Diamond Dick's flying switch; or, Trapping the tough nut terrors

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Diamond Dick's flying switch; or, Trapping the tough nut terrors
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Diamond Dick, Jr.
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issued 1-Veekly. By Subscription $250 per year. Entered as Second Class llfatter at New Y ork Post Office by STREET & SMITH, 238 William St., N. Y. No.285. Price, F i v e Cents. e .. rrouGH'"MUT iERRORs r, .. OLD DIAMOND DICK TilREW Tf!E SWITCII, .AND TUE CARLOAD OF TERRORS T OOK THE SIDING WITlI .A RUSJI,


J . J&' i -. Issued Weekly. By Subscription $2.50 jJeir year. Entered as Second Class ilfatter at the N. Y. Post Offi ce, hy STREET & SMITH, 238 St. N. Y. E n t ered accordi111r to Act of Congress i n tlte year rqo2, in the Offi c e of tile Libraria n o f Qmgress, Was/li ng-t on D C. No. 285. NEW YORK, March 29, 1902. Price Five C ents DIAMOND DICK'S FL YINfi SWITCH; OR, Trapping the Tough Nut Terrors. By the autho r of "DIAI\l!OND DICK." CHAPTER I. FRI'tZ PLAYS UNDERSTUDY TO A FOSSIL. "Where are Two-Spot, Fritz and Bung Loo?" in quired old Di amond Dick, whirling around in J1is office chair and looking at tlie Serpent of Si s ki y ou. "They've b e en gone for a week." G le-ory to snakes an' Ba

2 DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BEST WEEKLY. "He's probably advance agent,,, answered the old \ etern. "Mebby," p11t in Handsome Harry, "an' mebby not. A week ago Two-Spot was saying that he an' Looey wasn't makin' enough ter keep a Piegan squaw in dried prunes, an' thet somethin' had ter be did. "I asked him what he thort 01

DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLYo 3 "What's your game, Red Top?" demanded 1'wo-Spot, anxiously. ''Goin 1 ter hold an ink west, Spotty.' 1 ''What r 1 gasped both boys. "I'm goin1 ter break the fossil in tw. o an' see ef thar ain't a pay streak runnin' through his make-up" "Jiminy Kl ism as!" mumbled the Chink. "Duck on it, Harry,,, said Two-Spot. "I can show you where the pay streak is, 11 and the New York kid slapped at his coat pocket so that a jingle of silver was heard. "Ain 1t the Stone Boy never been prospected?" demanded Harry. "He don1t need to be." "Waal," grunted the alifornian, gripping the handle of the sledge, "I.11\ jest break him in two at the middle an' hev a look at the cross-section. They busted open the petrified man up at Bootleg an 1 found a nugget big as yer fist next ter his collarbone.'' Bung Loo and Two-Spot tried to stop tile old Se, rpent, but he swung the "The third an 1 down she comes," said Harry. "One! two! th--" "Himmelblitzen !" cried the Stone Boy, starting to a sitting posture 011 top of the box. "Don 'd you hit me mit dot, Hantsum Harry! Chimiueddy It's hardt enough to lay here, mit a calcimine finish like vat I got, say nodding oof being proke in bieces." "Dnru me fer a dummy ef it ain't Fritz'." ex the old Serpent, feigning amazement. "Sure ding!" "I didn't know you were a thousand years old, Fritz," said Bertie. "No more dit I. Id vas a fake, dot1s all. Doo Shpot made id oop ?udt oof his headt. n "Keep it on the q. t., boys,,, pllt in the New York kid. "We1ve got the wl1ole town guessin'. If Fritz can stand it til-1.to-morrow we'll have more1n a bushel of samoleo11s." "What are you going to do with Fritz to-night?:' queried Diamond Dick. "Put him in his box after the people quit coming an' let him pound his ear." "We kids hot stuff, you bettee !,, giggled Bung Loo, hopping around on the toes of his wooden shoes. "Ace high al lee time. We go tlaver, savvy? Takee Petlifiell Boy aII ovel countly, by chee Flitz makee boss fleakl" "I don'd play undershtudy for der fos s il all dcr dime!" growled Fritz. "After ve're droo mit dis engagement, I'll go on der door for a vile und clere.,11 be a pedrified Chink; und afder dot dere'll be a ped rified New York kid, und den id vill gome back by me ag'in. Dot's der vay. Durn und durn aboudt, yes. Id ain 1t some fon bein' vitevashed und mak in' a sh tone ondt oof yourseluf. '1 "After we finish here," said Two-Spot, "some else wilJ play the part, Fritz. Lay down ag'in an' get quiet. The push outside 11I go cra z y if I don't let 'em in." Fritz straighteued out, Bung Loo reopened doors and Harry shouldered his sledge and marched out after the Dicks. The old veteran and his pards had a quiet laugh when they got back to the general man ager' s office in the depot. Diamond Dick, caIIed for the boys and reproved them severely for practicing a deception on the townspeople, "I would make you refund all the you had taken in,,, he said, "only you might get into trouble over it. You must stop this to-morrow." When the old veteran left his office to go to the hotel for supper, cowboys and miners were riding in from every direction and making for the storeroom under Andy1s place. The "Stone Boy1 was the universal topic every where, and everybody spoke about the phenomenon in hushed voices. No one thought it a fake. And as the hours passed and the news spread, Two-Spot was surrounded by a crowd of eager sight seers anxious to exchange their four bits for a paste. board admitti11g them to view the spectacle. The interest was still intense at eleven o'clock when old Diamond Dick went to bed. The veteran was aroused in the morning by Dia mond Dick, Jr., who brought a piece of astounding 11ews. "Diarnoud Dick!" called the young sport. "What's to pay, Bertie?" queried the old veteran. "We're minus a Petrified Boy this morning." "What do yon mean?" ''Wh:y, Fritz is lost, s ,traycd or stolen.,, "You don't mean it?'' "It's a fact. He's gone, box and all."


DIAMOND DICK9 JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY0 CHAPTER II. THE MOUN'rAIN WOLVES. It was hardly necessary, perhaps, for the New York kid to insist Fritz Dunder pass the night in the crate built especially for the use of the so called "Petrified Boy." This crate was a roomy box, paitted red, and let tered along the side, in white: "Biff-Bang, the Petrified Kiel. Dug up in :Mojave Canyon, Arizona.'' Following this was the elate when Biff-Bang was supposed to have be e n unearthed. By adroit management, Two-Spot l1ad clinched the impression that Biff-Bang was a genuine curiosity, and by taking no chances on letting the hoax be dis covered, the three lads hoped to reap a rich reward for their ingenuity. It was the showman, Barnum, who once said that the public liked to be humbugged; and the clever New York kid had Barnum's saying in mind when he whitewashed Fritz and ptlt him on exhibition. Fritz wanted very much to sneak out of the store room, after the doors had been closed, and enjoy the comforts of a good bed at the Ouray Hotel. Bnt Two-Spot would not hear to this, and the Dutch boy was stretched out on some gunny sacks, in the bottom of the red box, and locked in. Yet he was not so securely locked in as appeara11ces wonld indicate, for one end of the box was cunningly constructed so that it might be opened from the inside. After Fritz had been taken care of, Two-Spot sent out for a couple of cots. When the cots arrived, and before going to bed, the Bowery boy and the Chink sat on the red box and counted the proceeds of the boy's exhibition. "How much id iss ?" asked I<'ritz, from inside the box. "A hundred and fifty cartwheels, Wienerwurst," replied Two-Spot. "Velly fine, hey?" said Looey. 1 'We getee lich pletty soon." "This is a scheme for your life," Two-Spot answered, tying the silver up in a big bandanna handkerchief. "If I could glue some fur onto you, Looey, and call you the Wild Man of Borneo, we could charge a big iron case for admission and double upon he profits." ''Naw, him no workee 'tall. People ketchee on when wild man talkee pidgin." "Well, we won't do it yet a while, anyhow. It's late and I'm goin' to turn in and begin pounding my ear. Good-night." The New York kid was asleep within two minutes after he stretched out on his cot. When he next opened his eyes it was broad daylight and his brain was in a whirl. "Oh, sister!" he murmured, sitting up and claspi ug his head in hi s hal1'1s. "I feel as thollgh Fitzsimmons had given me a left hook to the jaw. \Vhat's come over me, anyhow? Looey ?" Two-Spot cotlld see the Chink sprawled out on his cot, a few feet away, and could hear him snore in a jerky and spasmodic tone. Bung Loa didn't answer Ids comrade's call. ''Fritz!" called the New York kid. As lie called out to the D11tch boy, Two-Spot turned toward the spot where the red box had stood, the night before. The box wasn 1t thete. "H11lly gee!" cried the startled 'l'wo-Spot, leaping erect. "Have I got the blind staggers, or wliat ?" He gave a more searching look about the room, but the box was nowhere in sight. Rtlshing to the Chink, Two-Spot sliook him roughly. "Whatee you waut?" cried Looey, rising on the cot, aud blinking at the New York kid. "Fritz is gone!" exclaimed Two-Spot. "Clacky !" nrntterec l the Celestial, ntbbi11g his eyes. "How you thi11kec him gettee 'way?" "He's been carried off, neck aud heels!" said TwoSpot, and pointed toward an opeu window in the end of the storeroom. "Who cally him off?" Then Two-Spot had a "t11in ,k" wl1ich made him grin. "Some one has touched ns for the Petrified Boy on the strength of that Chicago letter offering $10,000 for him, providing he's genuine. Oh, mnrder! Wouldn't this uppercut you?" "You gottee mou, Spotty? The hmrnerd an, fifty dol'-you gottee him? Say!" "That's gone, too." Bung Loo gave a wail and threw up his "No use puttiu' up a hollar, Looey, ,, said Two-


DiAMOND DICKY JR.-THE BOYSP BEST WEEKLYci 5 Spot. "We'll slide around to the hotel and put the Dicks next." Five minutes later the Dicks and Handsome Harry knew as much about the disappearance of Fritz as the boys did. And Diamond Dick, Jr., discovered something else. There was a faint odor of chloroform about the two boys which suggested that the drng might have been called into requic;;ition by the thieves to deepen the slumber of the two lads while the peculiar robbery was being consummated. There was a humorcrns ,side to the affair, and old Diamond Dick a11d his pards had to smile when they thought of it. Fritz was supposed to be "petrified," aud this supposition would lead the thieves to treat the Dutch boy as they would any other booty and leave himfor a time, at least-pretty much to his own devices. "Do your best to find him,'" said old Diamond D1ck to Bertie, Handsome Harry and the boys, "but I wouldn't worry much. Frit,z has an advantage on his side, and he's clever enongh to make the most of it." 'l'liis was the general opinion. "Anyhow," remarked Two-Spot, glumly, "tliis s ettles the petrified man business with We, Us & Company. 'r.hat graft is played ont, from now on.' "No donbt of that, Spotty," answered Diamond Dick, J1. "Tnk, e a mu aron11d town and see if yo11 can find any one who saw a red box being toted through the streets during the small hours of the morning. While you're at tbat, I'll step over to Andy's place and interview l1irn." Andy's gambling den was a11 all-night establishment and was very quiet duri11g the daytim(". Bertie fonud Audi' himseif walkiug about among his deserte. d card tables and faro and roulette ontfits in r.i distracted sort of way. ''What ails you?" queried the you11g sport, sur prised at the nervousness displayed by the usually phlegmatic gambler. "I've got to give up the flowing bowl, that's what ails me," ai1swered Andy, fi .:i11g his bloodshot eyes on Diamond Dick, Jr. "I'm getting 'em, W'ade." "Getting what?" "The D. T. 's. I'm seeing things at night, pardtwo-legged wolves--creatures half-man and half beast If you know auy one that wants to buy a gambling plant cl1eap, send him around. I'm going to throw my hands and strike a gait for the nearest Keeley cure establishment." "Where did you see these two-legged wolves?" "Through that window--" Andy waved his hand toward a window in the rear of his establish ment-"and I saw 'em jest as plain as I see you this minute." "What were they doing?" "It seemed to me like they had horses. There were four of them and, as they galloped off, noise lessly as shadows, they rode in double file and had a coffin between them. Oh, I've go: 'em! I've felt 'em com in' on for the last month. Diamond Dick, Jr., began to grow interested. "At what hour was tl:is ?" he demanded. "About two o'clock this morning." "Which way did they go?" "West." "Don't worry, Audy. You haven't got the D. 'r. 's. You saw a number of thieves carrying off the box containing the Petrified Boy. 11wo-Spot and Bung Loo were drugged, last night, and the box and the supposed fossil were stolen." "On the level?" ''Sure.'' "But what about those two-legged mountain wolves?" "That was a prank of your imagination." Andy had begun to feel a measure of relief, but at this his anxiety for himself all came back. "I couldn't imagine a thing like that tf whisky wasn't at the bottom of it." The young sport did not try to argue with him, but hurriedly left the place. He could not. find the old Serpent, nor the boys, and he made his way to Diamond Dick's office. The general manager had just received a message from the agent at Tough-Nut, the town at the south ern terminus of the line. He held it in his hand as Bertie came in, a 'nd listened quietly whiie the young sport told of what he had learned at Andy's place. "Undoubtedly," said he, "the persons who stole Two-Spot's letter from the man in the East offering $10,000 for the Petrified Boy, convinced themselves of its genuineness and then set about stealing the supposed freak of nature in order to realize on it. Fritz, however, will be able to extricate himself, I


Dl/\MOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. am positive. Still, it might be just as well if you got into the saddle and rode out on the trail of these 'two-legged' wolves, as Andy calls them." "That's what I thought of doing," answered the young sport. ''Get the work over quickly and then hold yourself ready for another deal.'' "Is there something in the wiud ?" "The Tough-Nut Terrors have been recrmtmg their ranks and now consider themselves strong enough to take the field against us for the third and last time. Here's a telegram from the Tough-Nut agent and he asks me to meet 'him at Bowie Siding this afternoon for a conference regarding the Terrors. I shall catch the first south-bound train which is due in about fifteen minutes." "Is Handsome Harry going with you?" "No, I shall go alone. The Terrors are ready to strike, as I have known for some time, and I want as many here at headquarters as possible. Tlie fight now on hand will be to a finish, for one side or the other. "The question is," the old veteran went on, a steely glitter coming into his eyes, "is law and order to prevail in this section or not? These Terrors are the last remnant of the lawless gangs who this country all to themselves, before we came here. We'll have to clean them out or else get cleaued out ourselves. "If you find Handsome Harry, post him. Have him help the sheriff, Buck Keever, get together the strongest possible force of deputies and keep them ready night and day. Their horses must be constantly under saddle, and they l'l1Ust sleep on their arms.'' "Perhaps I had better leave Fritz to take care of himself?'' 1'No, the boy may need you. I don't think he does, but he may." "Then I'll get a gait on," said the young sport, "and lope west on the trail of these two-legged wolves.'' "By the time you return, I will undoubtedly have something of importance to tell you," observed the old veteran. "The Tough-Nut agent is a clear headed man and not apt to shy at triBes. '' Diamond Dick, Jr., hurriedly left the office, m

Df/\MOND DICK. JR.-THE BQYSP BEST WEEKLYo sidewise, pushed himself erect, and struck out with his fists. He had the satisfaction, suclJ as it was, of knocking the wolf's head fro111 one of his captors and catching a glimpse of the low-browed, vicious face beneath the mask. Then he was with, thrown to the earth and quickly bound. The man who had lost his wolf's head was stnnned, and it was several moments before he could pick up his strange mask and draw it on again. Yollng Diamond Dick saw, in the brief space al lowed for inspection, that masks consisted of the upper halves of bodies of the hill wolves-prowlers not very distantly related to the coyote. "Ye ttunbled right inter tl1e trap we had set fer ye, eh?" said the le;ide,; of the1 in a grimly triumphant tone, as he took his station at the you11g sport's side. "Was that the reasou .you that box?'' C!lleried Diamond Dick, Jr. "Thet was our main reason,,, chuckled the lea(ler. ''We knoweJ thet the New York kid an' the Chi11k was pards o' the Dicks, an' thet ef we left a goo::l enough trail we'd be follered." "'fhen you do11't intend to sell the Petrified Boy for $10,000 ?" Bertie asked this q 11estion by way of discovering whether the bogus character of the fossil had yet bee11 bronght to light. "Wall, I reckon!'' wa s the reply, with a hoarse laugh. "Tliet's the way us fellers conple biztJess with profit. Sabe? We'll se nd the Peetrifieri Kid on ter the museum feller, kase it's about the slickest speciment of a fossil ever dog up in these hyer parts." The young sport ,,a s sa tisfied. Fritz, although he h1.1d been stolen, had not "given himself away. "Thet stone critter t111kivered at Bootleg kain't begin 1.er compare with this hyer bit of limestone snaked 011ter the sand in Mojave Canyon," com mented another of the four. "\Vlw ure you men?" qtleriecl Diamond Dick, Jr. '"rl1e l\Iuunting Wolves," answered the leader. "Otherwise a detachment of the Tough-Nut Terrors," said a second, tl1ereby giving the prisoner a piece of information that was highly important. "The mortal enemies o' the Diming Dicks," declared a third. "We're a leetle disapp'inted," restlmed the leader, "kase we was thitJkin' more'n one''u'd foller the trail of th et Peetrified Kid.'' "lf I had had any one with me," responded Diamond Dick, Jr., "yon four wouldn't have had snch an easy time of it." "We'd hev had it easier, podner. Instid o' ropin' ye, we'd hev drawn beads on yer heart an' blazed away from behind the rocks. But, seein' as ho w thar was only I says ter Nate thar, 'Rope him,' I says, an' thet's what he done." "Wliiit's yonr game?" inquired the youngsport. "You an' the ole vet know what our game is, well enough, Ye're rnlin' this roost with a high hand <111' a grafter no sooner tries ter make a Iivin' off the kentry than yo u au' yer outfit puts the kibosh on him an' either send him over the road or put him out o' the game. "\Ve've warned ye ter quit, au' we've warned ye ter git out o' the kentry, but ye went right on an' didn't pay no attention to anythin' we said. "Now ye've got ter take the consequences." ''What are you intending to do?" "Put ye out o' the way. Ye've got fifteen minits ter say yer prayers, so make the most o' yer time." "I haven't any prayers to say," a11swered the young sport. "Wi llin' ter start on yer trip acrost the di vi de without makin' any preparations?" "I'm not .1:oing across the divide for a while yet." "Oh, ye're a bl11ffer! But it wo11't do ye no good. 'fiiis hyer's a struggle an' ef we don't win, we'll go ter the wall. So y e kin bet we're gain' ter work ter win." The leader t11rned to the others of the gaug. "Git yer shooters, boys," said he, "au' bring mi11e." The other three vanished behind the rocks and shortly returned, each man with a Winchester. Diamond Dick, .lr., k11ew very well that he was up against a tough and ye t, despite the bravadu of his captors, he could not bring himself to believe that they would take his life. They were amply qualified to commit murder, but would they Jay thetm:e1ves liable to such a grave charge with a prospect pf ultimate capture plainly before them? The youug sport was not destined to find out just how far these Mountain Wolves would go, for sud-


DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. denly there came a beat of hoofs around a bend in the ravine, yerls, and a shrill voice whooping wildly: "Here dey are I Dis vay, Tiamont Tick! Dis vay, Hantsome Harry Keefer, pring yer men dis vay W hoop y ah !" The roll of hoofs increased and panic s e ized the Mountain Wolves. Startled oaths e s caped them, aud they started to run for the bushes. The leader, however, halted before he had gone more than half-a-dozen paces. "Stand yer gronnd an' flght 'em he ye lled, fiercely. The other three men hesitated 1 and the leader, throwing bis rifle to his shoulder, was taking aim at Diamond Dick, Jr., when a form, nude to the waist and white as chalk, came galloping around the bend, a revolver in each hand. Cr ack One of the tevolvers e x ploded and tlic arm of the leader of the Wolves dropped, shifting the muzz le of the W i n c hester s o th a t the bullet, fired a fr a ction of a second after the slug from the revolver, stru c k the ground at young Diamond Dick's faet. Shouts of terror and dismay arose from the Wolves. They saw, riding toward them, the form of the "Peetrified Kid," as they called it. They did not stop to reason that they might have been made the victims of a "fake," but threw down their guns and ru s hed 'into the chap4rral and got themselves out' of sight among the bowlders. The leader voiced a furious oath ; grabbed at his iujured arm, and, after a mom ent's hes itation, da sh ed after his comrades Fritz Dun

DHJ\MOND DICK. JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLYo 9 won't more'n a couple of the old vet's outfit chase arter us. '' "How is Red goin' ter work his scheme?" "Wall, he's got a feller with him named Petie "I know Petie well. Useter rustle cattle with him on the Musselshell, in Montana." "This hyer Petie is a telegraft operator, an' about the slickest of his kind. He's goin' ter cut the wire, some'rs between Ouray au' Tough-Nut an' give the Ouray call.'' "Has Petie got an insterment ?" "Naw; he claims he kin click the ends o' the wires tergether an' do the job jest as well as though he bad an insterment. 1 "He must be a top liner." "Thet's what he is. Red Mark hasn't got any but top-liners with him. Every one of the Tough-Nut Terrors aire specialists iu gun-play, er riata-throwin' -like Nate, thar-er in somethin' else.'' "An' Petie's goin' ter send a message ter ole Dick?" "1'het's the idy. Red is goin' ter liev Dick come ter Bowie Sidin' fer a talk with the Tough-Nut agent about the 1'errors." The speaker paused to chuckle. "I'm gamblin' thet Red '11 ketch some of ole Dick's outfit thar an' it's a cinch thet we'll git some of 'em h yer." ''\Vhat'll be done ter ole Dick?" "He'll be plugged fer keeps. This h:entry ain't noways big enough fer th e 'l'errors the Dicks. One or to'ther has got ter git out of it. Ef the Ter rors lo s e in this game they'll hev ter strike a bee line fer some other part o' the 'rerr:itory." "Tliar'll be some of us thet won't be able ter strike a bee line fer anywhar except kingdom come an' Yuma pen," spoke np the voice of Nate; "pur vidin', o' course, the Dicks win." "The Dicks won't win, I tell ye," returned Larry, fiercely. "Red Mark is a match fer the Dicks any day." Much more was said by the four Mo11ntai11 Wolves loping along the trail with the long red box between them, bnt the remainder of the conversation added little to the stock of information Fritz Dunder had already received. Bracing himself inside the box as well as he could, Fritz began to think the situation over. In the first phice, he had been stolen-stolen out of the room where he had been placed "on exliibi tion," and by men who not only hoped to sell him for $ro,ooo but to entrap one or more of Diamond Dick's combination who would trail after them. And a trap had also been laid to entrap either the old veteran, or some of bis pards, at Bowie Siding! So much responsibility was thus suddenly laid upon the Dntch boy's shoulder that, as Two-Spot would have it, be nearly went off his trolley. He must escape, intercept those who were to trail after him, and likewise inform old Diamond Dick of the game to be pulled off at the siding. A wild idea swept through Fritz Dunder's brain that he might open the end of the box and drop out into the road. In spilie of his celverness, Fritz was a good deal of a blunderer, although fate was usually kind enough to nrnke him blunder in the right direction. If he could have opened the little door in the end of the box, there is no doubt b11t that he would have slid out, and that the sudden absence of bis weight would have given the thieves a clew as to what had happened. Thus the boy would have overreached himself at the very start-off. 'But, try as hard as he could, it was impossible for him to open the end of the box, on account of the pitching and swaying motion. Finally he gave up trying, and, of course, it was very well for him that he did. Deciding that lie would have to play a waiting game, he lay as quietly as he could and listened and waited for fresh developments. During the following hour or so Fritz managed to learn how the robbery had been effected. The thieves had opened a window in the rear of the storeroom, had slipped in and chloroformed 'l'wo Spot and Looey, and had then, with little trouble, lifted the red box and pushed it through the window. Fritz wondered why these men, the inveterate foes of Diamond Dick and his pards, had takeu the trou ble to drug the New York kid and the Chink when they might have been settled for in other ways. The Dutch youth finally concluded that the boys bad been spared in order that they might communi cate the news of the theft and start the Dicks on the trail--and that, as Fritz knew, was one of the principal things the thieves were after.


iO DV\MOND DICK9 JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLYa After a time tlie ).10rse111e11 came to a halt. "Let >er down easy,,, came the voice of Larry; "we don >t want ter bust the tl1ing an' beat ourselves 011t o, ten thousand plttllks. ,, Fritr. was thankful for that much, anyhow. lie had been so bt1111 ped and bruisi:d that Slllall favors like this were thankfully received. Suddenly, after he had been on the ground for a few moments, a cause for new worry was developed. "Let's take a look at the fossil,,, suggested the voice of Nate, and a hand was heard fumbling at the padlock. 1 Fritz>s heart jumped into his throat and he reached for two revolvers which he had in the box with him. 'fhe next instant his alarm was quieted, for Larry said : "No time ter break inter tlie box, Nate. Yon go up on the hill, whar ye kin git a good look at the ravine, an' keep watch. When ye see anybody comin>, race down an' tell us. Arter ye>ve been on the hill an hour I'll send one o' the other b o ys up ter spell ye." Nate took his departure and Fritz could hear some of the thieves sitting clown on the box and talking in low tones. The Teuton was wildly impatient to be doing somethiug for his friend, and a1l he was waiting for now was a chance to leave the box and effect his escape. But the minutes dragged by, and the honrs came and went, and dnring all that time there was neve r a moment when there was not some one in close proximity to Fritz's quarters. From time to time Larry relieved tlie watcher on the hill, and the waiting and watching continued on. At last the alarm was sounded. The sentry came charging in amo11g his comrades and a1111ounced that one person was loping along the trail left by himself and his pals, and that one person was Diamond Dick, Jr. Oaths of disappointment followed the sentinel >s words, for the men had hoped that two or three, at the least, would take up the scent. Larry gave some quick commands a11d then made off with bis companions. The moment had arrived for \vhich the Dutch boy had been waiting, and he opened the end of the box and crawled out of the cramped space in which he bad lain for so long. After giving his limb s a stretch, he looked around. There was no one in sight. Four horses were tethered near, however, and when they caught sight of Fritz they began to snort and to try to break from their fastenings. "Dey dink I vas a bogie rnau, ,, thought Frit z "Meppy I can make lfose odder fellers clink so, too." Creeping ont to the bend i' the ravine, he peered around a shoulder of rock and caught sight of Diamond Dick, Jr. At that t r ecise instant he was being bound and his horse, dragging a riata fastened at the fetlock of a front ltoof, was trottiug along the raviue toward Fritz. 'fhe Teuton drew back, canght Rear-Paw when lie rouuded the bend and clung to the bits in spite of the effort the horse made to break away. After calming the animal, Fritz beut and removed the riata, then fastened it about the l1orse's neck and tied the loose end to a mount helo11ging to one of the Terrors. Iftook him some little time to comp!ete his operations and before h e was ,through h e heard some one hurrying toward lrim from around the bend. In a flash he pushed into a clnmp of mesqnite, his heart pounding li\.:e a trip-hammer. Three men with wolf-heads rushed toward the red bux, picked np four rifles that lay 011 top of it, :.incl which had before escaped Fritz's attention, and then turned and raced back without looking aronncl. The Dutch boy kuew what that meant. It meant that if he was to prove of any help to you11g Diamond Dick he must be abo11t it, so he sprang to the back of the horse h e had selected, re leased tlte others and started tl1em off with a lond yell. After that, he galloped toward the b eud, shouting in a fashion to rnake the Terrors think tbere were at least a half-a-dozen of liim. llow well he succeeded we have already seen. As he and young Diamond Dick rode swiftly along on the return trail, Fritz r elieved hitnself of the gist of his experiences, as here related. CHAP'I'ER V. RED 111.\RK,S ngFIANCE. Whell Diamond Dick, Jr., lieard of the decoy m es sage which had been seut to old Diamond Dick, he was very much wrought up.


DIJ\MOND DICK, JR.THE BOYS? BEST WEEKL YG 11 He knew the old veteran was capable of taking care of himse lf, at any stage of the game, but he also knew that not a suspkion to the effect that the sage was a decoy had entered Diamond Dick's head, and most certainly it had not ente red Bertie's. Thoug h t s of t he veteran's danger caused the young s port to make the return to Ouray at top a nd he forced Bear-Paw to a gait which tried the endur ance of the horse Fritz was riding. Y ou have d o ne me a bi g s er v ice to day, Fritz," r emarke d Dia m ond Dic k Jr., a s he rod e "Say noddiug, Pertie," returned Fritz "You got indo der troubl e s by gaming oudt looging for me, don'd id? Vell, den id vas righdt dot I pull you oudt ven I find0t d o t I am aple. Yal), sure." "I'm afraid that y our tip as to Dia mond Dick has come too la te to b e of auy use,'' B ertie 'vvent on. Der olt v ederat1 h as g one by P o wie Siding alretty ?'' "Yes sev e r al lionr s a go. B y now, he has had time to get into the tra p a nd, I hope out of it again," "Ach, oaf I c onld haf got avay pefore !" exclaimed Fritz "Abe r I dell you, Per tie! Oof dey do an ycling ;nit Tiaruont 'I'i c k, v e vill go on der var-path und ma k e der D e rrors clink d e y have dangled oop mit s ome e a rdqu a kes !" "I have nev e r yet seen D iamond Dick get into a fix lie c ouldn t g et out of, an d I h a ve a feeling that he will g e t out of one.'' 'l'b e y rode on for s o me time in silence. A mile o ut of Ouray they s p lashed through a small s t r e am aud the young s port su g ge s t e d to Fritz tha t he sta y there J o ng en o u g h to get some of the whitewash off of him. "It wouldn't l o ok well, y ou know," said Diamond Di c k, Jr., for the P e trifie d Boy to come riding into town. A raft of p eopl e wo11ld want to get their four bits apiece, an d yo u and Two-Spot and Bung Loo w o uld g o b ankrupt tryin g to pa y "DooShpo t has d er mone y Perti e." "Not much .J1e hasn't." "Vere id i ss, de1i?" "It was s tol e u by the Terro rs al o n g with the red box.'' A ch, lieber s chatz !" groaned Fritz. Se eing the wisdom of t h e young s p ort's sugges tion, the 'I'eut o n tarried by the stream while Bertie spurre d on into t o wn. Whe n he ca me in sight of the main street he noticed that there seemed to be a good deal of excitement. People were gathered in knots, in various places, talking excitedly about something, and many were moving hurriedly tcward a point which seemed to be dire ctly in frout of the Kohinoor Concert Hall. A.,, soon as young Diamond Dick appeared among the throng on the street was hailed by half-a-dozen men at once. "What's the riffle, Keever?" Bertie asked, ad dres sing himself to the sheriff, who was one of those who had spoken to him. "If reports are to be believed, answered Keever, "old Diamond Dick has been done up by the Ter rors. ' "Never!" decl a red Diamond Dick, Jr., firmly. "It looks very much a s though the reports were true," returned Keever, "much a s I hate to believe it. )) "\Vhere h a ve the reports come fron1 ?" "There's a notice posted up on the front door of the Kohinoor." "Who put it there ? "Nobody knows Ail we can find ol.)t is that it wasn t there a half an hour ago, and that it is there now.'' Diamond Dick, Jr. 's quick eye singled out Bung Loo from among the excited crowd. "Here, Looey," he cried, springing down from his horse. "Take Bear-Paw to the corral and tell the corral bos s to rub hi m down well and take good care of him.'' "You bettee !" e xclaimed the Chink, springing to catch the bridlereins. "You findee out about old Dimun Dick, eh?'. "I've just heard that they think Diamond Dick h a s been done up. Where's Harry?" "No can tell. Han 'sum Hally him cla zy. Lun :ilound likee stleak, talkee, talkee, talkee allee time. Whoop yah, him say. Me Selpent Siskiyou, gottee seventeen lattel au' button! Me wipee out gang that killee Dimun Dick! Oh, him clazy, clazy as bed blug An' him say--" But Diamond Dick, Jr., did not wait for Bung Loo to finish. H eading in the direction of the Kohinoor, he fin ally pu s hed and elbo w ed his way through the ctowd ab out tlte front door and came close enough so he



DIJ\MOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST-WEEKLY. 13 "Sure," iuterjected Keever; "the depot was fired and I reckon it's burnin' yet." "And there are a lot of tough-look in' critters on the track,'' the engineer went on. "How many?" asked Diamond Dick, Jr., leaning out over the side of the fiat car to see for himself. "Fifteen or twenty." "Run 'em down!" roared Handsome Harry. "Guns are trumps, boys!" cried Keever; "get ready with your hardware!" "Land us in front of the burning depot just as quick as you can," ordered Diamond Dick, Jr. The next moment the special was literally flying along the rails. Wild whoops and fierce yells were heard, growiug rapidly in volume as the specia l got nearer. Following the yells there came a spattering volley of shots, ringing against the gear of the engine, plugging into the w oodwork of the flat car and s inging throug h the air Not all of the bul1et.;; went for Bill Hickey, one of the deputies, dropped his gun and pitched headfirst over th e side of the car. Bill's loss worked the sheriff's posse up to a fever heat. The fireman and engineer had ducked down unde r the cab windows, but hung pluckily to their posts until the burniug depot was reached, when the special was brought to a h a lt. The re were no houses at Bowie Sidii1g, aside from the small depot, which was now a heap of smouldering ashes. It was not a telegrapl1 station aud tliere was no agent there, the depo t being u se d merely as a warehouse for supplies. The s iding w as the nearest poiut to a country where t he r e was an abu nctauce of tie-timber. The Dicks had be e n working in the woods and hauling, and tlie ground about the depot was covered with heaps of tie s Ou each side of the spec i al as it came to a halt, there were groups of tough-looking villains, every one well heeled and many of the m using guns with both hands. "Charge them!" sho11ted Diamond Dick, Jr., "half one oue side and half on the other!'' Sphtting up iuto two parties, the young sport's men fl11ng themselves from the flat car, losing two more of their n 11 m ber. Handsome Harry had a bullet p ass through his flannel shirt at the waist and "tickle" his ribs-as he put it-and Diamond Dick, Jr., had his hat' brim perforated. But the charge of Bertie"'s party was savage and effective. Four of outlaws tumbled in their tracks, and the rest scurried to find cover behind ll1e tie-piles, like so many prairie dogs making for their burrows. At B ertie's order, h is own men likewise took sh elter behi11d ties, and the fight that followed was largely of the snipi11g variety. B ertie and Handsome Harry were together, behind one of the improvised breastworks. "Looky tl 1 ar, son," growled the old Serpent, pumpiug a s hell into his Winchester; "I see the top of a man's head over the tie s to the right. Durn liim fer a short yearin', 'but hyer's wliar he gits it!" Harry's rifle was thrown to his shoulder. Before he could press the trigger, l1owever, a shot came from somewhere-11eitber the young sport nor the old Serpent could tell just where-and the hat dropped like a flas h. "Some hombre got ahead o' me," grunted Harry, "but I'll bet a poncho thet the uext varmint I see ,, A bullet, at that precise installt, chugged into a tie less than an inch from the Californian's elbow. "I see the villian that fired that shot," declared Diamond' Dick, Jr. H e brought up his rifle quickly, but agai n the mysteri ous marksman scored a point, and the wonder grew upon the two pards as to who the. man was and where he was shooting from. "We'll make a charge of this," said Bertie, "and w ind up the thing with a rush. This pot-shooting is altogether too slow to suit me." ,/. "'l1het's tlie tork !" seconded Harry. "Let's make front on the varmints. They're over thar, an' tha.r I allow they fixes ter stay unless we run 'em out." Leaping up on the pile of ties, amid a perfect shower of bullets, Diam'Ond Dick, Jr., waved his hat. "Rout 'em out from behind their fort, boys!" he shouted. "Follow me!" Then, with furious shouts, Bertie and his men rushed the outlaw's stronghold. A hand-to-ha. nd fight followed and the Californian got tangled up with a herculean individual fully as


DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLYo large as himself and with hair and whiskers of even a more fiery red. "I'm Red Mark!" whooped the big fellow, gripping his empty rifle by the barrel and whirling it savagely about his head. "I'm right from the stampin' ground of the renegades in Idyho an' never was licked, an' no gun-fanner ever give me the kibosh! I've fourteen notches ter my credit, 'fln' arter I'm done with you, my bully, I'll cut another!" "Then ye'll cut it in a hotter place than Arizony !" yelied Handsome Harry, deftly ducking and catching the stock of the gun as it whirled above his head. "I'm Han'some Harry, nn' I ain't never met the yap thet could get me 011 th e mat!" \Vith a terrific pull, he jerked the gun from Red Mark's hands and they cliuched and wrestled and batted each other over the ties, tracks and the bare ground. Finally the old Serpent Ot the leader of the Ter rors under him and wouicl have made him a prisoner but for a te rrific explosion which came with startling suddenness, aud filled the air with ties, stones, dust and other debris. The fight had been raging fiercely. but that explo sion put a quietus on the scrimmage. Handsome Harry was close tu it and was hurled flat to the ground, stunned and for a few moments utterly obliviotis of all that was taking place around him. CHAPTER VI.I. THE MYSTERIOUS MARKSMAN. When the smoke and dust had cleared away, and Diamond Dick, Jr., had pulled himself out of the tie-pile into which the force of the explosion had hurled him, he found Two-Spot sitting up on the ground rubbing his head, a little stream of blood trickling down from his tern pie. "Were you shot, Two-Spot?" asked Bertie. "Nixey," answered the New York kid. "I tried to split a tie with my head, .that's all. Jee-mi-nee!" and Two-Spot doubled his fist and drummed his knuckles against his forehead. "This top piece of miue feels as though it had been hit by a cannon ball. Who did it?" "The Terrors," replied Diamond Dick, Jr. "It was the only chance for those who were left to ge t away. They had some powder, under one of these tie piles, aud touched it off." At that point a loud wail broke on the ears 0 Bertie and the Bowery boy. "Oh, jiminy Klismas China boy all blokee up! No go back to China ally mo'! No go back to China ally, mo'! Whoosh!" Diamond Dick, Jr., and Two-Spot hurried around a heap of ties on the left of where the y were standing and found Bung Loo on his knees, his pretty silk jacket all rent and torn and his pigtail in his hands. "What's the racket, Looey ?" asked the New York kid. A look of unutterable grief was 011 the Chink's yellow face as he held up the long strand of braided hair. "You no see?" he cried. "Mc losee pigtail. Him blow off in 'splosion. Me no ace high ally mo'. l\le 110 goo

DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. 15 me. I was knocked out fer a spell, an' when I drifted back an' my thinkin' mill got ter grindin' agi'n, I found thet Red Mark had pulled out." "Who's that yon have there, Harry?" "He's one o' the 'rerrors," replied the Californian. '"I stumbled over him when I corraled my senses an' went ter nosin' around. It's nly opine th et the blast knocked him over, kase he don't seem ter be hurt much other ways." "Arc you one of the Terrors?" demanded Bertie, faci11g the prisoner. i "Ye 've said it," returned the ruffian, showing his yellow teeth in an exultant gri11. "What do you know about Diamond Dick?" the yoting sport went on. "I kuow he'scaslied in," was the response. Reaching out liis bii; :iP111t hand, Handsome Harry gripped the fellow by the collar band of his shirt and exerted a pressure that made him gasp. ''Consarn ye!" grittednII, .a'nd?ome Harry; "it ain't notbin' ter grin about. Te.11 us every thin' ye know, an' give it to us straight, or I'll strangle ye!" ''Whnt do ye want ter know?" gasped the 'I' error, struggling for his breath. "You say old Diamund Dick has been killed. it "Ye heerd me, didn't ye?" "How was it done?" "It was done by Red Mark." "I as k ed you how?" old vet was in the depot an' Red Mark shot him through a windel', from behind a pile o' ties I" "The infernal coyote!" roared the old Serpent. "Why didn't I k1Jife him instid o' tryin' ter take him pris'ner?" "When Red Mark fired wliat ?" "We all seen ole Dimu11 Dick throw up his hands an' drop. Red Mark was never known ter make a miss with a Krag, an' thet's what he had when he pl11gged the old vet'' Handsome Harry went wild. He rave d, shook his fists, and would have jumped upon the prisoner in his rage had not Keever restrained him. 1'fl..Je young sport was as pale as death, but his iron 11erve never deserted him. "Then, after Diamond Dick fell, what was done?" "The depot was set on fire an' Dim ul'l Dick vvas burned.'' The young sport turned away. "We'll soon probe this story to the bottom," said he. "Harry, turn the prisoner over to Keever and come with me. "We'll have a look: at the rui11s of I the depot, and--" "I'll save you the trouble, Bertie." It was the voice of the old veteran himself. Dia01011d Dick, Jr., whirled like lightning, and Handsome Harry gave a startled bound. Behind them stood old Diamond Dick, a krag rifle resting across the hollow of his left arm. He did not seem to be injured in any way. There was no smile on his face, but a deep, steady light burned in his dark eyes as he fixed them upon his friends. "Diaipond Dick !1' cried the young sport, falling back as though from a ghost. "Dick!" shouted Harry. And with a jump, the Californian placed himself at his pard 's side and flung his arms around him. "Durned ef this hyer ain't a leetle the most agree able surprise I ever met up with. What was ye doin', Dick?'' "Fighting with the rest of you," was the reply. "Whar?" "From under a pile of ties." "Then you mnst have been the mysterious marks man that had Harry and I guessing for so long?" struck in Bertie, catching the old veteran's hand and giving it a warm pressure. "I was the man." "Yon must have had a time, Diamond Dick, '1 said Buck Keever. ",.rhere were seven teen of them, and all against me," replied Dick, quietly. "How did y ou win out?" "By humoring them in the belief that they had killed me." Bnt the startling experiences which fell to Diamond Dick deserve a place by themselves. CHAP'rER VIII. DIAMOND DICK'S 11DODGlt." Wl.Jen Diamond Dick got aboard the passenger train at Ouray, to proceed to Bowie Siding,' in response to the telegram supposedly from the ToughNut agent, he made at once for the-smoking cat, to enjoy a weed en route and to think matters over. What was his surprise when he saw, in one of the ...


' 16 DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLYo forward seats of the smoker, no less a person than Hal Billingsgate, the Tough-Nut agent, himself. "Howdy, Dick," said Hal, pushing over so the general manager could take a seat beside him. Diamond Dick gave the 'rough-Nut agent a civil greeting. "Where have you been, Billingsgate ?11 he queried. "I've been up to Tanglefoot to see a friend of mine iu the cattle business there. I've an interest in the herd, and drop up there occasionally to see how the cattle are doing.'' "Then you didn't send me this?" Old Dir-mond Dick brought out the telegram and handed it to the agent. "I should say not!" exclaimed Billingsgate. "When did you receive this?" "Half an hour since." "It's a forgery!" "Glad to know it." "Some one is trying to trap you!" "I'm glad to know that, too." "I tell you, Diamo11d Dick," went on the ToughNut man, excitedly, "these Terrors are out after your scalp, and they'll move heaven and earth to get it." "I don't care what they move. My scalp's mine, and I'm going to hang onto it." "This is to be a finish fight between the Dicks and the Terrors." "I shall do my utmost to make it so. It's high time we found Olit whether we're to have law and order on this part of the rodeo, or riot and blood shed.'' "This is the last fight of the tough element. Clean them out this time and the cou11try alo11g the T. N. and P. will have no more troubles with gnn fanners. '' "Exactly the way I size tlie thing up. The Terrors will be cleaned out." "You'll get off at Contention, I suppose, and catch the next train back to Ouray?" "No. I'm going to get off at Bowie Siding." "But-but--Why, man, you'll be walking right into the trap that has been set for you.'' ''I suppose so.'' "It will be suicide "Hardly." "But what's the good of risking your life?'' "I will learn the plans of my enemies aud that will mean everything." "They'll kill you! It's the rashest thing I ever heard of!" ''Diamond Dick and his pards have had wonderful luck in chasing gun-fanners and trouble-doers, Hal, and the reason they have had such luck is because they're always willing to take chances. If I hang back, the finish o'f this gang will be delayed indefin itely. There will be murders in the hills, robberies of lonely miners and outrages without number. The wind-up of the gaug cannot be delayed an instant. 'I'hey are ready to strike and I am going to meet them half-way." "I'll get off with you." "No, you won't. You'll go right on t6 Tough-Nut and find out, if you can, who it was tllat sent that bOl1S message." "I hate to leave yon to face tllis gang all by your self. Diamond Dick's reply was a quiet laugh. Developing his cigar case, he offered it to the Tough-Nut man, then took a Havana himself and began calmly to smoke and think. At Bowie he got up, shook the agent by the hand, walked from the coach and swung dbwn onto the depot platform. Conductors of all trains, passengers and freight, carried keys to the Bowie storeroom and the old veteran got key from the conductor of the pas senger. ,lust as the train was pulling out, the old veteran 11nlocked the door of the depot, stepped quickly inside, a11d closed and locked the door behind him. The building was a very small affair, and, at that time, there were no supplies stored in it. It had two wiu

Dl/\MOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. 17 The bullet had struck one of the iron bars at the window and bad been deflected upward. The shot came qu i ckl y The old vet e ran, however, grasped the situation in a fla sh, gave a loud shout, threw up his hands and His enemies had tried to kiil him, and it would be as w e ll if he humored them in the belief that they had succeeded. Picking hims elf up hastily, Diamond Dick ran into a rear corner, knelt on on e knee and held his shooters in readiness. He was e x pecting his foes to enter at the door, but no one came, although he heard wild shouts and a sound of galloping hoofs outside. Presently a smell of smoke assailed his nostrils, and he hea rd a crackling of flames. Thus he became aware of the fact that he was face to face with another danger, and stood a good chance of being burned alive unless he did something to extricate hims elf from his perilous situation. By degrees, smoke began to fill the room. Creeping to the window overlooking the tracks, he peered cautiou s ly out. He saw a number of men, ruffians of the worst kind, perched on the railroad ties, with rifles across thei r knees, watching the burning building like hawks. It was u s eles s for him to attempt an e s cape in that direction. Passing to, the other side of the room, he looked from the window t h ere, and it w a s 'IVitb difficulty th a t h e could see at1ything. The wind was blowing from the dir e ction o f the tracks, and sm o k e iu smging billows, was rolling a bout that side of the doomed depot. A suddeu rift in the v apor gav e the old veteran a glimpse o f m o re of the ruffians p oste d at lea s t a hundred y ards aw ay in order to be clear of the smoke. Here was a chauce for him. The bliuding smoke would shi e ld him while making his escape fr o m the depot; and if he could hide himself in one of the piles of ties, he could w ait until the trouble had blown over aud ultimately deliver himself out of tl1e h a nds of his foes. The thi ng to be done w a s to raise the window and wrench off one of the iron bars. The int erior of the depot was now at almost furnace heat, the creeping tongues of flame were every where, and whatever was done mnst be done quickly. 'l'he window was raised, and the draught thus created caused a choking cloud of smoke to rnsh out the opening, almost overwhelming the daring old veteran. Drawing a s ide for an instant to recover himself somewhat, Dick presently returned to the task be fore him and caught one of the bars in both hands. His hands were small and white, but they were wonderfully strong, and the bar yielded to the violent wrench which he gave it. The ne x t in stant he was out of the trap and crawl .ing snake-like along the ground toward the nearest pil e of tie s The smoke c o vered him like a pall, but Diamond Dick h a d fix e d the location of the ties in his mind and had no difficulty in reaching them. He was even able to construct a hiding-place for himself, so a rranged as to screen him and yet give him a view of the surroundings, with several boles large enough for use as portholes, if occasion offered for the use of his revolvers. For a long time the smoJ,e was dense about Dick's hiding-place and he could breathe only with the greatest difficulty. Two hours passed, as the old veteran judged, and the smoke was less dense, although the depot was s till burning. Voice s came nea.r, and two men, at last, s lowly to the pile of t i es and leaned against it. "That t akd the biggest trump out of the hand ag'inst us,'' remarked a hoarse voice. w -rhe old vet has been sp o nge d out, Spangler." "Right ye ar e Red Mark," responded the second man, in a tone of grim s a ti s faction. "Ye're the only 111an in Arizony who could hev done the job.', "I told ye Dimun Dick wouldn't last long when I got camped on his trail." "I rememb e r what ye said. Thar's a hull passel o' fellers, though, who thort ye bluffin'." "This will show 'em that I meant it." "Shore it will; an' it'll bring ovt:r to us fifteen or twenty good me11 who are waitin' t e r see whether ye make good.'' "I'm aware of that; an' that's the reason I sent McKay into Ouray with a notice to stick up on the door of the Kohinom dauce hall."


18 DIAMOND DICK. JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. "Do ye reckon McKa.y kin git in an' out o' the town without gittin' ketched ?" "McKay is half Injun, you know, an' all he's got to do is to put on a blanket, slip into town an? watch his chance.'' "What's the next play, after this?" "Ouray." "What?" Spangler jerked out the word in astonishment. ''I'm goiu' into Ouray, I say, give all the in tawn a chance ter join us. 1rhere's a job on there, you know, au' I figger that some of old Dick's pards have chased after the Petrified Man and have got done up. That bein' the case-an' I'll bet somethin' handsome it is-we got to strike while the iron's hot." "But the town is big," faltered Spangler; "thar's a heap o' law an' order men in the place:" "I'll have thirty or forty men within an hour after l show up in Ouray," replied Red Mark, with con fidence. ''With that force, Spa11gler, we can raid the town. We'll loot the ba11k ar}d grab treasure right an' left! N othin' Ii ke lout to rally men. around yo u an 1 get 'em to stick to you." "If you t11ink you can do it--" "I know I can do it." i'But how will you get to Ouray?" "Ride iu on a freight." Spangler gave a gasp at this daring proposal. "I mean it, 11 went on Red Mark. "'fhere's another siding, a mile north of here, and tl 1ere's an empty box car that's to be picked up by the next northbcuud freight. We'll get into that car. 1rhe car will be side-tracked at Ouray aud we can lay low in s ide until we thi11gs fixed to suit us. Then we'll make our raid, steal horses at the corral and ride for the hills. It looked like a hare-brained scheme, but Red Mar. k was evidently taking his cue from the raid o f the Daltons in Coffoyville, Kansas. "Ye're overlookin' one 'pint," said Spangler, at .. last. "I never overlook anythin'," replied Red Mark, "an' the longer you 're with me the more you 'II find that out. What's the point you think I've over lo0ked, Spangler?" "News of this scrimmage will be spread in Ouray; no doubt, the people know it how, ef McKay has done bis work.'' "He's done his work all right." "Well, the sher'f 'll head this way with a posse ani a special ter bring 'em." "I hope so. If we can get 'em in among these ties, 1'11 have thet powder mine set off." "I begin ter twig yer game Red Mark!" exclaimed the exultant Spangler. "If the sheriff comes, we'll blow him and his posse clean across the divide. I leave you to attend to that part of it, Spangler.'' "I'll do it." "And don't make a mistake and set off the blast too soon. Keep your nerve.'' Spangler was on the point of returning some reassuring reply but broke off suddenly as a whistle struck on his ears. "Blame it all! Thar's the specia l with the sher'f now." Not much," replied Red Mark. ''That look s like a loco and two coaches.'' ''Mebby the coaches aire fnll of Ouray fighters." "If they were, the train wouldn't whistle. No, Spangler, tlrnt's a special passenger hanli11g a party of mining men to Tough-Nut. I h eard of it. They'll go through !Jere just a whizzin'." ''But wliat ef tli ey try ter stop an' take a look at the burn in' depot?" "A few shots will send them on again," laughed Red Mark; "they won't stop if w e unlimber our shootin' irons.'' Thereupon the two villaius left th e pile of ties and hasteued toward the railroad track More than once old Diamond Dick had drawn a I bead on Red Mark's heart. Despite the fact that a shot would have resulted in discovery for himself, h e ,,,ias tempted to end the career of robbery and murder which the daring outlaw was planning for bis gang. When Diamond Dick beard of the bold scheme for riding into Ouray in a box car, however, another way suggested itself out of the difficulty He sli pped into his pocket the revolver he was holding and gave his attention to the train carrying the lnining 111e11. At first it seemed as though the engineer was on the point of slowing up. conductor and a brakeman were on the platform of one of the cars, eyeing the smoking ruins of the depot with evident interest a11d curiosity.


DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. 19 Fut a few shots were all that were necessary to c a11se the trainmen to retreat into the coach and, in stead of h alting, the men iu the cab ducked down and the engineer pulled out the throttle. On went the train and finally from sight. Then began another period of waiting for old Dia mond Dick. Two or three hoors pas sed, and then the engine and flat car 1 1 uve iuto sight and the battle began. Early in the fight, one of the outla ws who had b e en slain dropped near the end of Dick's place of c o ncealm ent and the vet e ran s e cured the fellow's rifle, which proved to be of the Krag-Jorge nsen pat t ern-indis putable e vid e nc e that Red Mark a nd his gang were well armed. Finding that he could do more effective work in the o p en, Diamond Dick h e ld his position, .and then, a f ter the e x plo s ion, c ame out a s soon as h e could ex tricate hi mse lf. The blow-up h a d di spbce d some o f tlie ties about him and s e veral minutes o f hard work were r eguired b e fore he could ge t fr ee. But at last, as we have already s e en, he found Dia mond Dick, Jr., Handsome Harry and Keeve r, and was delihte d to le arn that they had not beeu s e ri o u s l y hurt; for the fight, althoug h short, had been one o f the sharpest in which the Dick0 l1ad ever been engaged. CHAPTER IX. PLANNING A WHOLESALE CAP'I'URII.' Diamond Dick briefly informed his friend s how he h a d effected his escape from tbe depot, while it was burning, and al s o informed them wh y it was that t h e outlaws had been so p o sitive -that he h a d been put out of the way. He t o ld no one, however, of what he h a d overheard c o uc e ru i u g the plans of R e d Mark and his men. rrhe information, at that stage would hav e b e en o f 110 benefit whate ver to the o ld v e t eran's pards. Besides, it was very important, and Dian}ond Dick lia d been gradually formulating an idea which might result in t he capture of two-thirds of the gang of Terrors iucluding tiieir l ea d e r and p rincipal a i des. Such a stroke would break the backbone of the "war," so to speak, w o uld keep any would-be out l aw s fr o m flocking to the ranks of Red Mark and would form an object lesson such as the toughs and trou hie breeders in that part of the country would never forget. While Diamond Dick went about among the sheriff and his men, ascertaining the number of the slain on both sides, and inquiring into the seriousness of the wounqs of those who were hurt, his mind was continually at work upon his plan, although no one would have thought so, to look at him. Four of the 1 !:leriff's ten were killed, and every one of the remaining number, including Keever him self, w a s wounded. "The slain are to be taken back to Ouray," said Diamond Dick, "and those of the wounded, who feel that they can bear a part in matters yet to develop, may proceed on the special as far as the Gravel Pit. Harry, you and the boys are to go along; Bertie will rem ain here with me." "What's ter happen at the Gravel Pit, Dick ?11 in quired the old Serpent, in a tone of disappointment. "No fighting, I hope, but a wholesale capture of our enemi es, bauds down." rr11e Californian was greatly puzzled. "You must be one o' these hyer spook doctors, Dick," lie r emarked, "an' aire gain' ter work a hocus-pocus. 11 "Not a hocus-pocus, exactly, old pard, 11 responded the veteran, "but a flying switch. 11 That did not enlighten the old Serpent any; if anything, it put him farther at sea. "\Vall," he observed, finally, "ye've got an eight een-karat thinker, Dick, an' we won't go noways wron g ef w e l e ave y e ter work out the idee. It's set tled thet you an' Bertie stay h y er, an' thet Keever, an' the kids, an' m y self, togethe r with the rest, board the special an' ride back on the toward Ouray. At the Gravel Pit, all thet aire able, git off an' wait fer Red Mark an' his Terrors ter come in an' be nabbed. Anythin' pertic'ler thet us fellers at the Pit aire ter do?" ''You 're to keep away from the Pit and the !!pur track, although hidden in a place where you can watch the siding." "Check." "And you're to have a supply of rope with you, cut into suitable lengths for tying prisoners. 11 "Keno. 11 "That's all."


20 DIAMOND DICK. JR.-THE Bovs BEST WEEKLY. "Hadn't we better git some hosses some'rs, an' hev 'cm ready?" "We won't need any horses." "Wall, what the tarnal blazes-Ob, looky hyer, 'tain't no good fer me ter try gu. ess anytbin', so I'm gain' ter pass it up. Welll be that, Dick, an' jest as ye tell us. Ef the thing ain't pulled off proper it won't be becuz the rest o! yer combine don't do all ye expect." "That's right, Harry. I'd tell you more, if I thought best. ', "I know ye would, pard, but the doctor." The fallen outlaws had been buried, the sheriff's slain had been put onto the flat car, and all that remained was for the rest who were going to climb aboard. In a few minutes the flat car was pushed off down the track, leaving the Dicks at the lonely siding, beside the ruins of the smouldering depot. "While we're waiting for the 110rth-bound train, Bertie," said the @ld veteran, "I'll explain my plan to you. I didn't want to tell Harry a1ta the rest because if a whisper of it managed to reach the ears of Red Mark, our hands would be in the air. 'l'his is too good an opportunity to effect a wholesale capture to be jeopardized by any indiscretion at this stage.,, Seating themselves 011 a heap of ties 011 the scen e of the recent battle, old Diamond Dick explained his scheme to Diamond Dick, Jr. "We can work it like a top!" exclaimed the young sport, when the old veteran had finished. "That is, of course, if they really get into that car on the siding a mile north of here." "There, as I take it, is tlie only possible chance for our scheme to fail. But keeping m y plan to myself I think I have reduced that possibility to a minimum." "'the only question that arises in my mind is this: You overheard Red Mark telling his plan to this before our set-to . Red Mark did not come -out of' that scrimmage with flying colors, and do yon think he will still cliug to the wild iqea of a raid at Ouray?" "I think he will. He's a cutthroat and a daredevil. He knows as well as we do that a bold plan will sometimes win out through its own recklessness. So the slight check he received here will not deter him from making this other attempt." "Then his goose is as good as cooked," said Ber tie, with confidence. When the north-bound freight showed up, which it did shortly after Diamond Dick had finished de tailing his plan to tlie young sport, they flagged her and swung up onto the way-car. The conductor was very much surprised at meeting with old Diamond Dick. "Why," he exclaimed, "I was going to get a lot of crape an' put the way-car in mourning for you, Diamond Dick. TJp and down the line every one is talking about the way the g. m. was lured to Bowie and killed by the Terrors." "The news bas traveled fast,,, smiled the old veteran. "That's the way that kind of news always travels. Kind of a panic is s ettin' in, too. People from up the line telegraphin, to Tough-Nut to eugage quarte rs, thinking the country won't be safe when everything gets into tile hands of the Terrors." "Tliere'll be a different message to send along the wires b e fore sundown,,, r emarked Diamond Dick, quietly. The co11ductor took a squint at the sun through the window in the "lookout.,, "The sun's about an hour high,,, he observed, doubtfully. 'That's high eno u gh," said Diamond Dick. "Are yon to pick up an empty at Bullet Bend?" "Them's the orders.,, "I'd like to borrow your switch key, Pierce." "Here 1t is,'' answered the conductor, taking the key from his pocket and handing it to Diamond Dick. "Goin' to throw a switch some' rs?" "At the Gravc::l Pit, and do it on t)1e fly.'' "Thunder!" exclaimed lhe astonished c onductor. "You can 't.,, "Why 11ot ?" "'l'he track's down grade, at the Pit, and we scoot past there like a streak of li2'htuin'." "Diamond Dick, Jr., and I will make the attempt, anyhow." 1 "You'll break your neck droppin' off.'' "That remains to be seen. When you take on the eIUpty at Bullet Bend, break the train in the middle. Give the engineer instructions to watch out for signals .from Diamond Dick, Jr., and myself in the vicinity of the Pit." "I'll do it, of course, but I know you cau,t make


DIAMOND DICK; JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. 21 no flyin' switch at the Pit," and the conductor went ant on the forward platform, shaking his head forebodingly. 'l'he car at Bullet Bend was No. 18376; and it looked innocent enough as the engine and the front half of the train hacked down for it, drew it out on the main track and pushed it down to the rear half of the train. '' 1 ed Ryan is in the cab, Diamond Dick,'' said the conductor, as he retnrned to the way-car when the freight was once more iu 111Qtion. "He's a good man and say!> he'll do all h e can to help you." "All riglit," said Dick. "I can depend on Rya111 I know that.'' "What car you going to se t out at the Pit?" "The one you just picked n p." ''Want to load i t witb gravel, eh?'' "Not exactly. Come on, Bertie; we'll go out on top." 'I1he Dicks left the car by the front door, climbed the iron ladder a11d got t1p on the toepatli. One of the train crew was sitting on a brakehead waiting for them. ''If I cau d o anything to help you, Diamond Dick," said he, ready. I'll even make the jt1mp for the switch, if yon say so. It's a breakneck job, but better my neck than yours." "l.'o one's neck is going to be broken this trip, retnrned Diamond Dick. "You can help us, though." ''How?'' "Uncouple car 18376 at the rear eqd when young Diamond Dick and I get ready to make the switch." "Who'll do the uncouplin' at the other end?" "I'll attend to that,,, replied Bertie. "Another thing,,, went on the old veteran, "I don't want too much of a slowdown this side of the Pit.,, "All right, sir,,, answered the mystified brake man, and it is safe to assume that he tho11ght the old veteran was crnz\". "Yon'd better g e t ready. 1'he Pit's i11 sight." "Uncouple the rear of the ca r when opposite the mc:squile tree," said the okl veteran, pointing. "Very good, sir." Thereupon the three hurried forward a11d took their places at each end of car 18376. The spnr leading into the Gravel Pit was a short one, a11d it ter111i11ated flush up agaiust a vertical bank as liigh a s a h ouse. It \Ya3 tliis cotidition of affairs that Diamond Dick had give}1 due consideration iu formulating his plan, and the wisdom of doing so will shortly be made manifest. 'rhe freight slackened speed, the loco pushing back on its load to an extent which the old veteran thought hardly necessary; S'.J he waved a signal for a faster gait. The old veteran theu lowered himself down to the bottom of tile iron ladder 011 tile car ahead of 18376. Young Diamond Dick was on the bnmper, ready to draw th e pin. Doing the uncoupling would be no trick as the en tire train was puc;hi11g down on the engine, and every pi11 was loose. At the mesquite, the brakeman set the rear part of the train loose from the car. "Now!" called Diamond Dick to the you11g sport. That was Bertie's cue to pull the coupling pin, and the front half o f the train leaped away from car 18376. Opposite the switch old Diamond Dick made his leap, and lie was watched by every man on the tram, except Diamond Dick, Jr. 'rI1e young sport had his hands so full he had no time for anything but his own work. CHAPTER X. THE TERRORS. The trninmen were all surprised at the easy way in which the old veteran dropped off the train, landed right ic:le 11p aud leaped to the switch without losing an instant. The switch key jumped into his hand like magic, and the lock was opened in a11 inconceivably short space of time. Then old J)iamond Dick threw the switch, and the carload of Terrors took the siding with a rush. I<.ed Mark and his men had become aware that something was wrong, and when the car flew past the old veteran, a big villain with a revolver iu his l1and, was jl!St pusl11ng open the sliding side door. 111 a flash a 1111mbe r of dark figures were seen to rise into bold relief on top of the Pit. '!'hey were Harry, Keever and the rest, who had j11st rnade a good guess as to what old Diamond Dick's plan was, and were shuwing themselves to wave their hats and whoop. The rear half of the train rolled down onto the f,rst half-Diamond Dick having tnrned the switch


22 DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. back under the rear wheels of 18376-and Diamo11d Dick, Jr. dropped in the coupling pin and then dropped off the train, as easily and gracefully as the old veteran had done a few moments before. The youg sport recovered his balance and whirl ed around just in time to see the end of 18376 bang into the wall of the gravel bank. The shake-up given to the Terrors inside was something tremendous. The man staudiug iu the door was hurled high into the air and at least fifteen feet to the rear; and after the first wild yell tha t accompanied the awful shock, all was silent within the car. "Come down with those ropes, Harry!" suug ottt old Diamond Dick. "Hur;y !" "On deck, partly!" shouted back the old Serpent, rolling and tumbling down the steep sitle of the pit. He was closely followed by Two-Spot, Bung Loo, Keever and the rest, all with ropes in their hands except the Chink. In bis wild excitement, Looey forgot be had any ropes, drop. ped them and couldn't find them again. Diamond Dick pushed open the do.or of the car and sprang all the rest following ;with the exception of Bung Loo. He halted beside the man who had !Jee11 thrown from the car and as the fellow showed signs of r ecovering and taking to his heels, the Chink dropped down on him like a thousand of brick. "No makee bleak!" he yelled; "you no lunaway. China boy fixee you!" Thereupon the Chinese boy jerked his severed pigtail from his pocket, turne d the outlaw over on his face, pulled his behind his back and ti e d his hands at the wrists. Meanwhile the old veteran and his friends were having everything their own way in the car. When they got inside, the Terrors were lying in a tangled heap in the rear end of the car, every man of them stunned into insensibility. "Hyer's the feller wit>11 fourteen uotches on his gun stock!" roared Handsome Harry, and made a dive at Red Mark, pulled him out of the pile and roped him strongly. All the rest, save two, were treated in like manner; the two in question were wouuded in such a way as to preclude tying, one having a broken arm and the other a broken leg. Tl:ie freight train had not left the scene; but had backed up the grade to stand by and see if' the old veteran ueeded any help. Examination of car 18376 showed that it was a candidate for tlie repair shops; for which reason the prisoners had all to be transferred to the way-car. This trans fer of the outlaws and their arms was accomplished before more than half of them had recovered their wits. When Red Mark open ed his eyes aud saw the old Serpent sitting beside him with a gun across his knees, and saw old :Diamoud Dick on the bench along the side of the car, and a choice collection of Krag rifles and small arms piled beside him, he gave a gasp aud stared hard, as though he thought he must be dreaming; theu, when his eyes had swept over the rest of his men, all securely tied and lying in a row, fenced in by young Diamond Dick, Keever, tlie boys and the rest, he was still more bewildered. At iast, wl1en he realized that he had been capt med by a t r i ck, that olcl Diamond Dick had not been disposed of after all, and that the Terrors had been beaten at their own game, a baffled oath escaped his lips aud he struggled like a fien d to free himself. "Keerful, Red!" sa:d Handsome Harry, placing the poiut of a rifle against the outlaw leader's breast aud forcing 11im down; "tbe man beside ye has got a .broken arm an' it a in't right fer ye ter disturb liim." "Curse you, Dimnn Dick!" sai d Red Mark, through his teeth. "How dill you ever dodgt! my bullet?" "I didn't,'' answered the old veteran; "tlie bullet dodged me." "I neve r made a miss a t that distance in my life!" "The bullet struck an irou bar at the window and glanced upward." "An' you dropped and purtended ter be 11 it?" "That's th e w a y of it.,, "But how did ye git out o' tliet burnin' depot?" "U11der cover of tlie smoke. I hid i11 a pile of ties a11d listened to yonr talk with ,Spangler and that m ade this deal a possibility.'' The baffled outlaw began to rave and swear, bnt old Diamond Dick cut him short. "That won't help your case any. Stop, or I'll have yon g-ngged. '' "Yon knew we were in that car, eh?" q11eried Red l\Iark, quieting dow u. ''Of course.''


DIAMOND JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. 23 "An' you made a ftyin' switch au' set the car inter the Gravel Pit?'' "Of course." ''And it was the ueakst flying switch ever made oi1 this line!'' averred Pierce. "Or any other!" adderl the admiring brakernan. "You slammed ns inter a cliff, didn't ye?" persisted Red l\fark. "That's the only way 1 could capture you without shootiug and bloodshed.'' 1'he outlaw chief was sileut for son1e momeuts. Then he weu t ou : "'fhet was the worst shakin' up I ever got in my life!" be itleclared. "All ns fellers went kerslam inter the rear end o' the car au' I don't remember anythin' more until I opened my eyes in here, a s p ell ago." I opine this finislies the Terrors, ell, Reel?" inquired Halldsome Harry. "I give iu !"grunted Red Mark. "The Dicks aire too ma11y fer 111e. I come hyer from Idyho supposih' J'd hey an ea::;y time, but it wasn't so much of a walkaway as I expected." Aud that was h o w Red Mark, the last mau imported by the Terrors to act as their leader against the Dicks, threw up tlie sponge and acknowledged himself connted out. CHAPTER XI. 'l'HE END OF 'l'HE ''WAR.11 It was long after dark when the freight pnlkd into Ouray. There was a crowd at the depot t o welcome tho\e aboard, for the wounded, brought in fro111 Bowie Siding, had spread the uews that Diamond Dick had not bee11 killed, afte r all, bnt w as hot ou tr

24 Dlf\MOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS" BEST WEEKLYo a s we biw e bad a pretty har d day o f it, I beg tha t y on will allow us to proceed to the hotel so that we can get to work at our su pper a s s oon as possible." This appeal w a s granted, and the old veteran and his party made for tbe hotel. Thus closed the "war" whic h the Tough-Nut Terrors had directed again s t the D iamond Dicks. At the end it had flattened out ingloriously and the bloodless capture of Red Mark and nine of his m e n was a topic under discussion for many days up and down the "line of Diamond Dick' s railroad. The trouble-breeders had met defeat. There was nothing for the few of the gang who still remained at l a rge, or for their sympathize r s to do but to get out of the country-and this they did without loss of time. The tea wore brought to trial, in due course, and Red Mark was hanged; the rest of the pris on e r s are now servh1g good loug terms at hard labor. Everything was well with Di amond Dick and hi s paras, after this s et-to with the Terro rs, with the possible exception gf Bung Loo. The loss of his queue wa s a mos t appalling d i s aste r It had been a wonderfully fine queue and the tip of it had swung below his b e lt. But now all that was left to him wa s a b ob-t a il e d appendag e about three inches in leng th". He could neve r g o b a ck t o Chi n a until he g o t anothe r que ue, that was c ertain. And it was equally c ertain tha t the only w a y he could get a n other queue was by g r owing jt. A man happened along selling a kind of s tuff tha t was warr:nted t o grow hair on a b illi a rd ball. Bung Loo fell into the man's toils and m a d e a bargain with him. 'rhe quack w a 5 to gruw a four-foot queue o n the Chink's head in twenty -five day s, for $25 ; and tl1e quack w a s to receive a dolla r a day and ha v e his board p a id, the d ollar t o b e h a n d ed him e very e v e n-111g. Bung Loo was thrille d with del ight. For fiye d a ys the treatment w as k ept up and then, to Bung Loo's horror, the three iuches of queue which he had left came off and he se cure d a shotgun and chased the quack out of Ouray. The standing puzz le among the good citiz ens of the town was the wonderful Petrified Boy wl1ich had been stolen from the storeroo m under Andy' s gambling establishment. The r e d box had been found, far out i11 th(! hills but n othing was ever after heard of the "fossil." All an y one e ver kne w was that it was not in the box when the latter was discov ered. Nor did the boys ev ery get back tbe money which they l1a d taken i11 during the on e day the "petrifac tion'' h a d been exhibited . This w a s perfectly just, no doubt. The public may like to be humbugged, but the fact that the public likes it hardly condones the offense. "I clink der vild man pitzness iss all righdt," said Fritz confidentially to the Chink and Two Spot. "Schust shtick a liddle fur on Pung Loo und h e vill ;o o k vild en o u g h, I b e d you, mitout dot p ig tail." "Go so akee head!" e xclaimed the disgruntled Ch ink. "Me 110 wild man, you bettee. Yon one piec ee wild man you'self!" "Say, retorte d Fritz, bristling up, you make som e monkey doodle pitzness mit me und ve'll send y on pack to China iu a bo x. Yah, dot's righdt." 1You clazy Dutchman!" cried Looey, doubling u p h i s yellow fists. "Don'd you call m e grazy y ou sl ant-ey ed yah oo! I vill knock y on o udt in voner oundt. Dot's rigbdt." "'I'ime !" c alled Two-Spot. Rut th e go" w a s not "pulled off." Tlie troubl e with L oo e y and F ritz, a s t h e New Y or k ki d a fter wa rd ex pl a i ue d to th e o ld Serpent, w a s th a t 011e w as a fr a id au' the other dassent." "Let e m kee p their e xtra s t eam," said Harry "They m a y n e e d it." Is there so mething in the wind, Harry?" asked rrwo-Spot, eagerly "I don' t know f e r s ure, kid, but I opine tliar is." T H E END. Ye s b oys there wa s s omethi11g in the wind. Next we ek's is s u e (No. 286) will let ) ou know what it is. It is entitled "Diamond Dick's Rush Orders; or, A Q u ick Wind-Up at the Post." The wind that brought it was a regul a r cyclo1 1 e, aud the Dicks came near bein g caught in it. It suited Handsome Harry up to the handle, for there w a s plenty of trouble, as y ou will read nex t week.


\ (3=.--= "A rip-roarin' That's the way Handsome Henry describes the present contest. Well, it is a pretty big success. About the biggest yet. On page 30 you will find full particulars about it and j ust below you will find a few of the latest and best arrivals. A Fea r ful Leap. (By Garfield Hight.) Darkness ha

26 D!f\MOND DICK, JR.THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. a great blow, when 011 turning to ride down a narrow canyon she perceived that the way was blocked by au immense rock. In silence she took the only other way left to them, but Rt1dclen I saw him drop bis head and smoke arose from his body. Be was at l(::ast forty feet from the gru11nd. He had cnugl1t h old of f.l live wire, by mistake, aud was recejving about 2,000 volts of electricity. I was llOt the only one who saw i t for i11 less tban two minutef! there were about fifty people 011 tlrn street, but they could not reach him. They could onl y fltam;] aud watch him bt1rning. At las t h e slicl ou t of bis swing some way, and dropped in the 111iddle of the 1>trer::t car tracks, where he lay rn9re <1eac1 th.-iu afore. Af. ter rippiug hjs clothiug partially off and puttiug o\1t the fire, which still bnrni11g oi1 hi:-i flhirt, 'be was carried about a b lock to a private hos p i ta 1 w !Jere he Ii \11!d but a few hours, \\'hen I went back t o work uiy foremau and myself were so uervous and excited that we could not work. I would not like to see U\1 accideut of t!Jal ki11d again. The Burning o f the Yosemite Mill. (By William H11bbards, California.) In March, two years ago, a fire broke out in the Yosemite ,FJour Mills. About half,.vas t eight it started in the back part where the macaroni fa .ctory is sitnateo. The r e al cause of the fire will never be known. It was probably caused by the steam pipe heating the ,,.,.oo

DIA.MONO DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. 27 esca p e d fro m the mad flam es, but was damaged a great dea l by wa t e r. The policemen put ro p e s up al ong the edge of the curbs t o ne one hundred feet from the fire, where they had to keep back the crowd s that w er e jamming and pllsh ing one another to g e t n earer. But as there was not much disturbance, the policemen did not hav e much troub le. Furniture was from houses, a nd e very pl ace y ou wen t you w o u ld find pillo ws b eds a nd all sorts of fa mily utens ils. A coff e e pot here, a sugar bowl there, with half of t he contents strewn around the ground. B u t this is going from the scene of the fire. N ext door to the right of the mill was a winery owned b y o n e Mr. Gotelli, an Italian, whos e h ou se and the end buildings we r e burned in the be,inning of the fire, and from there it continue d until it reached tbe house o ccupied by my folks, who w e re not at home. A s I w a s intensefy interes ted in a bo ok which a friend of m ine had sent me from San Jose, an d was so occupied that w h en the bell rang I was inclined n o t to answ er it, but on second thought I w ent, and was thankful eve r afterward. A bo y s tood in the d oorway and e xclaimed: "We ll, W ill i t i s tim e y ou w ere out of this place. The old mill s burning d o wn aud your shack will go nex t It i s burning like Jupi t e r N e v e r mi n d your book. The old sc hool s t ands a pret ty fair chaJ;c e of burning u p with e verythi n g else." I am p r etty brave, but being a l o n e with the respon & i bility of a h o u s ehold on my hands, I w ill remem be r it a s o n e of t he great ev ents of m y li fe. It w as a g reat event, Will ie. Y ou ha v e the makings of a goo d j ournalist in yo u . The Fait h ful Horse. ( By Frank Ross, Nev.) On c e there wa s a m an w h o ow n ed a fine bl a ck ste e d a bout fift e e n bands in h e i ght. He sokl it to t h e army for a ca v a l r y h ors e w h ic h the hor se d i d not like ve r y we ll. One s old ie r g o t it, aud t rea t ed it v e r y c ru e ll y He wo ul d b e a t wheuever h e d id n o t do anythi n g that pl eas e d him. There was a n othe r so l die r in the troop who fa u cie d the h o r s e v e r y m u ch Ou e d ay he wan ted to tra d e h orses with the o w n e r b ut he r e fused. The next eve ning the h or s e d i d u o t do w hat h e t ho ught >vas r ig h t and it ma d e h i m ma d H e weut all ove r t h e t roop b unting for the m a n tha t a n t e d t o trad e with h i m F i nally he fou n d him, an d the t rade was ma d e. and the new m as t e r was v ery mu ch pl ease d He treate d the h orse wel l and did not know he w oul d b e r ep aid. It was no t J o n g after tha t how e ver, they were i n battle, w here tbe s hot w e r e screaming all around. The m a s t e r wa s struck by a bullet in the pit of the s t omac h a n d fell from the s a dd le The horse at o n ce s t oppe d and l o o ke d at his m as t er a s much as to sa y ' I ill be wi th y ou to tbe e nd.'' A bu ll e t came w h izz i u g throu g h the air a nd struck t h e mast e r on the a r m l ea vin g a v ery mea11loo k iu g w o u n d. The horse took his master by the belt and galloped off like a shot toward the camp. They met the ambu lance coming, and the maste r was put in and taken to the hospital. Some months after the man got well enough to wallcout and enjo y the cool fresh air. He went and saw bis horse. The horse acted as if it would go wild because his master was always kind to it. The horse will always be gentle with you if you trea t him well And will do some faithfulness in the end. The Weary-looking Dog. ( By J. C. Laurant, N J.) I have a dog home here made of clay or some kind of pottery. H e was in Atlantic City and is sitting with his bead inclined on oue side as if be was tired of dragging his hind legs behind him. M y si s ter, while walking on the boardwalk in front of some stores saw him in one of their windows. Going in the sto re and up to the counter she laughingly asked the clerk hol!I' much that weary-looking dog cost. Swift Eagle, the Indian. (By George N. Palmer, New York.) Among the many Indians who have at various times graduate d from the Indian school at Carlisle was one generally know n as Swift E a g le but called Harry Eagle by the professors. He was about teen years of age, straight a s an a r row, and one of the swiftest runners ever s een in the school. In le s sons he was far above the a v erage. Swift Eagle could al s o talk English like a native. He had made friends with many of the whites, and wa s well-beloved b y all. One o f these friends was Alan Turner, a youth of ab out S w ift E agle s a ge. Alan was the son of a well-to do farmer, and had on se veral occasions presented his I ndian friend with small s ums of money for which Swift E a g le was very grateful. He wished to repay Ala n s kindnes s and the hour soon came when he more than squ ared the d ebt, at the s ame time winning the undyin g friend ship and gratitude of Alan. A l a n ow n ed a very spirited h o rse and took great de l ight i n h andling the reins. There was a goo d road near Alan's fat her's fa r m and da y after day Alan could be see n dri v i ng, seate d in a li ght bugg y. One d a y he w a s out as usual. All had gone well for over a n hour, a nd Alan wa s thinking of returning when hi s w as suddenly fri g htened. Alan g ripped the r eins tightly but to no avail. His horse was running aw a y and the youth was in great danger. O n and on sp e d the hors e at a terrific pa' ce, the buggy at times l e apin g hig h in air. Alan bad bard work in ho ld in g on Be hi11d him he heard a shout. He reco 6niz ed Swift E a g le s voice. Five minutes passed, a nd Alan caught a glimpse of his friend running like a deer after the runaway. Could he catch the horse? It s e em ed s o. Never had the Indian covered ground faster; n ev e r had Carli s l e seen s uch running. Every hundred yards were covered in but little over ten seconds, and S wift Eagle (well was he named!) kept the pace up for a long time. :


28 DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. Ah! He was ten yards behiud the buggy; now but five; and at last he could touch it. But on he spurted. The horse must be caught! Both horse aud man were almost exhausted. At last Swift Eagle reached the horse's neck. In a minute he had gripped the bit; in a second more he was holding on tightly But could he keep out of the way of the horse's hoofs? Yes! He succeeded, but the horse d!d not stop. Down the road the auimal ran, but slower and slower every minute. Swift Eagle"s weight was telling. A last effort 011 the part of the horse! Ah! the runaway was standing still. Swift Eagle had won, but the exertion had overcon;e hiw, and he was lying ou grou11d. But he soon recoyered. Saved By a I'og. (By Carl Do111Jerberg, N. Y.) It was on a hot summer morning when a girl by the name of Elsie Jackson \HS piaying in the garde11 near a small pond with Fido, a small spaniel of which. she was very fond. In a kennel near the stable wa s Carlo, the large New foundland dog. He was Yery old and was taki11g a nap. In the midst of their play a gust of wind took off Elsie's hat, and springiug back to catch it the young girl lost her balance and fell iuto the water. For oue lllOJllent Fido looked despairingly after her, and then clashed away to the kennel, where Carlo lay. Fido could not speak, but in some way he made Carlo understand that Elsie was in danger, for Carl0 sprang up, and was off like an arrow, Fido following at his heels. Elsie bad sunk once and her white face was just appearing ,above the water as Carlo reached the pond. In an instant be plunged into the water, caught the youni girl by be1' dress aud brought her safe to land. After that Fido and Carlo were her fast friends. Fido was a good dog, aud so was Carlo. That's a good story, too, Carl. . A Black Horse a.nd a Ghost '(By Albert D. Kolm, Pa.) It was a bright moonlight night in June. Three ypung men sat on a veranda of a large, roomy house. The three were from New York and had come down to Pleasant Vale for a short vacation from cib1 1i[e. Their names were Harry Rockwood, the hero of this story; Charley Van Newman, and Fred St. Clai:t,.. At the time this story begins they were sitting smoking and talking, when suddenly a man on horseback dashed up and in panting tones begged Olli'! of them to go immediately to the nearest doctor and tell him to come to the green farmhouse on the hill. He said that there was a man very sick there and no one to go for the doctor, for he had to stay beside the sick man. Harry Rockwood promised that he would go, so he left his friends to run quickly to the stables to hitch up a dog cart to a horse 'named Devil. It was coal black. He tl.Jeu dashed out of the gate aud down the road. He had to pass a graveyard 011 his way. Ma11y people had told terri b!e stories about it, but he was not nervous. When he reached it and was passing something loomed sndde11ly in his horse's path. It was a white object. 'fhe horse did not belie its name. It rose instantly ou its haunches with a wild snort of terror-then, with another snort, dropped on its feet, and with a terrific' bound dashed forward. Harry did not have time to get a hold ou the lines before the horse had possession of the bit. It kept straight 011 down tbe road at a terrific rate, the buggy swayincfrom side to side, and it seemed every rnomeut as if he \l'Ollld be killed. Suddenly a huge post appeared iu front of the mad dened horse. The hor::;e dashed to one side, but not in time to save the wagon from disaster. Harry was thrown violently to 011e side, and his h ead s,truck the post with a crash. A stinging pain and he kuew no more. When he awoke people were bending over him, greatly excited, aud Devil was standi11g not far off. The buggy was in fragments and the horse was cove:red with bloody foam. Harry after that was terribly sick. He had received almost fatal i11juries, but by his pluck recovered. The man who bad been s i ck got some other people to go for the doctor, and g o t wel I. Harry never forgol that terrible ride, and simply hates the look of a black horse . The thing which scared the horse was a calf, which aros e ttpou its approach. An Adventure with a Ca.tamount. ( By Grover Fillis, Fla.) One day some boys and rnyself weut hunting Oil ail island. The larges t of the boys was Sam Hogan. 'I'he first night we slept in au old barn. Sam said he would watch for some catamounts. He watched until about twelve o'clock before he saw anything. Then be saw two dark forms creeping toward the barn. Sam raised bis rifle and fired, and woLmded oue of them. Then the catamount, mad with pain, sprang forward before Sam could fire again and threw him to the ground. The other boy s aucl myself were awakened by the rifle shot. We jumped up and ran to Sam. When \Ye got there the catamodnt was on top of Sam, growling. We ran up to Sam and pnlled the off Sam was scan:d for about a week afterward. Here's a Jetter from one of our prir;e-wim1er!-Sber-111an Yon all remernbcr wlrnt a good story he entered in the last contest. He's a hustler. He has entered the new contest already. Here's his letter: Messrs. Street & SmithDear Sirs: I was greatly surpri sed, well as pleased, when I saw in the back of the latest Diamond Dick, Jr., that I had been one of the boys who won third prize, as I did not expect to bave my story published. Well, I will try for another prize. Long live Street & Smith! Yours truly, Springdale, Ark. SH:!:lU1AN Bully for you, Sherman. You show the right spirit. We wish you good luck. /


B LLY BR I GH'".l.". BY ORLANDO. The sbip Golconda lay becalmed in the South Atlantic. Not a breath of wind was stirring and the sails were flapping idly agaiust the masts, with every roll and plunge of the sbip. Our skipper, Bully Bright (so called for bis bulldog propensities) was in no enviable humor, for he expected to have been snugly au chored in Mou tevideo before tbis time; but adverse winds and sultry calms had overthrown bis calculations, ancl now we expected nothing but cross words for the re1nainder of the voyage. Besides, we had on board a greenhorn, that bad been shipped as an able seaman; or, in sailor phrase, be had been" shaughaicd," which was a common occurrence in those days. I have been ou vqyages where we had not more th au three men that could ''take their trick" at the wheel, and in such cases the poor, 11nfortuuate landsmen were banged about most unmercifully. Captain Bright came ou deck, loo\dng as sour and glum as a vinegar barrel; glancing around he ship and aloft he espied, dangling from the lTiain royal yard arm, a small piece of rope yarn, which some careless sailor, who had been serving the lift, had left hanging there. Instantly bis face was distorted by a sange frown, and striding forward, he de111andec1 where that blasted galoot was, meaning our greeu hand. The man st epped forth from the forecastle, for it was hi:; watch below, and tremblingly answered: ''Here, sir!" ''Come here, blast you! I want to use you. Do you see that Jrish peni1ant floatfng so gracefully from the l)lain royal yard-arm?" "No, sir, I do not," an s wered the man, tremblingly, for he did i1ot u11dersta1id ;bat the captain meant. "Ye don't, don t ye?" said Bright, angrily gra!Sping the man' s sh9ulder, and shaking him roughly. ''Don't you sec that string, ye lubber?" he said, pointing to the rope yarn. ''Well, I want you to jump up there remove it. Do ye bear? Come, bear a hand, you blasted shore-going, soft-tack eating sou of a sea cook!" the captain added, seeing that the man hesitated. "I can't, sir. I could never get up there!" said the man, with real terror depicted in his countenance. "Ye can't, can't ye? All rlght I will make an exam ple of you, you sojering thief, you. Off with the main hatch, men, and down ye go among the cargo, and see how you will relish the company of rats.'' Some two or three sailors stripped off the tarpaulin, and lifted the hatch, and Captain Bright dragged the poor fellow forward and thmst him down. 'Ou with the hatch again, aud bolten it down closely, for there is a storm a-brewing," said the captain, scan ning the horizon. ''crew up the royals and top gallant sails. never mind furling tbem, we will not have time. If we save the sticks I will be satisfied. Stand by the topsail halyards and be ready to let go by the nm. Clew up the foresail, and be lively about it. One more of you jump to the wheel and prepare to scud." There was indeed a storm brewitJg, and a snorter. The north western horizon was streaked with a bluish green color, and a low bank of clouds, that seemed to rise up out of the sea, began to darken the horizon in that direction. and I could distinctly hear that low, rumbling sound that ever precedes a heavy storm. 'rhe air. which all along had been st1ltry and oppressive, now became cool; ever and anon a few drops of rain dest:ended. We had not long to wait for the tempest; on it came in mad fury, a he;:i,vy bank of foam in ad vance sending spray over our decks before a breath of wind had-reached us It struck us on the weather quarter, keeled us over till the lee rail dipped under, till the lower yardarms touched the waves, and then she slowly righted with a mighty effort, throwing tons of water from her decks. \Ve were saved. She obeyed her helm slowly but surely. The vessel now presented such a sceue of con fusion that I can b11t poorly describe it. Every sail was rent to shreds, 21nd they all dangled like so many pep nants from tbeir bolt ropes. The lifeboat, which bad been lashed across the forecastle, wss carried away. The carpenter's tool chest was rolling in the Jee scuppers, and coils of rope, water casks, captain bars, and cook's


30 DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE Bovs BEST WEEKLY. stove-pipe were mingled together i n one h eterogeneous mass, and now we were scuddin g under bare pole s But the gale abated.as suddenly as it .had come, and in h alf an hour it had lulled d o wn into a g entle breez e. New s ails were bent, and the shi p put on her course aga in, and orde r resumed its rei g n. I was engaged in coiling up the main topsail-halyards when Captain Bright sang out: "Avast there, Orlando, I hav e som e other employment for you. Take off the main hatc h and rouse out that skulker; perh 'aps he c a n coil a rope, and while you are down there see if the cargo has shifted any. It seems to me she keel s<>ver to lee ward more than she ought to.'' Taking off the batch, I d e scended into the main hold and called Sam Long. R eceiving no respon se to my repeated summons, and thinking p erhaps the poor f e llow had fallen asleep s0mewh e re amon g the barrels a n d boxes, I clambered ov e r t o the l e e side and c all e d a g ain. Still recei ving no answer, I was about to return t o the weather side and search In turning I happe ned to glance a few feet to the right of where I stood anq the re a little forward of the ma i n hatch I beheld a sight tha t started the sweat in great beads all ove r me. The re, wedged in between two barrels of mol ass es, with his ey e balls starting from their sockets and his bra in s spattere d over the place, w a s poor Sam, literally crushed to d e ath. It was as I s urmised; the cargo hl!d s hifted and caught his bead between the two barrels a n d crnshe d it to a jelly. I turned away faint and si ck, and could hardly crawl to the deck. When I had inform e d the officer s and men of what I h ad s e en two or three m e n were s ent down to e xtricate the unfortunate victi m Tbey had to remove se ve ral bo x e s a nd b arre ls b efor e they could bring him forth, s o ti ght wa s b e wedg e d in. We sewed him up in bis hammock, a nd t y in g a piece o f pig iron to it, launched him into the dark w a t e r s. Captain Bright went stark raving m a d wh e n he gaze d upon that ghas tly upturned face a"nd h a d to b e c onfined to the c abiB The fir s t mate took charge of the ship, a n d the next day w e sailed into the harbor of Montevid e o. As we were cl earing the cable to drop anchor, Bright came rushing from the cabin with froth foarliing from his mouth and blazing eyes. "Take him away! take him away!" he cried, "be is following me," and b e for e on e of the men could recover thems, elv e s s ufficiently to put forth a hand to stop him, he plung ed over the bow, a n d with a f earful shriek disappea r e d beneath t h e waters His body was never found. Sharks were s o plenti ful that it was supposed that be was s oon q e v oure d by the m. Our first m a te, a huma n e man a s sum e d command, and as a just retribution h a d o vertaken Bully Bri ght w e we re all satisjjed. CORRESPONDENCE. Clinton Waldorf.-You have won your wager. All the people mentioned are alive and well. They are prominent men however and object to having their names and address e s being m a de public. They are kept bu s y with their own affai r s, and are afraid that the public a tion of their addres ses would mean their receiving a number of letters from boys they would have uo time to answer. DO YOU WANT / T O BE AN AUTHOR? HA VE YOU BEEN reading the thrilling stories that have nppear e d in the co n t ests going on in the DIAMOND DICK WEEKLY r ecently? Y o u we r e interes t e d i n them; w ere you not? The y were all w r itten by readers o f DIAMO N D DICK such a s y o u are D o y o u know a n y thrillin g stories o r interesting incident s? If y o u do you s h o u l d enter the present PRIZE CONTEST you have a good chance of securing a prize. Over one hundred boys have se cured prizes in the last two DIAMOND DICK Contests. In the present Contest there are FIFTY PRIZES. Here Are Full n1'rect'1ons 1 1 T a k e any i nciden t you can think of. It may be a fire, a r unawa y a n accid e nt, an adventu r e or evC n a murder. I t d oesn't matter w hether you were there or not. \\Trite it up as graphicall y as you can make it full of \'action,'' anll send it t o us. The articles should n M b e over in The Contest closes MAY I. ::;en i n your stones a t once, boyS. All the best ones will be published d uring t h e pro g r e s s of the Contest. Rememb e r "1hether your story wins a prize or net, i t stands a good c h ance of oe m g publis hed, together with your aame. HERE ARE THE PRIZES: THE FIVE BOV5 who send us the Most Interesting and B est Written "Stories" will each recejve ti. n b ooks, w hich they will select from the list published I n No. ZT8. 'rhese bpoks i n clude tho finest and most interest i n g boys t rie s ever THE TEN 80VS who send in the nex t besl "Stories" '"ill each receive any four book s they may select from the list in No. THE FIFTEEN BOVS who send us the nex t best Stories" w ill each recei v e a n y t h ree book s they may s elect from the list in No. Z18. THE NEXT TWENTY BOYS w ill receive any two books they may select fro m the list in No. Z18. 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DIAMOND DICK WEEKLY CLARGE SIZE.) The most Unique and Fascinating Tales of Western Romance. 249-Diamond Dick's Old Salt; or, The Man with the Green Eye. 250-Diamond Dick at the Seashore; or, Bankrupting a Gambling Syndicate. 251-Diamond Dick's New York Deal; or; The Dupe and the Diva. 252-Diamond Dick's Danger Signal; or, Rough Work at Rawlins. 253-Diamond Dick's Dark Case; or, The Spell of the "Loco-Loco." 254-Diamond Dick's Two-Call Five; or, The Struggle at the Big Tanks. 255-Diamond Dick and the Renegades; or, The Cowboy Fighters of Tarantula. 256-Diamond Dick's Prospect; or, The Big Find in Puma Canon 257-Diamo\1d Dick and the Gold Bugs. 258-Diamond Dick's Clean-Up; or, The Thugs of Comet City. 259-Diamond Dick's Chase of the Card Sharps; or, Held for Ransom by the Mexicans, 260-Diamond Dick's Still Hunt Underground; or, the Ghost of the Mine. 261-Diamond Dick and the Kid-Glove Sport; or, The Fata.I Ride to the Lost Mine. 262-Diamond Dick's Strike at the Gold Mill; or, The New Hand's Secret Deal. 263-Diamond Dick's Lively Play on the Quiet; or, Diamond Dick Jr.'s Tandem Rescue. 264-Diamond Dick and the Backers of San Simon; or, A Terrible Ftophecy Fulfilled. 265-Diamond Dick's Rival and the Bogus Troopers; or, The Plot Against the Governor. 266-Diamond Dick's Anti-Gun Crusade; or, In the Hands of the Poker Flat Swindlers. 267-Diamond Dick's Helping Hand; or, The Battle of Apache Hill. 268-Diamond Dick's Play to Win; or, Up Against the Mine Brokers. 269-Diamond Dick on the Trail of the Smugglers; or, Two-Spot and the Kid from Nowpere. 270-Diamond Dick and the Brothers of the Bowie; or, The Fight for the Rich "Pocket." ;Dor, 1BrandTedh asMTraitorsf. M'd 1 p 2721amonc 1c s '-a1 roa ea ; or, e essage rom 1 mg 1t ass. 273-Diamond Dick's Set-to with the Keever Gang; or, The Trouble with No. 7. 274-Diarnon'd Dick and the Hannibal County Desperadoes; or, Against Judge and Jury. 275-Diamond Dick's Moonlight Attack; or, The Freight Thieves of the T. N. & P. Railroad. 276-Diamond Dick's Deadly Charge; or, The Cattle Rustler's Ambush. 277-Diamond Dick on the Bean Trail; or, Black Bill's Doom. 278-Diamond Dick in Chicago; or, A Bold Game in the Metropolis. 279-Diamond Dick's Quick Action; or, The Fastest Fight on Record. I 280--;-Dia mond Dicl\'s Fair Enemy; or, Plot of the Mexican Girl. 281-Dia:mond Diek and the Express Robbers; or, Tornado Kate's Ten Strike, Dick's Four of a Kind; or, The Set-to at Secret Pass. 283-0iamond Dick's Four-footed Pard; or, Winning a Gatrte Hands Down. I All of the above numbers always on hand. If you cannot get them from youl' news dealer, five cents a copy will bring them to you py mail, postptJid. STREET & SMITH, PUS-LISHERS. NEW YORK.


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