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Wide-awake George, the boy pioneer, or, Life in a log cabin : incidents and adventures in the backwoods

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Wide-awake George, the boy pioneer, or, Life in a log cabin : incidents and adventures in the backwoods
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Copyright, 1891, by Bead l e & Adams. Entered at Post Office, New York, N. Y., as second cla ss matter. Apr. 16, 1 899. N 0 15 Pttblishd Et,ery Week. lU. J, IVERS & CO., Publis her-. (James Sullivan. Proprietor ,) 319 l'earl Street, New York. Wide-Awake George, the Boy Pioneer; BT EDWARD WILLETT.

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Copyright, ll)91 l>y B tat. Ue & Adams. Entered at Post Office, New York N. Y., as secon d.class matter. Apr. 16, I89S. No. 15. P11bUshed Every Week. !U .J. IVERl'!\ & CO., Publishers, (James Sullivan. Propr{etor,) 379 l'en.rl Street, New York. Price 5 Cents. $2.50 a Ye-ir. Vol. II. Wide-Awake George, the Boy Pioneer BY EDW .ARD WILLETT. TWC GUN Cl\&O.KED 1 ND THE OAP FLEW OUT OF THE AND l'ELL ON THE BOY'S

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I Wide-Awake George. the iloy Pioneer. WidDAwake George, about It, then. It you can sbow a. better title than I can. I will give up the tract. Until then I m<;!an to bold it." I Y o u bad better look out, young teller. I'':e THE 1 BOY P .IQNEER; gi'n you fa'r wurnin',and all you've got to do is / to git off the land. If you don't, it 'll be wusa LIFE IN A CABIN. 1 WE;.coMum ,t, ti ;;:7 e:.r.--:::;i:-.... fur you." Without another wora the man turned and walked away. Tbis is a queer style of welcoming a new settler," conclu.ie d G e orge. His mother asked bia:i what it meant; but be could only treat the question as a conundrum, and give it up. -" I will ride over to Lnssiter's and ask him a.bout it,"he, declared TRIS is my first a<'t of II wneI11hi" I"' As G e orge Y \enstcn apoke bi. 4,;n .. ')!i: Into a tall v c -ucg '7tite "1!.k t ree. He saddled his ho!"'.;e immediately, end rod" hilJ aic to his neaiest neighbor's-unless the claimant who had just left him was nearer. r Near :Z,-od hi.ii r. .;;k 'Ois sister Lucy, c1. fir! , .:;trl of s!xt!li'n. A little nearer was his brother Ben, a bright boy of fourteen. George hims elf was a tall and manly young fel low of eighte e n. Ile had bec ome the head of the family, and felt Wi:r!!elf equal to his responsibiliti es. Atter the death of his father the farm in Indiana had been sold under a mortgage, and GeorgeJ who had taken the direction of a ffairs, advisea a move to S outh-western Arkansas, where he had traveled, and where a friend of bis bad offered him a section of land at a low price and on easy terms. The offer bad been accepted, and the move bad been made. After a long and tiresome journey the Den. ston family bad reached their destination, and were camped in a tent, waiting until George could put up a log house for them to live. in. It was then early spring, and the air was mild and moist. As George struck his ax into the white oak, which be had marked as one of the logs for his cabin, hlr saw a. man coming toward him through the forest. This man was tall and lean, and was dressed in a ragged suit of buttern\J.t jeans. His dark face had never been touched by a razor, and his hair looked ,>JS if it bad never made the ac quaintance of a comb. He wore a coonskin cap on bis head, and carried a long squirrel rifle, with powder-horn and bullet-pouch. George greeted him politely, but he took no notice of the salutation. "Wgt are you cuttin' my timmer fur, young feller1" he asked. "Cutting your timberf'' replied George. "What do you mean!" .Wot do you mean by: comin' into my land and cuttin' my timmE'r1 That's what I wanter know." This is my land, or my mother's, and I am sure that I a.n inside of my lices." 'Tain't your land at ell. It's my land. I've lived on this tract goin' on t'teen year, and nat.erally it belongs to me." "My mother bought the tract of Abe Lassi ter remarked George. ,/ Don't care 'f she did. I !Jved hE
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Wlcle-.&walle George. the Boy Pioneer. Tiie gun dropped from the band of the man I George said that It would not be worth wbfle lfbo bad ftred at him, and George ran to the to do that, as be did not believe Joe would tree, followed by Ben. bother him again, and he related the adventure Behind the tree wu Zoe Scurl, holding with to bis friend. bla 111ft hand bis right arm, from which blood I reckon yon can take care of yourself, my wu flowing freely. As be saw George coming 1<>n," said Lassiter, "and it is lucky for you towardlbim, he attempted to draw a linife from that you can. $,..new-comer always hasto fight his belt. I his way in this country, llll there are-15Jent2 of "You needn't do that," 1111.id Geon:e. "I bullies and rascals who are ready to plc :Z: at f don't want to hurt yqu, and you can't nurt me him. But when they ftnd out that be bas go' now." grit Into him they leave him alone." "I reckon you've broke my arm, young fel"Do they leave you alone!" asked George. ler," quietly remarked Scurl. "Pretty near always. Those who know me "I hope not. Let me look at it." don't meddle with me any to hurt." George cut open the man's sleeve, and saw As Abe Lassiter was a tall and muscular that his bullet had gone through the fleshy part. man, who bad the reputation of a daredevil, of his arm, but touching a bone. He and was known to be a dead shot, this statement Hed up the wound with bis handkerchief; but might be easily believed. Scurl had lost so much blood that be was quite George Denston congratulated himself on weak. having passed through his first trial so safely, "Run to the tent and tell mother, Ben," and the upshot of the difficulty wee that be ordered George. "I am going to take this man found a firm lriend in Joe SC'url Not onl y did home." I the squatter cease to molest the young settler, Ain't you hurt, yourselfr asked Ben. 1 but be seemed to entertain a real admiration I've a graze, but it don't bother me He and a genuine a1fection for him. didn't mlSS me much." "I aimed well, but you was a-cboppin'," said Bcurl, in the most matter-of.fact way, as if he had been et a mark. Well, a miss 1s as good as a mile, I suppose; but I don't want you to practice on me any more. Come along now." George escorted Joe Bcurl to bis cabin, a wretched affair that scarcely kept the rain out, and there be found Mrs. Scutl, a big-boned1 yellow-faced woman, and several bare-leggea bon and girls. In answer to the woman's inquiries be briefly Informed her how her husband bad gone out to shear a wolf, and bad been shorn. "I allers told Joe that be was a durued fool," she averreil.. He won't believe me, and I reckon it'll take a heap o' bard knocks to drive any 119nse inter bis bead. I'm surprised, though, mister, that be didn't lay you out, 'caU88 be' an amazin' good shot, and tbat'a all on alrth he's good fur'." Mr&. Scurl dressed her husband's wottnd with the assistance of George, and looked at him with an expression of intense "Durned ef I wouldn't like to frail blml" <;he exclrumed. I'm keen to bet it'll be a eolid month afore he's able to bold a rifie ag'inst that shoulder) and l'd like to know wot this yer fambly 19 gwine to do fur' meat while he's a glttin' well," "I will see that you don't starve," tlllfd George. "'ntere need not be any trouble between your husband and me. All be wants is room to bunt and a place to live, and be can stay here as long as be wants to. But I mean to have it squarely understood that my mother bas bought this section of land, and owm it, and meane to keep it." George went home and had bis own wound drefised. Al he bad lllid, it was only a graze; bnt It abowed bowcloeely be bad escaped death, u Scurl bad aimed well for bis heart. Ab9 Lassiter came by when this operation was finished, on bis way to Joe Scurl'1 cabin, to giYe that 1quatter the "t.alkinc to" Ulat bla CHAPTER II. HUin'ING A BORSETIIIEr, GEORG:m DENSTON soon bad a n1..w Ulustnr. tion of the truth of Abe Lassiter's saying that in that country a new-comer bad to fight bit way. He bad put up bis house, which was only a rude log cabin with one large room and a lof.t; but it wu a comfortable abode for all that. All the neighborhood-if that could be called a nelgbborbOOd, where the homes of the settlers were miles apart-had come to the "raisinl!'," and he had made many acquaintances. The building bad been roofed with shingle&-0r "boards," as they were called there-which be bad riven from a large oak; a "stick and clay" chimney bad been attached to one end, and the bo'CS8 bad been 11oored with unseasoned .plank from a distant saw-mill To reach this result he bad worked early and late, and bed proved himself worthy to be a pioneer. When his mother and siSter saw what be had done, they were greatly encouraged, and began to believe that be would soon carve a fine farm out of thoee acres of virgin forest. He had also cleared and fenced a small llp!IC8 near the house, sufficient for a garden, end was anxious to break up bis clearing and plant it, as the season was rapidly advancing. Just as be was ready to begin this task, bla horse was missing. The family bad brougbt two horses from In-. dlana; but one of them bad died soon after they reached their destination, and this bad' ll!ft only George's horse, a beautiful brown mare named Molly. As the mare was their J!Ole reliance for all their work and traveling, it was probable that lhe would eoon learn the meaning of bard work. As George had not yet found time to bnild lltriblet be was In the habit of fastening Molly, when ne did not need her, where she could pick a little forest grass. The night before be missed her be bad picketed her in a glade at a little dis tance from the bo\1118, by tying a long halt.er t'Gl>9 to low bulla..

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e," replied George. "I have Jost that George suggested that he must know where my mare1 and don't know what I am to do the trail would lead them to." about it.' "I've a notion that I do," replied Joe. "Any-" That's bad. How did ft happen?" how, I know the horse with a chip outen his "I left her here last night, tied to thRt low nigh fore-foot. Somebody must ha' thought he bush. I suppose she must have pulled loose and could impose onter you 'cause you're a newgone away.'' comer.'' "Shol I wuuner, now, ef she did? Lemme George asked no more questions but made eee. Jest you stay right tbar, young feller. sure that his rifle was In good order, and fol Don't move a peg ontil I look around a bit." lowed the squatter until they came In sight of a Tbtl squatte r examined the bush to which the small cabin in the midst of the forest, there mare bad b een tied, and then examined tbe being no clearing around it worthy of the glade around it. Although the ground was name. much trample d, bis practiced eyes wuld easily "Thar's the place, Jawge," Bald Joe Scnrl rood the story it told., Y er's the mar's tracks, and yer's t'other critFinally he walked a little distance into the ter's, both plain as print.'' woods, and then returned to wh.ere George waa Yes, they were plain enough, and they led dl1tanding. rect to the cabin. "This yer's a bad piece o' business,'' be lfirld. Who lives there?" asked George. "What do you mean 1" asked George. "Tom Mabry kinder lives thar. Leastways, "The mru" never kim untied, and never pulled that's his home; but I reckon be don't stay thar loose, and n ever went off of her own notion. much, as he hain't got no people. Jest you She was stole." wait yer a bit, Jawge, while l go and see if he' "Are you sure of that? How do you know in.'' it?'' Tl:ie squatter stealthily approached cabin "It's as l>lain as printin' is to them as kin and looked through a chfuk in the log wall read. Yer's the mar's tracks all about tbe Then he returneci to George, shaking his hPJ).d. glade. She was shod, all four feet, mighty "Thar ain't nobody thar," he said. '"'Tom well worn, too. It's easy enough to tell her Mabry's gone, and the mar's gone." *rack. But yer's the track of another boss, and "But tbey wtll come back some time," mg he warn't shod, and thar's a big chip outen his gested nigh forefoot. Right yer by the bush is a "That's llkely. Wot air you gwine to do, man's track, too, and it ain't yours nor mine. young feller?'' He got down and outied the halter-see tbal "I am going to get inside of that house .and track wbar the heel Is deep. Thar's whar he wait until the thief comes back with my horse." got onto his critter ag'iu-see that track whar "Durned ef that don't beat me. Mv old wo the ball o' the foot is so plain. Come along, man allers said that I was the biggest fool in the now, and I'll show yer whar he rode off, leadin' settlemetft, but I reckon you hold the age on your mar'." me. Why, man alive, Tom Mabry is a desprlt George examined the tracks carefully, and it cuss, and thws sure to be a skrimmage if yon was clear to bim that the squatter bad described buck ag'inst him.'' the exact st.s .te of affairs. "Tbere will be a skrimmege if he don't give "It was arter the middle of the night when up my mare," stoutly replied George. he tuc k the mar'," remarked Joe. "Go along, then. I am't fittin' to mi.x up in "How do you know that?" a fight, and will lay around yer in the woods. "Thar was a right smart shower a'bont the hastened to the Jog house. There wai middle of the night, and the tracks tbat lead a door m the end that faced him. anrl he wa ked away was made arter the shower. That's sim-fn, es the door had no look or bolt. He saw be. pie enough." fore him a tumbled bed a cold fireplace and a "Who atole the mare, then? Do you know general appearance of di;comfort. On the left that?" tride as he entered was a small window, closed "I mough tgive a guess. Anyhow, I reckon I with a wooden shutter. mougbt show you whar she was tuck to.'' I He pushed open the shutter and stationed him" Will you do that, Joel If you will, I will self at the little window, wbere be could watch PB!.{ou for your trouble.'' for the horse-thief and the horse. don't want no pay from you, Jawge. I 1 He h1td a long time to wait, and found the did you dirt awhile ago and ort to try to be a task a very tedious one. He bad no doubt that leetle helpful to you. Jin foller the trail, but I J oe Scurl bad got tired and gone home. But he don't bargain fur fiilitin', 'cause this shoulder o' was kept up by an intense desire to recover hil mine ain't fit to ho1d a gun eg'inst. You had mare. and by hil wrath at tbe lll&Jl who llad better &o to the house and &it your rifle."

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Wide-Awake George, the Boy Pioneer. tJeJl her. Bis did not Improve while ,.., was impatiently waiting at the window. at last be was rewarded by the sound of a orse's footsteps, and be saw a man riding to ward the cabin through the forest. The man was dark, roughly dressed, with a rascally cast of countenance, and carried a rifle. The horse be recognized at once ea his own mare, Molly. When the rider, who was of course Tom Ma bry, bad come within easy rang&-that is to say, within a couple of rods of the cabin George cocked bis rifle, shoved the muzzle out of the window, and hailed: "Hello, there!" Tom Mabry halted, and made a motion to raise bis rifle. "Don't try to pull your gun," warned George. "I've got you covered, and if you make a move you're a dead man. All you've got to do is to get qff that mare, leave her where she is, and go away." "All right, saia"George. ,. I've got mJ mare, and that's what I came for. Get on be hind, and we' ll go home." aeorge went home, and told his mother thaha bad found Molly, but said nothing of the theft or of the means by which be bad r& covered her. He had already learned that it would be better not to worry bis anxious tber with all the diftlcnlties and dangers tha beset him in that new country. But he mentioned the matter toAbe Lassiter, to whom be related bis adventure. Lassiter frowned at first, and ended by laughing: "Don't say anything about it at all," said he. Let it go as a joke of Tom Mabry's, or a drunken spree. I reckon you have surprised him so much that be won't be apt to bother you again, and he will be glad enough to drop it, if you will." George Denston fook bis friend's advice, and when be met Tom Mabry at a log-rolling, not long after the theft of his horse, the t : wo were as respectful to each other as if there had never been any sort of a collision between them. But the exploits of the young settle r somehow got talked abouti and be became known in thal region by the tit e of Wide-awake George. "Who are you, anybow1" Mked Mabry. "I'm George Denston, and I own that mare which you borrowed last night. Get o ff, now, and clear out. I am tired of waitin g b<>re, and would rather shoot than talk. Get off on the right side, and be guick about it!" There was notbmg else for the horse-thief CHAPTER Ill to do, and. he hesitated no longer; but quietly THE PLAGUE OF SNAKES. slid off the mare, turned his back u p on the THE house that George Dens ton had erected cabin, and walked away, with bis rifle under tor his family was built of rough Jogs: On the bis arm. outside they were left as nature produced them.l George chirruped to Molly, who pricked up and on the inside they were merely "scalped her ears as she recognized the familiar note. to give the walls a little neater appearance. But 'Tom Mabry, though he walked away It was of course intended to be "chinked eud peaceably enough, went no further than the daubed," the "chinking" being done l;>y driv nearest big tree, behind wbicb 'he dodged, and ing bits of rough wood into the crevices be waited for a chance to get a shot at the young tw.een the Jog.g, and the "daubing" by cover fellow who bad so unceremoniously deprived ing the cbinlrs with a coating of mud, thu1 him of his stolen property. k eeping out the wind and rain. But George George perceived that he bad made a mis-had so mr.ny more important tasks to do that take. He should have forC'ed Mabry to lay he was compelled to neglect this wo1k, and the down his rifle when he lft the mare. Instead weather was so mild that there was 110 of bunting a horse-thief, he found himself huut-for hurry. Consequenfty he bad only done a ed by a horse-thief. little "chinking" at spare mQment s when the However, he believed that he knew how to summer was well advanced. get out of the scrape. Mrs. Denston and Lucy slept down-stairs in He chirruped to Molly again from the win-the main room, and Ge orge and Be11 bunked in dow, and stepped to the back door and caTied the loft, which was reached by a lat1der. her. She knew the ton"' and the voice, and Against the wall of the main roo m near the came to him at once. They were then screened door, George bad fixed a small shelf on which by the corner of the house from the tree behind was placed Lbe pail that held drinkirg-water. which Tom Maory )Vas stationed. Mrs. Denston, who was usuall y wakeful, George jumped on the mare's back at once, twice complained to her son.that shE bad been gave her the word to go, and started her o ff at annoyed at ni ght by a peculiar s1 und, as ot a gallop, keepmg the cabin between him. and & ometbing lapping in the water at th., pail. Mabry's tree. On the third occasion she awoke Lucy, who 'That individual saw the manenver, cban&'ed was frightened by what she heard. The nol,se bis position quickly, and sent an ineffective troubled them, because they could not gueBI bullet after the youth who had i;o neatly out-what it was that made it . witted him. George determined t;o inveatigate H 1 e matter. When George had got safely away into the II.is mother made a 1 pallet for I m on the woods, Joe St>url turned up in his track, with as floor, and be laid down .there sl. with a much of a smile on his face as his usually rueful pistol and a knife within reach. could produce. About the middle of the Mn Denston'1 "That was acute trick, Jawge,"saidhe, "a soft voice awakened him, and he raised hil mighty cute tri
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Wide-Awake Georp, the Bo;r Pioneer He qufd:ly l!ghlied a candle, and looked at the water-pail; but nothing was to be &ee11 there, and be again laid down to sleep. After awhile be was awakened by the numbness of bis left arm, which was laying outside of the cover, and which suddenly became cold and pa.intuL At once he gueBSed that the limb had been encircled by a serpent, and, after the first invol untary shudder be prepared to do battle with the intruder. He judged that the rep tile, being a constnctor, could not be a ven omousmake. "What is the matter, Gi!orgef" asked !Ir& Denston1 as he lighted a candle while the aer pent tigntened its folds about bis arm. IJ.e down mother he replied. There Is no danger. I will t.eif you about it present71y." He grasped his bowie knife, sat np on his pal let, and looked at the unwelcome visitor. The sight was enough to shock him, if not to fright.en him. An enormous black make was coiled about bis arm, and the pressure of its folds was every moment becoming more painful. He quickly inserted bis knife between his 1kin and that of the reptile, drew its sharp edge upward with a strong and rapid stroke, and cut the make in two. The parts loosened them110lves, end fell, writhing, upon the floor. Mrs. 1'enston raised ber!'elf up in her bed, and abrieked with terror as she rnw the severed monster. Lucy was spared)a similar infiictionl and Gi!ol!'ge' threw his vanction of the house, did not settle the snake question. A creek, which was called a river, ran through the Denston's section of lend, and ou the right bank of the creek was a rocky bluff. Oue day in the latter part of summer, Lucy b11d gone alone to look for berries, and she halted on this bluff to rest and to admire the acenery. As she was about to seat her.relf on a atone, she was startled by a sharp and loud rattle near her. Looking around, she saw a large rattlesnake in hJS coil, ready to spring. She started up, and ran home as fast as her feet would carry her. She was warned to keep away from the bluff, but did not need the warning, as she vowed that nothing would ittduce her to go within sight of it again. 'A little later Ben was in the region of the bluff, and came borne with a t.errible story. He had looked down !l crevice or break in the lime atone, the bottom of which, according to his account, was literally swarming with rattle-1nakes. This was a serious matter. The existence of JUCb ot veuomo"QI sefi>entlt at no sre&$ dmance from the hoUlle, 'Wlll!I eomethfDC Shat must be prevented if possible, and Goorge oon Slllted his pracle, Abe Lassiter. "I don't doubt it at all," remarked i:..mdter1 when be bed beard Ben Denstofl's story. Tbas bluff was always a great snake harbor, and it is as likely as not that they are moro plenty tbau ever this season. We must do w_hat we can to ward cleaning them out." "What can we do?" aaked George. "Get Joe Scurl to help, it you can, and I reckon you can, as he is death on snakes. Then we will go up there in the morning, and I will show you." Joe Bcurl was ready enough to aid in the ex termination of a pile of snakes. The nen morning be and Gi!orge and Abe Lassiter, armed with axes and ash sticks, went to th& bluff, taking Ben along to show them the den he had discovered. There they found a cleft in, the li""estone 1ome twenty feet deep, and not over six feet wide at,t;he top, the bottom of which, as well as tbey could see by looking over the edge, was alive with serpents. George Denston, after giving one glance at the reptiles, was not anx fous to make a closer inspection; but Joe Bcurl peered into the cavity, and eagerly examined the writhing reptiles. They's lots o' snakes thar he announcedp'ison, and them as ain't p'L'IOn-mighty nigh all kinds, 'cept the water-moccasin-but most o' 'em is apt to be rattlers. It'll be a good job to clean out that den." The job was begun b:y laying rollers on the flat rock near the creVJce. Logs were placed on the rollers, and on them wiui built a rude crib long and narrow. The crib was filled with dry ieaves, brush, and fragments of dead bran ches and chunks of dry and green wood were piled over all. Then the mass was aet on fire, and soon the crib W88 blazing with the heat of a big furnace. When the fl.re was at its hottest, and tbe ma was thoroughly ignited, it was shoved forward on the rollers, and pushed over into t.he rocky hollow, where it fell to the bottom with a crash, sending up a cloud of smoke and sparks and ciil ders. Even above the crackling of the burning wood could be heard the hissing of the madden ed reptiles, as they writhed and rattled in their efforts to escape the fiery deapb. Joe Scurl looked down into the hollow, and declared thatbe could see rhole oodles" of them, tangled in hideous masses, biting ea.ch other, rushing wildly about, or flinging themselTes into the flames. The crib bad broken into fragment.a, but the mass was burning fiercely at the bottom of the hollow. "Lookout, now!" exclaimed the squatter, as he drew back and seiz6d his ash stick. Them as kin git out will be crawlin' up yer, and we must iro for 'em. Whenever you see a snake, kill it 11 He' leaped to the other side of the crevice, Abe Lassiter and Goorge Denston on that side. George turned pale, but grasped his stick 11.rmly. He had a horror of makes, but bis first lbiid(ler t i!Je of on., ll"M alwa;rs foUo""4

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Wide-At. ake George, the Boy Ploneel". by an Intense c!llllfre t.o llfll ft. Be 'knew that I gathered and bis work was not 90 premfng, ._ the rattlesnakes, at least, were not likely to be began to find more time to spare. As be was dangerous unless they could throw themselves then the owner of two horses, be felt that be into coil, and be bad. been taught that ash sticks could give bis sister an occa s ional such as were a protection to those who held them. would help to console her for her 8E'clu5i<>n and The work began in earnest. To Joe Searl, It privations. seemed to be fun, though to George it was the I the entertainments 00 which they severest task he bad yet undertaken. The were invite d was a bran dance at the place of a escaping snakes began to crawl up over the neighbor who lived several miles away, and of the hollow, and out of boles and cracks m this was attended by George and Lucy, she tbe rocks, and Incessant activity was required 1 riding bis mare Molly, and be mounted on the for killing them Bl they appeared. big sorrel horse which be bad lately bought. Joe Searl danced about like a wild man, The time of the full moon bad been chosen for striking right and left yvitb the !ethe festivity, as tbis was be a moonlight locity, and accompanymg the exercISe with bran dance, end of course it was out of doors. yells and whoops. Lassiter and George settled no room that the settlement afforded being down to business seriously and earnestly, an.d large enough to bold the guests, to nothing the rocks resounded with the blows of tbel!" of giving them space for the exercise of their stout sticks as they struck at all the snakes they \ agility. saw. A circular place under the tI-eeft bad been. When there were no more snakes to be seen, cleared of bushes and roots, and the earth was and they rested from their labor, the young beaten down and covered thickly with bran. man was covered with perspiration, and was Some rude puncheon" seats were prepared, trembling with excitement. and these completed the arrangements for the "Why, said Joe Scurl, "I do believe bran dance, wjtb the exception of the refresh-you're s"keerd.' ment.s, which were served in the house. "So I am.'' admitted George. "I have been Tbe girls were attired in their brightest calico ecared all through this job, and run not ashamed dresses, with here and there a bit of lawn as a to Ray so. I am glad it is over." JtJark of superior pretensions. The young men, The rock was covered with the bodies of mostly tall and brawny fellows, were sumptu terpents, big and little, poisonous and harmless, ously arrayed in their best home-spun, witll and even in death they were a hideous sight. here and there a white collar or a "b'iled shirt." The dead reptiles were shoved over into the Many of them brought their rifles and those hollow, and more brush and logs were thrown who did not have rifles might he reasonably sus upon the mass, to make a fire that wollld burn pected of carrying pistols1 or knives upon their for several hours. persons. I am as glad as George Is that the job is Many of them, also, were armed with weaover,'' said Abe Lassiter; "but it was well pons of another sort, after another done, and that is a comfort. We have 1'.<> fashion. That Is t? say, they brought give that hole another dose In the spnng, and If of fiery wbisky1 which they took th1Y1>recaution we keep it up the varmints will be apt to take of concealing, Defore the dancing began, at the the hint. roots of trees, under logs, and in wo o d piles, all about the place. At every intermiss ion of the CHAPTER IV. festivities they could be seen strolli nwabout in TROUBLE BREWING AND BEGINNING. search of their hidden bottles, and privately A pretty girl in a new settlem.ent is always refreshing themselves in secret places. llW"e to become a bone of contention. l The most noticeable of those who strolled Lucy Denston, who was decidedly a pretty about in search of concealed whisky was Babe girl, was no to _tba. rule. Her Welburn. This young m8!1, who had been looks and her bright and wmnmg ways speedily christened David, but retained the name by known to the young fellows f?r me;Dy wbicll he was known in his childhoo d, wa11 the miles around, much the papularit:i: which eldest son of comparatively wealthy parents, the Denston family ncqmred tlie neighbor1 who had emigrated from Tennessee. Bia hood was due to Lucy's attractions: was the owner of halt a dozen "niggers/' which George was not only proud of bIS handsome eecured for the family no little respect ID I\ new sister, but immensely fond of bet, and be country where that sort of property was scarce. guarded her with a jealousy which gave all Babe had been petted and .humored and allowed people to understand that there was to be "no to do 88 he pleased and the consequence was fooling" in that (\Uarter. ./ that be pleased to do pretty badly, presuming Lucy received t.o everythmg .in upon bis size and strength, as well as h is father's the shape of an entertamment or a soCial standing in the settlement. He b a d become i;ratbering that the_ and known as a "hard case" to such an extent tha 1 George was also liberally mv1ted, for his own the daughters of the settlers were afrHid of him, seke, as well as on her account:. but be. foun_d although his property expectations caused him bis work so constant and so lnbor10us dunng bis to be considered as a "goOd catch." first season on the new place, that be Babe Welburn bad loaded himself pretty bis spare time for rest, aod Lucy was not w1llmg liberally with whisky on bis way to the bran to go anywhere unless George cuuld accompany dance and during its progress be frequently her. to a wo<>dpile in which he had con-Late In the fall, bowever1 when the small cealed a bottle of no 1mall dimensions. The .. that be bad beell awe Ml raiH wei"e comequence wu that b8 1waqved

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Wide-Awake George, the Boy Pioneel'. mot'e tban hie tlS'llal bluster, and tbat hfs manner t;oward the girls was more familiar than polite . Lucy Denston took bis eye early in the eveningJ and be asked her t;o dance with him. She baa beard of him, and saw no reason to admire him, Lut did not wish to seem "offish," and consented. In the course of that dance his breath and bis rudeness were both offensive to her, and bis subsequent applications met with a polite but decided refusal When the company gave signs of breaking np, Lucy summo n e d George to her side. "I am afraid," she said, "that that drunken fellow, Babe Welburn, will want to go home with m e." "But you don't have to accept bis company unle s s you want to," replied Gca rge, "and I hope you don't want to."' But I am afraid be will make a fuss." "I d on't se e bow be can help himse lf, Lucy, and the best thing be can do is to b ehave him 1elf. I will see that be shall not tro uble you." I hope you will not make him angry, G e orize The y tell me that be is a dangerous man." He may be dangerous to himself but he had better not try to be dangerous to me, and he e ball not bother a sister of mine. I de s pise the brute." A s Lucy anticipated, Babe W elburu came and aslred her if be might be allowed to s ee her hom e, and he made bis off e r in such a matter of course style, as if he could not possibly re ceive no for an answer, that it was quite dis agre e a ble to her . Sbe brie fly replied that she was going home with her brother. "That's no way to talk," said be. "Brothers don't count. You are tb'.l only girl here that I've taken any notice of, and my b ead is set on seeing you home. I can't allow you to BRY no." "But you will have to, Mr. Welburn," firmly replied Lucy. "I came with my brother, and am g oing with him." "'fhat won't do at all, I tell you. My head Ill 110t on this thing." George bad been watching his sister, and was near enough to catch the meaning of this con versatio n. He came to her as soon as be saw the look of displeasure on her face. My sister is much obliged to you for your kindness, Mr. Welburn," said he; but she can not accept your offer. She came here with me, and prefers to go home with me." "Is this your mix, then" asked the young man, with an insolent sneer. "Well, yes, it is," mildly replied George. I will see about that." Babe Welburn gave Lucy's champion a blsck look, and walked away. Lucy, who feared his ugly look, sugges1ied that they should try to slip off without observed; but George, who was .always in favor of doing evervthing openly, Sll'id that be would go and get their horses, and they would ride away as they came. As he went to get the horses, be met a young friend, who asked him what he )lad been doing Balle w elbura. "Nothing that he has a rfght. to object flo,11 replied George. "I heard him cursing you just now. You bad better look out_for him. Ire is a dangeroU. man." I am a little dangerous, myself, if I am pushed too far," remarked George. Near the horses he met BabE' Welburn, who apgroacbed him with threatening looks. 'I say, Deuston," said that young man, "how about that business of your sister" "What businessf" demanded George. "I want to know why i., is that she don't want me to go home with her." "Simply because she prefers to go home as she came, and I believe she bas a right to do SOe" "I believe it is you who have put her up to have a spite against m e.'' "You are, mistaken, Mr. Welburn, and I am sure that she has no spi t e against you." "I want you to tell her, then, that she must let me see her home to-night. " I shall do nothing of the kind, and it is a waste of words to talk about it any more." ilew into a passion, and began to storm and curse. "Do you want to pick a quarrel with mef" asked George. If I should young chap, you would know It mighty quick, and you would get hurt. I carcy a pis tol, and am not afraid-to shoot." Indee d I" exclaimed G e orge, in a voice that was full of scorn. "Would you realiy dare to shoot at an unarmed man! What a high of courage that must r equire! 1 tell you, Babe W elburo, there is no greater coward than the man who depends upon a pistol for settling hia quai:rels, and I warn yon that if you want to shoot at me, you had better watch your chance, and take aim when my back is turned to lou." George got bis horses, mounted with ucy, and rode home. They were not molested on the wayi but he fell that he had gained a foe in Babe Welburn. CHAPTER V. .._ BEAR-HUNT. As Christmas drew near, George Denston wu anticipating the slaughtering of his bogs. He bad five fine porkers which be was fatten ing for that purpose, in a small space that be bad fenced in for them, at a little distance from the house Near this inclosure he bad built a pen, in which be kept several pigs. One night he wits awakened by the squealing of the hogs, and hastened out to see 'Wbat wu the matter with them. Findiug nothing to tify thefr complaints, he went back to bed. Again be was aroused by a similar racket, and again he went out to the jnclosure. The fattening bogs were awake and uneasy, but were all there Looking further for the cause of the dis turbance, he discovered that two of his pigs were missing. As the night was so dark that .nothing could be do1;1e toward the detection or pursuit of the ihief, he guarded the inclosure until morning. Then be examined the pen, and discovered the 1Cratcbes and tracks of some Jargii animal. .A. i.. was unable to judi;e what kind of a beaai it

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Wide-Awake Georp, Uae B07 Pioneer. I wu that had been robbing him, be mounted bis be disturbed after his breakfast," said Abe. 111 horse, and rode over to Abe Lassiter' to consult don' t see, George, but we will have to ito In and Lassiter, who was always obliging to his dogs would never fetch him ont." young friend, rode over a d inspected the pig George expressed a willjngness to go In. pen and the ground neo.r it, and soon came to a I wonder if there's more than one of them conclusion concerning the depredator. in there" remarked Abe. "I am pow erful ''It was a b 'ar" 18.id he. fond of 'bar -mea t, and the critters must be fat "A bearl" exciaimed George. now but I really wouldn't care to tackle two "Nothing shorter, and it's strangti, too. t of them in that hole." haven't seen a bea.r about ltere-that is, near The mouth of the den was a cle "ft in the rock, about-in two or thret! years. Here's the critfn which two men could easily walk upright for ter's tracks, plain as print, and there's no misa lit tle distance; but at the far end was a those scratches on the logs. Here's bits and dark hole, whi c h could only be entered ID a of fur lying about, too. The cuss has got two kneeling or stooping posture. of your nice pigs and be won't be satisfied now The two bunters examined their rlftes careuntil be carries off the whole batch. fully, cocked them, and walked abreast into the "What oan I do about itl" asked George\ who cleft. could not reconcile hla:self to the thougnt of .When they reached the hole, they halted, losing his pigs. Iroeeled down, and peered into the dadmess. "We might build a trap," replied Lassiter. their eyes became accustomed to the "How is that done I" gloom they could see a black object, like a "We might dig a deep hole at the side of the heavjer chunk of darkness lying down at the pen, sink some sbarp-pornted stakes in the bocextremity of the bole. They could also catch tom, and cover it lightly, so that the crittur the twinkle of a of but bright e_yes .. would tumble in and hurt himself. Or we "Looks to me as If be IS lymg down, with ht might swing a Jog so that it would fall on him nose on .his fore paws, like a dog," whispered and break bis back. But it would be a sight of Lassiter. "Anyhow, he is lying down, with trouble to build a trap, and it might ketch some his face towru-d us." human." "We can hit him easily enough," remarked "But I must do 11<>methlng," George insisted. George. . "Of c ourse you must, and I think, on the "Yes and I wish we could be IL! sure of kill whole, that the best thing do is to track fng We must run our chances, though. the b'ar and kill him. I would be mighty glad Take a good aim at one of those eyes\ George, to get hol d of some b'ar-meat, anyhow." and give him a blizzard. My shot will follow How can we find him 1" yours." My dogs will trail him enough, and I George took a careful aim, though be was a reckon we two ought to be able to kill him. Go little nervous, as he had never hunted such a.nd get yonr rifie, George." game before, and pq,Iled the trigger of bis rifle. George went for his rifle telling his mother Abe Lassiter pull&l the next instant, and the that be was itolng to hunt, but saying nothing reports of the two guns sounded like thunder in about a bear. He also took the precaution to that narrow place, and filled the hole with put in his pockets a pair of derringer pistols-smoke. sinl\'Je barrels, and carrying a heavy bullet-A deep growl told the bunters that the bear decidedly a deadly weapon at close range. had been aroused, and that they bad not yet Abe Lassiter got bis dogs, and put them on killed him. the trail of the bear. They were animals of no More growls followed, and they could eee the particular breed, or of a large mixture of black mass rise and move toward them. breeds,butweretashesaid, "beavycoon-dogs," "Run, George!" exclaimed Abe, and he and be ba.d no of their ability and will turne d and ran out of the mouth of the den. ingnesa to find the bear, though they could not George started to follow him, but had. taken: be depended on for a fight. only two or three steps, when he turned and The dogs, Brasti and Bose, took up the trail faced the dark bole. In fine style, and fonowed it through the woods The bear rushed out from bis hldlng-place1 at a rapid rate. gaining speed as he advanced, and bad clearea It led tbem direct to the river and they fol-the hole and nearly reached George when the lowed it down a gorge until they reached the young fellow turned and faced him. foot of the bluff at the top of which the war Within a few fee t of his foe he raised himself had been waged against the snakes. Finally on his bind feet for a death-hug. stopped at a hole in the rock, and barked George, who was standing before him in "1f.Orously. nearly an erect position, felt the hot breath of This is the place," said Lassiter. "The the great beast blown in his face. critter bas his den in there, snre; but It must be He also saw that there was blood in the bear' a late thing, or we would have heard of him bemouth and that one of his fore paws was hang-fore now." Ing limp and uselees. He tried to induce the dogs to enter the hole, The boy was pale, but resolute. He had and Brash finally disappeared inside; but he quickly drawn and eocked his two derringers. IOOn came out with his tail between his legs, As the bear rose on his bind feet be presen ;eel whining, and strong symptoms of both piatols, reaching them forward they fear. nearly touched the fur, and &"ed t}lem w1th0Dt "The b'ar ii at hoiw, aiicl IJ9p't t.f, at the hairv breaA,,

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to Wide-Awake George, the &)' Pt.DMll'. Tbe 'hen tnttprPll. t,opnlPI! over on tlle slopertngs, but ell
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Wlcle-A.wake George, the Bo;v Pioneer. ll "l'Te tr great mfnd to give a good tbrashlnf., to teach you better sense. 'Perhaps you might make a miss of it. But if you. think that thrashing her brother la the best way to court a ltirl, just pitch in. Babe Welburn dia not pitch in, but sullenly mounted his horse and rode away. In the spring Geore;e Den$ton had a log-roll ing. Wit h the help of Ben he had cleared and fenced quite a piece of ground during the win ter, and he called upon the 11'"eighbors to help him pile the logs together, so that they could be burned, thiu completing the clearing of the ground. There was not much rolling" about it, as the logs were mostlycarried b!. squads of m e n upon lengths of saplmg, called 'sticks," to $be place where they were to be piled. Tbe neighbors turned out in goodly numbers, and among them, to the surprise of everybody, came Babe Welburn, who was usually too muc h opposed to work to bear a hand at house -raising and l o g rolling. On this occasion though he did not go to the house to partake of the refreshments that were prepared for the company, he proved himself quite active and effi c i ent, working with a will, and generally in the squad to which George Denston was a.ttached. George bad as little as possible to say to him, treating him merely wi t h politeness, while Wel burn s1>emed to be very friendly; but the former noticed that he made frequent visits to the flask that he had brought in bis coat pocket, and oc casionally noticed a dangerous gleam in his eye $hat b etokened trouble. The trouble did not come until the day was nearly ended, and then it came in a way that George could not have anticipated. A short and heavy log was to be carried to a pile1 and four young men bad rolled it onto their &ticKs for the purpose of liftin g it. One of these four was George Denston, who was at the for ward end, and his partner at the stick was Babe Welburn. George saw that the would have to be carried for a part of the d1Stance along a side bill, 8lld proposed that they should get more help. Nonsense!" excla'flned Babe Welburn. "We can carry the log easy enough, if you are any account." "I can carry my end" said George: "but we will all hal'e to lift alike, or somebOdy may get hurt." The four bent to the wor1, and lifted the log. It was quite a strain to but he felt equal to the task when he got "straightened up. The side hill along which the log was to be carried was a short and narrow one, but was pretty steep, and was muddy and slipp erv. As George was on the lower side, his work was doubly difficult, and he was oblig e d to move slowly and carefully to keep his footing. Sud!lenly, whe n they bed reached the worst part of tbe route, Babe Welburn canted his stic)r up, throwing the weight ot the log upon his 1taggering p.artner. George at once guessed that the object of this 'Wick waa to force 1lilll to 10060 Ail ai,id clrop bis stick, so that the log migbt fell U,P
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18 Wide-Awake George, the Boy Pioneer. lltm q;nrcldy, and tbrow1ng him heavily on his back m the mud. "Give it t.o him, George!" shouted the crowd, most of whom were glad enough t.o see tbe, big bully worsted in such a fair fight and for such a good cause. But George put in only one telling blow on his antagonist's mouth, to stop the stream of curses that fl.owed from it, and held him firmly to the ground until he cried "enough." Babe Welburn was a sorry sight when he rose to his feet. One eye was closed, his face was bleeding, and his clothes were covered with mud. You will pay for this yet," he said, as he walked away. George made no answer to his threat, and he put on his ooat, mounted his horse, and rode otf. CHAPTER VII. A COON HUNT, AND BIG GAME. SHORTLY aftet: the unfortunate difficulty at the log-rolling, Joe S earl suggested to George Denston that they should indulge in a coonbunt, and Ge orge 11:ladly consented. He was aa fond of coon -hunts as any plantation darky could be, and Ben, who had never se e n one, WBll eager to have an experience of the sport. The first of a succ e s s ful coon -hunt is a good coon dog. In fact, it is the dog that does the hunting, and the human hunters ac comfany him for the purpose of securing the game hen be has cornered it. Jo. e Scur1 boasted the ownership of the best coon-dog in the countr,-. Abe Laositer's Brash and B03e were well enough in their way; but his Snap was "a heavy coon-dog from f.lugar Creek," unequaled at finding and treeing a coon, and he could "tackle the worst old coon that ever wore teeth, and chaw him limbless." This marvelous dog, which was not remark able for beauty or any other accomplishments than coon-bunting, was of course tbe most important member of the party. Joe Scurl and George carried rifles, mainly as a matter of habit, and Ben bore an ax for cutting down the trees in which the coons took refuge. George also put his two derringers in l;lis as be bad been a firm believer in their usefulness since his fight with the hear. It was a moonlight night when "they went to the river bottom to look for coons, and the indications were good for plenty of sport. -They bad been out but a little while when Elnap started a coon, and when the bunters rea!' hed him be was barking vigorously at the fooL of a young hickory tree, near the t.op of which the coon could be plainly seen. It was the work of but a few minutes to cut down the hickory, and as it fell the attention of all was concentrated upon the coon and the dog. IDs coonsbip bad hardly touched the ground, and bad not had a moment's time to recover from hfa surprise, when Snap was upon him, and the hunters ran up to see the fight. But it was not a very interesting strugg!'3, as the coon was a young one, and was taken at a sreat disadvantage. .A.ftllr a brief rouah-aud-tumble of bitbur: !Pl4 snarling, Snap settled the C8J!I! of tll" Soap's master slung the carcass .,;'f.,.-obi o olilder. "Talk about coon-dogs!" exclaimed Joe. "Why, thar ain't a dog .in the. hullo' Rac;ren. sack, to say nothin' o' this yer i.ettlement, 1111 'ud be a patcbin' to my Snap. ll.f be could on'y climb a tree, tbar wouldn't bto a live coon left within ten mile o' yer." Nobody objected to the praise o! Snap, and be set out in seat"ch of another coon. But it did not seem to be a 1hst-rate nigM for coons, and they tramped 11bout the bottom fully an hour before ho started another varmint." Tbiq one be qnickly treed in a large and knurly oak, n..arly three feet in diameter at the butt. Joe Searl walked around the tree, and looked at it with an air of disgust. "It ain't gwine to pa1. to cut down that tree," said be. "I don t 1ee why the critters couldn't ha' tuck to a saplm'. I bate to shoot a coon, as it spiles the fun, 111D-d don't do justice to the dogs." The coon was soon 10C1.1.ted on a large limb that reached out far fron. the trunk, and Ben proposed to climb the fa.r.e and ch0p otf tbe" limb. He was "boosted" up, and 1mon m>de lively play with bis ax aanong the lea-ves and branche s . The attention of the dOlJ' was attracted from the tree to the coon, at>d the branch soon cracked and fell, "sbeddir1g" the eoon, which had no sooner t.ouched the. ground than it was seized hv Snap. A lively tussle ensued, and the coon. which was an old and vigorous 011e, fougl!Jt so fiercely that the dog bad no t.o conquer it; but vict.ory finally perched upon the banner of Snap, and his master slung another doad coon over bis shoulder. He was sent on to search for another coon, and the bunters bad another tramp. They lost sight of Snap for awhile;. then tbey him barking vociferously, and finally found him at the foot of a swamp oak that was heavy wit)l branches and foliage. That is jest the owdaciousest coon-dog I ever see or beerd of," remarked his master. He kin start up more coons in a night than 1rny three dogs that kin be fetched together. By the way he barks, be must ha' treed the biggest kind of a varmint up thar and the tussle will be sutbin' wu'tb lookin' at.I Ben Den,st.on, who was foren;i.ost in the bunt and always eager to be the first to catch sight of tbe game, ral\ foFward toward the tree, while the others followed more g]owly, looking np as they went, and peering sharply illt.o the deme leafae:e of the oak. "Cre-ationl" exclaimed Ben, as be halted near the tree. "You may well say a big coon. It's bigger than Snap himself." "Run awr;Ly,.. Bent" shouted Joe Bcurl, wh<> bad caught sight of the object at the same instant. "Run back, boy! It's a pant'er!" "A panther?" exclaimed George, cocking bis rifle as be spoke. "Yes, a pant'erl Run, boy! Oh, lordyl thar he comes!" -Ben had atarted to run aa a dark body shoi m>m the tree throuah the air. ud the ll8D

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Wide-Awake George, the Boy Pioneer. 13 moment the boy was sprawling on the gronnd. The next Instant the creature that utt.ered the But Ben in his flurry, bad run toward the y ell-the mate of the dead p anther-appeared tree instea'd of from it, and the panther bad from the depths of the for est, coming toward ovei!shot his mark. the group with great leaps, lashing its tail, and He bad struck the boy sufficiently to knock splitting the air with yells. him down, and bad landed just beyond him. "It is another panther!" exclaimed George, No sOQner bad be reached the ground than Snap "Joe, come and sboot it, quick 1" seized him, probably under the impre&But Joe Scurl was so mtently occupied !Ja sion that be was some new kmd of a coon. examining t he wounds of his dog, that be But the struggle between the dog and the seemed neither to see nor to hear anything el s e. panther was too unequal to last long, and it was George hastily picked up the squatter's rifle, at once evident that Snap, eager and owdo.and cocked it. cious" though he was, could afford Ms Ben!" be said, as he turned to face antagonist no sort of &musement. the n e w f oe. Nobody had a cleare r conception of this fact But Ben had no idea ot running, when be than Snap's master, who ran forward with the sa..v bis brother stand his ground. intention of taking his dog's part in the flght. As the panther came on, George flred .the "Shoot him, he shouted. "Shoot rifle with a quick aim. the varmint, or Snaps a goner!" The beast was hit, but the sbotneitberstoppe_d George had run toward his brother, and was nor delayed its progres s, and George drew his within a few yards of the panther when he derringers, and cock e d and fired them as rapidly struck the ground. He hastened forward with as be could, without giving an inch of ground. bis cocked rifle when the dog seized the beast, But a p anther, like other membclrs of the cat but was thinking,of Ben's safety much more tribe, is very tenacious of lite, and usually than of Snap's. requires a grea t d eal of killing He was willing enough to shoot; but how to As George fired his las t shot, the beast made< 1hoot with effect, and without doing more its final spring, struck him on the damage than he wanted to do, was a serious knocking him over, though blood was pourmg question. from its wounds. The panther and the dog were. rollmg and It might h a ve made an end of the brave lad's tumbling about upon the grouud, m an almost life b e fore its own death-struggle came; but inextricable mass, covering several yards of B e n stood there with bis ax raised, and at once space in their struggle, and the barks, yelps, brought the kee n edge dQwn upon the back of screeches and snarls were quite coofusing. the brute's n e ck, n ea rly chopping off its head. Ben was trying to extricate himself from Geor g e thre w o ff the big body, and rose t? the tangle, but had not yet got out of reach his f e et, dripping with blood, and not until of the combatants, and it was hard for the tbeti did Joe Scurl seem to compre hend what quickest eye to judge when and where to shoot. had happened George was not a person to ,hesitate, or to .. Why boys" said be "this yer's been a take any half-way measures. powerful' skrimfna g e, and 'sna p i s m ighty bad He steppe ht up to the panther before be hurt, thoug h I reckon he'll git over it, with could free hi elf 'from the hold of the d og, g ood k ee r watched his chance, put the muzzle of his rifle George f elt incli n ed to consign Snap to H!!-h to bis ear, and fired. faxbut be s a id nothing, and <'.Ontented him Tile charge blew a hole through the head of self' with ascertaining tha t ooly a small portion the ugly beast, wh).ch rolled over, and, after a of the blood t hat c o vered him was bis own. few convulsive struggles, it was dead. "I r e ckon w e won't bunt any more cool'.is toThis entire "skrimmage," from the panther's night said JCJe. W e've struck big ger game, spring until his death, though it bas take n so and Sna p is done up. Now, Jawge, git out yer many words to @ scribe it, occupi e d but a few knife, a n d I ll show you bow to take the hide seconds of time, and it was all over when Joe off n a p ant'er." Bcurl reached the spot. The p elts were soon removed ti:oi:n. the two He at once droppe d bis rifle, picked up Snap, big beasts, trnd J o e proposed as a d1v1S1on of the and began to examine his wounds, with many spoil s th
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' .... Wide-Awake George. the Bo;v Pioneer CHAl'TER VIII. "Bo am I;" replied George-"sony on 80o count of my folks, more than on my own ae-GEOBGE DENSTON'S DUEL. -count. What bad I hotter do about itf' IT WSJI soon made evident to George Denston "As it is a sure enough challenge, I am afraid that tbe thrashing which he administered to you will have to accept it. If you should not, Babe Welburn at the log-rolling had not ended Babe Welburn would feel b'lmSelf at liberty to hi feud with that backwoods aristocrat. jaybawk you, and you would get no sympathy. Welburn bad brooded over his wrongs, and lt Is the custom of the country, you know." had soaked them in whisky, nntil be came t-0 the "I l>ad already made up my mind to accept conclusion that he must have satisfaction for the the challenge, but in my own way." treatment be had received, and he saw but one "Yes; as you are the challenged party, you way to get it openly and above-f>oard. have the choice of weapons, and, as you are As George was plowing in bis new ground one such a fine shot with a pistol, you will have at morning, an acquaintance of bis named Steve least as good a chance as he has." Vancil rode up, bitched his horse, and came over "That is not exactly the point I am driving to wbere be was working. at," replied George. "I would bate to stand "I have come from Babe Welburn" said Van-up and shoot at a man in that way, knowing cil, "and I suppose you know what f am after." that I might kill him. I propose that you sball "But I don't though "replied George. "What act as my second, and that my two derringers ls it?" ' shall be the J?istols to be used. The seconds sball Babe wants to fight you." cbOO'"...e a dismterested man to load the pistols, I should think he had got enough ont of me who shall load one of them with powder and In that line." ball, and the other with ball only. Babe Wel" It is not that sort of a fight that he is bnnt-burn and I shall toss up for the choice of pisIng." tols, and then toss up for the first fl.re. We ,, What kind of a fight does be want, tbenf" will each take the same risk, and neither will "Here is a note that be sent, and I reckon it know whether he bolds a pistol that can kill," will explain be wants, better than I can "That is fair enough, and be can't object to tell you." it," said Lassiter. "But I would rather. for George read Babe Welbnrn's note, which WSJI your sake that you should fight in the old-fash nothing less than a challenge to fight a duel, ioned way." couched in the language required by "the George preferred the arrangement that he code." proposed, and Abe Lassiter went off to confer "I understand tbis well enough," said George; with Steve Vancil and settle the preliminaries, "but there js one thing that is wrong about it. while bis young friend returned to his work. He says that bl' demands the satisfaction due. to Babe W.elburn objected strongly to the style a gentleman, and I don't believe that I consider of encounter that his antagonist had settled him a gentleman." npon, and spoke of it as a cowardly make"That won't do at all," said Vancil. "I shift, entirely nflt for gentlemen;" but his ob would not have brought bis message unless he jections were overruled by h" second, who was a gentleman, and if yon say that be is not saw nothing cowardly or nneq in George's A that reflects upon me." proposal I you don't want to pick a quarrel with "It is as fair for one as it is for the me too, remarked George. other," said Steve Vancil, and the terms were 1Not if can bl'lp ithbut this business must be soon agreed upon, and it was setl;Jed that the attended to in the rif t shape." encounter should take place the next morning, Well, I BUJ?PQse must try to satisfy him; in a glade on Abe Lassiter's land. hut I can't be m a hurry about it. I shall have George Deni.ton, it must be confessed, looked to find a second, and consult with him, and that forward to this contest with no little uneasi will take time. ness. If be should fall, he would leave his mo"I hope you don't mean to back out, Dentber and sister with no protector or breud-win1ton r ner but bis brother Ben, end that would be a "I will tell )'OU just what I do mean to do, calamity for them. He also considered Steve Vancil. I mean to act on my own judgit very unfair that his life should be pitted ment, and to do what I believe to be the right against that of Babe W elbnrn, who bad nobody thing. This is a busy time of the year with ua dependent upon him, and who was no better farmers, though I don't suppose that Mr. Babe than a drone in a hive. Welburn allows any work to worry him. I can't I But it was trne, as Abe Lassit;er bad told afford to hurry myself to please him, but will him, that he could not maintain any decent attend to bis atrair es soon as I reasonably can. standing in the settlement if be should refuse It that don't suit you, I am sorry; but it is the the challenge, and be thought that he might as best I can do." well he killed as be driven away. Vancil was obliged to be satisfied, and George Besides, he felt that in any event be had kept on plowing until dinner time, thinking shifted the responsibility from bis own shoul over the new trouble that had been lorced upon ders. If he &bould happen to draw the loaded him. pistol and should happen to kill his anta" onist, After dinner be rode over to A.be Lassiter's, it oou\d not be said that he bad done the deed and showed him the intentionally, es it must be charged to "luck." "This is a bad piece of bWilDess," laid George's If he should to be the victim, "luck" wacle1 "and I am 10rry that the trouble bu would be respoDS1ble t01: his fate ._. thia JIOID$." Kia Dll.1 not be entlrew aatiatacton

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Wide-Awake Georcre, the Boy Pioneer. to a moraHlt; bat I' wu the best lie had fbr the occaion. Of course the young fellow could 1ay nothing o!'tbis serious matter to bis family, who would learn of the duel only by its result, and be ...-ent to the place of meeting with no company but Abe Lassiter When he reached the glade he was 111rprised to discover several young men there, and more came wltb Dabe Welburn and Steve Vancil Tidings of the expected encounter bad tiuietly gone about, and it naturally attracted u many as bea.. "'rincipal. "As you are going to toss up for the pistols and for tbe first shot, I don't see how any trick can creep in." Lein Brewer took the pistols away, and loaded them according to the agreement. Then he brought them b!lCk, and laid them ou a stump, covering them with Iris handkerchief so that only the butts could be seen. In the toss-up for the derringers George D e ns ton won the choice, and he took the one which was nearest to him, as there was really no eboice. In the toss up for the first shot Babe Welburn won, and it was with a triumphant air tha t he seized his pistol, though his exultation might well have been tempered by a doubt as to whether the pistol was loade d with. a ball. Tbe ground was paced off and the two oppo nents took their places at the stations marked for them. George Denston was pale, but gave no sign of excitement or fear. Ee presented his right Ii.de to his antagonist, and his piiillJ. wa1 held byhis right hand against his right"9k. Babe Welburn, with. a malicious look on his faoo, was about to take.aim over his arm, when George's second promptly stopped him. "None o' that I" shouted Abe L assiter, "none o' that, or I'll shoot you where you stand I" .As the bystanders were not dispos e d to back him up In this bit of unfair play, Welburn as sumed the proper position, and fired at the word. George Denston stood there unhurt I It was evident to him from the report of the pistol, if not to the others, that fortune had favored him, and that there had been no ball in the shot that was fired at him. A look of vexation and disappointed malice eettledon Babe Welburn's face, as he turned so u to his side to his antBl{onist. rallied hll derringer, and glanced along tf1e barrel. Tbe opposing second had begun to count, One Wben, to the asonishment of all, Babe Wel burn turned and fied. "It's a trick! It' s a swindle!" he lb.outed, u he scampered to the nearest tree. George fired in the air. -"That is what I meant to do, anyhow," he said, as he stepped forward and picked up the weapon which the o cher bad dropped. "It' s a trick I" repeated Welburn when he was overhauled by his friends. "That fellow lrnew which pistol had the tall in it. Was I going to stand there and let him shoot me down like a But th1S view of the case found no favor even with bis cl osest frien d s, and his second did not condescend to accompany him when he sneaked away from the gro und. "I don't think he will trouble you any more, George," said Abe Lassiter, as he went home with bis young fri e nd. In fact, the r i di c ule of his acquaintances was too mnch for Babe Welburn to-endre, and be soon left the neighborhood. His father said that he had &ene to a college in Virginia. CHAPTER IX. .t.. BIG HONEY :mm, BUlDCER work went on thrivingly at the Denston place. By that time Geore;e nnd Ben had quite a little farm to tend, which they had carve d out of the forest by their own unaided labor. It is true that only a small portion of the land they tilled was compl etely cleared; but they had fenced in a prett y big field, in which they bad chopped down the small trees, cleaned of? the brush, and girdled" the large timber by cutting rings around the base \;I:> as to deaden the tre es. They w e r.i thus able to cultivate the fidd, leaving the dead to be C'leared off at their Jeisu."'8, or to rot and fall ilJ the course of years. Their crops were doing finely, their "truck patch was fiourishing, Molly had produced a fine colt which was B en's pet and pride a calf I had been born, the grounds were alive with cbickens and duc k s and geese, and there was good reason to believe that the second year of their backwoods farming would find the family 110lf-supporting. Wh11n George's coon was "laid by." and he was glad that the job was off bis hands, Scurl came to him, and proposed a bunt. "I hope it is not another coon-bunt for panthers," remarked George "No, indeedy. It's a heap easier and safer thing than that, and it's a daylight job, tOO. The kind of a hunt I'm arter now is a beehunt." "That is quite out of my line, Joe. I know nothing about bees, except that they stiu&, though they cau' t bite or scratch." "Now you're j nkin'; but I ain't. I tell you, I've got b.olt of j est tho biggest thing out m the bee lin e and you are the on'y one I mean to Jet into it. Ef I dou t astonl>!h YOl\o mav i never skin another coon iu this world I" ''What is it. Joel''

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"I've noticed when I'va been ont fn the "That's an so; but we kin on'Y do our beat. woods that tbar's more wild bees flyin' this sea-Ef we do miss it, we must try eg' iu and keep 10n than I ever see afore. The woods is full of on tryin'. This is a bnsine88 that needs a heap 'em. I've noticed, too, that when they git o'r.atience." loaded they allers take one course. It stands 'I believe you. It seems to me to be eboirt to reason that tbar's a powerful big settlement the 1111me as looking fop needle in a bay of 'em somewbar, and the man who kin find it stack." is liable to pack home a pile o' honey. "But the needle kin be found, Jawge, ef it's I've bad it ir. my head to go arter them beesi thar." but I allowed that I wanted a pardner, and Their course led them to the river, and they says to myself, says I, Jawge Denston is the descended the st.eep blu1f, forded the stream, pardner for me, and the only chap I mean to and reached the bottom land on the othe1 let into this thing. side. I am ever so much obliged to you, Joe, and We must be nigh about the place now1 eafd will go with you to hunt the bees whenever yon Joe, as he examined his compass and rook a are ready. When shall it bef' fresh start. "'fhar's lots o' gum trees in this '' To-morrow mornin' airly." bottom, and it's in the holler gums that the bees The next morning the two hunters set out, like to lay up thar honey. Keep yer eyes Joe armed only with a small tin box containing peeled now, end watch all tbe trees, to a little honey, and a pocket compass. George see if bees are flym into any o' 'em." wanted to carry his rifle, but was persuaded to George used his eyes as well es he could but leave it at home end to take in its place an ax, saw no indication of a bee-tree. He said on the to cut down the tree in which they would probcontrary, that he he had seen several ably find the honey. bees gomg in another direction. They went into the woods, to the place where Joe came to a halt, end set down bis compass. Joe had lest noticed the wild bees, and he After observing the indications carefully, he pointed them out to bis companion as they were concluded that they must have gone out of llying pretty thickly about. their course, or passed the tree they were 1eekThen he opened his box, placed it on a log, inf,. and set his compal!S near it, and the two hunters twas necessary to attract another bee1 and stationed themoelves within easy sight of the to get a new course, and the honey was opened box. and watched. Pretty soon a bee lighted on the bolt, loaded They did not have to waft long for a bee, aud himself with hon e y, and flew away. when he rose and 11.ew away his flight wu Jest you notice the course he takes," said 861!'.erly watched. Joe. "That bee will go as straight to his home 11 Jasso," remarked the squatter. "We've as straight kin be. He takes what we call a come a leetle onten the way, end hev gone by bee-line, and that's the way we know how to the tree. Bo we must take the baclC track, 6nd 'em But the gum must be nigh hand, or w e' v e f,Ot "Shall we go on and find them, tbenf" to cross the river eg'in, end that 'ud be bad. "Not yet. Wait till a few more light on the He took up the compass, and the two hunters honey. I want you to watch 'em, so s you kin started on the new course, carefully examining know fur sartic bow the thing works." the trees as they went. Two more bees lighted ou the box, secured They reached the river without finding any their loads of honey, and flew off in exactly bee tree, end Joe Scnrl' s countenance f e ll. the same direction that was taken by the first. Not only would they have to cross the river "Now we' ve got the line, end no mistake again, but right before them on the opposite about it," said Joe, as he examined his comside rose a hlu1f, some fifty feet high, of solid pass. limestone without a break or a tree or a bush, He closed the bolt, and put it in his pocket, w,hich they could not hope to climb. took up his compass, and started olf closely This is wot mought be oalled a stumper, n followed by George. said Joe. "Ef we could 11.y as the bees fly, it The squatter's eye was true enough to enable would be an easy job; but tber ain t the man him to follow too course taken by the bees very livin' as c d clllnb that bluff and toiler a nearly, and he suffered nothing to cause him to straight co ." deviate from it, sighting from one tree to an"What can we do about itr asked George, other, and keeping his attention entirely fixed who was getting tired of ibis seemingly endlesa upon bis aim. search. When he came to an obstruction, he passed "Wal, Jawget tbar's a big pile o' honey in around it, set down his compass, let the needle these woods, ena we must git it. Jest now I come to a rest, and again took up the course am gtt"ine to sight onto e tree on top o' the blu1f, upon which he had started. end then go arountl end take a fresh start from In spite of these delAys, they traveled at a thattree. Lemme see, now, wot tree 'll the pretty rapid pace. course strikef" "Do you really mean to sayi" asked George, He glanced at his compas1, and then looked that you can foll o w that beeine so clo sely as up et the top of the blu1f. to come to the tree where the bees hide their Suddenly he uttered an eltclamation of snrhonevf" I prise end Joy. "Wal, Jawgel I allow that I kin foller the "J'lwgel Ob, .Tawgel Look tharl Look up line nigh es stra gbt as the bee made it." But the tree may be miles from here, and I Georas looked ea.cerl:Y, but di4 DOt bow we IDQ' mill U u we a"

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Wide-Awake qeorge, the Boy Pioneer. n what hls friend meant until it was pointed out to him. Then he saw a number of bees fiying in and ou.t of a hole in the rook, a little more than half war, np the bluff. That's it, Jawgel" exclaimed the squatter. "That's the boo-tree we've been huittin', and it ain't a tree at all, but a blulf. Tbar cain't be a bit o' doubt that the bees bev got e. big settlement in that bole, and tbar's nothin' short o' who!" oodles o' honey in the rock, outen the way o' varmints and everythin'." "How are we going to get at it, then9" was immense. They not only opened their eye& to the widest extent, but kept them open, and were so bewildered that they could hardly be persuaded to help take care of the load. As for Joe Scurl, be seemed hardly to !mow whether he stood on his head or his feet, and he was continually breaking out in new raprures. Such a honey find, lie said, bad never been heard of in that region, and it would be talked about as long as Rackensack kept her head above water. The next day, after reserving a mf!lcien\ quantity for home consumption, he and George drove twenty miles to sell their honey, and the journey was a continual jollification for Joe Scurl He received money e nough to keep him in idl eness for a long time, and George Denston'a share was more than acceptable to hla family. CHAPTERX. I told Jawge, that this bee-huntin' business takes a heap o' patience; but we've struck the biggest find, and struck it the easiest, of anythin' I ever see or beard of. How are we gwine to git at it? Why, Jawge, we will go llome-tbar ajn't no use o' markin' that tree, as nobody else is gwine to find it afore we git back-and in the mornin' we'll come over yer with a wag_on, and tubs, and kitties, and a rope, THE TURKEY SBOOT. and we'll make a ladder, and we'll kerry home AMONG the few sports and pastimes with sech a load o' honey as'll make the folks open which the Christmas season was celebrated in the'r eyes." the backwooi:ls was a" turkey shoot." The precise spot was carefully located, so that Tl:le person who furnished this amusement the bunters might easily find it on their return, for the settlement was a free black man named and they went home. -Aaron Wipes, to whom Christmas alway Early the next morning they set out, with brought quite a harvest. George's wagon loaded with so many tubs and During the rest of the year he raised turkeys, buckets and tin pails, that Mrs. Denston sug-. which he set up to be shot at on Christmas Day gestOO that they must have fonnd a honey-at "two bits," or twenty-five cents, a shot, the mine. conditions of the match being that the shooting "That's jest wot we've been doin', mnm," re should be with rifles1 off-hand, and that the tur plied Joe Scurl. "'l'ain't notbin' short o' that, keys should be shot ill the hea d. If a fowl was ef I know bees. killed by being bit in any other part of the Ben, who was greatly ex<1.ted by the honey body, it reverted to Aaron. find was allowed to accompany them, and they It may be supposed that such prices and terms the river at the usual wagon ford. Then would make Aaron's turkey-skoots quite profit they meandered along through the bottom, cut-able to him; but the truth is that the m e n of the ting a way for the team where it was necessary settlement, young and old, were such clo s e shots to do so, and finally reached the river at a point th.at turkeys' beads w ere not safe b e fore the opposite the bluff ill which the bees had made muzzles of.their rifles, and the old darky's gains their home. were seldom what he would wish them to be. They cut down a tall white-oak. sapling, There were some marksmen of the neigbborb'immed its branches for a part of thell" ladder, hood whom he SJ>e cially dreaded, and among and made the rest by driving .stout pins ii;ito them was George Denston. holes bored in the trunk. Th1S they carried This was a late thing, as-George was a new across the stream, and set it up against the comer, and bad only recently gained reputation bluff and Joe prepared to mount to the hive.. as a good shot; but be bad shown such s kill in "The bees will sting you to deatb," 8Bld the 11se of the rifie as had already made him George. renowned. "No they won't. I reckon I know bees, and Finding himself in a-country where game was l'II sooii settle that part o' the business." -abundant and worth the killing, he bad devoted The squatter did understand bees, and proved all his spare time to hnting, and it was not his abiligy to rob their hives by smoking them long before he surpa ssed Joe Scurl in the art of out in short order. which the squatter consi dered himself I\ mas When be got into the crevice w}J.ere 11!1d ier. stored their sweets, he fairly screamed with deHe could call up a wild torkey; in the woods light. until it came within range of his unerring rifie, The size of the find far surpassed h1S expecta-and when be drew a bead on such game he al tions and he hastened to tear off the masses of ways aimed at the head. Indeed, be would oomb and to let them down in a bucke t to Ben, have consid ered it worse than a miss to hit any who passed the bucket to Geo!ge, who kind of game in the body, unles s it should bl! the stream and emptied them mto the tubs ;in some such -beast as a panther or o bear. -the wagon. A large para of the Jiving ol the Den ston fam-Tbey fll]ed all the T&Sllell bad brougb1, ,fly wu procured by Georgn rt.fl,., a.nd in sbootand left .some honey in t1M roolr., u Joe se.14, lng al a mark b9 t00n vu.traaked &11 tbe young "fur the bees to start ag'tn." men ot the settlement. It was near night when they got home,.an d Thus.it was not IUl"prising that hen George Ul uk>niwment of Geora:e's mother and mt.er l Deniion made his appearance at th11 mrkQ'

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) t8 Wide-Awake Georse, the Bo;y Pioneer. llboot, and proposec! to compet.e for the pr1E1, Goorge. u 1 don't think my shooting Is macll Aaron prot-rited pretty vigorously. to brag of; but I am always ready to do my "Dis yer ain't gwine to do at all," said he. best." "Et you's got a notion ob shootin' in dis yer Bradley took from bis left hand a solid gold turkey shoot, Mane Jawge, I'll hab to cha'p ring, with a heavy setting. It was yer fo' bits a shot.'' a large ring, such as his big finger required. "Why do you double the price on me, I am going to set up this ring, Denston," Aaron r asked the young man. said he, and I shall want you to send a bullet "'Cause Ise beam tell ob you, Marse Jawge, through it." and I knows all 'bout yer shootin', an' you George examined his ring and gauged it by cain't shoot no turkeys yer, 'thout you put up one of the rifie bullets, which passed through it fo' bits a shot." with plenty of room to spare. "That is rdher hard on me, Aaron; but I "That is a little too much, Mr. Bradley,' l>e don't want to rob you, and I will try a couple said, as he handed it back. "I mighLhit the oi turkeys at that price." ringi bot hitting it would be sure it." Tbe firstbird set up for George was a stalwart don't want you to bit it, my ooy, but to gobbler, which Aaron tied to the stake grum-shoot through it. I will tell you what I will do. bling as he did so. He tied the turkey loosely, If you spoil the ring, you shall give me five dol so as to give him rather more play than was lars for it, and it is well worth ten. If ,YOU send really fair for the marksman, and agai11St this a bullet clean thro_ugh it, the ring is yours. trick the bystanders protested. Come, now; I believe you can do it, and we all Reckon de ole nJgga has got to hab a lhow want to see some fine shootin'." fur his turkey," r,:umbled Aaron. "'Spect I Goorge said that he could not expect to per kn9w what sawt o shootin' is gwine on around form the feat, but was willing to attempt it, if yer." he could shoot from a rest that would bring his He took bis stand near the turkey, and gave ri1le on a level with the ring when it was placed it some fatherly advice. in JJ()!lition. 1 "Now yer durned ole fool gobbler, kooJ> yer This was agreed to, and Bradley drove a eyes peeied I Don't yer see it's dat Jawge :Qen-"stub" into the ground, upon which he placed aton dat's gwine ter shootf Wot yer squattin' the ring, with the bloodstone as a base. Be like dat furf Git up and stir around, or off hind the "stub" he fastened a dark piece of g()()s yer ole head. Waggle about, turkey! board, to ltive a background for the ring, and Waggle about, now, 'cause he's drawin' a bead to mark wliere the buUet should strike. on yerl" The young marksman drove a forked stake George Denston smiled as he raised his ri1le, into the gro'und until the crotch was on a level and be took a careful aim, while old .Aaron's with the ring. Then he carefully loaded hi.I face assumed an agonized expression. rifle and knelt to his work. The rifle cracked, the gobbler's head was shat Bets had been freely made on the shot: but tered, and he fluttered about the stake, until he the odds were largely against Denston's success. gave up the ghost. When he prepared to shoot, all the talk ceased, "Jest look at datl" exclaimed Aaron1 as he and the bystanders watched him in perfect si picked up the bird. On'y fo' bits fur ae biglence. &est kind ob a turkey I" After assuming as solid and comfortable a As if to save himself from utter ruin, be tied position as possib1e, he carefully sighted along a hen turkey to the stake but made no attempt his rifie and fired. to avert the fate of the bfrd, seating himself on The board was seen to quiyer, but the ring the ground with an air of sorro\'\tful resigna did not move. tion. "A clear miss!" shouted more than one, and Again Goorge Denston's unerring rifie crack-all the party ran to the t.a.=et. ed, and the hen turkey lost her head. "It can hardly be that,'!'' said George, a1 he Dat settles it," said Aaron. "You don't rose and followed them. shoot no mo' away f'om dis chile, He found them standing about the "stub," Jawge Demfun. You's done broke me all up in staring at the ring and tbe board behind it. business dis mawnin'." "The ring is yours, Denston," said Bigfoot "I don't think you need to worry, Aaron," Bradley, as he pointed out the bullet-hole in the' 1aid George, laughing. "You have not lost board, just behind the golden circle. much by me, and some of the others will make It was clear that the bullet had passed it up to you." . through the ring without touching it, o.ud the As the young man was tying up hl8 birds for feat was hailed as the most remarkable that had the purpose of carryiu.g them home, he was been seen in that region. surrounded and complimented. by a group of I Wide-awake George was thereafter ackno'l"<'l&ettlers, among whom was Silas Bradley, a edgelease the crow rev tell them.

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Wide-Awake George, the Boy Pioneer. It To this calamity it la necessary to give a few particulars concerning the constructfan of a log cabin. The log cabin built by George Denston com prised, as has been said, but one room and a loft, and at one end of the main room was a fireplace, to which was attached a "stick and clay" chimney. This sort of an erection needs to be briefly described. In the middle of one side of the house a space six feet square is cut out of the logs, reaching down to the floor. Split logs are driven or dovetailed into the cut logs, and these are fastened to other timbers at the back of the fireplace, making a stout crib extending to the hight of the cut space. Of course it is built on the out side of the house. The crib is well "ch\Jlked," and is graduallr narrowed in with smaller timber, until it is tlnished by laying short and flat sticks upon each other, cob house fashion. This structure is extended a little above the point of the roof, i.nd mud is thickly plastered on the inside as it is carried up. The bottom of the crib is fitted in with earth, tightly packed and pounded, to the level of the floor, and the back and. sides of the fireplace are made of moist clay, packed and pounded in a temporary frame, which is tp be burned off when the first fire is built, and th11 the "stickand-clay" chimney is completed. Such a strdcture is by no means ornamental, nor can it be considered entirely safe. In fact, it is liable to be dangerous, as the Denstons dis covered to their cost before the winter was over. During the cold weather George was accus tomed to roll in immense back logs, as big as he and Ben conld manage, against which the fire was built, and such a log u11Ually lasted two or three days. These fires kept the log-cabin warm and comfortable enough; but, when the blaze roared up the wooden chimney, the Denstons confessed that it looked like a dangerous arrangement. At night the embers were banked Ul? with ashes, and then they felt safe. B\lt it was at night that the calamity occurred, and at the darkest hour of the night, just before day. George was aroused at a very early hour by a bright light that through the chinks of the loft. Get up, Ben I" he exclaimed. Here it is broad daylight. We will be terribly behind with our work." He jumped out of bed, dressed himself speedily, and hastened down-stairs. His mother and sister were not up, and there were no signs ef daylight in the main room. He stepped out of,oorst and saw that it was yet night and ver darir. But there was a strange light in the air, from the west ward, and he heard a peculiar hissing and crackling noise that at once suggested the thought of fire. Running around to the other end of the house, he at once saw what was the matter. The woodAn chimney was on fire. The light npper part was in a bright blaze, and the logs of the lower part were in places nearly banl8d olf. The flie had worked it.a wa-y through a crack in the earthen back of the ftreo place, and had probably been smoldering for several days before it broke out. When it was discovered it was a bad of fire. 'l'he chimney was long past saving, the weather-boarding at the gable end of the honae had the roof was in flames, and a strong wmd was blowing the fire into tbe dry logs. .George saw that the case -vras hopeless, or nearly so, and ran around to warn the family. He met Ben coming out of the door, told him what wos the matter, and went in to break the news to '!iis mother and sister, who were of course &'reatly frightened and confused. "I will go and see what I can do," said he; but I think the house is a goner, and you may as well lift out such things as you can easily Take the matter eas y, as we will have time enough to save everything.'' ,,. The coob;less of his words and manner rea.s sured them, and they dressed themselves a11d went to work. George returned to the other end of the hou!t0, where he found Ben staring helplessly at the flames. As there was no fire engine or hoo k and ladder truck within some hundreds of miles, there was little to be done with the fire but to let it burn. The chimney might be knocked over, and there was water enough to quenofu the flames in the crib; but the upper part the house was beyond saving, and the logs were beginning to burn. At the best, the house would have to be.rebuilt, and it might aa well be let alone. So George and Ben applied themselves to tha task of saving the household property. Mrs. Denston and Liley were busily at work and the boys, beginning at the loft, soon cleared the house of its contents, which were neith51' valuable nor numerous. They even saved from the burning building the doors and most of the planking. It was broad daylight when they had done aill they could do, or cared to do, and Georo;e mounted his mother and sister on his two horse11t and sent them to Abe Lassiter's in charge ot Ben, while he remained to watch the property. After a time Ben came to replace him, and he rode over to Lassiter's for breakfast. That faithful friend bad already assured the family of a home at his house until they could settle themselves again, and was bitching up hill team to bring over their housebold goods. But Mrs. Denston and Lucy were very despon dent. The destruction of a home was a terrible thing to them1 even if it was nothing better than a log caoin, and George found them in tears. "What on earth are you two cryin1 about?" he asked. "I think you ought to cheer up, as there is nothing to trouble you." "Nothing to trouble us, when we h11.ve been burned out of house and home1" replied Mrs. Dens ton. "Nothing at all. Why, mother, that ii a piece of good luck.'' "Good luckl When our house is burned I What can you meant" "The truth is, mother, that I made a great miltake in buildin11: that house. It wsa onl.Y

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Wide-A.wake Georse, the Bo7 Pioneer. '9mPOnU'J' coooern, yon 'know-mere md:eahift-a.nd I bad set it just where I wanted to build a real house when I could. I don't know how we would have got rid of the shanty, if it hadn't burned down. Now you shall nave a Dice, comfortable, and respectable house, and there shall be no stick and clay chimney bitched to it, either. I am ir,ing right out into j;he woods to cut the logs. "That's the way to talk, my boy!" exclaimed Abe LaS'iiter. "Vou are just the stuff for the backwoods, and those who help tbemselve9 always get help. Take Ben with you "iben you go to cut the low, and I will see to bringing your things over. Tbank you, sir. The house could not have gone at a better time of the year." George soon had a new lot of logs cut, and employed two men to hew and square them, and the whole neighborhood not only came to the raising, but assisted him in many ways. With the money he bad gained by the honey find he bought lumber and hardware, doors and windows, and before sprirg opened be had a good and substantial double log house, almost handsome to look at, with a stout stone chimney at each end. He bad gone in debt to a roiaII amount; but his creditors bad not the least fear of losing any thing by Wide-awake George. When Mrs. Denston and Lucy were brought Into the new bow;e, they were more than satisfied, and agreed with George that their calamity bad been a blessing which was very thinly dia(llised. "It Is too durned bed," said :Bert "that we should ha' kep' our critters on com a through the hard winter, ,est to hev 'em run o by sech scamps in the spnng." Among thcise who jomed the party was Bill Anderson, who lived a few miles beyond Run nells, and who bad also lost a horse. It was evident that the raid had been made on a large scale, by an organized band of depre dators, and that the captu.-e of the horse-thievet was not to be an easy task. The indignant settlers were well-armed, and mounted on the best horses that were left in the neighborhood, and Abe Lassiter had added to bis equipment a coil of rope, light, but strong, which wa.J intended for a purpose that everybody could guess at. Before starting they held a council of war, to choose a leader, and to decide the course !!hey should take. Abe Lassiter at onr.e chosen as captain of the party; but there were different views of the best route to be pursued, the majority being in favor of following the tracks of the borse tbieves, which were plain enough in the road by which they bad left the settlement. But a stern chase is a long chase, on the land as well as on the sea, and it was known that the scoundrels had a good start. George Denston, who bad a livelyrecollection of the theft of his mare Molly, proposed that they should first visit Tom Mabry, and this sug gestloii was favorably received by Captain Laa siter. "I don't believe that Tom took a band in thill game," said Abe. "We all know that he ain't CHAPTER XII. much above that sort of thing but this is a A. RAID OF HORSE-THIEVES. touch beyond anything he wouid be likely to BcARClELY had George Denston got his family take bold of. But be has ideas on the subject moved into the new house, and preparations of and I believe that be CllD help made for bis spring work, when be missed an ns out if be will So I vote that we look up other horse. Tom Mabry." It was not Molly this time, as she was out in This opinion finally prevailed, iid they set what George called bis woods \>8;6ture witob the out to find Tom Mabry. ilolt, but the sorrel horse, which was missing On the road they fell in with another wrath from tbe stable near the house, and bad doubtfnl farmer, who bad also lost a horse, and who Jess been stolen. joined the party, wbicb then numbered a dozen Tile young settler, full of honest wratb, bastable and resolute men, ampng whom Georga ened to get Molly, and rode over to Abe Lass!-Dllnston did not count as the least. ter's to consult the oracle. To the surprise of all they found Tom Mabry He found Abe more wrathy than himself. In at borne; but their wonder was lessened wben fact1 he was in a towering passion, and was tbey saw in his cabin a dark-complexioned wo-11Catt.ering the strongllSt kind of language about man, evidently a half-breed from the Indian promiscuously. Territorv. 1 Ile had lost his two best horses, and was sure "So tliar's been borse-tbieves ahout, and yoll"re that they bad been stolen. buntin' bosses?" said he, when Abe Lassiter bad While the two friends were commenting forcibriefly explained the purpose ol the expedition. bly upon the meanness of horse-thieves, and the "Ef you've come arter me you're wbistlin' fur necessity of making an examplehanotber neigh-the wrong pup, 'cause I ainlt in that line o' busi bor rode up and announced t at two of bis ness. See my tbar1 Wal, I married ber horses bad been taken. t'other day, and 1've settJed down, and am These tliree sufferers at once organized them gwine to farmin'. Ef I war arter stealin' bosses, 110lves into a vigilance co=ittee-and proceeded I wouldn't take 'em from my neighbors and old to arouse and enlist the settlers, for tbe purpose friends." of pursuing the thieves, recovering the stolen "I believe yon, Tom," said Lassiter. "None property, and doing juotic11, generally. I of us supposed that you were in this thing; but They found plenty to join as horse-e thought that you might help us if you lltealing was a blow at the entire community, 1 would! and we are willing to pay you well to and all felt the necessity of doing something do so.' tiiat would make an end of it, at leaat for a / All right. Tell me all about it, and I will U-do what I kfn.11,

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Wide-Awake Geor&'e, the Boy Pioneer. 11 Tom Mabry' face darkened as the atory wu told to him. "It's a big job tbat you've got bolt of," aid he. I make no doubt that Sam Bren ner's gang, from over the line, bas done the work, and they're a hull team and no mis'8ke. But it's easy enough to tell whar the y Item from1 and whar they went to. They've jest circlea through the settlement. Fast they went up the road nigh yer, and stoppecj at and next at Denston'a. Then they took we big road to Lassit.er's1 and then crossed down by Runnells's and Anderson's, and so they went out. You've saved time by yer, 'cause they'll hev to circle around to git into the Stringville road ag'in1 and thar's a chance to bead 'em off by takin' a short cut!' "Will you guide us and help us catch.them!" asked .l:iissiter. Darned ef I don't. l've got a grudtre ag'inF. Sam Brenner, anyhow, and would be right glad to see that gang cleane d out." Guided l:)y Tom Mabry, tbe party passed through forest roads and bridle-paths, until they came ont on the Stringville road, at the point which thP guide had wished to strike. Most of the men Jumpe d off to the road; but it was plam that the party they were pursuing bad passed that point., as fresh tracks were abundant, and those who were accust-0med to reading tracks recognized them as the 6'\me they liad seen near the places ftom which t}l,) horses had been stolen. "As we mis sed headin' 'em off," said Tom M
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Wide-Awake George, the Boy Pioneer. They knew tbat they canld expect no mercy If they: were captured, and, ol course, were ready to fight desperately for their lives; while the others knew their friends could not get to them acrcss tbe gap, and that they must put their work in vigorously and surely. But Lassiter and his comrades had the advantage of being prepared for the conflict, and their three rifles cracked as Sam, Brenner fell. Then they drew their pistols, and ran in to an end of the job .. The horse-thieves, swprised and taken off their guard, were scarcely able to defend themselves, and in a few seconds three dead bodies lay on the corduroy. George Denston was not certain whether be had actually killed a man or not, but gave him self the ben e fit of the doubt, though he knew ... his aim to be deadly. Abe Lassiter hastened to the assistance of Mabry, who was struggling with Sam Brennerv and the leader of the horse-thieves was soon securely bound. The on;J.y casualty on the pa,rt of the settlers was that of Bill Anderson, always unlucky, who had been shot in the arm. The others proceeded to restore the logs to the road-bed, so that their friends could join them. Then the bodies and the prisoner were taken to the land. But they were not taken far. Captain Lassiter's rope was brought into nse, and Sam Brenner was soon swinging by the neck from the limb of a tree. Tben the b?e fire. in the pursuit. As it could not be doubted that there was But the creature bounded away on two lega sometllin g of the.Jrlnd in the neighborhood, the with such tremendous strides, taking to the wiser heads settled down to the belief that it most difficult and inaccessible parts of the was a wild beast that had escaped from some woods, that it kept far ahead of th .. mouuted menagerie op the country. m en, and a shot that was sent after fo only in. One day Ben Denston went into the woods to creased its speed. loo k for a stray "yearling," and he came home Some of them got near enough to form the with a strange story of an encounter with the opini on that it was a man, as it ran like a man1 nondescript monster. and had hair like a man's, and they though& Gi'orge, who did not believe the tales he had that tbey could distinguish some rags o! cloth heard, was inclined to laugh at him; but Ben I ing. earn
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Wlcle-Awake George, the Bo7 Pio.neer. sa to believe that there must be aomethat tbe year would give them a handsome No thing supernatural about it, tnrn for their hard labor. But a large hollow oak with an opening at But the latter part of the summer told quite the base, soon attracted their attention, and It a different story. It was distingnished by such was the general opinion that the creature had a dry spell" as bad never before b zen ex taken refuge in the TI'Unk of the tree. perie nced, and which pas sed into the history of How to get it out, or get at it, was the next the reg ion as the big drouth. question. It extended into the early part of the autumn. George Denston, who was then strongly Crops were withered in the fields, all vegetation pressed with the belief that the nondescnpt was parched, cisterns were emptied without any wa11 a man, begged that nobody would shoot at prospect of filling them, the few wells in the it, n.s he wished to try to capture it with his settlement went dry, and the river was so low lasso, if it could be induced to come out, and be that in places 1ould be dry shod. was told that be should have a chance to try Several moved out of the neighbor his skill. hood, and the winter prospect for those who re-Abe Lassiter went behind the tree1 and beat mained was a dreary one. on the hollQw trnnk with a heavy sticK. The Denstons suffered with the rest, though, Suddenly the creature bounded out, in the thanks to George's forethought, a piece of bot of the entire and a horrible thing tom land which bad formerly ooen too wet to it was to look at. nse was planted with corn, and promised them UPOrge Denston stood firm, and swung his at least a partial crop. Jasso quickly, but with good aim. When the cistern threatened exhaustion, he The noos e settled down over the wild man' set at work to dig a well in a spot indicated by head, and tightened around his waist; but I Joe. Scurl, who claimed to b e a "water witch." failod to secure bis arms, as they were with J George bad never dug a well, but bis experi drawn from its clutch with wonderful quick en<'.e in di g ging a ci s t ern had taught him how to n!JBS. I go to work, and with Ben's help be made rapid Then the monster, crazy with rage or fear, I progress. At the depth of thirty feet from the played the game that is sometimes practiced by surface he s truck a v e in of water, which boiled bears when they are lassoed, but played it far up so rapidly and plent:ifu!Jy that be bad to more briskly than any bear would have done. make baste to get out of its way. So the water Seizing the rope with boj;h bands, and haul-problem was solved, t.o the great joy of the Ing it in.as he went, he advanced upon his capfamily. t.or with lightning leapsJ and before George But the chi e f trouble and danger arose from knew what he was about ne was thrown to the forest fires. Nobody knew how they origina ground, and the creature fastened his teeth in ted; but the ground was so parched, the. foliage his shoulder. 10 wfthered, and the timber so dry, that the He bit like a dog1 snarling horribly, and least spark was sure to start such a conflagra clasped the throat of nis victim with one of his tion as could not be easily extinguished. bard and sinewy hands. While these fires were raging, the settlers George Denston strove In vJl{n to free himjoined their forces to assist each other at the self from that hateful gripe. The grasp upon pgints which were the worst threatened, and bis throat tightened, and he felt that his breath by constant vigilance and bard work they suc was leaving him, when he was nearly deafened ceeded in preventing any serious destruction of by a shot that was fired close t.o his ear. property outside of the nearly worthless crops. The limbs of the monster trembled convul But it was impossible to. put a stop to tb sively, bis grasp loosened, and he rolled over, fires. If they were cut off at one place, thej dead. took a start in another direction, and every now When George looked up, he saw Abe Lassiter and then they would break outrafresh in unexstanding by him, with a pistOl in his hand. pected spots, or a breeze would send a danger-" I bat.I to shoot him, George," said he. "It ous conflagration sweeping tbrongh the forest. was the only way of saving your life. I reckon Thus the settlers were continually on the you bad better not tackle such a critter with a watcb, and continually at work, until they rope again. He was worse than a wild beast." were nearly worn out by their constant exerIt was seen tbat the creature was a man, tions. though there was scarcely anything that was One morning there was an alarm from the huma n in bis features, and Ben Denston's deplace of unlucky Bill Anderson; and George scription of him bad been a good one. There Denston mounted Molly, and rode over there to could be no doubt that he was a lunatic of the help fight the fire. worst kind, and that the neighborhood was well The neighbors worked bard all day, and had rid of the t error. the satisfaction of knowing that they had saved George Denston, who was badly scratched the farm buildings and nearly everything of and bitten, went home with Lassiter, and had value. his lacerated shoulder roughly cauterized before It was 'after sunset when George left Ander-he returned to his mother and sister. son's and-he was within about half a mile of hi1 home when a bright light suddenly broke out CHAPTER XIV TBJll FOREST B'IBB, Tm: third summer of the Denston ID their new home bad opened brightly and prosJ)81'0UJ],J, aud thv bad &ood reuoa to belJen before him. He looked along the lonely forest road, and 1aw that the woods were on fire on both sides of it. As he approached the spot the conflagra tion lncre!\lle
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Wide-Awake Geoqe, the Bo:r Pioneer. A lire bad lltarlied In the woods toward the west, and a brisk wind bad risen, wbicb was tarrying the devouring element in a swift and 1t.eady warch acrOb'll the little road and in the direction of the home of the Denstons. Tbe brush and leaves were everywhere burn Ing and roaring, the ftames were licking up the foliage and crackling among the twigs P.nd limbs of the trees, and the fire was gaining 1trength and spe e d with every moment. Tbe young man halted an instant, but only an instant. His home was threat.ened, ana he must reach it as soon as 12ossible. It was useless to think of passing around the conflagration or trying to head it off. There .was but one course to take, and that was to keep to the road and run the gantlet of tbe flames. He tied his handkerchief over his mouth, pulled d<>wn bis hat, and urge d Molly forward. Tbe mare objected and resisted; but he struck ber fl,mk fiercely with his hickory switch, and 1tartled her so that she dashed into the flames. hen she was once in she could do nothing l':mt go on, and she fle w down the forest road, 1naddened by fear, at the top of her speed. George felt the flames scorching his hands and : race, and tbe smoke nearly blinded and choked him; but he held bis bead down, and trusted to the mare to pull him through. A blazing sap ling dropped across the road before her, and she bounded over it. A large tree fell with a crash behind her, and startled her into yet more franiic efforts. Fortunately the lane of fire was not a broad one. Though the beadlong course of horse and rider was hot and dangerous, it was brief and IOOn over. The belt of fire was passed1 and Molly dashed through the lowered bars mto the mclosure around the house, where Mrs. Denston and Lucy and Ben were huddled together, watching the progress of the conflagration. George sprung to the ground, and went t.o work at once to wai.:d off the threatened disaster. But Ben bad not contented himself with standing still and watching the fire. He bad brougllt into the hQUSe inclosure all the stock that could be got together, and that much at least was safe, if house could be saved. The house stood in a small clearing surround ed by the tall trees of a heavy and virgin forest, and was <'Onnected with the forest by fencing and other ob>tructions that would carry fire. The first thing necessary was to remove all thos e obstructions, and put them out of the way ot the ftames. George set the others at that work, while he got together all the blankets and quilts in the ho11Se, soaked them in wet.er from the well, and, with the aid of a ladder, spread them on th11 roof. Then a couple of trees that stood too near the house quickly fell before the strokes of bis ax. By tbis time most of the fencing and other light stuJf in the mclosure had been removed t<> the leeward side of the house. I:Jy this time, too, the fire had taken comp!ete of the forest, was burning fiercely at the edge of the clearmg, and was rapidly iaurrounding the lncloaure. There was nothing more thatcould be done, except to fight o.ff the rivulet.& of fire that crept along the ground, and to lj:eep the covering Of the r-00f soaked with water. The heat was then so great that
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Wide-A.wake aeorge, the Boy Pioneer. "Your hands and face are bllst.ered, and your Tom's st.ory was that when became down-stair! eyes seem to be nearly out. W e will h ave to early in t he morn i n g he found his father dead keeg you in the h o use for awhile, whether or In h is be!!J h i s be a d having been split open with DO. __ I an ax. J::ie a t on c e c a ll e d Mary, who ran to the nearest n e ighbor's and g a v e t he al arm. CHAPTER XV. T h e d oo r of the room f a ced Rn ope n ball er TB:ll YOUNG DEPUTY SHERIFF. p ass a g e way betwee n the t wo partsot the house 11' the fall of t b e year o f "the big dro u ght" and the old.man always lock e d it when be went there was an elec t ion, at whic h Abe L assite r t o ted but T o m said that he found it op e n that was shertif of the county. It was an He bad heard no noise the office which he had not c ovete d, and, as he was llight and Marybwbo was o n the other side of not well fitted f<>r it by education, be made the pi'..ssai:reway ad beard none. George Denston bis deputy, engaging him to at-In a corner ol the old man's room a piece of tend to the clerical duties of the Tom's clothing_ was found, and it was stained George found that the work allotted to him with blo o d1 looking as i f bloody hands bed b een did not seriously interfere with his labors o n t h e wiped on it. The ex with which the murder farm, and it brought in a little rev<>nue that was c ommitted, and which was found on the was sorely needed; so he was well pleased with flo o r was T om's ax. He said that he bad left bis office. it at 'tbe woo dpile the pre viou s e vening. Outside of his cl erical duties the young d epuOn the strength o f the s e sus p ici o us circum-ty shertif bad li ttle official work to d o, until stan ces T o m Dra ine was arre sted, charged with near the opening of spring whe n be became in-t h e murde r o b his fathe r. Mary was allowed volved in a matter tha t called for no little to go free as it was pro p osed to use her as phrnk and s e lf-sacrifice. -wit ne s s against her brother. An .old man was found dead in bis h o u se The prisoner bad a h earing before Col. Welwhere he had been brutally and secretly mur-burn B a be W elburn's fathe r who was a justice dered. of the peac e .All tbe n e i ghbors were called in It "111S the first crime of the kind that had as witnesse s, and the t estimony was mainly been known in the n eighborhood. M e n bad dire cted to the unpleasant r e lations that had been killed in rows, in f air fights, or shot down existed between Reuben Draine and his openly on the high road ; but such a children. midnight, shocking murder as this was someM ary bad a long and severe examination, thing entirely new, ltflti i t caused a great sensa-unde r whi c h she m ore tban on c e broke down tion. and )Jurs t i nto tears. She w as compelled to Reuben Draine, tbe murdered man, had lived m a k e s om e a d m is sion s that were quite unfavor alone with his two"children, Thomas and able to h e r brother, as appeared that be had a young man of twenty-four and a girl of made threats against bis fa t her. But sbe bad nineteen. neve r paid aDY attention to tbem, as they were He was fully sixty years of age, and was not made under g r eat provocation, and Tom was well liked in th.e borbood, of a hars h noi s t r ong in b is head. . and morose dispositi o n, unobhgmg, un ocial, She c euld give no explanation of b1S bloody and almost repulsive in bis manne rs. Alt hough clothes nor could she account for the presence he was tbe owner of a large and productive of bis u in the house. But sh e was sure that farm, be lived in a mean .and stingy way, and Tom would.. neve r h ave harmed b : i s father, and lt WM probably bis penuriousness that gaine d she could only suppose that the house had been him the reputation of bemg a miser' and of entered at JJight by some streng8r, who had having plenty of gold and silver conceal e d in murdere d tbe old man for revenge, "" for bis log cabin. m o n e y. It was generally believed, and with good rea-To this theory was opposed the @1lneral belief llOn for the belief, that be lived on v ery bad that no stranger had' b een s ee n in the neighbor terms with his children; but there could )i ardly hood about that time, that Reuben Drain.i bad be a doubt that he was responsible f o r t b 1 s s tate no enemies outside of bis family, eLd that there of effairsJ as it was known that for years he was nothing to &'bow that a ther.t had :been bad treated them both very severely. committed or attempted. It w111 pretty certain that they w ere not the Public opinion was strong against T<>m kind of young people who were likely to k ee p a Draine. It was believed that be was tbe only house in an uproar. Tom Draine w a s by no p erson wno was lik ely to have killed bis fath.,r, means strong-minded, and was regarde d by so me aa well as the only one who bad caurn for as little better than idiot; Mary Ing him out of the way, and be was weet and gentle girl, whose amiable dllip O Sl to the log jail at the county town to await hia non made her generally liked. trial But when Reuben Draine was murdere d, This tregical case made George Denston, in there were plenty wbo believed that his children, the discharge of his .duties es deputy sheriff, having endured his hard and miserly rule es acquainte d with Mary Draine. He tb >n saw long as they could, had at last ,revolted and her for tbe first time, and sympathized with made an end of bim. her and admired her. The old man occupied one of the lower rooms He admired ber so much that be dete'"D'llned of a double log house as his sleeping apartment, to do what be could for her, and he OD Kary using the other, and 'Tom sleeping up-her after Tom was sent to jail, with of!cr:t of 1tairs in the room above his father. ailtjce and assistance. Reuben Draine was at ni&ht, and To these olfers &he responded verY ll'&teftll''1', \

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Wide-Awake Georse, the Bo;r Pioneer. and wu deeply touched by tbe kfndness of tbe one frien
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Wide-Awake George, the Boy Piontter. ('OOntry was IO scantily settled that there I bflen loolrln' abont for the right kind of a pard were few persons of wbom inquiries could be ner, and you suit me to a notch. It you will made. j go with me t' strip the cattle-trader, we will :Sut a Ettie judicious hinting led him on, unmAk" a big haul and keep it to olll'sPlve;;: til he got the ngbt direction, and at l!Wt be rode This propnsition was "nuts" to Jack Carter, boldly into the place of his destination. who was getting short o! money, and he ae> It was a very small settlement, composed of cepted it joyfully. onlT a few sbauties, the most important of I The next afternoon they set out, taking the which waa devoted to the sale of 'forty-rod trail which George Denstou had followed when whisky. he came to Thieves' Hollow. At this place the young man alighted, and At sunset, when they were several miles away wa'I received by a number of men wlio were from their comrades and near the border, filled with bad liquor, curiosity and suspicion. George p_roposed that they should conceal them Their character was apparent at a glance, and selves in a thicket at the side of the trail, and be could not have the least doubt that he bad await the arrival of their victim, who would be ac ually reached Tbieves' Hollow. pretty sure to come along befgre midnight. He1 too, was suspicious and reticent, until, by They had hitched their o&rses, and Jack the nints he dropped about being a fugitive Carter had saated himself on the ground to en from justice, he ha! gaiLed the confidence of joy the x_ontents of a lla,;k of whiskyhben bis tbe crowd. comrade suddenly confronted him wit a leveled Then he introduced himself as Bud Wilson, pistol. a11d told the story that he had prepared for that 1 "Throw up your bands I" ordered George. purpose. As he told it.In a straightforward Cartflr'sriflewastoofaraway,andhereached way, and was well acquainted with the region for a pistol. in which he had located his adventure, he waa I "Dro_p it," said George, "or you are a dead believPd, and, as he put on the appearance of a 'man. Throw up your bands, I tell you!" reckless ;voung chap, he was received into the J Carter raised his bands; but, when George fellowship of the desperadoes. approached him, he jumped up with amazing At the same time he gave them to understand agility, and grappled bis antagonist. that he was young in crime, and was not above I There was a severe but short struggle, which heiug troubled by the remembrance of what he ended in favor of the strong and active young had done. deputy sheriff, who tied the !::ands of the des-"The fact is, fellers," said be, "that I never perado firmly behind biS" back. killed a man afore. I reckon it's notbin' when "What sort of a joke is t!lis, Bud Wilson I" you git used to it; but it tetched me on the raw, asked Carter. "If you have brought me ca& and I jest had to light out." here to rob me, just go through me and finish He was assured that be 'would soon recover the job." from his unpleasant i:ensatious, and that be My name is not Bud Wilson," replied George. might tind a refuge at Thieves' Hollow, as long "I am George Deustou, a deputy sheriff from as he could pay his way. If his money gave Arkansas, and I arrest yon for the murder of out, he would have to 11.nd some means oflgetReuben Draine." tln_g more. "Wide-awake Georye, by thunder!" ex-Haviug established himself with these wild claimed Carter. "I've beard of you, you11g companions, be looked for a man with a clubchap. But you can't serve any warrant on me fcnt and a missiniz finger, and soon found him. hi Texas." Ho learned, too, that this man's name was Jack I will have you over the border pretty Ca.rt.er, and then he believed that his quick," replied George, "and I warn you that ous mission was fully half performed. you had better not try to get away." Heoultfvated theacq_uaintanceofJack Carter, Of C'ourse Carter, notwithstanding this wem and soon became so intimate with him thllt they ing, lost no cban<'e of attempting to make bis two justified the old saying, "As thick as two escape, and G;.eorge Deuston'11 existence until he thieves." reached home was one of constant wakefulnel8 He noticed that Carter bad plenty of money, and watchfulness. and that it was in gold. As.the scamp spent bis He disarmed bis prisoner, mounted him on hfa money pretty freely, Gi!orge easily a chance own horse, and drove him on, riding all that J to examine one of the pieces, and discovered OI) night and all the next day, with scarcely a it Reuben_Draine's private mark. stoppage for a bite of food. Tbe second night The one thing then lef"' to do was to capture they spent in the woods, and the third night d bis man end take him home. the house of a farmer to whom George had He sought a private conversation with Jack confided his purpose on his way down. But ai Carter, and gave him an interesting bit of in-no time did be feel sufficiently secure to take lormation. tile rest he needed. "The story that I told when I came here, When he reached home, and had put hiR pri1-Jackt" 11&id he, "was as straight as a shing le; oner into the sure bands of Abe Lassiter, hewu but tnere's a tail to it. I ain't quite so green as completely exaausted. He slept, and it wu I made out to be, and I came down h ere to long before the waking hour came. make a strike, M well as to git out of the way Then be hastened to Mary Draine, who had of the law. I knew of a rich cnttle-trail e r who already been informed of the result of bis miawu comln' this way, with his pockets full of Ilion, and who was more than grateful to him money. I've beard from him since, end be will for what he had done. "9 ..,, to o:ou tile border to-morrer nig;bt, I've The ot this exploit wu tbot the proof

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18 against .Jack Carter cawed htm t6CJDf6111 his crfme, and Tom Draine was released. Another upshot was an engagement of marriage between George Denston and Mary Driine, who was as pretty as she was amiable and true, and who came in for a nice bit of property that her miserly father had uved. WOJ"St or ft, when a tan and powerful man lll4lo denly stepped in and changed the scene. This was Lou Brewer, who baa been men tioned in these sketches, and who was not only friendly to George Denst o n, but entertained a yet warmer feeling tor that youn' man's sister. He pwhed his way through the muss," striking right and left with his heavy fists, cleared a CHAPTER XVIL pa1sage for George, and dragged him out of the RUNNING :roa Ol'FIOJC. door to where his horse was bi t ched. BEFOJl.E the time came for George Denston I don't want to run off and leave my and Mary Draine to be married, there was a friends," protested George. general election, at which members of the State "But you must. Your friends will be safe Legislature were to be chosen. enough you are The truth is; Wide-awake George was so popular fn bis George, that you have been making such a bole own neighborheod, and had made such a broat in Gerrisb's vote that Col. Welburn has put reputation through the district for skill and some men on your track to jayhawk you. He bravery and sense, that many of hie is afraid that you will win the unless he triends, including Abe Lassiter, advised him to can get you killed off or iaid up. Bo you must beoome a candidate for the Legislature. take care Of yourse lf, and I am going to see As the farm was then well under way, and you safe home right now." Ben was old enough and smart to take The candidate mounted his horse, and suffered almost the entire management of it, George himself to be led away. *bought that be would lose nothing by makirig But he and Brewer did not go directly home, a bold stroke for a bigh.rr position, and an-and bis stoppages on the route gave his enemiee nounced himself as a candidate. another chance, of whicb. they availed tbemAs it was a sort of a "scrnbrace," there were selves. then three candidates in the field besides himAs the two friends were traversing a forest self, the most important one Ben Gerrish, road a dash upon them was made from a side a yonng lawyer who had been imported into path by several mounted men. neighborhood by Colonel Welburn, and who It was so unexpected and so sudden that was championed by that influential gentleman1 George, for once, was entirely unprepared for who bad a swamp land scherue that be wantea it, and be was taken quite at a disadvantage. to push through the Legislature for bis own Bat it happened that was the very thing benefit.. that Lon Brewer had been looking for. As George Denston had made a big name for As he saw the rush be brought down bis whip himself by bis pursuit and capture of Ren hen with all his force upon the flank of the mare Dra.ine's murderer, he was recognized as a forGeorge was riding, startling that animal into midable caudidate, and two of the others soon such an exhibition of speed as must have as dropped out, leaving it to lawyer Gerrish and tonisbed herself as well as her rider. the young deputy sheri1f. She dashed down the road at a headlong George at once began an active canvlll!S, golop, and was so thoroughly frightened tnat log from house to house, and "log-rolling in George was unable to regain control of her un the usual way to solicit the votes and infiuenoe til she bad gone about a quarter of a mile. of bis neighbors. In the mean time he heard rapid firmg behind In the course of his canvass it was necessary him, and was nearly crJl.ZY to go to the assis to visit the "doggeries," as the liquor shops at tance of his friend. the.county town and the cross-roads were called, When he finally succeeded in _pulling up the and in one of them be witnessed an exhibition mare, be looked back. and saw Brewer ndlng of practical politics that wa1 decidedly un-toward him alone. But be was pale, and he pleasant. leaned forward in his saddle. A young man had expressed iu George's pres"What was the matter!" eagerly asked ence an intention of voting for him, when one George. "Why did you give my that of Gerrih's supporters stepped up to the voter cut!" and threatened to "bu'at hill bead" if be did "It was those same jayhawken," replied not abandon that intention. Brewer. "I sent your horse out of the muss "I think you bad better not try it," said because I didn't want old Welburn to win his George coming promptly to the rescue. "His game by you off the track. But you vote is bis own, and he bas a right to cast it as may bet your lite, George, that I made their. be pleases, and I will see that he is protected in P8!. for their fun." $hat right." 'I beard the shots. Are you hurt, Lon t" How will you heh> yourself, you miserable "Well they hit me once or twice, and I be-whiffet, you sneakin1 polecat, you interloper lieve tbey have kinder sickened me." from Indiana!" As Brewer swayed in bis saddle, George Ot course such an insult must be resented at helped him to alight and found that be bad once, and George knocked the man down withbeen struck in two piaces. He bound up too out a word. wounds as well as he could, so as to stop the This was the signal for an onslaught by the I loss of blood, helped his friend to mount, and 1Upporters of Gerrish and Welburn, who were took him to the Denston homestead, which forlargely in the majority in the "dogger;r," and twlately happened to be near at hand. GeOr"e ud hill tew lriendl wen aettilla ibe th story of thia encoUDter moved 1i1ra. Deu-

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Wide-Awake G6orge, the Bo:y Pioneel'. ton to deplore her son's entrance into polltlc1, and to beg bim to withdraw fro m tbe race be fore he g<>t killed\ bu.t Lucy's sympathies at onoe went out to tne wouuded mau, whom her brother could not praise too highly. Bhe posted Ben off for a doctor, and com pelled Brewer to r emain where he was and 81lbmit to be nursed by her mothe r and h e rself unttl bis wounds were e ntirely healed. The upshot of this adventure w a s a marriage engage m en t b etween um Brewer and Lucy Denstou, with which George was hil?jlY ple ased. "You have g o t a prize, Lucy,' said he. Lon is a man all throug h, a n d a better and truer man nev e r trod the earth." fmmediat;e arrangement with Gerrish ror a Joint di:ir.us s ion. Lassiter, who eaw nothing but disa ster in m c h a course, tried to argue bim out of it; but George, with a smiling face, insisted on the point. But you can't make a s pee ch, George." said bis friend. "That f e ll o w will chaw y o u up aml talk you out of your boots. "Maybe he won't. Give me a chance, Abe, and I think I will win this fight." "What bas got into y ou. my boyf H 3ve yo11 f ound out anything about Gerrish, or Welburn,. or any of them?'' "Well, I have beard a story." "A story I That is just the thing, if it Is e Jood story, and if you can tell it well. Wh .. is it, G e orge?'' CHAPTER XVTIL "I don't care to tell It jus t yet. Fix the WINNING THlil GAMB. thingupandiriverneachance." THE G errish party, which w a s in reality tl{e The arrangement was made, and the llll Welburn party, circulated their own account nouncement of the joint was cirof the attack in the f orest road, and tried to culated broadcast, the Gerrish faction boa sting make capital against George Denston by accus-that they be.a ioe young fellow at last just ing him of being a coward, who bad run away where they wanted him. nnd left his friend to bear the brunt of the On the appointed day there wag a large crowd. "skrimmaae." for a thinly-settled country, at the place of But tbis falsehood was pretty well refuted by mee ting. The entire section bad taken a holl Geo r g e's r eputatio n for c ourage, and by the day, and the people had comti from far und state m ents which Lon Jlrewer sent out from his near to see the young farmer cbawed up" by sick room. the lawyer from K e ntuclty. Still, though it was clear to those who had Lawye r Gerrish, who had made lntelli genCfl to lo o k into the matte r C o L a fin e fl owery and argumcutative speech. Aa Welburn's swamp-'land s cheme was intende d for his friends said, he was anrl primed n the bene fit o f his private pocket, and did no4 for tb.e occasion, aud he did not pro pose to lack much of being a s\ld!ld l e he bad succeeded "leave a grease.spot" of his young oppunenl:t. in persuading man1 tua.t it was an impo:Ftant The audience listened to him attentive ly, and publlc measure which would be of great vnlue applauded bim frequently. At the close of his to th e people of the district. spgech he confidently prepkted his e lection, It was also quite certain that C o l. Welburn, and alluded c o mpassionat ely to his "young who was a w ealthy ma.n for that regio n, was friend,'' who had bee n l e d to make a losing spending money freely in the e:i nvass, and that race by bad advisers and the vanity of youth. he would omit no efl'.ort to elect bis candidate. G eorge Denston rose to reply, greeted only There could be no doubt that these methods were by the forced applause of bis friends. But he telling agains t George Denston. bad a c o nfident air and a smiling face. His youth was aiso alleged aftainst the "My n eighbors and fri ends," be SBid, "it II man, and the fact that he was 'only a farmer, irue that I am young; but yon have the con while his opponent was a lawyer, who could solation of knowing that l: am not old in speak f o r hi.3 c onstituents and exert an-influence iniquity. It is also true that I have not been in th eir behull. long i : n the county; but I came here earlier Tllese unfavorable indications were increased than my oppon ent, and yon will bear out in by the eff ort of the Gerrish m e n to bring about saying that I have done more for the district, aj.:oint dis c ussion between their candidate a _nd so far, than be bas done his y oung oppon ent. The y made e. proposition "It bas lately been hinted that I h a ve played to tbu .. ff e ct, but George's fri.ends re!used to ac-the part of a coward; but I n ee d only appeal capt it. Tbey knew that thell" candidate was a to those who know me to nail that li e As for youug f e llow, one thems. elves, who. had never the swamp land sc ue me, I <'81'1. only s a y! with attempted to spea)i: m pubhc, a_nd beli eve
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ao Wlde-Awa.ke George. the Pioneer. t.o do so now, 11s I am snretbRt. I would 1rgo Denston was returned by a good majority. 'l'he district had cause to regard him as an able anil fnitbful representative, and when th., session was emled be c ame home and neesly his mother's farm of debt. '.l.'oe n he married Mary Draine, and settled on the Draine farm, while Lon Brewer married Lucy and helped Ben to take Cllft cf Ue11ato11 piaca. ;, .$;M ..

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DeadWiiiid Dick Library btract trom the New York Eventnir San. LATEST AND BES'l'. HANDSOME TRI-COLORED COVERS. 32 Pages. Issued Every Wednesday. Price 5 Cents. Buy One and You Will Buy the Rest I TWO REMA.ltKA.Bf,E HEROES. In onl y one 1enll8 or .the word can It be regard e d ae a nove l 1ta t e m eut when the tact 11 here recorde d that lltera. &ure haa gll" e n many heroes t o the w orld, and perhaps more than o n e reader wJll have to tblnk a m o m e n t over lhla remark before tbe IUbtle d e licacy or ltl geulal wU 1trlke1 b orne . &are, It traced from th dimly dletant day s wben Adam wu a mere child down to the pre1ent day, would abow kl few heroe1 that In the eyea of boy hood would be eYen Judged worthy of c ompariso n with the two greatest :.. reth: e.way the palm or popularity, and auob u be left far behind In the race I& oan be ea11ly helleved, thererore that the two Dicke ue IO ftrmly engrarte d on the tree or p opular literature bo7a and y oung m e n, that their poal tlon 111 allured and tbat tbe1 atand to-da7 head and ahould e n aboTe all rival & lo tbe e y ea or the public tor which have lt ved, and f o r which one of them haa died. American boyhood, and that la a tremendo ua factor ta the land, now know a D ead wood D ick, Jr., a goo d beal be .. ter than It koowa lta catechtam, and mllllo111 of youo1 mlnd1 a b11orb the thrllllng lnc ld e11ts o r hla career In bla everlasting warfare agalust crime and his uever-eualn1 solving o f Impenetrable myaterles. M.llll o n1 o f b oy a follow hie stealthy tootat.eps aa he traclrl bla vlclo ua vi ctims to their undoing and then, when the vtctlma are tho r oughly undone, the rnllllona wait hunarllJ for the nex t volume, which on e very Wedneaday appear& with the certainty o f the Wedneaday ltaelf, and a new 1ea or delightful thrllle go thrilling away from Maine to Call torn la. There are the volume eac h s o crowded with thrlll1 anti bearttiuga that It w ere m a dne88 to hope to do juatlce &e them c ollective l y and rank Injustice to dlacrlmlnate be tween the m, To abandon the Idea of giving a few extract cauae1 In nntte pain, but It once a atart were made In that dlreorton It would he cruel to The Eve nf.na Suna reader to ato p anct It la there f ore better not to relate one Ingle advP11t11re. sumce It to aay that the atorles are clean and well written. DEADWOOD DICK LIBRARY. l De&dwood Dick the Prince of the Road I The Double Dag1