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( Copyrlght, 1884. by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Post Office, New York, N. Y., as second class matter. J an. 22, 1899.


Copyright, lb84, Uy Bt:adle & Adan1s. Entered at Post omce, New York, N.Y., as second class matter. Jan. 22, 1899. No. 3. Published Every Week. JU. J. IVERS & CO., Publishers, (James Sullivan, Proprietor,) 319 l'earl Street, New Yol'lt. DANGER ABE.U>I. Price 5 Cents. $2.50 a Year. Vol. I.


Kit Caron, B'.lng of Uulde .. Kit Carson, KING OF GUIDES; OR, Mountain Paths and Prairie Trails. BY ALBERT W. AIKEN. CHAPTER L ON Tira SOUTHERN !NJUNS, by thunder l" The exclamation came from the leader of a ICOre ot bearded, weather beaten men, all dressed in the prairie garb of buckskin, and armed to the teeth, wbo had halted to take a noon bite under the shadows of the Mesa Los Lobos, as the old small irregular mountain due west of the city of Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico, is called. The little party we:-e on a trapping excuraion, bound for the bead-waters of the Little Colorado river, then a very paradise for game ot all descrip t ions. We writing of the far-ot! days when New Mexico was under Mexican rule, and before the northern eagle, flapping his broad wings in triumph, had taken possession of the land. The trappers were all Americans, the Mexi cans as a race being too indolent to encounter the toils and perils of such a life. It was a st1ong party, although few in num bers, but as they were all picked men, splendidly armed and well used to Indian warfare, they felt satisfied that they could give a good ac count of any ordinary band of red-skins. The country watered b.v the main stream of the Little Colorado-the Chiquito Colorado of the Mexicans-was not the safest land in the world fllr white men to wande r over. On tbA nor1 ; h was the warlike tribe, and on the south the equally redoubtable Apaches, both of which nations looked with 1ealous e7es upon the intrusion of white men mto their beautiful wilderness, but M the country wa11 famous for its fur-bearing ani mals, despite the savage red-;;;kins the white trappers would risk their seal ps in trapping along the clea.r streams. The leader of this expedition was a veteran trader and trnpper of vast Eixperience l in fact, Bob McKnight, as be was generally ca led, was reputed to b e as well posted in all matters ap pertaining to wood and prairie craft as any man along tt e whole line of the frontier. Being only three days out from Santa Fe, the party bad never given tbe Indians a thought, for not until they bad turned southward and passed tte Zuni ruins was there any dane;er of encounter n g the savages, for the red-skins rarely came 110 far to the north-west. But McKr.ight was one of those men whose eyes were al vays on the alert, and while his companions were busily engaged in munching their coarse food and bandying their well-worn jests, he had been mrveying the distant bori wn. ud had diacovered iD $he a llilih speck, showing black against the &ky1 wbtch111 well-trained eyes instantly detected was a horse and rider, and as in that prairie wilder ness, the stranger, a!I a rule was a red-skin and a foe, it was not strange that the veteran ut tered the warning cry. At the not.a of alarm every man was on hi1 feet in a twinkling and grasped bis weapons, and all eyes were turned in the direction in wbich McKnight was gazing. "It is only a .single man, boys," the vetenm observed "I reckoned wben I furst see'd him that be was a kind of a scout on ahead of the main body, bnt the rest on 'em don't seem to show up." No need of glasses for these keen-eyed men with hawk-like vision, trained by years of experience to distinguish the smallest object and they all nodde d their beads, for they with their leader that there was only a single man in sight. Mllbbe he's coming on a smelling expedi tion fur to find out ef we air worth going fur," suggested one of the old grizzled veterans of the train. 1 "Like as not," said another, and then they all wagged their heads thoughtfully and looked at the horses, which were tethered together and feeding on the luxuriant prairie grass. In an Indian attack it is always the red-skins' policy to stampede and driye off the horsee first, then, deprived of their and of the means of retreating, the chances are greatly iD favor of the succeeding in exterminatilif. the pale-face mtruders. 'Wa-al, durn me if it ain't a white man!" cried McKnight suddenly. His experienced eyes bad dlltect;d that the new-comer was riding in an altogether different manner from that practiced by the Indians. "Kinder keerless of bis sculp, 'pears to me," remarked the grizzled trapper before men tioned. "Mighty little feller too; some rat of a youn ker who has cut his lucl;;y and made a run of it from his dad and me.m, I'll bet a cookeyl" the leader observed. Satisfied that there wasn't any danger to be apprehended, the trappers resumed their eating again and stretched themselves out upon the grass in their former lazy position. The rider caaie up; he was a lad, small lo stii:ture, wjth clear gray-blue e:yes, light yellow hrur and an honest, expressive face; being small in bnild be did not look to be oer fifteen, but from the settled expression upon bis face one gifted in reading ages would have ta:ien him to be three or four years older than that. He was dressed in a complete.suit of buckskin and well armed, a rifle being slung across bis back, a couple of double-barreled pistols stuck in his belt and balanced on the other side by a sur.erb hunting-knife. 'I would like to speak to Captain McKnight if you please,'' he said, bis horse up and halting by tbe side tbe p arty. There wassometbmg fleasantabout the clear, manly tones of the boy s voice, and McKnight, who prided himself upon being a judge of character was favorably impressed. "I'm Captain l!e Yid,.Ml'!ucia


Kit C&l'llon, Klnc ot Guiclea. 8 a few MP' IO as tA> get; a better look at the youth;" what kin I do fur you" "I to join your party, if you please, lir." A couple of the trappers who were not r& nowned for their good manners, laughed coarse lv at this announcement an4 one of them, John Walters by name, generally called ed .John," from the enormous size of his" kisslnfi trap," as he usually termed it, cried out: 'Say, sonny, what do you s'pose we want with such kids as you along with our outfit! Go home, for your mammy knows yer out!" A slight bit of color rose in the boy's face and there was a glint of fire in his cold, calm eyes, but he did not answer the burly fellow, quietly ignoring him altogether and looking to McKnight for an answer. "Wa-al, my boy, you are almost too young to go with us, for we are going into the land of the red-skins with our very lives in our bands. B' .tt who are you, anyway, and where do you ol>me fromf' the captain asked, his manner 11.L nd and courteous. My name is Cbrl.stopher Carson, sir, Kit Oarson for short. I was born in Madison coun ty1. Kentucky, but when 1 was only a bab'{ my fOIJ[l) emigrated to Upper Louisitma and was taught by my father, who was as good a woodman as all Kentuck could boast, now to read the signs in the forest and on the prairie, bow to handle weapons and take care of myself in any situation, and from the time I was a little boy I. !llways to be a trapper and a pra1ne-guule, and so with my father's permis sion I have set out to make my own way in the world. .( have been all winter with a trapper in the mountains, Kincade, perhaps some of you may know him!" A halta-dozen of the party nodded assent, among them Kincade waa a man well known and possessing an excellent reputation. He taught me Spanish so that I can speak it like a native, so, if you need an when you come to trade with the Mexicans I think I can fill the bill," the lad continued. "And as to trapping, I have been at it all win ier, and Kincade says that I know nearly as much about it now as he does, and I s'pose, sir, you know that he is counted to be as good a trapper as any man that ever took a pelt in the West." Again quite a number in the party nodded and murmured exclamations of "That's so;'\ Sure as yer born I" and such like expressions came from the adventurers. "I know that I 1vn not as old as I might be," the boy went on, rather encouraged by the friendly looks which be noticed on the faces of eomo of the party, but my fathor used to say when he set out to teach me anything that I woqld never learn younger and it is a fault that will grow less and less every day, so, gentlemen, I hope you will give me a chance for my whik ally." The quiet humor in the speech made the majority of the pr.rty smile, and McKnight whOH Brat fRvorable impreesion bad become stronger and stronger as the boy went on, wu inc!ined take the boy aloq proYided b reli wen "Por my part I don't any partlealar objection," he remarked, addressing the otbel'8. Tbe boy isn't a man, that's true, but he seems like a tough little cuss and I have an !dee that in a scrimmage he would be able to give a good account of himself. How does I\ 'pear to you, boysr "Ob, we don't want the younker, nary time I" cried Big-mouthed John, loudly. "We ain't a-going on a picnic, but rigft in wbar we'll hev' to fight Injuns thicker'n skeeters in an Arkansaw swamp. Nice howl this little cuss would set up if he see'd a painted red-skin coming for his top knot!" "I'll back my nerve 'gainst yours, 1ir, anytime,." young Carson cried. CH.APTER IL THE TRIAL. THB blazes you will I" the rough fellow growled, astonished and" mad" at being cbal lenged thus quickly and directly. "Yes, sir, I said it and I will stick to !ti" the bol. replied, with firm accent. Bully for you, ioungster I" cried the gray. bearded veteran. That is what 1 like to see. You've got grit you bev, and I like grit in everything except a long-tailed clam." "Oh, rou are only shooting your mouth oft for fun!' .the ang:::r exclaimed, incensed at the mirth plamly V151ble on the faces of bis comrades, who were delighted at seeing the chronic bully and braggard of the camp bluffed bya boy. "Put it to the test and you will find out whether I am in earnest or not,' Carson r& marked, bis blue gleamin1t and ftrm reso lution plainly visible upon his clear-cut fea tures. "If I haven't got grit then I ain't the kind of boy you're looking for." W a-al, may I be 'tarrially jammed Into a cocked et you ain't tbe sassiest leetle cuss I ever run across I" Big-mouthed John exclaimed. "W'at kin yon do, a.nyway1" What ought I to be able to dot" was the boy's shrewd retort, thus plainly proving that in wit he was more than a match for tlie big fellow. "Kin you shute,. "I can." Hit the side of a house if it le near enoughr sneered the ugly-minded trapper. "Hit anything that you can." "You dursn't come that old trick that the enss did w'ot you read 'bout in the story-books." What was that" asked the boy, whose edu cation. had been somewhat neglected, ae the M times had forced him to pay diligent attention to things more important on the frontier than books. I bet you would be skeered to shute an ap ple oft on my head at a hundred paees with tbs.t rifle of yourn I" "No, I wouldn't," replied young Carson, instantly. your apple and step out; I am not at all afr&d of the trial" But I reckon I am I" blurted out the trapper perceiving loo late that he had put his foot it. "Gol durn itt ef you mi.s&od the apple, you mo111tht__plug me!" "Well. &hat' :vour look-out; you proPC>led It


Kit Ca.rson, King of Guides. rourself, and if I hit you I ready to apol ogize as a gentleman should." There was a general laugh at this sally, end a half dozen or more hurled gibes at the braggart nntil he got red with rage. "What do you durst to do, anyway?" he cried. "Any gentleman in the party got two plugs of nigger-head' 'bout six or eight inches long1" Few of the trappers were there present who could not boast of a good big plug of the favor ite brand of tobacco common to the bort a little myself," the boy remark ed; "but it in not only my skill but my courage that y o u wa1 t to test, and in orde.r to s how y o u wbeLber I p o ; sess both or am lacking in either, I propose tbs t you take a plug of tobacco in the left hand, wl' ich you are to hold up on a level with your lead, with your pistolco c k e d in your right l and, and I will do the same ; then we will steno at a dozen paces apart and fire at the plug." "I'll see you In blazes furst I" growled the trapper, in di>gust. "Do you s'poe I'm going to risk my lite in that way1 How kin I telf that you are able GO hit the side of a baro?-mebbe y o u never tir e d a pistle in yer life; why, dogl gone it, the chance is a hundred to one that you I would hit me 'stead of the tobacco "I am sorry that you doubt my ability," the J,ioy ":tiOJV, I have perfect confidence I in your sB::1.11, anct 1 am willing to give yoo tbe first shot; that will prove my grit anyway." "An' you will stand up at a dozen paces an' hold the plug of tobacco for mef" cried Big mouthe d John, decidedly interested. "I will." "You dur>n'tl yer only gassin'J" For answer CaJ11on took one of the plug1, pace d oil' a dozen strides, held up the article in his left hand and cried: "I'm ready; are .you! Fire!" John he sitated, and the rest noticing It, at once to jeer him. "Takmg water I" cried one. Cra wflshing, by gum I" yelled a second. ''He don't dar' to do it!" said a third. "Send him back to Santa Fe and take the boy he's got the most grit of the two, you bet,' suggested another. This banter W9.S too muc h for the trapper, who wag noted for tlying iDto a passion upon very small provocation. "Now you jest shet up your mouths!" he yelled, in a rage. "I'm no darned fool, and though this leetle cha p is too pert and fiarcy to live long, yet I ain't anxious to hurry him out of the world. It's too big a risk, and I don't want his blood on my head." -"There isn't any danger if you know how to shoot; but if you don't, why .YOU bad better say 80 at once and have done with it," the boy rEP marked, as cool as a cucum her. There was a g e n eral laug h at this remark, and the tr11pper, terribly excfoed and .. ngry,snatcbed his pistol from his belt, took deliberate aim at the mark held aloft so bravely by the courage ous boy, and :fired. The crowd drew a long breath, and then a dozen at least jumped forward to examine the tobacco. "I thiuk the shot missed, gentlemen," the lad remarked, "for I didn't feel it move in the least." And so it proved upon examination. The crack shot of the border, nerves unstrung by the excitement of the sc e ne, bad mis se d the simple shot, which under other circumstances w could have accomplished ninety-nine times out of a hundred. "Now it is my turn," Carson S11id, giving back the tobacco to the trapper from who m he had received it, drawing one of the double-bar rele d pis tols from his b elt and raising the ham m e r with cool d eliberation. John stared at him; bis dull brain still further befo gged by the signal failure whic h be had just made, did not comprehend wb,at the boy was up to. "Come, I am ready!" the boy crierl. "Ready for wba t1'' asked John, sulkily. "For my sh o t, of cour11e." Your shot I" "Yes; h o ld up your tobact'o." "Nary time!" res p o nd e d the other, sho'Ving both h a nds deep down into the pockets o 1 his bunting-shirt, ancl glaring doggedly at the othe r. Gentle men, I appeal to the crowd, isn't I\ my ri ght now to claim my shot w.hen I gave him bis and received his fire without wincing." There was 110 disputlni: the justice of the


Kit Ca.rson, King of Guide .. boy's claim, and the crowd1 without a dissenting voice, proclaimed that 1t was only fair that Big-mouth John should hold up the target. "But a man to do that is a-risking his life I" the trapper protested. "The boy did it," C11ptain McKnight replted, quietly but firmly, "and judging from your failure to hit the tobacco be exposed himself to cvnsiderable danger by so Anyway, neither you nor any other man m this outfit has any right to question the courage of the lad after the exhibition that we have witnAssed." All the rest unanimously agreed to this. "And, partner, you bad no right to take the 1bot if you didn't mean to give the show in return." "Wel!1 I won't a'nd that's fiat; and since you're 8.J.I so taken with this cheeky cuss, "hy1 I'll step out and you kin have him in my p lace I' the trapper cried in anger, then be mounted bil horse and rode oft' amid the j eers of the res t. "I'll hold the tobacco for youl" the captain eril'd. "No danger, Bir," the lad respunded, and no more there wasn't for our young hero sent bis uullet through it at the first trial. And so it happened that Kit Carson, although but a boy in years joined McKnight's outfit and was rated as being. equal to a man. CHAPTER IlL 11' THE INDIAN COUNTRY. THE trappers pursued their way southward redoubling their caution as they advanced until afte r they bad passed the ruins of the old Zuni village on the bead-waters of the Flax river then being out of the country of tbe renowned Navajoes, the bravest of all the southern tribes, they made better progress. In the Navajo country it bad been Mc Knight's custom to rest by day and march by night. Being well posted in regard to the Jay of the land and favored by moonlight nights, the trappers had not come on so slowly as one would be apt to imagine. From the old Zuni village-the deserted town nf the clitl'-dwellers, that strange race of people who built their dwellingplace on almost inac cessible clifl'.s and who have utterly disapp eared lea viog no traces behind them to tell who they were, from .whence they came, or they trappers went directly south, mt!lnd lng to strike a well-watered country, drained by the Little Colorado river on the north and by the Rio St. on the s outh, where it was certain that abundant game and pelts could be found. Long before the water-shed was reached that 10parated tbe two rivers young Carson bad be come a general favorite, and there wasn't one ot the party who was sorry that surly, brag lling1 Big-mouthed John had been swapped oiJ for tnis lively little lad. Boy though be was Carson was a most ex cellent shot, expert with the knife and_ !"ondbr> ful In bis knowledge of wood end preme-craft, and besides be was a most excellent cook, no 1mall accomplishment this in the eyes of bun men who for the present had to dd \otut to march, eat and sleep ; and then lad WM .0 wWiD& aDd ngeynmins, alWU'I readY to oblige and never attemi;>tfng to shirk any ot tm duties imposed upon him. He took his turn with the rest arnl attended to everything so well, that grim Bot in speaking of him, remarked: "It'" plru.nly k be seen that pounds and inches chm't alway1 make a man." Since crossing the head-waters of the Flax the party had traveled by day and rested by night, although they bad entered the country which the wild Apache warriors claimed as their own, but the Apaches beinir most essen tially "horse Indians," seldom moving excflpt on horseback. and the water-shed being very broken and Irregular, not at ail suitable for cavalry maneuvers, McKnight knew that there was very little danger of r1,1_!lning acrOll the red-skins m that mountainous r u ipon. But wi tbe French proverb very w isely says, 0 It is the unexpected that alwayu happens I" and one pleasant noon when the puty halted in a .little grove in the center of n delightful v'11lley some three miles square to take a bite and rest the animals for an hour or t wo, as was generally McKnight's custom wb e n it could conveniently be d one Carson, keen eyes were always on the aiert, took adv1 rntageof the captain's strolling apart :from wh ere the resi were busily engaged in prepiiring t! e meal, at tending to their arms and to the ammals, to ap proach and ask the favor of a word with In private. "Certainly, youngster, what is i t'I" The valley sur,r?unded on :'ery side .by bills well wooded, rmng gently H successive and the k een-e;y-ed boy svept a repid glance around at the distant hil f before be spo ke. McKnight's eyes followed the ;,lance1 bus he did not discover aught to attract 1 ttent1on. "I beg yc-ur pardon, captain, fo : presuming to spe a k, for I know that it ain't rig t for a boy like I am to think that be is wiser t en a man, but it has been on my mind ever i ; ace yester day, and I can't help speaking to Y u about it, it I die for it, and if it don't am< mt to anything there's no harm done anywa} "You have an old heed on yon>' shoulders, Carson, and if you keep on as1 you have begun you'll be mighty apt to make son.,1 of us old fellows hang our beads one of these days, so go ahead McKnight replied, bringin bis heavy band 'down with a patronizing E l 1 p on the shoulder of the boy. "Ain't we in what is called : pacbe-land now r "Yes, but the reds seldom come p into thi1 neighborhood. If they are on tb going north, they always follow i e trail up along the Little Colorado, and if th r ere bead ing eastward by the way of the Ri1 Pedro they go. In all ii:iy experience in thi country I never ran across a buck up in thi! >0cket, nor did I evsr meet a mountain man wJ, did." There was a troubled expression l l the boy'f face und he shook bis bead slowly. '' .Mebbe I'm wrong he said. "Do you think have seen fojun signs!" asked McKnight, anxiously, for It it was so, and the red-skins were in the neighborhood, good -by to all thouuhta of trappin.Jf for tbt preRD"


I Kit Carson, KiDc of Gulde .. iweu, I ain't mre of it, dr, and if you haTeD't seen any, why I oufiht not to eet my jud1ment up against yourL Now the captain of the expedition wae one mountain man picked out of a thousand, for there wasn't the least bit of arrogance about him ; with all his experience and judgment he was willing to listen and learn from the mean est man in the party. "No, no, speak out, my boy; if you have seen anything suspicious out with it. This is the Injun country, and though no one that I have known ever met a red devil hyer, that is no reason why we should not run into some of them; a party on a expedition would be mighty apt to stray up mto this region, for tbar is plenty of game all through byer." Are tbar any geyser springs in this neigh borhood-in any of the bills round usr "None that ever I heard of, and this ain't the kind of country for that sort of thing." "I didn't know yesterday when I noticed the auspicious signs but that it might he the steam from geyser Fprlngs rising, but then I had al ways beard that these Apaches use a smoke signal to give warning and summon their warrior1 tof.ether when their country is invaded." They do, and it bas been their custom ever since white men knew anytbinir about them, and if you have detected smoke signals it means that some wandering braves have discove!'Ad that we are byer, and they are calling upon their brethren to come to their assistance for the purpose of wiping us out "remarked Mc Knight, very much disturt;d, although one could never havt> detected it by the expression apon his face. "See, sir," and the boy called the captain's attention to a high hill, wooded nearly to its top, which rose promfiiently from amid the rest nt the chain about three miles trom the clump of timber which the trappers had selected for a baiting-place, in a south-western direction. And now that McKnight's attention was called to tbls particular he fancied be could discern a slight, fieecy-J.ill:e mist curling up from the hill, and after a careful examination be came to the conclusion that the lad waa been tangled up in the canyon country and the red-skins, takirig us by surprise would have probably cut us off to a man, but &11 it is, we are in a pretty snug position hyer, we have got shelter, grass and water "-a little moun tain streamlet flowf!d right through the grove "plenty of grub and ammunition and if we can't hold our own ag'in' the buckl then we deserve to oo wiped out.'' Do you think they will attack u1 when they find that they cannot surprise us1" It's likely that they will: these 'Paches are tarnal ugly cusses, and tbe_y have been so long used to crowing over the Mexicans whom they generally manage to whip out of their boots every tyue they have a tussle with them, that they haven't much opinion of white men any way; of course it will be their game to Jump m w .itb surprise if tbe7 can, for a red skin never goes mto a tight without all the odds on his side if be ki:i possibly fix it that way, but in such a case as this rather than let us pull out1 they will go for us in a good, fair open fight ir th!JY can't do any better. It will be a sure thmg though that the odds in their favor will be three or four to one We'll have from fifty to a hundred of the red bucks at us." Great was the astonishment among the trap pers when McKnight related to them the dfs covery which the lad had made, and though some few of them were disposed to laugh at the idea, and set it aside as ridiculous, yet wb"n a careful examination was bestowed upon the curling up so faintly upon the ILlI', there wasn't one in the party who didn' t agree that it was Injun sign,'I sure enough. And then the trappers prepared for the bloody time which all felt sure would soon come. Arms were examined, bullets run, the brush in the grove chopped away and all needful pre parations made. "Now let them come!" cried the captain as the sun sunk behind the western bills. "The moon stands our friend and if we don't give 'em all tbe fight they want, my name p -"Bob I" right, it was smoke, and he 88fd aa much to CHAP'fER JV. young Carson. A NOTED APACH9. "And llow see captain" ll&id the boy, highly Now, although there wasn't an Indian in gratified that McKnightls matured .:Judgment alght when sun went down and darkn8llll bad confirmed his own impressions just look CBLI?e1 yet, to use the commo n expression, Meat that other high bill to the soutb-east of the Kmgnt was sure the woods were full of first one and which I should judge was nearly them." ten miles from hynr-" it was Apache smoke sigi;l\is that Car-"It is more than that-nearer twenty I son had on the previous day the cap. know it; it is where the north fork of the.Rio tain felt certam, and by this curious system ot St. Francisco joins the main stream." telegraphy, used to bette r advantage by tb., "Isn't tbar au answering smoke curling up by any other trihl', it was poefrom thar tool" Sible _within a. very few hours to notify all the "Sure as yer born!" cried the prairie capwarnol'!I withm a hundred miles that a foe had kin. "Ob, we are in for it! Some of the red entered the Indian territory and that assistance devils have discovered us and they are expel the invaders was d.isired. their warriors to go for us. And so, although not a sign that could be 'BoT, your sharp eyes ha'Ve 1&Ted this hull had even b7 these meu so learned fn prairie eutfltl' and clasping the lad's hand in his he craft, denoted that a red-skin llll'ked near abook it warmly, while tears of joy fairly stood watchful eyes had been upon the trappers en; In the lad's eyes at this warm praiae from the lince the noon hali. UPll of the old plainsman. As McKnight had guessed, a IQDall party of .. $Iler Jol&l'W u4 we llloQJ4 ban bunffl'f la QllWi$ ot aaaae. M4


Kit Carson, Kmg of Ga.ides. ---------------------------------------the presence ot the intruding white men and fn1tantly the smoke signals had been given to aum mon the warriors. Two of the Indians-there were three in all had given the signals, while the third one had kept a careful watch upon the whites, and so cunningly had he managed it, that not a movement ot the trappers within the grove had escaped him, and yet none of the prairie men bad the slightest suspicion that a red-skin spy was near at band. But when the watcher noted the preparations made by the whites for defensive operations, be understood immediately that an Indian attack was anticipated, and so when the war-party arrived, which event took place about nine .!>'clock, when the moon was high above the horizon and all nature illuminated by her rays as light as by da:r,, the wily red-skins perceived that there wasn t the slightest chance of sur prising the whites, who had their pickets posted on the outskirts of the grove in regular army fashion. The red warrion held a council to decide as to the best way to exterminate the bold invaders who had dared to inLrude upon the domains held by the red-men, and sacred to them according to their ideas. It is the Indian policy never t-0 lose a man in an attack if it can be -avoided, and although nearly a hundred braves had been assembled, and there being only some twenty whites, an attack in force--a bold storming 9f tqe position chosen by the trappers, seemed certain to result in the death of every man within the grove, yet the Indians, who had learned by experience that the new men in buckskin who had com menced to straggle into their country were far better fighters than the Mexicans, their old time foes, were reluctant to adopt this bold step, for they felt sure that the attempt would cost them the life of many a stout warrior, and there was just a possible cha.nee that the trappers, owing to the strength of the position which they bad chosen, might be able to repulse an attack. So the Indians came to the conclusion that the attack had better be postponed until the intruders could be got at in some more favorable location. The night passed away and the morning came without the Apaches manifesting in any way their presenca in the neighborhood, and so careful were they to keep themselves concealed irom view, that the trappers, on the alert and eager to catch sight of the feather-garnished foe, were not gratified with as much as a view :>f a single feather, but the whites were not thrown off their guard by this circumstance, nor did they relax in their vigilance in one single iota. After midday the Indians, perceiving that tlle trappers apparently did not have the slightest Intention of moving from their secure quarters, but on the contrary, were malting preparations 'lS though they intended to stay there for a mol'.\th, began to get impatient, and after holding another council, to the conclusion to resort-to their favorite device 1Jf trickerv. So about three in the afternoon, a single warrior made his appearance in the valley1 rl4iul bit qimtaDi up !Nw tile ana coming in tbe most peaceful and Innocent manner possible. And when be discovered that >;here were white men in the little grove in the o3nter of the valley, he pulled his mustang up short, and pretended to be greatly astonished. Then be wheele.d around as though about to seek safety in flight, but after looking over. his shoulder and perceiving that the intruders manifested no intention of pursuing him, he out as if curiosity had got the better of bis fear, turned bis pony around again and rode slowly toward the grove, displayiug his open palms as a sign that he came in peace. "I tis Mangas Colorado," said Bob McKnight, who was p,retty well acquainted with the Apaches. 'He's only a young chief, but he' one of the best men in the tribe, a. blood-thirsty scoundrel though if ever there wru; one, and as crafty and cunning as he is bold and brutal." Tbe trapper's opinion of the young warrior was correct to a letter, and for bis rare craftiness, as well as because he was able to speak English tolerably plain, was the waTrior chosen by bis brothers to be theirmessenger to t}\11 whites. McKnight stepped outside the timber to meet the chief, while tb.e rest of the trappers clustered upon the edge of the grove, the four sentinels excepted, who kept their posts, for, to guard against a surprise, the watch was kept up by day as well as night. As the savage,approached his sharp eyes noticed this fact, and, despite bis attempts to ap-. pear unconcerned, a. slight scowl came over hia face. I "How?" he said1 as he rode up. "Howr responaed McKnight. "My white brothers 11re a long way from home; what do they want in Apacbe-landt" "Game; we only want a few fun;, and then we will go." "The game belongs to the red .-men: 'QlY white brothel'S must go to their onn land, or else the Apaches will come and take their scalE_s." "Try it on," responded the trapper leader, slapping the butt of bis rifle significantly. "How long stay here?" Till you and yer red devils git out of thil neighborbood," McKnight said, bluntly. "What does m-y brother meant Mangas Col orado is alone." "Yes, now, but I reckon a single whoop from you would raise a big war-party from the tiin ber yonder." The eyes of the chief glittered, but be re strained his anger, covering it by a contemptu ous snort. "My brother talks like a child; if the red men were here they would take th 1 1ca.lps o1 the white men before the sun sets." "Now, boys," said the trapper, c 1 n ietly. On the approach of the Indian 'i 1 e had ar ranged (' scheme to make him a pr ;oner, feeling sure that the overt act would make the Apaches so angry that they would be sure to reveal themselves if they were in th" neighbor hood. A dozen instantly covered the bre.'11117 dliet, and, as be &lw'ed ArQllDd Wm iJI imwhra


0 Kit Carson, K.We of Guides. rage, the trappen advanced and surrolmded him. As McKnight had anticipated, no sooner did the concealed Indians behold their envoy made prisoner than, with fierce yells, they sprung from their coverts, their weapona, the n leaped upon their horses and came swooping down upon the grove. The whites took to the shelter ot the timber, dism ounting the prisoner and bearing him with them, binding his arms with a stout lariat, d& spite bis struggles and curses, for the chief could swear as fluently 111 any white man that ever trod tbe earth. On came the Apaches in their wild and-head long ch arge1 completelr. surrounding the little motte of timoe r on all side s Infuriated by the capture of their c omrade, and c o nfident in their stre ngth, they had thrown caution to the winds, and were determined to bear the white-skins down by the bare weight of numbers. But this time they had to deal with twenty es men as ever broke bread or supped water m the w estern land. The who le idea of the savage attack was to draw the tire of the whites by a headl ong pharge, then burst into the grove, and in a band-tohand fight the trappers would surely be obliged to knock under. But it was not the first time that the white men bad faced Indians in battle array, and B o b McKnight knew a trick worth two ot tbe In dian device. Instead of reserving their fire until the red skins got well wi thin range, and then giving it to them in a volley1 the irregular, yet deadly fire of the skirmish hue was adopted. Each man was instructed when be got a sure bead on a red-skin to knock him ove r without regard to what bis neighbor did, and then tor& load with all possible speed1 and it was r eally amusing to see these 1 ougb oearded men gra-v& ly chewing mouthfuls of bullets, all ready to spit one d own on top of .the powder when r& loading, and so. save some time, and the quick ness with which the prairie cbiettains reloaded was reallv wonderful. Under "this system it w1111 impossible to draw the fire of the defenders of the prairie island so as to leave them defenseless. The Apaches came on with reckless boldness, yelling at the top of their lwigaJ but when the crack, crack, of the sharp-voicea rifles began to ring out on th& air, and the shrill war-clie s were changed into dull notes of despair and death, as warrior after warrior was tumbled from the saddle by the unerring balls of the trappers, the fury of the charge began to slacken, and b;r the time the attacking line camewithin pistolshot, and in addition to their rifles the whites commenced to use their pito s the reds bad got enough. With howls of rage nt being thus bafiled they wheeled their horses about and fied, still pursued though until they were out of range by the deadly flre of the victorious whites, now 7e!liDa their triumph in vociferous shout.. CHAPTER V. A LOTTERY. BLOODY indeed had been the repulse of the Apache warriors and terrible the loss which they had sustained out of the hundred odd savages forty had fahea in the fight, thirty of them killed outright, and ten so badly wounded as to be disabled for any further participation in the struggle while the trappers had come off almost scot free. Not a single one of thPm had been even seriously wounded, but then the Indians in the early days of which we write were not armed as well as at the present time, when tbey go into battle equipped with hreech loading rifles and revol vera ol the latest pat terns. Only a few of the Indians engaged in thi1 skirnush bad fir&-arms at all, and then the m ost of the guns were the heavy, clumsy Mexi can weapons, the trophies of many a frontier raid along the M exican line, guns which were not to be compared to the long rifles of the trappers. But the most angry and man of all was Mangas Colorado, whom the fmtunes of war had givtin into the hands of the pale-faces. Whe n the tide of attack bad come swelling onward with such vigor, his heart had beat high with hope for he did not believe it to be p ossible that the white-skins could succeed in beating hac k the savage host and when the In dia n line broke under the deadly fire and the savage yells of the attacking warriors changed into howls of dismay as they wheeled their away and fied at topmost speed from the 'wrath to come,'' the calmness of the deserted him and he cursed his red brethren m the m os t flu ent manner. Mr. Knight laughed grimly at the outbUJ'llt. "Curse away, "chie f, but I reckon that it will take more than words, good or had, to make them cattle come up to tho rack again after the way we have salted them I" cried the prairi captain. The Apache his teeth in rage. "I a:n a pr1soner -had I led the attao mebbe you not laugh so much," he retorted. "Ob, I know you; I have heard of you be fore; you are the coming fighting man of the Apache nation-you are Mangas Colorado," Mr. Knight remarked. The white skins 11.y like frightened dogw when Mangas Colorado takes the war-path against the m I" And the chief drew himself up Rnd looked disdainfully llpon the men who held him,_a helpless prisoner, in their hands. "J:Sy gum I I've a good mind to let yau go so that you would have a chance to show how much better you could dol" the captain de clared. And up rose a general yell from the trappen dushed with their easy vi ctorr. "YesJ yes, let the cuss go; we kin 11.a:x him too ann not half try I" ''Bosh I you a warrior-a big fighting maul" cried the old grizzl e d v eteran in contempt; "nary time( you aro o nly a blowhard, that u what you are. If you bad 'a' bin in this byer little skirmish you would have bin fust man to turn tail and run when rou heard the bulle" wliiltllna: 'bout 7er ean.'


Kit Ca.raon, Xin1: or Guide .. "You bet I" cried another one of the trappers. But as there wasn't any straws around, short "Why, we have got a boyee hyer that kin bits o f twigs instead were used. you out of your hide and taller and not halt McKnight cut the twigs, making them all the hy, either." same length, with the exception of one, which And the speaker, who wa1 1tanding by Carhe cut an inch shorter than the others. One 10n'11 side, patted the boy on the shoulder as he twig for each m ember of the party, even in apoke. eluding young Carson, who had been neglected Tbe eyes of the savage fl.ashed; to be thus by McKnight in calling the roll to ascertain taunted by foes whom he really despised, dehow m any twigs were wanting. spi t e tbs proof of their prowess which he bad But this neglect the boy had objected to, tor1 just receiv e d, was more than the chief could as be justly observed, all agreed that he baa bear. His chest swelled and his face was oondone a man's work since he joined the expediv ul se d with rage. tion, more than making good the place of Bij$-" There is not one of you all that dares to mou t hed John Walters, and it was only fair meet me in single fight!" he crie d, h o arsely. that be should have a chance in the lottery with The trappers all cried out indi gnantly at this the rest. assum p t Jo n but McKnight, who bad taken an The Apache had glared in contempt at the Ide a into his head, silenced them with a wave of boy when in his mooest way, be had claimed his hand. the honor of a chance to b ec ome the champion, "Cs not the chief afraid to meet one of the and the open c ontempt of the chief was probawb1 t e men in single flghtt" bly the main r e ason why the majority of tbe lliame s of fir e shot from the savage's eyes at trappers side d with the lad and declared that Mc)(night' s ques tion. tjley thought hi s claim to be perfectly just and Fear I tbe chief does not know the meaning he certainl y ought to have a chance to Jay of tl'le word I" out the savage, which they furthermore declared "Let this matter be decided by a single there wasn t much doubt he could easily do. fight," McKnight suggested. "You are a prisThis was put in to annoy the Indian. ontir in our bands, and so far all the advantage McKnight s e eing that the opinion of the of the strugg le has been with us. Now, what party was so strongly in favor of the boy at do you think of this propositi on! We will draw last cons ented but put in a condition that the lots among us white men to d e cide who shall be lad should be the last one to draw, thinking in our champion and we will rele ase you, and you this way to wake his chance of drawing tbe shall meet him in a band-to-band encounter, on short twig very bard. foot or on horseback, jus t as you please U The lottery commenced; man after man came you conquer our man, you are free to rejoin up and dreeing allowed t-0 take a chance In this death and a l ong double-edged bunting-knife a1 keen lottery, "and Carson you must let wme man as a razor. take your place." Th e n came the important event of the aeleo"No, not" protested the savage, who thought ticon of the champion to represent tbe he had on easy thing of it and did not intend to 'rbere wasn't a man in the outfit who didn't relinqui > h the advantage gained, this child is voJunteer, but McKnight said the fairest way your warrior accordin!I: to agreement. When to wttle tbe matter would be to leave to chance he losr bis scalp it will teach you to be wiser the 1 lecisi o n of the question, and then no one next ti111e." couhl complain that any partiality had been "Yo u h;eathenl" roared the .old &ho" n. Let every man anxious to encounter trapp1 r hakmg his clmched fist at the chief; the fndian draw lots-the old way of drawing "ef l;11t1 s'arched the meh1?9 of different lengths was Bil good as any you "" I run acrOS!I a yarn bout David and tbe man who drew the abort straw w111 tO I nd ''"'l< h. I >("' the leetle cuss went out to fite tAOl>Wlter the nd-lldla. 1116 .:i... :,L aut.1 slow him, 'qiite of hil we'llODI aDd


10 Kit Ca.rson. Khag of Gulde bis armor, Wftb a leetle bit of a !!turn I Let the boy him, Cap,".hecontinued turning to The Lord will be on his side and he down him su.rer than shooting I" Find mg that thIS was the general opinion, tor the trappers remembered the pluck anp skill $hat the boy bad displayed when he first joined the train, McKnight gave way. "All right, go it!" he said. The preparations for the encounter were soon made. The savage was released from his bonda and his weapons returned to him. Then he and Carson were placed about a hundred paces apart in readiness for the signal. CHAPTER VI. THE FIGHT. \.. 'rmc trappers clustered together on the out skirts of the grove while the Indians came from their shelter in the tim her on the edge of tbe valley, all eager to behold the fig ht, although in the opinion of the red-skins the white men were crazy to put a mere lad against such a bold young warrior as Mangas Colorado, already reputed to be equal to any brave in the tribe in feats of arms. And the brave himself was fully of this opinion, and be complacently chuckled as he faced the boy, drew his long pistols from his belt and proceed ed to cock the m. Mangas Colorado was really a T-emarkable probably as good a one as the Apache ever b!>asted, and with bis Jong pistols, which he prized as the apple of his eye it was said be never missed his mark at a distance. "Are ye ready! Go it, ye cripples!" cried McKnight." At the word, promptly, the two champions were in 1!JOLio!J. Wonderful contrast! young Carson with blB slender form, yet which was tough as finest steel, and the brawny Apache chief. Although the Indian had drawn both his pi tols, Carson only prepared one, but his pistol had t-yvo barrels though, so the two were on an equality . With steadytread each advli'nced toward the other. If an ordinary foeman, whom he feared bad faced him, the Indian would not have allbwed a single chance to escape, and most surely would have fired the instant be came within range, and long practice bad taught him so that be could judge almost to a foot bow far bis weapons would truly carry, and in this respect be ha_d most decided advantage over Carson for his were far superior, carrying a ball twenty to thirty feet further tba.n the more common weapons of the lad. But on this occa sion the chief reserved his fire, determined to make sure of killing the boy the first shot and when the time arrived when be felt sul-e of d!"opping the wbite-skin, be halted and raised his weaiwn to deliberate'llim. This was Carso!l's O,Pportunity and quickly be improved it. HIS pistol came up like a flash and he fired, a.pparently without taking the trouble tc;> aim, Just a second before the Indian. The quickness of the act saved the life of the WI ti>J .i\papb9. 111&4 C9VeJ:fld" 11114 more surely tbe bU!Jet would haTe struck bfm in a vital part had not the savage's aim been disturbed by L:arson 's bullet striking him just as be pulled the trigger, so that bis hand wa1 involuntarily thrown and the ball whistled harmlessly over the boy s head. But Mangas Colorado was badly bit; the bullet had entered just under the shoulder, making a very ugly wound. together the chief set bis teeth, for he was Ill great pain and he was fearfully enraged too, that the boy foe, whom he despised, bad got such a decided advantage over him, and he thrust the discharged pistol into bis belt and took the other one from bis left hand. Both bad come to a halt. With deliberate care despite the pain under which be was labor ing, the Indian again took deliberate aim with the other pistol, and again Carson pursued the same tactics as before and fired just a moi. ent in advance of the other, tut the two shots were so near together that one seemed to be the echo of the other. The fortunes of war were decidedly against the red-skin that da:y, for his aim was rendered "'unsteady by the pam under which be was la boring and the bullet did not go within a foot pf the boy, but his onthe contrary tore along the outstretched arm of the chief. The pistol dropped from the band of Mangat Colorado as though it bad suddenly become red. bot, and despite bis savage sternness a groan ot lnini for; his strong right arm was useless, and he was beginning to feel weak from the loss of blood, escaping from his wounds. One chance alone remaineil '. a single desper ate effort might turn the tidti of war now run ning so strongly against him, so with wonderful energy, considering the enfeebling etfects of his two severe wounds, he plucked the long hunt;. ing-knife from his belt with his left hand and rushed toward the boy. Carson bad two shots left in his other pistol, but be disdained to use them; instead he drew his heavy knife and manfully awaited the attack. The chief faced the lad, towering above him like a giant.There was a moment's hesitatiou, and then the savage made a powerful lunge straight for the heart of the boy; but, never having been accustomed to using the knife in the left band, the Indian was extremely awkward, although he was accounted one of the most expert knife fighters in the tribe, and therefore Carson had no difficulty in parrying the blow; and then before Mangas Colorado could reco..-er himself and stand upon the defensive, with a single thrust of the knife the lad gave the chief a most terrible wound. The Indian, in fearful agony, stumbled back ward, and with one last powerful effort he at tempted to cast himself upon the nimble, skill ful lad, who bad indeed played the rol8 ot David to his Goliah and by sheer force crush him to the ground; but Carson was on the alert, tb@ QQ*laJllil.$ l:lf" SJ>iing:inc


Kit Carson. King ot Gtlde1. 11 ao one ldde, and as the Apache, bull-llll:e, M19bed by him, carried onward by the force of the atkmpt, with a good straight thrust the keen knife laid open the side of the warrior. With a hollow groan Maagas Colorado fell forward upon his face, and then relapsed into insensibility. Young Carson had thus easily conquered the best fighting man in the Apache tribe. A shout of triumph went up from the throats of the trappers as they beheld the downfall of the Indian, while from his red. brothers came a howl of dismay, and straightway they ual man in buckskin, seen in the town, that it was little wonder he excited attention. The "North Americans," as the Mexican usually termed the mountain men and the prairie guides, were generally strapping big fellows, with regular arsenals belted to their persons, regular fire-eaters, kings of the town, great io and loud in talk, the "half hoss, half men who could out-talk, out-rlr k aud o ut-fight all the rest of creation. Ou ,i, .. occuioo Uaere wen tilll QI' U.


11 KU Carson, Kine ot Guidea. seen ot tll!A cla In the town, and cutting a mighty big shine too as one of them ex pressed it. Carson kept his eyes well open whenever be encountered any of the Americans, for he hoped to meet with some acquaintance from whom be could procure a loan, for be was both hungry and thirsty, but as ill-fortune would have it, there waij not a single man in the town whom be knew, and the bordermen, not. impressed with the simple, unassuming youth; rather tw:ned up their noses at him. "I must make a raise somehow so I can get to eat," the louth muttered, as he paused in front of one o the saloons and looked m upon the tempting display so captivating to the sight of a hungry man, of eatables and drinkables so lavishly displayed. "Huckling my belt tighter is played out I must get something in my stomach or else .he hull machine will collapse. There's my we'pons, but l'd hate to part with them, for in this coun try, among these Greasers, there's k!O telling when a man will want them." Carson was well-armed: across his back was slung the long riflo, which no man along the border could handle better than he, boy though be was, a doublP-edged bun.ting knife, with a blade strong to go through an inch plank, was thrust m the girdle of untanned leathers that girted in bis supple waist, and the belt also supported two double-barreled rather uncommon weapons along the edge OJ: civilization at the time of wllich we write. Tllen as the boy gazed wishfo.lly in at the door of the saloon, while his stomach audibly grumbled its discontent at the way in which ft had been treated, a bright idea came into his mind. The only article of jewelry the boy boasted was a massive gold ring carved out of a chunk of solid ore by a miner's jack-knife. As he clinched his bands in des pair at not pos-. llessiug mouey enough to go in and indulge in a "square meal," be f elt the pressure of.the "lli, Jim-along-Josey!" -the youth cried m joy, as the remembrance of his treasure came suddenly to his mind, "I reckon the ring will me grub for a day or two, anyway l" and mspired by the idea be marcl)ed boldly into the saloon and elbowed his way through the crowd up to the bar. There was a party of three, guides and trap pers, Americans evidently by their dresli and conversation, at one end of the counter, busily engaged in a sport common to the saloons along ;be frontier, known as "cutting for drinks." It was as simple a game as the wit of man e<.uld well devise, and one which the most igno rant novicti could play as well as the oldest band, a game which depended entirely upon luck, and where skill hadn't any show at all. A pack of cards was the only ''tool" re9,uired. The cards were sbufll.ed, each man 'cut" and displayed his card in turn, and the man who cut the lowest card, paid the score for the rest of the party. It was a game very much favored by the sa lcon-keepers, for it was all profit to them and no loss, no matter who won. Th6Jl too ii W&8 IUCb aimple and IO lalr to all parties concerned tbat a man wltl! any grit at allJ could hardly refuse to play when fairly challenged. But on this occasion when our young hero arrived in the neighborhood of the three Ameri cans the game was at a stand-still The giant of the party, the "cock of the walk," as be proudly termed himself, and who was no other-than the well-known Big foot Wallace, had had such a run of luck that his compani6ns refused to play any longer. "Why, we might as well give you our bags of dust and tell you to set up the drinks as often as you like and pay for them with our money!" one of the three exclaimed when bantered to play again by Wallace. "Sartin', for sure!" chimed in the other. "Luck is dead gone on rou to-night and I am not going to buck ag'in a sure thing any time more." Ob, gen'lemen, for 'the love ot goodness! see me once morel" cried Wallace who had drank just about liquor enough to be disagree able. Big-foot Wallace was a character and when in his sprees was to be ugly, and being a maIJll'of powerful build, standing over six feet in his moccasins, and an expert with all kinds qt weapons, all those w,bo knew the man always gave him a wide berth when he got upon the war-path. He was quite e. young man at the time ol which we write, but already was about as well known as any guide or m<1tlntain-man a.I! .ag tae whole line of the frontier. His appellation of Big-foot" did not .:ome, as most people suppose, from the fact he had feet of unusual size, but because i .a a single band-to-band fight, he killed the great war cbief of the Big-foot tril;>e of lndiaLf, a warrior who had taken more scalps tbar.,..ny buck of bis years in all tbe Southern tribl, s. As bis companions shook their heads in reply to Wallace's banter, his eyes tell upon young Carson, who bad just made way. to the bar. "Hallo, Hop-o'-m7-thumbl" be cried," smash me into pancakes i I don't believe you're th man for my money I Wil/ .l'OU cut me forih.w drinks!" Now our young man bao been brought up on the border where it wr"" not thought to be much harm to indulge fil a little game of this sort once in awhile, 1.nd as he was really famished for food and rJrink he seized upon the chance to procure one .>f the two without t-Oing obliged to part ".Vith llis cherillhed gold ring, so he said quietly: I reckon I woti't have much luck, but if there ain't any onP eise to p.ccommodate you, I don't mind taking a. hand in, if you are sp'iling to get skinned." .. Big-foot Walla<-6 elevated bis eyebrows, and bis companions at the odd reply, sounding so s\ra..igely coming from the lips of a lad. Wa-al, du.. n me, ef you ain't the cheekiest leetle bantaro that I ever run across I" the mountain 2:idnt &IcWmed. Do you know who'' ''No, sir. w "Bi.ii-foot Wallaoel" and I.hen the lll8&bl


Kit Carson, KUg of Gu.idea. riared at the boy, eX}l!lCtfng to see him startled by the name, then second to none along the oorder. But the boy's face was as placid as ever as he nplied: "Oh, yes, I beard tell of yotL" The bold borderers were surprised, for they had expected that the youth would have "taken water" instantly upon.Jearning who it was that had tackled him. "Oh, you hevf" Big-foot growled; "and who may you bef w'ot's yer handle, my leetle jacka-dandy'I" "Kit Carson is my name.'' .. Oh, it is? I say, boys, this is the cock sparrow w'ot sawed a feller's leg 01! on tbe train c; awhile back; Ihearn'donitupto Albuquer que t'other day; but you're my mutton, any way! Drinks fer the party now, and you kin cut first." Witnout a word and like an old stager Carson cut the cards. -CHAPTER VIII. A DUEL AT OARDS, A THREE spot of hearts the boy displayed, and the two borderers, who had suffered so severely at the bands of Big-foot Wallace1 nodded their heads as much as to say, "I tola you sol" "No go, young Carson, you're stuck, and you might as well stutfip up the dust!" Wallace exclaimed, with a coarse laugh of triumph. My father used to say that no game was lost until it was won," the lad"'replied. "Ha, ha, ha I" laughed the giant. "Why you leetle mushroom, you don't mean to say that you think thar is any chance in the world for vou to skin me on a three-spot?" "We can tell that better after you cut the cards." "It it was a Jack or a Queen now, you might talk." It isn't the lowest card in the pack." "Nary time, but I want you to know, leetle Johnny Jump-up, that I ain't the kind of a man that cuts low cards. You jest ask these gen'le men if I ain't skinned 'em clean out of their hide and taller. "That is no sign that you will skin me." "I'll bet you a thousand dollars to ten that I kin beat the three-spot and noG half try I" roared Wallace, angry at not being able to bluff the boy down. -"I haven't any ten dollars to bet." "Like as not you ain't got ten cents," growled the otber, but if you can't pay for the drinks, I'll warm your ears till you think your head ilf a bee-hive!" Wait nntil you win before you trouble your self about my paying. " I'll go you a square meal tor the hull gang I ftax you I aud I won't half try I" "That's a bargain, so go ahead and cut!" "Why, sonny, it is a million o' chances ag'in one that I beat you." "The one chance is enough for me to win on." 11 A million ag'in' one," repeated W eJ.Jace aa h out the cards and display&dt "The t100 of apades. Quite liW. crowd had ntbanid around the party, attracted by the blill piece ag'in' Lhe knife and cut you for it.'1 You couldn't buy such a knife as this fol' five dollars," the lad responded, drawing tbe steel and displaying it. He was reluctant to risk the knife for it was a present frocn his father and was a superior weapon, richly worth a dozen of those commonly sold. "Ten dollars ag'in' the knife but I reckQn you durst not take the dose, my ieetle bantam. You made the trick once but you don't dar' to risk it ag'in I" The temptation was a great one to the penni less lad, and then too, boy though he was, there was that in Carson's nature which could not b;ook to be dared by mortal man. "Come! is it a go!" and Wallace took out the gold piece and rung it down upon the counter. Ten dollars to such a lfl.d as young C.arSOf! 'Yrui a large sum. and if he was m ga1i;img the wager it would keep him for time, perhaps until hecould get a chance with soma train. Yes, I will go you the knife against ten dollars." "Take a gond look at it for at tbe first fl.Ip she'll be mine!" cried the borderer, boastfully, as be sbufiled the cards. "Do you want to sbufH9 'em arter me!" Oh, no, sir, I have every confidence that you will play fairly." "You kiu bet your bottom dollar on that! Anv objections to my cmtting first t,his time?" 'rNone in the least." Big-foot Wallace cut and tben displayed his card in triumph. ''Queen of diamonds! hey! ain't she a beauty! wbar are you now, sonny!" "Eio-ht better cards in tbe pacll. and three just a; good," res ponded tbe lad, not in the lewit dismayed-by either the card nor the vaunt. "How eight better!" Four aces and four Aces don't beat queens. Ain't aces high I" "Sometimes they are and sometimes tb,ey ain't but they ain't high in this game.-" Tb'ere was a general expression of dissent from this, for the sympathy of the crowd wwi mo8* decidedlY with the bo7.


Kit Ca.r1on, Ring or G;ude .. "Ob, come, Wallace, give the youngster a 1bow for his money!" crieli one of the mountain men. "You skinned me on a ace a while ago1 and nobody disputed that it was high." Wallace looked sheepish for be was a pretty good sort o1 a fellow at heart; altbouga when be was in liquor be was disposed to be overbear ing to strangers, especially to those to whom be took a dislike. "Wa-al, gen'lemen, I sw'ar I don't want to t.ake ary advantage of the boyee; I've got a mre enough thing as it isl" be d e clared. "Ace is high then?'' demanded Carson, who shrewd beyond bis years was bound to have this point settled before the game proceeded. "Ace is high, cock-sparrow!" "That is all right; all I is a fair field and no favox:." Then the boy cut and up came the king of spades. "Wa-al, cuss the luck!" Wallace blurted out as he stared at the card. "Pardner I'll have to trouble you for that ten dollars,,/ the lad said, very calmly and in a fever of joy at the good fort11De which bad be fallen him. Hol' on I" cried. I ain't satisfied and you must give me a chance to get bunk. I'll put up twenty dollars again' the knife and the ten!" Now this did not suit Carson at all. Al though not very strictly brought up yet bis mother bad often warne d him again;;t the evil ef!ects of drink and gaming; when be was IUft'ering for food and drink he bad :put the eounsel aside, but now that bis appetite was mtisfied and be bad ten dollars in his pocket be would rather not game any more; but when be declined Wallace at once taunted him with being afraid and told him it wasn't the squar' thing for a cuss to win money and then quit the game-" And so being thus bantered, the lad yielded, to the advice of the bystanders who urged him to go on and agreed to cut once more but only once. Win or lose, this will be the last time I" he eel a red. "Don't you want to bet a leetle more?" Wal lace A.Sked. Kin ye rake up another ten or twenty so as to make the game interesting?" "No, sir, I haven't any more money," tile lad replied. "Say, I'll put in ten for the boy," said a rough-looking customer in the crowd, pushing bis way up to the bar. "Yes I reckon I'll make it twenty or even fifty if that over-sir.a your pile," he added, turning to Wal lace. The mountain man glared at the other, who was an American, like himself, fully as stalwart in form, and in fact, almost enough like bim in dress ti.nd api)earance to be his brother. "Who mought you be1 anywayf' "Bill Williams is my rlandle." What! not Big Bill Williamsf' cried the other in astoniebment. Y as, that ill w bat I'm called sometimes." "Glad to see yer; give UI yer pawl I'm Big foot Wallace, I aml" $1-e two prairie Jdn&I, who la after years were to win names that will die while grass grows and water runs in om western land, shook hands warmly. It was tho first meeting of three of the most remarkablt youths that ever fiourisbed upon the border, Wallace, Williams and Carson, all now right on the threshold of their careers. I'll you twenty, Bill 'side the main stake, and if Im stuck I'll quit satisfied." "Twenty be it, and if you win, youngster, I'll give you half of my stake," Williams said. Tlle two looked upon Carson as a child on ac count of his small stature, in reality there wasl).'t five years' dif!erence ID their ages. "Now, then, here's for fun I" Big foot observ ed, as be shuftled the cards and then cut them, but bis countenance fell as a ten-spot of hearts came up. "I reckon rm salted for forty, sure as you're born I" he exclaimed, in disgust. And he was quite right, for Carson cut a Jack. "You're a big Injun fer luck!" Wallace cried, and durn me et I don't take you fer a pard, it you like I" CHAPTER IX. THE JJ'.A.ND.A.NGO, THINGS had changed wonderfully since the lad had entered the town, with not money enough in his pocket to p a y for a supper. Now he was "well heeled financially speak ing, and honored with the friendship of two of the most noted young men on the frontie r. No wonder then that be a ccepted the of! e r of Big-foot Wallace in the same frank spirit in which it was given. I tell you what it is, younker, seeing as how we hav

ltit Carson, iring ot Guides. Williams asked, pulling down his bunting-sbirt and assuming a foppish air. "Ob, the gayest in the town go to the don's when he gives a grand fandango, particularly on '.1 'feas* day' like this hyer one; but I tell you wbat, rocks, you have got to keep your eyes skinned how you fool 'round these high-toned gals, 'cos ther. ain't no common heifers, and .. ven if you git along all with them, you have got to look out for their fathers and tbeir brothers and their lovers, and every of them furst-class critters has got a heap of them, I reckon." Oh, yes1 and they air on the fight, too, I 'pose W auace remarked. "Wa-al, to tell the truth, these :Mexicans are mighty toucb.y sometimes, and inclined to be jealous of us Americans," responded the saloon man who was also from tbe "States." "lnd they are tricky cusses, too," Williams observed; out with their knh es and gi'n it to yer in the back when ye ain't looking." "We must keep our eyes ope11.; that is all thar Is to it. Wa-al, what do you say-air ye fur the fandango1'' I am," Williams replied. "I am,'' said Carson1 only too glad, boy-like, to a chance to see llre. Take oft yer rifie and leave it hyer with the bar-keeper," Wallace sugiested, "for it will be in your way." This request complied with the three started forth to V1Si t the A Mexican fandango IS an institution and at the time of which we write was even more so than to-day, ev!!n thoi;gh now one is well worthv of a visit. The "City of Mexico ranch, as the old Mexican known as Don Fernando, called his plnce which was saloon and ball-room combined was one of the largest buildings in the town, and when the three Americans reached it, wu well filled with pleasur!H!eekers. An orehestra of three musicians rasped away vigorously at one end of the room, on an ele vated platform, near the bar where tbe liquid refreshments were dispensed, and the fioor was well .filled with dancers footing it away most merrily. There were quite a number of strangers in the room but very few Americans when the three entered, and there were some few black loo1!:s aimed at the trappers as the three made ihell' way to the barl where the don presided, in order to have a wora with the proprietor. Now the Mexican was not at all glad to see the new visitors, although, personally, he liked the "North Americans" well enough, for they were good customers and always paid liberally for anything they had. I But he knew the bad feeling that existed in the breasts of a great many of bis countryme n towa.r


lt Kit Carson, !ting ot Guides. the hair the wrong way thar-won't Ile tbe leass '>it of trouble " No danger of tbat." The don felt perfectly confident in regard to thi al t hough he b a d notice d that there were s o me black looks directed against tbe Ameri cans, but as the Santa Fe bloods had attempted two or three times to give the lesson1 teach them politeness as they said, and baa terribly thrashed on every occasion, the giver of the fandango d i d not believe that there w o uld be any of the Mexicans rash enough to pik a quarrel with the strangers without good c a us e Now the three Americans h&d not the least Intention of making any trouble; they had cowe to the dance with the intention of having a g o od time, and warfare was the !&st thing in their thoughts. Tb e don was as good as his word and intro duce d the three to some of the prettiest girls in the r o om. 011< account of Caro..on's size he picked out one of tl:>e smallest girls at' the fandango for him, but a v eritable little beauty, and one about wbom all the young bloods of the city were crazy for she was not only a beauty, but a wit as web, and the niece of the richest man in the town and his heiress, her own parents being dead. The girl, who had been splendidly educated, far above the rest of her associates, having been brought up at a convent school in the city of Durango, was at first inclined to make fun of h e r boy partner, ru; s he t ermed him, for she did not have a very good opinion of the Americans1 having only met with rude, rough trappers ana like, but like the shrewd young miss that she was, she soon discovered that the lad, who was just of her own age, was something d i ff er ent from the usual run of prairie men. Carson 1poke Spanish fluently, and b efore a single dance was over, he bad completely charmed the girl, and she made up her mind that she would not dance with any one else that evening. CHAPTEll X. .& LITTLE DIFFICULTY. As was only natural undertbe circumstances, the idea of the young American b eing allowed by t h e girl to monopolize her s ociety almost en tire r was not at all relished by the Mexican gallants, and there were many angry words muttered in regard to it, and, finally, a cousin of the lady, a ranchero, all decked out In gor geous appare l, brave in silv e r bell buttons and gold lace, determined to put a stop to it. Carson being only a boy, be thought he could easily intimidate him. "Gracious heavens, senora I" he exclaimed, 11Waggering up to where the couple sat, their breath after an exhausting dance; the polition they was in a corner of the room rather r emote from tbe throng, for in the lnteM'als between the

Kit Carson, King of Guide .. 17 tn wonder, while the girl seemed to be turned into a statue with fear and astonishment. "What?" cried the bully at last, when he re covered from the stupor into which be had been thrown," do you dare to defy me! Why, you pipe-stem, I have a mind to break you in two I" If you try it on you may not find that job so easy as;ou seemed to anticipate." the American replie not flinching in tbe leill!\;, Oaramba I I'll wring your ears from your head and feed them to my The Mexican lldvanced with both arms outstretched. A fairer opportunity could not have been afforded and Carson was quick to take advantage of it. .AJtbougb small the lad was a11 bone and muscle, and as tough and strong as a pine knot. Drawing himself well together, be planted two temple blows right in the bloated face of the Me:rican, first the right fist and then the blacking both the bully's eyes, and causing '1Je blood to start freely. Back reeled the Mexican, forced by the vio lent strokes, uttering a howl of pain that in1tantly attracted the attention of every one within the room, and a single glance only was needed t<; inform them all in regard to what had happened. The Mexican, astounded by the treatment which he bad received and which was entirely une:J:pectedi for he had never before understoo d bow skillfu the Anglo-Saxon race are in the "noble art of sell-defense," for a moment stood 1>11d atared at the lad, and then suddenly realiz bg that it would never do to tamely submit to defeat at the hands of such a boy, with a cry of ll'age he rushed at him, intending to seize him in his strong arms and crush the very life out of him. Lille a rock Carson faced him; it was the old tiu-"I struggle over again, pluck and science agaiDIB t savage rage and brute force. With a couple more of terrible blows, delivered straight as a die, full in the face, and each crack drawing the claret and puffing out the IW(lllen face of the Mexican in a terrible man net, Carson checked the bull-like rush of his antagonist and brought him to a dead halt. Ii would have taken a man poss essing far moire nen'e than dwelt in the bully to bave per 11evered in the attack when received so warmly, f01r tbe Mexican was really like a child in the ha;nds of the lad, and bad no more idea of glllll'ding against, or avoiding tbe sledge-ham u ,er like blows than he had of flying A yell went up from the Mexicans when they the unceremonious way in which their oomrade was being bandied, but the two trappt!rs, Big-foot Wallace and Bill Williams, came instantly to the front with their hands on their weaJ?Ons, determined to see fair play and ex rejoiced at the ability displayed by tiheir little pard," as they termed young Cuson. Some of the Mexicans had drawn their l:mives and were evidently about to rush for waru to the assistance of thelr countryman but he prompt movement of the trappers caused &hem to hesitate. "None of that-none of ihat, 6f you please I" Bl&-toot W yelled. and he dre.w his pliitolJ With a ftourish to give weight to his warning w hicb the hasty :r.fexicans were quick to heed notwithstanding their rage, for all of them had som.i experience of how a North American could fight when his blood was up. "Fair play is a jewel, you bet I" cried Wil liams, emphatically, "and man to man Is what anJbody ought to be satisfied with I" 'Oh, gentlemen, for Heaven's sake I let us have no disturbance!" implored tie old don, fearing that a regular free-fight was going to be inaugurated and trembling for the safAty of his establishment. But as far as the Mexican was concerned he bad all be wa_nted of fisticuffs, and although he tbirst.ed for reyenge he was not e1>ger to face the terrible maulers of the lad again. Although his face was cut and bleeding, and the wounds smarted in a very painful manner, yet be was not materially damaged, and was eager to wipe out the defeat which he had sUffered. "Oaramba I I am no flst-flgbterl" he ex claimed, wiping the blood from bis face with 8ll extremely dirty handkerchief, "I am a man and fight with weapons like a man and I demand satisfaction!" Durn me ef you ain't the -hardest cuss tr> satisfy that I ever run across I" Wallace cried, before Carson could open his mouth to reply. Hyer you hev been pounded until /our face looks like a piece of raw beefsteak an yet you are anxious for more. You're by long odds the biggest hog that I hev seen for many a long dal.." 'I am ready to give the gentleman all the satisfaction he wishes," Carson remarkoo, playing the part of a man remarkably well for a bo!. of bis years. 'Outside, gentlemen, outside," shrieked the don. "Outside, gentlemen, for the love of all the saints I This is no place to fight-here we dance and we drink, but no fighting is allowed." "Shet up yer youpl" Williams retorted. Durn yer old shebang, do you think we wanl to clean the hull place out, that you make so much fuss abo11t it1" "Come outside I" cried the ranohero, drawing one of bis long, heavy Spanish pistols-be wore three in the scarf that encircled bis waist, also two ugly-looking knives. "Come outside, and I will: put you where the dogs won't get at you." "GQ ahead, senor, I'm your man I" Carson re plied, promptly. we want fair play at this byer l eetl e picmc, you understand, or else we'll take a band m, you bet I" Wallace cried. And then they all marched out into the street to fight by the light of the moon. CHAPTER XI. THE EN COUNTER, T!IE Mexican had been the first to leave the house, and .he walked up the center of the stree for about a couple of buudred feet, carefully tixamining the charges of bis pistols as he went althougQ, as be was counted on as being a de;;{ shot., he bad little doubt in regard to the result. The American lad was a marvelous boxer bu st.ill be was rather inclined ro believe


18 wu a natural gift common to all tbe Anglo-rea

Kit Carson, King of Ga.ides. 19 The operation of "creasing !s well under Btood by all the plainsmen, and is frequently used in the capture of wild horses. The trick consists of tiring a. bullet so near the head as to just crease the bone, producing temporary Insensibility but not otherwise in juring the animal. Carson, who bad no wish to injure the Mexican in any way, mere Jr wanted to give him a lesson, and so by puttmg in practice this old device bad won a bioodle!s victory. "Wa-al, you kin chew me inter bull-beef et that ain't a leetle ahead of all the shooting that I have heered tell uv fur a dog's age!" Big-foot Wallace declared. "I>urn me fur a mule-beaded son of a perarie make ef this hyer boy ain't bummer!" Wil liams remarked. "Of course! do yon s'pose be could bev skinned me the way he did ef be hadn't been akinned me as I war never skun afore since I was hatchedi" the other trapper replied. By this time the Alcalde of the town bad ap peared OD the scene attracted by the report that a riot was in progress at the don's fandan go; he was accompanied by bis officers but upon learning the truth in regard to the matter, he contented himself by ordering the senseless man to be removed to a neighboring dwelling and dispatched a messenger for a doctor. The Alcalde was a inan well in years, crafty and unscrupulous and reported to be almost insane in his hatred for the Americans whom he regarded as intruders and whom he never hesitated to punish to the very extent of bis power if a.ny of them were ever brought b e fore the tn"buna.l of justice over which be presided. And on this occasion, noticing the black loo k s which he cast upon the strangers whe n he learned what taken place, the bystanders expected that he would attempt to make trouble. The trappers too, who were not ignorant of the Alcalde's character, had an idea of this sort also and their bands were on their weapons ready for resistance if the official chose to let slip the dogs of war. But whether the magistrate, after learning the particulars of the afl'ra!f came to the con clusion that the fallen man richly de served all that he gothbaving been the aggressor all the way throng or whether he was awed by the determined looks of the Americans and realized that if be attempted to take them into custody a fight would surely ensue in which much blood would be shed, certain it is, that after s eeing the injured man safely removed, be, togethe r with bis officers withdrew without taking the trouble to address a word to the strangers. The little affair being concluded all returned again to the saloon and _the fandango was re IJUliled with renewed vigor, but there wasn't any one now wbo tried to interfere with the Americans and their partQers. The trappers were the lions of the night. CHAPTER XIL A SURPP6SE. TBl!l fandango lasted n.ntil about one fa the morn and then, after a parting "nighbcap 11 Ml around. the cueatll departed. Carson went with the trf/.ppera, for as Wal lace declared they were all pards now I" On the way to their hotel, as the two-storied shanty, ru'dely constructed out of rough boards, was called, tbe trappers poked consid erable fun at their young compamon on account of the conquest which they declared he bad made of the pretty Mexican girl. "She's a hummer, I tell yerl" Wallace de clared. And did ye notice the way she war rigged out, silk and laces and dia monds, the real t h i ngs too, you kin bet high on it, fur I'm a judge and know 'em when I see 'em! I tell yer, she's a rich. heifer and I really reckon, youngster, that you hev struck a mighty rich l ead " Sure as yer born I" Williams ejaculated. I wouldn't be surprised ef she should turn out to be a gineral's darter, or something of that sort." And tqese Mexican ginerals are mighty rich fellers too, allers. Their wages ain't but the pickings and stealings air tremendous, Walla ce added. "Who is she anyway-what's her name! Mebbe I know who she b e longs to f o r I'm pretty well acquainted with the dons in this region." Carson shook his bead, and was obli ged to confess that be had not learne d the girl's n a me. In fact the boy was not at all of an inquisitive nature, and although be b egge d the lady to t ell him w:bo it was with whom he was tbe pleasure of dancing, yet when she laugbmgly parried the que stion, and iml)'.lediately fl ooded him with inquirie s as to who .he was and why ha bad come to Santa Fe, he had not pursued the subject. At the ranch the three were all put into one room, the furniture of whic h was of the nios primitive description, and as for the b e ds they were conspicuous by their abs e nce, three old buffalo robes spread right out upon the bare boards of the floor doing !luty inste a d. All three were pretty tired, f o r they bad not spa1ed themselves at the fandango, and had done full justice to the mus ic, so, within ten minutes after stretching thems elves out upon the skins, the y were all fast asle e p1 and they 1lept the sound and healthy sleep which falls to the lot of men in rude and rugged g oo d health. But after they had enjoyed th eir r efreshing slumbers for a couple of hours they w ere sud denly awakened by roug h hands grasping them. They awoke from sleep to find tbemse lve1 prisoners in the hands of the M exicans The room was filled with armed m e n and in the center of the apartment stood the Alcalde who bore such a hatred to all Americans. A triumphant scowl was upon bis dark and gloomy face as he looked upon the prisoners. It did not take the Americans long to understand what had occurred. The Alcalde had made up bis mind to arrest the tr11ppers OD account of the wounding of the M

10 Kit Carson, Kina' of Guides. learned by long experience, that there wu a great possibility, notwithstanding the overwbelmmg odds against them, that the Ameri cans would be able to fight their way out of tbe so, with the wily 80 common to hill race, the Mexican determ,ned to surprise the trappers in their sleep ana 1ec.-ure them :Without giving them any chance to offer resiJt ance. The plot bad sncceeded to a charm. The 90horts of the Alcalde pounced upon the prey In their sleep, seized and bound them with trong lariats without giving them a chance tQ 11111ea weapon. The two trappers fairly foamed at the mouth with rage when they discovered their plight. To be thus surprised was disgraceful. "Yer black-hearted, yaller skinned rattle-1118.kes I" Big Bill Williams cried, "what in tarnel thunder do yer mean by this hyer outrage?'' "Gol durn yf!!l', yer greasy mutton-beads!" yelled Wallace, almost purple in the face with rage, "yer don't dar' to give us a show for our money. Why, I kin fight a dozen on yer with my bare fists and you kin have all the we'po111 you want to, do yer mind!" "You fight with your tongne well," the of, tlcial observed earcastically, "but officers of Justice do not do battle with red-banded crim inals except in order to secure them so as to make them answerable tor their deeds." Wblit have we done that you call us crimi nals!'' Carson asked. A strange question to come from you, who, though only a boy, has slain one of our best citizens in cold blood." "It Is false," the lad replied1 promptly. "l did not kill the man, altbougn I might have done so easily enough if I had 80 wished, and bis blood would have been upon bis own head. He provoked the quarrel in w hicb he suffered." "The law will speedily decide as to your guilt or innocence," the Alcalde answered. See hyer, this is a high bended outrage on our rights es free American citiz ens I" Wallace cried in a state of great indignation, and I give you fair warning that it you keep on in this hyer thing; you'll be apt to .run ag'in' a snag that will upset yer bull apple-cart. ''You are not in your own country now, senor American; you seem to forget that fact," the Alcalde replied with a malignant smile. I reckon you will find that the American nation is big enough to reach over and whip all creation I" Big Bill Williamsexclaimed, defiance written i.n enry feature. "Jest you dar' to hurt a ba11 of our beads, and I wouldn't give the wag ot a rabbit's tail for all yer durned old town I" Mexico does not fear .you of the Evil One-and now that you are in our power, taken red-handed in your <"rime, you will be punished as surely as that the BUn will rise to-morrow." "No sure thing 'bout that; s'pose it's cloudy" suggested Williams the irrepressible. 'l'o this sally the Mexican official did not deign So reply. Under a strong guard the prisoners were removed to the town jail1 a one-storied house, t.iM el 'dobe9 u t.he WlDW"ned bric.b ot t.he Mexicans are termed, and Into a cell lighted only by a small window high up in the wall, and guarded by i:"on bars, the prisoners were thrust. Their weapons were taken away, and heavy chains, tbe'relics of a far-off age, when prisonen were treated like wild beasts, were affix e d to the wrists and ankles ot the three; then the lari ats which bound them were removed, and the Mexicans with many a bitter gibe withdrew, leaving the prisoners in the solitude and dnrk ness of their prison-pen to meditate upo n the unexpected reverse which had befallen them. That little mercy was to be expected at the bands of the Mexicans they understood wen enougq, for even at the time of '' bich we write, the inhabitants of the province of New M exico seemed to have a foreboding of the ultimate fate of their country1 and l oo ked with eyes of bate upon the fair-su:inned Northerners who were destined to become their conquerors. The only chance for the three was fn the fera of the Mexicans. Their captors might he sitnte to proceed to extremities, lest the Americans on the frontier, who were all clo.ely alli e d and when attacked made common cause, might be come exasperated and for vengeance. Both Wallace and the lad were inclined to take a gloomy view of the situation, but Bill Williams was one of the "never say die kind. "They won't dar' to do ""'i' tbinit. hoyees, I tell yerl" he exclaimed. I mean to cut short our thread of life though i reckon they air jest a-hungering arte r that thing, worse than a starved wolf arter a lame huffier cow. But they won't dar' to spiflicate us, t ur it would rai11e sicb a rumpus that the noise would reach cl'ar from hyer to Washington. I don't drubt that they will keep us sbet up in this cussed bole fur a month or so, until there is a row raised 'bout it, and then they will dump us out without any ceremony." But of course under the condition of their cfr.o cnmstances all speculation c o uld only be vague and unsatisfactory, and so being practical fel lows used to hard knocks as well as the Fmiles of fortune, they gave up conversation and com posed themselves to sleep as well as they C"nuld upon the bard clay floor of their dungeo n and in spite of their uncomfortable surroundingo they slept like tops until the morning BUn wM up and the jailer bringing in their break/ .st beans and coarse bread aronsed them. The attendant was a gruff and surly /ellow, not at all disposed to be communicotiv .. bat be said enough to lead the trappers to bebHe tbey would not be kept long in in J cgsr

Kit Canon JDnc ot Gulde .. 11 With alacrity, and just as cheerful aa though they were going to a ball instead of 5 court room to answer a charge of murder, the pris oners prepared to quit their cell. Along through the street, thronged with staring Mexicans, men, women and children, all eager to behold the culprits, and many of them, miserable wretches, hurling curses upon the the Americans were conducted to the Judgment hall where the lcalde sat in late. CHAPTER XIIL THE SENTENCE. Tmc moment the trial commenced the Americans saw that everything had been arranged for their conviction. The accusation was murder and all three were arraigned, Carson as the principal and his companions as accessories. After the charge was made the Alcalde in bis sternest manner asked the prisoners if they had anl.thing to say in their defense. 'You go ahead, Bill," said Wallace, with a nod to his companion. reckon that you air a heap sight better at speechifying than I am, 'cos I have heard it said that you once talked a Digger In jun clean out of his moccasins." It was a lie, Big-foot, it were a Flat-bead buck and I argufied him right out of bis skin, so that he looked like a white man," and then Williams addressed the Alcalde. "You want to know ef we hev got anything to MY fur ourselves," he began. "Wa-hl, 'cady, the trouble is not to find things fur to say but to decide what not to say. In the furst place you air talking 'bout murder, but I reckon that tbar Rin't one on us bas seen a dea:d man yit, and 1 take it a cuss has got to cast up his chips and quit the game afore you kin say he is de funct and departed." "You admit the crime then," remarked the official, with an awful frown. "Admit blazes!" yelled the trapper, not at all in awe of the judge, "we don't admit anything, 'cept that the man ain't dead, or we don't know any man that we hev run foul of in the town who is, and if yer dead man drops out, wbar's yer murder!" "Enough, call the witnesses," the Alcalde commanded, and then a half a score or more their testimony, and a clear case the per JUrfld villains made ouf against the Americans, for while some swore that all three of the strangers bad attacked ths Mexican bully others swore that the wounds he had received were mortal and that he had died almost immediately after .Jieing removed from the scene of action. The trappen; listened attentively tut their amAz erneot at the falsehoods sworn to by the MPxicans soon turned to anger. It's all a cussed lie!" yelled Big Bill Williams at last, unable to contain himself longer. "Thar ai..n't a man-Jack o' yer all that has spit out two words o' trutb since yer began I We could have salivated the cuss a dozen times1 but we didn't, fur our little pard hyer downea him in a fair fight, axing no odds, and the big galoot was the feller th11t commenced the fuss t;oo, H wu In for a were Jest asp'iling for ft and he got full meaBU1'9, heaped up and running overt But 118 to hil a gone sucker, that is all in your eye and Betty Martin I that story won't wash; whir even a yeller dog would turn up hie nose at it!' "Be silent! yon offend the dignity of th court with your clamor!" the officio.! jeclared with great severity. Court I do you call this hyer ranch a court?" cried Wallace, unable to resist giving vent to his indignation. "You 11re ali a set of cussed cut-throats and you know it too, durn yaller skins!" There was a yell of rage from the specta.ton at this declaration, particularly 118 the angr;r trapper emphasized bis words by shaking bIS manacled fist defiantly at these degenerat descendants of Montezuma. "Silence, or we will gag you so that you cannot speak I" exclaimed the Alcalde at the top of bis voice, and almost wild with rage at bei .n thus defied by the bold trapper. Cut out my tongue, that is the best way "' you want to make me keep quiet!" Wallane undauntedly replied. "You bloody butchers, ef we were only free and had our we'pons, we three could clean out yer hull town 111 Perceiving that it was impossillle to terrify the liofi-bearted Americans by threats, the :Alcalde determined to bi;ing the scene to an end immediately. Silence, prisoners, and listen with decency to the judgment of the court." "Durn yer court and you too, n growled Williams in an undertone. The court finds that you are all three guilty of the crime of murder as .charged, and the penalty is death; therefore, as Alcalde of the town of Santa Fe, I sentence you to be pub'cly shot in the plaza of the town one month fr m to-day; the date is set thus distant because it is necessary for these proceedings to recein the approval of the Governor-general of thia province, who is now at the capital." Despite the fact that they were in the hall of justice, cries of "bravo; bravo!" mingled with curses hurled at the Americans came from some of the rabble, the dregs of the town, who mortally hated the trappers who on many occasions had administered wail-merited pllllish ment to the rascals. From what the Americans of the Mexican officials and courts, they were pre pared to expect almost anything, but the idea of a simple Alcalde of a town like Santa Fe pre-l 1uming to sentence three prisoners to death w1111 to the minds of the trappers utterly prepos terous, and actuated by this feeling they absolutely laughed in the face of the Alcalde, much to his rage and disgust. "Aha., you will t.ry another tune when :you look into the muzzles of the muskets!" he cried, grinding his teeth with rage, rising t.o his fee* and shaking hil fist at the others. -At this outburst the trappers only laughed still more, for they did not feel in the le11ss alarmed. They were quite certain that the Governor-general of tlie province would no sanction such a verdict, and then too in a month there was ample time for their situation known to their countrymen, and eeo


Kit Carson. King of It the American authorities were slow to move In the matter, some of the boys on the border would be sure to take it up, and if a sufficient force could not be got together to come b

Kit Carson. King ot Guide. too, every ttme .. are men are delegated to come after the two lilllen cusses, and they air gomg to git the unde r gnp who have charge of the prison, carry them otr on r,er every lick ef so be as they kin. and make the m drunk so that they will not be The Alca lde will surely not dare to put us able to give any infohnation in regard to the to death without tbesan< ;tion of the Governor!" matter, nor reveal who the ringleaders are in Carson exclaimed, bewildered by the startling case they should be able to recognize them "If he to. attempt ouch a With a stick of timber they will burst the bold game it would cost him bIS pl a ce most cer-doors open the n seize you and with ropes al tainlr1 h_e would be a lucky fellow if he got ready proV!ded hang you immediately. As the olf with hlS lite. Alcalde s&ld, such wretcbed heretics 118 you "He does not intend to do anything openly, N orth Americans would not need the servicee but he bears such a hatred to all the men oi of a priest." your nation that he swears not one of you three "Te n minut es is all I want of him right with shall ever leave this place aliTe," the maidet\ my bar' fis ts, too1 Wallllce mutte;ed. "Jest replied. "He knows very well that he has no ten minutes, that is all I ask, and at the end ot au thority to condemn you to death and that bis that time, arter I through with him he superior authorities would call him to a strict w ouldn't need a pnest either-nobody biit a ao munt if he attempted "to carry out the sen grave-digger." 1 tefJCe; but he has shut you up here in orde r that "Nary time!" Williams cried; "old Mother ot\.lers may have the opp ortunity to execute thd Earth is too decent for sicb a jackal; she'd u: me be dares not carry out. heave an earthquake and b 'ist him out. He 'But, I do not exactly understand-what 1S wants to be put on the perairie wbar the. wolvea n'.llt purpose!'' and the buzzards could skin him clean." To-morrow bis agents, all properly instructed It is a fiendish plan I" Carson said, "but a by him, will around amone: the people and just Providence will not surely permit such a attempt to stir them up to madness against yoq sch e me to be succes sfully carried out." Americans. All the town were not at the fan, "No, you are right it will not, and the Great dango last night, and so all do not know the Rule r above has put it into my heart to try to truth in regard to the event that happened save y o u from the malice of your enemies." there. The story that the Alcalde's agents will Wallace, at this, punched his companion In tell is that the quarrel arose on account of you the ribs, and Big Bill Williams, in his glee, exe\ strangers getting intoxicated and insulting the cuted a sort of war-dance. Mexican ladies. That miserable ladrone who As for the lad be was so overpowered by tbia force d you into a quarrel, and whom you so unexpectsd announcement that for a momeufl justly chastised, will be represented as a cham-be lost the use of his tongue. pion who interfered to protect the Mexican girls At last though, be managed to stammer: and who was assaulted, brutally beaten and then You are all goodness, senorita, thus to come killed, beingattacked by all three of you to our rescue like an angel from the skies." Americans at the same time." The maiden blushed, more at the expression "Durn my old boots!" exclaimed Wallace in upon the youth's face than at bis words, but "et that ain't the biggest whopp,er she quickly covered up her confusion by bandtbat was ever batched you kin take my pile!' ing a small parcel, neatly done up, through the ,The Greasers beat the world at a yarn; tbey bars. are the champion liars I" bis companion r e plied. "Here is a package of small files," she said; "But the _big brute cannot be dead; be was "they are excellent tools, so the man said who not badly injured in any way," Carson resold them to me, and will cut through the marked. stoutest iron as well almost as a knife through "That is the truth, for, excepting his bruises, wood. These bars are very old and they cannot be is as well as he ever was; but be is one of the very strO?J1:'1 tor they have been here ever Alcalde's men and at his orders be smce the bmldmg was erected and it is one of bas take n himself out of the way for a while, the oldest in Santa Fe, built, ob, I don't know so that the report that be perished from the re-bow many years ago1 a hundred at the very suit of bis wounds can be spread abroaa by the least. I do not think it will take you very long doctor who at1ill'Oded him. and who is a l s o one of to saw the bars so as to be able to get out the Akalde's creatures. This is his plot to excite through the casement and there is not the least the rage of the people, and then when they bedanger ot any one overbearing you when at gin to clamor tor vengeance, his agents are in-work, f_or B.I I told you all the guards have structed to propose that the gates of the jail be been withdrawn." forced and you three taken out by the mob and "Ob, don't you be ateard, senorita I" cried banl!'ed to ihe nearest tree." Big-foot Wallace, who found it to be imp()ssi" The infernal old scoundrel t" muttered ble to refrain from speaking any longer. "We'll Wallace. "Ef I only had him byer fer 'bout make the riffle, every time now, thanks to you, ten minutes1 durned ef I don't believe I could bless yer pretty facet and though I ain't much grinhimtoaeathI"BigBiIIWllliamsejaculated. ot a praying man, durn me if I don't rastle Of c o urse if the mob take you out and put with a prayer to-night arter I get of thill you to deatb,P.e will be able to say that be was box, aij fur you, too, you may be not to blamet for he is not responsible for the happy, live till you dry up and blow away, and acts of a moo. .And then be has taken meas-git the nicest feller that walks on two legs on ures so that the villains will have a clear field. top of this .sere airtb for a h11Sband." AH the guards l!>J'e withdrawn from around the The girl's face was covered with blushes a1 priwP.1 atwr !lMk. fbo and uow that bor


Kit Carson, Einii: of Guides. anl!slon wu accompllshed she prepared to withdraw. "Good-by," she said to Carson, tears in her brilliant, black eyes as she spoke, I hope that you will succeed in escaping from your enemies and in returning in safety to your ovm land, and if you do so, possibly we may never sea .ach other again; but I trust that when safe in your home, you will not forget the Mexican maid who risked as few women in this world will risk, that you might be saved from the death which threatened you so nearly." ""I will never forget you, Josepha, while life -remains!" the lad declared, tears standing in bis eyes also, no sign of weakness though, but "honest water from the well of truta." Then bending forward he imprinted a warm kiss upon tb;i rich, r;i lips of the willing girl I will never forget you, and some day I will re turn to Santa Fe, and see if I cannot find some way to repay this service," be continued. With a loud sob the girl hurried away. 'that Carson kept this promise the reader will lll!le before this ower-true tale is ended. With the files the prisoners soon. relieved &hemselves of the chains which bound them and then proceeded to attack the bars which cuarded the window. The iron was soft, time had done its work, 9.Ild soon the road to liberty was open. CHAPTER XV. A DARING DEED. NEVER '!:Jefore did any one of the three breathe the free air of heaven with more satisfaction tbnn after they had emerged from the confinemen' G of the Mexican jail. All without was still as dead; not a soul 1eem ed to be stirring in the town. "Now then, boyees," said Williams, as ther wallJ.ed a way from the prison house, "what IS to b(t the game, hey?" "To give leg-bail, I sappose, and git out of these yere diggings as soon as our legs will let us," Wallace replied. "We are in a pretty bad condition to take homeward trail," the lad suggested. "No rooney, no provisions, no ammunition and no The three had been stripped clean by the Al calde's orders after their arrest, and after the fashion cominon to such officials, the Mexiqan had appropriated all the valuables; and this W!lS one reason, too, why he bad been so anx ious to get the Americans out of the way, for the booty had been a rich one. The weapons were valuable, and in addition all three had considerable money upon their persons, "Wa-al, I reckon our outfit would break the of-a good-6ized, healthy jack-rabbit," William remarked. ''Say, boys, it would only be the squar' thing ;;t we should go through some Mexican and ti-y to get bunk!" Wallace exclaimed. .,. Are we likely to meet any one at this lone ly time!" Carson queried. "And then, too, w11uld it be hardly fair to make some innocent -um suffer for the deeds of this rascally AIwl-ie!" That's so I true as preaching," Williams ol>-1en ed. It we OQuld onl7 run afoul of the Alcalde himself now," and Wallace clinched bis big f1ett as he spoke in a way that clearly no good to the Mexican official. "Why not?" said Carson quietly. "Why not what!" asked Wallace. "Yes what are you driving at? Got some mighty hefty scheme in that 'tarnal leetle head of ronrn r' Williams questioned. Why not go f0r the Alcalde and make him disgorge his plunder! We know his house, and it is easy to gain an entrance to these Mexican houses, for the doors are usually not very strongly secured. The chances are a hun dred to one that be can be surprised, and I am not at all satisfied to get out or this town with-out my plunder," Carson replied. "No more am I!" Wallace added. "Wa-al, children, I'm in the same boat!" Big Bill Williams coincided, with one of bis everlasting grins. It's a bully big thing, and I am in for it, tooth and nail l" Wallace instantly cried that he wished to be counted in, and then the three discussed the matter over as they proceeded to the Alcalde's domicile. "We ain't got nary we'pOn, thongh," Wil liams obs.irved, as they halted outside the house of the official. "He will have his weapons near at hand, and if we can only gain admission to his sleeping apartment without waking him, it will be easy enough t-0 secure them," Carson replied. "Skin the cuss with his own tools!" Wallace muttered. Fortune in this instance most decidedly fa vored the bold. The Alcalde, being unmarried1 kept bachelor's h!!.ll, bis wants being attendea to ,by a couple of servants, male and female and on this eventful night, after the Alcaldr had retired to rest, the two had stolen forLb TA participate in an all-night fandango held in tbt of the town. The Mexican was a severe master, and as th. servaots knew he would never consent to the! 1 going, they did not take the trouble to ask hirr, but stole out, leaving the doors t::nbarred sou to be able to return disturhlng him. The Alcalde being much given to sl0'!lp1 they knew there was little danger liheh" aosence being dis<'overed. And so it happened that the Americans, without. any difficulty wbaW..-er, gained an easy entrance to t be bedside o!: Mexican official. Elated w'ttb the triumph be bad gained, and rejoicing over the rich booty whicl) had so un expe_ctedly fallen into his hands, the Alcalde had drank deep that night, and had sought bis conch in anything but a sober state. He bad not taken the t.rouble to undress, but had lain down just as he was, with all bis clothes on, even to his boots. And, for a wonder, be had not hidden away ia the secure hiding-place which he had for his ill-gotten gains, the booty which he bad taken from tbe Americans. In the in tervals of his applications to the potent liquor he had gloated over the treasures he bad ac9,Uired so easily, avd, when be prepared to retire, he had thrust them under the matb-e1ss of the bed. '.rbe "il'a. atreamlng in through the windows, plentJ'of hgbt. 'l'he Alca!.

Kit Carson, King of Guide .. WMpons and placed them on a small table by the bead of the bed before retiring, and these the Americans at once seized upo n. "Say 1 hadn't we better bind and gag the cus1 furst thmgr' suggested Williams. "Oh, yest gag him by all means; then he won't be able to raise an al arm. 11 he l e t a good big boiler out of him, a3 he will be mighty apt to do when be disc o v ers what distinguish e d visit ors have called upon hiin, he might r a ise the neighborhood" Wallace -remarked. The loni;, gaudy scarf of the M exican the zone of bngbt colors which he wore around his waist, was hanging over the b ead of the bed. Carson possessed himsell of it. Williams and Wallace took the sleeping m a n gently by the 1houlders and raised him to a sitting p osture and so ciirefully was this movement performe d that the Alcalde was not rou.qed from his slum bers until Carson bound the scarf tightly around his mouth. Then opening his eyes, amazed at this rude treatment, he glared upon his cap-\urers. The Mexican bad slept long enough to allow the fumes of the liquor whic h he had swallowe d to in a measure pass away, and so, bi s head bemg clear, be instantly realized what had happened. Wi t h a vigorous bound, so quickly executed that the trappers were for a m o m ent take n by surprise, he sprung to his fe e t, but their s trong hands were upon him in an instant, while Wal lace ti.ashed his own shining blade in dangerous proximity to his throat. "Be keerful I" the Arnerica:: warned; "don't you go fur to try to cut up any dido e s, or I'll slit yer windpipe jest like as if yer were a blasted 1nakel" And in the eyes of the speaker the Alcalde read that he woU1d surely be as good as his word it provoked to it. "Now, Can;on and Williams, you search the room and see if you kin diskiver whar h e bas stowed away our we'pons and plunder," Wallace continued. Carson bad his eyes upon the Alcalde's tace as his companion spoke1 and be noticed that when Wallace spoke of tne booty the M exican in Yoluntarily cast a quick glance at the bed, and the lad from this instantly conjecture d that t h e plunder was concealed somewhere about the bed, and he immediately made known his sus picion to his companions. The awful scowl of rage that overspread the Mex:iean'a face at once convinced the Ameri cans that they were bot on the scent. Search was instantly made, and the plunder dis-Jove red. Highly delighted were our when they came again into poss es sion of their property, while the face of the baffi e d Alcalde was a study. "Wa-al we have got our own a gain,'' Wil liams but bow about this ornery cuss what wanted to cut our thread of life1 What do you say, boyees, ain't we going to get aquar' with him some way f" reflected over the matter for a moment: it did not seem exactly right for the vil Mexican to escape without punishment for the bloody wor!' which he bad 90 planned; then the trapper held a whispered Oonferenoe wiUl Canou.. and at th end IAid: "We have thought of a little racket, Bill, aball we go ahead1" "Propell" "Then we must ask Senor Alcalde to come for a little ride with us." Alarmed now for bis lifl'I, fearing that the Americans meaut to do him serious harm, the Alcalde attempted to resist, but he was speedily overpowered by the vigorous trappers, and then bound hand and foot with a laria t just as the Americans had been bound when surprised by the o fficial and bis men. Tit for tat,'' Williams observed, r:inning in the face of the enraged Mexican; 'one good turn deserves anothe r. You gave us a taste of your ho spitality, and now we'll give you a leetle ours." From the corral, where the horses were kept, four good animals were sele c ted. The Alcafde was bound upon one and the mounted the others, and then the cavn lca.ilt set out. F ortune favored the enterprise, and tb.iy managed to get out of the town without exc1lr ing observa t ion And then, when they got some five miles from the town, they baited by a little grove of cot tonwood, dis m ounted, and tied the Mexican to a tree, stripping off his upper outward gar ments, and then with some good stout swltcbee flog ged until he bowled for mercy in the most abJ ect manner. And this was the vengeance tbe trappers took upon the craven coward who bad doomed them to a terrible death. The thrashing ove r, the Alcalde waa released, and he skulked off swearing all sorta of ven geance. The trappers got off safel y but it was 1;1ot until aft. e r the death of the whippe d offic1al1 which too k place about a year afterward, tha1 any of them dared to visit Santa Fe. CHAPTER XVI. AT BENT'S FORT. A Jl'EW years after the notable event t! scribed in our last chapter f ound Carson located at Fort William, or Bent's Fort, as it was com monly termed, situated on tbe north hank of the Arkansas river, about one hundre d and fifty miles from tbe mountains, and establ ished by the brothers Bent for the purpose of trading with the Mexicans of New Mexico and with the Indians of the Cheyenne and Comanche tribes. Quite a number of expeditions had Carson bee n engnged in since the time of bis last ex pl oit, as b e fore related, and the period when he arrive.d at Bent's Fort, and on each and everr occa s ion be had won gold e n opinions from h11 c o mpanions, day by day bis r eputat i o n in creasing. Guld e hunter, trapper, ludianfigbter, it was diffi cult to say in which line he most ex celled, being a master-hand at all. And young as be was, when he beard that Bent's Fort was in need of a hunter to supply the Post with game, he wits in no way ofraid to apply for the situation; then, when ColoMI St. Vrain questioned the modest and unassu.n Ing young man and learned that bis name waa Kit Carson, he immediately accepted him, fa. he knew him well b.J' re1>utatlo11.


H Kit Carson. King ol Gulde .. No sinecure was this oftlce for generally there were about fifty men at the Post who depended for fresh meat solely upon Carson's skill. Far and wide he wandered in search of game, 10metimes being absent from the Post for a at a time, but so great was the confidence bis companions bad in his skill and courage that they were never in the least alarmed at a pro longed absence on his part, being satisfied that be would tnrn up all right in the end. Dangerous and difficult indeed were his hunts 1ometimea, particularly when the Cheyenne and Comanche Indians took it into their head1 *<> chase game in the neighborhood of the fort. .ny so uomg tuey uot only rendered the game 1C&rce, and forced Carson to hunt at a greater distance, but they also did their best" to entrap and kill the cunning white bunter whom they regarded as an interloper upon their territory. And as for tlyi Post itself, although erected for the expt:e&s purpose of affording them a good market for their furs and skins, yet they looked upon it with hostility and would gladly have exterminated the intruders if a favorable op portunity occurred. But the traders were well aware of this, and whenever Indians in any number were admitted Into the fort, loaded guns were kept trained upon them, ready to be discharged at the tlrs1 sign of danger, and a mortal fear the savages had or these big guns. And the fort too was quite a strong one, bein&< so constructed that twentr. or thirty de termined men could easily hold it against four or live hundred, as long as the attackers were not provided with artillery. The fort merely consisted of a square in closed by a 'dobe wall, six or eight feot thick and about twenty high, _pierced at regular intervals with port-holes for cannon and loop holes for musketry. But if the savages couldn't take the fort, they eould at any rate capture the bold white hunter who rode forth as carelessly as though he owned every foot of the soil prei;sed by the hoofs of bis mustang. The Cheyennes were not as bad as the Co manches; this latter tribe, the great horse In B.ians, were io,n arrogant set of fellows at the period ot which we write; ever since the time, to which the memory of man runnetb not, they had lorded it over the prairie, almost withouta rival, and rear by year pushed back little by little the hne of civilization on the IOUth-east of their territory. Instead of the Mexicans gaining ground they llad lost and the wild grasses of the prairie had tncroached upon field and orchard. Carson, for all his apparent carelessness, wa1 ner on his guard though, and easily succeeded In escaping a dozen well-laid traps which the red-men had set for him. Bo skilled was he in wood and prairie craft, IO quick and subtile the instinct with which na ture had gifted him, that he never failed to discover that the red-skins were lurking in the neighborhood of the fort no matter how cun Dingl.y they kept themselves concealed. From the movements of the game, even, he eould detect almost without fail whether the reds lurked in the neighborhood or not. 1111111 ._ !U' m Tikl ikt ollocll were a hundred to one that the sange1 bad frightened them, and then Carson redoubled his caution. One particular morning the hunter, after crossing Bear creek, had struck down toward the north fork of the Cimarron. He had gone some d.J.stance from the Post, the game were particularly wild and from this as well as from some other signs which he had ob served, he felt sure that the red-skins were in the neighborhood and in force too. Either a large hunting or war party. The buffaloes were now passing southward and it was possible that the Indians had come north on their annual hunt, although it was rather early for them, or it might be a war party who had dug up the hatchet and were about to make a foray into the country of the Cheyennes, north of the Arkansas river. Eagerly Carson had looked for the Indian trail as he rode along, for so expert was he in reading signs of this description that he would have been able to tell had he encountered the trail whether it was made by a hunting or war party; but he was not fortunate enough to run across it. The country was rugged and broken and the hunter was proceedinit with extreme caution, for fear of coming unawares upon the red-skins, when in a little open glade he came upon a strange sight. The glade was about a mile square and although there were scattellld clumps of bushe1 here and there, it was free from timber with the exception of a halt dozen scrub oaks in a cluster right in the center of the valley. And in and around the oaks, as Carson came upon the scene, a most novel chase was going on. A young Indian girl, pursued by a fierce buf falo bull, was taking advantage of the trees to escape from tho infuriated animal. The broken arrows still sticking in the bison' sides and the dead Indian's pony stretched upon the ground, bis sides ripped open by the horna of the prairie king, were enough to reveal tel Carson what had taken place before he had come upon the scene. The girl had been out on a hunt, had encoun tered the buffalo and wounded him with her u rows, and as a rule the red-skins are expert enough with their primitive weapons to drive a shaft clean' through even the thick car CftBS of a buffalo, yet on this occasion the savage maid had failed to do so, and her steed1 not being nimble enough to escape the rush or the infuriated beast, had been pierced by hil horns and killed. The girl, dismounted by the shock, had been lucky enough to reach the little clump of timber, but her bow had been forced from her hand and IO she wu helpless to injure her ad Ye1'8&1'y. And the bull mad with had no i:iea of giving up the chase, for he snorted with the pains of bis wounds, although so far he had not been able to catch the girl who darted from tree to tree with woudertul swiftness. But, unless some rescue came, there could be but one end to the atrugglehin time exhansted must give way, t e girl's atre ''* would fail azicl Sbt _,...,


Kit Carson, King ot Guides. prairie wilderness would then trample her I ihnpely limbs into a horiid mass for it is the nature of a buffalo bull when once enraged aever to give up while life remains. The girl's breath was beginning to fail bet when Carson appeared upon the s cene and ten minutes more would swely have witn ssed the triumph of the brute. A glad cry came from the lips of the agonized girl when she beheld the hunter. Altbougb he was a white-skin a .. d she a red, yet she had perfect faith that he would come to I?.er rescue. And so had the buffalo bull too, for that mat ter, who was almost as quick to discover the new-comer as the human. whom he had marked for his victim; and pausing in his fierce chase, cast his evil little eyes, now flaming "red with age, upon the horseman. Carson, rifle in hand, ready for action, rode atraight at the bull. The beast waited until he came quite near and then with a fierce bellow charged upon him. The hunter's well-trained steed easily avoidea the attack and then as the angcy bull lumbered bT in -his mad rush Carsou put a lmllet into him right behind the shoulder that sapped the life of the bison upon the Instant. The bull pitched forward upon its forelegs, then down upon its head, and then rolled ovet 9n Its side, life extinct. The girl watched the proceeding with breath less interest. Many a mighty bunter had she seen bu11 never a one to compare with tllis Nimrod, and, someway, the Indian imaid did not feel in tbs least alarmed, although between the plain smen and. the red-skins there was a great deal of bad feeling; but all through Carson's life there that in his face that al ways inspired confidence. And therefore the Indian girl stepped forward to greet the hunter without the least fear. She Wail a beautiful girl, the fairest, red or white, that Carson's eyes bad ever looked upon, tall, superbly formed, grace in every motion, beauty in every line. "The white hunter came just in time to save the red girl from the fierce beast and she thanks him from the bottom of her heart," said the girlispeaking Spanish with perfect ease. am glad to be of service to you," Carson responded, speaking in the same tongue. "But how 1:1omes it that you are het'e alone, far from your peo,ple, for you are a Comanche, If I judge rightlyi' -CHAPTER XVII. fighting man, but a statesman as wen, and tha section of the Comanche tribe over which he ruled bad never been as prosperous as when unde r bis control And the Silve r Bell was reputed-to be without an equal among all the reel girls of the prairie. 'fhe white huntt>r lq In J>lafinJ with captul"N


18 Kit Carson, B.lnc of Guide .. mouse b<1l'ore devouring It, the reds'kfn1 *ermined to have aome sport with Carson before Uley slaughtered him. Bo, in the gravest manner po&Slble, although 'hey hadresolved to put him to death, they told him that It be wished t.o take the chances of running the gantlet he might do .so, and if he succeeded fn eacaping he might go free. Ia running the gantletl the prisoner passel down between two lines ox braves, armed with various weapons, each one of whom doe1 hill best to wound the runner and yet not kill him. Tile reds had made up their minds t.o trio} : Canon and not give him a fair show for hio life, for fifty yards or so beyond the line of wuriors, in a little clump of timber, ten of the ll.ee1est runners of the tribe were concealed, rea(\ y to burst out and intercept the prisoner if he ucceeded in succeufully running the gantget. E> rery aoul fn the village wu on the ground "'o Ste the sport. The signal was giTen Carson, who wae 1tne of the swiftest runners that ever stripped for a race, started like an arrow from a bow. A yell of surprise arose on the air, for the lad by his quickness had secured a most decided adTantage. With wonderful swiftn8llll he ran, dextrously avoiding the blows aimed at him by the In dians, and the lookers-on perceived that it was more than probable he would succeed in running the gantlet without serious injury, but the old Comanche chief mentally chuckled when be re flected bow surprised the white-skin would be when the band of warriors concealed m the bushes sprung upon him. But there was more than one surprise in store for both Carson and the Indians that day. Just as the lad reached the end of the line and with a fiendish yell the warriors with brandished weapons rose to intercept him, out from an other of bushes, at right angles with the one wherem the chiefs bad lain concealed, eame the lo<}\an girl mounted on a fleet musng, armed too with Carson's weapons. Being a hundred yards nearer to the running tnan than the bucks and mounted too, it was an 88Sf. matter for her to come up to the fugitive wh1la the others were some distance away: But to the astor..ishment of the yelling crowd, who whooped exultingly when they beheld the girl, instead of striking the fugitive down when she reached his -side she dismounted from the horse, gave the bridie into his bands, the wea pons also, and in n twinkle Carson was up in the 1addle and racing away at headlong speed. No horse was there in the Comanche nation who could overtake thA mustang of the Silver Bell with such a start. Brief as bad been the interval between the dismounting of the girl and the ascent of Carton to the saddle, yet there bad been time for exchange ol a few words between the two. "Mount and ride!" she had cried when she lpl"Ung from the horse; "fear not! the steed lives 11ot on prairie soil who can overtake my beauty!" "llUt 'hll,J' will till 7011 I" Canon had nplled, hesitating te accept the afl'J, MGt11.1ogb he f9H sure that it was his only ch1.11c fr. r iltel They will not dare; !ill voo my life and it II only right I should retmn the favor; it ia life for life!" There was no more time for words and Car son accepted the servicti in the same !rank 1Pirit in which it was offered. A yell of anger came from the throat. of the Indians a1 Carson rode off. A rush was made for the horse corral and within five minutes there were a hundred mounted warriors in full pursuit. Vain the effort for the young scout 680$ped without the least difflcul ty. The rate of the Indians was and ft was as much as the great medicme-man of the tribe1 with whom the girl was a great favorite, coula do to keep her from being instantly put to death, for even the White Buffalo ra1Sed his club to strike her down. But it was finally determined that she should not be punished without a trial and so she wa1 made a prisoner. When night cRm e though she succeeded in eluding the vigilance of her guards and her escape. Straight to Beut's Fort she went and astonished Carson by presenting herself before him. Brief was the story she told. Her father b84 disowned her, the tribe threatened to kill her and she bad come to dwell with the white man and be his slave. I Now although in Carson's mind there yet dwelt a remembrance of the dark-eyed Mexican maid, yet he would have been either more or less than mortal, not to have returned the love which this young, innocent maid tendered so freely. The commander of the Post was sent for, the circumsta nces related to him, and then in pre,. ence of all the residents of the Post Carson took the Silvar Bell for his squaw. Two days afterward the White Buffalo at the head of a large war-party rode up to de mand his daughter. Carson refused the request, the chief talked long and the intei'view finally ended with an ar rangement for the hunter to meet in single fight the White Buffalo, the maiden's fate to be decided by the issue. It looked like an uneven contest, and so ft was, but not uneven in the way most imagined, for with a single rifle -shot Carson tumbled the old c)lief '!ff bis mustang and put him out of fighting tnm for many a long day. From that time forth the Comanches regard ed Carson as being the greatest fighting-man that they had ever encountered. CHAPTFJR XVIII. GUIDING A. TRAIN. A SHORT time after the stirring event detailed in our last chapter, Carson was dispatched by Colonel St. Vrain to guide the annual snl1JllY train which came each spring to refurnish the fort. On this occasion the train waa an unul!Uftlly large one and as the Indians in the neighborhood of the fort had been rather ugly all ibron&b the '!"inter, the commander of the POlt


Kit Ca.rson, Kine ot Guides. H '-red that tMy might be tempted to attack 1 thoughi wonhl onrpower the pale-faces at the &he train, (or the red-skins well 1..-new bow rich first fush. "u the plunder it contained, therefore be de-But as It is cardinal l!rinciple with these termined to put the outfit in charge of the best du< ky' warriors never to resort to force it cun man that could be found, and after long conn i ng will answer the same purpose; instead 1ultetion with bis associates the colonel came to of rus hing to the attack aftf'r c o m tbe conclusion that., despite bis youth, no better pletely surroundin!f the trBlD, Serave Co l uradc captain could be found on the western border called for a" talk. than Kit Carson. And the chief was somewhat dis1?Utf'n instantly given when the "Your blood be upon your own beans, then I" guide felt sure that there was danger, and the cried the Indian, in a rage as be turned away outfit immediately prepared for battle. and rode back to his du;;ky troopers. The Indians were in force and there wasn' t It WllS plain that the booty they coveted much doubt that the.y meant mischief. was not to be won without a bloody fight, and The wagons were parked 11 after the fashion the chief would much rather have secured the common to the frontier in such cases, that Is; Bpoils by artifice and cunning. arranged In a circle, with the tongue of each Carson had taken all the precautions that wo.gon lashed to the hind part of the wagon be-mortal man could take, and when the red lore it, thus forming a regular fortification, and storm of battle burst upon the whites they were In the center of the circle a11 the horses f.\nd ready for it. be P ves were placed, for in Indian attacks upon With that reckless bravery that the warriors pr. 1il"ie trains it is always the first endeavor of of tbe Apache nation have displayed on s o many the red-skins to run olf the stock, thus c o mpellwell-fought battle fields the redski11s !'barge d Ing the abandonment of the wagons. in line of battle right up to the wngons, i ling There were twenty men all told in the train, the circle upon every side; but there wa s not a but of the twenty onlv ten were regulaqirairie point unguarded, and the moment the savage fighters who could be depenrled upon to the came within riflerunge tbe whites operu d up d e a t h in .uch a contest as this that tbreate:r:ed. on them, and es the nd-skins, perforce b ecame 'l' h e lndiBil.'I roee up, whooping exultingly, huddle d together as their line cl o sed ill upon for they anticipated an easy victory, and not the wagons, nearly every shot told, "bile the without reason, for there were two hundred whites,/.rotected by the shelter the vehiclee warriors In the Apaches of the Colorado afforde suffered but little damage fro m the river, led by three of the best chi e fs in the far inferior weapons of the attacking foe nation, S erape Colorado, Big Black K ettle and Tb e n1 too, as fas t as the whites dfrcharged their rifles they cast them aside and grnrped Tb1s exped1t1on bad been planned by Serape othe rs, for one of the wagons wa. loa dEd v.ith Colorado-who was a brother of Mangas Colontiw weapons for the use of the and Car rado, the chief who had been handle d so roughson1 upo!'I the first Eign ef dailg e r, had ceused ly by Carson in tbe Sau Francisco mountains-all the rifles and pistola to be loaded ready for for the express put'J>OSe of capturing the train, w;e. e.iicl the obiaf ba4 -mbled IQe1i fQl'09 u ..,.


ao Kit Car11e>n. King of 8o tbe twenty men bad three rllles apiece, and three to four pistols. Sixty rifie-shots were poured into the yelling foe, fifty out of the sixty d oing materiel damage, but in spite of the terrific fire, the In dians, wi.tb really wondPrful courage-,.courage 111cb a& few veteran soldiers would have b een likely to exhibit under the circumstances, charged right up to the wagons, but being re ceived with a perfect storm of pistol balls each ...-bite two brace of and diEdbarg fng tbem pomt-blank In the faces of the Indians the red-skins would have been more thai:. human to have persisted in the attack1 th11y broke and lied in wild confusion, each and every buck running for dear Jife. It was the worst defeat tbilt the Apaches bad received for many a long day, for when they l!'Bthered together again et a distance from the wegon-fort and C'ounted up their losses, they found that ninety odd men bad fallen in the tight, either killed outright or so tiadly wounded es to be disabled from further service, fifty horses bad been killed, and many of the bucks were bleedinj$ from wounds more or less severe But one opmion was now among the Indians; end that was that Carrnn's "medicine" was too powerful for any red-skin to hope to overcome It. It was plain that the expedition was a failure end the quicker they got away from the scene of their defeat the better, but there was one bull beaded brave who disagreed with the rest rind this was the old cbief1 known as the "Lit'. tie-man-on-horseback." He was not rntisfled -he had e!caped without a S<'ratcb, a11d he did his be s t to per 1uade his brethren to try another attack, but the Apaches were not hogs and had got ell they weuted. Then, in a spirit of brav(ldo and In order t.o 1how the warriors how much more of a men he was then a11y chief among them, he rode forth 11.nd approaching the wagons challenged Kit Carson to come out and meet him in single fiitbt. Carson was just at that age wben it is hardly possible for a fellow to resist the inclination to punish a and a bully, and so he prompt ly accepted the Both were armed with rifies and they rode around each other in a circle, each waiting for 11. fHvorable opportunity to fire, while the rest of the foemen, both red and white, looked on with eager interest. Carson reserved his fire, and the savage at lest, getting within range, came the old Indian dodge of throwing' himself half oft'. his horse ron c ealing himself behind the body of the animal, only a toe and a band being visible w bile be his rifle from under the ne k the steed. But Carson was on the watch for just such a movement, and the moment the Indian began tt, be fired, '>iming at the horse. The mustang, stricken t.o the heart, fell over on its side dead, crushing the warrior under him in such a manner u to knock all idea of warfare out of him. And thua easil7 Canoa 1COred another vie to17, The Indians retreated, and thetrafn went on, and in due time was pildted by Carson safel7 iuto Bent' s Fort. All the frontier rung with the n1nn of this e :z:vloit and with 11.ccord all pronounced Kit Carson to be without a riTal on the plains. CHAPTER XIX. IN AFTER YEARS. IT is not po3Sible within the limits of such a as this to relat.e one-tenth part of the ell: of such a hero es Kit Carson. The story of bIS adventures among the Crows and the Blackfeet up in the far North-west alone would fill a volume With only a oompanion or two he trapped all through tlie Nor'-west country despite the savage attacks of the Indians, who had sworn that no should hunt or trap within their domam;. and many were the f orays the merciless red-skins made upon the intruders, and gallantly always the savages were beaten off Kit Carson did not long enjoy the society of bis squaw wife, the Silver Bell of the Comanches, after giving birth to a daughter, aha The young scout sorrowed after her tor a long time, be bad learned to truly love the sim child of I_1ature, who bad given up home, friends and kindred for him. After a of years chance threw him 111 the of then engaged in en ex plorrn g exped.i tion, end he accepted the position of gmde to the command; right well he per formed bis duties, winuing new laur"1s encl whe n this perilous adventure was over IJfs uu thirst for fresh fields and new led aim again down into the South-west where be. thoroughly the Gila country, the oppos _1t10n of the Apacbes, who did tbeirbest to drive the bold white mea out ol the domain that they claimed as their own bui as usual Carson's "mediciue" was too much for them, and the red-sk!ns, afte r s_uffering severely, were compelled to give up their designs. Then th'j war witlJ Mexico, end General Kearney mducM Carson to go with him &1 guid& with an expedition intended to conque1 California. With Fre mont, Carson bad prettJ thoroughly expl ored the country, and a bt. tteJ man could not have been found. It was someth .ing of a tnal, too, for Carson to a?cept aI?pomtment, for, after the death ol bis Indian wife, of the dark e ye11 of the young Mexican girl, who had 30 signall y be friended him, had come up afresh end as a result he had journeyed again to sa'nta Fe there he found that the girl bad r-'J)ained so to the affection which he had in spired in her h?som, that she had rejected all offers of mar nage. C!lrson n_ow wall in quite a dilferent positiOll to t11at which he had occupied when he had first encountered the M exican maid and Santa Fq had changed, too, for the once Nort!i Americanli had assumed control and our hero had no difficulty in tellini his fW/t We 11.nd w111 thriving wooer. So J'..lsepba Jarlmilla became Mn. Kit Car-. and to the dq ot hll death the .su1dt


bl_. the good fortune which bad brought Wm and !he dark-eyed beauty together. He bad )ust returned home to Taos after a long absen c e with Fremont in California, when General K,arne y sought his services. Althoui::h he had been anxiously looking forward to enjoying the delights of home afte r bis long ab s ence, yet he was not the man to hesitate, or bold back, when his country called upon him and so he accepted the commission. K earney had only a small force, but pushed for ward with reckle&1 hraverv, marching straight for Sau Diego, on thtl coast, where he was to make a junction with C ommodore Stockton. On the way. however, and while some distancti from the coast,_ the g e n mi.I received luformation that a body of J}1<>xic bad occupied au Indian village directly on hie line of march, with the inten tion of disputing the proa1-ess of the Invaders. Kearney, with the reckless gallantry s o character istic of him, at once determined to attack, although Carson took the liberty of r .. monstratlng strongly aaainst it, for the troops and animals were compfetely tired out by the march, and were not in any condition to offe r battle. The general thou<;h, like many another man in a like situation, underrated the courage of the foe, and thought it would bt! an eas.v matter to put to flight the cowardly Mexicans. but the Calif or niaus an a bol:I. and hardy race. as C arson well knev, altogethe r different from the Mexicans of southern Mexico. and so he representOO. to the general. K earney was both rash and obstinate, however, and the command was hurried on to the .. ttack. F J r a time it s eemed as if the rec kless bravery of the N ortherners would succeed but, as Carso n had pr'dicted, the horses gave out, the M exlc1ms r a llied, the first surprise o ver, and after a bloody coullic t Kf'aruey was forced to retreat, leaving fully one-half of his force upon the field. The Mexicans follow e I up their a'\vantagoe with a sharp and severe purs uit, the retreat of the Ame ri cans degen e ratin g, a.t last into a r e gular rout.. and had it uqt bee n f o r Curso n and a half a doze n plains men who chanced to be with the pa1ty it is doubtful if one would have been left to t e ll the tale. But Carson and his companions, use d to Indian flglltin.!f, s ecure d a strong position on the w est of a llttle hul from whence the Mexicans found it was Impossible to dislodge them, and sci gave time for troops to rali y The r etreat, was stopped, but the position of Kear ney and his men was critica l h! the extre m e for the pursuit bad changed lnto a siege ; the M exicans sur rounded the m on all sides, and though the foe was not able to take the position b y storm, so strong was it naturally ,,yet by waiting a surrende r would sur e l y be compeue1 for the Americans had v ery Jlttl e food, and water enough only for a single day. From this terrible situation the r e was only one chance of escape. Commodore Stockton lay at San Diego with a large force ; if it was possible to get word to him of the p erilous situation of Kearney's command, he would instantly send relief. one mus t w1d c rtake the forlorn hope-,some daring s oul Ul.\ISt endeavor to creep through the M exican line, under the cover of the darkness, and then hi e to San Diego. And Carson was the man who volunteered for the perilous enterprise. The n ight was so stlll. not a breath of air 'ltlrrlng, the :i!ightest sound lieemed to linger Oil the air, 81 and the laughter and Jlght talk of the .Mexicans, gloating over the prey which they felt sure could not escape them, came distinctly to tile ears ot the beleaguered men. Luckily there was no moon, and this aided the bold adventurer. About nine o'clock, Carson stole out of the c amp and set about his dangerous taslt. He had startNI thns early, for he reasoned that the Mexicans would not be apt to be so much on their gourd as at o later hour, which nine men out of ten would have selected for such an enterprise. The foe had thought of such an attempt though, and a complete of sentinels the hlll. With the utmost caution. Carson proceedoo on his way, halting every now and then to listen to the sounds in the air, striving to discover the positions of the sentinels as they walked thtir b eats. And in this Carson succeeded. thanks to the care ful training of bis wild life, which bad, in a great measure, given him the k e enneEs of hearing and the clearness of sight of a wild animal. He succeeded In passing the line without discovt!ry, but on making a detour tc avoid the Mex lcan camp he encountered a mounted Mexican, an ofilcer who was riding forth to inspect the llne, It being under his c ommand. Carson dropped noiselessly to the ground and flat tened himself out on the earth like a huge frog. The otll. cer crune slowly along, bumming an air from som<' opera, his J!robably, fixed on the girl he ha>:! left behind him. He would have passed Carson wit!Jout discovering him, although coming near enough to the p1ostrate man for Carson to reach out and touch the horse. had he not take n Into his head just then to dismount and IU!:ht bis cigarette. And as be dismounted right at Om-son's side, his foot happened to tnuch the prostrn te man. "Vo o a h rlos !"he muttered. his curiosity excited by the soft substance which his foot bad touched "what in the name of all the saint is thisJ" He stooped to examin.-, and, as h e did so, Carson grabbe d him by the throat, determined to prevent fiim from giving the alarm, for he knew that a slugle cry from the llex:ican s Ups would surely bring a.JI the foe upon him. The guide was a man of iron muscles, and having taken the officer at a disadvanta(l" P succeeded Jn choking him into insensibility, despite his struggles, and then stripping off his outward l('Urmeuts be 4onned them, with his bat1 m ounted tho horse, which b emg a well-trained oeasr, had re mained quietly at hand. and rode away. ThankS to thill piece of luck Carson reached San Diego in safey, was furnished with two hundred mPn by Stookt-0n, whom he conducted to thP relief of Kearoey, arriving just In timP, tor the general, in despair, was thinking of surrendering. Pa3e after page might we fill with the recital ot Kit uarson'a daring deeds even in this short w a r Tben as Iudian Agent he had a glorious career for the red-men both feared and respected him. nnd In the war of the r e bellion the guide, in his old agE>. struck right well for the stars and stripes and the union b:ne. A great man I and when be die d the natinu m ourned! Many names are there glimmering bright on the roster-book which bears rbe names of our cotmtry's heroes. but none brighter nor than that of the hei-olc gulle. hootlll; n!lble Kit Ual1i0u.


BUFFALO BILL Novels in the DIME LIBRARY: Ill Dealh Traller, the Chief of Sco1lt1; or, Lite and Love ia a Frontier Fort. By Bufl'alo Bill. flJt Gold Bulle Sport; or, the Knights of the Over land. By Buffalo Bill 91.l Bulfalo Bill, the Buckskin King.i or, the Amazon ot the West. By Major Dangerneld Burr. W Butla\o Bill'11 Strange Pard; or, Dashing Dandy, the Hotspur of the Hiiis. By Maj. D. Burr. :.The Doomed Dozen; / or, Bu.llalo Bill, Onief of Scouts. B.v Dr. Frank Powell. tf:;) Wild Biil, the Pistol DeadShot. A Romance of Bufl'alo Bill's Old Pard. By Col P.;lngraham. }t&. Wild Bill's Trump Card; or, The Indian H .. tress. By Col Prentiss Ingraham. 189 Wild Bill's Gold Trail; or, The Desperate Dozen. By Col. Prentiss Ingraham. e'3 The Pilgrim Sharp; or.Theiloldler'sSweethean. By Buffalo Bill, Government Scout and Guide. 804 'rexas Jack, tbe Prairie Rattler;_ or, rhe Queen Wild Riders. By Buffalo J:Sill. 119 Wild Bill, the Whirlwina. of the West. By Buf lalo Bill. 11111 The League ot Three; or, Buffalo Bill's Pledll'0, By Col. Prentis lngri..'1am. 116 Buffalo Bill's Grip; or, Oath-bound to Custer. A Tale of tbe GTea& Challenge to Sitting Bun. By Col. Prentiss Ingraham, 'J94 White Beaver, tbe EXl.le of the Platte; or, A Wro11goed Man's Red Trail. By Bufl'alo Bill. 897 The Wizard Brothers; or, White Beaver' Trail, By Buffalo Bill. fill Toe One-Armed Pard; or, Red Retribution In By Bufl'alo Bill. 414 Red Renard, the bttlian Detective; orlThe Gold \lnzzards of Colorado. By Bufl'alo Bil ISU .iJufl'alo Bill's First Trail; or, Will Cody, the Pony Express Rider. By Ned Buntline. 599 The Dead Shot Nine; or,'11J.y Pards of the Pla!DB. By Bufl'alo Bill 629 Daredeatb Dick, King or the Cowboys; or, But falo Bill's Dartng R61e. By Leon Lewlu. 889 The Gold King; or, Montebello, the Magnitlcen.t, By Bill. IM4 BuJialo Bill's Bonanza; or, Tbe Knights of the '3ilver Circle. Bv Col P. Ine:raham. Mt Back Taylor, the Saddle K ng, By Col. P. fa, graham Bufl'afo Bill's Swoop; or, The King of the Miues. By Col. Prentiss Ingraham. .,. Bulfalo Bill's Secret Service Trail; or, The Mya teriogs Foe. By Maj. Dangerfield Burr. IDDl Bufl'alo Bill's Blind Tr.ail; or, Mustang Madge, the Daughter of the Regiment. By Ingraham. WT Bufl'alo Bill's Brotherhood; or, Open ing Up a Lost Trail. By Col P. Ingraham. 710 Bufl'alo Bill Bailed; ori ':['.lie Deserter Desperado's Defiance. By Col. P. ngraham. ?!6 Bufl'alo Bill's Scout Sbadowers; or, Emerald Ed of Devll s Acre. By Col. P. Ine:raham. r22 Bultalo Bill on the War Path. By Col. Ingraham 1'27 llufl'alo Bill's Body-guard By Col, P. Ingraham, l'Sl Butl'alo Bill's Beagles. By Col P. Ingraham. "36 Bufl'alo Bill and His Merry Men. By Col. P. Ingraham. f':lll Buffalo Bill's Blind. Ry Col. P. Ingraham. 1411 Bufl'alo Bill's Flush Hand; or, Texas Jack's Bravos. By Col. P. lngrabam. tl5o ll:ifl'alo Bill's Big Four. By Col. P. lne:raham. Butralo Bill's Double; or, The Desperado Detec tl\'e, By Col. Pren Ingraham. Ill Bufl'alo Bill's Macot; or, Death Valley Victim No. 18. Bv Col. Prentiss Ine:raham. i Buffalo Bill's Dozen; or, SilkRlbbcn Sa._m. By Ool Prentiss Ingraham. ,rat Buffalo Bill's Sweep1talre. By Col. Ingraham. '73 Buffalo Biil's Ban; or, Cody to the Rescue, By Leon Lewis m Bu1Talo Bill's Spy-Shadower. By Col. In11:raham f!!1 Bufl'.alo Bill's Brand. By Co P. Ingraham. Ill' Rul!alo Bll1'1 Dead Sllot. BJ Qal; Prent-7M Bufl'.alo Bill's Winning Hand. By Col. Ingrahallf, SOU Wild Bill, the Dean-Center :>ho or, Rio Granae Ralph the Cowboy Chief. :lly Bufl'aw BIH. 807 W1l. 1 Bill, the Wild Duelist; or, The Girl Mascot of Moonlli:ht Mine. By Bufl'alo Bill. 812 Buffalo Bill's Death-Knell; or, Tne Red Ran RdHs of tbe RoclI. Prentls Ingraham, 869 B111Ialo B i l' R>ad-Agoen'R o nocl -np; or The llfys. teriou Maskerl Man in Blck. By lngraho m. 874 Bufl'alo Bill's BuclJ. P. Ingraham. 882 'l'be Three Bilis: Bill, \\lid Bill and Band box Bill: or. The Bravo In Broadcloth. Ingraham '890 Buffalo Bill's Life Stake; or, The Pledged Tnree, By Col. Prentiss Ingraham. 895 Buffalo Bill's Secret Ally; or, The Texan't D1uble. By C o l. Prenils lngraham. 900 Buffalo Bill's Rough Rir!ers; or, Txas Jack' Snerp-Sbooters. By C"I. P. Ingraham. Buffalo Rill's 1'an11:ld Trail; or, Gentlema11 Jack, tbe Ma'l of llfany Masks. By Ingraham. 909 Bufl'>

DeadWiiOd Dick e .Library Extl'ncu from the New York Eveuloir Sun. LATEST AND BEST. HANDSOME lRl-COLOHED COVERS. 32 Pages. Issued Every Wednesday. 5 Cents. Buy One and You Wili Buy the Rest? T'\\'O ltElUA. llKA.Dl,E 11 l:ROES. ture h&R given many heroes to the world. and perhaps more than one reader will have to think a moment over lhla remark before tbe aubtle delicacy of its genial wit 1trlkea home. Bat It Is moat euentla11y a halt dime novel 1tatemen1 that wlll he news to many when It 11 added that Utera-. aure, If traced from the dimly distant daya when Adam waa a mere child down to the preaent day, would 1how ut few heroee that In the eyes of boyhood would be even judged worthy of comparison with the two greatest re The medern heroes o f net Ion for young America. who are now aa countlees aa the 1and1 o f &:he eea, and ot .th: away the palm or ,opulartty, and aucb as be leh far behind t.n the race It oan be easily helleved, thererore, that the two Dicke are 10 ftrmly ,.-.irafted on the tree of popular literature for boy1 and ; '.ung men, that their poeltlon IA ueured and tba' the7 1taod to-day head and 1houlder1 above all rivals In the eyes or the public for which thes have lived, and for which one ot them haa died. American boyhood, and that IB a tremendou1 factor ta mind& ahsorU the thrilling Incidents of hie career In hie everlaatlng warfare against crime and hie uever-endtn1 19lvtng of lmpeuetrable myaterlea. Millions or boys rollow his stealthy rootatepa aa he track bla lctoua vtctlm1 to their undoing, and then, when the vtctlma are thorou(thly undone, the mllllona watt hungrily for the next volume, which 011 every Wednesday appeaN with tbe certainty of the Wedneaday ltaelt, and a new ae& or delightful thrills go tbrllllog away from Halue to Call torn ta. There are the volumes each so crowded with thrllla and heart ttJga that It were madne11 to hope to do juatlce to them co llectlvely and rank Injustice to dl1crh11lnale II& tween them. To abandon the Idea or gllng a few extract cauaea ID ftnlte pain, but If once a start were Rlade 111 that dire& tlon, It would be cruel to .77&.e Evening Sun.'& readera to atop, and Jt ta therefore better not to relate one 1togte adventure. Sumce It to aa7 that the 1torte1 are clean and welt written. DEADWOOD DICK LIBRARY. J DMdwood Dick, the Prince ot the Road 8 The DU.-le Dej{11ers; or, Dt-erlwood Dick's Defaoce I The Bullalo Denooo; or, The Border Vultures 4 Bulfalo Ben, Prince ot the Pistol I Wild Ivan, $he Boy Claude Duval I Death-Face, the Detective T The Phantom Miner; or, Deadwood Dick's Bonanza I Old Avalaoch<1, the. Great Annihilator; or, Wild Edna, lhe Girl Brigand t Bob Wool!, the Border Ruffian JO Omaha Oil, the Masked Terror; or, Deadwood Dick lo Danirer U Jllll Blndsoe, Jr., the Boy Phenix; or, Through to Death II Deadwood Dick's Eagles; or, The Parda ot Flood Bo.r lJ Buckhorn Bill; or, The Red Rifle Team I' Gold Rifle, the Sharpshooter 11 Deadwood Dick on Deck; or, Calamity Jane tG (}orduroy Charlie, the Boy Bravo tT R.oeebud Rob; or, Nuggtt Ned, the Knight o2 the Uulcb JI Idy l, the Girl Miner; or, Rosebud Rob on Hand :II Phil : or, Rosebud Rob's Reappearance IO Watch-Eye the Shadow It Deadwood Dick's Device; or, The Sign of the Double Cross Canada Chet, the Counterfeiter Chief Deadwood Dick In Leadville; or. A Strange Stroke for Liberty N Deadwood Dick as Detective 15 Dick Ill Bonanza Bill, thelllan-Tracker;.or, The Secret Twelve 17 Chip, the Girl Sport . '8 Jack Hoyle's Lead;' orl... The Road to Fortune Bo88 Bob, the Klril!' ot 1:1ootblackil I) Deadwood Dick's Double;. or, The Ghost of Gorg"n. Gulch Blonde Bill; or, Deadwood Dlck's Home Solid Sam, the Boy Road-Agent Tony Fox, the Ferret; or, Boss Bob'a Bolls Job 34 A Game or Gold; or, Deadwood Dick's Bill' Strike all Deadwood Dick or Deadwood: or, '."he Picked PartJ 86 New York Nell the lloy-Girl Detectlve 87 Nobby Nick of Nevada; or, The Scampeof tbeSlerraa 88 Wild Frank, the Buckskin Bravo 89 Deadwood Dick's Doom; or, Calamity Jane's Las& Adventure 40 Deadwood Dick's Dream; or, The Rivals of the Road 41 Deadwood Dick's Ward; or, The Black Hiiis Jezebel 42 The Arab Detective; or, Snoozer, the Boy Sharp 48 The Ventriloquist Detective A Romance or Roguee 44 Detective Josh Grim; or, The Young Gladiator' Game 45 The Frontier Detective; or, Sierra Sam's Scheme 46 The Jim town Sport; or, O.vpsy Jack In Colorado 47 The Miner Sport; or, Sugar-Coated Sam's Claim 48 Dirk Drew, the Miner's Son; or, Apollo Biil, the Roan-Agent 49 Sierra Sam, the Detective liO Sierra Sam' s Donble; or, The Three Female Detect ives M Sierra Sam's Sentence: or, Little Luck at Rougll Ranch 52 The Girl Sport. : or, Jumbo Joe' Digulse 68 Denver T>oll's Device; or, '!'be Detective Queen 154 Denver Doll a Detective ll5 Deovn Dnll's Partner; o r, Big Ruckskln the Spor& M Denver Doll' !llioe; or, Little Bill's Big Lo88 67 Dt>adwood Dick Trapped 158 Buck Hawk, Detective; or, The Messenger Boya Fortune 69 D eadwood Dlck'R Disgule; or, Wild Walt, the Sport 60 Dnmh Dick's Pard: or, Eliza Jane, the Gold Miner 61 Deadwood Dick's !llisloo 62 SpottPr Fritz: or, The Store-Detective's Decor t.3 The DPtt>ctive Road-Agent; or, The Miners o S&l!l& fras City 64 Colorado Charlie's Detective Dash; or. The Cattle Kings JI. J. & CO., Publishers (James Sullivan, Proprietor). 379 Pt'arl Street. NEW YOitK.


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