New York Nell, the boy-girl detective, or, Old Blakesly's money

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New York Nell, the boy-girl detective, or, Old Blakesly's money

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New York Nell, the boy-girl detective, or, Old Blakesly's money
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lJopyr lght lBro-1886, by Be a d l e & Ad a ms. Ente red at Post o m ce. Ne w Y ork. N Y., as seco n d class matte r M a r. 15, 1899 No.36 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK C O Cleveland, Ohio Vol. III

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by B eadle & Adams. Entered at Post omce, N e w York, N Y ,aa ieoond c lass matter, Mar.15, lil9Q [No. 36. , r '.l'HE :ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohi o \ Vol. Ill!. llS6BER-NEARll:R TO Tn;; BOA : sa= PGLLED, STRONGLY AND STEAJ>ll.Y,

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I New York NelL New York Nell, The BOY-GIRL DETECTIVE: OR, BLAKESLY'S MONEY. BY EDWARD L. WHEELER, .<.UTHOR OF "DEADWOOD DICK NOVELS, "ROSE BUD ROB" NOVELS, ETC., ETC CHAPTER I. UNCLE BLAKESLY COMES TO TOWN. P .A.PERS I papers I Herald T.imes, Chronicle and Sun/ Buy one, mister?" And the newsboy paused in hi s parade through one of the Market street cars, to bold a freshly printed daily under the n ose of Mr. R edmond Blakesly, retired merchant, who chanced to be one of the passengers. "Well! well! my boy, I suppose I might1as wP.11 humor you," he r eplied although I already have a pocket full. What's your name, my lad1 You look like a girl." "Phew! you're mighty sharp at guessin', Gov ernor. But, tra I la I I'll see you agaiu." And hastily out of the car the nimble news deale r skipped, in time to jump upon the tender of a westward bound dummy,'' which was pass ing. Uncle Redmond 13!akesly put O'l spectacles, went to the door, and took a Lmg lvu.ir at the re treating car. "Well! welll'welll" he muttered. "Blas t my old oyesl" "What's the matter, C'1p1 Didn't git took in by the litt l e cuss, did y,ou!" the cond uctor asked, with a grin; whereat Uncle Redmond shifted hIS gezeto him. "No, you:lgster, I did not. By the way, I look a little vetClant, don't I, compared wi' the city folk?" Yes-that is, you look as if you had ; just come from up-country," the man of the bell punch repli e d, with a smile. "S'pose I do," the r etired merchant assented; "but, for all that, my boy, just chalk it down that the old gent ain't picked up for a fool, every day, an' ain't half so green some of you city snobs who laughs at him. Who was the young ster with the papers, my friend!'' "She? Ohl tbat was a n ew one tUey've got on the force-a gal, by the way, just over from N. Y, Nell Niblo, she calls herself, and they do say she's reg'lar smart." "Ohl they do, eh and Uncle Redmond scratched the bald portion o f bis head reflec tively. "Well! well! well! who ever heard of a girl dressin' up in boy's clothes, an' sellin' news papers? Humph I it's shameful what poverty will fetch folks to." Wby, old man, you talk as if you never had lrn own want?" "No, I don't talk notbin' o' the sort, young ster, fer I'd be tellin' lie s, an' tbem's ag'in' my honest, orthodox principles Tbar uster be the time when '\Red Black' had hard luck, an' slept where night overtoo k him. Ye see, young teller. I'm Redmond Blakesly from Hudsondale, up on the Rudson River, an' I uster live in the!' city, j es' as well a s you, an' they called me Red Black Time> have changed, tho', an' nobody recognizes in the hale, hearty, nnd well-to-do country gentleman, the former 'honest dealer of Chatham street.' Purty place, this Philadel phial" "The Keystone city of them all," the conduc tor r ep lied, now courteous l y "Yes. I uster run over b oor when I did busi ness in New York," and somethfo_g like a sorrow ful expression came over his face, as the old fel low stumped along back into the car, and be came seated Uncle R edmond Blnk es'.y did look rather "green," taken at first ghnce. He was of me dium bight, and portly, bis fat dumplings of l egs, apparently inadequate to the task of sup porting hia tnmk., as be walked with a heavy cane. llis f ace also was fat and florid, and good-natured in its expression, with a fringe of straggling white beard unde r bis chill, and hair to match upon his h ead except ..directly on the the top, where was a shining bald spot. His attire consisted of a pair of coarse IJOots, which bad been -po li s hed; a pair of linen trow se r s, too short in the l egs; a vest of the sam e material, too small to encompass his great girth; and an old gray overcoat, tbail had evidently seen ye'.trs of usage, and that, in spite of the fact that it was no w the sultry August weather. His head was ornamented with a broad-rimmed Panama hat, and his eyes shaded by spectacles. Taken at a glance, be looked a hale and hearty down-East farmer, and was the source of con siderable amusement to a few of the "nobs in the car, who were not careful i n making r<> marks about the country and its natural tages But, if Uncle R edmond heard, he heeded not, having the satisfaction of knowing that he suited himself and his friends, and was able to pull through life despite these differences be tween tbe city nabob and the country gentle man. About an hour later he left the Thirteenth and Fifteenth street line of cars at the P W & Baltimore railway station, and entered the hrge and elegant depot which is one of the features of South Broad street. The train bad already arrived, and the wait;. ini;-rooms were filled wiph passengers-<>ld, middle-aged and young of both sexes, and many nationalities Among them was a young man of efl'emin at,e appearance, faultlessly attired in navy-blue, with spotless white shirt, collar, ,.est, silk tie, white silk hat, kid gloves, patent-leather walk ing shoes, and gold-headed cane-a very dan dified personage of some twenty-one summe rs, with a fair face of attractive cast, light blue eyes, brown hair, and a faint mustache of a towycolor. H e carried a sachel and duster with bis right hand, while on bis left arm leaned a lady, at tired in a gray duster, pretty hat and vail, the latter being drawn down over her face, screening it from view. Both evidently were strangers in the city, tor they paused, in seeming hesitation, until trn. young man's gaze rested upon Uncle Redmon(&

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New York Nell. 8 .Blakesly, his :face lit' up with an expres Eion of recognition, and he led the"way forward to where the countryman was standing. "Excuse me, sir," the young man accosted him, "but can it be possibls that I om ad dressing my jolly old dad, Redmond Blakesly'I'' Uncle Redmond staraj. a little, and gave the young man a critical survey through his glasses. "Well! well! weU-t I don't know about that, sir," he replied, taking ofl' bis hat and scratching his bald spot. "I'm Red Black, that's sure -red when I'm angry; black when I'm mad, as the boys used to say. Yes, youngster, I'm Redmond Blakesly, from Hudsoncla l e, on the Hudson. And, next to that, who in the world are you'!" "Your own son Jack Blakesl.v, alive nnd well after an of eight years," was the laugbing response and the new-comer put forth his baud warmly. But Uncle lled shoved his into the pockets of his pantaloons with a quiet little laugh. "Just hold on, boy. The old ll'an is jest as smart as he used to be1 ef he is a little older, au' he ain't goiu' to be t ook in on sharps. You tell me y ou're my boy, Jo.ck Blak esly-you!" "Why, certainly, my royal dad-of course I am! Didn't I write you I'd be here to-day-the prodigal returned after many years! Of course I'm Jack, jus t the same as I was years ago, when I was kindly booted out, and told. to go make my own fortune." "Well, have you made it!" the proprietor of lludsondale demanded. "Not a red! Every cent I have bee n able to get hold of I haveJipent on education." Blakesley, Sr., closed one eye obliquely. "Are you certain about that'!'' he demanded. "P.;;itivel" the 'Young man protested. "I can converse in s e ven languages, and am competent to handle the professorship of a college." "Tha settles it," Uncle Redmond cried, slapping his thigh, delightedly. "I recognize you, fer my Jack he was allus fer study! study! study an' eddication, an' allus would iuther l oaf "around town, at school, or in ther free readin'-rooms, than ter stay up-country an' hill pertaters. I uster git so 'tarnal out o' ra tience, an' when he told me he wasn't goin' to farm it, but was a-goin to shirk fer hisself, I give him fifty dollars, an' told him not to cum' back till he bed got all ther book l'arnin' hti wanted." And seizing the young man' s hancr; the old chap wrung it in a way that made his returned offspring wince. "Yes, I'm tbunderiu' glad you're back to keep your old dad company, boy," Uncle Redmond pursued, "fer ye see, ye can be a heap o' comfort to me. I ain't a p00rfarmer no more, by a long shot, nutber. They uster count old Red B lack a sorter greenhorn, wi' the barnyard clingin' to his boOts; but I went inter a leetle mercantile speckilation. an' furst I know'd, I went out ag'in, ownin' a mansion up on tber Hudson, a city residence, an' a plump leetle nestegg, asides. So ye see ther old dad's fixed, arter all, an' thing's is to be gay when we all git up at llu _!isendale. To be sure, Prudence is gittin' old an' vinegary, l ike all old maid11 do, but I reckon she'll 'liven up, when she sees you back. But, .see hyar, Jack, thar's one p'int I'd like ter ask ye about-can ye speH r'' "Well, I should so," Jack r e plied, a httle sarcastically. Educated people generally know bow to spell. "Well! well! I s'pose so. Didn'tknow about it, you know. You see yer old dad never had much success at wras'lin wi' the spcllin'-bock tho' be ked allus leave off, ahead Yas, J s'poe you must know how ter spell, an' h c v I eaps of l'arnin' be s ides Why, I'd n ea r fcrgot it, boy ; I see'd a trained bog down ter Barnum's s how, in Brooklyn, last year, what could Jldl, 1m' t
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New York Nell. But, let it wag. Old Red Black's honest an' straight an' that suits him." Still the master of Hudsondale seemed consid erably "cut" by what he had rightly drawn BB a conclusion, and paced to and fro about the waiting-room, some time in deep meditation. He was thus engaged, whep h e was startled by a familiar voice crying: "Papers! Herald, Times, Chronicle, Sun. Star !" and turned quickly to see the same newspaper girl, whom he had seen a short time before on the Market street cars, just in the act of passing. A girl she was, tno, he discerned at a second glance, her face betraymg femininity, In form she was scarcely of woman's medium hight, but wAll rounded and graceful, and sprigbtly of movement. In face she was decidedly gir}ish and pretty, her features being round and charmingly chiseled, the mouth in partic ular wearing a roguish, spirited expression, and the eyes a brilliant, independent flash, that be trayed a nature at ouce gay and happy, y e t bold, fearless, and scorning wrong and evil-do ing, Heir hair was of a golden hue, and curled in a close mass about her head, which added to h e r pretty appearance. In the way of attire, she wore a slouch hat up on her head, and rough pants, vest and jacket of coarse brown woolen, a checkered shirt without any collar; and a pair of rather coarse shoes upon her small feet, which were much too large for them. Te.ken as a whole, and not forgetting that her face was somewhat dirty, and that she was smok ing the stump of a cigar, she was about as good a specimen of a street Arab as one could have found in all tb.e Quaker City, the importance with which she strutted about giving her the ap pearance of oAe of the urchins she personated What her was no ordinary observer could guess, probably, for while her form and manners belonged to a girl of seventeen or eigbteen, her face and its expression were those of one less than sixteen. As be saw her passing him, Uncle Redmond putout bis band, involuntarily, and detained her. "Hold on, my dear," he said. "Ain'tyou the one I bought a paper of this morning?" "You bet I am I There ain't another gal what peddles papers, in this town o' Philadelpb', as I know of," was the roguish r e ply. "Why? what's the rip? Wasn't the paper all right'i" "I s'pose so; but, that ain't what! want. I want ter bev a little chat with you." "Obi that's it, eh? Well, I'd just as lievechirrup with you as any other good-looking feller. What's your name?" ''My name? Well, I'm Redmond J3lakesly, of Hudsondale, up the Hudson. And who are you?" "Met-Obi I'm New York Nell, the newsgirl. Niblo is my name, when I'm to home, tho' I don't bear any relationship to Niblo's Garden. Used to live ov e r in York, but had to skip out, be cause I p'isened a butcher's big ugly do&, an' the cops was going to put me in the Tombs Ob I I tell you I'm a tough youngster, for my age!" "Well! well! I should sayso. But, somehow, ( kinde r take to y ou. C a n t you get more profi-table employment than dresSin' u p in boJ' clothes, and peddlin' papers?'' "Nix I it's what suits me. I like the togs first rate, be.:ause a person can get around ship-shape, much better. If you want to play ball wi' the boys, run a foot race, or do most ennything, these togs is enough sight handier than skirts. And as for sellin' newspapers, I make a dollar or two a day, an' learn heaps to help me in my biz too." ii Your biz?" "Yes, my biz." "What's that!" "That's a se cret of my own, but I 'll confide it to you, as you seem to be a sort of honest pa.I, an' I guess you won't give it away. I'm a de tective." "A detective?'' "Precisely I Identi<'.allyadetective. Ohl you bet I make a sharp on.,, too, What I can't nose out, there ain't many as can. I'm a rogues' terror1 au' they all know me by heart, over in York, ana are beginning to find me out here in Pbiladelpb. Got any detective business you want ex ecuted with neatness and dispatch? If so, I'm your ferret." "No, I guess I haven't any thing to be detected," Uncle Red replied. "But I'd like you to dress in proper attire, and come up to Hudsondale and pay us a visit. "Get out. D'yes'pose I'd throwaway my togs jest for one visit! No sir-eel If I ain't good enough to comea-visitin' in breeches, I ain't good enou11:h to come at all. "But, my gracious! Prudence she'd faint clean away if she'd see a woman dressed up in men's clothes!" "But I ain't a woman; I'm only a gal. They call me a little cuss over in York. 'cause I allus hoe out my own row, an' keer fer No. 1. Who's Prudence I" "She's my sister." An old maid:t ain't she, sourer than pickles in the month of une1" "Well! well! Blast my eyes ef you bain't hit it purtr straight. But did you see my boy, a bit ago?' ''What! the sickly lookin' feller wjth the gal a singing to him!" "Yes. That's my boy, Jack, whom I started out eight years ago, to make bis way in the world." "Humph I Gues3 he hain't never paralyll8d any one, judging by bis loo)>s. Kinder like_me to come up to Hudsondale, an' fall in love with, and marry him, wouldn't you?" "Just my thought, my girl, sure's I'm &n honest but illiterate old chap!" the master of Hudsondale admitted, slapping bis knee. "How old are you, child!" Dunno. Guess I never knew. Old mother Niblo never would tell me, and one day she slipped her wind, and her spirit took a waltz. 'Spect I'm old enough to not marry sech a sick looking squash as that feller you say's your son." Then you don't like the looks of him'i" "Not much I I allus form my likes and dis likes purty quick, an' I set that chap down as a snide, the mmnit I clapped my eyes onto him." "Well! w e ll! that's strange. Dunno mucb about him, m ySE'lf. You see, the boy's

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New Yor k NelL away eight_ years, a n I don't know jest w hat he's like. He was only thirteen whe n he cleared out, an' his poor old dad never heard a word until a few days ago, when he writ fer me to meet him here. But he sez he's spent every cent he's made on edd1cation, an' is awful smart!" "I'll bet he is," with a sarcastic grimace. "He looks as if he know'tl more than some hull book binderies. I say, unkle, ain't you a little bit green, an' liable to be too k in?" The old man locked grave, and at the time scratched the bald spot on top of bis bead. Well I welll well I I don't know,'' he muttered, slowly. I ain't so smart as I used t.er be, though I've allus counted o l d Red Black about as chipper as the average. Why, gaH" "Because it strikes me-but never mind I'll give you my opinion some other time. In the meanwhile I'll make olservatfons an' report by an' by. Am goin' back to N Y. to-morrer. If you ever happen in town when I'm there, jest tell any o' the b. b 's or n. b 's you want to see New York Nell, and they'll put you on track. Tral lat Jal Take care of yourself, now, and don't Jet that son of yours bleed your po<,ket book." And then, with a laugh, she walked away. CHAPTER II. "CHAMPAGNE QUITE THE THING." OLD Uncle Redmond Blakesly bad not guessed wrongly, when he concluded that Jack was ashamed of his sire's rough-and-ready appear ance, and had filled in the excuse of having some business elsewhere to attend to, in order that the old gent should not accompany him, for the young man bad gone direct to the Girard Hotel. "Is there an old chap stopping here by the name of Redmond Blakesly?'' he asked, as he rewstered his name. 'Yes, certainly," the clerk repliedJ politely. "You will find bis name registerea with to day's arrivals. Believe he is out just now. ' Oh I that does not matter. I have already seen him. Just arrived from the West, and met him at the depot, and he directed me to stop bere, at Lis expense "Ahl yes. He left orders to that effect," and the clerk touched a call bell. This boy will i;bow you to your apartments." They we-e" given an elegant suite of rooms npon the t tird landing, consisting of bedcbam oon; and li rivate parlor, all richly furnished. Jack Bl tkesly threw himself upon a sofa in the parlor a lazy yawn, while Miss Vernon was remoi ing her wrappings. '"Well, ay dear, hew do you fancy the master of Hudso11 lale?" be asked, quizzically. Think be reseml;.' !B bis dutiful offspring any!" "I did not see any marked resemblance," Yio1a. rE.1' led, quietly "I should judge, bow eve,-, tbll. I Mr. Blakesly would be a nice man to get alo'JIO with-an easy, good -natured man, of w Jd indulgent hab ts." refer to the younger Blakesly?" "1T'/:; to the elder: You are not at all of the sat" "' u.ture as the man you introduced liO me ., ,,'ii father." Thank heaven for that! He l ooks like a regular old codger more than the master to Hudsonda l e Did yon mind bow nicely I got rid of him up at the depot? I was ashamed t o have fo l ks suspect any connection between us and so shook him. Of course he was too thick headed to know the difference." "Maybe, and again maybe not. I hope w e can keep on the right side of him Have you seen Colonel Baxter!" "No. He got off the cars at the first station out of town, intending to hire a cab and drive in. I guess be bad no des ire to meet the old gent at the dep:it for fear a scene might ensue." "What is the secret about this matter? Does Baxter fear Bla.kesly ?" It would seem so. Then is smre old grudge between them, which I do not know." Then, tell me, truthfully. and for the last time, do you believe yon are the son of this old countryman?" Miss Vernon asked with a strange eagerness, the meaning of which it would have been hard to interpret. "Yes, I do," Jack replied. "Up to the a ge of fowt.een years, or rather, previous to that date in my existence, I have nc recollection whatever. My first remembrance is of being in Baxter's care, at about the age I n amed, and from that time up tl:e present, be bas ever taught me that I am the of Redmond Blakf sly, who booted me out l!f:CD the world whe-n young to sbi.,,ft for myself." Miss Vernon was sili>nt as she gazed out of a frcntwindow upon the street below. Her pretty brows WPre knitted in an expression that was inexflica ble. have no choice but to bi>lieve you," she said finally. "But I have sometimes been as sailed with a fear that both you and Baxter were arrant knaves. How are you responsible? You might fail to fill your promises and there would be a pretty state of afl.rurs." "Bahl yon need have no apprehension on that score. Yon have seen the old man; and taken-a liking Ur-bis coffers! Ba! bat I have yet to meet the woman tbat gold will not tempt. Oncl' we get safely to Hndrnndale, your conquest will be easy with the old man, and, first we know you'll be my step-1'.!':otber irstead of my betrothed, as you are now. By and by the ol gent will waltz off and leave yon and 1 the mas ters of the situaticn-and a vt>ry soft snap it is, t co-mnch better than doing a song-and-dance for ten dollars a Welk at the Bella Union in Cheyenne! !Ia! ha!" Miss Vernon scowled. She evidently did not not like the reference. -"Perhaps," she said. "But if J. do not suc ceed, either you or Baxter will have to pay back thP money you have borrowed of me, or there will be another tragedy for the morning papers to chronicle And the young woman shut her lips tightly in a way that detracted somewhat from her beauty, while Jack Blakesly smiled vaguely to himself, as he tipped "lack in his chair and lit a choice cigar, Uncle J:l.edmond Blakesly arrived at t he GiraFd just before dinner hour that evening, and in acc:ordance with a lifel ong custom. 11tepped u p t.e

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8 Iiew Ycrk I-oe:.I. the bar and took a g lass of ale, "just for an appetizer." More than three glasses of any kmd of drink never found their way down foe sturdy old farmer's throat per day, and it was on e of bis favorite boasts that no one bad eve r seen ol d Red B lack when b e could n o t walk as straigll t as a bee-line. "Well I well! Philadelphy is gittin' to be a bi g town, I dec :are,'' he said, as the barkeeper was po11ring out bi3 beverage "The o ld man's been takin' a good Joo]{ over it, 'YOU see, on foot, an' is pretty wall tuckered out. S'pose my boy Jack's been around'!" "Ah, yes. Quite a fine young f e ll ow1 and a good judge of champagne in the bargain." "Champagne!" Unclti Redmond putA;ing up his bands. "My Jack don t drink champagne!" "Ahl yes; certainly. It's quite the thing umong the men of t h e day to take a couple of bottles JUSt after luncheon." "Ohl is it.._ ebl Weill well! things have changed since 1 was young. Aud you say my boy Jack has been guilty of drinking cham1>8;?"Ile'I" Merely two bottles-that's all, you know. A friend came along whom he knew, and he s lm l>lf. did the courteous." Hang the court;(>ousl I'll have to see to this. He paid for it, I s'pose?' "No, not exactly-that is, he said just dot it down to yuu, and it would be all right!" Uncle Blake sly brought his cane down upon the counte r with a vehemence that made thing> jini; le. W c lll welll w e ll I '];b e impude n ce of the b oy is a s toni sh iu' I" h e cried gruffly "Mind you1 sir, no more of this. If tbe young scape goai; wants champagne to drink, he must pay for it. How much for what he has had! I'll pay for it, and it'll b e the last you can set down to ther old man, an' don't ye fergit it. Up in the quarter of the g lobe where I was born, every feller paid for bis owi;i toddy, an' ef they ain't got uster them ideas down beer; it's high time they was a-l'aruin'. How much rer that champa?ne, bark'er1" Only five dollars to you, Mr. Blakesly. Six i s the regular price for two bottles, hut I will break the u s ual c u stom, si n ce this has been rather an unexpected honor to you." "Six fiddlesticks! Here's your money, bark'er, au' now do ye mind not to charge anytlnug m o r e to R.>dmonri Blakesly." And the sturdy old ruralist slapped a fl vedollar golJ piece upon the counter, and walked away. "So Jack be a drtnkin' chap, eb?" be murmured, as h e sauntered about. "Well, well; it ain't much more tha n the old man has exnect1d these many year. The boy was allus a wild 'nn, al!' w'at's born in th'3 )>looi can't he erradicated w1' be ec h gads nor t6ngue-lashin's A nice fel ler to rule Hudsondal e arter ther old man's dead an' gone! Humph! we'll see about etyes, yes! we will see about that, ef we aire get tin' old and sorter off out track, lik e a played out plow." About an hour later Jack Blakesly sauntered down into the l ounging-room or the hotel, airily attired in a suit of spo : losJ c.!uck, with p:i.tent lcatber slippers on his feet, and a silk bat ou his h ead' He purchaged a choice cigar at the stand, and then tbrew himself in to a great chai r before one of tile open windows that loo.Ired out upon Chestnut street. H e was bot long thus positioned ere he was tappoks. You'd best play low, Jack aad sure,'' young Blakesly suggested, knoc-king the ashes from bis cigar. "l've always noticed that the more C'arelessly you fool around a country bum bl eb ee, the more likely you are to get stung." "Never fear on that score; I and Redmond Blakesly have met before. And, betwixt yout and me, the old man daro not say his soul is his own. when I r emind him. But I do not desire to approach him this way, unless he gets unruly. Al ways t empt a h orse first, an1' reserve the whip for the emergency. How about Viola! Is she getting uneasy?" A little, I guess. She thinks there is some villainy in tbe matter, and that we are trying to swindle old Blakesly." "Ah! this is bad. Sbe must be disarmed of tha t susoicion, vr our influence ov e r her is at an end One po int is for you to arrange: Keep her at .iase; another: Get packed off for Hud soncfale as soon as possiblP." "For what? Th e city is much preferable t;o the odor of rural barnyards." "You mistake. T:fadsondal e is no such plaoe as you imagine. They tell me it is one of t.be moot charming resorts along the Hudson. It will b e better for you there, where no one Mil in&>rrupt you in soft-soaping the old man." Well, you are the master-I the servanli. I

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I!ew York Ikll. '1 mt:.St obev. I am none tco sanguine of iluccess however.l> "Bahl you nre w eak-minded I ha Y e give n o u y our lin e s, see that y o u a c t the m w e ll, o r I'll no l o n ge r be r esponsible for y our w e l fare and k ee p the w olves from y our d oo r " I will per form a ccording to your directions. If the girl gets unmanageable it will not b e m y fault. I will attend t o h er, m yseif W e mus t ge t anoth e r depos i t aud t hen, if she gets dissa tis fi e d, e i t h e r l e t h e r g o o r shut h e r UfJ." It would n o t d o t o h e r l oo se S he'd bunt u p tb a t hot-temp e r e d S outhern brc .the r o f h e r s and the misc hi e f w ould b e to pay for a certaint y "'frue And wer e i t n o t that h e is already on the c h ase\ I w o ul d s hov e h e r in as Blakesly s l on g -l os t aaught e r I "She wo uldn' t hear to it. She is too scrupu l ou sly h o n es t. "Bah I M o n e y and posit i o n are what she craves, o r s h e w o u l d n e v e r have b af'l,e d our litt l e e nter prise w i t b lie r fortune in h opes of marrying t he h e it o f But I have not muc h time to tdk 011 this subject n o w for there is dange r in anothe r direction d & man d s my atten t ion." "Whe re?" "In N e w Y ork." "Fro m what sourc e ? " Fro m the Co l o r ado mines "What! n o t the real Jack?" "Exa ctly I t h e genui n e and original!" "Ho w d i d yo u l earn this "From Shark y, who m I sent to ferre t him out e r e I came E:as t I t seems tha t he's got h is fill up in the mines and is. c oming on to see h is father." "A1id i s i n New York! " Rathe r, i s liabl e to a rrive t he r e a t mos t any m i n u te. Sb.arky telegraphed me that he was c l ose at bis h ee ls in Chicago. "Where are t h e others----M.ose Ba rker and Johnuy Fish1" "Laying low in N Y ., watchin g for b itn Also fo r Monk, of Leadville Jack Blakesly g r e w pale. W hat I is lie com ing o n "Yes But he' ll fin d h e's tackle d game out of his sphe r P -tigers, itlstea d of commo n prairie w o l ves Ha! ba!" What are yo u Woin g to d o w i t h t h e oth e r H e' ll be daugerons! "Scarcely. He'll fin d New Y ork l a rge for h im, w hen he gets t h e re. H o mus t s u spend I breathin g as q u ick l y and quietl y as be arrives." a Blake s l y s h ook bis head, rather dubio usly. "It l ooks to m e like a desper ate unde rtak1 h e demurred, "and, ten to o n e, w e l ose. ''Fifty to o n P we do not," Baxter r esponded, confidently. A ll that r e m ains i s to keep on the righ t side of the old man, and n o t let him g e t s uspi c i o u s. If, h owever, he does get s u s pic i ous we m u s t p u t our heads together a n d wo1k I'm off t o N e w Y ork, now, to l oo k ou t for the gam e Ge t pack e d off for Hudsondale as soo n a s you can "I will see to it. Report soon." Of c ours e." Then Bai'iier arose and sauntered away. But be was de stined not to l eave the b ot.el un disturbe d In the b a r-roo m o f t he h ote l b e came face to face wi t h Unc l e R edmoutlB!akesly, the two halt ing a t a r e spe ctable distance as if l>y a mutual irupulsc '1 h e c ol o n e l gazed at the ruralist in hi s coolly cynical way. Unc l e R e d flushed angrily1 a de t e rmined, b e lli ge r ent li ght shining fro m bis eyes a s h e graspe d hi s heavy ca n e firml y "Ahl r ea lly! i s this y o u U u cl e It is an u n e x pected h o n o r to m ee t you,'' Baxt.e r said, p utting out his m u d and adopting a p l easant mil e fer the o cca si on. "Ohl it i s i s itt and Unc l e Blakesly gave a grim starn. "MPobe by the tirr: e I t a u y c r in ferna l jac k e t fe r y e, i<'l eming Baxt e r e t w on't qui teso m u c h o f a pl easure D o y ewantis h ould ky it, o n see?" O h n o, I w o n t p u t you to that trou b l e,'" the othe r r e pli ed s neeri ng l y Twon t b e no tro uul e at a ll, an' bl a me me et I wo ul d n t do it, ef I had y e out so m e wh ere, w bar I could unloose n myself. But, n e v e r mind F lem-tbe old man's h a l e at sixty, a n h e's goinl ter Jive J ong e nufl' ter pet! yer hi de yet, an' 7ou r eco ll ec t it. 'fbe r d a y a i n t fw o ff nuthe r "'l'hi s i s a stra nge greeting to come fro m an o ld-tim e fri end and s choolmate, and B a u e r well f e i ? ned surp r i se Friend?" unc l e Red g a s p ed w i p in g the perspirat i o n from his b a l d spot. 1 W hen w e r e yo u ove r m y frien d Fle m Baxt e r Didn't w e ai! u s usterbe fig h t iu', an' quarreliu'! D id n t yo u steal away m y poo r m isgu ide d sister, on' abu se h e r un t il s h e was g lad ter la y d ow n an' di e to git r i d of you Ohl Fle m y e' !l fin d ther o l d man he s got jus t as g o od m emo r y as b e bad five-a n '-forty years a g o!" Baxter gaz ed r ound him w i t h aquick nervou s g l ance, but gave a s i g h of r elief, when be saw t hat thei r conve rsati o n b a d attracted uo notice. "See he.r e, you accursed f oo l, do you know what you a r e saying!" he hissed, fierce ly, takin g a ste p towa r d t he master of Hudsoudal e "You may have fo rgotten t hat you are afraid of m e ' l. afraid of you!" Unc l e B l alr e sly retorted. "W<'ll, that is the first I eve r beard of it." "You lie!. Did I not make you confess1 fiv e years ago, whe n I cau g h t yo u in a ver y unpl e a s ant s ituat i on, that you h eld me i n ab. olute awe?' No i Fle m Baxter-n o I I n ev e r told yo u I was afrai d of yo u n o r w ill 1 ever t ell you so Li sten I ye ain't keen as ye migh t be, o r y e'd bev l earned, l ong agu;-tbat the 1mrdere r o t h e gal ye fo und me kneelin' ove r has since die a1 over iu Sing S ing, and confess e d his c r ime o k ill in' h e r aloug"i' severa l o ther deed s So you see yo u r little g a me is b affled t bar. Baxter scow l ed, and uttered a fierce oath. "You are lying to me," be gro wle d No, I ain't-not f e r a cent, U nC'!e Blakesly d ec l ared When ye go u p ter Sing Sing fer a stay ye can find ou t a ll abo u t i t from the k eeper." W h e n I go toSjng Sing it will be after you're d ead ," Baxt e r gritte d "Do n't t h ink I'm l ayPd, o l d fri e nd, bec au se I run no t Y G u k n o w I al ways w a s famou s i n getting the nest of a bar gai n, a n d sin ce w e a r e to b e e n e mi es I sha ll try to make y o u as uncomfortable a s I can, seEing

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8 New York Nell. that we are, or were, once slightly related. Tai ta! now. I'll drop up to Hudsondnl e as soon as I have time." "You'd not, Flem fer you'll find it ain't a werr.v hospital place fer you whe n I am to home. Ef ye show your mug thar, I ll punch it for ye as true as I'm one o' ther old stock they uster breed up in Schoharie " Presumably I shall n o t come until I shall have gained some hold upon yon whereby I can make you my loving.friend H a l ha! always capture your bear flri>t and break him in after ward. And then the dark man laug-hed triumphantly, and walked away, leaving Uncle Blakesly in rather a warm-tempered mood Drat that man I" be muttered. He bas ever been a n evil shar.lder in my path, and seems determined to crush But, j;ist let him show his head at Hudson dale an' I'll ST'laSh it!" CHAPTER III. NEW YORK NELL SHOWS HER HaND. "FIRE!" "Fire! Fire!" Shouts and lusty yells anuounood the cituse of the m ass of humanity that surged through the streets, of the rumble of heavy trucks, of the dang of pealing b ell s, and shrieks of whistles Io the darkest llour b;ifore the dawn the Babel of excited souu::l burst upon night, .and although tbo streets bad bee n temporarily deserted but a mom ent before, it seemed scarcs ly an instant later ttiat.t3ey were filleJ t0 overflowing with excited heiu:;s who rushed pellmell tOward the North R i ver, in which directio n the sky was flushing ruddy with the 1 eflection _of a great fire. It proved a useless task f o r the police t J check the excite:! maltitudo, a;; there see:ned a hundred fire seeke r s o every quently the rush w a s as of a mighty army, oent on storming so:ne offen:ling citadal. Tue fl.re prove d to be upon the rive r. A vesse l of Southern "bail" was ridmg at anc hor but a short dist9.nce out in the riv e r, wra;ip a d in a brillfo.ut s3ea t of lbm about the bull anr l d3ck, whiletha tower ed like gaunt into the nigbb, as yet u n scathed by t'1e ffa'11es. Otber vessels in the vicinity were being towen a way, and every where was a scene of bustle and excitement. The fire patrol guoirded the river front and kept back the crowd with their clubs, but it was only by hard work that they succeeded. And they did not even do that, for one figura eluded the m and r a n toward the water with the agility of a fawn. It was no use, however, for the pati:ol sprung in pursuit, and soon succeeded in capturing tbe offender. "See h e re, you young devil, what do you mean by breaking past the l aw?" one of the officers cried, shaking the person rough! v "See here, boys-shall we bundle him off to the 'jug?"' "Better try it if you know when your pants :l.on't fit you," the offender replied saucily. "Just you drop your grip, cnlly, or 'll report rou to headg1iarters." "What d'ye meant Who the devil a.ire you, you sassy-" "S!mt up. Don't go to ca.lliu me names or I'll thump you. I'm Nell Niblo, of the N Y. D. F.; e f you want to know it, and the sooner you let go of me, the better it will be for you." The office r released his hold instantly, his manner changing from surly t o courteous "Exr.use me," be said, "I dld not recognizt\ you. Where are you ,; To r elease the victrm of a trap," the girl re plied Then she darted on, and leape d from the pier into an em;:>ty row-boat that was rocking at the water's edge. Tbe uext instant she was seen pulling toward the burning vessel. The people who could see her watched with eagerne"5 what she was going to do was more than they could determine. On, on, s h e w ent as fas t as she could r ow, to ward the burning boat, herself and the fra!J craft she so skillfully manage<:!, the center u f m any wondering glances. N earer-nenre r t o the boat she pulled, strong ly and steadily. Once o r twice she was hailed and warned that the masts were liabl e to pitch into the water at any minute, her only answer was a wild, reckless l a u g h. She pulled dirPctly beneath tl1e prow of the vessel, and shipped her oars, tnen, without a word, l eape d into the rive r ano. disappeared from sight. In two seconds she reappeared, and catching hold of the prow rigging, went up, band over hand, with the agility of a monkey. A moment later she clambered aboard where the flames had not yet rracbed. and swung her hat triumphantly, to a thunder of applauding shouts that seemed to come from sea and shore. The next instant she turned and plunged from. view directly int-0 the flame. Th<' hon-ified cry went up fro m the watchers in the boats, upon the river, and the many excited gazers upon the d'ocks. Was the boy-girl insane! C ertain death lurk ed evi>rywhere within the seething sea of flame th!lt enveloped the greater portion of the vessel, and was now licking t h e riggmg spitefully, making brighter the lurid night. The boats upon the river, of which there n o w were scores of all pnlled uearer to the venturesome dare devil aboard sncb a craft, in the face of tbe mercil ess flames, remained a mystery. But not lon g. So o n she burst again from the f:lame, upon the unscathed portiou of the boat, and bom iu her arms a form draped in female attire. A moment she paused, and gnzed at the boats upon the water neares t the v esse l. then oyerboard into the firelit water of the river.

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New York Nell. Instantly two boats nearest the vessel pulled swiftly t.oward the spot where she had gone down. On e boat contained Colonel Fleming Baxter and two low-browed ruffianly-looking fellows; the other contained two young men of some four and twenty years of age, r espectively, one of whom was decidedly western in appearance, with his slouch hat, long hair, and tanned buckskin hunting shirt. It became at once apparent that each boat was determined to r eac h the spot of rescue be fore the other, and a single moment proved that the boat contairnng the long-haired chap and his companion was destined t;o be victorious, for the little craft seemed t;o fairly skim over the top of tl:!e water, so fast it went. Colonel Baxter urged his men fiercely a torrent of oaths escaping his lips as he saw that he was not to be the rescuer of the brave girl de tective and her companion. "Stop! be yelled, fiercely. "'Those are mine t;o rescue-mine t;o protect! .Hands off, I command you." You go to-Mexico I" the man with the long hair shouted, just as N e ll Niblo came t;o tbe sur face, bearing lier faintmg or unconscio us com panion, and both were hauled quickly into the boat. "You see I have got them, my savage fr1., .... d," the lung-haired man continued, turning and mockingly addressing B.i.xter, "and, what's more, I intend to keep them for a bit: So whistle a solo, for your pains, and go home. The next minute the boat shot toward the piers rapidly gliding through the choppy waters. With smothered curses of rage Baxter ordered his companions to pull ashore, which they did, landing at a pier further up the river. "My young lad, you are a hero I" the l onghaired young man of tbe rescuing boat said, turning to New York Nell, who was seated in the stern with her charge lying a cross her lap. "How did you know the lady was in the ship, bo(.1" 'Jn the first place, you're sucked in about my being a boy; and in the next place, it's my own private biz bow I found out about tbe lady's bein' in the boat," Nell replied mdependentl y If you want to exchange cogs, my name is Nell Niblo, alias, New York Nell, news girl, detective and hard crowd generally. Now, what's yonr appellative?" "My name is Jack C>trson, and I'm from up Leadville country," tbe lonp:-baired man re ponded, tipping b E hat. "My C l mpanion, here calls himself V!J.I Vernon. I believe. We met b;;1ow hero ju t as the fire broke out, and became a<'qainted to the extent of jumping into a boat and pullinr.; f o r th<' blaze." "Correct! He's Val Vernon, all right. no doubt; but I twig you allee samee, as the China men say. "You ain't Carson no more'n I'm John Jackob Asto r or Tony Pastor. But it's all right. Jt will keep with me." "Well I if you ain't the que!'rest gal in hoy's clothing I ever met I'll be shot!" the Westerner in surprise. Of course my name Carron. Do you suppose I .am some criminal, under an alias f" You are liable oo be made 'most anything t;o suit theJancy of a pair of scheming villains, if you don't look out for yourself mighty sharp," N"1.I replied. "Rold on I don't pull ashore where all the crowd is, or the perlice will be nosing into what is none of their busine ss Pull down-stream till I tell you to stop The order was promptly obeyed, and the boat headed down the stream. Afte r ten minutes' ride Nell gave the order to go ashore and they pulled into an empty dock and tied up. The long-haired man took the girlish form of the resc_ue d woman in his arms and sprung a shore, and Vernon assisted Nell to dis embark, following her example himself. Where do you want this lady take n, young lady?'' Carson asked, pausing. and gazing ii:i.to Nell's faGe with a l o ng, searcbjng scrutiny, as if he were trying to r ead her purpose. "We ll, if you want the job of carryin' her, come along and I'll show you she r e plied, flushing, and turning away. "I'm going to take h e r where she will be < ared for, aud don't you forget it. So come along." She led the way up the dark, narrow thor oughfare which led from the rive r intotbe dense city. Carson followed bis strange conductress, bearing the in sensib le lady, wh ose face was heavily vailed, and Val Vernon brought up the r ear. In of fift ee n minutes, they arrived \. \ 0')re th., c00r, or rather opening, of a staircase w\.xl. ;,.;;ceuded into a tumble-do,wn, grimy looking tenemen t building, which evi dently had been one erected a half-century before. Up the rickety staircase the news girl led the way to a hallway in the third story. H ere she pau>ed, and gave a loud rap upon the door, and a few minutes later it was opene d by a toothless, ugl y -l ooking old bag, whose tattered dress and dishevPled !:>air served to make h e r appearanC'e a.kin to frigbful. "Well, what d'ye want, she drrnanded surveying the news girl sha rply. "Who's them fellers, an' wl:at's wantin'?" ''If you'll bold your tongue a minnit, and let us in, you' ll be apt to find outtbequickest," Nell fearleEsly. "Scat I now I" The old woman growled something unintel ligibl e atout being distmbed, and threw the door open, admitting her visitors into-not a dirty, filthy bovPI. as Carson and VPTnon bad expected, but a ricLly furnished parlor of con siderable size, with fresC'oed walls ard C'eilings rich plush carpetin!!', s tuff ed furmture of elegan t pattern and 'finiEh, luxuricn s sofas, a Steinway piano-in fact, many and many 11ttract ive and costly arlormrwnts that -wo uld not have disgraced a palace on Fifth avenue Carson was not sorry, either, when be receiv ed directions to deposit bis burden upon one of the sofas, for her weight was beginning to tell upon him. "Well! w ell!" the old hag grunted, setting her bands upon hPr hips, with her arms akimbo. "Now, what's up you, N ell Nihlo? Who aire these two fine-lookin fellows, and who is the woman yonder with the vailed face?'' "'l'he lady is my charge," New York Nell announced. I rescued her from the burniIJg

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10 I New York N'-'iL ship, and I'm goin' t<:> llSSU!ne charge of h e r for a spe ll. Yoa mus t k eep h e r here, and treat h e r l ike a lady and s ea that no one gets a glimpse of her. Do you hear?-nobod,11 except yourself and!." "I hear," the old woman assented, wit'i an odd "No one ever come a-visitin' to Mag Min'.{ yet wh e n she s e d they couldn't, and them as tried allus w ent away with sore beads." "Yes, you're a good watcb-dorr Mag, an'e don e m e many a good turn," the n ews girl said. "These young gentlemen are Mr. Carson, and Mr. Vernon, who kindly volunt.eered to h e lp me a s hor e with my charge. The long-bnired feller is Kit:>ph erCarson-t'other'un is Come, boys, Jet's take leave now she' ll take keer of the lady, and you can get oack to your carryin' with you the thanks of New York Nell for y-iur services." Thus dismissed, Carson anrl Vernon bowed themselves out, and N e ll followed t!iem to the street. "I'll show you the way out of this plac e ," she said, taking the l ea.d. "Heave n only knows, there ara traps enoug h to catch the uu ioi tiated In ten minutes sh e hai guided them out of the narrow place into one of the well-lit, princi1,ml tb0roughfares. "There! you are now where you co.n go it alone. B etter get t:> your roost s too, for late 'uns are allus s'picioned by the police. Whar'll I fiud you ter-morrer Kitopher CarsouP' "At the l:Tnion Place Hote l, miss." "All right. Jus t you lay low there, until I drop in to see you. S'pect I know s:imetbin' more about you than you do yourself. And, abo ve all, avoid famili arizin' wit h strangers. Th en, turning abruptly, she hurried away in an opposit e direction. She at once sour;bt her l odgings1 in a t e ne m ent building in Baxter street-a smgle 11part" ment in the fourth story, ftunisbed neatly with a rag carpet, a stand containing a lamp and a few pape rs, a white counterpaned little bed, and a sin!!'le chair. H was n o t mucb, but was all she cou1d afford, afte r her mt-a.ls, and still was a home t'.l,her, wbic a she often sought as a welco:na r efmi;e, after tbe toils and turm:-iil of busy metropolitan days. Early t':i3 follo1vi:Jg mornin g, even b efore the day was li g ht, she was abr oad, with a large bud'.\'et of morning papers, whi c h she disposed of upon route, after whi c h slle was again eqaipped with an:lt!ier armful, to sell up n the New:>d a irbmt of a chance in th'l bus in ess with pretty Ni!ll Niblo, who invariably s old her as fast as she could band them out, and make change. The Bowery was h e r bonanza ground. Every one knew her, and admired her, and it was no trick for h e r to'!;ell a hundred papers from sunrise till in sum 'l'ler time. The sam e success greeted her on l ower Broadway, an..d everywhere she w ent, many of the "mashable" m e n pqrchasing in the hop es of being rewardea by a smile, which they a} ,.,ays got, if and respectfuL The policemen kne\< h e r along the whole force, and although it lay in their power to ar rest her for m asq in atti.te not natural with her sex, they seldom offered her molesta tion, for she was ever modest, well behaved, and jm; t ind ependent eno ugh to "to boo h e r own row," and d efend h erself from insult, and no OD9 of an honest and h onorable turn of mincl ove r let drop a word or hint that New York Nell the n ews girl was not in every way re spectab l e To-day, of which we narrate, her trade wau good, and by noon she bad disposed of over two hundred and fifty papers, 6n which she rooliz e d about one dollar and fifty cents profit, so small is the margin on the daihes. It was now that h e r thoughts r everted to her promised call upon Carson, and s h e accordingly went to a d e serted corner to sit upon a step, and count the contents of h e r pockets. The result was twenty-two dollars all h e r own, which it had dost h e r two whole we e ks to accumulate. Out of this had to come six dollars for leaving ber sixteen dollars "Jes t enough t.o rig up in styl e fer onc't," she murmured, eying the money. "An' I'm goin' fe r new togs, if I don't never make another cent. Et's good enough to go r agged a-sellin' pape rs, but when one's goin' to call on secb fel l e r s as thAt a.r' Carson, good togs stand pre-emi' neut. llfebbe, too he's on the romantic l ay, an' I can mash" him H a! ha! fanc y me a h ero ine of a l ove scrape I B e t I'd get l aughed at. S'pose I orte r put on ga l togs, but I ain' t goin' t
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New York NelL u. out sellin' papers, I'd just l ike to play sport all I valve and listen. Your little game is all the time, sol would I But, n ow, I must cnll on to me, or most of it, at l east, and the whole. that Jack Carson and see if he knows will eventually come into my possession And ab.mt danger m unde r them l on g hairs of his'n. while the opportunity i s offered me, I want to --tell you that if you hope to f.eep yourself out of CHAPTER IV. Sing Sing, the best thmg for you t o do is to get JACK BLA.KESLY HEARS OF A RIVAL. rig!:Jt up and cl\mb ou t of the city-go West. I MR. JACK CARSON had j ust gone out for a ain't f ooling you, neithe r. Tbe soone r you are stroll, when sbe inquired for him at the Union fifteen hundred milE>s from New York the less Place H ote l. Would be in a-time for two liability thero i s of your being hanged. Do you o 'clock lunc h eo n, said the polit;Q clerk, who fail-know what I amr' eel to rerogni ze i n the nobby inquirer the rolli c k"An accursed idiot I" the colonel growled, not ing news girl wbo came regularly to tease him y e t determined whether the eccentric creature to inves t in a paper, which be never found time was to he feared or not. t.o do because she "chaffed" him, poked fun at "No, n o t an accumed idiot," Nell r ep lied, the few sallow hairs upon his uppe r lip, and ad-proudly. "God E;ave me the u sual gifts of hu vised him to go out West and buy a.COfDplexion. manity, and I have sharpened tbe same up by So Nell l ounged about the waiting-room experi ence, until I am jus t ordinarlly smart, smoked a cigarette to be fashionable, and waited Professionally heretofo re, I have been a detec tor the long-haired son of Colorado to put in an tive and a new,a girl, tbo latter serving me in appearance tho former capacity. Profess ionally, benceWhi)e sbe was waiting, she hear.-!. a familiar forth, I am a d etective I tell you this b ecause voic e and saw the dressy Colon el Baxter enter, I would rathe r battle with an armed villain accompanied by two companion s also well at-than one unarmed. The victory is greater. tired but evil-lookin g as any pair o f knaves the satisfaction keen er. Look at me. I am a. one could find photographed iu the Rogues Gal-mere chit of a girl-seventeen years of age only l ery. -and n eve r bad the ad vantage of a common The colonel spied ou r heroine a bout the same schoo l education. Still, there is a heap of sell56' moment she spied him, and, dismiGsing his com -and understanding in my curly bead, and I hav& panions, h e aperoacbed her, with a dark s_p.owl. eyes like a hawk. The detective business suits "Ahal so its you. is it!" h e saluted, taking a m 1 as I always happen around just out of sight chair near by. "11ve b<',en searching all over but in hearing, in time to hear important disthe city for you. Where is the woman you r esc losures. I was in Philadelphia a week ago, and cued from the burning boat last night!" hear.d a few things which I put on fl1e, and "Where she' ll keep,'' was the coo l reply. shall use them when the proper time arrives." "Take care, my pert miss-for I've found out Baxter scowled fiercely . that you are a girl instead of a boy, and if you "You e'idently know nothing against me," know when you're well off you'll u se more courhe said "But in case you d o, I'll tnke. good care teousn ess in addressing." you don't do any one any particular harm l" "Will I, thoug h 1 S'pose I do as I please"Hal ha! I am glad you take it so lightly. how are you going to help yourself?" Open enmity i s ten times easier to conquer than "I'll show you mighty quick, my gal. I want bang-dog sneakism. And about this rescu& you to tell me what you did with the woman business ; I strolled into a down-town saloon you rescued." last night, where a lot of sailors were ca r o usin g "'l'he n I'll plainly tell you it's none of your ou the strength of a tendJllar note which one of business I've put h e r where she will be in good them bad received. Any idea whom he got it care aud out of your villainous clutches." from!" "But, you fool that woman was my wife. "Not the least," Baxter replied, without What busines 1 have you to shut her up, wh ore I flin c hing. cannot find h er!" "But I bave The sailor said as bow he had "Your wife, e h?'' got it from a black::tookin' chap. who had "Of course she isl" brought a lady aboard, and wanted her stowed "What was she doing aboard the burning away in the hold and taken out to sea on theboat, then?" Lady Julia, "bicb sailed on the morrow. He "Easily answered. The sbip was to sail to-didn't want her harmed-only k ept aboard dur-day, and I took her aboard to be r eady, and ing the out triP; and if she should be acciden 11 was on my way to j oin her when I discovered tally upon some des olate island, it "ould U herl" nnt have b ee n a matter of ruucb consequence, "Phew I" and Nell Niblo took off bPr hat to and it would be a matter of five hundred dol1give her curly bead 11. dig:. "That's too lflrS deposited in the bank at the so.i!or's disa yarn to s waller, old man-too transparent. posa l on. his return. I beard this much, What was the lady doin' cn ickerl away in tbe and waltzPd down to the rescue. I your bol d. bound hand and foot, if what you say is anxiety and concern, n.ncl rightly knew wbern true?" to placf> you, after seeing };Ou m the Quaker "Sbe W'lsn'tl'' City. Tbat'" what about the Indy. I rescued "She was l" her, and have stowPCl ber a way until .T "et time "You lie, cur!
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12 New York Nell. In his rapidly rising rage, Baxter's face assumed a grayish pallor. Here were all his plots in the lmowledge of a mere child-but a remarkably shrewd,keen child, as he was forced to admit himself. "Curse you. I'll fix you," he said, with a malicious gleam in bis eyes. "l've tamed canary birds for a living, and not lost my art yet." "Yes, but you never tamed a little New York bantam rooster-a regular little gamlH!ock I" Nell retorted, as he arose and stalked out of the room, muttering baleful oaths. "Bet a clam he feels as if he'd like to shut off my wind." the girl muttered; "Mebbe I hadn't <>rter let 'him kuow'd I knew so much, but I -0ouldn't resist the temptation. But, neverthe less, I'm goin' ter get the fat of the game. Wonder just bow I'm going to commence, anyhow? Tht> first thing is evidently to see our long-haired W astern coon." It was the middle of the afternoon ere Carson put in an appearance, and came forward to be seated, and shake hands. "Sorry I kept you waiting," he said, twisting bis handsome mustache, "but I got interested in a little game of faro, upon Broadway, and could not tear myself away, until I cleaned out the bank. But now I am at your service." "What's become of your companion'?'' "Vernon? Oh! he's upatPoliceHeadquarters instituting inquirie s for a lost sister, who elo;:;;d with a precious rascal who was, at the time, her music-teacher. Vernon has been searching for them, far and wide, with a vengeful vow to plant the aforesaid music-teacher, when he finds him.'' Has his sister money?" "Yes. She and her brother each came into of a locge cash fortune, recently I believe." "Then, rve twigged the game, already. The music-teacher has coaxed her off \vith him sim ply to get hold of filthy lucre." "Ahl have you seen her, then?" "Mebbe-mehbe not. 'Spect I might lay 11 paw on her, possibly, if I was hit with a big in clination." Well, this is {$'Ood news, and Vernon will pay you well to tell him." "Perfoshional detectives ain't a-goin' ter shuck <>If p'ints, even fer money, sometimes, I trow. But, laying aside that matter, I want to inquire what business brought you to New York?" "Oh! I came East on a visit to some of my re lates," the We'sterner confessed. "You see, I've been gone some eight years, and got kind o' hun gr!. to gaze upon old friend s." And your name is Jack Blakesly?" "Well, yes, though up in the West I was called Jack Carson, b e cause it was easier on the tongue. But, how did you know?" "Ob! I've a peculiar faculty of gaining points. Was in Philade1phia, when old Uncle Redmond Blakeslv arrived there to receive and welcome you back!" "What! are you 9razy, girl? I have not yet bad a glimpse of the old man. Indeed, I have been rather doubtful about seeing him, since be lent me the toe of his boot to start me on my cwn hook, over eight years ago." "Hal ha1 that's the same story the other fel low told.n What other fellow?" "Why, the returned prodigal, Jack Blakeely, to be sure." "Pshaw! you speak in riddles. What do you mean?" Well, l'll tell ,you, just for greens. Jack Blakesly, of Leadville, Col., arrived in Philadel phia, last week, and was met by his father. Since that they have gone up to Hudsondale, the old farmer's country seat, to spend the heated term-the old man, the young man, and the pretty orphan." The real Jack Blakesly gave vent to a whistle of surprise. "So, another Jack Blakesly has got in ahead of me, eh1" he said, reflectively. "Well this is romantic-and not so very strangeJ either, for I'm told the old gent is worth a cool half a mil lion. What for looking fellow is the other Jack!" "Rather white-livered-like a hot-house plant w'ot ain't been watered lately." -"Humph! And he calls himself Jack Blakes-ly, eh?" On course he does." "But, does the old gent take him in all right?" Reckon so. Leastways, he took 'em down to Hudsondale." "You intimate that there is a third party?" "Yes, an orphan when Jack has under his charge until she can learn the whereabouts of a rich brother who lives in the East." "Ahl then judging by what you say, there is not much of J.l,. show for me. If the other feller's Jack who the deuce am H" "You're N. G., in that respect. You're left "'!mt. If you are the bona fide Jack Blakesly, you maybe have something, in the way of proof, that will establish your identity." I am sorry to say that I haven't, to my knowledge. I didn't expect I should have a rival, or I should hardly have taken the pains to come East, for quarreling i3 not one of my accomplishm e nts. Still I opine I shall have to interview this rival of mine." "Bully for you! Don't give up such a little game, when there's a show for winning. If you want help and want to pay for it, I'm ready for biz-New York N e ll, at your service, perfesb ional detective en' ef I can't win a case I take hold of, I don't charge a cent." "As you say, I s!iall not give up the little game, I care nothing for what little property may be et risk, as I am pretty well heeled, but, I. don't propose to l e t any usurper occupy a position that is rightfully mine. And I shall be only too glad to enlist you in my service, for you appear tn have all th.i qualitie s of a thorough detective You can do tbe planning and light work, and leave the fighting. if any, to me. As for the pay, you may command your own terms, as I've got a gold-mine and a bank at my order. Perhaps you will want m oney down1 If so, here is a hundred dollars." Which I will accept only to purchase such things as will aid me in mv labors for you," Nell said. "Now I will leave you. to alfow you to think the thing over, and form an idea how it is best to go to work. But, look out for one Colonel Baxter, and a couple of villainous com panions he has. He is the backer, I take it, oi

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New York Nell. 18 the usurperi and if he finds out who you are, will probab y attempt to do you harm. There fore it is well enough to keep on your guard." "i know this Baxter by r epute,'' Jack Blake ,;ly replied coolly. "He comes from up in the mines, also, and this is not his maiden attempt at villainy. I'll take care of myself, as far as be is concerned. I once had the pleasure of knocking him down for a girl; perhaps I shall have occasion to r epea t the operation. __ New York Nell, after leaving the original Jack Blakesly, resorted at once to a well-known costumer and invested a part'of her money in wigs, costumes and effects to match. All of these she ordered sent to her lodgings after which she strolled in the Bowery in quest of some one. This one she found in the person of a dirty young bootblack of some fifteen years -a stout fellow, with a face like a prize-fighter, and a pair of fists to match, while in his eyes there was a bold, yet drowsy expression, the meaning of which one was liable to mistake. He was upon a barrel in front o f a groggery, engaged in puffing away at a pipe, while he swore alternately with bis puffs at a gang of smaller boys who were throwing pens at him, which they had purloined from a n eig hbor ing grocer's basket. He eyed New York Nell in surprise as she ap proach e d. Hello I been a fire, Nibs? You're fixed up like a dandy 1" "So I am, to be sure," the young detective rer.lied gayly. "Who's got a bette r right!" Dunno 'bout that. 1 'Spect you've been cap terin' a bonanza, ain't ye1 Gracious, but you're fly!" Yes, and-you might be, if you bad any ambition. Why don't you brace up and have some style about you!" "How in thunder's a feller goin' to brace up on a business of ten cents a day1" the boy de manded, sourly. "Hain't got but two cash shines to-day, an' both o' they was counterfeit nickels. All the rest on tick." "When you ketch old Niblo doin' biz on tick, or gettin! roped in olrbogus. you sing the Dead March of Sal, will you! Know what I'm going to do with yo u, Sam Snicker!" -"No!" the boy replied, not manifesting much interest. "Well, I'll tell you; I'm goin' to take you to work fer me, on a salary of twenty-five cents a 1iay. Will yo 1 accepM" "What's to do!" "Shadow-dodge, fact, do a general detect! ve business "Phew! d'ye s'pose I'll do, Nibs!'' Of course you'll do I I'll give you instructions, an' when you comb your head once with a sharp-toothed comb, I'm sure 7ou'll find wits enough to keep you afloat. I you don't, I'll r.ti r you up with the toe of my shoe." "All right. I'll do it!" "Then come along to my brown-stone front, and I'll give you your cue to work on." The bootblack accordingly lelt bis perch on the barrel, and followed the girl detective to Iler lodgings in Baxt.>r str. eet, where she took him into her confidence, and posted him as to his duties. She was in no wise afraid to trust him, for she had known him for years, and always found him trustworthy and honest, and a fellow with a bulldog determination. CHAPTERV. AT HUDSONDALE. UPON the right-band shore of the majestic Hudson in going up the river, was situated the magnificent estate of Hudsondale, of which Uncle Blakesly was the owner. It had a front age along the water's edge of about one hundred rods, and from the water rolled back and upward in a beautiful slope, to a sort of bench o r tableland, whereon was erected a fine modern mansion, surrounded by spacious verandas, vine-draped arbors and in the rear a magnificent garden, and carriage drives, and out buildings. The great lawn in front was divided !Jy a broad flag11tone walk which led to the water's edge down over numerous terraces, tbe left divi sio n, looking toward the water, being a dense park of gigantic maples, beneath whose outstretching branches lurked sp1 aying foun tains, croquet plateaus swin g s and arborR, to say nothing of a pr<1tty little observatory that towered.above the bi g hest tree-tops; and com manded a view of the Hudson for miles in either direction, and of other b eautiful homes a cross the water. Th e land containing the park slored gradually from the mansion, half the distance to the river-then. by a sudden frea k of nature rolled upward toward the water, t erminating in a great wooded cliff, which broke off perpen diQ.ularly at the water's edge. This woo ded tract co:ilta.ined in all several acres, making a most lovely and picturesque feature of the grounds. On the opposite of the avenue there rose from the river to the mansion tenace after terrace of beds of flowers and plants and flowering bushes. Not a small assortment, but every known American variety, and many foreign shrubs, rlants and bushes r emarkable for their beautifu blos soms, perfume and foliage. It was now the time of the y ea r when all of nature's adornments were wreathed in smiles, and the view of the grounds was most enchant ingly beautiful. .At the footof the lawn, a steam-and-sail yacht of diminutive size and gracef ul build rocked on the water at anahor ready for use. And it was to such a home that Uncle Redmond Blakesly had brought the pseudo Jack and Miss Vernon and installed tbem. Thar I" be said, after be bad gone through the preliminaries of introducing them to Miss Prudence, a prim old maid of five-and-fifty, with a keen gray eye and a sour temper-" tbar they ar', Prudence-my boy Jack and his lady friend, Miss Vernon. who has @Ome East arter her brother. An', d'ye mind, Prudence, they're to take their ease an' bev wbat pleasure the sittywation offers 'em; an' l ll bet a chaw of Navy that beats any hom e they ever had before. Take cara of 'em, Prudence. Thar'll he an extra serv1mt gal up on evenin' boot ter h elp Sally An' rcnv i'm of!' fpr a g ee d nap,

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llew Torh NeD. arter which tber old man will be as lively as n flea." And so Jack and Viola were ieft to entertain themselves in the great mansion, with its com plement of many magnificently-decorated room s furnished with everything that the taste ot a connoi sseu r cou ld conceive. For in Miss Prudence there was not muc h cn tertaiument, as she seldom spoke except it was t.o sputter, find fault and scold After making toiletsin their respe cti ve rooms, the youn"'J people joined in the parlor and took a strol down into the park, wbere t h ere Wal\ relief from the b eat of the day in the cool shade "Well, how do you like it n ow?" Jac k de manded, triumphantly. "Is this not all and more than I boasted of-a grand home, such as any person might be proud of?" "It is all very beautiful-too beautiful to seem true. But, Jack is it yours-will it be yours? I h ave fears sometimes, after all your assurance." "Bosh! You are silly. What further assur ance can you a3k, after I have been openly a s sured a welcome by my father?" "I don't know, but-but maybe it is all ri ght. It is a strange romance, anyhow, Jack. Firs t, you werfl my music-teacher, and asked me to marry you. I h e sitated, not because I did n o t like you, but because I deemed you a. pennil e ss wandere r But one day you told ma a strange story of having a grand home here, from whi c h you had bee n alienated for many years, and could not return because you had not mon e y to establish a recognition. You besought me to loan you a part of my fortune to h e lp you r e gain your position, promising to wed and make m e your wif e "Dazzled by your des c ription, I was tempted, a'ld finally consent e d, and eloped with you from my home and my p o or l oving brot h er, who even now may be blindly s earching for m e You have brought me here, Jack, and I have found all apparently as you held forth. But tbare is still one thing puzzles me: What became of the sum of three thousand dollars I have from time t o time loan ed you out of my fortune!" Jack was silent for a few moments, bis fea tures working nervously, and bis eyes gleamin g strttngely. W P.11, I will tell you. Years ago I stole a diamond-set gold l ocket which for al!."es had been an heirlo om in my father's family, and pawned tt for drink. I was wild in those days, and, ungovernable For that theft my father kicked me from his house, and told me I never thereaftler could be bis so n and heir until I re turned the lo-iket to him. The tavern-keeper bad cleared out for parts unknown, and noth ing was l ef t tor me but to go out into the world and searc h tor it. For eight years I spent my earnings in detectives on the trail. But to no purpo'le. No trace of ft could I find, until one day, while yet your music-teacbllr, I read a
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New York Nell. shall not know. Cor.ic We will go to tho mansion and you shall have the money." That evening J nck Blakesly the impostor, took the boat for :New York, with five thousand dol lars in bis pocket, promising to return from New York by the morning boat. ''Going to meet a couple of distinguished college professors, you see who are about to sail for Euro:Qe, yo u see1 he explained, to satisfy Uncle Blakesiy's curiosity. And the o l d man patted h1m on the shoulder good -natnrcdly, bidding him godspeed, "Take keer o' yerself, boy. an'1ook ye don't ':it peeled. It's a great place fer greenhorns to !it r oped in, I tell ye. Cum back when you g;t thr'u' wi' your perfessors; an' in the mean time yer old dad will spark around tber gal, just fer to see it sparkin' seems as nice as it did fifty years ago. Ha! ha!" And after the 01d servant had r owed Jack out IL-stream, to meet the dowu boat for New York, the old farme r turned back toward the long veran:la in front of the mansi on, where Viola was standing, watching the departure with an eBf.er, wistful, half-scared expression in her eyes. 'Sech a boy.fer book-Parnin', eddication, and refinement is that Jack," he said, his jolly old face beaming with pleasure. "At first be didn't s eem like as ef he was my son, but, by golly, I like him the more I s ee him. "Oh! I am so glad," Viola said. "I am sure we both love you dearly." "Oho! the n you an' Jack ar' a l eetle thick1 eh!" the old man queried, quizzingly. "'Spect you'll be hitcbin' up in double harness one o' these days, eh?" "Ohl no, sir. We have never thought of 'ucb a thing, even. Your son has always seemed to me more ,of a brother than a-a lover." "Then, by thund11r, I r ecko n I'll court ye up a little myself, when I get the time," Uncle Blakesly laughed, as he limped away. Jack Blakesly1 the bogus, went to N e w York, arriving there m the early twilight, and found Baxte r i n his room at the Union Place, engaged in getting outside of several varieties of wine and cigars. The colonel was in none too pleasant a mood, but bowed and pushed forward an arm-chair with his foot. "Sit down," he said, lighting a cfa;ar. "Here are cigars and some good wine. H elp yourself. What brings you here!" Money. I trumped up the l ocke t story according to your plans, and succeeded in getting the last five thousand." "Good. Give it to me. I know just where to put it to good advantage." "So do I," the younger man said, throwing a roll of bills upon the table. There is half of amount. Th e other halt I'll take the liberty of using as a lining for my own pockets." "What! how do you mean? I am to have all profits of the business the first year, for my jervices." "Oh, not You've got a wrong idea. I've my part l ong enough for nothing, and either I have a big sbareof the spoils, or you can !Ind another Jack Blakesly." Curse you I But :cever mind. 'II we i;et the Blakesl y estate it will bo a fat thing for our pockets. How does Miss Vernon f ee l about it?" I think she trusts implicitly in me1 in hope that I will get the property and marry ner. "Humph! she 'll rave if there should be a collapse. How i;oes it with the old man?" "Outwardly all is serene. But, I trow, 1:3 is watching with the eyes of a hawk, for something to confirm his suspicion that I am not genuine. If nothing to further arouse sus picion, all promises to work well. But there is one thing imperative. "What is that?'' The otber Jack Blakesly mus t be put out of the way, b efore he bas a chance to
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18 lfew York NelL counterfeit Jack did. T h e g enuine Jack redeck you'll find a snug place, sum-an' I'll mained at the Union Place, and w aited fo r New stame u p a n tha visse l movin' direct, sur." York Nell to put in another appear a n ce where"Thank you. I prefer to remain on deck aibl at t hey cou l d hold another cons ultation. catch the breeze Jack replied, and he accord. During the coun;e of the day, he was apingly seated himself by the lee rail, and lit II proac h e d by a se e dyl ooking individu al, with cigar for a quiet smoke. r e d hair and stubbly beard, who doffed. his hat Any sus picion of d anger or unfair play ha\1 and bowe d humbly: quite vanis h e d from his mind, as there wert "Sur, tha be afthe r tellin' me at tha offi c e, only two p e r sons b e sides himse lf, abQut th. there fo t y o u be tha lad by the name of Cars on, bo at, b eing the Irishman, who was firing up,_, s ur," he said, in an unmistakable Irish and a rough, black-whiskered looking fellow in brogue. the pilot box. "I am Jac k Carson, y e s, was the long-haired In due time the steam was up, and o n aml Westerner' s r eply. "Who are you1" the prope llers began to vibrate, while the S a rala "Sure me name it is Andy, sur, an' I'm tha Jane a s the boat was n a med, glided out into hired mon, up 1,1.t Hudsondale fot d oe s the work. the h arbor, l ooking up-stream. An' tha o ld b os s he was afthe r sendin' me d own Jac k enjo yed the d eparting vie w of the city h ere to N d W Yor ick, to tha Unio n Pallus How-as the y steame d away at a rapid rate, and set tel to give a l etthe r to a gintle m o n by t h e name tle d himself comfortably into his seat for I(. .of .711.Ck C arso n, an' w ait fo r an answe r snooze. "We ll, give me the Jetter, for I am undoubt-How long he snoozed he was not aware, fOI edly the man y o u s eek." wh e n he awoke, startled by some strange dream Accordingly the Hibernian produce d the let-the surroundings were enveloped in the mantis ter, whic h was addre ssed to "Jac k Carson of lligbt. Blakesly. The boat was still moving swiftly through "I wonder what now1' were Jack's thoughts tho water, up-stream, and the picturesqu'1' as he tore op e n the enve l o pe. But, when he shores were only dimly visibl e as they drifted peruse d the inc l osure his countenance was the by. sc enA of many contending emotions. "Well, young man, I see y o u have had your "See here, you Limerick," he said, t urning to nap," a voice said, near by, and Jack,saw a man the Irisb.man. "Did y o u get this from old Red -attired as a p o li c e offi cer, standing only a few mond Blakesly himself?" paces away. "Faith, shure an' I did. Who would be afther Impres sed with a sens e of impending danger glvin' it to me but the boss1" qe now became thoroughly awake n e d, an
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1'ew Nell. little ashamed of mesilf to take an advantage of sich a purthy young feller, but, sorry the conscience fot won't be appeased by its weight in in-anebacks. Eh, Fisky!" ''Sart'in," the other replied. "Money is the root of all evil, an' the one who captures the root is decidedly the best feller " What do you intend doing1" Jack demand ed, calml y. "You surely do not contemplate murdering me!" "Ob, ;no! not exactly what one would call murder. You see, the world has !Ong been in need of more sub-marine explorers who could bring about a revelation in regard to the b ot toms of oceans, lakes and rivers, and I being rather a scientist, proposed to fill the want. That's all. B e lieving you might unreasonably object, I caused your bands and feet to be se cured and your body weighted so as to keep you down long enough to do some good. When you have succeeded in making any discoveri es worthy of mention all you'll have to do will be -to ?et some mermaid to r e leaoo you." You devil! If I could get free I'd break your skull with the first thing .I could lay my bands upon." "But-you see you can't get free, so you mny as well make the best of a bad situation. You have just five minutes to d evote to piety before you pass in yow checks, and so you may as well get down to blli!iness." Jack did not reply. He saw that anything be could say bad no effect upon the ruffians into whose bands be bad so easily fallen, and be resolved to give them no satisfaction over his weakness. Sbarky's companion took out bis watch and stood where the light from the pilot-hcuse re fiected upon its dial. "The five minutes is up!" be said, presently, closi ng the watch and restoring it to his pocket. "Then, come along, an' let's get through with the job. Got any li'ker1" Sharky assented, and produced a bottle, from which they both drank deeply. Then they ap proached Jack Blakesly and raised him in their arms1 be powerless to help himself, and too brave to evmce any horror be may have felt at bis situation. "Take biln to the stern of the boat," Sharky said, and they did so. Then bracing themselves, they swung the body to and fro between them, once, twice, three times and"STOP!" a sharp, stern voice cried," or you are dead men/" They did stop, and dropped Jack to the deck; then faced quickly around, with frightful oaths. About a half-score of feet away, stood New York Nell, with a pair of cocked Smith & WesSOJlll in her gripe, the muzzles of which were turned menacingly upon the would-be criminals a smile of triumph upon t'ie girl's face. "You are eucheredl" she said, quietly, CHAPTER VI. THE GAME BALKED. Tm: light from the r e flector ill the pilot-Louse shone .:own upon the tableau, giving it power and effect. "The devil! who are you!'' Sbarky gasped. turning pale and red at the same time. Wha d'ye mean1" "I mean that you just cheese it, where you are, or I'll bore a tunnel through your system quicke r than an eyester ever slipped down a huckster's gullet. My handle is Nell Niblo New York Nell, the g'birl detective1 fer short." "Furies! how did you come here?' "On the boat. Takli caret don't try to pull no weapons, if you don't want to have your throttle forever closed. I'm just the gal to do the biz, if you don't obey orders. Yes, I cum up on the boat. Overheard a little conversation that led me to believe my perfeshional services might not come amiss, so I slyly stowed myself away in the bold. You, Sharky, just be kind e>nough to free Mr. Jack Blak e ;Jy Of those little incumbrances he wears." The ruffian he s itated. "Go on!" Nell ordered sharply; "jnstsosure as you refuse, I'll let day\ight through you. Sbarky saw that his best and only hope was obedience, and he accordingly knelt beside J ack1 and released his feet and bands so that he coula rise. "That's the kind," Nell said, approvingly. "I like to ee rough cusses like you knuckle under1 I do. Jack, while you give them each a gooo kick apiece, I'll keep 'em covered." "i have a better idea than that," Jack assul" ed. "Make 'em jump into the river. If they 've got grit and strength to swim ashore all right. If not, let 'em sink. "But hadn't we better take 'em down to New York, and give them a trial for attempted mur der1 Nell suggested. "No. Let them go on the terms I have said. The next time they cross my track I'll shoot them on the spot, sure I" Then that settles it, Take a bounce, young men't" the little detective said. Start off at a regu ar go-as-you-please gait, six laps to tba mile and walk overboard:" "Butl stop I stop I I cannot swim a stroke I I shall arown-I cannot swim a stroke," Sbarky protested. But I can," bis companion answered "and since we've lost the game, I'm goin' to take the chance that's offered, you bet. So come along and I'll try and help you ashore." Th e next minute the two men had jumped overboard, and then struck for the eastern shore, Sbarky's companio n, Fiskt floating upon bi s back, and cau s ing Sharky to ao so, also. "Now, then, we'll pull for New Yori<" Nell said, accepting Jack's proffered hand. "'rt was lucky I happened to overbear the plot betwee n Baxter and your double, or your pi e would have been fish-chowder. You'd 'a' been takin' sub marine observations, as Sbarky said." "Undoubtedly so, my dear Miss Nellie, and I never can hope to find enough gratitude with which to pay you for your unselfish heroism, were I to live a hundred years. But gratitude failing, I have a little bank account to place at your disposal in the way of reward." "Bab I get out! Money is something I rarely load my hB.nds with. I guess I wasn't nev e r in tended for a banker-at least, I have never been much of a cashier. I'll rake your gratitude, but not your money Shall we go back to town1''

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.. 18 ll'ew Ydt'k NeU. "Yes. I'll postpone my visit to Hudsondale there is no use ot denying anyt'Wng. I'll tell a few hours at least. I tbinkl'll go up and take you frankly tha t I have set about" win the lit a look at the situation later." tie game, and I'm going to do it, if it takes a Nell went forward and examined the engine century o f time and perseverance and a bank et the boat, and fonnd everything in working of m oney. Once I set about accomplishing a order. She the n stationed Jack there, with project, I never say die, until sufficien t blood proper instructions how to keep the fires a-going, has been spilled to float my boat to a safe haven wliile she went to the pilot-box, and once more of refuge." 1 head ed the boat for New York, which was made "I presumo so. If I were you, I'd build a early in the morning. vault to storA the h ogsheads of gore in," J3.c k Jac k w ent at once to the UnionPlace Hot.el replied, sarcastically. "Of course you must fur breakfast, inviting New York Nell to acknow I am not afraid of you, Flem Baxter. comp any him, but she declined, and sought her From t>arly youth I have grown up in a country ewn home instead. where men of you r type are regarded as harm-It chanced that Jack was a.ssigned a seat at J e ss. I have dealt with more dangerous deviis table qpposite Col on e l Fleming Baxter, whose than two of you, and always come out vic scowling face manife sted the surprise he f elt at torious. It is no matter of donbt t.o me that s eeing the h eir of alive and appa-y o u will fail in your projec t of beating me ou t rently in the b est of health. of my right and title-I am certain of it, if sue-"You are qui ckly r e turnf'd from your visit, I c es s crowns all your efforts in the same-way i t see Mr. Carson," the landlord hail e d from an-did, last night." other table. "Didn't you find the folks at "What do you mean? I am at a loss to un home'!" derstand yciu." "Oh y e s, aud w ell as usual. Such a w e !"What a pity! I simply referred to a little c ome, too would have b r ou ght tears to the eye s plot that lured me on a trip up the Huds on of an anchor i te. But a t e l egram in the shape of Perhaps you are entir.ly ignorant concerning a personal fri end lured me again back to town the matter?" for a few day s." "In truth, I am. But, to talk business: Will In no word or w a y d i d Jack betray that any you quit the field, or n ot!" thing bad h a ppen ed to hi m throug h the age n c y "De cidedl!. not," Jac k replied, with great of Baxter's too ls, whic h quite nonplus e d that calmn ess That i;m't the kind of a clothes-pin party, and be masticated his food in savage siI am. In fact I ratbe r enjoy a scrimmage and lance. propose to see this thing throug h until you get As soon as the meal was ov er, be follow e d a four by sev e n roost in Sin g -Sing. That's my Blakesl y into the l o un gin g-room, wh;!re the game, Flem, and you needn't go back-on me." lo n g -haired W esterne r b a d gone to sm ok e a Th e n you sh a ll di e Do you hear? Y 011 s hall die, or be put at least, wh ere you cann o t 'Exc u s e me sir, B1:1xt c r said, drawing a interfere. If you will r eturn West, k eep mum,. chair n ear, a nd seating himSEolf. "It a p p ears and l eave the coast clear f o r us, l will ke e p to me tha t I have som e where e ncountered s u c h h arm from c oming to you, and give y o u ten a face-as yours in my trave l s! be said, mquir-thousand dollars, R ef use, and you'll g e t the ingly. "And y e t I cannot r e call the time aud knif e." plac e." "Very w e ll. I'!I t ake the knife Be sure "How v ery sin gular, Jac k retorted, c o olly. and select a g or>d one how e v e r A b a d knife is "Why, Fle m D axter, that game won't work at more d es picable tban a low cur of a ruffian, like all. It w asn't six mo nths ago tha t I bad the yourself,'' Jack said, rising to l e ave. pleasur:.e of knocking you. down, up in L e adville Baxter sprung to his fe et, with an oath, raiscountry, f o r in s ulting a lad y on the street. inn bis cane, threateningly. Shouldn't be surpris ed if I indulge d in an ex'Chaw your words, you accursed whelp or periment o f a similar nature agai n soon. I feel I'll break your head, for your insolence," he cri e d so m e that wav." "Ha! bat n o I never chaw anything but 'V'hat, sir'1 Do you m ean to intimate that. my victuals, colonel. Take care; hit if you you ever k n ocked me down-I, Colon e l B axter, think be st." gentl eman!" The colo n e l did not think best evident l y, for "Wa l y e q," J ack r epli e d, coolly. "Obi be madf;l a at Blakes ly's head, that must ::pou needn't play off, colone l, for it won't wash have fell e d him, had be not warded off the blow. I'm your enemy and you're mine. It's as broad Thq n ext instant the miner's hard, knotty a it is lony" and I'll tell you right here that tbe fl.st took the colonel in the r egion of the mouth, Int time catch y o u out where policemen are with stunning effect, and the recipient went Mt thicke r than flies, I shall give you such a back to the floor with a c rash that made the drubbing as you n ever had before. I've also floor tramble. eot a job on hand, to go up and boot you r pal With a snarl o f rage Baxter regained his f eet out of my right(ul position as heir at Hudson -and again rushed at bis opponent, this time to 4aJe, too. I'm on the war-path now; so look receive a blow that not only knocked him down, e::.t for music." but caused him to remain there in an insensible Baxter grated bis teeth f!ercelj:"" condition. "We'll see about that," he growled. ... You'll While Jack saunt.ered coolly .. Hay into the fuid I am m ore powerful than yo u think, at pre-bar-rooo:r,
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New York 1'eD. 29 tempted to 'sault me, you know-and so } pickled him. Please impress upon bis min when you take him to bis roon:, th&.t I shall be in New York until to-morrow, nnd that if d esirable t,o him! dueling pistols are on sale, a few blocks below.' Tben the man from the West sauntered away, as if nothing bad happened, leaving the tlerk staring in open-mouthed amazement. Baxter was carried to bis room, and restored to consciousness, and was given the message that bad been left for him. He swore fearfully, and sent for Barker, one of his pals, or1 rather, one of his tool s He was a aark fierce-looking ruffian with a brigandish black mustache, ana a l ook about his eyes that was not pleasant to study, it was so suggestive of ferocity. Baxter at once explained bow he bad been h=dled byB!akesly, and was successful in makinir tbe narration emphatic by the use of many oatbs. "And now the y01mg cuss bas even bad the cheek to challenge me!" be said, furiously. "Waal, le hadn't orter growl at that," Barker sai "It gives ye a chance ter meet him and git even." "Fool! idiot! do you suppose I want to throw my life away? The f ellow is a dead shot. Up in the Leadville country be bas such a repute in that line that men fear him. No, sir, I'll not meet him. You must go in my place." It was now Barker's turn to swear. "You're cheeky,' be growl ed. "As if I am a puppet to shield your carcass. I rather pre sume not, Mr. Baxter." Bah I you are as good a shot as ho, and cculd win. Even if you didn't it wouldn't matter much. There's few would mourn your l oss I can tell you." "As many for my side as yours. Besides I've no dE'Sire to pa$ in my checks yet. "Well, then, let the whelp go. and I'll hire him silenced I guess be eluded Sharky and the other 'un. &le if there's any one listening outside Barker obeyed but the hallway was deserted. "The ccast is clear," he reported. "Go ahead." All right. I'll t e ll you how I'm goini; to get the nippers on old Blakesly, so that lie can't say his soul's his own. There's an old hag living in a tenement on Baxter street, by the name of Snicker. She used to be an old Jtame of mine, when she was young, but married a wortbless coot, and is now an avaricious thing, none too scrupulous as to bow she gets her cash, it having been hinted that men had beEn knowu to have died suddenly through her agency. Now! think a few dollars will hire her to do just what I want." "And whnt is that?" "I will tell you Years ago, Redmond Blakes J y drove his wife from his house hecaue be s ns pectP.d that she was unfaithful to him. From all I ran !Pam, he has never heard aworrl from her sinCP. Now I propose to send Susc Snicker to stir him up. Sbe shall arrange for a meeting on the hJuff by the river in the evening. Sbe s hall provoke and exAsperate him, a nd I can easily foreseA the r es ult. He will attempt. to strike her, and she will back o1f the cli1f into the Hudson, and disappear from view-until she can get ashore unobserved. About the same instant you and I will appear upon the scene you being made u p a policeman, and we'll arrest the old man for murder! Hal ha! think you of the plot?" It is most diabolical, and yet promises to be successful, if you can arrange to your satisfac tion with the old gal," replied Barker. "Which I am certain I can do, by flattering the old fool. You see, after we catch Blakesly in the acthit ;vill be all in my power to do as I will wit him. The "ice of bis l ife will be his obedience to my demands. I fancy that rathe r than go to the gallows, he will be as m eek and tame as a lamb. If however, he is refractory, direct to the scaffold he goes and dances on nothing. After that I and Jack can carry things our own way." Barker looked grim. \ "Wea!, I hope ye'll do suthin', purty lively, any bow," 'he declared, "fer I'm gittin' hungry f e r tber little scrip ye owe me, an' Fisk and Sbarky ar' in about ther same fix. Bizness is bizness, and after ye-git yer paws on Blakesly's money, either you've got to whack up our salary, or down goes your ten-pins "Of course You sha ll have you r money in full Nowhl must pay this Sue Snicker a visit, and see w at I can do with her. You hang around here, and if you get a chance to bit Jack Blakesly hard and sure, without any one's SEOeing you, be sure and do it, so it will settle him." Baxter soon after left the hotel, and made bis way to Baxte r street, in which thoroughfare Mrs. Susan Snicker we$ known' to r eside, in a single r oom in the top story of a dilapidated tenement. The house was a poor-looking affair, to say the le ast, but a fit representitive of the general class of tenants who made it an abiding place. Up rickety stairs to the fourth story he went, aud snon found the door of Mrs. Snicker's room, and knocked. "Come in, ef ye've got bizness-if ye hain't, stay out," a shrill voi
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20 New York NelL "I prefe r to stand. I came to see if you are getting along nicely, Suse1" .. Nol" sh" said, spitefully, without l ooking hJ> "I do not get along nicely. The world tricks and cheats me. Money is scarce. Ohl these 're sorry times for the poor." But1 Suse, they tell me you have money in the banK and o u t at interest-fifty thousand or over" .. They lie! they lie I have not got a cent. I am poor-penniless," she said, fie rcely. "Ahl too bad; I pity you. If you had mar ried me, Susa, you would now be occupying a position of affluence. But there is a chance for you yet. If you are willing to do a little work, and not be scrupulous as to its nature, Ihavethe place for you at a figure al. one hundred dollars." One hundred dollars, Flem Baxter?" One hundred dollars, Suse-all in good clean money." "But, stop-perhaps you mean murder I I wouldn't do that, Flem Baxter-at least, not for a hundred dollars." "This is not murder I would have you do," the colonel said. and I'll ten you." The woman nodded h e r reediness to hear, and the colonel accordingly told her what she would have to do. It was, in detail, what he had told to Barker, a short time before. Sue was silent a s Baxter explained, and when he had finished, s h e said: "And you'll give me a hundred dollars to do t his!" "Yes-more. A hundred now-fifty more when the job is done. But, do you mind, you must not appear where you can be recognized a gai_n." "Ohl I understand, Leave that to me. I'll do the job up brown for you, Flem, for the sake of old days, and no one will ever be the wiser for it," Mrs. Snicker said with a chuckle, as she gathered up the bills whic h he laid in her lap. Baxter then took his departure: "So far, so good," he muttered, as he gained t h e street. That is settled, and another surety o f ultimate success The next thing is to ar range some plan to still the original Jack and his champion, the girl detective. He must be collapsed, but no harm must come to her until I find where she has stored Eva. To get ,-M -:>f Blakesly, Jr., however, was n o small jo .": '""lized this, and he knew h e must tlevisi:i so1...e -:f"'tain plan. "!:JAPTER VII. VIOLA. PURSUES I!'Q\JIRIES-JACK, THE BOGUS, aforesaid" Slugs" was not partioular as to the nature of his business so long as the labor was rewarded by an equivalent in cash. ,. The door was soon opened by a low-browed, 1 villainous-looking little old man, with white hair, mustache, and shaggy eyebrows that partially covered the expression of a small, bead-like pair of Ayes. He was shabbily dressed, the only redeeming feature of his attire consisting of a magnifi ce::::.t cable chain of gold set with diamond ornaments, which he wore across his vest. "Ahl good-evening, Slugs! Do you know'a chap of my persuasion s!" Baxter asked, as be entered an office even dingier than the external of the house. 'It d epe nds how r emunerative the nature of you visit may be," Slug.< replied, dryly. "If there is money ahead, I reco g nize you as Baxter -if not, I never saw you before." You miserable old shyster!" the colonel said, in disgust. "I see you grow more miserly with age. Supposing I have no money and yet want a job done-didn't I serve out an apprentice ship under you, and can't you afford to tip me a help e r1" "No," Slugs answered, flatly, as he dropped into a chair, and lit an old clay pipe, the stem of which had been worn or broken off until none of it, to speak of, remained. I do business on a cash basis now. If you want anything in my line, pay for it. I tw ned you loose well enough educated in the ways that are dark, so that you might make your mark in the world, and you can beg no more of me. "Nor do I wish to, Slugs I've got money_ enough to back my craft through rough water. What I want is to hiro a trusty hand to put a girl out of the way." "Ahl that's &"ood. I have reduced my price lis t to suit t he times. Who is the party1" "A young snip of a girl who rigs up in pants1 and sells papers. Calls herself New York Nell.' "Oh! but you don't mean her1" I do, though." "You're a fool There isn't a sport in N Y. who does not know her by sight or hearsay, and respect her, and there's mighty fevv vou'll find, who'd take a turn against her. " Then you refuseY" Positively. " Then I'll bid you good-evening and look else'\Vhere. The girl must stop breathing, surely. "Take my advice, Baxter and let her alone, or she'll turn a trump on you,'' was the older villain's advice. A FEW hours after his visit to In the mean time, things at Hudsondale wen M S k B te ,, ,...., th tr t progressing after their usual tenor. rs mc er, ax r en.x.,._. vua am s ee The new heir and Miss Vernon ha,,. becom e '\fith its rows of edifices usei fc-r every known business purpose, perhaps, undl'r the sun. fully established iu the grand mansion, at theil' Finally arriving at one of the struc ease, .and )Jncle. Redmol!-d moved tht tures of a dingy block, he made ms way upmth a. JOily satlSfied upon stairs to the second flight, and rappoo nt>Jn the old J?hLZ.,, first door to the right, from the landing. I And .to he co Miss rruft Above the door a lantern swung upon a bn:cl.. J dt'.nce, with !1 VJs1hle of portly et upon the panes of which was inscribed. l Wlth laugh.tE:r, tba. I shed b-'v evt;r at -,, d.:-ubOOd. Jo"'k'' "l!Y c-vn s:-<1! Why, T BOB SLUGS; JACK OF ALL TRADES, l thl' which verv significantlv indicate d the boy."

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New York Nell. ., "The president of a penitentiary," Miss t oe of my boot. Of course we parted friends. Blakesly snapped. Mark my work, Redmonld. That's the la.st I turess, Miss Vernon." beard of him until he telegraphed me ho was "Pshaw! fiddlesticks! you're crazy, Prue. coming borne." :But I sho:ild take a notion t e r pop ter "Then there is no truth in his story to me of ther little woman, Prue-bow would it suit! his stealing a charm of you-a golden locketShe is good and kind, and would make Hudson-which he bas to r eturn to you intact ere you will dale a good mistress." admit him as a m ember of your family!" Vfola When a new mistress comes let her go into demanded with fla shing eyes. the kitche n and do the h o u sework, then-I'll "Waal. no-nottbat!knowof. Tellmewbat move!" Prudenc" retorted, sailing a.way in you mean!'' the old man said. high dudgeon. She accordingly did unfold to him the whole While Uncle Redmond quietly laughed and story the false heir bad told her, as a magnet t.o hunted up Mira Vernon in a rustic arbor over-draw away the last of her money. looking the sunlit river. Uncle Redmond listened, with genuine increJack was not with her. dulity and amazement. !ndeed, since his return fro m New York, he "Well! well! well!" he ejaculated when she had !!Carcely found time to more than passingly finished. "It this don't beat my time all holler, speak with h er, spending a good share of his may I be sent down tew Sing Sing, fer life. Jiours in solitary rambles about the premises, or Either you're a plaguey big liar, gal, or else tha11 J:ides upon the river. boy is an infernal rascal-that's all." If Viola cared, she did not betray the fac t. "You don't believe me then?" Jndeed, she found it pleasant to entertain good"Yes gal. It 'pears to me as how you've been natured, hone s t Uncle Redmond, not uncon-roped in by the chap wuss'n I. But n ever mind i;cious of a growing admiration of bis sterling that. I'll make that all squaw, when you conqualities sent to be Mrs. Redmond Blakesly." And as for the old maste r of Hndsondale, he "Ohl you are too kind. But-" i'elt youthful and fascinated in the presence of "No demurs, at all. Th e r old man's tuk a the pretty Southern girl, seeing in her muc h to shine t e r ye, fer earnest, an' yerlittlemisfortune admire and something to love-herself-with draws you a l the closer to my sympathies. Mebnll his hearty nature. be ye can stand the o ld man's society a few years, The upsh o t of the matter was a blunt but fer-and h elp him fight out of this strange battlevid explanation. and an earnest proposal on then there'll be a grave down in the park on the J 'Uncle Redmo nd;s part, all of which Miss V er-bluff, Jeavin' a fair widder at Hudsondnle for llon r eceived with a sober countenance, but kind-my boy, should he ever return." expression of pleasure in h e r eyes "Oh! Mr. Blakesly, do not talk so. I have as r To be sure," Uncle Redmond continued, yet given you no hopes that I can ever be aught \ "mebbe it ain't hardly fair tQ speak afore the to you, and were I inclined I s hould decUne to but he's young\ an' orter be smart enuff give you encouragement, while you are in such wi; all hls college edaication ter get a.head o' his a mood. I am no fortune-hunter. If I eve r old dad." marry, it will b e only when I have discovered the "Your son cares nothing f o r me, I believe, man I can Jove. I once thought I cared for your and r ea lly, I am not sorry," Viola replied. bogus son, but have awakened to find out my "The more I see of and understand him, the mistake." less I admire him." "But, you do care for me enough to be mine, "You don't say! WaaJ, mebbe that's so. I do you not? But he's my son, an' somehow I'm growin' "I decline to give you an answer, yet. There mighty proud o' his book larnin' an' knowledge is a skeleton in your familf closet. Miss Pru of the b1g arts." deuce told me so. When have a full under" Then, Mr. Bla kesly, do you candidly believe standing of your past, I may b e able to give you that be is your own son?" a decision. Miss Prudence said you have others "Why yes-don't you?" nearer to you of whom you n eve r speak-it is of "No, I do not!" those I wish to learn, e r e I-I-but never mind The declaration wrought a change. what!" Uncle Redmond sprung to his feet and paced "She r e ferred tu my first wife," Uncle Red-about the little arbor in great surprise. mond said, g loomily. "I nirely ever speak of "Tell me the reason I" h e finally said, resnm-her, because she was unworthy. I never saw ing bis seat beside her. "Tell me why you do her after the first month of our marriage, she not believe that.Jack is my own son?'' having absconded, 'tis said, with a man who bas "I will first ask you wbv it was tbat your son been my life-long enemy. The same accursed left you years ago?" Miss Vernon said ruffian afterward wedded my younger sisteri "That is easily explained. My boy was of a unde r an assumed name, and abu&d her unti wi!d, rolli ckso me disposition, and could only be she was glad for the privilege to iay down and k ept in the school-room at b:IB studitls, and not die and thus escape hi s power. The second wo at work on the farm. He longed for the roving man !wedded was an angel, and we Jived bap life of hunting and jockeying, too, and seeing no pily until she died of a fever, leaving two prospect of ever taming 'bim, I started him for babes, a boy and a girl, aged one and three tbe We.st, eome eight years ago, with a hundred years, for me to care for. The ll:irl was soon dollars in his pocket, and a friendly lift with the after stolen, and I have never to tliis -:lay foulk".

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New York Nell. a trace of h e r l laid h e r kidnapping at the door of my firs t and unfaithful wite1 but n o t knowing e v e n h e r whereabouts, my aetectives w e r e n ever able to gain a cl ew. She m a y live still, but I to hope not, a s fears dar k and g l oolJly a ssail m e and totally unne n:-e m e 'fha t i s w h y I n e v e r a llud e to my l o n gl os t child. As t o the v iper, she is said to be living but whe r e I canno t learn-how, I care not t o l earn." "My poo r friend, b o w muc h I pity you I can n o t expr es Suffi ce to say, you a r e in no way bla m able for wha t wrong has bee n d o n e y ou, and i f I ever con clude to cons ider y our kin\ pro po sal, I s h all d o so fully and freely, believing b y my faithful affecti o n I can lif t a cloud from the past to l e t in li ght and peace o f present and future. "Bless y ou, m y child May God ever g r ant. you the p eace and you can grant me. If y o u come t o m e you n eed have n o fea r o f tro u b l e for, altho u g h I failed to get a divor ce from the v i p e r o f m y first choice, I have no fear tha t s h e w ill ever seek to make me dt-spe rate by comin g across my path a fte r all these years. N o w I will leave you to l ook after the ,im pos t o r !" The fal se Jack was found i n the parlor, l oung ing in a n easy-ehair, whil e lie smoked a hand s o m e pip e and p erused the morning paper. "Ab I is it you, dad1y?'' he said, l ook.lug u p :pleasan t ly, as Uncl e Redmond cam e sturdily mto the room, thumping bis cane on the carpet with more than usual v im. A terri b l e fail in s tocks o n Wall strea t to-day-bulls and bear.sin a fight, you see. Got a n y money out?" "Not a red. I don't b ull nor bear t h e market, sir. But if I ever do take a hand in bounc ing out b ears, it is ab.out t his time o' day. So pick up you r duds, young man, and bid y e r adieux ter Hudsondal e fer good an' all." "What!" ti.le bogus Jack gasped, leaping to h is f eet. "Father-" "Stop!" the old gent roared, sternly. "Don't you call me father, you puppy! n l ou<;-baired Weste1ne r whom Uncl e Redmoncl -td.'./ ?1>. bee n wishing t o Sile-Jack Bla k es l y the origiru. 'l'he first person it w a s who had spoken, and that W&L N e w York N e ll. U n c le Redmond immadiately recog nizeo. her, and put forth bis b and. "So it's y o u, is i t1" b e SP id, heartily "GJ11d ye cum, f e r I've got a j o b ou my hands o f bo b t ing out this chap who has boon playing it s t r o n g on m e "in the shape o f a so n But I've m a d e up m y m y mind h e is 'possum, and he's a -goin to wall ( o u t 'Course h e's a SD id c Didn't r tel! you that, o v e r in Phila d e l ph1 Why, Unky bb"r e i s your own so n I alive a n d w ell-this fe e r with the l o n g hair." The o l d man turned and surveyed quite calmly 1 So y o u say that a nima l i s myboyJack,i. e h h e o bserved. "Waa l I d o n t k n ow. i:;' pe c 1 m ebbe he m o ugbt be, and agam, mebfre he m o u ghtn't. The old m a n ain't a -goin' ter oo tuk in so easy this time, not by a long shot. H owsomever, young f e ll e r i f ye've a n y notion of h it.chin' u p in r e lationshi p, you can't start in any better tbat to clear out this 'er e feller, who's bae n imposin' on my ignorance and gen eros ity, by represent-in' h i sself as m y boy Jack. "With the g reatest of pleas ure. Jack No. 2 r e plied; and, as good as h i s word, be stepped q ickly forward and seized the bogu s h ei r b y t h e nape of t b c nP.ck and right l eg, and bore him o u t of t:ie mansion. Down the lawn h e strode as unconcernedly as though b e wer e bearing n o b urden, and, on arriving at the water's edge, h e gave Jack No. 1 a boos t that landed him o u t !u the river, where the water was u p to his neck. Uncle Redmond and New York Nell, joined b y Viola, watched t he proceeding, greatl r amused, inasmuch as the victim was greatly frightened and bawled like a whipped school boy. Not daring to come ashore again, where the l ong-llaired W estkrner stood, the defeated candidate swam down the strean1 below the blull' and from there made his retreat to the shore Jack No. 2 then joined those who had been admiring his act, and the whole party then returned to the parlor of the mansion, where general introductions a .nd explanations were made. "Yes, mebbe you'r e my Jack, and mebba agai n you ain't," Redmond said, su1veying the new candidate critically. "I'm goiu' ter be sure, t bis tirue. Whar'd you pick him up, Ne!. lie?" "In N. Y.," Nell r eplied. "He sed his name was Carson, but I coruered bim, and found o u t he was your son, instead of tbe t'otber 'un whom I reckon you'll fin d is the son of Colonel Baxter, who has been st:ttin him on." "Obo! so that d evil bas been connected with tbis case ch? I ntlv. ''I am your progeny i f it sui t s :vour notion; if i t d-:m't. i t's all tbe same -0 me. I A.ID no t partiC'ular exce,:it for r Platfon's sake, I have a snug fortune to back my career through tll.is weary '7a l & o f tears.

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'New York Nell. Well, well I you don't seem very anxious, bhat's a fact." "Nor am I. If you've got any one in mind, ..vbom you think you' d like better, take your nboice. If you !*'e anything of the Blakesly l.lind about me, all correct; I'm your son." "Well, young ,man, I 'll deliberate on it" \Jncl e Redmond said, with a dig at the b;Jd e.pot on bis bead.1 Thar's only one thing about ye, as puts me forcibly iu mind o' my boy Jack, of years ago, an' that's yer hair. Jack allus was tbunderin' lazy about gettin' bis wool clipped, and I've give him many a whalin&' because he'd spend the mone y I gave him, for cigars, in stead. of hair-cutting." The peculiarity still clings to me-no t be cause of the reason you m ention, now, but be cause barbers were among the things we seldom llaW up at the mining-camp where I held out. B'ileq_ shirts were the next scarcest." The conversation r a n along smoothly, and without Jack's m!lking any attempt to iagrati .Ate himself. Toward evening New York Nell signified h e r Intention of returning to the city, but upon lieing urged, J ac k finally consented to remain r.t Hudsoadale as a guest, until the morrow. During the fore part of the evening Viola pro;ided at the piano, and both surprised ttnd de lighte
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