## Diamond Dick, Jr.'s black box, or, The secret of half a million

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Diamond Dick, Jr.'s black box, or, The secret of half a million
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issued W eek l y By Subscrzptinn $2.50 pe r yea r E11f e,-e d as S econ d Class Matte,r a t Nae. Pq9j. Office by SrREE T & SMITH, ;J38 IPit!Uztn St., N. Y. No.297. / --; ,,. ./, Price. Five Cents. < BEFORE THll: OUTLAW O ULD SEE WHAT BIS MEN WERE SHOUTING ABOUT A FIST STRUCK HIM SQUARELY ON THE SIDE OF THE HEAD, AND HE WENT DOWN f ,IKE A LOG. PAGE 2 Iswed Wuflly. By Suhscri'jtio,n$2.50 year Entered a s Second Class Matter at 111.d N. Y. Post /Jy STREET & SMITH, zy8 William St. N. Y. Entred ac cordinz lo Ac,/ o f Co111rress i n tire y ear rqoa, in Offi c e o / tlu Libra riatz of C onpess W aslzi11t1m, ]). C. No. J.97. .NEW YORK, June 21, 190.i. Price F ive Cents. DIAMOND DICK, JR.'S, BLACK BOX; OR, The Secret of Half a Million By the author o f "DIAMOND DICK.'' CHAPTER I. SCHEMERS A N D SCHUUES. av y ure ch 'atin' now, y e bla 'guard, ye!" \Vlio i s cheating? There i s m y b et; call me .jf y on want t o Money talks." "Be g orra it i s bltrffin me ye m ay be, but Oi have n t
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i DIAMOND DICK, JR.-TtiE BEST WEEKLY attention to any one, but w e re thoroughly enjoying their game of poker. One of tbese a handsome youtb, nattily attired. His companion was a young Irishman. 'rwo other men occupied a table adjoining, and, w i th a bottle between them, seemed to be earnestly engaged in conversation. Of these, the one neares t the t able first mentioned was a dark man of cunning countenance. The other, a thick-set, bearded feliow, looked the utter. villain. 'fhe first mentioned w ere Diamond Dick, Jr., and o ne Pat O'Dale, Bertie's friend a..nd a ssistant. While they seemed to be absorbed with their play yet they were ther e for a purpose. Bertie's cars, almos t abnormally k e en, were catching nearly every word that wa s be.ing s aid b y the two men. at the table adjoining. "But how am I to know that I can trust you, Buggs Terrell?" he of the cunning countenance was sa y ing. "This is a big game, and I don't want it to miscarry." Y ou will simply have to take my word, if y ou w;rnt my help, Mr. Weatherbee--" "Hist! No llames here!" with a look around. "Then wh y did you mention mine? But, no matter, no one can hear; all eyes are upon those young chaps behind y ou. A s I was going to sa y men like me c an't give gilt-edge references " A ll I ask is your word that you stand true to me." "At1d tha:t yott have got." "It is a play for a cool half million.,, "So you said, and when you get it I am to have my slice of a hundred thousand.'' "That is the arrangement." "Then you can trust me, clear down to bed roc k I arp yours for that sum, soul and body. "All right, I'll have to take your word in the absence of your bond, and as I have got to have help anyhow I had rather trust you than any one I know of.'' 'Nufi said: ''And now for the scheme.'' "'That is ne:xt in order: Let me hav e thel1ull layout." "You know who I am--" "You heard me say a minnit ago." "! know, hut my business here--" "Oh, yes, I know you aie one of that gang of
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DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' B.EST WEEKLYo "Plain case." "Yes, but here comes in the nepl1ew, Simon Bris to"l'l1, son of their sister. He is dead in love with Luella but she scorns him, and lie has taken it into his head to do her out of her half a million." "Ah! now you are talking." "And that is not all." "Go on, then." "The girl has a lover, a11d he happens to be a de-tective in the employ of the Government.'' "Oh-ho!" "Getting scared?" "Well, it won't be a dead easy game, perhaps." ''Oh! yes, it will, for the little scheme I have in mind is bound to work successfully." Diamond Dick, Jr., and his companion were playing earnestly and almost in silence now, giving no heed to anything bnt their betting. "Go on," said Terrell. "Well, Simon Bristow got the black box away from the girl before she had a chance to get at its contents, but she still holds the key to it, and he did not dare break it open for fear of destroying the con ten ts--' "Don't you think that's all a fake?" "What?" "About destroying its contents by opening it any other way?'' "Well, I don't know, and I don't want to run the risk by trying it when the key will be easy to be had." "I thought yon were only givi11g me a steer, to keep me from tampering with it." "Oh, 110; you will find that caution inscribed 011 the lid.'' "'J'hat is a hoss of auother color, then." "Well, Bristow got the box, as I said, and the girl put her lover on his trail, and they have followed him here to Drummond. He is one of the rainmakers, you know.'' "So yuu say. "Now, the thing down fine is this: Bristow was afraid to carry the thing any further, knowing that Trnsedale-that is the detective's n<1me, Henry Trusedale-was on his track, and so he took me into partnership with him about the same as I am taking you. See?" "I begin to see. "I am supposed to have the black box safely hid away in my baggage, and so I have, but to.morrow I want to transfer it t9 your keeping until such time as we can meet to make use of it. Meantime, I will get bold of the key, and then it will be easy going." "But how are you going to get tbe box into my hands?" "Now, that is where you will see the touch of my fine Italian hand in the game. To-morrow, wheu I make the first ascent for the purpose of taking ob servations for the captain in charge of our opera tions, I will take the black box ith me along with the instruments. You will note the way the wind is blowing and station yourself about half a mile from the balloon's anchorage, to the leeward, of course. Just have a red handkercllief tied to a and the stick stuck in the ground about where you want the box dropped, and I'll drop it so it will fall within a rod or so of the spot.'' i;But you'll break it all to pieces!" "No, I'll wrap it in a coat or blanket, aud it will make the drop all right." "Well, you know best about that." "I will take all the chances. I can see whether you get it or not, and I will meet you here again to morrow night for further discussion respecting our scheme. "All right. "But in case you have any reason to believe that you have been seen with it, or that you are suspected, you 11ad better take to the hills and dispose of it in a safe place at once, where we can get it again at our leisure, weeks or mo1iths hence, as may be neces sary." '' '' "You see, I am trnsting you, and I expect a fair deal from you.'' "That's what I mean to give ye, you bet." "If you do not, it will be an easy matter to put the authorities on the track of Buggs Terrell, alias Captain Calibre, the outlaw." 'Sh!" with an apprehensive look him. "Would you spoil it by maJ.:ing known here who I am? Have a care.'' "No danger; I only wanted to show you that I have a little string to that is all." "You will have no reason .to pull it; I mean you fair." "I believe you do, but I wanted to warn you not to try on any trick that isn't square and aboveboard.'' "Well, is that all?''

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DiJ\MOND JR.-THE BOYS9 BEST WEEKLY. 5 "Nobody but Diamond Dick, Jr., that's all.,, "Thunder!" "What's up?" asked \Veatlierbee. ''That youngster over there is a detective, one of the shrewdest on deck, too." "What is that to us?" "Nothing, unless he was there with a purpose1 un he was spying upon us and heard what we said.'' "Impossible. We talked in low tones, and he and that wild Irishman were m aking an uproar most of the time. Well, I'll be going, old fellow; don't you forget.'' "Trust me for that." 'Veatherbee passed 011t, and 'l'errell a nd hi s bower talked together. "You are s ure of him?" Terrell asked. Sure of him! Of course I am sure of him. Didn't I see him down there at Dallas?" "That's so but what can he be doing here?" Tl1at is the qnestion. What are we doing here? I tell ye, captain, I don't like the looks of things." "Well, go and n111 up against him, then, and lay him out. I will be on hand to chip in on your side if it gets hotter than you can stand. He is our game, you know.'' "You bet." Hogan sauntered off and approache
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DIJ\MOND DICK, JRo-TH E BOY S' BEST WEf:t{LY. "l "Wily, I will apply for permission to make the ascent with Weatherbee in the morning, and will a]J pear at the last moment when it will be too late for him to make any change in his plans, and I'll secnre the black box when we come down again.,, "Goud! .Aud meantime I will have an eye on that fellow Terrell and be ready to pounce down upon him in the event Weatherbee does cast the box out of the balloon. But what is the matter with making a raid on \Veatherbee at once and making him disgorge? But I see-I understand; Captain Calibre is 110 doubt here in force and ready to make i t hot for us at Weatherbee's sig11a1. ,, CHAPTER III. 'l'HE BATTLE FOR THE BOX IN TllF, For several days the booming mid thuncleri11g of high explosives had awakened the curiosity of the uatives far aud near. Some, o f course, were aware what was going 0 11, that it was the Government's ex periments at rainmaking, b11t to many more it was a m ystery, aud they were crazy to learn what it meant. Hence, many had set out to travel in the direction of the war-like rumblings, and on the morning of tl1e fourth day of the experime11ts the little towu o f Drummond was full of strangers of every stripe a11d stamp, almost, from the cowboy to the Indian. The balloo n w as a great attraction for them, and a s the preparations were under way for tlie first ascent of the day, they stood around tbe swayiug object of their curiosity with months agape. The aeronaut and his assistant \\'ere busy at work; getting ready, and were getting their instruments together in the wicker basket. 'rhe balloon was tngging its moori n gs, swayed by a gentle breeze out of the 11orth. At last everything was about ready. \Veatherbee was about to cast off the key rope that chained the balloon to its anchorage, when two persons ra11 forward from the crowd and sprang into the car with him and his man. They were Diamond Dick, .Jr., aud Pat 01 Dale. "\\"hat does this ll!Lan ?"'cried \\ieatherbee, glaring at them furiously. "\Vhat d o yon want here? Out of this lx1sket i11sta11tly !1 "Hardly, said Bertie, calmly. "\Ve had too sharp a run to get in to think of getting out again. C11t her loose and let h e r go; we are going up with ) OU. 11 "The ginger you are!" . "Well, about as hot as that, 111:1ybe_ liotter. -1 "I guess it will be as 1 say about th-at, ''roared \Veatherbee. "Get out of her e, both of ) ie>u !>' "Cool off,,, said Bertie. "Will yon get out?" ".:\ o. ,, "Yank, throw that Irishman out; I will do the same for this fell uw." "Begorra and ye lay wan finger on me it is Dinnfs yer name will be, do ye moi11d thot '1 cried P;it. _.\ud ifyo11 to11ch me this asc1ent will haveto be macle without you to _-day," s aid Bertie to Weather bee. ''Yo11 are getting hot in the collar for nothing, old fellow.,' "But by "hat clo you get this car?n "By the right of having asked peqnissio? of the officer in cl1arge of thes:: experiments,,, atfswered Bertie. "And he h as granted it?'1 "He has." "'l'hunder !" "What i s the m atter?1 "I w o n t go up, that's what." At thal moment a soldier in officer's uniform ca111e forward Lo the basl,et. "'.\lr. \\"eatherbee,,, he said, ."this is l\Ir. \V ,ade and his man. He has a sked permiss ion to go ug with you, and as it is a mild clay I liave granted it.,, "But this is not an excursion balloon--" "I am in charge here, sir. If you are read)', ca s t off and make the observations.,, That settled it. With muttered oaths, \Veatherbec freed the ropes, and the ballobn shot 11pward toward the bright morn ing sky like an arrow from the bow. "\\' h 11rrrn !" gasped Pat O'Dale, as tlie peculiar sensation of the swift almost overcame him. "Oi wouder phwat me lJncle Owen would say, an' h e was wid me dhis minute!" "Be thankful if you ever reach the earth alive,,, growled the ''and never mind you r uucle." "\\"c will take our chances with you,,, said Bertie. "Yo11 may wish yon had never come." ""We'll see about that.,, "Fur dhe Jove av liivvin sor,'i said Pat, begin ning to get pale as the swift motion continued,-a11d 'he ground below appeared to be running a:vay from

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8 DIAMON D DICKo JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLYo them and leave them hanging in space.; "shut off dl1e stame ,,, "Hold fast, Pat," cried Bertie. "You will be all right in a minute or so." "Sure, Oi am reminded av a shtory me Uncle Owen used to tell about two men dhat were at work in a quarry, 'l.Vhin wan av thim fell into a dape hole and was nigh killed. Dhe other, froightened half out av his wits, ran to dhe hole and shouted out, 'Pat, is it mangled cntoirely ye are? An' if ye are dead, spake!' And dhe other he says, says he, 'No, Mike, it is not dead Oi am, but knocked spachless.' Dhat's phwat's the mattber wid me." This caused the aeronai1t's assistant to laugh, and some of the ill-will toward the unweloome passengers appeared to be a11ayed. Up, and still up, the balloon rose, until the shouts of the throng below could hardly be heard. Bertie was looking down over the side of the car. Suddenly he espied what he was lo oking for, the red handkerchief -en the stick, as agreed upon. It was iu an open space in the midst of a clump oi chaparral, on the distant side of which a number of horses were seen, with a similar 11um ber of n1eu near them. About the same time Weatherbee grabbed up a folded blanket from the bottom of the car. Bertie s
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DHJ\MOND DiCK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. "Curse you He shoved his knife out of sight. "Yon see we are all in the same boat," said Bertie, "and yon have got to take her safely down in order to preserve your own precious neck.'' "Well, curse you, you dfrln't accomplish your object, anyhow, and if you breathe one word of this matter it will cost you yonr life. You 11ave the best hand just now, but tlie tables will turn." "You have done a fine stroke of business to-day," said Bertie, as they regained the basket. "\\'hat do you mean?" ''You were a fool to trnst such a. man as Captain Calibre.'' "\Vhy was I?" ''Because the chances are yo n will never see yo11r black box again in th is world." "An
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12 DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKL't.1 "Yes, but he ought to be secnred." "Et would be a good tliing to secure l1im with a rope around his cussed neck:!" "And his feet about six inches clear of the ground!" "No, I tell you, not th
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DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. 13 eagerly, her face still pale with suppressed excite ment. "That villain shall be made to answer for his rascally work." Putting the glasses in their case, that swung by a strap from her shoulder, she quickly descended to the interior, closely followed by her maid. They sought their rooms at once. "You are goin', then?" asked Kittie. "To be sure we are going. No doubt Mr. Truse dale wants me to meet the captain in charge of the experiments and make my complaint to him." "But you say they did throw the box out of dhe car l'' "Yes, yes, Kittie." "Then dhe chances are it 1s lost to ye, Miss Monckton." "Yes, l fear it is, but "'' e will 111 ake every to recover it. I trust Henry for that." They made all haste, and in a few minutes made their appearance on the hotel piazza. There were three horses awaiting, on one of which a man was mounted. He touched his hat at their appearance. ":\Iiss Mon ck ton?' i he inquired. ''Yes, sir," said Luella. "My name is Jones," said the man. "Mr. Truse dale desires me to conduct you out to the camp. "Then you are one of the rainmakers?'' "Yes." Luella tripped lightly down the steps, followed as nimbly by. her maid, and they were .quickly assisted to mount. In another moment they were off at a quick gallop in the direction of the camp. Their conductor set the pace. Little was said, only between mistress and maid. ,.hey chatted as they galloped along, and Luella found no fault with the pace. She was eager to reach her lover as quickly as pos sible. Ere long the very iast of the houses of the town had been left behind, and at last also the most remote of the adjoining farmhouses. Ahead, theu, lay tbe semi-desert place in which the rainmaking experiments were being carried on. There was some timber, patches of chaparral here and there, and much sand, Ere long they descended into a timbered ravine. "\\'e will turn to the left here," said their con dnctor, when they reached the bottom. "Isn't this the trnil, straight ahead?" asked Luella. The trail was too plainly marked to be mistaken, where all the baggage of the experimenters bad been carted, and where the people of the town had traveled back and forth. "Yes, but it is blocked,'' said the man. "How far that way have we got to go?" "Only a little distance." He rode on, as if taking it for granted that they would follow, and, after a moment's hesitation, this they did. His man11er had reassured them. rrhe farther they proceeded, however, the deeper became the ravine and the darker their surroundings. At last Luella drew rein. "I am going no farther this way, sir," she said, decisively. ".No, you need not, fair cousin, for this is far enough," said a voice so near at liand that it caused her to scream. Out from the thick undergrowth stepped Simon Bristow. At the same time two other fellows leaped out and caught the horses by the head, and the rascally con ductor laughed. "Ha, ha, ha!" his voice rang out. "How was that, boss?" "You have done well," approved Bristow, "and you shall have your price for the work." "What is the meaning of this?" demanded Luella, pale to the lips. "It means tliat you are now mine, whether you will or not, cousin," was the leering response. "You knave!" ''Oh! call me anything you like, it does not mat, .ter; you will, ere long, call me husband.'' "Never!" "We'll see about that, my dear." Luella made a move as if to thrust her hand into lier pocket, but she was prevented. "No, you don't," said her ca pt?r. "l w.ill see that you do not play me any tricks. Here, you, come and help me disarm the pair of them." This to the man who had lured them there. He was promptly at hand. "Ye murtherin' villains!" cried Kittie Kelly, boiling over with indignation. "It is scratchi11' dhe eyes out av dhe lot av yez Oi would be!" In her excitement her fine native brogue came out

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DIAMOND DICK, JR.-il-lE BEST WEEKLY. 15 "I mean th er critters." "No, no! Catch them!" Away they went, pursuers and pursued, with all the speed of which their animals were capable. There was here a level stretch of plain, with goocl footing, and as the horses had been coming at a walk all tht:: way d o wn lhe ravine they were in good con dition for the race. And with the girls it was a race fur very life. They knew not what course they w e re t nking, whether they were running toward their friends or further away from them; they had in mind but one thought of e scaping from the mi serable scoundrels into whose hands they had fallell. CHAPTER VI. GREA1.' RISKS IN THE BALLOON. "Curse you, why did you do that?" So cried the 1 11ou1ent Diamond Dick, Jr., lrnd severed the rope above his hand. "To prevent you from carrying out yonr threat, of course,'' answered Bertie, as cool as ice. '' r have no desire to take such a drop as yon proposed.'' "Yon have rendered me powerless to control the balloon!" "Your own fault; do the best you can." ""We'll all go to perdition!" "That is where you purposed sending us, anyhow, so w11at's the difference?" "I was only fooling." '''l'hen it was a mighty poor way to fool, is all' I have to say about it. But do the best you can; I know you will have regard for your own 11eck; and l will 111ine. where you risk yours." "I mu'.;t get hold pf that rope again." "No, no," cried out Yank 'rhomas, his ass i .stant: ''Hold your tongue, fool.'' "He means to rip the bag, that is what he intends, and I don't want to be killed, even if he does." 1Can you manage the balloon, do you think?" asked Bertie. "Yes, I think l can." "'!'hen do it." As he spoke, Bertie covered Weatherbee with a gtlll." he shall ,not touch a rope!" cried \Veatherbee. "You sit down there aud.keep guiet or .I wiH save you the trouble_ of suicide," said _Bertie. He drew a beat! at the uum ':s forehead. It was a thrilling situation, floating in the air hun dreds of feet above the gronrtd. Diamond Dick, Jr., spoke in a way that carried the conviction that he meant business, and the aeronaut cowered down i11 one corner of the basket. "And stay there," Bertie added. "Now, YOU take to Yank. 'l'his that worthy proceeded to do. '' Bedad, Oi will be glad euough to get me feet upon mither. earth wanst more,'' muttered Pat O'Dale. "A.11d if ever Oi get ont av_ this fix aloive you can bet y.ure bottom dol.lar dhat Oi will never get nieself in another loiK e it!" "I don't blame Y
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f 6 DIAMOND DICK, BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. by a fringe of timber, and 011 the other hemmed in by hills more or less rugged. To the east was fertility and tl1riving farms and villages, to the south were vast ranges, far to the north was timber, while on the west lay what ap peared to be a howling wilderness. But Bertie's eyes sought the chaparral where the red signal had been displayed to show the aeronaut where to drop the black box. He found it, but objects there were indistinct. After studying the topography of the scene for a few moments . Bertie turned his attention again to the interior of the car. He saw that Thomas had lm Anxious look. "What's the matter?" he demanded. "I can't take her dow11. '' "Why not?" "'rhe valve line is out of reach." "Can't we get it?" "I don't see how; look where it hangs." By some means it had become caught far up 111 the netting. It would be hardly safe for one t o venture to climb to it, and yet there was no other wa y to get it. "Have yon g o t to have it?" Bertie asked. "Yes, or fl.oat here all day." "'IJ1en I will get it." "Begorra, would ye l 'ave me here wid two to wan against me?,, cried out Pat. ''. Well, then, yon climb up and get the rope, and I will manage things here while you are about it," Bertie invited. "Wurroo!" cried the Irishman. "Beclad, Oi think Oi will stay where Oi am. Go ahead wid ye, Diamond Dick, Jr., and Oi will kape h o use dbe while ye are gone. '' "You can do it. Shoot if they make a move toward you.n "Needn't be afraid of me," said Ynnk. So Bertie took a firm hold upon the netting and began to climb np in the direction of the line, and at last he came where he could grasp it with his teeth. It was ticklish work, for he had climbed so high t!Jat there was but scant hold for _hands and feet. Having secured the rope, he descended. He had barely stepped safely down into the basket when a strong gust of caught the balloon and made it careen. Arid before it could right itself and stronger gust c a me, and it. looked as if tlie mcmstcr of silk would tear itself loose from the car. The:men had to hold on for life. "Let me up, or you are lost!" cried Weatherbee. He wns pale. "Do yon mea11 fair, or treachery?" demanded Bertie. "I mean you fair now. This blow will be enough to account to the captain for everything that is amiss.'' "Well, it looks as if it will be death if we don't trust you, so I will take the chances on your natural desire to li\e as long as yon can. Get up an
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DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. 17 pelled, for their lives, to lie down and hug the bottom of the car with all their might. It lasted an hotir, and at the end of that time it subsided almost as suddenly as it had sprung up. And immediately afterward the wind and blew from the opp0site directiou. Bertie looked over the edge of the car. The balloon was perceptibly lower than it had been at the time of the beginning of the blow. It '";as now going nor'thward, as the compass in the car indicated; as if intent upon returning to its start ing point after its recent wild flirtation with the ele ments. Some of the netting ropes were broken, and another hour of such wild tossingmust have been disastrous. Weatherbee was dogged, saying little. While Bertie was taking another look over the side of the car something about the scene below seemed familiar to him. Yes, sure enough, yonder was the stretch of tim ber, yonder wss Drnmmond, there were the hills on the west-surely, the balloon had been in a rotating cnrrent, after all. And as he looked he saw somethiug more. Out from the of the line of timber were two horses, with riders, going at a furious pace. Not far behind them "'ere four more, as if in pur suit, and even as Bertie was watching them he saw puffs of smoke fr o m the pursuers that told of shots being fired. Diamond Dick, Jr., was eager in a moment to lend a hand to the weaker side. And, could it be? yes-110-yes, they were women! He leaped to his feet. "Weatherbee, we must descend here!" "I d';m 't see how we are_ going to do it," was the snarl. "There is no way of working that valve?" "No." "A11d the other rope?" "'rhat would let us down with a rush," cried Thomas. "What would be the effect of a bullet puncture the machine, then?" "Tl1at wouldlet us down, sir." Bertie whipped out a gun and sent a bullet through the great silken bag, and instantly a sound of whistling was heard The balloon began to drop perceptibiy. Bertie had taken a risk, but he was not thinking of his own safety at the moment, but of others. Looking over the side again, he watched with in terest the chhse that was going on, and noted that the balloon was descending all too slowly. He sent another bullet searching for the first. "What are yon doing?" cried Weatherbee. "You will kill us all with your foolishness." "I am taking my chances of that," said Bertie. "I want'to get to the ground." "Don't do it again," whispered Yank. "All right, I guess two holes will do." The balloon wasnow descending quite rapidly a?lli:l Weatherbee was alarmed. -He grabbed up a sandbag to burl it out of the oar, but Bertie grabbed his arm and checked him. "Not 011 your life!" he cried. His gun in hand enforced the order. "But you will kill us all!" "No.ta bit of it. I'll take chances. I tell you we have got to land, and that as quick as posiible." "What is your hurry about it?" "Look down and yon will see." 'rl1e other three looked, and saw what was goi ,ng Oil. "Begorra, but we want to lend a hand dhere!" cried Pat O'Dale. "Oi never see b'cauty in distfeis, but Oi want to pitch in and lend a helping hand. And it reminds me av a shtpry--" "Never mind the story now," interrupted Bertie. ''Every man of yon take up a sandbag, and the minute we get about the heigllt of a house from th'e ground fire them all out and that will check descent so that we won't get our necks broken. 11 Weatherbee, as well as the others, obeyed the order, and all stood ready, while Bertie stood with gnu in hand to check them if tb_ey made a move to throw out the bqgs too soon. The descent was becoming more rapid each moment, thongh it was not dangerously swift, as yet. CHAP'rER VII. PLAYING A LOSING HAND. "Throw out!" At last came the order, clear and sharp. The balloon had come about as alose to the 1'ound ::is Bertie cared to risk his neck witbout an effort to check it.

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' r 18 DIAMOND DICK. BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. Out wenfJhe bags a 'nd the downward progress was instantly, though no't stopped. more!'' cried Be rtie. He was obeyed. 'The hal. loon was then within twenty-five feet of the Its .:fall was further checked, but it continued and the basket struck the ground with considerable force. iJ1he h1en were all throw'tl off their feet, and Pat O'D.ale was tumbled over backward and deposited on the ground, where Bertie 'joined him as quickly as he could recover and leap out. '.U.hat much relieved, the ba1loc'.>'n rose in air aga.in, carrying. Weatherbee and his assistant with it. More sandbags wete thrown out, and the balloon drifted away: ''Save us! oh, save us!" Bertie and Pat were upon their feet instantly. The two fleeing horsewomen were close at hand, and their pursuers were close upon them. "Stimd firu1, Pat"!I' "You bet!" They had their gllml in hand, and they faced the coming 'horsemen. :As the women came np they parted and passed the two ..1young men, one on each side, and as soon as they ha.d passed, Bertie sang out: "Hold up, here!" His own leveled guns and those of -his eompanion spoke louder than words. deuce do you tnean ?" "Business l" With furious
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DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. 19 "Not another step, or you die!" Bertie warned. 1'Ha, ba, ba !" laughed Terrel. ''What do you two chap11 expect to do against all of us?" he de manded. "That is one thing we will do, and if you don't believe it, try it on," retorted Bertie. ''We demand that these ladies be allowed to go on their way un molested." "Well, what's hinderin' 'em?" wrhese four men have been preventing it, and it looks as if you intended to aid them if you could." "Well, wlrat of it?" "You will find out if they are not allowed to go on! You're too many for us we have to admit, but at the same time we have got the big call on you.'' "Why, WC are e11ough to eat you up!" "Maybe, but some of you could not be in condi tion to do any eating by the time you got us prepared to serve.'' "What are ye go in' to do about et?" "I'll make a proposition to you." "What is et?" "You let these ladies ride away in the direction of Drummond and them thirty minutes' start, and I and my pard will surrender to yon without a shot fired.'' "We won't do.it!" cried Bristow. "Then you'll take the consequences," cried Bertie. It was a peculiar situation, and one from which they did not by any means see their way out. The two young women had ridden close up to them, and Bertie was sighting his 2uns over the flanks of Miss Moucl;.ton's horse, while Pat was doi ng the same over the one Kittie rode. Bertie was covering Captain Calibre, and Pat had a bead ou Bristow. "Begorra, it remoinds 111e av a shtory me Uncle Owen used to tell," declared Pat, unmindful, for the instant, of the danger he was i1;1. "He said--" "Never mind that now, Pat," checked Bertie. "h:eep your tim on tha t fellow s heart." 'It is that same Oi am doing." Of a sudden Captain Calibre's men gave a yell and dashed away in two directions 011 a nm. Terrell stood still since he could not do otherwise without great risk, and with whoops and yells the others began to circle around and around the two defenders like wild Indians. Bertie saw that it was useless to try to it out, now, for the odds were too great. "Phwat's to be done?" aslled Pat. "It looks like a bad job for us," said Bertie. "And we have been the cause of getting you into trouble," said Miss Monckton. "Don't mention it," said Bertie. ''We would have been worse than cowards not to have chipped in." "Sure, it is killed entoirely we'll be!" cried Kittie Kelly. "Thin, begob, dhere will be two of us," declared Pat. "Oi will lay down me loife in yure defince !" Kittie's bright eyes gave him a look that made him forever prisoner to her charms. But there was scant time for even hurried words. "Put up them 'arguns!" yelled the circlinghorso men. "Thar is no salvashun fer ye!" '' Y 011 had better surrender,'' said Captain Calibre. "Say, do you value your life?" demanded Bertie, calling out in a loud voice. He still had a bead on 'I'erre:ll. "Because if yon do," Diamond Dick, Jr., went on to say, "you had better call off your cutthroats and give us a chance." Terrell went pale. "Yon fool!" he raged, "a do:.::cn of my meu hav. e their guns leveled at you this instant!" "And I have got mine leveled at you. They dare not fire for fear of strikiug one of the ladies, while I have got a clear range at you. See?" "And the same to you, ye gossoon I" So called out Pat to Simon Bristow. Bertie banded one of his peerless poppers to Miss Monckton. "Here," he said, "take this and defend yourself, for this corner has got to give way soon.,, Pat saw this, and be, too, having a brace of guns, offered one of them to Kittie Kelly. "Light av me soul," he said, "take dhis, and av Oi doy Oi want ye to know that Pat O'Dale loved ye at sight, ochone !" Seconds were soon n1inutes. "What will y.011 do?" demanded Bertie of Captain Calibre. "Will you surrender or shall I order my men ti> fire?" conuter-demanded Terrell. "I give you two seconds to order them to fall back!" The keen eye that glanced along the tube of revolver decided the outlaw. He did not dare take the risk of Diamond DiQk,

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DIAMOND DICK. JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. 21 Tlie detecti\; e felt glad he was in 110 worse a situation, and was thankful that he was a1ive. He might have canse to regret even that, however, he reflected, if no one chanc ed to pass that way for several days, unless he could make himself heard at the camp. He believed that it would be useless to shout be fore night, when all would be quiet. l\ evertheless, he shouted at intervals. It was useless for him to try to release his wrists, for his handcuffs were not such as could be slipped at pleasure. He did m a k e every effort to free his feet, though, but at the end of an hour he came to the conclusion that he had been left there to stay, and about gave it up. He had tried every plan that his brain conlcl in vent, but all to no purpose. The sun beat down upon l1im with fierce heat, and he had to shelter his face with his arms the best lie could. It would be hours before the bushes would be any protection. He continued shouting at intervals, bnt othenvise relllained quiet. At la s t he heard a voice. He roused up instantly and looked all round, but no one was in sight anywhere. He called. ::\'o ans wer. The voice, howeve r, heard again, and another, and now nearer than before. Then, of a sudden, came the explanation, whe n a huge black body came floating over the chaparral-it was the balloon. It was so low that the car.was dragging among the s crubs, and Trnsedale saw that it was coming directly toward the place where he was, and as he looked the anchor was flung on t. Down it came, and not a rod from where he lay. It slipped aud jumpe d along, caught, slipped again, then caught under the roots of the very scrubs to which the detective's feet were tied! The moment the rope p11lled tant the balloon careened a11d the basket bumped the sand in the open space that has been mentionecl before, and \Veather bee and h1s ass i stant leaped out. It was only the work of a 1110111ent, then, for the aeron: .rnt to find the ripline and deflate the huge bladder. Trusedale called again for help. "Who. is that?" asked Weatherbee, as both lis tened. "Give it up," '1nswerec1 his man Yank. "Here, this way," called the detective. "For Hea ve11 's sake, come and ml ease me." Filled with cnriosity, the two men ran in the direction of the voice, and Trusedale was discovered. "How the mischief did yon come here?" cried Weatherbee. "I was set upon by some cutthroats and left 11ere iu this fashion," the prisoner explained. Weatherbee and his man exchanged a look. "What were you doing here?'' the aeronaut further inq 11irecl. "I had walked here," was answer. "But, come, yon are ho11est men, at any rate, so release 1ne '' There was nothing el s e for the rascally aeronaut to do, though he rightly gues sed who Trnsedale was and what h a d brought him there. He knew tha t, aud he knew that 'I'rnsedale knew of his part in the affair, bnt it was now to his inter e s t to play the innocent a11d set his sails for another breeze. "Certainly we'll releas e yuu," he cried, drawing a knife :lllCl quickly severing the cords that held the man' s feet. He did not dare refose, even was his will good enough, for help would soon be there from tha c :nnp to take core of t11' e balloon, and discovery would follow, anyhow. '"fhere you are," he cried, when the last cord had b een cut. ''And now let us help you up." He and his man lent a hand, and Truseda]e was on his feet. "Don't reckon we cau get those things off for ye, though," said Y 211k Thomas. "If you will j11st feel in my vest pocket you will find a key with which you can unlock them," tht cletecti ve directed. This Weatherbee did, and Trusedale's hands wete speedily released from their unwelcome bondage. "You have done me a great favor." said Truse clale, as he returned the bracelets and key to his pockets. "And one I hope you are grateful for," said Weatherbee. "Yes, I am that.'' "How mnch so?" "You want a reward?"

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DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY 23 "Yott think harm has come to them?" <:r don't know what to think, Mrs. Garrels. Cer tain it is that I did not send for them to come out here, and they had 110 intention of coming." "What will you clo ?,, "1 must r.,et some tidings of them immediately. I mnst have a horse and reach tl1e hotel in all haste." 'l'aking hurried leave of the woman, Trusedale set about finding a horse, and at last fouud one that he might have the use of for the purpose he explained. The trail into the village was so plain that i10 one could miss it, and he rau tl1e horse hard all the way lll. At the hotel he pressed his i)1quiries. 'rhere he learned all that could be told about the departure of the two young women, and securing the services of a plaiusman and fresh horses, the detect ive set ont to pick up the trail. The absence of Simon Bristow aroused his s11s picion against that worthy, and woe betide him if they chanced to meet. CHAPTER IX. TURNING THE 'l'ABf. ES. In the confusion attending the capture of Diamorid Dick, ,lr., and his friend and assistant, the two yonng women were for the mome11t overlooked. lt all took place in so brief a time that no clrnnce was given for thought. The voice of Captain Calibre aroused their wits. "Stop that girl!" At the same moment he laid hold upon the bridle of Luella's l10rse. Kittie Kelly was in the next mome11t clear of the group, and dashing away for life across the plain. "You bet we'll stop her!,, cried .Jeff Hogan, digging his heels iuto his horse's ftauJ.:s. "1 want that gal for llly own wigwam!" "Ba
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AMATEUR.. "Bellee fine contest. Me send entlu-win prizee-catch fishee." That's what Bung Loo said when he heard of this contest. He's on a vacation just at present, and he's thinking seriously of writing up some of his own adventures in pidgeon English. Don't let any grass grow under your feet, boys. Gd into the contest quick, if you're not in it already. Full particulars on page 3 l. Two Runaway Boys' Adventures. ( By James Halibut, Pa.) We left a small town in Pennsylvania abot1t six o'clock in the morning on a Lake Shore Railroad freight train and rode about five miles beyond Cleveland, where two tramps attacked us and took all the money we bad away from us. At a small watering station the two gentlemen of the road made us get off with them, they tied us, and one left to go to Cleveland to send a message to our parents to demand money to let us go. The one who bad been left to guard us went to sleep. My chum, whose first name was .Harry, had worked his hands loose and was untying the rope about his feet when we beard the one who bad gone to the city returning. Harry was just setting me free when the one who bad been sleeping yawned, but as my bands and feet were now untied, we got up and started to run away. After running about two minutes we heard the two hoboes yelling to beat the baud. \Ve ran all the way to Cleve land where we went to the police station and told them who we were They sent us home, where we became acquainted with a nice long blacksnake whip. I sign this standing up in remembrance of that time. Running away from home is not all its cracked up to be. White and Black War. ( By Foster Edwards, Texarkana.) The negroes of Texarkana u s ed to be a bully set. Whenever they caught a white boy out by himself they would jump on him, beat him up and take everything be had. The white's school was in the central part of town, and had about 500 pupils, of which number 200 were large enough to fight. The nigger' s school was two blocks below the white school on Swampoodle Creek and they numbered about 250 fighting bucks. Here is the story. A crowd of us boys were iu the habit of catching street cars. The cars run by both schools. Que morning at rt:cess five of us boys got on a car and rode to the bridge over the creek by the negro school. The driver put us off at the bridge, iio we went under the bridge to 'IVait for the car to come back, but a gang of niggers came down 011 us with rocks and slung shots. They out uumbered us three to one, so we had to retreat. We got back to our school with a few brnised beads, and as mad as we could be. I told the boys I would get even with the negroes. I was made captain or chief of the whites, so I went among the boys and told them to be ready at noon. The same day l appointed officers, and at noon we were ready, 200 strong, besides the officers. I marched the little army four abreast down on the negro school. When we reached the creek the negroes were ready for us. The niggers on the west bank and we whites on the east bank. We lined out along the creek and the fight was on.' We fought for an hour, and the fight was fierce. One white boy was hurt and two or three niggers were knocked down. We were fighting with rocks. We were winning the battle when the negro professor rang for books, and the negroes broke for the house. We hurrahed and marched back to school covered with victory. The fight was called: "The Battle of Swampoodle Creek." The leader of the negroes was a mean-looking boy of nineteen. One day be caught a small white boy out of town and nearly beat him to death. Well, I swore vengeance on the black race. I called the boys together, and told them my plans. They were to go in gangs of from ten to twenty, so we could pro tect ourselves. I was tired of the way tbe blacks were treating the small white boys and girls, so I went boine aud got my revolver-a .38-and put it in my pocket, for I meant business. I got three boys to go with me. My pard'$was Tom Fulton, and it was his brother the blacks had hurt. The four of us got on the road the 1'egro leader PAGE 31 30 DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. and his friends had to take. 'l'he black leader' s name was Baty Nickles. We met hii;n and ran him and his gang of half a dozeu to an ally between State and Pine streest, and be and his gang went between two houses. We charged the house to the rigbt. He wa s n t in there, so I told two of my pards, Tom Fulton and Leo Vaughan, to watch the outside and I, with the other boys, went inside. I threw a brick through the door of the house to the left, aud we heard s ome one in the house. It was the black leader. He came to the door while the door was shut, and asked us not to bother him. We told him to step to the window and we would tal. k it over. He came to the window and swore if we would let him off he never wonld touch another white boy, rn I agreed and told Jim Perry to let him out. Jim was the boy that went in with me. There was a crowd of niggers in the yard by this time, but I thought the fight was over. We were surrounded by the blacks and we were in. a bad fix. Batty Nickles made for Jim Perry with a l!:nife in his band and a negro mau made for me. Jim was unarmed and be rau. The bucks crowded me, so I pulled m y revolver a11d fired two shots. The first shot I fired at Batty Nickles It passed to his head and I turned just in time t o meet the negro man who bad a knife in his hand. He made a leap for me and the other uegroes were closing on me. l had one shot left so I raised my pistol and fired a into the man. He dropped. The negroes didn't make another move toward me. I slepped ,outside and walked up the alley toward the front, where I found a crowd of people who were attracted by the shot. I saw Batty Nickles in the yard. I started to s lioot him and then changed ruy mind. Batty said to me: "You killed my friend and I am going to kill y ou if it is the last thing I ev e r do.'' I told him to go ahead with the killing. I would be tbere when it was. done. It has been two years since I killed the negro and Nickles hasn't killed me yet. I was a boy of fourteen years when I had this trouble in 'l'exarkana. They carried it to court in New Boston, Bowie County. I fought the case two years and it was dismissed from A Thrilling Adventure. (By John Matte, Hancock, Mich.) One day a fi:iend of mine, called George Payne, and myself proposed to go bunting the next day. The next day came and we started out, takiug with us our twentytwo rifles. We walked about four miles, without seeing any game, but when we arrived to Mud Lake cliff it being called that name because there was a small lake at the foot of the cliff, wbiah was mostly all mud, we met with a good adventure. We climbed the cliff and walked for about a quarter of a mile when all of a sudden out of the bushes dar!ed a large bear. It made straight for us. Of course we didn't know what to do, for we had uo intention of meeting such big game. We had no time to lose for be was upon us. We raised our rifles and fired at the bear, but it only m a d dened it worse. It checked the bear a little, so we turned around a11d rau back as fast as we could. M y friend was more fortunate than I was, for be climbed a tree and I kept on running, for I didn' t have time to climb the tree. The bear ran afte\_me. I wasn't thinking of the cliff I dashed out at the very edge. The bear was coming on maddened by the pain it endured. I wa s so frightened I didn' t know what to do. Ther e wa s a large limb that was sticking out of the cliff below me. I lowered myself off the cliff and reached the limb just in time for the bear had come up. He looked over the cliff at me for a few moments. All at once the bear turned aronnd, lowered himself over the cliff and bung with his forefeet. I turned pale, (pr I knew that the brauch '\Vouldn t bold the both of us, and I didn' t fancy having a bear as a companion. If the branch would break we would surely be killed, for the cliff was over fifty feet high. I didn' t have time to do anything for the bear let go his hold and dropped on the branch. It re s i s ted for a second and all at once it gave way. I gave a wild scream and dropped down down to the rock below but no. I landed right in the mud, and was buried up to my neck. That mud saved my life, for if I had fallen a few f eet further to the right where the bear fell I would have been dashed to death on rock. Meanwhile my friend haviug heard the scream hur ried down to where I was and by bis help I was enabled to get out. We took the bear' s skin and his two hams and went home, having had enongh for one day. My Story. ( By Bernard Sandblom, Ill.) One mowing as I was through the pasture, at our little village of Chadwick, Mo., I was startled b y a y ell and turning around I saw a steer making for m e Some meu were talking about the steer and while look ing at its sore h o of it tore itself loo s e and dashed dowu the street toward me. It seemed to have picked me out of the other people and did uot mind the others, but dashed along after me. I s aw him, aud started down the street to the vill!J.ge. I ran as I never ran before but for all that the steer was soon clo s e behind. I did not want to go up on the sidewalk for fear of the other people gettiug hurt. A iittle way down the street, I saw some men with a coil of wirt!. One end of it was tied to a post, and as I came nearer a man told me to get under the wire. I did so just in the nick of time, for tile steer was close upou me, and a s I passed the wire tbe steer tripped and fell within a few feet of me. It never bad a chance to go after me again, for it wa s bound as soon as it fell. PAGE 32 ' .. DO evou: WANl A COMPLETE llSHING ASSORTMENf ? LOOK ON THE BACK COVER OP No. 293 FOR A PICfURE AND DESCRJPTION OF ONE. .. . If you this contest you wilt have a chance for the finest and .. most assortmen( o!, Fishing Tackle ever offered. . Seven Complete Assortments Given AWijy ... ' : .. ... : By winning a prize you fit .yourseU out a s a deaier in fishing. supplies...... ; .. : The seven boys who send jn the seven best contributions in this .... .. ;,; ;. . : .. I AMATEUR J .OURNALISI .CONTEST; f r:iJ' will each receive a Famous Fishing Tackle Assortment. Watch for a photO: graph and description of one on the back cover. Of course you want to own one. Then get into this contest without delay. .,1 SEVEN COMPLETE. OUTFl.TS .GIVEN .. ., HERE ARE PULL D .IRECTIONS: ,: ... Tak e any i n ciden t you can think of. I t may )>11 a a rnnaway, an accident, an adventure, or e ven a murder. It doesni t matt e r w h et)ler you wer e ther e or n o t. Write it graphically as you can, mak e it full of "action," and send It to us. The artlcle shoul d n o t be o v e r 500 words in length. The Contest 9loees September 1st. Send in yt:>ur at onc e, boys. All the bes t ones will be P fiblis h e d during the proirres s o f the contest. Remember, whether your story 'vine a prize or not, it stands a good chance of being published, together with your name. COUPON Cut OU\ the accompanying c oupon, send it, with your to the Dr.t\MOND. l)rcK. WERK.LY, Ca r e of STREST & SivIITH, 238 Willi!!m Street, New York. Oiarnond Dick Weekly Amateur Journalism ContesHfo. 4 Name ........... ...... .............. .... ..... . : .............. .......... .. Street and Number .................. ............ .................... ;. ; City or Town ...... . : ........ : ... : ...... ............. : .. : .. ...... ;.:..... .,,, No contribution with which a Coupon is not State .......... .... . . ......... ....... ......... ; ....... .. ., ....... ,. . .. encl o sed w ill be con sidere d. Title of-Story ...... ........................ : ...... : ...... : ........ ; .. ... .. .. '' '-!, .... . f ... ... .. "''.' "." .. '!\. . ;. ': ..... ...... PAGE 33 I I i I I .. I ol M t I I I I I I I+++ I I I I I l I I !.+ l -1 +-I-++:+H-+-i--N++ +++of-I1 '1-hl M.+++++++++++ l r i : l I DIAMOND DICK WEEKLY I i C LARGE SIZE.) The most Unique and Fascinating Tales of Western Romance. I T t 264-Diamond Dick and the Backers of San Simon; or, A Terrible Prophecy :Fulfilled. T :z65-Dia m ond Dick's Rival and the Bogus Troopers; or, The Plot Against the Governor. f 266--Diamond Dick' Anti-Gun Crusade; or, In the Hands of the Poker Flat SwindJers. :f. 2 6 7 D i amond Dick's Helping Hand; or, The Battle of Apache Hill. 26 8 -Diamond Dick's Play to Win; or, Up Against the Min e Brokers. :i: 269-Diamond Dick on the Trail of the Smugglers; or, Two-Spot and the K i d from NO f where. f 2 7 0-Diamond Dick and the Brothers of the Bowie; or, The Fight for the Rich "Pocket." ..!.. 271-Diamond Dick's Blacklist; or, Branded as Traitors. + 2 7 2-Diamond Dick's Railroad Dec.l ; or. The Message from Midnight Pass. t 273-Diarnond Dick's Set-to with the Keever Gang; or, The Trouble with No. :r 274-Diamond Dick and the Hannibal County Desperadoes; o r, Against Judge and Jury. .t 275-Diamond Dick's Moonlig''ht Attack; or, The Freight Thieves of the T. N & P. Railroad. :j: 276-Diaf11ond Dick1s Deadly Charge; or, The Cattle Rustler's Ambush. 277-D iamond Dick on the Bean Trail ; or, Black Bill's Doom. I 278-Diamond Dick in C hicago; or, A Bold Game in the Metropolis. Ii 27 9-Diarnond Dick's Quick Action; or, The Fastest Fight on Record. 280-Dia m o nd Dick's Fair Enemy; or, The Plot of the Mexican Girl. i Dick and the Express Robbers; or, Tornado Kate' s Ten Strike. -1: i" 2 82-Diamond Dick's Four of a Kind; or, The Set-to at Secret Pass. :i: 2 83 -Diam o nd Dick's Four-footed Pard; or, 'Winning a Game Hands Down. I Dick's Cannon-Ball Sp e cial; or, Handsome Harry's Finest. J 285-D i a m ond D ick's Flying Swi tch ; or, Trapping the T ough-Nut Terrors. + 286-D i arnond D i ck's Rush Orders; or, A Quick Windup at the Post. t 287-Diamond D i ck's Dutch Puzzle; or, the "Hot Tamale's" Hard Lucic / f. t 288-Diamoncl Dick at Full-Hanel Ferry; or, Rough \Nork on Rapid River. I 28sr--Diam oncl D ick and the _;Black Dwarf; or, Hot \Vork for Uncle Sam. t t 290-Dia m o nd Dick and the 1 in-.ber Thieves; or, A Close Call jn Cust.ers Canon. :i: *. 291-Diamond Dick's Mid-Air Fight; or, At Odds with the Circus Crooks. 292-Diamoncl Dick in the Oil Fields; or, A Lively "Go" at the Big "Gusher." t T :293-Diamond Dick's Border Drama; or, !\Scene Not Down on the Bills. :i: i 294-Diamond Dick, Jr.'s l\Iarked Bullet; or, The \Vreck of the Fas t Mail. :t:f,:. 295-Diamond Dick. Jr.'s Mind Reader; or, Fighting An All-Star Combination. 296-Diamond Dick, Jr.'s, Run of Luck; or. The Twist-Gp at Terrible. ,. 297-Diamond Dick, J r.'s. Black Box; or. The Secret of Half a + 298-Diamoncl Dick. Jr .. on the Stage: or. The Do-"Cp at I All of the above numbers alw a y s on hand. If you cannot get them from your news t five cents a copy will bring them to you b y mail, postpaid. PAGE 34 ,.,$500.00 . IN GOLD. 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