Red Chief is a rascal. He is all boy. He causes so much trouble until no one tries to rescue him when he is kidnapped. In fact, the criminals or kidnappers in "The Ransom of Red Chief" had no idea what they were getting themselves into.
The kidnappers first decide that they will return Red Chief for 2,000 dollars. When they do not hear anything from the ransom note, they begin to tire of putting up with this aggravating boy.
As it turns out, the father of Red Chief is not willing to pay 2,000 dollars for his boy. He does not agree to pay anything for his boy. In fact, he will only take him back for 250 dollars.
Possibly the father thought the kidnappers would not pay and that he would be rid of his boy and his trouble. Nevertheless, Red Chief is so troublesome until the kidnappers agree to the payment and gladly pay Red Chief's father to take the boy off their hands.