The Bradys and the mad doctor; or, The haunted mill in the marsh

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The Bradys and the mad doctor; or, The haunted mill in the marsh
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Secret service, Old and Young King Brady, detectives
Doughty, Francis Worcester d. 1917
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2 THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. "Hans! Hans f See thar What is that-the devil?" A hoarse cry of agony escaped him, he reeled back an Startled by wha.t Rackstraw said, the mate bounded to his fell heavily to the floor, 'wher4i! he rolled over on his back. J.eet; and stared at the circular opening. Tlie dark stranger glared at him a moment with But the face had vanished. tigerish expression in his burning eyes, and muttered: Only the dar k pall of night showed in the window. "Fool! You have only yourself to blame for this!" Olsen rushed to the deadlight, and thrusting his ?ead Then he turned away, listened, and glared around tl through, he stared around. cabin. Below the gloomy water was lapping around the rudder He heard someone running toward the door, and as h <>f the ship, torrents of rain were fa.Hing from the murky glance fell upon the iron box on the table, he dartefi over i s ky, to the right stood the deserted and not a thing it, and picked it up. was shown in the slip on the port side. "It's mine, now!" he chuckled. The Dane withdrew his head and uttered a short, dry The footsteps outside were dangerou s ly near now, and l laugh. put out the light, clambered out the window, and disiq "Nopody in sight,' he muttered. "Dem shnapps must p eared. gone to your het, gaptain. You vos gettin' trunk, und Below, under the overhanging stern, a skiff was rockil:J ..... dink you seen ghosts." in the water, and he dropped into it. beside t:"o men, an Rackstraw sat down, a s olemn look on his rugged face, hissed in nervous tones: .. and beads of per s piration fr'om his forehead on "Go! Go fast!" a bliie bandana handkerchief, he said slowly: "They'll see us, and fire again!" growled on e of tl "Ay, now, Hans. P'raps it wuz imagination. Mebbe men. ther liquor's gone. ter my fig ger-h e ad. But blast m e if it "No! This gloom will hide our movements. We can wuzn t jist like a man" s face lookin' in thar at us. Lardy, s tay here!" but I'm unnerved. Let's have another drink, messmate!" Muffling the oars, the two men rowed silently away. And to steady his nerves, he poured out a liberal potation But the swiftly gliding boat had not gone far wh e n tl and tossed it off. light of a bull's-eye lantern shot down from the d e f This 'was hardly done, when there suddenly sound e d a them. scampering of feet on deck, there came a wild yell from "Old King Brady!" the youth who held the la the man on watch, and then a pi s tol shot. tern. "There they go! This wa'j, quick, or they'll escai "River thieves!" yelled the watch. "All hands aloft!" u s." Bang! Bang! went two more pistol shot s and Olsen A tall, muscular, white-haired old man in a tightly bu rushed up the companionwa:Y, and disappeared on deck. toned blue frock coat, standing collar and a wide brimm1 Captain Rackstraw, startled by the noise, rushed over to white felt hat, had gone down in the cabin, in his locker to get his pistols, when a door ill the bulkhead the captain's cries for help, and now came running out 1 flew open and a man dashed in. deck again. He was a tall, thin person, clad in a long, black cloak, "The captain has been murdered!" he s houted excited] and a black felt hat, which barely concealed the sardonic .. Then it was done by the man with the devilish face, w l cast of his dark foatur _es. jus t came through that stern window, and dropp e d dov Drenched with rain, the wat e r was running from hi s in the boat. He had an iron box in his hands," exclaim garr:q.e nts, and trickling from the long locks of black h a ir the y outh with the 1:1;itern that hung down his neck. Vos you mens officers?" d e manded Hans, runnin_g ov There was a dagg e r clutch e d in hand. t o the m as the rest of the cr e w came tumbling up from t: The captain heard his quick, cat-like footstep; and whe e lforecastle companion way. ing around he confronted the stranger and gave a deep cry "We are Old and Young King Brady, the Secret Servi <>f alarm. d e tectives," explained the ohl man. "We were on the loo It was the same demoniacal face the captain had seen in out for river thieves, and saw the s e f e llows stealing so? the window. ropes from your craft, and alarm e d the man on watch "Rascal!" he shouted, rushing at the man and seiz ing The mate glanced at the youth with the lantern him. "What do you want here?" He was Harry Brady, the old d e tective's pupil and pai "Sile nce! Leave me go!" hissed the other, furiously. ner, and was attired som e what similar to his companion. "No! You must be one o' them thieves!" The boy was a handsom e das hing about twen "Unless you release me, I'll stab you." years of age, and bore no r e lation s hip to his partne r despi "Help! Help!" yelled the captain, struggling with him the fact that their names were alik e W orking togeth1 savagely. they had become the most famou s d e t e ctives on the foi A low, angry cr y escaped the stranger from the time that Old King Brady first casually met t His bony shot forward, clutching the captain by the boy, took an interest in him, and started to teach him throat, and pushing Rackstraw's head back, he aimed a blow branches of the profession. at his breast with the knife. I The Bradys were feared by all the crocks in the count1 The long, keen blade sunk in the old body. Being a seafaring man, the mate knew nothing abc


THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. 3 them. But it sufficed for him to know they were officers of the law, and he exclaimed: \ "Mein Gott l Dit dem fellers killed de old man?" j "He lies stabbed to the heart, upon the floor, in hi;; cabin," said Old King Brady. "Und you say dot teef vos got dot iron-bound box?" demanded Hans excitedly. "Yes," replied Harry. "What was in it?" "It's full mit diamonds vot Captain Rackstraw vos smuggled up from Prazil for somepody," said Hans. "Dot feller mit de face like der tuyfel hear de gaptain tell me apoud it_ yust now, und he kill poor Rackshaw so he could rob him of dot box." The Bradys glanced significantly at "each other, and the old detective took a chew of plug tobacco, and exclaimed: "Come on. We must run them down, recover the treas ure, and bring-that murderer to justice for killing the cap tain." They rushed from the ship On the other side of th e pier they had a skiff moored to one of the piles. To get aboard was but the work of a moment, and as leach one grasped a pair of oars and pulled out on the river, Harry remarked: 1 "We"ve got a clean case ahead of us, and if we can run down that villain, nothing can save him from the electr\c chair!" "Better capture him :first," growled Old King Brady" "Pull away, Harry, pull away. They've got a big lead on us, but the moon is trying to get from behind those cloud banks, and we :Q'.1.ay be able to locate them after awhile." CHAPTER II. THE HAUNTED MILL ON THE MARSH. "There they go, Old King Brady-!" 1 "By 'thunder, they're heading for that old mill cm the marsh." I The detectives stopped rowing, and glanced up the .Har-11 lem river, into which they had turned at Bronx Kills, a short time before. 1 A man in a row-boat had seen the fugitives pass, and di jrected the officers, when they asked him if he had seen '!three men in the skiff. Then a passing tug gave them a lift, and they :finally ere given some light when the rain stopped, and the moon urst out. w.hen they caught view of the river-thieves ahead, they ast off the tow-line, and resorted to their oars again. Off to the right, there was a tract of marsh-land, and in he midst of it stood an old deserted mill, which had long go fallen to decay. The fugitives had turned their boat up a narrow creek, and were pulling toward the ancient structure, when they caught view of the Bradys. Filled with alarm, they rowed furiously to escape. "Go for them!" gasped Harry Brady, as he seized oars, and began to pull away. "They can't very well escape us now." "We seem to have them cornered," admitted Old King Brady. They rowed with all their strength. The skiff was light and narrow, and it fairly leaped over the water. But the fugitives reached a small float, near the mill7 and leaping ashore, they ran up a wooden footpath, and. plunged through an bpen doorway into the dilapidated old building. A few minutes afterwards, the detectives landed, secured the boat, went ashore, and drew their pistols. "We'll follow them in!" announced the old man-hunter decisively. "It's as dark as pitch in there," replied Harry. "Got you lantern?" "Yes, and my revolver as well." He lit the lamp, and as Young King Brady already had his light in one hand and a pistol in the other, they went up to the do"or. Flashing their lights inside, they beheld a big room, the floor of which was broken in showing the swampy ground beneath. Not a pane of glass was left in tl;i.e windows, rain water dripped down from the broken roof, and the moonlight streake d acros_s. the room through the chinks and crevices in the shrunken walls. A mass of rusted, broken machinery lay in a corner. There pre some battered-down partitions dividing that floor into several compartments, and cob-webs, dust, and rubbish covered everything. '!They ain't in this room," remarked Harry, after a keen survey. "I'll guard the door," replied his companion "Search the rubbish." The young detective moved swiftly about the gloomy room, examining every nook and corner, with the greatest care. His efforts were not rewarded. Finally he joined his partner and asked: "Could they have gone out the back door and cut across the marsh?" "No. I've watched out. There's a wagon road at the rear, but if they had gone that way, I would surely have seen them." "I'll look in those rooms now." As the boy spoke, he disappeared through the doorway. The first room was empty, the second had two huge mill-stones in it, and the last room contained some broken bar rels and boxes. When Harry :finished searching them, he failed to find any trace of the men. Old King Brady now joined lill:'i:i, and the boy said in puzzled tones : "I'm mystified. They ain't here."


4 'rHE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. "I don't see where thoy could have gone to so mysteri ously," remarked Old King Brady, who was very much as tonished at the result of his hunt. "They certainly could not melted into thin air and blown away." "There's something uncanny about it," muttered Harry. "There isn't a hole or hiding place big enough to hold a mouse which I have not searched, and yet I can't find thG faintest trace of them." "To make assurance doubly sure, you mount guard and I'll search," said Old King Brady restlessly. "I am not satisfied. There's something unnatural about the sudden ness of their disappearance. An explanation of everything in this world ought to be found, and I'm sure there's one to this queer case. Those villains entered this old mill, and didn't leave it. I could swear to that. Therefore, they must be here yet. They've got a most cunningly contrived hiding place, but I'm determined to find it." And with this avowal, he started off. He went over all the ground Harry had covered, sounded the walls to see if they contained secret passages, went out and examined the roof, and finally got under the house, but found it built on piles. The men he hunted for were not found. Old King Brady was completely perplexed. When he returned to Harry in the main room, he had a look of deep chagrin upon his smooth-shaven face, and re marked: "I'm beaten!" "No success, eh?" The old detective shook his head. "Not a bit, Harry." "Got any theory about it?" "None whatever. I'm rattled." "Let's remain here and watch. They may reappear." "I doubt it. Still, I don't mind trying the experiment.'' They sat down upon a fallen beam, side by side, stood their lanterns on the floor beside them, and reflected. Finally, Harry asked: "What did you find in the cabin of the Sally McCoy?" "Captain Rackstraw lay on his back on the floor with a dagger buried in his breast. He was dead. It looked as if he had had a slight struggle with the river thief who killed him. Evidently the captain, alarmed by the attack of the was in the act of getting his pistols from the locker, when that man entered and stabbed him." "Did one blow do the business ?" "Yes. The villain took the smuggled box of diamonds." "Well, I got a good look at the villain's face," said Harry, "and it was such a fiendish countenance, I'll never forget it." "Those three rascals must be the authors of all the rob beries along the river front, recently reported to our office, whicli. impelled our chief to send us out to try and run down the guilty parties, Harry." "I have no doul:it about it, Old King Brady." "But now we've got the scoundrels run to cover, we can't seem to find them,'' growled the old detective. "If we qon't find them here to-night, we may later on." "Very true. But I hate to admit defeat just now." "It's only for awhile, you know." Old King Brady nodded and reflected again. After awhile, he remarked: "We ought to go back to the Sally McCoy, and get mo details about that crime to-night, while the deed is fresh everybody's mind. Moreover, the criminal may have le behind some clew whereby we could establish his identit It seems useless to remain here." "Suppose we go back, then,'' said Harry. "Very well. We can keep this place shadowed after t night, and if those fellows show up, it will be easy to poun on them." They arose; intending to go out. But as they approached the door it, to their astonishmen banged shut, and they found that they could not open i "Queer,'' muttered Old King Brady. "There is wind." "I can't even force it open," said Harry. "Then let's step out one of the broken windows." They acted upon this suggestion, but no sooner had th made an attempt to step out, when there suddenly came terrific gust of flame, which flared across the opening wi a loud, hissing sound. The strange fire seemed to gush o all sides of the window frame, and the startled d tectives recoiled, uttering cries of amazement. "What in thunder is that?" gasped Old King Brady. "Good gracious! See there!" replied Harry excitedly. The flames had suddenly vanished, leaving the place i gloom, and the boy grasped his friend's arm and point over in a dark corner. A man's figure, bathed in a pale, ghastly light suddenl appeared there, and uttering a weird shout of maniac laughter, he raised a gleaming knife, drew the edge aero his neck, and to all appearances, cut his throat. A blood-curdling shriek followed. With the awful cry still ringing in their ears, the Brady rushed frantically toward the ghostly -.'.lbject, with han outstretched. But just as they arrived within a few feet of it, the objec vanished as suddenly and mysteriously as it made its ap pearance, and the two detectives plunged on in the gloo and struck the wall a violent blow. There was an appalling crash. A beam fell down on them, and struck Old King Brad on the head, knocking him stiff and senseless upon t floor. Harry was hiton the neck, and in falling to the floo struck his skull almost hard enough to crack it open. It was over an hour afterward when i:he detectives reco ered their senses, and recalled to mind what had happene And then, to their amazem..ent, instead of being in the o mill on the marsh, they found themselves lying on Harle Bridge, and a policeman bending over them saying roughl "Come now, get up out av that ye dhrunken' spalpeeni or, I'll pull yez in."


I THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. CHAPTER III. THE : MYSTERIOUS IRON BOX. Young King Brady recovered his faculties about the same his partner revived, and as they got upon their feet, and stared around in bewilderment, the policeman shook them and roared impatiently: "Can't yez navigate? Sure I'll sind fer ther hurry-up wagon, if youse dopy guys don't be afther makin' thracks off av this bridge." In a vague, hazy way Old King Brady under s tood him, and gasped : "So, go easy there. Do you s e e this, you big chump?" And he displayed his badge to the patrolman. It gave the officer quite a shock, and he recoiled greatly confused. "I beg yer pardon," he falter ed. "Floy cops, be's yez? Faith, I didn t know it. It's a pair av dhrunks I took yez fer, an--" "That will do. You may go," said Old King Brady, with dignity. "No offinse, I hope, sor ?" "None at all. Clear out." The policeman walked away with a cre s tfallen air. When the detectives were alone, Harry demanded in be-wildered tones : "How did we get here?" "Somebody must have carried us here while we were sens e le ss." "The gho s ts tha t haunt the mill?" "Ghosts? Well, the--whoe ver or whatever they were who created all those strange happenings. Men-ghostsdevils-I don't know what." "It's the strangest thing that ever happened to me, Old King Brady." "Arnl to me, too : "Can you explain the mill door closing and locking itself in our faces, the peculiar fire filling the window and the weird figure of the man emerging from the gloom to commit suicide before our eyes?" "I won't attempt to, until I've examined into the queer effects further," replied the ohl detective gruffly. "But I do know a beam fell on my head and knocked me sense less, and I presume the same material object is responsible for your having been unconscious too." "Yes, I know that much, for I distinctly felt it," said Harry grimly. "I see you've got a bump on you head, and I know my neck it bruised and skinned in the most painful manner." "Let's ask the bridge tender if he saw anyone bring us here." They saw the man in uniform at the end of the structure, and going ovf'r to him, Old King Brady asked bluntly: "Did you see anybody carry us up on this bridge?" "I didn't," replied the man, surprised at the question. "Sure?" "Positive! why?" Oh, that don t signify." And the detectives walked away. Boarding a car, they rode down to 99th street, and walked over to the neighborhood of the College Point ferry where the Sally McCoy lay. Going they met Hans Olsen. In answet to their questions, he gave them a detailed ac count of all that occurred prior to the appearance of the river thieves. Then he led them down into the cabin. A policeman was in charge. He recoghized the pair, greeted them respectfully, and they entered the room and made a very careful examina tion of everything. Not a clew was found except the dagger buried in poor Rackstraw's body. It proved to be _an ordinary bowie-knife, such as could be procured at any cutlery store, and had no special marks to distinguish it. When the Bradys finished their tas k, Harry said quietly: "We'll have to depend entirely upon my vi e w of the criminal." "Just so," assented Old King Brady. "This knife is the only clew, and it's a poor one, for there are thousands of similar ones to be bought anywhere. It won't be of any value to us, whatever. We know who killed him, and we know the motive was desperation or robbery. That's enough." "Has the coroner been ?" Young King Brady asked the policeman. "Yes, sir; I telephoned to him myself "Yell," asked Hans, when they got up on deck again. "Vos you catch dem teefs vot you vent after?" "They gave us the slip," replied Harry evasively. "But you don't vould let dem go mitoud punishmends ?" "No, indeed. We are going to run them down, and avenge the captain. The assurance seemed to please the mate immensely. A smile of satisfaction crossed his face, and he said emo tionally: "Und I hope you caught dem. I vos a poor man, but I gif you mine wages for six mont' if you put dot ratscal by de chail." The Bradys assured him that they required no reward as an incentive, and finally took their departure. Proceeding straight to Secret Service headquarters, they found their chief at his desk, smoking a cigar. He greeted them warmly for they were his favorites. "To-night," he remarked, "I received a telephone mes sage from the police that you had fallen upon a murder case on a ship in Harlem." "Yes, sir, we've come to report the details,'' replied Old King Brady . "Proceed. I'm curious about the matter." The old detective told him all that happened as concisely !!S possible, and finally said in conclusion: "Now that we know where the murderer is hiddf'n, we


6 THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. intend to shadow the old mill on the marsh, and try to capture him and his pals." "That was a queer experience you had there," laughed the chief. "It's the result of trickery of some kind,'' responded Old King Brady. "Then you don't believe it's a ghostly demonstration?" "No. We ain't superstitious." "I know all about that old mill. It's got the reputation of being haunted," said the chief. "Haunted? By whom?" "Spirits of the dead." "Nonsense." "That's what the people say." "I presume there's a ghost story attached to it?" "Yes. Fifty years ago, it was a grist-mill. The old miller was a miser. One night he committed suicide by cutting his throat. Since then his ghost haunted the prop erty. Vandals stripped it of everything of value, and the ravages of time are decaying the old building. Supersti tious people who have occasion to pass the place at night, declare it's haunted by the ghost of the old miller. I've heard them declare they've heard groans and shrieks coming from the old building. In the midst of these weird sounds, the :fiery ghost of the old miller appears in the main room and goes through the performance of committing suicide, every night." "After so may suicides, he ought to :finally kill himself forever," laughed the detective with grim humor. "Well, if the simple country people see strange scenes, and believe in them, how can you deny what you saw to-night?" "I ain't denying anything," protested Old King Brady, "excepting that I don't attach any unnatural agency to what we saw." "Then you are sure if was done by live human beings?" "O:f course. How, I don't know. Haven't seen enough of the odd manifestation yet to pass an opinion as to how it was done. But, you can bet that I'll know all about it before I am done with the matter." The chief nodded and smiled encouragingly. He admired old detective's grit, and said warmly: "Then you mean to follow up this case?" "Yes, if we have your consent." "Nothing will suit me better." "Very well. In a short time we shall have the mystery solved." Soon afterward the Bradys went down to their lodgings, stripped off their wet clothing, bathed and went to bed. On the following morning the newspapers contained thrilling accounts of the murder of Captain Rackstraw, and assured the public that the criminal would not long remain unpunished, as the celebrated Bradys were on his trail and would bring him to account. In the meantime, the detectives had n(}t been idle. After breakfast they started down town in a Third avenue car, an4 had their attention attracted toward a man who sat in a corner, by the peculiar actio.ns of the indi vidual. He was a tall, thin old fellow, clad i:r;i a shabby suit of black, a soiled shirt, with a high collar and black cravat, and had a short, white beard and snowy hair that fell upon his shoulders. His big, staring eyes had a singular gleam in them, he kept mumbling to himself and he tightly clasped a square package in his hands. When the car struck the cross tracks at 14th street, the old fellow lost his grip on his bundle and it fell heavily to foe floor. Indeed, so was it that the wrapping paper burst open and fell off, showing the contents to be a small, iron bound box. It was a box of such peculiar pattern, that it seemed un likely there was another one exactly like it anywhere. As Harry's glance fell upon it, he with difficulty sup pressed an exclamation of astonishment, when he saw the old man hastily stoop over, snatch it up and wrap the paper arou:c.d it again. "Old King Brady!" whispered the boy excitedly. "Did ycu see that box?" "I did. And a peculiar one it was," replied the old detective. "Do you know what it was?" "No." "It was the box of diamonds for which Captain Rack straw was murdered last night. I know it, for I saw the murderer carrying it away!" CHAPTER IV. THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. To say that Old King Brady was astonished but mildly expresses the feelings of the detective when he heard what his partner said. He glanced at the boy and then at the mumbling old man in the corner, and :finally he asked in a whisper: "Wasn't you deceived by a fancied resemblance?" "No, indeed,'1 replied the boy, shaking his head. "When the murderer of poor Captain Rackstraw was in the light of my bull's-eye lantern, I had a good view of the smuggled box. It was of such a singular pattern that I could not fail to pay great attention to it. I-would know it again among a thousand. It was made of brass, with iron straps, and was about eighteen inches long, a foot wide and six inches deep." "That description :fits the box that old fellow is clutch ing." "Exactly. It's fastened with a hasp and has a handle on the lid. I tell you, Old King Brady, that's the box stolen from the Sally McCoy by the villain who murdered the captain."


THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. "But the crazy old fool mumbling in the corner don't look like any of the gang we chased in the row-boat." "He may be an accomplice of theirs." "Such a thing is possible, but not probable. This old chap has a kindly face, but a daffy eye. He looks like a min ister in tougb. luck-not like that demoniacal individual stabbed Rackstraw, nor like his two burly friends with th1 ruffian faces." "Well, I'm going to shadow that man." \ "What for?" "To find out ho he is." '--....."I can't see the sense of doing that, just for a fancied \ \'Fancied be hanged!" exclaimed Harry in low, impatient "I tell you it's the same box and that's an end to it." Old King Brady smiled, and his keen eyes twinkled. 'JDon't get huffy," he exclaimed, quietly. "I was only trying you to see if you deceived yourself, Harry. I'm con vinced now by what you say that it is the same box you saw last night, as you are so positive. And I'm perfectly will ing to investigate the old chap as you suggested." "He's going to get off the car here at Cooper Union." "Follow him without being seen." As the car paused, the old man alighted and they fol lowed him and hid tliemselves behind a newsstand under the elevated railroad station. Watching him closely, they saw him glance around, and then turn abruptly into 9th street and go down to Stuyvesant Place. Near 10th street he paused before a little old-fashioned house, the door plate of which bore the inscription: DR. ISAAC HOPPER. Taking a latch-key from his pocket, he ascended a small flight of stairs, opened the door, and passed into the house. The Bradys were after him like a shot. Upon the house, they saw a queer looking sign in the window, at the top of whic;h were some strange caba listic :figures, while below, in plain letters was this wording: Psycho-Hypnotist and Trance-Clairvoyant. DooToR Is.A.Ao HoPPER, Astrologist, Palmist, and Occult Chemist, Tells your past, reveals your future, and give.s advice on: Business spequlations, marriage, lawsuits, mortgages and patents. Buried treasure, old estates, mines and lost friends located. Terms moderate. Office hours from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. The Bradys winked at each other. "A fraud," laughed Harry. Lives by humbugging credi ulous fools." 1 "No dtmbt. The old fellow must have been this mar velous seer." "Ring the bell, and we'll test his occult power." Harry nodded and complied, and a gigantic negro, clad in an old army suit opened the door almost il'llIIlediately and 6canned them sha.rply. "Is the doctor in?" asked the oy in his politest tones. The darky shook his head, pointed at his mouth and ears, made several quick motions in the deaf-and-dumb. alpha bet, and beckoned them in. "He's a deaf mute," commented the old detective. They entered and the big coon left them in the hall, and passed into the back room. He was only absent a few moments, and beckoned to them to come in. As they passed into i;he rear room, he slipped out. The detectives found themselves in a curious looking apartment back of the parlor, and glanced around with lively interest. In the middle stood a table, upon which were a number of bottles filled with chemicals and drugs, beside a large candelabra, and an alcohol lamp in a copper dish, with a distilling crucible. A large book-case was in the corner, its shelves laden with volumes on various medical, chemical, and scientific subjects. The middle shelf contained four druggists' bottles, be side which lay the unique iron-bound bo.x they had seen the old man in the car carrying. A weird aspect was given to the scene by a huge gray owl perched on the top shelf, staring down with sightless eyes. On the walls hung an odd assortment of phrenological charts, palmists' sketches, maps of the heavens, a photo graph of the moon, and odd lot of pictures of human hearts, nerves, and brains. A big case in a corner was filled with specimens of minerals, and standing in a row at one end of the room, were the articulated skeletons of seven human beings of different races. The doctor stood beside his desk. He now presented a most peculiar appearance, assumed, no doubt, to heighten the grotesque effect of the business he followed. He had changed his clothing. A tall, conical cap now rested on his covered with stars, skulls, circles and diamonds worked in colored silks. He had put on a pair of slippers, and donned a long silk robe with a rope girdle, from which a metal placque hung at his side, its face being embOssed with figures of the same character as those adorning his cap. Glancing inquiringly at the Bradys a moment, he demanded gruffly:.' "What do you want?" "Are you Doctor Hopper?" Harry. "Yes." "And you claim to recover or locate buried treasure?" "I can.n "How?" "That's my secret." "What'ti your charge?" "Five dollars.'' "Steep, but I'll go you." I -


8 THE BRADYS AND THE :MAD DOCTOR. And young King Brady paid him. The doctor ripped out an angry oath, and recoiled with a The money seemed to make the physician more amiable. scowl on his brow. He put it in his pocket, and asked in pleasanter tones. "What' treasure do you wish to locate?" "Cap_ tain Rackstraw's." "Eh?" exclaimed the doctor, with a sudden start, and a paling of the face. The detectives noticed his illy concealed agitation, but made no comment. They drew their own conclusion from CHAPTER V. J' AU.KING DIAMONDS. it, however, and Harry continued: "If Dr. Hopper was a madman, he certainly had lucicl "Captain Rackstraw's, I tell you." intervals, and he now was in one of them, for he reaJlZed "I don't know him. Did he lose a'treasure?" what was said, and shouted furiously: -' "Yes. He was murdered for a box of diamonds last. "You fellows are detectives; ain't you?" night aboard his ship from Rio de Janeiro. We to find "We are," assented Old King Brady, coolly. out what became of the box." "You want to see the contents of that box?" "I see," sai.d the doctor, recovering his composure at once. "Can you locate it?" "I may, through you yourself, as you probably saw the box." "How can you find out through me?" demanded Harry, skeptically, as he sat down in a chair behind which his partner stood with folded arms. "I'll hypnotize you!" exclaimed the doctor. He glared at Young King Brady, and made several mys terious passes with his hands. Old King Brady the proceeding with interest. It was very evident to the detectives that the old physi cian was a mad man. "How are you going to hypnotize me?" asked Harry. "Easily. My will power is stro"ngest and will overpower yours. Remain passive, and fold your hands. Now look at this piece of mirror fastened on the front of my hat. Don't concentrate your thoughts on anything but_ this glass." "Go ahead," said Harry, keeping a sober face. The old fellow made some more passes over Harry's head, stroked his eyelids and some of the. nerves on his face and at the back of his neck. All the while he kept muttering in commanding tones: Sleep-sleep-sleep Harry finally seemed to succumb to the hypnotic influ ence. Thinking he had the boy in a trance, the mad doctor exclaimed: "Now follow the box of treasure. To where does it lead you?" Young King Brady arose and stepped.. briskly to the bookcase, took down the parcel containing the iron-bound box, and exclaimed : "Here it is l" He was not hypnotized, but old Hopper thought he was, and when he saw what the boy had done, he gave a yell of fury and cried : "You're a liar "And you,'' interposed Old King Brady, tapping the doctor on the shoulder, "will have to open that box, and tell us where you got it, or by thunder we'll clap you in jail!" J "We certainly do, and shall, doctor." "Very well. I 'll open it and show it to you." And without the slightest hesitation he tore off the wrapper, and as the lid of the box was not locked, he raised it. Within the box lay a human heart. The detectives glanced at it in amazement, and observed that it had recently been dissected from the body in which it had grown. It sent a chill through them. They expected to see the box filled with diamonds. When, instead, they saw this relic of a human being, a dreadful suspicion flashed across Old King Brady's mind and he whispered to Harry: "Good heaven-do you think he's a vivisectionist?" A doctor of that name is one who cuts open animals and human beings while alive, to watch the action of their insides for medical information. Harry shook his head. He shared his partner's suspicion, but dared not say so, for such men are lawbreakers and suffer a severe penalty if caught. The doctor eyed them grimly a moment, then he asked, sarcastically: "Does that object look like a lot of diamonds?" "Not much," replied the old detective. "But where did you get the box?" "Found it up in Harlem," snapped the doctor. "Picked it up in the street and carried it to Bellevue Hospital, where one of the doctors gave me this heart for personal examina tion. It came from a man who died of heart disease and I've been requested to examine and analyze it and submit a report to-morrow, as I'm a specialist on that disease." The detectives had to be satisfied with this explanation until they could learn mote about the from other sources. Young King Brady realized that it would be useless for him to prolong the humbug he was practising and be with a laugh: "Doctor, I thought you was a hynotist." "So I am,'' growled the old fellow, savagely. "Who 'iiays I ain't?" "I do. I think you are a bum mesmerizer."


THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. "Confound your impudence How dare you insult me that way?" excitedly cried the doctor, glaring furiously at the smiling boy. "I can't insult you by telling the truth, can I ? You imagined you threw me in a trance, but you didn't.'> "Oh, yes I did!" "You're a quack, sir." "I'm a gentleman and a scholar!" shouted the doctor, looking as if he would like to hit the boy. "I'm a man of science." "You're a fakir, and I've proved it." "I won't put up with your insults any longer. Get out of here." "We intend to," calmly Young King Brady, rising and putting on his hat. "And I'll give you fair warning, sir, that we are dead onto your curves. If you belong to the gang who killed Captain Rackstraw and stole that box, we'll nab you in good season." He fixed a cold, glassy look upon the astrologer Dr. Hopper was visibly affected by the threat. A look of intense alarm fl.ashed across his dark face, and showed in his deep, burning eyes as he glared at the pair. Finally he mastered his emotion and asked more quietly: "Didn't you come here to spy on me?" "We called to find out where you got that metal box," answered Harry. "You believe I am concerned in the robbery of some diamonds which you claimed were in the box?" "We certainly do." "You have made a grave error." "In what way, I'd like to know?" "Simply because I don't have to steal diamonds. I make them." "You make diamonds?" asked Harry, incredulously. "Exactly. I am an inventor. I have invented a method of manufacturing the finest kind of diamonds. I can make diamonds to order, and within a few years I shall make and sell so many of them that I'll be richer than Rothschild, Astor and Vanderbilt combined. Diamonds will be a drug on the market. They will lose their value and become so common that poor laboring men will be able to wear them profusely. I tell you, sir, I am a wonder." "I should think you were," laughed :Harry, winking at his partner. The detectives imagined the old crazy man was raving. They thought he was suffering from a wild delusion. Many a smart man had his brain turned by searching for a means of manufacturing gold and silver; this one, they thought, had gone a step further and become ins ane trying to invent precious stones. Doctor Hopper looked at him restlessly. He observed their skeptical looks and he ask e d : "Don't you believe me?" "We'll try to," replied Harry. "Don't force yourself. I can convince you." "How?" ':By making a few diamonds while you wait." The Bradys' curiosity was aroused. Glancing at each other they silently nodded and Harry said: "We'd like to see you perform that wonderful experi ment, sir." "It's no experiment now. I've passed that stage," replied the doctor, quickly, "and' I've got it reduced to a com mercial basis." "Then your fame and fortune are made." "That I already know." "Proceed with your exhibition : "Follow me." He picked up the big candelabra from the table, passed over to a flight of stairs, and they followed him down into the cellar. There be turned an electrical switch, and a brilliant glare of light rose from scores of electric lamps, almost blinding them. A strange scene met their view. The front vault contained a boiler and engine, and the machinery was coupled to an enormous dynamo of high voltage, which was then working. The gigantic mute negro was attending to the furnace. Lying about were numerous queer contrivances, at one side was a bench littered with tools, against the other wall stood a rack holding many jars containing chemicals, and close by was a cask filled with raw carbon. Standing upon a smail platform, carpeted with asbestos, was a block of soft fron about two cubic feet square, cut in two pieces. In the centre, or core of each section was a small hollow, whil e secured to the upper part of e ach piece was an e l e ctrical binding post. "You've got quite a laboratory here," commented Harry, in surprise "It's my plant for making diamonds," explained the doctor. "And you can make them with this apparatus?" "Of course I can I ll demon s trate that fact in & few moments. But first I'll explain the principle upon which I set to work. There is no theory in what I'm going to show you. As you may know, diamonds are simply crys tallized carbori Carbon is to be found in almost everything. -The graphit e in common lead pencils is a carbon.' Now in order to get pure carbon crystallized, we must try to imitate nature. Nature, we find, forms crystals by sub jecting certain elements to different degrees of heat and cold, and then expanding and them. That's what I'm going to do with carbon to produce diamonds." Despite the fact that the Bradys looked upon the doctor as a lunatic, they were deeply impressed and interested by what he said. "How are you going to do the trick?" Harry inquired. "I'll show you," replied the dafter. He took down a bottle from the shelf, wet the hollow spaces in the sectiOns of iron, 'filled them with pure car bonand put the two pieces of iron together. "There," said he, "you see I've inclosed about five ounces


10 THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. of pure carbon inside that iron. Now I'm ready to make my diamonds. To do so, I must fuse that block of iron with a degree of heat we can't get from coal. The highest temperature can be gotten from electricity. This dynamo will produce it. I'll attach the poles of the generator to the iron by two wires. Now watch. When th e iron heats, it expands and a terrific chemical change immediately takes place in the carbon. When the heat is turned off and the iron is left to gradually cool, the iron contracts. The pressure upon the carbon then becomes greater than that of a hydraulic machine. When we cut the iron open, pure diamond crystals will be found inside. The carbon, iri other words, will be turned into diamonds." As he said this he brought two wires over from the dy namo, attached the ends to the two binding posts before re ferred to and turned on the current. Swiftly the iroh heated up-got red-then glowed. The detectives silently watched it getting hotter and hotter till it passed the point of white heat, and the glare it sent out became blinding. An appalling heat filled the cellar. Hotter got the iron, until it had the angry, sullen glare of the sun, and had almost melted into a liquid mass, th1; asbesto$ prev.enting the platform from burning. Doctor Hopper had put on a pair of colored goggles. He eagei>ly watched the iron and was evidently keeping i.t heated t9 a certain temperature for a known length of time. Then suddenly he cut off the tremendous electric cur rent, and cried : "It's done!" CHAPTER VI. DOOMED TO FREEZE TO DEATH. A thrill darted through every nerve in' the detective s bodies. They felt that they were upon the eve of a great discovery. It was clear to them that the mad doctor's theory was plausible enough to believe in it. As the high heat gradually died out of the iron, the doctor placed two big stuffed arm-chairs near the platform and said to the detectievs, courteously : "Sit down. It will take some time for the iron to cool." They thanked him, and seated themselves. From where they were they observed some coils of piping running around the platform, jus t beyond the sheet of asbestos. These pipes had been covered thickly with a white frost before the iron became hot, but the intense heat melted it off rapidly. "What are those pipes for?" queried Harry, pointing at them. "To cool the iron. Ammonia brine passes through them. It's a refrigerating process," explained the doctor. "That's the wa,y ice is made. I'll turn on the refrigerator. It will hurry the cooling process of the iron." Reaching up to some pipes hanging from the ceiling, he opened a valve and the detectives saw that the iron was cooling faster. It finally got_ black. Two hours of absolute silence followed. Finally the doctor began to prepare a steam saw. Summoning the big negro, they attached a block and fall to the iron, it up before the saw and the doctor exclaimed: ""This mass is quite cold now." "And it has been contracting while cooling?" ::iskecl Harry. "Yes. pr-essure on the fused carbon must be terrible." "Going to cut the block open again?" "I am. Keep your seats. It will take some time." He set the saw going and it gradually ate its way through the iron. When the block was :finally cut in two, they lifted a piece of it to a table on rollers and shoved it in front of the detectives. "Successful?" queried Young King Brady. "There are the diamonds," proudly answered the doctor. He pointed at numerous minute bright particles bedded in the iron. There could be no doubt about their being true diamonds, but a disappointed look crossed Harry's face, and he re marked: "While it is true you have made diamonds, they are so ; very small, f don't see how they can be of any commercial value, Doctor Hopper." A frown gathered on the physician's brow. Harry had touched a sore spot in his heart. But he was not going to admit the only drawback t-o his process. "You'll admit I can make them, won t you?" he asked, 1 loftily. "We can't deny that fact." "Very well. Then how do you know I can't make them as big as your if I increase the size of my apparatus l for doing so?" l The boy did not reply. He felt the force of this reasoning. "You spoke too quick," reprovingly said the doctor, as he l laid a hand on the back of each chair. "You must not imagine you know it all, young man, you don't. In fact, you've got a great deal to learn yet by experience." Harry laughed and replied: "You are right, doctor." "Now don't forget this, gentlemen," said Hopper. "If you see me going around peddling diamonds by the basket ful, don't think it strange, for you both will then know where I get them. Ha! Ha! Ha!" "Are you saying that to cover your tracks?" "I don't understand your allusion." 1 "Why, you might try to sell the Brazilian diamonda stolen from Captain Rackstraw, and pretend they were stones you manufactured." l


THE BRAlUYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. 11 The doctor scowled. An angry exclamation escaped his lips. ''You are obstinate!" he hissed. "Very," agreed Harry. "Determined to fight me?" "If necessary." "Then I'll clip your wings now." He a hidden spring in the back of each chair where his hands rested, as he made this threatening re mark. A most singular thing then occurred. There was a mechanism hidden in the chairs by the up holstery, which those springs set in motion, and the arms flew around, closed in on the detectives and held them in a vise-like grip around their waists. Nither could move. They were held in the chairs as if riveted there. A subdued chuckle escaped the doctor when he saw the violent, but futile efforts of the two detectives to J.?egain their liberty. "Gentlemen," he remarked, urbanely, "you are my prisoners T1i.e Bradys found it impossible to get out of the mechani cal chairs, and almost exhausted by their violent exertions, they glared at the doctor, and Harry recovered his breath and demanded hotly: "What do you mean by trapping us this way, you old villain?" ... .. [,',,.. .\[...:::, ., . .. '.' ,;\ "Didn't you declare on me?" asked the doctor, sternly. "Yes, if you deserved it." "Then I am simply defending myself.-" "You ,are tricking us." 1 All's fair in love and war." "Do you intend to keep us prisoners here?" "For a while," was the cool reply. "You brought this trouble upon yourselves by interfering with me. When a man deliberately goes looking for trouble he usually gets more than he wants. You've accused me of a certain crime. I'm going to look out for myself now, as I don't want to get the worst of it from you fellows. I've got the upper hand now, and I'm going to keep it." The Bradys felt very uncomfortable. To be held at the mercy of a crazy man was far from leasant. "Let us go," said Harry, persuasively, "and we won't olest you." "Not much," replied the mad doctor, gradually becoming xcited. "I am going to put you both where you can't do e any harm." "And where is that?" asked the boy. "I'll turn you both into a pair of marble statues." ".()h, gee! He's getting daffy again!" muttered Harry n dismay. I "Humor him," whispered Old King Brady, suggestively. "I'm going to petrify your bodies," proceeded the docor, a wild light leaping into his eyes. "I'll put ytu into y refrigerator, and freeze your bodies until you re as stiff and hard as stone. Do you know I can suspend your animation that way?' Why-I can freeze you up so hard that your bodies can't rot, and I can keep you for centuries that way. In five hundred from now I could thaw you out, and you would resume living just where you left off, regardless of the interval of time that elapses." The detectives were alarmed. In the devilish, cunning look upon his face they saw he had a fiendish desire to carry out his singular idea. They could do nothing to prevent him. The doctor opene<:l the door of a small room, the walls and ceiling 00: which were covered with refrigerating pipes, coated with white frost. A coating of rubberoid paper insulated this room. Within, a terrific coldness prevailed. Having inspected the interior, the doctor returned to his prisoners and said : "I'm going to put you in that room. Then I'll lower the temperature in there very fast. I can get it down to two hundreCI. degrees below zero. In one hour you will both be so frozen that your bodies will become brittle and would break like icicles." "Why don't you wait?" asked Harry, mysteriously. "I have no reason to," the doctor replied, pushing his chair toward the door. "You'll regret it." "Why?" '.,.,.,, I ., "If we don't emerge from this house in a very short time, our friends outside have orders to burst in here and rescue us. Do you know what that means?" "I really don't care." "You will, then, for our friends will kill you." "Bosh! Tut-tut! Your friends can't injure me." "Just wait and you'll see." "I'm impervious to injury," exclaimed the doctor, cheer fully. Then he pushed Harry's chair into the freezing-room, and went out to get Old King Brady and serve him the same way. Harry felt a violent chill go through him. Shivering, he watched the door. The doctor was wheeling the old detective in. "We'll make it hot for you, if ever we get out of this fix!" declared Old King Brady, energetically. "You're an old rogue!" "Oh, you'll never escape!" assured the doctor, in tones of conviction, as he left the two detectives side by side, and moved toward the door. "I shall have Samson, my negro, watch the door with a pistol to shoot you if by any strange chance you get out of those chairs and try to get out of this room before I've got you frozen solid." He passed out, banged the door shut, and they heard him bolt it. Left alone, the Bradys pondered over their strange ation, and a feeling of blank despair took possession of them, for Jhey could not imagine any way in which they could escape from their living tomb.


THE BRADYS AND 'l'HE MAD DOCTOR. "I'm afraid we are in for it now, Harry," growled Old King Brady. "There don't seem to be much chance to escape," the boy replied. And they resigned themselves to their fate. CHAPTER VII. AN UNEXPECTED FRIEND. "Harry," exclaimed Old King Brady, when they found shut up in the gloom and cold of the refrigerat ing-room, "if Dr. Isaac Hopper was not mentally un balanced, he wouldnot have consigned us to such a death as this." "There may be method in his madness," bitterly an swered the boy. "You think an ulterior object actuates him?" "Of course I do. He isn't merely anticipating an at tack from us, and defending himself. He is one of that gang of river thieves, I'm convinced, and he knows we are aware of their doings and wants to put us out of the way so we can do his pals no harm." "That's only a theory." "Of course. But I've got good ground to work on. For example--now that the gang have got those diamonds from the metal box, they have got to dispose of them without arousing suspicion. "Certainly. But what has that got to do with us?" "Can't you draw your own conclusions? The doctor has tried to convince us that ),le can manufacture diamonds so we won't think it is strange if we hear of him trying to dispose of a lot of such stones. He wants to make us think he is selling ge:r;ns of his O'!n make, whereas they will really be the stones stolen from the metal pox." "I see. I thought it strange Hopper exposed his secret process to us." "We know he can make diamonds," proceeded Harry, "but we also know that they are such tiny crystals, that they are of no value. Moreover, I d6n't believe he can make them of commercial size. Nature can be poorly imitated, but no man can do what she does. There is every probability that Hopper has got his process patented, so there was no danger in showing us or any one else how he made his diamonds, as the law will protect him. That's why he did not hesitate to do the trick before us. He's n deep and artful old rogue, and knew what he was about. Finding he could not impose upon us, he has determined to kill us." "Wall, he went about it in a neat way, for nobody knows we are in this house and should we perish, he will never be brought to book for it." "Perhaps he suspected that, despite what we told him." "I have 'no doubt he didn't believe any one knew of our presence here." "Can't you burst open the restraining arms of tha chair?" "No. Can you?" "I can't budge an inch." ' "What an ingenious and cunning contrivance this is.' "Only a man of his deep ingenuity would invent such thing." They lapsed into silence and brooded over their situation Evidently the doctor had injected a greater degree o frigidity into the room, for the detectives could feel th temperature swiftly falling. The cold stung them. It made their ears, eyes and lungs ache. A deathly numbness was stealing over their senses. The blood seemed to stagnate in their veins, and shoot ing pains darted through every fibre of their bodies. Realizing that they were rapidly nearing a crisis, Harr3 gasped: "It won't be long before I'll lose my senses, Old Kin Brady. I can feel my arms and legs tingling and dea like. A numb feeling is stealing over me. It's creepin up my limbs. I'm getting dizzy. When that dead feelin reaches the heart or brain, it's all off with us." "Calling for aid will do no good," groaned Old Kin Brady. "Not the least bit. No one would hear our voices." "It's hard to have to submit this way-without struggle." "There's absolutely nothing we pan do to help ourselves." Again they lapsed into a moody silence. Breathing had become difficult. They were gasping and their bodies had become so col that they no longer felt it. Half an hour had gone by. In another half hour there was a strong probability that they would be dead, beyond all power of revival. At this juncture the door opened. Turning their glassy eyes in the direction of the slight noise, they beheld Samson, the gigantic negro. He stood cm the threshold with a lantern in his hand raised aloft so he could vi.ew the two prisoners. Then he strode forward and pushed their chairs out o the room, and the detectives fancied they saw a look o deep pity in his dark eyes. Even though they were removed from the chill, the hal frozen officers did not gain any relief at once. The roaring furnace in the front vault was sending ou a genial warmth, however, and it was not long ere they go the benefit of it. Samson did not remain with them long. up to the head of the cellar stairs, he listene there for a long time, to see if the doctor was going t return. Finally he returned to the detectives. To their astonishment they heard him exclaim : "Dar! Specks yo' ain't gwine ter die now!" "He gasped Harry. chuckled the coon. "I ain't no dummy."


THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. 13 "You pretended that you were?" He handed the coon a twenty-dollar bill and Samson "Golly, boss, how I could agot dis.job, if I hadn't? De looked astonished. ctor advertised fo' a dummy, an' as I were hard up fo' ".All fo' me, boss?" he demanded. job, I had ter fool him." "Yes. Will it do?" "I see," laughed Harry. "You played your part well, "Do? Golly-I didn' spect nuffin', sah." 1ld man." "Then get us out of here." "Lawdy, yaas," replied the big coon. "Had ter. Any"Kain't take yo' froo de house, boss, or he see yer." vay, I didn' come heah ter murder folks, or stan' by while "How can you smuggle us out, then?" lat ole debbil do de game. I'se a honest man, I is, an' "See dat coal chute?" loan' yo' forget it." "Yes." "You've saved our lives." "Waal, dar's a ton ob coal in de street, an' I'se gwine "No trouble 'bout dat, boss. Dis chile ain't agwine ter ter put it in. I go. up dar, open de coal-hole in de sidewalk, ;it hung fo' murdah, nohow. Dat's why I pull yo' out ob an' yo' kin go up froo de chute to de street, an' escape." le cooler." "Very well." "Then you ain't in league with the doctor?" The da:rky left the cellar. "Me? Golly, no. Doan' like de ole cuss, nohow." In a short time they heard him take the iron lid off "Where is he?" the hole in the sidewalk, and as the long, rusty chain was "Gwine upstairs." left dangling down in the chute, they grasped it and helped "Can you get us out of these chairs?" themselves up. "Hain't got no key, but I'se got an axe an' kin smash dem Within a few minutes they reached the street. "Shall we go in and arrest" the doctor?" Harry muttered. I "Do so, and we'll reward you handsomely." "No. We must not repay the colored man's kindness "Dunno wha' de boss say ter me, when he fine out wha' by ru.nning chances on getting him into trouble." done,'' muttered the darky, as he moved away. "But "What do you advise?" jes' kain't help it, nohow, an' I won't leabe dem ter die "To watch the house and shadow the doctor when he e dogs." emerges. If he is in league with the river thieves, he will The detectives were delighted. give himself away." This intervention in their favor was so sudden and unThis plan was adopted, and they hid themselves where pected that they could hardly realize their good fortune they could keep the house under surveilance without being once. seen themselves. "We've got a kind Providence watching over us, Harry," There they patiently watched and waited. id the old detective. "It seems that we ain't doomed die this way." "I ain't going to congratulate myself until I'm entirely t of this fix," replied the boy, guardedly. Samson came back with an axe in his hand. He did not waste any time about cutting them free, d the skill with which he wielded the axe soon released em. The chairs were smashed to pieces. A few hard blows and bruises were all the Bradys reived, but they did not complain about it. By this time fY had nearly recovered from their freezing and found fY could use their limbs. 1Glancing at the remains of the mechanical chairs, they l ticed that they were made of strong pieces of iron of an l:renious design. f Samson thrust the remains in the furnace. 'Dead men tell no tales," he chuckled. "When de doctor d yo' gone, may as well miss de chairs, too." l The detectives moved about briskly and got their blood ) rc.ula ting. \ A few minutes' exercise put them in normal condition iain. "What are you going to tell him became of us?" asked rry. 'Nuffin', honey, nuffin'. De leas' said, de better." 'There's where you show your wisdom. Take this." CHAPTER VIII. DAISY, THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER. Three days passed by uneventfully, the Bradys keeping a i;harp watch upon Dr. Hopper's house, by turns, day and night. During all that time, the madman remained indoors. The house had a deserted look, the blinds being kept closed, and nobody answering the knocks and rings for admittance of numerous people who called to see Hopper on business. .Among the people who called there, was a beautiful young girl. The detectives noticed her particularly, as she arrived every day at precisely twelve o'clock, tried persistently to get in, and always went away with a reluctant an d dis appointed air. She was scarcely more than seventeen years of age, with a trim little figure clad in a pink shirt waist and blue dress, while upon her beautiful dark hair she wore a jaunty sailor hat. .A decided brunette, she had a pair of big, dark-brown


14 THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. eyes, arched by the blackest brows, a straight, pointed cently disappeared from our farm, up near Kingsbridge. nose, and a pretty mouth. You have doubtless heard about it, haven't you?" On the third day after their escape from the do. ctor's "Why, yes," replied Harry, sta:ring at her with new the Bradys were lurking in a neighboring doorway interest. "As near as I recollect the incident, you and watching the house as usual, when they saw the girl make father lived alone in the farmhouse and if I ain't Illistake her appearance again. there's an old haunted mill on your proyerty, isn t there? Pointing at the neat little figure, Harry asked his part"Yes. That's the old grist mill my grandfather used ner : run fifty years ago. It's been abandoned a long time. Peo "Have you ever noticed her before, Old King Brady?" ple say it's haunted now, by my grandfather's ghost. "Yes. This is the third time she has called at the committed suicide in the mill, I am told." doctor's." "'rhe circumstance of your father's disappearance wal "Very persevering, isn't she?" very suspicious, wasn t it?" asked Harry, trying to rec the matter to mind. "Her business with him must be very urgent, Harry." "Just my opinion. There she goes, up the stoop." "Very!" declared Daisy, a frown gathering on hei They saw her ring the bell repeatedly and get no re-brow. "You see, a man was thrown from his horse oppG site our homestead. The animal ran away, and we broug sponse. "I wonder what her business with him can be?" asked the man in and cared for him over He said the old detective. name was Mr. Vance, and that he was a great race-ho owner. Seeming to be very grateful to us for assisting hi "We might try to find out." he said he would give my father a tip on some races whic may be of interest to us to know." would surely win. All my poor father had to do was Then I ll make the attempt when she leave s there.' meet him at Doctor Hopper s house on Stuyvesant Pla "Queer, how shady the old astrologer is keeping." on the following Saturday and bring some money along "He probably fears us." bet with. He drew five thousand dollars from the baul "Samson, the negro, must be with him:." after Mr. Vance had gone, and at the appointed time h "But he wouldn't risk losing his job by venturing out." s tarted off. That's the last I've seen of him. I notifiet "No. That coon was a kind-hearted fellow, to befriend the police. They hunted for him. He was traced to Ne' us so well." York. Here he was lost in the crowd. Inquiries were mad "I'll never forget the relief I felt when he aided us to at Doctor Hopper's, but the old physician swore he did n escape." V h f know ance nor ad he ever seen my ather." "Here comes the girl." "What sort of looking man was Mr. Vance?" aske s

THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. 15 "What was his object in doing that?" "I soon found out. The old villain fell in love with me. e made a proposal of marriage. He swore he could not ive without me and declared he wtiuld give me a life of uxury if I'd have him." "The old fool!" said Harry, contemptuously. "That's what I called him." "What was the result?" "I kept away from him." "But you've been coming back." "Yes. He sent for me." "How did he know your address?" "I don't know. He had it correct, though." "That's queer." "It mystified me, as I never gave it to him/' "Well, what did he tell you?" "I failed to get in. I've called three times, now, and obody answers my ring for admittance. It's disappoint g to have to travel such a great distance as I do to reach ere, and then have to go away again without any result. esides, I am so anxious about my father's fate I'll risk utting up with that old idiot's love-making to learn what wish to know." Young King Brady pondered. He finally said to i.he girl. "You know I told you I'm a detective." "So you said, Mr. Brady." "I'm shadowing the doctor for some crooked work he d." "Are you ?" "Yes, and I shall make it my business to find out from what he knows about your father's whereabouts." A pleased look fl.ashed over Daisy's face. She clapped her hands, bes!owed a grateful glance upon e boy, and with a happy air, she cried: "Oh, I am so glad to hear you say that. If you find him d restore him to me, I'll be the happiest girl in New ork." "To succeed, I need your aid." "And I'll give it willingly." "Can you meet me at headquarters to-morrow this time we can arrange a plan of action to trap Doctor Hopper to a confession?" "Certainly I shall, if you give me the address." Harry handed her one of his business cards, and she soon ter parted with him and went home. The young detective then returned to his partner anJ d him all that transpired, after which they went over the doctor's house and rang the bell. CHAPTER IX. NAILING A LIE. "Just put your shoulder against the door, Harry." "Going to burst it open?" inquired the boy. "Yes. I fear Hopper has eluded us by going out the back y." The two detectives braced their feet on the stoop. Then they shov .ed with all their might. The door creaked and snapped. Suddenly the lock broke with a crash, and the door flew open. The Bradys were precipitated into the hall. Rising quickly to their feet, they heard a yell at the end of the passage and back in the dim light they saw the doctor. He stood ill the doorway of his laboratory. In his hands he held a brace of revolvers and was aiming them at the detectives, with. cool deliberation. "Hold on there!" he exclaimed, imperatively. "There he is, now!" muttered Harry. "By breaking into my house you have committed burg lary," said the doctor, in quick, nervous tones. "You've got no legal or moral right to break into an_y man's house,. even if you are detectives." "We have the right of might!" exclaimed Old King Brady grimly. "And I've got the privilege of shooting you for doing so." "Perhaps it would be dangerous for you to attempt it," said the old detective, as he drew his own pistol. "You might hit one of us, but the next moment you'd get shot by the survivor." "I'm going to run chances on that." "What! You intend to kill us, eh?" "I shall unless you get out of here." "But we are in the discharge of our duty." "Nonsense!" "We've entered to arrest you, doctor." "Upon what charge?" "Attempting to take our lives three days ago." "I'd never submit to arrest." "The easiest way is the best way." "Then take my advice, and clear out of here." "Not until we take you with us," dead or alive." "Words are useless, then?" "Perfectly." "In that case, I'll resort to action." And with this remark. he pulled the trigger of his pistol in the right hand; there was a fl.ash and report and a bullet flew past Harry's head. The old detective was quite surprised. He did not think the doctor was going to fire. Recovering from his astonishment, he shot back at the old man, and Hopper gave a yell of pain, staggered back into the room and groaned: "I'm shot!" "I never miss my mark!" exclaimed Old King Brady. He rushed forward as he spoke and the doctor, seeing him coming, banged the door shut and hastily locked it. Reaching the door, the detectives hurled themselves against it furiously, but it resisted the first assault. "We must break it down!" panted Old King Brady, in determined tones. "Take a run at it," advised Harry. Retreating a few paces, they rushed at the door again, hit it a fearful blow and broke it open.


16 THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. They expected a volley of shots when they plunged into the room, but to their surprise, were met by perfect silence. A quick glance around failed to show the doctor. Catching view of an open back window they ran over to it and peered out, just in time to see Hopper darting through a back gate into the yard at the rear, where dis appeared. "He's going through that rear house," said Harry. "Run around the block and head him off." The boy hastily left the house, and Old King Brady was upon the point of going off to search the building when Samson came upstairs. "Golly!" gasped the giant in surprise. "Dat yo'?" "Back again," laughed Old King Brady. "Whar am de zoss ?" "Skipped out the back way." "Anybody shot?" "Yes. The doctor." "Gwine ter be any mo' trouble yere ?" "Not a bit. The fuss is over." "I'se mighty glad ter heah dat, boss." "Where have you two been, during the past three days?" "De ole man ben away. Jes' came back." "Went and came by the back way, eh?" "Dat am about de size ob it, boss." "And you ?" "Me? I'se been in de cellar, ob cose, doin' some wuck fo' him." "Making diamonds?" "Tryin' ter make 'em big enough ter sell." "And hav e n't succeeded?" "No, an' nebber will, I reckon." "I quite agree with your belief, Samson." "W ot's yer doin' heah, anyway?" They not only branded Hopper's story about the humarJ heart as a palpable lie, but they also claimed he was a impostor. No one at the had given him the heart foi analysis. The detectievs were worried. "Where did he get the organ, then?" Harry demand "Probably cut it out of a subjectJ." replied the ch' doctor. "While he was dead, or-alive ?J' "Ha You think--" "That he's a vivisectionist." 1'If he is, arrest him, by all means. No crueler practit can be imagined than that. It's simply awful. The p that it's done in the interest of science is all nonsense. I simply the morbid craving of a diseased mind to stu4 nature at its work in the human anatomy. There are patients who survive the ordeal. Just imagine one of th ghouls stupefying a man on the table, laying op his breast, and watching the beating of his heart. The 81 striking those vital organs carries with it a large amo.111 of poisonous organic matter whicji is bound to settle in t wound and injure the delicate machinery that makes lif po ssible." "We are watching out for that old fellow," said of King Brady. "If you catch him at any such :fiendish work, don't Ii him escape." -1 The detectives departed from the hospital and went UJ town. Reaching the ship, Sally McCoy, they found the fia mate, Hans Olsen, aboard, and showed him the metal bo "Isn't this the diamond casket stolen from Rackstrawi Harry asked him. The Dane carefully examined it, exclaimed: I could shvear ter dot." l and looking up, "I wish to examine the house. It's my belief that the doctor is connected with a gang of thieves and I'm anxious to find some evidence of the fact on these premises." ",Reckon yo' am mistaken, boss." "Well, I'll ha've a look, anyway." "Why are you so positivej 1Hans?" "I won't object." The mate pointed at init ials, "H. O.," -Finding that Samson was in a good humor the detective scratched on the box, and said: "Y d t? It' I t d 1 tt began his search, but failed to find any clews. which would 0 '. s name. pu em e seem to connect the doctor in any way with the river thieves. dere m1t mme kmfe on de mght Captain Rackstraw Vy Old King Brady took possession of the old metal box. stabbed." Its ghastly contents were gone. The detectives saw the initials. By that time Harry returned with a disgusted look on his "H. 0.," commented Harry. "The.Y stand for Hat face. Olsen." "He got away," announced the boy. "Dot vas it," assented the mate. "Don't dot vas brf ".Tust what I expected. Couldn't you find his trail?" I enough?" "No. Nobody saw him except a policeman and he said "Yes. It's conclusive. It plainly shows that this the mq_n had been swallowed up in the crowd on Third is the same one stolen by the murderer from this era avenue." "Never mind, we'll collar him some other time." Wishing Samson good-by, they departed. Going straight to Bellevue Hospital, they made some in quiries there about Doctor Hopper being a specialist on heart diseases. The hospital doctors claimed they didn't know him. "Vhere you got it?" "From a man we are watching." "He vos got a face like der tuyiel ?" "Not exactly, as far as I can imagine the arch fi looks,'' laughed Old King Brady, "but he's a friend of gentleman in question." The mate told them that the coroner held an inquest


THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. 1'T e captain's body and that some relatives had buried the mains. Hans was promoted to the captaincy then." Shortly afterward, the detectives went away etal box. CHAPTER X. THE GIRL DECOY. with the If he really is a member of that gang, w e' ll utilize him as a stool-pigeon to lead us to his pals. They are the ones we are aiming at principally." "Oh!" said the chief, and h e resum e d his writing. The girl had some shopping to do, and saying she would be at the rendezvous that e vening, s he rose to go, after a while. Just then the messenger boy r e turnea. "Did you see the doctor?" Harry eagerly asked him. "Yea, sir, and delivered the note." "Did he ask you where you got it?" "He did, and I simply said a young lady sent it." Just as the clock was striking twelve, in the Central "You didn't tell from where?" ffice, on the following day, the street door opened and "No, indeed. He didn't ask me." aisy Curtis entered. "Did he make any comment?" The chief sized her up at a glance, and asked her kindly: "Well, he laughed and muttered 'I'll be there," but h e "Well, young lady, what do you want here?" didn't send any answer." "Harry Brady," the girl, with some show of "That will do. You may go." esitation. "He's a detective here, isn't he, sir?" The boy withdrew and the farmer s daughter set out "Yes. He's one of my staff. Is yout business personal?" for the shopping district. "It is. I am Daisy Curtis. Didn t he tell you about As the Bradys did not wish to miss the doctor, they e ?" carefully watched his house and the hou s e in the rear. "No. But I'll him. Sit down." I He departed by the latter exit, about half-p;i s t four, And the pretty gul herself, the chief pushed and Harry met his partner and they purs u e d him to g ether. electric press button on his desk and the Bradys came He was evidently heading for 155th stre et for he went an ante-room. up on a Harlem and the officers ent e r e d the The moment Harry caught view of his caller, he warmly car he was in. ook hands with her and introduc e d her to Old King ady, then said: "She' s here to enter into a plot with to capture Doctor opper." "Have you got a plan formed?" queried the old detectiv e "Yes. I want h e r to send the doctor a note, as long as 's back home, and making an appointment to meet him at o clock to-ni g ht, say-in the 155th stree t station of the vated road. She cannot go to his house. It's too dan rous. That crazy man might g e t ardent, propose mar ge, get rejected and try to murder her." "Well?" The doctor wore the same rusty suit of bl,ack, and occu pied his mind with a newspaper, to pass away the time. .He glanc e d carel e ssly at the Bradys several time s but did not recognize them, as they had car e fully di s gmsed them selves in the uniforms of railroad e mployes. Both wore clos ely-trimmed b e ard s and wigs. To all appe a rances the y were a couple of trainme n going to or from work. As the y paid no particular attention to Hopper, they did not arouse his su s pi c ions. "He must be very much in love with Dai s y said Harry, as they sp e d along uptown. "Whe n a man of his age falls in love with a young girl, it must be a very serious matter to him." "After she gets rid of him, we can shadow him, if he es e l s ewhere than home, and at the prop e r moment art him. Once we have the old scoundr e l at our mercy "And like a g ood m a ny other fool s," a dd e d Old King can force him to admit whether or not he is mixed Brady, dril y "his aff e ction for a girl i s going to get him with that gang of thieves." into a heap of trouble "That plan will do.'' "Which show s," laughed Harry, "tha t old men have no "Will you act as a decoy, Miss Curtis?" ri ght to monkey with the hearts of y oun g girls, but should "Certainly," assented the girl. "Anything to gain -some l eave all of that sort of businesto the y oung fellows." 'ngs of my missing father, Mr. Brady Old King Brady gave him a sharp, qu e er look. "Then write him the note "'Harry," h e r e mark e d, sol e mnl y, "hav e you fall e n m She was furnished with writing materials, and soon lov e with that girl?" d the letter writtel).. "No, inde ed," r e pli e d the boy :flus hin g "How could I, It was sent by a district messenger boy, so they would on such a short acquaintance? She' s mi g hty nice, but love ow whether the doctor got it or not. at first sight is an unknown factor in my lif e." When the boy was gone, the chi e f a s ked the Bradys: "The n look out for yom:self, y oung fellow," warn e d the "If you're am:iqus to arre s t that man, why don't you old detective, impressively. "A boy who is h eart whole e a posse of officers down to his 4ou s e and raid it?" and fancy free, stands a better ch a nc e to ge t a long at his "That wouldn't do," Old King Brady shaking profession, succes s fully, than one whose mind is distracted head. "We want to watch his movements a while, first. from his work by a pretty face."


18 THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. Talking in this strain, t:tley finally reacheti their destina tion. Doctor Hopp er alighted and glanced around. Not seeing the girl on the platform, he marched into the waiting room and observed her sitting on a bench. The effusive manner in which he met her made the detectives smile, and they noticed, with admiration of the girl, how well she played her part. She asked him for news of her father "I've gained some tidings, since last I saw you," explained the do.ctor, in a mysterious way, "but I can't tell you where he is just yet." "The same old story!" pouted Daisy. "It can't be helped, my d e ar," replied tlte doctor. "Then I'll leave you. Unle s s I hear and know something definite, I shall never tak e the trouble to see you again." "Don't do that!" he pleaded. "I'm determined, doctor." He thought he was going to lose her and it worried him. Pondering a moment, he came to the conclusion that he had put her off as frequently as possible, and must now make good his promises, unless he wished to lose her en tirely. It brought him to a sudden resolution and he asked, guardedly: "Suppose you were to see him, would you believe me then?" "Yes. N athing but the sight of him would convince me that you are not trifling with me," she answered quickly. "Well, I can show him to you, but--" "But what?" she asked, as he hesitated. "You cannot have him back yet." "Why not?" ''Certain reasons which I cannot explain now." The girl's hopes rose. She saw her advantage and said: "Very well. I'll be sati s fied with a mere glance at him, So long as I can see him alive and well, I'll be perfectly satisfied." "I'll grant your wish." "Now"?" "Yes, to-night." "Where is he?" "A good ways from here." "In the hands of Mr. Vance?" "Yes. But I can only take you to him on one condition." "Name it." "That you will swear to ask no questions as to what you may see, and promise that you will not tell a soul about it. "Granted." "You'll swear to it?" "I do." "And will not questiun my connection with the case?" "Not in the least." "Then we' ll go at once." "Which way?" "Out to Inwood first." "Why-that's in the direction of my home." "Yes," said the doctor, giving her a peculiar smile "Wait here." He went to the office and purchased two tickets on th Harlem Division of the Centrlil road, and led her to thE cars. They entered one anq sat down side by side. The Bradys had overheard every word they uttered, aiw it them not a. little, but they made no comment. Securing two seats directly behind the couple, they that the doctor was .so engrossed and absorbed with that he was not likely to pay the slightest attention to theDJ. This idea just suited them. Where they sat, they overhear every word utter, by the pair. 11 In a few minutes the train started, and they weJ launched upon a trip destined to be with excitf:" ment. CHAPTER XI. OVERC011E BY A STRANGE DRUG. During the ride to Inwood, the doctor made violent 101 to Daisy Curtis, but she was clever enough to check hi.I when he became too fervent in his declarations of undyin, affection. The Bradys saw that the bullet that hit him ha merely inflicted a slight flesh wound, which he now hao covered with court-plaster, on the side of his head. It was dark when they alighted, and the doctor turne up Dykman street and headed over toward Sherman Creek, a distance of about ten blocks away, and grasped hf "You ain't afraid to trust yourself with me, are you? he asked. 1 "No, ind e ed," replied the plucky girl, for she had sett' the Bradys alight from the train and dog their footstei/i "As long as you are bringing me to see my poor, mi ssiJ father, doctor, I'll risk anything." h "Oh, I'll see that no harm befalls you!" he exclaime(' energetically. e When they reached the neighborhood of Post avenu't the doctor procured a row-boat, told her to get in, and the pulled out through the creek into the Harlem river. The detectives secured a boat and followed. t They could see that the doctor was heading for the ol haunted mill in the marsh, and it arou s ed their curiosit]" "Can Archie Curtis, the missing farm e r, be confinedJ the old mill where we had our ghostly experience?" as w Old King Brady. "If he should be," replied Harry, "he will be n,pon d d own property, for we now know that he owns the old in s erted mill." The sky was overcast with clouds. They kept far enough astern to remain out of Hopper


TIIE BRADYS .AND THE M.AD DOCTOR. 19 ht, and they finall; saw his boat pulled straight up to I e mill. "Well, he' s going the re," said the old detective. "Yes. .And that r e mind s me w e'v e got a row-boat of our n there, if it isn t gone. Don't you recoll e ct that we d to leave it there whe n we found our selves landed sense s on Harlem Bridge, aft e r our tussel with the spooks in e old mill?" Old King Brady laughed quietly. "We ll be lucky if we ever find that boat again," he marked. Th e y had been k e eping in the shadow of the tall reeds ong the s hore, and now saw the doctor and the girl go up to the old mill. As soon as they vanished,' the Bradys pulled swiftly across e stre am, sprang a s hore and secured their boat. They saw the boat they had used to get there on the evious trip. It was tied to a stake. Now, although they reach e d the intE"ior of the mill only few minutes after Doctor Hopper and the girl went in, ey saw nothing of the p air. They had vanfahe d as c o mpletely as if they had turned to air. Gone, Harry "Look out s ide." Out they ru s h e d, but saw nothing of Dai s y or the doctor. "Not h ere, Old King Brady." "Wh ere in thund e r did the y v a ni s h to?" ".Anoth e r mys t e ry of th e mill "By Jove, I'm going to find out." "Wi s h you could." "Hunt around." Th e y both starte d off on a sear c h in the mill But they m e t with no b e tter success than the y did when ere befor e The detectives w e re deeply mystified, but not at all disraged "I won't give up!" d e clar e d Old King Brady, doggedly, en they m e t i n the bi g room again ".As long as they me in h e r e a nd didn t go out, they must yet be here. at settle s that!" "To redu c e the ma t t e r to a fine point," Harry comnted, "we know that the roof, four walls and :floor are rely thin, worn, s ingl e boards. The mill is a mere shell, th no double walls, floors or ceiling. Now, as they ldn't very well :fly up in the a i r, they must have gone wn in th e ground What do you think of that solution the problem ?" "It's a s e n s ible vi e w to take of the case." "My idea is that there's a means of exit going straight into the mar s hy ground beneath this house," said rry. "We haven't looked for such a thing yet. Our efforts have been directed toward finding them either den in a secret place of concealment about the mill, or ing away by land or water, after passing through the "Let us search the bog under this building." "Wait. I've got a plan." "Name it." "Follow the girl's trail." "How?" "Her traoks must be imprinted in the dust on the :floor." As he spoke, he directed the rays of his lante:m upon the :floor, crouched down and keenly scrutinized all the marks left there. Many footprints were seen. Among them he finally discovered those of a female, for the tracks were small and he noted the direction toward which the toes pointed. -He followed them slowly, but carefully. They led him to one of the holes in the :floor. Peering down through lihe opening, the boy saw that the ground beneath was simply a mass of swamp, weeds and water. Any one walking in it would have sunk to their ankles. "The trail ends here," said the boy. "Did she go down through that opening?" "Beyond question." "Can you see her tracks in the mud below?" "No. Had she ventured into it, she would have sunk: so deep that the ooze and water would fill the trail and obliterate it." "Let me go down and see." Old King Brady let himself down through the opening. Harry watched hini. narrowly and saw him examining every inch of the swampy ground with his lantern. Finally he pulled himself up through the aperture again, and said: "No tracks down there." "How about a trap door ?I' "I couldn't see any such thing." "There must be one there, somewhere." "It looks doubtful." "Why should it?" "Because it seems to me that if there were such an opening in the ground, the tide, when rising, would :flood a s ubterranean vault." Harry nodded, with a glum look. This was a possibility he had not thought of, and he grumbled: "You might be right." "That ends your theory, don't it?" "It seems to. I don't know what next to suggest. We seem to be just as badly off as we were the last time we were here." The old detective returned to the small room of the mill, at the rear. A close examination of the :floors failed to show any openings, no matter how keenly he scanned them Satisfied that the only way to get under the building from the interior was by opening he had explored, he re turned to Harry, who was examining the windows, and asked: "What interests you there?" "I was trying to see what caused the peculiar fire that


20 THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. burst out in this window the last time we were here," an swered the boy. "Well, is there any evidence?" "None that I can see. Only some holes in the frame." "Examine the door and see what caused it to close and look so we could not open it, Harry." The boy was about to comply when a terrific shriek was heard, instantly followed by a burst of maniacal laughter. A clanking of chains, then a deep, smothered booming like heavy thunder roared out and the old building began to shake violently. The detectives were startled, and stared around in a vain effort to locate the spot from whence these appalling sounds came. A strange bluish flame now began to rise in a corner, and huge cloucls of smoke spread through the room. , A peculiar odor began to fill the air. When the detectives inhaled it, their brains swam, and they could feel their senses of sight, hearing and taste leav ing them. Old King Brady glared at the blue-green fire and sud dently caught view of the spectral figure he had before seen, passing behind the flame and smoke, swingi:ag a brazier. "The ghost!" he gasped, pointing at it. "Let us get out of here," hoarsely murmured the boy. "I'm "What is this poison we are breathing?" "Heaven only knows what accursed tricks these fiends are playing on us, Old King Brady. There--he's gone now!" "Get to the door, quick, or I'll faint." They made a d@sperate attempt to get out, for their ears were ringing, everything was becoming dim and confused before their sight. They became so weak they reeled like drunken men. Some strange drug was filling their lungs and stealing their senses away with a :fiendish precision from which there was no escape. They staggered forward, blindly, a few paces, then fell. "Harry!" faintly cried the old detective, then he gasped, and lapsed into oblivion. The boy had more vitality, and turned to drag him out in the air. But the deadly fumes overwhemed him and he sudd e nl y pitched for":ard; and f e ll prone upon his face. CHAPER XII. THE BRADYS MAKE A FEW DISQ_OfERIES. "Old King Brady! Old King Brady! Where are you?" This wild cry came from Harry. He was in the deepest of gloom. Where, he had not the faintest id.ea. But certainly not in the mill, where he lost his senses. That was evident enough. The boy had no idel). how long he had been senseless, either. A splitting headache racked his brain, and he felt deat sick from the nauseous fumes of the malignant drug he haled. The boy found himself lying on a board floor. He could feel this much. Sitting up, he tried to think. All the past events returned to his mind. Then he got upon his feet, and listening, heavy breathipg coming from somewhere out of that aw darkness. A peculiar rippling sound all around reached his ear the noise of rushing water, that seemed to soothe his nerv "Where am I? How did I get here?" He asked himself these questions a dozen times. The same unseen agency that transported him and partner to High Bridge must have disposed of them ag Now, however, he was at a loss to locate himself. The boy rapidly recovered his strength. The dizziness left him, the sick feeling departed, a he breathed easier. He extended his hands and carefully stepped ahead u he encountered a wall-a board wall, he felt, and then followed it. By so doing, he found he was in a small square comp ment, the board ceiling of which he could touch with fingers, by jumping up. The heavy breathing he heard ceased. A noise as of somebody moving, followed by a groan, then the boy knew he was not alone in the gloomy pla ''Harry!" gasped the well-known voice of his partn "It's Old King Brady!" he muttered delightedly, t he cried : "Here Here "Are you here, too?" "I fear we are prisoners?" "Come over here.' Haven't you got' a light?" "No. Not even a match." Guided by the detective's voice, Young King Br quickly reached his partner, whom he found sitting on floor. They talked about their strange situation. Like the boy, Old King Brady gradually recoyered fr the effect of the drugging he had undergone, and got "My lantern is gone, too!" he said, regretfully. "I can't feel a door or window here," remarked the ''yet there must have been some sort of opening for th f ellows, whoever they are, to put us through into this tom The old detective searched his pockets. His efforts were rewarded by :finding a soli,tary match he said: "I've got one lucifer, and when I light it, use your eyes e very advanta g e for we may not see again where we a "I'm ready," was the eager response. Old King Brady u sed the greatest care in lighting and the tiny flame showed them that they were in a h bo;ic of some sort. Through the crevices between the boards large quanti of charcoal-dust and saw-dust had fallen into the ro


THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. 21 ) large quantity of straw littered the floor in places. saw the opening by which they entered. proved to be a small door, up near the ceiling at one f the place, and it was tightly closed. ere was no ladder to reach it. e match burned itself out rapidly and left the pair e dense gloom again. ell," muttered the old detective, with a sigh of re" there is some satisfaction in knowing where we are, ay. wonder if we can open that door to get out of here?" asked. We might try it. I can stand against the wall and you b up on my shoulders. You can then reach it easily h." It's the only way." hey strode over to the wall. ut before they had an opportunity of trying the experit, they were startled by hearing the murmur of voices. came from the other side of the partition. in stant later a short, narrow blade of light streaked ugh a crack in the wall and Old King Brady hissed ngly: ush !" e seized Harry's wrist and drew him toward the wall. eep through!" he softly whispered. nding over, they applied eyes to the crevice ugh which the shaft of light was piercing, and saw a ling sight. n the other side of the partition was a room exactly the one they were in, excepting that it was fitted up n odd manner. one corner a small gasoline engine was running a mo, which lit the place up brilliantly with electric ere was a slanted marble-top table in the middle of the upon which lay the naked body of a man, upon hi:; e was breathing, but unconscious. hove him was a powerful electric light, with a re ar which shed an effulgent glow down upon the rent man. anding over this person was the mad doctor. e held a keen dissecting knife in his hand, and was ing the man's body upon the breast to locate thr:: spot where he intended to cut into the living flesh! made the watching detectives shudder with horror, for now realized that the old varn.Pire was what they ted. ok at the fiend!" whispered the old detective. "Our cions were correct. He has got a drugged victim in and he intends to open his body to examine the mysof the poor fellow's internal organs." e must not let the old ghoul do it, Old King Brady!" ted the boy, excitedly. "It is barbarous--cruel-in !" ow in thunder are we going to stop him, I'd like to r" "Theremust be a means-we must find a way!" "Wait! What's that ?J' There came a bang at the door behind the doctor and he uttered a smothered oath, :flung a sheet over his victim, put the scalpel in his pocket and turning toward the door, he demanded, harshly : "Who's there?" "Bill,'' came the gruff reply. "What do you want?" "I must come in, doctor, at once, too." ",Anything gone wrong?" "Yes. Hurry and open the door." A look of alarm flitted over the doctor's features, and he pushed back a bolt, and a short, thick-set man in rough clothing strode in. The moment Harry saw him he muttered: "He's one of the river pirates!" "Ah! Then the doctor must belong to that gang?" "So it seems." "Listen!" The man called 'Bill' was speaking. "There's a lot of people searching for the girl. A party of them is up in t4e old mill now, doctor. Some one said they saw her with you in a boat coming over the river to the mill." "Then her people are alarmed because she didn't go home last night, and are hunting for her, eh?" chuckled the doctor, greatly amused. "Sure. That must be it." "Well, they won't find her in the mill," said the doctor. 'But if they know of the existence of these buried ice houses under the mill, they may take it into their head::; to come down here and search." "Yery true, sir." "That, we mustn t allow. I lured the girl here on the pretext of showing her her father here," said the doctor, pointing at the body on the dissecting table. "But sh didn't see him, and I've got her a bound prisoner in the other room. There she's going to stay, too, until she con sents to marry me." "Can't we those fools away?" "You and the boys might try. But you'll find it difficult to flash up any fire from this dynamo through the wires to the hidden induction coils in the mill over our heads, in broad daylight. And I don't believe the kineto scope will throw a good image of a ghost through the con cealed tubes in the woodwork, upon the spray of steam and smoke we throw up from the gasoline engine at night. But you might give them a few yells, rattle the chains, and let those cannon balls fall on the boards, to produc e thunder, if you like. The sounds will be carried up the tub e s and magnified as usual by the megaphone." "Shall we work the automatic door-closer when they get inside the mill and turn the electric current into the win dow frames?" "You can if you. like. It may drive thel]l away." "Then you'd better come and help us as we can't very well work it alone. What are you doing with the prisoner?"


22 THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. The doctor chuckled and glanced at the man on the table. Bending nearer to Bill, he pulled out his and hissed: "I'm going to havE) a look at the ventricles of his heart pumping the blood through his system, before the day is over." r ,. l<>-CHAPTER XIII. -"'. MAKING A BREAK FOR LIBERTY .. ....... "See if you can reach the door, up there, by standi my shoulders." He placed himself against the wall under the door. Locking hi s fing e rs together, he made a step for th and Harry w ent up, and r e a c hing the door, pushed a -As it was not furnished with a lock, to his surpris delight it opened. He got astride of the sill and' reached down his han "Come !" he whispered Old King Brady grasped his hand and pulled himse In a moment more they were in the dissecting-roo darted over the door leading into the adjoining co ment. The Bradys were very much astonished at what they It was a big room, fitted up with furniture and c l e arned, and observing the mad doctor leaving the next uten s ils for living, a stove for cooking, closets for l,i room with Bill, they straightened up, and Old King Brady food, casks filled with fresh water, and bunks for sle muttered: purposes. "Did you hear that?" The further end was filled with a miscellaneous "Every word of it," said Harry. ment of tliings the river thiev e s had stolen during the "Then we. are down iR an old abandoned ice storage, of their depredations. under the marsh." Electric lights illuminated the room. "That's what the doctor said. It's under the mill, too." Lying in one of the bunks, bound and gagged, was "And all that ghostly seance was a humbug, worked by Curti s and s he was watching the detectives eagerly. m e chanical means from this place, to give the impression They saw her. that the mill is haunted." Moving into the room, they saw that the gang had "It's no more than I suspected, but I could not see how Among the many inte resting articles lying abo those sly villains operated their tricks. Now we know that place, nothing attracted the attention of the detecti wires and tubes run up from this place through the wood-much a s a number of pistol s and rifles abandoned work to. the mill above." thieves. "But why au such pains to scare people away from here?" The y ha s tily armed themseive s saw that the rev "Simply because those river thieves must make this place wer e load ed, and Harry picked up a kni t e and freed th their den. Th.e doctor is one of them. He uses this hiding A s s h e sprang to her feet, s h e wept for joy, and place to carry on his horrible mania for vivisection. It's "Oh, thank h eave n for this !" all plain enough now. When Archie Curtis was lost in Don't rave!" cried Harry sternly. "Where are New York, he mu s t have fallen into Hopper's power. The two m en?" mad doctor select e d him as a victim to rob and carve up. "Gone up that flight of stairs," she answered, poi Hopper evidently had the farmer conveyed here and kept at a narrow staircas e at the end of the room. "It le him a prisoner till the time was ripe to cut him up. He a loft above whe re they work their tricks to fright was just going to begin, no doubt, when he was interrupted. people away from here." If Curtis ain't rescued now, he's a dead man.'> "How do the y g e t in and out of here?" "If we can get in there we may turn the trick.' "By two entr a nces. One i s a trap under the mill. "Are you armed?" covered with mud, held in place by a wire mesh so that "No. Our enemies disarmed me." the trap i s close d no one can di s tinguish it from the "And they've got my pistol, too. of the marshy ground. I entered that way." "It will be a hard job to fight a whole gang of desperate "And the other?" thieves with nothing but our fists to pit against their fire"It's a tunnel leading to the dry ground, and en arms." cave among some "We've got to make the best of a bad condition," said "How do you reach the exits?" Harry, determinedly. "If we don't make a break for "The trap is above in the roof of the loft. The liberty, that old demon may either cut us up alive, or kill water-tight to keep out the rising tide water. The u s with one of the powerful drugs with which he overcame is reached by means of that door you see at the end us last night." room." "I'm ready for a.ny kind of a risk, Harry." "Hark! What's that?" "The next time those ruffians stupefy us they won't From above there came a fearful sound'. carry us to Harlem Bridge and leave us .there, or carry us Several men were uttering cries down in this den and lllake prisoners of us. They're more laughter, the imitation thunder was booming and the liable to give us a dose won't recover from." ping a1ld flashing of the co_mmutators on the dyna -<


TIIE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. 23 ther room plainly told that they were making and 'ng the current. orking on the fears of the searching party," s aid Old Brady. ome friends must have seen the doctor bringing me ,"commented Daisy. "I thought you two were coming t after me or I would not have with the doctor. I safe till he got me down in the mill and chloroform e d I recollect him taking m e down through the trap I tioned. When I came to I found they'd captured you by burning a stupefying drug of the doctor's invention e mill to overcome you. And when the y put you in a n in the end compartment I gave up all hope." t's get out of here!" said Harry restle s sly. '11 show you the way into the tunnel," gasped tho o ahead, and I'll carry out the man in the other room," the old detective, and Harry and the girl proceeded. caching the door, they found it looked and the key ing. eir escape w,as cut off. inting at an ax lying on the floor, Harry exclaimed: '11 smash it open with that." st then Old King Brady had gone into the next room found that Mr. Curtis had recovered from the ether which he bad been stup e fied. 1 was off the table when the dete c tive found him. eking up the half-dazed man's clothes the detectiv e ed them to him and said quickly : ut on these things-we we here to save you, and mus t e farmer seemed to grasp his meaning and began to hey are going to kill m e," he kept muttering. st then Harry shouted warningly: ok out! They are coming down, Old King Brady !" e man Bill was in advance en he got down the steps he saw the prisoners all fre e e gave a yell of warning to his pals. rry dropped the ax. ing several of the gang rushing down, b e ack with yol\ !" he opened fire on them with his pistol. n the sharp reports rang out and two of the gang wounded in the legs, a furious clamor arose, and they a hasty retreat up the stairs again and vani s h e d from detectives could them swearing and raving. one of the gang was armed, and it rendered them to know that the prisoners not only were free, but ion of the den. rushed over to the foot of the stairs to keep them the first man who comes down!" he shouted. was frantic with alarm. ed. up the ax. them back, Mr. Brady I" she ceried thrillingly," "and I'll smash open this door. We'll escape from here yet." And she showered blow after blow upon the woodwork with strength of desperation, and began to batter in the opening. A harsh, cruel laugh in the doctor's voice was heard coming from upstairs. Then he shouted in mpcking tones : "You fools. You ll never get out of there alive to convict us. You're doomed. I'll mgke you feel my power yet!.'' A few moments later there sounded a clanking, grinding a nd hissing noise, and the old detective suddenly shouted: "Run, Mr. Curtis, for heaven's sake---eome !" "What is it?" feebly gasped the man. "See, they are opening a shutter in the wall. The river water is pouring in. The place will be flooded. We'll drown like rats in a trap." Above, the villains were turning a lever. It opened a gate in the side of the old submerged ice house. In through the fast widening aperture a vast volume of water was gushing into the main room, flooding the floor. Old King Brady and his companions ran. The girl was plying the ax madly--,.-furiously upon the obstinate door to burst open their only avenue of escape. Up rose the water swiftly as the flying ax thundered against the door and crash e d through the panels. Harry rushed to t he brave girl s aid. 1 CHAPTER XIV. A CLOSE CALL. Crash! The door went down. Already the water was knee deep. But the avenue of escape was open. Harry seized the girl's hand, and rushed into the tunnel with her. Behind them came Old King Brady, struggling valiantly to keep the half-stupefied Mr. Curtis upon his feet and moving ahead. The poor fellow was in no condition for such exertion. As he neared the exit, he gasped faintly: "I can't go any further. Leave me. Save your s elf." "By thunder, I'll do nothing of the kind!" roared the old deective. "You may perish!'' "I'll save you or know the reason why!" He was a powerful man, and he grasped the half-fainting farmer, swung him up over his shoulder and rushed into the tunnel. The water was roaring furiously. Higher and higher it rose every moment. But luckily for the fugitives the bed of the pas s age grad-


THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. ually sloped upward, and the further they advanced, the higher up out of the water they got. It was as black as ink in the tunnel. They bumped against tqe sides, but paid no heed to their bruises. On, on they plunged for a distance of several hundred y ards ere they finally emerged in the cavern Daisy had m e ntion ed. There they paused for breath. They. were above the river level and out of all danger now of being drowned by the brin e so rapidly flooding the old ice-houses. A deep silence ensued, only broken by their stentorious breathing, and through the cavern entrance they could see the glorious light of day streaming in. Harry was the first to recover, and he said to the girl: "Did you notice who we have with us?" "No-I--" she began, when her father caught view of her. "Oh, Dai sy-my child!" he cried, opening wide his arms. "Papa! Oh-papa! Is it really you I see?" she fairly screamed, and rushing toward him, she was clasped, sobbing, in his arms. The Bradys drew aside. Neither of them liked such affecting scenes. "Well, we've beaten them, anyhow, Harry," remarked the old detective in pleased tones, as he to 2 k a chew of tobacco. "That infernal old doctor thought he had us in a trap. But all he succeeded in doing was to ruin his hiding place, and render his pals homeless and penniless." "I suppose the gang got out through the trap door, before the flood got up to them," suggested the boy. "We might head them off by running over to the mill." Come ahead, then Out 'they dashed, and leaving the rocks behind they found they were on the country road behind the old mill. But there they paused. It was useless to go further. They saw two boats filled with six men, among whom was the old doctor, rapidly pulling across the river. "Escaped us!" Harry commented. "It's useless to think of following them, my boy." "Perfectly," agreed Harry in disgust. "They see us Hear them yell See them shaking their fists at us." "It's a bitter pill for thei to swallow. Cheated out of their supposed revenge upon us, they must feel sore, in deed." Old King Brady laughed. "Serves 'em right!" he remarked. "They're baffled. Next, they'll get caught." Just then Mr. Curtis and his happy little daughter emerged from the cavern, and joined the detectives. The farmer's face was radiant, and he warmly shook hands with the detectives, and said in earnest tones: "It's useless for me to thank you gentlemen. Words fail to express my real feelings. But I owe you a debt I'll never forget." "How did you fall into that old vampire's clutches, how?" asked Harry. "Quite naturally," replied Mr. Curtis. "I was Mr. Vance at the doctor's house, and went g money to bet on the races. Daisy tells me that Isaa g per denied that I went there, but he is a liar. I had n in his house five minutes before he had me drugged. a less, I was taken during the night to the den of th 0 thieves and kept prisoner. When the doctor saw night he told me he was going to use me as a subjec which to practice for medical purposes. I didn't kno he designed to do, but I do know that he drugged ether. That's the last thing I recollect up to the recovered and found myself stripped and lying u dissecting table." "Do you know what he intended to do?" asked H "No. Do you?" "Bare your heart and examine it." Mr. Curtis shuddE\red, and demanded: "What prevented him from carrying out his pur "An interruption. Your help searching for daughter. They were in the mill. The gang went t them away. That gave us a chance to escape and rest." "I'll have no mercy on that doctor if I ever get him bar of justice," exclaimed Mr. Curtis passionately. After some further conversation he and Daisy with the two detectives and went to their home. The Bradys saw one of their boats down at the floa getting aboard, they rowed back to the creek, return s]s:iff and went back to New ork. "we've disposed of one phase of this case so far, covering Mr. Curtis," remarked Old King Brady. we've been instrumental in driving the gang from safest retreat. We've found out that the doctor l of the gang, and we've saved Daisy from his clutches, "Best of all," added Harry reflectively, "we 've ourselves. It's my impression that had we rem Hopper's power long enough he would have made us of his infernal surgical operation, too." Old King Brady started. He never took this view of the case before. But he felt quite well convinced that liis young p was correct. "I believe, if we capture him, that we shall learn about what became of the diamonds stolen from the McCoy," he remarked. "Did you notice Mr. V either of the boats?" "No. Not a man looking like the Arch Fiend." "What could have become of that murderer?" "He may be hiding." "Well, I recognized most of Hopp er's companions are all known river thieves. As I know their ha the city, I don't believe we shall have much diffi putting our hands on them." "The quicker we break up that gang the better." "Certainly. And we'll do so this week." "Once we relieve the doctor of his pals, he will


THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. ght for him, and that will make it all the easier for ntend with him." detectives went home. ey were thoroughly tired with all they had gone gh, and did not attempt to do anything until the fol g day. ndoning their disguises they proceeded to the doctor's and Samson answered their ring at the bell. octor home?" Ain t seed him in two days," replied the y. aven't you heard from him either?" ot a word, sah." bject to us searching the house?" o, sah." e detectives did not doubt the gigantic negro, but wanted to be perfectly sure that Hopper was really en this fact was establi s hed Harry said to the coon : e are going to r e main h e re till he comes home." ut he mayn t r eturn fo' a week, boss." hat makes no difference. We are bound to arrest olly Den I'se gwineter lose ma job." suppose you will, Samson, but we'll get you another." s assurance relieved the black and he grinned, and at's different." detectives thereupon took possession of the house, arry watched it by day and his partner by night. nearly two weeks nothing was see n of the doctor ring his en e mie s might look for him at his resid e nce keeping safely under cover. it b eca)lle neces s ary for Hopper to know what was on at the hou se, and he sent one of hi s fri e nds to on the negro. en Samson admitted the man, early in the morning, was hidden inside the front parlor wh e re he could r every word they uttered. son let the man into the hall and asked him : a' you want, s ah ?" e doctor sent me here to speak to you," replied the CHAPTER XV. PUMPING A PRISONER. 'ng that the stranger wus a messenger from Dr. the big negro said : ae doctor sen' yo' heah, hey?" replied the man, nodding. "I'm Bill." 't say dat I know yo', Bill." Never hear Hopper speak of me?" I didn't. Wha' yo' want, anyway?" "Well, Doctor Hopper can't come here himself just now." "Why not?" "The police are after him." "He done been doin' crooked work, honey?" "Nothing very wicked. Any officers been here asking for him?" "Ain't seen none." "Have any been watching the house?" "Kain't say. Might, but bless you' heart, I ain't seed em." "What have you got to report to the doctor?" "N uffin'." "Why?" '"Kase nuffin' happen, ob co' se." "Haven't any customers or patients been here?" "Lots. But I done tole dem dat de doctor won't be ba c k fo' free weeks." "Any mail for him?" "Nary a letter." "How is everything going on?" "Same's usual." Bill looked disgusted for he did not seem to pump much useful information out of the big coon, and h e s a i d restlessly: -"Say, ain't you got any word to send him?" "No, sah." "Sure?" "Good Law, wha' yo' want me ter say?" Just then, Harry sung out in the parlor: "Samson, sen_d the gentlem e n in her e I hav e some thing to tell him." "Who is that?" ask e d Bill, with a surprised look. "My helper," g libl y an s wered the darkey. "Go on in dar." "The doctor said y ou w e r e alon e." "Suttinly-alone in c are ob d e h o use." Bill strode ove r to the parlor door and a s h e c rossed the t hreshold the young d e tective cau ght him b y the thro at and pushed a pi s tol a g ain s t his for e head, cr y in g ste rnl y : "Hands up, old man!" The river thi e f gave a cry of alarm. He would have retreat e d had not that restrainin g h and held him by the windpipe, and he gurgled hoarsel y : "For pity's s ak e d o n t s hoot m e." "Obey then, for I'll btook no tr:fling, sir." Up ros e Bill s trembling hands ove r hi s head, and a s hi s eyes became accustom e d to the / gloom h e saw wh o his c a ptor was. The man's h eart sank. He reco g niz e d the b oy. "Young King Brady!" h e falt e r ed. "That's me, Bill, and I guess I've got you fa s t enough." "Are you going to :fire?" "Not unless you show any treac h e ry "I won't." "Keep quiet now, till I disarm you." The man dared not move, and Harry took a big pi s tol I . .


' 26 THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. out of his hip pocket and drew out his hand-cuffs, saying: "Now hold out your wrists for the nippers." Bill obeyed with ill grace. He had been in prison sev'eral times, and as a matter of fact he would have prderred getting shot to going back there. But he had no choice except to obey. When Harry had him safe, li'e demanded of the man : "Did you come here alone?" "Yes," growled the thief. "Where did you leave your captain?" "I shan't tell "Don't be obsti.Ilate. Confess and it will go easier with you." "I'm not giving my pals away." "Very well. I'll charge you with the murder an d robbery of Captain Rackstraw. We've got to have a scape goi't of some kind to appease the public wrath, and as we can't get our hands on your satanic leader, why, we'll have to make you sweat for ,the deed." Bill thought the matter over and got frightened. He had no desire to suffer for another man's sins. The danger threateping him made him weaken, and he exclaimed: "What do you want to do that for?" "Merely a matter 6f professional business," replied Haxry coolly, as he eyed his man. "You must recollect that I've got a reputation to make and I can only expect promotion for making arrests of noted criminals. I can make you out to be one, and the newspapers will all be talking about the important arrest I've made. That will give me notoriety, at your expense." "But T didn't kill the man," protested Bill, beginning to swe ar. "No. Of course not. But you was with your leader when he did the job, and that will go against you, old chap. See ? Bill's alarm increased. He knew Harry could make out a very dangerous case against him which might lead to his conviction. See here he gasped nervous] y, "I ain't going to run my neck in the halter for any man. I'm no easy mark, I can tell you." "I don't see how you can help. yourself," cooly replied Harry. "You are my victim. I'm going to make a big name for myself out of you. The courts will take my word in preference to yours. That settles your hash." "The deuce it does!" roared Bill, who was now thor oughly frightened. -"I'm going to give the whole snap away, and save my own life." "It woh't. do you any good." "Why won't it? .&re you determined to hammer me?" "No. But I'm going to hang onto you unless I can catch your captain who really did the dirty work," said the boy quietly : "Well, I'll tell you where to find him." ( "If you do, I'll see if I can nab the villain. Your depends upon his capture. Do you realize that fact?" : "Yes. And, by thunder, I'll see that you do catch h; too." "Have you got a new den ?" "No. The gang is scattered. But they meet a fe utes every night in London B ob's shanghai roost on near Dover street, to talk over tlieir plans, and where they're going to-nigi!t at ten." "Do you know where they live?" "No. But I'll tell you this, young fellow: If yo them at Bob's you'll find them at twelve to-night fleet of fishing smacks over in the Erie basin, robbi cotton boat Blue Bird from GalVeston. It's going big haul, too, I can tell you." Harry nodded, and smiled Then he said: "I'll have a try for them. And now, if you'll heh shall go quietly to the nearest police station and I' you committed. If you are going to make a fuss I' up the wagon." .s. "Don't get the wagon. I'll go along quietly." "Very well. Come along." And they left the house and walked quietly street. Harry.then asked his prisoner: "Where did you see the doctor l&st ?" "On the Bowery to-day;" replied Bill. "Was that where he asked you to come here for "Yes. As soon as he :finished speaking he left me. B "To go where?" l "I don't know." "Then how were you going to report to him?" "At London Bob's to-night." "Oh-I see." Th) t Y. They soon reached the station-hou se, and Bill was le jail. Harry then went home and met his partner to tn he told what occurred. f Old King Brady was radiant with joy. "You've struck the keynote to the situation!" he "We must go to the rendezvous to-night, Old s Brady." "Of course. And we'll have them cornered." t "Going to get any help? "No. We can manage this job alone." Harry remained at home all day and toward n he and his partner made preparations for their tri sailor slums. They disguised themselves in the natty costumes o of naval officers, and put on false wigs and whiskers their identity. Cosmetics changed the expression of their f thrusting pistols in their pockets, they :finally sall It was a storm-threatening night, and they has their way down to the neighborhood of the Bridge y age, and quickly found the ill-savored saloon run !" don Bob. aa


THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. 27 :as the clocks were striking ten, they entered the CHAPTER XVI. EXPOSING THE DOCTOR. don Bob's place was a cheap boarding house for sail th a dingy little groggery underneath, dimly lit, foul and filled with men. t of them were sailors and longshoremen. early all were smoking rank cigars and ranker pipes, was redolent of rum and tobacco to a sickening men at the tables and bar glanced casually at the med detectives and took them for a couple of naval King Brady gave no heed to anyone. lling up to the bar, he said to Harry: ave ahead thar, yer leetle lubber, an' git yer booze." r' bless yer," Harry replied gruffly, "I've been a ther main brace till I'm three sheets in ther wind essmate, an' blow me if I kin stow away much a thimbleful o' ther blamed grog." u be hanged fer a third-rate hoister," chuckled Old rady. "I have shipped a cargo so big as I'm nigh Hasted. Yet, blow me if thar's a riffle in my sails 'ch shows as you're a tank!" retorted Harry. '!Least thar ain't a mother's son present as could stan' up ou fer boostin'. Gimme some Santy Cruz rum, an' chuck a dash o' bitters in it." he boy spoke he cast a careless glance over the habithe place, and suddenly caught view of a face over mer that sent a sudden thrill through his nerves. as the doctor at alone at a table, with an old plug hat on his head, e collar of his coat turned up, tliere was an old clay tween !iis teeth, and a good five fingers of whiskey he glass in fron of him. as eyeing the Bradys narrowly. n Harry observed this, he strode over to the old ras pointing a finger at him, he said rather huskily: y, ole stick-in-the-mud, have a ball?" wn of annoyance crossed the doctor's face and he at his white beard, glared at the boy rather angrily, torted : n't get so familiar with strangers, sonny." 'nder high-toned, ain't yer, ole rattle-bones?" sneered aggravatingly. doctor's temper arose. yl" he exclaimed. "Don't you dare talk like that I" tai, blast my buttons if ther. ole scarcrow ain't gettin' "You shut up, and get away from here. I didn't ask you to speak to me." "Oh, stow ther jawin' tackle, yer ole lobster; wot's bitin' yer ?" "I'll give you a crack in the jaw, if you don't leave me alone." Harry roared with laughter. Pointing derisively at the doctor, he cried boisterously: "I don't reckon, yer yaller faced fossil!" Up jumped the doctor, boiling with rage and shaking his fist "Are you going to stop your insulting remarks?" he demanded sternly. "Not while thars no one else ter guy. Say-how much fer ther loose chewin' ?" said Harry, and he suddenly grabbed the doctor by the whiskers. Hopper bellowed like an infuriated bull. Springing forward he aimed a blow at Harry with his shouting : "Now take that for your impudence!" But Harry saw the blow coming and dodged back. He aid not relinquish his grip on the doctor's whiskers with his le.ft hand, but he swung around the and knocked the old fellow's plug hat off. Then a singular thing happened. The doctor's white hair and whiskers parted from his head. As they remained in Harry's hand, he saw that they were false. "He's disguised flashed through the boy's mind. Then he shot a glance at the doctor. Such a wonderful change he saw in Hopper's features that he could not suppress a cry of astonishment. Instead of the kindly features of the doctor, he saw before him the diabolical face of Captain Rackstraw's mur derer. There was the long nose, hatchet face, deep, sunken eyes, mustache and imperial of the sardonic individual who caused all the trouble. The wig and false beard had hidden them. In a word, Doctor Hopper and Mr. Vance, t)'i.e river pirate, were one and the same person, living under two characters Old King Brady saw the expose. He ripped out a violent exclamation, and sprang forward muttering: "He's a fraud-a two-faced villain!" Harry quickly recovered from his astonishment and shouted: "Look at that face!" The doctor recoiled, very much startled. "Blast you!" he yelled madly, "what do you mean by doing Harry laughed and flung the false hair on the floor. "You're a nice old humbug!" be exclaimed "Don't you know me?" As he spoke, he swiftly drew off his own dieguise.


28 THE BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. The doctor turned pale as he recognized the boy, and re coiled gasping : "It's Young King Brady!" "Arul you," cried the boy, "are Jim Rackstraw's mur derer. You are the villain who stole that metal box in your possession. Now I understand why you affiliated with the river thieves at the old mill on the marsh. And Isaac Hop per, you have run your course. Surrender!" He aimed his pistol at the cowering wretch. The doctor was crouching back against the wall, every nerve in his face convulsively twitching, his long finger;; working with a nervous movement; and his face drawn and set. A wild light beamed in his deep-set eyes, and his long yellow teeth were bared, while from his parted lips hi.; breath came and went stentoriously. The man was in an awful condition He realized that he was thoroughly exposed-that his crime was fixed upon him, and that his life was in danger. Prison, and then the execution chair, stared him in the face. "I curse you," he hissed furiously and bitterly. "You've found me out. But you haven't got me behind the bars yet." "An easy matter!" exclaimed Harry. "Nol A difficult matter for you!" "If you resist arres_t I'll have to kill you." A low, maniacal chuckle escaped the old rascal's lips, for his restless glance had fallen upon the five of his pals. They were silently looking on and drawing nearer the pair, with their hands clutching the hilts of their concealed weapons. In these men Hopper saw his salvation. All his panic fled. He gave a signal whistle. Everyone of the gang rushed forward. But Old King Brady had been watching the proceedings, too, and at one bound he was by his partner's side. His pistol came from his pocket. -As his cold glance fell upori. the doctor's pals, and the weapon at the crowd, they heard him say: "Just stop where you are!" Instinctively they recognized his identity. With a feeling of dread they paused and one of them gasped: "He must be Old King Brady." The rest whispered. Capture was them, and only a bold dash could save the gang. To protect himself the doctor cried : Fight them back "Advance a step and you'll get shot!" determinedly cried the old detective. But they w ere in. nomood to parley. As a man they dashed at the two detectives. Bang! Bang! Each pistol was discharged. A man fell for each bullet and lay writh' floor, but the rest kept on, and the Bradys we savagely. A huge stone cuspidor struck Old King Bra back of the head, and with a groan he sank sense floor. "Harry he groaned. But he could say no more. The boy was attacked by four men. First they knocked the pistol out of his hand. Then while two of them held him, the other p and punched him and would have given him beating had not the sailors in the barroom recove their surprise and rushed toward them. Seeing their danger the tlodor : elled: .Run!" Releasing Harry, they dashed out the door. Young King Brady saw that his partner wa knocked senseless, and therefore did .not worry abo He picked up his revolver. Dashing out the door in pursuit of the gang, he sailors to revive Old King Brady and secure wounded men. In the street the thieves had separated and were away in different directions. Singljng out the flying doctor, Harry rushed a and di scharged several shots from his revolver fugitive. CHAPTER XVII. RECOVERY OF THE DIAMONDS. Harry saw that the fugitive was heading down street toward the East River. The shots fired by failed to touch him, as the young detective had no c take accurate aim. A policeman dashed around the corner. "Hey! Stop that firing!" he yelled at the boy. "Stop that man!" shouted the boy. "What's the matter?" "I'm a detective." "Ah!" That was enough. Harry must have a good reason for fir ing, he ar The doctor reached the policeman, and the latte his club to hit the fugitive, when Hopper paused. In his hand was a pistol. Taking deliberate aim at the officer, he fired. It was a cowardly shot, sent without warning. The ball pierced the officer's body and he fell. Glancing back at Harry, the doctor turned h' toward the boy. Then he fired another shot. As the bullet came humming by his head, Y 01i Brady smiled grimly, and muttered softly:


THE BRADYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. 29 e's a pretty fair shot I I'll see if I can do better." took careful aim at the fugitive, pulled the trigger, wild howl of agony pealed from Hopper's lips. e ball had taken effect in his shoulder. are of the danger of remaining there any longer exg himself to the fire of the dead shot detective, Hop uddenly wheeled around, and started off on a run rry ran after him. reached a dock at the foot of the street and ran out it. r a few moments Harry was under the impression that ad the man badly cornered. t he soon learned his error. aching the string piece, the doctor glanced back at h_is uer, and then dove down into the dark river. ton the dock ran Harry. hen he reached the end, and peered over at the swift he failed to see any sign of the man, and muttered to self: I wonder if lie drowned himself?" e waited and watched for quart e r of an hour. t the end of that time he turned away, as absolutely ing was seen of the desperate man. arry was convinced that he had deliberately committed de. turning to London Bob's, he went in. d King Brady had recovered his senses, and was 'ng a big lump on the back of his head. f it wasn't for the wig I wore, my skull would have fractured," he was saying to one of the sailors. ere's your friend." arry glanced anxiously at his partner, then observed wo thieves lying side by side on the floor handcuffed to"You were lucky to escape with your lives," he assured them. "We wouldn't be in this fix, only for you," one of the pair grumbled. "Certainly not. Ten years in Sing Sing will be the verdict, I'm sure." The men shuddered, for criminals have a greater dread of prison than honest men, as they have had experience with such places. "Can we buy you off?" demanded one of them, anxiously. "Perhaps. But my price is very steep." "Let's have the figure, and we will see if we can meet it." "The diamonds Hopper stole from the Sally McCoy." "What! All of them?" "Every stone." "But they are worth half a million.)' "I don't care about the value." The man looked at his pal and hesitated. "Shall we do it, Dan?" he asked. "No!" growled the other, defiantly. "We've hooked them from Hopper, and he don't know it. We've got 'em safely hidden, and when we serve our time we can go and get 'em, an' live in luxury the re s t of our lives." "But by giving them up we go to jail." "The copper is bluffing you. Don't you b'lieve him, when he gets his paws on the st<:mes he'll run you in anyway." Old King Brady frowned at the speaker, and said severely: "You shut up! If you don't want to join your pal, you can't get him to go to prison with you." "That'.1> so,'' said the man who was yielding. "Are you honest?" "Strictly on the leyel. But of course I'll pull you in if I r. ever catch you doing any more crooked work, you under-see you are all right now, Old King Brady,'' said the stand." nly a bump on the head." nd the prisoners?" either seriously wounded. I've harnessed them to"That's agreeable. Pll confess." "Don't you do it!" yelled the other, furiously. "I shall. I'm going to look out for myself." "Take care then, when I get out. I'll have revenge." "Oh, I ain't afraid of you. Brady, _let me go." ell, the doctor jumped into the river and gave me The old detective detached him from his companion and lip. He may have swam, but there's a powerful tide asked: ing, which makes me think he may have been "Where have you hidden the gems?" ned." "Come with me, and I'll show you." hope not, for the executioner wants him badly for his "Harry, lock the other man up!" victim," said the old detective. "All right," replied the boy. "Where'll meet you in he of the gang went in different directions,'' conan hour?" d Young King Brady, "so itwas not possible to follow "Near the barge office, down at the Battery." The boy rang up a patrol wagon and went away with his f Hopper escaped from the river, we may find him at prisoner, and Old King Brady walked out with the other B'1sin two hours hence,'' said the old detective, sigman. ntly. The thief was suff.ering from a fles h wound through his hat do your prisoners know?" thigh, but it did not interfere much with his walking. haven't questioned them yet." He led the old detective to Doctor Hopper's house, ee what you can do with them:" and said : d King Brady approached the groaning pair, and they "The big nigger has gone. The doctor was here apd to swear at him roundly for having shot them. fired him out, locked up the place, and hid the diamonds in


30 TH'.E BRADYS AND THE MAD DOCTOR. a secret panel in the wall of his bedroom. My pal and I had followed him. We got in unseen, and saw what he did with the stones. When he went down to London Bob's, we took the package of diamonds from the little cupboard, carried them down the cellar, dug a hole in the floor and buried them under the coal. Hopper had a right to divide those gems with the gang, but we saw he was going to cheat us and keep them all for himself." "Why did he take them out of the iron-bound box?" "You see, when stole them, he carried the box to the mill, and emptied he diamonds into a paper so we'd think nothing was in the box. But I got on to him without him knowing it. Then he showed us the box was empty." "Did you see him take the box away to the city?" "Yes. He had a human heart in it." "Where did he get it?" "From the corpse of a drowned man he found in the Harlem River. He was bringing the relic home to examine and dissect it." "Oh," said Old King Brady with a nod. "I see." The thief had a duplicate key to the front door and they went into the dark and deserted house. Old King Brady carrying his lantern. Down in the cellar the thief dug up the package. Handing it to Old King Brady, he asked in anxious tones: "Can I go now?" "Yes." "Thank you."' And he hastily left the premises and vanished. Old King Brady examined the contents of the package and found they were the most elegant diamonds he had ever seen. There was very little likelihood of owner ever claiming them and running the risk of arrest and imprisonment for smuggling. The detective carried the parcel to Secret Service head quarters, and, leaving it there, he proceeded to the Bat. He not only found Harry there, but he discovered that Old King Brady met the captain of the river deck, and asked : Did Harry give you the particulars ? "Yes. We are posted. For a long time the cott Lave been getting robbed, and I'm glad you've fo about this case. It's a big attempt, and there's a ous, organized band doing the stealing. They've managed to get away from u s before. But if we mee to-night there will be no getting away unless they Heaven, or the other place." Old King Brady took a fresh chew of tobacco and "Are you men all armed?" he asked. "Thoroughly. And besides, we've got a five-mounted in the bow of this boat, which will blow the ing smacks to pieces if they make any attempt away." "Our raid ought to be very successful then." "If it isn't, we'll have no one to blame except oms The boat ran on, not a light showing on board. In due time it reached Erie Basin. The cotton steamer was just distinguished, and t captain cried: "Throw the light!" A tremendous gleam from a searchlight gushed It showed the officers three fishing smacks lying the big steamer, their sails set, r eady to fly "at the first ing of danger. A big port in the side of the steamer was open. Through this aperture a gang of masked men wer ing the big bales of cotton, and loading it on the sma As of the crew of the steamer were in th spiracy and had drugged the officers and few men mained aboard, there was no one to disturb the thie cept the police. That searchlight showed them their danger. A warning cry arose, and there was a wild scram the boats made by a score of men, for Doctor Hopper had been obliged to hire a great many helpers in th terprise. the boy had a patrol boat waiting for him, swarming "Go like fury, it's the police, boys!" with officers. This cry came from Hopp'r himself as he stood "We are bound to catch the cotton thieves now, if they are rdeck of neare_st boat, and Harry realized that ?e robbing the Blue Bird in Erie Basin," said the boy. drowned m the river, but had gone to carry out hist "You 0et," was Old King Brady's answer. design. And when they stepped aboard, the steamboat glided "Surrender!" yelled the police captain. out on the bay. "Never!" replied the doctor. i CHAPTER XVIII. OONCLUSION. The moon was hidden behind the clouds when the po lice boat glided over the dark watel'i with the armed cfficers aboard. "Charge on tliem !"the captain exclaimed. His boat had run alongside Hopper's craft, officers swarmed over on the deck of the fishing sma They were met by a volley of pistol shots, and som villains attempted to get away on the other two bo The searchlight kept their movements revealed and then the bow gun began to roar and hurl i against the escapi-ng boats, ribboning the sails, rip planking, and almost wrecking them. On deck the police and detectives were using th arms.


THE BRADYS AND MAD DOCTOR. 31 t after shot was fired and many on both si des fell ed. ling out the doctor, Old King Brady made a r u sh and they met with a crash, and a fearful struggle madman fought with terrible fury. had to go to his partner's assistance. aming, kicking, biting, and wildly striving oo shoot radys, the mad doctor was a terrible opponent. they finally knocked him down, and, his head strikdeck planking, he was rendered senseless and was ed. fight ended with his capture of the thieves were killed and several wounded. ng the former was the unlucky fellow who had given diamonds. E

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Containing full instructions for playing all the stand ard American and German games; together with rules and systems of sporting in use by the principal bowling clubs in the United States. By Bar. tbolomew Batterson. TRIC K S W ITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW .ro DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explanations of the general principles of sleight-of-band applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and nQt requiring l!'leight.of-band; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or. the. use of special'ly prepared ca,ds. By Professor Haffner. With illustra-tions. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il lustrations. By A. Anderson No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS. deceptive Oard Tricks as performed by leading conjurers and magicians. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. liOW TO DO TRICKS.-The grea t book of m card tricks, containing full instruction of all the leading ca of the day, also the most popular magical illusions as perfo our leading magicians ; every boy should ob(ain a copy of th as it will both amuse and instruct. No. 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seco explained by bis former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explain the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician 1 boy on. the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. T authentic explanation of second sight No 43. HOW TO BECOME A. MAGICIAN.-Contain grandest assortment of magical illusions ever placeq befo public. Also tricks with cards, fncantations, etc. No. 68. HO). TO DO CHEMICAL TRICKS.-Containia one hundred liighly amusing and instructive tricks with ches By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 6$1. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containi fifty of the !&test and best tricks used by magicians. Also ing _tbe secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. An No. 70. H0W TO MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containi directions for making Magic Toys and devices of many kind A. Anderson E'ully illustrated. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-SI many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. Ande1son. Fully illustrated. No 75 HOW TO BECOME A CONJURER.-Con tricks with Dominoes, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Eml thirty-six illustr.'.l.tions. By A. Anderson. No. 78. HOW TO DO '.rHE BLACK ART.-Contai-ning, plete description of the mystel'ies of Magic and Sleight of together with many wonderful c!xperiments. By A. Am Illustrated. l e MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Ever. should know bow inventions originated. This book explain all, giving examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, pneumatics, mechanics, etc., etc. The most instructive boo! lished No 56. HOW TO BECOME AN instructions bow to proceed in order to become a locomoti gineer; also directions for building a model locemotive; to with a full description of everything an e!';gineer should know No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRU::\1ENTS, directions bow to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, Aeolian Harp, phone and other musical instruments; together with a br' scription of nearly every musical instrument used in anci modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. for twenty years bandmastei of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Cont a description o; the lantern, together with its history and invt Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Hand1 illustrated, ';y J olm Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO l\IECHANICAL TRICKS.-Con complete instructions for performipg over sixty Mechanical By A. Anderson. illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A mos i;>lete little book, containing full directions for writing love and when to use them; also giving specimen letters for both and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES. complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all su also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEl\ Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all su also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE f,EJTTERS.-A wonderf book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody body you wish to write to. Every young man and ever lad:\' in the land should have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any also rules for punctuation and composition ; together with letters.


TEN CENT HAND BOOKS.-Contin u c d THE STAGE SOCIET Y . ',, o. 41 ',l'HE B O Y S OF NEW YOJ:tK END MEN'S JOKE No. 3 HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of flirtation arc, K.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the fully explained by this little book Besides the varlous methods ot famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without handkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation it conwonderful little book. tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, ;.,hich i t o 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP to everybody, both old and young You cannot be happJ taining a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch without one Irish. Also end m en's jokes. Just the thing for home amuseNo. 4 HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsome t and amateur shows. little book just issued by Frank 'l'ou eey It contains full instruc-o. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE tions in the art of dancing etiquette in the ball-room and at parties D JOKE BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Every how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular should obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for ordances. i zing an amateur minstrel troupe. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to love, o. 65. MULDOO.N'S is one the most original courtship and ma:riage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquette e books ever pubhshed, and 1t 1s brimful of wit and humor. It to be observed, with many cur10us and interesting things not gen tains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of erally known. rence :IIuldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad giving tht, ain a copy immediately. selections of colors, materialband how to ve them made up. W .ro BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing comNo. 18. HOW TO BE OME BEA IFUL.-One of the .how to up for various characters on the brightest most valuable little books ever given to the world. h the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful both male and roperty l\Ian. By a prominent Stage Manager. female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. 'Read this book H OUSEKEEPING. KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing constructing a window garden either in town most approved methods for raising beautiful 'he most complete book of the kind ever pub1 0 COOK.-One of the most instructive books plished. It contains recipes for cooking meats, 'l .,:ers; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of .I of recip es by one of our most popular [) KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for t is, men and women; it will teach you how to .\. 1ng around the house, such as parlor ornaments, .. eolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. t> MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de derful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; for making Electric Toys, Batteries, rebel, A 1\1., M. D. Containing over fifty ii-'.) l\IAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con pns for making electrical machines, induction "&TTT-B'l:''D. maul novel toys to be worked by electricity. 4 u.11& Fully illustrated i) DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a e and highly amusing electrical tricks, XC ations. By A. Anderson. With W ENTERTAINMENT lli A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry DI a, et given away. Every intelligent boy reading mos ions by a practical professor (delighting multi ith his wonderful imitations). can master the .lowing Jlllmount of fun for himself and friends. It is the r,_ublished, and there's millions (of fun) in it. 0 ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A book just published. A complete compendium HE PRINCE O :ard diversions, comic recreations, etc., suitable L UCK or Stfg-room ente1tainment. It contains more for the ' ok published. 0 PLAY GAl\IES.-A comp lete and useful little VICTORY ,lie and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, o r dommoes, etc. FO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all PLUCK; o r, B rums of the day, amusing riddles. curious catches 0 PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little BEST SHOT,. I les and full directions for _playing Euchre, CribRoun<'e, Pedro Sanc ho. Draw Poker, Fours, and many other popular games of cards. 0 DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun T DEVIL CR'Euzzles and conundrums with kev to same. A l olly illustrated. By A and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIHDS.-Handsomely illustrated, and 1containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, mocking-bird, bobolink, blackbird paroquet, parrot; etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book Handsomely illustrat ed. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hintD on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirre l s and birds Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By. J. Harrington Keene No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANL\IALS.-A valuable book, giving instructions in co llecting, preparing, mountin1 and preserving birds, animals and insects. No .. 54. TO KEEP ..lND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plet!l as to the m.anner an.d method of raising, keeping, tammg, breedmg, and managmg all kmds of pets; also giving full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIEN'l'IST.-A useful and in structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also ex periments in acoustics, m echanics mathematics, chemistry, and di rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons This book cannot be equaled. No 14. HOW TO l\IAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book for making all kinds of candy, ice-cream, syrups, essences, etc., etc. No. 15. _E!:OW TO BEC0:\1E RICH.-This wonderful book pre sents you with the example and life experience of some of the most noted and wealthy men in the world, including the self-made men of our country. The book is edited by one of the most successfu l men of the present age whose own example is in itself guide enough for those who aspire to fame and money. The book will give you the secret. No. 19. FRANK TOl'.SEY'S UNITED STATES DISTANCE TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Giving the official distances on all the railroads of the United States and Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports. hac k fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc., etc., makin it one of the most complete and handy books published. No. 38. HOW TO BECOi\IE YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won derful book. containing u seful and practical information in th treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to ever1 family Abounding in useful and effective recipe s for general com -plaints. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END l\IEN'S JOK!i BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jok e s used by the most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete withoud this wonderful little book No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arrangin1 of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. URPRISE; or, ETIQUTTE. No. 58. HOW TO BID A DETECTI.YE.-By Old King B ra.d;,, ro DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It the world-known detective In which he lays down some valuablt and one that every young man desires to know and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventur or, S119 happiness in it. and experiences of well-known detectives. TO BEHAVE.-Containing the rules and No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contaln 1ociety and the easiest and most approved methods ing useful information regarding the Camerd and how to work it; THE DETfd advantage at parties, balls the theatre, church, also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other 1g-room T r ansparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W. 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Owls. i Case Number Ten; or, The Bradys and the Private Asylum l 'raud. 54 '.l'h e Bradys and the Missing Boy; or, The l\Iystery of School No. 6. S The Bl'adys' Silent Search ; or, Tracking the Deaf and Dumb Gang. 55 The Bradys Behiud the Scenes; o r The Great Theatrical Case. 9 The Maniac Doctor; or, Old and Young King l'eril. 56 The Bradys and the Opium Dens; or, '!'rapping the Crooks 10 Held at Bay; or, The Bradys on a Baffling Case. Chinatown. 11 Miss Mystery, the Girl from Chicago; or, Old and Young King 57 The Bradys Down East; or, The Mystery of a Country Town: Brady on a Dark Trail. 12 The Bradys' D ee p Game; or, Chasing the Society C r ooks. 58 Wor&ln g for the Treasury: or, 'l'h e Bradys and the Bank Burglars Hop L ee, the Chinese Slave Dealer; or, Old and Young King Brady r.9 The Ilradys' Clew; or, A Game for Gold. . and the Opium 60 Shadowing the Sharpers; or, The Bradys' $10,000 Deal: 14 The Ilradys In the Dark; or, 'l'he Hardest Case of All. 61 'l'he Bradys and the F'irebug; or, In the Flames. 15 The Queen of Diamonds; or, The Two King Bradys Treasure Case. 6:! The Bradys in 'l'exas; or, The Great Ranch Mystery. 16 'l' h e Bradys 00 Top; or, The Great River Mystery. 63 'l'he Brauys o n the Ocean: or, The Mystery of Stateroom N 7. 1i 'J'he lllissine: Engineer; or, Old and Young King Brady and the 64 Th<> Bradys and the Office Boy ; or, Working Up a Business Case. Lightnln;: Exptess. 65 The Bradys in the Backwoods; or, The Mystery of the Hnnt 18 The nradys Fight For a Life; or, A Mystery Hard to Solve. Camp. , l 9 'l'he Bradys' Best case; or, 'l'racklng tlie River Pirates. 66 Ching F'oo, tlle Yellow Dwarf; or, The Bradys and the vpl 20 The Foot In the U'rog; or, Old and Young King Brady and the Smokers. :Mystery of the Owl Train. 67 The Bradys' Still Hunt; or, 'l'he Case that was Won by Waiting .21 The Bradys' Ilard Luck; or, Working Against Odds. I 68 Caught by the Camera: or, The Bradys and the Girl from Maine. 22 The Bradys Barned; or, In Search of the Green Goods Men 69 The Bradys In Kentucky; or, '!.'racking a Mountain Gang. :ia The Opium King; or, 'l 'he Bradys' Great Chinatown Case. 7'0 The )farke d Bank Note; or, 'l'h e Bradys Below the Dead Line. 24 The In Wall Street; or, A Plot to Steal a Mllllon. 71 The Bradys on Deck ; or, 'l'he Mystery of the Private "\.acht. 25 The Girl F'rom Boston; or, Old and Young King Brady on a Peculiar 72 The llradys In a Trnp; or, Working Against a Hard Gang. Case. 73 Over the Line; or, 'l'he Bradys' Chase 'l'hrough Canada. 26 The .Bradys and the Shoplifters; or, Hard Work on a Dry Goods 74 The Bradys in or, '.l' h e Case of l\1r Barlow. Case. 75 The Bradys In the Slums; or, Trapping the Crooks bf the "Re 2i Zig Zag the Clown; or, The Bradys' Great Circus Trail. Light District." 28 The Bradys Out West; or, Winning a Hard Case. 76 l<'ound in the River; or, The !!\J After the Kidnappers; or, The Bradys on a False Clue. Mystery. 30 Old and Young King Brarlys' llattle; or, Bound to Win Their Case. 77 The Bradys and the Missing Box; or, Running Down the 31 The Bradys' Race Trac k Job; or, Crooked Work Among Jockeys. Thieves. 3:! .l<'ound In the Bay; or, The Bradys on a Great Murder Mystery. 78 'l'he Queen of Chinatown ; or The Bradys Among the "Hop'" Fiends 3a The Bradys In Chicago; or, Solving the Mystery of the Lake 1rront. 7 9 The Bradys and the Girl or, Working for the Custo 34 'l'he Ilradys' Great Mistake; or, Shadowing the Wrong ) House. :;r; '_rhe Bradys and the l\fall :.Mystery; or, \\Torklng for the Government. 80 The Bradys a.nd the Runaway Boys; or, the Clrcu 36 'l'he Bradys Down South ; or, The Great Plantation Mystery. 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