Jack Hoyle's lead, or, The road to fortune

Jack Hoyle's lead, or, The road to fortune

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Jack Hoyle's lead, or, The road to fortune
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Wheeler, Edward L. (Edward Lytton) 1854 or 5-1885
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Uupyrlght 1879--1886, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Post omce, New Y ork, N Y., as second clas11 matter. Mar. 15, 1899 No. 28 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. III 1 UE LOOKED Vl' A.8 JAClt' ENTERED, NOl>J;>EI>, .Al!D ml\NICI> lll8 4TTilNTIOJ! TO ll04.BTJNG TBB .I


DPY1'!t t&7S:lll&6. by Bea<:!e & Adnms Entered at Pos t Office New York N. Y., as econd class mattel'. Mar. 15, 1 8 No.28 THE :ARTHUR WESTBROOK co. Cleveland, Ohio LVol.. !Ill


Jack Hoyle's Lead; OR, THE ROAD to FORTUNE. BY EDWARD L WHEELER, AUTHOR OF'' DEADWOOD DICK NOVELS, "ROSE BVD ROB" NOVELS, "BONA.NZ.A. BILL," ETC., ETC, CHAPI'ER I. .A. BLOW FOR JACK HOYLE. "MA.STER JACK HOYLE?" "Yes, sir," and the youth stepped from his desk in the counting-room of Hoyle and Tremaine, to an adjoining room o r office of the firm. "What is it, Mr. Tremaine?" "Be seated," the elderl! gentleman said, mo tioning Jack to a seat. When w ere you last at home, sir!" The youth lo oked s h eep ish. "Not since We!fnesday; to-day is Friday," was the hesitating replv. So I had heard. Where were you?" "Is it important that you should know so much of'my busine ss sir?" Jack f:ll.Sbed back. "Certainly, sir. i' am your employer, and I have a right to know." "I do not think so, Mr. Tremaine. My father yet happens t o be my manager." H e was, but, alas for you, is so no more. Your estimable father i s dead!" Jack staggered back as if he had been shot, his face growing deathly white. "My father dead, sir? Imposs ibl e,.or I should have heard of it." "It is true, and your mother, too, is dead. Both died within an hour of eac h othe:c, and were buried last evening at sunset." With a groan Jackson Hoyl e bowed his hearl upon his hands, and shook with emotion. No tears came-his g rief was too poignant. When he looked up, h e was more composed His frank, handsome face was very grave, but there lingered about his mouth the of a firm r eso lution T e ll me all, h e said in a choked t one I want to know the worst." Addison Tremaine c leared his throat before answering: "Your father died insolvent," he said, with quiet triumph in his tones. It was the blow of his fin a ncial collapse which killed him and your mother. His expenses of late years have been verv great-you have been the principal cau se. Through gambling and trifling of all kinds, you have cost him a fortune. Jack did not r efute the charge. He knew that tha late partner of his father had. spoken the truth. H e had been a spoiled child from infancy, and was now eight.een; he bad been the wildest young rascal in the city of Lowell. Spendthrift1 sport and dare-devil as h e had been, it were but natural that he had gone from bad to worse, until no folly was too great for him to commit. His parents were both easy-going people, and after years of trial t;o wean Jack from his bad habits, had finally given the job up as one of the things impossible. The firm of Hoyle and Tremaine had been one of the most notable in all Lowell. For sound ness they were considered" A No. 1,'' havi:ag unquestioned credit, and transacting a vast amount of business. Edwin Hoyle had for many years been one of t h e leading m e n of tho city, both in social and financial standing, mo.ving m the best circles of society, and owning the handsomest estates, car riages, horses and other llppurtenances. This fact was mainly what had kept Jac k from utter ruin. For bis father's sake, the world did not wholly turn him over to the bad. I cannot see how my father died insolvent,'' Jack said, eying-Tremaine sharply. "His wealth has b ee n estimated at a millio n of dollars." But it was a wrong calculation. A recent settl ement of our business discovered the start ling fact that your father had largely speculated and lost with the firm's money, and what with thatwlli,.h you have squandered, he was actual ly my debtor to an amount that will cover all the real estate and personal property he pos sessed." I s upp ose you can prove this, sir," Jack said, a 9uick fl.ash in his ei,e. 'I can prove it, Tremaine said, calmly. "Your fathe r, on settlement, gave me a mortga7e upon all the p:roperty-everythinff' H ow long does this mortgage run?' "Five years. " Very well How much is this firm indebted to Jack Hoyle, Esguire?" Addison Tremame turnoo to his desk, and looked at his books, with a smile. "Sixteen cents," he said, with a slight chuckle Hardly enough to let you smell of a cham pagne bottle,'' aud with a grin Tremaine poured out the requisite amount in pennies; "that balances accounts." '' P erhaps I but you are not done with me yet, for I shall cause an investigation of my father's accounts, so"QJ.e day, and we'll see by what mlians yon have so suddenly become possessed of all the wealth of the firm." _./ "Ha! ha! you talk largely for a pauper, my lad!" "Look out, sir-don't you dare to call me that, again!" Jack cried, aroused to sudden fiercen ess "To b e sure I have but sixteen cents in the world, but that shall be the foundation of a great fortune. I shall henceforth work only to that '.!Ild-money, honestly gotten, shall be my sole ambition. That you shall never foreclose that mortgag e I am resolved, and when it comes due, yon will find Jack Hoyle ready to show his hantl. '! "Perhaps," Tremaine said, sarcasticall y, and then he turned to his books whil e Jack passed into the counting-room for his hat and coat, and then went out upon the street. Neither looking right or left, nor recognizing hfa old chum,s, Jack burned on to his old home -a handsome -mansion set down in a park of well-trimmed shrubs and trees, on the outskirls of the town.


Jack Bo;rle' Lead. 8 Entering the park, Jack found the hoUEe open and in the charge of an old servant, named Jacobs, who had been in his father's employ f..,r years. "Ahl Master Jack, is it you!" the old man exclaimed, joyfully, grasping Jack by the hand, tears trickling down his cheeks. Come ba& to look at the old home, Jack, boy!" "Yes, Jacobs-I've come back to look over the place before I set out to make my for tune." "Your fortune, Jack! Ah I my lad, I'm afraid it's a sorry fortune you'll ever make, yourself," the old servitor said, with a grim shake of his head. 'Twixt you and Satan's body-guard the pennies never gather." "Ohl weJJ, you'll see, Jacobs. I'll yet reign here at Maple Park, and have you with m e I have just sixteen cents left, and that amount shall be the basis of my labors-the corner stone of the foundaui.on of my fortune. Sink or swim, fight or fail, survive or perish, I'm going to lift this mortgage from my old home, and show the wiseacres of the town that Jac k Hoyle was bet ter than a lost trick, aft.er all." After looking through the house, and gather fag a f e w clothes, and some relics, h e took his departure. During his first half hour's ramble, be approached the imposing mansion of Addison Lorne, one of Lowell's financial pillars and largest factory owners. Mounting the steps, he rung the bell. resolved to pay the Lornes a call-especially Mi!iS Lillian, whom he bnd called upon many times, as she seemed to lik e him. It had one time been reported that he and Miss Lillian were engaged, but matters had not progressed so far between them, as yet. Jack was admitted by a servant, and shown into the grand parlor where he was l eft while the servant went to apprise Miss Lillian. He was some time, and when he teturn ed he handed Jack a delicate missive, which he bej!'an to read, eagerly. But he soon grew pale, and his teeth shut together with an ominous click. The letter ran as follows: "l\Ia. HovL!c: DEAR Sm:-Owing to circumstances 'l'tlli<:h must be well known to you, I cannot see you any more. It pains me to make this announcement, but the difference in our positions in life, hereaft e r, must b e so great that it becomes necessary to draw a line between friendship and knowlede:e of each other. Hoping you may succeed, I remain, truly, LILLJAN LoRNE. '' As he finished reading this strange note, there was a mocking little laugh, and Jack looked up to see Tom Tremaine standing just within the room, a cynical smile upon his features. Tremaine was the broker's son, and as vain and conceited as a turkey gobbler, consequently he and J ck had never gotten along well to gether. "Hal hat Jost your sweetness, eh?" the coxcomb now exclaimed, with sarcasm. "It is im possible for Miss Lorne to see you, is it not, friend Hoyle!" This is none of your business," Jack replied, haughtily. I am about to quit the field, my relf, and you can have the leavings, such as they are, if you want t hem. And with a stiff bow he left the h o u se. This was a blow he bad not expected, and i t stung him to see bow great was the distinction betwee n wealth and paverty. "But, neve r mind," he muttered. "It will be queer if I don't come back to Lowell, some day\ rich enough to buy the aristocrats all out.' He was fully decided to pull out of tho.manufacturing city, to seek his fortune elsewhere1 and t h e sooner he went1 the quicker be woula enter upon his redempt10n of character and wealth. He accordingl y spent the afternoon in the cemetery, working over the graves of bis par ents, and by sunset had them carefully sodded, and choice flowers planted around them. Then, sachel in hand, he started out o f town, by a street leading countryward, scarcely knowing where be was aiming for. Just before he reached the outskirts of the town be heard bis name called, and founli him self in front of a minister's cottage. On looking over into the lawn, be saw some one beckoning to him, and that some one none other than Bessie Bond, the rector's daughter. Entering, he was met by Bes s ie and the rector in person, who warmly 8 hook him by the band, and invit.ed him into the cottage parlor. It was a cosey little place; and for the first Jack began to realize what it was to have a home. My son,'' the rector said, whe n they were seated, '' we are comparatively strangers to you, but your father was a warm friend of mine, and I naturally take an interest in you. Bessie saw you -passing, sacbel in hand, and I had her call you. Leaving Lowell, my boy!'' "Yes Mr. Bond-pulling out to make my for tune," Jack replied;-with a faint smile. "Low ell has known me while I have been sowing my wild oats, and I am going away to seek an honorable name and fortune:'' "Which is your right course to pursue. Where are :vou bound!'' "I do not know-wherever the tide of passing events drifts me, I suppose." I hear that the financial crash has swept everything your poor father possessed. Is it true?" "I was told so for the first, this morning sir, after I bad recovered from a spree. I dia' not even know till then tLat my parents were dead. "It must be. a terrible blow to you." "Just how terrible, Mr. Bon d, you can never, never imagine. I am not one to publicly expose my grief, but it is very deep, all the same. I am, however, a changed boy. The Jack Hoyle of yesterday and the Jack Hoyle of to-day are two diff erent persons. My awakening bas been a great blow, but it has made a man of me." ' God be praised," the reverend gentleman said, earnestly, while gladness bearred from pretty little Bessie's countenance. I believe you are changed for the better, and I am prcud of you. It is late, to-night, and you mus t not think of going on any further. The Recto1 y shall furnish you a welcome till you choose to go on." "I thank you, gratefully, Mr. Bond, but I


.Jack lio;yle's Lead. had rather go on my way," Jack declared, firmly. "No time like the present, you know." "Nevertheless, we shall insist upon your stay here1 Bessie, the rector's sweet-faced, sunny haired aaught.ei: chimed in. To-morrow you will feel stronger to battle with the world." So Jack yielded, and consented to spend the night at the Rectory. Mr. Bond and Bessie lived all alone, but Jack could not remember of ever having spent a more pleasant evening. The rector was a good man, and the fatherly advice be vouchsafed was such as favorably impreRSed J ack, and whlfu he re tired to rest and l ooked forward into the future, the undertaking did not seem half so great as it had a few hours before. Then, Bessie was a sweet little maiden of sixteen, free from the formal mam:l erisms of society and she and Jack at once became famous friends. A little woman she was of great worth, b1illiant in intellect and education, and charming to know, with her thoughtful consideration, her sweetness and guileless innocence. But woman-like, she was afH.icted with a little curiosity, and did not besitat,e to betray it. "You called upon Miss Lorne, I suppose, and said your farewells, Mr. Hoyle!" she said, when the rector had st.epped out. Lillian al ways ap peared to be such a nice girl." ''Appearances are oft.en deceitful,'' Jack re plied, flushing a little. At least you can see that they are in Miss Lorne's case," and he handed B Pssie the not,e he had r eceived from the great financier's daught.er. As B essie read it through, an expression of in dif.nation settled on her countenance. 'How cruel in her,'' she said, looking up, with flashing e y es. If I were you, Mr. Hoyle, I should h e reaft.er count her out of my list of ac quaintances." "I presume I shall," Jack replied, dryly. But I am not going to mourn after h e r. She has simply unmasked-that is all." A pleasant evening it was, and Jack almost regretted when it came time to retire. In the morning, after a good breakfast, Jack bade the good rector adieu, and took his leave. B ess ie accompanied him to the gat,e and shook hands with him for the last time. "Write to, me, Jack, and tell me of your struggles, and I will answer you,'' she said, and after promising to do so, Jack stole a kiss, and tr!'.mped away out of Lowell1 the image of pretty Bessie engraven upon his memory, and the parting words of the good rector ringing in his ears: "Be temperate faithful and honest, Jack; seek not for frie nds, for friends you would most love to have will come to you And with this thought uppermost m his J;Qi_nd, Jack Hoyle started out upon the woFld, to make his fortune. CHAPTER II. A 11 CORNER" IN CATS. WITH a brave front, Jack tramped out of the rown1 meeting several of his old associates, but noticmg none, except one, a man by the name of Harry Hunter, who was a gambler by pro fession. "What! ain't goin' to leave us!" Hunter demanded, stopping Jack. "Yes, as you see," Jack r eplied. "Where bound!" "Anywhere where I can make a fortune," was the reliant answer. The old man didn't pan you out nothing, eh!" "No; Tremaine roped in all there-was." "He's an old rascal, take my word for it I" "Do you really think so!" "Of course! A man who will cheat at a sociable game of eucher, will cheat at any other game. You ought to put a tracer after this man, and your father's property." Perhaps I had. The mortgage comes due in fiv e years. T ell you what I'll do-I'll give you half of all you recover from Tremaine, that he has embezzled or fraudulently obtained from m:r; father." Agreed. I'll have you ric h again some day, Jac k. Want a little cash to help you along?" "No, I thank you. I have got sixteen cents which is to be the basis of my fortune. Good-by', Harry. Give my respects to my friends and a smile of scorn to my enemies." Tbe first day of Jack's trave l revealed no incident W .rthy of record, and he slept in a haymow at rught. In the morning, he asked for one cent's worth of milk of a dairyman, and the man being of a liberal turn of mind dealt out a quart of his richest and some bread in the bargain. While Jack was eating his meal upon the door step, be noticed a swarm of c11ts, twenty or thirty, come from the woods in a l!Ort of procession, each one carrying in its mouth a chip munk, or a bird, or a field-mouse. Pretty good cats," Jack remarked, t,o the dairymaid. "Och! yis, snr," she replied, "niver a foiner lot of cats is there in the world." When the farmer came along, again, Jack said to him: A fine lot of cats, sir." "Humph! I wish some f e llow'd take the job of drownin' the ravenous hings,'' was the i:;, plf.. I'll buy them of you, if you will sell them reasonably,'' Jack said. "All right, young feller-what'll you give for the l ot-twenty-five cents!'' "Just fifteen cents, and you deliver 'em t,o me, in Boston." "Agreed I Am roin' to town, to-night. Where shall I leave 'em! Jack named the store of an acquaintance. "I will be there when you come." "Mebbe 'tain't none o' my business, young fel ler, but what are you going to do ., them ser enaders'1'' "Speculate on 'em," Jack replied, as he took his departure. Striking cross-lots from the farm-house, he struck the Boston, Lowell and Nashua railroad1 and the track, reaohed the city or Boston early m the afternoon, without a penny in his pocket.


But not despairing, !le wended his way to Beekman's storehouse In Congress sti;eet, and found his college chum, Bob Beekman, in at tendance. The greeting between the two young men was warm and after some conversation, Jack suc ceed;;d in borrowing ten dollars of Bobl and also a corner in the warehouse in which to l eave his cats. He then visited several of the l eading news paper offices, and contracted for au advertise ment something after this pattern: "AN EXTRAORDINARY NOVELTY." "Just received at Beekmap's war::-bouse, in Con gress street, an importa.ticn of the cde brated Belgi um mousers-the best bre ed of game-humingcatsin existence. Tbe only ones in this country for sale. Call early for a cbmce. (Signrld) MONSIEUR JOHAN HOLLE This done, Jack returned to the warehouse. Just at dusk, farmer Duncan drove up with a crate full of cats, and after receiving the cats, and storing them in the warehouse for the light, Jack sought out a cheap hotel, procured a "square" meal and lodging for the night. Early in the following morlling be was at the warehouse, with shears and ribbons and soon had the Thomas cats satisfactorily chpped and named, with ribbons about thell' necks, and the whiskers clqsely clipped from the females, to give them an odd appearance. He then a.tTauged them upon benches, and by the time he was re.ady, cw ious people began to drop in to see the cats. There were cats of both sexes and all colors and temperaments from the humped -back prowling Thomas to the purring domestic, 11.Ild altogether they were an intelligent looking Jot. The forenoon passed and though many visitors 1 alled none seemed disposed to invest; not a sale was effected. After dinner, as he was wondering if h e bad not made a disastrous failure Jack was electri fied to see Mr. Lorne and his daughter, of Low ell, drive up to the storehouse, and ge t out. Qui c kly substituting Bob Beekman as sales man, Jack retired behind some dry goods boxes, for he bad no desire to meet the haughty Miss Lillian in bis capacity of cat-vende.r. The Lornes entered and Bob graciously sh.(tWed them the cats, pointing out the extraor dinary merits of each arumal, and" cheeking" his way right into the confidence of the Lowell fancier. "If yon want cats," said Bob, with great importance, now is your time to get one of the celebrated brPed of mousers as it is doubtful if the Belgian Government will allow Monsieur Holle to bring over another importation. There is the reel. female cat, w1tb the almond eyes, warranted to be a thoroughbred hunter, and also a JXJt family cat of c leanly habits. That is the 1'ower of the cat flock-price $200. Any of the others we will Jet go for one hundred and seventy-five, cash." "The price is exorbitant," Lorne sai.d, re flectively, "but I believe I will take the-reddish cat. Can you box it and send it to Lowell, by express?" "Oh! certainly,'' Bob hastened to >ay. "It will reach you on the first train." Accordingly the Lowell fanC'ier pnid the two hundred dollars, left his address, and then drove away. After they had gone, Jack emerged from his concealment, and collared Bob. "Bob Beekman, you are a rascal!" he ex c laimed, laughing. "I should have sold any cat in the flock for ten dollars." "And made a goose of yourself," Bob replied. "Such men as Lorne always pay for being rich." Toward evening an old lady from the country hobbled in, and viewed the cats, with evident admiration. Her fancy seemed to be set upon one striped feline of rerenading proclivities. "Let me sell you that mouser, ma'am,'' Jack said, courteouslv. "You're an old lady; we'll sell you that cat for ten dollar s Good mouser; eats whatever you give her, and a fruthfUl family cat." Well, well. That's a big price1 but I want jest sech a cat. Take nine dollars ter iW' "Yes-give us the cash, and take the cat." Th e old lady paid J that sum and, tucking Thomas under her rum, bobbled out. She had not got off the platform, when Bob and Jack saw farmer Duncan rush up to her, excitedly. "For Lord's sake, mother, what are you doing with that cat?" he was heard to exclaim Cati" the old lady exclaimed, proudly, why, J osiab, that's one o' the Belg'um mousers1 w'at ar' advertised in ther Transcript. Ola Lorne, up at Lowell, got one, au' raid t WO hundred dollars fer it; an' this anima only cost me nine dollars." '' Yon old fool!" the farmer exclaimed, aghast. "That's one of our own cats, which I soid last night to that chap in the storehouse for less than a cent apiece. And he's beat you clean out o' yvur eyes!" "No he hasn't!" stoutly averred the oJd lady. "That cat cum frum Belg'um. Didn't I read about et in the Transcript? I reckon yer mother knows what she's about, Josiah Duncan. I 'arnerl thet nine dollars a pickin' berries, au' ef I want ter buy cats with it, I'm a-goin' ter buy cats. Come, start along, and don't make a. monkey of yourself here before folks." The old Jady won the day, and the farmer went away with her, grnmblingly. ''I'm heartily ashamed of that sale,'' Jack said, g azing after them. "Get out," Bob replied. "The old lady has got a good mouser, and that's au equivalent to h e r money." Duncan, however, was not sati"1led, for Jack rec eived a note from him, which read as follows: "You 're a sharp young cuss. ef I do say it an' when ye b'y any more cats o' me f er nothin'. an1 sell 'em back fer nine dollars apiece, ;fest l et me know I "JOSIAH DUNCAN." No more sales were effected that day, and paying back the ten dollars he bad borrowed, Jack went to his hotel nearly two hundred dol lars richer than he was in the morning. But h e was destined not to make anymore out of bis cat speculation, for the warehouse burnt to the gTound that night, and the Belgium cats were consumed in it. Thus the young speculator was thrown out of


6 --bis occupation and was obliged to turn his wits I Finally one day he a small stock of in some other tobacconist' s goods a t auct10n, for five dollars, For sev eral day s h e w ande r e d around t he rented a su>.ll in Washington marke t for three "Hub on the outlook for s o mething to turn up. dollars more and "went in business." But, it One'day as h e was pa ssing thro u g h the wes t didn' t pay, and.he sold out within a week for p ortion o f the city, h e saw a little hou se and l o t fift ee n for sa l e It was dil a pidated and s h abby e nough With this h e purchased a pack of goods, and but a little mone y and muc h work would put it started out on a tramp the country; in a habitab l e co n ditio n but this h e found to be a very disagreeable ana Tb e o w n e r was an I rishman who wanted v e r y a poor paying avocation. muc h to sell and g o back to the Eme r a ld sod. The first of January saw him upon the streets A ccording l y Jack struc k a with bi'.r1, of Erie Pennsylvania, footsore, with only fifty and bou ght the place f o r one hundred dollars cash dollars in _pocke t as the result of over The n h e hought a brush and som e p aint tomonths' irksome labor. geth e r with som e othe r mate rials, and se t to While eating supper in a restaurant he picked work improving the place, and by the t i m e be up a Buffalo daily paper, when his eye f ell upon bad c ompl eted tliem, bi s m eans were nearly ex-the following advertisement: bausted. The property, how e v er, looked a bun-"WANTED: .A. man a g e r wit b a littl e capi ta l to take dre d per cent better. The house w a s paintecl. a minst e rel c 0 n cert company upon th e road .A. rare inside and out, papered and thoroughly c lealied, to tbe right party, Call at Cont in e ntal and one day as b e was fini shing up, a real estate Hotel. agent came along, and stepped in to view the He r es olved to go to Buffalo N. Y., and see premises the advertise r The idea struck him as good, "We ll, well, you have wrought a change," h e s o h e took the cars for Buffalo. said, approvingly. "Going to live h e re, your-OnarrivingtberebeappliedattheContinental sel f, young man! Hotel, and found the a man by the "No," Jac k r e plied name of Worley, who claimed tha t b e was a Goin g to sell it, I presume!" comedi a n of no mean ability, w ho had m e t with "I pres um e so t o o if I can g e t my price." r e v e rses, but was willing to trave l c heap His How much d o you w ant for it! company embraced five performers b es id es him" Fifteen hundred d ollars I" se lf, all of who m w ere out of employm ent, and "Pshaw! you can't get a third of that !" d esired to trave l. "The n I w on't se ll. It will r ent far fifteen Inalittle r oo m onMillstreettbecompanygave dollars a m onth." a r e hearsal, and Jack was satisfied t h a t the en" Give y ou five hundre d jus t as i t stands tertainma.nt would ' tak e, so h e r esolved to run young fell e r. the m o n a trip t hrou g h t h e oil of Pn ses at It was now iu the m onth o f O<:tober ; bis sum o n e hundred d ollars per day. m e r c lothing was getting thin; it wa,s n eces S e v e n days after bis adva n ce m a n had gone, sar y to make m o ney with w hi c h to p r oc m e b e started for Erie with bi s tro u pe, having bar e w a r m e r raim e n t ; but b o w to get i t was the l y e n o u g h m o ney to pay t he car f a r e quest i on. Anived at Erie, h e fo u n d t h e prosp ects anyfo a ll probability b e could find work, at l o w thing but flattering. w ages, b u t t hi s was n o t exactl y w h a t h e desired. The town was suffering m os t intense l y with H e professed to use his i n spec ulati o n for co l d we a t he r ; fro m o ff the l a k e a furio u s s nowwitb a fo rtun e to m a k e in five years his wits storm was blowing and fo e people w e r e secure-must b e hi s paymaster. ly h o u se d. Bo arding a t t h e hotels was at present too exOn inquiry b e found tha t v e r y little interes t pens i ve, and so h e r ented a r oom ove r a Ettie had b ee n arouse d c on cerning the sho w, and there g roce r y o n Race street for four doll a r s a m onth, w ere no prospects of a h o u se at all. furnis h e d with a bed and chair. H e r e h e sl epi; at night, and pic ked up his meals whe r e ver h e could get t h e m. Litt l e b y little hi s money dribbled a way, and still no way of adding to bis stock. CHAPTER III. HOW JAC K GOT A HOUSE. "You will do w ell if you get fifty cents tonight," the manage r of the opera-house said,


Ja.ck Jilo;vle's Lead. ., w hen Jack approached him on the subject. "A and it was with a thrill of joy that be w atched little one horse trou pe went to smash here a the first customer purchase a ticket and enter. few nights ago, on acco unt of the poor It was a new-"undertaking, and bad loo ked weather." very dubious, but bis pulses bPgan to throb 'It looks dubious," Jack was forced to adonce more when he saw that t here was prospect mit; "but my company shall play if every seat "fa good house. is vacant, provided ou will let me the I 'rhe band gave a rehearsal before the opera h all." house, and despite the wintry blasts attracted a "Yes, you can h8 ,ve it, if you will give ml'I large cro\\d; then the performer!> went into t b e twenty per cent of the gross rec eipts. I mr" theater, and the people began to crowd t h e possibly get enough to pay fo r fire and light." doors And so it was arranged. Not in ones or twos, but in dozens, of both After dinner Jack raked together r.::ou&h sexes and all stations in life. money out of the company to hire a band-sleign, A dozen 0r more private carri ages hal ted beand about sunset the storm abated sufficient for fore the hall, and were unfreighted of well a parade in the principal streets. All of his dressed ladies and gentlemen others came by own company played or sung well, and their the cars, or on foot, and paid their way into the music attri.cted attention. show that had a few hours before promised ro After this parade, Jack spruced himself up be a dire failure and called upon Mrs Ir--, one of the society A short time before the curtain raised, Mrs. "leaders" of Erie. Ir-and her suite entered, a n d she smiled triThe lady r ece ived him in some surprise, and umpbantly as she cau g h t Jack's eye, as m u c h a s with some hesitation he made known his erto say; I am the cr-se of all this assemb ling of rand: people "I am manager of the minstrel troupe that is She was a royally beautiful woman, and Jack to appear at the opera-house to-night, and I felt that it was an honor to have her attend. came to learn if it was your intention toP"tend1" AtJast the curtain rolled up on t h e bandsomeh e said, r espec tfully. ly-set first part, in the presence of a V!lry large "It is not," was the repl y. "The weather is audience rather too cold'for amusements." The opera-house proprietor stepped in from "Very true. But I would be willing to pay the box-office, and looked over the assemblage you to come to-night, as where you go others with an approving nod of hls head. will go, and I can thus perhaps get enough of a Good house, ? he said good house, but it's house to pay my expenses. Oth erwise, I shall miraculous, sir-miraculous!" have to disband my troupe in the outset This "How much are the receipts?" asked Jack, will be very hard indeed on my excellent well pleased at the success m en." "Don't know. Somewhere nigh seven hun"You are very complimentary, sir, but I care d.red dollars, I rec kon. Here's a package that not for that. If my presence will in any way was l eft for you at the box'{)ffice." affect your rweipts, it will give me pleasure to Jack tore open the dainty envelope, and his attend:" surprise knew no bounds when he read the fol. "Thanks, lady. Your kindness I shall not lowing: forget. H ere are tickets for four of the choicest seats." Th e n Jack took his leave wondering what his l'Xperiment was likely to amount to. On arriving at the ho tel, he told Worley of it, and the comedian laughed heartily. "You have c h eek enough to succeed in any enterprise!" he declared. "If the lady comes, we' ll do the best we know bow." From that time unt il dusk, Jack had a squad of boys distributing dodgers around the city, thus keeping the subjec t of the show fresh in the minds. Wlien the hour for the 4oors to open arrived, Jack entered the reserved seat office to l ook at the dia gram. His landlord was also there, look in?, it over, with evident satisfaction. 'I am glad I consented to take twenty per cent of the gross," he sairl, smiling, "for over a hundred seats arEl sold-the fattest sheet, by all odds, we've had for a month! But what mys tifies me, is, what brings the elite out to-ni ght1 I should sooner have expected to see Lake Erie thaw up." Jack smiled, but did not reply. Evident it was that his little maneuver was to work him profit. The opera-house owner took charge of the ticket office, while Jack attended to the door, ''MA.NAGER:"ERIE, Pa., January-, 18-. DEAR Srn:-The pre se nce of yourself a r d com pany is r es p e ctfully invit e d at Mrs. L-'s at t}le conclusion of the ent e rtainm ent this e v e ning H By ORDER OF CoMMITTEE.,, Whatever might have been Jack's elation be fore it was a hundredfold increased now. After the first part was finished, he took opportunity to go behind the sce nes and show the mvitation to the company, and they were great. ly pleased. The entertaimnent was a success, and heartily applauded by the audience, and after the show had dism i ssed, Jack folmd himself the possessor of five hundred and fifty d o llars as his share of the r ece ipts; he felt that he bad struck the right road to fortune. With bis company, he then resorted to Mrs lr--'s, atid found a banquet awaiting them, and also a crowd of the elite to do honor to the occa sion. To his satisfaction, his company carried them selves with perfect de corum, and although a trifle bashful, he managed to carry bis own part as became him. Mrs. Ir-was his c haperon for the evening, and he had the pleasure of an introduction into the first society of Erie. A ball wound up tlie festivities, and w hen


.Jack Hoyle's Lead. Jack went back to the hotel with his company, be was satisfied that lla and h is company ha; later, in Ohio, Worley having sloped with the r acei pts! Out of this specu lation Jack bad clea.red seven toon hundre d dollars, which was an extraordinary success. For two we0ks he lay very ill in smoky city, and whe n h a was ahla to get around b s left for Ohio finally bringing up in Cleveland. His illn ess b:id consumed over a bun:ir a d dollars of his money, and to look around for a place to in vest the ramamder, lest that too should go. Tho fir s t week of his stay in Cl e veland, ha wrote to and r ece ived an answer from B ess i e Bou-1. B y it b e learna c l that d etectives we re looking in to the matt r of his fathe r's prop erty, and til'lt Addi son Tratnaiue was of quit. L : m a ll. "Toe Jack mutt.ere'.!;" that fact betrays bis guilt. I hop e that my fritmd will not let him escape." Bassie went on to say how the Lornes had paid two hundred d o llars for a caJ; in B oston, that had since m'lnifasted its breed ing, by Mis> Lillian in the face, going a great mirror. and killing all of Mr. Lorne s c h oicest birds. Jack was compelled to laug h over this n ews ha could but feel guilty about his cat speculation. One day h e fell and both sprained bis ankle &nd bru ised his b ody. Ha had to b e canied to his hot e l A do ctor was called who appli ad a liniment that in three days put Jac k on bis f eet again. The J.Lriment had wrought mirac:l0s! "What will you t'!ka for the receipt for that linim nt1" the young speculator asked, as h e was paying bis bill. "Twenty dollars, r eserving the privilege to use it in my practice," the man replied. -"Agreed. Give me the r ece ipt, and here are your twenty d o llars," and Jack was soon in pos session of b is liquid bonan za So, packing trunk, h a took the cars for New York n.t once. It was r.ow the latter part of March, and bPing an early spring, the weather was getting pleasant. On arrinng in New York, be rented a coup l e of room s and furnished the one with a cosey bedro::>m set, while he fitted the other up as a laboratory. Then he purchased a couple of hundred do!lars' worth of materials, such ;:is was required t,r bis liniment. Now to get hi& liniment a name! He went t.o a well-knowll physician with a sample of his preparation, and offered a partnership, in consideration that the doctor would permit the liniment to be named after hj.m, would take charge of the sales and advertising business, furnish half of the capital required in the manufacture, and take half the net profits. After some deliberation the man of medicine, who was slnewd enough to see money in the gave Jack access to his bank account. Once more, accordingly, Jack found himself on the road to fortune. Contracting with a noted glass manufactory for a hundred thousand bottles, he at once set to work in earnest at manufacturing his lini ment. In bis little laboratory ha now spent the greater share of uis time and turned out about two hundred bottles per day. The doctor at once contracted with the famou s Row e ll adver tisine; firm fcir ads. in all thA principal papers of the U. S., and dispatched agents to the whole sale dealers in the various States to introduce and sell the liniment. But for tile fact that the doctor had a good bank a ccount ai; his disposal1 the concern must have gone to smash, for the mitiatory expenses were enol'tfious, and Jack's small pile was but as a drop in the ocean. The first month things l ooked desp erate, and Dr. P., as we shall name him, was fully as de spairing as Jack The agen ts .reported poor success, and orders came in very sparingly: "It's little use t-0 continue making what won't sell," the doctor said, as be and Jack consulted in the laborator.y, one day at the end of the third month. "I'm out of pocket about twenty thousand drll \I'S. and the receipts have not yet r eac iled a teilth part of that sum. I'm ht>artily s i c k of the venture, and want to SPll out." "Ditto J," Jack r ep lied, dubiou ly. "I'm fifteen hundred dollars deep, and haven't a red m my pocket to-day. What will you give m e for sole possession?" A hundrnd dollars. Perhaps I can get back that muc h out of it." I'll take it," Jack said, glad to get even that much. The doctor accordingly paid him over a hun dred dollar s, and, first signing off his right and title Jack l ef t the laboratory, and found him self upon the streets of N e w York, out of em plovm e nt. What next to turn to, he was puzzled to know His latter speculation had reduced bis fortune to a hundred dollars cash, and one hou se and lot in Boston. Th e rent upon this place wa s overdue several mouths, but he had left the collection in charge of Bob B eekman, and found it unnec essary to r eturn to Boston. R eports were daily in of the "redbot" times up in the Pennsylvania oil reg ions, and acting upon impulse, be bought a ticket for Oil City, Pa. Arrived there be found that he was not yet in


Jack Boyles Lead. the heart of the oil regions, and accordingly visited Titusville, Pleasantville, Shamburg and Red H ot, bringing up in the latter p lace for a short stay. A c hance was offered in a new lease for investment in fifty dollars purchasing a fortieth share. He accordingly invested fifty, and had now twelve dollars left, which was ID those days equivalent to one week's board. He saw that work was what he must now re sort to, and he hired out to run an engine on a pumping well, a t three dollars per day and board. It was dirty1 greasy work, and the first year's anniver,,ary or his struggle for a fortune found him as black and grimy as could well be imagin. Resolved to be temperate, he associated only with those whose society was not likely to lead bim into temptation. Consequently he got the nickname from the roughe r classes of the Par son," aud it clung to him as long as he :remained in Red Hot. In those days the towns of Shamburg, Red Hot and Tip-Top were to be the wickedest in the Umted States. while Petroleum Center Tideoute and Rouseville were not far behind. The men wp,:re, with tbe exception of !' few S]:!!leulators and prospectors, a lawless daredevil crowd; the scum and ruffianly element of the different States seemed to be concentrated in the few oil towns we have above named. To save their earnings was not tbe least part of their calculation; consequently fights, drunkenness, and sprees were the order of thfl hour. Jack's quietness and sobriety w ere a theme of conversation arpong the roughs, for it was some thing beyond their comprehension. Not another young man in Red Hot who did not stop up to the bar and take bis '' rations" as often as the condition of bis cash account would allow, and to have one "teetotaler" in the town was against the moral principles of tile rougher ele ment. At this period the notorious Ben Hogan bossed things in Red Hot-was feared as a desperado and a pugili s t of no mean order. One night Jack was sitting in the bar-room of the Draper House when Hogan approached him, usual in an intoxicated condition. ".-See beer, young feller, you've got to step up to the bar and take your whisky, to-night. Y e've played Parson lorrg enough, au' we're go in' ter make ye swaller yer rations, you bet!Cum along now-it ain't a -goin' t e r cost yt>u nothing tor drink wi' Ben Hogan!" CHAPTER IV. WHISKY .A.ND OIL. n I RATHER guess not," Jack replied quietly. "I don't drink anything, thank you." ''Can't h elp tbet, my younke r. You've got ter drink with Ben Hoga. n, or skip ou;; o the 1town, I tell ye! There don't no chap sail around ihis town, 'cept they've driuked wi' old Ben, ye know, an' I ain't goin' t,er 'l..llPw no exceptions, I say-" "You'll have to outdnw tu then if I start in, beforo I give up," Je<:J< saiu -i little angered. I presume if I was to try, I could drink any six men in the town drunk and sober again. "See heer, Parson ef that's yer game, we'll give ye a chance. I' ll bet ye two hundred dollars that you can't drink me drunk, and you star sober." Agreed, if by so doing, it will free me from you r invitations to drink, hereafter,'' Jack said. "All r ight. Ye shall have yer choice of beverage, an' I'll take whatever you do. E f yo u've got fourth-sand rock to git old Ben Hogan b 'ilin', 1'11 let ye alone in the futnre, nucl pay fo r the cbain-ligbtnin' besides." "Then meet me here, to-morrow night, and we'll settle the matter,'' Jack said, turning to his paper, which he qad been reading. After Ben Hogan and his crowd bad departed, and the saloon was partly emptied, Mike Ca lla han came from behind the ba r "So you're goin' ter drink ag'in old Be n e h, Parson?" he said, griml y. "Yes, that's the agreement," Jack replied, yawning. "But, I reckon yer off yer groove, Parson. Ben 'II drink you blind an' sti ff ere you know iJ;." "I'll bet he won'c! See here. I've noticed that you Jiave a grudge against the old sinner. Now 1: want you to enter into a p lot with me, and I'll give you half of the proceeds. I want to beat this man, so that be will let me alone in the'future. If be gets beat, it will do him more good than a sermon. We will start off on beer. I can drink at ] Pas t five glasses without feeling any effects. Hogan will drink the same, and each of bis glasses m1J$t be Uberally salted with whisky. I will the n call for ginii anrl while you give Hogan the pure article, I' take a brimming glass of water for mine. Now, what do you say-will you do it? "Waal, I'll be blazed if I don't,'' Callahan repli ed, in admiration. "You're a sharp young rooster, au' here's w'at'll tip ye the hand, fer true." The matter wns settled, and Jack went to bed until midnight, when it was his turn to go to work again. H!i knew this was the only way to beat the king of the oil regions, without incurring his hatred, which be was not desirous of doing The next night when be entered the bar-room of the Draper House, h e found it crowded with the roughest customers in town, including the notorious Ben himself. The news that the meek and quiet Parson was going to drink against the brutal BPn for stakes, had spread like wildfire, and a delegation had come in from every town surrounding to see the sport. "Hello! hPre's the Parson!" Hogan exclaimed, triumphantly. "Say, young feller, are you ready to test my storage capacity for beverage1 I hain't even smelt o' a bungb0le to-day, jest on account of waiting to polish you off." "Haven't g-ot enough money to make the wager two hundred,'' Jack replied, stepping up to the bar. "Callahan, can -yoii lend me the rhino?" 'l'he barkeeper nodded, and laid a couple of hundred-dollar bills upon the counter, and Hogan instantly covered them with an equal


10 amount, for in those days of um-dollar o il ed sand, and instantly b egan to spout at the es. mon e y was plenty out among the wilds o f timated rate of a thousand barrels a day, the northwestern P ennsylvania. fi rst j e t spurting clear over the top of the der-The mone y d e posited, J a c k turned and nod-ric k. ded to Callahan: Tbe n ews spread; lik wildfir e for this was "Giy e us two beers, barkeeper. We will the bi gges t strike y e t made in the Red Hot ter-start in m ode rate. ritory, and e vid e nced muc h future prosperity to The were drawn and quaffed-the n the town. two m o r e by w hi c h time Jack noticed an ap-"\'\Th e n Jack heard the news, h e instantly hired parent e ff ec t o n H ogan. a hand in his place, and j erking o ff his greasy H e was b ec omin g m o r e talkative and as usual garme nts, and on his better o n es h e hastened to was anything but refined or the s ce n e of excitement, where hundreds had p le...,,..._t to n ear. already preceded him. ' Giv e ll)e straight gin, brimmers," Jack Anticipating the spouting beforehan d, the o r d e red, and wh e n t h e y came, he m ade b u t one company had been pro vided with p roper pipe. mouthful o f his, whil e Hogan took his in sigs age and tankage, and the casing h ead was soon The crowd began to which way the con capped, and the oil run o ff into a tank. test was going t o end, and c h eered the Parson, The w ell was the n r e-christened the Clown a c cordingl y It was h eyond t h eir compre hen-and afterward the Whoope r sion how a man o f Hogan's calibe r who was conJJ1.c k had now r e solved n o t to w ork any more stantly steeped in liquor, co uld be beaten at his at manua l l a bor, but:eto:r eturn to his c h osen pro bes t game by a m e r e stripling and a teetotale r f essio n of speculatio n as soo n as h e s h ould re at that. ceive hi s firs t dividend fro m the w e ll, in which But one gin f o ll o w ed a n othe r at inter h e had an interest o f fourfortieths vals and !Lt last B e n the n otonous ruffi a n The first twe ntyfour h ours fl.ow o f tbe w ell and pugili s t fe ll to the n oo r, dead drunk while y i e ld ed just one tho usand barre ls o f first quality Jack c oolly poc keted his stakes and r etired to crude oil. his r oo m for the nig h t The second day the yield dropped d own to Not once 0did a s u sp i c i o n e nter the people's fi ve hundred1 but as the c ompany h a d l ands to minds of the d eceptio n that had b ee n practiced l ease in the immediate. n e i ghborhood, the fact or it might not have b ee n s o well for our young w a s s u ppressed from the publi c fo r several s peculator. d ays. On the foll owi n g day h e beard tha t Hogan I n the m ea n time the w e ll continued alo n g at had sworn to get eve n, but the fac t tha t til e five hundred b arre l s a day f o r so m e days, w h e n roug h had left town gave Jack h o pe tha t the i t s u ddenly became dry a n d not anoth e r drop threat may have bee n only a n idl e boast. o f oil could be got out o f i t literally Speak W ith the hundre d d ollars h e h a d won a n d ino-. fifty h e h a d saved out o f his wages, h e b o ught 'Pa r t o f those h o ldin g s h a r es, wer e in favor ot ;three m o r e shar es in the we ll whic h was now h a ving i t torpedoed, while a noth e r part object.. rapidl y appr oaching com p l etio n. ed a n d as a r esul t nothing w a s eve r done with B y a c h ange, it was n o w arra n ged to have i t. Jack go o n d uty from s i-.: i n the evening, until S i x thousand barrels of o il we r e so l d fo r sixty six t h e fo llowing morning, t h us bringing hi m t h o usand dollars, a n d o u t o f this, Jac k realized into all of the n i ght wor k. H e acquiesced h ow-for his shar e seven thousand and two h u ndred ever,-an d worked faithfull y as dir ected do llars. One night as he wa.s working in t h e engine-He was now as rich as he cared to be o u t o f h o u se, and whi s tling m e r ril y to while away tba oil, and, with h is money, h e packed h is trunk, time, Call11ha n slipped into t h e engin&h o u se and left the oil country for Pittsburg, w h e r e he wit h a mysteriou s gri n stopped a week, and t h e n went o n to Cin c innat 'Sb!" b e cau t i o n ed, in a whis p er-" not a t i whe r e he ran acr oss Bob B eekma n of the cat word I H o,,.an and three o r four of his gang are spec ulati on. o u tside, with tar and f eathers, a n d p r op o se givBob was engaged w i t h his f athe r in t h e grain/'j ing yo u a dose I found it out b y accident and trade, and domg fine l y. p ropos e we give the divils a stame bath. Stopping a few weeks i n town Jack wen t ni>xt S ei.7..ing a rubbe r hose that was atra.c h ed to t h e i nto tbe interior of Michiga n and bou g h t seve n boiler, he screwed on a n ozzle, and stood ready thousand bus he l s of wheat for $1.00 per b u she l in front of t h e d oo r and so l d it later to the B eekmans for a figure "Whe n I y e ll 'Now!' t urn o n the steam full which r ealized him a p r ofi t of twentyfive ce nts heft," h e orde red of Jack, w b o stationed J:Jimon each b ushe l. self at the stop-cock. So that, on the first day o f O ctobe r a JittJ e Pretty soon the dooi:. o f t he e n gineh ouse was ove r a year after he had started o ut, a n d after flung open, and four o ughs attempted to e nter numerous ex:pendittu e s for c lothing, be was the but at the signal from Callahan, Jae)< turned on possessor of e i g h t thousand and thr ee hundred the steam, a n d a scalding torrent was turned dollars. up o n them. T his b e r esolved to invest whe:re i t would be With h owls o f p ain t hey staggered back-the n secure and the n start ou t a n ew. beat a hasty r etreat and that was the last e ff ort D p ositing the ei ght thousand in the bank, h e made to mol es t Jack. retaine d the three hundred, and o n ce more se t T h e y had fairly found outthat the Parson I out, this time to find place to invest bis money was able to l oo k out f o r numbe r one securely. A few days later the Ducky-Dear w ell reac h It was n o serious undertaking.


Jack h'.oyles Lead. 11 In the thriving city of Dayton, Ohio, he found four vacant city lots for sale at one thousand dollars apiece. He instantly purchased them as they were close to the business center, and out of the four soon had fenced off sixteen fair sized building lots. As there were no houses .upon them, he rented them to a florist for gardening and horticultural purposes, on consideration of fiv e dollars a mont)i, in addition to which the flori s t was to pay the taxes upon the property. Arranging things satisfactorily, Jack then visited many of the towns in Iowa, Indiana and Illinois, butmade no further investment until he came across a circus and menagerie whi ch had encountered bad luck in Iowa, and was in the sheriff's hands. Taking an inventory of the stock, he purchas ed the whole thing for three thousand dollars. The original cost must have been at least ten times that sum. / There were thirty cages of animals, l a rge and small, a chariot, tent and appurtemmcEs, e ighty horses, an elephant, two camels, and fifteen brass-band instruments. All were in good or d er, and Jack felt satisfied that be had made a first-class investm e nt. Re-enga!!"ing the company, and naming the concern after its former owner, Jack took the managerial h elm of a new speculation. He bad read the life of Barnum, a .nd it bad attracted him to so an extent, that h e was possessed of a desire to sampl e still further the sweets of a showman's life. They visited Dubuque, Muscatine, DavPnport and Burlington, Iowa, then branched off into Illinois, doing all the towns of any importance, and meeting with fair success. Not quite satis fied with the r eceipts, Jack concluded to slap on more paper, and accordingly doubled his pre vious success by extra billing. About the first of December the show reached New Orleans, where Jack disbanded the company, and en gaged winter-quarters for his stock and wagon s having cleared two thousand dollars out of his short tTaveling season. It occurred to him, now that he would like to return to Lowell and spend Christmas with the Bonds, for he had not forgotten pretty, piquant Be ssie, by any means, and yearned to see her onJ)e more. -'Dwing the interval of their separation he had corr esponded with her frequently, and it had been a source of pleasure to him to C.ear from h er. So he packed up his valise, and took the first traln for Boston, after which he felt better. AITived in Boston, h e was not long in steam ing on to Lowell, and soon was heartily received by the Bonds, both of whom were evidently glad to see him. In Lowell be found matters progressing about the same as usual. He erected a costly and appropriate monument at the b ead of tbe graves of his mother and farther; and after a week's stay he took his d eparturn. Stopping off in Boston, hA was successful ip SP.!ling his house and lot for fifteen hundred dol larsJ which was all thPy were really worth. Tnen ta.king the'Cars, be steamed back to New Orleans by slow stages, arriving there the firsj; day of February. H e r e be r emai ned idle until the first of March, when be concluded to start out with his circus. Accordingly he bad the show fitted out in good shape, engaged a full three-score of driv ers and canvas men, and a company of cheap performers, who. albeit tbe fact they worked for low were excellent artists. One child l artiste, aged seve nteen, whOS& non-pr ofessional name was Lily Thorpe, was Jack's special favo ri te, for she was a vivacious, intelligent little beii:g, modest 11nd virtuousi and really charming to know. She was al alone in the world, her father, a circus man: having recently died, while her mother haa died years before, of yellow f ever. -She was of Southern birth, and warm andim pubive of tempernment, as m os t ot' the South ern women are; then she was next to a marvel upon the trapeze and tight rope, and was equally a good equestrian, dancer, singer and banjo ist. Jack first found h e r performing in a concert Rarden. and perceiving that she was a good card,'' engaged her for a fair salary for th& tenting season He afterward learned her value as a modest and charming compa nion. Changing his name, Jack secured a full company, and started up on the road by wagon. visiting s u ch towns as bad p opulation enough to warrant a fair audience. Until May he kept among the l o wer State::, where there was no cold weather, but met witb indifferent success. In May, 187 5, h e r ented out his menagerie to another party and with a few tent-wagons, horses and performers, pulled for Texas and tha Far West. The toWlis were far apart, and sometimes a.. day was missed in which no show was g iven, !Jut when they struck a town it was certain there would be a turnout, for the borclermen are lovtrs of a fine display, and a. town of two thousand inhabitants "as good for a two or three days' stay, the re ceipts of each day averaging about alike. 'J'he company traveled fully eq uip ped with arms, for they were traveling through a rough and lawl ess country, and knew not what minute tbey might be set upon and slaJIBhtered. During the days of traveling, the ladies and gentlemen of the company would practice ,at target shooting, and' Jack and Lily Thorp& gen erally came off best. No trouble was encountered until the circus arrived in Sherman, Texas, which contains more ruffians to the square foot than a11y otbei town in the State. Then a fracas occurred, the rernlts _of which. the company felt for a l ong time afterward. CHAPTER V. 1 A TRTAL AT CIRCUS Bl'.SINESS. THE show arrived abou t the middle of the forenoon, from the previous ftand at El Corrale, and the ladies of the troupe to th& principal hotel, Jack returned to Euperintend matters at the tent ground. He found that although his agent had exteu-


Jack Bo1'1e' Lead. sively billed the town and vicinity, the prospects were not large. The people were generally a rougher class than he had yet encountered, and not one ticket had been sold in advance. Arrived at the tent-grounds, where the men were busy in erecting a canvas of gigantic proportions, Jac k found a gang of the town roughs already con;vegated1 headed by one Big COn nales, who literally oossed the town. A great -0vergrown fellow he was, with enormous head and limbs and a great girth-a man with evil face and gleamiuobloodshot eyes; with shaggy, unkempt hair au3 stubbly, bristling beard; one that no p e roon would care to meet alone in a dark place. was the Sherman giant. He was making a considerable noise, and a deal more of blow, and when he saw Jack, uE to him he pranced, with a cut of the pigeo:a s wi.nO" "Hello, y o u rooster! I s'pect mebbe ye kin t.ell m e whar 'u I find the r m anage r o' this iere hippo m e nagerie. J es t wanter encounter im I do-wante r see an' interview him on the r sublime3t kind o' bizness, au' don't ye fergit it. Mebbe I knpw him, f e r iustance--mebbe I rlot fer I'm an old sarcus b oss I am-a spottea leopard, a ring -tailed babboon, an allygator an' a baby elerant combined-you bet!" "Well sir, I am the one you want t o see," Jack r ep li ed coo lly. "I'm the own er, director, manager, boss and fin a n c ial element of this show, and if you Wl,lnt anything of me, spit it

Jack Hoyle's Lead. 13 eerved to make a literal pandemonium beneath the canvas. Bravest and most heroic of all stood Lily Thorpe upon her horse firing right and left with her revolvers, and endeavoring to clear a pas sage to the dressing-tent. From a position near the doorway, Jack saw her wave her hand, and understood her message instantly. Running out of the tent, he drew his knife and cut every guy-rope, then the center tacklerope, and down came the great spread of canvas, with a rush upon the heads of the fight ing, struggling humanity. And that v ery act was the salvation of perhaps two-thirds of those within, for when the canvas came down upon their heads, it attracted the attention of every person to his own safetyevery man now sought his own es c ape, and in this way the battle ceased to wage, One by one they cut their way out of the smothering prison, until all that were living bad made their escape, by which time the canvas top was literally slitted into ribbons. As soon as they from under the can-. vas, it began to rain furiously, which Jack con sidered fortunate, for it drove those who bad composed the audience to their own homes and saved any further disturbance. As soon as he could be collected his men, and they partially raised the tent, so that they could estimate the damage done. Big Connales and ten of bis gang w ere either dead or upon the point of dying-several of the audience w ere also killed, and, worst of all, three of the performers and five tent hands were dead while nearly every one that remained bad been more or J e ss seriously injured in the fracas. Lily Thorpe had reeeived a slight flesh-wound, .'but declared that it did not incapacitate her for .il.uty .. Fully believing, and p,erhaps correctly, that the townspeople had been fighting against, inetead of for the show, Jack felt it was not safe to remain longer in the town, and accordingly, selecting ten of his men who were yet able to work, and also applying himself to the task, they began tearing down and pulling up. In two hours the sick and those who had belonged t-0 the company that bad met with death, were loaded into a box wagon and driven out upon the prairie, several miles from town, followed the rest of the wagons with the paraphernalia. Here a camp was made, and pickets posted for the night. In the mornini< the dead were buried, and a general review of matters taken by Jack, who felt pretty dubious. Only two of his tumblers, and three of his equestrians and specialty performers were fit for service, .and the stock of able tent bands was illy sufficient, but on consultation it was decid ed to sew up the rips in the canvas, and struggle on at moderate stages. This was done, and three days later they exhibited in a town called Baosco, to $1,000 re ceipts Thls was the best done for many days, and Jack was hopeful that ;vben they struck fur ther nort h business would b e better. Therefore he laid the route up through the Red river. country and Indian Territory, into Colorado, which they penetrated, doing nearly every town of any importance in the State. The second year's anniversary of his struggle for a fortune he celebrated in Denver, by giving the members of his company a banquet at one of the hotels, aft.er the evening's performance. Jack was now twenty years of age, and prob ably his experience had been greater than that of any youthful speculator in the United States, if not in the world. On bis second year's anniversary he figured up his profits and found that after having paid all expenses, he was the possessor of six thousand dollars, in addition to the seven thousand he bad invested in the lots at Dayton, and the circus property. The result was not quite satisfactory to him. At the rate of sevm thousand and five hundred dollars a year, he perceived that it would be impossible for him to make the sum of the mortgages in five years as he had hoped to do. Eithe r he must give up the hope of so large a realization, or must make money faster than he bad been doing. After deliberation, be con cluded that the former was the wisest policy. His incessant devotion to business for the last two years had worn upon him a great deal, and he concluded that after the circus season was ended, he would rest for the winter. Although only t'ienty years of age, he looked five yea .rs older than that, which fact was prob ably owing to his having raised a mustache and goatee, that any man of thirty might have been proud to possess. After leaving Denver, be 1.Jranched eastward into Kansas, thence into Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. In October he sold out his show to Kirby, one of his employees, for five thousand dollars, and started for the East with twelve thousand dol lars in his pocket. On the way he stopped in Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati, and deposited half of the amount in different banks. With the rest he made for Philadelphia. The approach of the Centennial induced him to tarry there. In December he met and became acquainted with many prominent citizens of the Quaker city, through business intercourse in Th ird street, where he occasionally invP.Sted shrewdly in stocks and sold them to good advantage. In this way he managed to defray all of his 'i::fnses, without break:fug into his larger capi As soon as the Centennial had fairly opened, he bought out fifteen huckster carts and outfits, and hired trusty men "to drive them, and sell all kinds of truck in the streets. He then contracted with Jersey and Maryland truck growers for their full supply of vagetables and green stuff, and also contracted with numerous hotels and boarding-houses to furnish them with the same, including butter, eggs and fish Thllil he established a good business, which, as the great International Exhibition progressed, gradually incre a s ed, netting him a handsome


Jack Hoyles Lead. profit without his having to expend much time or labor. To him the Centennial proved a profitable, pleasant and instructive period of his life, as it did to thousands of others. When not engaged in business, he spent his days within the Exposition poring over the great treasures there to be seen, or dreaming away the hours in the shade of the park, watching the vast crowds that surged to and fro like the white-capped waves far out upon the bosom of the restless ocean. One evening while attending a representation of "Around the World," at the Alhambra Theater, he saw a face amon"' the many faces in the balcony tier\ that looked familiar-a pale, haggard face, in wnicb were set a pair of wild, sunken eyes, that glittered seemingly even more than the spangles upon the costumes of the ballet girls. In vain did he gaze at the face, but familiar though 1it looked, he falled to recognize the owner. The face and the eyes, however, haunted bis dreams that night, and he could not forget it. The next day, as he was leaving the Centen nial Art Gallery by the rea r entrance, b e came suddenly face to face with the same w o mnn, who was accompanied by a well-known Phila delphia detective. The moment the woman saw Jack, she threw up h e r arms, and uttered a shrlll cry. There he is I there he runaway bus band. Arrest him, quick, before he gets away," she screamed, excitedly. And to Jack's consternation and horror, the detective seized him firmly by the arm, and said: "Young man, it is my duty to arrest you on the cha;!'ge of. willful desertion of your wife. You wil\ have to come with me." CHAPTER VI. JACK IN TROUBLE AND OUT--OFF TO THE BLACK HILLS. OF course Jack was surprised. He could not well be otherwise, since the woman was a stranger to film, and yet claimed him as her husband. See here-hold on I" he exclaimed, as the detective was in the act of marching him off. "I don't know this woman-never was married to her-never was married. There is some mis take here I ....... Oh I I guess not," the detective replied, good-naturedly. "I've known of several such cases, before. If you will be so kind as to accompany me to. the outside inclosure, you can hire a carriage down to the Central, if you choose." "But tell me who istbis woman-this accursed impostor!" Jack replied, hotly. "I am she that was Lillian Lorne-s he whom you secretly married, because you were a beg gar, and then deserted." It's a confounded lie-a plot to ruin me1" Jack groaned "Lead on, man!" The detective and 'Jack walked side by side out of the Centennial grounds, the woman fol lowing close b e hind. Outside of the inc losure the y entered a carriage, and were whirled away into the o l d ci11y, and to the police court, where Jack was arraigned for wife desertion. "Let the woman give i n her testimony, backed by other testimoy ,'' his Honor said. This complaint of wife desertion is becoming quite too common." Lillian Lorne was accordingly sworn, and in her testimony stated that the defendant had se cretly married her in Lowell two years before, and showed a marriage certificate in the handwriting of Mr. Bond the Lowell rector. As further witness, she offered Mr. Thomas Tremaine, of Lowell. Tremain" testified that he had known of the marriage by being present at its consummation, and recognized Jackson H oy le as the legally wedded husband of the pl am ti.ff. What have you to offer in defense, Mr. Hoyle, in relation to this?" the judge inquired. "Nothing, further than that the testimony of this prec ious pair is a square perjury. I d emand that you retain them both in custody, and send to Lowell for the testimony of the Reverend Mr. Bond. He will, I am sure, disown the certifi cate. "Very well, sir. You are at liberty to go, under five hundred dollar bonds. The other witnesses are bailable at one thousand dollars each." Jack deposited the cash as security, and took bis d eparture, while Tom Tremaine and Lillian Lorne were committed in default of the requir ed bail. Jack at once telegraphed to Lowell to Mr. Bond, but presently received the answer that the reverend gentleman and his daughter had gone to the Centennial. Accordingly h e again repaired to the Centennial grounds, and in Machinery Hall, near the great Corliss engine, h e ran suddenly across the rector and his charming daughter, Bessi e For Bessie had increttsed in lov eliness-was an exquisib.3ly graceful girl, with fair fac e and rich hair, and eyes of fascinating magnetism. That she had lost none of her sweetness of temper was evident by the affection she vouch safed the rector, who was growing well on in years. Ab I my son,'' be said, grasping Jack by one band, while Bessie claimed the possession of the other, "we are glad to see you. We were won dering if we should met't you here." And I am equally glad to meet you both," Jack replied, joyfully. "I have not sought for many friends and acquaintances, and conse quently have not found many. And as I am in need of friends, you are the very ones I want. I want a little news from Low e ll." "Ah I then, despite all your roving, your heart often turns back to your native town, eh!" Indeed it does. But the n ews I now seek is net out of idle curiosity, but is to help me de fend myself against an untrue charge." Ah\ Out with your qu<>stions, and those ha.t I can not answe1-, perhap!' Bessie can," the re,,tor said, pleasantlv. "Well, I want to know first of all. if you what has become of Lillian Lorl!e and Torn Tremaine!" "No; we know nothing of them, except that


16 they were said to have eloped together, a short went through without being stopped by one or time before Mr. Lorne became bankrupt, which more gangs of the knights of the trail, and haJ?penerl a year ago." those who had money always had to "cash Ahl eloped, eh? What became of Addison up." Tremaine!" Being something of an actor, himself, Jack hit He disposed cf i:very thing he had, and fled upon a happy expedient, by disguising himself for the Black Hills, to eRCape being arrested, bl as an old preacher. one Harry Hunter, for embezzling your fathers Near Red Canyon their stage was promptly property. Hunter, I have learned, went on in baited by the road-agents, and the passengus pursuit." were commanded to band over their valuables "Good.I I trust be will work out the reward in the shortest possible order. I offered him. One more question: Did you, Jack immediately dropped upon bis knees in Mr. Bond, ever marry me to Lillian Lorne, or the coach, as if to pray, but when nudged with issue a certificate of such a marriage!" the muzzle of a revolver, he handed over both "Indeed, no! why do you ask such a ques-his valise and the sachel. tion!" the rector demanded, in great surprise. "There, most nuble sir, is all I have-my "I will explain," Jack said, and accordingly money is in the valise and my shirts and dirty he related the facts concerning bis arrest, and socks in the sachel. Take them in welcome, but Lillian Lorne's charge. spare my life!" be said. "It's a base plot between the girl and "Who in blazes wants yer dirty socks!" the Tremaine to extort money from yon,"the rector "collector" growled, hurling the superannuated said, indignantly. "But never fear. I will free sachel back into the coach. "The rhino's what YO.!!; and let them. feel the full rigor of justice." we want, I opine." Tne next day Jack and the rector went before And thus, as Jack had calculated, be fooled the judge, and matters were satisfactorily ar-them, there being only about fifteen dollars in ranged, and an order was issued for the re-the valise, while the sacbel contained nearly arrest of Tremaine and Lillian Lorne, who had twenty thousand dollars. a short time before been released on bail. Many of the passengers gave up all they bad, But they could not be found, and it was the sums aggregating over a thousand dollars, evident that they bad taken a hint in time, and when the read robbers bad got all they left the city. could they rode off in triumph. The Bonds and Jack were muC'h together dur-The stage arrived in Deadwood without fur-ing the next month, and" did" the. Exposition, tber molestation, and Jack counted himself thoroughly, with much mutual pleasw e and lucky that be bad got through the mountain profit. traps without losing bis "pile." The .intimacy between sweet Bessie Jack Instead of stopping long in the town, which gradually ripened into love, and when they was full to overflowing with all classes of hu again parted, the charming little maiden wore manity, he SC)On adopted another plan. an ele gant engagement ring, the gift of Jack, In bis rambles among the neighboring moun wbo was to come to her and claim her as bis tains be bad stumbled upon the entrance to a bride, at the end of three years more. singular cave in the side of the mountain, and The third anniversary of bis"'' banishment upon exploring further he found it to be a sort from Lowell," as be termed it, he spent in the of honeycomb of subtei:ranean passages, the one Centennial it occw-ring on memorable main chamber having low, narrow tunnel-like Pennsylvarua day. exits that branched off in different directions. And it was the last day be spent in Pennsyl-Jack a t once resolved to take up bis quarters vania, for the nAxt day be startedj'or the Black in the cave and prospect in the vicinity for gold Hills, having caught the then prevailing fever. and game. His summer at the Centennial had not turned He accordingly purchased a -pack-mule and 'out so badly, for he had cleared a thousand "packed" up a number of articles from the dollars and expenses out of his huckster specu-mining metropolis, which nestled below in the lation. gulch, four hundred rods or more. On bis way West be stopped at Dayton, and Among other things, he procured himself a sold bis lots for a slight advance on the pri,ce full hunting outfit, a bound, some camp-stools which be bad given;.. he then visited Cincinnati, and cooking utensils, a bed, a pick, shovel, and Chicago end St. LOuis, and withdrew the pan and scales, and a moderate stock of grocer amounts he bad deposited and when be arrived ies, and found himself prepared for life in the in Cheyenne, be found himself the possessor of mines. about twentv thousand dollars in cash. By the time h e got things arranged in the One would not have estimated his wealth as cave to his suiting, it; bad a home-like and cbeeranything great, for be dressed quite plainly, ful appearance, and he was satisfied that be and made no pretensions. could stand it as an abode for a while at least, He carried his money in an old sachel, with I unless the grizzlies s hould make it too warm for the exception of what he needed for traveling him. expenses. This he kept in a little leathern va-Among the first of his jobs was the one of lise. burying his money where no one could find it, About this time, the depredations of road-as he did not care to carry so large a sum about agents between Cheyenne and Deadwood were bis person. every-day occurrences, and travelers all went To find a secure hiding-place in the great well armed. mountain honeycomb Wa.J> a matter of but small But arms seldom availed them, for no stage importance, for there were many alcoves ud


16 Jack Boyle's Lead. fissures where a searcher would never think of penetrating in q,uest of treasure. After arrangmg all athis new home, Jack went out with his rifle and hound, and rambled daily over the mountains, sometimes bagging some game and occasionally bringing in a grain of gold, which he would wash out from some rivulet. But as yet he had struck no mine, and had made nothing to pay him for his coming. ln De.ad wood he saw little or no chance for investment, and he had about made up his mind to return Eastward, when something occurred to change his mind and cause him to resolve to remain longer in his quarters. One night he was visited by a strange dream -strange to him, because he seldom dreamed at all. In the dream he found himself sleeping as usual iu the cavern, when suddenly he became conscious of the presence of somebody, and opened his eyes to find a beautiful Indian girl ..._standing in front of him, holding in her hands a banner, upon which was inscribed, in letters of fire, the word" Goldi" The banner she waved several times to and fro; th"ln pointed toward one of the many inter-mountain fissures, and suddenly disappeared, as if by dissolving into atmosphere. This was the dream, or what Jack supposed was a dream its nattiralness and reality causing him to belleve sometimes that he had not been asleep at all, but had really seen the visita tion. What further caused him to give credence to this belief was the fact that, when h e awoke in the morning, he found foot-tracks upon the dusty floor of the cavern, which were not his own, but were such as might have been made bJ' the pretty moccasined foot of the Indian maiden he fancied he had seen. At any rate, Jack's interest was fully aroused, and h e resolved to remain long enough to fen et out the mystery of the cave. The next day he spent again in hunting and prospecting, but with poor success. On his return to the cave, he was a little surprised to find it occupied by a stranger, who was seated before the fire, smoking a pipe, and engaged in roasting a piece of venison, which emitted a savory odor. A queer-looking c ustomer he was, with a fat squatty form, clad in greasy buckskin that had evidently seen much service, and a face that was wrinkled and furrowed, antt b1istled to the eyes with a stubble of gray beard. The eyes were small and twinkling, and emitted a strange fiery sparkle; the nose was hooked, and the mouth large. In the belt about his waist he sported six revolvers an equal number of huntin11:-knives, a lasso, and ammunition, while on the fl.oor at his side lay a long rifl.e. He looked up as Jack entered, nodded, and turned his attention to roasting the meat. "Hello, neighbor I" Jack saluted, not knowing what to make of the situation. "I reckon you're in the wrong pew, ain't you?" W aal, I gu's not," the man at the fire replied, with a shrug of his broad shoulders, and without looking around. "But, I rafJb.er guess that you are," Jack averred. "I believe I'm the proprietor of this hotel, if I know myself." "Ye do, eh?" laconically. "Yes, I do." Mebbe yo u can lick me, then," the intruder observed, wheeling around on the stool, and gazing at Jack with his fiery little eyes. "I don't know as I made any boast to that ef fect, sir I" "Oh I ye didn't eh? Well, then shet up. When a man can't llck me in a fair up an' down scrimmage, I allow I assume absolute possession till I git ready ter puckachce. I allus drops in wharever night overtak!'.s me, an' ef I find ther folks sociable, like, I all us mak' 'em feel perfectly ter home; but ef they go fer ter tryin' ter bull doze me, I generally boot 'em qut, an' make things howl. I warn't brought up in ther woods ter be skeart out by an owl, young feller-I warn't, an' ef ye approach me kinder gently an' zephyr like, an' don' go ter perigrinatin' off ontbr y e r ear, I opine I'll sheer wi' ye, seein's how you ain't a bad-lukin' chap; but ef ye want : er ter c laim ther boss-shii;> o' thi

.tack Boytes Leacl. if though ye can ginerally find me armmd, some-ar' ther very condemned couple ter tackle ther 'eres, when thar' s a fight goin' on. Now, discase, an' inwestigate ther myst.ery. What do charge yer cargo." you say, now!' "Well, my name is Jack Hoyle, and I'm a "I'm agreed. Anything honest, for money kind of adventurer, in a modest way. I picked or adventure suits me, a capital dot," Jack up this cave for a dwelling, and found cooking replied. "I'll go in halves with ye in all the my own grub preferable to the hash they sling fortunes we find." out down in Deadwood." "All right. I'm goin' ter turn in fer ther "Jest my fix, perzactly,'' the old man chucknight, an' you can foller suit, when ye git led, grimly-" jest my fix perzactly, an' bein's ready,'' and Old Firefly alias Revolver Jake, we agree on thet p'int, grab yer knife and help rolled himself up in a blanket, near the fire, and yerself ter this venison, which is ready fer dis-his loud breathing soon proclaimed him to be section." asleep. ThenJack went out through the cavern Jack readily obeyed, and found that the entrance for a breath of pure air, for that roasting process had been skillfully accomplish-within the rocky chamber was thick and damp. the meat was a marvel of sweetness and Outside the air was clear nnd sweet, for it was JUICmess now in the latter part of October, and the cold "I reckon you've been cook before,'' Jack re-weather was rapidly drawing on in thenortl.ern marke d admiringly. "You excel a hotel cook regions. in the roasting l.i.lle." The night was a beautiful one; the sky was Great jim-cracks I I reckon I orter be wu'th c loudless and the moon and stars shone with ;umthin', arter all the haunches I've roasted. dazzling brightness, casting a whitish illumina1 Say, young feller, d'ye know the r eport about tion over the landscape. yere cavern?" Par below lay the little miniS'. metropolis of "Indeed I do not. I was not aware that any Deadwood, basking in the m oo n s dreamy radi >ne knew of its existe nce, except myself, until I ance; the shops, saloons and dance-hou ses were lound you here." still open,and streams of musicand reYe lry came "Ho! ho! Ireckonrouain'ttherfirstpilgrim U.{> the mountain-side. P eople were LS has been b eer. An you're ther fu'st chap as swarmmg m the long main street, and ,bes stayed ther second night. This yere cave to and fro. their shouts and halloas faintly audiwar diskivered about a year ago, by a pard o' ble to the young hermit. 1 nine, an' when we found. him hes carkass war I wonder why it is that I feel nervous gone, but his head sat perched. up on yonder to-night?" he thought, pacing to and fro along a l'OCk, a-grinnin' at us like all creation I" little ledge that ran in front of the cavern "Murdered!" Jack gasped, glancing around, entrance. "Something warns me of impending itpprehensively. danger, though I know not what. Perhaps I "I reckon," Old Firefly replied1 munching am sheltering a foe in there, but be seems all ,,Juietly away at his meat. "WaaJ, next cum rigbtJ and I cannot quite believe that he is a another feller frum the States, an' he sed as fraua. Ahl what was that1" how he wasn't afeard ter stay hyar, but be cum A footstep-a stealthy on e, t-Oo. back ter town ther nextmornin' minus his scalp, Steppingbaclr int-0 a shadow, he gazed keenly an' we couldn't never git a word out o' him as around him, and soon madeoutafigure descend to how be lost et. Several other pilgrims has ing the mountain-side, a short distance below bin beer, too1 but one night They where he was standing-the trim figure of a sed they seed speerits, an' Satan knows what young maiden, olad in a picturesque costume of all, an'7e couldn't a-hired 'em ter cum back fringed, tanned buckskin, consistrng of a short hyar, e ye waster give 'em a good lay-out in skirt and waist, leggings and mantle, and a pure nuggets." jaunty pink silk cap. "Pshaw! I've never seen anything that look-Her face he could not see, but b e involuntarily d me in heaps o' gritter con tinny livin' hyar." my dreams." "Well, if I have grit, I haven't manifested it, He returned to the <'avern, and thre1"' '>::nself yet, for I have not been haunted by spirits of upon the straw mattress that compose<\-".; ned. any kind. The only thing that has puzzled me Old Firefly w1s snoring loudlyJ and f....,Jing at since I have been here, is the dream I had last oose so far as be was concerned, ack soon night, in which I thought that a young Indian ped oil' in a sound, refreshin g sleep. girl came and stood beside me, and held a ban-When he awoke, it was with a slight start. ner for me to look at on which was printed the Somebody was moving about the cavern. in a word,' Gold.' After I awoke I found small footcautious manner, and that somebody he soon prints, and it appeared to me that there had made out to be Old Firefly. been some one in the cave while I was asleep, at Lying perfectly quiet, Jack watched him least." narrowly, with a great anxiety to know what Old Firefly nodded his head. he was about. Yes I yes I" he muttered, shrugging bis I The old man was equipped wit h a lighted ehoulders-" yes! yes! my lad. Twiit you 'Rn' torch and appeared to be exploring the cavern me there's a good many about ther caves in every part, using the greatest :,, thet ar' mighty trange. .An I opine you an' I movements, as if afraid of arousing a so


18 Jack Lead. '.''?St one crevice in the rocky wall be peered "iiro, and then another, as if in search of some tbing1 which be did not appear to find, as be occas1onally gave vent to a grunt of dissatis faction. Jack bad but little doubt now1 but what the old chap bad in som e way l earnea of bis moneyed possession, and was making a search for the place where he bad bidden it. At fir:,1; he was tempted to shoot him on the spot, but on furthe r thought he resolved to let him go ahead, and if he found it, it would be time enough then. In the m eau time be would watch him, and hold himself in readiness jor the emergency. For more than an hour did Old Fire fly continue the search, and then\ apparently disgusted be thrust the torch into tne fire, and prepared to again roll him self in his blanket. "What was you hunting for so long?" Jack asked, rising up on his elbow. The old man started visibly, and turned square around as he b eard the voic e "You awake?" he grunted. "Why didn't you get up and help me?" "Why didn't you tell me tor Jack replied, with a yawc. "I was wondering what in the deuc e you were up to." Hunting for the durned Injun gal, of course. I'll bet five dollars she won't escape the next time, if I get a bead drawn on h er." "You had a drea m eh1" '' Nary a time. I the critter wi' my eyes so c k ed clean open." "What did she look like?" "You d escribed h e r k a r ect. She Inked like an Indian princess, an' I recko n thar wer'n't no doubt about her bein' cl'ar Injun." "Did s h e come in h ere?" "Yas-she waltzed right in wi'out sayin' nothin' tar nobody, an' when I made a lunge at her, she slid ofl' like chain-lightniu' on a greased track." Strange! I should like to capture this nocturna l visitant," Jack said, as b e turned over in bis blanket, and made pretense of going to sleep. But no sl ee p visited his e yes again that night, for his suspicions w ere aroused against the old man, wboeve:r: be might be. Certain was Jack that be bad not boon searching for any India n girl at all, but instead, he bad been searching for the secreted money, and r eso lved was Jac k to watch him sharply, and shoot him if be f ound him guilty of the susp ected treachery. On the following morning Old Fire fly was rim and unc ommunicative, and after the morn ing meal announced his intention of going for a hunt. Jack concluded not to a ccompany him, but resolved to r emain and thoroughly explore the many intricate passages leading off from the main cavern into the bowels of the moun tains. After Old Firefly had gone, be armed himself, and went out upon the mountain for pine fag ots for torches. Securing several suitable for the purpose he returned to the cavern, and during the day explored several of the passagesl with the result of finding that they all endea abruptly in the bowels of the mountains. When night drew on, finding that Old Firefiy had not returned, he resolved to descend the mountain to Deadwood to make a few pur chases. So he clambered down to the gulch-bottom and mingled with the restless crowd that surg;;;f in the long main street. During the evening he dropped into the Monitor gambling-saloon, to watch the for, although he had not played a game m the last three years, he was fond of watcbing others who did play. The saloon was moderately filled with all classes and ages of men, from the bloated capitalist, to. the veriest ruffian and bullwhacker1 and from the beardless boy to the white-hairea septuagenarian-men of rough and mE>n of pol ished appearance-men who were scrupulous and men who were unscrupulous-a strange, heterogeneous mass to be seen in uo other town on the face of the globe. Men were here who gambled as a professio n, and fleeced right and left, while others w ere there who only played occasionally\ and then played a "square" game-it may oe said, to their coi!'t, for they rarely.; if ever, won. On entering the room1 Jack's attention was at tracted to an old white-naired man, who walked upon crutches, and who se beard reached to his eyes. He-was well-dressed, and appeared to be a person who had s p ent a life of e ase, for what of bis face could be seen was not wrinkled, but was smooth and f res h. He was accompanied by another; man, with an equal amount of beard of a brown hue and his dress also indicated a man of wealth. B 0th men drank often at the bar, and were tho obsE>rved of all observers. Unknown to Jack these men both eyed him naITowl y and exchanged words in a low tone concerning him. while Jac k was watching a game of poker, the old man hobbled in front of him, and also appeared to be an interested watcher. In the mean time Jac k was unaware that in a momentary crowd in his rear, the man with the brown whiskers passed behind him, and slipped something into the capacious pockets of the blou&> he wore. Perhaps nobody in the room noticed the act, nor would it have b ee n known had it not been a link in a plot, of which Jack Hoyle was to be the victim. The old man suddenly appeared to grow ex cited, and thrusting his hand toward his hip po cket, he cried: cc I'll bet a thousand dollars-" Then suddenly he looked surprised, and began to look upon the floor. cc By Heaven I I hav.e been robbed!" be ejaculated, wildly-" I have been robbed of fifty dol lars which I had in my hip pocket! Instant excitement ensued, and according t;o the rules of the establishment the doors were promptly closed and locked, to prevent the cul prit from escaping. "I had the money there but a moment ago!" the old man declared, and some person imme diately in my rear must have stolen it." cc Here's a chap that stood suspiciously close to you," the brown-whiskered man said, pointing I


Jack Hoytes LeacL t.o Jack, "and if I mistake not he's the same chap we saw arrested down in Cheyenne for picking pockets. It won't he any harm to search him, anyhow. Gentlemen, will some of you assist me'!'' And the speaker stepped forward toward Jack, a sinister gleam in his dark eyes. In that same second Jack recognized the man. CHAPTER VIII. WOLVES SHOW THEIR FANGS. YEs 1 recognized him, beneath all his hewhisk ered disguise, as Tom Tremaine. Step back!" he cried, attempting to draw a -evolver; but in this he was foiled1 a dozen pair of hands seized him, and held Dim as in the grip of a vise, and Tremaine made a hasty ex-amination of hi s pockets. I told you I" he exclaimed, a moment later, as he bad h eld up two r olls of bills which he himself s lipped into Jack's blouse pockets. "Here's the money, just as the culprit stole it." "You lie!" Jack cried, hotly. "I did not steal tl:.e money, nor did I put it in my pockets. Somebody bas played me an infernal trick." "Ah 1 that won't work1 my friend," the sheriff of the town replied. Ef ye warn't caught with the stuff on ye, it would he o' some to talk, bnt as it is, I opine you're in a fair way to stret.cb bemp I" yes! hang him, the rascal!" the old gray-bi.a.rd cried, savag e l y. "Hang him at once, a'l.d I'll pa:v the damage." So ..VU! I,' Tom Tremaine declared, eagerly. Make an exampl e of the chap by instituting a first cless lynch pic-nic "Sor,y ter sa)' we can't obleege ye, gents," the sh(riff replied. "Thet ain't my style o' 'ley in his possession!" the man of the: gray beard cried. Oh! there 'will be no tro uble of making a clear ca.ie of it," Tom Tremaine declared, exult ingly. 'Say, sheriff, when shall we have the pleasure of witnessing bis antic s in the air1" ,,.. "Wht.n h e is convicted the sheriff replied, tartly. "The trial will take place to-morrow." "EM d'ye hear, you light-fingered monkey?" the younger man c ried, dancing up to Jack, and shaking his fist c l ose to his nose-" do you understand that you've picked your last pocket!" You have played your cards well, Tom Tremaine I" Jack retorted, coolly, "but you won't win, nevertheless. Villainy may prosper for a time, but not always. If ever I get loose, you shall hava a chance to test the strength of my arm." "But you won't get loose, and consequently I don't stand in tb least fear of you! Off with him, sheriff, to the jail." The offi cer obeyed, by handcuffing Jac k and marching him out of the saloo n. Down the main street they went., followed by a portion of the crowd who could not resist the t.emptation of escorting the prisoner to the jail. The sheriff, whose name was Mackintos h, showed Jack to a strong cell; and removed th& handcuft's from his wrists. "No use o' your wearin' cuffs when ye ain't out in society," he said, with a grim chuckle. I reckon ye can't dig out o' ther coo!?." "Nor shall I try," Jack replied. 'See here, sheriff, $ive me your candid opinioR in this matter. Can they hang a fellow on W aal, I reckon they do, sometimes.' "And you think they will hang me on what evidence they have got?" I opine thet will he ther ultimatum result. Ye see, these Deadwoodites ain't got no pur\ickler luv fer a pickpocket or a boss-thief!" But I am not a pickpocket. An infernal trick has been played upon me by this man Tremaine, who i s my enemy of old It was he, no doubt, who slipped the money into my pocket, in order to secure my arrest, and thereby satisfy his ap-petite for revenge." "Mebhe ye're right, if so be you're honest. But et would be bard to prove sech a thing, an' ef ye git a chance to scoot, take my advice and slide out." And with this comforting advice1 the sheriff of Deadwood's magic city slid out himself, leaving Jack to the solitude of his rude and cheerless prison cell, which was gloomy and dismal. His situation was anything but pleasing, and the prospect thereof anything but inviting. H e realized that he was in a tight place and that he was in the hands of foes who wo;;ld be unre lenting. That the companion of Tom Tremaine was his father, in disguise, Jack had no doubt, and he knew that the two coupl e d together were as strong a pair of arrant knaves as ever lived. That he would stand but little show at the coming trial was only too evident, and convic tion, in this rough city of the Bia.ck Hills, meant death. Through all the long night he sat and ponder ed over his situation, and endeavored to cor, ceive a way out of his dilemma, but utterly failed, and at last sunk into a troubled from which he did not awake until nearly noon. Mackintosh brought him in some crackers and a mug of beer at noon, and then retired, with out speaking. Shortly after dinner hour, Tom and the gray-haired personage of the crutches, were admitted to the cell, the sheriff locking them m and retiring. Ja.ck was lying stretched out upon but made no motion to rise "You seem to he taking matters coo lly enough,'' Tom Tremaine growled, disappointed not to find him agitated. One would naturally suppose you would be engat;;ed in i;irayer." I pray when I desire-not at the option of others," Jack replied. "What brings you and your e vil father here, Tom Tremaine!" My father?" the younger man said, 11S if surprised "Yes, your father-that old son of a sea cook behind you. with the false hair and whiskers the rm:;away bank robber, whom Harry Hunter wants to see. Oh I it's no u se to feign surprise, or to attempt to deceive me." ''Well, the n, if you already know us, wa


10 Jack Hoyle' Lead. shall need no introduction," the Lowell ex 'brok e r said, removing the long false white beard from his face, and smiling darkly. You must have a keen perception to have penetrated so clever a disguise." -" I recognized your blockhead of a son, here, and so guessed at your identity," Jack an swered. Well, laying aside jokes, we've got you in a nice fix, haven't we, now?" "Very lik ely. I'll give you credit for your skill in villainy." Which we proudly accept,, my dear Hoyle You always were profuse with your compli ments. By the way, how do you like the idea of trying on Judge Lynch's new style of Piccadilly collars, warranted to fit any neck?'' "I am not afraid to hang," Jack replied, with cooln ess, resolved not to betray any sign of anxiety or fear in their presence. "You will change your mind when your wind beflins to fail." Not in the least; and when I gettotheendof my journey, I shall telephone down to you how I like m v situation. "Bah' talk is easy, Tremaine said. "We know that you d esire to live, and therefore we propose to make t.erms with you." "Make terms?" Jack ec ho ed "Ay, make terms. You have money, and can w ell afford to purchase your liberty. In con sideration of the twenty thousand dollars you have somewhere hidden away, we will withdraw our charge, and give you your liberty!" "Indeed! Will you really do all this?" "Yes, upo n our honor as How very you are!" Jack said, with biting sarcasm. ".l marvel that you can stand up under so magnanimous an offer. My great respect for you, however, prevents me advantage of your generl'flity "Tnen, you refuse?" "Most emphatically!" "Then give us ten thdusauci'. I am sorry to decline." "You certainly will give five, then, rather than to hang." I certainly will not I" "You are foolish How much will you give? Your lifa is certainly worth something to you. I" 'll t t f '. w1 no give you one cen nor a ract1on of a cent. If you came here with a view to make money out of me, you will find yourselves sadly at fault. Rather than let you triumph over me in this manner, I would die a thousand deaths I" The two Tremaines l ooked at each other Plain it was that Jack had balked their little game. "Well, if you will be so stubborn, we cannot help you, and you must die the ignominious death of a thief. I am sorry, for your father was my deares t frie>nd. Perhaps, if I stay the proceedin$8, you will yet conclude to come down, liberally." "Don't entertain so vain a hope, I beg of yon," Jack exclaimed, "for you will surely be disappointed." "Curse you! You talk brave now, but yon will change your tune when t.he halt.er i s placed a r o Tl"l your neck!" Tom Tremaine sneered. "Come, daddf, there's no use arguing with a. stubborn mule.' "No.more there is, but the mule shall die, and we will get po session of his money besides!" the elder villain growled as he followed his son from the cell, which Mackintosh had come to un lock. After they had gone, Jack rolled over on hls couch, and reviewed the situation. Perhaps I was foolish not to make terms with them," he mused, but my giit wouldn't allow it. Curse them I Even though they d es troy m e they shall not triumph in the possession of my money." In the mean time the day passed, and the night came on, apace. When at las t it gr!'lw dark, Jack's wonder increased, for, as yet, no s heriff had appeared to lead him out to the scaffold, which was to be a part of the programme. What was the cause of the delay, h e could not imagine, unless, as they had proposed, in expectation that at the last moment Jack would come to their t.erms. About t.en o'clock in the e.vening he heard the outer door of the jail softly c lo se, and presently the door of his ce ll as softly opened to admit some person whom he could not see, on account of the darkness. In a moment, however, a bull's-eye lantern supplied s ufficient light for him to see who .his visitor was, and his astonishment knew no bounds when be b e held standing before him the vision of his dream. Yes-the same trim-formed Indian aiden, clad in a semi-male suit of buckskin, cons isting of a handsomely tanned, fringed hunting-shirt, b1>lted at .the waist, and reaching nearly to the knees; leggings of the same material, and top boots of a light material of leather upon her dainty little feet. A slouch hat of white felt was worn upou her head, the hair of which was the color of the raven's wing, and fell in profusion over her shoulders. Her features were well-chiseled, with eyes of jetty black, a mouth of firm yet pleasant ex pression, teeth of pearly whiteness, and a c0mplexion of nut brown. Taken as a whole she was remarkably pretty; /' her features being round and classical, rathe r than fl.at, like the usual features of the Inclian race. Jack's surprise was so great that he could not speak, but this was not the case with the girl. "The Americana is surprised," she said, in his silence. "Let him not fear, for I am Wild Flower, of the Sioux nation, and at peace with the> pale-faces. The pale-face miners call me Wild Jo; the prisoner may do the same, for there's nothing in a name." "Evidently not, out in this wild region,"Jack confessed. What can I do for you, miss?" "Nothing. It is I who have come to do for you. I come from my father, who is the king of the mountains, and I come to offer you a releas J and a chance to make money. Will the pale-face prisoner come to the Locked Valley with .To!" To the Locked Valle y?'


Jack Hoyle's Lead. 11 Ay-to the home of the king of the mount ains, who wants to see you. He is getting old1 and no longer can see to read or write, ana when Jo told him of the pale-face hermit, b e wae and said: 'Bring him hither, and Onoboko will make him a great man. Jack gave vent to a httle whistle of ast011isb m ent. Here was something that savored of the fairy tale, and he was in the presence of a being ap from unknown reahns. What to make of it be did not know. If be should agree to follow this Indian girl might he not be venturing literally out of the frying-pan into the fire? At any rate, his chances of escap ing death could not be any worse among the Indians "Where do you live, and bow many are there in your family'I'' be asked, determined to know all h e could first. "Onoboko and Jo are alone of one family, but they have many servants, and live in muc h grandeur. Will the pale-face come1 After he had visit

II Jack Hoyle' Lead. c u t the felle r's bonds 1 durst you waltz up and slap him in the chops!' Of course I dare; but I ain't a prize-fighter, and sha'n't make an exhibition of myself." "The devil I Ye ain't a-goin' to crawfish, jest for a little thing like I ain't well eno ugh to fight," Tom p r otest.eel, anxious in some way to crawl out. "You're plenty well enough, only you hain't Rot the courage,'' Jack suggest;ed, sarcastically. 'I doubt if you have courage enough to come and strike m e bound as I am. " Ha I ha! On course he ain't I" the road-agent cried, dancing around. Go at him, young lemons, or I'll kick you out o camp. I won't have no shysters around ha yr." "I ain't a shyster, nor am I going to fight. My arm's lame," Tom still protested, looking sheepish and guilty enough. "Come! come! Tom; what are you afraid of, you booby!" his fathe r exclaimed, in assumed a nger. "Step up and knock the whelp down and end the matter. You are s urely not afraid of him!" "If you ain't afraid1 maybe you'd better step up and face the music, and 7ive your son an example!" Jack said, coolly 'I'd jus t as lief polish you off as your son." "Afraid of you! C ertainly not!" the ex broker exclaimed, haughtily. "Wer<> it not for soiling my hands on you, I'd teach you a le s son." There you see the style of timbe r they're made of!" ifack said, turning triumphantly to the road-agent. If I had as cowardly a dog as they are m e n, I'd shoot him at once." That's bizness an' I admire yer grit, young pilgrim," the road-agent confessed. "I would rl't own 'em, after this. But bizuess is b;zuess, an' I ain't goin' to have no shenannigan in my camp. I'm goin' ter cut yer hands loose, an' both o' them galoots has got ter get up an' twack y e or it's them instead o' you as will go inter ther anamile pit, an' don't ye f ergit et." And with a sweep of his knife he freed Jack .of his bonds. "There, now; I'm ready for you-{)ome and see me," invited Jack, turning to the Tremain es I am confident that I can make it extremely interesti n g to you, one at a time." go ahead and show yer or I'll m

Jack Hoyle' Lead. 23 unless l,ou tell me where you have hid your money.' Jack shuddered he could not well do Jess, at the prospect; but he was resolved that be would die ere be would surrender a penny to his enemies. "You can go into the next room and stay, if you don't like our company," the road-agent continued, p Qinting to a door opening into an inner apartrltent. You'll find cheers there, and terbaccer. I shell cum fer an ans'er ter nigbt." Jack accordingly entered the room and closed the doo r b ehind him, preferring his own company to that of bis ruffian captors. The room was a small one, furnishe d with chairs and table, and a rude cot-bed, made up of leaves stuffed between a ticking of pantherskins. There was but one small window, and this was by heavy bars of iro n. No earthly chance was there to get out except by the door he had closed behind him, witbou'" the aid of proper tools. On revieWlllg h i s situation, -Jae]> heartily wished himsel f back in the East\ and r esolved to make for it as soon as be coula escape, if h e was luck; enough to get out with his life. Enough o rough life had he had. The day passed slow'ly. Out in the adjoining room, loud voices and the clinking of proclaimed that the inmares of the cabm were having a "high old" spree As ni ght approached, the sounds of revelry began gradually to cease, and finally died out al together. On listening at the door Jack could hear no sounds at all, which for a time puzzled hnn. What was tbe cau se of the strange silence? Had they all quitted the cabin, o r were they so intoxicated that they bad fallen asleep? After some d eliberation he r esolved to learn the truth; so, opening the door, be peered into the adjoining room. A scene of confusion was presented. Bottles and glasses lay strewn upon the floor-tho fur niture Vfas upset and scattered abou1r-tbe two Tremaines and the captain Jay sprawled upon the slabs, dead drunk. Gluttons by nature, they had drank and ca roused until wholly overcome. "As I thought\" Jack muttered, elated at the dis covery. "A cnance is now open for escape, and I am an idiot if I do not grasp it. By assuming the disguise of Tom Tremaine, I can make good my escape-or, can try, at least." Spurning the ex-broker's son with his foot, he found that be was too far gone torecoverimme diately; accordingly Jack stripped him of his garments, and donned them over his own, after which he appropriated and donned the young villain's false beard and wig, and also bis hat. Properly arming himseif out of a collection of weapons he found on the walls and in the belts, he then left the cabin. Outside be met several men lounging in the inclosure, but they paid him no partic ul a r no tice, more than to nod, which proved to Jack that the Tremaines were not strangers in the stronghold. Going to the corral he ordered the hostle r to bridle and saddle his horse, and the o l d o u t l a w obeyed hy fitting out the handsome mare, who looked as if s he might be capable of good speed. "Goin' fur?" be queried, as Jack climbed into the saddle. "Yes, to Deadwcod," w as Jack's reply. "Ain't agoin' ter ride around ther mountain, aire ye?'' As far as I can, and then lead the horse till I reach the other valley "Comin' back ter see ther send-off!" "Of course," and then spurs to bis new animal, he dashed out of the mclosure, and away around the base of the mountain as fast as he could, leaving the stronghold rapidly behind him. But be had not ge.ined a mile vantage-ground, when the deep bay of a bloodhound broke upon bis bearing, and he knew that he was pursued I CHAPTER X. A RACE FOR LIFE-THE GOLDEN GULCH . IT was to be a race for life or death! Jack fully realized this and urged the little mare on at the top of her speed, resolving that he would race and fight to. the last. He luckily bad three revolvers with bimt-!nd a repeating rifl e of the unapproachable vv in chester pattern, besid es a s ufficient quantity of cartridges which h e bad found in the cabill With these, even if bis horse failed, he calculated he could ward off the grim monster, for a time, at least. The route was r ough and rocky; great boivl d e rs', clumps of shrubbery, and yawning seams and g ulli es obstructed tl.Je way, but the mare cleared them all, in flying l eaps, each moment she threatene d to stumble ana break her l egs, if not her neck. "On. Beauty-on!" Jack cried, patting h er, as they dashed along. "At this rate we bid fair to outwit the devils, yet, for I doubt if another horse can follow where you leadl'' The bay of one or m ore bloqdhounas con stantly grew louder however and nearer, aml there could be but little doubt that they were rapiclly gaining. Loud voices, too, were audible, in the distance, which proclaimed that the outlaws were following in the wake of the hounds. "Hang them!" Jack muttered. "I wonder bow the y ev.t'r discovered my escape! I imagine the old hostler smelt a rat. for be looked at me sharply. He probably went at once to the cabin, after I left and discovered the state of affairs." On-on w ent the little mare, faithfully, as if aware of the danger that menaced her r ider, and resolved to carry him out if within her power. On-on with flying leaps where no other animal would have attempted leapingon, on, at the very top of her speed. At last they descended a sharp pitch, and Nugget gulch lay stretching out b efore themD eadwood ten miles in 'the distance. But, the hounds' deep bays now sounded with startling distinctness, and looking around, Jack saw a pair of them leaping down the mo11ll.tain trail in hot pursuit.


Jack Hoyle's Lead. I -It was a moment fraught with great peril. Ou thinking over the adventures of the past In a winute more they would be upon him; he hours, Jack conc luded that it was must stop where be was and kill them, or b e trl>out time for a cessation; but iu this calcnla could n eve r hope to reach a place of safety. tion be was disappointed, for a uew adventure A single" Whoa!" served to check the horse, befell him when he was least expecting it. showing that s h e had been well broken. He was passing in unde r o n e of the overbang-Tbe n Jack s rifle flew to bis s h oulder, and h e ing juttings of rock, when h e w as suddenly Jigbted for the nearest bound, which was not snatched from hi s saddle by a rope that tighten more than two hundred yards distant. eel around bis waist, and found himself swingTaking quick a im b e fired! iug in mid-air, powerless to defend himself, for With a ye l p tlle foremost brute k eeled ove r the ropo that had caught him had also pinioned on th9 ground, and after a few struggles, was bis bands t.o bis side. d ead. For a moment be hung swaying in the air" Good un perpendicularly on gulc h was n!l1Tow anrl rocky, anrl the gigantic hand to a hight Jack's gaze c6nld not overhangin' rocks in places entirely shut out fathom, in the d arltness. what little Iigbtscruggled through the approach-The bottom of the strange pit or Locked Val-ing gloom ley, as Wild Jo had termed it, did not .comprise


Jack Hoyle's L ead. more than two acres of space, and was sandy here well enough to make it your permanent and pebbly. A row of little thatched huts home." fringed the space, seve n in number, and in front "I seriously doubt that. I believe I should of each of these burned a camp-fire built of prefe r life above ground. pitchy pine cones. I "Pshaw! you will change your mind when At one of pit, a stream of wa_ter you get al'quai.ntoo, and learn of the golden poured d"'wn m a silvery cascade; nnd gurr,ling wenltb of tb1s pitfall." across tbe bottom of the l ocked valley, '' Then there is gold h ere?'' disappeared through a crevice in the r ock. Ay gold in nuggets, gold in sparkling dust, Mile after mile underground must this strange gold in drifted quartz. The very ground you current go, e r e it emerged again into the outer stand upon i s pregruint with the precious stuff." world. "How do you get out of the pit?" Jack de"You are in the Locked Valley-the home of mantled. Wild Flowe r and Mountain King," the India n "That is a secret wa must withhold from girl explained, stepping forward and motioning youh"theMountainKingreplied, sm iling. "You for Jack to dismount. "Dismount, and I will mig t try a thousand years, and you could n eve r show you to the Mountain King. get out without my aid, or that of Jo or some of "correct! I'm agreeable to that or 'most any-the men." thing that savors of bash Jack declared. Then I suppose you i::rd those yo u have Somehow my stomach feels like a collapsed mentioned are the only ours in of the balloon." secret of this place's existence.,; "Food shall he placed before you," Jo an"We are. No other mortnl than those who swered leading tbe way toward the largest hut are present in this valley nowl know of the exof the lot. On entering Jac k found himself in istence of this pit of gold, or ir any hunters and an apartment such as be bad little expected to explorets have eve l noticed it in their travels behold in the bowels 9f the mountain. A car-they have paid no more attention to it than pet WAS laid upon the ground-chairs were they do to a thousand and one other fissures and placed around-a lamp burned upon a; small chasms to be found in the face of this wild deal table, while in one corn e r was a bedstead mountainous country." and bed, and in another a box-shaped case, re" How did you discover it?" sembling a desk of the old-fashion pattern. Curiosity led me to lower myself down here, A man was l ounging in an easy-chair near the and I discovered my big bonanza. That was tal>le, engaged in smoking a l ong-stemmed pipe, many years ago, when with a J arty of trappers and looked up with a start as Jo and Jack en-I ventured into this country. I in 1mediately t.ered. took possession, end have occaFiC'TI11Jly added a Tbe second glance Jack got at the man dis-trusty Indian to my emplcy, until I l:e>e a bend covered him to be a white man instead of an In-of ten peaceable fellows co llected," ho will stick dian. although his hair was black and worn by me es l ong es I live." down ove r bis shoulders His attire was that 01 "Then, according to your story, yo u must be the ordinary American c itizen. immensely rich." is tbe young miner of whom I "I will show you," tbe mountain hermit miner spoke," wild Jo said, leading Jack forward and said, taJdng the lamn and going to bis desk, him. "I nm sure you will like him which he unlocked "Come and feast your eyes, very mucb." and then draw your ow n conclusions as to my "Does the Wild Flower like him?'' the man pecuniary possess i ons." asked, shaking Jack's hnnd. Jack did feast bis eyes, end beheld a sight of "Of course I do," was the girl's reply, now in dazzling splendor, such as might have been the pure unbroken English. vision of a dream. Gold in nuggets, large and "Then Onoboko will welcome the pale-face, small-gold in trays of glittering sands and dust for Wild Flower's choice is Onoboko's choice gold in molten tars and in pc ucbes-more gold hat.is the name of the young pale-face!" by far than he bed ever seen. "My name is Jack Hoyle, at your service,'' "That is not all," the hermit mid, with a Jack announced. smile. "I have IT!Ore burird in strong boxes ."A name suggestive of the game of cards, beneath the ground on "hkh we stand-more, sir," the Motmtain King bad to declare. "Be perhaps. then the whole yield of the rSt of the seated, sir. J osie, you may bring in some meat Blnrk Hills country for the lei1t three years." from the cookery, and also some coffee and "Then you must be worth xrore then any bread." other man in the worlc-rrore than the famed The girl r l epart.ed, with a bow, end then the Rotbsrhilds or VenderbiJtsl" Jack cried, won. Mountain turned to Jat'k. deringly. "Now, my friend! How !iko you the Locked "Perhaps you are right. I don't know just Valley and its people!" bow many dollars or cents I have; I never "Don't give me bard Questions at first, or I counted it." shall not be able to solve them," Jack protested "Wby do you longer remain here, ...-hen you "I have seen so little of the vaJle:v or its populaare the possessor of eJl this wealth? Why not tion, that I cannot say bow I like either. I go out into the world and enjoy suppo sed you and the young lady to be Indians, Bah I What is the world to me? I t'are but I percei VP th11.t you are both as fully Ameri-northing for it. It treated me s ba Qbily "hen I cans as myself." was poor, and now in my prosperity 1 equally "Very true. We are only Indians when wP scorn it. Nol no! I shall never leav e wy Locked \)8.int our skin. I am sure that you will like it Valley home!"


2 6 Jack Boyle's Lead. CHAPTER XI. ONOBOKO'S PROPOSAL--.A. MINSTREL VE;.TURE. AT this juncture, Wild Jo brought in ast.eam ing tray; of roast meat coffee and corn bread, and pla:&d it on the tat.ie, together with plates, knives and forks and sugar, and invit.ed Jack to partake of the repast. And you may be sure he did so with a will, for he was very hungry, and the meal was lit.erally too tempting for any thlnO". After he had satisfied his appetite, and signi fi e d his desire t o retire, a savage was summoned who guided him to another and smaller tent, which wasfitt.ed up with a bed of leaves fursand blankets-good enough for a king to lie upo n. Jack at once tumbled in, and slept soundly until morning,althouo-h he was visited by dreams of gold, in all its glitt.ering forms, as he had seen it in the Mountain Kinl!;'s cabinet. When he awoke it was still dark in the tent, but on striking a match and looki:og at his watch, he found it was the usual time for daylight to appear. On stepping from the lodge ho found the pit envelop e d in a sem i-gloom, only a little better than when h e entered. Gazing upward, h e was able to catch a glimpse of the blue sky, but it was many1 many feet away. Even to gaze out of the pit was an effort. So he concluded that it was neve r any lighter in the Loc k e d Valley than at present except when there were camp-fires burning. The fact was evident by the savages being eugaged on the banks of the stream, in' washing sand, while others were blasting out rock from the southern wall of the pit, each working in the light of a torch h eld by another savage. The Mountain King came from his lodge and apP.roached Jack" with a smile. How do you like the situation, my young friend1 Do you not find it pleasant h ere?" "Far from itiif you l eave out your daughter and yourself. prefer more light on the subjec;t." Ah I you will soon get accustomed to this semi darkness." "I don't care to try. When you get ready, I shall be very glatl to have you drop me somewhere in t!:te outer world." "Well, we'll sea about that. Come to my l odge, and I will talk with you." Jac k obeye d, and was soon seat.ad at the table in th9 l odge. "Tue r easo h I h'.td you brought here," the old man went on to state, "is because I am getting old and blind, and want a man to take charge of who is honest and capable. I left the choice ror my child to make, and she se lected you, and caused you to be brought hithe r She is young, and o f a faithful nature, and has al r ea:ly falla n in love with yo u. I therefore want you to make this your p ermanent hom e take charge of my afhirs, and marry my daught.er. You can soon emich yourself out of the golden san is of tin valley, and b 9 as rich as I I" But, what good do all your riC"hes do you. living as you do in this isolated spot? No, I could not think of making my permanent home, fnr I am already engaged to a young l ady in the East, who is very dear to me, and I would be cruelly treating her, should I marry an other." Very true, and you are perfectly right in wishing to return to her. To-night, after you have sworn never to mention this mine t o mortal ears, you shall be take n from the pit, and be put upon the trail to Crook City, for it would not b e safe for you to go to Dead wood, at present. " But, first, I have money to get, which I buried in the mountain cavern!" "No, you have not. The money you buried was found, dug up, and brought hither by my daughter, to prevent its being stolen by old Firefly, the road-agent." And from his cabinet the King of the Mount ains took a brown package, and handed it to Jack, who upon examinat10n found it to be as he had left it-twenty thousand dollars, lacking a couple of hundred. "Is it all rifiht?" the hermit asked. All right I' Jack replied. During the remainde r of the day he visited vrith the hermit and bis pretty daughter, a.nd examined things of interest about the pit-mine -thii wondrous gold-field in the bowels of the earth. As night drew on supper was prepared, and all at.e together, wtth a relish When the meal was dispat<:hed Onoboko said: Now, Mr. Hoyle, before I can permit you to leave the pit, I must request you to take oath that you will neve r m ention the existence or location of this mine to any mortal. Of course if you ever choose to return h e r e you shall be welcome." The King of the Mountains then named an oath1 which Jack repeated after him. He then shooll: hands with the hermit and his pretty daughter, aft.er which h e bade them good-by, was blindfolded by the servant, Weptomo, and led from the tent, and placed upon a horse. Then they start.ad, with the servant evidently leading the h o r se and although he list.ened anrl endeavor!'d to detoot the way out of the strange Locked Valley, Jack was unsucce ssf ul. No soun

Jack Hoyle's Lead. 27 -en Weptomo left him-he spent riding, and wzien night ngain approached, he rod e into the little mining t.own known as Crook City. Here be remained several dr.ys, and then took the trail and ode on for Bisir.arck, Dakota. One day, as he was riding along, he found in the very bottom of bis that what he supposed to be two hunks of j erked meat were not meat at all, but half a dozen pouches of gold dust. He recognized the treasure as the same h e bad seen in the Mountain King's cabinet! Had the old man volunteered the offerinp-, or bad his daughter stolen it, and taken this way of ex pressing h e r love for Jack? This was the question and one -that J was never ablE! to satisfactorily solve Of course be could not return to tbs pit, and so decided that the gold was his, to use as he pleased. It was quite an acquisition to his small for tune; after all his visit to the Black Hills coun try bad not been so unprofitable. B efore he reached Bismarck he encountered a terrific snow-storm, which delayed him several weeks-for it was now November weather in dood earnest, and be had te put up at a ranch on the way. For various unimportant reasons he did not reac h Chicago until the first day of January. In the mean time, h e had disposed of his gold for ten thousand dollars so that when he arriv ed in Chicago, be had in c lean cash a trifle over twenty-nine thousand doUars. Rasol 'ling not to let the amount d ecrease, he Jet out the whole amount except a thousand dollars, on 8afe security, at eight per cent inter est for a term of three years. With the other thousand in store for an emergency, he began toJook around for wme employment for the re mainder of the winter. Having acquaintance in Thespian circles, he soon found a dozen minstre l performers of more or Jess note and engaged them at a small salary for a tour tilrough the W e st. From Chicago they stTuck along the lin e of the Unfon Pacific, stopping at every point where a h u ll could be secwed, whether in a city or a As a. result they met with fair success, having e best busine ss, of cowse, in thesmall Whs. The show ran un::ler the name of the Burton 13ro' s Com biuation. O c casion ally an amusing incident would occur which would liven up the spirits of both manager and comp any, and serve as the butt of much laughter for many we eks to come One evening an ofd, garrulous woman pre sented hPr self at the door of the ball, in a little town called Cayote, where the troupe were to attempt a performance, with the prospect of a slim house, for the town was small and the weather stormy The old htd y was attired in a short, woolen petticoat, with au ancient-patterned bonnet unou her head and stogy boots u pon her feet. She was follow ed by ffi..-.i: frowsy-bei.ded little urchins in rags, all of whom were born at one time, :iudo"ing by appearances. "'Be you the boss of this consarn?" she asked, paus in g with arms akimbo..before Jack, who was actii:_p in capacity of ticket-sejler "Yes, ma'am, I expect I am." Jack replied, court eous ly. "Anything I can do fur you!'' "Yes, on course there is I" the old lady re pli e d. 1 wanter know what sort o' show this i s p.:oin' ter be." "A first-class, original minstrel entertain m pnt" Jack aS!>ured. Git out-a first-class, original fiddle-de-de I'' the womau r etorted, contemptuously Don't give me none o' your stuck up language, feller, fur I'm ther mothe1 o' a ranch-full o childre, an' ye can't flumigate yer highfalutin' ter m e worth a cent. What I want ter know is this a straig-bt, up-an'-down nigger show?" "Yes ma'am! It's a clean, out-and-out nir. irer show," Jack asserted, seriously. 'Waal, then, I r eckon we'll take it in. I war to a nigger show, years ago, an' only paid two au'-sixpence fer me an' my beau to get in. How much will ye charge fer me -an' my boyst Tber r es t o' the family hain't got 11ere yet, but they'll be along pretty soon, an' kin pay their own toll." "Our price is twenty-five cents each; ticli:ets for yourself and boys will cost you one dollar and seventy -five." "Git out! What d'ye take us fer? ud Mack, the end mPD of the troupP, bad lost their money and watches, and the harytone s inger wa'; c.ut,_.adozen pairs of shirts, collars and cuffs, in addition to his money. As the Spaniarcl. La Cruz, was missing, it was naturally concluded that b e was the culprit. Accordingly Jack set the sheriff in pursuit, and


28 J ack Ro-yle's Lea.cl. in the meantime cruised around the neighboring towns until his money should be restored to him. This was shortly done. La Cruz was overtaken by the sheriff, and -promptly lynched, and the stolen goods recov .ered and restored to Jack and his company. They then pulled out of Oregon into Nevada, and then through into Colorado, visiting the principal mining towns, and meeting with .abundant success. At la.st, early in May, Jack closed the season at Denver, and started East over three thou sand dollars better off than when he started out. In Kansas he invested a thousand dollars in a small stock ranch. As he was passing a few days in St. Louis, he saw a chance to pur@a.se a river excursion .steamer for "nineteen hundred dollars, and immediately made the purchase. I'hen, with fifty dollars in his pocket, be started for as far East as his money would bring him, ;not knowing what next to turn to, to make money. CHAPTER XII. THB MEXICAN llllNES. HE lingered in Chicago and Cleveland a few weeks, doing odd jobs of work, and earning sufficient money to defray his expenses. The last week of his stay in Cleveland, he met Harry Hunter, the gambler-detective, from Lowe ll. H e did not know him until be saw Hunter's name upo n the hotel register, and the man was }JOin ;ed out to him, with heavy mustache and .earlet>, and quite a natty appearance "I suppose you don't know me," Jack said, n g him. Well, no, I don't," the other replied! after a keen scrutiny. "I don't recog nize you. "My n'lme is Jac k Hoyle! "Phew! You don't say!" and the gambler arose 9nd shook bands, warmly. "Where did you come from1 You're the very chap 1 moJ t wanted to see." "Obi I've been roughing it, here and there," Jack replied. "I came lates t from the West." "So did I. Have been after Addison Tre maiue, you know, up in the Black Hills." With what success!" -> "Ob! I waylaid him, knocked him down, and took possess ion of a round fifty thousand

Jack Hoyle's Leaa. a day, unless sick, and t.o skirmish for his own "chuck. .After the cabin was completed, and a day's hunt had laid in enough dee!'-meat to last a month, they all set to work with pan and shovel in their search after the precious metal. A good trench bad been constructed leading a small part of the valley stream into the slwce boxes, thus making the washing process a great deal easier. The first day's labor was highly gratifying, even beyond their most sangume expectations, for the sands of the valley-bottom yielded the golden particles handsomely. On quitting work, they all assembled in the cabin. Bill McKenzie weighed the joint col lection, and r eckoned it worth fifty dollars to the share! "Ohl I tell ye, we've sta"Uck a bonanza!" be cried, j11bilantly. "As l ong as old Bj]l can salt .away fifty a day, thar ain' t a-goin' ter be no grumblin' in this yere camp!"' "Nary a time" Rattlesnake Rube agreed. "We've feather;;;! our bed fu'st-class, !tn' hev got it all to o::.rselves, an' ther first galoot as kicks or turns traitor, shall be huugup fe r buzzard chuck No one seemed to have any desire to grumble; and for six months they worked steadily in that l one valley, without discovery or molestation has gone for reinforcements while the rest ra main and look out for us." I don't keer a c u ss about that," Old Bill grunted-" not a darned cent. I kin outwit 'em fer d u oots. Fetch out the box o' gold, an' we'il div id e it, an' every galoot kin hev his sheer, I've did all ther mrnin' I'm goin' ter in this yere valley, an' them as is goin' ter peripinate wi' me, kin git ready twixt now and dar.ll." As none had any d esire to remain behind without Bill McKenzie, there was a general d ec ision to get out of the wilderness while they could. The box of gold was brought out, and contents weighed into seven separate and equal divisions They bad mined one hundre d and fifty-six days, and had ave raged fifty dollars a day apiece! bringing to each man seven thousand and eight hundred dollars in gold, or fifty-four thousand and six hlilldred doll ars all told .After the division was made, each man packe d up such traps as he desired to take away with him, and when night again crune, Old Bill McKenzie led the retreat from the valley of gold, where they had so long toiled unmolested. Through the grim pinyon forest they silently stole upon thei r horses and by Old Bill's c lever planning avoided meeting wit, h the Greasers. Early in July the y left Mexico, arriving in San Francisco in AugJst One morning at the end of that time, Old Bill CHAPTER XIIJ. McKenzie came rushing into the cr.Q.in, from an OFF FOR THE OLD WORLD, AND HOME AG.A.IN early morning hunt, flushed and panting. FOR GOOD! Git yer tools ready!" he c1ied ''fer there's THE five years of bis exile now being up1 and a gang o' Greasers comin' inter valley, an' being the possessor of a cons iderable fortune, we've got ter fight f e r it. We m ustn't give th er Jack resolved to go to Philadelphia and purchase durned l o uts no quarter, or they'll cut u s all up and fit him up a home, and then search again for inter mince-meat. Let every man remember the Bonds. that he's fightin' fer his gold an' fer his gizHe had long since given up the hope of rei:ard." deeming his father's estates, and knowing that /The men accordingly armed tbemselyes, and he had made money enough to support him all 1t.ationed themselves at the cabin loop-holes, the natural term of his l ife, he Fesolved to take ready to fight to the bitter end. it easier The Greasers soon came charging down into He accordingly journeyed to the Centennial the valley with yells and screeches a dozen of city, and :purchased a handsome r es id ence on an them there were, well mounted and armed, and aristocratic and fashionable thoroughfare, which as ruffianly a crowd as is often m et, h furnished after a moderate style. even on the far frontier. He then began to wonder where he should "Give it to 'em!" Old Billyelled, as they came next look for the Bonds. Impulse led him to -charging up. "Every man pick bis galoot, and take a trip down to Lowell, and while there be pop the question to him in a skientific manner." went to the cemetery and adorned his father A vo!Iey was accordingly poured into the and mother's graves with several costly and ap Greasers' ranks, and six tumbled from the sad-propriate ornaments. dle out of s even shots. Going to Boston, h e engaged passage in &. The other six, evidently surprised at the sudsteamer for Liverpool, and was safely fanded, a den attack, turned their horses and spurred back few weeks later, in the city of London. into the shelter of the pinyon forest, before the After viewing the sights in this city, and sur-miners could get in a second blast. roundings. he v i sited Paris, but soon got dis" That settles our !" Old Bill cried, grim-gusted with the French, and departed for Milan. ly. "We may as well pack up our traps and One evening as he was at the theater-to hear git ready to skin out." a noted singer, an u s hei: brought him a note, "Why so?" Jack asked. bearing the request that he immediately call "Because we ken't mine beer, enny more, I uJ)On the Mlle. Lorina, behind the scenes. reckon, arter l ettin' them Greasers git away. Not a little surprised, he followed the usher They'll send for r einforcements, now, an' in to the and beheld there, waiting to l ess'n two days, or three at furtherst, thar'll be greet b1m, and looking royally in ber enough o' ther blamed cusses heer ter lick u s out costly stage attire, one whom be would quicker rcot an' bran<'h. Our only course is to puckab11ve expected to find at the antipodes-little ohee while we've got a chance." Lily Thorpe, whom he had once had as a per" But mebbe we ain't got eve n that," Bison former in his ci r cus. Ben remarked. "It's likely only oneo' the gang. ,...:.;_ Ohl Mr. Hoyle, I am so glad to see yoa',"


Jack Hoyle' Lead. she exclaimed, putting out her hand. I peeped from behind the curtain and recog nlled you as one of the audienoo, and could not resist the temptation to call you. Will you re main he1e1 I want to talk with you after the opera." Of course Jack could do no less than comply, and then the operatic star danced gayly away, and soon after Jack heard her clear admirable voice, accompanied by the sti;iiins of'an operatic orchestra. Later there was applause, and then Mlle. Lorina re-entered the green-room. "Have I tired you1 If so I am s01:ry. The audience never knows when to stop applauding, you know. Come! my carriage awaits at the stage door. I shall appoint you my chaperon home." So Jack accompanied her to the grand hotel where s h e stopped, and promised to call on the following day. He did so, and they had a long chat, "I came to Milan to learn to b e a smger," she explained, in answer to Jack's inquiries. "I had saved enough money to defray my expenses fort year, and in that time I progressed favorabll, and you now see me enjoying the honors o a star." Jack very much enjoyed the renewal of h e r acquamtance but a telegram summoned him bac k to America. It was from Bessi e B ond 1md stated tha. t s he was ill in Philadelpbia, and desire d to see him. So h e bade adieu to Lorina, and took the train for Havre where be struck the steamer h ome ward bound. The weather was very rough, and the steam ship labored very severely in the mid-ocean, but finally made New York harbor, safely. Jack immediately went to the depot for Phila-. d elphia trains, to purchase a ticket. As h e w a s paying bIS fare, a young lady, deeply vailed stepped up and called for a ticket, for Philade lphia, also. The moment h e heard her speak, Jack thought he recognized the voice, and watched her from a respectful distance until h e saw h e r go aboard the ferry, when he followed her, hoping she would raise h e r vail. But she did not1 even when she took a seat in the Philadelphia i;rain. Resolved to test his suspicion, Jack approached her, and raisitrg his hat courteously, said: "Perhaps I am mistaken, but is this n o t Miss Bond, form&rly of Lowell?" "I am Mi ss Bond, yes, sir," a faint voice re plied. "But I do not recogniz.e you, sir." Perhaps if you were to raise your vail1 you might make me out to be Jack Hoyle,'' JacK re plied, with a smile. The vail was thrown back instantly, exposing Bessie's pretty face, and a soft. white band sought the young speculator's. "Jacki Jacki Is it really you? I am so glad!" Bessie cried. "I have been wishing so much you would come back." Well, I've been hunting for you, and the mo ment I received your telegram, announcing your illness, I hastened back from Europe." "My illness ? my teleirram?" Bessie exclaimed, p1.1tting up her bands. 'Why I ll&ven't written a lielegram a.nnouncing any i1lneaB on my part." "The deuce you haven't! Didn't you send me this1" and Jack seated himself beside her, and gave her the dispatch he had received in Milan. Bessie looked it over, and shook her little head. "No. I did not send it. We have been living here in New York until poor papa.

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