Wide-Awake Ned, or, The boy wizard

Wide-Awake Ned, or, The boy wizard

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Wide-Awake Ned, or, The boy wizard
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Beadle’s Boy’s Library of Sport, Story and Adventure
Barry Ringgold
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Co p y r ight, 1891 by Beadle & A dams E ntered at Post omce, New York N Y . as second c l ass matter A pr. 23, 1899. No 16 PubUMd E t ertl Week. !ti .J. IVERS & CO. Pabltsber., c J a meM Sulllvan. Proprietor I 3'9 l'earl N e w '\7urk. Prir e 5 Cent .. Vo I Ir $2.50 a Y Mt'. Wide-Awalm Ne.tit; or,-nre, Boy izard. BY BARRY RINGGOLD.


Copyright, lti91, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at PostOmce, New York, N.Y., as second c lass matter. Apr. 28, 1899. No. 16. Pnblished Eveiy Week. M. J. IVERS & CO., Publishers, (James Sullivan, Proprietor,) 3'9 Pearl Street, New York. Price 5 Cents. $2.50 a YMr. Vol. II Wide-Awake Ned; or, The Boy Wizard. BY BA:RRY RINGGOLD. THE WO:NDER AND ADJURATION 0"1' THE INDIANS KEPT INCREAS:NG AS TOH CONTINUED TO DI8PU1' JIJ.i CURIOQS Ju.RVJCLI!,


I The Boy Wizard. Wide-Awake Ned; ,, OR, THE BOY -WIZARD. BY BARRY RINGGOLD. CHAPl'ER I. / _, PERILOUS RIDING. "QUICK. Ned I quick, Torn, or we are lost!" "Ye!', su"e as never wass, we s dead, already, if Sllmedings cants not he done!" The flrot i;peaker was Grace D errick. a. lovely brunette o : fif teen tbe se cond was Yobon, a Dutch lad, 01te year older; the two p e rsons wbom the girl addre;sed w e r e Tom Derrick, her brother, wilo was of her own age, and N ed T1ansom-E you1111; bunter, of sixteen. Taese four p eople who occupied a. canvas covered w t 5on, drawn by a c1uple of stout horses, wer i now in a situation of great peril. The was being directed along a r00ky pl.tll, near I-lie edge of a lengthy hight, aipo,g the rocky range of bills south of Bill Williams's Mountain, ,\.riz rna. / Toe sun bttd just gone down in a m ass o f rag-ged-lookin g bhck clouds, which w e r e whirling round and rnund, while the howling of a coming tornado, wit h the roar of l'iillinj? sheets of rain, saluted the of tbe party. Tbe gale Rppro!icbiag with great rapidity, threatener! s trike the canvas top of the wagon "broadside on,'',and whirl it over theeclge of tbe preciphe, di,sbing it upJn the a hundred feet There was no room to turn tbe as pointed m asses of ro'!k iay on the east sUe of tbe Vf'bicle within a few feet o f it. It was evi dent that llQ hu'llan beiog C'>Uld stand against the furious wind whicb came thundering on. Tbe occnp'.lnts or tbe were tbey to .lump 0t upo n the pqtb, would, a minut.e later, be lifted fr<>m tbeir feet and blown from the lofty big".t. "Oh, den! what shall we do'I What can we do'I" cried ,Grace, clasping ber small hands to gether, as tbe tornado drew every moment nener. "Don't you fret about it, little one!" said N e d Trmsom, as be sprung lightly from the wagon. "Jest throw me tbe end of our rope, Tom I" he a kin shirt, coonskin cap 1 nd a hroad belt cnnt11ining a pistol and a l"ng knife-the latte r hav;n!\' a h'lndle, Jl"tllcb Tnm, bimelf, had carve d from the horn o( a bufhlo 11e had sbnt. "What -11 re vou goine; to do with the rope, N e:!?" inqui a-I Torn as he thrAw it.. "To saV A yo u all with it, includin' tbe wooden peop 1 e. too "Ho! bo!" cried Tom. "It wouM be a loss it those should get smashed! Hurry! for God'a sake!'' Tbe wooden people" alluded to hy the hlln ter were toys or all descriptions, carried,..ia a box in the wagon. In fact, Tom D0rrick and his aist.ant, the Du tch bov, Yoboo, were skillful wbo, not finning their bus iness v ery goon In the little s ettlement where t bey hHd be.!!n ('arry:ng it on, were now emigrating to Turon, nrncll -fur ther south, where t bey would find more white people than they had bitberto met with, anrl consfq11entlv, m ore customers. With the rope T o m threw to bim, Ne. ] made a secure bitcb the wh P el spoke$, and a'so in the hoops about the canvas top, Tb n fasten ing the other part or the line 1.0 a r ot'kv spur, he still bad enough of the lone; rope left to it over tbe hacks anri unrl e r tbe bellies of the two hor:es, after he made ft s eco nd bich. "DJ you thinlr tbut will hold'!" rnquired Tom. I'm shore or it. 'fbe rope i s a big o ne. you know, and, b esides, the se r ocks will k eep o tr Lhe wind a little." "Are we safe in thlf wagon1" inquired Grace. "Yes, you're thar, n ?l!, tuan you'rl be anywhar e l se. Haltoa! byar she comes!" added Ned, a s he sprung into the vehicle, with tbe tornado roariog a t bis heel s. "Heaven h lp usl" cried GracP, as she clune; to h e r brother, whil" the gale, with the roar of many thunders, striking the wagon. mu

The Bo;v Wbarcl. 1101f from being blown over the edge of the Grace uttered a shriek of terror, for it seemed as if both horses were about to go over the brink of the rocky elevation. "De rope haf give way I T'under and blitzen I if dem horses goes, den we all goes tool" shouted Yobon. "Yes, the rope bas broken I" cried Tom. "What's to be done?" As quick as a flash, Ned picked up another rope in the wagon, fastened one end to a hook, on the inside of the vehicle, and took, with the other part, a turn about his body . 'Ihen be sprung boldly out, to be hurled off bis feet, as be bad expected, against one of tbe horses. S e izing the bridles of the hors es, be j erked their beads away from tbe edge of the bight, and using them as a shield from the wind, be forced tbem up against the cones of rock. This gave-tbe rope which bad broken sufficient length to enable him to take another hitch about one of tbe rugged masses, while at the same time, he shoved the line further from the beads of the horses, for be rightly judged that it was their biting at the strands wbicb bad it to give way. Still keeping under the "lee" of the animals, Ned regained the wagon, to be greeted with ap plause by both bis friends-Grace and Tom Derrick. "That was a bold move!" said the latter. "It's lucky you came with us. We couldn't get along without such a friend1-could we, Grace?" Tbe latter, blushing slightly, answered in a low voice, but with much warmth: "No, indeed, he is the bravest boy I ever saw." Yobon frowned. "If so be's be not baf been here. I would baf done de same as him, already I Dere was not tings so berry praves in dem doings!" "P11ck tbat,-Yobonl" cried Tom. "A better band than !.,OU at toy-makingL excepting my self, never slung' the glue. You can carve a ruonkE'y's bead, or can make a set of little cbairR, or a Chinese boat quicker than most of the craft, but when it comes to trials of this kind you're not at home like Ned here." "You finds I can do odder t'ings, 'fore we glts through dem travel to Tuscon. I can risks mr. life, any day, to safe Miss Grace I" 'l don't doubt your pluck, Yobon," said rom, who was well disposed toward so skillful an eRsistant. "Do you floubts mein plook1 neider, Miss Grace?" inquired Yohon of the 111rl. "J have never sean you tried, 'was the reply. "I onlv hopes es you will. I bats as mooch plook es Ned Transom I" "me, Yobon, that will do. This is no time for band' wordR," said Tom. Yohon looked sullen, and turned bis back to cbe spe ekPr. MPanwbile the storm conrinued to rage, but, &flt!r dnlrj the wind subsided, although tbe rein still fp I In torrents. Tbe bc.rses were again put In mot.ion, and, an hour later, the party reached a sort of natural arobway, near the center of a bill. Through this archway a broad stream rushed impetuously, but there was a wide, fiat rock on one side of it, and here the travelel!S concluded to pass the night. The horses were unhitched, tied to a rugged projection end fed with oats, after which, Ned having found a snqg alcove in the side of the rocky wall, said be would there make bis quar ters. Yobon also brought a blanket to the bollow1 which was large enough for four people, ana the twain soon were in a deep slum her. As for Tom and bis sister, each slept in opposite side11 of the wagon. CHAPTER IL ADRIFT. IT might have been about two hours after be closed bis eyes, when Tom was awakened by a strange sidelong motio n of the wagon. up, and looked about him in surpnse. The vehicle be occupied was adrift I Yes there could be no doubt of this, for, although the night was dark, be could see, by the light of bis lantern the waters rushing on all sides of him, bearing the conveyance with them. Thew heels touched bottom, but so strong waa the current tbat the wagon was dragged Blong by it with great rapidity. "What is the matter, Tom?" inquired Grace, who was roused by the flash of the lantern, which Tom now held above bis head to obtain a better view of bis situation. "We are afloat," be replied. "Why, bow did it happen!" inquired Grace, rising in alarm. "Tbe rain must have caused, tho watsr to. ove flow the fiat rock on which was the wagon, and have washed it oft'." "What will become of us'r" "We'll fetch up somewhere, before long, I hope," said the boy. But the wagon will sirik. We shall be drowned." is not deep enough for that. We ere being drawn along tbe bottom by the force of the current." "Cannot we get ashore?" "Not in such a current as this "Where are Ned and lohonl How far are we from them?" "I cannot tell, because it is so dar.k. Prob ably they know nothing of our situation.'' "Is there no way to stop our course!" "There is none at present. This stream, is, I think, a branch of the R i o Verde. ,we may be stopped by rocks, before long." "Will not the wagon be dashed to pieces agains t them 1" "No, for I can deaden the speed by me1rns of this,'' said Tnm, pointing to a long pole, wbicb, with many other useful articles, was lo tne ve hicle. "Perhaps, If you shouted, Ned might bear us. and rome to belp us." "Not he. He sleeps like a porpoise, when be once closes his eyes. Besides, I think we've beeo going this way .{or some time, and are too far


The Boy. Wiza.rd. off for him to hear us, e'en if wa ihould cry out." "Hark! what is that noise aheadl" "You h< a r tbe roaring of the falling raintbat is all.' "It is to( loud for rain." S le cam11 to her brother's side. and, le!lning on bil arm. peered tbrough'1;be gloom. la the distance, she fanc(ied sbe saw something whit.1, and pointed it out to Tom. ''You are right," be said, "I think it is a c1taract!" Tbe two ooked at each other, in dismf.\y. "There is nothing can save us, now!" she cried. "1'" e wilt be carried over the brink or tbe cataract I" "L9 t me s ee what I can do with this pole," S3.ion it. "Tbis is rettrng serious l" b e cried, Ho reflec a d, trying to tbink of some plan for escaping, b 1t be only time Tne two' ould now plainly see the white wa ter or the c 1taract, showing tbrougb the gloom, not more ti an five hundred feet beyond. M eanwhi e the forc3 of the current seemed to become gr iater, tbe nearer t 1e wagon was drawn to w rd tbe p erilous brink. "On, wh 1 t..shall we dol" cried Grace, wring ing her ban l s. "I will t y to strike one of the rocks with a rop9l" said l'om. Fastenin; one end of rope to a rimi; in the vehicle, he nade a slip-noose at the other end, and tbrew i The no'.ls : fell short. Again be t ried, but without success. Tile roar of tbe '!Rtaract was now almost deafening. for the dangorous brink was not more than 1 bun Ired feet distant. "We are "On e! we are lost!" cried Grace, as the wagon ;as swept on. Tom con inne d to throw the rope, but.still witllout s uness. A11 llt on<'e, when the conv1>vance wns within fifty feet of the white, roaring water>, tbere was a sboc l ;, wbicn Y,nrew hoth Tvm and his Si3t!'r 011' th ir feet. "We bav on a. sand-bank," cried the boy. "Then w e are saved-are we not1" said Grace. "I hope t '1e bank will bolcl us.'' As be sp o k e, however, be felt tbe wagon slow ly <'inging away from the sandy barrier. be essaved to tbrow bis r op3. T bii tirre the n o r e about the broken trunk of a sapli u : Tum pulled th!' lin e taut, and, after the v c bicle was drawn funher, be p er c e ived tbat .bA rope held it.. The furio 1s watHS wen now roaring and tumbling on both sides of th1> imptile t couple, and it wa that the slender wouM '>an :ive w,.v, "Hark!" Gace, laying a hAnil on her brother's arm. "Did not you hear a. sbouti'" Tom listene d. H Hoo-whoop! Halloal balloal wbar are youP was faintly borne tO the ears of the lis teners. It is Ned calling usl" said the girl. "You are rigbt." Then, clapping both hands to his mouth, Tom answered: "He re we er>, adrift! Come and help us, or we will be lost!" Again the shout was beard, but this time it sounded further off than before. He is 9oing away from, instead of coming toward us, said Tom. He shouted again, but it was evident tbet his voice, which was not so powerful a Ned's, did not reacb the buntr. "I noricPd a plJlc e where the stream branched oft', and Ned must have taken that route," said Tom. Would be not see your lantern if you waved it1" I'm afraid not. There are trees on the bank behind us, where it curves a little, aud tbey would hide the Jigbt." He waved the lantern. Then be fastened it to the ena of tbe pole, and rahed it on high. .But it was plain that the light was not seen. Meanwhile tbe S 3pling to which the noose h e ld, s.waye:I and cruckecJ. It seemed every moment abnut to 11ive way. We wi II get no bel p from Ned. l'm sure of that," snid Tom. In fact, the voice of the young bunter, when he shouted, now could hardly be heard, which sb0wed that be was fest i n creasir>g the distance between hlai and bis two irnpllriled friends. Suddenly a h PPJ thongbc flshed into Tom's mind. He went t o the box in wbicb'ibe toys and fireworks b

) The Wizard. I anvil, whfob among other useful utensils, was in tbe vehicle, "What ere you dolngt" inquired tbe girl "I am golng to anchor the wagon 1" "It wffl not bold," "It wjll bold long enough, I think, for Ned to reacb us!" Assis ted by Grace, he succeeded in rollil'g the anvil aver tbe edge of tbe wagon. It struck tbe stream just as the sapling on tbe bank g ave way. Tom hauled his anchor-rope tat, and fastened it to tbe ring in the wagon. The latter was drawn on, b u t much slower than before. "Tbe anchor dral_!'s," said Tom, "but I think Ned will be here in time to save us from going over tbe briuk." He went to the front cf the v e hicle and, thrusUog bis pole inro lbe water, was now en abled to the bead way of the vehic le still more. CHAPTER III. INTERRUPTION. "liALLoA! What's de matter mit mein footst" Such was the exclamation which broke frcm Yobon, about a quarter of an hour afte1 the wagon had dritted off with Tom and bis sister. The G arman bad been awakened by the wasli of the water, wb'ch had to the hight of the hollow in wbich be anti Ned "What's upr' inquired Ned, awakened by bis companion's cry. foots bef de dropsy mit de water risin'." answered Yobon. "Hallos I Tbe rein b a s swollen the stream so that it bas <:ome into tho hollow!" cried Ned, springing to his feet. He looked out of tbe hollow, bot he could see nothing of thjl wagon M<'anwhile the two horses, up to their knees in wate r, were neighiDg and splasbiog about with their heels. 'fbe youog bunter at once comprehended that the wagon was adrift. He aorl Yobon having led the horses to a dry plAce made them fast to a tree, and then started off to look for the vehicle. They shouted again and again, but heard no res n onse. Finally they came to a place where anotbPr stream brancbPd df from the main one. As it bad the swifter current, Ned wrongly judged that the wagon had floated off in this direc tion. The two boys ran along the bank, but they saw no sign of the ohj0ct of their search. At last they beheld the skv-rocket, shooting far up above the tops of the trees on the bank of the other stream. "Hyar we ar&! Now we know how we kin flod them!" cried the hunter. H a d th e sitr11al been sent up sooner, it would hev been better." "Mein gollies, what 11-pityl" exclaimed Yo hon "What's a pityt'' "Why, dem shky-rocklnsl Elery one of dem is worf nine cent apieee, -and dere dey'a tJeio' wasted!" A he spcke, another rocket shot into the air. Ynhon fRirly wrung bis hands. Oo, Lort! Eightern cent gooe waste! D e re 's trouple and expnshe mit makin' dem shky-rocktns, and de. pro fit is small; and dere's dat t'ro win' dem away es if d J Y wast not go o t for notting At all, already I" "Pack tbat, Yob on I It's luckv, I kin tell you, that the rockets war thar to t se Ef I'm not mistook, th!'! lives of our p 1rds -are in daoJ?erl" I "And couldn't dey safe dere l:fes midout wastm' dem dee rockinst" To tbi" N e d rnarle no reply. He hurried a loog, and soon reached the bank o f the other stream. He bad not proree derl far when be saw the lantern, and also the white waters o f the cataract. Quick, Yohon. Shore as you'1 e born our friends are being carried tovrard a We bev not a moment to lose!" Mein t'undrrsl I co o ms mlt c e shpeedins of ten t'ousand lightnin's if Miss Gr ce i in dei:,. perils!" cried Yobon, as be quicken d bis pace. His legs were short, and as be wiivery stout, be stumbled and fell flat, bumpin g his nose agaiost a rock. "Ab! iib! min nose is prokens! be bowled. "Coom here, Ned, and n e up, for I dinks rl1> knee-pans P m prokens, too Tee hunter, however sped on, but be bo.d not gone rneny be be 11eld half a. dozen pairs of fierce eyeb111ls gleam ng through tbe darknPss, from behind a ruck:: ledge, just ah ea d of birn. N d quickly crouched, anil well t wqs that be did s o, for the wbiz of several cl ad!y sba.fts uow was bPard, as they cut the air hove him. "I_ njuns!" cried the boy as be lurnd iind bounded towar, d the tbicke\ from "'. 1 icb be bad lately emerged. He met Yobon running towiird b m, full tilt, and the bodies of the two came togdber with a loud thud. Acb !" grunted Y ohon. Mein nose est now doubl e prokens! Canst you see where you es c goin'sl" Whiz! whiz! came two more Joni? arrows, the p oint of one grazing the speaker's already injured nose. ---" T'underl Wiis est der matter mit noses dis night, already1" bowled the boy. "Tnjuns!" yelled Ned, with such terrific force in Y ohon's ear that the little Dutch lad believed one of the arrows bad passed t the side of his bead. "Come, thar's falleo timber i'l the thicket, and thar we kin make a staudt" "Sbt!lndt sbtand! I canst not sbtand mit a bole in mein knee pans!" "Well, then, run, ef you're afeerd, and leave me in tbe lurch!" "No! no! I runs if you runs. but I makes no run if you not makes him, tool" "Good! Come on, then!" And, seizing Yobon by the arm, Ned half dragged the limping boy toward the thicket. They soon gained tbe pile of fallen timber, when. treeing his rifle from the rubber sheath,


I The Bo;v Wb&rcl. ...... in wbloh be bad ept it dry, the lad pointed it toward bis foes "How manv .est derer coolly inquired Yobon, a s he al s o freer! and cocked bis pi e ce. "Half a doi: n I r e ckon Wait till they git neare r, 'tore y e r fire! "Btt.b I I plaz % away now!" answered the Dutc h youth, as lie pulled trigge r. The outline of a hide o us form was seen to leap up from the bank along wbicll it had been approaching on bands and kne es. A horrible gurgling sort of grunt' was heard as this tlgure fell upon its head "Well done Yvhon! said Ned. "You're a good hot for a t oymake r :.. I plo og s him you can bets. l's a needle gun poy, I is." A-s be spo ke he proc e eded to reload. M e !lnwhile N d d was watching his chance, All at once be s'l.w a head projecting above a log ou his right, and a long arrow pointed toward him Tbe ring of bis piec e w'as beard, a::id the sav age fell back bis arrow fl y ing up into the f\ir, as a bull e t pass e d thro ugh his breast. "Tne varmints will be more keerful now," said "but we kin not atrof'd-to-lose time ef w e' d save that poor girl and her brother. We must try to git round 'em in the dark, so as to strike the place whar the wagon bas drifted." "'I proofs-of dat plans," answered Yohon. "We must saten der girl, if we die mit der attempts." "CJ m s then," said Ned, agreeably surprised to discover that he had -.!"itb him so plucky a comp'l.nion The y stole away from the timber, and finally passed round a roc k to the rignt of tbe bank, without b eing se e n by the savages. Th e n they aga in made toward the stream; but as they appro!!.che d it they saw the outlines of many dark forms on the Tbe Indians p e rc eived them at the same time1 and wi t h hideous yells, they now came mak inf. toward the m 'Too bad!" cried N e d, sadly. "We cannot r each our friends, and I fear they will be dra.wn ov e r the cataract. " Acb t'ousa.nd t'unde s, it est too ba.d I" an swe red Yobon. Tbe two sped on away from the Indians, and finally conc e aled themselves in a hollow, among fragments of rocks, hoping that their pursuers would pass them. The hollow b eing hidden by sbrubbei'Y-, -the Indians glided by without seeing tbem. Then they emergec!_ from their hiding-place, to behold a numbe r of their foes, apparently on watch, between them and the stream. At the same moment they beard the neighing of horses on their right, and beheld a couple of dim forms l eading off Tom's team. "The tbievin' varmints they shall not hev the horses, if I kin purvent it," s 1id Ned. "No dey moost not baf der horses!" said Yobori "De m is goot peasts, wort a hundred tollarapiece; but bow cans t we safe demf" Follow me," whispered Ned. Crouching, the two glided off after the savages, wbo had possession of the team, "Apaches!" whispered the bunter when they were close to their roes. They are 1ounf brave8. We must wo: k quick, but w1tbou nois e You bave your kuife Y o hnn1" Yes, ye; l baf him all rigt>t," ans,.ered the boy, as be drew the we .. poa from bio belt. "You take the chap on youc left, an' I'll see to the one on the rigb t," said the hunter. Fol low me; now is our time," he added, as the two young savages turning into a path, 1iad their backs to him. -He sprung toward the Indians as he spoke. Yobon to follow, but bis foot a rocky protuberance, and he fell heavily agamst one of the Apaches. "Hay! wbat'a blunders!" be muttered," but it won't safe yer puddins," be continued, as he caught the savage by the throat with 'botb hands Tbe two fell to the ground in a strugglti. Yo hon tried to use his knife, but bii imtagonist was too quick for him, and be had lifted bis tomahawk to brain him; when Sed, who bad knocked the other Indian seneless with a blow from the butt of bis pistol, served the second one in the S

gasped bis sist er. "Better w o uld it so ja1?ged a manner as to make it ook as If ft be for us to be by going down with the baa b ee n broken, led tb" bor> e f a enough to cataract, than to faU into tho bands of tho s e hring the whe e l s of the conveyE a ce on the horrible p e ople I" sl o p e He tb e n took the animal l ;ack to the On bearing tbe yells of their c omrade s, the pluce wb e nce be bad c onduc t e d it, .lDd secured two savages bad s ecurely ill 8 t e n e d tbe r o p e it L o the tree as be bad found it. which bad b een about tbe saplin g t o a spur o f A vi go r ous J.US b on th e wago n 'lo w sent it rock, so that the wagon was no w firmly h e l d rollin g do wn the bill, t h e boy climtiug into the Tom bad se e n the InOn the bank. "I reckon not, with that catarac" on By this time the .rain ha

8 The Boy Wizard. deaYored to compose herself to sleep, while her brother stood watch. At last Grace fell asleep, and did not awaken un til morning, when sbe b e held Tom seated with his head a gaiost tbe side of the vehicle, in a dee p slumber. "Poo r brother," she murmured, "I will not rou s e bim." It was a clear m orning, and the sun was just ri s in g, the lurid r ays falling on the waters of the cataract t6 the left, tinting tbem and weaving little rainbows in the spray. Gra c e shudd ered as she rtill.ected what would have been h e r and h e r brother's fate had the y gon e over the p e ril o us brink, which was n early forty fe a t a b o v e the lower stream into which tbe catarac t f e ll. Sharp, j age;e d rocks there received the falling she e t s of foaming w a t e rs, and on thes e rugge d mas se s, the wagon, witb its o c cupants, would h a v e b een m and:-his I think we are goin' the right wav to strike it." How canst you tell mit de dark?'' "--" Thar's s art'in mrks which I know-the old, dead tree we pas ser!, j e t now, and this big bowliler we are passing. at presenh "You goin's to joomp de horse on dem raft?" -"Yes, ef i t 's still thar." "Mein gollies I dat will shakes a feller up some.', Ten minutes later, through a wlllow thicket, the two arrived on the edge of the ravine.


The Bo7 Wizard. Below him, in the obscurity, Ned made out the raft. "Hyar.sbe is, all right,'' be cried to Yobon, and, the n ext moment, urging bis horse for ward, he brought the animal dexterously upon the raft. whi c h was about twelve feet in area, and made of logs, lashed together. Yohon endeavored to follow. Down be came, but a splash and a gurgle betokened that he had struck the stream. "Gif us a lifts N ed," be said. .'I cooms ploomps mit de water I" As be was close alongside of the raft, Ned caught bis horse by the bridle, and jerking upon it, soon b a d the animal on the raft. I Y ohon bad fallen off, and the current had carried biru under tbe raft. "He llo! he's a gone coon, ef I don't work sharp I" cried the hunter. He was about to plunge into the stream, when, through an opening, in the center of the ra!t, he saw something rise round and dark. In an instant, be recognized the seat of Yohou's pants aod, seizing the slack with both haods, he pull e d the little Dutch boy, gasping and spctte ring, up through the opening b e twee n the logs "Ach tear, l's a drowned rat I I's dead already!" gasped Yobon, as soon as be could spenk. "I makes no more joomps like dem D e r e's a gall ons and a half of water in der stoomickl "It "?BS a narrow Pscap e-you kin be shore of that answere d Ned, as he proceeded to untie th e rope which h e ld the p latform of logs to the stump o f a tree un the bank. The raft was now carried swiftly along by the currPnt, and, wh e n it was far down the stream, N e d could make out the forms of the Apache horsem e n, who were plungi g into the ravine to swim acro ss, thinking the fugitives bad k ept on. Soon afte r the Indians w ere seen going to the westward, and were, a few minutes later, lost t o view in toe gloom beyond. "Thar you are! we've got rid of them varmin t s fur the pre sent, and now we'll git back to our t wo fr'\e nd s." "We c a n s t not gitten back to dem goin's fro m n e m said Yob o u. "I 'fraits I nefer s e es Mis> Grace again," be odded with a heavy sigb. "We will see both Gra<'e and her brother, if they hev n o t been carrie d over that 'farnal cataract, which war ahead on 'em!" "Mein golli es I 'freits dey been carried over , a knife!" a hit of it! I d on't und erstand you." S o med'inl(s bePn bitens mein hams, and me!" Yohon, looking around him. "You hev dreamed it. Nothing has been near you!" D e n dert>' s a sbpider or somed'ings mit dat log I feelings him, plain enough.'' Ned advanced and looked at tbe log, but be could see nothing.


10 The Boy Wizard. 'f'obon down, and again enrleavored to eompne bimself to sleep. Suddenly be jumped up a second time, as before giving vent to'!-loud yell. (' He quickly, to perceive, in tbe dim light, a spear, as it was hastily withdrawn into the water between the logs. In an instant be plunged bis arm batween the opening in the timber, and clutched the top-knot of au Indian !Joy, wbo bad been floating along beneath the raft. unknown to its occupants, "Hah! mein fine fellers! I bals you, now!" cried the Dutch lad. The young savage made a dart at him with bis spear, but his opponent avoided it, and jorked the weapon from bis grasp. Yohon bad now pulle d bis foe upon the raft, and a des)lerate struggle onsued between them. The supple Indian was soon astride of the Dutch youth, bis drawn kuifQ in his right hand, rahed for a deadly blow. Ned, wbo, in spite of all bis efforts to the con trary, bad fallen into a doze, knew nothing of wbat was going on, and bis companion now be lieved that his fate was seal1Jrl. Down came tbe kni fo, but Yobon managed to twist himself, receiving the blade along the skin of his ribs. Having no knife of bis own, be bad recourse to a huge b ologna-sausage in bis pocket, with wbicb be dealt the sav.age a sounding thwacli acmss tbe ear. Tbe ausage being.hard and stale, the stroke was suffbient to partially stun the Indian, who, relaxing his hold of his foe, afforded him a chance to ri>e. As be did so, the Aptche gave a yell, and was about to aim a second stroke with bis knife at his antagonist. The latter, however, drove the stale sausagE!, with all bis force, down the tbroat of tbe boy, who, uoac0utomed to this mode of combat and f eeling himself choking, sprung back ward. Toe yell of the 1ndian 11,voke Ned, who ran at once toward tb twain, but, the young In dian leaped into t. e stream, and a moment later, was out of sight. Yobon now explained what had happened, to his companion. "This is onfortuoit'I" said Ned. "That cbap was prohably one of the spies of the Apaches, and he'll now go after the gang, and tell 'em wbar we are." During tbe rest of the night, a good watch was kept by each of the lads, in his turn. Morning came. at last, to show them \bat, by this time. they bad drifted close to the stream near which they were to di>embark and take to their horses. Jmt at sunrise, making the raft fast to the trunk of a willow, on tbe bank, Ned led bis horse to land, while Yohon took charge of the othn anicn a l. -Toe two were seen mounted, riding toward th!' c1taract, the noise of which coul r l be heard In the distance, althoug_b it was bidden from sight by a mist. __ CHAPTER VI. A. FIERY RA.OE, 'J'l)J DlliRRJCK, holding bis spear 6.rmly, watch-ed the two bears, as they came on toward th.e wa.eon. Whe n tbey were witbin a few feet of it, growling aod showing their t.eetb, be hurled his weapon. The barbed instrument passed slantingly through tbe neck of the beast, but the latter came on as if heedless of the wound. Tom drew back the spear, and threw it again, but this time one of the bears caught it in bis mouth, and snaRPed oft' the handle with bis strong teeth. \ B oth animals, growling fiercely, qrew near the wagon. "They will attack us! We cannot our selves, now!" cried Grace, in alarm. I'll have to use the nfle," said 'l'om, "there's no other way." He pointed it at the bead of tbe foremost bear, and fired. Before the boy could reload, both bears were upon their hind. feet, with their fore-paws on the Pdge of the vehicle, about to spring in. Tom strnck each a powerful blow on tbe head with the stock of the rifle, but this served only to enrage them. They strove to get into the wa(l;on, but the'r heavy awkward bodies kept slipping back. Perceiving that tbe blows he dealt them woulcl not keep them away, and that tb9y would soon -effect an entrance mto the vehicle, Tom again reloaded his piece. On endeavoring to fire, be discovered that the powder was at present so dampened by tbe recent rain tbatit would not ignite. He then looked for an ax wbicb be had brought with him, but be_ discovered that--tbiS-.. was under so mnny tbin2s tbat ere be could reach it, hi9 shaggy enemies would be in the conveyance. '' HPre they come! They will soon be noon us!" gasped the girl, as the two brutes half lifted tbeir forms over the edge of the wagon. "We can do nothing!" And sbe wrung ber bands. 'l'om'3 gaze fell on the toy-box, and a sudden thought struck bim. He opened the lid, took out four packs of fire-crackers, conl}llcted them by m eans of a slender piece of ropll, aad light ing them, flung a couple over the back of each bear. The reports of tbe as they ex plorled, was heard t .he oPxt moment, and as tbe spnrks and sheets of fl re flew about their boc!ies, and eyes, the bears, bewildered and haJf. blioded, dropped to the ground, trotting 91f snarling and growling, "Hooray! there they iro! That was a good way to goet rirl of 'em. I'll get out a patent for tbRt. cried Tom. As the hear ran oft' the long grass, the girl hreatbed a igb of. reliPf, I am so glad we are rid of them," she said, "but, will tbPy not come backt" "Tf they dQ, we have plenty more of tba for t.bem." Suddenly Grace clai;ped bands, and gave a cry of R larm. '--u !" she said. The grass!-tbe dry gras5!11 Toni then saw flames rising from it, Tl fire-crackers had ignited it.


The Bo;v Willard. The sparks, blown about by the wind, set fire "You think you can save the wagon, toot to the grass nearly on all of the wagon. t .bat is good news, indeed!" T<>m. "I must put it out.,'' cried the boy, in alarm. "Yes, we safes not only der blossom of meln He s prung out, boldingjn bi s hand a S<'rubloves. but we safes al ( der toy mi t it whi<'h is broom, with "'bich be endeavored to beat down worf more t'an two hundred tol1a1 s : cried Yothe fire but in vain. hon. The wagon now was almost surrounded by Grace looked vexed at the Dutch boy's com-tbe tlamef!, which, in fact, spreading, threatened pliment to herself. to fire to the whole expanse of prairie land. "T'ank de Lortl" continued the lad. "I sees Tom endeavored, with Grace 's assistance, to you, Miss Grace, safen and well. Midout see drag the wagon to the hill; but a long tongue mg dat," be added, 1aying a band on bis heart, of fla me shooting out now, set fl.re to the grass "I not gifens mooch for de good t ings of de in that directfon, and the -young people were world-no, not even for bologna, Swi l zer oblil!'ed to abandon their attempt. cheese, nor odder d'ings dat's good mit der eat"We will have to leave tbe wagon to its ing s." fate," said Tom. "There'll be an explos ion "Co me on," cried Ned, as be dashed up to when tbe sp arks ntrike the toybox, and I will the wagon and sprung from bis horse. "We'fe lose the work of many months." no time to lose, I kin tell you! "It seems to me we now have to think of Grace and her brother were so o n in the con savi n g our liv e s," cried the girl. "The whole veyance, to which the two hors es were then prnirie is on fire, and we will have to run bebitched. fore it. Ned and Yohon got in, and Tom urged the "Rigbt,",auswered the boy;" and we will anima ls forward at their swiftest pai:e. have to make a start now." --The flumes flung their sparks from under the They bad g one only a f e w paces, when, to hind wheels as they proceeded. It was a close their dismay, they perceived tbat it would be race! imp:.ssible for them to escape the rapidly ad"Do you think we will escape1" Grace anx-vancing fl.a.me s by running! iou sly inquired, as a rising of tbe wind blew "We will perish!" crie d Gra ce. the flames still more rapidly toward the fugiGrasping her arm, Tom urged her on, but she tives. was soon exhausted, and was obliged to pause "Ef the hQrses hold, thar's not the least doubt for breath. of it," said Ned. '\ The boy then ,gave up alJ hope. The flames "Am I going the right way!'' queried Tom. "'ere closing in upon the two, but, on the right "Yes, you are. About two miles from byar, Tom n o tic e d a space-that which led toward ithar's a wo o d e d bill, with a path, up wbicb we the vehicle, still remainini; untouched by thEI.,_ kin drive. be. safe enough, you kin fire be shore." / "There is no other way!" be cried. "We will The wind kept increasing. and the fire seemed have to run the gantle t of the flames and fairly to have wings, so fa$t did it come on. throw ourselves into the stream. There are Roaring and snapping, it ran along, now and h o llows along the bank into which we can then throwing sparks into the wagon. cro uch, and in that way partly avoid the "Look out for the toy-box," said Tom to Yobl a z e." hon. "We will be burned to death in the attempt," The latter wrapped an extra fold of canvas said Grace. "How can we get through to the about it. stream!" "Rim's all right," be said. "We safes him, "I will wrap some canvas taken from the and I hopes you not been use any more ot dem wagon, about u s." fireworks which was a wasbte-a pitiful Grace shoo..k, her head. In fact it seemed imwashte. Eighte en cent gone to der smRsh I" possible to rush through such an avalanche of I ve wasted four packs of fire-crackers, befire w.itbout fatal results. sides," said Tom. "Hark!" cried Tom, suddenly. And be went on to explain how he had used "What is it!" them to drive off the bears. "I thought I beard shouts in the distance, off "Tbat war a splendid ideal" said Ned. "I'm' there in the mist and smoke," said the boy. sorry, though, I war not thar. I'd hev bed the "Yes, I, too, hear them nowt" answered skins and the meat of the critters, ef I bad Grace. been." The noises Jrew nearer; a few minutes later, Yohon groaned. two tibrsemen were seen rapidly approaching, "Four pack of dem crackers! It is awful to waving their arms as they Fhouted.

I 11 The Boy Wizard. CHAPTER VII. PRISONERS. THE team marl progcess and, at length the travPlers had 11,r, the fire many yards be \ hind them. A few hours later t hey reached the hill of wbicb Ned had sp o ken. lt was easy to a s cend, until they arrived about half-way from t be b ase to the summit, when their further progress wa s hind e r e d by lofty, rul{ged masses of rocks, rising directly in tbeirpa.tb. Meanwhile Ned bad kept bis gaze upon some darlt obj0cts, visible far away, beyond tbe burn-ing prairi e J "What's :yotrfookins at, N e di" inquired Yo hon. "I kin see Injuos," w a s the answ e r "end ef J'm not they're those 'tarnal Apa ches." "Do you think they have seen us1" said Gr are. "No, I don't tbinli: they bev, on account of the smoke tbis but it don't take the m var mints long to find a trail, and a g o od watch mus t be k e pt." He left tbe wagon, and ascended to the sum mit or the bill. Tben be perceiven that tbe Indians were ap proaching the elevatbn by a circ uitous route, wbicb would enable them to cl e at' tbe fir e He returne d 'to his fri e nds, and m a de an ex amination ot the roeks, on one side of which he a large c-ivern Hyar's wba r we'd ber .ter go f u r the present. until we see what thos e niggers are goin' to do," he said. He took the horses by tbe bridles and Jed them forw ard int.o the c a ve, w h ich was large enough to bold three w a go ns Tbar, p'raps, e f w e kee p shady, t h e Io juns will p1ss t bout see ing u s," he said. "Yohon, y o u an' I kin keep watch whil e Tom stavs byar wi t h Mis s Grace." --He and the Dutch boy t hen went t o the sum mit of the hight, leaviog Tom and his sister in the cave. From behind a roc k, the two wat chers kept their gaz e upon the savages. Tbe latter came on, and finally, passed the hill, appa.r e o tly with out suspecting that tbe whites wer e the re. "Gootl dey goes away, alr eaty, and now we canst go back to Miss Grace," s aid Yohon. "Not y et." As he spoke, Ned saw the Apaches ente r a deep thicket, but whether the y remained there or whether they pass e d tbrougb it, he c o uld not determine from bis present position, fm: there were numbel'S of mounds of earth beyond the woods, which would have hidden the hors e m R n from sight, even bad they ridden in that direc tion. "Come, Ynhon, we must get nearer the var mints, and find ouJ; what they're doing," he said. "All right, l's ready," answered the Dutch lad, examining bis rifle, which be had lately loaded afresh, to see if it was in good condition. The two boys descended the bill, and, creepini alonir; tbro111th some 11brubbery which extended from its ba110 to the woods, were soon close to the latter. ,, Ned p e ered into the shadowy depths, but he cou I d see no sign of .bis foes. Clo sely followed by Yohon, he glided into the thick e t. 'fbere was a Rmall tree with branches which grew close to the ground. The young hunter cautiously climbed among the branches. He bad nearly reached the top of the tree, and had caught sight of the savages, squatting n ear their hors e s, on the ground, not a hundred feet distant when Yobon, who had undertaken to follow him, suddenly gav9 a cry as a slender bou g h broke from unde r him "Acb I t und erl" he exclaimed, "I brokes my n e ck s u r e, alreaty l" .r D.)wn he went as a twig be endeavored to clutch gave way in bis grasp, falling abcut ten f eet, and l anding upon his seat, in a muddy puddle of water. The little h o llow c0nta.ined, in fact, a mud so thick and pascy, that Y ohon there stuck fast f o r s om e minu tes, kicking bis short legs in bis eff orts to free hims e lf. "He lp s Ned, h e lps! I shticks in dis hole as ifs I wass in one pots of glue I" "Hist! cried the bunter from above. "ln juns are right ahead of us l" "Me in gollies I dere's all de more reasons I baf for gettin's out of dis 1 Canst you do nottings for me-noi Tbe Apaches fprung to their feet and stood in a li s tening attitude. Evidently all bad beard Yobon fall, if not the cries he afterward ut tered. With snake-lik e movements they soon came gliding toward the tree, their drawn tomahawks in their hand s. Tbe young bunter quickly descended, pulled Yohon from the mud-bo l e, and bidding him follow, crawle d swiftly off to a heap of leaves under a bank. Among th e s e leaves he hid him self, and bi s c o mpanion did the same. S e eing no Qne, tile Indians returned to the place where they bad left their horses. Suddenly, however, they all turned, and mounting their steeds, moved toward the base of the hill on which the wagon was oon cealerl. "Thar they.,;o," whispered Ned. "They are betwe e n us and the hill." "Ach! What canst we do nowt We must go to der rescues of Miss Grace. Dey finds der wa gon-no! "We 'll try to follow them and see what they do. Perhaps they are only going to hev a good look at the fire." Tbe two contrived, unobserved, to follow the savoges. The latter commenced to aecand the hill. All at once Ned fancied he heard a slight movement in the shrubbery, close behina him. He turner! quickly, but ere be could use his rifl e something came whizzing through the air, striking bim slantingly on the bead, cutting a gash 1tnd almost him. It was a toma hawk, burled by one of a party of half a dozen Apaches, who had been concealed in the thicket and had noticed e'fery movement of the two boys.


The Boy JS A moment later they surrounded the lads, making them prisoners, binding their bands and feet with thongs. Yobon, wbo bad bad no time to raise his wea i;on felt it j rked out of his baud and found h imBnion: Y ohon, I reckin I've lost my gold watch. I must hev dropped it in \ie place wbar I wea captured I" "You hafs a golt watch!" crled the Dutch boy. "I din ks 1-" The banter nudged him, and, taking the hint, Yobon contjnued: "I din ks 1 bef seen him I I Feens somedings drop mit de grass, but I did not know it wes t der golt watch!" The Indians pricked up their ears, and ex changed glances. Then, casting a look at the captives, to make sure they were so situated that they could not escape, both savages darted toward tbe place where thll boys bad been made pris oners. "Thar they go, and now s our time," said N e d. Be qnickly unfastened tbt1 lashings about bis ankle s, th e n be drew a knife fro m bi s hunting sbirt. and s e v e red thos e which held Y ohon. T'unde r I if dis ain' t goo! I" Pjaculated the Dutch boy. "We s oon gits o ff qow." "This way," said N e d, as b e crept behind a bush, end then darted forward. Tbe two kept on, until, suadenly the yells of the savages betoken e d that tbe escape bad been disrovered. "Tber' s a settlement, not ten miles off," cried tbe young bunte r. "Once tbar, we will te safe enough, end I can lead a party to try to 'res cue our friends if they're taken Tbe cries o f tho se in purmit were heard. Ned, f o llowed by Yobon, finally glided into a natural archway, formed by a mass of rocks, and crept up a ledg e on one s ide. "Wby y o u goe s derer asked his coril"pllnion. "It commands the archway. When the two savages enter, we can throw a couple of rocks down upon their heads, and so get possession of their rifle>." "But supposin' dem fullers comes up de ledger' "It will make n<> d i fference. We wilt hev a chance to throw the rC1cks at them, and, if you aim straight we'll hit 'em, 'fore tliey kin see us." Tbe two crouched on tbe ledge, Perb pl'o vid e d with a large piere of re>ck, and soon. us they bad expecte d, the two Indians came rus hing through the archway, tbinkir;g tbe fugi tives b a d m o ved on. "Now," s aid Ned. The missiles d e 8cend e d bn the heads of the t.wAin, who droppe d senseles8. The nl'xt me>ment tbe boys bad taken posses sion of tbPir own rifl e s and ammunition-ponches, which were those the savages bad brought with them. "Gootl" cried Y o hon. "Now we bafs our rifl e s for usin' If we bas to do de fighting s." CHAPTER VIII. THE ATTACK. "" THE Apach e s who a s cended the bill, soon no tic e d the marks by the hoofs of Tom'a teem, anrl by the wh e el s of waj?on. / Meanwhile. both the boy anrl bis sis 'er be came alarme d at the protracted absence of their friends. "Ob, Tom, I em afraid something serious baa happened to them," said Grace.


. 14 The Boy Wizard. I will go to look if I can see anything of them," res p nnded tbe lad. He got out of tbe wagon, but, hardly bad he r eached the opening of the cave, when he saw, b e low him. the advancing party of savages. H e quickly returned to the vebic le, and told Grace tbat the Indians were coming. -"We are lost, then," said the girl, turning pale. "Perhaps if we remain quiet, they will not think to lo ok in the cave," remarked Tom. He had found some dry cartridges, and soon had bis rifle loaded ,.. Crouching behind a roll of canvas, in the back of the wagon, he kept bis gaze upon the en trance of the cavern. "Would it not be better to make no resist ance?" said Grace. "Your firing upon them may so enrage the Indians that they will show us no quarter!" "The wretcbqs would show us none, in any case," replied Tbm. If I make a bold fight, tbey may think tbere are more than one op posed to tbem. and maybe cautious about com mg in here, which might give us some chance to escape." As be spoke, a shadow darkened the entrance of the cave, an'a. Tom, the next moment, beheld a hideoug-lookiog savage peering in. Toe Indian evidently saw the wagon, but, E!re he could 111-ithdraw, the boy fired. The bullet struck the arm of theApaclie, who quickly di;appearetl. Ere Tom could reload, yells were heard, as the whole party rushed toward the cave. "Let run," said Grace. "There may be an opening at the other end of the cave." "I don't tbink thereis; but you had better go. You may find a hollow in which to hide yourself." Tbinking Tom intended to follow her, Grace eprung from the wagon, and away she went. Tbe next moment tbe forms ot tile Indians appe1trei at the opening. "Get bgck, there!" cried Tom. "I've got a machine bere_,in the wagon with which I c:in blow you to pieces." At these words the party and some of them shrunk from the entrance. Think boy lie," cried one who was evidently a chief. "lnslian not afraid. Indian come and take. machine, if got one." Headed by this fellow, the whole gang rushed la. Tom took ailll with bis riffe and pulled trigger, but. Lis weapon did not go off. -'Tne savages advanced, but with S<>me caution, for tb" words of the boy bad not been without their effe')t, r 'forn thought of bis ftre vrorks. He raised the lid of the toy-box, and taking two skyrockets, pointed t be m, so tbat when tiet off they would strike his foes. Toe lat:e r saw him do thi3, and thinking he was ab >Ut to work the machine of whicb. be ha l poken, tbev sll fell Seing the efl'ect be bad produced, the lad again ordered the gang away, repeating the threat he had previously made. To bis great joy, the savages retreatejl hastily from the cavern. J Outside, howeer, be could bear their voices, and be knew that they were having a" talk." If there was some way of exit at the other end of the cave, be might now escape. Determined to see if there was, without any delay be ran forward, and soon, on turning al!' angle formed by a jutting rock, he discovered that there really was an opening, large enough for the passage of bis horses and wagon. Meanwhile, where was Grace? Doubtless, she had run through the entrance at this end, and was in some good hiding-place. He hurried back to the conveya1.1ce, and jumping in, drove toward the further openin\l' Ere be could pass through, be heard the yelis of the Apaches, as they rusbed into the cave. A hideous picture they presented, with their painted faces, their half-naked forms and ugly head-dresses. Holding their shields of bufl'alo bide in their left bands, and their lances poised in their right, they came on, but in a crouching position, for it was J?lain that they were stifl in dread of the machme with which the boy bad threatened them. As already stated, the sky-rockets were pointed toward the band, and Tom now Fprun!{ to tbe back part of tbe wagon, lighted a match and set them off. Tbe loud bissing of the spurting fire was fol lowed by the unearthly, whizzing noise of the rockets, and bad not the savages dropped, two of their number WQuld have b ee n killer!, As it was, one of the rocket-sticks passed through the cheek of an Indian, who uttered a loud grunt of pain and dismay. The whole band were about to fall back, when the ctie(. gave a cry o f defiance, and ordering the m to fO,llow him, rushed toward the wagon. "White boy cannot frighten Dacola. Ho been see fire-stick before I" As he spoke, be hurled-bis lance toward the lad, who, however, avoided it by dl-opping behind the roll of canvas. "Then be whipped up bis horses, but they bad hardly started when the savages were in tbe ve hiele. "Ugh!" cried Decola, as some of his men were about to stril;:e the lad down with their tomahawks. "Better keep for roast!" A moment late r the boy lay in the wagon, bound band and foot. "I hope Grace will escape them, at any rat. e," thought Tom. Just then be beard a shriek, and saw some of. the Indians dragging the girl into the wagon. Tbe c l 1ief, with a fow of hi< companio ns now commenced to make an examination of the con tents of the vehicle. "Go od!" he grunted, bis eyes gleaming with atisfaction, as be turned over one article after the ottier. The toy-box was opened and an ex of admiration broke from the Inrlia-is as they proceede to look at the things it c o ntoined. T 0ys of all ilescript'ions were there, together with a qurintity l)f pin-wheels, fire-crackers, skyroc'

-The Boy Wizard. Us the white boy wodld have been i:Iad of it, and fO would not have told us!" "W by, don't vou see?" said ToCJ. "The thing& would not only kill y n u but me end my too/ That's why I told you. When we get to your baiting-place or camp, I will show you bow all tbPse wonderfu l enicles are used." Thecbief closed tbe lid of lbe box, and the wagon now was rapidly driven on. Sonn aft<,r, the Indians were joined by the othPrs, who had captured Ned and Yohon. An account of tbe escape of tbe two boys was greeted with ej!lculations of rage from tbe cbief, and, raising bis lanCe-J? of Waflla-tbe chi e f's son, was fastened witb an expression of admiration. This g-irl of the Apache tribe was exceedingly and, in spite of her dusky skin she was very pretty, with her long, shining b!Rck hair and her dark eyes. / Finally the two prisoners were conducted to a tent, near which the wagon and horses were also placed, with a guard about them, to pre vent the women and children from climbing into it. "Whe n are the prisoners to be burned 1" inquired Mona, the Indian maiden, of Wahla, who "us her lover. "Do 11ot know. It is as Dacola shall say. Tbe white g-irl should n o t be burne d I" "Why does Wabla say that!" inquired Mona, sharply. "Wby not burn girl ns well as boy!" "Tbe girl would make a good squaw for some one of our young "Wahla does not say which. The chief's son hung bi bea d. "How can he tell which?" was his answer. Mona moved away with a troubled look. CHAPTER IX. A FRIEND IN NEED. NED and Yohon kept on their way. At last, the former paused on the summit of a steep cliff, having a ridge there which would serve ? breat.work, in case the two men were obliged to fi2ht. "What's you goin's to do hf'ref" said Yobou. "To watch. I expect 'iore Jong 10 SPP the wagon in possession of them Apecbes." "What goots de watchin' do-if we nots cau safe de toys, and der-" "Never mind the toys. It is of Tom and bis sister l am thinking." "And do you d'inks I baf forgot mein apple blossom? No, I dies yet, t.ryin' to saffs her. Mein gollies! dis works baf gifen me an tite. Will you hnf rnme bologna'!'' As he spoke, the Dutch boy pulled from bis pocket tbe stale bologna, which has previously been mentioned. "Pob !" cried Ned "I hev not a weak Ptum mick-thar's a foct, but do y o u s'pnse I could eat the sarsa ge, arter seein' it rammed down the guzzle of tbat Apache boy!" "Wb:y not! Him lnjun no bites it, and I been was hes it mit d e wasser." "And wipetl it, arterward. on the seat of your pants. No, thank you_, Yohon, keep your bologna to yourse If I" "T'under and blitz en! You's too partic'l Well, here goesmit dat bologna!' And he commenced to eat it with great zest Meanwhile Ned k ept a keen gaze upon tbe surrounding scenery, and, at last, be was re. warded witb a sight of tbe wagon, wbicb be saw for a few moments, moving along through a thicket, in the shadows of which it was soon lost to bis view. He bad pointed it out to Yobon, who sid he <'ould see among the the forms of Grace and her brother, T orn. "De Lort be praise; dey haf not yet been scalp!"' be cried. "Tbey will be burned. at the stake, before night if w e don't contrive to save 'em I" "And how we goins to do clat! You tells mP, and I go t'rougb fire and wasser for de sake o f mein ange l fiei scb." "Thar is a settlement, fiv e mil e s from hyar. Tbe fir s t thing t o do, i s to find out wbar tbem varmiots bev their camp, and the n J?O to the s ettlement, to git some hunters to come and We losens no time, den," said Yohon. "We goes. now." "Yes, we must start, atont:'e.'' They did so, and, k e eping themselves h;dden, they foll owed tbe Apaches, to ee them finally reach their camp. Then Ne

..... 18 "All rights, den, I goes mit dis hollow,'' sai:i Yohon, "and you keeps on." Ned burried off as soon as the Dutch boy was se ted in the bollow. Tbe tired youth lay down, and ere he was aware otit, be dropped off into a deep sleep. TbJ.s, bowever, was not of long Juration, for he was suddenly awakened by .aloud bray, close to bis retreat. Opeoing bis eves wide, he beheld a grim, superannuated Mexican mule, which bad evidently gone astray, looking at him through the opening of hollow. "Holloal Achl mv, if dis ain't de good fortune mit myself, Here cooms jist wass I wants for de tra veil" He seized tbe mule's rein, when the animal endevord to break away from him. But Yohon led the creature to the foot of the bight, and then monnted it, urging it along in th3 direction which Ned bad pointed out to him as tbe one by which tbe was to be reached. Tbe mule being old, went slowly. Occashnally it would come to a d ead bait, and all Yo boo's attempts to incluce it to keep on would, for some time, prove useless. Having proceeded about a mile, the animal planted it:.s fore-feet in tbe ground. and commenced to kick up its bind legs, scattering showers of mud all over its riQ.er. In tact it was now io a of swamp, where its legs, at every step, bad sunk to the knees. Tbe place where it stopped was close to a wide hole or ditch, full of soft mud. "Gits along mit you!" crie d Yohon, kicking the creiture's sides with his heels. "Gits along and gifs us a lift!" ... But the mule would not move forward a step further. The more Yohon coaxed, the more vicious did it seem to become. "Acb! you loafers; so you won'ts go!" cried the rider. I gifs you somedings dat makes you go!" And he raised his band to grasp a switch from a low willow tree behind him. As if aware of his intention, the mule whirled its body so that Yobon could not reach the tree. Then up went its bind legs, higher than before, but tbis time they did not come down again. Tbe heels of the animal bad caught in the fissure of a rock, so that its position now was almost perpendicular, its foreleg9 befog buried to the knees in the mud. Yobon pitched forward, shooting bead down ward over the ears of the mule into the marsh with a force which buried him below the shoul ders. He kicked bis legs about in vain efforts to ex tricate himself, and, in a few s e conds, he must hHve been strangled to d eath bad not the vicious old mule in its desiretohite him caught him by the broad seat of bis pants and given its bead a jerk. This jerk freed Yohon from the mire, and, as soon as he could regain bis breath, he spoke to the mule as if it was a human being. "Achl danks, ole fuller! Hadn't you taken. bolts of mein back housen, I been a dead coons 11111'8." The mole, which by this time bad disengaged its heels from tbe rock, now drew oft and dealt the speaker a kick, which sent him flying ol! !oar feet from where it stood. Then, with a loud bray, away it went, leaving the swamp, with Yobon sticking in it ltlld trying to free himself, far in the rear. "T'underl if I couldsgitholt mit ;vou !"roared Yobon, shaking his fists at tba ammal, "I gifs you somedings to remember! you means, tricky t'iog mit dE"r clover hoof!" At last be extricated himself from the swamp, and went limping along, trying to gf!t around it. It was not until late in the afternoon that be reached the settlemEnt, to learn that Ned, with a party of three bunters, all that coulrl be found there, at that time, bad already starred for warrl. "I '!raids dey does no good," muttered the lad; "'specially as I not can be mit dem. l's played out, and cans not keep on until de morn ing." fom1d a sort of lodging-house, where he put up for the night. Early the next m<>ffling be was startled by the clattering of boots. He looked out of the wiado-v and t" o hunters, wounded and bleeding ride into the settlement. Hallos I" shouted the propriet ir of the house. "What's op, men "We met some scouts of them 'farnal Apaches,'' was the answer, "and arter a e sprit ekrimmage to git away, we manell:'ed to save our beef, but I'm afeard it's all up with the plucky boy, Ned Transom." "Lost bis ha'1!" "Not on likely. The last we saw on him, be war behind a mound of 'arth, with the varmints fiockin' up to h i m like Here Yohon flung up the window, and waved bis arm to the huoters. "Cowitzl" be cried, "cowHz! You leafs a comrades lurch! Ach! if I wass a man, I'd

The Boy Wizarcl. 17 end other useful articles, sucb as you would like to use. Bett,er let me explain to you about tbe fireworks, at any rate. for I tell you, if I don't, your young men and boys will burt them selves by usmg tbem in the wrong way."' Docola meant to bring the box, before boy die. He make boy show him bow to use tbings 'i'n hox Jn fact two savages bad already lifted the box from the wagon, and, a moment later, it was laid at tbe feet of the captive, whose arms were then unbound. Tbe curiosity of the Jndiims was aroused, and many of them came, forming a circle about the lad. Tom first lighted a pack of fire-crackers, and, as these went o ff, the youngsters of the party showed their delight by clapping their hands, and uttering loud shouts. "Funny little guns-all strung toge! her I" cried Decola, "hut not any bullet tbem-:notbing but sparks and fire!" Tbe boy next set off one of tbe sky-rockets, which also excited the edmiration of the specta ors, although several of them bad seen tbese things before. Tom nnw rummaged amon g the toys, and finally drPw fortb a number of small sections of \VOOrl "Now, then," he said, "I can make either a men or a woman of these pieces of wood." 1 He then rapidly fit ted the pieces together, and a man, with a bigb, pointed hat on bis head, was thus formed. I good I" was uttered by many of the Indians. The youth then showed how, by fastening the pie ces differently, a woman's imag-e could be formed. He now took from the box a miniature wagon -and horse, md putting a key in a bole at one Eide, he turned it r ound sev eral times. Then, placing the images on tbe ground, be l&t.-go of them, and away they went, the wooden horse galloping along like a live ani mal. The wonder and admiration of ti.Jo Indians kept increasing es Tom continued to display his curious marvels, and when he set up two wood en soldiers opposite to each other, and, by means of a key, winding up certa in macbinery, caused them to draw their swords and commence a desperatd combat, the delight of the band knew no bounds. .A.t length tbe boy pulled from the toy casket a box about the size of tbose in wbich cigars are kept. "What going to do with that?" inquired Deco la. "It is only a box-nothing more." Scarcely had the chief spoken wbe:i, t o uching a spring, the lad caused the lid of the little box to flv o pen, enrl up rose the image of en Indian, made of silk, life-size, striking out with a toma hawk, t l e latter of which was of rubh er. Ere D acola could start. beck, the rubbe r tom ahaw k dealt him a stinging blow on tbe noP. 'trgbl" be rrunted, vainly striving to bide b!s surprise, while bis companions broke into a loud laugh. "Go back Into your house, for your impu ctence!" said Tom, pressing upon the bead of the image, which he thus crushed down again, so tbat be could fasten the lid over it. Many other curious toy exhibitions were given by tbe prisoner. When be had finished the savageeheld a "talk," in a low voice. Then Dacola stepp ed up to the lad end said: "Very good. What cell these things been show?" "Toys." "Did the white boy make all the toys him self?" "Yes, with some help." "Never 6aw wooden man and wooden horse and woman walk before. How boy \nake them wnlk and jump? Tom looked very so lemn, and answered slowly and impressively: "Tbat is a great stcret-a wonderful secret!' "Ugh!" grunted the chief, evidently mucl "The toy-wizard can make bi: wooden men run and jump and fight, but cm he make them talk I"' "1'<' do that, I would bnve to have the breath of the Great Spirit breathed into them/" Decola and ail bis companions drew back, end looked at the speaker with an expression of awe. Then tbe chief scowled. .---, tbinks the toy-wizard lies. He cannot get tbe Great Spirit to breathe into bis toys. He makes uig talk, but bis talk will be higher tben bis deeds." Tom perceiv e d tbat he bad gone too far. "You do not understand. I meant that tbe Great Spirit would breathe through me, into the toys. I will ask bim to help me, and be will give me the help of bis breatb to make a toy tha t can talk." "Does tbe white boy say that he can make a wo o den man that can talk!" "Yes, but as I told you, it is a SPcret, and I will have to have help from the Great Spirit! It will take time to make wood talk." "Wbat will tbe wooden man sayi?' I don't know; he may say one thing, or be may say enotber." There was a murmur among the savages, and aga in they conversed together, in low voices. Tom bad gone tbe right way to work to ex their curfosity. "How J ong will it take the toy-wizard to make the speaking man of wood!" "'!'bat I cannot tell It will dfpend on bow soon the Great Spirit into my mind." "Well, we shall see. Tbe wbite boy sbell be kept alive until be makes the talking wood!" "First you must promise me something." What does the boy ask ? "You must promie tbt you will not in any way, harm my 8is ter. Unless you agree to that. I will not do "<'bat you want l'l"e to." "Tb e sister of th e tov-wtz ard sha ll not be hurt. We will ta k P l!On d C'are of ber." eyfs FpA rkled with joy, "Anot.her thing, be s a id. "You must not molest me-mu t not come near me until the talking wood is finished. 1 must be by myself, in some lonely place, away from the camp." "It shall be so; but Dacola will have his men posted, so that the toy-wizard cannot escape."


18 The Boy Wbard. "Yon can do as you like about that," replied Tom, indifferently. "Wben the work is finished, I will blow upon t)lis," he added, pointing to a toy-bugle in the box. 1 "Good, but the box and the toys will be left with us," said Dicola. "N )-no, I must have them to help me in my work; by looking at the toys, I can make my pb.ns." Then it shall be done." "I must have the-horses and the wagon near me, tool" "The toy.wizud wants too much," said Dacola, looking at him suspiciously. "Why must he have the wagon and the horses1" "I will tell you. All my tools and all my machinery are in the wagon. I will want the help of the horses to pull out some of my wires." Dacola reflected a moment. "It shall be as the toy-wiZ!l.rd wish.es. We will not look at him work, but we will have to keep a good watch outside, to see that be does not escape." Very well; as you like." "Now, then, the white boy can come and show Dacola where he wants us to leave him to do hh work." "First, let me speak to my sister." The chief nllowed him to go to the teut, when Tom informed Grace of the task which be was expected to perform. "Ob, Tom, you can never do that!" she said, in a low voir.e. "I don't think I can, either; but I mean to try. It will,,at any rate, give us time, and meanwhile we may be rescued. I have made them promise not to harm you." "What a good, brave boy you Tomi :Be ,., careful of yourselt, and put off the'tlnishing of your work as long as pmsible." ...., Just then Dacola lo'>ked into the tent, and told the boy to come out. He gave his sister an encourai;ing glance and left the tent. He nc" compamed the Indians to a vallev, about a hundred yards from the camp. There was a but in the valley, which be said was just the place for a workshop. The toy-box was carrier! to the but, and the wagon and horses were also brought close to it. The vehicle was placed under a shelving rock, in a sort :if rugged alcove, and the horses were secured near it. Before oight the Indians had brought a plenty of dry g ass and piled it near the rocky stall, so that Tom. himself could feed the animals when necessary. Looking from the but just before snndown, the boy saw the savage gu<1rrl stationPd in a circle about the vulley to prevent bis escape. CHAPTE::::. XI. IN THE CAMP, AFTER breakfast, Yohon left the settlement and struck out toward the mountains, near which the bunters bad said they were attacked by a party of the Apaches. He hoped that Ned bad in some way effected bis escape, that he would meet him, and that together they might contrive to rescue Grace and her brother. from the hand of the l!aT ages. The Duk'h lad, much refreshed by bis night's rest, walked boldly forward, for, as already shown, he was not VPry cautious. He reached the mountains, however, without seeing a single human being, and having par taken of some of the bologna, which he carried in his wallet, be looked for a spriog at which he might quench bis thirst. He found one at clear, limpid rivulet, fiowing from a crevice in a rock. He bad finished drinking when he was startled by a dismal, croaking sound on his right. Looking that way, he then beheld a spectacle which caused him to start back. "Achl Wess in t'under is dat1" Upon the bough of a willow-tree was seated a grinning skeleton, attired in a garb similar to that which Ned bad worn! "Der Lorts helps dat poor feller! He meets bis fat.el He been scalpet; de fiesh been eaten by de wolfs, and den he been dress up In his own cloats and hung on dat tree! Who puts him on dat tree! What he been puts dere "Owkt owkl owk:" said the ghastly appari-tion. "Halloat T'underl Whoefer beers skeletons sbpeak like datl" muttered Yobon. He started back so quickly tbat be tripped and fell over, with bis heels flyiog upward. He soon regained his feet, and looked again at the horrible object. "Owk! owk! owkl" it said, a second teie. At the same moment a buzzard, which had been prrcbed out of sight on a bran,eh behind it., went soaring skyward, uttering the noise which bad seemed to proceed from the skeleton. "It's al\ plaints now:" cried "DPr noise coom from dat bird. P oor Nedsl I f e els sorry mit him, aldough he wass m eia rivals." He moved on, bt evening came, without bis seeing any human being. All at once, just as be crept' into a cave, where he intended to pass the night, he struck against some one, sprawled' out, asleep, upon his face. This person sprung up with a grunt, and, in the dim light, Yobon made out a half naked form, with a head-dress of feathers drooping over the face. "Achlyou's a deat cried the hoy1 as he a with the stock of his rifle at the head of the dian. In the gloom, owever, the aim was not very straight, and the heavy st'.ICk des<;ended on tbe posteriors of the person at wh6m it was di rected. Jt wJtS a sounding thwack, but the Indian seized Yobon thq next moment by the throat, and his knife fiasbed b!!fore the eyes of the Dutch boy. The latter dodged to prepare to avoirl the stroke, wheu he felt t.be band of bis opponent twist<>d in bis hair, bending bis head down so that his chin toucbed his breast. "You bummers! you not J?ets me'.n scalp midout troubles!" cried the Dutch lad1 .as be rai-ed bis heel with the intention of incking over bis antagonist.


'l'he Boy Wizard. 19 The latter, however, now caught the lef:(' with his disengaged band, and tumbled tbe Dutcb boy over upon bis back. At tbe se,me moment tberA was a burst of laughter, and Yohon, io bis surprise, recognized the voice of Ned. "You aren't good at lnjun-fightin', tbar's a fact. You could hev been scalped from your bead to your beels by this time." "Holloa! Wass der meanin' of dis? I t'ougbt sure you wass au euemy l" cried the lad, as be rose. "Yesterday I was attacked by a party of the Apaches ,,.answered Ned, "but I saved myself by rollin' down a hill, and creeping 1.lnder a rock. It war about dark, and while the y war lookin' fur me I stole out. I knocked ag'in' a dead Injun, which one o' my pards bad sho t and so I whipped off his feath e rs and bl anket nnd put em on. Jest then, 'fore I could pick .up my own suit, which I bad slipped off, 1 beard some o' the niggers clos e to me. I m a & tra cks, 'tbout bavin' time to take my clo t h e s with m e and passed three of tbe critters, who thought, in the dim light, I war one of tleir own gang. I hadn't gone fur wbPn the moon came out, showing me that I was near a hollow wbar some travelers bad beei: killed by the injuns last.sear. Tbar w .. r several skeletons lyin' byai,"lmd I tbougbt I'd j est stand one on "em up to frighten the Apaches who war comin' on. I propped it up ag'in' a rock, and the n away I went, takin' a roundabout track, wbjcb brought me hvar. f war mortil tired arter all I'd been tb.rougb, but I tried to keep a watch. At l ast, towa.ra morning, 1 fell asleep, and have j est waked." Yobon now informed Ned where be could find bis clothes. D e m raskils must baf put your cloats on one of der ske!Ptons, to makes people di r ks you been kilts," he said, as be went on to explain. You kin bet they wouldn't bev done that," said N P d, "hadn't they beard a party of comin." "You dinks der's white people neiir us ? "How near tbey are now I don't know; but a large party must bev passed this way last night or you kin be shore they wouldn't bev tuck themselves C1ff." "We will see if we CRnst not finds dat party, whic'1 will help us bunt f o r der shweet girl dat' s been 'tolen from us by dem red peoples." N P d bad soon reached the place where his C"lotbes were, and it did not take him long to put them on, after which be and Yobon sta1ted forward, They saw the trail of th e party which had possed in the night, but they soon Jost it on firmer ground. Their sear<'b continued for four davs without succes. Toward the eveni r g of the "fifth, N e d suddenly paused on the etlge of a thicket. T nar's t he Apache camp, jest beyond the wonfl...:," I 8 S'lid. In fact, Grace was seen moving through the woods, by the side of a tall, handsome maidentbe Apache beauty, Mona. I bafs ber now I I bafs mein apple blossom at last!" cried Yohon, a[Jr;l taking aim with bis rifle, b6' fired at Mona, whom be doubtless sup posed was ke eping guard over the white girl. Tbe bullet w ent wide of tbe mark; but the re port was, of course, heard by the savages on guard in the camp. "Fool! You have sp'iled all," said Ned. "We mou't bev bad the gal, and got her off, but fur your firin'." H e edl e ss of bis companion's words, Yobon SIU"ung forward toward Grace; but both she and the oth e r now had 'fle d in the direction of tbii camp, from which her p ople V>ere rushing, armed with sbi e lds nnd lances, as they thought enemies were about to make an attack upon them. Tile Dutch lad crouched down behind a heap of dry brushwood, and beheld the dim forms of the warriors, as tbe. v went speeding past without seeini; him in the gloom. "Goot!" be muttered. "Ned calls me a foo ls, but I dinks 1 been shows mooch of der wisdoms mit strateger. Dem fellers goes away from der camp, den I comes to der camp, and rescues mein sbweet girl from der place, mit dem coons all gone away I" Tbe savaf:('es having passed, be arose and mov e d swiftly toward th" camp, but be bad not approached yard s of it, wben be b E beld a large party of the Apa ches, drawn up near it, in warlike array. Tbe boy could see tbe eyes of the braves, r,leaming from under their ugly bead dresse s and could distinguish the outlines of tbei_ r naked forms their shields and their lances. "No, danks you!" thought Yohon. "!not goes a peg nearer I" He shrunk back, and moved cautiously along toward the right. F o r about an bour be kepb dodginit about, thinking b e b eard f o otsteps near him. All at once, through tbe darkness, be fancied be could make out the sbapeof a wagon witb a canvas top. "T'underl if dat's not d e r wagon of Tom Derrieks, den my names .ain't Yoboo-1" be mut tered. Between him and the vehicle, however, be be held tbe dim form of a savage, who was slowly pacing to and fro. "If I cans git mit dat wagon, I may bides myrnlf and gits a chance for safe meini girl!" thought the boy. Watching from behind a tre e until the back of the dusky sentinel was toward bim, be suddenly made for the vhicle, which be reached and enterd, ere the Indian had turned roul)d to rtracP bis "beat." CIJ..uckliog to bimself,,.be crept down under ome rolls of canvas, And there be Jay, hoping he would eventually find a chance to rescue Grace Derrick. __ CHAPTER XII. THE IMAGE. "T'under! l i!irln't know we war cl n se upon lt. Bow cans we g t mein sweet fr1ent IN the but which the Indian bad given up whispt!red to Tom for a shop, the boy at once went to I work. from der clntcbes of der Jnjuns?" "Hist! Thar's the the girl now,"


10 The Boy Wbard. By the morning of the fifth day after his capstraight to the base of this wall, when, sboTfng ture, be bad carved out the shape of a man aside a broad slab of rock there, Decola dis from a log, and bad hollowed it from bead to closed an opening large enough for several per"f'oot. He had meanwhile pondered much as to sons to pass through. what sort of machinery would be necessary for "Come!" be said to the lad-" go on." procuring a sound like that of some human be-Tom did so, accompanied by the chief and mg uttering real words. Finally he concluded four ot the other that be required a little silver to give the me "Now let the toy-wiz11rd look upl" cried tallic noise peculiar to a man's voic e Dacola. Accordingly, on the afternoon of the fifth day, The boy raised bis eyes, and a cry of admira be signaled ooe of the guards, and told him he tlon escaped him. From its summit, the wall wanted to speak to t)je chief. on this side was ribbed and veined with the The latter soon arrived, and Tom met him precious metal, extending to the very bottom outside ot the but. of the ravine or gulch where the youth was "What does tbe toy-wizard want! Ha!!, he stanrling. finished the talking wood1" "U I is there silver enough for the talking" No. I must have some silver to go on with woorl1' inquired Dacola. my work, but I have none in the wagon." "Y M, and some to spare I" answered Tom, as "Ugh I" grunted the chief. "Dacola knows be gazed wistfully at the shining well. where there is plenty, but a strong guard must "By gollies!" was bis mental excl.,.mation, go with the boy." "if I could only get at this treasure, I would no "It is well. I am ready. Is the place far longer have to work at making toys, and would from berer soon be a rich man I" "An arrow shot six times would reach it. With a chisel and hammer be bed brought The bills are bright with silver. The white boy with biru, the lad cut out some of thesilverfrom can izet plenty there. How long will it then the rock. take birn to make the wooden man that can He took as mnch as be could carry, which was talkt" a little more than he wanted to use upon the I cannot tell, but it will not take very long." wooden man. As the lad spoke, he did not see the moon-lilre "After I make the talking wood," be said to face of Yohon at one of the crevices in the Dacola, as the party were returning, "I hope canvas or the wagon, where he bad heard every the cbiet will set me free, and let me work that wc;rrl that was said. silver mine." "St iver! silver!" thought the Dutch lad," and "It shall be w," answered Dacola. but Tom man d'lt est to talk mades o! wood! Ach! I could see him exchange a grim, significant look dinks I's.in mit some ot dat silver!" with bi3 companions, which convinced him that "Has the white boy made the wooden man, the rascal would not keep bis word. yet1" inquired Dacola-" has he made all ex-Finally the boy returned to the hut, which be cer,t the talk?" reached soon after dark. Gollies!" cried Tom," you muqt not get too He closed and barred the door of the but, impatient. but I don't mind telling you I have lighted a candle, and getting ready for mad e the m'lnl" work, and it struck him that bis wooden man "U gb I wo11ld like to see-" did not occupy the positfon in which he had left "Come, now," said the boy, "that won't do. it. The Great Spirit will not help ma..if you look at He was sure that, before going with the party, my work before it is done!" he bad placed the image in a corner, whereas "Well, then, won't look, but if toy-wiz

The Boy II "Yobon!" cried Tom, still more surprised. -Be sprung to the prostrate image, and separated the parts wbicb were mad e t'J flt to each other, but which could not be taken off by a person iriside. Y o boo thus "shelled," as it were, was revealed in all his glory. -. He rose and grasped Tom's band. "D'anks der Lort! We c o oms togedder, at last!" be cried. "How came you here What does it mean" Y o hon soon explained. "I lies mit de wagon,'' he continued, "for more den one wbol e days and if I not finds so_gied' ings to eat, dere, I d inks I sbtarvens mit der d e f!" But bow did you contrive to slip into the but without being seen P "I w atchit mein cbance. I baf a cbance at dusk. And now t elh m e all about d e r silv er!" be added, ane savagesepproacbing, on the night when the Dutch hoy llred et the Indian girl, Mona, be ran along 1:-ebind the shrubt-ery, and finally crouched in some bushfs, fer to the left. Tb e Indians movert hither and tbltber, looking for the person who bad discharged tlbe pi e ce, but their search was as shown, unsucce1'41ful. As soon as tbe parties hovering about. bis piece of concealment, bad r eturne d to t-beir camp, Ned emerged from tbe bu s hes and made bis way to a valley, about a mile di-tan.t . In tbis valley there was a cave, pertly bidden by shrubberyt which grew about th!' entrance. "Hyer's Wiler I've p ase d man'." an hour, wben on a buntin' tramp," muttered the youth, "and it's 8'\fe from Jnjuns, as it war one of tbe burial places of the Navajoes, in old times, and is sacred. The worst varmint of all the reds would not come byar, onless be war sartlnt an enemy war bid in the place. I'll jest make my quarters in the cave, until I git a chance to res cue Grace from the Apaches. Thar' one comfort, which is that they hevn't harmed the gel, and I reckin I know the reason, which is tbat' s ome o.ne of the young braves means to make her his squaw. The Lord save the poor child from secb a fate." On the next night Ned resolved to approach the camp. He started and finally arrived on tbe edge

The Boy Wizard. "Well, then, I'll wait hyar, ef you'll go fur her," said Ned. "Good,'' answered Mona. "I go, let the bunter stay here." Sbe disappeared in the gloom, and, while awaiting ber return, tbA youth stood with cocked rifle, prepa red for treachery. Tbe Indian maiden soon came back, ccom-panied bv Grace. "Oa. Ned, is it you!" she cried joyfully. "Yes, hyar I am, and to git you away from me, tbe varmints will bev to kill !'.Ile fu'st." "How can I thank you for what you have done for mer' said Grace to Mona. The Indian fro-Nned. "Mona needs no thanks,'' she sa1Q bitterly, and, without another word, sbe went back to tlie camp. Ned took tbe arm of Grace, and hurried with her from the thicket. "Thar's a settlement 'bout twenty mile from byar," said the youth, "and thar I 'll take you." "Ah, would that Tom was with me! I could not induce Mona to do anything to help me res cue him.'' "You know, then, that he's alive?" cried the bunter. "Yes; the chief bas kent him alive to make him some kind of toy, I beNevP." "Teat's like an Injun. Ef Tom takes advantage of that, he mou't contrive to escape. I'IL try and git a party' to go with me from the settlement to help rescue him." In a few hours the two were some miles from the Ap1c1le ca.mp." The moon, which hitherto bad been bidd en by clouds, now shone forth, and Ned suddenly drew Grace behind a rocky ridge ; near which the two stood. "Thar's a party of Injuns comin'," be said, "Iodians?1 ' _.. "Yes. mounted on tber horses. Byther long lances, I think tbe coons are Navajoes!" "Navajoes! Ob, dear! they are, if anything, wors e than Apaches." About the same." "Then we are lo st! "No, fur they nicln't see us, as we war in the shadder of the rock." "rney are c oming this way!" "Yes, ef I aren't mistook, they're going to attack the "Tben Tom will be sure to be killed." L et's hope fur the best." H e r eflected, and then sai.:!: "I think it's better fur me to fuller in the trail of "them chaps, and during the 1>crimmage l mou't do sometbin' fur Tom!" "You will imperil your own life." 1 "That's notbin'. I've done that often. No use of your going with m e." be addecL..-" I'll leave you in a good p lace Thar's a hut not fur from byar whar you' ll be safe." "A but." "Ye ; it bas a concealed cellar to lt, wbar my p'trds and I hev many a time hidden our Waiting until the Indians bad passed the elevation upon which b e and the giil stood, he de scended the hight, helping her along, as the 1 rocks were ditllault to descend, More than once she glanced toward the array of grim warriors, who, mounted on go o d horses, were peedin g over the 0 pen country. -Tbey were st rong looking fellows, with a piece of skin about each vo ai s t, their plumes waving In the wind, and their long lances glittering as they rode. "The varmints are mak ing good but they'll go slower soon,'' said Ned. "They ,can't see us ef tttey look this way, fur we're still in the sbadder. D esce nding into a valley with bis companion, be showed-her a rude l>ut, not more than six feet high and five broad, half hidden by bushes and vine s Leading her into it, be raised a trap-door, concealed with sods, and conducted her down a flight of 15teps into an apartment about ten feet in area, containing a rude seat and a sort of table made Qf logs. Thar, I_ hope you'll be com forte ble till I come back," be said. "Ef I shouldn't come b ac k, you'll know that. in a week from now some of my friends will be byar. Meanwhile, tbar's pre visions tJo last you a fortnight,'' be add ed depositin/; bis well-stocked wallet on the table. But you will come back?" said Grace, a tear trembling on her long, downcast lashes. "I'll move the 'artb itself to git back, you kin be shore; but anyway, my pards will come. They do so every year, 'bout the time of a week from now. Good by, missl" She held out her hand, and Ned could feel it 1remble in bis grasp. The next moment he was gone, and $be could hear him close the trap above her. The young bunter sped along on the t1ai1 of the Navajoes, keeping himself hidden by busbe3 and rid ges of earth. Tbeband were nearly out of sight, and finally they were conceal e d from bis gaze by a mist bank, into which ttey bad ridden. "Thar'll be music, pooty soon," muttered the youth, as he k ept on. Half an hour later a yell, with which was b1ended the report of rijles, indicated that the strife bad commenced. Ned bad ensconced himself in a hollow in a thicket, llnd ba now crept rapidly forwar{l to see the dim forms of the/ Apaches, as they before the party, which bad almost surprised them therefore, bad greatly the advantn!l'e. ( Now and then the quick ear of the bunter caught the dull thud of a tomahawk, 11s it was buried in the brain of some unfortunate whose scaip was to be taken. The youth, meanwhile, looked in vain for Tom's wagon, which he knew the Apaches had p ossessio n of. By dodging about here and there be got close to tbe camp, but neither there nor among tbe fugitive s could he see the boy he was looking for. Finally, after the Navajoes bad left the camp bebind the m to continue the pursuit, he saw a female emerge from tbe trunk of a large hollow tree, and thought be could recognize Mona. ( He sprung to her side, and as she started back be said:


The Boy Wliard. 23 "Fear nothing; it fs the white hunter." "Tbe hunter is brave to come bere where he hes two enemies-both the Navajo es and the Apaches." "I came, gal, thinking I mou't help my friend, 1 Tom Derrick. Whar is ne1 I hope you've hilt him somewhar." "No; Moua knows not wh ere b'll is He and the wagon and horses disappeared before the Nuvajoe s attacked us. My people were looking in vain for tbem, when we were attacked. Th!ok Navajoes must have crept up, after kill, ing our guards, have stolen horses, wagouall." '' You 'd....hev seen 'em, in that case. I kin sw'11r tbe wagiu war onvisihle 'fore the ei;.. tack!" "Navajoes may have ta ken and bidden somewhere. Tbere is n.viue not far frorn here." know that place well. I passed through it 'fore I came to the thicket, but the wagin war not thar." "Tben don't know where it is. It is very 11trange." "Right, gal, it sartintlys are. Couldn't Tom hev hitcbed the bos s es to the wagin and druv off. 'thout your guards knowing it!" "No. Tbe Apache braves were posted in a circle around the places it would have had.to pass Then the hull thing beats me. The wagin co ldn't bev sunk in the ground, with Tom, bos se s and all." 1 "Don't know," said Mona solemnly. "The toy-wizard could do wonderful things. Might he not have known how to vanish, in that way!" No, gal, no: your coillmon sense ought to teach :vou better'n that. You're as superstitious as a Navajo." Mona's mother was of the tribe ct the Navajo e;:," said the girl "That is why, in som e things. she thinks as they do. Now, then, M ona will go away." Wit. h these words, she darted off, soon disappearing from Ned s gaze in the gloom of the thicket. CHAPTER XIV. THE FIEND, BIG EYE. THREE da:ys after the attack of the Navajoes, ed made appearance before Grace. !:>be gave a cry of joy, but her countenance fell when she saw nothing of her brother. "Tom is not with you! she said. "No, I bevn't been able to find him. I came upon the tracks of bis wagin, which seem to go past this place, 'bout a off, and I've been tryin' to foller 'em up, '\>Ut they've been so tramped out of by the Navajoes' bosses further on, that I lost the trail. Ef I keep on, l may see 'em." "May not I go with you! "As it's on the way to the settlement, you mou't go. I hev a boss fur you." "A horse1'' "Ye s, I saw one scamperi tl g off, probably that of a l!:illed Apache, und ns exchange is no robbery, I thought I mou't fiS well take per session, e_eeiu' as the varmints stole one of mine months ago. This one is not so good aa mine war. His face bas_ been hurt some way, and be has a quar' piece of blanket bung over it, with bol e s fur bis ey es." He conducted Grace to the foot of the hight. and, having m o unted the hors e, Ned took the bridle and hurried forward. He soon reached the pince w bere be had struck the trail of the wag o n and kept on. At ler:gtb tbe two came in sight of a broad bill, with a ridge extending along the summit of it. Tben Ned suddenly led horse and rider into a hollow, with a sort of earth-mound on one side of the upper edge "Lie cl ose, gal! Lower yer bead! Thar's Injuns in the shrubbery ou the right of that I Scarcely bad hll spoken, when, with a wild whoop about a drze u broke from the sbrubberv, and, flourishing their lances, darted toward""the hollow. Ned at once reste d his rifle on the mound, took good aim, and fl.red. \ A grunt was heard, and one of the savages re., ling, fell upon bis Tbe youth rapidly reloaded but, ere he could fl.re, a long lance came whizzing toward the m ound and glanced the shoulder of the hunter, sticking in the ground. Rere they come I" cried Grace. Bang I went the rills again and a4l!econd In dlan measured hjs length on the earth. "Run, gal! and try to hide yourself in ibe !jut. I ll keep these varmints at bay long as I kin!" But a lance at tbilt moment passed through the sleeve of the girl's dre> s and, sticking in the side of th,e hollow thus held her fast. Three more bounjlsbrought the savages with in a few feet of tile boll ow, and the points of balf a doz e n lances gleamed before the eyes of Ned and Grace, when a noise so strange, so loud and so terrible that all w ho beard it stood as if !Laralyzed, came from the direction ot the bil .11 The sound was a most unearthly one, al most indes c ribable, resembling the blast of a h orn, the neighing of a horse, and the scream of a hyena, all in one. 'fhen the Indians turned, to behold a spectacle so horrible that some of them, iu their supersti tious terror, actually threw themselves upon grouudl What they saw was a figure-the nrms, legs, anrl hands of which were shaped like tbose of a human being, but were covered with black sttipes. The breast, afao black, was very broad, and perfectly fquare, like a box, while tbe bead, though smaller, was of the same shape, and without a neck. The mouth, half the width of the bead, showed enormous fangs; the eyes, as large as apples, shot forth li11.tltni!1g gl a nces; the ears, of a red color were of the size of horse sboes, w bile the nose was fiat, with huge black nostrils, from which projected tufts of white bairl The strange being, standing motionleS& for a few seconds, while continuiJJg to nt'ter its horrid criPs, suddenly came striding toward the party. Ou perceiv1ag thb, tbe savages sprung np, and away they went, darting toward the shrub bery on the' left of the hill, A few minut..


84 The Boy Wizard. later, they bad mouBted their horses, and were flying along with the speed of the wind. Grace's horse having seen the wonderful ap parition, took fri11:ht} and as Ned seized the reins, it bounded off. heedless of bis attempts to stop it. The active youth, as tbe animal sprung from the hollow, placed his feet on the_ bank, and swung himself astride of the beast, for he could see that the girl, dismayed by the horrid vision, was powerless to keep her place. Ned, holding the reins one hand, put an arm about her waist to support her, while he vainly endeavored to check the speed of the horae, which was flying after the Navajoes! "For God's sake! Grace, don't git 'fri11:bted I H war a fearful sight, I'll allo and what it is, or wbar it corned from, ism re than I kin tell. I never saw sech a critter before!" "Has it gone1 tell me bas it gone!" she gasped, her bead from the bunter's breast. Ned cast a glance behind bim, to perceive that the strange object had vanished. "Yes, cheer up! it's gone now, thanks to gracious! Er I'd seen it ag'in, I ltin not say hut what J, too, mou't hev got almost as skeery as yom-,;elf." Wbat could it have been? Ob, dear! how dreadful!" ThJ!.r's many strange things I've seen hap pen il'i tli"ls yere w.orld; but 1'11 own that this beats me!" now made every effort to stop the horse, which, be perceived, was fast nearing the Navajoes, wbo had slightly slackened their speed, but the animal paid no heed to him. On it went, and at last, when some miles from the hill, the hunter saw the Indians turn and string them selves along to catch the frightened courser. We will perish if we fall into their hands I" cried the girl. "I'll

The Boy Wisard. H lease her, and she fell, alighting, first upon her feet and then dropping on a pile of branches, which saved her from injury. As she she caught a (!limpse tbrouirh tbe shrubbery, of the lnoians, still in mad career ovu the countl\y beyond. She looked aroun.d her for Ned, but she dis girl on tbe ground at bis feet, and then stood erect, bis great, green orbs fl ashing full upcn b!s opponent "Away you go. and leave the gal," sbo ute<\ N ed. shuddering in spite of himself. "Quick! y o u horrid varmint! quick I" \ Big Eye. t aking a stPp forward, uttered a sort of brazen shriek, and shook bis bead negatively, at the same time raising one hand, wbicb the bunter could perceive looked as it it was sheathed 'in iron. "Hy Ar goes, then I" cried Ned, "plumb cen wr. ef I die for it!" The sharp crack of the rifle was beard, but although it bad been aimed straight at the head cf tbe terrible being, the latter stood in the same attitude as before. "Ha!loa I !" gasped the bunter too much dismAyed to reload bis piece. "What kin it m e an1 Who ere you? Whar did you come from, and fur wbat1'' As if in answer to the last question, the de mon, upon whom Ned's bullet had no ef fect, whatever, pointed toward the ky with bis iron finger, and toward the prostrate girl, wi b bis disengaged band I Then sprin j!ing forward, be >truck the rifle so powerful a blow that the stock wee driven against Ned's temple with a force. which caused him to drop senseless to the ground. CHAPTER XVI. 'lHE SEARCH. WHEN the young buntfT be was some timf' in recalling past eventi>, to mind. Gradually, however, memory '>Qrougbt back to bis m ental vision, the horrible face and form ot the fiend, whom the Indians bad called Big E.ve. T)en he thought of Grace, and a groan es cappd him. "Sbe is gone! I failed to save herl" be mnt tered. He raised himself on bis elbow, and, to bis surprise, perceived that be was now in a sort of cave, with a girl kneeling hy his side. He reeognizecl Moua-the lnnian maiden, who held in her band a cloth saturated with cool water, 'Yith which she had been bathing bis bead. "How did I come byar?" be inquired. I "Mona go look for Wable, hut sbe 'not could find him since NavajoPs'attack. While she look, she come to bill, and r .bere s.be find white hun ter, lying senseless. She bring him to, and, just


I .' The Boy Wizard-. then, Apaohes come on horses. Tltey been lot)kiag tor W'lhla too, but not could find. G o in g to kill w h ite bunter bu t M o n a t e ll t n P m no & t o ani the y sa y they wait till h e c o me to, so as to burn and torture I "So the varmints are goin' to kill m e ? Wbar IU"e the y l "Out sid e but Mona try to save boy, for he help h e r gat.tbe wbit. e girl away." How kin you save me1'' "Wait until night. The hunter mnst lie down again, clos e bis eyes, and make believe be not yet come to his s e nses "You say your Apacbe1 was on the 'hill. Did t:i e y s ee there, anything of a horrible b e with great gree n eves and a square be'l.a 'I'' Tbev R ee not!lin g ," answHed Mona, and abe lookei at N e d wi t h an expression which Rhowe d that she his mind wandered. "Hark I" 11be added, "10j1rn c oming io, now. Lie down, and close eyes I ' Ned did as sbe r e quested, and, a moment later, an Ap3cbe entered tbe cave to ascertain it the youth bavaj'oes. and N e d after p'lrting from Mona, had not procee d e d far, wh e n b e wa s s e iz ,rl. thrown down and bis wrists fiste n 9 d w i t h thongs. "Ugh!" e j9.culate d o n e c,f tis captors, "the white bunter not g e t off s o easy fro m Apaches. They have m any eyes, and like the wildcat, they can s e e in the d ark." "Ef I'd bev b a d a rifl e you w ouldn't have oaptoored me so eas y, you v armints," said the boy. The savages call e d to theirCQmrad e s about the fire, and the captive was soon led up to tho blazi OE( fago ts. What's becom e of toy-wizard, wagon and borses1'' inq1 1ir e d the chief. Dacol11. "H1w should I know1 Ef I di4, you kin bet I wouldn't tell you." "Well, all same. going to roast. Roast you instead o f other boy we cannot find." A stake was place d in the ground, Ne i was tie:i to it, and sticks having been piled around him, were soon ready for lighting. Dacola, himself, was about to apply the torch, when. R II at once, the dreadful unearthly ery of Bie: Ev<> was beard not twenty paces off. T he of tbis sudden strange n o i s e upon the Indians was such, that the chi e f dropped bis torch, K nd t he whole band started back with an exclam'ltion of terror. A t tbe same moment, wi t h th e li ght from the fir e falli n g full upon bis hid e ou s fac e 11nd f o rm, the demo n appeared from a clump of sbrubb<>ry and stoo d glaring with bis huge g r een eyes upon the paity I H e gave utterance, as be clid 80, to a cry loufi9r and more dreadful than the prececling one. at : tbe same time st.riking bis ironbound fingers together wi t h a clash. Tbe savage s, with a wild y e ll of supe rstitious fear, did n o t pause to cast a s e c o nd gl!lnce at the borrible b e ing b e fore the m, but away they went, running if tor their lives, with the apparition clattering afte r them. A few minute s late r, b oth t be fie nd and the Indians disappeared from the captive's sight iu tbe_gloom H e then struggled, but in vain to fre e hims elf from the thongs which held him to the stake. "By the 'tarnal!'' he muttered. "I'm afraid the varmints will be back and r.:>!lst me, arter all, 'fore I kin git cl'ar !" All at once; bis gaze fellibpon tbetorcb, which was still barning nnd which lay on the pile of fagots. By tretcbing himself to the utmost, and by thus lo osening his thon gs N e d w n s en,ble d to reach the torch, bis bands having been freed afte r be was tied to the stake. It was now easy for him burn c ords asunder, which be h'ld s carcely d o ne, whe n be a gain b a beld the drearlful d e m o n. who appro'1cb e d the fire tbe light flashing wi1f1 dazz l ing bril liancy, upon his great gree n eyes and di s tinctly revealing his whi t e fangs, as be gave utter-ance to one of his strange cri es. / In spite of. the awe and dread with w.h!c h tbis mysterious being inspired him, N e d would not bu:lge. "Wb'l.t hev you done with the gaH" be cried, "Wba r is

The Boy Wbard. t.o narcb tbrougb the tblok shrubbery end mal!lhably well known to tbe Indians, and we are likely to have a visit from them at any time. Some white bunter, too, take a notion to come tbis way. We must think of some plan to keep people a way from the place. '!.


I& The Boy Wizard. "Mein gollies, you's right! I would die mlt df'r sbaine aod der colic I f aoyporly gits di silver fro m us. W e must baf i t all al o n e !" I wish Ned was h ere to sh re it wi t h us." "No, no!" said Y o b 9 n, sc o wling. "We not wants dat f e l ler b e re. We must ke e p s him away, too. Den we bafs all de more ourelv11s. '' "You a.re too greedy. If Ned should come here. I'd welcome bim." "Nol" "Yes ; the mine belongs to me, as I discovered ittbrougb the Indians, and I have tbe right to say wbat shall be done." Ob, yes," said Yobon, confldeotly. "I dinks we can git rlddens of dem, but I don't h n o w wbat else we may hafens to try to rid dens of!" "What i!o y o u mean Yobon exol ained about tbe strange vision with tbi. Equare bead, which he bad seen in tbe d istance "No ns e nse I" answered Tom. "It was prob. ably s ome animal which the diist caused to look differ ent from what it did." "We se e s p e fcre long," said Yobon. "It wass cnmin' dis way, and we soon gits a good look at him! lf it not old Nicks, it wass mooch like dat fellers, mit der square bead and der cl over hoof!" __ '' Dat's true; but 1 baf to say dat, if you baf dat Ned bere, I bafs notting more to do mit der bu s iness. I not stbays here and helps you." T o m knew tbat Yobon's des ertion would he a great inconvenienc e CHAPTER XVIII. "What have you against N edi'' be inq11ired. I bafs mooch. He i s a prave fellers. and I !ik es him w e ll enough for dat. But d e r fact is, dat fellers likes m e in apple blossoms, m ein Grace, a little too w ell; and I'm afra id she lik e s bim too. I haf dat him, and I don't want. s to see him here, and haf him gits mon e ys ao dat he can he as rich as me, and marries her. "Pshaw, Yobon, I don't think Grace cares f o r him "I wish she here," adde d the b oy, anxiously. "I bope Mona, who gave me h e r word, one day, that she w o uld try t o fix things so that she could escape from the camp, has suc ceen, which ma11:: ni6ed everything to more than twice its natural size, but the Du t ch boy felt sure be had n ever seen any thin g before like the distant vision which now m e t his gaz e 'It bad the apoe Arance of a being with dark colored legs, a squrP b ead and a wide mouth, but the mist "oon thicken ed.so that the spe ctl\ tor could no longer see it. He now cautiously descended the steep bill into the valley, and told Tom that Indians were in tbe shrubbery. "We must get rid of them as soon as we can, U they attempt to come tbis way," said Tom . CON C LUSION. THE moment N e d Trans om saw the figure of the fie nd, Big E y e, ascend ing the bill, be darted in pursuit of him. Tbe hunter, g a ining upon him, was within a paces of him, when, all at once. the vi s ion disappeared. N e d, searching carefully, looked bebiod some roclrs, and tbere, in a hollow, he beheld tbe strange being. Toe moon, ct the same moment, from b ehind a cloud, lighted up t h e hideous f orm. And showed the great eyes, glittering with d u zz :iug luster, in the squ nre bead. "Hahl you varmint! I b e v you now!" cried the bunte r, as he rais ed bi s ax. "Te ll me wba.t you've dooe with the gal, fore I cut you in two!" The myste rious creature made no r e ply, bot s udclenly, thrust ing out bi s iro n b o und band, be pus h e d the boy down; the n be endeavor e d to ru b p ast him t o de;;cend tbe bill. But N e d wa s too quick tor him. Hestre tcb erl out bis banrl and, s e izing bim b y th e l e g, cau se d him to fall fl'l t. As be tbus went down, he made a stra nge, cl'Lt tering noi se whil e t b e bun ter, gtartli.d by the hardness of the leg he balits mein shkull 1" "Halloa !" cried N e d, droppingbis ax. "ef this ain't wonderful So you're Yobon, all the tim0!" "Da t's it-I est

The Boy Wizard. blowing upon !ti made the same horrible noise, whi c h previous y so alarmed Ned and the Indiaos. A lantero 1hsbed llt one end of the valley, and, a f e w minutes later, Tom Derrick made bi s "'PParanc e accompe ni e d by bis s ister. and well!" cried N e d, joyfully, bet' holding the girl "h sart'intly is a treat to see you!" "Ob, N ed, I am so glad you are here!" said Grace, blushing. Meanwhile Tom proceeded to take off those se<'tions of that part of the wooden image, in wbi cl) Yobon was inclosed. ''.So H's all of wood?" cried the bunter. "Wood, cloth, steel and iron," r e plied Tom. "Yo bon and I mad e this image after we came here." He then went on to explain bis escape from the Apache c amp. "Arte r w e g o t h e r e where, you must understand, there i s a v aluab le silver mine, we thought o f a plan for k eeping the Indians away fi:pm the plac l'. T h i s plan was t be m aking o f an imag e, which would ""ork upon their uper stitious f ears, and s o frighten the m o il'. Jt t oo k us only f our d a y s t o finish our h orrible wood e n fiend, as I bad already partly m ade th e figure while in the camp, and we bad brought it here with us. l bad t o s ome altera tions so os to give it a m ore t errific appearance than t had at first It was hollow so that Yobon could g e t into it, and the knees and hip were joined "nd arrangPd so that be c o uld m a ke it walk. T b e gree n P y e s were of glass taken fro m our materials in the wagon, and the terrible voice was prod uced by a brazen trumpe t we bad among th e toys, and which we fixed s o that it would make a l oud discordant uneitrtblv noise. This pet bad to be fastened to Yohon's mouth, wben be was inside of the image, and, by this arrange m ent, be was unable to fol" I w a s afrnid be would forj!'et himself, anry on our right. He al s o in tbR distance what be suppo s e d was s om e strange obj ct approachinl(', hut which, whe n it cnme nearer, b e p e r c e ived was f\ b a rs'. wi'b a pi e c e of Equare rlotb cv<>r its bee, bavingslits in it for the e y e s. You w ere l eaaing this h o r se and my sis ter, Gl"ace, w a s upon it. "What happene d y o u know. Yohon appear ing in the borriblelo okinit image in which I bad incase d him, ere I seut him up to tbl'I ridge a s econd time to t11ke a lookout frightened the savnJ!'eS so that they did not kill you. "When Yobon told me that your horse bad run away with you and Graci', i was mucb con cerned abcut you and my si s t er, knowing you must h ave b ern recaptured by the lndins. "NP x t morning Y obon, incased in bis w o od e n fiendh was aitain behind the rklge, ke eprng watc when be saw some of tbe NavajOPs coming, bavfog you and Grace with tbem as pris oners. He made bis appearance, as you saw, _and, a second time frightened them away, after' they bad fir e d at him two bullets, whic h could not pen etrate the piece s of steel, with which the insicJe of the imag e was liuPd. ";yob on saw them' dr o p Gra c e as p a sed thro ugh the s hrul>b ery, and b e afterward f ound h e r in a cave, where she swoo ned at sight of him. "He picked her up and merl e oft' w ith her. Tben-liut be did not t e ll m e this until hours after-you pursued, and be flna lly truck your rifle, causing it. to bit you and kno ck you sense les.. "Then he carrierl Grace to our retrea t in the valle y, where, at that time. 1 was fast asl ep, having b e en up all night. He a.,..o ke me, nd we soon r e6tore d my sister to her 'Pnse s She aske d for you the first thing, J-.ut Yol ou. the little rascal, said uot a worrl a b out y o u unti( b0urs after, when be told us bow be bad you on the bill. "tW e went there at once, only to s ee" party of Apaches in tbe distance making c ff "itb you on one of their horses. "Yobon, who now felt for the way be had acte d t oward you, said he '!' ould go and try to save you-" Ari d so h t did," said Ned .. "He fii!!htP11'ed the savages away, jes t a s t l e y "ar goin' to burn me. Then be ran cff, I pnrs u e:d Grace to corm tngerlrler; but I don't care now, f o r I p,e li eves she l oves him, and dot I hafno cbarce.' There is little to add. T b e hrn ken image wag repa irerl, and was us e d se-..e r P I times after warrl to frigbtPn IndiAP S nw n y frn n the virin ity c f the silv e r mine. T r e bn y b virg finally procure d all tbP silv P r they c r uld c rry io tbfir wago n, rPp aired to a town, T r m old out at a 11ood figure, bis right to the mine to a party of nrospe<'tors Gro c e Derrick and N d TranH' m rre st. ill warm frie nds, and t e girl bas promised tc marry him, a year frn m lb!' pres Pnt tim!'. 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