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TIP Ii&UPA Weekly-.By 8ubtcrlpt14ni'J .60 per yoor. J!Jmered liTB, SL, N. l' ____ :JfJnlered ___ to .Ad Q/ Qmgruo, in the YeGJ> 1896, in t.he ()Jftce of the .LU> of Ct>ngreu, .D. 0. June 27, 1&)6. Vol, 1. No. -tT Price Five Cents. FRANK MERRrvvELL' s FATE; OR, THE-OLD SAILOR'S LEGACY. By the Author of "FRANK CHAPTER I. AN EVENTFUL NIGHT. There was trouble brewing at Farda l e Militalry Academy. I and, bappenin o come upon Erank Mer dwell, he said: 'There!s something in wind, -old man.'' Hugh was under arrest and is it-air?" asked ;Frank, with confined in the guard-tent, charged with a twinkle in his merry eyes, and a faint brutally and beating Rupert smile on his face. Reynold!;, without cause or provocation. .Reynolds had not been seriously in)ured, but he declined to tell how the affair came about. It was found to be "I'm not chaffing." "No? Th'en what's up ?,f-"1 don't know just what it is,. but Rey nolds is in it." quite useless to question him. "He seems to be in everything lately." NQT did Bascomb seem inclined to talk "H t ki d f y e sup o some n o a game. ou.. much. When closely he know he refused to tell whv Bascomb simply answered:: [ thumped him?" "I will tell a tew t hings at the regular 1 "Yes." tnvesbgat10n." I . These words were repeated toReynolds, Well, be lS collanng all hts fnends and they seemed to make hip1 look deddand talking th.em into the ear-ache. -That edly anxious and uneasy. means ., Reynolds became restless. He moved Frank nodded. about through the encampment when at "You're rigbti R_eY.nolds always calls liberty to do S?, and was seen taiking on his friends when be gets into .a scrape." earnestly in -low tones to of h1s "But he doesn't seem to be in any particular friends. Bascomb is the Bart Hodge noted these movements,) tltat Bascomb promised lo


.. 2 l!'RANK MERRIWELL'S FATE. tell a few things at the regular investiga-time that R eynolds received the beating tion." at Bascotpb's hatt<1s. "Welll" Basc0l1l.b had allowed a burst of temper "It's my opip.don had a great t()..get the7l>est of him, and he had shown deal rather Bascomb would not tell." very poor judgment in attacking Rupert '"What has that to do with the way he within the confines of the -;cadet encampis .running round. and Chinning his ment, where he baa been quickl y friends?'', dragged from nis v-ictim and p-laced under ''.Pos.sifbly a go,od deal. He try-anest. ing to scratch up evidence to refnle any Merriwell bad other iioes in ,the Scadcharge Bascomb makes. emy, but they were not so prominent as ''Or lle xnay j.)e .up to else.-'' Bascom 1i and Reynolds. The latter h a d "What?'" to play the h;ypodri1e., amd wear "That I don'{kno"W:, I've got an friendl>y to Frank, hut his -duplicity b ad idea that Reynolds is and ready been discovered, and 'he had not nerve to for anything. I'd give something to find confinue the shallow artifice. out what khul' o_f a scheme'iie is tryjng to Hodge's words caused Frank to note work." Rupert's -and ne saw that ''Keep cool, and we will find out later t!l."te ieHow was reaHy up to Re on.,, had more or less difficulty in 'Ris "I suppose that's all we can do." ftriends to his way of thinkrag, but !he It was true that Reynolds wor.k.ed very appeared to succeea m almost er.rery hard among his friends, or those who precase. tended,_ to be his friends. Ruper.t had At supper fbere were rumor-s of\ money to spend freely, and he had gathto come, 'but what it meapt-onl-y a seere d about himself a number of boy lect few of tlhe cadets seemed ta know phants, who were ready to show extreme 'They were to find ottt that nigb't. friendliness as as the money lasted. Bascomb slept in the with :r-here was'no heart or -sincerity in 'this armed s e ntr'ies on the four sides. kind of friendship, but it seemed the an'lj Thirty minutes before the time to re kind of regard that Reynolds was -a: ble to lieve the guard arrived, sentries were win. assailed by overwhelming numbers. Rupert had not ceased to di&like As the night was very dark, the assail-Frank Merriwell thoroug111y, although ants had been able to creep close in upon Frank had spared at a time when e:tthe sentries without being challenged, and posure of a certatn contemptible trick had attacked them at a signal would ha:ve meant and dismissal upon. foT It 'bl ts possl. e some of the sentries w e r e ;Bascomb liked Fntnk no better than in the plot, for tb t b '\.. e res1s ance, wtt a dtd and tliese two lads had seemed single exception seemed f hi ee e. to the vecy best o{ friends .-tl@ to the One fellow fouabt sav::agel d h o Y1 t s c a r g -


. FRANK MERRIWELl/S FATE. 3 ing his gun, and s:hvutrin.g for the officer well and Hodge what Re-yn0-lds. had be.e' of the gurud.. doing the previou_ afternoon and evening. But while he was fighting, the. assault-The attack on the gualid-tent and rei"Dg party accomplished their purpose, and lease of the p-risoner had been planned h.y he was finally knocked doW11 and left Rupert, w1io was the leader of the movedazed and stunned while the assailants ntent. disappeaxed as s"!i.ftliy, as the){ had ap-Every one of his comrades in the attack peared.. were fellows who did not bear the best of It was all over when reputations and -whose reeords. sinceenteJ'o< and the o.ffier of the guard arrived on the ing the academy had :not of the vest scene. order. A hurried investigati'0n showed that Some of tb.em w ere caqets who-bad Bascom h was gone. He had ben set at liberty, or caFried awa.yl escaped dismissal on various occa_:sio.ns., and who seemt!d to court such a fate in this case. Two or three. were weak-minded "Tum out tlite entir.e eampt" raged Lieutenant Gordan "Thisis Ol1trage6'us! who were easily influenced by Reynolds. Lieutenant Gordan declared that not one body; shalb s1ttfie1: fuld escape iust and proper punish.D:Jent. :rn -anatner momert1!, bugles. OO:Und'ed and the mufffed roar of dru'ris was heard. Witqout delay, he instructed Frank Merr, iwel.l to form a picked company of The long roll was givefl, in obedience to, this signal, the cadets came hurrying fvom their teiPts, tO' fall in,. in class companies ; on the paraalle grounQ... The roll was crollecL 'Fhen it was. til at ten cadets failed to answer to their names .. SneJ,t, -and. Harris were am0ng the missing. Lie-mtenantll Gordaum,. who. was thoroughly arousc:d and angered\ gave: -look as: H something of the. kinxl h"fd ocemred again. Now it enuhgh to botln: Mm:i compaDI)Z for the It did not take mm lcag: to decide on the twenty bet pref.err.ed-. AmG-ng them,_ were Bart Hodge, Barney Mulloy,


FRANK MERRIWELL'S FATE. Hans Dunnerwust, Ephraim Gallup and The farmer informed them that a party Fred Davis.1 of ten cadets, who said they were on a The two mentioned were plebes, vacation, bad taken breakfast there. He 'but Davis had shown his unswening loy-had thought it strange that bo-ys on a va alty to, Frank, and Ephraill1 seemed reli-cation should be carrying muskets, and able. He was a Vermonter, and Frank nine of them were thus armed. fancied that he would greatly aid DunnerOne of them bad paid for what wust, the Dutch poy, in providing amuse-ment for the company. As the very first movement, Hodge and Mulloy were sent out as scouts to discover whither the deserters had gone. had eaten, and then they purchased pota toes, flour, pork, beans, salt, pepper, coffee, and other provisions of bini, to gether with a kettlel frying-pan, eoffee pot, and so forth. Mulloy was gone less than two hours When he heard this, Frank looked aeri when he returned and 1eported that the ous,. for it was evident that the desertt!rs rebels seemed to have fled in the direction were determined on a genuine rebellion ""'of Blue Lake, a sheet of water about having no thought of returning to the five miles away. academy for some time. Frank waited a while for Hodge, but Although the farmer bad been ptetty Bart did not show up, and further delay well cleaned out of food and provisions, was not thought so the company his wife agreed to get up some kind o f a marched away, escorted to the limits of dinner for the boys, if would wait the academy grounds by the cadet drum for her to cook it. corps and two of the regular companies. The drum corps played a lively march, and the cadets were permitted to give a farewell cheer, as Frank marched hiS picked command away. Frank had requested Lieutenant Gordan to send Hodge on after them, if be showed up at camp. This Frank decided to do, and, while they were waiting for dinner, he held a council with all of his company, at which he informed them that Hodge was in command, and would have full control whenever he was absent.,... The boys_ .were inclined to consid e r the whole affair a great lark, but, w}lil e be cbcfse the shortest route to Biue was enjoying it; Frank began to see that Lake. had serious work before them. On the northern shore of this sheet of Knowing their punishment would be 'Water lay a large strip of fore st, known as severe in aJiy case, and believing it would Ten-Mile Woods. From Barney's report, be no more severe if they took a v aaation Frank was led to believe the deserters bad and refused to return to the academ y until fled to the shelter of this wild section. com pel led to do so, they plainly meant to inquiries along the road lailed stay away as long as possible. any satisfaction till near noon, Frank wond ered what could have be when they came to a farm-house within come of Bart, as be had to half a mile of the I.ake. him somewhere the march.


/ FRANK .MERRIWELL'S FATE. 5 It was some time past noon when the money was always in gold, and often in farmer's wife announced dinner was strange pieces. of foreign countries, excited ready for the first ten. t!Je curiosity of_the people in that vh;inity, The meal consisted mainl-y of boiled some of whom ventured to ask him where potatoes, butter-grayy, stripped cod-fish, he got it. and corn-meal bread. TJ:le old c;alt had resented their This was certainly of the plainest tiveness, and he flatly told the.IJl it was sort, but the boys took hold heartily, and none of their business. they seemed to enjoy it immens(jly. After that he seemed to draw into his At one-thirty up the march shell, like a turtle, and he grew to resent again, soon reaching tbe lake and the any attempt at friendliness, so that people edge of the Ten-Mile Woods. came to fear and avoid bini. Within sight of the lake liyed a strange Regularly once a week he visited the old fellow, who was a sort of a He groggery in Fardale and purchased a sup had once been a sailor, and it was hinted ply of rum, for which he continued to pay by those who claimed to know that his in gold, apd till the pieces beillg dated far record on the high seas would l].ot bear back-, it seemed to indicate they had close investigation No one had the boldbeen hoarded. ness to ;lSSert that he had once been a The stary got arol(nd that Old Jack was smuggler and pirate, but it was said that the possessor of large treasure, which he he knew a great deal abqut peop_le who had secreted somewhere about the had followed such unlawful callings. wretched old house in which he lived. He had given his name as Jack Puff, The old sailor knew this story was in and he was known in the vic.inity as "Old circulation, -and he to fear that he Jack., or "Sailor Jack d d b d would be robbed. He regar e every o y He was a fierce, grizzled old fellow, with suspicion, and lie became tnore and whose language 'Yas plentift;llly sprinkled more cross and ugly as years advanced. with strange sailor oaths, and who always More than once it had been declared that wore a belt, which supported a sheathhe would murder somebody in time, if he that contained a long-bladed, murderous-continued to grow suspicious and fierce. looking knife. This strange old fellow seemed to avoid Sometime in his career, Sailor Jack had as far as possible the sea coast, but he lost his left leg near the knee, and he was not able to give up his sailor habits, wore a wooden "peg" in place of the and so, with g-reat labor and pains, he missing member. built himself a Small schooner, His right eye was smaller than the left, he launched on Blue Lake. and, when he was angry, seemed to glow Strangely enoug he named like a coal. schooner, "Captain Kidd," which caused It was said that Jack had been rather the country people to regard him with fre: with bis money when he :firsf settled still 'greater suspicion. nea : Blue Lake, but the fact that his He had arranged running lines, so that


FRANK MERRIWELL'S FATE. 6 th k-pit his shoulder and pointing it at the lads-be could sit with his feet in 6 coc if I d 1 d trlm t:l..e "lay to, or, shiver my on t and his hand on the tiller an .Jl h uive ye a broadside!" without leavmg the ejm. Whenever a wild storm came up, ---would repair aboard the get up CHAPTER III. anchor and sails, and go CI'\lising around HODGE IN TROUBLE. over the Jake in a way that told how mu

FRANK MERRIWELL'S FATE. 1 "It must have been the party we 'Wetej "Hand over the cash, you tubber; and sent out to capture," he said. '"How dni be lively about it l I am a bad man to foal they bappen to smash your windows with, and I may take a notion to shoot your dog?" first and collect afterward.'' "How did they happen to 1'' roared the Frank turned to his company. sail{)r, fiercely. "They done it when I re-j' "Preprre to load!" fused to let them have Kidd to j<> His order put sharp .and .clear, and sailing on the lake. Then they took to 1,t was "'beyed mth mechan1cal accuracy. stoning the house and lneaking out the -"Load!" windows. When I cast Gibbs adrift 'a'llil Nineteen wexesttapped sicked lllm at 'em, they shot .him full of rnto ninetet'!n gune. lead, shiver my timbers if didn't.!'\, Sailor Jack rlic1 not know the cartridges "Well, we have nothing .to do with were blank, and. be looked somewliat as'Fhose fellows and we were tonished and uneasy. sent out them." "'What do mean, scou rei?" "What.)s that? 'rhey!re mutineers?" he shouted. "Yes." "We are simply preparing for theemer"You'r-e sure none of wi& gency," replied Frank, cc;>olly, not a smile you?" <' changing the expression of his face, al" Dead sure." though he felt like la1t1ghing otrtrigbt at The old man seemed to hesitate a minthe sudden change which baQ come over ute, ana as he though[t of the the sailor. "ln case,you fire into us, we of his he furious again. are going to ,do a little sh1BDting too. "You're all from the same he You will have a lively time dodging nine snarled. "If I don't collect of you, I won't teen bullets." get anything at all, so you'regoing to pay "Shiver my tinibers17 gurgled Jack, for my windows and n;tY dog before y-

s FltANK MERRIWELL'S FA'l'l;. even' with ye some way, and yQu may fc:;llows they were pursuing hag entered to that, my hellfties 1, woods by ruad. thus delivered himself, Old Jack While thus Frank fancied he turned squarely about and pegged away, 'heard a faint, far-away They all trying to appear as dignified as listened, and, after a time,, it was tepeated. ble. "'.they a.!e not far away," observed one "That's the way to suppress a fierce and of bqys. "I faney that was one o f blood-thirsty pirateP -laughed Frank. them shouting." "He may take a fancy to shoot at tis from "It sounded like a cry of distress, said some place of shelter, so we will .move Frank. along .. Shoulder arms, forward', march 1'' '''Perhaps one of them has strayed Away A way they went down .the olff road, from others and is lost., more than half expecting the man with : "Possibly." the gun would shoot after them; but he Having found that the deserte!'s had en did of tpe kind,,and 1:hey passetl te!;ed the forest by way of the Toad, Frank without further trouble. lost little time in marching forward. At the edge of the woods Frank halted The company had not proceeded far his men. fore an old wood-road was seen 1eadin g "We have had no trouble in tracing off to the right toward the lake. the deserters thus fa,r," he said. "It is An-other investigation showed likeJy they are somewhere in the shelter nolds and his friends had left the main road of this strip of forest and we must find and taken to the woOd-road. out _just where they are. They are liable And now the cries could be p1ainly to be somewhere near the shore of the freaTd at-intervals, and, more than a Hirst, lake. Still they may .have entered by this they sounded like cries of distress. road. This rpad, as yotl cansee, is seldom D h d d h d p own t e woo -roa urne rank, at traveled. It was once the only road be-b h d f h t e ea o t e party. Edgefield and Farda-le, but there is h rt d d' t t There was a strangelv familiar sound to now a s o er an more. tree rou e, -h. h th d th h T M'l thosecries. w tc causes e roa roug en1 e Woods to be avoided. If men have Some of the boys were for answeri ng marched i11lo the forest b y this road, they but Frank would nof allow this, as it must h _ave left marks the ground, and might-warn enemy of their1 J?Y6ximity. some of us will be able to find those In a very short time il)ey were near to marks, H _the person WhO Wa5-Uttering the cries, He then sele<;ted two lads beside$ himandr despite the fact that this and to examine voice hoarse from much shouting, the road in search for the trail leftby.the Frank believed he recognized lt. deserters.-. It was not lotrg before they found all tfie trail they desired, making it plain the I "Forward P t he commanded. "It is Hodge!" pwhat Oi thought mesilf, said ..


FRANK FATE. 9 Barney Mulloy, excitedly. "Th''by's in How did it happen?" asked -Frank. some kind av a schrape." 'Who tied you to the tree?" .!.,They were now guided by\ .the sho}lts, "Thet'ebels." -/ but did not find ) t necess.a!Y tp aband9lJ. '-'Rebels?" the old wood-road -. I '"That's what they call In a very sliort time thev came in sight "n old d h' .r s an ts gang r of a lad was with his back Yes. "to a tree, jmd, as they came nearer, how aid to have the made a-s urprising discovery. to _tie yo u_p in' such a man-It was Bart Rb'dge, sure and nir"fl ,. he was bound to tree! -''I ran into at\ arAbusb." found you were after them, and I CHAPTER IV. set a trap for you? "Just that. THE HER M LT "The scoundrels! 1 didn't think they Hodge gave a cry ys gathered around him. convicted me of being a spy. I was senIt was sotne moments before Hodge teoced to be hanged. They had a big seemed in condition to talk, and c then, bun die, tit4 up with a rope. Part of the sitting up and placing his back agaittst rope was taken off the bundle, and my the tree, be said: bands were tied, for all that I fougnt, "It s .eems as if I have been tied up here Then they made _a noose, wllich they put for a week. fdidn't mind it at first, but -around my n&k; and pretended they, it became the most painful torture after a really meant to han g me. But they cou l d while. I'd begun to think I'd never suc. not &care me in th a t way, so ,Bascomb, c eed in making any body hear me. Oh, who s e left eye r fb utt?,9ed tt'p when I J;Jit won't l get s quare for this !n him, propose d that I be s tripped to ti1e.


10 FRANK MEBBIWELL'S FATE. 'Waist, tied to the tree, and whipped with "I am not going to follow far till r withes. He was to make. me have to eat. I am nearly 1 tb. f starved. They fell to quarre mg over-ts, or "I don'fwonder. Davis.,,. Reynolds was against it. It divided them --:;sir/2 replied Fred into two parties, hut ;Reynolds bad five Davis, stepping forward and sainting supporters, and Bascom b bad three, so the '' C011dnct Mr. Hodge to the J.arm-hquse big bully'was;forced to give Then it we took dinner. Tell the peop le was be tied up here there that it is barely possible we and left til,l released me. '!hey c'ml ior s?pper<' "All nght, su." tled me up, andbeen here ever In a few moments Bart and Fred wer e since. on their way back to the fa-rm-bous e "When wete you tied to the tree?" w bile Frank led his company toward the ''Some time this forenoon.'' lake. "And you have been there ever .since r Deep in the hfart of the woods they N 0 wonder you were pretty we!\' ex-came upon an old but, from the c himney hausted." of which srrioke was issuing. "I wonderwbo live$ there?" speculated "it was terribley eclared ,.Bart. "I Frank. wouldn't go through foi a hun"Mebbe them gol darned rebels are in ed dollars." there," suggested Ephraim GalJ.up, ner"Dot vos righd nodded Hans :wbp vously. h d b l b h h' It is possible. We will the a een tstemllig wtt IS mont wtd'h L t F d I" ouse. e no one escape. o r war vos rster ha.f.a tollars They dashed f<>rward at a run and than do dot mein.self:, quickly surrounded tht: old but. "I told BascomhJ woold be with The front door was partly open, a nd a him,, I am going to keep small, cur-like dog stood in the op ening my word." snarling and showing its teeth. should think thty would f '"'Get-out!'' shonted Frank. m aking a ear pun-kick at the dog. isbment when they return to the acad.The creat.ure p-lunged into the hut and emy." d" ed tsappear "They don't to return till they Merriw.e .TI but a and are obliged todo so. Besides tbat you then he pushed open the door and \valke d know Basromb hates me for old in, followed closely by 'Barney, E p hr a illl,j H and lfans. e says I went back on hi:w, and he Tb h t d f e u seetne to. consJs:t o but one wanted tO: tie me 1JP and fiog me to get room, at the fa11ther end of which was an ,even. He w<>uld have done it i f it hadn't fire, on which some green wood was been for but Rupert was and sending up a thick "" and so I .escaped." smoke. On the floor, or, .rather, on the ''Which way did they go when they in one corner was a wretched be d lef-t you?" There wasa table, one chair, some black"Toward the lake." "Then we'll follow." ened tin dishes hung around the walls and that was about alL The seemed deserted.


FRANK MERRIWELL'S FATE. "Howl y shmoke rr gurgled Barney. whence the old man bad come,.. It seemed "Pwhat's this mane, Oi dunno ?t? asH he bad risen from out of the grotrnd "Shimimny Gristmas!" gurgled Hans. which composed the fl'oor of the hut. "Vot kindt uf a blace dis pee, id ?" Frank ..Merriwell's nerves were not "Don't seem to be nobody to hum,'' shaken, and he saw nothing to fear muttered Ephraim Gallup, in a scared about the aged and feeble-appearing old whisper. "Guess we'd better be goin'." man. "It must be the but of Black 'rom, the "We qeg your pardon for it;ttruding, hermit, otwhom such queer stories are sir," he said; with the respect and_polite-told, 't said Frank. ness due an aged person. "Thin, begobs, itts mesilf thot fales The man looked at him keenly, searchloike ma-v int, nsaid Barney, "Oi'd rayther ingly. make a call on Sailor Jack, so Oi had. n -I.'You are the first ont to beg Black; "Yaw, dot vos so t u gurgled Hans. TOJ!l's pardon in years," he falte:l{ed, as if "Dot Plack Dom he peen shut up a brison thoroughly asto:t;tished. in, und he got avay oudt py killing der "W-ellt $ir, I am quite aware we bavt" gua rd, ain'd id ?)) no right here, and it is propet that we all HThat is the story they tell of him," be; your pardon." a ffirmed Frank. "If a1l tell about f" the old he-rmit, the old f ellow is true, be wo.tlld make a bitterly. the rignt of the good mate for Sailor Jack. n weak and frU:nal i "They lie! the y lie I they lie!"' quav* "I (W, t! I' ered a feeble voice. are an are With exclamations of surprise, the boys a wondeJ". It is the way of the world to turned to see '\etween them and the door trample on the weak and helpless--to the bent form of an old man, who was hush them. wO'fkt does not give a leaning o n a croo-ked cane, and at whose man any rights unless he is strong eBOugh heels the wretched dog was crouching. to defend them. Boy, what is your name ?H The old m a n's hair and beard were w}lite, "Frank 1\'lerriwell. II -and his hands trembled from old age. He '4A good name, and that is a good face presented a most pitiful spectacle. of ruin, y9u have. I am something of a c-haracter* and wretchedness. reader, although I may be old and In strong contrast to his whitehair and wretched. I see fine things in that face beard was his dark skin, which was bra-re things, manly things, noble things! wri n kled and :flabby. His eyes, however, You are sincere in all you do, and you seemed to have retained the fire and brilhave great moral stamina and strength af li a nc..y of youth, lq}d they were very keen character. In the battle of life, you are and piercing. pYetty sure to come forth a winner. u The old man was dressed in ragged "Thank you." clothes, and the boots on his feet were "You have_ nothing to thank me for, held together by strings. He wore no hat. Frank Merriwell, as I am simply telling It was not surprising the boys were you the truth, as revealed by your face startl ,ed, for they had not seen the man Frank is a good name, for it suggests when they entered, and he seemed to have openness, honesty, heartiness. Merriwell materiali2ed out -of the ail!' seems to suggest a jovial nature and a Several lads were looking in at the strong spirit 1 believe I never before door of the )lut, and they afterward de-knew cf a person whose name fitted him so clared they were unable to tell J from well. H


" ... 12 ,_ FRAN:& MERRTW.ELL'I:i FATE. "By gu:I\! !"Ephraim-Gallup was heard man, bitterly. "They thought it great fun to whisper. "the old feller ain't no darn to beat my dog and threa,ten to se.rve me th A '' _.,. fool, arter all!" e sam.:o. As fo-r Frank he was not a l i ttle taken I seemed wrung from hts back by the wo;ds of the strange man of lips against his as Frank the woods but he .11aid: This aspect ot fear aroused Memwell s "All I 'can ask is that you have read cur.iosi ty. He desired to know just what my character aright. n i t meant. "I am sure of that," deNare'd' Black ."So they threaten e d you he asked. Tom. Never in my life have I made a "Yes," whispered t h e hermit, his eyes m1stake in such matters. If I had seen liy moving restlessly about. your face that you were .a sneak and --a ''But they 'did you no persona l injury?" scoundrel, I should have told you so just "No." readil)'> It is my frankness, in such ''And they all departed together?" things drove me to be what I am..::an Black Tom was silent. outcast an"tl a hermit Men who did evil "Tellfue the truth, man! cried Frank. things_ shunned m"e and ,turned other "Are they gone ? Are you not hiding against me. They seemed to think that ..I them near at hand?" could read the black secrets of 11They are gone.""' because they w.ritten on "All of them ?" their faces. oint me out with Again the hermit was silent, but Frank scorn, and say I' am a I am saw his eyes t urn a :flitting g lance toward ,.. hiding from the grasp of" the peak of the h ut, where some crossed The hert;nit's rose to a .Sb(ill and a thin lay'er of bark and brush and he shoo k his cane angrily in the .air, made a small loft. causing the boys tct fall back. liJ doing That was q-qit e enqugb iQ! Frank. this Hans t.ripped and sat down heavily on "Roys," he cried "a spy has remained the grdund, which brough_ t a grunt 1from behin-:l to listen to our con versation!" his ., "Where i s be? Show hi111. to us! We'll ''A r Dot came near mein prains to I fix him!'' knock oudt I be exclaimed. ''Dot vas ricbt Show me -to him !'' Frank saw the hermit was getting exbellowed Hans, in great-excitement. '.'Oh, cited, and, not knowing what the man he won' a th itig to me!" might do, he fancied it would be best to "He is within reach, d eclared Frank. move on as soon as possible. First, how "Let me put me hand on th' ;Sp a lpane !" ever, he would ask the old man if he had shouted Harney. seen anything ofthe rebels, at}d he did so. "Fix bayonets!" Merriwell. Immedja,tely, Black Tom showed signs Clattef, rattle, snap! ef ming1ed anger and alarm. ''See the loft up there? You can all ""Yes, I sa,w such a party," heacknowl, reach it1 a:nd your bayonets will pierce ... edged, although he seemed to do so rethe bark and If the spy is there; luctantly. he'll be likely to get prodded. Ready to "How lon'g agQ]" stir him up I" ''Some hours." The boys made read y "'They passe-d this hut?" Before Frank could give the "They stopped here a while." however, a shp ll cryof terror rang ''For what purpose?'' 1 thro1.1gh the hut, following which a por"To have sport with IlW! cried the old i tion of the loft gave way, and down came.


FRANK FA;,E, 13 a sprawling humanfigure amid of but I didn)'t kind PL bark and broken poles. +h t :.r I d ,-:::.&. a s11specte --'' He broke_ ?own but his eyes were movi11s_ .about in a restless manner, as if searching for.some one. T ''Y HING9 OU-suspected .-What.?V demanded The person who had fallen thus Frank, sha,-ply. "I I You scrambled t o his feet as soon as h e struck Bart mtght feel hke set the ground, attemptinfto rush out of the tlmg a pa::-t of account your hut. gang. It 1s posstble he may feel that _Fay. "Seize him!" cried Frank. we are going to try you as a deserter A broken pole had struck .Epbrab;n Gal-and a spy. As I it y().lf' are lup on the head and knocked him dbwn to you shall not be hanged '' The Vermonter was on the ground, but he was within easy reaclr of the spy'skf.t, Then,. duected by they removed and he clutched one of them, crying: the captive from _thf. hut t2 the open air, "Hold right on there, .... Don't where he was su.rrounded be in sech a gcj dinged rush { Frank bade.the hermtt good-day, but The spy was tripped up, but he jerked Black Tom seemed greatly and his foot from Ephraim's grasp, and again b.old.of the. ?oy, s;Jing: scrambled up and made a ,break for the They Wtll come back ano keep their door. word-I know th!'!Y He ran plump into Hans Dunnerwust "Whothe party that visited you who fasten e d to thMellow with a first?" 1 a te c utch, and down they wef!.t togetlier, the Dutch boy squawking: ..... I scarcely tltmk there 1s much danger "Hellup! hellupl Shimminy Gristmasl of for they will not be gi ven tbe opUf I don 'd hell up you I vos a. deat man portumty-"-if I can help h. They are alretty yet!" fugitives and deserters from Fardale Ready hands clutched the spv who was Academy.,. and I was seJ!t out to capture dragged to 'hfs feet and the 9 btained the!lJ. They will avoid me, if possible." a fair look his face. "Well, sure you will be successful "Wat Snell!" cried Frank. tn the end; but keep them from re-Wat Snell it was, and he looked thorturning here if possible. Why, they even ough l y frightened and ashamed. threatened to burn my cabin, saying it "Dud-dud-don't hurt me, bub-bub-bubwould be a good thing if I were. :<1t:iven boys!" h e quavered, his knees shaking from these parts." him. Frank had he-ard other persons me F rank immediately saw an OPPQTtunity such a statement, but he did. not say so to have some sport, and 'give Wat a bad then, fer he pitied t _he wretched old man scare at the same time. who Bved a hermit's life there in 'the "You shall have a lair trlal, Snell," he of Ten-Mile Woods. Said, "and, if you c8aiprove your inno-Leaving the. hut, -.Frank found the c:ence, you'll not be hanged." cadets gathered about Snell, who now "Oh, say!,. mumbled Wat, forcing a looked thoroughly chagrined and dis l a u gh; "you can't work tbat kind of a gusted. racket on me. I'm not afraid being "We will organize an impromptu court-


u FRANK MERlUWELL'l:! FATE. martial '' said Frank H No time is to be 1 Hans who was beginning to. -wasted.'in tbi:s mlttter thr10ugh. apprehension. "You are the one oo go in "Bring' out' Tom," suggested and dig Black ToJll out. Go ahead fiO'w, Paul Rains. "We need lrim as a witness." and don 1t be all day about it! "That's right!" cried the b(}ys, those "Vell, I shOt uf 1 do!-" shouted who had remained ()Utside bein.a eager to the Dutch boy, taking to his h e els and get a better view <>f the old hermit. running at top speed doWn the old wood-Frank stepped back the door of the road, while the the _party were but, when1 to liis amazement, he .saw iliat convulsed with laughter. tbe place was empty. Black Tom bad It did not take Ba.ns long to disappear, disappeared in a most surprising manner. and Ephraim Gallup, who 'h a d been edg Into tlie hut Framk plu-nged, looking 1 ing farther and further from the hut, snd around for the old for he knew denlr sai:d: Black Tom had not left th-1 place by the I "Gol derned if he1s goin to git -Crway door, which was theonly exit. like I'll jest ketch bim an' "bring But the hermit was actually gone, nor j him back., was his wretched dog 'tn be seen. 1 Then he started a f te r Hans, and the Puzzled and mystified, Frank went out way he handled his long legs added and told the boys of this astonishing disjl' greatly to the of. the party. appearance. Wlien tb1s murirnent h a d subsided The boys not believe it possible lsomewbat, it was resolved t o make that Black Tom had vanished thus unac-that Black Tom had really disappeared. countably, but_none of them seemed to Many strange tales bad b een told of the care about investigating. ; old hermit's astonishing doings, but the "Pwhoy don't ye go in foind th'' oys had never taken1buch stock in any ould gen.t, Dutchy ?" asked Ba.rney Mul1 of them. Frank Merriwell was 2.ecidedly loy,_ with a sly twinkle inJlis eyes. I skeptical a !:rout anything he could not un "Say, you come ri,ghd avay off, ParI de,:sta-nd, and he still thought it pm;sible neyl" exclaimed Hans. ''Vy don'd you Black Tom was concealed somewhere do bim youtseluf, bey?" about the nut. "I'll tell ye one thing," spoke up Eph-Having selected three emnnanions 1 r Taim as st.ill I Rains, Smiles, and entere.d from the c1,1bm; yeou don t gtt me mter the hut once more, wtth the tno at h1s that air gol dinged hole ag'in, if I kriow heels .myselfJ Darned if I don't b'lieve it'd The interior of the looked the scare me aout of a year's growth tQ go in same as it bad a few minutes b e f ore, but there naow." nothing CO'llld be seen of the hermit and '' Vell, dot peen. a goot thing vor you, his dog. p!],y," dc;dared Hans. "Uf you grown I There see!ted to be no placebf some faller you don d pet:n aple to go der ment, lmt the boys began a search, and dot>r uf a .house in mitoudt knock-in' yourtl th ,ey it out in a vy t h mough bompadore down, id !" manner, look-ing into e very corner that "Well, there's no danger of that so far <:ould bave hi'dden a rat. as are concerned," Jaugl1ed Sammy J At they wereo&mpeiled to give -up, Smtles; "so you are the one to go in', 1 baffled, and they stood looking at one Hans. another in utter bewild erment. "That's right! that's right!" shouted I man and the d o u must haw ]eft the boys, ready to have some sport with the but :at our very h ee 1 : 'Yhle n w e went


FRANK MER'RIWELL'S 15 tbe first place," said Frank. ."We They had not proceeded. far w-hen a dtd not observe them, and they slipped great commotion was hearc m the bushes, il" + ay into the woods," and Ephraim Gallup apjrearecr, dragging "That may be acknowledged Hans Dtmrrerwust, who was attgril.y pro .. sammy Smi.Jes, who was unusoal1y solle11 testing: for him, "but I think it is mighty "Uf you don'd go ufmein person, I not us saw them come out." vil1 ged l'rurt Hans; fn.reateningly. "So 1t 1s; but we must accept that as "Come et:long-, gol ding yel" roared the only possible Tbe) could Ephraim. "Yeou're t11e-biggest gal not have left by that window, for it is too d1nged' I ever saw!1 small and too bi'gb. The door offers the "Oh, you-_go fall -mi't yourseluf orr!'' only means of leaving the hut, and that er!ong; !" must be the way they went." '' don"d: 1-eggo mein person, i: "Well, I motion we leave it, and go on peen goin' to bit fou real hard!"'' about our business," put in Ned Gray, "Do 'it if you dast: !" who had grown des:idedly nervous. Hans Eppraim h1 the Frank led the ,way: to the air. pit of the stomach1 doubling the VermonOutside atJother surprise awaited them. ter up .like a jack-knife. Wat Snell bad "Ow-wow-wow!" howled the c 'ountry CHAPTER VL boy, when be c011li:ot' catch l'!is bieatb. '"That warn 't no fair f That was below tie belt, gol ding ye !1 "Veil,'' grinned 'Hans, who ON THE SHORE OF THE LAKE. enjoyed the convulsi-ons of the Jank lad, "What is the of this?! de''uf I don''t peen aple to teadl up apove manded Fra.nk, holding himself in check aer pelt, you vi11 haf me." with an effort. "How did he to llSay, you thu, nderin' Dutchman! dvye get away?'' know what Pm goin-' to llo to yotl fer No oue knew, it was said. Whil e th.ey this-air?" had been I d

16 FRANK M.ERJ.aW'ELL'S }'AT:E. not believing it best to march bo!_9Iy out to the shore of the lake, they might be seen the deserters. ith Fred Davis as a companion, he CHAPTER VII. went forward, leaving the hOY.S stretched THE CAPTURE OF THE at ease on a mossy spot. -They proceeded not know"Rullo P' exclaimed "That's ing but they might come upon the de-the deserters, !lnd re up. some-h C D '" serters unexpectedly. t mg. 010e on, avts-. At length they came out to the lake, _J:fe starte9 at a run across the and there they found the smoldering_ re-point, and Fred follo"o/ed closely. They mains of a fire and every evidence t-o show did not mind the bushes underbrush .. that the party they were after had (:amped and they soon came on t on the other there some time side. It was not far from sunset, and Frank To Frank's surprise, they not far was not at all satisfied with their day's from the edge of the forest, the old woodwork, fot he bad expected to overtake and r.oad having led them back as it came capture Reynolds and his companions that down to the of the lake. afterno.on. At no great distance lay Sailor Jack's Carefully followjng up the trail left by schooner beside the floating pier. The the party, the boys found they had taken mainsail was up, and it seemed evident to the sandy beach, and had turned back that some one had been::.ettempting to get toward the f+]ge of the woods. the boat under The deck was "They may have sought a camping swarmjng with lads in the cadet uniform 13pot on that point o _ver there;" said of...Fardale Academy. Frank. be a good plan to reconBtit tber.e was trouble on board the rioitre." Captain Kidd, and a glance showe

, .PRANK MERRIWELL'S FATE. 17 It became apparent thM he. had discovSailor Jack ever knew how to Jwim. ered the/ boys in the act of ap,.propriating When cast into the in the first place his vessel, and had haste!led to prevent he immediately sank from vie-w, and be the accomplishmefl-t of 'their design, if was peneath the surface some tiD;Je. J>Ossi ble. When 'he ca'me up Jaci tried to keep Bi1 the boys meant to sail awaY. in the head above water, but his desperate Captain Kidd, and, while several were efforts to dso were baffiing to his own struggling with Sailor Jack, others were hopes, an.d he went down a second casting off and pushing the scbooner out By this time Frank that from the pier; man could not swim, and was"' liable to l_ ... .,., The sail o r proved himself a desperate drown. I fighter, for be flung the boys off as fast as. Th.e schooner. had acquir a considerable they sprang upon him, and he struck headway, and was at pointing straight some blows that sent them staggering. out into the lake. No one on board seemed Frank and Fre d were seen running to be paying much attention to the unfor. along the shore, and the deserters sent up tunate sailol' had been cast overboard. a shout of Out upon tbe floating pier das;hed Frank :had hoped to reach the schooner Merriwell, stripping off bis coat as be ran before it could swisg out from the pier, and casting it aside. Not a s-ingle instant but the light breeze caught the sail and did-he hesitate' Having noted t;he spot the craft began to d-rift"away. where Sailor had disappeared, be That the boys knew little about hand .plunged in and swam toward it. ling such a vessel was apparent, as they Frank was in time to reach the d./own had run up the mainsail first, when tqe jib ing man as be came up for the last time. or foresail shou l d liave swing Jack had long hair, and the bay fastened the head of the schooner. his fingers in that, crying : Seeing F rank approac .hing, Reynolds "Steady., now, and I will save yDu !" was heard to ord er up every sail, and, But Jack was and without with bungling baste tbe deserters sought reason, like all drowning persons, and he \ to his dirtctions. tried to chtt_ch his would-be rescuer:-"Ten to one they beach her," thought Frank fought him off, but found the Merriw_sll. 'They will with her man so fierce that it vtas with no small as she is now., difficulty he could be kept at a distance. But the faint b r eeze blew directly off "Keep still!" he repeated over and shore, so no one but most ung ling over. ''-Stop, "'it, and I will get you out!" lubber was liable to -beach the schooner. At length, becoming exasperated, he Her sails filled, and she swung away. lifted one clinched hand out of the water At about this t ime, Bascomb and the and struck the old sailor a heavy blow on fellows who had bec:n strUggling with the the temple. owner of the schooner succeeded in knock That waS' enough to daze Jack, aud Jack d own and him. Frank succeeded in swimming with him "Over with hitll sho,uted Bascoptb. to the pier, wpere Fred Davis aided in "Let him s w i m ashore. We don't want drawing the man out of the water. To-to take him with 11s." gether they carried him ashore. Then the man was lifted bodily and It was net very long before the sailor cast overboa rd. began to come. round, .. so Frank decided it It is a singular fact that few sailors are was not necessary to labor over him. good swi m mers, and it is do\lbtful if the meantime, the schooner was


18 bearing the tri-umpnant deserters away, utes Ionger," s;id Frank. ''1.!'hat would &nd a wild cnorus came from the tips of have given rue time to llie 1:' tbe rec:K:1ess crew, grow1ng 1amter an sc oone fainter with thein.creasing distance: "I done my best, mate. f was .at the "Ob, myname was'Captain Kidd, When I sailed, when I ; itnd so wicked1y I did, When I sailed, wl!en .I sailed,'' house when I first saw them around t'he Kidd: r took my old gun and niade for her as fast as I could. They saw me com ing, and tried to get her away; but they coufdn 't do it. I tried to scare the lilbbers l Frank Vt\aS thotoughly disgusted with off the gun, but shiver 'my timbers th, Frank and No, r won't forget that you done a good Fred left the old sailor hastened back to ... i turn for Old Jack." ioin the boys. who were still waiting in the "I wish you have taken time woods. and attention of those fellows two min-The sun dropped down in the w es t, and


FRANK 'Ml<:RRIWELL'S FATJ<"l. 19 da r k n ess was coming on when Frank resecreted the boats where it joined his company seemed certain they would remain The boys Wt:t:e a.H eager to know where until wanted, Frank led tbe he had been, but he did notremain there way toward the point from whenq t11e w hile relating his adventure. Without de: singing :and shouting came. lay be got the party in motion, and Pass\ng through a thick growth of marched them bac k along the old wood timber and bushes, saw a camp-fire road, past the hut of the hermit, which gleaming them. seemed dark and dese,rtdl,..; and reached "They're jn the old fort,'' whispered the highway through the forest. the 'ljllilor. During the march he told them what ''What's the ol1 asked Frank. had happened a n d gave his plan for fob "It's a circular wall of .stones. on that l owing the when they had taken little; elevation, and nobody knows why supper at the old farm-bouse. she were built there Of who built her."CHAPTER VIII. THE ON THE ISLAND. "Well, fort or no fort, we're gofug: to attempt the captury of that gang. '' Thedeserters had built two large fir es, the light of which revealed their surroundings plainly, and shone out on t!1e water of a deep cove that made into the Two hours later the entire party was at island on that side. The schooner lay in Sailor Jack's flo a ting pie r the cove, close to the shore, sG in They found Jack waiting for them with fact, that a long plank h_ad been run from the boats. her to the _top of a low Frank select e d eight companions to acinci'i e was t o pass round company him, the sailor being the ninth. thf -camp: die deserters, and get beBarney, Hans, and Eph-raim were eager to tween them and tbe vessel go along, and Frank accep-red them. It was ea$y enough to pass ro_und the Hodge was placed in charge of one boat, camp. but it was not so easy to cut them and Frank took the other. Preparations off from the schooner without being seen. made for muffling the oars when Believing Reynolds and his companions they came near the island, and they pulled would be overwhelmed by a S!Jdden at off from the pier.. tack, Frank made every arra11gement, For all that it was a decidedly dark and, at a signal decided upon, the .cadets night, Sailor J a ck found no difficulty in gave the academy ycll and charged. piloting thetn over the directly But the deserters bad prepared for 15uch toward the i s l a nd. an emergency. They leaped up behind By the time half the distance was made the low waH of the fort, an'd Reynolds w a s they could hea r shouting and singing on heard -to shout: the island, w hiclt n1ade it evident that the 1rStones, boys-stones! Give i t to deserte r s were enjo y ing themselves. 'em!" From the time that they first heard Then a shower of stones flew at F rank these sounds as no difficulty in bear.and his party. ing straig h t toward the is!!lnd. "Shimminy Gristmas !" howled Hans It seem e d quite unnecessary to muffle the ,Dunnerwust ''I vos kildt alretty" yet! I oars, but F rank s a w that the precaution vos hit der small uf der stom _ach a sdene was t aken, a n d the y slipped noiselessly up mit! Ouch! Dunder und blitzens P' to the shore of the island. "Shut up your tarnal


j' go FRANK MERRIWELL'S Gallup. "You make more fuss When he found the deserters had bellten --,..We-owJ My leg is broke! I can't them off, he did not hesitate to express his step on it I Don't throw any more stones feelings freely this I I'll surrender!" Suddenly a of consternation came Q'he first of stones to from the de-serters, and the light of the check the rush somewhat, but Frank, hit fires Sailor Jack on boar.d the three times, kept to the front, shQutin 'g: schooner. The old salt had drawn in the "Forward I Drive them out, and then and was getting up the jib. That we've got 'em I Come on, lads P-' it was his make sail and get "Pm with !n assured Bart H

FRANK MERRI":ELL'S FA'rE. 21 Into the fort leaped Frank, with his clJttches of the enemy but they took their frien ds close behind him. His eyes fell on on it;_ -the little heaps ofround stones that had Nothing of the kind occuqed. been gathered for the purpose of defend, As soon as were cQnceale4___b_y the ing the fort, and his voice rang out: Frank halted and-said: "H f 11 ere s our ammumttan, e ows! Beat "I. have a Jeeling that something is 'em off, as they did us! Hurrah! We've wrong, -Bart." got 'em!" "Same here. Those fellows are alto-He set the example by catching up a gether ,too still." stone in each hand ant take The other lads were not to catch them long to teach the shore where they on, and now Reynolds-.-and his crowd bad left the two boats. faced a volley that drove them back pre: But the boats were not there I cipitately, and sent them scamp,tring into And far out on the boom oJ the lake the darkness. CSfle the of working Ol;lt'S! The victors gave the yell, and gave it with a will. The defeat of the deserters now. seemed ..JT complete, for they bad left provisions, guns, and so forth, on b oard the schobner, and Merriwell bad turned the tables on them. CHAPTER IX A SHRIEK FR,OM THE "Tricked!'' gasped Frank. !'r palpitated Bart. ,, observed Hans Dunnerwust. "Those fellows--have found our boats u_f d1s don 'd peen :!!at, yo_u and gotten away in them!!' a bar. You pet me your )1fe I vos gomg "Sure., to abbly vor a There was a moment of dismayed and "It strikes me those fellows will have disgusted silence and Frank slowly to surrender ''said Frank. said: T?ere a lull of a few moments. 'It "I was afraid of it. Sailor gone tmposstble to tell what the with the schooner, a,nd b eautifully domg, but Frank than expected trapped. Ob, but won't ..-Rey-nolds and Reynolds was makmgpreparatlons to lead Bascomb chuckle in their sleeves. How another char?e on fort. they ever found those boats is a m)!Stery; But the mmutes.shpped away, and the it must have been by sheer accident." come. It was a bitter pill to swallow, but the Frank began to grow uneasy. Finally only thing they could do was to make the .he said: best of it. To make snre they were not "Seven can hold this fort as weP as mistaken, they searched along the shore nine. Come on, l art, let's go on a scoutJor the boats.,. but it was a waste of time. ing expedition." The boats gone a doubt. "I am with you," assured Never in all his life bad Frank Merri"Lead the way_." well felt more disgusted than he did at Frank leaped over the wall of the fort that moment. He had taken pains to con and ran like a deer into the darkness, fol-ceal the boats, and the rebels had stumbled lowed by Bart. Of course they were not on by luck. A surethey would not run straight into the_ short time before tt had seemed that the


2a FRANK M.ERIUWEI .. I.'S FATE. ell rt k and d"'-serters have escaped in our boats,. and left deserters were w Qve a en .... feated in sQch a :nanner that they would us here." soon be forced to but now--The sailor was surpnsed, but he recog' 'I hate to go back and te11 the boys the nize.d .Frank, and he knew there cou-ld be h d F k no about it, so he brought the 11rut sat J;anH. f Jlu d t A schocmer into the de "Vot you dink we peen-vi-sh ?" beat her up against the wind which is After a time the boys recovered not very strong. Ifit h_olds.till we make ciently to laugh over the affair.:A-t 'Jhich th@ pier we'ILbe in rut:k., they were inclined to accept as a good joke The plank had been draw n i'n, and the on and let it go at that. boys pushed the Captain Kidd off with fellows we left on shore will g e t oars till some flaws of wind cut down into bs off some way in the moming, '' assured the cove :;tnd gave her start enough so she Ft:ank. "We can raise a signal of distress, worked her way out into open and that will bring them over." water, where there was a bette r breeze. So made preparations to spend the It was indeed a 'Ion& wearisome of aight on the island. beating the schooner upagains t t h e wind, WlUJe they were thus engaged an ex-but Old Jack was sailor enough to take clamation of surprise and relief came advantage of everything, and, );,wo nours from Frank, who sprang up on a large after leaving the island, they were. beat stone, standing in the full light of the ing past the edg,e of Ten-Mile Woo d s on fires, and waving his cap abont his bead, their "last leg." Through an opening in while he cried: the trees they caught a glimpse of a camp"Schoo,ner fire, around -which a pagy of lads were The lig-bt of the fires shoW'ed them the gathered. Captain Kidd swi-nging round in the little ''They must be Reynolds and his gang,'' cove, with Sailor Jack at the b.elm. said Frank. "I do qot believe thefellow s "Ay, ay, air, n called back the ()l d tar. we left on shore would have come away Mppened oo the island ?11 over there .t6 camp. P "We'l"e t"!\Staway-marctoned-RobinWhen the pier was reached the rest of s..Ju Crusoed," Frank repli'ed. "Those de-the pMty was found still waiting them ..


FRANK MEIUUWELL'S FATE. 23 there, was settled beyonQ a doubt possiple .they watching' the, pier that the campers in the :woods W-ere the to see when tht: Captain Kidd arrived." r ebels they had come out to Mariwcll admitted. "It is quite pt;obable they believe them11 ferbap:;; they <;iecided to get out of the selves and they will not bee-'q)eiting woods. The old wood-road is near, and us," said Fraulf.. "We lllUSt lose no tinie tb,y must h,ave gone that way." in f alling on them." a brief c(!nsultation with Bart, lp, a ve:ry few the entire G9m,. Frank decided to take the wood-road a.ud _pany, was. b;iskly al.gng follow it to the mait,r highway. to end the 'htintassoon It was dark in the forest, Frank as p ossible. seemed to .h4ve eyes of an. _ilwl) for he B e yond the "Yooded J ppin.t came led dfem to the road without difficulty, upon Jlad, been drawn and they were tJ;amping 1n an out upon the beach, and they soon saw line. the fire the "The ,sai.nts dennd usJ '"muttered Frank to creep up o.n 'the de"We've got to pass tll' hut av h' 1..3' h serters and surround them, so tl!ey t ou,.w eun;1t ._ stealing forwlrd through the woods ;nak-.that exe: light ahead ? ing 1 itile as 1 Gallup. "It's gittin' Each cadet was now armed with a gun, brighter an' brighter. B'gosh it looks to which a .'Yas sc:;t, aud it was like a fire!" Frank's scheme to a of steel "It U; a fire!" Frank, as the glar about tl:Itf!, re9els1 so there be no es-ing "It is a burning cape for any of tl1em1 unless iJie,x. to building, at tltatl lt mul the hut of rush 'f '' the hermit! B9rward j forward I" .The had ilie9 qqwn, an_d an Away they and a very _f.ew awesome silence reigned in the moments tHey came out mto httle 'J,'):le boy s y.rere, to proceed very opeping where the hermit's. hu_t stood. slowly in order not to make norse T]le wretched on. tire,. and the '.. flames were breaking tire roof, t t : .. lighting the surroundings. In tl}.is way considwhlf! tlme was spent A th b b k .. tl h -: -' H s e oys ro e m""' 1e open1t1g t e 1n gettmg near enough to the fire t-o dts-1 ht t th fi h d th th t th d 1g o e r.e s owe em a e ethat seemed t? be no op,e m 1 d h f h h h d b serters were col ecte near the l) ut, tf 4 ear t a!., e a d eenh watching the :fire, but maK:ing no oo e ag. a.m came upon .r ran.}r an e h d ; h 1 1 to extlngmsh tt. Indeed, were tugh astt!ne on wtt ess cautwn. d b t' f Bl k T t mg an s ou mg or ac om o come In a few moments tbe bgys were g,athout and show himself. ered by the fire, looking inquiringly Frank and company were right upon each other-'s faces. the deseAers bcloi:e they. were detected. "Vere dey vos, id?' the Then Ftank ,puzzled Dutch lad. -don't;l peen '"Surrender'! You !!annpt escape!" here so much as dey vos yet avile, I and B'asc0m.b wer,e astonished, pelief me.'' for they fancied was still on the "They are gone," said Frank, .re--islanil, which he would not be likely luctantly; but I do not believe they to escape till Their bewilder were waru'ed of our coming in any w;1'y. ,., ment made it possible for Frank)s party "Perhaps they were ," said Bart. "It is to cut them off on three sides7 while the


24 FATE. burning cabin hemmed them in on the and manly thittg todoJ You should feel fourth. proud of yourself!'' Bi!scomb wanted to fight, but the spirit Rupert cowered before Mer1 ::welPswitlr to go out of Reynolds in a twinkering scorn. The laughter was gqne from ijng, and he said_ : l]is face, and he choked with .and "You've caught us fast this time, fear, as Frank's eyes seemed to bore him riwelL We'll have to surrender." through and through. :.You fool!" snarled Bascomb. "We With -an of disgust, Frank all get away l Come, make a flung :Rtf pert aside; but a,second .later he Follow tile!',had the fellow by the arnl' again, as he He dashed fiercely at the line, bi! the switly asked: hard fist of Ephraim 'Gall\lp, propelrea by "''Where is Black T9m ?'' the country boy's muscular arm, smote don't know'' wa,s -the sullen an, the bully. on the jaw, and Bascomb went swer. to the in a heap-kn9cked out! "Did you look for him?"' "You don;t want to run up ag'in that "Yes." air bunch of bones, 'less ye like to hurt "Where?" yerself!" gtJnned Ephraim. "We for him to-.come out of the Of that fist meaDS Sickness, an' Otte thump hut. H of thiS one means a job for the under"Well?'' htker." "He did not answer. n manner in which Bascomb was "What then ?H disposed of instantly checked all ; disposi tion to rush solar .as the deserters were concerned, -and it seemed that thea capf ture was easily accomplished-;' ''What was the cause of this fire?'' ''We went in to look for him." "What dtd you find?" "Nothing but his miserable dog." "And so you set the hut afire! A thing to qo !' f fine asked Frank. we thought we'd give the old mit a house-warming," laughed }.{u,_pert Reynolds. "Oh, oys were startled and nolds shiver. "J?o you mean to say you electrified by heating a wild cry that set that hut afire i" seemed tocome from the heart of the -"What if we did? We couldr. t do a burning hut. (.f\, better thing or this Everybody "What was that? asked Bart is afrai

FRANK MERRIWELL'S FATE. 25 in that old hut. .It mu::.t have been Black hoarsely from the iips of Hpdge. "If 'Tom's dog. The creature..:.-) does not seem possible fot any human being He was_ interrupted by another cry that to go in there and come-out alive. '' was so weird and wild that it made the The and watcl1ed, while hair stand on the heads o_f the appalled the1ieconds passed and the infmded bo y s. the entire hot. But Frank did not reap" By heavens!" shouted Hodge. "That pear, and hope soon turned to despair in was no dog! It was a human cr-y of .-disthe _hearts of his comrades. In silence tress! There is a human1being in. there they stood around and watched the fire The old man is burning to fiend complete his work. The roof of the deatp in that fire!!' hut fell in, sending up a cloud .o! sparks, some of which must have set the woods afire but for the fact that there had CHAPTER X. been several days of rain shortly before, so the forest was not in a dry state. The FRANK MERRIWELL'S FATE. walls tumbled in_, sending up more sparks-, the fire died down, and the embers began The horrified lads seemed turned to to stone. They stood and stared at the burnAll hope had long been dead, but still ing appalled beyond measure. the boys lingered and stared into _the The thought that a htlman being was embers, although they feareft what might perishing in that fire seemed to rob every be discover.e

26 FRANK MERRIWELL'S FATE. fire at a-n. You <1now it is said be has the "'lt was Frank tnot' knew th' power of appearing and di-sappearing 'a:f thrik all""th,.. toime, openedhis will. He may have made that cry seem ta mouth about it. Av Reynolds had jist come from the flame; for the very purpose mintioned how1h' land layed' Merri-weU of leading some one to rush in. woulg av put a sbtopper on Bascomb's tllat was his scpeme to get evert with us toong. Betwane yez ye hiv bad a hand in for burning his hut." th' murther av wan :tV th' bist l'11ys thot "Boys,'' said Reynolds, ( 'dd know ivvs-hratbed, rest his sadul !'' we are in a pretty bad scrape?" R 'e)'nolds. nadded: ''':Flow?'' "I believe it," he muttered, t1Jic1dy: "Why, this whole affair will c.onnt "I d-on't know that Merri'weli ever 6id me against us. We fired the but; and so we a bad tum, and" I; have hated him and brought--about' Merri-well's d'eath; '1t worked against him ever since he entered ":Rot!" broke in Bascmnb-. uyour the academy. I and--" b1ood is pocir; yoti n_eed a 'toriic." He broke down. Believing that he "And y01t were the one who led tisintO' had beeti instrumental-in about tnis said Wat Snell. Frank's death, be was overcQme 'You hired us tOhelp get Bascom b out Of ieprrgn::urde and remotse. Fdr 'the"' fust the guard-tent anci.:!..:....:_n titrre tn: his life, began to realize I' I wiSh r had left him thet-e !',. that his cbaracter was m ost despica-' 'An& let me tell why :r tbutnpedyou ?JT bYe. Wh'en a lad pereei'ves faults in h im"iles !" flashed Rupett. "'"It would'_11ave self, and is 11shamed of himself on that been better far me if you account, there is hopelor him. blow the whole matter." Bascom b longed to_ g-ive Reynolds .('You would .have been dismissed fO! another thumping, and more he your little trick of sqnirtfn g hartshorn stteered : into Merriweli's face during; the lnintired "You make me sick!" yards dash ott field day.,.,. "You are likely to be a great deal more ''And you would have taken the same so before this matter is settled '" said medicine for blackmail," Reynold. s shot Bart Hodge, who had been overcome by back. "You have blackmailed me ever the events the last'lialf-bour. 'iYot!a re since that time, and I have paid )foit more afe1low wl'rC>' is no good' on earth, and than two hundred dollars to sti11. Fardale Academy can wen "aio?g When 1 refused to coug l1 up seventy1tlve without you. one of Merriwell's dolla-rs a-11 in a lump, mtd 'yott a fingerswas worth a th;nsand sttch crea blackmailer, you jumped on me. and ham-tnres as you! your r If you mered me; That's the truth of the matter, make a reply, I'll have you tied up to a boys, and I fee} better now that I let ttee, and flogged, as you wanted me the whole thing out." flogged f" was desperate and aefian-t, and tBascomb was cowed into silence, but he would not be cnecked, although :Bas-hls eyes told of the bitter within his comb made several attempts to hfm soul. off. "Weii, you've shown yourself up in good shape_!" sneered the bu-lly. "Begobs, Oi think he has S'Wown' you up a great dalebetter, nre b'-yf" broke in Barney Mulloy, who had listening ..


FRANK MERRIWELL'S FATE. ll7 CHAPTER XI. LAST WOR:r:is WITH TH HERMI'l'. Then a hand came and touched his face -a bony, skinny hanrl, and a muffled voice said: "So you are com-ing mund. I thought you could ..not be hurt very bad. '' It was the voice o BJacl Tom d That voice brought everything back to It was a pa.rt,x that him. He rem em beret!". the imcning hot, news of F:rank; Merriwell's late back to the shrieks. of agony, his mad rush to the Fardale which :ewduced rescue, the fall arid shock: unbounded horror and grief, and 11Hnt I am llOt burned to death,'' he Professor Scotch to _break; down and weep mumbled. "'It is-hot here, arrd I smell like a chil-d. -smoke; but I am not 1:mrned." The humble.dJ trembling deserters went -ma'y find your face .and hands are along. EJ.uie.tly, quaki? fear, iorthey scorchedsome, but that is.all," Said the not what might fall voice of the hermit. upon them, as their reckless rebelpon had He put out his hand 'and toe.ched a wall brought about the of stone. It that be oould almost How happy Jbey would feel the da'fkness. could they have known Frank Merriwell "Where am f?''' askell. not

28 FRANK MERBIWELIJS FATE.. you had any cellar; I thought floor of hermit;-" I heard outside. A (!r(}wd. your nut was the solid ground." was calling for me'to out. I have "So it seemed." seen such mobs. I nursed the m'an who "But it was not built ?"' built this hut; I was with .him when he "Nb. The hut was built years ago by died. and I buried bim here in the woods. an escaped convict, who lived here in the He told me the secret of the cellar and the woods till he died. He made the. cellar, passage, and I have lived here since. But and he -constructecHt for a place of conm&ny times pdopte have in mobs to cealment in case he should pursued and drive me away. They hate me, and they cornered by the officers. Heavy timbers will not let me live in peace. Some of were used to roof over the cellar, and them said I was the escaped convict. I these timbers were covered with thin, flat them shouting outside to-night, rocks. 'P-hen the dirt was placed on the and I quickly descended into the cellar." rocks, and made to a level.with the ground "I fancy bas enabled you to ontsi4c. the hut. This made it seeni that. l\ppear iii a manner that was most baffling the!e was no cellar, and that the'but was and .mysterious., built on the solid ground. n ''It has mystified not a Jew people, but Frank Merriwell felt that he was dream-it will never aid me nfore, for, with the ing. It was like an extract from some coining of another day, Black Tom will marvelous story, and h e pinched himself move on once more. The people about to make sure that he was truly awake, will be satisfied, as they '11 succeed "In order to have me-ans of getting into at last in driving me away. Where I m .ay .the .cellar," conti;IUed the. voice of go I kl;lQW riot; but.! am ;:tfraid to stay hermit, -"he teft an opening up here longer. l through. This be covered with a "As l said; 1 descended into the flat :stone;;, which worked on.. hinge:;, like and there I remained till I fan .ded my a This stone was immediately enemies must be gone. 'Then I lifted the fn front of the fire-place, and seemed like trap and made the terrible discovery that a hearth. Below the stone he Placed a my was, burning. I cried out in ladder that ran straight down the anguish-! called to my dog. Then I saw cellar. Any one in the cellar could fasten you come rushing blindly through the the stone so it could not be lifted without smoke, with the glare of the "fire yellow ;tlje aid.of levers, if some one-above should on your face, and I reeognizctd you., take a notion to if there wa51. some-J heard your cries r I sou gift to save thing worth looking at beneath you.'' "That fellow was a genius," comknew that must be it. .You were mented Frank. by the smdke, an(l you staggered -"He was resolved not to be caught and directly over the opening. I barely bad penned in the cellar,, the strange man t'ime to get out of the way when you went on, "apd so he excavated a passage I plunged into the cellar.,. from the ceUar to the heart of a thick. "That was 'when it seemed that every mass of shrubbery a 'short distarice from thing fell out from beneath my feet., the hut. We are in that passage now." ''My dog came, I saw my home was ."'All this is ,?tiite -ad ; and I closed down the trap. -mttted Frank; -but bow do I happen..lo Then, the heat growing s trong, I dragged be here?)) you into 'the passage; where we are at this '' S'10rtly before my .,._FI.ome was moment. n 1 continued the hars h voice .of the HAnd the rest of the bdys_must think I


F-RA-mfMEl!RIWELL'S FATE. 29 met my fate in the b.?.rning hut. They of embers l emained, al!d the cadets balil must believe me dead. ,,departed. t "Fate bas something far 'better in store At parting but few words passed befor you than a death." tween the 'J:>oy and the strange m:in, whose .'I am_ glad to hear it," said Frank, dog had followed them the seciet w ith a grim smile in the dark. celfar. Black ba?e htm go, and HAft th' ht 't t b bl left the man standmg m the reddtsh g;ow er IS mg 1 1s no pro a e . h t '11 1 k th f of bts rumed home. Before passmg from t a you w1 ever agam oo on e ace f Bl k T b t '11 t f t view along the wood-road, he looked back. o ac om ; u you w1 no orge h ?" T he hermit was darkly outlmed agamst . the light of the dying embers; The dog I am n o t 1tkely to) and I shall not h' t b h 1 was crouc 1ng a 1s ee s. forget that some fellows wh? we ar unt: That was the last Fran.k Merriwell ever forms like m own burned nts home. It f Bl k T sawo ac om. ts a shame I To-morrow-or to-day, tf Ji! midnight is past, .at!d it must be-,-! will d o my best J:o raise a fund among the stu dents at Far. dale Academy, enough to en-CHAPTER XII. able y o u to rebuild your cabin. J will keep FROM THE HANDS OF FRIENDS. secret the truth concerning cellar, and As be thought about the h ermit's you may continue to live here in peace.'-' t t F k Die to the belief ,. s ranges ory, ran ca "No," was the sad return; tt lS O'J; that Black Tom was the escaped dained t?at I shall :emain here no long:r. although the old man had stated the con: I apprectate your ktndness; but Ten-Mtle t d d vtc was ea W oods will know Black Tom no more: On his way to camp he soon found him-It was useless for Frank to talk of tt; self passing the home of Sailor Jack. he had made up Iti s mind, and nothing He if the old sailor were still c o uld change i t. refused to wait till watching on board the Captain Kidd or if to :pay him for the he bad come home and gone to bed. destructiOn of hts home. Frank felt. a strong desire to know "Come," said Frank, when he. felt tbat about this, and, before he was his strength was gre11tly restored, "lead the aware that be had the road, he was way to the open air. The air is fou1 in close to the house. He paused, and I cannot stand it longer." what bad brought him there. ,. "We will go}orth if your companions "I'm afraid it wouldn't be very. healthy hav e departed, '1 said the hermit. "All I for any one to be rapping around this ask i s that they be punished for a Tittle place at this time of night,'' he thought. ti me by supposing you have been de"Jack' might come out with his old gun stroyed in the fire." a u d do some shooting. They crept along the narrow passage, '-Glancing round the corner, Frank Frank finding it necessary to crouch low, fancied he saw a gleam of ljgbt that came and :fina)ly came to some rude stone steps, f;om a window the back of the ltouse. which led up heart of a tangled This aroused his curiosity, and he cau mass of bushes imd small trees. Frank tiously and silently made his round drew in long of the cool night air, to the window. and was very thankful for his escape from He was not m-istaken. There was death. tain at the wirtdow, but a lower come r Of the hut nothing but mass was torn away and a li ght shone out.


FHANK MERRI'WELL'S FA'fE. In a moment Frank was Jl'!ering into The old sailor was writhing with pain, the room. and une of the men was heating the poker What he saw made him gasp with as-agam. I tonishment and incredulity. Evidently the wretches had applied the "Am I dreaming?" flashed through his iron once. brain. "I most be! This is not really "Dat's a taste," said the man who had happening!" spoken before. "Next time we'll giveyer He found himself looking into a a lunch, an' dat'll be follered by a square wretched room, where, on the floor, lay meal. Don't be a fool! We're tender Sailor Jack, securelJ bound and gagged. heated as chickens, an' we don't want ter There two other men in the room, hurt yer 'less ye make us. Just tell where and their faces were hidden by bla .Per boodle is. hid, an' we won't burn yer masks. 'tlO more. Wot d'yer say?" One of the men was hea.ting an iron Sailor Jack shook his head! .. p oker in open fireA The other was "Come on wid der tickler, pal!" cried talking to the old sailor, and th'e boy out-the spokesman. side could understand his words. The man with the poker tt>ok it from "We know ye've got a heap of money the fire and again approached the helpless stowed away somewhere, me covie, an' cripple. wetre goin' ter have it-see! We know ye Frank decided that the time for action found a buried pirate1s treasure, an' wetre had come. With a single blow of the club goiri' ter make yer -cough it We mean he held he shattered the wi;ulow, smash biz-, an' we're bad men ter monkey wid. ing in sash, glass, and all. Me pal is heatin' der iron ter warm up Like a fiash1 the young athlete leaped yer lonesome Tril'by wid; an' we1ll have through the opening he had thus made, yer boodle if we have ter burn yer leg off and was within the room. inch by inch clean ter yer body. Yer The masked men had started to escape, might as well cough before we begin. If not knowing but a large number of assail :; e'll give up der swag, wink yer right ants were right upon them. eye; if yer won't, wink yerleft eye.1 .Before they could get out of the room, The man looked Jack's face, and Frank brought the club down on the ..... then he cned: head of one of them, knocking him senseLeft she is! Bring on der poker, pal. 1 less. He jerked off the sailor's boot arrd Then the boy caught the other fellow stocking, andthe other man approached by the collar and flung him back into the with a"' red-hot iron. room, crymg: A groan came from behind the gag in "You shall not get away, you villain!" the sailor's mouth. The man staggered, retained his balance Shuddering with horror, Frank with some difficulty, and then, seeing away. Frank wa5 followed by no others, whipped "The monsters t" thought the boy. "I out a wicked-looking knife, snarling= don't propose to see that man tortured and "Ten thousand fiends f Do yott dare robbed! What can I do?, tackle .us alone, yer fool? Why, I'll jest He sought for a heavy club that would tap yer, an' let yer claret out-seer" serve as a of and, in a few He leaped at Frank, with the gHttering seconds he fonnd what he desired. knife uplifted. Then he came back to the window and The boy sprang aside, and down came looked in again. the club once m-ore. T:Ae ruffian threw up


FUANK MERRIWELL'S FATE. 31 one arm to shield his head but it dropped, broken, at his side, and he was sent reel ing. Before he could recover, the b'rave boy stretched him senseless beside his pal. on strong shoulders and bor,ne round and round the camp, ofollo:wed by every cadet of the acadep1y, all of them laughing, shouting, cheering, and singing. The band "Hurrah!" shouted Frank, as heeaught kl bl d d h d d th qmc y assem e an ea e e pro1 up the ruffian's knife and hastened to set 1 t fi d f tl t.l .cesston, a sa u e was re rom 1e ar 1 -Sailor Jack free. "That was the way to cook 'em!" The sailor sat up, working his jaws to get the cramp out of them. When he lery in use at the school, and Professor Gunn made a speech, filied with thanks giving and praise for_ Frank. Little Pro fessor Scotch tned to say something, but could speak, he said : he broke down and em braced Frank, "Shiver my timbers if I ever saw any-thing like that! Boy, you're a wonder-a while the tears of joy ran down his face, and another wild cyclone of cheers went up from the cadets. cyclone, tontado, simoon! Do you know what you've done? I helieve these two Such a scene had never before bel'!n lubbers are One-Thumb Earns and Shp .. witnessed at Fardale. No outside $pecpery Goggs, two professwnal burglar'S, for whose capture there's a reward of three hundred dollars offered, keel haul me if I don't! You'll get the reward if and I won't forget you my self. You may lay to tbat, my lad." * tator could have dreamed Frank Merriwell had. ever found a foe amid that rejoicing throng. The deser'ters were severely in the war of demerit and extra duties, with curtailed privileges, but none of The old sailor was right; the captured them were dismissed. ruffians proyed to be the bmglars for Three weeks later Sailor Jack was at whom the rewards were ofierecl, and, in tacked by a sudden and severe illness, of due course of time, the money came into. which died in three days. He sent for Frank's hands. Frank before the end, and, putting a Both Frank and Sailor Jack were inpaper into the boy's hand, said: terviewed by numerous newspaper re"They say I'm goin' to ship for a porters, ,and the story of the boy's daring voyage, my lad. I can't take my money single-handed attack upon and capture of along. You're the only person wbo"s the ruffians who were tOt'turing the sailor showed any kindness to me of late, and was published broadcast, scores of papers keelhaul me if I don't leave every .cent of containing Frank's picture. my money to you! It's an old pirate?s The astonishment and unutterable joy treasure I located and dug up on Long created by Frank's safe return to the Island. Just what it amounts to, I don't academy may be much better imagined rightly know. That paper's my will, an.d than described. He \VaS hailed as one I've had it fixed right by a lawyer. Here's risen from the dead, the encampment another paper that tells where to find the went mad with joy, his hand was nearly money. I intended to die without ever shaken off, he was hugged, he was lifted tellin' anybody where it was hid, but I


. ., j2_ FRANK MERRIWELL'S FATE. Jeel better that I've found somebody that's I well was known to be worth over forty "I worth havin' it, ami you may lay to, dolla. rs. that. 1-; \! l THE END.] So the old sailor died, and was "FRANK MERRIWELL'S MoTTo; OR, Th THE YouNG LIFS-SAVERS," by the author mourner at the funeral. e treasure of '' Frank Merriwel1, h will by published was found where it wa&. pidden, and, when I in the next number ( J2) of the TIP 'to; its value was ascertained, Frank LI:SRARY. IT TOPS EVEWr'THING I TIP .. TOP LIBRARY Thirty=two of reading matter and cover. Oood stories by the best authors Price Five Cents. Issued Saturdays. Brighter and Better than any Cen t Library ever published. The Stories will be the best that money can secure. The Subjects inte restin g and upto-date. The Typographies! Appearance a'hd make-up of the library will surpass any similar publication m the world. The Cover will be illustrated m colors by a first-class artist. The Printing of librarY. c overs in colors h11s never been attempted in this country.. We have new presses, at a farge expens 'e, for this color printing and every issue will be a work of art. FOR SALE ALL -TIP TOP LffiRARY. -PRICE FIVE CENTS. STREET & SMlTI-1, 29 Rose Street, New Y o rk.


CATALOUUE OF FRANK MEI?I?IWELL STORIES IN TIP TOP. WEEKLY Frank llferriwell; or, at Farc\ale. Frank Merriwell's Foe; or; Life iu Barracks. Frank Merriwell's l\Iedal; nr, ".Plebe'' Lite in Camp. Frank Rival; or, .Sy FairPlay or Foul. Fauk Merriwell's Fault; or, Fal$6 and Foul Snares. 6. Franlr )lerriwell's Frolics; or, Fun and Rivalr.f at Fartl:\le. 7. Frank 1\lerriwell's Mysterious Ring; or, Tile Man in Black. B. Frank Fag; or, Fighting tor the Weal1. 9, Merriwell's Furlough; or, 'l'ile M)stery of the OltlM"liSl!lll. 10. Frnnlt Mel'l'!Well on His Mettle; or, Field Day at Far dale. 11. Fran It Men! well's Fate;or, Tit!' Old Sailor's Legacy. 12. F1ank Motto; or, Tile Yomu: Life Savers. 13, Frank Mel'l'iwell iu New York; or, au Unlwown Foe. 14. Frauk MerriwPII !u Chkngo; or. Meled hy Mysteries. IG. Frank )lerrJWell iu Colorado; or, 'l'rn.ppiug the .rrain 16. Fraltk )leniwellin Arizona; or,Mysteries of the Mine. l7. Fran It Merrlwcli in l\lexico; or, 'the Search for the Silver P11lace. 18 Frank Merriwll in New Orleans; or, The Queen of Flowers. 19. Frank Merrlweli's Mercy; or, The ,J'ha.ntnm o( the Evend:Llerriwell 1\Icshert; or, The thP. Danites. 23. Frau!< ll!erriwell's Fairy; or, The.Etermit of Yellowetoile Park. 2. Frank Menlwell's Money; or, The Queen ot theo ".Qneer" Mah:ers. Fran it Jllerriwell's 1\lission; or, The Mystic Valley of 26 Frank Merriwell's Mysterious Foe; or, Wild L(fe on the Pau pas. 27 Frau It Merriwell a Monareil; or, The King of Phantom !811\lhl. Frank )lerrlwell in Gorilla Laud; or. The Search for the Li nlc. 29 Fr"uk Merriwell's Ma.l(ic; or, The Pearl of Tanll'ier. Iff Frank Jllerrhvell m France; or, 'l'he Mystery of tbe Uukuowu. 111 Frank )Jerri well's Feat; or, The Queen of the Bull Fighters. 3'l Frank Mel'l'lwell in Loudon; or, The Grip of Doom. 33 Frault Meniwell's Venture; or, Driven trilm Armenia. 8' Fraulr well in India; or, Hunting Human Leot-arc\s. 85 Fran It Merriwell's Vow; or, After .Big Game lu Ceylon. 36 FrRnk Meniwell in .Ja ; or, TlleSIJCII of Avenget. 1 liT Fmnk Dea S!lf)t; or, Roughiul( it In Anstl'ail,., '-Ill .Frnnk )few well In the South Sea; or. Cast tor J.if&. 311 Frnnlt Merriwell at Home Again; or, '!'he Mystery of Ethel Drisuoll. 40 Frank llletriwell at Yale; or, Freshman Against Fteshman. (1 Frank )lerrlwell's Match; or, The Ktng of the Sopho 111ores. lJ'rank well's Viotory; or, The Oar. '3 Ji'rank Finish; or, Blue Agaiust CrlJUson. Frank or. SnarfnlC the Sharper. iS Fraulr Merrlwell's Run; or, Tronnclug the 'l'igets. Fronk Merriwell's .Jo::veu Up; or, Sqnl\rh11: the Suore. '7 Fauk 9neen; or, Blow lor Blow. 18 Frank Merriwell'll l' iu. 56 to the Rescue; or, Through Fhe nul Water. 57 Frank Mel'l'i well's Close or, The 1'tam(>'s Token. 58 Franlt :\Ieriwr;" or, 'l'be Winnlnl( Pull. 81 Frank Iultlation; or, The Secret Order. Frank Sigu; o1, 'fhe S ecret of the Silent. Student. 83 Frank well as Full Back; or. True to His Colors. a. Frank Merriwell's Duel; or, A Point of Houor. 85 F1auk Merriwell's Mark; LCket. 1Hl. Fmnl< Meniwell's Courage; or, Nerve Blttlt. I 1;n Frank Mt-rriwell's Faith; or, 'l'he Shadow oto. Cdmel Frank Merriwell's Cele!Jratlou; OJ', Lasf Days a Fardale. 10 Frank ll1erriwell Afloat; or, The Cruise of the Whit< Wiujl'S. 105 Frank Merriwell Under Megunticook; or, With Kuox County Lea11ue. 106 Fran I< Merriwell's Mysterr; Dr, The Monster of Devl lslaucl. 107 Frank Merriwell's Disappearance; or, The Secret ot the lsl&thl. 108 Frank Merriwell Aroused; or, The Bieycle Boys o Belfast. 109 Fran!< Metriwell's Pursuit; or, The Chase ot the Swle n Yacht. 110 Frank 1\ferrlwell's Co.teh; or, Tbe Canoe Boys of J.ak SehastJCool<. 111 Frank l\lerriwell's Gnlde; or, Sport Around Moose-Head Calr.118 Fmnlr Merri\vell'R Dritt; or, With the River Drivers lU Fran!< Meniwell's Dariug; or, Elsie's Sacrifice. 116 Fran I< lllerriwell's E'isr; or, Bound to Know the Truth. lUI Fran I< 1\lllni'wcll's Masqnerade; or, The Belle ot Hur ricane Island. \ 117 Frn .uk llleniwell's Misfortune: or, The Start of a New Career. 118 Frank Merrlwell, Eugine Wl_per; or, At the Foot of thP 119 Franlt Flrerua.JI'I or, First Step Upwar JJarveat. 130 Fnwl< Metriwell Oil the or, Tile All-Star <.:ombt na.tion. t:ll Franklllerriwell's First Part; or, The Start as u.n Actor. 132 Fl".lnk Merriwell in Advance; or, Adventures Ahead or the Sbow. For Sale by all Newsdealers, or will be sent, Postpaid, on receipt of Price, by STREET & SMltlj, UILISHI!RS, 81 fuLTON Sr-. NEw YoRK.


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