The wild bull of Kerry, or, A battle for life

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fellow set up a peculiar shook a, huge club at of defiance as he turned on the white horse aud, aorporal and three more of the patrol.


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fLUCJ< LUCJ<. Complete Stories of Adventure. Issued Week/,y-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Sec01id Glass Matter at the New Yori, N. Y., Post Otr,ce. November 7, 1898. Ente r e d a ccording to Act of Congress, in the year 1900, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C., by Franl Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 117. YORK, August 29, 1900. Price 5 Cents. THE WILD BULL OF KERRY; OR, A BATTLE FOR LIFE. BY ALLYN DRAPER. CHAPTER I. WAS HE A MAN OR A DEMON. The cruel work of eviction was going on in Ireland, and the poor people throughout thl;l land were fearfully excited and in censed at their fellow beings driven on the roads, to perish with cold and hunger. On the wild hills of rugged Kerry the mounted patrols of soldiers and police scoured the highways in quest of outlaws who defied the laws of the alien landlords. As the corporal spoke he winked at the others, and con tinued in a low voice: "I'll bet you we're in for free drinks from the lass. "I don't like to swear at all, soldier," a n swered the girl; "and if you don't take my word for it; go your way, and leave me go mine in peace." "Not till we taste the milk nrst," cri::: the corporal, spring ing from his horse and striding toward the girl. The active creature made an effort to dart past him and the others, but she was encumbered with the heavy pail on her head, and her tormentor caught her around the waist and held her back, as he roughly cried: Every mountaineer was a rebel at heart and in act, and their mothers, wives and daughters had reason to share with them "You can't go till we all get a drink of the precious milk, my dear, and you will' get paid for it." in their hatred of foreign law. Travelers visiting the far-famed lakes of Killarney, who have ventured upon the mountains in the neighborhood, may have often noticed the pretty, bare-footed girls on the roadsides who [lispose of goat's milk and potheen to thirsty souls sojourning thereby. On a certain evening in the fall of the year a young girl of this class was returning to her mother's hut with a good sup ply of the mountain productions still undisposed of, when she perceived a party of six of the mounted patrol galloping down the road toward her. Uttering a slight cry of alarm, the girl placed her pail on her ead and attempted to .climb up the rugged mountainside, but the place was too steep for even one of the nimble goats of the region, and the soldiers were on the road behind her before she could advance twenty steps in the rough path. Pulling up their well-trained horses, the corporal of the flyng patrol called out to her in impatient tones: "Come down here, lass, and let us see what you have in the ail." The girl did return !!lowly-toward the' roadside, as she re lied: "It is only goat's milk, sir." "Will you swear there's nothing else mixed with it?" "Take it all without pay, bad cess to you for an impudent rogue!" As the girl spoke she tipped her pretty h e ad in a peculiar way, and over on the saucy fellow went the contents of the pail. A roar of laughter burst from the others, as they saw the white fluid drenching their comrade from h ead to foot, while the girl balanced the empty vessel on her head again and darted up the road, as she cried, in merry tones: "How do you like the taste, soldier, and much good may. it do you?" Sputtering some of the milk from his mouth and some ugly words at the same time, the fellow darted up the steep road after the girl, as he cried: "There's whisky in the milk that n ever paid duty, and I'll be even with you for that trick, my bold lass." The girl kept on the race, laughing merrily, as she re sponded: "Ye're welcome to it, duty or no duty, soldier, and may It help to whiten yer heart as well as yer coat. Still bursting with laughter, the others walked their horses up the hill to watch the race as one of them yelled out: "Go it, Robin, and I'll wager you win the race, lad." /


THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. A shilling on the dark mare," cried another, "and the lass I very cows and bulls to fight against us. How is it with i s overweighted with the pail at that." Robin?" "The w h i t e horse for my money," yelled a third. "We'll At that moment an Irish jaunting-car rattled down the road, have to call him R o bin Whitefellow hereafter. Ah, the lass is and as the driver pulled up in front of the cabin two young dow n men sprang off the side seats, while the driver cried: The a ctive young girl did trip and fall at the moment, the pail flying from her head away in front of her. "I have y o u now, pert lass," yelled the corporal, with a shout of exultation as he !la s hed r.t the girl just as she had regained her feet. The f e llow's rough h a nd was on the arm of the strong mountain lass a n d he was in the act of passing an arm around her waist, she turned s uddenly and dealt him a blovv; (between the eyes that sent him staggering to the earth, while she cried: "Take that, ye Sassenach thief, ar.d larn to keep yer dirty hands off yer betters hereafter." The girl then darted up again at full speed, picking the empty pail up in her flight and placing it on her head again. Another shout of l:lughter burst from the soldiers below as their comrade fell to the ground, and one of them yelled: "She's a stunner with her maw lies as well as her feet Haven't you got enough yet, Robin?" Robin. did not appear to have enough of the punishment, as he regained his feet and darted up in pursuit again, while he yelled out: "Blow my eyes, stout lass, but I'll pay you for all in another bout, or my name is not Robin Wildfellow." 'Tis Blackheart yer name ought to be, the way ye act to a poor girl," cried the fugitive, as she sprang into a small cottage or s hebeen on the roadside, closing the door after her. The angry corporal thundered at the door with his feet and hands, yelling: "Open the door, girl, or we'll burn the place over your head. I'll take you before the magistrate and make charges against you, you confounded Irish jade." '!'here was no answer from within. The other soldiers drew up som e distance back from the cot tage, as if either ashamed of taking part in t h e outrage or de sirous of seeing the corporal fighti n g the afra : r out on his own hook. "If you don't oven," yell e d the cor p o ral, flinging his whole weight against the door, "I'll have you punisheu all the more for resisting the law." Before he could receive a reply a strange-looking black ob ject darted down from the rocks near the sid e o f the cabin and "Holy Moses, gintlemen, but ye are in luck this evening. rt is worth a five-poun' note apiece from ye to get a peep at the Wild Bull of Kerry, and no mistake." "Are either of you a doctor, sirs?" asked one of the soldiers. One of the young men bent down over the insensible corporal and proceeded to examine him, as he remarked: "I know a little about medicine. If the man isn't dead, he ought to be, as that was the blamedest toss I ever saw in my life. He has a thick skull, and h e is only stunned. "Maybe a little of this will bring the poor f e llow to, gentlemen," said the mountain lass, as she appeared at the door of the cabin holding a small jug in her hand. "It is spirits." The amateur doctor looked at the girl in some surprise, as he asked: "Are you .not the young person this soldier stopped down below there?" 'Twas me, sir: but sure he had no right to trate me so." "I should say not. Yet you now offer whisky to revive him. Jot that down in your cranium, Spenser." 'Tis down, old fellow," replied the other young traveler; "but what has become of the soldier's wild assailanq" Spenser adoref'''' i soldiers whe n he asked the question but their o n l y l'tlJi) was to stare up at the rugged rocks, whil the driver of the car burst forth into a hearty laugh, crying: "Ha, ha, ha! J<'aith, but it would be hard to tell where th Wild Bull is now, gintlemen." "Do you know the fellow, cabby?" asked one of the soldier "Nut me, be jokus, barring what report says of him." "Is he a man ,or a d emon?" continued the soldier. "Faith, but h e mus t b e a little of both, from what people sa of him. The lar l h e r e is coming to now, J.l\1t I'll warrant yo he'll never forget the Wild Bull of Kerry at long as he lives CHAPTER II. AN01'HER GLL"i\!PSE AT THE WJLD BULL. While the unlucky soldier is recovering his senses made at the ruthless fellow without uttering a word. say a few words about the travelers and the driver who h A warning cry burst from his comrades a s the blac k object rushed at Robin, but the soldier had not time to draw his short appeared on the scene. The driver of thE' jaunting-car Mat Haley, of Killarne sword ere his furious assailant was on him. a celebrated character in his own !ine. Uttering a cry like unto that of an enraged bull, the strange It was said of him that he could tell more wonderful stor! being seized the soldier around the waist, raised him up as if to his customers than any other man in Ireland, more he had been a babe, and tossed him up in the air with trepecially when they happened to be English tourists and sno menuous force Mat was a good driver; he was clever with his whip or A yell of terror burst from the soldiers as they saw their fists in a ruction; and it was whispered that he was hand helpless comrade falling to thE' ground headforemost, while glove with all the boys who "were np for the green and do his black assailant darted up the rugged rocks again, sending with the red" on the hills of Kerry. forth his bellowing cries. He was specially partial to his American customers, as Three of the men fired their rifles at the strange object, but had a great veneration for the great land of the west, and he e sc a ped without injury, p.nd disappeared in one of the deep so much that he found them more liberal than the Eng ravines above. snobs The hapless corporal lay perfectly motio n less whe n his com-The travelers there under his special care represented rades dismounted and hastened to his assistance, while one of I two countries, and they were both connected with the pre them cried out: Mortimer Spenser was a Cockney reporter, sent over "Was it a man or demon, lads? It is all up with Robin." leading English journal to report the troubles in Kerry, "I saw its horns," cried another, "and it looked like a black' his companion was Percy Green from New York, and the bull. eign correspondent of one of the brightest newspapers in "It was a black bull," cried another, "for didn't we hear him city. roar? Blo-.v my eyes if the Irish rebels ain't training their While the droll Irish driver would be telling a wond a


THE WILD BULL OF 3 y to the Englishman during their travels, he would keep j At that juncture Percy Green interposed in pleasant tones, winking to the American and remark to him every once and a saying: while in a side whisper: "See here, corporal, ain't you going too far with the joke? "If you swallow half I tell you as the truth, sur, it wlll be This woman or her daughter have not committed--" enough." "Mind your own business, who ever you are, sir," cried the Mat had been telling them some wonderful stories concern-angry corporal, "or I'll take you and your friend also. I be ing the Wild Bull of Kerry, all of which had been swallowed lieve you are one of those infernal Yankee suspects, anyhow, y the English reporter. hang you." Percy Green, on the other hand, did not believe in the ex "Oh, see here, my good fellow," said Spenser, with a knowing lstence of the wild being ai all, although he had heard other smile, "you musn't insult us, you know, or you will get into a rumors of his exploits in the hotel at Killarney. bad box. Just take on e look at this paper and draw in your After witnessing the startling scene near the shebeen, each horns." of thE< young reporters was mo s t anxious to see and h ear more The corporal did take a look at the paper thus presented, and of the extraordinary person who had so readily punished the he did "draw in h i s horns" on the instant. offensive soldier. It was a r egular passport from the English general com-The shebeen was a small tavern in its way, and Pere:<" Green Invited all present to partake of some refreshments h m ein, the corporal having soon fully recovered his senses, : h;s full animal spirits. manding in the district, giving free permission to the bearer to go where he pleased. 'fhe angry corporal then glanced at the American as he asked, in more civil tones: "Have you a like order sir?" "You will see when you take me before your general or a Robin Wildfellow was a stout, able man of medium age and height, and he was regarde d b y his comrades as a keen fellow, who could plot and fight his way through the world with the magi>:ltrate," was Percy Green's curt reply. best of them. "Put that in your pipe and shmoke it," said Mat Haley, as As the reporters were simply traveling in public as tourists, he winked at the young girl. even Mat Haley did not sm;pect that they were taking notes for "I'll break your jaw, cabby, if you give me any f?f ycur impublication, if necessary. pertinence," cried the corporal, turning on the drivE}r. "Begor, one would suppose ye had enough of jaw-breaking for one evening, me big bully; but if ye're pantin g for more, I'll try a tussle with ye," said Mat, moving toward the door. "If Nellie here is able for ye, I'd cry if I wasn't." The corporal was about to make a rush out at the driver, The corpo ral regarded the strangers with some suspicion, however, as he felt that he had not borne a very manly part in the late incidents; while he was burning to get even with the young girl and the wild being who had assaulted him, without exposing himself to censure at the hands of his officers. Robin was certain of the silence and the aid of his own fel-when a cry of alarm outside attracted the attention of all, and lows in carrying out any scheme of vengean9e, but he felt that out sprang the men from the shebeen. he had to be cautious before the strangers. The cause of the alarm was startling enough, even for the When the proposal for refreshmen'ts had been made by the young American, the young girl and her mother received their visitors in the shebeen as if nothing out of the way had oc-curred outside. Percy Green noticed that the woman seemed to be a person of appearance, spe ech and manner far above the ordinary peas ant dwelling on the mountain, and when he took a good glance at the young girl's form 1nd face he said to himself: "I'm blamed if she isn't a beauty in the rough. Rig her up In good trim, and she would pass muster anywhere." While Percy Green used splendid language in his articles, he had a rough way of expressing himself at times. The corporal also took a good look at the girl, and he mut tered to himself. "She is a stunning lass, and hang my eyes if I let her off easy." Having tossed off two drinks of the "mountain de"{," Robin Wildfellow addressed the woman of the house in bluff tones, saying: "Is this your daughter, and what is your name, woman?" "That is my daughter, sir," was the prompt reply, "and my name is Mrs. O'Leary. May I ask your name and rank?" "That's no business of yours, woman. Who was the savage ruffian who tried to murder me out there a while ago?" "That is more than I can tell you," was the curt reply. "I'll make you tell me, or I'll take you and your daughter nto jail for harboring savage assassins." The woman shrugged her shoulders as she carelessly re lied: 'It wouldn't be the first time I was in jail on a false ciiarge." "Then get ready and march with us now, the pair of you," ried the corporal, becoming more incensed at the woman's one and manuer. "I'll be sworn this is a vile rebel den, any ow. reporters. The two soldiers who had been left outside in turn to guard the six horses o f the troop were stretched on the ground, and five of the animais were prancing and kicking around in wild disorder. ''The Wild Bull is at one of his old tricks," crie d Mat Haley. "Watch him making off w ith the white horse, gentlemen." The strange-looking being was galloping up the mountain road at full speed, being mounted on the and best horse of the patrol. "The infernal savage is stealing my horse," yelled Corporal Wildfellow, as he sprang for one of the other steeds. "Mount, lads. and after the Irish demon." The wild fellow abov e set up a peculiar yell of defiance as he turned on the white hors e and shook a huge club at the corpo ral and three more of the patrol who had hastened to mount for the chase, while the driver turned to Percy Green and whispered: "Maybe you'll believe in the Wild Bull of Kerry now, sir. That is _orl.e of hiJ; old tricks, for 'tis many a good horse he has borrowed from the sogers or peelers by some such caper as that." "I do believe in him, Mat, and you must tell me more about him," answered P e rcy, who was watching the wild horseman until he disappeared on the top of the mountain. Spenser had darted up the mountain in his eagerness to ob serve the outcome of the singular affair, and the driver drew the American aside, as h e replied: "I will and welcome, sur, if you'll promise to keep it to your self." "On my honor I will, Mat." 'Tisn't much saycrets I can tell you about him, sur, but put yer questions and I will answer them as well as I can." "Then who and wha t is that man?" "It is hard to say, sur, but it is fully supposed that he is one I


THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. of the unfortunates who was driven from house and home by England's cruel laws, and that he is touched in the head by misfortune." "But does no one know who he really is?" "That I couldn't say, sur. If they do they keep his secret well. Whenever he appears suddenly to the sogers or the peelers he's got on that black bull's hide, with the short horns sticking out, as you saw, and nothing to be seen of his face but the glaring eyes and the great black beard." "Does he work alone against the soldiers?" "Most generally, sur; but it is also said that he appears now and again at the head of a band of the brave lads who like to strike terror into the hearts of the tyrants around Kerry." "From what I saw," said Percy, "he must be very strong, active and fearless." "'He has the strength of two powerful men, sur, and his courage and activity can't be equaled at all, either. Besides, it is said he bears a charmed life, as no bullet or steel was ever known to touch him, although 'tis many a warm tussle he had with our enemies." 'See here, Mat, I must see and know more of this wonderful character, but not to do him any injury. Put me on his track and I will make it worth your while." Mat Haley rubbed his head for a moment, and then replied: "I'm afeared, sur, I'd be only getting ye into trouble." "In what way, "Be lading ye into bad company and ugly dangers to boot." "Nonsense, man. I'm not a blower, but I like excitement. Do what I require and I'll guarantee that I will be true to your friends of the mountain, while you will not waste your time." "I am certain you are a true man, sir, and I will take you at your word; but how are we to get rid of the Saxon chap?" "I'll fix that. What is the programme?" "Jump into the car, sur, and we'll after the chase up the mountain." CHAPTER III. THE WILD BULL IN FLIGHT AND IN FIGHT. The evening light was still shining fairly when Corporal Wildfellow and the others dashed up the mountain top in pur suit of the Wild Bull. The corporal knew that his white horse could outstrip the others in a race, but he hoped that the wild fugitive would soon be cut off by some of the other flying detachments scout ing around. The soldiers bore their short rifles in the pursuit, but while their bullets could reach the wild man, they did not care to at him, fearing to slay the valuable horse he was stealing. Over the mountain top and then down on the other side went the chase, the Wild Bull not urging the white horse to his fastest gait, for some purpose of his own. On reaching the top of the mountain two of the soldiers fired their rifles, in order to give the alarm to another party sta tioned at a hamlet two miles below. On reaching the descent on the other side the two soldiers fired their weapons again, and then the corporal sent up a shout of joy as the response to the signals came up on the evening air. Pressing on his own horse to the fullest speed, he yelled to the others: "We've cornered the brute now, but don't fire on him till you are certain of your aim, as I would not have Snowball hit for all the world." another mounted party riding up the hill to head off the wild fugitive, while the Wild Bull gave a yell, denoting that he was not at all alarmed by the surroundings. On reaching a rugged spot about half a mile down the moun tain, the wild fellow turned the white horse suddenly to the right and faced him up a narrow path through the rocks, as he yelled: "Come on with you, redcoats, and take the horse and me, if you can!" The corporal his friends were not more than three hun dred yards from him at the moment, while those below were ascending at a rapid gallop. Robin Wlldfellow unslung his rifle and dashed up the rugged path before the others, as he cried aloud: "Don't until we are close on the savage, and spare the horse. Where in the mischief has the fiend gone to?" As the corporal asked the question he brought his horse to a dead halt before a huge rock that blocked the path effec tually, as it was over twenty feet high. The sides of the path were also very hlg'h, and as the as tonished corporal stared around for the fugitive he cried: "He must have been a demon, as Snowball or any other horse could never leap up out of this trap with him." "There must be a secret opening through that rock in front, .:orporal," suggested one of his comrades. "Let you search for it on foot, then, and be on your guara against the savage, while I will keep mounted. Here come the others now." The other flying patrol, numbering twelve men in charge of a sergeant, soon appeared on the scene, and the corporal made a hurried report about the outlaw. Every effort was then made to discover the hiding-place of the strange being and the white steed, but without the slight est success on the part of the baffled soldiers. It, was quite dark when the search was given up by the stronger party from below, while Wildfellow and his three friends lingered near the short path, hoping for the reappear ance of the strangE! being and the white horse that was prize!! so much. "I'd give six months of my pay," said Robin, with a groan, "to get my hands on that savage, or my gun leveled at him at fifty yards." 'l'he words were scarcely uttered when a dark figure on a coal-black steed aashed out at them on the road from the path, while the wild man with the horns cried: "Here's your chance without the loss of a penny, you brute of an Englishman." Before the four startled soldiers could bring their weapons to bear on the furious creature he was in among them on the blaclt horse, and dealing tremendous blows with his club to the right and to the left. Robin Wildfellow was the first to fall before him, and his three companions also went down on the ground before they could retaliate In any form. Having thus disposed of his enemies, and leaving the half stunned soldiers on the roadside, the wild man dashed up the mountain on the fiery black steed, as he fiercely yelled back: "Another good horse for the good cause, and down went th invaders." Over the mountain top and down again toward the shebeen the wild man rode at full gallop, the black horse gliding along with the speed of a greyhound, while the strange being kepi muttering to himself: "The stranger should be here to-night if he comes at all.'' On nearing a point some five hundred yards from the cvt tage, the horseman drew up on hearing a signal from abo and then down from behind a hiding-place sprang the yo The four men sent up a shout of triumph when they saw girl, as she joyously cried:


THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. 5 well done again, sir. My blessings on you for flooring that lain." The strange man's voice was as gentle as that of the young l's as he replied: "That was nothing, Nellie. Who is below at the house "A young gentleman from America that came recommended "I hope so, frie 1nd," replied Percy with a confident smile. Nellie closed a.nd bolted the door as she warned the Wild Bull, saying: "They are almost at the door, sir. For Heaven's sake be off. I'll tend to the sick young gentleman, never fear." Mat Haley, sir." j "Indeed! Was he one of those stopping there when I rode way?" CHAPTER IV. "He was, sir. Mat drove the other one and the two wounded Idlers to the town, and the gent below stayed behind, pre nding that he was awfully sick entirely, which isn't the truth "Has he been asking about me?" "A power, sir. He says he'd give his eyes to have a talk with "He must have it, Nellie. See to the horse and warn the kouts. I expect you'll have more Saxon visitors to-night." "Bad cess to the same visitors, sir; and goodness send we'll on be rid of them forever. Will you go in as you are?" "Certainly, my girl." At that very moment Percy Green was seated in the shebeen nversing with Mrs. O'Leary on very friendly terms. "And you think he may turn up here to-night, ma'am?" ked the visitor. "It is hard to say, sir. If he was sure you were a friend hen he rode away on the corporal's horse, it is likely he ould make an effort to come." "I trust he may, as. I have come some distance to see the ild Bull of Kerry." "And what do you want to see him for, young sir?" asked gruff voice, as the uncouth individual in his full disguise ddenly appeared before the young reporter from America. Percy Green was surprised at the sudden appearance of the range figure, but he arose with a smile and a bow as he an ered in free and fearless tones: "I wish to pay my respects to a brave man, perhaps, or I may HUNTING TIIE WILD BULL. Percy Green was astonished to see how easy the strange being before hiD'l took the matter when the mounted patrols rushed toward t'ne shebeen from the right and from the left. The moment the young girl had bolted the door she has tened to form a bed on a rough sofa at one side or the room, her mother assisting in the task, as she said to the rude being before her: "For goodness.' sake hasten back before they burst in the door. If you am caught here, what will become of us?" The strange man was quietly listening at the door at the moment, and the appeal seemea to rouse him to action, as he turned on the instant, saying: ''They are coming in force, but don't you fear them, ma'am. Stretch yourself, young man, and play your part so as to spare yourself aud our friends here from all suspicion, and leave the rest to me." Percy nodded his head in approval as he stretched himself on the rude sofa, and the hunted man disappeared by the back door at the same moment. The young girl and her mother took seats near the sick man, and the former remarked to him, with a pleasant smile: "Wouldn't a li.ttle warm water and salt help to make you sicker, sir?" "No, thank yon. would be better, I 11. little more of the goat's milk and whisky think," answered Percy, putting on a Ian sire to write a column or two about you." guid expression. "What is your name, sir?" asked the Wild Bull, somewhat Nellie was in the aqt of handing him a cup of the mixture, ruptly. when a loud knock at the door announced the arrival of the "Percy. Green, at your service." unwelcome visitors. "What is your business here?" Mrs. O'Leary went to the door on the instant, as she cried "I am a writer for the American press, in search of informa-aloud: on in Ireland." "Is that your only business here at the present time, sir?" "If you had a right to ask I may answer you," was the fear s reply from the young American, given in civil tones. "I may have the right, sir, if I please to use it. Well, have ou anything in particular to say to me to-night?" "I may if we were alone on the top of Orne mountain," an ered the young American, with a meaning smile. "Fancy we are on Mangerton, as we are alone here now." The young American gave one glance around, and seeing ey were alone in the room, he bent forward to the uncouth d and whispered a few words into the strange being's ear. The moment they were uttered the Wild Bull grasped Percy the hand in the warmest manner, and kind and gentle re the tones of his voice as he said: "You are welcome to Kerry, sir, and to the lal r of the Wild The speech was interrupted by a signal from without; and en Nellie ran into the cabin in alarm, crying: "The Saxon rogues are riding this way from above and be w,

. 6 'l'Ifl3} WILD BULL OF KERRY. "The shaking of that confounded car drove me mad, and I thought it best to rough it out here for the night." General Buller fixed his eyes on the woman as he asked: "What do you know of the savage rascal .,.,..'ho attacked the soldiers this evening, woman?" "Nothing at all, sir," was the quiet reply, "more than any one else living up here along the mountain.:side." Buller then turned abruptly on Percy Grern l as he asked: "Was not the man here lately, sir?" Over fifty rifles were at the horse and his rider on t instant, but General Buller raised his hand, as he cried alou "Don't fire on the mad fool! Pursue him and take hi alive!" The wild man held his ground on a large rock as he yell back: "Come on and take me! There's not a rider among you w dare to follow my black steed or face me man to man!" Several of the horsemen attempted to dash up the ste "Can't say, general. There were .three or peasants in mountainside, but they were all soon compelled to scram here a short time ago and he may have been on.e o f them, for back to the road again, five of the animals rolling with th all I can say. I suppose you allude to the o utlaw lmow.n as riders over the mountainside in the vain effort to gain the Wild Bull of Kerry?" rock. "I do, sir; and we are on his track now. He has been traced "Dismount and pursue him!" cried the general, leading t to this neighborhood, and I feel assured he is hiding around i way up the rocks; "but do not fire on him until I give here." Ol'der." "You are welcome to search for him about J:iere as much as "I'm with you in the Wild Bull hunt, general," cried you li e, sir," said the woman of the house. English reporter, as he crawled up after the soldiers. "T General 'Buller fixed his sharp eyes on the .voman again, as promises to be rare sport." he said: Percy Green burst from Nellie and ran up after his riv "I believe you harbor the rebel, woman, a;nd I warn you. You have not always lived up here, I may imagine." "That I did not, sir. One short year ag<>' I had a happy home down in the valley, but it is a ruin no 11r. As to having rebels here, I must tell you that I never refwse food or drink to any poor wayfarer who comes along, if I b ave anything to give. All the laws of England cannot compel me to turn against my own fellow creatures." "Search the place, soldiers," cried the Engli:.ih general, "and lreep a strict watch outside. Woman, I will have to place a guard over your hous.e, as I can see that you a re a rebel and a bitter one." crying: "I must be in at the death, if I had to die for it." Several of the dismounted soldiers rushed up at the sa time, while the Wild Bull kept his place on the huge rock flourished the flaming torch in defiance, as he yelled down: "Come on, and I will lead you a fine chase, you Engl dogs." As the defiant man uttered the last words he cast the bu ing brand down at his pursuers and then disappeared behi the huge rock on the black steed. The torch grazed General Buller's head and struck M Spenser on the breast with some force. The English reporter uttered a fearful yell as he fell ba Mrs. O'Leary folded her arms, and looked at the English ward against a soldier, and they both rolled down the st general with scornful eyes, as she proudly rep lied: "My husband and my only so11 died for Irel'..and, and I glory in being a rebel like them, sir. Drag me tu prison, if you will, but a rebel I'll live and die, while there's a foreign tyrant ruling in our land." General Buller turned away with a shrug he said: of contempt, as "Pshaw! I didn't come here to make war an women. Look for the wild outlaw, soldiers. Search in every hole and corner and place, and be on your guard against any sudden assault." He was then turning toward the door when a wild yell fell on his ears, and out he dashed, crying: "That must be the savage rascal." Percy Green sprang from the couch at the same moment, and he was about to rush out after the English general when Nellie O'Leary whispered to him: "Don't forget that you are sick, sir." "I must see what is going on outside if I were dying, my dear girl. Please let me lean on you," re:plied the young rogue, as he staggered to the door. "Of course, sir; but don't lean too heavy, as I am not very strong," answered Nellie, as she supported Percy while he walked out of the cottage. "What's the alarm?" cried General Buller, as he sprang out on the road, where over fifty horsemen were -drawn up. Pointing to the rough rocks running up f:rorn the cottage, the officer replied: side together, upsetting those they encountered in their willing retreat. Percy Green witnessed the undignified retreat of his p fessional rival as he was scrambling up near General Bui and he roared with laughter ere he cried: "The Wild Bull has put my friend from London out of race." "I thought you were so very sick, Mr. Green?" dryly marked the general, as he scrambled up with much exertio "Can't afford to give way to it now, gep.eral. I must rep this novel chase in full, you know. Here we are on the of the rocks, but where is our wild game? There he goes the horse!"' The young American l'ep_orter aitd the general WE)re the to reach the top of the huge rock on which the wild horse had been defying them, and on casting their eyes over rugged and rock-studded plain beyond they could see him ing along at a lope, as if leisurely picking his pathway. Some of the soldiers gained the rock as the young Ameri spoke, and General Buller dashed on, crying: "After the rascal as fast as you can, as he cannot gal his horse on that rough ground. Don't fire at him untl give the order. Forward!" The general was a very active man, and he dashed al the very rough ground at full speed, while pe)cy Green k on at his side, crying: "A horse-a horse! My kingdom for a horse at this "The savage fellow just appeared up there, general, and ment." shouted down his defiance to us. Will we up at him?" "You have splendid lungs for an invalid," said Buller, The general was about to reply, when the Wild Bull suda dry cough, "and the mountain air seems to revive you denly appeared on the rocks above, mounted cm the coal-black wonderful manner." steed, and waving a flaming torch in his right hand, as he "By Jove, general, I fancy it was the last nip of moun yelled: I dew they gave me, as I feel as fresh as a daisy now," respo "After me if you dare, you English hirelin.,gs! Who will be the young rogue. "There he goes behind that huge bow brave enough to follow the Wild Bull to his lair?" The savage is as bold as brass."


tlE WILD BULL OF KERHY. 7 Before riding behind the huge roclr in question the wild' "I trust you w;,11 be fortunate enough to gain an interview II turned toward his pursuers, and cried out: with your Irish i'riend in the bull's hide to-night." "Follow me still, and you will have all the fun you want." The young reporter was about to make a merry reply, when General Buller pushed on at his best speed, as he eried: a wild yell burst on their ears from the rocks above. Beware of an ambush, sold iers and look to your arms." Casting their Eiyes up to the roclr on the instant, they all Percy Green pushed on close behind the general, as he asked beheld the savage :looking figure on the black horse, and he was mself: waving a blazillg torch as before, while he yelled down in de- what in thunder can the man be driving at, leading us fiant tones: chase as this? Hallo, he has disappeared again, Jove!" The last words were utte red aloud as they reached the side I the huge rock and came to a halt. General Buller looked earefully around, but he could not atch a glimpse of the fugiti ve or his horse, and he cried "Come out of your lurking-place and surrender, you rascal. unound the rock, men, a n d fire on him if he attempts to ride Rt. Make a thorough searc h for the savage." 'l'he huge rock was soon sunotmded on all sides, while sevral of the soldiers hastened to search for the outlaw in the 1rge fissures along the sides. Percy Green kept close to the general, and the latter re ia.rked: "There must be a secret hiding-place beneath the rock. I lill have it blown up in the morning with dynamite." 'I'he reporter looked up at the huge mass of rock as he re ponded: "Farewell for a while, General Buller, but we will meet again." ''Take aim-fire!" cried the English general. "We'll take the rascal, dead Dr alive. Too late!" The volley ran g out just as the man and the horse disappeared from the i ock, and the echo ball scarcely died out over the mountain wl ten the voi c e of the Wild Bull was heard again, crying: "False hearts, false aim. You will never slay the Wild Bull on his native hills, foreign tyrants." CHAPTER V. PRANKS IN THE VALLEY. Three nights af'ter the hunt for the Wild Bull four men were seated around a t a.blc in the mansion house of one of the most "That would be a blow-up, indeed, general. May I aslr you unpopular landl01 .ds in all Ireland. you have any idea of who the savage creature may be?" The house was situated in a pleasant valley about four miles "Some desperate rascal who was evicted from his farm, I from the town of Killarney, and it was surrounded by esume, or he may be one of those wild characters from the ful orchards, ga1d.ens, lawns and parks. ckwoods of America. Whoever he is, I will soon tame him ''Aud so you would advise me to take my -daughter to Enslay him." gland, general?" said Claude Dal be rt, the owner of the man-General Buller then turned his sharp eyes en the young sion, a stubborn-I ooking man of forty-five, with a grim smile an, as he continued: at the others. rt occurs to me, sir, that you: know more about this mys''That is my ad vice," replied G eneral Buller "From the in-rious person than I do." formation have received, I ca1rnot think chat P rimrose Hall ''Why do you imagine so, general? What can I know about will be a saf e res1 uence for you hereafter. m ?" "But l have t wenfr-tlve policemen here at present, and ''You had an object in remaining at that cottage to-night, they--" d the attraction tllere could not have been that peasant girl, "Will be no safeguard as against the infuriated people who hough she is very pretty ii). deed." are now homeles ::; by your orders, sir, interrupted the En-The ready-witted reporter burst out laughing as he rejoined: glis h ge n eral. "V'V'hat uc you say, Mr. Green?" "You are altogether too sharp for me, general. I had an obI must with vou, general," answered the young ret in remaining at the c o ttage to-uight, and that object was porter. "Mr. Dal bert's late tenants are fearfully incensed interview the Wild Bull of Kerry." against h i m, but I. cannot imagine that they would injure the "Did you succeed, sir?" young lady. "I did not, I am sorry to say. The people in the cottage Gen eral D11ller ; :;]uugged his shoulders ere he returned: ored all knowledge o.f the man, and they would not, or could "They will stri1 ce at him through those he cares most about, give me any hint as to where I may meet him." if I am not much mistalrnn. Just imagine Miss Dalbert in the eneral Buller pondered some mome:'l ts, and he then said: power of your sa\"age friend up on the mountain, sir." "Do you propose to return and remain at the cottage to"My savage friend of the mountain, general, from what I ht, sir?" could judge of h'. 1 n by our interview that night, would not mo' That will depend on your success in thi s hunt, g eneral. If lei1t the young lady, I feel certain." u succeed in capturing the man, I will be well enough ''But he threate:a.s Mr. Dalbert to strike at him soon and sud-aceompany you to town. If you do not, I fear that I will den. Diel he tell of his plan s, Mr. Green?" too weak for the journey." The young spoke in somewhat dignified tones as he 'I understand you, sir. The hunt is now over, and we will replied: "I have told yo11, General Buller, that my conversation with nd General Buller turned away to draw off his men, while the st.range man, nfter you retreated from the cottage on the young American said to himself: mountain that night, was of a general nature. He admitted 'The old fellow is deep, and he is now working some cun-that he was an Irish outlaw, that he was opposed to the foreign g dodge; but I'll cut my throat if he catches the Wild Bull landlord rule in Lreland, and that he would continue to make rough my aid. Not much, Mr. Buller!" war on all those who evicted their tenants with the aid of the Percy Green would have given a good deal to linger behind police and the solCl.iers the retreat of the soldiers from the huge rock, but he was "And as r. c ome under that class, said Dalbert, with a stub pelled to accompa'ly tliem back to the cottage or incur the I born s c o w l "I m .ay soon expect to see the savage fellow atspicions of the keen-eyed English general. tempting some of his pranks on me." On reaching the road, the order to mount wa

/ 8 THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. Percy here stole a march on me the other night up on the mountain. Wny didn't you write him up, old fellow?" rhe landlord placed a hand on a repeating rifle lying on the table as he exclaimed in loud, blustering tones: heard of. How could he enter the house, surrounded as it h been by the watchful police patrols?" "Egad, he must have come down one of the large chimney from a balloon," suggested the Cockney reporter, "and the made off with the young lady in the same way." "I wish the wild beast would come here to-night, and I don't think he'd ever trouble us again. I am ready for him." At that moment a thrilling scream was heard in the hall outside, and the four men sprang to their feet, the master of the house seizing his weapon. "That's a good point for you, old fellow," said Percy Green "General Buller, I ask your permission to ride up to the moun tain as soon as possible." Another instant and the door was flung op en, while a hoarse voice cried out: "Here I am to deal with you as you derierve, Claude Dal bert." "The Wild Bull, by Jove!" cried Mortimer Spenser, drawing back. "He has my daughter, the brute!" e:tclaimed Dalbert. "Hands off, you--" The savage-looking man, fully arrayed in his novel costume, was standing at the door holding a fainting g;irl in his arms, as he interrupted her father, crying: "I sent you word that I would soon strike at you, Claude Dalbert, and here I am. I will keep your daughter as a host age. Justice to your te:iants, or death to the girl! I def:i: you all!" Three of the men. sprang forward as if to seize the wild in truder, but he drew the door after him with a bang and rushed through the hall. crying: "Justice or death! If you would rescue :vour daughter, tyrant, follow me to the mountain. I defy all your hirelings!" Claude Dalbert opened the door as fast as. he could and ran out into the hall with the rifle in his hands, .velling: "Seize the robber and rescue my dear girl. Treachery! Where are the officers?" As the wild man closed the door Generali Buller sprang to one of the windows, and fir e d hilJ revolver, crying: "On the alert out there, men. Guard all the doors and strike down the savage rascal who bears the young; lady in his arms. 'Tis the Wild Bull!" A fearful commotion then ensued in the e mansion, as the landlord and his guests, with the armed policemen and male servants, all rushed here and there in search of the daring outlaw who had seized the young lady and disappeared with her. Every entrance to the mansion was soon guarded by four or five armed men, while mounted policemen rode to and fro along the paths outside, as if to cut off the. retreat of the ex"With what object, sir?" 'I wish to seek another interview with the extraordina outlaw." "With a view of rescuing the young lady, I hope, sir?" "That. is my sole object, general." "But how is it possible for him to reach the mountain, even leave this mansion with the young lady, sir?" As if in answer to the question a loud shout was heard o the lawn at the moment, followed by two shots from a rifl while a voice was crying: "There he goes on the horse'with the young lady. Fire the horse!" General Buller sprang to the window on the instant, an yelled aloud: "Don't fire again, men, if he has the young lady. Pursu hi,m. Out with my horse!" The young girl's father dashed out of the room and dow the stairs, still holding the rifle in his nervous grasp, as h yelled aloud in piercing tones: "Slay the wild beast and rescue my daughter. A thousan pounds to the man who will save her and kill the infern rascal. Bring out a horse." The two reporters also sprang to a window, and when th Cockney looked out on the lawn he exclaimed: "Goodness gracious! Hang me if the fellow hasn't th young lady on that big black steed of his! Egad! he is not i haste to get away, either. It was a clear moonlight night, and those standing at window could witness the strange scene going on in grounds in front of the mansion. The Wild Bull was dashing to and fro on the lawn on h powerful black horse, holding the young lady in his arms an shouting defiance to the mounted policemen who were ridi after him. Although the path to the highway appeared to be clear fore him, he did not turn the horse in that direction, but ke him on a swift gallop hither and thither, as if thoroughly d traordinary man. spising his pursuers. Claude Dalbert rushed here and there as he called on his "What in the mischief can he mean, I'd like to know?" mu daughter and the outlaw in frantic and a.ngry tones, inter-tered Percy Green, aloud, as he watched the hunt with eag mingled with fearful threats against the latter. eyes. "He must be crazy, indeed!" The storm raged in the mansion for over half an hour, dur"He's the wildest of all wild Irishmen, by George!" return ing which time the frantic search was kept up inside the the Cockney reporter. "I say, old fellow, let us to horse an building as well as in the stables and other outhouses, but join in the hunt." they could not find a single trace of the wild outlaw or the "Yes, yes-let us down to the stables, as he must young girl he had seized. off." When the four men were assembled in the sitting-room When the two young men reached the stableyard Gene ti.gain, General Buller said: Buller and Mr. Dalbert were in the act of mounting two fl "He must be concealed in the house, Mr. Dalbert, as it was horses, and the former cried: not possible for him to get out with the young lady." "The men are saddling other horses, gentlemen. Mo The frantic father shook his head and clenched his hands and come with us, and you will have some news to-night." as he responded: Mounting in hot haste, the two eager reporters dashed o "But where can the beast be hiding with my daughter? I on the lawn after the general, as the Cockney cried: am certain he has taken her life. Oh, for my vengeance!" "There he goes for the park now, and see how he holds "Do not fear that he will take the young lady's life, sir," young lady as he rides." said Percy Green, in confident tones. "From what I have The Wild Bull had faced his horse toward a small deer p lieard, he has never sought to shed the blood of the innocent, on the right of the lawn, and as he dashed along he turned or even to the lives of those hunting him down. Is not his saddle, holding the young lady in his arms, as he cried: that fact, G eneral Buller?" "Fire if you like, and hit the young Justice must "He has treated the police and some of my men to very done!" f rough blows, but I have not heard of any lives being lost by "Hold your fire," yelled General Buller, as he spurred on his hands," replie d the general. "The affair beats all I ever pursuit. T


THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. "Save my daughter, and don't risk a single shot," cried the Wild Bull ca:;t his eyes back at his pursuers, as he mut [ ude Dalbert, as he spurred on in a furious manner. "We tered: 11 soon run the fiend down, as his horse is carrying double. "Five of them bold enough to plunge in after us, and the pur on, and ride for life and death." others making for the bridge below. Buller is a gallant fel All the pursuers did urge on their horses to their fullest low, but his horse is not fleet enough for Black Dan. Up with feed, while on through the park before them dashed the wild you now, my brave fellow. That's it." Ider with his fair prize, the black steed keeping his distance With a splendid effort, the noble horse gained the bank 'th apparent ease. with its double load, and the bold rider then turned his face to-General Buller and the landlord were mounted on the fast-ward the river as he cried: It hunters in the stables, and they soon swept out together kead of the mounted police, yet they did not seem to gain an ch on the reckless rider in front. On through the park, over the stone wall, and then out on le highroad swept the Wild Bull and his prisoner, while the "It is vain to purime us, general. Let Dalbert do justice and the girl is safe." Without waiting for a reply, the Wild Bull turned his horse and galloped away toward a dense wood, while he addressed the young girl iu changed tones, saying: xious father cried out: "We will soon gain a safe shelter, Miss Blanche. 1"The fiend is making for one of his hiding-places on the fear me now?" Do you untain! Oh, who will save my dear girl?" "Not so much, as I think I know you. But what can you "Push on-push on!" cried the dashing soldier. "The felmean--" w is wheeling down into the valley now." "I simply mean to l)ring your fathe r to his senses," inter" He is making for the river! Oh, mercy! 1'he madman rupted the strang e man. "He is acting like a mad tyrant with ill plunge in with my girl, and she is lost!" his tenants, and he must be tamed or destroyed. Who is this The Wild Bull faced the black horse over a high wall at the after us?" .oment, and then dashed across a broad meadow toward a rift running and deep river, as he yelled back defiantly: "Come on, Claude Dalbert, and take your girl if you can. stice to the people or death to all your race!" "Stay, stay, friend!" yelled Dalbert, as he saw the black irse facing right down to the river bank. "Spare my daugh r, and I will--" The wild man looked back as they gained the edge of the wood, and he saw a single rider galloping along in close pur suit, yelling aloud the while. "It is the young American," muttered the wild man aloud, "and the others must have been carried down. "My father is lost, then?" gasped the young girl, with a shudder. "Too late, too late!" yelled the Wild Bull, as he clasped "Your father did not venture into the river, and the others e fainting girl closer in his arms. "You did not heed my rnings. In we go!" The black steed sprang from the bank into the rushing ter, while the agonized father drew up, crying: She is lost! Oh, do not spare that savage now, general!" fhe dashing soldier did not pull up on gaining the bank of who did can land in the meadow below. Miss Blanche, I am not eager to lead men to death." "Indeed, I know that, if you are the person I think you are," said the young girl, in earnest tones. "Admitting that I am that person, my ,dear girl, can you keep my secret?" ie river, but urged his horse forward, as he cried aloud to se behind: "Oh, yes, until death! But why do you put on such a horrid disguise, my good, noble, suffering--" In after them, brave men, and save the young lady at all :zards!,, "Hush-hush, Blanche! There may be ears listening in the Percy Green reached the spot in time to hear the appeal, and wood. 1 must now deal with the young fellow behind." "But you will not injure Mr. Green?" struck his horse with a riding-whip as he cried: "Not I, as he is a good fellow in his way, and he is an AmeriI am with you, general!" CHAPTER VI. THE WILD MAN AND THE MAIDEN. General Buller dashed into the river, the Wild Bull maiden were half way across the narrow river, the 1ft current bearing them downward as the black horse was ded for the opposite bank by his rude master. he plunge into the cold water aroused the fainting girl, but she opened her eyes and found herself clasped in the l \i.s of the rude being in the bull's hide, another terrible oeam burst from her, and she gasped forth: Oh, don't kill me!" rhe wild man chuckled to himself in a peculiar manner, then replied in the most gentle tones: 'Indeed, I will not harm you. young lady. Cling to me, or may be swept down over the falls." he young girl stared at the rough man with the smooth ice as she exclaimed, in great astonishment: who are you, and where are we? I know your voice, hink, but--" Hush, and cling to me, Miss Blanche," interrupted the knge being, "you are safe with me, but keep quiet." hey were nearing the opposite bank at the moment, and can. In a few moments we will gallop to a shelter." 'fhey were galloping along through a patch in the woods, and Percy Green wa s close behind them at the moment. Pulling up >;:uddenly, the Wild Bull turned his horse and hailed the young American reporter, crying in hoarse tones: "What do you seek, sir?" Percy Green drew up within a few yards of him as he re plied: "The young lady, of course. What in the mischief do you mean by taking her off in that manner, crazy man?" The young man addressed the stranger as if dealing with a lunatic who required a certain ai;nount of humoring, and he did not make the least pretense to a former acquaintance with him. Blanche Dalbert was about to address the young man, when the Wild Bull placed his rough hand on her mouth, saying: "Whether I am crazy or not, I can take care of myself and the young lady also If you are wise, you will ride back to your friends, and tell Mr. Dalbert that she is safe for the present." "But I must take the young lady back with me," protested Percy. "Come, now, my good fellow, whoever you are, you are going too far with the joke." "You may g:o too far, i:;ir. Ride back and mind your own business." So saying, t.he strange man wheeled his horse again and galloped away at full speed, while Blanche cried:


10 'l'E'LE WILD BULL OF KERRY. "Don't worry about me, Mr. Green, as the iTild Bull will not "But I cannot conceive why you should be one of the leade injure me. of the wicked moonlighters, sir," protested the young gi rl. Percy Green did not attempt further, but rubbed his "You only know the moonlighters through lying Englis head as if puzzled, while he muttered aloud: reports, my girl. The moonlighters are men who have bee "Confound if all if I know what to make o0f his game now. treated in the most cruel manner; but we will not speak o It is evident he wa:nts to give me the shake. Well, he is deal-such subjects. Are you happy at Primrose Hall with you ing the cards, and f suppose I must wait m:y turn. Back we father?" go! "I am happy enough, sir, but I am sure that he is not." The young man turned his horse and rod.e back at a slow "Why do you say so?" pace. "Because I know that he is fearfully worried about the es Just as he reached the edge of the wood Genera l Buller and tate. Besides, I am certain he has something preying on h i Claude Dalbert rode up, with a dozen mount:e d policemen, the mind. He fully, believes you dead." former crying: "Where is the Wild Bull, sir?" "I cannot tell you, general. I lost them in the wood in here." "Forward through the wood, men'" crie d the general. "We will soon have a force here strong enoug h to S 'urround the dar ing savage. Keep heart, Mr Dalbert." A groan burst from Dalbert as he rode intJ the wood with "He must continue to believe so, my sweet girl,. Now, I wil bear you into my palace and to a friend." Blanche soon found herselt borne along in the arms of t h strong man, and she could tell ,that he was walking on a har pavement or floor, as she said: "'l'his must be a castle, sir, as I can feel that you are in great hallway of some kind, but it is pitch dark." "One moment, and you will have light enough, my dear g ir the general, and Percy Green followed them, 1 nuttering: Here you are." "I must see the thing out, I suppose; but hang me if I know The wild man placed the young girl on her feet before a blaz what he means by ta.king off the girl. He couJ ld get at ert ing fire, removing the bandage from her eyes almost at th in some other way. Is it possibie that she has recognized same moment, as he continued: him?" "Now, look around you and see if y ou know any one pre The wild rider dashed on through the wocds clasping the young girl in his arms, v;hile she smiled uiQ at his uncouth face, as she playfully remarked: ent." Blanche did look around the small but well -furnished apa ment in which she found herself, and as her eyes fell on th "You remind me of Herne the Hunter, s i r, in the Vvindsor form of a young girl she sprang toward her with extend Forest. wm we hide in some great oa k tree?'" ha!lds, crying: "You will see, Blanche. l must blindfold -you for a short "vVhy, dear Nellie, it is you!" time. Don't be frightened, as you know I '1TOEld not harm Nellie O'Leary received the young girl in her open arms you." she replied; "But why must you blindfold me, sir, as yotn can trust me?" "Welcome, welcome, Miss Blanche. But you are all wet "I know it, my dear; but I do not want you to tell lies when Come with me and put on some of my clothes. Dear me!' you are asked about my hiding-place hereaftee, and I wish to The Wild Bull was watching the :pair, his glaring eyes beam keep it a strict secret." ing with pleasure, when Blanche turned to him, saying: "Very well,_ sir. I will have no fear while in your hands, "Is thi s one of the persons who knows your secret, sir?" "To be sure, In fact, Nellie is my secret advis How old But she will not tell you where we are now." but, indeed, I am akmg with the wet and cold." "You wfll soon e in a warm bed, my sweet 'child. are you now?" "I will be eig teen at Christmas, sir." s id the outlaw, with a weary years roll b'N" sigh, .. how the "I only care to know that you are safe here from your en mies, sir," replied Blanche, with a smile and a sigh. "Don't fear for him, Miss Blanche," said Nellie, "as a ll th police or soldiers in Ireland could not find him here. Com "And where ave you been for three long :years past, sir? with me now, my darling." W11were told t at you died away in America." Blanche was leaving the room with her friend, when sh "So I am d to all the world, Blanche. My real name is turned once more to the Wild Bull and said: you and three others. You will keep my "When we return, I hope to see you without 'that honid d secret?-f. guise, sir. "Oh, yes, Js. But you will take your propr place again, "Perhaps," replied the outlaw. "Hasten and change you ? I couli! never believe you guilty of that horrid crime." clothes. "Tjiank "J'OU, my dear. I fear I will never appear in the When Blanche returned to the little apartment with Nell world again, save as you now see me. I was not guilty of about a half an hour later, she found a large man, with a gre that horrid qri;me, but I fear that I can never prove my innoblaclr beard, seated before the fire cence to the. world. New i will place this handkerchief over 'r11e young girl drew back with an exclamation of alarm, an y our e yes." then stared at the stranger for a few moments ere she s aid: While still riding at a gallop, the mysterio-us man blind"It is not possible that you are-" folded the willing prisoner in the gentlest marnner while he "Hush, Blanche, and never mention my name eve n in playfully remarked: whisper," warned the stranger, in his soft, mellow ton es. "You remember when we tilayed blind man':; buff together, will be known' to you as Mr. Allman." Blanche?" The young girl continued to stare at the bearded man "Oh, yes, indeed; but we are playing the B1"auty and the she replied: Beast now. It is terrible to think that you are a ow an outl aw, "On my honor, sir, I would not know you were it not with ever so many people hunting you down Oh, do fly the your voice Oh, you are so milCh altered! I do n ot bell co .untry before the soldiers shoot you or hang-you." that even father would know yon. A scornful laugh burst from the disguised man, ere h e re"So much the better, as I may have to meet him a s I plied: now. "I can't fly at present, my dear girl, even if <'Leath threatens j "But your voice, sir? He will be certain to know you, if me at every step. I am here for a good and I must. speali: to him as you do to me." remain in Ireland until it is accomplished. "It i s n o t p robable, Blanche, sai d the man, in altered


THE WII;D BULL OF KBRR Y. 11 t==================--==-. arse tones, while an ugly scowl darted from his great black es. "Your father is not my friend." "Oh, sir, I fear that he has been your bitter enemy, but for y sake you will not injure him. Wil you?" "He must act with justice to the people, my girl. You must cuse me, if I say that he is a stubborn tyrant, and he n!.ust brought to his senses. But let us talk on other subjects. ou know the young American who is known as Percy reen?" "Oh, yes, sir. He has been my father'f? guest for the last two ys." "How do you like him?" Blanche blushed a little, and held down her head as she plied: "He seems to be a nice gentleman, but I don't quite underand him. Who and what is he?" The bearded stranger gave a peculiar smile as he replied: "I don't think he quite understands himself at times, but he a good youth and very clever. What do you think of Mr. ercy Green, Nellie?" The pretty girl Of the mountain gave a merry laugh ere she -eplied: "I think he'd make a fine play-actor, sir, only he wouldn't o for very serious parts, as he's so full of fun. As if for the purpose of changing the subject, Blanche asked h e stranger: "Pray, sir, what are you going to do with m'e, now that I m a prisoner?" "My d ear girl, I have two objects in bringing you h e re. I n e first place, I want to teac h yo l 1r father a lesson auc1 compel m to do justice to his unfortunate tenants. You will not ear to remain here with Nellie for some days?" "Not I, sir, if I could only let father know that I am safe." "You can send him a note and I will have it delivered; but nu must be careful to write word! that will induce h i m to act ti th a I;ittle more humanity to his fellow-beings." "Then we will :have a prompt understanding at once. Mr. Green, you do no' t know my true object in bringing the young lady here, I pres11;:me?" "I do not, sir; I must say that I regard your mad act as a great on the young lady, whatever cause of grievance you may have against her father." "Well, I will teU you my ieason for bringing the young lady here. I wish to f!ee her happily married, and to the man she cares for. If I not borne her away to-night she would have been foiced fto marry a person she despises. Blanche and the others started on hearing the assertion, and Percy Green then asked, in agitated tones: "May we know the name of the person who aspires to the young lady's hand, sir?" "You may. He is now known as Mortimer Spenser, a Lon don reporter; but his real title is Lord Longdale, a wealthy landholder in En gland, but one of the greatest rascals in London." A cry of terror escaped from Blanche as she heard the announcement, and i;h.e then gasped forth: "Oh, if it is that infamous lord i n disguise, save me fro m him at any cost. I fear him, and I hate him." CHAPTER VII. TB E WU,D BULL'S PROPOSITION. Taking the distressed young giri by the hand in the kindest manner possible, tl 1 e strange man said: "It was to save yotm from the rascal that I brought you here to-night, dear youni lady. Is it not true that your father requested you to mari 'Y the man so odious to you?" "It is, sir. "Did he not speak to you on the subject in the park this af"You may be sure I will. What was your other motive for ternoon?" inging me to this strange place, sir?" "That is also true, sir; but he did not tell me that this Mr. "To get you a husband," was the answer of the bearded Mortimer Spenser was Lord Longdale. How could you know aan, almost in abrupt tones. "Blanche, if you wish to save so much?" 10ur father from destruction you must marry the man I w "I am surprised if' Mortimer Spenser should turn out to be ie ntion. Both girls stared at the mysterious man in surprise, while nanche said: Lord Longdale, sir," .said Perioy Green, "I havrting for the press, l\lfr. Green, but y ou bear another characterr as well. Did you ever meet Lord Long A hasty step was heard in the hall outside at the moment, dale in his proper fo1 ?" d the stranger sprang toward the door, laying his hand "8an't say that I did, sir," replied Percy, reflecting a little. a a revolver as he ctied, in his hoarse tones: "Who goes there?" The door was flung Dpen 0::.1 the instant, and Percy Green tjltered the apartment, and faced the bearded man with a front, as he replied: ai"A friend.or a foe, sir, according as I am received." The bearded man had his weapon pointed at the reporter, r rrd his voice rang out in his sharpest tones as he demanded, Iris great eyes flashing fire: "Are you alone, sir, or have you betrayed me to my ene ies?" I am alone. ra,m not a traitor but I will have to demand '': release of that young lady at once. "And if I refuse your demand, Mr. Green, what then?" E"I will look on y o u as a brute and an enemey, and treat you ; s uch. fcThe bearded man placed his revolver in his pocket, and e;rned to Blanche with a shrug o f the shoulders, as he said, h is gentle tones: a1"Do y o u look o n me as a b1ute, M iss Blanche Dalbert?" "I ndeed, I d o not s ir; 'but the young gentleman does not y1derstand." ai:t "Why should he such a strange whim?" "It is not a whim on his part, but a deep-laid plot, replied the man. "H'e has written for the press for years, and he writes well, but always with an object in view." "Will you be ldnd ero.ough to tell us his present object, as I take it that he is a dnep one if he is Lord Longdale? "He is a deep one, and he has two objects in view at present in his disguise. He desires to bring odium on the people around here and to m a.rry this young lady." "Oh, sir," said Blan'"ehe, "can you tell us why my father de sires me so much to n 1arry this man?" "I can, Blanche. Lord Longdale has your father in his power, and he wa!lts to1 become the owner of his estate here at the lowest figure. You can understand that if the price of the estate is lowered by ly :ing reports in the English press about the people here, this c louble-faced lord will step in and buy i t for almost nothing. "But is father compe Oed to sell his estate at a ruinous price, sir?" "He is, my dear, if y ciu do not wed this man you hate." "Oh, horror! How c:an that be? 'It is not necessary .for you to know the particulars, but


12 THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. your father owes Lord Longdale a large amount of money. look out for himself. I thought the fellow was half a fool, but Besides, he could ruin him by exposing a dreadful secret." he turns out to be a whole knave. The Wild Bull is a brick." '"Oh, dear, dear," sighed Blanche, "this is dreadful news. Light was Percy's heart when he joined General Buller, the What am I to do to save father and myself? I would prefer reporter and the distressed father, and no one joined in the death to marrying that wicked wretch!" search for Blanche with more vim. "Then marry a man who is not so wicked," said the bearded On returning along the road after the unsuccessful effort, man, with a very grim smile at Percy Green. Percy Green found himself riding alone with the Cockney r "Oh, sir, how can you joke on such a serious subject?" asked porter. Blanche. "What do you think of the Wild Bull now, Spenser?" aske "On my honor, I was not joking, young lady. Supposing I Percy. should show you a way out of all your trouble by marrying "Can't make him out, egad. He is either a wild brute or a young man whom you do not hate, to say the least, would it very clever fellow working in disguise." be such a dreadful proposition? Now answer me." "He is a clever man working in disguise, I feel certain. B The young girl cast a &ly glance at Percy Green and blushed the way, did you ever attempt a disguise?" deeply as she held clown her head, while Nellie O'Leary cried The question was put very abruptly, and Percy turned i in very merry tones: his saddle to face the other at the same moment. "Oh, wouldn't I jump at such an offer f:f I was you, Miss The pretended Cockney reporter hesitated a moment and Blanche. If she refuses, would I do as well, sir?" bent a pair of sharp, gray eyes on the questioner ere he re-Nellie winked at Percy Green as she asked the question, and plied: the young man said: "Why do you ask that question, old fellow? It is too ridic-"I'd be willing to marry the ugliestold maid in Ireland to ulous." save Blanche here from any trouble." 'The American burst out into a fit of laughter, and then rode The blushing girl looked earnestly at the bearded man as she on the faster, singing: said: "I'd like to know the name of the young man, sir?" "He has several names, but he is now known to you as Mr. Percy Green." "Yes, yes, Misi; Blanche," cried the young man, as he seized the young girl's hand, "be my wife and I will swear to love "When you gang awa, laddie, Far across the sea, laddie, Wlien you gang to Garmanie, What will you bring to me, laddie?" you always as I do now, and save you from all trouble." Percy's late companion in the press spurred on after hi "Here is the case in few words," saicl the bearded man. until he was by his side again, and changed and fierce was hi "Mr. Green here is rich, and he cares for you very much, Blanche. When your father is forced to nell the estates, your husband will buy it at a fair price." "That I will," said Percy, "as I came to Ireland to look after some land as well as a wife. I saw you at a ball in London last winter, Miss Blanche, and I--" "But the dreadful secret held over my father by Lord Longdale?" interposed Blanche. "He will be certain to expose it if I refuse him." "He will not," said the bearded man, "if you follow my advice." "Then you advise me to marry Mr. Green here, sir?" voice, as he cried: "What do you mean by that song, I'd like to know, Green? "What do I mean? Why, you know the Scotch. song, I pr sume. It is about a great lord, in disguise of a sailor, court ing an humble maiden. Do not look so fierce, my lord, as ye\ disguise was too thin for JI"' .,,, along." Fiercer still were the luru.; ,s, and louder rang his voice as he cried: "Do you mean to intimate that you knew my rank and nam, all through?" "Of course I do. Ha, ha, ha! I have been laughing)n m sleeves at you, my Lord Longdale, ever since the very first da "I do, and as soon as possible. Then you will go to your we started out from London together." father with your husband, and leave the re$:ti (tQ us." The two-faced nobleman drew his horse closer to the stee "Am I to tell father, sir?" "Of course. Tell your father that Mr. Green is your hus band, and that he rescued you from thn Wild Bull of Kerry. Leave the rest to us." Before Blanche could reply, the strange man turned to Percy Green, saying, in his gruff "Where did you leave General Buller and the troopers, of the American and raised his riding-whip, as he cried: "Then you will laugh at the wrong side of your mouth now you spying Yankee puppy. Take that! As the Englishman spoke, he aimed a fierce blow at Pere with his whip, but the latter wheeled his horse aside at the in stant, letting fly with his own lash a moment after, as he cried '"I'll laugh and win, my lord. Now, let us have it out friend?" men." "Scouring the wood outside, sir. I grave them the slip." The blow fell on Lord Longdale's shou1der and sent him reel "I am sorry you came here until I sent for you, but it may ing from his horse to the ground, and Percy sprang from hi be as well as it is. Where do you imagine Lord Longdale own steed as he uttered the last words. may be at present?" The English nobleman was soon on his feet again, still hol "He is with Mr. Dalbert and the genexal. I left them at the ing the whip in his hand as he faced his young antagonis skirt of the woods as I stole away." from America, crying, with great iury: 'Then away with you to them again, and you will hear from "You miserable Yankee hound, I will lash you within me to-morrow. The young lady will be your bride to-morrow I inch of your life, but I first desire to ask you a few question night. When you see Lor,1 Longdale akme again, let him know Will you answer, or will I have to apply the lash first?" that you were aware who he was all the time." Percy stood on the defense in the middle of the road, wit "That I will, sir, and I'll have some fun out of the rascal. his whip on guard, as he replied in jeering tones: Nellie, my dear, you must at our wedding." "I cannot refuse to answer a noble lord in disguise. Wh In less than five minutes after Percy Green was hastening would you like to know from your humble servant?" through the wood, having embraced Blanche and Nellie, while General Buller and the other soldiers had swept out of sigh he joyfully muttered: and the two rivals stood alone on the lonely road, their ho u "I am the happiest man in the world'! to-night, and I'll make J having galloped away. f 1 Mr. Mortimer Spenser the most miserable ere long, if he don't "You have interviewed this beast who is known as the Wil ci


THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. 13 L Bull of Kerry, and I must know who he is," continued Lord Longdale, in the most insolent tones. ''And if I refuse to answer, my lord-what then?" .ii "I will lash you within an inch of your life, and then have yot1 hung as a vile Yankee-Irish rebel, as I believe you to be. t, I am certain that you are in league with the Wild Bull, and ;i. Gerreral Buller agrees with me. Answer me, or--" The bully, who was noted in London as a powerful athlete, d raised the heavy end of the whip and wound the thong around his wrist as he advanced on the young American. Percy Green retreated before him; chuckling aloud as he replied: I "I know you are a tremendous hitter, my lcrd, but be merci I ful. You wish to know all about the Wild Bull of Kerry?" b "Yes, yes. What about the beast, or I will lay on?" "The Wild Bull is here to answer for himself," cried a fierce voice, as the rude horseman dashed out on the road in ;ihis strange costume, and mounted .on his black steed. "Fight out your quarrel, gentlemen, and I will answer the great Long b dale after. At it and I will be the judge. I'll bet on the American." CHAPTER VIII. THE RIVALS AND THE WILD BULL. The two reporters about to engage in a STious strife were < intensely surprised at the sudden appearance of the wild rider, and Percy Green exclaimed as he drew still further back on the road: "Blame me if he isn't everywhere when he's not wanted!" ti The Englishman was as much surprised as his rival, but he 1 was a cool customer, and he soon recovered himself. Turning to the Wild had drawn. his horse up on 0 the side of the road near quietly remarked: "Gad, so it is the fellow himself, and no mistake! So you want to stand as umpire in this match, old fellow?" I "I do that, my lord," answered the Wild Bull; "but I be r 3 lieve it is against the rules of the ring to bet, otherwise I J would go a trifle on the Yankee." "Ah, indeed! It is very evident that you lean toward your ei; friead." "Who told you he was my friend?" M" "He has interviewed you, and he didn't take you prisoner I or shoot you, as I shoulu have done," was the Englishman's ci cool reply, as his lef:t hand strayed toward his breast pocket. [ The Wild Bull drew a revolver as quick as a flash and aimed ittat the head of the lord, as he cried: at "Draw a weapon on me, sir. and down you go without mercy. Take and drop your l eft hand, as I have the drop on you, as 1 they say in America." i The Englishman did lower both arms to his side, as he quietly remarked: "Gad, I think you have served as a cowboy in Texas, my d 8friend." "Perhaps I have. Lower your arms also, Mr. Green, and none of your Yankee tricks with me." m Percy Green lowered his arms to his side a., crell, as he remarked, with a jeering laugh at the lord: ff "Perhaps you can now understand why I didn't kill or cap ture the Wild Bull at our interview, my lord." a "Lasso them, and then out to secure your prisoners," yelleil the Wild Bull in commanding tones. ,h The command was scarcely given when two ropes flung by setmseen hands flew over the necks of the reporters, and then out from the bushes sprang four masked moonlighters, who se ncured the prisoners thus taken in very short order. Lord Longdale turned on the wild leader of the outlaws and remarked, in the most matter-of-fact tones: "I thought you were going to let us fight it out, Mr. Wild Bull?" "So I am, my lord, but not 1n the manner you proposed. "How, then, pray?" "I will decidli that hereafter. Blindfold your prisoners and away with them on their horses on the double-quick. The two prisoners could now. see two othe r moonlightern leading their horses back the road toward them. Then all was darkness to them, as they were bandaged over the eyes in the most effective manner possible. As the prisoners were being lifted on the horses they could hear the tramping of other animals gailoping along the road toward them, and the leader of the mooniighters cried to his men: "Away into the woods with them, as the troopers are coming back for them." Lord Longdale was about to raise his voice to yell to his friends, when the Wild Bull clapped his hand on his mouth, saying: "Keep quiet, or we will soon silence you. Gag the prisoners." When the troopers under General Buller rode back in search of the two reporters, the outlaws had disappeared in the woods with their prisoners. "What can Allman be at now?" Percy Green asked himself, as they rode along in silence. "He must altered his plans since I saw him in the rendezvous. Blame me if he is not a very wonderful character." 'A clear case of blackmail, I'll go bail," muttered the En glish lord, under his breath; "but hang me if the ,beggars will get a shilling out of me except what they may steal now." Lord Longdale was a cool customer, as well a s a plucky man, and his pulse did not beat any the faster on 1l.nc1ing that he was in the power of the Wild Bull of Kerry. After reflecting a little on the situation, he muttered to himself again: "This infernal Yankee is in the game, I can now perceive. Just wait till Buller gets his claws on him. Hang me if I don't believe he is after the girl, and the blasted Irish outlaw is working for him. I'll keep cool and watch for points, and then I'll win the game. When the cool Englishman was allowed to open his eyes again he found himself in a dungeon-like chamber with Percy Green and the Wild Bull, who still wore his hide and horns. The gags were removed at the same time, as the leader of the outlaws said: "You may yell as much as yol,l please here, gentlemi:n, but I can assure you that your friends will not hear you." "I'll try the experiment, in any case," said the English lord, as he placed his hands to his mouth and then gave a hunting cry that could be heard far away if they were on the open fields. The sounds re-echoed through a long vault beyond, and then died away without reaching those in the woods above. A grim laugh burst from the Wild Bull ere he cried: "That cry may awake the dead, my lord, but it will not be heard by your living friends, I can assure you." The Englishman r.lapped his hands in his pockets and stared around the chamber as if examining a drawing-room, as he drawled forth in his easy way: "A deuced queer hole, egad, It smells like a vault for the dead." "That it does," said Percy Green, imitating the voice and manner of his late traveling companion. "I say, Mr. Wild Bull, my dear fellow, won'.t you be kind enough to tell us where we are, and why ;vou brought us here?" "To finish that fight, of' course, Mr. Green," was the prompt reply. "It is to be to the death, I suppose."


14 THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. "Of course," answered the lord, "if the fellow don't apologize properly." "What should I apologize for, my dear lord?" asked Percy, with a grin. "For playing the spy on me, sir." "In what manner, my noble lord?" "You confessed that you traveled with me in my disguise, knowing my rank, and you did not so inform me." "Really, my lord," said Percy, in humble tones, "I cannot see the offense on my part in that. As you wished to be un known here, it would not be courteous for me to betray you." "The n why did you betray me to-night?" "I did not do so in the presence of witnesses, my lord." "Hang it all, I must thrash you for your insolence in any case. You had the audacity to raise your whip to me." "Did you not strike at me first, my lord? Would I not be a cur if I did not defend myself?" "I believe you are a Yankee cur, and I must punish you. Mr. Wild Bull, will you be kind enough to restore our whips?" "Let us hear it." "Put yourself in my charge and let us go over to America to wallop the great Yankee champion. I'll wager two to one you can do it with ease." "I have nobler work on hand at present, my lord," replied the strong men, in dignifi e d tones. "I said you had a secret purpose in coming over to Ireland in disguise. Will you an swer me now?" The English lord shrugged his shoulders as he mildly an swered: "You may repeat the dose, but I cannot allow any stranger to interfere in my private business, I assure you, Mr. Allman." "But what if I know your secret purpose already, my lord?" The nobleman cast an ominous glance at Percy Green, as he replied: ,; If you do, I think I will owe that person anothe1 little account." "I know nothing of your private affairs, sir," cried Percy, "and if you give me any more of your snobbish insolence I will give you a dose of this man's medicine." "Keep the peace, gentlemen, until I give the word to set on," cried the unknown outla:w. "My lord, I will tell you one of your secrets. You came here to wed Blanche Dalbert or to Keeping very quiet under the insulting threats of his rival, ruin her father.,, "With pleasure, but I would prefer to i:;ee you fight it out with other weapons, my lord. Allow me to propose them." "As you please. All weapons are the same to me, Mr, Wild Bull.'' Percy said: "And to me, my lord. Let our host here arrange the mat ter. l feel that I must draw a little blood froll) you." "Lord Longdale di d you not come to Ireland for some secret purpose?" asked the Wild Bull, in very stern and hoarse tones. "Can't see that it is any conc ern of yours, Mr. Mad Calf," was the snering r e ply from the lord, who then turned away to The cool Englishman appeared to lose his self-control for the first time, as he started and stared at the Wild Bull, ere he exclaimed in excited tones: "Confound it all! Dalbert must have exposed our private affairs." "He has not, sir, but I have means of learning can tell Mr. Percy Green there that he also came to pay court to a certain lady." secrets. I to Ireland whi stle a liv e ly operatic a i r. Qu ic k as thought the wild fellow flung himself on the lord, "The deuce you say!" cried the aroused Englishman. "Can seized him by the throat and flung him on the ground. it be possible that the fellow has the insolence to aspire to the planting his heavy foot on the breast of the prostrate man, the fierce outlaw then yelled out: "None of your insolence with me, y'ou English puppy, or I'll crush your cruel heart in for you. I know the reason you came here, and I will take my revenge on you in defeating you." The helpless lord stared up at his assailant as he replied: "Gad! that was well done and quickly, my good fellow. I'll wager you a hundred pounds or i:i, good horse against your black steed that you can't repeat it." "Yes, I can, and a hundred times over in one hour. Up with you, and you will see. Get ready." The fallen man regained his feet and placed himself in a box ing attitude, as he drawled forth: hand of Miss Dalbert?" "I have, Lord Longdale," cried Percy, in manly tones, "and I feel assured that I can defeat you in that quarter as well as in single combat. Now, let us know the terms of the fight, if you please, Mr. Allman. I stand ready." "That is my style," cried his rival, "as it must be war to the death now." The Wild Bull appeared to reflect for some moments, as he pressed his hands to his eyes and bent his ugly head until his chin touched his br:east. Then clapping his hands together, he suddenly exclaimed: "I have it now. Bodily contests and duels are in bad taste nowadays. You are both men of brains, and why not have a trial of brains for love and life?" "Com e on now. Mr. Bull." "In what way?" asked Percy. Without a moment's hesitation the strange man sprang at "I will make a proposition to the pair of you, and give you his challenger, knocked aside his guards with apparent ease, three tasks." and then hurled him to the floor again, as he cried: "What are they?" asked the nobleman, with a suspicious ''You owe me a good horse and more besides, my lord, all of glance at his young rival. "I trust I'll have fair play." which I will take at the pl'Oper time. Another bout?" "All the fair play in the world, my lord," answered the "No, thank you, much obliged," drawled the fallen man. strange man. "Are you both ready to hear my proposals?" "Pray by what name must we address you if you will be so "I am," promptly answered Percy. kind? Gad, you have the strength of two bulls." "By Jove, but I don't promise to accept them, though, until "I am known as Allman to some of my friends. You may I understand what they are," was the Englishman's reply. call me by that name at present, my lord." "That is right, my lord. The first task I set is a simple The v anquished man regained his feet again and stared one It is to win the hand of the young lady in question, and anew at the stalwart form before him as he drawled forth: who will return to her home to-morrow." "The deuce take it i f it is not jus t the name for you, as you "I will undertake the very agreeable task," said Percy Green are all man and muscle, I can imagine." "Egad, and so will I," said his rival, with a confident "That is a poor pun, my lord. Now, let us get down to smile. bus iness." "Very well; but, I say, Mr. Allman?" ;'What is it, my lord?" "l 've thought of a scheme py which you can make a for tu'l.e." "Very well, sirs," continued the Wild Bull. "The second task will be to effect the capture or death of the outlaw known as the Wild Bull of Kerry." "What a guy!" exclaimed Lord Longdale, with a sneer. "You are partial to my Yankee rival, Mr. Allman, and you


THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. 15 can easily play into his hands. I am not to be caught in that trap, if I know it." "You seem to forget that you are in my trap now, my lord, and I can deal with you as I please. Admitting that I am partial to this young American strooger, you will have all the power of England about here on your side. If you agree to all my proposals I will set you both free to -night, and then you will have a clear field against me. Is it likely that I will willingly give myself up to any one who would place me in an English prison?" "If that is a condition of your arrest, I agree to the second proposal," said the cautious nobleman. "What says my rival'!" "I

16 THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. Mortimer Spenser disappeared on the following morning, and Lord Longdale appeared at the hall as a favored guest. When Blanche saw her would-be lover on the lawn she men tally exclaimed: "Mercy on me, how can a man alter his appearance so much? I wo.::ider if Mr. Percy Green is as clever in that line?" The American reporter also disappeared after his rival, with two able English detectives close on his track. Percy managed to give the fellows the slip in Killarney, however, and he afterward chuckled to himself, muttering: "Now for a litle counter game, my noble lord. I see your hand, and let us know if you hold to it." During the afternoon a new guest appeared. at the hall in the form of Mr. Leon Levi, the credited agent of a Jewish banking house in London. Mr. Levi was a tall gentleman of middle age, wearing a full dark beard and eye-glasses, and he spoke with a decided for eign accent, while he soon gave out that he was an extensive traveler. Claude Dalbert had had dealings with the banlting firm men tioned, and he was not at all pleased to see the representative at that particular time. When Mr. Leon Levi announced, however, in a private inter view that he was sent to negotiate for the purchase of the es tate, at a fair value, in behalf of a rich Irish-American, Dal bert's frowns turned to smiles, and the Jewish gentleman was made much of. On the following day the good-looking JeY 1 rode out with Blanche, her father and Lord Longdale, and they paid a visit to the beautiful lakes of Killarney. The rich English lord was not sure that the Jew was nego tiating for the estate, as he imagened that Dalbert was only seeking another loan on it. He did notice, however, that Blanche was a good deal in Mr. Levi's company and that they strolled together through the lawn in the evening. In the meantime the flying patrols were seeking the Wild Bull on every hill and in every wood for miles around, but the daring rider was not captured. On the second day of the Jew's visit he was strolling with Blanche on the broad lawn as he remarked: "Did you notice those fellows watching us down near the gate, my dear?" "I did not, you rogue." "\Veil, Longdale has set his spies on me already, I am sure." "But he cannot suspect who you are, you clever rascal." "I think not, but he may suspect that I am after the estate." "Then what is to be done?" "I must see Mr. Allman to-night at all hazards, and you keep your father and Longdale in play. The crisis is coming, my darling, and a single false move on my part would be fatal." "Longdale is coming toward us now," said Blanche, in alarm, "and there is a strange gentleman with him. Mercy, it is Mr. Allman himself-the Wild Bull!" though assured that the daring outlaw, in whose fate she felt so much interest, was standing before her. "I am happy to meet you, Mr. Logan," was all Blanche said, as she bowed to the bearded man. Leon Levi also bowed to,the stranger in a stately way, as he remarked: "Fine weather we have, sir." The stranger, who had been introduced to them by the lord under the name of L ogan, looked around the lawn and over the green meadows beyond, as he remarked: "Splendid country, this." "Yes, it would be," said the English lord, "if we could drive the old herd ou. t of it and put in new stock. Miss Blanche, where is your father?" "I can't say, my lord," answered the young girl, in cold tones. Blanche felt that the fellow was spying on her and her dis guised lover, and she was also uneasy at his appearing in the company of the famous outlaw. After exchanging a few commonplace opinions, Lord Long dale took the arm of the stranger and strolled away with him across the lawn, while Blanche and her disguised lover walked in an opposite direction. When Mr. Logan and the lord were some distance away the latter said: "Well, Logan, what do you think of the fellow now?" Speaking in decided tones, but with a husky voice, the dis guished outlaw replied: "He is as he represents himself, my lord. have seen him in London in the Jewish banking house." "That settles it, as far as he is concerned, I suppose, but what in the mischief is he wasting his time here for, can you imagine?" "You say the estate is mortgaged to its full value already, my lord?" "Yes, and beyond it. The Jew can't be fool enough to loan Dalb ert even a hundred pounds more on it." "Then this Mr. Leon Levi must be attracted by the young lady, my lord." 'Don t be a fool, Logan. A Jew making love to Miss Blanche Dalbert!" "That is the only excuse I can give for his lingering here, my lord." Lord Longdale mused a moment and then turned to the other, saying: "See here, Logan, I telegraphed to the Scotland Yard, Lon don, for one of their ablest detectives, and you have beett sent to me. I want you to fully understand that you are engaged in a matter of the gravest importance to me." "I do understand so, my lord." .. Then you will keep your wits on their keenest edge, as you have clever ones to deal with. I believe that Jew is working in the interest of my enemies." "What reason have you to think so, my lord?" "I feel that he is,. and that is enough for me. You must "Hush, hush! and do not mention that name aloud. Here watch his every movement, and listen as well." they are." Another few moments and the 11trange man was standing before them with formal introductions from the man they feared so much. CHAPTER X. APPROA(;HING TIIE ORISIS. As Lord Longdale introduced the stranger to Blance and Leon Levi, the young girl played her part right well, as not a 1uiver of undue appeared on her charming face, al"Very good, my lord." "If you track the Jew, well, I'll wager you'll be finding the hiding-hole of the blasted young American, Logan." "Then you are certain the Yankee is still in this neighbor hood, my lord?" "Certainly. He is certain to be hiding in one of the dens of the infernal Irish outlaw I told you about. Isn't it queer, Logan, that we cannot, with all the force at our command, hunt down the Wlld Bull? 'Tis barbarous!" The pretended detective shrugged his shoulders as he re plied: ''I should have time, my lord. Even in the very heart of London men have been known to hide for weeks and months. These Irish savages have some cunning, I should say."


THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. 17 "Oh, they are cunning enough, blast their eyes. gan?" "What is it, my lord?" I say, with an anxious sigh and a glance at the mysterious man, then with Lord Longdale. 'Oh, I do wish it were all over, as I tremble for father! ""\Vouldn't it be a good plan for you to get intimate wlth this nfounded Jew as soon as possible, and worm all you can t of him?" ''An excellent plan, my lord. Being introduced here by you as an old friend from London, I should have no trrd? .. "Of course. Ireland is full of old burying-places, and I only "vVe must save your father at all cost, my dear one," said Percy. "I will endeavor to speak to Mr. Allman as soon as possible, and see what he means by coming here in that char acter." "Yes, and I think it would be just as well if we kept more apart," said Blanche, turning toward the house. "If Lord Longdale should discover you he would soon have you in prison." "I don't doubt it, and I be more careful. Not that I fear prison walls, but I want my freedom to fight the great battle for you, my darling." The lovers kept apart for some hours after, while Mr. Logan sought an opportunity of conversing with Mr. Leon Levi on the lawn in the evening. Soon after that interview Lord Longdale drew Logan aside and asked him in whispered tones: "Well, what do you make of the .lew?" "He is a close one, my lord, but I think I found out what he wish that every blasted Irishman in the land was under is after." !1'0UT1d. They would serve to fertilize the soil for the En "What is it, then?" 1lish landlords." "He is negotiating for the purchase of the Dalbert estate "It would be a good riddance, my lord. But as to our busi here." less. Is there any old ruin in the wood you speak of?" "Tush! Logan, I fear that you are not a captain among "I see what you are at, Logan, but you are astray. Buller detectives. Dalbert dare not sell to any one save myself." 1as examined the wood thoroughly, and he could not find "I may be wrong, my lord, but I am ready to back my opin :he least trace of an old ruin in it. It must have been .a large ion. May I ask you why Mr. Dalbert cannot sell to any one :ave of some kind, or a pit. Try your hand again." "Is _there a church or a convent in or near the wood, my ord ?" "'l'hat I cannot say, but I will make inquiries. I have got n idea of my own about this Wild Bull, Logan." else?" "Because I hold him in the hollow of my hand, as it were. I could hang the fellow if he played any tricks on me." "That is serious, my lord. Of course, you cannot tell me the secret?" "May I hear it, my lord?" "Of course not. It does not concern this affair at all. Vvhat "Of course, as I want you to work on the theory. I believe else did you worm out of the rascally Jew?" he rascal is some poor landlord about here who cannot get his "I am afraid you will say that I am not even a good private -ents out of his tenants." among detectives if I were to give you another of my ideas "That is .a novel theory, my lord. But what grounds have concerning his visit here, my lord." ou for it?" "Out with it, anyway." "I cannot state them now, but I will give you a clew or two "I am convinced that he aspires to the ha:id of the young o work on. The fellow can speak like a gentleman, he rides lady." ike a steeple-chaser, and he is the strongest man by far I ever Lord Longdale gave a low whistle and stared at his detecnet." tive, ere he replied, in the most sarcastic tones: c1aude Dalb-:Jrt rode up at the moment, and the pretended de"Really, Logan, you are out of your latitude in Scotlan d ective was introduced to him by the lord as a particular friend Yard. I would advise you to resign at once, and I will com rom London. mend you to a publisher in London as a writer of extravagant In the meantime, Blanche and her disguised lover were romances. What next from your prolific brain? The young trolling across the lawn, while the former was saying: lady returns the passion of the ambitious and brilliant Jew, of "I'm sure I cannot understand what character he is attempt ng to play now, but I can see that Lord Longdale is suspicious f you, Percy." "I agree with you there, my dear; but I cannot move any aster than I am doing, you know. The license for ou:r mar iage requires three days' notice, and--" "Oh, don't think that I am in such a hurry about that now," the young girl, with a blush and a sly smile, "as was only thinking of the danger incurred by you an d Mr. "Have no fear on my account, dear girl, and I think Mr. All 1an can take care of himself. He is playing some deep game 1th the cunning lord now, but I can't imagine what it is." "He is a wonderful man, and I love him as well as fea:r him, t?rcy. Oh, if you were to only know him as I do." "I confess that I am curious to know all about him, dear lanche, but I will never pry into his secrets. I first me,t him London last winter, but it seems he has known me since ildhood. One thing is very certain, and that is that we are course?" "I have not interviewed the young lady yet, my lord, but I have known stranger things to happen in my experience. I presume that I am dismissed, my lord." "Not at all, not at all, Logan. Although I am not in rap tures over your detective work, I am desirous of retaining you in my service, as you are so very amusing, so very amusing." "As I am not a court foul, my lord, I must beg to decline the honor," answered the detective with great dignity; "but be fore I retire from your service I have to give you some more information." While Lord Longdale ridiculed his detective he had pene tration enough to see that he was an able man, and he did not care to lose his services at that important juncture. Clapping his hand on the man's shoulder in a familiar man ner, he addressed him in subdued and agreeable tones, saying: "Nonsense, Logan; I was only jesting with you, as I must have my lark, you know. You are a man of the world, and should take a joke. What else have you to tell me?" pproaching a great crisis in our lives." "I believe the Jew is acquainted '7ith the person now known "And our fate seems to be in his hands," answered Blanche, as the Wild Bull of Kerry, my lord."


18 THE WILD BULL 01? KERRY. "The mischief you say, Logan? What makes you think so?" "Because he intimated to me that the wild man was not a common outlaw, and then smiled in a significant way." "On my honor, Logan, if all your theories are correct-and I incline with' you in some of them-it is high time I forced matters to a crisi s with Dalbert, and I'll do it at once." "As you please about that, my lord. In the meantime, I will seek to find the biding-place of the young Yankee "Blaze away at him and at the Wild Bull, Logan. Buller will give you all the troops you require. I'll seek Dalbert." The intriguer did seek Claude Dalbert on the instant, and a somewhat stormy interview soon followed in the bedroom of the noble vistor. "What can I do," protested Dalbert, at length. "If you will not permit me to sell my estate to a good purchaser, I cannot pay you what I owe you, my lord." "Hang the payment, Dalbert, I want your daughter, and I must have her. I want the estate to remain in the family, and you must sell it to me. If you fail me, I will denounce you." "Oh, my lord, I cannot force my daughter any more until the time--" "Hang the time! Your daughter must be my wife at once We can arrange for a private marriage on to-morrow night, and we can have a public affair later." "I fear Blanche will hold me to my promise, my lord." "To the dogs with your promise! Did you tell her that your neck was at stake?" "Would you ha1-e me humble myself and confess my crime to my own child, my lord?" "Of course I would. What do I care for your infernal pride? If the girl has any heart, she will save her father's neck from the halter, by accepting a husband and a title. Hang it all, I am conferring all the hdnor, you know." "I know it, my lord, but--" "No more buts with me. Go to the silly girl and tell her of your crime. "Tell it to me first," said a hoarse voice behind them. The two men turned on the instant with startled exclama tions, when they found themselves confronted by the Wild Bull in his full outlandish costume. The valiant lord made a sudden movement for a weapon in his pocket, when the strange man presented a revolver at each of their heads, as he hissed forth in his hoarse tones: "One movement, or one loud word, and I will floor the pair of you. Ont with your secret about Mr Dalbert, my lord. I may throw a little light on the mystery. Be seated and take it easy." CHAPTER XI. THE WILD IlULL AT MORE PRANKS. "Hang the tenants," interrupted Lord Longdale. "Let u s get at the object of your welcome visit to us." "My object is to learn the secret you hold over Mr. D albert." "Then you are wasting your time, as you will not hear it from us. Will he, Dalbert? Are you ready to make the Wild Bull of Kerry your father confessor?" "Ridiculous! See here, you infernal rascal," exclaimed Dalbert, "I'll soon show you that I am not to be browbeaten in my own house." "Not so loud, Mr. Claude Dalb ert, or this pistol may go off," -warned the disguised man. "I don't care if it does. Death has no terrors for me, ab.d the report will alarm the soldiers in the house." "Are you prepared to die, also, my lord?" The 1' rave Briton stared up at the outlaw in a haughty man ner, as lte replied: "You should know that I am not to be browbeaten, either, fellow." "But you hate to 'be beaten in a struggle for love and life, my lord. Well, if you do not care to tell the secret, I may sur mise it, for all that. Claude Dalbert, I know your secret also." "You -you! gasped the astonished landlord. "It canno be!" "Tush! the fellow is but trying to draw you out, Dalilert," interposed the cool lord, with a warning glanGe. "I am not, my lord. The secret alludes to a certain event that occurred about seven years ago, if I mistake not. To be plain Vi ith the pair of you, it was a mysterious murder case. Ah! YO'Ll both start a little now, I se e." The two men did start, while Dalb e r t gasped forth: "In 'the name of the fiend, who are you, and how much d you know?" "I aza a man, and an Irishman like yourself, Mr. Dalbert barring that I hope I have some feeling for my fellow country; men, a.r. d I don't care to see them all in the ground, for th purpos ; of enriching the soil for English landlords." Lord Longdale started and stared in turn as he muttered b tween :his teeth: "Logan .hit it right. '!'he rascal of a Je is in league with them." "Wh:; t is that you say, my lord?" asked the Wild Bull. "'Tis no concern of yours, fellow. Well, what more do you know about the murder?" "More than you do, perhaps. Y'ou were a witness of it?" "By Ceorge, you are in league with Old Nick!" exclaimed the lorcl. "Who have you been blabbing with, Dalbert?" Dalbert groaned aloud ere he replied: "I have never opened my lips to another soul about the affair." "ThEm, by Jove, you must talk in your sleep." "I atn not aware that I do, my lord, but I may. Oh, it i s terrible!" "Wh::-.t is terrible?" "To think that this rebel outlaw knows my secret." "May be it is safer in my k ee ping, Claude Dalbert, than it i in that. of this noble friend of yours. In any case, I hav known. it for years, and I have not attempted to blackmail y o Lord Longdale shrugged his shoulders and resumed his seat on acccunt of it. But I am on that game now." r..nd remarked: "Wh:at do you mean, fellow?" asked Dalbert, with anoth e "This is some of your Irish fair play shudder. "It is fairer than your English methods, my lord," retorted "To be plain with you, answered the strange man, wit h the wild Bu,11, as his dark eyes flashed out through his dis"as the price of my silence I am here to demand th guise. "Are you working up to the letter of your agreement hand o f your daughter." with me?" Lore! Longdale burst i'lto a hearty fit of laughter, cryi ng : Claude Dalbert stared from one to the other as he asked: "Har g me, Dalbert, if that isn't the best joke of the se a son. "What does this mean, my lord? Is this outlaw in your The unhappy 111.ndlord ground his teeth in rage. exclaim ing: interest?" "Yo-c are a pair of fiends, to thus sport with the mise ry o "No; I am working in yours, Claude Dalbert," was the an un1 ortunate wretch. Go to perdition!" prompt answer of the outlaw. "Had you taken my advice rej The last words were adrlressed to the Wild Bu ll who isardmg your tenants, and--" sponded:


THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. 19 .. If I go there I will take my bride with me. Hum :rngging lice! Logan-where are you? Guard all the doors, and we'll apart, Claude Dalbert, may I not be as fitting a hust and for take the infernal Yankee spy!" your daughter as this very honorable friend of yours? An-"What is the matter, my lord?" cried his d e tective, as he swer me." ran up the stairs, followed by several policemc.1 and soldiers, "Say what brought you here, rascal, and be off wi 1:h you? with General Buller, who was foremost to take the alarm." r will make no terms with either of you now. Lor.a: Long-A hurried explanation followed and orders were given to dale, your power over me has c e ased, as another shares your seek the intruder throughout the honse, as well as to guard secret," cried Claude Dalbert, springing to his feet and stand-all means of escape therefrom. ing in a defiant attitude. "I defy you both." Claude Dalbert sought his daughter at the same time, as he "Don't get ruffled, Dalbert, as it is in deuced bad taste," said was in a state of feverish anxiety to hear her explanations of the self-possessed Englishman. "This rude fellow was but '11e late trying scene. attempting a silly jest." Leon Levi appeared in the drawing-room in the height of the "I was not jesting as regards Miss Blanche," respo n ded e xcitement, and approached Lord Longdale, saying: the Wild Bull, "as I am c ertai n she would prefer me a a hus "Is not this a remarkable affair I hear, my lord?" band to you. In truth, I know she would." "What did you hear, sir?" asked the other, in freezing tones, "This is becoming unbearable!" cried Dalbert. ., \ gain I while he gave a sly wink at Logan, who was standing near. ask you, in the name of the fiends who are you and what is "I heard that the famous outlaw, who is known as the Wild your real purpose in haunting me?" Bull of Kerry, has carried off Mr. Dalbert's daughter for the .. I am your friend, Claude Dalb ert, if you will only take my s econd time." advice, and I seek to wed your good daughter." "Still harping on the daughter," chuckled Lord Lo:1gdale. "It is but fair that Dalbert should see the face of his intended son-in-law." "He will see it, my lord. His daugnter has already given her consent, and--" "Nonsense!" cried the landlord. "Don't you believe 'me?" "So it appears, Mr. Levi. May I ask you a few questions?" "Certainly, my lord." "Were you ever acquainted with this very eccentric person?" "You allude to the outlaw, my lord?" "I do, sir." "I never happened to meet him, that I know of, my lord. It may be, however, from what I have heard of him that I have met him in his natural character." "Am I a fool?" "Did you ever know a young person in London known as "You are--in some things; but I will convince you on this Percy Green?" point." .. I met a of the name who was connected with The Wild Bull then rais3d his voice to a loud pitch and the American press, my lord, and I will be glad to meet him cried: again. Why do you ask about him?" "Please step in here,,. Miss Blanche." The door was soon opened and Blan::he stepped into the "Merely for information, Mr. Levi. Ireland lately?" Have you seen him in room, saying: "Is it all settled, sir?" The two men stared at the young lady in sheer ama.zement, and then the noble lord clapped h"s hands in apparent glee as he exclaimed: "By all that's iagical, the Wild Beast has bewitcb.ed the Beauty of Primrose Hall. Miss Bla:iche; is it really t 1ue that you have accepted Mr. Allman h ere as your intended husband?" Blanche advanced to the side of the disguised man t\nd laid her hand on his shoulcler as she replied: "It is really true that I have accepted this gentleman as my promised husband, Lord Longdale. Father, I do assiue you "I must decline to answer that question, my lord, as I un: derstand that he is a suspect at present, and I am not a gov ernment detective, I assure you." "I should think not, Mr. Levi; but I presume you are a loyal English subject, for all that, and--" "You are mistaken, my lord, as I am proud to say that I am a citizen of the great American republic. I may meet Mr Percy Green ere long, however, and I will be happy to give him any message from you." "Ah, indeed! Well, you will favor me by telling him that he has not won the first test yet, and that I will fight him to the end." that you will yet be delighted with my choice, and--" Before Leon Levi could reply, Claude Dalbert en.tered the "Great goodness!" gasped the bewildered father, as he room and drew the English lord aside, as he whispered: rubbed his eyes and then stared at his daughter; "am I in a "I have found Blanche, my lord. Our best plan is to hasten dream, or what?" "Gentlemen," said the disguised man, as he led Bia: ::.che toward the door, "it is but right that you should see my countenance." "Yes, yes, by all means," cried Lord Longdale. "Let us know with whom we have to deal, my good fellow." At a whisper from the disguised man Blanche dar tPd out of the door and disappeared, while her companion stood. facing the others as he replied, with his left hand raised to hi.s head, while the other held a revolver ready: "Don't be mad enough to attack me, or down you g Y. You her away to England this very hour." "Egad, I am glad, Dalbert, and you are correct. We will away with her to the railroad under a strong guard, and I will defy Mr. Percy Green CHAPTER XII. FIORTING FOR THE FIRST TEST. know me now!'' When Blanche Dalhert fled from the room where her father He raised the disguise from his face as he spo!rn, and a and the English lord had been consulting, she had no thought proud smile was on the countenance then presented to the of escaping from the house at the time. pair, as he continued: Fearing to meet her father during the exticement of the "I have won the first test, Lord Longifale, and now for the search, however, the young girl hastened to her own room, in others. the hope of remaining there undisturbed until the excitemPnt : The speaker then sprang out into the dark hallw,ty, and was over. tord Lo'lgdale dashed after him, yelling: She was soon awarP that her father sought her, and when "It is the blasted Yankee reporter himself! SoldLns! po she beard his voice at the door demmiding entrance, she has


20 THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. teneJ to hide herself in the large curtains surrounu,ng the bedstead, while she muttered to herself: "I cannot bear to face him now, as he must be very angry with me." On finding the door of the berdoom locked Claude Dalbert moved away from it in great anger, muttering: "The mad girl will be my ruin." Deeming herself safe from further intrusion, Blanche emerged from the curtains again and proceeded to make ar rangements for leaving the house in the morning, while she muttered: "Oh, how I fear that wretch! I will never be safe from him until I am dear Percy's wife. What a rogue he is! And did he not play the Wild Bull to perfection?" While thus musing Blanche heard a soft step behind her, and on turning around she found herself face to face with her father, who looked on her with angry eyes. Holding up his hand to command silence, Claude Dalbert commenced, in stern but cautious tones, saying: "Mad girl! what is the meaning of your actions? Is it your fixed purpose to drag me to the scaffold, or force me to put an end to my miserable existence?" Blanche was startled for the moment, but she soon recovered her prenence of mind and calmly answered: "I am not mad, sir, and I have acted for your happiness throughout." "Indeed! you acted for my happiness by betraying my dread secret to an utter stranger. That was a kindness, I'm sure." '"I did not betray your secret, as I did not know it, and I do "Them the only one I have to fear, even on your own state ment, is Lord Longdale; and who can silence him?" "I am certain he will be silenced if he persists in persecuting us, sir." "By the dagger of the assassin, do you mean to say, girl?" "Not at all, sir. My friends are not assassins. The English lord wi 11 be silenced by "his own act. Ask me no more." "I see that you are hand in-glove with these people, Blanche, and I do not know what to say or do. I must have time for reflection, as I am almost mad witli apprehension and trouble. Will you promise one girl?" "'What is it, sir?" "Promise me not to leave the house with your mysterious friends until morning." "I can readily promise that much, sir, as I had no intention of leaving the house until to morrow morning." "And where do you go then?" "I cannot say, sir." After a good deal of useless persuasion on his part, Claude Dalbert realized that he had lost control over his daughter's actions, but: he left the room apparently satisfied with the promise given. The house was still in commotion as he hastened to his own private apartment and flung himself o:i a chair, in order to re fleet over his perilous position. After pondering for some time in deep silence th& anxious man sprang up from the chair, as he .:mut! "Longdale is my only Bln.nche. is:: eevtain of the silence of the others, but death alone can kee"[> the lord from not know it now." "Then how did that fellow hear it, if n denouncing me if he lose:> the girl. "\Ve must away with her from you? Oh, I to England this very night, and coax her or force her to wed am lost, Blanche!" him. Then we can defy the Yankee and the "\Vild Bull." "You are. not lost, father, if you will but defy Lord Longdale, Clau.:lge Dalbert then hastened fro1,1 the room in search of and take the advice of true friends. Mr. Percy Green, if he LoP.gdale, whom he found in the drawing-room with Leon Levi does know your secret, would not betray you for all the world." and Logan, the detective. "Are you certain of that, girl? "I will stake my life and happiness on his honor, sir." Dalbert pondered a few moments as if to collect his thoughts ere he continued: It did not take the two conspirators very long to decide as to their course of action, as we have seen, and they soon hastened from the room, leaving the pretended detective and Percy alone. "This Percy Green must be in league with the Wild Bull, girl, or else how could he enter here in that outlandish dis They were scarcely out of the room when the disguised American approached his mysterious friend and asked in a guise? You must know the outlaw also. Who and what is he?" whisper: him." "I do know him, father, but I am pledged to secrecy about "What is up now, think you, sir?" "Can't say, but I'll soon find out. Be on your guard for ''Even to your own girl?" flight by the secret door, as I think you are suspected. In fact, ''Even to my own father, sir. I will swear to you, however, you had better disappear at once, but do not leave the house that the oullaw is your true friend, and that he is pledged to until you hear from me." We may have work to-night. protect me from Lord Longdale." As Logan utten,J the last words he moved away from his "But were he my friend a thousand times over, girl, he canfriend, and Lord Longdale appeared at the doorway a few not protect me from the man you speak of, unless you consent minutes after, saying: to be his bride." "And that I will never be, father, as I am pledged to another." "Then I am doomed!"' "Ycu are safe, sir, if you will but defy Lord Longdale to the end." "I wish to see you, Logan." The pretended dete:::tive cast a warning glance at Percy as he left the room, and when he was out in the hall Lord Longdale drew him aside, saying, in very low and guarded tones: "A crisis has come, Logan, and we must act promptly. This infernal place is beset with rebels and their, and we are "You do not know the man, girl, and you do not realize the not safe here a moment." power he has over me. Oh. I am doomed!" "Then what do you propose, my lord?" And the unhappy man groaned in agony, while Blanche re-''We propose to take Miss Dlanche to London right of!'. That plied: infernal Jew is a Yankee, and he is in with the outlaws, as you "I only know, sir, that he accuses you of a great crime. May suggested. He will be at once arrested as a suspect." I ask you if you are really guilty of--" "'VP-ry good, my lord. what more?" "Oh, Blanche, girl, I am guilty in fact, but not in intention, "The police will occupy this place while we are away. I swear to you.. More I cannot say." want you to remain here as a guest, but with power to act "Does the vile wretch know that?" against the blasted outlaws as you may see fit." "What does he care? Does this mysterious outlaw k,now of "I will remain, my lord." my crime?" ) J "Your main work wjll be the capture or death-and I don' ''He does, father, bu1J Yo\ff ,secret is as safe with him as it is care which-of this inferal Wild Bull and the confounde with Mr. Green." ,1 young Yankee."


THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. 21 "Very good, my Anything more?" asked the pretended Logan was still standing at the door as he responded: detective. "The young lady must be in the room, sir, as she has not ''Not that I can think of on the instant, Logan. We will passed out here." start with the girl and an armed escort at once. Move about Lord Longdale appeared at the door at the moment, crying: the house with the police, and keep a 'sharp eye out for any "What is the row here, Logan? That infernal Jew is not to suspicious rascals prowling about, as it is most infernally be found." mysterious how these fellows can come and go at will." "And I fear mY, daughter has disappeared with him," "Very well, my lord. Do you suspect any of the servants groaned Dalbert, as he glared at the maid, who was no other here?" than Nellie O'Leary. "What has become of your mistress, "Not at all, as they are all English or Scotch. This is an girl?" old mansion, and there must be some secret passage leading "How do I know, sir. Sure, she was here by me when the out of it unknown to Dalbert." "There must be, my lord, but I will look to it. Does the young lady yet know that she is to be taken to England?" "Dalbert is with l;ler now and keeping watch over her as her maid is packing her trunk. He will not leave her for a moment until she is handed into the carriage to me. Then we will laugh at the blasted Yankee and his friends." "All right, sir. I will be on the alert for the rascals." The mysterious man then turned away as he muttered to himself: "Heartless wretch, you deserve the fate in store for you. What a fine specimen of the English hounds who feed on the life-blood of my native land!" Great was Blanche's surprise and indignation when her father appeared at the door of her bedroom again, saying: "My dear Blanche, I just received news which compels us to leave for London at once. Call your maid and have a trunk or two packed on the instant. Being fully aware of the object of the sudden movement, Blanche recovered her self-possession and replied: "I cannot get ready before morning, father, as I have---'' "And I have to tell you, girl," interposed the stern man, "that you must. To be plain with you, I will not give you a chance of eloping with that young Yankee. Pack up, and I'1 kep watch." Blanche saw that resistance was out of the question at the moment, as she knew that her stubborn father was unbending lights went out." Lord Longdale stamped with rage as he stared at Nellie and asked: "How long has that girl been here?" "I was engaged yesterday, sir," answered Nellie, "but I didn't bargain to go to England with Miss Blanche, and--" "Bother!" cried the lord, turning to Dalbert. "That girl is a spy. Search for your daughter ere she is off with the Wild Bull again." Another scene of excitement then ensued in the house, while on the lawn outside mounted soldiers galloped to and fro around the place, -to guard against the escape of the young girl. All through the useless search for Blanche and the Jew, De tective Logan kept close to Lord Longdale, while he re marked: "Well, my lord. I can now imagine that I may rank as a full private in the det.ective force, I trust?" "Confound you, but why didn't you tell me to have the ras cally Jew arrested before? You think she is with him now, Logan?" "I am certain of it, my lord. And I begin to suspect more than that." "What do you suspect, confound you?" "I would not be at all surprised if the Jew turned out to be no other than the young Yankee himself." "The deuce you say! Nonsense! He couldn't do me that when once aroused to action. way." Calling on her maid, the young girl set about packing a "We will see, my lord. What is that stir out on the lawn?" trunk, while her grim father stood near her, as he muttered Lond shouts arose on the lawn at the moment, and the men aloud, in a moody manner: sprang out through the front door as fast as possible, while "If they can take her away from us now, with the guards in the excited lord exclaimed: every hall, I will say that the Wild Bull is a fiend in earnest. "Hang my eyes, if I don't bet it is the Wild Bull off on his If he appears, I will shoot him on the instant, the infernal horse with the .girl again. There he goes!" hound!" And the determined man placed his hand on the revolver kept ready for use. Detective Logan was the most active person in Primrose Hall that night, as he kept rooting through the hallways and on the landings, with his eyes and ears on the alert, now and then disappearing for a time in some of the dark passages on the upper stories. While Blanche was preparing for the journey, she would turn her eyes on the door now and again, as she muttered: "Is it possible that my friends will permit them to take me CHAPTER XIII. OVER THE HILJ,S AGAIN. The Wild Bull was on his black steed again, and Blanche was a willing prisoner in his arms, as the swift animal darted to and fro on the lawn, with several mounted police in pursuit. The young girl cast several anxious glances at their pur-away to England, to be at the mercy of the wretch? I cannot suers ere she said: believe it. They must give me the signal soon, as they cannot "Oh, dear me, Percy, why don't you ride away now?" be ignorant of what is going on here now." "In a moment, darling. I only wait to see him on his horse. While thus on the alert, Blanche saw Detective Logan at Have no fear, as they cannot catch us. Ah! he is darting out the door, with his hand pointed upward, as he said: now, and we are away." "Mr. Dalbert, Lord Longdale wishes to see you for a mo-Facing the horse down the lawn at full speed, they rode ment." straight for the woods, as Percy continued: Blanche's father turned on hearing the voice, and replied: "Now for a gallant ride to the mountain, my dear." "I will be with him in a moment, Mr. Logan. Who put out When Lord Longdale saw the Wild Bull on the lawn with that lamp? Guard the door, and let no one out. A light out his intended, he ran toward the stable, crying: there, guards, and let no one pass down for the present." "Out with your swiftest horses! Mount and away with us, A little confusion ensued until another light was procured. Logan. Hang me if I don't heed your advice hereafter." Dalbert stared around the bedroom, exclaiming: "Very well, my lord. I am glad to know that I am pro-"Gracious me, where is my daughter?" mated in your esteem. This horse will suit me."


THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. As the pretended detective spoke he sprang upon a rough looking animal that was standing ready for use in a corner of the stable-yard, and he was out in chase before his em ployer. Dashing out on the lawn, the detective rode straight at the fugitives as he yelled out at the top of his voice: "Why don't you spread around them, officers, and hem them in? Aha!-by George! they are for the road now. Spur on after them as fast as you can, or they will ride up to the mountain." The pursuers did spur with all their might, but they could not gain an inch on the fugitives until they reached the road leading up to the mountain. Longdale's detective was the first in the chase, to the great surprise of the policemen, who were inclined to laugh at the appearance of the shaggy beast under him, as he rode along near them before passing swiftly to the front. Up the mountain road leading to the little shebeen-hous e flew the black steed with his double load, and on close after them galloped the rough brown horse at a wonderful gait. Lord Longdale and Claude Dalbert were soon up with the police, as they were both mounted on very fleet hunters, and when they saw Logan keeping well ahead on the rough-looking horse, the former turned to his friend, crying: "The deuce take it, Dalbert, but Logan chanced on the fast est animal in the stable, if he is a cart-horse." "I don't remember the brute, my lord; but I must see to him after this, as he is a splendid traveler. We do not seem to gain on the wild rider above." "Don't force the horses too soon, as the road is a long one. Dalbert, do you know that [ am puzzled about this "How is that, my lord? Did he not come well recommended from Scotland Yard'?" ''Very true; yet f fancy the fellow was guying me a little to-night; and he seems to know too much." "What can you suspect?" "Oh, I am prepared to suspect and believe anything after to night. Are you certain that this Leon Levi is what he pre"l presume he must belong to the police officers. What has become of the fugitives now, my lord?" They all turned their eyes up the steep road, and Lord Long dalE:: cried: "I'll bet my life they went into the cabin above here. Now. we'll catch the Beauty and her Beast." "Had we not better pull up a little for the officers, my lord?" asked Dalbert. "The outlaw has friends up here." "I know he has, as it was in that hut your daughter's new maid lived. We are enough for the rascals. Push on, and t he police will soon be up with us." B e fore the three horsemen reached the shebeen, a party of six troopers galloped down to meet them, and among them was an old acquaintance. They all drew up in front of the cabin as Corporal Wildfel low cried out: "Who comes there?" "Friends," answered Longdale. "Ha, Corporal Wildfellow, there you are, and fully recovered from the Wild Bull's blows, I trust. We are after the savage now." The corporal knew Lord Longdale in his proper character, and he replied: "I anr fully recovered, my lord, and I am riding in search of the Irish savage, as I have sworn to crush him. Did you s ay he was around here now?" The lord drew the corporal aside and gave an account of the adventure, adding: "Although we cannot see any place for a stable around, cor poral, there must be one hidden in the rocks near the cottage. Make a thorough search with your men while we overhaul the old hut." The police rode up just as Mrs. O'Leary opened the door at the summons given by Claude Dalbert, who was a magistrate. "What do you wi:mt with me. now, gentlemen?" she asked in calm tones. "I want my daughter, woman. "I know nothing of your deaughter, Mr. Dalbert, only that Nellie went down to serve your daughter against my consent. After the way you treated us last year I--" tends to be?" "I received a letter through him from my bankers in Lon"We are not here now to hear your complaints, woman,,, indon, in which he is highly recommen

THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. 23 once or twice, when her eye caught that of the mysterious Springing from the saddle with great activity, Logan cried: detective, she gave a sigh as she said to herself: "There you are, my lord. I found the brute very hard to "What can he be doing here with the villains at all? May manage." I never see Heaven if he isn't the most wonderful gentleman As Lord Longdale was in the act of mounting the brown that ever stood in Ireland." horse he cast his eyes over the rugged plain beyond, and then The search proved fruitless. exclaimed: The p.olice officers could n?t find a secret hiding-place inside I "There they go, and now we will join in the chase with a the cabm, and Corporal W1ldfellow was equally unfortunate vengeance. Keep as near as you can, Logan, as that hunter is in. his endeavors outside. a good one." Leaving the cal.Jin with the police, Lord Longdale turned to J_,ogan sprang on the hunter's back as he responded: Logan, saying: "Keep a tight hand on that fellow, my lord, as he is an ugly "What do you make of the case now, Logan? They must be brute. We are after you in full cry." hiding around here somewhere. and the corporal's party rode Lord Lon"gdale urged on the ugly brute, and away they went down against us in time." over the rugged plain, Logan and Dalbert riding together close The pretended detective was standing beside his ugly horse behind. at the moment, and he looked up the steep hillside ere he ven-They could see the black steed with its double load gallop turd tci reply: ing away over the mountain-top, while Percy Green kept shout "I cannot imagine where they are, my lord, unless they rode ing back in loud tones: up there." "Nonsense, man. Even that ugly brute of yours would not do that. By the way, Logan, the police declare that the horse does not belong to their party." "Then he must have strayed into the yard, my lord. Ha! who is up there?" "It is the Wild Bull!" yelled Lord Longdale, "and he has the girl!" "And I will keep her, my lord," yelled the rude figure on the black steed, as they stood on the rock at the top of the steep hill. "You did not keep your pledge in the first test, but I have won the prize. I am Percy Green." "Up after them," yelled Longdale, as he spurred his horse up the hill, followed by Dalbert and Logan. The mounted police attempted to follow them up the steep path, but their horses could not bear them, and they were com pelled to dismount in pursuit. The trained hunters under Longdale and Dalbert kept on up the steep, however, their riders spurring them forward in a furious manner, while the former crielil to his detective: "Come on, my lord, and win the first test, if you dare." "Hang the fellow," cried Longdale, as he looked back for the police, "he is acting as if he wanted to lead us into a trap of some kind. What think you?" The question was addressed to Logan, who promptly an swered: "There are three of us, my lord, and I trust you are both armed." "Of course we are. Why, this brute is as gentle as a lamb, Logan." "He shies like fury, my lord. Look sharp to him as you pass the white rock beyond there." "You seem to know his tricks well, Logan, for so slight acquaintance." "A good rider does not need to ride a day, my lord, to know the animal under him. Press on now, as the ground appears to be more even." Lord Longdale did force the horse along at a swift gallop, but Logan's hunter kept well up with him. Dalbert fell behind a good deal, as he was too nervous to "That horse of yours climbs lfke a goat, Logan." "He must be a mountain horse, my lord, by his appearance. rush his horse over the rough hill-top. r see the savage above has disappeared.,, Before they had proceeded very far in that order the hunter "He is dashing over the mountain, but you can catch hi.m under Dalbert stumbled and fell heavily, throwing his rider ovor his head. on that steed, if you will, Logan," "I'll do it, my lord." "Hold up when you reach the top, and I will change steeds wlth you, as I want to deal with the rascal first." "I'll do it, my lord," was the loud response from Logan. And he then chuckled to himself as he muttered: "With a vengeance." CHAP'fER XIV. WHO WAS '.!'HE REAL WILD BULL? Detective Logan, on his ugly brown horse, was the first to reach the rock on which Percy Green had declared himself, while holdipg Blanche before him on the powerful black steed. Lord Longdale was not far behind at the moment, and he As the unlucky landlord was flung forward a cry of alarm burst from him, and Logan turned in his saddle, crying: "Mr. Dalbert has got a bad fall, I think, my lord." "To the mischief with him, and the police can see to him. We are gaining on the rascal ahead. Press on with .me, Lo gan, and we'll have the infernal Yankee." "On it is, my lord. I see that Mr. Dalbert is up again, but the horse is still down. The pelice officers are with him." "They had better follow us as fast as they can, but we can manage the Yankee without them. Press on, Logan." They had now crossed the mountain-top, and Lord Longdale urged on the ugly brute as he saw that the fugitives were de scending on the other side. Logan urged on the hunter at the sa!Ile time as he said to himself: "The heartless rascal is ready for cruel work if I don't stop him. Brown Billy is too much for Black Dan with his heavy cried out: weight. We'll give him a fall below." "Hold up there, Logan, as I want to try the mettle of that Before riding down the mountain path Logan cast a glance horse." back, and he perceived that those on foot had given up the pur-Logan did pull up on ihe rock, and he wheeled the horse suit as a hopeless task, while he muttered to himself: around a::: he r cplied, in somewhat impatient tones: "J trust that Brown Billy will not kill the rascal, as it is not "Are you certain that you can ride the animal, my lord?" my purpose to end his career in that fashion. "What a question! I'd like to see the horse I couldn't ride. The brown horse was plunging. down the hill at the time Dismount and let me on him, confound you!" with fearful ;.trides, and he was gaining on the black steed The speaker had then gained the top of the rock on the I ahead at a rate that wold soon bring the rivals in collision. hunter, and Dalbert was not far behind. Percy Green was as reckless a rider as ever rode over an


24 THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. Irish stone wall, but he dared not put the black horse to his best while encumbered with the precious burden before him. As Blanche stared back and saw that the desperate rider be hind was gaining on them, she exclaimed: "Oh, Percy, he will be on us, and you will have to fight, I should recover before you get to the cave, see that you all wear your masks. Take care of that hunter, as he is a splendid fellow." The outlaws placed their insensible prisoner on the hunter, and the party then hastened down the mountain. fear." When Lord Longdale opened his eyes again he found him "That would be little trouble if you were not present, my self lying on a rude bed in a gloomy apartment, in which only darling. What can our friend mean by changing horses?" "Hold up, there, you infernal Yankee rascal!" yelled his rival, as the brown horse thundered on after them. "Halt and fight, or I'll send a ball through your cowardly back. Halt, coward!" Percy Green was about to accept the insulting challenge, and he was already in the act of drawing in the black steed, when a shrill whistle rang out over the mountainside. a single lamp was burning. After staring around for some minutes, while endeavoring to collect his thoughts at the same time, the prisoner raised his voice at length, crying: "Where in the deuce am I?" "You're in limbo, my lord," answered a hoarse voice, as the Wild Bull appeared before him in his full outlandish costume. The prisoner raised himself on his elbow and stared at ure Blanche was staring back at their pursuer at the moment, strange figure before him as he rejoined: and a cry of alarm burst from her ere she gasped forth, in "Glln, but you do resemble an of the lower regions. tremulous tones: Come, now, have I to deal with_the real Wild Bull or not?" "He is killed, Percy! The horse has flung him on his head!" The young American drew up on the instant, and he beheld Lord Longdale lying senseless on the path behind them, while the brown horse was galloping up the mountainside toward another horse, and neighing merrily tte while, as if proud of his last achievement. "You have to deal with the man who originally assumed that character, my lord, and no miStake." "How am I to know that I am not dealing with that infernal young Yankee, I"d like to know?" "The young Yankee is far better engaged at present. He has won the first test, and he will soon wed h i s bride." Riding back to where his rival had fallen, the young man en"The deuce he has! Well, I don't give up U1'til I am certain countered Logan and the two horses, the brown brute running he has married the young lady. Has he now?" joyously by the side of his master. "Not yet, but he will to-night, my lord, I can assure you." The mysterious rider sprang from his saddle on the instant and bent down over the fallen man as he cried: "I warned him that the horse was a tricky brute, but he "To-night, you say? What time of the night is it now?" "It is'Inorning. You have been sleeping all night, my lord." "The mischief J have! Well, Mr. Allman, I suppose I am in would ride him for all that. Keep your saddle, sir, and I will your power again, but what has become of Logan?" see to him. He is only a little stunned, I think, and I am glad "I am Detective Logan, sir." of it." "'Hang me it I didn't suspect as much just before that con-The insensible man held a revolver clasped in his right founded brute wheeled suddenly and flung me. Well, you are hand as he lay stretched on the ground, and Logan secured the a deep one, to do me so readily." weapon as he remarked: "I warned you that I would be even with you if you did not "We'll put this out of harm's way. Thank fortune he is not play fair. Let that pass, however, as you have lost the first dead, as I am nCJt done with him yet by any means. Ah! he trick of the game. Let us to the second part of the play." has another of the playthings." "But I don't give up that I have lost the first part of the And Logan drew another revolver out of the lord's pocket, game at all, as you admit that Miss Dalbert is not yet wedded while Blanche shuddered a little, as she remarked: to the infernal young Yankee. By the way, was he really the "He meant to kill you, Percy." "No doubt of it, my dear. What will you do with him, sir?" Logan then cast his eyes down the mountainside, and he saw a party of horsemen galloping up toward them. Blanche was still seated on the black horse with Percy, and she perceived the strangers at the same moment, as she cried in startled tones: "Oh, Percy, the horse soldiers are rJding up to take us!" "Don't be alarmed, Blanche," said Logan, drawing a small whistle from his pocket and sending forth a shrill cry. A response from those below was heard soon after, and the pretended detective then cried, in merry tones: "My brave boys are coming, and they will take care of this fellow. Now let us see if we are safe from above." One glance up the mountain was enough for the outlaw, and he turned to Percy Green as he said: "All is well so far, and I think you have won the first test. Ride on to the rendezvous below with your charge, and we will follow you soon. Give the signal to the boys as you pass down." "All right, sir," cried Percy, as he rode away with his prom ised bride. "Will you give him a chance for the other tests?:' "We will see, friend." Jew also?" "He was, my lord." "Hang me if I haven't been dished all around, then; but I don't give up. What do you mean to do with me?" "I mean to release you as soon as the marriage ceremony is performed, providing you will give me full surety of playillg fair with your adversary hereafter. "Did I not play fair with him?" "Not much! Did you not tell General Buller that he was an American dynamiter, and incite him to clap him in prison 1 My lord, I saw all your tricks." "Yes, confound you, you were a little too clever; but hang me if you could catch me napping again. And I now tell you that I will not give up the young lady." "But how can you help yourself, my lord, when you are my prisoner?" "That is my affair. You have the lead on me now, but let us eee if you can keep it. 'Tis true I am in your power, but I will not give in an inch. Put me to death, if you please, but you can't browbeat me into the slightest submission." 'l'he disguised man folded his arms on his breast and looked down at his prisoner with stern eyes, as he said, in solemn tones: "Lord Longdale, I admire pluck and I am not given to blood When the mounted outlaws reached the fallen man their shed. You are full bent, I see, on pursuing your course as re leader gave them a few instructions for his disposal, and then gards Claude Dalbert's daughter and his estate here in Kerry." sprang on his ugly horse again, as he continued to ad

THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. 25 "Well, my lord, if that is your stubborn decision,, you must "I was thinking of that, but you must remember that Long-go your way. I h a ve a purpose also, and it is directly op-dale is fully on his guard now, and that Blanche is watched. posed to yours. Blanche Dalbert will never be your wife, and and surrounded by his spies. He even sent Nellie O'Leary her father's prope rty must fall into the hands o f one who has away from the house. I almost regret that I let the fellow go some regard for hisf e llow-being s A s y ou d ef y me, w e will at all." fight the battle out without quarte r afte r this J;10ur." "I suppose you were too chivalrous with him, sir, but you "I'll fight it out with you who ever you are, to the deadly say that it is a part of your plan to avoid bloodshed as much end, and that agreement with the young Yankee holds good as' possible." also. Now, what are you going to do with me?" "And so it is, young friend. If we were once engaged m "You will be a free man wi thin an hour,-sir, and then you open war with the English enemy, I would strike and slay as can get to work against us as you p),.ease But I will give you best we could as they do. not de.serve any mercy at our hands." one warning ere we part." "Some people contend that the Irish are always at war with "What is it?" the English government, sir, and I think they are." "Every man in your position in life has a dread s e cret, and "So they are, in a measure. But it is sometimes wiser to you have one that will help to crus h y ou. hold the people in check, especially when theyare at the mercy "The mischief you say! cried the lord, in smp.e alarm. of their armed enemies. We will not talk on politics now, "Tush! you cannot discover any of my secrets. however, and we must face matters as we find them." "Don't be too sure of that. I have an agent no w at work "What would you advise, sir?" in London on your case, antl I expect to h ear important "Well, I regret that Blanche did not wed you before return from him at any moment. Now you can go ahead as you ing to the bedside of her dying father, but that cannot be please, but in the end you will wish that you had never met the help e d now. If Claude Dalbert dtes, the estate will be on the Wild Bull of Kerry." market, and y ou must purchase it through your bankers." A sneering smile appeared on the face of the bold lord as he "I am fully prepared for the purchase, sir." replied: ".All we have to fear then is that they will compel Blanche "While lJ,unting for evidence against me why not s eek to to marry Lord Longdale in spite of herself. Besides, you may solve the mystery of the crime committed by Claud e Dalbert be certain that they will take every measure possible for our some years ago? That is, if you are his frie nd. arrest, as the whole army of police and soldiers are on our "All in good time, my lord. Claude Dalbert may soon be track at present." called upon to answer for his crime in anothe r world as h e .. 1 know that, sir; but we may laugh at them all were it' not received very serious injuries in falling from his horse last that they hinder us from visiting Primrose Hall by the secret night. passage leading out to the park. Do you fear arrest up here?" "The mischief you say! Confound it all, he must not die, "Not I, unless they should steal on us in disguise, and that aR he is too useful to me at present." will be difficult, with our friends on the watch. Who have we here now, I wonder?" CHAPTER XV. A SETBACK FOR TIIE WILD BULL. Late in the evening of the same clay Perc y Green was seated in the main room of the mountain s heb ee n, and the bearded stranger was resting his head on the table before him. "This is rather a bad setback to us, sir," said thEl young The last words were uttered in whispered tones, as two men in the garb of peasants entered the shebeen. Percy and his unknown friend were disguised as rough mountaineers, and with their old felt hats pulled down over their foreheads almost to their eyes. The new-comers were strapping fellows of tall stature, with reddish beards and shaggy mops of hair, and each carried a small bundle of clothes swung on blackthorns over their shoulders. Percy and his friend appeared to be deeply engaged with American, with a weary sigh; "but I trust. w e can get over it." pewters of porter as Mrs. O'Leary stepped forward to greet the The bearded stranger raised his head and looked wistfully saying: at the young man as he rejoined: "Yes, I trust we can g e t over it, but the unfortunate acci"Well, friends, what can I do for you?" The two men laid t)leir bundles on the floor as ,me of them dent has marred my plans a good d eal." answered: "Yet we can't blame Mi s s Blanche for going to her father at such a time." "Of course not; but I fear the rascal will take advantage of her presence at the bedside of her dying father." "I hope not, sir; and she has a mind of h e r own, you k now." "What will her opposition amount to as against the wiles of such a rascal and the pleadings of a dying father?" "But I did understand you to say that Mr. Dalbert may not die for some time yet, and they will not dare force her into a marriage at such a time. "He may not di e as the doctors say, for s om e weeks, or months even, but he will never be himself a gain," answered the bearded man with a deep sig h. "But you fear that they will force h e r into this hateful mar riage, sir?" "Could we have something to ate and drink, ma'am, as we are after a very long to be sure?" "You can have some bread and cheese and porter, good men, but we have no room to lodge you here for the night." "Faith, ma'am, 'tis the food and the drink will be welcome tc us. How long is it to Killarney town now at all?" "A trifle over four miles." The two men were soon seated at a small table, while the oman of the house placed the refreshments before them, as she remarked: "You are strangers about here, I should say, my good men?" "That we are, ma'am. We're from the west of Cork, and on the way to Killarney to take employm ent with Lord Kinmare." "Oh, indeed! I heard the lord was bringing people here to "I do, if we cannot aid her in resi sting the m very difficult now, as every h allway in the old and that is wor!{ for him." guarqed by policemen. we not get to h e r a s s istance in asked Percy, in the mo s t earnes t manne r. risk my life in the undertaking." mansion is d isgui;;e again?" I am willing to "Yes, ma'am, and some seven or eight more of us fol lowing on after us be twos and threes." "But why didn't ye all travel together, me good men?" "Because we were cautioned against it, ma'am, for fear the peelers would take us for moonlighters, ye know."


26 THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. "I see, indeed. And how far apart are }'e keeping on the will afford me great pleas.ure by blowing out his brains as soon road?" as he gets an opportunity." "About a couple of miles or so, ma'am; and I shouldn't won-The clatter of horses' hoofs were then heard outside the cot-der if a couple more of the boys was passing along afore we're tage, and General Buller strode into the room soon after, done with the good bread and cheese afore us now. Have at it, saying: Dan." "And so you have succeeded in arresting the Wild Bull of The two men set to work on the food with great gusto, Kerry, my lord?" while Percy whispered to his friend, saying: "There he is, general, and without his hide. Of course you "The poor fellows seem to be very hungry, and it would be will recognize Mr. Percy Green, his American accomplice?" a charity to treat them to some more porter." A quaint smile passed over the face of the mysterious "Wait until I speak to them first," answered the bearded stranger as he turned to the English general, saying: man, with a warning glance at his young friend. Then, raising his voice, he addressed the strangers in the Irish tongue, ying: "Good nigh, to you, good friends. How are all the boys in the nest of Cork?" The man who had spoken to Mrs. O'Leary promptly answered i n the same tongue: "'fhis amateur detective, General Buller, is a little out ol his reckoning. To use an Irish expression, I think he has put his foot in it. Who is prepared to swear that I am the person known as the Wild Bull of Kerry?" "What nonsense!" cried Lord Longdale, with a grim smile. "We will soon find the horrid disguise in this nest of rebels." A wild shout was heard from the hill above the cottage at "Good night, and welcome, dear man. In truth the boys the moment, and General Buller ran out, crying: at home are in a poor way, a& the landlords are as hard hearted as ever to us down there-bad luck to them." '"!'hen why do you come here to work for one of the worst landlords in Ireland?" "A man must work and live somewhere, dear man, and there's none of us have enough to take us to the good land of plenty over the ocean at all." "May I ask your names?" "We are all Ross Carberry Donovans, good man, and as true as steel to the land that bore us, for all we are forced to work "What is this uproar about?" "There goes the Wild Bull, general," cried Corporal Wild fellow, pointing to the well-known figure on the black horse, as they stood on the rock above. CHAPTER XVI. MORF. PRANKS BY THE WILD BULL. Lord Longdale ran out after General Buller, as he cried to for a tyrant landlord." "Then you'll be welcome to take some more porter with us, the officers: 'Bring the prisoners out here." good men," said the bearded stranger, making a sign to the woman of the house. General Buller was still staring up at the uncout h figure "More power to ye, friends," answered the red-bearded stranger, still speaking in the Irish tongue. "Blood alive, boys, are you up with us so soon?" The last words were addressed to two other rough-looking peasants who entered the shebeen at the moment. O'Leary glided into the room at the same time, and as she swept past Percy on her way to the inner room she bent her head to hi:..J as she whispered: "Beware!" Before Percy and his friend could be well on their guard one of the strangers sprang at them while they were yet seated and presented a revolver at each of their heads, as he cried: "We1 arrest you in the name of the law, rascals. Surround them, officers, and shoot them down ii they attempt to resist. If I am not mistaken we've got the Wild Bull of Kerry and his Yankee friend." And Lord Longdale burst out into a sarcastic fit of laughter, while five disguised police officers rushed on the two friends. Percy was about to offer a desperate resistance, when his mysterious friend made a sign to him that a struggle would be of no avail at the moment. Tearing the false beard from the young American's face, while the policeman placed handcuffs on his wrists, the jubi lant lord ye lled forth: "I have won all the points in the game, you confounded Yan kee, and I'll soon have the pleasure of seeing you shoot your self. Pull off that rebel's disguise!" on the black steed, while he ordered the soldiers to hold thei fire for the present. A moment after, and the wild ride!" on the rock waved flaming torch to and fro as he yelled out: "Come and take the wild Bull, if you dare. What fools yo u were to take the stranger below for me." Lord Longdale turned and stared at the black-bearded prisoner, as he cried: "What infernal trick is this? I could swear that we had the rascal here." "Your lordship is accustomed to make random charges," said the mysterious stranger. "I trust General Buller w111 see that justice is done us." "Why are you here in that costume, sir?" asked the blunt general. "Have I not as much right to wear the garb of a peasant as Lord Longdale, general? Perhaps I am acting as an amateur detective also, for all you know." "Nonsense! 'Tis an infernal trick, general," cried the puz zled lord. "Give that rascal above a volley and bring him down, and then the trick may be exposed." "Hold your fire, men," cried the general, as he placed a whistle to his mouth and then blew a loud, shr).11 cry. The signal was soon answered from the mountain above, while the wild rider on the rock ceased waving the torch as he turned to gaze beyond him. "We've trapped the fellow now," cried the general, "as I placed a troop of horse back on the mountain this evening. The bearded stranger was also seized and handcuffed, but Aha! he is surprised and bewildered." when one of the officers tugged at his black whiskers he found The wild rider on the rock did seem to be surprised for the that they were of natural growth. time by the appearance of a troop of horse galloping toward Speaking in firm and hoarse tones, the mysterious stranger him on the top of the mountain and thereby cutting off his re-turned on Lord Longdale, as he remarked: treat, while General Buller sarPout: "You say you have won all the tests of the game, my lord?" "Dismount and up at the f<'1low. men, but do :riot slay hf "No doubt or it, Mr. Wild Bull. The young lady is pledged I or the horse. We'll soo'l -,.ho he is." to be my wife, Claude Dalbert has consented to sell me his, "I'll up with the me'1," cried Lor.(.l. Longdale, "as I .. estate, and you are my prisoner. That Yankee friend of yours J pledged to capture the Wild Bull of Kerry, whoever he is."


TIIE \\'ILD BULL OF KERRY. 27 And l will have another bout with the rascal," cried Corpo'Look to the prisoners in the cabin and let them not escape, ral Wildfellow, as he led the way up the steep ascent. my lord. I will ride after the rascal. Mount, mount, men, General Buller cast one more glance up at the wild rider, and away with me. He'll be cut off above." and he then turned to the mysterious prisoner, saying: Without waiting for his troopers, the excited general gal "Your friend is hemmed in at last, and he cannot escape." loped up the road at a furious pace, while on before him "Perhaps not, general," was the quiet response; "but you asdashed the Wiid Bull, sending back his fierce yells of defiance. sume too much when you say he is a friend of Over a dozen of the troopers were soon in their saddles, and "Whoever you are, sir, you must confess that you were tak Corporal Wildfellow was the first to gallop after his general, en under very suspicious circumstances and in bad company." as he yelled out: "If you allude to me, General Buller," said Percy Green, in "Hang me if I don't have another bout with the Irish dog if dignified tones, "I would beg to inform you that I can answer I have to pursue him until doomsday." for my actions, and that I will not receive insult even from "Guard the cabin, officers, and some of you follow me," cried you." Lord Longdale, as he drew a revolver and sprang into the she" Very well, sir. I had no intention of insulting an unforbeen. "Where are the two infernal prisoners, you impertinent tunate man. Yet you must co:i.fess that your late actions girl?" were in keeping with your charact0r as an honest reporter Nellie O'Leary confronted the excited lord as he r:rcl hto for the press." cabin, and there was a saucy smile on the young gi; l s face as "My actions will be better judged hereafter, General Buller. she retorted in merry tones: Ha! the Wild Bull is at his pranks again." "What prisoners, my lord? Sure the Wild Bull is away up All eyes were again turned up to the huge rock, where the wild rider was still waving his torch, as if in defiance; but at that moment he hurled the brand down at Lord Longdale, as he yelled, in hoarse and fierce tones: "You will never take the Wild Bull, you English hound!" The burning torch struck the ambitious lord in the breast, and he fell on the side of the hill, only to roll down again, as he yelled: "Shoot the infernal dog!" "Don't fire on him, men!" thundered out the general. "Shame on you all, if you cannot capture one horseman." As if encouraged by the order of the English general, the the road." "No nonsense with me, girl, as I know your friends are in here. Out with your weapons, officers, and search the ii:tfernal den. If they offer resistance shoot them down like dogs! Girl, I will drag you and your mother to prison at once!" "You are very kind, my lord," answered Nellie, with another saucy grin. "Maybe you'd think twice before you touch me at all. Search away and be hanged to YQU. Oh, but didn't you catch the Wild Bull neatly, m:9' brave lord." "Silence, girl, or I'll choke you! If you do not show us where the prisoners are hiding I have youn hanged!" "Oh, you will, indeed? Maybe you'd hang yourself first." As Nellie spoke she moved to the door and looked out and up daring horseman faced the black steed down the steep hill, drawing his heavy club and waving it aloft as he yelled aloud: the road. "r defy all the troops in Ireland to take me alive! Clear the Two of the disguised policemen were standing on guard out-way for the Wild Bull of Kerry! ,, side, while all the troopers were riding up the road after the And right down at the soldiers he rode, using his club with Wild Bull. good effect, as he continued to yell: "You can't escape. girl," cried Lord Longdale, as he sprang to seize her. "You are my prisoner, and you will be pun Take me, if you can, you villains. The Wild Bull defies you all." "Up at him, officers, and two of you look to the prisoners," cried General Buller, drawing his sword and dashing up to at tack the daring rider. "Knock him from his horse, but do not slay the rascal." The wild .rider had cleared a path through all the soldiers on the hillside, when General Buller and flve policemen dashed p to attack him. With another yell of defiance he rode at the general, knocked the sword from his hand with one swoop of the club, and then ished." 'fhe active girl darted aside toward the shelf where two candles were burning, and she blew tem out on the instant as she cried, in loud and merry tones: ''Now for some fun in the dark. Have at the rogues, boys." Before the police could make a movement in the dark room a dozen forms sprang out on them and seized them by the arms, while a manly voice cried out: Surrender, or you are dead men. safe. Keep quiet and you are Lord Longdale had a weapon in each hand, and he was about urst through the policemen at a rush, as he yelled forth: to fire at random in the dark, when they were dashed from his ."Clear the way for the Wild Bull of Kerry! Down with the grasp, while the same voice cried out: eelers!" The last words were uttered as the bold rider struck at the wo officers guarding the prisoners, and as they fell to the round he cried out to the bearded stranger, speal:ing in the rish tongue: "To the cabln with you and your friends, sir, and you may a ugh at the English." The daring rider then faced his horse up the road at a furi us pace as he yelled out his defiance again: "Hurrah for the Wild Bull of Kerry, and down with the "You are baffied again, my lord. The game is not won yet. The baffied nobleman dashed to the door and sprang over the two policemen outside, who had been felled to the ground, while he yelled out: "We'll burn the infernal den to the ground ere morning!" He then dashed down the road as fast as he could, and turned to ascend the steep ascent, as he yelled to the horse men on the top of the hill: "Dismount and down to the rescue, soldiers! The rascally rebels are in force down here." nglish tyrants!" About twenty of the troop sprang from their horses and "Fire on the rascal! Look to the prisoners!" yelled General hastened down the hill to meet the noble fugitive, who was uller, as he ran down the hillside. "Mount and pursue him, known to be in favor with General Buller. he will be cut off." I On leading the armed men back to the cabin, Lord Longdale The bearded stranger and Percy Green dashed into the found the six policemen lying on the floor with their arms and abin as the wild rider _galloped away, leaving the two officers legs bound with strong cords, and with gags in their mouths. Ing on the ground. I Nellie O'Leary and her active friends had disappeared, howA scattering volley was then sent after the bold rider, while ever. eneral Buller sprang on his steed, crying: rn the meantime, General Buller pushEd on after the Wil:l


28 TUE WILD BULL OF KERRY. Bull as fast as his war steed would bear him, and as he drew near the top of the mountain he sent forth another shrill cry with the whistle, and muttered aloud: "The daring rascal cannot escape us now, unless he is Old Nick himself. There must be more than one of the rogues playing the part, as no singl e man ever played all the parts he does." The general's signal was answered from above just as the wild horseman gained the top of the mountain and disap peared from his sight on the incline beyond Urging on his steed, General Buller soon reached the top of the mountain, where he behr.Jld a troop of horsemen riding toward h ,im at full speed, but he could not perceive the wild rider on the black steed, and he exclaimed, as he pointed to a mass of rock to the right on the mountain-top: "The rascal must be hiding behind there. On with me and we will catch him yet. Fire on the fellow if he attempts flight again. The huge mass of r ock was soon surrounded, and a strict search was made by the troops, but no trace of the Wild Bull could be found. After the fruitless search General Buller placed a strong guard over the huge pile, and then led another" party of troopers back to the cottage on the mountainside, where he found Lord Longdale in an ugly mood. "Let us set fire to the den, general," suggested the baffled man, "and then we will find the hidingplace of the infernal rebel foxes." "I will place a strong guard here to watch for them, my lord, was the firm reply, '"as I do not imagine that the burn ing of the cottage would help us to solve the mystery." Lord Longdale was not satisfied with the proposition, but he felt that it would be useless to argue with the stern soldier, who believed in having his own way in dealing with the Irish rebels. Corporal Wildfellow was then sent up to the troopers sta tioned on the hill above the cottage, with orders from the gen eral that they should hold the post until relieved in the morn ing. When the gallant corporal reached the huge rock where the Wild Bull had appeared on his black steed, he started back with a cry of alarm, exclaiming: "Mercy on me, if the infernal rebels haven't played the mis chief with the men. They are all slain." Over twenty of the troopers were lying helpless on ground beyond the rock, but none of them had received serious injuries in the silent attack on them. the any Calling for aid, the corporal drew back in alarm while he beheld a strong party of mounted men riding away over the mountain at full speed. lighters stole out from a hiding-place in the rock and secure d their arms and the horses. "We must blow up the cabin in the morning," said General Buller, while Lord Longdale ground his teeth with rage. Mrs. O'Leary's shebeen was destroyed in the morning, and then an important discovery was made by the soldiers The hill behind the cabin was mined for some distance back, and several secret outlets were found above and be low. One of the outlets led to the back of the cottage, another was in a ravine some twenty yards back from the main road, and a third opening was found near the huge rock on the t o p of the hill. CHAPTER XVII. TIIE WILD IJUJ"L0S L.!..ST PRANK. General Buller instituted a thorough search for Mrs. O'Leary and her merry daughter, feefing assured that they could throw light on the movements of the outlaws, but they could not be found in the neighborhood. Percy Green and his mysterious friend had also disappeared. Claude Dalbert was failing fast, and his faithful daughter was a constant. attendant at his bedside, while Lord Long dale was a steady visitor at Primrose Hall, which was still guarded by the police and troopers. Two weeks after the blowing up of the cottage on the moun tain the Wild Bull was heard of again, but in another part of the country. An obnoxious landlord on the borders of Cork was taken from his house one night by a party of masked men, and then forced to sign a document in which his tenants were guaran teed fair play in the future. The Wild Bull led the party In his outlandish disgui&e, and he was also mounted on his famous black steed. Several other "outrages" took place in the same neighbor hood, and General Buller hastened to the locality with a large force of mounted men. The soldiers were withdrawn from Primrose Hall, and only four policemen were left on the premises. Lord Longdale rode to and fro, accompanied by three private detectives, as he still feared that Percy Green and the stranger would suddenly appear in the neighborhood and make an at tempt 1o baffie him in his projects. Although Claude Dalbert was dying, he still retained full possession of his senses, and he was stubborn on one point. Lord Longdale could not get him to sign a bill of sale for the estate, and the dying man also refused to force his fair .l daughter to wed the man she despised so much. General Buller and Lord Longdale hastened up wi. .... the About ten o'clock one night Lord Longdale hastened from troopers around the cottage, and it was then discovered that Killarney with his detectives, and he was soon at the bedside the helpless men above had been bound and gagged by the of the dying man. moonlighters. A tall, venerable-looking stranger, with a white beard a n d a On releasing the men the sergeant in charge of the party flowing locks of the same color, was standing near the bed exclaimed: side with Blanche when the lord entered the apartment and a p "The blasted girl gave us whisky and goats' milk that dosed proached the dying man, saying: us!" "I received your message, Dalbert, and I rode here at o n ce. On questioning the man General Buller discovered that Nellie I trust that you have come to your senses at last." O'Leary had appeared among the troopers on the hill soon after The dying man spoke in clear and steady tones as he re1 the assault on the police in the cabin, and she bore a pailful of plied: milk and whisky on her head as she addressed them in pleas "I have, my lord. As I will be dead ere morning dawns, I 0 ant tones, saying: want to settle my business with you at once. What is the t o ta l lJ "The rich English lord below sent me up with a treat to you, amount of my debt to you?" boys. Drink his health in good milk and whisky." The men did drink freely, as they were chilled by the moun tain air, and. not suspecting the least treachery on the part of the merry girl. When they were all lying helpless on the ground the moon"More than you can pay, Dalbert. Who is this person here?" And Lord Longdale turned and gave a haughty glance at the stranger. "That is my best friend on earth, my lord," answe red the ii


THE WILD BULL OF KERRY. .29 ying man. "With his aid I am' prepared to settle with you. lhat is the full amount?" The barned man glared at the old stranger and then at the !ck man, ere he exclaimed, in angry tones: "What infernal trick are you at now, Dalbert? You are not ying at all, but you are trying to humbug me." Then bending down over the invalid, he whispered: "You are well enough to be dragged to the gallows yet, 1albert. None of your infernal tricks with me, or I will de ounce you before your daughter!" A grim smile passed over the face of the dying man as he eplied: "Denounce away, my lord. Blanche is better informed on at affair than you are. Thank goodness, I am not guilty [ the crime you allude to. You have kept me in terror too mg, and I now defy you to your teeth. Denounce away!" Lord Longdale was staggere!l at the defiance for a few mo tents, and ere he could recover himself the old stranger ap roached him, saying: "Lord Longdale, I am prepared to settle with you. I am ie agent of the. gentleman who has purchased Mr. Dalbert's itate. What is the amount due you?" "Who are you, sir, and how dare you interfere in this af1ir?" demanded the angry lord, stamping with rage. "If you &ve purchased this estate it was a fraudulent transaction. hat man is a criminal, and I will denounce him." "Keep cool, my lord," answered the old stranger, "a.s you not master here. Claude Dalbert is not a criminal, as I m soon prove. to you, for his step-brother is alive to-day. I n the man." As the stranger spoke he tore the white beard and wig from ls head, and presented a clean face to the astonished lord. The bafiled man started back in surprise and stared at the 'ranger, as he exclaimed: "It is Percy Dalbert, the outlaw! I could swear that you ere killed by your step-brother that night." "But you see that I was not, my lord, as I am alive now, and am here to baflle you, outlaw though I was." "And you are an outlaw still. Gad, you cannot baffle me, arcy Dalbert," cried the stubborn lord. "The old charge is ill against you, and I will have you arrested at once. My itectives will pounce on you and take you to prison." As the excited lord spoke he turned to the door, when the form of the wild Bull confronted him and presented a stol at his face as he said: "Take it easy, my lord, or you will get into serious trouble. b.e police and your detectives are now in my power, and you e helpless. The Wild Bull of Kerry is master here now." Lord Longdale drew back and placed his hand on a revolver, b.en he was seized from behind and disarmed, while Percy albert said to him: "Your game is blocked, my lord, and you are foiled at all iints." The Wild Bull then advanced to the bedside of the dying an, saying: "Mr. Dalbert, you have f'njured me, but I forgive you now." Claude Dalbert started up at the strange figure as he asked a low voice: "Who are you, and how have I injured you, I'd like to tow?'' The Wild Bull bent down his head and whispered in reply: "I am Dan O'Leary, the son of Widow O'Leary, whom you ove from our farm a year ago. I am now an outlaw on the lls but my mother and sister are safe on their way to Amer1, thanks to the good step-brother you wronged long ago." "Answer me one question, O'Leary," said the dying man in whisper, "and I swear that I wili not betray any one." "'What is it, sir?" "Didll't my step-brother there sometimes assume your dis ise?" '.rhe disguised outlaw chuckled aloud as he replied: "I can't tell any tales out of school, sir, but I must confesl! that Mr. Percy is a wonderful man and a true friend of the old cause. Yes, there is more than one Wild Bull on the hills of Kerry. For the sake of your good daughter may you die in peace, sir." Lord Longdale was foaming with rage when he found him self a prisoner, and he turned on Percy Dalbert, crying: "You will suffer for this outrage, sir, rebel that you are." Drawing himse1f up to his full height, Percy Dalbert re plied: "I was an Irish rebel, and I will be one until my country is free! Listen to me a few minutes, my lord." "I am compelled to, I suppose." "You are. As you know, I was the lawful owner of this E.state until I was declared an. outlaw seven years ago. You also know that I escaped to London at that time, where I met my step-brother here in a lonesome spot on the banks of the Thames." "Yes, and he tried to n;iurder you that dark night," inter :i;osed the lord. we did quarrel, my lord, and I fell into the river, but I do not believe he meant to murder me." "Yet he enjoyed your estate here ever since, as you know." "Well, I was not sorry for that, as I love his dear daughter, who will now enjoy it in turn. As I was a rebel I could not claim it." "That is true. When I fell into the river that night," con tinued Percy Dalbert, "I saved my life by swimming to an American vessel just putting out to sea. I reached New York four weeks after, where I learned that I was also accused of a crime committed here in Kerry. I could clear myself of that crime, but only at the expense of one near to me." I was guilty of that crime," said the dying man, "as I have freely confessed." ''Let that pass," said Percy, "as I have more to say. Years ago, while on a visit to America, I married a young lady in New York, who died soon after giving birth to a son. At the earnest request of my wife's mother, I gave my son in charge to her, as he was brought up as one of the family. "On reaching New York I found my son at college, and a bright, happy fellow he was. He bore the name of his grand father, and he was to be his heir." "'Then I suppose Mr. Percy Green is your son?" cried Lord Longdale. "I am proud to say that he is, and he ls also the lawful owner of this estate, which he has purchased with a portion of the money left to him by his grandparents. I am also happy to inform you that he is the husband of this dear, good girl, whom he married last night with her father's consent." "That is true," cried the dying man. "Confound you all," cried Lord Longdale, "I see that I a.m dished." ''You are, my lord. Hereafter the tenants on the estate will be treated as human beings, and not as cattle." "But you cannot live here," cried Lord Longdale. "You are still an outlaw." "I do not care to live here under the English flag, my lord, as I have a happy home in America. My son will not liTe here, either, as he is about to take his wife to America, but hf will have an agent here to manage his estate." "I suppose his agent will be that rascal there who has been masquerading as the Wild Bull?" cried the baffled man. "Go and blow your brains out, my lord," cried the Wild Bull, in hoarse tones, "as you have lost the game, and there are of ficers from London looking for you." "Officers from London looking for me!" cried the lord, in stm:tled tones. The door was burst in at the moment, and Percy Green ap. peared, followed by three strangers.


30 THE \VILD Bl'LL OF KERRY. -=--==-================c::::::==================-==---=--...c:._============================= Lord Longdale uttered a painful cry as he recognized one of Whenever Nellie steps into the museum she looks at t h e the strangers, and then made a dash at the window, as he bull's hide, and exclaims: yelled: "Faith, I'll never forget the evening the master gave the cor "The game is up, I see." poral the drubbing for trying to kiss me. 'l'hey may talk for The three strangers dashed after the fugitive, while Percy ever of their brave men, but there's none can compare wi Green cried: the WU"l> BULL OF KBRRY." '"fhe fellow has been a fraud for years past, as the real Lord Longdale has just arrived from Africa, where he has been a prisoner for eight years past. That scoundrel is a sharper who met him out at the Cape of Good Hope." In less than an hour after Claude Dalbert died in his daugh-THE END. Read '"rIIE SCART,ET SHROUD; OR, THE FAT' ter's arms, and the false lord was lying at the bottom of the h h h d tt t t f th f OF 'J'TIE FIVE," b).' Howard Austin, which will be the rrver, w ere e pens e m a emp mg o escape rom e o ficers. next r umber (118) of "Pluck and Luck." The moonlighters are still out on the hills of Kerry, but the Wild Bull is not seen there now. Percy Green and his bride are living in New York, and Dan O'Leary bas charge of the estate in Kerry. spgorAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekl. are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from an Percy Dalbert lives in New York also, and he is the owner a splendid black horse imported from England, while in his newsnealer, send the price in money or postage stamps b private museum may be seen the hide and horns of a black mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNIO bull. Mrs. O'Leary is housekeeper for the exile, and her merry SQU A I-{E, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copi daughter lives with her. you orJer by return mail. Samp1e Copies Sen.'t JEG"ree '' PY '' The Largest and Best Weeldy Story Paper Publisb_ed It conta.ins 16 La.rge Pages. It is Handsomely Illustra.ted. It ha.s Good Stoll.'ies of Every Kind. It Gives Awa.y Valuable Premiums It Answers All Sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Column s Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORI


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Fred Fearnot at Yale Again; or, Teaching the College Boys New Tricks. 47 Fred Fearnot's Mettle; or, Hot' Work Against Enemies. 48 Fred Fearnot in Wall Street; or, Making and Losing a Million. 49 Fred lt'earnot's Desperate Ride; or, A Dash to Save Evelyn. 50 Fred Fearnot's Great Mystery; or, How Terry Proved His Courage 51 Fred Fearnot's Betrayal; or, The Mean Work of a False Friend. 52 Fred Fearnot in the Klondike; or, Working the "Dark Horse" Claim. 53 Fred Fearnot's Skate for Life; or, Winning the "lea Fly ers'" Pennant. 54 Fred Fearnot's Rival; o;:, Betrayed by a Female Enemy. 55 Fred 1''earnot's Defiance; or, His Great Fight at Dedham Lake. 56 Fred Fearnot's Big Contract; or, Running a County Fair. 57 Fred Fearnot's Daring Deed; or, Saving Terry from the Lynchers. 38 Fred Fearnot's Revenge; or, Defeating a Congressman. 59 Fred Fearnot's Trap; or, Catching the Train Robbers. 60 FredFearnot at Harvard; or, Winning the Games for Yale. 61 Fred Fearnot's Ruse; or, Turning Tramp to Save a Fortune. 62 Fred Fearnot in Manila; or, Plotting to Catch Aguinaldo. 63 Fred Fearnot and Oom Paul; or, Battling for the Boers. 64 Fred Fearnot in Johannesburg; or, The Terrible Ride to Kimberley. 65 Fred Fearnot in Kaftl.r-land; or, Hunting for the Lost Dia mond. 66 Fred Fearnot's Lariat; or, How He Caught His Man. 67 Fred Fearnot's Wild West Show; or, The Biggest Thing on Earth. 68 Fred Fearnot's Great Tour; or, Managing an Opera Queen. 69 Fred Fearnot's Minstrels; or, Terry's Great Hit as an End Man. 70 Fred Fearnot and the Duke; or, Baffiing a Fortune Hunter. 71 Fred Fearnot's Day; or, The Great Reunion at Avon 72 Fred Fearnot in the South; or, Out with Old Bill Bland. 73 Fred Fearnot's Museum; or, Backing Knowledge with Fun. 74 Fred Fearnot's Athletic School; or, Making Brain and Brawn. 75 Fred Fearnot Mystified; or, The Disappearance of Terry 01 cott 76 Fred Fearnot and the Governor; or, Working Hard to Save a Life. 77 Fred Fearnot's Mistake; or, Up Against His Match. 78 Fred Fearnot in Texas; or, Terry's Man from Abilene. 79 Fred Fearnot as a Sherif!'.; or, Breaking up a Desperate Gang. 80 Fred Fearnot Baffled; or, Outwitted by a Woman. 81 Fred Fearnot's Wit, and How it Saved His Life 82 Fred Fearnot's Great Prize; or, Working fiard to Win. 83 Fred 1''earnot at Bay; or, His Great Fight for Life. 84 Fred Fearnot's Disguise; or, Following a Strange Clew. 85 Fred Fearnot's Moose Hunt; or, Adventures in the Maine Woods. 86 Fred 1''earnot's Oratory; or, Fun at the Girls' Hii:h School. 87 Fred Fearnot's Big Heart; or, Giving the Poor a Chance. 88 Fred Fearnot Accused; or, Tricked by a Villain. 89 Fred Fearnot's Pluck; or, Winning Aga i !lst Odds. 90 Fred Fearnot's Deadly Peril; or, His Narrow Escape from Ruin. 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