Frank Merriwell's father or The man with money to burn

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Frank Merriwell's father or The man with money to burn

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----CALMLY Pi!OCnmED TO LIGHT BTS CTr.ATl WTTH A HUNnRFD DOT. LAR BILL.

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' . .. 1\.N IDEAL PUBLICJ\.TIO fOR THE 1\.MERIC/\N [&Slll!d TVeekly-By Sttb&cti,pttOH $2.50 per yeat. Enttwed Second Cta.tl J :attet at the-N. r Post 0.1/f,ce. S rRH:KT & SM l'l'H, 81PuUon St., N. .Y. .Entered A.ceord iuo Act of Oonote.rs, in the l"em 1898, in the Office of the Lif!1miau of Cbn02en, 1>. C No. 139 NEW YORK, December .o, 18<)8. P ric e F ive Cents. Contents of This Number. I. FRANK MERRIWELL'S FATHER; or, The Man With Money to Burn ---APPLAUSE 29 CORRESPONDENC E &1. FRANK MERRIWELL'S FATHER: O R, The Man Money to Burn. By t h e Author o f "FRANK MERRIWELL. CHAPTER I. A WORRIED MANAGER. "M1erriwell," said Parker Folansbee, the backer and reputed manager of ''The Midland Dramatic Co.," which was p laying Frank M erriwell' s new four-ac t comedy drama, "John Smith of Montana," through the Mid dle West, "we're in a t erri bl e scrape. F olansbee was a l arme d he was distressed, he was agitated. T o him i t seemed t hat t h e situation was des p era te. The company, special sce nery, mechanica l effects, everyth i n g req u ired to give a per formance at t h e n ext town, was on the train -everything except one t hing. That o n e thing-the v ill ai n of the p l ay Percy Lockwell, ex p ose d in h is ras c ally swe iring to even the score with the young actor-playwright whenever he found the op portunity. And there was no person not already a signed to an important part in the cast who was competent to p lay the villain of the piece. It was eight o'clock in the morning, anC: the company was billed to p lay in Mar shall that night, with Kansas City next o n the list. To Parker Folansbee it seemed tha t disas" ter stared them in the face and he was amazed to note that F rank Merriwell did not seem at all disturbed. "Don't worry, Mr. Folansbee," said Frank, as he settled himself comfo rtably in his seat, after hanging up his light top coat, f_rom a pocke t of which he ext rac t ed a notebook a n d a ttempt t o rob Fola n sbee at pok e r shown u p penci l as if he contemplated qusying himself by F r a n k Merriwell i n all hi'S.. .hy pocritical during the journey. "It'll be a ll right." crookedness, had dese r ted the c o m pa ny, "All r ight!" exp l oded -Parker gaspingl y The Title of True Blue No. 38 is* Clif Faraday's Disappearance."

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2 TIP TOP WEEKLY. "Why, what are you talking a:bout? How will it be (;1.11 right? Marshall is a good smart town, and its people are shrewd and intelligent. They will not be fooled into accepting the piece if somebody has to go_ on and read. a part like that of 'Ben Haggerty,' villain." "We won' t have anybody read it," said Merry, undisturbed. "But you can'f leave it qut, and you can't--. I say, is there any way to double it? Perhaps that is what you are going to try to do? Perhaps that is what .you are going to work at now?" "No." "Eh?" "Not that." "What, then?" "An idea." "For what?" play." ment. ee gasped. He could not underthe coolness of Frank at such a mo"Another play?" he gurgled. "My dear fel low, you must be jok ing! U sua1ly Parker Folansbee was.. languid and listless; now he was anything but that. The success at the very outset of "John Smith of Montana" had opened his eyes to the possi bility of making a "barrel of money" with the piece, and the danger of the seemingly impending calamity overwhelmed him. Never bt!fore had he been so disturbed. "Oh, no, I am not joking," assured Frank. "I have some ideas for a new piece that I believe will knock the spots off this one. I am getting those ideas down and preparing to W:ork on them before they slip me. You know you can't tell what will happen to this piece." That alarmed Folansbee than ever. I've put my money behind it; I've paid out good stuff for scenery and mechanical arrangements, and--" "You will get every cent back-with inter est. .The piece is making money fast, and "That's just it. Now there is danger that the whole thing will go up on -ac'Count of a nasty game of poker. I wish I had not played with Lockwell! I wish I had not let you int o the game!" "Mr. Lockwell would be with the company now, and--" "He and his friend, Lawrence, wouhl be beating you out of moTe money each night than the show could put into your pocket. I "But .you might have told me quietly, without exposing them in that dramatic fashion and getting us into this Then we could have dropped l.Jockwell a1fter we 1ha4 ; provided somebody to fill his place." "Mr. Folansbee, I presume you have played poker for a number of years?" "Yes, since I was a boy." "Exadly. You know the game well?" "As well as possible I believe." "Just so. You are rather proud of your knowledge of the game." "Oh, I O_!l!y know how to play a square game!" all right. You are not a fool, you do not like to believe that anybody has pl-ayed you for a sucker." "Well, I don't believe any man likes to think that." "Of course not; and .you can not make an J enemy of a man quicker than by telling him he h _as been played for a sucker, even though he may know it is true. He resents it at "What are you talking_.about?" he splutonce." tered, feeling like shaking the calm youth. "I suppose that is right "WhJ should anything happen to thi'S piece? "If I had pfayed the game through and left Who was it Clif Declared Charme. d Them All? True Blue No" 30. .

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TIP TOP WEEKLY. 8 with o u t exp osing the rascaJ.s t hen and t here an d had told you afterwards t hat you were b e ing done out of your money, you would ha ve resented it." "Oh, no, I don't think " I don't think; I know. You would have "The one that ha s t he saw mill scen e i n it simila r to t h e grea t scene in m y p lay." Folansbee s tared h ar d a t Frank. After s ome moment s he a s k e d : "Is the r e such a play ? "Yes, answere d M err y, "there i s." A n o l d pie c e?" "No." asked me why I didn't expose their litt l e game. You would hav:, informed me t hat you had played poker ever since you wer e I t hought not, f o r I have never see n i t." old enough to hold the cards, and it was n at "Nor have I." an easy thing -to" fool you You woul d !have "Then how do you k n ow sard that you could show me some points Frank reached for his over coat and took a a bout the game. And you would have dramatic paper from one of the pockets. hot under the collar to think that I had the "Here," he said, h ere i s the evidence." / nerve t o hint that I could detect in one sit -He pointed to an article in the paper. Fatin g that y o u had been cheated when you lansbee took the paper and read that article, w e r e not able to dotect it in a dozen." growing more and more agitated. The piece Folans b ee felt that this was true, and yet went on to say that the manager of a certain the fact that the exposure had brought about play that had been making a big _hit in the' such an unfortunate state of affairs was East had that t'he saw mill scene in to make him bear a resentment his play, which was duly protected according against Merriwell. And now, when the loss to law, was being used in a new play pro of a principal actor seemed to threaten th e du ced by a cheap traveling company in Mis company with no end of trouble, Merriwell souri The' manager averred that it was a ca ly announced that he was getting todirect and open steal from him, and that he his j,deas for another play-that he bring suit and attempt to protect him had fqreseen that there might be trouble with self and his pro pert y with the aid of the "John Smith." It was this final thought that troubled Fo lan s b e e t'he most.' How long had it been that Merriwell had anticip;tted trouble? He asked the question outright, with un usual bluntness, for him. "Not long," answered M 'erry. "Not long, for it was but recently that I discovered.. the serious defect in the play "Defect?" gasped the backer. "Why, I didn't know--" "Neither did I. That's just it. I've never seen the other play I had never even h ear d courts. Folansbee dropped the paper and staretl at Frank. "By George!" he exclaimed. T his i s a pfetty mess!" 'It i s bad," nodd e d Frank; "but it may not be as bad as it seems." "Why, here is a lawsuit in prospect." "J?ut you may get the best of it." -... ' "Eh? Why, then-" "I had the title of this play copyr ighted s ome time before we met. You have applied f or a patent to protect you on the saw mill of it when I wrote my piece business." "'fihe other play? What are you t alking "Yes." a bout ?" "You have not yet heard from the p atent That Was a Q u ickstep:Run Clif and His Friends Made.. See True Blue No. 30.

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TIP TOP WEEKLY. office. ltf you are _refused, then we are too late. But even then it is scarcely likely that we shall have serious trouble, unless we oegin playing the large places, Q.ties, where this other show is likely to go. As long as we play smaller towns, of the class that we have been playing, it is quite proba ble this Eastern manager will consider us too small fry for him ...to bother with." "J?ut we are going to play in Kansas City." "Yes." "And 'Jlopeka.' "That's right, but the towns beyond that on our route are smaller; they are of the order that seldom get any of the big production s. Still they are large enough so that we may do a good, profita:ble business in "That's right. "Of course,, I am sorry to know. there is any question about the saw mill scene. I have never. seen this other play;and I tell you now that I absolutely believed this.. saw m ill fessor who had died. On his way home with the lamp, which the boy had bought in order that :b.e might have something by which to remember the professor, who had been kind to .him, he sat down beside t-he road and start ed to rub up the old thing with his coat sleeve ; ImmediatelyJhere was a clap of thun d e r, a burst of smoke, and Aladdin's genie appeared before him. The stoory as con ceived was to be humorous th.roughout, vhe boy getting into no end of scrapes throu gh \ the possession of the lamp and with the aid the 'slave of the lamp.' I was captivated by the idea. The author asked me what I thoug
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'l'IP 1'0P WEEKLY. there has been no plag-iarism in this case, we may not -be abl e to defend our rights." "That's true," admitted Frank. "We may have to shelve 'John Smith.' "What then?" "'flhat's why I am getting my ideas to gether for another play "But, good heavens! how ca n you it so coolly?" "What is the use to tak e It d i ff erently? I don't believe we can be stopped from playing this piece at once, even if this other manager tries to stop up, for you have the money to fight h im, and we can go on gathering in the s h ekels for a time, but we may have to give it up in the end. !hen, i'f I can have an other play ready, why, we'll be strictly in it. See?" "You tatlk about going o n with this play as if there is no troubl e abou t that now, but f -'fdon't see how we are going on with it to night." O h that 1s a minor mattter," assured Frank, coolly. "It may be," fussed Folansb;e; "but I don't look at it in that light. This business is me out! It is setting my nerves on edge! I'll be a wreck!" "You h::l.Ve been so much in the habit of taking things easily and not bothering your head over business that a matter like this breaks you all up. I want te call your atten tion to the fact that Lockwell did not play the part of the villain in the first place. You re member that, for it was by your orders that Dunton, a better actor was taken out of the part to give it to Lockwell." Folansbee shrugged his s h oulders. "Are you going to give me a dig a!bout that?" he asked, pe tulantly. "Perhaps it was to the fact that Dunton can play that part now on short notice. Hav.:ener has notified him to be ready to play it again to-night. Havener did not ronsult you, for he--" "He is the stage manager, I know. What do you want m e to do-beg Havener's pardon for meddling?" "Don't, lVfr. Folansbee! You are very irri table. You are not expectetd to beg Have-. ner's pardon. There was no time to consult you, and it was pretty certatin you would not object to any kind of a shift to enable us to play the piece to-night." "Oh, of couPse not! but I don't see how putting Dunton back into his original part will help mattters. That will leave open the part he has been playing. We shall still be short a man." "Tnere i s no one to play Haggerty but Dunton, who has been quite out of his sphere w restling with German comedy. Dangerford, who has been playing the Yankee co median will do the German." "Oh, yes!" came sarcastically from the manag er. "That's all very well, but what are you going to do with the Yankee-cut him I out?" "We can't do th at, for some of the best comedy scenes are between the German and the Yankee, and it is the comedy, as much as anything, that makes the piece go with our class o f patrons. There must be a cer tain number o f laughs to offset the thrills." "Well, then, by Jov e I don't see that you have made any progress Where's your Yankee?" "There is a person with the company who has never lfound i t necessary to fill a part. We have decided to make him cfo the Yan kee ." a msitake, but--" Folansbee stared, began to gasp, fell b ack. "I am not going to 'give you a dig.' I "Yoll-can't-mean-me?" he palpitated. speak of it so that I may call your attenti o n Frank laughed. Who said "I'd g ive a Ten D ollar bill to see Clif Faraday Make One Fooi)Jreak. Tne Blue No. 31.

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6 TIP TOP WEEKLY. "Oh, no," he assured. "I wrote the part from an origjnal-from a dharacter in r eal life a friend of mine. The original charac ter will play the part to-night. Now Folansbee straightened up. "Why," he said, "you can't mean--" "Ephraim Gallup-yeso He was the tion, "I'm afraid they'll throw things _at him." "I am not afraid anything of the kind will ha.ppen," declared Merry, as he prepar e d to work. "Now just give me a chance to plug away at this other play. We may have to have it in a hurry." "But you can't write it soon enough ca n original character from which I conyou?'' ceived the part. He has seen it night "I don't know about that. Good plays after night, till he knows it almost have been written in two or t1hree weeks but thoroughly. Some time ago I had an that does not happen ver.Y often. It didn t idea that he might be called on to fi.l:l the me long to write 'John Smith ,' you part and I gave him the manuscript to study know." in his leisure moments. He has committed the lines pretty thoroughly, but there he sits near the front end of the car, digging away at them now. He will do the Yankee character to-night, and I prophesy that he will do "I doubt if JFOU can repeat that job." "Well, I don't know. The success of any play is always a matter of doub.t tilJ it i s tried on the dog. T he very thing that a manag e r may feel sure will be a great h1t is likely to -it out of sight. So you see there is nothing I prove a fizzle. There is a big element of to worry over about the desertion of Lock well. If he means to knock usout he has failed, and we will play in Marshall to-night, just as advertised." CHAPTER II. I EPHRAIM CALLS FRANK TO ACCOUNT. For some moments Folansbee wa:s too dazed to say anything. Finally he exclaimed; "Oh, say! that feUo..:_w can't act!" "I don't want him to act," declared Frank. "All I want him to do is to go on the stage and not try to act. If he'll appear natural, I'll bet something he'll make a hit. "Well, it's taking big chances." "I fail to see it. We must fill a vacant part some way." "Yes. "Will you suggest any other way?" "Can't." 1 cl-Jance in every venture "And rrow, just as we have di sposed of'-c,-;:;---' element of dhance in this thing, w e '!'!! liab l e to be knocked out. I don' t li k e it if you do!" Merry settled down and b egan l ooking over the notes in his book. He h ad col lected a mass of materi a l for the n ew-Play, but it was in a maze of disorder and it must be sorted out and put into shape before e oould do anythin g with it. Duri!).g the most of the railroad j ourney Frank was hard at work over this stuff. It would have been difficult for any person but himse lf to have discover e d thaJt: he had made any progress whatever, but he arranged much of it s o t hat in his mind he could see the new play taking form. He could picture the cli maxes of the various acts, and man y o f the best scenes were well worked out in his m ind. Marshall was reached in time f o r a l a t e din "That's it. It's the only thing that can be ner at the hotel, and then the compan y was done." notified that they were to proceed at once to "Well, sighed Folansbee, with resigna -the theatre for a rehears a l. There Was Only One Such Brooch in the World. Where did the Country Bumpkin get it? True Blue No. 30

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TIP 'l'OP WEEKLY. 7 The place had been well advertis ed. The "Look at the mess he made of a simple paper of the play was tD be seen everywhere, rehearsal!" and the best windows were filled with the "Yes, but thi s 'simple as you photograph boards. call it, was more trying for him than _playing Delvin Riddle, the adva nce man, was doing before a good house to-night will his work well, and Frank congratulated him"How do you make lth:at out?" self on securing such an agent, for Riddle "Simple enough. Ephraim knew every-had once been Merry's rival and had been body was watching him to see how he would worsted in an encounter. do. He knew he was being watched by a lot Not all of the company was aware of the of people who could act and he realized that . changes thal t had been made to fill the gap made by the di s appearance of Lockwell, and there was no small amount of curiosity and anxiety over the matter. Havener called the company ,together on the stage and talked to t'hem a little, and then the rehearsal began. Dunton was back in 'his old part, and he went at it with enthusiasm, which met with Havener's approval, for the stage manager ::ved in actors rehearsing as they expected to play. He could not tolerate dawdling at rehearsals and would not have it. Of course Dangerford, in rhe part of. the German comedian, was not letter perfect, but he did very well. All were surprised when Ephraim Gallup came on to play the Yankee. An'd Ephraim? He was all broken up. Right in the middle orf his fir s t speech he got twisted, and then he stopped and glared around. "Look hereJ gal darn it!" he cried, "I wis1ht yeou folks would stop starfn' a,t m:e zif I'd he was not an actor. It broke him all up. To-night he will not think of the actors and actr esses who are watching him." "But he will see a big audience out in front, and--" "'Dhat will brace him up. Rehearsals are more trying than penformances for a fre s h actor. He feels that he is being criticised and laughed at, and it rattles him. The performance puts him on his mettle. Gallup will do all right to-night." "Well, no one can hope so more than I." If Frank had any doubts about it he did not show them. He sougJhlt Ephraim and encouraged the poor fellow as much as he could. Gallup was sitting on a box in one of the d1'e'Ssing rooms, mopping his fa,ce with a handkerchief. He seemed weak and limp. "It's no use, Frank!" he almost sobbed. "I can't do it!" "Oh, yes can!" laughed Merry, en couragingly. "You are all right." "Nope; I know better. Why, I'm shakin' jest escaped from some, dime museum! It a 1 over naow." jest breaks me all up!" I "You'll get over that." Havener encouraged Ephraim, but the I may git over it jest naow, 'bu_t good poor fellow made an awful mess of the reLord! I'll kerflummix when I git reddy to hearsal. When. it was all over Folansbee come aout before all them people ter-night." was in a state of rollapse. "This i-sn't the first time you have appeared ' He'll ruin the play to-night," the manbefore an audience. Remember the imager declared. ... promptu entertainment we got up when we "I don't think that," said Frank, calmly. were stranded. You--" That Was Canniba1Like to try to Chew Clifs .Ear. True Blue No. 30 ..

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, 8 TIP 'P WEEKLY. \ '"'Why, I sung and played the trombone, but. that was diffrunt from goin' about an' tryin' to act. "Don't try to act, Ephraim. FO'rg e t you are actint, and just .appear natural. Y o u'll get along all right. "Frank, hain t there any way aout of . "No way ou t of it, unless you refuse to go on, and me in the soup. Everything depends on you to-night." Ephrai!fi got up and placed a big hand o n M erry's shoulder. "Then I'll do it, b gosh! i,f_ it kills m e he declared. "I wouldn't do it fer any body els e in the world, but I'll do it fer yeou." "Thank you Ephra im. Be sure I appre = ciate it, and I will r eturn the favor if I g e t a chance." "Naow don't go to talkin' that way! Y eo u returned it befor e it wa s d o n e for ye Wasn t y,.eou my friend at Did n t yeou "Well, p e rhaps so. I haven't 'heard from any of them in so 1 ong that I--""Whose fault is it?" "What?" "I say, Whos e fault is it?" "Why, I--'' Have y e ou let em know w h ere ye be?" "No for I--" "The n hao w in thund e r d o yeou expect t o h ear fro m e 'm?, Haow k i n they writ e to yeou if they don't kn o w wher e t o wrirte? Look here, Merriwell,' I'm yeou r friend, an' I don' t l ike to say an y th ing ag'ins t y e but the re is o n e thing I mu s t say." L e t it c o m e," smil ed Merry, meek ly. I d o n t think yeo u h a v e t reated yeour old h i e nds a t c ollege rig h t in not wdtin' t o t hem and l etti n them kn ow anything a baout ye The r e ye it, b y gilm! s traight f rom the should e r It's t en to one they're sayin' m o ngst the mselves t h at they' r e -o-stand by me when the y tried to haze th e stu-i n ye, a s the y didn t th i n k ye' d f e r gi t 'em an' fin' aout of me jes t b e cause I w a s a greenhorn_ go bac k o n e m so quick. They'r e blamin' fro m the farm! Y e ou t fer m e in th e m yeou. day s, an' I'm r e ddy t o fight an' di e f e r .yeou Frank w as serio u s no:w. now!" "I neve r th o u g ht of that," h e c onfessed. "You are a true frie nd, Ephraim. You d o "You m a y b e rig
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' l 'IP TOP WEEKLY. 9 "Y eou do not feel like writin' a tall." "That's about it." "Well, don't ye se_nd 'em some of the newspaper notices abaout yeou and your 'em know whut ye're doin' of." "I yvill," nodded Frank. "I am glad you spoke of it, Ephraim. There is Hodge. I regretted le av ing him to the temptatiolts he must and I have not written him a line to keep him cheered up and o n the right track. Ephraim, I feel
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' 10 TIP 'IOP WEEKLY. "You remember that song. Ephraim, that you used to sing at Fard ale ?" asked Frank. "Whut ont;?" "That one about milking the caw." "Yes." "Well, I want you to sing i-t to-night." "Hey?" gurgled Ephraim. the stage?" "Sure." "Oh, geewhillikins! I can't!" "Oh, yes you can.'' "But the orchestry-they don't know northin' abaout it, an' so tl'rey can't 'company me." "I've fixed that.'' "Haow?" "I hummed the tune for the piano' player, and he has gotten hotd of it so he will p!ay some chords for you." "But when be I goin' to sing it?" time that y9u get stuck in your li.1es and find a good chance. You rememb_:r tl1e song. Just nm it in sorrie way . If you can sing it in the same queer way you used to you'll bring house down. You ber how the fellows used to nave you sing it over and over, and never seemed to get tired of it?" "Yes, but that wa:s jest because I was suoh a Reub then, and--'" "You want' to be jlllst as much of a Reulb a:s you can to-night. The tune is wonder fully catchy. Sing it just a'S you used to, and I'll wager you'n be t'fre comedy hit of the -evening.'' "Wal, mebbe I will; -but the pianner feller won't know when goin' ter sing." t@ld 'him to be {)1(1 the watch for the song. You plunge right into it and he'p be with you." Ephraim not pvomrse The house was packed that night before it was time for the curtain to go up. Ev. ery-That Poor Little Boy Sadly. Needed a Friend. thing promised a repetition of t'he success "John Smith" had made all along the line. It was midway in the first act that Ephraim had to enter. It was necessary for Fran k to almost push him on. He represented a Yankee who had come West to make hi s fortune in the mines, but Wa!S dreadfully hom esick and completely dead broke. Ep:hraim's knees buckled under him when he advanced ont o the stage: It happ ened thwt he was quite alone. He was to speak a '. soliloquy, which explained why he was !here, out he sim'Ply tottered out to the of the s 'tage and gfared around him in such a helpless, comical manner, while his mouth opened and shut, witlhout a sound i ssuing from his lips that a snicker ran over the audi The snicker changed to a fain t l augh. It grew loud.er a s Galiup stopped and glar ed at the audience, becam e hearty, and swelled' fo a shou t of merriment. Ephraim stiffened up, looking indignant Down to the footlight s he stalked. He lifted one long forefing e r and shook iit at t'he audience. -"N I don't see what in thunder yeou f o lks 1s l arfin' att" he exploded. Then there was another shout, louder tha41 before. Whe n it died down, Gallup observed: "If I can't talk, I kin sing, by gum!" Immediately h e struck into song, and the manner in which he sang it was simply init.Thitable. The words alone were nat very funny, but the gestures and expressions that acompaniecf them, to get her with the catchy "hayseed" tune str uc k the fancy of the listen ers. The song was as follows: "As I was milkin' th e Jtaow one night, boss! keep still, goh demit!) She switched her tail with all af her might, boss! he y havin' a fit?) I He Found One in Clif. True Blue No. 30. \

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I 'a TIP TOl' WEEKLY. company not on the stage were standing and Ephraim. They, !oo, had caught it, and some of them found it difficult to keep from shouting with laughter at the odd and original humor and wit the Vermonter in jected into the part. Frank Merriwell, amazed beyond measure, literally hugged himself as he watched his old friend sail in and "knock the spots" out of the part. Pq.rker Folansbee, on the front of the house, had heard from ?is position outside th<:_ door the first shout of laugh er that filled the theatre. He pulled the door open and stepped inside, where h e listeneq and while Ephraim sang th e song. At the end of the song Folansbee uncons ciously applau,ded with the delighted audience. But when .. Ephraim was fairly launched with the story of his adventures the manager became so ab sorbed that he permitted three boys, who had been hanging about the door and for an opport?nity, to slip past_ him without tieing them at all. H :oscoe Havener stood l5.ehind Frank in the wings andwatched Gallup without uttering a word. He had permitted the Vermonter to fill the part at the suggestion of Merriwell and because there was no one else to attempt it. He had not been impressed witlh the that Gallup would make a success, and he feared the coilltrary. The comedy scene was carried through to the end with no little originality on Ephraim's part, and the audience applauded again when the Vermonter came off. Frank met his long, lank friend i'nd shook his hand delightfully. "Ephraim, you are all right!" he declared, with enthusiasm. "You have made the bit of the evening so far. I thought you would do all right, but I never dreamed you could do as well as that." "Wal, I be go! dinged if it ain t ea:sy to make -some folks larf! said Ephraim, w h o seemed as astonished as anybody. I did n t know \ I could do it myself." Havener had waited till he wa:s sa,tisfied th e V-ermonter had re.9Jly ma:de a hit. Now he spoke to Ephraim. "Y au ar e to be congratulated, he said. "I was afraid you would overdo it w hen you found how much they were laughing at you, but you did;'t. Now, 'don't get a big head overth. is and spoil everything before the ;lay is over \ drawleg the n e w "I've travelled araound Frank Merriwell too long to git a big hea
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TIP TOP WEEKLY. 13 One thing alone gave him a feeling of relief. Over and over he told, himself: "Tihey cannot prov,e.. anything. They are not even certain that I cheated. Lockwell alone was detected." Of c ourse Frank wa s sure Lawrence had cheated, but the turn af the gam;:_ had brought about the exposure of Lockwell, and Lawrence had escaped. Even then Lawrence was not discharged from the company. It was not till Lockwell had tried to injure or kill frank Merriwell in the sawmill scene of the play that he ... was forced to leave or be "fired." He chose to get out in a hurry o.f his own accord, but he had informed Frank that th;y would meet again. Lawrence had fancied that Merriwell would "cut him dead," but he wa:.s surprised to find that Frank treated him with, civility -r---and politeness. Folansbee was the one who cut him. This wa:s particularl y humiliating, as, up to the time of the fatal _game of cards, he had seemed to enjoy the confidence of the manager more than any other member of the company. Somehow Merriwell's forbearance and civ ilness did not soften the resentment of the actor. He remembered that it was only a short time before that he had been playing leads in the company that F _rank joined as a rank amateur. Now he was supporting the j -amateur; Frank Merriwell, the star of a play written by himself! And Lawrence believed he could fill the '' star role f;J.r better than Frank. Ephraim Gallup one of Frarrk's staupchest and most steadfast friends. For that reason Lawrence was "sore" on him. Ephraim's head was not turned by his re. ception .,as _an actor. He went on to the end of the play, doing his part as well as he could, and making it funnier than it had ever seemed before. Frank understood the reason for this better. than anybody else, for had .he nqt written ""' the part with the peculiarities of Gallup in his mind's eye? Ephraim fitted into it ?S the hand fits into a glove And the presentation oi the play night in Marshall was smoother and better t han it h(!.d 'been previously The show -still seemed to be on the straight road to suc cess. Ephraim Gallup wa' s the hero of t:
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u. TIP TOP WEEKLY. From his pocket the unknown took a gold mounted and diamond studded cigar case, .;,.hich was well filled with fine cigars. One of cigaTs he slowly drew fortJh, dosing the r case and deliberately. returning itto h1s Next he took out a small gold cigar cutter, which he snipped off the end of the cigar. By this time the eyes of every person in the office of the hotel were fastened on the singular individual. 'Dhere was that about 1him which attracted and held their observation. Apparently he, was utterly unconscious that he was watched. He reached for the cigar lighter, but the alcohol in the little cup was exhausted, and so his effort to light his cigar with the aid of the lighter was unsuccesSJful. Without the least show of il}lpatience, he drol?ped the lighter back into place, put his / d -in his pocket and took out a roll of bills as big as his fist. His next act caused every person watching to give a gasp of amazement. From the outside 9f the roll he pulled a crisp hundred dollar bill. With this t!Ie stranger calmly proceeded to light his cigar. He thrust OJ?.e end of it into the flame of the little lamp, setenely watched it catch fire, and then held it to the end of his cigar, puffing away deliberately till the weed was well lighted. The half-burned bill he tosse' d on the floor, placed his foot OJ?it to extinguish the flame, turned about and walked with a dignified air .. out of the office, never once saying a word or appearing to observe anybody in pa11ticula1". There wa s a hush when he was gone. Then the clerk leaned over the desk and stared down at the half-burned bill. Somebody exclaimed: Then there was an excited stir. "Fake!" exclaimed a commercial trav eller, laughing. "It was walJ:..done, thougih ThaA: bill really like the genuine stuff." "It was countel1feit, of course," puffed a fat man. Frank stooped and picked up the halfdestroyed bill. Some of the witnesses 0f the little came forward and gathered round him. Merry examined the bill closely. Then he added to th6sensation by sayin g, in a tone of absolut'e conviction: '"Dhe bill was genuine!" "What?" Now there was excitement. "Tlhere is no doubt about it," assert ed Merry. "It is on the F1rst National Ban k of this city, and is th e exact duplicate of the one I have here. If it is counterfeit, I will forfeit my reputation for common sense." He had taken another bill 1from hi'S po cket and was what remained of the half-des-troyed on e with it Others examined the half-destroyed b ill, and it was not long before nearly all became convinced that it was genuine. Then came the question: "Who is this man who lights his cigars with hundred dollar bills?" "I've heard of h i m declared a young man. "He 's stopping at the Midland." "What's his name?" "He is registered as 'Mr. of Arizona.' He's been doing all sorts of queer things like throwing five and ten dollar gold pieces out of his window to see new sboys scramble for them. He throws them put. by the handful. He tipped a bellboy fifty dol lars for carrying his grip to his room when he arrived.'" "When did he arrive?" "Well, wouldn't that kill you to death!" "This morning. That's why you haven't Jabez, of the SCl:ys' "I'll Dew It!" See True Blue No. 30.

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TIP TOP WEEKLY. 15 1. d b h' t h Th as 1'f a br't r'mpatient. "What 1s the matter uear a out rm t .e newspapers. e reporters have been chasing. him." "What have they found out about him?" "Not much. He refuses to talk, but it's certain he's got plenty of rocks . Kansas City had been rather dull for some time. It needed something for a sensa:tion, and it seemed that something had arrived a.t last. ""Dhat bill is only half destroyed," said one of the little throng "It will be redeemed. What are Y?U goiq g to dq with it, young man?" "I shall keep it and return it to Mr. Phe-nix," Frank. "What right have you to keep it?" "I picked it up." "Yes, but--" "Do you want to keep it?:' The way Frank asked the question caused a laugh at the expe,nse of the in quirer. "Why-wthy, no-but 1-I thought it would be a good thing to-to leav_ e it with the clerk here," sta,mmered the confused man. "You are very interested,. sir," murn : mred Merry, holding the bill in his hand. "Really, I think you will be the proper one to take charge of it. Now: don't refuse. I think you had better. Here, take it." He pressed the 'remnant of a bill into vhe man's hand, closing the 'fellow's fingers down over it, and then turned and picked up the pen to resume registering for the company, The man opened his hand and stared. The half-burned bill was not there[ "Hey!" he gasped "Its gonet" Frank serenely began writing. "Here!" cried the man, catching him by !!he shoulder; "what did you do with it?" "You are very annoying, sir," said Merry, with you?" "What did you do with it?" "With what?" "That bilL" "Gave ft to you. "Never! You--" "I call these gentlemen to witness that I placed it in your hand. You see I haven't it." Frank held up his empty hands. "It's a cheat!" cried !!he man. "Every body here who saw Phenix, or wlhatever his name is, drop that bill has an interest in it. It doesn't belong to you any more than it be longs to the rest of us." "Admitted. That's why I gave it to you to keep. I am a stranger. I presume you are known here." "But you didn't give it to me! I haven't got it l" "And you didn't drop it?" "No! Now you--" "You are sure you haven't it anywhere?" "You bet! Young man, you're altoget'her too flip. Just you give it up, or--" "You mu1st have it. Perhaps you tucked it away somewhere. Now, it might be in this." Frank reached out artd took hold of a locket that dangled on the man's watch chain. It was a locket. Merry opened it a bit, and' there daseiy packed in side it, was the half:bu:rned bill. FranK quickly drew it out
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I 16 TIP TOP WEEKLY. "But I never!" roardi the man, which caused Frank to laugh all the more. "A clever bit of ,legerdemain," commented a spectator. "It was really very good." "You will see something better than that if you attend the performance of 'J oli:n Smith of Montana' to-night," declared Merry, not missing the opportu nity to advertise the pl3:y. "As for this half-burned bill, per'haps I had better keep it now." Of course Frank h
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TIP TOP WEEKLY. 17 At this there was a groan of dismay f.rom the man :who had hopecl. to obtain a share of the money when the bill was redeemed. Frank hesitated. A sudden feeling of anger came upon him. W hat right had any man
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18 TIP TOP WEEKLY. being could. My turn has come, and I let nothing turn me from the full enjoyment of it." The self-confessed selfishness of th" e inan was repugnant to Frank, and t'he youth's lips curled with scorn. Looking at Frank with those piercing eyes, it seemed that Mr Phenix read his very thoughts, he said: "All human beil:gs are selfish. l1hey may tr;y to conceal the truth under a !l}afl,k ,of pretended. generosity, they may make a pr.ofes sion of caring for their fellow men, but t'hey are hypocrites, and_.' at hear,t they are su premely selfish. D _on't. tell me thrs is not true. I know. I am older than you. In me you see a man who is not afra id to let the world know just what he is at heart. I am not a nypocrite, fot; I do not pretend to generosity and ndbleness I am that all men should think ine, selfish. I am willing think anything they choose about me. : He puffed at the cigar, flicked a bit of a.Sh from it, and went on in tihe sanie calm, even manner: "This morning i saw s?me newsboys squabbling under my window at the Midland. I opened the window and threw a handful of gold to th 'em. They fought over it like young tigers. I was amused Peo- pie at the hotel thought I was generous. When I found they entertained such idea,s, I told them they were mistaken, that I threw out the money by waJy of providing a: few moments enjoyment for myself. I informed them th'at !.should not 'have thrown out a silver quaPter if I had seen a starving beggaF under the windov;,, even though the wretch were weak and from lack or' n ourishment. That would have cost me. an effort, and I shou!d have derived no amusement .. trom it. I pay for what amu ses me, b ut for not'hing else." I More and more was Frank ast unded by the man's words. He ha:d not d earned that any human being could so mly confess -such utterly heartless disregarrd for all humanity and so brazenly boast of his deba sing selfishness. It was necessary for Frank to hold his indignation firmly in check, but han dsome tface betrayed his feelings dearly. -Stronge r and stronger became the f eeling thaJt sometime he had somewhere m et this It afmost seemed that he could -grasp the time 'arid place, but stiiFit evaded him as, at times, a perfe. ctly familiar name will evade the memory of everyone. It was proV'Oking, and Frank wa:s annoyed. "You speak frankl y enough; Merr y said; "but I am not willing to believe that are !:ts bad as you wauld other s think." "Bad?" said the man, gravely. "Is that the way you regard it? .It !Dakes no d ifference to me, young man I do not care in the least whether people think I am bad or not." "Then you must be deranged-you must be mad!" Mrr. Phenix started the least bit, as if stung at last. "I do not like th ose words," he :said, coldly. "What words?" 'Deranged' and 'mad.-!. Do not them again in my pre s ence! Do you under stand?" -His eyes bored Frank thr ough and through. "Do you understand?" he repeated "You are not to use those words-or any synony mous wo rd s!" It was a command The eyes of the remarkable strang er liter ally glittered.; D eep down in their dark c2;ves was a glare as of a hidden fire, but his face was cold and unmoved as Those Fellows that Tried to Bite Got Badly Bitten. r Sse True Blu_ e .No. 30

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TIP TOP WEEKLY. 19 'And somehow it seemed to Frank that this man h a d a right to command; somehow it seemed to Frank that he must obey. It was a remarkable feeling, an4, he could not ac count for it. "Very well sir," he said, wit:h enthusiasm that astonishe d himself; "I will not use them again The man flu n g_aside the . I think .you are seeking pleasure in the wrong direction. Many a man is generous .because it give'S him the greatest pleasure to be so." "And that is one form of selfishness," as-1 serted the singular man. "If he did. not en joy being generous, he would not be gener ous, and so the is selfish in his generosity." This was a remarka:ble argument, and Frank was thinking how he would meet it, "It i s well," he murmured. are when, all at once, the man asked: words some men do not .care to hear. Those "What is your name?" word s I do care to hear." His manner changed. Of a he reached out 'hand and placed it on Frank's shoulder. H e stood thus for a few seconds, looking at M 'erry for Vhe first time with a show of interest. "I like you,' he finally said." I don't know why, but I like y ou. No person has ven tured to speak to me as you have-no person ----has ventured since-since ........ He hesitated, seeming to grope a moment for the right expression. Then he finished: Since I came back into the world." A queer f eeling ran over M erriwell. "Why," he exclaimed, almost breathless-ly, "have you-have you been---'Out of the world?" I have, declared the man. _"I was a man in the prime of life when I went out of the w o rld. You see me now. I have come back an old man. But I broug.ht a fortu11.e,.. with me, and I have money to burn." "I shall spend the rest o f my life burning "Frank Merriwell." _) "I thought so!" "E!h? You thought so?" "Yes." "Then you have seen the adv.ertising?" "What advertising?" Of my play." "No, I do not think I have." "But why-why should you think my nam e was Frank )\l[erriwell?" "Because. I did think so, that is all. Some thing told me that was your name. You are a fine young man-a youth any father should be prou-d to call his son." These words impressed Frank strangely. All at once, with singular abruptness, the man turned away. "Are you going?" asked Frank. "Yes, I am going. We shall meet again." "Tihis money--" "Keep it. Do anything you like with it, Give it to the poor, if that suits you best." The man paused. it." mollJ.ent." "You-could spend the rest of your life in "Come to the theater to-night and see a far better manner. Yo; claim you are ut'John Smith, of Montana,'" invited Frank. rerly selfish, and you will spend money only "You shall have a pass." in procuring plea sure for yourself. A man "A pass! Young man, I will come, but I in your place shpu1d find the greatest pleas, do not want a pass. If I cho
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-20 .. TIP TOP WEEKLY "It is my play." "Yours? You wrote it?" "Yes." .. "I will come." Then. Mr : Phenix left the office. As he passed "through the door was heard to m utter: "A son any father might be proud to call hi s own!" CHAPTER VI. ....... FACING A "FROST." "Well, ,you did have nerve to talk to him -like that!" exclaimed one of thos e who lfad listened to all that had pa1ssed. "Why, I believe the man is daffy! Surely he is not right in his"'upper story." Then they fell to discussing in a:n animated I and rather excited manner the strange man from Arizona. Frank thrust the half-burned bill into his pocket and finis)led wdting the names of the ,} ., company on the regi ster. The ladies 'were in the parlor, while Galfup, Havener and Dangerford were' attending to the getting of the special scenery into the tl}eater. The other members of the company around the hotel, but it happened that none of them were preaent in the office at the time of the strange interview between Meri-iwep and Mr. Phenix. 'Dhe clerk assigned the rooms, and Merry immediately went up to his<, after speaking to the ladies and telling them they 'Would be shown to their rooms 'by a boy. Alone in the room, Frank paced up mmandingly had felt tha t "Where have we met?" he he must obey. "When did we meet? I know I have sfen "That man is my father!.,' 1 "By the Blood of Bruce, H's Not Him," Gawked McFatrick. True Blue 30. ..

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' -TIP 'l'OP WEEKLY. Frank repeated the word s. He had last seen his father shortly after leaving Fardale Acadeilly and starting on his "educational travels" in company with his lamented guard-Frank thought of man's singular words on learning the name of the youth ,who had spoken to him so plainly. Mr. Phenix had declared that he believed the youth to be ian, Professor Scotch. In Arizona, whither Frank Merriwell, but had not explained wl1y Frank' had gone in search a.f a mine, the he -tho-ught so. chart to the location of which wa;; traced on Had Frank's father recognized him? If the stone of a ring that had come into Mer. so, why had he remained silent-why had he ry's possession in,. a remarkable manner, he had found his1 father, at that the right ful owner o the mine. }'' Even at that time his father had been gt;eatly changed. Surrounded. by enemies, had endeavored rob him, once bu rie alive in his o mine by his bitterest foe, Mr. Merri'well had seemed somewhat unbalanced He had triumphed at the time over his enemies, but had explained that it was necessary for him io disappear from Jf.Ee wished to as' he was certain his ene mies would destroy him eventually jf fie came failed to out and make himself Jsnown? Frank was excited now, more excited than he -had been for a ti-me. "I must find OJlt!" he cried. "I must talk '. with him! I must tell him that I know him!" Out of his rool'l'\ he dashe.d and down stairs three ste s .. at a stride. A:s he ref his father were living or dead. y At last, while was at a man .' had appeared and sous-ht to lure him from t he path of uprighteousness and honesty. Of course the attempt had been a failure, at:Id, :n the end, Merry discovered that the man "-bad been sent on t'his singular errand by r Frank's father, who wished to learn _what,sort of a youth his son li
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TIP TOP WEEKLY. "I have thought of several things." "Have we been properly billed?" "Yes; our paper is up and our photograph boards are in the best windows.'1 'And no advance sale? How about the newspapers? Has Riddle done good work as press agent?" "He has done well enough, but I have found there is a report afloat that may have caused people to hold aloof.' \ "Ah !-Now we are getting at it!" For the moment Frank forgot a:bout the wonderful discovery of his lfather. He was interested in the fate of their venture into Kansas City, where t)1ey were to fiJi three nights left by another company that had gone to the wall. Of course, the show had been put in there in a hurry, but Riddle had prophecied that vhey: would be "dead sure winners,' and they had come there with great hopes. Now it seemed that they were to re: ceive a set-back. is this report you speak of?" asked Frank. "A story that this is a fake show and will be closed up here .by the manager of another show on whose rights we are trespassing by using a scene from one of his plays." "Is that it? Well, I wonder how such a yarn was started." "I have been trying to out, and I think I have discovered." "You have?" "Yes." "Tell.'' "A certain individual has been here ahead of "N arne him." .... "Lockwell." "Hal" "The man at the box office told me Lock well 'had been inquiring about our shoW." "Then he has done everything possible to hurt us, avd, being an actor, he knew just hoW to go a:bout it to do the most harm. It is too bad!" "Hang the ow!" drawled Folansoee, with a show of anger. ''I'd like to wring hi\' neck!" "It is plain he means to keep his word." "Eh? What word?" :He promised that I should hear from him again. I have. But it may not be a:s bad as you fear. Our company is here, and we s h all play. I do not believe we shall be disturbe d." "What' s the odds if we don't get hou ses? I could not get in here at the usual thir ty seventy; I had to give the manager a lump sum for the three nights, and take our chances. The manager will be all right if we do not draw ten persons, fo.r he has the mon ey in his pocket. I am the one who will get it in the neck." "We'll 'See what can be done, Mr. Fola n s bee." "What can be done?" ,.. "That I cannot tell now, but we may find a way of working up business.'' <''iw e are up against some good thing s at the other theaters, and that makes it worse. Jefferson is playing at the--" "That will make no great difference with us. Jefferson plays first class, while we play to popular prices." "But Jacob Litt has a big spectacular affair running in town, and is packing his h ouse every night. The manager of the theater where we are to appear told me L i tt had killed the other show whose dates we are filling." \ Frank could see that the situation was r eal ly serious, and he felt that it was his duty to do all he could to bring out the p e ople t o see "John Smith." But what could he do? That was a question not easily answered. And this had come about to per plex Frank just when the discovery of his father had di-..:erted his mind f o r the time But busines s yyas bu s iness, and M e rr y felt that it was his duty to giv e his time t o the show. he felt tha t he must see the mysterious Mr. Phenix without delay. "Mr. Folansbee," he said, "I have s o m e thing I wish to attend to just now, but I will return as soon as possible and try to devise some scheme for getting out a house to night." Folansbee shook his head. "Go_ aheacr and attend to your busines s That was a Convenient Crack in the Floor to which Clif At"Dlied His Eye-TiD TOD No. 30.

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TIP TOP WEEKLY. be said; 'but we are up a:gamst a frost here, and all your scheming will work no good." CHAPTER VII. A VALUABLE SUGGESTrON. Frarrk went ta the Midland Hotel. Every where he sought for Mr. Phenix, but did not find the mysterious At last, realizing hi-s dtrty wonfd allow him to waste no more time in the hunt that day, he turned from it. qo the theatre he went. The box office was open, and the man was t!here to seU tickets. He had not sold ainy. Frank talked with him, and heard what he had to say. Of coulise, the man in the box office was not greatly disturbed because of his fai-lure to make an ad:-vance. sale,. f0r he knew the manager o the thea tnt had received the moljl.ey that was to pay him fcnr the rent 0 l'iS -house three nights, and ne wottld be all right under a-ny circumstances. The tiaoket seller politely expressed regret that the prospect looked so assuring Frank that the manager had done his part thoroughly aec.ording to the terms of the agreement. Merry was galled It was provoking to know that Percy Lockwelt had been able to obtain. such a mean revenge. A"nd Lockwell had done his work thoroughly, for Frank learned that the manager of the theatre ex pected "John Smith" would be dhecked the very first night by the. owner of the play on whose rights it was said Frank's piece In fringed. "Where is this owner?' wsked Frank. "I don't know, sir." "Has he appeared here?" '(No." "It is rather remarka ble that neither I or Mt:. Folansbee has heard anytning from him." "It does seem strange.'! "If he were contemplating interferi'ng, it strikes me he would first notify us through his lawyers that we were infringing on his rights ancf doing him damage." "I should think that would be t:he usual mode o-f proeedme.'' "Nothing o.f the kind has appeared." "No?"'r "And so I take no stock in this report. It was circulated by Lockwell solely for the pur pose of damaging me." ""Lockwell has something against you?" "Yes. He was with the company." "And was released?" 'No; he jound expedient to skip." "Ah! Tro-ubte?" "Exactly." "Serious?'' "To what extent?" "Pretty near atttempted murder." The box office man whistiled. "This was pretty serious/' he said. '"Yes. The feHow is a thoroughbred scoundrel. I did not like him the first time I s-aw ltim, but consented to take him into the company because Mr. Folansbee, who knew him, desired it. Now, what did the rascal do? After Folansbee g0t him the com pany, he set abotrt robbing mm." "F olans bee?" "Yes." "That was "Per<;y Lockwell has no sense o-gratitude. I deteded him at his tricks and exposed him. 'Fhen he hated l!le.'' "I see." "In the saw mill scene, at the end of the third act, 1 am !Douad 1::ol a logthat is. being eut by a saw. 1'he villain d11xes. this, and Miss Bellwoodr the ingem ire, breaUcs down the door, rus'hes in and saves me just before the saw cuts into my head." "Tohat is good stuff." '"Lockwell was plaiying tne -villain. He bound me more firmly than usual." "Ha; I begin to understand his trick! Good gracious[ You don't mean to say he tried to murd;er you righ>t before the eyes of the audience?" "That was just what he attempted." "But-but the man must have been crazy!" "He believed it would seem like an dent." What Was the Secret Entrance that Clif Found Out? True Blue No. 30.

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TIP TOP WEEKLY. "Oh, I understand.': "When :rvfiss Bellwood breaks down the door, the villain meets her, and they have a brief struggle. She breaks away from him and sets me free." 'On the night you speak of-what hap-pened then?" "He tried to hold her long enough for the saw to get in its work on me." "The wretch." "Miss Bellwood is slight and not very strong,but divining his purpose, she was suddenly endowed with superhuman strength She shrieked 1for him to let go, literally dragging him about the stage in her frenzy to break away and save me." "By Jove! that was t!hrilling!" "Of course, the audience thought it ir: the play, and the people were simply spellbound by what they regarded as a most realistic bit of acting." "It's not often anything like that is seen on the stage." "No. Finally, with a mighty effort, Mies Bellwood broke away. When he tried fo grasp her again, Sihe caught up the axe and threatened to brain him with it : "A good great situation." 'She was in eCIJrnest. She has told me since tqat she came within a hair o! making her threat good. If he had made another move to catCJh her, it is <:ertain she would have opened his head wi-th the axe." "Go on!" -"He slunk off, and she lost not a moment in setting me free. The saw was touching my hair witb its teeth when I rolled off the log." "A close call. "All of that. After the show, L(\ckwell but he l e ft word thcut I would hear from him again. He. swore he would find a way to do me up." "Look her, Mr. Merriwell, have you used this affair to boom your business?' "U __e.d it?':.._ "Yes." "No." "You should." "How?" "Why, it is a corking story for the p apers, and every paper in town snap it up. It is sensational. Work it, Mr. Merriwell! it written up, and I'll guarantee you a h o u se to-morrow night. The people will turn ou t to see the hero who was so nearly murde r e d on the stage by a jealous rival. 'Dhat's th e stuff! You must get jealousy into it. Can't you make it ouf that Lockwell was i n love with somebody who admired you-say Miss Bellwood? Why you are in this b u siness to win money as well as glory, you won't los e any opportunity to g e t a barrel of fre e ad vertising with the yarn." Frank was dazed for the moment. At first he was repulsed by the thought of turning the yarn into an adverti sing story. As for the jealousy part, Lockwell had attempte d t o pay attentions to Elsie, and -had bee n rebuffed All that would be perfectly true in the stor y But he thought of Elsie. It would e xpose the fact that they were great friends What did he care? He was pro u d of i t If Elsie did not care it w ould be all r i g h t. He, would consult h e r. To a vert the frost she might agree to have tlhe story in t h e papers. "It will be all the ,more effectiv e because Lockwe ll ha s b e en h ere and trie d to injure you by circulating false reports," sai d the box o ffice man. Y o u mu s t show him up. Yo u mus t sho w how h e is try ing t o do you dirt. Then the people will turn out i n swarm s t o see your play and get a look at y ou and t he little heroine wtho sav e d you. W hy, it's the greatest stuff I eve r heard It i s worth ba rrels of money to you! You c a n dra w a h o u se on it anywhere "I don't know but y o u are r ig ht," s aid Frank, m e ditativ e l y 'Right! Ofcour s e I am! Now y o u go straight home and work the story u p Don' t give it to one reporter for he' ll try to make it exclusive for his paper. Spring it on all of them, and if rou do n o t d o a land office business here for the next two fli g hts I'm a lobster!" ."Mr. Henshaw," said Frank, graspin g the young man:S hand, "I believe you have done That Fish Net Was Not Usect for Fishing. True Blue No. 30,

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\ TIP TOP WEEKLY. 26 us a good turn by the suggestion. I will try Lockwell did it! Frank, that man is a it.' wretch!" I CHAPTER VIII. A SUDDEN SALE OF SEATS. Frank came da shing back to the hotel, his ,face showing his excitement. He started for his rQom, but chanced to come fa:ce to, face with Folansbee once more .' I have it!" laughed Merry, triumphantly. "Hey?" drawled the manager, in sur;prise. "Have what?" "The idea." "What idea?" "The one that will make QUr engagement here a winner." Folansbee brightened a bit, but shook his head. "I'm a1fraid it's too late for that," he said. "Not a bit of it. We may not have a house t o-night, but there'll be standing room to-morrow night if I put it in. the Sunt and by the time the curtain rises to-morrow night." The manager was aroused 'by Frank's cheerful prediction, but still he could not understand how such a miracle could be brought abont. "What's the marvelous idea?" he asked. "Wait. You shall know later. ,Stay here. of that, little girl," agreed Merry; "but it may not be as ba d as it seems." "Why, are the tickets selling?" "Not one <;>f them. "Then--" "I have a scheme." "Oh !" Her face_ brightened. She had the utmost Frank's schemes, and she saw that he was hopeful now. "Tell me what it is," she t:rged. "I have a story that will pack the house to-morrow night if I put it in the Sun and Star. The papers will be glad to get it, too." "Then you will put it in?" "That depends on you." "Me?" "Yes." "Why?" "You are the principal character story." "Goodness! Elsie was surprised. m the I must have your consent to put the story in the papers. I would not think of doing such a thing, little girl, i f it were not that we are faCing a frost h e re, and something desperate must be done to bring out the people to us." "What is the story, Frank? Is it a-a-a fake?"' Keep near till I come down from my room. I want you to help carry the thing "All right, dear boy. You can be sure I'll "No; it is true." stay if there is any chance to make a go of Now Elsie was more than interested. this blooming business." "And I am in it?" "There is every chance." "Yes. That is why I.have come to ask you . It seemed to Folansbee that Frank was far about it. I am sure that, at first, you will too sanguine, and yet he remembered that revolt against having it published in the pa almost everything Merry had predicted since pers, but you realize it is a desperate case. starting on the road had come true. Certain We must do something to raise the wind. If it was that Franf< had some kind of a scheme you can suppress your sensitiveness enough on hand, something that he firmly believed not to mind the story, we will win out h e r e ." would pull them out a winner. Elsie's interest was at the hig"hte s t pitch Up the stairs Merry bounded. He found now. She caught him by the arm, eagerly Elsie's room and rapped on her door. She commanding him to tell all about the story. ca lled "come in," and he entered. Frank did so. He explained the whole isn't it too bad!" exclaimed Elsie. matter to her, watching her grow pale and Mr. Folansbee has told us all about it. And then flush to the roots of her hair, only to How .Can We Arrord To Give Such Premiums For Three emmons And A Two Cent stamn? I I -

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215 TIP TOP WEEKLY. grow pale again and remain thus t ill he had vertisement: l;>.ut be sure that it is placed in finished. the regular news columns, with news "If it is necessary to do this in order to on both sides of it. Get it in somehowdraw an audience/' she said, when she had anyhow. That's all. 1f it doesn't win us heard all he had to say, '"go a!head and do it good business, I'll eat my hat! Go." without delay." Folansbee went. From Frank he was b e "Spoken like my little sweetehart!" he ginning to learn the necessity oi hustling, catching her in his arins and kissing and he surprised himself in this instance. her. Tha:t afternoon there was a rehearsal. Be-Then Frank hastened to his own room and fore entering the theatre by the stage en began work on that story. He was entrance, Frank appeared at the box office. thusiastic over it, for he -saw the pQssibilities "Any ti'Ckets sold yet?" he asked. of making it a "red hot He did. "Not one," was the answer. not leave out any thrills, and yet he told it in uThat's tough!" laughed Frank. a style that no paper cou}d find objectional. "Have you considered my suggestion!" He did not name Lockwell, but simply ca11ed asked Renshaw. him "Blank, the jealous actor." He explained "Yes, and acted on it." how Lockwell had tried to injure the show "'{ ou've worked the story up?" in Kansas City by circulating false reports "Sure thing." about it. This was his introduction, and then "That's right. I hope you have made it a he went about telling why Lockwell had re-good one." 1 sorted to such a contemptible trick. "I've done my best on it. If it isn't g ood, When it was finis hed, Frank read it over to I can't make a good one, that's all. I am make corrections and put it in shape. greatly obliged to you for the suggesti on There was a knock on the door as he was "Don't mention it. It didn't cost me an y-reading it, and Elsie entered at his call. He thing, and it may he worth 'a heap to y o u. read it to her, and she was 1forced to confess The rehearsal was dull and spiritles s f or that it was like a piece out of a thrilling noveL the company was dejected, having heard the __,r She pronounced it all right, and then Frank bad reports. Frank decided not to tell vhem went away to find Folansbee. about the story that was to appear in the pa.: The man was walking restlessly up and pers. down the office, smoking a cigar. Midw.ay in the rehj:!arsal, Folansbee ca m e "Well, Merriwell," he said, "how has your sauntering in, looking well satisfied. idea pannedout?" ''What luck?" asked Frank. "Great!" cried Merry, thrusting the manu"All right." script at him. "Here it is!'' "You hit 'em?" "What?" "Every one. I'll guarantee ihe story ap"This is it. Take it to a professional pears in every paper to-morrow, i;f it misses ist and have a dozen typewritten copies made any of therh to-night." of it." This was satisfadory to Merriwell, a nd, "Is tlhat all? Why--" after listening to Folansbee's story o f his "Then you are to go before a notary public work in getting at the papers, he compli an swear to its truthfulness, if necessary." mented him hear t ily. "Whew!" wi.stled the backer oi the show. "It is pl;:tin to me that you are learnin g to "What is all vhis?" get a move on," he said. "Your friends won' t "The story that wil.l give us full houses know you when you get back to St. Loui s after to-night." 'Somehow, after rehearsal, Frank felt like "A story?" going round to the box office again, with th e "Yes." d'orlorn hope that at lea s t a few seats had been "And I am to swear it is ,true?" sold. He did so. "You needn't hesitate. It is true, as you "How many seats have .you sold?" he will discover on reading it." asked, with a laugh "What am I to do after--" "Five htrndred," answered Mr. Ren s haw it into every Kansas City paper, the "Ha! hal hal" laughed Merry. W o n t Sun in parhcular." you cut that down a little, say about four "What if tJhey refuse to use it?" hundred and ninety-nine?" "They won't." "N bl d ot a esse one," declared the man in "Some may." h b ffi "I t e _ox o ce. am joking. I h a ve "Then get it in if you have to nai1 down sold JUSt five hundred tickets, and I've got the hard cash to have run as a reading a:d-the cold cash for them, too." It Was Terrible When Clif Was Hoisted Up that Old Flag Pole-True Blue No. 30.

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/ TIP TOP WEEKLY. 27 Frank was ready to dtop. Even then he could not believe it. "Why, it possible!" he cried. "It's true, Mr. Merriwell. I sold them m a lump." "In a lump?" '"To one man." "One man! Why, it can't be anybody is going to be foolish enoug4 to try to speculate on those tickets ?1 -"I should say not! He took the poorest seats \in t:Fle house!" ,;. It was not remarkable that Frank's aston ishment increased apace. "The poorest seats?" he cried. "Why should anybody do that?" "So you could have the better ones for sa1e and not have to turn anybody whodesired a good seat away. That was what he said." "Look here!" exclaimed Frank. "Who was this lunatic who did such a thing?" "I don't know," answered Renshaw. "He was an old man with white hair andl beard, a marble face, the keenest eyes I ever saw, arid a roll of !:>ills as big as your leg." "My fa.ther! gasped Frank. CHAPTER IX. A REMARKABLE AUDIENCE. That night the theatre was filled with the strangest audience that ever gat:thered to see a traveling show in Kansas City. It was an audience made up of beardless young men and jolly boys, together with a large num ber of girls of all ages from ten to nineteen. They came pouring in in pairs and flocks, and all seemed supplied with tickets, so it was not necessary for them to approach the box office. Early in the evening the strange white haired man had called again at the box office and taken four hundred tickets more. 'Dhis time he was accompanied by eight young men, to whom he gave five fifty tickets each, instructing to distribute them hastily but judiciously among their particular friends and acquaintances. The young men departed in a hurry, and the strange old man walked down the steps and disappeared, something like a grim smile of satisfaction on his mar ble face. Of course some tickets were sold to people who came for them, and thus it came a bout that the theatre was well filled that night be fore it time for the curtain to go up. That it \Vas a rather noisy audience must be admitted. There was a great amount of chattering and aughter. Amid the chatter-ing the name of Frank Merriwell passed from lip _to lip. Here and there were young fellows and even young girls who were tell ing t!heir interested friends all the things they had heard about Frank Merriwell. Enthusi asm began to run high before the or chestra came out and prepared to play. It was plain the youthful audience was having hard work to hold itself in check. The orchestra played a lively piece, and the curtain went up a rush. The play was on, and the audience soon b"egan to show in terest in it. But it was plain t at everyone was waiting for something-waiting for somebody. Shortly a;fter the curtain went up a tall, marble-faced man, with white hair and beard, entered the right hand proscenium box. His appearance caused a .stir, and then there was a great clapping of hands all over the house. As there was notping in the play to bring applause just then, everyone knew it was meant for the man in the box, Mr. Phenix, of He stepped to the front, looked over the sea of youthful faces with his keen eyes, and then there came a strange look to his usually immobile face. He smiled a smile of genuine pleasure. By his will and his generosity all these young people had gathered here to see and h ear the play-to see and hear Frank Merri well. And this was the man who had talked of his own selfishness! Mr. Phenix retired and sat down where he could watch t:the stage Ephraim Gallup came on and quickly caught the fancy of the house, as he had on his previous appearances. His song provoked such shouts of genuine youthful merriment as had never before been heard in that theatre. Ephraim was happy. Playing to such an audience, he felt perfectly at home, and no Yankee comedian on the American stage could have done the part better. But the comedians wer e gone, and t{le lines and action indicated that the star of the piece was to enter. Then there was a great hush, as if every person in that theatre were holding his or her breath. It came! At the proper moment, dressed in his picturesque Western rig, Frank came bounding ori the stage. Then what happened actually bewildered him As one being that audience rose and greeted him with wild, ringing youthful yells. Boys and young men waved hats and caps, while girJs stood on the seats and fluttered their handkerchiefs and added their shrill voices to the uproar of sound. What was the Queerest Scene Cllf Ever Wrtnessed in Hi8 Eventful Life 1 True Blue No. 30.

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-. 28 'l'IP TOP WEEKLl:. And over in the right hand proscenium box sat a white-haired man down whose mar ble !face tears were running, running, run ning, while he, who had not laughed before for years, now laughed aloud. Frank, feeling his heart swelling in his bosom, yet wondering at it all, advanced and bowed. Oh; how they shouted and yelled! It was as if the youth before them had been vhe greatest hero of the time. Who can say that, to those youthful hearts, at least, he was not? It was a.-long time before the audience quieted down. When it did; a boy in the front balcony shrUJy screamed: "We all knows yer, Frank Merriwell! You bet yer life we've h e ard of youse, an' you're all right. Y ell, f elle rs, yell!" Tlhey did yell once more. And they would not b e contented till Frank had said something to them. "My young friends," saia Merry, his voice shaking with the emotion he could not re press, "this is one of the happiest moments of my life, and it has come to me as a great surprise. All this is unexpected. This morn ing I had r easons to believe there would be a very slim house h ere to-night. Until after this afternoon I had reasons to be-1ieve so, for, besides the compli mentaries and bill board tickets, nof a single seat had been sold. After r e hearsal I learned that five hun dred_seats had been sold to one man. I know that-man, turning t o th e sil ent, white-hair e d figure in the box. 'He bought four hundr ed seats more, and he brought this audience to gether some way. I thank him. This i s the kind .of an audience I had rather play be fore, young men, boys and girls. I feel that I can get nearer yo u and your real :feelings t?an. I could if you wer e older This r ecep twn ts one I can neve r forget. I shall cheri s h it in my memory And to-night I believe all of us in the cast will play 'John Smith' bett e r than we have ever played it before." Then there was another wild burs t of en thusiasrh, but the play proceeded at last. Indeed, nev e r bef ore had it b e en played as well. At the end of the third act Frank and Elsie received call after call till at last it was absolutely neces s ary to decline to heed the continued applause. In the right hand proscenium box sat a figure tl;at was immovable as stone. Only those bnght eyes followed every motion and -movement of Frank Merriwell. But when Frank rushed to that box after the play was over, the strange man 'was gone. The morning papers were full of the ac counts of the remarkable audience tha t a t tended the first presentation of "JeArn Smith of Montana" in that city. They gave a de scription of the / remarkable reception Fran k Merriwell had received on appearing b efore the footlights. This they explained by t elling that he was the Merriwell had been con necte d with Yale at hletics and was more widely known among the young people of th
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The suggestion made by Mr. Lynn Hartley seems .to have met with the immediate approval of the readers 'of the Tip Top and, as already stated in these columns, we ve made arrangements with the leading manufac rer of badges, and will soon be prepared to supply the demands of readers. An announcement of this feature will be made. The. whose names are given written us on matter enthusiastical-an interest success of the Tip Walter Ark. Theo. Abramson, .,. Harold Provost, Bridgepot:t;Conn. Charles Murray, Bridge port, Conn. Fred G)enn, Brid!t'eport, Conn. George Rivers, Bridgeport, Conn. Thomas Kenney, Bridgeport,.,Qonn. F, H. Holbrool{, Bridgeport,..conn. Martin Kenney, Bridgeport, Conn. Central Junior and 'l' a n Yard Tiger Clubs, Knox-ville, Tenn. c C. Rozzetta, Atlanta, Ga. E. F. Smith, Atlanta, Ga. B. M. S., Monroe, La, M. E. Grant, Alleghany, J;'a. Chas. H. lams, Harrisville, W. Va. WUI Mather, Harrisville, W. Va. Hervey Showatte, Harrisville, W. Va. Fred Foster, Harrisville, W, Va. C. B. Mouts, Harrisville, W. Va. Earl Pierpoint, Harrisville, W. Va. C. Braden, Harrisville, W. Va. B. W. Morris, Harrisville, W: Va. J. Gatrell, Harrisville, W. Va. J. B. Friederick, Harrisvllle, W. Va. Vance L. Snodgrass, Harrisville, W. Va. David S. Freemark. :Philadelphia, Pa. George K. White, Philadelphia, Pa. W. J, Grush, New Orleans, La. We, the undersigned members of the Yale Com bine, have been reading the Tip Top and think It fine. We hope that Frank Merriwell's career as an actor will be as bright as his railroad life, and that Bart Hodg-e and Jack Diamond will be introduced into the Tip Top again. Yours truly, LYNN SLOTTER, Pres. LANCASTER THATCHER, Sec. ARLIN RICE, Treas. CARL YCHACOLL. Frankfort, Ind. You will be sure to find Frank's career as an actor bright and interesting. Bart Hodge and Jack Diamond will be soon heard from again. A my congratulations on the success of the 'l'ip Top Weekly. 1 "hnuld l tke L O see Frank ret1Irn to Yale and take his old place as the in athletics. He is the ideal of all that is noble and good. I hope he meets hls old college chums soon, Browning, Diamond, attleton, Hodge, Pierson, Creighton and others; also h is girl friends. I should like to have F rank meet Elsi e and marry h er, fo& I think she.. i s a truer and better friend than I n za. Hoping that Tip Top has a long life, I remain, very respectfully yours, WILLIAM C. ROBINS Whiteport, N, Y, Yo u r congratulations are accepted and appreclat<.d. You w ill certainly find F r a n k back a t Yale again soon with his old college chu m s, and, as you know, he is not likely to "take a back seat" in athletics. 'l'he order enclosed in your letter w ill be promptly filled, the more so because i t was written on a separate sheet of paper. Separate letters should always be written for "Applause," "CorreSJ?Ondence" or "Order" deplj,,r-tments, though t hey may be inclosed in one envelope. _write concerning "the Tip Top Weekly, the best boys' paper ever published. I have run a news stand tor some time, and have access to a great number of libraries, but I like 'lloiP Top the. best. I have made a record "''or myseff in athletics, and I believe it was through Frank's advice that I was so successful. I am the president of an club, and the boys asked me to write you and tell you how they all thank you fo r giving them such a fine paper. Yours, B. B. Des Moines, Iowa. We are pleased to learn t hat you have profited by Frank' s advice, and that yo u have made such a good record in athletics. Any ti m e that you are able to give to the physical developmen t o f the body will be well spent. As I have read from No. 1 to date, I am very anxious about Frank's we1fare. I think, and so do all the boys, that Tip Top heads the list of boys' libraries, with Diamond Dick Jr., next. Kindly enlighten me on tbe following: Can you give me (about) the number in which Frank goes back to Yale? If I came over to 81 l!,ulton Street, could I buy Friday's book on about Tuesday or Wednesday? Awaiting your reply, I remain, yours sincerely, FRANK W., Brooklyn, N. Y. We are glad that you and such a host of readers praise the Tip Top so hig'hly, As you continue to read them you will, we think, find thaf Frank has at least his share of success, and mainly because, whatever his experiences, he always tries to do what is right and p erseveres in anything he u ndertakes. We cannot supply the Tip Top Weekly at our office before the day of publication. We do not issue a handbook on tumbling, A complete catalogue of our publications, including h!Cndbooks, will be sent to any address upon application. Allow us to congratulate you o n your wonderful weekly, Tip Top. We consider it our duty to thank you for many hours of pleasure which we have spent reading your books. We are glad to see Hans Dunnerwats and Ephraim Gallup have turned up again, and we hope to he,ar of Frank' s other friends again. M r -standish is the best writer of boys' stories. We hope to see Frank marry Inza Burrage, and wish everlasting luck to the Tip Top Weekly. Philadelphia, Pa. JOHN CLARK. JOHN COFFEY. GAY CALLAHAN. M'MANUS Everybody seems to be of one opinion regarding Mr. Standish as a writer, and he says that the great number of letters from readers such as yours that have been r ead by him are very stimulating. He knows what he is writing about, and haS' a wealth of actual experiences yet to draw upon. W.e have read all the Tip Tops issued up to the present time, and think them tip top. We hope some day to see Frank marry Inza, for we think she is far the nicest, but we do not want him to marry for a long time We would like F rank t o go back to Yale and meet his old friends. We will keep on reading them as long as they are printed. Wishing you succe.ss, we remain, M C. F. and D. B. Montpelier, Idaho. There are many readers who agree with you as to the attractive qualities possessed by Inza. Frank i s not thinking of marriage at p resent, thou g h he is the girls. We t hank you for your good I have been reading the Tip T o p Weekly f r o m No. 1 to date, and I think they are a ll right. I am a baseball and football player myself, and I love both games. I have not seen my letter in your paper from Scranton, Pa., so I thoug9t I would write a n d It was Strau[e How Clif succeeded in t hat Exneriment-Trne BlnB No. 30.

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30 TIP TOP WEE K LY. let you know that we like" Frank Merrlwell here, too. Hope to see this in your paper. I will con. tinue reading Tip :Top as long as they are published. LOU.IS DAVIES, Scranton, Pa. Your letter Is only an additional proof tbat interest in Frank Merriwell is widespread, and we are p leased to hear from you and to find that Scran ton boys are lovers of good reading. As I am a regular reader of Tip Top and Diamond Dick, I thought I would write you. If it Is possible, J: wish Frank and Diamond Dick to meet before Frank goes to college. All the boys want them to meet. I stay at a book store, and the boys wanted me to write you about it . Hoping to hear from you at once, WILL ADAMS, Ga. It is hardl y possible for Frank and Diamond Dick to meet, as the scenes of their experiences are far apart, and their interests somewhat different. They have not as yet met each other: I have read all ot. the issues of the Tip Top from No. 53 up, and I think that they a r e the best stories published. My brother wanted me to read A Jesse James, but I would not, and mamma does not think that they are suitable for girls to read. I read the correspondence that Is printed near the end of the weekly, and see that Frank is going back to Yale. I think that they (the stories) are better where he has to work, and not where he has such a "cinch." I will always be a constant reader of the Tip Top Weekly. Miss J. A. J Norwich, Conn. We are always glad to hear from the girls and get their views of these stories. All tastes cannot, of course, be the same, but the Tip Top seems to please one and all. You must not think It is such a "cinch" for the college boys. It is not all play at Yale. I have read your Tip Top Weekly froin No. 47, and I think it is the only paper any boy shou ld read. I hope Frank will drop Elsie Bellwood and get more fond of Inza. I would like to know if Nos. 32, 36 and 37 are in print. I remain, your constant reader, JOHN CUFF, Watertown, N. Y. All back numbers of this weekly are now in print. We can supply them or yo1i may secure them from your newsdealer. We are glad to have your good opinion of the Tip Top. Dear Sirs: I wou ld like to write a few lines, saying that the Tip Top is the only tip top paper out. As I was look ing over t h e letters from your readers, I noticed the Lynn Hartley proposition of having a badge and password for the Tip Top and I think it is a fine idea. I also notice that the girls are interested, and when the girls are interested the boys are sure to be, don't you think so? I would like to read mora letters from them. IRVING H. MEEKS, R ox, Mass. You are quite right about the opinions of the girls, and now that you as well as we have expressed a wish to hear from more of them, we know they will respond at once. See elsewhere on this page ite m about badge and password. We have read a .great many of your Tip Top Weeklies, and are much inte rested in Frank's wel fare; therefore we would like to ask a few questions about h1s future career. The first is, Will he ever go back on the railroad? Will he ever r egain his fortune% R. W. W. and G. F. H I have been a reader of the Tip Top for a long time, and hope to be a reader of it alwass, for it ts a verfine paper. I hope that Frank will meet his father again and live with him, and I would be glad to hear of Frank getting his fortune back again : If only every boy would take Frank for a model! I know that If all would read Tip Top that there would be a big change in the American youth. I hope tha t after a while they all will. I can say that I have secured five readers for the Tip Top Weekly and will do my best to add to this number. Frank is a good baseball player, and I would like him to be on the St. Louis Browns once and see if h e could ;;hake them up a little. I hardly think h e could but I would like to read about him trying it. I hope that Frank will meet with best of luck in hi s future life, and I hope that little Jack and Nell are doing good with their stand. Will the show that Frank is. in come to St. Louis? If it does 1t will make all kmds of money Hoping the Tip Top will last as long as I do, with good luck to Frank, I remain, your devoted reader, F. D. D., St. Louis, Mo. You are not too flllittering in your reference to Frank as a mode l and we are glad to know that you and many other readers benefit by his exampl e. Such efforts as you have made to secure readers for the Tip Top is a substantial proof of the interest you have in it and is much appreciated. Frank is fond of the game, but has so many irons in the fire that there I& not much chance of his playing on the "St. Louis" nine. As to his appearing on the St. Louis stage, that will depend upon liis theatrical engage ments. That he would make money in t])at lively city is certain. We thank you for your good wishes. R. W. W. and G. F. H. Questions a bout Frank's future career can only be fully answered by the stories .themselves as they ap pear. It is difficult to forecast the future at all times, and what pursuits Frank may foll ow will depend .naturally upon circumstances. It Is certain that Frank will never be to stand still. He is progressive, hopeful and enthusiastic as to a suc cessful future. We have r ead your Tip Top Library fro m No. 1 to date, and think it is the best weekly paper pub-lished. ARTHUR HANSEN. ROBERT KENNING. Chicago, Ill. We are glad that the Tip Top pleases you, and we hope ever to retain your good opinion of these stories, for it Is Mr: Standish' s inte ntion to keep them fresh, lively and as attractive as he can make them. Hie heart and soul is in his work. I have read the Tip Top Weekly almost sinc e it was first published, and write to express. my thanks to the author for the plea.sant moments I have spen:-reading his storie s. I hope Frank will go backp f Yale, for it Is a good place for a young geW;-k1n, I and a friend have formed a club, and we are going to take this paper as long as it is published. JAMES LEONARD and JOHN MULLEN. d'rand Forks, N. I)_ak. Mr. Standish is pleased with your letter. We can all of us stand a good deal of praise where we feel tha t we are doing our best. This is a reward due persistent a nd conscientious effort. You will have noticed elsewhere on this page that Frank is soon to return to Yale. In reading over the "Applause" in No. 132 I came across one written by Lynn Hartley which interested me very much. As I myself am a great reader of Tip Top, I think the plan of Lynn Hartley is very good, and when the members of our club had read it they all indorsed it at once. Herewith are the members of the club: GEORGE F. MESSIMER, President. ALBERT G. GOSTROQH, Treasurer. IRVIN C KEEL, Secretary. WALTER HAMBRIGHT. DARL PUGH. JESSE CROFT. CARL BAER. FRANK NEBINGER. HOWARD WHITMOYER. WAYNE BELL. Harrisburg, Pa. Our correspondents should not expect to receive at0 tention in the next issue after their l etters reach us, for the old rule, "first come, first served," must be observed,.and these columns are well filled, as will be noticed. There will be no great delay, however, and while waiting a reply read a ll the answers to other letters and you will find some of your ques tions answered. The first item on this page refers to the Lynn Hartley suggestion about which you write us. Wi th Clif Tied to it, the Belt Moved to the Fatal Saw. True Blue No. 30:

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TIP TOP WEEKLY. Sl I have been a reader of the Tip Top Weekly since No. 8 was issued up to the present time, and I think It is fine. I believe every boy-and girls, too, for I am a girl-should read It and pattern after some of Its characters. I hope If Frank ever marries he will marry Inza. Wishing to hear more of his Yale chums, BESSIE ROGERS, Newcomerstown, 0. You will hear more of Frank's Yale chums, and also learn of Cupid's tricks where Frank's affec tions are concerned, In future Issues of the Tip Top. You are setting a good example. We want to hear from ali the girls. I have read your Tip Tops from No . 90 to the present one, and, although I sent for other publicatlons and read them, I think there is nothing to hold a candle to "Frank Merrlwell." What I like about your stories is that they a r e so rea l and life Uke, and do not contain the sensational incidents that are features of otherpublications. I am a m ember of a club here In town, and all the boys enjoy the Tip Top immense ly. By the way, I'd like to ask a question of you through curiosity of myself and others. Is there anything that Frank Merriwell can't do? H. B. F., Wellington, Ohio. We answer your question by saying that there Is uttle that is impossible of accomplishment either for Frank or any other, if honest endeavor and a firm to win is the uppermost thought in mind. The reason you find these stories so "real and lifelike" is that Mr. Standish writes of actual "happenings and personal experiences. We hope he may long retain your goo d opinion. I a m a constant reader ot the Tip Top Weekly, alu .ilink 'that it is a tip top paper, with a tip top f e llow for a hero. The stories have done me much good in pointing out to me the foolishness of spending so much money for things we do not n eed, and the talks on other subjects are very edifying. Mr. Standish does not seem to'have a good opinion of Arkansas. If he will come to visllt this State I think that he will change his opinion. Hopl,ng that Frank Merriwell will long contipue the hero of the Tip Top Weekly. C. R. Fayetteville, Ark. You must not imagine because of Frank's unfor tunate experiences in one instance that Mr. Standish has a bad opinion of Arkansas. H e Is not so narrow minded There Is both good and bad In once place as well as another, and doubtless Mr. Standish has a substantia l credit side to his experiences In Arkansas. Your appreciation of his stories will serve to add to this. \ We read the Frank Merr!well stories every week, and we know that they are "all right." We are very glad tha.t the girls read Frank Merr!well stories, for it shows the stories must be of a very high standard. We are In favor of having a badge, and would sug gest that they are given to the readers by the cou pon system. Long live Frank Merrlwell! Rome, N.Y. FRED CARTER. JAC K KIRBY. JAMES GIBBS. We agree with you boys that It Is a compliment to the Tip Top that the stories h ave found such strong favor with the girls. Letters from parents have reached us to the same effect, and there Is no doubt that there Is a charm about Mr. Standish's storiei! that wins him a place in the hearts of all. You will read about the badge elsewhere on this page. Long life to the boys of Rome! w. c., Philadelphia, Pa.-We know of no premium on gold dollars. W. "Q. T. Co., Syracuse, N. Y.-Frank will return to Yale very shortly. Tired Willy Allegheny, Pa.-Your propositions will receive due consideration. A. A. L., Pullman, IlL-There is no premium on any of the coins you mention. C. R. S., Poughkeepsie, N, Y.-You. can obtain road maps from the booksellers m your city. A. v B., Fitchburg, Mass.-Write to the American News Co., Chambers St., New York City. J. L. H., McKinney, Texas.-Yes, you can obtain the Tip Top Weekly, Nos. 4ll to 80, at five cents apiece. They are all In print. Jack Diamond, Chicago, 111.-No, we do not think that hard exercise will affect a boy' s growth, but you must not carry matters to an excess. New York Reader, New York Clty.-Wrlte to Russel A. Alger, Secretary of War, Washington, D. C., and you will doubtless obtain the information yolt desire. 1 M. A P., Chelsea, Mass.-Yes, we can furnish you with the books you desire. Write for catalogue. F. K.,' Terre Haute, Ind. Yes, you can obtain all the quarterlies of the Frank Merriwell series. C. E., Chicago, IlL-There Is no need to worry. You will probably broaden as you grow older. We would recommend, however, dumbbell and India n club exercise. W R. S., Fort Worth, Texas.-It would be scarcely fair to tell in advance everything that Frank Merriwell and his friends are going to do, but we think you will be satisfied. H. E. H., Rocehster, N. Y.-Send the first of your stories to the publishers you think most suitable with a letter stating your wishes. The Merriwell stories will run for a very long time, we hope and believe. M. B. R., Danbury, Conn.-To make carmine Ink, u se bes t ground Brazil wood, four ounces; diluted acetic acid, one pint; alum, one-half ounce. Boll them slowly in a covered tinned copper or enameled sauce-pa n for one hour, and add one ounce of gum. J J. B., Lynn, Mass.-The 1868 three-cent piece is worth about thirty cents. The Canada Jubilee stamp Is not worth much more than its face value. Your Ulster County G azette, dated 1800, telling about the death of George Washington, ought to command a price, but only from a collector. R. U. F ., Honesdale, Pa.-The Gulf Stream is the current which issues from the Gulf of Mexico and carries the heat of the Caribbean Sea across the northern Atlantic to the shores of Scotland and Nor way. This tropical riyer flowing steadily through the cold water of the ocean, rescues England from the snows of Labrador. Should it. by any chance, break through the Isthmus of Panama, Great Britain would be condemned to eternal glaciers. D. E. G Buffalo, N Y.-Fumigate the pigeon loft by means of sulphur, closing every crack and crevice, and then burning a small piece of that substance placed on a tin plate. Then whitewash the walls and ceiling, and do not allo w the birds to enter until it Is perfectly If boxes are used, burn all the nests and fumigate with sulphur. A mixture of half fiour and h alf sulphur rubbe d in at the base of the feathers will kill any vermin on t h e live birds. -. J. P. E., San Luis Op!spo, Cai. -Up to the close of th e fiscal year the increase of expenditures on ac count of the war with Spain for the War 'Department and $24,262,438 for t h e Navy Department. For July, August, September and October, 1898, expenditures of the War Department were $107,-620,368, being $81,613,131 greater tha n for the same months in 1 897. For the same months this year, the Navy Department expended $27,459,577, which was $16.014,926 more than it spent in the like period in 1897. Up to October 31, the war w ith Spain added to the disbursements of these two departments the sum of $164, 932,228. It is impossible to predict who will be nominated for President in 1900. Your handwriting and grammar are both good. What Was That Double Championship of the Naval Cadet ? See Trtte Blue No. 30.

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TIP TOP WEEKI,Y Tip Top The en.r ll e r iss ues or '1 ip Top \Ve ekly a r e no'': OJ! sale in orm o f Quarterlies, each including l3. 1ssues_ of thiS fu.vorite weekly, to gethe r w_\th the 13 Jllnstra tio ns, nud an elegant cover 111 colors. ll1e pl"lce_ I S 50 Cents per for w hi c h s um they will h e seut by Ill all to and tulclress in the United Sta tes. NOW READY. No.3, Nos. 27 to 39 of 'l'ip Top Wetkly. No. 4, Nos. 40 to 52 of Tip 'J'op \Veek l y No. 5, N os 53 to 65 of 'l'ip 'l'op Weekly. No.6, N os. 66 to '78 of 'l'ip 'l'op Weekly. No.7. Nos. 79 to 91 ot Tip Top Week ly. Nos. 1 u.ud 2 out or print. If your Newsdealer has not got the Quarterlies, remit direct to the publishers, STRl!JGT & SlllJTH, 81 Fulton St., N, Y. WRESTLING. History tells us that wrestling ,vas the first form of ath_lettc pastiwe. Withoutllouht, itgivesstrengt_ h and combme.d lviLh aud pliability, t o tile to th e bod)', coolness u.11d di:;scriminatio u t o tlte head a.nd to th e tem .. per, the whole formmg an energetic of the gleatest power to Oe l' omul iu 'man. 'l'he hook IS enutle d P.J'tOll'ttsso& ],'[ n I,DOON'S \\'RK.<; rr.ING. It is fully i1111Stl'Rted, and Will be sent ou receipt oi ceurs. Address -S' l'REE'l' & 25 Rose stree t New York. (Manual Library Deparunent) AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY. M any people imagiue th a t n cam_em i.s n dillicf!lt machine to haqdle, and tliut tile worl.:: Jsduty_and dtsagte e n? le A ll this is a. mistake. Photography is c len!l; hgl1t, ac coruplishmet'lt, within the reach of all. l.he a \\Ill pt.ov e a trienrl, reporter, and help e r. \Vith n. very 111eX'J?ellRtvecanle.l nUJ_IY boy or g irl can now Jearuuotonly to talce g'JOd }HCUlre .s. hutplctme!'l that ther e is everywhere a deman d f o r r enlllnerauve pr1ces .. A complete guide t o this fascinating art, e t?Ut1ed AMATICIJK :hfANI Ar. OF PHOTOARAI HV will on recetpt of ten cents. STREET & SMITH, 25 Rose street. New Y o r k Manual Library J)epartrueul). HOW TO DO BUSINESS. Tbfs book i s a guide to success in life, embracing Principles of Business, Choice of Pursuit, Buying and _:Selliug, M D;uage ment Meclmniea l l'rades, :MaUJlfactlll'lltg, Uookkeeplng, Causes ot and li'ailJire, Business :l\laxin1s a .ud Ii'onus. etc. !t contains an appendix of complete business forms and a dicUoJiltl) of con1mercial terms. ,No young rna u s hould he without this valuable hoot.::. It gives complete information n_bont t rades professions and occupatoin in which any young man IS interested Price 1 en cents. Addrt!SS S'l'REE'l' & Sl\1ITH,"25 Rose street, New York I .. ibrary DetmrtmeJ\f.) OUT-D,QOR SPORTS Complete In structi O ns for playing many of the po pular out of-door games i s fon1Hl tn this tool;:. The games are tll ns tmted and very easily mastere d. Pri ce ren cents. Address STREET & SlliTTH, 25 Rose street, Ne w York, MB.nna l Library Department). Princeton, Harvard, Yale or "Pennsy AN ACCURATE PICTURE OF THE BADGE WILL APPEAR HERE NEXT WEEK. Which is your f a vorite college? Which football do yo u favor? Do you wan t to wear a badge with the colors and name o f the college of your choice? We have selected for our new premiums four badges, each s u r mounted by an American Eagle, and bearing the name of one of th e above colleges pendant from a ribbon composed of the correct colle ge colors-a very pretty badge, and one that will, we are s ure, give s at is faction to our readers. READ HOW YOU CAN GET IT! We publish four 32-page, illuminated cover weeklies for boys, retailing for fiv e cents each, as f ollows: The True Blue, The Tip Top Weekly, The Nick Carter Weekly, The Diamond Dick, Jr. We wi s h the r eaders of one series t o become a cqu a i n ted with the entire line. On and after the present d a te the coupon a t the foot of this column will be printed in each one of the above-menti oned publications. Three coupons, each dip ped from a publica ti o n IIJailed t o our office accompanied by a two-cent stamp, wtll entitle yo u to this prem1um, sent to yo u r addres s post-paid, free of all expense. \Vhen R e!lding, state whether you w ish a Princetou Harvard, Yal e or of Pennsylvania badge. You ean tuany as you desire, provided you sen U sntlic i ent counon s at.d stamps tnovlded each of the set of three i s front a different publi ca.tio n . in your coupons. Rememberthis is a plll'ely g rat'uitons gift 011 O\lr p art. intende d to ca.l l your attention to othe rs of our tions hesi.rl others, frntn a different one of the following pnhli' cn. tlons: Nlcl{ Onrter \Veeldy, D1amo11cl D1ck, Jr., or Trtte Blue. e u title t hf!' sentler to the premium we if a two cent stamp Is also enclosed to pay for postage and packing. s -TREET & Slv.I:ITFI.

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CATALOOUE OF FRANK MERRIWELL STORIES IN TIP TOP WEEKLY 1. Frank Mel'l'iWP-11; or, Firat Days at Farale. 2. Fl':l .nlc .Mel'riwcii'R Fnfl; nr, LifP in lln.rra.cks. 8. Ft:Lulc MerriwHll's J\Ietlal; nr, "Plebe" Lirn iu Carnp. Ftaulc 1\fPJTiweii'K l{iva.J; or, fly FairPlay or Fun I. 6. Fmul< Alel'l'iwell's FaulL; or, Falso StPJ>S ami Foul Sna.reFt. fl. Franlc }ifnl'riw,nlJ's Frolics; or, Fnn n.t Fardale. 1. lllystenous. Riug; or, Tile 1\lan in 8. Fr:111lc .1\lerriwell'R Fa!!; OJ'. Fi!.rhtin:t fm the 'Vc.u1. h . 9. Fmuk Mtt'l'iwell's FntluH.;h; or, The Mystery of t-he OllMauinn. 10 Frau It on H .;P MM.tlc: or, Fieltl Day at Far 11. 12 Ja. 14. 16. 16. 17. 18 ale. Fmuk Mcniwell's Fate; or, Th<' 01 Snilnr'A LHJ.mcy. Ftattlc .1\IIHTiwell's 1\lntt.o; nr. 'l'he Yon II!! Ltre Savers. Frank i11 NHw York; ttl', a u Utai\JIOWJI Ft,e. lt.,taulc J\le J'l'iwPI I i 11 Cllit'a.g-o; hy Fra.ulc l\lei'L'IWell ill Culora.do; or, 'J'ra)lpiug thn 'l,ra.in Wreckers. Fra11k MBrtiwell ht Arizona; or, Myst e ries lit the Mine Mtwtiwtdl iu .l\lexico; ot, 'rile Sea.tch fur tllo Silver -Fmuk M erriwcll in New Orleans; or, The Queen of Flowers. 19. Fmul< Mtn tiwell's lllercy; or, The Phantom of the 20. 21. 22. 23. 2<. 25. Frault !II"rt iwell's FriP.tll1; or. Muriel tho Mnn11shlner. Ftaulc i\1el't'iweii'R Douhle ; or, Fig-ht for Life .. Fmul< MetTiwell Mf.lshe.t; or, The Last of r .J,., ]):mites. Frau it Fairy; or, '!'he Hertuit uf Yellow-atune Pa.r1c. FJauk Mnrtiwell's 1\foney; or, The Queen of the "Queer" 1\!alwra. FJ'aul< Mllrriweil't< .l\lission; or, The M ysr.i o Valley of tl111 A JH!ee. 26 Fmult Alllrriwell's Mysterious Foe; or, Wild Lif" on the Pampas. 27 Fmuk Men! well a. Monarch; or, King of Phantom islan<1. 28 Frau I< Mcrriwell in Gorlll: Laud; or, The S earch for tho Missing Link. ".l9 Frank i\lecriwell's i\fag-it; or. 'l'hA P en.r l or Ta.nuiP.r 30 Fr1111lt Mrtiweil in Frauce; or, '!'he 3Jystcry of the Uuimowu. a L Frau I< well' s Feat; or, The Que e n o r tho Bull 32 Fraul{ M enfwell in or, 'fhe Grip nt Dootn. :-l3 f!"'ranlc !\llH'tlwell's Veutnte; or, Drinm ti'OJII Ar1 n euia.. a4 Frn.nl< well lu ludilt; or, Huumu L enp-111'118. 3 5 Fmul< "'el'l'iwell'sVow: or, Arter BkGwe in Ceyl on. 36 Frauk 1\Icrriwell itt Japan: nr, Tltt l Si;m or A veug-er. a1 Franl< Merriwell's Deat1 Shut; UJ', it In Australia. 38 Frank well In the South Sea; m. Cast for Lifll 39 !\ItH'I'iwetl at Home Again; ur, Tile 1\l,r@-t.t"I' J or ELite! Driscoll. 40 Fr:mit MmTiweil at Yale; ot, Freshmnn Ag-ainst F1esh111a.n. U Fr:LIII< Match; or, The Kill I: or the Snpltn mores. 4:2 Ftauk Victory; or, ThA Winuin.tr On.r. 43 Fraulc Merriwell's Fiuish; or. B lne Criltl!"n n 44 Fra.ulc (}ante: 01', S u arittJ.! till' Sharp e r 5 Fra. ul c .\lerriwcll'a Run; or. TroHJit in:: tfu, l'iJ!t'<1'8. 4:1; F1auk Even Up; or, Squ a .rin!..'" the Stor e 47 Flaulc s ueHn; or, Hlnw for Blow. Fiud; or. Tlw Wair ol tho Tnt.in. 49 Franlc 'IHI'I'I 01', nr :L flO Fntulc NtH'\"t"";; or. tn t h n Eud. til .F'taulc i\iel'l'iw ell's Sluttlow; or. 'fbe I\Iyl'itmions Strn.u 62 Frauit Me,rriweli's Dash: m, Yale Amiu t t h o Fiell. 53 F1ank :\1el'l'i Bicycle doysi Ol',l'iw Sta l't 54 F1anl\ M1wriw ell's Ride for Litt-. Frank :\Ierriwell's Grea.t Capture; ol', Bic1,rcleAgn.inAt 66 F1'anlc : \l o rri w ell tn tho Reseue; o1, 'rhi'Cllll:ll l i e a.ntl W ate1. 57 Fraulc l\lerri Wl'lls Call: or. ThP. T'nlrt>n. 58 Fr;tnlc ?\1H I I'iWt. 1li'R Uulcuown 11"'rieml: or, Oltl in NtH\' Pl:tCHS. Fmul< Murriwcli A """'.r the or. The Cattle KiuJ,!'R Daught(H '. ... ,;o Franl \ )fel'l'i D eRptraLe Drop; or, Wilt! Art vHn-tlll't A in Lhe 61 Franlc i\lt>. J'I'i wnll i 11 thH l\:li nP.s: nr. l 'hA BlilHl 62 Franlc :\lel'l'iweil A II lOll!! t .he 1\ImnlniiR. 6:3 Fl'aulc wHll cu1 tlui Dtsmt: or. )lysterr nt th n Slrisiug the l:lolltlwru I.H:M!IW. 12 Fmnlt Meniweli's Shot; or, OntWitlt tlJe Gun Cl11b. 73 Fl. n r; o1 Tile Winning 74 Frank 1\leniwell's or, Honesty Ats;"a.inst 75 Fmnl< Euemy; nr, Rivals nr Blue 76 Franlc 1\lerriwcll's Uruw; or, The Cllalllllious of th& Putonme. 77 Fraul\ J\ltn'l'iw oll's Hunt; or, 111 a t t ht Death. 78 Fraulc M erriwell'R Blnw; or, a Ra.ReaJ. 79 Fraulc l\l el'l' iWt'!ll's Return to Yale; or, 'L'Ilc Mystery nr tile Exatuiua.l.iott PapcrA. 8 0 Franlc as "' At.WIHII'i" or, The iHHiU .!.:" Pull. 81 Frank .i\le rl'iWHll':-s ] uitiatiou: or, Til e 8Pc'l't...,t Order. R:.t Frank i\le r1iwell's or, The Secret of tile Silent Stuil eut. -83 Fran I< as Full B:wl<; or. True to Hie Colors. 84 Ftaulc J\1erriwe ll't-J J J IH...,I; O l A oill[ of 1 -louor. 85 Merriwell's :rt'lark; or, Snluluiug a. .Bully 86 }l"'ranlc !\hH'I'iWHll'/'>4 ur, A Fric ucl ill Need. 87 Fraulc .Merl'iwe ll's Reveug(j or, Aroused a t Ln. st. 88 Ftaul\ :'\lm'l'iWc1ll' s Capture ; or, Th e Bla.ek Schooner 89 Fraulc J \Tel'l'tw ell's Cl111111; or, HatHt of a Friend .. 90 Fr:111lt MetTiw eli"s J>oubl e Shout; or, Winniug in tl..te &x. . 91 Fmnl< well's Danj!er; or, Shallow of Dis.rraee. 92 }_('ranlc Mtn'l'iwell'R \Vn.g-tH'i or, Dunncl to Wiu. 93 Frauk l\le t'l'iwell in 'l' ra.iuing ; 01 'l'lte Mystery of the Prnwler. 94 Fraul< Al<'tTiweli's Cnmai!P.: nr, Loyal to tho Last. 95 l<'rauk Merriweli at Farnys at F :tl'lla le. Frau!< MeJ'l'iweli Afloat; or, The Cruise o f th" Wl..tite 10 5 Fr:111k AlmTiweil Uuder Mcguuticnol<; or. Wi tl..t the Kuux County 106 Frnul< Men! w e ll's liJ ,st<'r)"; ur, The J\Inuster of Devil lsl;uHl. 107 Fr:111l< Merriweil's J)isappeamn ce; or, 'l'h e S eeret thtl lslan jl. lO B Fmuk Aro11setl; or, The Bi<-ycle Boys B .. l r at .. 109 Fmnl< P11rR11it; or, The C llltse of the S lolt-';11 Yacht. 110 Frank MtTiw ell's Catc h ; or, 'l'h c Catwe Burs of Lalte S1llnstH ool\. 111 Frauk G11ide; or, Sport AroJnH1 JllooseH e: ul La.li:P. 112 Frauk MmTiwcll's Peril; or, 'l'h e S tun g-glrrR of the Bunle.r l13 Fmul< Meniw!lli'A Drift; o r With t h e RJ\er Drhers. 114 Fra.uk ot. El s ie'R tsa crifke. 115 Fraulc J\ltrrlwell's Fist; or, Bouwl to Ktww r ,IIH Truthl 116 Fr:wl;: .l\1:-t8QUt! t ':Lite ; 01', 'J.'he Btllo or Hurrit':Uift rslancl. 117 Frauk Mcniwtlll's 1\Iisfurtune-: or, The Start of:. New Car eP.r. 118 Frauk 3l etTiwell, Wipe r; or, At the Foot of t h e J..J:Ldtler. 119 Frauk :\le n i w t ll. Firt."nutn; or. Firf't St.Hp Upwartl. 120 Fn111k M ert i wtll"s Oppurtnuity; ur. GlioRt of Bla.e l \ (...;ot'g'H. Frank J\ff'l'ri wtdl's Il'fr!".t Run; or. C h 1uu of II1s Life 122 Frank 1\JttTiwtd l or, The '1'111'11 of Fn1tnue 123 Franl< :'\ltnThnJI"s Hartl Luelc; or, A f:;hp on The' Ladttm. 124 Frat1lc J\ftwriwc>ll's or, Ellg-iuetr o!' the Mnm11ai11 125 HPii! Up; or, The, Eohl!err of the l\1n1111t:ti't 126 F ran\< -'ltHTiwt:ll"a Prott!ge; nt, a l-Telping Hand. 127 Fraulc M t tTiw ell 011 St,rllce; or, Savi11gthe Enen1ys Pmpert. ) 128 Fl'fllli( -'ltJTiwell a s a F erret; Ol', the Train Wre t ICP.l'A. 129 -'TP-rriwel l nr, Rea.piugt .lw Har\est. 130 Ftank MtTiw eli 011 tlte Road; or, 'l'hc Ali SLar Coutbill:ttiun. 1:<1 Fl':lltl< Fin; t Part; or, TileSJ .art as a n Aetor. 132 Fr:tnk i\II'I'I'iw e ll in Advance; or. Alh eutnres Ahead nr 8 110\\' 1 3 3 Fmn l\ 1\Irl'iw ell 1\Ta., .d Hia.n; or. Fur. li'un, Fame. and J.l'nrtiiHt. 134l'tau k -'Tt-'\ITIWnii"R Own Co1npany; or, Barnstornliug in t.l11 Middle 135 Fr:ml< Alt\ITiwell Stratuled; or, Tile F'ate of tlt" First Vmttllt' ' 136 Frank M n l'l'lweil'R N<'w Veuture; or, The Finding of Elie. 137 Play; or, Putting on His Own 138 Frank 'lm'l'iweli'll Fnt111'; or, The Rnn

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