Young Klondike's Company K, or, Prospecting in an unknown land

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Issu ed Semi-],font4ly -By Subscription $1.25 per year. Entered as Second Class .Malter at the New York Post Office, by Frank T ousey No. 23. NEW YORI{, JANUARY 18, 1899. Price 5 Cents. .-, "Swear that you will be true to me, boys, no matter what comes!" cried Young Klondike. The men with out exception threw up their bands. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I'll clap the bracelets on the first kicker who shows himself!" cried the Unknown, putting up both hands.


Stories of a Gold Seeker. Issued Se-mi-Monthly-By Subscrivtion $1.25 p e r year. Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York. N. Y . Post Office, Marcil 15, 1898. Entered according to Act of Cong1ess-in the yem 1899, ii the f>.{fice of the Librarian of Congnss, ivashington, D. C., by Frank 1'ousey, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. .. CHAPTER I. I THE MIDNIGHT MEETING. AT the time winter \Vas about to set. in up in the Klondike country, there was a good deal of talk going the :r;:ounds at Dawson City, Forty Mile, and almost all the mining camps, to the effect that the famous firm of Golden & Luckey were about going into some new enterpl"ise, and there was great curiosity shown to know what it might be, but nobody seemed able to tell. There was ailways more or less talk going the rounds about Go1den & Luclrny. The senior partner of that firm was Ned Golden, better kndwn as "Young Klondike," the junior was Dick Luckey. They were both clerks together in New York City be(ore they came out to the Klon dike. Besides these two there was Miss Edith Welton, also a full partner, and an odd little man, who always persisted in wearing his hat on the back of his head, and who passed by the name of the "Un known.'' Miss Edith Welton, as was generally known, was a young lady whose life Ned Golden saved from a wrecked s teamer on the occasion of his first voyage up the coa .st. Miss Edith was then on her to Dawson City to look for her father, but failing to find him had in t'crested ,lwrself in the enterprises of Golden & Luckey, and made a great deal of money, like the other members of tha. t famous firm. It was said that this enterprising young lady was worth a million at least, and many believed that she was worth a greait deal more. As for the there is little to say in way of introduction, because the man was a mystery; he would not tell his name; he would not tell where he belonged or anything about himself, beyond the fact that he was a detective, looking for some mysterious criminal w horn he al ways calle.d his "man." Who this criminal was, or what crime he had committed was one of the things which even Young Klon dike, who regarded the Unknown as one of his dearest friends, could not have told. Tbese four constituted the firm of Golden & Luckey, and it was about them that everybody was talking. Why? Simply because everything Young Klondike touched was successful, and everytody knew that this enterprise must succeed. In fact it had now got to be so tha. t whenever it was known that Young Klondike was going to try prospecting at any particular point there was a general rush there, and it became necessary for N cd Golden to be very secret in all his movements, whkh was perhaps the reason why we find him on a certain night almost at the witching hour of twelve, hurrying through the dark streets of Dawson City with the big fur collar of his ulster turned up about his ears and his cap pulled down over his eyes. One or two belated pedestriains tried to stare into his face, but Ned turned his head away and kept it concealed. "What a nuisance it is that I ca.n't walk through the streets of Dawson without being stared at and very often followed," he muttered. "It has got to be a regular thing to watch my movements nowadays." He hurried on, passing several well known gambling saloons brilliantly lighted. Around the doors of these places many persons were gathered, some going in and out, others talking over their winnings or losings or discussing business.


2 YOUNG KLONDIKE"S COMPANY K. As he passed them Young Klondike took more than ing at the faces around. "I suppose you have all got usual care to prevent himse lf from b eing recognized. your letters to show, boys ?" "It won't do," he muttered; "if I am seen all All answered in the affirmative and they passed Dawson City will tSe onto my s cheme." inside the old warehouse. Presently he approache d a narrow alley into which Y ct Ned Golden in not b eing more partic ul a r had severa l men had just turned. done a very. foolish thing. They were roughly dressed, hardy looking fellows, lf one l ays down a rule he ought to s t ick to it, un-evidently miners. less there is some good reason for a ch a nge. N e d turned into the same alley and followed on to This midnight m eeting w a s to b e a profound secret the door of a warehouse which h a d a side entrance to from all except those speci a lly invite d to atte nd, a nd the levee, or river front. no one was to be admitte d without showing Young "Hello, n eighbor! Are you in for this, too ?" asked Klondike's written invitation. one of the group, which had gathered at the door. This was all very well, but here was Young Klon" Yes, I am," replied Ned, quietly. dike himself violating the rule a t the "first go off," "Get a note from Young Klondike?" : and passing in as many as h a lf a doz e n men without "No." looking at their letters at all. "How did you hear of it, then?" Once inside the warehouse door the n e wcomers "Young Klondike himself told me. Have you found the long room lighted by two smoky l amps. given the si gnal?" There were about twenty persons already asse mbl e d, Yes." all m e n except one, and tha t one we nee d not m e ntion "Strange no one answers. There must be some of was Edith Welton, the lady partner in the famous them in the r e-give it again." firm. As Ned thus spoke, one of the men caught sight of Dick Luckey was there, too, a nd so were s eve r a l his face. old time prospectors who had worke d wit h Young "Gee, f ellows! It's Young Klondike, himself!" Klondike b e for e he cried. "Are you a ll blind that you can't see?" All se emed to have been waiting. for the arriva l of It was no use trying t 9 keep up his incognito any our hero, for now the y put themselves in a n a tti t ud,e longer nor had Ned Golden any desire to do it. of attention, while Ned, throwing a s ide hi s clum s y "Ye s, bo y s, I a m Young Klondike," h e said, throw-ulster, mounted a box and began to talk. i n g up his c a p so that they could see his face, "and "Gentlemen/' he said, "I have summone d y ou h e r e I'm v ery glad to se e you all here." this evening to propose a new sche m e Most o f you "We are h e r e for business, boss said the one who have had more or less experience in mining-ind eed ha. d acte d as spokesma n. "We hope you've got a 1 I may say tha t it is the cas e with yo u a ll-an d yet, good thing for us." so far as I am aware none of you h a v e m a d e a n y great I b e li e ve that it will prove so; it depends largely I digging . upon yourse l ves." One s of: "Tha t s right You ve lut rt L e t u s "We'll stand by you, boss, through thick and I in on your luck, boss," and o t h e r s i mil a r r e m arks thin." I were heard. "You ma.y have to. There is no telling where this "I want to let you in on m y luck, and tha t's just m a y take us, but I flatter myse lf there is what I m aiming at, contirnied N e d. A s for m y no doubt about the main part of it-we shall find self and my partners we have b een exce p tionally gold." lucky, and are anxious to l e t in others so tha t ou r Having said this, Young Klondike rapped hard methods of prospecting may b e com e more g e n era,lly upon the door in a peculiar way-first one rap, then a known. We have received tips on a new region; a pause, then two raps, after which there was another region wholly unknown. Gold may be there and it pause, and then two raps more. may not-we cannot positively tell, although w e "Is that the wa-y you did it?" he asked. think we are making no mistake. M y plan to-night "No," said on e of the men. "Mat Morgan didn't is to organize a regular company made up of our-give the last two raps." selves and you unsuccessful miners, if I may be al" Ah! Then that accounts for it. You must haYe I low e d to call you so, and go on a prospecting tour in Tead my directions wrong, Morgan, for that was the an unknown land." :signal I gave.'\ Ned paused. Before Mat Morgan had a chance to make any It was only necessary to listen to the exclamations answer, the door was cautiously opened, and a man's to show how willing these men were to put them-head was thrust out. selves under his leadership. As the head wore a battered plug hat perched upon Cries of "We are with you! Lead. us where you the ba ck, it was easy to recognize the Unknown. will, we'll follow! Show us a good prospect and "Hello !" he exclaimed. "It's the king of the Klon-we'll be true to you !" were heard a ll over the room.

YOUNG KLONDIKE'S COMPANY K. 3 seemed to be scannmg each face in turn, as though he would react_ their inmost thoughts. "Now then, gentlemen," continued Ned, "I presume you would like to know just what my plan is, and where this wonderful unknown cJuntry 1s to be found. I'll break the suspense by telling the location first. It is to the KeLchumstock hills, away back of Circle City that I propose to go, and--" Ned's revelation had reached thus far, when all at once the Unknown made a rush into the midst of the assembled thro,ng and seized a big French Canadian by the collar, shook him till his teeth chattered, cry-knows every inch of the mountains, good whisky when he sees it, how to pick a friend's pocket when he's full, or cut his throat when he has money and it can' t be got no other way. That's the kind of a hairpin he is, and I'll leave it to half a dozen of my old pards here if I hain't right. "He's dead right. Mat ha:s hit it Benoit's no good!" were some of the exclamations from the crowd. Young Klondike saw at once that in spite of all his precautions there was a spy at the meeting, and that he alone was to blame. in g out : "Boys, I certainly never invited Rene Benoit to "Ha! At last I've found my man! By the Jump-join us here," he said. "It is my fa.ult, though. I in g Jeremiah, I've got him! Watch me put the hand-should not have let him in without looking at the let cu.t(s on him! Ye gods and little fishes! Wrong ter. Open the dool' Fire him out!" again I don't know this fellow at all, and I'm dead "Kick him out!" roared Mat Morgan. sure he has no business here." "He ought to be knifed!" another cried, and this Now this torrent of words and the Unknown's sudI violent remark was immediately followed by others d e n attack, turned all eyes toward the would-be pros-1 still more threatening, but Young Klondike instantly pector. "called down" these men. "Show your letter of imitation !" cried the deI "None of that!" he cried. "We leave that sort 1iective. "Out with it Let's know who you are !" of business to such scoundrels as this miserable spy Open the door Out with him, I say, and don't let me have to speak again !" Then the door was thrown open, and Rene Benoit, CHAPTER II. kicked and cuffed and hustled on all sides, was thrown out of the old warehouse. He fell sprawling on his THE DEPARTURE OF COMPANY K. back as the door was closed. Staggering to hls feet, he shook his clenched fist at "WHAT is all this row about?" cried Ned. "Zed, the door. w 1 a t in the world are you doing?" "Never you mind, Young Klondike!" he muttered. Young Klondike jumped off the box and hurried I "You'll pay for this; organize your company, take toward the Unknown. every precaution you ple a se, but I'll get on to your 'Don't you talk!" cried the detective. "This fel-1 secrets and. I'll get square with you, too! I'll meet low is a peach, he is! Oh, he s a bird, I tell you! Let you in the Ketchumstock bills!" him produce his letter of invita.tion, if he can!" Little did Ned Golden care for such threats as "What's the matter?" growled the man, look,ng these. as though he would like to annihilate the Unknown, Even if he had heard the fellow's mutterings as he although, of course, he did not dare to make a move staggered off, it is very doubtful if he would have with so many eyes upon him. "Because I happened I paid the least heed. to have lost my invite, am I to be shaken all to pieces; As soon as the spy lrn.d been expelled, Young Klon-to be kicked and pulled about like a dog?" dike returned promptly to the business of the hour. "'l'here you are!" cried the Unknown, triumph"All hands must show their invitations now!" he antly. "He can't produce his letter. I knew it per-cried. "We can't have any more of this sort of thing. fectly well-read it in his face." Dick, get around among tbe gentlemen and look at "This is serious," said Edith. "Ned, we ought to the letters. The Unknown will help you out." make an example of this man." The examination was made and the report rendered "Let him explain himself, if he can," said Dick. to the effect tl1:at every man was able to produce his "I'm for not condemning anyone unheard." letter. "Silence, all i" cried Ned, springing upon his box "That settles it," cried Ned. "Now, then, gentle again. men, the idea is just this : A few months ago I got Silent then the prospectors certainly were, but the the notion of interviewing the different Indian chiefs Unk'nown and two others never let go their hold on who often stray into Dawson City. tJhe man's arm. "Among others I got hold of one Black Crow, chief "Does anyone know this fellow!" called out Young of a little band of Coppermine Indians, who wander Klondike. "If I am not greatly mistaken he came about back of Circle City and whose home is in the in h,ere with me." Ketchumstock hills. "That's what he did, boss," said Mat Morgan. "Of course, the subject of my interview was gold "I know him. It's Rene Benoit, as tough a tough as J -always gold. I have paid some of these chiefs large there is on the Klondike-an old French trapper who sums for information which proved to be quite worth-


4 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S COMPANY K. less; on the other hand we located more than The days which immediately followed were busy one good mine in this way. From Black Crow I learn ones. There were mining tools to be bought and that there is a certain creek up among the Ketchum-provisions to be packed in great hampers, and a stock hilJ s where gold can be had in great quantities. portable house to be purchased among other things. l have actually seen samples of it, if Black Crow can for in case of success, it was Young Klondike's intenbe believed , and to maike a long story short I think it tion to leave all of Company K who were willing tn is a prospect worth looking after, but, of course, I winter in the Ketchumstock hills behind him. cannot venture into the Coppermine country alone. As far as he and his friends were concerned, they "There, as you all know, we are liable to meet the intended to come out of the wilderness before winter. most damgerous Indians in Alaska; besides which, set in, for they had several other schemes on hand, winter is coming on and all provisions will have to be and it was not Young Klondike's policy to remain carried with us; then again the Ketchumstock hills long in one place. have never been explored, and it is impossible to say At the beginning of his career no one could have what dangers may be encountered. I want a comI been more faithful to a good diggings than Ned pany of about thirty men to go with me, and in case of j Golden, but success had crowned his efforts, and he success for everyone there will be a claim on this I had now passed that stage of the game. wonderful creek." I He found it more profitable to bP. continually open-Young Klondike paused for breath and to watch the ing up new mmes, some of which he sold, others be effect of his words upon the upturned faces before him. ing leased, and others still, retained. It was easy to see that he had aroused the enthusiOn the appointed day all hands went on board the of these men to the highest pitch. Cirde City steamer and started off down the Yukon. "\Vho'll pay expenses, boss?" asked Mat Morgan, There was great curiosity shown by the big guns of who was nothing if not practical. "We may as well Dawson City about the destination of Young Klon-have that understood at the start." dike's new company. "Then let_ it be understood that I will,'' replied 1 But Ned would not enlighten his friends and neighNed, "or rather the firm of Golden & Luckey will. bors in this regard, a .nd all with him were equally All we want is your protection, and for that we are I silent. will,ing to pay." i As the steamer swung around into the river Ned "Now, then!" cried the Unknown, "let's organize. remarked to the Unknown that he was sure their se-What shall we call ourselves, boys?" cret had been perfectly preserved. Various names were suggested, but none of them "Do you think so?" asked the detective, "because seemed to suit all hands until Edith suddenly called if you do, I don't." out: "Hello! What's up now? What information "l tell you what, let us call ourselves Young Klon-have you been holding back?" dike's Company-just that and nothing more." "Why, it's just this," said the Unknown. "I "Oh,, that won't do," said Dick. "We already spent all day yesterday looking for that French spy, own a mine called the Young Klondike up on El Rene Benoit." Dorado creek, as you very well know. We may want "Well, and did you find him? Not that I underto orgi'linize that into a company some day and then stand what you could possibly want of the fellow, we shall be sure to want to use the name." but I suppose you had your reasons just the same." "I think I can suggest an amendment which will "No; I couldn't find him, but I found out where fill the bill," said Dick. ''Let's caH this 'Young Klon-be has gone," replied the Unknown, "and my rea-dike's Company K.'" son was just this. Before a company goes into battle And this is the way this expedition got its name. it is well enough to locate the enemy. Rene Benoit Dick's suggestion was unanimously adopted. It and a lot of toughs went down to Circle City on a seemed to suit all hands perfectly. freight boat two days ago. Perhaps I'm wrong-hope Each man was then sworn in turn to be true to the I am-but all the same, it is my opinion that there's company and its leader which, of course, meant Young fighting ahead for Young Klondike's Company K.'' Klondike himself. "We shall start this day week on the Circle City steamer,'' said Ned, when all details were arranged. "As to supplies of all kinds we will attend to them; CHAPTER III. all I ask of you, boys, is that you will keep _your mouths tight shut. Now then, success to the expe-THE FIRST ATTEMPT OF THE ENEMY TO LEARN THE dition, and good-night.'' SECRET OF COMPANY K. "Good-night l Good-night!" was heard on all hands and not a few called out: "LET Rene Benoit do his worst," remarked_Young "Success to Young Klondike's Company K !" Klondike, in response to the somewhat startling After the prospectors had departed Young Klonstatement made by the Unknown at the close of the dike with Dick, Edith, and the Unknown, returned last chapter. "We still hold a secret which he does their hotel. I not know."


--,J" YOUNG KLONDIKE'S COMP ANY K. 5 "Ah! And what is the secret of Company K ?" "Over in any direction you please, dear boy, and inquired the Unknown. "Is there anything about if McGinty don't suit you how would Magillicuddy this expedition that I don't know?" do?" .Well, there is," replied Ned quietly; "there is "It won't do at all," said Ned. "Now, then, if you something known only to Dick, Edith and myself, but want the name of the creek to which we are going, the only reason you don't happen to know it, is bel'in ready to give it to you any time in exchange for cause you never inquired." your own." The Unknown pulled off his plug hat and scratched "I'm afraid I shall have to tell," said the detective his head with a air. solemnly. I "And what is this mighty secret, may I ask ?" he 11 "Good !" cried Edith. "It's the one desire of my replied. life to know your name, Z ed." "It's no mighty secret, but I don't intend any of "Well then, wait until we get to the creek, and if our company shall know it until I get ready to tell I don' t learn its name then, I'll let her go and give them-that's all." mine out at last." "How about your Uncle Dudley? May he mildly "Cornered!" cried N ed "Of course all hands will inquire "vhat it is? Not that I want to pry into priknow the name of the cree k by that time." vate business. Oh, no! Not that at all!" "Of course. Then I shan't have to tell mine." "Why, it's the name of the creek to which we are "You've got the best of me-I'll give up." going, and where we expec t to find the gold "And tell the name?" The Unknown clapped his plug hat back upon his "Yes." head with a loud b a n g "Honest Injun No fooling this time?" "I should think that would hurt you," laughed "The name is an Indian one. Whether the Indian Edith. ;c No wonder you are bald, Zed." who gave it to the creek was honest or not, I'm sure "It's enough to make a man bald to think that I I don't know, but I very much doubt it. Honest Inhave been such a fool as never to ask where we are dians are scarce." going." "Come! Come! Ot with it, or I shall jump over" That's exactly what you didn't ask," replied Ned. board I can stand it no longer!" "All along I've been wondering the reason why." "Had you rather jump overboard into the Yukon "Do you want to know the reason why?" than tell your name?" laughed Dick. "If you'll do "Well, I don' t obj ect. We seem to have dropped the last, I'll tell you the .name of the creek mighty into one of our old time discussions. Fire away."" quick." ''The reason why is that I got it into my stupid "Will somebody tell it, or shall I give up the noddle that you didn't know the name of said creek. ghost?" Of course there must be a hundred and forty-nine "We can't have that," said Edith, "and as Ned creeks running out of the Ketchumstock hills." won't speak up, I'll tell. The name of the creek is "I think you'll find that there are a hundred and I Weenowahtah !" fifty; the name of ours is-but. you won't give the "Wine and water! That's a bully name! Wish I secret away?" had some now !" "Give nothing away! Am I that kind of man?" "Well, that's what it is," said Ned, "and to quit "Well, then, lend me your ear." joking, I have never told it to any member of Com" Can't! I want it myself." pany K. I thought it would be just as well that they "Liste n, listen! The name of our creek is--" didn't know until we were well on our road to the "Well, what?" Ketchumstock hills." "Hold on now ; I was just thinking that a fair ex"Well, I perfectly agree with you, dear boy. I cha-nge is no robbery. I'm a business man, and it is think it is a. great deal better, for what they don't not good business to give something for nothing. In know they can't tell; but you'll find when we get to exchange for the name of the creek, suppose you tell Circle City that Rene Benoit has got in ahead of you. me your name?" Take my word for that." Now this was an old joke between Ned, Dick and And in this the Unknown proved to be a true tpe Unknown. prophet. The boys were forever trying to make the strange When the steamer reached Circle City, which it little detective pairt with his secret, but as yet they did without mishap, Young Klondike soon learned had met with no success. that Rene Benoit and a large party-some said ten Only as Zed the short for Zedekiah, which he sol-and others put it as high as twenty-had gone up emnly declared to be his Christian name, did they Welch creek in boats two days before. know the Unknown. Where they were heading no one seemed to know, "Now, that's what I call taking a mean advantage but as Welch creek marked the first stage of the of a fellow !" cried the detective. "You are per-journey into that unknown land about the Ketchumfectly well aware that my name is McGinty." stock hills, Young Klondike felt that he could read" Over the left," laughed Dick. "Zed, that won't I ily guess. do." There was nothing to be done about the matter,


.. 6 YOUNG K L ONDIKE'S COMPA NY K however, except to prepare for trouble, and be ready I excellent shots, especially Edith, good sport wa s to m eet it whe n it c a me. looked for, for although the sea .son was far advance d It t ook s e v eral d ays to prepare for the land jour-it was not too late to hope for clucks. ney But none were seen the first day, and this .ver y It is not easy to move a large company of men, I much to Edith's disappointment, for she had set her and Young Klondike felt particularly anxious to make heart on the sport .no mista k e The fir s t stage of the journey was up Welch creek to its head w a t ers. B eyond this no white m a n had ever b e en True the K etchumstock hills h a d ofte n been seen in t h e di s t a n ce by prospectors, but no one had ever p e netrat e d t o them. O ld h a n d s at Circ l e City declared that it would be impossibl e to get the g ood s to the hills without ho rses, and that Young Klondike would be forced to aban d on t h e m a t the h ead of W e l c h creek. There was to be no traveling by night i n spite o f the short ness of daylight, for Ned w a s fearful that the raft might go aground and that trouble w o uld be had in working it off. The first night camp was on the side of a little hill ov e rlooking a long stretch of tundra. T ents w ere pitched and fires built and a good supper pre p a red. The lon g evening was spent in story telling a n d c ard playin g-not gambling-that Young Klond ike would not a llow 1 d on t b e li e ve a word of it," N eel said to Dick N eel h a d his b a njo a lon g and a s h e was a n excel w i t h h i s u s u a l emphasis. "The country is unexplored allcl t h ese f e llo w s simply don' t know what they are l ent p e r form e r h e w a s a-ble t o entertain the compa n y for a n h o u r or so. t a lkin g abou t-that's a ll. "They ou g h t t o know more t h a n we do, at a n Edit h sang beautifully and s h e l ent h e r aid to the eve nts, r e pli e d Di c k. evenmg' s entertainment in this w ay, a nd altogether Non sense You c a n t b e li eve what you hear. they h a d a joll y time of it. O n e t e ll s you on e thing a,nd another another. Know A t nine o clock the guard was set and a,U turned i n wh a t I think?" 1 and a qui e t night was passed. "Wha t ? It was comparatively easy traveling on Welch "Tha t Black Crow knows m ore about this unknown cree k. l and tha n a .11 these wiseacres put together." So far it was broad and deep, although occasionall y w ell, and what does Black Crow say about it?" a shoa l w a s encounte r e d where care was necess ary to H e cl aims that no white man ever reached the avoid running the raft aground. head w a t ers of W elch creek; that it rises i n the Emptying into it were many smaller creeks; as these Ketch urns tock hills." all seemed to come from one side, Ned concluded that "We ll, that certainly sounds very reasonable. 1 there must be a series of lakes among the hills on Do e s Black Crow claim that it is navigable all the that side, and he felt very curious to ascertain, so he w ay?" "With a few postages-yes." proposed to Dick that they get up early and make a run on ahead and go up the first side creek thev came to and explore. "This would simplify matters very much if true." "Exactly. Let us hope it is true. What we want "Bette r be careful," sa. id to do is to prove it." don t want to run any risks. Here the conversation e nded, and it might just as with you." the Un known. "We I! you must go, I'll go w e ll neve r have b egun, for it w a s a fact that no one "We'll all go," said Edith, and.that was the inte n-knew a .nything about W e lch cre ek. tion over night, but wh e n morning came the Un-The start was m a de in the ea.rly morning. I known was sle eping soundly and they hated to disy oun g Klondike hau orde r e d a big raft bui l t to I turb him, so Neel, Dick and Edith started oft' carry the g oods on a nd upon this a f e w of the men alone w ent, the r est goin g in long c a no e s of Indian build, I It was not yet daylight-wouldn' t be for two hours, li ght a nd easily carrie d o ve r the postages, and w e ll at least, but this made no diff e r e nce to our friends, a s a d apte d to t h e s ervice to whi c h the y w ere to be put. they were all well use d to c a no eing in the dark. The r e were four of tlrn c a no es, q.nd in the foremost A run of h a lf a n hour brou ght the m to a broa d was Young Klondike and his immediate party. cree k which ran in out of the tundra and into this The fir s t d ay's journey w a s entirely successful, and they turne d the cano e ni ghtfall found the m well on their way up the cree k "I'm sure we shall find a lake in here," declare d The country was hill y and there was a good deal Ned. "lt; there is no other way in wh ich of tundra l and on both sides of the creek. this cree k could exist, for there arc no hills over i n Now this tundra land is overgrown with a species this direction in which it c a n take its rise. of moss, which bears the same n a me. I t grows to I "lfthereisalakeitcan'tbeveryfaraway," said an enormous height; often higher than a man's head. Dick, "probabl y not more than a mile In the tundras, as these patch es o f m oss-gro w n They pushed o n and soon found themsel ves invo l ved swampland are termed, there i s spl endi d duck s hoo t in a perfect maze o f "slews" as t hey are call ed. ing to be had, and Young Klondike's party being all The tundra seemed to sprea.d everywhere, and iu -


YOUNG KLON DIKE'S C OMPANY K. 7 stea d o f on e cree k there were water ways opening off in every direc tion. B e fore they knew it the y b ecame involved in this labyrint h a nd scarce ly knew in what direction to turn t'o g e t b ack .to Welch cre ek. "This won' t do said N e d "I think we ought to g o b ack a t once." "If w e try t h a t w e "shall surely get lost," decl ared Eldith. "You know we'v e been lost in the tundra be up t h e secret o f your prospect in t h e K e t chumstock h ill s if you wan t t o live!" CHAPTER IV. RESCUED BY THE UNKNOWN. for e a nd I don' t care for a similar expe rience again." IT was terribly startling. Ned bad been taken en" Why we a r e lost now, as far as that goes," said tirely unavares. Dick. It. c a n t b e any worse He struggled all be kn e w, but could not shake off O h, I d on t think s o, d eclare d Ned. "I'm pretty that iron h a nd. sure I cou l d find t h e way b ack even in the dark, and Tighter and tighter those terrible fing ers fastened I'd lik e to bet there -..vilL b e no trouble in the light." themse lve s about his throat until ev erything grew "We'd better wait for d aylight," said Dick embl a ck about him. ,,. pbatica,l l y "Let' s k ee p on a little way until we come Poor N e d h a d been choked into unconsciousness, t o a p l ace whe r e we c a n l a nd, and the n go ashore and which no doubt w a s the man's intenti on fr9m the wai t for the s un. s t art. This p l a n was adopte d, and afte r running up the If it h a d b e en lighte r Ned mi ght have r e cognized bi s slew a littl e fu rther, c arefully noting the diff e r ent a ssailant a s Rene B e noit, for it was the big Canadian c r o s s s l e w s as they p asse d them, the y came to a sort and no on e els e o f i s l a n d in t h e tundra whe r e the ground rose about "I've fix e d him," h e chuckled. "He's not dead. t hree feet abov e the wat e r s l e v e l. He' ll com e to by the time I g e t him into camp. This H e r e t h e cano e w a s pulle d ashore and they all sat is clear luck! Who would ev e r have thought that he down to wai t for daylight, and feeling rather uncomwould run right into my arms lik e this. I could fortabl e about their si tua.tion, it must be owned. scarcely b e li e ve it whe n I saw him coming toward me N e d tri e d his b est to keep up the spirits of his through the moss." friends. Thus muttering Benoit picked up the unconscious H e laug h e d and joke d a nd made light of the whole boy, and throwing him on bis back a s one would maitter, although f eeling quite as much worried as handle a sack of meal, walked off through the moss Dick, for he lrnew very well the difficu lty of getting as easi l y as if he was c arrying no load at a ll. out of the tundra once you lose your way. He had not far to go. FiYe minutes brought him Adve n .turous hunters who take chances in these to a place where a strip of clear ground ran along t h e Alaska n tundras sometimes wander about for days edge of another slew b e fore they can make their escape, and not a few H e r e there was a fire, with a number o f me n l y in g h ave gone into these moss mazes and never bee n asl eep around it. heard of a g ain "Wake up, boys; wake up!" cried Be noit, "I'm Just b e fore daylight, while Ned was telling a funny i n with a prize!'' story, a flock of ducks suddenly rose back of t h e Several roused up, and there was a shout o f triump h isl and. w hen they saw Ned The bo y s s e ized their rifles but were too late to get "Why, it's Young Klondike himself!" cried one. a shot. "You don't mean to say yo u've captured the king Not so Edith. She brought down a flne duck, tak-pm of the famous Company K ?" ing i t o n t h e wing. "That's what I have," declared Benoit triumphant-It fell i nto t h e tundra., and Ned, who had marked ly, at the same time dropping Ned upon. the ground. t h e pl ace wi t h his eye as well as he could, rushed "Is he dead? Have you shot him_?" in t o t h e moss t o get it. "No, I haven't shot him, Martin Dill. What In an in s t ant h e w a s out of sight, for the moss was would I do that for? What we want is to find o u t c o nsid e r a bl y hi g h e r tha n his head. the secret of these f a mous digging s in the Ketchum" llm afra id r b e able to g e t that duck," he stock hills, and no dead m a n is going to tell us that. thought. re Pity, too, for we need all the fresh pro"Hanged if he don't look as though he was dead," v isi o n s we can lay our hands on. Hell o There it is growled Dill. "I know something about those long now!" fingers of yours, you blamed strangler. The boy will In the dim light he caught sight of something do well if he come s to life again andhello! He's fluttering a mon g the moss, and stooped down to coming to now, just to make me out a liar, that's a l s e ize it, whe n a man sudde nly rose up out of the tun-ways the way. dra and seiz e d him by the throat,.at t h e same time Apparently Martin Dill was a cro n ic growler and a clapping a heavy hand over his mouth. great talker at that. "Now I've got you, Young Klondike h e h i ssed. Ben oit pai d n o attention to hi m. Goi n g to t h e "If Jt>U make one sound you're a dead m a n Give j slew he fill ed a n empty t omato can with water a n d


8 YOU N G KLO N DI K E'S COMP ANY K. -==================================================== in face, which inst.antly rev,ived him. "Two! Will you tell?" said the Frenchman again, B enoit and Dill were searchmg his pockets and tak-ma voice as threatening as can well be imagined. ing pos sess ion of everything of any value as his scatj "No'.'' te:red returned. The reply was just as decided "Where' s your money? Hain't you got none?" "Three Will you tell? I shall fire if you say growled Dill. "Why don't you speak instead of starno." in g at us like a blamed old owl?" Ned folded his arms and faced the wretch with flash" I've got 1no t l1ing to say to you, gentlemen," stam-ing eyes. me:r:ed Ned, trying his best to be cool. "Help your-"No!" he said, firmly. selves to my things. T a k e all-be sure a nd not leave I R e ne instantly fired, but purposely sent the bullet anything behind you. Money I don't happen to carry above Young Klondike's head. witb me, so y ou ll be disappointed on that score." Ned smiled sarcastically. "l don't believe you,'' said Benoit, planting a re"There you are, Rene he said. "1 told v ol ver at Klondike's head. Fork over or I'll I you how it would . My is my salvation. You blow your brams out. Come now! Be quick!" will not kill me wlnl e it remams untold." Now NM h a d more than a thousand dollars tucked j "Ned! Ned! Where are sou, Ned?" away in a secuet pocket, but h e made up his mind that Dick's voice could be heard there would be no killing and he had the courage to There was some one coming through the tundra. face it out. "Look out for yourself! I'm captured!" shouted "You '11 not get any money from me," he declared. a& much as you pl ease." "B'gosh, you're a cool one !" exclaimed Martin Dill. "You don t to be a bit afraid of getting shot/' "That's right; Pm not afraid." "l've a blame good mind to. shoot you anyway, just on account of your impudence,'' said Benoit. "I h a ven't forgotten the treatment I received at that meetin g of yours, my fine young gentleman-eh, no!" "You brought it on yourself. What business had y ou to come to the meeting unasked ?" "It was all business with me, boss. I wanted to find out what was going on." "Well, yo u didn't find out, did you?" "No, I i;lidn't, but I found out enough." "Sure ?" "Yes sure-enough to bring me here, and I pro-pose to fin cl out the balance now." <1 Oh, you do, eh? Well, who's going to tell you?" "Y 011 are." "Not on your life!" "'l'he11 yours will pay the iorfeit." "What will y ou m ake by killing me? Nothing. And why should you do it? I never harmed you All the m e n \ye re up by this time and had gathered around Ned, who now got up and faced them as calmly as if he h a d been surrounded by his own men of Company K. "Gentlemen, it's no use," he said. "You cannot make me away this secret. Threaten all you like, kill me if you will, but the secret of the location of my new prospect in the Ketchumstock hills will never be told." You're the coo .lest card I ever struck," said Dill. "Re n e, better settle this job up offhand. Let it be one-two-three!" A ga,in Rene Benoit raised the revolver and covered Ned. "One Will you tell?" he cried. "No!" said Ned, stoutly. "I will not tell!" Ned. "Take care, Dick." "There' s the other one !" cried Rene. "Catch him, boys. If one won't tell, the other will." Off they rushed into the tundra but four remained behind to guard Young Klondike, Rene B1::noit among them. What the outcome might have been if a sudden diversion had not occurred, it is hard to say, but just at that moment shot after shot came flying in among the men, and a thunderous voice shouted : "This way, gentleme n Here they are Shoot 'em down!" Instantly Young Klondike recognized the voice of the Unknown. Help was a t hand if he could but avail himself of it, but Ned was sure that the d etec-t ive was alone. If Benoit and his companions had guessed this, the r e would have been no such chance as came for Ned to make his escape. "The whole gang is upon us!" cried Benoit, start ing for the tundra. "We've got to skip!" The instant he let go his hold on Ned, our hero, with one spring overtook him, and striking out from the shoulder dealt the rascal a terribie blow, which sent him sprawling to the ground. As for the other three they ran into the tundra as fast as their legs could c arry them, and were out of sight by the time the little detective came paddling up in his canoe. He was all alone just as Neel had supposed. "Hello! Hello !" he shouted. "By the Jumping J e r emiah, what's all this? Have they all run away?" "That's what," repli e d Ned. "Quick! We've got to look to Dick and Edith! The trouble isn't over yet But it for at the same instant Dick rushed out of the tundra followed b y Edith. "What's it all about, Ned? Who are they? Where are he cried. "Why, they all seem to be gone except Benoit-! thunder He's gone, too Crawled off into the moss, as I'm a sinner! Well, let him go! He can do no


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S COMP A.NY K. 9 more harm now. I guess we four will be able to hold our own even if they do t a ke it into their heads to come b ack and try it again." But there was no return of the toughs. Youn g Klondike and his friends remained on the spo t for s ome little time to give them a chance for an attack if the y w ere dispos e d to make it, for they all felt tha t the fight might a s well b e fought out to a finish the n and there. Findin g tha t they were not likely to come back, they a ll got into the Unknown's canoe and paddled off do wn the slew. I kn e w p erfectly well that there would be trouble if y ou w ent off without me," d ecl ared the detective. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I f elt it in my bones." "So a s soon a s you woke up and found that we h a d g on e y ou started after us, I suppose," replied N e d. "We ll, I've got nothing to say. You have s e r ve d m e a g ood turn." Now the s un rose and all felt better in the light. Di c k r eported tha t he had se e n nothing of the toug hs, s o it w a s clear that they must have missed him in t h e hi g h moss. Hearin g the shot Dick became alarmed and started after N e d. There was no sign anywhere of Young Klondike's Company K. CHAPTER V. WHERE IS COMPANY K? "COME, now! I don't like this!" excla imed the Unknown. "I should think that Mat Morgan would have had sense enough to wait for us." "I suppose he thought that we would be right back and could follow him up," said Ned. "I don't blame Mat a bit. I should have done just the same." "Well, that's just what we've got to do," said Dick, "and the sooner we start the better. Just like as not they'll get off into some slew and lose them s e lves in the tundra. I never imagined that we were going to strike a place like this." And there was really more d anger than even Dick imagined, as they very soon discovered. Before they had gone far they came to a point where the cre e k ran directly through the tundra. It now lost its definite form, and was divided into a dozen branches. "I'd have made it hot for '!ihem if I could once have Slews ran in among the moss in every direction, and got a s i ght of the scoundrels," he declared. it was anything but an easy matter to tell which was "Wha t about our cano e?" inquired Edith. "Are the main creek. w e to a bandon that?" As they saw nothing of the raft Ned began to grow "Whe r e is it?" inquired the Unknown. decidedly alarmed. "How can we t e ll you?" repli e d Dick. "All these Again and again they shouted in the hope their cries sl ews loo k a lik e I only hope you know your way out might be heard, but no answer came back to them, of h e r e and the situation began to look grave. "Indee d I do," said the detective. "I'm not so "I can't understand where they have got to!" pony oun g tha t I would come into a hole like this and not I dered the Unknown. "Of course, some of the cano e s look where I m going-oh, no!" may have run ahead out of hearing, but I don t see "And y ou can take us back to Welch creek?" I how the raft could have got so far away from us. We C erta inl y, I can." must have come up here twice asfastastheydid. By "Bully for you!" Dick. "We're stupid, I'll this time we ought to be within hailin g distance sure. admit, but w e did lose our way. Well, it's a great There can be only one explanation, they've got off t hi n g to h a v e a d e t ective to look out for us. I'll be into the slews." h ange d if it ain't; but come, we must work our way "We've got to find them," said Ned. "We must around in t o the other sle w and get our canoe, for we keep at it. Do you consider this the main stream cert a inly have no canoes to throw away on Rene still, Dick?" B e noit's gan g." "Well, yes, I think so." T h i s prove d to be easier said than done, for the dif"Then we'll keep right on. This tundra can't last f e r ent sl ew s formed a regular Chine se puzzle, but at forever. You see there are hills on there ahead." l ast they h a d the satisfaction of seeing the canoe "How far off do you make tbe!Jl ?" asked Edith. a h ea d of the m. "Oh, I should say not more than two miles," re-It lay the r e on the b ank undi sturbed, so it was plied Ned, "but it's hard to t ell; this moss deceives prett y e vid ent tha t B enoit's gang had not found it. the eye, and when one looi

10 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S COMPANY K. But nothing had been seen of the raft, and the l "What, raft and all?" situation was anything but pleasant. "Perhaps the raft was tied up somewhere, and the There could no longer be a doubt that Company K I boys went ahead in the canoes; but what I'm getting was lost in the slews. I at is this, Dick; we've been looking off to the south" It won't pay to go any further," said Ned. "I east, thinking that they probably went that way, as think the best thing we can do is to tie up .here and it is perfectly natural to think, whereas if they folgo up to the top of the hill; there we can get a look lowed us they would go to the northwest, don't you over the tundra, and perhaps may be able to see somesee?" thing of the raft." "That's true enough, and if you're right they may "How about dinner?" exclaimed the Unknown. be at no very great distance from us now." "I'm as hungry as a wolf." "Exactly; the slews on that side lie at our feet, "Any man who says dinner will be promptly ex-and their windings followed might easily take Com pelled from the company," laughed Ned. "Who pany K this way; let's build a big signal fire and see knows better than you do that we haven't a thing to what the result is. At all events I can't see any use eat?" I in moving of here until we know in what direc "Hush! We'll have something in a minute, tion we ought to go." though," breathed Edith, raising her rifle. 1 This seemed sound reasoning, and it was decided to "Where ? What do you see?" asked Ned. I build the fire at once. Instead of replying, Edith fired three shots in quick Plenty of dry wood lay scattered about under a succession. clump of trees near by, and while Dick gathered it The first brought an immense flock of ducks up into a pile Ned nurried down the hill and told the de-from the creek, but one was left behind to bear wittect.ive their plan. ness to Edith's good marksmanship, and two more "It will locate us for the enemy," mused the Undropped back into the creek. known. "I don't know what to say." "That's business!" cried the Unknown. "Roast "But enemy or no enemy, we have got to find our duck is all right. I'll stay behind and attend to the friends, I suppose." dinner, while you boys go up the hill." "That's so, also. Build it. L e t her go." But Edith would not hear to this. "Bring the ducks up on the hill, Edith, and we'll "I'll do it all," she said. "You go on with the all stay together. We might as well use the fire to boys." roast the birds." "And leave you alone after what happened this So they all went up on the hill and a roaring fire morning? Ye gods and little fishes-no!" was built, but of course, no duck roasting could be "You'd better stay, Zed. Dick and I won't be long done in that, so a smaller fire was built between two gone," said Ned, and it was so arranged, and they stones, and then a sharp stick was run through each started up the hill. duck and balanced upon forked stakes driven into the From the top a fine view of the big swamp could ground in such a way as to bring the ducks directly be had. They were able to travel many of its water J over the fire. ways, but nothing could be seen of the raft. The boys took turns in working these primitive "It's very strange," mused Dick; "very, very spits; the ducks were tumbled over and over, and at .strange. Wha. t can have become of them? Ned, it last were as nicely roasted as if they had been done isn't possible that those fellows took the back track in an oven. and made off with our goods?" Meanwhile a sharp lookout had been kept over the "Never! I'd trust Mat Morgan anywhere!" tundra for smoke, but as yet none had been seen. "He might have been overpowered by numbers. "It begins to look as though we should have to It was a good chance to shake us if any of them had give it up," said the Unknown, "but thau,, reason .any other diggings in mind." why we shouldn't have dinner. I say let's eat now." No, no, Dick, I won't believe it. Those men were So the ducks were carved with Ned's big jackknife -chosen with the greatest care. As you know very and divided around and fine eating they proved to well, not a few of them have been out with us before, be. and would not go back on us under any consideration. While they were still at it the Unknown suddenly This is the result of accident, not of design." sprang to his feet with a loud shout. For a few moments the boys just stood there, not "Smoke! By the Jumping Jeremiah, smoke! See knowing what to say or do, when all once Ned ex -it! Off there on the tundra about a mile away!" claimed : "That's what it is," said Ned, taking a look "I've hit it I really believe I've hit it I can ex-through his glass. "It rises right out of the tundra. plain the whole affair." Some one has started a big fire there sure." "Out with it, then, for we surely want to know." "Friends or foes?" exclaimed the Unknown. "The Unknown-never told where he was going. We "Would that I knew!" had gone, and did no1: t>ack. It's my opinion that Young Klondike examined the smoke long and Morgan started up the slews after following very earnestly. close in our track." "There is something red this side of it," he said at


YOUNG KLONClKE'S C0.\-1P .ANY K. 11 l ast. Look, Z ed y ou r eye s are sharper than mine l "Yes, I'm sure of it." whe n i t c om e s to distance." "In the dark?" The detecti ve took the glass and after a long exam"Don't promise that. If it gets dark before we reach in ation announce d tha t he could s e e the Canadian flag the boys we shall have to tie up somewhere for the waving on a pole night; there is no other way." "Tha t's wha t I thought it was," said Ned. "Tha t This "'as a gloomy prospecJ;, and it turned out one mea n s Company K." which was destined to be realized. if it surely does?" questioned Dick. Before they had gone much further the smoke sud" Looks t o me like a man's red shirt drying." d e nly disappeared. M a t Morgan had a big flag with him." For some time the column had been growing thin" And Ma t is a tl1orough Canuck. I reckon you ner and thinner, and now it va. nished with a final are right. S t ill it looks like a shirt a ll the same." puff. "The pla c e where that fire is, although right in "That's a bad job," s a id the Unknown. "Now t h e tundra, is at no great distance from the base of we've got nothing at all to guide us. I'm afraid we're t hose hi gh, w ood e d hills remarked Ned, pointing to in for it, boys." a r ange of hills in some parts covered with snow, "Push ahead Push ahead" exclaimed Young which lay about ten mil e s away. Klondike. "We may strike them yet before night C a n those b e _the Ketchumstock hills ?" asked comes on." Edit h. Now, although Ned spoke cheerfully, and did it be" The low e r end of them, yes," replied Ned. ''I cause he wanted to encourage his fri e nds, he >vas very shouldn' t w ond e r a t all if it was so." far from being encouraged himse lf. "But we were not to go there ?" Indeed the situation looked blacker than ever, and "No, no Our d estina tion li e s at the headwaters Ned had now no hope of reaching the camp of Com of Welc h c r e ek. That would bring us a good fifteen pany K before the risin g of another sun. mil e s up from that end of the range." "We may as w e ll push on until we come to some A f t e r some further discussion it was determined to place where there is dry ground enough for us to sleep t a ke the c a no e and make an e ffort to reach the point on," said the Unknown, at last. "It is getting de w h e r e the si gnal fir e h a d b ee n built. cidedly colder, and you can see for yourselves that P a ddlin g b ack down the creek they turned into the there is surely going to be a storm." first sl e w which opened off in that direction, and "Don't croak, Zed," said Edith. "Time enough to started in on their perilous hunt. cross our bridges when we come to them. We shall And _it was an undertaking much more perilous h ave to stay in the tundra, of course. I am quite pre-than one would pared for that, but it won't kill us. We've done it To be lost in the slews at any season of the year before now." w a s bad enough, but now with snow liable to come at "Yes, and may have to do it again," s a id Ned, any time such a mish a p would be a very serious mat1 paddling vigorously. "I don't mind. We can rig t er, for following on snow might come an early winter, up some sort of shelter and first thing to-morrow I've and tha t would be very liable to mean death, for to no doubt we shall find the boys." b e froz e n in the sle ws without food could not very well It grew darker and darker; night was soon upon mean anything else them ; a cold, bleak wind came sweeping over the The r e was not much talking done, as Young Klon-tundra, chilling our prospectors so thoroughly that dike's p arty p a ddled on up the slew in the light of the N e d and Dick could scarcely keep their hold on the des ce ndin g sun. paddles. Th. e smoke could still be seen and seemed to grow Still they came to no place where a landing was to ne arer a s the y adva nc e d. Every effort must be made b e even thought of. It was all moss and water and t o r each it b e for e n ight c a m e on, for if there was fail-mud; again and again the Unknown struck his steer ure in this there was no telling what the result might ing paddle in among that strange growth which cov b e. ered everything, but it always came out plastered "We are holding our own it seems to me," said Ned with mud. at l ast. "It c ertainly looks as though we were gain-By common consent perfect silence was maintained. ing on tha t smoke .'' If it took all night it would be necessary to keep on "We've got to go over now," said the detective, going until a landing could be made. gloomily. "W c can't get back to the creek before The actual time was a few moments before four dark." but this means darkness in the Klondike "I suppose," asked Dick, "that somebody is country at this time of year, as is well known. counting the cross slews and paying particular attenUntil half-past five there was no change in the situ-tion to all that sort of thing?" ation, and then all at once the canoe passed out of "That's my job," said the detective, "and don't that maze of moss, and a low island lay before them, you think I'm not doing it to _the very best of my a desolate place enough, but still one where they ability." could pass the night better than in the canoe. "Think you can pilot us back again?" "Hooray!" shouted Ned. "We've got there at


12 YOUN G K LO NDIKE S C OMP AN Y K last Run her nose ashore, Dick! There That's I comfortable, and she must have been fairly so for she: the talk! Now, help me to get her up out of the was soon fast asleep. water, and we'll just do the best we can." As for Dick and the Unknown they would have The island was raised above the level of the slews scorned to gather moss for their own accommodation only a few feet and in size was not over a quarter of They just wrapped themselves up in their blankets a mile across. and lay down upon the damp ground, each with one On all sides of it that horrible mass rose to obstruct of the seats out of the canoe as a pillow. their vision. There was' not a tree nor a shrub in It is not everybody who could go to sleep under sight; only the muddy soil. It almost looked as if these circumstances, but Dick and the Unknown some convulsion of Nature had suddenly forced the did it, and that within five minutes' time. island up out of the slews. It was Ned's watch, and rifle in hand he paced "First of all, boys, we want. to explore !" cried the soggy ground. the Unknown, as soon as the canoe was secured, "and Harder and harder the wind blew; it seemed by the Jumping Jeremiah, I've_made a discovery right grow colder, but still the cold did not increase aH now!" rapidly as Ned thought it would at sundown, and "What?" asked Edith, staring about. "What he began to hope that after all they might escape can you see in the dark more than anyone else the snow. "Light!" replied the Unknown, gravely. "Sparks "I begin to think that I was a fool to come in here right over there!" at this time of year," he pondered. "Of course we And sure enough, right ahead of them faint points of shall work out of this snap somehow; we always do, light could be discerned glowing dimly close down to I but if anything serious happens to those poor fellows, the ground. I shall never forgive myself for bringing them into They hurried to the place and found the remains of this wretched country. This is a job for spring and a fire. not for late in the fall. I should have thought of that An immense quantity of tundra moss had recently before I started out." been burned there, if one could judge by the pile of These gloomy thoughts did not make our bold pros ashes which lay scattered about. pector any more cheerful, of course, and after a little "This is where the fire was,'' sald the Unknown, Ned bravely put them away. very decidedly. "There's no use in this,'' he reflected. "I must It certainly had that appearance, and the more they make a routine if I want to keep awake and keep my thought about it the more firmly convinced all became wits about me. I'll go around the island ten times." that such wa.s the As a matter of fact, they had not been around it But there was no sign of a human being near them. once yet, although a hasty survey had been made Again and again they shouted; again and again shots when they first came ashore. were fired, in the hope of bringing some answering Now this was certainly wrong. The Unknown signal, but it was all in vain. should have carried out his plan of thoroughly explor .. Somebody had been there, somebody had built the ing the island, and there was no better way of doing fire, but Young Klondike was to all appearance just this than to make the entire circuit of the as far as ever from solving that momentous This Ned now started in to do, and it led to strange "Where was Company K ?" results almost at the start, for he had not gone a CHAPTER VI. THE ATTACK ON THE RAFT. "IT is going to snow," remarked the Unkno wn, "but it may hold off until morning; for all our sakes let us hope that it will." This remark was made after the preparations for the night were all complete. These were as simple as they were unsatisfactory. Prospecting in the unknown parts of the Klondike counpry, late in the season, is certainly no joke. For Edith's accommodatian a large quantity of moss was gathered and spread upon the ground. Then the canoe was turned over on its side as a pro tection from the wind, and Edith, wrapping herself up in her blankets, lay down on the moss The plucky girl declared that she was warm and hundred yards away fro the landing place before he caught sight of the prow of a canoe projecting an inch or so out of the moss on the other side of the surround ing slew "Hello! Hello! What's this?" he muttered. "Can there be some one in there?" For a few moments he stood watching the prow, but there was no movement to the canoe. "If there is anyone in that thing they must be asleep," thought Ned. "I'm going to pull that canoe ashore." He hurried back to the spot where their belongings had been piled up when their own canoe was turned over on its side. From among these he selected a rope and returned to the point where he had made his discovery Tying a big knot on the end of the rope by making several small ones in the same place, he threw it into the canoe and gently pulled. The knot caught under the bows and held fast and Ned was able to pull the canoe across the slew to the place where he stood.


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S COMPANY K. 13 There was no one in it, but the canoe seemed won derfull y h eavy, and the weight was all astern, where a grea t quantity of moss l a y piled up. "Th3it' s gold!" thought Ned, the moment he felt this weight. He pulled the bow of"the canoe far up on the shore, and h astily r e moved the moss. It proved to b e just as he had supposed. There were two b a g s in the stern of the canoe. Ned hastily op e ned them; both were filled with golden nug g ets almost to t h e brim. In the first excitement of this discovery, Young Klondike w a s on tbe point of w aking up Dick. But upon con s ul ting his watch he found that Dick still h a d a full hour's sleep before him, according to the ari:-angement, and he concluded to let him remain where he was. Further ex aminrtion of the canoe showed Ned that it w a s unquestionably of Indian build. Certainly it wa3 not one of his, for they were all of an entirely different botton. This, of course is only done when the Indians are on the march. In their regular encampments the Coppermines have skin lodges like other tribes. Looking about Ned soon discovered a pile of moss back up the slope a little way from shore. He had seen this before, but thought it was only some of the moss which had been dropped there by whoever built the fire, but now he kicked it away and found that it covered a board. "A dugout sure enough," he thought. "There's an Indian down there fast enough. Now, I want Dick and I must have him. It won't do to take my chances here alone." He hurried up the hill, and rousing Dick told him of the two discoveries, and together they returned to the board. They came at a fortunate time, for now a good hard snoring was going on and it kept right up, too. "Yes, there's an Indian down there fast enough," said Dick. "I hope to goodness there isn't more than one, for I don't care to get up a fight here in the The qu estion now was to whom the canoe bedark." long ed. "Suppose we leave him till morning?" suggested Leaving t h e gold wh ere it was, Young Klondike reNed. sumed his m arch around the island; but there was an"But we ought to know what this means." other discov e r y to be made before very long. "If you say so I'll call the Unknown and Edith." As h e w a s p assing a point nearly opposite the re"What do you say yourself ? I'll leave it to m ains of the fir e on the other side of the island, Ned you." suddenly h eard a sound which certainly did not seem "I say go ahead right now." t o com e from eithe r the Unknown or Dick. "Then go ahead it is!" exclaimed Dick, and stoop-It was a snore-a very d e cided snore, but when he ing down he lifted the board. li s t e n ed again h e could not h ear it at a.IL The snoring instantly ceased. "Strange," muttered Ned. "It doesn't seem as if It was so dark that the boys could not see verJ I could hear the Unknown snore down here, and yet distinctly, but it seemed to them that down in the it must have b e en him. shallow hole they could m a ke out the form of a man It w a s quite a little distance to the top of the rise I all crouched up. wh ere the Unknown lay. "Hello, down there! Hello!" cried Ned. N ed liste n ed attentively, but could hear no more "Ugh! Ugh!" snoring. The n thinking that after all it must have The answer came promptly enough. It was an b ee n the Unknown, he resumed his walk, going en-unmistakable Indian grunt. tirely around the island without hearing another "You want to come out of that!" called Ned. sound, un t il h e came back again to the same point, "We won't hurt you! Come out!" where h e heard the snore again. "No kill!" growled a voice down in the hole. ''No "This beats m e!" thought Ned. "I'll soon find kill!" out w il.eth e r tha t s the Unknown or not!" "No kill!" repeated Ned, very decidedly. "You H e listene d attentively, but as before, the snoring needn't be afraid." was not r e p eated. Then there was a great scrambling, and an old In-The n he went straight up on top of the rise to dian with long, snow-white hair, pulled himself up out where Dick and the Unknown lay. of the dugout, and stood before the boys, winking The y were both sleeping quietly, and not snoring and blinking, evidently very much at all. "Hello, old man Who are you ?" demanded Ned. "Mystery!" muttered Ned. "A big mystery, and "Ugh, ugh!" growled the Indian, staring at the I am going to solve it. I wonder can there be a dugboys and fumbling for bis knife. out down there?" "Now, now; don't draw any knife! We don't Now b y a dugout Young Klondike did not mean a want trouble," said Ned. "You keep quiet and we canoe hollowed out of a single log, as may be sup-won't hurt you. Do you understand wh a t I say?" posed. "Ugh," grunted the savage, who was one of the Nothing of the sort. Among the Coppermine In-true Coppermine breed. dians it is much the custom in the winter to dig a "Do you speak English?" hole in the ground and make a sort of underground '.'Ugh Me speakee Inglis-Ugh !" chamber for sleeping. "What's your name?"


14 Y OUNG K LONDIKE'S COMP ANY K. "Grey Wolf," replied the Indian, beginning to feel After this agreeable understanding had been rea,chreassured. ed, Grey Wolf went back to his dugout and went "Are you here alone?" to sleep, but Dick and Ned watched until morning. "Ugh!" As the latter did not feel a bit sleepy the Unknown "Where's your tribe ?" was not called at all. "No have. Me old-very old. Me run away." Morning brought no light with it-that could not "Hello! So that your relations would not bury be looked for until after nine o'clock-but the Unyou alive, you buried yourself-that it?" demanded known was up by six and Edith awoke soon after. Ned, remembering that it was one of the pleasing Before either of them got up Grey Wolf had come customs of the Coppermine Indians to bury the aged out of the hole and built up a big fire of moss, over of their tribe. 1 which he proceeded to broil two fish which he pulled Then a long conversation followed, to give which up out of the slew in the dark without any effort at in detail would be decidedly tedious. all. It turned out that Grey Wolf could speak very "Who in the world have we here?" demanded the .good English, and when we have occasion to quote Unknown, duly surprised to see the old Indian bend him again, as we shall, we shall render his speech ing over the fire. into perfect English as it will be easier to read. Ned told his story, and when Edith woke up he told The, upshot of his disclosures was highly inter-it again. esting. "Good job we found him," said the detective. "If The old man had made his escape from his tribe we don't find Company K we'll go prospecting on for fear of being buried, and determined to make his our own account. I suppose you haven't heard a way to Circle City and take up his residence with thing?" the whites among whom he had lived before. "No," replied Ned, sadly. "I only wish I ha d Before doing this, Grey Wolf had made a very sen-something to report." sible move. Happening to know where there was "The snow holds off well, don't it?" gold to be had, he went there and washed out the "It does." two bags of nuggets, feeling that this would help to "It's a-coming, tliough. What does Grey Wolf keep him through the winter in Circle City. He was on say about it?" his way there when, feeling very much fatigued, he "He says it's coming sure," said Dick. "What's tied up on the island and made himself a dugout, hid-that red over against the sky? The reflection of our ing his canoe in the tundra, which he had hardly done fire, think?" when two canoes, filled with white men came along. "Why, no, it can't be that," said Ned. c trt must The men landed on the island and built a big fire, be another fire. Grey Wolf, look there!" cooking dinner and making themselves comfortable, "'Ugh! white men," said Grey Wolf. "They are after which they wep.t on their way without having getting their breakfast." discovered Grey Wolf who took care to keep himself "Are you sure it's white men?" concealed. "yes." "Rene Benoit's gang, of course !" declared Ned, "Why?" after Grey Wolf had given an accurate description of "They are blowing the fire. Indians can make tbe the men. tundra burn without that. There could be little doubt of it, and Young Klon-Here was something which none of Young Klondike could only congratulate himself upon their nar-dike's party would have discovered if they had row escape. watched the red light for a week. Gray Wolf had seen nothing of the raft or the other "How do you know? What makes you say that?'' party. As the conversation proceeded the old fellow asked Young Klondike. grew quite friendly. Grey Wolf explained that the light was moving; "Come with us, Grey Wolf, and help us find our that it was slightly bending in one direction. friends," proposed Ned, at last. "Show us where you They watched and found that it was so. dug that gold and I'll take you back with us to Daw"Now, they have stopped blowing," said Grey son City, and see that you are well taken care of Wolf. "Now the tundra burns." until spring)' Sttre enough, the light had straightened up and "Ha! The gold will do that!" was the reply. seemed to shoot higher than it haQ. done before. "Yes, but you will lose the gold. You'll be robbed There was no longer any wind, or these close obof it before you have been in Circle City a week Do servations could not have been made by Grey Wolf as I tell you and I will give you more gold and keep or any other man, red or wh,ite, but it was still cold you all winter. I'll give you good clothes and every-and raw, and certainly there was a feeling of snow in thing you want. I'll make you a rich man. the air. To make Grey Wolf comprehend all these fine Grey Wolf prophesied that the storm would come promises required considerable talk, but at last he at daylight, and this made an immediate move all the consented and promised to guide them to the more desirable. where he had found the gold. Before starting, however, Ned went into a detailed


Y OUNG KLO NDIKE'S COMP K. 15 description of just whern the disappearance of the raft had taken place, and at last had the satisfaction of seeing that he had made Grey Wolf understand. "Those are your friends," said the Indian, emphat ically, as he pointed toward the light. "How do you know?" demanded the Unknown. "They must have gone into the slews on the right 0f the creek," asserted Grey Wolf, "because if they had gone in on the left you could have seen them from the lnll. If they did go in on the right and followed on because they iost their way and could not turn back, by the time night came they would be just about where you see that light now." In his own "\Nay this is the explanation Grey Wolf gave, and it seemed so reasonable to Young Klondike that he accepted it offhand, and even the Unknown had not a word to offer in objection. So the canoes were launched, and they pushed off up the slew, with Grey Wolf in the lead. Brighter and brighter grew the light as they con tinued to advance. Gre_, Wolf took turnings, which it is hardly likely they would have dared to take alone, but it was most fortunate that they were taken, for all at once they swung around into the narrow slew, and there saw the fire right ahead of them, and the big raft tied up alongside of a island, similar to the one on which they had passed the night. Beyond was the fire and a group of men gathered around it. The light shone on their faces, and Young Klondike could see that they were the men of Company K. Almost at the same instant Grey Wolf suddenly caught hold of Ned and pulled him down into the bot tom of the canoe. "Down! down!" he exclaimed, in a whisper, and the word was passed to the others. Not a moment too soon did they drop and stop pad dling, for out of the tundra, on ahead, two canoes shot, and pulled toward the raft with muffled oars. Rene Benoit again!" breathed Ned. A man of Company K sprapg upon the raft. "Who goes there?" he cried. Up went the rifles in the two canoes, and a volley was fired at the solitary figure on the raft. CHAPTER VII. THE FIRST STRIKE. OF course, it was perfectly apparent that the plan of Rene Benoit was to capture the raft and tow it off into the tundra. This would give the enemy all the supplies of Com pany K, and would have been a rich haul, indeed. And very likely the bold scheme might have suc ceeded, if help had not been so close at hand. The man on the raft fell wounded, and in an in stant the attacking party were alongside. "Keep back there Keep back there !" yelled Rene Benoit, as the men of Company K sprang up and made a rush for the place where the raft lay moored. The shots began to fly on both sides. Mat Morgan rallied his men, and made a rush as Rene Benoit started to board the raft. As yet not one of the attacking party had looked behiml. them-they had no idea that Young Klondike was so near. "Now, then!" breathed Ned. "All together!" They had their rifles ready and were only waiting for a favorable moment. It had come A volley of shots flew acros::, the raft from behind. "Good Heavens! It is Young Klondike himself!" cried Rene Benoit in French, as he looked back and caught sight of the two canoes. After that there was a stampede. The canoes of the enemy disappeared among the tundra in a twinkling. Oh, what a shout went up then! The men of Company K cheered and cheered, and ran down on board the raft to meet their leader, as the canoes were paddled up alongside. As for the enemy, they seemed to have utterly van ished, but once the tundra swallows up a canoe it is not much use trying to follow. With slews and cross slews there is no difficulty in making one's escape So Neel and Dick made no effort to follow up Rene Benoit and his gang. I They were only too glad to get back to Company K again to waste any time on a chase which was almost sure to prove unprofitable. When Mat Morgan told his story it turned out to be just as they had supposed in the first place. Expecting that Young Klondike and his party would follow them, Morgan decided to start ahead, and he never knew that he was not still following Welch creek until they found themselves hopelessly lost. We stick together after this," declared Young Klondike. "There shall be no runni:qg off any more -it don't pay," Of course, the story of Grey Wolf was duly told, and the gold in the boat exhibited. It drove the prospectors of Company K half wild. "Boys, I want to propose a change of plan!" said Young Klondike, calling Company K about him. "We are a long way out of our road if we want to reach that part of the Ketchumstock hills which lies at the headwaters of Welch creek, but if we keep ahead in this direction a few miles fprther we shall strike the lower end of the Ketchurnstocks where this gold came from. I say let us do it, for if we spend all our time in getting to the diggings, winter will catch us before we know where we are. Anyone got any objection to make, because if they have let him make it now." I agree cried Dick. "And I!" added the Unknown. "Speaking for my mates I would like to ask a


16 YOUNG KLONDIKE' S COMP ANY K. question," said Mat Morgan. "For myself I say I'll I bear as it was, there was no chance of unloading the go wherever Young Klondike wants to lead us, if it 1 supplies. is to the moon." Nothing had been seen of the enemy since their de "Ask as many questions as you like, Mat," replied feat at the island and Ned failed to see where they Ned. "I want the boys to be thoroughly satisfied ran any risk by leaving the raft just as it was. before we go into this new deal." Still to make sure he selected three men as a guard "Are you giving up a sure thing for an uncertainty and the raft was tied up at the edge of the tundra and -that's what we want to know," said Mat. "On left in their charge for the nignt, while the canoes that score we don't want to make any mistake." pushed on to the base of the Ketchumstock hills. "No," replied Ned, emphaticailly. "I tell you Nothing was taken along but the tents; these were now, boys, that my prospect was not a sure thing by needed for shelter, of course. any means. In fact it rests on precisely such eviBefore leaving the raft supper was served and the deuce as this new prospect does, the testimony of a provisions were all left behind. Coppermine Indian. "Here at last!" exclaimed Young Klondike, as "You say you saw the gold in the hands of Black they made their landing at the foot of great rocky Crow?" asked Mat. bluffs over which the creek came tumbling into a "Yes." shallow basin; "now, then, GreyWolf, where was it "And don't actually know that it came from the that you found the gold?" place where we were bound before we got twisted up Grey Wolf pointed to the basin and declared that in the slews?" he had washed it out there. It certainly seemed a "That's it." likely spot enough; none could be more so. When Mat Morgan consulted with the men for a moment, Young Klondike lay down to rest in his tent that and then said: night he felt sure that he had made no mistake. "Very good. We'll make the change. We've The same cold, raw atmosphere lasted through :seen the gold from these new diggings and if they are the night. At six o'clock when Ned awoke, it seemed the nearest we.might just as well try our luck there more like snow than ever, but still the. storm held off. as to hunt for the other place." Ned woke up Dick, and they hurried down to the It was so settled and within half an hour the start basin, where they were presently joined by Grey was made with Grey Wolf in the lead. Wolf, who had been on the watch. The old Indian was in his glory now. No one else was stirring except the two men who Ned, with a view to making him feel all possible in-had been doing "guard duty the latter part of the terest in the company's success, presented him with I night. a rifle, a knife, a shirt and a pair of new mocca sins t. Well, boys, any alarm ?" asked Ned. which he had bought in Circle City. No, sir," replied one of the guard. "There hasn't Grey Wolf was very grateful. been a sign of anyone all night; we might as well He did not say much, but Young Klondike knew have been asleep." enough of the Indian character to make him feel cer"Not at all," replied Ned. "Eternal vigilance is tain that the old buck would stand by him through the price of safety, you know. There's nothing like thick and thin. being on the safe side and keeping a watch." All that day-that is as long as daylight lasted"I don't believe they'll bother us any more though. they kept on through the tundra. All the same," declared Dick, "we have shown that The hills drew nearer and nearer. It was evident we were too many for them. Now, then, Ned, let's that this immense swamp could not extend further get to work. than their foot. The idea was to do a little panning before brea. k-At five o'clock in the afternoon they left the tundra fast. and ran out into a stretch of meadow land which ex-Ned put on his long rubber boots, and takin{; a big tended to the hills, now not more than a mile away,. scoop shovel waded out into the basin. Here a troublesome obstacle was encountered The water was but a little above his knees; it was In order to reach the hills it would be necessary to hard to see the bottom in the dark, but from the way follow the windings of a shallow creek which ran down it felt under his feet it seemed like fine sand. into the slews. Dick had the pans ready and Ned dug his scoop This creek Grey Wolf declared to be the one from I shovel down and filled three of them with the sand which he had worked the gold, but although it would which proved to carry very little gravel with it. float the canoes all right, it was entirely too shallow Grey Wolf held the lantern and declared that he for the raft. could see gold in the pan already, 'vbich wa,s certainly "We shall have to leave it behind us," said Ned, more than either Ned or Dick could do. after trying the depth with his pole "If we run But as soon as they began to wash out the sand ahead any further we shall ground her and then there the lantern's light showed them the tiny yellow par-may be difficulty in getting her off." ticles, with an occasional nugget. There was no help for it. The raft must be left be-''Hello what are you fellows about?" cried the hind, and as the canoes were loaded all they would 1 Unknown, coming out of the tent a little later. 1 j


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S COMP ANY K. 1 'l "Hooray !" shouted Young Klondike. "Come along, Zed We're right in it again I We've made a big strike hardly daring to give utteraace to the terrible sus picion that had come over him. But it was worse. When they reached the place where the raft had been tied up, there lay the three men stretched out upon the grass dead and cold. It was an awful blow to them all. CHAPTER VIII. "Hear me, Heaven!" cried Mat Morgan, throwing up his hand, "if I ever get my chance at Rene Benoit SNOWED IN. or Martin J::?ill I'll flay them alive!" Threats were useless, as were revengeful feelings. "BULLY for our side Ye gods and little fishes! Rene Benoit's gang was made up of some of the I knew we'd hit it!" shouted the Unknown. "Hooworst ruffians in the Klondike country, and in case ray for the first strike !" they got their chance nothing less than this was to the Unknown threw up the rusty old plug hat be expected of them. which he always persisted in wearing, and catch-The three men had been shot. One in the heart, ing it on his head, thrust his hands in his pockets, one through the neck and the third in the forehead. and gave the boys a little walk around there at the "Poor fellows! No back shots here," murmured edge of the basin, which was his way of showing Ned. "They were facing the enemy and defending bis enthusiasm over the lucky find. our property. It was all they could do." And who would not be enthusiastic under the cir-What time the fight had taken place it was of cumstances ? course quite impossible to say, but as the bodies were Even by these primitive methods, panning there entirely cold it must certainly have been far back in in the dark, the boys had taken out over a hundred the night. dollars in tl10se three pans. By Young Klondike's direction the remains of the The sand was so fine that the gold, which proved unfortunate guard were tenderly lifted into the to be nearly all in the form of nuggets, had setcanoes, and a start back for camp made. tled to the bottom of the pan at the first sha..king. "The boys will be heartbroken when they hear of Three times three pans were washed out before they this," remarked the Unknown, as they paddled upgave it up and every time there were the same won-stream. derful results. "Their death must be avenged !" declared Young The news spread among the tents and soon all hands Klondike. "Not by any offhand shooting, but by were up and out. the strong arm of t be law. If it costs me the last Company K went fairly wild in its enthusiasm, and dollar I am worth I shall run those scoundrels down there was no one better pleased than Grey Wolf, who and bring them to justice." kept saying: "No, you won't," said the Unknown. "That's my "Me tell you true, boss! Ugh! Ugh! Me tell job." you true! Plenty gold! Plenty gold!" "What do you mean?" And certainly no one could ask for a better show"Exactly what I say. As soon as we have buried ing than Young Klondike's Company K found there our poor friends I am going to start off on a still bunt at the foot of the Ketchumstock hills. for these men, and don't you forget it I shall find But their enthusias1n was soon to have a serious thetn; you'll see." damper thrown upon it. "I should say so, but we need to do it; in fact, A blow had been dealt by the enemy, which was to we've got to do it," answered Ned. "Do you realize throw the little camp into the deepest gloom. that we have no provisions except the few trifles that As soon as it was daylight Ned and the Unknown, the men brought up to camp in their canoes?" with several men, went down the creek with all the "Do I? Don t I I realize it only too well. Say canoes to bring up the goods. what you like, Young Klondike; object to my run-As they drew near the tundra a silence suddenly ning the risk all you please, but some one has got to came over all, notwithstanding that they had been locate that raft or Company K stands a fair chance laughing and joking only a few moments before. of starving to death." "It isn't there, dear boy!" broke out the Unknown, I As yet Mat Morgan and his men did not seem to at last. realize this; they were too much excited over the loss "I'm afraid it isn't," replied Ned. "Mat, can you of their friends, and indeed the whole camp was see the raft?" thrown into the greatest excitement by the arrival of "No," said Mat Morgan. "No, I can't, boss. I the canoes. reckon you may as well prepare for the worst. The Gold digging was forgotten. They could talk of raft isn't in sight." nothing else but the murder, and they were still talk" Bad job I By the Jumping Jeremiah, a mighty ing about it when it began to snow. bad job!" exclaimed the Unknown. "Enemy in, raft "We must bury these poor fellows at once," de-out and our three men prisoners, or worse." clared Ned. "Mat, we must dig the graves while I hope to Heaven it isn't worse," muttered Ned, there is time."


-----------18 YOUNG K L ONDIKE'S COMP ANY K. 1 Yes, boss, and when that's done we are off after to see a foot away, and after a few moments Young the raft," replied Mat. "Do you realize that there Klondike became seriously alarmed. isn't a bit of grub left in the camp?" "We can't stay in the tents," he declared. "We "Well, I do! We won't be slow to act, Mat; but shall have to seek shelter somewhere else. Mat, what the storm is coming and we must not run any risks. are we going to do?" The Unknown proposed to start off -after the canoe, "Don't ask me, boss," replied Mat Morgan. "Bad but I think he had better wait and go with us." luck has. struck us. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if "Hello!" exclaimed Dick, coming up at that mowe all lost our lives in this storm." ment and overhearing the remark; "you'.re too late, "Not if I know it! Boys, we've got to look out for Ned." ourselves. I don't ask you to do anything but just "What! Has he gone already?" what seems best to you, but I say whoever is willing "Been gone these ten minutes, and Grey Wolf has can follow me !" gone with him. I wanted him to speak to you, but he It was almost impossible to hear these words above said he had already done so and you approved." the howling of the wind, but Ned did not wait to find "He'll take care of himself," replied Ned. " out whether they were heard or not. the Unknown alone for that; but his going needn't Calling upon Dick and Edith to follow him, he start hinder us. It must not He can do no more tha n ed along the cliffs in search of a place where they locate the camp of the gang, but we must capture it could be in a measure shielded from the blast. and get back our provisions. Think, besides the grub Company K followed gloomily enough. almost all our mining tools, the portable house s Men of their kind are alike the world over. There everything that we proposed to make ourselves com-was a good deal of grumbling. fortable with, was on that raft." To hear some of these prospectors talk, one would Vlhile this conversation was in progress the digging imagine that they held Young Klondike responsible of the graves was going on rapidly. for the storm. The unfortunate men were wrapped in their blank-Ned had not far to go before he discovered just ets and laid on the ground, Young Klondike reading what he was looking for. the burial service before the frozen earth was thrown This was a rift in the rocks, a deep indentation in. among the cliffs with an overhanging ledge on the By the time this was over it was snowing hard, windward side, which was amply big enough to pro so hard, in fact, that Ned saw to his dismay that tect all hands from the storm. it would be next to useless to start off in the "It's better than remaining in the tents, boys," canoes. declared Ned. "Hustle round now, and cut down "What do you think of it, Dick?" he asked. some of those hemlock trees up the rift. Build a "You see the boys are getting ready for a start." roaring fire and make yourselves as comfortable as "They ought not to go," replied Dick very de-you can." ciedly. "It isn't safe. "Shall we bring the tents up here?" asked Edith. "Of course it isn't," said Edith. "There is only "I think we had better. There is certainly no one thing to do, and that is to wait for the storm to sense in leaving them there on the bank of the creek pass." to be buried in the snow." "Tell Mat Morgan that, and see what a row there Ned lent his aid to the wood choppers, while Dick, will be," replied Ned. "I don't see how we can s 'top Edith and several others went after the tents. them now." The storm was so fierce that it was all they could Indeed, Ned had made up his mind to go, just bedo to get back again. cause be felt that he could not help himself, but be-1 It almost seemed as if the wind must blow them fore he could get down to the canoes, the matter was away. settled for him. But perseverance at last brought them shelter, A blizzard of the worst kind struck the little camp. rude though it was. Suddenly it came swooping down upon them. The hemlock huts were built and a few tents put in The wind which had been just ordinary before, inplace. creased all in a moment to a gale of the utmost fury, 1 Almost everybody seemed to prefer the shelters, while the amount of snow which came with it, was but Ned and Dick stuck to the tent. Not from choice, greater than Ned had seen in all his experience on indeed, but because there was no chance to build shel the Klondike. ters for all hands, and it was part of Young Klon. Good Heavens! If this is going to last we can't dike's religion to see his men taken care of before move out of here with the canoes, grub or no grub!" thinking of himself. Mat Morgan exclaimed. Fiercer and fiercer blew the wind. Harder and The blizzard had come to stay. The wind seemed harder the snow came whirling about them. to increase rather than diminish. Ned felt that it By common consent no mention was made of the could not be blowing less than a hundred miles an Unkno wn. hour. 1 That his friends in camp felt seriously w orried about The whirl of snow was blinding. It was impossible the little detective, need scarcely be said.


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S COMPANY K. 19 After an hour the situation grew still more serious. There was no sign of the storm abating; mountains of snow rose all around them now. To have gone back to the basin would have risked one's life. 'l'he day wore on. Deeper and deeper grew the drifts. No '3ign of the wind going down. No change in the quantity of falling snow. Under that ledge Young Klondike's party found themslves warm and comfortable, but they were snowed in, and w .hat was worse there seemed n chance of getting out of their prison for days to come. All admired the beautiful girl greatly and her influ ence went a long way with them. The digging began at once. Ned, Dick and Edith insisted upon being first and they each took a shovel and went at it, working for half an hour. By this time Mat Morgan and the men felt pretty well ashamed of the stand ,they had taken, and in sisted upon relieving them. The work went steadily on after that, and by noon a narrow path had been cut through the drift down to the creek. To Ned's great joy thii;; was not frozen over, although there was ice in the basin hindering their work there. CHAPTER IX. "I'm going down to the tundra," declared Ned. I "Now, then, boys, it is better to work than to stand STARVATION. idle. 1 say let us begin our mining operations at once and keep right at it, just as though we had IT did not stop snowing until half past five the plenty to eat in camp." next morning. No one made any objection, so Ned proceeded to lay How many inches fell on a level it would be hard to out a plan. tell, it drifted so; but outside the rock shelter of ComHe ordered a place cleared alongside the basin for pany1 K the drifts were eight and nine feet deep. a shaft, and a great frost fire built. When Young Klondike got up he pulled on his big If gold was found in the basin, he argued that it boots, and made up his mind that he would go to the ought also to be found alongside of it, for the land creek no matter how deep the snow was, but he only along under the cliffs was really a part of the basin, succeeded in getting a few yards away from camp, the creek being but the remains of some old moun before he found himself wallowing in drifts which tain torrent, which had washed down the soil in former were over his head. / I times. Dick Dick !" he shouted. "Come and pull me To this the men yielded readily enough, and work out Get a rope or something Heavens I shall began at once. smother here.'' Ned then took the largest canoe, and with Dick and Dick and Mat Morgan went to the rescue and Ned Edith started to paddle down the creek in the almost was dragged out of the drift. vain hope of seeing something of Grey Wolf and the It took him some time to get his breath and then Unknown. he was ready to try it again. It wa.s a very solemn party. "Mat, we've got to work our own way to the Thoughts of the Unknown's fate oppressed them creek," he said. "First of all we've got to see if it's terribly. frozen over and what the condition of the canoes "I don't see how he possibly could have escaped," is." remarked Edith, at last. "It breaks my heart to "That's what's the matter," said Mat, "but how say it, but I'm very much afraid we shall never see are you going to do it, boss ?" poor Zed again." "What one cannot do, many may. We have got "Don't say it and don't think it," said Ned. "If to shovel out." it was anybody else but the Unknown I should be "It would take us till next summer. We've only ready enough to agree with you, but you know how g-ot three shovels; all the rest are on that con-many times we have given him up for lost. Did he founded raft." ever fail to turn up? Oh, no!" "I suppose we could do it if we tried. Suppose it "But where could he possibly have found shel-takes all day? It's got to be done." ter ?" mused Dick. "To be exposed to that storm Mat yielded grumblingly. He was hungry and being on the tundra would be sure death.'' hungry made him cross, but his condition was no' "That's true enough," said Ned, "and if Rene worse than that of the others. Benoit's gang were out on that tundra in the storm There was absolutely nothing to eat in the camp, not one of them can be alive at the present time, every scrap brought up from the raft having been but for all that, I still have hopes for the Unknown." consumed for breakfast the day before. But Ned was inclined to change his opinion after an It was now twenty-four hours since any member of hour or so. Young Klondike's Company K had tasted food. They explored as far into the tundra as they dared, Ned did his best to cheer them, and Edith went from but could not see a living soul. man to man beseeching them to stand up bravely The moss was covered with snow in some places against this great trial. where it had found a chance to lodge; at other points


20 YOUNG KLONDIKE 'S COM P AN Y K. the wind had swept over great sections and blown the snow away. At no point did they find the slews frozen In fact, it was not very cold, and at midday everything was thawing, although it began to freeze again in the afternoon. By half past one Young Klondike sorrowfully an nounced that they would have to return. "If we could only shoot something," sighed ick. "It would be a relief to be able to take a little food back to Company K." "Slim chance," replied Edith. "You'll see no more ducks this season, and what else is there? You know how scarce game is here at all times." "There is likely to be serious trouble if we don't get food soon," said Ned, gloomily. Edith shuddered. She had been long enough in the Klo11dike country now to know to what Ned r e ferred. Awful stories of parties of starving prospectors devouring each other had reached their ears the previous winter. Even to think of such things in connection with Company K, made Edith sick at heart. But there was a streak of luck in store for them. Just as they came in sight of the beginning of the m eadows-they were paddling up the main slew at the time-Edith suddenly gave an exclamation and and three big fires were burning over ground where it was intended to start prospect holes. It had taken all the morning to clear away the snow and bring down wood from the hillside, where there was a great plenty. Besides this, Mat had kept four men at work panning the sands from the basin, the ice having beer_ broken for that purpose. i The reports from the panners was most satisfac-/ tory. Over three hundred dollars was the result of this work, and Ned knew that the men were by no means expert panners, and that the chances were the biggest part of the gold had been allowed to escape. 'l'he capture of the moose put everybody in good humor, and the animal was promptly skinned and cut up, and in a surprisingly short time a hindquarter was roasting over the fire. "You dole out the meat, Mat," said Young Klon dike "Let every man have his share, and not an ounce more. As for me and my party; we come in with the rest." That night all hands returned to the i;;helters un. der the rocks, and being warmed and fed, a com paratively comfortable night might have been look ed for if it was not for the uneasiness Ned, Dick and Edith felt about the Unknown. As for Ned, he could not sleep. Every time he threw up her rifle 1 d h" t N d d D l t d 'dli d h ld th c ose is eyes 1 seemed to lum that he could hear e an ic { s oppe pan ng an e eir . 1 . the detective callmg, but for Dick's sake he Jay breath, for there was a large buck moose drmkmg at 1 t t"l 1 t d d 1 t 1 h f lt tl k 1 qme un i a ong owar m1 rng i w ien e e ie cree I tl h ld d 1 . Jat e cou en ure it no onger. ".'rnd was blo':1 .ng toward them, otherwise the Quietly unrolling himself from the blanket Ned got ammal mall would never have been seen up and was about stealing out of the tent, when Dick at all, so keen 1s the scent of the moose called to him to know what the matter was. As it was, his back being turned, he did not seem to be aware of their presence which gave Edith just the cha nce she wanted, but her hand trembled, so great was her eagerness, and for the moment Ned feared that she was going to make a miss of it. But no When the rifle spoke the moose gave one leap into the air and started into the creek Before it could reach the opposite bank the poor brute stumbled, raised itself once, and then fell dead in the water, shot through the heart by Edith's superb aiming. "Good enough!" cried Ned "Now we are all right! Hooray!" lt was a relief certainly, but what was one moose among so many ?" At the most it would support Company K only for a week. I But Young Klondike did not stop to think of that the n. He was too rejoiced at even this temporary relief. They soon had the moose in tow behind the canoe, and in this way paddled back to camp where they were received with great enthusiasm by Company K. Mat Morgan had nothing to report except that progress had heen made in the work. The ground had been cleared alongside the basin "I can't sleep. It's no use, Dick "Same here I've never closed my eyes all night." "Impossible ; you must be mistaken; you have never moved nor made a sound." "Oh, that's because I didn't want to disturb you; I might say the same thing; you never moved n o r made a sound until now." "And for the same reason. Dick, let's go down t o the fires; I'm too nervous to sleep Dick needed no second invitation, and a few moments later the boys with lantern and rifles were walking single file between the huge snowdrifts. Everything was quiet at the creek. No guard had been placed there as none seemed necessary. The boys stirred up the glowing coals and piled on fresh wood and then walked down to the bank o f the creek to see if the canoes were all right. I suppose that fire ought to be seen for miles over the tundra," said Dick. "If the Unknown still lives it ought to be an easy matter foe him to find his way back here." "Hark!" exclaimed Ned, suddenly. "What was that?" "What?" 1't seemed to me as if I could hear him calling." "Well, now, that's queer," said Dick D o you ,. \ I I


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S COMP ANY K. 21 know I fancied the same thing myself a dozen times I "Dead, I'm afraid," was the reply. "Oh, boys, while I lay there." I've got a lot to tell!" So did I." "Take your time, Zed, take your time," said "Isn't that odd? It only goes to show what imYoung Klondike. "Don't tell it now unless you agination will do." choose." They turned to go back to the fires when it seemed "Oh, I might as well talk now as any other to Ned that he could hear the cry again. time. You found me stuck in the mud-I mean the "Is it possible that you don't hear it, Dick?" he snow-and' first of all I must tell you that I manasked. aged to bust a hole in the bottom of the canoe by "Can't say I do," replied Dick, "and my ears are running onto a sharp lump of ice, and just as I got pretty sharp, too. It must be imagination, Ned." to the point where you found me the blame thing "No, it isn't imagination, either. Nothing of the sunk. Ye gods and little fishes! I just had time to sort. I tell you I did hear-there it goes again." jump ashore and save myself; otherwise I would "By gracious, I heard it that time!" cried Dick. have gone down into the creek with it. Not tha "It's the Unknown!" it would have drowned me, bGt I should have frozen Ned was thrown into the greatest excitement. my nose-I mean my toes." Without fully believing that Dick could be sure of the "That's a bad job," said Ned. "But say, you're Unknown's voice, he was perfectly willing to believe putting the ca:rt before the h'orse, and beginning at that it was the detective, or at least to act just as the wrong end of the story. We want to hear it all." though he did b elieve it. But after all the Unknown had not so much to tell. "It's a mercy wecame down here as we did !" he In company with Grey Wolf he had worked down in exclaimed. "Quick! Don't let us lose an instant; '11 d th k d t t fi d t h t to the tundra without seeing anything of the raft. we run own e cree an ry o n ou w a . th" ,, Fmdmg that the storm was about to come they startis ed back, but were too late to escape it. Hastily boardmg the canoe, they paddled away Th fi d' t "bl t k th f : en n mg i impossi e o ma e e camp o down the stream, hope mcreasmg as they advanced. C K th t t d f ld I d' Again and again the cry was heard, and each time ompany ey s ar e or n ian up D k d t h ld t th t t th U another slew right under the hills, a place wluch Grey ic answere i e wou asser a i was e nW lf k b t 't h b b d d b h" known's voice. o new a ou i avmg een a an one y is tribe two years before'. "He's stranded somewhere-but he hears us," he declared. "Just a few minutes and we'll know all Here the Unknown passed the night of the storm in about it. I d 't h t h 'f 1 comparative comfort, but when morning dawned he on care w a appens i we can on y G W . b ld z d f t th ,, discovered that rey olf was missmg. rmg o e .sa e up o e camp. W h d f I S th ddl d d th t 1 hat a becoJUe o the old nd1an he did not o ey pa e on, an soon ere came a ime h . h th ld d t' h d know, as t e canoe remamed undisturbed. w en ey cou is mgms wor s. A f h' "H 11 N d 1 H 11 D' k 1 I 't ?" fter waitmg or is return nearly all day, the e o, e e o, ic s i you U k t th 1 th t h h "H ,,, h t d N d "G' h' th n nown came o e cone us10n a e must ave ooray s ou e e ive im e answer, . D k 1 y hf th th It' wandered away from the old lodge and perished m ic our voice can reac ur er an mme. s th U k f t 1,, the storm, so he took the canoe and started back e n nown as sure as a e 1 1 h th 1 a one, osmg is way m e sews as a matter of "We are coming !" yelled Dick. "It's all right, Zed. Where are you, old man ?" "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I'm in the soup! I mean the snow!" was the answer shouted back. And in the snow they found him, sure enough. Down at the edge of the tundra with snow up to his waist, and his tall hat pulled down over his ears, and his hands in his pockets, stood the Unknown the very picture of d espair. "Well, well, well! I thought I was a goner this time!" he exclaimed, as the boys approached. "I was fully pre p ared to freeze to death here before morning. Ye gods and little fishes, it was a lucky thought which popped into yolll' heads to keep awake and listen for the old unknown this blessed night!" Of course the first thing was to take the Un known into the canoe, and the next to pull for the fires as quick as possible, and no question was asked until they were well under way. "Where's Grey Wolf?" inquired Ned, as soon as he had made the detective as comfortable as circum-stances would permit. course. Night overtook him before he could find it again, and then followed the accident to the canoe. This was the Unknown's story, but if it had been anything else the boys would have been just as well satisfied, they were so rejoiced to have him back again safe and sound There was great rejoicing in camp too, when Com pany K found that the lost was found For the next few days everything went on with com parative smoothness. Work continued on the pros pect holes, but the ground was very hard and frost fires had to be kept continually going. Nothing was heard of Grey Wolf and more than all, although Edith and the boys were almost con stantly out searching for game, none was found. By the end of the week the last. scrap of moose meat was consumed and starvation stared Young Klondike's Company K in the face. Two days more and it was with them. Still another two days and the situation grew still


22 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S COMPANY K. worse, for it had snowed again and all chance of obI But there were so many men engaged that the taining game bad vanished. I work had been kept up pretty well night and day, It was now forty-eight hours since anyone in the which accounted for the progress made. little company had tasted food. The next shaft was down sixteen feet, but the third had not passed through tl, rost yet, and work on it had now been abandoned for several days. Fortunately for his plans Young Klondike had CHAPTER X. brought all ropes along from the raft as well as their buckets, fearing that some w'tndering Indian might GOLD, GOLD EVERYWHERE BUT NOT A BITE TO EAT. steal them in spite of the guard. Without these work would scarcely have been pos" SWEAR that you will be true to me, boys, no mat-sible, but as it was they served a good turn. ter what comes!" cried Young Klondike. "Swear A primitive sort of windlass had been rigged p that even starvation shall not make you go back on over No. 1, and a similar arrangement was now beus !" ing put in place at No. 2, Young Klondike, having The men, without exception, threw up their bands. found that it worked well at the first shaft. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I'll clap the bracelets As for the panning of the lake sands, that had gone on the first kicker who shows himself!" cried the on steadily and with very good success Unknown, putting up both hands. Something over twelve thousand dollars had been Young Klondike's Company K stood at the edge of washed out of these sands. the strip of wood just beyond the camp, forming a Of this gold Young Klondike would not take one semicircle around their leader. grain; every ounce was divided among the members It was the morning of the third day of starvation. of Company K. Hard times had struck the little company, and yet "Well, Dick, how goes the battle?" asked Ned, there was every prospect that if they cou ld only hold I coming upon his partner at t)le mouth of shaft; out to the end the diggmgs by the creek would make J No. 1. them all rich men. I was just going down to see," replie(l Dick. It was a big strike made the night before which had "There's a leak in this shaft; water has been running decided Young Klondike to have this talk with Comin from the basin all night ; it froze in the bottom and pany K. we had to break the ice and bail it out." Just before starting in on the morning's work he "Is it all out now ?" called them together, and in a neat little speech "Well, about out. There may be a little left. I stated the situation and spoke encouraging words. was just thinking about going down." "We must never give up till the last gasp, boys," "Let's go down together. If it turns out as rich he added. "There must be no kickers; as for the as Mat reported it last night, you and I will take rest, let no man mention food, but each one work right hold of No. 2 and see if we can't get it down to straight on, and try to do his part just as though his the twenty foot level to-day." stomach was full." "How's the water?" called Dick, looking down into "I only want to say one word, boss," replied Mat the shaft. Morgan. "It seems to me that if instead of going "All right, boss," replied a young fellow named down to the tundra and keeping along through the Archer, who was doing the bailing. meadow land at the base of the hills, you would go up "Very good. We are coming down." into the hills themselves, that you might have better It was all cheerful. Dick's tone could not have been luck. It is early in the season yet, and I can hardly more so and yet he was so ravenously hungry that it believe that all the bears have gone into winter quar-seemed as if he would go mad. ters. $uppose you take a trip up into the hills." But not a word was said about this by any man on "No objection in the world, Mat, and we'll do it to-the work. Young Klondike had earnestly entreated morrow," replied Ned. "To-day I wish to look after them not to mention hunger, and during that dreadful the work a little, but suppose you take four or five day when many were so weak that they could scarcely men and go yourself?" stand all worked away steadily and no one broke the Now this just suited Mat Morgan, being, in fact, rule. what he wanted when he made the request. "Where's the Unknown and asked Ned, Young Klondike waited only to see them started as the tub came rattling up out of the shaft. and then went down to the prospect shafts. "Gone down the creek as usual," replied Dick. A nest of nuggets had been struck in one of these "Edith still hopes to bag another moose." the night before, but it was so dark when the strike "May she succeed!" was made, that it was not an easy matter to tell "Same here; still I doubt if she will, the snow is what it amounted to. so very deep." This shaft was now twenty feet deep, which meant "And yet do you know I can't believe that winter pretty good work considering that only had three 1 has fairly set in yet. It is surprisingly warm to-day. spades and three ptckaxes to work with. If we could only get one of our good old-fashioned


r I YOUNG KLONDIKE'S COMPANY K. 23 Alaska rains I believe we should tread on bare ground "But you do all the same, and if I were you I'd again before spring." give up, Ned." Just then the man who worked the windlass called "This is the way I give up," laughed Ned, seizing out that the tub was ready, and Ned got in and was pick and going at it again. lowered to the bottom of the shaft, Dick following Then one of those strange coincidences happened, him down. which sometimes come to discouraged prospectors, He found Ned poking over the gravel and shaking and add to the fascination of mining life. it around in the shovel. At the very first stroke of the pick, Ned unearthed "You see!" cried Young Klondike. "Could anya big nugget weighing twenty pounds. thing be richer than this? We've struck a good prop-His shout brought all Company K to the mouth of erty here, Dick. There's going to be mines enough the shaft. for every member of Company, K, and one for each of "What have you struck; boss, what have you us in the bargain or I greatly miss my mark." struck?" a dozen voices called out. "It ought to pay big as it shows up now, boss," "Take it and see!" answered Ned, tumbling the remarked Archer, picking a few nuggets out of the nugget into the tub. sand. The sight almost made the men forget their hunger:. "That's what it will do, Archer," replied Ned, "and so great was the enthusiasm aroused. lt won't be such a bad place to work in once we get "No question about the richness of these diggings, things in shape. It is only about two days run to boys !" called Young Klondike. "Go back to your Circle City. Have patience. You'll see a prosperI work and leave this to Mr. Luckey and me. We'll ous camp here yet." show you something worth seeing before long." I'm sure I hope so, boss. We've suffered enough And indeed it proved so. to deserve it." The next thing Young Klondike did was to turn up "Cheer up! Something tells me that our suffera nest of small nuggets. The deposit began within a ings are about over. Now strike in at the side here few inches of where the big nugget was found, and toward shaft No. 2. I want to see how it shows up continued until dusk warned Ned that it was time to there." quit unless he meant to work by lantern light, which Archer took the pick and dug away for a few mo-was something he did not care to do. ments, loosening up a lot of gravel. Over three thousand dollars was taken out of No. Ned shook it about in the shovel, but this was 2 that afternoon by Ned and Dick alone, and in this scarcely necessary, for anyone could see the nuggets estimate we do not count the nuggets, the value of in the gravel without going to this trouble. which was fully four thousand more. The further in Archer went the richer it seemed to The yield from No. 1 was nearly a thousand dol" lars, and the panners in the basin washed out about geu. For about half an hour Ned and Dick continued one hundred and fifty dollars' worth that day. their examination. It was gold, gold, everywhere and not a bite to "This settles it !" exclaimed 'Young Klondike. eat. "You needn't go any further for our benefit, Archer. This shaft is a rich one and that's all there is about it. I'll put the men right on it. Go ahead and get out all you can before dark." CHAPTER XL Then Ned and Dick went down into No. 2. They took no one with them there, as it was Ned's desire to make at least one &trike himself. They had only one pick and one shovel, and a man at the windless to receive the loaded tub as it came up. But the boys were well used to working under dis advantages, and for two hours and more they dug away without seeing a trace of gold. As No. 2 was on ground a trifle lower than No. 1, the eighteen-foot level there was fully e<]_ual to the twenty-foot level in the other shaft. About time we struck it if we are going to, Dick," 1 Ned remarked, leaning on his pick. "By gracious, my back is tired! If it wasn't for setting a bad ex ample to the boys I'd quit." "We've put it down two feet, and I'd like to do tl nother before we knock off; still, if you feel weak--" "Don't mention it! I wouldn't own to it if I did." COMPANY K MOVES ON THE ENEMY. "STRANGE Edith and the Unknown don't come in,'1 remarked Ned, as he washed up in the creek after their hard day's work. "Probably you'll see them in a few moments," replied Dick. "What worries me is Mat Morgan's par1;y. If they should happen to get lost in the hills it would be a bad job." "Trust Mat not to do that. He's an old hand at the bellows." "The oldest hands get nipped sometimes. It's get ting pretty dark. They'll break their necks coming down over the rocks and snow if they don't try it soon." At that very moment a shout beard down the creek told them that Edith and the Unknown were in sight of the camp. Ned ran up on a snowbank, whiCh was frozen SO ..-


f 24. YOUNG KLONDIKE'S COMP ANY K. hard that it would easily bear him, and looked down {City-and remember you are going with me-I'll let the creek. you know how much I think of what you have done." "Hello what's this?" he cried. "There are Grey Wolf seemed immensely pleased and made a three of them in a canoe, andHello! Hello! little speech, in which he told how he meant to stick Hello Hooray for Edith! She's done it again !" to Young Klondike through thick and thin, and, what The shout brought half of Company K up on the was more to the point, how he would guide Company .snowdrift, and the result of the increased weight was K to the camp of Rene Benoit. _just what might have been expected. The crust gave Then Edith told how she had shot the moose way, and down went Young Klondike and his noble at the same place where she had killed the previous company in snow up to their necks. one, and so busy was everybody with all this talk But all took the accident with the greatest good that they forgot all about the shots heard among the nature, for before it came they had seen the welcome hills, till all at once Mat Morgan and his men came sight. into camp dragging after them a huge bear. A large moose was in tow of the canoe. Then there was more rejoicing. Oh, what a cheering there was then. The air fairly Starvation days were over, and now that the tide rang with their shouts, and some of the company in had actually turned more good luck followed, for that their enthusiasm fired their rifles again a .nd ag_ain. night it began to rain. Answering shots came from the canoe, and then just as the last echo died away, a ringing shot was heard up among the Ketchumstock hills. "Mat is coming! Mat is coming!" the men shouted. "Has he struck luck too?" Soon the canoe came around in sight and brought with it another surprise. There in the stern paddling away was an old white haired Indian. It was Grey Wolf Ned co1'ld hardly restrain himself in his impa tience till they came up to the shore. "Oh, we' him! We've got him!" cried the Unknown. "Would you believe it, Ned, we found him stuck in the very self same drift where you found me." "Ugh! Ugh! Me no dead, boss!" grunted Grey Wolf. "Heap snow! Hard walking now! Ugh! Ugh! Me come twenty mile since morning, but me come-me find raft." Here was great news All Company K tlocked around the old Indian. This confused him and instead of telling his story he turned to the Unknown and said: Heap too much talk Grey Wolf's tongue tired. Tell.'' "What he wants to say is, that he has located the raft up 'at the head of a slew about twenty miles from here," explained the Unknown. "Rene Benoit's gang are in there and they have started a pros pect hole, and they have struck it rich, too." "And has Grey Wolf been working on this raft business ever since?" inquired Ned. "That' s what seems to be the case," said the Un known. "As near as I can make out he never had the least intention of deserting me. He just got so far away from the old lodge that night he could not get back again; according to what he tells me he must have come back within a very short 'time aft,er I left." Ned turned to the old Indian and thanked him heartily for what he had done. "I shall not forget this, Grey Wolf," he said. "You stick to me and when we get back to Dawson Now when it rains in Alaska it is pretty apt to rain hard, and on this occasion it started in to do the busi ness after the most approved fashion. It rained all night and all the next day, and all the next night into the bargain, and when daylight came again after that there was mighty: little left of the snow. During this long storm, there was a feast of bear and moose meat in the camp of Company K. The men were now in high spirits. The good strike in No. 2 had convinced even the most skeptical that Young Klondike had made no mistake in leading Company K into this unknown land. "It will be a big thing for us in the spring, boys," Mat Morgan said to them. "You know what the boss is; he won't stay here. You'll see him going off on some other expedition sure, and each of us will have our claim, and there'll be a big lot of men run in here to work the boss' mine, and we can open stores and build a town, and all get rich in two shakes of a ram's tail." While wealth probably would not come to Com pany K quite as rapidly as Mat Morgan expressed it in his quaint way, the future certainly did look very bright. During those rainy Ned, Dick, Edith and the Unknown held several of their old time "councils of war," and it. was decided to move on the enemy just as soon as the storm cleared up. So one morning a few days later Young Klondike put himself at the head of his little company and started down the creek in the canoes. Six men were left behind to guard the gold and look after the tamp. In the first canoe were Grey Wolf and the Unknown; in the second was Ned, Dick and Edith. The third carried Mat Morgan and two of the best men in Company K and the others followed on filled with as determined a lot of fellows as one could find in the whole Klondike country. "We want the raft, boys; we want our goods and we mean to have them," declared Ned, when the start was made. 1 I J


Y OUNG KLONDIKE' S C O MP ANY K. 2 5 This was the watch w ord o f t h e expediti on, so t o I with Com p a n y K straggling after them, and this speak. was the way matters stood when j ust at dusk they Young Klondike had n o thought of revenge ; it suddenly came out upon a large islan d in the midst wasn't in him. All he cared fo.r was to get back his of the tundra, with the hills lying about a mile away own, and after that Rene Benoit's gang could go on their right. where it liked or do what it pleased, so long as it kept Here Grey Wolf paddled ashore, and the Unknown out of the way of Compan y K. called qut that they were to go no further. The rain had worked wonders ; the slews were all "Where's the enemy ?" demanded Ned, after they open, and not a particle of snow remained in the tun-had landed. "Now, then, Grey Wolf, we have fol dra, and very little anywhere else 1 lowe!i you here without question. How much further The weather was singularly mild for the time of j 1s it to the enemy's camp?" year, and there was every prospect of a pleasant Grey Wolf pointed to the hills. week, and perhaps two. Certainly there would be no I "There!" he said. "Right there See, boss! change for a few days. See smoke!" 1 Provisions were scarce a.gain, but enough "Sure enough!" exclaimed Dick. "ThP-re is a light of the bear and moose meat had been brought along smoke rising among the rocks over there. to last the party for three full days, by which time "That's what there is," added the Unknown. "Oh, the y hoped to have recovered their own ample supply you needn't be afraid to trust Grey Wolf, dear boy. of provisions, which would put Company K beyond He's as straight as a string. I expect the boys have the possibility of want. been nervous all day, but you must remember it takes Before they had been half an hour in the slews a time to follow t .he slews. We never could have found flock of ducks rose, and between Edith and Ned seven this place alone." of them bagged. Then a little later they ran into an immense fl.ockhuncl reds rising from the tundra. All hands were ready for them this time, and over twenty-five were shot and brought the canoes, and Ned estimated that as many more were lost in the tundra, falling in inaccessible places which could not be reached without greatly delaying the expedi tion "What's to be done now, Grey Wolf?" asked Dick. How do we get up to the enemy's camp?, Grey Wolf pointed to a slew right ahead and de clared that it led straight to Benoit's ca1hp "Wait till dark," he added. "No u se go now. Make trouble. Wait till dark night." The advice seemed good, and it was decided that no move should be made until after midnight. I But Young Klondike's impatien.ce would not permit him to remain idle all that time. All the morning they paddled on through the slews turning here and twisting there, following 'the lead of Grey wolf. "We'll make a move on the enemy on our own account, Dick," he. said "We'll slip away and make It was tundra; tundra everywhere, but. they kept along the face of the Ketchumstock hills, which could a run up the slew right now." always be seen on their right. H took some maneuvering to do this, for the Un" Good gracious, Ned!" remarked Edith, "would known dec lared that on no account should they go we ever get back without Grey Wolf to guide us? without him. and Ned was just as determined that What if he should be a traitor after all?" the detective should remain with Grey Wolf, for he "Don't mention it," replied Ned "I confess I seemed to understand handling the Indian better harn had my doubts." than anyone else "He might be leading us into some Indian am-At last they managed it, and did actually get into bush," said Dick; "it would b e a bad job if lie was. I the slew with the canoe without being seen. "I won't believe it," replied Ned. "No, I won't. 'Now then, Dick!" exclaimed Ned, "away we go! You rub an Indian the right way and he'll be true to j We'll find out for just what's ahead of us. you every time. Now, we've done the right thing by I "Do you think anyone saw us go?" asked Dick Grey Wolf and it will take a good deal to make me "I'm certain no one did," replied Ned "Edith believe that he won't do the right thing by us." 1 and the Unknown are busy with the supper, and the But Ned's confidence was not shared by Company boys are all at work picking the ducks. I think myK. self it's a big risk to light a fire, but as the other: i Some of the men grew very nervous, and as the 1 are determined to eat the ducks now, I suppose it, day wore on and no halt was called, several of the would have been of no use for me to say anything. It canoes were paddle d up alongside Young Klondike's, was one reason why I wanted to get up the sle\ 1 and there was a lot of tal k to listen to about the pos Dick If the smoke attra.cts the attention of the sible treachery of their Indian guide. enemy, we shall be the first. to know that he is com -But Ned would not pay the least attention to all ing, and it will give us time to warn the camp. this talk, nor wou l d he run the chance of offe nding The boys paddl ed o n u p the slew, and before they Grey Wolf by calling him to account. bad gone far a bright light in the direction from Through it all the old Indian a n d the Unknown J which they had come, showed them that their own kept o n ahead, turning and twisting among the s lews camp fire had bee n lighted.


.. 26 YOUN G KLONDIKE'S 00)1.PANY K. ======================================:::__:=================================== I "There you are, Dick!" exclaimed Ned. "You I rected at the canoe, and the side was riddled with see yourself what a give away it is." bullets just below the water line "It ought to havci been stopped!" declared Dick j Before they had time_ to realize what happen" Shall we go back!" I mg Ned and Dick were m the slew, strugglmg m the "No; it's too late now. Look ahead. There's icy water, with the rifles popping away all the while Benoit's camp fire showing, too. Yo'.l can see its Still they were not hit, strange as it may seem. light against the sky." These two boys seemed to bear charmed lives "Looks to me as though they were up a canyon." They swam for the tundra and tried to make a Well, so I understood. They are not in the open landing. as we are a t our camp. I'd like mighty >vell to.know It was so dark that Ned could scarcely see a foot what kind of a strike they have made." ahead of him, and in the confusion he lost sight of Young Klondike was to know all about it sooner Dick. than he thought for. SQrambling into the tu'ndra he went down waist They w?re now otllt of the slew, and could I deep in the mud and could not extricate himself see the 1ugher land rismg b efore them, all Here he would have perished miserably if he had a large canoe shot out of the tundra directly m J not been discovered by the enemy, as he was a few their path. moments later. Four men were in it and three flung up rifles. . . W t y Kl d'k 1,, d lt was Rene Ben01t hnnself who spied hun, and pom" e ve go you now, oung on i e. crie one . f h "D 't t f 1 L 1 b Ned was pulled out all plastered over with mud ancl o t e men. on ry or your guns. oo { e d d t tl I d d h f th ragge m o ie canoe hind t s surren er or it s eat one o e "H 1 H 1 W t y Kl two!" a. a. eve go you now, oung on dike!" chuckled Benoit. "You will have me throwH Ned looked back and saw two other canoes come out of your meeting, will you? Very good! It's my out of the tundra behind him. turn next! I would killed you just now, but I know "Look out! They are going to fire!" cried Dick, a trick worth two of that. Die you shall, but it will and at. the same instant all three rifles were disbe in a way that will make all such as you give Rene charged point blank at the canoe. B enoit a wide berth in the future. You will see." CHAPTER XII. SAVED BY COMP ANY K RENE BENOIT was not only a great scoundrel, but a shrewd one. When he stole Young Klondike's raft he knew p erfectly well that sooner or later he would have to face the owner at the head of Company K. As long as the snow held Benoit knew that he was safe, but the moment the great rainstorm cleared up Benoit prepared for an attack, and not only that, but he organized a special guard to keep a constant outlook over the tundra. This guard was stationed upon the summit. of a rocky spur of the Ketchumstock hills, from which place an extended view of the tundra was to be had. Ned n eed not have troubled himself about the fire; the presence of Cort1pany K was known to Benoit before the landing was made on the island. Here were "Do your worst," replied Young Klondike, stoutly. "I'm not afraid of you or any man liYing. Where is my friend ?" "Dead. "Shot b.y your hand ?" "Couldn't tell you whether he was shot or not. We saw him sink and that is all we know about it. Oh, yes, he's dead fast enough. You will never see your partner again." And this was said with such a show of truth that Ned could not help but believe it and his heart sank. With Dick dead it made very little difference whether he lived or not. Young Klondike buried his face in his hands as the men paddled up the slew, and when Rene Benoit tried to keep on talking to him never answered a word. But poor Ned need not have disturbed himself. Dick was not dead; he was not even injured. When Rene Benoit said that he him sink he lied, for after the overturn of .the boat he never sa. w him at all. the canoes watching for Young Klondike's scouts, Just then Dick was lying among that horrible but it is safe to say that Benoit had no expectation of moss, shivering in his wet garments, and trying to capturing both members of the firm of Golden & collect his scattered senses, and to make up his mind Luckey, as it looked very much as. if he might now. what was to be done about Ned. The instant the firing began, Ned gave himself up That he deeply regretted having ignored the ad vice for lost. of the Unknown and separated himself from Com" The y simply mean to murder us, Dick !" he pany K, need scarcely be said, but it was too late for shouted. "Defend yourself, old man We'll die regrets now. They would do no good. What was fighting, anyhow." wanted was quick action, and Dick did not know how He seized his rifle, and was just able to get in one to 'act. He could not move an inch without running shot when the canoe suddenly sank. the risk of going head over ears in the mua. This was Benoit's scheme. His fire had been di i Such was poor Dick's situation, and, it was alto-.


Y OUNG KLON DIKE'S COMP AN Y K. 2 7 gether so serious that the boy might have been ex cused for giving up in despair. But Dick did nothing of the sort. He was not at all tha.t kind of a boy. Sollfething had to be done, and Dick started right in to do it as soon as he could get his breath. "What I want is Company K," he thought. "That's the only thing to do, to get them and to get them now." Dick thought for about three minutes, and then deliberately got up and began to feel about with his feet for a place where he could sta.nd firm. It was a hard thing to find. Again and again he went knee deep into the mud, but at last he did suc ceed in getting a firm footing, and then in spite of the icy temperature of the wate.r, he deliberately began to pull off his clothes. As soon as he was stripped he dove intc the slew without a moment's.hesitation. It was a terrible shock and made poor Dick's teeth cha.tter, we can assure you. At first he thought he could never stand it; that he would certainly have to come out again, but he persevered and in a moment it was not so bad. What Dick was afteF was ttle canoe. He knew about where it sunk, and he felt that he could get it. Again and ag::i. in he dove down and crawled about the muddy bottom of the slew. If the cramp had seized him it would have been all over with Dick in a moment, but fortunately he had no such unpleasant ex perience and at la .st, to his great joy, he did succeed in him Rene Benoit had abandoned the idea o f k illin g him offhand, for the fact was an idea had b een s u g gested to the villain by Jack Adams, his right han d man who was with him in the canoe "Say," whispered Jack, before they had g o ne far, "now's your chance if you want to find out about the strike of our gold deposit. There isn't a man in Alaska who knows more about them things than Young Klondike I'd rather take his say so than tha. t of the most experienced mining expert in the land." "That's a good idea," replied Benoit, "but after that l'm going turn him over to the Indians. There won t be no safety for us as long as Young Klondike's alive." This comersation Ned did not hear. By this time the brave boy had recovered his calmness and sat there quietly, resolved to take the situation as i; should be taken and to show no sign of fear . The canoe was paddled on until they came to the mouth of a creek which ran through the higher land. Here Young Klondike saw his raft carefully tied up to a solitary tree. "Ha, ha!" laughed Rene Benoit, pointing to it. "There you are, you see, Young Klondike. Much obliged to you for providing such a nice line of grub for us. We've enjoyed it first-rate. Hope your Com pany K did the same." Ned made no answer. finding the canoe, and dr:igging it into the tundra. "What's the matter with you ? Why don't you By the time tlns was accomplished Dick was almost speak?" demanded Benoit. used up. His teeth chattered and his whole body "Because I've got nothing to say." trembled. It was an he could do to g1. t on his "Sulky, eh? Well, we'H soon change all that. clothes. Come on up and see my mine But Dick stuck to it and won. Now Rene Benoit had actually struck a good mine; He dressed himself and plugged up the bullet holes in fact, the whole country was rich, and gold can be in the canoe with moss, although each one had to be found a.lmost anywhere along the line of the base o f found by feeling, for it was too dark to see a thing. the Ketchumstock hills A little later, Dick was in the car..oe paddling back Rene's mine was up the canyon out of which the to camp for all he was worth. Luckily for him one of creek flowed Here he had put up Young Klondike's the paddles had lodged against the moss where Dick portable house and made things very comfortable found it before he began diving for the canoe. for his men. Outside of the house were several He had not gone far before he heard the sound of skin lodges, a:nd a number of Coppermine Indians paddles ahead of him, and in a moment a canoe came came crowding about the prisoner as he was brought in sight, heading up the slew. into camp. Grey Wolf was in it; the Unknown was in it, and "We are feeding these fellows," explained Rene Edith was in it. "They came to us during the storm, and I don't "By the Jumping Jeremiah, it's Dick!" cried the mind telling you, Young Klondike, that we were detective, catching sight of him. "Dick! Dick! afraid to girn them the cold shoulder. They are a Where's Ned ?" treacherous lot. I wished I knew how to get rid And what could poor Dick say? Tell them that of them yesterday, but now I think different. I'm Ned had been captured by the enemy? going to use them to fight your Company K, and He did not know that. In fact he knew. no more don't you forget it we shall scalp every man of about Ned than Ned knew about him, but in the bot-them and sink their bodies in the slews; as for tom of his heart Dick feared the worst. Edith Welton, I intend to marry her. I've been He believed that Young Klondike was dead. wanting a wife this long time, and she's just the * * * sort of gal to suit me Oh, you needn't glare. But Dick was entirely mistaken, Young Klondike We've got you col d Just as soon as I get throu,g-h was very far from being dead, and fortunately for I with you here I'm going to move on Company K.


28 YOU N G KLONDI K E'S COMP A N Y K. There's only one thing that can save your own life. "It don't make no odds. I say one o f us should be I tell you that fiat." down there to receive him. I'll go if you say so." "You've talked enough to tell all you know," re"Oh, I ll go; you understand working the tub bet-plied Ned, quietly, "but you might as well make a ter than I do," growled Rene, and getting into the Hnish of it by telling me what that one thing is." tub he was lowered down. Why, cert! Of course I'll do it. I've got a prosThe instant his head passed below the line of the pect hole here, and I want your opinion on it. The top of the shaft, Jack Adams whispered to Ned in"' fact is l set great store by your opinion, Young voice almost in a udibl e : Klondike. I tell you that flat." 1 "Feel in my pocket and get, a revolver, young fel-It was a case where to gain time was everything, 1 ler; the outside coat pocket next to you-that's it! a .nd Young Klondike instantly came to the conclu-Now, then', you know what to do with it, I suppose, sion that the best tiling he could do was to accept the only don't kill him. Le:ive him there in the bottom situa.tion and fight for time. of the shaft, tied up, so that he can't squeak. You'll "Now then, get back, boys, and leave this man to find cord in the other pocket. He's a big covvard, and me antl Jack," ordered Rene. "You may as well get if you only work the bluff boldly you ca.n do it alone." all the canoes ready. I'm going down the slews in a Ned could sc<.trcely believe his cars. few miuutes. Big Antelope, come here." "Thank you!" he breathe d. "I shan't forge t this." "How How!" grunted a pompous Indian, who "Hello, up there! What in thunder's the matter? had been staring at Ned. Why don't you send the boy down the shaft,;" Rene drew him aside, and they spoke together for shouted Rene from below. 11 few moments. Ned heard the Indian grunt repeatedly; he seemed pleased with what Rene was saying, but Ned wasn't -not at all. "He's a-coming!" called Jack, and Ned, stepping into the tub, was lowered down. "Now, then, Young Klondike," said Rene, swing ing the lantern about, "I n:iade a good strike in this Now the fact was Ned had unusually sharp ears. sha.ft, but I seem to have worked through it. You Although R ene had moved away far enough to be out can see the gold on t.he sides there, and down here at of hearing, as he supposed, such was not the case, for .I the bottom it's all black sand. What do I want to Ned heard every word up to a certain point. do, keep on a -digging and strike it again or shall I "We want him killed and you shall do it," he said dnft where I've got gold?" to the Indian. "There are over thirt,v palefaces "I can't see that you've got any gold," replied coming up the slews to clea r us out. We want to Ned, "but I suppose the trouble is my sight isn't give them the scare. Get one of your old canoes sharp enough; suppose you scrape out a sample; I ready. Do up the boy and send him down ahead of : can judge better when I see what kind of dirt it is." us as a warmng of what they may expect--" I "That's easy done," r e pli e d Rene, and pulling out Now this was the point where Ned ceased to hear, his big knife, he turned his back on Ned and began for Rene stepped back a little further and his words j scraping at the pay dirt in the side of the shaft. were lost. Instantly Ned drew his revolver and covered his It was interesting listening for Young Klondike, man. all this. "That will do, R ene Benoit. Drop that knife'." "If I can't do something desperate to help myself "Gee whiz! where did you get that gun?" gasped I'm a lost man," thought Ned. Rene. "Treachery l This is Jack Adams' work." His quick eye had taken in the whole situation of But the knife went down just the same, and the the camp before this-as much at least as could be hands were extended when Ned ordered it. taken in there in the dark. Speak one word-make one sound and you are a A moment and Rene Benoit was at his side d ea d man!" said Ned, sternly. "Now,then,I'rngoagain. ::-1g to tie your hands, Rene Benoit, and I'm going to "Now, then, Young Klondike, I want you to come gag you, and if you try to resist by the least movewith us and give me your opinion of my mine," he m ent you know what the result will be." said. "Jack, get the lantern. I'll watch the boy And Ned did tie his hands, and gagged him, too, now." and then quietly stepping into the tub, was hoisted Jack Adams went off for the lantern, and when he out o( tbc shaft by Jack Adams. returned with it Ned was taken up the canyon to the "You want to take me with you, Young Klondike,'" mouth of a shaft. said the man. "I've done this because I know you've It was constructed in the usual way. There was a always been a good friend to the poor miner, but I'm tub and a windlass hung over it. Rene told Ned to as good as dead if I stay here." get into the tub and go down. "You're myfriend for life," replied Ned, "but how Y fi t R 'd Ad W b can 'e e:o ?. " ou go rs, ene, sa1 ams. e etter = keep the boy in sight between us, don't you know." "Come with me and don't open your mouth," re" What nonsense Can he escape down there in plied Ada ms, and he led him straight to the canoes at the bottom of the shaft?" tl1e creek.


YOUNG KLONDIKE'S COMPANY K. 29 ''Ugh! Ugh! Me scalp boy now?" demanded Rene Benoit was hauled out of the shaft, only to Big Antelope, coming up. find himself a prisoner. "Not now; wait," said Adams. "Boy, get into With his gang the outlaw was tied up in the st.olen the Canoe there. Quick!" house, aRd the next day all hands, closely secured, "Where's Rene?" asked one of the men. "Aren't were put on board the canoes, and taken .down to we going to make a move?" I Circle City under the escort of the Unknown and "He'll be here in a minute,'' replied Adams; "my J Company K, where after a fair trial they were judged orders are to take Young Klondike down to the slews guilty and run out of the country by the Northwest and wait for him there." police. "No!" grunted Big Antelope. "No, me take Young Klondike, with Dick and Edith ad enough boy." men to help them out, packed up all the stolen goods He laid a heavy hand on Ned's shoulder. on the raft including the portable house, and returned Instantly Ned drew off and dealt the Indian a stun-to their mine. ning blow between the eyes which sent him sprawling Here the house was put up and all made snug for back upon the ground. the winter after which our friends leaving the mine "Gee Now, you've done it !"cried Adams. "Into in charge Mat Morgan returned to Dawson City, the canoe for your life !" j which place they succeeded in reaching just before the Ned sprang into the canoe and Adams followed, but river closed. the mischief was done. Grey Wolf was given clothes and blankets, and his Instantly a great hullabaloo arose and the men, In-gold changed into coin which made 'the old Indian dians and whites, came for them on the rush. rich beyond his wildest dreams. What the result might have been under other cir-Jack Adams, well rewarded by Ned, joined Comcumstances it is hard to say, but at the same instant pany K, and was given a claim on the creek. some twenty men suddenly rose up from among the And these mines proving very rich, all the members high grass which lined the creek on either side. of Company K are now in a fair way to wealth. "Shoot down every man unless all instantly sur-Ned and Dick decided not to return to that desolate render!" was shouted by a little man with' a tall h ,at tilted back on his head; "by the Jumping Jeremiah, land as they had other plans in view, so they sold out their interest to the members of Company K. I'm here to put the handcuffs on you all !" It was the Unknown It was Dick It was Edith But these were not the only ad ventures of young Klondike just before the close of the season. 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Also end men"s jokes. ,Just the tMng for home amusement and amateur shows. Price 10 cents. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 43. How to Become a l\lagician.-Con tai-nmg the grandest assC>l'tment of magical ii lusions ever placed before the publie. Also tricks with cards, incantations, etc. Price 10 cents. Address Frank 'l'ousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 44. How to Write in an Albnm.-Con taining selected verses suitable for any time or occasion. Also acrostics and valentines. Price lO cents. Address Frar.k Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 45. The lloys of New Vork Minstrel Gnide and Joke Book.-Somcthing new and very instructive. Every boy should obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for organ izing an amateur rr.instrel troupe, and wi:ll cost you but 10 cents. Address Frank Tousey, pub lisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 46. l;low to l\Take and Use Electricity. -A description of the wonderful uses of elec tricity, and eleetr.o -magnetism ; together with run instructions for making Electric Toys, Bat teries. etc. By George Trebel. A. M,. M. D. Containing over fifty illustrations. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers in the United States and Canada. or sent to your address, postage free, on receipt of price. Addre s Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 47. How tc, Hreak, Ride, and Drive a Horse.-A complete treatise on the horse. De scribing the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road ; also valuable recipes for diseases peculiar to the horse. Price lOcents. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent, post-paid, on receipt of price. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 48. How to Build and Sail Canoes. A handy book for boys. containing ru1.1 direc tions for canoes and tbe most pop ular man.,er of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By C. Stansfield Hicks. For sale by all news dealers in tbe United States and Canada, or sent to your address, post-paid, on receipt of the price. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 49. How to J>ebate.-Giving rules for conducting debates, outlines for debates, qullS tions for discussion, and the best sources for procuring information on the questions given. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers in tbe United States and Canada, or sent to your address, post-paid, on recei13t of the price. Ad dress Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th 'i!treet, New York. N1>. 50., How to Stufflllrds and Animals.A valuable book, giving instrnctions in colle'c.t tnl\', preparinll', mounting. and preserving birds, animals, and msects. Pnice 10 cent.s. For sale at all news-stands, or sent_post-paid, on receipt of price. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 51. How to Do Tricks With Cards. Containing explanations of the general princi pies of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards. and not re quiring sleight-of-band ; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of specially prepared cards. By Professer Haffner. With illustra tions. Price 10 cents. For sale by all news dealers, or sent, post-paid, to any address on re ceipt of the price, by Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 52. How to Play Cards.-A complete and handy little book, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Cribbage,. Cas sino, Forty-Five, Rounce. Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, Auction Pitch, All Fours. and many other popular games of cards. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdellllers in the United States and Canada. or we will send it to your address, tree of postage, on receipt of the price. Address Frank Tousey, pu:blisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 53. How to \Vrite Letters.-A wonder tu! little book, telling you how to write to your sweethe&rt, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer ; and, in fact, everybody and anybody you wish to v;rite to. lvery young man and every young lady in the land shonld have this book. It is for sale by all newsdealers. Price 10 cents, or sent from this office on receipt of Address Frank 'i'ousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No, 54. How to Keep and Manage Pets. -Giving complete information as to the man ner and method of raising, keepinl\', taming, breeding,_ and managing all kinds of pets; also giving full instructions for making eages, etc. Fully explained by 28 illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. Price 10 cents. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 21ith Street, New York. No. 55. How to Collect Stamps and Coins. -ontaifilng valuable information regarding the collecting and arranging of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers jn the United States and Canada, or sent to your address, postpaid, on receipt of_price. Address Frank Tousey. publisher, 29 West 26th Skeet, New York. No. 56. How to Become an Engineer.Containing full Instructions how to proceed in order to become a locomotive engineer; also di rections for building a model locomotive; to g .ether with a full description of everything_an engineer should know. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers, or we will send it to you, postage free, upon receipt of thepriee. Ad dress Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 57. How to make Musical Instru meHts.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, lEolian Harp, Xylophone and other musical instruments; together with a brief description of nearly every musical instru ment used in ancient or modern times. Pro tusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald! for 20 years bandmaster of tbe Royal Benga Marines. Price 10 cents. For sale by all news dealers or we will send it to your address post paid, on receipt of the price. Address Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, N. Y. No. 58. How to be a Detective.-By Old King Bra.dy, the wcrld known detective. In which he lays down some valuable and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some ad ventures and experiences of well known detect ives. Price 10 cents. For sale by all news dealers in the United States and Canada, or sent to your postpaid, on receipt of price. Address FranK 'J.'ousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No, 59. How to Make a ll'Iagic Lantern. -Containing a description of the lantern. to gether with its history aad invention. Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated, by John Allen. Price 10 cents. For sa;le by all newsdealers in the United States and Canada, or will be sent to your address, postpaid, on receipt of price. Ad dress Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 60. How to Become a Photographer. -Containing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work iL; also how to make photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other Trausparencics. Handsomely illustrated. By Captam W. De W. Abney. Price 10 cents. For sale at all news-stands, or sent, post paid, on receipt of price. Address Frank Tousey, pub lisher, 29 West '26th Street, New York. J:io. 61. How to llecome a Bowler.-A complete manual of bowling. Containing full instructions for playing all the standard Ameri can and German games; together with rules and systems of sportingin use by the principal bowling clubs in the United States. BY Bartholomew Batterson. Price 10 eents. For sale by all newsdealers in the United St&tes and Canada, or sent to your address, postage free, on receipt oJ: the price. Address Frank Tousey publisher, 29 West 26th New York. No. 62. How to Uecome a West Point l\1 ilitary Cadet.-Containing:t!ull explanations how to gain admittance, course of Study, Ex aminations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Post Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Depar,tment, and all a boy should know to 1:>0 a Cadet. Com piled and written by Lu Sena.r .,ns, Author of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." Price 10 cents. For sale by every newsdealer in tile United States and Canada, or will be sent to your address, postpaid, on receipt of the priee. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No, 63. How to Become a Naval Cadet.Complete instructions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval Academy, Also eon taming the course of instructions, descriptions of grounds and buildings, histor.ical sketch, and everything a boy should know to become an officer in the United States Navy. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, Author of "How to Become a West Point Military Cadet." Price 10 eents. For sale by every newsdealer in the United States and Canada, or. will be sent to your address, JlOStpaid, on receipt of the pi:_ice. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 64. How to Make Jl;lectrical l\I chines.-Containing fu,11 directions for makin8 electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos, and novel toys to be worked by eleo tricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illus trated. Price 10 cents. For sale by all news dealers in the United States and C&nada, or will be sent to your address, post.-paid, on re ceipt of price. Adclress Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street. New York. No. 65. Muldoon's Jokes,-This is one of the most original joke books ever _published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It contains a large cotlection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of the day. We offer this amusing book, together with the fie ture of "Muldo'.ln," for the small sum o 10 cents. Every boy who can enjoy a good sub stai:.tial joke should obtain a copy immediately. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 66. How to Do Puzzles.-Containing over 300 interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A complete book. Fully illus trated. By A. Anderson. Price 10 cents. Ad dress Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 67. How to llo Electrical Tricks. Containing a large collection of instructive and highly amusing_ electrical tricks, with illustrations. By A. Anderson. Price 10 cents. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 68. How to Do Chemical Tricks.Containing over one hundred highly amusing and Instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderoon. Handsomely illustrated. Price 10 cents. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 69. How Do !Sleight of Hand.Containg over fifty of the latest and best I.ricks used by magicians. Also containing the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. An derson. Price 10 cents. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 70. How to Make Magic 'J'oys.-Con taining run directio;:;s fur malting Magic Toya and devices of man;y kinds. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. Price 10 cents. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West. 26th Street, New York. No. 71, How to Do Mechanical Tricks.Containing complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. 10 cents. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No. 72. Bow to Do Sixty Tricks With Cards.-Embracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with illustrations. By A. Anderson. Price 10 cents. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. No, 73. How to ]Jo Tricks With Num. bers.-Showing many curious tricks with fig urea and the magic of numbers. By A. Ander son. Fully illustrated. Price 10 cents. 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