Stranded out west, or, The boy who found a silver mine

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"Now then," cried Hurley, shaking his fist at the helpless boy, ''tell us the location of that mine or we'll throw you into the ravine. Joe saw that his predicament'was a desperate one, for the ruffians were thoroughly in earnest.


Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY luuea Weekl11-B11 Subscription $2.50 per 11ear E1Lte1ea according to Act of Congresa, in the year 1901. in the of!lce of the Lib r ariall o f C o n u 1e.,, Wcu hing ton, D. C ., bt1 Frank Touse11, Publiahe1" 24 Union Squar New York. No 115 N E W YORK, DECEMBER 13, 1907. PRICE 5 CENTS. St11anded Out West OB, rTHE BOY WHO FOUND A SILVER MINE By A SELF-MApE MAN C HAiPTER I. STRANDED. "So yer stranded, are ye?" the l andlord of the Hath away Hotel, a roughly-constructed, two-story building situ ated about the center of the single street of Silver Creek but which, nevertheless, was the most imposing specimen of architecture in that bustling little Western mining town "Yes, sir; I'm broke," replied the stalwart, good looking boy who stood in front of the bar in the main room of the hotel. "How came yer to be busted?" asked Bug Hathaway, cu riously, notin g th e fact that the youth seemed unusually intelligent, and quite above the ordinary specimens of hard luck that floated around that section occasionally "I w a s h e ld up yesterday afternoon as I was riding along the road to Jordan by three rough-looking men with rifles. They took my hors e my saddlebags, my revolver, and cleaned out m y pock e ts. Then they let me go." "Ye must have nm up ag'in some o f the Hurley gang "What do you mean by the Hurley gang?" asked the b oy. "Hain't yer heard about them ? The youth shook his head. "They' r e desp e radoes and horse thieves. They've given the sheriff of this county all kinds of trouble, and the men they 've killed would start a very respectable graveyard if collected to ge ther. Ye were lucky to git off with yer l ife Gener a ll y they don't leave no witnesses to carry tales around these diggin's. Where do yer hail from?" "Denver. "And what brought yer to Silver Creek?" "Nothing in partic1tlar. Just drifted m here after I lost my way." "What's your name?" "Joe Rushmore." "Hungry, I s'pose ?" "Very. I haven t eaten anything since yesterday noon You see I carried some grub in my saddlebags, but th<1t went with the rest." "I s ee. If I give ye a meal are yer -willin' to work out the price?" "Try me," replied the boy, cheerfully. "I will Come with me." He walked toward a rear door and Rushmore followed him. They entered the dining room of the hotel, which was with a long table built of planed plank cov ered with shiny oilcloth, and fringed at regular interva l s with plates, cups and saucers, knives, forks and spoons, while three cruet-stands stood in the center and at either end A good looking girl was filling several sugar bowl s at a small table near a. window overlooking a section of yard. "Sit down," said the landlord, pointing at the end seat of the table, and: Joe took possession of the.chair. "Maggie," continued. Mr. Hathaway, addressing the girl, "get this boy somethin' to eat. When yer done," he added, turning to the boy, "ye kin see me out at the bar. I'll give yer some thin' to do." "All right, sir," replied Rushmore. "Much obliged for giving me the chance to earn a meal."


STRANDED OUT WEST. "Ye :ll'e replied the landlord, walking away. The girl presently returned with a plate of cold meat, sliced, some bread and butter, and a jug of milk "This is the best I can do for you," she said. "Dinner won't be ready :for an hour or more." replied Joe, "it's first-class. When a fellow hasn't eaten in about twenty-four hours he is thankful for anything in the shape of grub." "Haven't you had anything to -eat in that time?" tlrn girl asked, in some surprise. "Not a bite," replied Joe, as h e attacked the meat anct Lread with a voraciousness that proved his words. "How is that?" Joe explained how he had been cle::mccl out by the three rascals on the road to Jordan; how he 1rnc1 then lost his way on foot during the night, and how he had just wan dered into Silver Creek, feelin g pretty rocky. "I'hat was too bad," said the girl, sympathetically. "I'll get you more meat and bread, ancl half of a pie." She hastened to do so. "You'll be able to get work in the mines hereabouts," said the girl, encouragingly. "The pay is good. The super intendent of the Crescent Leasing Company lives here You can speak to him when he comes to dinner." "I will," answered Joe. "I've got to do something to get another start." "You're from the East, aren't you?" "Yes I was born m Buffalo. I came out to Denver on what proved to be a wild goose chase. A man in Denv e r gave me a l etter to a mine owner near Jordan, wl10, 11e said, wanted a general assistant in the office of his smelter '.i'hat's what brought me out thi's way. Now the letter i s gone, and with it everything else I o"-.:iccl in th e world, and I'm down to hard-pan. By the time I earn enough to take me out of this town J s'pose the job at Jonlan will have been captured by somebody else, so you see I'm in rathei hard luck all around." 'tl'm sorry for you," repli e d the girl. "Yo-u're cut out for someth ing better than a mine lab orer, I can see that. It's hard work, but you look strong enough to stand it till you get on your feet again "I'm not afraid of work," replied the boy, resolutely. "Very few peopleget something for nothing in this w orld. At any rate I don t expect to find a sinecn_re. I don't b" lieve there are any floating around this part of the coun try." He the la st of the milk, and ha ving cleaned up all the bread and meat, he rose from the table, feeling like a new boy, and went out into the barroom to see what the l andlord had for him to tlo. "I reckon you're pretty handy at writin' and cipherin' ?" said Bug Hathaway, in a tone that implied he had. little doubt what the boy's answer would be. "Yes, sir. I'm well up in all that," replied Joe, with alacrity "Enough said. I want you to go over this here account book of mine and kinder straighten it out. Write down on a paper what's comin' to me from the people whose names is writ in the book. There's a misunderstandin' between me and several of 'em, as. they're all good cus tomers I want to fix the matter right -If there's anythin' yer don't understand, jest ask me and I'll 'lucidate it. "All right, sir." "As I re c kon it may take yer some time, ye kin go int-0 dinner when it's ready. In addition I'll give ye yer supper and breakfast to-morrer, and a shakedown to-night some where about the house. That's fair, ain't it?" "Yes, sir, that's fair enough if I do enough work to eMn all that." "Never you min<.l about that. It's worth that to have my accounts fL-xed up keyrect, whether it takes yer an hour or the hull afternoon to do it. To-morrer maybe I kin find somethin' else for yer to c.lo. At any rate, I kin get yer a job at themine8 as a laborer, where ye kin make to carry yer out of town." Joe was established at the upper end of the bar with pen, ink, paper and JI.Ir. Hathaway's account book, and he star ted to dig the various items out and arrange them in methodicai order. With the proprietor's occasional assistance Joe made good progress. "I'll allow that a good eddication stands by a man when he needs it," remarked 'i\Ir. Hathaway, during an interval when customers were scarce. "I ain't had much schoolin' myself, not that I feel the lo s of it much except in a case like this How long <.lid you go to school yourself?" "Several I g raduated from the Buffalo Grammar School and then went to work. I should liked to have gone to the High School, but my mother died and I was thrown on my own resource s." Here a couple of the inhabitants came in for a drink and a chat with the landlord, and nothing more was said about schooling. Joe went in for dinner when everybody else was through, and he ate with the man cook and three women servants of the house. The girls were quite taken by the boy's good looks and cheerful con versa ti on,. and they said they hoped he would regiain in the neighborhood for awhile After the meal Joe returned to his job and :finished it in about an hour. The l and lord declared he had acquitted himself in sty le. "Ye had better take a look a.round town now, Rush more," he.said. "Ye might pick up a job in one of the stores before supper If yer don't I'll see about gettin' yer took on at one of the mines to-morrer." Joe put on his hat and went out. There was no danger of his getting lost in Silver Creek. It had but one long thoroughfare, and all byways led into it. The re was a bank, an assay office, a post-office, a couple of other hotels besides Mr. Hathaway's, saloons by the score, with gambling rooms attached, vaudeville stages, and stores for the sale of everything that was in demand in that locality. Joe made inquiries in several places, but there was no opening for him. Finally he reached the end of the street and walked out toward the mining district. At a lonesome part of the foothills he saw a burro wan d ering about nibbling the few blades of grass that sprouted among the stones, and close by. perceived a. weary-looking


STRANDED OUT WEST. old man, who looked like a miner or prospector, sitting on II As if to prove that Joe wias right, the d ere lict at that a flat bou l der l ooking the picture of desolation moment collapsed in hi' c h air, and the boy had to rush over ___ to catch him to prevent him falling to the floor. CHAPTER II. Mr. Hathaway didn't fancy his visito r1 and he was put out with oe for bl'inging the man to his house. In order to revive him so he could move on he poured ou t Joe looked hard at the str anger, and the man returned some spirits in a glass and brought it over to 'Thompson. his stare. He got enough down the prospector's throat to fetch him HEIR TO A SILVER MINE. "Say, pardner," said the derelict, "will favor?" you do me a around. "Sure, I will," replied Joe, cheerfully. "I'm about petered out. This is the first time in twenty I've felt the need of a doctor. I'm sick, and I can't get away froI)1 the fact. I want you to he l p me reach some place in Silver Creek where I can put up. I've gone as for as I can alone Just catc}\. that burro, help me on l)is back, and walk \ Tith me to town and I'll make it wort h your while. If I stay here an hour lon ger I'll turn up my toe '." "I'll do that for yon," said Joe. "Where am I ?" muttered the stranger "Youre at Hathaway"s Hotel in Silver Creek," said Joe. "I want to g o to bed and I want a doctor," he murnble t l "Can yer pay for a ro om? H so, ye kin have it," saiel the landlord in a business tone. Thompson fumbled in his pocket and brought out some bills. "That's all I ha ve," he said, faintly. "Take it and help me." Tbe landlord counted the money. H e kept half ancl handed .the rest to the strange r. The animal p ermitted the boy to take him in charge and l ead him to his owner. The bms fell from hi s listless hand and Joe picked ""What's your name, pardner? Mine is Zeke Thompson., them up. "My name is Joe Rushmore." "If you have him put to bed I'll get the doctor f o r him" ''.I knew a Henry Rushmore thirty years or so ago when 1 \ the boy said. I lived m Bu:fl'alo. !ic was a carpenter. He loaned me "Enough sr.icl," repli ed l\Ir. Hathmyay. $100 to start West with." I He called up a man who was sweeping the barroom, and "My father's name was Henty Rushmore, and he was a b e tween them they carried Zeke 'l'hompson to a room on the carpenter. We liv ed in Buffalo." next floor and put him to bed "Your father must be the man I mean. I never paid While they were doincr this Joe rushed off for the doctor. him that $100 Is he alive?" He found the pbysicj;n behind the counter of his sto re ::No: He died three mining matters with an acquaintance. I s pose your mother i s alive sa1q lhe p10spectoi. "1 ou're wanted at Hathaw ay's Hotel to attend a sick "No," answered Joe, sadly "She Jier1 this spring.') man," said Joe. "y OU don't say Strange I should meet you away out "w1 t' tl tt "tl h" ?" l d th d t h A l th ?" n ia s 1 e ma er w1 i im as rn e oc or. ere. re you wor nng in e mmes "I ld 't t .11 All I l th t h tt b d "N I 1 d h th" ,, cou n e you mow is a es pre y a o. on y an1ve ere is mornmg. Tl 1 d 1 'd b ht d J t d "0 1 tl ,, 1 tt 1 1e p 1ys1c ian sa1 ie e ng over an oe re urne n y ns mormng, 1e mu erec. t th l t 1 He said nothing more for some l ittle time, during which 0 e 10 e The landlord was b ehind the bar. the burro j oggecl slowly along the wagon trail, and Joe kept pace with it. "We put the old chap to bed I guess he's pretty sick. Several times the man groaned as if suffering great paiu, Looks to me as if he might pass in his checks any moment. and the look on hi s face was not encouraging. I left my man minc1in' him. Is the doctor coinin' over?" ll Yes,'" replied Joe. He appeared to be growing weaker, and Joe had to sup-port him on tbe animal's back. "\Vhere did you pick him up?" asked Mr. Hathaway, After a whil e his mind seemed to wander, and the boy curiously. heard him talking about silver ore worth millions. "About a mile out of town At l ength they struck the town, 1 rmch to Joe's relief "How came you to etch him here?" for he had all he could do to hold the man on the burro. "He said he was sick and wanted to see a doctor. I saw The inhabitants l ooked at them curiously as the boy led that he was in a bacl way, ancl might die if left by himself the way to Hathaway's Hotel. in that lonely spot, so I helped him into town." He tied the burro to a post and helped the man into the "Not on foot?" saloon. "No, he had a bmro. It's tied outside." Placing Z eke Thompson in a chair he interviewed the "Then you'd better takP. it around to the yard and put it landl ord, telling him the circumstances of the case. in the stable." "This here ain't no of rest for dead brok e pros"All right," replied Jc,J. p ectors," r emarked Mr. Hathaway. "If he's got the price "Hold on a moment. Did you ask him his name?" h e kin stay, if he ha sn't he'd better move on." "Yes. He sa id it waa Zeke Thompson.'' "He can't move on. He's a sick man and needs a doc"Then write it in Jl!Y registry book so that I kin keep tor," protested Joe. track of him. I took out a week's board and lodgin' from "The doctor runs the drug-store next to the post-office. his money Jest mark that down, too." You'd better take him there." j "How mu ch? asked Joe. "I don't believe he can walk that far." "Ten dollars."


4 STRANDED OUT WEST. "I've got the rest of his money, so I'll pay the doctor," before them to sleep off a booze, kept the ball rolling until said the boy. nearly daylight. He then went outside and looked after the bun-o. This was Thursday night that Joe kept his lonesome When he got back the landlord told him the doctor. was vigil in the sick man's room and consequently things were upstairs with Thompson. quiete r, though the boy thought there was plenty of life Joe went up to see if he could be of any use. stirring in town Thompson had been a friend of hi s father's in the old It was along toward one o 'clock that Z eke Thompson days, and he believed was his befriend the old opened his eyes and gave evidence that he was in a rational prospector as far as he was able. state of mind The doctor told Joe that Thompson had acute pneu"Rushmore, are you there?" he said, in a weak voice. monia with complications. "Yes, sir I see you've got your senses back. I'll give He did not think his patient would survive the night. you a couple of18poonsful of this beef juic e." "Come o ver to the drug-store and I will give you some The old man took it without a word, then he said: medicine for him. Somebody ought to look after him, as "Where am I ?" he is liable to get up, and that would greatly hasten his "In a room in the Hathaway Hot el. Don't you rememdeath." ber that I brought you into the saloon below?" "I will look after him," replied Joe "Yes, I remember that you did. You helped me into "Then you'd stay with him now and I will send town, though I don't recollect much of the journey. You've my clerk over with the stuff. He will give you the necessary treated me white, boy, and you're doing more for me now directions than I could expect of you, who are a stranger to me. But The doctor went a.way and Joe took a c hair in the room your reward is to come. It is strange that you, the son oi and liste ned i.o the delirious mutterings of the old man. Henry Rushmore, my old friend, should be the one to be on By and by the drugsclerk came with the medicine and in hand to succor me in my la st hours. For I am going to structed Joe what to do with it. clie, my lad. I how it. I can feel "it. I sha'n't live till Thompson .was given his first dose. morning, but before I go I mean to put you in possession of "'Iliat will make him easier after a time," said the clerk. the key to a fortune-a fortune of millions." "Dr. Morton, however, says that he cannot possibly live Joe looked at him sharply. over thirty-six hours at the outside, and he will not be s urSurely the old fellow must be wandering again in his prised if he's dead in the morning. The only nourishment mind. you need give him is a little of this concentrate d beef-say His eye, however, was preternaturally bright, and be a small teaspoonful in a cup of hot water. I ll stay with the seemed to be sensible. while you go downstairs and have the cook prepare "Where i s my coat?" he asked, after a momept or two. it for you." "It i s I+anging on the wall." Joe returned with the preparation in about ten minutes, "Get it down." and then the clerk went away. Joe, wondering what he could want with his coat, took Soon after the supper bell rang the landl o rd sent hi s it down from the hook on which it was suspended. man to the room to let Joe off to get his supper. "Feel along in the back linin g There is a paper there. Half an hour later the boy was back at hi s post, with jlO Rip the lining open so yop can take it out. I want it." intention of quitting it that night. The boy obeyed his wishes and presently placed the paper Thompson remained quiet, breathing h eavi ly and apin his hand. parently unconscious-a kind of stupid doze-for several He opened it with some difficulty, and then Joe saw that hours. it was a diagram with figures and words rudely scrawled The room was illuminated with a lamp, which Joe turned upon it. low. "This,'' said the old prospector, "marks the location of With the coming of dark Silver Creek seemed to wake a very rich depos it of silver ore. There are millions of dol up into a new kind of existence-that kind of life which lars' worth of the metal almost in sight. It is a valley in centered around the numerous saloons. the mountain range twenty miles from here, and in a region There was mu sic and dancing to be found in divers places as yet unsuspected as a depository of silver ore. I have 'rhere were various gambling devices in operation in back staked out the claim, and complied with all the require rooms, the way to which was as easy to find as rolling off ments of the law. All that remains to secure it is to rega log. ister it properly with the authorities. That will remain for It was after dark that the saloons did a land-office busi-you to do." ness. Joe listened in great wonder to Thompson' s words. Joe could hear' the boisterous talk, and sometimes the The dying man then explained to the boy how clink of glasses, in the big front room downstairs. he would be able to find the silver mine. People occasiona lly came upstairs, as the evening wore After that he told Joe to get pen, ink and paper. on, and went to bed. "I want to dictate my will. I intend to leave you all my The greater part of Silver Creek's population, however, right and title as discoverer to this valuable property. Its did not retire to their bunks until some time after midpossession will make you a rich boy, and in this way I shall :iight, especially of a Saturday, when the mining laborers, repay you for your disinterested kindness to a poor old with their week's wages in their pockets, and a whole day man who was once your father's friend."


STRANDED OUT WEST. 5 Joe got the writing materials from the saloon and wrote room with the dead man, so he tilted the chair back against as Thompson dictated. the wall, and, foldinghis arms, began to think about his It was a short will, but it said all that was necessary to strange meeting with his father's old friend, and what that say. meeting might lead to i there was any truth in the exist Now you must get two witnesses to witness my signature ence 0 the silver mine. and attest its genuineness with their signatures," said the During the last hours 0 the olcl man's life Joe had exprospector. perienced great difficulty in keeping awake, for he was tired Joe went down again to ask Mr. Hathaway to come up and in great need 0 rest. and bring another man with him or the required purpose. Now that there was nothing to require his attention, he He found the landlord talking with the superintendent soon dozed off into a deep sleep, and did not awake till he 0 the Crescent Leasing Co. and induced them bohli to come felt a hand on his shoulder, and opening his eyes saw that up and witness the old man's will. it was broad daylight and that Mr. Hathaway's man was They did so. shaking him into ";akeulness. The short will was read to them, leaving everything 0 "So the old fellow is dead, eh?'' said the man, as soon as which Thompson died possessed, together with all his the boy was aroused "Died some time during the night, rights to any mineral discoveries he had made, to Joe Rush did he?" more "Yes," answered Joe. It was easy to see that they regarded the material benefits "Well, lock the door on him and come down to breakfast. conveyed by the will as something 0 a joke, but nevertheI s'pose the town will have to bury him." less, to satisfy the prospector, they witnessed his signature, Joe didn't like the idea 0 having the dead prospector and signed their names in due form, after which they withburi e d like a pauper, so after the morning meal he hunted drew up the undertaker and tried to make a deal with him. "Deposit this will at the proper place, Rushmore, as soon "I should like to have Mr. Thompson buried like a Chrisas poss ible after I am dead, and then have the necessary tian," he said "1 you'll do the right thing by him I'll documents concerning the mine made out by some comguarantee to pay you the bill by instalments as soon as I petent person and have them registered. You will find get to work with the Crescent Leasing Co. Mr. Wilbur has all the necessary information in my pocketbook." promised to put me on in a day or two." Joe promised to do it, though he had no great faith in "That's all right, my young friend; but, you see, I don't the existence 0 the silver mine that the paper said was to know you," replied the undertaker. "If you'll get Mr. Wil be his bur, or somebody else in town, to guarantee you, I'll take He determined, however, to hunt up the locality dethe matter under consideration." scribed, in the pocket in the mountains, and see for himself Joe went back to the hotel and told Mr. H;athaway what i the mine was actually there. the 1mdertaker said. If it was, then a new life would open before him. "Are you willing to see me through on this thing? I'll If, on the contrary, the mine existed only in the dying agree that when I get to work on the Crescent Lease prospector's disordered fancy, as he half believed, then he my wages shall be paid over to you. I'll boa. rd with you would be no better nor worse off than he was now. and you can give me a bed in any olcl place till the under lie had everything to gain and nothing to lose by taking taker is paid. After that I'll work on till I get a stake." the proposed trip. the matter with the town buryin' the old fel -CHAPTER III. MAKING PREPARATIONS. Soon after Zeke Thompson made his will he grew delirious again, and Joe poured a dose 0 the medicine down his throat. In time he became quieter, but his breathing grew more labored, and he had great difficulty in catching his breath About three o'clock in the morning, when the house wa,; all quiet, and the town as well, the ol(l prospector started up in bed, or air, glaJ:ed wildly at Joe, and then ell back on his pillow. The boy rushed to help him, but help was no longer pos sible. The death rattle was in the man's throat, and in a few minutes he was tlead As soon as Joe was certain 0 this act he closed the star ing eyes and bound up the sagging jaw with a towel. After that he covered the face 0 the corpse with the end 0 the sheet. 'I'hat was all he could do. He had no nervous qualms about remaining alone in the low?" replied Mr Hathaway. "Why are ye so bent on standin' or it?" "Because Mr Thompson was an old friend 0 my father's "He was!" answered the landlord, in some surprise "Did he say he was?" "He did "And ye believe that?" "I do because he gave me some evidence of the fact "Do ye expect to make anythin' out 0 that will he gave yer ?" "I couldn't te ll you." "It's my opinion it isn't worth the paper it's writ on. Ye kin sell the burro for a few dollars, and i there's any thin' else worth disposin' 0 it's yours, but that's all yer likely to realize, I'm thinkin'." "Well, how about the undertaker?" "Since yer bent on pa yin' for his plan tin' I'll see ye through, or I kind 0 admire yer grit, and I believ e ye'll stand by yer word "I will." "Enough said. I'll sell the burro for wha.t he' ll bring, and I'll put half 0 that money I charged him or board


G STRANDED OUT WEST. to That'll help yer some. The balance I He worked steadily and faithfully day after day, and let ye'll' to make good." nothing pass him by that would give him the l east bit of 'l'he matter 1being settled to Joe's satisfaction, the under light on the subject of mines and mining. taker was notified to take charge of the body and give Zeke He went to the company's sme lter, saw the process that Thompson a decent burial. the rough or e 'went through and asked more questions that Mr Wilbur personally loaned Joe $10 to buy a grave in added greatly to his enlightenment on the subject of pre thc Silver Creek burial ground, and the old prospector was cious metals suitably interred. By the time he had squared his debt with Mr. Hathaway 'l'he next day the boy went tp work for the Crescent and repaid Mr. Wilbur his $10 loan, he was fully competent Leasing Co. to go on a prospecting expedition himself, with a reasonable When Joe proposed to have the old man's will probated chance of not wasting his time on barren fields the superintendent of the leasing company laughed and told He continued to work at the Crescent Lease in order to him that it would be a useless expense, and advised him accumulate a fund to make the necessary purchases for the n ot to bother with it. trip he had resolved to make at the earlie,t moment "Bnt,'' said the boy, "Mr. Thompson told me that he had He laid in the articles by degrees. made a valuable discovery of silver ore in the mountains Among his purchases was a revolver, which seemed to be about twenty miles from here, that he had taken up the a necessary adjunct in that rough region. claim accorc1ing to law, and that all that remained was to Had the Hurley gang sti ll been reported in that district register it." he might have hesitated about undertaking his contemplated "He told you that?" said the surprised mining man journey alone, for one experience with members of that "Yes, sir. He said it was worth millions crowd was quite sufficient for him, and he had no relish for "Did he give you the directions by which you could verify coming up against them again t his information?" The sheriff of the county, ho-wever, had succeeded in cor" He did. I mean to hunt the place up as soon as I pay nering the desperac1oes soon after Joe's arrival in Silver off the debts and get a few dollars together Creek, and after a pitched battle between the two parties, in "What he said may be true, but I have my doubts. The which there had been serious casualties on both sides, the r egion within a llunclred miles of Silver Creek has been Hurleyites had fled, and for severa l weeks nothing had been pretty well gone over by prospectors time and again within heard of them t he last ten years, and where,er gold or silver has been dis. Joe was now saving up funds to buy a burro and pro cover ed by surface indic ations, it has been, or is being, exvide himself with provisions for his short journey to the plaited. I'm afraid Thompson was off his base Did you mountain range and during his stay there find any specimens of o re in his sac1dl ebags ?" He might be away a week, or he might be away three "There were no saddlebags on the burro." wee ks, he couldn' t tell how long iill he got upon the ground. "Thero wasn't? What did the old man have besides his His object was to malrn a thorough search of the neigh burr o ?" borhood pointed out to him by tI1e diagram and' the last "Nothing." words of the dying prospector "Nothing at There were many reasons why an aider and more experi "Not a ihing. enced man would have regarded the trip as something of a :M:r. Wilbur whi stled wild goose chase, but Joe Rushmore full of the enthusi He must have lo st his outfit somewhere a lon g the road, asm of youth, and he was willing and even eager to take which would go to show that his mind was unb a lancec1. His cha nces where another person would have hesitated. story of his silver di scovery I guess is all bosh. If I were you I wouldn't waste my time thinking about it." While this conversation with the superintendent was not encouraging to Joe, he did not altogether give up the hope that there might be something tangible about the silver dis covery. He was sustained by the diagram the old man had given him of the location of the alleged urine, and he frequ en tly looked at it and ponder ed over it. "Surely no man would draw such a thing just for furi, especially an old prospector like Mr. Thompson," thought the boy. "Well, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Some day, soon, I'm going to hunt that place up ana sec with my own eyes what truth there i s in his story." In order to be able to identify real silver ore when he saw it, as well as the general indications of its presence in the ground, Joe began to study up the subject at the mine where he was working. He asked questions of the other men, and of Mr. Wilbur, and they readily gave him all the information he craved for. CHAPTER IV. THE BOY AND THE SAD-EYED BURRO. One evening as the shades of twilight were falling upon the landscape, and Joe was returning from the mine to the hotel in town for his supper, he overtook a boy of nearly his own a ge mounted on a sad-eyed burro, jogging slowly to ward Silver Creek. Joe's bmro, which belonged to Mr. Hathaway, was such a bright-looking, healthy beast that it made the other look like thirty cents "Hello, pard," said Joe, for introductions were not neces sary out there in order to strike up an acqpaintance with a s tranger, "bound for town?" "I ain't bound for nowhere else," grinned the boy. "Where do you hail from?" "Most anywhere, but just now from Paradise Crik." "Paradise Creek repeat e d Joe, "You've come some distance." "A pretty good piece."


OUT WIDST. "Your burro looks as though he was tired of life." "Yep, but he's. only sulky He's thinkin'." "Thinkincr !" ejaculated Joe. ''Yep. Thinkin' whether I'm goin' to siay in town over night or only long enough to feed up." "Oh, ihai's why he looks so down in the mouth?" lau ghed Joe. "Yep." "What's your name, pard ?" "Sam Short. What's yours?" "Joe Rush more "Shalre," said the boy, holding out his hand. Joe shook his rough, brown hand in a friendly way. "Are you bound for any place in particular?" he asked the boy. "Nope." "Then you haven't any plans?" "Nope. "What do you do for a living? Work around the mines?" "Yep, when I feel likeit or have to. "Then you only work occasionally?" "Yep." .. "What do you do most of the time?" "Travel." "On that burro?" "Yep. "I suppose that accounts for the animal thinking so hard." /"Yep." "You're a strange boy. You rather interest me." "You interest me, too." "How is that?" "I rather like you." "I don't know but I like you, too, though I can't say why "Wish you'd pull up sl .. kes and travel with me. I'm gettin' lonesome." "No," replied Joe, "I'm not cut out for a rolling stone. I prefer to work, and with a purpose in view." "Makin' money, I' s'pose." "That's the main object in view out here." "Yep, I don't care for money." "You don't?" exclaimed Joe, in surprise. "Nope. Not so lon g as I all I want to eat The burro's lucky. He kin live on grass, but I can't. Wi s h I could." "What do you do in winter, when traveling is bad and the buno can't find grass handy?" "Go south." "How far south have you been?" "To the Rio Grande "Say, you're a peacherino." "Nope. I'm from Missouri." Joe laughed at the half earnest, half comical expression on the boy's face. _,.. "How long have you been traveling around this way?" he asked. "Two years. Ever since pap passed in his checks." "Then you're an orphan, I suppose?" "Yep." "So am. I." "Are you?" said the boy, looking interested. "Shake." Joe took his hand again as they entered the long strbd of Silver Creek. "Well, S_am," he said, "you'll stop with me to-night, I guess." "Y Where's your oihack ?'' "I put up at Hathaway's Hotel." "You must be flush "Not very. I've got the cheapest accommodation in the. house." "Get enough to eat, don't you? Your burro looks fat. Bet mine kin hold out longer on a stretch." "Hathaway sets a good table. You'll have the chance to sample his feed." "llow about my burro?" "I'll see that he gets all he can eat, too." As Joe uttered these words the sad-eyed animal picked up his ears, raised his head and seemed to take notice for the first time. "He heard you," said Sam Short. "What are yoli. talking about?" "The burro." 'What about him?" "'He !ward you say that you'd see he got all he could eat. Didn't you see him raise up his head?" "I suppose you expect me to J:relieve that your burro un derstood what I said to you?" "Ho understood it. He understands everythin'. You can't fool him nohow. I've tried it, but it was no go. See that ear go up now?" "I see it. He hears that team coming down the street. Well, here we are at the hotel. Turn into the yard and we'll put our animals up for the night." Joe led the burros into the stable, and after they were stripped, each was put in a stall and provided with water and foecl. 'fhe sacl-eyc

8 STRANDED OUT WEST M8ftgie a lways looks afte r y ou. N o body e l se gets half a c h ance," rep li ed the g i r l with a to u c h of jealousy in her to ne "Well Maggie has the call, l aughed Joe. S h e had the honor o f my acquaintance first, you know "Of comse I did," said 1'1aggie. "I gave your firs t mea l in the house "Don' t let us have any scrap over it. Get a 'move o n both of you; we'r e hungry. Sam J:i.asn't seen a square mea l since he left Missou r i two years ago "What a fib!" e ja c ulated l\Iamie, a s she placed a gla ss of water for Sam and then started off to bring t h e soup. "What w ill you have, Joe?" said Maggie, w h en she placed t h e soup before Rushmor e "Boiled beef o r roast pork?" O h, pork is good enough for me," replied Joe. Sam o r dered some, too The meal was evidently a banquet for the owner of the sad eyed burro, and he pi l ed into it a s if making up for seve r a l missing dinners When both had eaten as m u c h as t h ey wanted they walked i nto the saloon, where Joe told Mr. Hathaway to charge up Sam's meal against him. He said that Sam would Share h is room with him that night, if it was all the same to the l andlord "The room is yours, Ru s hmore. I sha 'n't charge y e r nothin for i;unnin in a friend. W h o is he?" "He's a travel e r from M i s souri." Mr H a thaway regarded Sam with some cur i osity, but made no remark. The boys then walk e d outside, and fin d i n g two vacant chairs, sat dOWIJ.. "Say, Sam," said Joe, "I'm going t o the mountains in a few clays. How would you like to remain i n tow n and go along with me?" "1'11 do ii.," r e p l ied sa'm, with some animation. "I'd rather have a chap like you along than go it alone "What are you goin' to do in the mount'ins ?" 1 "Hunt for s i l ver. If I find any you shall have a sllare "Ho! e jacu l ated Sam, without any enthu s ia s m "I'll pay your board, ancl that of your burro wl1ile you stay i n town, and put up the grub for a three-we e ks' trip. Docs that hit you?" "Yep." "In return I shall probably want you to h e lp me out if I strike \rhat I'm aft er." I 'll help," r e pli e d S a m "Then 1re 'll con s id e r tb e matter settl e d," said Joe Shortly afterward they left their s eat s and took a w a lk aro und town. OH A PTERV. A HOLD-UP. When Joe fed the burros in the morning the sad eyed one raised hi s head and gavehim an inte lli g ent l oak. He lifte d his big ears, too, and wagged them solemnl y back and forth, then he pitched into the feed "ThP t burro was talkin' to you said Sam, who stood ne a r by with an empty water bucket in his hand. "Docs he talk with his ears?" l aughed Joe. ; "Yep." "l'i'hat was h e say in g?" '"That you were a brick." "I dare say he's grateful to get a full stomach. Are you going out with m e to the mine?" "Yep." "Then put the saddl e on your anim al. Your bag s are safe in my room "Nothin' much in 'cm A few minutes later they rod e out of the yard and took their way toward the hills. There were mines all about the neighborhood, the Cre s cent Lease being about a mile and a half out of town The boys carrie d their lunches with them and some f ee d for the burros. Joe found some work for Sam t o do, and the l ad from Missouri earned a do ll ar. He stuffed it way in his clothes fo r future need s When Joe got hi s pay Saturday afternoon he resi g ned his job with the understanding that he was to get it again wh e n he came back to town, if he wanted it. Instead of buying a burro for h is trip to the mountains he arranged with Mr. Hatha.way for the use of his animal The saddlebags of both boys were well filled with provj s ions, a prospecting outfit and other things Joe bel ieved that he need ed. As Sam insi s ted on carrying the l arger part of the things, Joe strapped a pick and shove l on h is back, and the cooking utensi l s on the ba c k of his burro. The anima l had worn a rather happy expression-for the la s t few days, but when the y took the trail for the moun tains the sad look came back, and one of his ears hung down, whi l e the bther stood straight up "What is he carrying his ears that way for?" aske d Joe. "He's figurin'." "What is he figuring about?" ch u ckled Joe. "About the pro s p e ct ahead If I went off alo n e his ears would be down. As you're with me he's wonderin' what's in the win d." "0)1, that's it?" "Yep. The ear tha.t's standin' up i s on your side. H e' s lis tenin' to see if he 16n g e t a pointer from you." "'l' hat's pretty good You cou l d make money exhibiting yo1 u burro i n a dime museum in the cities "Ho!" ejacu l ated Sam, and b e came s ilent. It was Sunday morning and a fine, sun s hiny day The boys trave l ed without a stop until about noon, when, feeling hungry, a halt was made to eat and to let the ani mals h ave a rest They h ad coveted some t welve miles at an easy gait The mountain range was straight alrnad, and they were already on the u p-grade. 'l'hey ate a l unch of sandwiches and col d coffee, provided by Magg ie, and consequently they were not obliged to cook anything A bout two o'clock they started on again and by five wer e well up in the range. They were pa s sing along a narrow s ection of the trail, bord e r e d on one side by great boulders, and on the o t h er by a deep ravine, when Joe' s attention was attracted by the app e arance of s om e of the rocks H e thought he detected indications of silver-bearin g quartz


STRANDED OUT WEST. "Hold on, Sam," he said, dismounting and taking a closer look at the rock. Hurley looked it over w ithout taking it from the man's hand. He studied the marks, a n d wprds, and figu res, while Joe watched his actions with no little anxiety. At length the rascal made up his mind that the doc ument was one of importance, and represented the site of a body of I'm going to get valuable ore in that neighborhood. "What are you lookin' at, Joe?" asked the Missouri boy. "Looks as if there might be metal in this neighborhood," replied Rushmore. "Mean silver?" "Yes. Unship your shovel and pick out some specimens, at any rate." He took a small bag off his own burro and threw it on the ground. "Now, Sam, you can go ahead with the animals and look for a place to pitch camp Stake out the burros and start a fire. By that time I'll catch up with you "If you don't show up by the time the fire is goin' I'll be back after you," said Sam, starting up the animals They soon disappeared around a turn in the range, and Joe was left alone to get out his specimens, which, after all amounted to nothing, as his eye had been deceived by the character of the rock, not being educated up to know the difference between tl1e trne and the false He worked away for about a quarter of an hour, and had accumulated quite a small pile of spec imens, wh e n four men, one of them mounted on a burro, came in sight up the trail. Joe didn't notice them till they were right on him, and then, to his dismay, he recognized the three men who were on foot as the rascals who had held him up that afternoon, two months back, when he was on his way to Jordan. The man on the burro, a hard-looking six-footer, seemed to be their leader. "Tie his arms a.bout that tree," he said Joe was quickly secured to an o l d, dead trunk that stood close to the edge of the precipice. "Now, then," cried Hurley, shaking his fist at the help less boy, "tell us the location of that mine, or we'll throw you into the ravine." Joe saw that his predicament was a desperate one, for the ruffians were thoroughly in earnest. "I couldn't tell you to save my life, for I don't know myself,'' be said, with an earnestness that was not lost on Hurley. "I'm hunting for it. "Where did you get that paper?" "From an old prospector who died in Silver Creek two months ago." "He must have told you something about it." "He told me it was in a certain part of these mountains, but as I don t know anything about the range I couldn't g iv e you any idea at all where it is." "And yer huntin' around tryin' to locate it, eh?" "Yes." "Wal, well save yer the trouble," grinned Hurley He took the paper from his companion's hand, folded it up and put it in his pocket. Apparently the Hurley gang had ret{uned to their old Then he mounted his burro and told his men to proceed "Hold on," cried Joe. "Aren't you g oing to cut me the l eader, with an unplea sant loose from this tree?" stamping grounds. "Hello, younker," said grin. "What yer doin'? "Yes," repUed Joe.'?" "Do you want us to throw you down the mount'in ?" "So are we Prospectin' for cash. asked Hurley, with an ugly l ook, which showed that he was Got any yJr kin lend qu ite -capable of executing such a piece of villainy. a stranger?" "Nothing much." "Turn out yer pockets and let' s see what yer hev got." "Is this a hold -up?" asked the boy, resentfully. "I reckon. Do yer know me?" "No." "Wal, I'm Bill Hurley. You've heard of me, I guess," "I have." "Then yer know thet I don't stand no non sense Help him unload, boys." Two of the ruffians seize d Joe while the third went through his clothes. "You cleaned me out two months ago on the road to Jordan. You ought to be satisfied with that," prote -ted Joe. "We'd jest as soon clean you out a third time if wC: s hould ketch yer a g'in," replied Hmley, with a hoarse guf faw. "What has he got?" he added to the searcher. "Six dollars in bills and some loose change." "Hand it over, and keep on. Yer may find some more hid away." The man went into all his pockets and :finally brought forth the diagram and guide to the silver mine. "What's thet ?" asked Hurley, dismounting from the bUITO. "Looks like a diagram of some minin' property here in the mount'ins," said his associate, holding it up. Of course I don't." "Then shet up and saw wood. Thank yer sta rs we're l attin' yer off as easy as we're doin'. If you was a man we wouldn't think twice about tossin' yer into the ravine Thus speaking, Hurley jogged off after his men, wh o had already disappeared among the boulders ahead. CHAPTER VI. HUN'!'ING FOR THE VALLEY ":M:y gracions !" muttered Joe, as soon as he was alone "This i s a bad pickle to be in. And the worst of it is that they've gone in the same direction as that taken by Sam When the y come up with him they'll take the two burros and all our provisions; and no doubt tie Sam up to a tree like myself. That will leave us both in a fine predicament. I never expected to run against anything like this. I thought the Hurley crowd was broken up for good and driven away, but it seems they have sneaked back Dear me, this is fierce!" Joe tried his best to get his wrists free, but it was no go. He was anchored to the dead tree securely enough to defy his best efforts to get away without help. The chances that Sam would be able to assist him out o f the scrape seemed exceeding l y small at that moment The loss of the diagram of the mine location would be


10 STRA:N"DED OUT WEST. a serious handicap to the boy in his treasure hunt; but the loss of the burros and the provision s on top of it, meant the end of the trip right there, even if they were both so fortunate as to escape themselves. While Jc-J was feeling greatly discouraged over the out look, Sam, to his intense relief and satisfaction, suddenly showed up. "Joe," h-:, said, stopping a short distance away, "are you comin' ?" "I would, if I could. Can't you see that I'm bound to this tree?" "You're what ;m ejaculated Sam. "I'm tied to this tree." Sam advanced with bulging eyes. "So you are," he said. "Why, how did that happen? Who bound you?" "Four of the biggest rascals unhanged. They came on me unawares, cleaned out my pockets and tied my arms ar9und this tree Didn't you see them at all? They went off along the trail in the same direction you took with the animals. I thought sure they'd nab you, too, and get away with everything that belonged to us." "I didn't see them," repli e d Sam. "I guess they must have turned off where the trail branches off down the ra vine." "Well, it's mighty fortunate they did," said Joe, as Sam produced a big jackknife and cut him loose. "We'd be in a nice pickle if they'd cleaned us out of our outfit and tied you up like myself into the bargin. We would have stood a good show of starving to d e ath before anyone came this way. Where did you pitch camp?" "About half a mile from here. There is lots of gras.s for the burros, and water runnin' down the rocks. I've got a :fire started It will be out if we ain't on hand to put more wood on it." "Come on, then," said Joe, tumbling his specimens into the bag. "You carry that pickaxe, Sam, and I'll look after the shovel." Sam led the way to a small nook in the range, where the grass grew soft and green, and a tiny ca cade tumbled down the rocks from some point hundreds of feet above. The burros, tethered to a tree, seemed to be enjoying them selves, while to one side was the glowing embers of a :fire that had almost burned itself out. "Pttt more fuel on that fire, Sam, and then we'll get sup per. That stream of water is pa rticula.rly handy. I was afraid we might have trouble finding water just when we wanted it." Joe put the water on to boil for the coffee, while Sam, who was something of a rough cook, got the frying pan on the fire and soon had a mess of bacon and eggs done to a turn, which he served up on the tin plates they had brought along. "Sam," said Joe, while they were eating, "I'm afraid this expedition is going to be a failure." "How so?'' asked his cdmpanion. "Those rascals who robbed me and tied me to that tree got away with the paper on which I mostly relied to find a silver mine that is somewhere in this vicinity." "-That a fact?" asked Sam, astonished. "Yes, that's a fact. It was to find that mine that I started out on this trip, not to do prospecting." He then told Sam of the circumstances under which he had gotten possession of the diagram "Of course, now that we're here, I don't mean to give up the search without an effort, for the old prospector gave me additonal directions how to :find the little valley in which the mine is hidden away; but, nevertheless, without the dia gram, I am afraid that the chances are against me." "Those chaps that robbed you may find it, then what are you goin' to do ?" "It wouldn't do them any good. They coulc1n't work the mine to any advantage to themselves, for they're marked men, every one of them. The sheriff of the county will l5e after them with a posse as soon as he lea, rns they have come to the district. I have been figuring on whether I hadn't better send you back to town to notify him without los s of time." Sam didn't receive that proposition with any enthusiasm. He wasn't anxious to return to Silv e r Creek Before the meal was. ended Joe decided that they would spend the next day looking for the valley where the mine was supposed to be. The lost diagram had no bearing on this part of the quest. He had all the main landmarks in his head-the chief question was, would he be able to rec-ognize enough of them to answer the purpose ? After reaching the valley they could malce a thorough search of it for traces of the mine Thompson had found it wit hout the aid of any diagram, why might not he and Sam be able to rediscover it in the same way? The diagram would not do Hurley and his crowd any good that he could see, for they did not possess any general idea where the mine was located. If they found the valley, and knew the mine was some where in it, then the diagi-am would come into play as a valuable pointer. In any case, as he had said to Sam, he did not see what good it would do them to find it, for it would be only a question of a short time before an armed force would rout them out of the neighborhood. The boys talked a while after supper, chiefly on the pros pects of :finaing the mine, in which Sam now began to show considerable interest, and then they rolled themselves up in their blankets, laid down on the velvety gi-ass, and were soon asleep. They were up with the sun, and a.fter cooking and eating their frugal breakfast started off to hunt for the valley they were after, which Joe lmew was somewhere in the neigh borhood The trail they were following soon took a course sloping downward. The scenery was wild and rather barren, and not, to Joe's eyes, particula.rly picturesque. They soon came to a place where anoth e r trail crossed the one they were pursuing, and as this coincided with Thomp son's directions, Joe turned off into the new trail. "We ought to run across a cabin pretty soon;" said Joe. "That will be my next landmark." The trail led around the base of a precipitous section of the range, and then was lost in a gulley.


, STRANDED OUT WEST. .l l Beyond the gulley they came out into the trail again, and soon after they came in sight of the cabin "We're on t11ce right track, all right," said Joe, pointing out the lone habitation. "I think there's no doubt but we'll find the valley before long." Thompson had told Joe that the cabin was deserted, but now as they approached it they saw smoke issuing from the chimney. ; "Hold on, Sam, we've got to be cautious Those four ruffians may be in there. If they saw us coming I'm afraicl there'd be something doing They reined in their burros and Joe directed his com panion to the animals to one side out of sight of the cabin. "I'm going ahead to investigate," he said, taking his re volver out of one of the saddlebags. "You wait here and keep a sharp lookout It was rather an embarrassing predicament they were in, for they had to pass the house in order to continue their journey. Joe feared. that the four desperadoes were in possession of the dwelling, and his object was to make sure of that fact before he considered what they should do ne:xt. He made his way forward keeping well in the s hadow of the s urrounding rocks, and watching the cabin at frequent intervals. Finally h e saw the door open and a young girl come out with a tin bucket in her hand. Joe stopped in great surprise and watched her walk down to a little stream of water that ft.owed among the rocks and ran across the trail. While he was looking at her filling the bucket, a sta lwart white-haired man appeaTed at the door and looked after her. "That smoke was a false alarm, after all," breathed Joe. "Those ruffians are not here. thank goodness. But this man and the girl, I wonder who they are? According to Thompson, there was no one li ving at the shack when he passed this way. These are newcomers who have probably taken temporary possession of the hut. 'l'hey must be traveling through the range. They can hardly be doing that on,foot, so I suppose they have horses, or a team, somewhere about." Joe concluded to walk forward and introduce himself. As he drew nearer the habitation he saw a sort of prairie schooner drawn up behind the house and a pair of horses tied to the back of the wagon. The girl canied the pail of water to the animals and gave them a drink. At this moment the white-haired man noted the of Joe. CHAPTER VII. MR. MAITLAND AND JESS. "Well, young man, who might you be?" asked the occu pant of the hut, in a friendly way. "My name is Joe Rushmore," replied the boy, cheerily. "And my name is l\faitlan:d," replied the white haired man, who was a hale, hearty and rugged specimen of man hood in spite of the color of hi s hair. "This is my daugh ter, Jess," he added, as the gir l came forward with the bucket swinging in her hand. Joe turned and bowed politely to the girl, who responded in a shy way. Her face and form were simply perfect in their outlines, and the simple attire she wore seemed to set her loveliness off to better advantage than had she been decked out in silks and j!mels "Will you come in and have breakfast with us?" asked Maitland, in a hospitable way. "Myself and my companion breakfasted about an hour ago," :i;eplied Joe, "but I don't think we would object to taking a cup of coffee with you." "Where i s your companion?" a s ked the man, glancing up the trail. "Out of sight behind those rocks, with our burros. He is a boy of my own age. I'll return and bring him and our outfit up." "Do so. Jess, make some more coffee and fry a few more eggs." Joe, after another admiring glance at the girl, turned around and went back to the spot where he had left Sam and the animals. "Corne on, Sam It's all right. There's an elderly man and his daughter .stopping at that cabin We're invited to breakfast. Do you think you can eat any more?" "Try me," grinned Sam, as he dug the sad-eyed burro in the s ide with his heels. The white-haired man was waiting for them outside the door, and when they came up Joe introduced his companion. "Tie your burros to the side or front of the wagon and come in the house," said l\1r. l\Iaitland. By that time the girl had the extra coffee and eggs in readiness, and all four sat up to the table. "So you are from Silver Creek," said the white-haired man. "We are bound there. How far away is it?" "About twenty-five miles to the northeast." "That's about what I made it. And where might you la.ds be going?" "\Y c are looki ng for a small valley in the range which is in this vicinity." "A small valley! There is one not over l wo rnilc3 fro:11 here. This trail leads to it." "I'll bet that's the one we're after,'' said Jo in a tone of satisfaction. "You are very liable to miss it u nleRs you look carefu ll y," said l\Iaitland. "It seems to be enclm:cd on a ll sides by spurs of the range. It was quiteby accident that I discov ered it yesterday afternoon. I "lni.s looking around for water, and my search took me through a short, narrow and circuitous gorge. It suddenly ope;ned ont on the valley in question." "That's the valley!" exclaimed Joe. "Your dc1.;cription tallies with mine." "You will find that the entrance to it is but a mere Rlit, only wide enough for you to ride your animals throug h in single file." "That's right. That's the way the old man who told me about it desl:ribed it." "What do you expect to find in the valley?" asked the white-haired man, curiou sly "Well, sir, I'm looking for silver; but whether I'll find any is a question." "Then you're out prospecting, are you?"


STRANDED OUT WEST. "I'm follqwing up the lead of an old prospector who died two months ago in Silver Creek. He told me that he had l ocated a good thing somewhere in that valley He gave me full directions, with a diagram, how. to find the spot. T he diagram, however, was tak e n from me with the rest of my effects la s t night by four desperadoes Let me advise you to be on the lookout for the rascals, for if they should come upon you they will take everything you have, and you will be lucky to escape with your lives This startling bit of information caused Jess Mait l and to look at her father in some dismaJ.. Mr. Maitland looked serious. I confess that I did not expect to encounter such gentry on our trip through the range Nevertheless, we are well a r med, and are never off our guard. Jess can use a rifle even better than I. I ma y say that she is a crack shot." J oe then went on to explain who the scoundrels were, and how for their atrocities they had been driven out of the dis trict by the sheriff and a posse "The four that did me up yesterday are probably all that are left of the gang, but as Hurley himself is one of them they are likely to give the authorities a good deal of troubl e yet. I hope you will report their presence in these moun tains to the sheriff as soon as you reach Silver Creek, so that he can organize an expedition against them before they can get in any of their crooked work." "I will do so, of course," replied Maitland. aren't you afraid of meeting these men yourselves b e fore you leave the range?" "We intend to keep a. goocl iookout for th em." "You ought to have rifles with you to protect yourselves." "1\'e have revolvers. We thought those weapons a suf-ficient protection in a general way, for we had no idea of meet ing such rascal s in these parts. Everybody in Silver Creek believes that the Hurleyites have l eft the distri ct f or good after the run-in they ha d with the sheriff and hi s party two months ago." "Well,I have an extra rifle in the wagon which you are w eLomc to the loan of if you wish to take it. I expec t to take up residence in Silver Creek and go into the mining business, in which I'm an expert, if thing s pan out right. You will easily find us in town when you r et urn, whi c h I suppose will be soon, as you do not seem to be provided with an outfit for a l engthy stay. "Our stay will all depend on our discoveries while in the valley. We may get b ack in a week, or not for two or three weeks. As to the rifl e I will accept it with thank s I think it will come in very hand y in case of an emergency. I will hunt you up and return it to you on our r eturn." The boys r emained an hour after the meal was ended, and during that time Joe managed to get on very biendly terms with Jess Maitland, who seemed to be somewhat taken with the stalwart, good looking boy. He help e d h e r to wash the dishes, while Sam .was outside with her father, He learned from her that she and her father had come from a minin g Clistrict further rnnth in the State, where he had been superintendent of a big mine. The property having changed hands, coming into t h e control of a syndicate, J\fr Illaitland had been superseded b y another man, and that fact induced to pull up stakes and start for Silver Crook, where he had an offer to take charge of a new mine. Joe then told the girl something about himself. Why he had left Buffalo, where he was born, to begin life anew in Denver, only to meet with disappointment. How he had started for the mining camp of Jordan, and how, after his first hold-up by the Hurley gang, he had lost his way and drifted into Silver Creek. As he proceeded he grew quite confidential and, lln.der her prnmise of keeping the matter to hers e lf, he told her about his meeting 'with Zeke Thompson, and bow the old pros; pector on his deathbed bad told him about the silver mine in the valley they were going to. "As soon as I have settled the matter of the mine one way or the other I shall return to town with Sam," he said. "If I fail to find any traces of the mine, why I'll return to work on the Crescent Lease, or go to work for your father, if he will have me on his mine. On the other hand, ii I find the mine I will try and get your father, since he's an expert, to come out and look at it. I think I can depend on his hqn esty and s quareness, and on his advice as to the best way to make it pan out to my advantage." 1 '.'Oh, yes," replied the girl, "father would not take the least adva ntage of you if you find that mine and should ask him to give you the benefit of his experience." Joe believed her, for Mr. Maitland bad the face of a thoroughly upright man. "Well, boys, I wish you lue:k in your sea rch for si lv er ore," said Mr. Maitland, as Joe and Sam were ready to move on toward o the valley, the bearings of which the min ing man had made so clear that Joe did not think they could miss it. "I pr es ume you know how to take up a legal claim in case you strikt: anything that look s promising." "Yes, sir; but the claim I am trying to locate is, I under stand, already m,arked out accord ing to law, and nothing re mains to be clone but to register it. I couldn't afford to l take the c hances of doing that until I saw with my own eyes j nst where the property is, because it is possible tha t the old prospector might have dreamed the whole thing in one of hi s periods of delirium." Mr-. Maitland nodded, and then Joe and Sam bade him a1;1d hi s daughter good-by and started off down the trail, the former carrying the borrowed rifle s lung over his back. CHAPTER VIII. JOE FINDS 1.'IIE SILVER MINK Twenty minutes la ter J o c 's sharp eyes made out the narrow entrance to the defile, and h e headed his buuo for it. It was easy to s e e how they might have missed it ninety nine times out of a hundred il they were not actually looking for it. "I'll bet there aren't many people who know anything about the valley hidden beyond those rocks I'd like to b e t a dollar to a cent that Rurley and his bunch will never find it, and little good it will do Lhem if they shou ld," said Joe. Narrow and c ircuit o u s inde ed they found it as they followed its winding s until the valley its elf burst unexpectedly on their view. -It was like a green oasis in the midst of a great, rocky bowl, and its circumference was probably something over a mile


STRANDED OUT WEST. l 13 Or, viewed from the slight eleva.tion on which the boys Joe had learned that when Sam said "Ho!" there was had reined in their animals, it was not unlike a deep, peano use of continuing the subject. green lake, that indented the base of the mountains in a The animals had drunk their fill and were nibbling the score of places, the rocky spurs jutting into it like small grass. promontories. Joe saw by the way Sam's burro wigwagged his ears that The sad -eyed burro lifted his head and looked upon that he was thoroughly contented green surface with evident interest. With plenty of water, plenty of grass and nothing to do, He seemed to see and smell fat meals of juicy grass the valley was a perfect paradise to a burro awaiting bis teeth, and he. raised his ears one at a time and "We'll start from this point and work around the pock began to wave them slowly back and forth as if to express ets," said Joe, after making up his mind as to the most the joy he felt at the prospect ahead. methodical way to proceed with their sea rch. Joe's buno made no such demonstration. Sam had no objection, so Joe got down to business. The world had for a long time gone very well with him, They spent an hour investigating three pockets, without and he was s leek and contented as ever any four-footed al'lire s ult. 1 mal of his species could well be. "There's a h ouse," said Sam, as they rode into the fourth ''I hope we shall :find water in this valley,'; said Joe, as pocket. he started his burro down the gentle declivity toward the It was a small one-story affair, built of rough stone, with green plain. a peaked wooden roof. "There's water, for I kin smell it," said Sam. They went up to it and dismounted. "You must have a pretty good smeller, then." It consisted of two rooms, with an attic formed by the "If I can't smell it, the burro kin See his ears point? double slope of the roof. That's a sign that he's thirsty and scents water near." One of' the rooms was furnished with a bed, two chairs The burro himself verified Sam's statement, by starting and a rude home-made lo cker, the other with an open fireofl' at a smart trot up the side of the valley without ta-kirfg place, a table and four chairs, together with a cupboard and the trouble to consult his owner, who made no effort to reshelves. strain him. There was a straw mattress and a couple of blankets on Joe's animal trailed on behind, and sure enough, the sadthe bed, while in the attic there was simply one mattress, a eyed beast led the way to a small stream of water flowing blank et, two empty boxes, and nothing else. out of the rocks and running clean across the valley. A roughly-made l adder led up through a hole in the ceil "I'm thinking that it's not going to be easy to locate that ing of the kitchen, as the room where the fireplace was mine. We'll have to make a tour of all these pockets. We might be styled. may strike the mine soon, or not for s6me time. Or, if it Although the house was furnished for occupancy, and should happen to be out in the valley itself, we may never there were even dishes in the cupboard, and various useful hit upon it at all, if it really does exist. This is where the articles on the shelves, cooking utensils hung about loss of that diagram is felt. With that in my possession near the :fireplace, there was no evidence that the building I've no doubt we'd be able to hit on the sp' ot in short order," had been tenanted for some time. said Rushmore. Whoever had lived there had gone away and failed to "ViTe kin take our time huntin' for it," replied Sam. return, apparently. "We've got two or three weeks to do it in, hain't we?" It \Vas quite useless to speculate as to their id entity, or "You don't suppose I'm going to spend two or three why they had lived in that secluded valley, nor how it came weeks doing what maybe can be done in a day or two?" anabout that they had vanished, l eaving things in order for swered Joe. any one who might wand e r in there and feel like taking pos"Didn't you you was go-in' to stay out two or three session. weeks? And didn't you bring enough grub along to last Sam declared that he could live there for a year and us that time?" asked Sam, who believed in taking things enjoy himFelf if he had enough to eat as easy as possible. "I'll bet you could," laughed Joe4 "Well, if I find the "That's all right. I'm prepared to stay three weeks huntmine I'll l e t you stay here a1ld watch it while I go back to ii;ig for that mine, if it takes that long to look the valley Silver Creek and have the documents made out and re all over, but I'm going about it in a business-like way s o as corded. How would tha.t suit you ?V to get it over as soon as possible." "Bully,'' replied Sam, "if you leave enough grub to last "There ain't no fun gettin' things over too soon," gru'mme till you get back;" bled Sam "If J came here alone to bunt that mine, and "I'll l eave you all we have l eft. I ca11't leave any more." had enough grub, I'cl take a ye. ar lookin' for it." "You ain't goin' to clo any more buntin' till .we have din "Sam, you're about as lazy as they come. What do you ner, are you?" expect to do when you get to be a man? How do you ex"W11y, it's too early for dinner by two hams, at least." pect to earn a living?" "What's the diff'rence? W e kin sit in the sun and rest "I bain't thought nothin' about that. Time enough to think about that when I git to be a man," said Sam. "I'm afraid you'll have got to be s o tired by that time that you'll prefer to loaf on the sunny side of the poorhouse i.o getting out and hustling for tHe dollars." "Ho!" ejaculated Sam. ourselves till it's time to cook somethin'." "You can do that, if you wish. I'm going to :keep on looking for the mine." "I'll wait till you come back," said: Sam, throwing the shovel and pickax e on the ground and himself in the sun with his back against the house.


14 STRANDED ou:r WEST. Joe mounted his burro and proceeded to investigate the pocket He followed the rocks around as he had done with the others till he reached the inner end of the pocket, where he di s covered a bunch of trees Dismounting and tying his animal, he pushed his way among the trees and found at the entrance io a gorge which widened out into a lofty amphitheater as he advanced "I wonder this leads to?" he .thought He kept on till he came to a pile of rocks, evidently put there by hands. Looking around he saw similar piles at regular intervals. A big one in the center had a piece of paper :floating from it. "By George!" he exclaimed, excitedly, "I'll bet I've struck the mine. Those piles of stone must be Zeke Thomp son's markings of his claim." He walked up to the center pile and read the paper. It ran as follows : "Silver Valley Mine and Lode, discovered by Zeke Thompson, March 2, 189-," with added particulars ac cording to law. A few feet away was a rudely-formed hole in the moun tain. Joe took a folding lantern from his pocket, opened it out, li;;htcd the tiny lamp insi de, and crawled into the hole. The light flashing about in spots showed him great masses of silver-bearing rock, the main lode being exposed in places to the depth or several feet. He foll01red it in for aLout five hunded feet to a point wh e re it stopped and ran straight downward. Great chunks of the lode were missing in various spots, as if some one had been working the mine at random. The floor of the tunnel was covered with silver quartz. With the little knowledge that Joe possessed of estimat ing the value of gold or silver ore, he easily made out that the mine was a very rich one. "Thompson wns right, I guess, when he s aid there wcrr millions in it. When the claim to this mine has been regis tered I'll be a heh boy, and no one can dispute my title to it." He retraced his steps to the open air and once more ex amined the notice written and posted by Thompson. Then an idea struck him. Why not write out duplicate claim, advancing the date to the pre.sent time and inseTting his own nam e as the discoveTer, in:,tead of Zeke It would be unnecessary then for him to go through the red tape and the delay that must intervene if he proved the old prospector's will. HP. c1ecided to do it. l I e had paper in his saddlebags. Taking the Thompson notice with him, he returned io> spot where he had l eft his burro. The animal had moved in under the trees to get out of the glare of the summer sun, and was standing as if a s leep. Glancing over toward the house, Joe was $turtled at seeing several men there arouncl the door. Sam was not in sight A second survey of the strangers convincecl Rushmore that they were Bill Hurley and hitlhree companions. CHAPTER IX. JESS MAITLAND IN TROUBLE "Whew!" breathed J oe. "Those rascals have found their way into the valley after all, and o.f course they've captured poor Sam. That's tough on him. 'I'hc next thing they'll be doing is to hunt .for the mine. They'll be almost certain to find their way here, and 1,hen they'll discover the burro, the gorge, the mine, and me on top o.f it all, unless there is some way by which I can keep in hiding. It's a good thing I brought tlrn rifle with me. I ought to be able to stand them off with it, though four men, equally well armed, are mighty large odds for a boy like me to tackle Joe unhitched the rope by which the burro was tied to the outer tree and l ed him well into the grove and secured him again. Then he removed the saddlebags .from the animal's back and hid them in a convenient hole in the rocks. Half of their food supply was in his bags and Joe meant to try and keep it from falling into the enemy's hands. E, erything else belonging to them had clearly been cap tured by the Hurleyites when they pounced upon the pTob ably sl'eeping Sam and made him their prisoner. "Sam was an easy mark for those rascals. I'll bet they caught him dreaming in the sun, and they hacln't the least bit o.l' trouble in nabbing him. Sam takes the world gether too easy, and like others who do the same, in a dif ferent way, gets it in the neck. I'll have to try and help him out of his fix. I may be able to do it, if he hasn't them any hint of my presence in the valley. Fancy ing themselves alone they'll be off their guard, to a certain e::d:ent, at least, and that will give me the opportunity to do something." That's the way Joe figured it, and he wasn't very wrong in his calculations, for Sam, after his capture, had made no mention that he had a companion with him, and so Hurley and his associates pever suspected t.hat1the boy they hacl robbed o.f the diagram was now in the valley, within a short distanc e of the house. Sam was not the only prisoner the Hurleyites had, as Rushmore pre sen tly discovered. The boy stood in the shade of the friendly trees and kept a bright lookout on the hou se, in order to note if the ras-cals made any move toward his place of shelter. Hurley himself was not visible. Ile evidently was in the house, but his three men were loit eri ng around outside. Joe saw that the saddlebags had been removed from Sam's and that the animal, in company with Hur ley's beast, was tethered out in the grass Fifteen minutes passed away, and then Hurley came out leading a girl by the arm. It needed but one glance .for Rushmore to recognize her as J e&i Jl.fni tland, and the c:;ight of her in the power of those rascals ga1e the boy a shock of surprise and sent the blood bounding through his veins. It was clear that she and her father had been attacked by the scoundrels in an unguarrled moment before the wagon had gotten clear of the range. She had been taken a prisoner, while her father-Joe


S'fRANDED OUT WES T. 15 'shuCltlcred to think what must ha.-e been his .fate, since he Soon aitcr Hurley join ed them, and the group smoked knew what crimes these villains had perpetrntetl since they and talked for the best part of an hour. first became the terror of the district. Joe judged that they were talking about the mine! for The Maitland outfit must have been taken possession of Hurley had a paper in his hand, and he occasionally pomtcd b y the rascals, though the boy saw no signs of it. toward the trees behind which the boy was observing his He accounted for this in a measure by the fact that the actions d efile was too narrow to admit the passage of the "schoon-"I'm I s hall hav e a visit from those chaps soon," er,'' but they could have brought the horses into the valley thought Joe, with some uneasiness. and whatever plunder the vehicle c onta i n etl His fears proved to be well founded, for after a time HurWhatever they had done with the horses, or the contents ley, accompanied by one of the rascals, started for the little of the wagon, neith e r was in sig ht. grove That fact hardly created a doubt in Joe's mind as to the Joe d ecide d to take refuge ins ide the mine. fate of the wagon ru1d JI.Ir. Maitland, for he could not see So h e hastily retreated into the gorge, crossed the amphi how they could get away with Jess without overcoming her theater where Thompson had erected his monuments of father as well, since the mining man would naturally fight stone, and diving into the hole, made his way to the extreme to the last gasp in defense of his child. end of the tunnel. Joe's fir s t impulse was to rush forth and attempt the resTiiere he cro u c h e d and waited with beating heart for the cue of the girl at any cost, but a moment's reflection con comi n g of the two villains vinccd him that he would only throw his life away to no It was some time b efo re he heard from them purpose in an open fight against the odds he mu s t face. Then there was a noise at th e entrance of the hole. It behooved him, therefore, to watch and wait for a t-He could h ear the distant sound of talk, and every mo-ting opportunity to rescue both Sam and the gir l. men t he expected they would crawl into the tunnel. He saw that Hurley was arguing wit h and threatening They did not, however J ess Maitland. 'l'he fact of the matter was they had no means with the m As far as he could make out, the girl resented his con-of producing a light, and to venture inside in the dark du ct in a resolu te way. struck t hem as being productive of no good r esults She did not appear t o be overcome with terror, as most Hav in g safafie d themselves that they had found the mine, girls probably woultl have been under the circumstances, and they went away, and afte r some time Joe ventured to make Joe admired her apparent grit. his way out again into the amphitheater. Whatever it was that Hurley was trying to accomplish, H e r ema ined around the tunnel entrance for more than he was certainly not succeeding very well. an h ou r thinking that the rascals mu s t have discovered his At one time he raised his fist as thoHgh h e intended burro tied in the grove and set a watch for the owner oi' striking Jess, but reconsidered the matter. the animal. \,\'"he n Joe saw hi s action, his eyes bhized with anger, and At l engt h h e grew tired of inaction,"and cautiously took h e raised his rifle to take aim at the scoundre l. l th t his way through the gorge and r eac h e d t 1e trees w1 ou Had he struck the gir l Rushmore would cerlain ly have mishap thrown every other consideration to the winds and fired at Looking for the burro, h e was delighted to see that Hurhirn. h t ley and his companion had not been observant enoug o With the chances in favor of his missing the rascal, for notice it w h e re it was hidden among the t rees Joe was not a practiced shot, this would have created a "They haven't the l eas t idea that they are being spied comp li cation that might have resulted disastrously fur the upon," thought Joe. "That i s fortunate for me, and I hope brave boy. for Sam and Miss Jess also Maybe I'll be able to rescue F ortunate l y, such a crisis was avertccl them to-njght i f the rascals don't set a watch." Whil e Hurley was en g aged with Jes s his men went into When the boy look ed toward the house again he sa.w the the house, and presently Joe observed smoke issuing from four villains loafing in front of the building smoking and the chimn ey talking As the sun indicated that the holll' was about midday, "'I suppose they're figuring on what they're going to do the boy guessed that the men were preparing their dinn er. about the mine, now that they know where it i s It cer Hurley finally marched Jess back into the ho u se, and tainly couldn't be in a b etter situation for them to get out immediately a.fte r one of the men appeared with a pail and some of the rich ore of the lo de without interference except started for the str eam to get water. from me. If I was not on hand to watch their actions, and After watching another hall an hour and finding that the ultimately to checkmate them, I hope, they could load the desperadoes remained in the hou se, Joe, beginning to feel two burros with ore, carry it south and di spose of it at some hungry, went to hi saddlebags and got out some bread and smelter for cash. If they adopt that plan they will count hard-bo iled eggs, and returning to his post, made a light on the security affo r ded by the seclusion of the valley, and meal of them. the fact that their.return to this locality i s not yet suspected. He had no means of quenching his thirst, however, and Working the mine in that wa y promises results, as well as had to do without drink. safety, for them, and I should be surprised if they don't atWhen he had finished the last crust he saw the three men tenJpt to put the scheme into operation," thought Joe, as he come out with their pipes in their mouths, and squat down watched the m e n. against the si

1 6 STRANDED OUT WEST. the mine, for they did not revisit amphitheater that afternoon. With the setting of the sun the men set about getting their supper, and the sight of smoke coming out of the chimney reminded Joe that he had a good appetite him self. He was also extremely thirsty, and would have given a go o d deal for a big drink of water. There was no chance of his getting that till darkness af forded him the chance of sneaking down to the stream. Then his buno was no doubt thirsty, too, and he would have to have water, if the boy had to turn him loose. Joe ate some bread and two ]}[ore hard-boiled eggs, of which a supply was in his saddlebags, while the uncooked rations had been stowed in Sam's bags, and then waited impatiently for darkness. CHAPTER X. JOE TO THE RESCUE. As night fell upon the little valley, the gloom was deep ened by masses of dark clouds that climbed the u s ually bril liant sky and hid the stars. A moaning wind also swept through the mountains ancl made its presence felt in that secluded plain of grass. The darker the night the better it suited Joe, for it fa-'l'Ored his plan of operations. The only light that came from the house was the fitful gleam of the fire in the open fireplace. As soon as he was satisfied that the four men were inside the building, he unhitched the burro and led him the cJgc of the pocket to the end of the promontory of rock th::it divided it from the adjacent pocket. Then he headed for the stream. After both had drunk as much as they wished of the cool, clear water, Joe decided not to take the burro back to the grove, where there was e'ery chance of his being discovered next day if nothing came that night of the boy's efforts in behalf of the prisoners, I r So he led the animal across the valley and tied him to a solitary small tree near the edge of the stream, where he could get both grass and water of his own accord. There he left him and returned to the neighborhood of the honse. He wondered whether Jess Maitland was imprisoned in the room where the bed was, or whether she was up in the attic along with the unfortunate Sam. He guessed that the attic would be regarded as the more secure pla.c:e to hold the prisoners, since there was no way for them to leave except by way of the ladder in the kitchen, which the ra scals could remove. The door leading into the kitchen, which was the main room of the house, was open, and through it Joe caught a glimpse of the rascals seated near the fire. He squatted out in the grass and waited for develop ments. The wind from the mountains made the night cool for a midsummer one, but it was not so cool as to inconvenience the watcher. X early two hours passed before the men showed any in tention of turning in for the night, then Hurley withdrew to the inner room where the bed was, which satisfied Joe that Jess was in the attic with Sam, and two of his com rade s lay down near the fire The other man lit his pipe again, came to the door, and sitting down on the sill, began to smoke and ruminat e That was a sign that a watch was to be kept, and Joe began to despair of being able to communicate with the prisoners. Half an hour passed away ant then the man got up and sauntered out toward Joe The boy craw led to one side and let him pass. As he did so an idea occurred to Joe, and he determined to carry it out. He followed after the rascal, who went as far as the stream to get a drink. As he knelt down beside the water, Joe drew his revolver, crept upon him, and when within reach struck the fellow a heavy blow on the head He toppled ove r into the stream, unconscious. Joe dragged him out, took his revolver from him, and left him. Then he hastened back to the house and looked in at the door: '.Phe two rascals inside were sound asleep. In a corner stood two rifles. Joe decided to remove them first of all. He entered the room, which was illuminated only slightly by the dying fire, and slipping across the floor, secured the guns, and got outside with them. He dropped them in the grass a short distance in the rear of the building and then went The ladder had not been removed from its place in the corner near the fireplace, and Joe next determined to creep up it to the attic and try to get the prisoners out. It was a ticklish job, as one or both of the sleeping men might wake up at the critical moment, discover him, and then there would be trouble. The boy, however, determined to carry out his plan at any risk, and he entered the room again. He had hardly gone a yard before one of the men rolled over and sat up. Joe's watchful eye caught his first move and he hastily retreated into the room where Hurley lay asleep on the bed. The man got up, stretched himself and went to the door. Joe guessed he was looking for the watcher. If he was he didn't see any signs of him. He stepped outside and walked about, probably hunting for him, and no doubt surprised by his absence from his post He was away some time, during which interval Joe did not dare leave the inner room. ]j'inally he returned, but remained standing at the door for a good fifteen minutes. Then he went and replenished the fire, and kicked his companion into wakefulness. Joe heard them talking together and then saw them both go to the door The boy listened to their tal k and heard them discussing the strange absence of the fellow whose duty it was to be on watch. The fire, starting up again, began to dispel the shadows on which Joe depended largely to escape observation.


STRANDED our r WEST. 11 Hello!" ejaculateu one of the rasca ls, suddenly, "where a1e our guns r'' In the e;orner, ain't they r" replied the other. o they ain't. 'rhey 're gon e." Gone! \\'here would they go to?" They looked about the room and found only the rifle be longing to the man who had been selected to stwd the first watch. "There's Hank's gun, but ours-where the deuce have they clisappPared to?" said the fellow who called attention to the nbsc nec of the rifles from the corner. "Hank coulcln't have put them somewhere else, could he?" asked the othe r. \\1mt woulcl. he do that for? Wher e is he, anyhow? I don't like the looks of things I'm goin' to wake the cap up." Tliat decision on his part placed Joe in aJ1 awkward pre dicament. The man \1as coming into the inner room where he was, and if a light was ihrovm on the subject he would be dis coYered. At this critical moment he thought of the bed. Unslinging his rifle from his back he quickly craw l ed under it. As he did so the man who had la st sp oken entered the room, ancl. going to the bed, shook Hurley by the arm "What's the trouble now?" asked the chief of the small band, jumping to his feet. "The trouble is that Hank, who was on watch, is nowhere about, and Bill's gun and mine are ml sin'." Hurley uttered an impre

18 STRANDED OUT WEST. ''I s'pose yer d on't know wba.t happened to them two guns wha t s t ood in the corner, either?" "Wha t gu ns?" Bill 's an d J ack's." "What do I know about their guns? Every ma.n looks afte r hi s own. ""W a l, them two gu n s in that comer when yer went on watch Whe n Jack woke up and found yer missin' be fou n d t h e g u ns missin', too There's somethin' crooked goin' o n rou nd this r anch, and I'n; goin' to find out what it i s." H o l d o n said B ill in some excitement. "Wha t 's t h e matter?" said Hurley. "Whe n w e t h ree went out to look Hank h is gun was s ta nd in ag' i n t h e wall yonder. Now it's gone like the othe1 s Ther e's somethin' b l amed myster i ous goin' on I w o nd e r i f thi s h e r e shack is h arnted H aunted, you fool of course not," snorted Hurley ''It's my opini on th e r e's somebody 'round what's no bus'ness to be her e Tak e anothe r look at the pris ners, Jack Jack p i c k e d u p a wad of dry grass, roll e d it into a short torch, li ghte d it and sprang up the ladder Joe Sam and Jess, who had easily overheard all that was going on in th e room beyond, realized that there would be some thing doin g i n less than a minute "The y'r e gone !" r oared J ack, as soon as he had waved his torch in the attic. ''.Ther pris n e r s howled Hurley, with a terrible imprecation. "Yes, the pri sone r s repl ied Jack, silding down the lad der f'That's all yer fault Hank, for leavin' the house" raO'ed the l eader Some body must hev follered us into this valley -the t gal 's fathe r mebbe got onto our trail-and laid low till after d a rk. I r eckon it was he follered yer to the stream H ank, an d l aid yer out with a rock or somethin'. J:Iere, Jac k run out and see if they've taken the bmros. If +hey hev they' ll be out Of the valley afore we kin ketch 'em." Jack ru shed o u t into the night to look for the animals "You take a look around the rear, Bill," continued Hur ley, "and see what yer kin see. If they hadn't got away with our g u ns I reckon we'd be able i.o make matters in t e r est in for 'em. Now they've got one shot apiece to hold u s off wit h, w hil e we've onl y got our revolvers "They won't be abl e to do much with them guns in the dar k," said H ank, who was himself again. "The b u rros are a ll right," said Jack, sticking his head in at t h e d o or. "I've b r ought 'em up." "Goo d e n ough," repl ied Hurley. "Wait till I git my g un a n d we'll head 'em Qff at the entrance to the valley." H e's comi n g i n h ere," said Joe, to Sam and Jess "I chu cked hi s g un u nder the bed. We' ll have to fight our way out." Joe r e v e rsed his r ifl e and waited. Hurley ru shed into the room and felt in the corner for his weapon Wh e n he foun d it was gone he began to swear like a tro o p e r. a li ght in here, Hank," he cried As he spoke Joe d ashed forward and struck him down with the butt of h i s gun. Hurley roared as he fell, the blow only being a glancing one "Follow me," exclaimed Joe to his companions They s_prang out of the room with a rush, and dashed for the outer door, where the rascal Jack stootl holding on to the burros He was taken so by surprise that the young people bn1shed by h i m before ho thought of getting out his r e volver. Hank caught a fleeting glance of the three, but drew his weapon too late to use it. Hurley staggered from the room with his face and head bleeding, and great confusion ensued. At that moment Bill came up wiih the two rifles he ha.d stumbled over in the grass II urley ordered Jack to r ide io the entrance of the val ley and hold the escaped prisoners off. Jac k seized one of the rifles from Bill, mounted the sad eyed burro, and hustletl off toward the defile. Hurley wiped the blood from his countenance and then roughly bound up his head, and while doing it he ordered Bill and Hank. to scour for l.ate prisoners. In a few rnmutes he lelt the house and JOmed the pursuit himself. In the meantime Joe led his companions over to the grove of trees "\.Ve'll them off from this place if they come he r e he said "Give that rifle to Miss Jess, Sam. She's a fir st class shot Jess shov.ed the revo l ver Joe gave her i nto her belt and took the Tifle. Then the little party waited for devel opments. "How came you to be captured, Miss Jess?" asked Joe. "How about your father?" The girl explained that when their wagon was near l y out of the mountains she had gotten out to get a bunch of wild flowers While in the act of picking them she was suddenly su rrounded and captured by the ras c als. One h e ld her while the others rushed at the wagon to overpower her father. At that moment the s coundrels saw a couple of horse men approaching. Taking alarm, Hurley swung her on his burro, and t he whole party di s appeared among the underbrush. They hurried along a lone l y trail as fast as they could, ancl after several hours' tra.vel reached fll!Jd entered the defile that communicated with the valley On reaching the stone house they saw Sam Short sleep ing in the sun, with his burro tied near by. They woke him up and made him a prisoner Jess said she had at first been confined in the room with the bed, but was afterward taken into the attic, where s h e found Sam bound hand and foot. On being left alone with Sam she had asked him about Joe, and was told he was off hunting for the silver mine. ''We both e..'l'.pccted nothing else than you woul d be caught on your return to the house and forced to share our im prisonment," the girl said. "As the hours passed away, and darkness came, we wondered where you could be. Finally Sam said he guessed you had seen the rascals at a distance, that you had kept away to avoid trouble ..


STRANDED OUT WEST. 19 "That's exactly how it was," said Joe. "I had just found the mine and-" "Did you really find the silver mine?" asked Jess, in a tone of excited interest. "Where did y,ou find it?" chipped in Sam "It's only a short di sta nce from where we are standing now," answered Joe. "There is a gorge right behind this grove which lead s into a kind of rocky amphitheater The mine is in there, and from the little I lrnow about silver ore I can tell you that it is a mighty rich properly A tunnel ha s been dug severa l hunclred feet right into the mountain alongside the main lode. This mine has been worked by somebody a good while ago. Why s uch a rich l ead should be abandoned, with thou sa nds of dollars' worth o.f silver in sight, is a mystery that I can't see through. The original discoverer must have dropped dead before he could impart the knowledge of the mine to any one else. Well, as I was saying, I had just :fotmd the mine, and was returning to tell Sam the news, when I saw the four desperadoes hU!lging around the house. I ln1cw at once that they had captured you, Sam, and that I would only \:>e putting my head into th e lion's jaws by showing myself So I kept under cover and watched them through the trees of this grove. I saw Hurley, whom I easily r ecognized, bring you out of the house, l\fiss Jess. I was much startled to that you were also a prisoner, and I feared that your father had been kill e d trying to defend you. I determined to do my best to re scue both you and Sam, after it got Jark, and so fa r I have succeeded There i s very little chance that they'll be able to find us during the night, but when daylight comes I have no doubt but that they will make a strong effort to discover our whereabouts and try to do us up. They arc now guarding the exit from this valley to prevent us from getting away in the dark. The defile is so narrow that we could not pass them without in stant discovery. In the morning they will probably leave one man on guard there while the re s t will scour the valley. If we r emain here we must have provisions to stand a siege, so I think the best thing Sam and I can do now is to go back to the house while they are away anrl bring the oLher pair of saddlebags containing the bnlk o[ our unC;Ooked grub 'over here, to gether with anything else in the provision line that we can find in the building. Th e main trouble will be to secure water, for there is none lo be had here that I know of. With a good supp l y of food and water we ought to be able to defy all their efforts to rout us out of lhis place, for the gorge is very narrow just behind the8e trees As Sam an cl Jess looked upon Joe as their l eader and mainstay, whai.ever he suggested went as a matter o.f course. Handing J egs his rifle in exchange for the revo l ver, and warnin g her to keep a bright lookout for the rascals, he and Sam left the shelter of the grove and made for the house with all due caution. CHAPTER XII. TUE ENEMY REINl<'ORCED. ''Keep your eyes skinned, Sam. o telling where. most of the rascals are With one on watch at the defile, the others may be quietly prowling around, hoping to pounce on us unawares," said Joe, as they drew near the house. All was silent in that vicinity, and there was scarcely any :firelight in the building, which loomed before them like a dark blot in the gloom "Stand here at the corner, Sam, while I go inside. 1 you see or hear the l east thing to arouse your s u s picions give me instant warning. Understand?" "Yep. Joe glided into the kitchen. Flashing a match he saw Sam's sadd l ebags lying in a corner, empty, the bundles of crackers, raw sliced bacon, aml ot..11er provisions dumped out in a pile and s howing s ign s 0 having been examined Joe hastily returned the stuff to the bags and flung them on the table Ile took possession o.f the half-filled fl.ask of whi skey that Hurley had left behind in his excitement Ile dumped out the contents of a pair of sad dleb ags belonging to the rasca ls, and finding that it cons i ste d mostly of provisions which they had brought with them, he s hoved as much of it as he could get into Sam's bags. Then slinging the b ags over his shou l ders he carried them out to his associate Returning to the room, he picked up the tin pai l he had seen there, also the bundle of blankets and the few cooki ng utensils which had been part of the load Sam's burro car ri ed With these articles he returned to h i s compa nion. "Pick up the saddlebags and we'll return to the grove," sai d Joe. Sam did so, and they reached the shelter of the trees where Jess was standing without seeing a sign of the des peradoes. Joe's next effort was to obtain a supp ly of water. He went off a.lone with the pail, bound for the little stream. Ile reached it without mishap, :filled the p a il brimming full and made his way back in safety "\\ e are now prepared to stand a siege for a few d ays at any rate," he said. to his "This water is our moRt precious prop e rty. We'll have to use it sparingly if "e remain h ere To morrow one 0 u s had better search all about the amphitheater and see whether there's water t o be had within reach Now, :Miss Jess, you can take on e of the blankets, roll yourself up in it and go to s leep on the grass Sam and I will stand watch by turns all night." The girl declared that she was too excited to sleep, but Joe insisted that s he l ie down anyway and rest h erself She obeyed, and then Joe and Sam removed all their goods to the amphitheater The w ater pail they cover ed up and placed in a hole among the rocks. What Hurley and.his minions were doing all this time the young people had not the 1st idea. All they knew was that they did not see, nor hear fro m, them in any way. Night passed slowly away, Joe and Sam maintaining an alternate wal ch, and morning dawned bright and clear. Joe climbed up among the rocks where he could get a sweeping view of t.he val ley, and looked around for sign s of the desperadoes He saw the whole bunch seated near thJ en trance to the defile.


20 S T HANDED OU T WEST. As he looked three of them, two mounted on the burros, started in the direction of the stone house. Tethering tj1e animals on their arrival at the bu i lding, they walked inside. They came out almost immediate l y and began looking around. "They've discovered the loss of tho grub and I'll bet tbuy're as mad as hornets," chuckled Joe, as he watched th e m talk and gesticulate. F i nally two of the men went back illto the house, leaving Hurley walking up and down in front of the door ''They're going to feed on what I couldn't take away last night," thought Joe. "There isn't more tha n enough to last them through the day I wonder what they'll do for fodder when that' s gone?" Joe returned to his companions "You and Sam haQ_ b e tter cook some breakfast," he said to Jess upn keep while you're doing it. Hurley and two of his crowd are back at the house. There's smoke coming from the chimney, so I guess they're cooking the remnant of their supplies for breakfa s t." Jess attended to the cooking herself, Sam merely lending a hand When the meal was ready Sam came to where Joe was watching among the trees and said he'd watch while R ush a:nore was getting s omething to eat, so Joe joined Jess. "Your father is, of course, hunting for you," he said to the girl. "He would have followed those rascals to this valley, only he must have lost track of them completely As h e knows Sam and I started for this place, I should not be surprised to see him come here for the purpose of getting us to join him in his search." "Poor father!" murmured the girl. "I know he is ter ribl y worried about me. He never will leave the r-ange till h e finds me. No bt those two horsemen, whose coming p roba. bly saved my father's life when the men wer_ e ,on the p oint of attacking the wagon after they had captured me, will help him to track the villains to this valley. I hope so for if they c ome here we'll join thein and make things hot for the villains It is about time that Hurley was wiped off the earth I might have killed him myself l ast night when he entered the inner room for his rifle, but it goes against me to shoot a man when he's off his guard It looks too much like l'.)1JTder." Fa.ther will be deeply grateful to yl}u for rescu i ng me from those men. I am more grateful n_.y,;elf than I can ex prrss. You are a brave boy, and I sha11' never forget wha.t I owe you as long as I live The look that accompanied the words made J oe's heart beat ql1icker than usual. There is no use disguising the fact !hat hl'l grea tl y ad mired this lovely girl, and he was delighted that circ u m sta nces had 17nabled him to

STRANDED OUT WEST. 21 Their coming to the valley showed that Hurley had known of the place before he came there the day before, and the valley had been appointed as a rendezvous when the gpng was scatte r ed. With the enemy reinforced by men and supplies the pros pect was altered very much for the worse for the three young people who w ere practicall:i'. bottled up in the valley. CHAP'rER XIII. r BEATING A STEALTHY RETREAT. The' newcomers rode up to the house and dismounted. '11bey were eviuently warmly greeted by Hurley and his comrade. A conference e nsued, and while they were talking they were joined by the man who had been in the house The burros were stripped of their fr e ight, which was taken into the house, and the animals tethered with the other two. One o.f the rascals was le.ft to guard the building, and then the other five started toward the young peopJe's re treat. "We've got to fight them off now if w e can," said Joe, feeling that the situation was a critical one. "They have four rifles among them, while we have but two. It is for tunate that the cartridges your father gave me, Miss Jess, fits the rifle Sam brought away from the house. We have got to keep und er cover aircl not open fire on the 'rascals till we're sure of hitting them Remember, Miss Jess, that you mustn't think of sparing those fellows, for your fate would not be a pleasant one if they got you into their power again." Their position enab l ed them to command the narrow en trance to the gorge, and t11e distance between them and that point was so short that they could hardly fail to bit a man every time one showed himself at the opening. They watched Hurley and his compan ions as they ad vanced toward the trees. They soon reached the liiil e grove and w e re lost in it. "I'll take the first shot," said Joe, with his eyes on the entrance to the gorge In a few minutes the enemy appeared .at the opening Hurley in advance As the rascal entered the gorge, closely followed by one of his men, Joe's rifle rang out on the morning air. Hurley staggered forward and sank down on the rocks Then fired and the second man fell. Sam discharged his revolver at the third fellow, and the blillet bare l y missed him. ''fhc other two men who were on the point of following dodged back out of sight. The rascal fired at by Sam seized Hurley and dragged him out of the gorge. The man shot by Jess lay quite sti ll. Joe and the girl put fresh cartridges in their rifles and waited for a further move on the part of their enemies They were holding a consultation out of sight, 11.Ild for fifteen minutes nothing developed. At the end of that time the three unwounded ruffians wC'l'e seen corning out of the grove carrying Hurley between them. Jess could easi l y have shot one or more of them before they could have reached the house with their burden, but she did not want to do it. "Sam," said Joe, "get down there and see if that chap is dead or wounded. Take charge of hi s gun and his cartridge belt, and take away any other weapons he may have about him The boy lost no time in obeying Joe's orders. He found that the chap had been stunned by the ball, which had cut a furrow on the side of his head. He took his arms away and reported the facts to Joe. Rushmore then joined Sam and between them they bound the ras cal, carried him into the amphitheater, and left him to recover his senses at his l eisure While they were doing this Jes s remained on the rocks watching. Hurley was ca. rried into the house and while one of the gang was attending to him the others gathered in a group outside and canvassed the situation. It is certain that they did not relish the warm reception they had received in the gorge, and they were figuring how they could even matters up. After di s poeing of the wounded rasc a l Joe and Sam re joined the girl. "I guess those fellows won' t b e in a hurr y to renew their attack on us," said Ru s hmore. "If they do we'll make them still more i;ick of the job." "They may wait till night comes and then try to creep in on us," said Jess. "I think it is more likely that they will attempt to get at us by climbing up the rocks," said Joe "We wouldn't be able to see them in the dark," Jess. "If it should be a fine, starry night we could see their figures At any rate, if we could n't see them they could hardly see us, either." Sam was bothered about his burro. like the idea of hi s animal being in the hands of the enemy. If' the rascals should happen to take a notion to abandon the valley he had littl e doubt but that they would carry the burro away with them. He bad a d ecided objection to losing the sad-eyed beast, because he re ga rd ed th e animal as an old friend that could not, in m s estimation, be replaced. No further move was made against the :young pe,"ple by the des p eradoes that morning, but a clo$e watch was main tained b y them on the rocks behind the trees. Hurley was evidently badly wounded, for he did not reap pear from the house "I'll bet they feel pre tty sore over their defeat," remarked Joe. wouldn'f do a thin g to us if they could catch us. They re a mighty bad lot." Jess prepar e d dinner soon after noon without any as sistance from Sam, other than to start the fire. Joe and the &irl partook of it first, Sam r emain ing on watch Then Rushmore and Jess relieved Short. As the afternoon wore away, and the ruffians did not renew their attack, Joe was mor e certain than ever that they were holding off for darkness. "If the ni ght should turn out to be tolerably dark," he said, "like last night, for instance, I should be in favor of


22 STRANDED OUT WEST. making a move clown the valley and ,for cing our way through the de.file. We could put the one man on watch there out of business before ht< what was about to hap pen, and then we would start for Silver Creek On our ar rival there I'd put the sheriff up to the whereabouts of the remnants of the Hurley gang and Hurley himself, and a posse would ta ke the road for this valley in very short or der. Sam and I would go out with it in order to look your father up, Miss Jess, while you would remain at the hotel till we got back." "We couldn't walk twenty-five miles," objected Sam, who wasn't ae'customed to that kind of exercise "I guess you could if you had to, Sam." "Ho I" cried Sam, shutting up like a clam. Close on to sundown Joe,. who had several plans in his mind, one or the other of which he intended to put in operation according as circumstances shaped affairs told Jes s to prepare supper. After it was eaten, he said to the girl : "Prepare a small package of grub for you to carry for yourself, Miss Jess. Sam and I will fill our pockets with crackers and hard-boiled eggs. Then, if the night suits, we'll carry out my idea of leavi ng the valley." As dusk fell on the l andscape the eYening promised to be a fair one, but still Joe believed that they could afford to tak e the chances of carrying out his idea. About an hour after dark they l eft the gorge and look up their station among the trees. Her e they waited patientl y for some move in their direc tion on the part of the desperadoes. Hour after hour passed, until e leven o'clock came, and still nothing happened Leaving his rifle with Sam, J oc started out on a tour of observation. Crawling slowly throu gh the grass, he arrived within a short distanc e of the house Then from a portion of the conversation he overheard amon g the Hurleyites he found that they had detcnnined to start out presently, climb the rocks at a certain point and try to surprise lhe liltle party that had given them such a lively foe minutes at the gor ge that rnoming. Joe immedi ately returned to hi companions and told them to follow him He led the way into the shadow of the rocky spur enclos in g the pocket. The dark background against w4ich they w ere passing conceal e d their mo vemen t s from lhe ruffians, who, not ex pecting such a retreat on their part, did not keep much of a watch on the valley When the rascals, four in number, well armed, set out by a roundabout way for the rocks that they rroposed to climb, Joe and his compa nions saw them go. The rasc a ls did not consider it necessary to leave any cmc to watch the house, or e\en to look a.rtrr their wounded l eader, who lay on the bed in the inner room of the build ing, chafing at his condition like a caged beast. "Now!" palpitated Joe, as the ruffia ns vanished in the gloom, "let's see where the burros arc. plan is to re cover Sam's animal, also my own, where I left it on th e other sicle of the valley, and take a third for your use, Miss Then we'll be able to ride ,to Silver Creek instead of walking the distance. This will be a much pleasanter way for us to proceed, and will save a whole lot of time, which is of more importance under the circumstances." The proposal of Joe's to fake the burros was hailed by Sam with great satisfaction. They found the five animals staked together. Sam picked out his own beast and mounted him, while Joe helped Jess on another. Then he walked betwen them, l eading the way across the valley to the spot where he had left Mr Hathaway's animal securely tied near the stream The burro was there, all right, and he got into the saddle with as much pleasure as Sam had got into his. CHAPTER XIV. BESIEGED IN TIIE OABIN. They turned their faces up the trail in the direction that would take them out of the range at the point where Joe and Sam had entered it. "Your father must have been fooled by a false trail into going some distance on a wrong scent," said Joe to Jess. "I'm afraid so," replied the girl, with a concerned look. "We had such a s trenuous time of it in the valley that you didn't get a chance to see the silver mine, though it lay within a few yards of where you cooked our meals in the amphitheater," said Joe. "However, there will be plenty of chances for you to get a look at it later. I shall want your father to take charge of it ior me, and I have no doubt that.I will have no trouble making arrangements with him he sees the richness of the lode." "He will do anything in the world for you, Mr. Rush more, when he learn s bow you saved me from those despera does," replied the girl. "It i s a great satisfact ion to me that I was able to do it, Miss J ess," replied Joe "Anybody, however, would have done the same, so I don't think I am entitled to any espe cial credit." "I don't know," answered the girl, "that anybody would have ri s ked hi s life like yon did in behalf of one who was almost a stranger to him." "He'd be a pretty poor specimen of a man who wouldn't stand by any unprotected girl in distress," replied Joe, em phatica lly. "There's the cabin," interjected Sam, at this juncture, pointing to the building where he and Joe first met Jess Maitland and h er fatner and breakfasted with them. The moon, whic h was now ri s ing above the mountain peaks, threw a shaft of light athwart lhelittle uninhabited 1lwelling. At that moment Joe's sharp ears cfotected the sound of horses' feet upon the trail behind them. "There :u:c some persons overhauling us. For fear they might h appen to be th e d esperadoes who have discovered our cs<:ape from the valley and ar e on our track, we had better seek temporary shelter in the cabin," he said. The three young people started. their burros ahead at a faster pace, and soon reached the cabin. "We'll take the burros inside with us," said Joe, "so there'll be no evidence that anyone is around the place." The door, of course, was not fastened, and Joe flung it open for his companions to enter and lead their animals with them.


f STRANDED OUT WEST. 23 He was the last to ente r him self They were figuring on how to force an entrance to the His burro, however, drov e his hoof through a knothole cabin. an d stuck fast. Finally Joe, looking through the chink he had made in "Come here, Sam, quick, and h e lp me get the animal's the r ear wall, saw four of the scoundrels bringing a big log foot out of this hole." out into the open After considerable difficulty they freed the burro, and Evidently they intended to use it as a battering-ram shoved him into the room. upon the back door Before this was effected and the door closed the oncoming 'I'hey did not begin the attack right away, but, aft e r party of horsemen came in sight. p1acin? the log on the ground, withdrew behind the sh elter Jess, who was looking out of the one sma ll window facing of a big rock. the trail, gave a littl e startled cry. At first Joe did not understand their motive in dela ying "It's the desperadoes," she exclaimed. "There are six of operations until it occurred to him that they were waitin g them, two mounted on each burro, and they know that we for the moon to get behind the range that the cabin and are here!" clearing would be plunged into gloom. "Then we'll have to stand them off the best wa.y we c a n," The Jess had hit at the first fire l ay at the edge said Joe, in a determined tone, as he p l aced the bar iu }Josiof the trail, evidently badly wounded tion across the door. "Look tothe back door in the other was not dead, for he was seen to raise one arm ocroom, Sam. H there isn't a bar, secure it in some way." The desperadoes quickly dismounted from their burros and prepared to attack the cabin The moonlight, however, rendered their movements dis cernible. "No use waiting for hem to begin operation\ ::VIiss Jess," said Joe, unslinging his rifle from his back. ''-Fire away at them, for we know what their intentions are." The sharp crack of the girl's wea. pon awoke the echoes of the mountains and was followed. by a cry from one of the rasC"als, who threw up his hands and staggered back against the rocks on the other side of the trail. A of imprecations and threats followed J ess's shot. The hot reception they were getting caused all the villa i ns to seek the first shelter at hand, and soon their rifles began ringing out, and bullet after bullet came whizzing through the little window. The rascals kept up a rapid fire on the window for a while, under cover of which half of their number moved around to tho rear of the cabin The little party soon found themse lves practically sur rounded, and things began to wear a desperate look for the besieged. The windows in the back of the were covered by thick shutters which Joe did not dare open in order to dis cover what the enemy was doing in that quarter The firing ceased 1vhen it was not returned by those inside the cabin, and the ruffians, slinking from rock to rock, ap proached to the very edge of the open space surrounding the building At Joe's suggest ion he and Sam got their jackknives out and began to make sma ll openings between the logs for observation purposes As fastas these holes were made--one in each of the four sides l)f the cabin-Jess was instructed to look out through the m and take note of what was going on. The gir l was finally stationed at the hole in the inner room, while Joe and Sam made use of tho three in the large outer room, or kitchen For a time all remained quiet outside--three of the ras cals were seen to be :it one end of the cabin, ainong the rocks, and two a t the other. The besieged heard them exchanging sllggestions across the intervening space. "What a r e the sh."llnk s up to, anyway?" aSked Sam, when Joe came back to the outer room. "Why don't they attack us?" "I guess they' re holding off for the moon to set so we can't get a good shot at them. It, is evident to me from the looks of that log they brought and left at the edge of the clearing that they intend to use it as a battering -ram on the back door. One or two good blows will smash the dpor in, and then it will be a hand-to-hand fight to stand them off.' J oc, however, was n ot discouraged by the prospect. He felt that the moment the door went down the rascals \\'Ould offer a good mark, for the y would be bune:hed around the log. "V{ e ought to be able to down three, or two, at any rate, at.the first fire, which would leave but three at the most, and then with our revolvers we shou ld make it s o hot for them that they'll draw off and skip," thought Joe. As the moon sank behind the mountain range Joe saw the come from behind the rock, four of them, and take up the heavy log between them. The crisis was at ha.nd. CHAPTER XV. THE END OF THE FIGHT. Rushmore immediately called Jess from the inner room and hastily told her what was about to happen. ''l'he moment the door gives way they'll drop the log and rush in on us. We must cover the opening with our rifles, and fire the in stant they appear. After that we will have to rely on our revolvers Everything dep ends on the accuracy o.f our aim If more than one gets past the door our fate may be sea led. It is now a question of l ife and death with us.'' With thei r rifles poised ready to shoot, Joe and his two companions awaited the attack with beating hearts. It came in a moment Crash! The door shivered under the impact of the heavy log aga i nst it. But it didn't g ive way, for the timbers and hinges were sto11t, nnd the bar h e ld it pretty firm. Bang!


24 STRANDED OUT WEST. 'rhe concussion came against the lower section of the door and it partly gave way, the bottom hinge corning off. Smash! 1'he third attempt of the rascals was pretty successful, and the door hung in ruins One final thrust only was needed to clear the way for the desperadoes, and the door went completely to pieces Down went the log and then Joe fired at one of the fig ures. Simultaneously with his shot caine a flash from behind a rock commanding the doorway and a bullet whizzed by the boy's ear. At that moment the entrance was filled by the inrushing rascals. Crack! Crack! blazed the rifles of Jess and Sam, and two men went down headlong on the floor. Crack! went Joe's revolver and a third man staggered back. The fourth man fired his revolver in the direction of the flas h and Joe felt a hot sting on his head. Crack! Jess' revolver sent the last man in the doorway to the ground with a bullet in his brea s t. The man who bad fired from behind the rock came dash ing up, only to be met with a fusillade which bowled, him over like a ninepin. Thus, in the space of a couple of minutes, the fight had been won. Five scoundrels lay writhing in agony about the doorway. The room was clouded with smoke by this time, which was wafted out at the window. Joe went forward, revolver in hand to investigate. One of the desperadoes, less seriously wounded than the others, raised his revolver and fired at the boy. Joe dodged just in time to escape the bullet. "Throw down your gun, or I'll fire!" cried Joe, covering the rascal. The ruffian had no alternative but to obey or take the consequences. 1 J; r With an imprecation he dropped his weapon. Joe stepped over the others and picked it up, tossing it into the room. Calling Sam to help him, he started to pull the villains away from the door. Two of them seemed to have little life in them. The other three groaned and swore as they were dragged a s ide. At this juncture the two boys were startled by the ap pearance of three more men on the scene frhey grabbed their revolvers, ready to sell their lives dearly, for they saw that the newcomers had their weapons in their hds ready for business. In another instant there would have bee:p. probably fatal pistol play in the gloom, but at that critical moment Joe recognized Jess' father, who was in advance, by his white hair. "Mr. Maitland!" he cried. "Ha!" cried the mining man "Is that you, Joe Rush more?" At the-sound of his voice Jess rushed from the doorway of the cabin, exclaiming, "Father! Father!" In another the white-haired man had the girl clasped in his arms. "My gracious, young fellers!" ejaculated one of the new comers, "you've had quite a battle here." "I should say that we had," r eplied Joe. "We've been besieged three hours in the cabin by half a dozen of the desperadoes who carried Miss Maitland away. They finally forced the door, but we managed to lay them out by quick firing "Did you young chaps beat them off yourselves?" "Yes, with Miss Maitland's help. She can shoot as good as any man. She knocked out one fellow down by the trail." "We saw him. He's a subject for the coroner, I guess, and a couple of these men are, too. You must have had a lively time of it." "We did, while it l asted, which wasn't lon g." "We heard the firing and came on to investigate. We've been hunting the rascals through the mountain s since the young lady was carried off. Ilow does it happen that she is with you?" "I'll tell you the story after a while Something ought to be done for these wounded rascals." "They don't deserve any consideration. They ought to be l ynched However, the s h er iff will see that they get their deserts. Which one is Hurley?" "He's not here," replied Joe. "That's a pity," replied the man "He's the king-pin of them all." "I know where he is. I wounded him yesterday morning in a fight we had with the gang soon after I rescued Miss Maitland. He's al9;ne in a house in a secluded valley not far from here, and if you want to take charge of him I'll lead you to the place." "We're ready to do that. It's time he was put where he won't do any more harm." Mr. Maitland now came forward and g rasp ed Joe by the hand "My d aughter has just been telling m e how you saved her from those desperadoes at the risk of your life. B e lieve me, Rushmore, I cannot find words sufficient to fittin g ly express my gratitude I am under a life-lon g obligation to you, and shall endeavor to repay you in some ma nner for my dear chi ld 's safety." "I hope you won't worry yourself about repaying me, M:r. Maitland. I only did my duty, and I am glad that I snc ceeded in doing your dau ghter, and your elf, a service. I hope you will let the matter go at that." Mr. Maitland, however, insi sted that Joe was entitled to some recognition for hi s irallant and plucky conduct "Your friendship and that of your daughter is all the recognition I want," replied Joe, cheerfully "Then you may be sure we are your friends for life," an swered the mining man. At that moment Jes notic ed that ther e was blood on Joe 's hair, and with a cry of concern she said: "Joe, Joe you are wounded l" "A mere scratch, I gueRs," he replied his heart givinoa bound of pleasure nt her calling him by his first name. He put his hand to hi s l1ead and brought it nway covered with blood. "Oh!" exclaimed the girl, in consternation. "Do sit down and let me see where you were hit."


STRANDED OUT WES T. He per m itted her to examine hi s h e ad, and she saw that I "Yes. Father brought you h e re i n the w ag on Don t a bullet had raised a b loody furro w ju s t above his ear I you r emember that you were wound e d in t he h e ad during "You have had a narro w escape," s he said, serio u s l y the :fight with the desperadoes at the cabin?" "Come down to the strea m and I will was h and bi nd up "Yes, so I do." your w ound the best I can und e r the c ircumstances "You went w ith m e d own to the mountain rill where I He a c compani e d h e r to the mounta in rill, and t h oug h the bathed your hurt and bound it up with m y handk e r c h ief." inj ury >va beginning to be pa jnful he seemed to feel o nl y "I remember that, too." the gentle touch of he r finge r s a s s h e bathed the inflamed "Then you sudden l y faint ed. I was dre adfull y al arme d a n d lacerated flesh, an d bound the wound up >vith he r ha'n d ffir I thou ght you ,\rere d y in g and I c all ed--" k erc hief. "You cal l ed--" said Joe faintly, as hi s m in d recalled Thank you, Jes$," h e sa id taking on e of her hands in her words, like the word s of a half-for g ott e n d ream h L whe n she was done. "You v e ry good. I wish -you "Uy father," she said, with a .flus h. w e re m y sder. "I thought-I thought--" Jes s blu s hed to the eyes, as he s qu eeze d her hand, a n d His voice died away to a whis p e r. looked down on t h e g 11o u nd. "There, there," she said. "You mu stn't try to talk You "We're going to be t h e best of fri ends, are n t we, an d I are too wea.k." may call you J css a.fter t hi s and you will call me jus t J oe? Sh e brought h im a spoonfu l of medi c ine, whic h h e swal-Do you agree?" l owed simp l y becau s e she h e ld it to hi s l ips not because he "Yes," she rep l ied, sof t l y r e aliz e d why he needed it. "That's r ight. I want to know you b ette r bec ause -well, N e xt day Joe felt a little stro nger and b ette r and then n o matte r because we have been i n fou b l e togethe r, and Jess, who r e main e d with him th e g r ea t e r part of the day I have taken an interest in you I n e v e r m e t a gi rl b e fore t ime told him all that happen e d il.fte r he faint e d by the that I l iked as muc h a s you and I don 't-we ll I d o n t want sin e of the stream. to lose you t h at is, l o s e s i g h t o f you. He l e arn e d tha t two o f the d espe r a does di e d befor e the Sh e made n o r e p ly, but he saw that s h e d i d not attempt wagon was brought up for the ir r emova l an d th a t the others to withdraw h er h a nd fro m hi s g r as p wer e now under a doctor s care in the town jail. D o you like me, J ess?" h e a s k ed, e agerly. Sam h a d guided the two m e n who acco mpanied Mr. "Y;es," s h e answer ed, afte r a pa11se. Maitland i n his search for hi s d a u g ht e r to the hou s e in the T here was something in t h e w or d that seem e d to :tbean a val lcy,. wher e they found the w ounded Hurley all alone, im whol e l ot, and Joe, whose wo11nded head and pati ently awaitin g iJ\e r eturn of hi s gan g b u rning :fier cer and :fie rcer ever y mom ent, looke d into h e r His w o und was not so seriou s but h e was able to car h alf -avcrte d face ried a pri sone r on horseback to Silv e r Creek, where he was What he thought h e saw t h e r e even in the gloom' caused now awaitin g trial for his m any c r imes him to e ncircle h e r wai s t wit h hi s a rm. We may a s w e ll remar k h e r e t hat in d u e t ime, whe n the The excitement of the momen t sent t h e blood b o unding wound e d rascal s r ecovere d t hey w e r e d ul y t r ie d c onvi c t e d to his head and receive d th eir qui e tu s i n p u b l ic at the e nds of hemp e n A roaring and buzzing .6llecl hi s ears as h e trie d to draw nooses, and th e communit y w a s well rid of t h e m forever he r unres i sting form towarf! h im. Soon aft e r Jess h a d brou ght e v e r ythi n g u p t o d a t e for Everyt h ing grew b l ack befor e h i s eyes, and h e seem e d to Joe Sam walk e d into the roo m a n d s hook hands w i th his be iloaiing oil' s omewh e re far away fro m th e scen e o'f th e wound e d c omrade. n i ght's figh t "Glad to see you' r e c o m i ri' a r ound,' h e said, w i t h a c heer'Then, faintly, as from a di stance, h e heard th e voice of ful grin. "How do you feel to day? Jess cr y ing : "We ak but b et t er,'' r eplie d Joe. "Joe, Joe, don t dio-pl ease don t die, fo r II) y s ak e Oh, J o e improved s t eadi l y from that time and i n a week was Joe, I love you-I lovcr you I love you! abl e t o b e out of bed for part of the day T he n he became e n t i rely unco n scio u s Jess h a d alr eady t o l d h e r father about Joe' s dis covery. of the silver min e in th e seclude d valley, and the firs t day that C H APTER XVI. th e boy was u p Mr. M a i t l and c am e in to his room to have a talk w i th him about it. CONCLUSION. When Joe R us hm ore c am e to hi s senses h e was surpris e d to find himself l y i ng o n a bed in a s mall furni s hed room! w i th the afte rnoon sunshi n e s h ining in at the window "Why, how did I get h ere, an d i s the matter w i th me? I feel as weak as a cat. I--" A fair, sylphlike form b en t over him, and a cool soft hand re s t e d gently on h i s fore head Jess he murm u red "Yo u h ere?" "Ye s "Whe r e am I ? I n Silv e r C r e ek." "Si]v e r CrcC'k ?" h e murmur ed, in a puzzled way. J o e had previous l y t o l d th e m inin g man about everyth ing that h a d happ ene d i,n th e v a lley from the mome n t h e a n d Sam ente r e d it t ill they left i t i n comp a n y with Jess, w ith the s in g l e exception of hi s findi n g th e min e in t h e r o c k y amphith eate r H e now told him the s tor y of the m i ne i tself, fro m th e odd meetin g with hi s fath e r 's o l d friend, Zeke Thom p son; how the old prospecto r, :fin d in g hirnseli dyi ng, h a d w i lled him all his rights in th e d i scovery, and given h im full d i r e c tions, with a dia g ram, how to find it; how, after h e and Sam had parted with him a n d his da u g ht er, t hey h ad e asily found the vall e y and h ow, l e a v in g Sam at th e s ton e hou se, he had con tinued the s earch for t he min e and found it.


26 STRANDED OUT WEST. He told Mr Maitland how rich in silver ore it appeared I Mining Co.," and 1\Ir. Maitland was elected vice-president to be, what his plans were in resp ect to secUTing a legal and general manager. claim to it, and how he hoped to interest him in the working Sam Short was provided wii.h a sinecure at the mine to of it. prevent him from wandering around the country as of yore, "I want you to go and look at it as soon as I am able to which he undoubtedly would have done, notwithstanding get about, Mr. Maitland. I am satisfiecl you will find that ih e fact that he was now worth $50,000. it bears out all I have said about its richness as a minincr Jiis burro had nothing to do now but meander about the proposition, and I hope you will help me work it to advalley, eating the grass and drinking from the stream, and, vantage," said Joe. as a consequence, he grew fat and lazy "I am entirely at your service in this matter, Ru s hmore," Sometimes when Joe, or Jess, or his master, spoke to him, replied Mr. Maitland. "I owe you a debt of m:atilude I ho would look up and wigwag his ears solemnly to and fro, can never wholly repay, and if I can be of i.o you Lnt olherwise they never moved any more-the exertion had in developing this property I will gladly do so." become too strenuous for him. "Thank you, sir," replied the boy. "I am willing to give One warm snmmer evening, a year after the mine had you a good interest in the mine in return for your servbeen in operation, Joe and Jess were walking together, as ices. they often did, around the edge 0 the valley. ''We w ill talk about that .some other time-after I have Finally they sat down on a smooth rock and Joe put his inspected the property and sized up its po ssibi lities. In arm around the girl, as he had gotten into the habit of any case you can depend on my doing the right thing by doing you, for my daughter's sake, as well as my own." "I've got something to tell you, Jess, that's been in my A week l ater Joe was himself again mind ever since tha.t ni ght I fainted away at the cabin after He, Sam, Mr. Maitland and Jess, who insisted on ac-I was shot. When everything had turned black before my companying them, started for the mountain ran ge en rou te eyes, and I seemed to be floating away in space, your voice for the valley and the silver mine. seemed to come to me from a great distance. This is what They made the journey on bunos, with a fifth one loaded you saicl: 'Joe, Joe, don t die--please don't die, for my with supplies. sake! Oh, Joe, I love you-I love you-I love you!' Did Sam's beast could no longer be called sad-eyecl. you actually say that, Jess?" He had improved wonderfully in flesh and in spirits since The girl blushed crimson and hid her ace in her hands. his master became acquainted with Joe Rushmore. "You know I love you, dear, ancl I want to know i you But he still had the habit o wigwagging his ears on ocreally love me. l you said those words that night I shall casions when he was especially pleased at anything, or know that you have loved me from the first. Is it so, Jess?" seemed to be curiously inclined "Yes, it i s so. I did speak tho<>e words, but I never The party made the stone house in the pocket of the val dreamed that you heard them." I h d "And you love me well enough to become my wife, Jess?" ey t e1r hea quarters, and Jess was appointed by acclamat i on as boss of the culinary department. "Yes. I love you with all my heart, and have from the Mr. Maitland was astonished at whathe saw in the mine moment I first saw you." and declared that it was uncommonly rich. Next day Joe asked Mr. Maitland for his daughter's 1 He agreed to take full charge of the working o it as soon hand, and the answer he got was as a matter 0 J h d bl course. as oe a esta ished his legal right to the pro1Jerty. It t 1 d To-day Joe Rushmore is rated as one 0 the silver kings was se t e that the mine was to be worked secr etly, for o Colorado. a time, by the three now interested in its claveloprnent, in order to get the funds necessary to begin more extensive operations. In order to prevent the news leaking out in Silver Creek the ore was to be carried to a smelter on the south side 0 the range Mr Maitland attended to putting Joe's claim throu g h the proper legal channels. Then a company was formed, with a million shares at a par value of $1. Joe retained 501,000 shares; Mr Maitland got 150 ,00 0 shares; Sam and Jess received 50,000 shares each; and the balance, or 249,000, was offered to the public at the best fig-ure obtainable over 25 cents a share Sufficient money wa raised to install the necessary ma chinery and pay labo r, and the mine branched out at once as a producer. Its stock immediately went to par, for the richness 0 the ore was undisputed Joe, of course, had himself elected president of the company, which was known as "The Secluded Va.lley Silver H e lives with his wife in a splendid mansion in Denver. Ancl he lays all his good fortune to the act that he was STRANDED OUT WEST. THE END. Read "BEN BASSFORD'S LUCK; OR, WORKING ON WALL STREET TIPS,?' will be the next num ber (116) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers 0 this weekly are always iu print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUAREr NEW and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


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FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. A SCOUT FAIL S TO ACCOMPLISH HIS PURPOSE By Al exande r Armstrong. On the 14th of April 1867 I left Fort Hays, Kansas, to carry a not e to the m e n a t Lookout Station, ninet een miles away, t e llin g t h em to b e w a r e of the India ns. The red devils had cut loo se all alon g the S mok y Hill rou te, and were thirsting for bl o od A ll the sta ge s tation s w i t h on e or two exceptions, w ere p r epa r e d for Indian atta cks-tliat is, e ac h station was g a rrison e d b y three m e n armed wi t h the best weapons, and the buildi n g was bullet proof As a further security the men dug for thems e lv e s a circ ula r hole in the ground, covered it ov e r with t i mbers and earth a nd b y firing from the loop-holes c ou l d s tand off an y number of Indians. This dugout had an unde r g r ou n d p assage from the s t able, and was alw ays sto c ked with wate r and food Lookout Station was one of the exceptions. Why a dugout had not b ee n pro vide d I don't now recolle c t but it was because o f t h i s n e gli ge n ce tha t I was sent out from the fort. l was the n i n Government se r v i ce as a s c out, a n d was paid for carry ing my sca lp to a n y p oin t c onv e ni en t for the Indians to take it. W ithin fif t y m iles of Fort H ays the r e w ere at least 1,000 Siou x and C h eyennes on the warpa th. B etween the fort and Lookout Station I might e n counte r a hundred. On that day thirty w arriors h a d com e within five miles of the post, and indulge d in ye ll s of d efia nce. I left the f or t soon a fte r dark, mounte d on a genuine Mexican mustang and armed w i t h a s i xteen-s hooter and a revolver. While the di rect r oute was bad e nough for any traveler, I had to plan for a w or se one. M y onl y h ope o f g etting through would be to avoid the trav el e d line. I g o t we ll away, a n d the n took my bearings to keep a route about five mil es to the le f t o f the stage road. ,This would take me o ve r s ome very b a d pieces of country,.but pru d e nc e c ommand e d this po li cy. I kne w whe n I set out that it would be all night in the saddle, as the ground woul\i be too broken to p ermit of a fas t pace, and up to midnight, when I had made a dista n ce o f teri mil e s in the right directi9n, the mustang h a d s ca rcely b r oken h i s walk. It came on pretty dark, with ugl y c loud s dri ving ac ro s s the sky, and ey.e,'i-y few minute s t here was a g u s t o f wind which had a warning .in it. While all m y s e n ses we r e kee n and a l ert, I depended much on my horse H e h a d ca mpai g n e d in Mexico, and would be the first to d etect "signs." It w a s abou t midnight when he sud denly s t opp e d dead still and threw up his head. That meant Indians. The next minute was an hour long. Then came a gust of wi n d s i n g ing a nd si ghing ov e r the barren plains, and it b ro u ght to my e a r t h e footf a ll s of horses They came from the direction I was h e ad e d, and would pass very near me. No tw o d angers have t h e same situation. It might have been a goo d pl a n to dismount and lead my animal to the right or the l eft: I judge d it be s t to dismount and remain perfectly qu ie t. All m e n who hav e studied the Indian will tell you that h i s eye is qui c k to dete ct a moving object, and that his sense of hearing is wonderfully acute Even in the darkness they m ight see u s mo v ing, and if the horse's foot struck a stone, the sound w ould certainly reach them. The company of the mus tang was b ette r than that of the oldest scout on the plains. I stood with one h a nd on his neck and he was as firm as a r ock H e realiz e d the peril as fully as I did, and I believe he reaso n e d som ething like this: Thos e persons who are approaching are Indians. The s li ghtes t noise w ill betraiy us. We must remain perfectly quiet in hop e s they will pass. If discovered, we will run for it." In two minut es after receiving the first alarm the first In di a n was up w ith us and not over .thirty feet away. They w e r e not r i ding in single file, but by twos, threes, and fours, with the evid ent purpo s e of making as broad a trail as possible. I c ould se e every pony and warrior, and every instant I ex p ec t e d to s e e some movement to prove that we were discovered The ponies were on the walk, and there were for t y-two Indians in the band. I b e li eve they we r e four or five minutes i n p ass ing, and during eve r y seco n d of this time, if my horse had lifted a foot champ e d hi s b i t o r flung his head, the s ound would have betraye d us. It did no t see m possible t hat we were thus to es c ape and when the b a n d h ad finally disappeared i n the darkness, I was not c e rtain but there was some trick behmd it. I climb e d softly into the sadd l e and let the m ustan g pi ck his own way, and it was a f ull h alf hour b efore I was satisfied that we were not follo we d. We soon got into a very b a d spot, cu t u p in a ll dir ections with gullies and washouts and our progress was sl ow. The mu stang n aturally pick e d ou t the b es t r oute, :j.nd about a n hour before daylight I sudde nl y di sc overed that we were on the stage road. There w e r e no coac h e s run ning then except at long intervals, whe n a strong esc o r t c ould be h a d while the Indians were riding ov e r the route a t a ll hours. I dared not travel it, but pull e d off to the l eft a gai n and as a conseque n ce daylight came while I was yet a mil e and a half from the sta tion. It was not yet full y li g h t, and I was settlin g m yself in the saddle for a g a llop to the station whe n I heard the yells of Indians in that dire ction. Tha t se t t l e d i t. They were there before me, and my peril was no w far g r eate r t h a n t h a t o f t h e men I started out to save They were t h ree i n numbe r, and had the shelte r of a stout log hut. I was a l o n e and o n t h e o pe n pl a ins. To have pus hed on me ant the l os s o f m y scalp ; to a ttempt to return to Fort Hays mean t the s a m e thing I had only a couple of minute s to think, a n d t h e r e was on l y one chan ce 01 escape There w a s a big wash ou t clo se at hand, and I l,ed t h e mustang into It, and m a d e him li e do wn. When I sat down beside him we we r e c o ncea l ed from the sight of any one pass ing a quarte r of a mil e a way and ther e we must put in the day without food or water I h ad n't brought so much as a mo u th ful of meat with me, d e p ending on r eaching the station by day light, and there a dro p o f water w ithin a mile of us. We were scarc ely s ettle d dow n before the station was vigor ously attacked, and I es timated the number of Indians to be not less than fifty The t h ree m e n were not surprised, t h o ugh they had but s li ght w arning. They were provided with six teen-shooters and rev ol ve r s a n d they returned t h e fire with vigor. Indians must have k nown that this station was not provided with a dugout, fo r they had come prepar e d to burn it. The forage for the stage h o rses had to be kept within, and its inflammabl e n ature gave the savages a pointer to work on. It was an unfortunate thing a l so that the lay of the ground gave them cove r to cree p up wi thin b o w-shot. For three or four hours there was s ca r ce l y a lull i n the firing, and during the time, as was a f t erward asce rtai ned f our o r five Indians were killed, and a still l a rger number wounded Whe n the redskins realized tha t the h u t c ould be d efended against their rifles they sent men forw ard with prepared arrows, and in the course of half an hour fir e d the bu il d i ng. Then their yells were terrific. I could have see n them by c limbing t o the e d ge of the washout, but I f ea r e d t o l eave t h e mustang a l o n e The three m e n coop e d u p h ad n o show whatever after H ie flames took hold. The Indians f ormed a circ l e about the sta tion, and it was d eath within and without. It was expected that the men would rus h forth when the heat b ecame u nbea r able, and orders were i ss u e d to see k t o take them a li ve. A Dog Soldier or Ch eyen n e who was there t old me afterward that it was planne d to c apture at least o n e of the three a n d save him for torture. The white men k new the fate in store for them, and the y died g a m e They up their fire from the loop-holes as long a s possible, a n d then y i e l ded their lives to the fia,mes rather than b e taken T he i r b odies were burned t o a crisp. The wind bl e w the s moke toward me, and I could figure pretty closely on wh a t was g o i n g o n. About noon the Indians prepa r ed t o r etreat, and now a most curious thing happened. T he m ustan g had been very quiet, lying on-his side and sca rce l y m oving a l eg. I sat by his head, knife in hand, and full y d et e r mined to cut his throat if he attempted to get up. I sat fac ing t h e west, and all at once heard the gallop of a horse N ext m oment an Indian warrior appeared to view. He turne d t o the right to avoid the sink,


FAME AND FOH'l'UNE WEEKLY. 29 half encircled me, and disappeared in the east. I saw him look me full in the face, but he came and went so suddenly that I was dumb with astonishment. I supposed I was discovered, but the thud of his pony's fee t g rew fainter and finally died away in the east. With rifle in hand I crept to the top of the sink, and I could see the savage a mile away, riding to join a small band. I stoo d looking after him, head and shoulders above the sink, when seven other Indians, coming from the west, passed me not over twenty rods away. My heart stood still for the moment, for it seemed that all were looking straight at me, but they galloped on after the others and left me undisturbed. Several years later I met the one who almost rode into the sink. His name was Man-Afraid o f-the-Water, and he assured me in the most solemn manner that I must have been dreaming, as he would have been certain to see even a rabbit in the washout. I also met one of the other warriors, and he had the politeness to hint that I must have been drunk. Still, everything h a ppened just as I have described. I gave the Indians an hour to get out of sight, and then abandoned the sin!;: and rode down to the station. The house was still burning, and at that time, as I could see nothing of the men, I supposed they had been carried off. After I left several settlers reached tne spot, found the bodies, and gave them burial. My mission was accomplished and my orders were to return to the fort. Between me and the post was a full band of bloodthirsty Indians, and an attempt at progress in the daytime was foolhardy. I secured water for myself and the mustang, and then struck off t o the north for a mile and descended into a dry gulch filled with sage brush. Here was pretty fair shelter if we lay close, but I had not been there five minutes whe* I discovered the corpses of four Indians, all still warm, who had been killed in the fight. No attempt had been made to bury them, but they were rolled under the bushes, l egs straightened out, arms folded across the breast, and all their weapo1,1s l eft with them. In inspecting their rifles, which were new, 1I made the discov ery that the maker of the weapons wanted to a ccommodate the savages without doing the white folks any particular 'injury. The front sights were so far out of true with the hind sights that no one could have hit a c;ow ten yards off. Each one of the Indians had received a ball in the breast, and each one was of middle age. I made a bundle of their weapons to ca?ry to the fort, and although four corpses are not pleasant company to one in hiding, I was obliged to put up with them for the rest of the clay. Just before sunset seven Indians passed the stage rriad going west, and from the terrific pace of their ponies I judged they were after reinforcements. As soon as night had fairly set in I led the mustang out of the ravine and mounted and set off, no t daring to go near water for fear of an ambush. I planned to keep to the left of the road about a mile, and' I got along without incident until about midnight. I was then riding at a lope, using eyes and ears to the best advantage, when tlie mustang suddenly stopped. It could mean only one thing. I slid out of the saddl e and put my ear to the ground, and after a minute I heard human footsteps. They came from the east, and I knew they were made by a white man having boots'oishoes on. I stoo d at the mustang's head, when out of the gloom of midnight a human figure walked directly up to us. I was satisfied that he was white, and uttered a hist! which halted him scarcely five feet away. He uttered a groan as h e came to a stop, and I softly inquired: "White or red?" "White!" he eagerly answered. "Then come on!" It was a settler named George Robinson, whose wife and children had been butchered and bis buildings burned. He himself had been wounded by Indian bullets in tbe hand and shoulder, and had been three days trying to get to Fort Hays. Pain and fright had so unnerved him that he bad lost his bearings, and bad the fort leen only a mile away he would have missed it. He was suffering from hunger and thirst as well as his hurts. We soo n found water in a hole, and I spent half an hour getting him in shape to ride. Then I took the lead and he followe d on the mustang, and I kept a pace which brought us to tbe post jusl after sunrise We did not see nor ,,. hear anything to alarm us on the way. A fog came on just before daylight, and hung thickly over the country until after sunrise. We made the last three miles under cover of this fog, and as we reached the sentinel and w ere challenged the corporal who came hurrying up gasped out: "Good heavens! But how did you do it?" "What?" "Why, there are two hundred redskins around us!" The fog had no sooner lifted than the savages were seen riding about, taunting and defying us. We had come throug h their lines unharmed, never bow close we were to capture and death. The members of the harem are still young slaves bought in Circassia, Georgia, Armenia, and other places, and practically educated in the harem itself on the chance that the Sulta'! may one day notice them, writes a Constantinople co'rrespou.ti ent of a London paper. It appears also that civilization bas not made great strides in the management of the royal harem, 1md that corporal punishments are still frequent, eunuchs, called "beating eunuc hs," still being kept for refractory per sons. Poisoned coffee is a lso not entirely out. of fashion, while, grimmer still, the terr'.ble sack flung into the Bospho rus even now d oes its si nister work. It is piteous to learn that, notwithstanding all this, many persons willingly sell childre n to supply the enormous co lony which constitutes the harem 'l' h e diamon d has alv:ays been regarded as possessing one quality which placed it i:ivalry, namely tbat of hardness. There are se veral gems wh!ch compete with it in beauty, and at least one, the r uby, w h en of rnre size and q1:iality, outranks it in costliness. Bnt none in the who l e list equals it in hardpess. "Dlamond cut diamond" has b ec om e a popular saying. The hardest steel cannot equal the diamond in that respect. The diamond, says the highest authorily on the subject, a Government scientist at Washington, "1s the hardest for m of matt-er known.'' But science adYances, and if Nature has set aside for her kind of gems the distinctio n of unparalleled hardness, the art of man has not been equally considerate. There are at least two products of chemical experiment w.hich have proved, a c cording t o the great Frenc h chemist, Henri l\'.Ioissan, to be as hard as diamonds. These are produ ced from the rare metal, titanium. Moissan has succeeded in preparing titanium in the electric furnace. In the pure form it is harder than steel or quartz, and whe n combined with silico n or boron, so as to form a silicide or boride of titanium, it matches the diamond itself in hardness. Titanium resembles tin in its chemical properties, and it is the characteristic element in the beautiful red and brown crystals of rutile These, in the shape of needles, are som e times found penetrating large white quartz crystals, formil!.g gems that the French call "love's arrows." Bismarck has more statues, perhaps, than any man who has ever lived. There are 204 of him in Germany and 34 more are to be built. In Holland the Lombardy poplar is often used as a light ning-rod, and is planted near haystacks and isolated farm houses. 'l 'his poplar has the habit of growing nearly vertical, with the branches in an upright position; as soon as the rain falls the water runs along the branches and forms along the stem a constant stream of water from the top to the ground. When lightning strikes in the vicinity, the tree being the highest object bas the best chance of being hit, and when the lightning strikes the tree it finds, in the stream of water which flows down the stem, a safe conductor toward the ground. Of course the stream goes seldom in a straight line, and at places where the limbs join to gether the flow of water often takes another directioJt. Tbe limb may be doomed, but the haystack ls saved.


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The Treasure of the Buried City. 57 On His Mettle; or, A Plucky Boy In Wall Street. 58 A Lucky Chance; or, Taking Fortune on the Wing. 59 The Road to Success; or, The Career of a Fortunate Boy. 60 Chasing Pointers; or, The Luckiest Boy in Wall Street. 61 Rising lo the World; or, l 'rom iractory Boy to Manager. 62 From Dark to Dawn; or, A Poor Boy' s Chance. 63 Out for Himself; or, Paving His Way to Fortune. 64 Diamond Cut Diamond; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 6:> A Start in Life; or, A Bright l3oy's Ambition. 66 Out for a Million: or, The Young Midas of Wall Street. 67 Every Inch a Boy; or, Doing His L e vel Best. 68 Money to Burn; or, 'l'he Shrewdest Boy lo Wall Street. 60 An Eye to Business; or, The Boy Who Was Not Asle e p 70 Tippe d by the Ticker; or, .An Ambitions Boy in Wall Street. 71 On to Success: or, The Boy Who Got Ahead. 72 A Bid for a Fortune: or, A Country Boy lo Wall Street. 73 Bound to "Rise: or, Fighting His Way to Succe ss. 74 Out for the Dollars; or, A Smart Boy in Wall Street. 75 For Fame and Fortune; or, 'l'he Boy Who Won Both. 76 'A Wall Street Winner; or, Making a Mint of Money. 77 Th. e Road to Wealth ; or, The Boy Who Found It Out. 78 On the Wing; or, The Young i\lercury of Wall Street. 79 A Chase for a Fortune ; or, The Boy Who Hustled. 80 Juggling With the Market; or, 'l'he Boy Who Made it Pay. 81 Cast Adilft; or, The Luck of a llomeless Boy. 82 Playing the Marke t ; or, A Keen Boy lo Wall Street. 83 A P o t of i\loney; or, The Legacy of a Lucky Boy. 84 From Hags to Riches; 01 A Luc ky Wall Street Messenger. 85 On His M erits; or, The Smartest Boy Alive. 86 Trapping the Brokers; or, A Game Wall Street Boy. 87 A l\Iilllon In Gold: or, The Treasure of Santa Cruz. 88 Bound to Make Money; or, From the \Yest to Wall street. Sil The Boy Magnate ; 01 Making Baseball Pay. 90 Making Mon ey, or, A Wall Street Messenger's Luck. 91 A Harvest of Gold; or, The Burled Treasure of Coral Island. 92 On the Curb; or, B eating the Wall Stree t Brokers. 93 A Freak of l 'ortune ; or, 'l'he Boy Who Struck Luck. 94 The Prince of Wall Street; or, A Big Big 111oney. 05 Starting His Own Business; or, The Boy Who Caught On. 96 A Corner in ::>tock; or, The Wall Stree t Boy Who Won. ll7 First in the Field; or, Doing Business for Himself. 118 A Broker at Eighteen: or, Hoy Gilbert's Wall Street Career. 9!1 Only a Dollar; or, From Brrand Hoy to Owner. 100 Price & Co., Boy Brokers; pr, 'l'he Young .rraders of Wall Street. 101 A Winning Risk; or, The Boy Who Made Good. 102 From a Dime to a i\Illlion ; or, A Wide-Awake Wall Street Boy. 103 'l'h e Path to Good Luck; or, The Boy Miner of Death Valley. 104 l\:lart Morton' s Money; or, A Corner In Wall Street Stocks. 105 at l'ourteen ; or, The Bov Who :\lade a Great Name. lOG Tips to F orttine; or, A r,uc ky \'i1all Street Deal. 107 Striking His Galt; or. The P erils of a Boy Engineer. 108 From 'Messenger to i\Jlll!onalre: or, A Boy's Luck in Wall Street. l 00 'l'h e B6v Gold Hunters: or, Afte r a rlrate's Treasure. 110 Tricking the Traders; or,_ A Wall Sti:eet Boy' s Game of Chance. 111 Jack !\ferry's Grit: or, oo.aklng a Man of Himself. 112 A Gold e n Showe r ; or, The Boy Banke r of Wall Street. 113 Making a Record: or, The Luci< of a Working Boy, 114 A Fight for Money; or, From S c hool to Wall Street. 115 Strande d Ont West: or, 'he Boy Who Found a Sliver Mine .. 116 B e n Bassfoi.'ll's Luck; _Qr, Working on Wall Street Tips. I' \ For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address o n receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK of our Weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers. they can be obtaine d from this office direct. 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