Young Klondike's death trap; or, Lost underground


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id Subscription $1.25 per year. Entered as Secotld Class Matter at the lvew l' ork Post Q{fl.ce, b/J Ji'rank Tousey. Price 5 Cents. JRS., ARY, With a fearful cry the man fell back in the boat, and all in 'the same moment the old prospector dropped .into Miss Edith's arms. "I'm a goner!" be groaned. "He's done me! Good -by, all Young Klondike, you take my claim !"

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' .. S t ories of a Gold Seeker. Issued Semi-Monthly-By Subscription $1.25 p e r y ar. E n t e ..ed as Second Class Matte,. at the New York, N. Y .,_ Pos.t Office March 15, 1898. Entered according to Act of Congress in the11ear 1898, in tl>e office of the Lilnarian of Cong1ess, Washington, D. 0., by F'rank 7'ousey, 29 West 26th Street, New York. ro. 1 7. NEW YORK, October 26, 1898. Pdce 5 Cents. KLDNrnKt'S OR, $.....;$ LOST UNDERGROUND. !... .:i .;;1"" / BY AUTHOR OF YOUNC KLONDIKE. CHAPTER I. THE MAN FROM MAD MOUNTAIN. PAN out another batch, Ned. Don't be discour d ; because the first pan shows no color, it's no that they will all run the same." All right, Dick Anything you sa.y goes. Only g is I'd like to have it decided whether there is in the blessed hole or not before those fel s, whoever they may be, come down and spot us us saying, Ned Golden filled the pan for the th time with the sand dug out of the old creek and Dick Luckey pouring in water brought in il from the Klondike river nearby; the pan was ently agitated and the water allowed to run off by ees, carrying with it the surplus sand and gravel, leaving only the finer sand behind. ed peered into the pan anxiously, but could see no e of the precious yellow dust. was rather discouraging. ed Golden, better known as Young Klondike, a reputation.to sustain as a successful prospector. did Dick Luckey, his chum and partner. fad, Go1den & Luckey were known from Dawson to Juneau as the one firm which rarely made a move with the prospecting pan-in short, the which never failed. tit looked like failure now-very decidedly. olden & Luckey were off on an entirely new ventis called them away up the Klondike almost t ead of canoe navigation. ere they had stopped at a promising spot to try while their largest canot;i with two othei;s eir party, had gone on up the river to see if other 1>1 ,... J' prospectors were working in the vi
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r 2 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DE.A.TH TRAP. through the night a big fire of brush wood burned over the bed of the old creek. Then during the day there was an alternation of burning and digging, until at last the frost bed was penetrated and the re'.11 work of digging for gold began. This was rather late in the afternoon. Miss Edith Welton and the Unknown had gone up the Klondike in a canoe as has been stated. The hope of Ned and Dick was that they might strike gold before they returned. But this hope had to be abandoned now, although Ned still declared that he believed there was gold to be found in the bed of the creek. "I won't give it up without another trial, Dick," he declared. "All the same there's no use in doing any more about it now. We shall have to give it up for to-day, of This was quite necessary, for darkness was already upon them. It was the month of October, and in the Klondike country the days very short at this season of the year. So the picks and pans were thrown aside, and a big fire built in front of the tent. Ned went to cooking supper, while Dick wandered down to the edge of the bluffs, where a good view of the Klondike river could be obtained, and looked long and earnestly up that golden stream in the hope of seeing the canoe. He soon caught sight of it far up the river, and fired a rifle shot as a signal. Immediately there was an answering shot, and soon the caru>e drew near. Struck anything ?" "Not a thing." Just then Young Klondike joined the party and there was more talk, after which all went to supper, and considering that they were in that vast wilderness thirty miles and more up the Klondike where even the boldest prospectors rarely penetrate, it was a very good supper, indeed. After it was over there was another lookout for the strangers, but they did not appear. Then Young Klondike's party settled down for a quiet evening. Ned played the banjo and sang, and the Unknown told strange stories of adventure in many lands, and at last, about nine o'clock, all turned in for the night. But not all to sleep-oh, no It was never Young Klondike's custom to leave his camp unguarded, and he did not try that dangerous experiment on this occasion. He took first turn himself, and t '1en it was Dick, and then the Unknown. With three such old-time Yukoners on the lookout, it would seem that no boat ought to have come down the Klondike and entered the creek unperceived during the hours of darkness, and yet just this happened, although on whose watch we cannot say. The boat. came up the creek and there were two men in it just as Edith had stated. But the men never came up on the bluff, and when morning dawned there was no sign of the boa ti, and Young Klondike and. his friends were wholly unaware that it had ever been there. Edith bustled about and got breakfast. Ned built the fire for her and Dick filled the kettle from the The Unknown sat in the stern paddling, and creek, while the Unknown, who went out :arly with was waving her handkerchief in the bow. his gun, was fortunate enough lo shoot two rabbits "See anybody, Edith?" shouted Dick. I which went 1]rst rate after being carefully broile "Yes," was the reply. "There's a boat with a over the hot coals. couple of men coming down the river. They are tak"Going to give it up and }'USh on further, Young ing their time, though. Don't believe they will be Klondike?" asked the Unknown, while they were along for a good half hour yet.'' demolishing the rabbits. Dick postponed further questions until Edith and "Not this morning," replied Ned. "I'm deter-the Unknown came ashore. mined to have another hack at this hole before giving "What do you make out of them?" he asked the it up." little detective who had been their associate in a.11 "Do you think it will pay you after your yester-their wanderings and adventures in the gold country. day's experience?" "Who are they anyhow?" "Don't know whether it will or not. I'm going to "Don't believe they are anybody in particular," re.try, though.'' marked the Unknown. "At least if they are I can't "Then I say let's all turn to and help, so as to be mayrn it out." done with it. Strange what became of those .fello\v do they look like?" in the boat.'' "Oh, one is an old ma.n with a long gray beard, This subject had been discussed before, but without -and the other a stupid-looking French Ganadian ; at arriving at any conclusion. least that's all I CQUld make out of them, but then I Ned thought they must have passed in the night. only saw them through the glass." Dick was of the opinion that they had tied up some'" Well, I suppose we shall see them when they get where on the way down the river. here," said Dick. "They'll hardly pass us. It's As for the Unknown if he had any opinion he did time enough to bother our heads about them when I not express it. The idea of coming to this lonely they come.'' I spot was to try prospecting in some place where pros" That's right. How is everything going?" pectors had never been before. Finding others ahead "Slow.'' of them thti Unknown had lost his interest, and felt

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S 'l'RAP. 3 decidedly like abandoning the spot and pushing further up the Klondike until they had penetrated far beyond the usual range. But Young Ktond.ike's was law. The Unkno-vvn never interfered with it, and consequently work on the prospect hole immediately began. Ned's idea was to dig a few feet further and then try panning again. It was easy to do this for they had now passed the frost limit, and the bottom of the hole was simply a deposit of coarse, black sand. Young Klondike and Dick Luckey went down in the hole and began work with their picks and shov els. The Unknown remained on the ground above ta re ceive the buckets of sand as they were passed up. For about half an hour everything went on well enough, when all at once Dick gave a sharp cry. "Great Scott, Ned the bottom of this thing is sinking down I can feel it go Ned scarcely heeded the warning, for he felt it go ing, too. The sand upon which they stood seemed to be mov ing downward in one solid mass. The boys had just time to climb up out of the hole when the bottom of the shaft fell out with a rush, sending up a cloud of dust. Good thunder what are you trying to do up there-kill a feller?" roared a voice from below. It was very startling to hear that voice so. The sand had not fallen more than six feet, and now, as Ydung Klondike and the others looked, they could see a tall, gray-bearded man standing beneath the bottomless hole. He was bareheaded, and his clothes, which were the rough garments of a professional prospector, were covered with the sand. "Hello, up there on top!" he shouted. "Hello!" "Hello! Who are you?" roared the Unknown, who was the only one of the party who had sufficiently recovered from his astonishment as to be able to speak. "Waal, now, I'm the man from Mad Mountain," .::ame the reply out :or the hole. "Say, stranger, that's who I am." CHAPTER II. DEATH PAYS A VISIT TO YOUNG KLONDIKE'S CAMP. BY the Jumping Jeremiah, if you ain't mad your self you'd better come up out of that, neighbor," called the Unknown, staring down into the hole. "Waal, now, I don't object," replied the stranger. "I can get up along the shore if I want to, but it would be a little easier if you threw n:ie a rope." The Unknown threw down the rope which he had been using on the buckets. 'l'he man from Mad Mountain caught it and came up hand over hand as easily as an old sailor. He was a pleasant-looking old fellow, with nothing bad about his face. As soon as he was on his feet, his first act was to shake hands all around. "Waal, friends, I'm mighty glad to meet you here," he remarked. "You don't know what it is to have been three months alone with a rascally Habitant as I have been." The Habitants are the French Canadians, who make a business of assisting the fur traders. Many of them are half-breeds, and they are the only men who really know the great northwest wilderness. They are a bold and much enduring race, but not noted for either honesty or intelligence. Young Klondike looked around for the Habitant, but. could see no one else in the hole. "Oh, he's asleep down there in the cave," replied the old man. "If the bottom was to drop out of the whole earth, I don't believe it would wake him up." "What, is there a cave down there?" questioned Ned. "Yes, there is, and I was sleeping in it when you fellows sent that big jag of sand plumping down." "Certainly we never should have done it if we had known we were running any such risk." "Oh, of course not. I well understand that. I was as much surprised to see you as you were to see me, and you were most confoundedly surprised about that, I daresay." "Well, now, we just were," said Dick. "How did you get into that cave?" "Why we pulled up the creek in the night and went in there and dragged our boat in after us. You see this is an old stamping ground of ours. We've been here before." "Humph! Somebody caught napping," muttered the Unknown, but he did not interfere with Young Klondike's questioning, and Ned went on to ask the man's name. "Oh, I'm old Joe Bunker," was the reply. "I'm well known down to Forty Mile, but not in Dawson. I was here before the rush. Might I ask who you uns be?" Ned introduced himself. "Ned Golden, eh?" said the old man. "You don't say Everybody has heard of you. If you had said your name was Young Klondike I should have known you just as well." Ned laughed. "So my fame has gone before me," he said. "Waal, everybody knows you," replied Bunker. Is this other young feller Dick Luckey?" "That's me," said Dick. "Just so. You two were nothing but a couple of poor clerks in New York before you came to the Klon dike, I am told." "That's right." And now you are worth your millions?" "We've done fairly well."

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4 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH TRAP. "Fairly well! Don't say that; own to the truth. the Unknown that Ned was surprised that he had You are the kings of the Klondike sure." not played it on Mr. Joe Bunker. "Some like to call us that, but it's all nonsense, But the Unknown did not try hi s usual trick now, you know." and he seemed to get tired of all this talk. "Oh, I don't know about that. I think from what "Come Corrie!" he exclaimed. "We had better I have heard that you have thoroughly ear' ned the get to work here, Young and do whatever title. I suppose this young lady is Miss E(lith W elwe are going to do. As for the mine or rather the ton?" prospect hole, for you certainly can't call it a mine, "You have heard about me, too, it seems," said the bottom seems to have dropped out of it altogether, Edith, pleasantly. "I didn't know I was so famous and there is no use in wasting any more time fooling as all this." about here." "Everybody knows all about the flrm of Golden & "You never will make anything here," said Joe Luckey. You're a member of the firm, you know." Bunker. "That's sure, Young Klondike, but I can Well, I certainly am." tell you where you can strike it rich." "So I believe. I'm told that you first met Young ".Where?" asked Ned, always ready for such inKlondike on the way from Seattle to Juneau, that he formation. saved you. from a wrecked steamer-is that so?" "Up on Mad Mountain, boss." "Well, I believe it is," replied Edith. "I see you "Hello !" cried Dick. "You called yourself tho are pretty well posted about us all." man from Mad Mountain when we first caught sight "Yes," said Bunker, in his slow way. "So I am. of you down there in that hole." I could not help being, for everybody is taiking about "That's what I did. I called myself that because you, but, of course, you know that without being I just came from Mad Mountain. I've been working told." up there a month, and now I'm on my way down to "What do you know about me?" demanded the Dawson City to locate my claim." Unknown; "have I been talked over down at Forty "If you intend to do that, you certainly don't want Mile, too." to give the secret away to us," said Ned. "Well, I guess you have. I should say you had "Oh, I don't care nothing about that. I'd rather You've come in for it, too." have you uns working up there than to work alone "And what do they say about me?" any day. There's room enough for all. Besides, I'm "Waal, neighbor, tihey call you the great Unan old man, with nobody in this world belonging to known." me. I can't hope to do much alone, anyhow. '!'ake The detective laughed heartily. them papers, Young Klondike, and look 'em over. "That's what I am," he said. "That's my That will tell you all about my great discovery on name." Mad Mountain. After you've read 'em through, I'll "Is it? Well, they say down at Forty Mile that show you sowe of the gold. I've got three sacks of nobody knows your name, not even Young Klondike it down in the boat." himself, tb.ough I can hardly believe that is true." Here was interesting information. Young Klon "It is, though," said Ned. "I don't know his dike scented a rich discovery. He knew these old name any more than you do, and upon my word I time prospectors well, and was quite aware that they don't believe I ever shall." never located in any one place permanently, no mat-This was the fact. ter how rich it might prove to be, but were always on For some unexplained rea!?on Young Klondike's the move. friend preferred to keep his identity shrouded in mys"Come right into the tent and we'll look over the tery. papers now," he said, as he received them, and prob-He had been a long time with the party now, but ably this is what he would have done if the Unknown they knew him by no other name than the Unknown or had not suddenly given a sharp exclamation which Zed, the latter being short for Zedekiah, which he attra.cted the attention of all. solemnly declared was his first name, although Young "Hello! By the Jumping Jeremiah, there's your Klondike sometimes doubted that. boat!" All they actually knew of him was that he claimed The Unknown had walked over to the edge of the to be a detective and in the Klondike in search of a bluff and was looking down upon the little creek which mysterious criminal whom he called "his man." worked its way into the Klondike at the foot of the Who this man was or what crime he had commitrise. ted was as much a mystery as the name of the Un-"What I Is that scuundrel trying to rob me again? known, but one thing was certain, the detective was Was he awake after all?" roared Joe Bunker, mak al ways on the lookout for him, and it was his custom ing the edge of the bluff with one bound. to suddenly pounce upon some unoffending stranger, All followed him and aJl saw a small boa t being and declaring that he had found his man at last, rapidly pulled toward the Klondike by the Habitant. threaten to put the handcuffs on him, only to apolo-1 "Stop there! Stop, you son of a thief ''Joe Bunk gize abjectly a moment later and let him go. er roared, unceremoniously seizing Dick's rifle which In fact this little trick was such a favorite one with he happened to have in lus hand.

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YOUNG-KLONDIKE'S DEATH TRAP. 5 ============= 1 "Don't kill him!" cried Edith, but the warning came too late. Death-yes, double death-was booked for _Young Klondike's camp then. On the instant Joe Bunker fired, but quick as he was, the rascally Habitant fired first. Then with a fearful cry the man fell back in the boat, and all in the same moment the old prospector dropped into Edit.h's arms. "I'm a goner!" he groaned. "He's done me! Good-by all! Young Klondike, you take my ciaim !" No better place of burial could possibly be asked for than this cave here in the wilderness. The bodies were laid sic;le by side on the rocky floor. Each was the murderer of the other, and there was nothing to choose between them, but it did seem strange that they should come to their death so. A great fiat stone was dropped into the bottom of the shaft which choked it up completely, and on top of this the earth which harl been removed from the shaft was piled. The entrance to the was then closed by rolling a big bowlder in front of it and the job was done. They were his last words. He was dead. So was the Habitant-dead in the boat. And this was how a double death came Klondike's camp. It was not until then that Young Klondike started in to examine the papers which poor old Joe Bunker to Young j had placed in his hands, little dreaming that he would never live to receive them back again. CHAPTER III. THE MYSTERY OF MAD MOUNTAIN, IT was a fearful shock to everyone. Of course, it was hard t9 believe at first that old Joe Bunker was actually dead. Ned was at his side in a moment, and with Edith to help him tried every means in his power to revive the man, but all in vain. Meanwhile the Unknown and Dick ran down the bluff, the latter plunging into the creek without stopping toremove his clothes and intercepting the boat. It was an easy matter to bring it ashore. The Habitant was quite dead, shot through the heart. They consisted of a journal kept day by day, and a rude map showing the location of Mad Mountain and the place on its side where the mine had been struck. One entry impressed Young Klondike particularly. It read as follows : "This is certainly the richest lead I ever saw. I have been working here four weeks now, and the pay grows richer and richer. If I had the provisions and other things necessary to sustain life, I should certainly try to stay here all winter, but as it is it is no use; the season is advancing, and the grub is about run out. Besides that I am in daily terror for fear Francois will murder me. I know he has it in mind. Twice I have detected him trying to hide the gold, with the idea of making off with it in the night and leaving me to my fate. I shall probably decide to pull out to-morrow, for to remain here any longer is certainly not safe." He had done the business for poor old Joe Bunker, "Poor wretch The fate he feared has overtaken too. him," remarked Ned to Dick. "Well, he is avenged, When they came to examine the prospector's body, and as we are not for it all we can do is they found that he had been shot through the left to pull up stakes and make for Mad Mountain-that lung. is after we've buried the gold." Of course this double tragedy cast a deep gloom Now we have not yet mentioned the gold which was over Young Klondike's camp. found in the boat. It took them some time to realize what had actu-It was stowed away in three good sized bags, and ally come upon them. its weight so loaded down the boat that the slow prog" We've got to accept the situation as it comes," ress the prospectors were making when Edith and said the Unknown. "We didn't kill these men, the Unknown first caught sight of them was fully ac-and although one of them died by a bullet from counted for. Dick's ri:tte, we really had nothing at all to do with Not caring to be burdened with such a load, Ned it ; but what we've got to do now is to bury them, determined to bury it on the bluff. and that's something thaj; ought to be done right Probably it would have to-remain there all winter, ... but if all went well it could be dug up in the spring. All agreed to this and the bodies were prepared for The gold consisted of the usual coarse nuggets the grave. found so geneially on the Klondike, and a good deal It was a solemn ceremony. of dust with flake gold scattered through the bags. As it would hav taken a long time to dig the two Altogether it had the appearance of having come graves it was determined to bury them in the cave, from a very rich claim, and Young Klondike ant1cipatthe entrance to which was easily discovered when ed great things from the Mad Mountain mine. they c:i,me to look for it, opening in under the rocks Night came upon them before all their preparations which formed the base of the bluff. ..... were completed, but it was determined to start right Back where the shaft had been started there was a along. break in the rocks through which the sand had fallen. "We might as well put in the night on the boats as

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YOUNG KLONDIK E 'S DE A TH TRAP. here in the tent," declared the detective. "Fact is, were no notes on this sheet, and nothing to indicate we haven't much time to lose if we expect to locate what was intended. this claim and get back to Dawson before winter sets Dick was of the opinion that the sixth map was no in. There is liable to be a snowstorm any time, and map at all, and meant nothing ; but Ned could not once the snow comes, it comes to stay. believe this, for it had been rolled up with the rest of It was Joe Bunker's boat which Ned and his com-the papers and old Joe Bunkerdid not look like a man panions determined to use. who would spend his time drawing lines on paper just Their own canoe they turned over to Edith, mak-for fun ing it comfortable with warm rugs and a heavy bear-Late in the afternoon Young Klondike's party, skin. working up the river, at last. came in sight This was taken in tow behind the boat, and the 1 of a rocky peak some two thousand feet in height, ris second canoe, being loaded with their belongings, was hitched on behind that. Edith, who was pretty well tired out, retired at once, and was carefully covered up to protect her from the cold night air. The others then entered the boat and pulled out upon the Klondike, and began to work their way up againsff the strean-no easy task, for the current was rather strong here. All night long they kept steadily on, taking turns at sleeping Progress was slow but steady. When morning dawned they were far up the Klon dike, further than many prospectors had penetrated, but not yet to Mad Mountain by any mea,ns. As soon as Edith was awake they put in shore and made a halt for breakfast. Ned consulted poor Joe Bunker's map, and came to the conclusion that they would have to go fully twenty miles further before reaching Mad Mountain. This map was a curious affair. It was in six parts or sheets. One showed the loca tion of Ma d Mountain. ing alone above the foothills, and making a prominent figure in the surrounding landscape. "Mad Mountain at last !" cried the Unknown. There it is, boys, as sure as you live Y c gods and little fishes The map is right from first to last It. couldn't have been plainer if I'd made it myself!" Ned thought the were decidedly against its being half as plain as they P,..Ulled ashore, landing in a lithle cove It was a wild, lonely spot, almost at the head of canoe navigation on the Klondike, which was now a mere creek winding in and out among the mountains, and bearing but little resemblance to that golden stream as seen further down "Our launch wouldn't have been in it," remarked Dick. "We never could have got here if we'd tried it in that." The allusion was to the substantial naphtha launch in which Young Klondike and his party had done so much prospecting U:Q and clown the creeks. It was a comfortable affair and very fast, but as Dick said; it never would have done here, for two miles back there had scarcely been water enough to float the boat. The different mountains were indicated by crosses, "Shall we unload and push on up to the diggings some on one side of the two wavy lines which stood now or wait till morning?" Edith asked when they for the river and some on the other. found themselves on shore. Any prominent landmark was described and noted by numbers on the map. As for instance, No. 9, a big white rock; No. 11, a birch tree here; No. 18, here the river takes a bend and there are three spruce trees on the point, and so on. Such were the notes and they were a great help as was the table of distances which seemed to be very carefully calculated. The second map was of the ground between the river the base of Mad Mountain, showing the road Joe Buiiker had taken. Ned was for trying it, but Dick wanted to go into camp where they were. The Unknown sided with Dick and it was so de cided. The tents were put up and supper cooked and everything made comfortable for the night. "Next morning Ned and the Unknown started out early to hunt up the diggings which old Joe Bunker had left behind him. It was no difficult task, for the maps proved as accurate as ever. After a walk of about two miles they reachetl the base of the mounta.in and soon struck the trail, for The third showed the side of the mountain, a trail the old prospector bad piled up stones here and there being traced up by means of numbers in the same to show just how he went. way. The fourth was a plan of the gulch where the Now followed a hard climb of some eight hundred diggings were located. The fifth showed the drifting feet, which brought them to a deep canyon, separatwbich Joe Bunker had done out of the two prospect-ing Mad Mountain from a lower elevation behind it, ing shaft ; s sunk on the claim. not visible from the river bank. The sixth map looked like a lot of unmeaning lines This canyon seemed to extend for a long distance scrawled over the paper; they twisted and turned, back into the interior. Its sides were almost perpenall beginning at a large circle in the middle of the dicular, and were formed of black ragged rocks whwh sheet, and radiating in every direction. almost closed in against each other above, giving the What these Ned could not tell, for there canyon a gloomy appearance.

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YOUNG KLONDIK'.E"S DEATH 'l'RAP. 7 1 ============================-=================================================' The Unknown paused as they looked into it, ex-J mountain and the remainder of the day was spent in claiming: getting the goods up to the cave. "By .the Jumping Jeremiah! that's a sweet-look-Everything was now arranged for a stay of several ing spot! It's enough to give a feller the horrors weeks, if the weather remained favorable, as it now to think of tying up in there for any length of seemed likely might be the case, for it was growing time. I don't wonder Joe Bunker wanted to get warmer, and the storm which threatened seemed to away." have moved off in some other direction. "All the same, this is our road," replied Ned. Night found them comfortably established in the "See, the canyon is marked down on the map plain cave, and all retired early, except Dick, who was to enough. We've got to follow it up a thousand take first watch. yards, and that will bring us to the diggings. It's Ned slept like a log until midnight, when Dick called a splendid outlook for gold!" him. "Of course it is. This canyon is nothing but an As he flashed the lantern in his face, Young old river bed, but there's going to be a lot of trouble Klondike roused instantly. working here." "What in the world is the matter, Dick?" he ex-N ed realized that fully. The sandy soil which claimed. "You look scared half out of your wits. formed the bottom of the canyon was frozen hard, One would think you had seen. your grandmother's and as there was no wood to be had nearer than the ghost." top of those towering walls where they could see trees growing, the outlook was anything but favorable. Still wnat one had done another could do, and there was no doubt that they were on the right track, and that Joe Bunker's gold had come out of this gloomy canyon, which they now entered, pushing on as rap idly as possible, for they w e re anxious to get back to camp in time to bung their belongings up before the short day came to an end. Following the windings of the canyon they came suddenly to the end of their journey. A great heap of sand piled up, showed them that they had reached the place where Joe Bunker's operations had been 'carried on. H-The prospect hole at last!" cried Ned. "You see it?" "I'd be blind if I didn't," replied the Unknown. "Yes, here we are Here's one hole and over there is the other, and by the Jumping Jeremiah, there's wood enough to burn out more." This was a fortunate discovery. Old Joe Bunker "Does my face give me away so bad as all that ?" asked Dick. "Upon my word I didn't think it! I ain't as much scared though as I am perplexed." "At what?" ,. "There's something strange about this place, Ned -something very strange. I've been trying for an hour and over to make it out." "MaJrn what out? What is it? Why in thunder didn't you call me before if there's anything going wrong?" '"It ain't that anything is going wrong. I haven't seen a livingthing, but--" "Thunder, Dick! Will you tell it? I'm just dying to know what you are driving at! If there's anything wrong you ought to have called me before!" "Oh, I didn't want to disturb you, Ned. Come with me. I can show you better than I can explain." Dick led the way up the canyon. As they turned around a projecting cliff, which marked its next wind ing, a dull ringing sound fell upon Young Klondike's had evidently gone to work in a systematic way, be-ear. ginning by cutting wood on the heights above and "What's that?" he exclaimed, stopping short. tumbling the trees down into the canyon. "There you are," replied Dick. "That's what's The two prospect holes were each about twenty bothering me. Do you hear it? It's been going on feet deep, and what made the location still more favorfor an hour. If you can make out what it is you can able for gold digging was a stream of water issuing do more than I've been able to do, but that's not all." from the rocks just beyond the first shaft. It flowed "Sounds to me like someone striking on a drill,,, down the canyon a short distance, and then lost itself said Ned, greatly puzzled. "Can it be that thet'e's in a crevice in the rocky wall, passing in underground anyone working in here ?" like many others of these mountain streams. "That's what I've been asking myself for the last Between the two shafts was a sizable cave opening hour. Come here, Ned; put your ear against the rock the cliff. This was marked on the map also and listen. Right here-so!" and was where Joe Bunker and the Habitant had Ned pressed his ear against the rock and immedilived. Ned and the Unknown went in and examined ately gave an exclamation of amazement . it, finding many traces of its previous occupants. "Why; I can hear people talking," he said. "It's a splendid place to tie up in," declared the "That's what Can you make out what they are detective. "Couldn't be better now that the nights saying though r'' are getting cool. We can live as snug as you please "No, I can't." in here, dear boy, and I say let's take possession of "Nor I either." it at once." "It's all a jumble, but I certainly hear voices." There was nothing else to be done; so Young Klon"To be sure you do. We are not alone here. dike and the Unknown now returned down the I There's someone working behind those ; you can

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8 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH TRAP. explain it in any way you like, but there's the fact, Unknown called Dick who was to stand second watch plam enough." he reported that it had begun again. It was certainly very strange and could only be ac"They are still at it," he said. "Come up and counted for by imagining a cave behind the rocks, ten. Seems to me you can hear them plainer than you something very difficult to believe, for the wall of did awhile ago." the ca nyon was the side of the mountain and towered "How about the drilling ?" to a height of several hundred feet above their heads. "Haven't heard that lately; maybe we can now, "Joe Bunker couldn't have known this or he would though." certainly have mentioned it," said Ned, "he .noted They could not, however. Dick listened for a long everything down so particularly. I can't imagine I while, hearing the voiceS'from time to time. what it means." "Can you make out anything?" asked the detect" If they'd only speak a little louder," said Dick. ive. "I can almost hear them. I-thunder! Did you get "No," said Dick. "I can't, and yet it seems as._ that, Ned?" though 1 ought to." Young Klondike "Are they talking now ?" That is what Dick heard. j "Now!" Dick heard the Unknown's last word disThe words were distinctly spoken. Ned heard them, tinctly pronounced behind the rock. too. And yet it was not the echo. They had gone upon "It's a cave," he declared, "and there are people that theory before, and knew that it would not work. working in there who know us. As soon as it's daySuddenly the voices ceased. light we'll start in to explore. I've no doubt we shall "I can hear a lot of men running !" exclaimed easily solve the mystery." Dick. It was easy said, but it did not turn out that way. Th_ e Unknown clapped his ear against the rock and When morning came Edith and the Unknown were declared that he could hear the footsteps, too. introduced to the mystery. They also heard the "They are dusting out lively whoever they a.re," voices and the ring of hammers upon a dri!l. As soon he said. "Now it's all quiet. Of course, there must as breakfast was over Ned and the Unknown went be a cave in there, and by the JumpingJere!lliah, I'm out of the canyon, and with great difficulty climbed going to get on to it, if it takes all winter." further up the rr_ 10untain until they came out on top The Unknown had scarcely spoken when a muffled of the wall. explosion rang out through the canyon, and the .Here they found a considerable stretch of broken ground trembled beneath their feet. land covered with loose rocks, a sort of shelf on the "Tremendous!" cried the Unknown. "That...s.etmouutain side, with the main peak towering to a tles it, Dick! It's no imagination, it's--'' ----great height above them. Again came the tremendous sound, and again and But there was no opening, no break in the rocky still again. ledge anywhere. The very walls of the canyon seemed to shake. It. seemed just impossible that there could be a cave, Ned and Edith came running out of the cave awak-unless the entrance was in the other side of the mount-ened by the noise, but by the time they reached the spot it was all over. ''f wonder why they call this Mad Mountain?" re-There was no further explosion, and what was more marked the Unknown, and Ned had been wondering, puzzling still, the voices ceased to be heard. too; wondering whether it could have anything to do All through that next day and three days following, with the mysterious voices which were still plainly to the listeners listened in va.in. be heard when they came down into the canyon Perfect silence reigned in the canyon, except so far again, not a bit wiser than when they started out. as such sounds as our Klondikers made themsehes. In spite of this new turn of the mystery, Ned start-ed work up next morning. "We ain't going to spend our whole time listening CHAPTER IV. against the rocks," be declared. "For my part I've done enough of it. I'm here to find out where old GETTING DOWN TO WORK. Joe Bunker got his gold." The first step was to do a little panning in the So much time was wasted trying to solve the mys-shafts. tery of Mad Mountain that day that no work was Ned and Dick took one, and Edith, and the Unknown done. tried the other, but the result was not nearly as sat-It was ;:i,11 to no purpose; the mystery still remained isfactory as they had hoped. a mystery. The sounds were not continuous. At In the Unknown's shaft there was barely a color times they listened in vain for the voices, and the which did not improve any after some twenty pans pounding on the drill was only heard at intervals, were tried; indeed it seemed to grow poorer and but it kept up until dark and then seemed to have poorer until at last there was no color at all. stopped for the night, but at twelve o'clock when the I Ned fared better at first.

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'>' YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH 'l'RAP. 9 -============================================== There were two short drifts leading out of this shaft, and he took the one leading down the canyon first. Washing out a pan he found quite a lot of sm.'all nuggets in the bottom and some flake gold, but the second pan proved to be far less rich, and the third poorer still. seemed to have forgotten his promise to take the mat-ter in hand. At least they thought so when they turned in for the night, but when daylight came the detective was missing. Dick, who had been on the watch the last part of the night, declared that he had not seen him leave the cave. This was about all the loose dirt there was in the drift, and they started in to do a little digging which resulted in striking the ledge rock, and this, of If it had been anybody but the Unknown, this might have created some alarm, but all were well used to course, brought them up with a round turn. "We can't go any further here," said Dick. the detective's singular ways. It was just like him "We'd better tackle the other drift." to steal off in this fashion, so there was nothing to They did, and met with precisely the same result. worrdy but Young Klondike 'vas a good deal h vexe JUS e same. str1kmg rock before t ey had gone three feet. 1 "This is just a hole in the rock "declared Ned. Confound him What did he want to go off Just f ?" h 1 d "I'd d "I'll bet you what you like, Dick, that we strike it in n?w .or e exc aime ma e up my mmd to of the too." 1 fS,1ve it here further up th. e canyon, and "We might try it and see," suggested Dick. "I 1 to do it, too_. wouldn't be a bit surprised." v.e to m .somewhere else, that's It was necessary to do a little burning in the bottom sure, said Dick. It s nothmg but a waste of time of the shaft, for there was some frost in the ground to stay here." there. "That's what's the matter. Still we can hang to By the time they were ready to put the fires out the cave for the present. We won't disturb a11ythe Unknown and Edith had given up their shaft al-thing, but just push on up the canyon and see what together. we strike." "It's worthless," declared the detective. "There They started off right after breakfast leaving a ain't a bit of use in gQing any further with it. We'll note in the cave telling the Gnknown in which directake hold and help here." tion they had gone. Work went faster after that; Ned and Dick plied lfor a full hour they followed the windings of the the pick and shovel in the bottom of the shaft, the canyon. This strange break in the mountains seemed Unknown hoisted, and Edith took the pan. interminable. At the end of that timethe conditions "This is all right !" she called, after the first wash-had not changed a bit. Ned could not help wonder-ing, "there's at lea .st three ounces here." ing where the canyon ended, but he did not care to Certainly this was encouraging, and as the second follow it much further without the Unknown. and third pans turned out equally well, the boys were Fortunately, hovrnver, he did not give it up just just beginning to think that they had struck it rich, then, for a walk of fifteen minutes brought them out when all at once the bottom was knocked out of their into a vast sink. Here the walls of rock receded on )lopes by striking the rock in the shaft. all sides leaving a level plain well wooded with a That ended it. stream running through it. About half a mile further The place was only a pocket after all. on they could see that the canyon began again, but All there was in it of any value Joe Bunker had they did not cross to it, for nothing could offer better taken out. prospects for gold digging than this sink. As for the other shaft, it wasn't worth working, "This is the place for us cried Young Kfondike. and the day ended in disappointment. "If there's any gold at all in Mad Mountain it's Next morning Ned made a careful survey of that here." part of the canyon, and selecting a place which looked "Shall we make a try for it now?" asked Edith. favorable, started to burn out another shaft. "Certainly," replied Ned. "That's what we are This took all day. here for. We'll tackle the bed of the stream; there _ B_y night they had scarcely passed below the frost won't be time to do much digging. If there is any line. color in this dirt at all it ought to show in the loose Two days' work followed, and they succeeded in sand under the water h e re. putting it down to the sand, where, according to all Having eate n their lunch, Ned and Dick took off theory, the gold ought to be, if there was any, but in their shoes and stockings and went right at it in the this case there wasn't any, so they had their labor for water. their pains. This is the simplest sort of panning. There were no sounds heard at the "talking rock" The sand under the beds of creeks is never frozen that day, as Ned dubbed the mysterious cliff, and at this season, and work is comparatively easy as far through the night the same silence reigned. as it goes. 'fhis only served to make the mystery deeper, but I "Now for a touch of your old luck, Dick!" cried there was no' way of solving it, and the Unknown Ned. "The :first pan shall be yours."

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r 10 "'OfTll.1"" YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH TRAP. Dick bent down and scooped up a pan full of sand J It seemed very provoking just as they were getting out of the water, which was about knee deep. down to work. "Hooray! I've struck it first dip!" he cried. The valley seemed to be enveloped in mystery. "''Look! What do you say to that?" First it was one thing and then another. It needed no spectacles to see the gold in Dick's As they approached the cave they were suddenly pan. startled at seeing a man standing at the entrance The sand fairly bristled with nuggets. looking toward them. They were all small, not bigger than peas, but they It was almost dusk and one could not see very diswere there, and there was a lot of them. tmctly, yet anyone could tell that this was not the Dick washed off the sand, and there was at least Unknown. six ounces of nuggets and flake gold left in the pan. "Who is it?" said Ned. stopping short, for here "That's immense!" cried Edith. "Ned, it will in the wilderness it was an even chance if the man _pay to tum this stream and work right here, I should was friend or foe. 'Say." "Blest if I can tell you," replied Dick, "he's got "It certainly looks so," replied Ned, who w 'as shak-his back turned. ing away at his own pan. "Do you know who he reminds me of?" asked "How is yours?" Edith. "Seems to be just about the same as Dick's. "Joe Bunker!" cried Ned and Dick in a breath. There's certainly a lot of gold here." Suddenly the man turned and faced them. There was fully four ounces, and that is a big yield Any one could see the resemblance now. for the bed of a small stream like this. It was either old Joe Bunker or his ghost. But this was only the beginning. Pan after pan was washed out, and there was little difference between them. They ran from two to seven ounces as near as could be estimated. Inside of an hour our Klondikers had nearly a thousand dolla rs, and still there seemed to be no falling OHAPTER V. THE MYSTERY OF THE' SIXTH M.A.P EXPLAINED. <>ff in the yield. OF course our Klondikers were .startled. "This knocks Joe Bunker's diggings all hollow," How could it be otherwise when they saw standin_g._ declared Ned. "I don't want any better claim than before them a man whom they knew to be dead a11a this." had buried with their own hands ? "Then that means we locate here ?" asked Edith. Still ghosts are not supposed to appear in daylight, "For the present, yes; most decided)y. I don't 1 and as neither of the boys believed in ghosts at all, ask for anything better, but I think we've done about they hurried forward to investigate the mystery, but enough now." after all arrived at the cave too late. "Strange Zed hasn't shown up," remarked Dick. The instant the man saw them coming he turned, "I made sure that he'd come tumbling in on us by went into the cave, and vanished. this time." "Hello there Hold up We want to speak to "So did I. Don't believe we are going to see him you!" shouted Ned. though." He flung down the gold bag, grasped his rifle And indeed it looked so then, and still more so when tighter, and started on the run. they returned to the cave. Dick joined him, and they were at the cave in a The night passed, and the Unknown did not return. jiffy, but too late to find their man. It was an anxious time. Neither Ned nor Dick The mysterious stranger had vanished, and that dared to sleep long, and after midnight both re-meant more mystery, for he certainly had gone into mained on the wa.tch together. the cave, and not gone out of it, unless, indeed, by Naturally they listened at the talking rock. some secret way. All was as silent here as though the voices had When Edith came she found the boys standing at never been heard. the entrance to the cave looking very much puzz,led _ Next morning they returned to "Golden Valley," "Where is he?" she asked. as Edith named the site of the new diggings. "Blest if I know!" replied Ned. "There's more A day's work was done here which proved one of to this place than we know yet. He went into the the red letter days, as far.as gold was concerned. cave all right, but you can see for yourself that he Over twenty-three hundred dollars was taken out ain't here now." of the bed of the stream. "Hello! Here's something!" cried Dick, going to Night came again, and no news of the Unknown. the big, flat stone on one side of the cave which they "It won't do. We've got tolook him up at once," had used for a table. declared Young Klondike, as they shouldered their Here he picked up a paper upon which a small stone gold bags and traveled back toward the cave, loaded had been placed. down with the precious dust. "A letter !" exclaimed Edith.

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH TRAP. 11 "That's what. read as follows : Listen to it," replied Dick, and he we saw-I suppose we had better tie to him, and yet after all it may be only a trap to catch us, too." Now this was just what Dick would not belit:ve. He argued that if the man had really meant them harm he could have taken some other way of showing it. "YoUNG KLONDIKE,-You won't be allowed to stay here and work a claim. This mountain is ours, but I don't want to see you or yours get into trouble, for I understand that you were kind to my dead brother It wound up in a wait; t.hey ate supper and having and buried him, for which you have my sincere hidden the gold under a pile of ston.es, themthanks. Your friend is in trouble and a prisoner. I as co.mfortable as they could till midmght, the do not wish him to be harmed but I dare not make a appomted time. move. Oome to me to-night 'any time after twelve I .During this wait Ned studied the sixth o'clock. Takethe third line shown on the sixth m .ap J wi:,h greatest mak.e ?fit. and I will meet you. I trust to your honor to leave Don t you ,fret, said. Dick. It will explam itself the valley immedicLtely after your friend is restored as we g_o on, Im of it. other maps mean to you. The way out of the cave is open. Be cau-somethmg and I don t see why it should be different tious how you show your light. Yours with this." Dick was quite right, and it did not take them long "SAM BUNKER, (brother of Joe.") to find it out, once they got fairly started on that midnight exploring tour. "Come, that's business!" cried Ned. "Whoever In spite of the caution in the letter about the light this man is he evidently means to be our friend." they took the lantern with them-they had to; it "That's right,'' said Dick. "It looks as though would have been quite impossible to get along in any the Unknown had struck more than he bargained for, other way. too. Of course we've got to act on this, but as to Once in the cavern, the question was which way to abandoning our claim we'll have to think about it. I go. This was easier settled than they thought it was don't know that we are bound to get up and dust going to be, for the floor of the cavern was sandy, just because Joe Bunker's brother wants it to be and when they came to examine, there were footprints so." leading straight forward. "Not with such a rich prospect on hand as we've just "A trail! We've struck it!" exclaimed Ned. struck," replied Ned. "But what does he mean "We are all right now." about the way out of the cave being open? Of coucse They hurried forward, and in a few moments saw it don't refer to the main opening. We must inves-the end of the cavern befoee them. The walls closed tigate this." in as suddenly as they had opened, and beyond there The cave ran well back under the rocks, but the was only a narrow, tunnel-like passage leading off roof was so low that no attempt had been made to under the rocks. -.. explore it until now. Ned lighted the lantern and all The trail led them into the passage, so there crawled in under the rocks. could be no doubt that they were going right. They had not far to go before it was discovered "This is the talk l" exclaimed Ned; "we are mak-that there was as little difficulty in a man leaving the ing good progress, but I don't see yet where the cave by the back way as by the front. sixth map comes in." Just as it seemed impossible to penetrate any "Be patient. We'll soon know," said Edith. "Refurther under the rocks the cave suddenly widened member our object. If Zed is in trouble we are the out. ones to help him !" Tlle roof was invisible now, nor could they see the J ".A.s though I ever could have forgotten it!" cried sides. Here was a va.st underground opening which j Ned. "To help him I'd follow this passage on to its ran in under the mountain for an unknown distance. end, if I knew that it was going to lead me to my exclaimed Ned, "here's one mystery exdeath." plained at all events. We know now why it was that For about ten minutes they continued on; the.pas-we did not see the Unknown go.'' sage grew winding; other passages opened off here and This was certainly clear enough. There could be there. i:iutleiroubt thatthe detective had left the cave in this Mad Mountain apparently was honey-combed with way. 1 caves. It was easy to understand the mystery of the Now came the question how to act. voices now, and the mystery of the sixth ma p was Ned was so impatient that he wanted to go on with about to be explained. the exploration then and there, but Dick on the other Suddenly the passage ended, and they came out hand thought that they ought to follow the letter, under the starlight, facing a rock formation, which and Edith was decidedly of the same mind. would have driven a geologist crazy with delight. It took not a little persuasion to make Ned yield, It was what is known as a "chimney;" in other but he gave up in the end. words an immense natural shaft in the mountain. On "I suppose it is best,'' he said. "If old Joe BunkI all sides the rocks towered above them, surrounding er had a brother-and who can doubt it after what a circular opening perhaps a hundred feet across.

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12 YOUNG KLONDJKES DEATH 'l'RAP. "The circle of the sixth map!" exclaimed Ned, as It seemed hard to believe that this was Nature's they stood looking in on the singular break. work, and yet such was certainly the case. "That's what it is," echoed Dick, "and the lines Coming to a point directly opposite the tunnel by on the map just mean tunnels. We've come through which they had entered, they found another just as one of them and-there are others of course." they expected. The explanation was correct. The briefest exam-It was larger than the rest, and Ned felt satisfied ination dispelled the mystery of the sixth map. that this was the point of beginning, for when he Tunnels opened off from the chimney on all sides. came to consult the map he found that the line here There were so many of them.that one could scarcely was heavier. tell which was which, for to understand this it was "No," said Dick. necessary to know how old Joe Bunker had stood "Right you are," answered Ned. "Now for when he made his map. No. 3." One thing was certain, the old prospector had only When they reached the third opening on the right told half his story. they found it so narrow that they could hardly walk Very probably he meant to tell more of it, and two abreast. would have done so if he had lived. Great care was now taken to conceal the :iight, and "We must make some kind of a screen for our lan-1 they advanced all caution for several hundred tern before we go any further," declared Neel; yards. "everything is coming out straight, and we can't The passage seemed to run straight toward tJrn doubt now that we shall see this Sam Bunker in a I canyon, but it grew narrower and at last it became few moments. We want to do just as ho says." so narrow that Ned had to walk sideways in order to "If we only had a piece of black cloth to tie around get through. one side we might make a dark la ,ntern of it," sug "I don't like this," he said. "lf we are attacked gested Dick. and have to run for it there will be no fun in making "Which we haven't. I guess the best way will be to put it in my hat and carry it so." "A big nuisance, but that will do the buisness. Here, let me carry it. I know you want to take the lead, and I'd just as soon you would." "I'd just as soon somebody would tell me which tunnel to take," remarked Neel, as he handed over the lantern; "that's what's bothering me." He took out the map, and Dick holding the lantern, he began studying it "It seems to me that Joe Bunker probably came in the same way we have come," said Edith, ''and if that is the case, then this line at the top of the map ought to mean a tunnel exactly opposite to where we are standing now." "That's reasonable." "Call that No. 1, and then all you have to do is to take the third line, and you'll have the tunnel we want." "Exactly; but do we take the third line on the right or the third line on the left?" "That's the puzzle. The letter says nothing about it?" Not a word." "Strange, too. You'd have supposed he would have mentioned it." "Let's see," said Dick. "By going to the right it would lead us out toward the canyon. That's where we heard the voices, and that would seem to be the most likely way." "We can only try it; if we don't hit it on the right we'll take the left." They passed the mouths of six tunnels as they went around the chimney on the left hand side. Apparently there was no end to these dark open ings. They went in under those giant cliffs and were lost in the gloom. a retreat here." "Hadn't we better wait?" suggested Edith. "If we expect to see this Sam Bunker now ought to be the time." "No ; I'm going forward," declared Ned. "I can't hold back. I'm that uneasy about the Un known that it seems as if-hark! What was that?" Something fell with a crash. It sounded like a big mass of rock and the sound came from a distance further along the narrow trail. Ned worked his way on sideways, moving practieally in the dark, for Dick kept the lantern well con cealed in his hat. Suddenly there was another crash. Stones seemed to be rushing down from a height. Crash followed crash and then all was still. There's something wrong," said Ned. "I don't believe this is part of the programme. Shall we go back?" "Thought you were determined to go forward?" replied Dick. "Yes, but I don't want to lead you into truuble." "Don't worry abo1:1t me," said Edith. "We'41 better push it through to the end." The end was not far distant. A few steps further brought them out into another cavern, and to the surprise of all they came into the light . We must stop to describe this singular place which seemed to be entirely deserted, although there was evidence enough that it could not have been long in that condition. It was a big caYe, surmounted by a dome shaped roof, which made it look like the interior of some vast cathedral, the illusion being rendered more perfect by the rocky pillars all around the sides, and the im mense stalactites which hung down from the roof glittering as though studded with gems in the light

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YOUNG KLONDIKE"S DEA'L'H 1.'RAP. of three large reflecting lanterns which hung against the pillars on the sides of the cave. ln the center of the open space was a mining shaft, which proved upon examination to be some twenty-five feet deep, with two drifts opening off from it. CHAPTER Vl. CAUGHT IN THE DEATH TRAP. 13 There were mining tools scattered about, and near "THREE cheers for our side! That's old Zed's the bank .:if a little stream which ran through the voice!" Young Klondike exclaimed. cave, was a heap of golden nuggets. Panning had "You bet it is !" came the answer. "Ye gods and evidently Men going on here on an extended scale, little fishes I bad to fight for it to get out myself, as the nuggets and the sand heaps near them-the and now I've got to get you out if I can." "tailings," as what is washed out that is not gold is It was wonderful to hear the Unknown's voice so termed . Then over in one corner of the cave was a distinctly, and yet not be able to see him or even to regular camp. Bunks were built up against the rock; have a clear idea where he was. there was a rude table here and several stools; there "Hello, Zed Hello!" Ned cried. "Where arc were dishes on the table with the remains of a meal, you, old man ?" and nearby was a fire with a bright iron pot sus"In the canyon! Why in thunder didn't you stay pended over it from three forked stakes, which con-out?" tained a savory stew. "We were hunting you." All this Young Klondike and his friends took in "By the Jumping Jeremiah, ain't I of age .Ain't almost at a glance, and it is hardly necessary tQ say I able to take care of myself? Are you prisoners in that they looked around sharply for the occupants of there same as I was? If you are it serves you the cave, but not a soul was to be seen. right." "This beats the band," said Dick at last. "Of They were all close to the wall listening, and it was -eourse this is the place where we heard the voices-it astonishing how plainly tney could hear. must be! But where are they all now?" "We ain't prisoners; there ain't anybody here but "Tell me and I'll tell you," replied Ned. "But ourselves!" Ned called back. "Tell us what to there's one thing certain-they ain't long gone, and I do." Sam Bunker hasn't met us as he agreed." "How did you get in?" "That's two things," said Edith, "and I don't see "Through the cave, same as you did,. I suppose. thateitherofthemhelpsusany. What'sbeengoingon How did you get out?" over there? They seem to have been trying to blast "I could never make you understand, because I away the rock?" don't know myself. You'll be surprised when I tell The place which Edith referred to was the extreme you that old man Bunker's brother was my guide." end of the cave, where a great heap of loose stone "He was, eh? Then I wish he'd come and guide lay. us. He was to meet us here." They went over to it and saw that it had recently "You have seen him?" been blasted out. There were drills and hammers "Yes-no. We saw him in the cave, but didn't get lying around and a box of rend rock cartridges and a a chance to speak to him. He wrote us that he would coil of fuse. meet us here, but he hasn't shown up yet." "I tell you what it is!" exclaimed Ned, "they are "And do you mean to tell me there is nobody in trying to blast out into the and I don't wonthere?" der if anything should happen to close up that pas"Not at all. We are in here; Dick's somebody sa5:e this would be a regular death trap ; you can see and so is Edith, I guess. I don't make any account that for yourself, Dick." of myself." Unconsciously Young Klondike raised his voice and "Quit your fooling, Ned; this is a very serious -spoke louder than he intended. business. When I left the place where you are now "Dick! Dick!" tlir.re were at least twenty men sleeping in the bunks Dick's name was suddenly repeated and yet they and around the fire; where they can all have gone to had heard no echo before. I can't imagine, but you can bet your life they haven't "W .J.iat was that?" exclaimed Edith. gone far." "Hello, Young Klondike Hello "Who were they?" Agai.n the mysterious voice spoke. "Don't know. .A gang of toughs of the worst It was surely no echo this time. The sound seemed kind; they have struck a thundering rich mine in to come from beyond the rocky wall. there as I suppose you know." "Thunder! We are on the other side of the talk"Then you are all right?" ing rock !" cried Ned. "That's what it is Hello, "Right as the mail. I've just been down to the there Hello Who are you ?" cave. I was knocked all about by finding you gone; The answer was prompt and distinct: you had better get back just as soon as you can." "I am the Unknown!" "Yes, but how are we going to do it? Return by the way we came ?'' "You'll have to. I can't. help you a .ny."

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH TRAP. "And yet you say Joe Bunker's brother"brought It c ame from above. you out another way." Naturally they halted alld looked up aga_nst the "Yes-blindfolded." wall of the cave in the direction of the sound. "Then you don't know how you got out?" There stood about a dozen men covering them with Not at all." rifles. "Do you know h<>w you got in ? They were rough, villainous-looking fellows all, and "There you go again with your nons e nse Didn't among them were two whom Young Klondike recogI go in through our cave, same a s you did. I told nized as well-known Daws on City toughs. A tall you I'd solve the mystery of the talking rock." man, with a gray beard, was the re, too. It was Joe "And you did?" Bunker's brother, the man they had seen at the en" You bet I did I solved it with a vengeance. trance to the cave. Those fellows captured me; it's a wonder they didn't "Stop or you die!" he shouted. "Don't you budge kill me. They'll go for us, Ned. They swear we an inch till we come down!" shall never stay and work on M a d Mount a in. The "A trap!" gasped Dick. "I was afraid of t .his." game ain't worth the we d better light right To have attempted to fire would have been death. out." There was nothing for it but to stand their ground, "Who says it ain't worth the candle? You don't and take whatever chance might send to them. know what we've found since you've been gone." Four of the men held them covered while the rest "What?" hurried back out of sight. "We've struck the richest kind of digging. Cleaned They could be heard scrambling over the rocks and up nearly four thousand dollars." capture s e emed only the matte r of a moment, when a "Where?" fearful thing occurred which instantly put a different "Further up the canyon." face on the whole affair. "'Twon't be a bit of use. Those fellows will down A cracking sound, followed by a thunderouS' us in tbe end. I tell you, dear boy, the y are toughs report was the only warning, and down from the roof from Tough town and don't you forget it; but say, of the cave ca.me a vast mass of rock, crashing, break N ed, you really mustn't talk any more. I can't al-ing into thousands of fragments, tearing its way past low it! You run a fearful risk." our Klondikers who, thrown down by the shock, could "Tell us what became of Joe Bunker's brother, only cling desperately to each othe r expecting death then we'll go." every instant, and yet death did not "Don't know-can't tell you. Drop it Git, now, Above the roar of that terrible collapse they could before those fellows come back." hear the cries of the men who but a moment before The Unknown was evidently in fearful earnest, and had threatened their lives. so Ned shouted out that they would at once make a Whether they would ever threaten them again was start. doubtful; it was doubtful if they still lived, for in the But he couldn't resist the temptation to stop at the awful hush which followed they could not hear a shaft and take a look. sound. 'I'd like to know how the pa y dirt looks down It was all over in a moment. there in those drifts," he said; "this formation is so Surrounded by the fallen mass, Young Klondike peculiar that I want to understand it, just as a lesson and his companions remained unharmed, and that was in mining, you know." l the miracle of it. Why they were not killed instantly "You may get a lesson in common sense before was more of a mystery than all the other mysteries you are through if you waste any more time here," of Mad Mountain put together, but so it was. said Dick. "I say let's go on right now." Young Klondike's death trap had been suddenly "Just a minute-it won't take more," Ned per-sprung, and with Dicka11d Edith he was fairly caught sisted. in it. What the end of this strange adventure was There was an ordinary windlass over the shaft, and to be, or what the cause, no man could tell. Ned seized the rope and was about to swing himself Collapses in caves are of frequent occurrence. Some down into the hole, when all at once there was a fearg eologists claim tbat they are caused by the shrink ful crash and a great mass of loose rock came whirlage of the earth's crust; others maintain that it is ing down from the ceiling breaking into a thousand the result of water action in the s eams of the rocks. fragments almost at their feet. What the truth is nobody knows. "Great J erusa l em!I don't stay here any It took time for Ned and his friends to recover longer!" cried Dick. "Come, Edith! Come!" from the shock, and to realize that the y were stil1 He seized h e r hand and hurried her toward the enalive. trance to the tunnel, loose pie ces of rock falling all Jt was no time for talk, and as they scrambled to about them as they went. their feet, no one spo1{e. "Stop there Halt or you 're a dead man, Young As much as they thought at all, they expected Klondike?" other crash, and stood silently waiting for it to come. 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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH 'l'RAP. alarming. Even the voices of their enemies would have been a relief, but these were not beard either. As he stood there Ned felt certain tha. t the men must have perished-certainly there seemed no other explanation of t'hei.r silence then. "Ned, this is an awful thing," breathed Dick, breaking the silence at last. Tremendous Edith, you are all right ? You are sure of that?" "All right, Ned. Nothing the matte r with me, but I'm afraid those men are dead." "We've got all we can attend to without thinking of them." "Yes, but it's a fearful death to die." "They would have killed us! It was all a tra.p-a death trap. But we must not stand here-there will be another drop presently. We must make a move." ''Wait a minute and I'll light the lantern," said Dick. "Have you got it?" "Yes. I managed to hold on to it, but it went. out when I went down." Got a match ?" "Yes; I'll have a light in two shakes. Then we can see where we are at. Now, then-that's better. Great heavens, Neel, we are hemmed in all around!" It was indeed so. A vast quantit. y of rock had fallen, and it lay piled up on all sides of them. If they had advanced three feet further across the cave, instant death must have been the result, but be hind for some distance the way was clear. There was little or no rock near the shaft, and the stream flowed on as peacefully as ever. Over by the wall, where they had talked with the Unknown, some rock had fallen but not very much. Neel's first thought now was of the detective, and they hurried back to the wall and called and called, but received no answer. "Good Heavens Can there have been a crash out in the canyon, too?" he groaned. "Don't believe it and won't until I know it," said Dick. "Zed has probably gone back to the cave." "And how are we to get back there? The tunnel i s all choked up now." "That's what's the matter. I'm afraid there is no doubt on tha1 score." "Then our way is cut off?" looks so, but cheer up. There may be some way out of it. we are safe for the moment and must congratulate ourselves on that." But were they safe for the moment? Almost in the same breath down came another rush of rock rattling about the heads of Young Klon dike and his friends. CHAPTER VII. THE UNKNOWN GETS INTO THE TRAP. FOR a moment Ned, Dick and Edith stood motionless, waiting for the rocks which would br.ing death to one or all. Fortunately they did not come. It is not our painful duty to record any such tragedy. In a moment it was all over for the time being, and our friends found themselves unharmed. This cuts us off a little further from the tunnel, that's all," said Ned, as cheerfully as be could speak. "But that makes no difference. Really we are not much worse off than we were before." "That's right, never say die !" cried Edith. "Dick, don't you be discouraged. We've got into bad snaps before and got out of them again and we are going to get out of this." "Oh, don't worry about me," said Dick. "I ain't any worse off than the rest of you." Now to work," said Ned. We know from the Unknown that there is a way out of here which ain't the way we came in. We want to find that way and to do it we must first find the Unknown." "If we an still make him hear," said Dick. No ifs. We are going to do it, but there's no use in all of us choosing the same dog." "Right What do you propose?" .. "Just this-you take your place by the wall and stay there, trying your best to make the Unknown hear. He may have gone to the cave, and he may come baek again. Watch and wait for him, for that's our only chance." "Consider it done, Ned. Next!" "Next I'll make a hunt for the way out. I'll examine every inch of the original wall ofthe cave that is left. Edith can take a look for provisions, which 1 don't doubt are stored away somewhere among the rocks near the fire there. We may have to sta. y he:re a long time, and of course we have got to live." So they all went at it to IJ}ake the best of the bad situation in which they now foundthemselves, and this, of course, was the most sensible thing they could do. Dick took his place at the wall and called the Un known aga. in and again, and Dick's voice was penetrating and ought to make itself heard in the canyon if any voice could. Ned took the walls-what was left of them-and slowly made the circuit of the cave. Edith was the first to succeed. "I've found the store-room!" she called out after a few moments. "It is packed full of stuff-enough t(} keep us for months. No danger of starvation "Good enough!" called Ned. "I can only report progress. I haven't struck anything yet.'' "Same here," sa,id Dick, "but I'm going to keep. right at it. You needn't expect anything though." Now it was just like Dick to take a downcast view

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16 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEA'rH 'rRAP. of such matters, but wi.thin a minute he was shown not to be able to get at you. Has much come bis mistake. down?" "Hello there, Zed! Hello Hello Hello!" he "Lots, but it was all over on the other side of the spouted. cave; go on, Zed! See what you can find. You may "Hello!' .. came back the answer. "Hello! That be able to strike the place. At least it can do no you, Dick!" harm to make the attempt." Of course Dick lost no time in making it very plain "I'm gone.,'' replied the detective, and then all was that it was himself and no one else, and the joyful still. news was reported to Ned and Edith, who hurried to It was just then that Edith made her gPeat dis the place to find Dick explaining to the Unknown covery. Looking up she saw the stars. what had occurred. The roof of the cave had fallen in, leaving an open-The detective had gone back to the cave with the ing which as they now sa.w it looked to be about ten idea of meeting them, just as Ned supposed. feet across. . Hearing the crash he hurried on to find the way I In the_ of the discovery it seemed to through the tunnels completely cut off, and then realNed as if this _might be a means of escape, but he izing what it all meant he lost no time in gettin.,. soon that it was not so. back to tbe talking 5 I The opening was fully two hundred feet above Now with the rock between them the situation was them. fully discussed. There was no possible chance of getting up to it, but there was one good thing-it would let daylight "If I only knew how old Bunker's brother got me -out," groaned the detective, I could help you, but as it is I'm as helpless as a child." "Can't you thirtk ?" asked Ned. Can't you form any idea?" "No, I can't. It is impossible. I only know that when be removed the bandage I found myself further up the canyon." "Do you remember the exact spot?" "Why, of course." "Go there and have a look, then." "That I can do and will, but I'm afraid it .won't .amount to anything, Ned." Try it-try it If you can get in we can get out, and that's what we are after. You haven't seen any thing of the enemy out there ?" "Not a thing. I don't believe ope of them escaped, from what you say." "Probably not. Well, we shouldn't have escaped tf Mr. Sam Bunker and his friends had lived." Don't blame Sarri Bunker, Ned, for to tell you the truth I don't believe he was to blame." "How can it be otherwise? You ought to have heard him threaten us." "I know all that, but remember he set me free and promised the same to you. Probably he couldn't help himself when he threatened you as you say he did." They were still talking when another crash was heard, and there was another tremendous fall of rock. This time it was away over on the other side of the cave, where the first fall had taken place, and did not come near Young Klondike's party. "Are you at it a.gain in there?" shouted the Un known, as soon as the noise had ceased. "Are you safe, boys? Hello, hello !" "We are all right," answered Ned. "Don't you worry about us. How did it soui:d outside there?" it As though there was an earthquake. By the Jumping Jeremiah, it's maddening to be here, a .nd in. As soon as the sun rose they would no longer be in the dark. Pretty soon the Unknown came back and report,,d failure. "I can't find it !" he called ; "but there's 05 1 thing about it, I came down the rocks just befocl'i Sam Bunker took the bandage off, and I see there l.t a way of getting up right there." "Go up and see what it means, then,'' said Ned. "Can't! It would be as much as my life is worth to do it in the dark, but just as soon as it's daylight I'll make the attempt." And so the first attempts at escape began and ended. There was nothing to do but wait. While they waited Ned finisned his exploration of the walls and reported failure. Edith, however, made a find which certainly helped matters along. This was a big lantern like the ones which had been struck down by the falling rock. Of course they lost no time in lighting it and Dick replenished the fire from a heap of dry wood which lay nearby, and then Edith prepared a good break fast of coffee and canned meat, which they ate over by the wall where they could talk to the Unknown. At last the sun rose and daylight filled the cave. Things began to look brighter. It gave them hope to be able to see each other's faces in broad v and they were still more encouraged when the Unknown announced that he would now try t o climb the mountain and see if he could find the opening further up on the rocks. "And it ought to be there," he declared. "From what you say this side of the cave don't seem to have changed at all." He was gone a moment later and half an hour passed and he had made no sign. Meanwhile, Ned 'Proposed that they should ex amine the shaft.

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' YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH 'l'RAP. l'1 "There's plenty of gold down there I don't doubt," [ eral shovelsful of the sand a .nd loaded it into the id Dick, "but what good will it do us unless we can tub. et out of this death trap?" "How about the other drift?" asked Dick, as he "Which we are going to do," replied Edith, emhoisted away. hatically. "I'll tackle that later. I'm coming up to see how this "You speak as though you were very sure. I wish I lot pans out. Dump your bucket., Dick, and then give could see the way." me a hoist." "There now, Dick, don't you be discouraged. Dick lost no time in obeying, and then let the bucket here's no use in that." down for Ned, raising him to the ground. "Well, I won't," said Dick. "I'll try and look on The sand was shoveled into the pan, and Ned and he bright side of it all, ana I suppose we might bet-Edith went to the stream to wash it out, but Dick, er work than sit idle." for some unexplained reason, remained behind. "W-by of course." "Why don't you come over here?" called Ned. "Go ahead then and I'll let you down into the "What are you staying there for?" haft." He di not look around as he spoke, or he would It did not take Ned long to get ready. Dick have seen ick bending over the shaft in a listening ook the windlass and he jumped into the tub and attitude. ;vas lowered down. What did he hear? Then a pick and shovel were let down to him and Suddenly Ned heard the windlass creak and the tub good big sample of the sand which composed the going down. ottom of the shaft was sent up. "What in thunder are you about, Dick?" he called, "}'an her out!" called Ned. "I'll tackle one of looking around now. he drifts while you are at it. I suspect that's "Hooray !" shouted Dick, beginning to wind up bel'e the gold came from." the rope. "There don't seem to be much in this," said Dick. "Hooray I'm in the death trap!" cried a voice "No,',. replied Ned, "l know there can't be. I down the shaft. an't see a trace of nuggets. There may be some Ned dropped the pan and ran with Edith toward ake gold though." the shaft. Up came the tub and in it stood the Un" I'll do the panning," said Edith. "Dick, you known holding up a big nugget of gold. tay here and watch the windlass. Ned ma. y want to ome up in a hurry, for all we can tell." ",,"Better let me have the lantern. I can't see uch in the drifts!" called Ned, and Dic;k lowered it own. Ned took it, and carrying his pick and shovel with 1im, disappeared in one of the drifts, while Edith ent down to the stream to work the pan. 11; did not take her long to shake out the sand, for dith had become quite expert at panning by this ime. "There's a color here, but that's about all,'' she epnrted to Dick. "l shouldn't think there was half n cmnce, if there is that." "All right! So much the less temptation for us o stay here in case we are lucky enough to have a hauce. to get out," replied Dick. Ned ? Still in the drift?" "Yes." "You can hear him working ?" -!.. N .. probably runs in further than we ho11ght." T .h.is silence seemed to worry Edith a little, but by he time she got over to the shaft N cd was just com ng out of the drift. "It's better in there!" he called. "There are some uggets, but still it's no great shakes." "Going to send up a sample?" asked Dick. "I should say it wasn't worth while at all if we ad anything else to do, but as we haven't I suppose iVe may as well." So Ned returned to the drift and brought out sevCHAPTER VIII. THE BIG FIND IN THE LITTLE CA VE. IT took the Unknown just about two seconds to get out of the tub and then there was a great handshak ing all around. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, it takes me to do the business," cried the detective, proudly. "Didn't I tell you I'd find the way ? Ye gods and little fishes, I've done it! You bet I have!" You didn't tell us any thing of the sort, but just the same I'm mighty glad you've found it,'' replied Ned. "Tell us about it. Is it all plain sail ing out of here?" "You bet No trouble now -I'll have you in the can,Y.on in just about two shakes." This was cheerful news. Next question was how did the Unknown get into the shaft, which he immediately answered by explaining that he came through the other drift which led into a smaller cave. "And from there the way is clear right out into the canyon," he added. "No trouble at all about it, boys. Unless things change before we can get ba.ck, there's nothing to hinder us from going straight back to our 0wn cave."

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18 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH TRAP. The bare suggestion was enough to send them along in a hurry. Hastily collecting a few articles from the supply of provisions in the store-room among the rocks, they ut just then all bands were in a hurry to forget about it, and they descended the rocks and returned to the old cave where they had mai,e their camp. For the next few days the weather continued fine, and our Klondikers worked away in Golden Valley, dismissing the ad ventures in the death trap from their mind. Nothing was seen or heard of the enemy. Up at "talking rock" all was silence now. In the good fortune which awaited them at Golden Valley the trials of that memorable night drifted into the past. There never was a better mine struck than those It was not necessary to ask about the little cave, d' th tl t iggmgs ere m rn s ream. for the tunnel proved to be only a small affair. 0 d .t t ti d d 11 d I . ne ay i was wo iousan o ars an over; n a moment they came out mto this cave, which t d .t h' h tl tl d d nex ay i ran up as ig as iree 1ousan an was perhaps twenty feet across and a little longer th d d t 1 th 1 t t th t b d I en roppe o ess an one, on y o rise agarn o Tanh 1 was roa k d d'ff b t th' d over four thousand, a yield which if kept up would ere was a mar e I erence e ween is an . th l th tt f th f h' h soon mean another fortune piled on top of the one e arger cave m e ma er o e roo, w 1c G & L 1 h h' h t b . 'bl olden uckey had a ready accumulated m the ere was so ig up as o e mv1s1 e. Klondike gold mmes. Roof there must be, Ned saw, for the ca.ve was perfectly dark. A small st.ream ran through the middle in a broad bed, showing that at times it was very much wider. 1 ':fhe bottom of this bed was of coarse, black sand, just such as gold is usually found in on the Klon dike. And any one familiar with Klondike conditions could see at a glance that there could be no better prospect for a rich find than right here. "We'll tackle this place later," said Ned. "Hold your lantern down, Dick! By Jove, I thought I saw a nugget just then!" "'Twouldn't be surprising if you did," replied the Unknown. "It was here that I found mine. What's it worth do you think, Ned?" "About ten ounces." "Good enough! I found it right here." The Unknown hurried forward and pointed out the spot. It seemed to be a lucky one, for Dick immediately stooped down and picked up another nugget as big as the one the detective had found. Edith was equally lucky, for in a moment she had one, too, and it only remained for Ned to find one bigger than all the others, which he presently did. Things were now looking decidedly brighter, and they looked brighter still when the detective led them by another tunnel out upon the rocks which skirted the canyon. "Here we a.re!" cried Edith. "Now, wasn't I right, Dick? Didn't I tell you we'd get out of that death trap? I knew we would escape!" But had they escaped? lt looked so then, but who can tell what the future has in store? Sunday came and according to their usual custom they lmocked off work and made it a day of rest. In the afternoon they all went further up the mountain and tried to find the place where the roof of the big cave bad fallen in, but did not succeed. Just before they came to the spot where it ought to be they struck an impassable ledge, and were unable to get any further, and so had to give it up. That night the Unknown suggested that they knock off work in Golden Valley for a few days, and try the stream in the little cave. Nobody offered any objection. In fact, Young Klondike felt no little curiosity to know how that same stream would pan out. Besides this there was another reason for making the attempt. Provisions were beginning to run short. Young Klondike's party had not started out with the intention of making a long stay, and it would be necessary to take the homeward track, unless they drew upon the stores of the big cave. "I don't see any reason why we shouldn't do it said Ned. There can't be any doubt that those te1-lows are all dead." "Probably they are," said the detective. "If any of them were still living, we should certaiflly-ha beard from them-at least, it seems so to me." When morning catne there was still another reason for not working in Golden Valley, and it was a most excellent reason for giving up altogether and returning to Dawson City. It began to snow in the night, and was coming down good and hard at daybreak. To work in Golden Valley was impossible, and it was equally so to think of returning home until the storm was over, so Young Klondike and his friends naturally turned their attention to the cave.

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YOUNG KLONVIKKS DEATH TRAP. 19 They climbed up the mountain-side, and with picks I "Qall iL the Unknown," replied the detective, with and shovels and pans and the big reflecting lantern to one of his chuckling laughs. Ha, ha, ha You work by, made their way through the tunnel into the little cave. Nothing had changed since they left it. The breakup in the roof rock certainly had not extended here. "We'll take a place in the old bed of the stream, as far back from the water as we can get," declared Ned. "Of course, we shall have to dam up a bit to keep the water from coming into the hole, but that won't take long, and it's our best chance for finding gold." "Why not take the place where I found my nugget ?" suggested. the Unknown. "As well there as anywhere. It answers my con ditions perfectly." So this was the place chosen, and the first work was to build a da.m against the stream. While piling up tile sand for this purpose they took out nuggets which at guess weight ran as high as twenty ounces. This, of course, was a good promise for what they might expect to find in the hole. "We are going to strike it rich here!" declared the Unknown. "I feel it in my bones." "If we don't do it to-day we never shall," replied Ned, emphatically. "It won't do to hang around here much longer. The river is liable to freeze over any time." "You bet I've no desire to walk to Dawson," de clared the detective. "I quite a .gree with you, Young .i{lobdike, we must be on the move." They now started in to dig the prospect hole. Ned marked out a square of four by iive feet, rather smaller than usual, but big enough for a hasty prospect where the idea was to make depth as soon as possible. There wa s no trouble in digging here. The cave was warm and the ground unfrozen, so a lot of time was saved. By noon they had the shaft down about six feet and there struck the black sand in which the richest deposit of is usually found. But luck had already come their way. Scarcely a shovelful of dirt was thrown out which did not color, and in many instances there were nug gets of no small size. While Ned and Dick worked in the hole the Un known, assisted by Edith, took to panning this pre ... .-M"y dirt. The result was a yield of as much as three thousand dollars, almost all in nuggets, for little account was made of the flake gold and none at all of the dust. "There ain't the least doubt that t his is a rich claim," remarked Young Klondike, as he leaned on his shovel. "A man could soon make out a fortune here." We'll tackle it next spring," said the detective, and the mine shall be named for me." "All right. We'll name it for you now," laughed Dick. "What shall we call it?" thought you would catch me that time, didn't you? Oh, no! I'm too old a bird for that." "I'll put a gang of men on this mine, and work .t a month at my own expense, and give you every ounce of gold taken out, if you will really let it be named for you," said Ned. "No, sir I By the Jumping Jeremiah, that would be highway robbery, and I'll never make myself a party to any such scheme!" "Correct!" said Ned. "We ain't going to get your name to-day, it seems?" "Not to-day, dear boy-some other day!" "Which, being the case, I suppose I may as well go on with my digging?" laughed Ned, and that is what he did. Now came the great discovery. The most sanguine hopes formed by Young Klon dike were realized. Before they had gone down a foot further, a turn of the spade laid bare a nest of nuggets, which filled the entire bottom of the shaft. Of course this discovery threw our Klondikers into a high state of excitement. Even the Unknown, who was not at all fond of going down into prospect holes, jumped right in to have a look. "Why, it's great!" )le exclaimed. "That's what it is-great If they go down for any depth, we've got a fortune right here before us; only question is about getting away with it before we are snowed in." With such a find as this on their hands, it is hardly to be expected that our Klondikers would feel inclined to quit work very early. In fact, they continued at the nugget bed until Ned's watch warned them that it would soon be sun down. "We may as well quit now and call it a go," he said. "I don't believe we'd reach the bottom of this bed in a week." And so they knocked off work well content with tM big find iIJ. the little cave. And why not? Dick estimated the value of the nuggets at over ten thousand dollars. One hundred days' work at this rate would mean a million, and from the way the nugget bed appeared to run it looked as though there was nothing to hinder working it for a hundred weeks. CHAPTER IX. CAUGHT IN THE DEATH TRAP AGAIN. WHEN a rat is caught in a trap the other rats are pretty apt to give the place a w1de berth, and every body knows thali it is not easy to catch rats twice m front of the same hole. Men are not always so sensible ; they will run deliberately into the same danger many times.

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YOUNG D1KKS DEATH TRAP. One would hardly suppose that Young Klondike's With a thunderous reverberation down dropped anparty would go a second time into that death trap other great section of the roof directly over the shaft. which came so near proving fatal to them, but that It was overwhelming for the moment. is just what they did; Ned, Dick and Edith had been through it before, It was the shortness of provisions which took them and knew how to handle themselves, but it was the there. first time for the Unknown, and he seized Edith's Edith declared that they could not run two days arm and hurried her over to the other side of the cave, more without laying in a fresh supply. shouting: As it hardly seemed like robbery to help them"Ye gods and little fishes! the whole thing is selves to food belonging to men they fully believed coming down The world is coming to an end to be dead, Young Klondike suggested that they quit Where shall we go? What shall we do?" work, then go into the big cave and take down a load And so on. He kept it up until the rock ceased.m of provisions, leaving the gold for some other time. to fall. Nobody saw any danger in it, not even the Un-1 "Now what do you think of that?" cried Ned. known, so they the gold under a heap of sand "That's the sort of thing we went through with, and started for the big cave. and.-thunder Our way out is cut off!" Here, a$ in the smaller cave, things remained un-11 "Didn't you realize that before?" said Dick, changed except that underneath the hole in the roof quietly. "You see, the death trap has closed on us a lot of snow had drifted in. aga.in." "It's a terrible storm," sa,id the detective; "boys, "Wha t did you suppose I was making all the noise I hope we haven't made a mistake in staying up here about?" cried the detective. "Ye gods and little so long. I only hope we may not find it impossible to fishes! We are shut up here like rats in a trap. We get down into the canyon again." shall never be able to get out now "Oh, we'll manage it somehow," declared Ned, And the wind howled mournfully above them, driv-" but all the same we'll hurry up things. Come, ing the snow down into the hole. Edith, you know the store-room and we don't. Lead It was a bad business-a very, very serious affair. the way." The shaft was now buried under tons of stone, to There was a splendid supply of provisions in the remove which seemed quite impossible. store-room, as we have said before. Y OUQg Klondike's party could congratulate themPiled up in a deep crevice, under the rocks, were selves that they had escaped with their lives, but hams and bacon, and canned goods of every descrip-that .was all. tion, not to mention dried fruits, crackers and cheese, Bitter regrets were now in order. and a hard baked bread which Edith went for first of If they had only been satisfied with the day's digall. gings and gone back to the old cave with their gold, "There's stuff enough here to last us half the leaving the provisions for another day. winter, if we want to stay on Mad Mountain," reThese and a dozen other things floated through marked the Unknown. I their thoughts. "Y cs, but what are we going to do the other half?" But the "if" could not save them 11ow. They were laughed Dick. "I don't believe from the looks of caught in the death trap with no apparent chance of things there is any game to speak of here. We'd getting out. better not think of staying, for it would be an even The hours of that awful night which followed were chance if we should find ourselves alive in spring." hard to bear. As nobody seriously thought of staying, Dick did Morning came at last and found our Klondikers not manage to get up any discussion. There were half frozen in the death trap. The storm had passed several sacks of-potatoes here, and Ned emptying out away and it had turned off piercing cold. ..,., three of them they proceeded to fill them up again This meant the freezing of the Klondike; meant with the pick of the provisions, and were soon ready tha. t they would have to remain on Mad Mountain all to start. through the long winter even if they succeeded in It was growing colder; the air even here in the getting out of the death trap. ,...._ cave had a n icy chill. And the wind whistled
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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEA.TH 'l'RAP. 'l l So when it turned off cold, he and Dick built a fire, j (;heir infancy. Let us hear what they amount to. and they all sat round it until morning. Fire up, Zed !" As soon as it was daylight Edith cooked breakfast, "Well, then, to begin again. Ahem !" chuckled and they all sat down to eat. the detective. "Well, what do you say; how are you going to "You said thatbefore, you remember," broke in untie this knot, Young Klondike?" asked the UnDick. known, with his mouth full of hot ham. H Am I to be allowed to speak, or am I not to be al" It can't be untied," said Dick gloomily. "We've lowed to speak?" demanded the Unknown. just got to stay here until the balance of the roof "Decidedly you are to be allowed to speak. Go falls in, and that will be the end." on," said Ned. "The end of us or of the roof?" "Young Klondike has spoken, and Young Klondike "Of both, I'm thinking. Ye gods and little is boss. As I remarked before-ahem!" fishes! We're in a pretty pickle. I don't know "Now you are waiting for someone to take you up, whether to shoot myself, dance a sailor's hornpipe and I won't do it," said Dick. and try to be jolly. or to begin unpiling those "Wise youth When I said that I had been seized st.ones, a job which I might reasonably hope to I with an idea I only stated part of the truth. I have fmish in about a hundred years.'' been seized with several ideas, and the first is that in "Zed," said Edith, almost sternly, "I don't our present precarious position--" think this is any time for fooling. Why don't you "Present precarious position is good," said Dick, try to be sensible and suggest something for us to beneath his breath. "You'd better stuff that and do?" hang it up to dry." "I can only suggest one thing, and that is to "Your observations are beneath notice, Mr. Dick unpile the stones." Luckey. I decline to pay the slightest attention to "l suppose we might do it rn time," said Ned, them. As I was about to remark, I have come to dub,ously. the conclusion that in our present precarious positi.on, "I thmk we might," replied Dick. "Anyway shut up as we are in a death trap with death staring we may as well work as remain idly here by the us in the face--" fire. At least it will help to keep us warm." "Too many deaths in that sentence," laughed Ned. And this was what they did all the morning. "We can't die but once, you know." By noon they had succeeded in moving a good "Avast there, Young Klondike l Ye gods and deal of the stone-a great deal more than they little fishes! Can't I speak without all these inter_thought they could move in so short a time. ruptions? I was to observe that in our present pre-Edith had a fine dinner ready by the time they carious position, I have an idea I ought to tell my knocked off, and all sat down to it feeling rather enname." couraged. "Hooray!" shouted Dick. "By gracious, if I had "It can be done,"' said Ned. "I don't believe it known what it was you were driving at I'd have held would take more than a week to move those stones my tongue." and clear the shaft." "By all means tell it. I quite agree with you," "And that means we may still have a chance to said Ned. "You owe it to yourself and to us to do get down the river before winter sets in," said Dick. that very thing." "It's getting considerably warmer. I don't believe "Do you really think so?" this cold snap will freeze the river solid. I don't "I do!" give up hope." "Well, so do I, and I'll take the matter under "Nor I," said Edith. "If Dick can hope I'm serious consideration. I'll let you know my decision quite sure the rest of us can." at the end of the week." ".Ahem!" said the Unknown, solemnly. "Listen, "Rubbish!" cried Ned. -Jear friends; I am about to make a speech:. "Rats !" exclaimed Dick. "I want to observe that if the rest of the roof "I begin to think, Zed, that you never had a don't fall and crush us, we may fairly consider ourname," said Edith. "If that's all your ideas amouut selves safe." to I don't think much of them-I'll tell you that -"Why make any such suggestion?" replied Ned. straight !" Do you suppose we want to hear anything like "Thank you. It could not be expected that my that ?" idea would amount to much, Edith, and you'll quite "Stop! You wrong me! By the Jumping Jere-agree with me when you hear the second." miah, you do wrong me!" broke in the Unknown. "Which is--" "I've been struck by an idea." "Listen, dear friends. My second idea is that we "Did it hit you hard?" asked Edith, laughingly. are all a parcel of fools!" "Hope to goodness it didn't hurt you much," "That's admitted," said Ned. "We w ere the big-added Dick. gest kind of fools ever to come back in this place!" "Let the Unknown speak," said Ned. "Don't "True; but I don't refer to that at all!" cut the grand ideas of our nameless friend off in "To what then?"

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH TRAP. "To spending our time moving those stones." "Don't agree with you." "You don't Have you stopped to think?" "Well, no; I can't say I have according to your line, for I don't know what that line is." "Exactly so; now listen : The shaft is covered, ain't it?'" Decidedly it is." "Just so. Now watch me." The Unknown jumped up, moved toward the great heap of stone, and took his stand in a certain place. "What's this?" he demanded. "Now, will you think?" "Thunder !" cried Ned, springing up. We are fools. Why, right under your feet is the drift which leads to the little cave." "Hooray! Yourig Klondike has waked up at last !" cried the Unknown, tossing up his tall hat and catching it on his head as it came down. It was a great disco:very. Somewhere under that ground lay the tunnel. They only had to dig to find it-at least they thought so then. But it turned out far otherwise. While they were still talking, another crash came. A few loose pieces of rock falling gave them warn-ing, and profiting by their past experience all hands made a rush for the other side of the cave. They were not a moment too soon. All in an instant the crash followed. About all there was left of the roof came down then. It left Young Klondike's ,party unharmed, but it buried the ground above the drift completely. Tons and tons of rock fell upon it, and when it was all over Young Klondike saw that they might as well try to move the whole of Mad Mountain as to clear off that vast pile of stone. Caught in the death trap? Yes, worse than ever. There had been some slight chance of escape before, but now there was none. CHAPTER X. LOST UNDERGROUND. THE long, gloomy night that followed gave Young Klondike plenty of time for thought. Dick slept well, and so did t he U nlmown and Edith, but Ned could not sleep, so he spent the night pacing the cave for the most part, and never calling Dick to stand his watch, as had b een agreed. It seemed terribly hard to have that last hope cut off, but so it had to be. It was simply useless to think of digg-ing down into the drift now, but along toward morning Ned got an idea which bid fair to let them out of the trap. He had been over to the store-room, which fortun ately remained undisturbed, to get some crackers, for he was feeling a bit hungry, when all at once it oc curred to him to look at the sixth map again. The big reflecting lantern had been lighted here by the store-room early in the evening as there was plenty of oil in a large can among the other valuables stored under the ledge. Ned sat down on the rock and while munching his crackers got out the map again for another look. There was a second circle on the map-a little one over in a corner which Young Klondike had suddenly remembered, and it occurred to him just then that it might mean the cave. When he came to examine it now, he was satisfied that it did mean the cave. The line of the tunnel terminated in it and thus look.ed as though such might be its meaning. Another line took a semi-circular course and ended there also-ran into the other side of the small circle. When he had previously examined the map Ned paid little attention to this, but now he began to puz zle his brains to understand its meaning, for it seemed to him that it could indicate nothing else than another passage out of the cave. "I believe it is,'' he muttered, "and what's more I believe it comes in high up on the side of the wall here. Let's see, that would bring it over t .he store room, just above where I am now, in point of fact. Blest if I don't think that's about the place where we first saw those men." It will be remembered that the men were first seen in one place, and then disappearing for a few moments were seen again in another, where they were caught in the crash. 'l'his idea now took firm hold of Ned. He began to think that the passage indicated by this curved line would be found a.way above the gen eral level, and he immediately looked about for a place where he could climb the rocky wall and ex plore. There was no possible chance there by the store room, but he soon saw that by climbing to the top of the first pile of rock which had fallen, lt would bring him up to the level wherehe had first seen the men. Ned lost no time in climbing the pile, a compara tively .easy matter, by the way, but there seemed ta.. be no chance of going along the wall to the point over the store-room. He gave it up then, for it was not easy to see much up there with only the lantern's light. But when morning came he showed the map to Dick and told his theory. The Unknown, who had been washing his face in the stream, came along just then and entered heartily into the idea. "Why, I believe you've hit it, Ned," he remarked. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, I believe you've struck the nail square on the head !" "That's what I thought last night. Couldn't make a go of it, though. Still, I'm ready to try it again."

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'&1 DEATH 'l'R.A.P. 23 It had cleared off now. Bright sunlight came eatables before we go down the Klondike, that's treaming into the hole, and it wa,s decidedly warmer. sure." On general principles, all hands were most anxious "Of course we have, and we must take them with. o get out, and especially so now that the weather us,'1 said the detective. "Can we climb up on the ad moderated, for ft seemed their last chance to get ledge there loaded, Ned? What do you think?" own the Klondike before winter set in. "I'm sure we can't. It really ain't any use to "Going to try it now, boys, or will you wait till try." .fter breakfast?" asked Edith, who was working "Then the stuff must be passed up to us and ver the fire then. we'll have to load down on the ledge." "Oh, we'll try it now,'' said Ned. "It won't take "That can be done. Hadn't we better do a little ut a few moments. If we can't get along the wall exploring first though?" e shall give it up, ofcourse." "I think it would be a good idea. Let's you and "Not at all of course,'' said the detective. "We I and Dick go up while Edith picks out such stuff an pile up stones here, so as to climb up if we seethe as she thinks we are likely to need." east sign of a break in the rock." It was so arranged. "Perhaps we may strike it. Here goes!" cried There were plenty of ropes in the store-room. Bd; as he ran off toward the big stone heap, followed Picking out one of tht: shorter ones, Ned led the y Dick. way up the stone heap, climbing upon the ledge by 'l'he Unknown went on with his toilet intending to the aid of Dick's shoulders as he had done before. in them later on. Then making the rope fast to a projecting point of B3fore he had fully dried bis face a shout from Ned rocks he helped Dick to pull himself up, the Unknown au11ed his attention to the top of the stone pile." following. "There's a regular gallery here !" called Young There was not room for more thJ. one on the width londike. "It ain't more than two feet wide, but it of the ledge and they had to stand in single file. uu;;; above over the store-room. Only wonder is we "Now then for your tunnel!" exclaimed the Unidn't see it before." known. "I'm anxious to see it. By the Jumping "Where?" Jeremiah, I insist on your tunnel being produced "Up here over our heads! See I" righ.taway." "Can't see it. Rock looks all smooth to me." "It's here, and don't you forget it," said Ned. "It ain't, though. If we can only get up there I'll "This way. Follow me!" on show you what I mean." They crept along the face of the rock to a point Instead of coming up the pile the Unknown stood nearly over Edith's head. a.tching and saw Ned get on shoulders, clutch Is that where it is?" she called, looking up. e rock, and slowly pull himself up. "Yes, right here,'' replied Ned. "Lookout! We "Here I am!" he cried. "There's just room enough are going in now !" get a footing here and no more." One by one they disappeared. "Pull me up !" called Dick. The mouth of the tunnel was low down against the "No! It ain't necessary. Stay where you are. ledge, and they had to .stoop in order to enter it. 'm going along here to explore." Ned lighted the lantern, and flashed it in as far as As Ned hurried along the wall it seemed impossible the light would penetrate. comprehend what he was standing on. "What about this?" he exclaimed. "You can see All at once he disappeared, and they could hear his for yourselves how far it goes. There ain't any apout announcing that he had found the tunnel. parent end." "It's here !" he cried, popping out a moment later I "It certainly is just what we want, and I believe it lt leads right in under the and I can't see any joins one of the other tunnels," said the Unknown, d to it. This is surely the way they came. Come I greatly pleased. Ji_e:re, Zed, and bring the ropes and the lantern; "Or comes out in the big sink," added Dick. lS thing must be explored." "The map says it joins the tunnel next above ours," Not till I've had my breakfast, you bet," de, said Ned. "You can see it here for yourself." ared the detective. "You'd better come down and "No; it ain't necessary. l'H take your vrnrd for e yvm too, Ned." it. This is certainly a great discovery, and one that "All right, I'm agreeable. There's plenty of must be followed up." "It's only a question of provisions now," remarked Ned dropped down on the stone heap and with Dick. "We better not lose any more time. It will ick returned to the floor of the cave. take a good half hour to get our st_ uff up here a,nd Breakfast wa.s eaten quietly, but it ls loaded on our backs so that we can carry it." say that everyone was in the highest state of ex"The loading had better be done in the cave," said tement. the detective. ''We want plenty of string and I saw How about provisions?" asked Edith. "Once several balls of it among the other things there in the e start out it ain't likely we shall come back again l store-room. I think, too, that we'd better carry one we have any luck. We've got to have a stock of of the ropes along."

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24 YOUNG KLONDIKE"S DEA'l'H TRAP. "Ain't that loading ourselves down unneces-the map. What's the meaning of all these short sarily ?" asked Ned. lines going off the curve?" "Not a bit of it. We may run into some place "Must be openings in the rocks. I can't imagine where it is absolutely necessary. It better go." them to be anything else." "But no mining tools." "Look here," said the detective, who was looking "Not one, you bet. We don't want any more gold. over the other's shoulder; "there's going w be We know where we can put our hands on enough to trouble. Don't you see your line don't go into t.lie last us for one while if we can only get out of this in-sink? It' stops just short of it, and there's a cross fernal death trap-that must be our work now." line drawn at; the end. Now, what does that r.nean ?" Without further discussion they returned to the Ned had not noticed this, and was puzzled. ground. \ Dick was inclined to turn it off, and sa. y that it "Well, how about the tunnel?" asked Edith. didn't mean anything, but Ned's confidence in the "It's all right," replied Ned. "Nothing could be map was absolute. more promising." "It has a meaning, you may depend upon it. Evet'y "And we owe it all to you, Ned. Who would line here has a meaning," he declared. ever have thought that the little circle scrawled "Then it can: only mean that this tunnel does not there on the sixth map would lead to this?" end at the sink, but is cut off at the end," "We owe it to old Joe Bunker for makmg the detective. map-that's who we owe it to." There was no use in discussing it, however. "We owe the whole business to Joe Bunker," 'Illrn only thing was to go ahead and see. said the Unknown. "If it hadn't been for him we Soon they proved the accuracy o: the map again, would never have come here in the first place, but we for they came to a point where the tunnel narrowed owe it to ourselves to get out of here now just as up and took an abrupt curve. quick as we can." It went right on curving, twisting around, so that The provisions were the only delay. the detective was ready to positively assert that they First thing was to carry them up on top of the were going back in the direction by which they had stone heap. started out. Edith had been careful to select only the most A little further and they knew what the cross lines useful articles, and to confine herself strictly to only meant. such as they could probably carry. Tunnel after tunnel went off out of the main one, Ned then went up on the ledge and Dick loading some on ohe side and some on the other. below they hoisted the stuff up in a mining They were for the most part narrow rifts -i::: -the and later when all hands came up it was carried on rock, but one or two were as large as the main tunnel into the tunnel. itself, and they curved out of it in such a way that Everything was now ready for a start, and the all saw how difficult it would be to follow the main Unknown proceeded to load Ned and Dick down. tunr:el if they attempted to return. Edith insisted upon taking"her share, although the "If we are driven back on our tracks, we've got Unknown declared that he coul!i carry all that re-to look out for ourselves," said the "You mained. can see what a serious matter it would be to get lost Everything being ready, Ned lighted the small lan-underground here, Ned." tern and led the way into the tunnel. They had the chance given them to exercise all The big lantern was left lighted behind them. For their skill in this direction after a few moments, for a long time it seemed, they watched its light as they they soon came to the end of the main tunnel. tramped on into the tunnel. It was just as the detective anticipated. The tun-Time was soon coming when they would be only nel led them abruptly up against a dead wall of rock, too rejoiced to see that light again. and there was no going any further, and yet upon When they lost it at last, the tunnel taking a the map this was close on the great circle or sin=:. turn, the small lantern showed them another straight Did old Joe Bunker know that it ended here, or stretch for a long distance ahead. did he only guess at it? This puzzled Young Klondike considerably, for the Ned thought the latter, but it made n
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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEA'l'H TRAP. 25 "There's nothing left for us but to do a little ex/ It grew worse and worse. ploring on our own account or go back," said Edith. "I give it up," said Ned, stopping then and lean" Go back-we can't go back!" declared Ned. ing hopelessly against the wall. "I throw up the "What have we got to go back to? Nothing but sponge. We are lost-lost underground!" our death." "That's right," said the detective. "We can only go back as a last resort, and I say we ought not to do it until every tunnel has been explored, for remember, boys, one of these tunnels may lead us into the sink, and it will be an easy matter for us to get from there into the old cave, and then we are safe." CHAPTER XI. THE ENEMY AGAIN. They talked it over further and it was determined IT was a bad business-very bad indeed. to adopt the detective's suggestion. Altogether it looked as if there was no way out of Returning in their tracks with the intention of be-it for Young Klondike and his friends. ginning at the last tunnel as they were going-that Even the Unknown, usually so sanguine under all is the one nearest to the cave-they soon came upon j circumstances, looked deeply troubled as they stood first on their right; there was one on the left there leaning against the rocky wall. here, too, and two others a little further on. "What in thunder are we going to do?" queried But as they pushed ahead they soon found that the Dick. tunnels ceased. "Don't ask me," replied Ned. "I'll never tell you. Their way grew narrower now and the rocks around We've got to get out of here mighty sudden, though, them began to wear an unfamiliar look: or we are going to find ourselves in the dark." Ned suddenly stopped short, exclaiming: Now this was perhaps the most serious part of it. "By gracious, do you know I believe we've missed The lantern had about burned itself out. our way after all." Unfortunately Edith never though_ t of adding oil "I was just beginning to think so myself," said to the rest of the stores. Dick. "I believe we got off into one of the cross tun-They had not a drop to replenish the dying flame. nels, while we supposed we were keeping straight on It was bad enough to be lost underground with this by the main line." feeble light to guide them, how much worse then Of course the only thing was to go back, and they would it be to be lost in the dark. did so, coming at last to the point where the tunnels "Is it really so near gone as all that, dear boy ?" divided. asked the Unknown hollowly. Here they found themselves face to face with an"That's what it is. You can shake the lantern and other dilemma. They seemed to have lost the run of the different tunnels. It was impossible to tell which was which. Dick was ::iure that one of the openings before them was the main tunnel. Ned was equally sure of another, while detective and Edith remained neutral; the latter declared positively that she did not know which was which. "Well, we can only try them," said Ned. "We'll take yours, Dick; you are just as liable to be right as I am, and if we find ourselves wrong we can turn back." They had not gone far before they saw a new dan g.er confronting them. This tunnel was clearly not the place. Many cross passages opened off from it. They curved this way and that, until it became hopelessly confusing .. i; We must go back at once," declared the detective. "No wonder they call this Mad Mountain ; it's enough to send the most level headed fellow in creation to the madhouse to try to make anything out of this." But it waS:easier to say go back than to do it. The moment they tried to return the way grew more perplexing. From one tunnel they got into another and when they tried to turn back found themselves in another still. An hour passed. see for yourself." "It will do no good. I can take your word for it. Ned, I don't give up easy as a rule-you know that." "Well, I do; but how can any of us help giving up now? Blest if I can see where help is coming from!" "Listen," said the Unknown, holding up his hands. "I wish you all to swear a swear. Hold up your hands like me.'' All obeyed. "Now, then, the first man, or woman, either, who says one despairing word, may he or sbe never es cape from this hoYe I swear to be cheerful to the end, no matter wh:tt that may be, and I want you all to swear the same!" Done," said Dick. "There won't be a word out of me," said Ned. "Same here," declared Edith. "We can't starve yet, and darkness does not kill." "Now, then," said the Unknown, "let's keep right on through the tunnel, and never budge to the right or left as long as the light lasts." They kept steadily on for half an hour. Dimmer and dimmer grew the light: Now silence came upon them all. They knew that soon the darkness must come, too. The tunnel seemed interminable, and ran very straight. For ten minutes they had come to no cross passage.

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26 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEA'l'H TRAP. It began to look as if they really might hope to come out somewhere, when all at once the light began to flicker, and the feeble flame went out. In an instant they were enveloped in profound darkness. It is easier to imagine their sensations than to de scribe them. To attempt it in words would be to do what none of the party did, for they kept right on walking, and no one spoke. Young still led off, and he did it with just as free and bold a step as ever, and yet he fully real ized that at any moment the next step might take him to his death. So did the others; in his unselfishness Dick would not have had it so if he could have prevented it. "Hold on, Ned !" he called at last. "We are going to make a change now." Change I What change ? What do you mean?" asked Ned. "You've run risk enough ; it is my turn now." "Who says so? What's the matter? Ain't I going all right?" "You are doing well, but I insist upon being al lowed to take some of the risk." Bother I'll attend to that." "It's only fair," said the Unknown. "I'll take my chance in leading off any time-I'd rather take it now than not." Can't be done. I've got the lead, and I mean to keep it," Ned declared. "Then you'll leave me behind," said Dick. "I won't go another step unless I can be allowed to take my turn." "You ought to do it, Ned," said Edith. "I don't want to say anything, because I suppose you won't let me do my part, but I'd like to all the same, and I can understand just how Dick feels." Then Ned yielded up his place to Dick, and the gloomy march was resumed. For fully fifteen minutes it proceeded in silence, when all at once the whole party were startled by a sharp explosion, which was followed by a crash of falling rock. Of course they stopped and listened. After the sounds died away voices could be heard talking in the distance. It was startling to hell.r them so. "What can it mean?" whispered Edith. We have run up against something sure." "Not a doubt of it," replied the detective, "and it is for our best interest to proceed with the greatest caution, let come what will, I'm glad." "Anything for a change, I suppose," said Ned. "So I say. Anything to break that horrible silence. How far off should you say they were, Ned?" "Not far. Listen! There's one peculiarity about those voices. Can you detect what I mean, Mr. Detective ?" "Well, I can't say I do detect it. Wait a minute though. I don't give up yet. Give me time." All listened attentively now. The voices were fainter than those heard behind the talking rock and reached their ears with a muffled sound. "They are behind something,'' said Dick. "Is that it?" "Not at all," replied Ned. "That ain't what I mean." "Steange I can't catch on to it," said the detective. "I really feel quite ashamed of myself, Young Klondike. Do you still hear the thing you mean?" "Yes, I do." "Bother! I ought to be kicked! Edith, can you make out what Ned is driving at?" "The voices sound to me as though they were not on a line with us," said Edith. "Is that it, Ned?" "You are getting hot," replied Ned. ''You are very close to it now." "Edith is right,'' said the detective, after a moment. "They are below us. Have I hit it now?" "You have,'' said Ned. "That's what I meant. Those voices are undoubtedly below us; now what' does that imply?" That there is a drop in this path right ahead of us!" "You think so?" "Yes." "So do I." Then we mus_ t move with greater caution than ever. Here, it's my turn to take the lead. Get back there, Dick." "You ain't going-it's me," said Ned, but the Unknown wouldn't have it so at all. He pushed his way to the front and led off boldly. Yet for all that he observed the greatest care. Although they could not see him do it, the Unknown never put his foot down without feeling for the rock and knowii:ig that he was treading somewhere. This saved him. All of a sudden he fell back on Dick :who could feel him tremble from head to foot. "There's nothing ahead of us, boys !" he gasped. "Hold me, Dick! By the Jumping Jeremiah! I thought I was all ready for it, but it has turned my head now that it has come." "Good enough! We know it in time anyhow," said Ned. "Brace up, old man Your care has saved us. Do you hear the voices now?" -_,. They listened but could hear nothing at first. Then came the ring of hammers upon a drill reminding them of the talking rock. "It mus' t be the same old gang," said. the Un known. "Chances are it's the enemy. More than likely they escaped after all." "I'm beginning to think so," replied Ned. "Come now, it's my turn. Let me get in ahead there." "What to do?" "Never you mind." "Nothing rash, I hope-I won't have that at all." Let me take my turn and don't bother. I ain't going to commit suicide. I'll promise you that."

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YOUNG KLONDIKE'S D"EATH '!'RAP. ,_., I The Unknown stepped back, and Ned passing to he front lay down flat on the rocks. "I was just going to do that myself," said the de ective, "judging by the sounds what was going on." "Were you? Then I'm in ahead of you. Hold on o my feet, Dick." "You're leaning over the edge there?" asked Dick. "Yes, as far as I dare. "\hen you get hold of me, shall pull out further. That's the talk Hold on ight now-here I go! IIooray I s e e a light!" Here was good news Edith clapped her hands and would have pressed orward to have a look if the Unknown had not held ier back. !it.Don't dare to try it !" he exclaim ed. "What is t, qear boy. Do you see the light now?" "Not now l I was way in under the rocks. We m to be stnnding on a projecting shelf. It's a ood hundred feet down there, and-thunder! Here omes the light !" Suddenly the darkness was dissipated. ,A.11 could ow see that they were standing on the verge of a rec1p1ce. Far below them a man came into view. e was flashing a big reflecting lantern upward. "Hello up there 1 Hello !" he cried. "That you, am?" Dick had the presence of mind to drop flat on the ock, a .nd the Unknown drew Edith down. "They've heard us talking," he whispered. "Shall ou answer him, N ea ?" "No, don't answer! Don't think of it, if you value our lives !" spoke a voice behind them. "Pull back ut of sight there !" Startling as it was to hear this voice speaking out f the darkness, N ed had the presence of mind to imediately obey. "That you, Young Klondike?" spoke the voice o-ain. "Don't be alarmed. I'm your friend if yol). ve a friend in this horrible place. Get back here little out of [sight. Get back all of :,You-then you all see me and not before." They crawled back over the rocks. Meanwhile, the man down at the bottom of the lled again and again. Receiving no answe r he turnhis lantern and walked away. Young Klondike scrambled to his feet, the others llowing his example. .J' "\here are you ? Who are you?" Ned asked. "Here I am Look at me !" the voice ISwered. Then all at once an old man stood before a lighted lantern. llh-ere he was filling up the entrance to another tun-1, and all recognized his remarkable r e semblance old Joe Bunker at a glance. "My dear friend How are you?" gasped the Un own, rushing forward io grasp his hand, as though were a long lost brother. "Keep back! I m here for one purpose only," said. e old man, waving him off. "Hello No use for me?" exclaimed the Un own. "My business here is to save the life of then. who buried my dead brother. Young Klondike, fui' low me!" "Not without my friends," replied Ned stoutly. "Of course.you can't mean for me to do that?" "I do. I saved this man once, and if he was fool enough to go back again into that death trap, is it my fault? Clearly not. For you I am willing to risk my life, but the rest must stay behind and take their chances." "You don't mean it!" I am in dead earnest. You don't know the risk I run? Hark Don't you hear them c alling me now?" "Sam Hello, Sam Are you up there ?" the voice was heard again shouting out of the pit. "Quick It's now or never," said the man. "Fol low me, Young Klondike, but if one of the rest of you attempts to follow I've got this." He drew a revolver a .nd covered them. There was a wild, desperate look in the man's eyes. Ned was almost inclined to think him mad. He stepped forward, and the man retreated as h e advanced. "Come, come on !" he called. "Keep back the rest of you Young Klondike, follow me !" "Sam! Sam! Sam!" shouted the voice out of the pit still again. lt was the enemy and this man was one ot the gang. Of course Young Klondike never dreamed of deserting his friends. It is not necessary to say that he had no such idea. He followed the retreating figure into the tunnel a few yards, disappearing around a turn. Dick and the others watched him breathlessly. "He mustii't go," breathed Dick. "Do you think for an instant he would desert us:" asked Edith. "That's not Ned." "No, no But suppose his scheme fails?" "It There he goes!" cried the Unknown. A sudden rush and the sound of a fall-then a shot, all heard in the same instant. "Come on! Come on! I've got him foul?" cri r d Ned. "Sam! Sam! Hello, Sam !". shouted the voice from the pit behind them. It was the enemy again CHAPTER XII. OFF DOWN THE KLONDTh."E WITH A LOAD OF GOLD. IT is always just before daylight the.r say. It must have been pretty near the dawn of bette r things for Young Klondike's party just about then, for it seemed as if there could be no chance for N ed when they saw him struggling with that big, power-

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26 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DE.A.TH TR.AP. fellow right at the edge of another precipice to J Ned thought that they were going down into the which the tunnel ran. pit, and he began to wonder if after all they werirnot The lantern had been overturned by the fall and being betrayed. lay on its side, sputtering. Still it seemed absurd t /fancy that any man would Edith seized it and Dick and the Unknown made a make such conditions merely to betray them, and so rush for the combatants, but before they could reach they followed on, until at length they came to another them they rolled over the edge of the rocks. cross tunnel leading off to the right.' "Oh! Oh! Oh!" cried Edith, covering her eyes in "Your way lies there/' said Sam Bunker. "Take horror, but the danger was only imaginary after all. it and go. Leave this place as soon as possible, or "I've got him !" cried Ned. "Come here I've I'll not answer for your lives !" got him now!" Thus saying he ran down the slope into the dark-They rushed to the edge of the rocks to see Ned ness and was gone in an instant. sitting on Sam Bunker, about five feet below them. Ned shouted to him to return, but he paid no heed. It was onlv a shelf, no precipice. Beyond the tun"Do we want him? No!" cried Dick. "Let's ._,. .; 1 n e l sloped down rapidly into the darkness. right out." Ned was perfectly cool as well he might be, for he "Let him go," said the detective. "File right, had the old fellow by the throat, and the dreaded reNed. Queer old duffer. All the same I believe he's volver was in his own hand. telling the truth." --"Come on, Zed I've got him There's no fight Ned immediately turned into the tunnel and they l e ft here!" he cried. hurried on at all speed. Dick and the detective were at his side in a mo-They had not far to go. Inside of five minutes the ment. tunnel suddenly narrowed and went winding around They caught the man between them and pulled him a big mass of rock by a trail so narrow that they had to his feet. to go sideways to pass, and then all at once they The result now was just the opposite to what they came out into a cave through which a stream ran. -: expected. "Hello! Hello!" cried the detective. "We "Hold on, gentlemen! Don't shoot! Don't shoot ought to know this place!" I m done!" cried the man. It was the little cave. "About time!" growled the Unknown. "You'll There was the spot where they had accomplished show us the way out of this infernal mountain-that's that wonderful gold digging, right ahead of them; what you'll do!" there were the tools they had left scattered about. "Just so! Exactly what. I propose to do. I could "Safe, by thunder!" cried Dick. "It's all plain show you a dozen ways out of Mad Mountain if I sailing now." <>hose. Ha, ha, ha! You ;vere all dead ) It certainly lookfld so when a few moments later w)len rocks came down on us, d1dn t you, Young they found themselves out upon the side of Mad Klondike? Well, we were out of danger before danMountain, and saw everything white with snow. -ger came, we were, for my partners The next move was to get down into the canyon meant to kill you then. and the next was to hurry back to the cave which "You'd better not talk-act," said the detective, had been their camp. sternly. "I don't know what kind of a man you are, It was an immense relief to get there and drop the my good friend, yvhether you are a. lunatic or what, heavy loads which they had carried through it all. but if you know a way out of this show it, and we'll The events of the last two days seemed like a reward you well." dream. "Put a pistol at my heaa and I'll do it. Young Ned could hardly realize that they had happened, Klondike, you dealt me a crusher You needn t have but as he Jooked around he saw which im done that." pressed it upon his mind pretty plainly that they were "There's the pistol, but I don't know what you are real. driving at,'' said Ned. On the same stone where Sam Bunker's letter had He cocked the revolver and covered him, though, been found now lay another-a folded paper pinned and what is more he did not take it away. together. Without another word Sam Bunker led the way Ned seized it, tore it open, and read a s follo ""'. down the tunnel. "Keep me covered!" he called. "I have sworn never to dtvulge the secrets of this mountain, unless i t is at the revolver's point, and I want to keep my o ath; that's all that's the matter with me." "Oh, that's it, is it?" cried the Unknown. "Now we begin to understand you, boss. Never mind. We won't give you away." Sam Bunker made no answer but just hurried on, continually descending. "YOUNG KLONDIKE :-You are now safe, and you owe it all to me. We don't want you here. If my partners knew what I had done they would kill me. Go at once. The provisions you took from our storehouse you may keep, for all me, but lose no time in getting down off the mountam, and beware how you tell what happened to you here. These diggings are ours, and we will share them with none. Even my brother was driven to his death, which I

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YOUNU KLONDIKE'S DEATH TRAP. 29 ply regret. Go Don't think of losing a moment taking an ounce of gold with you. For my dead ther's sake I do this. "SAM BUNKER.'" 'We must go," said Edith. "That man means siness-he must be obeyed." 'Shan't do anything of the sort," said Ned, stout" I don't propose to be scared off Mad Mountain him or any one else. We are going, of course, but gold we dug in the little cave goes with us. As his provisions I'll pay for them. I'll leave dust ugh to cover three times their value right here." 'Do you really mean it?" asked Dick. "It seems !Ile we are running a terrible risk.'' Of course, I mean it, Zed. What do you say ? I right or am I wrong?" 'Right," said the detective, stoutly. "It's all y well for these fellows to work diggings up e, but they don't own Mad Mountain, not by a d deal. We've a perfect right to the gold we dug of the ground, and from what we know I should that their diggings must be located away back in tunnels somewhere, and certainly not in the little o it was settled. all ready for a start, they began to wonder if there had been anything in Sam Bunker's last letter but idle threats after all. It had been growing steadily colder and the ice sheet in the river was decidedly on the increase. Further down, where the Klondike grew wider there was plenty of channel room, but up here where it narrowed do\vn between Mad Mountain and the mountain opposite, there was certainly serious dan-ger of being hemmed in. "We've got to start right away if we are going at all," remarked the Unknown, as he looked off on tlle river; "between you and me and the gas-house, Young Klondike, I don't feel altogether sure that we shall be able to break our way through this ice to the channel; but there's no use borrowing trouble-"e can only try.'' Crack! Suddenly a rifle shot rang out from the heights above them. Crack! Then came another. Both bullets whistled dangerously close to Young Klondike's head. "By the Jumping Jeremiah, that means business!" cried the Unknown. "Where did they come ysterious threats and warnings went for little from?" h Young Klondike. He was quite able to stand "It means the enemy," said Ned, quietly. "Look for his rights. there, boys!" dith cooked supper as quietly as if there had been He pointed up to the snow-covered rocks some t,rn : m Bunker, and the night passed without disturb-hundred feet above them. e. I They counted ten men gathered on the rocks look ext morning our party started down the mount-ing down. One had a long white beard, and was Sam to the boats, carrying such provisions as they Bunker beyond a doubt. olutely needed for their journey down the KlonSuddenly one of the men flung up his rifle and fired another shot. he boats were found to be just as they left them, It whistled between Dick and Edith, going on out what 'was still more satisfactory the river, alupon the ice beyond. gh frozen over on the sides, still offered a narrow "By the Jumping Jeremiah, this won't do !" cried nel for the passage of the boats. the detective. "That's the gang, and they are on to It will be a close call if it happens to freeze hard us! We'd better make an instant start !" ight," said the Unknown. "What do you say to "And be an easy mark for them?" said Dick. g now, Ned, and letting the gold go to thunder. "That won't do at all!" way, we have enough." "What will do? We can't hide; to stand our I say no. I'm determined to have that gold," ground means for us to fight ten! I say let's be off ied Ned, emphatically. "Dick is with me. You and take our chances in the boat!" Edith can stay here if you prefer, but we .are go"Look! They are going!" cried Edith. They all ack to the little cave to bring down the nuggets looked up and saw the men running down over the lust;-tt snow. In a moment they had vanished, but it was ll right. Young Klondike is boss. You bet we sufficiently plain that they meant business, and to t stay here alone, do we Edith?" remain where they were could only end in having to f course not," replied Edith, and they were soon fight the whole gang. eir way up Mad Mountain again. Now seemed to be their time, and not a moment was six trips up the mountain, and six down; was lost in getting into the boat. trips from the old cave to Golden Valley and Ned and Dick took the oars and worked the boat to the litt.le cave. out; the Unknown took his station in the bows and ring all this time-and it took until nearly mid-broke the ice ahead of them. as they advanced. t-they neither saw nor heard anything of Sam "I don't believe we are going to have a bit of er or the gang. trouble getting out into the channel," he declared. us when they found themselves at last on the "Once we a.re there we are all right, providing they bank with the boats loaded down with gold and don'.t cut us off."

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30 YOUNG KLONDIKE'S DEATH 'l'RAP. "How can they do that?" asked Dick. "They one mother's son of you shall leave Mad Mount haven't any boat." alive!" "Come now, come now That's a bright remark; Instantly he raised his rifle and'.fired ; so did othe besides, you are making assertions about something but the shots ft.ew wild. you know nothing about." -"Go for 'em, Edith! Go for 'em!" cried the That's right," added Ned. "We don't know that known. they haven't any boat-they must have had one There was no better shot in the whole Klond originally, or they never could have come this far up country than Edith, and she flung up her rifle a the Klondike; chances are that they ha;re it hidden I would have. proved this to the satisfaction of S somewhere about here now." Bunker's gang if there had been any need. "Pound away Break up the ice Let's get out But there wasn't. of here as quick as we can," said Edith. "We mustn't All in a moment a singular thing happened, wh give them a chance to get their boat." put an end to the chase almost before it began. "Hello! See what's happening!" exclaimed Ned. The foremost canoe was now abreast the ice mou "That's your work, Mr. Detective. Curious that it ain, which suddenly took the notion to topple should pile up so." Down it came upon the :heads of the men wit Owing to the narrowness of the channel here, the thundering crash, upsetting the canoe and tumbli Klondike runs with great swiftness, and in open them all into the icy water, while the men in the s weather goes swirling about the big bowlders which ond canoe, unable to check its headway, ran into t lie scattered all over the bed of the stream. wreck. Now, the result of this rapid i:povement of the cur-In a twinkling their canoe went over, too, and rent was indeed most peculiar. The ice, broken up were treated to a cold bath, while Young Kl by the Unknown's oar, was carried downlbetween two I ike's boats went swinging down the channel i big bowlders and began banking itself up into a min-the open water. iature mountain. With great rapidity the cakes piled "By-by, Bunker! We are off for Dawson and J themselvesoneachother,crushingandgrindingwith can't stop us!" sung out the Unknown, as th a thunderous noise. moved away. This so attracted the attention of our Klondikcrs No attempt was made to stop them, for the Bun1 that for the moment they forgot to keep a lookout gang had all they could do to take care of thE ashore and were paid for their negligence by another selves, and the boats were soon safely around t surprise. big bend in the river, after which the enemy was All at once they heard the sound of oars and lookno more. ing shoreward saw two canoes filled with men put-Here they struck open water, and the run to D2 ting out from u.nder the rocks somewhat 'further son City was safely made before the river closed down, nearly opposite the newly formed ice mountain for the winter. in fact. It not a big haul that Young :Klondike ma "The enemy!" cried the Unknown, catching sight but the thrilling adventures through which they h'. of them. passed were something to look back to. "Headed off!" echoed Dick, "unless we can make This is but one of the many exciting incidents the channel before they can break through the ice." Young Klondike's career. "Here we go now," said Ned, for with a tremen-There are others more entertaining still. For do us cracking sound the ice parted and they glided thrilling train of adventures in which Ned, Di into the channel. Edith and the Unknown took part we refer the rea It favored the enemy too, for it parted below. to the next number of this series, entitled Yo "We've got you now, Young Klondike!" yelled KLONDIKE'S l!'IGHT FOR A CLAIM; or, THE Bon"U Sam Bunker. "You've settled your own fate. Not OF. RACCOON CREEK. \

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