The young rough rider's aerial voyage, or, The stranded circus

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The young rough rider's aerial voyage, or, The stranded circus
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Young rough riders weekly
Taylor, Edward C.
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E Most :Fascinating Stories Issrud Weekly. By Su!JsC>"ijJfion $a.50 Per year. Entered accordingto Act of Cong-ress in the year 1905, in the Office of the Librarian of Cong-rus, Was.t ing-ton, n. C., by STREET & SMITH, 7Q-llq Seventh Avenue, N Y. Application made at the N. Y. Post Office for entry as Second-class Matter_ No. 6t. NEW YORK, June 17, 1905. Price Cents. The Young Rough Rider's Aerial Voyage; oR,h" M r / I THE STRANDED CIRCUS .By NED TA.VJ"....OR. CHAPTER I. CIRCUS DAY IN ROBEN. "Step right up, gentlemen, and try your luck Every number wins a prize!" "Lerno-! Lerno--! Ice-cold lemonade Two glasses for five cents !" "Here's where you get your tickets for the side show! Ten cents, two nickels, a dime, a tenth part of a dollar, is all it costs to see the greatest collection of wonders and monstrosities ever gathered together under one tent! The only living wild man in captivity, the boneless wonder, the living skeleton, the jolly mermaid-all for ten cents! Don't miss the chance of your lifetime! The side show will be all out and over in plenty of time for the big show!" Everywhere was bustle and confusion. Everyone seemed to be shouting at once. It was circus day in Rohen, Kansas. In fact, it was the first circus day the little Western town had ever known. For the past six weeks every inhabitant of the town and the residents of the surrounding cattle farms had been looking eagerly forward to this great day. The flaring posters, picturing the impossible and thrill ing performances of various trapeze artists, snake charm ers, horseback riders and experts in other thrilling roles had caused much comment. Very few men, women or children residing within fifty miles of Rohen failed to visit the town this day. They had begun to arrive long before daylight. Many of them arrived before the Fuller & Zinn Great Consoli dated Circus and Menagerie arrived. A large crowd had watched with unflagging interest the unloading of the mysterious, covered circus wagons and the animal cages and the magical erection of the big tents, three in number. Everything had moved iike clockwork, and now after the parade was over and the side show and various candy, peanut and lemonade s tands ha d b eg un business, the money which the populace had been faithfully saving for circus day" began to flow into the coffers of the showmen. Of course, the circus had brought all kinds of PCOEle


r 2 THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. to town. There were honest, law-abiding citizens, and there were rascals and blacklegs of every descriptiondesperadoes, gamblers and sharps. Rohen was noted as an unusually clean and peacful town for the West. It had good officers-able men. Mayor Walter Hardy had anticipated the mob which would be attracted to the town by the circus, and had planned methods by which he hoped to keep order. He had advised his marshal to swear in a large number of deputies, and he had regarded it as a piece of good for tune that, the very day before the circus, there arrived in the town three men who were famed all over the vV e s t as fearless bold champions of law and order. These three visitors were Ted Strong, Bud Morgan and Ben Tremont. Ted Strong, known far and wide as the young rough rider, was young-hardly more than a boy in years-but he was an athlete, strong and fearless-a veritable young giant in strength, although slight in build. He had achieved fame as a ranch manager and l)1ine expert, besides having on many occasions proved his right to the title of champion lasso thrower, horse breaker and dead shot, with rifle or revolver, of the West. He was the captain and organizer of a famous company of young men, known as the rough riders. Bud Morgan was one of the prominent members of the company of rough riders. He was the oldest member of the company, and had spent practically all his life in the west, following for years the occupation of cow puncher. He was a typical pioneer of the plains, wearing his yellow hair long, and assuming the careless, reckless swagger of the typical cowboy . Ben Tremont was also an important member of the young rough rider's company. Ben was the strongest man of the combination. In fact it has been often stated that in the whole country it would be hard to find Ben's match for strength and his of how to get the best results from his muscles. The three rough riders had not come to Rohen for the expre s s purpose of seeing the circus They had been in the vicinity on business with certain cattle raisers, and, being near had pfanned to stay over one day on account of the show being in town. Ted Strong had called upon Mayor Hardy, as the two were old friends, having known each other in the East, before either had thought of going West. Hardy had at once begged the rough riders to act as special officers for circus day, and some hesitation, Ted had agreed that himself and friends would be ready to act in that capacity, should they see any need of it. The mayor seemed greatly relieved in his mind when he had exacted this promise from Ted. "You see, Ted," he said, "the men of Rohen, repre senting the better element, have had a hard struggle to enforce the abeyance of the laws. There is a quarrelsome element here which lacks little of being in the majori ty. It has been boasted that everything would be thrown wide open on circus day, and many of our regular citizens will rejoice to see the outsiders get the best of us. I am de termined that the law shall not be trample<:J under foot while I am mayor, no matter what the cost. The repu tation of our little town shall be kept up." "Your pride. in your little town's previous good record is very commendable, Walter," said Ted, "and I should dislike to see you disappointed. My companions and my self will certainly try to do our parts in keeping order." "Thank you, Ted," was the reply. "I will see that you are well paid. I regard your attendance here as very for tunate at this time." "Well, don't expect too much of us," said Ted, with a smile. Ted and his two companions were up bright and early on the morning that the show came into town They saw every detail of the work of unloading the trains until the side show and stands were ready for operation. Then they mingled with the crowd around the stands and in front of the place where the side-show "barker" was calling out descriptions of the wonders to be seen in the tent. He was selling tickets almost as fast as he was talking. With a word to his friends, Ted separated from them, and, buying a ticket, entered the side sho\". He saw at once that the attractions were few and cheap. The show evidently relied upon their gorgeous banners and the loquaciousness of their outside "barker," rather than the merits of their side show, to coax the dimes from their patrons. Just as Ted entered the side show, the man inside, whose duty it was to introduce and explain each freak, had just started to work. Under his direction the crowd was gathere' d around a glass case, mounted on a h astily constructed platform. Inside the case was "the jolly, smiling mermaid"-only the mermaid was neither smiling nor jolly. Ted, at a glance, saw that the mermaid was of papier-mache, al though the lecturer gave a detailed description of how the "little beauty, half fish and half human," had been captured in the Indian Ocean, after great difficulty and peril. He said the mermaid had been the only one of its species ever captured, and he told how it had died after being held in captivity, and explained the methods used to preserve the body for exhibiting purposes. Of course, every word the man uttered was believed by many of the open-mouthed spectators. From the fake mermaid the crowd was led to another platform, upon which rested a large cage, made of strong iron bars. In the cage was a being which was introduced to the sight-seers as the "Wild Man of Semboniea." As the lecturer told at length the thrilling story of the wild man's capture, the wild man went through terrible con-


THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. 3 tortions of body and facial muscles. Many of the crowd expressed their wonder at the sigh t but Ted knew that after the show hours were over the "wild man" would shed his disguise pack his own trunk, and mingle with his fellow showm e n as their equal. And so the lectur e r passed from feature to feature. Not a genuine freak or monstrosity was evide nt in the whole side-show collection. But, when the lecturer had made the rounds of what were purported to be freaks, he addressed the crowd as follows: "Everyone is invited to remain in the tent as long as he wishes. Look over the wonders which I have intro duced to you, and, if any of you care for a trifle more ex citing amusement, I commend to you Prof. Jam es Popp, who, I see, is now preparing to entertain you at the other end of the t e nt." As the lecturer spoke, every e ye was directed toward the end of the tent at which he pointed. And, as he finish ed, without a break in the flow of language, the man designated as Prof. James Popp be gan speaking: "Step right up, gentlemen. I have here a little game of fortune. It is a fair game, as you will attest when you have seen it played. Every number wins. Some numbers win big money some small money. Each pad dle costs y ou the insignificant sum of one d o llar. You stand a chance to win fifty dollars or one hundred dol lars. Who will be the first to buy?" The man who had been introduced by the lecturer as Prof. James Popp was standing behind a rough table. Before him sp r ead out on the table. were forty or fifty wooden paddles Each paddle had a number painted upon one side of it, and th e paddles were so laid upon the table that the numbers were down-not in sight. Back of the man was a large rack filled with envelopes, each having a number upon it, supposed to correspond with some number on the paddles. The envelopes were each s uppo sed to contain a slip of paper on which was printed the figu res of some certain sum of money, from twenty-five cents up to one hundred dollars. The man wished to sell the paddles to customers at one dollar each, the purchaser to be give n the amount designated in the envelope, the number of which was the same as that on the paddle. Ted saw through the g ame instantly, and he spent his time watching the man who manipulated the game, who had been introduced to the crowd as Prof. James Popp. Popp was a medium man in size, and s lim of build. He was flashily dressed, wearing a bright red, fancy vest, ligh t trousers and a Prince Albert coat. His lin en was snowy-white, and a large diamond showed conspicuously in his fashionable neck sca rf. His hair was jet-black and he wore long, carefully waxed mustaches a n d an imp e rial. His eyes, black and sharp, were continually moving. He talked continually, and his hands never for an instant were idle. He was a t ypical circus fakir. Ted knew that th e man was a s harp, and he stopped to watch his methods. Ted had eve ry rea son to believe that there would soon be troubl e brewing. The sharpe r evidently l ooked upon his customers in the little Western town as "easy suckers." He regarded the West as virgin t e rritor y for his "skin game." There were several "cappers" in the crowd, and they were, of course, the first to invest in the paddles. "Cappers" are individuals who work on the outside for men who run such games as the o n e here described. The man who is running the game employs the "cappers" to enter the game as customers, and he manages to alwa y s work it so that the "cappers" win big prizes. Lookers-on at the game, seeing the winnings of the "cappers," are often induced to invest their own money, which they in variably lose. It was not long until Ted Strong had picked out every "capper" who was working for Prof. Popp. His eagle eye saw the "cappers" slip the money they had won in the game to a certain individual, who later managed to ge t it into the hands of Prof. Popp again. None of the "cappers" were well-dressed. They were very ordinarily attired. They would not attract much attention. Ted was watching them all closely, and he saw that one of the "cappers"-a young man-seemed to be the favorite with the manipulator of the game. This fellow always won the one-hundred-dollar prizes. Finally after winning one hundred dollars twice in close succession the young "capper" backed away from the table, to give some of th e "suckers" a chance to get up, and, just at that moment Ted saw a young man enter the crowd who seemed to be a perfect double of the young "capper." They would have looked like twin brothers had they been dressed exactly alike. Each wore the same kind of a hat, and, in the crowd, only their faces and hats showed plainly, they could hardly have been told apart. The newcomer seemed g reatly interested in the game. He shoved eagerly to the front, and was soon facing the fakir. In a moment he was holding out a silver dollar for a paddle. Ted was watching th e game with great interest now. He wished to see if Prof. Popp would mistake this stranger for his young "capper." Hardly glancing at the youth with the dollar, the fakir took the mon ey and handed the lad a paddle. The next minute he was handing the youth one hun dred dollars in bright, new bills. \


4 THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. The boy invested another dollar, and won the big priz e again. Ted now made his way through the crowd, and stood by the young man's side. As the lad invested his third dollar, Ted saw Prof. Popp looking at the boy, with a p!Jzzled expression upon his face. At the same moment, the real "capper" came fonyard to invest, but Popp did not see the real "capper" until he had handed the third }!>addle to the stranger. The fakir turned red in the face, and made a move ment to exchange the paddle he had handed to the strange lad for another, and would have succeeded had not Ted Strong whispered in the lad's ear: "Don't give up that paddle. It's the one that wins." The boy insisted upon taking the advice of the young rough rider. Popp scowled angrily toward the young rough rider, for he had heard the advice Ted had given. The number painted upon the lad s paddle was "No. 901." But, with a quick the fakir turned the paddle upside down, and flippantly announced the num ber, as it appeared in a flash, to be "No. rn6." He was about to reach in the rack for the envelope numbered "rn6," and, at the same attempted to shove the paddle back in the pile. But Ted was too quick for the man. With one hand Ted grasped the paddle, still in the man's hand, and with his other hand Ted reached for his revolver. There was a dark scowl upon the face of the angry circus sharp. "Let go of my paddle instantly !" he hissed ; But, instead, the fakir let go his hold of the paddle and backed away. He was looking into the barrel of Ted's revolver! And beyond the revolver he saw the cool, determined countenance of the young rough rider. "Give this boy the proper envelope--envelope No. 901 !" was Ted's command. Just for a second the fakir hesitated. Then, as he heard the trigger of Ted's weapon click, he reached up a trembling hand to the rack behind him and threw the desired envelope upon the table. The slip was drawn forth, and upon the slip was printed the figures: "$mo." "Now, count out this boy's winnings, quickly!" said Ted. The fakir hesitated. His face turned pale At last he stammered: "I-can't-do-it! I haven't that much money in front of me!" Ted turned toward the crowd, and asked: "Do you hear what he says, gentlemen?" The m e n in the crowd had been quick to see that the fakir had been taught trying to swindle one of their number. They were quick to resent the action, and their voices were now raised in angry exclamations : "Shoot the cuss!" "Get a rope, somebody-we'll lynch him !" "Let's show him he can't play Kansas boys fer suck ers!" "Tar and feathers and a splintered rail for him I'll carry one end of ther rail!" "So will I I" "And I!" "Me, too!" Every man in the crowd seemed anxious to get re venge on the fakir, whom Ted had unmasked as a villain. It certainly looked as if Prof. Popp would soon find himself in the hands of an angry mob. CHAPTER II. TED STRONG'S NERVE. The face of Prof. Popp, the fakir, grew ghastly pale with fear as he heard the angry exclamations from the crowd of Westerners. He began to realize that the Kansas men were not, perhaps, such "easy suckers" as he had imagined before -"' they got an inkling that he was endeavoring to cheat them. He fully believed that he was soon to be lynched, or shot, or tarred and feathered. In husky tones, he leaned toward Ted Strong, and begged: "For God's sake, save me if you can! I'll promise to square up with the young fellow and quit the game!" "Yes, I guess you will square up with him and quit the game, anyhow," repli e d Ted, dryly. Then Ted turned toward the angry crowd. "Hold on, boys-just a minute!" he yelled. "Listen to what I have to say!" "Hear! Hear! Listen to the lad !" A dozen voices sh o uted at once. Aided by some of the cooler-headed men in the crowd, Ted managed to quiet the mob for a moment. Then he addressed them: "I was the one who caught this man trying to cheat, wasn't I?" "Yes, yes !" several answered. "Then I ou g ht to have some say as to what shall be done with him, hadn't I?" "Sure thing!" was the answer from many. "All right," repli e d Ted. "The first thing this man has to do is to hand over to this boy here the hundred dollars." "But he says he hasn't got that amount," yelled some one in the crowd.


THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. 5 "Don't worry about that/' said Ted. "He has it, and I know where it is." Ted then turned toward the fakir. The young "capper" had drawn near his employer. "Get that roll of money from your 'cap per' there," commanded Ted, pointing at the young man, "and pay this youth." Popp saw that his game was unmasked. He saw no chance to "hedge." Out of the "capper's" pockets came the roll of money, which the young man had not had time to return to his employer. One hundred dollars was soon counted out and placed in the hands of the boy who had held the luck y number. Then Ted turned again to the crowd. He had watched the game closely, and there had not been many plays outside of those made by the "cappers." He knew, al rnqst to a man, who had lost money. No one man had lost more than three or four dollars, as the game had not continued long enough. "Those who have lost money in this game," said the young rough rider, "step forward and get it back." Three or four men came to the front, and, at T ed's command, Popp paid them back the amounts each had lost. The fakir had but a few dollars left. He was out ex actl y the three hundred dollars that had been won by the boy who so much resembled his "capper." When all the losers had reimbursed, Ted made a short speech to the crowd, telling them how the fakir's game was worked, and how he had spotted the "cappers." Then he added : "Now, I suppose that many of you would like to see this fellow well punished, but I think this matter has gone far enough. As it stands, nobody has lost any money except the fakir himself. He has lost three hun dred dollars, and will not dare reopen his game while the circus is here. We vvill drop the matter right here, and let the man go, with the advice not to show himself about the town while the circus remains here." "We will not drop ther matter here-not by a durn sight! An uncouth bewhiskered man had stepped to the front from the crowd, with the foregoing words, as soon as Ted had closed his rerilltrks. There was a determined expression on the man's face. Ted looked the stranger squarely in the eyes, and re plied: "I said we would drop this matter ri ght here. You say we will not. Why won't we?" "Because Ollie Shack ain't ther guy ter see no sich ornery cus s as thet f e ller try t e r work him an' his friends fer suckers an' then git away without at least a good threshing !" "Thet's right Ollie r We're with yer We'll break th er cuss' head open !" The ma n who gave his name as Shack evidentl y had friends in the crowd . But that evident fact did not cause Ted Strong any uneasiness. At lea s t, he showed no uneasine ss. He ap peared as cool and collected as ever. When he spoke, it was in his usual tone. "I think everybody in this crowd heard me say that this man, Popp, would be allowed to go free. He has been punished sufficiently No one except himself is out any money. Unless some one can show me a good reason for not allowing him to leave this _tent unmolested, I shall not change my decision!" "Huh, what do yer suppose we care fer yer decision?" asked the man who had called himself Shack, with a sneer. "It makes no difference what you care about my de cisions," was Ted's quick reply. "I am managing this little affair, and I propose to back up what I say!" "Oh, yer do, eh?" asked Shack, sneeringly. "You heard what I said I don't think I stuttered !" replied Ted, coolly. "Well, I don't agree with yer, an' neither does my friends said Shack. "Yer bets we don't! Ther young feller is too durn smart! Let's do 'em both up!" Encouraged by the shouts of his friends, Shack started to pull his revolver, but he was n ot quick enough. Before his hand had reach ed his side, Ted uttered a quick command. Shack looked up and saw that Ted had him covered with two shining Colt revolvers. f "Don't put a finger on your g un! said Ted. Then, without turning his head he spoke to the fakir: "Get out of this tent and hide somewhere as quickly as you know how !" Prof. Popp, as he was known to the crowd, lost no time in obeying Ted's command. He slunk away to the edge of the tent, lifted the can vas, and disappeared. While the fakir was making his escape, Ted kept the crowd covered. His eye seemed to be resting on every face individually and each of his g uns seemed to be cov ering each individual. Not a hand was moved toward a weapon. When the fakir had disappeared, Ted addressed the crowd: "I want every i:nan in this mob to get out of this tent as fast as he can move. I will count to 'twent y ,' and if there is one of you left in the tent when I reach that numb er, I will shoot him down lik e a dog Get a quick move on, all of you! One-two-three--" Before Ted had counted up to "ten" the tent was free of visitors.


6 THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. When the last man was out of sight, Ted slipped to the rear end of the tent, lifted the canvas, and crawled through the opening. 'To his surprise, instead of being out of doors, Ted found himself standing inside the large circus tent. On every hand laborers were working, getting things in readiness for the afternoon's performance. Several performers were standing about, dressed ready for the show when it should begin, and they were each engaged in directing the placing of his or her own par ticular apparatus. In one of the rings, prepared for the equestrian work, the ringmaster was rehearsing one of the performers, or so it appeared to the young rough rider. A large, sorrel circus horse was being driven about the ring, and upon its broad back, with a white, scared face, was a mite of a girl dressed in tights and a short, be spangled skirt. The child could not have been over eight or nine years of age. That the little girl was new in its present occupation, and deathly afraid, was easily seen. The ringmaster's face wo_re a cruel, angry expression as the child repeatedly failed to rise from her knees to a standing position upon the horse's back at his com mand. At last, with an extra crack of his long-lashed whip, the ringmaster rushed toward the side of the slowly gal loping horse, and shook his finger at the girl menacingly. "Get up on your feet, d-n you, or I'll whip you within an inch of your life!" he commanded. Tremblingly, the girl tried to obey. She arose part \ny. Then her foot slipped, and, with a scream, she fell to the sawdust. Ted's blood boiled with indignation. A s as the girl had started to fall he sprang toward the 1 mg. But Ted did not reach the ring until the ringmaster had jumped toward his pupil. With a cruel jerk, the man pulled the little girl to the center of the ring, and began beating her cruelly with his whip. "I guess you'll get all this nonsensical nervousness out of you by the time I get through with you, you little minx!" he was saying, as Ted came up noiselessly on the sawdust. As the ringmaster raised his whip to deliver another stinging blow around the child's legs, he found the whip suddenly snatched from his hand. At the same time that Ted had grasped the whip with one hand he had grasped the ringmaster's collar with the other. And he whirled the man quickly about, facing him. Without saying a word, Ted began treating the ring master to the same sort of punishment the latter had just been the girl. And Ted ipared no strength in plying the whip. He lashed the man until his cries of pain attracted the atten tion of the other showmen in the tent. Soon there was quite a crowd near the ring, but no one offered to interfere with the young rough rider. From occasional glances which Ted caught of the faces, he thought he saw looks of extreme satisfaction on sev eral of them. Finally, after giving the brutal ringmaster a severe thrashing, Ted threw the man from him with a powerful swing. The ringmaster rolled over and over in the dust, and, as he got up, his face seemed to be distorted passion. He had pulled a gleaming knife from some part of his clothing, and, as he scrambled to his feet, he faced Ted, and exclaimed : "I do not know who you are, and I don't care! I am going to kill you for this !" As he spoke, he rushed toward Ted, with the hand which held the gleaming knife extended. CHAPTER III. THE MAD ELEPHANT. Ted Strong, as he saw the angry ringmaster coming toward him with the gleaming knife, made no move what ever to avoid the rush of his assailant. Neither did T eq reach for his revolver nor knife. He did not fear his antagonist, although it was plainly to be seen that the fully meant to accomplish his threat to kill the young rough rider if he could do so. Several members of the crowd who were watching the combat uttered cries of alarm. But no one seemed to dare to offer any interference with the ringmaster. Ted stood perfectly still and watched the man who was springing toward him. As the man drew near, and the knife was extended toward the breast of the young rough rider, Ted's left hand shot out and grabbed the wrist of the hand which held the knife. Ted jerked the man forward, and at the same time doubled his right fist and drove it squarely between his enemy's eyes. It was a powerful blow, and straight from the shoulder. The ringmaster s head fell back as if it had been hung on a hinge. Ted shook the knife from the man's grasp and threw the body again to the ground. The ringmaster made no immediate attempt to regain his feet. Leaving the villain where he lay, at full length upon the ground, Ted turned his attention toward the girl whom the ringmaster had been beating. "Is that man the father of this little girl?" asked Ted of a performer standing at the edge of the crowd. The man addressed shook his head, and replied: "No; the little girl belongs to S,p,orty Jim, I believe."


THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. 7 "Who is Sport y Jim?" was Ted's next question "He works in th e side show," was the answer "Is he known to the public as Prof. Jame s Popp?" asked the young rou g h rider. "Yes." "Is the girl his own daughter?" "I don't know ," answered the performer. Just at that moment the little gi rl who had listened tO' Ted's ques tions and the answers, spoke for herself. "Sporty Jim isn t my father," she said. "My papa is good-looking. He is a good man. He never whips me. Sporty Ji m and a l ad y made me go out riding with them one day, and they wo uldn't never let me go home again. The y won't even l e t me write a letter to mamma, so she won't worry about me. I wan t to go home. I don't lik e to riqe horseback in the ring. I don't li ke these tights." Ted listened eagerly to wha t the lit tle girl was saying. As she finished Ted took her kindl y by the hand, and asked: "What is the n ame of your papa, and what is the name of the town where he lives?" Befo re the child had time to answer, a tall woman, dressed in a riding habit, came hurriedly t hroug h the crowd and s n a tched the child up in her arms. "Poor, little dear!" she exclaimed. "Have you been frightened? What is the matter?" Ted was in no manner deceived nor taken off his guard. He knew at once that the woman was acting a part, that her endearing expression toward the child was assumed. He knew it b y the expressions on the faces of the spectators and by "the look of astonishment and be wilderment on the face of the child. He was about to make a remark to the woman who had picked up the little girl, when an exclamation of anger from some one in his rear caused him to turn around. He found himself facing Sporty Jim. Sport y Jim had drawa a revolver, and had the young rough rider covered As Ted faced him, the fakir said: "Young man, I think you have caused enough trouble around here to-da y without butting into any more affairs that do not concern you You had better t a ke a walk. Outsiders have no business in this tent until the show is ready to commence." What Ted s answer might have been no one ever knew, for at that mom e nt a dozen men cam e rushing into the big tent from an adjoining one-the menagerie tent. They were shouting alarming warnings as they came : "Run for your" lives!" "Rodney is loose !" "The big elephant has gone mad!" Then, from the mena ge rie came the sounds of loud, angry trumpetin gs The gathering people in the big tent knew that their lives were, indeed, in danger, for many of them had before expe rienced the pamc cau sed by an enraged elepha nt while l oose. The performers and workmen fled in every direction Ted's first thought was for the sa.fety of the little girl whom he had saved from the fury of th e ringmaster. He saw the woman who had seized the child hurrying away toward the opposite side of the tent. She still held the child, and had nearly reached a point of safety. Then Ted loo ked for the form of th e ringmaster. Ted supposed that the stunned man was s till lying where he had fallen. But no sight did the young rough rider catch of the brute, and he concluded the man had recov ered and gone away. Those who had been in th e tent were rapidly getting out o f dang er, and, as the enraged elephant came trum peting in to th e t en t, Ted saw that h e had just about time to get to the side of the tent and creep under th e canvas to safe t y He turned to make his escape, but, at that minute, he saw one o f the running women performers stumble and fall to the grou nd. She was right in th e path of th e enraged brute. The elephant had seen the woman fall, and was making di rectly toward her. Without a th o ught of personal dan ge r, the young rough rid er sprang toward the fallen woman. with two bounds he was beside h e r, and had taken h e r up in his arms. There was s till time to esca]_;)e, he thought, as he picked her up ; but his heart sank a s he heard h e r exclaim : "My ankle is broken! I cannot stand!" The woman was not small. Her weight was considera bly more than that of the average woman. But, with the woman in his arms, Ted attempted to escape. He had nearly gained the ed g e of the tent before the elephant reached him. He felt the trunk o f the huge b eas t encircle his waist jus t as he was about to fall to his knees to crawl under the canvas. Then he dropped the girl, and saw her into the open air by friends outside,. Hands also were extended toward Ted, but he could not reach them. H e was in the power of the infuriated elephant. It seemed for a minute that the powerful grip of the elephant's trunk about his waist would crush every bone in his body. For a moment the an g ry bea s t waved the form of the young rough rider hi g h in the air. Then Ted was brought close to earth again. The next second h e felt hims elf again rising. With a mig hty swi n g, the elephant threw Ted's body sailing high toward the roof of the tent!


8 THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLV. CHAPTER IV. TWO NARROW ESCAPES. The showmen and oth e rs w h o had e s caped from the large circus t e nt b e fore th e infuriat e d elephant had ar rived from the mena g erie t e nt soon spread the news of the cause of the disturbance, and there was a panic out side o f th e tent. People lis t e n e d in open-m o uthed horror to th e news o f how th e e leph a nt h a d brok e n hi s chains. Many hurri e d from the g round s in f e ar. Bud Morgan and Ben Tremont were among the first of the outsid e rs to fully comprehend what all the excite ment was a bout. The y looked throu g h the crowd with the hope of catching sight of their young leader but Ted was nowhere in sig ht. T)1ey stood near the side of the tent when the woman performer whom T e d had re s cu e d was pull e d from under the canvas. The woman was greatly scared and excited but Bud heard her exclaim : Quick, some one help the young man who r e scued me! He is ins i d e a nd the ele phant grabbed him with its trunk just as he g ot me to saf ety!" A suspicion ent e red th e mind of B ud "Who were the young man, mis s ? he asked. The woman gazed up at Bud as he asked the question She looked surprised. "I don't know his name. I never saw him until a few minutes a go. He had brown hair and brown eyes and a very handsome face. He was dressed exactly like you are dressed." The three rough riders were clad, as usual, in their brown, khaki-cloth suits cut military style, which had been adopted as the uniform of the young rough riders. From the girl s hasty answer, Bud was certain that it was Ted who was in danger. He jumped quickly toward the tent, drawing his re volver as he went. He lifted the canvas, and peeped into the tent. His eyes rested immediately upon the elephant, but he caught no glimpse of Ted. The elephant was tearing about the tent, pulling up wooden stakes to which tent ropes were tied. As Bud watched him the an g ry beast stopped in front of one of th e two big center poles. He wrapped his trunk about the pole and began to pull upon it. The pole wavered and Bud Morgan knew that within a minute the big tent would come tumbling down to earth. Bud gave a warning cry, and the few spectators who w ere left ran back to a safe distance. They were just in time to escape being buried under the big canvas. The elephant had pulled down the center pole, and the tent tumbled down in a big pile. As the smoth e ring mass fell about the huge l:ieast, twenty o r thirt y sh ow m e n s pr a n g for ward t o c a pture the elephant. The y thou g ht they could ge t him befor e h e could t ea r him se lf loose fro m th e h e av y c a n v as B ut the t o u g h m a t e ri a l of whic h t h e t ent wa s mad e seem e d lik e frail ch eese cloth to th e e l e phant. With angry s n o rts h e ripp e d i t into shre d s w ith h is tusks, and wa s soon s tandin g in s i ght o f hi s e nemies. For o ne in st ant h e stood bli nking an g r i l y at hi s hum a n foes a nd trump e t ing loud ly. Then h e char ge d di r e ctl y toward th e cro w d There w a s a wild s cramblin g to ge t a w a y E very per so n s e e med to ha v e soon found a safe hidin g place, for the elephant stopped. His foes were all out of sight. For onl y a moment the hu g e b east s t op p e d and th e n he continu e d hi s ma d char ge. H e fir s t went to th e r ed andg re e n ticket wagon, an d within two minut e s had mad e a complete wreck of it. The n he looked up and about h im. He saw a girl on horseback galloping toward show grounds. The girl was evidently some one who had not heard the report of a mad elephant being loos e. It was quite evident the girl did not see the anin:al im mediately. But in a second she became aware of hi s pre s e nce, for she saw the monster charging directl y toward h e r and h e r horse. A small grove of trees bordered the circus g rounds, on the side from which the girl was approachin g As the girl's horse cau ght s i ght of th e stran g e animal coming toward it, it reared and plun g e d in a ffri g ht. The girl was quickly unseated. She was thrown to the ground directly in the path of the mad e lephant. Strong men who were witn e ssin g the scene grew faint. It seemed absolutel y impossible that the girl could e s cape a terrible death. Sev e ral of the showmen a m on g the m two who ori g inally had char g e of the big ran afte r the elephant shouting to it and vainly callin g for it to s top. The animal wa s now within a ro d o f th e g irl. It seemed certain that she mu s t pe rish w h e n sud denl y th e re spran g from th e bu s hes in the edge o f th e woods, ri ght by the sid e of the animal, the lithe form of Ted Stron g the youn g rou g h rid e r. Ted held in his hands his lasso, coiled and looped 1 ready to throw. As the elephant pass e d b y h i m h e threw his lasso, aim ing for the animal s uplift e d trunk. When T e d saw the succ e ss o f his throw h e ju mpecl quickl y back and wound the loose en d o f the rop e s everal times around the trunk o f a lar ge tree. Ted had not expected to stop the elephant. The most


THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. 9 he expected was to check it momentarily, just long enough to give the girl a chance to escape from the spot. He was entirely successful, for, as the lasso suddenly brought the elephant up with a jerk, tlJe big beast fell broadside to the ground. As the elephant fell, the lasso snapped in two. But the girl was saved. Before the elephant could rise his keepers were upon him and they speedily had the animal captured and in chains. The excitement was over and, now that the animal was once more under control, spectators began flocking from all directions. Bud Morgan had seen the daring act of the young rough rider and was the first to approach him, Ben Tre mont being close behind. "Glorious centipedes, Ted," exclaimed Bud, "we sar tin thought yer was done fer! How'd yer escape when ther elephant grabbed yer in ther tent?" "I certainly did have a narrow escape," replied the young rough rider, "but my usual good luck was with me. The animal threw me up in the air and right close to a trapeze which had been hung in the top of the tent. From the trapeze I managed to climb to the hole in the canvas, where one of the center poles passed through. I climbed out onto the roof of the canvas and then slid to the ground just before the tent went down. I hurried right to the woods to get my lariat. You know we left the horses tied in the woods?" "Well, by gum, thet takes ther cake," exclaimed Bud. "But what have you two been doing since I left you?" asked Ted. "Have you had any excitement?" "Not a bit," was Bud's response. "We were jest plan ning ter take a ride in ther balloon when this ere ele phant begin ter cut up." "Take a ride in a balloon?" queried Ted in surprise. Bud then explained that on the other side of the show grounds a balloon had been inflated and was used in giving passengers short ascensions. It was connected with terra firma by a rope and windlass. The balloon was allowed to go up a certain distance and was then pulled down to the ground again with the windlass. Bud had been watching the ascensions with great inter est and had resolved to take a trip, himsel{ He had tried to persuade Ben Tremont to go with him, but the big rough rider had declined. Now Bud broached the proposition to Ted. He wanted Ted to go with him. "I don't think I care to take the trip," said Ted, "but I'll go around to where the balloon is and watch you go up." Just as Ted and Bud started away, one of the cattle men, with whom the rough riders had been doing business several days before, came up and engaged Ben Tremont in conversation. Bud was impatient to make his ascension and sc Ted I and himself went on, leaving Ben to follow later. Had Ted but known it, he was shortly to experience one of the most startling adventures of his life. CHAPTER V. UP IN THE BALLOON. "All aboard for the next trip! A ride to the clouds and back for only ten cents !" The big balloon was just being pulled back to earth when Ted and Bud arrived near the scene. Anxious to secure a seat in the big passenger basket, Bud rushed forward, handed the man in charge a silver dime and climbed in. Ted lagged behind. Just before reaching the balloon the rough riders passed the entrance to the side show and, looking in, Ted caught sight of the tall woman who had grabbed up the little girl whom he had rescued from the cruel ringmaster. Ted fully believed that the child had been kidnaped and he had decided to fry to rescue her if such proved to be the case. The woman was now holding the child by the hand. The young rough rider determined to talk with the woman while he seemed to have such a good oppor tunity. But he had not taken two steps toward the tent when he heard an exclamation behind him : "There he is, boys Grab him quick and run him in side Don't hesitate to kill him if he shows fight !" Ted glanced quickly around and was surprised to find that he was the object of the remarks. Coming toward him, with weapon in hand, was the man knqwn as Sporty Jim. Behind Sporty Jim were five or six rough-looking men, each of whom held in his hand either a gleaming knife or revolver. They were in their shirt sleeves and were evidently em ployed about the circus as "canvas stretchers" or "roust abouts." That they had been employed by Sporty Jim for the express purpose of "doing up" the young rough rider there seemed no doubt. They were but a few yards away. Ted, as he saw them coming, felt instinctively for his revolvers. But his revolvers were gone. They had evidently dropped from their resting places while Ted was being tossed in the air by the mad elephant. He thought quickly for a plan of procedure. He might put up a fight with his enemies, but the chances seemed greatly against him. They were all armed, while he was :without any weapons except his hunting knife. \


I L IO THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. a thought suddenly struck him. The balloon was about to go up. Bud was the only passenger. He would take the trip with Bud, then when the balloon returned to earth he and Bud together could repulse the mob. The m a n who had control of the balloon was loosening th e ropes which held it close to earth. T ed did n ot hesit ate an inst a nt. As his enemies, l e d by Sporty Jim, sprang toward him with their weapons in their hands, Ted jumped toward the ba sk et. The balloon was now rising. It sprang in the air like a fri g htened bird. Ted could not quite r eac h the edge of the basket but his fingers caught hold of a long rope which dangled from the. ba ske t. It was one o f th e ropes used in anchor in g th e balloon to the earth when there were no pas sen g ers. Ted' s fingers closed ti g htl y around the rope and he found himself being swung into the air susp e nded from the b aske t by the swinging rope. A s Spo rty J im saw hi s enemy about to escape him he gave a sharp orde r to hi s followers and one o f the men l ev e l ed a revolv e r toward the swin gi n g form of the young rou g h rider. Bud over the e d ge of the basket, saw the move made by the man, and, b efo re the fellow could fire B ud threw from th e basket a ba g of sand, which had been placed in the basket for ballast, directly in the villain's face. Sporty J i m, seeing his plans frustrated, sprang to ward the rope which held the balloon connected with the windlass, and, before the man in charge could interfere, severed the rope w ith one slash of his knife. Reliev e d of all re s training forces the big balloon now shot quickly toward the clouds. The cries of the spectators soon called the attention of e v eryone 0n the circus g rounds to the thrilling sight. They could see Bud Morgan leaning over the edge of the large basket while below him, swinging around and around, dangled the form of the young rough rider, con nected to the balloon seemingly by only a little thread. Upward and upward rose the balloon until it appeared but a speck in the sky. At fir s t it rose almost strai ght up, then, s ee ming to strike a current of moving air, it drift ed off toward the east The crowd watc h e d the balloon intently until it fin ally di sappeared from sight. Ben Tremont had seen the sta rtling ascension of his two friends, and, of c ourse, was gre atly a l armed He rush ed to the place from where the balloon had sta r ted and, from spectators who had seen the attempted attack upon the young rou g h rider, l ea rned particulars. Then he started to search for Sporty Jim. Of course Ben had not seen the man but he was given an accurate description of him. But Ben's search was unsuccessful. Sporty Jim had disappeared. Then Ben stopped to consider what course wpuld be best to purs ue. He hunted up the man who had had charge of the balloon. That man also proved to be the owner of the big gas bag. And he seemed a great deal more worried, Ben thought, about the probable loss of or damage to his balloon than about what might happen to the two pas sengers. In answer to Ben's inquiries the man said that the balloon would eve ntuall y l ose its gas and settle to the earth, He did not think the two passengers were in any great danger. "But they will prob,ably be carried a good many miles away, don't you suppo'se ?" asked Ben. "No tellin' how far ," replied the man, sadly. After this intervi ew Ben felt greatly grieved in mind conc e rning the safet y of his friends. He resolved to stay r ight in Roben and continue hi s duties about the circus grounds until he had h eard from the young rough ride r. He had no doubt Ted would immediately send him word as soon as he had landed somewhere and could get to a tel egraph office. But Ben was not to be allowed to be lonesome. He soon found excitement enou g h to keep his mind from worrying about his two friends. CHAPTER VI. BEN TREMONT TRAPPED. "Young man, you'll oblige me b y handing me that revolver." It was Ben Tremont who spoke and his remark was addressed to one of the showmen. Ben was watching the laborers erect the b ig tent which had been razed by the mad elephant in pulling down the center p o le. -He h a d seen one of the men pick up a revolver which Ben recognized immediately as the property of the young rough rid er, Ted Strong. Ben had not known th at T e d had lost his rev olver until he saw it in the sh owman s hand, but he knew he co uld not be mi s tak e n in the weapon. Ted's r e vo lv er s were made from a peculiar pattern, a design of his own. They were made t o his own order a n d the handle grips fitt ed his hands perfectly. The showman had been about t o thrust th e r evo lver in his p o cket when Be n spoke. "vVhy sho uld I hand ther shootin' iron ter you?" asked the s h owman, impudently. "The revolver belongs to a friend of mine. He must


THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. II have dropped it in here during the stampede caused by the elephant replied Ben. "If you will look at the grip you will see my friend's initials engraved upon it. The initials are 'T. S.'" Without taking the pains to see whether or not Ben's statement was true, the showman coolly placed the re volver in his pocket and started to walk away. "Here, you," called Ben, "do you intend to go away with that revolver?" "If it belongs ter yer friend let him come and get it himself," said the showman, without turning his head. "Stop where you are!" Ben's blood was up. The man's actions had made him angry. Throwing aside the curtain Ben continued on into the apartment. Then he stopped very suddenly. The man had disappeared. Evidently he had lifted up the canvas at the edge of the tent and slipped outside. By mingling with the crowd Ben knew he might spend considerable time in searching for his man without find ing him. He resolved to give up the pursuit for the present. He would keep an eye open for the fellow and when he saw him would give him a well-deserved thrashing. Ben was about to back out of the dressing room when he heard a woman s voice from an adjoining apartment. She uttered a sentence which caught his instant atten-tion: He gave the command in a sharp, ringing the man halted and turned slowly around. tone and "There seems no more use of worrying now that the He found himself covered by Ben's revolver. His face \ turned pale. Evidently he had not expected the rough rider to resort to these tactics. He knew now that Ben was not to be trifled with. "Yer got ther drop," he sullenly murmured and, with out waiting for another command from Ben, he ap proached the rough rider and handed Ted' s revolver to ward him. As the man approached Ben lowered his own weapon and put out his free hand to accept the revolver held out by the showman. As Ben stretched out his hand to take the weapon the man laid Ted' s revolver in it and, without a sign of warn ing, suddenly drew back his right arm, clinched his fist and drove it squarely into the face of the rough rider. The blow came so quickly and so unexpectedly that Ben had no time to dodge. For once in his life Ben Tremont had been caught napping. It was a heavy blow, proving that the young man had strong muscles and knew how to control them. Had Ben been a smaller man the blow would have probably lifted him off his feet and sent him sprawling to the ground. As it was, Ben was staggered for an instant and his eyes were momentarily blinded. Before he could recover he saw his assailant running rapidly away. Ben was not the man to let such an attack go without his antagonist being properly punished. He slipped the revolvers into his belt and started in quick pursuit of the showman. Across the tent ran pursued and pursuer, and Ben saw the man run quickly into a canvased corridor leading to another tent, which Ben rightly guessed was the dress ing tent for the performers. Into the dressing tent after the man who had struck him dashed Ben and he arrived just in time to see the per son he was pursuing slip into an apartment, which had been curtained off. young man has been carried away in the balloon, )m." "I can't help but worry. He must suspect that the girl was kidnaped. She told him as much herself. I wish the cuss had been killed by Rodney when he was loose. He seems to have as many lives as a cat." The woman was answered by a man's voice. The woman spoke again : "But how can jhe harm us now ? The balloon will probably carry him many miles away from here. He cannot return before we get away. It is not likely he will follow us. And, besides, there is a probability that he may be killed during his aerial voyage." "Little likelihood of that," replied the man. "His life seems to be charmed. Besides, he is not the man to give up following us if he thinks that girl has been kidnaped. He would follow us to the end of the earth." "You must know him better than I supposed," said the woman. "I have learned who he is." "What is his name?" "His name is Ted Strong, better known m the West as the young rough rider." Ben heard the woman give a gasp of astonishment. It was plainly seen that both the man and the woman were well acquainted with the reputation of Ted Strong as a champion of the weak a fighter for the rights of his fellow beings who were unable to help themselves. Just at that moment Ben heard footsteps approach ing. They seemed to be approaching the apartment into which he had followed the fleeing showman. Ben did not wish to retreat until he had heard more of the conversation between the man and the woman in the adjoining apartment. He felt it to be his duty to listen. He already knew that the man and woman feared that Ted Strong would interfere in some manner with their plans. The interests of his friend seemed in some way involved in the case. Ben resolved to stand his ground if possible. He cast his eyes about the small apartment in search of some place to hide. Along one side of the curtained apartment were hung


IZ THE YOUNG RO U GH RIDERS WEEKLY. several circus costumes and in one corner stood a large trunk. The lid of th e trunk was thrown ba ck and Ben saw that the trunk was empty. The footsteps were approaching rapidly. Be n qui ckl y re so lv ed to hide in the trunk. He thought p erhaps the newc omer wou ld rem ai n but a moment m the apa rtm e nt. No soo n e r h ad Ben conceived the id e a of hiding in the big trunk than h e put it into execution. He jumped quickly into the trunk and pulled down the lid. Be n had b ee n none too quick, for he had hardly set tle d in his uncomfort able position when the curtains p a rted an d a woman entered the apartment. Be n s quick ear heard her rapidly sorting out some of the costumes h a n g ing upon the wall of the tent and then he heard the woman l e aving the apartment again. He deemed it safe to raise the lid of the trunk so that he could more di st inctly hear the conversation b e tw ee n the man and woman in the adjoining apartment should i t be c o ntinued. Bu t no sound of voices now reached his ear. He was beginnin g to conclude that ,his remaining in the trunk was useless. He shoved the lid up higher with the intention of getting out of the trunk when, sudd enly and without any warnin g sound, the curtai ns of the apart ment were brushed aside and there appeared in the open ing the evil face of Sporty Jim. Ben had not previ o u s l y seen the man but he knew Sporty Jim in s tantl y b e cause of the description that had been given him of the circus fakir. Ben's position in the trunk was a cramped one. He could not get out easily. Sporty Jim saw th e rough rider as quickly as he had been see n by Ben. Sporty Jim was undoubtedly astonished to see the man in the trunk. Ben's presence was something he had not expected. But the fakir noted the uniform worn by the rough rider-the khaki suit-and quickly surmised that Ben was a memb e r of Ted Strong's compan y The conversa tion he had just been having in the adjoining apartment with the woman conc e rning the little, kidnapped girl flashed through his mind. He had no doubt but that Ben had heard what had been said. Sporty Jim acted quickly. Before Ben could make a move to get out of the trunk the fakir jumped forward and closed th e lid. The trunk had a spring lock and, as the bolt shot into place, Ben knew instantly that he was a pri soner-that he had unwittingly placed himself in the power of Ted Strong's enemy . CHAPTER VII. THE AERIAL VOYAGE. "Kin yer hang on, Ted?", The questio n had b een asked by Bud Morgan as he l eaned over the side of the big passenger basket of the balloon. The balloon was rapidly rising and Ted Strong was clin g ing desperately to the small rope which hung be low it. The rope was too small to get a good purchase upon and had worn smooth and slippery fr om much use. It was with g reat d i fficulty tha t Ted managed to keep his hold. To climb the rope seemed exceedingly hazardous. But Ted bravely answered Bud's question in the af firmative. Bud Morgan reached over the side of the basket and endeavored to pull the young rough rider toward him, but so much weight on the one side tipped the basket until Bud was in great danger of falling out. It was quickly s een that such a course would not do. Then, as Bud 1eaned out, he heard Ted giving him some directions. He listened carefully to what the young rough rider said and then went over to the opposite side of the basket and began hauling in the remnant of the rope cable which Sport y Jim h a d cut in two. About fifty feet of th e rope still hung from the balloon. When he had hauled this in -Bud made a noose at the end and slowly dropped it down and over the head of his youn g l eade r By mome;itarily shifting his arms, one at a time, the noo s e was finally loop e d about Ted' s body under his arm pits. Then Bud took up the slack and made the rope fast at his end. Ted was now able to let g o with his hands q.nd give his arms a rest after the dreadful strain. For several minutes he made no other move to gain the basket. He looked below at the rapidly disappearing landscape. The circus tents seemed now but little, white dots far below. The balloon did not seem to be rising. Rather the earth itseff seemed to be slipping away. But, as soon as Ted's arms seemed rested and he felt himself fit for another strain, he grasped the small rope in his hands and be g an climbing toward the basket. Bud aided T e d b y constantly taking in the slack of the noosed rope, thus dividing Ted' s weight equally on each side of the basket. Little by little and with frequent pauses for rest, Ted climbed to the basket, but it was found that wh e n he essa ye d to grasp the rim and climb into the basket it again tipped dangerou sly. Tedl s "Yeight was greater than that of Bud Morgan.


/ THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. Bud Morgan's quick wit alleviated this difficulty shortly, howev e r. There remained in the basket several bags of the ballasting sand, and to the small rope Bud tied one of these sacks and lowered it over the opposite side of the ba sket. The sand easily made up the difference in the weights and Ted soon climbed into the basket beside Bud As Ted climbed into the bask e t, he noticed that Bud Morgan's teeth were chattering as if with a chill. "Cold, Bud?" he aske d. "Freezin' ter death!" r ep lied Morgan. "Ain't you cold too?" Ted had not felt the sudden change in the temperature bec ause his exertions in climb ing up to and int o the bas ket had kept him warm, but, shortly, he, too, felt the cold. He looked over the side of the ba ske t toward the earth. No sign of the earth was visible. They were above the clouds, drifting they knew not whither! They had even lost all track of direction or di s tance! "Say, Ted, don't yer know nothing about balloons? They ought ter be so me way ter make thi s 'e re bag of gas drop down, eh?" asked Bud. "All I know i s wha t I hav e read," r ep lied Ted, "but this is a gas balloon and I think they usually have a valve near the top somewhere to l e t out the gas by degrees. The escaping gas makes the balloon sink. Let's see, a c o rd, I think, usually hangs into the basket from the valve. There is a cord and it probably connects with the valve in the top of this balloon." Ted pointed to a small rope which was looped in the network just above his h ead and in reach, from the basket, of an ordinary man standing up. "Shall I give it a pull?" asked Ted, as he grasped the rope. Bud Morgan's face turned pale. "Do yer know what ther e ffect will be?" he asked. "No," repli ed Ted, "it will be entirely an experiment. The balloon may collapse for all I "I'd lik e ter go toward old Mother Earth," said Bud, "but, jumpin' mastodons, I ain't anxious ter go too durn fast." "But we are still rising," said Ted, "the air is now get ting pretty light. Don't you notice any difficulty in breathing?" "Yes," responded Bud, "but I didn't know what made it. Ain' t they no air up above here?" Ted did not smile at Bud Morgan's ign ora nce. Instead he patiently exp lain ed to his friend about the strata of air enc irclin g the sphere which we call earth, and how i gradually dimini shes the further and further away from th e earth one travels. "By gosh, thet's something I never knew afore," ex claimed Bud, "but I've noticed thet when one climbs UP, ter ther peaks of s6me of ther high mountains in t her Rockies thet breathin' sometimes gets durn hard." "Well, then, you see what we are up against. We've got to keep this balloon from going much higher," said Ted. "I b e lieve I'll give this rope a jerk, as an experi ment, anyway. "You know a durn sight better what ter do than me," said Bud. "Go ahead If we drop too durn fast you will get there first, fer you're ther heaviest." Bud's dry humor, even in the present dangerous pre dicament, caused Ted to smile, and before he pulled the rope he enlightened Bud up o n another point. "If you fell from here to the earth, Bud," he said, "you would be dead long before you struck the ground." "What?" exclaimed Bud, surprised. "Wouldn't ther sudden stop I got when I bumped up against ther world kill me?" "No," was Ted's reply. "You would die in the air. The air would leave your lungs and you could never draw the second breath." Buel did not reply. His eyes were directed upon the movements of Ted as the young rough rider started to pull the rope. Breathlessly the two waited to note the effect of the experiment. Ted stood upon his feet in the swaying basket and gave the cord a strong pull. Instantly there was a hissing sound, caused by the es caping gas, and the ball oo n moved violently from side to side. It seemed for a moment that the large silken bag was about to turn directly over and start top first earthward. Teel let go of the cord, but the hissing sound continued, although not so loudly. The balloon straightened up and it was immediately noticed that they were rapidly sinking. Within a few moments they passed below the clouds through which they had risen, and a little later they caught a welcome sight of the earth again. As he saw the earth, a happy exclamation was uttered by Bud, but Ted said nothing. There was a grave expression upon the face of the young rough rider when Bud looked up at him. "What's ther trouble?" asked Bud. "Ain't we going down fast enough ter suit yer, Ted?" "Too fast," answered Ted, gravely. "What's thet ?" "I say we are descending too fast to suit me," answered Ted, again. "If we strike the earth a t the rate we are going, it is very likely to be all up with us. At any rate, we would get an awful bump." "Let's slow her down then," responded Bud. "How?" asked Ted. "Durned if I know," was Morgan's answer. "Well, there is one thing we can do," Ted, "and


THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. that is to throw out these sand bags. They will certainly help some." One by one four sand bags were lifted over the side of the basket and dropped below. The effect was immediate. The balloon ceased to lower so rapidly. In fact, as the fourth bag was thrown out, the silken bag began to ascend again, but not for long. Two sand bags remained. In a short time it was seen that the balloon began de scending slowly again. It descended for several minutes and then Ted noticed that its rate of descent was rapidly increasing again. The hissing noise at the top of the balloon still contin ued. It was plain that the valve had refused to entirely close when Ted had loosened his hold upon the rope which controlled it. Ted and Bud threw out one of the remaining bags of sand. This again checked the downward progress of the bal loon, but now they had struck a strata of moving air and were being carried along in a parallel direction with the surface of the earth at a rapid gait. They seemed to be driven by a fierce gale of wind. It was with difficulty that they kept the ir sombreros on their heads. For several hours it seemed that they neither ascended nor descended, and darkness began to set in. On and on they drifted. It was a voyage that neither of the rough riders will ever forget. As it grew darker and darker they seemed to be very slowly descending. Here and there in the darkness be low they saw lights appearing one by one. Several times in their swift journey they saw groups of lights which they knew to be the electric street lights of some of the larger towns. Then it began to rain-not a hard downpour, but a misty drizzly shower. In a short time our heroes were drenched to the skin and began to suffer from the cold. Until long past midnight their perilous journey con tinued. They had been descending, but very slowly. Suddenly from out of the darkness the tiny lights of a distant town appeared. They were drifting directly toward those lights. They seemed to be now not more than three or four hundred feet above the earth and Ted began to hope that their eventual descent to earth would not be far from the edge of the large town. The gas did not seem to be escaping so fast now. Perhaps it would be a good and safe plan to try and let the gas out a trifle faster, Ted thought. He accordingly stood up and grasped the cord which controlled the valve again. They were now very close to the edge of the town. In three minutes more they would be right above the resi dence section. Ted gave the rope a hard, strong pull. The next second the whole top of the balloon seemed to collapse There was a sudden report as if from the discharge of a rifle. Ted looked quickly above and the sight he saw nearly froze the blood in his veins. silken, gas-filled bag above him had split, seem ingly from end to end They were possibly two hundred feet above the earth. A fall to the ground would kiU them both instantly. They began to descend with rocket-like speed! It seemed to the two rough riders that their breath was be ing from their lungs! Then, suddenly, when they had given up all hopes of r eac hing earth alive, their progress was to a considerable extent checked. They were still descending, faster than might have been hoped, but Ted had a chance to look above him again. In the rapid descent the air had been forced into the big rent in the side of the balloon and had checked its progress. They were now dropping toward earth very much as if landing with a parachute;-

THE YOUNG ROU G H RIDERS W EEKLY. "Don't resist, Bud," exclaimed Ted to his i mpe tuou s partner, "it's all right; thes e men are officers." As Ted made the foregoing s t a t eme nt, himself and B ud were seized by the officers, for such th e y proved t o be One of the polic emen started to place handcuffs up o n Ted's wrists, but Ted pulled his hand quickly aw a y fr o m the officer' s grasp. "Don't try to handcuff me, officer," exclaimed Ted. "I' am willing to submit to the arrest, because I have nothing to fear. You have made some mistake in ar rest ing us, but tha t can be easily explained later. You n eed not put the 'darbi es' on either of us, how ever." The officer fl.ashed the light from the lant e rn once m o r e in Ted's face. "He don't l ook lik e a villain," h e was heard t o r emark t o his brother officers. "Are you a resident of this city?" he th en asked, turn ing to Ted. "No," r eplie d Ted, "and I d on t e ven know the n ame of the town. "And your friend?" "He is as i gnoran t as m yse lf." "What are you two f e llovv s doing m this part of the town at thi s hour of the ni g ht?" "We jus t arrived in a balloon and were starting for th e business section of the t own. If you d on' t care to take m y word for it you can see the balloon by walking back there a few rods.'' One of the officers acted on Ted's suggestion and, returning shortly, confirmed Ted' s s t atement about the bal loon being in evidence. The officers held a short consultation; th e n one of them spoke to Ted. "Young man," he said, "you have what we wou ld call an honest face. We really believe yo ur story, but we have orders from our chief to arres t every stranger we run across who seems the least bit suspicious. We will have to take you to headquarters, and we s incerel y hope you can explain affairs to the chief so that h e will not deem it neces sary to lock you up. We will not put the bracelets on you. We will t a ke your word for it that yo u will go with us peaceably." "Entire ly satisfactory," was T ed's r espo nse, and the journey to the police station commenced. CHAPTER VIII. SltIPPED BY EXPRESS. "Hey, Bill, d'ye h ear th a t noise?" "Yes, Charlie." The scene was the int e r ior of a bag ga g e car on a fas t train i n southern Kansas. The train was speeding eastward The man w ho h ad asked the openi n g qu es ti o n of th i s chapt e r was d ressed in the u niform of an express agent and the man who had answered th e question wa s his as sistant. They were hard a t word checking up their lading bill s when they were b oth suddenly startled by a s huffling n ois e co ming from a lar ge pile of expresse d bo:;

16 THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. I am Ben Tremont, from the Los Animas Ranch, in Texas. It was, ind eed, our fri e nd Ben Tremont, w ho had just escaped from a terrible death. Big Ben had gone through a terrible experience since he had b ee n caught b y Sporty Jim in the big costume trunk in th e dressing room of th e c ircus. As Sporty Jim had pushed dow n the cover of the trunk h e had called in a low voice t o the woman whom he had left in the adjoining apartment: Com e h e re quickly, Nell." B e n h eard the woma n ente r the apartm e nt. "What i s it Jim?" s he asked. "I've got o n e of Ted Strong's men in this trunk. He was list e nin g to o ur conversation," answered Jim. "What are you going to do with him?" asked the woman. "Can we get along without this trunk? Is th er e any place we can pack the costumes?" "Th e r e s h ould be roo111 enoug h for th em in the two big boxes, replied the woman. "Then I m going to get rid of thi s fellow for good and all. Got any chloroform?" "You know I a l ways h ave some o n hand for my tooth ache," replied Nell. "Brin g it in here a nd also bring that clock wor k ma-. ch ine your uncle gave you The woman seemed to hesitate and then Ben heard h e r exclaim : "You don "f mean that inferna l machine-the one which can be set to go off at any specified time? You don't want that thing, do you? U ncl e gave it to me for a curiosity?" 1"Sur e thing, was the cool answe r from Sporty Jim. vVhat mo r e was said o n th e s ubject Ben did not know, for the man and woman had left the apartment or were talkin g in l ower t o nes. While temporarily alone Ben tri ed his mus cle s on the lid of the trunk. It was a new trunk and ve r y s tron g l y built. Without a purchase of some kind Ben knew h e could not possibly force hi s way o ut. But Ben r eflec t e d that he would not be apt to smothe r in his extrao r dina r y prison, for there were several holes bored in one end of the trunk-the end nearest his head It would seem that th e trunk had been used to carry pets of some kind in at some tim e Ben soon heard th e man and the wo man again. He put hi s eye close t o o n e of the holes in the trunk, but quickl y withdrew it The hole was being blinded by a handkerchief o r a piece of wh it e cloth. A second lat e r Ben's nostrils detected the strong odor of chloroform. He was h e lpl ess to fight agains t the drug. H e tri ed to h o ld hi s breath. But Ben was in th e power o f his foes. Eventually he succumbed to th e penetrating odor. He became u nc on scious. How many hours later it was when Ben returned to consciou s n ess, h e n eve r knew. For a long time he seemed to b e in a state of half consciousness b efo r e he finally came to his full senses and realized his position. Then, by the jar and the rumble, he knew that he was on a m ovi n g train. Eve n th e n for several minutes he made no move to attract atte ntion His limbs were cramped. There seemed no lif e in hi s l egs or arms. Suddenly h e was attracted by a ticking noise, like that of a clock. The noi se seemed to ::ome from a corner of the trunk directly under his head. He list ened intently for several moments. He finally b ecame convinced that there was really a clock in the trunk. Then, all at once, a terrible realization of his danger cam e up o n him He rem embe r e d what had been said by the man and woman concerning an infernal machine. He n ow h ad no doubt but that Sporty Jim had carried out his threat. The villain had planned to do away with Be n Tremont. His scheme was diabolical. After chloroforming hi s enemy, Sporty Jim had opened the trunk, taken out Ben's unconscious form, and, having wound and se t the inf e rnal machine and placed it in the trunk, had replaced Ben's body, locked the trunk and had it sent by express to some distant point. In all probability Sporty Jim had expected the infernal machine t o exp l o de before Ben had recovered from the effects of the drug. The plan was to cause the death of the young rough rider wh il e h e was bein g unconsciously transported to ward the destination marked upon the trunk. When Ben fully realized his perilous position he began kicking as loudly as possible with his feet upon the in s id e of the trunk. What passed through the brain of the rough rider in those terrible few minutes could never be recorded. His was such an ordeal as few men have ever experi enced He knew not at what fatal moment the mechanism of the infernal machine would cause an explosion. Ben was n ea rl y crazed b y the strain upo n his nerves Then he heard the welcome sounds of trunks and boxes being moved about. He knew that his kicking upon the trunk had been heard. Bu t would he be released in time? Every second count ed. The n whe n the lock of the trunk was broken he lost no tim e in getting out. As he l e ft the trunk he g lanced at the corner near which hi s head had been resting. His eye fell upon the


THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. little, wooden box in which rested the infernal machine. It was still ticking. Without pausing to examine the machine Ted ap proached the open door of the car and threw the ma chine, box and all, as f;ir as his strength would permit. That Ben was not one second too quick in getting rid of the terrible infernal machine has been noted. Ben told the two expressmen as much of the story as was nece ssary, and then he asked th e m : ''Which way is this train traveling, and how far am I from Rohen, Kan. ?" "The next station is Ashton, which is about one hun dred and thirty miles east of Rohen replied the man, whose name has been given as Charlie. "Let's look at the trunk and see where I was started for," ;uggested Beri. The address on the was Kansas City, Mo. "You can let the trunk go on to Kansas City, if you wish," said Ben, "but the erstwhile contents will be left at Ashton." As he spoke the train slowed up at th e Ashton depot and Ben, expressing his gratitude, took leave of the two expressmen and left the train. His first thought was to go to a telegraph office and send a message to the mayor of Roben requesting that any telegrams arriving there for him be forwarded to Ashton. He attended to this matter at once as he full y expected to get a telegram sometime that day or night from Ted Strong. Then Ben hunted up a hotel, where he arrived just at supper time. Ben retired early, but he left word with the night clerk of the hotel to waken him at any time during the night should a telegram arrive for him. No message came during the night and Ben was up early the next morning and was the third or fourth person to enter the breakfast room. As he entered the door of the dining room he gave a quick exclamation of surprise. He saw a familiar face at one of the head tables. CHAPTER IX. TED MEETS AN OLD FRIEND. We left Bud Morgan and Ted Strong on the outskirts of a strange city accompanying thre e burly policemen to the station house. The policemen had arrested our heroes as questionable charact ers. Neither Ted nor Bud had any f ear concerning the outcome of their arrest. They kn e w th a t lat e r they could easily convince the authorities of their innocenc e of any suspected crime. And they accompanied the policemen willingly. It wa s a long walk to the station, and when they arrived they found the headquarters in charge of a lieu tenant of police. The police force of this city was not large, and the three principal officers were a chief of police, a captain of police and a lieutenant of police. The chief of police was usually on duty at headquarters during the daytime, the captain at night, while the lieu ter.ant's duties kept him most of the time on the streets. But this night, it was learned, the captain was ill and the lieutenant was filling his place. When Ted and Bud were taken before the lieutenant to tell their story, the officer listened patiently to what Ted had to say, and then replied: "I have no doubt that the captain, if he were here, would allow you your liberty. Your story seems straight enough. I have heard a great deal and read a great deal about Ted Strong and his company of famous young rough riders. But I do not feel as if I should take the responsibility of letting you go upon your own recog nizances without instructions from one or the other of my superior officers." "I understand how you feel, lieutenant, and cannot blame you," was Ted's reply, "but our business is of great importance. Vv e have urgent work to attend to and can not well afford to be detained a moment longer than is absolutely necessary. If you will send for your chief of police I will gla'dly pay for a carriage to be sent for him at his residence." "It is strictly against the orders of Chief Thompson to waken him at night unless it is a matter of life or death or a big robbery or fire. To waken him for a cause of this kind might mean the loss of my job to me," was the lieutenant's reply. "Did you say the chief's name is Thompson?" asked Ted, eagerly. "Yes : his name is James Thompson," was the reply. "I know him, then," exclaimed Ted, and he quickly described the man, to the lieutenant's evident astonish ment. "Used to know him back East," explained Ted. "Jim was one of our crowd-played with the same ball team as myself two seasons. Say, lieutenant, will you let me take the responsibility of calling him up? Will you let me use your telephone?" After some hesitation the lieutenant consented to grant the favor asked by the young rough rider, but he evi dently trembled for fear of what the consequences might be to him s elf. Ted was informed of the chief's l).Umber and was soon asking the "hello girl" to call him up. The bell had to be rung several times before there was an answer, and Ted began to fear the chief would not answer at all, but at last there came a gruff response. Ted recognized the voice of his old friend.


18 THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. "Hello, Jim?" called Ted "Who is it?" "Don't you know my voice?" "No." The answer was short and the chief was ap parently nettled. "I'm Ted Strong. Do you rememb er the time the Suberbas defeated the Homerunners in a sixteen-inning game for the championship of Lennox County at Sum mer Vale Park by a score of three to two?" "Do I? Holy smoke, Ted, how in the world did you come to strike this town?" There was a surprised and, at the same time, a pleased note in Chief Thompson's voice now. "A friend of mine and myself took a trip in a balloon and we landed in the edge of town a little while ago. Three of your officers arrested us as suspicious characters and we are now at headquarters. Your lieutenant won't let us go '.'!ithout orders from you," replied Ted. The answer ca me instantly when Ted had finished: "You wait for me right where you are. I'll be down within tw, enty minutes." Without waiting for Ted to answer, the chief rang off. Chief Thompson was true t1o his promise. In less than twenty minutes he was seated in his private office with the two rough riders and they were telling him of their strange adventure in the balloon. Then, forgetful of the lateness of the hour, the two old friends began telling stories of the past, bringing up many interesting reminiscences. On and on they talked until they were suddenly inter. rupted by a loud snore from Bud Morg an. The older rough rider had relaxed in an easy-chair and was now in the land of dreams. Ted hastily aroused his friend and, a moment later, noted that it was daylight. As Ted and Bud were about to take their departure, the chief announced that he would accompany the m to the nearest hotel and have breakfast with the two. As they were walking toward the hotel, the chief remarked to Ted: "You must forgive my men for taking you in as they did last night. They were only obeying orders. We have been extra vigilant of late for there have been many hold ups, several big burglaries and other crimes happenin g within the last week or ten days, and we have been baffled in our searches for the crim inals." "Don't think, Jim, that I hold any grudge against your men for plainly doing their duty," replied Ted. As the three men sea t ed themselves at the table in the big dining room of the hot el they discovered that they were the very first persons in for breakfast. "I suppose," remarked Ted, "that we ought to send a telegram imn1edi ately to Ben letting him know that we are safe and sound. He will worry about us." As Ted spoke he beckoned to a waiter, who soon supplied him witli a telegraph blank. Ted was just about to write his message to Ben, when, glancing toward the door, he saw something that greatly astonished him. Then he rose from the table with extended hand. His hearty greeting was to Ben Tremont. By a strange coincidence the thre e rough riders had met in the same town. CHAPTER X. A CLEW ESTABLISHED. After Ben had been introduced to Jim Thompson, explanations were in order. Ben first toLd of his terrible experience in the trunk and of his almost miraculous escape, and then Ted told of the adventures Bud Morgan and himself had had m the balloon and with the policemen. Chief Thompson was seemingly greatly intere s ted in both of the stories, but he made no comment until each had finished and the four had eaten their breakfasts and were seated in comfortable chairs in the hotel office. Then he said: "Boys, your stories have greatly inte r ested me, particularly what you have said of the little girl who was probably kidnaped. It is possible that you have unwittingly a cl ew in my hands for which .r--my men have hunted in vain for the fast week." The rough riders pricked up their ears in interest. "Eight days ago," continued the chief, "the Fulle r & Zinn Circus showed at Ashton. The circus had a large following of criminals and shady characters, and police force was never busier than during and since the time that circus was in town. After the show had gone it was evident that some of its followers remained here, for, as I told you before, there continued a long list of hold ups and burglaries. "The second day after the show left town, an influential and wealthy citizen of the city, Mr. John LaDuke by name, reported the mysterious disappearance of his littl e daughter, Gertrude. It was at first suspected that the child had been kidnaped and that a ransom would be demanded for her return, but, as no such demand came, it was at last decided that the child had been drowned in the river. Men are still engaged in dragging the river for the body. "Since hearing your stories, I am of the b e lief that the child who is in the power of that circus fakir, whom you ca:ll Sporty Jim, is no other than little Gertrude LaDuke." "Have you a picture of the child?" asked Ted. The chief of police replied to T ed's question by t a king from an inner pock et a pho to,; raph, wrapped carefull y in tis sue paper. This he handed to the young rough rider. Ted ne eded but one glance at it to convince him that the child in the picture and the little girl whom the ring-


THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. 19 master with the circus had been beating were one and the same. It was with great satisfaction that Oiief Thompson heard Ted 's confirmati o n of his suspicions. The chief was about to speak again, when Ted interrupted him. "Chief, I want to ask a favor of you." "What is it?" "Tell no person of what we have discovered. Don't let it be known that you have a clew as to the child 's whereabouts unless it be to tell the child's parents. Leave the whole thing to my companions and myself. We have several things to settle with this man, Sporty Jim, and we will follow him and hi s companions in this kidnaping case to the end of the world rather than allow him to escape punishment." "Good," was Thompson's reply, as he shook the hand of the young rough rider. "I will agree to your request and I wish you success. But I know you will succeed.' Ted excused himself and started for the telegraph office which was connect ed with the office of the hot el. There he wrote this telegram and addressed it to Mayor Walter Hardy, of Roben: "We are safe here. T ake of our horses When did show move and where to? TED STRONG." Then Ted rejoined the party. "I have wired Hardy to asce rtain where the s how moved to from Rob en," he said. "We will prepare to start after the show the moment we get an answer. We have but one thing to attend to here and that is to pa ck that wreck of a balloon and s hip it on to wherever the show may be.'' Don t worry about that," said Thompson. "I will see that that matter is attended to." Ted, with thanks, accepted the chief's offer; th en, at T ed's suggestion, B ud and himself concluded to get a r oom and take what rest they could before the arrival of an answer to Ted's telegram. Ben now felt no need of r est and he volunteered to watch for the telegram and waken his friends in time to catch the first train they would need to take to pursue th e circus. It was not until jus t before dinner that the answer came. Ben opened the epvelope and read as follows : "Horses all right. Howell. Circus route is Fenton, Morl ey, WALTER HARDY." "We will want to catch th em in Morl ey," said Ben to hi mself. Then he hastily consulted a railway time card and found tfiat a train left immediatel y after the dinner hour. He aroused his companions and showed them the telegram They ate an early dinner and, an hour late r were spe eding westward in pursuit of the Fuller & Zinn Circus, where they hoped to find littl e Gertrude LaDuke and her abductors, CHAPTER XI. THE CIRCUS IN MORLEY. It was nearly three o'clock the next morning when the three rough riders Ted Strong, Ben Tremon t and Bud Morgan, arrived in the town of Morley, Co lo Two hours after their arrival, the l ong train carrying the Fuller & Zinn Circus from Fenton, Kansas, steamed into the station, and was sidetracked for unloading. The rough riders had waited at th e depot for the ar rival of the circus train, and now watched the unloading, hopin g to get a glimpse of Sporty Jim leaving the .trai n. Ted Strong, as the animals were taken fr::im the cars, suddenly remarked to his companions: "The big elephant, Rodney, is not here." A passing showman, hearing the remark of the young rough rider, paused a moment. ''Rodney was killed yesterday, sir," said the s h owman. "Is that so?" asked Ted, Interes t edly. "How did it happen?" "He got away, day before yesterday, at Roben, and was finally recaptured after tearing down the big tent and smashing up the tick et wagon. Then, yesterday, at Fen ton, he got away again, killing one of his keepers. He got out of the circus grounds and roamed pretty much all over the town. He killed one horse and seve r ely wounded a man, besides doing all sorts of damage. The e lephant seemed to be crazy. They tried to capture him, but couldn't, so he was finally shot dead." "I suppose it will be a great loss to the proprietors of the circus ?" asked Ted. "I don't know jus t how much it cost Fuller to make good the damage claims," replied the labor e r, as he turned toward his work. The rough riders remained near the train until it was evident that all the performers had left the cars a nd had gone to the circus grounds. They had seen nothing of Sporty Jim, nor of the little girl, who they were certain had been kidnaped. Then they followed the crowd toward the circus grounds The big tent was being erected when they arrived, and the side-show tent was already up, but not yet open for business. Ted and his friends loitered about the grounds for about an hour. and then went to a hotel for breakfast. At the same hotel some of the performers of the circus were also having breakfast. The rough riders were sea ted at the same tabl e at which two or three men and tbe same number of women we r e eating. Ted had just given the waitress hi s order, and had glanced up again, when he noticed that one of the women at the table was looking searchingly at him. There was a familiar l ook about the woma n 's face, but J'ed did not recognize her until she SP.Oke to


20 THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. "I beg your pardon, sir," said th e woma n "bu t I be liev e it is to you that I owe m y lif e Then Teel was able to place the woman. She was the performer whom he h ad saved from th e attack of the mad elep ha nt in th e big tent when t h e circus was at Rohen. "Don't mention it," said Ted, gallantly, w ith a smile; "but was not your ankle brok e n when you s tumbled and fell?" "I thought it wa s at first replied the woman, but it proved to be only sprained. It is still sore, but I can walk upon it. You are a ve r y brave man, sir. I h o pe sometime to be al:tle to repay you for your service in thus risking your own life to save m e ." Then Ted, at the woman's request gave his name, so that she mig ht introduce him to her professional friends. Ted, in turn, introduced Ben and Bud. Then the circus people told th e young rou g h riders about the mad actions of in F e nton and how the ani ma l was killed. "The damage claims were heavy inde e d ," concluded one of the p e rform e rs, "a nd it ha s been hint ed that the circus has been put on the bum. To-cla y is our re g ular pa y clay, and we have just been considering th e questi o n as to the likelihood of ou r bein g turned down. The per formers have all agreed to 'bunch the show if our salaries are not forthcomin g " D o you think it is as bad as that?" asked Ted, in sur pris e Yes, we do, replie d the performer. "The show has bee n play in g in hard luck for over a month. We know it has been runnin g continually in the hole and it seemed to be a cinch that it must break up b efo re the season ends unl ess it struck exceptionally good business. These damage claims just came at the right time, we think, to bankrupt the owners. . Just th 'en another of the performers __broke into the conversation, with a question to Ted: "Are you not the young man who was carried away in the balloon at Rohen when Sporty Jim cut the cable?" "Yes," replied Ted; and then h e t o ld the circus people of the perilous ride Bud Morgan and himself had had. "Sporty Jim had it in for you for bre ak ing up his graft game in t;e side show, didn't he?" asked one of the performers. "I think so," was Ted' s reply. Ted thought it best to say nothing regarding the kidnaped child. "Well, you won ; t be bothei:ed with Sporty Jim in this town," remarked another of the performers. "No? Why not?" asked Ted. "Because Jim and his wife, N e ll, and their adopted dau g hter have left the show!" was the startling reply. "When they leave?" asked T e d. "The night the show left Rohen." "Where did they go?" was Ted's next question. "I don't know," replied the man who had spoken. Ted glanced from one t o anot h e r performer, in the h o pe that sorne one of them might be able to answer the question. A few minutes lat er, the circus people began leaving the table Tlzj had been eating longer th a n the rou g h rid er's, and had finished their breakfast sooner. But, as the performers l e ft th e woman whose life Ted had saved lin ge red b e h ind h e r c om panions. As th ey walked away from her, she approached the side of Ted Strong, and said: "You are worried because you found that Sporty Jim and his wife have left the circus. You came here purposely to see him. You want revt;_nge. Perhaps I can help you locate him." Teel looked up in surprise. "If you can help me find that villain and his wife, you will b e well repaid, replied Ted. "Th e ringmaster of the circus knows where the y are H e is in love with me, and I hav e had to accept hi s di s agre ea ble attentions for the rea so n that he has authority over all the p e rformer s Perhaps I can coax the secret o ut of him. I will try; but if I am successful, I can ac cept no reward. Yo u saved my lif e It is my duty to do what I can for you. Besides, I cordially hate Sporty J i m a n d his c ru e l w ife. I would enjoy seeing him properly punished. Mee t me at the circus grounds right after the parade." Thus speaking, the woman turned and walked rapidly away, before Ted had time to reply to what she had said. CHAPTER XII. BEN GETS REVENGE. "Let's attach th e s how propert y "That's the t a lk! "vVe can't afford to be l e ft in this part of the world de ad broke! T he se a nd ot h e r angry expressions greeted the ears of t h e three rou g h r i ders as they entered the hotel office fr o m the dining room. lfh e office was fille d with circus performers of both sex e s and they had just been informed by the senio r pro pri e tor of the circus, Frank Fuller, that h e would b e unable to pay their sal a ries th a t clay The professional peo ple were give n no h op e th a t th e ir back month's salaries would ever be paid. They knew that the circus was deeply in debt. It was a crisis that they h a d va g uely anticipated for some time, but that made it non e the l ess hard t q b ea r Som e of the performers were : furious; others were hysterical. All were greatly exci t e d. Of course, none of the rough rid ers were personally int e r ested in the matter, but they paused out of curiosity to see what plan the performers would adopt.


THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. 21 It was finally decided to get out an attachment to co,;et their salaries. Soon it became known all over the town that the circus was stranded, It was decided to give the usual performances, how ever, that day, and a representative of the performers would be selected to take charge of the ticket wagon. The receipts would be turned over to the performers to apply on salaries. This was all legally arranged before noon. As Ted was about to start toward the show grounds, he was surprised upon being accosted by one of the performers whom he had met at breakfast. "Mr. Strong," said the man, "we performers have held a meeting and I have been delegated to ask you to look after the ticket receipts for the performers this after noon and to-night. You have a great reputation for honesty and fair dealing. We have attached to-day's re ceipts for our salaries and are willing that you should take charge of things for us. We will allow you a fair commission for your services." "That is something quite out of my line," replied Ted, with a smile. "We know you can do the work and do it right. There is no other person we know whom we are willing to trust. I hope you ill not disappoint us," urged the man. Ted thought the matter over seriously for a few mo ments, and then he said : "If you will make out the salary list of all that is coming to each performer, get it 0. K.'d by Fuller, and hand it to me so that everything will be straight and plain, I will try and attend to your interests in the matter." "I'll have the list for you within an hour," replied the man, as he turned to hurry away. Ted went immediately to the circus grounds. The parade had just returned from its trip over the tow11. With Bud and Ben, Ted strolled about the grounds for a short time before he found the woman performer who had promised to try and procure information as to where Sporty Jim had gone. As the woman approached, Ted saw by the expression on her face that she had not yet been successful. "I have not yet had any opportunity to talk with Whaley," she said. "Whaley is the ringmaster?" asked Ted "Yes," was the reply. Then the woman continued: "I understand that you have promised to look after our in terests in regard to to-day's ticket receipts?" "I have promised to do so conditionally," replied Ted. "Then I will promise you to get you the desired in formation b efo re the day is over,'' said the woman hurry ing away. As Ted lost sight of the woman in the crowd he turned to make some remark to his companions, but, at that moment, he saw Ben Tremont stretch out his arm and seize the collar of a passing circus hand. Ben nearly jerked the young man whom he had seized off his feet. "I' ve got you at last!" Ben exclaimed. "What do yer want?" asked the surprised young man. "You have forgotten the little affair that happened the day before yesterday, have you?" asked Ben. "You are the man who hit me in the face when I made you give up that revolver!" "I guess yer has made a mistake. Y got the wrong man. Mebby it ,-was my brother. I got a twin brother with the show!" exclaimed the man, in affright. But Ben was eying the burly youth intently. He knew the young fellow -was lying. He had made no mistake in his man. This was certainly the fellow Ben had chased into the dressing tent of the circus at Roben. "Since I last saw you,'' continued Ben, "I have learned that' my friend lost two revolvers instead of the one I made you return. Now, I want you to hand over the other one, after which I am going to give you a sound thrashing in return for that smash you gave me in the face!" While Ben talked, the young man trembled in fear. "I ain't got no revolver! You Ins made a mistake!" he exclaimed. With a twist of his wrist, Ben turned the fellow quickly around. Of course, Ben had no way of being certain that the fellow had found both of Ted's revolvers. He only sus pected that he had. But he intended to make sure. As he whirled the youth about with one hand, he felt in the man's hip pockets with the other. Ben's suspicions had been correct. Protruding from the man's pocket was the grip of Ted's other revolver. Ben pulled the weapon out and handed it to the young rough rider. "Young man,'' said Ben, as he jerked the youth around to his former position, "you are a bad, bad boy. You not only lie, but you also steal. You must be punished.'' Although the youth was fully as large as Ben himself, and apparently strong and well muscled, he seemed as clay in Ben's hands. That the young man was at heart a veritable coward was plainly seen, for his teeth chattered in his affright. L,;n had not the heart to double up his fist and pommel the man. But he itched for revenge. He seemed to still feel the tingling sensation of the blow on his cheek, delivered two days previous by the young showman. As Ben spoke to the youth, he backed up against a large stone at the edge of the circus grounds. Then, still pulling the youth along with him, Ben sat upon the stone, and laid the young showman across his knees, for all the world as if he was a big, overgrown


22 THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. schoolboy, and was about to receive one of those old fashioned spankings from hi s teacher. The showman now struggled with all his might. The humiliating position in which he found himself was greater punishment than a sound thrashing would have been. The fracas had attracted a crowd quickly, and Ben's novel method of whipping the man caused a great deal of merriment. Although the youth struggled as hard as he could Ben seemed to hold him right where he wanted him with little apparent effort. Ben concluded his punishment of the youth by picking up a small slab of wood from the ground, flat on one side, and with this paddle he gave the youth a sound spanking where it would do the most good. Finally, Ben threw the enraged showman from his lap, and commanded: "Now, you get away from here just as fast as you know how The next time you tell me a lie I will spank you harder than I have this time!" The discomfited showman jumped to his feet, threw an angry glance at Ben, and then hurried away into the crowd, followed by the taunts and jeers of the spectators. Shortly after Ben 's experience with the young show man, Ted was accosted by the performer who had ask ed the young rough rider to look after the ticket sales that day in the interests of the performers, who had procured an attachment for back salaries. "I have the list you required," said the man, thrusting into Ted' s hands a large sheet of paper, "and have at tended to all arrangements." Ted ascertained that his appointment as the representa tive of the performers had been ratified by the proper authorities. His duties would be to look after the ticket receipts and make the settlement at the end of the evening performance with the sheriff, who was to take full charge of the ticket wagon and sell the tickets. It was learned that the side show and other side at tractions had no connection with the big show, except to travel with it. They were not owned by Fuller & Zinn, proprietors of the circus and menagerie. When Ted had learn ed that everything was all straight and aboveboard, he went to dinner, so as to return be fore the ticket wagon was opened for business. It had been agreed that Ted should figure up the ac counts with the sheriff after the ticket selling for the evening performance had ended, and that he should re ceive what money was coming to the performers, and give the sheriff a receipt for it. Ted was then to take the money to the hotel and divide it among the performers whose names were upon the list handed to him. Ted was on hand when the tickets began selling, and all the afternoon he kept steadily at his work in the ticket wagon. It was between nine and ten o'clock that night when the sheriff and Ted came to a sett lement. There had not been quite enough money taken in for the two performances to satisfy the claims of the per formers. Ted at la s t started toward the hotel, with a trifle over eighteen hundred dollars in a little calilvas bag. The circus tents were pitched in the outskirts of the town. The evening performance was not yet quite out, and the streets were nearly deserted. Bud and Ben had gone in to see the circus, so Ted was alone. But the young rough rider had little thought of danger. He was walking rapidly along a side street, which he knew intersected with the street which would take him directly toward the hotel, when he was accosted by two men. They had stepped from the shadows of a brick build ing just in front of him, and Ted sa w that they were both holding revolvers toward him. "Halt, young man! We will relieve you of that roll of money!" The words of the man had been spoken in a determined tone. Had the money been his own, perhaps Ted would have handed it over without resistance, relying upon his abil. ity to eventually get it back ; but the money belonged to th e circus performers. Ted felt it his duty to fight for it. He was about to make a bold rush upon his foes, when a third memb e r of the hold-up party, whom Ted had passed un seen, tiptoed up behind the rough rider and felled him to the ground with a stuffed "billy." Teel dropped unconscious to the ground. but, before conscious nes s had left him, he heard one of his enemies exclaim: "Good work, Whaley CHAPTER XIII. TED PAYS OFF THE PERFORMERS. "My God I'm too late!" It was a woman who had thus exclaimed. She was the woman performer who had promised Ted to try and find out from Whaley, the ringmaster, information re garding where Sporty Jim and his wife, Nell, had taken the kidnaped child. As she uttered the exclamation, the woman was bend in g over the inanimate form of young rough rider, Ted Strong. It. was but a few minutes after Ted had been attacked in the dark by the three men and had been knocked out. Even as the woman spoke, two men appeared from the darkness. The woman, hearing the approaching foot steps, started up in fear, but the next moment she sprang forward to meet the men. They were Bud Morgan and Ben Tremont, and the :woman had recognized them.


THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. As she hurried toward them, Ben Tremont asked : "Who are you ?" "Lulu Vincent, the circus performer," was the answer. Ben drew closer, and then recognized the woman. She led them to the side of the fallen young rough rider. "You found him here?" asked Ben. "Yes-just no w," replied Lulu; "and I have every rea son to believe that he has been robbed of all the money belongin g to the circus performers." Then the woman told a strange story. After her performance in the circus she had heard Whaley and two other circus men discussing a plan for holding up Ted Strong on his way from the circus grounds to the hotel with the money. She had not been in a position to hear all of the con versation, but had heard enough to know they had decided to carry out their plot. She hastily changed her performing costume for her street cl9thes, and hurried toward the ticket wagon to warn Ted. But she found that Ted had just left with the money. She hurried along after him, hoping to overtake him before he was held up, but had not arrived in time. She had stumbled over his body as he lay stretched out on the sidewalk. She had ascertained that he was not dead just before the others came up. The men who had held up the young rough rider had taken his money and disappeared. "Well, it might have been much worse," said Ben. "I am glad Ted was not killed. At any rate, we know one of the men who took part in the robbery, and may event ually get track of him, and get the money back." "I think I can aid you in finding Whaley," announced the woman. Neither Ben nor Bud replied at the moment, for Ted was showing signs of r eturning consciousness. When Ted finally did open his eyes, and recognized his friends, his fir s t words were : "I have be e n robbed Whaley the rin gmaster, and two other men assault ed me. We must catch them; but, first I want to go to th e hotel and square things with the circus performers who trusted me." It was not many minutes before Ted was able to start for the hotel, accompanied by his friends. Arriving at the hotel, Ted turned and spoke to his companions before entering the building: "Do not say a word about my being held up and robbed. I will square accounts with the performers out of my own pocket, and they need never know. It w ill be better to keep the matter secret for a time." "But Y ou have no money, have you?" asked Ben. "How much have you?" Ted asked, in return. "I have about eight hundred dollars in th e safe in the hotel," replied Ben. Ben had always been a cautious man, and, although he often carried large sums of money with him he al "' :11ys put it in some safe place, when possible, rather than keep it in his pockets. On their trip to Kansas, the young rough riders had taken consid e rable money in cash with them, as they ex pected to make some large investments in cattle. They had bought no cattle however ; and still had the monev with them. Ted, to the surprise of Ben and Bud, now announced that he had over one thousand dollars in the hotel safe. It was an unusual thing for Ted to place whatever sum of money he might have about his person in a hotel safe. He relied upon his ability to look out for himself. He could h a rdly tell, himself, why, on this particular occasion, he had left his money at the hotel, but it was very fortunate for him that he had done so. Bud Morgan also had quite a considerable sum of money, which he offered to turn over to Ted, but Ted de clined the loan, as, with Ben's roll, he had more than enough to make up what belonged to the circus per formers. Entering the hotel they found I?Ost of the performers waiting to get their shares of the day's receipts, but a few had not yet arrived from the circus grounds. Ted asked all present who had money coming to retire to one of the hotel parlors, saying that he would presently join them there. Then Ted and Ben got their money from the hotel safe, and went to the parlor to pay off the performers. It required some time to straighten out the pay roll to determine what each performer had coming, as the re ceipts had not been sufficient to pay them off in full. Each person was to get about ninety-seven per cent. of what he or she was credited for on the sheet. By the time all the accounts had been figured up, the last of the performers had arrived, and in a few minutes all had been paid. Then the performer who had first solicited Ted's serv made a short speech, and made a motion that each performer should contribute from two to five dollars to ward a purse to pay Ted for his services. The performers were all anxious to contribute to such a fund, but Ted flatly refused to take any money. He said it had been a pleasure for him to assist them, and that he would receive no pay for his services. "I know that getting let down and thrown out of work right in the middle of the season is a hard blow for most of you people," said Ted. "Many of you will now be out of work until another season, and you need your money a g reat dea l more than I need it. I am sorry that you have not been paid in full. I tha nk you for your generous offe rin g, but I cannot accept it." His short speech was greeted with rousing cheers. / .,_I


24 THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. As soon as th e performers had l ef t the parlor, Ted was approached b y the woma n Lulu Vi ncent who said: "I think I can h e lp you find Oaude Whaley." "I intend e d t o ask you, as soon as I had time, if you h a d been successful in findin g where Sporty Jim and his wife had gone," said Ted, turning tow a rd the woman "Well, I found that out, and more, too. I'll tell you all I learned, and then you will know best how to proceed," said Lulu. "All right; go ahead, replied T ed, seating himself in a chair, and biddin g the woman t o do th e same. Bud Morgan and Ben Tremont were s till in the room and they also drew chairs up close to Ted and the woman, and listened to what she had to t e ll. CHAPTER XIV. WHAT LULU VINCENT LEARNED. Lulu Vincent's sto ry was an int e restin g one, and the rough riders did not interrupt hei; during her narrative. As the three men gathered close around her she began, addressing her r emar ks, for the most part, directly to Ted: "When I first promised to l ea rn from Claude Whaley, the rin gmas ter, where Sporty Jim a nd his wife h ad gone after l eav in g the circus, I imagined th e t ask would be a n easy one, but I did not ima g in e it would be so easy as i t really turne d out t o be. "As I t o ld you just after br eakfast, I r elied upon the fact that Whaley profess e d to be in l ove wi th me to pave the way for getting the desired information. "Well, a s h ort time after the parade, I l ooked Whaley up He had just rec eived a l et t e r a nd was si ttin g in his apartment of t h e dressing room looking it ove r Whaley cannot r ea d and when I saw the l e tt e r in hi s h a nd I expected him t o a sk me to read it to him, as he h ad done on various other occas i ons But he sat with the l ette r in his hand for a lon g time, e vid e ntl y thinkin g deeply. "All the tim e that he was thinking, h e was lookin g directly at me, but with a far-awa y expression. I for him to say something. "At last he got up and came over to my side. I had never reall y professe d to l ove Whaley, a nd had never al lowed him to think that I did but I had permitted him to talk love to me, and, to save m y position with the cir c us had allowed him to entertain a h o p e that some tim e I would marry him. :'When he approach e d me to-clay, I allowed him t o put his arm around me, something I h ad n ever pe rm i ted him to db before. I wished to encou r age him, for I was b ound to get the desired inform a ti o n which I knew h e al one could furnish. "Then he began mak i n g lov e t o me, a nd, without c om promi sing my se lf b y actually promising t o marry him I finall y made him feel th at I was really madly in love with him. Then, as I had hoped, he began to get c o nfidential. I finall y asked him, point-blank, where Jim and Nell had gone. "He hesitated just an instant b e fore replying, and then he said: 'Here is a letter from Jim. You may read it to me, and th e n I will dictate an answer for you to write. Everything should be plain b e tween you and I if you are to become my wife.' "I took the letter and opened it, without comment. The contents o f the l etter f?rnished just the information yo u want, a nd I managed to k ee p posses s ion of the letter to show it to you." At this point in the story. Lulu paused, and from her wa i s t pulled out the l ette r and handed it to Ted to read. Ted opened the l etter, and, after glancing at it, ex claimed: "Why, this letter seems to have b ee n written in a woman's hand!" "Yes," replied Lulu ; "it was evidently written by Nell for Jim; but, you see, it has his sig nature. Ted g lanc ed at the b ottom of the l as t page and saw th a t Lulu was ri g ht. Then he spread o ut the pages, drew closer to the lig ht, and read the lette r aloud, but in a low voice, to Ben and Bud. It r ead as follows: "FRI END AND PAL: Nell and I a r e on our way with the kid to my uncle 's at Garner, Nebraska. We were afraid to s ta y with th e circus after se ndin g that last rough rider cuss to his death in the trunk. Have got to give up making a child wonder performer out of the kid, but have a plan t 0 get h o ld of good money through her. Don't think we are b r ea king our agreement to 'whack up' profits with you. Going to make h e r father pay a goo d, fat ransom "Say, Whaley the s how won't last long. It's bound to go up before the season is h a lf finished. Why don't you follow us? I"ll guarantee uncle will g iv e us a good time, and yo u can h e lp ste e r this r::.nsom proposition throu gh. We o u gh t to ge t e nou g h so we won't n eed t o work for seve r a l seaso n s To get to Garner, t ake t h e trai n to A l bion, Boo n e County, and then take stage from th e re. Ask for Bump Wilkins' place. He's my uncle. Good luck. "JIM POPP." Whe n Ted had finish ed, he looked up at Lulu with a fascinating smile, and sai d : "You ha ve done nobly, M iss V inc ent This l etter puts us ri g ht on a warm trail. I s th ere a n y mo r e to th e story?" "Yes," repl ied Lulu "Diel you answe r this l e tt e r for Whaley ?" "No," was th e a nsw er "Wh a ley decided l ater that it wouldn' t be n e cessary. He decided to bunch the circus and join Sporty Jim. That was after it had been definitely annou nc ed by th e management that the c ircu s was h ope l essly st r anded, that all th e people would be l et go, and all dates fo r the season c ance l ed "And you think th a t Whaley will make his way as quick l y as possibk t o Garner?" asked Ted. "I am certain of it, was Lulu 's reply. "for \i\Th a ley t old me, late in the afternoon1 that he intended to disappear


THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. this evening, and would start immedi a tel y for N e bra s ka. He asked me t o join him in Omaha on e month from to day. He said he would th e n hav e a g o o d roll of money. He took it for grante d I would join him th e n for the purpose of becoming his wif e But he did not tell me of his plan to hold y ou up and rob you. I do not know whether he had conceived that idea at that tim e or not. Lulu had appar e ntly told her story She had given the rough rid e r s some valuable information Ted thought silently for a few mom e nts and then he addressed the woman : "What do you expect to do now Miss Vincent?" "I have no particular plans," she replied, "except that I will probably go to my mother s, in Ohio, and try to get on with some other show for the rest of the season "You have no intention of marry ing Claude Whaley? "He would be th e last man on earth I would wish to marry replied Lulu. "Pardon this que s tion said Ted, "but h a v e you pl enty of money to last you until another seas o n providing y ou fail to get work for th e balanc e of this s ea s on? The woman blush e d and h e sitat e d but finally an swered: "To tell the truth, I hav e but very littl e money saved My mother is an invalid, and it has cost me a great deal to support her "Give me your address in Ohio said Ted. The woman complied with the request. and then Ted said: "Your service s in this cas e h a v e b e en ver y valuable, whether we succeed in getting th e c hild or not, and I am goin g to see that you are well paid." "But--" began Lulu. "Oh, you needn't worry Ted interrupted for the mone y will not come o ut of my pock e t. I imagine the parents of the child will greatly appre ciate the work you have d o ne. "No w it i s g ettin g late," c o ntinued T e d and we will bid you farewell, with best wis he s for your fut1ire. There is a train g oin g north at midnight, and we will probably not see you again. CHAPTER XV. BUMP WILKINS' PLACE. The three rough riders found that th ey had to change trains and railwa y s s everal tim e s in order to get from Morley, Colorad o to Albion N ebraska, and it was t he second afternoon after they left the former town that they arrived at their destination. Although late in the day, Ted was resolved to lose no time in startin g for Garner. After a few inquiries, it was learned that Garner was a small town in the center of a large ranching dis trict. and that it was located about fif te e n miles north of Albion, in what was known as the Beaver Creek Valley. The re would be no stage going to Garner until after dinn e r the ne x t day. Ted d e cided to hire three saddl e horses for the trip, but the y were s om e what delayed in getting the horses. They did n o t, therefore start from Albion until after supp e r. B ut the ro:i, l was a s trai ght one, and easily followed. The trav e lin g was good und e rfoot and by ten o'clock the moon had risen. At that tim e th e y jud ge d that th e y were within a coupl e o f miles o f the town. Mee tin g a horseman up o n the road who was riding to A lbion Ted stopped the man and asked several qu e stions. "How far is it to Garner?" "About a mile and a half, answered the man. "Can you tell me where to look for Bump Wilkins' plac e ?" "Sure!" r e plied the stran ge r ; "but an y one can tell you when you ge t to Garn e r. It' s th e bigge st saloon in the t o wn. You can t miss it. G oin g to t ry your luck ? "What d o yo u mean? a s ked T ed. "Why s huffle the cards or hit th e roulette," answered the s tran ge r Wilkins plac e i s a gambling joint then?" "You bet; and nothin g is on th e square. Say, if you are good with the cards, I'd lik e to have you do up a cuss who just latel y arri ved. He's taking everybody's money. Took a hundre d from me this afternoon. I'd like to see some one cle an him out. "Who i s he ? "Durne d if I know, but he brought a woman and a littl e g irl there him. It' s said he is Wilkins' nephew ." Ted could hardly k e ep from shoutin g Then to make sure he had made no mistake, he described Sporty Jim to the stranger. "That's him! That's the fellow! You seem to have seen him b e for e ." "I h a ve," r e pli e d T e d ; "and I'm h e ad e d for Bump Wilkins' place for the express purpose of cleaning that fel low. out!"


-----------------THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. "You are?" exclaimed the stranger, e x citedl y Can i f they had b e en made for him. But they were old and you do it? "I certainl y c a n ," r eturned T e d. "I'd g ive fifty dollars to see you turn the trick!" said the stranger. "Nothing easier," r e turned Ted ; and it won't cost you fifty, either." "Say, stranger, I'm going back with you, if yo u don't object? "Yo u are perfectly welcome," r ep lied Ted. The stranger had made exactly the propo s ition which I Ted had hoped to l ead him to make. A ente r ed the mind of the young roug h rid e r when h e commenced talki n g with the stranger, a plan wher eby h e h oped to ge t into conversation with Sporty Jim without being recogni zed He knew that his khaki suit wo uld give him away instantly To carry out plan he must have a change of costume. As they rode along toward Garner after being joined b y the stra n ger, Ted Wged his hor se close to the side of the ne w membe r of the party, and said: "If you want to se e me cle an out Sporty Jim, you will have t o help me in o n e detail." "How's that?" "I clean ed ou t the ma n once before, quite recently. He Knows I c a n do it an d won't g ive me another chance at him if he recognizes me. I want a dis g uise of some kind. You and I are about the same size. Can you fix me up with a suit of old clothes? "You just bet I can, stranger!" replied the man; "and . I can fix you with a false mustache, too. I've got a dandy, that I bou ght down to Denver a few months ago to fool my wife with. We'll go right to my shanty, on this side of town and fit you out b e fore we go down to Wilkins' place ." "Good for you!" replied Ted. "I'll pay you well for this assistance, if we succeed in fooling our man." Of course Ben Tremont and Bud Morgan had heard Ted's conver sa tion with the stranger, and they had "tumbled" immediately to the plan of the young rough rider. They were elated with the scheme, but wondered what role Ted expected them to play. Ted explained what he expected of them later. In a short time they arrived at the shanty of the stranger, and twenty minutes later Ted's best friend woul

THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. But on this occasion he felt that he wa s justified in _playing poker against Sporty Jim and Claude Whaley. He saw a chance to get the money which Whaley bad stolen from him. He figur e d that Whaley might have divided that money with his two assistants in the hold up, but he saw that Whaley had fully eighteen hundred d o llar s i n front of him, the amount th a t Ted had lost. Because Ted had not played poker for money was no sign he did not know how to handle the card s He could have made a fortune as a gambler, for he knew every trick of the profession, and he was so dexterous that there seemed little chance of his being caught "stacking" the cards. And Ted knew tricks of his own with cards-tricks he had studied out and invented himself. In cutting the cards, the deal fell to the stranger with whom Ted had entered the game. It had been determined that the game should be a fifty cent ante, with a "ce iling limit," with show-down privi leges, the player declaring his financial condition when down to twenty-five dollars. On the stranger's deal, Ted held a pair of aces. Sporty Jim, who sat at Ted's right, stayed in the game, and "boosted" the ante up to five dollars. Ted stayed, "see ing" the raise. The other two men dropped out. Ted's aces were not helped the draw, and, when Sporty Jim bet ten dollars, Ted threw his hand in the deck. T e d watched Sporty Jim shuffle and deal the cards. It was the second pot, and the gambler made no attempt to stack the cards. No one stayed, and the round resulted in a jack pot. It was now Ted's deal. Ted made a mess of the shuffle, evidently trying to manipulate the cards too fa st. Se veral card s fell on the floor. Seemingly quite n e rvous rr e r \ p e r mitted Jim to cut the cards, and then slowly d e a:, t ..:: .. Whaley had watched Ted s shuffle with an eagle eye. He was certain that Ted had shuffled and dealt the cards honestly and fairly. But when he looked at his hand he found that he held Sporty Jim stayed for th twent y dollars when found that his hand consisted of three jacks. Ted also stayed. Whaley naturally drew one card, and Sporty Jim took two. Ted drew one, also. Of course, vVhaley's hand could not have been helped, but Sporty Jim found that he had drawn the fourth jack. Whaley opened the betting with fifty dollars, which was raised to one hundred dollars by Sporty Jim. Ted merely called Sporty Jim's bet, knowing that Whaley would undoubtedly mak e another raise. Whaley made the bet two hundred. As he was playing partners with Whaley, Sporty Jim now merely called that raise, and it was up to Ted to do the boosting. As Ted had called Sporty Jim's first raise, both gam blers were now astonished when Ted raised the bet to five hundred dollars. Whaley weakened when he saw the raise. He merely placed money enough in the pot to call Ted's raise. It was now up to Sporty Jim. T h e ex-fakir hesitated. He pondered a long time. He re ason e d thaF his own hand must be better than the hand of Whaley. He had an idea that Ted was bluffing. T e d had played his hand so erratically that he had Sporty Jim guessing. Finall y Sporty Jim counted out a roll of bills and laid them in the pot. As he did so, he winked covertly at Whaley. It was a signal between the two that Sporty Jim held four of a kind. Ted counted the r;ioney which Sporty Jim had placed in the pot. "You have altogether one thousand dollars in the pot?" he asked of Sporty Jim. "Yes." "You have raised me five hundred?" Sporty Jim nodded. Ted figured a moment. He did not wish to win more than the amount stolen from him by Whaley. If he called the bet and Whaley did the same, Ted fig ured he would be exactly two thousand dollars winner. four kings. Perhaps that was as near as he could come to the exact Ted had given his stranger partner an entirely worthamount. He merely called the bet. less hand and the man was forced to Jay down his cards when Whaley opened the pot for twenty dollars. Now there was a problem for Whaley to figure out. He knew that Sporty Jim held fours. He had fours him-


THE YOUNG ROUGH RIDERS WEEKLY. self, and they were kings. He doubted if Sporty Jim's fours were as large as his own. For safety, it was his play to call the bet, and he did so. The hands were laid face up on the table. Ted Strong held a straight heart flush-ten, nine, eight, seven and six. He had the winning hand. "You dealt the cards yourself You cheated !" Sporty Jim had uttered the exclamation as Ted was drawing in the pot and shoving the money into his pockets. As he spoke, Sporty Jim jumped to his feet, ,and a re volver gleamed in his hand. It was plainly his intention to either shoot the young rough rider or try to hold him up for the purpose of getting the money back. He had evidently relied upon Whaley to stand back of him, and he was not disappointed. Whaley also sprang up, with a revolver in view. But Ted's nerve seemed to rattle the men. They did not bring their revolvers to a level quickly. Ted made no reach toward his weapon. He coolly stowed the money carefully away in his pockets, and then, with a quick move, pulled off his false mustache and his hat. Ted's brown curls, now released, fell about his shoul ders. He sat, suddenly revealed, before his two enemies. Each man gave a cry of terror as they recognized the face of Ted Strong. They realized that he had played a cunning trick upon them. Sporty Jim was the first to partially recover from the shock. He lifted his revolver, with a quick motion, leveled it straight at Ted's head, and was about to pull the trigger. But at that moment a cool, ringing voice came floating through the window at the rear of the room: "Never mind no signal, Ted! We're on ther spot!" It was Bud Morgan who spoke, and his words had hardly passed his lips when Bud fired his revolver. The bullet landed in Sporty Jim's wrist, and the re volver held by the gambler was dropped to the ground without being discharged. At the same moment, Ben Tremont sprang into the 1\om, and had seized Whaley in his powerful grasp. "f3eore the ex-ringmaster knew what was going on, he was lying upon the floor, securely bound. As Bud Morgan had fired, Ted had sprung toward I Sporty Jim, and in a minute had floored and bound his man. Just as Ted raised up from tying Sporty Jim's feet, a door at one side opened, and a woman and little girl appeared in the room. They had evidently been attracted by the noise of Bud's shot, and had run down from an apartment of some sort above the gambling room. Ted saw the woman as soon as she had entered the room, and he sprang quickly toward her. He had recog nized her as Jim's wife, Nell. The little girl was kid naped daughter of John LaDuke, of Ashton. Ted worked fast, and soon secured the woman. He knew that in a very short time he would have to account with the seven or eight spectators in the room. As quickly as he had his prisoners secured, Ted faced the spectators, and in a few words told them why he had thus bound the three prisoners. When the men learned that the little girl had been kidnaped by Sporty Jim an

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Diamond Dick Weekly CONTAINING THE MOST UNIQUE AND FAS CINATING TALES OF WESTERN ROMANCE 410-Diamond Dick, Jr.'s, Long Shot; or, A Mis play at Tonto Pass. 4II-Diamond Dick, Jr., and the Circus Sharps; or, Crooked Work at Flushville. 412-Diamond Dick's Black Flyer; or, The Raid of the Tickabo Terrors. 413-Diamond Dick's Treasure Train; or, Run Down on the Trestle. 414-Diamond Dick, Jr.'s, Night Ride; or, The Fight for the "Way-up-in-G" Mine. 415-Diamond Dick's Signal; or, The Sympathy Strike at Skiplap. 416-Diamond Dick and Sandbaggers; or, Queer Work in the Private Car. 417-Diamond Dick, Jr.'s, Dutch Mascot; or, Wet Goods at Tickabo. 418--Diamond Dick, Jr., and the Serpent Queen; or, The Secret of the Peso-la-ki. 4I5r-Diamond Dick's Specter; or, The Phantom that Won Out. 420-Diamond Dick's Pay Car; or, Foiling the Hatchet-Boys. 421-Diamond Dick in Grubstake; or, How the Trappers Were Trapped. 422-Diamond Dick and the Bond Thieves; or, Handsome Harry's Barrel of Trouble. 423-Diamond Dick, Jr.'s, Mid-Air Battle; or, The Death Trail of Lightning-that Strikes. 424-Diamond Dick, Jr., and the Black-Hands; or, On the Trail of the Freebooters. 425-Diamond Dick's Lone Hand; or, A Game of Tag at the Tin Cup Ranch. 426-Diamond Dick, Jr., and the "Knock Down" Men; or, A Mix-Up at Forty Miles an Hour. 427-Diamond Dick, J r.'s, Switch-off; or, A Close Shave at Razor Gap. 428--Diamond Dick's Christmas Gift; or, A Full House at Pocomo. 425r-Diamond Dick Among the Mail Bags; or, A Round with the Postal Grafters. 430-Handsome Harry's Hard Fight; or, The Queer Mystery of the Five Ace Gang. 431-Handsome Harry on the Wolf's Trail; or, The Train Robber's Ambush. 432-Handsome Harry's Strangle Hold; or, The Pretty Demon of the Rockies. 433-Handsome Harry's Quickest Shot; or, Drawin2" the Sting from a Gila. 434-Handsome Harry's Trump Card; or, The Bad Man from Texas. 435-Handsome Harry's Lightning Stroke; or, The Mutineers of Misery Gulch. 436-Handsome Harry's Fierce Game; or, The M o onshiner's Oath. 437-Handsome Harry in Chinatown; or, The Highbinders' Crimson Compact. 438--Handsome Harry in the Bad Lands; or, A Fight for Life in the Bandit Belt. 435r-Diamond Dick, Jr.'s, Castle in the Air; or, The Deadly Duel with Riatas. 440-Diamond Dick, Jr., and the Fire Bugs; or, The Ten-Strike at Lallakoo. 441-Handsome Harry's Iron Hand; or, Solving a Great Diamond Mystery. 442-Handsome Harry's Treasure Hunt; or, Three Old Tramps from Tough Luck. 443_:._Handsome Harry's Steel Trap; or, A Running Fight in the Rockies. 444-Handsome Harry with a Hard Crowd; or, A Blow-up on the Mississippi. 445-Handsome Harry's Big Round-up; or, The Beauty of Chimney Butte. 446-Handsome Harry in the Big Range; or, Hey, Rube, in Arizona. ,, 447-Diamond Dick's Ghostly Trail; oc, The Phantom Engine of Pueblo. 448--Diamond Dick's Boy Hunt; or, The Kid. napers of the Sierras. 445r-Diamond Dick's Sure Throw; or, The Broncho Buster's Last Ride. 45<:>-Diamond Dick's Fight for Honor; or, The Wizard Gambler. 451-Diamond Dick Afloat; or, The Pirates of the Pacific. 452-Diamond Dick's Steeple Chase; or, The Leap That Won the Race. 453-Diamond Dick's Deadly Peril; or, A Fight for Life in the Rapids. 454-Diamond Dick's Black Hazard; or, The Feud at Roaring Water. All of the above numbs,.. always 011 ha11d. a you cannot ,,.t thetm from you,. ftflwsdea/er, nve cents ,,.,. 0011y will 11,.11111 tbem to you by mall, 110t11alll. STREET & SMITH, Publishers, 79-89 Seventh Ave., NEW YORK


r I r '.I I , BUFFALO BILL STORIES Containing the Most Thrilling Adventures of the Celebrated Government Scout 6 BU ff ALO B!Ll" (Hon. Wmiam f. Cody) 170-Buffalo Bill's Fair, Square Deal ; or, The Duke of the Dagger's Dead Lock. 171-Buffalo Bill's Bold Brigade; or, Injun Jo e' s Burrow. 172-Buffalo Bill on a Hunt for Gold; or, The Lost Mine of the Cimarrons. 173-Buffalo Bill's Ride for Life; or, Fighting the Border Cattle Thieves. 174-Buffalo Bill's Double; or, The Mephisto of the Prairie. '175-Buffalo Bill and the Oaim Jumpers; or, The Mystery of Hellgate Mine. 176-Buffalo Bill's Strategy; or, The Queen of the Crater Cave. 177-Buffalo Bill in Morend; or, The Cat of the Copper Crag. 178-Buffalo Bill's Dead Drop; or, The Ghost Scout of Colorado. 179-Buffalo Bill's Texan Hazard; or, The War Trail of the Apaches. 18o-Buffalo Bill's Blindfold Duel; or, The Death Feud in Arizona. 181-Buffalo Bill's Mexican Feud; or, The Ban dits of Sonora. 182-Buffalo Bill's Still Hunt; or, The Masked Men of Santa Fe. 183-Buffalo Bill's Fiercest Fight; or, The Cap tive of the Apaches. 184-Buffalo Bill's Navajo Ally; or, The War with the Cave Dwellers. 185-Buffalo Bill's Best Shot; or, Saving Uncle -.. Sam's Troopers. 186-Buffalo Bill's Girl Pard; or, The Mystery of the Blindfold Oub. 187-Buffalo Bill's Eagle Eye; or, The Battle of the Staked Plains. 188-Buffalo Bill's Arizona Alliance; or, Nav' ajos Against Apaches. 189-Buffalo Bill's Mexican Adventure; or, The White Indians of Yucatan. 190-Buffalo Bill After the Bandits; or, Chasing the Wyoming Bank Robbers. 191-Buffalo Bill's Red Trailer; or, The Hole-in the-Wall Outlaws of Wyoming. 192-Buffalo Bill in the Hole-in-the-WaJI; or, Fighting the Wyoming Bank Robbers. 193-Buffalo Bill and the Bandit in Armor; or, The Mysterious Horseman of the Moun tains. 194-Buffalo Bill and the Masked Mystery; or, The Wild Rid e rs of the Wilderness. 195-Buffalo BiJI in the Valley of Death; or, The Mask e d Brotherhood. 196-Buffalo Bill in the Land of Fire; or, Nick Nomad, the Mountain Wanderer. 197-Buffalo Bill in the Den of Snakes; or, The Search for a Ton of Gold. 198-Buffalo Bill's Nebraskan Quest; or, The Secret Brotherhood of the Platte. 199-Buffalo Bill and the Hounds of the Hills; or, The Traitor Troopet. 200-Buffalo Bill s Young Partner; or, The Out law Queen's Cipher Message. 201-Buffalo Bill's Great Search; or, Bagging Bad Birds in Wyoming. 202-Buffalo Bill and the Boy in Blue; or, The Ghost Dancers of the Bad Lands. 203-Buffalo Bill's Long Chase; or, Nervy Frank's Leap for Life . 204-Buffalo Bill's Mine Mystery; or, Conquer ing the Brotherhood of the Crimson Cross. 205-Buffalo Bill's Strategic Tactics; or, Trailing the Terrible Thirty-nine. 206-Buffalo Bill's Big Jack Pot; or, A Game for a Life. 207-Buffalo Bill's Last Bullet; or, Solving the Mystery of Robber's Rock. 208-Buffalo Bill s Deadliest Peril; or, The Pur suit of Black Barnett, the Outlaw. 209-Buffalo Bill's Great" Knife Duel; or, The White Queen of the Sioux. 210-Buffalo Bill's Blind Lead; or, The Treasure of the Commander. 2n-Buffalo Bill's Sacrifice; or, For a Woman's Sake. 212-Buffalo Bill's 'Frisco Feud; or, California Joe to the Rescue. 213-Buffalo Bill's Diamond Hunt; or, The King of Bonanza Gulch. 214-Buffalo Bill's Avenging Hand; or, Lariat Larry's Last Throw. All of the above numbelfllfl always on ha11d. If you cannot 99t them fpom your newsdeder, nve cents pe,. copy will bring them to you by mall, postpaid,, STRT & SMITH, Publishers, 79-89 Ave., NEW YORK


NICK CARTER. WEEKLY THE BEST DETECTIVE STORIES IN THE WORLD 392-.A: Queen of Her Kind; or, A Beautiful Woman's Nerve. 393-Isabel Benton's Trump Card; or, Desperate 1 p1ay to Win. 394--A Princess of Hades; or, The Reappear ance of Dazaar, the Fiend. 395-A Compact with Dazaar; or, The Devil Worshiper's 3g6-In the Shadow of Dazaar; or, At the Mercy of Vampires. 397-The Crime of a Money-King; or, The Bat tle of the Magnates. 398--The Terrible Game of Millions; or, Traclc ing Down the Plotters. 399-A Dead Man's Power; or, The Mystery of a Telephone Number. 400-The Secrets of an Old House; or, The Crime of Washington Heights. 401-The House with the Open Door; or, The Double Crime of Madison Avenue. 402-The Society of Assassination; or, The De tective's Double Disguise. 403-The Brotherhood of the Crossed Swords; or, The. Little Gi;mt's Mighty Task. 404-The Trail of the Vampire; or, The Mys terious Crimes of Prospect Park. 405-The Demons of the Night; or, The Terrors of the Idol's Cavern. 4o6-The Captain of the Vampire; or, Smugglers of the Deep Sea. 407-A Bank President's Plot; or, Three Vil lains of a Stripe. 408-The Master Criminal; or, With the Devil in His Eye. 409-The Carruthers Puzzle; or, Nick Carter's Best Disguise. 410-Inez, the Mysterious; or, The Master Crim inal's Mascot. 4II-The Criminal Queen's Oath; or, The Dif ference Between Two. 412-The Point,of a Dagger; or, The Criminal Queen's Madness. 413-Doctor Quartz, the Second; or, The Great Freight Car Mystery. 414-Doctor Quartz, the Second, at Bay; or, A Man of Iron Nerve. 415-The Great Hotel Murders; or, Doctor Quartz's Quiclc Move. 416-Zanoni, the Woman Wizard; or, The Ward of Doctor Quartz. 417-The Woman Wizard's Hate; or, A Danger ous Foe. 418-The Prison Demon; or, The Ghost of Dr. Quartz. 41g-Nick Carter and the Hangman's Noose; or, Dr. Quartz on Earth Again. 42Q-Dr. Quartz's Last Play; or, A Hand with a Royal Flush. 421-Zationi, the Transfigured; or, Nick Car ter's Phantom Mascot. 422-By Command of the Czar; or, Nick Car ter's Boldest Defiance . 423-The Conspiracy of an Empire; or, Nick Car ter's Bravest Act. 424-A Queen of Vengeance; or, Niclc Carter's Beautiful Nemesis. 425-Daring Dan, the Human Mystery; or, Nick Carter's Smoothest Foe. 426-Dan Derrington's Double; or, Nick Carter's Terrible Test. 427-The Great Gold Swindle; or1 The Little Giant's Masterpiece. 428-An East River or, Nick Carter's Daring Leap. 42g-The Phantom Highwayman; or, Nick Car ter's Slender Oew. 430-A Million Dollar Hold Up; or, Nick Car ter's Richest Client. Carter and the Man With the Crooked Mind. 43:a--Nick Carter's Convict Enemy; or, The Power that Makes Men Tremble. 433-The Pirate of the Sound; or, Niclc Car ter's Midnight 434-The Cruise of the Shadow; OT, Nick Car ter's Ocean Chase. 435-A Prince of Impostors; or, Nick Carter's Oever Foil. 436--.The Mystery of John Dashwood; or, Nick Carter and the Wharf Secret. 437-Following a Blind Trail; or, The Detect ive's Best Guess. 438-The Crime of the Potomac; or, The Telltale Finger Marks. 43g-In the Shadow df' Death; or, Nick Carter's Saving Hand. All at the above ... .,,,e,.. always 011 bllad. It 'YO oa1111at flBf tllem-:IPom 70" 118Wfldeale,., five oefs ,,.,. 0011y wl# ,,.., .. ,, fbem to 'YO by mall, JIOf,,.ld. STREET & SMITH, Publishers, 79-89 Seventh Ave., NEW YORK ,)


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