at least a dozen men sprang to their whereabouts was still a secret to the Indians. their feet from behind the rocks, their dark forms "It's a wonder they don't search for us," said showing out clearly in the blaze of light, which Dick. formed the background to the scene. "Guess they will. They haven't gone yet, Dick,'' Despite all Copper Bill could say or do, his men replied Ned. "Don't shout till we're out of the would not remain, and taking their wounded with woods." I them, they lost not a moment in departing, their

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14 YOUNG KLONDIKES INDIAN RA ID. angry leader railing at them and threatening as they I thing for us, and it's a great thing for Mrs. Peters hurried away. and her children." This ended the first day's fight on Copper river. "Poor things!" said Edith. "This gold will help them to get over their loss. I should like to see the CHAPTER VI. poor woman's face when she gets your letter, Ned, HOW THE UNKNOWN PICKED UP A BLACK RABBIT IN for of course you will write to her." THE RIVER. "You bet I will as soon as I have anything big to "BY the Jumping Jeremiah!" cried the Unknown, I write about, Edith." "I understand now why our friend Peters didn't stay "Whoop! whoop!" rang out the cry in the dis-up here digging for gold. I'm fond of a little excite -tance. meut, boys, but this is getting just a bit too lively 11 Ned sprang to his feet and Edith was so startled for me." by the cry that she dropped the pail in which she had "Anyway, we've taught those fellows a lesson been carrying water. Dick, in the drift, heard it too, which they won't forget in a hurry," said Ned. "We and instantly stopped work. must have hit some of them I think." "Hello! Hello! Who shouted then?" "Supposing we go back to the camp?" observed "There's no mistake about that voice," cried Ned, Dick. "It's safe enough now." as the shouting was repeated. "That's the Unknown. It was not likely that the Indians would return for Come up, Dick, something's going on and we must some time, even if they came back at all, but all that go at once and see it is." night a close watch was kept, and it was passed in Ned, Edith and Dick started off at a run in the total darkness, as it "vas not deemed safe to light the direction from which the cries had proceeded, and as lantern. They were all glad enough when morning the shouts still continued there was no danger of their came. losing their way. "Don't you think a little talk about our future pro"What can it be?" exclaimed Edith. ceedings would be in order, dear boy?" asked the Un-"Maybe the Unknown's met a bear," suggested known, as they were having breakfast. 1 Dick, "and is having trouble with it." "There's nothing to talk about," answered Ned. [ "Or else an attack is about to be made on our "As soon as we're through with this meal, we'll start camp," said Ned, "ancl he's running back to warn work right away." us and shouting as he runs. We shall know in a "But the Indians?" exclaimed the Unknown. minute." "They're gone." Coming to the edge of the bluff which was close to "Still they may come back." I the river, Ned was well in advance of the others, who "No doubt they may, and so we must keep our were also running. eyes open as we work." An extraordinary sight presented "Guess l'cl better do some scouting while you In the middle of the river stood the Unknown work," said the Unknown. "If I don't those blamed struggling desperately with a gigantic Indian, who cusse s will be on you before you know it." seemed to be getting 1 he better of the fight. To and "Very well, Zed, you attend to that part of the fro they swayed, with the water rising as high as busin ess," said Young Klondike. their waists. "The Unknown has a cinch!" cried Dick. On the other side of the river at the same time, ap" I'm not so sure about that," remarked the detect-peared a number of Indians, running at their utmost ive. "I believe those India .ns are mighty near no\.v, speed towards the river. and if we get through today without a fight, no one Ned instantly brought his rifle to his shoulder. will be more surprised than yours truly." "Help, help !" shouted the Unknown. "Shoot Whe n the Unknown had departed, the two boys him, Young Klondike! Shoot him, or I'm a goner!" and Edith set to work at the mine. The la.st lot of "Ugh, ugh!" grunted the Indian. "No shoot, dirt they had washed as the Indians made their ap-white boy! See, Black Rabbit no got gun! Dis a pearance on the preceding night w a s so rich that fair fight. Let paleface show Indian which is de best they were eager to get more. As fast as the dirt man!" came from the drift, Ned and Edith washed it in the "Fire, fire!' roared the Unknown. "Take nv rocker, and there was not a pan but conta ined many notice of this cuss!" nuggets, also dust and some flake gold. It was very easy for the Unk.nown to say "fire," "A few weeks of this, and we shall have a big but it was an almost impossible thing to send in a shot pil e," said Ned. with any certainty of hitting Black Rabbit, the "IVs a great find," cried Dick, from the drift. enemy. The two men moved about so quickly that "Peters knew what he was talking about." at one moment the Unknown was nearest his friends, "You bet he did," replied Ned. "Where we're and at the next the Indian was between him and them. working now was formerly the bed of a stream which "You're the best shot, Edith!" cried Ned, unable ran into the Copper river. The water washed the I to know how to act. "If you can get the slightest golcl down, and the nearer we get to the river the chance try your hand." richer we'll find it . I'm mighty glad. It's a, good I "Those Indians are running up fast, Ned !" ex-

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----.. YOUN G K L ONDIKE'S INDI A N RAID. 15 claimed Dick. "Whilst Edith is watChing the Unbig as yourself by sheer strength. Why didn't you known and Black Rabbit, let us shoot and keep the use your rifle?" others back." "Yes, that's it !" cried Dick ; and why did you "Good! Blaze away, Dick!" shouted Ned. "Those go into the river at all? What was the necessity pn fellows will find they've made another mistake." "Dear boy," said the Unknown, "let me tell my Ned and Dick began to fire at once, and this checked story. I came down here to do some scouting, and the Indian advance, but only for an instant, for as soon as I did I noticed a bluff on the other side when they found no one was hit they came on again, which was a blame sight higher than anything on leaping in the air, waving their spears and clubs, this, so I determined to get to it, for I knew I'd see and yelling like demons. a good many miles all around me if I did, so off I "Hit one or two, Ned!" shouted Dick. "That's started right away." the way to scare them off." "Without your rifle." "I'm trying hard enough. Ha, there goes one "I admit that," said the detective, "and I had a. buck, he's had his dose," cried Ned. "No, he's up reason for it. I thought the water was deep and I'd again, but he's hit all the same." have to swim, so I left the gun behind. I'd n<> "I have a man down. Hooray!" cried Dick. sooner got across than Black Rabbit appeared on "Talk about sport, guess this wants a lot of beat 1 this the He made a dash to cut me off ing." and I skipped as lively as I could to get back to where "Edith," said Ned, "do you see that man lying I put my rifle. He was quickest, though, and we met down on the bluff behind some stones?" in the stream. Now you know the whole story, Ned. "Yes, Ned." That blame Indian gave me a terrible old rasping "That's Copper Bill, the leader of th. is gang. He's and I'm wet right through, but I'm not dead and you got his rifle ready to fire at the Unknown, as soon as bet I'll live to square accounts with the noble red man lrn gets loose . Try and hit him." before I die." Edith followed this advice, but it was no easy task "What's to be done now?" inquired Dick. "We to put a bullet into the halfbreed, for only the top of can't very well let matters rest as they are." his head was now visible, and the girl, although she "Reckon I'll rest anyway,?' cried the Unknown,. hit the stones around him, failed to reach the mark. shaking the wet from his clothing. At this moment the Unknown, after a desperate "Dick's quite right," said Ned. "We have to struggle, broke loose from Black Rabbit, and spring-work these diggings at Cedar Gulch. Now how can ing back in the water a few feet, avoided the savage we do that if we're in constant fear of an attack from blow which the Indian made at him with his club. the Indians? It's quite impossible." & Finding he had missed, Black Rabbit plunged be"You bet it is!" cried Dick. "We must follow neath the water towards the shore on which his those Indians up and teach them such a lesson that friends were, and the Unknown carlledashingthrough I they will leave us alone in the future." the stream, whilst the bullets flew around him. "That's our only plan," assented Ned. Copper Bill was firing fast now and it was quite a I "Dear boy," said the u nknown, "you must allow miracle that the detective escaped. He would not have me to enter my protest against this programme. I done so but for the steady fire that Edith directed at get all the fighting I want without running after it." the half-breed, and which was so persistent that it 1 "Very well," laughed Ned. "Stay here and take quite disturbed his aim. care of the diggings." The Unknown reached the bank safely, throwing "Say, Ned,'' cried the Unknown, "are you really himself behind some stones as he got there, for he serious? Do you intend to pursue the Indians?" felt that he had acted as a target long enough al"Certainly, if I can." ready. "In that ca -se," said the Unknown, "I'd better Meanwhile Ned and Dick had been shooting with go with you not to fight, but to see you don't get effect, and more than one Indian had been hit. Black into trouble." Rabbit had reached the shore, and before anyone "We must cross the river!" cried Dick. "How could get a shot at him he had plunged into some shall we manage that? Walking through the wate:r bushes and disappeared. This was the signal for isn't exactly to my liking. "It's not very warm, is the Indians to withdraw, and as they dived behind it, Zed?" the trees, Copper Bill managed to crawl out of reach The Unknown shivered from head to foot as a reply of Edith's rifle. to Dick's question. "All right, Zed l'' cried Ned. "The coast is clear "We will follow the river," said Ned. "It's shal-now. You can show yourself." low, and it's as likely as not that before long we "By the Jumping Jeremiah!" shouted the Unshall come to a place where we can ford it." known, "but that's about as hot a time as I've had "And by the time we have found that place where lately. Ye gods and little fishes! at one moment, will the Indians be?" cried the Unknown. "Miles Ned, I thought 1 had passed in my checks." and mifes away." "You must have been crazy," said Ned, "to try "I don't think so,'' answered Ned. "It's not prob-and get the better of an Indian more than twice a.s : able that they will expect to be pursued by us, so they

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16 YOUNG KLONDIKE"S INDIAN RAID. ==============::-===============================================================================-:..:.. won't hurry themselves. No doubt we shall com-1 "Quick work!" cried the Unknown. "That's pletely surprise thelll. Come on, let us make a move, about as smart a piece of claim jumping as ever I we've wasted enough time already." saw." As they proceeded up the Copper river they saw "But you don't suppose, Zed!" exclaimed Young that they would have great difficulty in carrying out Klondike, angrily, "that I'm going to allow it, do their idea of fording the stream, because the river you? I'll fire the fellows right off, and there won't seemed to deepen instead of growing shallower, and be much time wasted about it, either." in addition it increased in width. "You bet we will," cried Dick. "The firm of "It's a case of swimming!" cried the Unknown. Golden & Luckey-doesn't allow itself to be treated in "No, no," exclaimed Ned, "that's not to be 1 t.11is way." thought of. Let us travel a mile or two further, Zed. j Down they rushed towards the river, all of them You know what these rivers are, at any moment we 1 1 curious to see who it was who had arrived during may be able to see the bottom." their absence, and great was their surprise to find On they went again, toiling over the snow, without that the intruder was no other than Job Perkins, the meeting with the slighte.st encouragement to proceed. stranger: they had fallen in with at Copper Centre. "We must make a raft!" cried Dick, at last. Mr. Perkins had been sitting behind a rock, and he "Yes, that's it," answered Ned. "A raft The rose as they got near, and came towards them with very thing!" an oily smile on his large, white face. "A splendid idea," laughed Edith, "only seeing "Welcome to Cedar Gulch, dear friends," he said, that we have no ax with us, and no cord either, it extending his hand to Ned. "Young Klondike, this will be rather difficult to carry out." is indeed a joyful meeting, and all the more so that it Edith's objection was fatal to the scheme, for al-is un,expected. Ahem!" though there was an abundance of wood in the vicinity, The man's coolness amazed Ned. As for the Unthey were powerless to make use of it. known, he seemed paralyzed with astonishment. "You have to give up your plan, Ned," cried the "Once more welcome," said Job Perkins. Unknown. I The repetition of this greeting aroused the Un-" Yes, for the time. But I mean to carry it out, known. Zed, all the same. We will go right back to the camp, "Say," he cried. "Things seem to me to be getbuild a raft there, take some supplies with us, and ting a little mixed. It's generally the people who start against the Indians, ready to fight till we've own the place who welcome strange arrivals. You whipped them. We've had two days' fighting with seem to have twisted things around a bit, Mr. them already; the third day will finish the business, Man!" I hope." "Our friend," said Mr. Perkins, looking.at Ned, "Or us," groaned the Unknown, dismally. and indicatig the detective, "has still some peculiar Back they went, the Unknown trying hard all the ideas. He behaved strangefy to me at Copper Cen way to convince Ned that the plan he proposed was tre, but I forgave bim. I always forgive everybody. the best. This was to remain at the diggings, get It is my nature," he added, with a wave of his hand.
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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. 17 In what way did Peters deceive us? He told us of served Dick. "He has only himself here and needs his find here." help. We'll assist him and go shares in the result." "Peters did not find gold here. In saying so he "Half a loaf's better than nothing," said the Unstrayed from the truth," answered Perkins. "There known. is only one man who struck gold at Cedar Gulch, and Ned said nothing. His friends were surprised at i1is name is Perkins. Yours truly. Ahem!" his action, for it was seldom he failed to come to a "You!" cried Ned. prompt decision, no matter how difficult the problem "Yes, my dear young friend. I am the individual." offered for his solution happened to be. Dick, there" Come, come," cried Dick. "This is all stuff and fore, entered into a talk with Perkins. nonsense. I don't believe a word of what you've said. "Those papers seem to clinch matters," said Dick. The diggings are ours, and we intend to keep them. "Guess I'll have to take back some of the words I Mr. Perkins, you'd better get up and march quietly used." back to Copper Centre if you don't want to make a "My friend, they passed unnoticed. Pray do not peck of trouble for yourself." recall the circumstance. I am glad, however, to see Mr. Perkins, so far from being offended at this out-that you do me justice. I am a man of honor and burst, walked over to Dick and took his hand. value my good name more than gold. What is gold, "Do you believe in law, friend?" he asked, impres-dear young friend? Dross!" sively, in solemn tones. "Law and order is my "Then," said Dick, quickly, "as you take that view watchword. I trust it is also yours." of it we can come to terms easily. Name your price." "What a're you giving us?" cried Dick, angrily. "Price! For what?" "Facts, my dear friend, facts," repeated Perkins, "You want help to work this place. We'll go in F with vou." quite unmoved at the treatmenthe received. acts "Yes, that's it," said the Unknown. "You don't in black and white, read these, rash young man. They constitute my title to these diggings. Read them, if value gold. We do, so you can have no objection." you ple ase." "Ah! but I do object, a nd most strongly," s a id Perkins, raising his hand impressively. "This gold Saying this, Perkins showed Dick some papers, and then he thrust them into his hands. is given me for a purpose. For what? To be spent "I t t th th ,, h d h t d on my own enjoyment? No, a thousand times no, but rus you w1 em, e sa1 as e sa own k d 1 k d .1 1 "I fid to be devoted to works of charity and benevolence. I on a roe an oo e on sm1 mg y. con e m 1 1 th t ,, b d h h I t t am a p u an rop1s every o y, even my enemy, w ic rus you are 1 not." 1 "Then you refuse our offer?" cried Dick, angrily. The Unknown and Ned, astounded at the turn of events, drew near to Dick and carefully perused the document. The papers appeared to be in perfect or der, issued from the government offices, and certifying to the fact that Job Perkins was the owner of claim No. 84 at Cedar Gulch on the Copper river. "Thunder!" cried the Unknown. "But this cuss has the best of us, Ned." "It looks like it," said Dick. "These papers are dated some months back, certainly before the time when Peters struck gold here. It is a very strange circumstance." They were talking together now some little dis tance from Perkins, who sat smilingly looking at them, seemingly rather proud of the consternation he had created. "There' s some trickery here," said Edith. "I'm sure of it. If there hadn't been, why should he have been so mysterious at Copper Cen1ire ?" "But if he didn't strike gold here," said Dick, "how did he find it out? Peters declared to us that he had told nobody about it. By gracious, Ned, this is enough to drive a fellow crazy. Here's the richest strike we ever made, and as soon as we find it it's taken right away from us. I feel almost inclined to run him off this claim." "That's not to be thought of," said Ned, quickly. "He has the law on his tide, as he told us." "Then suppose we come to terms with him?" ob"I am compelled to do so," answered Perkins. "I must keep what has been given me." ''Yes, but you must do something more," said Young Klondike, coming hastily forward. "Anything in reason, my dear young friend." "Mr. Perkins," said Ned, "I must ask you to mark off your claim. As it stands now there is no limit to what you own. Now, then, where does your claim begin and where does it end? I have a right to ask that." "Perfectly fair, perfectly so. I can have no objection to complying with your request. Young Klon dike, I will proceed to do what you require at. once." With that Perkins rose from the rock and set to work to mark off his claim, Dick and the others look ing on anxiously whilst he did so. "Guess we'd hetter go on with our Indian raid," said lihe Unknown. "I didn't think so just now, but I've changed my mind. There's nothing to keep us here." "We must wait and see what he does," answered Ned. "It drives me mad," said Dick. Of course we know what. he'll do. Look He's claiming every thing where we've been working, and all the gold we expected to get will be his." "Don't be too impatient, Dick," said Ned; "who knows what may happen. So you have marked off your claim, Mr. Perkins, have you?" "Yes, as you see, Young Klondike, I am content

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t ----r. -1 8 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. with this modest strip of land. The world is large, j "Don't notice him," said Ned. "Let him say what and there is an abundance of unclaimed land from I he likes. It won't hurt us. This is easy work, boys, which you can make a selection." j and one advantage of digging down here near the "By gosh!" muttered the Unknown. "I should river, is that we don't have to go so deep to reach just like to have you above for a few minutes, my the sand." philanthropic friend, you'd never forg.et it. Oh, no!" They never paused at their work, Edith, as usual, "Well, sir," said Ned, we have settled our little doing her share, only stopping to prepare a meal for dispute, and I am glad of it. When you are neigh-the party. As soon as they had eaten they were bors it's as well to be friendly." 1 busy again. "So you intend to remain here?" asked Perkins. j Ned displayed more interest in the digging than "Yes, I shall stay and work the ground from this his companions had ever seen him show. He wished small creek where your claim ends down to the river. to prove that his theories as to the lay of the gold I may strike something." were correct, and also to witness the dismay of Job "My best wishes go with you. May you prosper, j Perkins, when he found out that he b.ad ma, de a mis-you an,d all with you !" take. As Mr. Perkin' s said this, he his hands in .a I It was after midnight when the black sand was manner that was habitual to hun and turned up his reached, and if there was any gold at all, it would be eyes. found in this deposit. Dick bit his lips with ra.ge, and the Unknown forced "What does it look like, Dick!" cried Ned, ex-his plug hat down on his head. They were both mad. citedly, when he found that Dick was workiBg on the Meanwhile Perkins \vent down into the shaft, and sand. quite regardless of Ned and his companions, began to "Pull up the bucket and see for yourself," answered work. Dick. "It's too dark down here." "Now," said Ned, "we'll do the same." Edith, Ned and the Unknown all crowded around "What, same?" inquired Dick. the first bucket that came from the shaft. "Why, get to work of course." "Hooray!" cried Young Klondike, joyfully, stoop" But you're not serious, Ned, are you?" asked ing down and plunging his hand in the dirt. "Look Dick. "Surely you don't intend to work our claim?" at this was I right or not?" and Ned held up a nug" Most decidedly I do, and if it turns out as I sus-get as big as a hen's egg. pect, you won't be sorry, Dick, that we own it. 1 "Ye gods and little fishes!" shouted the Unknown. have a strong idea that we're going to come out of "Ned, you're a wonder. Gold! Gold!" he added, this deal better than Perkins. His gold, in my imitating Perkins, "dross filthy lucre You can opinion, will peter out. I believe that the lead we relieve t,he destitute. I am the destitute," and he struck when we were working at his diggings doesn't thrust the nugget into his pocket. amount to much, and that the real bonanza is down "Ha! Ha!" laughed Ned and Edith, as they here by the river. If he asked me to swap claims threw the dirt into the rocker and proceeded to wash with him now, I wouldn't." it. These remarks raised the spirits of Dick and the The result was astounding. It really seemed as if others, for they knew what a high authority Ned was I there was more gold than dirt in the pan, and after on all matters connected with mining, for, since com-the dirt was washed away an abundance of nuggets ing to the Klondike, he had studied the subject very of various sizes remained. closely, and when it came to prospecting for gold, "How much, Ned?" cried the Unknown, ex-Young Klondike had no superior. -citedly. Tl db dt b th d t d "Intl1i"span?." 18 groun a o e awe ou agam, an so a great fire was immediately lighted on the spot selected "Yes." by Ned for the first trial. It was kept burning for "I estimate that there's eight hundred dollars' hours. One of the party attended to the fire, whilst worth of gold there. It's a perfect bonanza!" the others rested, being badly in need of sleep. The shouting brought Job Perkins over from his When the ground was sufficiently thawed they set claim to Sbt' what had caused so much excitement, and to work, proceeding by the light of the fire and that as each pan was washed he stood looking on at the furnished by the lanterns they had brought with work, speechless with amazement and having a verv them. sad expression on his face. Perkins was also hard at work, carrying gold out of his diggings and then washing it. From words CHAPTER VIII. that r eached their ears he seemed to be in luck. THE THIRD DAY'S FIGHT WITH THE INDIANS. "More gold !",he cried. "Dross! Filthy lucre! SILENTLY Job Perkins walked back to his claim. I will relieve the destitute with it!" "Don't much like the look of things," said the "That cuss is about the biggest hypocrite I ever Unknown, laughingly. "He must be sick, for he struck!" exclaimed the Unknown, in a disgusted tone, went away without leaving us his blessing." "but I'll get square with him yet. 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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN R.AID. 19 noticed how quiet be was at hour or two?" his work for the last I "And I like to see him all the time, Ned," observed the Unknown. "Then I know what he's doing. He's "Yes, I was struck by it." "Take my word for it, Zed, his gold has petered out. Of course the second reason is the great find we have made. lt will drive him crazy, much as he despises the yellow metal." "Let us be a happy family," said a familiar voice behind them, and Perkins once more stood in their midst. "There's no reason why we should quarrel," cried Ned. "No reason in the world." "'\Ve will make one party," continued Perkins. "You and I, our young friend in the shaft, this dear lady, and our erratic friend with the tall hat, one happy party, all working together in peace and harmony.'' "What Join your claim to ours and become partners ?" exclaimed Ned. "That was the idea I had formed in the interest ol peace and happiness." "Not on your life!" shouted Ned. "That scheme won't wash, Mr. Perkins. You stick to your claim and we'll keep to ours. The firm of Golden & Luckey isn't looking for any partners just now." "And must we dwell apart?" inquired Perkins, casting up his eyes. "This is hard." "That's about the size of it," replied the Un known, cheerfully, "and between you and me, mis ter, I don't care how far apart it is.'' "Greed greed!" murmured Perkins. "I am an unwelcome guest. I will return to my solitude." He went away, and they took no further notice of him, beyond making a few remarks on his pro posal. "A nervy cuss," said the Unknown. "That offer of his, Ned, beat the deck." "It took my breath away at first," answered Ned. "I'll tell Dick about it." When Dick heard of it he was not surprised, for he believed Perkins was capable of anything. "He's a dangerous man, Ned," said Dick. "It's my opinion we shall have to keep an eye on him." Ned did not agree with this view of the case, but the Unknown did, and the detective some time later thought he would go over and see what was taking place on the other claim. He came back very shortly. "Guess what's happened?" he cried. "Perkins has died of grief," replied Ned, with a. laugh. "He's killed himself!" cried Dick. "Our lucky more dangerous when he's out of sight." "Pshaw! don't waste any more time on him. Let us keep right on at our work. He's gone back to Copper Centre and a good riddance to Ilim." "I don't think he has," replied the Unknown. "1 wish I could locate him." Ned went on with his work. Dick was very busy sending up the dirt and Ned and Edith washed it. As for the Unknown, he had disappeared, but no one was uneasy at his absence, for he was in the habit of going away without telling his friends beforehand that he intended to do so. Almost without cessation the work was carried on during the night, and with such success that when they were about to leave off for breakfast, Young Klondike calculated that they had not less than thirty thousand dollars' worth of gold. Their successful labors gave them a good appetite for the excellent breakfast which Edith had prepared, and they were about to sit down and eat when Dick gave a great shout, pointing to the river as he did so. "Look! look!" he cried. "There's the Unknown in a !" As Dick spoke the Unknown paddled towards the shore, ran his canoe close to the bank, and stepped ashore. Then, after dragging the canoe out of the water, he hurried up to his friends. "Don't ever abuse me, Ned," he cried, as he climbed the bank, "for keeping you waiting. Here I am right on time as usual." ''You don't suppose we'd wait five minutes for you, Zed, do you?" asked Ned, laughingly. "Where have you been?" "Yes, that's it," cried Dick. "What did you want to steal away in that fashion for?" "Everything in order, Dick. That's my plan," answered the Unknown, sitting down with the others. "When I've eaten, I'll talk, not before." So they had to restrain their curiosity until the de tective's hunger was appeased, for not till then would he speak. "First of all," said the Unknown, "what have you been doing?" "Working all night." "That's right, that's right, good boys, keep at it," observed the Unknown. "You've had luck, I see," he a
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20 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. "It was my belief that he had gone away for a pur pose," said the Unknown. "I determined to get on his trail if possible. I felt sure he had not gone back to Copper Centre, so I went up the river, hoping to fall in with him." "And what happened?" Why, Ned, in the first place I fell against this canoe, stumbled over it in fact, hidden near the river." "An Indian canoe!" cried Ned. "That means those fellows are still near." "It's my opiriion that this canoe belonged to Peters, and that he'd hidden it where I dropped across it,'' said the Unknown. "Well, I got into it and paddled on up stream." "Did you see anything of Perkins ?" "Wait, wait, Ned, I'm coming to that. You're going to have the whole story if you'll have a little patience. While I was paddling in the middle of the stream some one hailed me. 'That you Bill?' be "Bill!" exclaimed Ned. "What did he mean by that?" "That's what puzzled me for a minute," q>ntinued the detective. "Then I got on to it. The man, whoever it was, took me for Copper Bill, the half-breed. I was just going to answer him, when the same voice spoke a.gain: 'Say, Black Rabbit, are you there, my friend?' Instantly I shouted back: 'I'm not Black Rabbit, boss, I'm Copper Bill. You struck it right first time;' and, of course, I disguised my voice as well as I could." "Go on," said Ned. "This is getting interest ing." "So I thought. I waited, but no answer came, and then I spoke again," said the Unknown. "But it was no use, the fellow shut up like a clam." "What was his reason, Zed?" asked Dick. "Oh! that wasn't hard to discover, Dick. He wasn't fooled by me. Guess he knew it wasn't Cop per Bill speaking to him, and he got scared." "Likely enough," said Ned. "A curious ad venture, but I see nothing in it to concern us." "Oh! you don't?" inquired the Unknown, sarcastically. "Nothing to concern us! Why, of course not. Great fun, isn't it?" "Shut up! Talk sense if you can!" exclaimed Ned. "Dear boy, nothing but words of wisdom have been falling from my mouth the last half hour," said the Unknown, "and the stream isn't exhausted yet. See here, Ned, I recognized the voice. I'll swear it was Job Perkins who shouted to me." "That doesn't seem likely." "I'll prove it," retorted the Unknown. "Black Rabbit, are you there, my friend? 'My friend.' Isn't that his way of speaking?" "Yes, yes, Zed; you're right," said Ned. "Well, this shows that Perkins is acquainted with the In dians." "There's no doubt of it," replied the detective. "And he means to bring them down on us." Ned sprang up. "We'll take your and go up stream look for the scoundrel. What do you think of that plan?" he asked. "We can't do better," said Dick, "than to continue our Indian Raid." "You bet we can't," assented the Unknown, "only before we go we'll hide the gold." This was done, and the party started, Dick sitting in the bow paddling, the others keeping a good watch on both sides of the stream as they proceeded. When they had gone more than a couple of miles, Edith called attention to the fact that they had not brought their rifles with them, and Ned wanted to go back for them, but the Unknown thought they would only have Perkins to deal with after all. We can manage him, Ned," he declared. "It's not as if we should run against Copper Bill and his gang." So it was decided to go on, but when they had paddled a few miles further without seeing of Perkins, it really seemed as if they were only wasting time, and Ned was quite ready to return. However, as the Unknown seemed reluctant to do this, Ned consented to wait awhile. But they came to a halt, going in close to the shore, beneath some projecting rocks which jutted out very abrupLly, affording a very convenient shelter. If we see nothing of Perkins in half an hour," said the Unknown, "I'm willing to go right back to Cedar Gulch, but something tells me, Ned, that we haven't come here for nothing." "We've come here for more than we wanted gasped Ned, in a smothered voice. "Listen "Paddles! by the Jumping Jeremiah!" cried the Unknown. "Canoes coming down stre'!>m, as true as I live." "We've only one chance for it, Dick!" exclaimed Ned. "If we stay here we're caught. There's no escape for us. Strike right out for those trees on the opposite bank. Once there we're safe." Dick went to work vigorously witb his paddle, and the canoe, like a flash, shot out into the stream. Just as it did so, with Dick in the bow, steering it for the opposite bank, several c.anoes, filled with Indians, came into view. One of them '-darted forward after Young Klondike's party. Instantly of the Indians reached forward to grasp Edith who was in the stern of the canoe. The Unknown grasped her to hold her back; and Ned leaning over, struck at the Indian, who had seized Edith to beat him off. "Keep on paddling, Dick! Keep on paddling!" cried the Unknown, holding on to Edith. "Take your hands off that girl!" shouted Young Klondike, leaning over and beating Black Rabbit0s ouLstreched arms to make him let go his hold. "Drag her out of the boat !" shouted Copper Bill, who was in another canoe. "You have her now, Black Rabbit! Don't let her escape!" Ned, furious with passion, was fighting hard with l I

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. 21 Black Rabbit, and Dick was paddling with all his strength, the Unknown still,holding Edith back. Black Rabbit had reached so far forward that he was more than half out of his canoe, a .nd when Ned struck him a violent blow he lost his balance and slipped over the side into the water. The Unknown prevented Edith from being dragged with him into the stream. "Paddle! Paddle, Dick!"' cried the Unknown. "We may get away yet." "Impossible! They have we are unarm ed," answered Ned, despondently. "We are at their mercy." Some confusion had followed Black Rabbit's fall into the water, and all the canoes at once stopped. Those in the rear canoes, hearing the splash, thought that Edith had gone into the water, more especially as they could not see her. Taking Ned's advice, she ha. d crouched down in the canoe to escape any shots that might be fired. Meanwhile Black Rabbit had been dragged from the river, and Copper Bill was shouting to his gang to follow Young Klondike. "No shooting !" l\e cried. "They can't escape us. See that they don't land." The half-breed seemed certain of success, standing up in his canoe with a smile on his face, and when Ned looked around he waved his hand to him. "Out of the canoe!" cried Ned, when the craftwas a few yards from shore,. the water's shallow. Let us make a rush for it !'? Quickly Edith and the others sprang into the river and dashed through the water t.o the bank. "They're escaping!" shouted the half-breed, "shoot them down!" Just as a volley was fired, Young Klondike and his companions jumped amongst. the trees, and though the bullets rattled around them, no one was hit. Up the bluff they went, running as fast as they could, the Indians following in hot pursuit. But Ned's party increa.sed its lead, and were soon out of danger. To get back to the camp did not take long, because it was not half as far across land, as it had been on the water. "Your rifles!" cried Young Klondike. "We'll do the hunting now. With my gun in my hand, I don't trouble about those fellows." They turned baclr to meet the Indians, and found that Copper Bill and his gang had beaten a hasty retreat. Several shots were fired, but it was clear that it was only wasting powder and shot, the enemy being out of range. "By the Jumping Jeremiah!" cried the Unknown. "Three days' fighting! Hot work, Ned. Ye gods and little fishes How will it end ?" CHAPTER IX. YOUNG KLONDIKE'S ATTACK ON THE INDIAN VILLAGE. "THIS kind of thing can't go on," exclaimed Ned, as soon as they had returned to the camp. "But how can it be stopped?" asked Dick. "Well, it has to be stopped, that's what I have to s a y, and we must do something. We can't go on working these diggings when we're liable to be attacked at any moment. I want to get all the gold there is here, but we're paying too high a price for it." "There's only one way to put an end to it," retorted Dick. "We must attack the Indians and not let up on them until they're beaten." "Yes, but we don't all want to be killed," cried the Unknown, "and by gosh, those noble red men are just a bit too strong for us. We had a close call today, and it was a blame piece of good luck to get out as we did." "There's no doubt they are too strong for us," answered Ned. "We might manage as we've done before to keep them away from here, but we mustn't think of attacking them." "Why not get help?" ai;ked Edith. "Hooray!" cried Dick. "That's what we want. Let's go right away to Copper Centre, Ned, and try to get some men to join us." "Guess that won't be easy," said the Unknown. "Men come to the Klondike to get gold, not bullets." "I will pay them well," answered Young Klondike. "Yes, Dick, you are right and so is Edith. We'll go straight away to Copper Centre and see what can be done." "You'll have your trouble for nothing," observed the Unknown. "Copper Centre isn't peopled by fools." As it was almost certain that the Indians would attack the camp that night, no one was unwilling to get away. The preparations took a short time only. To reach the town was an easy matter, for, as will be remem bered, Ned and his party had a \log sled with them. The dogs had been tied up now for several days, and as they had had a complete rest, and had been well fed in the meantime, there was no reason why the journey should be a long one. The dogs fairly flew over the ground, and as the road was now familiar to Ned and his friends, the trip was made at a surprising rate, and almoRt without stopping. It was not late in the evening when the sled drew up outside Jim Casey's hotel. Ned's return brought a lot of the curious around him, and he went straight to business, knowing that time was an object. It was not safe to leave the diggings at Cedar Gulch too long-, because Perkins might get there and work the gold. It proved a comparatively easy matter, as Ned had imagined, to procure help. He engaged six men to join him in his expedition. Some of them were actuated by motives of gain, for Ned promised very handsome pay, others by a spirit of adventure alone. At any rate they were all strong, hardy miners who were certain to render a good account of themselves in any brush they might have with the enemy. Ned was delighted.

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------------...., 22 YOUNG KLONDIKE'.S INDIAN R,HD. "You don't know everything, Zed," he said to the Unknown, "although you think you do. I told you I should get my men and I did." "Have your laugh at me, dear boy," remarked the Unknown. "Laugh just as much as you please, but don't do me an injustice. I don't think I know everything, Ned, but I'm dead sure I know more than most people." "Ha! Ha !" laughed Ned.. "Well, get ready, we're off right away." "Off cried the Unknown. Nonsense Do you mean to tell me we're not going to pass the night in a hotel, now we have the chance." "That's exactly what I tell you. However, if you like you can stay. Do what you please." The Unknown walked away growling. A moment later he came back looking more satisfied. "Can't go, dear boy," he said. How's that?" cried Dick. "Dogs can't move. I've just had a look a'; them, and they'll be fit for nothmg till they've had ten or twelve hours' rest." "That doesn't make any difference," returned Ned; we go, all the same." Tramp it ?" "No, canoes. I've arranged that. It's more convenient than sleds, so long as the river is not frozen over. Some of the men who are coming owned canoes, and I've bought two of them. We get right away. Edith, you'll be perfectly safe here till we re turn." "Ned," said Edith, "I do wish you'd remember once for all, that where you and Dick and the Un known go, I go too. Don't ever talk like that again." So Edith went with the expedition, and a large portion of the population of Copper Centre was at the river side when the two canoes started and the miners sent them off with a rousing cheer. "The most difficult part is to come," said Dick. "We have to find the Indians." "Boss, that's dead easy," said Bat Paine, one of the men Neel had engaged in the town. Guess I can strike their village all right." "Do you know this country?" asked Ned, glad to hear these words. "Pretty well, Young Klonrlike. I've passed one of the villages of the Coppermine Indians often. It ain't far from the river, and I reckon that's the gang we're after." "Have you ever been to Cedar Gulch?" inquired Ned. "rr it's that big clump of cedars 'bout thirty miles up river, I've passed it often." "That's the place. How far had we better go past Cedar Gulch before we land?" "We won't go up there at all," answered Paine. "Guess we'll land a mile or two this side. Then we can work our way up the valley, and it's not hard walking there. We shall be a.t the Indian village tomorrow sure." "Say?" asked the Unknown. "Do you know this man Perkins?" Paine stared hard at the detective. "What are you giving me, boss?" he asked; ''guess that's why I'm here. Indians are better dead, but, by gosh! I'm not going to get out of my way to shoot them. No, boss, it's that smooth talker Perkins I'm gunning for. He played it low clown on us at Copper Centre and I'll get square with him." "Shake!" cried the Unknown, grasping Paine's hand. "You and me agree, for I'm not in love with our Christian friend, either." Ned had to ask for silence before long, because the sound of their voices might give the alarm to the enemy. A close watch was k ept, and both sides of the river were scrutinized so far as the darkness would allow, but nothing was seen of a suspicious na ture. When the time came for landing Ned would have liked to pay a visit to Cedar Gulch, having an idea that Perkins might be met with there, but as this meant a delay he decided to keep to the original plan. The canoes were taken out of the water and care fully secreted, for they might be.rwanted again. Then the expedition got well under way, and very soon the nine men and Edith had left the river below them, and were striking inland, Bat Pa.ine acting as their guide. After some talk they split up into three parties. Ned, Paine and the Un known were in front, Dick, Edith and two miners in the center, with two men bringing up the rear. This order was formed to guard against an ambush, the understanding being that on an alarm being given the three parties would at once concentrate into one body. Ned began to have doubts at length as to whether they had struck the right trail, but Paine was positive he had not gone astray, and Young Klondike became more easy in his mind. "I am dead sure, boss," said Paine, "that we're on the trail. See that cave?" pointing to a large hole in the rocks. "What of it?" "That's sure proof, Young Klondike. I've slept in there more than once." "And how far off are we now?" inquired Ned. "'Bout two miles," answered Paine; "not a yard more." "We'll halt," said Ned. Everybody came up and then Ned suggested that it would be well to have something to eat. "We haven't much food with us," he said. "But I guess you're all mighty hungry, and it's poor work fighting on empty stomachs. Get some wood, there's plenty about, and we'll build a fire and boil some coffee." "The fire will be seen," cried Dick. "No, for we will make it in the cave." The fire was soon lit, for wood was abundant, and the hasty meal much refreshed the party. Then they went on the march again. I .J

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. 1-YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. 23 Not a sound was heard now, no one even whisI was replied to by rifle shots and a shower of ar pered, so necessary was it to be cautious. Young rows. Klondike meant to surprise the village and make a "I'm hit !" cried one of Young Klondike's men. thorough raid. "A bullet?" asked another, turning to his wound-Nearer and nearer Ned's party went, until sud-ed comrade. denly Paine grasped Young Klondike's arm, and "A blame arrow!" gasped the man. "You go on without speaking pointed to a fire which was burning shooting, pard. I'll be gunning myself in a minute." a short distance away. Very bravely, spite of the intense pain it caused, "The Indian village?" inquired Ned, speaking as the wounded man tore the barbed weapon from the softly as possible. wound, which bled profusely. "That fire is burning in front of one of -the lodges. Edith, regardless of the bullets and arrows that It's a soft snap we have," said Paine. "They don't were flying, insisted on attending to the wound, suspect anything, 'cause they wouldn't show that and very cheerfully she fastened a bandage around blaze if they did." the man's left arm, which was the member that had "Besides there are no sentries," remarked the Un been hurt. knovvn. "The whole place is asleep and we're gomg "Guess that evens up things," cried the man, to have a picmc. It reminds me of something that blazing away at the Indians. "I saw a buck fall, any happened to me when I was in a Bengal jungle--" way. Great sport, by gosh!" "Pshaw! give us a rest," cried Ned, impatiently. "Not what I wanted!" exclaimed Young Klondike. "Crushed again," murmured the Unknown. "We're making no progress. If we advance we shall "Dear boy, I am dumb, but I was in the Bengal be shot down, for those fellows are about twice as jungle just the same." many as I lxpected to see. Keep behind these bowl Ned collected his small party and addressed them ders, boys, and fire away." very quietly. The miners wanted no orders to fire. They were de" My object is to terrify these Indians, gentlemen, lighted to find themselves at close quarters with the not to kill them," he said. "Of course if any of them enemy. Paine was not doing so much shooting as the get shot if we have a fight that can't be helped, others. He stopped from time to time and took a they don't deserve pity after the way they've acted. long, steady look into the crowd of Indians, who were But I don't think there will be any fighting. We now only faintly visible because the fire was almost shall take them in their sleep. The surprise will he extingu!shed . complete and they will surrender. In any event, "I'm scouting for Perkins," he explained, as mind, don't shoot the squaws." a reason for his conduct. "Is that all?" inquired one man. Most of Young Klondike's party were so utterly "Yes, except that I'm going to tell you how the careless that it never entered their heads that they attack is to be made," said Ned. "You will follow were in the slightest danger. But Ned knew better, me down this slope, and when I give the word charge and sodid the Unknown, and the twohadashorttalk. forward. Go right ahead, mind, and stop for "Give me your advice, Zed," said Ned. ing !" "I think we ought to retreat." "This is bad luck," growled one of the men, who "Retreat Say, that's a back down entirely. My had joined the party for the sake of ad venture merely. idea was that we might stand our ground Zed. "Boss, I came for fighting, and thunder! there ain't Of course, an advance is out of the question at pres going to be any, it seems." ent. You must have some reason for advising a Well, I'll have to double your pay to make up for retreat." the disappointment. No more talk. Have your rifles "Yes, and a good one," answered the detective. ready and follow me. No sentry," he added. "We're in a trap. Instoo.d of surprising the Indians, "True enough, they suspect nothing." they surprised us, Ned. I believe we were s4adowed "Whoop! Whoop!" from the time we left the river." All at once, in quick succession, came two shouts, "By whom?" the volume of which seemed to be increased by the "That same old party, Perkins." dead silence which they disturbed. Strange to say, "Impossible!" the noise ca.me from the rear of Young Klondike's "Not at all, very probable," persisted the Unparty. known. "The cry that alarmed the Indian camp "Forward!" cried Ned, in ringing tones. "That came from our rear, and it wasn't our Indian cry, shout .has alarmed tb.e camp. Quickness only can help either. It was Perkins, I'm dead surd, who gave the us now." alarm. Retreat, Ned, retreat, while there's time, or All was commotion in the village. Men were rush-we shall have the enemy behind us cutting off the ing out of the lodges and squaws were._shrieking. The path." bucks seized their arms, and collecting around the j "Ned.! Ned!" cried Dick, rushing back, "we must tent of Copper Bill prepared to defend themselves. skip. Those redskins are climbing tha1l bluff to the Ned's party poured in a volley, and this I right to get behind us."

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.. ) ...-. .. 24 YOUNG KLONDIKE S INDIAN RAID. "Great Heaven it's so !" shouted Ned. must fly or we are lost!" CHAPTER X. "We JOB PERKINS ACTS THE PART OF PEACEMAKER. THE fourth day's fighting was over, and it seemed that the struggle on the fifth, which was about to begin, would end in the total defeat of Young Klon dike s party. The Indians were very active now, and were making no secret of what they were doing, feeling confident, apparently, that they had the white men safely trapped. The voices of the chiefs could be plamly heard giving orders. Copper Bill and Black Rabbit w&e particularly active, and the half-breed shouted defiantly to Young Klondike from time to time. "Why do you run away, Young Klondike?" asked the half-breed. "Say, you can't be afraid?" Dick turned and blazed away in the direction from which the sounds came, for he was furious. He would have stayed if Ned had not called to him to desist. "You are only wasting bullets, Dick," cried Ned. "Keep them, they will be more useful later on." "We're hemmed in,'" said the U11known, in anxious tones. "Our retreat is cut off." "Are you sure, Zed ?" "Listen," said the Unknown, calling on the crowd to h alt. "What do you hear in the path below?" "Voices !" cried Paine. "Indian bucks talking, true as I live." swered the Unknown. "We have no food with us." "Friends, dear friends," said a voice from above at this point. The Unknown almost dropped with amazement. But Paine put his rifle to his shoulder, and the others glanced upwards in the darkness. "Perkins himself!" gasped the Unknown. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, what's going to happen now?" "Better speak to him, Ned," said Dick. "See what be wants anyway." "Is my dear friend, Young Klondike, below?" asked Perkins, in bis softest tones. "The darkness of the night prevents me frorn seeing those familiar features." "I'm going to have a word with him, Zed," said Young Klondike, quietly. "But keep a good watch. I don't trust the scoundrel." "He won't spring any fresh trap on us," growled Paine. "What do you want with me, Perkins?" cried Ned, angrily. "Be quick, and speak as briefly as you can. The less I have to do with you the better I'm pleased." "Ingratitude! ingratituqe !" whined Perkins. "It is the way of the world. I must bear it meekly, though." "What's your game, boss ?" cried one of the miners, impatient at this sort of talk. "My mission is peace, beautiful peace," answered Perkins. "How happy it makes me to come between t ,wQ bands of angry men who should be brothers and quell their savage strife." "That's sure proof!" exclaimed the Unknown. "I'm sorry I led you into this!" cried Ned, im pulsively, turning to the six men he had brought from Copper Centre. ''Perkins," said Ned, "this kind of talk doesn't "Don't you shed tears over us, boss," said one of impose on me a cent. Drop all this nonsense and tell the men. Guess we'll come through all right yet,. me what you want. Guess you have some proposal and if we don't who's to blame you, Young Klon-to make. Out with it right now." I dike? It's not as if you weren't taking the same "My dear young friend you are on the right path. chances as ourselves." I have a proposal to make. I want no more shooting. "That's the talk!" cried several of the men. No more killing. You can cause it all to cease if you "We're with you to the end, boss!" cried the first will." speaker, and the others expressed their agreement Once more I tell you I'm waiting for you to tell with him. I me how!" cried Ned, furiously. Ned and the Unknown were trying their utmost to "There are two at Cedar Perkins find a plal}e where a successful stand mio-ht be made proceeded to say. Give me yours m exchange for 0 and when they reached some bowlders it was decided mme--to halt. If they advanced they might find no pro"What! You want to sell us a gold brick?" tection. shouted the Unknown. "Ye gods and little fishes 1 Copper Bill had left his village, and he and his 1 Your petered out. I had a good look and bucks were following up Young Klondike's party as know it. they retreated. "Our eccentric friend interrupted the conversation. Ned and his friends were busily engaged in piling I pardon him," replied Perkins. "I will resume. great rocks one on top of the other, so that a kind of Exchange claims with me, and I will undertake that fort might be formed, and soon they saw that they the Indians shall go right back to their village, and were able to construct more reliable defensive works let you retreat in peace. Not a hand shall be raised than they had imagined was possible. against you." "I believe we could hold out a week here," cried "But why should I give you my claim?" asked Dick, delighted at the change that had come over Ned. ''I prospected and found the gold, and it's their prospects. mine." "Yes, but our stomachs couldn't, dear boy,'' an! "Pause, my dear young friend. Think how much

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' \ YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. 25 more gcod the gold will do to humanity in my hands than in yours." "Do your worst !" shouted Young Klondike. "I make no terms with you, you hypocritical scoundrel. I defy you." "My anger shall fall on you, rash youth. I will smite you and all with you with the edge of the sword!" The instant Perkins had finished this speech he gave vent to a long and shrill whistle. Evidently it was a prearranged signal, for instantly a furious attack be gan. On one side a band of Indians under Copper Bill rushed at the hastily constructed fort behind which Ned and his party were sheltered. At the same time Black Rabbit led another crowd of Indians, and both parties came rushing up, swinging their clubs and yelling fiercely. Ned and his party fired as rapidly as they were able, and though many bucks fell wounded, the rest came on, and reaching the fort, they tried to force their way over the bowlders. It was a hand to hand fight now, in which rifles became almost useless, ex cept to be used as clubs. Copper Bill kept in the background as usual, but Black Rabbit, who seemed not to know what fear was, rushed at the rocks, and uttering a savage cry; leaped on to a high bowlder, and swung his club furiously at Ned. to nothing. He's beaten and he knows it. That last remark of his was all bluff." "We can hold this place easily enough," said the Unknown. "We've shown that." ''And here we will stay. When daylight comes," answered Young Klondike, "we shall know better how to act." "Wonder where that blame cuss Perkins is?" ask ed Bat Paine. "He's back of the whole game, but he's bitten off more than he can chew this time. Gosh! but I want to meet that man Perkins!" shouted Paine. "Where in thunder are you anyway?" "Why don't you ask him to stand on the bluff and let you have a shot at him," laughed Dick. "He's sure to answer you." "Because it's a correct thing to do," said a voice, and they knew it was Perkins again, and also that he was near, for he must have heard what was said, his speech being an answer to Dick's remark. That Perkins was directly overhead this sound showed, but he could not be seen. In a few minutes strange sounds were heard, and the Unknown was the first to guess what they meant. "You hear that noise?" he gasped. "Of course," answered Ned. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, it sends the cold shiv ers through me. That's Perkins a:t work." "What's he doing?" asked Dick. He's trying to topple this great mass of earth and rock that's overhead onto us and bury us." "He can't do it!" shouted Ned; "theground is frozen too hard." The boy saw his danger, and quick as lightning he jumped aside, and then before Black Rabbit could re cover himself to deal another blow, Ned caught hold of him by the ankles and sent him backwards. The Indian lay where he fell, as still as death. "Avenge him!" cried Copper Bill, savagely. "Kill "The power of rendrock is great, my dear young Young Klondike!" friend," said Perkins, softly. "It will scatter you "Ugh! Ugh!" grunted the bucks, as they fought ] and your evil companions like chaff." desperately. All his hearers looked at each other aghast. In "No, you don't," said the Unknown, as he put up such a situation the bravest man need not feel his rifle and warded off a blow that was aimed at him. ashamed to show fear, for it seemed as if certain "Indian bad man Indian get it in the neck!" death stared them in the face. With this remark the Unknown's rifle butt fell on "Can't we climb up there and chase him away?"' the back of the. Indian, almost breaking his spine. cried Dick. The man sank in a heap, groaning fearfully. "Impossible! A cat couldn't climb this rock," an-Many cf the miners were using their six-shooters swered Ned. with great effect, and when a bullet grazed Copper "But we needn't, stay here and be crushed," said Bill's cheek', drawing blood as it passed, the half-Edith. "We can move away before he explodes the breed shouted to his bucks, and instantly they gave rendrock-can't we, Ned?" up the fight. "What good will that do, Edith?" said Young "Beaten!" shouted Young Klondike, triumphant-Klondike. "Once out in thlil open we shall stand a ly. poor show against the enemy. Still, we will do that "The fight hasn't begun yet," cried Copper Bill. if it's necessary. Better to die fighting than to be "You'll see who's beaten when I'm through with buried alive." You." T his reminds me--" began the Unknown. Dick fired twice at the half-breed and each time he "Get off!" cried Dick. missed him, and before he could send another bullet at him, Copper Bill's figure was lost in the dark ness. "I think we got the best of said Ned, laugh ingly. "What that half-breed fellow said amounts "That's the last straw," exclaimed Ned. "We haven't trouble enough already, but the Unknown must rake up some of his reminiscences. It's snowing!" he added, abruptly. "Wish it would blow a blizzard," said Paine.

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26 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. "Thunder I believe it will, only if it's going to do any good it must come on quick." It was frightfully cold now, though the bowlders gave some little protection from the icy blast that was extremely penetrating. The man who had been wounded in the arm, was lying down behind the rocks wrapped in some blankets, the others still stood on guard, ready to resist an attack. As Paine had predicted, the blizzard was on them now. Snow fell in a blinding sheet, and the force of the gale was terrific, and every moment the wind in creased in strength. Overhead the dull sound of the drill could be heard, showing that Perkins was still at work driving a hole in the rock so that' he might put in the rendrock. "He'll have to thaw the cartridges first," said the Unknown, and that's going to take some time. There's no lighting a fire this weather." Huddled up in a heap they all stood, crouching down behind the bowlders, with nothing to do but to listen to Perkins at his work. All at once it stopped. "He's ready to fire the hole!" cried Dick. "Nonsense!" answered Ned. "He must thaw the cartridges. Guess he's gone away to do it." "He's there!" cried the Unknown. "I can bear him talking to himself, and he's in a bit of a temper, too." "He's here!" shouted Paine, excitedly, springing to his feet from behind the bowlder, as a dark form toppled off the rock overhead, and passed in front of Young Klondike's party. Qtiick as a ca t Ned sprang over the rocks, for he realized in a moment what had happened. The ter rible force of the blizzard had swept Perkins right off the bluff. Ned rushed towards the spot where he had seen Perkins fall, with Bat Paine and the Unknown both following him. Perkins was entirely unhurt. The snow that had just come down was not yet frozen hard, and this saved his fall. So, as soon as Ned came near him be was able to jump up and run away, making off to wards the Indian village, because it was towards that place he had been thrown. Ned could not fire at him, for he had left his rifle behind the rocks when he rushed out to capture Per kins, and so the scoundrel escaped. "We must brave the storm," said Ned. "Let us push ahead, if possible, while the blizzard blows. Our path is sure to 'oe clear now, for the Indians will not stay to face the gale. The further we can get a way from here before daylight the better for us. Come along, everybody, while we have the chance." It seemed as if the wind would sweep them over into the abyss, but still no one hesitated to follow Young Klondike's lead. "Guess we all have!" exclaimed the Unknown. "You can have too much of a good thing, and I don't care who has my share of the blizzard." The party had come to a standstill. Ned and Edith, who were in front, had halted, not because they did not wish to proceed, but because the fury of the elements was so great that the.Y, were unable to do so. The wind was right in their teeth, blowing the blinding snow against*'them and so cold that it cut like a knife. "It's madness to attempt to go on, that's sure, boys," said Ned. "We must turn back. There's no help for it." Going back was easier. The wind blew them along now, and in a few minutes they were in the fort again. "A worse night I never remember," cried Bat Paine, "a.nd by gosh, this poor fellow here is in bad shape." He alluded to the man who had been wounded. "The Unknown to the rescue!" exclaimed the de tective, producing his fl.ask. "Try a drop of this, my' friend, it works wonders." It really seemed as if the Unknown had spoken truly, for the wounded man revived considerably after he had taken a drink. His friends covered him up as well as they could, and they also shielded themselves from the storm by wrapping themselves in their heavy mission blankets. "Anyway, we can rest here," said one man, "with out thinking the blame rock's coming down on our heads." "Yes, that's something," said Dick. "The bliz zard has done some good for certain. That fellow Perkins is a regular demon. He must be, to think of smashing all of us to pieces." At this moment the Unknown started up from be hind the rocks, and in an instant he sprang over them, and was looking up at the bluff shore. "Trying to see if there's going to be a. change in the weather, Zed?" asked Ned. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, no!" shouted the Un known. "Ye gods and little fishes! I think we're all dead men. Run, boys, run !" the de tective. "There's just a chance for life!" At first some of the men thought the Unknown was joking, but his voice was so serious before he conclud ed that his words terrified all who heard them. Still, they lost no time in following his ad vice, and springing over the rocks, thty dashed down the path, bend ing low, to avert the force of the wind. "Keep under the rocks!" cried the Unknown fran tically. "Do like me !" Saying this he threw himself down on the path close to the rocks, and wondering more and more, the others did the same. Instantly there was a noise like thunder, followed CHAPTER XI. by a terrific crash, caused by the falling of great THE FEARFUL EXPLOSION IN THE MOUNTAINS. masses of stone and earth. Fragments of rock fiew "SAY, I've had enough of this!" cried one of the in all directions, and several of the party had very miners, after struggling a few yards. I narrow escapes. Certainly some of them would have

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r Y O UNG KL O NDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. 27 been killed if they had not followed the Unknown's advice. "Thus the wicked perish !" cried the familiar voice of Perkins, as soon as all was still "Not yet, boss !" shouted Paine, springing up, "but they're going to!" And instantly he blazed away with his rifle in the direction where he imagined Perkins to be, and the Unknown and several others followed his example, hoping to finish him. The Unknown's advice was received with a shout of approval, and immediately the men set to work col lecting wood, of which there was a large quantity near at hand, and a blazing fire was very soon warming the party and cooking their breakfast at the same time. The hot coffee produced a wonderful effect on the half-frozen group, and the wounded man declared he was quite well again. "Kill! Kill !" shouted a fierce voice, and instantly this order was followed by a wild yell as a band of Indian bucks charged up the bluff with Copper Bill in the lead. But this Edith would not allow. She had constituted herself his nurse, and told him he must remain quiet; against this the man protested. "You have your orders," said the Unknown, laughingly. "Kicking's no good. What Edith says goes." "We must fly !" cried Dick. "Not on your life!" shouted Ned. "We'll stand "Now to get to work!" cried Ned. ,, We've lost enough time as it is, following those Indians. We'll our ground and give them a volley. We're not see if we can't make up for it." hemmed in now, for the men on the other side have The miners who had come from Copper Centre with gone. Blaze away, boys!" E b d fi d Ed.th 1 d d Th d d Ned had been asw:mnded to see signs of diggings at very o y re i me u e e woun e t t d d h 'fl tl It Cedar Gulch, for no news of this had reached the city. man, oo, sa up an use 1s r1 e on le enemy. t th I d h d t t' t d f I They were still more astounded when Ned spoke of was a recep 10n e n ians a no an ic1pa e or . th b bl th It th t f tl t h d gettmg to work, lookmg upon It as a waste of time. ey pro a y oug i a some o le par y a W k h 1,, B p "N perished when the rock fell. or ere cried at ame. ot much, boss. . It's not good enough for us. Oh no!" The hot firmg checked their advance mstantly, and "I'll 1 ,, l' N after another halt they received such a storm of bul" pay you .we l, ied ed. 1 t th t th t t d f Guess you will. There s no doubt about that, boss. e s a ey re rea e 111 con us10n. y Kl d'k d ffi. t f h t ,, "N 1 t f 1 1 ,, 'd N d "I oung on l e s wor is su CJen or t a ow, e us move, 1 you i rn, sa1 e "Th h t d ?" k d N d th. k h d b t tl b t f tl. 1 t fi ht d en w a o you mean. as e e 'somewhat m we ve a a i le es o 11s as g an d "I , I l h p k' t th t' z d surprise t cant be because you don t like work. on Y ope e: ms is amongs e vic ims e You don't seem that kind of men. you saved our llves, there's no denymg that." I was keeping my ears open," answered the Un. known. "The wind had fallen just a bit, and I felt sure that fellow Perkins would come back if he could reach the rock. I heard him overhead. I knew at once what had happened. He'd thawed out the cart"You bet we're not. But see here, boss! It's robbery taking your money for nothing. What's the good of shoveling up that stuff?" said Paine, point ing to a great heap of dirt which had passed through the cradle. ridges and was going to blow us up. A close call, "My friend," said the Unknown, producing a boys, but we came out on top just the same." large bag, "you'll oblige me by taking a look at The wind was lessening in force every instant now. this." The snow had ceased to fall, and though it was still "Gold!" cried Paine, astounded at what he saw. very cold, the air bad lost the intense keenness that I "Twentyfive thousand dollars' worth," the Un had hitherto been its chief characteristic. Rapid known said. "Got from here in one night." progress was made, the wounded man being carried "And only a small part of what is still waiting in along by his comrades, who shared the labor by the ground for us," exclaimed Ned. "Now, then, let turns. me have an answer." Daylight came, and when they could look around "What a strike !" cried one. they found themselves within a very short distance of "A bonanza!" shouted another. the place where they had left their canoes. These "Boss, I understand Perkins now," said Paine. had not been disturbed, and getting aboard them, "This strike of yours set him crazy. By gosh I theylpaddled away up river towards Cedar Gulch, I don't wonder, either. It's wonderful!" which they soon reached. The men went to work with a will now, having ar" Looks just as we left it!" sai d Dick, referring to ranged terms with Ned, who as usual showed him-their camp. self extremely liberal in his treatment of them. Of "Hope it will prove so," responded Ned, anxiously, course the ground had to be thawed again, but this jumping out of the canoe, and running up the bank. was a small matter with wood so plentiful. "Yes!" he cried, after a quick survey. "EveryThe Unknown, instead of assisting m these o pera thing is here, which is more than I expected. What tions, paced to and fro on some rising ground, from shall we do?" which some considerable view was obtainabl e "That's easy, dear boy," said the Unkno wn. "Keepingyourself warm, Zed?" cried Di ck Light a blazing fire and warm ourselves, and have I "Dear boy, I'm at work. s omethingtoeat." "Work! Ha! Ha!': laughed N ed. "Mighty

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28 Y OU N G KLONDIKES INDIAN RA.JD hard work, too. Don't overdo it, Zed. Be careful, "I'll finish him, Ned," he said. we can't afford to lose you." "What! Kill our men !" cried Ned, who thought "I'm a sentry," cried the Unknown. "I'm watch-the Unknown was crazy. in.g for the Indians. Don't forget they may return "No, no. Don't you know where that work is at any moment. If they swooped down suddenly going on ? Look It's over there in Perkins' while you were all in the diggings we should be in a claim." tight corner." "By gracious!" cried Ned, quite excited now. "He "Well, keep on watching, Zed. It don't hurt us can't have had the nerve to show himself here again. and it amuses you. You bet we shall neYer see anyYet it looks like it. Why, there he is!" thing more of the or Perkins either." At this moment Job Perkins came up out of the "Betting's sinful, Ned, as our absent friend Perkins shaft, and turning around he faced Ned and the Un would sa.y," replied the Unknown, "or I'd wager you known, waved his arm to them, and smiled as if he my share in this gold here against yours that we was delighted to see them once more. Then, with shall have more trouble with Perkins before many perfect unconcern, he threw the bucket of dirt he was days are over." carrying into the cradle, and proceedccl to work it. "He'll have to be quick, then," answered Ned. "It "He must have come back in the night!" cried won't take long working this gold out, for it's easy Dick, who was awake now to get and then I propose to clear out." "No doubt, but as our sentry didn't hear him," re-With that Ned went back to the diggings, leaving plied Ned, "our sentry must have been asleep." the Unknown to continue his walk. Young Klondike's camp was wildly excited now As soon as the ground was thawed out digging Bat Paine had his hand on his rifle and was eying commenced, and with so many men to help rapid Perkins in a very significant manner, and the r es t of progress was made. Two shafts had been sunk, and the men from Copper Centre were discussing the affair there was an abundance of water at hand, so it was in an animated fashion. an easy matter to wash the gold. I "Well, it has to be done," said the Unknown to The strike continued to surprise everybody. The Ned. "So I suppose I'd better take the ma.tter in richness of the vein was a revelation to Paine and his hand." friends, who had never seen anything like it before. "Take what in hand ?" When they heard the history of the affair, how "By the Jumping Jeremiah! l'm going to shoot Perkins had given it up to Young Klondike, believing this man Perkins right away!" it worthless, they laughed till they were tired. "You'll do no such thing!" cried Ned. "I can't "For once he got left !" cried Paine, "and so the have the fellow, bad as be is, shot down in cold blood. gold in bis claim over there has petered out." Why, what's he going to do now?" "Not a -nugget left," replied the Unknown. "1 had As Ned spoke, Job Perkins left his claim, and a good look after he left it. Besides, his lea.ving it is walked slowly over to that of Young Klondike. sure proof he knows it is worthless." I "That's not the reason," cried Dick. ''It's be cause he despists gold." CHAPTER XII. "Ha, ha!" laughed everybody. COPPER BILL MAKES HIS LAST THROW. Young Klondike determined that an entire rest "MAY peace and prosperity be with you!" said should be taken that night. The of the Perkins, as he drew near, and he raised his broad past few days had been extremely exhausting, and brimmed hat as he spoke. everyone stood in need of rest. As a matter of pre-His hearers were so astounded by his assurance that caution one man was left on gaard, and he did his they cot.Id only stare at him in silence, and he came duty as sentry until relieved. The man who sue-right up to them without a word being said. ceeded him failed to do so, going fa.st asleep at his Then Paine, tl\.e Unknown, and some of the others post. recovering themselves, sprang to their feet with The Unknown was the first to open his eyes the angry exclamations. next morning. Perkins, still smiling, raised his band as if to still vYhen Ned awoke soon after, he saw the detective I this commotion, apparently not scared by the fierce staring with wide open eyes as if he had seen a ghost. looks of the miners. "Got the nightmare, Zed?" he cried, laughingly. "This is no occasion for strife, dear friends," he "Don't you hear?" asked the Unknown, quickly. said, soothingly. "My mission is one of peace." "Certainly. I can hear some one at work, and I'm "Thunder! what do y ou expect?" demanded Paine. glad, too, for it shows our men don't have to be told. "A warm greeting," replied Perkins, "the pres-They get down to it without orders." sure of a glad hand, the sound of rejoicing, the feast "By the Jumping Jeremiah, you're right l" shouted prepared to welcome the prodigal's return. Brethren, the Unknown. "That blame cuss'll have to get an I have sinned, but I repent. Receive me in your fold order not to work, and I'm going to give it, too!" again." The Unknown grasped his rifle and rose with .a very "This won't do at all," said Ned, in a decided tone. fierce look on his face. "You're a scoundrel and a hypocrite. You tried

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YOUNG KLONDIKE' S INDIAN RAID. 29 to kill us, you set the Indians on us, and it's only I but don't pay him a cent, and keep him hard at it, through a miracle we escaped." That's having a good revenge on him, and when we're "But I have repented, dear friends." through with the gold here we'\l leave him behind, "Bosh!" shouted Dick. with a little food, to shift for himself." "Lynch him!" cried Paine, fiercely. "Edith, you've the best head of all. I'll do it!" "There's lots of trees about," exclaimed another cried Ned. "Perkins," he added, "Miss Welton has miner. "Let's string him up to one of them. The pleaded for you, and you owe your life to her. You sooner his kind are dead the better." will stay in this camp and work for us. food "Dear boy," said the Unknown, "our friend Per-you will receive, but not one cent of pay. If I see kins is delaying the work of the day, which I'm sure 1 you shirk your work, I shall have you run right out must embarrass him. Here is the rope. Let us per-1 of camp that instant. Now, skip and get right form the ceremony right now." down to work at once." "Oh! the hardness of heart of these cruel men," I Perkins never even thanked Ned for saving his life. groaned Perkins, casting up his eyes. Perhaps he did not think he was out of danger yet, "Stop that lingo!" cried Ned, angrily, "or I'll for Paine and some of the others were anything but keep my hands off, and leave you to your fate. That pleased at the prospect of being associated with the talk disgusts me, so don't let me have any more of fellow. They took good care to t .hrow the hardest it." work upon him, and he was not allowed any rest ex" String him up," said Paine, "that'll close his cept for his meals, and they even hurried him over jaw." these. "No, I won't have it," declared Ned. "Brother Paine," he said, extending his hand, "Won't have it, dear boy?" asked the Unknown "let bygones be bygones." with a look of astonishment. "Do I understand that "Speak to me again and I'll blow your brains I you object to the hanging?" out!" answered Paine, angrily, and as he looked as "Certainly, I do, Zed," answered Ned. "You if he meant what he said, Perkins was silent. ought to know that. You know very well I have set "That's the way to talk, Bat," said one of Paine's my face against lynching always when there's any comrades. "Wish he was dead, anyway." other course open. The man's a scoundrel and does "Don't you worry yourself 'bout him, pard," annot deserve to live, but I'm not going to rob him of swered Paine, with a grim look on his face. "If he l his worthless life." gets to Copper Centre alive I'll give him my pile." 11 "Then what's to be done with him?" inquired the "Are you going to lay him out ?" I Unknown. "That's what 1 am. So long as the work's on I'm "Run him out of the camp," answered Ned. "Get in Young Klondike's employ, and I guess I don't rid of him. What do you say, Dick?" want to rile him, for he's a white man. Soon's it's "l agree with you, Ned. Run him out, I say, and over, though, things is different. I go where I lik e give him notice that if he shows up again he'll be and do what I please. Then Job had better look U shot on sight." out." "I won't dispute the point," said the Unknown. So the prospects of Perkins ornamenting society "What you say goes." much longer were very dubious. Paine and the others had a high opinion of Young For nearly a week the work proceeded without inKlondike, so they fell in with his wishes, somewhat termission, except for sleep, and with such good rereluctantly it must be owned. sults that nearly one hundred and fifty thousand dol" You've had a narrow escape," said Young Klon-lars' worth of gold was obtained, so all were in great l dike to Perkins. "Let this be a warning to you. Now I spirits, as a matter of course. l go." Then one morning it was discovered that Job Per. "lt would be more merciful to kill me at once," I kins was missing. said Perkins, pointing to his wretched clothing, which I "What does that mean ?" cried Dick. "Guess was a poor protection against the cold. "I shall die he's saved up his food and has struck right out for before I can reach civilization." Copper Centre-got tired of work." "That's not my affair," cried Ned. He was dis/ ''You bet,'' said Paine. ''Job was never very fond gusted with the man, and wanted to be rid of him. of that. The cuss! I meant to shoot him. Blame "Ned, Ned," said Edith, quickly, but in a low tone; him, I won't find him very easily now." "that's not like you. The man's on the verge of star"Well, it's a good riddance," said Ned . "l hated vation, and how he's managed to live with those the sight of the fellow." threadbare clothes and those old shoes, passes my "And yet you'll have to see him again, Ned," ob comp r ehension. As be says, if he's driven out of the served the Unknown. "Dear boy, I was quite right camp it's death." I before, and I'm sure I'm going to be rfght again. "But what can I do, Edith?" f Perkins has not gone to Copper Centre. He's gone "Why, Ned, keep him here." I right away to join the Indians and bring Copper Bill, "Here?" Black Rabbit and the whole gang down on us a.gain." "Certainly, Ned, and make him work. Feed him, l "You see an Indian in everything, Zed," laughed

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30 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. Young Klondike. "Wait till they come; they'll I others in helping to load the canoes, and just as it llave a warm reception, for we're stronger than we was getting dark the start from Cedar Gulch took :were the last time they were here." place. "Still, Ned," said Dick, "it's mighty serious. The current carried the canoes along splendidly, Perkins knows how much gold we have, and if the and there' seemed not the slightest doubt that they Indians come here they may do so in overwhelming would reach the town by the early morning. As they numbers." went on, however, the stream ceased to fl.ow so swiftly, "Pshaw! he's not gone near the Indians," an and then they discovered that its surfacl was coated swered Ned. "Forget him, and start to work with ice. paddles crashed through it, first of all again." easily enough, then later with much difficulty. 1'owards noon the Unknown returned to the camp "'l'he ice gets thicker every minute," cried Edith. from which he had been absent for some hours, and "Shows how fast things freeze up here," answered naturally everyone wanted to know what he had been Dick. doing. "Doesn;t show anything of the kind," said Ned. "I have been finding out what's become of Per-"It simply means that we're getting every moment kins," answered the detective. "And, Ned, I've disinto stiller water. Hello! Listen! We're not the covered, beyond a doubt, that he's gone up the Coponly people on the river. I can hear voices." per river, not down. That shows he's not gone to "Indians!" cried the Unknown. Copper Centre." "Bosh! they're talking English . Hello there!" "What proof have you?" inquired Ned. shouted Ned. "Who are you, anyway?" "I got on to his trail and followed it right up the "I'm the claim recorder at Copper Centre; just try-river, so there's no mistake." ing to get up the river with a few friends. Who may Ned did not dispute the matter further, for he knew you be?" that the Unknown was very careful in all matters of "Ned Golden." this kind, and that his conclusions were usually cor"Young Klondike!" exclaimed the other man. rect. Glad to meet you. We're stuck on the ice. Looks "Still, Zed, I dqubt whether we shall see anything as if our boat would be nipped in it." of the Indians," said Ned. "We gave them such a "It's thinner over here. work your way over if bad time when we last met them, that I don't believe you can," cried Young Klondike. "They're coming even Perkins will be able to persuade them to attack along, boys, hark, they're getting nearer every us again. There's no cause for alarm." minute." "We shan't be here much longer anyway," said "Yes, but what about ourselves,'' asked Edith. Paine. "We shall be nipped, too, Ned." "True," cried Ned, quickly. "The gold's at an "Goodadviceyougaveme, Young Klondike,'' exend or nearly so, according to all appearances." claimed the claim recorder, as his boat came up. This last statement received confirmation in the "Yes, I was able to advise you,'' laughed Ned, course of the next hour or two, for not ten dollars' "but who's going to advise me. stuck right worth of gold was found out of all the buckets of dirt here, and can't get along. The ice is closing in that were washed. on us." Dick suggested that they break up camp at once "Ugh! Ugh! White man die!" and get back to the town. These shouts astounded everybody, forthe presence "We've done very well, Ned,'' he said. "We've of the Indians had not been suspected until their cries struck it rich. Let's get back with our gold and were heard. That they were in great numbers was bank it somewhere. Besides, the river will soon be evident from the noise they made, as they ran along frozen over, and as we have no dog sled now, we shall side the river yelling furiously. have to tramp." "Get to work with axes!" shouted Ned, standing "Yes, that's serious. I saw signs of the river up in his canoe. "The water ahead is not frozen. freezing," said Ned. "You're quite right, Dick, the We must cut our way to it!" sooner we go the better. Put the gold on board the "My dear Indian friends,'' called a voice, "kill in big canoe and we'll start right away." the most merciful way, therefore kill quickly." "Hurrah!" cried the Unknown. "That' s the most "I know that voice,'' cried the claim recorder, exsensible decision you've come to, Ned, for I don't citedly. "There's only one man talks like that. His know how long. It reminds me of what I did when name's Perkins, and he's a blame fraud." the river froze on us in Siberia in '88. We wanted to "That's the man,'' said the Unknown. get through, so--" "He's the worst scoundrel in Alaska. A tough, a. "You looked at it,'' cried Dick, "and thawed it claim jumper, and all that's bad." with the fire of your eyes." "He tried to jump my claim at Cedar Gulch," said They all laughed loudly at the Unknown, who Young Klondike. "Said he owned it before Chris walked hastily away as if he was offended. Of course Peters did." he was not, for he never minded a joke, even when it "Showing his papers !" cried a voice. "Don't forwas at his own expense, and he was soon as busy as the get that, Young Klondike," and Perkins now ap-

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r t YOUNG KLONDIKE'S INDIAN RAID. 31 peared, struggling across the ice towards the canoes l "Fire!" shouted Copper Bill. with the indians. Crash! "The papers are forgeries," retorted the claim reNo report followed the command of the half-corder. "Peters owned the claim, and if you had the breed, for the reason that before the word was out ground from him, Young Klondike, your title's comof his mouth the ice on which he and his bucks plete." were standing gave way, and everyone, Perkins inN ed was not paying much attention to this talk, eluded, was thrown into the water. however, for he was very busily engaged in breaking Ned and his friends, thankful for their providenthrougb the ice with an ax. Dick and the Unknown tial escape from death, cut through the ice, and were doing the same, and some of the others were fir-getting into clear water, they resumed their jour-ing a t the Indians in order to check their advance. ney down the river. "Better work at the ice," said Ned. "Those fel-When the Indians and Perkins were last seen lows are in such numbers that the y can do what they they were in the icy water, struggling hard to like. Our only chance is to get clear water and give reach the bank. them the slip." Young Klondike's party got to Copper Centre early So everybody went to work, either with an ax or the next morning, their arrival creating much excite some other implement, and steady progress was ment, which was materially increased when the news made, a channel being cut, along which the canoes of his wonderful strike at Cedar Gulch was circulated proceeded. The Unknown was anxious to go back to discover The voices of Copper Bill and Black Rabbit were whether Perkins was really dead. This Ned refused heard encouraging the men to proceed, for it seemed to do. He was satisfied with the result of his six as if they were reluctant to do so, evidently having days' fighting on Copper river, and had important doubts as to the solidity of the ice. Still, they came business which required his atoontion, for it was on, gaining on Young Klondike and his friends, and necessary to send the gold he had found at Cedar it was not lbng before they were within a short disGulch to the bank at Juneau. tance of the canoes. . "T d f th d N d d Soon they started over the Valdes glacier and m en yar s ur er, crie e an we are m d h d J f t 1 t ue time reac e uneau m sa e y. c 1 d Ed'th I The perils of the Indian raid were forgotten, and oo exc aime i K d h' f d d f b Sh t d t th I d' h t". Young londike an is rien s were rea y or usie porn e o e n ians, w o were now wi m twenty yards of the canoes. Thirty bucks were ness agam. . drawn up in a line on the ice, each man having a In the next number of this series we shall describe rifle at his shoulder with the muzzle aimed at the the certain experiences which Ned Golden and his canoes. companions passed through in a different part of the Copper Bill and Black Rabbit stood at one end of country. 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