The Bradys and Captain Thunderbolt; or, Daring work in Death Valley

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The Bradys and Captain Thunderbolt; or, Daring work in Death Valley
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Secret service, Old and Young King Brady, detectives
Doughty, Francis Worcester d. 1917
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/ OLD AND YOUNO KINO' BRADY, DETECTIVES. l"vell Weel:llf-BJI Svbcriplion $2.50 per ear. Bllfered a. Second Ola. Jlatfer at the NeiD l'orl:, N. 1'., Pod o.-. llltwcll 1, 1899 Entered accord'"" to .Aef of Ooftgreaa, ,,. the J!Bar ,,. the otrce ot the LtllrGrlM ot 00flllf'ea, Wa.lliflgfoa, D. 0., lroalJ Touaev, 2f Unw11 Bllvtwe, NeiD l'or&. No. 290. NEW YORK, AUGUST 12, 1904. Price 5 Cents. THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT DB, Daring Work In Death Valley BY A NEW YORK DETECTIVE . I--er-1 have heard of yoU!' peculiar style of dress. This CHAPTER I. old-fashioned blue coat with its long tails and brass but tons, that big white hat-1-that is to say-" THE BRADYs' DOUBLE CALL. "Come, come, sir!" broke in the detective. "Never mind the peculiarities of my dress. If you have anything to say It had been a dull time with the Bradys; for some weeks to me, say it. It is raining, a nd I want t o g o in." those famous detectives, whose names are now so well known "What I have to say is busines s Mr. Brady. I have called from Maine to Texas, and from New York to San Francisco, to put up a proposition to you which-er-which m a y prove had had little or nothing to do. profitable to us both." This was decidedly unusual. Indeed, not for several years "Do you wish me to undertake a. case?" a sked the old had Old King Brady known things to so shape themselves. detective bluntly The old detective ha.d. impro:ved the time by attending "Yas-that is, if we can come to terms." to personal business in Boston. "What is your name?" ). On a certain rainy Saturday night he returned to town1 "I'd like to be Mr. Incognito until I have stated my and at ten minutes past eight started to enter the old house case, replied the stranger, with a chuckling laugh. on Washington Square where for several years he had re "Very well, sir. As you will. Walk in. I will hear what sided with Young King Brady, his partner and pupil-Ha.ryou have to say. ry, as he was usually called. Old Brady opened the door and ushered the stranger As Old King Brady ran up tlie steps a man wrapped in a into his little re c eption room. rain coat with the collar turned up suddenly turned and ran Their coming was overheard and Julius, the colored serfollowed him up to the door. vant, was outside the door of the reception-room before the "Well, sir?" demanded the old detective, turning with stranger was fairly seated latch key in hand. Old King Brady excused himself for the moment and "I-aw-I was looking-for-the re s idence of th e Brad y stepped out into the hall detectives," said the stranger in that peculiar tone so much "Julius is Mr Harry in?" he asked. affected a certain class of modern business and profes"He has just come in a few minutes ago, sir; he is up in 1. sional men. his room now." The very tone of his voice was irritating to Old King "Te11 him to step into the parlor. Tell him to be quick, Brady. for I have a man waiting." Without even looking a t th e m a n's f ace he kn e w that he l In a moment Rarr y came running downstairs and joined belonged to the class m e ntion e d which he heartily de-his chief . spised. "So you ar e b ack, Gove rnor?" he remark ed, in a low "This is t h e house," h e said. "You are speaking wi'tli tone Old Kin g B r a d y now." "Just back. How has everything been going in my ab-"Oh, indeed!" said the stranger. "I-er-1 fancied so. sence?"


THE BRADYS AND CAPTAlN THUNDERBOLT. ''Fine! Nothing doing. No chance for any blunders on my part.'' "You seldom blunder, Harry. Look out you don ) t do so to-night. I want )'OU to get against the inside door of the reception room and listen. Make careful notes of all that b.etween me and the man I have just brought in." "Who is he?" "Don't know. He picked me up on the steps. Says he has a case. I say he is a rascal. I judge by the tone of his voice." "Unfortunate man!" laughed Young King Brady. "He had better go elsewhere with his case, since you have taken a dis like to him as I see you have.;, "Business," said Old King Brady, and he returned to the reception room and closed the door. The stranger, who had left hi s hat anu rain coat in the hall, was fumbling with a cigarette. "Do you mind if I smoke here?" he asked. "Not at aJI," replied Old King Brady. "Perhaps you will indulge in a cigarette yourself?" "Thank you, I never use them. Proceed with your busi-ness, please." "Before I proceed I must precede my remarks with a question," said Mr. Incognito, with a chuckling laugh. "Very well. Put the question." "Are 'you open for a case with big money in it which is -er-that i s to say, which is not strictly regular?" "That can only be decided when I hear the case." "Then you would not absolutely refuse such a case?" asked Mr. Incognito, with a cunning leer. There was clearly only one way to draw the man out, and that was to humor him. Old King Brady's answer fully covered the ground. "Depends upon the price." "Exactly. All men have their price." "Just so. Get ahead with your story, please." "I have been told that you have had large experience in huntin g down these Western badmen, bandits, mine rob bers, hold-up men, and the like?" "Such is the fact." "Suppose I put you on to one of them. What would b e your price to guarantee to put him out of the way? Not to send him to prison, mind you, but to put him permanently out of the way?" ''In other words, you want me to fix a price for killing a man of whom I never lYeard." "Put it that way if you wish." "I could not undertake .any such business unless I knew what your motive was." "What has my motive got to do with the matter when I am willing to pay almost any price you may name?" "Then you don't propose to explain your motive?" "Certainly not. I do not regard it as necessary. The man in question is the terror of the region in which he flourishes. There is a reward on his head. He is liable to be captured at any moment. You know how tliose cases go out in the Far West. The man probably has a oig political pull. He'll never hang. He'll get .a heavy sentence to the penitentiary and wili soon be pardoned out. I don't wish l).im pardond out. I want him to be removed alto gether. For this I am willing to pay." "What is the man's name? Where does he hang out?" "That I cannot tell you until we have struck a bar gain." "It seems to me that you are willing to tell me very lit tle." "If I tell little then the pay is big." "Ah, how big? Come out flat-footed, man, and make your offer. 'l "Fifty thousand dollar s cash for this service, Mr. Brady." "In case of success; but what if we fail?" "Your actual expenses." "I see; and this i s all you have to say?" "All until we strike a bargain." "You must have a powerful motive for wanting to get rid of this man." "I have. What is your answer?" "I will give it to you to-morrow night if you will call here." "Very well. I will call." "Providing--" "Ah, then there is a proviso!" "Yes." "Well, what is it?" "That you !!arne the man and the locality in which he lives." "You insist on "I do, as an evidence of your good faith. Remember, sir I do not even know your name.' "You have been very highly recommended to me, Mr. Brady, as the one man for this job." The detective merely bowed. "I should like to have your an swer first," persisted Mr. Incogi:tito. "Well, then, you will never get it," answered Old King Brady, shortly. "What is more, I must ask you to bring this interview to an end, as I have much to do to-night. Don't tell me any lies now, for that will not serve your purpose. The name and the place?" "And you will give me your answer to-morrow rught?" "I have already told you so. Come, sir! This interview must close." "If I tell you my disclosure will be regarded as strictly con:fi-den tia1 ? "All my business is confidential. I don't do business any other way." "Very well. Then the man is known as Captain Thun derbolt, ancl his hango1tt is in the Bi g Horn Range in Wy oming, near the town of Tensleep.J' "His real name?" "That I wm tell you to-morrow night." Evidently Mr. Incognito expected another outbreak from Old King Brady. "Very well," said old detective, rising. ''Call to!'


THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT. 3 morrow night, Mr. Incognito. The Bradys will take care 1 of your case." "Thank you," said the stranger, evidently very much elated. "And when can you start in on the matter." "Right away." "All right, sir. Good-evening." "Good-evening, Mr. Incognito," replied the old detective, now all politeness, and he bowed the stranger out, turning to meet Harry at the parlor door. Young King Brady was evidently in a state of suppressed excitement. "Well, of all the cool propositions!" he exclaimed. "The idea of that fellow here to hire us to turn murderers! Gov ernor, why didn't you make him tell his name?" "Because I already knew it," replied the old detective, quietly. "You did?" "Yes." "How did you find it out? ' "Read it on the inside of hi s hat after vou went to ltJten at that door." "Just like you! What was it?" "J. Steel Grayball." "Know him?" I "Not at all. Let's look him up in the directory." The B:radys went into the library wherethey have directori e s of every city of any importance. Harry stared and then burst into a loud laugh. "Upon my word, this beats the band!" he exclaimed. S trang e enough!" s aid Old Kin g Brady, walking to his desk. "Do we go?" "Surely, Harry A call from the Governor of Wyoming can hardly be refused." "And Mr. Incognito?" "Can wait over. Perhaps we s hall serve his purpose in the ordinary run of business s hould we dispose of Captain Thunderbolt. He may hav e s er ved our s better than we know b y callin g to-ni g ht o n his murderou s e rrand." Old King Br ady wrote hi s despatch, and the boy depart ed. By noon the next day the great detectives were once more on the wing Their des tination was Cheyenne . Their call there would, of course be simply for instruc tions ; the ir r e al destination being where v er on the map of Wyoming Captain Thund e rbolt held out and that, if :Mr. Incognito had told the truth was the town of Tensleep. CHAPTER II. YOUNG KING BRADY BALKS THE LYNCHERS. J. Steel Grayball was in th e New York directory. Hi s office was on lower Broadway a nd hi s bus iness "Up with him! String him right now." put down as "lawyer." "No, shoot him! Don't stop to g et a rope! Shoot him "What do you propose to do with him?" Harry aeked down!" "If he comes again I shall a rrest him replied Old King "Hold, gentlemen! I am supposed to be mayor of this Brady. "Meanwhile I shall look him up a bit. He is town. Law and order must prevail! 'his boy must be proba bly executor for some rich man's will, and this felconducted to the jail and--" low he wants done up i s the heir Bang! Bang! Bang! ) Thunderbolt? Did you ever hear of him?" From the crowd which had gathered near the principal "Never!" saloon of the little town of Tensleep, Wyoming, three s hots "Why didn't you arre s t this man Gr ayba ll to-night? cam e flying. "You have pronounced his name as I have no

4 THE BRADYS AND CAPT'AIN THUNDERBOLT. One of the masked riders only had been captured, the half-starved, ragged boy in question. The horse which he rode had been shot from under him, and in the quick dash out of town which followed the boy had been left behind to be captured by the infuriated citi zens of Tensl eep who were for lynching him then and there. The mayor's bold dash was without effect The re was no intention of hurting the worthy official, the shot which went through his had been purposely so aimed. He was quick;ly seized and overpowered. "It is no u se, Mac! We are going to hang him!" one known to be friendly the mayor called out. "He is one of Captain Thunderbolt's gan g and he must die. Shooting is too good for him. We shall string him up to the big tree." The mayor yielded to force of circumstances. He knew the temper of the Tensleepers. While they had not been possessed of the courage to stand up against the gang of the notorious Captain derbolt, they were brave enough now, and were determined to wreak their vengeance upon this unfortunate boy, who as yet had not been given the opportunity to utter a word. A rope was provided and the noose put about the boy's neck, the other end being thrown over the limb of the tree. "Hold on! Hold on!" cried Mayor Mackintosh. "At least we must learn the boy's name and find out what he has to say for himself." "That's fair," cried Sam J?iler, the keeper of tne saloon, and the man who had most at the hands of the out laws. "Let the boy speak." "Come, young feller, what have you got to say for your self?" demandep the mayor. "Speak up! T 'ell the truth. I can't get you a trial. It's up to you.'' "Gentlemen, I am innocent," said the boy, who was trembling all over. "I you hang me it will be murder. I never saw those men till this morning. I know nothing at all about them, and that 's th e truth.'' "He lie s like thund er!" c ri e d a voice from the crowd. "I 11een him with them fellers when Captain Thunderbolt raid ed Punkin Butte Mine, three months ago." "Three months ago I was in New York city," continued the boy, it:\ a steadier voice. "Of course, if you choose to hang me, I can't help it, but if you will let me explain--" "Go on!" cried Sam Eiler. "G;ive the boy a show. "What's yer name?" "Charle s Carter," was the "I am from New York. I came out here looking for work, and three weeks ago I found it on the Miller :t'ange. This morning Captain Thunderbolt attacked the Miller ranch and burned it. Mr. Miller was shot, and they carried me off. When they came into town here they made me put a, mask on, and ride with the rest. That's all I had to do with the business. I should have been killed if I had refused to join them-that's all." "And it hain't enough," said Sam Eiler. "Captain Thunderbolt don't treat his prisoners that way. They put it up to you to jine the gang and you jined. Hain t that so?" "It is not s o," replied the boy. "I was never to join. I was just made to go along with them-that's all." "Up with him! Up with him or we shoot!" several voices now cried. "Hold up, gentlemen! The stage is cried the mayor ; glad of anything for a diversion. "Let's wait till it comes in." Th e r attle o f wheels could b e h e ard a nd a s the mayor spoke an old ramshackle Concord coach, drawn by two ex cellent horses, came dashing into the little square in which th!;! tree stood. There was s everal pa s s e nger s in s ide, amon g other s an el derly with a big broad-brimmed white hat could be seen looking out of the window. On the driver's seat wras a well dressed young fellow who held a rifle across his knee s "Hold on nothing!" cried Sam Eiler who held the end of the rope. "Lay hold here, boys! We'll finish this busi ness right now." Several caught at the rope, and the wretched youth swung to the "Save mel I am innocent!" cried the boy. Then all in an instant the young man on top of the stage threw up his rifle and fired. The shot cut the rope clean, and young Carter fell to the ground. From the crowd a roar of baffled rage went up. Several rifles were turned upon the young man. None were fi"red, however. Just then the older man thrust his head out of the stage window and shouted : I "In the name of Governor Perkins I command you not to shoot, and the first man who fires dies!" c Not only his head, but a rifle came through the window of the stage, as the old man spoke. He threw the door open, and sprang out, covering the crowd. "N'o lynching allowed," he shouted. "I put it up to you, Mayor Mackintosh, if you are here. I am the man sent by the Governor to run down Captain Thunderbolt by your request." "My name is Mackintosh," cried the mayor, stepping for ward. "You mus t b e Old Kin g Brady." "That's who I am, was the reply. "Gentlemen," the old detective called out, then address ing the crowd. "I understand from a man who came up with us on the road that there has been a raid here. No doubt this boy, whom you would have hung if my partner had not interfered, is one of Captain Thunderbolt's Paus e and reflect how valuable he will be to us Don't spoil the game you are trying to win by committing this rash act. Deliver the boy into my hands and take my prom ise that we will rid you of the pest before many days have passed!"


THE BRAJ).YS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOL'l'1 Calmly and delibemtely Old King Brady delivered this little speech. It had an immediate effect, and why should it not, seeing that the Bradys had been invited to T ensleep by an appeal to the go-vernor for their services, made by the mayor at the request of the town. Only those who know of the estimation in which the Bradys are held in the Far West on account of their very great success in putting down outlaw bandS can appreciate the situation. Practically the detectives had won out as soon as their names were made known. "Gentlemen, leave the matter to me and the Bradys," 1::ried Mayor Mackintosh, sending the old detective s ap peal. "Three cheers for the Bradys!" shouted Sam Eiler. 'l'hey were given with a will. T11is ended the matter. Old King Bradystepped forward, threw the noose off" the neck of the trembling boy, and took him by the collar. r They got the boy into the mayor's office, where he fell trembling into a chair. "Who was the man who told you of the raid, Mr. Brady?" asked the mayor. "I'm sure I can't tell re-plied the old detective. "He came dashing: by us on a white hon:e. shouting that Captain Thunderbolt was playing the mischief in Tensleep." "This _is the fourth time It's no joke I cnn tell you. All the same I don't stand for lynching none, but for fair play every time." "Right," said Old King Brady. "We'll try an d lielp you. The governor is in dead earnest. I liold his commission to take any means of suppressing Captain Thunderbolt which 11 may find necessary.'' "Well, you will have my lielp, but I tell you straight, Mr. Brady, you don't want any men I can give you at your Of course, you won't quote me, but our citizens are a pusilanimous lot, as they stand just now. Not but what there are brave men among them, but those we can't get." "What does the boy repliecl. Old Kjng Brady. "Look up, young man! U-pon my word, you don't look like ___ .,-very fierce sort of han

THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT. "Tell me about your capture. You say Miller was jiliot., ''I suppose I can raise another." Why didn't they shoot you?" "Where am I to look-for more men?" "They were going to when all at once Captain Thunder "I'm sure I can't say. You won't find anybody over bolt asked me my name. Then he told them not to." anxious to tackle Captain Thunderbolt. governor "Did he ask you questions?" s hould have supplied you with "Just the same as you have, sir. I don't understand why "Enough of that. I am bound to accept your decisioJl everybody wants to know about my people. I'm nobody." 1 and look up my own men. What do you about this "We are all somebody. What of a looking man is Captain Thunderbolt?" this Captain Thunderbolt?" "Very little, when you come to boil it down. He sud"Why, he is a big man with long, plaek hair, and big denly tumed up .in this region about a year ago. They say boots." he came from Ida ho, but some say he is a Mexican.'' "Never mind his boots. Did he look like any one you "He has been carrying things w!ith a high hand ever ever knew?" since?" "I can't say he did. The fact is, I was so airairl of him, "Off and on. Nobody knows where his hangout i::>. HeJlJ Mr. Brady, that I hardly dared to look at him." s uddenly app ear and raid a tO'Wil, or clear out a mine. Ca.L-" What did he say to you besides ask;ing these questions?" tle he hasn't tackled except for food. I never heard o f "Not mue:h. He told me he wanted me to come with his running any number off. a range." him. He he'd make a man of me." "He ran off all Mr. :Miller's cattle put in "Huh! His kind of a man. Is that all he sa;jd ?" "'rhey stole a hundred and sixty head." "About all." "What did they do with them?" demanded Old King "Think. This is very important. Did he say where he Brady. was going to take you?" "Part of the gang went off with them, I don't know1 "No; but I heard one of his men say something about where." Death Valley and wha.t they would do when they got back "How many were there in the gang which came

THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN 'J'HUNDERBOLT. At the end of that time they rod e out of town with the., "Would you dare to go i.nto Death Valley with us and try Carter boy and a pitiful escort of three men at their heel s . to help get next to him?" 'fim Smith and Bill West were the name> of two of "Why, that's what I be a-doing,'hain't it, boss?" them; they were both insignificant looking persons, and "Oh, I don't mean to fight. I mean just you and me and the Bradys judged that their principal occupation was l oaf-my partner; pretend to join the gang, you know." around the saloons at 1.'ensleep. Mose shook his head. The th'ird man, was altogether a different '"T;youldn't work, boss. I'm too well known. Thar's of c haracter. sure to be someone in the gang wh!lt would know old Mose He claimed to be an oh1 trapper; ue stood six feet in his Medford." etockin gs and rode his hor;;:e as though glued to the sad dle. "What if they did? 1\fose Medford could join the gang, Bett e r still, Mose daimed to know the whole r eg ion for a I suppose." hundr ed miles around. But the old trapper did not enthuse over the project, B efore starting out, Old King B-rady took him aside and and Old King Brady soon dropped the matter, falling back pum ped him dry. with Harry. He was safisfied th.a.t tl1e man knew his bu siness, and best For th e time since they arrived at Tensleep they oi all, he professed lo know where Death Valley was lofound opportunity to exchange a few words alone. 1 "Well, Governor, and what do youthink ofourprogre ss?" Thui:i little by little the Brady were getting down to I Harry tlleir work, but the task L hey had assumed promised to be "I ca n't say that I feel enthusiast ic about it," was the 11phi ll busiuess .in mo r e respects than one. repl y 1 It was not until the detectives were w e ll out of town, that "It's a queer start about the boy." Old King Brady told in which direction he wa.s going. '"That's what it is; but l et's drop that for the present. H e then informed h1s men that hi s .t destination was We know so little. It won't do to let "it interfere with our Burton Mills, ap.d he asked Mose how long a run he thought it was likely to be ''We could hardly make it before dark," replied the trapper. "It's a rough road; sti ll there hain't no chance of us it, for I u se d to work at the mills." "Take u::; there," said Old King B rady. "What towns do We pass on t h e way?" "Nary a town, boss. This hyar country isjust wha.t you !'c e it away up to the :Jlontana line." It is the most desolate country I ever sa1w, except some parts of N evada. j ''Wall, it hain't a bloomin' paradise and that's a fact. It's better after you get up into l\1ontana, though." ":Jfo::;e," said Old King Brady, suddenly, "did you eve:r Captain Thlmderbolt ?" "I seen him to-clay, boss." "I mpan without hi s mask." ''Xo. T nrver did Mighty few have except the gang he train" IYith." ''How dicl he come to get his name?" work." "I don't intend it shall; but anyhow it is lu c ky we got hold of someone who actually knows the mysterious had man. I think we have done first-rate. Here we know of his plans, and if we can get help from this man Downs we ought to be able to capture him." "We shall never work it that wav You kno\v these Western ouilaws just as well as I do. They are liable to change their plans at a moment's notice. What we want to do is to work some stratagem to l earn this man's sec rets, and capture him red-handed with s uffi cient evidence to put him where he belongs." "And that's at the end o a rope." "That would suit my friend, 1\fr. J. Steel Grayball," re plied Old King Brady, with a s mile. "But here we are at the top of the rise, and I see there is a cross trail. Yes, Mose is turning in on it. Ride up, Harry. We sho u ld be able to get a fine view of tl1e country here." They urged their horses on to the top of Hte lorig hill whi ch they hacl been ascending, one of the foothills of the Big Horn range. Just before they _reached it Mose suddenly halted and turned back. "Got it heeanse hP jumps on people so s udden. First you know l1e's hyar, the next t}1ing tha.r-tl1ar hain't telling 1rhar he may boh up next." ''Has he maclc any big hauls?" "Hold on a minute, boRs !" h e called out. "Don't s ho'v ''You bet he ha:::. Thar was the Ri ckbanm mine. He yourself up hyar!" that out They ;;:ay hP got n ear a "What now?" demand e d Old King. Brady, drawing in gold bullion. 'Phcn thar was the r e in. Butt e r aid He opt'lled the bank i.har and got at I "Dunno as it amounts to anything, but thar's a hull lot fifty thom :and, say more; aJJy number of sma ll1 o f men camped down thar in the valley. 1\febhe them's too. Oh, Captain 'l'hunclcrbolt is a bud o ne, he is." the very fellers we are out gunning for now.'' you ever h ear hi s real name mentioned?" j "You don't mean it!" exclaimed Old King Bratly. "Then bos. I never dicl. Nobody knows muc h about! indeed "'e clo want to go slow. Boy, di s mount, and come before he turne d up hyar." with me."


8 THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT, Charley Carter dropped from the saddle, also Harry and old Mose. "You others remain behind," said the old "Mose, do you think you were seen?" "Don't think so, boss. Still, I wouldn't like to say for sure." Old King Brady led the way to the top of the hill, where all dropped upon the ground, and lay looking over the edge of a precipice some four 1 or five hundred feet in height. Below them lay a long, narrow valley, through which ran a stream lined on both s ides with gi a nt cottonwoods, in the shade of which a cons iderable party of men were in camp with their horses hobbled and feeding upon the grass near by. The trail, a little further on, ran down into this valley There was also another trail which turned off to the left. and ran along the brow of the hill. This trail, Mose declared, led to Burton Mills, while the other extended up into the Big Horn Range. "Now then, the question i s can that be Captain Thun derbolt' s band s aid Old Kin g Br ady, after a c ar e ful s urvey of the party through his field-glass. "Here, young Carter, take this and have a look." Charley kept the glass .at his eyes several minutes before speaking. "I think they are the men," he then said. "You don't want to think-you want to know "I can't be sure." "Look again, then. Keep on looking until you are sure." "Yes, they are the men. I see Captain Thunderbolt now." "Very good. Keep the glass and continue t o watch them. I want to say a word to my partner. Harry here!" The old detective crawled to one side, Harry following him. "I've got a scheme," said Old King Brady. "You may think it is a crazy one, but all the same I think it better be tried." Young King Brady smiled, for he had come to know the old detective s methods so well. "You me1 h for one of us to go down there with the boy and try to join the gang," he said. "That's it, and I'm the one." "It's all right, thi s s cheme of your1, only you have got the cart before the horse. I'm the one." "No, no, Harry. I wouldn't let you run the risk." "You'll have to, then. I understand your game. You mean to be with the gang on its raid, so that by watching your opportunity you can run off with Captain Thunder bolt. The plan has worked before but it's my job. You can do better with this mill superintendent. He may be a cranky fellow, and in that case you will know just how to work him, whereas I might fall down. Let me alone for the other end of the job, though." "Do you think you can manage it, Harry?" "I'm not a bit afraid to tackle the contract. Of course, I can't say how I am going to come out. It's my job, anyhow. What would Captain 'rhunderbolt be wanting with an old man like you?" "There's truth in what you say, King Brady, after a little thought. put it up to him." Harry," replied Old "Call the boy; let's C harley came crawling up d e claring he was entirely sure now. "I am satisfied that you are right," said Old King Brady. "And now I want you to do something for me. You go with Harry down into the valley. Talk big, tell them that you escaped, and that Harry is a friend of yours whom you have brought with you. Both of you are anxious to turn outlaws, and want to join the gang. Do you think you can do this?" Old King Brady was fully prepared for objeGtrtms on the boy's part. ... It went just the other way, however. "I'll do it if you think it will help to catch that man and bring him where he belongs," Charley declared. "That's what we are figuring on," said Old King Brady. "It seems to me your going will be a great help." "I'd do anything to help catch Mr. Miller's replied Charley, warmly. "Mr. Miller was good to me. It was a shame the way he was killed." "Then there's your backer, Ha.rry," said Old King Brady. "Oh, you consent to my goipg, then?" Harry exclaimed. "Yes since you wish it." "Say that you think it is best." "Well perhaps it is." And so it was decided A few minutes later Old King Brady and his three men rode up ftPe ridge and took the left-hand trail. Harry RiH Charley Carter lay upon the ground, watch ing the outlaws. If any of the band saw the old detective's party go they showed it by no sign. CHAPTER IV. THE MYSTERIOUS SHOT. I "Aren't you afraid they will get on to you? think you would he," remarked Charley Carter when Young King Brady had finished making his disguise. "Oh, not a bit," laughed Harry. "I'm an old hand at this business. How do you think I look?" "Why, it' s wonderful. You have on just the same clothes you had before, but then you looked like a gentleman, while "While now I look like a tramp," broke in Harry, with another laugh.


THE BRADYS AND QAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT. "Not exactly like a tramp, but as much like one of their The riders had come up with them by this time, and they kind as you can look. I wouldn't have believed it was pos-looked Harry over pretty thoroughly before either spoke. sible for a fellow to change his appearance so if I hadn't l'My name is Dick Wright," the first speaker then said seen it done." "It i sn't for me to decide. From the way you talk I reckon "That's all right. I know my businese. Now are you that kid had been telling you who we be." ready to go?" "I told him, yes. You don't mind, do you?" said Charley "I'm all ready. I don't know what they will say t o us, innocently. but I'm willing to take my chances along with you anywl:tere "Oh, I don't mind anything replied Dick, with a half you have a mind to go." sneer. "It isn't me. It's what the boss says that goes." "Oh, you are getting stuck on me, are you?" said Harry. "I'll put it up to Captain Thunderbolt, then," said "And why wouldn .'t I be?" replied the boy earnestly. Harry. "That is, if you will give me the chance." "Only for you I'd be dead now. You know that well "You'll have to take your chance," was the reply. "You enough." have come too far to turn back now." "All right. Stick to me and you will never go astray. Dick Wright then went on to question Charley as to Now fo.r the horses. I'm curious to see what reception we what had occurred iii Tensleep after they left town. are going to meet with down there." Charley's answers were shrewd. They were discovered before they had ridden a dozen He told about the hanging and about Harry's wonderful yards down the slope. shot. Harry saw one outlaw point them out; then all jumped So much was true, but when he added that Harry had up and had a look at them managed to run him out of the mob to a secure hiding Next four men ran to the horses, unhobbled them, and place, and that afterwards they had stolen a couple of flinging themselves into the saddle, came riding up the horses and escaped out of town, he made the romance so hill, urging their horses on at all speed. :fit in with the truth that the outlaws never seemed to sus" They don't intend to let us down there until they know pect that all was not straight ju st as he put it. who we are," said Young King Brady. "You'll have to Dick Wright's manner toward Harry now changed. do the :first talking, Charley. Do you think you are good "I guess it's all right pard," he said. "I don't believe for it?" the cap will kick any. We want good men-all we can "Oh, I guess I am," was the reply. "I never had any get. But come on, and you can put it up to him." trouble in talking, unless I get scared as I was to-day." Then they rode down into the camp. "It was enough to scare any fellow to be hung. I think Ther e was but one tent, a dirty pld Indian affair with I should have been pretty well scared myself. But here figures of men aml horses painted upon the they come. Now brace up. My name is Tom Baxter, Other tent s folded up and securely tied could be seen ,_........,,..,_ .. with the traps belonging to the gang, which were piled up on "I was just going to ask you. Don't you think we the grass, but this was the only one which was in place. tbetter pull in and wait?" "The boss is thar," said Dick Wright, pointing to the "Wait till we are challenged," said Harry, keeping steadtent. "I'll see if he wants to talk with you now." ily on. He approached the tent an d after a little parley on the The challenge came within a minute. outside entered. "Hold on! Halt thar!" shouted the foremost of the rid-In a few moments he returned with orders for Young ers, who were coming single file, for the trail was narrow King Brady to go in alone. here., Harry stepped inside the tent to find himself in the presYoung King Brady and Charley immediately reined in. ence of a big, atliletic looking man of thirty or thereabouts. "Gaul bust my boots if it hain't that thar kid!" cried He lay stretched out upon blankets thrown on the ground. of the men. "He must know us! He's got more His dark features were regular and decidedly handcvurage than I thought he had to come on so.'' some, but bbre some traces of dissipation. "Hello!" cried Charley. "So I've caught up with you His manner, however, was stern and forbidding. at last." "Who are you? What's your name?" he demanded, with "We are hyar," growled the :first speaker. "You want out rising. give an account of yourself, though, before you come "Tom Baxter is my name," replied Harry. "As to who I any further. Who's that you have got with you-say?" am I s!Iall have to SfiY nobody in particular. I'm just a "He's a friend of mine I :met down in Tensleep," replied knockabout ready to take up with anything I can find." 'Charley, glibly. "He's a good fellow, too. Only for him "Where are you from?" wouldn't have got off the way I did." "I belong in Colorado. I'm' up from Cheyenne last." "My name is Tom Baxter!" Harry called out. "I'm "What have you been doing for a living?" for a chance to locate somewhere. Say, what's the "Well, I've punched cattle s?me, and I've worked in with me joining in with you fellows? Charley mines and quartz mills. I'm an all-around kind of feller, you wouldn't mind." captain."


10 'fHE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT; .:: "So it would seem. Ever run with a gang like mine be"Send kid Carter to me!" roared the voice of Captain fore?" Thunderbolt from the tent. "Yes, once. That was out in Arizona. I waR with AriCharley hurried in and was gone a long time. vaca Pete for four years." In the meanwhile Harry was introduced to all hands. "Never heard of him." Dan McNutt and Whitey Brown, the two outlaws who "He's dead now. Got shot by a lot of rustlers, and the had accompa nied Dick Wright, took the matter in charge. gang was all broke up after that." Later Young IGng Brady was introduced into the mys"You are a good rider?" teries of an antelope stew, and later still the great national "Fair." game of came in for its turn. "Can you bust a broncho ?" Long before this Charley Carter came out of the august "I've busted many a one." presence of Captain Thunderbolt, but as Young King "Dick \Vright i'ays you are a good shot. B:e tell me you Brady thought it best not to pay too much attention to the saved the of that boy I took a fancy to by cutting the boy he found no opportunity to learn what their long in rope they were hanging him with down at Tensleep with terview had been about. a bullet." Indeed, it was not. until after dark that the cnauce came. "That's true, sir." Supper was over and Harry, strolling off down the creek "Don't sir me. I'm Captain Thunderbolt. Yo u can call under the cottonwoods smoking a black clay pipe 'Y.hieh _ me cap, same as the rest." he had assumed .US part of his diRgUise, suddenly found him" I can show you how I handle a rifle any time, cap." self face to face with Charley Carter, who stepped out into "All right. You can stop with us for the present, but view from behind a tree. look here." "For heaven sake, how came you here?" exclaimed Har"Well, cap?" ry. "Get back out of sight quick. I wouldn't have those "Do you kr!ow how I fix traitors?" fellows think we were holding any private confab not for ''No, I don't; and I shall never have a chance to le:un." the world." "You don't want to learn. l'burn them alive, and that's "It's all right," said Ch.arley. "Say, I've got a pull!" not pleasant." "With the boss? I beg his humble pardon; he does not "You shall never burn me alive, for I shall never turn like to b e called bosR. With the c aptain I mean traitor." "Yes," said Charley with a chuckle. "What do you "Enough. Handsome is as handsome does. Now, about' suppose?" that boy." "Well, what?" "What about him, cap?" "He wants to adopt me as his son!'; "That's what I am asking you I have taken a fancy "Phew!" to the kid, and I won't that I am glad to have him "Did you ever hear such a note?" back again." "It seems a strange proposition on such short acquaint-"He must have taken a fancy to you, then, for he ance. What did you say?" ed mighty glad to come back." "Why, I said yes, of course? Anything to forward our "Did he? Well, that's strange, seei,ng that he fought me plans." t at the start. And yet it isn't so strange, either." "Hush, hush! Do not breathe anything of the sort. If "I don't know just whaJ you mean, cap." we are overheard we are lost."" "Never mind my meaning. do you know about Harry looked up into the branches of the tree,. listened the lad?" and watched for a few minutes, but could discover nqthing "I don't know very much about him. He worked awhile on a tanch down near Rawlins, where I was punching cat tle. We got kind of chummy there, that's about all." "Did he ever tell you where he came from or anything about himself?" suspicious. "I guess it is all right," he said at length. "What ex cuse did he give for his proposition?'' "None at all except that he had just taken a fancy to me." "He said he came from New York. That's about all "All right. You were sensible to fall in with him. he ever told me." Anything more to say, for we must break this session right "All right. You can go. Tell Dick that I have conup qnick." sented to have you stop with us. We flre out for a little "T i!on't know as there is. W e are on the move to-night." to-night1 and I shall blame soon find out whether "YeR.; he tolrl me that. Now, I'm going to walk on. you are going to be any use to me or not. No"' go." You sneak back to camp in a minute. Don't let them think Harry left the tent,_ highly satisfied with his success. that we are together." "Waal, what's the word?" asked nick Wright, coming Harry struck a match, lit his pipe, and strolled on. up to him. I J.Ie had not gone more than twenty yards when he was "I stay." 1 sudde nly startled by the crack of a revolver. "Good. We are short-hanrled, and want more men.", The report was instantly followed by a cry from Charley:


THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT. 11 "Oh, ohl I'm shot! Help!" Harry dashed back toward the tree. "Charley!" he called. "Charley! Speak!'' He could distinguish no one in the darkne ss, and no answer came to his call. Whipping out his revolver, Young King Brady gained the tree, but saw no one s av e Charley Carter lying bleeding and unconscious upon the ground. "Just as I thought," he mutte red, as he kne eled besid e the boy. "We were followed, our conver s11tion, s h ort a s it was, has been overheard, .and this i s th e re sult." He fully expected a shot a s h e tore open Charley s shirt, and tried to discover his wound. It was i'n the right brea s t and the boy was bleeding profusely. Harry clapped his handk e rchief over the wound and tried to staunch the blood. He was thus e n gage d whe n Di c k Wright and Whitey Brown came dashing up and there were others still behind thenl. "You snoozer! Have you shot him?" roared Wri g ht. "Captain Thunderbolt will :fix you for this!" Before Harry could speak Wright dealt him a blow on the head which sent him sprawling and Harry found him self covered with two revolver s as he lay upon the ground. CHAPTER V. SIGNALS IN THE NIGHT. Meanwhile Old King Brad y and his s lender escort rode .on._!o Burton Mill s, whi c h p lace the y reached jus t a t dark. Old King Brady rode down into the deep valley in which the smelting works was located he saw that it was \uite an extensive affair. Not only were there two large buildings covering a smelter and a twenty stamp mill, but also a large ore house, big barns, and a dozen or more sub s tantial cottages fol' the accommodation of those employed in the works. "They must do a good business here tne detective rexnarked to 1fose 1fedford. "They do that, replied the trapper. "They draw ore the mines in the Big Horn Range." Are there many mines in the range?" a few.'1 Gold or silver?" but mostly gold Captain Thunderbolt ever attacked the Burton tried it once about a year ago, but he got driven off. never tackled them since.'' detective rode directly up to the office, where an elec was burning in the window. were a few men moving about the yard near one of them came hurrying up eyeing the riders "Who do you want to see, boss?" he dema n ded of Old 1 King Brady, who had just dismounted. "Mr. Down s the superintend e n t I s h e in?'' "He's in the office, yes. You can go in." "Wait here, boys," said the old detective. "I will re turn soon." He opened the door and found himself in the office with out having to pass through any intervening passage. A tall, determined-looking man sat at a des k writing, w bile a young clerk was putting big accoun books into a large safe "Is this Mr. Down s," a s k e d the detecti ve, handing the clerk his card. Mr. Downs glanced at the card and then at detec tive. "Well, sir, what is it you wish?" he a s ked, coldly, his speech being flavored with the true Boston twang. "I should like to have a few moments' talk with you, Mr. Downs," said Old King Brady. "You have heard my name before perhaps." "I have heard of you, yes. You can speak right out. I have no secrets from this young man.'' "I have been commissioned by the governor to hunt down Capt ain Thunderbolt I hav e already begun my work, and one of the :firs t discoveries I have made i s that Captain Thunderbolt and his gang intend making a raid on Burton Mills to-ni ght. "Oh, indeed, s aid the sup e rint e nd ent frigic11y, "and Captain Thunde rbolt has sent you to begin the job, I It was all Old King Brady could do to control his tem per. "l\Ir. D owns," he s aid qui etly, I see I have b egun at the wrong end of this business, although I trie d hard to pick out the right one. I should have shown you my cre dentials :first. I will do so now.'' There was no reply. Old King Brady produced hi s c ommis s ion fr o m the gov ernor. It stated the business of the Bradys, and called upon all good citizens to aid them in their work. "This seems to b e s traight enou gh," s aid Dowm. "I er-I apologize for my hasty remark. But' what then?" "How, wh a t then? Are you indifferent to the warning I bring, sir? I have gone a long way out of my road to get here, and my reception is anything civil, I must confe s s "I intend no incivility, Mr Brady, but you may as well under s tand that y our warning i s of littl e cons equence to me. I am fully prepared for any raid which may be made on Burton Mills by Captain Thunderbolt or any other law br e ak e r W e hav e a p e rfe c t syst e m h e re, s ir. We have turned off this outlaw once, and we can do it again." "Then you don't care to hear what I have to say?" "Not particularly-no. I don't want your help or tlie governor's either.'' "Very good, sir. Under tlie circumstances I :-er nn oth e r


12 THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT. course than to retire as gracefully as possible," said the old detective with his blandest smile. "Good-evening, Mr. Downs. Pleased to have made your acquaintance, I am sure." Old King Brady then bowed and withdrew. The very thing at which Harry had feared to fa11 down had brought to Old King Brady the same fate. And yet he was neither discouraged nor angry. All this sort of thing was as so much study to the detective. He had drawn his own conclusion during his brief but stormy inter;iew with the superintendent of Burton Mills, and it would have been a very difficult matter for anyone to alter his opinion. "But without men I can do next to nothing," he said to himself. "Well, what's the word, cap?" inquired Mose Medford, as Old King Brady came out. "Don't we tie up here?" "No, we don't," was the reply. "We are not wanted here. We go on our way." "To where? There is no place nearer than twenty miles where we can get accommodations for the night." "What are you talking about, Mose? I should think ,an old trapper like you might be used to the soft side of a plank by this time, or' even the bare ground." "And so I am, boss. I'm not kicking. It's only on your account that I spoke." "Then don't you worry about me. I'm as well able to sleep outside as you or any other man. I-but what now?" The clerk had just cdme out of the office as Old King Brady threw himself into the saddle. "Mr. Brady," he said, "Mr. Downs wants me to say that as you have nowhere to go he can give you and these three men a room with blankets where y.ou can pass the night. He will take care of your horses, too." even listen to I had to say. He as good as told me to mind my own business, so I pulled out, that's all." Mose pondered for some minutes before speaking. "Don't that seem mighty strange to you, Mr. Brady?" he then said. "It does." "Wliat do you think of it?" "I haven't made up my mind yet. What do b'OU think of it, Mose? You sa:y you for the man once, you ought to know something about him.'' "And so I do." "What kind of a man is he?" "A hard man, boss. He is a regular skinner. He wants to get ail there is to him and a little more." "Did you ever consider him a crooked man?" "I have had my doubts. I wouldn't want to swear to it." "We'll watch that mill to-night," said Old King Brady. "But here we are at the pine grove. Shake us up some_ supper, Mose. We have our blankets; we ought to be com fortable enough." :M:ose proved himself a past master in the art of cooking. He made the milst of the slender stock of provisions the old detective had brought along, and provided an ex cellent supper. This over, the men sat around the fire smoking, and soon had a card game started. "We shall have to put that fire out pretty soon, said the old detective. "As the night advances we want to into hiding, so as to be ready to catch on to Captain Thunderbolt and his gang if they come." "Put it out now if you say so, boss,'1 replied Mose, cheer fully. "No, it isn't necessary. I'll take a walk along the road. By the time I return it will be soon enough to put the fire .. "Tell Mr. Downs that I am greatly obliged to him, but I must decline his offer," the detective replied. out." "Just as you like, sir," said the clerk, and he then reOld King Brady walked down the hi.ll toward Burton turned inside the office. Mills, which were distant about half a mile. "What's that for?" asked old Mose. "Good blank--ets He had not covered a third of that distance when he saw a and the soft side of a plank are better than bare ground man wearing a long linen duster and a white every time." coming toward l1im, smoking a cigar. "I'm running this busines 's, Mose," said Old King Brady, "Hello! Who have we here?" thought Old King Brady. cheerfully. "Now I would jtist like to bet it is no one but that 11That's what you are, boss," assented the trapper, and dent rascal Downs." they rode away out of the mill yard back on the Tensleep As the man had already caught sight of him in the moontrail. light, it was too late for the old detective to turn back, so "Keep right on to the top of the hill," said Old King he seated himself on a rock and awaited his approach. Brady. "We will tie up in that bit of pine woods we saw He soon perceived that he was right, and that it was actuthere." / ally the superintendent approaching him. Old Mose pulled up alongside the detective began Mr. Dowris kept his eyes fixed upon the ground> and to talk. pretended not to see the old detective until he was close "I ax your pardon for buttin"' in, Mr. Brady," he said, alongside of the rock, when he suddenly recognized him "but naterally I'm interested to know what the row was with a start. between you and Boss Downs." "Oh, it is-you, is it?" he exclaimed. "No row," replied Old King Brady. "The man was "Good-evening, Mr. Downs,'r said Old King Brady, bland cold and insolent. He declined my help, and would not jly. "Are you taking a stroll?"


THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLTJ 13 "Why, yes. I didn't expect to meet you," was the re-eral, to which Old King Brady replied in the briefest man-ply. "I though.t you had gone long ago. ner possible. "I have come this far on my road." The superintel}dent then bade him good-evening, and "And you intend to go further?" withdrew, returning down the hill. "Oh, yes. We only halted for supper. We shall soon be "A rascal if ever there was one," thought Old King on the move." Brady. "Sly and tricky! Now, I wonder what his game is. Mr. Downs was relieved. He showed it too plainly to Never mind. I propose to know before this night is over." admit of a mistake. The old detective now continued his walk, making all "You go back to Tensleep, I suppose?" possible haste. "Undoubtedly." His real object was to look for a secure hiding place where "I am sorry you have had your long ride for nothing, he could locate his men and see without being seen. Mr. Brady." He soon discovered such a spot between two rocky ledges, "It has not been for nothing. I have had a chance to see which overhung the road on the left, where ran a narrow a part of Wyoming I never was in before. I feel well re-break wide enough to admit the passing of a mounted paid." man. "I am afraid you think I was a little abrupt with you this Old King Brady went up through this passage, discover-evening, Mr. Brady." ing behind the ledges a dish-shaped hollow in which a regi"Well, sir, and what do you think about it yourself?" ment could easily hide. "I think I was. I apologize." To this place he removed his noble army of three a little "I accept your apology." later. "Good! We may as well part friends Of course, I No fire was lighted here, and every precaution was ob-. have heard of you many times. Your reputation is naserved to wevent discovery from Burton Mills ; that the tiona!. I am glad to h ave had the opportunity to make emoke of the fire had been the cause of Mr. Downs coming your acquaintance. If you still care to tell me w11at you up t o the pine grove Old King Brad y felt s ure. had to say about Captain Thunderbolt I am willing to lis"It will be my first watch, boys," declared the detec.-ten." tive. "Turn in, all ?f you. As soon as you are wanted you "I don't care to go into details In a general way l will will be called." &ate that Captain Thunderbolt raided the town O.L T enUntil lon g after rridnight Old King Brady sat in a nook sleep this morning, and--" between the rocks, watching the Burton Mills trail. "What, again?" At last, from sheer fatigue he himseif to drop "As I tell you." off asleep for the instant, when he was suddenly aroused by "Well! Much damage done?" a single rifle shot, the sound coming to his ears loud and whole lot of goods stolen and several men killed." distinctly on the still night air. "Come, this is serious.'' Old King Brady started to his feet and listened. "So I thought. When I accidentally learned that }twa s "Confouna it!" he muttered as the shot was not repeated. lthe intention of Captain Thunderbolt to Burton ''That shot was surely a signal. If I had not been asleep :Mills to-night I considered it more serious still.'' I should know from where it came, but now I don't, worse "Who told you that?" luck!" "That is my business M:r. Downs." He leaned over the ledge and looked down at the big re"Very good, sir. I shan't press you. May, I ask in what duction works, whose buildings could be distinctly seen in you proposed to help me?" the moonlight. "There is no objection to the question, but I don't think It took the detective a minute or two to locate the dif-answer. My advice and services were declined. That ferent buildings, and he had just got the office located I have no desire to butt in on your business when he suddenly saw an upper window open and a man fact is we have a weakness for manllging our own lean out. Mr. Brady. My men are good fighters, and are He held in his hand a lighted lantern which he waved drilled. I have no fears whatever of this attack. three times, and then closing the window drew back and not succeed. If you care to return and accept my disappeared. of shelter for the night you are quite welcome." "That's Downs!" thought Old King Brady. "He is an-have already declined that offer." sweri1;1g the signal of the rifle What mischief is the need not fear Captain Thunderbolt, Mr. Brady. man up to? There is something besi .des an attack by it was that told you about the attack could only Captain Thunderbolt in the wind for to-night." bluffing. He will never dare to attack Burton Still maintaining his watch, Old King Brady waited an hour, and during this time he saw a lot. well," said Old King Brady. "That being the Lights were flashing about the mill yard, and men could we consider the incident closed." be seen moving about. made some further talk about things in genAt last the detective's patience was rewarded by seeing


14 THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT. two big wagons of the sort in which bullion is transported "What was all that noise and firing about?" he demandcome wheeling out of the mine yard, each drawn by four ed sternly. "Ha! That boy wounded I Whose work it horses. this?" "They are moving g old!" thought Old King Brady. "We don't know, Cap," replied Dick Wright. "We "It's a plot, and that man Downs is in it. No wonder he heard the first shot and cry for help, and rushed up there. did not want Old King Brady about on this particular We found T'om Baxter with him, but the kid says he c1id niiht. Who could he have been signalling to if not Capnot fire the shot." tain Thunderb olt? There is to be an attack on those wag"Which I certainly did said Young King Brady ons as s ure as fate." boldly. "I was strolling along the bank of the stream. I The thought had scarce ly crossed his mind when a had just left Charley who had been talking to me, and was mounted man came out ahead of the wagons and dashed going back to camp." up the hill. "And that's true," sa.i Charley. "I don't believe I'm He rode past the detective, and halted at the pine grove much hurt. Somebody fired down at me from the treeon ahead as near as could be judged by the sounds, for Old that's all I know." King Brady could not see. "And we've examined the tree and can't :find anybody," "Hello! Hello in there!" he heard the shout. "Is Old said Diek. King Brady there? Mr. Downs to see him i he "Heaven ;help the fellow who fired the shot if I find out is." who he is," said Captrein Thunderbolt. "Take him into Of course there was no answer. my tent,. boys. As you all know, I'm a doctor by profession. Once more the cry was repeated, and then as the man I will take care of him. Let two stand guard in case I came dashing back the old detective was suddenly startled call for help. Otherwise, don't let me be disturbed." by a heavy hand being laid on his shoulde r The order was obeyed and Dick Wright began questionOld King Brady whipped out his revolver, to his ing Harry closely. feet, and wheeled around. "Our boys are all here," he said. "It is i:mtpOSsible that any one of them could have fired that Young King Brady was immensely relieved. "If none of the: gang fired the shot then I am safe: for the CHAPTER VI. time being," he said to himself; "but whoever di' d fire it must have heanl all we said if h e was in the tree. Who AN EASY CAPTURE AND .A. BIG HAUL. Probably it was nothing but Young King Brady's cool ness which prevented him from getting a bullet in his head, for Dick Wright, not waiting to make good his claim that Captain T1nmc1erbolt would fix Harry, had started in to do the job himself. "Hold Dick! Don't you shoot me unless you want to shoot the wrong man!" cried Harry. "I never raised a hand against tlie boy." "Then who did?" snarled Dick, delaying his shot. "Cap has given orders that particular care should be taken of the kid. This is going to get me into the worst kind of a hole." "Don't know! Haven't the least idea!" protested Harry, and at the same moment Charley Carter opened his eyes. "Don't hurt Tom," he gasped. ''He didn't do it. Some body fired down out of the tree." Dick Wright sprang away and sent two flying into the tree. "Come down out of that!'! he roared. "Corne down un less you want to die." But nobody came down, for nobody was up there, as an after investigation fully proved. After a great deal of confusion and talk, Charley was carried back to the camp. They had sca.rcely reached it when Captain Thunderbolt came striding out of hi s tent. could it possibly have been?" It was a question he was unable to answer. The next half hour was an anxious one foT Harry. At the end of that time Dick Wright 'informed him that the bullet had been e xtract e d by Captain Thunderbolt. "He's as good a doctor as you will find in all Wyoming,"' declared Dick. "He says the boy will pull out of this all right, and what he goes. un beats the band whose work it could have been! Hello Who have we here?" A tallman, mounted on a nne horse, came f:uddenly daf:h ing toward them, appearing from out of the cottonwood grove. Dick, whitney Brown and Dan McNutt immediately un slung their rifles and planted themselves in his path. "Hold on, gentlemen! Don't shoot!" cried the stranger. 1 'he password for to-day is Burton." <.. "Oh It's you is it, Mr. said Dick, as they lOIWerro their riffes. "It is I was the answer. "I want to see Captain Thunderbolt right away." Could this be Mr. Dawns, superintendent of Burton Mill s Hardly, seeing that at thiR very time Old King Brady was talking with t!1e on the roa .d, as has already be en described. Tb.e stranger c1ismounted and giving his. horse into Whit ney Brown's charge, walked with Dick Wright to the out law's tent and disappeared inside.


THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT. 15 "Oh! kid told me." As he passed Young King Brady he did not even glance at him, but just the same Harry got a good look at him. It was all he could do to prevent showing his astonish ment. "Mr. Incognito!" he muttered. "The man who tried to hire the governor to put Captain Thunderbolt out o! the way! But no, it can't be! Heavens! What a close re semblance, -though "He did, eh? Waal, all I can say is, that trouble is going to come out of this kid business. When Cap first took him I said so. I'm just a little superstitious. Once you start in to do up a person-and Cap started in to shoot him-it don't never pays to let up on to them. Always brings bad luck. I've knowed it to work that way three or four times." Strange thoughts came to Harry's mind during the hour which followed. "Charley is a good fellow. He will never make you trouble." The Bradys had remained three days at Cheyenne wait-"You oan't make me believe it. I can't unde rst.a.nd t:Qe ing to Se the governor. business anyhow. How happens it that Cap has taken such "I'm not blind. I know him. It's the same man,'' a sudden :fancy to the kid I can't see." Harry said to himself again and again, "and I'd like to "It is strange. Did he ever see him at the Miller bei that he is the fellow who fired that shot out of the ranch?" treo and slipped away, before I came." "Never! It isn't a bit like Cap to make free wfith any Before leaving New York the Brady s had gone to the one. It hain't his style. By the way, I suppose you no trouble to investigate }Ir. Incognito, or Mr. "J. Steel GrayI ticed that he talks a different kind of gab from us feller& ball" who, if Harry was right, now chose to be known unmore like your o\vn." der the name of Downs. "He has been well educated, I guess." What they learned will be stated later, but we may add "You bet. He's a full-fledged doctor. He knows all J right here that Harry feH mos t anxious for Charley Carter that books can't teach him But thar! I'm a-talkin' about during the time Mr. Downs No. 2 remained in Captain Cap's business and that hain't allawed." Thunderbolt's tent. "You were speaking of nobody being able to get into the At last he appeared and th e outlaw with him. valley without the password. We did." Captain Thunderbrllt strode about among his men giving "The guard wasn't. at the head of the trilil, then." orders right and left. "So did that fellow, Downs." The horses were at once snndle(! and C'aillp struck. "Oh, he had the He'd bee n thar before." Harry saw Charley Carter brought out and made as "Oh, I see. A friend of Captain Thunderbolt's?" comfortable as pos sible upon a hor se, after which he rode "No friend. He seems to know him. I dunno how. He acoompanied by three men. just turned up a couple of days ago." It was impos s ible to get a chance to s peak to hi.m, for "I heard that Downs is the name of the superintendent Diqk Wrigh,t had already given his orders to Harry, and of the Burton Mills. Is this the same man?" he was sitting in the s addle with the rest of the outlaw s at "Now, don't you ,go tl}'ing to pry into Cap's secrets," the time. snapped Dick, suddenly becoming su s pi cious. "Wait till 1 Five minutes later the whole band were on the move, you have been running with the gang overni g ht before you with Captain Thunderbolt and Down s No. 2 in the lead ask so many questions." Their way lay up out of the valley and upon reaching "Oh! I'm not curious," replied Harry. "You seemed to the ridge they took the Bnrton Mills trail. want to talk, so I talked, that's all. I'll shut my mouth 'rhere appeared to be no haste; they just jogged along now." easily. "You'd better and so had I," said Dick, and he spurre d After a little, Dick Wright rode up alongside Yo1mg his horse ahead, joining others of the band. King Brady and showed a disposition to talk. But Haxry had learned enough to confirm his suspicions. ,. "Strangest thing who could have fired that ar' shot at "If that man is really the person I believo him to be, yoli!r kid friend," he remarkecl. then he can be here for no other purpose than killing "It beats me," replied Han}'. "I can.' it out at Captain Thunderbolt," he thought. "If I could only warn all." the fellow, it might be a big point in my favor. Well, per"Yaas, it beat ther band," continued Dick. "Don't see haps my time wiU come." how anyone could have got into the valley without the It had not come up to one o'clock, however, and by that password You see we ha ,cl two guards stationed a t the head time, although Young King Brady did n,ot know it, the of the trail just about where .we struck the ridge. You gang had come very near to Burton Mills. didn't see 'em when we came up because they went off with Suddenly a halt was ordered, and Captain Thunderbolt the kid of the holdout whar they've took him." turning aside, went dashing up a low hill on the left of "Where is it? Death Valley?" asked Harry, carelessly. the trail. ..-<'Yaast drawled Dick; and then he suddenly added: It was no w bright moonlight, and Young King as "But what do you know about Death ValJey? Whoever he sat in his saddle with the rest, was able to follow the outtold you that our holdout was thar?'' jlaw's movements with his eyes.


THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT. H e saw him halt a t th e top of the hill, thraw up his rifle "I hain't examined the papers what Mr. Downs give me and fire into the air. and I hain't been told." 'I"hen he sat waiting 'for some minutes, after which he "Tell me about what you think, and tell ,it quick." rode back to his band "Something over two hundred thouoo.nd, I s uppose." Harry did not the n know that Burton Mills was so near, .. Good enough Now th e n, li s t e n t o ord e r s : You feilowl'! nor could he s e e th e light from the office window will keep right on y our way under g u a rd. If you do as which Old King BI ady saw. you are told you will s oon be relieved of y our charge and A wait of half an hour followedfand then. the band moved no troubl e will come to you, but you will find yourselves up o-n to a point whe r e there was a thick growth of trees on aga in s t all kind s of tro ubl e if you m a k e a m ove t o double their right in amon g whi cb. they filed. Here another long halt was made. All these tactics were Vei' Y mys terious to Young King Brady. He could not unde r s tand what the outlaws w e re driving at, although he had settled it in his own mind long ago that Burton llfill s mu s t b e the ir objective point At las t the creaking of wagon wheel s was heard and the deep voic e of Capta in Thund er bolt calle d out: "Ready for bus ine ss every O!le be on the alert! No firing till I give th e word." 'Dhe gang lin e d up between the trees fa c ing th e road The creaking of wheels grew louder. Harry knew rrow that at leas t two heavil y load e d {vagon s accompa ni e d b y sever ,al were coming alon g the road "It's to be an attack on a w-ag on train," Ile said to him self. '"!'he r e will be some lively fighting in a few minutes." o n m y men. And this ended it. The hot fighting w'hich Young King Brady looked ior had not come. In a few moments the bullion train was aga.i n on its way escorted by ten outlaiWs, Di.ak Wright in the lead Captain Thunderbolt waited until they had disappeared around a b e nd in the roa d and then gave orders to advanoo. Once more. the gang sttarted on in the direction of Bur ton Mills. CHAPTER VII. OLD KING BRADY DOUBLES ON DOWNS. Soon the wagon s dr e w s o near that Harry expec ted e v ery Old King Brady turne d to find old Mose Medford beliind instant i.o see them come into view, when all at on c e Captain him a nd h e lower e d hi s r evolv er with a seflse of reli ef. Thunderbolt c alled out: "Oh, i t's you, i s it?" he said. Y o u h a v e w a k e d up, it "Forward !" seems. I did not hear your footsteps beliind me. You gave T'he gang w ent dashing out from cover and! lined up me quite a start." across the road directly in front of the twowagons. "It was that hollerip wha t wake d me, boss. I'v e learned "Halt ther in the name of Capt ain Thunderbolt!" shout-to walk quiet. Wh a t 's the row?" ed the outlaw, 1,1.dding in a lower tone: "There 's crooked work on foot, Mose. I can't just ril.ake "Fire high!" out what it all means." Every rifle spoke. "I hear wagons coming." :'But the shots were aimed above the hea d s of the wagon "Yes, th e re ar e two w agonscomin g up from the mill. guard. I suppo s e they ar e loaded with bullion all right." "Surrender or the ne x t volley will sweep you f e llow s "That's wha.t they muS'I: be. Queer time to make a s tart. off the earth!" roared the outlaw and he boldly das hed on You're right, there is crooked work." towards the wagon s alone. "Tell me, Mose," said the detective hurriedly "are you There were only six men with .t.he wagons and they gave sure there are sixty men employed in the mill at the presup without offering the least re s i s tance. ent time?" a short, s to c ky f e llow who rode along s ide the lead e rs "Oh no! I hain't s ure of nothin' I only s aid of the foremost wagons was the only man who spok e was that many whe n I work e d "I surrender because there hain't no use standing out 1 "I don't believ e there can be any such number from what ag'in a mob like thi s h e called. "If I had an y one to I saw whe:q I was do,wn there." back me, there would be something doing about now." "I didn t see more'n a dozen myself, boss." "Keep your threa.t s for the time you have th e courage ''And I didn't see that many. Do you imagine that to put them to some use, my man!" cried Ca. ptain Thunthese men are in love with Ben Downs?" derbolt. "What han we here? Are you the boss of this "It can t be. He's a blam e d sight too hard a man for haul?" tha.t." "That's what I am," replied man s ullenly. "What "Mose, I believe that he means mischief," said Old King you have here are two bullion wagons from Burton Mills Brady, and he told about the signalling bound for the railroad, as you most know." Mose grew quite excited. "No matter what I know or what I don't know. HO'W "Of course, that means mischief he declared. "Wha.t much have you got aboard?" be you going to do?"


THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT, 17 tell you in a few minutes. Here are the wagons. law as possible, and having masked, he threw up his rifle watch them go by." and fired a single shot into the air. The heavy wagons came creaking up the hill and passed Immediately the window above the office was raised and to the pine grove and then Old King Brady heard the Mr. Downs looked out and waved a lantern twice, immed given and the clatter of Captain Thunderbolt's iately drawing back and closing the window again. advance ahead of his men. "As I thought," muttered Old King Brady. "He ex" Captured, by thunder!" he exclaimed. "It is just as pected that signal. Well, he got it. Now, let us see what thought Captain Thunderbolt is close to us. Downs is coming next." sold out that gold to him and ten chances to one he has They dashed on and in a moment were up to the high also sold out the mill. Now, Mos.e, for my plan.'' paJsade fence which enclosed the reduction works. "I'm with you, boss. I'm good for anything you say." There was a big gate here which had been wi'de open at ''Wake up the men. We will make a quick d?sh down the time of the detective's previous visit, but was now to the mill and capture this fellow Downs, and appeal to closed. the men. If we can save the Burton Mills from these "Dismount and see if that gate isn't unfastened, Mose," scoundrels there'll be a big reward coming, of which you said Old King Brady. shall all have your share." Before the trapper could obey, a little wioket in the gate "I'll do it," said Mose. "I'm just spilin' for a fight with was opened and Mr. Downs looked out. some one, and I'd sooner it would be old Downs than any "Give me the password," .\:le said in a hurried whisper, man I know." adding: are the others? How is it you are "HOIW aboot Bill West and Tim Smith? Can they be with so small a }epended on to stand by us, think?" "They are right behind us, brother," said the detective "They can. They're all right, boss." in a deep voice; "as for the password, it is Burton, if I "Good Call them! We haven't ar moment to lose." don't mistake." It was a bold plan which Old King Brady had underBecause the Burton Mills was to be the ohject of Captaken. tain attack that night, as he believed, Old He was counting entirely on unknown chairoeS. King Brady seized upon the word and hit it right. If the workmen at Burton Mills refused to l iste n to hi:m, "Correct," whi s pered Down s "The gate is unfastened. then his own lif e mightr pay the forfeit. You will wait for the rest, I suppose?" But Old King Brady had reasoned it all out and he was "Sure," sai d Old King Brady. "Is everything all well used to this sort of thing. right?" In less than ve minutes he had gained the rood at tilie "Right as the mailt" head of his insignificant band. "How many men are there on the pr emises? And this was while the parley with the wagons was "Only ten. I let all hands to a dance down at Benin progress on the road. ton's Run; the game is in your hands. Did you get the 1 "Forward now!" cried Old King Brady. "Leave eveJry-wagons?" fning to me." "Yes. That is what delayed the boys. Come here, The only light to be seen in or around 'the premises of the brother, I want to whi s per something to you before we go big reduction works wa a dull glow low down towards the n." ground, which Mose informed the detective proceeded from M. Dawns advanced hesitatingly. the boiler room. And a bright light burning at a w.indow Evidently he was not without fear of the outlaw who had over the office, which on the same authority the detective made hjs name a terror for miles around. under stood was the room of Superintendent Downs. "Come, come!" said Old King Brady st ill making his As they rode along, Old King Brady quickly matured his voice as deep as possible, "you, walk as if you were stepP}.!!ns. ping on eggs. I merely wish to breathe a word in your ear." "If I can only trap him," was hi s thought. Downs got the word. lie halted a few minutes later and producing a strip of As he approached the horse the d etect ive threw up the cloth from his many seeret pockets, tore it into four revolver he had held concealtd and covered him. one of which he gave to each of his men. "Make one move, utter a sound and you are a dead man!" "You want to mask, boys," he said. "Tie. these cloths he cried and Mose and Bill W.est got the word to do their the lower part of your faces." part. While they were doi:pg so, Old King Brady himself They sprang from the saddle and tied Downs' hands be-on a black wig and made a quick change with his hind him. blue coat, that wonderful garment capable of "This is what comes of trusting a fellow like you!" changes. snarled the baffied villain. "lf I had never listened to my on the lines O f Charley, Carter's descriptioo of brother, I would have been bett er off." Thunderbolt, Old King Brady felt that he had now Old King Brady, not understanding the remark, did not himself up to look as much like the notorious out. comment upon it.


18 THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT. Throwing off the mask, his were revealed. I "Men!" shouted the old detective, his claar, ringing \'oice "By thunder!" gasped Downs. "Old King Brady, the making itself heard all over the mill yard, "'listen to mel detective I" That man is a double-dyed traitor. He has betrayed you "Trapped!" was the I1eply, and the revolver rwas thrust all. He has sold out the mill to Captain Thunderbolt. closer. When he thought I was that man he opened the gate to "Listen, man!" cried Old King Brady. would save admit me! Hark! The outlaw gang is right upon us. you from yourself. Captain 'l'hun,lierbolt witb a big force Stand by me like true men that you are, and help me save I believe-to be right behind me. The mil must be saved. this mill!" Your plott:ing s are all known. Tell me the quickest way And all tlus time the mill whistle was shrieking out its to arouse all hands, or I shall take the la:w in my hands hoarse alarm, but now even above its noise a thunderous and you 'll see your finish right now!" knocking could be heard at the big gate. "And where do I come in?" dema.uded the supeTiintendent as pale a.s death. "I make. no bargain with such a scoundrel as you aTe. Speak! Beware Don't deceive me. I am acting under special commission from the governor of wyoming, and am 8.J,lthorized to shoot Captain Thunderbolt or any of his friends." "'rhere's the steam whistle," gasped Downs. "Lead the way. Is the engineer on duty to-night?" "Yes." "Enough! Go on, boys. Shoot him if he balks." Mose and Bill West threw open the big gate and l ed the prisoner l.nside, Old :Iring Brady following, while 'Dim Smith, leading the horses, brought up the rear. Old King Brady rode straight to the engine house, meeting the engineer at the door "Wha-what's this? A raid, gaspd the man, catching !light of the superintendent's predicament. CHAPTER VIII. I THE, AT'T'ACK THA'l' FAILED. It was fortunate for Old King Brady' s plans that Cap tain Thunderbolt took it into hi s head to delay his on Burton_ ills by a few moments when he reached the foot of the l1ill. Here he halted the band and called out : "Tam Baxter! Here!" Harry rode forward. Captain Thunderbolt had halted his own horse at a lit tle distance in advance of hi s band. "Downs, No 2 was close beside him, and Harry ob s e rv e d that the man was clo s e ly studying him in the moon light. "There he is, friend." said the outlaw. "Now look him over. If your suspicions are correct we may as well shoot this fellow before we start in on the attack." "What does this man accuse me of?" cried Harry, l:ioldly, although it must be owned he was seized with fear for his life. "We are here to bu s t a raid, .friend," s aid the detec tive. "This mean scoundrel has sold out Burton Mills to Capta .in Thunderbolt. wagons are already captured and if my ears dpn't deceive me, the gang is now com ing down the hill. Blow your whistle. Rouse all hands. We must put up a fight which means bu s iness. Be sure that every one of you will earn a big reward if the mill "He says he believes that you are one of the Brady cfeis saved." tectives-Young King Brady, in short!" Captain Thun:' And who are you?" demanded the eng.ineer, still hesi derbolt blurted out. tating. "I am an honest man and I don't want to make "I'll fix him, the scoundrel," thought Harry. no mistake." He laughed harshly and said: "I am Old King Brady, the detective, of whom you "Well, that's pretty good! Sa y, it isn't the first time may have heard. Will you act, man, or shall I have to I have been taken for Young King Brady. I worked in force you? There isn't an instant to lose." New York a couple of years, and I was picked out for the "There!" cried the engineer. "I always said it would detective a dozen times, but that fellow ought to kn.ow come to this." better, for he happens to know who I really am. I never He darted inside, and in a few seconds the mill whistle was more surprised in my life than when I saw him in was shrieking its wild alarm, ,but just before it started a camp to-night. You know me, Mr. Grayball. Own up, single shot was heaxd on the side of the hill. now!" Old King Brady flung himself from tlie saddle, ran to "Nonsense!" stammered Downs No. 2. "This is m the gate, and closing it, put up the heavy bars which helpbluff, captain What impudence. I--" ed to secure it. "Hold on! Hold on!" said Captain Thunderbolt, slowLoud shouts and the sound of men running could be heard 1ly. "One story holds good till another told. Remem behind him, and Old King Brady turned to find several ber, partner, I don't happen to know you eo thundering mill men, half dressed coming his way. I Mose stood in front of the prisoner, guarding him with Grayball cooled do"'n. a rifle, and this seemed necessary, for several of the mill If Harry had felt any doubt as to the man's identity bemen wore threatening looks. for he had none now.


THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT. 19 it as you will, captain," he said. "I still stick I And this was the order which brought the band down to my charge. That fellow is Young King Brady, the de-the gate. surest thing. Search him a'nd proofs of his identity I Captain Thunderbolt's surprise came when the mill will no doullt be found upon him.'1 tle suddenly began its tooting. ''I have no time to go into that now," was the reply. "If Harry could hear him swearing even though now at some felt sure you were right I should shoot him where he distance away, but no halt was ordered until they reached stands, but I don't. I'm going to give the boy a show." the gate. "Thank you, cap," said Harry. "If you will let me Here they lined up, and Young King Brady found himspeak I'll tell you who that man really is." self near Captain Thunderbolt again, wondering what was "Tell it!" cried the outlaw. "I'm waiting for you to going to come out of it all. speak." "This is some of the Governor's work, surest thing," he "His. name-or the name he passes in New said to himself. "It was just a walkover with the wagons, Yorlc-1s J. Steel Grayball; he sa lawyer, and 1s sole execu'but it is not going to be so here." tor for the estate of Elisha Sniffen, deceased, and from There was no attack made for the moment. I know of him-and he knows how I learned it-be is Whitey Brown and Dan McNutt were ordered to beat as big a scoundrel as ever went unhung!" on the gate with stones, apd they made noise enough, bltt Captain Thunderbolt gavi a start 80 sudden and violent the shriek of the whistle seemed to drown all other sounds. that his broncho began to jump around. A hurried council of war was held, to which Young King As for Grayball, he turned deathly pale, and clutched at Brady was not admitted. the pommel of his saddle. For a moment Young King Grayball kept near to the outlaw chief, and Harry watchBrady thought he was going to faint. him closely. . 1 "Does he speak the truth?" demanded Captain Thunder"If he tries any tricks on that man I'll be hanged if I bolt on the instant, recovering his self control and reining don't put a 'shot into him!" Harry thought. "It is one in." 1 thing for the Bradys to capture Captain Thunderbo t by "He iiesl Of course he 1 lies! W!it till you see my order of the highest officer of the State, but when it comes brother. He'll tell you!" the lawyer cried. to a mean assassin such as the fellow is, that's another part "I only want to say," added HalTy. with the utmost of speech." calmnees. "that jf you that fellow proofs of his The result of the council was soon made plain. identity will be found upon rum. Furtnermore, Two men producing short-handled axes went to work captain, you were anxious to know who snot Charley Carat a small tree standing near; they soon had it down and ter out of that tree. I tell you that I believe there sits the branches lopped off. the IDbn." This gave them a formidable battering ram, and the at-I.-aw,ver Gray1m11's face was fairly 1ivid as Harry uttered tack on the gate beuan. theRP words. -0 uT'hiF iF too absurd!" lie ciied. "Tam sorry now tliaf I The whistle had now ceased to blow, and although people b:klught the matter up. I-er-I--" could be heard moving about inside, there were no definite of course you are," said Captain Thunderbolt, sounds to outlaws an idea as to what was going on "Naturally. Bv tne wav. seeingthat vou come behind the high fence. from New York you must have of Elisha Is Most of the men dismounted, and all hands laying hold it true that'he is dead?" of the tree trunk they rammed the gate with terrible force. "I know nothing about it-tnat is to say, Harry was not with them. I neYer knew the man. He may be dead or alive for all I Captain Thunderbolt, who remained on his horse, ordered can tell." him to keep the saddle. ':It is scarcely CJedible tliat you could have lived 1onp: in As Young King Brady sat watching the work his sharp ew York and not have heard of Elisha Sniffen and his eyes suddenly caught the gleam of metal in the moonlight, milliom," said the outlaw, coolly. "Still. snch a thing about breastjhigh in the :fence. is posPillle and as I have other bu siness on hand just now "Ah, ha!" he thought. "They are boring holes I saw will drop the matter for the present, but it will be taken the auger pulled out that time. Strange Captain T. don't again sir Baxter, you mav get back to the ranks." catc h on. They can never knock that gate in. I can tell HaiTy felt that he had gone too far to retreat, 80 by the resistance it offers, This game is as good as lost." made a parting shot. He continued to watch, and again he caught the gleam I say is true," lie replied "I warn vou to of metal a little beyond the place where he had seen it out for that man, :for your death Charley before. put him on Easy street, as he is well aware_;, It was just after that the crisis came. Thunderbolt's answer was to tlirow up his rifle Suddenly half a dozen rifles were projected through as into the air. many holes in the paling, and the shot came flving see you later, Baxter!" he cried, "Forward, all!" The holes had been bored on a slant. and although those


20 THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT . close to the gate were safe enough, the men at the end. of 1 He turned aside and struck across the open ground, won-the tree trunk were within range. dering as he did so why the trail did not run that way. Three fell on the first round, and two on the second. He soon found out. The greatest confusion followed. Suqdenly he caught sight of a dark shadow on the ground With wild shouts and fierce imprecations the outlaws just ahead. dropped the tree trunk and scattered. It was a deep gully witli ugly roc'ks lining the other side. !" "Flames and furies!{' roared Captain Thunderbolt. "I'll For the instant Young King Brady thought that he had balk them yet! Slide out of range, boys; we'll gather wood queered his own game. and burn the old fence down." "But this horse ought to take it," he said to himself. The threat was no more than uttered when the rifles spoke "It's a of course, but-well, here goes!" again and his horse was shot from under him. Digging his heels into the horse's flank s and urging him Captain Thunderbolt went sprawling. with encouraging words, Young King Brady dashed on. "We can't stand this!" yelled Dan McNutt. "Let's light' He had made no mistake. out, boys." The horse was good for the gully. He flew to the side of his fallen chief, and with two With a flying leap he passed over it, scrambled over the others got hold of the dead horse's tail and pulled the anirocks, and gained level land beyond. mal off the fallen man. "Now, good horse! Now!" cyied Harry, patting tae ani-It was just at this instant tliat Grayball suddenly wheel-mal on the neck. ing about, went dashing off up the hill. On they flew. "He thinks him dead," thought Harry, springing from In a moment or two Harry caught sight of tlie trail, and the saddle, and running to help the men. soon located his man. He came near picking up a shot, for the firing continued "I've done it! I've headed him off!" he thought jubi.!.. and a bullet went flying over his head. lantly, "but it may turn out as bad for me as for him." Captain Thunderbolt was on his feet before Harry could Still he was taking chances on all that and a few rna-get to him. ments later he struck the trail ahead of Grayball, wheeled "After that man, young fellow!" he shouted "Back to around, and whipping out his revolver, had his man cov your saddle! Chase him-shoot him if you can't get him ered before the lawyer fairly realized what it all meant. any other way!" "Dismount! Throw up your hands!" he shouted. "LiveThere was nothing for it but to obey, for Harry realized ly now, unless you want this bullet to drop down your that his own life would probably pay the iorfeit if he rethroat!" fused. Gray ball was pale with fear as he slid from the saddle and Swinging into the saddle he dashed off up the hill in hot threw up his hands. pursuit of Grayball. "D-don't. shoot!" he stammered. "I-I-er-I surrenHe knew that the attack had failed before he had gone der; but listen! That man is bound to kill us both. Let's ten yards, for he could hear Captain Thu1;1derbolt's deep you and me come to terms." voice shouting: "Not on your life," said Young King Brady. "I maFe "Mount, all! Forward. Let her go!" no terms with a mean man like you! I had rather take my And the outlaw band were soon clattering after him up chances with Captain Thunderbolt any day in the week. the hill. Back up against that tree and stand there till he comes." Harry's horse was a good one-so was the lawyer's, as it happened. Grayball's fears probably added to tlie speed of the norse, for he forced the animal for all he was worth, and Harry soon perceived tha.t he was not gaining on the man a on the contrary he was barely holding his own. "If I could only head him off," thought Young King Brady. T his, however, did not seem to be possible just then, for on both sides of the trail the rocks rose high above his head. It was different when they reached the top of the ridge. Now Young King Brady's excellent memory came into play, and his habit of close observation as well. On ahead was a broad level stretch, but the trail, in stead of running across it, took a considerable sweep, en tering a low pass between the rocks of the next rise, half a mile or so beyond. "I can do it here," thought Harry. CHAPTER IX. AFTER THE RAID. Apparently Old King Brady had won out, whether Har ry was destined to do. so or not. By pluck and pey-severance the old detective, with onl three men to back him up, had saved the big reduction works from destruction, as it afterward proved, for the in tention had been to fire the place and destroy all. As soon as the mill men. were made to understand the situ ation they entered heartily into the detective's plan, and it took but a minute to find out how thoroughly detested Superintendent Downs was. The boss smelter, Buck Bellows, with his side partner,


THE BRADYS AND CAPTA!N THUNDBRBOLT. 21 Tom were the most active in assisting the old with an appeal to the men to help him follow up the ban detective, but Jake the engineer, lent efficient aid, dits and recover the stolen bullion. too. "We know that Boss Downs is a rascal," Buck Bellows It was he who locked Downs up in the engine-room, where said then. "We have suspected it this long time. "But you there was but one door and a high window, out of which want to unde_rstand, cap, that there is twice as much bul. it would be next to impossible to climb. lion on hand here as there was in them wagons. You haw "Want him where I can keep my eye onto him," declared done a big thing in saving it from Captain Thunderbolt, Jake. "I know the old fox well. He's a sly one; give him even if we don't never get the other back." a ghost of a show and he'll give us the slip, surest thing." "Just so," said Old King Brady. "But we vant the othN ot a word had Downs spoken since his capture, and when er, too. Of course, we can't leave here as things stand. Old King Brady saw him after the fight he maintained When do you expect the rest of the hands back from the the same silence still. dance?" "I won't talk," he snarled. "You'll do as you blame "They ought to be here at daylight," said Buck. please while you last. Never mind; my time will come." "Do you think there will be any trouble in raising a As Old King Brady walked through the yard he observed force among these men?" big iron stand-pipe which occupied a prominent posi"I don't think so. go for one, and every man what's tion, and he inquired what it was. here now is ready to go, too." "That will throw a stream in any direction," explained "I see you have a telephone here. does it connect Buck Bellows. "Connects with the creek behind the mill. with?" You see, boss, we are shut in on tliree sides; there's rocks "The line runs to Rawlins. Connects with the company's on the right, and rocks on the left, and the creek behind. offices there." %.e. only place they could attack us anyhow was in front. "Very good. I'll call them up at daybreak, and state the In case of fire that there pipe can throw a stream on any situation. I s hall want authority to take away their building in the bunch." men. How about arms?" "Examine the connections and see if. they have not been "We ll every man has his rifle, and most of us own re-cut off," said the old detective grimly. volver s." Buck did so, and reported that such was the case. "Then all i s settled. Who is this man Downs? Tell me "1\.fore of that man's work," said Old King Brady. "Of more about him?" course, tlie intention was fo burn the plant. Have the But beyond the fact that the superintendent had filled water turned on again, then all hands meet me in the office, his present position for two years, Old King Brady learned and we'll hold a council of war." little about the man. It bad been tlie old detective's idea to bore the auger While they were still talking :M:ose Medford came run-holes, and it worked well, as has been seen. ning in. Of he saw Harry, and he also sig-bf o the "ThGy are back again, boss!" he shouted. "The whole Gravball in the dim light and excited as gang is coming down the hill. T hey've got a big lot of hl' he h11d not recognized Hie man. dry pinon boughs on their horses.' Looks to me as if they Old 'King Br11dy ventured to open the wicket gate meant to fire the fence this time." and look out. 'T'hree dead men upon the ground The others who l1ail pickeil up the mill men's bullets had been carried away I by their companions. "I don't feel so sure that we have seen the last of them," Old King BrniJ,. "It wouldn't surprise me a bit if they us another call." He went into the office and turned on the electric lights were supplied by a small dynamo connected with the plant. Soon the mill men began fo file in. were all greatly excited, and all wanted to talk at on, boys," said tJie old detective, who had now aside his disguise. "Don't let us waste time, for there 'be more trouble ahead of us. Let me explain this situation, and then we will know where we are 'neatly turned Rpeech Old King told all that 'between himself and Superintendent Downs. He what he suspected about the wagons, winding up The mill men made a break for the door in wild excite ment. but Old King Brady checked them. "Hold on!" he cried. "I've got an idea. "How far will that stand-pipe throw? We tried bullets on them before. Suppose we give them a dose of cold water this time?" "It will throw clean over the fence-a stream as big around as a man's arm," said Buck Bellows. "It's a great scheme, boss. The pipe can be made to revolve or to move back and forth. We can drive 'em with the water, surest thing." "Tlien we'll do it." said Old King Brady. "Who is supposed to run the pipe?" "That's my j'ob," declared Tom llightmeyer. "Get right down to it, then," said the old detective. "I'll go upstairs here in the office and watch out over the fence. Turn on the water without an instant's delay. Set the thing so that the stream will move back and forth and cover the whole road." Old King Bra

THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT. The outlaws were coming rapidly dQwn the hill, with l "I can't tell you just now, but I swear I will help )'011 Captain Thunderbolt in the lead. j to escape-that _you shall escape-that you As near as Old King Brady could make out Harry was have to face a tnal for what you have done to-mght. t not with them, nor could he see anything of the well-Downs hesitated a few moments . dressed stranger whom he had noticed before. Evidently he was thinking hard. Looking out the side window Old King Brady saw the "I agree," he said at last." men clustered about the pump-house, with which the stand"Well, where has the bullion been taken?" pipe was connected. "To Death Valley." In a momept the water began to fly. "Why there?" The machine one of immen s e power. "To be held until Captain Thunderbolt could arrange to In less time than it takes to tell it the detective saw it dispose of it." descend upon the outlaws, who as luck would have it had "Then you were to come in for your share?" just reached a point where they got it full force. "Yes." It checked their speed for the instant. Then they rallied "And the bullion here. What was to be done with and dashed through the tfrenching spray. that?" "Shorten your stream!" shouted Old King Brady out of the side windo\v. "Drop it close outside the fence if you can!" They could and did. The effect can readily be imagined. With that tremendous fall of water s weeping back and forth in front of the gate it was simply impossible for the outlaw band to get in their work. They stood it for a minute or two, making feeble efforts to dodge the falling water, and then came a general stam-pede. With a wild yell of defiance the band das hed back up the hill, the water following th e m a s far as it was able to reach, thanks to Old King Brad y's rapid ord e r s Soon the las t of the band had disappeared around the bend of the trail. "And that is the las t we s hall see of the scoundrels,') declared Old King Brady, joining the mill men at the pump-house then. going in to try another talk with Brother Downs, boys. Keep a watch out until I join you again." The old detective found the ra s cally mill superintendoot as sullen as ever. At,first he refu sed even to answer whe n spoken to, but Old King Brady soon chang e d that. "Now, my friend," he said drawing a stool up along side the imprisoned man "let's you and I talk politics. You are caught in your own trap, and naturally you would like to get out of it, "but you will never do it while you hold yourself so. I don't know you, and don't a cent what becomes of you. What I want is to save those bullion wag-o ons to the company. Pul; me in the way of doing it, and I will put you in the way of making your escape." The light! of hope flashed in the eyes of the sullen super intendent. "I have heard of yo\u way of doing business before," he said. "I have been told you never break such a promise If I agree to help you will you keep your promise with me?" "I swear it." "What wm you do?" "They didn't get it, did they?' "Decidedly not." "Then never mind a bout it. What difference can it make what our plans were?" "None at all. I was wrong to put that question. Let us get back to business. Where is this Death Valley?" "I don't know, for I was never there, but I can find for you?" "HOw?'' "There is a girl I know who i s engaged to marry Captain Thunderbolt; secretly she hates him and loves me. She has been in Death Valley She will give the secret away." "Where is this girl?" "He father is a prospector At present he is in mountain looking up claims. The girl lives about twentyfive miles from here." "You are willing to guide u s th e re? To use her?" "Yes, if you will protect me from Captain Thunderbolt." / "Oh, you intend to go, too, up into Death Valley?" "If the girl goes, 1 g o." "As you will. Of course, you can only go as my pris oner. If any of your men turn on you I can't help that." "I shall have to take chances. Let me get away in the end with the gi. rl, Mr. Brady, and that is all I ask." "And for that you have my promise. I will now leave you and proceed to arrange the matter." "Out my arms free?" "That I can't do on account of the men, but when sta .rt you shall be freed." Old King Brady then left Downs, and hurrying to Bellows, explained what h e had done, but without tioning the promise he had given to the su. perintendent. "Good!" said Buck. "Now take my advice and call up Rawlins. It can do no good. Let's you and work this problem out together. I can supply men horses. If you can hold Downs to his word what mote we want? I believe we can put Captain Thunderbolt of business, 'Surest thing." "I agree," said Old King Brady. r'l'd about made my mind to cut out the telephoning anyway, for as say it can do no good."


THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN 23 "Now we'll get breakfast ready,'' replied Buck, "so as to ing me?" demanded the outlaw. "You came to me claimhave everything in shape when the boys come." ing to be Downs' brother. You promised to deliver the The ''boys" came at five o'elock, and of course were. duly will into my hands. A pretty way your promise haR been surprised to learn how matters stood at Burton Mills. fulfilled." With them was the young bookkeeper, and his was the "You got the growled Grayball. "You'd have nly voice raised in Downs' favor. got the will, too, if it hadn't been for these meddling de-Buck's appeals and Old King Brady's explanations did tectives. No one can ever make me believe that Old King quick work, and by six o'clock they were on the move. Brady is not at the bottom of all this.' Some fifteen men were left at the mill, and the detective, "Who ever heard of Old King Brady being,ont here?" with thirty-two mill men and his own little band of three "There stands Jus partner." rode off up the Tensleep trail. "Prove it!'' cri e d Harry bluffing. "I stand ready to They were out for Captain Thunderbolt. They were be searched. ''11y name is' Tom Baxter as. sure as yours is bound for the mysterious Death Valley, of which all had Grayball." heard, but the of which nobody seemed to know.. "My name is Downs, so that tells nothing." It was a difficult and dangerous undertaking, but just "Enough. I'm going to search you now, my friend," same, in spite of many obstacles, Old King Brady had said Captain Thunderbolt. "Kee p your up. If he carried his point, and had raised his men at Burton Mills. as much as winks shoot him-do you hear?" CHAPTER X HARRY LANDS IN DEATH VALLEY We must now return to Young King Brady hat bad happened between the two raids "I hear, cap, and I'll obey, Harry replied. Letters and papers and even his own busines s cards were found upon the lawyer. Captain Thunderbolt produced a dark lantern and hastily examined papers without uttering a word. Grayball seemed ready to sink' into the earth with fear. "I s uppose it is all up with me now?'' he gasped. "l and learn er-1 w o uld like to suggest a coinpromise. I can put a In capturing Lawyer Grayball Harry had put himself in better position than he had pre;viously occupied but that large s um in cash into your hand s within forty-eight hours, which you could never get in any other way." "No compromi s e is possible," replied Captain Thunder bolt. "So this young man ha s spobn the truth. about all that could be s aid. "All right, young man! You take your chan c e s with I am the only son Eli 8ha Sniffen. My father, it seems, Thunderbolt and see where you'll lanrl," snarled is dead, and has willed me all his wealth, in spite of the fact lawyer after Harry's emphatic refusal to be bribed by his that I rqbbcd him and have h elc1 no communication with promises. "You don't understand this game as well him for You ; Grayball. or whatever your real name you think you do. Confound the luck! The biggest bit i s are named sole executor; in case I am not found the fool bysiness I eyer did was to come to the Bradys for \vi11 of whic h you kindly brought along a copy, directs to do what I might have known I should have to do you to look up one Charle s Cart e r, son of my sister Sarah, who eloped with my father's valet year s ago. Strangely Bradys don't help such as you," replied Harry, "but enough, fate threw this boy into my hands. You must we need say no more-l hear the outlaws coming. They have known who he was and where he was. You mu,st have can finis h the job which I have begun." ffred that shot and fried to kill him. I should kill A moment later Captain Thunderbolt and Dan McNutt right now if I want to use you, for I haven't the came dashing up, the gang pressing close behind. doubt that if the job you put upon Burton Mills to-night "So you've got him!" cried the outlaw chief. "'l'hat's had gone through as arranged by some means or other fine! I made sure you both make off to gether." I should be a dead man now-as dead as you are bound to "Then you see how mistaken you were," replierl Young be just as I have finished using you for a11 you are King Brady, coolly. "Now that you've got the chance I worth." I would suggest that you search this man and then you will Of course, Young King Brady listened to this speech with be able to judge whether I have told the truth or not." the closest attention. "It shall be done," was the reply. "Dan, fall back and Much of what said he liad known before, for Old kPep the boys back. I've got a little private business to King Brady, learning that Grayba11 was the executor of the settle with this fellow. By the way, you may tell the boys dead millionaire had gone to the trouble of looking' up that I don't give up the mill yet. I propose to have another Sniffen's will in the surrogate's office. hack at it just as quick as I am through here. Let them "And what have you to say for yourself?" continued Caphold themselves ready for a start." tain Thunderbolt, when Grayball made no reply. McNutt fell back and Gaptain Thunderbolt slipped from The game is in your hands. Again I warn the S:dd.le. you to beware how you kill nie. It will pay you best to "Now, then, what about all these lies you have been givlet me live, as I can prove when the right time comes."


'l'HE BRADYS AND CAP'H.IN THUNDERBOLT. "And you?" said Captain Thunderbolt, turning on Har-As the outlaws drew rein a young girl appeared !)t ry. "Do you want to be s e arched, too?" door and looked out. "Search me!" said Harry boldly "Oh, that you, Dan?" she cried. "What's in the wiad "No; I'll not go to that trouble. The fact that you axe now?" so willing makes it unnecessar y Baxt e r you ha v e done me "We are g oing back, Sophie," was the answer. a great service. I am now a multi mil liona ire, it seems. "So I s e e said the girl. "Who i s the prisoner?" Well, we'll talk of it Sin c e you know New York, "Blamed if I know," growled Dan. "Some feller who perhaps it may b e your fate to go there with me. In the has run crossways with cap meantime will you ac t as g uard over thi s mari E As he s poke Dan di s mounted and each of the other foin "Certainly." men did the same. "I want you to take him to my main hold-out in Death A spare hor s e had been brought along, and Harry hail Valley. Four of my men. s hall g o with you. I go to wondered what it was for. Burton Mills to finish my work there." He found out now. And this e nded Young King Brad y's tri al. By s hrewdWhile D a n MeN utt s tood talking to the girl familiarly, ness and bluff Harry had won out, but the e nd was not yet. he suddenly threw his ann around her neck. Ten minute s later Harry f

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26 THE BRADYS AND C APTAIN THUNDERBOLT. The procession got on the move now, and ten feet fur ther on they came out into a cross canyon, very narrow, and with walls enormously high. This was followed )or a distance of not more than a q uarter of a mile, when they suddenly emerged into a fertile va lley about a quarter of a mile wide, through which ra n a shallow creek. High peaks towered on either side, and on the right at t h e head of the valley but a short distance away. I n the opposite direction the valley appeared to slope sharply down to a lower level, and in the distance Young King could see a white mis t which cut off the view. Directly in front of them was a collection of a dozen or so log huts. barked and came bounding toward them, followed by several meu Ucre ll'e arc, 'I' om Baxter. This is Death Valley!" cried Dan McNutt. ''We have reached the end of our journey at last." "But what is to be done?" "We must work Luke. Have you any gol d abou t you?" ...., "Yes, I have a couple of twenty dollar pieces." "One W:ill do. Luke is crazy about go ld. H e knows all about Death Valle}':, and to be candid about it, I k now something about it myseLf, although I never was there, and strange as it may seem to you, never saw this Captain Thunderbolt except once when at the head of his men h e attacked the mill. You see, Mr. Brady, I am ready to talk at last.'' "Enough," the olU detective. "I sha ll quest i o n you no f u r.ther. What next?" "Luke is next. Here, L u ke! Come in here. gentleman is going to give you gold." This The half-breed came slouching into t.he hut winking vigorous l y Old King Brady held up his twenty dollar gold piece. "This ifl yours, Luke," he said, "if you will tell 1\Ir. Downs what he wants to know." "Oh. I'll tell." said Luke, making a clutch at the gold piece, which Old King Brady pulled back. "I tell any way to help ::\[iss Sophie; see, boss, Captain WHILE OLD KIXG BRAD 'YORI\S INTO DEATH VA LLl"Y HARRY he, mu st come here while I was gone CH} .. PTER XL J owrs IN'l'O A SBRIOUS HOLE. "Of course," icl Downs. "He has caiTried Sophie i n t o Death Vallev Luke." Within an hom aft e r Young King Bradv landed in D tl ...11 C t Tl ] 1 lt d tl t f h' "I think so. bosR. I followed the trail there W11ole lot ea 1 a ey a p am mm er JO an 1e res o IS b d .gl I of men. First last night carne big wagons. know ed an eame mg m. S f h 1 t t b l t 1 t b t h l-" t wagons to go mto Death Valley before. Theru there s a n-ome our ours a er, or, Q e 1 era a a ou a t 1 k Old K' B d t d t tl 1 t other tra1l; whole lot of men, though; there's another I en o c oc mg ra y s par y arnve a 1e 1u J D 111 N tt h 1 t a tl l followed all three up to the door." w lcre an 1 c u at cap ure 1e gu "R' a D . J L .f;'l:I tl 1 ,, a D h h a b a g 1g11t, a1 o" n::;. Now, uke, you know the way ere 1s 1e p ace, Eal owns, w o a een n w < ] a th ld c1 t t' 11 th f d B t to the door, but you don't know how to getJ through." a ongs1 e e o e ec 1ve a e way r m ur on :u s, for having freed the superintendent from his bonds Old Yon killed you try that. There's always ma n Ki B d 1 d t t t t l t f h' ht watchmg there. ng ra y was reso ve no o rus 11m ou o IS s1g "l'his is old man Mink'R hut, and Sophie should be here." "There's another way o getting into Death But Sophie was not there, as the teader is aware; Dan Luke.'' :McNutt had given her a call some hours before. "T' hcn you strike the White Death, boss. That kill yo'.l The only person in or about the hut was a half-witted :mel kill yon hor se;::, 'less yoll know what time io go." halfbreed Indian who sat on a bench outside the door. "You have been through the White Death?" "Let me do the talking," said Downs. thing wrong, or Sophie would be here "There's some "Luke, wl1ere's old mau Mink?" Downs called out. "He's up in tbe mountains prospecting," was the brief re ply. "Where's Mis s Sophie?" "I ern know. She's gone since morning, "Didn't she tell you where she was going?" 'No. I went to slioot rabbits. When I come back she was Luke gave a clmdding laugh. "Oh, he said "l\1e no t afraid. When de s prtin gs bubble and spit then keep away so long Then you have l i t tle time when all safe. You must be quick or White Death ketch you-then sure you die." "How long a time clo vou l1a'Ve to wait?" "I can't tell yon. I when I see the sp r i ng." "Is it far?" "'No." gone. I glad you cb'me. .Mebbe me get s11pper now." "You can guide us there?" All tlus was sa, id in a thick drawly voice, the man's little "And get killed by Captain Thunderbolt-no." eyes winking as he Rpoke. "Yes, Luke. Thibk of Sophie. You lmorw how s he "He's only half-witted,'' explained Downs in an under-! hates that man. Think how unl1appy she w ill be he t one. "It's j11st ag I feared. Mr. Bracly, just a,:; I told you. makcs her marry him." Out of rewnge for defeat at the mill, Captain T'l{un-1 "She hate him terrible. It's wicked. Poor Soph i e d c r bolt has carried the girl into Death Valley. Nowi am 1 You th ink you r men can li ck Captain Thunderbolt's men o n you r I'm really to Ahoot that on sight." and get he r away?"


THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT. 27 "We can try." "Gimme the gold. I take you into Death .Valley!" cried with sudden energy and he held out his hand. Old King Brady dropped the twen.ty dollar piece into it, saying as he did so: "You get another, Luke, if you stick by us and help us through with all we want to do." "I stick by Miss Sophie," said Luke. "I help you for her boss, not or nothing else." Thus saying Luke went outside and seated himsel:f on the bench again fixing his winking eyes upon the ground. I Old K!ing Brady now triOO. to dmw Downs out further, but it was little use. He now called wlose, Buck Bellows and some of the oth ers together, and explained how matters stood. of the men were willing to risk the White Death, .. the existence of which in the valley but few of them had heard. Tlw old detective's arrangements were quickly made. Those who did not wish to g(}-there were only five all }Qhl-he ordered to remain at the entrance to the canyon. "If by any chance Ca ptajn Thunderbolt makes his escape through the secret door, and comes your way, there is two thousand dollars coming to the man who will put a bullet into him," he said. ''Let that be remembered. If you are not disturbed, wait until we return, and if time passes and we don't return, get over to Ten.qleep and tell what has happened here. Then let some one wire Governor Perkins that we went into Death Valley and have probably lost our lives." Old King Brady's arrangements were now completed, and with Luke in the lead all filed down the canyon the base of the mountains for a mile or so. Luke, who wal:l mounted l\pon a horse belonging to the old mspector Mink, now Jed the way up to the side of the mountain by a IYindting trail until they came to a level stretch where there a thick growth of trees. Pushing on through this strip of forest. they passed through a narrow opening in the rocky wall at its end which was so small and so winding that no would haYe guessed that it led anywhere in particulaJ'. Luke, however knew better and in a l'rw moments had led Old King Brady anrl ris party out into a narrow valley which appeared to extend well back among t he mountaim. At some distance ahead a thick white miRt could be seen ho"\'ering low down upon the ground. "1()(, .. 1 The White Death!" cried Luke. "Now we wait. We are in Death Valley, but we must wait for to rise." And thus it rame about that while Young King Brady himself at one end of Death Valley, Old King Brady his little force of miners and mill m e11 were in the perhaps half a mile further, where it wa. cut off by a tower ing wall of rock, as has already been explained. Young King Brady's reception at the outlaws' camp was pleasant enough. Not by a word or look were his suspicions aroused that he might be in any dan&er Indeed it is doubtful if any of the gang thought so at" the time, for Captain Thunderbolt was one of those Un fathomable persons who make confidants of no one-not even their best friends. Among those who came to meet them was Dick Wright, and one of the first things Harry observed as h e approached the huts were the two big bullion wagons standing near the stream. Of course Dan McNutt had to answer all sorts of queS tions about the unsuccessful attaak on Burton Mills. After he had satisfied his curio:;:ity and Young King Brady got a chance to speak to him alone; he askOO. about Charley Carter. "He's all right," said Dick. "He's coming along fine. His wound don't amount to much. I think he could strad dle a broncho now if he was put to it, but I tell him to lie quiet till Cap comes. What about tllis fellow Downs? Dan says you are only one who knows why Cap him to be held a prisoner." "Yes, and my ordert: were not to tell," replied Harry firmly. '' Oh, well, if them were the orders you have got to stand by them," said Dick. "It's blame l:lLrange, though You. see that fellow came to us at the lower camp where you were, :vlth a l etter of introduct ion from Downs of the Bur ton 1\Iills. The letter st:tted that he was Downs' brother and that he had a proposition tO make. Wa. 'al, that there proposition was to turn the 1pills and the bullion into our hands. It's the strangest thing. I never believed in it. I can't understand what it all meant uhless it actu ally did mean bu' iness, but it seems it didn't

28 THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT. "Now, Charley, you want to brace up," said Harry hur riedly. "l'm going to give you a pointer. This man is-" But Harry got no further, for at the same riru;tant the door of the hut was darkened and Captain Thunderbolt himself came striding in. "Well, how is the boy, Baxter?" he exclaimed. "Doing fine!" replied Harry. "Did you succeed in your second attack on Burton Mills?" "Succeed nothing. They turned the hose on U&," growled the bandit, "but there's one thing I did succeed in, young man." "And what's that?" inquired Harry innocently enough, for he never dreamed what was coming. "In proving you a most beautiful liar," replied Captain Thunderbolt. "Now, I haven't a doubt that you are Y ol!ng King Brady, for I saw Old King Brady standing at the window o ver the office of Burton Mills with my own e-yes." Harry caught his breath. "Do you know Old King Brady when you see him?" he asked. "Who don't know Old King Brady's p.icbre? Speak up now Tell the truth if you expect to live. Are you Young King Brady or not?" It was a momeillt. Harry hesitated; for the_ life of him he could not decide what to say. CHAPTER XII. J I CONCLUSION. behind them, a thick wall of white, completely cutting off the view of the lower part of the valley. "Halt here!" cried Old King Brady. "We have passed the danger point, now let us see where we are at before mak ing the next move." On ahead the valley took a sharp turn, cutting off the in that direction as well. Old King Brady dropped from the saddle Mose and Buck Bellows to dismount also. "We'll sneak ahead to that turn," he declared. "I want to get the lay of the land." "Look out," said the half-breed. "Captain Thunder bolt's camp right ahead now." "Come on, boys," said the detective. "We shall soon see!" Old King Brady strode on in and reached the bend the rocky wall which bounded the valley on their right before the others came up. Removing his hat he peered.around the corner of the rooks. At the same instant the sharp report of a rifle rang o-uj ... With a startled exclamation Old King Brady pulled away. "Quick!" he cried. "It is now or never! They have just shot one man and my partner's turn comes next! Merci ful heaven! I'm afraid I am too late to save him -as it is." Back to the horses they flew, and the order to advance Wfl.S given. Old King Brady was preparing to attack Captain Thun derbolt on his own ground. Meanwhile their retreat was cut off by the White Death. * * Young King Brady's affairs had come to a crisis sooner than he looked for. ".L:1ke says that is the time, Mr. Brady. The mist "There is but one thing for me to do, and that i.s to Is liftmg, as you see. own up he thought so he folded his arms and qu1etly Old King Brady, who had stretched himself upon the said: ' grass to snatch a few _moments' needed to his "Well, I admit my identity. I am Young King Brady, l!et and announced h1mself ready or busmess agam. but just the same I have tried to be true to you and to this Looking toward the "white death" he could see that it boy." . had risen to a height of some twenty feet above the ground. "Indeed!" said the outlaw chief. "You do well to ad"How long does it hold that way?" he asked Mooe Med-mit it. As a matter of fact I never doubted that you were ford, who had .aroused him. the detective. What brought you to Wyoming? How did "Luke says not more than ten minutes. Then them you ever have the courage to come into my camp?" hot springs get bubbling again, and a new lot rises, what "It was for the sake of t boy. I happened to know joins with what's there, and it all drops down heavy on about Elisha Sniffins' will. I knew that the boy was your the ground." nephew, and I was determined to let you know, too." '-. -"Order a move at once," said Old King Brady. "We "What!" cried Charley, sitting up on the cot. "Are you 1 must make the most of our chance." my uncle, then?" So on they dashed with all possible speed, and soon "I am," replied Captain Thunderbolt. "You are my were passing under the fatal mist. sister's son, and from me you have nothing to :fear." Here there were many pools of water from which arose "Don't hurt him! He. saved my life!" cried Charley. a sulphurous smell, the edges of the being deeply "Enough! Lie down and keep quiet!" broke in the outencrusted with a whitish substance which resembled the law. "Brady, follow me." alkali of the Nevada plains. There was nothing :for it but to obey, and Harry walked Just as they passed the last of these pools it began to out of the hut with a sinking heart. boil furiously, and a few seconds later there was the mist And the situation did not look any more cheerful when


THE BRADYS AND CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT. 29 saw Lawy e r Gr ay b a ll with his hands tied behind him I himself with his hands tied behind him, standing beside a g ain s t a tree which grew near, while the outlaws! Mr. J. Steel Grayball by the .. grim faces s tood around. The outlaws had placed themselves around m a semiclr"Boy s," s aid C aptain Thunderbolt, "I want to tell you cle. Captain Thunderbolt, rifle in hand, s tood before the a change has com e ove r our affair s It i s necessary to I band. get the bullion wa g on s out of here soon. We will drive I "Now, then! This is my job!" he cried. "Spies I never them to the railroad wh e re b y hook or crook we mu s t make tolerate. Here goes one!" a deal with the of s om e fr eight train to s hip the bul-He threw up his rifle and fired at the lawyer who was ion to Cheyenne accordin g to ou.r original plan. I have howling for mercy. determined to a bandon Death V a ll e y for good and all. The aim was sure, and the bullet di.d its fatal work Hitch up and w e will m ak e a qui c k s tart. Let the woundGrayball's head fell forward, and hi s fee t s lipp e d from ed boy be mad e comfort a ble in one of the wag ons. Load on under him but he still hung to the tree. such provisions a s we ne e d and we will pu s h out of here "This is the end;" thou ght Harry who was n ot tied to d e lay Now Brady, mak e your s elf easy. I have the tree. to let up on you s e e ing that you have done me no "And here goes the other s aid Captain Thunde rbolt, harm." after a brief delay, during which time hi s eyes were firmly Immen s ely r e lieved Harry hung around a nd watched fixe d up Harry. the preparation s for the d e p arture Even as the rifle cracked Young King Brady fell forNobody s poke to him. Cap tain Thunde rbolt di s appearward on his face . ed inside of another hut, and it was two hours before he call,\e out a g ain accompanied by the g irl i3y thi s time the horses w e re hitch e d to the oollion wag ons, and all was ready for the start, the men having grown very impatient with the lon g wait. Harry thou ght 0ap ta in Thund e rbolt took this s harp re fusal very quietly, ;for the outlaw chief turned away and joined his men. The girl was pacin g up and down before the when suddenly she was pounced upon by Dick Wright and Barney MeN utt, who had sneak e d up behind her. In spite of h e r s c ream s and app e als to Captain Thunder4 bolt, who stood c almly w atchin g the proceeding she was ... ''"'"'"'"" toward him ki c kin g and s truggling as she came. "Tie her up! Throw her into the wagon!" he said, te ly. "I' ll t a m e h e r o r I'll kill h e r, o n e of the two.'' l!arry's blood fairly boiled a t this outrage. "The kid next!'' cam e the order "Be gentle with him." Charley was then out and put into the other Grayball all this time had kept his place against the tree which Young J,Gng Brady had already discovered he was Captain Thunderbolt now walked up to Harr-y and ex his hand. Brady he said. "Do you know I admire you. saw or knew a f e llow with s u c h nerve.'' laughed and took the outlaw's hand. grip of iron closed up o n him and he was jerked for kicked in the stomach, and went sprawling on the young fiend! You blamed spy!" roared Captain "You will come out here to hunt me down, ? You don't know the man you have run up Tie him up, boys! We'll shoot him with ther before we make the start!" it came about that Young King Brady soon found "Two out!" sneered Captain Thunderbolt, turning away. The words were scarcely spoken when Dick Wright yell ed: "Look! Look! An atta c k! Great guns! The valley is full of men!" "What!" roared Captain Thunderbolt. "It is! Who the mischief can they be? Who has had the daring to brave the White Death, which i s s omething we never da1'ed to tackle yet. Mount, all! Give them a hot reception. Don't wait for them to come--charge!" All hands threw themselv e s into the saddle. On they dashed down the valley, but Old King Brady and his mill men never faltered. "They have killed my young partner, boy s !" cried Old King Brady, calmly "Spare none! Fire when I give the word!" It came within a few seconds. The attack and the outlaw s return fire came almost simultaneously. Yells, shots, wild cries, and fierce imprecations burst upon the air. It was all over in a moment. Skilled at the rifle as the outlaws surely w e r e the mill men proved themselves still more so. But two of their number were unhorsed, and slightly wounded when the gang turned and fled up the valley, leaving nine dead or wounded upon the ground. Gaptain Thunderbolt was among the first to fall. Whose shot laid him dead was never determined, but dead he was when they came up with him. "Don't follow them up, boys," cried Old King Brady. "As long as they keep their distance that is all we care for.'' The outlaws had retreated far beyond the huts, and now they disappeared among the .rocks. "They are making for the secret door," declared Downs. "They intend to escape that way." ..


4 30 THE BRADYS AXD CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT. "Let them go," said 0ld King Brady. "We have won I fuse which connected with that dynamite, for the exploout. Now, look up your girl." could have been caused by nothing else." Downs made a dash for the wagon, and when Old King Ordering the men forward, the Bradys rode back to have Brady next saw him he had the girl on the saddl e in front a look. of him. I They saw nothing of the man on the rocks, and they Meanwhile Old King Brady's own mind had expe\ienced found the secret door completely blocked. unspeakable relief. "And that's the last of Death Valley," declared 0 ld He had seen Harry stretched on the ground when the King Brady. "Grayball's body will have to stop where attack was made, but now as he looked again there he was it i s although I intended to s end and have it brought to alive and kicking, and running toward him at top s peed. T e n s leep, but it i s not worth risking the White Death." "My dear boy!" gasped Old King Brady. "I thought The halt at the Mink hut was dul y made, and here Luke you were gone that time! I--" got h is other twenty "Don't say a word, Governor!" cried Harry. "I did Wl'l.en they started a g ain Downs and Sophie had vanished. your old turn. That fiend tried to shoot me, but the in-The bullion was driv e n back to Burton Mills, and then stant his hand went on the trigger I threw myself flat on t h e Bradys, with Charley Carte r, made tra c ks for N'ew my face. Well, it saved me! Have you him?" Y ork via Rawlin s and Che y enne. "Death has got him, Harry. Captwn Thunderbolt will At R a wlin s the d e tective s r ep orted to the mill people, plague Wyoming no more." w ho la te r on r e ward e d them h ands omely. "And once more we win out!" cried Young King Brady At Ch e yenn e the y intervi e wed the governor, and the "It was a close call for me, and there lies another of Death promi s ed reward for Captain Thunderbolt alive or proofs Valley's victims. There will have to be a new executor of hi s death, was p aid over f o r Old King Brady had taken appointed to the Sniffin estate." to bring with him the affidavi ts of s e veral of the mill * * * men that the outlaw c hi e f was dead "When we get to the hut I'll order a halt. You don t want to be found when we start again." These words Old King Brady whi s pered in the ear of Superintendent Downs. The man nodded but made no answer. The start had been made now, and the big wagons were being drawn toward the. secret entrance to Death Valley. And now Charle y Carter was informed of his great gooll fortune. The Sniffin estate amounted to upward s of s everal mil li o n s of dollar s and this va s t sum the poor ran c h boy ulti mat e ly came into pos s ession of. C h arle y h a ndl e d him s elf in a very proper f a shion, and t o ok to his wealth as though he had been used to it all his lif e Harry had alre ad y inte r v i e w ed C h a rley Carte r an d ex plained what had occurred, but by Old King Brady's adThe court appointed a for him, and by Char vice he had not mentioned the matter of the Sniffin estate. l e y 's r e quest Old King Brady was the man. They entered the little canyon and rea c hed the tunnel. The boy was put to a go9d school and is now going The secret door stood open at the end and the way was j through college 1.. clear. He ha s repeatedly asserted that as soon a s he comes into With Harry at his side the old detective rode ahead and fortune he intends to the Bradys well, and there passed into the open canyon beyond. is little doubt that he will keep his word There was no one to be see n, but a s they halted they saw U p to la s t account s Death Valley has never been visited '-a man scrambling over the rocks a bov e them who ins tantly since that memorable day which saw the wind-up of the disappeared. s tirring matter of the Bradys and Captain Thunderbolt. "Look out there!" shohted Old King Brady "There's mischief a-foot. Hurry the wagons through and get out THE END. yourselves just as fast as you can." Old Mose, who was driving the fir s t wag on, lashed his I Read "THE BRADYS' TRIP TO CHINATOWN; OR, horses into a run, and the others followed with all speed. TRAILING AN OPIUM FIEND," which will be the At first it looked as if the old detective had b een unnecE!snext number (291) of "Secret Service." sarily alarmed, but before they had advanced ten yard s J.' down the canyon the air was rent by a fearful explosion which startled all the horses so that they were well on their way to the Mink hut before their speed could be checked SPECIAL ;NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly Just what happened was never known but Old King are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any Brady, as well as others, saw the rocks come crashing down, newsdealer. f'end the price in money or postage stamps by burying the secret door. mail to FRANK; TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION "Jt is the outl:i11< laf't throw," decl a red the olfl cletecti w SQUARE, NEW YORK. and you will receive tlie copiee "No doubt they left that fellow behind them to light the you order by return mail.


-THE STAGE. No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing fourNo. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to become BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containinl! gems from 111oet famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without a_ll the popular of prose and poetry, arranged m the moet this wonderful little book. s1mple and concise manner possible. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKERNo. 49. :s-ow TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conducting deE:Jontaining a varied assortment of 11tump speeches Negro Dutch bates, outlmes for debates, questions for discussion, and the beat and Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing home' amusesources for procuring information on the questions given. 111ent and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE :AND JOKE new very .instructive. Every boy should obtam this book, as It contams full mstructions for or Cilnizing an amateur minstrel tJoupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original joke books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It contains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obtain a copy immediately. No. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com plete instructions how to make up for various characters on the atage; together with the duties of the Stage Manager Prompter Scenic Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager: No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' .TOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat est jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome colored cov:er c:Pntaining a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing full instructions for constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, fish, game, and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular coqks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRI LOVIp.-A guide to love, courtship and marriage, givmg sensible advice, rules and etiquette to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gen etally known. No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in the art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving the selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up.-No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely lllu trated. By Ira Drofraw. \. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hint1 on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squil'rels and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. HarringtoD Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A: valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountin1 and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, Aee:vJ;.,._ taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets ; also gi instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No.8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-:! ueeful and iD structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also ex periments in acoustics, mechanics mathematics, chemistry, and di rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. Thil book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book making all kintls of cand:y, ice-cr

. These Books You Everything! ,Jt COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA I I Jllacb book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, .in clear type and nea tly bound in an attractive, illustratell covet. of the books are also profusely Illustrated, and all of the subJects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that any cbtld. can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the mentioned. BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSPEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL' TO ANY ADDRESS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS l!"'OR TWENTY-FIVE POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN.THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y. MESMERISM. No. 81. HOW TO MESMERIZE.-Containing the most ap methods of mesmerism ; also how to cure all kinds of by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo Koch, A. C. S., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. PALMISTRY. No. 82. HOW TO DO P ALMISTRY.-Containin& the moat ap methods of reading the lines on the hand, together with explanation of their meaning. Al!o explaining phrenology, key for telling character by the bump1 on the head. By Hugo Koch, A. C. S. Fully illn!trated. HYPNOTISM. No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and in information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also .,, ...... .... 6 the most approved methods which are employed by the hypnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. SPORTING. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The moat complete and fishing guide ever published. It contains full in llltrulctil!ns about guns, bunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, th descriptions of game and fish. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully boy should know bow to row and sail a boat. are given in this little book, together with inon swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE. treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for pectlliar to the horse. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. 0. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK.the great oracle of human destiny ; also the true mean any kinii of dreams, together wifu charms, ceremonies, games of cards. A. complete book. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAd:S.-Everybody dreams, tbe little child to the aged man and woman. This little book the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky ud unlucky days, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of know'lftg what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND. Containing rules for telling fortune s by the aid of lines of the band, or tbe secret of palmistry. the secret of telling future events b7 aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giv ing full in atrnction for the u s e of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, healthy muscle; containing ov e r sixty illustrations. Every boy can become strong and healthy by following fue instructions contained In this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the different positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor . No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. thirt:vfive illustrations. By Pre>fessor W. Macdonald. ,t. handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full Instruction for fencing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving th!e best pitions in A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WlTH CARDS.-Containing uPilUlations of !!he general principles of sleight-of-hand applicable ta card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring aleight-ofhand; of tricks involving sleight-of-band, or the use of By Professor HatfneL Illustr11.ted. N?. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTl'j TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracmg all of the lates t and mos t deceptive card tric ks, with il lustrations. By A. Anderson. No .. 7_7. HOW _TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.deceptive Card Tricks as pe !'f orm e d by leading conjurors Arranged for home amusement. Fully illus ,trated. MAGIC. No. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tr1cks, containing fnll instruction on a ll the leading card trick11 of the also most popular magi cal illusion s as pe rformed by mag1C1ana; every boy should obtain a cop y of this book, 8.11 1t Will both amuse and instruct. No: 22. TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explamed b:y; h1s former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on betw e en the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signal!J. The onl7 authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing the ?f magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks w1th card s incant a t ions, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL 'J.'RICKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicala. By A. .Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Oontaining over fifty of the latest and best tricks u s ed by magicians. Also oontain mg the s e cret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No .. 70. HOW :ro MAKE MAGIC 'l.'OYS.-Containing full dJrecti o fls for makmg Magic Toys and devices of many kinds. B;r. A. Ande1son. Fully illustrated. No. 73 .. HOw_ TO f?O TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showinl many cur1ous w1tb figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. E ully Illustrated. No. 75. HOW '1.'0 BECOME A CONJUROR. Containin1 tri_cks V(itl?-Domin?s, Dfce, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracinl tbirty-s1x IllustratiOns. By .A. Anderson. No. 78. TO DO THE .BLACK ART.-Containing a com plete descr1pt1on of the m ysteries of Magic and Sleight of H-and, t ogether With many wonderful experiments. By A. .Andenoa. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW AN INVENTOR.--Every boll )'now how mventlons or1gmated. This book explains thelll all, in el e ctricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optice. pneumatics, mecbamcs etc. The most instructive book published. No. 5?. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEER.-<'...ontaining full h?w to proceed in order to become a locomotive en g1!leer; also dm:cti_ons fol" buildi_ng a model locomotive; together w1th a full description of everythmg an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions bow to a B!injo, Violin, Zither, A!lolian Harp, Xylo phone and other musiCal mstruments; together with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illu strated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marine!t. No. .. HOW TO MAE.."E .A a descnptwn of the lantern, together w1th 1ts history and invention. Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomel,illustrate

THE STAGE. No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing fourNo. 41. THE;! ;BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE teen illustrations, giving the positions to become BOOK.-Contammg a great variety of the latest jokes used by the a good speaker, reader and elocubomst. Also gems from moat famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without the popular of prose and poetry, arranged m the m011t this wonderful little book. Simple and conc1se manner possible. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.No. 49. TO DEBA'l'E.-Giving rules for conducting deE:ontaining a varied assortment of 11tump speeches Negro Dutch bates, outlmes for debates, questions for discussion, and the ba.t and Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing home' amusesources for procuring information on the questions given. ment and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE !AND JOKE BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Every boy should obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for orranizing an amateur minstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original joke books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It contains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obtain a copy immediately. No. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com plete instructions how to make up for various characters on the stage; together with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter Scenic A..rtist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager: No 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat est jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular Uerman comedian. Sixty-four pages ; handsome colored co':er. c,pntaining a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing full instructions for constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, fish, game, and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular coQks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY ..!...A de llcription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; together with full instructipns for making Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Contammg over fifty il lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con taining full directions for making electrical machines, in4uction coils, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTitiNMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry Klmnedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi tudes every night with wonderful imitations), can master the art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the greatest boo!!; ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A very valuable little book just published. A complete compendium of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the money than any book published. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, backgammon, croquet. dominoes, etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches and witty sayings. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY (!JARDS.-A complete and handy little book, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Crib bage, Casino, Fortv-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, Auction Pitch, All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun dred interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Andellion. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It Is a great life secret, and one that every young inan desires to know all about. There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BEHAVE.-Containing the rules and etiquette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods of ap pearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and m the drawing-room. DECLAMATION. No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. -Containing the most popular selections In use, comprising Dutch dialect, French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together with many standard readings. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-The arts and wiles of flirtation are fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods of IJa.r.dkerchief,_ glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it tontams a _full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which i m.tereshng to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy Without one. No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsome little book just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instruc tions in the art of, E;tiquette in room and at parties, how to dress, and full d1rect1ons for callmg off m all popular square dances. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to love, and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquette to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gen elally known. No. li. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in the art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving the selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up ._, No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely {llu .. trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hint on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-.A: valu!!-ble book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountin1 and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Givlng com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets ; also giving instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A ul!eful and in structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also ex periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and di rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. Thi book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book making all kinds of cand:y, ice-cr011m, syrups, essences, etc., etc. No. 19.-FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED STATES DISTANCJD TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND the official on all the railroads of the United States, and Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, hack fares in the principal cities reports of the census, etc., etc., makin1 it one of the most complete and handy books published No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A -;von derful book, containing useful and practical information in treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND taining valuable information regarding the collecting and of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King the world-known detective. In which he lays down some and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some .. w,.,u.Lu'"' and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A ing useful information regarding the and bow to also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De Abney No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complete structions of bow to gain admission to the Annapolis N Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, of grounds and buildings, historical sketch, and everything should know to become an officer in the United States Navy. piled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become West Point Military Cadet." PRICE Address FRANK 10 EACH. OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. TOUSEY, Publisher, 24: Union Square, New


SECR.ET SER.VICE OLD AND YOUNG KIN G BRAD Y D E1,ECTIV E S PBICE 5 CTS. 32 PAGES. COLORED COVERS. ISSUED WEEKLY 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 LA'.rES'.r ISSUES: The Bradys In Baxte r Street; or, The House Without a Door. :!.'he Bradys. Midnight Call ; or, The Mystery of Harlem H eights. Hradys Behind the Bars; or, Working on Black wells Island. The Bradys and the Brewer' s Bonds; or, Working ou a Wall Street Case. 'l.'he Bradys on the Bowery; or, '.rhe Search for a Missing Girl. The Bradys and the Pawnbroker; or, A Very Mysterious ease. Bradys and the Gold I rakirs; or, Working for the Mint. 'l'he Bradys at Bonanza Bay; or, Working on a Million Dollar Clew. 246 217 2<18 24 9 250 251 2 5 2 'rhe Bradys and Hi-Lo-Jak; o r Dark in Chinatown. the 'l'exas Rangers; or, Rounding up the Green The Bradyi and "Simple Sue"; or, Keno Queen of Sawdust City. The Hradys and the Wall Street Wizard; or, the Cash Did Not Come. The Bradys and Cigarette Charlie; or, the Smoothest Crook In the World. Bradys at B andit Gulch; or, From Wall Street to the Far West. The Bradys In the Foot-Hills; or, The Blue Band of Hard Luck 212 and the Blac k Riders; or, The Mysterious Murder at 253 213 The Hradys and Senator Slam; or, "'orking With Washington 254 Crooks. Gulch. The Bradys and Brady the Banker ; or, The Secret of the Old Santa l<'e 'l'rall. Bradys' Graveyard Clue; or, Dealings With Doctor Death. and 'Lonely Lnke" ; or, The Uard Gang of Hard 214 The Bradys and the Man from Nowhere; or, Their. Very Hardest 2r>5 215 The Bradys and ''No. 99" ; or, The Search for a Mad 1\Illlion2 7 alre . 216 at Baffin's Bay ; or, The .rrall 'Yhlch Led to the Arc!!uS 217 The Bradys and Gim Lee; or, Working a Clew In Chinatown. 25!l 218 and the Yegg" Men; or, !;teeking a Clew on the 260 219 Bradys and the Blind Banker; or, Ferretting Out the Street 'l'hieves. 220 The Bradys and the Blac k Cat; or, Working Among the Crooks of Chicago. Wall 261 Card 2\12 The Bradys and Tombstone Tom ; or, A Hurry Call from Bradys' Backwoods 'l'rail; or, Landing the Log Gang. The Bradys and J oe Jinger"; or, The Clew In the Convict Camp. The Bradys at Madman's Roost; or, A Clew from the Golden Gate. The Bradys and the Border Band; or, Six Weeks Work Along the Line. The Bradys In or, The Gang of the Silver Seven. Mott treet iystery ; or, The Case of Mrs. Cblq ...,_221 The Bradys and the Texas 011 King; or, Seeking a Clew in the 263 Bradys' Black Butte Raid; or, '!'railing the Idaho "Terror." 222 ThSo]ithdest. d th Ni ht H k N Y k t Mid 1 ht 2U4 '!'he Bradys and Joc k e y Joe; or, Crooked Work at the Racetrack. 223 f:: the ol,ofiot 265 Kicking Holse or, Working for the Can224 'l.'be Bradys at Breakneck Hall; or, '!'he Mysterious House on the 266 The Bradys and "Blac k Jac k ; or, '!'racking the Negro Crooks. Harlem. 267 '!'he Bradys' Wild West Clew; or, Knocking About Nevada."' 225 The Bradys and the Fire Marshal; or, Hot Work In Horners268 The Bradys' Dash to Deadwood; or, A Mystery of the Bfack ville. Hills. 226 The B .radys and the Sheriffs; or, Doing a Turn In Ten-269 The Bradys and "Humpy Hank"; or, 'l.'he Silver Gang of Shuta. nessee. 270 'l'he Bradys and Dr. Dockery ; or, 'l'he Secret Band of Seven. 227 The Bradys and the Opium Smugglers; or, A Hot Trail on the 271 The Bradys' Western Raid; or, A "Bad" Man to Texas. 228 Qr, Shaking Up the Wall Street Wire 272 at l!'ort Yuma; or, The 1\ lx-up with the "King ol. 229 Among the Rockies; or, Working Away Out West. 273 and the Bond King; or, Working on a 230 The Bradys and Judge Lynch; or, After the Arkansas 'l'error. 274 The Bradys and Fakir Fred; or, The Mystery of 231 'l.'he Bradys and the Bagb Boys; or, Hustling In the Black Hills. Fair. 232 and Captain angs; or, The Mystery of a Mississippi 275 The Bradys' California Call ; or, Hot Work In Hangtown. 233 The Bradys In Malden J.ane; or, Tracking the Diamond Crooks. 276 The Bradys' Million Dollar Camp; or, Rough in 234 The Bradys and Wells-Fargo Case; or, The Mystery of the Monsnake Canyon. tan a Mail. 277 The Bradys and the Black Hounds ; or, 'l.'he Mystery of the au-1u 235 The Bradys and "Bowery Bill"; or, The Crooks of Coon Alley. Mine. 236 The Bradys at Bushel Bend; or, Smoking Out the Chinese Smug278 The Bradys Up Bad River; or. After the Worst Man of All. glers. 279 The Bradys and un c l e Hiram" ; or, Hot Work with a .nn""""' 2:!7 'l.'he Bradys and the Messenger Boy; or, 'l'he A D. T Mystery. Crook. 238 The Bradys and the Wire Gang; or, 'l.'he Great Race-Track !!SO The Bradys and Kid King; or, Tracking the Arizona Terror. Swindle. 281 '!'he Bradys' Chicago Clew ; or, Exposing the Board o! 239 The Bradys Among the Mormons; or, Secret Work in Salt Lake Crooks. City. 282 '.rhe Bradys ,and Silver King; or, After the Man of 24'o The Bradys and "Fancy Frank"; or, The Velvet Gang of Flood 283 The Bradys' Hard Struggle; or, The Searc h for Bar. i <'lngers. 241 The.Bradys at Battle Cliff; or, Chased Up the Grand Canyon. 284 The Bradys in Sunflower City; or, After "Bad" 1\Ian Brown. 242 The Bradys and "Mustang Mike"; or, The Man With the Branded 285 The Bradys and "Wild Bill" ; or, '!'he Sharp Gang of Sund'2l';n . Hand. 286 The Bradys In the Saddle: or, Chasing "Broncho Bill.'' .J.. 243 The Bradys at Gold Hill; or, The Mystery of the Man from 28 7 'l'he Bradys and t.he Mock Millionaire; or, The Trail which ]Ad 1\Iontana. Tuxedo. 244 The Bradys and Pilgrim Pete; or, 'l.'he Tough Sports of '!'error 28 8 The Bradys' Wall Street Trail; or. The Matter of X-YZ. Gulch. 2 8 9 The Br!idys and the Bandits' Gold; or. 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