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Three Young Ranchmen


Or


Daring Adventures in the
Great West


By

Captain Ralph Bonehill


Illustrated


New York and Boston

H. M. Caldwell Company

Publishers


Copyright, 1901

By the Saalfield Publishing Company

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HORSE AND YOUTH WENT PLUNGING HEADLONG.

PREFACE




"Three Young Ranchmen" relates the adventures of three brothers, Allen, Chetwood and Paul Winthrop, who are left to shift for themselves upon a lonely ranch home situated in the mountainous region of the beautiful State of Idaho, near one of the numerous branches of the Salmon River.

The lads, although sturdy and brave, have no easy time making a living, and among other troubles, they are visited by horse thieves, and also by a crafty prospector who wishes to take their claim away from them. In the meantime an uncle of the lads has gone off to visit the city, and he disappears entirely, adding to the complexity of the situation. What the boys did to straighten out the trouble is told in the chapters which follow

In writing this story I have tried to give my boy readers a fair idea of life on a ranch of to-day, as well as of life in the wild mountains of Idaho, with some idea of the ranch hands and miners to be met with in these localities. The tale has been drawn as true to nature as possible, and I trust its reading will prove both entertaining and useful.

Captain Ralph Bonehill.

CONTENTS


PAGE
CHAPTER I.
An Unpleasant Discovery 11
CHAPTER II.
Allen on the Trail 21
CHAPTER III.
A Dangerous Situation 27
CHAPTER IV.
The Man in the Sink Hole 33
CHAPTER V.
Good Cause for Alarm 41
CHAPTER VI.
From One Peril to Another 51
CHAPTER VII.
The Cave in the Mountain 59
CHAPTER VIII.
Into a Snake's Nest 67
CHAPTER IX.
A Visitor at the Ranch 76
CHAPTER X.
The Captain's Setback 84
CHAPTER XI.
Ike Watson's Arrival 93
CHAPTER XII.
The Boys Talk It over 101
CHAPTER XIII.
Caught in a Cyclone 108
CHAPTER XIV.
Another Surprise 117
CHAPTER XV.
At Dottery's Ranch 127
CHAPTER XVI.
An Encounter in the Dark 134
CHAPTER XVII.
Something About a Letter 145
CHAPTER XVIII.
Allen Changes His Plans 154
CHAPTER XIX.
Along the Water Course 162
CHAPTER XX.
Moving Against Captain Grady 173
CHAPTER XXI.
Shooting a Grizzly Bear 179
CHAPTER XXII.
An Important Capture 185
CHAPTER XXIII.
News of Importance 191
CHAPTER XXIV.
Something About Barnaby Winthrop 197
CHAPTER XXV.
Fighting a Wolverine 204
CHAPTER XXVI.
Disappearance of Slavin 211
CHAPTER XXVII.
Allen Shows His Bravery 218
CHAPTER XXVIII.
A Buffalo Stampede 225
CHAPTER XXIX.
The Long Lost Found 234
CHAPTER XXX.
Together at Last—Conclusion 241


ILLUSTRATIONS


OPP.
PAGE
Horse and Youth Went Plunging Headlong Frontispiece
The Man Caught the End of the Gun 40
Vainly He Put Out His Hands to Stay His Progress 55
Holding the Snake, He Leaped Out of the Circle of Reptiles 70
The Three Young Ranchmen Talked It Over 103

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