Red Hand of the Northwest, or, The pirates of Great Bear Lake

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Red Hand of the Northwest, or, The pirates of Great Bear Lake
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American Indian weekly.
Dair, Spencer
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.. BY COL.ONEL VOL. I m II'I'J[UI \DI'DIDJI CUPIP, Q.IJILAD. OBit,-U. I. L Published Weekly. By SubscriptiOIJ, $2.50 per year; $1.25 fot' 6 months. C opyright, 1911, by The Artftur Westbrook Company. ,. Spencer Dair CHARACTERS. ALLAN of the Pequod Min : ing Company, whose shacks are raided and burned _ by the Pirates of t he NoFth-West. JEll PARKER-Fprerpan of thePequod mine, who leads a vain of the pirates, ,.losing many men in the BALDY, TwisTER AND ScALPER-Pirates . WELLES HERMAN-Messepi e r, who is murdered by the Red Hand gang. THE RAID ON THE MINING CAMP. HENRY DuNSTAN-Detecti v _e, wha js killed by the leader of the Rec;! Hand. , '. -tl NED B R ISCOE-Chief of Police,..'of Swazey, . a most corrupt offi<,:ial. BANCROFT-Leader of a band of smugglers. ToNTONTrapper. , BAPTISTE-Deputy Chief of Police of Swazey. IsAAc FoREsT.....:Sheriff. RED HAND-Leader of the pirates. MouNTED PoLicE, VILL;"-cERs, Eic. . whatever migllt have been their intentions, sound of the shot drove all thought of resistance . from the minds , of the travelers apd, without further delay, " :Hand's up-and be lively!" they hastily thrust their hands high in the air above ' 'Like the cl-a<;;k of a ;_,hip, these words rang qut on their heads. the still night air which enveloped tlie Western shore "That's the way-'why didn't you do that in the of Great Bear Lake. first place? " demanded \he pandit-chieftain. " If you As they heard the command, five men who were had you'd ha'Ve saved me from wasting a bit of good a trail leadip.g to . a plateau some miles 'to lead. Now just stand quietly while my men relieve the from . which several lights twinkled, like you of the trouble of carrying that bag of gold!" , 1 distant stars, halted in startled alarm. ?f -Up to this moment, none of thei-luckless quintet _ .bellowed voice.' "Are you " se _ en a sign of a But as the ,last deaf?" . ' . . , fell upon their ears, s1:x; , figures . \Vj!: . R t adding emW:,asis to his the the' •!he and the • leClder o' nt'e band sent al,,bqllet pmgmg over who standmg w1th theur m tqe a1r. the he ads o f > his .,, • fl ;' ' As reference of the leader of the t.q:•ttr. . .. '.,' ... ,' .J-. .


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY . . bag of g o l d r eac he d the travel ers, they gaz e d at one an other in d ismay, then thei r s p okesman e x cl a im ed: " ,But we haven't a n y go ld!" T h e r ob be r s, how e ver, h a d see n the hurried inter-. of g l a n ces a n d , m omentary tho u g h they w ere , they had been s ufficient to tell them they were not m i s taken ' in thei r bel i ef the-p re c ious bag was i n the care of thei r ca pti v es. "Now do n ' t start an ything like that!" snarled the b and i t-chief ta in. "How ab out that sack of coin you r ece i ved f r om t h e Impe ri a l B a n k in Winnepeg?" H i s answer , h owever, did n o t come in words. As t h e robbe r s . had come f orth fr o m their ambqsh, three o f them h ad take n p o siti o ns directly in front of thei r p . r i so ne r s, in the trail , w hile the others stood at o ne s i de. trav ell e r , w h o was carrying the.bag o f gold, heard t h e wo rds w hich t o ld all too plainly that t h e ir m iss i o n was known , he determined upon a d es pe r a t e c o u rse o f action . end i n g hi s h ead for ward, he leaped at the man him , b ow lin g him over, and then d a shed into un derbrush! So ' s u dde n had b ee n t h e . niov.e that the robbers mo m entarily cau ght off their guard-but quickl)'1 r ecove r e d a nd w hile t wo of them felled the other with the butts o f their six shooters, the r ' a n d the rest of his gang se . t out in pursuit of man w h o h ad so defi e d them. And b ec au se o f their familiarit y with every foot of the g r ound, it was but the matter of a few minutes for t h e m t o overtake and bring him back . ' ' ', "You wer e pretty cunning-but not quite cunning. • e n o u g h ! " s n ee red the chief. "Hurry, boys, and . ' •frisk' the d ub. If he m a k es another move, drop h,im a bullet. I'm g oin g ahea d t d see _ what's doing at ,.t e cam p." 'The p i a ea u whence t h e lights had shone so we1 .. c ome ly to t h e fiv e travell e r s until they f?-llen into the h a nd s of the r o b be r s co ntain e d the shack s occupied b y . the of men w h o wor k ed the Pequo d Copper mirie. Three of the shantie s there were, a mess house , a bunk house for the miners and a trifle less crude cab i n for t h e s u perintendent a nd foreman. \i\T e ll aware wer e the t w o la tter tpat one o the cle rk s f r om the c ompany' s offices in Winnepeg was du e that d ay with the pay f o r the miners-and a s d a rk nes s fell an d the m e s senger failed to arrive, their anxiety grew a p a c e . ... And the name chose n by tbese bandits was as awe so me as t hem se lve s-th e Re d Hand o the North \Vest. T i me ' t h e s uperi n t endent, Allan A shmo re , h ad gon e to t h e d oo r of hi s s h ac k and stra ined . his ears, i n the h o p e that h e m i ght bea r s ome sound that w o u l d annou n ce ap p r o ac h of the clerk fr o m W in-nepeg. But when, at last, a so un d did fall on his e a r s, it struck consternation t o his it was the r e port; o f the s ho t w h i c h t he ie'ade r of th.e h old-ups had t o i11t i m i da t e hi s v i ctims ! " Par ke r , our mo n ey h as b e en attacked! " he gasped . ., " Get ou t all the n1en , qu i c kl y, and w e'll g 0 to the re scue ! " \ I n stan,tl y the foret n a n r o ute<' w ith t h e ir rifl es a t a r ea d y the the trail. out the miners a n d , men hastene d down ' But i t was not ac c ording to t.\e stars t hat they sho uld s u cce ed in rel i e v in g their T he kee n ears of the ban dit-chieftain detected the a pp r oac h o f the yvould-be res c uers. . ' Ge t your men into the' bushes!" he whispered, h1ast'e ning back to his comp a nions. " If any of them m a k e a y ip , drill> them with lead. Now gag them!" Hurrie dly the. bandits obeyed' and scarcely had the bus he s behind them than the s .quad of miners h ove in sight. " G oing t o dro p them, chief?" queried one of th.e . gang . " No. '\i\T e ' ll let the m go past 'and then strike for . t he ca mp < We need grub inore thanr...,bodies-and n ow's o ur time to get it. " ' A c co rdin g l y without m o l esting them, the pirates al l owed the mirt'ers to pas s down the trail. But no soone;had they dis appea re d from sight than the rob be rs, with their pri so n e rs, emerged from their place of co ncea lm ent a nd ha stened toward the plateau. A rri ve d there, the b andits quickly -procured all the they c o uld c o nvenie ! 1tly carry then applied the t o r c h t o the dry buildings-and as the flames l eaped into 'the air Red H a nd and his band vanished in t he fores t, taking their prisoners with them. ' C H APT;ER II. THE G R U ESOME M ESSE N GER. For mak in g their h ea dquart e rs in the out-of-the-way I n sile n c e , the pirates made the ir way ec ti o n of t h e vast North-West about Great Bear Lake woods , au s ' in g now and again to glance back at the> .... a bapd o f pirates, desperate and reckless as tho?e flam e s w hich they had kin1 l e d!' .. '. , w h o the Spanish Main or the China Sea in day s "You'll pay for this r::gasped the. whom ' ' o f yo,ie, w h o plundered now the lumber camps, now the le a d e r of the outlciws had decided , to be the one t h e mines a nd now the prospectors who sought the tha t carrie d .the,-m oney' bag h<;, sou'gbt, to i b n , } ) ent o n wresting fortunes from the earth: . .. . gNt ....... ,(,: ,.,1 -' ' '. ,r T 'jo • • ' • : , I J • ' ..


' THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. I "'"And I suppose you'll be the one who makes me pay, eh?" sneered the ban dit-chieftain . But the answer was not what the pirate expected!' . (i)o Having carefully bided his time, the spokesman of the prisoners had noticed the robbers relax their care as they advanced farther and farther into the woods and when he had uttered his taunt, he had seen the bandit-chieftain turn toward him. . With an agility that was amazing, the clerk launched himself at the leadero f the pirates, striking him full . in the face with his clenched fists. ( a, drunken man, the robber reeled beneath the fQrce of the blow, then recovered and with a string of ter rible oaths, brought the butt of his revoi.ver do w n upon the cranium of the man who had so defied him. Sounded a sickening crunch-and then the body toppled to the ground. . " Y ott fiend! " gasped another of the prisoners. . . I gnm v 1 saged ma n drew forth a pad of paper and the stub of a pencil from the bosom of his shirt and l ab . oriously began to write. "Super hztende11t P eqod 1nine . sir. mark well what you 1ead! from this time on, you and your meh a n d mine are sub ject to a ta:v of ten cervts on ev-ry dola r wot comes to great bare lake! to show y ou i mene b iznez i b urned your shacks an' handed i t to :your 11wn from winipeg. i hi s body to y ott in case ) I OU may want to se n d it back-but i've kep , the gold f1om the bank, nee d in' it more tha n you does. if j est pass the word along, it will save you and othell's a l ot of I M.EjN'E WOT I SAY! the first of each month, i'll send for m y sha1e of the stztff wot comes to the lake. i'll let b you k-now. beforehand where to meet me. don't t r y to '• fool me-or y ou'll get wo t the clerk fro m the bank got . goodbye for this time. " RED HAND." . " Keep your tongue in your head-or you'll get the thing! " snarled the bandit-chieftain. " Baldy, ym..' and Twister and Scalper go down to the canoes As the leader of the pirates finished writing t • w'th these four pubs-and if they open their faces, startling note, he read it aloud to his men and, as they •':,:, t1and it to 'em proper." voiced their approval, he' pinned it to the front of his ... "But where are you _going?" asked the fellow who victim's shirt with the man's own hunting knife. . . ',., •. had addressed as Baldy. " But Y,OU haven't got the gold yet, chief, . and -"Back to the mining camp." what start'ed all the trouble,'' declared Baldy, M ,. ,• ; ' "Now don' t be foolish , chief. We're a good three pals stared at the terrible man who was their leader. ' miles from it now-and by the time you reach it, Ash"No-but I'll have it in a jiffy. Here you,'' and he . more and the rest of his men will be there. What's turned to the nearest of the living prisoners, "get the use of running your head into any such busy with that stiff and hand out the bag of coin he "Don't yot(' orry about me, boy," smiled the leader. was carrying." "I'm going to take Deadeye with me." "How can I when I . don't kn--" . " B!ft what's the use, chief?" protested Twister. " Now cut that, right away!" roared the pirate. " If there wa. s anything to be gained by going back, " You know where the gold is-and what's more; I it wouldn't be so bad-but there is .n't." know you know! So r get j : )Usy! " " -r:hat's where you're wrong. There's everything And to lend haste to the unfortunate 'prisoner, tlie 'to be gained! I want to serve notice on Ashmore and bandit -chieftain gave him a vicious jab in the back with the rest of the Pequod bunch that the Red Hand gang hi s hunting knife, the to ye lp ... with pain. is the whole thing in this region! . The with the dire words, produced "I've. made up my mind that every man jack livinothe result the pirate desired, howe ver, and, after fumon the shores of Great Bear Lake shall pay tribute • bling over' the body of his dead companion, the me-and now's the time to serve the notice! " drew for t h from the legs of the clerk's boots two "Pay you tribute, what do you mean?" demanded packages . . Baldy. " Stung-and by that moth-eaten trick of carrying J your stuff i n your bootleg! " grow led the leader of the " ust what I say-I' m going to have part of every Red Hand gang. .: dollar that's brought to Great Bear Lake or taken from it! " Waiti n g only long enough to place the gold in the t:,, • leg s of h is own hip boots , the robber nodded to DeadAt this amazing announcement, the members of the eye, picked up the corpse whicl;! was be his roesgang who had plundered under the leadership of the senger and start!'!d toward the plateau. redoubtable Red Hand stared first at their chief' and Had the other prisoners known the identity of the then at one another in blank astonishment. man who had so boldly determined to levy tribute from " How are yot.J going t9 do it? " Scalper finally . the . honest men of the region, they would one and all managed to ask. . have ri sk ed their lives that they might run the cha:nce " Make a torch and I'll show returned the of reaping .some of the thbusanc;is of dollars that were And when the UP:4, ahe ... offered for his . head, dead or alive! .. .. ,.._. ... '::5 ..


" THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. CHAPTER III. " I understand how you men feel, perfectly, but duty is duty,'' retorted Ashmore. "And, under the AN AMAZING IDENTIFICATION. j circums ta11ces, it. js our first duty to report what has occurred to the proper offic . ers." • ' In their ignorance of the. identi t y of the leader of ' ' V\T ell, you can do it-if you w;mt to," growled the pirates, however, the prisoners simply stared after Parker. "I'm going to set out after the pirates. Any the powerful man, :who so lightly bore the gruesome . of you men who want to c_ome with me, may." messenger, until they could no longer distinguish his Instantlv there was a shout of approval at the words figure. o f the fo;eman and with one accord, all the miners With infinite caution, he and Deadeye retraced m o ved ove r to where 'he was standing, leaving the their s t eps toward the plateau, arriving at its edge superintendent 'apparently dazed at the wholesale de-just as the miners rushed up the trail on the other sertion of himself. . side and dashed hither and thither in frantic endeavor But only a few seconds did he have to think upon to find some means of putting out the ' flames. the, matte!,'. , . But as well migl1t they have tried stem the Having watched the aations of the miners from h1s advance of a forest fire! ' p lace of concealinen ' t, the leader o{ the Red Hand di-The logs from which the shacks had been built had v in ed the significance of their movement when they been so thoroughly se'asoned that they burned with went from one superior to another. amazing persistency, defying all attempts to beat them ; ,If we're going to deliver this messai'e, it's titpe we out and at last, realizing the futility of further effort, . were up and doing, Deadeye," he whispered. " Do the miners gathered in a group and watched the cabins you stay right here are and cove , r me wjth • t}jat had been their home, burn. . your rifle. If any one tries to get to me, drop .'em • " I wish I knew whether or those accursed In vain the Qth en outlaw begged to be allowed ,to pi.rates had a hand in this!" tqe superintendent, o-o in place of his chief-but the"latte_ r e ,as the roof of shanty fell in, sending a shower of ,fi11 ally giving. up 'the attempt, Beaqeye' high into tqe air. ' ' t he b1utt of his rifle firmly, it ready foz; , ' ' would it do?" demanded hi s1 foreman. action. ,,' ,. ' . , "Sirtiply that •if i could oe ,sure it .was them,] would Slowly, with iQfinite caution, the o the pirates engage that the .Pequb,d Cop,per Company erep ' t the,' of the bushes, his would start a manhunt that would not wind up until grues,ame messe _nger slung across his shoulder . . the villains had either been captured or sen f o t}le 'In sttch a1manner did he that,he. was hidden death they so richly merit!' " . behind the smoke and flames and, ia consequeQce, , hav'" Well, I reckon it's a s e bet that it :was ing noted carefql,ly the po,s,ition of the men them," returned Parker. ' '1 set out on his dat)gerous he was able make ' 1 But we can't be sure," protested Ashmore.. his way .Qlqse to. ; " So •long as iWe ain't r got nothing else to do, now Advanced 0 wher. e h e thought it would be folly tQ ' . ()Ur have gone up in smoke and all the tools press 'the leader of the Red Hand let the wot ain't down in tlie mine; why not let'st take .it for sl ip f.rot p his shoulder to the ground and then took a granted it was the sneaking and go after 'ein?" firm of it. , • ... , , . , ! 'l demanded one of the miners. ' h . Bracing' him self, he put forth all his titanic strengt , This suggestipn met with the ready approval o all the b ody in . the air-and tl,1en hurled head-the other men who found themselves bereft of home, foremo t, into the unsuspecting group of men whlll and possessions in the wilderness of Gre'at J?ear Lake. were in the very act of planning his capture 1 The superintendent, however, was• a man more fitted , for the counting thant for life in the great NorthBut in his confidence tbat lie would be able. to de-West. ., , __ . 1 '-: . Ji, ;er his terrible'rnessage and ma:ke ' a saf, e getaway, "Our first duty is to let tlie officers of thelPequod he overestimated l1is ability! .1 in Winnepeg know of the loss to their so was the force with whicli the b'andit-chiefproperty," he decla ed. "When this has, been done, if tain threw the corpse toward the group men that he they wish us, or yot.l, to undertake tbe task o running • lost his balance and was , compelled to take a couple of the villains to theirlair, well good.'' steps beyond the protection of ' the fire ere he could "You mean that you're going to .Winn' epe g xecover himse1. r • : before you even so much as try to find the men wb6' And at that very moment, one of the miners, seemburned up these shacks?,. , demanded foreman, in ingly attracted by some occult power, whirled in his amazement. t rilcks and faced the spot where the leader of the "And how a!Dout the 'meseng'er ,was bringing phates was. "' ' ' up our pay?" interposed stiH a>tiotbtrr. An l:liinked at the ':-/:, (


' THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. • body hurtling through the air toward him, then roused himseH. " There he is! There he i s ! " the miner shouted, as he found his tongue. , Immediately his companions turned-but instead of lookingat the pirate, they stared at their companion. • "Who is it?. what are you talking about?" demanded Parker. But ere the other could answer, the gruesome messenger fell almost at the feet of the foreman! With cries of terrified horror, the rest oj the men shrank back . Their however, seemed to galvanize into action the wits 1of the miner who had;-seen the pirate. "Quick' after him-after him!" he yelled, giving chase as he uttered the words. " Ther.e are thousands of dollars iin his head! " ' I "Who is ' it?" cried several of his comrades, almost in the 'same breath, as they followed their companion. "J esse i J ames! " ,CHABiTER IV. I I THE MYSTERIOUS FOE. a loud, shrill voice had the amazing identification beenl made-but i f was to cost the miner dear! ' ' Not onl y did the notorious outlaw, who h:ad plied his trade as pirate on Great Bear Lake successfully while s cores of man-hunters were scouring1every state in the Middlewest for him, hear his name but the .•. words carri1ed e en to Deadeye. And as the leader of the Red Hand, giving veat to a terrible outqurst of jJlood-curdling oaths, whipped out his six shooters and began blazing at the luckless miner who had made the serious mistake of recogniz-ing the daredevil bandit, Deadeye's rifle spoke. V\'ith a shriek of agony, miner threw up his hands, tottered a moment, then fell forward. And as his c0mrades gathered about the body from which the blood gushed from a half dozen wounds, the mocking laughter of the notorious outlaw rang in their ea r s. But only for an instant were the men of the Pequod camp inac t ive! " Get him! Get him!" bellowed Parker. " If it ( really is Jesse, there'll be enough head money to put a ll on easy street!' Oh. you nie-n. spread out and beat every foot of the ground as though you expected to pick up 'diamonds ! " , " And stop leaden pills with our bodies! " growled an old "I'd sure like to sit in on the divvy of . the head-money pot-but I ain't so anxwus about it ,....r• I'm willing to--" Ere the po o r man could finish his words, there was a sickening " chug" and he, too, pitched forward. Th!'! sight of the second victim of the Red Hand gang roi.tsed the miners as nothing else could have, even the superintendent forgetting his idea of duty in the effort to lay low the man who had wrought such havoc in the camp. But as , in the States, the notorious outlaw seemed to dodge the death-bearin. g missiles, just as thougli he bore a charmed life! All the time the leader of the pirates was effecting hi s escape, his shooting .irons were spitting fire and leaden bullets and before the terrible fusillade, the miners gav e ground, their courage weakened by the sight of' their two compani0ns who had fallen before their very eyes and the body of the third man which had been hurled at them. As fa st. as he could, Deadeye had been pumping his rifle but he had used up all his shells and while he was refilling . the magazine, his master gainedhis side. , " Going to give them another dose? My, but that was great, chief! " he exclaimed, admiringly. ':?ut the notorious outlaw had learned to let w en enough alone-unJ.ess there was some extraordinary stake for which to play. / "No, d on't fire any more, Deadeye," he returned. "Oh, chief, why not?" Smiling at the evident disappointment that was in the voice of his pal, the leader of the pirates was silent for sever a l minutes, then exclaimed: "Because at present, the fools don't know in which directi o n I actually made my get away-and there's no use of giving them that bit of information." " But they know who you really are?" " \iVhat of it?" • As he realized the eagerness with which hundreds of men would learn the identity of the man who had so succes s fully plied the trade of pirate of Great Bear Lake-under the name of Red Hand-Deadeye gasped at the matter-offact manner in which the notorious outlaw asked the question. "vVhat of it? Why, they'll send word to the nearest settlement-al)d then we'll have every manhunter vYho ' s n o w in the States, camping on what he supposes to be your trail, hgtfooting it for this section of the country!" "\1\T ell , I reckon it's big enough to hold the whole kit and boodle of us," smiled the famous desperado. Iri silence , his companion gazed at him for several minutes. "vVell. you're the doctor," he finally declared, as though he were arguing with himself, rather than addressing his chief. , "That's what I am, Deadeye, so don't get excited . J urgping snakes! look at that bunch of muts, now!" he added , as his gaze rested upon the group of men


I' 6 T H E A MERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY . w h o h a d j us t d i s co vered the note pinne d to the breast ' . of the co rp s e Jess e had s e l ec t ed as h is m e sse n ger. Quickl y the de sperado o b e y e d-an d w h a t h e s a w cau se d hi m t o c h uckl e with delight! O n e o f t h e .miners h ad re;no ved the crude scrawl fro m its r es t in g p l ac e , a n d holding it toward the fa,st waning flare of the burning embers , ' w a s a pparently r eadi n g it a l o ud. , As he fini shed, there was a moment o f tens e silence, t he n an o utburst of ang r y protestation, as the miners began to rea l iz e the e n ormity of the i .nsult that had b ee n heape d u p o n them. ' F o r s e veral momen ts, the notorious leader' of the Red Ma n d g l oated over the consternati,on he had ca u se d , a s he noticee that the men were .ready t o brea k i nto small groups, he e xclaimed: " " Thi s a mi g h W g o o d t ime for you and me to hike out o f here , D e ad e y e . " A n d w ithout g i ving his companion time to protest, tlie n o t o r i o u s o utlaw set. out at a swinging lope to , rej o in the res t o f his gang whom he had left guarding 1, ( p ri soners . , I ,..i But though li e joined them without misactventure, 1 : '" 1 . an . d a s h e was standing o n the edge of the lake, re Jat i n g t o t hem the incidents which had transpired at the sce ne o f t h e fire , a jet o f water shot into the air ri ght hi s v ery f ee t ! , "Qu i c k , e verybody fla t o n their bellies! " cried the lead e r o f the pira t es . And as the men o beyed, he turned hi s . eye s in all d irection s in the endea vor to lear'n w hence the bullet had come . Yet no smoke c o uld he see! " Sh all w e paddl e for our c av e?"' a sked T w i s ter. Scarcely had the word s le f t the pirate's lips than a se c o nd s ho t tor e a h o le i n the side of one of the canoes!. "No! t o t he wood s , all o f you! W hoe ve r it is , is us in g s m o k e l ess powd e r ! " CHAPTER V . THE PIRATE CHIEFTAIN' S N ARROW ES CAPE. F o r a moment the notorious leade r o f the pirat ical band w a s in cl in e d to be li ev e that the m a n E ho oting a t him with s uch im:r:unity was on e o f tl1e tJ:!en it r ecurre d to him that , d id the Pequod o utfit h ave a n y s mok e les s po wd e r , it, woul d h av e b een c.on s u med in ' t h e fir e w h ich l a id l p w the a n d he real i z ed t h a t h e had s till a n othe r foe \ yith w h o m . t o Curs in g t o hi mse lf a t the thou ght t h a t he s h ould be a target for a ma n whos e whereabou t s he did n e t know, the l ea der o f the R e d Hand c a utio usly raised him s elf on hi s e lbow. As he d i d so • he h eard the " ' p in g" o f a h i s hat w a s l i f t e d f rom hi s h ead! Neve r had the m an, who had for so. long and. so s u cc essfulJy defi ed t h e hundreds of man hunters that were r a k ing' the s t a t es of the middle west, come closer to h aving h is he a d drilled with lead, and the realiza ti o n c aused an involtt ptary shl!ldder to run through his body. Instantly , however, h e ' reco vered his nerve; and w ith a h ard, bitte r laugh exclaimed: " Tha t w as a clo s e call, boys! Use your peepers! I want to land the devil who has the nerve to take pot s h ots i t me . I ' ll give a hundred dollars to any of you w ho 'll locate him for me . " ' E ven as the pirate chieftain spoke, he took the rifle from Deadeye' s p and, then, picking UP. his hat again_, he f o rced a stick under it, and raised it slowly, as tho u g h he himself w ere once again reconnoitring. ' Not alone \ere the notorious bandit's companions eager to w in the money for discovering the spot w hence the shots were-1ired at him, but even more than the pecuniary reward did they value the goo4 w ill of their lea d e r, w hich they knew would be theirS, s h ould they s ucc ee d i n unmasking the sharpshooter's h id in g place. B u t it was the no t orious desperado, himself, who d i scovered the whereabouts of the 'mysterious foe. As, 'for the se c ond tilne, his hat was raised slowly in the a i r , he beheld a sudden flash of po.wder as the weapon with w hich his enemy was striving to take 1-ii s life, b e lched forth the death bearing missile. Past master. a s he was in the use not only of six s h oo t e rs but r ep eatin g rifles , the leader of the pirates s eeme d not e ven to take the time to point the muzzle of h i s w eap o n at hi s mysteri6'u s foe ; ere his compani o n s hea(d a s h a rp staccato bark, not once, but three t i mes-and' in s uch rapid succession that the three repo rts se emed as one. . :And ' even as the last reverberation died away, there b r o ke o n the ai r an agonized yell! " Yo u got hi m , c hief , didn ' t you? " exclaimed Dead-eye , excitedly. " So it se . ems ." "Wh o do su pp o se he is?" asked Twister. " Don ' t w aste time aski n g such fool questions," the no t o r ious bandit. "How can I tell who i t i s when there are _thpusands of men would sell their s ou1s for a chance t o take a shot 'at me, but we'll find ou t. Make o ne o f the canoes ' ready for me, and Scalper, y o u . a n d . D e ade y e w ill accompany me while we i'O in s earc h of the fellow." Rea li;?:in g from the tone in w hich the pirate chief t a in s po k e , despite his seein in g indifference / that he was deep l y con c ern ed think some unknown enemy was close eno u g , h _ o n his t rail to have been able to get a s h o t a t hi m when he w a s i n ignorance that such eve n in e x i s te nce, the members. of the designa t e d l os t no time in carrying


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. I , .No , h a d th e b e e n laun ched than the Indian ohi:ef , who had been nicknamed Scalper by his companions, took his place in one end, his sinewy ha1_1d poising the paddle, ready to bury it in tHe deep b lack vv_aters, Jesse and Deadeye quickly took . their places in the frail craft. "Where away, chief?" demanded the Indian. " Deacl .ahead toward that tall pi!le you can see." Instantly the redskin jumped the canoe forwardbut even as the craft skimmed over the water, the pirate chieftain realized that he had fallen deliberately into a trap! CHAPTER VI. THE .• • .'TTACK. As' the c anoe, with its three passengers, emerged h o m the shadows of the brush which lined the shore w he r e the members of the Red Hand band had been hiding with their captives, three rifles barked! "Tricked, by all that's. great!" hissed the notorious leader of the pirates. " Pour your shots into the bushes around that pine, boys! " And as he shouted his commands to those bf his. men who were on shore, J esse .again brought his rifle into , action , sending the leaden shells with vicious hatJed. But this t ime no yell o agony greeted the discharge o f the weapon ! "Why d o you suppose the fellow 'Shouted? ' " de manded Deadeye, as he waited for a flash of fire from t he mysterious foe . "Just to make me think I'd hit him, cu,rse his blooming soul!" snarled the pirate chieftain. ' "But what would be his object?" " Are y'ou looney? " . "That's n o t fair-seeing that you; yourself, were d eceived, " retorted. the bandit. " N e ver mind if I was. The fellow evidently hoped h e would be able to lure us out into tl;ie lake, dr at l e a s t neare r t o him 'than we are, by pretending that m y s h o t had wounded him. And it's up to us ' t o get him!" " But w h y didn't he wait till we were farther out, then?" " Evidently, his men couldn't hold in. But don't w a ste any m o re time-ah! they've hit us! Do any ,-id a mage, Scalper? " asked the notorious outlaw, chang in g hi s t o ne s uddenl y as the frail craft seemed to q uive r fro m end to end, after which there came a sound a s o f ripping. "Uhuh-wo r s e luck!'' . . . , , H 1 ell ? " I L " \ ow )Cl ' . • f.:' \ • ,Ere t h e Ind1an co ul d r e ply, , ) I)eadeye cned: . , .. -.:\, " \., . '-, . . .. :, ' The bullet struck up 111 my end. Made a hole a b out s i x inches long-:-and the water's coming in fa s t. " 1 " S tuff something in the hole! Scalper, swing round and paddle back to shore! " demanded the leader of the pirates. . But though the redskin endeavored to obey, he was n o t quick enough, for the random shots had done m o re damage than the occupants of the canoe realized. Instead o f one hole, there were four! A s he f elt the cold water pouring in about his legs, the h ead o f the Red Hand cursed V.ig:htfully. ' "\.Vhy d on't you fellows on get busy and nail those devils by the pine tree? " he roared. " Here we' re practicq.lly sinking in the lake, and you not only . d o n ' t fir ' e an ' y shots but you don't even try to help us' ! \\'hat's got into you, anyhow?" R o u s ed TJy the words of their master, the members o f the piratical band discharged their rifles blindly in . the dire cti o n of the tall pine. And as the echo of the reports died away, a mock in g laugh greeted their ears ! " Curs e them-the devils have changed their p-d'si ti on!" growled Red. Hand. "Hold your fire, : there's no use wasting any more good lead! " ' But how great a change in their position the myster-.r " i o ns f o e . had made, the pirates were soon to _learn! "The can oe's sinking-we've got to swim for the. s h o re! " g a sped And a s the three men who had set out so confi in the frail craft took to the water, and headed for the shore they .haa just left, there rose a startled s h out from the members of the band on land! " We' re being surrounded, boys. Drop back to the f( lake! Shoot any one who comes near you from the South!" bellowed Baldy. CHAPTER VII. THE ESCAPE. In bl a11k amazement, the leader of the Red Hand b a n , d o f Pirates and his companions who were swim min g for the shore, in a desperate effort to save their liv e s , th e canoe having literally sunk under them, h eard the startling words of the comrade on . land. F ully fifty yards were they from land but the bushes m a d e it so d ark that though they strain


THE AMERICAN INDIA N WEEKLY. unseen foes-and as they waited, droppe d bac k slowly but steadi ly toward the edge o f t h e lake. As minute after minute went b y without any sign of the enemy, he whispered: " What makes you t hink ther e ' s s om e one coming from the South? " "I don ' t thin k ! know. I heard the bushes--" But the sentence was never finished! With a ye ' ll that would have d o ne any band o f Indians proud, there was a sudden flas h o f lig h t f r o m the direction in which Baldy had d e clare d their foe was Too amazed to take advantage o f t h e opportunity it aff orde d the pirates sim p ly star e d , b l inkin g at t h e s ight revealed-hal f a d ozen m eh , rifles a:t their shoulde r s ! . Buf the mysteri ous men we r e not inactive! As the flash powde r flared u p , they peere d eage rly forward that they m i g h t l earn the e xact whereabout s , of the men they so ught-and when they a c q ui r e d t his information; t he y advance d cautious l y. p:rom the water, the l eade r o f the pirates ha d see n t he startling mdve . :cc W h y don't you shoot, you lunkhek d s ? " he roared .'' at his stupefied 1 ' But. t he rebuke . came too la t e! E' n as his vo i ce sounded, _th e rifles i n th, e hand. s ' of the mysterious bark e d -r-and the ai F -w:as rent with yells ! ' ' This time , however, it was the unkno' w n men w ho were deceived! Baldy had qu i ckly , r ecove red his wits aft e r he first ' surpri se at t he 'had subsided" and he readily realize d it; ;woul d b e but the h 1attet of seconds ere t h e men a v oll ey' of lead at him and his comrades. 1 1 And s o close we r e t h ey t o his fellows he felt the slaughter would b e awful. {\ccordingly, lean ing• forward, he e x cl a imed , a s his mas , t e r's voice rang out, o pp ortunely c overing his: "Drop flat o n yo u r bellie s , boys . Don' t lose a minute-and do n't s hoot tilt I g i ve the word!" What the reason was for thes e strange commands, n one of his compa ni o n s kne\v-ye, t t hey were too w ell trai ned not to o b ey, and in the moment before the death-bearing vo lle y vla i discharged , the members of the piratical band who w ere on shore sank to the ground! The luckless travelle r s w h o h a d b e en captured when Jess e and his precious crew held up the messenger f rom the Pequod Cop per M ining c ompany were not so fortunate, howev e r . Non e of the bah dits had troubled to pass the order to dro p to them-and as the report of the volley d i ed a way, t heir c r ies rent the air! " Hooray! w e've , go t some of thetn! Give 'em another volley ! " sho uted t he l eader o f the attacking party. I Agai n the ri fles crashed! And as the flames belch ed from their muzzles , Baldy cried to hi s p a l s : "Beat it 1/0W! R o ll in t o the water and then get as y g u can! v Va tch o ut and clon't let your guns get wet! VV"e 'll meet the ca v e . It' s every man for CHAPTER VIII. I ' A _.<:LEVER RUSE. A s the s e cotJ.m1and s were g i ve n by the member of the who was next in authorit y to the notorious l eader ,' the rNer i i os t rt6 ti m e in getting to the and as they ' ( li d so, J esse j o in e d . The walls an d s h rie k s o f the ,wounded p risoners were s o s hrill and i nces sant tha t the leader of the Red Hand able to spea k to his comrad,es almost witho u t fea r of d etec ti d n . "Don't go i n t o the water/' lie adm orlished. • : ' The c u sses ; w i l\ be Jike l y t? h ' e 'ar you ancl if it' s a ,Poss ible. thi ng, I d o n ' t want them .to have any idea w h r e we gol;le. ou c a n get out of range just as v ell b y k e e pi n g a l o n g tli e s 'hore of t he lake/' ' u t t he p l an o f t h e noto riou s pirate, wen! not to be ca r r i ed ' ot,t l . ' ' ' ' ' I . ' . Even as h e w a s uttering His words of advice and f ot a ti m e t he r e came the blinding flash the p owd er. " vv bagged thr ee of t he , gang! " shouted one of , t he myste r i o u s "str a n gers, as he beheld the vto1tn d e d pl'iso ner s 'w,.rith in g 01;1 the ground. ' : : B1ut " o the rs. ha v e got gr:o;wled a,, t,all, thm m a n . A n d tt' s ()thers ,we want! Intp the w ' oods . afte r them!" " T h ey ha ven' t gon e t o the in' the wat--" . 1Bang! went t h e rifle in t he hanyed o u r shacks and ruined the property of the Pequ od Cop p er ; ne! " shouted an excited voice. " It's Pa11k e r a a . b m c h of the miners! " e x claimed Deadeye. " VV e' e,. St'lre ' done f o r , now! " . ' • ,, ( I) ' .r • r" I . l ' (l


' ' THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. • "Don'tbe a fool!" growle ' d the notorious outlaw, who, though the predicament in which he found him self was serious, had faced crises a thousand times more acute .during his mad career in _the States. . "But all up with us," lamented his minion. ' "The ones who were after us first know that we're in the lake-and they'll tell Parker. With their com bined forces, they'll be able to keep us from getting ashore." While the leader of the Red Hand and his men had been talking in the others of the band had ga.thered about them, eager to hear every word that was uttered-and between the coldness of the lake water and the suq. den surprises by the flash powder, their nerves were sadly shaken, rendering them anything but the desperate men ,they were reputed to be. "You fellows give me a royal pain! " snarled the, fah1ous his voice bitter with contempt. "You're a swell bu, noh for a man like me to lead. I'd give more for a couple of my boys down 'in the States tha for a whole regiment of such as you!" Thi;; taunt I ad the effect the astute leader of men hfld hoped-b:>f rousing the anger of all who hea.rd it. what WOU}d you do with your tWO boys-if you had .them? " demanded Baldy. "Put the kibosh on th. e mi1,1ers and the rest of bunch ! " " ' '" How?" " Get them to fighting one another! " "Well, tell us how-I 'low we boys of the North •west are ;;LS game as any ' Tad' that walks or rides in Sta,tes! " " This retort of Baldy was received with mJ,lrmurs of approval froq other memJ=1efs of Red Hand, and eagerly .they gathered about the notorious robberchidtain. . . ., ' "We mt,st split up into two gangs, one 'going West along the shore about ten yards, the other East. ., "Scalper, you'll take the lads who are going to the West, I'll look out for the others. The idea is to pour our fire from such directions that the poor fools will open on one another. ' f "Hurry, now-and don't shoot until you hear my pistol speak times! " All this had taken much less time in the utterance and performance than it haS' in the telling, and the miners were still charging the other men when the pirates put the plan of their astute leader into operation. When he had gained a spot that ap . peared to him as sufficiently out of line so that his men and those viith Scalper could enfilade their luckless victims, the notorious outlaw suddenly emitted a blood-curdling yell-and as , the sound reverberated, his six shooter crashed three times! Instantly his companions poured a hail of lead from their weapons, and as soon as they received the signal, the other

. . ' THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. " The"n y ou know wbere tlfi! ; are?" asked Ashmore. " 'te s-that is-I know where they we re." " \V' e ll , we oi.tght not to have much trouble in trailin g them, hampered as they will be by their prisoners," de cl a r e d A snmot :e. " Lead the way ami we'll follow, Dunstan." i But the of the superintendent had aroused a n ew line of thought in the other's mind! I ' Prisoners?" he gasped. " What are the Red Hand g a p g doing with' prisone,rs-and where did tfiey get 'them? '' ' -1 ' ,," The y picked up the Pequod paymaster, Welles I 1 ermi:w , " returned the ' ' A t the statement, the oth,er mettJ.her s of the troop who had accompanied Dunstan crietl. out in dismay. "Are y o u sure?" he demanded. ' " P.os 'iti ve! " ' , "Your proof?" " Principally the fact that Red Hand tprew Welles' j)ody into the crowd while we were standing about ,on e o f .the burning ties-and to its breast was .pinne d a m os t insulting note!" ' . ' .Had the given by the superintendent no t b een o f such grave it:nport, Dunstan would have . , at th e t one of voice in which the prim Ash-mo r e referred t o the insult but, underthestress of the 1 m_gm e nt, it went unnoticed. : " The n the de v ils " go't the gold? " he asked. " Eyiclentl y . 1 It wasn't 'bn when we " sea eel the. oody." < ' • ' "And t,o think I alm,ost hiid Red Hafl:d ftllcl his--" "Say, what •makes you l,<:eep calling him 'Red '?" interrupted Parker. "Becaus e that's his name!" For a m o m ent there was silence as this statement • was m ad e with all 'the impressivenes s of on e man i n authority s eeking to squelch another-and then t he foreman broke into a mirthles. s laugh. .,._ "And they call you 'best manhunter in the Northv V e s t, Dunstan, " he ' ' 1 ' \ V h a t d o " a sked the detective, piqued a t the t o ne o f the foreman. , 1 mea n tl1at the fellow you think is Red Hand is, in r eali t y Jess e J am1e s ! " . Had a . b o mb dro pped fro i'n the no greater q)l')Jm . o ti o n c o uld hav e been produced. among the men with the m anhu11ter than Parker produced with his state m ent a s t o the• identit of the daredevil who had I• . be e n p os in g ,as. the l e ac\er of the who terrori z e(! the s h o r e s and confines of the 'Great Bear Lake. ' " You ' re dippy, P,arker, " declared Dunstan. ' .'Jesse i s d ow n in S outhern Calif o rnia. I know for a fact . " ' "Sa w him there, I suppose?" sne_ ered the foreman. " o-but 'my people got a letter from out there . " . s a y m g s o . "vV hi c h only g o es to show that one of the reasons \ I he g e ts b y so . 0ften, is because, as a matter . of fact, there aren't more than a score of people who know what Jess really does look like!" growled Pa;ker. "Now don't get huffy," began . the manhunter, . . ) soothmgly. 1 But the. ignored him, exclairnihg: "Ho'wever;you don't' have to take my word for what' I've told you about Red Hand

THE INDIAN WEEKLY. 11 " It certainly seems so-poor Pinhead! " exClaimed the manhunter f}om the metropolis of the Canadian North-West._., "It's a pity you couldn't have been with . out sacrificing the life of one of my men," returned the foreman, bitterly. " I'll avenge him-never fear! " reto.rted stung by the words of the other. " Get busy,. men, and run down the bandit! What are you standing there .. like ninnies for? Why didn't any of you return the shot fired by Jesse? " "Don't you stir a foot from where you are!" countermanded the former. " If--" 41 "What's the. meaning of . your orders, Parker?" thundered Dunstan. "Am I master of my own or am I not?" " I don't give a tinker's button whether you are master of them or not-I simply know t hat while I'm round, you're not going to waste any more human lives by sending your men out blindly after the leader -"of the pirates when you have no more idea than a hole in the ground where he is. Understand?" And that his words might have still greater< force, the foreman raised his six shooter suggestively. ,"Parker's right, Dunstan," the dent, soothingly. been murder enough tonight without ;tdding to it-just look at these poor rel-lows at our feet. I can all." At the words, the men looked at the forms now lying quiet still on the ground, their clothes wet with their life blood. " What do .you mean? Are those some of your men?". demanded-the manhunter, in a:wed tone. "No. Why do you ask?" " Because we charged them! " " And I thought you were a clever man, Dunstan! " exclaimed Ashmore, even his mild and calm nature revolting at the idea these messengers had' been shot down by their friends. " Cut that, Allan, and tell me w!to they are," com manded the manhunter. "They happen to be guards. employed by the Pequod . Copper Mining Company to escort the pay bags back and forth-and any other things of value that the officers may have occasion send." ' By the flickering rays of the torch, the miners could see bow his head for several moments-then he suddenly raised it! . " I've been the cause of shedding innocent blood to night," he began, in a low, tense voice, "but by St. George! I'll make that de v il from the States pay dearly for it! " If any of you men care to join with me in my hunt for the accursed murderer, I'll be glad to have you. If you don't it won't make any shall trail him alone And I'll on his , I get hi":!" • • The deep shadows of woods, the gore-covered bodies lying about, the tense-faced men and the fitful flicker o . f the torch made the scene impressive in the extreme. , \ But as the men stood silent its stress, there sounded a mocking laugh-a second time the crack t , of a gun -rang out, and a second time a body fell forward, , blood pouring from a round hole in its forehead t Henry Dunstan boasted in vain! -CHAPTER XI. ; I THE RED THREATEN TO DESERT THEIR LEADER . A moment there was silence in the ranks of the manJ hunters, then they broke into cries of rage, and fury. " By thunder! this is too much! " bellowed Parker. "Every man jack of you follow me!" And, , never' thinking that he was 'doing the very thing for which he had chided the murdered man hunter, he leaped forward in the direction whence the shot had come that laid Dunstan low. Instantly the rest of the men followed him-but scarcel ' y a rod had they advanced before. they haited as suddenly as they had started. Having heard the corrimands issued by the f9reman, , the notori9us outlaw knew what to expect, and, realizing thaJ= the advantage was with him, inasmuch as he knew the direction whence the attack upon him was t o be made while his enemies were in ignorance of his whereabouts, he spoke to his companions in a low tense voice. "Fo rm in a semicircle about me, a . nd when I give the w os,.d we'll fire in volleys! " Quickly his men moved t o obey-and as they did s o Baldy had to step on a dry twig : which cracked with a report startling in its loudness. And it was this noise , indjcating as it did the men he was after preparing an ambush for him, that cau s ed the f o reman of the Pequod copper mine to check the advance of his men . "Vl e're in for it, now," snarled Scalper wjth an oath. No time, however, did the pirates have to lament the awkwardness of .their confrere! The snapping of the twig had given Parker, who was by far the best woodsman of any of the men con nected with the Pequod Copper Mine, an idea as to. the locati o n of the men he sought, and without wast ing time for divulging his intention by issuing any commands to his companions' , he raised his rifle, and blazed away, pumping the magazine in ' a manner that would have done credit to the notorious pirate chief tain himself. For the first time that night fortune favored the manhunters! . ,; ,


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEJ{LY. Scarcely had the report of the first shot awakened the echoes than one of the bandits uttered a shrilf cry of agonized pain. ' " Ouch! They've got me! " he gasped, and then on lthe edge of the lake whhe he was standing. The know! ' edge that they had at last brought down one of the men who had wrought such havoc , thFew the miners and the rem ainder of Dunstan's force into a frenz y of delight. ' " Gi v e it to 'em! We've got 'em. They're down there by the ' Jake , just to the left of that clump of bushes . Pour your bullets into them, and we'll see if w e do ' what those manhunters down in the States haven; t been able to-put a bui Jet into J J ?n;les! " Gried one 1of the miners elCdtedly. But t he la s t w o n ; I s were audible only to the .man ;who 1,1ttere d the m, for long he had finished, the guns of the manJmnters were. barking viciously. Des-perate, irrdeed, w as the predicament in which t he mem bers of the Red Hand1 fou .nd themselyes! Tne random .shots of the manhunters had deprived the m o f . their . camoes, thus cutting off esce miners and ptofes-sional manhunters were like veteran Indian fi.ghters, spreading out in fan shaped formation in sHch manner that they were able enfilade the bushes which Parker had pointed 0ut. The constant ping and whistle of the shells as they sped through the air also s teadied the pirates, how ever, and with the realization of the dire to whicl1 they ha \ l been th. ey no longer waited for the comma}'ld of their daredevil leader, but each man acted as he thought best. Flat on their bel.Jies, they rested their rifles on their arms and shot only when a belch • of. flame f . rom the of the guns in the hands of the manhunters showed them where they could put a bullet and make it count. For s e v eral minu, tes the plan of cam.paign was. em inently successful, the shouts and groans that came from the throats of the manhunters proclaiming that the bullets had struck }:lome. They so on, hov,rever> caught onto the fact that the, memb e rs o f the Red Hand were lying on the ground, and acc o rdin g ly they trained their weapons lower. " T h is i s no place {Qr us , now they've found out our game," g rowled the aotorious outlaw, with a string of t errible oaths . . " \ Vhat can we d ' o? " a s ked Twister. "They outnumber us at least three to one , and they have us prac t ically surro unded. It' s me for the water. I ' d rather take my chance s o n . drowning than being drilled with lead." I "You 'll do n othing of the sort," breathed Jesse, -st. ernly. " Oh , v von' t I? Do you think I'm fool enough to sta• y he re and wci'it for a shell to find me when, by -strik-iBg Otl t in •the Jake, :f should at least have' a of getting away?" Of course if don't." "Then what have y0u got in your head?" , , "\tV , e 'll shoot our way through the lunkheads!" " S h oot our way through! • : repeated Baldy, and the others, as though they di

THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 11 ! learning what his c o mpanions had decided upon-.-and this at came near being his undoing! " Don't Jose yout; nerve, boys! ;, shouted one of the miners . "That's only Jesse and he ' s all alone. The res t of his gang didn't have nei;ve to try the trick ! " At the words, a howl of rage and humiliation arose f.rom the manhunters to think that they had permitted one lone man to fool them, and , shouting and cursing, they started in pursuit. "It's now or never," exclaimed the notorious pirate to himself ,through his clenched teeth. " I ' ve got to g1ve these Canucks a scare or it's all day me! " No sooner had he come to this decision than the leader of the Red E;and started to put it into operation. ' Yelling and shrieking with blood curdling 'Indian warwhoops, and changing the tone of his voice with efic. h shout, Jesse again began to pout the deadly fire f rom his shooting irons into the black mass_:_which w as all that could be seen of the g r oup of manhunters -leaping and bounding, now this way and, now: that, #' wi t h hand fir .st high o ver his head and the n far to 0ne side, that he might gi v e the bullets from his six shooters the effect of coming from the muzzles of ' . I man y , other guns. The was desperate , but its very lack of probaJ;>ilit y s ' eemed to accomplish its purpose! "The w hole bunt h has brok e n through our ranks! l a mented Ashmore. " W e're done for , we're done for 1" , Realizing the that he must. do something to counteratct tHe discouraging effect of the super• . J intendent's words, the foreman y elled: "It's only Jess , so don't get rattled! He's the only pirate that hasn't killed-and now v<.;e're going to get him and the' thousands of dollars reward that ' are for him l j ' Parker's words rallied 'the fast waning spirits of the m'iners and manhunters, and again taking heart, they began to close in around the lone leader of the Red . Hand, when the was given the words. Howling and firing their shooting irons, the other members of the notorious outlaw's band of pirates charged ' captor:s, 'their action ' deter m ined by the success with which the pirate chieftain had carried out hi ' s plan. A s Jesse heard then; , he bellowed: " Into them men! I'll pay fifty dollars for every scalp you bring me! " This offer ' aroused the t e rrible bloo d lust of the li).dian chieftai11 , and from h aving been only luke w arm in 'the attack qpon the manhun,ters, he now be came insane with a desire to the head money. Givin g voice to warwhoops that made t he cries of the leader of the Red Hand seem like a lullaby; the redskin fell upon the manhunters, beating them down with the butts of his sixshooters. D ea d eye a rJti T w ister, having generous strains of In

14 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. will make any on e in w hi ch you fello, w s have ever taken part see m like a four tea in comparison . " During the interchange of opinions, a l l the other membe-rs o f the piratical band save Deadeye had gathered about the two men, and as they heard the wager of the noto ri ous outlaw, they urged Indian to accept. well, you're on!" exclairned Scalper. "Now tell us what there i s about this hunt that is going to make it such almighty ticklish business for us?" "Just this, that we'll have e very man in the whole force of t h e Roy al North-West Mounted Police stati o ned in this part of the country o n our trail." T h e Iinentio n of the constabulary ta whom was en the p o li cing of the vast wilderness from the prov in ces to the Arctic instantly sobered the members of the _Red Hand. "Ho w do you plan t o g i ve 'em the slip? They're wor se than judgrnent to have after you/' exclai'med Twister. Eagerl y, all the other members of the band which had been terrorizing the region about Great Bear Lake turned toward Jesse. " l am ,going to start a series of raids, striking from o ne s ide p f the lake to the qther so fast that neither . . the constabl es nor their offic{:!rs w ill know which end their heads are on!" CHAPTER XIII. " WHEN THIEVES FALL OUT." As the band of the Red Hand heard the plan of cam paign p r oposed by the notorious leader, they gasped a nd l oo k ed at o ne another in amazement, for such a thing as daring to beard the members of the celebrated constabu)ar y by stqch methods was unheard of in the annal s of crim e in the North-West. " I wouldn' t try it, if I were you," opined Twister. " W h y not? " " O h , because I wouldn't:" "But why?" 11 The b andit, however, was reluctant to offer any op i n i'on: but at la s t Jesse him to and he blurted: " Beca u s e I don ' t think you ought to play with fire . " '' Meaning? " " Do you really want to know?" " Sure." "I that you're in so in the States and you've managed to get in so bad up here at the Pequod mines that the wi s est thing, according to my notion, for yon to do i s t o beat it w hil e yo u have the chance for so me regi op where you ca n get into a hole pull I . . f " . 1t 111 a ter y ou. Despite the seriousness of their situation, the-other members of the band could not restrain, their smiles at the ad v i ce off ered to the b . lood thirsty perado. But their mirN1 was short lived! "That may be the way you fel , lows up in this God ' ' for saken region of the world do, but it isn't the way I'm accustomed to doing. " There isn't a on two legs or a devil • on 'a dozen that I'm afmid of I I'm going to show these po lice what it is to have a real live man to deal with I If any of you fellows want to come along you may, but don't think I need you, for I don't, In fact you will probably be more of a bother than an assistance because out of pure dece nc y I shall feel it incumbent . upo n myself to stanq by you if you get in a pinch." A fe w moments after the notorfous outlaw had de livered himself , of this caustic statement, the T.l,1embers of the Red Hand' stood in silence, each absorbed in his ow n thoughts-but it soon was made evident that their thoughts ran in the same channel. " You needn' t think you can get us. all into such a mess _as you have and then try to get out of it by throwing us down," snarled Baldy. And the murmurs of approval which greeted these words showed clearly the bandit had' voiced the op inion of the others. ' " But I'm not trying to get out of anything," flashed the leader of the pirates in 'return. "Then why do you say anything about our for ourselves?" • " Bef=ause from the e vident distaste you have for mixing it up, I thought perhaps you would feel safer if you sqould go and ' of those holes you spoke about that you could..._pull in after yqu." 6 " Ther.e's no yellow in us," growled Scalper, hotly. " That, of is a matter of opinion," sneered the Red Hand chieftain. Angry were the murmurs w.hich greeted this statement, and consultingwith one another apart, Deadeye 1 exdaimed : " We're going to call your bluff." " 'Bluff!" snorted, the notqrious bandit. "I'll have you know tha t Jesse James makes no bluffs-he never yet has started 'anything that he couldn't finish, and this won't be the 'time h e does! " "\Bragging n ,ever got a man' anywhere-not in this . part of the country," retorted Twister. "Up here we bank on deeds,.{ot hot air! " . At this belittling of h l is .reputation, the notorious bandit stared at the member of. dhe Red as though_ he could scarce believe his ears. Never before had any one accused him of beinr a braggart to his face-and he was determined that no one ever should again ! . During the and events attendant' upon the hold-up , the messenger, the firing of the '


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 15 m in e sha ck s, a nd the s a v a g e encounter with the manh un te r s o n the s h o re of. the lake with all their acts of carnage, the ni ght had p ass ed and in_the place of the da rkn ess h a d come the flush of dawn-and with its light the members of the piratical band were able to se e t he f ace of the de sperate criminal for whose capture dea d o r aliv e , rewards o f thousands of dollars were outstandin g . As Twi s t e 1 ' m ad e his virtual ch a r g e of cow a rdice, a look of bla ck Jury settled upon Jesse's face , his lips na r rowe d in to purpl e lin es , tight-draw n across "his t e eth, and in hi s eyes there s h o ne the light which any o f h is o l d pa l s in the S t a t es wo uld hav e beheld with alarm-the bl oo d-lu s t w hich made the n o t o ri o u s bandit a clem ort ,rathe r tha n a huma n . • 1 C o nfi dent in his enoFJ110u s bulk, the o utlaw who had charged J ess e with being a di s p enser of hot air ignored t h e da nger s i g n a l e x hi b ited in the face and mannet o:6 t h e l eade r o f the Red Hand and, to make his contempt more co n sp icu o u s, he t oo k his e y e s from the desperate ba n d i t a nd l oo k ed at hi s c o mp a ni ons g loatingl y . Not l o ng' did h e ex ul t, h owever. " L oo k out for yourself, y o u big bag of wind,' : hissed J esse, . with a bl oo d curdling vo lley of oaths. " It's like t aking ca nd y from a child to t a ckle you, but I can't stand s u c h t a lk as, you'v e h a n ' ded me from any one, a n d I w on 't! " The w ords o f the leader of the Red Hand caused the t o turn his gaze toward once more, and as soo n as he w as convinced o f the fact, Jesse flew at him as , a w ild-cat flies at its victim. \ For a few the onlookers could see little but l e .gs a11d arms whirling through the Of a sudden there cam e a pause in the furious fight and then, to t h e ir amazement, the mem bers of the Red Hand saw J rai s e his antagonist from the ground, swing him o n ce r o und hi s head and bring .him down, his back ac r oss a log, with s uch terrific force, that the snapping. o f hi s ri bs and b o n e s was audible! CHAPTER XIV. THE N OTORIOUS . OUTLA W Q U ELLS A MUTINY. N ever before had the members oi the .Red Hand see n the t e rrible outlaw in the paroxysm of his lt; s t a nd , as they watched his actions which culminated u the s h o ckingl y horrible murder of one of his -own men , . the y sh tank the fiend in human . form, aghast! But the notorious outlaw' s fury did not end with the terrible death he inflicted upon the man who had had the tem erity to qu1estion his dftredevil courage! As he relea sed his hold upon, the body, it slipped • . . fr o m log and hu dd l e d toget h e r i n a h e ap which qu i ve r ed f r o m mus cu la r c ontra cti o n. Appar e n t l y in cense d at this s i g n o f lif e , J es se leap e d ac r oss the tree trunk and rait:Ied kick after kick upon hi s v ictim. " Lie s till, y o u fool! Lie still , I say ! I w ill b e o b ey ed! If you don't stop tha t mocking chuc k le, I'll rend you lim b from limb!" A n d as though he w ere ab out to put hi s a w ful threat into exec u t i o n , the fiend , hi s face hideously distorted, l ea n ed over the luc k l es s man w ho had d ared q u e stion h is . val or, h is fingers disten d e d a s though h e wo u l d se i ze the b o d y onc e agai n . " ?.!o t he r of m er c y, he's mad stark, staring mad! " j;lr eat h e d Deadeye , in a l ow, ten s e vo i c e . " H e thinks poo r T w i ster's de ath thro e s are the shak in g s of his body f r om l a u ghte r. Q uick , and we'll se i ze h i m b e for e h e commits an y furthe r ou t rage!" Be lievin g that the ir very liv e s depended u p on com pliance w i t h their compani o n 's suggesti on the other member s o f the piratic , al band s t arted t owa r d the human fiend , but sc arc e a f oo t had they a dvan ced ere t hey regr etted their mo've! The ea rs of 'the f a m o u s bandit, trained through h i s yea r s of se r v i ce under the bl ack flag of the famous g u e rill a c hieftain , Quantrell, and sub sequent d e fiance . of all the laws of God a n d m a n , c aught the sou n d o f the stealthily advancing bandits and instantly he w hirled t o f a ce them, whippin g out his s i x shooters as , he turned. " Get back , you curs! " he hissed. " Come so much as a foo t nea rer, and HI se nd your puny little soul t o hell along with this other fool-and if you l ike I'll hurry so , you can overtake him." The vicious venom of the leader of the Red Hand was a revelation to the other men, and they stopped in the i r trac k s , gazing at him with open e y es and mouths . " I tho u ght there wasn; t one of y ou w h o w ould w ill in g l y f ac e powder and lead!" he sneered. "This thing h as co me t o a ' s how-d own, and we'll hav e to settle i t o n c e and for right now. "Well y ou kn o w, tha t i t was a t your,request I came t1p here t o the Great Bear L ake to act as leader of the Red Band, at' the sp eci a J request of Deadeye and Sca lp e r . " You promised to 0bey me implicitly-and how well y ou have kept your promise the carcass of that 1 ca rrion, Twister, is eviden _ ce. " But it doesn't loo k to me as though you all f oo l s, and f o r reason I am giving you a chance ' for your lives. ' . "If you will place your right hands on that still warm c o rpse and swear, as you hope to escape an end s imilar t o that which overtoo k him your pal , that you will o b ey m y slightes t order, I will agree to continue , a s your leader . "


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. " And i f we d on' t ? " demanded Baldy, in a v;oice t rem b ling with ill disguised fear. , " I ' ll g e t yo u, o p e afte r another!" " Prov idetl w e don ''t get you first,'' growled Scalper. , " W hich you won' t, you kno , you haven't go t the heart," jeered Jesse. " Make up your mintls • wJ1eth e r you ' ll take my offer or leave be lively. I have n ' t the time to waste longer on you." ' '\,., Again the me m bers of the Red fland drew aside in and after , a few moments Deadeye announced : "We w a n t y ou to be our leader/' "Then s tep up your oath." ,. THE PIRATE CHIE FTAIN STARTS ON HIS MISSION. c are to , tell m y plans , I w ill. Just remember that in the fut ure. "This once , will tell you that\ ! am going down to S wa ze y to get a motor boat." " Motor bo at?" gasped the others, in surprise and then, remembering the words just uttered by their cap r ici o us chieftain anent . asking question, they instantly became silent. " Yes , motor boat," grinned' their leader, amused at iJ.mazement his announcement"had aroused in his fellows . "And I'm going to get the motor boat so that I . can carry on my proposed raids more easily and quickl than in canoes I" But Jesse was balked ih liis purpose I At this statement whi'ch 1 showed 'that their leader had already made his plans for .putting hi s I , ' threat t91 give the Mounted Police to think abohlt , the pirates realized i f never his ability a::; a chi e f . " B y thunder, it's as much as your life's worth to B e li ev i n g that the i r very lives depended . on their g o into Swazey-but. if you're to1go, why don't co m pli a n ce w ith the order of notorious desperado, y ou get some opium and bring it • back with you? We the m emb e r s o the Red Hand one after another apcan get every man in the camps round Bear pro a ch ed the cot;pse of the man' who had. so short ' a Lake w ild with thestuff. They'll give every cent they t itne b efo r e bee n o n e of tne , ir number a h d putting their hope to earn to get h 6 d o f of it I " declared DeadJ right han ds tl,pOn , the still warm body, looked exeye. ' • . p ectantly a t the i r chieftain. ,. The sugg estion met the hearty approval of the rob. " Hold u p , your left hands I" Jesse hissed. , , . I ns t antly t he men obeyed. " Is S w azey e n d of ,the ' hop , srhuggling b , usi" Repeat aft e r me-' As I hope to die a natural death, nes s ? " he . asked . I promi s e to obey the slightest order of Jesse James . "It t H ere ' s sure a heap of it in .that town." so long as he c on tiJilues leade n of , the Red Hand Band "How do they carry it?" o f P irate s and if I fa i l , h o p e h e wi-ll s t r i k e me nstan t death and that my body may never have a " W ish I knew." ,. "Who' . do I g0 .to ' ? . " gtave ! ' " , •' "1. After the te rri ble outlaw ha,d the " N ed ,Br,i:scoe', ' chief o , , (;oath , his men s t arted to repeat it in unison. mut he A t this statemen t that the 'than who was qttick l y stopped them. , supp . o s ed t o uphe ld the law and to punish all trans" You ' ve each of yo u got to say it separately-! g r e ssor s was the active agent of the opium smugglers , don't intend t o hav e any double cross handed me. Now;' the notorious ,bandit sta red at his 1man closely-for it be li v ely! " he snarled. o ccurred to }fim th11t the suggestion might only be a A n d o ne after another, in none too' steady scheme to hav e him give himself deliberately in'to the thos e who r em a ined o f t he piratical band swore their hands o f the police. 1 ' unswerv ing a ll e giance to the terrible bandit. "Is that straight?" he demanded in a 'hard, cpld W h en the c e remony w as finished, the.' men lopked at looking at the pirate. the i r ch i ef t a i n e x pectantly. "It is." "What sha ll , w e do no w ? " asked , Baldy, when Jess d id not speak. " Beat i t back t o the ca v e and stay in hiding till I' j o i n yo u. " l' At thi s com m a n

THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 17 "Deer Ned: Give the bearer of this anything he wants." He's 0. K. DEADEYE." "That ought to do the business," smiled as he put the, p i ece of paper in his shirt. "Now light Out for the cave-and stick t o it. If I don't show up for thre' e 0r four d ays, don't get excited. When I do . com e , I'll come in tpe night and announce my approach by three rockets, so keep a sharp lookout for me. Scalper, I'll put you in command. The rest of you are to obey him as i ' mplicitly as you w o uld me aU:d it'll go hard with any one who doesn't when I get back! ' " Now take care of y;0urselves ! " And while his men. set out for the cave, some thirteen miles away, in which 'the had established theit; ; their leader started on a peculiar, groundcovering lope for the town of Swazey, vyhich l a y twenty -five miles to the South, not far from the s hore of the lal

' THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. " Miner s . " "What about them?" A nd as the notorious desperado asked the question, he turned hi s eyes upon the trapper, searchingly. "Tanton, me s . een ,two miner, Courtenay and Ashm ore go d ow n trail byembye ago." "w.hat do you suppose they went for?" So innocent was the tone. in w hich the bandit asked this que s tion _that the trapper was deceived. " Ge t posse trail pirates!" " How do yo u know? " "Asked." "Huh, that seems straight , Did they tell yo u why they want a posse?" "Uhuh." "Why?" At t hi s interrogation, the trapper l oo ked about as though he fea r e d t o answer, then bending his hand he w hi s per e d in the bandit's ear: " Get };leem Jess J a me! Courtenay,. heem gain' for M ounted poli c e." The s itu atio n was o ne that appealed to the dare-' devil outlaw an d he ex cl aimed: "This may be some of the posse we hear. You go out to the r o ad and find ou t who it If it's any of th. e manhunters, sneeze. " Quickly the trapper obeyed, stepping out into the road jus t a s a wagonload of men came along. " Who a re you?" demanded one of the men in the first "What's that to you?" retorted the hunter. " Jus t thi s, if you don't a civil tongue in your head yo u ' r e likely to get into trouble. Now answer some questions-and do it straight if you don't want to get arrested." . The m a n net : in which the member of the posse, for such the men were, overcome with his importance and a uthority spoke, was exact ly such as would ir• ., ritate any o ne , a person accustomed to roam the woods without so much as a "by-your-leave," and it brought Tanton's blood to a boil. "And who are you that I should answer you-;;uestions?" he demanded, hi s anger evident in the light that flashed in his eyes . ".You are a crook, a t'ief, a ,pirate l Bah! I blow my hand at you!" And the peppery little French'man suited his action to his words, backin g it up with a movement of his rifle that was significant. "vV ho'm I , yo u little shrimp? I'll tell you!" roared the native. of whos e dignity had be 'en given such a rude shock. " I'm a spe cial deputy s'vorn in by the Chief of Police of Swazey, Ned Briscoe--"'. " Why don't you call him interrupted another of' the members of the posse. 1 ' That's his full and legal name, it would give your commission as a deputy much more dignity." At this sally, the others who were in hearing shouted with ,laughter for the jeer had brought flushes o f shame and anger to the cheeks of the man who had, imag ined he was of so great consequence. Standing up, he laid down his rifle and started to. get down from the wagon, with' the very evident in' tenti o n of obtaining satisfaction for the fun from the hide o f his tormentor when the team bearing Briscoe's first assistant hove in sight. " Hello, Tanton! " he shouted, as soon as he caught sight ? f the trapper. "What's the trouble?' ' " Helfo, Baptiste. of this canaille has asked me some questions after insulting Tanton, by threatening me with arrest! Apd me, I laugh at heem ' -and all like heem ! " " There, the re , don ' t get excited, 'f.ont o n," returt:Jed ' the deputy: chief of police, soothingly. " The fellow didn't know who yo u were. Which one of was i i? " " The big, tall one, standing up." " Hey, Roberts, now iust keep cool. This fellow h ere is one of the. Best in the whqle region. Tanton's his name. I've know him for the last fif years-and ,'a straighter chap r never knew. " If you've in s ulted him, just apologize. If Tont o n wants, he can help us more in running down the murderer better than anyone else, for he knows every path and creek in this country for fifty miles." , Purposely had the deputy chief of police mentioned the murder, because he knew if there were one thing of which Tanton were more fond than of hunting and' attending to his traps, it was listening t9 stoi-ies about murderers he had hoped t.hat by mentioning the id ea, that, one had' been 'tommitted not far away he might cause the excitable J ittle trapper: to forget his grie vance again'st the 'member of the posse who had r o u se d his ire in particular, and all tne othersin general. that his idea was not vain was evident by the expressed . in the hunter's voice as he claimed: " lVI urder? vVhat murder? , Is there a murder around here?'," " certa inly been a murder! " returned Bapti s te . " Several of the Pequod9 men have been killed by Jesse James." . "Sacre! Let me at heem! Where is the fiend?" "That's what we have cbme up here to find out." At this statement! Tanton suddenly remembered the presence of the mal) whom he Had discovered at the brook, and as,..he did so he gave. an involuntary start. Noti 'ng this, Baptiste exclaimed: :what is it? Have you seen any one around her' e this morning?" " Maybe I have, . maybe I haven't."


1 . THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. .. "Come, don' t quibble. Speak up . Yes or no . Did you see any one here near the lake this morning?" "When?" " Abo1.1t four 1 hours ago. " "Uhuh!" I "What did he look like?" " What1 did the murderer lo o k like?" count.ered Ton ton. . . . "Oh, rats , what' s the u s e o f wasting any more time with this Frenchman? " interrupted one of the members of the party. "He' s batty, just like any other backwoo d s man, o ver the subject of murder, and Jesse James, and if you gi v e his imagination a chance t o play, he would swear he h a d seen any and every one of a hundre'd men you might chance to describe. Let's go ahead, We're still about six miles from the plateau where the shanties stood." . I " T h e r e' s n o u s e of your t r ying to deny it. I know y o u ' v e se en t his man! " exclaimed the deputy chief s ternl y , determ ined t o try the effect of a good bluff . " Mebbe--" \ "Do y otl m ean t o say that y ou 've seen this man w e 're after? Whereabouts? Quick, out with it. D o n ' t waste so time!" exclaimed several membe r s o f the, posse, almost in unison. . T o n t o n , however, n o t 'to l:>e forced into making admissions. He d id n o t care to, and he diploma tically av o ided a direct answer 'by exclaiming: "I sa i d mebbe. I t'ink I seen him t'ree or four times. " "When? e agerly. Where?" interf'upted the " Oh, up and do w n z e l ake. He told me he was a miner." The deputy chief, ho w e ver, paid no heed to this comment, and turning to the hunter, commanded in a "By Jic k ey ! It wou l d b e joke if Ashmore. had tone of austere authority: m i s t ake n on . e of his ow n m en for Jesse," exclaimeq the "Tell me what the man y ou saw looked like?" as s i stant chief of police, disgustedly. ' A moment the trapper h e ' sitated, then in the evi.This s u ggestion various exclamations dent fear that _he might be denied further participa-comments from the other members of the posse, and • tion in the hunt for th' e murderer; he thought betten s everal of them were pl ying trapper with q ' uestions ., of his determination not to answer, and said: , as to ho;v and when and where he , had met the alleged "He was small and short. " miner, when they were amazed to hear a voice ex" Huh! About as much _like the man we're after claim : as Tanton is like a mountain," growled the man who "You men are a l l w rong. I had no more to do with had objected to wasting time in talking to the exthe murdering of Ashmore's men than any of you." citable little French trapper. N o heed, however, did Baptiste pay to these words. "I don't ku"ow that his information has done any The moment he had recovered his surprise at the harm," returned Baptiste, slowly. "In fact, it strikes s i ght of the man who tallied so closely with the deme that it is very important." -.. s cripti o n he had been repeating ,to the trapper, the "How?" chorused three or four . of the manhunters. a ss i stant chief of police shouted:' "Because it. shows that there are two men prowl" Surrender, my man! You are under arrest! ing about." . I " Yes, and by the time we get there there'll be fifty two," mocked the scoffer. " Certainly anybody who wants to go to such a God-forsaken spot has right to." "It's no wonder you fellows couldn't catch a when you don't understand things better," -retorted Baptiste, haughtily. " Can't you ti.nderstand that Tanton's .saying he a little man means that Jesse has a pal with him, and because he has only one it proves he's running away!" So impressed were. the other members of the posse at this wonderful deduction made by the as.sistant chief of police, that they all made no more jesting 1 comment, while Ton ton asked: •'' t !'Tell . me what your man . looked like?" As Ashmore befor!'! him, Baptiste an almost photographic description of the great desperado, so detailed was it, and before he had half finished, the trapper's eyes nearly popped from his head. "What is it? What's the matter?" demanded Baptiste. train y our shooting irons on him! " CHAPTER XVI. B E F ORE THE M U ZZLES OF SCORES OF GUNS. In vain the great bandit protested, but he might as well have tried to dam the mighty lake with a feath-er, as to turn the determination of the members of the posse to arrest him. ' "Now just cut out your talking," snapped Baptiste finally. " You're the man A shmore saw, >and you're the' man who killed miners, and you're the man we're going to take back to Swazey to -stand trial for the murder!" " What nonsense! You haven't a particle . of evid;;n_ce againstme," protested the pirate chieftain. " No ' evidence against you? " repeated the assistant. "Ain't we found you near the plateau?"


THE AMERICAN I DIAN: and without m ore ado Jess e , for the first time 1 ' No, yo u haven't. I jus t heard some of the rest o f you say it w a s s i x miles fr o m the plateau." • "Aw, don't get too smart , or hit you o yer the l. h ead. I think a beatin g would do the fellow who life b ound until he was as stiff as a poker, was thrown i n t o the sprin g less wagon and was soon bumping over the h a rd road on the return . to Swa zey. t . woul d commit murder , any harm." T hi s s ugge s tion b-rought a response of angry mut-' terings fro m the other members of the posse, and fear1 ing that, s h o uld they _ become e x cited in any greater CHAPTER " VII. THE-NOTORIOUS OUTL AW'::; IDENTITY IS :qENlJED. . . l, l 1 degree, t h ey might s e t upon him and do bodily harm, t he famous outlaw decided it would be the part o f wisd o m to submit to the' arrest, confident that as soo n as he rea c hed the tow n he could prove his ident ity' a nd instan t l y obtain hi s r e le as e through Deadey;e's I N 0 sooner had N ed Bri s coe , th, e chief of police of letter t o Brisc oe. Swa z e y, learned , from Ashmore and that . " Ve.ry well. I will to b eing •taken to' Swathe terrible Jesse James had allied h 1 msel with th'e u n d er g u ard-but . a fter we arr i v e there it will only Pirat es of the North-West' than instead of turning b e a matter o f a short ti r ne b e f o re , everything is I heav en and ea rth to G a{Dture him and reap the fortune in re wards; his shrewd lnind conaeived the idea that cleared u p." the n o t o rious outlaw could be made to be worth more "Then drop you r g un s," commanded Ba,ptiste. "Surel y you won ' t in sis t upo n that, I tell you t o hi m if he m ould u,ndertake the distribution of opium am abso lutel y i n n ocent of murdering the Pequod not (ml y throughout Canada but in the States as well. Witl1 this thought in m ind, as soon .as he had re ;niners. " "we ai n't s uch f oo l s as ' we l o ok ," returned the ass ponded to the mine superintendent's demand that he g ather a m _ o sse, he s.ent his ,depaty, Bap tiste, in charge , ch , i ef of p o lice. " . Either Y , ou'll .drop _them guns r . w hil e he , him s elf, ,hastened to the leadet : ' of the band efore . I co un t three, o r we'll drill yo u . full of h 0 les . Have yottr guns r ea d y, b oys ! , ,. ., o f s mugglers , whom he knew to be within a ' few m iles ; • o f S w aze:Y awa-iting' an op p ' ortune moment to bring As the scores o f g un o f all sorts and dea g re a t qu anti'ty of the drug into the town, to acquaint s c riptions J?.Oih ted a t him , h e r ea li z ed from the excited him with hi s idea in regard t o t.ising the celebrated s tate of manh u nters,. t hat' at any m1nute one of the posse ' nl ight l ose contro l of and snap the outlaw. R ea dil y the smuggle r " a g r e ed , and together the•men of the weapo n , s endin g a bullet tearing its drove b a ck to S w aze y , po s t-h aste, and by one of those way in t o hi m, he hurrie dl y shouted: ' sit-a n!"e trieRs whicli Fat. e so detights to play, .they "All r i g h t ! I ' ll dro p them. " Q c a me acro s s the posse returning in triumph. ' And s ui t in g hi!? action to his words, he let. his revolvers fall t o the ground at his feet. ' " 'vVh a t you coming" back .for?" deman, ded the As they sa w their capti ve thus rendered harmless, the membe r s or t he p osse clos ed in upon him, and soon they had h im b o und so ti ght with ropes and straps that he l ooked more like a mo n ster cl othes . reel than a s S'oon as he was within hailing distance of the m e n in the rear wagon. " B . ecause we'v e Jesse! shou 'ted 0 ne of the men. In . di s may, the smugglers looked at one another, then Briscoe exclaimed : • a human bei n g. V igorousl y he h a d pro t es t ed again s t such treatment, but the more e h a d objec ted , the ti ghter h ' is captives made his bo n ds, unt il he decided tha t if he were ev:er to h ave t h e use o f h is limbs a -gain, it w ould be nec-1 essary for hi m to keep s ilent. After thi s b inding h ad b e e n a c c omplished, ther e arose a wrangl e amo n g t he manhunters as to which team sho ul d hav e the honor o f taking the prisoner back to the village , t h e man w h o had first seen Tonton claiming the ri ght a s hi s, upon the ground that had he not accoste d t he e x cit a ble little trapper, they never woul d have le a rn e d about t he presence of the ' ' • supposed mt\ r de re r. • Bapti ste, howeve r, put a s udden end to the argument b y declar ing that, a s the a ssi stant chief of police, it was in c u mberl t u p on him t o arry the man In his team, "To b y, just whip_ up I your horses and pass these o th er f ellows . I want to get a look at the man you've ,, ...... i'. . " By he c k , N Why don't you have him put into tl\.is wagon!" one o f' the other occupants. '.' Y otl'd ought to, you're chief." " \iVh o ' s got him now?" asked J?riscoe. " B apti ste. He said he belonged to him because h e was ne x t in rank; to you , though one of the other f ellows reall y the murderer." The thought that there had been such sharp ri:vah : y betw een the different members of the posse fpr the dis 'tinctio n of co hveying ,the prisoner into the village sent the two smugglers, into peals of laughter. "Ned, I reckon you'd better take him, and that'll stop all heartache," grinned his pal. Thoroughly delighted at the prospect, the man at the .'


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. reins whipped up his horses, to the teams ahead of him to get out of the way and l,et him pass. As th. e familiar figure and features of the chief of police were recognized, the excitement spread through,. out all members of the posse, and they were loath to surrender their advantage in the line of advance. The only pat : t of Jesse' s body that his captor's hadn't covered with straps and ropes , was his head, and when he heard the commotion behind him, he demanded of one of the f our men acting as guards, who sat with rifles acro s s their knees, to know its cause. "The chief and Bancro ft are . c 9 ming," returned one of the men. ' ., "Thapk Heaven! VII get out of this cheerful mess, " e x cla'mecl the famous outlaw. "I'll .make you f ellows w i s h you'd shown me a little more decency." But the bandit w as d oo m e d to receive one of the greates t s h o cks that e ver come to him during his exciting career! Realizing that it would be best for him to await the arrival of the chief of police, Baptiste drew rein, though in his heart he would ' have liked nothipg better than to have urg ed his horses to the limit, that be might have. the prisoner into But his disappointment' at not being allowed so to do was partially assvred by t 11e congratulations which both his chief ;mel Bancroft showered upon him, and whi'Ch he belie v ed sincere. " Great work, Bap! " . exclaimt';d Briscoe. " Here I got fooled on my trip and you've got the Jes e while i w;;ts chasing arou. nd. Zeke he fits my description to a dot." " you . fellows! P111l your prisoner out and let's have a look at him." ' .Ere the guards who were sitti'ng over the captive, rifles acrp ss their knees, could obey, however, the notorious desperado shouted : • "1 say, Briscoe! Your meJ;J. have made a mistake." . I " Who: s that spoke?" demanded the chief. 1 " It's this fellow we' ve got tied up," . replied Baptiste. " He' s been putting up the devil and all of a holler about being arrestea,' and

AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. like a dog, too, though he said he had a message for you!" . J Not alone did this frank statement of the fiery little . trapper bring discomfiture to the guarqs who had , sought to make themselves out heroes, but it was not pleasing to the chief and his companion, and Briscoe, quickly snarled: , 1 "Well, I don't know him! I 11ever saw him before in 11 my life and I have seen Jesse! " '' )' CHAPTER XVIII. RELIEF IS PROMISED THE PIRATE-CHIEFTAIN. './ As the famous bandit heard his identity denied, he could have shouted for jo y-for he realized that the chief of police had ''caught the meaning of the innocent Tanton's that the prisoner had a note for him, and had decided to learn its contents. , But his joy soon gave place to deep anxiety again as he heard the discussion which broke out among the members of the posse. Close to the outskirts of the town were they, when I I ' \ one of the farmers asked: . " What you -going to do with the fellow Ned? " "Take. him to my house, and, then turn him lapseafter I've questioned him ! " " But he ought to be held until Ashmore and Courtenay can have a look at hiin." I "Why?" I' "They, having seen Jess last night, would be more' likely to know him than you ! When did you see him, anyhow? " " "Two yea s ago-but I reckon I haven't forgotten. Besides, I'm chief of police-and what I say goes! " " Oh, no it doesn't. I'm the sheriff, and as Jess is from the States, my authority is higher than yours. I'n:t going to take the prisoner to my . house, put him in the dungeon, and then send to the States or a de scription of There's enough rewards offered for him to niake it worth while to take a little trpuble, and make right sure we ain't got the bird! " Vigorously was the corrupt chief of police about to protest, when the smuggler &ave him a significant kick. " Oh, very well, if you feel that way about it, sheriff, go ahead," exclaimed Briscoe. "I say he isn't Jesse James-but of course , if you want to run the risk of being sued for false arrest that's your business, not mme. " Go ahead and take hi m to your house! To tell . you the truth, I'm glad, allfired glad, to be relieved of any further responsibility in the case." "That's where your head's le vel! " commented Bancroft, with a wink at the chief. These wo}ds caused the sheriff bitterly to regret his hastiness in announcing that he would claim the prisoner. But his pride would n?t allow him to show his fear. " Oh, I guess I've got money enough , to pay . for any s uit this fellow can brin ' g against me fdr false arrest, especially as I know for a fact-I'd be willin' to swear to it on a bible-that Jesse James, so don't give yourself no .anxiety about me, Briscoe, nor you, Mr. Banc roft." The pe . rsiste ce of the sheriff in declaring that the prisoner was, indee ,d, notorious outlaw, the chief ' of police, and his friend the smuggler, yet neither of them dared show tne fact, and, that they might hold a eonsultation as to what was the best course for them to pursue, Briscoe lashed his horses into a terrific trot. .( . .. . . . As the animals, dnppmg w1th lather, dashed mto the yard of Sheriff Forest's homestead, and came to a stop at the side door, all the neighbors came flocking over to learn what success had attended the effort to capture the notorious bandit. " Vv e've O'Ot him! " shouted one of the guards, standt> '. ing up and pointing down to the ropeq figure which lay in the be>ttom' of tlie wagon. "He gave us a terfble , . I " fight-but we got hun. "Then what are you bringing him her:e for? Wl;ty don't you take him to the calaboose?" cried several of tb e villagers. "Too dangerous . . There's only one place in Swazey strong enough to hold him-and that's Sheriff Forest's dungeon!" So eager had the guard. b,een to impart the news of the capture that neither the sheriff npr Briscoe had b . een able to get a wor. d in, but as t , he fellow paused for breath, .in his excitement, Forest shouted:. • " I don't know my dungeon will be strong enough to hpld the critter. He's pretty slick! But I'm willln' to do ali I can to help along the cause of the law and order!" 1 These words brought high cheer to J the chief of police, and the of the smugglers for they told them that the sheriff had become alarmed at the thought he had made a mistake in the identity of the prisoner, and /was paving the way to protect himself from a damage suit by suggesting that Jesse mii:'ht be able to break out -ef the dungeon. " Bet he him loose! " grinned Bancroft, b,ending toward the chief of police until his lips touched the latter's ear, as the sheriff descended from the wagon. "Looks like it," returned Briscoe. " Stiii, it won't do to take .any chance;;. We'd better make our plans to liberate him." " First, hadn't you better make sure he really has a message for you?" suggested Bancroft. ' " Righto! This ;n

THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 23 hunch .that something was going to happen to us before long." And without !?sing ,any time, the corrupt police official crawled over into the body of tlte wagon where the notorious outlaw lay bound hand and foot, and stooped over him. "H ave you got a message for me-on the level?" he asked in a low voice. "Surest thing you know!" " What is it?" "That I'm all right and can be trusted." " Who's it from? " " Deadeye! " At the mention of the name oi the pirate, Briscoe turned a searching eye-upon the prisoner. " Got any proof?" "The note." " What note? " others know of the find, and, palming the piece of pap. er, he waited until he had an opportunity to slip out of the steel lined room, which the sheriff had us.ed for the safekeeping of his records, and such sums of money as the townsfolk brought to him from time to time-and when he returned, expression on his face told the pirate-chieftain, and the leader Of the smugglers that the contents of the note were satis factory to Briscoe. " We'll find a way to help you before midnight," he whispered, reassurin ly. But Jesse was nQt obliged to wait upon the smugglers for his release! " I suppose you'll station a guard outside the. dun geon?" Cl'sked one of the villagers, who .had watched the unwinding of the bonds with great interest. "Not much!" snorted the sheriff. "If this dungeon ain't strong enough to hold any man, I'll be mighty ' mistakep! " "The one Deadeye wrote." "But you said a few , minutes ago that perhaps it "So he wrote me, eh? That's good. Where is wouldn't h.old this fellow, he's "so desperate!" proit?" tested the native. : " 'Under my shirt, on the right hand side." " Good. After we get y;ou in the d ngeon, I'll 'in sist that the sheriff let me search you. If the note says what y0u say it does , my friend and I'll see that you get out of this all right. What does Deadeye want?" " Dope-,and a motor boat! " . " Motor boat? What for? " " You'll know soon enough." Further conversation between the two conspirators was int rrupted, however, by the approach of the sheriff and two of the guards who reached into the wagon, and started to draw the tightly_ bound prisoner from the wagon. \ V illingly Briscoe and Bancroft lent their aid, and in due course the of the Red Hand was placed in the dungeon in the cellar of Forest's house. True to his word, the corrupt chief of police suggested that a search of the prisoner's person be made, and without waiting for the sheriff to give or refuse his consent, Briscoe instituted one, finding the note where the notorious bandit had stated that it was. Too clever, however, was the cNef to let any. of the .... ,. !'. "I was fust talking, that's all!" grinne<; the sheriff. "Now clear !=)Ut of this cellar, the whole kit and boodle of you . " • And, much to this disappointment, the townsfolk who had managed to crowd their way down to the dungeon were co , rrwelJed to betake t mselves up-stairs again. -" But .as they mounted the steps, they had the satis faction of hearing the steel door clang shut, and the bolts slip into place as Forest turned the massive key upon his prisoner. I . CHAPTER XIX. I I THE ,SHERIFF MAKES A DEAL. . Though the sheriff had succeeded in driving his too inquisitive neighbors from the cellar he was powerless to make them leave his home, and, fuming 'and gnashing his teeth, he was compelled to see them stroll about through the house as though they owned it .


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. At last his anger got the best of him-and without , e v en deigning to return a civil answer to the nmnber l ess questions that were hurled at him by the villagers, suddenly rushed to a door leading into th; frc1;1t parlor, opened it, passed through, 4nd then locked it behind him. The action caused no end of speculation amcmg t he townsfolk, and finally they made a rush for outdo ors, in the thought that they would be better able to se e what was transpiring were they in the y ard t han co o ped up in the house. Jus t action had the shrewd old sheriff couuted on-an d when he heard the rt\sh of on the porch, h e'' l os t no time , in coming from the parlor, an with a sec ond da s h , he ga.ined the outs ide door, closed it a nd turned the key ln the l ock! D eeply c hagrined were lie m en and women of the v illage w hen they realized the trick that had been I . . p layed upon and many were the ones who sought ' ' • t t o regain admittance. . . . But o nce the doorwas shut, they might ' n t ri ed t o r aise the dead as to rouse I;orest any of his a mily-and finally they gave up their attempts. The s heriff, h o wever, was not idle! Making his way down to the dungeon, he , u nlocked t he heavy steel door and opening it a crack, exclaimed: " a shutter opens u . p the top of the dungeon on the left hand side, when you stand with your. back to the . door. , "It's agains t a window in the cellar and if you s hould happen to be able to open the steel shutter' and w ork your way through window, I don't believe there w ould be any one outside who would try'to stop y ou." The words brought an exclamation of joy ,to the lips of the notorious bandit wllo ' found himself in the most de sperate predicament of t his exciting career-but he w i se ly refrained from giving vent to it. "Aw, whatcher givin g u s ? I'd have a swell chance ' t o ge t away, wouldn't I? There are more than a d oz en o ld maids hanging round every corner of 'this h ouse ! Whatcher :want to do , get me shot? " Sa y , yo u must think I ' m a fool! Why should I try to es<;ape when I ain ' t done nothing in the first p l ace-but not mentioning that, why, I ask you, s h o uld I t r y t o e s cap e whe n by just staying here I'll n o t o nly force you to let me out but. will h:we grounds \ for a .damage suit against you. And. take it from me, I'rn no piker. You'll be sued for one hundred thousand dol lai:.S a 11d I won't give you the chance to com promise!" . The threat to r:riake sheriff payfor the supposedly false arrest-.::and more particula:dy the mention of the ' s pecific SUm for which the suit WO\!ld Qe brought-'struck terror to the heart of the guardian of the la w and he began to wring his hands in despair. 'But I'm a poor man-I haven't got a hu.ndred t h ousand dollars-nor half a hundred thousand." "Why i s aac Forest, what a lie!" cried a shrill voice. And while Jesse cl1uckled ' audibly at the inteh up ti o n the sheriff whirled on his heel and 'bellowed: ' -"An g i e , y o u just keep ' y0ur tongue in your head. You ain ' t go no business standing there at the head of c • l the stairs listening to what I'm saying. l;'Jow go long about you; housework! " ' ' "But I ain't. a2'oing to st nd quiet' hear the ._, 'I \ richest man it" Sw'az_ry he , ain't got a hundred thousand dollars! " rerf01; ted the .woman with acerbity. . ' And with the l.'ttstle of silk r and an angry flounce, t_urned on her hed and disapp7ared from the head of the stairway. ' \iVith a wisdom tliat proved his wonderful under, of human nature, the notodous re f ; ained from making any commeiJ,t upon tli'is interchange of co jvgal opiriions-tperepy wiQnipg the ' \ . good v v ill of the sheriff. 1 " I wasn) t saying as how you had to leave right away!" annouQced that official, after he had tiptoed up to the head of the. stairs and found ' that his wife had really betaken herself from the vicinity. " 'Course, it wouldn't do for you-or for • me-to have y,ou start out before dark bgt if you should kinder feel a hankering for the' air and the woods then, and say fihy dollars to put in your pocket, I wouldn't be a bit surprised b .ut it eould be up." " Fifty dollars ain't nothing cpmpared to a hundred thous am1," commented Jesse, seemingly more to s elf than for the benefit of the sheriff . " Don' t see how's anything. under a htmdred dollars possibly . could interest me-especially as it's sort of warm and comfort able dow11 " •' ' " Will you promise to go-and not bring su 'it against I ' me-:-if I give you a hundred dollars?" demanded For• .'i• .


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. II est with an eagerness that brought a b r oad smile to the ; .f a ce of the pirate. "I' d sure t hink about it!" " Then I'll go 'upstairs and get it-and while I'm gone, you might hunt round. and see if you can find that trap door in the wall, ? ' " With difficulty restraining himself from dancing up and dpwn in glee, the leader of the Red Hand "Af t e r I've r ec ei\ ed t h e hun d r ed dollar s an d darkI ne ss ha s come , " s miled Jess e . " I w i s h c o uld m a ke the sun set right this v ery minute! " .exclaimed the sheriff , sincerely. ''I can ' t thot.tgh-but I'll do all I can. Here' s your hundred dollar s .' ' And he h a nded the notorious outlaw two fi'fty dollar bills. After exa mining tl 1em clos ely, the leader of the Red heard this statement of the sheriff-and no sooner had ,Band e xclaimed: the officer started up the stairs than Jesse began to search f o r the trap which opened on the cellar window. . ' ' a chair, he tapped the wall carefully with his fin ,ge;ts, coming at' last to a spot which sounded more or l es s ' hollow , and aft e r he had found it, it was bt; t the matter of a minutes before he had dis, . " In order that ther e won' t be any hitch connected . . 'vi t h m y goin g away, don't you think it would be a go o d p lan for yo u . t o go out d o ors ahd make sure I sha ll b e able t o pu s h 6ut the cellar windo w without I ' making any unnecessary noise? " cover e d the line s in the steel'which marked the shutter. . " Oh, don ' t worry that." . "Then y ou kno w it'll drop out? " But he found it.was one thing to locate the trap door and quite another to ope n it-for, t r y as he would, he c;ould,.n o t stir the shutter. . • • "You'll hav,e_ t o give me so m e help," he to tne sheriff when the man returned. "Why?, I ' 1 Beeause 'I can ' t stir that trap door." I 11 "Then I won' t be able to giv e y ou more . than fifty d ollar s ! " declared the 0 fficial, w ith true New thrift. ""If the way 7 ou feel about it, then I guess I : won ' t !'e ave heree. r.A..s I said before, it's a mighty com fortable place! ,, . , The thought of ha ving the pri .soner remain drove all 'I ' idea of bargaining from Forest's mind and with an ala1=rity that was he brought a crow bar with which the tra p d oor w a s fin a lly pried open. CHAPTER X X . BANGER AGAIN THREATENS THE OUTLAW. when this task had been accot 1 1plished, the . tittered a sigh of relief . . "Now you'li be able t o get of here," he declared, looking 'at his prisoner. "N, o . " "Whr, tak e any chances?'' "How?" "By)ea ving things so it may be necessary for me to m a ke a noise in order to effect my escape . There's b o und t o be s ome one of your nosey neighl:;lors hanging aro unrl an.d if an y one should h'ear the smashing of gla ss, alarm w ould be rai s ed in a jiffy-and then yo u'd be obliged to stand suit! " ",.J?y heck! you're sure right, boy!" declared the sheriff , cordially. "I'd never h ave thought of that part ' q t it. I'll go right up and fix things." "And while , you're about it, take t hi k crow-bar out o f the dungeon then loc,k the door. You don't want to give the people any chance to susP,ect that there was anything 1 phon y about my breaking out of my jail." "Say, but you ' re the cute one." "Now don ' t , try t o jolly me-or I'll quit the propo s iti o n ri ght and now, " returned the not? rious de s perado. "As soon p.s,. ou ' ve fixe ' d the' cellar window -and mind you, I shall stand on this chair so I can see .you're not gi ving me the double cross-just go abou t your business as tho'ugh out of ordinary was going to happen. ./ "If you just natural, I'll guarantee you won ' t e ve n know when I light "Ottt!" • . Not a word did the sheriff say in reply to this state-ment-but the l o ok he bestowed upon the dare devil p i rate wa s eloquent of appreciation!


26 THE AMERICAN INDIAN Qui ckly he picked up . the crowbar and, almost di rectly he began to about the cellar window, e':en going so far as pry it open with a stick. Hugging himself to think that all was going so well and that he was getting out of the desperate predicament into .which he had allowed himself to fall, the' leader of the R,ed Hand, who, during all the ltartling reign of terror he had carried out in the States had " "Never mind. By heaven, what's that?" A'$ he spoke the chief listened and both ti d ctly caught the as of a mighty bird. " Must be thunder! " deciared Briscoe. " Thunder your grand--" disBut the notorious outlaw never got any further with his remark. Literally from the sky, a huge black monster never been subjected to such humilia ' tion in the form swoop . ed down to the g round, rem along over the grass of imprisonment, waited for the coming of n 'ight with ' what patience'he could muster. And at last it came. Without mishap, the notorious bandit lifted the steel shutter and then crawled through the and in front of the house of the chief of police for several yards and then came to a stop ! " An aeroplane! " gasped to himself. Then, turning hurriedly to the chief, he whispered: " can I find the boat? " •, " Straight road, three miles, then turn to right, hunBut scarcely had lie gained his freedom, than he dred yards. Dock runs well out into the lake. But \vas again threatened! from the cellar window. Keeping in the shadow as much as he could, he made a circuit of the town and then, approaching from the North, he asked the way to the home of the chief of ; police. As Bris coe beheld Jesse, when he opened the do 'or in response to the outlaw's knock, he gasped in amaze-ment! • , " Hbw in the world-'". he began, only to be cut short by the other. " This is no time for palaver. Have you got the motor boat an. d the dope ready for me? •:_ "The dope's already-but' it'll be an hour before the • boat is: " "What's the matter?" " M . o t o r 's out of kilter." " Where is it? " " Down at the lake, at Bancroft's landing, of course." "And where's the dope?" "At the same place." " How can I find it? " " I 'll ' show you the way-jf you really must go but I . fhink it w ould be safer fo r you to wait here." "Not on your Iif.e-give me the woods where I can have a chance for •my money if things take a bad turn. . ' If I staid here in town, I might get penned in like a fat in a trap-and I've had one experience down in Forest's dungeon that I don ' t care to repeat." " How' d y ou get out? " I'll go with you." Scarcely had the words left the chief's mouth, how-ever, than a voice cried: "Wh,o's that talking?" But never a 'sound did the two men utter in respouse! I " In the name of the King, I command you to speak { " exclaimed the voice. Yet the only answer was the same silence as before. CHAPTER XXI. ' For several moments, the f!lan by the airship . made 110 m o ve, then he suddenly cried: . . " I know there is some o11e ?n the lawn-and I know just about wher.e you are. Speak-before \t is too late. In the name of the King, I command it'!" An instant all was still, then a pistol barked! Like a flash, th, e notorious outlaw dropped 'to , the ground, dragging the chief of police with him. . Again the revolver spoke-and as the report died away, the door of the house was thrown open and a woman1s voice demanded: shooting? "


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. " I am Captain Paul, of the Roy al Mounted Police, " a nn o unced a v oice. " I have come in my aer<;Jplane t o a r res t J ess e Jam es-and I wish to see Chief Police Briscoe . " The chi e f of p o lice was i n a blue funk , however, and ' s o frightened w a s h e tha t c o u l d s carcely run I "Oh, buck up!" grow led the leader of the Red Hap d . " We've got to reach the lake before that cap" I'm sorry, but he's not at h o me. I am Mrs. tain d o es. Now show me a short cut!" Briscoe." " Where IS he? " " Gone to search for the very man you are after! " -"Huh! Who is on your lawn?" "No one-that I know of. What do y ou mean by shooting-if you are an officer? " " I heard voices and the pe o ple will not declare themselves. Can yo u t ell me w h ere I may be able to find Chief Briscoe? " "At the dock on the lake o wned by Mr. Bancroft! " As the leader of the Red Hand heard this reply, he 0 cursed long a n d violently to himself for he realized that in all probability the officer of the Mounted Police would betake himself to the lake shore without delay 1 and he feared that the sight of the motor boat would either arouse his suspicion o r c a u s e him to commandeer it, leaving him to m a ke his way back to his companions at the cave on fo. ot. "How far is thad" asked the captain. " Three miles." r " Is the road straight? " I "Yes, follow the one which runs righ C in fropt of the house. You eari't miss the place because there are men working at the dcick." " Thank you very much." And without delay, the officer set out for the Jake. until he could no l onger hear him; Jesse c rept cautiou. sly up to the air s hip. But just as he started to put hi s hand on it, he heard a voice exclaim : "What is it?" Like a shot, the outlaw sent hi s fis t crashing into -the jaw of the speaker-and he w as rewarded b y hear-' the body go do w n with a thud! Never stopping t o s ee who it m i ght be that he had hit, Jesse felt his way to the engine, hurriedly dis connected the feed pipe a:r:1d thet; , Briscoe , dashed rom the g r o unds. "But he's one of Hi s Majesty's soldiers!!' protested B ris coe. "Ne ver mind if _ he i s -I'm going to save myself, so ge t a mo v e on. I don ' t care if it's the King, himself, I'm not going to be caught!" " But he'll break me!" " Nonsense! He won' t know anything about itand besides, if you hurry, we can reach the dock first and then y ou 'll hav e a n ali bi . " This suggest ion s e emed t o put heart into the chief and he quickly led the notorious bandit through the l;lrush to the spot where Bancroft was busy tinkering over t he motor of his l aunch. " What in the world hav e you got the tub filled with potatoes for? " 'demanded Jesse, as fie caught sight of the boat. ' " Becau s e you 'll need them!" returned the other, a q ueer smile pl,aying about his lips. " But I don ' t want them-I haven't any earthly for them ! Be s ides . they 'll make this . old tub a great , deal slower." And without more words, the leader of the Red Hand grabbed several of the objects and was on the point of throwing them into the lake when his arm was seized b y Bancroft. "They're not potat o e s, m an, they're im jtation , p otatoes made f r oni d op e ! " As )1e realized the clevernes s of the tiick by which the op ium smugg ler s w ere abl e to ship the contraband a b out the country , appa r e n t l y without detection, Jesse g a s ped. -1 " I su re take off my hat t o you fellows!" he ex c l a i m ed. "That's so me stunt! Will the engine work?" " S u re ." "Then ca s t o:ff-I h av e n " t a minute to lose." b riefl y the n o tori ou s outlaw announced the arrival" of t he captain . . " t hun d e r ! Swaze y n't b e a very safe place for "1-t:


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. ettner you or m e , Ned! " decla r e d Bancroft, as Jesse fin ished spea kin g . " I say we jus t t ake a trip with our friend, here!" And witho u t g i ving the chief of police time to protest, t h e l eader of the smugglers pushed his accom , pli ce into t he boa t, cast off, g av e her a shove and then spran g in ' him se lf, instantJy starting the motor! "Stop th a t boat-in the name of the King!" shouted a vo ice , as the c r a f t was ab out fifty yards fr om the s h o r e . But n o attention did the m en aboara pay! " B y thunder ! that was a mighty narrow escape!" mut t e red Bancroft. Yet the defi e r s of the law we re s oon to learn that they had n o t escaped! Co nfi dent that the y had ' eluded all pti.rsuit, the fughi ves were Jau g ing as they tried t o depict the sc en es attendant upon the disc overy of Jesse' s escape ' f r o m the dung eon when they wer e thrown' into cons t ernatio n by a shot fired acro s s their bow, followed b y the command: " Surrei1der-or be sunk! " F r om whi ch directi o n the b oa t conta inin& their foes c om in g , the outlaws were unable to tell for the r easo n t at the of the motor boat made no sound. " D o u s e our lights!" breathed Jesse. "But th a t won.'t save us!" declared Briscoe. "No-but it'll l'f(dp some. As soon as you've put out the g)i ms, B ancroft, y o u b ac k h e r. V v e may be able to , foci! th e cu sses! Anyhow, w e ' ll try . I only ' wish I had a ri'fie here-in ca s e I s hould a line on where C H APTE R XXII. A DE S P ERATE ES CAPE. Bein g unwillin g to trus t t o the effort s of the people Swazey t o capture the n o t o riou s outlaw and his b :pld of pi .rates who had wrought such havoc with the ' ' . liv es a nd p roperty of the Pequod Copper Mining Com: pany, Ashmore and Cour, ten a y had pushed on to the i• to't"'n of Petersham w hence they had sent ap, & J s .!?1'.a ' ll the surrounding villages for aid in run-' d ow n the outlaws . A s a re s ult ; n o t only had the Mounted Police Been '• iu ght into a c ti o n but p oss e s had been started from e v e r y t o v v n in the n eighbo rhood. of the plateau wheJ;e 'th' e minin g p r operty was l o c a ted. . And tha t there might b e so me one on hand com: , petent to h a n d l e an y pro bl e m s that might arise in con-'' j n ec ti o n with the manhunt, Captain Paul had been hurt:ie a on n i s aer o plane from the nearestPolice post whi l e poli c e had been also sent out. I n i gnorance this latter fact , the leader of the Red and his companions drove their boat at 1 s peed , stra i ght toward the ca v e where the rest of the band was suppose d to be in hiding . ..• the dev ils are! " \ But fortune was n b t smilin g o n the miscrearlts and, t h ough they backed their b oat and finally turned about, . their purs uers quickly disc overed their change in dire c ti o n by the use of a pow erful search light! ' "It's all up with u s no w!" wailed Briscoe. "Not t i n til we're too dead to , ; retorted the . n o t o ri o u s desperado. " Bancroft, the lastflash of that light showed, we weren' t more than an eighth of a mile o r so from the shore. You've got to drive your b oa t a g r ound' before thos e manhunters overhaul us!" . .. . . , N o t e v en taking the time to reply, the leader of the smugglers ben:t hims elf to the. task of getting every. po ss ible ounce of power out of his boat-but try he w o uld , it was quickl y evident that the polic ' e boat was g aining on theni.. 1 j ' "The re 's only one that will s a v e us-we' ve got t o chuck this dope o verboard!" announced the le a de r o f the Red Hand. " But it's worth ten thO t)Sand d olla r s ! " whined Bris coe. ' ' I "What if e it is , i sn't y qur libert y worth more than


.. 'I I : ' i THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. w i t h o u t de lay he began to hurl the, c ostly po t a to e s into the water. T h e lig h t enin g of her load w a s quickly :responded to by the boat with increa sed and where despair had held t w o men f ro m Swazey a few seconds b ef o re, they w ere now highly elated. " Why not a bigt circle and cut behind their steru again, again f o r the cave?" suggested the pira t e c hieftain . Readily the oth e rs agreed-and while the police boat held to its course, in_ the thought that it was in the wake of the one it was cha s in g , Jesse and his com p a ni o ns gained the cave. But to his dismay, he found not one of his band itt side! I' for all hi s s h ooting ir o n s, then rejoined the corrupt ' c hie f o f p o li c e and the opium s muggler. "What y ou.going t o do?" they gasped , in " Be a t .it! Come along!" And leaping the bushes, the notorious desperado led the w ay. to a spot where he could ambush hi s pursuers and there he took up his position. A fter stationing hi s companions where they would be able to rake. the trai l with their fire, Jesse reconnoitered-artd to his dismay beheld a scout creeping down upon. him, less than a rod away. Quickly joining his ' companions , he waited the coming of his enemy. The Red Hand, grasping a keen Bow ie knife , was ready to dart its way into the heart ot'the foe! " W h y not shoot, yo u ' re not so likely to get hurt?" Wondering 'as to the cause, he all about, ' . e x claimed Bancroft. without learning anything, however! And it was not until dawn came that he discovered the reason for " J?ecause I d o n',t. want the others to know I ' their than half . a mile from the cave, pis companions were held at bay. by a squad of Mounted Police. , t.: . • But as Jess e gazed at his men and tfi.eir foes, ' in amazement, the men _in the motor boat discovered him th' rou g h their marine glasses-and the notorious bandit was made aware of the fact by the striking of a I . she11 from the four-pounder carried by the launch, . within le s s than ten yards of ! him ! The shot also had the effe<;t of attracting the 1 tention of the constables to the fact that the leader of the Red H and had returned to the cave-and quickly a \. hea v y force of men was sent back to lay seige to the m an wh01i.1 so many thousand, s . of dopars were offered in reward. .,. But Jes se saw their action! " Oh no! You're a pretty wise bunch-but if I can ' \, I • kee p out of the clutches of . the manhunters. down ' in the States, I'm surely not going to be caught by any Canuck!" ; .\ And dashing into the cav e, tne leader of the Red discovered the scout, " returned the leader of the R iid ' ' -, . Hand. And even as he spoke, he leaped from his ambuscade, . there sounded a sickenin g "chug' " and the terrible JI. banqit rejoined his c o mpanions, blood dripping from ' his knife! lilt • :Come on, we must run for it now!" he brea \ into a dog trot, the pirate chieftain led his com-panions through the forest for two days before he managed to break through the cordGn thxpwn out by the manhunters-and when they hat t1tc .. t;. ' -1! leader of the Red Hand had escaped them, ilih e was ' '/ . V " gnashing . of teeth and ;v ailing among the .. With. rare skill, Deadey e and the other: m .embers, the bana evaded the traps. set for them, being finally 11 " to their ,leader by his daredevil cou , rage, , in with his promise to the outlaws when they ' ' swore allegiance to h J m. Fearing to return to . S w azey, Briscoe and Bancroft . pas sed several months . with the b;mdits and then mo:ved _their families to another section of the countr y THE END.


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' • W.. )1 v'tery of th e Elack Pool; or The Dutch Detective's Sensation?! T:'irid. • ' 9-. The Vei l ed L ady o f the Ruins; or Hamud' s Ghastly Discovery. Foil e d by a Corpse: or A T a l e o f the Great Southwest. 34. N ight H aw k, t h e Mounted Detective; or Trailing the Mountain Outl aws. !\idn nppe d in New York; Qr The Dangers of a G rea t City. Lured b y a'' Siren1 ; o r In th e Clu ches o f a :Reautiful Blackmailer. O ld S l euth's Triumph: o r The Great Bronx Myst ery. ' A Trail o(.. Blood; Being the to "Old Sl euth's Triumph." The Hand ' o f the " Red Oath; ' .or Run to Cover b y a G overnment' Tempted by a \Voman; o r Tlw Fre n c h :r\ot ective ' s Narrow Escape. The Million. Dollar Conspiracv: or Old Sleuth to, the Rescue. , Accus e d from the Coffin; or The Frustrati o n of a Dastardl y P lot. Co<>lnc•s or Traile d by "Faithful Mike.' FQiled by Dove; or The ' 1\{ollv Maguircs' " Last 'Stand. 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The Weird .uetective; or "Old Baldy" on the Trail. 63.. A 'Terrlble J\fystery; A Narrative of Peculiar Detective Tricks and Devi ces . ' '(0. On Their Track; being the of "The American Monte-Cri s to." 7 T . The. Omnipresent Avenger; being the continuation of "On Their Track!' • 1 , 72. Tragedy and Strategy; being the conclus ion ' of "The Omnipresent Avenger." 7 3 . The Gypsy Detective's Greatest Case; or Phil Tremaine to the ' Rescue . 74. The of New York; or The American 'r.Jionte•Cristo's W inning Hand. . . 75. Th<; Old Weir d Legacy; A Tale of Marv'elous Happenings 111 Ind1a. " • 76 . A Mysterious Disappearance; Sint;ularly Narrative. 77. ,The Red Detective; A Great Tal e of Mystery. 1 78. The \-Veiril \i\farnings of Fa. te Qr qbeon'1s ,St'range Case. 79. The Treasure of the' Rockies;' A Tale of Strange Adventures . 80. Bonanza Bardie's Winning Strike;. b eing the sequel to "The Treasure of the Rcckies." ' ' 81. Long Shadow, t h e Detective; A Tale of Indian Strate gy. 82. Disguise The Wierd of a "'.Frans83. A Young Detective's Great Shadow; A Narrati ve of Extraordinary Detective D evices. '" . 84 . . Stealthy Urock, the Dete ctive; or Trailed to their Doom. 85. Old S l et;th to the Rescue; A Startling N arrath•e of Hidden IT' rea sure. 86 . Old Sleuth, the Avenger; " be ing the sequel to "Old Sleu t h to the Rescue." 87. The Grea t , J ewe l 1\'[ystery; or The Ri ght llf 1 n in ,the Ca.e. 88. Tack so n Coope•, 'the \-Vizerd A Narrative of onderful Detective Ski ll. ' ' ' "'' ), ' ... 8!1. Foiling' the Conspirators; or Daiin g Tot ti Carey to the Rescue. 00. The Banker's Crime; or The Weir d Adventures of " h e nomer.a l Joe." , ' !.)1. G as t>a, oni, the Ita lie,n 4 Strange •Weird 'I'n l e of City f ife. 92. Tlie Ve11g:ea.n,;e o1 !•ate; being t.he to ' u Gasp,:ito ni, the Italian • , . ' I fl!l. The Secret Special D etective; or " Old;'Transform " .on the Trail. !l4. The Sh ' adow o f a Crime; o / ' the " I ron Duke's " Str\lnge Ca se ) 95. r:fhe Secret of the Kidnapped A Strange Detectiire Narrative. 96. Eoiled by a Femal e b eing the sequel to "The Kidnapped 1 ,:p.r e i r." . ;' . 97 .. "Old J r on s ide s " in New York; or The D aughter of the G . A. R. !lR : The Iris h Detect ive ; or <;on nor's test. Case. . 99. The Shadow Detective ' ; or The Mysteries b f,}a Night . 100. Detecti , ,e the :HanTrapper; )\ Story of" li:xtraordinary Dettctive 1 101. "Qld J ron s ides", a t His Tlest; A Marvelous Delectj;ve Narrative. 102. Trail e d by an Assassin: A Tale of ltali' an Vengeance . . lOH. The Lqs t of being the to " Trail'ed ' b y an A ss a ssin." 104. A Golden' Curse: .or Tl'te Harvest of Sin. • ' • 10;i . The Hote l Ttagedy i or Greatest Ad1(ent•re. 100. The 'JI'[ystery of Room 207 • ; b e in g the sequel to The Hotel Tragedy. J07. the D etective t or th e Taire. 131 . Prowler Tom, tlie Detective; or The Floating Beauty Mystery. 132. Man Against Man; be ing the seQuel to Prowler Tom. 183 . Old S lepth's S ilent Witness; er Tbe Dead Hand at tbe Morgue. 1:W. T h e League of Four; or The ';rrail of the Man Tracker. 135. 'Ihe House of Eear; or The Young D ke's S trange Quest. ;ro; .. BE PUBLIS H E D O N FJUDAY. !\4. 66. 66. 67. The Stl;allj{est lllystery in the World: or Harry Brand's Winning Play . Tbe. Old Miser's Secret; A Strange D&cctive C ase. The Old l!.iae.r'a Secret; A Straage Dw.ctjve Case. Feb. 3-136. F o ilea,.by being t\le se, quel to T )le House of Fear . T!>e' Man of i. or Mephieto the Detective. Feb. 10-181. A Da6h for .aa.iuions; o r Old lronsir sale by all newsdealers and booksellers ar sent, postage paid ,l:,>Y t h e publishers of 6 cents per copy, 10 cop•es fo r 5(1) cent!. J>os$age stnmi>s taken the same as money. A U bac k n umbers always m stock. . .. • 69.


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