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d Fenwick was an effecti1e Alg.Jit.....,..a flight which it would be difficult for hi s foes to match i n speed. Strangely enough. h e did n e t see anythin1S of his pursuers or hear any so unds of punuit as he direct e d hi_ s cours e toward th o c enter of the town of P<1rkshurg did not ride into the town itself Douhtkss .tlie alarm bee n carried thith e r ere this time, for .the of the town were connected by telr phone so the officers and citizens would be on the lookClut for him in all quarters.

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BRA VE AND BOLD. 31 Therefore, when he ccme to a narrow country road leading from the main thoroughfare. he unhesitatingly struck into it. he .did 11ot know hither it would lead him. The road quite closely lined with large trees, and con:;e quently the road was so intensely da:rk .that F eh wick conld scarcely see the outlines of hi s horse's head as he plunged through the gloom. As he proceeded the seemed to 1now narrower, until the over.h110g'ng limbs from fhe t1ees on the opposite sides almost formed an arch over !:is head. The rain ceased. The night wind roared through the fore:nwick bent over his. cousin, hurriedly by sense of touch the broken leg, and the n attemJ'.Hed to lift hi111 in his arms. But that moment from the Eliree-tion opposit e to that from which Fenwick had come, sounded the clatter Of .a horseman. At the same time liirhts flas h ed in their eyes. "\\'e a re !", Jnd Fenwick exc)aimed. "I am, sure," e.xclaimed 'the other, accompanying the words 'Qy a qitter oa;li. CHAPTER XXIV. CCNCLUSIO N. The horsem::m, lati"tern rn hand, flu.ng hims<>lf from ancl spr:ang toward the two youths w1t. h a .gruff exclamat1on. "Surrender, you young ruffian, or 1'11 .. give you a lcii;;On in whicll Y _?u' ll rbm;ml>er l" The threat was uttered by no less a personage than Constab1e Dudley, !iolding a lantern in one hand and a pistol in the and the weapon threatened Fenwick. The latter had had scarcely time to gently ease his cousin down to the ground and stand erect again. ''l am right here, Mr. Dudley, and I have no weapons except my legs, so I don't see why you need to work yourself up into a ragu over me!" "So you hav n't got your gun with you? It is just as well I gueS$, that you l eft it behind.'' ''I ha\e just as many guns now as I have had at any time.'' "I suppose all cocked and primed with. a fine kind of a yarn to deny the shooting! But it won't go down, young fellowyou ha,e played high and loose around here long enough. Even Tiffany didn't think you were such a deST)('rate character. What if I should tell you that you kilkd Mr. Tiffany?" "I should say it wa:s a whopper in the first place. I h av e
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32 BRAVE AND DOLD. and limped toward the spot whei:e Jack F enwick ha.If lay and half sat upon the ground. ''Here, Dudley, i s somebody that we wiil need quite as much as we shall the other one-perhaps more." Jack Fenwick rose up as far as he was able, and thrust o n e hand out toward the constable, saying as h e did so: "Yes, I am your game, and yo u won't hav e to shackle me. A pair o f handcuffs wiU a n swer this time." "'13ut you will need t h e handc uffs, and sharkl cs t.oo, for the other one!" exclaime d Theron Crane, who had advanced ca;crly to the front. The man shook one skinny finger toward Jud Fenwick as these words p assed his t h i n lips "Just hold a bit!" exclaimed J ac k Femvick. "There isn't the slightest o ccasion for your putting e ither bracdets o r fetters o nto my Cousin Judson. He w a s in the schoolhouse toni ght w hen t hat shot w a s fired, but i t wasn't he that held t h e gun. It was T that did it. Jud didn' t kno w T wai; there. \. Vhat is more, the building that was burned in Buffalo last March was set on fire by myse lf. Jud h'-\d a bad temper-pretty near as b,._d as mine-and it is true that he got into a row with a college fellow and done him up pretty bad in t h e fight. But that score is wiped out, and I d on't think anybody blames Jud for what h;ipp enC'd half as bad a s he has blamed himself. I am sayi n g all th's. here and n ow, so that n('ither Tiffany nor the constable will feel i t either to be for their glor y or honor to take. my cousin into custody. So don't take Jud. I am a jailbird already, and it is too bad to brnnd him as one!" Tiffany b ent eagerly toward the speaker "Do you m ean it Jack?" the detect ive asked "Every word of it, friend Tiffan y." Tiffany had idly let one hand fall on the shou{de r of Jhd Fen wick. "You may go. Judson-and with ;ny congr2t11lat ions and friend,hip," the said. with a bland flourish. "I'm going to stick by you, Jack, and see you throug h sa id Jud, bending over his cousin. He caught one of the latte r's hands in b oth h is own. a n d pres 5 ed it warmly, and there was a s uspicious tremor in his tones as he added: "lf I could save you the b11rde11 of the guilt, J ac k, without tak ing it myself, I think I would be wiiling to bear the punish ment I" At that m oment Theron Crane sprang forward, hi s whole forrr trembling with a passion which he could not rC"'Strain. "Arc you going to Jet that fellow go, after all?" he husk i ly de manded. '"You go sl ow, old man," Jack Fenwick broke in. "You forget that I hav e your record all bv heart. It was your money that hired m e to set t h e \Valker building afire, and you paid me j ust two hundnd and fifty dollars for the job. and another hund r ed to keep still abour it. If you hadn't shown yourself to be a t reach erous old salamander, I might have kept n1y mout h shut. A s it is I am in the sou o, and you're r:pc for the same p ickle. s o eas y wit h your bluffs." The lit tl e group standing there i n the darkness and rain could not have b ee n mor" star t led at that instant had a thm.Jerbolt descende d and in their midst. A husky. cry came from Theron Crane. and he made a leap toward Jack F enwick, with one ha11d outstretched as if he would have clutche d the youn1,;:.i111m's throat. But a hand drew h im back. and a fat leg knocked his slim ones from under him. The hand was T iffan y's and the leg was Const able Dudley'.;. At this juncture several other teams drove up. Mr. Tiffany and Constable Dudley placed Jack Fenwick in the easiest c.ar riage, and Tiffany rode with him to Parksburg Center, where the young f e llow was given medical attention and the b e s t of care. Theron Crane was taken tci Parksburg Center also, and h e had the honor of being the perso n, wi t h the exception of a couple: of tramps, to occupy the lockup which the town had built. J\lr. Crane was taken back to Buffalo by Tiffany t he next day. and h e was there held to await the trial of Jack Fenwic.1.; for in -eendiarism. That trial was h e ld as soon as the young fellow had sufficiently reco vered fro m his injuries And then, /in the searching c0urt examination. se,eral points were brought out which had a direct bearing upon the events of our story. The cause of Theron Crane's h-itred of Judson was explained. A lthough Mr. Crane was not himself related by bl oo d to Jud Fenwick, octh w ere, nevertheless, distantly with a wealthy Buffalo citizen who had died w i Lhout closely r\!lated heirs. A litigat ion over the wealthy man's estat e followed, and in this Fenwick was a rival and opponent of r.J r. Crane. To add to t he feel'ng engendered by this rivalry, Crane had bitterly hated Fen wicli: years before, when t he latter was one of t h e other's pupils This, of course, made it part.icululy desirable for Mr. Cran.: to get Jul:! F enwick mto the worst possible trouble that could be d eFenwick's object in coming to the Still River district had been twofold. He w is h e d to earn some m o ney since he was by no means certain of obtaining a share of the fortune which he h oped to inherit. H1 othe r object was, i f possible, to' d iscover Jack Fenwic k, and to induce the latte r to clear him by a written confession of the crime imputed against him. Jack Fenwi7k made 1 clean confession, and so re1ievc:"d the gov ermnent o f the burden of proving his guilt. This con f ess ion not only involved T heron Crane. but several o 1her individuals, 8 0 that justice reaped quite a h1rvest from th::! t ransaction. As a result, Jack Fenwick himself received a lighter sentence than h e would otherwise have d one. As for Mr. Crane, it may be said that he had to have a striped suit made especially for him, since the ready-made kind would have poorly fitted his lank length. J t:d Fenwick rema'ned and taught out t he term of the Still Rivc:'r school. Not C'\"en a d3y was missed. The Affair m:tde of him quite a lion in t h e vici n ity. and, when it wai fou n d the routing of the S : m fordi1es, upon the of heir last attempt to remove t h e sch oolhouse, w a s due:' to him, the 'cfeatcd side their defeat w;th better grace lh'ln thf!.Y wonld have done had the termination been brought apout by a n&tiYe Parksburi;r e r. Of onr story little net>d to b e told. In the lit ir,ation over the rich man's cst1te, Jud Fenwic k b:ucly a paltry thousand d o llars. This h e expended wholly for h is own education. Fom yea r s after the eYents which have bee n the theme of' story Fenwick t o Parksbuq:r. whither he was call e d to become the princip::tl of a new high s cl1ool which the enterprising town had just established. And there he was warm l y wekomcd by m ore tha n a score of old friends. And it is certain that there no more one among them all than Andy Crockett. Andy felt that he was too old to attend school himsrlf, so Fenwick too k him a pri-1 vate pupil, and in the Andy tun fe d out to be as intelligent a gentlema n as he '1"1as ncble in h'eart. As for the "Crocket t flitrht," whom Fenwick got back among them. found that two new steps had been added to the lower et1d of them. This is nnt a l o ve story, yet it is not in"pprnoriPte to MY that t he younz Still River !choolmaster was Weyman's first and rmly hero. T h e friendshio of Edm and Judson ripened most naturally into a M r oni?:e r anri better affrction-with the usual r e s uit5 The :'bicycle fever" which Jud Fenwick started Still River four years before ::iffect<'d not only the township of Parkshurg. but Sanford. as w ell. And althou,;rh several yc1rs hwc passed sinre the attempt to steal a srhoolhouse at Still Ri1er t hl"re is a Fenwick Bicycle Brit::ade at C e n ter. P erha p s it was n o t a brilliant career t h;i.t opene d before the youn g schoolmaster. Yet he m 'ly w e ll be by some whose name s are famous from one end to the othe r of our land. THE END. Next week's issue, N o 8. will contain "The Sea \Vanderer T h e Cruise of the Subm1ri11e Boat," by Corne lius Shea T hi s distinguish e d author has n ever written a better s t o ry than t hi s y arn of the adventures of a jolly crowd of young Amcricam. w h o sai led for India in a wonderful submar ine boat. The storv is o n e that e,nry o n e is sure to like. for it will open your eyes to a n<'W field o{ adventure that has n eve r u een dcseribC'd befcrc. The mysteries to be found beneath t h e surface of the sea-the wonders of the island of Borneo-and .p thousand hair-r;iisi11g ;t
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, RT"" 1 I ... ;' &...,,..'" E.&L M r . .Ps 1 REE t: S.!VP 0 A tiny flicker of llght gleamed from under his hand, and an instant later a small blaz e was kindled at the base.

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BRA EBOL .fl Different Compl ete Story Ev e ry Week bs;mJ JI 'eekly JJy Sul>scnplw11 $3.JO per yewr. Entered accordi11K to Act of ConKnJS i11 tlte y,.,,. JQ<>J, i11 llie Ujft.:e vf tile Li/Jr,,ri.w v/ <..i111Krus. iV.,slu'11/[to11, D. <..: STREET & tiMITU, ZJ.Y IVuli"m .St., /\', Y. No. 7. NEW YORK, Februar y 7. 1903 Price Fiv e Cents. STOLE A S CHOOLHOUSE: OR, 5po1t and Strife at Still Rivero Ily A YOUNG. CTT:\PTER I. TTIE STILL RIVER SCUOOLilOCSE. "I:ctter look out, mister, or they' ll l.ic hca vin' rocks at y .... The one to whom th:s warning was addressed h a d just lirought his bicycle to a halt and stepped off. lt :as an easy thing to do at that spot-much easier than it would have been to have kept on. Not that' the road was not level enough, but the s and was nearly nnk1l deep, and Jud Fenwick's pneumatic at the point where they came in contact with the earth, were "out of si;;ht." This term is used literally, "r:d not as n joke. Jud Fen\\'ick rested his wheel against a tree, and calmly wiped the perspiration from h'is face, while he loukeJ down at the youngster who seemed so solicitous for his safety. Jnd Fenwick was ve r y deliberate in m:mner, and similarly so in speech. "And who should be heaving rocks at me?" he inquired, as his gaze wandered from the face of the boy out across an oprn ficlcl, \\ :here between twenty and thirty boys, of all ages, appcarc
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BRAVE AND BOLD. "I have engaged to fill the place. But I suppose it remains to be seen whether I succeed or not," said Fenwick. He said this in a tone and with atl expression of confid e nce that seemed to strike the big fellow favorably. "You've put it about right, I guess ," the other returned, with a faint smile "Not that I think the Parksburg fellows wi)I cause you arty trouble. The Still River district used to have a hard name, :rnd some of the masters have had a pretty hard row to hoe." But it looks to me as if it was going to be uphill work for any man to teach in this schoolhouse before the row betwixt the two towns is settl e d." FemYick looked :H h is watch. and saw that it was exactly haH paSt eight. The contention in the schoolyard seemed to have sub sided and he noticed that more than one-half of the pupils had gone to the east side of the yard, while the others had betaken themselves over to the west side. T he door of the schoolhouse stood ajar; and several windows were open. There was the sound of some one n)arching heavily to and fro inside. Yet apparently few, if any, of the boys had yet gone in. As none of the girls were in sight, the young master assumed that thcy had sought safety in the "hall cif learning." "I h ad heard something about the dispute," Fenwick said. "But I thought most likely it would turn out to be talk when the day for opening the school arrived." "It's a good deal more than talk, as you will find out. I am a Parks bnr'g boy myself-probably you didn't notice me "hen you called on my father to see about gcttin' tht: school last w ck?'' Jnst a suspicion of a smile lurke d round 'th<: hom ely face of the fdlow as he said this. And the smile was reflected upon the face of Fenwick. "So you are one of the Crockett boys?" the latter asked. "The top one of the flig ht ," grinned the other. "You know, th.cy call us a p air of stairs-only nine of us in all, so far, running from Andy, which is my name, down to Tad, who has not seen quite three months yet. Tad and me are the most alike in one. way-we are both of us pretty green." "\\'ell, I am not likely to haYe Tad to look after at present," Fenwick returned. "Not a great deal, that's a fact. Bnt you may have a chance to trot him on you r knee one of these cYcnings. You know, the master has to board round in the Still Rivc.:r district, so you'll have n week to spend among the Crockett brood. Still, ma cjocsn't expect the schoolmaster to t'ake care of the baby very much while he is boardin' with us, so yOtJ needn't be anxious. There was a twinkle in the eyes -0 Andy Crockett as he said this that indicated that there was sbme kitld "ofai1oke1lkhind his remark which .he did not care to explain. "Dut this isn't what I come out here to tell ye. You see, the schoolhouse really on the Parksburg side 'of the line . But, before the town was di\ided, the whole of it was known as San ford. and, as there was some crookedness about the wliich nobody sekms to understand, the Sanford folks claim that the Still River sehoolhouse belongs to tht:m, and that the biggl'..st part of the buildin. g is on tht:ir side." 1 "Hasn't th e re been a survey taken?" Fcnwkk nsked. "Yes, half a dozen of them, and that's what's the matter. If t!J..,re h adn't b.etn lmt one; and _tl1e bo1111ds set then, that would hn\ c settled 1=asc. But, as it is, there 3re stonus :!nu enough s ct tu sl1ow . wh1:re the line tht..' tQ\l}IS comes to vuzzic a Phiiaddphia la wyer, "Httt wht"r; are the original hounds?" "A.n imaginary line between two pirch trees. The l!ghtning ,OILC of them and tore it Up by the roots, and SOffit:bOdy, by -' mis"takc, eut down the other. Now the bounds arc lo$t, except as some fellers swear that they remember them." "A queer state of affair,. But I sho u ld have thought that the Sanford and Parksburg sides 111ight have se ttled it without seL the boys on both sides of the line fi::;hting." "Oh, the boys always done more or less fightin'-&ornc of them like it better than catin'. Ifs just the sa111e with the votin' popu lation, for. that matter. The Parksburg and Sanford ends oi the town have always done more or less disputing, and that's why th r y petitioned !egislattfre to dhidc the town. Bnt what I have come out here to tell ye wa s that ye have got soincthin' to fight ag::tinM bcsi. day?" Fenwick asked. "Y c can count on me and on the whole Crockett flight, down to JJan," grinned Andy. "\\'ell, troll your brothers in, with as many other P::trksburgcrs as \viii follow. and I'll try fo hold sdiool in one end of tqc build iug, c\'en if Theron Crane tric:s to wield the. rod in the other." With this, Jud Ft:nwick 'threw back his shoulders. held up his head in a peculiarly defiant way, and entered the Still Riv;t:r schoolhouse, with all the airs of one who to b!-! ma.tc;r.

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I BRAVE AND .GOLD. 3 CHAPTER IL A YOUNG MASTER AND AN OLD C?\E. The Still River schoolhouse was built to accommodate about forty p upils. Only a few fem inine f.lupils had presented themselves from the Sanford side on th:s morning when the Still River school was supposed to open its autumn sc,sion. The Parksburg girls however, were out in full force, and, when Jud F enwick entered the room, h e found them all in their scats. But, as he crossed the thres hold, he felt that more than a dozen puirs of anxious eyes were fixed upon him. Mr. Theron Crane had just come t o a pause in his pacing, and was in t h e act of looking at hi s watch preparatory to calling the pupols to their scats. His back wa s turne d to the door, and Fenwick, giving him just a glance and allowmg his ey es tu sweep over the feminine pupils, steppe d quickly and lightly to the small. r a is e d platform upon which was pl a c e d the teacher's table and <:h ai r \Vithout h:sitation Fenw:ck struck the call bell a double blflw, al'!d the emphasis and decision seemed t o exemplify the true na ture of the young Even as he struck the bell, Andy Crockett, follo wt' d by the othe r five stairs of the Crockett Aight came clumping into the roo m with a m ost businesslike clatter. Mr. Theron Crane whe e led quickly, and his d eep-set "yes, opened,, to their widest ('Xtcn t, f ell up o n the n thlet:c, youthful figure which had so unexpectedly assumed c ommand of the 1itu aticn. Tne Crocketts were th(' l first to their seats, which, according t o a country costom, they had cho se n at an early hour that morning. The.')' w e r e followed by other boys, who, but a short time before, h a d been engaged in a rough-and-tumble fight i n the yard. 11r. Theron Crane did not occupy many seconds of time i;1 taking in the situatio n He .not only realized that the t eacher employed by the P arks burg towns h i p h a d take n possession of the teacher's desk, and so st ole n a march o n him, but h e also recognized the face of his rival. ''Take your scats, please," came fror,n the lips of Fenwick. All the pupils were actually In their seats at the time. But, with a half glance at Crane, Fenwick made as if he mistook the latte r for one of the pupils who was less prompt to come to onlcr than his f ellows. Mr. Crane understood the hit, althongh he was not quite s11re, of course, that Fenwick n o ticed and recognized him. W it h a quicker step than that whkh he had used in his miir ti;il pacing of the room, the Sanford master approached th.: plat form. Then, for the first time, d:tl P"enwick meet h is gale fairly squarely. "Ah, so it's Mr. Crane! I am s11rprisc
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4 BRA VE AND BOLD. l CHAPTER III. THE TWINKLE OF LIGHTS. The dwelling where Fenwick was to spend tl1e first week of his stay in the Still River district stoo d but a short distance from thc schoolhouse. The latter was invisible from the house, however, on account of the trees which grew between. As it happened, the family with whom Fenwick was to spend his first week sent only one pupil to the school, and that one was a swet";t-face d young girl of not quite sixteen. Her name was Edna Weyman, and her father was one of the most prosperous farm ers in the district. Andy Crockett, who had taken a strong liking to Fenwick, made it in his way to fall in with the latter as they walked home' wa rd. "What are you going to do about it, Mr. Fenwick?" asked Andy. "If you had wanted the Parksborg fellers to pitch in and trot that old fell e r out of the building, I've no doubt but they would turn out and do it for you in fine shape." "I want nothing of kind, Andy. And, if any of the Parks burg boys had tried it, they would have had to settle with m e, you may be sure of that." Andy Crockett shrugged his shoulders, and made no reply. Mr. Andrew Crockett, father of Andy and the r es t of the Crockett flight, was rather a quiet sort of man, with a strong will and a streak of obstinac1 in his nature. Since the dispute had arisen betwe en the two towns as to the ownership of the line schoolhouse, the management of the Parks burg side of the affair was left wholly in the hands of Mr. An drew Crocke t t. Fenwick, therefore, in presenting his case to Mr. Crockett, <'.S he did t)iat night, found that it was not entirely plain sailing in that quarter, e\'cn . "I don't know what I can do about it," the man declared, in his short, jerky way. "Well, what can I do about it?" Fenwick asked. "\Vhy, it seems to be all plain sailing for you. The town of Parksbnrg has h i r ed you to teach the Still R iver sc)1ool, nnc! you've agreed to do it. So just go ahead. If any of the buys give yon an y trouble lick em. If you can't lick 'em expc! 'em. That's all there is to do." "But about the boys from the Sanford side?" "Don't let 'e m com e into the schoo l house. If they come in, put 'em out." Fenwick wa5 smilin g by this time, although. his face was averted from the gaze of Mr. Crockett. "One thing more," said the young master. "What shall I do with Mr. Theron Crane, whom the Sanford people have hired to t enc h i n the Still River ?" "The Sanford people cail't employ a master to teach in a Parksburg school," snapp ed Mr. Crock ett. "But the y have employed one. and he was on the ground to day, all girdl e d for the battle, And: I'll :warrant that he'll be on hand to-morrow mornin g." 1 "vVell, do as you mind with (him. If you can't get rid oi him, end me word, and I 'll send a eon stable over. I g'..iess he woLld then:" "All what I wan ted you to say. I h ave no rig!it to lay hands on him, and I wouldn't iike it much i he laid h ands on me. But, as I am re 2.sonab ly sure that h e wlil on hand to-morrow, I hope will have a har.dy, for I've no doubt bu t I s hall r:eed hi:n." "You' won't far to go for a constable, if that's what you want. I'm one myself. To put it.straight and fair, Mr. Fenwick, the two ends of the Sanford township have been quarreling for a good many years, and, now that they haye been legally separated, if there's to be any trouble, we'll leave off qua rrding and take to fighting!" From the window of his room in the \Veyman farmhouse, Fen wick could plainly see the narrow patch of land in front of the schoolhouse, though he could not see the building itself. The prospect of an exciting time on the morrow made the young m a n wakeful. It wa s c onside rably past midnight when he slipped out of bed, a nd, going over to the window, which wa s open, looked out upon the peaceful night. There was no m oon, and the sky was thickly studded with stars. As he looked over 'toward the schoolhouse, he saw sevcrnl lights which were 'not stars moving to and fro and zigzagging about in the yard in fr ont o f the schoolhouse. I believi;: I'll find out the mean'.ng of this business, j.ust for fun" muttere d Fenwick, as he slipped silently into his clothes and' s lid n oise lessly downstairs, unlocked the door and ran swiftly along the dark road toward the twinkling lights. It was his purpose to get enough money b y hook or by crook to p ay his way through c ollege. His encoun te r with Mr. Theron Crane had r eca lled something to his mind which he would have liked to forget. That there was a pos sibility of M r. Crane bringing to light a certain episode in Fenwick's past life m ade the ybuth rather un comfortable in his mind. Jud Fenwick had a life secret of his own which at this time he was very loath to have made known. For some minutes he stood in the ro adway, thinking. Then he suddenly r emem be,red the lights in the schoolhouse, which he had started out to investigate. From wh ere he stood, even the yard of the schoolhouse was in visible. But a few yards further brought him in full view of the yarcl, and a low ejaculation of amazement escaped his lips. Fully a d oze n m e n, or boys-if there were any b o ys among them they were full-grown-were gathered about the school some of them hurrying to and fro, many of them with lan terns,' w hile out in the road that lay in the direction of Sanford was an ox team. The team was loaded with some sort of frei g ht, but from that distance, among the shadows, Fenwick could not distinguish what it was. Concealing himself in the thicket, the young schoolmaster observed the scene with the keenest interest. It did not take long to understand what they were abont to rh. \Vatching them close,y, he was soon nble to make out that the boys were the oldest o nes from the Sanford side of the line. The others were !l,len from Sanford, one of sceme
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BRAVE AND BOLD. 5 He watched them a few minutes longer, until th1!re could be no doubt about what they intended to cjo. T h en he back toward the Weyman dwelling. The Crockett s lived some distance beyond the Weyman farmhouse, and he d ec ided Mr. Crockett should be the first to know of hi s discovery. ( Th, en he realized that the delay necessi t ated by his going to the Crockett dwe lling and notifying them and so beginning the cam paign against the ene my would gi've them an opportunity to do consider able dama ge en the line upon which they had started out. For Fenwick had seen through th eir scheme from the instant that he had perceived the fir s t jack-screw being unloaded from the' cart. To se ttl e the doubt as to the schoolhouse stood on S shouts! CHAPTER IV. JACK SCREWS. Although Jud Fenwick had been taken entirely unawares, his assailants did not f.nd it a "picnic" to get the best of h im. Wheeling with lightning quickness, both his small, white fists shot out with a suddenness and preci sion which taught his ene mie s something they did not know before. This something was that it is never safe to assi1me that you can easily get best of a fellow because h e happens to be a boy. The blows were struck, to so express it, where th. ey would do the most good. One man was sent staggering backward ; and compelled t-0 his hold entirely. The other; although clinging to the youth, d i d so through sheer grit and for' ne was nearly blinded by the su dden and t e rrific blow be tween the Thus momentarily relieved from one of hi s assailants, Fenwick concentrated all his efforts upon the other. He followed up his r es istance with several swift maneuvers., combining his skill as a wrestler and a boxer in a kind of resist ance for which his clumsy foe was wholly unprepared, Indeed. 'the :ioung Parksburg r.choolmaster !eemed to be pretty much alive all over. It seemed to his a!;.sailant as if there-.were half a dozen playing about his head anf shouts, cries, orders, and a few oaths, which proved that it was not a highly moral crowd who had thus at tem p te d to steal a schoolhouse and lug it off at midnight. As Fenwick ceased speaking, he suddenly turned upon his heel and started up the road at a swift pace., Ten min utes later he was at the door of the Crockett dwc!!i::g, and knocking loudly. .. There was a scrambling within, in respon&e to his knock, two or .three windows went up,. and theri: was the souncj pf fo<;>tstep$ on the stairs and in the entryway. The door was opened almost as quick!:\' as the windows ha. d been, and a head and s hoplders was thrust out, confronting Fen wick, while other heads and sho ulders protruded themselve3 from the windows, so that six steps, at l east, of the Crockett flight manifested thems e lves simultaneously, all in ghostly attire. "Whew! \t's Mr.' Fenwick," said Andy, who had opened the door ., "Things' are rather lively over at the sclwolhouse. I thou&h\ perhaps you might like to Khow/' sai
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6 BRA VE AND BOLD. No one would have suspected from his voice or manner that he had but a short time before been t1oored by such overpower ing excitement. '"\Vhat is it? Is that a fire over there? Th<'y aren't trying to burn the building up, are they?" Andy Crockett. "No; they are not burning it uP-:..they"rc it up!" "H'istiu' it up?" "On jackscrcws. It is simple and easy enough to anybody that knows how." "What's this you're telling me, l\Yr. Fenwick? Are ye sure yon arc in your right mind? Or did your first day in the Still RiYer school upset your wits a little?" "Say, down there!" came from one of the windows above. "I guess the schoolhouse is on fire. I can see the smoke and lights Following this announccment, every. head which had protruded from the windows were withdrawn, while there was a thumping of bare ht'cls on the floor and scr:imbling over chairs, otha sounds which indicated the hasty putting on of trousers by half a dozen boys. Andy had abruptly terminated his talk with Venwick at the door, and, forgt'tting all the rules of civility, dodged inlo the house lo get into some attire more suitable in color and more ade quate as to length than that which he had on at that moment. CHAPTER V. FACE TO FACE WITH AN OLD \Vithin an almost incredibly short time there were six .Crock etts, all in fighting array, pouring_ forth from the Crockett house. Five of them were steps in the Crockett fl:ght, while the sixth was the fathc r Of the little regiment. Fenwick had already explaine d the red flare and dense smoke which they could see rising in the vicinity of the Still River schoolho11se. The heap of fuel must by this time have been nearly for the reddish glow had subsided. and only a faint column of smoke coul in tnlking with each other? \Vhy not be fr:mk for once, and at least s:l\'c time?" "Thrre"s not a bi1 of doubt but you"re frai1k ci1ottgh; J 11d-;m1 !"' "\Veil. wh:it do you want to say to me? I'm here and you're here, and I suppose you mean to cro\nl me?" "I want to warn yon. tint's all. I'm sure you can't accuse me of being miricndly in th ;11." "\\'dl. what's the warning?" "Simpl y that you can't expect me to ghc up my authority in tht> St ill River school to vou. Yuu can't expect it. J u.dsun." "ls that all, i\lr. Cnin: ?" "l simply wish lo give you a chance to leave this tuwn-lo get

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) BRA VE AND BOLD. 7 away from this locality-to make sure that you wi!J come between me and qnytb i ng I wish to do I" "Is that all, Mr. Crane?" "That's the whole of m y warning." "Then I d on't see but we're through talking." Jud Fenwick actually turned hi s back as h e uttered the se words and started toward the footpath by which he and And:,> h a d en tered the thicket. Once more he felt the cold, clammy palm of Theron Crane upon him, And this time it grasped hi s wrist and held him back. With a lightning m ovem ent, Fenwick shook off that "rasp and wheeling about once more, faced his enemy, his eyes with passion, his form again trembling with a feeling which was fast making him forget his go o d res olution. ''Don't you lay hand s o n 'm e again, Theron Crane! R e member that you ar_ e not a tutor here in t his place, nor I a pupil!" Crane aga in rec o il ed, and it was plain that he was afraid the youth might strike him. Indeed,' he stood in an attitude which s howed a readiness to spring away if the other showed any signs of a hostile demonstration. "Be careful, young m1n Be very careful!" wheezed Crane. "Then keep your di s tance! I won't have you touch me! I am not obliged to, and I won't do it. If you d on' t let me alone I won't be resp ons ible for the consequences!" "Since you wo n't be reasonable, young man, suppos e I teH the Parksburg the whole sto1y? L ook here! what if I were to m ent ion the fact that you were her e under vour real name, prete nding to be respectable and setting yourself up as a teacher of youth and a m oral example, and ail that sort of thin <> what if I w ere ro tell all this to a man who came to the ford h o tel last night and pu t up there as a guest?" "Your tale is so far-fetched, Mr. Cra1le. that I must confess that I can t make head or tail out of it. I am h ere under my real name, and I am going to t r y and teach the Still River school. The rest of it I don't und e r stand "You d on't understand about the man that put up at the San ford hotel? "That's the part that is obss:ure to me. "I dare say. !suppose, then, I say that t he man comes from the city of Buffalo, in the State of New York?" Fenwick's eyes were fixed with an inten se look upon the face of the man before him. His lips were compressed, and for a mo ment he was silent. He had been so pale ev.er since the begin ning of the inter v iew that the present excitement could not in cr.ease his pallor. And yd it is true that this l a t r emark of Theron Crane came as a shock to the feelings of the young schoolmaster. ''\Veil, what of the man from Buffalo?" he asked, his voice for the first time b e ing a little husky. ''I'll put it plain Judson. I'll prove to you that I. really wish to do you a !?ood turn. I was not ob liged to warn you. I was riot obligl(d to let you know of your danger and so have l et you fall into the trap which was. almost sure to be la id for you. I hav ell't told the man from Buffalo that you are 11cre, and, if ycu @nly leave the town, and do not interfere with me a ny more, maybe I'll keep quiet about it." "Who is thi s m:i.n from Buffalo?" Fenwick repeated. "It is not a matter so much of who as what ( The man is an officer-a d e tect iv e--and he is lo ok ing for a young man who--" Up went the back of Fenwick's h an d. It was not clinched this time; the palm was open, and the back of that baud smote Mr. Theron Crane stingingly across the lips.. CHAPTER VI. FISHING FOR F ACTS. It is easy to explain what had become of Andy Crockett. While J u d Fenwick had b een watching the scene in the school yard, Andy had noticed what seemed to be the glimmer of a lan t ern moving among the trees at a little distance. So near was it that, if he had spoken of the matter to Fenwick, the person carrying the lantern could not h ave fail e d to hear. Therefo re he silently started in pursuit, tak ing long, swift strides, for which the length of his l egs was adapted. As Andy Crockett advanced, the faster he moved the more swiftly moved the light. It p opped up and down, though it was carried in the hand of a man. yet, although Andy's ears were by no means dull, he could hear no sound of footsteps in front of him. ' Andy took littl e heed of the course he was pursuing. Indeed, it wo uld have been impossible for h i m to have done so, for. except tor the stars o,1 erhead, his course lay through almost absolute darkness. This fact made it impossible for him to movl! with great rapidity. The glimmer o f the fantern was all he had for a guide, and that was barely sul'!icient to show him the outlines of the trees which interv e ned. On and on he r an, stumbEng over fallen trees, entangling his fee'. in the thick growing under growth-now and then coming m forc1ble contact with 'l tree trunk-occasionally l osing sight of the l ig ht, and then plunging forward yet m ore recklessly, with the purpose of g e tting a glimp se of it again. This sort of a chase, wit hout knowing what he was chasing, c-Ould not endure forever. Andy h a d good grit, although at times his brains a slow. It dawn e d upon him at last that he was_. .\1is. com pani o ns a good w ay behind, and th at he wa!; pluagfog into what mi g ht be the d e pths of a tract of forest which he knew extended for seve r al miles away from the river. Whether he had been going in a line or not he had n o means of knowing, but pres e ntly he met with a su rpri se. He found tha t h e was going down a slope1 that the trees grew farther and farther apar.t, and th at, fast as h e had'gone, the light fa r t h er ofi than it had been when he had st _arted tlw Pur smt. Now that the way was clearer, he was able to plainly, and so to make more r apid progr<:!ss. And r,ight here he met with another surprise. With two s urprises in fact, which almost more than Andy Crockett's l;>rai1i could take in in a m oment. ,,Fi.rst,Jh. c light.whtcl 1 he. l had been following went out. That was all there seemed to be to it. It di d not go up or P,own, nor along, put s imply out. The.other surp ri sing thing was that he found him self stumbling headlong downward, his feet having become entagled in a trailing vine, and. the slop e becoming so steep that he could not recover his equilibri um. And, as a climax to this double surprise, he found h imsel f plunged h eatl l on g li;ito water. A ndy Crockett was a good swimmer, but, as he had heen plunged into the water somewhat after the fashion or a frog, it was some seconds before h e could strike out w ith anything like grace or effectiveness. vVhen he came to surface, he was not at a loss to locate himself, thou g h he been a littl e bewildered at first. In followi_ng the strange light, he h ad gone in a semi-circular course, and brought up on the bank of Still River--<:>r, more prope rly, in Still River itseif. With his heavy boots, and hampered by clothing, Andy could

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8 BRAVE AND DOLD. not get to swimming in good shape at once, and, as the current of the stream at that point was 4uite s11"ift, h e ha Yet he d d not catch Andy Crockett n a pp i ng. "So it's something about the Parkshurg schoolmaster that you're fishing after, is it?" drawled Andy. S om e h o w Tiffany forgot all about what he was searching for in the bottom of the l.ioat. He straightened up and looked directly into Andy Crockett' s face. "You're rather sharp for a back country boy, arcp't you?" he aske
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BRAVE AND BOLD. 9 you'll get the cold shoulder on this side of the line. And don't you think you won"t." .. You're alto2tther too touchy about this quarrel between the two towns, young man. I don"t care for either; but I would Eke to see your young schoolmaster, and l would like to have you tell me something about him." '"l 2uess you"ll ha,e to ask somebody el se," said Andy. '"But I must know." "You'll have to ask somebody else.I I arcn't.talkin'; now just listen and see if you can hear me talkin'." Andy closed his lips tight, and although Mr. Tiffany tried his best to surprisr the youth into making scme sort of a resp onse, his :ittempt w as all in va'.n. Andy would only shake his h ead, and the soft murmur of the stream as it chafed aga;nst the sloping bank di sclose d as many seci;ets as did Andy CrockQtt. Just at this m o ment the > plash of oars again soundrd in the stream. and anothe r boat bumpe d against the bank and somebody else sprnng out of it. And this somebody hJulcd the boat up 1 so tlut it would not drift n the currun and then whee-kd suddenly and started at a sw ift run <)own the shore. So blind and hurr:ed were this person's movements that h e almost ran squarely into th e arms of Tiffany. It was t"nwick, the young Still River schoolmaster I CH-APTER VII. FENWICK MAKE:S :\ FRIE:ND. 11r. TifTany's arms, which were both long and stron;:, closed about foenwick's figure. foor an instant they stead thus, fo'cnwick staring into the face of the man who was holding him so ti g htly. Thal the collision was purdy accidental on b ot h s:r. And this t'.me h<' put forth all his strength in an effort to break away from the man 's grasp. And .in that m omen t he discovered that Mr. Tiffany was an ext raorcision lli long lrgs lifted him over the space which intervcneJ with two or three stridi:s. And before either Fenwick or TifTany observed his his long right arm straightened arid hi s big right fist alighted upon the head of the stranger ri ght back of that gentleman 's left car. Tiffai1y's grip upon foenwick was relinquished, and whi)e a harsh ejaculation burst from his lips, the man stagi:ered backward, throwing up his arms in a spasmodic effort to retain his ibrium And just at thi s time luck seemed to be against Mr. ( Tiffany. For his foot caught in a trailing vine and he made a plunge very similar to that made by Andy on the opposite side, the only difference bein g that the sl ranger nearly made a tiac k somersault down the sloping h;i.nk of the river, and \\'ith a tre mendous splash which might easily have been heard on the opposite s'.de if tl}ere had been ears to hear. '"S'.nk or swim, he'll learn something," said Andy as Fenwick turnrd t o facC' his defender. "You, Andy!" exclaimed the young schoolmaster. "Yes, the \vhole of me and all right as soon as I get dried off. But if you d cn't \\'ant ;inything to do that fellow again you had bett e r t<:1ke to th!' boat and move on. He is slick enough to l oo k at. b11t he h as got t oo much curiosnv to suit me." '"Come thm, Andy, l don 't want to make that acquJint ance, not jus. t yet. I am so rry you hit him, though. Troubles seem to be falling on me all in a heap." Fenw:ck retprned to the boat from which he h a d just disembarked and sprang into it, letting Andy push it into the streanl without saying a word. F e n wick took .l'P the oars, and he speedily sl1owC'd that he knew how to use them. Directing the boat down the stream, they were sent spcedmg a long the current of the river under the impetus of Fenwick's strong arms at a rate which soon left the scene of their adventure out of sight. Not unt:I they h ad passfd a bend in the river where was no possibility of either Tiffany or Moles observing them, did Andy or Fenwick spC'a k again. Andy, sitting in the stern, h ad seen Tiffany _drag himself out of the river and up the b a nk, and then hea r d him give some order to l'doles. And itlSt as they had passed out of their sight he saw tl1c other boat push out and knew that both TiJTany and his companion were in it. .. Like enoug-h th ey will follow us," Andy remarked at last. "Let then] try it." "I guess Mr. Tiffany hasn't any busine ss with you when it comes t o warrin' a ,pa:r of o;irs, l\lr. Fenwick." t J .. .... \ "He hasn't any business with you, Andy, when it com es to using fists "I didn't give him a chance to show what he could do i n that line. It kind of struck me that h e hadn't any right t o h;i.ng onto you, and I reckoned you didn'l have a very good chance to strike for yourself. But I suppose there will b e a hig row. for that map. wit h all his slick tongue and good loo ks, has it in him to be as ugly as sin, Ul)lcss T'm a good deal mistaken." "Have you seen him before to-night?" "I\'ev<:r before." "How did you happen to be with him?" Andy briefly explained. "So you were following something, too, and that was what got you ri;tc diffi .cylty?;; s:iid Fenwick. ..It was no thing hut l\lr. Tiffany's lantern-or rather Moles was carrying it and Tiffany ha 7 bern some distance ahead. I take it that they were hangin' round near the schoolhouse watching for somethmg." ..\Vatchins;r fnr me," muttered Fenwick, as he bent eagerly t<>

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10 BRA VE AND BOLD. his work and sent the boat over .t!J.e. eddying surfed to consu.Jt with severa l of the more prospero us men in the district, <1nd, if pos sible, to rry the scheme through. As the affair called for some expenditure of cash, there was likely to be many objections, for ready m oney comes hard in a farmin g district, a s a rule. "Of course it would be out of the question to get one for every member of the club for the at least,'' said Fenwick to fr, Crockett, who promised to be one of the la,st to yield to this scheme. ''But it wouldn't be a hard matter for half a dozen of you who seem to b e tn ore prosp rou s to subsc ribe, say twenty five dollars apiece, and so give the thing a start." "I can see that y o u coma fn;Hn a part of th e country where they think that dollar s grow o n bushes," said Crockett. "They were always rather scarce on the trees in my father's yard," was Fenwick's re spcnse. "Yet you 're dressed better than my hoys ever were; you have a bicycle and most everything else that you seem to want or take a notion to." "You don't begin to know, Mr. Crockett, the things I take a notion to that I don't have, As for my bicycle, I came by that rathe r handily. It wsn't a new orte at that, and I can buy plenty more just like it to-day, as second-ha11a whee ls, for twent y-fi ve or thirty dollars apiece. And up here where anr kind of a wheel, except a cart wheel, is a rarity, half a dozen like m i n e would gil'e an awful of sport to the Still River boys and girls." ''And say noihing of the broken legs and arms, I suppose?" sai d Crockett. 'Nothing so bad as that, Mr. Crockett. A few scraped shins \i'ould probably be the worst of it. But the beginners wouldn t want to wear their Sunday cl o thes. But there's one side of tht! question that you haven't thought of a t all." \Veil, I guess yo u have thought on't sure enough," was the retort. "I guess I have. If I haven't thought of points 1 ;mough, I th ink l can scrape up some more by giving a little time:: to it.'' Well, what wa> th.;; point that you thought woi1ld be su<:h a strong one with me?" "Why, pride in your town and district. Now, I went through Sanford the other day, and the neares t thing I saw to ;i bicydc i n the whole town was an old velocipede which some youngsters were fooling with." I guess that's so," said Crockett. So if you want to put t he Still Riv e r district in the way of civilization and make the Sa1}ford girls and boys green with envy, you want to set 'your boys and girls to spinning round 011 bicycles, and show them that Parksburg, now that she has thrown off the of the old town, means to come right along up to date." Within half an hour the eldt:r Crockett was completely won over. Hastily drawing up a pap e r Fenwick got the father of the Crockett flight to subscribe for seventy-five dollars before he had time to cool off or think beth;r of it. Just before it was time to cI2se F e nwick announced his plan of forming a bicycle club, and ne"ttrly took the pupils out of their seats by declaring that the purchase of half a dozen of moderate priced, yet serviceable wheels, was assured. A brea thless silence followed this announcement, which was broken at last by Edna Weyman, who with her pretty face cov ered with blushes rose; to call for a cheer for the new master of tpc Still River district. She did not have to call a second time. And for the time: Jud Fenwick found it difficult to restore order, After s chool h a d been dismissed and all ha9 filed forth fron1 the building Fenwic-k lingered behind. Andy Crockett pat1sed at the door tQ ask: "Aren't you coming, Mr. Fenwick?" ''Preltv soon. But you go with the rest. I want a little tiroc to myself."

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BRA VE AND BOLD. 1 I "I guess you've earned it, if anybody h as," said Andy, an one. Any1hing rlst'?" "I d on't suppos e y o u thought that y our friends in 11u1Talo would be intcreskwn liv :ng, to Jive straight, and to kecJ> a curbe d bit on my temper. All 1 want is a fair chanet> and a little time, and nobody w i l l ever have a cause to regret knowing me-at lc:ast not here at Stilt River. l\1 r. Tiffany was eying the young man closely as he uttered these wor ahout you that ck 1n't under< tand. and it s ometimes com,s nv<'r ml' th;it 1 may be making a mistake. Young man. in spite of the th1:1gs you ha\'t' said of me, aJ'd '.hr harsher ones you have 1hn11ght. if 1 found T had done y011 a n injustiC'e in :my way. no 111 ...,e world would be q icker to acknJJ\.,.ledge it and no person in the w o r !rl would be qu i J:ker to wip e 011t the fault. And Tiffany. in that moment. in voice, spc<'rh and looks, scrmr d to ht> transformed into anot h e r being. And rrnwick, lo oking at his face, had a strange impuls e romc over him-an impuls e which prompted him to forward, rcarh out his rii.ht hand and beg that this mau rnight bear his story-might

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I 2 I BRA VE AND BOLD. judge him in the light of the whole truth-tJten that he might b!! is friend. Such was the impulse whicb rose within the breast of Ju' d But he did not utter it. His voice was changed, how ever, as he said : "Spy on me all you please, Mr. Tiffany. And in the meantime I'll go on about my work and keep the curbed bit dra.\Vn tight." Tiffany smiled, bowed and went out, leaving Fenwick The young master closed the
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BRA VE AND BOLD. 13 "No one has said it yet. But you might as well make your mind u p to it, for that's what it has got to come to." "Who are you, anyway? What are the names of the thugs into whose h.rnds I have fallen? you some of the Sanford crowd, or did they have to in;iport you from another part of the country? What does Theron Crane pay you for this, any\'tay ?" The man who had acted as spokesma n so far was a l arge, burly fellow, with sandy hair an d whiskers and round shoulders; he lo oke d powerful and vicious enough to be a professional as sass in "You needn't be cranky, youngster, for we aren't sensitive, and what you s ay don't hurt. Just step inside the shanty and wt:'ll guarantee that you'll come out all ri ght in the end." "I suppose it would have been all right i n the end if you had chucked me under the water and kept me there," Fenwick re torted. "Not unless you had lived a pretty moral life, young man. And according to the stories about you yo u wouldn't care to be taken' out of the world in too much of a hurry; but we won't talk. It' s business with us now, and quick busine ss, too I" Fenwick's brain was acutely acting. Without turning his head he glanced from the right to. left, and the resolut i on to escape rose within him to a point which he could not resist. "You're two against one, and in the point of weight and ad vantage you're ahead of me b esides," 11e said, and his tone sound ed more submissive. "So I suppose I'll have to give in until my turn comes, but you'll find you'll h ave to keep th e caged a good wh'.le before you get me tamed." He stepped toward the cabin as he said this, then veered sud denly to one side, made a tiger-like spring past the big, burly fellow, on past the comer of the cabin and into the dense shrub bery b eyond. So small was the island that a few swift bounds brought Fen wick back to the place where the boat had been left. The c.raft had been fastened to a tree by a rope. Fenwick had noticed this whr'l he got out of it, so he h ad his knife in his hand and a single stroke severed the rope, and another l eap took him into the boat. The momen tum of the spring sent the craft away froth the shore, and a moment after he dipped the oars into the stream and was pulling away from the tiny isl and and his would-be captors with all !>_trength there was in his arms. CHAPTER X. SEEN AND OVERHEARD. The shores of the stream were wooded, and in the darkness look e d gloomy enough. There were no landmarks with which the young schoolmaster was familiar. As he rowed down p ast the island he heard a shout; and cot!ld dimly sec his captors standing' closc1 to the shore, waving their arms frantically. He glanced back once more to s ee if his enemies were still in sight. As he did so he saw a bright, instantaneous flash from the shore of the island, and a second after heard the rep ort of a re volver This was an experience for which Fenwick was not prepared. While he heard n either sound or other effect of the bullet, and therefore judged that it must have sped wide of its mark, the feeling that a shot h ad bee n fired at him was anything but a comfortable' one. But the attempt was not repeat ed. A moment after the of the island became indistinct and the boat was rounding on.: of the broad, graceful bends of the river. By this time the shape of lhe boat and its occupant must have been lost to the sight of the m e n on the island as they were merged in th e black surface of the stream and in the blacker forest out lines beyond. Fenwick had not yet stopped to think what he had T ha t he had outwitted two burly fellows, wl1o certainly ha
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BRA VE AND BOLD. was entirely unmolested, and a single glance showed Fenwick that it stood in a shadow. and that this same shadow lay bl;ick and quiv e ring along nearly the entire space intervening. between the woods and the schoolhouse. Spr:ngfn g out from among the trees, and keeping well within the he walked boldly and unconcernedly toward the shed. That he was seen by more than one of those who were flitting about in the vicinity of the building there could be no dullut; yet none ga\ e him so much as a second glance, since he was st:pposed to be a member of their party, there being nothing suspicious in his movements. Reaching the shed, which was secured hy a padlock of wh'ch lw held the key, he unlocked the door, and in another moment he ran out his trusted bicycle. Sinn he could not ride through the woods there wa. s nothing for him to do hut to strike boldly out into the road and pump pldals ior all he was worth. 'v\'ithunt a second's hesitation this was what he did. He lrnd the length of tht" shadows in \\'hich to work up speed. and wh e n he came out in.to the light he was moving with accelerated swiftness. Those who saw him simply atared after him, too bewilder<'d by his sudden appearance among them to do anything else. Then n shout was raised, and he heard his name repeated by sevi:ral pairs of lips The road was level and fairly good, although there was plenty of sand farther on. In a momrnt half a dozen fellows scattered about the road and started in pnr5uit of Fcmvick. Some of them \\'ere in posi tions which sremed to promise at least a chance of cutting him ofT in his Right. Ilut the fact that he was a good wht'elman was in his fa\'or. \Vithin three after going from t he sight of his pur suers Fenwick sprang from his wheel in front of the \Vcym:m d\\'elling. l k was not greatly surpris<'d to see a tight shining from the sitting-room windows, for he inferred that there migli( h:n e been s01;ne uneasiness on the part of the fam ; ly :1t his nonappcar:mce. But as he knocked he was greatly surprised to find the door opened by l\Jiss Edna. frnwick could not help giving the girl an admiring glance, for certainly very prrl1y in the light wrapper which she wnre. :md with the light from the. lamp which she c.irricd shining upon her face. '"Oh, you have come, Fenwick I" she .exciaimcd, a note of clclight in her voice. -< B<'tter late than 1 evrr, I hope," he nnswered. "Oh. 1 cs. l>nt wr wondered that you sliottld go nway from the schoolhouse and not come back here at all. \Vhat h:i.s h::.p pened ?" "It's quite a long story and I mustn't stop to le.II it now. You s et' I'm a good dC'al mon .:mxions that yon should :mswcr my q mstions than I am to satisfy yom curiosity. But how clues it h n ppcn that you arc sitting t:p at this ti:nc oi night? 1t must be midnight or later." "It's nearly one o'clock," she :mswered. "But I supposed you kne w what was kci-ping us nil 1:p." "Not on my account, I hnpe?" FC'nwi<:-k returned. "Oh. no. It was on account of the fire." "Fire Whlre ?" "Up i n the ci:nter of the town, where they're building the town lull.'' "I knew nothing ahout iL the liuildinll" on fire?" "I expect so. But it's strange that we can't see the light from the house, for it isn't a great way, and the building stands at the top of a hill. We can almost see it in the daytime. lt's right O\er yonder. The girl came out upon the porch as she spoke and' pointed up the road over the dark treetops in the direction of tl!.e Crockett &welling. There was certainly no signs of a fire either in that direction or in any other. Even as they were speaking they heard the rumble of wheels and the next moment Mr. \Veyman's buggy, loaded with Crocketts, drew up in front of the house. There was a perfect chatter of voices as the boys sprang off the team, and the approach 1;1f other wherls were heard. A moment after several teams had dra wn up along the r o adside, each load e d with as m a ny men and boys as it aould carry. The big hand> of Andy Crockett fell upon Fenwick's shoulder. "'We were s o ld in fir st-class shape," he exclaimed. "Ilut how was it we didn't see you there?" "Ilccause I wasn't th<'re to be seen," returnrd Fenwick. "\Ve supposed you would be drawn up there by the same hoax as we were. How the story came to get afloat is more than we can get at. It was a good giveaway for us, anyhow!" '"Kot so big as it will be if you don't show yourself Gver to the schoolhouse about as quick as you can." '"How is that?" "The hoax was bic-ger than you dreamed of. If you were de coyed up into the middle of the town hy a false alarm it is easy to guess where the story started and why the trick was played." "A Sanford trick! I suspected as much." "A Sanford trick!" repeated the elder Crockett, \\'ho came fuming up :it this moment. "And a small one, to say the least, and we'll m anage to pay t!lC'm .for it." '"They seem to be taking their pay as they go along. They have got the scho olh ouse o n jacksc:r ews and will have it on rollers ins'.de of half an hour if you don't do somctlting to stop thr I" This anno1mceme11t from the lips of Jurl Fenwkk, coolly :md distinctly spoken. was t a ken up and repeated by ;ill wlto heard it. Thi: result was magical. Those who alighted from their teams sprang back into them again. There was a perfect scramble' to get aboarcJ the wagons and buggies. Fenwick did not b other the teams. but led all the rest upon his wheel. Within a fraction of a m;nute half n dozen teams loaded with men and boys-and each man and boy filled with belligerence toward the Sanford crowd-was rumbling along the road to the Still River schoolhouse. ltlookrcl as if the final hour for the b
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BRAVE AND B,OLD, .. 15 as if the Still R iver s choolho.use would soon be established on Sanford soil \vithot any quc;-stion of boundaries. Fenwick saw so much <1nd paused to no more, WheeJfng about witlwut dismou11tir1g, he rode back to mtet the for mo,;t team whkh was following him, and which chanccJ to pe the one loaded with Croc!
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16 BRA VE AND BOLD. I his hand on the corner of the schoolhouse he found that it was not moving then. A sort of tremor seemed to pass through tile timbers, and that was all. It was so dark on thu Parksburg side, for there were few lanterns there to show what being done, and the bonfires hail gone out entirely, that all they could sec for a rr.::-::ite was a mass of boys and men huddled together on the other side of. the road, none of them being wit'hin twenty yards of the schoolhouse. But as Andy sprani:out into the road, eager to discover why all were so idle at the very moment when so much needed to be done, Fenwick suddenly saw h is companion come to a halt, while his hat flew ofT and he staggered backward, mcasuring his length upon the ground. Fc.:nwii::k sprang to th<: assistance of his companion, wondering what hail happcm d to him. But as he r eachcd the sa'me spot something struck his own hat and knocktd it from his head! His first thought was that something had been at them. Dut as he sll'pped back, at the same time fling ing up one hand, the hand came in contact with a stout rope, double d which was trung from th<: schoolhous<: out across the road al about the height of his own head. His hat had been knocked ofT by running aga'.nst this, and it was the same olistacle which had thrown Andy Crockett to the "round. Andy was by this time on his feet, and both at once under ste>o d the cause of their mishap. "That's what dad was up to I" Andy exclaimed. "And a good scheme it is, too. It will keep the building whcr.: it is cn:u ii it doesn't mo\.: it any o n our ui the: line." "It's all right if the rope only holds." "It looks as if it was stout enough, and it's double. I guess it's more than one pair of oxen will want to pull :ipart." In anothc:r moment Fcnwkk and Andy had joined the group of !arkshurgers who were huddled together o n the other side: of the ro:id "\Vlll. clol S she move?" asked 1fr. Crockett, as he came bustling up to them, rubbing hi s h ands and grinning exultantly. "Just as much as the rope will stretch," said "Let them lash their oxen if they want to. It's goo d for 'cm, and if th;y want to hit' ch on another pair of oxen let 'cm do it. I guess they'll think it's theheaviest school building \they eve r tackled before they pull that big oak yonder up by the roots! That's what the schoolhouse is hitche d to." lt d'.d not take th e Snnford crowd long. howcvcr. to find out why the schoolhouse did not "come over" in response to their co:ixing. As soon as the discovery was made a general rush was made toward the Parksburg si'de of the line, with the evident intention of capturing the cable with which the building was and so end up the affair with a rush. Fenwick was the first to perceive the movement. and he was the one to gi1 e the alarm. And the Crock,tts and their allies were fully prepared. Every one of them made a general tlash toward 'the where the line was supposed to divide the two towns, and there took their stand. The men C>f the Sanford crowd held back. The boys made a rush, and in a moment the air was full of sticks and st01frs, and, as fn'-' two crowds met, !,here was a perfect pandcmo_niu111.of \\hilc fists ai;iy the dim light of thi: dawn. One of the Crockett boys was left behind to act as sentind. Therr was good reason to b e li eve that there was another 51.ntind stationc-d 011 tht> other s id e among the trees. The next day passed uneventfully, as far as the schoolhouse affair was concerned. The m o st important transact i o n of the day was th:it one which looke d toward bringing to Parksburg some of the life and sport of the more populous towns and cities, but which that remote hrming region had not yc:t e nj oycd. Fenwick ha.ti a friend who was employed i n a largt s p nrtinggocds establishment in Blilston To him was sc:nt an onkr for six bicycles. As these w ere to be purchase d all at on<: 1time and for club use, a special discount was assured_ Ticfon: Frnwick h a d gottm the order ready for the mail h e h e ld it up before hi s pupils and reacl its term" to thC'm. that thl'y might have that to encourage them whilc: waiting for the whcds to arrive. "You're doing all this for us, Mr. Fenwick," said Andv as they walked homeward that night. "And yet you don't that you'll be able to stay here another twenty-four hours." "\Vhat of that?" Fenwick asked. "\Vhy, it lo oks as if you had an interest in us whether you get any b enefit or not." "So I have. I have engaged lo teach this school to c>arn a little m cnry. I need some pretty badly, and if I have ;my J h a ve got to e:orn it in some way, and I have got c;nough laid out for the future to call fo r work of some kind. And if I am drhen away from here I shall have to try some othc:r place and some other way, that's all." 'Tm afraid you ought to go away while you have a chance. It strikes me that that Mr. Tiffany is going to spring a trap on yau one of these days." "Let him spring it, then. Perhaps I c a n get out of it, hut i! I can't I won't be the first one to get caught. Perhaps it is not Tiffany tha t is to be feared so much." "\Vho clse ?" "The one who ha.cl me trapped last night. I d o n t like th;it sort of trick nry muc-h." "\,Yho d.o you cxp.-ct did it?" "Oh. the jcb was d one by the two ruffians with whom I found myself. \Vho they are nobody around here seems to knuw, thoug-h I h a.ve desc.r.ibe
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BRA VE AND BOLD. "Do you think it was Mr. G:rani: ?" "I don't know." Fenwick spent a ggod part of the evening with When he i.01 b ack to the Weyman dwelling Edna met him at th e do or. A glance at her face s howed him that there was iomething wronr. Indeed, she did not w ait for him to knock a11d it seemed as if i;be had been waiting there, listenini for him to come. lniitead of standing as : de and allowing him to enter, she steppe d lightly out u p on the step and closed the door behind h er. "Your Mr. Tiffany is h e re," were the first words she said, and her voice was full of suppressed excitement. "He isn t my l\1r. Tiffany. But what is the mat ter, Mis:> Edna?" "He is here to s e e you. d i d not come alone-Mr. Dudley, from Sanford Center, is here with him." "And wh o is Mr. Dudley?" "He is a constable-or a deputy sheriff-or sqrncthing of the c;ort. They are waiting h ere for you," added Edna. "11r. Tiffany has been telling stories all the evening and trying to make hi mself agreeable in every way. But yet I just, h ate that man l" "1foch oblig e d, Miss Edna, for helping me out so far. It's tou&h work to lve to hate a man alone, and it s almost as good as having a friend stand by me to have somebody else hate him just fo r my s:ike." Fenwick's voice shook as h e sa:d this, and he St'emcd to b e trying to overcome t h e emotion whi c h was alm ost too powerful for him. \Ve mustn't let them h ear us talking. I came out through all t he other rooms to this door :;o that th e y wouldn't suspect a ny thing. I can hear them laughing a nd talking in the re now. Father's in there, and' l guess they' r e trying to entertain him. Probably Mr. Tiffany is telling one of h :s funny stories." Fenwick's lips were tight. a nd there was an un decided look upon his face. Thenin a moment he sudden ly exclaim<'d: "I
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18 BRA VE AND BOLD. hold of it all s _traight enough, ;md easy, too. Now,. Mo!es, I want you to do ine a little favor." "What kind of a favor?" "Oh, something real easy And I m ,_going to offer you thing for it. I suppose Mr. T i ffany p ays you someth_:ng?" "Nothin' very big. He ha s h eaps and gobs of money in his pocket, but he's mighty stingy of it whe n it comes to givin' much of it to me. He'shinte d several times that he was goin' to do sornethin' handsome by me if I was only faithful to him." ''And you have been faithful for some time?" "For three days." "And the something handsome hasn't showed up yet?" "No, it ain't showed up yet. I suppose he thinks it's hanut to finger any that was his own would be a d ecided novelty to him. "Talk fast! Wili you do it or not?" "I declare I dunno," falter e d Moles. "All right, then. lf you don't know, that means you won't do it. I've got to find somebody that does !mow. Any' other young loafers around here?" Fenwick sprang from the vehicle and look ed into the barn, where a livery stable was run in connection with the hotel. It was not too late for several loungers 'to be hanging arouml the stable-loafing, s moking, telling stor ies and "talking horse." He caught sight of dne whom he thought might answer his purpose. He st6poed to t he door and m otioned the fellow to come out. The young man complied, staring curiously at the young schoolmaster all the while. yon want an hour's job ?-r{o, we'll call it three hours, so that you'll have plenty of time?" Fenwick asked. "\;\/hat doin ?" the other asked. Fenwick briefly told him what WM putting the tion almcs t identically as h e h a d put it to Moles. The latter had wiChdrawn to a little di st ance, looking first at Fenwick, th(;n at the t eam, and the n -at -the loafer, his slow wits 1..!nable to take in the whole of the strange transactipn at once. -His wits were just quick enough to realize' that he liad lo st a ch a ilce to earn a two-dollar bi!I, and he was beginning to f1.:d regret that he ha d been so Qtiick to refuse the offer. For' here was a case where the cash w as in s ight, and that ;\as a godd deal_ better than the''sonie(llin"'S' whicli Mr' i iffai1s \\ as always promis ing. "Wall, I dunno/' said the loafer, after had briefly stated his "So here's another one that do esn' t know' I d(;m't want. to h :re a man that doesn't know after I have offore'd hirn:a fair trade Who .arc those fel lows in there? Ari! any bf .them' ljk,dy to know whether th ey wan t to earn two doHars in casH, a11d earn it easy?" "Ch, l'd like the two dollars well enough," said the lounger. "\Veil, earn it and you have it-bet t e r than that, you have it before you earn it ii you'll only give me your word of honor an<\ start off and not let any grass grow _under that horse's feet. L e t me tell you that it's a go od h orse, too, and as pretty a driv<:r as you'll pull the reins over for many a day.'' The young stranger eyed Fenwick sharply, the n ey e d the horse, and 1he n Moles. ''I'll d o it," said the latter, shaml1Eng up at that moment. "All right, then ; jump in-ancJ here's your money," said Fen, wick. he spoke he thrust the two-dollar bill into Moles' hand, gnvt' him a gentle push toward ihe team, with greater cckrity than the slow-witted fellow had ever moved b efo re, he c!imb1:cl in t o the vehicle, seized the reins .and was ready to start. "Now drive fast and remember m y instruction s to tJ1c h:tt me wh:z--but just forget tha t you Sa\V me, that's all." Fenwick had the bicycle from the wagon moment had alighte d. He now ea sily flung him8clf upon it, and was speeding away down the slope in the direc tion of th.; S till Ri ve r schoolhouse. In his flight from Mr. Tiffmy Fenwick had tak;en another road than that which led !)ast the schoolhouse. He did th:s purposely perfectly sure that he would be followed by th e same route. But, mounted on his silent skcd. he drew up in front of the Weyman dwelling at
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DRA VE AND BOLD. CHAPTER XIV. lIR. CRANE INSIDE THE WO!tKS. f'Ol'lwick hai managed his ruje with consummate skill He had givm Edna Weyman to understand that he would re turn -that night. She had promised to admit him if he came, and so thoroughly excited was sbe that there wai no danger of her falling asleep while she was waiting lfor his return. l'fhcrdorc:' he did not have to knock very loudly on the door of the farmhouse, a little more than two hours after he had left it. Miss Edna admitted him "You see rm back and re ady to get a little sle e p before I bcli(in school at the usual hour in the morning..'' said Fenwic k, wiih a faint smile, as the shining eyes of the girl looked into his. "They took one of father's teams and followed you," were her first words. "Did they say anything you?" "Mr. Tiffany acca..sr d me of helping y o u to escape.'' ''\Vell, you owned up to it, didn't you?" "I told him that I helpc:'d you." "And what did he say to that?" "Oh, he s:iid som ething in that slick way of his : about my being a very natural sort of girl, and that he shouldn't make me very. trouble on account of it. He said he thought he should s ee you before morning." "And how about your father? Does he think that I am a sort of young reprobate? ls he afraid to harbor me in his house longer?" I don"t think he feels that wa -y. Indeed, Mr. Tiffany didn"t say anything against you-in fact, he didn"t say much about you, anyway, except that he had got to see you, and that there was a liitle matter that would have to be settled in same way. He asked my father to let him take the ,team and follow you." "Does your father know you helped me to escape?" "I t0ld h i m of it."' ''Did he blame you?" "Tle laughed a little. and say ahything when I told him." "Then I guess it's ::t!l right in that quarter. Now, if y o u do n't mind. I think J"ll tt1rn in and get a liule sleep. You know I am engaged to teach school in the Still River district, fnd I want to my. salary. I lrave not been to such late hours as I h ave been kccpini' to-night and last night.'' Fenwick retired to h:s bed, hut. his brain was so acthe under the excitement of the night before t h at it was some time before he could sleep. Consequently, it was late in the morning whe_!1 he awokc,alld h e found Andy Crockett at the door waiting for him. "Any school to-day?" asked the youth, with a grin upon his home ly feature. 'Td like to get onto the outside of some rations, and then you"ll find me on hand ready for business," was F enwick's reply. ";\s long as ihe building is hitched to a tree we know just where to find it. But I from there, and it looks as if ome of the Sanford fell9ws had st0lch an0ther march on us." "I thought there was somrbody appointed to look after that to prevent their doing such mischief." "It hasn't been neglect e d very long. One of my brothers has_ been over there ever since school closed last night, abo;11 once in twCiJ or three hours. We thought that was often enough to pre vent them from tackling onto the building and moving it, and th.at wu all we were on t h e lookout for." "\V ell. happened ?" "Somebody inside. I see four Sanford going in just k the square piece of board and placed it over the top of the leaning carelessly forward upon it, so as to kee p it in place. One or two of the windows of the schoolhouse were opened a little way, for the m orning was quite cool, and Mr. Theron Crane had, therefore, paid less attention than he otherwis;e would to the matter of ventilation. But at this m orn6;llt a window went up, and to those listening and watching outside came the sound of sneezing and coughing in all the different tones and styles in which eighteen or twenty strong-lunge d young_ fellows may cough and sneeze. I.n the mi
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20 BRA VE AND BOLD. and presently the heads began to leave the window s and one and then another inmate rushed forth from the tioorway, with stream ing eyes and handkerchiefs tO their face s while the coughing and sneez i ng had become something terrible to hear and bc.;hold. As a result of the first break, w ithin le s s ti me tha n it takes to the fact Mr. Cran e and e v ery one of his pupils had sought the open air, a nd, to judge from th eir appear a nc e they had done so none too soo n to save them se lves from suffoc a ti o n. Even to the pl ace wh e r e the Parksburg boy s w ere s tanding there came a faint whiff from the in s ide of the building which showed th e m what the inmates mu s t ha.ve had to endure. Andy Crockett stood a little apa r t and rai s ed one hand to Fenwick a s a signal th:it his plan h a d suceeded. At the same time Fenwick remo v ed the board from the chimney, and th e next mo ment had descended to the ground No sooner had his feet to uch e d te rr a firnza than Andy Crock e tt, at the head of the Crockett flig ht, foll o w e d by fully a dozen st al wart fellows from the Parksburg side of the line m a de a d as h to\ ard the discomfited S a nfordites utterin g a y e ll that would have done credit to double their number of Comanche Indian s The Sanford boys did no t attempt to stand their ground; they had been nearly suffocated by the fumes which they had inhaled, and were in po o r trim to show their valor in another ope n tusscl with their enemies. "Skin, boys Let them go into the schoo l house and toast their young master, if they're so anxiou s to do it." In a moment every one of them was using his legs for all he was worth, and e ven Mr. Crane unbent his dignity somewhat as he ambled awa y fro m the scen e of his d e feat. Indeed, he lnd caught a glimpse of Fenwick as the latter was descending from the roof of the building and the glimpse was enough to tell him that he o w ed his defeat to the young master whom he so t horoughly hat ed. Gladly would he then ha v e stopp e d and atte mpted to retaliatu if there had been any hope of succ e ss in hi s doing so. But it was plain ro him that his rival's chanc e s were, for a time at least, in the ascendancy, and Mr. Theron Crane must b:de his time for a final triumph. Fenwick took his stand at the of the schoolholt se, and called th e boys about him, tha t the e nemy might have no chance to g ain a n entrance. As most of the windows of the building \\'ere open and was now a free draught to t he chimney, so that no more smoke could come down into the room a few minutes would suffice to clear away the fumes and make it possible for them to take pos session. "You have smoked them out,'' said Andy, in his big voice. "T :;::ess i t would have smoked out most anybody that hap pened to be in there." "Was there anything besid es t h e hay?" Andy asked. "A little parcel o f sul p hur, th a t's all. It will be a good thing for the health of all hand s for it is w ell e11ough to fumigate an old building once in a w!1ile to clean s e out the disease germs." "There one old dise ase germ that sails around u _nder the name of Therein Crane, who ambled off about as sooh as the smudge began to get in its work,'' grinned Andy. "And in g e tting rid of him we have got rid of something as bad as pestilence-if he doesn't r e turn. But I guess we can go inside now, and we'll find the atmosphere more whole s ome than it was the last time we were here It lacks but ten minutes to nine, so we'll beg i n school on time." Ang so, indeed, did Jud Fenwick once more open s chool ptmc' tua lly in the Still River district, even though at first it look..:d as if the battle must go against him. Fenwick had not intt>nded that the affair of the night before should become a matter of gossip among his pupils. If the truth were to come out at all, it would come out soon enough in any case. He was afraid that there might be some among them who would fed some suspicion against him if they knew that two officers wer e really on the lookout for him. Jus t before the close ef school on this event ful day a team was heard to drive up to the door, and one of the occupants coolly entered the building. Fenwick turned jus t in time to see Mr. Tiffany standing in the entryway. The man's face wore an exultant smile, and he was advancing with a confident swagger toward the ipner door. Fenwick quickly and quietly stepped to the entrance, with his hand upon it, and met Mr. Tiffany with a smile as confident and exultant as his own, and at the same time closed the door with a bang that shook the building 1 Instantly the one outside wai> he a rd to spring against that door, and for a moment the young sch o olmaster stood with his shoulder pressed ag a inst it, his face red, his breath coming hard and fast, while he strove with his fow ers to push the heavy iron bolt into the socket on ihe inn..:r side! CHAPTER XV. FENWICK'S FL!G.HT. F o r Just about sixty seconds the struggle betwe en Jud Fenwick and Mr. Tiffany, one 5triving to close, the other to open, the door, continued with unabated vim. Tht!re was a key in the lock, or had been, but in the struggle it had dropped out, and lay upon the floor just beyond reach. Glancing hastily backward, be saw Andy Crockett and two dthcr members of the Crockett flight coming toward him. There were Siivera! other boys who were llpon their foet, and the girls were watching the struggle with an intentness which the ke e nness of their anxiety. "The key. Andy!" Fenwick exclaimed. Andy uncierstood. At the same time the voice of Mr. Tiil'ariy sound e d o n the other side : "Here, Dudley! Give me a lift, can't you?" Fenw i ck' s face was almost purple, so violent were his exer tions to keep the door closed. He was exer,cising eycry ounce of strength at his command and the fact that he was holding his own with the detective, who was a wiry man, showed that the young schoolmaster was an antagonist not to be despised. Push, pull, jerk-the door now opening an inch or so, then closing with a bang, thi>n opening again, the effort so fully en gaging all of Fenwick's energies that he had not < an ounce of stre ngth or a particle of breath to spare for anything e l se. Andy saw the key, seized it, and sprang to Fenwick s assist ance. He couid do little to help, as far as holding the door closed wa s concerned, for there was room 1or only one to cling to it. F e nwick was becoming exhausted with h is efforts, and at the same time could hear the heavy clump, clump of Constable Dudley s boots along the entryway. "Take hold-relieve me-<\nd I'll put in the key!" whispered Fenwick. He purposely spoke in a tone low enough to be inaudible to those outside. In a moment Andy had thrnst the key into the Jock, and, lehd ing all th e aid in his power, the door was momentarily closed and the key turned. As the bolt clicked in the socket, an exclamation came from

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BRA VE AND BOLD. 21 the other side which so nearly an oath that both Fen wick an(! Andy received a less favorable of Mr. Tif fany's morality than they had i1eretofore entertained "He's locked it, Dudley l" they heard Tiffany exclaim. "Then we'll batter it down l" Dudley returned. "Hold on a bit. There are windows to this building, and four sides to it, while there are only two of us. You stay here and watch the door, and ru skip around to the other side, to see that the fellow doesn t give us the sli p in th.at direction." At the satne moment that Mr. Tiffany was "skipping around" to the other side of the Jud Fenwick was reaching the same point by the shorter line of the building's diameter rather than its circumference. The windows were very hi g h, and he was obliged to spring upon one of the desks to reach them. OwinlJ to the coolness of the day; only two of the windows were open. And neither of these was upon th:it side of the bui lding from which Fenwick in tended to make his escape. He was, th e refore, hindered for a brief instant by the necessity of raising the sash. The latter stuck, and for a moment it looked as if Fenwick would not be able to get it open in time. At last the window went up with a jerk. At the same time Fenwick heard the hurried tramp of feet ou t ide and knew that Mr. Tiffany was close at hand. For the space of a single, quick breath he hesitated, in doubt as 'to whether or not he should attempt to escape from that window . "It m:ght as well he here and nQw as anywhere and a,ny time," he muttered. As these words passed his lips, h i s lithe form sllot out through the window, and he stru<;k _squarely upon al) fours belo\v. Springing to his feet, )1e darted around the corner of the build ing just in time to elude the glance of Mr. Tiffany. Counting upon the latter pausing ,for an instant to see whether the fugitive had emerged fro m the buildingor not, Fenwick struck out at h i s best pace straight across the road and toward a belt of wooc!s on the other. $ide. . He had just reached the edge of the latter, when he heard a shout behind him, and knew that he was seen by his pursuer. The shout of Tiffany was no.t merely an exclamation, but a definable command, enunciating the name of Constable Dudley. It was at this instant that Fenwick reached the woods, and a second he knew that he out of sight of his Rursuer. A pistol shot broke the and a ringing comrand from .l\fr. Tiffany's li_ps rang .out: "Stop, Fenwick, on your life! I mean business this time!" "Let him pop l" exclaimed Fenwick, 1ipder his breath, with. out in the least slackening his pace. "He has no more right to shoot me than I. have to s\loot hip:i. Re'$ playing the bully and the blackguard, while lw startep<: in the direction of the railroad station. The to the station took him past the Weyman dwelling. At that pOint he purposely made a shol"t detour, might not e11co1,1nter a11y member of the family. Yet, as he returned to the road a short distance below the V\Teyman farm buildings, and was leaping over a wall, he found himself fairly face to face with Edna Weyman. ""Why, l!Ir. Fwwick l" she exclaimed.

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22 BRA VE AND BOLD. "You are not just coming from the schoolhouse. Edna?" he asked. "No;' I came home soon after you went. I just went down lo the house of a nc:ighbor to inquire whether they had caught you or not. Nearly all the boys in the district are out wa:t ing to hear whether they gv.ertook you. Every boy and girl at Still Rivu hopes that you will escape, for they don't believe that you are really to blame for But still, my father The girl interrupted herself, and Fenwick aikcd: "What docs your father say?" "That, if you are really innocent of everything, the best you can do is to give yourself up to l\lr. Tiffany, and have your innocence proven." "\.Vhich shows that your father is gi,ing j udgmrnt on some thing that he knows nothing ahout," said Fenwick, speaking almost sharply. "That's what I told my father. nut he told me that I must be careful. and not be too sure that you were honC'st and all right just because you happened to have a faculty for making yuur,;l'lf so popular among the pupils in your school. He said he couldn't help likinli you h imself, but that sometimes pccplc h a d thc faculty of making friends when they were not worthy of them." "I can forgive tour father 'for the advice he gave yon. It would probably be best for you to heed it. You don't really know anything about me-you don't really know but I'm a nottJ burglar or highwayman, or some other criminal, in disguise. I don't look just like one, lrnt you know appearnnrcs are of\en times deceitful, and you had better take yvur father's ad\'ice and be on the safe side. Il11t you have been so knd to me, and I appreciate it so much, th;it. if I have a ch;ince to see you before I go away from Still River. I'll tell you the whole 1rutb-l'll tell you why it is that that spying Mr. Tiffany. and the duck-legged constable are chasing me throur;h woods and over fields. 13ut, till I see you again, fiild we Im ve more t imc, good-by!" I le held out his h::ind impnlsi\ely. arnl the girl tock it. Some kind of an incoherent reply kll from her lips. 1 hen h e turned. and 'triking into a loping trot, soon tlisap pcare d from her sight down the lonely st rip of road. The girl stood gaz111g a ft er him a minute or two, until his form was lost in the clarkmss. Then ,;he returned to the house, a strangely homesick frrling oppressing her usually cheerful n ature. It was a feeling which she had never cxp,cricnccd hrfore in her in the same way. In half an hour Fcnw. ick haJ rcaclicd the station. Llefore he c:amc in sight of it, he: heard the roar of the incoming trnin, htard that roar cease when it stoppt d at t)1e sta:ir;n and th< n. a mnmcnt afterward, lJeard the puffing of the locomotive as it unce ITICJllC went on its way. He knew that at a small country station like this the one in c:h:irge would lock up the pbct' and go home as soon after the dep::i rt ure of the train as he could do so. Thaeforc he ran at his speed. and re-ached the plat form just as the station 'agent wa' leaving it. The man was past miJdle ;ige. with grayish and beard and a crusty mannrr. Fenwick plantC'11ing a little brnken up about their young m:ist1rhaving him l'h:i<'d out of the schooll10ust' by a private detective and the ccnstahlc," clarcd one of the spca kC"rs. "I all tbe' timr th:it there' was wrong with that young fellow. rloys arrn't apt to he as smut as pretends to he if they arc all r :ght. Too nrnrh smartness is pretty sure to have some wickedness mixrd with it." "Evrry1hi11g is playing in:o our hanJs. anyhow. Crnck<-i.t :iml \Vcymu and two or 1hrec others have got toiirther to-night. and are talking the thing O\'C'r together. ln the llll':tntiml', they h:i"e ldt th<' sC"hoolhousr 1111g-u:irdcd. It .strikes me that we \\'on't havt' a bettrr ch:inr.e than nnw to take possession.'' "And this time they won't drive 11s out of it tl1c way thcy did he fore.'' "You bet they won't! Not if shot1p111s can cldrnclJucncc s that wn11lcl go ag;ain,1 us." "All th11y ha"'1' to do is tn krcp otT when we tl'l! tlwm to. Yon said \hat if I would m:in:1g< it sn as to get possession nf tht: building. and mn.\'c it hack onto onr of the linr. would back me up. All you to m

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\ BRA VE AND BOLD ting of it, t!Ten you won't .find anybody on O\tr side to find fault, you may be sure of that," 'vVe c a n carry the gns r ight in, and b e ready for busines,,'' sai d another voice. "Don' t be in too much of a hurry, They will take good care of themselves rig11t here. We've got something ta do in taking care of the rope and c hain s which the Paturg side of the line. In another moment t hey were out of sight. but Fenwick could distinctly fed a slight jar of the buildins, and he kne w tha t they we re undoing the rope with which the structure had been Il'lllde secure 01 1 the Parksbnrg side of the line, Fenwic k shoved up the window sufficiently to allow of an easy egr ess of his J:lo dy. In a moment h e had s l ipped out through the window, and in another h(! had gathered up the six guns in his arms, and moving off with them in a course diagon: tll y from t h e ro<1d. Fro m what he had a.verh1;ard, as well as frorn the words of Edna Weyman, it was clear to him tha\ strong su. picions against him w ere beginning to be aroused among the m e n of the whic:h he had been hired to se rve Penetrating the strip of tiinber to a 'di stance of twenty yards, he reached a spot where the undergrowth and several large trees grew together in a dense thicl{et. Herc he moun te d the guns, with the muzzles pointing in s uch a directi o n as to s end the direc tly ove r the roof of th\! choolhouse. T h e t rceg betwee n the (knser thicket and the schoolhouse gre w o that by d!lylight they could be seen from the ing itself. .\ttaching a string to the trigger of each gun, Fenwick in turn t i e d the other e11dti of the strings to another cord, seve ral feet in Jenl;ith. Having done this, he cock e d the guns, and t'hc n carrie d the end of the longer piece of cord out through the densc $ t part o f the thicket to a place where he could croui::h secure in conecalment. Atl:'aching the oiher end of the cord to a small bush, so that it would be easy to find again, Fenwic k crept forth from his con cealment and stole toward the schoolhouse, using thr utmost cau tio n in doing so. He saw that the men and boys had 11lready 1,mhitche d the c<1blc which h e ld the building. Affairs were proceeding at a pace which Fenwick saw ought to be stopp d at oHce. At the same time, he heard a rumble from the other side and t he h eavy clatter of wheels. "There c o m e the h orses," said one o f the men, who wa s stand. ing close enough to the tree b e hinct which was standing for, the latter to h ave touched him with an out !retched hand. "Then we'll hi tch 011 and get the building to m ovino-. In the meant ime. you f e llows better go inside, with the guns, for there's no knowing how scon we rnay be interrupted. J q5t 11s any of the crowd show you want to b eg in to shoot out of the windows, and I guess that will make them fight shy." So much F enwick heard plainly, and he did not to listen fo" '"''l'A All ha11ds 1tartcd off, as the youqg went back !.O where he had mounted the guns, he heard the hktrried ing of feet, the stamping of t\le of ch a ins, with now and t hen a loud shout which b espoke the hurry of action. Fenwick waited unti l the fellows who had been ordered to g o into the schoolhose were ou't where they Qad left the guns and creeping round jn search of them. J. ust then heard a faint shout of dismay. 'They've founcj that the r e's somet}Ji11g they ean't find," Fen wick said to hiniself. "And now is the time for 1,11e to llla.ke a strike." He put his hands up to hi s lip s, and shentcd, In a. hollrsc at the top of h i s lungs : "Now, we'll clean e m out. bOJ s pepper them with shot, and never mind who gets hit! Then, when I give the word, niake a rush!" As i:enwick shouted these w9rd$, he began r11nning, with all the n o 1 e he could m a ke, throtJgq the qndergrowth, crackling the dry twigs and rustling the le3'ves be .hind him. In another moment he hacl reached spot where the end of tht: cord had bee n attached. . At the sam e time a c!10rus of shouts <1nd rang from the lips of the men mid b9ys on the othe r sicje. Fenwick hurriedly gro ped for the 1;ord, and the n once more shoute d, but t h is time in a different voice : "N<;iw. fire, and the111 all together I" A jerk at thi;: )Ct of flame frorn the munles of si,ic s hotguns, and. a rattl d1scha r ge I A perfect pandemomum of yells an<\ cries, with a scra_mbling of (cet, sounded froru the Sanford side. CHAPTER XVII. TRE CONFER.iNC,E. If there. was ever a scared crowd, the m e n and boys frotn the S a n ford sl d e of the line made up one as that discharge hurt led o v e r their he a d s and clip p e d through the foliage of the tree;; on the opposite side of the road. As the crowd wcni <111d yelling 11cross the op e p space and so11ght s h elte r F enwick kept 11p as much of a racket by t earing around in the updergrowth a$ a single individual could manage. ln fact, he w o r k ing harder phys ically than he bad ever before in his life in hi s attempt to m;ike noi s e enough for a who le crowd without any assistance. The Sanford crowd had hardly ,disappeared, when another s h out r ent the ai r this time sounding fro m the ro a d which l e d from the Parksburg side. 'The Still River boy$ ;ire pot all dea{l after all," w as Feuwick's m e ntal comment. In another m oinent he was hurrying to a point where h G col.lid o b serve the n e wcomers. In the e x cit e m ent of his interest in the outwitting of the San ford boys Fenwick h ad forgotten hi s own private troubles. But. as he stood the r e on the edge of a elump trees, and saw Andy Crocke tt, with several othe r steps of the "Crockett flight," le a d 'ng the with other l}o ys of the sc)loo l following, and several m e n in tl}e rear the yonng man was painfully \'l?to a r e velati o n of hi s own i;itu ntio n. The forern os t of the older m embers o f the pa_rty was Mr. Crockett. A h11rr'ied s howed Fenwick that 1\1.r. \Veym1111 was not amcng them. I d o n t want to ;:ee the rest of thew-I j1,1st want to see Andy, a 1d that's al! to-nig ht. I can't face theJll all now till I how the y f eel." Of course the discharge of the guns and the sudden flight t h e Sanford men and boy s was 1:os t mystifying to the newcomers. The whole crowd was socn 111 th e sp ac e s,urrounding the schoolhouse; so m.t1 of \he m 'v em e11tcr111g it, while were extending their inve tigatiops farther afie ld Fenwi c k had h o p e d, Andy Crockett was one o f those to ptirsue his investig1itio11s in the din1ction of the belt of timber in whkh the yol.lng sc)10oh11astcr conc o al e
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BRAVE AND BOLD. The big Crockett linke d his arm in that of his companiofl in a caressing sort of way that told Fenwick plainer tha n words eould have done that he was no less friendly toward him than he had been from the first. "Well, Mr. Fenwick, what is it?" Andy asked. the other at last paused in a small n atural opening among the trees. "In the fir st place, I want to kn< w how they all feel about me abou" t mv with Mr. Tiffany last ni g ht and my Hight." "Oh, we'll stick to you, every one of us!" was Andy"s hurried retort. "You mean the boys?" "Every one of us." reiterate d Andy. "But the men cf the Still River district-your father and the rest-how do they feel?" "Oh, there' s talk among them. of course!" "And plenty of dark suspicions?" "Some of them are suspic'ons, I guess. !\fr. Weymm seems to be the most so. They think it's queer that a dett'ctiw and constable should be after yon so sharp if you're all ri g ht. 'What they think is more queer yet is that you should be so anxious to escape if you are not really guilty of anything." A brief interval of silence followed between the hovs. An wheel. 1 had to be pretty shy about it. fo r I d :dn't W ?'11 :inyh<'d y tu ask me any questions, as they would be sure to do if thry saw me with it. But now I have got to go back in a hurry, for T don't want them to m i ;s me. Shall I see you again before school to morrow morning?"' .. promise." said Fenwick. "Neither can I promise to be on hand 1t school time, though I think there's no doubt of it. But how are you getting along with the schoolhouse?" "\Ve have i.ot it moving, and in two hours wi:; will have it fa:rly on land belen11.ing to my father, instead of to the town. I guess thcres n oitc dy that wid care to trespass on the farm, and, if they do, wall\ to look out for the Right." Andy ch.sped Fenwick's hand. and then strode off throu:,:h the woods, with his fea dully long strides. Half an hour later Frnwick had reachrd the road, and, mount ing his wheel. he rode directly toward the Crockett dwelling. He did not wish to disturb t h e people in the house. so he g-ot his bicycle under cover, and then found his way into the barn. l lalf an hour l ater he was sound asleep in the hay. Daylight was coming in numnous s1r akt s 1hrou1h the cre\ices in the wall of the big barn when Jud Fcmv\ck awoke. He sprang up and glanced at his wotc-11. It was six o'clnck. H" had 'slept three or four hours, and the repose had refreshed him greatly. The sounds which hJd h i m from his slt1mhcr hrcn the cprn:ng and closing of the barn doors. and the oiccs of the men who workrd for ?llr. Crockett coming in and out. I -fr was careful to '"' evrry whisp of hay from h's clothes, and to brush his cap, ar.d to tidy himself up jicnerally, befort> crnergin. from his It requind ccll'iiderahle circumsprcticn for him to the place without seen. In fact. wh n he got outside, therr w1s a srnsatir.n in tht r e gi c n of his s tomJch wh'ch told hi111 th1t he had fasted lon :;er tha n he done hdore for a long time. "l am n ot a thief, or a burglar, and I m 2'0ing in to breakfast," he No soon, r sid than d o ne. The family seemed a little surprise d to sc:e him. and to his own surprise, he found both :\Ir. Crockett :rnd Andy there. F, nwirk felt a little embarrassed at first. but there wa a k'ndly li;;h t in the ey<>s of 1h1t sermed lih the reAcction of the which the oldest b o y had evinced. "I hwe i(Ot sch'.)olh cu!!t' of my own new." remarked :\Ir. Crockett, aftrr the salutatirns were over. ".'\rd art" ycu icing to hivt> a of school in it 10-d1y ?" Frnwick askld. looking the m:in st night in 1hc ryr "D11J.tnds. I h a e rot the schi;iolhnuse fair :rnd nn my I0nd. thouh i t is up on 5ti!s yet. But I have got the rollt:rs out from under it. and l rrckcn tl1e S1nford peoplr will find i1 r-i1hc r rockv business to move it off. You can see the roof and chim ney iierftctly pbin o ut of window there." I Fenwick out of the window in questio1l there, indc d, he c:ould plainly see the PC>< of the roof and chimnry of the schoolhouse above the low growth of tiees whirh in1cn .. .,rd. "An1y on v hinq rwt of I he w:iy all thtir lives is the sort of ch:ips th:it l fight shy of." h lachd h:i.rely an hnur to school tim<" wh<'n Fenwick went out. mounted h's wheel. and S!Kd away towar
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BRAVE AND BOLD. striking a match and holding it that he could peer in and make sure that the message was not there. "No answer yet I" he exclainKtl.' ":\ml I must go hack to the school knowing. 1 have a mind to i;o down to the station and make sure. Perhaps it has just come in, and the old fellow had time to fc tch it up here, though it is a li1tle after the time for the train wlun he usually gees down." In another moment Frnwick was again sperding down 1hc road. But he found. the station r:lused, and nu one in sight around it. Dack he went up tht s lope, but was presently by the nt'mble of aproaching wht'els. 111 a moment he had dambcn d over a low encc, rulling his wheel after h'.m. and. without waiting to see whom it approad1ing, he ushecl his whLTI through a thicket, and found him self in an upm and nearly l evel field. \ \ 'ithout h esitation. he 111om1tld the hicycle, and. striking a course which would carry him in a direction nearly parallel wi 'th the road, he moved en t"ward the schoolhouse. Before lea v in g the Crockt't\ that m orn'ng, FL'.n\\'ick had made a clnnge of clothin:, hi! ob;cct being lo be prepared fur i.I hurried trip o n hi s whed. if nt'cess"ry. At the mom<:Jl\ he lnd on a which was almost new and of a dark n d colur. whic h was most tu the young fellow's comp!exic:n As he sped along over the uneven ground. he \\'as sndclenly stankcl by a hoarse h llow in his rear. foilowcd by the heavy trampli n g of hoofs. which fairly jarn d lhe ground. Frnwick cl'cl not ne nC'<" :ind nhilndoning the glory o f victory 10 his cnmpl'.titor. pro,ided that he wne able to get oul of tht' other's \\';1y. \\' h:it was agains1 h i m was the slighily upwar d slop<'. and 1he roug h almost hummocky surface, and the stone wali to climb OVL'T. Another h ellnw from the heast, another h1 .-kwachl-cl Snddcnly 1hc hel'! maclt' a forward illrch. ;rnd Frnwi<-k lnok a h"arkr. Th"n C'amc in a bit of gyn1111stics on the youth's part whiC'h prntJably his life and al the samr lime somC'what astnni.;h cl llw lrnll. L111ding forward upon his h0nds he a h:uabpr ing whi h srnt him to lhe very wall itse!i. He struck ufl('ll his fret, ?nd a bot:nd him over. There, pale, shikcn np, with lhe nirrowPess of his esGpe, he tnrnd abn 1lt. to the a ni m:d dimy. and there flnng hims<'lf npon the gro11ncl. breathkss and a little f:iint. It \\'y, it will be becanse T don't dare to. And that's the phin ruth of it. I do dare. but I dread the unpleasantn<'ss of it. If Tifhny only hid an Otmce of manhood in him. he would come to me fair and ard we could fix things up till I could hear from my friend. in Dc:ff1lo. But. no; lie's working for a scoop; h e wams to show lrmsdf so mighty smart; he doC'sn't want to sho\\ :my favors to a boy." Scarnly lnd thl'se w0rds p;i ssctruding wi1h terror. ''I-ldn lwlp !" ca111e hoarsrly from the J:ps of lhc m an. "By all the !" Andy; "it's TilTany I" Tiff1my !" cchcecl Fmwic k. "And t herr's the bull. and it' s lhe critter that's making the b("s, t \Vhy, Fenwick, you won't have to fear that man much l n n"rr a gcner, snre preaching!" T h e two bo; s stood breathlessl y side by side, watching the thriJling spect11cli:-. Tiffa n y was s:ill a gocd distance from the wall. The bnll was nlm"st at h's very heels, and a single mi sst<' p or the slightC'st slackcnit1 g of pace would rnd the race-and the detective's lif,. I S1:ddenly Fenwick off his sweater, at the same time sei7.ing a long s li c k w 'h ich lay upcn the grnund. Flinging thC' red sweater over lhe encl of the Fenwick f)\'rt' tlw wall, brandishing his red flag, and ) clling at the top of his lungs. CHAPTER XIX. ANDY' S OTHER FIST. F enwick's s houts and the flomishing of the -red to g<'ther were snfficien t to attract the atten1ion of thl infuriated bull. lhat was exactly what lhe yonlh lnd intended to do. Tiffany the chance, and changed his own course to one at almost ri ght a ngles to that in which he h a d bt>en going. At lhc same tim<:' the bull. with another bellow. swerved aside and came plunging down to the spot where Fenwick was standin g. Su
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.-> BRA VE AND BOLD. with a single bound sprang upon the wall and then down upon the other side. The decoy had scarcely left the youth' s hands. when the bull reached it, and in another moment w::is trarnpling it under foot, and treating it with even more vicious fury than he had used toward the bicycle. Fenwick1 breathing quickly once more stood be s id e his friend "Now, Andy. w e 'll m ov e on ,' said Fenwick. Tiffany se e ms to be getting his legs over that wa!J. there, so I guess we needn't worry about him. And I d o n t want an interview.'' "But I do," said Andy, abruptly. "W.hat do you mean?" Fenwick a s ked .. "I mean that I want to s i z e up this chap who has been crowding you for all he is worth, and that y o u have now paid off by saving him from the meanest kind of a de1th 'Why, Fenwick, not many would have thought of it, and fewer yet would have dared to do it if they had, e s pecially when it was for the worst enemy you have in the world." "No, no, Andy," said Fenwick, seizing the youth's arm, to de tain him. But the attempt was in Yai n. Andy had broken away, itnd was running toward the spot where Tiffany stood, pale and breathless, leaning against a tree Fenwick turned his back up o n them and walked slowly down to the road. He walked leisurely along the latter, looking at his watch as he did so. The air was chilly, and, after his recent exercise, and being clad only in shirt and trousers, the youth began to feel decidedly cold. In the meantime Andy Crockett was confronting Mr. Tiffany. "Was it you-who did that thing-that saved my life?" Mr. Tiffany exclaimed, falt e ringly. "Not a bit of it. It was a 1I1ighty sight better fellow than I am, and, if th e re hadn't been anyb o dy th e r e but me, you would 'have been bull-fodd e r before this time!" Andy exclaimed Mr. T i ffany was silent. That qe h a d recogniz e d Jud Fenwick in the moment of the l atter's heroism t here could hardly be a doubt. Yet it was probable that he would have been much more pleased if it had turned out that the heroic acti c n had been reallv done by Andy Crock.:tt, instead of the youth whorl1 he had beei1 so persistently persecuting. "The n I suppose it must have b e en Fenwick, since you all seem 'to make him a sort of an idol-such a paragon in all respects?" said Tiffany. / "If you can talk in that way about a fellow who did for you what Fenwick did just now, it strikes me that it sizes you up about right. The next time he is with me, and we see you cha se d by a critter, he shan't de a single thing to help you, if I can hold him back-make 11p your mind to that, old man!" "You simply don't understand how the matter lies," Tiffany said. "It is for every p erson to do his duty, and mine chances to be an unpleasant one. Mr. Fenwick is a young man of much coolness and nerve, and with many fine mental q11alities. I ad mire them all, and for his magnanimous action of a few mom ents before I feel the deepest I a ssure y o u that1 if I should ever see him in p e ril of his life, I would do anyth ing m my power to save him. Ndw, can you find any fau1t with that, Mr. Crockett?" "Can't find any fault with >'our talk. But it strikes me that talk is cheap. and that somethmg else would answer a good deal better. If you will go to Fenwick and do the squarc thing by him, and then go away and leave him alone until he has time to turn himself, then I'll think what you say means something." "I want to see Mr. Fenwick veiy much, and, when I do see him, he shall be assu r ed that I appreciate his action very much.'' "In words,'' Andy added. "No, in actions. If he is where you can speak to him, go and tell him so. Tell him I say S'o. I want him assured that I :11.1 not such an ungrateful wretch as you would make out." "In your mind," muttered .As1dy. A,k>ud, he said: "Come along, then, and pay your respects tb Fenwick, if you have any to pay. And it strikes me that you owe him some. :But"-and Andy shook his finger impressiv e ly before the face of the detective-" don't you 'dare to play any tricks on that lad, un less you want to settle with the whole Crockc;tt flight, from roof to basement t" To this Tiffany made no replv Andy led the way down to the ro ad, and they were just in tfme to intercept Fenwick. The latter waited for them to come up, and for the tirst time 'he showed no anxiety to flee when Tiffany approached. "It is time for us to be at the schoolhouse, Andy," said Fenwick, without looking at the detective. Tiffany stepped quickly forward, and reach ed out his hand, \vhile a most beneficent smile broke over hi rather prepossessing features. "\Ve have got to be friends, whether we will or no l" he ex claimed. And Fenwick was fairly obliged to take the s lim, cool hand which was thust into his own. "I'm not unwi lling, if y o u will do your part,'' said Fenwick "So you are going to open school again this morning?" Tiffany asked, feeling that his overtures of good feeling were not very fully appreciated. "It is a sc h ool day, and why shouldn't school ?" Fenwick asked. ''Why, indeed? But, !tnder the circumstances, I would advise diff e rently." "vVhat would you advise?" "I was about to offer you a favor-we won't catl it that. either, since you have just done me one so much greater than anything I can do for you." "What is the favor? If you were going to offer to let me alone for a week, and allow me to go on w ith my wori<, as I have en gaged to do, I will consider that you have done me a greater favo r than the little kindness I did for you just now.'' "I was going to offer you a trnce.'" "Call it a truce, then, if you are only going to make it a wei:k in length.'' "Not quite that, Judson for that would be transcending th<' duty of my office. I will give you twenty-four hours, and I rec ommend t hat you use it in getting as far as possible from this locality. You are clever, and, if you use it w e ll, T think you can m a ke it very difficult, indeed, for me to catch you. Of course, 1 have nb ri ght to say this to you-inde ed, it is very improper. But in consideration of what has happened--" I "You needn't consider what has happened. Mr. Tiffany, and you necdn t offer me any truce of that l ength. I shall not l eave Still River, unl e ss I am obliged to until I have taught out the term." "But I advise you to accept the truce.'' "I refuse it. and f d 0n't wm1t to talk with you any mort'." As F e nl'!ick spoke, he started abruot ly down the and Andy Crockett walked by his side. Tiffany gazed after them a moment, and the n followed ''Stay a bit-just a w ord more,'' the detecti ve said. "Say it quick." "I have given you twenty-four hours' truce---remember that. It was upon cond1tions-remember that. also. I caution you not to attempt to keep that school to-day, for, if you are here, and I have a chance to take you. I shall have to do so. If you agree to go. I will not make an effective pursuit forthe length of time I ha\e n a med. But; if you stay, 1 shall have to do m y duty." Fenwick and Andy h'ld faced about when Tiffany h ad called them; but, as the l atter ceased speaking, the you n g schoolmaster wheeled abruptly and starte d at a trot down the toad. Andy Crockett took a quick forward stride, bringing him within arms' length of Tiffany. "Do you want to know what I think of you?" the youth de m anded. his voice hoarse with passion. T i ffany smiled, a11d in his smooth tones answered: "It doesn't make so very much difference what you think of me, since neither my life nor my companion's depend depend up on it." "They don't, eh? And, if you don't mind what I say or what I think, perhaps you won't mind what I do-so, dam you, take that!" "That" ,vas Andis left fist, .and it alighted squarely between Mr. Tiff<1,ny's eyes. CHAPTER XX. THE TI::LEGRJ\M. 1'.he school was opened, though a few minutes late, and the full number of pupils from the Pal'ksnurg side of the line r e ported for duty. Andy came in iate, hi s face slightly pale, and a look i n his eyes which the other members of the Crockett flight under stood.

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' VE AND BOLD. After the afternoon was over. fo'enwick said to Andy: "We have had another day of school, and it's the best we have had yet. Now, I'm going to sec if thi:re's an amwtr to my tc:lcgram." .. .tJo you want me to walk along down with you?" Andy asked. "l'\o; l had bener go alone. Tell them not to wait supper for "1c down to the ,,house, for knowing what will happrn to make me late. "'If you are going alone, you had better look out for your!d f." .. Un Tiffan\"'s account?" "On Ti ffan)'s account." "l h:inn'1 asked you what he to you :iftrr r came away 'and leit yon togcthn this morning." sa:d frnwi<'k. .. It wouldn't hne don..: yon murh good if you for I shouldn't want to answr. Bnt mind what I s:l\" ll"h<'n I tl'll \'OU to loqk out ior yoursl'lf. Tiffany and l didn't part good frici1ds this mprning, :.\! r. Fl'llwirk, and, th<.' worse hr me, the more hi: will try to \"<'Ill his spill' on you-mind th;it." "V ..:ry \1Tll. J"ll keep my eyes open. Hut I begin to 11ndcr that I nm n0t to ha1e .1ny fa1ors from h11n m any c;1,c. Hut I am must anxious to get my tt:lcj'..'"ram, and there surely shnnld he an ansll"rr. for me long before th's." u!t' d some in going to the hollow oak where bis t<."!egram was to be left. < lnn more: his hand groped 111 the hollow oak-and his heart sank as he found it vnrant ag:iin. Ass11ring himself that no m..:ss:i.ge was there, he starttd on a run down to the station. The stat ion avcnt likely to he there at that hour, and, as he e:-;prctrd. he found tl1P m;in in his !\fr. Gr"nws was in the act of out a rt>port of the tr:iin which had just m:inipulating the telegraph key with the clumsiness of <1 h od-canier. "So no answer came?" f-'cnwick asked. as the man looked up at ):im. C\ o message, d i d ) e say? And didn't yr find it?" "\;t,'os one came-and did you put it in the hollow oak, as f told VOU ?" "Sariin. boy. It ought to have bern there hy one o'clock, for it was quarter of one ll"htn I left here, and l don't remember as I stopped on the wJy." "And you 11re sure that you put it in the hole in the oak that I pointed out to you?" "There arrn't no other on the road that I know of, and 1'11'1 sure I put it there.". F<'nwick"s fac-ot p:ile. :md his hC':irt hf>;it fast. "Thrn some one has stolen it!" he exrhimrd. "lt arrn't likely, boy. I dunno who could h:1ve seen me when I pnt it there." "Any could hwc sern you. and there are plrnty abouL Every one of my enemies is a spy. and thl're are two or three of them here. There's Tit'f?ny. the detective; Th('ron Cr:1n". thP mas:er thry h"ve hired on the Sanford ,Ide to the St'Jl River S chcol. Eiher of these mm would do it, ann't read mm::h by sound, hut I hwe it on the ta;ie down to the office. I mi:.>ht hwe re'lij it 011 for you whn1 we was down th1 rc. if I only thou' -:ht. \Vh:it I was thinking of was thi.: lpm it mi<>ht do you. .But I can pretty nigh rcpe:it it to you, word for word." '"R it. then. please. And. if it se<'m< tn be complete, I won't the time to go bark after the ,,.Nds." .Mr. Grimes stood a moment, scratching his ht:id, and perhaps scratching helped him to think of the message. At any rate, rq1eatcll it, and Ftnwick judged, word for word. "That's it, I know!" Fenwick exclaimed. "It means that I must wait tw o or three days longer. at any rate. Only two or thre<." days, Mr. Grimes, and l will be all right-you can under stand that from the telegrnm, can't you?" should say so; though. of course, I don't know wh:i.t it all means. But, if that Tiffany will only let you alone for two or three day!, as ycu say, it looks as if you would be able to straighten things out, and have them all your own way afterward." ... -\II I w;int is :t time, and it' s all T h:ive wanted ;tll the while. If th;it mrssaJ:"C has fallrn into the hands of l\fr. Tiffany, or Theron cottldn't be worse lttck They will crowd me out of here. after all, and perhaps bcat me in the end I I knew which one hJd got hold of it-Tiffany or Cr:ine." "\Vhat sort of a looking nittcr is Crane?" ".Inst lik<." bis Lank. sharky, with a sneaking look. Th:tt man is ngly as sin. and it is to him that I owe Lhe biggest part of my trouble hne at Still River!" "Does he h:1Ye n lttt I<' squint in his left eye?" "Yes; and an ttgly look in the other one." "I remember now that a fellow looking just about like that into th<." depot while I was taking your message. He pretn1dcd to come in to ns'rl for a moment and watched it. He it approach the lrnildinr;!' and then pause. Then a hnman form p:tss>'tl be. tween Fm.wick the l' ght. and h e instinctinly saw both figures mow on pt the buildin!?', and in such \Va y that they seemed to be ,pnroaehing the opri osite side. \Vi t h s wi f t r s ilent strides. the young schoolmaster approached the huilding. a11d as he did so, ond stood for a moment with his form close to the doorway. he distinctly heard voices around the COfllC'r. Only few words were cxch'nged, but those Cew were enough to tC'll him wh'\t in the ll"ind. "T don't twlirve the hov ll"ill d;i.re rome hark to the Crockrtt homt' to SfHnd the nit::bt:" s1id one of the voices. "L:tst night, rn11 kn n w. he spen1 part of the nicrht inside 1he schoolhonsc. I P.11C'SS wh'I he will do to-night; h e'll sneak in and there.,, for he's bound to st:ty here at Still River and fight 1t down. Fr nwi"k waitrd to heal nn more. A quick. leap carried him tn th winc1nw. which he hqrJ purprse ly left open. the next m0rn e nt ht> w1s st"nding in the in,ide of the building, in the midst of the most imprrietrahle darkness. CHAPTER XXI. A 5!'10T FROM TqE DARKNESS. rt !011ked lik<." an audac:ous, cvrn foolhardy, thing to do for fo'em\ick to enter the school building just then, when he knew that it was :he very thing his enemies were exp\!ctillg of him. One of thnse who sr>oken was Mr. Tiffany, the other was the "slndow" of the detective, called '.'.lolrs. Ile also heard nnotber voice, though he could distinguish no words. and that ,oicc he r ecognized as Constable Dudley's. The reason he had entered the building was that he had left thcrr an mnbre lla and a top-coat. which he was very likely to need. While he not intend to Arc from the locality, there always the nossibility th:it he might be forced to do so, and there w;is no telling wlnt might happe n before daybreak. those outside had no idea that he was in the buildini tlw time.
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28 BRA VE AND B0LD. They thought he would go to the house of the Crocketts first, young fellow is in here now. I happen to !--now that he has come and apprise them of this intention. that he would eventu back from the stati o n, and that he didn't go up to the Crockett ally come back to the schoolhouse to sp e nd t!1c night, was t)1e hou se. 1f y0u only go slow an d easy, I am pretty sure you can theory upon which Mr. Tiffany and Constable Dudley were counttake him l" ing. "So much the better for us, then,'' said the gruff voice of Of course, it was not absolutely necessary that they should put Con stah1e Vnd H.y. themselves to so much trouble just to capt\ire tbe boy, si nc e he '"But you want to be careful-mind what I tell you about that. had for several hours taken no notice of them, or taken any This Fenwick has pretty near killed one fellow. a nd he, has the pains to avoid th em. worst temper of any fello\\ living. Get him aroused, and he They might have entrapped him at the schoolhouse after school would shoot you as c:;uick 2s he would shoot a wolf." let out, or at any other tim e during the day, ii they h;id ch osen As these w o rds fell up o n ihe ears of Fenwick. his blood boiled. to do so. and he felt almost as wicked as 1'heron Crane charged him with But, on account of the cottr? geons action by which Fenwick being. had saved the life of Mr. Tiffa ny that morning, the detective The yoth, h ad a terrible temper, but of late he h ad was most relu ctan t to take any unnecessary steps toward taking kept it un window, he heard the sash of a noth e r win-the Still River district when the opp ortunity was given him. dow, on the same side of th e building. being softly raised. And It was not just comfortable for Tiff ; my to arrest so coolly the the next m o m ent a stunning. report came to his ears, accompanied man aiter what had ha ppened. b y a flash from a d!scharged If 1t had been Andy Crockett who was being persecuted Tif Simultaneously an of min was utternd on the outfany would not have experienced any such compunctions of feelside. and the voice of M t Tiffany crled out: ing; for there was still a black and blue spat on his forehead "H clp I am shot 1 !" where Andy's fist had been planted. And th e soreiiess of that There was the hurri e d tramp of feet. the chatter of voices, the spot extended to his inner feelings banging of the door of the school h ouse. the sou: 1 d of a Yet Tiff any was inyin c :blc it came to carrying out a thrust down. and various other 11oises, all of which came from purpo se on which he had set 011t. He was not one to yield a various different directi o ns. point unless absolutely forced to do so. Fenw ick stood upon a with his head' on a leYe) w!th the Fenwick stood and l i sten e d for a moment. Then he groped window through which he had intended to escape, but with 110 his way to the closet wh e re the articles he sot!gh t fiad b e en left. clear idea of what had occur r e d or what was o ccurring. He would ha ve been glad to have struck a light, but he dare d But. as h e stood there hesitaJ.ing what to do, he heard the voice not do so. l he were to the articles which b elopged to him of The ron Crane cry out: and get out of the schoolhouse unobserved he would be doing "That tdls the story-1he. youn:s wretch was in th e building well and he did not care to run any extra ri sk.. all the time, just as I s
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BRA VE AND BOLD. Not a word nor a sound fell from the lip s of Jud F enw ick. But, s'training his nervt>s as he had never straiqed them before, he through the darkness, his lithe form speeding away down the slope and into the road, and away through the motion, less shadows, with all the swiftness of mingled fear and pa ssion,..; and a do ze n other impul ses marshaled together! And, as he ran, he heard sh-:>uts and the trarpp of feet in hot And in another moment he heard another sound-,-the clatter of a alloping horse I have got to take to the woods!" he muttered. betwixt his shut teeth. "A b oy s kgs, no matter how good they may be, are no match for those of a horse I" CHAPTER xxn. CLOSING IN. Fenwick had 'no time to choo se his course of flight. He had to take the course wh:c h at the prese'nted the clearest road. That happ ened to be on the Parksburg side. Of course, he h a d no time to form a plan. Ten minutes be fore his plan Ind been to rema in here at Still River and face thimrs dow9 until expected events turned things in his favor. All this changed now. Some one h ad fired a treacherous shot at Mr. 'tiffany-perhaps the man was killetl. He, Jud .Feu wick, already under suspicion, was charged with the crime. \Vhen h e had overheard the first remark from Theron Crane, his heart had been hot with hatred for the m1n And in the wild whirl of consciousness it came to him that this rnenn of his h 'l d SO C'Onnived as to bring the appearances of guilt more strongly :igainst him. "Everyth:ng he may say will be believed. He may tell the worst things about my past record. and n obdy will dispute them here. Of course. I can't here now. I must do one of two' things-I must either hide lik e a hurit e d anin11l, and probablv be caught at la st, or I must give myself up and let the worst happen ns quickly as it may." These were bitter thmwhts for the youth, since, as the reaOstponed. The r Jin of his pursuers, who were ;i,pproaching {rom the opposite direction. For a s in g le moment he waitrd. and that permittrd him to scr nrnl rcco gni;:e t he forms of those who were coming up the One of them was Andy Crockett. "l must see him. wh<1te,1er else may !" he exclaimed. :\ndv. "ith h'< lnn!l' w?s cmisiderahlv in the l<':td. and. ;u he npproached Fenwick said. in a low yq distinct voice: "Andy, I am here, right by the big birch. I must sec you, and ign." Andy came straight on, as if he had heard nothing. At the moment the pursuers of Fenwick were drawing nearer, and he !mew I.hat he must not tarry so near the road. Andy stepped in past the large w hite birch which Fenwick had de s ignated, and iu another moment the young schoolmaster's arm was link e d within that of h: s friend, and the two were walking hurriedly away from the road. Not a word was spoken until they had passed through the densest part of the thicket, climbed over a fence and penetrated into a patch of woods which was comparatively clear of undergrowth. It was intensely dark there, so when they at last came to a halt and faced each other, Andy could not see the pallor of Fenwick' s cheeks. 'Tm go:ng to tell you, word for word, wh::it has happen ed were Fenwick's first words. "Pretty socn you'll hear anothe r side of the story, and you may believ e whi ch you choose. But, as I am alive it s truth I shall tell you." "I don't think, J udso n that you would tell me anything else," said the boy, for the first time calling the young schoolmaster by hi s first name. "Don't be too sure till you h ave heard the other side of the story, Andy They will bring a black charge against me, and all the evide nce will see111 to point that way. Yet I am innocent, and. if I can o n ly have a little time. it may be possibte for me to prove it. But, as I don't know who is it may be that I shail ha\e to suffer for the crime of another.' Then, in hurried. impas sionrd accents, the boy told all that had occurred since the close of school that afternoon. It is need le ss to say that Andy Crockett was a breathless lis to the tale. Yet, as soon as Fenwick had ceased speaking, th<' tall youth exclaimed: I am g oing to believe your side of the story, Mr. Fenwick, and it won't make any d iffe i:ence how bl11ck a yarn they make out on the other side. vVhen it com e s t o taking the word of two per sons like you and that Theron Crane, I would believe yours every time Fenwick's hand sou1rtainly w a s not better for him to surrender, if that course could be avoided. To the reader it may seem that it would have been bettl'r for F e n w ick. if he were r eally inn ocent, to have given himself up, nnd so allowt>d the facts to have been brought out, so his name sho uld be cleared fr o m whatever taint might be brought against it. Yet !t is trne that the stigma of having been arrested and detai ned temoorarily in a jail or lockuo is apt to cling to a b0y through life, nQ matter how innocent he may be. Tilcrcforc, the

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BRAVE AND BOLD. very su sp1c1on of a mu st leave a last ini s tain b e hind, an d t hat truth of itself s h o u ld poin t a moral. To avcid suspicfou is the wisest course, wh e nev e r it is pos s ible to do so. Fenwick hurri ed ba ck through the wo od5, keeping upon a straight course to which h e w as guided by the direction of the wind. It was now raining q u ite fast and he w a s drench e d through. But he did not mind th at. He had proccedl!fl scarcely a hundred yards, however, when he found that he was e m e r ging into a clearing. He had struck out up o n a side of the road with which he wa s un fami l ia r, and he did not even kn o w whose fields he was crossing There fore he wa s not a littl e dismayed, a5 he emerged from among the tree s t o behold seve rai tw i nkling l ig hts m o ving hit h e r a nd thither, held by dark human forms, dir ectl y i n front of him and quite close at hand. '"It looks as if I was surrounded!" he ex claimed as he paused a moment and stared at the moving Even th e n he he a rd s houts, an d from t h e voices of th e speakers he was assured tha t there were am ong th e m bciys from the Parksburg as well as the Sanford sid e of t he divid in g t o wn l ine. .'So they can come to ge ther and agre e w h e n it comes t o h un t ing a man down," Fenwick e xclaime d bitterly. "It's queer that eve rybody lik es to turn out and trampl e on a f ello w when h e is QUt of luck. Yet it is always so." He stepped back am ong the trees hurriedly r evo l v ing in his mLnd a scheme for flight. But what was the use of revolving such a scheme of flight when there seem hardly the shadow of ll chance o f carryin: it into execu tion? \Vere he to return to the road, he would surely find It was clear that his pursuers had aroused t h e whole neiirhhor hood and that every one h a d c o nstitu ted hims e lf a special con stable to aid in the captur e of th is guiltless fu g itive. "I might as well go ahead as to go b ack. If I 'm caught, I'm caught, that 's all there is to it!" A s he half uttered these words he started for wa rd at a sw ift, b old pace, making not the slightest attempt to himself. He directerl his steps to ward a point which w o uld carry him halfwa y between the two lights which were at that mom e n t nearly moti onless. He reach e d them-passed th em-the n frcm his l e ft came the shout: "There he is! Quick, and we can catc h him!" As the words of alarm were utter ed, Fenwick once m ore broke in to a run. Glancing backward, he saw fully half a dozen forms, with swinging lanterns, advanting in full pursu it. CHAPTER xxm. J U D AND JACK. F e nwick h a d brok e n throu g h the lines, as 11e ran midly down the slope and across the field he knew t h 1t t h e number of his pursuers was becoming m o mentarily augmented. In a few moments Fenwick ceased t o lo ok ba ck at t he dancing, twinkling lig hts each o n e ef which he knew renrese n tc d a pursuer. and. instead. fixed-his gaze upon a sta tion a ry lig h t whi)I" h e be held at a consider a ble in fron t of him at the b o ttom of Quite a l o ng, smooth slope. The d esce nt was of such a grade t hat the youth was able to run like th e \Vind. He h ad n o fea rs in a fair r ace unless h r had to pit himself again s t something beside a m e re h u m a n pursuer. The which h e was approaching h e soo n located ac curat ely. It shone from one of the windows of the Weyman dwelling. The pnlsations of his heart quickened as he approached th e house. Ch a nging hi s course somew hat he placed the large barn and other buildings between hims e lf and his pursuer s and he kn e w that there he could not be vis ible to them. He knew also that if he could not be. see n by them their progress would become slower since otherwise they would not kriow that they were keeping upon his track. .He reached the b;irn, pas s ed it, and then paused a moment and slackened his pace to avoid excessive exhaustion As. he approached the house he looked eagerly toward the win' dews. Light shone from them, and an curtain per mitted him to look into the c o sy git1ing-room. Standinii w h ere he cou ld obtain a good view of the interior, he 1>3used for a moment with t he vagu e hope that he might o btain a i:-Jimpse of Edna. At the same time he wond e red if she knew of this new c harge against him, a nd if she wonld have believed it had she known. As he stoop thus he was suddenly by a light footstep. Turning quic kly, with his hands clinched for r e sistance, he found h i ms e lf face lo face with Edna V\" e y man. The g i r l stepped quickly forward and l aid a light hand on his arm. S h e drew him t owilrd a long, low building which con nected the house with the barn "Co me quickly," s1'e excla i med "What is it, Edna? You don't know what yo11 a r e doing! You don"t know why th<"y are chasi n g me?" Fenwick breat h lessl y r et u rne d Yes. [ know But com e quick. Andy is 0h c re and we are going t o help yo u ." "Help me--how ?" "Ask no quegtions but cO'me. Andy will tell you all about it. I t will be best for them n ot to know so we must b e very caut ious. And we m ust hurry. "I mus t hurry, that's a fact, for they're after me like a pack of hotmds." "But I know y o u didn't do it," said the girl, tremul ously. "How do y ou know?" "Because Andy t old me He kn o ws. He said you told him t he whole sto ry, itnd solemnly declar e d that you were innoc<'nt a nd didn"t know who d i d it I believe you, Mr. Fenwick and [ hwe believed you did not do it even if you hadn't den'.ed h " T hank you, Edna, fro m m y h ea rt. That m ak es two good friends. B u t I hope you won't h a e to t;ike m e o n trnst a great while. I h ope to be able soo n to prove that your confidence has n ot been misplaced The girl half kd, half drew her companion toward an open do o r. and t h e re the voice of Andy r ?" "Ye s rii:rht h ere I've told you about Dandy, the colt I hroke to t h e s ddle ? Well, I just trotted him out of th e harn and fet c he!i him h e re. I told the folks that t hey needed him to pursue you wit h." "D ut I don't understand you, Andy "Yeu nerdn't try. You just wait here and T'll kad ouf the colt and all. I ask of you is thiit y ou get on his nnd p11t him to his mettle. Run himas hHd as y ou' r e a rn:nd to, a nd if y ou kill him it won't break my heart. But hold on-I don t y o u t o think that this scheme was all mine. Jt was Edna t hat proposed i t or rather she she wi s hed she f e lt she had a right to ta k e out o ne of her fath er's horse5 for you Th:it m11de m e think of Dandy." F enwiC'k tri e d to utter his thanks, even while he hesitated about accepting 'it. But the words would not come. Jrt another m o mt>nt the h orse was led forth fr o m the hed, Andy and Edna had both p1: essed his ; h a nd, a nd the fugi tiv e youth h ad sprnng into the sad dl e Dandy was moved down to ward the road, and in another i n sta nt th e voung animal h"d been tmred into a s11 i ft canter.
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