Young Klondike's gold syndicate, or, Breaking the brokers of Dawson City


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Young Klondike's gold syndicate, or, Breaking the brokers of Dawson City

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Young Klondike's gold syndicate, or, Breaking the brokers of Dawson City
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r l S t ories o f a old Seek er. ( Young KIOO 1ke's o a v CHAPTER I. s OF D w I ,... ,., @/;. YOUNC KLONDIK .. I ing? Ain't we worth fourmiUionsof I without counting in what we have turned over MR. PETER PRYER MAKES A PROPOSITION AND TAKES Unknown as his share of the spoils?" "That's what we are." A TUMBLE. "It's a big lot of money, Ned." "Dwx:, don't you think we've made about money "So it is, Dick; so it is; and as you very well I'm tired of so much hard work. What do know that don't begin to represent all we are worth." you say to callmg it quits and making a change?" "Certainly not. There's the Young Klondike Mine i The speaker was Ned Golden, senior partner in the up on Eldorado Creek. When you talk of four mill '"orld-famous firm of Golden & Luckey, the most sue10ns that only represents wha t we are worth outside cessful of all the mining firms in the wonderful Klonof our mining properties." dike country. It was Dick Luckey, the juni9r partner "I wouldn't take less than a million for the Young who was addressed. Klondike." The partners sat in the reading room of the Vic-"Perhaps you put it too high, but it is very valu-toria Hotel at Dawson City, one pleasant evening in able; then there's our old claims m the Klondike." June. "Good for a hundred thousand at least, if anybody It was broad daylight, although the clock had al-wants to work them. They could still be made to ready struck ten, for the sun does not hide its face pay well." long in Alaska during the month of June. "And the Owl Creek mines." People .were walking along the street just as though "Worth half a million more at the very lowest it was daytime. Stores were wide open, gamblmg calculation." \ houses ditto, and a brass band was playing in the little "What about Golden Island and the High. Rock park. mines?" It is not the custom to retire early in Dawson City J "I wouldn't take half a million for those-no, sir!" these summer nights, and Ned and Dick were only I "And Lucky Camp, our latest venture, that following the general rule, beside whici1 they were paid." waiting for the return of another member of the firm, Well, our people are doing first rate at Lucky Miss Edith Welton. ':Vho bad gone out with her chapI Camp-say a hundred thousand dollars for that." eron, Mrs. Colvin, to call on a friend. "Making it six million two hundred thousand dol" Upon my word, I am surprised to hear you pro-lars, a,ll told, that Golden & Luckey is worth topose such a thing as that, Ned," replied Dick. "I day." thought. you were dead stuck on the life we lead." "That seems a tremendous lot. Perhaps we put "Well, so I am in a way. This knocking around the Young Klondike at too high a figure. Call our prospecting and opening up new mines here, there properties worth two million." and everywhere just suits me, but I think vye can do "Which makes our capital six million." t J better still." "That's it! And let me tell you, it's a very modl "What's the matter with what we have been do-erate figure, too."

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2 YOUNG KLON DlKE'S GOLD "It seems tremendous. Our luck has been really Next day he and Dick went on 'Change. wonderful, and when one comes to think how many "Don't say much, Dick," remarked Ned. "Just have had a hard time on the Klondike, it makes our drop out a hint or two and let the brokers know what case more remarkable still." we are thinking about. 'l'hey'll do the rest." It was just so remarkable that everybody in DawSo the boys circulated among the brokers, who son City was talking about these two young men. at noon met on the floor of the big room in In a sense they were the principal figures of the that rough frame building which Dawson City dig-Klondike country. nifies by the name of Mining Exchange. "As rich as Young Klondike" had become a by-In less than ten minutes it was in everybody's word long ago. mouth that Golden & Luckey were getting ready to Just then Edith and Mrs. Colvin entered. 1 sell out. "Look here, Edith!" said Dick. "What do you The brokers crowded about them and they were suppose Ned has just been saying ? I don't think you speedily overwhelmed with offers to buy the famous could ever guess." Young Klondike Mine on Eldorado Creek. "If I can't guess, I suppose it's no use for me to I Ned fully expected this. try." laughed Edith. "Has he been proposing to The Young Klondike was one of the richest mines get married?" in the region. "Oh, nothing so foolish as that," replied Ned, col -As for the other mines held by the firm several of oriug. "When I'm rea.dy to get married I'll let you them were Yery rich also, but they were less known. know." "No, gentlemen! No, no! You must have mis" Well, if it ain't that, then what is it?'' understoo<;i me," said Ned, laughing at the eagerness "Why, he's talking about retiring from business of the brokers to skim the cream off of his possessions and going back to the States." and leave him the milk to do what he pleased \\ ith. "No, no I ain't talking about anything of the "No, no! We can't do that. We may turn all our sort!" said Ned. "I haven't the least idea of quit-[ belongings into a syndicate, but as to selling out the ting the Klondike. What I really am thinking of is Young Klondike I have no such idea." this: We love knocking about and exploring new 1 Having made this statement Young Klondike left pla ces, and first and last we do a good deal of it. I'm the Exchange followed by Dick, and they started back sure we would all feel better contented if we were able for the hotel. to do more, and we could do more if it wasn't for the I "We'll hear from some promoter or other inside of responsibility of looking after all our different mines an hour," declared Ned. "And so you prefer to sell them ?" demanded And he was entirely right, for while they were at Edith. "That would really be a shame-consider-dinner in their private room in the Victoria a card ing. '' was handed in. "Considering what?" It bore the name of Peter Pryer. "How well most of them are doing." Now Young Klondike did not know Mr. Peter Pryer, "There you are l I don't propose to stop work on nor did Edith or Dick. every one of them. If you and Dick would only let a "Why, I never h eard of this man," said Ned to the fellow speak you might find out just what I am driv-young French Canadian waiter. "Don't know him ing at, but as it is--" I at all." "As it is, I'm dumb," said Dick. "Go ahead l "He said you hadn't the pleasure of his acquaintSay your say l Spit it all out !" ance," replied the waiter," but he wants to have a "I say let's form a syndicate and sell shares. We word with you-he'll not de tain you a momEmt, so he are both m embers of the Mining Exchange, and may says." as well have a hack at that line of business as any one "Show him in," replied N e d, and a moment later else." Mr. Peter Pryer was ushered ipto the room. "I see no obj ection to that plan," said Edith. He was a tall, thin, cadaverous-looking person with "Nor I either, as long as we keep a controlling ina smooth shaven face and a long, sharp nose. terest in the syndicate." "Have I t}fe honor of addressing the firm of Golden "Why, of course there ain't any. We can make & Luckey?" he asked, bowing right and left. money right along buying and selling, and what's "That's what you have," r e plied Ned. "You are more, we can turn our properties over and over. I addressing the entire firm, but none of the firm has believe we could clear a million a year with our great the pleasure of knowing you." capital to back us." "I presume not-I presume not. My name is "Donel" sai d Dick. "We'll go into it. We'll Pryer-I'm from Montreal." have a wrestle with the brokers of Dawson City be"A promoter?" fore we are many days older." I "Well, yes, if you want to call me so-that's what And this remark ended the conversation for that I am." night. "Your business? We are at dinner here and don't Young Klondike slept on his plan, and liked it bet-care to be disturbed." ter the more be thought of it. "Exactly l That's why I called. Thought you'd

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDICATE. 3 be at dinner. Thought it would be a good time to tackle you. Fact is, I usually try to get ahead of my neighbors in matters of business. All the brokers and promoters in Dawson City are running wild ov<::r the success of Golden & Luckey, and now we hear to day that you propose selling out." Nothing of the sort," replied Ned. I merely propose concentrating my holdings into a syndicate. and selling shares. You see we can use our capital to better advantage than by letting it all remain locked in our mines." "Just so. I understand you perfectly. Am I ad dressing Mr. Golden or Mr. Luckey?" I am Ned Golden. This gentleman is Dick Luckey, my partner." "Just so-just so. Well now, Mr. Golden, I'm an old promoter, I can handle this ma.tter for you to the queen's taste. What we want to do is to call this the Young Klondike Company, capital say $50,000,000, and--" "Hold on Hold on You are going too fast," Ned. "We don't want to do anything of the sort." "Indeed Perhaps you know my business better than I know it myself. No offense-none at all meant. Only thing is you may be a bang-up miner, an A No. 1 prospector, and the luckiest man in the Klondike but it's one thing to make money mining, and another to make it on the Exchange." Thank you for nothing said Ned. "Talk like this comes cheap." "Just so! It costs you nothing. Now hold on, Young Klondike! We don't seem to be making any headway. What is your plan?" "That's better," laughed Ned. "A man natur ally wants to have something to say about the hand ling of his own affairs." Of course, of course l" "My plan is to form a syndicate." "Exactly I can do it for you. Go on!" ".If '.l want you to do it for me I'll ask you. Meanwhile, I've no objection at all to telling you my plan. The capital of our syndicate will be twelve millions, of which we will furnish six. The balaDce of the stock we shall throw on the market." "Meaning that you value your properties at six millions?" "Meaning just that." "Perhaps you wouldn't mind giving me some de scription of them." "Not at all," replied Ned, and he ran over the list. "Yes, we know all about th. ese properties," said Mr. Pryer. "They are worth all you ask for them." I don't ask a .nything for them. They are not for sale All I'm after is to develop them further . Their value can easily be raised to ten millions if they are properly handled. We are too busy to do this. At the present time some of them are not being worked at all." Mr. Pryer pulled out his memorandum book and made notes. "Gentlemen," he said, "I can place the balance of that stock for you in forty-eight hours if you'll give me the commission." "What do you say, Dick ?" asked Ned. "Might as well," replied Dick. "It would save us a lot of bother, but we don't bind ourselves to-day." "And you, Edith ?" "I see no objection now," Edith replied, "but we must have time to think it over." "Very well. If you can form our company in forty-eight hours go ahead and let's see how you can do it, Mr. Pryer," said Ned. "Hadn't we better wait to consult the Unknown?" asked Dick. "It seems only fair that he should have some say in this." "Ha! Now, look here, that brings me to another part of the business," said Mr. Pryer. "There seems to be a great deal of mystery attached to the firm of Golden & Luckey. Naturally when I come to talk business with my principals there will be a lot of ques tions asked. Would you mind putting me in the way of answering them before I begin?" "There's no mystery whatever about us," replied Ned, half angrily. "I'm ready to answer any proper question you have a mind to put." "Very good. Then first and foremost who are you? Of whom is the firm of Golden & Luckey composed?" "Well, I am the sior." "And; you are ?" "Ned Golden, of New York." "Formerly a poor clerk, I am told?" "What has that got to do with it? Yes, I was formerly a poor clerk, and I'm not ashamed of it, either." "And Mr. Luckey?" "Another poor New York clerk," laughed Dick. "Ha Ha Ha Very good Capital said the promoter. "And Miss W el.ton, who is she?" Miss Welton formerly resided in San Francisco. I don't know that her private affairs have anything to do with this matter at all." "Well,. perhaps they haven't. Indeed, I may say definitely that they haven't, but people will ask questions. They say that you saved Miss Welton's life by rescuing her from a wrecked steamer on your voyage out from San Francisco. Is that a fact?" Well, it is." "And is she a full partner in Golden & Luckey ?" "Yes, she is." "That's what I want to get at. Now about this man they call the Unknown." "What's he got to do with it? He's not a part ner in Golden & Luckey ?" "No, but he is always with your party, and everybody thinks he's one of the firm." "Which he isn't." Would you mmd telling me his name ?"

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4 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDICATE. "I wouldn't mind it a bit if I could, but I can't." Ah I see. You are under promise not to." "Nothing of the sort." "You think I am asking too many questions, probably. Well, perhaps I am." "I don't think anything about that one way or the other. It has nothing at all to do with it. I simply can't tell you his name." "Can't?" "No." "And why?" "Because I don't know it myself." "That's ridiculous. This man has been going about with you ever since you came to the Klondike, so I hear." "Your hearing must be first rate then, for that's right. I don't know bis name because he never tells it to any one and has never told it to me." "It's hard to believe that, but I suppose I'll have to take your word for it. They say he's a detective." "That's his business." "I am told that he is on the hunt for some mysterious criminal and that he has an odd habit of constantly pouncing upon people and arresting them, claiming that each new victim' is his man as he calls it-is that a fact, too ?" "Well, that's right. That's his little peculiarity. Now, then, Mr. Pryer, you've pried into all our private affairs don't you think it would be just as well to pull out a nd leave us to finish our dmner ?" "Well, certainly. Just as soon as you decide this matter. "Why, it is decided." "And how?" "If you can capitalize the firm of Golden & Luckey at ten million paid up capital, and turn us over four million cash for the difference between the entire capital and the six million valuation of our properties, you may get my permission, after I have time to think it over a bit." "Oh, I can't do that." "But you said you could. What did you come here anyhow? Just to talk and fool away time?" "Not at all! I came for--" But Mr. Peter Pryer had said his last word for the time being. Suddenly the door opened and in bounced a short man, wearing big cavalry boots and a battered, plug hat, tilted back on his head. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, my man !" he cried, making a plunge at Pryer_ ; "watch me put the hand cuffs on him!" It was the Unknown himself, and he seized the promoter by the shoulder with an iron grip and jammed him back against the wall. Pryer gave a yell, and struggled to free himself. "Ye gods and little fishes! I'm wrong again, but I've got no use for you!" cried the Unknown, crowding the promoter through the door. "Hold on Hold on What in thunder are you doing?" shouted Ned, springing up. "Going to pitch this thief down-stairs !" chuckled the detective. But he counted without his host, for som ehow Mr. Peter Pryer's legs got entangled with the Un-lrnown's legs just about that time. They fell to the floor together and rolled over to the stairs. The next Young Klondike knew they went bumping down step after step, loc,ked in each other's arms. "Help! Help! Murder!" roared Pryer. "Take off this madman! He's killing me!" CHAPTER IL A RASCALLY TRICKSTER. "LET him go! Don't carry this thing any further! I!'or Heaven's sake let him up and let him go!" That is what Ned Golden said to the Unknown when he and Dick got to the foot of the stairs where Mr. Peter Pryer and the detective lay struggling on the carpet with a lot of the hotel people crowding round them. "Anything you say goes, dear boy," replied the detective, who was rolling about the floor with Mr. Peter Pryer, apparently oblivious to the fact that all eyes were upon them. And he did let go of the promoter, and Pryer, scrambling to his feet, ran out of the hotel without a word. "What in the world did you want to do that for, Zed?" asked Young Klondike. The boys often addressed the detective thus. What Ned had told Mr. Peter Pryer about the Un known concealing his proper cognomen was true enough, but the detective always assured his friends that this name rightfully belonged to him. Whether it did or not was more than Young Klon dike could say, for the man was a perfect mystery t o all who knew him, and just as much so to Golden & Luckey as any one else: "What did I do it for?" demanded the detective, brushing off his clothes. "I did it because the fellow is one of the most expert pickpockets and all around crooks in the world-that's why." "That man!" said the hotel clerk. "Why, you are entirely mistaken. That is Mr. Pryer, the Montreal millionaire, who has just joined our Mining Exchange. He is a new-comer in Dawson Oity, it is true, but he is said to be very rich, and he is certainly a perfectly respectable man." "ls he?" said the Unknown, dryly. "Well, perhaps he is, but I'll swear I have made no mistake. Young Klondike, let's come up-stairs." Now, this was exactly what Ned and Dick were most anxious to do, for they were not at all pleased by what had occurred. They hurried back to the room where Edith awaited them anxiously. 0 __ _j

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\ ; YOUNG KLONDIKE"S GOLD SYNDICATE. 5 "What an awful row you ca n kick up, Zed, when you really set about it !" she exclaimed. "Nothing of the sort. I didn't make any row," re pli e d the detective. "When I see a snake crawling near my friends, I usually try to stamp on himthat' s all." This brought out explanations. N ed told of the plan he had formed, and how Mr. Pryer's visit came about. "The fellow is a crook-that's all," declared the d e t ecti ,-e. I knew him in London ten years ago, and I saw him in jail in Sydney, Australia, in '89 I t e ll you again it's Long Pete, alias Peter Pryer, one of the most expert pickpockets in the world, and if h e h asn't robbed you it's a wonder-that's a.11 I've got to say." He can't have robbed us," said Ned. "He had no chance." "Don't you fret yourself. He'd make a chance." "He did edge over very close to you, Ned," said Di c k. "Are you sure your watch is all right?" Ned clapped his hand to his coat pocket and turned as pale as de 'ath. "Well? What is it?" demanded the Unknown. "Have you lost anything, dear boy?" "N-no! Oh, no!" "Humph! You're lucky," replied the detective, and there the matter dropped. His great anxiety was to accomplish this before he had to face Dick and Edith again. It was now nearly twp o'clock, and Ned hurried to the Mining Exchange. The hour was rather late for the brokers, for most of the transactions on the Exchange were accom plished during the forenoon. In fact, there were only two brokers on the floor when Ned entered the Exchange. One was a fellow named Sam Black, and the name of the other was Pettit. Both belonged to the class which can be called nothing more nor less than "claim sharks," which class is exceedingly numerous in Dawson City, and there are many of them on the Exchange. Hello, Young Klondike called Black, familiar ly. ."What in time brings you here at this hour of the day?" I was looking for one Peter Pryer," replied Ned. Do either of you know the man?" "Oh, we both know him well enough,'' replied Pettit. "He only just left here a few minutes ago." "How does he stand ?" On his feet I suppose, same as any other man." "No joking, Pettit. I'm in dead earnest. I want to know.'' "Well, I can't tell you much about his standing, he's not a member of the Board, I suppose you know." "I didn't know. Heard he was." "Well, he isn't. We allow him to come on the They talked about mines, syndicates, Peter Pryer floor same as we do lots of others-that's all." and everything else, and at last the party broke up. Ned rang the bell and ordered more dinner, for what remained on the table was by this time cold and spoiled "Is he straight?" Edith and Mrs. Colvin went out on the street to do shopping. Dick went to a dentist who had just "Now you are asking me too much. They say he started in Dawson City, intending to have a tooth represents a lot of Montreal capital. He has put filled, and Ned and the Unknown were left alone through one or two good sized transactions here buyThe instant Dick was gone the detective turned on ing and selling claims and working mines. What ed, and shaking his finger in his face, said: did you want to see him for?" "Now, look here, Young Klondike, there's no use I "He was up at my room in the Victoria to-day, in you trying to deceive me, that man did rob you, he off some of my papers by mistake." and you know it blamed well." ou had engaged him to form your syndit N e d looked foolish-very much so. ca e. "I won't deny it," he said, "but don't you say a "No; there was some talk about it, but I didn't word to Dick or Edith. I wouldn't have them know engage him. Anything he may do on the Board in wha t a fool I've been for a million dollars. Good-by! my name don't go, for I won't stand by it at all." I'll tell you all about it when I come back." "Why, he said that you put the Young Klondike "Here Hold on I want to talk about it I in his hands, made it over to him to sell to a syndi-want to know more of this!" cried the detective. cate," said Pettit. But Ned hurried out of the room and left the "lt ain't true," replied Ned, shortly. "Remember hotel. what I tell you-there ain't a word of truth in it. By "This is a miserable piece of business," he mut-the way, do you know where he lives ?" tered. What in the world am I going to do ?" He has a room on Queen street ; a little shanty in Young Klondike had indeed met with a most serious the rear, just as you turn to go down to the levee. l oss through his carelessness, but a.she is anxious to Shall I tell him you are going down to see him if he k e ep his secret we mustrespect his wishes, leaving it comes in?" to come out as our story develops. "Yes, you may," replied Ned, and he turned on bis But Ned Golden was by no means the kind of fellow heel and left the Exchange. to give way to idle regrets. He's begun his work already," he muttered, as lf he had been careless-and he did not deny it-he he hurried along. "Confound the impudence of the was willmg to work to make up for that carelessness. fellow! Was there ever such cold gall? Well, I sup-

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6 Y OUNG KLONDIKE S GOLD SYN D ICA TE. pose it was to be expected, so there's no use saying a word." Young Klondike had been robbed, and the trouble was he felt ashamed to own it, as he felt that it would be a very serious reflection on his shrewdness as a business man, to have the matter come to the ears of the brokers on the Exchange. I'd rather lose the claims outrigb.t than have any o ne get on to it," he thought, as he walked on toward Queen street, "and if worse comes to worse I 'll just let them go and pay Dick and Edith their share." As he was about to turn the corner of Eighth street, Ned looked back to see if the two brokers were watching. Ned had no confidence in these two men. Like most of the brokers of Dawson City, they were by no means noted for their high principles. In fact, Ned, who had known them in a casual way for some time, con sidered them a coup l e of sharks. Sure enough Black and Pettit stood at the door of the Exchange watching him. Ned kept on down the street, making up his mind to turn the next corner, so that they might not fee l sure that he was going directly to Pryer's room. If he had turned into Eighth street he might have seen a short man wearing a battered plug hat, stand ing before the door of a well known saloon It was the Unknown. "Hello! What the deuce is Young Klondike up to now!" he thought, as Ned went hurrying past the corner. H e started to overtake him, but by the time he got around the corner Ned had turned into Ninth street, and was no longer in sight. Young Klondike bent his course toward the little house in the rear, which had been accurately enough described to him to make it an easy matter to find it. It was just a littl e two-story shanty of rough boards, no different from do zens of others in Dawson City. The door was shut, and the green paper shades be hind the windows pulled down. Apparently there was no one home, and Ned felt that this was more likely when he knocked and re ceived no answer. H e was just turning awa. y, when the door was sud denly flung open, and there stood Mr. Peter Pryer eying him with a sarcastic smile "Ah, Young Klondike So you've call ed around to say that you will accept my very reasonabl e prop osition !" he excla i med I thought you would come In fact, I was sure of it. Glad to see you, sir-walk right in." There was an audacious coolness about the man which was really quite refreshing. If Ned had need ed anything to put him on his guard, which he didn't, it was this. "You've got a cheek-you've certainly got a cheek," he said You 're just a bout the coolest card I ever saw." It's a wo nder I've g o t even a cheek left. It's a wonder I'm alive at a ll after my experience with that ruffianly friend of yours," replied Pryer. "He's ; 1 nice sort of hairpin, he is. If I was not of a Y ery for giving disposition I should sue you for assault and battery. It's a pretty way to use a gentleman to have him thrown out of one's rooms the way I was thrown out of yours." I didn't i ntend you should be thrown out It was no n e o f my do ings. " I t makes no difference what you intended. I '"as thrown out and seriously damaged. Not only that, but my fee lings were hurt apd my honor insulted. I was called a pickpocket, a thief, and-and-well, well, let it pass." Ned bit his lip and tried to keep cool. There was nothing to be gained by quarreling with the fellow, and the situation really was very serious as will soon be seen I suppose it's all as you say," he remarked quietly, "but I couldn't help it. Com e now, Mr. Pryer, you know what I'm here for-what have you got to say?" I presume you are here to give me a commission to form your syndicate," replied Pryer, >vi th a grin. "Nothing of the sort. I shall not need your ser vices, but I do need the papers you reliev ed me of right away. Pryer looked solemn. "What a strange thing," he said. "How could those papers have got into my pocket, but they did. I found them there after I left the hotel. I-stop Have a care, Young Klondike You'll not get them that way, but you may get a dose from one of these. Quick as thought Pryer pulled out two pistol s, a nd with one in each hand covered Ned. The situation had become startling. Young Klon dike, having no particular desire to be shot, did not dare to move further. He had made a rush at Pryer and would have caught him by the throat if he had been given a moment more. But Ned did not get that moment, and now Pryer had him on the hip. "What an infernal fool I was to come here alone," thought Young Klondike, now that it was too late "Put up those things Don't make a fool of yourself," he said, as quietly as possible. I see your game-you want to be bought off What's your price?" "My p r ice for what?" For the return of those papers. "Well let me see-half a million." "Rubbish! You're a rascally trickster-that's what you are !" "Thank you Spare your breath. Fine words butter no parsnips, an<.l harsh ones don't hurt me for a little bit. "I'll give you ten thousand dollars if you'll deliver up the papers. Come, there's my proposition, bald headed, plump and plain. Take it or leave it, just as you please

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YOUNG KLONDIKR'S GOLD SYNDICA'l'E. 7 ===-=================================================================1 "I'll leave it, thank you. There's some ditlerence meet and discuss claims and make things lively all between ten thousand dollars and half a million." around. "I'll make it twenty. I'd sooner give that than "l wouldn't wonder a bit if was down on have my stupidity exposed." 'Change," thought Dick, as he looked at his watch. "Ha! Ha! Ha You speak plain about yourself. He hurried to the Exchange, finding it crowded as You were stupid, weren't you? Oh, yes! you were usual, and there seemed to be some decidedly unusual stupid for fair." excitement on. "Does this offer go or not? Speak out-I'm in a "Hello, Luckey!" exclaimed an old miner, clapping hurry." Dick on the shoulder. "So you've got enough of it, "Yes; it goes. I'll get the papers. Back up have you? You are going to sell out?" against the wall there where I can keep an eye on "What! What! Who was telling you? What you-go on now!" in thunder are you talking about?" cried Dick, aston-Ned moved backward. He saw no harm in it, and ished beyond measure. yet he might have guessed it was a trick, for Dawson "Who was telling me? Why the sale is on now ; was full of tricksters at this time, and no one knew just gomg to begin." that better than Young Klondike himself. Dick was thunderstruck, but before he had a chance And of the many tricksters in the city that day to say a word, Mr. Timmms, the Exchange aucperhaps Long Pete Pryer was the worst. When he tioneer, mounted the platform, and taking his place hired this shanty he had one altera,tion made which beside the table, called out: he considered absolutel,r necessary for his business. "Gentlemen! Attention! I am now about to sell This was to build a trap door in the floor which some of the most important claims on the Klondike, worked on a still spring. the holdings of the well-known firm of Golden & Ned was now backing directly toward this trap, and Luckey. It's the chance of a lifetime. Everyone in a few seconds he backed into it. knows the success these young men have met with, Down he went .a ll of a sudden and the trap door and it is certain that those claims will bring good closed with a bang. prices, so don't be backward in bidding. They are "Come, that settles his lordship," chuckled Long four. Numbers 170 l 71, 172 Klondike on the records, Pete, shooting the bolt, which secured the trap by besides which I shall offer the famous Owl Creek pushing a secret spring. "Ah, there, Young KlonI M. ,, E me. dike! Stay there! I guess I'll go on the xchange." "Hold on! Hold on, Mr. Timmins!" cried Dick, Thus saying, Long Pete lit a cigar, tipped his hat working his way to the front. "By who's order are 1 one sa ntered out' of house. these claims to be sold?" Dick was excited. He could see nothing of Ned, ... / T .' ,,.., :.;> but there was Mr. Peter Pryer standing near the -01 ( _.,, '7' auctioneer. CHAPTER III. "What's wrong, Mr. Luckey?" demanded TimSOLD OUT ON THE EXCHANGE. EDITH finished her shopping and then went with Mrs. Colvin to call on a friend. By the time Dick got through with the dentist and went back to the hotel, Edith had not yet returned. "Where's Mr. Golden?" Dick asked the hotel clerk. "I'm sure I couldn't tell you," was the reply. "He went out about two hours ago and hasn't returned since." Dick looked at his watch. It was between three and four o'clock. Unlike most Exchanges, the Miner's Exchange of Dawson City has an extra session at four o'clock, which usually lasts an hour. This plan the miners find convenient for various reasons, and very frequently a better business is done at this extra session than earher in the day. Then the outside public is freely admitted, and claims are bought and sold and large amounts of gold dust a .re often exchanged for Bank of England notes and American greenbacks, while miners and brokers mins. "I'm thinking it's all wrong," retorted Dick. "Is my partner here ?" "No, he ain't, but here's his representative." "Excuse me! That man don't represent Golden & Luckey, not for a little bit." "You're mistaken!" called out Pryer, offensively "I do represent them in this ma.tter. Your partner has gone down to Forty Mile, and he has placed these claims in my hands to be sold." '' Non sense! He's done nothing of the sort. Show your authority if you have any." Dick tried his best to be cool, but he found it hard work when the auction(\er handed, down four printed forms of transfer filled out in Ned's well-known handwriting, each making over the claim it described to Mr. Peter Pryer, to be sold for the interest of the firm of Golden & Luckey. The transfers were signed by Ned for the firm, and the sl.gnatures were genuine beyond all doubt. Dick examined the papers with a puzzled air. His wits seemed to have deserted him. He did not know what to say. "Come, speak up, Mr. Luckey !" called out the

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8 Y OUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD auctioneer, impatiently. "We can't stop business Are they straight or are they not?" "They can't be;" replied Dick. "It is just impossible that my partner would make a transfer like that without consulting me. "But he did," said Pryer. "He called at my house this afternoon and turned these four claims Qver into my hands. As I told you, he has suddenly been called to Forty Mile You were not around and he couldn't consult you, that's all." "Are the signatures genuine, Mr. Luckey?" asked the auctioneer. "I'm bound to admit that they are," replied Dick, reluctantly. "I can't deny that. "Has either partner a right to sign for the firm?" "They have. "Then there's no use talking about it. The claims must be sold and this gentleman is entitled to his commission If you object to your partner's action you ha.ve the privilege of bidding with the rest." "But I tell you it's all wrong That man--" "Silence !" thundered the auctioneer. "The sale goes on. "\Vhat am I offered for claim number l'iO Klondike, gentlemen? You all know its richness. It is here that Golden & Luckey got their start. Ten thousand? Make it twelve! Ten-make it twelve! Twelve! Yes, sir, thank you! Twelve-make it fif teen!" "Fifty thousand dollars!" called out Dick. He realized how helpless he was, and determined that the claim should not go for a cent less than the valuation he and Ned put upon it. "Of course it's a trick," he thought. "Something serious has surely happened to Ned, and this man Pryer is at the bottom of it, but that don't make any difference now. All I can do is to stand by and pro tect these claims." jumped up, and determined that when the bidding reached the half million mark, he would let Owl Creek go. And it did reach this high value, and there was no sign of slackening even then. Owl Creek had paid handsomely, and everybody knew it. The brokers, after fighting Dick up to the half million mark, were left to fight each other, for Dick pulled out then. They ran the mine up to six hundred thousand dol lars, and at that figure it was knocked down to Broker Black, amid the greatest excitement eYer known on the Exchange. "I suppose the money will be paid to me?" called out Dick, very much disturbed. "No, sir. It will be paid to Mr. Pryer. Your firm will have to deal with him," said the auctioneer. Naturally, Dick looked around for Mr. Pryer about that time, but he looked in vain. Pryer had come down from the platform some time before, and was now nowhere to be seen. "Thunder I ought to have held on,'' thought Dick. "How can I ever hope to get tb.e money out of that scoundrel?" It was a serious piece of business. As far as the famous Owl Creek mine was con cerned, Golden & Luckey had been sold out on the Exchange. CHAPTER IV. I WILL BREAK THE BROKERS OF DAWSON IF IT BREAKS ME '' "Fifty thousand I'm offered!" cried Timmins. DICK was like a wild man when he left the Ex" Gentlemen, this is as it should be. Evidently here change. is a difference between partners, and it helps business But his anxiety was not a bit greater than Ned's along. If Mr. Luckey is willing to give fifty thou-when the latter came to his senses underneath the sand dollars for the claim it is perfectly clear that it trapdoor. is worth more money. Who'll make it fifty -one?" It was pitch dark, and poor Ned experienced the A well-known broker bid the extra thousand most terrible throbbing in the head. promptly, and the claim was run up to sixty-three He realized that he must have been thousand and then knocked down to Dick. and when he put his hand against his head he knew No. 171 was then put up. This brought forty-two that it had been badly cut and bruised. thousand, and 172 went for the same, Dick being the He was lying on the ground withagreat stone close purchaser in both cases to his head. It was like pulling teeth to guarantee the payment There was blood on the stone-Ned got it on his Qf these large amounts, but Dick was in for it and he hand as he felt about trying to rise, and then he did it without a word. realized that he must have been unconscious. His Next came the famous Owl Creek diggings. fall had been a most serious one and he could not but This claim was very different from the others. They feel thankful that he had come out of it alive. were not then being worked, but this was. Golden & Luckey valued it at half a million, and Dick bravely determined that it should not go out of the firm's possession for a cent less. The fight was a hard one. Several brokers bid against Dick. They were well -known men representing English capital. Dick thought fast as the bids Now Young Klondike was no fool. He had allowed himself to be deceived and his care-lessness had brought him into trouble, but he was not at all the person to waste his time crying about what could not be helped. He scrambled up and struck a match, of which he had plenty about him. Tlus showed lum that he was 1 l I

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< Y O UN G KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDICA'l'E. 9 in a cellar, the walls of which were of stone and the floor beams above just out of his reach. It was an ea.sy place to get into by way of the trapdoor, but a hard one to get out of, for Long Pete had taken away the stairs. To shorten up this part of the story, we merely state that for hours Young Klondike remained in that cellar. He could not get through the stone walls on the sides, and with nothing to stand on, it would have taken a fly to have held on to the beams above. Never in his life had Ned felt so fooled as while pacing up and down that cellar floor. At last he heard the sqund he had been listening for so long and eagerly. There was someone in the room above. Ned drew his revolver and listened. He was surprised to find himself still in possession of the weapon when he first felt for it. He could not understand why Long Pete had not taken it from bim. That he had Long Pete to deal with now, he had not the slightest doubt, and he thanked his stars that he had the weapon still. Then as he listened he began to realize that the footsteps overhead were those of a heavier man than the slippery broker. It sounded as if the man had big boots on, and when he realized this Ned's heart gave a great bound. "Can it be the Unknown?" he thought. He listened still more attentively, and then broke out in one great cry for help. A shout was the answer. "Hello there! . Hello!" came back the voice of the Unknown. "Zed Zed I'm here in the cellar !" Young K1ondike roared at the top of his lungs. Is that you, Ned?" "Yes! Yes!" "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I thought so! Oh, yoli little fool to put yourself in the power of that snake How did you get into the cellar? How can I get in to let you out ?" "There's a trap door somewhere. I don't know how you'll open it, though." "I'll blessed soon open it if I can find it. Where-abouts is it? Can't you tell?" "Over near the chimney so mew here." I've got it How does the blame thing work?" "Don't know It worked easy enough with me. I was through it before I knew what was happening, and that fall knocked me silly. Don't say a word, Zed, I know I've been a fool." "Ye gods and' little fishes, I don't want to do any talking! I just want to get you out of there, that's all," sputtered the detective, and Ned could hear him stamping about the room. In a moment he cried out: "I've got it!" and then the cellar was filled with daylight, for the Unknown had discovered the secret spring and raised the trap. It was an easy matter to get Ned out then, for the detective discovered a rope in a closet in the room. Aided by this, Ned soon found hirpself on the floor above. The Unknown inquired anxiously if he was hurt, and then they hurried out into the street. "I've been looking for you for the last three hours, dear boy," said the Unknown, when Ned hastily told what had happened. "I saw you go down this way, and I made up my mind then that you'd be just fool enough to look in on Long Pete. But I'm a fool, too By the Jumping Jeremiah,. I am! Why in thunder wasn't I able to find out where he lived sooner than I dld? I don't know what's come over me of late, but I don't seem to be up to my business at all!" "Say no more about it," Ned. "I don't want to talk about that, for l've got something else of far more importance to talk about. The fact is I'm in serious trouble. I'm a bigger fool than you know The Unknown stopped short in the street and looked hard at Ned. "What have you been doing now, Young Klon dike ?" he a sked. "You never would guess. It's too ridiculous." "My guess is that it's connected with those papers you say Long Pete stole from you." "That's what it is." "What were the papers ?" "I'm almost ashamed to tell you." "Come now, spit it out! Let's know the worst." "Well, then, it is this. I got the idea <>f forming a syndicate into my head." "I know it. "l looked up the law on the subject and found we would have to transfer our firm's property to the syn dicate. I happened to have some blank transfers with me, and the other night in an idle moment I filled out four of them, leaving the name blank. I'm sure I don't know why I did it. I suppose it was as much to see bow such things would look as for any other reason, but it is what I did "Well, you were a fool cried the detective "You were a fool for fair. I see it all now. Those blank transfers were what Long Pete stole "They were I can't see how he came to know that I had them, though." "He didn't know it. The pal?ers were in your pocket, weren't they?" "Yes. "They made a bunch, didn't they?" Well, I suppose they did." "Very good. He took them because he saw them and took his chances of their being of value He bit it right it seems." "But I don't see what good they will do him. He'd have to oommit forgery to make them of any use." "Nonsense! What are you talking about? All he'd have to do would be to fill in his own name. Is that forgery ? I guess not! More than likely he's

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-10 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDIC.A.TE. sold the mines by this time. What ones were they, now?" '' The three original claims on the Klondike, and the Owl Creek mine." The detective pulled off his plug hat and struck it against his knee, denting in the crown. "By the Jumping Jeremiah,' how could you do it, Young Klondike?" he exclaimed. "Don't say any more. If you only knew how foolish I felt." "I'm dumb. We must know the worst, though. Let's hurry back to the hotel, and-ye gods and little fishes Here comes Dick'!" When Ned and Dick went on 'Change next morning to see about the matter, they found that the governors of the Exchange had refused to accept payment except in the presence of a representative of the firm and one of Peter Pryer, the seller. Broker Black represented Pryer, and as the purchasers of Owl Creek were there in waiting, Golden& Luckey found themselves in better sh.ape than they expected to be. They had discussed the whole affair the previous evening at tl1e hotel, Editl1 being admitted to their counsels, and it had been decided that the sa,le should stand. Dick suddenly turned the corner and came bearing "It would do us more harm than a little to let the down upon Ned and the detective, his face all ablaze truth be known," declared Ned, "and, anyhow, with excitement. we've got our price for the mine." "Oh, Ned, whoce have you been? What have you So Golden & Luckey were Yery cool about the done?" he exclaimed. whole business. "Don't ask me a question until you have answered They did not even ask Broker Black where Pryer mine"' cried Ned. "What's been done since I've was; in fact, they said nothing at all about him. been gone ?" The governors of the Exchange inquired of Ned "What's been done? Why, four of our claims if the sale was all right-if the transfer to Pryer have been sold out on the Exchange. I bought in was genuine. the three Klondike claims, paying all they were Ned replied that it was, and added that he had worth, but the Owl Creek mine is gone." neglected to inform his partner about it. "Gone Sold?" Broker Black eyed him curiously while he said it, "Yes." but he never said a word. "Thunder! It is just what I expected. What So the money was paid over, and our Klondik ers did it bring?" left the Exchange, meeting Edith in the street outDick named the price. side. "That's all right ; let it go. We've got mines "Is it all right, boys?" she asked .enough without it. Of course you've got the cash?" "As right as it can be," a nswered Dick, gloomily. Of course I haven't We've got to look to "We are out near a hundred and fifty thousand dolPeter Pryer for that." lars on three claims we had practically abandoned-Ned groaned. that's all! I wish to goodness. now that I hadn't "Ye gods and little fishes l" roared the Unknown, bought them in!" -and off came the plug hat again, and was dented "Don't fret yourself about that, Dick," answered against the other knee. Ned. "I'll write you a draft on San Francisco for Then Dick told his story, and listened to Ned's. I the whole amount as soon as we get back to the "vVe've been taken in by a pack of :,;windlers !" hotel." ne exclaimed. "Come now, you know I don't mean that," said "What did I tell you-what did 1 tell you?" the Dick. "I won't let you do anything of the sort." -detective cried. "Oh, but I insist. It's all my fault. I'm ready to "Let me tell you this!" exclaimed Ned, striking pay up." out with his clenched fist. "I'll break the brokers of "You never will pay me a cent, then," said Edith, Dawson City if it breaks me!" emphatically., "We are all liable to make mistakes. And Ned's fis1, struck the Unknown's plug hat, This is a firm matter, and I am ready to stand my ? knocked it off, and sent it spinning the street. share of the loss." "By the Jumpfng Jeremiah, emphatic!" "Same here," said Dick. "Don't say another cried the detective. "Snatch me bald-headed if it word about it, Ned. I ought not to have spoken the ain't." way I did." It was about a s near a quarrel as Ned and Dick had ever come to since they went into partnership. The Unknown was evidently a.fraid it would go fur-CHAPTER V. ther, so he cut it short by proposing rather a singular plan to get the lost money back. OFF ON THE OWL. "I tell you what, b9ys," he exclaimed, "those old Klondike claims don't stand us in anythmg great anyTHE case was not quite as bad af:'l, Dick expected it how, why ne>t put 'em up on the Exchange and sell would be, for Golden & Luckey did not lose the pur-'em again. We may as well do a little brokerage -chase price of the Owl Creek mine. business as any one else." I f .. _..:.L.

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... t Y O UNG KLONDIKE'S GOL D SYNDICAT E 11 "I agree to that," said Ned, quickly. "Yes, and his friend Broker Black and Pettit, too. "So do I," added Dick. "The old things ain't Oh, I've been them They are all ready to worth what I paid for them, anyhow. I wasafool to start up river at daybreak. They mean to form a buy them in." syndicate, and bring in every mine owner they can But Dick rather changed his tune next day, for the lay their hands on." clabns were put up and Ned bid them up to the prices "Is this a fact?" Dick paid through a prominent broker, not letting "You bet! I've never had my eyes off them for a himself he known in the transaction at all, and the moment. You may fool the old Unknown once, but result was a neat little profit of about ten thousand you can't fool him twice, not for a little bit !" dollars. "Then what we want to do is to start up the Klon-As this was more than the claims had originally dike without an instant's dela .y," declared Ned "I'm cost, they did not fare so bad. more than glad now that I came in early. Get your Long Pete Pryer was not at the sale, nor did he things ready, Edith, and we'll be off show himself around Dawson City again during the "Hello!" cried Dick, "we are going, bow? Do we days that our Klondikers remained there. walk up the Klondike, or go in a balloon, or--" The scoundrel had cleared a large commission on "Hold on now, Dick I may blunder once, but I the transaction, and he probably felt that it would be I don't make a practice of it. I've provided a way." to his advantage to keep away. "Just what I want to get at. Our naphtha launch But the matter was not to end here. would have been the thing." Ned was furious over the whole transaction. "Would have been, yes; but as it was wrecked on He had not forgotten his threat to break the brok-our trip down to Gold Creek, there's no use thinking ers of Dawson City, and as he knew them to be a about that." scoundrelly lot,_ he felt no hesitation in it.1 "Pshaw!" exclaimed the Unknown, "you do love The were spent in a mystery so, Young Klondike. We go on the Owl. the prehmmaries of s plan. He said nothmg Just as though I hadn't been watching you the last :tbout it until one about four days_ few days. when they all gathered m the parlor of the Victoria N tl 0 1 f th t t l "ttl t ow le w was one o e rimmes i es eam-Hotel. crs on the river; more than that, it had been built "We leave for up rher to-morrow," answered with a fiat bottom, and was especially adapted to run-Young Klondike, in his abrupt way, as he came into ning up the shallow creeks the room. ,, d tl U 1 "Wl t' It was big enoughto carry a dozen people comfort" Hello 1 crie ie n mown. 1a s up now . ? ,, ably, with plenty of storage room for provisions and bo3 J gold. "I'm up and dressed every time. You remember A 1 d tl d f tt 11 1 f D c t ?" 1 s soon as le conceive ie i ea o ge mg up is what I said about the bro o awson i J d. t y Kl d"k b ht tl o 1 f th ,, syn ica e, oung on i e oug ie w rom e "Well, rather. You said you d break them. firm of Rausley & Blaisdell, its owners. He immedi1 d ?" ately beg-an fitting it up for a long cruise, putting in I d"d" 1 "And how do you propose to o it. d 1 f "th l f t f d. f 11 1 a goo supp .y o provis10ns, wi specia com or s or By formmg a syn icate o a t 1e mmes on the 1dith and Mrs. CoJvin Klondike on Eldorado Creek, Adams Creek, French Gulch, Bonanza Creek and everywhere we can get them to come in "And then ?" "Then we'll form a new Exchange with only actual mine owners as members that will take the wind out of the broker's sails and break them to a mah." "Won't that be rather hard on them ?" asked Edith. "Some are very decent fellows I am told Every good man among them shall come in on the syndica .te and have some portion of a claim assigned to him for that purpose. It's only the scoundrels we will leave out. "Well, well well! You've got a great head!" broke out the Unknown. "Only trouble about this great scheme of yours, Young Klondike, is that you are just a little too late." "Who says l'm too late? What do you mean?" cried Ned, excitedly. "I mean just what I say. Pryer has got ahead of you. on that." "Pryer!" As these were now entirely completed there existed no real reason for delay, and as soon as Edith and Mrs. Colvin bad time to pack up all went on board the Owl. Edith was charmed with the little steamer. There was a tiny cabin furnished with everything needful and many luxuries. Opening off of this were six little staterooms which offered good sleeping accommodations for all, with one room to spare. There was neither ca .ptain nor crew with the excep tion of an engineer and a fireman. Young Klondike considered himself a good rive r pilot, and as the mission of the Owl was a secret one, Ned decided ihat they wanted no possible spies near them. Hf: knew that Dick and the Unknown would agree with him that it would be agreat deal better to do all the work themselves. Old Pat Sheehan, who had been placed in charge of the steamer, received them as they came aboard. 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12 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDICATE. you after you left. I :put it in pilot-house, so I did." "A box! What' s in it ?" demanded Ned. Faith, and I don't know, then, and I didn't ask. The man who left it axed me would you be kind enough to drop it at Barney McGraw's place as you were passing, and I said I had no doubt you would." Who told him we were going up the Klondike and likely to pass Barp.ey McGraw's place ? Didn't I charge you to keep your mouth shut about my affairs?" "Sure, an' he knowed it himself, sir, and I never said a word." "Well, there's no use trying to keep a secret here," growled Ned; "but no matter. Look here, Patwhat other steamer do you know of that's getting ready to go up the Klondike to-night?" "Sure, there' s none getting ready, but there's one gone, sir; it' s the Mic Mac. She sailed half an hour ago." "By the Jumping Jeremiah! that's the brokers' work!" said the Unknown. "They've the Ned called through the speaking tu b e to the engi-neer: "Can you send us ahead any faste r ?" "A little, perhaps," was the answer. "Do it, then. Drive ahead for all you are worth." "Don't let him burst the boiler and blow us up," said Dick. "Remember the Owl h a s been roostin g here on the Yukon for many moons. "I've cautioned him to be on the safe side," said Ned. "I don't believe there's anything to fear." "Where's your glass?" "Here it is. I don't believe you can see anything, though." I ain't so sure. The sun will be up in a few min "'utes. It's pretty light now." Dick adjusted the glass and gazed at the smok e long and earnestly. While he was yet looking the sun rose above the mountains. It was a glorious sight. Here it was but a little after midnight and yet dawn had come. The stillness of death hung over the river, broken only by the swash of the Owl's big stern wheel. Mic-Mac, of course." "It's the Mic-Mac,'' cried Dick. I c a n see h e r "Hustle! Hustle!" cried Ned. "We must get to plain, and-there! You were right, N ed! She s work. The Mic-Mac is a slow old tub; we can over-turning into Kennedy's creek." take her all right." "Then we'll drive right ahead to Barney McGraw' s The engineer and fireman were sleeping on board, and make that our first stop." and Ned immediately roused them. Steam was up "That's the talk Only question is if they make a within half an hour, and then it was good by to Dawlong stop at Wightman mines." son City, and the Owl spread its wing, sailed away This was an important consideration, for it was from the levee, turned out of the Yukon into the still several miles to the mouth of K e nnedy s Creek, Klondike : and started off up that golden stream. and the mines being onty a tew hundred feet back Edith and Mrs. Colvin now retired, Dick took his from the Klondike, it would be an easy matter for the place in the pilot-house with Ned, while the Unknown Mic-Mac to go in and come out again before the Owl did lookout duty, pacing up and down the deck. came up. "Do you think there is any show of overhauling But it was night, and of course it would take time the Mic-Mac hefore morning, Ned?" asked Dick. to go and come out the creek, and more time would "Well, I do. I think there's every chance. l!'irst, be consumed in talking with Wightman. we are the faster steamer of the two; second, if they Ned drove the Ow 1 ahead, keeping well in toward have really caught on to my plans and mean to stop the left bank of the Klondike from necessity, for it at the different diggings, they'll be likely to run into was there that the channel lay. Kennedy's Creek to call at the Wightman Mine. I "Keep your eye open on Kennedy's Creek!" he don't care a rap about the Wightman. It isn't good called out to the Unknown. for much, anyhow! I say let's give it the go-by, a .nd "Hello! What's up?" demanded the detective, cut in ahead of the brokers' boat." who, from his 1ower position on the d eck, had seen "Good suggestion. Hello! Here's that box now!" nothing at all. The box stood in the corner of the pilot-house. Its Ned explained, and the Owl flew on. As they neared original contents had apparently been soap if the the creek all saw the smoke of the Mic-Mac movmg label spoke the truth. Dick lifted it and. found it their way. rather heavy. He suggested that it probably con "We ain't going to be able to get by without being tained soap still. seen!" exclaimed Ned. '"Too bad, but it can't be But further discussion about the box was dropped, helped!" for Ned suddenly called Dick's attention to a11eolumn Ill a moment the Mic-Mac came in sight. \ of smoke far in the distance. She had made but a short stay at the Wightman "There's your steamer," he said, Mine, and was now heading for the channel again. 1 "Wonder if it is ?" Evidently her pilot intended to cut in ahead of the "It must be. We ought to be able to get a sight Owl. of her soon; we are making splendid time. "There's Broker Black," said Dick, who ;was still "That's what we are, and I believe we shall be able j using the glass. to do it. Hold on." 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YOUNG .KLON DIKE S GOLD S Y N DICA. T E 1 3 "I guess you do. Who's that other man leaning against the stern rail?" Hello There's y ou r friend Long Pete, Young Klondike!" the Unknown called out. "That's w hat," echoed D ick. I see his face plain now.'' He's looking at us! He's got a glass, too." Ned took the glass from Dick, and steadying his wheel, studied the faces on the Mic-Mac. "It's Pryer, fa.st enough," he announced, at last. "Of course it is," declared the detective. "Where in thunder is that pilot heading for? Look out, Young Klondike He means to ram us Look out!" Suddenly the Mi.c-Mac had been turned/ directly across their course She was a small compactly-built steq,rper with a very sharp prow, a blow from which, if coming with s ufficient force, might easily cut the Owl in two. It was a serious matter. On came the Mic-Mac Ned had no chance to turn aside without running out of the channel, which would throw hi.m against the rocks here capping out of the Klondike on his right. "Look out there! Look out or you'll run us down!" roared the Unknown, making a speaking trumpet of his hands. "That's what he means to do !" cried Ned. "Don't say a word. I ll fix him. Let him come the Ow l amidships, g round a long her guards and glanced off While t hi s was g oing on, Ned t urned again, kee p i n g the channe l himself, and throwing the Mic-Mac vio lently over to the l eft, where she struck o n a sunken ledge with fearful force. "Holy mackerel See what you've d on e !" roa .red Broker Black, while the pilot of the Mic-Mac swore a blue streak. "Hooray!" yelled the Unknown, waving his battered plug. "Stay there, Freshy We're off up the Klondike and you're anchored on the rocks!" The Mic Mac had l isted over t o o n e side and seemed in danger of capsizing "Help Help Take us off We're sinking!" Broker Pettit roared. "Swim ashore, then!" cried Ned. "We'll break something worse than your old t u b of a steamer Listen to what I say, gentlemen I'll break every broker in D awson City before many moons !" OH-APTER VI. STARTING THE SYNDICATE. "Stop her! Stop her and back !" cried Dick THE last Young Klondike saw of the Mic Mac she "Don't you take any chances, Ned '' was still stranded on the rocks, the captain doing his Ned never spoke. He didn't stop the steamer best to get her off. either. He knew precisely what he was about, and But the attempt was likely to prove fruitless for a his intention was to read the pilot of the Mic Mac a while at least, for whichever way the pilot tried to lesson which he would not be likely to forget. turn seemed to be the wrong way and only served to Meanwhile the three brokers leaned against the wedge the nose of the steamer more firm l y between rail laughing at our Klondikers. the rocks "Hello!" bawled Pryer. "Got a .ny mines to sell?" The Unknown laughed so heartily and so long that Not a word from Ned. The Owl flew on jttst the it did seem to Ned as if he would never stop. same. "Hold up! Give us a rest!" cried Dick. Y ou'll "What will you take for that old tub of yours?" have a fit if you go on so." shouted Broker Black. "Speak quick, she won't be "Ha Ha! Ha! Can't help it! Can't he l p it, worth buying soon." nohow! It was too rich! T he biter bit! Oh but Still not a word from Ned as the two steamers sped that did up their business in grand shape. H o Ho! on. Ho Young K lo ndike, yo u're an artist That's what "Get out of the way there with your old ark!" you are. roared the pilot of the Mic -Mac. "I've got the right "Well, I usuall y set out to d o what I undertake to of the channel and I'm going to take it. Sheer off or do," said Ned, confidently. "I told you I'd cut in I'll run you down." ahead of the Mic Mac, and don't you forget it. I've It was just what he meant to do, and Ned knew it. no notion of standing still and letting that scoundrel He was ail ready for h i m, too. of a pilot cut us in two." Instead of turning away, which must surely have "That's what he meant to do," said Dick. "Who sent him against the rocks on the right, he suddenly j is he, Ned, do you know?" turned in toward the Mic Mac, and drove ahead full "No, I don't. He's a stranger to me." speed. "Probably he's been running on the Yukon." "Ye gods and little fishes! we are lost now !" "I don't care a blame wher"e he's been runn ing. shouted the Unknown. "What in thunder are you He's a scoundrel as well as a botch, and I mean to about?" report him just as soon as we get back to Dawson Ned knew. They discus$ed the situation further as they ran on So did all hands a second later. up the K l ondike heading for the mine owned and op-Th' e two steamers came together, as they had to erated by Mr. Barney McGraw. d o but the bow of the Mic-Mac, instead of striking Now Barney McGraw was one of the old timers on

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I Y O UNG KLONDI K E'S GOLD SYNDICATE. the Klondike, having located his claim long before the gold excitement began. He had always been a firm friend of Young Klon dike's, and Ned had no doubt whatever that he would be able to win him over to his plan' of a sydicate, more particularly for the reason that Barney was altogether down on the brokers who operated on the Dawson City Exchange. When they reached the mine, Barney's men were just beginning work. There were about a dozen of them, for Barney had never gone in very heavy. He operated but one shaft with many drifts, some of which had been driven far out under the Klondike. His gains were slow, but steady; after years of hard labor Barney could now just about write himself down a millionaire, but certainly nothing more. "Hello, there, Young Klondike! Sure, and is it you ?" called out the old miner, coming down on the little wharf in front of his premises as the steamer turned in. "Hello, Barney! How are you feeling?" shouted Ned. "Foine as a fiddle How are you, Mr. Luckey? Sure, an' you're a good man to have for a visitor. How are ye, Mr. Nobody, or Mr. What's-yer-name, or Mr. Noname ?" Barney did not exactly like the Unknown, who was rather apt to poke fun at him, but he had a very great regard for Edith, and he greeted her heartily in his quaint way as she no-w came on deck "Come ashore and have some breakfast with me, Young Klondike," he said. "I'm just ready to sit down and you can tie up yer ould Owl there forninst the wharf until yer through." Ned cheerfully acceptf\d the invitation, and they all went up to Barney's hut. gratitoode of ivery mine owner on the Klondike. Them's the sintiments of Barney McGraw!" It was not until the Owl had just entered the mouth of Bonanza Creek that Dick suddenly discovered Bar ney's box standing in the corner of the pilot-house. "Thunder! See what we've forgotten!" he cried. "That's too bad It may be something Barney wanted to use right away," remarked Edith, who was sitting in the pilot-house just then. "We'd better go back," said Neel. "It won't take long.'' "Can we turn the steamer here?" asked Dick, anxiously. "It's rather a risk," replied Ned; "there ain't much of a chance between the rocks." Just then a whistle sounded among the hills. This was a signal that another steamer was about to enter Bonanza Creek. It is usual to thus signal here, for the channel is narrow and the bluffs high. Passing up from Barney McGraw's, one steamer might be close behind another and neither of them aware of the other's presence. "We can't turn now!" exclaimed Ned. H All we can do is to keep straight on." "Then we'll have to drop Barney's box on our turn trip," said Dick I wonder what's in the blame thing, anyhow?" "We don't have to do that," said Ned; "w:e can edge in toward shore here. I can work the Owl in on the other side of the rocks and give this steamer a chance to pass us." "Supr-ose it's the Mic-Mac?" suggested the Un known, calling up from the deck. "Thunder I never thought of that. It might be. We don't want to let them get ahead of us, either"!" cried Ned. Here Young Klondike propounded the plan of his He had scarcely spoken when the other steamer syndicate. rounded the bluffs. Barney listened attentively, and nodded his head a great many times in assent. "Sure an' it's a good idea," he declared. "We'll all form one big company and work our mines together. It will cost us less for labor and less for freight in getThe Mic-Mac, sure enough!" cried the Unknown, and they are going to crowd us, too." "They can't pass us!" said Ned. "That's sible. Let them run up behind if they want to-I don't care." ting machinery and supplies from the States." Tha.t's it," said Ned. "I see you catch on to the He looked back and saw Pryer in the pilot-house. Brokers Black and Pettit were not visible-no doubt idea. Besides tipt, we can ship ollr gold to 'Frisco much cheaper. We can all work together, and in-they were below. stead of its costing us a small fortune to get the gold "Hello, there, Young Klondike Hello I want down to the coast, one guard will do for all." to have a talk with you!" shouted Pryer. "There'r;; So they discussed the matter further, and Barney no use in our quarreling. Let's stop and talk it <1Ver. McGraw's name was the first to go down on Ned's I've got a big scheme on hand and we may just as list. well join issues as fight." "Where are you heading for next?" asked Barney, "Keep your schemes to yourself! I want nothing when Ned declared that they mu.st make a start. to do with you!" called Ned. "Oh, we shall take in every mine on Bonanza Creek, "No, sir We want nothing to do with thieves and and then go up to our own place on El Dorado Creek pickpockets!" roared the Unknown. and circulate among our neighbors there." "You miserable little runt of a detective! I'll "Go in and win, Young Klondike That's my make you eat those words !" shouted Long "If wish. If you break the brokers of Dawson City and you won't stop get out of our way; if you don't we'll stop all this blamed claim sharking, ye'll win the I run you down!" t s cl t

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0 l ) ,, t 3 d ib 0 a c g q a YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDICATE. 15 As he thus shouted, the pilot of the Mic-Mac ran I It was the Unknown who was doing the shouting. his boat ahea. d at full speed. The little detective was floundering about in the But it would have been all right even then if there water trying to save himself, and yet his appeal was had been a fair channel, but Bonanza Creek is full of entirely on account of Edith and Dick and poor Mrs. rocks and shallows, and it is dangerous enough at Colvin, who was clinging to the guards of the over-the best of times to attempt the passage. I turned steamer. Ned rang for more speed, and he thought he was But the Mic-Mac simply pulled off and drove ahead all right, until he suddenly saw, to his horror, that up the channel. Its big wheel almost struck the Un he was out of the channel, and that in order to return known's head, and yet neither Broker Black nor to it again, he would have to stop and back, or else Broker Pettit said a. word, and both were on deck now run the Owl's head hard against a half sunken ledge. and saw all that had occurred. "Stop your boat! Stop her!" he yelled to the The same with Pryer in the pilot-house, and the pilot of the Mic-Mac and at the same time he gave pilot himself. the engineer the bell to back. On they went with their steamer; passing between "Stop nothing! I've got you where I want you the rocks they kept a steady course up the creek a .nd now, you snoozer !" roared the pilot, driving ahead. soon disappeared around the bend of the creek. "Get clown on deck, Dick. Look out for Edith !" Long before this happened the poor old Owl tumbled cried Ned. "I must have more room to work here." over altogether, and lodged on its side between the The pilot-house was indeed rather close quarters rocks. for three. Here was a sorry ending to all Young Klondike's Dick saw that. not only had Ned got all that he fine schemes. could handle, but that he could I).ot help him any. It looked very much as if it might be an end of He hurried out of the pilot-house followed by Edith, Young Klondike, too, for Ned did not come to thesur-and Ned t.hrew himself to his work. face again. He only needed to back about fifty feet, and then Dick got Edith out upon one of the rocks, a big flat he would be in the channel again and able to drive one and then helped Mrs. Colvin to join her; in a few straight ahead and avoid the rocks. moments the Unknown climbed out, too. But could he do this without collision? "Where is he? Where is the boy?" he gasped. Ned thought so. He counted on his ability to make "Oh, Dick Dick Oh, Edith What's to become the channel before the bow of the Mic-Mac could of us if Young Klondike is dead?" touch his stern. But he was mistaken, Dick and Edi.th saw that the case was hopeless. The pilot of the Mic-Mac drove ahead at all speed and sent his sharp prow crashing into the stern of the Owl, tearing away the rail and smashing things generally. Take a taste of that and see how you like it, Young Klondike," he roared. Then all at once a fearful thing happened. As the Owl careened over from the force of the shock, t.here was a puff of smoke in the pilot-house, being instantly followed by an explosion. The steamer was sent on its beam ends in an in stant. Dick and Edith tumbled backward, the Unknown went head first over the rail, while Young Klondike came flying out of the pilot-house, which was blown into a thousand pieces. With his clothing all ablaze Ned struck the deck and rolled through a break in the rail into the creek. Dick tried his best to stop him but; failed. "Ned Ned!" screamed Edith. "Oh, Heaven He is killed!" Edith shuddered. The poor girl hid her face in her hands and wept. As for J)ick, he just stood there rigid and motion less, staring down into the water. It seemed to Dick then that he did not care to live himself if Ned was dead. By and by they all grew calmer, but it was the calmness which comes with despair. Fully ten minutes had passed, and nothing had been seen of Ned. There was no hope, the Unknown said, and they all felt that he spoke the truth. 1 "Stop a moment and let us face the situation quietly and sensibly," he said. "What happened? How was it that this dreadful thing occurred?" "There must have been dynamite in Barney Mc Graw's box," groaned Dick. "That's what there wa.s-:-that's undoubtedly what there was," said the detective, "and don't you fancy for an in.stant that the box was ever intended for Bar ney McGraw. It was meant for us-that scoundrel Long Pete is at the bottom of it, and those two brok ers are in the plot too. That's why they tried to ram us off Kennedy's creek, they thought the concussion would make the box explode." CHAPTER VII. It looked very much as if the Unknown was right, but the thought brought but little comfort to Dick and Edith. WHERE IS NED? "HELP! Help! Save them The steamer is sinking! Stop if you've got any decency and take us aboard!" The question now came what to do. "First of all we must get ashore," said the Un known, "and as I ain't much on the swim and I don't

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. 16 Y OUNG K L O NDIKE'S G O LD SYNDICATE. want to see Edith drowned, I don't know exactly what to advise." "No trouble about that," replied Dick, gloomily. I can fix that all right." "And how?" I'll go aboard the steamer and get one of the state-room doors out of the cabin. You and Edith can get on it, and I'll push you ashore." "Do it quick then. If Edith don't get a chance to dry her clothes soon, I'll not answer for her life." "Don't you fret about me," said Edith. "I feel so bad about Ned that it makes no difference what comes next. I'd just as soon--" "Don't say die!" broke in the Unknown. "Don't say that, Edith, we can't spare you at all-can't think of it. Besides, I have hopes yet." "How is it possible to hope? .Oh, Zed, I shudder to think of what I saw! Poor Ned! He was all on fire! I can only hope that the shock killed him outright." "That's no kind of talk, and I won't have it, Edith. We'll hope-we'll keep on hoping. Stop and think of all that has happened to us. Don't we always come out right side up with care? Go along, Dick, and get your state-room door." There was something encouraging in the Unknown's way of speaking. It started Dick to action, and he plunged boldly into the creek, swam to the steamer and managed after some difficulty to climb up and make his way into the cabin. After a moment the state-room door came flying out and then Dick followed it. The Unknown caught the door as it passed the rocks, and held it until he came. "Now we are all right," said Dick, not attempting to come up out of the water. "Get on there, Edith, and I'll push you ashore." Edith obeyed in silence, and Dick had her ashore in a few moments, coming back for Mrs. Colvin and then for the Unknown. Then they all went up among the rocks, and built a roariqg fire out of the dry cedar boughs, of which there happened to be a plenty, for there was a little grove of trees nearby. That fire was for Edith and Mrs. Colvin to dr.Y themselves by, and Dick and the Unknown left them to do it, building another behind the rocks. Here he and the Unknown stripped off their clothes and dried them in a very short time, and when they returned to Edith, she and Mrs. Colvin had dried theirs, too. Matters had now assumed as comfortable a shape as circumstances would permit, but the situation was grave for all that, for they were a long distance from any settlement; it might be days before any boat went up or down Bonanza Creek again. "We won't say one word more about our great misfortune," declared the Unknown, in his usual em phatic way. "It will do no good at all to talk about it. What we want is to go to work and get out of this hole." I "Your suggestion-let's have it," said Dick. "There's only one thing to suggest; we'd better walk up to El Dorado Creek and go home." "It's the only thing to do, but can Mrs. Colvin walk it?" Edith asked. "Well, I can try, my dear," said Mrs. Colvin. "I may be fat and slow, but I'm sure I don't think you will have any trouble with me, if you only give me time." There was lots to be done before they could make a start. Even here on Bonanza Creek it was altogether un safe to attempt any move without laying in a supply of provisions There were plenty on the Owl if they could only gE t them off, and Dick undertook this task. Edith took Mrs. Colvin up the beach, and Dick un dressed again and swam out to the Owl. Here he worked fully an hour in spite of the icy temperature of the water. The day was warm and pleasant, and Dick did not suffer at all from cold. Boxes of canned goods, bags of bread and other provisions were brought over to the shore. Then came the rifles and ammunition, and the clothes and other things of value The Unknown received these and carried them up to a safe place among the rocks. It was after twelve o'clock before Dick finished. The best of their belongings were now safe. And all this time Dick was strugglmg with his great sorrow. Ned dead! He could not realize it. His heart re fused to accept it. If he really is dead I declare I'll sell out every thing and get back to the States," Dick resolved. "I could never stay here without him-never in the world." Dinner was next in order, for one must eat, no mat ter how badly one feels After the dinner was over they started on their long, tramp. Many miles la y between them and the mouth of El Dorado Creek, and then would come the long tramp up to the Young Klondike Mine. It did seem just a hopeless case to ever think of getting Mrs. Colvin there, but the good woman made no complaint, and they kept on walking until after ;; sev!ln o'clock By this time Mrs. Colvin was very much fatigued, and it was determined to go into camp for the night. h A place was selected under some shelving rocks, and a good fire built. Supper was prepared and all made for spending the night. The ladies lay down to sleep about nine, and the Unknown declared that he was going to mount guard himself for the first half of the night. "Do it," said Dick, 0"but I'm not going to turn in yet awhile." / "You'd better, while there is a chance."

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' I J ' J Y O UNG K L ONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDICATE lT "Impossible! I couldn't sleep if I did. I'm going to walk along the shore." What to do ?" "To think. "Don't brood over trouble, Dick; it don't pay." "Will you stay here and watch till I come back?" asked Dick, brokenly. He was thinking of Ned and his feelings could not be controlled. "Of course I will," said the detective, "although I own that what I would like to do is to take one of my midnight rambles, but I'll let you go, Dick." Without a word Dick shouldered his rifle and walked off up the creei{. His heart was sad; one question was ever before him. Where was Ned ? y.. lvl:J.. VIII/U-w \? -i>ICK'S GREAT DOOOVERY. Dick wondered what it meant. The object shown like silver, and he could not take his eyes off of it somehow. All at once he saw it move back and forth, and the sun's rays were thrown in his eyes. "What is it?" thought Dick, puzzled. "What can it be? There's someone down there, sure, andoh !" Dick stopped with a gasp. He caught sight of a man's figure in the g orge. It looked for all the world like Ned. He stood there holuing a new tin pan against the sun, and seemed to be trying to throw the reflection of the fading sunlight into Dick's face. Dick rubbed his eyes. His heart beat wildly. Could it be Ned? Was it possible? His hand trembled so that he could hardly get the glass out of his pocket and adjust it to his eyes One look was enough It was Ned! There he stood at the mouth of the gorge, and now he pulled off his hat and waved it to Dick, at the same time pointing to the Mic-Mac and then putting DICK LUCKEY was about to enter upon some very his finger to his lips, as much as to say: "Keep singular adventures, although, of course, he did not dark! Don't let them know I'm here." know it then, as he strolled along the shore of BonDick "tumbled," as the saying goes. anza Creek. His first impulse was to wave back to Ned, but he We shall pass over the first mile or two of his stroll, controlled it, and just motioned enough to let him for Dick was lost in thought, and hardly observed know that he understood, and then ran down the side where he was going. of the bluff until he was out of sight of the Seattle First thing he knew he came to the top of a bluff, mine. and looking down, saw the Mic-Mac lying in a cove Then there was waving-oh, yes! on the other side, where there was a shaft house and Dick's hat went up as high as he could get it. He a few cabins. was almost wild with joy. Dick stopped and stared. He had not realized that Ned waved back, and then beckoned to Dick to he was so near to the Seattle Mining Company's come across the creek to where he was. works, but he recognized the place now. Dick never lost an instant-never stopped to think Pryer and the brokers had tied up there for the why Ned did not come over to him. night evidently. He just pulled off his clothes, and rolling them up Dick could see men moving about in one of the into a tight ball, plunged into the icy waters of the shanties. Remember, it was still daylight, although creek, holding his bundle and rifle above his head and well on toward eleven o'clock. swam as best he could to the opposite shore. Presently he saw Pryer come out of the shanty. Ned was there to meet him, and a joyful meeting it Broker Black was with him, also a man whom Dick was. recognized as one Joe Quinn, manager of the Seattle "Oh, Ned, we've been wild about you! Edith is Company. heart-broken !" cried Dick. "Let's get right back "They are working up their syndicate with Quinn," and tell her. How in the world did you escape?" thought Dick, bitterly. "What can I do? If I go This after the first greeting was over, and Dick down there it will only make trouble, and yet I'd like might have said a great deal more, but Ned cut him to head them off. It's what Ned would want to do, short. and I want to see that his wishes are carried out as "Hold on, Dick! Hear my story. We've got far as I can." work to do. I'll down those scoundrels if it takes a Twice Dick started to go down the hill and boldly leg !" tackle Pryer and Black, but something seemed to "Hear your story! That's just what I want to prevent him. do. I'm wild to know how you were saved." He looked across the creek. There the bills were "Why," said Ned, "it's simple enough. When higher-might almost have been called mounta.ins if that box of dynamite exploded I thought I was a there had not been so many real mounta.ins around. goner, Dick. In fact, I don't think I knew much of The sun was just going down, and its rays seemed anything except I was all afire. You saw me to strike upon something glittering between the bills, come flying out of the wreck of the pilot-house, and where there was a gorge, out of which a small stream saw me go down into the creek, but you didn't see me .. ..

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J -18 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDICATE. "Indeed we didn't!" replied Dick. "So it was dyn-1 things he told me that Silas Wagner had bought the amite, Ned?" Blue Bird mine, five miles up this gulch, and was "Of course it was, and it didn't belong to Barney me eting with wonderful good luck." McGraw any more than it did to us. It was that "Good enough l Silas used to work for us, too, scoundrel Pryer who sent it on board the Owl!" and a first rate fellow he is." "You know this, Ned?" "You bet; but that ain't all. Louis told me that "1 do." Silas was the owner of the Mi.c-Mac, and that put a "And how?" scheme into my head right away." "Heard it from his own lips." "I know what !" "Go on. I'm all attention. I won't interrupt 1 "Can you guess?" again." J "You mean to buy the Mic-Mac! You've been up "Well, Dick, I wasn't burnt a bit, strange to say, 1 and done it already!" but I'.d have been burned to sure, if. I I "Right in the first, and wrong in the second. I do gone mto the water the way I did. I realized this, mean to buy the Mic-Mac, and we'll take possession you see, an?just let myself go, where I might have if we have to fight for it, but I've been right here all saved myself. Lucky thing for me it was, too. In a the time, waiting for Sile to come down. Louis told moment the fire was out, and I was holding on to the me he was coming, so I thought the best thing I rudder chain of the Mic-Mac. I don't think I knew COU'lcl do was to wait here, and I was still waiting much then, and I do know that I hadn't voice enough when I saw you." left to make you hear me. I hollered to you as the "Luckiest' thing that ever happened to me when I steamer went past where you were, but I couldn't came up here," said Dick. "I suppose these things get above a whisper, and you neither heard nor saw belong to Louis, don't they?" me, and so the Mic-Mac carried me away, holding on "To Sile Wagner," replied Ned, as Dick pointed to for dear life." a heap ot new mining tools, among which was the "You poor fellow," broke in Dick. "Oh, if I had pa. n which had served such a good purpose. "They only known!" came up on the Mic-Mac, and Louis brought them "It wouldn't have done me a bit of good. You over here. He took what he could carry along with couldn't have stopped the steamer, 'and I hadn't him and left the rest." strength enough to let go and swim ashore." The situation now fully expl a ined, the boys fell into "Hello l Where did you get these clothes?" broke a general conversation while waiting for Sile Wagner in Dick suddenly waking up to the fact that Ned was to come, but the mine owner did not put in an appear-very well dressed ance. "They are Broker Black's, I think-either his or It was now dark, and they could no longer see any Pettit's. One may as well subsist on the enemy-that's one moving about the Seattle mine or on board the what I've been doing, my boy." steame-r. "Go on 1'ell what you did do. Here I am inter-It was evident that Pryer & Co. meant to hold rupting you again." the Mic-Mac where she was all night, and Dick began "Well, what I did was to climb on board the to think that the best thing they could do was to get steamer as soon as I got the strength. back to Edith and the Unknown, and reheve their "Of course I expected to be seen and I didn't know anxiety concerning Young I}:londike's fate. what the result might be, but I wasn't, I hid astern "Not yet," said Ned. "I wouldn't miss Sile until we came to the Seattle, and while I was hiding Wagner for anything. I'm going to own the Micthere I had the pleasure of listening to a very inter-Mac before I sleep." esting conversation between Black and Pryer. Oh, I "If it wasn't that I might haYe missed you I'd say tell you, Dick, those two men are a pair of scoundrels. it is almost a pity you didn't go up to Sile's place They put the dynamite aboard. I heard Pryer say with Louis," said Dick. "The whole business might so. When they tried to ram us the first time it was be settled now." in the hope that the box would explode and knock us "Great mind to go as it is. \Ve could easy do the out. They are determined to down us, Dick, and distance there and back in two hours and a half. they would just as soon kill us as eat." "A long time to leave Edith worrying about you "Never mind. It's to be our turn yet." when there is no necessity." "Isn't it l You bet it isl Well, hear the rest of 1 "That's the trouble. What do you say to going my story-it ain't much. When they went ashore part way ? Like enough we might meet Sile coming here at the Seattle to see Joe Quinn, I went into one down." of the state-rooms and got these clothes. I was going "I say let's do tlia.t by all means, but won't it be to start down the creek on foot then with the hope of dangerous traveling up the gulch without a light?" finding you all. I swam over here and was just start-l "There's a lantern here somewhere among these ing when who should I run into but one of our old I traps, and you see there's a can of oil here, too. We workmen-French Louis-you remember can fix that all right." "Well, of course I do. What did he have to say?" Ned began to pull over the goods and soon found "Why, he had a lot to say, Dick, and among other l the lantern which he filled and lighted, pickmg out a oa lie I Ill cl 1 )Il ol rJ n e ( f h

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Y O UNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDICATE. 19 )oaition where it would be impossible for any one on 1b.e steamer or at the mine to see the light. Then the boys started up the gulch together. To lay that Dick was happy don t begin to express it. [e could have walked with Ned to the end of the that night, if he had not been worrying over trouble. It was this thought that made him tnxious to get back. Their way was up a gradual ascent for the first h a lf npe, and then they came to a place where the rise as more abrupt and there was a deep ravine on the eft with towering rocks rising on the right. L ook out for yourself!" Ned exclaimed. "One isstep will throw you over here, Dick. This is a I ad place, ll I "Throw the light ahead more," said Diok, who was n the side toward the ravine. "You take it," said Ned. "You need it more than do He started to hand the lantern over to Dick, but or some unexplained reason Dick did not get a good 1old of it and the lantern dropped on the rocks. "Thunder I we'll lose it!" cried Dick, making a rrab for the lantern. It had been extinguished by its fall, and was roll ng over to the edge of the ravine. Down it went before Dick could seize it, a .nd then, 1 0 Ned's horror, Dick missed his footing and stumbled ver the edge of the ravine. With one gasping cry, poor Dick vanished. Ned covered his face with his hands and leaned >ack against the rocks, sick with horror; then he tumbled to the edge of the ravine and shouted lown: "Dick! Dick! Oh, Dick!" He had not heard him strike. Just that gasping ry was all the sound Dick made, but now came the ,nswer, w hich sent hope again to Young Klondike's teart. "Here I am, Ned? Don't be afraid, old man. I'm Jl right a n d I've got the lantern, too Hold on a ninute till I light it-don't you worry yourseH one it." Ned could not reply. A terrible weakness had come ver him. He could not find voice to utter a word mtil after the lantern shone out. he could see Dick standing on a narrow ledge 1f moss-covered rock about twenty feet down. It was place easy to get to, for the rock was broken almost il e natural steps. "No trouble about this, is there?" called Dick, :heerfully. "Confound my clumsiness It's always me into trouble, but I'm all right here. Came on this moss as easy as a grocer would set down asket of eggs. Hello! What's this ?" uddenly Dick vanished, and the light went with im. "Hello, there I Hello!" cried Ned. "Don't go off i I get down." The answer was a shout which woke the echoes of "Ned, Ned! Thunder and guns, I've made a big discovery! Come right down here!" What was Dick's big discovery ? The cry seemed to come fro underground. J J 1 '{' / < / t l ). CHAPTER IX. YOUNG KLONDIKE BUYS TWENTY MINES. MATTERS were not progressing very rapidly with Young Klondike's syndicate, but they were destined to go faster soon. Dick's discovery was the beginning of it. As will soon be seen, Young Klondike was t o become the purchaser of twenty mines within as many minutes. Naturally Ned never guessed this as Dick held the lantern to light him down the slope There was not much trouble in getting down. D ick stood in front of a shelving opening under the rocks, his eyes big with surprise. "We are right in it again, Ned!" he exclaimed. "Strange how we strike it-look here !" "What have you struck now," demanded N ed, I s there gold in that cave?" "There is; dead loads of it !" "Thunder! We are always hitting it !" "This time there is no nonsense about it; just look in here." Dick lighted the way into the cave. It was not large by any means; twenty-five b.)' thirty feet perha.ps, or possibly a little more But the size made little impression on Ned then. He was lost in wonder at what he saw. The whole floor of the cave was literally strewn with nuggets. The boys could not advance a step without treading on them, and they were banked up in the corners as though they had been washed into the cave in some prehistoric time. It was a most singular sensation t o find oneself walking on gold. "Well, well, well!" cried Ned. "This is truly wonderful I Before we came to the Klondike, Dick, I wouldn't have believed there was such a thing in -the world." "It's here though, and it's real, Dick." Lucky again." "Always lucky. Lucky by nature as well as by name." "You fall into good luck, so to speak." "And what about you? If you hadn't fallen off the Owl we never should have struck this gold." I t tak,s dynamite to blow me into good luck "What's the matter with dropping this syndicate business, letting the brokers of Dawson City break each other's heads and run their old Exchange to suit themselves while we duff right in and work this cave for all it's worth." "We can't work what we don't own "I reckon we've got the dust to bring it

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... 20 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDICATE. "So we have, but I've resolved to fight out the syn dicate plan to the end." "Hello Horses coming, by Jove!" The ring of horses' hoofs could be distinctly heard on the rocks above the cave. Now, horses are by no means common in the Klon dike country. It is not everyone who can own one, and while a man is not certainly an important personage because he happens to ride a horse, it is pretty safe to assume that such is the case. "I'll bet you what you like that's Sile Wagner now," cried Ned; "we want to get up out of this be fore he gets on to what we are about." They hurried out of the cave and a scended the rocks to the trail. On came the "horse down the mountain. Young Klondike waved his lantern and stood aside with Dick, for in case the horseman undertook .to pass them withol!lt stopping, they had no desire to be crowded into the ravine. In a moment Young Klondike was treated to the sight of one of his old workmen on El Dorado Creek coming down the trail mounted on a splendid gray mare. It was Sile Wagner himself, and he greeted the boys heartily. "So you came out to meet me, did you, Mr. Golden?" he asked. "I started down from the Blue Bird as soon as I could a,fter I heard you were here." "I didn't care to wait any longer," replied Ned. "l met Mr. Luckey, and he reported Miss Welton and the Unknown in camp down below here. I want to join them as soon as I can." "You don't say Do you know I'd like to see Miss Welton again. A sweet girl she was." "And is now, we think. Look here, Sile, how are you making out ?" "So so; I've got a fairly good mine." "I suppose. What will you take for it now?" "What will you give ?" "What land does it include?" Why, you know boss, or mebbe you don't know, that I bought a tract of eleven miles square; it be longed to an English fur company, and I took up with the whole blame thing." "Hello! I didn't know that." Fact I've started as many as twenty mines on it since I saw you, and have taken something out of all of them_, but the Blue Bird is the best." ( How much have you taken out there ?" About twenty thousand dollars." Ned nudged Dick. Both knew that there was fully twenty thousand in sight in the cave they had just left. But Ned was a good trader. The discovery was Dick's, and on the Klondike a man has the right to make the most he can out of his discoveries. Ned coolly inquired if the land on which they now stood was included in the eleven miles square. Every inch of it," replied Silas. "What are yo N so anxious to know for, Young Klondike ?" h Ned unfolded his plan of a syndicate. N ; Silas had dismounted now, and was walking b i 0 :>oug horse down the hill. :reni1 "Well, I don't know," he. said. "I suppose I'll g;f tb into it if you say it's a good thing. It won't do m N h ( any arm. oe d i "Not only won't do you any harm, but won't COE "] you anything and may do you a great deal of good.N d "All right, you can put me down, but say, bosf why don't you buy my mines?" Ned had been on the point of putting the questior ", He saw his advantage and pretended to laugh it 91f sa "Nonsense! Haven't I got mines enough?" l:J replied. "What do Golden & Luckey want of mor mines? I was only joking." t "Well, I don't want these. I'm tired of them. want to go up on Adams Creek and start in on } claim I own there. This place is five miles from n\Bla< where, and nothing but an expense and a botheratio to work all the time." "What will you take for the whole business?" "Cash?" "Yes." "Two hundred thousand dollars." brol " "Rather high for twenty abandoned claims, ain it?" ... "There ain't twenty abandoned claims, only nin1 teen. One of them can be made as good a claim 2 any on the Klondike, if it is only worked right." "I can work it right, Silas." Of course you can, but I can't." Can't you do any better?" "No; that's my price." any sup Ym "I'll take it on one condition." "What's that?" "That you hustle and sell the nineteen abandone 'I claims for me within a week-sell them to people wl wei will actually work them, I mean?" 1 se, "How can I do that?" ,, "Easily enough. How many men are there in yot the camp." "Oh, about a dozen." How many in Quinn's ?" her "There's fully fifteen in "That makes twenty-seven. Pick out twenty a:nfJ choose the best. Tell theni Young Klondike will se ai them each a claim and give them two years to wor it in. Tell them that within two weeks a steam\ load of provisions will come up Bonanza Creek and distributed among them. Tell them they can add tl t price of what they get to the price of the claim ar: that a full line of mining tools will be supplied the1 on the same terms." .,ni "And that all you want in return is to have eac mine owner join your syndicate-is that the idea ?" n "Yes; you've hit it exactly. Do this work for n and I'll take your mines off y0ur hands." "I'll do it," replied Silas. "I don't deceive boss-they ain't very rich."

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OUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDIC.ATE. 21 =================================================;========::::c:===== yo Ned could hardly keep from laughing, knowing what he did. So the matter was settled. Young Klondike had hbought twenty new mines, and by his liberal and in Jenious scheme each mine would soon become a part 1 5of the syndicate. 111 Now only the question of the steamer remained to fe discussed. "Did you know the Mic-Mac was down at Quinn's?" 1 "Ned asked. "I suppose: of course, you did." oss -Certainly." "You own her, don't you, Silas?" ior "That's what I do. I bought her with the money aved up working for you." "So I've heard. Want to sell her?" l Oil 1 "Yes, I do. I ran the old tub for a while, but got tired of it, and let her out to a man in Dawson Who's in her now?" n "A fellow named Pryer and two Dawson brokers, lack and Pettit." ;io "A pair of scoundrels! I know them both." i n1 "A trio of scoundrels! We know them all !" broke in Dick. "What'll you take for the Mic-Mac?" asked Ned. "Well, she ain't worth much." "How much ?" "Ten thousand." "You'll take that for her?" w "Yes." a Done She's mine I'll pay you this money any time you happen to meet me in Dawson. I suppose you can trust me for it until then ?" "I'd trust you a year and a day for a million, Young Klondike." "That's more than I shall ever ask. Suppose we stop here and draw up the papers so as to have everything fair and square." This was done. By the lantern's light the papers were drawn up. Thus Golden & Luckey found themselves the owners of the Mic-Mac. "That settles Pryer & Co.," chuckled Ned, and IL then he told Silas what had occurred. "We want that stearp.er," he added, "and we want her right away. I suppose you are going to Quinn's?" "Yes.'" "Then don't say a word till we come, but be on 1uand to back us up, for we propose to claim our property. You can look for us by five o'clock." I' The boys thus left Silas Wagner and hurried down r creek. l: There was a place further down where the rocks jutted out on both sides and a short swim would take q them across. 11ft-When they reached it they pulled off their clothes lt nd crossed the creek without difficulty, then making 1 eir way to camp where they surprised the Un known in the act of taking a smoke. 1 We pass over the joyful meetiE.g, simply saying at the little detective went fairly wild. "Luck is always with us," he declared. "Now, then, boys, we want to take possession of our -prop. erty. The Mie-Mac is ours and as for the gold cave, we'll let that set till later. The idea of the brokers of Dawson City trying to sit on us! Didn't we practically pay for building the Exchange?" This was true. Young Klondike had been the prinl cipal contributor when the Exchange was built, the old one having been burned under circumstances for which he in a certain measure held himself responsible. The brokers of Dawson City really were under great obligations to him, and he was entitled to every con sideration at their hands. After a good deal of discussion it was determined to go boldly on board the Mic-Mac at about five o'clock, trusting to luck and the help of Silas Wagner. We have made no mention of the engineer and fireman of the Owl, assuming that the reader understood they came ashore with our Klondikers. These two men were gbOd strong fellows, and per fectly willing to assist in any way they could. Having severa-1 spare rifles among their baggage Ned armed them both, and at the proper time they all started to walk over to the Seattle mine where the steamer lay. When they came out on top of the bluff Ned called a halt. They lay down behind some rocks and waited until Young Klondike had taken a long look down into the camp through his glass. "I don't see a soul stirring, do you, Ned ?" asked the Unknown. "Haven't seen anybody yet. Blest, if it don't look as if we might get aboard without being seen." "We want to keep close to the shore then. Where's Silas Wagner ? Can you see him ?" Ned turned his glass across the_ creek. He could see nothing of Silas, and yet knowing the man as he did, he could not doubt that he would be on hand at the appointed time. "Ready!" he exclaimed, shutting up the glass suddenly. "We'll make our move now, and may luck go with us." "Luckey shall go ahead of us," chuckled the Un known. "Right you are," said Dick, jumping in advance. "Don't you stop me, Ned, this time I'm going to do it. Now, then, follow me." Dick led the way along the shore until they came in front of the shaft house of lthe Seattle. No one was to be seen. Steamer and camp seemed to be equally deserted. Dick led the way up the gang plank and all fol lowed 11im on to the deck of the Mic-Mac. "Strange there should be no one watching here," said Edith. "What can they be thinking of to leave the steamer so ?" "Plain:enough," replied the Unknown. "They all went on a drunk last night. Take my word for it." "I'll get down below and see,'' replied Ned. "Wait here." "Hist! Hist! Look over there!" breathed the Un known.

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, 22 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDICATE. Three boats were just putting off from the opposite "Hooray! No trouble down here!" Young Klon. side of the creek. dike shouted from below. "Look out for dead met! Silas Wagner was in the bow of one and Ned saw on deck!" that those with him, some twenty in number, must be I "For mercy's sake, what does the boy mean ?n his men. cried Mrs. Colvin. "That's all right!" he said. "We're fixed now." The mystery was soon explained. He drew his revolver and started down into the There was a great shuffling on the stairs. engine room. Up came the engineer and fireman carrying a man Dick and the engineer and fireman of the Owl went between them. close behind. Ned and Dick followed with another. Ned had not time to get down two steps when a Both were dead drunk-far too drunk to move or 1 shout from the shore called him back. "Hello there! What in thunder are you doing on my steamer?" came the cry. It was the captain of the Mic-Mac, who came out of the mine boarding-house and spied the Unknown with Edith and Mrs. Colvin on the steamer's deck. Instantly the Unknown and Edith leveled their rifles. "Stop where you are!" yelled the detective. "Don't you dare to ad vancc a step further or I'll blow you galleywest !" 'CHAPTERX. THE CAPTURE OF THE MIC-MAC. make a word of protest when they were carried ashore and dumped on the ground. "That's all," said Ned. "Get up steam, boys." The engineer and fireman from the Owl hurriJ d j back on board and went below. "You don't need any help, Young Klondike!" shouted Sile Wagner, whose boats were now very near. "I reckon we shall manage," called Ned, running to the pilot-house. 1 "Take Mrs. Colvin below, Edith!" he called. "Come up here yourself then. Dick, stand ready to cut the hawser in case we don't get time to cast off." Dick seized a small ax which was lying on deck and stood near the hawser. "Seen anything of Long Pete and the brokers?" shouted the Unknown. "They ain't below," replied Ned. "I reckon they 'I'HE captain of the Mic-Mac stopped short. He must be drunk in the boarding-house just as you did not like the look of the rifles. Probably he felt said." that this would not be a healthY' time to come on. In a minute the door of the boarding-house opened "Hello in there! Pryer! Black!" he shouted. and Ned saw a man peep out. "Oh, look here I've got something to say about Edith was with him by this time. that." "Fire!" he said. "Send that fellow in whoever he Can you the fort, Zed?" cried Dick. "We is." want to look out for the enemy below." j Edith blazed away. "Of course we can hold it. Run down! Get 'em The shot str11ck the door just one side of the man's where they can't bother us! Come on there, Sile head. Wagner! Look out for yourself, you fellow close Slam went the door and the head disappeareci. there! If you come a step nearer I fire!" At the same moment a whistle sounded inside the "Get off my steamer!" bellowed the captain. house. Who told you to go aboard?" "That's for the miners cried Dick. "We are "Told myself, my good man, and this steamer going to have a fight now." happens to belong to Young Klondike. He bought Ned watched and waited. it last night." Nobody appeared at the door, b t they could hear "It's a lie !" a good deal of noise inside the house. : "It's the truth." Meanwhile Silas Wagner and his men made their "I tell you a .gain it's a lie There comes the own,er landing. of her across the creek!" They came up around the steam.er and Ned felt reThe captain started forward. lieved. .J Bang! Bang! Edith and the Unknown both "There's no trouble now," he cried, "we're good fired. for any fight, and they know it. Ever had any The detective was a poor shot, and the bullet from trouble with these fellows before, Sile?" t his rifle :flew wide, but Edith's took the captain's hat "No," replied the form.er owner of the Blue Bird. right off his head. "They are a good enough sort of fellows, and Quinn , "Gee whiz!" cried the captain, and he turned and is all right, when he's sober. He's probably drunk ran into the house. now, or we should have seen him before this." "Come on, Silas!" yelled the Unknown. "Hurry "How near is st'e'am up?" Ned called down through up your cakes, old boy." the speaking tube. The boats were rapidly approaching the steamer. "Five minutes more !" came the answer.

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]on me n ?' 1 ed. r to ff." md ?" 1 ieyl OU ied he n's rhe tre I 1 7 e 1r r e-. \ od y YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDICA1'E. 23 "Hold up! Here's a flag of truce!" cried the Everywhere Ned met with success. detective. "Let's hear what they've got to say!" There was no one more popular than Young KlonThe door opened and Brokers Black and Pettit dike, and his plan of forming a syndicate met with appeared. universal approbation. They were holding on to each other, both seeming Inside of a week almost all the prominent mine to be rather unsteady as far as their legs were conowners had signed the agreement. cerned. Young Klondike's syndicate did not interfere with Broker Black had a white handkerchief tied on to his profits of the various mines; it only concentrated the end of a stick. expenses, so to speak. He tried to wave it, but when he moved his hand Ned made one proviso with all, and that was that forward he reeled around Broker Pettit. they should meet. in Dawson City on a given day a Pettit made an effort to hold him up and succeeded month later and assist him in forming an Exchange. for the moment, and then seemed to lose his grip and Up to the end of the week nothing had been heard went reeling around Broker Black. of Pryer's crowd; whether they went back to Dawson Both were very drunk evidently, for they kept right City or remained at the Seattle mines to continue on doing it, tumbling around and around each other their spree, our Klondike f s neither knew nor cared. in the most amazing fashion. "There's no hope of their doing anything in the It was too comical. Ned laughed till the tears ran syndicate way," remarked Ned one evening to Dick, down his cheeks. after their return to the Young Klondike mine. "Hello Young Klondike, stan' still, I wanter speak "I've no doubt they've given it all up and gone toyer," Black called out thickly, getting hold of the home." door post at last. "What's to be our next move?" asked Edith, who "Speak out! No one is going to hurt you," Ned was sitting on the other side of the table, engaged in called back. some sort of fancy work. "I'll come down and talk about it!" called the "I was thinking that we'd take a run down to captain of the Mic-Mac, putting his head over Broker Dick's new discovery," replied Ned. "We really Black's shoulder. ought to see if Silas Wagner has started up my Probably he was drunk, too, and probably be twenty mines now, and then there's the gold in the pressed too hard against the two brokers, for all cave." three keeled over, and went rolling down the board" And Quinn's crowd. Perhaps we'll get in a ing-house steps, and to make matters more comical, fight," Edith remarked. long Pete Pryer came stumbling out of the house "Not a bit of danger." replied Ned. "Quinn will just then. never make a move against me. It was only because "Get off that steamer, you snoozers !" he yelled. Pryer got in ahead that there was any trouble. I'll "I'm coming down to lick the whole gang of you!" I get Joe Quinn's name on my list before I'm through He started down the steps, slipped, and fell on top -you'll see." of the three struggling men. "Not the least doubt about it," said Dick, "but Roars of laughter went up from the Mic-Mac. don't you think it would be better to wait till the The Unknown declared la .ter that it was one of the Unknown comes back before we start down there sights he had ever seen. Just at that time the engineer called through the speaking tube that steam was up and all was ready for a start. Ned gave him the bell and Silas Wagner's men cast off the line. Not one of the drunkards on the ground had been able to get on their legs by the time the steamer started. So what promised to be a tragedy turned out to be a farce, and the Mic-Mac sailed away up Bonanza Creek. This ended Young Klondike's difficulties for the next few days. Ned went right around among his neighbors and propounded his plan of a syndicate. He visited all the mines on Bonam:a Creek, El Dorado, Adams and Victoria Creeks, using the Mic Mac as far as he could and doing the rest of the distance in a small boat alone with Dick, Edith and the Unknown remaining at the Young Klondike mine on El Dorado Cr.eek. again?" Who knows when he'll come back? That's the question," replied Ned, and he stated the situation correctly enough. The detective was off on one of his mysteri9us ab sences again. When the Unknown took it into his head to go away he went, and never told any one where he was going or why. He might be gone a day or a week or a month; nobody could tell anything about it . On this occasion the boys had seen the Unknown sitting on the steps smoking the previous evening, and when they went to call him to breakfast in the morning they found that his bed had not been oc cupied. The detective had vanished, leaving no word be hind him, and Ned felt rather provoked about it, too. They w:!ited around at the Young Klondib three days, a nd he did not turn up. Ned was growing restless. He was anxious to be

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24 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDIC.A.TE. off seeking further felt just the same. adventures, and Edith and Dick more sta.rtling they 5eemed to come from under So the next they started down El Dorado Creek in the Mic-Mac with three miners and every ap pliance for getting at the gold in the cave. "We'll load the steamer down with all she can carry and run her to Dawson," declared Ned. "Once there, I'll hire a building, or build one, and go right to work to organize the new Exchange." Mrs. Colvin, preferring to remain in the comfortable house at the Young Klondike, did not accompany them, and Ned was just as well satisfied with this arrangement, for he half anticipated trouble. It seemed to him that Long Pete Pryer was not the man to give up tamel_,.; but on the other hand, he was unable to see what move the fellow could make against him that offered any hope of success. The run down the creeks to Seattle was accom plished without adventure. As the Mic-Mac drew near the mine Ned got out his glass and surveyed the scene of their recent ex ploits. Don't seem to be a soul there, Dick," he remarked. "What can it mean?" "Blest if I know. It's just as you say though, the place looks deserted." It not only looked so, but it was so. They landed, and the boys went boldly ashore, finding the boarding-house empty and all work at a standstill. They went into all three of the shaft houses, looked down the shafts and pushed about everywhere. There was not a soul in sight-not even a watchman, but shortly after they had given it up and started across the creek they saw a man coming along the shore. He proved to be one of Silas Wagner's men, who had formerly worked for Ned on the Young Klondike. The boys landed and he soon joined them. His story was that Joe Quinn and all his men had gone up into the mountains several days before, although he could not tell just where they were heading for or ;why they had gone. He told Ned, also, that Silas Wagner had started every one of the abandoned mines going according to the plan proposed. Some of them were doing first rate, he decla red. He had one himself located near the creek and had been fortunate enough to strike it rich after the third day. He wanted Ned to come with him and look at the mine, but this Ned would not do, for he was determined to start for the cave at once. The three men with the engineer and fireman were left in charge of the steamer, and Ned, Dick and Edith started up the steep ascent. They took it easy and were longer getting to the cave than they need have been. As they drew near the spot it seemed to Ned that he could hear the sound of heavy blows being struck. They to come from a distance, and what was ground. "Hello There's someone woking around ere, sure!" exclaimed Ned. "Who can it be?" They were still wondering when there was a sharp explosion. The ground shook beneath their feetthe whole n1ountain seemed to tremble; then after a pause of a second or so a frightful crash came, and great masses of rock seemed to be rolling down into the ravine. CHAPTER XI. THE MYSTERY OF THE SECRET MINE. "WHAT in the world does all that mean?" ex claimed Edith. Can it be someone working in that cave of yours, Dick? If it is we've come just in tima to be too late. ''I don't think it's the cave," said Ned. "That's further along." A good deal further along, as much as an eighth of a mile," added Dick. "Oh, no not as much as that," said Ned. Not more than a few hundred yards, Dick." Dick was positive that he was right, and Ned on his side wa.s equally so. They peered over into the ravine but could see nothing to explain the explosion. The line of the ravine was plain for a mile or more, but there was no sign of falling rockS and yet they could still hear the rocks going down. By and by the sounds died away and all was still. It was a great puzzle to Ned and Dick, but no greater than to discover whete the cave was, for search as they would they could not discover the place where they had gone over the edge of the ravine on to the platform. And yet both agreed that this was the immediate location of the cave. Edith got to laughing about it as Ned would declare that this or that was the place and Dick be equally certain it wasn't. While they were still looking about for it another explosion came. It was more violent than the first. Edith caught hold of Ned and held on desperately, while the ground trembled beneath them. "Oh, Ned, what does it mean?" she exclltimed. Listen Hear the rocks fall One would think the whole mountain was coming down !" It was really tremendous. The noise of the falling rock echoed through the ravine continuing for almost a full minute, but although the boys craned their necks over the edge of the precipice as far as they could possibly reach they were not able to see any thing. "It's no use talking," declared Ned. "That's not where the rock is falling, but where it is I'm sure I

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDICATE. 25 don t know," he said, continuing to look about itself under his arms, and called to Dick to lower him. away. "Let it said Dick. "It can't concern us Dick let the rope out cautiously and in a moment m uch, anyhow." Ned gave a shout. "What' s the reason it can't. It's on our land." "Here's the cave!" he cried. "I'm all right! Hold "Does a ll this mountain come into your purchase hard now! I'm going in!" o f Silas W a .gner?" asked Edith. Ned pressed both hands hard against the rocky "All this part of it does," replied N e a "and I'm wall and threw himself out. Then, as he swung in s ure I don't know how much more there is; I shall again, he gave a quick spring and landed in the cave. h a ve to see the deeds of it first, and that I shan't do All seemed to be just as he had left it, except that till I meet Sil a s in Dawson City and pay over the the shelf was gone. cash. It had been broken off short at all points save one, "Jlello H ere's the place where we went down! and there a narrow ledge still remained. It was wider I'm sure of it!" cried Dick, suddenly "I remember than it looked from above. Ned saw that he might tha t streak of white quartz running through the have come down that way. rock." He stepped out upon it, and called up to Dick: "Wrong again," said Ned. "Look down there "Hello! Everything is all right here." and see. Where's the shelf in front of the cave?" "Look out You'll tumble sure !" cried Dick. "By Jove, it ain't there! You're right-and yet "No, I won't. There's plenty of standing room I c a n swear to this being the ,pla c e!" here. The gold hasn't been disturbed, and-thunder! "Same old story," laughed Edith. "I don't believe There go those fellows again !" eithe r of you know where the cave is. Of course, It was a pounding upon the rocks. N ed will say that this isn't the place at all." It sounded very loud, and seemed to come from the But Ned did not say ;:i,nything of the sort. other end of the cave. Ned listened, expecting to He was looking about in silence, which he soon hear the explosion and the falling stones .again, but broke by declaring that it was certainly the place. no such sounds came, and presently the pounding "But the sbelf," said Dick, puzzled. ceased. "The shelf is gone." "There's someone near u s here," said Dick. "I "Evidently; but how-where?" wish I could get down there with you, Ned." "It has been broken off since we were here; that's "By Jove, and so you can," called Ned; "there's all there is about it. Look down there and you'll see nothing to hinder. Wait a bit." for yourself tha t the rock has been recently broken He sprang into the cave again and in a moment reoff. turned carrying a short ladder rudely made and ap" It certainly does look like the place. I could parently new. swear to it, but I don't understand about the shelf." "Where did you get it?" cried Dick "That e xplosions have knocked it down?" j wasn't there !" questioned Edith. "You're right it wasn't. Someone has been here "Wouldn't we have seen it fall, then?" replied since we've been gone, but you can use it all right, Di c k. though." "If there has been two explosions, there have been Ned held the ladder firmly, and Dick and Edith came more,'' said Ned. "I think Edith is right, and I down into the cave. think this is the place. At any rate, I propose to "Whose work is it?" demanded Dick, examining s ee." the ladder. Ned threw down the bundle he had been packNed was inclined to think that some of Silas waging up the mountain and proceeded to open it. ner's men were responsible for it, and said so. The bundle conta. ined various things likely to be "There's probably another cave beyond this," he useful in getting the gold out of the cave, and among added, "and that's where they are working now. others was a long, stout rope. Hello! There goes that pounding again." Making a slip-noose, Ned secured it under his arms, It sounded exactly as if away down at the end of and passing the noose end of the rope around a the cave someone was beating against the rock with stunted cedar which grew near, he told Dick to let sledge hammers. him down. T hey walked into the cave as far as they could go, "Don't go, Ned,'' said Edith. "You've risked and soon reached the end There was no break here, your life often enough." but as the pounding continued they could distinctly 1 "Not a bit of danger,'' cried Ned. "Don't you see the rocks tremble. give it a thought. Now, then, Dick, have you got They watched it for a moment in silence. hold tight? If you have I'm ready. Yes? Here "Someone's corning in a minute," said Edith. goes!" "That's sure. Shall we stay here and wait for them Trusting to Dick to hold him, Ned dropped over or shall we get out?" the edge of the cliff. Just as you say,'' replied Ned. He came up with a round turn as the rope locked "I say stay. T his cave is too rich to turn our

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26 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDICATE. backs on. I say let's fight it out and aintain our rights." "That's enough I don't move a peg!" replied Ned. Dick answered by grasping his rifle more firmly, and they waited for whatever was to come. For some little time the pounding continued at intervals. The rocks trembled more and more. Ned saw that it must soon yield. "It's poming !" he whispered. "Stand ready! If these people mean fight our best hold is to surprise them when they first break through." It came in a moment. Suddenly the rocks came bulging inward and fell with a crash. Three men appeared behind the break, armed with heavy sledge hammers. They stood at the beginning of a long gallery, and there were several others in the distance behind them, who now came running forward. It was Pryer, Black and Pettit. They seemed utterly confounded by the unexpected appearance of Young Klondike before them. "Stand back, there !" said Ned. "This is my property. We allow no intruders here!" "Thunder and guns! It's Young Klondike !"cried Pryer, dropping his sledge and seizing a rifle. But before he had time to level it a shot went whizzing through the break. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, don't you do it !" shouted the voice of the Unknown. Pryer dropped the rifle with a yell of pain, for the shot had taken him in the arm. Then the little detective sprang in front of Ned and Dick coming out of some mysterious hiding-place among the rocks. "Let 'em have it! Let 'em have it!" he cried, banging away with his Winchester. "No time for any namby-pamby business now!" What effect his shots may have had it is hard to say, for the men in the other cave took to their heels and ran off into the darkness leaving Young Klondike's party in full possession of the cave. "Wha,t are detectives made for if it ain't to turn up at the right time ?--that's what I'd like to know. "Sure enough !" said Edith, and that's just lik e you, Zed. But what brought you here, anyhow? Hold on, though Before we ask any questions Ned must say whether we are to follow these people up or not." "Decidedly not !" replied Ned. "I ain't spoiling for a fight. Pryer's got his dose, and that's sufficient; let the rest go." "All right," said the detective, cheerfully, "I'm willing You see, boys and Edith, I heard so much about this wonderful cave that I wanted to see it, so I just took a boat and pulled down the creek, and here I've been knocking about since last night. I heard these fellows working in there-couldn't help it very well, seeing that when I first came they let off a blast which shook the whole mountain. That's what knocked down that ledge outside there. I came along just in time to see it fall, and I bad to build a ladd e r to get down by, and ever since then I've been trying to make out what was going on there on the othe r side of this wall. Ye gods and little fishes I kno w now! It was the same old Long Pete and J o e Quinn's gang." "But didn't you hear us come down into the cave?" asked Dick. Why didn't you make your presenc e known?" "Hear you-of course I heard you, but being th e Unknown of course I preferred to remain unknown; but joking aside, I had no idea except to give you a surprise." "Which you did most effectually," said Ned, "but all's well that ends well. What do you think of the cave?" "Rich beyond all calculation. Your head was leYel when you bought out Silas Wagner, dear boy!" They talked on for a little, and then started to ex plore the inner cave. It led off on a level for a few hundred yards, and then sloped abruptly down. To all appearance it led to the base of the mountain. But there was another opening. Close to the break was a vast sink, or inclosed valley of great depth. CHAPTER XII. Here was the place where the blasting had been done, and where they heard the loose stone falling YOUNG KLONDIKE BREAKS THE BROKERS AND STARTS down. THE NEW EXCHANGE. Long afterward Young Klondike learned that Joe Quinn knew of this cave, and owing to the hollow A COMPLETE triumph? Yes, that is what it was. sound given back by the rocks when struck he.avily, There never had been any triumph more complete for he concluded that there must be a caYe beyond. As Young Klondike since he began knocking about these mountain caves are pretty apt to be rich in nug among the mines. gets, Quinn suggested to Pryer and the that The enemy had decamped, leaving their tools beI they blast their way through. bind, and Ned and Dick had time to compare notes That the land belonged to Young Klondike made with the Unknown. no difference whatever to these unprincipled fellows. "So here's where you are?" said the latter. "I They would have been only too glad of the chance to might have known that you'd turn up just at the rob him. right time." But they were not spoiling for a fight, and when "Well, why not, dear boy?" was the reply. j ani his friends made their way down through ...

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t YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDICATE. 27 the outer cave to the face of the mountains and came I "Quite right. Anything you say goes. Where's out on the shores of Bonanza Creek, they found no the Unknown this morning? I've been expecting one to interfere with them. him in every minute." Later they learned that Messrs. Pryer, Black and "He won t come in because I sent him out," Pettit went on board a small steamer which happened laughed Ned. "He'll turn up all right, though. He to be passing down Bonanza Creek, and returned to has promised me that he won't go off again until I Dawson City. give him leave." They had quite enough of their fight with Golden & 1 "As though he'd mind you or any one else! Not Luckey on their own ground. his sty le, by a good deal. But come, are you going to The next few days were busy ones. leave the brokers down there in the bar-room all Young Klondike's party worked like beavers and day?" the result was all that could be asked for. "I'll go down now, I guess," said Ned, carelessly. Bags upon bags of golden nuggets were brought "It will do them good to wait a bit; besides, it will down the mountain from the cave and loaded on board 11 give them a chance to take a few more drinks." the Mic-Mac, where Edith and the Unknown watched "Shall I go with you?" night and day. "Of course. Come on." Quinn and his crowd kept to the Seattle mine and The boys sauntered down to the bar-room, which is did not interfer"'e with them, but Silas Wagner and located in the basement of the hotel. the men Ned had sold the old claims to got wind of About twenty men were gathered at the bar. They the affair and came up to s e e what it was all about. were rough-looking fellows, and many wore simply Na tu rally Silas felt rather badly to think that he the red shirt and big, slouch hat, in which some of had sold out as he did. the wilder characters of Dawson City like to go But Ned fixed all that by treating him most liber-about in. ally, and paying a large additional sum for the land. They bore no resemblance to the brokers of San So all hands turned to and lent their aid, apd when I :B'rancisco or New York. at last the Mic-Mac sailed for Dawson the cave "Hello Here comes Young Klondike now cried was pretty well cleaned out and the little steamer I one big strapping fellow-Jim McLaughlin by name. loaded down with gold. "Three cheers for the king of the nugget grubbers News of the discovery spread far and wide, and Hip-hip-hooray!" when Golden & Luckey arrived at Dawson City they The brokers responded noisily, and the bar-room found themselves not only far richer but more famous rang with their cheers. than ever. "Come up and take a drink, Young Klondike," Their reception by the prominent citizens was al-said McLaughlin, slapping Ned mi the shoulder. most an ovation, and the name and fame of Young "We want to be friends with you-ain't 1,10 reason Klondike was in everybody's mouth. why we shouldn't. We don't want you to resign "There couldn't be a better time for starting my from the Exchange." syndicate, Dick," remarked Neel, as they sat a t break"I don't drink, thank you, gentlemen," replied fast in the Victoria on the morning after their arrival Neel, "and I've already resigned from the Ex-at Dawson City. J change." "That's what's the matter," replied Dick. "Ifyou "Well, have a smoke then," persisted McLaughlin. are determined to do it, why go ahead and do it now." "Don't get rusty because Black and Pettit helped "The first thing is to buy a site for the new Ex-play that trick on you. We'll expel them if you say change. You see, if I go into this thing at all, I want the word." to go the whole figure. TheFe will be no more big "Thank you, I don't smoke," replied Ned, "and as brokers lauding it over us miners after I get through. for expelling any of the men;ibers of the Dawson City I mean to break them all in the way I told you-upon 1 Exchange, I've got nothing at all to say about it, that I am firmly resolved." being no longer a member myself. You can do ex-The boys had scarcely finished their breakfast when actly as you please." a waiter came in and announced that a deputation of Fat Broker Chapman then spoke up. He was a the brokers of Dawson City had waited on them and very different sort from rough Jim McLaughlin, be-were in the bar-room below. ing smooth and oily in his talk. "Hello said Ned, "the shoe begins to pinch, He began by flattering Ned, praising his energy, does it? Well, it'll pinch harder before I get and alluding to his wonderful successes, and then came through. Tell the gentlemen I'll be down in a few to the point by saying: moments, young man." "And now then, Mr. Golden, what is all this I hear "What do you suppose it means?" asked Dick, about this wonderful gold syndicate you are going to when the waiter had retired. form? You don't really expect to unite all the mines "011, the meaning is easy guessed," replied Ned. on the Klondike into one big company, do you?" "I sent in our resignation yesterday afternoon." "Well, not exactly," replied Ned. "That ain't "Hello Mine as well as yours ?" just my idea." "'Yes, wasn't that right ?" I "What is your idea, then ?"

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.. 28 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDICATE. "That you'll know later on." "You never can form such a syndicate." "Pardon me. It is already formed." "What! Have you actually done it?" "I've got the names of nearly all the mine owners on El Dorado Creek, Adams Creek and Victoria Creek on my list, as well as two-thirds of those on the Klon dike and Bonanza Creek; it ain't all by any means, but it's enough." "And the scheme ?" That you will find out later on, I tell you "I hear you are going to start a new Mining Exchange!" "Such is my intention." "And to take all these mine owners in as members?" "That's part of the plan. " Look here, Young Klondike, don't you do it ; if you do it will break half the brokers in Dawson City, and of course you wouldn't do that." "Gentlemen," replied Ned, "you'll have to excuse me, I've no further time to talk, but this much I will say, all the brokers of Dawson City are no friends of mine, or of any other honest miner. That's all-good day !" Whereupon Golden & Luckey walked out of the bar-room and left the brokers to themselves. "They'll make all the trouble for us they can," re marked Dick, as they left the hotel; "on that you may depend." Let them try it," replied Ned We'll meet them at every turn. It's time enough to bid the devil goodmorning when you meet him, Dick, and we haven't met him yet; now then, we'll go and find the Unknown." They found the detectfre standing in front of a well known restaurant on Queen street, picking his teeth with a quill. The restaurant was part of a row of one-story frame rookeries put up immediately after the great fire. They were poor, ramshackle affairs, and cer tainly no ornament to the city. "Hello, so you've come at last," said the detective. "I was just going to give it up, and go and look for you." "We were delayed by the brokers. A deputation from the old Exchange called on us just as we were getting ready to leave the hotel." "By the Jumping Jeremiah, they didn't get much satisfaction from you, I'll bet. "Not much. I treated them civilly-that's all "What did they want?" "For me to let up on them, and drop this syndicate business." "You refused, of course ?" "Certainly I did. They'll find out that I mean business by and by. How did you fare? Have you done it?" "You bet It's not only done, but it's well done, and I couldn't have done any better by any one if I may be allowed to say so." "What's done?" asked Dick, rather puzzled by all this. "Why, Zed has bought all this property," replied Young Klondike, waving his hand at the ramshackle row. "This is where we are going to build the new Exchange." Such was the fact. The Unknown had not only bought the buildings, but when he came to state the price the boys saw that he had made a splendid bargain and bought them for a much lower price than they would have supposed possible. And this was the beginning of a new order of 1 things in Dawson City. Labor was not easily to be got, but by offering miners' wages, ten dollars a day, Young Klondike was able to secure all he required. A competent builder was secured, and he started on the plans at once, while Ned and Dick personally su perintended the removal of the ramshackle row. In a few days the ground was cleared and the building of the new Exchange began. Many of the up-river mine owners came down to see the progress of the work, and Young Klondike's syndicate began to be talked of on all sides. Golden & L uckey opened an office in Queen street in charge of which they placed the Unknown, and here all purchases for the members of the syndic;i,te were made. It was no longer possible for any one to sell the mine owners direct. Golden & L uckey controlled everything, and the resul t was most satisfactory to the mine owners Prices were greatly reduced and even the cost of living at the mines was brought down to something like a reasonable figure, for the syndicate brought large stocks of provisions into the city, sending down a special steamer to Seattle for that purpose. The rascally tradesmen did not like the new order of things at all, but it suited the mine owners first-rate, and Young Klondike's popularity was so increased that before the new Ex' hange was roofed in Ned thought it best to organize, and all the members of the syndicate' came down to Dawson City for that purpose, and there was a big meeting at tile Victoria and a grand dinner given afterward. Then all Dawson knew what Young Klondike's syndicate really meant. Every respectable broker on the old Exchange had been visited by Ned, and to each one of these he sold a mining claim for a nominal sum, on condi tion that they would hereafter 9perate only on the new Exchange. They all consented, and a room in the Victoria was engaged as a temporary meeting place Next day these brokers resigned from the old Ex change to a man, and only the swindlers were left. Young Klondike had fulfilled his threat. As far as the rascals on 'the old Exchange were concerned, he had broken t.he brokers of Dawson City, and everybody:was ready to congratulate him on his success. The old Exchange was deserted, and the room at the Victoria daily crowded to the door. 1

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S GOLD SYNDICATE. 29 "No.w, during all these weeks none of Young Klon-Edith, Ned lit a .nother match and they went into the dike's party had seen anything of Long Pete Pryer. vault-it was a room in fact-and started to look about Broker Black Ned occasionally met on the street, when the match suddenly went out, and they were and Broker Pettit, also. left in total darkness. He always passed them without speaking, for he "Hold on, I'll light another one," said Ned. wanted nothing whatever to do with these men. He was feeling for his match-safe, when suddenly "You'd better look out for them," said the Un-I the door slammed behind them, and they heard the known. "They've a bad gang, and will try the dyn-key turn in the lock. amite dodge again." "Thunder! what's that?" cried Dick. Young Klondike only laughed at this, but the Un-"Someone has shut the door on us," breathed known repeated bis warning, and declared that he Edith. There's something wrong here." meant to keep watch to see that they did not blow up Ned hastily lighted the match and tried the door. the new Exchange. It was fast locked. It seemed rather absurd, for the new Exchange was While he was shaking it a voice called through the beginning to be popular. People in Dawson City had keyhole: had enough of the claim sharks and rascally brokers, "Hello there, Young Klondike Thank you for and on all sides Young Klondike was complimented coming This is just what we wanted, but we di'dn't for taking up the fight against them, and yet there expect any such good luck as this." was something in the Unknown's warning, as Dick "Who is it? What in thunder do you mean by and Ned discovered one night shortly after the roof locking us in here?" cried Ned. was put on th. a new Exchange. But he knew the voice, and trembled for EG.ith's It was a beautiful evening, and after supper the safety when he thought to whom it belonged. boys and Edith went for a little sail down the Yukon "Oh, you know me' well enough!" came the answer on the Mic-Mac. They were returning from the levee through 1 he keyhole. "Don't say you don't, Young when passing the new Exchange Edith declared that Klondike, because you do." she saw a light flash in the cellar. "It's Long Pete!" gasped Dick, for he had recog-. Darkness was just beginning to settle over nized the voice too. Dawson City, for it was now nearly eleven o'clock. Evidently Dick's voice carried through the door, for What any one but the watchman should be doing the voice immediately replied: in the at that hour puzzled Ned, and he imme"Yes, I'm Long Pete-that's who I am. Hello, in ._ diately suggested that they go down and see. there Do you know what I'm going to do?" "Pshaw!" said Dick, "I don't think it's anything. "You want to open this door and let us ottt !" called Edith, are you sure you saw the light ?" Ned. "Confound you What do you mean by lock" Why, I know I did," replied Edith. "If I hadn't ing us in hue?" been sure I wouldn't have said so. Oh, yes, the light "What do I mean? Why, I mean business-that's was there." I what I mean!" came the answer. "Say, Young "It's probably only the watchman going his Klondike, when you broke the brokers of Dawson rounds with a lantern," said Ned, "but, however, we City you thought you'd done an. eternally smart thing, ma. y as well make certain that it's all right." didn't you? Well, now, I'm wiping to admit that He entered the building followed by Dick and you are smart, but there are others. You are not the Edith. The watchman did not appear to. meet them only smart Aleck in Dawson City. There' s another as he should have done if he had been at his post. right here outside of this door now who is smart They hurried across the floor to the cellar stairs enough for you, and you are going to find it out before and Ned called down to know who was below, but got you're many minutes older! Yes, sir, anu don't you no answer. ,, forget I'm giving it to you "I don't think there could have been any light "What in the world are we to do?" Dick, down there., Edith," he said again. wlio knew just how strong the strong :r:.o:
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30 YOUNG KJ:.ONDIKE"S GOLD SYNDICA'J,'E. work at his diabolical scheme, whatever that might be. but he did not choos e to answer-that was all. Frantically he kick ed against the door, although fully realizing how little chanci:; there was of it yield-Ned threatened first, and then changing his tone ing. tried to bfibe the man. "Courage !" he cried. "I'll break this thing down Neither one nor the other had the least effect, and or break my leg l I-hello! Hello!" the digging went straight on. Something was down. At last the sounds ceased, and Long Pete called out "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I've got you now l" a again: familiar voice shouted, and' then they heard a man "Hello, Young Klondike Hello I'm ready to come tumbling down the cellar stairs. talk now!" It was Long Pete Pryer. The Unknown had kicked "Come," said Ned, "I don't know what you are him back into the cellar. up to, but I'll make it well worth your while to let us Once more the little detective was on hand at the out. Remember there is a lady in here !" right time. "And do you think l'm likely to forget it?" called For the Unknown stamped out the sputtering fuse, Long P ete. "Nol I've got the whole firm of Golden and rescued the firm of Golden & Luckey from their & Luckey just where I want them at last; do you uncomfortable situation. know where that is?" "I was wa"tching l I was watching!" he exclaimed. "What's the use asking me such a question? Talk "I was only off my post a minute. Ye gods and business, man !" little fishes, I deserve to be kicked from here to "Business cried the voice. "'I'll talk it l I tried I Juneau for this." to dynamite Golden & Luckey once and failed, and "Hush! Don't ever say a word about it," replied now I'm going to try it again and shall succeed, don t Ned. "I wouldn't have this get out for half a millyou forget it! Liste n, Young Klondike l I've just ion." dug a hole under this vault, and into that hole I've And secretly Ned was rather reli eve d to find that put a five pound box of dynamite. Wait a minute and Lon g Pete Pryer had crawled up the cellar stairs and you'll hear me light the fuse; wait a minute more esca ped. and your blamed Exchange will be blown as high as The. matter remained a profound secret, much to Gilroy's kite and you'll go with it. Hal Ha! Ha! Young Klondike's relief, and Long Pete was nernr You will buck against Long Pete, will you? Good-seen in Dawson City again. day!" A few weeks later the new Exchange was opened, Then the match snapped a .nd they could hear the and on the same day the old one closed its doors. fuse snappmg, too. Young Klondike's gold syndicate was a complete With a. diabolical laugh Long Pete started for the success and is yet, for it is in full force still. cellar stairs-they could hear him running up as fast Shortly after this Ned and Dick entered into an en-as his legs cou ld carry him. tirely new schem0; it carried them through a series "Merc iful Heaven!" groal'l'{)d Dick, "this is awful;" of curious adventures which will be described in the but Edit h just clutched Ned's arm and never said a next number of this series, entitled "YOUNG KLONword. DIKE'S GOLDEN EAGLE; or, WORKING A HIDDEN Young Klondike was not idle-he meant to struggle MINE.'' to the last. [THE END.) -Usef-u.1 an_d.. In.stru..cti.ve ::B<>oks. FORTUNES BY THE HAND-Containing rules rtunes by the aid of the lines of the hand, or the istry. Also the secret of telling future events by arks, scars. etc. Illustrated. By A. AnderRon. Price 10 cents Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. /

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