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Dandy Bill's doom, or, Deerhunter, the boy scout of the great North Woods

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Dandy Bill's doom, or, Deerhunter, the boy scout of the great North Woods
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Copyright, 1891, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Post Otllce, New York, N Y ., as second class matte r. Jan. S 1899. Ne>. I. M. J. IVERS & CO., Publlsbera, ( James SUiiivan. Proprietor 3'9 Pearl Street, New York. Price 5 Cent& S2.50a Year Vol. t Dandy Bfil'S 01\ Deerhnnter, the Bos Scout. :R V COOMBS ..

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Copyr!ght, 1891, by Boadle & Adams. Entered at Post O!llce, New York, N. Y., as second class matter. Jan. 8, 1899. No 1 Published Every Week. J.U. J. IVERS & CO., Publishers, (Jn.mes 8ulllvan, Proprietor,) :179 Pca1l Sueet, New Yo1k, Price 5 Cents. Vol I $2.50 a Year. Dandy Bill's Doom; or, Deerhunter, the Boy Scout. BY OLL COOMFJS. I

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I Deer hunter. Dandy Bill's Doom; OR, DEERHUNTER THE BOY S C OUT OF Tin: GREAT NORTH WOODS. B Y OLL COOMES. CHAPTER I. EXCITEMENT IN RED PINE. THE nation was struggling in the throes of a great civil rebellion The fields of the Sunny South were being deluged with blood. Mourning and sorrow we r e coming into nenrly every home in the land. With almost palsied hearts men, womn and chil dren listened 1n dread suspense for tidings from the field of battle. In the great cities, in the quiet rural villages, in the lon ely mining -camps in the great mountains, in the remote border settlements-in fact, In every home and hamlet lo the North and in tne South, that same dread fe e Jioa of fear, anxiety and sus pense almost paralyzer the past two yee.rs had been drifting about. tbA country, sometimes with the Indians at the Agency, where he was treated with the utmost kind nes, and sometimes at Red Pine. where he was also cared for by the kind-h eartt'd.. Whence Simple Sam had come no one knew. H e was not over eighteen years of age, was of medium hight and spru:e build. Both eyes were affected with strabismus, while his speech was at times almost incoh erent. With a of reli f the crowd turned back, and after Redpath had c:>11cluded Ms reading, it broke up into littl e groups and began discussing the war news. While thus engaged, some one suddp.nly ex claimed: "What in the mystery 's that a-coming!" Off to the northwest was a'l opening, or prn.irle, most of which was under cultivation and ta growing corn. A road ran north and south through the fields ton point due west of Red Pine where it m:ide an abrupt bend and entered the village. Down along this road, and yet to all appe3rttnces walking in mid-air, a man was moving at a rapid pace A p e rson on foot, or even on horseback could not have been seen above the top of the tall cornil unless he stood up on the animal's back; but a observed -that this was not now the case, for thP:r could plainly see the unknown making lollA' str.cl.s -they could eve n s e e hfa feet moving along evall with the tops of the tasselet Bnt, by the shades of Blackstone I isn't the feller peggin' it do1vn lively tbllugh? Isn't be a quarter-boss on the go?" Now that their attention was called to the fact al could plainly see that the 'squire spoke the trnthtbat the mystery had resolved it9elf into a man walk ingupon atiltst But, who was he? On e suggest ed it was the big boy oF some settler coming into thE village to displav his skill in stilt-walking, whlle l\n other declared it was a stranger. But, while the unknown was still some forty rods Simpla Sam suddenly shouted forth: "Who-ooh I Happy Jacki Deerhunterl" "[t is, by the memory of declared Squire ffawldns : "it's Jack Darreli--<>1)1 young friend, Deerhunterl What in the plague's the boy up t"'. now?" "Uf? to the top o' them stilts, 'squire," replied th& captam, ejecting a torrent of tobacco-juice;

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Deerhunter. 8 llaking oft' his hat be tossed it high in the air and gave utterance to a shout that was takeu up and repeated by the crowd. Happy Jack Darrell, as the approaching youth was sometimes called; or Deerhunter, as he was generally known, was a great favorite at Red Pine, and his return, after three months' absence, was bailed with joy. The youth approached rapidly on his stilts, and as he came within easy speaking distance, he shouted to the settlers: "Foiks, have you heard the awful news?" "What, from the war?" asked 'Squire Hawkins. "Laud, no!" replied the boy in an excited tone. "What thl)n, Deerhunter!" demanded Captain Swank. The boy made no answer but walke d on until be harl reached the end of RedpiLth's store ag&.inst ich be leaned a s if almost exhausted. His stilts w ero Cully ten feet in hight, elevating him until his hea l rose a foot above the peak of the store. Deerhunter was a boy of about eighteen years of lll!:e. He was of medium hight, with a slender, supple figure, a magnetic blue e;ye, and a fair, sunbrowned face that g lowed with the ruddiness of health and the buoyancy of a brave and rollicking spirit. With the exception of his minkskin cap the young hunter was dressed in a complete suit of buckskin, wit!:! fringed leggings nnd beaded moccasins. At his back \vas slung a handsome little rifle-the same "ith which he had won local fame and the nam e of '' Deerbunter." The home of this {outh was a log-cabin that stood on the banks o the Des M o ines river, a few miles south of Reel Pine. H e was there when Kit Redpath located a trading-post on Lake Shetek, that at once formed the nucleus around which the viUage of Red Pine "Prung into existence. The yoth 's fri ends had been slain in the Indian mnsSut If It's ccme, we've get to rrrpare for it. We've no stoci> acle, no blo c k-!,ct Fe. no notbin' in which to placE our women and cJiJdren, and-'' "Well, what do you propose we c!o?" interrupted an impatient f ellow Organize and p:o to work I" promptly responded the doughty csptain; "put every mat!, woman, and child to work, ar.d wl oop up a stockade that'll h eat Gibraltar for a deftnse. But the very fust thing we ought to do is to select a good man fo r a scout." "That's sol that's so!" shouted a dozen voices. "I propose the n ame of Deerbunter," exclaimed Kit Redpath, "for be knows every foot of all this country." "And I propose the name of Neal Go rdon," shout ed a settler named Joe Randall. "That's two." said Swank; "any more'! Well, we'll have to toke a vote on the question, fer we don't want more'n one good scout; for I know ly ex perience that too many like to?. many ginerals. G ntlemen, fall mto a line, and I li tal!Q your vote in short meter." The crowd quickly fell into line. Deerhunter still stood leaning against.1:he peak o the store on bis stilts, bis bronzed face now wca1 in a calm, indifferent loo k. Neal Gordon, the othPr candidate, stood at on side, leaning upon bis 1ifle, and endeavoring to cp pear indifferent as to the result of the vo .te that "r. to nlace the Rafety of Red Pine in bis or Deerbrn care. He was a man of perhaps five-and twentv yeE>.rs of age, with a splendid p h11si9ue, and rather prepossessing face. Be was dressed ma bor-. derman's suit, and was well armed, and, upon the whole pre ented a more favorabl e apearnnee, at Iea6t for the responsible position o f sco1:1t, thnn the yoillig stripling who s tood perched agamst the store. t Gonl.Q!l h11d once Ileen a. b11nter IJI the Q

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I Deer hunter. the Northwestern Fur Co!llpany, and afterward a clerk in the post-trader's store at the Indian Agency on the Yellow Medicine. While there he had learned the langui>ge, wi>ys, and customs of the Sioux, and It was bis possess ion o f this knowledge, as well as bis being a good rifl e-shot and a clever fellow, tl1at Jed Joe Rnndall to name him for special scout-a position of great honor and trust among the border m e n. Furthermore, rumor had it that G01don was likely to wed the prety daughter of 'SQuire Haw kins, and as Kitty Hawkins was the iaoJ of Red Pine. It wa naturally supposed that the man who coul d win the love of such a girl would staud well with a ll the settlers. "Now," said Captain SwanJs as the settlers fell Into line, "all that favor Neal uordon for s.::out will h old up their right hands until counted." S everal bands went up. The captain counted them. "Fifteen," announced the captain. "Hands down; now all that f avo r Deerbunter hold up. "Fiftee n with mine-a tie, by Jovel How will it be decided?" "Let the m draw cuts, Joe R:.ndall. "')r it with th11ir ri.tls at a mark a hundred pac ofl'," adderLh with its b-ir r l e n while wild shouts burst !rom the hitherto pal s ied lips of the spectators. Accustomeoroe b:wk w ttie trader's store on the shoulders of two br&wny set;. tiers; and wh e n the question ef selecting a scout again came up, De erbunter was chosen by a unani mous vote. 1 CHAPTER Il. DEERHUNTER IN CLOSE QUART ,:, WITHIN an hour after his appointmeut (..,'> scout. De erhunter bad equipped himself and ta.ken his de parture into the woods, promising to return as soo n as he had anything of unportauce to communi cate. He moved away northward, foUomng a rlensely wooded ridge overlooking the valley of Rattiesnak., Run-a smil.I\ winding stream thas_Uowlng south ward, emptiea into Lake Shet.ek. .ue was satisfied that if tile S ioux had designs upon Red Pinc they would come in from that direction. 'l'lle young hunter was highly honored by being selected scout over N eal Gordon, and felt that be had won a victory that would lmve a favorab'.e bearing on another matter, in which he and Gordon wer. riva l s, and that was the admiration o f pretty Kitty Hawkins; for it was true the young deerhunter had come to regard the vh acious gii'i with a feeling stionge r tban m ere friendship, yet, boy that he was, he had nev 0 r dared to hope for a rec1procal feeling on Kitty's part, since the handsome and interesting Neal Gordon had become such a favorite in the eyes of so mauv of t''e settlers. De arhu.iter had confidence enough in himself foe. a scout, but not for a l ove r. Being a boy, he f elt a degree of inferiority by the side of the m r.n; and so h e made up bis mind to overcome this in deeds o f dn.rine;, anu with t.bat determination firml y fixed in hi> mind. be went forth with a ll the resolute spirit of a knight of o l d. When some distance fro:n t'1e settlement nie;ht came ori, so h e selected a suitable apot for a hiv ouac and a'.lt dow n, leanipg against a tree. H e bad scarcely done so ere he caugbt the fa.Int glim m e r of a light among the trees in the valley before hi m. Springing to hi f eet, the young scout maclP his wav toward it. With noisel ess step ho approwhed until h e was enabled to see that it cam1 fro m a camp-tire, b efo r e which sat a solitary 11,ure which, to all appearance, was that of a man. To make sure of this however, he crept to within fifty paces of the ti re, when h e was not ocl y enabled to see that Lhe f ellow was a white man, but his rical Neal Gordon! The boy was almost thunde1"!jtruck. H e had l eft Neal Gordon at R e d Pine, apparently feeling none the worse for his defeat, and exuressin .:\ willing ness and readiness to assist t.he settlers in erecting their stockade; nd now to find him there-in ahead of him-was something h e could not nn!l .rstand. That there was anything wMng abo11t move menta n eve r ovce e:-Jterest. f o rtunat,<, e vent in Jack Darrell's whol e life for. while be stood s uddenl y looking at the man and ponrloring over the situation, a doz e n persons appeared from the darkness beyond the camp-fire an!l M they enterf':as

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Deerhunter. l sfied that the red-skins before him were but a small party sent-out from a larger force encamped somewhere in the valley, for a dozen warriors would not undertake to capture aud destroy the settlement; but whatever was the truth, Deerhunter was re solved not to r emain in doubt about it, and at once end.,avored to devise some plan by which to get at the bottom facts. The Indians having seated themselves around the fire Gordon arose and began to address them, but spoke in so fo\V a tone that the young spy could make out not a we.rd said. Jack had already discovered that he could not, with get close enough, from that position, to hear what was saidd he fou n The stream was there fringed with dense shrubbery, through which ran a broad deer-trail. Turning int. o this, the boy, concealing his rifie and accouterments, began creeping on all-fours up the stream. When about two rods from the council-fire be came to an imme nse hollow log, the further end of which extende d to wi thin five feet of the nearest red-skin. He recognized thy of the general to this suggestion, and before Deerhunter had time to act, he felt the log shake-move slowly, then, after two o r three r evo fotions, leap over the bank and fall into the creek with a splash. Deerbunter was considerably shaken up and his head severely bumped by the fall of 'the log, but ke<'ping bis presence of mind, he soon got himself right s idil up. The first thing he noticed was that the log bad broken in two near his ht>ad. it being nothing but a rotten shell. Th<' ends of the two halves Jay within three feet of each other. Fortunately the water wa.s not over a foot in depth in the run, and by resting his elbows on the bottom of the log and bis chin in his palms, Deerhunter was enable d to keep his head out of the water, althougl1 bis body was nearly submerged. The water being warm, the boy experienced no discomfort. fr<>m his positio!!, and so r eso lved to remain right there until the way was clear or he was forced to vacate. He regretted his inability to gain the informatiWl he sought. but would be w e ll satisfied to get out or his difficulty with his life From where he lay be could hear the Indians' and 'l'hites' voices, out the sound was f50 blended witb. the rip}Jle and gurgle of the stream that he coul d make out nothing definite The moon came up, and it so happened that her beams fell full upon the creek at that point; and as the boy's head was not over a foot from the end of the log, he could see the sparkling waters gliding in and around the Jog. But in time this became monotonous, yet the young spy was too cautious to take a single risk, when not required. Hour after hour he lay there listening to t h e gurgle of the brook, the piping tree-frogs a long the banks, and the chirruping crickets in the old log. The voices of the cow1cilors finally became hushed, and as the moon had so changed that the little waterway now lay in shadows, the young scout ventured to peer out at the end of bis retreat. But he quickly started, and withdrew his head as he did so, for be not only saw the form of an lnd"an sitting upon the bank above, but heard tha t same hateful, warning skirr and blowinb" of a snake in the half of the log lying near! "Confound that reptile!" the boy mentally ob served: "if i eve r get rid of the logins I'll grind Its head under my heel!" Fully satisfied now that there was no chance for present escape. Deerhunter again settled down with his chin in bis palms to await developments. The h ours seemed to pass very slowly, but the youth's patience was finally rewarded by sounds in dicative or approaching day. He heard the Indians arousing from their and shortly after ward birds began their morning carols in the woods. Before it was fairiy light the red-shins took their departure. Of thi!f Deerbunter was sure, but he still maintained his position to allow the enemy ample time to get out of sight. While thus waiting he was suddenly startled by the discovery of what appeared to be the shadowy outlines of a human face in the dark mouth of the log above him. That it was simply imagination be had not a doubt and scarcely gave it a second tbought; but the lighte r it grew the plainer that face became unfol d ed from the shadows cf the log, and, finally, when the sun arose above the forest tops its rays stream ing into the end of tho log, revealed the rough bearded face of an ::ild man who was lying on liis stomach-bjs chin resting in his palms exactly as was De erhunter's-regarding the young scout w ith a look of comic aud apparently silent contempt. The boy was astoun,ded by this discovery. He bad neve r seen that face before, and he knew not what to make out of that pP.culiar, magnetic gleam of the steel-gray eyes fixed upon him. The man was the first to intermpt this battJe of eyes, and in a voic e expressive of great sw-prise and su.i;>reme disgust. he drawle d out: By the great Rosycrusiaus I I'm completely ashamed of myself!" "Here too," quickly responded Deerhunter, some what nettle d by the man's looks and words, "if I was such a lookin' critter as you are. Say, w1'at are you, a man? or chimpanzee?" "I'm no pup-coyote-no baby pollywog, but I'm Old SkiIT-r-rr I" The boy involuntarily started back as the man produced that sound by placing to bis lips and blowmg through a short, liollow reed, in one end of which was fixed the rattles of a snake, which, a s tbe wind rushed through'the reed, were set to vibrat ing-producing a sound in exact imitation of the warning rattle I Sulferin Jobi if I had a pistol hers-I'd shoot you for the Old Original Serpent I" declared the boy scout. "You look old and mean enough to be that very snake of Eden, and as I owe you one for fooling me last night I'll maul your head into b lubbers If you'll get out of that log." "I'll accommodate you, you lily-lipped, Telvet throated avenger," exclauned the o ld man, wr1g. his slender, wiry form from the loN and rlilriC to hw feet; now come out and climb-

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9 Deer hunter. Re dld not finish the sentence for his attention was arrested by a qu.ick footstep on the bank above bim, and the next instant a savage warrior with a drawn tomahawk leape d down into the run, and with a demoniac war-whoop bounded toward the f&llow H e endeavored to pass between the ends of the broken log and as he did so, Deerhunter thrut out his h ead and shoulders from bis log and the savage's striking the boy he was tripped up, falling flat on bis face in the stream. Before the painted wretch could rise the old man quickly leaped astride bis back and, seizing bim by the scalp-lock with hi left band, thrust bis head un der the water, while with the right band be wrench ed the redskin's tomahawk from hisgrasp and dealt him a blow on the head that forever ended that br11 ve 'e war-trail. l'nere, you confonnde d fool I you red-rinded he then I" exclaimed the old chap, rising and plac a foot on the body of the dead Siuux, "you war m mtaken in yer m a n that time-didn't know that Ol n Tom Rattler, the R 9 d River-" "Say, old man," interrupted Deerbunter who, na,fag emerged from his retreat, confronted the stn .nger, "you are not Tom Rattler, the Red Riv e r EJ?i :Jemie are you?" -. I am that v ery man-Old Thomas Rattler, and I have come down bere to spread contagion through these woods. Doy, do you know that I am a fullgrown cyc l one? an untamed tempest? an Asiatic cholera Epidemic? D o you know that you'd die with joy to see me l e t loos e with a full head o' electricity on and shock, draw and quarte r fourteen r ed-skins all in one grand-" His words were cut short by an unearthly yell that :ame from up the run, and loo king in that direcfilon man and boy b e h eld fully half a score of sav .iges coming toward them at the tOJil of their speed, their faces the vecy pictUl'e 0f infuriated demons. "There are your lllgins, Great Untamed Tem)1est," said Deerhunter, "and you can shock 'em if you want to, but as for me, I'm going to fall back. '' l guess I'll scatter out, too and ginerate some he11t to dry my clothes," and the Red Riv e r Epidemic, caot.ing a quick glance at the oncoming foe, bounded awi,y with the nimbleness of youth after Deerhunter. CHA"Pl'ER ill A DASH FOR LIBERTY. 1 1IE presence of the dead savage in the run had flrt' l the breast of the Sioux with a spil'it of mad r e and they pursued Deerhunter and Old Rattler, yelhng like demons possessed. Old Ra&tle r h eld.his own with the young scout for quite a distance, but finally h e began to fall and ere the boy was aware of the fact he had left the old man entire ly out of sight. This the youth r egret ted v ery much, not only on account of the old man. but the secret he sought regarding the meeting of Neal Gordon with the outlaws and Indians. iie wa s satisfied that Rat.tier had gained the cover of the l og in time to hear all that was said up to the time of his arrival and t hei r precipitation into the creek. Moreover, if the man really was Old Tom Rattler, the note d Red river hunter, he would be an acquisition to the settlers' forces worth a dozen or dinary men in the stru1?gle. When Deerhunter fin disc overed that he was no longer being pursued by hA red-skins he stoppe d to rest and liste n He heard the yells of thA savages trailing off toward the east, and this contintting made him uneasy for the s afety of the o ld man, and yet alone and unarme d as he now was, the boy felt he could do but little, if anythingliin his behalf. But pernaps the old bunter, he fina y conclude d, was perl'.ectly able to take care of himself, and, for all he knPw1 had swung off on a tangent to lead the savage1 rrom pursuit of him-Deerhunter. After a few minntes' rest the young scout turned and began-retracing his footsteps toward the scene of Ms night's adventure in orde1 to recover his rifle &J'.!d accouterments. He had not gone more than a mile when his earl were !'!reeted by voices off to his right and creeping away m that direction he soon came in sight o half a dozen Sioux in the midst of whom stood that poor, demented wanderer, Simple Sam. To the savages this unfortunate was w e ll !mown, for his wanderings ]Jad extended to the village of Little Crow and the Lower and Y e llow M edicine Agencies. They offered him no violeuce, for the r e was a super stitious beli e f among the red-sldns, religiously ob served that to harm one bereft o f reason was to in voke the wrath of the Great Spirit I yet there were renegades among them who seemed to take a brutal delight in tormenting and teasing the foolish boy. Resuming his journey as soon as the Indians had left. the simpleton, Deerhun ter finally recovered his rifl e ancl then set off through the woods in high hopes of again meeting the redoubtable Old _Rat tler; but he was compelle d to use the utmos t pre caution for the woods w ere full of r e d-skins. He proceeded in an easterl y course, as he supposed the Red River Epidemic had gone off that way, and after traveling two or three miles h e came to the edge of a large opening over which w ere scattered a few groups of llrees ancl bushes, and at one side o f which was a tiny Jake. Pausing within the shadows of the woods the young scout swept the opening with his eyes and to bis discove r e d a party of savages gathered together out in the opemng. The y seemed to ba laboring under no little excitement for ever and anon a wilcl yell came from over that way. "By the sufferin' Job I" the young scout mused. "I'm afraid they have got the .Red Riv e r E,Pidemic corraled and if so the y 'll make it contag10us for him. And what can I do to prevent it? I migh t wade ove r there and get in a shot or two, but by Jacks I I rathe r hate to go to shoo tin' logins 'canse they are bum an bein 's and I neve r have shed hu man blood But I reckon I'll have to or e lse git onteu tbis wilderness and that I can't do now for I've taken a job for the season am! I'm goin' to stay with it come wealBy Moses I the m red heathens have got some one over there sure as shootin ; and I do wonder if it's the old man?" Tin Indians were some two mil e s away and had changed tbeir pos ition so that Dcerhunter was enabled to see that thev had a captive in their power, but i t was not Rattler, but a stranger whom they had come suddenly upon. in a clump of trees, just as the man had broke camp and started on horseback in the direction of R e d Pine. He was a man of p erhaps five-and-twenty years, with a dark-brown eye heavy dark mustache, and handsome, intellectual tace. H e was dresse d in a sit of gray, and mounted upon a well-caparisoned horse that had ev idently b ee n ridde n long and hard. A pair of saddle-bags hung across the rear of bis saddl e whe r e was also lashed a pair of blankets and a gum-coat. A large revolver hung in a holster at the bow of bis sadd l e, but even this he did not at tempt to use when the savages oounced down upon him. In fact, h e made no resistance or effort to escape them, for he had heard nothing, wh e n at the last settlement he had left, of the Indians being on the war-path. And even when hi s horse was selzed by the bits and half a dozen rifles presented at his breast, he betrayed no feal\ and looking the savages in the face, he asked in eviaeut surprise: "Indians, what does this mean ?-surely not vio lence ? Dismount, you are our captive," said one o! the savages, who was a white man in Indian disguise; "the Sioux have taken the war-path, and white scalps will hang at tb.eir girdles." "This is news to me, said the man, dismounting but, seeing that you are a white man, I s h a ll trust to your influence to protect me from violence." I can be responsible but' for my own acts,_:'. said the renegade-chief, whose name was WMtc 1:1orae; "lllY brave11 a.re alreoor mad for pale-face Qloe4t tqt

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Deerhunter. ., ,------,-------____ _,,_ ___ ------..---------just this morning one of our frlends fell at the hands of a pale-face." "But you must remember that I am a stranger in these parts," said tbe w bite man, "and I have never harmed an Indian even in thought." "Well. we'll have to search you, anyhow," said "'bite Horse, and he deliberately removed the man's saddle-bags nom the saddle, while two or three sav ae;es proceeded to search the man himself. When the latter got through the bad been deprived of bis personal effects and even bis coat and boots. rhe renegade bad hoped to find something of spe cial value in the saddle-bags but in this he was disappointed. Nothing but some provisions in one end and some clothing and an old daguerreotype picture in the other rewarded his search. With an air of disgust be finally thrust everrthing back into the bags, except the picture, which he placed in an inner pocket of bis calico shirt; then away across the opening with the captive and his horse. .Aner traveling half a mile they came to the lakelet heret.ofore mentioned when a halt was again made under a cluster of trees. The captive was firmly lashed to a tree and his hor e tied near by. About this time two mounted white men from the woods south of the opening and jo1 1 cl the savages whose reception told that they wer6 oldtime f1iends. One of the horsemen was a mitn of forty years and upward. He was a large, strongly built man with a blotched bearded face a cold gray eye, th<> ex pression of w hicb was indicative of a cruel, cunning man. His companion was a younger man by ten years. Both were dressed as men of the border except that they wore heavY.>_ high-topped boots and light colored hats. J:Sotli were well mounted and w ell armed. As soon as they came up they dismounted and after a few remarks and inquisitive glances toward the captive, one of them said: "My good chief, White Horse, did we not keep aur promise like menP" "You did, Powell. and I have something to show you," replied the chief. The two stepped aside when White Horse produced tho picture he bad taken from the fettered captive and handed it to the man Powell. "By the Olympian gods!" burst from the villain's lips as bis eyes fell upon the faces in the picture, "that is the ver.f face of Margaret Oldham and her child Eva! White Horse, did you learn that man's name?" "The name on bis saddle-bags i s Frank Parker." ''And he was headed toward Red Pine?" 'Yes." "He must never reach there, remember that," de clared Powell, and bis cold gray eyes flashed a menacing look at the captive. At this juncture the attention of the renegades was attracted by a commotion among the red-skins, and turning they saw it was caused by sight of some .on, approaching on foot leading an old horse. "Waugh!" ejaculated the renegade chief, "that's fdiot Sam; I wonder where he made the raise of a that horse's ribs; he's boon roaming around tlt,:rorlgh the brush ever since Noah turned l:iim out of the ark and he's wore the hair all off hIS SJdes. He's got good limbs and a b1ight eye yet. Say, Sam, how'll you trade him for my horse? You're a trader, ar'n't you?" Sam shook bis head and laughed in a simple way, then turning he passed IJis band in a caressing way over the old horse as i! greatly pleased with bis possession. Say, Cross-eyes," said White Horne to the de mented boy, "climb onto yer 'Rabian steed and let'r see what kind o' a figger you cut on hossback." "No-Sam tall off," replied the simple boy. "Oh, no you won't; I'll hold you on," said White Horse, and advancing the renegade chief caught ur the sim:iileton and thiew him astride the old horse s back, w1tb his face toward the animal's tail. The boy ch.1ng to the horse with legs and arms like a frightened monkeyand the sight revoked tbe red-skins and their allies into an outbmst of laugh ter. In the midst of their cruel "POrt, Powell sud denly started and pointing up into the thick branches over Simple Sam's head, exclaimed: "Olympian gods l what's that?" Every eye save tLose of Simple Sam was at cnce raised to the overhanging boughs and there, .n a large limb nearly hidden by the dense folin1?e, Jay a man regarding the scene below with startled wru.e. "Tom Ratner, the Red River Epidemic!' bui-st from thP lips of White Horse when his eyes fell upon the man's face. And Old Rattler the man really was. A triumphant yell burst from the lips of the red skins and they drew their knives and tomahawks and bee:an dancing about the old horse in demoniac glee cager to get at the old pale -face. Sa;r:, now," said Rattler, 1 isillg to a sitting pos ture, you compounded hy<>nas don't want to bu'st your umbilicals. To be snre, if you want to cheer never object to a serenade by friends, and-" "Climb down there, Rattler!" yelled the renegade chief, "and consider your days numbered. We'll serenade you. my ga:v cavalier. I owe you one for that Pine Hollow affair two years a110, so climb down, or by Heavens your old carcass 11 thump the ground!" "All right, my fair chief of the red-rinds," replied the old man, "but my back's broke now and I wish you'd have that e1jiot back up that old razor-back for me to swing down on.,, "Back up here, bone-rack," said the outlaw, I ow elll backillg the horse up a few feet, "and ease 1.hat ola pilgrim down to mother earth and the scell(l of bis last earthly moments. Whoa!" With the old horse clirectly under bim, Old Tom Rattler caught hold of a slender limb before him which slowly bent under his weight and, as he swung down, he suddenly dropped astride the old horse ill front of Simple Sam, and clutching his arms about the horse's neck, and diggillg his moccasined heels into his side/ he shouted: Go, Comet, go Like a frightened bird starting from the grasslike an arrow sped from the bow, that old, antiqua ted-looking horse shot ii way with his d ouble burden, knocking the man Powell and a savage or two over in bis sudden fiight and ere the astounded and ont wltted renegades and savages could comprehend the situation and draw a weapon, Old Rattler, the Red River Epidemic, was a hunared yards away flying like the wind across the opening and shouting back words of defiance to the foe l No one advanced to escort the simple boy in under menacing tomahawk, but he was allowed to ap proach at his leisure, his arrival being bailed w:ith an outburst of laughte r from the renegades. They were not amused1 however, at the boy for they had all seen him berore. but at the sorry-looking old horse he was leading by a piece of frayed rope around CHAPTER IV. theneck. A. FREE CIRCUS, "Wbat an outlandis1 old hulk I" exclaimed the '"'&T.A?CTLY every savage sprung for hls rIBe IUld man Powell. the renegades drew their revolvers when a per reet "An Aztec ruin," added the other. fus1lade was opened on Old Rattler. "Sa:y, Sam." again put in Powell, "I oon count I Bullets whistled around the borderman and SiJIA>l&

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Deerhunter. Sam, the latter stfil maintaining his position on the state prison for deece ptlon, you'll represent Minwborses back, though be now sat bolt upright aud sota In Congress afore you're forty. But say, what rode like a centaur. his back to that of Old Rattler's do you think o' old Comet, anyl1ow? Isll't be a and his eyes upon the frantic mob of red-skins. glider? a flyin '-shuttle? a winged Pegasus? a v animal's hunter on Comets back. back to the ground, then springing to his feet, looked Walking into the bushe the old borderman soon up into the borcl erman' face his eyes perfectly returned with a conple of blankets and a 'traight and natural, .d.Dcl tho hitherto simple ex-"Them's my saddle, 1..-id," he said, "and if you'll press ion of his face vanished into a bright, triurn-hop ashore I ll trfe Comet out for the ring." p!lant smile. In.tead of Simple S1m, i t ioas tlte young The boy dismounted and the blankets were at scout, IJeerltunf,c1 once strapped upon the old horse. Then Rattler "Great Rosycrusians and ghastly goblins I" burst made another trip to the bushes and returned with from the lips of astounded hunter, "are yon a a ril!e and a cartridge-belt well filled with loaded double-ge a r e d r.ivcrsable compounded instituti on? cartridges. Buckling the b elt arotmd hil:n he toolt Are you Ee:iiot lam, or same kitten that laid in up bis rifle, and balancing it on his hand, said: the run with me last night?" "There, boy, is the 1n?chine that flin<(S out "I am your companion of last night-I'm Deer-cramps. That, lad, I n the Original Epidemic her-hunte r and_.,' self. She's a new on e, too-a new-comer in these "Web, all right," interrupted Rattler, "gltonbere parts, and i s culled a Remy rifle. A trader brou<:(ht and let's spin out; for here comes tbree of them her up from St. Loo for my 'special benefit. D'ye scoundrels after us on horseback. see this chamber under the ban-el h e re? Sixteen "Here we go," said the boy, leaping on behind the ounce messengers lays in there, ready to be thrown borderman, and then, as they galloped a.way, he into posish and sent out at the 'vink of au eye and continued: "I don't want them chaps to know but t1>tch of a finger toca.11 some red-rind hotile !oglory. that l am Simple Sam. I lrnow'Jd it was most I tell you, youngster, she's a clipper.'a lily -lipped plagued mean to take 11-dvantage of poor Sam's in-hummer, and no mis\ake. Every time she flings a flrm itie s, hut when I see'd them red-skins leai bulle t you hear something rip lik e new clo 'h-somethat white feller a captive over to the lake t.here1 I thin' splatters. And Deerhunter, my kid, I'm goin' made up my mind to help him if I could, ana I to given. free circus in this openin' ; you won't have conldn't resist the temptation to play Simple Sam. to crawl under the canvas to how tho i!ecl Riv r I knowed I could do for Sam and me are 'bout Epidemic works. Glt you a good seal> in the cdg_ o' the same sizA and build. and once wb.en Kit Redpatl:t the woods, wha.r yo11 can see and be seen, anrl got mad at me f o r playin' him a gentle little trick, he take in the matinee." told me I looked like Simple Sall!. So, one day, r "Mv own lifle an< l ontflt's not far from spot, dressed up roug h like Sam, and looked cross-eyed said Deerbunter. "juRt out in the woods yonder." like him. and went into Kit's store, and bless .me if The n make baste and git them. l ad, and stan h e didn't take me for that poor, simple boy and g!ve in concealment, and if you see a chance \vhile th me some candy and crackers, and I went away, and show's goin' o n to put in a shot, do so. I want yo h9 never knowed any difl'erence till I told him. So I to have a boss, and I'll try and git oue for you. Be thought If I could fool Kit I could t .he reel-skins, who sides, that man must b e rescued from them In 1 ever harm a simple person, and thereby git a gins down thar, If he hasn't been killed." chance to help the st.ranger out. So I turned my "Le t me ask you one more question. Rattler, cap inside out, and breeches, too, then tied some fore we part again: did you hear what was said a bark 'round my like Sam always does, hie! my that [ugin counc il last night?" ,..-rifle and things ana sailed out. On the way I come "Every word up to the time we collid e d. I'll te across this old horse !yin' in the grass asleer>, and I you 'bout if after the show's over with." woke him up and concluded to lead him ruon g so "All right said the boy, turnillg and running he'd help me to entertain the Ingins, and I'
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beerhunter. I Bcarooly had Deerhunter reached the cover of the w oods, when White Horse and his tw(, companions rods back into the opening and catching sight of Old Rattler as they did so, they at once bore down toward him at a lively gait, White Horse in the lead upon the horse belonging to the captive white man. Old Rattler calmly stood and watched them until they were within a hundred yards of him, then he lightly leaped upon his horse and waving nis hand b8ck to his pursuers, snug aloud: "I kissed Sal, and Sal kissed me, When we went circussin' around." This seemed to render the outlaws all the more furious with rage, and digging their heels into their horse's sides, they urged them into :n foot and yelling lik o d emons. In a provoking manner Old Rattler waved hb band to the foe as he g.:illoped away, his lung white bair whipping in the air like a tattered booner, while a grim smile rested upon his rough, bearded face. At length, when the outlaw, Powell, had been permitted to come within two hun6"'0d yards of Rattler, the latter drew up, again slipped to tbe ground ana again rested his ri!ie on Comet's back and raised the hammer. The outla\V knew what wac coming and stopped his horse so quick that it thrown back uprm Its haunches, and while it was in this position man slipped to the ground a nd !lropped from sight in the grase "Oh, that's all right," said the o ld borderman aloud, spo9t 1 wiJ!. waenever 1 9ismount for Old E p idemic to di sgo rge a b ullet from her sys tem somethin' has g o t to drap." Having thus spoken, t h e old man took aii and !ired The o utlaw's horse fell in a heap where be stood, and the outlaw himself t<,okrefuge behind beast's body to escape a similar fate. The other horseman had by this time a lso drawn rein, and dropped from b is saddle-int<> the grass; nor was he a moment too soon, fo r again the borderman's ri!ie rung out, and bis horse made a few frantic lunges fo rward and fell dead. Rattler was now in one respect master of the sit u at.ion but he was far from being out of danger, for several savages were swiftly approaching the scene of the unequal cuntest; and as most of them were a -rmed witll rilies the old man had no desire to Jin ger there, and mounting Comet he galloped away-circling around to the right and again heading to ward the l ake. in hopes 'of getting in ahead of the savages, all of whom he supposed bad left the captive, either dead or alive, to join in the wild chase. Putting Comet to his very best speed he swept over the plain, and got in between the foe and the lake; and was approaching the clump of trees where the prisoner was confined and con gratulating himself upon tbe succe&; cf his m11-neuverin1?, when suddenly two savage came boundiTig from behing the trees and, raising their rilies, !ired upon him A cry as if of agony burst f!om the old man's lips, and turning nis horse to the left he rode away, reeling U'IJon l! ) animal as though mortally wounded. The savages a whim "'ttering and clutch ing d.t his borse''.l ma n o 1 0 Jic ving he had been shot by tbe captive's guard tJ a y utt.ored a demoniac yell and bounded on in purs-,it ecting him to fall to tbe eart.h at any moment. When some eighty rods in advance of the pur suers the old horse call),e -,, a stop, and Rattler was seen to sway to ancl fro o. few t1mes, anc!. then both h e and the horse sink to the earth in the grass. Unearthly screeches now burst from the red skins' lipi and then began wild;' scrambling race fo r the scalp of the daring :oe They Chrew aside their rifles, blanket s, tomahawks and in fact everything calculated to impede cheir l rogress, and with every nerve strung to ic utmost tensio n rushed on-their painted faces contorted and their eyes fairly starting from thoir soc'::Jts. The captive lashed to the tree near the lakelet was standing : m" and b a d been a witness to most of Old Rattler' s cm.ms, 'and ,; bile be rejoiced a t !Jis success l he otbe. "performers he let n o look nor actk1 ,. etray hie feelings. When1 however, Old Rat .l.er camo de.shill[; down towara him1 t-.:rdcrma"-1ad been wounded: and wheu be flnall, w .'.:ii m :ind bis : 1orse go down, ancl saw the lllshhl[" frnnt.ically to secure hie h o feJ'. certa.ln i 01.:. man's days were ended. r J..:ven the captive's two guards left bim and oined in the geneI':"J race after th&: one scalp, and .lis gave the f ettered man a momo ni; to re!iect apon bis own :.ituation A golden -:>pportunity for escape was offered could he but unloose his fetters; a n d this he tried repeatedly to do, but he had been bound by an Indian in such a manner .that bis e f forts only served to tighten bis bonds. Suddenl y he was startled by the report o f a gun and a wild savage yell, and Joo]{ing down across the opening he saw, to his utmost surpr is e and joy, Old Rattler and bis horse rise from the ground behind a little cloud of smokf', and then the next moment be again saw the old horse flying over the plain with his inimica l mast.Jr o n bis ha.ell: shouting back to Ql1tWitted and $llVflK
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1 0 Deerhunter, CHAPTER V. l o f all is the sagacity and speed o f that FRANK PARKER'S MISSION TO RED PINE. t h e outlaws declared a relic of Noah's ark. H a d I OLD RATTLER had played a desperate game to ef-been In any other position than I was, I presume feet the rescue of the stranger from tbe Indians' I should have enjoyed the performance very much power. His pretending to have been wounded by -as well, In fact, as I am now enjoyillg the outcome the guard, and, finally, the fall of himself and horse of it. as if in de'1th were tricks quickly conceived to draw "Stranger, I should obsprvate that you're a new the savages far enough t'rom the captive to enabl e comer in these parts, eh?" remarked Rattler, as him to sweep around and release the mau before they rode on into the woodR at a walk, Deerhunter th>v could get back. still keeping his seat behind Parker. lie bad remail1ed lying in the grass until the fore"Yes, sir. I am," replied Parker. most sava!l'e was witWn fifty paces ot him when he "On your way to Red Pine?" fired and brought the warrior down, momentarily I am. confusing the others; then he spoke to his trained "Got friends there?" horse and as the animal sprung to his feet the old Not that I know of, but I am In search of man leaped u_pon its back and as he sped away he friends." shouted back, in defiant tones: "You can rest assured that you have found o "Come on, you red-rinded devils! foller me for I pair of them In me and that old circus there," said am the way that leads to death and destruction-Deerhunter. I'm the Jack-o'-lantern o' death I" "Indeed I have, my boy-friends to whom I feel I Tb.en he began to gradually circle around the foe can talk with safety-in whom I can confide I as and he had but fairly got under way when he dis-sur e you I naed sucli friends, too, for now I r ealize coverecl two persons mounted upon one horse gal-that I have deadly enemies in this country." lop; .n<( out from the vicinity of the lake across the "Ah? in that man they called Powell?" ex:cla!me d opening. They were going westward and, sudden Old R'.Lttle r. ly one of them took off Ws hat and waved it above "Yes, sir," was the reply. his head. "I noticed, continued the borderman, "that "By the royal Rosycruslansl" burst from the borPowell var a leetle flustered when he came up and derman's lip, "that's that boy, Peerhunterl he's looked upon your face." catched that dead Ingin chief's boss and while I war "I never saw the man before, yPt 1 knew him by circusin' aron'l l d own here he's slipped around the description I had of him," said Po.rker. "Of and th captive. By goblins! that's bet-course, I might be mistake n as to the fellow, but if ter'n I'd tlggere r l on, and so I'll lean off that way he is the one I think be is, his name's not Powell." and join 'em. Good-by, red-rinds1 good-by, but only "He's a scamp-a royal forest sneak," declared .for the present. The Epidemic will come ag'in some Rattler; "I listened to his hp last night in secret day, and then many o' you'll curl up with the council over here in the woods with a "i)ack o' In cramps and join your friends gone before to the gins, and if your name had been John Reed instead happy hunting-grounds. o' Frank Parker, I'd knowed you war euemies. With these parting words the old fellow galloped "Young Parker started and fixing a l ook upon across the opening and on the other side near the Old Rattler asked: edge of the timber he joined the Deerhunter and the Did .you hear that man mention the name of man, Frank Parker. -John Reed?" "Wal, boy. you got in your work, didn't you?" "It's a Book o'-Revelatiori. truth, I did, stranger; Rattler exclaimed, his face aglow with excitement but now I see I'm gittin' onto ticklish grounds with and pleasur8. you. I don't want to drlt\v anything outen you that ''Yes, Rattler," replied Deerhunter; "and now I don't come willingly." have the pleasure of introducing you to Mr. Frank "R'.tttler," said Parker in a free, outspoken manPatker." ner, "I see ymt know somethin<( tb.at I ought to "Frank,' said the old man, with an air of familiknow, and to convin<'e you of it, I'm go ing to take arity, "I'm glad to press your palm. The red-rinds you two into my confidence and make known to you -eame nigh gtttin' in c-.eir work on your hair, now the secret of my mission into this country." didn't they?" "All right, stranger," sald Old Rattler," we boys "Yes, sir; and but for 1,0ll, aided by this boy, they are both lippy as hungry ka-otes, but a secret'&. as would have succeeded. answered Parker, in a safe with us as our lives." -' gratPful tone. \Yell," began Parker, "my story is a long one, "Glad to know we've been o' sarvice to you, and '.Jou will have to be patient. I mus go back Frank; but say, boy. how did you like the show?" nearly sixteen years, for then it was that the first "It was a whole circus, R'.lttler You and 1,0ur events in my story transpired. In far-off New Hamp. horse are a pair of dandies-regular stunners I re-shire, one David Allen lived. H e was a bachelor, plied Deerhunt.er. he was eccentric, be was wealthv, and he was get" Oh, isn't Comet a hummer, though? Can't he ting along in years. The only relatives he bad were pound the sod in the smackupe3t style? And Old two siste rs, and these finally died, each leaving a Epidemic here-don't she have the clear, muelc> l son. The
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Jleerhuntei'. U -been the last one known to have visited the ol d man, wh o was sick In bed, up to the time the murder was discover ed. Doctol'!l,'in the mean time, had been called in, and they soonJiiscovered that the old man was riot a,ad, but unconscious from a blow on the head that bad crushed in the skull. The doctors were in doubt as to the result of his i n juries though the chances seemed largely against tlJeoldman. In view of this fact, Charles's preliminary e;x:amination was postponed one week, and the constabl e and his deputy at once started w i t h the prisoner to D-i to place him i n the county jail for safe-keeping. t was all of ten miles they had to travel and their road ran through a deep dark woods, and while passing the gloomiest part of this forest, they were stopped b y a hand of six masked men, and the prisoner take n from them; and that was the last ever seen of Charlie Oldham in that country. A rope with a hanj\'man's noose, and the remains of a tire, In which were found some bones, led to the be lief that he bad been hung, and then cremated by the mob. I t was a sad blow to bis young wife, so people sai d, and after one year's widowhood there she took h e r babe, a pretty little girl, nearl y two years old, and left Allendale determined to get away from the sc e n e of her disgrace, and no one there knew whither sh e bad goe. "But strange as i t may seem; David Allen did not die from the effects of his wounds, but then he was worse than dead, for he bad been bereft of reasonwas a helpless, senseless being. The doctors said it was concmslon of the brain. All the past fifty five years of bis life bad been blotted out as effectually as though bP bad died. He knew no more of the attempt on his life than you do. was a sad and pitiful wreck, walking about, knowmg no one, notic .. m g no one. And this contumed for fifteen years_1 when one day the old man fell down-stairs. anu s everely injured his bead. The doctor. an emment iu dressing his wounds removed some bone sli vers that bad been left by the quacks who had attended him fifteen years before, pressing upon bis brains, and would you believe it, old David's reason came back to him as though it had just been aroused from a sleep." Groot Rosycrusiansl you don't say?" exclaimed Ol d Rattler. ''The Jlrst thlng he inquired for as he started up," continued Parker, was the villain that struck him -his attempted murderer. You see his mind took up t h chain of memory right. where it bad been broken off by the blow of the murderer's bludgeon. "When toid that fl fteen years had elapsed since be was stricken down be could not believe it, and it r eouired much proof to convince him of the terr f ol e fact. When finally told that his nephew, Charles Oldham, bad paid the penalty of hi$. murderous work at the hands of a mob, tire old man broke down -an d wept bitterly. 'Charles Oldham did not strike m e down,' he said; 'he was in to see me that even;ing, and as be went out of my room, a man with a masked face leaped out from a closet and struck me down. I t was not Charles Oldham-of this I am sure. "This left matters in a bad shape for the conscience of the moh that bung an innocent man. Old David thought a great deal of Charles, and but little of James, whose face i n fifteen years bad become ; de eply marked with dissipation. From bjs old and .faithful housekeeper, be learned that Charles's wife had taken her child and gone away-no one knew whit h e r. She showed the o l d man a picture.of 11is 'Wi.fo and littl e @rl and the old fellow went nearly -distracted over it. But now comes another surprise. One evenjng a man in disguise called on old David and told him b e had a revelation to make to him. He said that Charles Oldham had not been hung by a mob, but taken from the officers and permitted to escape, for the mob was made up of warm personal f rienlls of Charles's old s c h oolmates who, wh<'n they '!Vere boys, had taken an oath to stand by each other i n the time of danger-who believed him innocent o f the crime of attempted murder. Charles went away out West and under an assumed name communi cated with his friends, who, in turn, bore the news to bis wife. After all bad become quiet, Charles's wife went a way and no one but the 'mob knew that she bad gone to her husband. r "But the saddest of all was that a year after Mrs. Oldham joined her husband he was killed by red skins and she1 poor thing, left a stranger iu a w il d, savage land with a litt.le child to Eupport. After the death of Charles the 'mob' lost track of his wido w and had beard nothin!l' of her up to that time. But shEI or her child must be living somewhere, stranger,' said old David; 'don't you think they could b1\ found?' 'If living they can be,' the man replied. "'Sir, since you appear to know l\Jl about Charles's escape,' said the ola man, I am convinced that y01; are one of his friends-one of the supposed' mob that hung him.' "The man acknowledged that be waJJ and told .dllen that his name was John Reed. Then Allen of fered him a reward if be would fine! Oharlr-ls's family. He said he was getti:i;,; feeble and tha1 b& must soon die, and that he did not desire that James Fenwick sh.ould inherit the whole of his fortr.ne, but, if Charles's child Eva was livingi and coulci be found, she should have the bulk or his fortune. Reed promised to make a c&reful search for Old bam's child, and to aid him in his search, be pro Reed the likeness of Charles's wife and baby-" "Ahal" exclaimed Old Rattler, "that lik'ness was taken Outen yttisfied, however, that spies have been dogging m y footsteps and movements ever since I crossed the Mississippi river. Having no clew as to the where abouts of the girl themselves they expect to find her by watching me. .lt least that is my theory. B y this time Eva Oldham i s a younll' woman, and even though her mother be dead, too, it will be no trouble to identify her. But I see I'm to have some troubl e for that man Powell is-Jim Fenwick." "Prezactly," said Rattler, "and he's got the In a bull herd o' outlaws to help him,. I see mto it now, Frank Parker: I laid in a log last night you needn't g1in, you scamp-and overheard

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11 Deer bunter. eome talk between your man Powell and a citizen o' Red Pine. That citizen war Powell's tool, spy, or agent. It &ems they're on the lookout for that same gal, Eva Oldham, and "citizen" claimed he'd found her in Red Pine. Their plans were to attack Red Pine some night, and while the redrinds are plun derin' the settlement the gal's to be made away with. But it seems these plans war somewhat in tertered with by tlmt 'ere boy, Deerhunter1 rushlh' Into the villag e with the news o' an log in upr1sin' and pu \ the settlers all on their guard, so that an attack wi1 h so small a force would be hopeless, and so they del erred the attack a day or two and dispatched a runner for more warriors. Meanwhile Powell's spy i.s tu try, with the aid of a gang o' cutthroats, to ab duc t the ga1 if they can. I hearn Powell say that John Reed had b een at Mankato and had the trail. Ho'7 he learned this I don't know." Reed," said Parker "nas not been at M!fnkato but if Fenwick has really found Eva Oldham at Red Pine, C wonder why he don't ventu1e iuto-the village himself!" "Maybe he's afraid the gal's mother'd recognize him and give him away. He's pla;Yin' a deep, under hauded game. But, oh I Rosycru31ans I if that cha!? from Red Pine didn't read your title, boy, I don t want a cent. H swore he'd have your lif e or lose hi3 own In tryin' t take it. I guess the damed scamp stands pretty well at Pine, and when DP.erhunte r there war selected over him as scout it cut him clear to the gizzard." "It's a good thing I did," said Deerhnnter "for the settlers, and I'm anxious no1v to report the re sult of my SCl)utin' hereaways; and b esides, l'd give a dozen beaver-skins to know who Eva Oldham is. Th.re's not a girl in the settlement of even the name of Eva, and I know every girl there, big and little." "Sbe may go by another name entirely, D ee rhunter," said Parker, "for her mother married again, and she may have taken the name of her step-father, whose name I have been unable to as certain.,, Boys, It's past noon," said R-ittler glancing up at tbe sun, "and how much furder do you call It to Red Pine, !!Ml?" 'fhree miles, I should say," replied D eerhunter. I'm glttin' hungrier than a pup ka-ote, declared tht' old border man, "for I ll you the waste o cal otic has been prodigeons with m11 this morning and I-'' His speech was here cnt short b?!i:ie sharp crack of a rifle In the woods on the right. At the same moment a cry burst from Frank Parker's lips, th&r e was a convulsive 11.ing of the body and then as he swayed forward in his saddl9 be gasped out: Th ?J have kil!Jd me!" CHAPTER VI. DE&RllUNTER COVERS THE jtETREAT. A SAVAGE yell follo1ved the report of :he rifle that had sent ;ts leaden messenger tearing through the body of Frank Parker. Deerhunter who was still riding behind the m1m, caught bis reeling form and held It in the ea.ddle "Great Lordi" cried o;d R9.ttler: "this is a bad mess, boy, and we've got to ride for it! Hold on to the strange r, lad, and I'll lead his boss." The old borderman reached out and seized the reins of Parker's horse, and the next momPnt they were sredlng thro11gb the forest, while the crash o rifles and tlie whistle and clipping of bullets among the foliage told of their Imminent danger. Parke r clutched at the horn of bis saddle for snpport. His head drooped forward, and despite the strength of Deerhunter, his body swayed from 11ide to side until It seemed he must f a ll from the IOC!dle. The hot blood pouring from the wounded man's breast ran down ove r the boy's arms, that 'll'llN locked round the reeling form. "Hold on to him, Deerhunter," said Rattler, "U he falls them red-rinded yahoos 'll {f!t him." "I'll do my best for him, Rattle r. responded the brave boy, whose strength was taxed to its utmost, for bis position was a trying one and Parker was rather a heavy man. We're leavin' the ))ea.thens behind," the olc' hunter went on, in worcls of encouragement "Brace up, Parker and we 'II soon be out of this Hold him up, Deerhunter, a little furder, and I'll re lieve you." "I'm doin' my best, Rattler," the boy replied, a! great drops of perspiration broke from his forehead and ran down over his burning face, that seemed ready to burst with the terrible strain upon nerve and C.ber of his body. Ha.cl it been possible for them to have ridden at tlte top of their horses' speed they would soon have been out of danger; but this was impossible, owing to the density of toe timber and the difficulty in supporting Parker. However, they finally emerged Into a wagon road, l ead,ing around to Red Pine, and then tliey rode faster. But Old Rattler saw that Deerhunter's strength, plucky as he was, was failing and drawing rein, he said: "Boy, somethin else's got to be done. Ve' ll have to tie him in the saddle." As he spoke Rattle1 Ieaped to the ground, j erked the lariat from Parker's saddle-bow. tied one end of it around the man's right leg above the knee the n passed It under the horse's b elly and drawing it tight secured it to his l eft 1g above the knee Parker was bleeding profuse ly and though still conscious his words were spoken in great agonj'. He seemed fully aware of their danger and. with au his failing cluni:: to the saddle-bow. R emounting his horse Old Rattle r took hold of the man's shoulder to steady him, saying to Deer hunter as he did so: "Boy, rest yourself a moment-ah I the red dev!s are crowclin us close-too close for comfort and health, bor,I We'll have to fight yet, afore we-" "Fio:ht It is," said De erbunter, slipping from the horse and unslinging his rifle from his back. The savages were not in the road but at the side,, dodging from tree to tree Indian like. fearing evtlril to expose their bodies to the eyes of the fleeing fll@l tives. They, however, re1rarded D eerhunter's movemelll with a defiant yell, but raising the hamme r of hta gun the boy began running backward k eeping b!a eye upoL a red-skin on the and his rifle at a trail. In this way the young scout hod retreated perhaps flfty paces when su 1rLnly-with the quick ness of a flash-he threw up hi:gun and, scarcely had it touchM his shoulder, whe n It rung out. To a casual observe r it would have seemed a premature discharge, but it did not seem so to the s.waf;e who fell to his knees-started up again and reeling to one side dropped out o f chase. Deerhunte r saw the result of his shot with pang of regret min'l'led with his feelings of tri umph. It was the first time he ha.cl eve r raised a weapon &'l'ainst a human being, and it was only a c lear knowledg<' of the fact that it was justitl .. ble that nerved him for a repetition of the act. Turning he ran a .fter !tis friends fast as be could_g o, loading his rifle as he ran. H e carried his powder in a flat metallic pocket flask to which was a charger opening and closing with a spring. In a li ttle pouch on the iliside of hi bunting-jacket he carrie d his bullets, and in another his gun-caps. In a remarkably short space of time h e had !'& loaded hid weapon while on a keen run-an acquire ment he had attained, aloni::with his skill in shootinl? game on the wing, in his yelll'S of experience u a d11er-bunter.

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l>eerhunter. 13 The Indians were wildly enraged by the fall of lheir friend and they renewed their efforts to overtake the whites, though they still kept on either side of the road and dodging among the trees. with their fire until the y could make sure of their aim. At length, Deerhunter turned again and with his gun at a trail began running backward. The In dians had already learned by experience the tactics of the boy and quickly vanished behind trees, each of the half-score of painted wretches feariug that be was to be the object of the young scout's next shot. .And while thus driven to cover they made the best of it and fired upon the young foe. Their bullets went hurtling around him-some etrik ing the earth so close that dirt and dust were dashed U.to his face. Yet he stood unbanne d seeming to bear a charmed JiCe if there be such a favor award ed any one in the dispensation of ProvideJce. Close as the foe were it seemed miraculous al: any rate, that h e should have escaped lhe bullets of the b a lf score of guns focused upon him. Ha.ct it been other wise, howevit", this story would neve r have been written. .As soon as the red-skins fired they broke from their coverts and made for others on before them. But the keen eyes of the young scout were on the watch and at the first glimpse oftbe nearest moving form, his rifle flew to hIS shoulde r auill o' old Nap Bonapc e. c.u 're a young stem winder. lad-a ldttcny cyclone-a hull gang o' d ed struction. I'm not asbarr:ed to ass()'.)iate with yoncome along, my little p.: d and let's foller Pt.rk8!; up. He's a fearfully wounded man." They turned and hurried on after the young 1nan, Old Rattler wal1'ing and leading his horse. Re-fore they came up with Parker they were met by half a doz e n armed settlers, who having heard the firing otI in that directioll, had hastened to the scene of conflict. "You're too late. folks," said Old Rattle; "this r ,rat, Deerhunter, lick e d the bull caboodle r- red rinded yahoos, sendln' some o' them to purgatory and the rest howlin' into the CHAPTER VII. PREPARATIONS FOR DEFENSF. WrrIIIN an hour after Deerhunte1 bad takrn hill departw-e from Red Pine to act in the cap1city ot scout, the settlers agreed npon plans of dP.fense and that was the erection of a stockade. A committee was appointed to select a location for the defense and while ' wa s out, the question of Deerhunter1s ability to perform the duties of scout alone came up. Kit Redpath being out on the com mittee Deerhunter's side was minus its strongest advocate. No one que5tioned the brave boy's quali fications, but it.seemed the task was altogether to., great for him, and the result was that N eal Gordon' was also employed as a scout and the young man at once took his departure into the woods. This was exactly what Gordon desirf d. It would afford him an opportunity to come and go at p1eas ure and keep his friend Powell and his savE.ge allies posted as to the movement of the settlers. .As to Deerhunter, the smooth-tongued villain made up his mind to put the boy out of llis way at the first op. portunity, at:l then have a clear field all to himself. The committee on location s elected the lot upon whV!:J. 'Squire Hawkins's house stood for a defense for several reasons: the spot was an elevat< d piece of ground; the 'squire's house was a two-story, log structure which, being in the center of the &tockade, would answer for a lookout from above and a refuge for the women and cJiildren b elow; besides there was an inexhaustible wdl of good water at tl\e dovr. Of course tbe squire was only too glad to bah.,.,': house thus protected, and so the preliminaries soon arranged and the work b eg un. t The ring of axes. the crash of falling trees, and the shouts of the teamsters drawing in the logs soon wld of the energy with which the week was b<'ing prosecuted. .And while some were thus engaged others were husy di!!ging a continuous trench into. which Jogs fifteen fe e t in length were set on end side oy sid e and securely plant e
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I>eerhuntet>. lant:''11S carried by tbe childJ'en and in tbe glow of emotions that now disturbed his peace of mind. I ow fi. fed by pineknots and chips; then was had The fellow really loved Kitty and flattered himself a few hours' r est and sleep, a hasty breakfast and that he was loved, and then when he remembered the work was resumed. that be was. to a certain extent, in the power of About daylight Neal Gordon made a flying trip Fenton Powell, he began to feel aggrieved at bis sit into the village and reported that all east and west uation. He could see no reason whr,, excevt for of the village was yet clear of foes, but the adroit Powell, he should not win Kitty s love and villain made no report as to the north, claiming th1tt hand fairly, and protect her life as well as her rights Deerhunter being off on that side, would see that as against tbe schenting L..'. Powell. no danger aJ?proached from that direction. Aud in The future held o i t flattering promises to him1 this he was nght, although he uever believed the boy !Jarring his compact with Powell, but when his mina would 1eturn to the village alive, the savages being reverted to the past a skeleton confronted him and on the watch for him. In the, mean time, a duty had the happy vision vanished. He saw that he mu.st been assi'.(Iled to the women, young._boys who reap as he had sown-that the way of the tl'ans were unable to assist at"" stockade, and that was gressor was hard. the removal of the a ffects oc each household inside After carefully looking over t11e work that was -the proposed defense. This was no small job, tor progressing so nicely on tho stockade, the traitor-eeveral of the families lived over a mile away, but scout aga,in took his departure. with the heroism characteristic of the hnrder they bees all ha)lds w orked away at their de went about their labor. 1l. team was at their fense. l n came, and they 8topped for only a few command and thev at once started out to bring in minutes cu eat dinne r. the effects of those living th0 farthest away first Shortly after noon, they were startled by the re Amid the work that was o n all around there port <'f flreanns off to Lho north, anu"With blanched was one person commg and going in the disfaces tey stopped their labor to listen. charge of variou3 duties seeme:l to fill every heart B,1 Jove. exclaimed Captain Swank, there's with sunshine :::nd encouragement, and that Ini:;ins,. that way 'llld somebody's in a fight with Kitty Hawk; ns. the 'squire's young daughter. She them I' was a pretty dark-eyed girl of ei&hteen summers, Six: arm eel men were at once dispatched in the di possessed of a happy, vivacious spu'it, and whether rection of the sound of conflict to assi d whomsoever assisting her lady fri e nds, 0 r carrying water to the might be in t rouble, and but little w o rk, except tile choppers thirsting ond sweltering in the -ultry pre).Jtl!i.ng of firearms for instant use should they woods, she was always tho same bright, mrry be need e d was done until the cause of the alarm hearted girl. Her c miles anc.l her voice seem e d to was kn@wn. They did not have long to wait, how lighten tlie labor and streng,tben the cowa ge of' her eve r for the rescuing party retwnedJ bdnging w,t,h friends; and yet she was unconscious of this mystic them, Deerhunter, Old Rattler, anu tho \rund c; influence. She affected nothing. Her young heart Frank Park,'I'. was innocent of ;nile. Sbe possessed all tbat was The Bo y Scout'_ return wa.:; bai.1, d with jo:<', pure, lovely and angelic In perfect womanhood. though hiS faco; wounded, bloody, and vdtb Neal Gordon, all said and heliev o d, was in love dust, was at unrecognized !'iy ral of his intlwith Kitty, but, if,,., thought more of him than any mate friends other youth, esp<'.'<-lly Deerhunter, succeeded From the back of old Comet, Dee1punter in most admirably;_, concealing lt. formed ,:; excited that dangers were gatllDuring J-'.1 morning v , t to the settlement Gordon o ring around R ? d Pine; ana also bliefly narrated chanced to meet Kitty alono b her father's house, his and Old futtler's adv entures. But he kei).t the and said to her: secret o f N ea! 1ordon 's treachery to hims Jr, for "Kitti\', you seem to be in your usual good fear tbe viJlain had friends within hetring', that spirits.' would put him upon his guard before he could be "And why not, Mr. Gordon?" was the maiden's arrested. rer.ly, .._Old Rattler met with a warm reception, and he 'All people are .not constitutedalike,' he went and Deerhunter wer e invited to a sumptuous rcr-ast on, "for while ou appear the same, all the rest of at Joe Randall's cabin, the Boy Scout having first the settlement i 3 in wild excitement." -had his wounded forehead washed and di" ised by "Yes, this is a trying time, Mr. Gordon, anj I kind hands. ,. assure you that I fully realize our danger, but what Meanwhil e Frank P arker had b ee n taken to good will worrying do? I consider our safety has 'Squire Hawkins's house, and th3 doctor callee! in. been intni8ted to two brave and excellent scouts." Upon examination it was found that the you11g man "Thanks tho oompliment," said the unblu.;hhad been shot through the right lung, and the doc young traitor, "but I have heard incidentally, tor pronounced his case a very serious if not hopewitnessed the horrors of Indian le"t.f!t 1earning tbi neerhunter and Old Ratt l e r "Indeed? From whom did you hear that?" held a private consultation Vdetermine what they Gordon smil e d. and in a tone calculate d to ap-should do in relation to Frank mis:;ion to pear evasive, saic' : Red Pine. They had no idea who the persons were "Oh I oft.en hear things said now and then, but. he sought, and should the young man die without while I remember the words, I forget the author. I having brought the matter to the attention of the at the same time that 'Squire Haw kins was parties themselv es, providing they were in R'.)d or.ly your step-father." Pine, they were and his minions might "Well, I declare!'' exclaimed Kitty, somewhat succ eedintheirvillainy. But the.vwere unableto surprised; "but to tell you the truth, Neal, the determine what was best to do iu the r,r e ll!ises, and murderous hands of s!1vages once made me fatherfinally concluded to let the matter rest until Gordon less; but now Squire Hawkins is a good, kind father had been secured. to me and I lov e and respect him." To Kit Redpath and Captain Swnnk they revealed "She is Eva Oldham, asI suspected,'' Gordon said the secret of Neal Gordon's meeting with the In to himself; "but dare I ask her more?-what she dians and outlaws the night b efore. At first the knows of her father being a fugitive from justice?3ettlers could not believe the startling tory. but why she goes by the name of Kitty Hawkins instead when Deerhunter declared it was so, and Old Rattler of the name of Eva Oldham?" assrted it "was the clear, compound, Book-o'-ReBefore the schemiril:: young villain cou1'\ settle 'lelation tl'Uth," they were compelled to accept the these questions in his ni!nd Kitty's moth.., a fairst.N:y as true. faced woman of perhaps forty years, entered the .Anrl the news greatly increased Swank's fears for room. and so he ru;kcd no further 0 uest.ioas, but soon the safety of the place, and he at once began urghls c:lepartlU'e, broodUlg over coiatuctlng I UUf r.orwaro. tile work with renewed energy, thougn.

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Deerhunter. fcr fear of a panic, he said nothin!" of Gordon's rotect those chopping in tlle woods Old Rattler volunteered to go out and stand guard, a tin dinoer-born having been furnish ed him, wit h which he was to give the signal should danger approach. The choppers worked with their rifl es lying within reach. They !mew that if foes were near the ring of their axes would direct them to where they were. How ever, after the Old Epidemic had given them Lhe assurance that the!' should not be wholly sur pri sed they worked with less fear and dread. R:tttler had taken bis position not far from where two men were chopping down a tree a little ways north of the main party of workmen. With sturdy blows the two settlers plied their axes. The white chips flew around them in showers. Deeper and deeper into the heart of the tree the keenblades cut their way, and the stately pine had begun to tremble and sway. when a clear ringing laugh suddenly burst from the lips of Gld Rattler, startiug the chopper, who1 resting UJJOn their axes, gaz ed in surprise and wonaer at the old borderman. "What in the world ails him, Luke?" asked one of the men. "l'll swear I don't know, 'less he's got a fit or the jiln-j ams.u "Folks/' said the old hunter, after he had recov ered his oreath, l reckon you think I'm a com pl e xecl old fool and tooken a Jaughin' spasm, but I ll swear I can't help it. My off ey happened to be ramblin' beavenwitrd In a reverential way, when 'l:hat should I diskiver perched in the top of the tree you're fnllin' but a red-rinded-" "An I by the eternals I'' burst from the lips of Luke Deemes as be glanced up into the tree-top. True enough, in the very top of the pine, that towered even above its neighbors, was perched a redskin, his face the very picture .of savage terror. The fellow had doubtless climbed there when the choppers were at dinner, never dreaming that his p e rch would be disturbed; hut what was his object in doing so we shall soon On o cf the woodmen took up his gun to shoot the red skin, when Old Rattler said: "Save your oullet, friend I another whack or two o' your ax '11 do the work for the critter." Seizing their axes, the men struck a few more quick blows-there was a sharp crack as the tree staggered out of its perpendicular, and tl1en, with a teaiing, thunderous crash, it went roaring to the earth. Th savage made a wild leap, as the tree neared the ground, but be failed to clear the swee p ing boughs, and was carried down and crushed to death. Upon examination it was found that the red skin had in his possession a small handmilTor-the glass of which had been broken in the fall of the tree. That," said Rattler, holding up the frame," tells what the Ingin was doin' in that treetop. He war thar watching your movements, and si,,"'lla!in' to his friends with the glil.ss. The flashes of reflected light from the glass can be seen for miles with the w..!'3..\ ere. and the red-skins have a code o' b y reasts of the tired and wearied woodmen on recel..,. ing this news. The teams had come for their last load, and the choppers assisted to J0ad the wagons. which at once rolled away. Then the men shouldered their axes, and taking np the.r rifles started for the villnge1 that was scarcely a mile away. They were tirea and worn. Their clothing was reeking with per spiration, yet their flushed fac t s were set that firm, unfilnching expression of resolute men Their hearts beat stroog anti more hopeful, now that they would soon be in shape to defend their loved ones against the murderous hands of the sav .. age foe. "I'm f:lad," said one of the men, as they along, that Old Rattler has come down to Re-' Pine. Re will be a great help to our gallant DeK hunter and Neal Gordon." "Ye8t he's an old timer on the border," replied a friend 'but I'll put that boy, Deerlmnter agamst-" Toot I toot toot! t
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16 Deerhunter. man tried to pass but Swank caught him by the arm and stopped him. A third man he knocked down wlth ritle. Others came to the captain's assist ance. '!'he tide was stayed and the axmen rallied. 1 By this time the savages were in the opening and Swank having formed his men, now neal"ly two score strong, in line, ordered them to tlre, and in obedience thereto the crash of their rh1es and thPir double-barreled shot-guns lo aded with double charges of buck-shot seemed to rend the very air. It was a deadly fusilade, and even more destruc tive than surprising to the savages, who -wavered, and then hastily fell back: for the Indian cannot stand an open-field fig-ht, nor will he risk one unless absolutely sure of victory. 'l'he settlers, who but a few moments before were fleeing in terror, could now scarcely be restrained from rushing madly in pursuit ot the savages fhere wa.s not a coward among t hem, and yet tbat JiysteriOUll power that S'.:lmetimes takes possession of great armies a.nu hurb tbem to disgrace and death, had seized upon the axmen and sent them flving before the foe. But now that the tlde had turned, they felt keen ly the digrace of their condn'' and would have sacril!ced their lives to wipe tl r t disgrac e When the savages broke fvr the cover of the wows, Ole panic-trap, will ye! Um:ertak. to run clown another epidemic, will ye? Go l you bin-colored demonst" "I say, old moose-lungs, said Cqrain '>wank, his face aglow with triumuh, "seems tom a sla.shin' good retreater!" "Bet your sweet old soul on captain, rel spondecl Rattler. "for that's the way I most al ers tight I'm no old fool 'bQu t runnin1 afrer a figh t ; but a fight runs afte r m,, then you can gam ble somethin's got to tear lik e rotten lJuckskin. Put me on my horse Comet. with Epiclemk here in my hands, and get me in full :.'etr 'at, a I'll go yo u my oft'. optic that I can lick forty even reel-rinds inside o' a five-mile panic, if open ground. Them's my tactics, captain, and V s too. Oh It you'r shirt foams up over your waistband, and by tht" darin', reckless, Napof'onlc manner in which you r.rost your barn-door breeches to the sup-90rt o' one lunely, Congo-citizen colored susJ)eli .r. All these are signs that Indicate a sweet, chi ld l disposltior., a constitootional lover o' ease and .reckless darin', and a big, brave heart. Captain Swank could not suprress an outbn of laughter at the words, truthfu ones, too, of t rolli ck in g. whimsical old borderma.u; for ne n saw that Rattler was a man after his own hea and at once received him into full f e llowshi and, arm in arm, the:y walked into Redpath's Rto and there to their eter.ial friendship," drank royal "bumper." As tJ\ey came out of the store tJiay were met Deerhunter, the Boy Scout, whose excited faco to! them that some new danger was hanging over Pine. CHAPTER IX. KITTY RAWKil!S'S HEROISM. llALF a mile from Red Pine going by laud, o eighty rods straight across the corner of Lak Shetek, stood the bumble cabin of Timothy Bain and considering it the !ell.St exposed of a.ii the home to any distance from the villa g e proper, the r moval of its household had been deferre unt.i! the v ery last. Mr. Bain and his daughter Dorothy composed th family, l\Irs. B a in havinll" die d some two y previous; so. that while the father was assisting neighbors on tbe stockade, the daughter was as sisting her lady friends in removing tlieir housthold e ects to the d e f e nse And it was late in the after noon whe n a team was sent to the Bain cabin fo r the goods, Dorothy, accompanied by her young fri e nd, Kitty Hawkins, going across the corner of the lake in a canoe to assist in loadin g the wagon. :Jorothy Bain was a slender, blue eyed girl o f perhaps eighteen years, with a graceful form, ligh , gold e n hair and a sw eet sunny temperament. Sho was pos.qess e d of so many noble qualities and such purity of mind and heart as to greatly endear h e r to all whom she chanced to mee t After reaching the cabin, which stood but a few rods .rom the lake-shore, it required but a few minutes to load the team and start i t on its way while tbe girls. carrying a bundle of clothing and a miniature trunk con t aming Dorothy's j ewe ls a n d trinkets, proce eded to the canoe by m eans o f which they calcalated tv return to the village. Plac ing the bundl e and trunk in the craft they seated the mselves anc l Dorothy took up the paddle. Just then some one called to them. They turned their heads and saw a man come limping along the lake-shore toward them. He was an elder)J man dressed in a border sett.ler's sui t aud was rough in appearance, his face being cov ered wit h a srizzled bear:: ana his head with lo:og unkenu>t aair. H o seemed tired and worn and bis blood-Shot eyes aud haggard face told that he had been undergoing great physical exerti on and snll'erinp,. the l ove of our Redeemer, gals," the man said, in a tone of distress as b e dragged himelf along to the boat, cant you give a poor, weary d evil a ride?" "We don't know you, sir," promptly replied Kitty. "I'm Rn be Bunker, from New Ulm," the o l d man said, dmwing his sleeve across his nrow to wipe a.way tte beads of perspiration; "the lngins have kill e d everybody over there but me, and "I only es by a hair's breadth. I've been tryin' to reach Rea Pin these two days and nights, and I'm nearer dead than alive." Yon are almost there now, Mr. Bunker, said Kitty, feeling loth to take the old stranger into the boat. "S'l I seei but It'll be hard for me to make It afoot. I'm 'oout gonG, gais." "Then you take the canoe and we will walk," sal4 Kitty. N neYer; Rube Bunker's t.oo mi!Ch of a mall te>1_ taat," aa.id the old fellow wit'1 &ti a.ir of gal....

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Deerhunter. 17 lantry; "go' aheitd. gale, and I ll try and h o bltle through; If the red-skins do git me they won't git much." "Mr. Bunker, said Dorothy, touche d by the old man's words, "there is roo m ill the boat for you. Step in and "ill carry you to our friends. "Thank you, thank you," mmmtu:ed the old fell ow, as with some effort he scrambled into the boat and seated himself with his face to Dorothy and his back to Kitty. As he did so the latter saw the polished butt of a revolver in his belt, exposed by the disarrangement o f the skirts of his ooat. "Sha'n't I pad11le the boat for you?" Bunke r asked, and without waiting for an answer he de liberately reached forward and took the padclle out of Dorothy's hands, saying: "My arms are stronller'n yours; besides, I want to work my pas sage With this he dipped the blade and drove the cauoe !Jut into the Jake, and with strong, vigorous strokes s ent it plo'i ing through the waters, going directly eastward. "You will please a little to the l e f t Mr Bunker," said Dorothy, seeing be was falling out of the exact course. ".Lord t what was that?" the old fellow suddenly exc\ai m e d, as the !;>lasts of a horn came leaping a cl'<'ss the watfr Tue girls started. their faces blanched with terror. Bt tnker ceasert paddling and the three listened. A few moments later Eavage yells came piercing through rhe air. "111y God, Kitty!" cried D o 1 othy "the Indians h ave attacked our friends!" "I'm afraid so; said Kitty, seriously. "Yes. sure'n thunder they have," said Bunker; "and we'd better tarry a moment till we know what the result is. Don't be worried, girls, for if anything happens you've a friend in Old Rube Bunker. The boat stood upon the placid waters ancl the three listened. They beard the souncls of a sharp contlict going on, but it lasted only for a few min utes then all became silent. -'"fhe fight bas ended, but who's victors?" said Bunk e r. "Onr folks, to b e sure," said Kitty; "if the In dians had won they would not have ceased their y ells so soon." "l don't know 'bout that. said Bur.ker, "and I ruther think we'd better puli off down to that island yiinder and wait," and the man tlu'Iled the canoe a nd started toward the i sland over forty rods 6ut of t h e' r course without waiting to consult the f%lings o f the girls.
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1S Deerhunter. "I told you-I warned you, Mr. Bunker," said Kitty In a firm, resolute tone, "and now I warn you again that you must leave tbls boat or I will shoot !t ou through the back." "Then take me to that little Island and I'll get out the fel!O\V said. "No, we will do no such thing," replied Kitty: A you have got to jump out right here." "My God I you are a wild murderess girl I'' "Yes," Kitty said; "I hava no m ercy for one like you I command you to rise to your feet aud leap mto the hke and swim to the island 01' drown." "I cannot swim a JJck-not a lick," declared Bunker. "I don't want you to get out at once ltitt y said, in a tone that told h e r patience was wearing out. "Rise to your feet and leap clear of the boat and if you turn this way, or attempt to up set the canoe, I will take either for a signal for me to ihoot." Girl, J will drown sure as death," he 1?.rotested, & id if J do I will haunt you whether you re awake or asleep, all your life-I will stare up from the wa \ery d9ptbs of this lake with ghastly face and s:lass v eyes into your sou l day and night. I will ke your life a h e ll on earth." I don't care, I am bou d you shall get out, and I won't wait another minute-not another minut., I" And she me:mt what she raid, "All right, young d!'mones., here goes," said Bunker rising to his fe e t and leaping out into the l ake. It' was a bitter dose for him to swallow. He sunk from view in the wate r but soon arose to the surface and struck out toward the island, swimming lik e a fish. "Now, Dorotbv, let us fiee," said the heroic Kitty. "The paddle, Kitty-where is it!" Kitty's face assumed a look of utter amazement and for a moment it seemed h e r splendid courage w o uld give way. But mastering her emotions and stifling her disappointment, she glanced after Bunke r, saying: "What a blunder, Dorothy, to let him escape with the paddle." u It is too badhKitty; I might have thought of that," said Dotot y. Well, we're rid of that man anyhow, and that Is con sider able Let us trust to the wind to drift us ash ore It will soon be dark and I think a breeze will rise then. P erhaps we can paddle along a little our bands." "Oh, I'll tell you," sudden l y exclaimed Dorothy, an<.'t her little trunk she took therefroru an oblong handmirror; "why will this not do for a paddle?" "It will spoil it, Dorothy," said Kitty. "Well, it will be no great and Dorothy began plying her mirror as a padrue with no small of success. They ::ieaded toward the southwest, the nearest point .1ow to the shore, but darkness had set in long before they had reached a l andin!J. When they diJ, however they concealed Dorothy s trunk and bun dles and t.ben s e t out for Red Pine, now fully two "lliles away. Tbe darkness In the woods was In tense, bnt by keeping in sight of the lake, the maidens were enabled to make their way along, though they trl'veled Bl.owly. Ever and anon they stopped to listen .;nt no souud save the dull droning of insect wi ngs and that d.re 1.ry moan of the wilderness afte r nightfall came to their ears. To one versed in the lore of the woods, this silence would have bren regiirded with uneasi ness. The hushed voices of all animate nature in thA dPep, dark woods boded the presence of danger, but of this the maidens were ignorant; and ere half the distance to R e d Pine had been made. they were suddenly startled by the sound of pursuing feet. Grasping each other's hands, the girls started on a run. In rounding the spur of a little hill they came suddenly in sight ol a great, roaring camp-ilre Mlw l'ods a.wa,y, They stopped short a sight of it, a single person seated at the fire, and at a glan cognized him as Simple Sam. Tbe foo!Jsli bo built a great lire under the dark-green with a l ong pole sat punching the and wa the millions of sparks that went dancing up the dome of purple darkness, ever and anon mr; a wild, silly Ia.ugh. We have nothing to fear from him, Kitty," Dorothy. Nor an:vthing to of him i'I the wa help," replied Kitty; unless be can tell u some place to hide from those unknown pursm They ran on and stopped by ohe fire. Sunple looked up a strange cry. Oh, Sam I" cried Kilty. the Indians are usl Can t you show us where we can hide f them?" and the foolish boy pointed tm a d0nse thicket on ahead of the m. The girls ran on and ent.ered the thicket. Scarcely were out of sight ere Old Bu with his wounded hand in a sling, rushed from darkness into the glow of the fire, followed white man and nearlf a score of Indians. "Slly, Simpleton! yelled the enraged Bu panting like a won-ied ox. "have you seen two go this way? Tell me, quick, or I'll blow your foo head off!" "There," said the simple boy pointing in the direction the fugitives hacl gone. Like hounds on the trail of a deer the demo pack lunged across the light and plunged Into thicket. A moment or two later the bark of a revolve groan, a savage yell and a shriek came from depths of the undergrowth. And still' a few moments later, the sava emerged from the darkness bringine; with them i the light of the simple boy's camp-fire, the tn> g and the lifeless body of Rube Bunke r I CHAPTER X. DEERHUNTER'S "EYE-DUSTER." "GREAT Rosycrusians! what is the matt boy!" exclaimed Old Ro.ttler, as he and Cap Swank emerged from R e d path's store and the boy in the doo r yard. "Kitty Hawkins and D orothy Bain are mi iniz l" the boy found breath to answer. "Great goblins! you don't tell me!" exclai ed R1ttler, "Oh Lord!" groaned Swank. "'fhey went over to Mr. Bain's cabin t hours ago afte r the things and the.Y haven't 1 turner!. Tbe team has been hack an hour, a the girls were comin' across tbe lake in a can but as they're not back I'm afraid they're trouble." "Like as not," said Rittler, "anr! I reel! you and me 'll have to go and hunt 'em up." "Yes, and the sooner the better," declar Deerhunter, "for the savages are gradual surrounding Red Pine. And, furthermore, just teamed from overheariu' a convers!!.ti out in the woods betwee n an India.i chief a a white man, tbnt Dandy Bill, the Canadi outlaw, and bis bani of are wi the savages. When I beard your firin' ov here, I hustleti in to get to help you, but we a litt.le too late." "Plenty time yet, boy," said R
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neerhunter. 19 They bnrried inside the now completed stock ade and made their way to 'Squire Hawkins's house, where they were met by the 'squire and bis good wife, who were almost distracted over the absence ol Kitty; but the two scouts assured them that tbe girls should be found, and t,hey pa,sed on into the room wherePa;1rnr lay. Tbey found the young man rest.iag easier, and the doctor told them now that if his patient's willpowH was as strong as his constitution, he DJie-bt 1 ull through. the defense, the two Ecouts made their wav around the lake to Timothy Bain's c.:bin. They found where the girls had landed aud embarked in the canoe;and they also found tracks pointing towal'd and disap pearing at tbe water's e d ge, where the canoe had left the beach. "That tells I.be tale," said Deerbunter, pointinoto the track; in the sand. 'i''Yes, and it's a white man's track. The toes turn outward instead o' inward as a red-skin's allers do," sairt Rattler. "So mu('b tbe worse for the girls if they are in the power of a white villain,"declared the young scout. "Yes, if he should be one o' ti.tat Canadian outlaw's gang." "Just as lik ely to be as not." "Tben that scoundrel, Gordon, and villain, Powell, mus t have had somethin' to do with their abduction." "Then who knows hut one of the girls is Eva Oldham, of whom Frank Parker is in search? But s!lrely that can't be." "Nothin' impo s sible, boy. If PRrker had onlv bei>n able to talk to me, I'd axed him who be thought war the gal he war after, but mayl:ie be don't know biss e lf. Jist guessin' at her bein' in Red Pine. To be sure, I know noth in' of the past history o' any o' the Red Pine gals, seein' as I never come a -courtin' any o' em." "Nor do I know of any of them to make a guess who the heiress might be. There are-let me see-six young ladies in Red Pine, and all bear the names of those I sup pose t{) be their fathers, But what next, Rattler?" "Circle the lake and see what we can find," was tbeold man's prompt reply, and they at once set off southward along tbe lake. By this time it was quite dark. An ominous silence surrounded them, but as they moved along, they were suddenly startled by the crack of a pistol, a groan, and the shriek of female voices. "Thar, by the Rosycrasians I" cried Rattler. "The red demons have got the girls!" ex claimed Deerbuuter. Do you see yonder light, ahead?" "Should say so-it's a camp-fire." They crept forward and soon gained a point whence they could command a view of the fire. Ttey saw fully a score of red-sldns anrt white within its glow, and in their midst they beheld the object of their search, Kitty and Dorothy. A wb1te man, with his face covered with a bushy beard, stood between the girls holding each one by the arm. Another renegade or tu.tlaw stood over by Simple Sam evidentlv teasing him, while at one side lay the lifole,;s form of Rube Bunker. Dorothy seemed downcast and uoconsciOus of what was going on around her. Her bead dr-oop ed forward and her bands bung claped bdo1 e her. But Kitty, with her hat banging at bn back, stood erect-the very personification of irate and defiirnt beauty. "Tbe red fiends!" Denbunter fairly hissed after gazing upon them for a momrnt .. "Yes; they're p'izen ones, tool" npl"ed R o t tier. And what an easy thing it. 'd bP to S'' ot a pair o' them-but what good d it do? lt 'd only put the rest on their gua1 d. Bur, >
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80 Deerhunter. ploslon in the heart of the flames and th e v ery Tbe f e w Wtlrriors that bad escaped air was tilled with blinding s moke, s calding too k their positions on guard near where thd ashes, an almost sul! ocating gas and bl a zing and darknes s met, determined that another brands and glowing coals of fire. a c cid ent of the kind should not occur for th e Half smoth ered and blinded by the ashes and want of proper vigilance. smoke, the s a vages ba ckward sh elte rSimple Sam was nowbere to be seen. In fl!$lt, ing th eir b eads with their bands fro m the raiu-he bad left a few minutes before the explosion. Ing fire and bow ling, sneezing, and cou g h-The savages were not ignorant of the cause of their miiibap nor of who the autbor was, and So quick and t e rrible, ind e ed, bad b e en the believing tbe boy bad been equally success explo s1on of the p o w de r that the sm o ke and fire ful in away with the girls, they made and been bl o wn out e v e n beyon d whe r!' Old no attempt m their general misery to follow Rattlel' lay co ncealed Deer bunte r w a s bim self them. deluge d wi t h a s h es a nd fire and hi s way da1k-"Boy," whispered Old Rattler with a chuckle, ened by the but b i s bac k b e "it l o oks like a blind-a sylum there, don't it! I ing to the fir e e y e s and escape d injury can see the dew-draps glitterin' on the noses o' and so be made bis way s afely mto the darkae ss s even o' them red rinded orphans-them as are of the wood s knucklin' their eyes. Great Rosycrusiansl if After recov ering bi s rifl 9 the J arl started back we'd ligbt down on tbat pac k couldn't we pile eo asc ertaia, if p oss ihle, ho w O l d E.attle r was 'em7 I expect you' d b etter take kPer o' me, boy getting along witb b i s p art o f the work. He -take me away and tie m e up, or if I git set ahad gone but a sh ort distao c e whe n be beard a g oin' I may de estroy the bull login nation, and 11tep. then a voice inquired : if I did, think o' the missionaries and the Ingin" That y o u D eerhunter1 agents, and soldiers, and scouts that 'JI be "Yes R attler; did y o u succ e e d answerettler, it's them girls, Kitty "Ve r v lik ely," s aid Old R attler, "and as and Dorothy!" tbar s a little ho od oo risin' out the r e alre ad y I "It are, boy, sure as there be a heaven I and reckon they're b a giuoio t to git their peep ers they have rushed right out into the red-skins' cleared o' du;;t powerth e re! one o' them bas fainted." In th e c ourse o f a f e w mi nutes a fir e was r e "Do r othv, poor girl," said Deerbunter sadly; kindl e d, sure enou gh, on tbe very spot wh ere "Rttle r shall we attleck the red demonsr' othe r ba d burne d s o brightly, and cre eping "Bo. v I'm ruinatin' for a fight, but we could as clo se a s thiy Jur;;t t h e y look e d upo n tbe s a v-never handle them critters all in a stand-up and age band. An d a sorry and kn o ck-dowa tight. If we bad d!iyligbtand could it wa s Tbooa t h a t h a d c l o s e to and fi ght on a r etreat we'd open an airy aperture facrng the fir e wh e n t he e x plos i o n oc curre d tbrough some o' them, you bet-they w o ulrln't w ere almost hlind e d, b eing b uro a d and I be a before-brenkfast exerci< e foru. We coul
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Deer hunter. 2l. I'll rlk it, anyhow," said the boy dragging elle hair down into bis eyes and streaking bis face with dirt. T h e n changing his bunting shirt inside out, and bis leggings, also, and tying some s t r ips of bark pee l ed from a bush hard by around \lis ankles, be was ready to start. "Boy, you'd betteruot go," again admonished Rattler. Be cheerful, Rattler," was tbe fearless y outh's reply, "and if I git a chance to throw dust in the varmints' eyes you be ready to sail n." "Ob, you young pup dare-devil I I nE>ver sot eyes on your match," drclareu Rattler, but his w o r ds were lost on the boy who boldly a dvanced from tbe shadows int.o the light and w alked toward tbe savages several of whom ad v anced to meet him tbe moment his presence was discovered They drew their tomahawks as tbey advanced, atid Rattler seeing tbls hostile movement believed they intended to brain tbe !:>oy and so raised his rifle to shoot down the first one that attempted to raise a weapon. But the for emost one looking into the face of tbe ba ti PSS yo uth seemed satisfied as to who tbe intruder was and turned away with a grunt. "Tbe gol-d umbed eeji0ts!" mused Rattler. "I reckon all a got to do is to look crosseyed and he's a Simple Sam. if be could only dust their eyes now like he didHullo what ails the red-rinded fools now1" T bis mental interrogatory was occasioned by a sudden burst of excitement and a movement of t h e Indian s toward the lake. Looking in that direction Old Rattler started and tbe blood ran icy in his veins, for be beheld the veritable Simple Sam himself walking toward tbe buming cabin, "Great !" tbe old borderman groaned in spirit, Deerbunter's a dead boy now I an epi d emic can't save the brave lad!" CHAPTER XI. THE WRONG GIBL. DEERHUNTER' S attention was drawn, by the s avages' excitement, to the simple boy whom he w as representing among the savaires, and he at once reali:aed his great peril. He knew, H put. to the test, tbnt he could not maintain the character be bad asFumed, and, even if he could bave done so, he bad too much honor to imperil the life of poor Sam by taking any further ad vantage of bis infi.rmities. So be saw that must act promptly, and, walking over to where K itty sat supporting tbe head of J)orotby in ber lap, be picked up a club that lay near, d ealt the savage that stood them a blow on the head that felled bim balf dead to the earth, ay iag t-0 the girls as be did so, in his natural v oice: "Be of good cheer girls; you'll be "Ob, Deerbunter!" burst from Kitty's lips; b u t the boy heard her words, for, with a yell of defiance, he bounded across the open yard in front of tb!' burning cabin and plunged mto the shadows of the woods, pursued by half of the now thoroughly enral!ed foe. I n dire suspE>nse Rattler maintained his position waiting and watching. It was several winutes 'before h e saw any of the savages that had gone In pursuit of Deerhuntel" return They came back in ones and twos, and the l ook of dejection and di.>appointment that their faces wore gave the old borderman hope for the boy An hour had almost passed when the ol d man's ears were greeted by a stealthy move ment in the bushes btihind him. He knew not whether it was a Favage or D eerhunter &nd in hopes of deciding t be mattPr without speaking, be slowly drew bark the hammer of bis rifle. 'l'be click of the J ock ealled forth the whispered admonition: "Easy there, Rattler, if that be you;?" "Come for'd,Deerhunter,you reckless scamp, repl ied the old scout, for he recognized the boy'11 voice even in his wbispned words. The next moment the two scouts were to gether. "A close call that, Rattler," observed Deer hunter. "Confound that Simple Sm, I didn't suppose he'd ramble 'round all night, and aiter I seen I was into it l was bound the boy sboukln't suffer on my account, and I let 'em know I was uo cro!"seyed gumpbead. "I see'd the hull performance," said Rattler "and I smiled to me bow kitteny you around. Bu'ste d an Ingin, didn't ye1" "I welted one over the head a livE>ly jolt, at any rate-hullo, there's more red-skins comin' in!" "By the Rosycrusians!" exclaimed Rattl feasted bis lit. tie, snakish eyes upon the captives with a look that caused them to shudder. Tbe villain, F enton Powell, turning t-0 tbe savsooe, sairl: "fbere, L'ttle Priest, have I not my word, and found you a white such 68 your heart cravedl Tbere she is," and he poi nt-

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88 Deerhunter. ed to Dorothy who shrunk away as if from the presence of a serp ent. Who bavo tbat squaw1" asked tbe chief pointing to Kitty, with a covetous look. Your old friend bere, Dandy Bill, will take her to bis palace over in the Dominion," replied Powell, as indifferently as though parceling out cattle to bis friends. Kitty's heart almost ceased to beat wben she learne d that she not only stooa in the presence of that infamous outlaw, Dandy Bill, but was to be given into bis power. Recovering her selr-possession, bowever, she found words to sa. v: "J supposed this was an Indiau war-not that of white men against two helpless girls." "R&st easy as y(Ju can, girls," said Powell with suave politeness, "for we will not quarrel about what cannot be helped." After some furthe r words on the part of Kitty and tbe villain, Little Priest went out and held a long c onsultation with bis warriors. When be came back his face wore an angry, savage scowl. H e ]it, his pipe, and seating him self on th e 1ioor, smoked in silence. Pow ell nor his confederates disturbed bis si lent med i tation s It was quite evident that the chief was in bad humor. Tbe d e f eat of bis warriors in the at tack on th e settl e rs, and the death of so many of them, grieve d bim sorely S couts k e p t coming and going during the entire night, but they brought no news that was encouraging. A couch of blank e ts was spread on the 1ioor in a little room adj)ining, for the maid e ns. They '>eated thems e lves upon it, and all night long sa.t l o cked in each other's arms, talking in wbi>pi>rs and weeping. Daylight at length dawned. The savage killed a calf belonging to one '>f the settlers and this was dressed and broiled and served for breakfast along with some green corn roasted in the busk in hot ashes. Tbe captives were offered some of the viands, b11t declined them. Along toward noon Little Priest called a council of all his warriors in front of the cabin. Ove r a hnndred p!linted and plumed savages sat in the circle, and as Kitty lo o ked out upon them her heart grew sick, and it was all she could do to master her hitherto splendid cour age. After the council was over Little Priest enterEid the cabin, and approaching Dorothy, said: "White sauaw go now-she ride horse with Little Priest!" The girl uttered a shriek and started back, clinging to Kitty. The chief took her by tbe arm and half-dragg e d her away. "Ob, Kitty! F11rewelll farewell!" she moan ed in the bitterest ngony. Kitty burst into tears, and attempted to follow her young friend, when Powell arrested her. saying: "Not yet, Miss Hawkins. The Indians are only going to change their base of operations over to the woods, while we will have the coun try_ entirely as soon as the horses arrive." Kitty's grief was quickly changed to tion and rage, and turning, her eyes fill8blng like coals or fire, she exclaimed: "Wretch, keep your bands to yourself I It is only your brute strength that saves you from being strangled!" "You're a kind o! Locret.ia B o rgia, ain't you I But then, you'll be tamed, my fine girl," replied the man. "I see you have a little of the old Allen Hre in you," Kitty turned her back upon the villain, and walking to the window looked out after the sav ages, wbo were moving away with Dorothy. Fenton Powell finally left the room, closing the door behind him. Just out
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Deerhunter. 23 "My father's name-" began Kitty, but tbe tnick-witted girl checked herself, crying: "but pard on my interruption, Neal-go on." "His name was Oldham, and be was a tive from bis native State for a crime be never committed. This came to light quite recently, and measures were set on foot to find him after bi s innocence bad been established. It was l earned tbat after leaving his native State and going W es t be changed bis name and aften.,.a1d killed by the Indians while living on the Platte river in Nebraska. Then your motl.Jer married and she, of course, took the name of Hawkins, and you were giving the name, ah:o." 'How has tbis been traced out, NeaU" KHty as"\:ed, in surprise. By friends of your father." Did you know my father?" 'No: but I am a friend of his daughter. :.-icw, Kitty, you are heiress to a large fortune ll .New Hamps hire. Fenton Powell is heir next tlter you and he-" "Theo be is a r elative of cried Kitty. "He is a cousin of your father, and with you out of bis way he will inherit the fortune.' "Then I und erstand why he is thus pursuing me,'' declared Kittv, "and, Neal, I am afraid you have been helping him." "I confess I have, Kitty, though I was inr10cent of doing you a wrong, for as I told you once before, I love you, and I now repeat that declaration. Pro mise me that you will be my wife, and that man shall no longer molest you, and you shall have the fortune the villain... would cheat you out of." Has not that fortune a great deal to do with your love, NeaH" "Nothing on earth, Kitty l" he declared, as if hurt by the question. "I knew and loved you before I kriew you were aught else than Kitty Hawkins-before I learned that your true name was Eva Oldham-Kitty, why do you smile!" "At that odd name, Eva Oldham." "Kitty, you are an enigma," said Gordon; "I believe you t.ake a woman's pleasure in tor turing me." "Ob, no, Neal, I do not; I am frivolous, I know." "Then why do you not answer me? Surely vou care nothing for that young waif, Jack Darrell, or Deerhuuter!" "Deerhunter is a hraveand daring boy-wor thy of any girl's l o ve," declared Kitty, in an emphatic tone. "I will admit tliat," he saicj, a little petulantly;" but you, I know, do not love him howe v e r much you mayadmirehiscourage. Now, K itty, what em I to understand? will you reject mv love, and escape the power of this villain Powell, .vr-'' "If you care so much for me, as Eva Old ham, the heire ss, surely you should care enough for Kitty Hawkins to save her from that man's power," declared the girl, in desperate <:iarnest ness. "I do not understand you, exactly, Kitty," Gordon replied, calmly, "When any one is mist,aken about anything," aaid Kitty, with a. faint .smile, "old Captain Swank tells them they're b&.rking up the wrong tree." "And in what respect is that saying appli cable to me!" "I am not Eva Oldham, never was, nor was my father's name Oldham, nor did he ever flee from his native State for a crime be never com mitted. My father's name was Henry Carroll, and be was slain by the Indians ou Platte river. If it is a fortune you have been after, Neal, you have missed it wonderfully in not having made love to Dorothy Bain, for he1 father's name was Charles Oldham, and her real name is Eva,/" ,,. .. Kitty, come now, you are jesting," the man said. "True as [live I am not, Kitty continued; "Dorothy's father lived on tbe Platte with us, and be was slain the same time my father was. Our mothers married about tl.Je same time after ward and as Mr. Bain a!ld Mr. Hawkins were old friends they came here together. Dorothy's mother died. two years ago and since then she and I have been daily cornpanio11s. She told me all about her father's trouble as related to her Ly her mother. She said her mother always claimed that her father was innoc ent of the murder of David Allen and that time would prove it." "Did she tell you bow her father escaped the mob that took him from the officers to hang "Yes, that mob was composed of Mr. Old barn's personal frirnds who believed him iuno cent o r the crime, and after taking bim into tbe woods, ostensibly to kill him, they assisted biw to escape and after two years had elapsed rnnt bis wife and child to him." "And then Dorothy does not know that her father bas been exonerated and that he, or bir. heirs, are h e irs to the fortune of David Allen, the very man he was accus e d of slaying!" "No, sir, she does not; at least, did not a day or two ago." "'!.'hen that y oung man, Frank Parker, t.hat came to R e d Pine yesterday bas not made known bis mission yet!' "He lies at the point of death-wounded by a sav age bullet,'' replied Kitty. "indeed!" and there was a faint gleam in Gord o n's e_ves that Kitty did not fail to notice, yet she could not imagine what thought prompt edit. After a few more remarks Gordon turned and left r o om. As he went out and around the building be met Fenton Powell whose face was purple with rage. "Powell, we have made a mistake-got the wronj! girl; that Dorothy Bain is the girl we want." An oath burst from Powell's.lips and then fix. fog his eyes on Gordon, be said: [understand it all!" "Ab! you have been listening." "Yes and beard y our love twaddle, and treacbe1:ous talk about David Allen's fortune. J understand your game now, sir, is to under mioe me. You toM me you'd prove be.vond quPstioi; to that g;l'l being Eva Oldham." "I tboug,:ht I bad, Powell, and am not snr11 yet but I Wai rigtct. -i:bat girl in there is a&

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14 Deer hunter. sharp and shrewd as you or I and s eeing our aim hopes to throw us otf our track. A s to my "love-twaddle and treacherous talk," Powell, i'. sbould think y o u w ere rascal e n o u g h to understand what I mean-i n f act, \Vhat that talk developed-" A forced laugh burst fro P o well's lips after which he said: "Well, to make a ssuran c q doubly sure, we'll have to have the girl, Dorothy." "Exactly." "And in getting her we'll have Little Priest to contend with." "We'll haYe to steal her," s a id the villain Gordoa, but leave tha t to me, Powell. I can hoodwink that Indian. 'l'he nice p art will h a in getting away with her aft e r sh e bas b ee n once secure d w-'.thout d e t ection; but we'll tr y and work it som e way." Then let u s le a v.i at once for it would not he t o o safe should it b e discove r e d that we were Hullo, the r e C anson, briug along the h o rs es !" In obedience to this c ommand two men came out of the stables l eading six horse s saddle d and bridled_ Takine; the animals around to the door of the cabin, Ki ty w a s m ounte d upo n one of t he m. P.lw e li mounted a no t h e r and tak i n g the r eins o f tbe maiden's borfe rod e away follo wed liy N ea l G ordon and the o t h e r t w o outlaws all in the s ad dl P wittl one led h o r se Scarcely WE!re t hey fifty rods from the cabin when an old pl ank t h a t t o ail appearance s lay Jht on uhe ground, was shove d a side and a lithe fi ( Ure arose from a d e p r e ss i o n in the earth and gaze d afte r tb.e o u tlaws It was D aerhunter, the Young Scout of the North Woods. CHAPTER XII. THE INDIAN BIVOU.A.C IN THE WOOD S. OVER into tbe d eep, dark forest Litt l e Prie t conducted his warrio r s w h o wi t h the exce p tion of a few s c o u t s s t ill in the woods, c om prise d bis entire f orc3 for the investment of Red Pme, and finall.I" w ent into c amp some five mile s from the vilh ge o f the white s. T o e chief w a s in no amiable m o od. l o s se s and d e f eats bad almos t hi s fo ll o w e rs, a nd to bis white a lly, D ancYy Bill, the o uc,law, or the White P eacock, (ls_tbe Indians c a ll e d the note d d andy-free bo o t e r, he attributed most of his misfortunes 'l' h e outla w bo.d deceived him as to the numbe r o f the s ettlers and the eas e with which Pine c o uld b e capture d, be-the chief h aving in trusted the management of the attac k to the outlaw. Of this, howev e r D1ndy Bill and bis friend f'<>w e ll cared n othing so that the y acco mpli>'b e d tbefr ends in s ecuring p osse s 3iou of E v a Old ham at a time w h e n the Indians would b e h e ld accountable for h e r disappearance The cbief was proud o f bis fair captiv J Doro thy, and yet he felt that sbe had been dearly purchas ed. A comfortable lod g e w a s made of poles and blankets for the maiden, anrl when she was \)laced therein all earthly hope faded from her llreast and she sunk sobbing to tile earth. endeavored to oonsole her with the assnrance that wben night came he would attack Red Pine and bring other maidens t o share her capt.ivity. By tbis Dorothy knew that the savage intended making a night attack upon her and as sbe looked out upon the horde of bloodthirsty warriors it did not seem possiblt> that tbeyber friendswould be. abl& to bold out against s uch odds. And to make the zituation s e em all the more hopeless, a fresh party of warriors j o ined them during the day. They had jut c ome over from the east, flushed with victory at New Ulm, and Mankato, their girdle s bung with many ghastly trophies of those now his torical massacres. Dorotbv c o ulrl not shut out the din o! their wild rejJ cing, but turned her head to elude tbe b orribl si g h t s whi c h her seemed to take a demoniac delight in parading bewr e and her T oward evening Little Priest called his war riors around him and excita d them into a mad frenzy Liv a wi1'1 stirring and then wben darkness f ell be l e d through the fores t aisles toward the settlement. Dorotby breathe d somewhat easi e r when she found that she was n o t to be dragge d along with the war-party, but was to remain in custody of a number of savages that w ere unable to t ,ake part in the intended attack on Red Pine, owing to wounds r e c eived in their attack on tbe wo od-choppers the day previous and in Deer hunter's "eye-dusting" exploit. To r e li eve the place of its gloom a fire was built s oon aft-e1 nightfall a few paces from the maide n s lodge_ Tbe disabled warrior bad no fe ars of an attack upon them, for the Indian s couts bad brought in the word about sunset tbat DO p a le face s were in the WOOOS but that all h a d sought the cover of their defe nse. D orot hy-c ould s e e ever. v one of a the wounded InGians in whose custody she had been left. T b e sc ene presented was tbatof a field-hospital. There were nearly a score of warriors, lying, sitting and standing around. Some carried their arms in slin!(S, others limped a round with wounded limbs Tbree or four bad bandages around their beads or ove r an eye, while no [Pss tban f our lay prone npon the earth mortally wounde d. Two sat near the se in stoical silence tb9ir faces a m'lss of solid blisters-victims of D ee r h unter's powde 1 -explosion. T here was notbfag aL all formidable in the looks of this party, but when some two or three hours later the sound o"t-battle came down tbt1 forest from the direct ion of Red' Pine, tbej starte d up with all the exciteme n t and ferocity of tbeir savage nature s, inte nsifi e d by their physic al p ains, depicted upon their faces. D orothy's hands b a d b ee n bound at her back to the central pole of her lodge, and the sides of the lodge clm;ed up, yet. she could hea r the sound of the distant conflict, and through in terstices in h e r prison s e e the excited demon. strations, of her guards. Btlt whila the latter were r ejoicing over an anticipated victory tbe maide n was earnestly supplicating her Heavenly Father for victory for her friends anrl s trength to bear her own unknown burden ot life. tl\H' wew

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Deerhunter. greeted by a sudden change in the &ounds and voices out&ide. Leaning forward she peered out, an<1 to her surprise, and not at all to her relief, she beheld the man whom sbe bad beard addressed the night before as Dandy BiJJ, also Fenton Powell end another villainous-looking white man. At sight of them her thoughts at once revert ed to Kitty Hawkins, and she wondered what had become of her and what had brought tbe o u t laws to the camp of the wounded red-skins. As to the latter she was not long to remain in ignorance, for one of the outlaws said, in a voice whose familiarity almost struck ber dumb: "Well, red-skins, you're not helping to fight t he pale-faces, I see." "We all wounded," replie d a savo.ge with a bandaged eye. "We stay and guard pale-face squaw. "That's nice work," replied the outlaw; "but, say, 'We've come after that pale-face squaw." "Ugh!" grunted the Indian. "Little Priest's squaw." "I know it; but we met Little Priest over here as he went forth to battle, and ha told me to come and take her with me and keep her for him. The chief is a friend of Dandy Bill, and be bas come to do bis bidding. Is the girl in this coop?" "Waugh!" exclaimed the Indian, stepping in between the outlaws and the captive's lodge. "Black Bird will not give up tbe palefac e girl." Tben Black Bird thinks I'm lying, does he?" rFltorted the outlaw, dropping hi:l hand to his revolver. "Maybe be do-maybe don't; but Black Bird oo let girl go!" And the Indian's hand dropped to bis toma hawk, for the savages were all growing dis trustful Of Dandy Bill. A. conflict seemed brewing between the wound ed red-skin and bis old-time friend, and it threatened to be general, for the other wounrled warriors at ouce rallied to their friend's side, wbild the outlaws grasped their revolvers and half-drew them from their holsters. "Black Bird," said the outlaw chief, "you insult the frie!'.ld of Little Priest, and your great chief, Little Crnw. Has bis tongue ever been cro oked to tbe Sioux? Has be not fought by the side of the red man and killed many ene111ie? Speak, Black Bird." "Black Bird bas spoken," replied the Indian, with P sullen dogged demeanor. "Then you will not let me bave the captive end take her to a place of safety to keep her for Lit.tie Priest? "No!" sullenly. "Then stand aside!" commanded the outlaw, a d vancing a step and raising bis revolver. "Black Bird is not a coward," decl8.J'.ed the Indian, his sing l e eve blazing with all the fe rocity of bis soul. "l3ut bis declaration of cour a ge were the last words be elP'er spoke, for the revolver of the outlaw flashed in bis face and h e sunk down lifeless at bis post of duty-trne to tbi trust of bis chief till the last. A. y e ll burst from the lips of the other red skins, and then krives and tomahawks began t o fly lbrough the air, while the revolvers of t'.be three outlaws, fired in rapid succession, made the dark aisles of the woodland ring with their short, sbi.rp, spiteful reports . 'When Dorothy saw that a confiict was inevl table, her sympathy instinctivPly sided with the Indians. She felt that she bad far IEss tG fear from them than from the outlaws, a nd when Dandy Bill's pistol rung out and Black Bird fell, a shudder of horror ran through be1 veins, for tbe Indian, in falling, fell with balf bis body in side her lodge-at the same time a band touch ing ber, she believed it was that of the fallen savage; but she soon learned her mistake, for she beard ff voice say, in a sharp whisper: "Steady, D orat.by, and CO!lle, fly with me I" A man bad 1>ntered her lodge unobserved on the side opposite to that where tbe fight was raging. In the dim light that now pervaded her prison she the intruder bad a face-saw that it was D eerbunter, tbe Boy Scout I With a little cry of surprise and joy that would have been easily ov<>rheard but for the din of tbe conflict outside, Dorothy rose to her feet and started to follow tbe daring boy from the lodge Deerbunter, in leaving tbe prison, stumbled and fell over a form that was creeping on all fours within the shadow of the lodge; but in an instant he was upon h is feet expecting to be confronted. by a foe. Instead o f a savage, bow Ver, be caught the glimpse o f a white man, who, having sprung to bis feet, grasped Dorothy by the arm and fl e d with her into the shadows of the darksome woods! CHAPTER XIII. HOW RATTLER CUT DEERHUNTER OUT. DOROTHY BAIN did not notice, in the darkness and tile inte nse excitement of the moment, that the man witlJl whom she fled was not D eerh un ter, and as soon as they were fairly out of the light and had stopped in the shadows to take breath, tbe maiden said, her voice tremulollil with excitement and joy: "Ob, Deerbunter! you :iear, brave boy, you have saved my life!" A low, suppressed chuckle escaped her com panion's lips. The girl started and drew back. "Girl. l'm not Drerhnnter, but Old Rattler, the R e d River Eidemic,'' were the words that next fell upo n her ears, spoken by a voice she bad never beard before and that filled hef' breast with a new fear. "Yes, you tbievin' old pirate," suddenly came a voice from tbc> darkness bard by-a voice Dorothy r e cogniz e d as Deerhunter's, "a man that 'd steal victory from a boy like you've done from me, would rob a blind widow of her porridge!" Old Rattler again went into a fit of chuckling laughter. "What does this mean, anyhowr asked Dorothy in fear and perplexity. "Wby,'' said Deerhunter, "I crawled lntA

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26 neerhunte:r. tbat bower and set you free, and when I c11me out this old blister tripped me up and ran oft' wito you." ''I< be our enemy1'' the maiden inquired. "No, no, Dorothy, he's Old Tom R!tttler, the scout-as brave an old hero as ever trod these woo fa, but be's given to triclne lone outlaw andWell, l left Kitty over safe and sound to await my return." Thank the Lord!" cried Dorothy, joyfully. "Ob I this is glorious news!" "Yes, it is," affirmed Old Rattler. "But I'm beginnin' to wonder where l'm to git a thimbleful o' glory outen all this promenadiu' through this wood. I allers did like the girlsJ and allers bed good luck in tlleir behalf till 1 struck this 'ere deestrick; and you, boy, are the sole and lonely cause o' it. "t'ou're a little too numerous fur me, I'll confess; but if it were only so 's I could operate with old Comet I'd put onsomefrillstbat 'dleaveyml so bad you'd look like a wart on a log. Thar's one thing certain, bowsumever, you can't make love to both the gals-'specially when they're together-and when it comes to flingin' words to the ladies sicb as they like I can jist git away with the Lover's Casket. Oh, I'm an old lovemaker from Loveland, boy, and am goin' to climb right over you rough-shod. I'll swamp you, lad, fur the way you've been treatin' me." Neither Deerhunter nor Dorothy coulrl rP.press a silent laugh at .the jolly old borderman'il whimsical nonsense. After journeying a short distance, Rattler, changing the subject, said : "Folks, I left my rifle out here a Ieetle ways and we have either got to part or-" "Go git it, Rattler-we will wait," saidDeerbnnter. "All right," and Rattler departed and in the course of fifteen minutes returned, when the three resumed their journey, fina.lly arriving where Deerbunter had left Kitty. Tbey found the maiden safe and the meeting between her and Dorothy was one of supreme joy; and while they were thus rejo icing over tbeir escape from the foe and their reunion, Old Rattle1, who was e ,ver on the alert, suddenly said, in a whisper to Deerbunter: "Boy, I hear a noise oft' bereaways, like the tramp o' hoofs." "Yes, there are five horses bitched down there. When I cleaned out tbe robbers' rendez vous and released Kitty I cabbaged their horst>s, too." "Great Rosycrusians! Just listen to that!" exclaimed "why, boy, your heart is one of stone-a flint-a nigger-bean. You're a Silurian monster. Jist think o' bow disappoint ed them two fellers '11 be when they git back and find their friend esleap in-the sleep that knows no waki14', and find their gal and their horses gone! How desolate will be their hearts! Bny, when you hear their voices wailin' through the woods weepin' over tbeir ill-luck, their crui bed hop13s am! l ost New Hampshire fortune, v o u r iceberg heart 'll have to melt. If

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Deerhunter. 2'7 do the si:;_i:are-c0rnered thing with them follrs you'd taka one o' these gals right back to them and on bended knee ax their forgiven e ss. But, no, you'll do no such a noble, ginnous thing. Your heR.rL's tc;o rocky-you're too much o' : i R e d J e r sey swine to divide gR.ls even with me. lt hurts c:ie, boy-but say, Deerhunter, bow would it do to invite them two rapscallions to go 'l o ng with us to R e d Pine, ehr' "It'd be a splendid scheme, Rattler, if we bad a clear road to the village, for there is a splendid chance to get the drop on the m when they return to where they left Kit.ty. But against we manage them horses and t ,ake care vf the girls and get to the stockade in safety, we'll have all we can attend to." "That's all Book-o'-Revelation truth, D eer bunter," affirm e d the old borderer," but it does se e m like a waste o' raw glory not to take th e m scoundrels along and have an afternoon matinee a-s eein' which o' th e m could hong the by the neck afore his spirit skipped for Pluto's brimstone diggin's." Without further delay the captured horse were brought up and the maidens and their rPscuers mounting, set off in the direction of R e d Pine from whence still came thii sound of battle, and over which, in the dark vault of heaven, bung a red, lurid light that filled the hearts of the four with fear for the safety of their friends. CHAPTER XIV. THE .A.TrA C K ON RED PINE. DEERIIUNTER bad not only kept a watch npou tbe movem ents of the outlaws after the l adieus bad l eft the m at the cabin, but be bad also kept tb e settlers posted as to the movement of the red-skins. A.nd this information enabled Captain Swank tn make ample preparations tor the defens e of the place agRins t a night attack which all felt certain w ould be the next move, and that, the coming night. So a line of pickets was thrown out into the woods shortly after to watch every approach. Between tb1s line and the stockade mf'n were stationed by previously prepared brush-heaps and the deserted buildings that would afford the enemy shelter, with instructions to apply a match the moment the pickets sounded the ala rm. Every light was 1>; xtinguished inside the de fense and with rifl e s in hand, the settlers awaited the coming of the foe. About nine o'clock the report of a gun sounded through the night. It was followed in quick FUccession by several others at diff erent points around the village. A.11 knew they were the reports of the pickets' guns. A few momP.nts later tiny specks of fire were seen in a dozen different places shining through the Rapidly the specks grew larger and larger, and in their ligbt the pickets could be seen hurrying toward the stockade. In a few minutes all bad been admitted inside the defense. 'l'he log-heaps and cabins soon lit uo all the space surrounding the stockade so tb'l.t a savage could not apprcach without exposing himself to view. It was a clever idea in Swank, but the savnges s emed to tave accepted it as an of weakness, and finally burst from the woods like a hurricane and with de moniac yells charged toward th e stockade. Coolly and calmly the settlers awaited their approach; then, when within easy ranf!e, open e d upon them a withPI"iug fire that strewed the ground with dead and dy:i:ug and sent the sur vivors reeling Lack into the Y e lls of triumph bmst from the lips of the s ettle rs. But the conflict bad not ended. The savages waited until tbe fires bad burned nearly out, then made another a ssault upon the west side ot the stockade which they succeeded in reach ing, and while the defenders were engaged in repelling them, another party of savages crept from the shadows and burled themselves against Lbe gate of the stockade on tbe east. 8-> unexpected was this diversion that by the time Swank bad called men to the defense of the g nte it bad been forced open and a score of endeavored to rush in; bnt they were met by on equal number of brave and determined whites, and in the light of Kit Redpath's burning store, a sanguinary band-to band struggle ensued. In tbe midst of the conflict-above the din ot battle-there suddenly arose a wild, fierce yell from a pair of longs outside and the next moment a man on hors eback dashed up to the gate and in among the c ombatants, laying right and left npou the heads of the savages with t club-all the while yelli n g like a mad demonbis hors e r earing, J?lunging and kicking as imbu e d wiLb the spirit o f its master. "O' d the Red River Epidemic!" yelled Captain Swank, as be caught sight of the mad horseman, and staggered back to escape the b9ofs of Old Comet, who seemed no respecter of persons in such a conflict. The savages were unable to stand before this new enemy, and falling back, they finally turn ed and fle d in wild dismay. Instantly the gate was closed and barred. of triumph again pealed from the settlers lip s ; but their victory tbis time bad been pur chased At a dear price. Three of the settlers Jay dead, and half a dozen bad been more or less severely wounded. "Lord, Rattler!" exclaimed Captain Swauk, advancing to the old borderman, and shaking bis band, "you came in just at the right time. The red devils were givin' us a close rub." "Glad to hear it, cap'n," responded Rattler, "but when Old Epidemic makes a cavalry rbarge somebody's got to go home to glory. Ob, that it were daylight., that I might go forth and d e estroy the bull Ingin nation while my blood is plunf!in' at wbite heat through my veins. By the Rofiycru>iansl certain, are lively times 'round Red Pine, eh lt's jist what I like-love-worship." "Rattler," suddenly exclaimed 'Squire Haw kins, approaching in great excitement, "can you gi"'6 1'16 agy 'bout our child .vet1"

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18 Deer hunter. "Bet you your off eye, 'squire, she and t'other gal are safe with Deerhunter on an island in that.lake yander." "Thank tbe L ord I" exclaimed the 'squire, and he hastened to bear the joyful news to his wife and Timothy Bain. "That boy, D eerhunter, captain," continued Rattler, "is one o' the most wonderful kids the border ever oro.iuced. H e' s a matc h for any tbiog-be's a lily-lipped bummer-he's a hull brigade-a compound tragedy." "Yes, we thought he was the boy for our sc out, aed he bas proven himself equal to the occa ibn. But what about N ea l Gordon?" Captain, when I bear that name I could cuss a blue streak-[ want to ki ck myself, and if I'd t e ll you 'bout him you wouldn't believe me-you'j swear l war a goggled-eyed liar, you'd want to crucify me for a snakish slanderer." "Well, let it out, anyhow,'' said Swank, anx iously ... 'iou'll yrotect me from self-violence, will ye1'' h Yes." +Veil, sir, by the goblins o' Smok y Hollow, .vour nice lily-lipp a d scout, Neal Gordon, is none other than that infernal Cani.dian outlaw, Dandy Bill I" Rud a thunderbolt fall e n from a cloudless sky it would not have startled the captafo more vio lently than did tbi; revelation of Old Rattler. H e stood like one dumfounded, and when be finally gained his power of speech, he said, in a tone of disgust: "Re d Pine is the b!lnner settlement of gigantic 1ld fools! It's a wonder the wolves bav'n't eat 1s up-perhap> they woulail' Simple S a m bad not kept watcll over us. S iy, Rattle r, won't you adopt me and t a ke care of me till I'm old enough to run about alone?" Wal, I don't b'li e ve I keer 'bout startin' an insane as}'1um myself, but I'll speak to Simple Sam about you, captaiQ," and Rattler shook with pent up laughter atthe look of lugubrious 1lisgust on Swank's face. At th is 'jtrncr .ure Timothy Bain and 'Squire Hawkins came up to le arn the particulars of Dorothy and Kitty's capture and r esc ue, ending obe conver>ation hetw' eeu R'lttler and Swank. The latter moved away to l ook a f ter the state of 9ffairs on tbe other side of the stockade, and to assist in caring for the d ead and wounded. Tbe savages after their fight at the gate, withdrew to the woods, taking most of their .vounded, but l eaviug their dead. A!! night long the settlers stood by their arms, nut they had no further occasion for their use. The t!avages did not renew their attack, and be fore davligbt had dawned they raised the siege of Red Pine and left the country, evidently in di.'gust. And just as tbe sun arose av.er the eastern woo dland that same morning, a canoe with tb1ee occupants wn s seen to put out from a lit.:;le island in Lake Shetek and head toward Red Pine. All knew who the occupants were-Deerhunt'7, Dorotlty nod Kitty. Iu a few mi11utes tbe trio had reached bore and landed, amid th() wilde s t shouta of j oy from the lips of the settlers who, headed by Old Rattler and Captain Swank, bad gone down to the lake to escort them to the stockade. CHAPTER XV. FE'NTON POWELL FOUND DYIN, G. AFTER quiet and good feeling bad once more b ee n restored among the settlers at Red Pine, Cap t ain Swank took it upon himself to inform his friends of the true character of Neal Gordon -the bandsom'e young hunter whom they had all so ac:lmired, honored and feasted for so many months. So stnrtling was the revelation, however, that few coQld give crede nc e to the story, but wben De erhunter and Old R-ittler, as well as Kitty and Dorothy, bore witness to the fact, tbey were compelled to accept it as true. and then the betrayed confidence of the settlers changed to indignation, and they became clamorous for the blo o d of the outlaw who bad so artfully de c e ived them as to his true Kitty Hawkins narrated to her fatbPr, Timothy B ; iin and others, the conversation that bad taken place between her and Neal Gordon toe day b efo re, in r e lation to Charles Oldltarii and his dnugbter Eva; and the mistake tbe outlaw bad made in taking her for Eva Oldham. And this proved another surprise to those who he:trd it, though Timothy Bain wasnot ignorant of tbe fact that Dorothy's own father's true na.me was Oldham, alt hough at the time of his death he went by the name of Henrv Percival -tb'l name be had assumed after he fled from New Hampshire. Mrs. Oldham being a. noble and pure hearted woman, bad, before she mar rie d Timothy B a in, m ad" a clean breast of th& dark secret that had clouded the life of her dead husband, and out of respect for ber and her sweet child, D Jrotby, he had ever kept that secret buried in his breast, so that no one at Red Pine, aside from the Hawkins family, knew aught else than that Dorothy was Timo tby B>tin's own d aughter until the machinations of Neal Gordon and F enton Powell re veal e d the secrel,. But since had t o ld Dorothv and Kitty-of the mission of F1ank Parker to Pine-of the fact that Charles O ldha m was not guilty-of the murde r of David All en and that he-Parker-was in search of Charles Oldbam's cqild, Dorothy was only too glad to let the truth be known. "But how the villain, N e al Gordon, sbou1d make the mistake and take Kitty fo r Eva Ohl ham, is what puzzles me," said 'Squire Hawkins. "By some means or other," said Kitty, "be bad learned that my own father was killed by Indians on the Platte river in Nebraska. At least, he spoke to me a few days ago about hav ing seen tbe horrors of a previous Indian wer and of the fact that Mr. Hawkins was not nw father, and I, unthoughtedly, admitted s uch was true." "Well, I prPsume Frank Parker will tbrow some light on this st range affair," said Titnotby Bilin, "wben be is able. I would go to him tbis minute bnt it migbt excite him. He has scarco ly recovered from the excitement of last night's battle which the doctor said had given him a 'le".'ioua back-set."

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Deerhunter. 19 "There are some papers in the little trunk I was compelled to conceal in tbe woods the night we fled from Rube Bunker," said Dorothy, "that w Jll go far toward establishing my ideuti1.y." "They sb<'uld be r e covered at once, D o rothy," said 'Squire Hawkins, "for I hope the rumor is true that you are au I will ask Deerhunter to go and bring the trunk if it bas not been found by the savagts," said D orothy, going out in search of the boy. Deerbuuter was only too glad to serve the maiden, and, accompanied by Old Rattler, be set o ff around the lake, Dorothy having given him such.directions as she thought would enable him to fiud tlle trunk. The toat when rogue s fall out honest m e n get their dues!'' "It's very true in my case; old man," said P owell; I'm 'bout and yet I'd like to see that man, Pnrke r, 1f he's still living, and somebody else-I 'Orotby Baio, before I die." "'.Reckon they'd like to see you, too," said Rattler. l'll go f r men and a litter to move him to tbe village," said Deerbnnter. All right, lad, skip,'' s aid Rattler. "and I'll sta v with the man." The boy burried away when Rattler asked: "Whar you hurt, stranger!'' "Shot through the body." "You aml Dandy couldn't agree on divi:;ion o' s poils, eh I" We bad no spoils to divide-we lost everything last night." "Them two gals, you mean!'' "Yes; l\re they safe?" "You bet; Deerbunter saved them, and Dor othy will get hEr fortune in N e w Hampshire." "Wilat do you know about that, manf" asked P owell. "1 b t man, Frank Parker, told me all about the att.empted mu1:der of David Allen, the arrest of Oldham and bis beiu' m 'ade way with r-,. "\nob; of old David's ultimate recovery of Ids &11nses1 and development of tbe b<'t bv one John Reed that Charles Oldham had not been lynched, but bad fled to the West and there Jived with bis wife and ch ild, till ),illed by the logins, under ai. as s n med name; of the fact that David Allen d eclared that O(dbam was not tbe m a n tbat bad attmpted to murder bim; of the fact that old Dilvid bad willed bis property to one Eva Oldham, th e child of Cb1t1les Oldbem, and that Reed bad been employed to bunt up the young heire$8, and owing to infirmities had turned tbe work over to Frank Parker, a skill-ful young detective. "Exactly," said Powell, "and it bas been my aim, with the aim of Dandy Bill and the savages, to prevent Eva Oldham ever lieinir found, for with her out o f the way I would in herit tbe property of David Allen. My name is not Powell but James Fenwick. I am a n e phew of David All en. lt was I who struck tbe blow that felled David All e n uncouscious for fift ee n years. I wus concealed in his room and when Charles Oldham visited his s ick bed f struck the blow, just as be left the house, which I intended should be charged to bim. I kne ... Charles was a favorite with old David and with both out of the way I wc.uld be a rich man. But nearly seventeen years have passed and I am now dying a. beggar, a murderer-a victim of my own evil work. Poor Charles Oldham is dead-111urd ered by my band, as it were. Wben John Reed r e vealed to old David the fuct that Oldham bad not been lynched, but spirited away, I stood in tbe ball of 1 he bouee and beard most of R eed's revelatio n. I did not1 lJowever, h ear tbe name that Oldham bad assumed after leaving Allen da le. Had I heard it I wouJd have had no trouble in finding E v a Oldham. So my only show was to dcig the footsteps of Reed and bis detecti\'e. Fraok Parker. .By this me ans I got track of Oldham 's family, and lik e another fool, I to"k that v i i lain, Daody Bill, into my confide11ce. I bad long known him and had great confidence in him, and to him I intrusted the work of ferret ing out Eva's identity a nd abducting h e r. I did not wish to be see n in Red Pine, through fear that Mrs. Oldham-Eva's mother-would rec ogni ze me, and then Eva's would be a ssociated with my visit at R e d Pine, Rnd I given trouble when it was found how matters stood a t Allendale I did not know Mrs Oldham, afterward Mrs. Bain, was dtad, or I should have come to Red Pine ia person. My tru5t ing so much to Dandy Bill has led to my utter defeat. Th e villain claimerl oll along that Kitty Hawkins was Eva Oldhnm, for be bad learne d tl..at her fa tber had been killed at Sublette'$ Ford. on the Platte river-the same place wlJere Charles Oldh a m had been killed by Lbe He bad been months fooling al ong with matti>r, and when the truth was m.;ide known 1 found tbe villain bad fallen in l ove wit h Kitty, and bad taken bis time to w oo and" in h e r with the b as e and treacherous intention oC giving me away anrl izet,tiog the fortune 1. He bad the audacity to tell me EO last nigh t, after we Jost both the girls, and the r esult wr> we quarrelecl, 11od be drew a pistol and shut mil down and left rnP for dead." "'l'he"!l i! you'd got away with Eva Oldham,

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50 Deer hunter. I reckon you'd put her out of the way," observed Rattler. "She would never have been seen by John Reed or Fra11k Pttrker," the villain said "Her disappearance would have been laid to the sav a11es, bad we succeeded in getting her I\ way last D!fiht." 'The Lord was on our side then. aided by that young scout, Deerbunter," mid Rattler. A groan was Powell's only response. Several minutes of silence followed. Deerhunter finally returned with four men, who placed the dying wretch on a litter and started with him to the village, while the boy scout and Rattler went on in search of Doro tby'llotrunk. CHA.PTER XVI. THE CURTAIN FALLS. DEERHUNTER and Old Ruilb his s t ore arJ.'t cont\nu!ld bqsiQe s &s -bbo pioneer of

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Deadwood Dick and Deadwood Dick, Jr. The modern heroes or nc1ton for youn)( America, who are now 88 countless 8S the sands of the Rea, aud or whom the Deadwood Dicks are much thf> most Important It Is but natural that their should hear away the palm of popu larlty, and Buch as be le rt rar behind tn the race. It can be easily believed, therefor e, &hat the two Dicke 10 ftrmly engrarted on the tree or popular literature r. boye and young men, that their position IR &R8t1red and that they stand to-day head and ahou Iden aboe a ll r lvala In the eyes ot the public tor which th have lived, and tor which one of them has died. American boyhood, and that la a trPmerutoua factor the laud, now knowa Deadwood Dick, Jr., a.good beal b t ter than It knows lts catechism, aud mllllous of yo1111a minds abaorh the thrlll111g lnctde11ts or hla career 111 11 everlastlnJC wRrfare Rgat11st crime and his uever-endl eolvh1g or lms>emrrahle mysteries. }1111101111 or tun s follow hie Rtealthy footsteps as he traNc:1 hla vlJloue victims 10 their undoing, and then, when ''lcthus are thorour.chly undone, the mllltons wait hnn1tr 1ly tor the next volnn)P, which 011 every \Vednesday appe ra. with the certainty of the \Vednesday llselt, a11d a new P L ot delightful ihrllls go thrJlllng away from :Maine to C It torn ta. There are the volumes each so crO\Vded with thrlllR e. ru t heart-tugs that It were madness to hope to do h them collectively and rank injustice to dtscrhuluate tween them. 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