Boss Bob, the king of bootblacks, or, The pawnbroker's plot

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Boss Bob, the king of bootblacks, or, The pawnbroker's plot

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Boss Bob, the king of bootblacks, or, The pawnbroker's plot
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Wheeler, Edward L. (Edward Lytton) 1854 or 5-1885
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Copyright 1800-1886, by Beadle II: Adams. Entered at Post omce, New York, N. Y as second c l ass matter. M a r 15, No.29 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK C O . Cleveland, O hio Vol. III

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tpyrlght lR-1886, hy Beadle Ix; Adam s. E ntered ai Pos t Office, N e w YorJ<, N :Y., as second class matter. l JllJ 15, lo.I I !No. \ \ ...... """''". '.I'HE WESTBROOK CO .. : i Cle veland, Ohio --; ; :Vol. "WELL. N O W, SElli JIEJ:i, KY HEBREW FllIEND, IF n:ou DON'T WANT llD!I GIT UP AN' llOOT YE n _.; lUllll'T lllll1'1'Elt SOT A PAW ON 'PHIS BOY KY NA.HE'S JOSBUA 1'lVElWltJ!I?, FllOJf TAJUIONT, All' J JUCeltON I'K's GOOD' S I Ltllt, ET'RY DAY IN A WEU, All' mu llN SUNDAY. >y-

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BoBB Bob, the King of Bootblacks. BOSS BOB THE KING OF BOOTBLACKS; OR, T h e Pawnbroker's Pint. A STOR Y O F PHILADEL PHIA BY EDWARD L. WHEELER, 4.UTHOR OF 11 DEADWOOD DICK," 11 ROSEBUD _ROB," "GILT-EDGED DICK," ETC-CHAPTER I BOSS BOB, THE KlNG OF THE BOOTBLACKS. SURE me name it's Maloney, Faix I'm thin an' bony, And d-'s own crony Sez Mist r ss McGradyToot lat de la, toodle de da-a -a!'" In the clear early gloamingofaJunemorning, these words were sung out, in a rollicking, boy ish voice, which was tinged with the broad brogue of tbe Emerald s0d. Then, after a slight pause, there came another outburst of poetry and m elody Black yer boo ts! blac!< yer boots I Make 'em neatly same, Dust yer collar, pull down yer vest, All f e r half a dime. An' if ye aren't satisfied Whin I hev partly doue, 01' me a dimP an' bP toa o' yer boot, An' then ye'li see me run," Tue time was two o'clock, morning. Tte locality was the Market street bridge, which forms one of the several links connecting East Philadelphia with its western sister. Everywhere a myriad of 8treet lamps shone, but only feebly lit up the extreme darkness. Through its wide channel the majestic Schuyl kill crept silently away toward the ocean; a few lights only were seen upon its sutface. The bridge was deserted, but few pedestrians being abroad, and it was yet an hour ere the tinkle of the first car-bell would b e beard. The puff of a locomotive in the yarif of the Pennsylvania Railway, announced that a iate train h ad just arrived, with a cargo of human freight-visitors to the great Centennial\ A man left the Pennsylvania passenger depot, sachel in hand, and strode eastward. He had come in upon the (ielayed excursion train, but chose not to remain in the depot until morning; as hundreds of others did, nightly, during tne great Exposition. A few steps down Market street brought him to the bridge. At the western end a grim figure stood against a pillat", but the silver star upon his coat betokened his calling-Mike Moriarty, rerular, .at your service. The stranger advanced midway across the river; then paused, set his sachel upon the ':>ridge, and wiped the perspiration from his brow as be leaned against the railing and gazed >ver into the river. The night was sultry, oppressive. A heavy vapor over the lower districts of the city; an uninvitmg stench of sulphurous smoke came from the gashouse on the southeastern shore. I almost wish I'd remained in my sleepingcar until morning," the stranger mused, gazing into the dark waters of the silent Schuylkill "It is so diff erent here from what I deemed it. I am in a thi.ghty city-how much larger, I wonder, than Toledo 1 Abt the city tht> Cen t ennial! A thrill passes through me when I realize the fact, and eagerness drowns trouble. Hello!" It_ was at this moment that the rollicking snatch of song was heard. W eirdly strange it sounded, in the dead of night, y et Oliver Mortimer li ste ned, eagerly. He was an ardent lover of mus i c b e it in the crude or r efin ed state. Footsteps were coming nearer, from the eastern side1 in a shufHing sort of gait, keeping time to a whistled accompaniment of "Muldoon t.hb Solid Man Suddenly a figure dove out of the darkneS, and then: "Bia.ck ye r b oots? Make 'm shine, you but a half a dime. T o uch yer corns up lik e a feather, Make a mirror of your leather!" Shine 'em, mister?" "Well, I don't mind," Oliver Mortimer re plied, stepping into the light, shed by a gas lamp. "Miud that you do a good johthough." "Shure, an' it's niver an ondacent job ye'll see me l'ave at all!" and the youth wi,nt upon his knees before his customer, with alacrity. He was a strange-looking fellow, to say the least, and Oliver Mortimer surveyed him, with a twinkle of amusement in his gray eyes. No boy, evidently, was this manipulator of the blacking brush, for he was nearly a man in stature, though it was hard to judge of his years, because of the smut and grime upon hi s keen face, the eyes of which resembled lumps of coal diamonds. garments were ragged and ill-:fltting, the pants being several sizes too large, and the coa t as mucll too small, and they, too, seemed to have inherited some of the grime that was upon his visage. A r emnant of what had once been a "nobby" silk cap was bis head-covering, tbe "scoop" be ing turned up a la Dutch comedian. And could the face have been suffic iently washed, Oliver Mortimer concluded the boot wou ld not have been unhandsome. "Cum down ter see ther elerfant, h e v you?" the shiner" demanded, as he polishPCI away. "Yes, I did come for that was the r ep ly. "Jest got in on ther excursion?'' "Yes." "Tho't so. St:ranger 1 ain't ye?" "I am, true enough.' From Bosting1" "No; from Toledo." "Toledo? Phew! I tho't sure you was frum Boating, by them mutton-chops o' yourn. Them chaps calculate they're a peg hi gber'n we citiz ens o' Phil'y, but they ain't. They'veiroi; culchaw,' but we've got the r el:f
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Bosa Bob, the Xia&' of Bootblacks. a He saw that his voluble "black was disposed to be talkative. I suppose so," he replied. "Are there many visit.ers -here, now1" "You bet. Huckster cart-loads of 'em. Never been here afore1" "No." Then ye want,er look out. There's more peelers' bere than I ever see'd afore." More peelers?" Yes-light-fingered kleptomanyacks con fiders,' 'cribbers' an' grabbers. A feller 's got t,er an' eye out or they'll s1;eal even his good looks. "Well, that is bad. What is your name?'' "Maloney, fer short, or Boss Bob, jest as ye please. The b'hoys call me Boss Bob, 'ca'se I ginerally boss this _rurticuler department o' industry. My fathers Terrance Maloney, a cop once, but now boss coke-heaver down at the lower gas works. Me mother's a Dutch cat-fish peddler, whom ye'll see wid s tray furninst the t;op av-her head, an' when she gits pnrtby full on lager, she kin scoop tber top o' Terrance's scull off wid a brickbat, sbure. As fer meself1 I'm a straight-grained Yank, ther master o a dozen different brogues. the solid Muldoon in a fight, an' ready fer ennytbing tbet cums along honest." "Well, Bob, who is that individual yonder?'' and Oliver Mortimer pointed into a gloomy part of the great bridge, where the faint outlmes of a human figure were discernible. "Ohl that's the Nondescript," Boss Bob re plied, airily . "He and I gmerally tramp to gether, _you know. He's mum, is the Nonde script-I do all the talkin' an' he salts it away. He's got a memory like a t,elegrapb-pole, an' ye cum to figbtin' he can lick any chap of bis size He's a feJTet, too, as the Nondescript, ef he is queer, an' knows his P's a .n' Q's." By this time one boot was done up in admil:a ble style, the polish being faultless. "Good the man from Toledo said, approvingly. 'I see you understand your business. Do Yc;>u get out this early, every morning, Bob?" Most ginerally, onless it rains. The 'arly worm ketches the birdii sez the p0et, an' I most allus makes a half a do ar afore I dine." Ar' you well acquainted around town, then1" "Ar' H Well, I reckon! Nondesciipt an' I knows every corner an' rat-hole frum north ter south, an' east ter west. Ef tho.r's -any one ye want to find, jest mention his or her signature, an' deposit yer collatteral, an' here's wbat'll guideye." Oliver Mortimer laughed, outright. "Perhaps you know Morton Prescott, then?'' be said, amusedly. "Prescott! Prescott?" repented Boss Bob, pausing to scratch his bead. "Let me see keeps a big importin' establishment down on Second street, don't be?" 'Yes, that's the man." "Then I twig him-course I do! l::fe's purty square sort of a rooster-a little close wi' his collatteral, but no b-0-g, fer all. Luks kinder down in the mouth, lately. His paper ain't worth much, I guess-financial embarrassment, you see "-and the King of Bootblacks brushed away industriously at the refractory boot, with a knowing nod. Oliver Mortimer whistled slowly. / This street Arab was a mystery to him. What be did not appear to know was seem ine:ly very little. "<'-eome down to see Morton on biz I s'pect" Bob went on, volubly. ' "No, not exactly. I expect tomeet an Eng lish barrister here-Colonel Rutherford by name." "Obi" Bob accepted, and became suddenly mum. And as the Toledoan did not manifest any further disposition to continue the conv:er sation, little more was said. The boot soon shone like a mirror, and Boss Bob's tools went into bis box. Heer's my keerd, mister,'' he said, as he reached it forth, at the same time receiving a nickel. Ef ye evyer come my way, ye'll ginerally find me or the Nondescript tbar, after midnight. Momin' to7e. Good-morrung," Oliver Mortimer said, seizing his sa<:hel, and hUITying on. Boss Bob, in his crouching position, gazed after.him until his footsteps became inaudible, long after be had disappeared from view; then he scratched his frowsy head, and arose to his feet with a sigh. "Heigh-ho! tbet's the way et goes. Jest as I wag gittin' interested in that chap, he's off like a skyrocket. Hello! he's dropped something! Nondescript?'' The figure came forward quickly-a burly, thick-set youth of seventeen years, whose face strikingly resembled the countenance of an owl, the eyes bemg large and round, the nose hooked, and a hairy substance covering the owl-shaped face. Like the bootblack king, he was poorly clad, and looked as if he had slept in a coal bin. Where the Toledoan bad stood, something white lay upon the bridge. Pick it up," Boss Bob said, directing the Nondescript's attention to it. The youth promptly obeyed. "Keep it, and give it to the chap who jest waltzed off," Bob said. "Did you memorize him1" The Nondescript nodded, his big eyes growing brilliant in their expression. "All right. Come along, then. We'll see bow matters look up at the Pennsylvania." The Nondescript stowed the package of papers he bad picked up in an inner pocket of bis rag ged coat; then, with their boxes in hand, the strange pair made theiI' way across the bridge to the West Philadelphia side, and to the Pennsylvania depot, two squares above. A glance within the spacious waiting-rooms of the depot revealed a scene at once peculiar and suggestive of what a people will endure for the sake of satisfying theIT curio sity and desire to see. A hundred or more people of both s e xes and all ages were there, eagerly waiting for the dawn of their first eventful day at the Centennial-many of them as yet unprovided with a stopping-place during their stay. Here sat an aged couple, whose years

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,1 Boss Bob, the Kiq 0 Bootbla.cks. ed cloee upon. four-score years and ten; they had come thousands of miles to see the show,'' and, wearied by their long ride, bad fallen asl eep, with their heads pillowed,togetber H ere, a fid gety couple, many years younger, whose troubles have just begun, evidentlyci judging by the suspicious way they-regar their nei1>hbors in the next seat, and hang upon their pocket-books. In their estimation. every black-mustac hed stranger is a pick pocket. Here is a young married col'ple, from the extreme rural" d eestricts," who are munching their first Centennial peanuts. Black yer boots. make 'em shine, Only costs you half a. dime; Touch yer corns up lik e a Make a mirror of your leather I" Shine 'em. ihister1" "Wal, n eow I don't know. How much, d'ye sav?'' "Five cents! Jest let me tackle them daisies o' yourn, senatcir. I'll make 'em shine like a forty-dollar diamond, so they'll reflect a hull mirage of ther Centennial grounds." "Pshaw! Ye don't say?'' I will, darn my buttons! When ye want ter comb yer hair, all ye'll have ter do i> ter look at yer fjl'lt for yer fortygraff." "Wal, go anead. Five cents ain't much ter lose, when taller brings eiisht cents a pound." And the shine was satisfactorily performed in a jiffy-and a dozen mpre; for, where was the man who wanted to tread upon the great Centennial aisles with unpolished feetl A wearied mother paced the floor, with a fretful babe in her arms. "Say, mis.Sys, here's an antedote f e r tfiltt youngster!" and-from the pockets of Boss Bob came some rather mussy candied sweetness: but it sufficed toquiet the child and maketbe mother thankful. "Come, Nondescript; no more tin here. Away we go for a fresh lay!" CHAPTER II. ALBERT ALBERTS, AND ms TERMS. UPON the first day of January, 1876, several months prior to the opening of the Centennial, Morton Prescott stood upon the steps of his mammoth wholesale importing and jobbing house, on S econd street, a ruined man. Onc e a millionaire, but now no richer than the common day-laborer, from which position be bad once b e fore sprung to wealth and affiu ence. F o r five years be bad been a prominent merchant, a popular citizen, and bad honorably occupied several positions and city offices of' trust; bi s philanthropy bad often been the sub ject of ramark, and yet he bad amassed large bow muc h nobody ever knew, but som tbiug over a million, said the wise ones. All bad gone well, and he bad prospered, and rejoi ced in having one of the largest ti:ades in bis lin e in the sturdy Quaker City, until be was drawn into tli.e toils, consequent upon first les sons in gambling in stocks. or course be lost-not only once, but time aBd again, for he was attacked with the same infatuation that bas bled many a man o f a round fortune, and prepared him for a harder life afterward. To be sure, he !\till retained possession of the mammoth importing house, but both that and bis magnificent residence on Oxford street, near Broad, were mortgaged for their full value Some there were who knew nothing of this stress of affairs-many, indeed in so great a city, for the papers bad fan;;l to expose the calamity; but his paper was not wanted in financial circles, and business men, in the main, regarded Prescott as a poor man. Leaving his office upon this foggy, cloudy New Year's morning, when a vapor pregnant with excitement, tin horns, flags and gunpowder seemed to bang over a.II objects, the merchant walked down to Market street, and through that crowded thoroughfare to Broad street, giving little heed to the gorgeous display of flags bunt ing and patriotic decorations tb9.t an enthusias tic people embellished their homes and buildings with. At Broad and Market he took a cab, and gave the directions, and in less than twenty minutes was landed before what he had once been proud to call bis home. Mounting the steps and ringing the b e ll, he was speedily admitted by a colored man-servant. "Where will I find Pearl and Sylvia, attl'' the merchant demanded, throwing off hlS great-coat, and brushing his long beard before the pier-glass. "'Spect you'll find 'em in de library, sab," Hagatt replied, respectfully "13bow you up, sah!" -"No, I can find them myself, I guess,'' the merchant replied, asc ending the stairs. An appointed and furnished place was the library, and here MGrton Prescott found his wife and daughter. Pearl, the latter men tioned, was a maiden of seventeen summers, of winsome manners, and refined appearance, in which haughtiness or cold vanity. was not to be found. Petite of figure, and graceful, she possessed purely chiseled features, rose-tinted with happy health-hair that shone like golden g!immereyes whose sparkle was like the diamouds upon her fingers. A stylish dresser and accomplished in conver sation, music, and drawing, Pearl Prescott was a daughter of whom the merchant had just teason to be proud. Sylvia, Morton 'Prescott's second wife, was also young, having seen only four-and-twenty years of life, but, unlike her step-daughter, was vain, supercilious and arrogant. Tae bad found this out to his cos t, but be submitted to her petty tyranny without remonstrance. A tall, magnificent blonde, of comely propor tions; pretty face, and magnetic presence, she was universally admired by men and envied by women. Some said that her antecedents were obscure, and that she bad only married Morton Prescott for bis money and position; others said she was the daugbt.er of English aristocracy and the heiress to an earldom; but )lforton Prescott, per haps, was the only man who knew the truth or falsity of either report. She dre.':ISed gorgeously and queened it in sociM)', and few t.ook pa.ins to mquire into hel

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Bo Bob, the King or Bootblack. having unlimited faith in the saT, ing, Gold goodness and beauty go together. Botn ladies were seated in the library, reading, when the m e r chant entered, but looked up, in\\uiringly, into hi s pale haggard face All is lost I he repJi;;d, faintly, in answer to the look. I ventured my last, and l ost. vv e are paupers!" An exclamatio n came from both ladie s and Pearl w a s by the m e r chant's side in an instant, her arms around his n eck. "Ohl papa, you really do not mean what you sar." Every word of it. We are penniless-and just wh e n the grandes t chance of my career of speculation dawns b efo r e my gaze." "Tell me h o w you mean, papa?" "A r el(>Ort fro m Lond o n has just reached m e of a cormn g crash in s ilks and lace s A leadin g house is to dro p b ottom' within ten days, and their stoc k can b e bought at a tre m e ndous sac rifi ce It make s me wild whe n I realize that the chanc e mus t slip by m e There is now an a ctive marke t h e r e for silk s and all fore i g n importations and althou g h the price s may n o t advance materiall y the coming Expositio n will increase the sal es to fabulous figur es and wer e I now in the same financial condition that I was two y ears a g o I d se nd ta_S c hofel, and have' him Jump off the entire sto ck, low enouy,h so that I c ould thribble on the net profits h e r e.' And risin g the troubled merchant pac ed to and fro, exci tedly, a c ross the floor, his brows knitted perpl e x e dly. "Ohl papa l If y p u only had the mon ey, or could raise it," Pearl said, clasping h e r h a nds, prettily, and studying the figur e s in the plush carpet upon the floor. "If-if you coula only m ortgage the-" "Mortgage!" the m erchant exclaimed, sharply. "Why my child, e v erything is aheady mortgaged-this hous'0 and contents, the ware house-1lverything I" 1 1 H a v e you no furthe r cre dit, Morton!" the second Mrs Prescott languidl y inquired, from the depths Of the great eas:r,-chair. "No credit-no nothing!' was the despairing reply. "My pape r would not se ll for twentyfive cents on the dollar. to-day." "Ohl dear! what sh a ll w e do? Ii<.. will be such a disgrace-suc h a talk there will be. For h e aven' s sake M orton, do somethin g to avert the -tbe terriblil disgr ace from my poor should e r s I shall n e v e r g o into soc i ety again." "If soc i e t y w ould only refund wh a t W!'-l/O'lt and I-ha v e squandered upon it, madame poor papa c ould aga in bold up his head on SeCond and Third, and s e ll his pape r at part" Pearl fla s hed indignantly. "To be sure my d ear child, but, really. you know, we have oarely been able to keep up to the times, on your father's m eager income," Mrs. Prescott d'rawled affectedly "Ahl me, if I only bad my eBrldom in mv control." "Yes, if you only,, had!" Pearl sighed, the least bit sarcasti cally. "Mor ton, dear, yo u really must do something for m e, or I shall have to se n d for Le Grande, to c 2 nsol e me." "If that affected pup p y eve r crosses my threshold 11.gain, Syl via, I will kick h im ou t upon the street!" the merchant dec l ared, angrily. Then he turned to Pearl. "I see but one way out of the dilemma; I know of but one course of aid, promi sing suc cess in securing this bonanza of the year," be said, with t h o ughtful graveness, born of des peratio n "Ahl tell me, then, if there is hope. If I can be of any 411se, comp:iand m e and I will not re f u se!" the girl said, eagerly, earne stly. "You promise this my child ? "I swear it, if nec essary!" Pearl r eplied bravely. T h e n, I will tell you of whom I propose to seek r e li e f Dr. Alber t s!" "Papa I" in alarm. "Nay! do not interrupt met" the merchant replied. "I know what you would say-he is an unscrupulous Jew, of whom many dark r e ports are circulated. But I do not fear for this H e is t he only man in Philadelphia with whom I can deal on credit. H e perhaps has ac c e ss to more ready cash than any other man in the city, for h e not only owns countl ess proper ties, but i s treasure r and banker for many J ew i s h firms. He may be a mod ern merchant of V e nice, but I shall deal with him a s c a utiously as I would with a rattlesnake. I will go at onc e, and lParn what terms I can make with him." "Ohl papa, I f ear to have you deal with tha t man. H e is unprincipled-a villain. Twic e he has insulted me in the street by s t opping m e and declarjng hi s ardent admiratio n of myself. On ce you are unde r obligati ons to him, will his unwelcome attentions not turn to actual persecutio n "Nol I will see to that. As a Jew, he can never enter my h o use. On the stree t I will see that he never
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8 Bob, the King or Bootblacks. up the mortgages upon my estate, and give me a full hundred thousand to work upon. You have money-you must help me!" I must Mister Prescott?" "You U:ust sir." "Vell, I vour word for it. What security can you give1" "None. I have not a dollar's worth of actual property in the world." "An' yet you vant dem half milli6ll, all de same'!" "I do-I must have them." Alberts scratched his head; the gleam in his eyes was very cunning. I dream apout dose," he said, with a grim chuckle. "Two minutes I come back." Then he entered a room in the rear of the shop and locked the door. In just two minutes, by a shelf-clock in the store, he reappeared, bearing in his hands a small, iron-bound box and a bunch of curiously wrought keys. "Mister Prescott!" he said, "you ish an honest mans. I don' vas like to see you go rob some bank, an' go to brison for it. So I helps you. Here ish von paper; it reads:. "' PllTLADELPUA, Pa Jan. l. 1876. ".' This is to certif v tilat my fath er. Mor on Pres cott, of said city and State, ilas in my presence. on said date, borrowed of Albert Alberts, On" Half Mil Uon Dollars, in U. S. Currency. the same to be p .. id back to said Albert Albert,s, by said Morton Prescott, in my presence. at the pawnbroker shop of said Al bert Albe rts, upon the 10th day of September, 1876, at one minute before twelve o'clock, A M. 'But if, by any way, shape or manner, said Mor ton Prescott, of first part, fails to comply with the terms of this agreement In paying back the loan prin cipal and interest, I, Pearl Prescott, daught e r of said Morton Prescott, do solemnly swear to deliver myself and person up unto said Albert Albert<, in Christian marriage, at any time said ;}lbert Alberts may order, twelve o'clock, A. M., Septemb 3 r 10th, 1876. To all of which I do agree, and affix hereunto my signature, on this, the first day of January, A D 1876. u 'Signed, --.' '' CHAPTER Ill. PEARL'S DECISION-THE MORTGASE SIGNED. "You takes dat to your young daughter, Alberts said, with a villainous smile, "and if she is willing to assist you so much ash I am, she vill come pa.ck mit you, an' sign t'e leetle agreement. See!-a.n' den I gives you dis half million tollars, shust like it was your own, undil der tenth of Sepdemberl" My heaven, man, you a.re a second Merchant of Venice!'' the speculator gasped, faintly. He had heard every word uttered by this crafty, scheming G1lrman-Jew, and the sig'lliflcauce filled heart with a great horror. "If I should find it impossible to meet my obligation on the precise day and minute thereof, you-you-" "I foreclose mine mortgage, you pet I" was the :itrompt reply, there being a &pice of devilish triumph iu the man's tone. Morton Prescott took a turn a.bout the little shop, laboring iu a state of great excitement. It was the most astounding thing he had ever heard of-this proposition of the Jewish man of mqney, and, yet-To accept the terrible terms seemed the diltressed merchant's only salvation, in a sense With the half a million, Schofel could purchase the 'crash '-ay, with a quarter inillion or less, perhaps, and with the remaining quarter I cold .redeem the mortages against my resi dence and warehouse. Theniif the cargo reached me about the first of July, am confident I can get at least thrice what it cost me, and thllil pay off this Jaw-devil's loan. But, will Pearl consent to the terms? She said if I could use her1 to do so! Ahl Heaven! I'd see h e r dead before Alberts should eve1 lay claim to her!" Thus the merchant mused, as he paced to and fro, Alberts the meanwhile watching him like a. ha.wk. "Vall, Mister Prescott, vat you say?" he demanded/ finally, jingling the keys he held in his band. Can r,ou find von easier way to raise haff a million!' "No; nor a harder one, for that matter," the merchant replied, grimly. "Give me the paper, and I will see my child. If she is willing to risk the sacrifice, I will come back. If not, you may put your money box away." "Very well, Mister Pres_cott-I look for you pack, to-morrow morning accompanied py your sharming daughter. fiood-tay!" "Good-day, sir" Morton Prescott said, as he l eft..the and once more emerged into the festive Niiw ll'. ear's scene. Crowded were the streets with eager sight seers, but the merchant elbowed his way along, and in half an hour, stood before his daughter, in her private "Pearl, you promised I might command you, did I need to use you'i" the merchant said, gravely. "Yes, papa;" yet there came into Pearl's brown eyes a light of surprise not unmingled with alarm. "Then read that," Prescott said, extending the Jew's paper. That will tell you upon what terms I can borrow a half a million, and it now remains for you to, or not. to, append your signature-just as you. believe may be for the best. With hands that perceptibly trembled, Pearl Prescott received the document and bore it to the light that she might read it. The merchant watched her gravely, anxious ly, hopefully. From a roseate tint of health the shade grew to the hue of the white, waxen lily upon Pearl's face; her eyes assumed an expression of un utt.era.ble horror and loathing, as she read; the paper dro,pped from her nerveless grasp to the floor, as she turned to the father who was awaiting her answer. "Father, I said you might use me. Tell mewill you pay that borrowed money back when it comes due!" Good God helping me, I will. If I cannet make the amount out of the London era.sh, I will raise it some other way. You shall be redeemed!" '' I believe you; more, I will depend upon your father's love to save your child. Stay! !will get my wraps, and we will go at once." "No-not until to-morrow. To-day is the nation's day-the first eventful one of the Ceo

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Botia Bob, the Kine of.Bootbla.cka. tennial year. To.morrow will do as well for this business." Accordingly, they waited upon Albert Alberts, M. D., on the following morning at ten o'clock. The German-Jew was behind his counter, a wily smile upon his homely features. The paper was duly signed and delivered; then the Jew unlocked the iron box, and in clean gold and greenbacks, counted out one half million of dollars, and laid them at Morton Prescott's disposal. "There ish your monish-here ish my pay, perhaps," he said with a sinister smile, and a nod toward Pearl, who shrunk away in terror. "I pid you good-tay, Mister Prescott! Von happr New Year, Miss Prescott, for yester day!' Later that day, Morton Prescott deposited his loan in different banks; and a cablegram flashed across the Atlantic to Gustave Schofel, 02 Strand, London: "Two hundred and fifty thousand dollars deposi ted in -, -. Banks, by me, su!Jject to your order. Catch the crash. MORTON PREscoTT." And in ten days came back: "l have caught it for $100 000. The clearing up will not admit of the cargo touching your port be fore Au11ust. ScHOFEL." Augu8t! Usually a dreamy month in staid old Philadelr'Ua, but not so this Centennial year. Black yer boots, make 'em shine, Only cost you half a dime; Touch ver corns up like a feather. Make 'r mirror of yer leather." Shine 'm mister I" Down upo{i his knees went .the King of Boot blacks, nor did he let up until he had performed a round twenty shines. It was early in the forenoon-moreover, it W11.S Jersey day I Long before daylight had spread its cheerful ness over ihe City of Homes, the street cars be gan to bear loaib of living freight westward lio and the steam cars bore their invoice of Jersey" folk from every nook and corher of the Stat,e of sand and watermelons. And, long before the turn-stiles began working, to admit the 67,000 visitors of New Jersey's famous day, throngs of people were con!1:1'egated on the outside of the inclosure, upon Elm and Belmont avenues. Bootblac-ks now had their harvest before the gates were open-not a few, but a swarm of them whose numerical count could not be estimated-a dirty, ragged, impudent, dare-devil, irrepressible army of them. of whom an artist might make a study for a hundred genre pictJUres. As a rule, the most successful of these Centennial artists were the class who were the sassiest," cheekie st, and toughest, although the pale-faced, lad yonder, whose apparent timidity announces that this is his first attempt-he will catch not a little patronage of those people who-proudly may it be s&id-are ever scaring up subjects of charity and compassion. There is not much fight" in theboy, but the doubtful, sad expression in his brown eyes fights its way to the tende1 heart of humanity better than fists or words could do. Trace that lad, at the conclusion of his weary day's struggle with fortune, to his home-what a revelation might we not exhume? A pale but intelligent-looking mother sits in a cheer less apartment, and plies a weary needle, when even the pangs of hunger may be gnawing at her vitals; she bas no money-no ,husband whose strong hands may support her-only her little bult: absence from this moral hemisfear of a hundred pounds o' Bixby's best, an' six brushes. But, you hain't no Jarseyman, stran. ger;-no1 sir-ee--not you! An' your pumps are suggestive o' aristocracy an' refinement. So I'll knock the price clear down fer this time, and charge you only half a dime. Take it in time an' it comes in rhyme. Shine 'm, mister1" Of course the speaker was Boss Bob. He had cleared a quarter, square, from the finish of one job, and planted himself in front of a tall, richly-dressed and aristocratic-looking stranger, who had paused before the great main entrance to tl:ul Trans-Continental Hotel, to look about him. At first a frown of annoyance came upon the handsome face of the man, who was clearly a foreigner, and he raised his formidable walking stick, threateningly. But. as the ilTepressible king of the brush rattled on at a rapid rate, not apparently the least disposed to" give it up so," the cane gradually slipped to the strauger's side1 11.nd a faint smile came to his mustache-shadea lips. The faint smile increased to a broad one by the time Boss Bob had paused for breath. and the stranger's shapely but dusty boot went forward upon the box. "Black away, my lad," be said, with some-

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8 Boss Bob, the King of Boot bla.Cks. thing like a chuckle. "You've at least.learned your lingo perfectly. Give my boots a first-class shine and I'll paf you a first-class price-the Londonrrice, by the way." Bet will I" B oss Bob replied, settling to his work quickly. So you're a L ondon rooster, be you? Know'd ye warn't no Jarseyman by ther size o' yer feet an' float o' yer jibboom. '!'ell a Jarseyman fur's I can see 'im. Tbatacka Ilne nose an' Rochambeau tater-trap o' yourn ar' better'n a family history. Little ,French mixed up wi' yer Brit, ain't there!" "Yes, a trifle, I dare say," was the reply. "I know'd it," Bob declarer!, elated at his victoty. I sed you wasn't no clam-fatted Jarse1man the minnit I spied ye. I'm a purty good guesser, ginerally, an when I twigged yer main-topsail, an' reefed yer yard-arm te r tbe r bree ze, sed I.to mysel.f that ain'_!i; Grant, Bedle, Hartraaft, ner Jobi} Wannamaker, 'case bis lower jnw's too clean; but sez I, that feller's name is Colonel Rutherford." The gave a udden start, and gazed at the bo(tblaak in great surprise. "By J< ,l!e," he said, aftera prolonged whistle. How in Ile name of common sense did you learn m j name, boy1 I deemed my presence unknowf " The' you're the coloneH" "Of I em. Teij me, where did you ever he 1r my name!" Tlr for me ter know an' you ter guess, I 'spect/ the kiqg replied, with a chuckle. 't':a ere the turn..,tiles are open; I must go," tlr.e c said, has tily. "But I must see you boy-waere!" "'I ginerally have some visitin' cards about lily duds," Bob said, and at iast fished out a lirty slip of pape r from one of his pockets, upon .vhich was rudely scrawled in penciled ch1rot,"raphy: B oss Bob, Sehuylkill River, Bines & S c heaff's Coal-'us, Bin 12-Hard-Large Nut. Squeal 'Keno,' in falsetto voice.-B. B." CHAPTER IV. llOSS BOB MAKES A NEW AQQUAINTANCE. THE next minute the stranger had seized the iuterestiug card, and was gone, with the crowd. to his feet, with bis kit" in hand, Bos s Boo gazed after him. "Well, now, ef that ain't tber tallest sorler coon I ever see'd. Neve r paid me a Centennial red, he didn't, fer all I twigged bis "Signature, an' give him a re:(lar London polish. An' be sed lie'd give me .uondou pay. Ef that's ther sort o' collatteral they've over on John Bull's side, I want no more of it. But, ma. yba he's honest, au' absent-minded. Seen sech coons afore this. Say, Nondescript?" The boy approached from where he bad just finished a polishing job. "Ye s ee'd thet fureigner I war jest shinin'I" the King of Bootblacks demanded. Thtl boy nodded. I tb6rt ye did. Know who't was'!' Thfl boy shook h is head in the negative. "Well, Nondescript, thet was Colonel Rutl:ier -ford from Haugl and. He be an arisroc\"at, thet s n oozer be, a n if ye twig his jib, ag'in, jest a c cost him worth, on my a ccount. Mebbe he fergot all abou t t b e r collatteralmebbe / These Jere distinguis hed inderwidnals gineraliy hev hull h u c kster cart-loads of it stored away-in their minds." A train had just arrived from New York, at t h e branch depot, upon Elm avenue, and pl!OPle were pouring from it into the street, to JOin in the restless, surging tide of humanity that streamed continuousl;vthrough the busy turn stiles into the Exposition. Men, women, children-from nearly every State and TelTitory, the New Jerseyans t
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BoBB Bob, the King of Bootblacks. 9 cle t.er back what he sez, too, by ther looks o' his sta.tter." ., "Tell us how you came to lose your money, sir?'' a clerical-looking man said, addressing tile Yankee. "Perhaps we can find it. "Of coursel.e could, if ye was a min-eend That's the chap I mean, sir-parts his hair in the middle, an' calls himself Cl:awles Rothsc hild Fitz Noodle, when he's in a hurry, addin' in seven more, when thar ain't no oops "I sw'ar if that ain't the very skunk, young feller," Joshua Evergreen declared, excitedly. "Had i:. squeaky voice, didn't be?'' Yes-a falsetter voice-a cross twixt a Thomas cat's an' a cat-fish vender's." "The very chap, by hokey! I say, sonny, did you see that feller?'' "Reckon I did, 'while ago. Used to know him when be slept in the next coal bin to me, on warm nights, but he's graddywated since that, an' every time we meet, he tries t.er poke tber planet o' Jupiter wi' his nose. 'Stonishln' what money will do!" "Th,en, if you think you know the man why ilot assist the loser, here, in !muting him-up, and banding him over to the authoritiesi" suggested the clerical party. "S'pose I mighti Evergreen-horn hes got heaps o' oollatt,eral, rer instance." "By gol that w:ill be all right, sonny," the Vermonter de clare d. "Jest you show me that skunk who tuk off wi' my ten dollars, an' I'll take ye inter the free o' charge, an' buy the soda water, hanged if I won't! I hain't got much stamps along1 but, dad's got lots up at Plunkiti an' he's fattin' five shoats ter butcher, too .l ain't no bog, on small matt.ers, an' I ginerally try ter do the square by a feller, even ef I have ter give him my terba.ccer-box-" And here the Yankee grinned broadly, at bis sup]'.losed facetiousness. "Well, come along,-Josh," Boss Bob said, with a grimace, as he picked up bis kit. "Trot along wi' me, an' we'll waltz down around the Rialter, an' see if' a leetle figgerin' we can't spot bis nibs." And away went the bootblack and the longgeared Vermonter1 throug h the crowd, the voice of the former ringmg out in his favorite cry" Black ver boots. mnke 'em shine, Costs"yer only half a dime-" Who is that fellow?" asked a bystander, as the twain strode away-" he with the ghb tongue, and the blacking-box!'' "Oh 1 that's Boss Bob," the clerical man said, with a peculiar smile-" a bootblack by profes sion, and, unconsciously, perhaps, one of the most expert detectives we have. There isn't scarcely a place or a policeman, in the city, whom he does not know, or that does not know hlm, and the same with the heft of our rascals. He is, though but a m ere youth, an acute reader of human nature and fac es, and by a seeming natural gift a spotter' of no mean order." Then wby does not some one give him a lift1 to a better position 1" was the ipquiry. Let him alone; he will raise hlmself to a positfon of prominence, and be all the. better for ij;. He is now the right paro/ it1 the right place, for hi s profession admits hlm to places where' detectives are most n eeded-the streets and drinking saloons. The city fathers are unmindful of bis existence, or of its value, and the great secret of his worth is that be has no fear or reverence for mortals here below." !TI the meantime Bob and his new friend pro ceeded down through Elm avenue toward the eastein terminus of the grounds, where the crowd was nearly as dense as at the main entrance. "My gosh! what swads an' swads o' folks!" ejaculated Joshua Evergree n, as be and Bob elbowed their way along. "Wbo"d e v e r tbort the country'd take sec h a puke, jest for one show1 I -vtish dad an' mant couJa see all these folks. We used ter think tbe r country fair was some pumpkins, up at Plunkit, but I ll be gum-blasted ef thi$ ain't bigger nor two or three fairs I" "Oh, you bet!" Bob assured, with a quizzical smile radiating his dirty countenance. But thls bain't no shakes ter what tber next one'a goin' ter b e Ther hull site o' Philadelphia ar' goin' ter be used fer ther grounds, an' all ther houses roofed over and turned inter one build ing-tbat is, e f I am nominated president o' the concern. 'Spect Philadelphy is purty near as big as Plunkit, eh!'' "WPJI, I guess not-leastwise tbar's only a postoffis an' tavern. Hellow l what's the rip, now?" They hnd reached tbe'eastern e n d of t he fence fronting upon Elm Avenue. '

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10 Boss B b, the Kiag or Bootblacks. Boss Bob had seired the arm of his companion, e..nd pointed a few feet distant to a foppishly dressed swell who stood apart from the crowd t hat streamed by. His face was a peculiar one, being somewbo.t feminine in feature, the complexion rather sal low, montb. large, nose thin and peaked, and eyes shaded by a pair of green goggles. His attire was rich and stylisb.-a summer snit of wbit.e duck, and a silk hat upon his head, in addition to a liberal display of jewelry, made his appearance quite natty. "There! that's Cilawles Augustus Rothschild Fitz Noodle, from Bostingl" announced Bob. Does be look like the feller who skipped the tra-la-la-loo wi' yer X1" By gum! that's the same mean skunk, snre's preacbin' I" J oshna declared, excitedly. Jest let go my arm, and see me go up and boot him once. I'll wake up his ijees a little." "No, no!-that won't dot" interposed Bob. You dassent hoot a chap, here, like yon do up in Plunkit, ef ye don't want. a night in the sta tion 'us'. There's a policeman, who will help you out." And as be spoke Bob motioned to number 836, of the City Police, who approached quickly. "Well1" be said, interrogatively, "what now1 Another greenhorn robbed, or lost?" "Yes; this chap's out an X, through a 'confider,' and so we've tracked and spotted hini, and now ef you'll jest jerk him, we're all right. " Very well. If the loser is sure of his man, point him out and I'll lift him," the officer so id:-"Thar's the mean skunk," Joshua declared, pointing out the swell. He's the very skunk that promised to get my bill changed, but didn't come back, gol darn his picterl" "And he calls himself Fitz Noodle!" Boss Bob added. He's one of the bossiest conflrlers in the city." "I have suspected this lay, for several days, but haven't found hirn in the act. But, I'll take him now, however,'' the officer said. And, walking softly up to the fop, number il36 clapped his broad hand upon the shoulder of that individual, with the grim announce ment: "Young man, you must come along with me. You are my prisoner No objections, now, or I'll put the nippers on ye I" The confider wheeled around with a sharp oath-, but instantly changed his demeanor to that of a cringing, frightened coward. "Heavens! what do :you say, my deab manarrest me P" he gasped. "Why, my deah sir, you have made a mistake-a fwightfnl mistake, I assure you! Weally, I am not the party you have taken_ me for. I am from Bosting, my deah man-right from the Hub, which you might infer by my culchaw." "Ye'r' a darned liar!" Joshua declared, ap proaching, with doubled fists. "You'11e tho skunk who tuk my ten dollars an' ruu off w1' it." "Yes, we twig yer nibs," Boss Bob added, with a grin. "You've got yer figg erhead inter a deefikilty, Mr. Fitz Noodle. Yer culchaw 4.on't do ye no good, now. Off ter ther jug yon go, onless ye fork over Everir-een-horn's X. "Spare me! spare me I" Fitz Noodle protested, in accents wild "Weally this is a fwightful.a horwible mistake I" "Come along with you," number 836 replied, grumy. "Ye can prove yer case, when he get before his Honor." Stop!" a voice cried. DiS insult must f?O no further. Dat mans ish not a confider,' an I vouch f o r dat!" CHAP'l'ER V. COL. RUTHERFORD AND ALBERTS-THE PAWN BROKER AND BILL HEART-EATER. THE party who had interfered came forward now, and not only Boss Bob, but the officer recognized him as Dr. Albert Alberts, the pawnbroker and wealthy money-lender. He was dressed in the hight of fasb.ion, and walked with a cane, the gold head of which glittered with settings of costly diamonds. ''Dot vas an innocent man, an' you must not arrest him," he repeated, in reply to the offi cer's stare. "I am Dr. Albert Alberts-I half monis!:i-I bail for de shendlemons." "Well, srr, the place to arrange that is befor& the judge of the police court," No. 836 replied, sternly. "You'll find your friend there, to morrow morning, for a hearing. Come along, prisoner." And August Fitz Noodle was forced to obey as he was no match for the burly officer in point of size or strength. Alberts made no attempt to follow; on the contrary, he turned angrily upon Boss Bob and Evergreen, who stood by. You cause der arrest of dot shendlemans?" he demanded, savagely, of the young boot. black. Yawl yawl I arrest him mitout a varrant, yust for sdealin' ten dollar from dis monl" Bob mimicked, grimly. Den petter you look out," Alberts declared, in a rage I baff young vagabond like yon taken up a n sent mit der Honse off Correction." "Ohl ye do, d<> ye, darn yer picter, put in Joshua, doubling up his fists. in high dudgeon. "Well, now, see beer, m;i: Hebrew friend, if yeou don't want me ter git up an' boot ye, ye hadn't better sot a paw on this boy. My name's Joshua frum Plunket, Varmont, an' I reckon I'm s good's I luk, ev'ry day in a week, an' twice on Sunday. I've got a pair o' mus cles hyar on my arms as big as a couple goose eggs, an' ef ye go ter stickin' yer nose inter my bW.ness, I calculate I ain't afeard ter knock ther spots clean off'm you, an' a doz e n more jest like ye. Now, what do yeow say!' "Oho! so you vas one ugl. v cnsdomer, eh!'' Alberts observed, an angry flame in hls fiery eyes. "Veil, veil, you lets me alone an' dot prisoner und I giff yon ten dollar, all de vile." "Ohl no ye won'tbCapting," Boss Bobb inter posed. "Ye can't ny us out c heap, nary a time. If that confider's' one o' yer bnzzom pals, ye'd bett.er drap his acquaintance afore you g e t gugged yerself. Ye remember the' night up at Arthur Chambers's!" The German-Jew scowled darkly, and his teeth went grating together. "I pay you for dat, sometime,'' he growled, turning away. "I don'd vas fo'get you, all de v'ile."

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Boss Bob, the King of Bootblacks. 1 11 "Ha! ha!" Bob said, turning to Jos)l Ther way ter get shut uv a reptile is ter sling a.B. old slug at him, I tell y e Wonder what' Fitz NOOd.le is to him, anyhow1 'Spect they're gein' inter partnership in sum sort o' rleviltry. New, cum Josh, an' we'll skip down ter ther station-'us, an' we can enter a complaint ag'in' the confider." "But whar's my ten dollars1 Joshua de1;nanded, anxiously. "Oh! his nibs has got it now, an' his 'boner' will finger it next. You'll neve r g e t fat on that X ag'iu, you bet I T ell yer what, ther great city am't no place lik e et is in ther country ter turn greenhorns loose. Take a feller o' my statter an' good luks, who bes a card o' interduction ter all these big guns and whom experience hes taught ter twig ther son-of-a guns, an' be can git along v ery well. But let a cum ter town, an' notbin' but ill-luck an misfortune greets him. Hain't ye got no collatteral besides tbet ten dollars, w'icb ye ain't got1 No bonds or mortgage s 1 "Not a darned cent, I swow, 'cept my return ticket ter Plunket!" "We ll, don't worry yerself inter a premature tomb. I've got a little capital laying around loose, an' I w on't let yer starve." "Ef I could only find wbar uncle Mort lives, I'd be all hunk, Joshua declared hopefully. "Ye see, uncle Mort he's rich, and puts on lots o' style an' I know he'd be glad ter see me, seein's I jest cum down from Plunket on purpose tew see e m an' f etched a roll o' butter along in my sache l fer 'em." "Now don't put no great dippendence on yer city relates," Boss Bob said, nodding his head, sagely. "Ef I'm any jedge o' wharf-rats, they 're a mighty oncertin set, especially ef you're Ill from ther country, an' hain't got lots o' style an' collatteral. Know'd sev'ral instances wbar tber country cousins didn't find ther folks ter home." "Yew don't say I" Joshua replied anxiously. "Well, now, I'll be gum-blasted if they ean git rid o' me so easy. Mebbe I am sorty green, like, but I ain't_ no gol-darned fool, ef I did come from the country. No, sir-eel I'm jes t goin' ter hunt up uncle Mort' s folks, an' pay 1em a visit." Feeling it his duty to assist the country stranger as much as he could, conv.eniently, Bob conducted him to the station-house at 39th street and Lancaster avenu!lJ where a complaint was entered a gainst Fitz l'toodle, to be trans ferred to the Central Police court on the following morning, whenthe hearing was to take place. The n Bob loaned his country acquaintance a dollar, and left him to pursue his search for his city relations. Having r eaped his principal harvest for the day, the young boot-black the n trudged on down into the old city, to finish out the after noen. Albert Alberts sat in bis office that same afternoon, engaged in smoking a cigar, :>nd reading a German paper; when the door opened to ad mit a tall, distinguished-looking personage, of riob attire, and a genial countenance, prominent featurlis, of which w ere a pair of handsome brown eyes, a classical nose, finely-shaped mouth: and a golden-hued mustache that was heavy, ana the ends curle d. His foriil, too, was noticeably well proJ>
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II r BoH Bob, the King of' Il ootblacks. under the same provisions and stipulations as refiards the first quarter." Dot vas a strange vill," Alberts said, a glit ter in his eyes. You haff the mofiish for all de heirs?" Yes. aboard my' private steam yacht, in which I crossed the Atlantic. I am the grandson of the son of old Jervis Rutherford, to whom Lord Derby Rutherford confided his legal affairs, in 1776, and the settlement of his estates." Der name is der same. You vas a relative, perhapsl" "No; the. two Rutherfords bore no traceable relationsliip to each other." "How much does the whole for'.une amount to!" Alberts a sked his eyes glittering greeG.ily, and a perceptible nervouseess in his voice. "I do not know, hardly, for it is a fabulous sum. A year when my father died, he closed up the affairs, and placed each heir's portion in an iron strongb ox, r espectively, direct m e to take charge of them, and find the hen-s. That is my errand, principally, here in America." V e il, how furde r you hat traced dese heirs!" Alberts interrogated. Down to the present generation. The Ellstons are all dead, and there are no heirs to their portion. The Sutherlan'd s are som ewhere in America, as are the Prestous and the Morti mers; but where, I am unable to say." "An' vat, d e n, you expect of me1'' "I want you to k eep an E>ye out for any so named parties, as you may be able to strike them quicke r than I. I will call again, some other tim e and see what s u ccess you have. If you discover any of the rightful h eirs I will pay you liberally." "All right. Yust giff me some of d e r names and I vill be watchful-on account o f your introduction by Schauss & Company. "Very wall. The first quarter was bequeathed to Duke Sutherland. H e died and left a son who may be living yet; if so, aged about seventy years. The second quarter was left to Ethelbert Mortimer; he died leaving a son named Wal cross. Him I b e li e ve to be dead, leaving a son; name unknown. The third quarter was left to Arnold Ellston; all heirs supposed to be dead. The fourth and last quarter of the fortune, was left to S e fton Pres ton, who died, leaving a son, name d Ralp h Pres ton, who died young leaving a son by name Morton Preston, yet supposed to be living. "All right. I ha.ff take 'em down. Goot-tay, Mister Rutherford. " Good-day. I will call again, within the month. And rising, Colone l Rutherford took his departure. After he had gone, Albert Albert.q rubbed his hands together. an E>xultant smile flitting acrCJS$ hi,q sinistA!r "Yawl yawl Mister Rutherford, you come to me and I helb you; maybe, but I also helb my self. You was a rich goose, and I pluck your fedders, all de w'ile. You make me your agent; I vill see a pout Dis vas von valuabl e case, and I my attention. I half got some poys vat hel p me. I haff you shadowed.. I play e one hand, and I vin de game, maybe. Night dropped its somber mantle once more over t h e City of H omes but the streets knew no rest. Tramp, tramp, tramp went the thousands o f pedestrians through its streets-some still sigbt;. despite the fatigues of a day at the ex position ; othei-s seeking their lodgings-business men, loafers, visitors, policemen, all mixed up in a jangling mass At the corner of Ninth and Chestnut streets, Albert Alberts sto:xl in a shadow cast by an awning-stood there and watched with eager gaze the crowd as it passed by. What is his business, we do not pretend to know, b it judging by the expectant expression upon his countenance, he is watching for some one. "He alwa;rs passes this side of the street at about this hour,'' the pawnbroke r mutters, with manifest impatience "I would not miss him to-night fur fifty dollars." In clear, unbroken English the Jew now speaks, instead of his broken accent, which evidences the fact that he is not unable to speak correctly. A habit, probably-his broken speech. The minutes wing by. laden with the peculiarly exciting scene; still the shadow upon the pawnbroker's face tells that he has not yet seen his man. Strange!" he mutters again. "I hope they've not nabbed him on old scores. Ah!" He stepped suddenly into the thickest of the crowd, and tapped a man noon the shoulder thi:>n retreated to his first position. The man followed him-a burly, roughlydressed chap, with a countenance that an excess of liquor had made red and r e pulsively sinister, what with the coarse, heavy black mustache, and the fiery blood sho t eyes. A typical pirate or brigand was he, in appearance, from head to foot. "Well!" he growled, gruffly, eying the pawn broker, none too lovingly. What d'ye want of Bill Heart-Eater!'' "Much," Alberts replied, blandly. "You ish d e r v ery man's vot I want to see I half pen looking for you ash much ash von hour. Come down h ere." H e led the way down a pa.IT of stairs that de scended from the into I'\ dive that was then known as Noonan's Varie ties. The first apartment entered was a bar-room, with chairs and tables strewn about. At one of these titbles in a retired corner, Al b erts seated himself, the other to follow bis example, which he did. "Now den," the pawnbroker said, lighting a cigar," ve will proceed to pizness." CHAPTER VI. AN INFAMOUS SCHEME-EUNICE. THERE was a special emphasis upon the Jew's wor d, "pizness,'' meant to carry wei g h t to the auditor. "Well, go ahead," the other r eplied. I am Bill Heart-Eater, an ex-pirate from the hig h seas an' I'm gene rally to be commanded fer a

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BoBB Bob, the King of Bootblacks. 18 fair stipend. But, if ye're goin ter talk wi' me, jest shake off them 'ash and' ishes,' an' cum down to old United States dialect." The pawnbroker smiled. You no like der goot old speech of der faderland den!" he said. "I allow not," Heart-Ear.er replied. Then I will speak plain English. The other is somewhat of' a habit, and. then, you know, comes natural. I have been anxiously waiting to know about the Sea Breeze!" "It left Liverpool yesterday." The devil you say!" "No-the ship Seil. Breeze, laden with goods for Morton Prescott, Philadelphia. It could not he detained longer, although I spent every thousand you gave me ter hinder it. Prescott kept ther cable hot wi' telegrams, and they finally had to pull out." "Prescott is worried, then!" the Jew asked, ea11erly. Somewhat, I reckon, for ef ther Sea Breeze ain't in soon, it'll be hot fer him, and don't you it.'' Yes, it will be interesting," Alberts replied. "How long before the Sea Breeze will be duel" Let her make her fastest time and she can not shove her nose into Pier 26, Delaware, be-. fore September 10th, at one o'clock!" The pawnbroker rubbed his hands gleefully. "Dot ish gootl' he muttered. "Dot ish goot. He no raise der monish--den I take the girl. But, how 'poud it-if der ship should get in be fore dot time'!" He is saved. A gang of retail dealers stand ready to take ther cargo off of his hands for ready cash." The Jew uttered an oath. "Den dot ship must not touch port previous to the eleventh Qf September,'' he said, fiercely. "You hear vot I say, Phil Heart-Eater!" "I reckon I ain't the ex-pirate replied, with a chuckle. "I shau hev to choke off yer wind, ef yer don't cheese thet old clo' brogue." Den I stop,'' Alberts returned. TM ship Sea Breeze II.IJlSt be delayed in some way, so as not to reach the harbor.'" "You want me to stop her!" asked the expirate. Yes! yes! You are the very man for the job. Will you do it!" ''Yes, for a thousand dollars, spot cash!" You are a fool. I not give you that." Odds is the diff'rence ter me. For a straight thousand I will scuttle the Sea Breeze in Delaware bay. Even if she don't sink, it'll delay her. No thousand-no scuttle!" "Then, mebbe I send you t-0 Moya for past offenses," the pawnbroke r suggested, with a sneering coolness that caused Heart-Eater to darken. "You'd better not try it,'' he growled "If you want fight yo u'll git lick..W. I hold as many points ag'in' you as you do ag'in' me, if not a few more. How high do you valp.e the girl?" "At one million of -dollars." Phew I I nevP.r see'd th r piece o' femininity I'd ,Pve one milli o n <'entQ fer." "The girl's a bf'auty. She has education, social p Tb!J.t I have not got; with her as my wife, .1 could have it. She would loosen my purse strings, and make me so popular a man that the world would forget that I am a Jew." "Bet yer sea-boots they wouldn't fergit it so Jong's ye cling ter yer ish' and ash and dot' and 'dose,'" Heart-Eater confidently declared. Or till ye git rid o' the sme ll o' garlics and onions. An', ef ye want yer purse-strings loosened, 1'11 do et, cheap as anybody." "Yawl yawl I know you lift 'em too much !'/Alberts replied with a ch u ckle. "Put, I am no hog, if am a JJ was ther old man's son, but not much uv a heft-. All ther old cuss had when he flopped his last trump, was sum ragged togs, an' an Pmpty tobaccer-box." "Veil, den, Phil, how much you giff.to know how to git dtih fortune!'' I'll give you six inches o' steel, if ye don't drop that gabhle,1' the ex-pirate growledgrufHy. Den, I stop I" Alberts said. This fortune of yourn, Phi11 is awaiting a claimant. The hundred yE!ars is now and you can have it, freely, if you only know now and where to get it." Cuss you. How do you about it,lou infernal Jewr "Oh! find out." know anything "An' ye can tell me how an' where \ ter lay m:r; claws on it!'' If you do sbust as I want." Look out fer my knife, you infer-" Oh I forgot again," Alberts apologized. "If you do just as I want, Bill Heart-Eater, I git that fortune, and place half of it in your posses s ion." What in the devil will you do with the other half, then!'' Heart-Eater demanded, grimly. "Ohl I krep f9r you de odder half-the othet

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BoH Bob, the King ol Bootblacks. laalr I would say-till you get old. Maybe you need it, then." n Oh I you're an accommodatin' cuss, you are. And if I don't agree to that!" "You get none!" Cuss ye! Well, I suppose you've got it all yer own way, and I'd better take half, than none. Shove out yer proposals." "Very well. I want you, first of all, to hunt up a fellow whose name is Rutherford. He is tall, blonde, handsome. Then, I want you to find out whereabouts his private steallk:racbt lies1 about the harbor; and report to me. He is a 'rat goose,' and if you can 'sample' him, per haps you can make a raise, and share it with me. Mind you don't harm bj.m, though." "Bia.ck yer boots, make 'm Rhine Only costs you hair a dime. Touch yer sins like a feather, Reflect yer natur Jn yer leather." With a sudden curse Alberts wheeled around, to tlnd Boss Bob just passing, boot-blacking out fit in band. Satan take the boy!" he growled, turning to Heart-Eater. "He's always around. Do you SUP.pose he overheard us1" 'What 'f he did the ex-pirate demanded, dashing the neck off his second bottle of cham" He's only a young urchin." But as keen as a razor, as sharp-eyed as a lynx and as guick to hear as a deer." "Never mmd him-go 011 with your proposi tions." "Well, next, I want you to see that the Sea Breez e does not touc h this port before September 10th. Afte r that, I may-have another slight job or two for you to do "But when am I ter git the cash!" "When I am done with you." "That may be never." You err. When I get the young and ac complished Miss Prescott, I half-have-nothing to do with such m e n as Bill Heart-eater." "See here! D'ye mean ter cast a slur on ther pirates o' ther high seasP' "No, no slur at all." "Ye'd better draw in yer bow-line. I've made better men than you walk ther plank, I tell ye. Is this all?" "At present, y es. I will leave you to enjoy the rest of the champagne. When necessary to my interests you may find me at my office, and report." Then rising, the sche ming Jew left the dive. Not so with Heart-Eater. To have left without finishing the remaining bottles of champagne would have been, in his estimation, a great sin. Moreover, he had a great capacity for stimulating drink, which be took every opportunity available to test. The cont;ents of the third, fourth and fifth bottles found passage down bis throat, and at last, when he had finished, his head dropped forward upon the table. He was overcomedrunk! Not fo.r away Boas Bob and his strange com panion, the Nondescript, stood secretly watching him while they smol<:ed a cigar. "There! that settles his hash!" the King of Bootblacks said, as the ex-pirate went off inj;o a doze. "Now, you stay here, Nondescript, or hereabouts, an' when he trots home, you trot after him, an' memorize his pa.latial abode. It may be useful fer us ter know beerafter. D'ye understand!" The o.her youth nodded; then Bob turned away, and .as he once more timerged upon the street his peculiar cry was heard, familiar to. this day, no doubt, to many a Centennial vis itor" Black yer boots-make 'em shine, Only costs ye hair a dime!" Albert Alberts wa.s at home, later, that same evening. No common home either was the abode of the wily pawnbroker. It was one of the princely residences to be found upon Green street, Philadelphia-a stone and brick structure of castellated appearance, the magnificent exterior of which was but a foretaste of the interior. Everywhere was the evidence Of wealth-luxurious and costly furni ture, grand pictures, rich carpets, artistic hang ings and fresco work-everything in the shape of art or ornament that a heart could desire, or a fancy crave, was there, showing that, villain though be was, the pawnbroker prince bad a rare and well exercised taste, which his abundant means could well afford to gratify. In a private parlor, sacred to his tread, the pawnbroker sat, in an easy -chair, while his slippered feet rested upon an ottoman, and a marble wine table at his right hand contained many choice brands of liquors, in decanters1 ci11:ars, glasses, and pipes and tobaccos, all or the choicest kinds. His head was bowed forward, resting upon bis hand, and it was evident that he was buried in deepest thought. That his senses were keen ly on the alert, however, w.as manifest by the quick raising of his head, as a footfall was faint ly audible on the soft carpet. Eunic e!" be articulated sternly. "Yes, Eunice'" came the reply from a finely shaped and handsome young woman who stood before him, clad in the costllme of the streets. "I wonder that you are able to pronounce my name, without pausing to recall it, Alberti" "Ahl" The pawnbroker's manner changed from sternness to bland demeanor. "Why say you so, my dear Eunicer "Because you have so long neglected to call upon me, that I thought you bad quite forgot ten that such a person existed as me. Do not 'my dear,' to me, Dr. Alberts; I will not toler ate it." "And why not, pray? Are you not minebetrotbed from the cradle, by an agreement be tween our respective parents?" Exactly! Do you remember what is the forfeit, if either you or I should back out of the contract!" "Ab! no; I really have forgotten about that. I-I-ahem!" I have not forgotten, Dr. Alberts,'' the maiden replied, growing momentarily more ex cited. "No, indeed, I have not forgotten. The wronged never forget. My blood is just as pure and high as yours. I am of Hebrew de scent-you are the same. By that fact W8

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Bos a Bob, the Klug ot Bootblacks. 11 . llbould be bound t.ogether by. a strong tie. The forfeit, sir1 of l"hich I spoke, is ten thousand d ollars, t.o oe paid by the one who backs out, to the other I" So much? Well, what of it? I do not think that I have given verbal dissent t.o our union." "You have not? What am I t.o infer, when I receive no more visits from you? You have not darkened my door since about the time of the opening of the Centennial. What is the rea son '!" "Ahl you are se nsible, now, to ask that," Alberts replied, good-naturedly. "Business! bus i ness, my dear-a great amount of business alone could keep me so long from your side. Day and night I have labored, until to-night, I am forced t.o seek my home, from sheer fatigue." "You lie, Albert Albert.<-you lie like the base villain that you are I Think you I do not know the reason why you have not come! If so, you err, most strange ly. I know the one and only reason. How? Bahl I am no foolleave it t.o me t.o find out. You expect t.o fore close a mortgage soon upon the person of a pretty Christian girl; you sit h ere at your ease, nights, dreaming ove r the vict.ory you expect to achieve. Do you think of Eunice Ressauer? No, indeed, no! She, in such moments, has entirely dropped out of _y9ur thoughts. But, beware, Albert Alberts! -You should know me well t.o know that I would never let you have h er-no! no! no! a thousand t,i,mes, no!" "Eunice I Eunice I" the pawnbroker exclaillled, anxiously; "calm yourself, my dear girl. You are wild-excited-" "Stop! do not intern1pt me. Hear me out, and then I will go. I am not wild; I know just what I am saying. I have been g athering wrath, for over a month, and making it ready "to convert into vengeance. All I require is a moment's notice t.o pour that vengeance upon you. I have said you should not have the Christian girl-more, I have sworn it! Death shall be my agency of prevention. She shall not die, she is not t.o blame. It i s you who shall die, unless you let her free. Remember-such is the oath of Eunice The n turning, with a face flus hed with indignation, the Hebrew girl swept from the room. When she had gone, Alberts poured out a glass of Rhine wine, and swallowed it at a gulp. "Ve shall see!" hi> said, grimly, returning to hls dialect; ve shall see apoud dis bizness I It liakes two ter settle such questions as dose." CHAPTER VII. BOSS BOB TO THE FRONT AGAIN. "PAPAI" Pearl Prescott stopped her father in the grand hallway, as he was about to quit the mansion, on the evening of the second day of September -st.opped him by barricading bis passage with her sliEht figure. "Well, my dear?" the merchant kindly interl'O!Jated, as be stroked h e r soft, luxuriant hair. Papa, come in here, if you can spare me a moment;" and she threw open the library door, and entered, the merchant following. "Now, tell me,:!1 Pearl said, a wild, anxious look 1n her eyes-" tell me if the Sea Breeze has yetaITivedf I cannot longer wait without knowing. For the last month I have been growing anxious, by noting how troubled you look at times, but until now have refrained from asking you." "No, the Sea Breeze has not arrived," Mort.on l'rescott replied, gravely. A faint moan came from Pearl. "It is as I have all along anticipated,'' she said1 attempting to be very brave, when in truth h e r ueart was sinking. "The ship will not touch the port in j;ime, and I-I am Jost!" "By Heaven, no!" the merchant replied. pac ing the fl.oor excitedly. "Something will yet turn up, I hope, to rid you from the claim of the scheming J e w I" "Ah! if the Sea Breeze does not come hQme, how will-how can anything turn up! Can you get the money to pa;it -back the l oa n I" I fear not, unless the ship arrives. As soon as she tQuches her prow in port, I can board her, and dispose of the whole cargo within ten minutes, at reasonable figurea. But unless she arrives previously to one minute t.o twelve, it wi!T be impossible for me to raise a dollar, ex cept by mortgaging this place again, and that would not satisfy the demand." At this juncture a servant entered. "A bootblack, sir, at the door, who wants to see Mr: Morton Prescott, sir," the worthy said, bowing. "Shall I bounce 'im?" "No, Lawlor; show him in," the merchant replied, afwr a moment of thoughtfulness. Then, after the waiter bad gone, be turned and answer ed Pearl's surprised gaze. My views have changed so mewhat, you see," he said, with a faint smile. "I am in a pros pect of coming down to the l eve l of bootblacks, and may as well acquaint myself with their wat,s" The r agamuffin, sir announced the voice of Lawlor, and the next minute a person WB.ll shoved forward into the room, and the door shut after it. The person was Boss Bob, dirty and ragged as ever, and equipped with bis even dirtier-looking blacking kit; which be forthwith deposited up on the sofa, while he dropped confidently int.o an easy-chair. And the merchant and his pretty daughter, standing a short distance away, gazed at the street gamin in undisguised astonishment. "Evenin' to yel" Boss Bob saidhnot appar Pntly the least discomposed at t e situation. "Ruther cheeky, ain't I ter take possession in this shape? But then, ye see, it's pardonable, 'ca'se I've been head over neck inter bizness ever since daylight. 'Spec you'r Mort.on fres cott, Eskwire, ain't ye; an' that purty young lad!, is yer darter1'' I am Morton l)iescott-yes, sir; and the young lady is also my daughter,'' the merchant rer.li ed, curtly. 'Tho't so, I did! You two look as near alike as two peas. Tho't I'd meander down this way, and call in, jest fer fun-ter see if ye didn't want ter engage a pmi'essional detec tive. Ain't purticular about ther good repertaticn I make -you kin have thnt gratis. AU I'm after's thaw collatteral I"

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16 BoH 1Bob, the KbiJr: of Bootblacks. Do you pretend to call yourself a profes sional d e tective, tben1" tbe merchant demanded with a smile. Yes I reckon I'll adopt ther thing, siuce I've hed tbe r luc k to git a recommend from Stokely. Didn't u se ter aspire ter a posish above blackin' boots, but sinc e I've see'd Grant, and all ther othe r hig guns parltClin' theirselves around heer at tbe r Centenyal, I've j es t made up my mind ter rise too. Hain't goin' ter shake off wi' tber boots tho', till I strike a p ermanent job. 'Twon't be long afore I'll be a s big, an' fat, an' corpulent an' high-toned as all the s e fust-class roosters, fer I'm goin' ter cum down ter eyster an' clambake diet. So, ef ye think ye hain't got no openin', jest tip us yer tongue, ter thet effeck, an' I'll meander off." Morton Prescott laughed, lightly, and even Pearl's eyes flashed witb amusement, for botb saw that thei,r visitor, although a street .Arab1 was more than his terse, illiterate manner or speech would seem to indicate. "Well, I don't know that I have much need for the services of a detective," the merchant replied. What caused you to think I might need one1" "Ohl it kinder popped inter my. noddle. Ye see, when a .feller gets onto the verge of a precipice, an' can't see no way out 'cept by ther sacrifice o' a life, he needs a friend an' a lettle help purty bad." A very truthful bit of logic, my young friend. But have you any idea you could furnish the requisite relief1" "Dunno about that; might, an' ag'in I not: Wouldn't be much afeard ter tackle tner I had all o' tber p'ints jotted down " what is your name, sir! " Boss Bob, fer short. There's_ anuther 11ame o' Maloney hitched onter me, but I don't take to it kindly. 'Mongst ther b'hoys, I'm ginerally called ther King o' Bootblacks, because I gin' nerally corner ther market, an' monopoli7.e ther traffick o' sech guns as Stokely, Hartranft, Dom Pedro, 'Lysses Grant, an' in fact all ther chief magnates an' 'way ups.'" "Boss Bob, eb! I think your name is not unfamiliar to me. I have heard the Chief of Police speak of you." '' Yas; tbey all know me as well as they do their 'clubs' when their hand is flush." "Well, sir, since you seem to have gained some insight into my affairs, suppose you tell me just what you do knowl" tbe merchant said. Boss Bob scratched 1$ peeled head a mo ment, as if trying to determine what was best to do; a finely shaped head, it was, too, large and well developed. Well, ter come down to solid facts," he said, after a moment, I down on 'Change, thet yer financial con!li,shun wazzent prime. Thet was along sum spell ago. Nex't, I found out, I was secreted in Albert's pawnbroker shop, last New Year's, a-watchin' fer o' stolen when y-on cum in, an' barg ined o:ff yer ga. ter thet Jewsharp. That made me mad, it did, fer I know'd w'at a rusty cust.amer tb.et Alberts war, an' sez I ter myself, sez I: I'll keep _my eye peeled till this peach ripens an' mebbe I kin git a bite. S:i I've kinder spotted tber Jew ever since, an' caught him in several other gum games. "Ab I you are more valuable than I at first deemed you, boy," the merchant said, eagerly. "What else do you know relative to this0busi ness1" "I know that unless you. are flush' wi' col lateral about one minute to twelve o'clock, eight days after to-day, yonder gal is a goner, sure's preachin'." "Alas! I am in no dange r of getting money enough to repay the loan," the merchant groan ed, and he began to pace and fro. "What is to be done1" 11 Well, thet 'depends,' as the old woman said, when she pointed to her husband, who was performing on a perpendicular tight rope, down at Moyame dsing. Et y e want termakeanengags ment o' my perfessional oorvices, I'll endeaver ter give ye a lift." 11 Of coarse-of course I If you can and will assist me out of my dil emma, I will be your bumble servant, forever." -11 Nixyl the t ain't wbat I'm after," Boss Bob averrer!, shaking his head. "I kin lots o' jobs ,. if I'd take my pay in friendship an' all sech lollygag. T ell y e what it is, boss; I've stubbed my way through ther world since I was big enough ter pick up cigar stubs an1 sell 'em, au' I n ever found a better an' trustier friend than solid collatteral. You folks "(ho waz brought up in luxury an' illegance may hev a warm admiration fer so-called 'friendship,' but, ef ye hedn't but a shilling or two, blame me if you wouldn't find yer so-caM. friends scarcer than teeth in ther back uv a saw. Solid cash an' plenty o' cheek 'll carry a feller tbru the world in better shape than a huckster cart-lo,iid o' hot-house friends. Ain't them Centennial facks, now1" '' Well, I must admit that there is considera ble logic in your 11.rgument. Of course you shall be well paid for your work for me if you can in any way assist me, and shall also have my friendship." "And mine, too. If you will help papa t;o gainsay that odious Jew's cla.im upon me, I'llI'll just worship Pearl cried, clasping he1 hands, enthusiasticauy. At which Boss Bob gave vent to a little prolonge
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Boss Bob, B;;;,iblacks. I kinder tbo't that was bis game. But, ter come right down ter t ber solid facts o' ther case, he's bin playin' off on Y!:i so tbet ye s1wuldn't get yer ship in, time enutt ter sell yer cargo, an' raise ther rhino. H e bez in bis emploil'.: a big ex pirate an' through this same daisy s aid, bas caused the Sea Breeze from being started from time to time. But it is finally on its way here, and if nothing happens, will strike this port sometime b etwee n ther 9th and 11th of September." Ah I the n there is yet hopes I" the merchant exclaimed. "Mebbe and mebbe not," Boss Bob replied. "These ships aud winds ain't much ter be de pended on ginnerally, when it comes ter a day or two. An' then, too, tber Jew bes got wind I' of about tber time she's due an' he's goill' ter start this Heart-Eatkr off ter scuttle her!" What! Can this be true! "Yas; true's skippery cbeese. An' ef we don't circumnavigate that precious pair o' knavos, ther Sea Breeze will b e delayed, if not grounded on tber bottom o' Delaware bay." "By Heaven! tbis is the most infamous thing I have yet beard of I" the merchant cried, great ly excited. "As you say, these consummate rascals must b e balked. If what you say is tru.i, this Jew is even a grP.ater rascal than I deemed him." \ Oh! he's a boss, and no mistake. I tbort I'd drop in, and wake up yer eyedeas on tber sub;!ect of bis virtues, an' bavin' done it I'll. go, I reckon." "But you will come again, my boy," Morton Prescott said, warmly. Oh, you be,t yer boots on that-! I'll 'tend ter business, an' ef anything turns up, I'll report." "Do so. I shall want to see you again, after I've bad time 1;o think this matter over. I must think the matter over, and then-" Mind yer P's and Q's an' ye'll weather ther gale. Yes I'll cum again, fei: I've 90t an eye on y.ir purty daughter, an' fer her sake I'm goin' ter go my last dolliU" on savin' yer venture. But a penny earned is a penny more added 1o tber foundation o' a fortune, an' as yer boots look rusty, I'll add business ter pleasure by shinin' 'em free gratis." And the hext minute the irrepressible Arab of the stroots was briskly busied at blacking the merchant's boots. When the job was completed be cheekily accepted a proffered fifty-cent piece, and dof6ng his bat to bis new acquaintance, took bis depar ture, giving vent, when be reached the street, to his peculiar cry: Black y e r boots, make 'em shine," etc. That same evening a man stood upon the t.op of the beautifully gas-illumined double decked which crosses the Schuylkill river at Sprmg Garden street, and endeavored t.o deciph e r the writing upon a piece of P.aper which be held in the light of one of the pillar;;& "This m 'ust be the directions the boy gave me, be muttered;" and as I am in the locality, t must futd him, for it strikes me he's the very chap I want. Somehow it occurs to me that I made a fool of myself when I took that in fernal Jew into my confidence, for I saw him regarding me tcHlay with a malignant exprel': sion upon bis.fac.;:, which sent a shudder down my backbone .tlumpb I I've been here well on toward a month now, and am no rlearer the conclusion of my job than I was on my arrival1 despite my advertisements and the seaTch or the directories. The next thing for me to do is to employ a bootblack to assist. Ha I ha! my Colonel Dick Rutherford-what would y our blue-bloodecl r elations say, did they know that vou were stooping to notll'e common bootblacks1 'Well! well! we are all flesh and blood1 and I don't know why one isn't as good as anotner. "Let me see! This Mi the queere s t visiting ard I ever struck: 'Boss Bob: Schuylkill river; Bines and Scbeafl"s Coal-'us; Bin 12-Hard-Large Nut; Squeal 'Keno' in falsetto voice.' "Now, if that isn't characteristic, I've lost my guess. Yet it's plain no doubt, when one knows bow to take it. .ti.is residence, evi dently, is in Binesand Scbeaff's coal-house, Coal Bin No. 12 of the Hard, Large Nut species. Now the n ext thing is to find the coal-home in ques tion. I saw the name somewhere along here, yesterday." A few glances around found the coal-house in question, standing upon the west shore of the river, and identified from other buildings by the name of the firm upon it in large letters. To reach it Colonel Rutherford. would be ob liged to reach the lower deck, which was acces sible by crossing the river to the eastern side, and then descend the reservoir path into East Fairmount park, into which the lower deck or Haverford street section of the bridge bad an opening. Then be would have to recross the river again to the western side. Being a brisk walker, however, be soon com pleted the task, and stood in the vicinity of the great building, used for the purpose of unloading and storing the coal of river traffic When but a few rods from this building, be raised bis voice and shouted "Keno," as direet ed upon the paper, but it sounded anything but falsetto in tone, to him. Then, standing in the darkness, be waited for an answer. QHAPTER VIII. DOWN THE SCHUYLKILL-TOO LA.TE I DmECTLY there was a reply. "Hello, there-what's wanted!" came from somewhere about the barn-like edifice, Rutherford w ent forward. He recognised the voice as that belonging to Boss Bob. "It's I-Colonel Rutherford," be said. "Where will I find you? These premise!; are new to me, and itls darker than the seven shades of E t." A Tltfie whistle denoting surprise came from out the darkness. Then footsteps, and later the form of the King of the Bootblacks followed. "So it's you, is it!" be d emanded, surveying the colonel, by aid of a small dark lantern, on which he turned the slide. "Wasn't Iookin' fer extinguished visitors at this time o' night. Didn't .know but some o' the roughs bad cum:

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18 Boel!I Bob, the King of Bootbl11:ckl!I. ter dust my ulsrer. as they've frequently prom ised to do Come along int.er my private parlor. And, following h is initiation, the strange youth led the way into the great storehouse, and up a pair of stairs to a second floor. Here were nume r ous bins of coal, upon the sida fronting the river; black and dirt were the chief characteristics of the place, as the colonel had surmised, O n e bin had b een long in disuse evidently, and this had b ee n cleaned and washed until it was in more of a presentable condition. It' s furniture consisted of a large oaken chest, bound with iron: two stools, and a pile of straw in one corner, with blankets. Into this novel habitation Boss Bob conducted his visitor, and pointed him to a stool, while he set his lantern u.;>on the chest. "Hee r we aire," toe King of the Bootblacks sairl, with a glance of pride at his surroundings. "This is my castle, every day in a week, when l ain't absent. H ow d'ye like it, curneH" "You don't m9an to tell me this is the only home you have?" the London barrist,er d emanded Yes, I opine it is," Bob replied, produci n's" a couple of oranges and offering one to his VISitor, which was accepted with thanks. "l'll allow it ain't no brown-stone, ner a brick abode but two bricks' o c cerpies it, nights, which is jest the same. As ter hevin' any other hom3, 1 'spect there's auutb.ar domysile, down o n St. Mary's street, w'at claims me, but I don't never respond, ye see I cut loose from ther old folks over a year ago, c a 'se I tuk it inter my they warn't my parents. The old woman she is the old m'.l.n is Irish, an' I'm clear Yank, ter the r backbone, an' I couldn't make it ap pear thet they war my natteral b orn progeni tors. An', then, visions rized inter my minj thet mebbe I was a lo s t h ei r ter sum Duke, or "Vice-President, an' so I cut lo ose from the r old 'uns, an' left ther old leddy ter yell 'cattycatty-cat-fish,' in a falsetter voice, an' the r old man ter heave coke, jest as he used terhin days of Yorick. 'Twasn't never safe up t ere, no how ye could make it, f e r both of 'em used ter cum Iiome b'Ilin', an' sumtimes ther air'd be full e r o' chairs, long-neck e d bottles, an' brickbats, than a yaller dorg is o' fleas. So I cut lo ose." Colonel Rut herford finished the orange and lit c. cio-ar, a sm ile u po n his face. "You did right," he said, after a moment. "I don't believe myself, that you sprung from such pare ntage. But, that is neither here nor the re. I have a little need of your services, and will P"':V you well, if you succeed." "We ll, I'm will in', as long's there's collatteral ar.' no crime attac hed ter ther job. So jest sing out yer wants in short meter, an' I'll listen." Accord in g l y the colonel e:qilained to him the errand which had brought him to AmeriC'.a, in thil same way that he had explained it to Al berts, the pawnbroker, adding the fact of his taking the Jew into his confidence. "There' s j'!st where ye made a foo l of your self I" Boss Bob declared. 1 I wouldn't trust that Jewsharp wi' a cutting uv my little toe81ill, I was a-tellin' Heart-Eater about a big fortune to which the latter was a joint heir; an' the Jew told Ellston, or Heart Eater, thet if he'd help him do some jobs, he'd git him his share o' the fortune." "Ahl what kind of a man is this Heart. Eater, the n1" -"A reg'lar bonyfide r uffian, who'd as lieve knife a felier as to Ink at him. He's bin a pirat.e he sez. "And claims that his name is e h l" "It seem so." "Did you learn anything else?'' "No; not jest then. I kllow a few about thet ar' Alberts, all the same. He's playin' ther base violin wi' a double bow "How do you mean?" "Ohl in multitudinously various ways, I reckon H e's tryin' one little transaxion w'ot I reckon won't work." The n, in'b.is own unique way, the young King of Bootblacks related the state of affairs that was menacibg the Prescott family. Colonel Rutherford listened attentively; the flash of his handsome eyes showing the interest h e f e lt. "You sa;r m erchant's daughter is v ery pretty, eh?' he interrogated, when B ob bad fin ished. "Purty1 W e ll, I guess sol She s purtier'n any ripe peach or J arsey watermelon ye ever see. Blame m e, ef I wasn't so ambisbus ter reach ther pres id entiul cheer, I b'leeve l'd ask 'er ter share my sorrers an' joys." The 'English barrisrer laughed heartily. I presume so. Prescott you say the name is?'' "You b et! "Prescott-Prescott. Humph! I wonde r if there is any s ignifi cance in the resemblance be tween the two names I say, boy, canlyou not take me around to this Prescott's, and give me a 'l'ecommend1" Boss Bob scratched his head a moment, re flective ly. I dunno about that," be said, with a ip:im smile. "Luk's ter me as if ye were goin ter tJ:r. an' cut me oat." 'Oh! no fear of that, at all. It kind of oc curs to me that this Prescott may be the Preston of whom I am in search, but I may easily be mistaken. It won't do no harm to make a cautious investigation, at least. "No, it won't that's a fact; but ye see, thar's snmthin' else that absorbs yer p&Sonal atten tion jest now." "What?'' "I'R tell ye. I was down mr ther Delaware, a spell ago, ter-day, when along cum Alberts, rigged up ter kill, a long wi' anuther feller-a. pal o' bis, jes t out o' Moya-an' they wanted ter hire a little steam tug." "Well1" "W aal, I've kinder bin puzzlin my bump d

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BoH Bob, the King or Bootblacks. t phreno logy as ter what fer them chaps want.ed that tug fer. Alberts bas a yacht of bis own, an' is sum'at acquaint.ed wi' tber riggin' o' \vat.er crafts. But I reckon he bain't agoin' ter take no moonlight excursion on sech a tug." Did he hire it then 1" Yes. Paid down fer it: but didn't want ter use it till ter-night, well on .ter mid. ht. lllf, Uh t probably be bas some trip under view, necessitating a stanch craft," the colonel said. "Y as, mebbe; though his yacht is a good race hoss, an' ar' widely known fer its grace an' cim etery." Perhaps{ou have formed some idea as to the nature o his errand ... have you notr' "Well, yes; I.yeckon J. twig ther durned Jewsbarp's !fame. It's one o' two things-either he's goin ter help intercept ther Sea Breere, or else' he's goin' ter rob your ship o' tber fortune you've fetched across tbe water. The colonel started, violently. "By Heaven! mavbe you're right! If you had not spoken of it, l should not have thought af such a thing-but, now, I have no doubt but what the accursed Jew is bent on boarding the Duchess, for the purpose you have mentioned Something must be done." "Yas, ef ye don't want 'er part wi' yer fortin','' Bob assured. "What time is it by your turnip1'' The colonel at his watch. Just midmght,'' he said. "Which be about the r time ther Jew was ter start. Whar does yel' ship lay?" In Delaware Bay, nearly opposite the mouth of the Delaware. I left her there, believing the treasure would be safer out of the city limits." "Phew! there's where ye made a mistake. How many is there aboard!" Two-the engineer and a trusty old seaman whom I have long had in my employ. The r;t of the bands I dischar1ed for a vacation as soon as we dropped anchor. Then, ef we don't put in our say, ll"ighty suddint, yer fortin's a goner you bet!" Boss Bob declared. "Ther J e w an! bis pal aire up ter snuff, an' et won't take 'em longt.er git away wi' yer two chaps." 'True I true I But, what shall I do! It will be next to impossible for me to reach the Duchess ahead of them, unless I can charter a swift steamer." "Which ye can't do, short o' the Delaware," Boss Bob said, grimly. But, I've got a plan worth two o' yourn. Can ye pull a good stiddy stroke!" Ab I yes. I flatter myself few oars men ever glided over the moody Thames." Then, mebbe we're all hunk yet, tho' I've a forebodin' we'll git in too late. Come! let's git to bizness. Hello, ther', Nondescript, you rascal!" In answer to the Bootblack King's call, there was a commotion in the straw, at one corner of the bin, and the person of the Nondescript came jntoview. Come I" Boss Bob said, sharply. "Help me git out the Long Tomi" The trio then descended the stairs to the lower QOrtion of the building, and Bob and his strange companion brought forth a long regatta sh ell. with four oars, and seating capacity for three persons This was borne aown to the water'& edge, and Col. R utherford soon found hi mself o u t u pon the fiver, with a pair of cars in bis liands, in company with t h e two young Arabs, whom, in London, he would not have d eigned to notice. The second pair of oars were mampulat.ed by Boss Bob, while the Nondescript hel d the tiller, his strange owl-like eyes peering a head sharpl y into darln1ess. A thorough oarsman it took Colonel Ruther. fort but a moment to iearn that he had found hi s equal in the young bootblack. Superior in strength to most yo uths of b i s sire and years; qui cl!: and precise, with accuracy of measure, Boss Bob was well skilled as an oarsman. And as the colonel was the same, the twain founcLit an easy task to row together, and sent; the long shell plowing through the water at a rapid rate. The keen eye of the Nondescript kept the prow straight in the center of the river, except when some larger boat loomed up in its path-then h e would veer it enough to one side to avoid a col lision. Market, Chestnut and South street bridges were passed, and still the two oarsmen plied their oars steady and strong, ea&h dip bending their ashen blades, and shooting the boat a long like a thing of life. The was the first to perspire, but be kept resolutely at the work for he knew that much depended upon bis reaching the Duchess ahead of the rascally Jew. Boss Bob seemed equally interest.ed that they should reach their destination on time; but, unlike the colonel, he did not easily perspire, for he was tough and rugged, and inured to all sorts of hardships "T'won't take long, now," he said as they passed the bluffs at the rear end of Woodlands Cemetery. "Ef we keep on at this rate we'll git there afore Alberts, w'ich would tickle me like a fish." Ah I it would also J?Ut me at ease," the col-. olonel said, anxiously. But, something tells me that we will be too late. A steam tug, if right ly managed can double on our time." True ag'in Boss Bob assented, sniffing the salt water that exhaled from the spray of their oars. "But, sumthin' may have detained 'em -mebbe they won't durst board the Duchess, until the night gits darkest, jest before dawn." J' We will bof,_6 so, until we learn differently," was the colonel s reply. -<' Then they rowed on, with incre ased speed, through the gloom of the night. ''Keep yer eyes peeled fer the Harbor Perlice, 'Script,' Bob cautioned. "Ef they waster spot us a-pullin' away like this they'd most like l y want ter interview us, which would waste preshus time." Then on again they went. Neither of the trio had been over the coursa before, and Boss Bob was somewhat deceived a s to the distance they had to go before reachi n g the outlet into the Delaware. Work tbe best they could, it WliS after 3 A. M.bere they shoved out into the bay. arkness reigned supr eme, except for an GO>

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10 Boss Bob, the King of Bootblacks. casional starlike gleam that came across the after the 10th of September at one minute tio bay, locating the anchorage of va.rious shios. twelve o'clock." / Hold up a minute," the colonel said, t till I "You think not, though." can get my bearings. I shall have to look Exactly. And in case it does not come in, around me, -till I find my ship." :Morton Prescott will have to recommence life Accordingly the oars were allowed a rest, and on a smaller scale, and your fashionable friends the lawyer gazed around him. will notice you no more. In that case you had "Ab! there's the Duchess," he exclaimed, better quit him for me. He bas no I p9inting to the southeast-the ship with the have. He will have no money-I have. ) '.O U light at the top of the mainmast. Ahead we know bow I got it; what of it? You love me, ge>--livel y, now!" you' say1" Ami once more they bent to their oars. In "I will think-I will think about it," the mer-half an hour they came to a neat, stanch-lookchant's wife said. "If I could only-" ing steamer; in five minutes more, leaving the The door opened, and a servant entered the N ondescript in the boat, the colonel and Boss room. Bob were on deck "'If you please, ma'am," h e said, bowing, And the r e, lyllig bound and gagged, they "there's a countryman at tbe door, who wants found the and seaman, whom tlte colto see the master. I said he was not in, but he one! had left m Ct they malice. "I bat,e her even more than I do him. treat me decent." But, why is it that the Sea Breeze will not Sylvia g rew fairly livid with rage. arrive'i'' To be thus bE>,a.rded in b11r own apartments by "Alberta did not say in so many words, but a rough son of the rural distriC>ts, was someJdnte(J that she was liable to touch bottom be-thing too horrible for her sensitive nerves t.o fore 9be Wo.ched port. It may be possible, bow-stand, and she turned to her companion, in deever., that she will turn up all safe and soun.Q__ spair.

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BoBS Bob, the King of Bootblacks. "Le Grande, my dear, I appeal to you to i:ro tect me from insult, and abuse!" cried. 'Hello!" Josh ejaculated, as he took a good look at the dandy.1 "Gosh darn my buttons ef you ain't the same chap who stole my ten dollars, up at the Centenyal, an' afterward got parding frum ther judge. Yes! sir-eel I know you now." A...
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82 Boss Bob, the King of.Bootblacks. Now, you told me thet one o' ther heirs was :named Mortimer, didn't ye?" "I did." Well, as I sed before, I blacked ther boots o' a feller one night on Market street bridge, who aed he was Oliver Mortimer, an' hed come down ter ther Centennial ter meet Colonel Rutherford. He also inquired about Morton Prescott; an' an' after he went away, I found a packet of E'.pers, which he must have dropped. I picked em up. an' 'em to the Nondescript ier safe keepin', an h even't thonght ter examine e m since. Mebbe they might throw some light o n the subject of what tlier Jew an' the feller Mor-timer, were doing tergether. "True. Have you got the papers with you?" "lfo-not unless the Nondescript has 'em." The boy shook his head. "Then they're down in my escrito17., whar I stoJ>," the King of Bootblacks said. 'S'posin' we slope in that directlou, as we ain't liable to find out much more here." Very well. We will go at once. I desire to learn bow this Mortimer ever came in possession of my name. Accordingly they took their departure from the Duchess, and pulled back for Philadef"phia, over the Schuylkill course, arriving at the first starting point early in the forenoon. Once more Boss Bob conducted the colonel to -his lodgings in the disused bin"of the coal-house, and from the old chest, which he unlockedl brought forth the papers which had been pickea up on Market street bridge. Examination proved them t.6 be a couple of l&tters, minus their envelopes-the first one being from Alberts, the pawnbroker, and directed to Oliver Mortimer. Colonel Ruth1wford glanced over it, and then read it aloud fu Bob and the Nondescript, who listened attentive ly. It was as follows: MR. OLIVER MORTIMER, ESQ.: DitAR SIR:-1 have instituted the inquiries, as per your direction. and find that the fortune, of which you are a fourth h eir is in the hands of Colonel Rutherford, Maid e n Lane, London. I await further ord ers from you. "DR. A. ALBERTS ... The next was from the Jew to Mortimer, but more to the point. "Pm!.ADELPHIA, Pa. Nov. -71S. "DEAR MORTIMER:Your proposition was agree able, and I at once s e t a London agent at work. From bim I learn tbat Rutherford will sail tor Phila d e lphia some time in July, on a search for the h eir, bringing him the four fortun e s He will be recommended to me by Schauss & Co., and I'll work It with caret Mak e It your point to be here by the first o f August, it possible, and we'll ca P.ture the game. and then divid e th spoils It will not be a bard tbingto do. when we once get fairly to work. and the remuneration Is worth the working for. It there i$ anything else you have to saggest, do so, believing me your faithful friend and confederate, ALBERTS." CHAPTER X. THE AOT OF A DARING SCOUNDREL. KEEREOT I" Boss Bob said, Wh'lU the colonel had stopped reading. "Thet's tber key-note ter t.ber bull bizness, in er falsetter voice. Tber Seller, Mortimer, hevin' an inklin', hes left it in ther bands o' ther JwshaIJ> an' he's ftggered et out, an' got it down fine. So, twixt you an' me, an' the Nondescript, h eer, ther Jew an' Mortimer war ther ones thet robbed the Duchess." You are undoubtedly right," the cofonel admitted. "But what proof is there of iW' "Not much, sure's an oyster hates a Congressman. Ye couldn't swear the t Alberts were miled up in tber affair: tharfore Mortimer's the only 'coon l eft ter clinch onter. Ef ther fortin's ever found, he'll hev ter be collared, an' treated ter ther prospects of a private lynch picnic, so't h e' ll turn State's evidence." "Boy, again you are right! Before the stolen fortunes can be recovered, we must trap the man Mortimer. But, it may be a lifetime, ere we can find him." "Most likely h e' s skinned out already i... but it won't be no harm ter look f e r him. r:s' posin' we take a skip down to the Delaware, an' see ef the tug hes been returned yet1" The colonel hesitated a moment; his eyiis were contrasting Bob's ragged and dirty ac couterments with bis own elegal\t attire. "Oh I ye needn' t be afeard of my togs," the bootblack said, quickly noticing the hesitation. "Ef you're partial ter walkin' wi' a gentleman o' my style o' you can take one side o' tber thurrofare, an I'll take t'otber." "Nol not my boy. Though your garments are not quite presentable, your heart is clean, and I am not afraid to promenade the streets with you. You shall have a new outfit of clothyer a dollar on .that! Don't want other togs. I'd make a gallus lookin' swell, now, wouldn't H Ha! ha! ha! Ef ther b'hoys waster see Boss Bob decorated in hig h-tid e raiments, tber price of onhealtby hen-fruit would advance amazingly1 No, sir-ee I don't wan't no better togs l;ill I run fer Congress or Senator, an' then I,'ll scoop et ter all ther boys." The colonel smiled. He saw that there was no use of with this youug Arab. whose head was so l evel." Leaving the Nondescript at the coal-house, Bob and tbe colonel hied themselve s to the Wire Brid11:e, and there took the Race and Vine street cars for the Delaware river. The car was well filled and durine; t11e ride the Londoner's pride was fuily tested, for Boss Bob's irrepressible chatter constantly rung in his ear, and be responded promptly. Many curious glances were turned upon him by the fashionable ones in the car-many won dering thoughts why so distinguished a looking should engage in conversation with an mco1rigible bootblack. If the colonel knew of these thoughts and glances, be did not heed them, except by a slight flush which was preceptible upon bis face. On reaching the-termination of the car line, Bob and the colonel left the car and walked down to Delaware avenue and the river. In the course of ten minutes' walk along this thoroughfare, they came to the pier from which the steam-tug had been hired by Alberts They found the owner, a stout little Irishman, seated upon an empty half-barrel, gazing out; onto the dark bliswaters of the restless river.

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Boss :{lob, the King ol Bootblac!ks. 13 "Hello Mike l" Bob saluted. "The t.op av the montln' tO yezl Shure, an' has the Virgin Mary returned yet!" / "Divil a bit of it, Bob! Niver a won have I sane of it since she pointed her nose down the strame." Told ye so," said Bob, turning 'to the colo nel. The cusses have slid off ter New York or Bosting, an' thet's ther last ye'll see o' ther swag." "J fear you are right. Let's go, however, and see if we can find Alberts. If he is guilty, he must in some way betray the fact." They accordingly left the wharf and betook themselves to the pawnbroker's office, where, sure enough, they found the scheming Jew be hind his counter. "'Ah, good-morning!" he exclaimed, as the colonel entered. I vas habby to see you, Mister Rutherford. Vat success haft' you made, may I ask" "None at all, sir; and I have come to apprise you that I shall need your services no longer, as I have concluded to prolong the search no further." "Tral la! loo! old put in Boss Bob as they left the shop. LoOk out you don't get trapped yet. Ef thar's enny virtue in promises, I'll see you again." Well, did you observe anything suspicious in the looks of the rascal!" Rutherford demand ed, as he and Bob retraced their steps t.oward the river, involuntarily. Tho't he looked kinder startled like when we entered, didn't he!" "Yes; or at least it appeared t.o me so. But as we have no positive proof of his guilt, I guess it will hardly pay-t.o bother with him." "Not fer you. But I'll keep a kinder watch on him. He's playin' anuther keercl, t.oo, w'ich I'm goin' ter gum, ef he tries ter fiopp a trump. H ello! there she goes now I" "Who!" "Miss Prescott! Cum along! Now's yer chance fer a knock-down!" And, before the colonel was fully aware of it, h e found himself standing in the presence of one of the prettiest girls he had ever met. Miss Prescott, this is Colone l Richard Rutherford, of ther Queen's legal staff who owns more'n two-thirds o' tber British islanrl, an has a prospect o' bein' a nffil;t king. Bein' an intermate friend o' mine1an' a gallus cove, wi' lots o' swa11: an' no wives, tho't you'd like t.o know him l" said Boss Bob, the essence of a mischiev ous spirit beaming from his eyes. Pearl blushed, and bowed modestly; hesitated, was confused, until tpe colonel came t.o her res cue. You will of course excuse our in-epressible friend here," he said, with a smile. "Bob means all right. I am most happy for this privilege of knowing you, I am sure. I hid you a pleasant good-dax." "Good-day, sir," the merchant's daughter re plied, smilingly, and continued on her way. "Bob, you young rascal, I've half a mind to give you the cat-o'-nine-tails for your audacity l" the colonel said, turning with a flushed face to the King of Bootblacks. You not only placed the young lady in a queer position, but put me to my wits' e nds Your etiquette won't answer for all occasions." "Hang ther eterketl" Bob ret.orted, independ ently. "W'ot's ther use o' bein' hlishful over nothin'? W'ot's ther use o' goin' tern this world ef ye don't know sumbody? Guess I know w'ot I'm about! Ef I see any consarned male or fe male I wanter know, I chip in an' inter-Oooce myself, 'thout any mincin'. Thet's how I get along so famuss. Fer insta nce, that' s how I got acquainted wi' Grant. See'd him standin' in ther Continental one day, an' so I waltzed right up ter him. I axed):iim was be 'Lysses, an' he sed be was. Then I interdooced myself, an' asked him if he'd 'smile,' an' be sed he would. Since then, whenever he sees me, he sings out, Wie gehts, BoJ:;> l'" The colonel did not reply. They soon reached a telegraph office1 and here the Kmg of Bootblacks t.ook leave of nis distin guished frien&, be proceeding along with pecu liar business sang froid, while the colonel en tered the office before mentioned. Here he sent two dispatches t.o the chiefs of police in New York and Boston, containing de scription of the Virgin Mary tug-boat, and or the man Mortimer-whiC'h had been furnished him by Bob-with orders for apprehension, and so forth. He then oought bis hotel, to await the issue, although he had no faith that he would ever hear from either the man or the boat. He bad not as yet &en all of the Centennial 1rhat he wished to, and he was rernlved to put forth every effort to secure the restore tion of the prize wnich he had lost. Another thing had quickened bis resolve to re main loiiger in the City of Homes-the glimpse of Pearl Prescott's face hich he had gained. That while seated in bis office at the warehouse, with a weary, troubled expression upon bis face, Morton Prescott received a visitor in the pen;on of .Alberts, the pawnbroker. The Jew had found the door unlocked, and entered without ceremony, as was bis wont. "Ahl goot--evening, my frient," he said, as be beheld the merchant. I see dot you vas still in business." "Wl:iY should I not be!" Prescott demanded, somewhat sava gely "Do 3ou imagine I'm going t.o give up business because a rascal like you is conniving at my ruin! No, sir, I defyyoul" "lsh dot so, Mister Prescott! I don'd vas understand you. You act ash if you vas Z!lad at rour benefnct.or." My benefact.or-you my be11efactor! Hal ba! I see you are inclined to be facetious. Al berts, do not for a moment think that I do not understand you -your wbole game, from beginning to end, for you will be mistaken. I know you and your 'P.Iot, but you shall not win. When your devilish schemes seem most sure of success, I will defeat you." "You vill do dot, Mister Prescott!" "Ayl I will do it, Heaven he1ping me!" "But what if Heafen don'd vas help den!" "Heaven will help me. Whoever relies upon the Lord loses nothing."

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r Boss Bob, the King of Bootblacks. "Yawl You shust keep on d'inking dose thoughts, unt dot vill pe all right. All de dift'erence, I vant my monish purdy quick, or I dakes your girl ash my wife." "Curse you,no! You shan never lay a hand upon 'the child, if I have to murder her myself. Her death would be a thousar.d times preferable to the knowledge that she was in the power of a ruthless villain like you." Ve vill see apoud dot, mine friend Prescott. Der law vill giff me her, when I show him dot paper. If I do not get her alive, I claim her bodv'; und wreak my vengeance on dot." "liah I I will not listen to you. The Sea Breeze may touch harbor soon enough so that I can dispose of the cargo, and meet my obligation to you, you villain." I am afraid not. You don'd vas need hurry up matters, for I jest ash lie f haff der girl ash der monis4,'' was the chuckling r ep ly, hs the Jew bowed himself out. ,From the warehouse he proceeded direct to the Prescott mansion in his private carriage. The door was opened by a servant in livery. What's wanted?" be demanded, eying the pawnbroke r suspiciously. "Oh! tell Miss Brescott that Colon e l Rutherford, would like to see her1 in the parlor," Alberts replied, pushing past the sorvant into the hall, and thence to ihe grand parlor, the door of which was open. With a growl of something about "no cards," the servant went away to deliver the lying m es sa.O"e. '&; the parlor Alberts wa!ted, near the doo r a cunning expression upo n his features. That some evil purpose was in his mind, was evident. Soon light footsteps came down the stairs, and the graceful figure of pretty Miss Pearl had swept into the parlor. The next instant Alberts closed the door through which she had just entered, and locked it, putting the key into own pocket. As he did so, Pearl around, with a gasp of horror. 1 "Albert Alberts, you h ere!" she articulated, staggering back, as though smitten by an unseen hand. "Exactly, my dear Miss Prescott; I am here. Undoubtedly you.a.re glad to see me?" Glad to see you, sir? Ah! I see; you are joking, in a villain's way. No! I am 'not glad to see you. What brings you here, pray, where your presence is least desired?" "Oh! as to that, the time is drawing near when we must be co m e as one, iri the bonds of wedlock, and I deem e d it bost to call around and get better acquainte d with you. B es ides, there is a grand ball to-nig:ht, in the lower end of town, and I thought pernaps you might need an escort." "Sir! do you think I would accept of you as such? I would not trust a hair of my head 'Within your reach!" "Tut! tut! One would infer that I was a terrible desperado to hear you talk. Surely, you will be more amiable after we are mar ried?" "We will never be married, sir! I have learned of your villainy, in hindering the Sea Breeze, and that alone I thinl: would free me from the, claim. But if it should not1 I would take my own life before I would be rorced to wed a man of your stamp." You swear to this?" "A thousand times if necessary!" "Then we will secure you beforehand, to make sure!" the pawnbroker cried with sudden fierce ness, as he left his chair, and sprung upon her. The move had evidently been premeditated, for he was armed with a heavy shawl, with which he dexterously envel oped her head before she could scream. WheI) she did attempt to give the alarm, her cries of course were in a measure drowned, for the villain had raised her in his strong arms, and held the shawl closely over her mouth. "There, curse you!" he muttered, savagely. "You shall not cheat me out of my game, be fore I've won it. I've got you fast enough, ship or no ship. The next thing is to get to my car ria.e;e without beiu$" observed." With his victim Ill his arms, the pawnbroker managed to unlock and open the door, after which h e peered cautiously mto the hall Fortunately for hlm the coast was clear. "The next thing is to listen!" he mused. H e approached the door opening upon the street, for this purpose1 when it was suddenly flunoopen, and Boss Boo, the King of the Boot blackS, and his strange companion, the Nonde' script, stood confronting him! "No yer don't, old Jewsharp?" the former cried. "Jest you drop thet gal, or I'll drop you quicker'n ever a J erseyman ever mad3 a watermelon look sickTyou hear us, Maloney and Co., perfessionalsl" CHAPTER XI. THE KING COUNTERPLOTS-HEART-EATER. WITH a frightful curse Alberts took in the sit uation ata glance, and even as quk k he had formed his resolve. Dropping Pearl from his arms in no gentle manner, he made a sudden bound forward through the open portal, into the street. The next instant h e bad leaped into his carriage and was driven furiously away. The result of his sudden rush into the skeet, had been to overturn both Bob and the Nonde script, as their barricade of the passage did not withqtand the force of hi s precipitate rush. "Well, may I be" swallered fer a Jarsey eye ster, ef that Jewsbarp didn't put in a good stroke fer h'berty, anyhow," the Bootblack King muttered, as he picked himself up1 and felt his bones to learn if they were in their usual places. "Blamed if l didn't thinkther end o' time bed cum. Eh1 Nondescript-hurt any by yer sud den ante!" -:'he owl-eyed boy shook bis bead. "Wal, the r next thing's ter l oo k after ther girl. 'Spe<'t mebbe she's fainted. Wimmen folks 'most allus faint w!Jen they don't know what else ter do." When they re-ascended the steps and ent.ered the hall they found the merchant's daughter awaiting them. Oh I you dear, good fellow!" she said, vancing when she saw Boss Bob and i>.xtending her fair hand fearlessly. How can I ever re

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BoBB Bob, the King 0 Bootbla.cke. pay you for saving me from a terrible fate1 I WllS j11st wondering whom/I had to thank for the tntervention that prevented the Jew from carrying me away with him. " Well, et's me an' my pard, as you perseeve," Bob assured. "Miss Prescott, make ye acquainted wi' tber Nondescript. He's dumb, is ther Nondescript, an' don't often his jaw, in ther way of conversation, but bes famous on rakin' in ther p'ints an' saltin' 'em down so they won't sp'ile with age." "I am glad to see y o u both," Pearl said earnestly. Come into the parlor, and be seated, while you tell me bow it was you w ere so op tJOrtunely on baud jus t as that villain was about to carry me off." Oh I that waz easy enuff,'' Boss Bob replied, as he and the Nondescnpt accepted seats in the grand l?arl6r. "We'd been spottin' ther pawnbroker, Jest fer tber fun o' tbe r thing, an' follered him up b eer, calcylatin' be was up to sum !leviltry. Tbet's bow; an' now, astime is money ter us\ I've got a little suggesti0n ter make ; I'll ma.Ke et, an' then git ter other biz ness." "Very well; I will give you my attention, I assure you," Pearl replied. "I feel that what you would say interests pa.pa and myself." You're purty good at guessin,' yo u aire. Yes, et's about yer interests that I would speak. Ther matter concerns tbe r arrival o' ther Sea Breeze It's gittin' purty near time she war makin' herself manifest, an' et's also purty near time yer governor know'd where his chips are comin' frum term et tbe r Jew' s paper." Very true But I fear papa does not know which way to turn Pearl replied anxiously. "He still has faint hopes that the sbip will arrive in time for him to discbargo the cargo and 'get the cash for it. Several prominent retail m erchants stand r01tdy to take it off bis bands on sight at a good price. But1 ab !-I-I am so fearful that it will not arrive!' "Kerect. You b e v cause ter foor, fer even ef ther ship comes wi'in a day o' port, she' ll not get beer unless we do sumthin' ourselves. Alberts will send that Bill Heart-Eater out ter scuttle rer, an' et depends on us whether we git te. r ther ... ea Breeze afore be does, or not!" We, you say?'' "Yas, we! you must go along an' 'tend ther steerin' oar. Nondescript I 'll pull tber stroke. "But surely, you would not think of venturing out to sea in an OPf'n boat?" Dunno. 'Spect SQ. Wben a feller bain't got no ship he's got ter take up wi' a tub, ain't he1 I'd swim, afore I'd let ther J ewsbarp beat." Miss Prescott laughed a little. The earnestness of this irrepressible street urchin amused her; and the n, too, it added fl.ame to h e r own spirit on the subject. "Bravo I" sbe said, gladly. "You are a brave, irood boy, and I like you for it. Of C'Ourse the Jew must not be permjtted to triumph, and s o long as J can be of any' use, you may command my aid." .. Now. the n, thet sounds bizness-like," Boss Bob nodded wise l y. "But, there's one p'int we should cum ter an understandiu' on. Mebbe I'M jest as old as yerself, ef I do b lac k boots, an' Y must treat me wi' consideration ekel to my years. That's all. I d on' t wanter be count.ed no fer I d espise a nabob wuss' n I do a green J arseyman. Ef ever I rise e t must be ter G uv'ner or President, or else I'll n eve r go back o n Bixby's Best. You hear me1" "Mr.Bob, why is it you hol
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28 Bos s Bob, the Kiag of Bootblacks. early a lltart as possible, f e r the sooner we reach ther Sea Breeze, the r more apt :we aire ter git ahead o' Bill Heart-Eater." According1y Pearl gave him what mone y she h ad, ful l y trusting to his honesty and equipped with it, the young Bootbla c k King l eft the mansion and hurried with all speed toward South street wharf. Within the hour be had '' nailei" the Belle of Boston. Later that same eve ning, after Pearl had r e tired, Morton Prescott r eturned from town, and sought his wife's apartments. Not finding h e r in the parlor\ be entered her bedchamber but she was not tnere Som ewhat surprised at this absenc e he began to look around him, and upon a found a sheet of monogram paper, containing a f e w hastily written w o rds, as follows: .. DEAR MORTON:-By the tim e you read this T shall ha.ve p l ac e d many mil e s betwe e n you and me Ot course you have long known tbat I did not car e for you-that your wea lth a n d social position w e re tbe only iies that bound me to you And, now, as both the wealth and position will slip awa y leaving you little less tha.n a beggar I de e m it only fair that I should also fad e away from your vie w I have g one with my d ear Le Grande, whom I worshiped before ever I saw you. Of course you will not s e ek for me. for you are doubt l ess as gl a d to get rid of me as I am of you Srt.vu.." That was all; and the merchant gazed upon the paper, with whit ening faceand glaring e y es, a groan of anguish coming from the depths of his heart. "May God in heaven h elp her, as I cannot!" he murmured, as-he turned and stagge r e d down t h e stairs and out into the night. After his escape from the merc hant's man Bion Albert Alberts was driven to Broad and Market streets, where he left the cab, and dismissed it. H is features were now covered with an immense black beard; which gave him quite a vil lainous, if not a distinguished, appearance. Walking down Marke t street to Ninth, he crossed through that street to Chestn u t wh ere h e bad, on a previous nh!;ht, waited, and intercepted the ex-pirate, Bill H eart-Eater. Taking up the same po s ition to-night, h e wait ed for ov e r an hour, but could see nothing of r uffian in the passin g c r o wd At last, with a gro wl of impatience b e struck off of Chestnut stree t, southward, and walked briakly In half an hour he brought up before a dirty brick tenem e nt-h o use iu street, and as cended a pair of stairs to the third landing. Opening a door immediately at bis left, he en tered, without c e r e m ony an apartment that was a novelty in the way of dilapidati on Th e plastering had for the m ost part fallen off; the windows were orname nted with cobw e hs and stains of tobac co-juic e whil e a portio n of the floor had b ee n torn up-probably for kindlin g wood E verywh ere were dirt and disorder; the fur niture was broken; upo n a three-legged table we r e a pitcher and glass; the wall was hung llVith pistols, cutlasses, ropes knives, and vario u s implements belo nging to a burglar's proMsion. In a broken arm-chair by the tabl e, on whic h sputtered a candle, sat the ex-pirate, with his head dropped forward, as if in a drunken s l eep The pawnbroker uttered a curse at the sight, and went forward and shook him savagely. "Wake up, you he growled. What do you mean by gorging yourself with poison wh e n I need you the most1 Heart-Eater aroused, partly, and gazed at the Jew with a l ee r. Oh, it's you, is it1" he grunted, gruffly "It you want anything of me spit it out. I'm Bill Heart-Eater from the high seas." "You pe von drunken loafer," the Jew re plied, sourly. "Cheese it!" the other returned, significantly, as be drew a long knife from his bootleg, and tested the edge by shaving a few hairs"--trom the back of his hand. I've told yer 'bout enuff to drop that Jew gabble, an' I'll have a heart to eat ef ye dont mind." Alberts shuddered. T h e yvolfish glare in t h e blood hot eyes of the ruffian did not conduce to bi s ease "I forgot-I'll be more careful hereafter," he said, apolog etically. I came to see you on business. Have you heard anything more in re gard to the ship "Not a b u bble." "You think she will touch the waters of the bay by the 9th! "Et wouldn t belay my ideas ef she did. It has been fair breezy weathe r ever since she started, and, what with her steam and sails, she oul!'.ht to touch fresh water by noon, the nintb.''f' She must not be hailed before that. If you work right, yo u can creep up on her, in the ni?;ht before, can you not1" 'Leave that to me. I shell leave here so as to get to the bay before sundown1 tbe 8th, in time to makE) observations. I nave an old. Spanish glass there in a chest, that'll diskiv e f tber nature an' name o' a craft sixty miles away, an' I can soon tell my game. l'il board h e r in -the an' fix things right afore she touc hes fres h water. "Good. Your plan is excell ent. The sooner sh e i s scuttle d, the safer it will be fo r me, for the m e r chant m e ans mischief in some w ay, but I h a v e not y e t learned how. Anyhow, h e bas parties waiting for the cargo, at a moment' s warning, whe n t h e Sea Breeze touc hes port. She must not touc h port, or my mon e y has gone, and I have lo s t the girl in the bargain. " D on't y e f ear. I'll fix her so she won't sight Philadelphia afore S eptember 12th," the ex-pirate said, with a villainous chuckl e "But I must have a hundred dollars ter g e t m e a tug. Thar's one I've 11;ot my e y e on thet can be hired fer that amount. Without a word, the pawnbroker took out his plethorw pur"6, and counted out the d e sired amount, and Heart-Eater raked it in greedily. That will 'nail' the 'Belle of Boston '" he said peerin g into the emptyf'tcbe r I've only one othe r want, anrl shall be ready tio tackle the job with a will." "What is that!" Alberts replied.

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Boas Bob, the Kini: of Bootblacks. "Money enough ter get on a big drunk, so as ter steady my nerves," the ruffian said, with a wolfish laugh. I brougbt you along a bottle of rare cognac, here," and the pawnbroker drew a great flat ftAsk from an inner pocket. Get as drunk as you please; only see to it that you attend to bumness." "Ef I don't ye can cum here an' cut my heart out, an' I'll eat it myself," the ruffian answered, as he seized the bottle eagerly. With a grim smile, the Jew buttoned his coat, took his fiat, and leaving Heart-Eater in his room, made his way out of the tenement-house, and as rapidly as possible from Alaska street. Left alone with the bottle of liquor, Heart Eater proceeded straightway to business, and in the cow'Se of fifteen minutes he had drained it to the dregs. In the COW'Se of ten minutes more his head dropped forward, and presently he pitched head foremost upon the floor, and luy there in a drunken stupor. Though a man of strong will and prodigious physical strength, he had to succumb at last to that demon with whom no man can wrestle long and successfully. Perhaps an hour passed after the ruffian fell forward upon the floor, when a pile of dirty blankets, which had lain carelessly heaped in one corner of the room, began to unroll, and out of them came the form of no less a person than the Nondescript! There was a qwet ex pression of triumph upon his face whic h bespoke the fact that he had been listening, having some time secured a position in the ex picate s quarters. After leaving his place of concealment, he searched around the room for some time, and .finally found the marine spy-glass of which Heart-Eater had spoken to the Jew. Armed with this, he then shook his fist at the slumbering ruffian 11.nd l eft the place. He had heard all that was necessary to in that direction. CHAPTER XlI. EVERGREEN UNMASKS-BOSS BOB'S MISSION. FRIDAY, September 8, 1876, dawned upon the city of Philadelphia, bright and warm, but brought with it no event of especia l importance, publicly, more than the moving of mighty throngs of citizens and strangers Centennialward. Each day that now passed but served to add to the mighty hosts that flocked from far and near to attend the grandest world's fail; ever held In and around the mammot. h Exposition every oae seemed smiling and happy, and an observer would have wondered if there could be sueh a thing as unhappiness or woo in so sprightly or merry a gathering. Perhaps not; we will hOJ?El so. Upon this E>ighth mormng of the month of SeJ>tember, Morton Prescott arose early and left the mansion, as he supposed, hefore any one else was up. He had not seen Pearl to speak with her, but he was aware that she knew of his trouble, and sympathized with him As be left the house for_ the sti eet, be found Joshua seated on the front en ga&ed in whittling on a piece of pine wooa he bad somewhere picked up. "Whatf you up already, Josh!'' the merchant exclaimed, in surprise. "Waal, yas, uncle Mort;,..) tbo't .I'd git up an' whittle a little1 the Vermonter replied, with a grin; "an' 'side from that, I wanted ter see ye on bizness." Ver;y well; I am going 1;o my warehouse, and you may come with me." 11 Accordingly, I will,' Evergreenreplied,;,,,nd he made baste to follow the merchant. In the course of half an hour, both were seat ed in the latter's office; then Morton Prescott turned upon his relative, inquiringly. "I am now ready to hear what you have to say," be said, gravely. My time is limited, but I will hear from you." "Well, it will not tR.ke long for me to make known my business," the other revlied, his tone of voice and manner of.speech entirely changed. 11 Allow me to introduce myself-Josh Ever green, at your service, junior partner of the firm of Batcheldor and Evergreen, Boston, and also your nephew. I am not lately from Ver mont, but have bee.ii getting rich, and wishing to visit the Centennial, I concluded to hitve a little masquerade, by personating the honest but illiterate son of the State of Vermont. A little washing off of paint, re-twisting of features,_and the removal of wigs, and so forth, and I believe the change would be satisfactory, SO'Jlardon my absence, while I step over to my hotel, 1md restore myself." He then took a smiling departure, but in the course of an hour a handsomely dressed, and not homely young man returned and seated himself in the merchant's office "You see the rich Josh, now," he said with a quiet smile; "so I'll further tell you my busi ness here. Of course I came to do the Centennial, bufthat was not my sole motivP. in com ing. I heard that you were in pecuniary diffi culties, and having no lack of ready means, believed I mi&ht be of some assistance to you. And, now, while I smoke a cigar, I want you to tell me all about yourself and affairs, so that I ma!, understand your case." 1 My dear roy, I will willingly do so," the merchant r eplied, whereupon he related th1> situation of all his affairs, as is known to the reader. Joshua listened, with no. little surprise and interest. 11 It is a remarkable romance, from beginning to end," be said, o.s the merchant concluded 11 A strange matter throughout. I think I know this Jew, however, who holds the mortgage upon my fair cousin, Pearl. Such a party borrowed a sum of money of us, a few years ago, upon misrepresentation, and failed to pay it back. We never made him any trouble, as we did not deem it worth while. But he is undoubtedly a deep"rascal." "In truth be is: and, rather than see my Pearl bis wife, I'll kill her or him with my own bands." "Bravely spoken! It would he a sacrilege to wed a Christian woman to such as be. And there shall be nothing of the kind. Wait. If your ship does not on time, we will

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98 Bo Bob, the Kipc of Bootbla.cks. manage somehow to defeat this execrable llCOundrel 'I'' At this moment t h e door opened1 _and Boss Bob walked into the office, blac.lting-kit in hand. Momin.' I" he said, with a nod to the mer -0hant. Tho't maybe I'd find ye heer. A -00rnered clam allus keeps close to his shell Any -0ash jobs, hereabo u ts?" Well, yes; you may as well b lack my boots, I suppose. Bob, this is Mr. Evergreen, a f>.ephew <>f miue, from Boston." The youth wheeled s u ddenly, and surveyed the Bostonian critically. See heer !" he exclaimed, scratching his head through a: rent in his cap. I'm an eyester, ef I ain't a little That chap, Evergreen? No, sir-eei ye cant discount me. Ther Evergreen I see d was greener'n a green J arsey melon, an' didn't luk no more like this chap than I luk like Guv'ner,Hartranft. "Nevertheless we were one and the same :party," Evergreen replied with a laue;h-" only, lDStead of comine; from Plunkit, Varmont,' I came from the Hub." "Well ef thet doesn't beat Bixby's Best, may I never shine another understandin'!" the bootblack exclaimed. Sech a metamorphozus takes me 'way off my cue. Beats ther Blac k Crook transformation all ter blazes. An' so ye're a relation ter my friend, heer1" with a nod toward the merchant. "Yes, a nephew, I believe." Bob gave vent to a prolonged whistle, and then set to work at the merchant's boot, with an occasional shake, suggestive of how much he had been taken in on the .Easterner When he had finished, h e also blackened Evergree n's boots, after which he arose and to the merchant. "Now, boss, if it's all ther same to you, I'd like ter-give ye a little advice, concernin' ye r own affairs. On course, I don't run this 'stablishment, an' 'tain't my lip-in; but e! ye're afte r my pattern o' architeckture, ye' d ruthe r take a hint than a hit, enny day." Certainly, my boy. lf you have any sug gestions to offe r that you think may be bf beueftt to me, I shall be most happy to hear them." "Kerec t. Then here goes. I'm goin' out ter save the Sea Breeze!" You?" the m erchant ejaculated. "Yes, I," was the sturdy reply. "I hate ter see villainy triumph over cheek, an' so l'ra goin' ter tread the r deck o' ther Sea Breeze afore Bill :S:eartEate r does; so then, when he cums ter scuttle h s r, we'll jest about scuttle him!" "My noble young-" "Cheese it!" :Buss Bob interrupted, with an authoritative wave of his hand. "My name's Boss B o b, au' I black boots, an' ar' considered about flt f e r a door-mat fer sech f.olks as you. Thet's my p edil\"ree. an' any one thef don't walk on ther side walk wi' me, can take a street car. I've a huckster cart-load o' bad streaks in my composition, an' I don't allow no man ter go ter eul ogizin' me, fer a cent. When l do a job, I do it on my own hook, an' that s my biz. I never was made ter do what I didn't wanter, yit Sometimes I fee l like givin' a c.#,erzen a lift, a n t 'cause I d o ef, I ain't a-goin' ter ilak e no back talk. Ef I hed m y choioe o' swe.Jlerfn dishwater, or human praises, I'd tak:edis h w a tm-, ca'se i t woul d stick ter one's ri1's. Talk is cheap, an' ye ken't expect a penny pie ter be like a five-center. So when I tell ye I'm goin' ter trod ther decks o' ther Sea Breeze afore Bill Heart-Eater, I don't want no eulogy ner praise-puddin on my plate. Ef I save ther ship, an' git her inter port,. all right All I want is whatever cash collatteral yJ)u've a mind ter diffuse, w'ich'll be all right. B izness is bizness, ye know an' the man who shmes on a collatteral basis, he rises ; while ther one who tries ter make a livin' ou eulorgy an' wind-puddin'-he sinks!" Both Morton Prescott and Evergreen smiled their apI!roval, for each felt he had learned a lesson from the street Arab. "Your services shall, of cow-se be properly rewarded/' the former said. "i' am glad to have so snrewd and earnest an advocate to my interests." Think I'm shrewd, then, do ye1" the King of Bootblacks demanded. You certainly seem possesse d of more than ordinary shrewdness and good sense; yes." Much obliged. You're the s econd one as ever complimented me. 'Lysses Grant, he sed he tho't 'W cheek would make my fortune, But that's neither here ner there, as the lit1Jle dorg sed when he tried to catch his tail. I cum beer ter make a suggestion in time, so ye ked digest it, fer wittles ain't healthy till digested, so the doctors say. I'm goin' ter start ter meet the S ea Breeze some time ter-day. Bill Heart-Eater, he's goin' tiir start too. Mebbe he'll git there afore I do and scutble 'er. Ef he does, I'll get there next an' we'll bail her out, an' git as nigh port as possible. Ef y e don't see her nose in harbor by sunrise, ther tenth, jest hire a ship ter fetch ye out till ye find u s. Don't only cum along yerself, but fetch yel' buyers. Ef ye work sharp, ye can git yer cash., an' git bac k ter ther pawn-shop on time." "But if something should hinder, and I shoul<7 faiH" Then, let Alberts whistle! Miss Pearl, slc be goin' along wi' me, an' thar she'll sts, y till you git thine;s squared wi' the Jew. Don't ye fear but I'll take .keer of her in _good shape, an' she'll be safer on the r water, f e r laws can't cum out an' tech her there, while if she war on land et would nab her quicker'n a Schuylkill eel kin tell a cop. Thet's mv ij.,,er." "And a correct one," J'&ck Evergreen exclaimed, enthusiastically "Boy, you've an old head on your shoulders "Bllt ye a shine 'taia't; 1'11 old as yourn," Bob replie d indignantly. "Well, maybe noti in years, but full older in the shrewd concepj;ion of original and valuable ideas "Humph!. that'R nothin'. Ef you'd had yer head thumf>"ld as many times as I hev, you'd hev more sen,;e, stirred up. A feller don't pelt around Philadelphy till he's a Septembergenarian, all fer nothin'. or I'm a soft-shell Clam! This 11.in't no Besting 'culchaw' place1 not ef she R'f' acquainted wi' her Centennial nios." Your p lan is excellent, Bob. Mr. Prescott sa1d, appreciativeq-, "and I will adopt it, in

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Boa Bob, the King of Bootblacks. 19 C&!l0 the Sea Breeze does not come in on time. Is there anything else!" Gues& not. You'll heer frum me if there is. I'm off now." Good-day. See that you take good care of mr. child." 'Ob, you bet! He'll hev ter climb over a belchin' volcaner w'ot gits her! By-by!" And the next instant the King of Bootblacks had left the office, and bis voice was heard singing out, lftS he wendad his way along the street" Black yer boots make 'm shine, Only cost3 ye half a dime, T ech yer corns up lik e a feather, / Make a mirru r uv yer leather; Fill wi' blackin' all the dents, An' take a nickel fer five cents I :Shine 'm, mister!" "You must have considerable faith in that young Arab, unc le, to trust my charming cousin m his care," Evergreen observed, after Boss Bo!? had gone". "So I have," the merchant replied. "He's as trusty as p. bank safe." About noon that day, Boss Bob called at the mercbant's residence for Pearl, and found her waiting, &nveloped -in a water-proof, and wear in?. a jaunty oil-cloth covered hat. Good enough,'' he observed, with a knowing nod. "You're out jest right. All :fe want is a thick vail over yer face." What for!" Pearl asked, in surprise. ---. "Oh! ter hide yer features till ye git aboard the Belle o' Bostmg. Ef Alberts was ter sight yeJ... he might object, ye see, an' delay us." .!:"earl saw the logic of and in a few minutes was properly vailed. Tbe n she accompanied Boss Bob1 feeling that she could put implicit trust in him. By taking the street cars upon an adjoining street, they were in due time landed within a couple of blocks of their destination, and completed the journey to the wharf on loot. The Nondescript was already there, and also Colonel Dick Rutherford. "Hello, kernal, what you doing doWn. here!" Bob saluted, in surprise. "Ah! you, is it! Why, you see, I just hap. pened down here, and the owner of the little steamer yonder wanted me to pull the spokes for him, while he takes a party outside the har bor. ': "We ll. now, ef thet ain't famous, I'm an eye ster." Bob in glee. "We're the passengers an' you be ther crew. Hal hal Miss Pearl, this be Colonel Rutherford, an' h e's goin' ter steer ther Belle for us." Pearl raised her vail, and smilingly acknowl edged the colonel's gallant salute. Then Bob interposed. .. Come along, miss, inter ther cabinJ fer fear some of Albert's crew might steer aown this way." They accordingly went aboard the Belle of Boston, which was a pretty, smallsized steamboat with a little cabin and all necessary accom modations, being about on&-third the size of the ordinary pleasure steamboats. Bob conducted bis fair companion into the cabin, and then re1lurne tenings, and witht e cur-rent the little craft at once drifted from the landing, just as Alberts rushed up, covered with perspiration, and purple with rage Stop I stop! I vant d e r get on poard !" he cried, wildly. "Dere pe some pody on poard ash I vant der see "Oh! no thar ain't, cully," Boss Bob assured, with a_provoking grin. "We don't want to see you. Tral la! la! la! skip the gutter! wipe off yer chin! This is one you owe me, old Three Balls! Au 1e voir !" __ CHAPTER XIII. HOW THE SHIP CAME IN FOR ALL. As may well be imagined, the rage of the Jew pawnbroker knew no bounds. He raved. and cursed like a madman, and offered large rewards for the detention of the boat, as he saw it drifting slowly out into the river. But, as he could give no satisfactory explanation why the boat and its tenants should not be allowed to proceed, of c6urse no one could be of assistance in stopping her. Weil did the wily Jew know that he was beaten one point for a spy had in'formed him that Miss Prescott was on board of the Belle. But a man of strong determination, and reso lute will, he began a hasty search along the Delaware wharves for a steam yacht that would be able to follow the fugitives, as he now deemed them. Slowly the Belle drifted out into the stream, but Boss Bob stationed the colonel at the wheel, while he descended into the snug engine room. to explain to the skipper his reason fer cutting loose . all ri&ht," the old sea-dog il'Uilt.ed, sW1r

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30 Bou Bob, the Kine of Bootbla.ck! fng more cool into the roaring furnace. I'll have a plenty o' st.earn, in a jiffy, an' show you how to git down-st.airs wi'out fallin' down. That Jew waz around beer afore you cumA but he didn't git no infermation from me. \:tOt a man at the w'eel1" "Yes. Go ahead." The next illstant the whistle rung out, and the skipper "of the Belle of Boston gradually turned on the st.earn. At the same time the boat began to move out into the stream; then, with her nose _pOint ed down-stream, shot forward like a thing of life. Within five minutes after they had started Boss Bob came to the conclusion that be had made a Wise move in securing the Belle of Bos ton, for they were plowing through the waller at a tremendous speed Sending the Nondescript down to assist in firing, he then took the glass which the former had captured from the ex-pirate's apartments, and, positioning himself in a chair upon the top ot the wheel-house, be scanned such vessels as tbey were passing at anchor, or that were being towed into the harbor, but could see none answering to the description of the Sea Breeze. Presently Pearl came on d ec k, and Bob joined her for a chat, after whiqh be went back to -tQe wheel-house, where Rutherford h eld the spokes "I'll spell ye now, ef ye want ter make yerse l f agreeable ter the young Jeddy," he said, with a 2mile. "I've changed my mind." "Changed your mind1" the colonel asked. "Yas, changed m y mind. Since I fu'st see'd the r angel down thar, I've bin thinkin' sum o' <:ommittin' matrymony, but when 1 refl ec t how m enny boots ar' dirty, I guess I won't 'step off' jest yet. So !'11 pass, an' give ye a clear field, on cond is hun, thet ef ye make a go uv it, you'll whack up--0um down superfine. What d'yesay!" I am much oblif,ed, I am sure, for your unselfish generosity, the colonel r espon ded, laughing l y. "But I am afraid I wouldn't make much of a lover." "Git out! It ain't nothin', once ye get yer hand in I've popped ter lots o' girls, an' it's fun. Besides, the r little gal she be a thorough lady, an' a distinguished furriner like you'd be sureter make er impression." "Ha! ha! thanks for your good opinion. I'll not let her go l onely, at least, if talking will do any good-and mind you, boy, if anything .should happen iike a wedding, it will be worth your while to name a price." So the gallant co lonel and Boss Bob changed positions, and the forme r was soon engaged in animated conversation with the merchant's -daugh ter. Bet a soft-shell clam that's a go !" Bob muttered, a s he gave them a quizzical glance; "kno"'.'d they'd mate, bein's both ar' eddicated an' polish er!, an' they're made fer one anuther,. too; jest lik e I'm good fer blackin' boots Bet her guv'ne r won't kick, nuther, when he finds ther k ernal out. Phew! how ther tub scoots! Must be w e 'll overhaul Heart-Eater soon." a u t they did not, as fast as theJ went. Long before sunset they st.eamed out into Delaware hay, and t h e n skippe r J o n es caJne u p from be low. "Wherenow,young man1''he asked; we've got our prow in the bay." Dunno1 Bob replied. Guess you better Jet her crwse around awhile, till I make obser vashn ns. I 'll git ther kernal ter take my snap, while I go aloft." The skipper bowed, and returned below. "Hello! kernal, hain't ye popped yit1'' yelled Bob from the whee lbox. "Ef ye ain't, be spry o r I'll give ye ther cat fer tardiness. "I'm coming I I'm coming I" the co l one l re plied, blushing like a schoolboy, as b e r ose and excused himself t,o Miss Prescott. What's ther matter1" Boss Bob demanded, with a quizzical grin, as he gave over the charge of the wheel. "You 're redder'n a sunbaked lobster." ''Boy, you are incorrigible," the other reWied with a smile of vexation. B ob triumphantly, and mounted once more to his lookout, glass in hand. "Ther kerna}'s did fer, sure," be mused. Then, for several hours-until sunset, in fact, did he sit and gaze over the beautiful bay through the powerful marine glass. A grand panorama it was, the mighty sheet of water, dotted thickly with vessels, steamers, yachts, and little tugs, some of them constantly coming from out of the watery horizon, and others disappearing; while still others steamed abou t the bay, or rode at anc hor. Just as dusk began to settle first shadows down upon the bay1 BossBob sprung to his feet, anf! waved his cap Ill the air with a shrill yell. 'There she isl there she isl thank fortune!" he cried, as the skipper and Pearl ascended to the wheel-house top. "Off yonder, two p'ints nor' o' due east. An' thar's anuther tub, 'n ourn, not fw from h er, an' Bill Heart-Eater's in it, you bet! 'Lively now, skipper-tuck inyer fuel, an' open yer dwned old throttle, fer we must make ther Sea Breeze afore eleven, to-night ef et bu'sts ther old b'iler. Mind yer wheel, ker nall I 'll give ye ther p'ints as yeneed 'am. You stay up heer, wi' me, Miss Pearl, fer ef the B e lle bu'sts h e r b'iler, we'll be sev'ril pegs nearer ther moon!" "Oh I sir, you don't think she will blow up,_ do you 1" the merchant's daughter demande>d, grasprne: his arm, in alarm. '<'No ma'am ye needn't fear" Jones replied doffing' his hat, respectfully. 1 I've see'd the; Belle red hot all over an' she never a peg. Avast, there, you lubber!" roared Bob, making a trumpet of his hands. Tumble into ther engine-room, or blast my eyes e f I don' t cut short yer grog fer tellin' sech a comburstible lie!" Both Pearl and the colonel laughetl at Bob's attempt at skipperism, while Jones gave his breeches a comical hitch and once more went below The next instant the boat trembled as a greateI head of steam was put on, and brought her to her course. A way they plowed through the calm waters of th.-. bay, faster and which told that tha skipper was orowding his little craft to her tit. most. Once Boss Bob took a peep into the engine-

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BoSB Bob, the King ot 81 a:oorn where Jones and the No n descript stood llke ilery phantoms before the roaring furnaces, but be crept hastily back to the top of the wheel house to escape the stifling beat. Faster and faster, if possible, 'went the B e lle, as night settled over the wat.&, a continuous sheet of flame l eaping from the smoke-stack and li ghting the gloom. With pale, affrighj;ed faces, Boss Bob and Pearl kept their position, the latter clinging to the adventurous bootblack as if for protection. Neve r for an instant did the youth allow his eyes to wantler from a star that marked the di rection where he had last seen the Sea Breeze. Eight! nine! ha.If-past nine o'clock passed, and it was a quarter to ten, when the King of Boot blacks gave a sigh o f relief, and pointed nhead over the water. "There she is now, not over a mile away. Seel she h as a li ght at her mast-head. Come, let us get down from h ere. H e assisted her to the cabin; then hastened down to the engine-room, which was as hot as an oven. Cool her off! the Sea Breeze is within a mile of us nowt" he ordered, and Jones nodded grimly. Next the Bootblack King ascended to and entered the wheelb o u sehan d gave the colpnel instructions, after whic be went on deck to cool his feverish brow. H e was still somewhat excited, fearing l es t he should r each the merchantman too late to save her. In a short time they were alongside the great steamship, which looked like a leviathan of the deep, as compa r ed with the Belle. Ship ahoy!" sung out Bob. "Ahoy, yorself," came the prompt response. What's yer name?" "Bea Breeze, bound for Philade lphia." Then we want to ome aboard, for we bev got imperative business!" Bob s bouretl back. In ten minutes the Sea Breeze came to a suffi cient stop to allow all but the skipper of the Belle to go aboard. 'What's your business!" the captain of the mPrchantrnan demanded, as they gained the deck. "Hain 't no time ter tell ye yit, as time saved inay save a bole!" Bob replied, excitedly. "'SP.arch the ship fer a scuttler !" With a paling face the captain gave the orders, and tben led the way to the cabin. .As they descended the companion-way a dark figure darted past, and gained the deck. With a bowl of rage the captain sprung in pursit, by Bob and the Nondescript. But, simultaneous with their reaching the deck, a splash was heard in the water, and they knew the scuttler had escaped Boats were low ered, and a search made, but in the darkness nothing could be found of the villain. When this conc lusion was arrived at. the Sea Br eeze once more steamed on toward Philadel phia, with our friends on board, the Belle of Boston following in its wake. In the cabin, a clear and concise explanation at affairs was made to Captain Reynolds, and ha declared that he could touch anchor in Philadelpbia harbor, early on t h e morrow, as emmi nation bad proved that Heart-Eat.er bad not succeeded in bis infamous purpose. By daybreak the next the Sea Breeze was met by the Harbor Police1 and all the necessary arrangements perfected tor entry into the harbor of Philadelphia, which was made a t about eleven o'clock, of the same day. She bad no sooner dropped anchor, than mor ton Prescott and Josh Evergreen c'ame aboard, accompanie\l by several merchants, and inside of three hours the said merchants were the joint owners of the said cargo, and the father of our h e roine held the checks in bands for-but we will not say just bow muc;b. Suffice to say that the amount realized was more than enough to satisfy the Jew's claiin, and redeem the mortgage held by him against Pea 1. .And the way in which the victorious speculator received B oss Bob, would have pleased an .Anchorite, to say the least. We must needs draw to a close, but will add a few final remarks. .Albert .Alberts was promptly paid back bis loan, on the 10th day of September, at one minute to 12 o'clock, and the strange mortgage redeemed and destroyed. Balked in this the chief of all his villainous designs, the J ew soon after disposed of bis in rerests in the Centennial city, and departed for parts unknown. Heart-Eater returned to the city, but kept shady until the matter of his villainy bad some what blown over. .As soon as possible, before the disgrace of bis second wife's rash act was known, Morton P rescott closed up his business in Pbiladelpbia1 and in company with bis nephew, Josh, sought a western field of enterprise-first, however, properly rewarding Boss Bob with a cash present of a thousand dollars. Pearl and the colonel accompanied him, but returned to take up their residence in Philadel phia as man and wife, one of the happiest cou ples the su ever shone upon. The Rutherford fortune bas never as yet been recovered, and probably never will be. Of the eventful life of Boss Bob and bis strange companion, the Nondescript, we have given, as it were, but the first chapter, and -in closing; we may add that the Bootblack KiJlg may,.come to tbe front THE END. THE Dime Dialogues No. 3 2 Containing e ighteen Mio or Dramas Extravaganzas. Burlesques, Farces. 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