Young Wild West's best shot, or, The rescue of Arietta

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Young Wild West's best shot, or, The rescue of Arietta
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Wild West Weekly
An Old Scout
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Frank Tousey
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Reprinted in 1927.

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FRANK T ) U S EY, PUBLISHER, 1 6 8 WES T 2 3D STREET, NEW YORK No. 648. NEW YOUK, MARCIi 19, 1915 Price 5 C e nts. The chief fired two shots. but both of them missed. Wild was just in his element no"""".: He answered by shooting the red fiend m. the wrist and causmg -him to di:'Qp his revolver Then as Eagle Wing sprang towards him with uplifted knife he sent a. bullet crashing through his bead.


A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc~, of Western Life Issued Weekl-y-By BubsoripUon $2.50 pe, year. E1>te1ed aoco1dt;_io to Act of Oongress, i1, the year :IE15, in the of!l,ce of the of Oongrees, Washingto1~t D. 0., by FrQ1ik 2 O'llsey. Publisher, 166 West 28d Street, New York. Entered, at the ivew York, N. Y., Post Off/,ce as Beco,id-Olass Matter. No. 648. NEW YORK, MARCH 19, 1915. Price 5 Cents. YOUNfi WILD WEST'S BEST SHOT \ -OR-THE RESCUE OF ARIETTA CHAPTER I. THE SHOOTING AFFRAY, By AN OLD SCOUT Fast to the belt were a sl.Jeath and a pair of holsters. These thingD had just what they were intended for thrust into them-a pair of Colt's re,olvers and a bucl,horn-handle "Whoop her up, boys! I'm a ring-tailed roarer from Yuba hunting-knife. Dam, an' any one that won't drink with me might as well But tJJ,at was not all that was suspended from the belt. A. git measured !or a pine box! Order your medicine, an' if plain watch chain of solid gold, with a locket attached, was there ain't glasses enough on ther bar to go 'round, why, drink there, one end fast to the buckle of the belt and the other out of ther bottles!" attached to a h-/mting case watch in the pocket of the buck-.A. tall, raw-boned man, with shiny black eyes and straight, skin breeches. black hair, stood at the bar of Brown's Gazoo, in the hustling The hat h e wore was of a light color. with a black band llttle town of Weston. and narrow gold cord around it. The brim was wide and The pince was literally packed with men, about twenty of slightly thrown upward on the front near the left tempi'. whont werE-strangers and the rest being the miners who lived This dashing-looking rig bad been selected by the hand-in the town. some young fellow's pretty sweetheart, Arietta Murdock. The man who called himself a ring-tailed roare1: from Yuba ~lild's three companion!; w ere attired in a similar manner, Dam "as certainly not a person who possessed any of the and as they walked into tbe crowded barroom the man who quality known as good looks, and the score of men who had called himself a r:g:ig-tailed roarer from Yuba Dam looked ridden intc the town with him were fixed about the same nt them in something like surprise. way. "Jurnpin' catamounts!" he cried. "Step up here, strangers, They looked more like a band of outlaws than anything an' liquor up. an' 11hen you drink be careful that you don't else, though some of them appeared to be good-natured spill any of ther stuff on rour clothes an' muss them. Name enough. ther pizen yer want. now!" A clo3e observer would have noticed that there were halfYoung Wild West sized the man up In the twinkling of au breeds among them. The leader himself, iu fact, was one of 1Pye and concluded to humor him. them. Ile called for a drink nud his three friends followf>d suit. He went by the name of Dancing Dick, because he could "Here's henltb, Mr. --, said Wild. not dance a single step in a jig to save bis life. 1 Dancing Dick are my name," spoke up the man, thrusting But he thought be could, and woe to the man who told out his chest with a show of pride. "I'm a ring-tailed roarer him that he could not. from Yuba Dam, I am!" Lead would fly right away, then; so those who knew him "Glad to make your acquaintance, sir." generally humored him to his heart's content, and those who "I kin outride, outshoot. outcuss an' outdance anything dld not seldom interfered with him, unl ess he interfered with nor1h of ther Rio Grande. What mougbt you r name he, them first. young feller?" The fellow scanned the crowd closely, and wllen he saw "Ob, l have to go under tlle name of' Young Wild West, that no one had refused llis invitation, he raised his own because I never had any other." glass to his lips and drank its contents at a single gulp. "Ther thunder yer say! and Dancing Dick exhibited genu-"That's tiler way to do it. yer thirsty coyotes!" he ex-ine signs of surprise. "I've hearn tell of yer. Mr. west, an' claimed, as the glasses were placed on the bar. "Now, bar-I've always felt that I'd like to meet yer. '.rhey do say tlrn t tender, just duplicate that dose, an' remembe1: that I'm a you are putty soon with a boss an' a gun. Could yer draw it ring-tailed roarer from Yuba Dam!" gun as quick as this?'' At this juncture four newcomers walked into the, place. The big half-breed undertook to show off bis quickness by They were Young Wild West, Cheyenne Charlie, Jim Dart suddenly covering Wild with Ws revolYer, but before he got and Jack Robedee, four chums. the muzzle pointed up from the ground he found himself slar-The one called Young Wild West certainly made a dashing ing into one that was l'ight on a line with the tip of his appearance as he entered. I nose. He wvre a new pair of buckskin breeches trimmed with A hoarse murmur of admiration went up from tha gather-scarlet f1inge down the outside seams, and a white silk shirt, inp: of rough-looking men of the border. embroidered with scarlet. A. neckerchief of red silk was Young Wild West 1:Jnrl made the qui-::ker.t move they !J~

2 YOUNG WILD WEST'S BEST SHOT. '!iv. Dancing Dick as be glared at the boy who had so neatly downed him at his own trick. "You are about as soon as they make 'em, ain't yer?" he observed as he put his revolver back in his belt. "Bartender, giYe us another drink. Set 'em up for all hands, an' move lh-ely!" Wild said that he would take a smoke this time. and, con trary to his usual style, the half-breed did not insist that he should drink. He had been taken down a peg or two, and there was no one who knew this better than himself. The motley crowd that constituted his followers n?w paid considerable attention ,to Young -Wild West and his three friends. They were probably wondering if the rest of the fancy-dressed quartet were anything like their young leader. Some of them felt that they ought to find out. 'l'he only way to do this woulcl be to start a row. Presently the band of border ruffians-for they were nothing else-went outside. '.rlie residents of Weston naturally followed them, curious to see what they would do. 'l'be band had put away considerable whisky since they ~rrived in town, and they were now pretty w ell under the mfluence of it. ~\t a word from Dancing Dick, they mounted their mustang ponies and begun riding up and down the stree~, yelling like a gang of wild Indians. '.rhey began shooting off their revolvers and acting m a ,cry reckless r.ianner. Pretty soo'JJ. one oi the riders, who had been eyeing Cheyenne Charlie pretty :,harply, sent a builot so close to his ear tbat the scout could hear it sing in its :flight. The bullet went through the open door of the saloon and smashed a bottle behind the bar. Cheyenne Charlie was anything but a coward. A braver man never drew the breat~ of llfe. He knew that the fellow fired the shot just for tbe purpose of picking a muss. He also knew that a very nasty fight would follo if he resented the insult. Lives would be lost. That was a certainty. So he appeared not to notice it, tl:rough there was a dangerous glitter in his eyes. ne moved his position slightly, and then stood there, apparently an interested spectator. Twice more the reckless gang galloped up and_ down the street. 'I"hen they came to a halt in front of the saloon again and the man let f\nother bullet :fly just over the heacl of Charlie. '.rhe report of the revolver had scarcely died out when the scout sent an answering shot. His bullet passed through the crown of the reckless rider's hat! Instanlly he dismounted. "What 0do yer mean?" he demanded, facing Cheyenne Charlie. Young Wild West quickly stepped forward. "Gentlemen," said he calmly, "I hope we won't have any trouble. You are welcome to stay in \Veston and enjoy yourselyes, but please don't begin to firing at our citizens, just for fun. We are apt to resent that sort of work, you know, and then there is bound to be trouble." "All lher firin' we'Ye done, has lJeen done for a joke," answered Dancing Dick. "Yes, an' if any one says that I fired at him on purpose, he's a liar." spoke up the fellow who bad dismounted. "I haven't said that you fired nt me on purpose, retorted ('heyenne Cbarlie, "but I'll say ihat I think you did. Now, if vou undertnke to do it again, whether it's on purpose or not, I'll bore you so full of boles that you kin be used for a si1>Ye; I bope you thoroughly understand me." I reekon I do." was the reply. "I see now that you are made out of thc1 right sort of stuff, like Young vVild West is. '.rhere's notb)n' like satisfyin' yerself." It now strurk Wild that the only way to dc;tl with the men was to put on a bold front.. two hu::i.dred Sioux Indians chased us to the mountains, all;'. we took ther first road we come across an' fetched up here. The ring-tailed roarer from Yuba Dam was getting just a trifle uneasy now. He not only saw that our four friends were ready to make things interesting, b'ut he noticed tbat more than one of the miners standing-about -had drawn their revolvers. But the tough who had tried to pick a muss -..yi~b Cheyenne Charlie was not satisfied to allow matters to qm~t down. He slill stoo9-facing Charlie, and both had thell.' hands on their guns. "I'm Rattlesnake Rip from the Bad Lands!" he exclaimed, "an' I never take water from nobody!" He jumped back as be said this, and out came bis revolver. Crack! Cheyenne Oharlie hardly expected that the fellow was going to open fire on him, but when a bullet cut a lock of hair from his head and buried itself in a stoop post of the Gazoo he was satisfied that Rattlesnake meant business. "Get out of range of the other fellows!" roared Char lie, and then as the villain obeyed he opened fire on him. Crack! crack! crack! Tlle weapons of both men began popping away and the bullets flew around like hail. It soon became evident tbat neither of the men were trying to inflict a mortal wound. But Cheyenne Charlie did not intend that the fight should proceed very long. "Look out for youreelf now!" he called out. "I am going to drop you!" A bullet grazed his ear the Instant the words left his Ups. That 0ne was meant to wind up the business. Cheyenne Charlie let go a quick one, and down went the man from the Buel Lands in a heap. '.I'he bullet had severed his jugular vein, and it would soo n be over with him. As this thing occurred the gang on horseback began t o ride in a circle and the residents scattered around, keeping on a continual move. Each man had at least one revolver out for instant use. Rattlesnake Rip had been successful in starting a shooting affray, but had failed to live to see the ending. The mixed band of villains opened fire and the miners answered it. For five minutes the bullets :(!cw In a steady rain and then the band galloped from the spot. But they left six of their number behind, and as the miners lost four men, ten lives were snuffed out on account of the recklessness of one man. Youno-Wild West had two bullet boles in his fancy new hat; Ch~yenne Charlie had a bleeding ear; 3:im Dart had the end of his little finger on his left band shot off anc1 Jack Robe dee ha.d been sliot through the fleshy part of his left arm. Other damage had been done, but that was all our friends had received in the rumpus. Several of the miners were wounded, too, but all were sat isfied at the result.-The undertaker was sent 1for, and the dead were turned over to him. This man was growing rich very fast. It was the rule in Weston that all the pn.y he was to receive for burJing a man was what was to be _found on the bo dy, in case tile said man diefl with his boots on. Somet:mes, when business was bad, the undertaker woulcl sturt up a muss with some objectionable character and shoot him, just for the sake of getting the job to bury him. But let us follow Dancing Dick and his band and see what they were up to. They rode out of Weston about two miles and then came to a halt and went into camp. The spot they ba.d selected for this purpose was just what wns needed, as there was a spring of water close by and plenty of rich gmss for the horses." "They kinder made it warm for us," observed Dancing Dick, as he rubbed hi3 cheek where a bullet had grazed it and bro"'.lght the blood. "You are right." retorted Mountain Joe, who was .second in command of the gang. "Oll, I guess you'll fiJJd us all right at anything goin'," he i-emnrkP,d ,1ith a coolness that surprised them. "If you people cilruc here for the purpose of starting a row, why, just I cpQll l1iJ :.our game!" "-We will neec1 about a l:unclred good men to r11.lcl the town, reckon." "Tes, cnsily that many.'' "\Ye ui,ln't come h

YOUNG WILD WEST'S BEST SHOT. 3 "Sure! All's we have got to do is to :igree to turn half ther rum over to 'em. They'll be willin' enough to do it, then." "That's so," and Mountain Joe nodded to show that he really believed it. "Well, let's git ther wounded fixed up. I guess the!! men from ther town won't bother us here." "No. We ain't on tber line of tber road, anyhow, an' if we was, they'd !Pt us be, so long as we didn't bother them." Dancing Dick went around among the fourteen men he had left and found that none of them were wounded seri-. But he shook his head as he thought of th,e red-hot time they had passed through. "That Young Wild West Is ther greatest feller I ever seen!" he muttered. The villain had lied when he said he had been chased to the mountains by the Sioux. He had met a large band of Indians, but as his band was made up entirely of renegades, they were on friendly terms with them, Dancing Diek had heard what a thriving little town Weston was getting to be, and he had come there for the sole purpose of making a raid on it. But there were more people there than he bad 'an idea of, and they were such a lot of fighters that he found out that it wouln take a much bigger crowd than his to do the job of raiding it. So he wa. s going to get the Indians, who were on the warpath, to help him. And .i-.en then the raid would have to be made in the night, when the inha. bita.nts were not expecting such a thing to take place. It was Dancing Dick's plan to set fire to a number of build ings at the outskirts, and then, While the people flocked to extinguish the flames, his men were to raid the bank, post office and other buildings. OH,:\.PTIDR II. THE BALLOON AND THE GAME OF EUCHRE. The morning following the shooting affray, Young Wild West and Jim Dart started for the offi.ce of the Wild West Mining ai;id Improvement Company, as usual. While they were walking along they heard a shot fired far above them and off to the right. They loo)rnd all around them, but could see no signs of where it came from. Again they heard a shot, and then as Wild happened to look toward the sky, he saw a balloon. "A balloon, Jim!" he cried, in astonishment. "That Is the second one I ever saw. By jove! '.!'here are two people in the basket. and they act as though they are in trouble." "I wouldn't be surprised if they are in trouble," Jim re plied. He had never seen a balloon before, and his idea of them was tlrnt they were dangerous in the extreme, The huge silk!'g bag was about two hundred feet above the ea,th, and was being carried alopg directly to a point over the beads of the two boys. "What is the .matter up there?" shouted Wild. "'iil/e want to descend here, and can't," came the reply. "The safety valve is out of order." "Well, I wish we could help you, but I don't see what we can do." Run to the ridge over there. We are going to strike the trees, and you may be able to save us," came from the balloon. Young Wild West and Jim glanced in the direction indi cated, and s;iw that unless the wind changed suddenly the aeronauts would certainly fetch up in the trees. And that meant that their lives would be in _danger. "Let's get over there," said Wild, and then the two started on a run for the place. Up the uneven ascent they hastened, but as fast as they W(re, the balloon got there ahead of them. The inflated bag of sllk bag struck the branches of an oak aml bounded back like a rubber ball. Then it i;,~ttled against them, and the netting became en-tangled in the limbs. While the basket was tipped away over, the two occupants were not thrown out. "That was a lucl;:y strike for them," gaspecl Jim. "Seel they appear to be taking it very cool, now." A white-haired old mau, with a smooth-shaven face, and a younger man, with a blond beard, were peeri~ out of the basket at them, evidently waiting for them to get near enough to converse with. Half a minute later Wild and Jim were within a hundred yards of the foot of the tree. "Get :i long rope and half a dozen men!" cried the old man. "I want to save my balloon, if possible." "All right," answered Wild, and then noticing that Ohey enne Charlie, .Jack Robedee and a dozen more men had seen the flight of the air-voyagers to the tree, and were coming that way at a double-quick pace, he ran to meet them and told them what was needed. A miner ran after a rope, and in five minutes he was back on the scene with it. "One of you please climb up here and make it fa:;;t to the basket," said the old man, who now appeared to be elated .. "I will pay you for all the trouble you go to." Young Wild West promptly took the end of the r ope and climbed up the tree. He was very active, and soon reached the aeronauts. "Make it fast, now! Make it fast!" exclaimed the blond man. "Vve may as well save the old thing, being that we have got this far on th. e way with it. Get in, young man; it will make it easier to haul us down, then." Aerial navigation was entirely out of the line of Young Wild West, but he did not hesitate to get in, for all that. He knew that the more weight there was in the basket the <.>asier the balloon could be made to descend. He also knew exactly what should be done, so he called out to the men to pull away. There were enough .men at the other end of the rope to tow the balloon where they pleased, and when they tlghtened up on it the bag became disentangled from the branches. "All together, now!" exclaimed Cheyenne Charlie, who was enjeying the novelty of the thing. "We are givin' Wild ther greatest ride be ever. bad." The rope kept the basket in anything but its proper position, so the three inside were compelled to hold on to keep from being dumped out. The miners had the thing going good now, ar.d they started O:Jl a run. They wanted to get it in a wide open space But suddenly something happened that they were not prepared for. The rope parted in about the c,~nter of the stretch, and in a confused jumble the men fell to the ground. Bnt that was not all that lmppened. The 1.rndclen release of the balloon caused it to shoot upward with the speecl of a rocket, and as the basket righted up with a jerk the blond man was thrown headlong from it. 1 Up went the silken bag, with Young Wild West ang. the old aeronaut hoiiiing on for their lives. The other fellow landed in a confused heap upon the ground, 'but beyond a few bruises he was not hurt. "We are lost now, for sure!" groaned the white-ha.ired man, as the balloon shot high into the air and cleared the top of the tree it had caught in before. Wild's face had turned pale, but he had not given himself up for lost-not by any means. "You, said the safety valve was broken, .didn't you?" he said to his companion In distress. "Yes," was the reply, "the cord broke right off close to it." "Isn't there no other way to let the gas out and make the thing go down?" "No." "How about shooting a hole In it?" "That might cause the balloon to explode, and if it did it would be ruined and we might lose our lives. Oh, why was Jenkins so foolish as to tumble out? \Vith his weight in here we wouldsoon settle down to the ground." Young Wild West, who had now fully regained his c,:;mposure, saw that they were making northward almost as as a horse could run. ''What became of your grapnel-didn't you Jlave one?' he asked. "Yes; we have one. But the line broke shortly before you saw us. 'l'he grapnel caught in a bunch of rocks, and the sudden jerk that followed caused the line to breaJr." "Well, we are going to strike about a mile from here. We are heading straight for that; little peak over there. It we only had a grapnel, now, we'd be all right."


4 YOUNG WILD WEST'S BEST SHOT. Wild talked this way to the man, though he had already decided upon a plan of action. As soon as they got a little nearer to the ground he meant to shoot a hele into the silk bag. If the balloon was ruined by' it, it would have to be ruined. 'l'hat is the way he figured it. He was not go:in_g to be whirled through the air until the crazy think took a notion to come down and deposit them into the midst of some vast wilderness, or else kill them outright in the descent. "What i s your name, sir?" asked 'Wild, keeping his eye on the peak they were aiming directly for. "I am Professor Griggs," was the reply. "I came out West In the interest of science." "Well, professor, my name is west. I am a pretty good shot with the revolver, and I am going to show you just what I can do in a minute." "What are you going to shoot at?" "Do you see that high ground we are rapidly nearing?" "Yes." "Well, when we get there, I'll show you." "Are you going to try to attract the attention of any one, so they can render us assistance?" "I'll show you in a:, minute. Just wait." The professor kept his eyes on the peak, trying hard to find 011t what the young fellow was going to shoot at. They were now nearly directly over it and not over fifty feet above it. Wild leaned out of the car as though he was going to shoot downward, but throwing his arm upward suddenly, shot a hole through the balloon. Instantly the sound of escaping gas could be hea1d, and a cry that was half from rage, half from fear, came from the lips of the professor. The balloon began to settle gradually. When they were within ten feet of the ground the bag collapsed wtth a bang, and they landed with a jar that nearly took their breath away. Much to his astonishment,' the professer jumped to hi s feet and faced Wild with flashing eyes. "I'll make you pay for the damage you h..' done to my balloon," he shouted angrily. "Calm yourself, i;ny dear sir," was the reply. "I want you to understand that I value my life much more than you do your old balloon.'' "But you didn't tell me what you were going to do!" shrieked the professor. "You told me you didn't want a hole shot through the balloon; that is the reason I never told you." "You had no business to deceive me." "See here! At how much did you value your balloon?" "I wouldn't have sold it for ten thousand dollars." "Well, I wouldn't sell my life for ten thousand dollars. I felt that it'was either your balloon or my life, and I shot. I didn't count yon in at all, for it struck me right away that you were a crazy man who did not know exactly what he was living for. Now, just quiet down a bit, wlll you? We will go back home, if you want to; and If you don't want to, why I'll go alone.'' The professor, who was still very much nettled, was about to make some angry retort, when half a dozen men appeared on the scene as if by magic. Each one of them had a revolver in his hand, and the two found that they were covered. "Ha! ha! ha! Young Wild West, I have caught yer nap ping, have I?" said the voice. of Dancing Dick. "Now, then, If yer move hand or foot I'll let dayllght througll yer!" The balloon had landed near the camp of the renegades, and the loud talking of the professor had attracted the vil lains to the spot. Young wnc1 west was as much surprised at that mom ent as he had ever been in his life. He recogntzed the man who claimed to be a "ring-tailed roarer from Yuba Dam" at the first glance. .And he also sa~ that he was well covered with the muzzles o e revolvers. lf there had b ee n only one ln the hand of Dancing Dick he would !lave made an effort to drop him, but now he felt that it was policy to give in. "You have me at a big, Mr. Dancing Dick," he said coolly. 'I'll admit that you have got the drop on u :w. '.l'hat is because I came down from the. clouds in a bal !oou and ~ot nll k e rflmnmixec1 in the descent.'' The .. ,-~s of tlle leader of the renegaclei; turned to the .wr0c!i.etl air:; tor the first time at Wild's words. "A balloon, hey?'' he exclaimed. "Yes, my friend, it is a balloon,'' spoke up the professor. "This young man shot a hol e through it, after I told him I did not want anything like that done." "It are a wonder to me that he didn't shoot a hole through you," was the reply. "But I ain't got time to talk to you now. Jist hold out yel' hands an' have em tied up, ther pair of yer. If yer don't want ter have yer hands tied, just say so, an' I'll see to it that yer git plugged an' are allowed ter lay here by ther confounded old balloon." Though it was galling to him to do so Wild held out his hands and suffered to having his wrists tied securely together. Professor Briggs must have thought rt would be best for him to follow suit, for he did so. Dancing Dick then stepped forward himself and relieved Young Wild West of his weapons. He then searched the professor, but found none. However, he took what money and trinkets he had in his pocket. "Now, then, I guess I'll take yer in camp," he observed, and without so much as making an examination of the balloon or basket attached to it, the villains left tbe spot. Wild thought he heard something like a sigh of relief escape the lips of the old man as this happened, and he made up his mind that the articles valued most by the professor were in the basket. Down a deep descent the renegades went with their cap tives, and the camp was soon reached. Those of the men who had remained in camp were sur-, prised to see Young Wild West there. '!'hey had not seen the balloon, so they concluded that he had been following them up for no good purpose. Consequen'tly they were for taking his life right away. Had it not been for Professor Griggs it ls most likely that they would have killed the daring young fellow then and there. The aeronaut was still very angry about the shooting of the balloon, and he scarcely seemed to realize that he was a prisoner irn the hands of a lot of lawless men. "It will take a week to get the rents in the silk bag sewed up!" he c1ied, with something like a wail. "I am sorry I ever allowed you to get in the car.'' He was looking straight at Wild when he said this, and the renegades p1icked up their ears. They could not under~tand what the old man was driv ing at. Dancing Dick began to question him. "Did this feller bust yer blame d old balloon?" he n.sked, pointing at Wild. "Yes; he shot into it to make it come down." "What was he doing in it?" "I asked him to get in when we were fast to a free, so It would come do'wn easy: There was another man in the basket, then, but the rope broke and he fell out. 'l'hen we! went up like a rocket and would ha,e :?;Ot along all right if he had not shot Into the bag and caused the escaping gas to explode !t.'' "I see," said Dancing Dick, who now understood the case pretty well. "Where was yer whe n this here Young vVl!d West got In?" "In the town over there." "So, Mr. West," and the renegade l eader turnecl his ga1ie 1-n wild, "you wasn't lookin' for u s when we found you on top of ther hill?" "I hadn't a thought of you just then," r ep li e d thf' boy. "But I s'pose you have been doin' some tall thinkin' ever since, though?" "I have been thinkin', somewhat." "What have yer been tllinkiu' about?" "\Vell, for one thing, I have b een thinking of what a foo l I was for letting you get the drop on me." "Ha! ha! ha! So yer was, hey?" "Yes." "Well, yer sorter got thor best of me yest

YOUNG WILD WEST'S BEST SHO'l'. 5 But it strikes me that you are too dangerous to be let runnin' around loose, so I'm tryin' to think what I'll do with yer." "I guess you had better let me go." Dancing Dick looked at his captive in astonishment. "You are ther coolest carer I ever turned up," he said. "You'll find that I am a trump ca.rd if you play with me long enough. All I want 1s a square deal." The half-breed villain scratched his head thoughtfully for a moment, and then he brightened up. "I'll tell you what I'll do with you!" he exclaimed suddenly. "You talkin' of trump cards, so I'll play you a game of euchre to see whether \ bore your heart open with a bullet or !el you go free. What do yer say to ther proposition?" "I'll agree, if you say that the game ls to be a square one," replied Wild, just as calmly as though he was accepting a proposition to play for the cigars. "VVell, you are a cool one!" And Danctng Dick produced a deck of cards from hls pocket. "Now, see here! I'll promise 1:Q let you go scott free 1f you win the game, and if you lose you must expect to be shot through ther heart as soon as I take in ther winning trick." "I shall expect that!" exclaimed Wild. "An' yer must promise that you WOll-'t try' to run away afore ther game !s through." "I'll promise that." The eyes of the professor fairly bulged from his head as he listened to this conversation. It was evident that he had jtfst begun to realize what sort of men he had fallen in with. "Do you mean what-what you said?" he asked Wild. "I mean It, certainly," was the response. "I am used to taking desperate chances, and I am not afraid to take this one. I never yet met a man who was a better player at euchre that I am, If a square game is played." "But what is to become of me? Am I Ett:1.11 to remain a prisoner, whether you win or lose?" "Ol;J!" and Young Wild West laughed lightly; "perhaps the gentleman will give you the same chance if I should lose ." ,vild was anxious to keep the conversation going as long as possible, and he meant to prolong the game when it started, for he had taken note of something that no one else had 1ight at the time of his capture. He had seen half a dozen horsemen Iid.lng that way. Among them were Cheyenne Charlie, Jim Dart and Jack Robedee. If they got there before the' game Oif euchre was ended som ething would happen that the renegades were not ex pecting. But he meant to play the game for all he was worth, just the same. To kill time he started in to tell how he beat the gamblers in Weston a few weeks before. '.l.'he men listene d to him and marveled at the great nerve he was showing, when it was an even cha.nee that he was to di e very soon. It took him about five minutes to tell the story, and then Dancing Dick insisted that the game should start without any further delay. Wild's bonds were severed, and the cards were given him to count and shuffle. Ile looked them over carefully, taking his time about it, and found that there was a perfect euchre deck there. Dancing Dick led the way to a flat stone. "Cut for deal!" he exclaimed, as he took a seat beside it. "Remember, now, that if you win you are to go free, an' if I win I'm goin' to plug yer through ther heart, jist as sure as my name are Dancing Dick." "I understand it, perfectly," and Wild cut the ace of dia monds. His opponent cut a nine spot. 'You win ther deal," he said, "but I reckon you won't win ther game." r feel it in my bones that I will." "Well, young feller; if yer do, you'll find me a man of. my word." The game now started. Wild dealt and made a point. The half-breed did the same thing. It was to be ten points. And a life was at stake! That made It very Interesting to the lookers-on. The game continued to be an even one up to the seventh point made. It was a tie, and Young Wild. West's deal. He shuffled the cards, and when Dancing Dick had cut fhem he dealt. The jack of clubs was turned up for the tr-ump. Wild looked at his cards and found that he had not a club in his hand. He had the ace, king and ten of diamonds ancl the nine and ten of spades. But he acted on an inspiration and picked it up, discarding the nine of spades. A broad grin over the evil countenance of Dancing Dick. He held the left, ace and queen of trumps and the queen and jack of diamonds. He thought he was going to euchre the boy who was playing for his life. But he was doomed to disappointment that time. He led his queen of diamonds, and Wild took it in with his king. Then he led out his right bower, 1:he only trump he had, and scooped in that trick. "You must have another diamond," said Wild, in a matterof-fact way. "Put it on that!" He put out his ace of diamonds as he said this, and Dancing Dick uttered an oath. "I've got one, as luck will have it," he said. "But if I hadn't bad it I'd ha~ euchred you, sure. Look here!" and he threw down his caras to show his other two trumps. "Well, that is one more point toward the ten," remarked Wild, as he watched his opponent shuffle the deck He cut them, and then picked up his hand after the cards had been, dealt, but did not look at them until the trump was turned up. It was a spade-the ace. Our hero had the right and left bowers in his hand and the queen of hearts and nine and ten of diamonds. "I pass!" said he. "I should th\nk you would!" exclaimed Dancing Dick, as he discarded one of the two hearts he had and picked up the trump. "Here is where I even up with you ag'in." He had the ace, king, queen and ten of trumps and the jack of hearts! He had an idea of making two that time. Wild led bis queen of hearts, and the villain threw on the jack. "I can't seem to make a two-timer," he observed. "I should say not," answered Wild, laying down the two bowers. "It is a euchre, and as e ight and two are ten, I win the game." The ring-tailed roarer from Yuba Dam was the picture of amazement for a moment. He looked at his hand and then at the cards Wild had lald on the table. "That's right!" he exclaimed. "You win. Ther whole seven trumps was out. I'll keep my word, too. You are ther luckiest feller I ever played with." "Well, are you going to allow the professor to go free, too?" "What? Well, I g11ess not! I made up my mind that some one had to oo shot, so it's got ter be him. Let ther old cuss loose, boys, an' start him down ther hill. We'll shoot at hiru on tiler run, an' if he gits away alive he's welcome ter go!" The bonds of the aeronaut were severed in the twinkling of an eye; and then--"This way!" exclaimed the voice of Cheyenne Charlie, from behind a pile of rocks. The next instant the friends of Young Wild West appeared with drawn revolvers! CHAP'.l.'ER III. MR. JENIUNS. "Come this way, balloon man! If them fellers !l.ttempt to shoot you we'll mow 'em down ln about two shakes of a Iamb's tail!" c11ed Cheyenne Charlie, who, with the othe~ had come to search for the balloon and had been crouching behind the rocks, watching the game of cards and listening to all that was being said. The only person not surprised at this startling interruptlon was Young Wild West. He knew for a certainty that the miners would come a.long with his pards in search of him. He had seen them starting, as has already been stated. The renegades were dumfounded. Xhey did not know how many, were in th& party, !Jut tll.ey


6 yoyNG WILD WEST:S BEST SHOT. could see at least ten revolvers pointed at them, and that was sufficient to cause them to give in. "vVik1, that was a great game yo\1 just played," said Jim, M, our hero walked over to them, followed by the balloonist, ,Yho was now trembling as though he had an attack of the llglle. I "Yes, an' if you hadn't won tber game it would have been tiler Yuba Dam mun that would have turned up his toes, lnsteatl of you," added Cheyenne Charlie. "I had him covered when :rou euchered him on ther last hand, 'cause I thought he might make a kick an' make a move to finish you, anyway." "I allu.s keep my word, whatever else I do," observed Dancing Dick, drawing himself up with a certain degree of pride, "I told ther young feller that he W!l.S at liberty to go, didn't I?" "Oh, yes! nut you was goin' to riddle an old man who never done a thing to you, jlst for th~r fun of it, an' you know Young Wild West wouldn't have stood for that." "vVell, it"s all over now. You fellers have got ther drop on us, that I am willing to admit. Ther best thing yer kin do now is ter git back to ther town an' Jet us alone."' "That ls just what we will do," spoke up Wild. "But if you take my advice, Dancing Dick, you will light out from this vicinity. It won't be vei."Y healthy ror you if a.bout fifty of the miners were to take it In their heads and come up here to do battle with you." "Tlmnkee for ther advice. I reckon I'll act on it. Goodmornin', gents." Our friends backed away until they were out of pistol range, and then they hurried to the mountain road. The professor wanted to go back to his balloon and find out just how much damage was done, but he was ordered to come right along, and he concluded that it was best for him to obey. Cheyenne Charlie and his party had come up on horseback, so Jim took Wild on with him and Jack got the professor on behind him, after no little coaxing. The old man wns not afraid to ride in the basket of a balloon, but he was afraid to ride a horse. 1 He held fast to Robedee with a death g11p all the way back, and Jack was glad when he let go and tumbled to the ground. "Gee!" he exclaimed, "that was worse thn.n taking a drowning man out of ther rlv_erl My ribs are pretty near crushed in." '.rhe man called Jenkins, who had tumbled from the basket, met the professor and congratulated him on the fact of his being alive. This had the effect of throwing the old man in a rage. "Confound you tor a stupid fool!" he exclaimed. "What did yon want to fall out of the basket for? See what has happened in consequence of ltl My balloon lies up there on the mountain split in two from the actions of another fool, who shot into it to burst It because he was afraid we might soar oft' to the moon! Yon are all a set of fools, that's what you ~r "See here, professor," spoke up Young wnd West, "we will take that much from you, but just please don't repeat it too often. If you do, some one wm be liable to face you to the -east and kick yon out of town. You are the most ungrateful man I ever met! I must say, speaking of fools, that no one but a fool would think more of a crazy old bu.Hoon than he clid of his own life. Now, don't sa:y anything more till you have come to your full senses." That settled It. The angry professor walked away and sat down on a rock to cool off. After advising the men not to notice anything he might say or do, Wild walked down to the postoflice after his mail, and Incidentally to have a chat with pretty Arietta Murdock. Jenkins, who had landed in Weston in such an unceremonious way, got up and followed him "Excuse me," he said, as he overtook Wild. "I should like to talk with you for a few minutes." "All right. I am at leisure." "\Vould you like to hear how the professor and I came to be up in a balloon?" "Yes. I was waiting for either one of you to give some sort of an account of yourselves. It strikes me. that you are not crazy, like your companion." "I hope not. 'l'o begin with, I am only his companion from force He saved my life, though, and I shan't forget him for that.'' "He saved your life, you 11ay. How?" "I was being chase d by Sioux Indians over in Nebraska, near the dividing line. My horse was tire{! 'l-ut, my rifle lost and the chambers of my revolver were empty. The red demons thought the y surely bad me, and I was about of the same opinion. "They wore not over a hundred feet behind me....:...about fifty of them-when my hors e stumbled and fell. I scrambled to my feet to make my last stand, when suddenly I heard a shout from somewhere above my head, and then the Indians uttered cries of terror and fell on their faces. I looked up and saw a balloon gilding slowly along. It was not many f eet above me, and a rope was dangling down, the end of which touched the ground. Our friend, the professor, was leaning out of the car, and he called out to me to catch the rope and make it fast under my arms. "Of course, I was mighty glad of the opportunity, and I did it in a jiffy. The next instant three or four heavy bags came down upon thejrightened Indians and I felt myself going up in a very rapid manner. Half a minute later a stlff breeze caught the balloon, and I found myself being whirled along hanging to the end of a rope about a thousand feet from the ground. "But this was much better than being slain by the re

j YOUNG WILD WES':P'S BEST SHOT. 7 "Yes; the papers are full of stories about you. You known as the greatest scout and dead shot in the West." are to his followers. "I never met such a feller as that Young Wild West. He's wllat I calls a good one." "Very flattering, I must say," and Wild laughed. "I don't know as.,I have ever done anything to make me famous." 'Real heroes always talk that way," was the reply. Arietta stood on the stcop, evidently waiting for her lover. "Been in more danger again, I hear," she observed with a smile. "Yes; I made my first ball.con ascension this morning," he answered. "But what did you do alter that?" "Played cards for my life and won." Jenkins started to walk away. "Come here, Mr .. Jenldns," said Wild. "I want to introduce you to the best Httle girl in the whole West." Jenkins came back and took the girl's proffered hand. "I congratulate you both," he said. Wild then told Arietta how Jenkins came to be there, not forgetting to relate the sayings and doings of the eccentric Professor Griggs. "If I can find a job I think I will stay here for a few weeks," remarke d Jenkins. "I'll see to it that you get one," retorted Young Wild West, "Thank you. I shall write a letter home at once, then. You see, there is a young lady in St. Louis whom I think a great deal of. we had. a r;light misunderstanding before I came away, and I did not bid her good-by." "And n.ow you propose to do it by mail," said Arletta, with a smile. "Well, not exactly. I think I will feel easier if I write and let her know where I am." "And she will feel easier when she gets the letter, no doubt." "Yes." The pretty young postmistress furnished him with paper and envelope, and Jenkins sat down and wrote the letter. When he had posted it he bade the young couple good-morn-ing, and walked over to the hotel to engage accommodations. "I will see you this afternoon, Mr. West," he .called out. "All right," responded Wild. ';"I;hat man seems to be out of his latitude," remarked Ari-~L "Yes. He says he left St. Louis in search of adventure, but I guess it is a C'ase of a lovers' quarrel that sent him away." "Lovers' quarrels are foolish things, I guess." "I don't know. I never experienced anything in that line." "And you don't want to, do you?" "No, little one, I don't. Please remember that, will you?" "Oh, I'll try to remember it," and the girl workfld her mouth into a pout. "You'll try?" "Yes." "Well, Et, I am satisfied -that you either want to qua .rrel with me this minute, or you--" "Well, or what?" "You want me to kiss you!" "I don't want eithl,r of thoso things you mentioned, so there fs where you make a mistake." "Well, you have got to have the kiss, anyway! and she had it right then and there. After leaving his sweetheart Wild went over to the company's offi'.!e. He wanted t.o see how things were going. Jim Dart, the secretary, was at his desk. In reply to a query from his fri<:>nd he said that the profi~s of the company were not falling off a particle. "We are getting i'icher every day," he added. And our mine is still panning out nicely?" "Yes. We are very lucky, ain't we, Wild?" "I must agree with you on that point.." CHAPTER IV. RENEGADES AND INDIANS, Every man of the renegade band had his eyes fixed on their leader as Young Wild Wes~ and his Uiends walked away from the spot. 1 It was quite plain that they exp e cted to see him do something out o[ the ordinary-j1tst what they did not know. But he did not make a move until the men were out of sight. and then something like a sigh of relief escaped his lips, whicb the men could not help but notice. "That jist beats tiler old boy!" he exclaimed, as he turned "What are yer goin' to do about him?" one of them ventured to ask. "Do about him! What in thunder is there to do about him? He's got ther best of me, ain't he?" "Yes," was the repiy. "Well, ,then, ther only thing I kin do is to wait till I git a chance at him ag'in; that's all there is about him." "I guess he is v.bout ther fust one that ever downed yer, ain't he, cap?" asked another. Dancing Dick looked daggers at the fellow. It was quite plain that it was a subject he did not like to talk on. 'See here," he exclaimed, knitting bis brows, "if any of you fellers think I didn't act ther right way with this here Young, Wild West, why, jist come out and say so." No one offered to say a word. "Two of yer have jist put in yer jaw about ther business; I now, I want yer to understand that I'm ther boss here, 'cause I kin lick any two of yer at one time! Do yer understand! that? I kin down you two right here with two shots, an' if yer don't think so jist draw yer guns!" Instinctively the rest of the men drew back a few steps, lea>ving the two who 11ad spoken on the subject standing in the! open. Both of them had their bands on the butts of their pistols, and both were very pale. The face of Dancing Dick was red with anger. He was getting madder at every breath he drew. Out came his revolver, and--Crack! Crack! The two men dropped to the ground, one of them shot 1 through the arm, antl the other with a bullet in his leg. The men looked at each other uneasily, showing that they were afraid as death of him. "Now!" cried Dick, furiously, "if there is any morej of you as thinks I don't know my own business, jist say so, an' we'll have it over right at onct! I hate to make ther gangj any smaller, but it has got to be did when it gits so my men think they know more than I do." "There ain't one of us but what thinks yer done jest right, e:aptain," spoke up o:1e in a voice that trembled slightly. "Thats so!" chimed in the rest; and then to make sure, he/ called them off, one at a time, till he had made every one answer favorable to him. His face broke into a good-humoreli smile at this, and he called for the rum to be passed around. There were several army canteens of the stuff in the crowd, and soon eyery one had imbibed a copious drink of it. "Now then, boys, l reckin we'll move from here." At this tbe villains immediately began to break up camp. Dancing Dick coolly approached the men he had shot and took their weapons and the money they had in their pockets from them. 'l.'en minutes later they were moving slowly over the mountain road in search of a more suitable place to camp. At lengt11 they found one that they thought would be just the place It was in a V-shaped opening, which ran back under a cliff. In order to reacll it a ledge a.bout ten feet in width had to be traversed for perhaps a dozen yards. One side of the opening ended r,bruptly at the edge of the precipice, and the other ran along the base of the bluff There was only one way to get in and out of the opening, and that was by way of the ledge. This place was, perhaps, thrE!e miles the town of \Veston, and about a hundred yards from the road leading to it. \~it.en they got to putting things in shape Dancing Dick sized up the camp with a critical eye. "I reckon a couple of hundred could put up here nicely," he muttered. "There's a spring over there, an' that'll give us plenty of water, so all's we have got ter do is to lay !n a supply of grub an' some hay for ther hosses. That t.own of Weston has got ter be raided, an' we must make ther raid a success when we do it." After carefully thinking over the situation the leader ce lected six of the best rifle shots in the crowd and sent them out to shoot game. He intend<:>d to salt and smoke what was shot, so it might be put away for future use. Four m.ore werP ordered to cut grass and fodder for the horfles, 2.nd the few remaining ones set about to gathering fagots for the necessary fires.


8 YOUNG WILD WEST S BES'r SHOT. By the time it was sunse t Dancing Dick was well satisfied with the way things were progressing, and afte1 he bad eaten a supper of bear steak and coffee, he saddled and bridled his horse, and selecting a man to remain in charge of the cann>, he :::allied forth. He did not tell the men what errand h e was on, but they could guess pretty, well. He was in search of his Indian. friends who were on the W?.rpath. But the villain knew pretty near wh ere he would find them, as h e had conferred with the chief of the b and a couple of days before. Dancing Dick rode along till about midnJght, and then he came to a halt, and gave a good imitation of the hoot of an owl. It was answered almost immediately in the same manner. 'l'he villain gave a nod of satisfaction and the n three times more be gave the signal. Three times the hoot-hoot came back to his ears, and then he urged his horse forward at a sharp trot. "Minnewauka!" he cried out, as he came to a halt again. ''Minnewauka!" came the reply in a low, guttural voice. An Indian wrapped in a blanket and carrying a rifle stepped from the shadow of a group of trees and approached the horseman. 'Ugh!" he exclaimed. "Dancing Dick, the brave with white blood in his veins. Dancing Dick is aJl right. Qome!" The renegade leader showed his satisfaction by passing a remark that was complimentary to the Indian, and then fol lowed him to the mouth of a ravine and thence along for about a hundred yards to a wide opening that was surrounded on all sides, save the entrance, by almost perpendicular walls of rock. In the center of this a campfire was smoldering, and scattered all around it were tepees. An Indian stood on guard at the entrance, and when he s a w that the horseman was accompanied by one of the braves he stepped aside ancl allowed them to enter. Dancing Dick now dismounted and stood still, holding his horse by the bridle. Then the redskin scout who had brought him there darted into the camp, and a few minutes later returned with a chief wearing a gorgeous headgear of eagle feathers. "Minnewauka!" exclaimed Dancing Dick. ''Minnewauka!" repeated the chief, and then he held out his hand, which the villain shook warmly. Minnewauka was the password in use by the band of one hundred Sioux, under the lead of Eagle Wing. Translated from their language it meant "fire-water," which was what they called whisky. Dancing Dick not only had the password, but he had the real thing with hi.m. He produced a bottle of whisky and tendered Eagle Wing a drink. The chief took a deep draught and smacked his lips as he handed the bottle back. "I have come to see you, as I said I would," said the halfbreed. "Dancing Dick keeps his word," was the reply. "The blood of the Sioux, which is in his veins, makes him tell the truth. What has Dancing Dick to say?" "Well, Eagle Wing, I have been over to the town of Weston. It is much bigger than I thought it was, but there is whisky, gold dust an' pretty paleface maidens there in plenty. We kin attack 'em in ther night time an' clean 'em out easy enough. How many warriors have you got?" "One huu.dred-all good braves, who know how to shoo,t. Every one got rifle, too." "Tllat's what I call good enough. Jt will be an easy thing to do." "What does Eagle Wing get if he do this?" asked the wily chief, who was bound to get his share of the proceeds for runuing the risk. "Half of the whisky an' gold dust, an' all of ther white maidens." "Ugh! That ls good! Eagle Wing will go with Dancing L>lck n.n' do this." ,rshake on it, chief. If I don't keep my word you kin burn me at the-r stake! "Dancing Dic k will keep hls word. He never lie to Eagle '\Ving.'' "Kin yer go rigi:lt over to ou, camp to-night, s o you won't be apt to be seen by any of ther pa!efaces tha.t live in ther town? "Yes. E&gie 1Ving and his braves will go to-night. Has Dancing Dkk a good p;(!.c e to camp?" "Fine! Just as good as this. Bring all the r grub you've got an' ther fodder for yer horses." "Eagle Wing got plenty; enough for a week." "Well, it ain't likely we'll nee d ihat much, though we can't. tell." The two villains talke d s ome more, and finished the bottle of wliisky. Then preparations to break camp were made by the Indians. They worked in a systematic way, and in a half hour's time they were on the move. With true Indian cunning they sent two scouts ahead and let two fall back in the rear about half a mile. This was to prevent any possible surprise from their enemies, the white s. But luck was with the m it seemed, for they never m e t a soul on the way, and reachin!l'. the band of renegades, went into camp on the spot. Dancing Dick was now very much elated. He thought he could now see his way clear to get square with Young Wild West. He got together all the flasks of liquor the renegade party had, and turned them ove r to the Sioux chief and his favorite brav S. Then he helped them drink it, and in half an hour they were all intoxicated. Then Dancing Dick got up and made a speech : "I am a ring-tailed roarer from Yuba Dam! he exclaimed. "Whe n I open my mouth I always say something. The palefaces in Weston have got ter die, i:,,n' we want what stuff they've got. I kin li c k any seventeen of 'em myself, an' Eagle Wing kin lick as many more. Eagle Wing wants a paleface maiden for his squaw, an' he'll have one, too. I am the son of a paleface maiden, an' my father was a Sioux warrior. I am proud that he was. Whoop her up, boys! Whoop her up! I'm a ring-tailed roarer from Yuba Dam, an' any one that ain't polite to me has got ter turn up his toes!" This was received by the renegades with great applause, while the Indians grunted their approval, and said that Dancing Dick was a great brave. Then Eagle Wing got up and delivered a short address in his own language, which translated would have been something like this: "Eagle Wing is a chief of a great nation. His word is law among his braves; he treats them right; he never lies to them, and the y love him for it. His braves will help Dancing Dick to kill the palefaces in the town of Weston, and they will be well paid in the yellow dust and rum; they are great' fighters, They are the best in the whole nation, and they hate the palefaces who came to their hunting grounds and tried to make them starve. They will fight like a wounded grizzly for Dancing Dick, because Eagle Wing says so!" The chief got as much applause as his predeaessor had, and he sat down a very proud redskin, indee d. The truth of the matter was that both the Indians and outlaws, who made up the two bands, were very anxious to get into Weston and make the raid. They wanted the whisky more than anything else, and a brave will generally go his full length for it. That is why a national law was passed prohibiting the sale of intoxicants to the red men. But the law was violated at the time of which we write, and it is now. Whenever we read of an outrage committed by Indians it is genetally laid to the fact that they were crazed from whisky. The red demons under Eagle Wing had all felt the effects of the stuff, and they were Itching to get their fill of It again. The town of Weston was in great danger. CHAPTER V. ,TE:\"IGNS GOES TO WORK, The excitement caused by the shooting affray and the arrival of the balloon the following morning soon died out. The town of Weston was used to all sorts of surprises, so it was quick to r~cover whe n anything out of the ordinary happened. But Young Wild West could not keep the renegade off his mind. He wonderecl what the villainous men were encamped in such close proximity to the town for. Tue treatment they llad receh ed ccrtaiul:y coulcl not have


YOUNG WILD WEST'S BEST SHOT 9 been very gratifying to them ; what, then, were tl1ey hanging gang of toughs, if they are there yet. He will get his balloon around for? all right, if he pays a hundred dollars. That 1Yill ju~t about It looked as though there was something in the wind and be enough to pay for a good carousal for the men who hire Wild made up his mincl that there ,vas. thernselves out to him Shortly after dne o'clock Jenkins came over to the widow's "There are the men he bas engaged coming no"\'\. See! They Claim in search of Young Wild West, who was working that ba1e a wagon. and the professor is in it." claim. Young Wild iVest and bis partners say this was inc1ee<1 Wild stood there, watching Cheyenne Charlie and Jack the case. Robedee, who were at work on a sort of sandsucker, which they Professor Griggs had succeeded in enlisting the services of called their "patent dust finder ten men and a team of horse:s. It was a thing that had been invented between them, and The men were honest fellows, but of the reckless, determined they were confident that it would change the old system of sort. washing the dlrt in pans. They would almost as soon fight as eat. Wild was very much interested in the invention, and he was After they had passed along up tl:te mountain road Wild so absorbed in watching them trying to manipulate it that be went over to the company's office to tell Jim Dart tllat they did not observe Jenkins till he was within a few yards of the bad hired a man. place. As might be supposed, Jim was perfectly satisfi e d with what "Why, hello, Mr. Jenkins," he said. "I see you have come had been done. around?" ",Jenkins is out here as the result of a quarrel." said 'iYilt1. "Yes," was the reply "I shouldn't be surprised if he succeeds in coaxing bis girl "Are you still of the mind to stay out here aud go to worl,?" to come out and marry him, and that he will settlP down here "Oh, yes! That is what I came over to speak to you about." for good. He is just the sort of a man we ,vant, if I am ,my "\Vell, I need a man right here, or at least we all do. I judge of human nature." think that you will be just the one for the .iob." "Oh, you are a judge, easy enough I never saw you make a "Thank you. I assure you that I will do my best to suit mistake in a man yet," replied Jim. you." Wlld remained at the office for about an hour. "Quit work,' boys, till we talk this matter over Here is a Then he saw the professor and his men coming back. man whom I am going to recommend as being straightforward They had the balloon in the wagon, and were taking things and honest. He will be just the man for us If he is, his easy. services ought to be worth ten dollars a day." "What!" gasped Jenkins. "Surely you are not making fun As theY passed be went out. of me, are you?" "Is that gang we drove out of town up on the mountain yet?'' "I was never more serious in my life," replied Wild. "The he asked. positi6n Y0, u will hold is one that requires nothing short of an "Nope!" replied the driver of the team. "Ther whole busid t f ness has skedaddled." honest man. I propose that you shall be superinten en our "That is a good thing. I hope they have left for good. They mi,1:1i: are satisfied to hire him," said Cheyenne Charlie. are not the sort of men we want around here." "Of course," added Robedee; "you know what you are doing." "That's right!" chimed in the entire crowd. "Well, I am quite sure that Jim will be satisfie~, so I will "Professor, I hope you will be able to get your balloon in tell l\Ir. Jenkins what his duties will be, and then 1f he wants working order again," said Wild, looking l.!ard at the old man the job he can go right to work." who had been so angry at him for shooting a hole through the "Call me Walter; that is my first name," spoke u p Jenkins. silken bag. "Very well, waiter, then. It will be your duty to always be "I guess I can fix it in time," was the rejoinder. "But I here when the rest of us are away. Outside of that, you can don't thank you for doing what you did, all the same." stay around and help in tbe general work that we ourselves "Ah! Still hol? the grudg:, do you?_-_ Well, I_ can't help it. do. You will be the boss of what men we hire, and when all I. made up my mrnd that I was !)-Ot gomg to sail through the four of us are awav at one time we shall expect you to see that air to some place where no one lives. I took the course I did no gold dust or anything else o-oes awav from here without after due deliberation ou1 knowlediie. So you see, y~u"' can do ;s you please around 'rhe old fellow said uo more. town 80 long as we are aro.und here. 'l'here happened to be a vacant bu~ldmg m town, an~ when "I understand," was the answer. "I will put in my full time our hero bad seen the balloon placed m it he turned to Jim and with you. There is nothing to call me away from here that I said: know of." "I suppose I .had better pay the old man for the damnge I "Suit yourself about that part of it, but remember that you did, so if he comes up here inquiring for me at any time ,iunt must always be here when none of the four of us ls here. ask him for bis bill, will you?" When will you go to work?" "Yes Shall I pay it, if I can't find you anywhere around?" "I am ready now." "Oh, you might as well. I don't think his bill ougl1t to "Good! Your time starts from one o'clock, then. amount to more than a llundred doilars, though." Jenkins pulled off his coat and rolled up his sleeves. "I should sav not.'' -"Just tell me what to do, and you will find me perfectly! "If it is don't you pay it, but wait until I come aronnd .. willing," be said. : "All right." "Well, we will leave it to you a~out tha! If you find an;r-1 Wild walked on over to the post-oilice to bani a chat with thing that needs to be done, why, Just do it, if you persist m I Arietta. putting in all of your time here." Old man Murdock was there, and after talking to him awhile, ''I suppose I can board with you?" the young fellow went over to the fair postmistress. "Oh, yes That will be necessary, anyhow. Your wages will "You must be expecting an important letter," said she be ten dollars a day and your board." "You come around here so much oftener than any one else." Jenkins looked as though he could hardly realize his good "Well, suppose I did not come around so often, what then?" fortune. was his answer. 1 "If my work suits you, and something else turns out all right, "Ob, some one might feel strnnge about it, I suvpo:;e.'' I might make up my mind to stay here altogether. Do you "You suppose?" think I could have a job right along in that case?" "Yes." "Yes. If your work suits, and we find you to be the sort "You are always supposing, it seems Well. I set Mr. Jenof man I take you to be, there will always be a job here for kins at work this afternoon." you." "You did?" "All right. I think I will write another letter home and tell "Yes of my good fortune." "Well, lle won't keep his job long. _\.s soon as he gets an "Do so," observed Wild. "By the way, what has become of all8wer to the letter he wrote lie wlll be starting fo1 home our friend, the professor?" without a moment's delay "He was bargaining with some men to go and get bis bal-"I am not so sure about that.'' loon "l'l'hen I left." "Why not?" "Ho"IV much did be offer them?" "He says he likei< the place here and lle muy settle do1q, "A hundred dollars, I believe. He wanted me io be one of in it for good the party, but I refused." "It wili be because bQ gets lllarricd ao.d brfugs 1.Jis wife her"' "Ob, he'll get enough men to go 1,;-ith lllm to wipe out that then."


10 YOU:i.~G WILD WEST'S BEST SIIOT. "Sbe migbt come out :rncl meet him, and have the cere-mon~ take place here." "Has he told you that that might be the case?" "Xot exactly, !mt he lias hinted as much." "Oh! Then you know more about it than I do." "v\'ell, I only know what he said. He will be down here to mail another letter before tbe mail goes out again." "Uc has got till to-morrow nigbt, tben." "Yes. He kno,vs that. He bas found how often the mails arrive and leave." "Wild," said Arietta, changing the subject, "I wonder if there is a good show running over in Spondulicks now?" "I don't know, but I can easily find out. Brown was over there yesterday." "Well, I wish you would go and ask him." "Do you think you would like to go over and see a show?" "Yes, and take Charlie and his wife, and Jim and Eloise Gardner along with us." "That wouldn't1be a bare attired in their most elaborate rigs, and when they rolle off. Dove-Eeye Daves wife made the remark that she "/::Ues;;ed there would not be anything at ther c~rcus that would take tiler shine otf !hem!" All hands were armed, e,en to the 11:irls. They each carried a revolYe:, nnd they knew how to use it, more especially '\Yild"s girl, who was a very good shot indeed. Wild had an idea that they might encounter Danc"lng Dick's gang on the road, so he warnctl them to be on the lookout. '.rhey rode on at any easy pace. meeting two or three horse men who were on their way to Weston, but no signs of the renegades could they see. "I reckon tl1ey have made a bee-line for some other pl:lce, where it \Yil! be more healthy for them,'' said Cheyenne Charlie. "'Yell, I hope they ha,-e," wild answered, "for I shoulcln"t want to meet them while we have the 11:irls with us. I wouldn"t be afraid tbat I woul:d get hurt myself. but I never like to see shooting going on when there are womeu folks around." "1 o, nor I," spoke up Jim. "I think the three of u:1 conl,1 kNip that gone: of villains at n safe tlistance, but you cant tell what might happen if they !'aw the girls with us. Tl'CY mi_:::-ht thin!{ that we were handicapped by them aml become a little bolder." "And some of them woukl die for their pains!" exclaimed Arietta, her eyes flashing. "I should do a little shooting in a case lil,e that." "That's right, little one," said Wild. "You could do a whole lot, too; I know that by expe1ience.'' "We would all tJj and do our share. l guess." spoke up Anna. Eloise nodded and felt of her revolrnr, which was concealed. from view. "I gness we wlll be able to take care of ourselves, unless somethiug entirely unexpected happens," remarked Young \Vild West, with a noel of apprornl. Tlle ride to Sponclulicks was made in due time. Spitfire, the beautiful stallion, wanted to show his speed, but Wild would not let him. There was no occasion for it just then, ancl he did not want to leave his companions in the rear. As they rode into the town they saw it was fast assuming the appearance of a city, and as t11ey looked around they could see the mammoth circus bills Brown had told Wild ahoul, scattered nll over on the sides 01' i"ences, burns, and even houses. 'l'he three clashing lookin.~ couples rod~ np to the leading hotel, which was the one our hero always put up at whf'n he was in the town, attracting no little attention as they did so. Tbe proprietor was on the stoop, and recognizing \Yild, came out to meet tllf'm as they dismounted. "'Ve woul lames to the dining-room. '!.'he dinner prepared for them wa!l sorn thing really fine and they did full justice to it, a,; their ride had increased tbfir appetites. It was about half-past one wben they got up from the table. The show went on at two. "'Ye may as well go to the tent now," s:::ld Chercnn~ Chnrli.:>. "Yes," :-pokt' up Jim. '"lhere may be such a c;uwd that we will not be able to get a good seat." "\Yell, let us go, tllen,'' sai

YOUNG WILD WEST'S BEST SH OT 11 The tent was located in an open field not over five minutes' walk f r om the hotel, and they soon got there. As might be supposed, there was a.._ large crowd outside tl.Je tent. If there were half that many inside, the tent must certainly b e packed. Wild went to the ticket wagon and purchased six of the best seats the show afforded. They went inside and found the place crowded. If they had not bought reserved seats they woultl have stood a slim chance or sitting down. As it was, they had no little trouble in finding a place where they could all sit together. Pretty soon the apo logy for a band struck up, and then things became lively. Peanuts were peddled around at a quarter a pint, and lem onade was sold .for ten cents per glass. '.l.'he performanc!) opened with the entry of the twelve trained horses, with male and female riders on their backs 'l'bey went through a sort of drill, and a crowd o f cow-punchers who were seated close to tho ring began to jeer them. 'That was altogether too tame for them. 'CTiey knew something about riding in the saddle themsel ves. '.l.'hey wanted to see something different from that. So the ring-master wisely cut that part of the perfo rmru1ce short. He announced that some great French lady WQnld appear ln her dal"ing act of leaping through paper balloons while riding at full speed. The cowpunchers gave a c~eer as the fair damsel on. ..ri-1e clown came on at the same time, and he, too, was ap plauc1ed. when the gaudily attired rider stood upo n her horse a n d did her turn the audience nearly went wild. The majority of them had never been to a circus be f ore, and t hey appreciat(;d it. 'l'he cowpunchers fairly g loried in it, and it ls safe to say that more than one of them would be suffering from a broken limb before many days, in thelr efforts to imitate the rider. The clown got off his jokes and kept the audience in good humor between times, and so the show went on till finally the tumblers came out and began to leap and turn over horses fl-om the spring-board. 1 'Ihat just suited. Bven Young Wild West, who had seen almost everything that there was going, was pleased at it. The tumblers ,vere pretty good at the business. ,vhen the trapeze performer was announced Eloise became verf much interested. It put her in mind of old ti.mes. She watched the man who was performing with t h e greatest of interest. "You could do as well as that, couldn't you?" asked J im. "Oh, yes," was the reply. "I had to, or there would have been trouble. There was some more riding and jokes from the c l ow n and finally the show was over. There was scarcely one who went out of the tent who was not satisfied Our friends thought they had been well paid for riding over from Weston, and for the time being they forgot all about the renegade band, who had given them so much concern while coming over. It was nearly alf-past four when they came out of the tent, and they wanted to t r y and reach home before darkness set in. As they left the confines of Spondllcks, Wild began to think o f Dancing Dick and his gang again. Somehow he coulcl not keep the villain~ off his mind. He said nothing to his companions, however, and kept on riding. Apparently be was as merry as any of them, but he was doing u whole lot of thi.nking, nevertheless. They had made about two-thirds of the distance t o Weston, and were watching the sun, which was slowly nearing the horizon wilen suddenly a rWe shot rang out. Young Wild West felt a stinging sensati. on on the side of his b ead, and instinctively be clapped his hand. there. "Look out!" he cried to his companions. "I ha Ye been grazed by a bull et!" 'I'he six had be e n 1iding in a l.mnch, but they immediately separated, so as to not make too good a murk to be shot at. Suddenly there came a puff of smoke from the r ight of the road, and a report raug out Another bull e t came Wild's way, but it was not so close this time. "We bad better make fo r c ov er," sai d Cheyenne Charlie "It won't do for us to stay here a n d be s h o t do w n like dog s. "That'~1 right," answered W il d Ge t behind tha t crag ov e r there-quick!" The faces of the girls wer e very p al e but th~ obeyed as (]Ulck as a flash. Another shot was fired before they reach e d the co ver, but it flew wide of the mark. "It won't do for us to attempt to rlde past that place," said Wild, as he dismo1mted and handed his ~bridle rein to Arietta. "We must steal up on those f e ll ows, and if there are not too many of them, silence them Charlie, I guess you and I can do the business." "All right!" and the scout dismounte d ins tantly. "What are you going to do?" asked .A.nn a anxiously. "Just what Wild says, was the r ep l y. "Dont-please don't go and r u n into any dangar." "We nre in danger, now, 11' I am any judge, retorted W il d "We mus t try to get out of the danger and the on l y w a y to do it Is to loC'ate these men who have been firing a t us and C'all then) to acco unt. Jim, you will s t a y right h e r e and look after the ladies." Arlett:l did not say a word against this. She knew tha t her youug lover knew exactly what he was d oin g and she put the utmost confidence in him. Without any further talk on the s u b j ect, Young Wild Wes.t led the way up a steep slope, and started c a u tio u s ly in the direction from which the shots Cheyenne Charlie was close behind him, and b oth had their revolver:3 in their hands, ready fo r instant u s e. "Wild knew that the distance was n o t ov e r three hundred yards, and he wanted t o get near enough to see who it was that had attacked them f rom ambush 1n s u ch a cowardly manner. He was pretty s ure it was. Dancing D1c k and his men, but still he might be m istaken. Experienced in woodcraft as the y were, they had no difficulty in making their w a y along i n a noise less manner. In three minutes they were ver y nea r the spo t where Wild had seen the puff of smoke w hen the s econ d shot was d He came to a pause and motione d his c om p anio n to do likewise. 'l'be next instant the so u n d o f low v o ices to the ears of the two. They cot1ld not recognize to whom the y b e l onge d, thoug h Wild was pretty sure that be had beard them b efo r e. They thought it best to get to such a po sitio n tha t the y might be abl e to discern the speakers. So they moved off to the right and then came around, cree p-ing softly through the tangled undergrowth. Half a minute later they came in v iew or two men. They both belonged to th_ e gang led by Dancing Dick. Both recognized them at a singl e glance. They were not over twenty feet away, and were peering from behind a corner of rock expectantly '"['hey are sttiyin' under cove r a good wplle," said one "I wonder what they are up to, ruiyhow ? "I don t think they'll come past us," said the other. "It is most likely they put back fo r Spondullcks, or else they know of some other way and w ill euchr e u s .rhe man who had first spoken utter ed an oath. "Confound that Young Wild West, anyhow!" h e exc laimed. "I thought I was a pretty goo d shot, but I c ouldn' t bring him down, it seems "No; an' you h a d two chances, too. I reckon I come pretty close to him, thcugb." ''Not as close as I d i d. Didn't y ou see h i m clap his hand to ther side of his head when I fired? I thought I hij"1. him sure!" "But yo u didn't, though." "Well, if I didn't, some one el s e will b e fore long. Ther gang mast be pretty near down there by this time so if they are there yet it will soon a ll be over." Young Wild West gave a start a n d c lutch e d his companio n by the o.i"m. "What do you think of that?" he w hispered "They are sneakin' onto Jim an' ther women f o lks," re-plied Charlie. "We must git back there right away." "That's right. Come on!" As the scout turned a twi g scracked beneath his root. T h e t w o villains beard i t.


J2 YOUNG WILD WEST'S BEST SHOT. "Who's there?" demanded one of them, hastening to the spot. As he beheld the crouching forms of our two friends he called to his companion, and raised his rifle to fire. But Cheyenne Charlie was too quick for him. Cm ck! His re,olver spoke, and the fellow rolled over in the agonies of death. The other renegade hastened to the spot and started In to empty his revolver the moment he saw Wild and Charlie. But a well directed shot from Wild's revolver laid him low, and then they sprang to their feet, and started on a run for the spot where they had left Jim and the girls. But before they were half-way there they heard the sound of shooting. "1Ye are too late!" ga:sped Cheyenne Charlie. Before wud could reply the clattering of hoofs came to their ears, and peering through the shrubbery they saw their own hors e s and those of their companions galloping along the road In the direction of Weston. But that was not all they took r;ote of. Three of the horses were riderless. One was Wlld's, one was Charlie's and the other Arietta's. Hot In pursuit o:t' them was a mixed band of whites and Indians. Jim was pouring out n. deadly fire from his revolvers as he sped along, and Wild noticed that t.wo of the villains dropped In quick succession .. But what had become of Arie-eta? Th:it was the question that staggered him. A strange feeling of dismay crept through his heart. "Charlie," salcl he hoarsely, "they ~ave got Arietta." The scout nodded. "We must git Iler, Wild!" he said, in a voice that was full of determination. "I don't like the looks of that gang. I wonder where tho~e red fiends came from? There Is some sort of a plot on foot, I am sure. Poor little Et!" "Never mind, now," answered Charlie. "We'll git her all right, see if we don't. Mebbe they ain't got her after all. She might have slipped off her horse in ther excitement, an' Is hidln' somewhere close by." The two remained standing right where they were, thinking It best not to venture Into a fight with the villains, as they ha1l seen at least a score of them ride along In pursuit of Jim and the two girls, and there appeared to be as many more sta~ding in the road. "They'll be hunting for us directly, Wild," said Oharlie. "We won't stand much of a show with 'em without our horses." "Ko," was the grim retort. "But I'll guarantee that they will know that ~hey have been in contact with some one be fore they get the best of us. v "Well, weve already plugged two of 'em, anyhow." Just then the men began to move. The two crept to the edge of the little blufl a few feet distant, and peered down ot them. It did not take the sharp eyes of Wild long to locate a form that was wrapped in a blanket that an Indian chief had on his horse before him. It was Arietta. A portion of the pretty dress she had worn that day was In view. iVild clutched Cheyenne Charlie by tlie arm, and then raised his revolver. But be lowered it again as quickly. "It won't do," he whispered. "If I shoot him It won't help her a bit. It would be worse for all of us." "That's right," replied his companion. "Now jest cool down a little nn' git your wits together. It's strategy that'll do 1 her business. an nothln' else." "That's rlght, pard!" and Wild seized Cheyenne Charlie by the band and shook it warmly. "I had about lost all my nerYe, but you have brought it back to me We will rescue Ari etta and teach that gang a lesson that some of them will never forge~." "Some of 'em did you say?" "Yes; some of them. They won't all be llvlug to remember ~" "Ah! I see ther p'lnt. "1Ye must get away froin here, right away, though." It was bip:h time that they did, for they heard the excited ~-oices of the renrgades as they viewed the two bodies of their slnin companions. A s~a1ch would be made for them at once. CHAPTER VII. ARI&TTA AS A PROPHET. Jim Dart and the girls were taken completely by surprise. They were seated on their steeds, just where Yo_ung Wlld West told them to remain, and were anxiously waitmg, when they heard the report of a revolver from the direction their two friends had gone. "Tlrey are In trouble," said Jim, and just then the second shot rang out. The face of Arietta was very pale, but her eyes shou c with a determined light. "It was Wild a,nd Oharlie 'Who fired those shots," she said, ralmly. "Yes; but--" Jim did not finish what he was going to say, for at that moment there was a clatter, folfowed by the rush of many feet beind them, and they founcl themselves almost surrounded by a mixed band of Indians and whites. Jim started right in at shooting, and so did Arietta. Anna and Eloise made a feeble attempt, but had all they could do to keep on their horses. "We must get out of here!" cried Jim, with clenched teeth. It seemed to be the purpose of the band of villains to take them alive. Arletta was stm holding Wlld's horse by the bridle, and suddenly, without the least warning, the stallion made a bolt. In spite of her efforts to retain her position, the girl was pulled from the saddle. She uttered a cry, but 1t was too late, for the other horses had started. Away they all went, leaving Arietta on the ground in a confused heap. But she did not remain thus over a second, for the Indian chief, Eagle Wing, who was in the party, sprang from his pony and seized her. "After 'em! Don't let 'em git away!" shouted the voice of Dancing Dick, who was in command of the party. "Fetch every one of 'em back alive, an' that sorrel horse, too!" Those who were mounted on the fleetest animals immeclia tely started in pursuit, a nd then Eagle Wing, proud of his great capture, proceeded to wind a blanket about the struggllng girl. She had dropped her revolver In the fall from her horse, otherwise she would have made 1t interesting for the red demon The chances are that she would have shot him before he could have rendered her helpless. -But as tt was now, she could do nothing with the powerful brute. -He wound the blanket tightly about her, pinning her arms to her sides, and all but smothering her. Then Arletta felt herselt lifted to the back of a horse. She tried hard to cry out for help, but the blanke t shut her oft so that only a faint gurgle could be heard. This was not the first time that she had been in the clutches of a Sioux Indian, but she was horrified, just the same. Such a thing was hard to get used to, no matter how often it happened. But she did not faint, as most girls would have done She was thinking of her lover, Young Wilq West. If he was not captured or killed by the demons, she felt that her rescue would only be a question of time. Faith is a great thing, and if ever any one bad faith in a person, Arletta Murdock had faith in Young Wild West. So she calmed herself down as much as her womanly In-, stincts would allow her to, and su!Tered herself to be carried along without a struggle. The hO'l'se that bore her and her captor went along at a walk, and presently she realized that they were ascending n hill that was rough and uneven. This gave her hope. She knew that they had left the road, and In that case they could not be going any great distan.ce. She had not gone very far when she beard the sounds of great confusion behind her. Her captor came to a halt, and she could hear a white man talking to him excitedly. "Chief," s he heard him say, "the very one we waut to git out of ther way is right around here, an' another one, almost as dangerous as he is, is with him They have shot two o(


YOUNG WILD WEST'S BEST SHOT. 13 my best men, which must ha\"e happened when we heard ther shots as we rode around ther other way, an' come up ou what there was there of 'em." "Ugh!" grunte d the chief. "Eagle Wing's braves soon find palefaces Send out two of his best men and bring in their scalps in one hour." "All right, chief; If you kin do that everything will be all 0. K. for to-night at Weston." Eagle Wing uttered a peculiar cry, which meant for his briwes to assemble, and the next moment they came running up from all directions. He look e d them over carefully, and then selecting two of the m, told them to go out and find the two palefaces who were in the vicinity on foot, adding that they were dangerous, and that the greatest of caution must be used. "Brin~ their scalps to me," he said, "and you shall be rewarded. "That's ther way to talk!" exclaimed Dancing Dick. "Now, then, if them two men of yourn are any good, we'll have 'em." Then the chief urged his horse up the hill -again, and Arietta heard no more. But she had heard enough to let her know that Wild was In danger. But the danger was not as great as though a "

14: YOUNG WILD WEST'S BEST SITOT. aged to blurt out. "She ls trying to frighten Eagle Wing by saying things that are not so." "Wait and see," went on the girl. "You w111 meet your death from a bullet aimed by a dashing young man, whose nc>rve is as steady as a rock, and whose eye is as sure as the hawk's. He never misses when he fires." Without another word the chief left the tepee. Arietta saw that she had scored a great victory. "Now, if only Wild and Oharlie are not captured or killed," she thought. "But I feel that they are all right, and that this will come out all right. I have been in a worse place than this, for as long as I can co;ntrol the chief I will be safe. Something must be done before sunset to-morrow, and that is where my hope lies." The chief had .scarcely gone out when Unawah in again. There was something like a look of triumph In the coal black eye.s of the squaw. It struck Arietta that she had been listening to the con versation. The old hag carried an earthen dish Into which was some buffalo fat with a rude wick stuck in it. was lighted, and it shed a ghostly glare around the Interior of the tepee. "The paleface maiden is a wonder!" exclaimed Unawah, in a low tone. "She can read the future. She must tell Unawah what is for her. Arietta was puzzled at this request. She had not expected it. The squaw had certainly been listening to the prophecy she had made to Eagle Wing, and she believed it would come true. '.l'hat accounted for the strange, weird expression of her eyes. ; Arietta's brain worked qulckly. There was nothing sluggish about it. She concluded to tell the squaw's fortune. And she wanted it to please her somewhat. She took the horny, copper-hued hand In her own and said: 1'Unawah has seen many happy days; she does not see them now. In another moon she will be back among her people, and she will live a.lone in her tepee and sing to herself of the happy days she has seen. She will be thankful to the Great Spirit that she has lived so long." "Arietta must tell me. more!" cried Unawah, passionately. "She must tell me what will happen before sunset to-morrow. She must tell me, for Unawab believes that she can." '"I.'here will be a great fight with the white men in Weston," resumed the girl, not changing a muscle of her face. "Eagle Wing will be beaten, and he will try to can-y me off. The brave young paleface who wants me for his squaw will shoot Ragle Wing, and Unawab wlll go back to her village with the braves of his tribe." "And what will happen to Arietta?" "That I cannot tell. I cannot read what is in store for me. I can only read what there is for others." "Arietta has spoken; it is well" CHA.PTE'R VIII. WHAT JIM DID, Tim Dart and his two female companions soon outdistanced their pursuers. He knew not what course to pursue, and It was not until they were within less than a mile of Weston that he decided. It was then that Spitfire, Young Wild West's sorrel, stopped sudd,~nly and turned around and went trotting back. "Ah!" exclaimed .Tim, "I know what to do now. I must go back.'! "'fo save them if you can?" asked Oheyenne Oharlie's wife, noxiously. "Yes, but you must ride on home and notify old man Murdock and Dove-Eye Dave of just what has happened. Tell them to get a party of armed men together and come out this way as soon as possible." "All right," and the two rode off. Arietta's horse seemed inclined to follow Spitfire, and before Jim could stop him he was off witll him. Cheyenne Charlie's steed went along with the women folks. Jim rode on back until be wa!:' within a mile of the place where the attack and capture of Arietta hacl occurred. The two riderless horses were now far ahead of him, and he could no long~r hear or see them. The sun had not yet gone down, and knowing a way to go around to the right and get past the place where th~ band of Indians and whites had been massed, J\m made for it. It was rou .'.!:h and dangerous riding by that route, and he was nece1

YOUNG WILD WEST'S BEST SHOT. 15-A cold sweat broke out on the boy's forehead. He did not like the idea of taking the life of even an Indian in that way, but he knew he must do it if he would protect his own and save the lives of his friends Not knowing what else to do, ,Jim remained standing in silence for the space of five minutes. Then he decided to work his way for the point Wild and Charlie had started for. He was just as careful as ever, and made slow progress in consequence. After a while he came to the place where the two men had been slain in their efforts to shoot Wild and the scout. The bodies had not been taken away. He waited till the horsemen were out of bearing, and then c autiously descended the tree. Jim's limit of luck had passed, it seemed, for his feet had scarcely fouched the ground when he found himself in the grasp of two Indians. He had been over-anxious to get to the ground, and they had heard the noise he made. CH.APTER IX. THE INDIAN CHIEF'S LAST MOVE. At first Jim thought they might b e his friends, and a strange y .,.., 'ld West and Cheyenne C'narlr'e struck off to the feeling of uneasiness came over him. oung n'I His hands trembled as he felt over their forms to learn the nght when they left the v1c1mty of the spot where the dead truth .renegades lay. He felt of their heads, and as both had worn short hair in T~ey m~de up their minds that they W?Ul? have {~e w%! life, ho found that his fears were groundless. ~haip to _1,eep cut of the clutches of the v11lam, _but bein a: .A sigh of relief escaped the lips of the boy as he crept away no_t want to go too far away, on ~ccount of Anetta g from the spot pr1soner. Presently h~ could hear the confused murmur of many ~ut there was no time to stop and figure out what they were voices gomg to do. They would have to do their figuring as they went. "I must be near the camp of the scoundrels," he mutte red. Chance led their footsteps directly for the camp of the rene" Well. I will go as close to it as I can and see if tl+ey have gades and Indians. got Wild and Charlie prisoners. If they have, though, I don't The villains coming on behind them naturally made the. m see what those Tndian scouts were sneaking so cautiously think that they were bmng pursued. around through the woods for." Our two friends had not gone a great distance wllen they The noise kept increasing, and finally the voice of' an Indian, found the entrance to the camp right before them. as though raised in oration, came to Jim's hearing. Then they saw the mistake they had made. He grew a little bolder, knowing that the band would be apt "This way!" whispered Wild, and he turned off to the right, to be all attention to what was going on. and began to crawl through the bushes up a steep ascent. Nearer and nearer he crept, and presently he had reached Charlie followed him, and they sopn reached the top. a point a dozen yards from the lc;dge that led to the camp of But then somethidg happenea-that they had not counted on. the mixed band. The dirt caved from beneath their feet, and they went shootI Bui as the ledge curled to the right he could not see what ing down a smooth surface into a pit. wa s going on, though the reflection of a big fire to him. The noise made was conslderable, and they tightened their There was a tree close by, and he calculated tha.t if he grips on their rev.olyers as they scrambled 'to their feet. i ascended it about fifteen feet he would be able to see nicely. But a mirmte passed and no one came near them. But it was quite a risk to expose himself while climbing They could hear the voices of their enemies, though. not very the tree, and he hesita~ed. plainly. But only for a moment. After a couple more minutes had flitted by it occurred to His curiosity was too strong, and he was very an:x::ious to see Young Wild west that they had accidentally struck a. very if his friends were there, and if tbey were not to catch a good hiding-place. glimpse of Arietta Murdock, who he knew must be. But the question that now arose was: The tree was not a difficult one -to climb, and making his Could they get out oi it? way noiselrssly to it, he stood up and began to ascend it. Wild began feeling about him. In less tllan balf a minute he was h:l'gh enough to conceal In less tban a minute he camo to the conclusion that they his body among the thick-leaved branches. were in a sort of trap. Once more he breathed a sigh of relief. 'l'h e pit they had tumbled in was about fifteen feet deep, His movements since he left the horses had been very risky irregular in shape, but there was not a thing to grasp upon and daring. its wall of solid rock .Aud so far he had come out unscathed. The place where they had alid down was altogether too Higher i1

16 YOUNG WILD WEST'S BEST SHOT. "You will have to think of a way; I can't." Young Wild West sat down on the ground. \ Then a rough command in the Indian tongue was heard, and the voices ceased. After a minute or so of meditation he struck a match, much to Cheyenne Charlie's surprise. He was going to run the risk..of having a look at the inside of the place they were in. As the sulphur burned from the match and it settled into a steady blaze, he made a guick survey of their prison. He looked up at first and quickly satisfied himself that the light could not be seen by any one unless they were right at thEJ top, looking downward. He shook his head as the match flickered and went out. "I ean't see any way to get out, unless we can do it by one of us getting upon the shoulders of the othei:, and then make a leap for the top." "Well, you are a great deal more supple than I am; suppose you git on my shoulders an' try it?" "I will. Get over here and lean against the wall. You must hold your body stiff." "All right. I can do that easy enough." Charlie placed himself as he was directed, and then, after re moving his boots, Wild climbed nimbly upon his shoulders. Then he made a spring upward and missed the edge of the pit by sev,eral inches. He could not tell how close 4e came to it, as he could n.ot see. ,But when he came down he missed Charlie's shoulders and landed pretty heavily on: the ground. "We can't do it that way," he said. "But I think we can find a way to do it." "How?" asked the scout eagerly. "We must find something for you to stand on, so when I get on your shoulders I will be nearer to the top." "But what are we goin,g to find in here?" "Dirt, if nothing else." "By jingo! That's so! I never thought of that." "W'e will get to work and dig up a pile with our knives." "No sooner said than done." They did start right in, but found it very hard digging. They kept up a conversation in whispers as they worked away, ever and anon the hum of the voices of their enemles reaching their ears. Wild reckoned that they must get a solid pile about two feet bigh before he tried it again. Pretty soon they heard the excitement caused by the mixed band of villains as they were getting ready to start. But the sounds, were so vague that they had no real idea of what they meant. It ,took fully fifteen minutes for them to get enough dirt piled up to satisfy Wild, and then after packing it down tho -r-oughly, Charlie got upon it. He braced himself and Wild got upon his shoulders again. "It is now or never," thought our hero, and gathering all his muscles together, he made a leap upvtard. He clutched the etlge of the pit this time a .nd held on. And as soon as he found this out Charlie reached up and pressed his hands the soles of the boy's feet. Young Wild West was very strong and athletic. In less than half a minute he had dra Yn himself out of the pit. He was pretty well exhausted from his efforts, though, and for the space of half a minute he sat panting on the ground. He must now get Cheyenne Charlie out. But that would be a comparatively easy matter. And so it proved to be, for Wild found a limb that had been blown from a tree, and hauled him out with It in double-quick time. Wtlc! put Qn his shoes, which his companion had brought up with him, and then they were ready for business. Things seemed to be remarkably still around that neighborhood. "It can't be that they have gone, kin it?" asked Charlie. "It might be the case. But let us be careful; we don't want to run right into their midst, you know." Young Wild West now began creeping down the hill. Cheyenne Charlie was not far behind him, as a matter of course. They were soon in sight of the ledge. Now they could hear sounds of life there. Wild ventured a little nearer. Wild was now desperate. He made his way to the ledge and began cree_ping boldly it. His companion followed more slowly. Six feet further and Wild. would be able to see into the camp. The six feet were soon covered. The whole camp was now before him. The first object. that met his gaze was an Indian standing guard, not a dozen feet from him. Then his eyes lighted on Arietta, woo was standing at the side of Unawah, the hag, about ten feet to the left of the guard. Then he saw Jim Dart bound to a tree in the center of the camp. All this was enough to excite the coolest person on earth, but Wild did not lose control of himself at all. He knew that if ever a time was for a person to be cool, it was now. He took another quick survey of the camp, and saw that it was deserted, save for a very few old Indian braves and two or three squaws. H,} made a motion to Charlie, who was at his heels, and then arose to his feet. Just as he did so the clattering of hoofs were heard close at hand. A horseman was coming, and he appeared to be in a great hurry, by the sound of things. As the guard prickeu up his ears Wild stepped back into a niche, and drew Charlie after him. In the gloom the guard could not discern them. But he was looking almost directly at them, it seemed. The next minute a horseman dashed up and passed right along the ledge Into the camp. It was Eagle Wing. It seemed scarcely a second before a scream rang out and the chief came dashing out again. The seream was that of a female, and Young Wild West was not slow to recognize it. 'l'be chief had seized., Arietta and was going to ride o.ff with her. t CHAPTER X. YOUNG WILD WEST'S BES

YOUNG WILD WEST'S BEST SHOT. 17 realized that his horse was shot. and having great presence of mind, Arietta made a flying leap for the ground. She struck upon her bands and knees at the same inRtant the horse w.ent down, but got out of the way to prevent the body from rolling upon her. Eagle \Ving was more fortunate, for he landed on his feet. He was enraged at being interfered with while riding off with the beautiful paleface maiden he hoped to make his squaw, and he was full of fight. He turned, revolver in hand, just as Young Wild West came dashing to the spot. Craek Crack The chief fired two shots, but both of them niissed. Wild was just in his element now. He answered by shooting the red fiend in the wrist and causing him to drop his revolver. Then as Nagle Wing sprang toward him with uplifted knife he sent a bullet crashing through his heacl. That settled it, as far as the chief of the Sioux was concerned. Wild just took time to squee-1e his sweetheart to his bosom and then led her back toward the ledge. Ile wanted to help Cheyenne Charlie free Jim Dart. But he was too late, for the scout had already a,ccomp:Ushed this and was holding the three remaining Indian braves at bay with an empty revolver, while Jim walked out of the camp a free man. 1 Charlie had laid the others low and used all the chambers to do it. 'l'he Indians did not know that his revolver was empty, or they would have taken advantage of it. In another moment all four of our friends were outside the camp. "Come!" exclaimed Jim, "everything has turned out all right, after all. I have three horses doWh here a little way. Come!" "Is one of them mine?" queried Wild. "Yes. He came back, and that is what m11de me come. Your horse knew what to do more than I did, Wild." "Spitfire is very intelligent. I shall remember him for not forsaking me to-night." "You ought to," said Charlie. "I only wish I had a horse like that." The Indians in the camp did not offer to pursue them a single step, and they soon reached the spot where Jim had tied the horses. '!'hey were there, just as he had left them, and the sorrel gave a whinny of pleasure as he recognized the footstep of his master .. "Mount!" exclaimed Jim. "We will go back by tlle way I came, for I have an idea that we will meet the renegades and Indians coming back pretty soon. I sent word with Eloise and Anna for a posse of men to come to our help, and I heard the renegades' leader say that they were going to raid Vi'eston as they rode out." "That is where they were I.Jound," spoke up Arietta. "I heard them say so." "So Anna and rnloise got home all rigllt, then, did they?" asked Cheyenne Cbarlle. "Oh, yes," replied Jim. "Well. now, let us see if we can't. Our trip to the circus and back has been an excitin' one, so far." No one offered to deny this. Wild mounted Spitfire and took Arletta on front with him. Then he lead the way to the road. Cheyenne Charlie loaded his revolver as he rode along. They took the ronte Jim had come by, and just as they neared the point where it merged on the regular road, the sounds of a running fight came to their ears. "They have got 'em goin', I guess!" cried Cheyenne Charlie. "Let's git where we kin see some of the fun." "Stay tigbt here," said Wild. "This is the beRt possible place we can get. '1.'lley have got to pass, unless they take to the thickets."' The shooting was pretty near now, and presently our friends could hear bullets whistling through the air. They quickly got under the shelter of a roek, and then the foremost of t.h.e would-be raiders appeared. The Indians were leading the retreat, but there was only about half of those who started out. Charlie raised I.Jis revol,er to fire into their ranks. "Don't,' said Wild. "Wait till the renegades come along. If Dancing Dick is not dead yet I am going to make him execute his last dance." '.l'here were only three of them left, and one was Dancing Dick. He was putting up a reckless running fight ancl i,wearing at an awful rate. It seemed strange that he had not been hit. "Ha, there, Dancing Dick!" exclaimed ,viid, as he allowed Arietta to slip to the ground. At the sound of the boy's voice the villain turned and leveled bis still smoking reyolver. But he never pressed the trigger. Crack! Young Wild West's bullet found his brain, and with a leap that seemed superhuman, the villain sprang upward out of his! stirrups and fell to the ground. Cheyenne Charlie hailed the men from Weston as they came up, and they came to a halt. "It is all over, boys," he called out. "\Ye are here, safe and, sound. every one of us. Three cheers for Young Wild West,' I say!" The miners caught the enthusiasm at once, and they made1 the welkin ring with their healthy voices. Old man Murdock and DoYe-Eye Dave were among them, and so was Brown, the keeper of the Gazoo. "I had to come with the boys," he said to YVild, "when II heard that ther postmistress was captured and that you was in danger. I remembered you for ther good turns you have done me, an when a person once doeR nie a good turn I \YOt1ldn't1 stand around and wait for any help to git him out of trouble." "I don't know as I eYer aid anything particular for you,'' retorted Wild. "What do you refer to?" "Well, didn't you clean out ther gamblers, an' give me a1 chance to get back ther business I had lost?" "Well, perhaps I did help clean them out that time." "An' didn't you make that gang we just cleaned up a little while ago git out of ther place ther other day, so as I could/ go on an' do business with honest men?" "Oh, pshaw! Those little things are not worth mentioning, Brown." "What you call little things .are awful big ones to somej people. That's why you are a born leader among men, even if you are only a boy in years." Young Wild West felt that he ought to appreciate this com pliment. It expressed the feelings of the majority of the miners in, Weston, and he knew it. "Well, Brown," he said, "I have dropped a good many men of all colors with my rifle and revolvers, but I have never done a dirty tricl, in my life. if I do sny it myself. I always expect to stick up for the right, and when any of you catch me doing contrary to this, just tell me of it, and I'll hold up both hands and let you shoot me." This was heard by every one present, and another cheer went up. Jack Robedee, who was in the crowd, now rode forward. He acted as though he wanted to bug all hands, inclucling Arietta. A few minutes later they all started for Weston. It was not so late in the evening when they got there, and when the miners heard of how near they came to being sur prised by the renegades and Indians they proceeded to make merry. CHAPTER XI. CONCLUSION. The officers of the Wild West Mining and Improvement Com: pany had just assembled in the office the morning following the stirring events connected with the rescue of Arietta, when they saw Professor Griggs coming that way. 'l'he old fellow seemed to be in a hurry, too, for he was coming along at a stiff gait for one of his age. "Ile i coming here after his money to pay for the damage done to his balloon," said Wild. <'An' he's got blood in his eye, too," spoke up Cheyenne Charlie, with a grin. Walter Jenkins was just going out to attend to his work at the miee, but our hero told him to wait and hear what the professor had to say. Pretty soon there came a knock on the door. Jack Robedee got up and opened it. "Vi'alk right in, old man!" he said to the professor, who was standing there. With an angry look at him the professor obeyed. Before our friends had a chance to greet him he walked up to Young Wild West and shook his fist under his nose.


18 YOUNG WILD WEST'S BEST SHOT. "I want you to pay for the damage done to my balloon!" he exclaimed. ''All right," was the reply. "How much is the damage?" "T,yo hundred and fifty dollars." "Oh, no! You have made a mistake, I guess, professor. It won't cost so much money as that to repair the damage I did to the silk bag. I know better than that." "You are a fool!" retorted the man, who was fast losing his temper. "Am I?" was the cool retort. "You are a fool, and you know nothing about a balloon or anything else. You are an audacious boy, and I have a notion to slap your face for you." The old man became so enraged that he made a slap at our hero's face. ';l-'hen Young Wild West took hold of him, firmly but gently. With the greatest of ease he threw him across bis knee, and then while the old fellow screamed with anger he administered a sound spanking to him. When he had given him about enough he gave a quick twist and landed the professor on his feet again. "Now, then, if you think you can behave yourself, I will talk business with you," said Wild. "I will pay you jus.t one hundred dollars for the damage I did to your balloon." "I won't take it!" was the rep)y. "I'll go and get some one to kill you for this! -I'll--" He did not finish the sentence, but made a dart for the door and got out with amaziag quickness. Wild and the rest came out and watched the professo r as lie hastened toward th~ thickly populated portion of the town, wondering what he really meant to do. "He is certainly crazy," observed our hero. "I never saw such a man as he is." "Nor I, either," said Jenkins, as he wiped the blood from his nose. The professor hurried right along, and just as he reached the first saloon on the way he saw a couple-of drunken cowboys about to mount their horses. "Hey!" he called out .to them. "Do you want to make fifty clo!lars apiece?" "What doin', pop?" asked one of them. "Well, I'll pay you eac)l fifty dollars if you will come over here with me and give Young Wild West a thrashing." As lucl{ would have it, the two cowboys were strangers in Weston, and neither of them had ever heard of Young Wild :west. And they had imbibed just about enough to make them ready for anything. So when they saw the old man with the very red face pull out a roll of bills and begin to count them out, -they promptly agreed to do what he want,d them to. "What did tiler feller "do to you that yer want him licked ;for it?" asked one. "He--he took me across htts knee, and-and. spa .nked me," was the hesitating reply. "Ha, ha, ha!" and they langbed uproariously at this. The professor was going to get very angry at them for this, but he thought better of it. "Are you going to earn the money?" he said. "Oh, yes! Hand it over, an' we'll 'tend to ther fellow what spanked you jest as soon as you show him to us." ; Again they broke into a laugh. 1 But the old man was, bound to have his revenge on Young Wild for the treatment he bad r~eived at his hands, so he haudecl over the promfsed sum and then told the two reckless cowboys to follow him. '.!.'bis they did, letting their horses ~alk, so they would not get ahead of him It so happened th-at a'.11 our friends but Wild and Jenkins ha(] gone back into the office, and Jenkins was telling the young Prince of the Saddle he had written to his sweetheart in St. Louis. Just then our hero CaJlght sight of Professor Griggs and the two horsemen coming that way. ; '.l'he professor a.ppeaied bl be very much excited and jubilant over something, and be wo-ndered what it was. Half a minute later he found out. '''.!.'here he is!" c:l'ied the old man, pointing to Wild. "That is Young Wild West! Now, you know what to do." Our hero knew what Was up. "Yes, I am Young wnd West," he retorted, facing the two cowboys, who were in the act of disn1ounting. "What is the trouble. mu, I askJ" "Are :vou tiler feller what spanked this old man?" questioned one of them. "Yes, I am the person." "Well, then, I am goin' ter do yer tiler sa1e way, so git ready for it." "Oh! '.!.'hat is how it is, eh? Well, I am all ready, stranger. Start right in!" The man did start right in, or tried to start in, rather, fo1;' he made a very bad break of it. When he undertook to get hold of him, Young Wild West stepped nimbly to the right and tripped him up. Then, as be got upon his feet as quickly as bis mtoxicated condition would anow him, he struck him a blow in the face with the back of his hand that sent him sprawling. At this the other cowboy attempted to strike Wild from behind, but the boy was altogeth~r too quick for him, and wh~ling suddenly, hit him on the breast with his fist and sent him rolling in the dirt. Then out came our hero's two revolvers. "Get up, you sneaking curs!" he cried sternly. "Get up and mount-be quick!" It was wonderful to see how quickly the men obe.yed. The usagf they had received bad sobered them somewhat and they got into the saddle and rotle off, leaving the professor standing there the picture of amazement. "Now, professor," said ,vud, "you have had your satisfac tion. I suppose you are willing to take a hundred dollars and call it square about the balloon?" "Yes," was tlie unexpected reply. "Come right in the office. then, and I'll pay you." Pr'Ofessor Griggs followed Young Wild West into the office as ineek as a lamb. Wild paid over the money and made him give a receip~ for it. Then looking-the old man squarely in the eyes, he said : "Professor Griggs, I am going to give you a word of advice. It is this: Get out of Weston as quickly as you can!" "I am going to do that," was the reply, and be did tha.t very: dav. He even went before his balloon did, but he left money to pay fo r shipping it. The chances are that be learned the lesson that it was better to keep his temper than to run rampant. Just a little before noon Wild went over to the post-office. He had s,ome letters to post, and he wanted to have a talk with Arietta at the same time. As he was going in be noticed the two cowboys the professor had hired to thrash him standing in front of the Gazoo. When the two cowards saw Young Wild West they went insid e It occurred to our hero to go over and see how they would beha ve The two men were standing at the ba.r, and when they saw him enter they looked very uneasy. Brown, who was there himself, noticed this. "Hello, Wild!" he said. "You made the best snot of your life when yon bit ther Injun chief's horse in ther eye an' saved tber pretty postmistress from beiu' carried off. I've been -so proud of You ever since that I've been tellin' all about it to every one that would listen. "Thank you, Mr. Erown," retorted Wild. "Did you tell these two fellows here about it?'' and be pointed to the two cow boys. "Oh, yes! I told them all about it; an' they've been tellin' me somethin' about you. too. They didn't mean yon any harm this mornin', I guess. Ther old professor gave them fifty !'!'l)iece if they would give you a thrashin', an' instead of 'em tbrashin' you, you sorter thrashed them. They was drunk, or they wouldn't have done it." Wild saw that the cowboys were really harmless fellows, so after talking a few minutes with them he went to the post-office and told Arietta all about the professo r, and how he had hired the cowboys to do what he couldn't do himself. There is but little more to add to the story of Young Wild We st's best shot. About a month later the stage-coach brought two ladies to the town. '.rhey came from St. Louis, and were Walter Jenkins' sweetheart and her motlier. There was a wedding soon after that. 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WILD WEST WEEKLY. ,. 1~ CUR.RENT NEWS William Brown, a resident of Cascade, Washington county, Md., leads all rivals so far in a progeny contest covering this section. Brown, who is" 77 years old, was the father of nineteen children, eleven of whom are living. Besides his own children, Brown bas adopted two others. A woman smuggler, known as Goldie Evans; led a band of nine men in battle agaimst three United -Stdes immi gration officials on the Mexican border, near Ca1exico, the other night, according to word received by Federal officials at Los Angeles. Bullets were exchanged in a run ning fight among the mesquite bushes of the desert. The woman, one of her followers and six Chinese whom they were trying to smuggle into the United States, were taken prisoners. Earth tremors were reported from various places in the Merrimac Valley the other night. The disturbance was felt distinctly in Andover, North Andover and South Lawi-ence, but was not noticed in North Lawrence, on the other side of the Merrimac River. Haverhill also expe rienced a slight earthquake. No severe damage was re ported. Small earthquakes have not been uncommon in this section, where geologists have noted a fault in the earth's crust. The first bayonet charge on skis during the present war took place recently in the Vosges Mountains, near Colonel Bonhomme. A party 0 forty Alpine chasseu:us, with two officers had become cut o-.ff from the main bodv and the Getmans demanded their s urrender. They re fuse d and charged down the snow-covered slope on skis right into the enemy's trenches. After a terrible struggle, during which between eighty and a hundred Germans were killed, the French party was annihilated. Not in years has such a great quantity of ice been seen in the vicinity of the Grand Ba:n,ks, according to the officers of the Minnea_polis, of the Atlantic T_ransport line, which arrived from London, after having been hemmed in hv an ice field for more than thirty hours. The ice floe ;as encountered early on the morning of February 8, when the Minneapolis was about four hundred miles east of Cape Race. The ice ranged in size from large cakes projecting fifteen feet above the water down to small pieces the size of a football. Thoroughly convinced that overeating is one of the potent causes of obesity, Mrs. A. H. Barnes, a well-known resident of Stocl.-ton, Cal., has just completed a forty-five dav fast. "I have been in poor health for some time," safo Mrs. Barnes, "anc1 I underto ok to get rid of my avoirdupois tissue. My weight for the last ten years has been 220 pounds. I never varied. At the end of the fast I weighed 186 pounds. My height is 5 feet 2 inches and ---my age is fifty-seven years." During the entire fortyfive days, Mrs. Barnes says, she took no food whatever, and soon grew accustomed to doing without it. She broke the fast by eating an or~ge. New Jersey was recently threatened with ejectment from its building in the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco unless it pays forthwith a balance of $4,500 al leged to he due on construction account. Original con tract cost was $37,500, which seems to have been paid. The dema _nd is for "extras" furnished by the contractors, W. W anderson & Co., of San Francisco. This firm no tified Col. Margerum, secretary of the New Jersey com mission, that delay of payment will entail a suit for eject ment, and Col. Margerum passed the threat to Governor Fielder. 'rhe building is a duplicate of "Old Barracks," Trenton's famous Colonial structure. State ';I'reasurer Grosscup and Secretary of State Orator replied to the threatening message that no further payment will be made until detailed vouchers are filed for all extras. "Walter Johnson's prowess as a pitcher is best appreciate d by those who have been in baseball a long while," said Nick Altrock recently. "Managers of rival teams recognize in Walter one of the greatest twirlers the game1 ever has produced, and a ball team which has a pitcher of his ability is sure to be a contender in almost any race it may enter." Despite the fact that Johnson's pitching last1 seflson was not as sensational as it had been in previous years, he nevertheless established a record which showed him to be one of the best in the leag1.1e. He not only won : more games than any of his rivals, but he also led in the matter of strike-outs, which ought to indicate that he is far from being all in. Griffith does not differ from other man agers in his opinion of Johnson, and he would have felt in a rather bad way had he been forced to start the coming sea.son without" Johnson's services. It has taken Europe a century and a quarter to eaten up with the United States in one important feature of making war, says the Philadelphia Ledger. This is the first big European conflict in which trenches cut a real figure. German, French, Russian and English are 1).QW learning the lesson our daddies taught Howe at Bunker Hill. That was the first important o<:casion where trenches playecl a great part in battle. Americans have ever since then been as handy with the spade as the rifle. A hole in the ground is a far safer place for a soldier when shells are flying than in a steel incased or granite fort. Napo leon didn t use trenches, nor did Von Moltke,> nor Welling ton, nor Bluecber, nor, nor Braddock; but now the trench is the real defense. There were several other lessons in that war of '76 which some of the monarch ridden lands of Europe may learn when peace comes a~in.


20 WILD WEST WEEKLY. The Fate of Philip '-Funl< -OR- LEFT IN THE LAND OF FIRE By "PAWNEE JACK'~ (A SERIAL STORY) QHAPTER II (continued) Sails set, the ooys remained a loft awaiting the order to retnrn to the deck, for Mate Topham was a perfect tyrant, and to aut without orders meant to start up the biggest kind of a row. The mate, :p:ieanwhile; bad taken the wheel personally, and ma.IJ,y of the sai lors had been ordered on deck. Captain B~wers, drunk, as usual, still see'med to have sense enO'Ugh to know what he was doing, for he stood quietly hy the mate and never said a word. "Are we pulling out of it, George?" asked Tom, watching the great g low of Jight which shone through the fog. "I clon't think it. The wind hardly amounts to anything yet, but we are going to get it. She blows ha.rel enough outside the heads, and now it's surely beginning to ~hift this way." "Look alive, there at the masthead!" bellowed Mr. Top ham. "Keep a sharp lookout on the starboard bow." "Aye, aye, sir!" replied George. "Hello, the masthead!" called Captain Bowers thickly. "Do you hear me, boy?" that's all. Hark! Don't you hear paddles? We must be mighty careful to keep on the alert." "I hear something, George." "It's only the waves on the rocks. I get onto it now. Say, Tom!" "Hello!" "I shall stand by you to the last, no matter what hap-pens." "Thank you. I can look after myself, I guess." "O,h, but you don't know these Fu.gians. If you were to meet with the fate of Philip Funk--" "Ahoy, there! Hello, the masthead! Do you feel the wind yet?" roared Mr. Topham, and once more Tom was prevented from knowing what fate P~ilip Funk met with, nnd who that mysterious individual happened to be. "Feel it now, sir! She's just getting on the move!" .shouted George. "Knowed it!" said Mr. Topham. "Blame strange you need me to tell you your biz when you're the only sailor on -the ship! Never in all my life did I run with such a lot of dear blessed bayma kers, etcetera, etcetera only Mate Topham did not call bis haymakers "dear'' and A '

WILD WEST WEEKLY. 2! ''Look out for boarders!" shouted George. gians are onto us, sir F' "The Fu-lads! On the alert! R e pel boarders! At 'em! At 'em! The sound of paddles was terribly distinct now. Another moment and the last remnant of the fog had blown away. There they were, ten canoe loads at the least, making straight for the Sutton. Seeing that they were discovered, they joined in the wild cries of their friends by the fue, and paddled harder than ever toward the ship. CHAPTER III. ON THE ROCKS. "All hands to the deck!" yelled Mr. Topham. "Get ready to repel boarders. You'll have to firrht now bovs, t, J 1f you value your lives!" George and Tom lost no time in tumbling out of their perch. Mr. Topham, rough as he was, proved him:iclf a man of action rather than words. Like most ships of her class and time, the E. W. Sutton carried a small ars enal on board, of which Captain Bowers kept the key. As well as his condition would p e rmit, the captain made his way riown the cabin stairs, and, opening up the arsenal, gave George who had followed him, cutlasses and a re volver for each man. "Get on deck with them," he said thi c kly. "I'm sick, and I sha.11 have t o take a do se of medicine b e fore I can do much fighting. Tell :Mr. T o ph~m to~toNever mind. I'll come along in a minute and tell him myself." George's back was no sooner turne d, and 'I'om, who was helping him with the cutlasses and reYol vcrs had not fai1ly time to get up the cabin stairs, 11 hen Captain Bow ers, staggering to a locker in one siclc of the cabin, open e d a door and took out a huge leather wallet filled with pa pers and stuffed it into his coat pocket. Then from an other compartment he took out a mm bottle and :filling a tumbler, turned the fie ry d o c clown his throat at one gulp. "Dutch coura g e! Dutc h courage!' h e mutte r e

' WILD WEST WEEKLY. ITEMS OF INTEREST A BOY'S LONG WALK. A Toledo youth, Sta rl Cronley, started on October 25, 190'7, to walk around the border of the United States. He finished his little jaunt on November 15, 1909. He says ho walked twelve thousand eight hundred and twenty \miles, and he shows the signature of more than twelve hundred postma sters <:n his traveling register. GERMAN WARSHIPS STILL AT LARGE. In spite of the sweeping operations of the combined British French and Japanese navies, four of the armed iships of the Germa ns are still at large. The fast cruiser 1"Dresden," which escaped from the battle off the Falkland Islands, is supposed to be somewhere in the Pacific, where also the au.xili8,;l'y cruiser "Prince Eitel Freidrich" was lnst reported. In the Atlantic (presumably in the hvest Indies or somewhere on the northeast coast of South .America) are the :fast cruisers "Karlsruhe" and the auxi liary cruiser ''Kronprinz Wilhelm." Since most of these vessHs have recently made no captures, or none that have 1reported, it is presumed that they are in hiding in shel tered bays or possibly, like the ''Koenigsberg," m some river difficult of access or observation. HORSE 38 YEARS OLD. "His name is Captain, but I'm calkalatin' t' change it t' !Methuselah," said W. H. Phillips, of Oconto, Wis., speak l ing of a little horse which has given him service for more than twenty years, and which he personally knows to be several months past 38. The average life of a horse is 1about fourteen years. Captain, little sorrel Indian pony, is taking life easy now. He is comfortably stabled, carefully fed, coddled and pettect' In the spring he will be given free run of a large ; pasture, where he can disport himself almost as freely as did his wild forebears. "I've sold him three times, and given him away once," said Mr. Phillips, "but nobody can buy him now. He has been in more than 100 runaways and I believe he'd run l away right now if he was given a chance. He is perhaps the oldest horse in the world and I'll keep him as long as he lives." GERMAN WAR CHEST AT FRONT. The outfit of a German army paymaster and the system of financ& prevailing among the armies at the front are interesting details of the German :fighting machine. Every army corps ];las a war chest, which is maintained even in times of peace. In charge are a payma.5ter, sevcra.l bookkeepers and a number of attendants. Three large transports, especially constructed to carry the war chest and its gua.rdians, are even in times of peace constantly kept in :working condition. When the mobilization order is issued the war chests are filled with currency and paper money, which are issued to the paymaster 'in charge by the Reichsbank, or any of its branches. The amount of a war chest's contents varies ac cording to the strength of the army corps which it is to s11pply with money during the operations, but it usually amounts to several million marks and consists of copper, silver and gold currency in small denominations and of paper bills of various denominations. The headquarters of the army corps are also the head~ quarters of the paymatiter and the precious war chest. The demands made upon the war chests are heavy. It has been an ironclad rule during the present war that everything consumed or requieitioned by the troops should, be paid for in cash. The soldiers themselves are being paid at regular intervals. Provisions are paid for in spot cash. The rolling stock must be repaired, horses provisioned, and a thousand and one little things come up which necessitate the paying out of cash money. In due course of time even a million or two are ex hausted by constant demands. How are the funds of the war chest replenished? How is it kept in a c;ondition to meet the ever-present demands? The methods employed by the German authorities are very simple. All money which is sent by soldiers at the front to their relatives and friends at home remains with the paymaster, who sends an order to the postmaster in the city to which the money was consigned, .authorizing him to pay the amount to the addressee. Money which is sent from rela tives in the interior to soldiers at the front is actually sent. In this way and with the assistance of confiscated moneys or levied tributes the strong box in the field is constantly replenished and provided with the funds to maintain the vast military machine of which it is one of the most im portant parts. The war chest is heavily guarded day and night by infantry sharpshooters ancl by detachments of ca. valry. As it is always located y,ith the headquarters of the General Sta.,-11', a good many miles behiud the :firing line, it is rea aonably safe from attack and capture by the enemy. In times of peace every little detail in the form of check ing systems and devices for accounting is worked out to perfei;tion so that the work of the paymaster and his as sistants in the field is comparatively free from :friction and time-wasting accounting. Sums are paid out upon requisi tions and orders from headquarters. They are entered ip. the books and the checking is done by the stay-at-homes in Berlin, which is the clearing-house for the financial transactions of the German army. If sums of money are captured from the enemy the coins are sent to Berlin, melted and cast into German currency and reshipped to the front. If paper money is captured or confiscated it remains in the strong box of the paymaster until after the war, when it is exchanged for currency by the country which orig:inally issued it.


WILD WEST WEEKLY. DICKERING DICK --OR~ TtiE LUCKY -B,QY TRADER By DICK ELLISON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER XIX ( continued) The brnte sprang at him, rising and placing both forepaws on his breast, and then snapped at his face Dick seized him by the throat and held him with all the strength he could throw into his gasp. The dog tried to bite bis arm, but it so happened that Dick ,ras w e aring an overcoat that. day; hence be got a mouthful of cloth without any meat in it. Dick knew that his life depended upon his keeping his grip. He swept the ])Tute's bind feet from in under him witlt his right foot, thus getting him on his back. Tben he pres~ed his entire weight upon him, holding him to the ground and entirely cutting off his wind 'I'he clog conld then use nothing but bis feet, and theJ did but little damag~. 'l1hc dog's owner stood quietly in the door of his hut and looked on 11iihout offering any assistance; so Diel, held his grip until the dog ceased to struggle. He was literally choked to death. The dog's owner was as vicious as the brute, for;knowing that Dick was unarmed, he coolly shut the door of his hut and left them to fight it out. Dick held to his grip until be was sure that the dog was dead. 'rhen he went to the door of the little house, rapped on it, and called out: "Say, come out here and see to your dog." The old man wouldn't answer his call. "All right," said Dick, "I am going to have you ar/ r ested for setting him 011 me," and with that he turned away. Dick was not aware at the time that there was a wit ness ~f the affair, but there were two women, not more than a hundred yards away, wives of railroad men, who were out in the woods together, lookin g for wildflowers. As Dick turned away and started back toward the railroac1. one of the women called to him : "Dick Doubleday, are you hurt?" "Only a few scratches," he answered. "Did you see him set the dog upon me?" ''Yes, we both saw him, and heard him call to the dog and say, 'sick him.'" "All right. I am glad you did, for I want to prosecute him." "I wouid, were I you;'' said the woman. Dick knew her by sight, as well as her name. He at once went to Lawyer Hackett's office :md told his story, giving the names of the two women as ,-,;-itness es. "Dick, do you mean to tell me that you killed tha.t clog without any weapon whatever?" "Yes, I had nothing in tlie world with me but a poeket lmife, and I had no chance to draw that." "iYhy, I know that clog. He is almost as heavy as you are, and ought to have torn you to pieces." "Well, he would, but I happened to get a goad grip on hi s throat which I held to, to keep from being badl y torn, and when I got him on the ground, I put my whole weight inLo the grip, am1 choketl him to death. I got severnl severe scratches on the left side of my face here, as you can see, but that was all the injury I received. lt was a mos t outrageous thing." "Indee d it was, and an extremely narrow escape I am astonished at old Crawford." "Yes; for he n e yer offered any assistance, o-r even tried t o call the dog off, that I co111c1 hear." Hackett at once applied for a warrant for the old sqnrrt ter's arre s t, nud an hom later the sheriff had him in cns tody He stoutly denied that he had set the clog on Diek, or even knew anything about it, as he was inside the c,abin. As he could not give bail, he was locked up in the county jail. 'rl1e affair created quite a sensation. It was an almost unheard-of thing that a seventeen-year -old youth should sei z e such a clog as Crawford's beast was by the throat and cl oke him to death, and scores of people went to see the d e ad brute lying where Dick had fought him. 'l'he two women were interviewed and the story they told corroborated Dick's story. Dick himself was almost prostrated by the shock he had received, and whilst congratulations were tendered him by : all acquaintances, expressions of strong indignation were uttered against the owner of the dog. It turned out that several railroad men had heard him make threats against young Doubleday, who notified him that he wou1d have to vacate the little home he was oc cupying free of rent. It was a little one~room house which he had taken pos session of four years before by the consent of the former owner of the property, wh

24 WILD WEST WEEKLY. 'l'he l eft side of his face had three or four severe s,: ratches on it, and when she saw him, his mother was greatly alarmed. She apprehended hydrophobia, and at once sent for a physician. "lVIother," he said, "the dog's teeth never touched me. It is scratches that I got from his paws only. He tried to bite my arm when I got bold of his throat, but my overcoat saved me. He tore the sleeve badly enough, as you can see." The doctor examined the scratches closely and said that no l1arm would come of them. "Still, Mrs. JDoubleday believed that hydrophobia could come from a scratch of a dog's paws as well as from bis teeth. Many of Dick's old schoolma.tes called at the cottage to see him. They expected to see him in bed, badly hurt, but instead of that he was out in the lot looking after the cows and pigs. "Yes, grandfather had a cane, but I had nothing but my bare hands." Greatly to Dick's surprise, the old man came down to the cottage to see him. It was the first time he had ever passed the threshold of tbe little home. His mother was so overjoyed at seeing him that she ran, threw her arms around his neck and burst into tears. Th_e old man walked into the cottage, when Dick greeted him with: ~, grandpop, I am ahead of you on dog-fights, for I killed my dog and yours got away." ''Shut up! you rascal," the old man blurted out, "but tell me how much hurt you are." I "Nothing but a few scratches. The dog never once got his teeth into my meat. But I can tell you, I never want io get ,into another fight like that." ''What in the world did the old villain mean by setting the dog on you?" "Oh, he was mad because I told him be would have to move out, as I intended to have the place surveyed and streets run through it. He JJ-bused me and said he would see me dead first, and then called to the dog 'sic him.' He came at me as if to tear me to pieces. I knew that if I turned to run he would bury his teeth in my legs. I ~tood perfectly still, and he rose up, put his forepaws against my brea st, and snapped at my throat, and when I got hold of him, I held on to him. Old Crawford slammed the <;loor of his hut, and didn't even try to call the dog off." "He ought to be hanged!" exclaimed the old deacon. "Yes_. incleed exclaimed the boy's mother, "he ought to be punished to the full extent of the law." "Well, you can bet that he will be," said Dick. "I told :M:r. Hackett to gi~e him just as much as the law will allow." 'rhe dea c on examined the scr atches on the left side of his fac: with a good deal of interest. "]father," Dick' s mother a sked, "is there any danger of hydrophobia from .a dog's claws?" "No, I think not, at least I nevcl' hear

WILD WEST WEEKLY. TIMELY TOPIC S Two freak kittens belonging to the home of John I en

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NEWS ARTlC.tES Harry Gosz was struck in the side b> a pitched ball dur ing an amateur baseball game in St. Louis the other day, and died a moment later. This is said to be the first fatal bas eball accident of the year The largest well in the world, which ha~ required two years to build and cost $50,000, has just been completed at. the stock yards, Chicago, Ill. With a depth of 1,G25 feet and a diameter of 16 inches at the bottom its flow e:s:_ ceeds 3,000,000 gallons a day. A supplementary bore will inc rease this to 7,000,000 gallons A flying :fis h, a specimen of the trout fa mi ly iaken from a strea m in Hartland by Elmer Parsons, of Rirnrton, Conn.,' is attracting attention in the posto.fficc there, where1 it is on exhibition in a long, narrow tank of water 'l'he fis h, unless a cover is kept on the tank, takes occasional flight$. It flattens its large fins like a wing, thus obtaining locomot ive power. Bound fast to chairs 'l''itb their snspenders, the cashier and hi.s assistant of the :Farrnel'S' State Bank at Medicine Lake, Mont., were compelled to witness the looting of the bank by two masked robbers, who carried away $2,500. The robbers, both young men, appeared at the bank a few minutes after it had opened and took the bank officials by sUl'prise. 'rhey rode a'\\ay on hors e back. It is thought they arc l1eaded for Canada through the For~ Peck resen-abon Emnrn. Calve, wl10 is i-emembercd as a fin~ous Carmen in Riz ct's opera at the l\Ietropolitan, Kew Y erk City, re cently signed a ,~ontract 'llith the P,1]acc Theater to make lier debut tbere. Her salary is to be the biggc3t e,cr pnid an artiRt in vaudeville in America. Unofficially it is said to be $5,000 a week, and whil e fojs mn.:v be an cxnggerntcd estimate a conservati\-e one wonld be bet'l'ecn $3,000 and $4,000. Negotiatio11s haYe bet n on bei.\\ccn the 8i11ger and the for more than a year. k\. suite of c1re,0s ing rooms will be fitted up espoGiall,v for tbc st:11 8 use. Ifor programme will cqnthin some uf (he ::;elections from "Carmen." A snake ~arm where the reptiles are provided with con crete t10uses is an odd institution maintained by the gov ernment 0 Brazil at Sao Paulo says Popular Mechanics It serves the double purpose of providing a supply of material for the production of serum antidote for snake bites anc1 of educating the public to the fact that all snakes are not venomous. The "farm" is surrounded by a con crete wall high enough to keep the snakes from crawling out, but low enot1gh for visitors to see over. Inside the wall is a water-filled trench, also lined with concrete, while concrete walks connect the snake hou ses. At night the snakes are herded into these dome-shaped structures and the doors are closed. In the morning an attendant wakes up the reptiles by prodding them with a stick through a hole in the door, after which the doors are removed and the snakes come out for their morning bath in the trench. ----lll[J~-GRINS A.ND CHUCKLES "I'm afraid she isn't cut out for a society woman.''. "Why not?" "Well, she seems to have no idea of the pleasures of extravagance.'' First Statesman-You have, sir, absolute confidence, then, in the people? Second Statesman-I have, sir. I have all my money out of them. "Did you tell Clarence you would cut him off withou t a cent if he n(arried that girl?" "Ko," answered the wise father, "the idiot would marry her in spite of that. I told the girl." "Boy, wl1.r c1iil you give me the signal to c1uck out of' my office yesterday afternoon; did you not know that the lady inquiring for me was my wife?" "Yes, siT j that was why." "Do you tltink that there is luck in a rabbit's foot?" "Kot as much as dar is in a chicken's foot," a11swered Mr. Erastus Pinkley, "provided de r es' er de animal is at tached."' Mist.rcsjl-Bridget, don't you think you can get al ong without so much company? I am sure no one else would stand it. Bridget-Sure, ma'am, thot's why Oi'm stayi.J1g "id ye. 'l'e~s-Y cs, he called to see me las t night, and of all the clumsy men--Jess-Oh, 1 know him. Isn't he a bi.rd? 1.ress___:_:N o, he isn't, but he seemed to think he was last night. He sat on my hat. Kcwlv-rnade Bride-Mamma says she does not think we will eY~r quarrel as she and papa do. Groom-Never, dearc~t. Ne'1ly-made Bride-No; she says you will be much eas ier to maJJ.age than papa was. ''Tl1at nm,, waitress must go," said the landlord of the selcC;t boarding-house. "\V1iat has she done?" "Why when she was to ask the guests if they would have tea or coffoc she rnid 'Rame yer drink or der.'"


WILD WEST WEEKLY. THE CHASE. By D. W. Stevens "Please, Lieutenant Howard, may I go ashore, sir?" And the cabin-boy of the armed American schooner "Red Wing'' touched his tarpaulin politely, and looked up into the face of Ralph Howard, pleadingly. ''Why, Bianca, have you friends in Havana?" asked the lieutenant, gazing upon the neat, manly-looking, and handsome boy with a smile. "No, sir; only I would like to try and find some one "All right; but be back by four bells, as Havana is a bad city for boys to remain out late in." And the officer ordered his coxswain to put the boy ashore. But Bianca was not gone two hours when he returned in a shore boat, as white as a ghost, trembling violently, :while he, pleadingly: "Please, Lieutenant Howard, let me see you a minute in the cabin, sir." "My boy, what ails you?" asked the kind-hearted lieu tenant. And he led the way into the cabin, the youth closely following. ''I'll tell you, sir; I just saw the man that made me a wanderer-that made me a cabin-boy, for I was well-born, Lieutenant Howard, and my parents were very rich." "I do not doubt it, Bianca, for you have the air of a born gentleman; but tell me what it is that troubles you, and who it is that has wronged you?" "Well, sir, I must begin by telling you that my grand father, a Virginian of wealth, living on the Ri ver, left his pPoperty to his eldest son, my father, cutting off a younger son, a wild, reckless young man, as I have heard my father say, with a few thousand, but making his will so that in case my father died, or had no children, then the one he disinherited was to get the estate. Now, Mr. Howard, every one believed that my uncle was dead, for he n e ver even answered the lawyer's letter about the little money left him, and we were living happiness upon our plantation, my parents, my sister Maud and myself, until thre e years ago, when one day I was out on the river in my skiff. "Maud, who is two years my senior, was with me, and we saw a schooner coming down the stream under light sail. "As she drew nearer her skipper hailed and asked me to come on board ,and pilot him around the bend, if I knew the channel, and, knowing it well, I readily consented, for it w&S a dangerous place to nm if the shoals were not known. "We went on board the schooner, and my skiff was taken in tow; and, under an excus e to examine a chart, the man a.'lked us to come into the cabin, and we were seized and bound. "Mr. Howard, that man who had so cleverly kidnaped us was our uncle; and he made himself known, and plainly told us that he intended to get us out of the way, then kill our parents and claim grandfather's estate. ''When we were allow e d to come on deck, we were 'at sea and some time aft e r w0 ran into a small seaport in the Wes t Indies_, and I made a bold effort to escape, and sprang owrboard, though we wer e a long distance from the land. "He saw me jump and .fired upon me, and I uttered a shriek and sunk quickly, and he believed I was dead; but I reached the shore after a hard swim, and feeling sick Ii asked shelter at a cabin. It was long weeks before I left the little home, for I was very ill; and then I went in1 search of that man and tried in every port in the W est1 Indies to find trace of his vessel, but could hear nothing of it, or of him; and at last I worked my way back to Vir-1 ginia to ~ee my parents to whom I had written. "It was night when a packet brig landed me at the pier1 near our home, and I met there one of our old servants, and from him I heard a sad story, for my mother, never very strong, believing us drowned in the river, had died! of a broken heart, and my father shortly after had been killed, it was said, by a runaway slave he had punished1 some time before. "And, to my surprise, my letters had not been received, so I was convinced that some devilish work was being per_\ petrated by my wicked uncle, and telling the faithful old negro not to speak of my having come home, I again set/ forth to find the man who had so wronged us, and who, for many reasons, I felt sure was in some large seaport in; the West Indies. "Finding that you were to sail for Havana, sir, I sought a _berth on board, and to-d~y in the city I saw and rec _og-! ruzecl my uncle. He was m a volante and drove rapidly towards tbe ha.rbor, but I followed as fast ~s I could, and saw him go on board a schoonex, which at once got under! way, and has gone to sea. "Then I hastened here, sir, and, oh, Lieutenant How/ ard, J)Ursue that schooner and capture that man." "Bianca, I will do so, and if it is really your uncle, as he is an American, I will put him in irons and carry him I to the United States for trial when we return; but heaven grant he has not killed your poor sister," said the lieu! tenant. "Heaven grant it, sir; but, Mr. Howard, the schooner is the same that he had when I was with him, and she is a\ rapid sailer." "All right, Bianca, I--" "My name is Mark Meredith., sir, for I assume that of Bianca." ''VerJ well, my boy; we will at once go in chase." A:c.d ascending to the deck, the lieutenant gave orde;rs to up with the anchor and spread all sail. I The men saw that something strange was in the wind, and sprang to their work with a will, and a"{ay dashed I the swift schooner in chase of the kidnaper's craft, now two leagues ahead. As though possessing a guilty conscience, when he saw I an armed schooner in chase, the kidnaper spread all sail, and it came do,vn to a question of speed; but Ralph How-1 ard drove his vessel on with every inch of canvas set, and after several hours' chase aitei; dark, drew near enoll&h !or 1


WILD WEST WEEKl,Y. his forecastle pivot-gun to be brought into use, and the third shot brought the chase to an end. "I will board her, Mark, and you remain here," said Lieutenant Howard. And ten minutes after he was on the deck of the schoo11er, and was met hy a tall, dark-faced man, who said sternly: "Well, sir, why is an honest American schooner brought to a stop in this fashion?" "We are not certain you are so honest, sir What craft is this, what is your name and whither bound?" was the lieutenant's cool response. "It is the Sea Eagle, in the fruit trade betiveen Havana and Baltimore, and I am her captain, and my name is Vernon Meredith." "Then you are the man I wish; please accompany me on board my vessel." Remonstrances were useless, and the captain of the :fruiter soon found himself in the cabin of the Red Wing, and Ralph Howard called out: "Bianca, is this the man ?." The cabin-boy came out of a stateroom, aml said, grimly: "Yes, sir, it is my uncle, Vernon Meredith." The man started at the sight of the boy, and turned deadly pale, while he made a motion as if to draw a weapon. But Lieutenant Howard's pistol already covered him, while he said: "You are my1prisoner, sir, and if you do not answer me I will hang you within the hour. Where is this boy's sister?" "She is dead,'' was the sullen reply. And Mark a groan. "You lie l Quick, tell me where she is?" "In Havana." "Ah, and you will lead us to her!" "No, not unless you give me my freedom for it." "I shall not do that, nor will I ask you to be our guide. Bianca, have the crew of this man 's schooner brought on board at once The order was quicker obeyed, and by threatening to have them hanged, one at last told where the home of his captain was, and that he kept there, under close guard, a young girl, who, he said, was his daughter, and that she \ was crazy. "Now. Mr Meredith, you are doubtless the owner of your schooner, and it is in the fruit trade; but you have 'nsed that blind to possess yourself of your brother's wealth, and J shall can-y you in irons to the United States and place your mate in command of your vessel." And the lieutenant gave orders for the trading schooner to at once keep on with her cargo, while the captain and the man who was to betray him were ironed and carrieq back to Havana, where Mark Meredith and hiscommander were taken to the home of Vernon Meredith, and discov ered Maud, held a prisoner in her room, under the plea that she was mad To describe the meeting between the brother and his beautiful sister would be impos sib le, so I will merely state that Maud and Mark returned to America in the Red Wing as the guests o~ its handsome young commander, and that they at once took possession of their beautiful home. while Vernon :i\Icredith ended his life upon the scaf fold, it having Leen proven that he had killed his brother, and been guilty of m:my other crimes. And to add to the romance of the cabin-boy's story, Maud Meredith became the wife of Lieutenant Ralph Howard. INDIANS CAME FROM ASIA. That the .American [ndians had their origin in Eastern Asia and the Polynesian Islands is asserted by Dr. Arles Hrdlicka, curator of the division o.f physical anthropology in the National Mu seu m, Washington, D. C., in an article in the Journal of Heredity. ~r. Hrdlicka reviews all the theories that have Leen advanced on this subject and analyzes minutely the physical cha.racteristics of our ab origines "Which, among the different peoples of the globe, does the Indian as here characterized most resemble?" he asks and answers. "There is a great stem of humanity wb'.ich embraces people ra.nging from yellowish-white to dark-brown in color, with straight, black hair, scanty beard, hairless body, brown, o ften rore or less slanting eyes, prevalently mtsor hinic (broad and flat), nose, medium alveolar prognathism ( large teeth, making the j a WS protrude), and in man)'. other essential features much like the American native; and this stem, embracing many nationalities and tribes, occupies the eas tern half of the Asia.tic continent and a large part of Polynesia,. "From the physical anthropologist's point of view, every th ing indicates that thP origin of the American Indian is to be sought among the yellowish-brown peoples men tioned. 'There are uo two large branches of humanity on the glol>e that show closer fundamental physical rela tions. "The cir:cumstances point strongly to a coming, not strictly a migration, after the glacial period, and over land, ice, water, or by all these media comhined, from Northeastern Asia., of relati,ely small parties, overflows of the Far Eastern populations of that time, and to the peo pling of America by the local multiplication of man thus introduced, to comings repeated probably nearly to the be ginning of the historic period." Dr. Hrdlicka believes the Polynesian migrations much more recent, prol:ably within the last 2,000 years, and were ac_cic1ental, as were those of the parties of whites that may have reached the continent from the East. And both of these quickly blended with the earlier and already semi-civilized immigrants. These Asiatics spread over the vast virgin continent, rapidly differentiating through isolation and other natural conditions into tribes each with its own language. The small parties of Polynesians and whites influenced the cul ture of the Americans only locally and, so far as we know, nowhere modified the native population


WILD WEST WEEKLY. 29 NEWS OF THE DAY Mrs 0. J Kruse, wife of the M. E. minister at St. Johns, Mich., narrowly escaped electrocution when she at tempted to wash an electric light bulb with a wet towel. As both hands touched the bulb she was drawn from the floor by the strength of the currant which passed througl1 her body, and the circuit was not broken until the cord parted. She was badly brnised by falling against the bath tub, and her wrist was sprained. Both hands were burn~d Onpid got doubly busy at th; home of N atbaniel H. Embody, a spry widower of Pottstown, Pa., when both he and his daughter Katherine took marital vows. Nearly one hundred guests witnessed the ceremonies in the gayly decorated Embody home Embody's bride. was Mrs. Ella C Berkey. Miss Embody was married to Robert P. Day lor. Bands by the dozen played for hours at the Embody domicile and helped complete the bliss of the two couples. David KelJer, aged twenty-one, applied for enlistment in th. e navy at the United States naval recruitiug station, Evansville, Ind., and was rejected because of his weight. Recrui_ting officer M uelchi told the young ma. n to go home and dance the tango a few weeks, or until he had reduced his weight, and then to come back and he would take him into the navy. Muelchi says that tango dancing is the greatest flesh reducer in the world, as he has tried it. Keller returned to his home in Poseyville, and says he is going to dance the tango with every girl in that town At Nome, Alaska, Feb. 16, G. Kassen, with Miss Rowc1Ja Lewis, riding on his dog sled, won the Moooe Burden han dicap dog race from Nome to Solomon, a distance of thirty-two miles over the sno w trail. Official time was two hours and forty-one minutes. 'rhere were twenty-four contestants A total of 270 dogs participated in the race, the teams ranging from seven to sixteen animals. Kassen drove nine. Besides a loving cup given to the winner, twenty prizes were distributed among the other contestants. The weathei: was clear and the temperature was steady at 20 below zero. Miss Loujse Lee of Agricultural College, Purvis, Miss., is in a dangerous condition as the result of a hazing by three other girl students. Doctors say the has not an even chance to recover. The hazing story was told the other day and an investigation was started b:y State au thorities. Whether the hazers have been or will be sus nended is not known. The other Sunday night, seated in lier room, Miss Lee was startled by a rattling andknocking at the window. Fearing thieves were trying to enter sho started for a friend's room. As she openecl her door 11 "ghost" confr011ted her. She fainted and it was several hou~s be.fore she ,vas restored to consciousness. A conespondent of the Chicago Times makes this timely quotation from a Jetter written by Gen vVashington to the President of Congress Sept. 15; 17'80, founcl on page 92, Irving's Washington, 4th vol. "Regular troops alone are equal to the exigencies of modem war, as well for defense as offense ; and whenever a substitute is attempted it must prove illusory and ruinous. :No militia, will ever acquii-e the habits necessary to resist a regular force 'l'he firmn(lSS requisite for the real business of .fighting is only to be attained by a constant course of discipline and service I have never yet been a witness to a single illstance that can justify a different opinion; aml it is most earnestly to be wished that the liberties of Am e rica may 110 longer be intrusted in any ma.terial degree to so precarious a de pendence." Two rolls of banknotes, each containing $:5,000, were stolen from the paying teller's cage of the Dime Savings Bank, at De Kalb avenue and Fulton street, iu Brooklyn, in busi:ness hours the other afternoon. Four well-dressed men, ranging in age from 25 to 35 years, entered the Dime Sa,ri.ngs Bank at 2 o'clock, while several depositors were standing near the cage windows and the employees were husy. 'l'hough appai-enily urn\. cquainted "'.ith one another, nll four men crowded c,bout the paying teller's window, and the youngest ask0d tl1e assistant teller, who was on duty, some question about a draft, which sent the teller into the cashier's office for advice. A few minutes after that the teller noticed that of three rolls of $5,000 each that hacl been on his counter only one was left. On heating how the four strangers had acted, the Burns men con cluded that one of them hacl fished the bills to the win dow with a piece of bc1Jt wire and that the theft of the thiHl package was prevented only by the return of the assistant paying teller. In William Le Queux's book on German spies in England, published recently, the author gives a chapter to a speech alleged to have been made by the Kaiser at a se cret council meeting in Potsdam in 1908. The Emperor i s made to say that with the Zeppelins "Germany over everything'' would be triumphant in war and in "the peace which I have been ordered by God to conquer for her." The Kai~er is quoted as saying that the war would be against England and France, Russia being too weak. England would be invaded and Zeppelins would destroy her fleets According to the book, the Kaiser continued: ''The United States, where even now I rnle supreme, where al most half the population is either of German birth or of German descent, and where 3,000..,000 German voters do my bidding at the presidep.tial election, will next be taught a lesson. German pow .er would be supreme in South America and South_ Africa, and among other things the German flag would wave over the holy shrines of J e;rnsalem."


so WILD WEST WEEKLY. = ================================= = INTERESTING ARTICLES CAMPAIGN TO ABOLISH SING SING. To abolish Sing Si'ng, to prevent the building of a h uge cell block at the present prison and to establish a farm industrial prison in place of Si~g Sing in the country, not too far from New York, are the principal features of a State-wide campaign now bein g conducted by the Prison Association of New York and by members of the Prison Reform Com.mission and members of .the Women's D epart ment of the National Civic Federation. The Prison Asso ciation has long maintained that Sing Sing prison is a disgrace to the State of New York. ''It never can be satis factorily made over by any r e building of cellblocks," said Dr. 0. F. Lewis. "There is not a single modern building in the entire Sing Sing plant e xcept the new power house and perhaps the warden's house. To cau s e the State to embark on the rebuilding of Sing Sing would be the height of folly and extravagance, in my opinion, and would u ltimately cost the State millions We believe in a farm industrial prison with wide acr eage, with as inexpen sive buildings as possible, constructed by pri son labor, and with a great variety of open-air occup ations The results obtained at Great Meadow prison in our own State have shown us the way CHINESE STORY OF WAR. We are indebted to L'Echo de Chine, the Shanghai jour nal which represents French interests in the F':l.r East, for this very lucid account of th~ causes of the war. It is the work of a young Chinaman "with a limited lrnowledge of ~nglish." "Now there is a great battle in Europe. This began because the Prince of Austria went to Servia with bis wife. One man of Servia ki~led him Austria was angry, and so fight Servia. Germany write a letter to Austria, I will help you Russia write a letter to Se;i;via, I will help you. France did not want to fight, but they got ready their sol diers. Germany write a letter to France. You don't get ready or will I fight you in nine hours. Germany to fight them pass Belgium. Belgium s.ay I am a country I am not a road, and Belgium write a letter to England about Germany to them. So England help Belgim:p.." In spite of bis limited knowledge of English, he gets home very neatly twice "You don,'t get ready or r will fight you in nine hours," crystalizes the mobilization terror of continental nations; and "I am a country. I am not a road," is worthy of the most brilliant of British epigrammists-although the phrase is solid truth, as few epigrams are. CARUSO BLACKMAILER KILLED BY ASSASSINS. Antonio Cincotta, for many years recognized as a Black H and gang leader in B;rooklyn, was shot dead in front of N o ~3 Union str~et, Brooklyn, recently by three young men, wh o escape d. Cin cotta, who added greatly to his notoriety in 1910 by attempting to blackmail Enrico Caruso, the tenor, was fifty years old. He started his career as a leader in "Little Italy" in a saloon at Columbia and Degraw streets, where the gang met and hatched plots, according to the police. When the police began to worry Cincotta he moved to No. 80 Degraw street Recently he moved to the Bay Ridge section, but continued to spend most of his time in the Union street district. With Francisco Riccardi, an actor, Cincotta was walking on Union street, when three men sprang from No. 25 and opened fire. Three bullets entered Cincotta's abdomen and anothef his left shoulder. As he dropped, the three d _arted back rnto No. 25, ran through the house and e s caped over a fence. 1.fos,;ages from BlaJk Handers in various parts of the c ount ry were found on the dead man, according to detec tives. Cincotta and Antonio Misiani wrote to Caruso in March, 1910, ordering him to deliver $15,000 on pain of death. Both men were arrested. Misiani was bailed and disap pea red. Cin cotta was on bail, awaiting trial. GERM4-NS HA VE 6,000 DOGS "There are at present about 6,000 trained dogs helping the Germans on both fronts. In France before the war a good deal of attention had been given to trroining dogs for ambulance work, but tho sentry clog idea was prac tically ignored. A few officers did their utmost to estab Esh a training branch for this work, but tho French War Office ga vo them no encouragement It has been found that the absence of such dogs is a distinct lack. Espe c ially has been so, I hear, at one of the big fortresses tlm-ing the night attacks delivered by the Germans The French therefore procured a few trained. sentry d ogs, and, after these had settled down and had become accu s tomed to the men, they were found to be of such service in giving warning of the approach of the enemy some time before the sentries are aware of the fact that orders have been given to procure as many tl.ogs suitable for sentry work a.'3 can be obtained, and since the use of dogs in this particular r egi on no night attacks of the Germans have been suc cessful. "lt is a pity that the value of these dogs h as not been generally reco gnize d by the French ru1cl English armies in peace time, as it must not be inferred that any dog ( even o~o that proved its elf to be a good ordinary watch dog) w11l make a good sentry dog This idea is a common err01. These ham to be of a special temperament, and ha,e to be carefully selected in tho first place, and then carefully t!)sted and trained. A dog that i s of rnlue in guaruing things, such as it.s master 's property, or at ils kennel, may be usele s s away from this environment, in the fields, and with some one not its master."


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THE l\rAGIC NAIL. A common nall Is given :r~~f:~~~!~0;1e~:ei \t~~u1:h the finger; and yet, ,vhen taken out, the finger Is found to be perfectly uninjured.._ and the nail Is again given to be examined. Nicely flnlshed. Price, 10c. by mall, postpaltl. C. BEHR, 1110 W. 62d St., New York City. THE F1...,GER THROUGH THE HAT. Having borrowed a. hat from your friend. push your finger through the crown of It, and It is seen to move about. Though very amusing to others, the owner of the hat does not see the joke, but thinks it meanness t o destroy his hat, :;et when It Is returned It ,; pe:fectly uninjured. Price, 10c. each by mail, WOLFl' NOVELTY CO., 20 W. 26th St., N. Y, THE INK .BLOT JOKER. Fool Your Frlent!s, -1'he greatest no'\'el ... ty of the age I Have a joke which make .everybody I au g h, More fun than any o ther novelty that has been shown in years. Place it on a desk, l to.blecloth, ot any piece of furniture, as shown 1n the above cut, near some valuable papers,. or on fine wear!',.,g apparel. Watch the r& ault Oh, Gee I Price, 15e,, postpaid. l'RANK Sl.lUTH, 883 Lenox Ave., N. Y. SPRING TOPS + Something new tor the boys. A top you can ~pin without i,. string, 'l'his Is a decided novelty. It is of large size, made ot brass, and has a. heavy balance r!m. The shank con ta.Ins a powerful spring and has an outer casing. The top of the shank has a milled edge for winding It up. When wound, you merely li!t tho outer cas~ Jng, and the top spins at such a rapid speed that the balance rim keeps It going a long time. \Vlthout doubt the handsomest and best top m the market. Price 12 cents each, by mall, post-paid ll, F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'klJ'll, N. Y. ... WE DELUSION TRICE. A magic lltt,e box In three parts that fa very mystifying to those not fn the trick. A coin placed on a piece of paper disappears by dropping a nickel ring around it !rom the magic box. Made of bard wood two inches fn diameter. Price, 12c. FRANK SJIIITH, 383 Lenox Ave., N. Y, THE ELK HEAD PUZZLE, Just out, and one of the 00 most fascinating puzzles on the market. The stunt Is to, separate the antlers and r&join them. It looks ee.ay, but try It and you will admit that !t ls without exception the best puzzle you have ever s.een. 'You can't leave It alone. Made of slivered metal. Pr fee, 12c.; 3 for S0c., sent by mall, postpaid, WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. ,Also known as a Japanese butterfly. A pleasing novelty enclosed in an env e1ope. When the envelope is opened Ffffl will fly out through the air for s e v e r a. I yards. Made of colored paper to represent a butterSly six Inches wide. Price, lOo. WOLJ,'F NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. DEAD SHOT SQUIRT PISTOL. It you shoot a ma.u with tl\la "gun" he will be too mad to accept the ancient excuse-"! didn't know it was foaded." It load ea.suy with a. full charge of water and taking a.Im, press the rubber bulb at the but,t of the Pistol, when a small otream of water Is squirted Into his taco. The b eet thing to do then is to pocket your gun and run. There are "loads of fun,. ln this wic\(ed little joker. wh!ch looks like a. real revolver, trigger, cock, chambers, barrel and all. Price only 7c.; 4: !or 25c.; one dozen 60e. by mail poatpalc\. H. F. LA....,.G, 1815 Centre St., 'B'klyn, N. w NT TO READ ''Moving icture THE JOKER'S CIGAR, The biggest sell ot the sea son. A real cigar made ot ~ -tobacco, but se'creted ln the ,i;..,;: /S center of cigar about one-half -EC~'

611 612 613 614 615 616 617 618 619 620 621 622 623 624 625 626 627 628 629 630 -LATEST ISSUES-631 Young Wild West and the T enderfoot's Legacy: or. Ball11ug the 632 Cla1m Jumpers. Young Wild West Helping the Sheriff'.: or, Arletta and the Ex-63 3 press Thieve s Young Wild \\'est and the Phantom Canoe. or, Solving a Strange 634 Mystery. 6 3 5 Young Wl!d West' s Squar, Deal: or, Arletta and the Hustler's 6 3 6 Daughter. Young Wild West Stopping a "'Ghost Dance, .. or, The Charge of the Gallant 6th. 63 7 Young Wild West and the Mad Miner: or, Arletta and the S ecret ot the Cliffs. 638 Young Wild West and "Gold Dust Bill": or. The Man With the 639 Yellow Streak. Young Wild West and the D eath Brand; or,...Ari etta s Great Risk. 640 Young Wild West' s Pawne e Pursuit: or, The White Flower of 6-U the Redskins. Young Wild West and the Mexican Man Trap: or. Arletta In 642 the Robbers' Den. Young Wild W est' s Lively Lariat: or, Roping the Rustlers. 643 Young Wlld West's Duel With a Dozen : or, Arietta' s Only 644 Chance. Young Wlld West Tralling a Treasure: or. Outwitting the Road Agents. Young Wlld West Ruling Ranrh or, Arletta and the Cowgirls. Young Wlld West' s Straight Shot: or, Corne r e d in a Chasm. Young Wild West's llf exlcan Mine; or, Arietta Breaking a Siege. Young Wild West's Hottest Trall ; or, Winning a Big R eward Young Wild W est Tracking a Horse Thief: or. Arletta and the Wilrl Girl. Young Wild West' s Apache Friend: or, The Hidden Gold ot the Pecos. Young Wild West's Three Shots: or. Arletta and the Hattlesoake e 645 646 647 648 Young Wild W est and the "Sky Pilot: :" or. The Ropers ot Rougb-and-Ready Ranc h Young Wild West's Lucky Dro p : or, Arle t t a a n d the Outlaws. Young Wild W est's Wild West Show: or, C aught i n the European War. Young Wild West &nd t h e Kais er; or, The Big Show l o Berlin. Young Wild West Und e r F i r e ; or, Ski rmishing o n the French Frontie r Young Wild West H elping the R e d Cross: or, The Crown P rince' Gratitude. Young Wild W est and the S ervlan; or, The Shot Tha t Saved a G eneral. Young Wild West's Neutrahty; or, Accuse d by G ermans and All lee. Young Wild West and the French Spy: or, The Hono r o f an American. Young Wild West at the Forts: or. Outwitting a Rus sian Capta1p. Young Wild W est and the. Sharpshooters: or, Arietta and the Blndoos. Young Wild W est at the Floode d Trenches; or, Saving a Belgian Town. T Young Wild West Along the Yser; oi:,._ Arletta's Wonderful Young Wild W est and G eneral Von .ll,.luck ; or, Tbe Tre asure _ot the Ruins Young Wlld West' s Luck: or, Striking It Rieb at the H!lls. Young Wild West's Victory; or, The Road Agents' Last H o l d U p Young Wild West's Pluck .i. or, Bound to Beat the 'Bad" :\>len Young Wild West's B e s t ::sbqt; or, The R e s cue of Arletta. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 6 cents per copy, in money or postage stam ps o:v FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 168 West 23d St., New York. IF YOU W A;NT .ANY 'B.ACK NUM'BERS of our weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Write out and fl.11 In your Order and send it to us wit!:. the price of the week lies you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 168 West 23d St., New York. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELEC RAPHER.-Contalnlng useful ln!orma.tlon r e with ftgureo and the magic o f numbera. By TRICITY.-A deacrlptlon or the wonderful gardlng the Camera a.nd how to work It: a.l10 A. Anderso n. Fully llluotra t e d u111 of electricity and electro mar;netlom: to-how to make Photographic Mo.r;lc Lantern No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTER!! r;ther with rull lnotructlon1 for making Elec-Slides a.nd other Transparencies. Handoomely CORRECTLY.-Conto.lnlng rull ln1tructlon1 trlo Toya, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel. tlluetrated. f o r w riting letters on almost any s u b ject; A. M., M. D. Containing over llfty llluotra-No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST also rules for punctuation and composition, I POINT llllLITARY CADET.-Explalns how with s pecime n l etters. t o;:: '7. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND to gain admittanc e courae o f Study, Examlno.-No. 7G. HOW TO BECOME A CONJURER. DRIVE A HORSE. A complete treatise on tlons. Duties, Starr of Officers, Post Guard, Po--Containing tricks with Dominoes, Dice, the horse. Describing the most useful horoes lice Regulatlon1, Fire Department, and all a Cups and Balla, Hats, etc. Embracing thlrty-~!!o b::11:::~~e ~~~lp~:s\o~OJ~:: ... ~~;. should know to be a c&det. By Lu Seno.r el"N~'.1uw_at1~ow \:EitdeFC>RTUNES BY the hone No. 68. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL THE HAND.-Contalnlng rule f o r telling ror-No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CADE1'.-Complete Instructions or how to gain tune s by the aid of line s of the hand, or C.ANOES.-A handy book !or b oys, contain-admission to the Annapolis Naval Academy. the secr e t ot palmistry. A le o the aecret of Inc tull directions for constructing canoes and Also contalntng the course ot Jnatruction. de-telling !uture events by aid o r mole s. marks. the moat popular manher or sailing them. acriptlon of grounds and buildings, historical acars, etc. Illustrated. Fully Illustrated. aketch, and everything a boy should know to No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS No. ',9. HOW TO DEBATE.-Glvlng rules become an offi cer In the United State s Navy. WlTH CARDS.-Contalnlng deceptiv e Card tor conducting debates, outlines for debat2 s, By Lu Senarena. Tricks a s p erforme d by leading conjurers and queatlon1 for dl1cu1Slon, and the best sources No. 64. HOW TO l\IAKE ELECTRICAL m agicians. Arranged for h ome amusement. tor procuring Information on the question llfACHINES.-Contalnlng full directions for Fully Illustrate d. ~tv;:: 150. HOW TO STUFF BffiDS AND A..,_._ :1'.:nki~~s." 1=~~1:::!n:'~~~~~e~oy~ni~ci~nwo~'l:~d -~~ ~ t a1~nf'!.Wc~p1~:! -~i:~r~ti!~Kof-'t?.; IMALS.-A valuabl e book r;lvlng Instructions by electricity. B y R A. R. Bennet. Fully mysteries or Mag i c and Sleight-of-Hand, to-I n collecting, preparing, mounting a n d pre-lllu~trate d g ethe r with many wonderful experlmenu. B y Hrvlng b irds, animal and lneecto. No. 615. JIIULDOON'S JOKES. -The moat A Anderson Illustrated. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH origina l Joke book ever p ublished, and It la No. 79. HO\V TO BECOME A..'1 ACTOR. CARDS.-Conta.lntng e x plan ations of the g en-brimf u l o f wit and h umor. I t contains a -Cont aini n g comple t e Instructions how to ral principle, of sle ight-of-hand applicable l a rge collection o r s ongs, jokes, conundrums, make u p tor various c h a racters on t h e s t age; to card trlck2r, of card tricks with ordinary etc. or Terrenc e Muldoo n, the great wtt, hu-togethe r with the dutie s of the S t age M a nager card, and not requiring sl e i ght-of-hand; of mortst. and practical joker of the day. Prompter, S cenic Artist and Pro p erty Man. ~~lc~ec/~~~lv~~:pa~l:Jg~!_~-1~. h a~ltsf:at!~~ use No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Con-Co~ti 1 nf~g ? h\S :'I/e~flt:i:;, J~~~d:~:>~ ~ tb~o.rufe2~ !:i~W rJP f1~~~o~fR(~~~ ?i: ;:~: ~~tgl~~n~~~{r~::i~ ~e w~~~d~:i ~~t~1:~t!~g fu~;~~ tunn:ustorle1 1 o ~ t~11s w o rld-r en~wn~d German Euchre, Cribbage, Casino, F orty-Five Rounce, plete book. Fully Illustrated. c orr:ie a n x r-1 o r pag~s :lf an so~e col-Pdro Sancho, Draw Poker, Auction Pitch, No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL fh: ._if; ~ ; : con a n ng a a tone P oto of All Fours, 11.nd many othe r popular games of ~~J~t~~-;;:-;J'~fi~l~ga~~:r:: ; 1 ~ 1~:~l~~r t~fc~';: No. Rt. HOW TO MESiUERJZE.-Contaln-c&~:. 158. HOW TO WRITE 1'.ETTERS.-A together with Illustrations. B y A. Anderson. :~A;; ti;, ~,t~~r ~~~~~~1~':n.m~:~o;;sago:ec'? ~e s:::,:~= wonderful little book, telling you how t o write No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEJIIJCAL TRICKS. I n g. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch A C.S. author to your sweetheart, your father, m othe r sis--Containing over o n e hundre d highly amus-of "Ho w to Hypnotize," etc ter, brother, employer; and, In tac t every-lnr; and Instructiv e tricks with c h emlcnla. By No. 82. HOW TO DO PALJIIJSTRY.-Con-body and anybody you wish to write to. A ,N:.n;;,rs~OW~Od~Om;tEii'i:-~;.~-HAND. talnlng the most approved methods or read-PlTs ..!l1v1:f:>~m~?et~n~:rr:-a~~n "!:"f/3,~ -Containing o ver nrt y or the latest and best ~~t1 ~~;.:l ;;s 0~n t~~~/~:an\~~~tht1.~1 1 ~ : 11fd~ manner and method of raising, keeping, tam-trtcka used by ma~lclane. Also c ontaining the Ing phrenology, and the k e y t o r tellJng char-ins breedJng, and ma.nagln@: all kind s of pets; ae cret o f second alght. Fully Illustrated. a c t e r b y the bumps on the head. B y Leo al10 giving full lnatr11ctlons fo r making ca.a-ea, No. 70. HOW TO MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Hugo Koch A .C.S. Fully I ll ustrated. etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight Illus-Contalnlnr; full <1lrectlons !or making Magic No. 113. HOW TO HYJ'NOTIZE.-Contaln-I tr&Uone. Toya and devlcea of many kinda. Fully lllu lng valuabl e and Instr u ctive Information re-No. 155. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS trated. gardlng the science of hypnotism. Also elC-AND COJNS.-Contalnlng valuable lnforma-No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL plaining the most approved methods which tton regarding the collectlng and arranging TRICKS.-Contalnlng complete lnatructlona are employed by the lea.ding hypnotists of ot atamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricka. the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. No, 56. HOW TO BECOME AN EN-Fully Illustrated. No. 84. HOW TO BECOME A..,_. AUTHOR. GJNEER.-Contalnlnr; full ln1tructlona how to No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS -Containing Information regarding choice of beeome a locomotive engineer; also dlrecttona \VITH CARDS.-Embra.ctng all of the lateat aubJecte, the use of words and the manne r of tor butldtng a model locomottve; to&"ether and moat deceptive card trJcka, with tllu1-preparJng and aubmttttng manuacrJpt Aleo with a tun description of everythtne-an en-tratlona. containing valuable Information aa to the silleer should know. No. 78. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH neatness, leglblllty and general compoiltlo n No. 80. HOW TO BECOJIIE A PHOTOG-NUJIIBERS.-Showlng many curious trlck1 ot manuscript. For ule by all newsdealers, or will be aent to any address on receipt of price, 10 eta. per copy, o r 8 tor 25 cts., In money or postage stamps, by FB.ANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 168 West 23d St., New York.


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