Night-hawk George, and his daring deeds and adventures in the wilds of the South and West

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Night-hawk George, and his daring deeds and adventures in the wilds of the South and West
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Copyright, 18$1, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Post o mce;NewYork, N Y., as s econd clas s matter. Sept. 17, 1899. No. 37. Publihed. /!.'very Week. lll. J lVEltS & C O l'ub lisber.,. (James Su\livan, Pr Opt1e t or, 319 l'earl Streer N e w Vo1k. Night-Hawk George, Price 5 Cents. $2.50 a Y ear. Vol. Ill. DeecU and Adventuret1 the South alld W etit. BY PRENTISS INGRAHAM.


Copyright, 1884, by Beadle &.Adams. Entered a t PostOmce, New York N.Y., as second c lass matter. Sept.17, 189'J. No. 37. Published Ev!'ry Week. lU. J. IVERS & CO., Publishers, (James Sull!van, Proprietor,) 379 l'e1n-I Street, New York. Price 5 Cents. $2.50 a Year. Vol. lll. N ht H k G And his Daring Deeds and Adventures 1g aw eorge, in the Wilds of the South and West. BY COL. PRENTISS INGRAHAM. 111(0'1f, UD-SJm1s, YO'OR ARROWS HAVE GOT TO BE SHARP TO GO THROUGH TBIB T0\00 llRE.\STWORX, SO FIRE AWAYb"


I Night-Bawk George. Night-Hawk And His Daring Deeds and Ad ventres In the Wilds ot the South and West. BY COL. PRENTISS INGRAHAM, LUTHQ_R 011' "BUFFALO BILL," "WILD BILL," "TEXAS JACK," "BUCKSKIN SAM," "OLD GRIZZLY ADAMS' S BOY PA.RD," "BRUIN ADAMS " EDDY BURGESS, THE BOY CHIEF," "WBITB BEA VER," ETC. CHAPI'ER L "Guess I'll go to Texas, bnt I mustn't let mother know, or she'd stop me. Brother Bill will with her, though, and when I save up my money and get a ranch I'll send for them. "Yes, that is what I'll do-I'll go to Texas. "Let me see. Mother is over at the Doddl' to-day, so I'll just fetch my saddle-bags, pi11tols 1md pony here, and leave them until to night, when I can.slip out and get many milee away by morning. c "Won't B ettie Low cry when I have gonef. "But I'll write her a letter and leave it with one for mother, and that will cheer her up. "Yes, and I must write Bill a letter, telling him to be a good boy and take care of mother. "And while I'm writing I guess I'll drop a line to old Keating, and tell him that the whip ping he gave me made a man of me. A BOY'S SOLILOQUY. Tbe old fellow has been telling me for .two "WELL, what am I to do nowf years to be a man I be a mau I' and I gues1 "Old Keating won't take me back to school he' ll be glad I've followed his advice. after the thrashing I gave his son this morn"Now I must get home and arrange for the ing, although he had his revenge on me. trip." "Whew! it smarts yet where the old man As the speaker closed his soliloquy he walked hit me but I didn't wink even, for Bettie Low rapidly away through a foot-path. told so, and I ki!1der turned my face so she He was a boy of fifteen, with clear-cut could s ee me. features, dark complexion, and hair that was "But I guess Dan Keating would rather take as black as ink. the licking his father gave me than the one I His eyes were dark, restle'.JS, and full of fire, gave him, !or I hammered him well, I can tell and his form was tall. slender, elegant, and you. denoted great strength. And he deserved it, too, for sending that His movements were quick, and somehow valentine to Bettie Low and figning my name reminded one of an Indian, so stealthy was to it just to make her turn against me, for she bis tread, and so straight and wiry was his that I wrote it until I beat him so that form. he confessed. He was dressed in a plain jean suit and ''Well, mother won't like my being expelled, "hickory" shirt wore his pant1r stuck in his for she wanted me to study liard and make a boot tops, and soft felt hat; but h!s toilet great man; hut my education is ended at old was considerably disarranged, for, as his words Keating's, that is certain, and it is too far to have told the .reader, he had been fighting with go to any other school, so I guess I'll have to a follow schdol-mate, and then received a very do aR brother Frank did, just 1trike out for severe thrashingfrom that student's father, myself. who was the teache r of the country school. "But wher e shall I strike forf Having been also ignominiously expe lled, "That's what bother> me. while "Keating's Kid," as the teacher'd boy "Le t me see. I think I could get to be a was called was condoled with, the you tu made boy herder in Texas, for I don't give in to any-np his mibd to follow in the footprints dt his boJy in ridin g. elder brother Frank, who had left his home to "But Texas is a long way off; yet I can make a name for lJimself. make it, and I've got sixty-seven d o ll ars saved I "It I act square work bard and doti't u p, and my pony, and my gun and pistols, 10 forgo t mother's teacbfn gs, I guess I can't go t-0 I'm rich. I the bacl" he had-argued iu his favor, and with -,. "Th a g ood deal of truth, too, on his side Known also as" T e xas Nlgh1t-Hawk "rndGeorg: His name was G eorge Powell and his home Pr. n irie \Vandt;r e r whose r e a name o . f N ha:; hen almost dropped In the appellations I was m one of the wild es t p ortions o ew ho has w o n upon the far fr o ntier. 11 ,York S ta te at the time of which I write. George Powill is the brother of Dr. His farni11y came of g o od stock &ud therA known as H v lhit.e Beav er, n H Fancy ( rJ\D e z . f who se life "'US g iven In Boys' LIBRARY No. 87,_ ana was a trace of Jnt11an bluod Ill hid Vt ms, or lJ11 of William Powell, also called "Bron

I Night-Hawk George, a Iii father being dead, the mother and her three sons had dwelt upon the little fa.rm, until ftrst Frank had gone forth to seek his fortune, aud now George was to follow. As the youh, with bis ,bag of books, and the accumulat. ions of months In bis desk, swung over his shoulder, walked away, a man arose from behind a huge rook and gazed after him. The man's face was wl:\lte and haggard, his clothing torn, and be bad the appearance of being_ a vagabond and a fugitive. "At last! at la&t! there is a chance open for me to elude my foes. The boy will bring his horse and arms to this sp L t to hide, and to-night will come for them, and he will have with him sixty-seven dollars. "Ob, heaven! what a sum to' a starving man. "What a fortune-money, horse, and arms -for a hunted wretch. "Boy, you have 1111.ved me; but you stay !>ere, it I kill you, while I go to Tea:as. The man then crouched back among the shrubs that grew about the rock, det;ermined to bide his tim11 until the coming of the boy. Then he would act. CHAPTER U Pll.EPARATIONS. CTPON reaching bis home, which was nearly two miles from the school house, but which distance George shortened by cutting through the forest, the boy found his younger brother, Billy, seated upon the piazza, nursing a sore toot, which had kept him from being a partlci pator in the exciting affair with the Keatings, f.ather and son. In a fdw words, George told Billy all, and waa list;ened to most attentively by that youth, who said: I am glad yon lfcked Dan, George, for he deserved It, and as for a thrashing from old Keating, I don't mind 'em." The latt;er was true, tor Bill had been often the recipient of such attentions from the schoolteacher, for be was a very mischievous boy, and took upon himself the blame, where smaller boys, or girls were accused, when he was really innocent. Billy bad also invented, though he had not patented it, a leather undershirt, which he wore regularly, in anticipation of trouble, and the result of which was that be could wink at the boys, while Mr. Keating was laying the ratan on the hardest; unless, as was times the case, the whip found a viW point not covered by the ingeniously manufactured hide &arment. thef&mous Kecllclne Chief "White Bea'fer." '!'hen Billy would wince, perhaps, but never cry out, and Mr. Keating had a hundred time1 said: "Those Powell boys have bides like elephants and the game of Indians." "Well, George, what are you going to do about it!" a&ked Billy, "I will not Jet you Imo_. yet, Billy, but you just 'wait," was the reply. Billy thought that "just wait implied a threat of coming trouble for old mon Keating andhis hopeful, and be said: "Wdl, I'll be with you, George, whatever It is." George then went to his room to pack up for his journey. He bad a belt of arms, as fine as nny Texas Ranger could have d e sired, and these he care fully cleaned, loaded the two revolvers, and laid tbem aside. Then be overhauled his v:ardrcbe, 1md got out his Sunday suit, boots and bat. His spurs were then brushed up until they shone like gold, and bis blankets, a red and a gray one, were rolled up ard strapped. A pair of calf-skin saddle-bags, with the hairy side out, were then hauled out from a closet, and filled with a couple of shirts, some under-clothing, socks, ammunition, a tin cup, plate, fork end knife, and a few other odds and ends that be expected to find needful Then the boy, with tear-dimmed eyes sat down to write to bis mother. He told her that he believed be WM doing right, and would never forget her teachings, and soon as he was able would have her come to him wherever be had his A letter to Billy, full of advice, followed, and then he wrote to Bettie Low, end that young maid, who, like her sex, was at the bottom of the trouble, was informed that he would be true to her until death. Calling to Billy, and telling him It was time to drive over to a neighbor's after bis mother, who was nursing an invalid, George waited his departure, and then slipping a small re volver, a present from bis brother Frank, into his jacket pocket, shouldered bis traps end left the house, unseen by the servant woman. He reached the rock In safety, near which he had stood and indulged in bis soliloquy, and then concealed the thiogs in the bushes. Returning home be set to work getting bis saddle aud bridle in perfect trim, and feeding and rubbing down his pony for the hard ride before him, for he intended to push ahead un til morning. As the ste ble waa locked every night by the farm hand, George led his pony out, and be too was concealed in the forest, 'near his trapa. To his joy, Billy returned to lill.Y his mother would rEmain away all. night, as the invalid wu worse, &Dd then the bo11 had 1upper, a!W


Night-Hawk which, u was bis wont, bis hrotber ,went to I go to-Texas, bis heart failing him, and would bed, while George pretended to read, though remain at home, intending to come after the his eyes were too di=ed by tears, to see a pony and things in the morning. line before him. "Perhaps he's afraid to come into this dark As soon as all was quiet he arose, threw torest at night, aod really I don't blame bil!l aside his book, took a long glance around him, much, for every shadow is a phantom to me," and then left the house, muttering audibly; b;i said. shuddering as he spoke. "Good by I good-by l" But. George Powell was not made of the kind One lingering look at the old homestead, of stuff to back out, when once be bad made up from which be was running away to take his bis mind, and as forbeing afraid of the forestt, detiny in bis own band, and be Eped toward his youthful days bad been passed in their the forest where were bidden all of his shadow. treasures. His mother waa often wont to roam about CHAPTER III. MEETING BIS MATCH. Tim man who had beard the remarks of George Powell, when be halted at the rock, on his way home, waited most impatiently for the time to go by. After a couple of hours, which seemed an age to him, the boy returned, bearing the bag gage that be was to carry with him. These be concealed near the rock, though a1 be knew few persons ever passed that way, he hardly thought it necessary to hide them. Again the man impatiently waited the re turn of the boy, and then he came with bis pony, a clean limbed roan maref that showed spirit, bottom and speed. The pony W!l-S lariated out to teed upon the grass, unsaddled and unbridled, and once more the boy disappeared. "Now is my time, for delay may spoil all, and I may have to kill the boy to get the_ things,'' said the m"-n and he arose and weut over to where the boy's traps were coucealed, and began an inspection of them. There are a good pair of revolvers, and the knife is the best steel," he mutte1ed, and continuing to overhaul tho things, be said slowly; The weapons are loaded, and here is mor.e ammunition. "Yes, the ooy means business, and he bas it in his face t o keep his word and make a name for himself. "I hate to disappoint him, 1mt self-preserva tion Is the first law -:if mankind. I ba ve h ere just w bat I wish, a fine horse, and all to aid me; but where is the money?" He searched all through the traps, but could nowhe r e find the mon ey. "That be bas kept with him, and without money I cannot go, so I will wait and rob him when h e comes," and-the man again con ceRled himsel f in the thicket. Just after s uneet the full moon arose, and the man took up bis position near a tree, to await the coming e>f the youth and spring upon him. As the miuutes went by be se e med to grow more ani more nervous, wondering if any accident had prevented the boy from c oming or if he ha.d repented of hla determination to the country with ber boys, on horseback, nnd in an ambulance, and wandering like many an adventure they bad met with, called forth the pluck and nerve or her sons. His mother greatly liked Mr. Keating as a teacher, and she had al ways set her face sternly against his going off to seek his fortune: but now that be had trouble with' the school master, he would act for himself, and he hoped to redeem himself in the eyes of his mother before very long, while by going away he simply carried out a pet scheme be bad long thought of. Leaving his home, with a choking sensation in the throat, patting the faitb1ul wutch-dog that wished to follow him, and driving him back, George Powell entered the forest by the path which be and his had made in going to and from schoo l. As be approached the spot where be bad left his pony he was greeted with a neigh, and stepping up to the tree, where he bad hung bis and bridle, he suddenly found bimselt in a grip of iron. At first he believed it was Billy, who had discovered his purpose and had gone there to frighten him. But be knew Billy bad no such Ftrengtb, and it flashed through his mind that it might be the schoolmast e r. But a ray of moonlight tbr:ougb the foliage showed him a dark-bearded, haggard face, and eyes that glared upon him. "Boyl give me your money! "The sixty. seven dollars you have, give t;o me, for I am a despente man." The words w ere hissed in the ears of the youth, who at once knew what he had to deal with. He had been seized by the throat, but not with force enou g h to harm him, and by an etl'ort of his stiengtb, which was marveloua 1 for one of bis age, for the boys had said he could easily handle old Keating H he had wished to, he shook; off the grasp, and at once b egan to act upon the offensive, \'\>bile he cried; I've got the money, just that sum, rigM here in my pocket, and you've got to fight for 15."


Night-Hawk George. "By heaven I but you are game," said the I know I am dying, and now I am glad the man, and at once a fierce fight bagan. end has come. Under ordinary circumstances the man could "I beard what you said tbis arte rnoon, aud have quickly conquered the boy, for he posI determined to take your horse 1 nd money sassed a large and powerful frame; but he had and escape, for I have been hic:rng in tb11 been wandering in the woods for several days forests like a hunted de.,r, with thu gallows without food, and was weak and unnerved in staring me in the face for my crimfS. comparison to his usual strength. "Your bullet bit me just here, over tbe George Powell was, as I have said, rebreast, and I know I have but a littl.11 time to markably s trong for bis age, wiry, and quick live. as a flash in bis movements, and though taken But stay with me until I die, awl then go by surprise, he held his nerve wonderfully, to town and tell tbe constable where be wiU and wrestled, tugged, struck and bi.t with his find the body of Ben Bradenburgb and get large foe with the savageness of a young your reward, for, boy, there is a good sum of-paother. fered for me dead or alive." Rende:red desperate by the resistance of the "I don't want your blood-mor.ey," said twy. and with the thought of poi:sible failure q-eorge indignantly, and he then tried to staring him in the face, the man made a demake the man as comfortable as be could, termincd effort, and threw his youthful antago-brought him a cupful of water from a rivulet nist heavily to the ground, falling upon him. near by, and remained by bis side For an instant George was stunned; but re-For a while he spoke with reai:on, and then covering himself quickly, and finding the man bis words became incoherent, and at last the had rolinquished his grip upon him, to reach end came, and Ben Bradenburgh the double his pockets, be suddenly thrust his hand into murderer had cheated the gallows. hh jacket and drew out the small revolver he As soon as he was convinced that he was had placed there. d ead, George Powell gathered his trap1 toTbe man saw the act and at once grasped gethor, bridled and saddled his pony, and' rode ,,tor the weapon; but be w&s too late, for the rapidly away from the spot. boy's. finger to' uched the trip:ger, the flesh and The country town was ten miles away, end report followed, and tbe stru?gle had ended. he kept bis pony et a lively gait unt ii he drew "Boy, you have killed me/' gasped the up before the mansion of the Judge. man. Then he dismounted and wrote by the moonGeorge extricated Limself from beneath light, and with a pencil: him, and naid, 1:.s he rested on his knees looking "Junoz WINTHROPE: at him: "To-nlght,2n the path leading from Widow Pow-" I em sorry, sir, but you are to blame." ell's to the .l!..eatlng school-house, I w a s attacked Tb t t, b th by a man whos e intention was to rob m J e man was s1 en a momen rea mg He said before he died, for I shoi; him In the heavily, and then he said: struggle we bad, that be was Ben Brad 3 1hurgh the What is your name, my ladt" escaped murderer, and. his body wi_ll found on "George Powell Haltlvay Rock, whic h Billy Powell will you. p0 II b d As I had already left home for oth' parts, my Well, George owe you ave save me killing Ben Bradenburgh has nothing t o do with my from dying on the gallows, and I thank you. absence' now, and the reward offered f >r himl.ou "Hve you ever heard of Ben Braden-1 can give to the widow ,?f the poor j'ailer 1e kille b h " Respectful y, urg "GEORGE POWELL." "The man who killed his wife some weeks . ego in the country town, and when in prison This letter was not w.ntten m a copper-plate escaped J,,v murdering tho jaile.r1" hand, nor wru: the spelling remarkel le for cor" yes ,; rectnfss; but it served the purpose, and George " that mant" rung at the door of the Junge, and asked that "I am." the pa.per should be handed to that rngust pel'" "Then I won't feel so sorry for they say sonal!'e. you wer a cold-blooded wretch, and killed "The has retired," said servant, your wife to get her money," frankly and w_ho was JUst closing up the hou e for the bluntly said the boy mgbt. "Well, they tell the truth, for I have been "Wake up for it is i11portant," alJ that "as bad, and now that I am dying, I I and so sayrng Powell tur, on hie tell you to Jet my life be an example for you, mounted bis pon:l'., and .left th. village. as tor 11:ambling and dissipation brought me to a s he entered it, takmg a 1 : .. ad which th ,, hIS knowledge or geography toM b11 was the you ore not dying, and the doctor direct road from New York State U> may save you.'' exaa. ''No, do not go for a physician.


J .. 6 Night-Hawk Georce. CHAPTER IV. '.AKONG THIEVES, A BOT of fifteen, a horse, a belt of arm8, and sixty-seven dollars are, all told, a Email force to move upon a State with, and to use in making a fortune, and so Georg e Powell discovered ere he had been six weeks upon the road He was compelled to eat, and so was bis pony and this took money. Then his pony began to fail him and he bad to trade him off, and give "boot." Thill left him with but fifteen dollars, but a very fair animal, which the next day was rec o gnized es a sto len animal, and George was pursued, arrested, and found himself in jail as a horse-thief, In vain was it that he told of bis exchanging his pony for that one; nobody w culd believe him, and, as a great many horses bad been sto len ill the neighborhood, be was get down as tbe young culprit. Meo lo o ked at him through iron bars, end whe n told that he bed a belt of arms on when taken, io bis bearing that be "looked dangero us," "bad a bad eye," would make a Dick Turpin,'' a Claude Du val," it not sent to prison. The boy was sadly tempted to write home to prove bis character, but what would bis mother and Bfttie L ow say? Then all of Keating's school would laugh at him, so he determined to trust to himself alone and make bis e s cape. This was no easy matter, for be was on an npper fl.oor of the jail, and his window looked down into the yard, where be observed a huge dog was kept running loose, as a terror to any prisoner meditating escape Had he been guilty of the offense with which he was charged, George Powell would have been willing to stand his trial, for he would have been reckless of consequences; but wholly innocent, and having refused to give Lis name, he was bent upon making his escape. In the same cell with him was a pale faced, haggard-looking young man of twenty, iD whom he took an interest, for he did not look like a culprit. He had said to George upon bis entering: "Ttiey say misery loves company, but I am teallysorry to see you here, my young friend." Thank you," said George; '' and I am sorry to have to be here; but I am innocent of wrongdoing, and shall have to make the best of It." The two thus brought together soon became friends, and George told the young man some thing of himself, but kept back his name, and In time he learned that his prison pard bad been a cashier in a large atore, where he wu loved and truated. I But his had committed forgery, ?'9-Ueve himself of a difficulty, and unable to up the forged paper, had confessed the fa.ult io his son, begging him to aid him. The son control of some funds which the house never drew on, and he used of the amount enough to Eave his father; but the firm, the very next day, called for that money, and the young cashier wasruinetl, for he placed the blame upon himself to shield his father. The result was his trial and sentenlle to prison for a term of years, and in tw<> days more be was to be sent to the psnitentiary. With this young man G eorge sympathized deeply, and not feeling that be was intention ally a thief, and'Clisgusted with his father for hi& treatment of him, he said: I don t intend to remain here and be sent to prison when I am innocent, and I just advise you to go with me." But where are you goingt" "To Texas." "But howt" "That I'll decide on when I get out." "But bow are you going to get outl" I am thinking how now." And George did think, and 8oon hit upon a plan. In the jail-yard was one large tree, a chest nut, and it grew near the wall. But the trunk of the tree was 80 surrounded by spikes and barbs that to climb it would .be utterly impossible. George noticed tb,at one limb went over tbe wall a few feet, and that there were several branches which had been broken oil' by a gale of wind, and upon one of these bis eyes re;ted. "Do you see that limb whicli bas been broken offt" he asked, pointing to one on the tree, some forty feet from bis cell window. "Yes." "That is my aim. "I don't see how." "Well, I can throw a lasso." "Ahl" "Yes, and I can put a coil around that limb." But you have no lasso." "No,.but I can make one." "How?" I'll show you. The blankets and sheets were soon made into a long, strong rope, and with the gravy left from their dinner it was thoroughly grea'ied. But the grating in the window?'' suggested the fellow-prisoner of George. "See here!'' George took from bis pocket a large knife whfoh had a strong file-blade in it. "Ah I" said the young man who had sacri ficed himself to save his fllther, and his eyes brightened as George 84!t to work upon th iron grating.


l'flght-H&wk Geo2"ge. 7 It wa1 11 long hard task, but one of the youths relieved the other, and at last one bar was in two. Then they beg11n on the second, and just as the jailer came with their supper, it too yield ed to tile file. The jailer seemed to fancy the two young priso ners, and spoke a kindly word to them be-10re he retired. Both however were most anxious while he ramained, and as soon as they were locked in for the night began their preparations for de parture. CHAPTER V. A BOLD STROKE FOR LIBERTY. HAVING colle rted what little they bad to carry with them, George Powell and his fel low prisoner awaited until the moon arose, which was at ten o'clock. Then ell was stiJI in the jail and tbe youth bed light to see how to throw bis lasso. To do tbis be bed to crawl through the grat ing, and hung by one hand to the iron bars, while with the o t h e r he whirled the lariat, which wns by no means au easy task,as he vyas too clo > e to tbe stone walls of the jail. But at last be made a throw and it missed. A gain he tried, end w ith like r e sult. Hauling in the sleek while bis comrade oreatblessly awaited within the c e ll, be thre w the lariat for the tbird time, and it caught fair. ly on the shattered limb. Tllen he returned into the cell and drAw on the line with all bis m 'ght, and mad e it fast. "You've got a cool h ead I hope," h e said tO bis fellow prisoner, who was looking at the taut line between tbe jail windows and the tree, their only means of escape. "I believe I can make it," he answered with some b e sHaucy. "Do just es you see me do. Don't look down, and hold on tor grim death,'' was the ad of George Powell. Getting into the window he Faid quietly, aa be stood on sill, and grasped the rope: "If it breaks, good-by. H it don't, we'll meet outside this hateful placo." After another test of the rope he swung himself upon it, and band Q!)fore haod began to make the perilous trip to the tree. As ho got away from the window the rope gave considerably, but on he went, swinging from bis perilous bight, and swaying to and fro in the moonlight. Just as he reached the tree tb11 huge dog dis covered him, and instantl y he called to bis comrade to follow, for the brute set up a fierce barking. Quickly the yonng cashier intrusted hi_ mself to the trail bridge, and came rapidly ou, the dog barking savagely beneath, until be brougM to every window overlooking th11 jail-yard, a fell o w unfortunate, who saw the l:nld attempt at escape and cheered the daring man who bud veuture d it. 1 "Steady l CO'lle slow er, or you'll slip or break the rope ," cried G eorge Powell from the tree where he was sheltered by the foli a ge. He could see plainly the "bite, scared face of his comrade, and that he was clutching wildly at the rope before him, instead of quietly and with coolness, for he was wbolly un nerved by the loud yelps of the dog, and the cries or the other But just as the tree was near at band, out of tbe lower floor dashed the j:iiler, and he held in his baud a gun. The yelping dog showed which way to look, and he threw bis rifle to biq shoulder: "Don't sbootl he 'll surrender," yel ed George, from the tree, and the poor man ecl 1 oed. "Dcn't kill uie, T o wosendl" But the fla;b and report came together, a shriek followed, and down upon the hard ground of the jail-yard, many feet below, fell the wretched man. With the report of the gun George bounded like a squirrel through the branches of tbe tree, ran out upon the limb overhangiug tbe wall, and with a Fpring was outside of his prison, while a loud yell of delight rame from the prisoners in tbe cells, who saw his act, and who had just hoote.:l the cruel deed ot the jailer. "After him, Savage!" yelled t 1 e keeper, and ha hastily unlocked the iro: -gate and threw it open Away darted the savage prute lot on the heels of the boy fugitive, who bad oot a tu:i dred feet the start of him, but wb o vas flying like the wind toward a belt of treE which, be had seen from his cell window, > r inged the river bank. CHAPTER VL THE FLIGHT. HAD there-been the slightest d oubt in his mind of the death of his cell comrade, George Powell would have returned to have shared his fate; but he felt that be had b ee n hit by the shot of the keeper, and bad h r not been, that the fall would kill him, be was assured_ So he at once looked to his own safety, escaping when he knew that the gun of the keeper was unloadd. He beard the angry cry of the n:an to the dog, and the clanging of the iron gate, as it was thrown open, and be bounde l forward like a deer. Cculd he reach the river he believed he would be safe, for he was a splendid swimmer, and be held on for that purp0ae.


8 Ni,,;ht-Bawk Geora-e. HP-!lrlng the yelp of the dog behind him, be I him sure; but what bu become ot l!lange, I renewed his exertions to reach tho river, for wonderf' be determined to drag the beast beneath the "Your dog!'' water, knowing he could not bite him there as "Yes." reudily as on shore. "Perhaps the boy ld!.led A few more bounds and he sprung into the "No; Savage could kill a dozen boya and river, and almost on top of him came the not get a scratch.'' savage brute. "As I said at the landing, I believe tbE' boy But Gi,o;ge was ready for him, and as the crossed the river and took to the woods, and dog sunk from the force of bis fall, he seized the dog bas got him treed there; but you all b;m, and diving deep, dragged him down with wanted to come down the river, so I yielded." him. "Well, let us keep up a bright lookout," and There was a fterce struggle beneath the with the words the boat passed out of the wate r, a tearing of human flesh with brute youth's bearing, who muttered: teeth and claws, and a piercing of the hairy "You are mistaken, Mr. Townsend; I am bide a keen knife, and then the battle not treed, and Savage did not get away with ended, and the boy arose to the surface. one boy this tiwe, though I did get his teeth in He was panting fearfully, and bis bead grew my arm and felt his claws. di?.zy, and he seemed abls to keep above "I guess I'll take to floating again." the surface. And down the river he floated for a mile or But the cool air revived him, and the danmo1"e, to again take shelter in the shadow as he ger of bis situation nerved him and be struck saw the boat returning and pulling slowly up out boldly for the other ebore, for be beard the stream. voices approaching from the directi<;n of the He smiled a1 be heard the disappointed exjail. pressions of those in the boat at their Jack of The town lay upon one side of the river, but success in finding him; but when he again re upon the other bank were a few scattering membered the fateof bis poor prison pi.rd, the houses, and the inmates of these "ere soon smile faded quickly from his face. aroused by the alarm sounded from the jail, When the boat was out of sight he swam and lights flashed here and there, and voices of ashore, to rest himself by walking, and came men were beard calling to each otbe.l'-to find upon a pasture in which were half a dozen good out what was the matter. horses. Knowing that it would be certain capture to "Well, here is a temptation to borrow a go to either shore, George threw himself upon horse," be said, and so strong was the bis back and floated down with the current. tion he even stopped and picked out the very This he continued to do until be was animal he wanted. thoroughly rested from the efforts of bis "No; I was put in jail when not guilty, and gle, and then he swam with a swift, strong if I am caught and have to go back I will not stroke, until the of tbe town were left have them say they knew I was a horse thief. far behind. "I am very tired, and I would do much to But suddenly bis quick ear detected a sound escape, but I will not take that horse, though behind him, and in the moonlight he discovered they stole mine from me, and three dollal'I! is all a boat cCJming swifLly along. I have in the world now." That it was in pursuit of him he was cerHe spoke in a sad tone, but walked on quite tain, so he dove deep and made his way to tbe briskly, satisfied with himself for having re shadows of the overhanging trees along the sisted the temptation. shore. After a walk of a mile he again took to the Presently the boat drew nearer, and the con-river, and thus pressed on through the night, venation of its occupants distinctly ieached alternately walking and running. bis ears. .At last the day broke, then the sun arose. Who did you say the prisoner was, Town-and the poor tired boy Jay down in a thicket; send!" asked one. to sleep, for be wae utterly worn out, hungry, Why, it's that boy horse-thief," responded and suffering from the bite in his arm, the one addressed, and whose voice George re-He slept for some hours, and at last awoke cognized as that of the under keeper of the with a start, to find a man standing by and jail. looking down upon him. "Ob, yes; and he's a good one to escape as "Well, my lad, you seek out-of-the-way you say.'' places for a nap," said the man. "He is indeed; but I got the otker one in "I am .traveling, end sought rest in the Ume." most convenient place I could find," answered "You shot him dead, didn't your "Yes; I aimed for hia head. for I saw I had "Well, as I found you, you are my proper


Night-Hawk George. ty, so come with me, and we'll decide what is best to be done with you. "Come, no nonsense, for ru stand none." G eorge bad only his knife, was weak, hun gry, and wretched, and arose without a word and walke d on ahead of t.he man, who so un ceremoniou sly claimed the ownership of him, tor resistance he knew was utterly vain. CHAPTER VIL THE OUTLAW BAND. IT was a walk of a mile, which the captor of George Powe ll led him, to at last stop at the door of a small cabin on the river bank It looked like the borne of some p oor farmer, and was so supposed to be; but upon entering the hou se, George found there half a dozen roughlo oking men, and one woman. Tile cabin was s cantily furnished, had four rooms on the ground floor: but the low ceiling indicated tbat there was space ab6ve, and in fact a ladder stood against the wall, and over it was a trlsp-door. "We ll, Buck, who bas yer got tbar!" asked one of the men, rising from a table, upon which a dinner was spread, consistipg of baco n, cabbag e cat flsb, corn-bread and coffee. Ob, I found this babe asle ep in tbe woods, and fetch e d bim home witb IDE!,'' was the an swer. Who is you, sonny!" asked another. "I am a poor boy, without any friends, and am making my way to Texa s as best I can," was the frank r e ply. I gue ss we'll have the same trail to strike afore lon g as this co u ntry is getting pretty hot for us: but you l o ok as though you'd bad a hard time of it, y oung f e ll er." "I have," was the very truthful response. "Been travelin' on foot and by water, I jedges, and the man looked at the wot, torn, and muddy clothing of the boy. "Yes." Well, I guess you better tarry with us awhile, and mayhap you can make enough honest cash to help you along. "We needs jist sich a youngster as you be." "To do what! " :Make a honest living." "How! "Waal, you is 'quisitive." It is natural, it I get work, I should like to lrnow what it is." "Tbat is so. "Well, you can stay here and help Davy on the farm, for be and bis wife needs help, WI we boards with 'em Before 01lorge could reply a man entered, carrying a pair of oars on bis shoulder. Hullo, cap'n, just in time for grub. But what's the news up in tho towut' W1ked one of the men, and who seemed to be the host of the cabin. There's been snmo excitement there, for a young bors&-thief and a fellow prisoner made. a daring escape from the jail last night," "WI the answer, as the stood the oars in tile corner. "Bully I" cried several voices, whila one asked: "Got away, did they, cap'n!'' "The boy did, but the young man, who was .,' be sent to State's prison, missed flre and got shot, as he was going across a rope they say the boy had thrown over from bis windov and caught on the large chestnut in the jail-yardbut who have you there!" Oh, he's a young rooster I picked up asleep in the woods awhile since," said the captor of George. The man addressed es captain wfllked over to wbere George stood and eyed him closely, while he said: I left town at sun-up, and they had a re ward out for a boy about your age, with just such hair and eyes described, hatless, wearing boots, and jeans clot hing. "He escaped by the rivP.r, and you look wet, muddy, and answer bis description exactly." I think I ought to," said George. "Why!" "Bec ause I am the boy." "We ll, y oung fellow, I can take you back and g e t just five hundred dollars reward for you." "But you won't do it," boldly said George. "We ll, now, why won't 11" "Bec ause l'm n o t blind " Y o u don't look blind." "o:i, no; I can see through a millstone, if there's a bole in it," said G e orge, with a wink and as.urning an independent swag gering air. I wish you' d explain yourself youngster.'' I mean you wouldn't betray a pard." "I don't know you, boy." "But I know you." "Well who am 11" '' You'just take me up to the town to get your reward, and I'_ll simply make known that tbe one that claims the money has a price on hi s head." "Hal what do you mean!" "I mean that while I hnve been in jail I have often heard them talking of an outlaw bond of seven men, whom they call Captain L ighlband and his crew, and who se rendezvous is s a id to be down the river, but no one knows wh e re. "Yo u are just seven, these chaps call you cap t ain, you dwell down the river from the town, and I am in the outlaw nest1 atic;l I'd just t sll who was my captor, "J)o you aeef'


10 George. As George spoke be winked slyly, and it was evident that the entire party "did see," for after a look aod a word or two betwee n them6elves, the captai n said : "Well, I ll not give you up, i! you'll join us." If I don'tt" "Then you'll be floating down the river a dead boy within half an hour." "I guess I'll join, then." "You are wise, for you shall not regret it, ns we give you a good start io life, and ycu are just about the boy we want, for tbey do say in the town that you are a nimble little horse-thief." George winced at this, but answered: "Well, they ought to know, for I was caught with a stolen bcrse; but, ns I'm n member of the band now, I'd like to eat, for l worked hard Inst mgbt." Tbe. men laughed nt tha off-band mannr of the boy, and the woman at once set biin a place at the table. CHAPTER VIIT. THE JAYIIAWKERS AT WORK. WHEN G e orge Powell apparently became one or the ou1law band, be playe d n d eep game, wliich be boped would in the end win his freedom. Re bad heard much of Captain Ligbtband and his band of burglars, horse thieves and sharpers, and that they bad operated succ es s fully turougb that part of tbe country for months The night before bis arrest be bed stopped at a fa1 m-house, where L ighthand end bis men were the theme of con"<"ersation, and when he bad been found with a stolen horse, be was at first set down as of their num ber, and some even hinted of setting an ex ample by lynching him. In pris<>n he had beard both officials and prisoLers talking of the fecret band, and how fiuitless bad been every effort to capture them or to even disco, er tbeir exact whereab o uts. Accident bad placed him in their p ower, and be held tbe secret, for he was convinced that those at the cabin were Ligbthand and bis men; but be well knew that if be was sus pected, be would at once be kill e d. Eis having been arrested as a h o rse-thief, and then-making his escape in the bold manner in which he did, him with tbe out laws immensely, and they congratulated them selves upon bavlng added to their number a youth of daring, and one upon whose bead was set a price. ''If he don't act right, boys, we can sell him for the reward, and send him in by one be don't know is a secret agent, and then we can go to our other retreat," sllid the captain that whep Jud u!' to the !Urfl to bed, and little he. thought the boy had bit ear to a crack in the floor and hellrd every word. Oh, he'll act right, 11ever fear, for he's as deep in as any of us, and is only too glad to join the band,'' said another, and this Eeemed to be the general opinion of tbe vile crew. For some days George remained at the cabin, and Captain Ligbthand who went often to town in disguis3, brought the papers with an account of the daring escape of the buy and the death of the young In the papers be was spo ken of as the "Dar ing Unknown,'' and George was delighted to di scover tb11t in no way bad they learned bis name. ,.. "What is your name anyway, sonny!" asked one of tne gang. "Dick Turpin, Junior,'' answered George without the s ligbtest hesitation. Well, you 're a g o od one," was the re joinder, as the others laughed. Arter days with the band George re aliz d that something of an important charact e r was on bann the house, and bis sideboard just groans with tbe silver on it." "You mean to rob him!" "Yes." ,, "Well, why don't you doitr ' We are going to, but we want you to go there, get all the points down floe, and tben let us iuto your discoveries, and we'll pull tile plac e." "How am I to go tberer' asked George. "Ob, we'll drop yon down at night ill a boat, and you can go there and ask to get work. "The judge employs a good many people, for h1l has a. large stock-farm, and you can get a berth some way, and soon us." "Re's a judge, you say!" "Yes.'' "Well, suppose you rig me up as a girl, for I'll make a lively looking ona, and if I went as I am I might be recognized by the dei.cription the papers have given of me." "That's tbe very thing, for you will make a durned pretty gal, and the old lady here can rig you out in duds, as we have brought her trunks full. "Here, old lady, see if yon can turn thit handsome boy into a pretty youni &irL"


Night-Hawk George. 11 "I can do it, for he's got a small waist, little hands and feet, and will dress up fine." George submitted willingly to the metamor phosis, and that night be got into a boat with one of tbe band, and was rowed rapidly down the river to a village a mile from the mansion of the judge the outlaws intended to rob. CHAPTER IX. GEORGE POWELL' S PLOT. JUDGE GERVAIS was one of the richest men in Tenne s see, the State in which George Powell found bis road to Texas so suddenly full of dif flc ulties and dauge-rs, and bis home was a grand ooe, on the banks of the East Tennessee river. Stopping at the tavern, George gave his name as "Mis s Powell, of New York," and was assigned a pleasant room, in which he slept s o undly until that r e lic of barbarism, the gong, summoned him to brea kfast. Express in g a desire to have a vehicle or d e r ed f o r h im, it was Roon at the d o or, and the driver was told to go to the home of Judge G e rvais. The judge w as at home, and w ould of course see P owell, said the polite negro butler; and G e or g e w a s ushered into an elegantly-fur nish e d library. Judge G ervais was not loo.g in coming, and George foun d himself in the pres e nce of a dig nitled, h a nds o me man, with a stern yet kindly face "Miss Powell, I am informed," he said, with courtly grac e. "Yes, sir; that is the name I gave your but ler; but if r am permitted to see you where you are as s ured there are none o t hers to bear, I will t ell you just who I am," aaid George, boldly . The judge arched bis eyebrows, but said: "We are wh olly alone here, Miss Powell;" and the jud ge gazPd more attentively into the face and at the well-dre ssed form of what he 11uppos ed was a handsome gi r l of eighteen. Th e n, s ir, I may as well t e ll you at once I am in disguise, and tha t I am here to serve you; but I must beg you promise in no way to betr11y me." The judge was now wholly surprised, for how could the young girl be disguised, and bow could she serve him, he wond e red. "Any communication you have to make me shall be in confidence, I as sure you, miss." "Then, sir, I am a boy, not a gir1, as my appearance l eads you to suppose "A. boyt" "Yes, sir, I am." "The what in the name of Heaven are you rigged out in petticoats fori" llll.d Judge Geryais spoke 1tt>mly. To serve you, llir." How you can do that is more tban I cu find out." "I will tell you, sir. Have you ever heard of Captain Liiht-handr' "Wbati that arch robber!" "Yes, sir " 1ndeed I have, and would give much to Sl!n tence him to the gallows." "You may have that pleasure, sir, without paying the tbous a nd dollars, for I am now laying a plot to g e t him into your power." ",l'he deu<.'e you are?" "Yes, sir." Pray explllin, miss, sir, or whatever, or wh oever you may be," said the puzzled judg11. "I am a New York boy, Judge Gervairl, and am an honest one, and I was going to T exas to seek my f o rtune, when, my horse bre aking down, I traded him off for another, giving nearly every dollar I had to boot. 1 t srems the anilll a l I tbus got b-od been stol e n, and riding into K--, he was recog niz ed, and I was arreste d and put into jail as a horse-thief. Had I been guilty, I would have remained and t:iken the o6nsequences, but being inno cent I was determined to make my escape, and I did so, though a fellow prisoner, a young man who told me his sad story, was less to r tunate, and was kill e d by the A ha l I read all about this "And so you are that daring young feliowr "I a m the one, sir, who made my escape as I t o ld you." "We ll you look the one to do it; but go on witb y our story, please," said the judge, deep ly int e r esteJ. "I walked along the river bank, floated and swam with the current until sunrise, and the n laid down to sleep, when I was found by a rou gh looking man who t o ok me to a cabin near lly. It was the retreat of Lighthand and his men, and the captain having just returned from town recognized in me the fugitive pris oner, and I confessed, and became a member uf tbe b 1nl." Ha I you did this!" "Ol course, sir, for I was among thievet, and kn e w my life would be worthless it they su p ecte d I was not really a villain like them s elves." "That is good reasoniug; but continue your story, for you interest me." Tb e captain formed a plot, sir, to rob your house-" "The mischief he did!" "Yes, sir, and I was selected to come here, s'eek employment, and learn the lay Lf tbe land and the possibilities of ent.ering the house. 'I was vecy willing to come, for I saw a to ca"ture t!le band, and I eelectecl


this disguise as one that would give me en trance to tbe bouse, for I told the men I would pretend to have some property north, I wished to ask you about, and here I em, sir." "Well, you wi s h to lead me, with others, to the rendezvous then l "No>, sir, 1 wish to meet tbe man who came with me, tell him what nigb t to com e, and say that you have invited me to stay bera a fe,v days, and that I will let them into the man sion, when you can easily entrap them." "The very thing, my boy, anti when Lightbann and his vile crew are in my power, you have but to ask any favor of me to have it granted. "For the present you had better stick to your petticoats, so return an

Night-Hawk George. 13 the ball, and three doon being thrown back, the astounded outlaw11 beheld in each one of them ball. a dozen ueg1 oes with guns leveled at them, while upon the stairway stood Judge Gervais, bis overseer and Ge orge Powell, each witll revolvers covering the hearts of the burglars. Surrender, or yon ere dead men I" In stern, ringing tones Judge Gervais shout. ed the words, and the outlaw.s swayed back in to a. corner end threw up their hands in token of obedience. But Captain Llgbth:i.nd shouted: "We are entrapped, and we surrender; but I swear that traitor shall die." He threw his revolver forward as he spoke, and fired full at George Powell, who s:i.w bis act, and drew trigger at the same instant, so that the weap o ns rung out together. And each bullet sped true, for George Powell in n heap and rolled down tbe stairs to the hallway, wbile Captain Lighthand fell dead in bis tracks. "Great God! he has killed the boy! "Seize those devih, Runyon, while I look after the lad, and you, Abram, ride with all haste after Doct o r Wo'rtley," cried Judge Ger vais, springing down the stairs and kueeling by the side of p:lor George, who lay limp aud ap parently lifeless upon the floor, which was stained with his blood. "They tried hard to bring yon Into the matter, but I vouched for you, kept your name, as you asked me, In the background, but am sorry to say that the authorities et K-hate to acknowledge themselves wrong, and they intend to push the affair against ycu. "But don't feel worried, for when they send here to arrest you-" "But for what, sirf" "They Ray that you had a stolen horse in your possession, anlJ that you were acknow ]ed ged a member of tbe band, and they will not listen to reason, so Jet them go ahead." But I would not be tried on such a charge for the worid, after leaving home as I did, Judge Gervais." I know that, my boy, so I have determined to prveot it." 'But I do not wish you to compromise your!'Plf, sir, on my account." "Nor sb1ill I, tor I bave a little plot arranged that will just give those people of K--the go-by. "It may not be the thing for an ex-judge to be thwarting the law in its course, buL then the law is wrong in this caoe and I shall do it." "No, no, sir; I will remain and try and prove my innocence It I could only find the man I traded with, then all would be right." ":r\o; my plot is tbis. CHAP'l:ER XI. "I h ave a nephew about your age, who A FRIEND IN NEED. yesterJay got a severe fall from a horse, whic-b WELL, my brave boy, the doctor tells me broke bis leg, and will lay him up for month3. y v u are all right a.gain, that tbe crisis has "He bas just come on to see me, and no one wholly pas > ed, and you will be as good as new," knows him here, and besides he looks hke and Judge Gervais entered a pleasant room in you. his own mansion one morning, some weeks "In three days my bail bond for you ends, after the affair with Ligbthand and his baod. and tben th ere is to b e s ent here an offi, er to "I owe my lite, sir, to the kind nursing I remain n ear you, so t .bat you cannot escape. have rec e ived at the hands or yourse l f aud "l will be abs ent, and when he asks to be family," was the reply of the occupant of the I shown to the room of tbe wounded youth, my room, and who was none other than George I butler will show him up to Harvey's, and there Powell. he can sit until be finds out his mistake." He had been at the point of death from the "But will this not implicate your nephew, wound him by Lighthaod, but had sir?" ralli e d at last and was rapidly recov ering. "No; for his doctor orders him to kaep The judge had b ee n called away for some perfectly quiet, and he will not speak to the days, but returning found his young guest on officer." the road to rapid recovery. "But then he will find out his mistake and ".Nonsense, you saved me, my boy, more arrest me." than I can ever repay, for I know now whn "No, for how can he, when you will be half this Lighthand was, and that he bad not only way to intended robbing me, but killing me, for' I 'Io Toxas, sir'!" sentenced him to death some years ago for a. "Yes, is it not there where you wera base murder. going'!" "But you killed him, and his band confessed I "Yes, sir." the whole plot ot how I was to be killed. "Well, I have to go down into Loubia na, "But the jury made short work of them, f<'r and I will driv" that f d r with you, for I shall all other law business was set aside to try go in my carTiage. them, and they were sentenced to be hanged, Then, when I leave yon, you will be able md yasterday I went to their execution. to 10 Oii alone on horseback, for I shall tit you


Night-Hawk George. out most thoroughly, and give a ranchero in Texas who will way to make a start in life." you a letter to discarded the jeans imlt for the garb oJ a put you in the prairie man. G1lorge Powel) was deeply touched at the tktdnesa ot the judge, and said softly: I do not all this kindness from you, Judge Gervais." You deserve far more, and let me tell you tbat I sent a detective from Buffalo to your old home, and be writes me that you have told only the trutb-'1 "Ob, Judge Gervais!" "Don't be alarmed, George1 for he did not you in any way, but only fe;reted out all I cared to know. "Now, my advice would be that you would defy the people of K--, stand your trial, and come off in triumph, and I would back you in it. But, as you do not wish one word to reach home regarding you, I have done as you deem e d b e st, and will continae to do so. "No w brace up, and you shall start the first night tha t the officer comes to the hou s e, while I will go on ahead of you." Thu s it was arranged, and one week after Ge orge Powell was on his -way to Texas, the Mec c a of bis hopes, having, in Judge Gervais, found a friend in need. He seemed provided with all that was necessary for bis wants, and though without a guide, and wholly alone, 'was venturing boldly westward as though fully conscious of bis own powers to take care of himself and find his way where he chose. Several weeks before at Shreveport G e orge Powell had parted with Judge Gervais, who had insiSt e d upon providinit the boy with a good outfit; and forcing upon him a hundred dollars, while he gave h,im a letter to a large cattle-man in Texas, asking him to set him in the right way to start in lif e in the State bis romantic love of adventure bad caused him to seek. It was to this friend of Judge Gervais that George was going, and be bad hoped to come in sight of the ranch tba t night, but f1iiling to do so, was aiming toward a clump of timber where he intended to camp until the"f ollowing morning. Presently the boy drew rein, for he saw far otr on his right a horse dash over a roll of the prairie. A look was sufficient to show him .that the animal was flying at bis topmost speed, and was urged on at every bound by his rider. CHAPTER XIL That rider ho saw also was a female, for be caught sight of the fluttering skirts and a ma815 of golden hair which bad been shaken down GEORGE'S F1RST SIGHT OF BED-SRlNS ON THE from its fastenings and was flying out far be WAR-PATH. TOWARD sunset of a pl easant afternoon, some six weeks after the depart\}re of George Powell from the hospitable borne of Judge Gervais in Tenn e ssee, tbe reader might have seen that youthful hero riding leisurely over a Texas prairie, and following a wagon trail leading toward the westward. Here and there off on tbe horizon a timber island was visible, and these alone broke the vast expanse of Hower bespangled grass which meemed like the vast rolling waves of the ocean, as the land rose into. rolls, and the even ing breeze waved the grass until the whole apreared like some moving mass. Tbe ruddy glow of health bad come back .o tbe face of George Powell, and the southern sun bad browned him to almost the h11.e ot a Gipsy. He was mounted upon a long-bodied, gaunt black mare, that stepped lightly over the prairie, as though to put her ironsho

Night-Hawk George. Not lie. for he would not fly at his first meeting wit h bis longed for foes. Quickly be Joc6..d to bis revolvers in his belt, loosened his lnllfe in its scabbard, just to get all in readiness, for be hardly hoped to that weapon, unslung his rifle, and then glanced at the coming horsewoman. He saw then that she was a young girl, very beautiful, her face flushed wit h excitement, and that she rode like one born in the saddle. Her horse was a flne one, but was fagged out, that was evident. "Turn and fly with me, or you are lost," cried the young girl to George, and she in her saddle and glanced behind her. George looked also in the direction in which she gazed, and be at once took her advice and spurring alongside, fled with her. And no wonder, for his first glance at the wild red-skins revealed to bis startle d gaze fully a bunrlred warriors, urging their mustangs for ward in chase of the young girl at their utmost speed. CHAPTER XIIl. A BOY1S PLUOK. HAD two, or even three Indians put In an appea rance, over the rise in the prairie George P o well would have instantly give n the m bat tle onJ been delighted at the chance of r e scu ing fair maiden who sought his protectio n. B ,1t when scores of the m appeare d, in all the glory of war-paint and f eathers, yelling like demons, and evidently bent on life-taking and sc a l ps, George chmged his mind with an ,alacrity that did him cr!>dit As b e wheeled his horse to fly, be glanced into the fac e of the maiden, and sought to chee r her with: "Don't b e alarme d, mLoS." "But J am fri ghtened almost to death, tor that is Blue Eye's band," she cried accom panying almo3t eac h word with a b low of her whip upo n the haun c hes of the strainin g hors e G eorge had heard of Blue Eye as being a young chief of grea t skill as a l eade r, but a very bad Indian, and f elt th a t the young had cause indeed t o dread him. A glance at her as she rode by bis side re vealed a mo;;t graceful form, clo d in a d ark green riding-habit, and a wealth of gold e n hair, which bad wholly freed itself of c omb and hairpins, a.nd al>o wa h a tless. H e r face w a s very b eautiful, and she loo k e d to be about eighteen years of age. Her horse was a fine one, but was rapidly to the hard. race he bad run, and Ge orge saw that he coulu not stand it much further, so a >ked: Is there no ranch, or place of refuge 11ear1 ":&Ly father's ranch Is ten miles away. "I rode out with him this afternoon, and the Jndfo.ns sprung from the grass almost upon us. "Father bade me fly and ro11se the rancbe ros, and I did so, while be, after making a good fight, was captured. "Don't think me a coward for leaving my fathe r, but I felt they would not kill him, at l east now, and I knew the ranches were all In danger, for this raid of Blue Eye is wholly uns u s pected But see, bow fast my horse is failing me." lt was e\ id ent tb a t the animal had run bis race, for be staggered badly, and was strain iu g himself beyo n d P ndurance, nnd the Indians were gradua lly g a ining. "Ob that it w ere dark," she cried, as her 1hors e stumble d b a dly. It will be dark in a very short while, miss, fbr the sun bas s et," said G e orge, and the n, es h e r horse again stumble d and could hardly recov e r him s e lf, b e c ontinued:. "He re, you mus t ride with me, for B lack B e ss can carry us both e asily." H o rode as he spoke, leant over, and grasping h e r a r ound the wai s t, r a is e d h e r !ru m h e r sw:ldl e and place her behind him with a a strength that amazed her. Alm o s t instantly h e r horse stt-pped, dead b ea t, but Black B ess b o und e d on, h e r speed but v e r y little de c:rease d by t he d o uble w e i g ht . "Poor wha l e b o n e s i g h e d the y oung g irl as she sa w h e r ho r s e l e ft behind, and then, havin g wat c hed t h e Indians f o r awhile s he c o n tin u ed: es your h o rse is going, the Indians are g a ining, for Blue Eye always ba s p ic ked m e n a n d p onios. " Y e s Bl ack Bess b a s bad a bard ride of it tho p as t few days, and fee ls her d o uble l o ad If s h s was reste d, no horse I ever met cou l d run witb her." S h e is a spl e ndid animal, and if she saves us my father, M a j o r Humel will give you your price for h er." "I will not sell her, miss; but is your father Major Hume, the r a nch ero." Yes ; do you kno w h i m "No mis s ; but I h a v e a letter to him from Judge Gerva i s o f T ennes s e e." "Indee d! Poo r papa will be glad to see y o u it h e ever g ets awa y fro m Blue Eye; but see how fa t the y are g aining." G e o rge lo o k e d b ac k e n d saw tha t the red skins w e r e gaini n g for Bl ac k B ess was carryin g d ouble w e i gb t, a d d ed to wbicb be bad a q uantity of ammunit i o n in h i s saJdle b? gs aod many o t h e r things which weLt td w e 1 g b h e r d o wn in a struggl e like tbe one "as t.l1en making and which sb e was hardly fitted for, a f t e r her l ong day s o r travel. It was now almost dark, and suddenly hla face brigbtene,sl, for be had decided upon what course he would puraue.


Night-Hawk George. I Before him was a divid.) In the prairie, and be bad better run away from the spot as fMt it ran along for a considefuLla distance be as be could, and was about to dart down the could see. I ravine, when a sudden thought to him to "How far is your home from here, missf' he perform a like strategy. aske1!. I It was one of those sudden thoughts for '' Fully eight miles." which he became noted in after years, to get "Then Black Bess conld not stand it with out of a scrape where escape seemed wholly b.itb or as, for we'd be caught." impossible, and that seemed born in him to But what can be done!" the girl asked, apmake him a natural Indian fighter. pealingly. As soon as'itcame to him that if the Indians I'll drop off when we come to the divide did see him, or if they stopped to search the yonder, for they won't see me." ravine, be would be discovered, he at once "And do you exoect me to ride on to safety threw himself down in the graS!I, and with hiY npon leaving you to be killed 1" inrifle slung upon his back, craw led with all si;eed dignantly asked Helen Hume, away from the ravine, out upon the prairie. "If you do not, both of us will go under, He had little time to do this, for the Indian& and I can look after myself when alone.'' were but a few hundred yards away, and "ere "No; let me drop off, and you can return to spread out considerably, so that be had quite the divide for me when you get belp.'' a distance to crawl. "No, miss; I'll stay and you go on. But be did not give up, and when be saw "It is too dark for them to see me, so I'll that if be continued to move any longer, some leave you now." quick eye would perceive him, be laid down with the skill on horseback for which he fiat and drew the grass around biin. had been noted since his earliest boyhood, One warrior was riding beyond where he George Powell slipped from the faddle upon Jay, he noted, and one was coming directly the neck of bis mare, clung there an instant, toward him, but he knew be had to take the with his feet hanging down, and just as Black chances. B e ss came to the head of a ravine, be dropped He beard the dull thud of the rapidly into h. coming troop, the swish, swish, as they cut On sped the mare, bearing on her back the through the grass, and then came a heavy lo..,.ely girl, and as she drew herself forward blow in his side, a dark object above him, and into the saddle George Powell beard her cry: the Indian and bis horse bad passed directly and God bless you for your noble over him. sacrifice." Tho hoof of one of the fore legs bad given CHAPTER XIV. IN DEADLY DANGER." GEORGE certainly performed the act of dropping from the neck of Black Bess into the :ry. vine most skillfully, and yet there was a keen eye in the coming band that either saw it, or thought he did, which was just as bad, and aa they came dashing up, be ordered: "Le t Bad Elk take his warriors and stop at divide to look for pale face." Tbe Bad Elk at once gave his signal to bis immei:liate band of braves, some tweuty in number, and they balte

George. 1'1 crawl fu:otber out upon tbe prairie, until find ing be could no longer Fee the redskins, be arose and walked briskly away. My best chance is to strike for the Hume ranch, I guess, for it it is only eight miles, I can make it in two hours," he said, and making a circuit, he came back to the plainly marked trail through the grass, where Blue Eye bad passed, and this be followed at a swift walk. He had gone on for the distance ot several miles, when suddenly a light gleamed before llim,i', across the prairie, at must be the ranch,'' be said. d if so, I am safe, for I have bee.rd no ftrin and Blue Eye could not have attacked the place. "I do hope that Miss Hume got there in safety. "If she did, I guess my saving her will do me as much good with her father as will Judge Gervais's Jetter. "But they have got the major, she told me-hal the light bas disappeared-no, there it is-yes, but it is gone again." He halted end looked steadily before him for a while, and then said: "Ahl I see, there are horsemen between me and the light, and their forms hide it every now and then. "I wonder if it ls Blue Eye's band? "I would like to know whether they ere going or coming." He watche

18 George. steal that Indian's horse, as I prerer riding to walking any time." George made bis way to the lariat pin or the white pony, and began to draw him slowly to ward him. The white pony came slowly, evidently pre ferring to feed, and showed some little alarm at discovering who it was that wanted him. But George coaxed him and soon stood up l,y bis side, and adjusted the Indian saddle and bridle. Then he lay down in the grass again and began to crawl toward the of the carup, guiding himself by the differeut horses here and the re, to a void i;oicg too near their masters. At last be deemed himself in a position where he could mount and boldly ride the re.t of the way, for ; be suspense be was in was f earful Getting upon the back of the animal, who by no means liked his change or riders, he started for the open prairie by a way wbare the staked-out ponies seemed fe,vest. He had ridden but a few steps when, as bis ill luck and the Indian's good fortune would have it, the chie f finished his business with Blue Eye and came in s earch of his horse. He saw that he bad strayed, and his keen eye3 detected the white animal some distance away. But, conld he believe bis eyes when be saw that the animal held a rider? Had any warrior of the band dared mount the steed of Prairie Snaket If so, he would prove to him that it was a most dangerous unde rtaking. Placing his fingers to his lips, in spite of the universal desire for caution, be gave two qui ck, shrill bla8ts. Instantly, to the surprise of George, the In dians sprung up from the grass upon every side, their poni e s pricked up their ears, aud held their heads high, while, worse still, t be snow-white animal upon which he was mounted gave a low neigh and bounded away like the wind in the direction of his master. "I wish I bad walked,' 1 was the first utter ance ot George; but he tried in every way to check the fiyir.g a:iirunl, and in vain. He might es well pulled upon a post, for the pony had an iro n jaw, and go to his master he would. A cry from several warriors be passed show ed that he \.-as recognized as no Indian, end a shot or twfl, and several arrows were fired at him, but they fortunate)y did not hit him. To throw himself to the ground, would be to meet certain death so he remained on the horse, and dashed right up to the owner of the animal, who was now EUrrounded by numerou1 warriors, while a tall form near him, in a profusion o! feathers, ovidcntly 'IVo.s speaking In anger as George rode up. To fire upon that crowd would be cert&ln' deatb, and in token of submission George held up his bands, and kept his seat, while half 6 hundred savage faces peered into his own, and a dozen hands grasped him rudely, aLd a1 many weapons covered his !Jeart. CHAPTER XVI. TWO CAPTIVES. THAT George Powell's life would have been forfeited right then and there, by the in furiated chief Prairie Snake, whose pony h.e had appropriated, was certain; but a stern command from the tall Indian who now step ped forward, stayed the band that would have killed. In spite or bis terrible dauger the natural humor of the boy broke out in a remark ad dressed to himself at the moment or bis supreme peril. Well, this is more Indian than I ever hoped to enjoy," he said. In good English the Indian then spoke to the boy. Who are you'I" he asked, still holding Prairie Snake back. "My name is Powell," was the cool, almost impudent reply. "What care I for yonr name. I asked who you were that thus came into my camp'I" "You are mistaken, chi ef, you c .. me into my camp, and as I was a little crowded, [ sought to leave it, when I got caught." The chief seemed struck with the cool man ner of the boy aDjl drawir:g closer took a good lo ok at him. "You are a boy," he said. "That's what I pMs for, Mister Lo." The stlrn face of the Indian relaxed into a smil e, and he asked: Well if I mistake not you are the youth on the black horse we &aw at Funset, and who saved that girl by risking your life." "I am; but did yon capture bed" "Curses I not" "Yon talk like a white man, unless Texas Indians swear." "No, I am an Indian, but I was a long time a Cl\ptive among the whites, antl they taught me to swear," was the quick response. "Well, white, black or red, what are you going to do with me'I" "Kill you." "What havo I done to youf" "You are a 11ale-face." If that's the trouble I wish I was a red skin just now." ''You'll be less brave when you have to die," said the chief. George shook bis head dubiously, a.nd the ebiet asked:


Night.Hawk George. 19 Do you belong at the ranchr" -"No, but I hope to." "Where are you going!" "To the Hume ranch." "Where are you from!" "New York; ever been there'" The chief did not answer the question, but mid sternly: / "Let tbe Prairie Snake take bis pale-face captive, but he must not kill bim." "The Prairie Snake hears," was the sullen reply of the '6Ub-cbief, and instantly George was dragged from the back of the white pony, despoiled of bis arms, and securely tied in a way that showed him little consideration was going to be shown him. As soon as he was securely bound Blue Eye came forward and said something to the Prairie Snoke in his native tongue, the result of which was that tbe sub-chief placed George upon bis pony, mounted in front of him, and rode away, followed by nearly two-score war riors. Presently a horse came near the white pony, nnd it, too, bore two riders. A glanne. With the first approach of dawn George Powell looked more fixedly at his fellow captive, and found him regarding him with a curious gaze. George. saw that be was a men of fifty, possessing a military air, and most kindly face. He was dressed in blue flannel, top boots, a slouch bat, and looked like a man accus lomed to the best walks of life. "Are you Major Hume!" he asked, as they rode along together, wholly unheeding the scowl of Prairie Soake"at bis daring to address liis fellow unfortunate. "Yes, my son, I am Aleck Hume: but I tail to remember where we have met before," was tbe kindly rejoinder. "We have never before met, sir, but I was on my .way to see you when I discovered your daughter-" "Hal you are then the daring young man who aided her to escape, for I beard the Indians speaking of it." "I Joined her, sir, in her ft.iitht, and when her horse failed shared mine with her, until l knew we would be taken, so I dropped o1f and urged her to ride on." "You are a noble fellow, my son, and did what few men would have done. "I pray God Helen escaped." "I feel confident she did, sir, for withQut my weight Black Bess could easily drop those Indian ponies, though she had hod a long and a hard ride." Th e n Helen will soon get the rancheior and their cowboys on our trail, and I cao now understand why Blue Eye remained behind and sent this red devil on with us." Why was it, sil!" "To be sure of us at least, by keeping ib check any force that might come in pursuit but who are you, my boy!" My name is George Powe ll, sir, and I all' from New York; but I stopped Eome time with Judge Gervais in Tennessee, and he gave me a l etter to you, and said you would start me rigbt in Texas, for I have come here to live." "Indeed I will, for y our own sake as well as that Gervais recommends you; but I hope we will get out of this, though I have my fears. "It is a pity you were taken." George told him just how it happe ned, and then the Indian behind whom the major riding dropped back to the rear, at a sign from the chief. A ride of an hour more and there came in view an Indian village of several hundred tepees, and the coming of the w11rriors with two captives s e t the camp wild with excite ment. Prairie Snake carried the two prisoners to a tepee of logs, not doing one act to protect them from the insults and it:;digniti es of the E quaws, and the n left them, bound as tbey were, and with three rad-skin warriors to guard them. "I thought those squaws were going to kill us," said George, when he and the major were aloue together, for the guards stood o utside ot the cabin. "No; I heard Prairie Snake tell them not to go too far, for we were Blue Eye's and be would be angry it we were hurt." "You speak theil" language then, sirl" "Perfectly, for I have been long on the bvr der." "And Blue Eye English so well I b& lieve be is a white man." "No, he is a full-blooded Indian; but a mis sionary took him when he was a boy to live with him, having fouud him in a deserted In dian camp, and he taught him to rea d and write, and then sent him North to school "But the education he received, instead of benefiting him, seemed to make him worse, and he came back to bis pe o ple, and at once began to struggle for a chief's place.


20 Nlgbt-Ha.wk George. "To tbh he bad to become Cle bitter foe of the whites, and thoroughly acquainted with our ways and homes, he did us a gren' deal of damage." "But waa there no reason for him tA behave ear "Yes, to tell you the truth, there '!'

Night-Hawk George. 81 "l'fo; it was tn carry out the wish of my heart." Tbe major turned pale at this, and Blue Eye amil e d. "Will you that I shall tell you what tha' wish is 1 "Yes," almost gasped the majo r. It is to capture your lovely daughter and make her my wife." "Fiend! if my arms were free I would kill you," said the major, hoarsely. "No, you could do no such thing; but, Major Hume, I have loved your daughter ince I first saw her, three years ago. "I g ave her an honorable love and she re fused it. ''I s o u ght to make her my wife by force, be lieving that then she would love me, but you came and nearly gave me my death wound. "I have not forgotten that, Major Hume, nor have I forgotten my love f o r your daugLter. "Last night that boy thwarted me, or I would have then captured her, so I have a debt ot revenge to s ettl e with him." "Thank God, he did eave her," ejaculated the major, "fervently. I Well, you can save your life now, and that boy's, if you desire to.'' "How can H" Agree to my terms." "What are they! '' Send for your daughter to meet you at a given p oint, wbfoh I will name, and let the chaplain of the fort and a guide alone accom pany her." "Well, B lue Eye!' I will meet h e r there with you and this boy, and but two warriors. Then, if she to be my wife, you and this l;>o y are free." ''De vil! begone from my sight," cried the major. Ob, yes, I will leave you to think the mat ter ov e r ; but at sunset I will come for your answer to my terms, and wbeellng gn his heel Blue Eye left the cabin. CHAPTER XIX. THE SACRIFICE. F011. a long time after the departure of Blue Eye, Major Hume and George Powell sat in Eilence, but at l as t the f ormer eaid: "My young friend, I wis h I could save you, but I cannot, for that man will surely visit upon us certain death, "hen he returns to knvw how I despise to save myself at the sac rifice of my daughter. "You think he will surely kill ust" I know it.'' 1'Howf' By the vilesi tortuni llldlan deTiltry can invent." George was silent for awhile, and then sud denly brightene d up, for a thought bad &shed through his mind. That thought he made known to Major Hume, and they talked earnestly together until the sunset hour, when Blue Eye again put in an appearance. His brow was black, and evid ently he had bad something to trouble him, and the major, noticing an excitement in the village, 6Unoi s ed that a band of C()wboys bed followed the In dian trail back; but he knew the utter impossi bility of their attempting to come on into the hills to attack the red-skin camp. "Well, Major Hume, I have come for my answer, was the remark of the chief. "Had any trouble to-day, Blue Eye 1" asked the major with a smile, ignoring bis first remark. The chief started and asked: What do you mean, sir!" "Ob! I only noticed that you looked like a $hunder-cloud, and that there bad been some excitement in camp." "Well, you are right, I have had trouble, for a party pursuing us have half-a d o z e n of my braves. "Good! now I suppo se you will exchange us for themt'' I will not, for they sent in to ask it, and I refused." I" The major looked blank, and the chief ask ed: Are you ready to agree to my terms, M ajor Hume1'' Repeat them." ... "The death of yourself and that boy by torture, or your daughter to become my wife1" "Chief, I'll be frank with you," said Major Hume, as though moved by some sudden im pulse. "I wish yon to bo," was the cold response. "W el1, I love life, and I know this poor boy must, for he is juR t entering upon the thres hold of lite; but, if I thought I was making such a terrible sacrifice of my daughter, in giving her to you, I would rather die than yield. But the truth is, Blue Eye, Helen baa always liked you, and it wrut my command that made her refust1 you." "Liked met so I have e .ver believed," said the chief with a glad glitter in his eyes. "Yes, and she acted a part against you only at my command, and now, as I feel that she is willing to become your wife I will accept your terms upon certain conditions." "Name them, Maj'lr Hume/' and the chief could hardly conceal his joy. You are a very handsome man, can be the courtly gentlem!ln when you wish, speak English as well as I do, and it is no wonder that a romADtio Kirl should loye YOU. and. u


you know, It will not be the first case of an In dian marrying a pale-face, for my young friend here tells me his grandfather was an Indian chief. ..I "But, B lue you have it in you, as the husband of my child, to make peace on th!\ border with the whites; and you mnst do it." "I will, Maj o r Hume, I pledge you the word of an Indian chief." l'm glad to hear you say Blue Eye, and I'll give you my terms." Well, sir?" "I am to remain in your charge, while my young friend here, mounted upon your best mustang, and leading another, will go to my daughter with a lette r from me, which will bid her come to a certain point where you will 111eet her, and I will accompany you." "Why not have her come herer' Becau se to our people it must look like a c!lpture, you unders t and, but, after she is your wife, "then sh e can say she is happy as such, and you can bury the hatchet along the border." When will she come ? " This youth will &tart to-night, and to-mor row be will reach my ranch. "To-morrow night be can start back with Hel e n, and we will m eet them half-way; She will return with you, and, I will go back with my young friend here; but you must have the Mexican padre from tbe river ranch not many miles from your village, to perform the ceremony, far you can go by there, as all you Indians are on good terms with him." "Ye!!, he is a white man who does us no harm," said the chi ef. "Well, so l e t it be arranged." ''So l e t it be, and, I must say, major, you are wise." "lf I did not feel that Helen would be, I would rather die, than consent to an act to give her sorrow,'' said the major im pressively. The cbief stepped forward and at once freed the bonds that held George Powell, and then turne d to the major ond did likewise. "You, my young friend, can start on your errand, as soon as y o u have had food, and you, Major Hume, must remain here under guard, thou gh I haTe cut your bonds. "If the boy fails to return with your daugh1 t er, you shall die by torture, sir; and I swear I will visit a fearful vengeance upon bi m if I "track him to th!' ends of the and this wboie border shall run red fmm my hatred." The chief then left the cacyin; followed by G e orge, who walked Jame from bis having been tied so securely. But after a good supper, furnished him by the chi e f, he mounted a splendi d mustang, a11d with his own arms, returned to him by his captor, started upon bis mi..Ollion. CHAPTER XX. A RACE FOR LIB':Z, AN Indian guide had been ordered by tlie chief, see the youth well on bis way, and then give directions which would prevent hil going wrong, for though an apt student in praire craft, George was by no means yet a skilled trailer, though he bad relied upbn him self to find the Hume ranch, when he had started there from the Red river. Whether it was that there were warriors in the camp, who did not like the secret way in which Blue Eye was managipg his prisoners, or not, I cannot say; but certain it is that a party of six started in pursuit of the youth, determined to overhaul him, as soon as the guide had left him to go the rest of the way alone. It was just at sunrise that the Indian, who spoke a few words of English, drew rein, and Sdid: "Boy pale-fii.ce go now, find way by self. "Hawk go back to village, tell chief boy pale -face all right.'' "Shall I follow this trail, Hawk?" asked George, pointing to a faint trail l eading to thl' north. Yes, follow him to where chief caught boy pale-face. "Him know way there bimeby." George handed the Indian a silver dollar, that seemed to tickle him g.reatly, and rode on alone. But hardly had be gone far, when he heard \ hoof-falls behind him, and turning in bi3 sad dle saw six warriors coming on at a gallop. Observing that they were discovered, on e ot thsm cried out in Engli s h, such as it was: "Boy cbief stop. Bluo Eye chief want tell 'um much Now George Powell was in a situation to be su s picious, and he cer lainly suspected the party behind him. If they had com3 right on the trail after him, why had they not met the guide, and he returned with tbemt He had beard all that Blue Eye bad to say, and could not thiuk of anything that he might have had to say, that was important enough to send six warriors after him. So he called back: "No, I don't want to bear any word from the chief." "Chief kill him if him don't stop,'' yelled the spokesman of the party. "I guess I 'll be killed it I do. You are a hard-looking s e t, so I'll move on." With that be urged his horse into a slo"' gailop, when at once the six warriors prassed their ponies into a run. G e orge at once set out at full speed, and was glad to see that he held his own with them. But they had set a killing pace and leor&e


Night-Ila.wk George. 13 wa1 forced to keep 't, or get witbln range or their arrows, for held their bows ready. It was evid ent that the red-skins did n o t care to trust themselves too near the settle ments, and were determined to close matter s as soon as they c o uld, for they urged their ponies to a spe e d that no animal c o uld keep up long, end they had picked their horses before starting. The mustang that George rode w a s a fief;!t one too, and by hard urging manage d to hold his own; but the youth saw that be was-be. coming greatly distressed, and began to look about for a place of sh elter, 'wbich he could remain and keep bis foes at b a y wit h his rifle. A run Gt ii. couple of miles more and he rec ogniz e d the scene of his flight with lielen Hume three days before, and be was glad to know that he was on the direct trail to the ranch. But his pony, though urged to bis ut m ost, was only g oing in a slow, tired lope, and greatly, could do no more. There was a heavy rise of the prairie before him, and to aid him over this, Geor g e sprung lightly to the ground and ran by his sid e ; but this did not seem to revive the animal, and glancing behind him after be m ounte d t h e youth saw tha t the Indians bad f o llowed bis example to relieve their ponies of their weight. The leading red skin was now almost in arrow range, and George felt that be would now have to uss bis 1 iflti to keep them at bay. Suddenly bis pony stumbled badly, and hardly recov e r e d himself before be went half down with bis ride r. -"I am sorry to leave yoo, pony, but I can do b etter than this myself," cried the youth, and be got rifle in band, and at the next stumble of the animal, wbo was not going faster than a jog trot, he Fprung to the ground, and st1J,Tted off at a run. As be did so he noticed that the leading In dian bad also deserted his horse, and another was jus t doing so. Girding himself to the bard work, G e orge ran on at a swift though easy pace, for be had always been noted as a rapid and long runner, and saw that be was holding bis own with both horse and footmen. But he carried bis blanket, belt of arms, and rifle, and thes e began to g e t very heavy. Tbe blanket he three good aim, IUld bis bulle' missed its mark. Not discouraged, however, be walked on, to regain his wind and nerve, just going fast enough to keep the tired Indians from rushing upon him. All of tbem but one were now on foot, and they seemed elated at his bad aim. The one still m ounted bad just gotten to tqe front, and his roay was gaining quite rapidly, though it was evident that be, too, could_ not last much longer in the race. "I am r este d a little n o w end must d i s mount that fell ow," muttered George, halting, he and fired. Down went the mustang; but the red-ekin rider caught on bis f e et, and, ooing fresh, started at a r apid run a fter the youth. Again George fired, but without injury, end be knew lhat he was too shaky to take good aim. I know I could do b etter at close quarters with my revolvers, so we'll let tbem come up," he muttered, as he continued his rapid walk. S linging his rifle at his back, he loosened bis revolvers ready for use, and then glanc e d be hind him. He saw that the leading Indian was now quite near him, and as be looked, the red-skin sent anarrow from his bow It was well aimed, and George Powell tot tered backward and fe'l, the arrow sticking apparently into his body. Loud was tbe yell of exultation from tbe red-skins, and all with renewed strength dart ed forward, five in a bunch, and the one in ad vance some fifty feet ahead of them. Motionless as the dead lay George, and with great bounds the leading Indian came toward him, bis scalping knife in band, to seize the much-coveted trophy. But suddenly the boy moved an arm, a 6 s sh and report followed, and down dropped the first red-skin that George had ever slain. Then, with the arro w still sticking in his clothing, but not, as bis foes had believed, in bis body, up rose the boy at bay, a revolver in each band, and cool and almost rested. At once toward the red-skins be moved, and then came the whizzing of arrows and the rat tle of shots, and both did harm. Gaining the body of the dead Indian, with a strength born of his great peril, George Powell raised him in his arms, and then stood at bay It was a thrilling picture, with the boy standing upright, both hands held straight out before him, and each grasping a revolver, while bis own arms passed under the arm-pits of the dead Indian upheld as a shield before l!frn. 1 The bead or the red-skin was drooped forward, bis chin resting upon bis broad, tawny breast, and bis buckskinclad legs were limp. "Now, red-skins, your o.rrows have got to be sharp to 10 throu1h this tough breastworlr,,


George. o away I" cried G e orge, and his revolvers George joined in the laugh of the cowt>o11, rattled forth with deadly aim. and wholly out of danger now, was only too It lasted but an instant, the bot and unequal willing to meet the band of herders, who, figh t but in that time G eorge was several times when the two sent after the fugiti ve red-skins wounded, though sli ghtly, the "tough breast-returned with their scalps, and the dead -beatwork, as the boy called his Indian shield had out ponies, escorted the youth back to the a score of arrows sticking in him, aad three Hume ranch in triumph. of the red assailants lay dead, while the remaining two were making rapid tracks on the bac k trail. CHAPTER XXIL "Run, red-skins runt or I'll catch and sell AT THE RENDEZVOUS. rou.for a tobacco-store sign," shouted George, THAT Blue Eye was greatly pleased over 10 and h!l went. into a loud laugh, what Major Hume had told him was evident, which was, to his al arm, echoed behind hlm. and he visited his prisoner over and over again Quickly he turned, stlll keeping his human to learn all bis reasons for believing that Helen shield up before him, and beheld several horseloved him. m e n gazing upon him with surpriSe, ama.Ze His Englis h education, and assoclation among ment and admiration. whites, bad caused him to feel disgust, almost, The y had just ridde n over the rise of the for the m11idens of his own people, wbo, on the prairie, and it was se eing tbem that caused contrary were most anxious to win the heart the two India ns who had n o t f a ll e n under the of the great chief. youth's fir e to turn in rapid ftight. With all the cunning of his race, he had There w o rn a d o z e n horse m e n in all frank-also the indomitable pluck of Indians, and faced, though wild-looking fellows, that these qualities, added to his knowledge of mil tbey w ere herders, now known as cowboys, itary tactics had gained for him the admira no one who had once seen these lively Texas tion of his warriors, which his cruelties had youths could doubt. increased to idolatry almo st. They were all w ell mounted, thoroughly That he was treacherous at heart be showed armed, and lo o k e d like a dangerous party to by ordering s ecretly aband of warriors to a mee t in a fight, and .in truth they were, as the point near tbe rendezvous, to be within teach Indians well knew. should the y be needed, for he c ould not but Riding forward the leader said in a cheery fear treachery on the part of the youth who tone : had gone to carry out his mission. "Well, young feller, you is baviog a picnic With most un'mual care, though always all to yourself; but git on my mustang an' neat, a quality he had learned from tbe go arte r y ond e r two s c alps as is glidin' a way whites, he dressed himself to meet his bride, rapid, f e r they is yonr m eat." leaving o ff the war-paint tbat an Indian war. "No; I will n o t kill a man that is running rior thinks adds to his beauty, but bedecking from me," said George, dropping bis Indian himself with necklace s of gold and silver, rind shield. wearing bis b es t buc kskin suit. "But the y is Injuns." He was als o mou_nted upon his best horse, "It m a k es no diff e rence, I will not shoot -an and as M ajor Huwe, bound hand and foot once Indian unles s he is tryiog to kill me." more, rode by his side, he glan ced into the "Lordyl is you a Sunday-school kidP' face of the Indian chief and note d there its "No. look of intens e satisfaction with himself. "Is you the feller as help Miss Helen out o' It was just sunset when they arrive d at the a scrape some nights ago1 rendezvous, the chief, Major Hume and one "Yes." Indian warrior: but the others had not "Then you is our pard, an' she sent us ter arrive d look fer yer, an' we hes looked, an' heur yer A low word from Blue Eye to the brave with is. him, sent that red skin off on a mission, but "An' Lordy! hain't yer been in biz fer yer-1 what, Major Hume bad heard. 10lf? He pretende d not to notice the disappearance "I !lo declar', scalps will go down in ther of the red-sk in, h oping to catch his words to markrt. his chief upen his returc, for he did not doubt "'.l'im, jist si:alp tJJer reds fer ther young but that Blue Eye had other waniors within gent, an' Bob, you an' Dick sail out arter them call. two red pedestrians an' twist ther ha'r' around I In half an h our the brave returned, and the yer fing e rs. keen ear of the major heard the low report: We will wait yer heur, fer I wishes a leetle I "'.l'he Prairie Snake and his warriors are talk with tbis boss young pilgrim as holds up therEl. In jun meat fer a targit fer other rea. ta j "That devil means treachery of some kind," on." muttered the major, and he kept hia eyes out


Night-Hawk George. upon the prairie, to notice the ftrst coming of bis daughter and the youth. As the minutes crept by and they did not come, both Blue Eye and the majo r became nervous, and dro ppi n g bis stoicism the chief paced to and fro with angry face and lips set, for he found that something had gone wrong: CHAPTER XXIII. A DIAMOND THA' r OUT A DUMOND, "THERE they come!" It was the keen eac of the chief that had caught the fall of b n ofs upon the pra irie, aud soon three dark forms came in sight, riding 1lowly. A s they drew neare r both Major Hnme and Blue Eye saw that one was a w oman, and a second w11s recogniz e d as George Powell, but the third was unknown. "It is my daughter and the boy, chief, and the third must be a cowboy from the ranch," said the major. Blue Eye gave a grunt of and bending over quickly released the major of his bonds, saying quietly: I do not wish your daughter to greet you in bonds." It was. a clear !!tar-light night, and as tbe party came up, the majo r rode forward and said: Ob, Helen 1 my child, do you agree to this sacrificef'' "Yes, father," was the low reply. "You do this to save met" "I do, father." "Helen, pause b e fore you take the step, f o r I can go back with the chief and let him d o his worst, rather than that you should so sacrifice yourself." "Hold on, Majo r Hume, for I consider that your daughter make s no sacrifice. 'I am an Indian, yes; but I am chi e f of a mighty people, and my name has made the pale-faces along this whole border tremble." Blue Eye spoke in a mos t pompous, boas tful tone, and the major answered hotly: "You are a villainous wretch, who bas stained bis bands with tbe blood of women and children, and should be hanged for your de v iltries." "I will not quarrel with you, sir, for I am what I am. "Miss Hume, I gree t :i:ou, and I off e r y n u the love, the hand of Blue Eye, the chie f, and esk yoli to become my queen. ''Will you accept and go with me to my vil lage!" "Yes," came the low reply. Major IJume muttere d an oath, but turning to bis daughter mid softly: "Belen, you h!lve made a great eacritlce, and have me, and from my helll't I feel your noble act. "Remember, I am e..-er your fat'her, and H yon tire of the life you have cho seu, come to me. Farewell I" He leaned over .from his b o rse and drew her b ead upon his should e r for an i11stant, and then she uttered some few words inn lW voice and rode quickly to the side of the c hi e r, who ga..-e a wild shout of joy at bis grand triumph, and said: "Come, my beautiful queen ot the Coman ches, and I will teach you how to hate the pale-fac e s from whom you c o m e "Major Hume, go! But r e member, Blue Eye, the Comanche, n e v e r buries tl,ie hatchet be bas once taken up again s t a fo e." He se iz e d the bridl e-re in of the maiden's hors e as he spo ke, P .nd m otioning to the war rio r to lead the way, be m oved off, saying aloud: ''Now, my queen, we will be escorted to onr home by two-score bra..-e warriors, who lie bidden not far from here." The m aiden suddenly drew rein and asked ia a low, trembling voice: "Wbatl Are you treacherous, Blue Eye!" "Yes, to all pale faces except you, my queen," was the ringing reply. "The n thus I punis h you for your crimes, Blue E yel" The w ords rung out in startlingly clear and c ommanding tones ; and fol lowing them came the crack of a revolve r, and then a second rep ort, the two shots illumining the scene mo mentarily. The first shot was at the beacl ot the chief, and the bullet struc k him squarely between tha eye s killing him instantly. 'l'be se cond shot was at the a s tounded war rior, whose heart was by the unerring bullet. Before Blue E y e could fall from bis saddle his head was seiz e d in the hands of his slayer, and the long s calp lock with its feather of crimson attached, was cut from h i s bead. Then, sprine:ing to the gro und, the maiden did a like service for the warrior, and with her gory trophies sprung nimbly into the saddle and dashed away, while wil r l war-cries were beard in a distant ravine, as Prair i e Suake and his warriors, alarmed by the shots, came has tening to the rescue. As the miliden dashed forward, mounted upon a large black mare, Major Hume, who with bis two comrades bad halted, apparently waiting tor him, cried: Nobly done, my brave boy, and you have rid the border of a monster and 111/o ved IDT darilni child and m1selt."


"Yes, I do Indeed owe yon more than life," 1cried a soft, sweet voice, and the one supposed to be George Powell spurred to the side of the person who bad successfully played so bold a game. "Let me offer yer my grip, Boy Pard," cried the other individual of the party, and who was none other tha n the leader of the cowboys, who bad with his comrades come upon George Powell after his fight with the Indians severlll days before "Hal hat ha!" laughed the supposed Helen Hume, as the party sped along: I nearly broke up, Ma.j11r PowAII, at your affecting farewell; but I'd give my rifle to be out of these petticoats and be back in my pants, which Miss Helen is wearing." "Never mind, George, you have done good service in my clothiog so you need not be ashamed of them, and I only wi&h I could have played you h3lf as well; but hark bow those Indians yell," said H e len Hume, whose representatio n of George Powell was equally as good as was bis of her They have c o me upon the dead body of their chief, and now we must ride for it," cried the major. Anrl ride for it they did, and in safety the ranch, thanks to the daring ruse tf George Powell to save hims eH, the major, Helen, and at the same time rid the bor der of its most fiendish human monster, Blue _Eye, the Comanche. CHAPTER XXIV. THE COWBOY OllIEI', FROM the moment of his reaching Hume ranch, Ge orge Powell became a hero. His Came spread along the border like wild fire, and some enthusiastic cowboy dubbed him the Boy Terror, and to his great regret the name clung to him. His fight with the Comanch,es, when be used one as e. shield beaame also the general talk, and his clever ruse to esaape with Major Hume out of the clutahes of Blue Eye, anti at the same time rid th3 borde!' of that t..rror, was exalte d to the skies. Major felt that he could not do too much for thi. brave boy, and knowing that his desire was to lay a foundation for a fortune, he at once dete rmined to set him up upon a ranch, and make him a present of it and the mttle. Dut this George would not bear to, f:ir be would accept no favors, so the majo r trie d an other plan, and one day said to the youth: "George, I have bought an old ranch, some hundred miles west ot this, and wish to stock It with cattle, ancl put a goe>a person there ID charge, allowin& him a few cowboya. "Now, you have been with me long enoug h to understand\ the business, and ru make you the offer to run the ranch for me, and you can select what men you please." This was what George liked, al!d ten days lifter he started fo, the ranch, and with four c owboys under him, drove several hundred head of cattle along with him. He found the place considerably dilapidated, so at once set to work to remedy this, and it was but a few weeks before the young cow boy chief bad a most c o mfortable home of it. As the ranch was in the vicinity ot where wild mustangs roamed in large droves. George took the idea bis bead of catching the animals, and thus begin a little business upon his own hook. In riding he yielded to no one as a superior, and be also threw the lariat with great skill; but one of his men showed him the knack of catching wild horses, and be soon became e. most effkient pupil, and when Major Hume visited the ranch si:x months after George had gone there, he founi the place most comfort able, bis cattle thriving well, and the youth the owner of over a hundred mustangs which bis skill bad roped in. Mustangs happened to be just what Major Hume wanted, and be bought the drove there and then, and paid the highest price they would bring in the market, and George Powell bad laid tbe corner-titone of a fortune, he really believed. Upon that ranch the youth passed several years, and in that time bis name far and wide for daring and Indian-fighting, for be bad organiz e d several bands of cowboys iuto a company, and becoming known the Cowboy Chief, made many successful attacks upon the red-skins, who were most troublesome all along the border. But George found the care of e. ranch too confining for one who wished to be constantly on the go, only prairie and rr.ountain, and hence gave up1 his position, and sold out l'that cattle and mustangs he to the major. The mouey, amounting to a couple ot thousand dollars, be banked in his m other's name, and then set forth upon new fields of adventure, until his wanderings won for him th'3 names ot the Boy Wanderer and Prairie Wanderer, for scarcely was he ever a week in one place, but passed his days and nights con upon the plains. CHAPTER XXV. THE NIGHTHA.WXS, ABOUT the time George Powell became a prairie rover, ;wandering w berever be cared to go, over Texas, through the Indian Terri tory, and up into C o l orado and Nebraska, he ieturned to Texas, after an ab10nce of nearl;r


r Nlght-Hawlr. George. 17 a year, tc. find that a b!lnd of outlaws known I his purpose from fear of personal danger, &lid as the Night-Hawks has. for bis moth.,r an

Night-Ha.wk Georg& Yea, air. n And in that tfine you expect to capture this band of Nigbt-Hawksr asked the major. "I do, sir," was the resolute response of George Powell, the young ranchman. CHAPTER XXVL XIDNAPPED. SOME thirty miles from the ranch of George Powell, dwelt a young man by the name of Hart Herndon. Of bis antecedents little was known by bis neighbors, for be had neighbors, though none nearer than half a dozen miles. He had come to Texas, woo a ranch and cattle at cards, and taken poss e ssion of it. He was but dissipated, and those who knew him bked him. One afternoon as he sat on his cabin piazza smoking, and with a b

Right-Hawk George. 89 "He came to me asking for work, and I en gaged him as a cowboy, and, suspecting him from the first, I have devoted my time to watching him. "I seut him off to buy s ome cattle f o r me, and he returned with them; but, in disgui se, I had follow r d him, and I know he g o t tbe m from where stolen cattle are driven, their brands effac e d, and new on e s put on. "Tbe n I got bim introus hound!" said Herndon. "Oh, you would C"onfe ss as he has to Eave your life, and I now ask you to simp!y write your men an orde r to come h e re, if you do not care to go out of life by torture an Indian will invent, for I shall give you up to the Apa ches." Hart Herndon turned deadly pale at this, and said: "If I do as you wish, I can have my choice of death!" "Y "If I confes9 11.ll, wm you spare my lifeP' "No, for I lrnow all." "Tbat man does not lrnow all" ''Ob, yes be does, or at least he knows enough to satisfy me, and I have to give biw. his life, which I dislike to do, as be is such a villain, "But I have pledged him my 'l'Ord "Well, I'll do it if you let we choose the manner of my death." I so pledge myself to you." "Well, I wish to commit suicide." "What!" "Fact. I will shoot my,elf with my re volver." A man such as you are is a dangeron1 pers'>n to trust with a load e d revolv er." "You have pledged yours elf," eagerly said the Night-Hawk chi ef. "And will keep my w ord, though I well know you to first kill me, no matter what became o! you alterward. But I'll see to that," said Georgo with a smile. This s e emed to hit the rean hard, for that had evidently been bis intention; but be asked: "Well, give me the pape r and pen and ink." The were set b e fore him and his right band was released. -"Now write, sir!" commanded George. The man wrote a few lines in cipher, and handd it to George Powell, who said; "Read it, in trirnslation I" "You are command e d to C"ome to the Po..-et! Ran ch, Suns e t Prairi e Sunda y nig ht, at t e n u 'clo ck. M e et in the pra irie one mile due north of rao.!h, and wait my corning, or command. "CmEF."' "Doe s that suit you!" 11sked the chief, when he bad fl.nhhcd translating it. "Is that right, sir!" and George hamled the paper to the man who had bc:trayed his co:n rad e s He saw the man change countenance, and & gl eam come into his eyes, and instantly sus pected a trick. "Does that cipher read as that man read itt" ha asked, sternly . The man hesitated, glanced at his chief and said: ''Yes:'' "Kit, take this man 9ut and tie him to a tree. "Tben lay your cattle-whip upon bis bare back until be knows bow to tell the truth. No, nol I will t e ll the truth, pard." Then did be translate that cipher ri&htl" "No, pard. "How does it readF' "Tbat the men were to come here, where we would be found prisoners, and then w was to turn the game eg'in' you." Ahal Now, Sir Ni&ht-Hawk, 70ll wilf


write a correct order, and I want thirteen of them, for there ere fifteen in your band, and two of you are here." With a muttered curse the chief wrote again upon a piece of paper. "Now, sir, how doP.s that read!" "Let that traitor translate it," was the IB8va11:e rejoinder. "Read It, sir!" commanded George. The man obeyed. Powell Ranch, Sunset Prairie, What does N. H. C. stand for!'' asked George. "Night Hawk Captain. 11 "Ahl and this is a correct translation!" "Yes, pard." "Remember, I shall not leave you here, and it it proves wrong you die." "Obi I haio't takiug no more chances, _pard, for I am in danger enough now." "You are right! Here, Kit, you and Trim go and deliver parers. "Here is a list of the men 'l"'ho are to have t'hem, and tbe ranches tbey live on. "hen you have given them all C1ut, c ome by the fort and ask Captain Saterlee to return with you and bring ba!f a dozen picked ca.-alry men with him, but to keep hi11 coming a 1ecret.11 Kit, the cowboy, took the parers, and say ing that be understood fully what was to be done, left the ranch, accompanied by Trim, his comrade, while George Powell and the re maining herder remained as guards over the prisoners. CHAPTER XXVIL NIQRTHAWK GEORGE. TH1I: Sunday night of tbe fetal appointment round, &nd the Powell ranch was dark and gloomy, for no light was visible anywhere about it. Out upon the prairie, a mile away, were a hand of horsemen. They were thirteen in 11umber, well mounted and armed, and v.ere riding in single file in the direction of the iancb. They were the Ntght-Hawks, ac1d in obe 'liience to the order of their chief, were going upon red work, as was the r wont. They had met at a comman rendezvous, and then s ought the designat

, George. 31 _ou shall have time to pray," kindly re .. .,ouded Night-Hawk George. I wish no time for prayer, for it would do me no good, after all the crimes that Jay at my door. "You are frank at least, and you know best. "Here i a revolver, and it is unloaded; but I Jay here on the table one cHarge of powder, a bullet, and a cap. When we leave the cabin load it and end your wretched life. But if you attempt any tricks you will be snot down by nne who will be watching you, tbou1

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HANoSOMtTH1.CDLilnEoECDVERJ Library, 32 Pages. Issued Every Wednesday. Buy One and You Will Buy the Rest I btract 8 from t h e New Yor k Eveuluir S un. T\"70 111, :ltOES. to only one sense ot the word can It be regarded as a aovel statement wheu the tact la here recorded that lltera &ure haft given many heroes to the world, and perhaps more than one reader wtll have to thlttk a moment over lbla remark before th e 1 u btle delicacy o r Ito genia l wit 1trlkee home. lhlt It la most esseutlall y a halt dim e novel statement 'bati will he uewe to many when It la added that liter ature, I f traced from the dimly distant days when Adam W&I a mere child down to the present day, would show ut few heroes that In the eyes of boyhood would be en judged worthy ot comparison with the two greatest beroea known to American literature, or. to promptly re .. Y eal them, Deadwoort Dick and Deadwood Dick, Jr. The moder n heroes o r fiction ro r young America, who are now as countleu as the sands or the eea, and or "horn the Deadwood Dicks are much the moat lmPortant tt le but natural that their should hear &way the palm ot PoPUlarlty, and such as be leh r .... '"'ah Ind In the race. oan be easily helleved, thererore, that the two DICka are 10 ftrmly engrarted on the tree ot p opular literature lor boys and young men, that their poslt1011 IR aRsured and that they stand to--day head aud shoulders at>oe all rivals In the eyea or the public Cor wblob tbeJ btt,e 11,ed, and ror which one of them has died. Amerlca.11 Uoy hood, and that Is a tremendous factor I the laud, now knows Deadwood Dick, J r ., a good beal bet ter than It knows Its catechism, and millions of youn 1 mlnda atum r h the thrllllug Incidents ot his career In b l l everhtstt11g wttrfare Hgalust crime aud his 11ever.audtn1 solving of tmpenetrahle mysteries. Mllllo n R or follow h i s Rtea lthy footste. pa 88 he track hla vicious v ictims ro their undoln1t, and then, when the ' let I me are thorc>11Khl y undone, the millions wait hungrllJ tor lhe next volumP, which 011 every Wednesday appeart with the C"ertutur y ot the Wednesday Itself, aud a new aea of delightful thrllle go t hrllllug away from to Call f o r11ta There are the volumes each so crowded with thrtlla and heart-tugs that It were madness to hope to do juatlce to them collectively and rank tujustlce to dlacrlmlnate b & tween them. To ahandon the Idea of giving a tew extracts causea tnftnlte pain, but tr once a start were made In that direc t ion, It wo11l1t he cruel to The .Evenfng Sun's readers t o stop, ancl It II' thflrpfore better not t o relate one alngl r tulvP11t11rP. Sumce It to aay that the storlea a r e c lean and well wrlttf"11. D EA DWOOD DICK LIB H.ARY l Deadwood D jck, -tlle Prince of :he Road 8 The Doub l e Daggers; or, Deadwood Dick's Defiance S TbA Buffalo Demon; or, The Border Vultures Buffalo Ben, Prince ot the Pistol i Wild Ivan, the Boy C laude Duval 8 D eathFace, the Detective 7 T'::e Phantom Min er; or, Deadwood Diek'e Bonanza 8 01J Avalaoch.,, the Great Annihilator; or, Wild Edna, the Girl Brigand I Bob Woolf the Border Ruffian II Omaha 011, the Masked Terror; or, Deadwood Dick in Dane:er 1 1 J im Bludeoe, J r the Bo} Phenix; or, Through to Death .I Dead wood Dick's Eagles; or, The Pards of Flood Bar I I Buckhorn Bill ; or, The Red Rifle Team 1' G o ld Rifle, the Sharpshooter I I Deadwood Dick on Deck: or, Calamity Jane 1 8 Corduroy Charlie, the Boy Bravo 1 7 Rosebud Rob; or,. Nugget Ned, the Knight of the Gulch 1 8 ldyl, the Girl Miner ; or, Rosebud Roh on Hand 19 Photog raph Phil: or, Rosebud Rob's Reappearance IO Watch-E, e the Shadow II Deadwo o d Dick's Device; or, The Sign of the l>oub l e Crad; or, T\111 Road to Fortune Boss Bob, the Kine: of Bootblacks ID Deadwood Dick's.Double; or, The Ghost bf Gorgon's Gu lcn a Blonde Bill; or. Deadwood Dick's Home Ba11e 8 Soli d Sam, the Boy Road-Agent S.'l Tony Fox, the Ferret: or, Bos Bob's Bose Job 84 A Ga111e or Gold: o r Deadwood Dick's Big Strike 3; wo0 d Dick or Dead wood; or, The Picked Party 36 New York Nell. th 1d Dick's Doom; or, Calamity Jane's Arlvf'11tnra 40 D M wood l>ick's Dream; or. The Rivals of the Ro 41 Deadwood Dick's Ward; or, T11e Black Hills Jeze 42 ':'he Arah Oett-ct:ive; or, Snoozer. the Boy Slrnrp 43 The Vntriloquit Detec.tive. A Romance o f Rogu 44 Detective Josh Grim; or, The Young Gladiator' Gnme 45 The Frnutier Detective; or, Sierra Sam's Scheme 46 The Jim1own Sport: or, Gypsy Jack in Colorado 47 The Miner 8pnrt; or, SugarCoated Sam' s Clllim 48 Dil'k Drew, the Miner's Son; or, Apollo Bill, Road-AgPnt 49 Sierra Sam. tl1e Detecth e 50 SiP:::. Dbul;>le; or, The Three Female Detecc. M 12:nrn Sam's Senten .ce; or, Littl e Luck at Ro u Rnncll 52 Th<> Girl Sport: or, ;Jumho Joe's Diguise 5.'lDnvet !/oil' DPvice; or, The Detective Queen 154 Denver Doll a Detective .. 55. D envn Doll's Partner; or, Big Ruckskin the Sport l>6 llenvn Doll's Min e ; or, Little Bill's Big Loss 57 Deadwood Dick Trapped 58 Buck Haw k, I>etective; or, The Messenger Bo y For:tnne . 59 DPadwood Disguie; o r Wild Wa l t t.he Spo 60 Dumh Dick s .Pard; o r Eliza Jane, the Go l d Miner 61 Dead wood Dick M islon 62 Spotti:r Frit2;: or, The' l:ltore-Detective'e Decoy 63 The Dtctive Rond-Agent; o r The Miners of S fra. Oily 64 Co lorado Charlie's Detective D"sb ; or, The Ca King M. J. IV B RS & CO .. Pnblls lur!l :S111livnn, P r op ri et or) 879 P11arl S t rePt. q ; \\' \'OHK.